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---.-. MR. T. BKASSEY. MP,…

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I,THE WESTMEATH WILL CASE.

: A FRENCH MARRIAGE, AND WHA3…

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IA FORGOTTEN HERO.

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I A FORGOTTEN HERO. Lieutenant Low writes as follows: On the 7th of January there passed away in his 91st year Cap- tain Charles Boyce of the Indian Navy, who so long ago as the year 1815 performed a deed of un- surpassed- valour in upholding the honour of his country's flag. On the 30th of June in that year Lieutenant Boyce, then in command of the Hon. Company's brig Nautilus, of 14 guns, was cruising in the Straits of Sunda, when the United States corvette, Peacock, 22 guns, Captain Warrington, hove in sight. As Lieutenant Boyce had received notice of Mr. Madi- son's proclamation of peace with England, he made no attempt to shun his adversary, but sent a boat to inform Captain Warrington of the conclusion of peace. That officer, however, replied by hailing Lieutenant Boyce to haul his flag down as a token of submission, or stand the alternative of being sunk. But the gallant Boyce held the honour of his country superior to any other consideration, and although he knew that certain destruction awaited him in a con- flict with an enemy of such overwhelming force, he deliberately preferred defeat to dishonour, and the reply that came over the water was a peremptory refusal. An action ensued and soon the gallant young captain of the Nautilus lay prostrate on the deck with a grape shot measuring 2iin. in his hip, and his right knee and thigh bone shattered by a 32-pounder shot, while his First Lieutenant, Mr. Mayston, lay by his side mortally wounded. Feeling that his country's honour—dearer to him than limbs or life-was satisfied, and in order to save the useless slaughter of his brave seamen, he gave the order to the boatswain, the officer now in charge, to strike his flag. It should be borne in mind that when Lieutenant Boyce answered the insolent demand of the United States Commander by an equally haughty refusal, his crew, owing to loss on active service, had been reduced to forty officers and men, and of these two officers and a boat's crew had been detained by Oaptain Warrington, so that he was pitting his hand- ful of men against a crew of 220 seamen flushed with their recent victory oter her Majesty's ship Bpervier, of 18 guns. The United States Government recog- nised the illegality of the act of the Commander of the Peacock by conferring a pension on Lieutenant Boyce, and it was, only a few days ago that the shattered frame ef this brave seaman was carried to- its last resting place at. St. Calais, Sarthe, in France.

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THE FRENCH ARTILLERY. j

LORD ROSSLYN'S INTERVIEW WITH…

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THE NORTH UNST LIGHTHOUSE.

TEN DEARS' EXPLORATION.

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-::.. WILLS AND BEQUESTS.

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I FOREIGN AND COLONIAL.

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