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OHARG. OF FRAUD AGAINST A BANK MANAGBB. —At the Penkridge, near Stafford, Petty Sessions Leonard J. Abbott, late manager of the Staffordshire Joint Stock Bank, at Cannock, was charged with obtaining the sum of £70 by false pretences from Messrs. E. Crisp and Son, builders, of Oannock, on the 25th of October. It appeared that the prisoner, on the date named, asked Mr. Crisp, junior, for the loan of £70. and it was alleged by the prosecutor that the money was lent in consequence of tne prisoner stating that ij was for the purpose of paying his father's debts and funeral expenses, and that the money was to be repaid out of his father's estate, from which £600 or £800 would be coming to him (the prisoner) immediately after the proving of the will. The prose- cutor also stated that the prisoner asked him to draw the cheqwe for £10 for selves," and that this cheque was cashed immediately, and the proceeds handed to the prisoner. In return the prisoner gave the prose- cutor a cheque for £10, which, however, he was not to present for a fortnight, by which time the prisoner said he should have the money. At the end of the time named the proseeutor presented the cheque; but the prisoner said his fathers affairs were not yet settled, and threw the blame upon the lawyers. The prosecutor called upon the prisoner for payment of the cheque several times, but was met with the same excuse. Finally he received a notice that the prisoner had presented a petition in bankruptcy. To prove the falsity of the prisoner's statement, evidence was called to show that the prisoner's father was a man in very poor circumstances at Norwich, and who had partly been maintained by the prisoner himself and that the father's property, which consisted of some old furniture only, realised .£12. Mr. Dale, solicitor, proved that he examined the prisoner as a bankrupt, and that the prisoner then said that his father had no estate, and that he borrowed the £70 to pay his father's funeral expenses and debts. The prisoner, in defence, said he borrowed the money for the purpose stated, but denied that he said he expected £000 or £800 from his father's estate. The prisoner waa committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions for Staffordshire. Bail was fixed at two sureties of £100 each but this not being forthcoming, the prisoner was removed in custody. THJI RBIIBBS LIST.—A Royal Warrant jjpgt published provides that from the 1st of Ootober, 1877, every general officer in her Majesty's Indian forces shall on attaining the age of 70 be permanently removed from the establishment of effective general officers to the retired list, unless in any special case the Secretary of State for India in Council shall deem that a relaxation of this rule would be for the good of the service. General officers of the age stated who were holding staff appointments on the 1st of October, 1877, may continue to hold them until the expiration of the term for which they were appointed, unless the Secretary of State for India in Council shall think it expedient that they should sooner be removed to the retired list. THE PATTPBR CHILDJKBN BOABBOra-OUT STSTKM—From a report recently presented to the Edinburgh City Parochial Board, it appears that the number of children boarded in the country by them is 274, that no deaths have occurred since May, 1875, and that, taking into account the children sent to the country, those sent to service and trades, and those taken home by friends, there have been in all 520 children dealt with since that date. The youngest of the children was 11 months, and the eldest 14 years. The average cost of boarding out each child last year was as follows: For board, £ 7 16s.; education, 1St.. clothing, £1 8s. lOd.; inspector's twavelling expenses,' superintendence, and removals, 13s. lOd.; medical at-- tendance, Is. 4d.—total, £10 13s. ALLEeBD MTJBDKB OF AN AUSTBIAN SEAICAN. —Crescuolo Gaitano, an Italian seaman, was indicted before Mr. Justice Groves, at the Northumberland Anises, Newcastle, for the wilful murder of Francesco Tiesoh, an Austrian seaman, at North Shields, on the 1st ult. At an early hour on New Year's morning the prisoner and the deceased, with four other foreign seamen, were together, when the prisoner suddenly discharged a revolver, the contents of which entered the deceased's left side. He died the following day The defence was that the prisoner, in firing the pistol was carrying out an Austrian fashion on New Year's mo/nicg, and that the occurrence was aocidental The prisoner was sentenced to eight months' impri- sonment. REVOLT or A RUSSIAN GABBISON.—From Russia it is reported that in a few days acoort. martial will assemble at Warsaw to try a whole de- tachment of soldiers belonging to the garrison for revolt. The detachment contained a great many sol- diers of Polish origin, and, but for the energy of the governor of Warsaw in quietly surrounding the barracks of the revolterswith loyal regiments before the movement was quite ripe, a dangerous emeute would have taken place. Regiments containing an undue proportion of Poles are being sent to the Cau- casus, where there is no possibility of their deserting to the enemy. THE Journal de Samt-Malo states that a frightful stotm swept over the district for three days; the wind, rain, snow, and hail being occa- sionally mingled with flashes of lightning and peals of thunder. The electric fiugl struck the clock tower of the church, but without doing mischief.

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