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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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SOMETHING LIKE A FOSSIL.

THE EXPERIENCE OF A TICKET-OF-LEAYE…

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THE EXPERIENCE OF A TICKET-OF- LEAYE MAN. George Atkins, compositor, was indicted at the Middlesex Sessions, before the Assistant Judge for having stolen thirty-six printers' metal blocks, value £50, the property of the Great Northern Railway Company. Mr. Grain conducted the prosecution. On the 2nd of February a carman named Marsh re- ceived the parcel containing the blocks at the Oow- cross-street office, and a few minutes after he had placed it in the van he missed it. He saw the pri- soner, with the parcel on his shoulder, crossing Farringdon-road, and the van boy pursued him and gave him into custody. The jury having returned a verdict of guilty, Herbert Beeves, ex-warder at the House of Correction, proved that the prisoner had been ten times convicted and twice sentenced to terms of penal servitude. The prisoner said that in conse- quence of the character just brought forward against him, and which he knew would be prepared for him he was at first disposed to plead guilty. However, the Court must naturally regard him, after-such a description of his antecedents, as a thoroughly incorrigible man. If they knew what he had to pass through they would be inclined to regard his unhappy case with less severity, and with some Email amount of sympathy. It was only when a man was discharged from penal ser- vitude and came back into the world again, hoping to strike out a fairer course in life, that he began to fully realise the true terrors of penal servitude. Without aid from some friendly and influential hands, and with all the espionage of the police weighing against him at every step he took in the direction of an honest livelihood, the wretched ticket-of-leave man had no chance of getting on. Half of his miserable life had been spent in the servitude of an angry law, whch he offended only because be could not get an opportunity, do what he could, to obtain the means of sustaining life by means of honest toil. There were some men who were accursed in this world, as everything went against them, and all their best efforts for good resulted only in a harvest of bad. He begged to be allowed some consideration in the way of mercy, because he was yet young, and miserable as bis life had been, he prayed for another chance to get into the right path. Penal servitude was of no good, either to the public or the prisoner, because it was utter and overwhelming destruction to the latter. The Assistant Judge passed sentence of ten years' penal servitude, to be followed by seven years' police supervision.

MILITARY DIVORCE CASE.

THE GREAT FIRE AT BRUGES.

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ATTEMPT TO SjdOOT fHEfMASTER…

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THE KAFFIR WAR.,;; --,ARBIVAL…

THE NEW POPE. .

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THE EASTERN QUESTION. |I

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'''"JS PARLIAMENTARY INTELLIGENCE.

A MODERN MIRACLE. I

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