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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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FOREIGN AND COLONIAL.

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THE IRISH SUNDAY CLOSING BILL.—Mr. J. Lowther received a deputation on Saturday, repre- senting the licensed victuallers, brewers, and dis- tillers of Ireland, who urged objections to the Sunday Closing Bill. The Chief Secretary denied that the bill was in any sense a Government measure, and said that Ministers had only undertaken to find a day for its discussion because the House had repeatedly affirmed its principle. The attitude of the Govern- ment towards it was one of conditional neutrality. NAVAL PROGRAMME FOR THE YEAR.-The principal feature in the naval programme laid down for the year 1878-79 is that four new ironclads are to be commenced at Pembroke, Chatham, and Ports- mouth. In addition to these the torpedo ram still figures in an ostentatious manner, and a considerable provision is made for commencing or completing a considerable number of sloops, schooners, and smaller vessels. A HOBBIBLE TALE.—The Speedwell entered New York on the 12th ult., with six survivors of the crew of the Sallie M. Steeman. These men, after their ship had been damaged by a storm, floated about half under water for a month, and ultimately their provisions ran short. A negro, almost mad from hunger and despair, first tried to kill the captain without success, and subsequently, taking another negro unawares, shot him dead. He then remarked that it was as well to "take advantage of the accident," cut off a portion of the body of the murdered man, cooked and eat it. The rest of the sufferers ultimately followed his example, and described the horrible food to be like mutton. They were saved the next day. EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE OF BRUTALITY — An extraordinary charge of brutality to a boy came before the Lincoln city magistrates. George Clarke an intelligent boy of 13, said his father lived at Wolverhampton, and some four months ago placed him with John Adcock, a sweep, also belonging to Wolverhampton, who travelled about the country in a van. Whilst at Lincoln, on the 18th ult., because of a trifling mishap, by which some sugar became mixed with salt, the prisoner came to the van, heated the poker in the fire, and, compelling tbe boy to strip, beat him about the body with it. The poor little fellow's body was examined by the magis- trates, and, although nine days had elapsed, it presented a shocking appearance, between thirty and forty scars, some of them at least four inches long and half.an-inch wide, being visible. The boy ran away to avoid furtherill-treatment, and whilst staying in the tramp-ward of the Nottingham Work- house attention was directed to his condition. The surgeon of the workhouse certified that the wounds on the boy s body were produced by burns, and not by a whip. It was also shown that the boy had been made climb two chimneys in Lincoln and as James Southam, the man who had compelled him to do so, had not appeared, on being warned by the police, it was resolved to compel his attendance, the prisoner being remanded fer that purpose. HOBNIMAN'S TPA, exceedingly Strong HORNIMAN'S TEA, very delicious. HOENIMAH'S TEA, guaranteed Pure.

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