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DEATH OF A SCOTCH POET IN AMERICA.— The Scotsman quotes from the American papers an announcement that Hew Ainslie, the Scottish poet, died at Louisville on the 11th of March. He waa born in the parish of Bargeny, Ayrshire, in 1792, and in 1822 he emigrated to America, and settled on a farm in the State of New York. In 1825 he removed to New Harmony, Indiana, where he became a member of a Utopian community founded by Robert Owen, the members of which were to share the products of their common labour, and to possess no private property. The community breaking up about a y<-ar after he had joined it, Mr. Ainslie, after a short stay in Cincinnati, began business as a brewer at Louisville, where he thenceforth resided until his death. After 1836 he devoted himself mainly to literature, and produced a number of Scottish songs and ballads, many of which have gained a wide popu- larity both in Scotland and the New World. His beet known piece is The Rover of Loch Ryan," a stirring fiery poem, perhaps the most successful of all modern imitations of the old Scotch bailads. Among his other pieces are "A Pilgrimage to the Land of Burns," and the well-known verses, entitled "The Ingle Side." THE AUSTRALIAN CRICKKTEBS. — The Aus- tralian cricketers (says the Daily News) have started for this country, where June, let us hope, will give them a warner greeting than young Ap''11 promises. They are very welcome, for the old round of matches has a little lost its interest. County matches are overshadowed by the monumental figure of Mr. W. G. Grace, whose style has something Assyrian in its mas- sive erandeur, and whose stay at the stumps has an Egyptian immobility. Let us hope that the colonists can puzzle him on our grounds, which, it must be said, is a very different thing from "sticking him up" on Australasian wickets. These are often deceitful above all things, and pro- ductive of deliveries more curly and perplexing than the laws of nature allow on the Oval or at Brighton. Accustomed to pitches which have often little of the aspect of the billiard table, the squatters miy be less happy here than they were at home. They have certainly some admirable batsmen, and report speaks well of Mr. Bannerman. As to bowling, they are not unlikely to prove our match, unless Mj croft, and Alfred Shaw are in the full vigour and perfection of their accomplishment. We are not very rich in bowlers in the old country, and the younger amateurs do not seem peculiarly promising. There is no new Fellowes, the swift and unerring, and the mantle of Mr 0. D. Marsham has not fallen on t ie shoulders of Mr. J ellico. though he is by no means a person with whom it i3 safe to take liberties. MURDER BY RAILWAY.—A pamphlet, israed by the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, shows that Mr. Cross has not been premature in pro- mising on bahalf of the Government to introduce a biil to entitle railway servants to eompenea,ion for .njuries received while performing their duties. The railway companies have hitherto succeeded in e3caping from a just liability by putting for- ward the quibble that those to whom they » delegate authority to manage their different lines must be regarded as the felloe-servants of the humbler employ is who are maimed and killed in hundreds. Four years ago one of the first acts of the present Go- vernment was to appoint a Royal Commission to in- quire into the causes of accidents on railways, and I into the possibility of removing any such causes by further legislation." The inquiries of this Commis- sion lasted for nearly three years, and their report extended over 1300 folio pages. Their inquiries satisfied the Commissioners that a most unjust and painful state of things existed, and one of their first recommendations was that in any action against a railway company for compen- sation for the death or injury of a servant through the defendants' negligence, the officials whom the company entrusts with executive authority g iall no longer be deemed to be merely fellow-servants or their subordinates." But to bring this about re- quires an alteration in the law. The pamphlet itself rJve ils proved facts that are simply disgraceful to the railway companies. In the three years 1874-5 6 no ] ss than 2249 railway servants were killed outright, aid 10,305 were injured. The great majority of these deaths and accidents were caused, it is averred, by the refusal of the companies to take the simplest precautions to prevent them. And the reason 0 the refusal was that to take the precaution would cost money, and slightly diminish the amount of the dividends they pay. That is to say, the com- panies have been and are still calmly murdering 750 of their poorest fellow-creatures every year, in order to be able to pour a little additional gold into the pockets of some 200 times that number of their better- to-do brethren. To state in plain English such an atrocious fact ought to be enough to at once persuade Mr. Cross that the sooner he introduces his bill, and the more stringent be makes it, the better it will be for the make of the reputation for humanity to which this country imagines it can lay claim.—Tht Hornet. DETERMINE* SUICIDE OF A BANK MANAGES. —Information was conveyed to the Oity of London police authorities of a most determined suicide which had occurred in the immediate neighbourhood of the Bank of England. The occurrence happened at the offices of tb6 National Bank of Scotland, No. 87, Nicholas lane, Lombard street, and the un- fortunate suicide was Mr. George Cecil Jones, who held the position of resident director and accountant of the bank. Upon inquiries it would appear that Mr. Jones went to his bath room adjoining his sleeping ap"rtment soon after eight o'clock, and having been absent a longer time than usual, alarm was felt by his wife, who also resided upon the premises, and, upon her going into the bathroom, she found her husband lying on the floor with his throat cut from ear to ear. Medical assistance was at once sent for, and Dr. Clark was speeilily in attendance, but he at once ascertained that the unfortunate gentleman was quite dead. The de- ceased was possessed of considerable ability in financial and banking matters, and aras 30 years of age. THE SUPPLY OF AMERICAN FOOD.-Last week there was a decrease in the quantity of fresh beef brought to Liverpool from America when compared with the former one. though a slight increase in the supply of mutton. There were no arrivals of fresh meat from Canada, and the five steamers from the United States had on board 4337 quarters of beef 1749 carcases of mutton, and 250 carcases of hogs, "For the first time for several weeks past live cattle were brought to Liverpool last week, two consignments arriving comprising W6 head of oxen. TuN ASCENT OF THE ILLIMANI.—The Berlin Post narrates that Professor Karl Wiener, who re- cently returned to Europe after a prolonged journey of exploration in South America, has successfully per- formed the first ascent ever made of the Illimani. Dr. Winner was sent, out by the French Government, and 'Wdil accompanied in bis ascent by two Germans, Herrea Grumkow and Von Ohfeld. It was the south- eastern summit of the mountain, lying 6131 mitres above the level of the sea, which be reached, and he has named it the Paris Peak," with the consent of the Bolivian Government. The ascent was made from Chtana. Of saven native r,Yvints who accompanied t is expedition, only three held out to the end. The orier four, at the hsight of 6000 metres, were quite unfit to go further. The American explorer Gibbon, when he attempted the Ulunsoi. reached only the beigkt ef 4600 nitres, j



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