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HOW TO PRESERVE ORDER.—The State Legis- lature of th. Western States of America used to have rough-and-ready methods of preserving order. during Sessions. In one Statf—Texas, we believe-the Speaker used to take his seat armed with a double- barrelled rifle ready for use. One day a member rose and addressed the chair, saying, Sir, I believe I am in order. If you say 'go on' I'll go on, but if you say loquak,'Ill squat like a partridge." The Speaker gravely slung round his rifle, covered the hon. member, and uttered the monosyllable squat." The member squatted. How would some mild but firm legislation of this kind work for the suppression of certain recent Parliamentary difficulties ? KILLED IN THE SHAFT OF A PIT, — An in- quest was held before Mr. Newill, coroner, at the Lamb ln n, Wrockwardine, Salop, upon the bodies of Thomas Pitchford and Noah Oliver, who were killed in the shaft of a pit in Wrockwardine. The evidence showed that Pitchford and a man named Lowe were removing some "backing" at the bottom of the shaft. Pitchford, while pushing it away, got his foot between the cage and the rod, and was pulled up the shaft fourteen yards. Perceiving Pitchford being drawn np the shaft Lowe signalled to stop, which was done. He then climbed up the rods to release Pitchford. On reaching him, and finding the perilous position he was in, Lowe called for help from the top of the pit, when Oliver went down the rods with a saw fastened to his back. On reaching the cage Oliver clasped Pitchford round the body to prevent him from falling, while Lowe sawed the red through. As soon as the rod was sawn through a band (iron rope) "sprung," and threw Pitchford and Oliver to the bottom of the ahaft, a depth of fourteen yards. Pitchford was killed on the spot, Oliver sur- vived but a short time, and Lowe, who remained in the cage, received serious injuries. The jury returned a verdict of Accidentally killed." GROCERS' LiCHNSM.—A Parliamentary return shows that the number of licenses issued to spirit dealers in England to retail spirits for consumption off the premises in the years which ended the 31st of March, 1875, 1876, and 1877, was in 1875, 4402; in 1876, 4706; and in 1877, 5100. The number of grocers and other persons in England keeping shops for the sale of goods other than intoxicating liquors who had on the 1st of January, 1878, licenses for sale by retail of beer, spirits, or wine not to be consumed on the premises was as follows; Holding beer licenses only, 8301; holding spirit licenses only (bottle), 288 holding wine licenses only, 1732; holding both beer and spirit licenses, 272; holding beer and wine licenses, 588; holding spirit and wine licenses, 1402; holding beer, spirit, and wine licenses, 1832 grocers selling spirits in bottles, but who have not obtained a magis- trace's certificate, 95. THB PORT OF MELBOURNE.—Sir J. Coode has commenced active duties in reporting upon the necessary improvements of the port of Melbourne, and defence preparations are being vigorously carried on. The apprehension of a European war had made the need of double cable communication strongly apparent, and the matter was to be made the subject of a Conference with the adjoining Conies. A LUCKY CONTRACrOR.-The Bradford Cor- poration have accepted the tender of Mr. Steuart, of Manchester, offering .£10.859 per annum for seven years for the azumoniscal liquor produced at the Brad- ford GasWorks during that period from July 1. There were several tenders, the highest being £ 10,600. The price paid under the expiring contract has been £ 800 per annum during the past ten years. The holder of this contract was among the competitors for the new contract, and his tender was not X800 a year, but .CoOOO a year! The discovery in the liquor of a certain chemical substance used in nualine dyes has greatly enhanced its value. A PEACEFUL PABisH.—It is worthy of remark that in a parish hear Blandford a petition in favour of peace has been signed by every grown-up man and woman, with the exception of one farmer. The peti- tion is headed with the name of the vicar, the Hon. and Bev. A. G. Douglas. P-



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