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THE FRENCH BANK-NOTE FORGERIES.…

CAROLINE GRAVIERE.

A LEECH BAROMETER.

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rHE CONVICT OUTBREAK AT IS…

THE THIRLMERE WATER SCHEME.

A RIVAL TO POET CLOSE.

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THE FENIAN PRISONERS.

THE SWITZERS AND SPRING.

CHEAPSIDE IN THE OLDEN TIME.

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THE PROPOSED AGRICULTURAL…

EMBALMING.

THE YANKEE PRIVATEER.

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RUNNING THE BLOCKADE AT CRETE.

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STRANGE SCENE IN .LONDON.-Between eight andnmeinthemorningthegreatestexeitementprevailed for some considerable time in Oxford-street, London, by the appearance of a man who behaved in an ex- traordinary manner. He was dressed in an old and tattered suit of military clothing, wore a brass helmet, and carried an old swerd. At the corner of Great Portland-street his antics caused a large crowd to gather; and, some boys having jeered him, he struck out with the weapon, injuring some persons nearest to him. Before he could be secured, however, he made a dash across tho road in the direction of Regent- street. At the corner of the Circus some men were painting the front of a house, and a ladder leading to j*?0* "nding there. He mounted the ladder, and before he could be prevented reached the roof. Here he resumed his grotesque antics, and it was momentarily feared that he would lose his balance and fall to the ground. Meanwhile, two police-constables had ascended to the roofs of the houses by a trap door from a house in Regent-street. While the man was going through his performances, they approached him from behind and managed to secure him. By the aid one or f other persons, his legs and arms were secured, and he was got into the shoot of a private fire escape on the roof of Louise's shop. He was then gent.y lowered through the canvas into the street, amid peat excitement, and was thence conveyed to the police-station. BREACH OF PROMISE CASE.—The case oi Newcombe v. Simpson was heard at Bristol (We3.ern Circuit). This case, an action for breach of promise of marriage, was tried before Mr. Justice Grove and a sPecial jury, and was chiefly remarkable for the fact that the verdict was in favour of the de. fendant. The plaintiff, who was 33 years of age, was the widow of a house decorator. According to her account the defendant, who was a retired licensed victualler of 50, after her husband's death, courted her and promised her marriage. She said he used to kiss her, and put his arms round her wais", and treated her in the usual manner; and the lady, who gave her evident in a most business like manner, indignantly denied that she had ever herself kissed the defendant unless asked by him, or that she asked him to kiss her. It was, she said, the gentleman's business to do that." The defence was that the plaintiff was a designing widow and bad been doing all she could to catch toe defendant. The defendant said he never had the least intention of marrying the plaintiff, and distinctly told her so; and although he did kiss her, it*, on.v when she made him do it. At the close of the evidence the jury said they did not want to hear any speeches or summing-up and found for the defendant. BRICKLAYER V. BUILDER.—Mr. Wm. Sparks, sen., a omider, of -Notting-hill, was summoned under the JfimployerB and Workmen Act to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for not paying a 81?1 15s. 4^d., under an order of the Court, on the complaint of William Preston, a bricklayer, Worked for him. The defendant said he had not the means of paying the money, but Mr. Farman, who appeared for the complainant, elicited from him that he had an interest in a house. Mr. Paget ordered the defendant to be committed for one month, or until such time as the money was paid within that period. The defendant said he had not any money with him, and asked the magistrate to give him time to see his friends. Mr. Paget refused to grant any time, and expressed an opinion that when a master employed a servant and did not pay him, it was just the same as taking money out of his pocket. The defendant was then removed to the cells, evidently much surprised. COIXIEBY ACCIDENT.-An aooident, causing the loss of four lives, has occurred at the Western Moor Colliery, Neath. A collier struck into an old mine which had been closed more than 100 years, and thus caused a rush of water which could not be checked. Most of the men managed to escape, but four of them, named John Rees, David Williams, Ree Llewellyn, and David Davis were drowned. Great damage was done to the workings. FURTHER REINFORCEMENTS FOR THE CAPE. -—The condition of affairs at the Cape of Good Hope ia creating a demand for special war material at Woolwich, and it is understood that the Government is arranging to send out further reinforcements of men and stores. The Royal Carriage Department, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, is manufacturing high- I wheeled gun-carriages of the Caffrarian pattern for the 7-poynder gun in bush fighting, and these are I being urged forward with all speed. I J1.

THE COST OF WAR. -

CHANGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN…

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CANADA.

PENNY BANKS.

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