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Uttsallarctflws Intelligent*. I: HOME, FOREIGN, AND COLONIAL. A CJESTUNARIAN.—The Times of Friday (May 12), says :—Lady Smith, widow of the late Sir James Edward Smith, President of the Linnean Society, entered her 104th year yesterday, in perfect health. THE BIRMINGHAM MEMBERS ON THE INCOME TAX.—At the annual dinner of the Birmingham Pro- perty Owners Association, a letter of apology was read from Mr. John Bright, who said :—" Two years ago it was proposed to get rid of the income tax. New the tax is being increased. This is very disappointing. Birmingham is not responsible for this, and this is about the only consolation you have." Mr. Muntz, M. P. wrote—" You ask me if I know other members of Parliament who object to the income tax ? In re- ply, allow me to say that I do not know one who is in its favour." THE ACTON TRAGEDY.—On Monday Dr. Diploek, the Coroner for the Western Division of Middlesex, opened an inquest at the Duke of Sussex Tavern, Turnham-green, on the body of Joseph Niblett, 22, who shot a young lady and afterwards himself at Acton a short time since. The evidence was confirma- tory of the statements which have already been pub- lished. Henry Pullen, a police-constable, said that the deceased made a statement to the effect that he shot Miss Burleton as he lay in bed, and as she was coming away from the looking-glass. She jumped up about two feet and fell under the bed. When he saw her look at him he thought, "I can't stand that," and he then shot himself. The jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind. THE RIGHT OF DIVORCE IN FRANCE.—In support of a petition addressed to the French Cham- ber of Deputies praying that the right of divorce may be re-established "upon civil, moral, and political grounds," statistics are given in support of the argu. ment that such an enactment is much needed. These BtatiBtics show that in the twenty-three years from 1840 to 1862 28,640 suites for separation, or upon an average 1,219 a year, were brought before the tribu- nals. In 513 cases separation was asked for after only a year's married life; in 7,446 cases after less than five years; in 7,985 cases after more than five and less than ten years; <n 10,295 cases after from ten to twenty years; in 4,341 cases after from twenty to thirty years; in 1,436 cases from thirty to forty years; and in 365 cases after more than forty years of marriage. In no fewer than 22,763 cases the suit was commenced by the wife, the husband being the plaintiff in only 3,099 cases, the other 2,778 being cross-suits. The grounds of the suit were, in at least seventy cases out of a hundred, "cruelty and neglect" on the part of the husband, adultery not being charged in more than 2,000 cases.—Pall Mali Gazette. SALMON FOR THE ANTIPODES.—Accounts have reached England of the arrival of the ship Durham in Australia with the consignment of salmon eggs, col- lected in England by Messrs. Youl and Backland during the past winter. The greater bulk of eggs have been sent to Sir Samuel Wilson's residence at Ercildoun (about 18 miles from Ballarat), at which place hatching boxes have been fitted up in close proximity to a stream which is said to possess every characteristic favourable to the propagation of migra- tory fish. Of the 31,000 ova received at Ercildoun, 10,000 were living several hours after being deposited in the troughs, and were for the most part in a very healthy condition. The great pains taken by Messrs. !I Buckland and Youl to insure as large a percentage as possible of the eggs arriving at their destination in a healthy condition it is hoped will be attended with ¡ success. A WANT OF SMALL CHANGE.—The scarcity of small change for business purposes in the United States, has, it is stated by New York Tribune, become so great that a flood of complaints is constantly pour- ing in on the United States Treasurer and senators and members (says the Pall Mall Gazette). At the Treasury Department more than 100 letters on the subject have been received from various parts of the country, and the department is also beset by members of Congress, who seek to serve their constituents with small change as well as garden seeds and documents. The silver substitution thus far has, in the opinion of the Treasury officials, been a failure. There is what is termed a panicky feeling among the people. They know that fractional currency is to be swept away, and they know as a consequence that it must soon be ,scarce. In this belief they are hoarding it. Even business men are laying aside each day, as they are able to spare it from their business, an amount of small cur- rency, in the belief that they will some day require it for the necessities of business. TRADE WITH FRANCE.—In the quarter ended the 31st of' March the declared value of merchandise imported into the United Kingdom was £12,245,819, against JB12,458,319, in the corresponding period of the previous year. The export of British and Irish pro- duce in the same period of 1875 amounted to £3,720,140, and this year to 324,446,406. HER PRESENT ADDRESS.—The corporation of London recently agreed "to present Her Majesty with an humble address." While Her Majesty's letters reach ber at Buckingham Palace, London, and the Castle, Windsor, we can't see any necessity for the City's benevolence. —Fun. SUCCESSFUL BORROWERS.—The Times, in a leader remarking upon the recent issue of Stock by the Metropolitan Board of Works, says:—The Metro- politan Board of Works must be ranked among the most successful of the great borrowers of the day. The jBl.350,000 of Stock which they lately offered for public subscription at a minimum price of 99 has been all placed at a little above par. The more fully the case is gone into the more satisfactory will the result appear. The whole of the late loan was, in fact, subscribed for more than five times over. The contributors to it were of all classes. The interest the Board gives is only 3 £ per cent., but the security for this is thoroughly good. The new Metropolitan Stock has accordingly found favour, on the one hand, with small holders, who have been wise enough to look chiefly for a safe investment for their money, and have been contented with a frac- tion more than they could obtain fer it in the Three per Cents. We learn, on the other hand that one single firm send in a tender for the whole sum which the Board was asking for, though we are not told the exact terms of the application, or the amount which has been allotted in consequence of it. The Board any how, have good reason Ito be gratified with the soundness of their financial position, and with their popularity with the investine world. There are plenty of crowned heads who will envy them their easy control over the purse-strings of their fellow-citizens, and who would in vain offer twice the interest for the same sub. stantial results. THE WAR IN CUBA.—The New York Herald of the 2nd inst. says that the conflict waxes fiercer in the Ever Faithtul Isle," and the might of Spain is hurled in vain against the mountain and forest de- fended Cuban patriots, who are steadily approaching Havana and pushing their enemies off or under the soil of Cuba. After a struggle that has now lasted over seven years we find the area of Spanish domina- tion on the island growing gradually smaller every year, and the chances of a final suppression of the revo- lution absolutely nil. The soil seems to swallow the enemies of Cuba, for army after army has marched eastwards into these dense forests and ragged defiles, but has never returned; for even disease is patriotic in Cuba, and yellow fever and smallpox mow down the columns of Spain as effectually as the bullet and machete of the Cuban insurgents. The Spanish troops at present engaged in the Cuban war are mostly young boys, drafted under the conscription laws that were in force during the civil war in the old country. The majority of these poor young fellows have scarcely attained the age of twenty years, and, being brought direct from a temperate into a tropical climate, and exposed to all the hardships of a guerilla warfare, they speedily succumb to the terrible forms of disease incidental to a tropical campaign. It is a fact, and one pregnant of fearful meaning, that the Spanish reinforcements for Caba rarely bring arms with them. They are furnished with weapons from the ranks of their dead prede- cessors, and in turn surrender the oft-transferred rifle to death and their successors. THE GERMAN EMPRESS AT THE BLUE COAT SCHOOL.—The German Empress paid a visit to Christ's Hospital on Monday, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, its President. Her Majesty arrived at twelve o'clock, and found the boys drawn up in parade order in the playground. The Treasurer, the Head Master, and tbe Warden were presented by the Pre- sident, and the boys marched past into the great hall to the musie of their band. The Empress then came into the hall, and viewed the 100 boys ranged at the long lines of tables, while the choir sang God Bless the Prince of Wales!" She was evidently much struck by the sight, and after a few moments ad- dressed the boys, expressing the pleasure her visit gave her, and the hope that they would grow up good men and faithful subjects of their Queen." Before leaving the hall the Empress desired that a half- holiday might be given in honour of her visit, which was greeted by the boys with three hearty cheers for her and the President. Her Majesty next visited one of the dormitories, whose quaint and simple arrange. ments met with her entire approval. A visit was next paid to the spacious awimming-bath and other parts of the school. Before leaving the Empress again ex. t pressed the pleasure her visit had given, concluding with these words :—" 1 have via ted many educational institutions, and I have sometimes had to say,' Ah you will improve;' but I say to you, 4 Remain as you are. MR. GLADSTONE'S RELAXATIONS.—The Wreæ- | ham Guardian says :—44 An enormous beech-tree was < drawn from Hawarden.park yesterday by seven horses > belonging to Messrs. Bracegirdle and Son, timber mer- chants, Northwich, to the Wrexham goods station of I the Connah's Quay Railway for transit to Manchester. It was felled a few days ago by Mr. Gladstone, who, notwithstanding that it measured thirteen feet in cir. cumference, accomplished his laborious but agreeable task in less than six hours. The tree contained over 200 cubic feet, and weighed nearly nine tons. Expe- rienced fellers tell us that the ex-Prfemier did his work in a thorough business-like manner, and quite to the satisfaction of the purchasers." SALE OF AUTOGRAPH LETTERS.—At a Hale of autograph letters and literary documents, which took place on Saturday, in Edinburgh, Robert Burns- Patriotic song, £6 10s. characteristic song, "Why shouldn't poor people mow ?" £6 10s. sketch of his ballad on the Galloway election, £5 letter to Colonel Fullerton, with some of his own poems, £1108. auto- graph draft of a love letter, £5 5s. ballads to 41 My Jean," Sec., £6 15s. song in the character of a ruined farmer, £6 5s. letter addressed to Mr. Thomas Orr, Park, £3 poems, the Kilmarnock edition, j64. Thomas CampbeU—Two poems, £248. Charles II.-8ign .manual, 36s. Olive Cromwell—Superscrip- tion to the Committee for the Island of Ely, Lincoln, blaming them for having released persons committed, with other letters, £8 5s. Charles Dickens—Letter while editor of Morning Chronicle, £2 4s. Henry IV. of France—Two pages superscription to Marshal Dan- ville, 30a. Maris Stuart, Queen of Scotland-Letter signed and dated "Setowna, March 20th, 1436," £66s. It will be seen that a letter of Bobby Burns is more esteemed than one by hapless Queen Mary. That ought to be comforting to the poet wherever he may ))e.-Nota frtm the Nvrth in Pictorial Wvrld.* IMPORTEANT.—The Porte has communicated I to foreign embassies its resolution to raise all import: duties 20 per cent. A matter of Import to the Porte bondholders. -Fun. A BALLOON ACCIDENT.—A balloon ascont := took place last week at Dijon (Côte-d'O.r). M. Beugnet was to go up on a trapeze attached to the car. At six o'clock the departure was c-ffected, but the huge machine was suddenly struck by a gust of wind and driven into a tree. The gymnast was for- tunately able to cling to a poplar, and there he called lustily for a knife to free himself from the cords which attached him to the balloon. His request, however, could not be complied with in consequence of the great height at which he was placed, so that he was obliged to free himself as well as he could, but he ulti- mately descended with no further damage than some abrasions of the hands. The balloon was subsequently recovered. A LOTE OF HORSEFLESH. -The Paris people are becoming confirmed hippophagists. The siege first converted them against their will, and ever since the new gastronomical faith has gone on increasing. The quantity of horse-flesh sold and eaten in the French capital during the first quarter of the present year was no less than 429,300 kilogrammes, an increase of several thousands of pounds over the corresponding period of last year. The society whose special duty it is to in- culcate an appetite for the noble animal point out in the most feeling, but not very enticing terms, that "this progress of hippophagy is particularly advantageous to old horses, whose period of infirmity is thereby short- ened." AN EXTRAORDINARY SCORE.-The following wonderful score has recently been made by Corporal Foster, 9th Lancashire (Warrington) Volunteer Rifles, which has never been equalled, viz. Seven shots at 200 yards. 5555455 84 at 600 yards 5555554 84 „ at 600 yards.. 4 5 5 5 4 5 5 33 Total 101 Highest possible score, 105. Corporal Foster shot with the Snider rifle. FROM PORTSMOUTH.—Lines of troops were drawn up on the Hard last Thursday. Sad that his Royal Highness should meet with Hard Lines the moment he landed.-Pun. THE IMPERIAL TITLB.-The Saturday Review remarks The controversy as to the title of Empress is now at rest. The Queen is Empress of India, and she is not to be called Empress here more than is una- voidable. How far it will in real life be avoided de- pends not en the terms of the proclamation, but on the guidance of the Government and the unfailing good sense of the Royal Family. The painful episode of Mr. Lowe's indiscretion had at least the salutary effect of dispelling the illusion that the Queen personally had any thirst for a grander name and the Prince's long journey, his reception at every point of his pro- gress, and the warmth of his welcome home, may be relied on, among other things, to have fortified his con- viction that there is nothing greater or better on earth than to be King of England." TOASTED ANGELS "—Any suggestion as to a new diet will be welcome to housekeepers worried by the grumbling of their families on the subject of the dinners and suppers provided for them. A colonel of a British regiment was, according to the Times of India, lately much distressed by the constant complaints of his men respecting their rations. The beef was tough and stringy, the bread coarae and tasteless, the tea had no strengtn in it, and the sugar was largely composed of sand. The colonel, although he was unable to arrive at any other conclusion than that these complaints were unfounded, at last sent for the sergeant-major, and, confiding to him the trouble he felt at the grumbling which went on, asked him what could be done to stop it. "Grumble about rations," said the sergeant-major, 44 why, of course they do, sir and so they would if you was to feed them on toasted angels!" Certainly toasted angels sounds more harmless and respectable than devilled biscuits, and would, moreover, be a pleasing novelty. —Pall Mall Gazette. THE QUAKERS.—The total gross income of the Society of Friends, as appears in a Parliamentary Paper just printed, on Endowed Charities, is returned at £27,425 lis. 9d. Among the items of the applica- tions, 27,190 7s. 6d. appears for the education of Dis- senters, and £2,278 12s. lOd. for the poor. A CHANGE FOR SOMEONE.—There was once a good kind Cook, who having often heard her Missus regret not having any children, and say that she would like to adopt some dear little creature, thought she was doing an act of kindness when she introduced one whose mother was blessed with at least a dozen more of the same sort. We believe he was declined with thanks.—Judy. FASHION IN NEW YORK.—Striped stockings are passe, and red petticoats are all the rage just now. It is considered en regie for every woman who wears one, and walks Broadway, whether the day is rainy or sunshiny, to show a red petticoat-under the hem of her dress. This is the rule, and seeing a woman without one is the exception. Like everything else which is considered ultra-fashionable in this great city, the red petticoat is aped by servant girls, and on Sun- day you meet the Bridgets returning from mass in the morning sporting the red under-garment, and the mistress going to church marked by the same scarlet edging below her black dress. THE PLAGUE IN MESOPOTAMIA.—The Levant Herald of May 3, says :-A bulletin of the Sanitary Board issued last week shows a serious increase of the plague at Hillah and Bagdad, but happily no exten- sion of the epidemic outside the circle now enclosed by a sanitary cordon. At Bagdad, from the 16th to the 22nd April, there was 336 fatal cases, or an average of 48 per day. At Hillah 159 deaths were registered during the same period, or an average of 22 per day. Some isolated cases, too, are reported from Imam- Mousa and Nedjef, but these localities are within the sanitary cordon, outside of which, up to the 22nd inst., no instance of plague had occurred. According to private information we have received, the number of deaths at Nedjef was 11 from the 16th to the 21st of April, and at Imam-Meuca (a village within an hour's distance of Bagdad), 7 from the 15th to the 19th. AN EXPENSIVE EDUCATION.—The Edinburgh School-board election has cost nearly fifteen hundred pounds. There seems to be a good deal more £ S. D. than ABC about infantile education just at present. -Fun. HER MAJESTY'S SHIP SERAPIS." — The itinerary of this ship is well worth recording. She has kept her time as if she were a chronometer from the beginning to the end of her cruise, and has been a most agreeable surprise to those who remember the accounts of her early performance. Here are her runs:—From Portsmouth to Malta, calling in (as an incident) on her way to Plymouth, 2,245 miles; Malta to Brindisi, 373 miles; Brindisi to Athens, 471 miles; Athens to Port Said, 594 miles; Canal, 88 miles; Suez to Aden, 1,307 miles; Aden to Bombay, 1,649 miles; Bombay to Goa, 228 miles; Goa to Beypore, 305 miles; Beypore to Colombo, 394 miles; Colombo to Tuticorin, 126 miles Tuticerin to Trincomalee, 498 miles Trincomalee to Madras, 290 miles; Madras to Cal- cutta, 744 miles; Calcutta to Bombay, 2,128 miles Bombay to Aden, 1,647 miles Aden to Suez, 1,304 miles; Canal, 88 miles; Port Said to Alexandria, 148 miles; Alexandria to Malta, 863 miles; Malta to Gibraltar, 984 miles; Gibraltar to Lisbon, 249 miles; Lisbon to Portsmouth, 850 miles. Grand total 17,452 mile& She travelled 18,000 knots through the water in 1,780 hours, burnt in doing so 5,445 tons of coal, and made 4,698,743 revolutions of her screw, her speed varying according to circumstances.

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