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THE DISPUTE OF A DUCHESS AND…

A CAUTION TO INTENDING EMIGRANTS.

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THE CATTLE PLAGUE.

SENDING A NOBLEMAN TO PRISON.

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A SUTHERLANDSHIRE SUPERSTITION.

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Utisallairaras Jiitdligtitte, HOME, FOREIGN, AND COLONIAL. To THOSE WHOM IT MAT CONCERN.—The following notice was placarded at the Metropo- litan Extension stations and also at Ludgate-hill terminus on Saturday afternoon :— Take notice that all the fixtures, good*, chattels, and effects In, about, and upon these premises are the property of Major Henry Jelf Sharp, of Kincarrathle, in the county of Perth, and of Hall Rokeby Price, of Cowper'i-court, Cornhlll, In the city of London, Esq., and that the use thereof Is rented of them by the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company. Any person or persons Intermeddling or Interfering with ftie same will do so at his or their peril. January, 1867. Few and Co 2, Henrintta-street, London, solicitors for the said H. J. Sharp and II. R Price. This notice is supposed to be specially addressed to sheriffs and their officers to prevent them seizing property in execution. DASTARDLY ACTS IN THE Isle OF ELY.— About ten days since some miscreant poisoned a valu- able setter dog, tbe property of George Samuel Hall, Esq., of Ely. Shortly after, within a day or two, a prize sow with a litter of ten pigs fell a victim, and on Monday last two valuable horses, one a hunter, and the other a valuable thoroughbred hackney mare by Velox, met the same fate. All these animals were poisoned with strichnine, and doubtless by the same individual, as there are particularities in each case that trace the commission of these cowardly acts to the same person. Every attempt to discover the offender and render him amenable to justioe is being made by the London detective and the local police. THE SNOW-STORM IN THE HIGHLANDS.—The John o1 Groat Journal says: We are in the midst of the heaviest snow.storm that has fallen in the north of Scotland for many years. On the Ord the snow- poles, ten feet high, set to be a kind of guide across the hills on occasions like this, are in many cases buried, and in the hollows the accumulation of drift on the road is in some places said to be at least twice the height of the mail coach, so that unless the read is dug, even should a thaw come, there is little or no chance of the mail coach being able to go through for a long time. The horsemen in charge of the bags only saw. the road now and again, and had to clamber over rocks, flounder through bogs and fields, and across ditches and dykes the best way they could, in some cases getting very severe falls. The road between this and Thurso is also completely blocked, and though the mail bags have been twice brought through since the storm began, it has taken a whole day to get the horses over the distance. The Castletown coach on Saturday night got about a quarter of a mile out of town when it stuck in a wreath, breaking the tvaoes, and bad to be brought back. Two gentlemen frmn Castletown, who were going heme are stayed till now." DEATH OF AN EOCINTRIC.—There died recently, at Inverness, aged eighty-two, Mr. Hugh Miller, an eccentric character. He still adhered to the ancientstyle of tying the hair in a cue, and wore the broad blue bonnet in vogue nearly a century ago. The door of Hugh's house had to do service for both bipeds and quadrupeds, the owner and his cattle occupying respectively the opposite ends of the same domicile. To the modern modes of agriculture Hugh was a perfect stranger. He ploughed shallow, sowed his grain at least seven weeks or more later than the ordinary time for doing so, and as might be expected reaped a deficient crop at a corresponding late season in autumn—his motto being that "the worst farmer had his chance of get- ting a good year as well as the best." A DISCiPLE OF ST. COLUMBKILL.—An Irish paper says an extraordinary character, a poor man named Jacob, who frequents Callan and its vicinity, has slept every night for the last four years in the open air, without bedclothes or covering of any kind save a handful of straw which serves for a pillow. He has been often offered lodging, nay forced to take shelter inside doors, but on the first opportunity would make his escape to the ditch side. On being remonstrated with, he always remarks that St. Columbkill punished his body more severely. He is about fifty years of age, and, notwithstanding his "airy life," enjoys good health, and has never been heard to complain of cough, rheumatism, or any dise80lle of the kind. DEATH OF A NATURALIST.—Geological and botanical sciences have lost an energetic observer by the untimely death of Frederick James Foot, Esq. M. A., &c., of the geological survey of Ireland, at the early age of 37, drowned on the 17th January at Lough Key, near Boyle, Ireland, in endeavouring to save the lives of two people who had fallen through the ice while skating. Mr. Foot was appointed to the geological survey in August, 1854, since which time he has contributed several papers upon geological subjects to the British Association, the Geological Society of Ireland, and various periodicals. His oceupation led him much into the wilder and least inhabited parts of the eountry, where he made many observations and discoveries in natural History these for the most part have been recorded in numerous communications to the Natural History Society of Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy, &c. Amongst the most valuable were his notes on the marine zoology and botany on the mammalia of the county of Clare, his botanical chart of the Burren district, in the same county, his dis- coveries of species new to Ireland among the bats inhabiting its caves, and various records of fern stations in Ireland, He leaves a widow and a large circle of friends and relatives to deplore his loss. A PERTINENT QUESTION—Under the hsad of Trades' Unions and Starvation," W. O. M. writes to The Tvms~* On a late Snnday I listened to an eloquent and touching description of the misery of the working classes in the ea«t of London, and, In MCS, «U along the London banks of the Thames. A few days later I attended a meeting of a build- tag committee, which Is engaged In adding a new wing to St. Mary" HospitiI there learnt that our operations had been grreatly delayed, because the Iron girders had not been duly 'orwardea (as promised) from Belgium! Am I wrong in drawing the concinaien that my donation at the church-door a««M»i m saying from starvation those who decline to make Iron girders for our hospital? That this starvation Is in some way a voluntary act on the part of the starvert THB END OF A VENDETTA!—An American paper says that two families of Carter county, Ten- nessee, named* Koberts and Johnstone, have been waging a bloody war between each other for twenty years, during which time fourteen men belonging to these two familIes. have lost their lives. On the evening of the 5th mat, the vendetta came to a bloody end in the streets of Elizabethtown, Tennessee, by the sole surviving males of the Roberts and John- stones. They engaged in a personal altercation which resulted fatally to both This domestic war originated about a very trifling affair. SKATING IN CHICAGO.—The "Chicago Tribune" has the following amongst its advertisements: The ikating season.—West Side.—Rt^. Thb evenlng- This evening. Grand Fancy Dress Carnival and Masquerade. The Ice will be crowded with skaters In costume The rink In a blase of glory Seating accommodations for every one, and a perfect view of the imposing scene. The greatest right ever witnessed In Chicago. At a quarter before nine (first bugle call), the Ice will be cleared off all bat the masqueraders. At 915 the skaters will again take the iee and join the merry circle. At 9 30 (second bugle call) all masks will be removed. Doors open at 7 p.m. Randolph cars will pass the doors every five minutes. Those wishing to eome in costume will be admitted free, on registering their name-, and procuring tickets at Johnson's Skate Dspot or at the ltlnk. SHOCKING BARBARITY.—On Sunday a number of navvies got together in the little village of Unstone near Dronfield, where they imbibed until intoxication followed, and intoxication was succeeded by a quarreL A man named Rowbottom threw his antagonist and then attempted to strangle him. The strangulation process went on until the tongue of the prostrate man protruded. Rowbottom caught the tongue between his teeth, and bit off it a piece measuring one and a half by one and a quarter of an inch. Robins, the injured man, is in a precarious condition. The other man is in custody. FANCY IMPORTATIONS.—There are very few ship-masters who manifest so much interest in this colony as Captain Harrill, for each time the Orient returns she is certain to contribute some items for the especial instruction and amusement of Young Aus- tralia (&ays a South Australian paper.) The present contribution is a most extensive and really interesting one. There are two large casks of gold and silver fish, with a few eels for diversity. Above them are cages, in one of which is a fine badger, while next door there are two coati. On the fore deck-house is a box con- taining a stork and heron, while abaft the mast are pigeons, doves, starlings, monkeys, egrets, &c.—a per- fect menagerie on a small fcale. On the main hatch- way Mr. Jordan has a commodious stall occupied by as fine an entire as could be seen. The Ace of Clubs was a notable horse in England, and his owner may well be proud of him here. A couple of brood mares, in good order, occupy another part of the deck. All the imported stock is in condition reflecting credit on the keepers. THE HERMIT LUCAS.—The hero of Mr. Charles Dickens's Tom Tiddler's Ground," better known in Hertfordshire as "Mad Lucas," has, says the Hertfordshire Express, been in a declining state of health for some time past; the recent cold weather and want of nourishment have brought him into a feeble condition, almost amounting to a state of torpor. His helpless condition has attracted the attention of some of his neighbours, and on Monday last the assistance of the Stevenage police was secured, and an entrance effected into his house at Redcoat's Green, by I sending a boy through one of the windows and unfastening a door inside, The poor misguided I occupant of the dirty house was found coiled up in a Btate of helplessness under the front first-floor window; it oould be understood from him that he had tasted nothing but water since the previous Friday, and had had no fire for months. His aunt and brother in London were communicated with, and on Tuesday his brother came down. It has been reported that by the efforts of his friends the poor fellow has been brought to a state of decency, and removed to a place where he will be taken better care of than he has either the reason or instinct to do for himself, but he refuses to leave his dirty hovel THE CANINB RACE IN FRANCE.—The corre- spondent of the Daily Telegraph sends the following canine statistics of France In 1770 the number of dogs kept In France was so great that a return was ordered to he made, by which it was shown that four miUfens of faithful friends" were daily consuming food. As two dogs oonsumed as much food as a human being, It follows that, In a time of scarcity, the canine race devoured as much as one-sixth of the population, then only 12.000,000. On this return the idea was for a time enter- tained of laying a tax of 6f. on every dog, hoping thus to diminish their number. This project, however, was aban- doned at that time, and only adopted lately; but we do not believe that the number has diminished. Some are doubt- lass useful, but a large proportion in realfty appear only dangerous to the public, without any advantage. THE LAST TASMAN!Alq.-William Lanney, who is going to England, hopes to have the honour of an audience of htr Majesty Queen Victoria, (remarks the Hobart-tovm Mercury.) This is his great ambition. But he is very proud of the notice taken by the Governor and Mrs. Gore Browne of himself and his four country-women at the birthday levee and ball. He has been well satisfied with life at Oyster Cove, where plenty of rations were supplied to him, and boating and various healthy outdoor occupations were found for him. He writes a fair hand, can read well, and may be said to be intelligent. He is about 29 years old. We have no doubt King William will be well received in England. A CURIOSITY.-The "Dundee Advertiser" says The other day, as an ordinary-sized orange, purchased In town, was being opened, it was found that there was another orange of smaller size lnride. The second one was situated exactly In the centre of the large one, and was about an Inch in diameter. It was perfectly formed, with rind, tissue, seeds, &c., all of course In miniature; and a very curious circumstance was that the rind, though it had been entirely' covered up by the substance of the ex- terior orange, and therefore shut out from flight, was of the same yellow colour as the rind of ordinary oranges. THE VICTORIA CRoss.-A Royal proclamation, countersigned by General Peel, was published in the London Gazette of Friday night, formally extending the right of obtaining the Victoria Cross to any person serving with our troops, under the orders of a general or other officer, under circumstances which would entitle an officer or soldier of our army to be recom- mended for the said decoration, in accordance with the rules and ordinances prescribed in our said recited warrant, and provided, also, that such person shall be recommended for it by such general or other officer." It is also provided that a similar privilege shall be en- joyed by those "who may hereafter be employed in the local forces raised, or which may be raised, in our colonies and their dependencies, and who may be called upon to serve in co-operation with our troops, in military operations which it may be necessary to undertake for the suppression of rebellion against our anthority, or for repelling invasion by a foreign enemy." ARTIFICIAL FLOATING ISLANDS.—Among the curiosities promised for the approaching French exhibi- tion are floating islands on the Seine at Billancourt, aa may be seen on the great lakes in China. The inhabi- tants of the celestial empire construct immense bamboo rafts, on which a layer of earth is spread, and this being planted soon forms a vast field covered with vegeta- tion. The man erects his tent in the centre, and then trusts himself with his family to the waters. This moving oasis usually drifts about at the mercy of the winds, but if required to be directed is provided with masts and sails, or with cables and anchors for render. ing it stationary. AUSTRALIAN BEARS.—A white native bear is a curiosity that we never saw or even heard of until the 3rd inst. Such an animal, however, was brought into town on that day, from the Ironbark forest, where it was obtained by Mr. Banfather, a farmer, residing at Jan Juc (we are quoting from the Geelong Register.) Native bears of a dark brown and also of a slate colour are not at all uncommon, but perfectly white ones have been, we believe, hitherto almost unknown. These animals are usually very sluggish, and generally sleep all day this one, however, is lively, and sits up looking at the spectators out of eyes of a pretty light blue oolour. An enthusiastic admirer of native pro- ducts purchased the animal, and presented it to Mr. Bunee for exhibition at the Botanical Gardens, where it is likely to be an attraction for some time. AN OLD WOMAN'S DARK MOON.—The fol- lowing is taken from a Wigan paper:— The other day the sum of 60Z. was stolen from the house of Mr. Martland, farmer, Buracough. The circumstances caused a great sensation In the district, and suspicion feU upou the servant girl, who had that morning left her place. It appears that the money was Mrs. Martland's dark moon"—that is. money saved unknown to her husband— which she had deposited In a bag In the wall under the stairs. The police-officer at once made a search, and after removing several bricks found fragments of a bag and Ill. in gold. The officer pursued his course, and afterwards found 6U. In different parts of the wall to the great delight of the husband. Mrs. Maryland appears to have put Indian meal in the bag to keep the gold from rusting, as she said, and the rats had thus been tempted to run away with her dark moon." A MATRIMONIAL RUMOUR.- The Court Journal" has heard a rumour that a noble lord, whose name ever figures prominently before the public in connexion with the Volunteer movement, is about to contract a matrimonial engagement with a young lady of great present and prospective wealth. The bride is understood to be just of age. She, moreover, is reported to be of great beauty, inheriting that ad- vantage probably from her partially Greek origin, and is understood to possess an unusual share of social talents and acquired accomplishments. If report speaks truly, something like a "plum" will be her dower on her marriage day, but it is believed that she will eventually inherit much more from her father, one of our wealthiest Greek merchants. Is THIS RUMOUR TRUE ?— The Flaneur of the Morning Star writes :— Upon the occasion of his marriage with the Princess Helena, Prince Christian of Schleswlg-Holsteln was ap- pointed a major-general In the British army. It was then announced that the appointment was purely honorary, and that there would consequently be no Interference with the promotion of the officer8 of the regular army. A rumour is now current In military circles that this decision is to be set aside, and that on the occurrence of the first opportunity Prince Christian Is to have the colonelcy of one of the regi- ments of the Household Brigade. This is but a rumour at psesent—tolerably weil authenticated, it in true, and,believed In by many wbo vainly wish to discredit it; but still only a rumour. Consequently one waits before offering any further remarks on a proceeding which would be in Itself iniquitous, and of the greatest possible detriment to the interests of the British service. INTERESTING BIRTHS !—The birth of a camel in this country is a very rare event, but on Friday, while the menagerie (No. 1) of Mrs. Wombwell was proceeding from Cheltenham to Oxford, one of the lady camels exhibited symptoms of an inclination to add to the camel population of the country. She was accordingly accommodated in the stable of an inn, where she produced a fine single-hump male camel. Singularly enough the event was not many minutes old when the announcement was made that another female camel in the same menagerie was taken ill, and in a short time a second baby camel was added to the collection, this time a double-humped female. The mother, in the first case, is an Arabian, and her young one had early to be removed from her and brought up by hand," owing to her unmotherly treatment of it. The othc." camel is a Bactrian, and very fond of the baby, paying it the greatest atten- tion, and covering it with her long mane when it lies down. The happy father of both youngsters is a magnificent double-humped Bactrian.

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