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EPITOME OF NEWS. BRITISH AND FOREIGN, Miss Nightingale has subscribed £1,000 to the fund now being raised for erecting an Infirmary at Rotherham. It is stated that the Cork police have succeeded in apprehending one of the men whe took part in the daring robbery of arms and ammunition from the shop of Mr. Allport in that city a short time ago. There is a Smollett-street in Leghorn where the author of Humphrey Clinker" died. The yield of gold and silver in the United States in 1866 is estimated at 80,000,000 dols. in Mexico and South America, at 40,000,000 dols. in Australia, at 61,000,000 doIs.; in British America, at 10,000,000 dols; in Siberia, 16,500,000 dols. and elsewhere, at 7,000,000 dols. Mr. Dumas states in the Pall Mall Gazette that he is preparing a statement of the amounts paid by London underwriters at Rotterdam, Paris, and Hamburg, in order to show that a very large amount of the destruction caused by the Alabama fell upon England and other European countries. The destitution among the poorer classes in New York and Brooklyn is something without example in the United States. A return just issued shows that on the 1st of July, 1867, the number of paupers relieved in the unions of England and Wales was 144,665, being 9,060 more than on the same day in the previous year. In a case heard at the assize courts, Manchester, on Monday, it was shown that the estate of a deceased gentleman, who had died intestate, was insolvent, and the question before .the court was as to the priority of claim of the widow and creditors respectively. The judge decided that the widow was entitled to dower out of the balance In priority over ordinary creditors. Abraham Horseley, formerly a. wire drawer, but now an inmate of the t Halifax Workhouse, aged about sixty years, has been brought before the borough bench for re- fusing to pick hair. He said he had not worked for some time, and he would never work any more-he had done enough. He was sent to prison for six weeks. This was his sixteenth appearance before the bench. The Mark Lane Express says the great question in the corn trade is, what will America do 7 The accounts of her abundance are conflicting, but the first fruits of the season already arrived have exceede1 expectation; and, owing to the late war, the agricultural interests throughout the Union must have less power to hold stock than formerly. According to the South London Chronicle, on the line of the Charing Cross Railway, the abolition of the compounder is made an excuse for an increase of rents, the tenants paying, besides, all rates and taxes. Wretched little houses of four rooms, the rear yards of which were cut off by the railway, and the actual value of which was, therefore, greatly lessened, are now let at £25 instead of as before, j620 a year net. In fourteen years, (from 1852 to '65) 242 deaths were registered in England and Wales from lightning, of which 199 were males, and 4J were females. The numbers in each year fluctuated considerably and indicated the periodical disturbances of the electric tension of the atmosphere. It begins to be loudly asserted that King Victor Emmanuel intends to abdicate in favour of his son Humbert after the marriage of the latter. This step, it is asserted, would be very welcome to the French Government. A man named Lowry and his wife, resident at Dolphin's Barn-lane, were charged at Dublin, on Saturday, with having wantonly neglected a child four years of age in such a manner as to endanger its life. It appeared that the child was found lying on some straw on a board in the prisoners' house, and was almost destitute of clothing. It had become more like a skeleton than a living being. The child was removed to the Meath Hospital. Tne prisoners were remanded. General Grant is said to be very fond of horses. Just at present he appears to be trying to ride two at a time, a feat which requires something more than caution. It re- mains to be seen whether he will escape the not unusual catastrophe."—New York Round Table. A French restaurateur in New York is about trying the experiment of Introducing horse-flesh in that city as food. He says its rivalry may have the effect of reducing the pre- sent exorbitant price of beef. A sad affair is reported from the Isle of Man. On Saturday morning a fire broke out in the house of Dr. Steele, the proprietor- of a boarding school near Douglas. The in- mates, about fifty in number, were in bed at the time, and had to leave in the greatest haste without attempting to save anything from the flames. Three of the firemen were after- wards buried by the fall of a roof, and one was burned to death. During the twelve months ending with November last there were delivered by carriers in New York city 12,009,070 mail letters, 5,137,000 city letters, and 1,666,014 newspapers, and there were collected from the lamp post boxes 18,790,424 newspapers and letters. The journals announce the death, at Paris, aged ninety-five years, of Madame Louis Ducis, née Anna Talma. This lady was sister of Talma, and married the nephew of the poet Ducis. In the painting by Robert Fleury at the Thfeatre Frances, and representing the last moments of the great actor, she appears seated near the dying man, whose hand she holds. Apropos of Mr. Roebuck's recent lecture on Capital and Labour," the Shejjield Independent states that the honourable gentleman took the unusual course of writing his address, that he might ensure calmness and completeness, might ntter DO word that he bad. not well weighed, and might not run the risk of dwelling so long on one part of his subject as to pass too lightly over the rest." During the past year fifteen children between eleven and fourteen years of age committed suicide in the Austrian capital. The Masonic brotherhood of Philadelphia are abo ut to build a granite structure 250 feet iong by 150 feet wide, with a tower 300 feet in height. It will cost nearly 1,000,000 dollars. A Pennsylvania Protectionist" has raised a laugh in Congress by moving a resolution directing the Committee of Ways and Meaus "to inquire into the expediency of so amending the tariff laws as to restrain importations, so as to throw the balance of trade largely in favour of the United States." A Western freetrader suggested that the resolution be modified so as to require the balance of trade to be in favour of the United States, at all events." The resolution was adopted without alteration. The reissue of the regulations for the enlistment of recruits contains but slight modification. It is, however, provided that, in addition to height and chest measure^ ment, no recruit, (boys and lads excepted) is to be enlisted unless physically capable of bearing arms. This condition is found to be necessary, now that recruits may be enlisted at the age of seventeen if their phyrique is sufficiently de- veloped to enable them to bear arms, which is not invariably the case. A telegram from Lloyd's agent at Constantinople reports the wreck, on the 20th ult, on the Roumelian coast of the Bosphorus of the British barque Circasria, Captain Cooper, laden with corn from Varna to England. Nobody was found on board, and the boats had disappeared. The weather has been very severe lately, with frequentjitorms. John H. Surratt is again to be tried for complicity in the assassination of President Lincoln, and the Washington Criminal Court has fixed February 24 for the beginniug of the triaL A list of casualties on the Western and South Western lakes and rivers of America during the past year shows that 128 accidents to boats occurred, 82 resulting in the total destruction of the boats. The loss of life was over 90, and of money 645,000 dollars, on which were insurances to the amount of 612,000 dollars. The Kerry Evening Post says that Dr. Moriarty and his clergy find great difficulty in collecting their customary dues from their Roman Catholic flock, owing to the doctor's recent denunciation of Fenianism. The Indian Department at Washington has set apart a room to be devoted to teaching the Indians who visit that city weaving and various mechanic arts, which they seem anxious to learn. Some recent heavy damages for breach of promise of marriage remind Jones of Spread weasel's precaution. When I courted her," he said, I took lawyer's advice and signed every letter to my love, Tours, without prejudice. By the Atlantic cable we learn that the American Congress has passed a bill repealing the internal tax on cotton immediately, and removing the duty on the importa- tion of foreign cotton after the 1st November next. The Warrington Guardian states that an action is about to be brought against the manager of the Warrington Gas Works, for false imprisonment, by the men who were lately apprehended on the charge of attempting to blew up the gas works. The toy called the "Roman question," Bold a month ago at Paris for If., may now be bought for 2 sous. having been dethroned by another called the "Mexican question. A grave arithmetician, cognizant of the value of time, has calculated that 500,000 persons in Paris alone have spent each half an hour on an average in endeavouring to find out the solution of the Roman puzzle, and that the total would represent about 57 years of the life of a man working 12 hours a day. Among the recent arrivals in Rome is that of the celebrated American Federal General, known as "flghting Joe Hooker." His wife is in delicate health. The general himself is recovering from his attack ot paralysis a year ago. The Post-office department at Washington has in its dead-letter office more than 10,000 photographs of Union soldiers, which accumulated during the war. "The law allows John Smith, trader, with £ 10,000 to the good, to'settle' that sum secretly on his wife and children. He is, in fact, tacitly affirming to every man he deals with every day that he is, for creditors' purposes, JE10,000 richer than he is, and the falsehood is directly sanctioned by the law. Make every 'settlement' by a trader illegal unless published within a week in the Gazette. Spectator. A donation of £ 1,000, for the purpose of founding a medical scholarship in the University of Edinburgh, has been made by Miss Ettles, of Inverness. Mr. William Rathbone, a gentleman who has for a long time been prominent as a Liberal politician at Liver- pool, died on Saturday, in last week. He leaves three sons, all of whom are active in local and general politics. According to the census returns of 1861, of 2,224,743 persons residing in the United States who were born in the United Kingdom, 1,611,304 were born in Ireland. At Glasgow, a little boy reached over the sink in the kitchen to help himself to a drink from the "swan- necked cran" through which the water runs. Having slightly overbalanced himself in the effort, the poor little fellow was unable to recover so far as to get the pipe out of his mouth, and the consequence was that he was choked almost instantaneously by the flow of the water under full pressure. His friends were quite within rea'ch at the time, but the event was so sudden that they could render no assistance. A good story is going the round of the Chancery Bar. An eminent counsel recently spoke for two hours befoie one of the Vice-Chancellors, and the proceedings were re- ported verbatim by a shorthand writer. It appears from his notes that the judge interrupted the barrister precisely one hundred and thirteen times—almost exactly once in every minute. This practice of interruption, at least in two of the Equity Courts, has now reached such an excess, that those tribunals are almost incessantly the scenes of inde- cerous wrangling or K*BS'P> ana the administration of justice is seriously impeded. Although the length of the London and North- Western system Is not at present more than a tenth of the total mileage length of the United Kingdom, Its receipts are a little more than a sixth of those earned by all British and Irish railways. Its income, in fact, is just three times what Lord Macaulay tells us, in the fourth volume of his History ot England, was the total national revenue at the time that William III. ascended the English th: ui.e." -Rambles on Railways. By Sir CunackP. Money. An inquest has been held on the body of Mr. Henry Scott Gresley, barrister, Boyn-hill, Maidenhead. The deceased was married in November, and, accompanied by his wife, only returned from their wedding tour a fortnight ago They took up their residence at the house of the Rev. W. Gresley, incumbent,of All Saints, Boyn-hill, father of the deceased. A medical man who had been called in advised that the deceased should be watched, as his,, conduct1 was eccentric; he managed, however, to get a razor, with which ihe cut his throat. A verdict ef suicide while in a state of TEMPORARY UUMJLTY TTM MFRNIED, J A young man named Smith b..s been fined 20s. and costs (305,) at Manchester for extinguishing a street lamI;" He stated that he was lighting his pipe at the lamp when it went out. The magistrate recommended him to purchase farthing boxes of matches in future as likely to be cheaper in the long run. The farmers in Devonshire are complaining of the increase of the ringdove or wood-pidgeon. These birds visit that country now in large flocks. They feed on beech nuts, acorns, turnip and swede greens, young cloveis, cab- bage plants tares, peas, &e. When feeding they have scouts who give notice of danger. They breed often during the year. They comIDûnce coomg.m March. Many of their early-laid eggs are devoured by jays. They build their nests carelessly, and their young often fall out of them. The Stoneivall Jackson, an armour-plated steam ram, has been sold by the United States Government to the Tycoon of Japan for 450,000 dollars. The Stonewall Jackson was built at Bordeaux in 1864 for the Danish Government, and was subsequently sold to the Confederate States. She is more than 1,000 tons burden, and carries 300-pounder Arm- strong guns. When last heard of she was at Montevideo on her way to Japan she was officered by Americans, but had two Japanese daimios on board. A merchant, who has just arrived from Hanover, states that thaler pieces with the inscription George V. 1S67, are privately circulated in that country. The sweets of Royalty must indeed be great, if they are so hard to re- nounce! In Australia., recently, died a cow at the great n- of thirty-three. A Pittsburgh organ builder has invented a new stop, which, from the accounts in the Pittsburgh papers, is something wonderful. One paper says: "It expresses the touching tenderness of the human heart, and the tremulous, pathetic tones of the violin. Its effect is indescribable and altogether irresistible. Indee 1, the human heart and the nerves which remain unmoved under the influence of its ethereal tones, must be composed of wood and leather A lady recently paid St. George's Hospital, London, a lengthened visit, and upon leaving it placed the munificent sum of £500 iu the hands of the secretary hi token of her ap- proval of all she had witnessed. It is confidently asserted that Alexandre Dumaf the spoilt child of fashion, has made 19,800, OOOf. by his pel What has become of all this gold ? No one knows, especiall not Dumas. How is it," said an author one day to him that you have managed to get through so much money? "Oh," replied the author of Monti Christo, "many of friends helped me The Saturday Rtvieio, in an article on the Caledc- Railway, justifies the making of payments out ef capital the same principle that a man having £10,000 a year from an estate would be justified in spending jei0,000 out of his capital in further developing its resources. A sensation is being caused in the religious world by the preaching of a converted actor, formerly of the London and provincial theatres." He draws great houses," or, as a religious paper puts it, "his marvellous abilities, formerly employed in the service of Satan, are now employed in the service of God." "We recently had twenty shillings' worth of penny postage stamps weighed; with the border all round the sheet, 240 stamps weigh little less than half an ounce with- out the border the weight is a little more than half an ounce. Consequently £32 worth weigh one pound, L3,584 one cwt., £71.6S0 one ton, £716,800 ten tons."—Rambles on Railways By Sir Cusack P. Roruy. The Standard mentions that an Irish Reform Bill ia in preparation, together with a measure on Irish railways, and another on the land question. These are altogether irrespective of the work of the Church and Education Com- m IssioIll. During one week the number of foreign letters received at and despatched from New York were as fellows, viz. British letters, 65,439; German letters, 42,117 French letters, 24,369 and Belgian letters, 809. The number of letters between the West Indies, Australia, South Pacific, and China and New York by united steam ships was 32,308 during the same period. A correspondent sayo that, although it is now car- nival time, Rome is like a tomb; the theatres are deserted, and there are scarcely any foreigners in the city. The President of the United States, Andrew John- son, who in his youth worked as a journeyman tailor, has sent the sum -of fifty dollars as his contribution to the Operative Tailors' Emigration Society in London, with his best wishes for its object. An eccentric baronet, recently deceased, has left the whole of his property to a manservant. A letter from Naples says that the Italian authori- ties have discovered a number of If. pieces, which have- been for some time in circulation, some bearing the effigy of Francis II., King of the Two Sicilies," and others that of "Humbert L, King of Northern Italy," and having on the obverse side the inscription, "Confedereazione Italiana." The month upon which we have just entered (February) contains five Saturdays—a singularity which has not occurred in any February these score of years. It is said that Madame Petipa, the favourite dancer of St. Petersburg, has drawn the great Russian Lottery prize- of 76,000 roubles. The Warrington Guardian announced the discovery of a gunpowder, by a leading gentleman of that town, which will not explode until it is mixed, which is the work of an instant, and the power of which is superior to the- best powder in use, although worth less than 9d. a pound. The inventor has made hia secret known to Govern- ment. The giraffe recently sent to the Paris museum by King Victor Emmanuel has just died. Another is shortly expected, promised by the Viceroy of Egypt. Ten Paris editors have been fined heavily for publish" ing summaries of the debates on the Army Bill, and under the list of game recently bagged by the Imperial party, a paper satirically adds, "Winged ten newspapers. The birds; can still bite, and have very sharp beaks." An Irishman, evidently a native of Germany,, offered the following message for transmission from a town in Eastern Maine Michael murphy, New York. Vy town you sent te coots? Send fisites, unt shaltz.—HANS KRAUT." This was intended to mean, Why don't you send the goods T Send vlsites and shawls." About 500 colliers are on strike in the Poynton dis- trict, resisting an attempt of the employers to enforce a* reduction of one penny in the shilling. The Liverpool pilot boats last year earned £67,8U. The operative slaters of Glasgow have taken advan- tage of the pressure of work consequent on the lato storm to strike for rise of wages. The Sicilian Journal states that M. Anselmo- Gaetano, under secretary of the prefecture of Monreale, has just been assassinated with a poignard. He was eighty years of age. The Berlin journals give an account of a curious ceremony of the burial of the Police Gazette in that city. Letters announcing the decease of that journal were sent to ? number persons connected with the press and their friends. The funeral procession started from the printing office, preceded by a band of music, to the place of inter- ment. Compositors dressed in black paper carried the body. A humorous funeral oration was then pronounced, after which the journal was plunged into a tub of printers' ink and so buried. An old bachelor in New York offered a young lady a pony for a kiss. She gave him the kiss. He refused her the pony. She sued him. He pleaded "no consideration." The court decided that a kiss was a legal consideration, and made him "pony up." It was sometime ago announced that rich deposits of gold had been discovered in Russian America. A despatch to the State Department reports that an assay had been madtf- of the gold ore found there at San Francisco, and it yields at the rate of 13,000 dollars per ton. A respectable inhabitant of Angleur (Belgium)." says the Meuse journal, "a few days ago found that he had been robbed of a bank-note of 1,000f. The most active' researches were made by the police without effect, when, on opening the door of his apartment two mornings back, he' was agreeably surprised to find the missing note nailed ta- the doorl" The following advertisement appeared in the Londora Times the other day: "To invalid, hardworked, and yomig: clergymen.—Six hundred manuscript Church sermons oa sale, by a D.D. lately deceased. Specimen on receipt of thirteen stamps. Apply," &c.—It should have been headed Notice to the Trade." A discussion of an interesting character has taken place among the English residents at Hong-Kong with re- ference to the existence of coal in China. It is said to be available in enormous quantities, although it is unworked. Should these statements be verified they are likely to exert a very important influence, not only on the Celestial Empire itself, but also on English and French commerce in the Eastern seas and ports. The Rev. Henry Ward Beecher is writing A Life of Christ." Two of the firemen of the Bangalore, which arrived at Southampton on Saturday with the India mail went oat shore when the ship was at Marseilles to have a drinking bout. One of them returned alone at two o'clock in the morning. He did not know what had become of his com- panion, who was afterwards found dead, with his throat cut, in a ditch in the neighbourhood of Marseilles. The deceased; was a married man, with three children. The Queen has sent a letter of condolence to Mrs. Charles Kean. At the Conservative meeting in Bristol the other- night, it was stated that Mr- Baker, in accordance with the wishes expressed by the members of the association, had sent a letter, through General Groy, to her Majesty the Queen, asking that a cheap edition of her beautiful book may be issued and he had received a reply from General Grey, stating that her Majesty had been gracious enough to. comply with the request, and.that "a oheap edition of that; work would be issued for her dear, loving subjects." A fruit farmer in Ohio is planting a mammoth orchard, which will consist of 5,000 apple trees assorted kinds; 10,000 peach trees, 6,000 pear trees (stanit, JT9m dwarf, 2,600 cherry trees 1,500 phims, 20 acres of strawberries, 20 acres of raceme*, eiKht acr^ of blackberries, 18 acres of grapes. A few days since a gardener in trenching some meadow land at Highgate, Middlesex, found. a vase contain- ing nearly 7,000 silver coins, consisting uf silver pennies (London. York, Middlesex, Bristol,<and Canterbury) groats and half-groats, halfpennies, &c. (Irish and Scotch, Vene- tian and foreign, Teutonic), and two gold coins of Edward ILL, also an amber rosary. The coins haw; been partially arranged by Mr. Vaux, of the British Museum. The Sheffield ratteners are coming to the surfaces again. Last Thursday night two brothers samed Marshall, scissor grinders, were rattened, five of their bands having, been taken away. hey had been unable to continue their centributions to their union in consequence of the depreasedi state of trade, and had received warnings that if they did not pay up it would be the worse for them. The place in which they worked was probably secured by the gatekeeper on Thursday night, but the union men contrived to climb up a sort of funnel outside the wall and gain admittance bv onet of the windows. Two troopers, forming an escort, have been murdered near Brisbane. They were found lying on their rugs at their camp, near Mackenzie. 1'jve pigs were lying dead, havmr, it is supposed, eaten ol matter vomited by the men Both men were shot through the head, besides hS been poisoned. The a^hesofthe ga(1dle bags were found in the camp fire. Four tnousanrt pounds m notes, which the escort, were t^iog to Uie branch of the Joint-stock Bank at Cler- mont, are missing. An ex-magistrate has been arrested on suspicion. T Spo^tinn Gazette understands that the whole of Lord Jersey 3 stud will be brought to the hammer at, Tf.tfcer- saU s at an early day. Whether the sale in questio n i& to !>e a weeding out" one only or preparatory to hie lordship's retirement from the turf, to which he haa r.niv recently taken, is not certain. jVlVS recently What was considered an appr0priate presentation was made by a deputation of tb,, ladies o f r.irk to Air Train the other.=tag just ^ore hesat do^tobreikl t h eoi'.alsted of a "Cork drisheen," w £ ^toUrkwv "I" th,,s describes:- -"This famous of Wed sheen's w ,tne ha«S's is to Scotls nd. It consists nnmnressed into r lK'tUeMone(Hvith herbs and spices, and animal It thlv.V' 0Uter "^hraua of- an.. intestine of the to three feet lnn«. °rniS a c'mv°hited tube, va Tying from two "black pudding 111 P'ain EngUsh We ^h0Ultl cal1 St a United ith,J?'nDa*a "of storm"? that vrhich swept the g °TO on Saturday. last, seems likely to occupy a sure^if ir'u8 ^ace- force of the wi nd reached a pres- H oa the square foot, or 61bs more than that of of 1866, when the Royal C karttr and 80 many other phips were lost. The hurricane '5\ rept with impartial iury over land and «ea, and floods came to aid its ravages and we read that villages have been submerge id, furnace fires ex- j 'igui:-hed, mills ucltruimed, and the pi oduce of the farm. L'e furniture of the cottager, the bexp- *3-up stores of the- millowner have been swept away in a con anon destruction. Under the heading of "National. Sports" we find the following brutal incident noted in 1 ,he Illustrated Lon- don Nti ."—"On Tueadav the Quorn lad a run from Barkby Holt. Charles, the second wb ip, got a terrible fall over an ox fence. His horse never ros Ie at the timber, and fell upon him, and there they lay. Sc ime gne Tode by just after, and simply said, Lie still!'and never olferedto get off and help him. The ponr follow was to compl etely under the librae that llü c o.tld not recognize h js friend, which is to be regretted. Sewo time elapsed belt ire he wai found, and it in ført4 hia hip U broken."