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Ii.a. EPITOME OF NEWS, BRITISH AND FOREIGN. Brigham Young has announced to the "Saints" that the Spirit of God has instructed him to order thsm to leave off drinking tea and coffee. The military court of Vienna has just given judg- ment in the affair of General Baron Kondelka, accused of frauds on the State during the war of 1866. He has been sentenced to four years' imprisonment and the loss of his military rank and titles of nobility. The number of deaths from the fever at Terling, Issex, has now risen to thirty-aye. Altogether there have been 1M attacks. The number of bills deposited for this Session which relate to railways and tramways in the United Kingdom amounts to 112. Of those bills thirty-one propose to autho- rise the coniltfuction of new railways, and five the construc- tion of street tramways. In Indianopolis recently a negro was sentenced to pay a fine of 6,000 do]g. and two years in the penitentiary for marrying a white woman. Whether anything was done with the woman is not stated. General Butler has been challenged to a duel by Colonel White, a Method 1st preacher of Virginia, on account of in order issued by General Busier reflecting upon him during the war. The challenge has not been accepted. France has again purchased a. large number of horses in Hungary. It i8 said that uo less than 25,000 will be successively despatched from Pesth to Strasburg. The Roman Catholic journal, the Glasgow Free Press, has succumbed to the sentence of the sacred congregation. Its publication is to cease after this week, but the pro- prietors mean to start in its place a new journal to be called the Irish Patriot. A man has been arrested at MODS for forging shares of the Orleans Company to the value of 300,000f They were placed with a notary of Brussels, who innocently disposed of a number of the iorged documents in the usual way of business. The King of the Belgians has just sent a handsome gold watch to M. de Block, Burgomaster of f ele, on the oocasion of his 102nd birthday. The following inscription is engraved on the case: "Given by the King to M. Guil- laume de Block, the 14th of February, 1868." This gentle- man still possesses aU his intellectual faculties; he is honorary president of the local shooting society; he walks out daily alone, and sometimes attends the rifle meetings. The Prince and-Princess of Wales paid a visit on Monday to Bt. Bartholomew's Hospital, in London, of which the Prince ia President. It is understood that the Prim-ess had long wished to see the institution, and especially since the reception there of most of the unfortunate persons who were injured by the OIerkenwel1 explosion. At Rome, on the 10th of February, in the gardens of the Vatican, 4.00 singers chanted a hymn by the Maestro Father Rosati, in honour of the victory of Mentana. The popewas present, and the performance attracted an immense crowd, though admittance was only obtained by tioket. At the conclusion of the hymn the Pope presented Father Rosati with a gold medal, and gave a silver one to each of the singers. A ship laden with petroleum took fire at Antwerp on Saturday, and at three o'clock in the afternoon the oon- flagrati n had a dangerous appearance, several vessels being threatened with destruction. The cloud seems to be thickening over the Bast. The North Bastern Corr*#p*n<Un*4 of Vienna speaks con- fidently of insurrectionary preparations in Bulgaria, aad other Continental journals, unfortunately confirm this view in every particular. Mr. John Abel Smith has fixed the second reading of his bill for stoppin. the Sunday liquor traffic on the list for Wednesday, the 18th of March. There has been a borough bread fund raised at Poole, In Dorsetshire, for the relief of the poor in that town. It has furnished 4,000 fourpenny leaves during the last six weeks. Buenos Ayres has been visited with cholera, and its ravages are of such a character as to almost paralyse co mmeroe. A New York paper aays A Newfoundland dog was seen carrying a bundle in his moath down Second Avenue, on Thursday night. Arriving at No. 451, oecupied by Mr. Van Winkle, he walked up the steps, and having deposited the bundle on the topmost step ran off. The package contained a female infant about one week old." A rumour was extensively prevalent on Saturday- it was, indeed, published in several of the papers—of the death of Mr. Justice Ibee, but the report was happily with- out foundation. Justice ahee has been ill, and is now said to be improving. "Hero is the sensational canard of the day—War with Prussia certain—an army to be marched across the Rhine whilst a squadron will land a force at the mouths of the Elbe. The date for this expedition is not stated, but there can be no mistake in fixing it for the 1st of April."— Saris correspondent of the London Standard. The building of the .Paris Exhibition in the Champ de Mars has been sold for 1,010, OOOf. It oost, and was worth, U.OOO.OOOf. Three coffins have been dug up near Weymouth filled with human bones. The coffins were of oak. their position was due north and south, alter the manner of the laxon period. The Maine Liquor Law has been repealed by the new Massachusetts Senate by 11 to IS An attractive novelty is announced in one of the sporting papers. A youth, paralysed in the right leg, and using a crutoh. offers to walk 1,000 mile* in 1,000 consecutive hours for a "moderate remuneration." President Johnson has not yet In any way recog- nised Mr. Stanton as the Secretary of War. Mr. Charles Dickens, while in Washington, WM the guest ollenator Sumner. A candidate for the Itoyal Asylum of St. Anne's has issued a poetical appeal to the charitable supporters of that institution. Here is a stansa:— I erave not alms, I ask not food or drink. Deny me not, kind souls, a little ink. I plead for love, for proxies, not for pence- Vote for my little son, poor Hampden Menee." At Kaaaii is religiously observed the custom of bathing on the solemnity of the Epiphany (6th January). This year at a temperature of 20 degrees Reaumur (IS below zero Fahrenheit), more than 100 individuals, old men, young ones, and lads, plunged into a hole broken in the ioe of the river Kasanka, and came out some looking as red as boiled lobsters and others pale as a shroud. On Monday the Bishop of London, Mrs. Tait, and the Rev. R. Maguire visited the sufferers by the Clerkenwell explosion now in the Royal Free Hospital, London, and were accompanied round the various wards by Dr. Marsden. They expressed themselves mueh pleased with the improved ana cheerfnl condition in which they found the patients. The poor little fellow, Arthur Abboti., who has all butlost his sight, rode his little horse about the ward much to the satisfaction of the visitors. "Two distinguished persons have arrived at Jack- son, Mississippi. One of these is Jefferson Davis, who has been received cordially but quietjy by the white people. The other is Serjeant Bates, who has undertaken to walk from Vicksburg to Washington, without money, but bearing the United States flag. Bates has been received by the negroes with much tom-toming, and supplied with food and whisky. The boast of Bates is that he will carry the flag' through the South, and that nobody will molest him."— American correspondent. Mr. Bernal, her Majesty's Consul at Havre, draws attention to the approaching maritime exhibition at Havre, and expresses regret that the number ot demands for ad- mission from flrtat Britain have fallen far short of what had reasonably beea expected. The exhibition will embrace every description of article connected with ships and seamen, and, as it will be held in the Liverpool of Franee, and at our very doors, Mr. Bernal thinks that it ought to possess very great attractions for a maritime nation like Great Britain. An old man in Manchester named O'Brien, suffering from bronchitis, obtained last week an order on a OlSpensary for a mixture composed of laudanum ipecacuanha. Haviog swallowed a dose of it, he found hiuiseu so much relieved that he drank off the entire contents of the bottle, on. the supposition that the more of the medicine he took the better: he should be. He was found dead in his bed the next morning with the empty bottle in his hand. At the coroner's inquest the jury censured the dispensary man for giving out medieines unaccompanied by written directions as te the quantity te ke taken. It appears that the suicides in the army of Saxony are increasing to a TIlOõt ahrmiLg extent. No special Ilause lias been elicited for this terrible phenomenon, save the fact that suicides seem to be on the increase throughout all clashes of society. Horses in Victoria. are as unsaleable as sheep. One paper speaks of them aa selling at sixpence enoh. Another sajs:—"On Thursday last nve were knoekci down for halt- a-crown, and ten others only realised twen' y-eight shillings, toe purchaser buying them LO feed pigs with." Rumours are again current in Paris of uneasiness in the relations between France and Prussia, and some people go so far ItS to say that Prince Napoleon is urging the Em- peror to declare war against "PrU8sia. The story leem8 to have no basis of probability. A paper gives a memoir of Mary Wolstonecraft, wife of bodwin and mother of Mrs. Shelley, with a portrait "from a photograph." As the strong-minded lady died in 1786, how on earth did the ingenious photographic artist obtain a sitting ? On dit that a distinguished clergyman who is about to visit the United States is disgusted with the British laws relative to marriage with a de eased wife's sister, and that; he will remain across the Atlantie in hopes of better times. —Court Journal. On Sunday last took place, in the vicinity of Paris, a race with veloclpedt's, open to all natioDS. A ireat crowd assembled, and appeared highly amused at this voluntary treadmill exercise which lasted ahout an hour and a halt. The successful competitor was a Frenchman. This kind of amusement is becoming very general with children of larger growth, and bids fair to superlecte rockiug-hoises. Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to Bend to tne Royal Free Hospital, GrayVinn-road, in Lon- don, through Dr. Jenner, a copy of her Majesty's work Leaves from the Journal of our Lite in the Highlands." Her Majesty has written on the fly-leaf, "Presented to the Royal Free Hespital by Victoria R." The Speke mystery is said to be solved, and in a very curious way. Any of your readers who have perused Mr. Cnarles Seaae s story, « Hard Cash,' will remsmber how the hero of tlte tale was oapturtd and incarcerated in a mad- house on the eve of his marriage. It is said that this ia the real explanation of Mr. Spoke's fate, aud the ciue to which Th, Timts of Friday alluded."—Leeds Mercury. An aeronaut went up from the city of Mexico, on Christmas morning, in a hot-air balloon. He struck a cold current, which chilled his apparatus and sent him down rapidly, and broke his bones. A few days since two young greyhounds, while chasing a hare at Kimeridge, in the Isle of Purbeck, fell over a cliff several hundred leet in height and were killed. A negro who had outraged an Irish girl, aged fifteen years, and then thrown her over an embankment, badly in- juring her, has been taken from the gaol iu Frankfort, Kentucky, and hanged by an infuriated ni"b. Patrick Lennon, who was convicted of treason-felony at the Dublin Assizes, has been sentenced to fifteen years' penal servitude. On sentence being prQnowlced he consoled himself with the expectation that the English government of Ireland would be upset before that period had expired, and avowed that if he was set free he would again join the Fenian conspiracy. The artillery stores in Utrecht have been reduced to ashes. The loss is estimated at 200,000 florin; Good progress towards recovery has been made by her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales during her visit to Sandringham, which has extended to three months The Princess is now able to walk without the aid of a stick, and an ordinary observer would fail to perceive any remaining lameness."—The Laneet. It is stated that the sum to be paid for the dispensa- tion asked from the Pope on the occasion of the marriage of Prince Humbert with his ceusin the Princess Marguerita, will be lOO.eOOfr. According to a parliamentary return the number of licences taken out in the United Kingdom for the financial year 1866-66, by dealers In spirits, wine, maltsters, brewers, pubUeans, beershop-keepers, and other retailers of beer was 840,000. An inland revenue return which has just been issued shows that 111 the financial year 1866-67 no less than 186,078,045 penny stamps were supplied to the public for use on reeelpts, draughts, and other documents (other than letters) requiring a penny stamp. On Saturday night Mr. Richard Marshall, farmer, of Wysall, near Nottingham, met with his death by an ex- traordinary misadventure He went to an oyster stall in the Market-place, Nottingham, and ordered some oysters to be opened. The first handed to him was a very large one, and stuck in his throat. He was unable to dislodge it, fell to the ground gasping for breath, and was carried at once to the hospital, but died on his way. The deceased was a married man, and has left a large family. A marriage has been arranged at Nice between Mr. Henry Oppenheim, a partner in the well known Egyptian banking-house of that name, and the daughter of the Hon. James Butler, younger brother of Lord Dunboyne. The Carnival at Rome began on Saturday. The Corso was yery animated. Although few carriages "were ob- served, large crowds filled the streets. Perfect order prevailed. We are requested by the Lord Chancellor to con- tradict a statement of the intended marriage of his daughter, which, without any authority, was most improperly inserted in the Oourt Journal, and for which there is not the smallest foundation."—Times. The second valet of Lord Derby has committed suicide by cutting his throat. It appears that he had been engaged to one of Ahe female domestics at Knowsley Hall, and that a marriage between them had been arranged, and was shortly to have taken place. Within the last few weeks, however, the deceased became impressed with the delusion that he had been supplanted by another in her affections, and this circumstance preyed much upon his mind. The public will be glad to learn that Lord Derby's health continues to be decidedly improved. One fact has been Incidentally mentioned, which is not without interest as bearing on recent discussions. The noble Earl sees the official papers, which are sent to him in regular course and they are duly returned, not without haviug received his per- sonal attention. Parisian traders sometimes give their shops strange signs, fL.r signs for shops still rxibt in that country, though they have long since disappeared in England. At the present moment one of them is advertising his shop under the sign of the Illustrious Establishment." The ruling intellects of the city of Cork decline to admit the W øltminster Rtview to'their principal library, because it had an article lately on polygamy in Turkey. One of the artillery soldiers, named Hickey, who was in charge of the martello tower in Cork Harbour when the Fenian party attaoked it in December, has been tried by court-martial, convicted of disobedience to orders and neglect of duty, and sentenced to eighty-four days' imprisonment with hard labeur. The commissioners sent abroad to select the best moåe1 for a rifle wherewith to arm the Pope's troops have just returned to Rome, having decided for the American Remington nfle as modified in England, a simple but solid model. Some objections to the form of the cartouche have led to an improvement in It. Ten thousand of these weapons have been ordered, and in six months they are to be in the hands of Pio Nono's soldiers. The Turkish Army, according to the last official re- ports, was 170,876 men when on a war footing and 148,680 men when on a peace footing. A man living on the banks of the river Ness died recently, and his corpse was laid on a stretcher, which was placed on a box or trunk. The river rose higher than it has done for fifty years, and the inmates of the cottase, with the exception of a boy, fled. On going back to the house when the water began to recede, the eorpse was found floating in two feet of wat<jr, and the boy sitting on the coffin half starved. The Charivari (the French Punch) publishes a woodcut In which England, in the guise of an astronomer, is represented looking through ateiescopeat the starTheodorus in the far distance, and, in consequence, never sees the well of ffenianism open at her feet, and into which a fall seems imminent. m is a class of people in Paris who obtain a aZ £ piclclnSt up the ends of cigars in the streets, Ac. °*e people purchase from the head-waiter of a eu/i the exclusive right to pick up the butts of cigars. It is estimated that the total value of these cigar-ends is abeut £2,000 per annum, and that they are worked up into tobacco and oftentimes exported as pure Oriental weed. In the obituary column of the London Times of the 18th inst. were recorded the deaths of fourteen persons whose united ages amounted to 1,110 years Nine of the number were men and five women, the total of whOl8 years numbered 713 and 807 respectively. The average age of each person was, therefore, a little over 79 years. The youngest was TO, and the eldest (Sir. David Brewster) 87. A Maharatee Brahmin is now labouring as a oate. ehist of the Church mission at Cawnpore. Among the persons baptised are numbered two ladies of the Delhi Royal Family. A suggestion whioh appeared in The Timet some days ago, that a new industry might be created for Ireland by the cultivation of beet-roet sugar, was met at once by the disceuraging statement that it had been tried some years ago and had failed. This is literally true; but it turns out that the failure proves nothing, beoause the experiment was not fairly tried. A hopeful symptom is showing itself in Italy. In the principal cities addressess to the chamber are being signed, urging It to suspend all political discussion, and to throw aside all other matters of minor importance, in order to devote the whole of its energies exclusively to the task ot improving the finances and reforming the administration of the country. "Mr. Gordon, who accidentally shot himself the other day at Cambridge," one of hiB friends says, was one of the most careless men in handling arine I ever met. I have seen him, as a feat of strength, hold out at arm's length a loaded rifle with the muzsle towards his head." The university marker had known him to cock his rifle with his foot, with the muscle towards him. One of the most touchingly simple wills was left a few days ago by the German Pastor Holsapfel, of Reifnitr. It consists of this one line only :— ify soul to God, my body to earth, my money to our deal and dumb hospital." The property of the deceased, who had led a most rigorously abstemious life, amounts to about 70,000 florins. A. newspaper is about to be started at Sitka, in Nato Archangel, in Walrussia A Boston shipowner, who is building vessels at Quebec, writes home that, while first-class vessels can be built in Canada and Nova Scotia at 50 dols currency a ton, it is impossible for United States shipbuilders to compete with them, as the same 018lls ot velsela oannot be produced here at less than i5 dols. a ton. A letter from Rome, in the Dibats, says :—" Every body knows that the Papal army contains subjects of all countries; but what, ia not generally known is that it is not composed exclusively of Catholics, and that there are soldiers 1n it belonging to all ereeds. A myself could scarcely believe the fact, and I was obliged, to be convinced ot it, to take note with my own eyes of a certain number of men in the Pontifloal uniform attending a Protestant church." The Heme Secretary has put his veto on a gigantic lottery, or "annual sale by ballot," announced to take place at Oxford, for the benefit "of the sunennx thousands of London and the homeless poor of Oxf jid. The Mayor Mr Carr) haa been communicated with by Mr. Hariy, aud a cor- respondence ha? ensued which will probably lead the Go- vernment to prohibit the numerous mouster draws which are now going on throughout the kingdom. An employe on the Orleans Railway has invented an amalgamation of coal and other combustible material" especially petroleum, made for the convenience of use the form of bricks, which, it is said, is calculated to effect an immense saving in the fuel necessary for generating steam It burns with intense heat and for a long time, and is likely to be extensively employed very shortly on the Orleans line where some very ta'iaiactory experiments have been made with this material The compound is called briguettes hor- de laises. "Rebecca" is afoot in Scotland. Fourteen men with blackened face' knocked up the toll-keeper on Dunkeld- bridge, early last, and told him that they bad come to relieve the public from paying the tojl any longer. Thej t^hen divided themselves inte two parties one party £ tt.^rd.Ml £ Jhe toll keeper, whilst the other lifted the gate off its hinges ana threw it into the Tav. Having done # Partec1> and the toll-keeper wisely made no attempt to follow them. The gate floated down the Tav ferry beloj11 an(1 was found in a shattered state at a A letter from Rome to the Havas Agency states that a monk, Father Curci, who enjoys some reputation in Italy for eloquence, recently insinuated in a sermon that the .Emperor Napoleon was acting hypocritically in the ser. vices rendered to the Holy See. A "painful sensation" was in consequence created in Rome, and the French ambassador had a conversation with Cardinal AntonellI on the subject. The Roman secretary of state at once declared that the Pope had already administered a severe reprimand. "A distinguished London philosopher and M.P, will early in the Session draw the attention of the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer to the necessity of providing more dead horses for the consumption of the eats, since they have human competitors in their food. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, it is presumed, will say, Kill the cats. But the philosopher will retort, What will beeome of the rats and mice, anù, from that point of reasoning, of the stores of corn iu the land ? The question may become a party oae aad lead te a change of Miaiitry. "—Court Journal.