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HORSE-FLESH AS AN ARTICLE…

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THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE…

DOUBLE MURDER.

MISS MENKEN AND HER CARRIAGE.

The CAUSES of IRISH DISAFFECTION.

THE TRIALS FOR SEDITIOUS LIBELS.

-----A SCENE AT A PARIS STATE…

IRISH CHILDREN AND MR. TRAIN.

THE POPE'S BRIEF ON FEMALE…

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ENGLISH FETE AT CANNES.

FRIGHTENING THE CORK POLICE!

----------THE SCOTCHMAN IN…

HORRIBLE MURDER.

AN ITALIAN TRAGEDY.

THE AMERICANS AND THE FENIANI…

- DEATH OF MR. W. HERAPATH.

- EXTRAORDINARY SUICIDE.

INCIDENT OF THE AMERICAN WAR.

MEAT PRESERVING IN AUSTRALIA.

A SINGULAR HISTORY.I

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A SINGULAR HISTORY. A short time ago a human skeleton was found at Broughty Ferry Castle while making a drain. The skeleton appeared to be that of a strong, full-grown man, and was tound about two and a half feet from the surface of the ground. The skull bore a mark as if a wound had been inflicted with a rapier, threat numbers of persons visited the spot, and considerable curiosity was manifested as to how any skeleton could have been found there. A person residing in Dundee supposes the skeleton to be that of a I rench ofheer who was killed in an encounter with a British cavalry- man at Broughty Castle, and furnishes the follow- ing particulars as his reason for thinking so:—About 45 years ago there resided at Cupar an old man who earned his livelihood by teaching young men sword exercise. In his young days he belonged to a cavalry regiment, and had the reputation of being a first-class swordsman. His regiment was stationed at Cupar during the imprisonment of some French soldiers, but, notwithstanding the utmost cordiality exhibited between the French and British offi- cers, while the latter were dining together one day a conversation rose on sword exercise, and one of the French officers set himself forth as a match for any. The feeling of rivalry naturally existing between the officers of the two nations was excited to a high pitch, and the conversation ended by the officer of the British regiment engaging that he would even find a man in the ranks who would beat him. ) The day for the combat was fixed, and the betting was heavy on both sides. The young man befo-refnientioned was the man chosen to test the ability of the French officer. The combat resulted in the ignominious de- feat of the latl-^r, and in the British officers pocketing a large sum. The French officer left the ground indignant and ashamed at being defeated by a common private, and before his comrades and the British officers. To retrieve his lost honour he challenged the cavalryman to a second encounter, which the latter cavalryman to a second encounter, which the latter accepted, and again proved victorious, disarming his opponent, and carrying off his sword as a trophy. Shortly after this the officers entertained the gallant young swordsman to dinner, and offered to reward him with £200 if he would teach them the cub;" and "guards" which he used. This offer was refused by the young man replying that he would not, and but for the antagonistic relation of the two nations, he would have taught them for as many shillings. The French officers, determined if possible to "turn the tables" sent another chal- lenge to him a few days afterwards; but on this occasion he was to be opposed by another French offi- cer, a powerful man, reckoned to be one of the best swordsmen in the army. A spot at Broughty Castle was fixed upon as the meeting-place, and both men appeared punctually on the ground. The contest lasted for an hour, and the greatest excitement pre- vailed among those who were spectators. The French officer became enraged at being unable to take advantage of his opponent, and the latter, suspecting that his antagonist would kill him the first opportu- nity, dealt him a fatal blow and he fell to the ground lifeless. He was buried at the spot by his comrades, and the skeleton lately found is thought to be his from the supposed rapier mark on the skull.

MR. ROEBUCK'S DEFENCE of his…

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THE FAMINE AMONG THE A3ABSJ

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