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EPITOME OF NEWS. BRITISH AND FOREIGN, The English team of riflemen, taken over to Dublin by Sir H. Halford to compete with an Irish team, were, on Saturday, defeated by one hundred and thirty points. A committee of the Edinburgh Town Council un- animously recommended the conferment of the freedom of the city on Lord Rosebery, in recognition of his Lordship's distinguished services in Scotland. The number of visitors to the International Fisheries Exhibition last Saturday was 19,560, making a total for last week of 81,168. The total number from the opening of the Exhibition has been 527,264. Statistics from most of the great watering places in Germany show that they are all well attended, Baden-Baden heads the list with nearly 14,000 visitors, and then follow Carlsbad, with over 10,100, and Ems. Teplitz, and Marienbad, with about 3,000 each. Circulars have been issued by the Prefect of Neuci»4Ul warning people at their peril neither to hold Salvationist prayer meetings in their own houses, nor to attend any that may be held else- where. In Swindon market on Monday a pen of 30 two, tooth wether sheep, out of the wool, realized a total J f S115 2s. 6d., or an average of over 23 15s. per head. On Monday evening as Sergeant Major Freestone, drill inspecto r of the Dorset Yeomanry Cavalry, was proceeding to his home at Maiden Newton along the Great Western line he was run over and killed by the 7.50 train. According to advices received at New York from Vera Cruz, the yellow fever is making fearful ravages among the Europeans and Americans in that city. A thousand deaths have occurred within the past two months. The Tell Chapel, on the Lake of Lucerne, which has been restored by the Society of Swiss Artists and decorated with some fine frescoes by M. Stuckelberg, bas_ been formally handed over to the Government of Uri in the presenae of delegates of the Confederation and representatives of twenty Cantons, who were attended by officials wearing he national costume. The German colony at Moscow has presented an address of congratulation to the Russian Emperor. Numerous loyal addresses continue to be received by his Majesty from all parts of the Empire. During 1882 very nearly 19,000 articles, varying from wmbrellasto parcels containing gold or jewellery, were left in cabs in the metropolis and duly taken back to their owners. The Standard aaya :—We hear that after this week the Government intend to take the whole of Tuesdays and Fridays for Government business. The proposal is likely to meet with some opposition, and a special claim will be put in for a day for the motion of which Mr. Chaplin has given notice regarding the cattle disease, and whieh stands for Tuesday week. The Paris Municipality have voted 20,000fr. for the expenses of workingmen delegates to the Boston Ex- hibition, and a further ram of 10.000fr. for increas- ing to 80 the number of such delegates to the Amster- dam Exhibition. The Gibsontown Distillery, in South-West Penn- sylvania, was burnt the other day, together with 8,000 barrels of whiskey. The loss amounts to 500,000 dollars. Several explosions occurred, seriously injuring 18 persons. The Daily News says that a statement is widely current to the effect that the extension of the wood pavement in the metropolis is accompanied by an increase of serious affections of the eyes and lungs. On Tuesday while a wedding party was proceeding to church at Garvagb, county Londonderry, the bride and bridegroom were accidentally shot by a man who discharged a gun in celebration of the event. They sustained severe injuries, each being struck in the faoe and neck. The wedding was of course post- poned. The Agent-General for New Zealand has received a letter, dated May 16, from Dr. Wasse, the surgeon- superintendent of the ship Oxford, reporting that everything was going on well on board. It will be remembered that the Oxford was detained some time at Plymouth, the ship having had to put back in Feb. last, owing to stress of weather. During last week four steamers arrived at Liverpool with live stock and fresh meat from the United States and Canada—the total consignments being 1,202 cattle, 898 sheep, and 1,920 quarters of beef. These figures as compared with the previous week, show a falling off in live cattle, and a considerable increase in sheep. The quantity of dead meat landed was about the same. Twenty-four British and foreign actual shipwrecks were reported during last week against 29 for the same week last year, making the total up to date 976 against 762, or an increase of 214. Seventeen British.owned vessels have gone down, four being steamers, The lives lost number 65, against 112 last year. On Tuesday while Mrs. Wallace, the wife of a Stirlingshire landed proprietor, was driving from Ardrishaig, with her daughter and two grandchildren, the horses became restive and bolted, and the occu- pants of the carriage were thrown into the road. Mrs. Wall'ace sustained concussion of the brain, and died shortly afterwards. At the meeting of the Grand Committee on Law on Tuesday, it was resolved not to proceed further with the Criminal Code Bill, and a special report setting forth the reasons for this course was ordered to be presented to the House of Commons. There were 2,513 births and 1,333 deaths registered in London last week. Allowing for increase of popu- lation, the births were 74, and the deaths 103, below the average numbers in the corresponding weeks of the last ten years. The annual rate of mortality from all causes, which had been'equal to 18'5 and 16'9 per 1,000 in the two preceding weeks, rose again to 17'6. J.¡.Jn¡" Dr. J. Moir died suddenly on Wednesday morning in the refreshment saloon at Aberdeen Station. It was found that death resulted from apoplexy. The deceased was 65 years of age. An inspection has been made this week of the Mersey Submarine Tunnel, whereby Liverpool will be con- nected with Birkenhead. The tunnel is being ex- cavated from both ends, and 728 yards are completed. The total length is one mile, One thousand men are employed in the work. Advices from Chicago state that a new law, fixing the maximum passenger fares on railroads at three cents, (l^d.) per mile has been carried into effect in Kansas, U.S. It is expected that the prorogation of Parliament will take place about the 21st of August; but many members regard this as a somewhat sanguine anticipa- tion. The Planters' Cotton-Seed and Oil Works at Algiers, Louisiana, the largest in the world, have been struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The loss is estimated at 1,000, COO dols. The International Arbitration and Peace Associa- tion for Great Britain and Ireland has issued an appeal to women for co-operation, for suggestions, and for help to enable the association to carry out its work. By command of the Qaeen a State Concert was given on Wednesday evening at Buckingham Palace, which was attended by the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince and Princess Christian, Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, the Duke of Albany, and other members of the Royal family. At the dinner of the Royal General Theatrical Fund, on Wednesday night, a subscription of one hundred pounds was announced from the Queen. The French Government have decided on organising a small Colonial Army. The Marine Infantry, twenty thousand strong, is to be reorganised and considerably strengthened. Voluntary enlistment, with bounties and extra pay, is to be adopted instead of the conscrip- tion. A Bombay telegram says that the announcement made in London that the Duke of Connaught would next spring succeed Lieutenant-General the Hon. Arthur Hardinge as Commander-in-Chief at Bombay is officially denied. The latest acquisition at the British Museum is a colossal marble female head, discovered in a temple at Sarotis by Mr. Dennis. The head measures over four feet in height, and is supposed to be that of the Empress Faustina. The entire figure must have measured about 24 feet, and was probably seated. The Bank of Ireland in Dublin was decorated on Monday with flags in honour of its centenary, and the event wns publicly commemorated by the distribu- tion to all the employes of a bonus of 10 per cent. on each man's salary, which will amount to about £ 10,000. • The Lord Mayor of London has received from the Custos of Kingston, Jamaica, a letter containing a copy of Resolutions passed at a public meeting held at the Town Hall in that city, on May 22, expressive of grateful appreciation of the efforts made by the Lord Mayor and his Committee to secure aid for the sufferers by the fire of December 11 last. The new Vienna Observatory has recently been completed. The new building took nine years to con- struct, and during that time the present director went all over Europe and America in order to study the fitting up of the best observatories. The result is that the Vienna Observatory is probably one of the most complete in existence. Presiding at the annual dinner of the Constitutional Union held in London on Wednesday evening, the Marquis of Salisbury commended the object of the Society, which was to present the Constitutional cause on all possible opportunities to the people of this country. Mr. Charles Allen, chief clerk to Mr. Baron Huddleston, who had been in the service of that Judge for upwards of 35 years, died very suddenly on Sunday last. It appears that he was out walking at Green- wich on that evening, when he complained of feeling faint, and upon being taken into the hou e of a friend very shortly afterwards expired, the cause of death being disease of the heart. The Edinburgh Daily Review states that the inven- tory of the personal estate of the late Dr. William Chambers has just been recorded in that city at a total of £ 91,316 14s. 9d., on which £2,742 of duty has been paid. The principal item in the inventory is P,58,000, the total value of twenty shares in the busi- ness of the publishing firm at £2,900 per share. The largest Blll ever introduced into the House of Commons, that is, so far as the memory of the oldest legislator extends, has been issued. This Ï3 the Electric Lighting Bill, which has been brought in by Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Holms. It consists of 400 pages. Sharks are very numerous off the Orkney Coast. The men in one fishing boat caught three in the Atlantic last week and a man on beard another boat had a narrow escape, a shark having darted under his boat and made a snap at his hand whilst he was en- gaged unravelling his lines just over the edge of the craft. In London, on Saturday, the Duke of Connaught distributed the prizes gained by the medical students connected with St. Thomas's Hospital. His Royal Highness, who was accompanied by the Duchess, ad- dressed a few words of encouragement to the students, who accorded the Duke and Duchess an enthusiastic reception. In addition to a coinage of its own, Borneo has now a postal system. A two cent. postage stamp, just issued by the authorities, is described as a departure from the usual style of postage stamp design. It has a lion at the head, beneath which is a Malay prahu under full sail. A New York telegram says that the visible supply of wheat on June 22 was 20,600,000 bushels, as against 20,600,000 bushels the previous week. Visible supply of Indian corn, 14,900,000 bushels, as against 14,600,000 bushels the previous week. The export clearances of wheat for Europe during last week amounted to 760,000 bushels; the export clearances of Indian oorn for Europe during last week amounted to 1,400,000 bushels. According to a telegram from the Governor-General of the Dutch Indies, received at the Colonial Depart- ment in Holland, a serious disease has broken out in the paddy fields of the Provinces of Sourabaya and Rembang (Java), which has already destroyed eighty thousand bouws (one bouw equals 2! acres), and measures are being taken to prevent famine amongst the native population. The tonnage of coal from Yorkshire carried by the various lines to London during last month was as fellows:—Midland, 169,739; London and North- Western, 129,310; Great Western, 100,233; Great Northern, 95,492 Great Eastern, 55,376 other lines, 5,753; total, 556,909 tons. In March ^the total was 685,726 tons, and in April 581,533 tons. The Ohio Democratic Convention has adopted a resolution which has a decided free trade tendency. It favours a tariff of revenue only, limited to the necessities of Government, and so adjusted as to pre- vent unequal burdens, to encourage productive inte- rests at home, and to afford just compensation to labour, but not to create or foster any monopoly. The death is announced at Berlin of Nicolas Lie. berich, the Russian sculptor. The deceased began life as a soldier, but left the army with the rank of a colonel of cavalry, and devoted himself exclusively to his favourite art. His last production was the model of the massive gold group presented by the Prince of Bulgaria to the Czar on the occasion of his coronation. The steamship Stirling Castle, with about 6,000 tons of the first of the new season's teas has been docked, having made the run from Hankow to London in 31 days 10 hours, including detentions of 2 days 8 hours at Singapore and the Canal. Her actual steaming time from Honkow to LondorJ*was 29 days 2 hours, the distance run being over 11,000 miles. The report of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association, read at the twenty- fourth annual meeting, held in London on Saturday, stated that the association provided and maintained 520 fountains for human beings, and 527 troughs for animals, the value of which might be estimated at not lees than £ 60,000. A serious fire occurred in a house in George's-street, Dublin, the other night. The escape of a woman and her three children was cut off by the flames, and after being severely barned they leaped from a room en the third floor to the pavement, and were terribly injured. They were conveyed to, the hospital in a dangerous state. A man who attempted to catch one of the children was severely nurt. A carter named John Fiddler was killed on Saturday morning at Stockport. He was returning from Man- chester with a load of vegetables and fruit when he fell off the cart, one of the wheels of which went over him, causing almost instant death. The cricket match between teams representing the North and South of England, which commenced at Kennington-oval on Thursday in last week, terminated on Saturday in a victory for the North by 22 runs, they having scored in the two innings 345, while the South only scored 323. Mr. William Spottiswoode, President of the Royal Society, -died in London on Wednesday morning, in the 59th year of his age. He was a Fellow of the Astronomical, Royal, Geographical, Asiatic, and Ethnological Societies, and of the Society of Arfs; and, in addition to his publithed works, had contri- buted papers to the Philosophical Transactions, the Transactions of the Astronomical Society, and to ee'entific periodicals, English and foreign. A Fish Exchange.—From the sea [to the smack,— Moonshine. A collision has occurred on the Northern PACLSC Railway near Montana, in which 18 Chinamen were killed and 25 injured. A Geneva telegram says that the bodies of two students were found the other day on the bank of the Aar, at Aarau. They had committed suicide by means of firearms, from what motive is not known. The Home Secretary has ordered that the prison at Bristol shall be discontinued on and after the 1st day of July, ]883. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Benson gave their first garden party at Lambeth Palace on Saturday afternoon, when a very numerous company responded to thefc invitations. The New York Financial Chronicle reports that the general condition of the cotton crop is good, but back- ward. The extent of the acreage planted is estimated at 17,149,000 acres, equal to an increase of over 5 per cent. At a German ultramarine manufactory the director has observed that for 44 years none of his workmen have ever suffered from consumption. Ha attributes their immunity to the fact that the process of manufacture involves the constant production of sulphurous acid, by the burning of sulphur, The Emperor of Germany will unveil the great national monument in memory of the war of 1870, on the edge of the Niederwald, near Bingerbriiek, on the 27th of September, after the manceavreB at Gassel and Homburg. About £29,300 has been received at the Mansion House in London on aecount of the Metropolitan Hospital Sunday Fund. According to a Madrid telegram a great fire has occurred at Gergal, a town in the province of Leon, by which thirty-four houses were destroyed. Only one life was lost, but a large number of persons were ren- dered homeless. The Times says that two members of the Grand Committee on Trade made between theija over 900 speeches on the Bankruptcy Bill. A Free Trade meeting has been held at Madrid, at which several speakers severely blamed the Spanish Government for not having concluded a treaty of commerce with England. General Booth, addressing a meeting of the Salva- tion Army at Bristol, on Sunday, stated that in six years the corps of the Army had increased from twenty-six to 500, the officers from thirty-six to 1,300, and the colours of the army were flying in twelve countries. A Berlin telegram says that Queen Victoria has in- vited the celebrated painter, Professor von Angeli, of Vienna, to visit England, and make a life-size p^riraic of Her Majesty, to be presented to the German Emperor in October next, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his assumption of the Regency of Prussia. On Monday the Rev. Randall Thomas Davidson, the recently-appointed Dean of Windsor, in succession to the late Dean Connor, was installed with the usual ceremonial at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The Challenge Shield Champion Prize for Scottish Volunteers has just been shot for in Edinburgh, and was gained by Private A. Montgomery, 9th Lanark, who made a score of 92. The conditions were Snider rifles, and distances 200, 500, and 600 yards. In Foula, one of the outlying Shetlar group, there has been discovered buried beneath 6ft. of soil moss the skeleton of a female almost entire, and even the skin nearly whole, presenting something like the ap- pearance of a mummy. It is believed that the body has lain there for hundreds of years, the preservative character of the peat moss keeping it in such a perfect condition. In Germany fatal accidents to gentlemea riders on racecourses appear to be increasing. At Hanover on Sunday Baron Kapherr. lieutenant of Hussars, fell in a steeplechase and was killed on the spot. On Mon- day a lieutenant of the Cuirassiers of the Guard hearly met the same fats at Coeslin. At a recent sale of violins the following instruments were sold at the sums named; A violin by Antonius Stradiuarius, 1687 (known as the "Spanish Stradiu- arius," and brought to England by Ole Bull), £ 500; a violin by Joseph Guarnerius, 1738, S290 a violin by Joseph Guarnerius, 1739, £245; and a violoncello by Francesco Rugerius (formerly the property of George IV.), S330. In the House of Commons, on Monday, Mr. Stevenson, who is in charge of the Sunday Closing Bill, presented petitions in its favour from the Primi- tive Methodist Conference, representing 196,000 members, and from the Lancashire and Cheshire Association of Baptist Churehes, representing 107 churches and 16,600 members, The Times' correspondent at Rome states that a small Egyptian obelisk has been discovered in an excavation which tlu municipality are making in the vicinity of the site of the Temple of Isis and Serapis. It lies at a depth of about 15ft. below the surface, and is apparently in a good state of preservation. An Egyptian newspaper announces that among the recent arrivals from the Soudan there was a man very little over three feet in height. It appears that there is a tribe in the Soudan named the Tikitiki the men and women of which are seldom taller than three feet. Up to Saturday the amount of subscriptions pro- mised to meet the Government grant of £4,000 in aid of the proposed College for North Wales amounted to nearly £35,000, the largest sum coming from the Bangor district, where upwards of £ 4.000 is given, Lord Penrhyn and Mr. Richard Davies, M. P., heading the list with £ 1,000 each. The additions to the Zoological Society's Gardens, Regent's-park, Londjn, during last week included two malbrouck monkeys from West Africa, presented respectively by Mr. L. Morris and Mr. A. M. Moore; a maoaque monkey from India, presented by Mrs. E. J. H. Sprague a rhesus monkey from India, pre- sented by Mr. C. T. Pollock a bonnet monkey from India, presented by Mr. F. Nelson two mange's dasyures from Australia, presented by Sir Louis S. Jackson, F.Z.S.; two earl's weka rails from North Island, New Zealand, a black-backed porpyrio from Australia, presented by Captain R. Todd three common kingfishers (British), presented by the Hon. and Rev. F. G. Datton; a common night heron (European), presented by Mr. H. H. Blacklock a king Penguin, two upland geese, two ruddy-headed geese from the Falkland Islands, presented by Mr. R. C. Packe; three common pheasants (British) pre* sented by Mr. H. T. Bowe3; an Indian python from India, presented by Mr. G. E. Shute a Syfce's monkey, a pbilantomba antelope, an elate hornbill, a Jardine's parrot from West Africa, an Indian civet, two wanderinsr tree pies from India., a red-aided eclectus from New Guinea, five red-bellied conures, a giant toad, from Brazil, a horned lizard from Texas, four Cornish choughs (British), purchased a common rhea from South America, received in exchange two Indian pythons from India, received on approve a Japanese deer, born in the Gardens.