THE MISSING JOURNALIST. DISCOVERY OF THE BODY. The body of Mr. Archibald M' Neill, who has been "missing since Dec. 20, was found on the morning of 'Friday the 6th inst. on the western beach of the deep- sea harbour at Boulogne-sur-Mer. As will be gleaned from telegrams received during the afternoon the bo<Jy was in a condition which indicated that it had been in the water for a considerable time, probably for a couple of weeks, and it was considerably bruised, as if from contact with the rocks, or with the great wooden piles of the pier. At first sight, however, the appearance of the body afforded no justification for the suppositiion that there had been foul play, but after a more careful examination had been made the police authorities unhesitatingly declared that the un- fortunate gentleman had been murdered. Upon the neck were livid marks only too plainly due to violence, and not a single valuable or a farthing of money could be found on the body. Subjoined are the telegrams referred to: -Boulogne, 6.21.—The body of Mr. M'Neill found at eight; a.m. to-day on the sand near the new liar- oour here. No money of any kind on body, and the Only things found are telegram forms with report respecting the fight, two pencils, a pair of scissors, a pair of gloves, a French map, with the name of A. M'Neill, 139, Fleet-street, no doubt in his own hand- Writing two tickets from Boulogne to London, dated Dec. 20.—STAMMERS (Detective)." "Boulogne, 6.30.-Clothed as described nose broken severe wounds on head no money in pockets; two pencils, scissors, ticket; account of fight on tele- gragh-form map of France with his name. Stammers thinks rings taken off before death, as fingers are swollen. Post-mortem takes place to-morrow.— FARMER (Harbour Master)." Reuter's agency alse sent the appended telegrams Boulogne-sur-Mer, Jan. 6. — The body of Mr. M'Neill, who has been missing since the 20tli ult., was Washed ashore on the western sands this morning. An examination of the body has revealed marks of stran- 'gulation on the neck, which, taken together with the fact that the deceased's cash, notes, and watch are missing, renders it evident that Mr. M'N eill was the victim of foul play. The remains were in a decom- posed state, having apparently been in the water for • about eight days. A one franc piece was found on the shore at some distance from the spot to which the body had drifted. "Boulogne, Jan. 6, 10.15p.m.—A post-mortem exa- mination of the body of Mr. M'Neill will be held to- morrow morning. The discovery of the remains has Caused considerable excitement here, and forms the chief topic of conversation. Various rumours regard- ing the cause of Mr. M'Neill's death are current, but great reticence is observed by the authorities, in order 'that the course of justice may not be defeated." Mr. M'Neill was delegated by the editor of the Sportsman to proceed to Rouen upon the occasion of the international prize-fight between James Smith and Jake Kilrain, and write a descriptive account of the journey out and home, and what may be termed the outside incidents of the fight. An impression seems to have got abroad that he was sent to report 'the actual fight; but there was never any foundation for that supposition. Mr. M'Neill had no experience whatever of prize-fighting, and it would have been absurd, therefore, to have entrusted him with the duty of describing the rounds of one of the most desperate pugilistic encounters which this generation has witnessed. As a matter of fact,> the actual describing of the fight was left to a gentleman who had been present at scores of such encounters, and whose nerves would be equal to the occasion. Mr. M'rseill was certainly excited over his commission; but so far from shrinking from it he was evidently proud of it, and determined to do his best in the interests of his paper, as any journalist would wave been under the circumstances. He was per- fectly at liberty to decline the work but as a matter Of fact, he was rather fond of reporting anything to which great excitement attached. He did not think much of danger, and all his life he delighted in deeds ot daring. On one occasion he went down with an exploring party after an explosion in a fiery mine at Barnsley when he represented the Newcastle Daily isfironiclc. On another occasion he ascended in a balloon from the Dudley Castle Grounds, Worcester- shire, and made a lengthy voyage over the midland counties. Subsequently he went out on a stormy sea in an open boat to convey provisions to a beleagured party in the lighthouse on Holy Island, off the Northum- berland coast. This proves that Mr. M'NeilI was not deficient in courage: but he was a man of small stature and of little physical strength, and when de- prived of his glasses his eyesight was so poor as to amount to partial blindness. Mr. M'Neill received his instructions on Saturday, Dec. 17 last, together with a sum of X100 with which to defray the expenses of his journey and the cost of telegraphing. He left London on the Sunday evening with a large party of sportsmen and journalists, duly reached the rendezvous at Rouen, witnessed the fight, and proceeded to Paris on Monday evening, Dec. 19, whence he despatched a long message to the Sports- man. Unfortunately, the greater part of his dispatch, owing to telegraphic delays, reached London very late, and the knowledge of this had a very depressing effect upon Mr. M'Neill. The next morning he seemed in fairly good spirits, interviewed the fighters, and started for London in company with several friends and journalistic colleagues. On the journey he again became nervous and excited, and on reaching Boulogne complained of feeling unwell. He went aboard the steamer, and just before the vessel started for Dover he told a friend he would go down into the cabin and take a rest. From that moment almost all is mystery. Only one thing is certain, viz., that lie volun- tarily left the steamer—but for what reason no one nows walked into the town, whence he sent a tele- gram to the Sportsman stating that he had missed his steamer, but would come on by the next, and making some rather incoherent remarks about his health. Nothing more was seen or heard of the un- ortunate gentleman until the discovery of is body on Friday, although the French polIce have been most indefatigable in their efforts to elucidate the mystery. He was not the man to commit suicide; on the contrary, his opinion eXpressed to friends innumerable shows that he always held that mode of quitting this life to be cowardly. Mr. Wellcome's, researches at Boulogne proved conclusively that he was accompanied, during the interval of wait- ing for the second boat, by a man of ordinary appear- ance, who officiated as interpreter. This man so far has not been traced, and the French police, we under- stand, are endeavouring to find his whereabouts. Mr. M'Neill was a journalist of unusual ability. He was originally intended for the Baptist Church ministry, and received a thorough education in the college con- nected with that denomination in Birmingham, where his parents reside. He thought, however, that he had & penchant for journalism, and his first article was written for the Birmingham Daily 'j1fail in reference I q7iu to a local colliery in which coal had been found after many hopeless months of mining. He subsequently joined the staff of the Birmingham Morning News, when that journal was edited by the late Mr' Tvnv'n? Dawson, the celebrated lecturer, writer and <1^ engaged as leader Daily Chronicle "'ilf CntlCf T°n th<? Newcastle wrote for several n^-snT m 18?8' and was a highly-respected member of the Savage' and Press Clubs, of the Gallery lodge of Freemasons and was secretary of the Savage Club Freemasons' Lodge. THE POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION. The post-mortem examination of Mr. M'Neill's re- mains was made in the Humane Society's mortuary, at ten o'clock on Saturday morning, the operation last- El' fll three hours. It was conducted by Dr. of H I ^r0.' a Prench medical man, acting on behalf Dr C,al a«ties, with the assistance of ^whn ro V /"i j ^ie practitioners here, S ^Srrted?eceased'8 famil^ Dr" Fletcher, of Was also Present, Mr. •earlv e i lctlm s brother, reached here •byMr HenrvS fr°m London> accompanied had IVi ? (■"come, an intimate friend, who .J^Boulogneoniy a few days previously,' after 'the lost but unavailing inquiries respecting examination U)i f°Und at 1110 P°st-mortem ceived nuw'-1 6 alive Ml' M<Neiu h*d re- derecl him • US ,ovvs about the head, which ren- broken. A and ^hat ^is nose had been brought to noH^Qrnar^ed congestion of the brain was brain were dest* an ,the outer tissues covering the caused during insen^hVf doubtless had been indeed, might havf faiiL ?'°Jn5n- The bod>V tallen into the water, but tlie I injuries had not been self-inflicted. The body which it is proved never floated-had not been in the water less than eight or nine days, and its im- mersion is likely to have lasted since the fatal 20th of December. The black and discoloured state of the neck is attributed to the fastening of the collar, and not to strangulation. The French police were in- clined to regard the case as one of suicide, but the result of the examination shows this idea to be groundless, and the authorities are already convinced that a murder has been committed. Inquiries made by the police in conjunction with Mr. Stammers, an English detective who had been instructed to watch the case, have resulted in a discovery that the deceased, in company with a man acting in the capacity of inter- preter, went to two cafes chantants, near the Fish Market. It would appear by a statement made in one of them, which is corroborated by several of those em- ployed in the establishment, that on rising to leave Mr. M'Neill was followed out by a man. Whether the man is one named Dubois, who, it is understood, was seen with him, and who is reported to be of very bad cha- racter, remains to be seen. The name mentioned happens to be not uncommon in Boulogne, and all those known by the name of Dubois have been called on by the police. Several are indignant at the insinuation, and have come forward with disclaimers. It is now asserted that a man known as Dubois has not been seen since the journal- ist's disappearance. It may not be inopportune (says the Times correspondent) to express an opinion as to how the murder was perpetrated. I do not think it at all likely that the body was thrown off the jetties or from the quays into the harbour, or robbed, and afterwards pushed in as the traveller was on his way to the night steamer for Folkestone. The corpse would either have been cast ashore a week or ten days earlier, or have disappeared altogether out at sea. Mr. M'Neill might very well on that dark night have ac- cepted in a foreign town the proffered assistance of one acquainted with the place, and by this means been led off to some low house close to the docks. The blows found on him would not be dealt on the quay, for fear of a cry attracting the Custom House sentries; but their presence would not prevent two or three persons in the dead of night dropping or rather lowering the body into the bassigt a flot. Already a very important piece of un- solicited evidence has come to light. The Commissaire Central de Police has received an anonymous letter containing two Bank of England notes-a £20 and a £5 note. The correspondent declines to furnish his (or her) name, out of a fear of being mixed up in the matter, but states they were picked up on the Cape- cure Sands, at some distance from the spot where the remains were recovered. This story is regarded as quite false. The notes in question are very much crushed and stained, and it is suspected that they have been carried for some days in the heel of a boot. Another account states that the body of Mr. M'Neill was found at high-water mark on the western sands at a point some 200 or 300 yards west of the West Pier, and between that pier and the new harbour, shortly after half-past seven on Friday morning of last week, by two working men. Almost at the same time another Boulognais, M. Jueneuille, appeared on the scene, having been attracted to the spot by the loud barking of some dogs who accompanied him. At this hour of the morning the day was only beginning to break, and in the indifferent light it was difficult to see what was the exact condition of the body. The semi-darkness which prevailed may account for a some- what important difference which exists in the state- ments made on the one hand by the two workmen and on the other by M. Jueneuille, for while the former as- sert that they plainly saw footsteps on the sand around the body, the latter is equally certain that there was none, and that even if there had been the light was so bad as to render it impossible to trace them. All agree, however, that the body was lying face upwards, and that a casual glance at once revealed the fact that the face was much decomposed, and that the features and skull were much knocked about. According to Ducloy and Gradellethey found portions of a packet of tobacco and a pencil parted in two by the side of the deceased, while they also had the impression, from general ap- pearances, that the body had been previously discovered and the pockets searched. Subsequent events clearly prove that in this view they were mistaken. It may here be mentioned that at the time when the remains were first seen the sea was at low water-mark. Information was immediately con- veyed to the police by a mounted man in the employ of Mons. Vidor, fish salesman, of Boulogne, while at the same time Ducloy proceeded to apprise Mr. Stammers, an English detective who has been engaged by the members of the Savage Club to work up the case and ascertain the fate of Mr. M'Neill, of the discovery that had been made. Mr. Stammers, who was staying at the Hotel Castiglioni, at once drove to the spot indicated, and was able without the slightest difficulty to identify the body, both by the clothes and the features, as that of the missing man. He found the police already there, and on expressing a desire to search the pockets he was told by the sergeant in charge that that could not be permitted, and that he must wait until the Commissaire-Central arrived. Mr. Stammers stated that the face and head when he first saw the body on the sands presented a ter- rible appearance. Not only had decomposition set in, but the nose was completely smashed, the temples and the left side of the face battered and bruised, while a terrible abrasion extended behind the left ear. There was also a wound of the size of a shilling on the throat. Marks were distinguishable on either side of the neck, which at first favoured the supposition that Mr. M'Neill had been strangled. The clothes on the deceased were all buttoned up. By this time the Commissaire-Central, who is the head police authority in Boulogne, and his colleague, the Commissaire of the Second Arrondissement, had put in an appearance, and their subordinates proceeded to search the pockets of the deceased. It is stated that none of these had previously been disturbed or interfered with in any way, but no money or valuables of any kind were found on the body. It has been ascertained that M'Neill, when he started for the Continent, left his watch and chain and the turquoise ring of which so much has been said behind him at home. ME. M'NEILL'S FUNERAL. The body of the late Mr. M'Neill, accompanied by Mr. Hector M'Neill, brother, and Mr. Wellcome, arrived at Charing-cross Station from Boulogne shortly after 11 o'clock on Monday morning. Mr. M'Neill was very popular in London press circles, and a large number of his journalistic and Masonic friends who were un- able to proceed to Birmingham for the funeral took advantage of the temporary presence of his re- mains in the metropolis to pay a last tribute of respect. So large was the attendance that barriers had to be erected to prevent undue crowding on the mortuary car. The coffin, which was of oak, with brass mounting, was carried from the train to the hearse, which was in waiting on the shoulders of half- a-dozen railway employes, nearly every head in the crowd around being uncovered. The hearse was driven at once to Euston, en rottte for the Midlands. In the train by which the body was conveyed to Bir- mingham a number of the deceased's professional friends also travelled. Messrs. Chapman, Burnside, and Wellcome represented the Savage Club, and there were several members of the Gallery Lodge of Free- masons, the staff of the Sportsman, and other London and Local newspapers and press ;agencies. The service was read by the Rev. R. Green, superintendent of the Wesleyan Circuit. THE INQUIRY AT BOULOGNE. The inquiry before the Juge d' Instruction at Boulogne on Monday simply took the form of a con- sultation between the Commissaire Central, the Par- quet de Procureur, Mr. Lennard, and M. Madare, the French avocat representing the Sportsman. There is nothing fresh of any great importance. A man who has been in prison for theft since December 27 was suspected, but the witnesses confronted with him say that he is not the man who was at the cafe with Mr. M'Neill. The police, who now think a crime has been committed, are seeking for an English tout and interpreter who has gone to England with a woman. Both of their names are known, but no positive evi- dence connects them with Mr. M'Neill's disappearance. The person who returned the banknotes has not yet been discovered. The police profess to have clues, but are reticent. Witnesses from England are re- quired, including some of those who travelled from Paris and can swear to articles upon Mr. M'Neill's person. It is widely supposed that Mr. M'Neill was decoyed to the west-end of Boulogne (says a Times correspon- dent) by the man who was acting as his interpreter; that he was induced to enter one of the many houses abounding in the neighbourhood that during his stay he incautiously revealed the fact that he had a con- siderable amount of money upon his person; and that on starting at a late hour to catch the steamer he was followed, collared, and assailed near the shore, ren- dered, insensible by a succession of heavy blows inflicted with a stick or bludgeon, robbed of his money, and then carried down to the western sand and thrown into the sea. Madame Torond, the proprietress of the Cafe Forny, has a very distinct recollection of seeing Mr. M'Neill, who she at once identified by a photograph, sitting in the place some few days before Christmas. Mr. M'Neill had with him as a companion an evil-looking fellow who was very short in stature. He had on a small round hat, and was wearing a long dark-blue rough plush overcoat, which seemed to be old and worn. The first impression that struck Mdme. Torond, according to her story, was how such a gentleman as Mr. M'Neill could be in the company of such a shabby fellow ? The man had a thin oval face noticeable from the pale and sickly colour of the skin and the large dark eyes. He was a Boulognais beyond all ques- tion, and Mdme. Torond asserted in the most positive manner that if she saw him again she should recognise him at once. AN ARREST. The following letter from the Home Office, addressed to Mr. Hector M'Neill, reached Boulogne on Tuesday Whitehall, January 9. Sir,—I am directed by the Secretary of State to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of the 7th inst., relating to the circumstances attending the death of your brother at Boulogne-sur-Mer, and I am to inform you that the Marquis of Salisbury has been requested to instruct her Majesty's Ambassador at Paris to represent to the French authorities the desir- ability of a thorough investigation of the matter, with a view to clearing up the mystery at present sur- rounding it.-I am, sir, your obedient servant, "GODFREY LUSHINGTON. Mr. Hector M'Neill, Boulogne-sur-Mer." A telegram received from Boulogne on Tuesday night said: The man who was with M'Neill at the Cafe Fourney has been found and arrested. His name is Vermersch, not Dubois. He professes not to speak English, but his acquaintances contradict this. He denies that he was with M'Neill, but Madame Veuve- Toronde, proprietress of the Cafe Fourney, is quite positive that he is the man. A correspondent at Boulogne, telegraphing on Wed- nesday night, says: The man Vermersch, who was arrested on Tuesday, is still detained in custody. He has again been subjected to an examination, but he denies all knowledge of M'Neill, and professes igno- rance of the English language. He also denied that he could write, an endeavour having been made to con- nect him with the anonymous letter. It has been proved that he is a very bad character, and a fre- quenter of the lowest haunts. It is thought here that there is a strong probability of women being concerned in the matter. The man who was supposed to be Dubois is still missing." Another correspondent telegraphs from Boulogne The inquiry into the circumstances connected with the death of Mr. M'Neill has been postponed, the wit- nesses from England not having arrived. The man who has been arrested giving the name of Vermersch, but who is also known as Dubois, still denies that he was with M'Neill at the Cafe Fourney, but witnesses from the Cafe Fourney are unanimous in declaring that he is the man. The police cannot find the man who was denounced by name in the anonymous letter, and the Commissaire of Police suspects that his letter was a blind to„ divert attention from the real criminal. The offer of a reward would be certain to produce information, but the police complain that they have no funds."
ATTEMPT TO KILL A DETECTIVE. At Bow-street Police-court, on Saturday, a man, aged 30, who refused his name and address, was charged with uttering a forged cheque of £4,1, and with attempting to shoot Inspector Lansdowne while in the execution of his duty. Upon being asked his name when placed in the dock, prisoner said," I have no name, and you can put down what name you think proper; but I can assure you I have no name." Arthur Wilkins, butler to Earl Compton, Lennox- gardens, deposed that lie arrived at St. Pancras Railway Station, and took a cab to Lennox-gardens. On the route a portmanteau was stolen from the roof. The portmanteau contained wearing apparel and a cheque drawn by Earl Compton in witness's favour. He had not endorsed the cheque. He gave informa- tion to the police, and also at Messrs. Drummond's bank on Saturday morning, where lie was told that the cheque had been presented, but had not been paid, as it was not endorsed. Witness had not seen prisoner until now, and identified a coat and waist- coat which lie was wearing as having been stolen from the portmanteau. Mr. George Hurrell, cashier at Messrs. Drummond's Bank, stated that the prisoner presented the cheque at a quarter to ten. Finding it was not endorsed, witness asked the man his name. He said, W. Clements." Witness explained that he could not cash the cheque until it was endorsed by A. Wilkins." Accused returned in half an hour with the endorse- ment, which was recognised by last witness as a forgery. Detective Inspector Lansdowne, of Scotland-yard, said he was called to the bank, and saw the prisoner, whom he told that he was a police-officer, and asked him where he obtained the cheque. He replied, I had that cheque from my partner, Mr. W. Clements, jeweller, of 145, Barnsbury-road." When asked his name, accused said it was John James Drummond, jeweller, of 223, Pentonville." Witness said, This cheque was stolen last night." He replied, I know nothing about that. I had it from my partner this morning. I brought it to the bank, but as it was not endorsed I did not get the money, but took it back to Mr. Clements, and he got it endorsed." Wit- ness told him that it would be necessary to see Mr. Clements, and took him to 145, Barnsbury-road. The door was answered by a man, who stated that Mr. Clements did not live there. Prisoner then said, It's all up." He was then informed that he would be taken into custody for forging and uttering the cheque. Witness seized him by the arm, and hailed a hansom cab. The man entered, and made an attempt to escape from the other side of the cab. He put his right hand into the right hand pocket of his coat, and pulled out a revolver, which he presented at his (Lansdowne's) breast, and exclaimed, Let me go, or you are a dead man." The detective heard a click, and imme- diately seized the revolver. He placed his thumb between the hammer of the revolver and the cap, and received a deep cut on the thumb. A crowd assembled, but immediately the people caught sight of the revolver they ran away, and witness was left struggling desperately with his assailant. Mr. Bridge: Are we ceasing to be English ? Witness (continuing) said the cabman and driver of a coal cart eventually came to his assistance, and accused was secured. On examining the revolver, it was found to be a six-chambered one, but only five chambers were loaded. Fortunately the empty chamber had been presented at witness, and his thumb had prevented the firing of the cartridge next to it. Mr. Bridge: It is a most narrow escape for you. To prisoner; Do you wish to ask any question ? Prisoner: No; I prefer to reserve all questions. Mr. Bridge marked the charge-sheet to the effect that Inspector Lansdowne had had a most fortunate escape from death in making the arrest, and that pri- soner did not escape was owing to the officer's great courage and presence of mind. The accused was re- manded.
MILITARY CYCLING. The committee appointed by the Secretary of State for War to inquire into various matters connected with the formation of a cycling corps for military purposes, especially in connection with the volunteer force, has held another meeting, by permission of the Commander-in-Chief, at the Levee Room, Horse Guards, Whitehall. Col. A. R. Savile, Professor of Tactics, Military Administration, and Law, Royal Military College, presided, and there were also present Lieut.-Col. Drury, 2nd Volunteer Battalion West Kent Regiment; Major G. M. Fox, Assistant-Inspector of Gymnasia, Aldershot; Lieut. Balfour, London Scottish, Lieut. Stapley, 2nd Volunteer Battalion Royal Fusiliers, and several experts in cycling. In many important respects the work of the committee has been consider- ably lightened by the recommendations of Col. Savile for the formation of cyclistsections,whichrecommendations have been specially issued from the War Office for the guidance of officers commanding. These in effect state the proposed composition and strength of each section and the conditions of selection of officers, and men. Men are to be selected whose ages range between 19 and 25 years, height 5ft. 4in. to 5ft. 9in., weight not over 12 stone, pronounced medically fit, and with good eyesight, and marksmen, with a know- ledge of telegraphy, army signaling, surveying, or drawing. It is also essential that the officer and non-commissioned officers of the section should pos- sess riding powers at least equal, if not superior, to those of the average of the rank and file. Detailed reference is also made in the recommendations to marching formation, the transmission and delivery of messages in the field, scouting, reconnaissance, and schemes of defence. All these and many other matters were, it was understood, exhaustively dealt with by the committee, whose report will shortly be drawn up and forwarded to the War Office for the information of the Commander-in-Chief.
SELLING A HUSBAND. An extraordinary instance of bargaining between two women, by which one relinquished in favour of the other, upon a monetary consideration, all claim upon her lawful husband, has taken place at Sheffield. The husband in question, being out of work, a few months ago went to Australia, and on his way out made the acquaintance of a young woman, who ap- pears to have formed a strong attachment for him. Finding that he was already in the bonds of matri- mony, she suggested, it is said, that possibly the wife left at home would sell him to her, and he, jokingly, advised her to write and ask." She did write, and the wife not only wrote that she was willing to sell, but named her price-£100. This figure was too high fcr the other woman, and she re- plied by a bid of £20, which was at length accepted. The money was sent, and with it a document drawn up in legal form, setting forth that for the sum named the wife relinquished all future claim to her husband. This was signed by the wife and sent back to Aus- tralia. The latest report is that the man and the woman have since been married.
PLOT AGAINST THE CZAR. A Vienna correspondent, telegraphing on Tuesday night, said The six o'clock p.m, edition of the Weiner Allegemeine Zeitung publishes the following telegram, dated St. Petersburg, Jan. 9 (midnight) t A plot against the Czar's life has been detected. A large number of arrests have been made. The conspirators are Nihilists. Several officers are implicated." The Berliner Tageblatt hears from Warsaw that a plot against the Czar's life was discovered about the end of last week. The conspirators, among whom were several officers, are said to have been arrested. The arrangements made for the movements of the Court and its stay in St. Petersburg have been suddenly changed. The Czar and the Imperial Family will, says a correspondent in the Russian capital, come to St. Petersburg from Gatchina, in order to hold the customary New Year's Reception, but will return im- mediately afterwards to Gatchina. Moreover, the Court balls have been postponed for a fortnight. A connection is generally drawn between these alterations in the plans of the Court and some, dis- agreeable discoveries lately made in St. Petersburg, with reference to which a large number of arrests have been effected. Among the persons apprehended are some officers who had just arrived from the provinces.
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THE AGITATION IN IRELAND. COMMITTAL OF MR. BLUNT. Mr. Thomas Rice Henn, Q.C., the County Court Judge, delivered judgment at Portumna, on Saturday, in the appeal case of Mr. Wilfrid Blunt, and confirmed the decision of the Court below. In the course of his remarks his Honour said: The law as to unlawful assemblies is clear and indisputable. The Execu- tive Government has not only an inherent right but it has a duty cast upon it which it dare not neglect, to forbid and, if necessary, to disperse by force, all public meetings which, be their purpose lawful or unlawful, and be they addressed by gentle- men, few or many, it has sufficient reason to believe are likely to produce danger to the peace and the tranquillity of the neighbourhood; nay, more, the law as to such meetings is so jealous and im- perative that it says magistrates are criminally negli- gent in not putting down such meetings, and they are liable to prosecution for their neglect. Now as to the sufficiency of the reasons which compelled the Lord- Lieutenant first to proclaim, and subsequently, through his executive officer, to forbid the meeting convened by Mr. Blunt on Oct. 23, this is how the matter stands The district in which this meeting was convened was a district in which the Nationnl League had been proclaimed as a dangerous association. That is calling public attention to the fact that there was a body within it whose words and actions were a standing menace to both law and order. But still more- after this proclamation had been issued, in- deed only two or three days before Mr. Blunt gave notice of his intended meeting, in the immediate neighbourhood of this intended meeting there had been violent resistance to the Queen's writ, and the peace and tranquillity had not merely been endangered, but violently broken and seven days before, in the very place in which the meet- ing had been invited to assemble, an illegal meeting had been held, at which the people were openly urged to resist the law, and the Lord-Lieutenant's proclama- tion, the proclamation of the deputy of her Majesty the Queen, was burned in the presence of a vast crowd of people in open ostentatious defiance of his authority- a proceeding, in my opinion, more suggestive and more demoralising than any language could have been. The meeting, therefore convened for Oct. 23 was most pro- perly forbidden by the Executive as an unlawful as- sembly. Well, I would ask The MacDermot will he tell m e what freedom is? No. Then I will tell him, and I will tell it in the words of one whose youth was the admi- ration of my own boyhood, and whose manhood and whose age have the admiration and reverence of all classes of his countrymen—the most profound jurist of our time, a truly pure and upright statesman, the Roundell Palmer of his earlier career, the great and good Lord Selborne of to-day. And how does he define it ? He tells us that the supremacy of the law is of the very essence of freedom. I have taken down the words as he uttered them, and one of his distin- guished successors, the present Lord Chancellor of England (I have taken down his words also), has recently declared that respect for the law, while it is a law, is the very foundation of civil society." This, then, is the freedom which is the birthright of every Englishman, and it is the basis on which the greatness of this great country rests — reverence for law. And why ? Because obedience to the law, as Englishmen have been taught from generation to generation, is .what Scripture says it is—the Law of God. I cannot, therefore, and I will not believe that a gentleman who has so little respect for the law while it is the law, and has so widely departed from the principles of freedom, would, in reality, if he had been allowed to hold his meeting, have done good. He does not come into court with clean hands. I cannot say of such a man that he had not what the magistrates declared he had, "deliberate and premeditated intention of defying and resisting the law," and therefore with pain, with the deepest pain, I am constrained to con- firm the sentence which they have pronounced. The decision was received in silence in court. The police, having spread the report that Mr. Blunt would be taken to Ballinasloe on Saturday evening, suddenly changed their plans, and drove to Woodlawn, a small station some miles nearer Galway, where they joined the ordinary train to Galway. Mr. Byrne, R.M., had Mr. Blunt in custody, and occupied an ordinary first-class carriage. Lady Anne accompanied them to Galway. At Athenry the police endeavoured to prevent the public getting upon the platform, but the force was quite inadequate, and a great crowd with torches and drums assembled, and cheered for Mr. Blunt. The train waited about twenty minutes, during which time the cheering was incessant. Mr. Blunt seemed cheerful, and none the worse for his long drive. "Mr. Blunt arrived at Galway at half-past nine on Saturday night, attended by a large escort, and as the train entered the station cheers were raised by some thousands of people who had gathered there. Cheers were also given for Mr. Parnell, Mr. William O'Brien, and Mr. Gladstone, whilst groans were given for Mr. Balfour and Lord Salisbury. A carriage, escorted by a large body of police, was in readiness to convey the prisoner to the gaol. At first the carriage was driven off without the prisoner, as a ruse to clear off the people; but it failed. Half an hour later the prisoner was taken to the gaol in a drag, driven by a police- man. The police charged the crowd with swords and batons, wounding several people with the latter. One policeman was severely cut in the face by a stone. The town was much excited, and thousands of people thronged in the direction of the gaol. The feeling is that the police had no reason to charge in such a violent manner. After being taken into custody, Mr. Blunt was in- terviewed by a correspondent, to whom he said I wish all my friends to be of good heart about me. I am quite happy in the prospect of a two months' re- treat from the world aud its affairs. I have thus time and leisure given me as a great privilege, and I hope I may come out of it a better man-more worthy to plead the cause of liberty, which is the only one in this world worth suffering for." Before the opening of the court on Saturday morn- ing Mr. Blunt was presented with an address from the people of Portumna, and in acknowledging it referred to his trial, saying that he did not suppose there would be an acquittal, but the end would be satisfactory to him, whatever it might be. Soon after the sentence was announced, a deputation from the Clanricarde tenantry waited upon Mr. Shaw- Lefevre, M.P., and presented him with an address. In the course of his reply he said he should have been proud to stand by Mr. Blunt in the dock, and even now in the prison. Mr. Blunt's object in calling the meeting for which he had been sent to prison was to express sympathy with the Clanricarde tenantry. After careful inquiry on the spot he (Mr. Shaw- Lefevre) confidently believed that the tenants had been suffering under great wrong and injustice during the last two years, and this wrong might be traced to a single man-Lord Clanricarde. (Hisses.) The only way of compelling that man to do what was right was by bringing the pressure of public opinion to bear upon his proceedings and upon the proceedings of the Government in supporting him as they were now doing not only by all the power of the common law backed by the police and the forces of the Crown, but by all the great and exceptional power of the Coercion Act of last year. It annoyed him that after the recent disclosures as to the management of the Clanricarde property the Government did not drop the prosecution of Mr. Blunt. In the evening the inhabitants of Ballinasloe also presented him with an address. Another correspondent telegraphed: A constable, who was sitting on the carriage which was waiting for the prisoner, was struck by a stone, being so much injured that another had to take his place. A man in the throng, whilst running towards the carriage, received bayonet thrusts from some of the mounted police. Mr. Evelyn, M.P., protested to Mr. Lyster, R.M., against I the wanton conduct' of the police. The carriage containing the prisoner was hurried away to the gaol, and left the people behind; but, at the prison, the police again met the crowd, and, when Mr. Blunt was lodged inside, the constables charged. Several persons received bayonet wounds, and about half a dozen were treated by local doctors chiefly for scalp injuries. One man was conveyed in an insensible condition to the infirmary, his shoulder being dislocated. He is be- lieved to be in a serious state. Mr. Feely told the magistrate in charge that he would hold him ac- countable if the man died. Mr. Blunt has not to- day put on the prison dress, but intends to do so if required, under protest." ANOTHER M.P. ARRESTED. Mr. W. J. Lane, M.P. for East Cork, was arrested on Saturday in Cork. Mr. Lane, after his arrest, was conveyed to Cork Gaol, and subsequently brought before Captain Stokes, R.M. He was charged with having incited tenants to resist the execution of the decrees of the Court in a speech delivered at Watergrass-hill in November last. He was ad- mitted to bail, the Mayor and high sheriff giving security. The charge against him will be investi- gated at Riverstown. CONVICTION OF MR. T. HARRINGTON, M.P. At Tralee Court House on Monday, the trial of Mr. Timothy Harrington, M.P., secretary of the Irish Na- tional League, which had been adjourned from Decem- ber 19, was proceeded with before Mr. Cecil Roche and Colonel Persee, resident magistrates. Defendant was charged under the Crimes Act with having published in the Kerry Sentinel, of which it was alleged he was one of the proprietors, reports of the proceedings of the National League branches in Kerry which had been suppressed by order of the Lord-Lieutenant. Great public interest was manifested in the proceedings. The case for the prosecution had closed at the first hearing, and evidence for the defence was now taken. The principal witness was Mr. E. Harrington, M.P., who deposed that since 1881 the defendant had no connection with the Kerry Sentinel, and did not control its management in any way. Since then witness had been the sole editor and proprietor. Mrs. E. Harrington deposed that her husband signed the document which made himself and defendant proprietors without reading its con- tents. This concluded the evidence. Defendant was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment. An appeal being granted, defendant was liberated on bail.
THE "AWAKENING" OF CHINA. The North China Herald of November 24 says that persons who doubt the barbarity of some of the Chinese punishments have only to walk into the city of Shanghai this morning, a few minutes' task, and they will find one of the most revolting of these punishments in full operation, and its infliction applauded by all the Chinese who know of it." The criminal, one Koh, is a hardened ruffian who has passed the greater part of the past 10 years in gaol. The specific offence for which he was being punished was his habit of blackmailing the new prisoners who were put in gaol with him. He was suspended in a cage about 5ft. high, with his head through the top in a wooden collar, so that he could not reach it with his hands. His feet, which were loaded with chains, were so far from the bottom that he could only just touch it when stand- ing on tiptoe. Here he was condemned to stand, without food or water, just inside the outer gate of the magistrate's yamen, the sport of hundreds, until death put an end to his sufferings. The writer suggests that a photograph of the cage and its occu pant would be a telling frontispiece to the Marquis Tseng's recent article on the "Awakening of China." The exhibition is supposed to act as a deterrent practically Koh is a popular hero. The writer found him laughing and joking with the mob, and bandy- ing coarse jests with them and the guards. Some- one had given him a stone to stand on, and he had got from some other charitable person some rice and water and a pipe. It may be that the sight is such an amusing one, and the victim is such a witty fellow, to judge by the laughter with which his sallies are received, that the bystanders are anxious to pro- ong the spectacle as much as possible. The people are said to be full of admiration for the magistrate's firm and intelligent administration of justice, but the Shanghai writer views the matter in a different light. Here is a nation claiming to take its place with the leaders of civilisation, introducing railways and tele- graphs, sending its Ministers to foreign Courts, and asking to be treated as a sister by the Great Powers of the world and in one of its foremost cities, adminis- tered by an English-speaking official, and within a few yards of foreign settlements provided with all the re- sources of modern civilisation, a criminal is being slowly done to death with circumstances of cruelty that would not be tolerated in the treatment of a dangerous wild beast in a really enlightened country."
IT takes two months to prepare for Christmas and three to recover from it; but we must remember that there are seven months in the year which are arranged for solid comfort. TEACHER Yes, my children, remember there is no human love equal to a mother's love." Little girl: Womens love their childrens better than their hus- band, don't they ? Very often." Yes, indeed. When we get the hiccoughs mamma gets sorry and tries to cure 'em, but when papa gets the hiccoughs she gets mad." No lady studies the printed fashions so faithfully as the one who hasn't the funds to follow them. Here is a matter of inconsistency that is worthy of the sex but the man who is similarly situated does just the same way. COUNTRY Customer (to waiter at city hotel): I say, I want a bottle of champagne, and be quick about it!" Waiter:" Dry, sir ?" Country customer (very indignant): Never you mind whether I'm dry you bring that champagne." "LOOK here, ma," said a young lady who has recently commenced taking lessons in painting of an eminent artist," see my painting can you tell what it is ? Ma, after looking at it some time, answered, Well, it is either a cow or a rosebud—I am sure I cawt teU which."
MARRYING JOHN CHINAMAN. A gentleman in China has addressed the following ':i letter to the editor of the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle -j —" An occurence, painful both in detail and result, and fraught with vital importance to my country- women at home, has just come to light in Foochow, China. Affecting, as it does, two young ladies, natives of Newcastle, and the facts of the case reveal- ing the probability that other young ladies may be similarly circumstanced, in consequence of the general ignorance prevailing at home regarding China and the Chinese, I have deemed it my duty as an English- man, having some knowledge of the Flowery Land' and its celestial' natives to ask you to kindly find space in your widely-read columns for the recital of the following piece of villainy, which, originating in Newcastle, had its painful sequel in Foochow. I do this in the earnest and sincere hope that it may act as a warning to the feminine por- tion of your community as to the danger of having any connection with the heathen Chinee' in a matrimonial sense. A short time ago, a Chinaman arrived in Shanghai from Newcastle, accompanied by two girls, one of them being, by her own statement, his lawful 'wife.' This 'Celestial' had just termi- nated a three years' engagement as a gunnery student at Armstrong's, in the service of the Chinese Govern- ment, and it appears that he succeeded in over- coming the national scruples of a Newcastle maiden to a pigtail' and shaven pate, and persuaded her to marry him and eventually to accompany him to China, well knowing at the same time that he had already two' orthodox' small-footed and lawful wives, with the same number of almond-eyed' offspring, awaiting him in that land of supreme arrogance and bombast. To carry out this diabolical plan he utilised the first and great attribute of the Chinese-i.e., lying. He filled his dupe with airy illusions regard- ing his wealth and rank, made special reference to mansions surrounded with orange trees' and added to his premeditated villainy by persuading another aspiring female of youthful years to accompany them, ostensibly to obtain her a husband but no doubt for a purpose which only a resident in the Far East' can conjecture. After remaining in Shanghai for a short time, funds considerably diminished, and they proceeded to Foochow. On arrival there, the painful and humiliating position of the poor girls had become known, mainly through the poor accom- modation for which he was able to pay out of his rapidly diminishing means on board the steamer in which the would-be husband had taken a passage. There was reason for suspicion, too, in the evidently unhappy mental condition which the girls were in, for they already had had ample time and opportunity to ob- serve and meditate on their probable lot, and had noted the wretched and filthy conditions under which even the better class of Chinese exist, the miserable one- storied huts which they serenelv term houses, but which in England are termed stables, and the entire absence of any equality or sociality existing between Europeans and Chinese, which renders it an utter impossibility for any Christian girl to preserve one atom of respect for herself or receive it from her com- patriots in any connection with them. Knowing all this, the girls at first refused to leave the vessel until some assurance was given them of the nature of their future home. Though unable to hire a fitting resi- dence for his English wife, the Chinaman, nevertheless, succeeded in inducing them to go on shore, where they were met by a gaping crowd of his wondering country- men, and conducted to a kind of large hut,'in which they became such objects of' manipulating 'interest and curiosity that they naturally became timid, and, as the husband had disappeared, they left also, after waiting in vain the whole day for his return, foodless. In this wretched condition they had no alter- native but to return to the steamer which had brought them from Shanghai, and, the wily hus- band making no sign, for he was now comfortably established in the city with his small-footed wives, they were forced to accept the captain's generosity for two days, when they had necessarily to leave the ship owing to her returning to Shanghai. During these two days the poor wife' made every effort to find this faithless heathen, but only returned from her fruitless journeys in this endeavour humbled and insulted. The unmarried girl now wisely resolved to return home at once, and with her own scanty means and a little help from the British Consul she took a passage to England. The poor deluded wife' is now, I believe, taken care of by the kindness of some missionaries, her own want of means and her near confinement putting out of the question her im- mediate return home. Now, sir, the poor girl states that she was legally married to this Chinaman in Newcastle, and she comes out here to find that he has already two lawful wives with the same number of children. While in Newcastle this student of gun- nery was in receipt of a salary of S20 monthly-a princely income for a Chinaman of his position. Directly on his arrival in his native land it was re- duced, according to precedent, to the equivalent of £10 monthly, which, while remaining an extraordi- nary wage in a native point of view, would not suffice to pay for a fairly decent European dress-in China. I know that there are still a number of the 'heathen' in Newcastle, employed under similar conditions to the Chinaman in question, and I think the subject of such serious import to my Newcastle countrywomen that I shall conclude with a few brief remarks regarding the Chinese at home,' which I truly hope will prevent parents, and deter young girls, from listening to, or entertaining any matrimonial proposal on the part of a China- man. Even if married to a monogamous and Christian Chinaman, minus his pigtail, a European woman would still be an object of evasion, and I was about to add disgust, on the part of Europeans in China. In the first place, the stationary position of China and the Chinese in the scale of civilisation is but too well known. Let me add, as an observant resident in the country, that they have not one attribute of civilisa- tion, either in their religion, habitations, persons, manners, or customs indeed, they would deem them- selves degenerating from their Confucian superiority by even entertaining the thought of acquiring anything in common with the hated western barbarian,' the appellation they politely give all foreigners. The habitations of the wealthiest and highest are entirely destitute of any sani- tary arrangements, or one item of commodity or accommodation essential to the meanest Britisher. Polygamy, too, is the recognised and existent law, and the plurality of a Chinaman's harem is only limited to his means. Young females are lawfully bought and sold daily. I am sure that I have said sufficient to deter all right-minded Christian females with common self-respect from entering into any matrimonial or other connection with a people who, while themselves polygamists and heathens, despise their countrymen as barbarians' and foreign devils.
STARTLING NEWS. Every newspaper has had its weak moment. Some item of intelligence, monstrum, horrendum, informe, ingens," comes to hand and receives the dignity of publication before any one can well be aware that it is also a case of "cui lumen ademptum "—that it lacked the light of truth. There are journals which do this sort of thing of malice prepense others do it by mischance. But beyond doubt, whether acci- dentally or deliberately, the Shanghai Mercury must be considered to have cut the record recently in the matter of startling news. Under the head of "Stray Topics," it lately presented its readers with the fol- lowing communications, all (save the mark!) pub- lished on the same day "Charles Parnell, some time M.P. for Cork city, and three prominent Anarchists have been executed at Kilmainham. A small detachment of cavalry was in readiness, but their services were not required." A bill abolishing the official designation of Ire- land and assimilating the laws of the United King- dom has received Royal assent." Mr. W. E. Gladstone was found dead this morn- ing, through an overdose of morphia." "Writs have been issued for the arrest of Morley and two other conspirators." One shudders to think what must be the normal condition of the readers of the Shanghai Mercury, if the news of this single day be taken as a sample of what Shanghai enterprise is capable of evolving a 11 out of its inner consciousness. The journalistic methods of the Crap aud- Volant sink into tame in- significance beside the breathless majesty of these fictions. Shanghai is evidently an El Dorado of political dreams.
CON. for young ladies—Which letter in the alphabet is of the utmost importance to a young lady, and why ?—The letter i," because upon it depends whether her life will be married or marred. THE word love in one of the Indian dialects is chemlendamoughkunagogager. Fancy a sweet forest < maiden telling her copper-coloured brave that Uemlendamoughkunagogagers him 1 t'