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EPITOMB OF NEWS. IT IS PROPOSED in Ohio to make one year's drunkenness a cause of divorce. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED to the United States Attorney, General that it is impossible to indict Mr. Belknap without the testimony of Mr. Marsh, which is unobtainable. TWENTY-BIX PEOPLE KILLED.—A serious landslip has occurred at Caub-on-the Rhine, caused by the late heavy rains. Eight houses were com- pletely buried and twenty.six people killed. The railway traffio is interrupted. ACCORDING TO INFOIiMATION derived from Government circles, war bag broken out be- tween Jgponl and Cores. Jsptn declared war, and the Coresn ports are eaid to be blockaded by the Japanese fleet. ON SUNDAY the feresoon funeral service for Lady Augusta Stanley was conducted in Westminster Abbey by Dr. YfcUghsn, and that in the afternoon by Dean Liddell. There was an overflowing congrega- tion on each occasion, AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT has been made to the effect that the German squadron stationed on the eastern coast of Asia will be reinforced in order to suppress piracy in Chinese waters, and that it will operate in concert with the men-of-war of England, China, and other nations. FLOWER GARDENS IN CHUKCBYARDS.— The Bareness Burdett-Ceutts has written to the Belhnal-green Vestry, offering a donation of for the purpose of "laying out" with flowers and walks the burial ground o £ the parish chuich of St. Matthew. THE LIFE-BOAT INSTITUTION.—Her Majesty has forwarded, through General Sir T. Biednlph, her usual annual contribution of J250 to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, of which her Majesty has been patron from the year of her accession to the Throne. HEE. MAJESTY THE QUEEN, in order to com- memorate the visit of the Prince of Wales to India, has appointed his Royal Highness Honorary Colonel of eight native regiments, four of which are in future to be designated Queen's Own," and the other four Prince of Wales's Own." AN OFFICIAL NOTICE has been published to the effect that all merchandise imported into Portugal from England on and after the 15th of April must be accompanied by a certificate giving its place of origin, in order that Eucli goods may enjoy full advantage of the law of the 26th of January last by which England comes under the most favoured nation clause. TWFED SALMON FISBINGS. Storms and floods last week compelled the suspension of fishing operations at many of the stations in the Tweed, es- pecially during the latter part of the week, when the I river was greatly Hooded. The scarcity of fish m. hanced their prices, which reached the highest attained this season. On Saturday they were— salmon 2o. Ild,, and trout Is. 8d. per lb. Salmon rose 3d. per lb. on Pr-day's prices. THE MAN BKBSY, recently in Kiliush Bride- well charged with being mucccrnplice. of Ryan, oziks Bory-o'-the-Eills, and having visited farmers' houses, extorting food and shelter by threats with firearms, has been fully committed for trial by the magistrates at Earns Petty Sessions. Two young men identified prisoner as being one of two men who I entered their house at night, getting' food, and firing a shot when departing. THE BKEMEKHAVEN ASSASSIN.—The real name-of Thomas, the Bremerhaven assassin, appeal a to be Alexander Keith. His father was a brewer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the assassin was born. Before attempting the destruction of the Moael, Keith shipped an infernal machine on board the German Lloyd steamer Rhine, insuring the chest for £ 9000. The machine actually made the voyage to New York, but did not explode, the clookwork being damaged in packing. ANOTHER DEFEAT OF THE TURKS.-The victory of the insurgents at Muratovizza is con- firmed by a letter from Peiko Pavlovitch, the in- surgent leader who commanded, to Petroff, the Cetigne and Rsgwsa correspondent of the Ruski Mir. Pavlovitch says that of 3200 Turks only 700 re- turned to Gatschko. Fully 800 were killed, and the rest drowned or dispersed. The insurgents cap- tured 675 rifles and four rifled cannon, bearing the mark of the Broadwell manufactory, 1872. Tke strength of the insurgents at Muratovizza is given at 1550. AN AWSWABD MISTAKE.-At the Highgate Police-court a young lady surrendered to her re- cognisances on the charge of having stolen a. purse centainisg C3 10s. in gold from the person of William James Carroll, whom Bhe had met by sp- pointment, and with whom she had gone for a walk in Milfield-lane, Highgate. On the case being called the prosecutor explained that he had acted on a wrong impression in giving the young lady into custody, having found his purso on returning home. The magistrate advised him to apologise to the accused, and also to recompense he? for the indignity to whieh he had caused her to be subjected. MILITARY DRILL IN SCHOOLS. — At the weekly meeting of the School Board for London, Sir Charles Reed presiding. Mr. B. Lucraft submitted a motion that military drill be not taught in the schools provided by the Board. The proposition gave rise to a discussion resulting in the adoption of a re- solution declaring that the proper use of the drill prescribed in the Education Code has great advan- tages in promoting attention, ready obediesee, orderly behaviour, and good temper, and that these benefits era found to outweigh any probable evils likely to arise from its continuance. Mr. Lovsll proponed another motion on the same subject, the consideration of which was adjourned. THE FRANCONIA AND THE STBATHCLYDE.— At the Admiralty Division of the High Court of Just ico, an application wag made before Sir Robert Phillimore isi the action which has been instituted on behalf of the owners of the Strathclydo against the owrera of the Franconia, involvings sum of between £ 60,000 and £ 70,000. Dr. Walter Phillimore read an affidavit from Mr. Stokes, the defendant's proctor, which stated that after the collision on February 17, both bows of the Franconia were so greatly injured that she proceeded to Victoria Docks, and was arrested on behalf the plaintiffs in this suit. He now applied to his lordship for her to be removed from her pro- sent berth to a dry dock at Deptford, in order that she might undergo tha necessary repairs without de. lay. Mr. Butt, Q C. opposed the application unless the vessel was insured to the full amount of the plaintiff's claim. Sir Robert Phillimore said he would make an order for the removal of the Franconia under the condition that the insurance was effected to the full amount of the claim. BEEACH OF PROMISE.—At the York Assizes an action for breach of promise- Wiaker v. Beeby— was tried before Mr. Baron Bramwell. Defendant is a, brewer and innkeeper, at the age of 60, carrying on business in York, and the plaintiff, who is 40 years of age, is the daughter of a retired farmer. In 1867 the wife of the defendant died, and he began paying attentions to the plaintiff, and introduced her to his friends as his future wife. He gave her a diamond ring, and also advanced her .£100 in order that she might obtain a mortgage. Subsequently, however, his manner changed, and he wished the plaintiff to give him a security for the .£100, and also asked for the ring back again. She declined to accede to either request, end on the 3rd of August last he brought an action against her, when the plaintiff paid the J100 and interest, and retained the diamond ring. Six weeks afterwards Beeby married a widow with six children. In cross-examination plaintiff admitted having been seduced by him, but added th-at this was after the promise to marry. The jury eventually re- turned a verdict for the plaintiff- dama gc- s £300. FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE of the colliery owners of Sheffield and district, the Staveley pro- prietors have given notice of a reduction is the miners' wages at the rate of 15 per cent. LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR DAVIS has been pronounced by the Mississippi Senate to be guilty of the high crimes and misdemeanours for which he had been impeached. ONE OF THE FIRST INSTANCES in which a foreign firm has out-stripped English competition for a contract with the Government occurred on Monday, when a Belgian firm tock an important Admiralty contract for iron nails. THE MAYOR OF LEEDS has refused to call a town's meeting to consider the subject of supplying beer and spirits to paupers, at the request of a large and influentially-signed requisition of ratepayers. He does not consider it right to deprive the old people of their beer and 'bacca." A FORTNIGHT AGO the owners of Ryhop Col- liery, Durham, gave notice that the pay of putters would be reduced 2d. a score—the putters, however, asked for 2d. extra and have stmck work. All the hands at the mine have consequently been thrown out of work. HER MAJESTY'S SHIP THALIA left Shanghae on the 23rd January for Ningpo, with her Majesty's consul at that port, who has been instructed by the British Government to investigate the cir- cumstances relating to the disappearance of the lorcha Mandarin. SEVERAL OF THE INSURGENT LEADERS have, according to aRagusa telegram, been arrested by the Âustrian3 at Vegnani, a Turkish village on the frontier. The Vienna Sovernment is clearly de- termined to do all in its power to bring about a pacification. CLAIM FOR SALVAGE.—The wreck of the German mail steamer Schiller amongst the Seilly Islands on the 7th May last gave rise to a claim for salvage in the Admiralty Division, when the owners and crew of the pilot cutter Rapid were awarded £ 500 in addition to what they bad already received from those who were saved from the stranded vessel. IN FAVOUR OF IKE WornKS'A DISABILITIES BILL, 126,586 persons have petitioned the House of Commons; against Mr. O..Morgan's burials resolu- tion, 91 920 and in favour of it, 1422 in favour of the Sanday Liquor Bill for Ireland, 14,143 for prevention of vivisection, 29,315; and for release of the Tichborne Claimant, 2615 persona. LIEUT.-COL. ALEXANDER STRANGE, Inspec- tor of Scientific Iastrumeats to the Government of India, has disd at the comparatively early age of fifty-seven years. He retired from her Majesty's Indian Army in December, 1831. He was a Fellow of the Royal and other learned and Scientific So. cieties. A PRACTICAL JOKE was once attempted to be played on Mr. Erskine ad he want one day to West- minster Hall with his ample bag crammed full of briefs. Some waggish barrister hired a Jew's boy to go and ask him if he had any old do's to sell." No, you little Hebrew imp," exclaimed the indignant counsellor, they arc all now suits." AT THB BANKRUPTCY COURT, Mr. Regis- trar Murray had once more before him the case of Messrs. A. and W, Collie. The junior partner of the firm was in attendance, and the case was adjourned sine die, in order to enable him to pass his public examil,atioil when EO advised, and to relieve him from further attendance at that court. TRANSFERENCE OF VOLUNTARY TO BOARD SCHOOLS.—A deputation from the Wesleyan Con- ference waited upon the Daks of Richmond and Gordon, and pointed cut the objectionable manner in which voluntary schools were often transferred to Board schools, while maintaining their denomina- tional character. The Lord President, who was 'I accompanied by Viscount San don, promised to con- sider the representations which had been msie. WILLIAM JARMAN BROWN and Charles God- frey were brought before Mr. Bushby, at Worship- street Police court, for the ninth time, on a charge of having conspired together to defraud their partner, Sarah Saull, of her just share in a wine and spirit business, until lately carried on by them in Aldera- gate street, City, to destroy that business, and to remove the partnership assets and the goodwill of it to certain premises in Worship-street, for their own sole use and benefit, and were sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court, bail being allowed. YISITOBS TO THB TOWER OF LONDON.— Since Easter Monday, 1875, when the Tower was opened free on Mondays and Saturdays, 211,000 people have been admitted without payment. It has been found neoesssry to close the armouries once a year for a fortnight, so that the valuable collection of anoient armour may be thoroughly cleansed. The Tower will therefore be closed from the evenisg of March 18 until the morning of April 3 next. Not- withstanding this large number of visitors, no sisgla article of the collection has been damaged or loot. SLAVERY IN EAST AFRICA.—A meeting of the Bast African Slave Trade Committee assembled at the residence of the Baroness Burdett-Couttu, in London. His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury occupied the chair. Mr. Hutchinson, secretary of the Church Missionary Society, read the proclamation of the Sultan of Zanzibar abolishing slavery and the slave trade within his dominions and an address of congratulation and thanks, to be presented to the Saltan, waa adopted. A sub-committee was then formed to watch over and stimulate proceedings here and abroad ia connection with the objects of the society. TM SUPPRESSION OF CATTLE DISEASE.—> A depravation from the Central Chamber of Agrical- ture and the Farmers' Ciub waited upon the Presi- dent of the Council to urge upon the Government the necessity for uniform and compulsory general regu- lations throughout Great Britain and Ireland for the suppression of cattle diseases. The Duke of Rich- mond said that, as far as Ireland was concerned, he had no pawer to make rules, that was a matter for the Government of Ireland. The bill, which is now in a forward in the House of Commons, will enable the Irish Government to compel the slaughter of animals suffering from pleuro-pneumonia, and to compensate the owners. GREAT DEFEAT OF THE ABYSSINIANS.— On the 7th inst. the Abyssinians attacked the Egyptian entrenched camp at oorah, but were re- pulsed. The following day Prince Hassan with several battalions made a sortie, and succeeded in taking an important position in the vicinity, after which he returned to the camp. There were heavy loeseson both Bides in these affairs. Oa Thursday the Abyssinian s renewed their attack, when a great battle was fought, resulting in the complete defeat of King John, with very severe loss. The Egyptian army again attack-ad the Abyssinians on Friday, when the latter retreated. King John subsequently wrote to Prince Hassan Pacha to line for peace, in oonsequenee of which hostilities were suspended. Negotiations have now been commenced offering every prospect of a successful issue. "A LARK."—At the Liverpool Police-court eight yonng men were charged with causing a dis- turbance at a public meeting held on the previous evening in favour of the disestablishment of the Church of England. The prisoners, besides about 200 other men, attended the meeting, interrupted the speekers, let loose a lark, which flew about the hall, and created a great disturbance. Mr. John Ritter- son, borough magistrate, who was on the platform at the meeting, stated that he had been informed by a credible person that a number of Orangemen had threatened personal violence, and there could be no doubt that if it had not been for the attendance of a large number of policemen, there would have been a fearful riot. The prisoners, against whom the pro- moters of the meeting did not wish to press the charge vindictively, were bound over to keep the peace for three month|



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