EPITOME OF NEWS. His EXCELLENCY DON CARLOS IIOLGUIN, Minister at the Court of St. James's for the United States of Colombia, has been charged by his Government with the mission of negotiating the removal of diplomatic rela- tions between Colombia and Spain. THE Gaz-ttv. announces that the Queen has been pleased to direct Letters Patent to be passed under the (ireat .eal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland granting the dignity of a Knight of the said United Kingdom unto William Patrick Andrew, Esq., C.I.E., of Saint Bernard's, and of Charlesneld, both in the county of Midlothian. THE QUEEN and Princess Beatrice, attended by tne suite, have left Osborne on a visit to the Duke and Duchess of Connaught at Bagshot Mansion, Surrey. A RECENT ISSUE of the Gazette contains the following: "The Queen has been pleased to appoint his Royal Ilghness Prince Leopold George Duncan Albert, Duke of Aiiany, K.G., K.T., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., to be a colonel in the army. THE Ruu, AND COUNTESS OF DERBY and Lady Margaret Cecil will come to town from Kuowsley for the IHeeting of Parliament. THE EARL OF NORTHBROOK, accompanied by Yisi oant Paring and Lady Emma Earing, is about to leave Stratton-park for his oiiicial residence at the Admiralty. THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL has, it is said, decided to introduce a bill into Parliament next session to raise the minimum annual savings bank deposit for any one person from £30 to £ 100, and the total deposit from £ 150 to £ 300. It is computed that if this bill passes, the work of the Post Office Savings Bank will be increased by feven-ty-five per cent. THE CUNARD LINE STEAMER Parthia, while endeavouring to avoid a collision with the steamer St. Germain, at the quarantine station, New York, changed her course so quickly that she went ashore at high water. The cargo will have to be unloaded before the vessel can be got off. At present she inclines slightly on her right side. AN ACTION FOR UBEL has just been heard in the Queen's Bench Division, in which Mr. John Culver, a member of the sect known as Plymouth Brethren," sued one of the same body for damages for circulating statements to the effect that plaintiff was an untruthful and unrighteous man. The defence was that the libel was justified. It was disclosed in the course of the hear- ing that the charges against the plaintiff had been brought before the members of the Brotherhood, whose decision, it was stated, are decided by the Divine guidance In the end the JL-ry gave a verdict for the plaintiff— £ 50 damages. Ie IN THE CHANCERY DIVISION the motion to commit Mr. Chatterton, the lessee of the New Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, to prison for contempt in obstructing a receiver appointed by the Court, was dis- missed with costs. DURING THE HEARING of a charge of drunken- ness against a woman named Hunt, at Marlboroagh- street Police-court, London, it transpired that the accused had been in the Princess's Theatre on the pre- vious evening, and raised the cry of "Fire" in the gallery, to the great alar-m of the audience. A remand was asked for and granted, in order to see if a more serious charge than that of drunkenness could not, be brought against her in raising a. false alarm in a place of puMic amusement. MR. JoiiN SELLERS, farmer, Malton, while returning from his sheepfold, saw two poachers at work in a grass field. He called to them, and one said to the oilier, "Put a cap en your gun and shoot him." The 1,oachcr immediately did so, and the charge struck Mr. Sellers full in the face and the right shoulder. He was afterwards removed home, and it is hoped that it will not prove fatal. Mr. Sellers recognised one of the fellows, and' the police have taken into custody a labourer named John Davidson, Rilliagton,a well-known poacher. AT THE POLICE-COURT, Norwich, William and Henry Earcbr, father and son, wherrymen, were charged with using a drag-net, contrary to the Norfolk and Suffolk Conservators' bye-laws; and further, with obstructing Joseph Hewett, a water-bailiff, when in the execution cf his duty. Hewett seized on board the de- fendants'wherry on the river Yare two tons of bream and roach and a large drag net. The elder defendant had been convicted for a similar offence. The magistrates now fined him £ 10 and costs, and his son zC3, including costs, and the net to be forfeited. AT REDHILL, one of the Philanthropic Farm School boys, nauwô- George KiDg, aged 16, has been Ben- tenced to three months' hard labour for stealing a book from a stationer's shop in the town. AN ENGINE CLEANER in the employ of the South-Eastern Company, named Thomas Bushby,was run eye:" at Redhill Junction, loÚng his foot. 5 DURING A DENSE FOG a train containing work- men from the High-park Colliery was standing in a siding at Moor-green, Derby, when a coal train dashed at full speed into the engine, which was being shunted, and drove it into the standing carriages. Fortunately the coal train ran on to the main line, or great loss of life would have probably resulted. As it was, the carriages were wrecked, and several of the men were injured, two of them, George Newton and William Linley, seriously. AT THE POLICE COURT, Wolverhampton, William Leigh, clerk and late secretary of the Acorn Lodge of Wolverhampton and Willenhall Free Gardeners, has been fined 1£13 14s. 10d., or two months' imprison- ment, for misappropriation. JAMAICA FAMILY JOURNAL PROBLEM TOUBNEY.— This Tourney was inaugurated about twelve months ago, and was confined to two-move problems. The entries were not as numerous as the liberality of the programme warranted the conductors in expecting. Mr. F. C. Collins was the judge, and his award has just reached England. The first prize, £:3, has been won by a native —Mr. V. Ariano. The second prize has been secured by a lady composer. It is publicly announced that Mr. Steinitz will chal- lenge the co-fditcrs of the Chess Monthly (Messrs. I-Ioffer and Zukertort) to a chess match of eleven games up. The following are the conditions. The stake to be not less than £100, nor more than £ 250. Two games to be played each week. Time limit-fifteen moves per hour. Mr. Steinitz will offer his joint opponents the odds of two games out of the eleven or, should they deem such an offer unacceptable, he will play them level, or even accept the odds of two games from them. PATRICK CONNELL, a Deptford labourer, was sentenced to a month's hard labour by the Greenwich mngistrate,for attempting to stab a policeman. He first knocked the constable down, and in the struggle which followed his tunic, trousers, and underclothing were cut through by a knife used by the prisoner. THE FUNERAL of M. Charles Blanc has just taken place at the Pure Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, with- out any religious ceremony being observed. The proces- sion, escorted by a detachment of infantry, was made up of delegations from the Institute and the College de France, and an immense number of friends of the de- ceased, among whom were MM. Jules Ferry, Tirard, Langlois, Sadi-Carnot, and Legouve. Wreathf in profu- sion were placed on the hearse, one of them bearing the inscription, The Anti-Clerical Democratic Union to the illustrious Freethinker." M. Loui-s Blanc was so over- come with grief that two friends had to snpport him as lie proceeded to the edge of the grave to take a last look at his brother's coffin. Speeches were delivered by M. Mantz, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Arts M. Laboulaye, for the College de France and the Vicomte Delaborde, for the Academic Frmnjaise. THE New York Tribune says that Mr. Oscar Wili'le has beert to see "Patience" at the Standard Theatre in that city. He is said to have had on a" heavy ulster, with fur cuffs and collar, a fur cap, and white kid gloves. His faultless shirt front was relieved by one enormous stud, of some coloured stone in the centre, and a red silk handkerchief protruded from his waistcoat. When Regi- nald Dunthorne came on the stage the whole audience turned and looked at Mr. Wilde. He leaned towards one of the ladies and said with a smile, looking at Bunthornc, This is one of the compliments that mediocrity pays to those who are not mediocre*' THE Emilie, from Gottenburg to Natal, was spoken 20th Nov., lat. 7 N, long. 24 W., dismasted. THE total number of emigrants arriving in New York during the past year is officially estimated at 71-.000. L, THE P,ISHOT> OF DURHAM has issued a pastoral letter on the subject of lay readers, stating his desire to enrol earnest laymen of all classes as such helpers, the office being an unpaid one The bishop has put forth forms of nomination, declaration, and commission, and says that candidates will be admitted by a solemn service in Auckland Chapel or elsewhere. He trusts that, among other advantages, the new order of men may tend to > i» im-h the real danger to the Church of a tacit ac- q 1 ice in the evils of Congregationalism, whereby the -i\ • interests of the parish are sacrificed, and the mis- si.iiurv character of the Church wholly lost sight of. Two BOYS, aged 7 and 10 years, have been dis- covered in a helpless state of drunkenness laid down beside Miller's Brook, at Hey wood. THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Blackburn Philanthropic Burial Society, numbering over 120,000 members, has just been held. There was a crowded attendance, and the proceedings were most uproarious. The members protested against the fees paid to the trus- tees and other officials, in addition to ordinary salaries. Amid scenes of the greatest uproar and disorder—the chairman, speakers, and audience standing on seats--a motion was declared in favour of the officials; although the opposition party claimed to have a majority. The meeting broke up in the greatest confusion. THE BOURNEMOUTH LOCAL BOARD have de- cided to co-operate with the Poole Town Council in send- ing a deputation to the London and Soath-Western Railway Company with a view to obtaining greater travelling facilities between these places and the main line at Wimborne. BY THE DEATH of a local lady (Miss Hamilton) Liverpool charities receive a bequest of £lG.OOO. THE BODY of an elderly Irish woman, who has been missing from Exeter ever since Boxing Day, has been found on the flats in the river between Lympstone and Exmouth. How she got into the water there was no evidence to show, and a verdict of Found drowned was cturned. INTELLIGENCE has been received at Plumstead of the death, on the voyage between the Cape of Good Hope and Australia, of the Rev. W. N. M'Guiness, vicar of All Saints, Shooter's-hill, London. The rev. gentle- man, who had for some time been in failing health, had undertaken the voyage in the hope of recruiting his strength. AN IMPORTANT DECISION to sick societies has been givin at the Police-court, Willenhall. The secre- tary of the Mutual Relief Society was summoned by one of the members who claimed a sum of money for sick pay. There had been an alteration of a rule by which the sick pay was reduced, but the claimant had not received notice of the meeting at which the altera- tion was made, and the Bench gave a decision in his favour, granting, however, a case for a superior court. THE DEAD BODY of James Hadlington, a cripple, has been found lying in a shed at Stamber Mall. Deceased had hanged himself with his muffler, and this having igiven way the body fell to the floor, where it had been attacked by rats, who had eaten away portions of the ears, lips, and fingers. MR. GEORGE SLATER, Justice of the Peace, of Burnley, has been fined 40s. and coets, at the Borough Police-court, Accrington, for resisting the authorities at the principal hotel in the town. A chargeof drunkenness and disorderly conduct preferred against Mr. Slater was dismissed. It was alleged that the defendant had deliberately thrown a constable down whilst in the exe- cution of his duty. For tlis defease it was contended that it was a pure accident. THE DUTCH STEAMSHIP Watergensx from St. Andrews, with a cargo of iron ore, has arrived in the Tees at Middlesbrough with the survivors of the fishing smack Forward, of Grimsby, on board. The master. Captain Mullcr, reported that about half-past six in the evening he was in the North Sea, some sixty miles from the Spurn Light, when his steering gear broke down, and lie ran into the smack amidships, and sank her. Two of her hands were drowned, being Frederick Spink, fisher- man, and Robert Burritt, engineer. The remaining three of her crew were picked up by the steamer and brought to Middlesbrough with the body of Burritt. TIIE FIROT OF THE MONTHLY CHEESE FAIRS to be held at Chester, under the auspices of the Chester Dairy Farmers'Association, in lieu of those at intervals of two months, has just taken place. Prices ranged from 55s. to 65s. per cwt. of 121 pounds, and a choice lot or two made 70s. There was a pitch amounting to about twenty-live tons, but the committee expect a much larger one on Feb. 15. Trade was brisk, all the lots being cleared off before noon, although under the new regula- tions business docs not commence till 9.30 a.m. Two CASES OF SMALL-POX having been dis- covered in a crowded court in Stamford, and the house in which the victims live being unfit for the treatment of the cases, a committee meeting of the Town Council was held, when steps were taken to prevent the spread of the disease. Wooden buildings, to be used as temporary hospitals, are to be at once placed in a field at the out- skirts of the town. A FEW DAYS AGO at some steel works in Dar- lington, a ladle containing six-and-a-half tons of molten metal fell and severely burnt six men, who narrowly escaped with their lives. A FEW NIGHTS AGO the largest congrega- tional chapel in Plymouth was crowded to bid farewell to the Rev. Charles Wilson, M.A., for twenty-three years minister of Shenvill Chapel, who is leaving to accept the pastorate of Blackheath. Mr. Macliver, M.P., the Mayor, and nearly all the Nonconformist ministers of the three towns were present. Handsome presentations were made to Mr. Wilson. THE MASTER OF THE SCREW STEAMER Sports- 11/an, of Newcastle, has been charged before the North Shields magistrates with breaches of the Merchant Shipping Act, in having engaged five seamen without the presence of the British Consul, at Marseilles, with carry- ing them without obtaining the sanction of the consul, and with having unlawfully left behind at Marseilles a seaman, without having previously obtained a certificate and an endorsement on the agreement by the consul. The prosecution in each case was at the instance of the Board of Trade. After hearing evidence the magistrates fined the defendant the full penalty, amounting to £ 14 and costs. A FEW YEARS AGO one of the largest farmers and cattle dealers in the neighbourhood of Colchester was William Bruce, then living at Donyland Hall. Of late, however, his circumstances have been very straitened, and this appears to have preyed upon his mind, for a few evenings ago as he was driving home with one of his daughters he suddenly left the trap, and scaling a fence jumped into Birch Hall lake. The body was speedily recovered by Mr. James Round, M.P., who happened to be at Birch Hall, and others, but life was extinct. A FATAL ACCIDENT of a very alarming character has occurred at the Phoenix Bessemer Works, Rotherham, by which a youth was killed instantaneously, and the lives of fifty men were jeopardised. A fly-wheel weighing forty tons went to pieces whilst performing sixty revolutions per minute, and portions of the broken wheel weighing six tons were hurled through the roofing, falling thirty yards off. A quantity of iron roofing also fell. The damage was very serious. A FIRE of a most alarming and serious cha- racter has occurred in Exeter, resulting in the destruction of property to the value of about £ 15,000. The flames first made their appearance in the back portion of an iron- monger's shop in North-street, and soon spread to the large business establishments facing Fore-street. By the aid ,of the brigades and the military they were eventually got under, but not until two houses had been gutted and four others nearly so. EARLY IN THE MORNING the FInnieston Steam- ships Works at Glasgow, the property of the Anchor Line Company, were almost totally destroyed by fire. Great alarm was occasioned in a number of dwelling houses whick abutted on the burning buildings. The damage is estimated at about £20,000. A FEW DAYS AGO, amid considerable excitement, the first election of the Medway Conservancy Board took place at the Guildhall, Rochester, when the voters polled almost to a man. There were 12 candidates nominated for the six vacancies, and the following is the result: Messrs. W. Porter, Lee S. Smith, Rochester J. Wood, Gravcsend W. W. Foord, Rochester C. Bessent, Chat- ham A. Anderson, Faversham. AN INQUEST HAS BEEN HELD at Yeovil on the body of Martha Brown, aged 61, better known locally as Mother Blue," who has been burnt to death. De- ceased was a woman of very dissolute habits, and has repeatedly been sent to gaol for drunkenness and other ) ofiences. In the night some neighbours of the deceased were alarmed by her cries, and on going to her assistance found her clothes in names. She was so shockingly burnt that she died almost immediately. A verdict was returned of Accidental death." A MEETING of blast furnacemen's delegates with the Cleveland ironmasters has taken place at Middlesbrough, when the new sliding-scale to regulate wages was signed by sixteen delegates, representing eight of the associated works. A TOWN'S MEETING was called at Reading to express sympathy with the farmers in their late distress, and to express approval of the steps they are taking to secure an alteration in the law as regards tithes. A reso- lution to this effect was carried. Amongst the speakers was Mr. T. Rogers, the late unsuccessful Liberal candidate for Berkshire. RESOLUTIONS have been passed by the Brighton Town Council to oppose the bills deposited in Parliament by the Brighton Railway and the company proposing to erect a marine kursaal" at the end of the Royal Chain Pier.—Mr. Joseph Arch has lectured at the town hall, Brighten, before the Radical Association on the franchise and land reform. lIr. J. R. Hollond, M.P., presided, and, after Mr. Arch had concluded, gave a short address, advocating the adoption of the system of small proprietorships as carried on in Belgium and France, which, he believed, would be of great benefit if generally adopted in England. I IN THE THEATKK ROYAL, Sunderland, a boy was detected in tiie act of blowing down one of the gas pipes he was taken to the police-station, but after- wards released. MARY AGNES FITZSIMONS, two years old, has been missing from Monkwearmouth. She was last seen with a man with an apple barrow. THE FIRM LARGE IMPORTATION of American live stick and produce has just taken place at West Hartlepool in the arrival of the steamer A verrll. The cargo consisted of 408 sheep from New Vork, with 3,)0 tons of bacon and a general cargo ef provisions. At the new warehouse, West Hartlepool, built at a cost of about £ 50,000 by the North-Eastern Railway Company, where they provide additional stcrcgo for fc0,00U quarters of grain, all the power is supplied by hydraulic apparatus. LORD HARRINGTON, of Elvastori Castle. Derby, has been elected master of the. South Notts hunt, in the room of Mr. Lancelot Rolleston, of Watuall Hall, who has retired all account of his marriage. THE DEAD BODY of Mr. Joseph Bowman M'Guire, a. gentleman who resided at Leeds, has been found in a powl at Hapton, between Accrington and Burnley. Mr. M'Guire, who was a contractor, aged 55, was last seen at Accrington early in December last. He then left the town with the intention of visiting friends at Hapton. Since then inquiries have been made throughout the country as to hi3 whereabouts. It is evident that the corp, e has been in the water a considerable time. A gold watch and chain were found on the body. AT THE HALF-YEARLY RENT AUDIT of Mr. Corbet, M.P., held at Droitwich, 20 per cent of their rent was returned to tho tenants, a remission similar to that given at the previous half-yearly audit. AT THE AUCTION of the effects of the defunct D'Olier-street Club, Dublin, an old high-backed oaken chair, elaborately carved in Irish emblems, and described as the chair of the Speaker of the Irish House of Com- mous, was put up for sale. The chair bears a brass plate stating that it was presented many years ago to the Dublin Library by Lord Cloncurry. There was a lively compe- tition, and finally it was knocked down to an agent, who purchased for Mr. Cecil Guinness, at the handsome price cf;MO. AT A MEETING of the Bournemouth branch of the English Church Union, a resolution was carried ex- pressing sympathy with the Rev. Mr. Green in his imprisonment. The Rev. W. R. Purton, vicar of the high church of St. Clement's, expressed his willingness to suffer imprisonment if the Church Association chosc to prosecute him. THE FUNERAL of the Mayor of Bridgwater (Alderman Thomas Collins) has just taken place. Nearly all the shops throughout the town were partially closed the flags on board the vessels and on public buildings ere lowered half-mast, and the magistrates and members cf the Corporation joined the procession at the Town Hall, the maces being borne in frontand draped in black. The procession was taken part in by about 120 of the principal inhabitants, including a deputation from the West Somerset Liberal Association, of which the deceased gentleman was vice-president, the committee of the Young Men's Association, of which he was president, and several leading members of the Wesleyan body in the town and neighbourhood. MR. JAMES WYATT, for many years the chief agent of the Penrhyn estates, and a magistrate for Car- narvonshire, has just been interred at Llandegai. THE "WRECK COMMISSIONER (Mr. Rothery) has concluded the inquiry into the loss of the steamer Jackal and all hands off the Cornish coast, and the Court found that the vessel was not in good and sea- worthy condition to go a voyage to Natal in the winter, and after the damage sustained on the voyage round from Preston to Padstow, the owner was to blame in allowing her to go to sea without necessary repairs being done. They ordered the owner, Mr. Hutchens, to pay £100, and pay the cost of the inquiry. AT EXETER one of the women who was in- jured by jumping from a window and falling through a skylight during the progress of the recent fire has died in the hospital. AT THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Devon County Chamber of Agriculture, Mr. Charles Aclaud, the Liberal candidate for West Somerset, was elected president. The retiring president, Sir John Kennaway, in giving a forecast of the probable legislation during the coming session, anticipated that county boards were certain to be established, but the great question would be to settle what were the local affairs with which they could properly deal. He thought that in their constitu- tion some members should be elected by owners of property and others by occupiers, because then they wou ld be sure of all being fairlv repres<:n t&L., MR. ANDREW RUTHERFORD, Advocate De- pute, has been appointed senior sheriff substitute of Midlothian, the office being vacant by the death of Sheriff Hallard. INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED at Edin- burgh of the death, at Sheffield, of Mr. William Miller, who engraved a number of Turner's pictures. Mr. Miller had attained his 86th year. He resided in Edin- burgh, and was on a visit to his daughter, when he was attacked with a cold, under which he succumbed; he was a prominent member of the Society of Friends in Edinburgh, and an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy. MR. M'PHERSON, postmaster, Kirkwall, has received from the inhabitants of Thurso a beautiful 18- carat gold watch, in recognition of his valuable services when in the Thurso Post-office, also a presentation address signed by the senior police magistrate. MR. MALESWORTH, coroner, Oldham, had before him a relative of the man James Whitehead, who escaped from Westhulme Hospital whilst suffering from confluent smallpox. The relative demanded a public inquiry into the circumstances and into the conduct of the officials. Whitehead died, and it w is asserted that after threatening to murder the nurses he made his escape, half naked, through a window. The coroner granted the public inquiry, and said the examination of the body was not necessary. A TELEGRAM was sent by the Town Council of Kirkwall (Orkney) to the Duke of Edinburgh's private secretary asking if his Royal Highness would be willing to accept of the. freedom of the burgh. A reply was received in the affirmative, and stating that it would be late at night before the Royal visitor would arrive at Kirkwall in the yacht Lively. The Duke visited Kirk- wall about nineteen years ago when he was a midshipman. The last Royal person who visited the freedom of Kirk- wall Burgh was Prince William of Orange. SPEAKING AT CARDIFF in connection with the local branch of the Land League of Great Britain, Mr. Finigan, M.P., asserted that he was not a man of force, when there was an expectation of peaceful sucoess. He had lived in England, and had observed what could be done by energy and unity. Irishmen who personally had no antagonism to England were now fighting with the enemy's tools. He declared that the connection that now existed between Great Britain and Ireland to be a farce. LOIlD FITZTIARDINGE writes from Berkeley Castle We have had a very open season, and, to judge from the large field of horsemen who attend the meets of my hounds, I am inclined to think it has been a very successful one up to date. The winter has been very mild and wet, and in consequence the young wheat is in a for- ward state. My object in writing is to appeal to those who are in the habit of enjoying the sport of foxhunting to assist in subscribing a sum of money for the purpose of giving special prizes to bond fide tenant farmers resid- ing within the limits of this hunting country at the forthcoming county show at Cheltenham in July, and I feel confident, from the promises of support already to hand, that my appeal will not be in vain, and that we shall show to the occupiers of the land we ride over, and who are not themselves foxlumu.rs, that we can appre- date their kindness and forbearance." AT A MEETING convened at Nottingham to assist in raising a fund to provide additional clergymen and increase church accommodation for the enlarged population of the town, the Bishop of Lincoln, who pre- sided, stated his intention of devoting a fifth part of his episcopal income to the fund, and subscriptions and donations amounting in the aggregate to about X4700 were announced. Earl Ma-nvers, the Bishop Suffragan of Nottingham, and others, took part in the proceedings. A YOUNG MAN, named Benjamin Wilson, was charged at Brighton with assaulting Richard Bath, an attendant at the Assembly Hall, Edward-street, now used as a place for worship. Mission services are held nightly a-t the place, which is in one of the lowest parts of the town, and Wilson, with others, had attended, behaving in a disorderly manner. Going to the hall drunk lie was refused admission, when he assaulted the doorkeeper. He was fined 20s. and costs. A CURIOUS POINT as to marriage at sea has been raised in Liverpool by a woman named Mary M'Clenda having to resort to the parochial authorities there. She was servant to Mr. Killrain, of the ship Alice Reed, and while at sea the second mate and she were married, the master performing the ceremony. She and her husband afterwards landed in London, and subse- quently went to Liverpool, where the man deserted her, and the parish now intends to bring the matter before the Board of Trade, with a view to causing the husband to pay for her maintenance.
r A RECORD OF BUBBLE COMPANIES. Henry Clench, alias Henry Clench Stanley, alias Count Stanley, a middle-aged man, of respectable appearance, was charged on remand, before Mr. Mansfield, at Marl- borough Police-court, London, with having obtained signatures by fraud to a deed purporting to be a valuable security. it wis understood, however, that there werf other charges against him of having perpetrated numerous frauds of the most ingcnieus description. The prisoner conducted his own defence with much feif-possession and ingenuity; Mr. Lewis prosecuted. On entering the dock the prisoner called for a long list of documents which had been taken from him, and which he understood were about to be put in. They were handed to him. Sidney Casbourne, from the office of the Registrar of Juiiit-Stock Companies, Somerset House, produced the memorandum and articles ef association of The Bank of Lendon and Australia (Limited)." It was incorporated on Feb. 7, 1880, and the mominal capital was £ 10,000, dividod into 1000 shares of £ 10 each. The memorandum and the articles contained the names of seven shareholders, among others that of Julian Bennett for 500 stsres, and that of Tread- croft Granville for 495 shares. the shares allotted to Julian Bennett involved a liability of £ 5000. Julia Bennett deposed that she had acted as secretary of The Ladies' Co-operative Society (Limited)," 8, Regent- street, which was founded by the prisoner. She was brought into communication with Mr. Clench by an ad- vertisement, and he agreed to give her E150 and 150 shares for the first year, to be increased to X200 per annum in the second. Mrs. Amy Treadcroft Granville acted as assistant secretary, and there was a com- mittee of ladies, among whom was Mrs. Alwin. The Prisoner I object to this examination as irrelevant. Mrs. Bennett is now giving evidence with respect to an association entitled The Ladies' Co-operative Society (Limited)," with which the present accusa- tion has no connection. I understand I am here to answer a charge in connection with The Bank of London and Australia (Limited)." Mr. Lewis having explained that his object was to show how the signa- tures to the latter company were obtained, the objec- tion was disallowed. Examination continued The witness said the co-operative society remained in exist- ence until the day that the prisoner absconded, and she then sent all the books and papers in her possession to Scotland-yard. She was in his employment altogether about seven weeks. About a fortnight before abscond- ing the prisoner said he saw that the Ladies' Co- operative Society would not pay, and he wanted to start another association in order that one might help the other. The name Julian Bennett, secretary of a public company, in the articles of association of the bank, was signed by her at the instance of the prisoner. He said the difference of name was of no consequence whatever. He merely wanted to transfer some shares to his children, but as they were minors they could not sign, and as soon as she signed she could make a deed of gift to them. He added that she could sign "John Smith" if she liked. She had no means of meeting a liability of £ 5000 but he said that if she did not obey his orders she would have to leave. She knew nothing of banking between London and Australia but he told her that if the bank prospered she would receive ten shares. The handwriting produced was that of Mrs. Granville, to whom he made the same representations. Her name was Amy Tread- croft Granville, but he said it would be better to write Tread-croft Granville, as it looked more like a man's signature. Mrs. Alwin also signed a. man's name. After that circulars were sent out to the different banks, and directors were advertised for. A clergyman from the Gray's Inn-road, some captains, and a few re- tired majors answered, and were immediately engaged as directors. Shareholders were also advertised for. A few days before the prisoner absconded Mrs. Lankastcr had an interview with him, and subsequently spoke to witness, but siie became indignant and refused to believe what the lady told her. When they discovered what was going on they applied for a warrant against him and he absconded. Hi's wife came for the keys, but she refused to give them up. The prisoner never spoke to her about his previous history, and had always acted in an honourable manner towards her. Mr. Lewis: I now propose to ask your worship that the case should be allowed to stand over, the prisoner being allowed out on entering into his own recognisances in £ 100. I understand that my friend Mr. Hare, who represents the Treasury, will at once have him taken to the Mansion House on another charge. (To the prisoner): Have you any objection to I this course ?-Pri:,oner: Oh dear no. I only want to meet any charge that is brought forward. So that I have an opportunity of cross-examining the last witness I have no objection. Mr. Mansfield assured the prisoner that he would have the opportunity of cross-examining on a future occasion, and signified his acquiescence in Mr. Lewis's proposal. The prisoner then left the court smilingand was immediately arrested by the City Police, on a warrant under the Larceny Act, charging him with having frcudulently issued prospectuses in connection with a company entitled "The Government Security Life and Fire Insurance Company." On the following day, Henry Clench, or Stanley, was charged before the Lord Mayor, at the Mansion House, with having issued a false prospectus of a company called the Government Securities Fire Insurance Company (Limited), Queen Victoria-street, with intent to induce persons to become shareholders therein. Alr. Poland, who prosecuted, described the origin of the company, and the action taken by the prisoner in connection with it. The charge was brought by the Public Prosecutor under the 84th section of the Larceny Act. The defendant, it was stated, had had a large experience in establishing public companies. A concern under the above title was registered in 1875 for the alleged purpose of carrying on the business of fire insurers in all parts of the United Kingdom and abroad. The first names on the memorandum of association were those of Martin and Co., 8, Gracechurch-street, holding 100 shares, as managing directors, but it trans- pired that there was no such firm, but that the names related to the defendant himself. There were the names tiso of persons who could not be found, holding shares to the number of 3020. Amongst the first directors was Stanley himself. Two or three of the gentlemen who joined the Board, after paying their, money, became sus- picious, and resigned their offices soon afterwards. The trustees of the company included the names of the Right Rev. Bishop Jenner, the Hon. J. Colbourne, the late Mr. Redmond, M.P., the Rev. A. Winterbottom, and others but they soon discovered that nothing was to be entrusted to them. In the prospectuses it was stated that the first issue of £ 25,000 had been readily taken by upwards, of 250 shareholders, amongst those named as having the majority being a person named William Smith, who proved to be a phantom. Many shares appeared to have been allotted to officers and others con- nected with the company. Stanley gave a promissory note for 100 shares, payable in five years. Blake, the secretary, three notes, payable in two, three, and five years. A large number of shares were held by news- paper proprietors, who had accepted paid-up shares in payment for advertisements. Of the whole number there were only forty-six ordinary shareholders, and they paid about £;)5D. A statement was issued to the effect that the business of the company was progressing satisfac- torily, the nominal capital taken up being upwards of £ 34,000, and that the amount of insurance effected was upwards of a million, whilst the losses by fire only amounted to about .£15. Of the million insured it was proved that £873,000 had been effected in one single in- surance against the loss by fire of some so-called Govern- ment bonds whilst in transit between Dover and Calais, and that it had been taken by Stanley himself. This statement Mr. Poland characterised as a ridiculous sham, which had been published and repeated for the purpose of gulling the public. About £ 127,000 genuine in- surances were effected by persons who had seen the ad- vertisements. Amongst those who subscribed for deben- ture shares was a Mrs. Cooper, a lady who withdrew 12500 Consols in February, 1877, and paid it over in notss to the secretary of the company, and under the cognisance of the defendant Miss Carr and others also paid .£100 for debentures. When Stanley found the corapany was on its last legs, he proceeded to Havre, and from thence wrote to the offices a letter signed Martin and Co. in which he stated that he should have nothing more to do with them as managing director, and that he would not labour fur any company who raised money for the purpose of feeding lawyers and fattening barristers, who wanted to be paid before they had done their work. Mr. Poland then proceeded to show that the prisoner, having established the company, having had it extensively advertised and obtained the money paid for the debentures, took J6625, proceeded abroad, where he had remained until very recently, when he returned, and was taken into custody. The company went into liquidation, and then the frauds were discovered. The newspaper proprietors, who had shares, were, after considerable litigation, held by the Court of Appeal to be contiibutories to the capital, and they had to pay the money represented by their shares. Another fire company, the Church and Empire, was raised, it was said, in the same way, and met with a similar fate. Detective-ser- geant Childs having proved the arrest of the prisoner at the Marlborough-street Police-court, he was remanded, the-hail being fixed, himself in £ 2000 and two sureties in £ 1000 each.
SERIOUS OH AEG E AGAINST A SOLICITOR. At the Western Circuit, William Henry Newman, aged 77, a solicitor, of Southampton, was charged before Mr. Justice. Bowen with having defrauded the trustees of the late Thomas Dawkins of the sum of £ 14,000. Mr. Bullen prosecuted; the lIon. Bernard Coleridge defended. The de endant, who bore a high character, was the solicitor of the late Mr. Dawkins. On the death of the latter, the trustees who were appointed under his will called on Newman with regard to the securities in which the estate of the deceased was invosted. Newman gave them a list of mortgages showing investments to the ameunt of £ 17,14-0. Subsequently, the two trustees, not feeling it safe to have so large a sum out on mortgage, saw Newman and requested him to call in all the money except £ 4000, and to invest the proceeds in Consols. He remonstrated at this, pointingout that the change of invest- ment would cause a serious diminution of income but, as the trustees persisted, he drew up notices, which they signed. On their subsequently calling about the money, Newman confessed that, with some comparatively small exceptions, the mortgages were non-existent, or long paid- off, and he had not got the money. He offered to pay back the principal at the rate of JE1000 a year, and to pay a further annual sum of £ 600 by way of interest, but this the trustees declined to accept, saying that there was no security that he could pay such amounts. He was now charged under 24 and 25 Vic., cap. 96, section 76, which cnacts that whosoever, being a banker, mer- chant, broker, attorney, or agent, and being intrusted, either solely or jointly with any other person, with the property of any other person for safe custody, shall, with intent to defraud, sell, negotiate, transfer, pledge, or in any manner convert or appropriate the same or any part thereof to or for his own use or benefit, or the use or benefit of any person other than the person by whom he was so intrusted, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour." Mr. Coleridge, at the close of the case for the prose- cution, submitted that there was no case, as it had been decided in Reg. v. Cooper (" L.R. 4 C.C.R., 123 ") that the intrusting a solicitor with money to invest on mortgage was not intrusting such money for safe custody within the terms of the section. The prisoner had been indicted under that section and not under section 75, which applied to cases such as the present, because section 75 required that the person intrusted with money to invest should have been directed in writing how to invest the money, and there had been no such direction here. Mr. Bullen, in reply, cited the case of Reg. v. Fullager" (41" Law Times Reports," New Series, 448), in which, under somewhat similar circumstances, a conviction had been affirmed, but Mr. Coleridge, in reply, pointed out that in that case there had been express directions to the solicitor to retain money, the proceeds of a mortgage, in safe custody, while the client made up her mind how to reinvest it; moreover, the case of Reg. v. Cooper was not referred to, showing that the questions were different. The learned judge said that he should re- serve the point for the Court of Criminal Appeal, and as the learned counsel resolved not to address the jury, he directed them that for the purposes of the day they must take it from him that if Newman received money of the deceased on the terms that he was to take care of it himself, or to invest it for him and keep it safe until that was done, and if he converted it to his own use, he would be guilty. The jury found the defendant guilty, and the learned judge deferred sentence, declining to accept bail. Newman had been in custody up to the trial, the magis- trates having fixed his bail at £10,000, which he was unable to find.
MYSTERIOUS SHOOTING CASE. A night or two ago the police were called to a man who had been found lying on the pavement in St. James- street, Westminster, London, who had evidently been shot or had shot himself with a revolver, which was discovered near him. He was immediately re- moved to the Charing-cross Hospital, where he was seen by Mr. Bloxham, the surgeon. Examination showed that he had received a dangerous wound, the bullet having entered the body under the nipple of the right bieast. It has been found impossible to extract it, or ascertain for certain how far or in what direction it may have penetrated. It was thought possible that the lungs may have escaped fatal injury, but there was a considerable loss of blood, and the man's condition was highly critical. In reply to questions, the patient stated that his name was George Sampson, and that he was aprivate in the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Connaught's Regi- ment, and he averred that he had been shot by some one, but how and by whom and under what circum- stances he did not-it may be could not-explain. It was thought to be partial corroboration of his state- ment that the ball had pierced all his clothing, so that the weapon had not been placed under the outer gar- ment, and there was further the inherent improbability of a man attempting suicide in a public thoroughfare. There was, however, a similar unlikelihood of anyone attempting a murder in a large open, well-lighted West- end-street but at the time of the occurrence a consider- able amount of fog prevailed. The tragedy seems to have been witnessed only by a boy, who declares that he saw the man himself point the pistol to his breast and draw the trigger. The revolver has been discovered to bear the name of an officer of the 32nd Foot. How it came there is at present, like the other circumstances of the affair, a mystery.
William B. Barker's safety marine signal, which is an ingenious invention intended to secure vessels under sail or steam from coming into collision in fogs, has been favourably reported upon by the officers of the Board of Trade, and there is reason to believe that it will be adopted by the Admiralty. The apparatus is so skilfully arranged that it is well adapted for remedying the detects in the existing international system of signals. In order to prevent collisions it is of the utmost importance that the sound-signals should make known the course of vessels, and this is the want which Capt. Barker's apparatus is meant to supply. All signals beginning with a long sound show the course to be east- ward those commencing with a short sound show the course to be westward. Signals ending with a -short sound show the course to be northward, and those ending with a long sound show the course to be southward. The importance of these distinctions of sound will readily be recognised when it is considered how easily a steamer may run down a sailing vessel in a fog if the signals of the latter only make known her whereabouts without indicat- ing her course. It is understood that the American Government would readily adopt this useful invention if England would set the example. THE WELL-KNOWN CANINE FAVOURITE, "Rail- way Jack, is at present, although not out of all danger, going on well. One of the principal surgeons of Lewes amputated the crushed leg, and still kindly attends upon him. He is under the immediate care of a veterinary surgeon, whose wife devotes herself to him. One or Other of the railway porters is ever on the watch by his basket side. The only person who is painfully excluded from any communication with him is his owner, the station-master his presence being found, too exciting at a time when so much depends on keeping the poor animal quiet. Much inquiry is made daily as to his condition, but as yet it is necessary to limit vi-itors to simply hearing about him, not seeing him. If he should recover,. it is to be feared that a tripodal existence may terminate his extraordinary travelling propensity, except under conditions which will affect his love of independence but he has so many friends on so many lines" that it may well be assumed he may see yet some field for his extraordinary love of railway locomotion. If his history is ever truly written, it will be a wonderful one, as proof of a sagacity scarcely ever surpassed in canine history. AMONG THE COLLIERS in South Wales a move- ment is on fLot to procure alterations in the existing sliding sc ile, and at Cardiff there has been held a joint meeting of masters' and workmen's representatives. The matter was being discussed when it was ascertained that the house-coal men came pledged to a certain programme, whereupon the masters declined to discuss the matter imy further. The meetin'g was consequently adjourned, in order that the house-coal men might consult those whom they repiesented. THERE IIAVIO BEEN large and fashionable assemblages at two amateur concerts given at Berkeley Castle in aid of the Berkeley Cottage Hospital. Amongst the distinguished amateurs and others taking part In it were the Viscountess Folkestone, the Marchioness of Waterford, the Countess of Westmoreland, and Lady Grac:- Ivme. A LARGELY ATTENDED and ^enthusiastic Liberal meeting has been held at Acciington, under the presidency of Mr. F. W. Grafton, M.P. A telegram was read f i oin the Marquis of Harrington, who said: I regret that official duties detain me in London. My best wishes for the success of the meeting. I feel assured, from what I have seen of meetings which I have been able to attend, that there is no change in the spirit which animates the Liberal party of Lancashire, and that they will co«t:nss to give the Government a hearty I support.'
THE MEETING OF PARLIAMENT. The following letter has been issued by the Print Minister to his supporters in the House of Commons Hawarden Castle, January, 1882. S!r,—The 7th'of February has been appointed for the opening of the Parliamentary session and I venture to hope you may be in your place, as matters of pressing- interest will at the earliest practicable date be submitted to the House of Commons.—I have the honour to be, sir., your very faithful and obedient servant, W. E. GLADSTONE." Earl Granville has issued the following circular to the- supporters of the Ministry in the House of Lords 18, Carlton House-terrace, January, 1882. My Lord,—Parliament wili assemble on February 7.. Important business will be proceeded with, and I hope it may suit your convenience to be in your place at the- date I have named.—I have the honour to be, my lord, your obedient servant, GKA.NVII.LE."
THE RECENT GREAT POST OFFICE, ROBBERY. At the Manchester City Police-court James Ridgway,, alias Bethel, alias Wilson, who was recently apprehended; at Bangor on suspicion of being concerned in the Hatton- Garden Post-office robbery, was brought up on remand,. charged under the Prevention of Crime Act with not reporting himself to the police, as required by the terms- of his licence. When the prisoner, who is about 56 years of age, was previously before the Court, it was- understood that at the expiration of the remand he would be handed over to some other police authority — presumably the metropolitan. However, In- spector Clayton, who had charge of the case, simply gave evidence against the prisoner, for that he being a. person under police supervision had failed to report him- self, and also failed to notify his change of residence. On March 25, 1880, Ridgway was discharged on ticket- of-leave from the Parkhurst Convict Prison, where he- had been serving a term of seven years' penal servi- tude, to be followed by seven years' police supervision, for obtaining goods by false pretences. On March 16, 1'881, he was apprehended for obtaining a quan- tity of goods by fraud, but he escaped conviction. in consequence of the prosecutor failing to appear- He was sent back to Parkhurst to serve the remainder of his unexpired term of the seven years. He was; again discharged on Oct. 21, 1881, and he went to live in Deansgate, Manchester. He subsequently left there without notifying his change of residence, thereby rendering himself liable to twelve months' im- prisonment. lIe was next heard of at Bangor, adverti- sing in different papers to supply goldfinches in full, song all recept of thirty stamps. At the present time there are from fifty to one hundred letters, containing; postal orders and stamps, waiting him at the post-offices in and around Bangor. He had been living on the pro- ceeds of his fraudulent advertisement for the past two- months. The police were perfectly satisfied that Ridg- way had nothing whatever to do with the Hatton- garden Post-office robbery, and he was now committed to. prison for nine months for neglecting to report himself. -4.
AT THE STOCK AND SHARE AUCTION CO. SALS held on the 20th inst. at their sale room, Crown- conrt-buildings, Old Broad-street, the following were amongst the prices obtained: Rhodes Reef Gold Mining, £ 1 shares, 12s. (;d. Confederate States of America$100 Bonds, 3s. 4-d Oriental Telephone £ 1^shares, 10s., paid 9s. 9d.; Spanish Three per Cents., 26 11-16 Indian. Trevelyan Gold Mining £1 shares fully paid,, 12s. Oil.; Peruvian Six per Cents.^ 18s.; Hornachos- Silver Lead Mining £ 10 shares, £ 5 10s.; Egyptian-- Unified, 66 1-3; New Zealand Kapanga £1 shares, 10s.; Great Eastern Rails, 72fr per cent. 2 Rio Tinto Clc) shares, 24^; and other miscellaneous 2 securities fetched fair, prices. At their sale held on the. 24tli inst. the following were amongst the prices ob- tained London Road Car £ 10 shares, £ 9 New Wye Valley Lead Mining 11 shares, 9s.; Old Owlacombe Mines £ 1 shares, 4s.; Wheal Jewell Mining, 7s. Oriental Telephone £ 1 shares, 10s. paid, 4d. discount; Belgium Date Coffee Co. JES shares, L2 10s. paid par;, West Craven Moor Lead, 7s. 6d.; and other miscellaneous securities fetched fair prices. AT THE POLICE-COURT, Great Yarmouth, the magistrates issued a warrant against John R. Durrant, late. a ueerhouse keeper and fish merchant, carrying on business in that town, for extensive fraud. In November and December last, Durrant purchased a very large quantity of herrings, to the value of several hundred pounds, for which he did not pay. He has since been made a bankrupt, and the creditors have ascertained that he within the last few days left England in the steamer Chtmborazo, bound for Australia. It is expected that he will be arrested at the Cape and brought back to England for trial. THE LARGE COLSTON HALL AT BRISTOL has been crowded every night for a week past in order to hear temperance addresses from Mr. R. T. Booth and Colonel Caldwell, American evangelists. The audiences have numbered from 3000 to 4000 persons nightly, and one night it was stated that 10,600 had taken the blue riband badges, and that 4900 new pledges of, total ab- stinence had been taken. AN ACTION HAS BEEN RAISED in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, by John M'Gregor, wine and spirit merchant, Greenock, against the Caledonian Railway Company for £ 10,000 damages, in consequence of injuries sustained by him in the collision at Pennilee, near Glas- gow, on Sept. 8, 1880.. The plaintiff states that his business has suffered considerably from his being unable to attend to it in consequence of the injuries received. The defendants plead that the amount of plaintiff's claim for damages is excessive.
MELANCHOLY ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE. Jane Lander, aged 61, a respectable-looking woman, living at 93, Ranelagh-road, Pimlico, London, was, placed before Mr. D'Eyncourt, at Westminster Police- court, charged with an attempt at suicide.. Herbert Knott, police-constable 269 B, stated that while- Oil duty in Grosvcnor-road, Pimlico, he saw the pri- soner leave a house in Ranelagh-road and walk on in-, front. She appeared to be fully dressed, and, as he. walked faster than she, he was overtaking her, when she suddenly ran sharply across the road towards the- river, and her manner exciting his suspicions, he hurried after her. She then mounted the parapet of the Em- bankment, and throwing off some upper garment, he; found that she had only her night-dress on. She- commenced climbing over the iron spikes, evidently with the intention of throwing herself into the water, when he- seized her, and in answer to his inquiries as to why she had attempted to commit so rash an act, she only said, they would tear her to pieces in the asylum, and she- must escape from them. Mr. d'Eyncourt inquired, whether she had anything to say in answer to the charge. Defendant, who exhibited a very wild appearance, replied her husband had threatened to put her in to an asylum, and that was what made her do it. The husband, a very re- spectable-looking old man, stepped into the witiiess-box., and, with tears in his eyes, denied any such suggestion.. He said he had been out of work-a long time, which had much upset her, but she had never exhibited any symp- toms leading him to think she would attempt her life.. They went down on their knees the night before, as was-. their custom, and he never missed her from his side in, bed until the constable summoned him. Ske never drank, nor did he, and a better wife could not be, but she had had a great deal of affliction, his being out of work preyed upon her mind, and their eldest daughter- had married a drunkard who ill-treated her, and this- much upset the mother. Mr. d'Eyncourt said he should remand her for a week, and during that time she would have the kind ministrations of the chaplain at the House. of Detention, and no doubt she would feel better when she came out. The husband begged that he might be allowed to take her home with him, and said he would take the utmost care of her. Mr. d'Eyncourt, however, thought she looked very wild, and thought it was much better for her that she should be under careful treatment,. .e
THE APPROACHING ROYAL MARRIAGE.. The Princess of Waldeck-Pyrmont, mother of Queen. Emma and of the Princess Helena of Waldeck, the fiancee- of Prince Leopold, will arrive shortly at the Hague on a. visit to the King and Queen of the Netherlands. The Princess will, it is believed, remain as a guest at the Dutch Court until the marriage of Prince Leopold, when: it is probable that she will aceompauy King William and Queen Emma on their journey to London.. It has been arranged that, shortly before the- marriage, their Dutch Majesties will be brought to England by the Royal yacht Falcon, which will take- their Majesties on board at Flushing and land them at. Queensborough. The retinue of their Majesties wili include the Countesses van Ittersum and van de Poll, and three gentlemen of the Court, Admiral Jonkheer vail- Capellen, Colonel Jonkheer Alewyn and Lieutenant de" Ranitz. The Belgian papers state that the King and; Queen of Belgium will also be among the guests of Queen, Victoria at the time of the marriage of Prince Leopold.. The statement, however, requires confirmation.