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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.


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