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Dr. Lyons, one of the commissioners appointed to inquire into allegations made respecting the treat- m ent of the Fenian prisoners, has left Merrion-squave for London, to join the Earl of Devon and the other members of the Commission. M. Bagier, director of the Italians, Paris, pro- poses during his next season to play French operas in French, and Italian opera, on alternate nights. If this arrangement be carried out, the Louse will be opened six nights in the week. Dean Close writes to say that though he was once in favour of marriage with a deceased wife's sister, twenry years'observation has considerably qualified his opinion, and he is no longer in favour of any alteration in the existing law. Two new books by Californian authors will be published in a few days—"The Innocents Abroad," by Mr. Mark Twain; and The Luck of Roarino- Camp, by Bret Harte. Both writers are said to excel as humorists of the Artemus Ward type. At the annual meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society, on Monday Lord Vernon was appointed president for the ensuing year. The report, which shewed a decrease of 59 members and a balance of receipts over expenditure for the year, was adopted. Tiff: LECTTOXART.—We (Times) are d that a Committee of both Houses of fjLp me<1 tion of York has adopted the followit ConI°ca- the subject of the Lectionary • TJ," i"eP01on to consider and report upon been unable to exclude the consideration that the new Lectionary has received a good deal of atten- tion and approval, and. that some steps have been taken to gwc it the force of law dVitPtheTreSSt year. They have considered that, in of affairs, it would be a source of embarrassmentto thank the Bishop of Carlisle for an explanation 0f the principles which guided the Ritual Commission in drawing up the Lectionary They desire to <nve a general approval of the result at which that bodv have arrived. If it should happen that more time should be given for consideration, the Committee would be prepared to suggest some alterations in detail, which are not, however, of sufficient moment to cause them to recommend Convocation to with- hold its consent. "It should be noticed that the Ritual Commission has been empowered to 'suggest any alterations, improvements, or amendments' in regard to < rubrics, orders, and directions contained in the Book of Common Prayer.' We understand that this Commission has nearly completed its la. bours, which have extended over several years, it may be a question whether any alteration should be made this year in the Prayer-book, if it is con- sidered likely that fresh changes will soon be pro- posed in consequence of recommendations from the Kituax Commission. The Committee thinks that there exists a general desire for a change of the Lee. icnary, such as the report of the Ritual Com- uasbion has recommended. "The subject of a change ln theLectionary was before the Convoea- ol x urk in 1865, upon the report of a committee, and the present Committee observes with satisfaction that many of the suggestions then made have baen adopted in the present propoMj," Mr. Bright -was the only Minister absent from the Cabinet Council on Saturday. Mr. Blackburn, formerly the Conservative mem- ber for Stirling, is dead. He was defeated in 18G5 j by Admiral Erskine. The funeral of Lady Auckland took place at Cantley Church on Monday. There was a large concourse of people present. A LADY CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT.—At Marl- borough street Police-court, London, on Monday, Emily, wife of Major Macgregor, was remanded without bail, on a charge of obtaining £20 by false pretences from an assistant to Messrs. Lewis and Allanby, silk mercers, Regent street. There are other charges against the prisoner, involving em- bezzlement to the amount of nearly .£200. BREACH OF PROMISE.—On Monday last, in the Sheriff's Court, Preston, je250 damages were award- ed to a Miss Ann Dent, for non-fuliflment of a pro- mise of marriage made to her by Mr. William Birt- whistle, landlord of the Peel Arms Inn, Accrington. In August, 1866, the defendant occupied a farm near Broadhook. In September, 1864, Miss Dent went to live as housekeeper at Mr. Hardgreave's, Broadhook, and she became acquainted with the defendant. The case was entered for hearing at the last Lancaster Assizes, but defendant allowed judg- ment to go by default. DEATH OF A CENTENARIAN.—Mrs. Sarah Plum- ridge, of Touchen End, in the parish of Bray, near Windsor, died on Tuesday at the advanced age of 101. Had she lived till the 6th of next month she would have reached her 102d year. The deceased was the widow of an agricultural labourer, and had for some time past been living upon an income de- rived from the savings of herself and her husband. Just before Christmas last the Queen, who had been informed by Mr. Headington, of Redstone farm, that Mrs. Plumridge had expressed a desire to see Her Majesty, paid her a visit, accompanied by the Princess Beatrice, and conversed with her. Shortly after the visit Her Majesty presented to Mrs. Plum- ridge a photograph containing portraits of herself and Princess Louise; and a bust of the late Prince Consort, which the old lady had ever since highly prised as a memento of the Royal visit. She has actually had her usual good health and her clear- ness of intellect till a few days since, when she fail- ed and suddenly sank. She has left her property to her nephews and nieces. DEATH OF A VETERAN OFFICER.—The death is announced of Colonel George Macdonell, C.B. at the advanced age of 90. This officer, who was a cadet of the ancient and loyal Scottish house of Macdonell of Glengarry, was son of an officer who served under the flag, and who was on the staff of Prince Charles Edward Stuart at the battle of Culloden, where he was severely wounded. His son, the colonel now deceased, was born in 1779, or early in the following year, obtained his first commission in 1796, and was nominated a Companion of the Bath in 1817. He saw service in the war in North America with the 79th Foot, and received the gold medal for the action at Chateauguay; and had he not accepted the retirement a few years since, he would have been at his death almost the senior officer in the army holding her Majesty's comm ssion. The late Colonel Macdonell, who adhered to the Roman Catholic religion professed by his ancestors, and for which they fought so gallantly under the Stuart banners, married in 1820 the Hon. Laura Arundell, sister of the Lord Arundell of Wardour, but was left a widower in May, 1854. DISSENTERS' PLACES OF WORSHIP.—There was issued on Monday a Parliamentary return of the total number of places of meeting for religious worship in England and Wales certified to the Registrar-General, up to the first of January last, and still on the register. The total number of places certified by each denomination was as follows —Baptists, 1,818; Bible Christians, 437; Friends or Quakers, 372; Independents or Congregationalists, 2,252 Jews, 20; Latter Day Saints or Mormons, 86. Methodists:—Calvinistic, and Welsh Calvinistic, 756; Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, 3G; New Connexion, 267; Primitive, 3,126; Wesleyan Original Connexion, 5,750; Wesleyan Methodist Association, and Wesleyan Reformers, generally forming the United Methodist Free Church, 897; other Wesleyan Methodists, 66. Moravians or United Brethren, 27. New Church or New Jerusalem Church, 23. One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church, 24. Presbyterians, —Church of Scotland, 9; United Presbyterian58; Presbyterian Church in England, 57. Roman Catho- lies, 638. Unitarians, 108. All others (consisting principally of "Christian Brethren," "Protestants," "Protestants Dissenters," and those who object to be designated by any distinctive appellation, 761. Total, 17,589. EXTRAORDINARY ATTEMPT TO MURDER.—At the Bradford Police Court, on Saturday, Thomas Riddi- ough, a returned convict, aged about fifty, was charged with having attempted to murder Henry Whittaker. The parties accidentally met on Friday night, near the Crow Trees, on Bradford Moor, and after Riddiough had accosted Whittaker and ascer- tained whioh way he intended to go, he said, "We'll go together." They accordingly walked on a short distance, when the prisoner in a familiatr manner put one arm round Whittaker's neck, and then sud- denly chrew the blade of a pocket knife a cross his throat, inflicting a frightful wound. Fortunately the wound did not penetrate so deep as to place the man'« life in immediate peril. It is stated that the priso ner is subject to mental disease, and that when the symptoms appear he is violent and unco; trollable. He was remanded. On Monday, he was brought before the Bradford Magistrates on the charge of having attempted to murder the man named Henry Whitaker, who is employed at Eccles- hill pottery. On Friday night the prosecutor (who appeared in a weaker condition) said he found the prisoner, who was in liquor, lying on the causeway on Bradford Moor. He helped him up, a,nd at his request, went with him a short distance in the di- rection of his home. They had not gone far before the prisoner put his left arm over the prosecutor's shoulders, and then drew his knife across his throat, saying, Take that, you —— The prosecutor tore himself away from the prisoner, who pursued him a short distance. In answer to the Bench, M-. Grauham, the chief constable, stated that the pr- soner was not fit to be at large. He had seven 1 times attempted to injure persons with the knife. He had been sentenced to death in December, 1847, for killing a man named Hudson at Bradford Moor, but the sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life. He was set at liberty, on ticket of leave, at the end of eight years and four m ?ntLs. The prisoner was committed for trial at the next assizes. THE CHELSEA MURDER MISTAKEN .IDENTITY.— The coroner's jury who investigated tUie circum- stances under which Mr3. Goss was murdered, seemed anxious to believe that Miller had not com- mitted the murder single-handed. Their curiosity was fftd by a jeweller, named Henry Vincent, re- siding in the King's Road, who swore that on the day following that on which Ann Goss was supposed to boe murdered, an old lady came to his shop md bronght to him an antique keeper-ring, which fc'he wanted made smaller to fit her finger, and also wished it made narrower to alter its appearance. She afterwards sent a young woman for it, and ms it was not done when she called, told him to sen d it, as he thought, to 14, Paulton Square. He sent- it there, and Mr. Stanesby, who resides there, not knowing anything of it, and hearing the description of the old lady and young woman, informed him that similar persons had come :to take charge of the house at No. 15. The same evening the bo 'y of Ann Goss was discovered in the box, and the following day the inquest was opened. At the in- quest, Vincent saw Mrs. Myddleton, the charwo- man and her daughter, who were employed by the deceased, and he recognised in them the persons who had been to him about the ring, and he gave it up to the police. A whole week having elapsed, and no one coming for it, the suspicion strengthened that the ring belonged to Ann Go^s, and that now the Myddletons were afraid to claim it. At the adjourned inquest Vincent positively swore to these two women as being the same, the Myddletons in an equally positive manner swearing that they knew nothing about it, The positive manner in which he swore to them, together with other statements that had been made with reference to them, caused some of the twenty-one jurymen to suspect that there were others besides the prisoner in the plot. The report of the inquiry about the ring ha ving been read by the lady to whom the ring really belonged,' she has now come forward and claimed it. She! says that she took it to Vincent, and asked 1 iim to! make it smaller, and aleo to alter its appearan ce by i making it narrower, exactly as he states. it was given to her by her sister. She did not send for it again, she says, because she sent several tii nes and it was not done. Though the lady hersell' is not much like Mrs. Myddleton, the young worm m, her servant, whom she sent, bears a striking r e- semblance to Myddleton's daughter. Vincentha.s entirely lost the sight of one eye, and the sight c f the other is very defective. Mr. Huelin's will ha i been found in a small room in hia Louse amongst some valuable plate, which it is strange Miller did not discover. Mrs. Sterling, the popular actress, has lost the sight of her left eye. Her medical attendant fears that she will lose her sight entirely.—Musical Stan- dard. The Empress Eugenie has promised to give a con- firmation dress to every child whose father or mother shall address a demand for it, supported by the clerical authorities. M. Quenault has discovered, near Harateville-sur- Mer, the remains of a submarine forrast. He sup- poses its submergence to be as recent as the eighth century of our era. Over 200 applications for clerkship is in the Census Bureau, at Washington, have been received, and only about a dozen were able to pass an examin- ation satisfactorily. Robert Henry Corlett has been convicted, on the prosecution of the Bank of Mona, of forging, in the Isle of Man, a number of bills of exchange, and sentenced to 14 years' transportf ition. COURT CIRCULAR OF HONOLU LU.—His Majesty is enjoying exceedingly good health at Molokai, and is very much interested in brand ing the calves of his wgp mi oj cattle qwtte. — — ■— — ■■■■■■ Of the 623 fires in Philadelphia last year, asmanj <ts 104 are known or believed to have been the wori of The pictures and effects of the late Mr. Daniel Maclise, R.A., will be sold at "VIessrs. Christie and Manson's at the end of next moith. Among recent publications 0: the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences is a paper by M. Jacobi on the absorption of hydrogen by galvanic iron. Mr. R. Felix intends making a joint-stock affaii 0: the Porte-Saint-Martin Theatre, Paris. He pro- poses to raise a capital of 60,000f. in shares. A new route for reaching the North Pole is pre. posed. It is by way of the sea of Kara, which ex- tends north of Siberia from lat. 70 to lat. 76. The water of that famous mineral spring in our .Fairmount Park, the Boston Post says, tastes like damaged pork-pickle drank out of an old boot." Miss Glyn (Mrs. Dallas) will leave England foi Australia by the overland mail early in July to ful- fil an engagement entered into with Mr. Coppin. M. Camille Dareste has shown that transposition of viscera in the fowl can be brought about by the application of heat in a particular way to the egg. FATAL ACCIDENT TO AN UNDERGRADUATE.—Mr. E. Strettem, undergraduate of Corpus Christi Col- lege, Cambridge, was accidentally drowned en Monday afternoon whilst canoeing at Grantche-ter. FEARFUL GUNPOWDER ACCIDENT.—On. Saturday afternoon some small boys were making on the pave- ment, in Wurtemburg-place, Blackfriars-road, s me gunpowder trains, when one of them, named But- ler, about seven years old, approached too near the train, which, when exploded, burnt the unfortunate child's head, and otherwise so injured him that he is not expected to live. FEARFUL EXPLOSION ON BOARD A SHIP.—The barque Asturias, of Boston, from Cardiff for Hong Kong, was blown up on Sunday morning by an explosion of coal-gas in the hold. The vessel was 15 miles off Lundy Island at that time. Captain Sloane was killed, and Johnson, a man at the wheel, was blown to pieces. The remainder of the crew, 14 in number, escaped in boats to Penzance. UNREQUITED LOVE.—Catherine Macarthy a semp- stress, has been sent to a lunatic asylum for annoy- ing Mr. Win. Taylor, linen draper, Barbican, Lon- bon, by going to his shop to see him. She stated that she was in love with him, and could not keep away from his shop. Mr. Taylor stated he was being- ruined by her as his receipts were falling off £20 a week since the story had got abroad. On a doctor's certificate she was removed to a madhouse. The Prince and Princess of Wales, with the Coun- tess of Morton and Lieutenant Colonel Teesdale in waiting, attended divine service on Sunday at the Chapel Royal, St. James's. The service was per- formed by the Rev. the Subdean, the Hon. and Rev. R. C. Boyle, and the Rev. T. Helmore. IThc sermon was preached by the Hon and Rev. R. C. Boyle, from St. Matthew, chap. xii. v. 37. His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridg presided at the annual regimental dinner of the Royal Regi- ment of Artillery, which took plake on Saturday. FIRE IN A COTTON MILL, NEAR OLDHAM.—JI2 500 DAMAGE.—Early on Sunday morning, a fire broke out in the cotton Mill of Mr. James Rhodes, Hey Chapel, near Oldham. The mill is seventeen windows long and four high. The fire broke out in the top room at one end of the building. Twp fire engine3 from Lees were in attendance in less than a quart or of an hour after the commencement of the fire. The police of Lees, especially Sergeant Fo< ler, rendered efficient service. The damage is rou¡.>h y estimated at between £2,00:.1 and £ 3,030, and is covered by insurance in the West of England and Atlas Insurance Companies. ELOPEMENT AND PERJURY.—On Monday, at the Liverpool police Court a young man named William Jones, a currier, was charged with perjury. It tran- spired that on the 11th inst. the prisoner, who resided at Llanlaelog Anglesey, eloped with the daughter of the Rev. Robert Williams, rector of the paiish. On the following day the prisoner applied to the Superintendent Registrar in Liverpool for a marriage licence, and made a declaration that he and the young lady had resided in that town for 15 days prior to the application being made. On i his statement being found to be fal.-ie, a warrant for his his apprehension was applied for.—He was reman- ded. AWFUL SUFFERINGS OF A SHIP'S CREW.—Twenty- one of the crew of the ship Mariana, we learn by the Bombay mail, have died from starvation. Capt. Stuart, of the ship Tweed, which left Bombay on April 2, for England, having on boa d ome invalided troops, reports that on the 7th, when in lat. 9 N, long. 69 S, he fell in with the Mariam, of Cld:1- gorg, flying signals of distress. The Tweed wn t once hove to, and Captain Stuart we^t on board the Mariana, and to his honor found 21 of the crew dead, and most of the survivors sick, the vessel having been without water or provisions for many days. Captain Stuart remained along-ide for twelve hours, and, having supplied water, provisions, and medicine to those on board, left the vessel. FIRE AT SEA.—DESTRUCTION OF A LARGE SHIP.— We learn by advices from Sydney, March 23rd, that the Bremen ship Alcede, Captain Rergaard, which had arrived at Melbourne on February 12 th from Soderhamn, reported that on January 12th, when about 140 miles from Tristan d'Acuntra, a large island in the South Atlantic, lying between the Brazilian coast and the Cape of Good Hop" the Alcede passed through a large quantity of charred boards and planks, portions of a wreck. There was amongst the wreckage a lower mast plinted yell w, suited probably to a 1,000 ton ship. The mast w.,s burned down close to the deck. A number of W.t er cask skins were also floating about. It was im ri- sible to ascertain the name of the vessel that had been destroyed, and whether there ha=i been in a dition to the disaster a sacrifice of human life is sill a mystery, but the evidence points too distinctly to the probability of such a catastrophe. DEATH OF SIR JOHN SIMEON, M.P.—We regret to learn by telegram of the death of Sir John Simeon, at Friburg, in Switzerland. He has been abroad for the benefit of his health, but died some- what suddenly at the last. Sir John Simeon, who succeeded his father as the third baroaet in 1854, was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He was deputy-lieutenant and a magistrate for the Isle of Wight, and a magistrate for the county of South- ampton. He was also Major of the 1st Battalion of the Isle of Wight Volunteers. Sir John married, first in 1840, Maria, daughter of Sir F. F. Baker, and, secondly, the Hon. Catherine Dorothea Colvill e, sister of the eleventh Baron Colville. He was M.P. for the Isle of Wight, and the only English Roman Catholic in the House of Commons since the eleva- tion of Lord E. Howard to the peerage as Baron Glossop, and was much respected. Tne deceased baronet was a Liberal, but the vacancy in the Isle of Wight created by his death will probably be filled by a Conservative. Sir John is succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, John Stephen Barrington, born in 1851, who entered the Rifle Brigade" lasb year.-Globe. 0 FATAL FIRE AT BIRMINGHAM.—At about half- past twelve on Monday morning, a fire was dis- covered to have broken out on the prem'se^ of Messrs. T. and J. Shaw, fellmongers, Denmark- street, Aston, near Birmingham. Several d .v lling- houses adjoin the works, and the fire soon spread tc two of these. Most of the occupants quickly escaped, but in the attic of one of the houses four eh ldren were left sleeping. This house wa^ soon on fire, and as no fire-escape or engine had arrived it was feared the children would be lost. A man mmed Butler rushed into the house, and brought out two of the children in safety. The garret was th n filled with smoke, and ingress was a matter of difficulty. A policeman, however, made his way into th," room, and he succeeded in bringing out the remninino- children. Both, unhappily, were quite dead having been suffocated by the smoke. The room in which they had lain communicated with the works by n door. The deceased were two g'rls, aged five and seven years. The origin of the fire is stated to luve been the ignition of some wool by a stove in t e lower part of the building, where drying is cu-rie i on. The damage will be over J33,000. The build- ing was insured, but not the stock. DEATH OF MR. MARK LEMON.—Mr. Mark Lenr n died at his country residence, r t Crawley, Suss-x, on Monday morning, about eight o'clock. Mr. L >- mon had been out of health fov some weeks, and had been desired by his medical advisers to absta n from business, but there had been no anticipation of a fatal result, and on Sunday he wrote and dic- tated letters, one of which was an invitation to a friend to visit him "any day," The Pall Ma I Ga- zette, in recording the sad even!, says:—"Mr. Le- mon was in his sixty-first year, having been born in London in 1800. He very early devoted himself to the pursuit of literature, and began as a writer to the stage, to which he contributed nearly sixty light dramatic pieces, some of which were in t.h°ir time very popular, though of co.irse the recollection of most of them has passed away now. Besides -writing for the stage, he was himself a most accom- plished amateur performer, and as a member of the Guild of Literature and Art, constantly acted in aid of its funds. Very many of our readers will no k doubt recollect the consummate humour and keen c Irollery with which he only a short time since gave 11 is readings of the character of Falstaff. In this impersonation—he was accustomed to say that ni- ture had fitted him for the character—he was in- imitable. He was one of the group of authors who, wit.h Douglas Jerrold, Thackeray, Mayhew, and Gil- bert a Beckett, decided on establishing Punch, with the aid of the great humourist of drawing—Leech. On the retirement of Mr. Henry Mayhew, he be- came chief editor of our satirical contemporary, and held the post up to the time of his sudden death. Mr. Mark Lemon used also to beat one time a con- stant contributor to "Household Words," and some I of the most amusing papers in iv were from his pen. lIe was a man of the most genif t temperament and one who had the rare faculty of at once perceiving literary abilities and sincerely t: 'ying to bring them forward. The idea of petty jealousy never found a pit ice in his. mind, and Le waa only too proud of the s uccess of the young men whom he introduced into the walks of literature. Hi* death will be loug MMtscooerely lamented.


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