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FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT AT CHESTER.

- RIOTS IN THE ISLE OF WIGHT.

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THE EDUCATION QUESTION. 1

THE I-ENIAN "GENERAL."

THE HALFPENNY POSTAGE.'

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A VICAR FINED FOR AN ASSAULT.

BABY FARMING EXTRAORDINARY,

A NEWSPAPER LIBEL CASE.

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A NEWSPAPER LIBEL CASE. On Monday morning the Solicitor-General applied to the Court of Queen's Bench on behalf of the Rev. Mr. Greenwell, a magistrate for the county of DJr- ham, and a canon of Durham Cathedral, for a criminal information againt the publisher and pro- prietor of the Neivcastle Daily Chronicle, on account of libellous articles appearing in the course of last month with respect to Mr. Greenwell, and reflect- ing injuriously upon him in his capacity of a magis- trate. The articles in question originated in the infliction of corporal punishment upon a prisoner named Maugh while undergoing a sentence of four- teen days' imprisonment in Durham Gaol, the punishment in question, 24 lashes, having been ad- ministered by order of Mr. Greenwell. It appeared that Maugh had been committed to prison upon conviction for an assault by the Bishop Auckland bench, and that when in prison he proved very re- fractory. Thereupon he was remitted to solitary confinement upon bread and water by the governor. Upon his release from this he violently assaulted two of the warders, and as the visiting justices were not at hand, Mr. Greenwell was called in, and be ordered the prisoner to receive twenty-four lashes, which were administered. This he was justified in doing under the prison rules. Com- menting, however, upon the affair, the writer in the Chronicle declared that Maugh was suffering under delirium tremens, when the punishment was administered, and that its administration nearly killed him. The assistant of the surgeon declared that both these statements to be wholly untrue, and that not only was the prisoner in a fit condition to receive the punishment, but that it had done him no material injury whatever. Lastly the writer wound up by referring to the notoriously merciless character of clerical magistrates in general, and alluded to the case then under consideration in proof of the assertion.—The Lord Chief Justice said the rule nisi might go, inasmuch as it appeared that the articles embodied statements which were not justified by the facts; but it must not be taken that the court did not regard over-severity in the ad- ministration of punishment by magistrates as a subject pre-eminently calling for public comment. Rule nisi accordingly.

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THE MERTHYR POST OFFICE

¡LOCAL RAILWAY TIME TABLES.…

GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.

THE MEN IN WOMEN'S CLOTHES.