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The Recorder of Birmingham.-At a special meeting of the Town Council of Birmingham, on Tues- day, the following resolution was moved by Mr. Alder- man Lloyd, and passed unanimously:— That the council, duly considering the lengthened and distin- guished public services of Matthew Davenport Hill, Esq., Q.C., the learned recorder of this borough, in the general administration of justice, and in the cause of cri- minal reform, doth hereby augment his present salary to the sum of X400 per annum, and doth order that such augmentation shall accrue and take date from the 1st day of September, 1862." What is a Lucky Rope ?-A shepherd who was te nding his flock last week on the eastern slope of the mountain of Super-Bagnerea, near Bagneres-de-Luchon, discovered the body of a man hanging from a tree not far from the Fontaine-d'Amour. The body, which had already been dead some hours, was recognised as that of M. D-, an advocate residing at Pau. This desperate act is attributed to temporary derangeihent, caused by embarrassed circumstances and lossrs at play. Great excitement was produced at Luchon by this suicide, and many persons were very anxious to know what had become of the fatal rope, probably thinking of the vulgar belief that the cord which serves to hang brings good luck. One of the groups, discussing the point, seemed to be greatly disappointed when informed by a lawyer of the environs that, if found, it would be of no value, as the only rope possessing any virtue was one which, having been employed to hang- a condemned criminal, should break under his weight, and thus save his life. Death from the Kick of a Horse.—Dr. Lankester, the coroner, held an inquiry on Wednesday at the Lord Wellington Tavern, University-street, Tot- tenham-court-road, as to the death of Elisha Brown, 37 years of age, a stableman. From the evidence it appeared that, on last Monday fortnight, the deceased was leading two horses into the stables, and in doing so he had to pass three other horses, and the last of the three kicked him on the side of the head. He was picked up in- sensible, and removed to the University College Hospital. The medical testimony proved that he never sufficiently recovered his senses to give an account of the accident. He was subject to epileptic fits, which supervened, and he died from concussion of the brain, caused by the horse's kick. Y erdict-" Accïdental death." Speaking by the Card.-As a pedestrian tourist (says the Orleannais) was lately proceeding towards Tours, he asked a man who was breaking stones by the roadside how long it would take him to reach that place. The man looked at him without speaking and then resumed his work. The question was repeated with the same result, and at last the traveller walked on. He had. not proceeded more than a hundred yards when the man called after him and made a sign for him to return. When the pedestrian reached the stonebreaker, the latter said to him, It will take you an hour to reach Tours." Then why did you not tell me so at first ? said the traveller. Why," replied the man, it was necessary for me first to see at what rate you walked, and, (from the way you step out, I am now able to say that you can do the distance in an hour."

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