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On Friday, a numerous party of convicts arrived at St. Mary's Prison, Chatham, from the convict establish- ments in London, for the purpose of taking the place of those convicts who have been granted tickets of leave, or whose period of penal servitude has expired. During the time they are at Chatham they will be employed on the works in connection with tne extension of Chatham Dockyard. Wilful Attempt to Upset a Train.-Last week a malicious attempt was made at Houghton Viaduct, on the East Lancashire Railway, to upset the nine o'clock passenger train from Preston to Accrington, six miles east of Blackburn. The train consisted of an engine and two carriages. As the train approached the viaduct beyond the wood, adjoining the far-famed Houghton Tower, on the base of which the railway runs at least 80 feet above what is termed Houghton Bottoms, the driver perceived that it jumped over something, and after reversing his engine found that the driving-wheel of the engine had cut through some obstruction beneath it. The guard felt the obstruction and put on his break, when the engine was thrown off the metals and bounded on to the viaduct over a stream three yards wide, called the Darwin, which empties itself into the Ribble at Preston. At one moment tho. engine bounded almost against the fence the viaduct, and the driver and tender were apprehensive that the train was about to be precipitated into the water below, but providentally it passed over the viaduct close to the fence, and was then brought to a stand. The shock of the collision roused many of the passengers to the fact of their position, and they escaped from the carriages as speedily as possible— happily uninjured- The line was under repair, and new metals were being laid on the down line, parallel to the one on which the train was travellings The metal which was laid on the line was 16 feet long, and it was cut in two pieces. The Fatal Firework Explosion.-At the Lon- don Hospital on Thursday, Mr. Humphreys, one of the Middlesex coroners, held an investigation into the cir- cumstances of an explosion of fireworks in Bethnal- green, by which William Stockman, aged 40, lost his life. William Edwards, 5, Shacklewell-street, Bethnal- green, said that he knew the deceased, who was a fire- work maker, living at No. 8 in the same street, On last Saturday morning witness's wife was awakened by & loud explosion, which he discovered had taken place on deceased's premises. Witness saw from the garden deceased in flames standing in his parlour. Witness forced an entrance and removed deceased from the pre- mises and sent him to the hospital, where he died next day. When deceased was got put of the house he was burning fearfully, but he wanted to ruah back to get 10s 6d. which he said was in the parlour. Mr. Brown, the landlord of the premises, said that the house was let to deceased as a private dwelling one week previous to the explosion. He then said that he was employed at a firework factory at Lea-bridge. A policeman said that a number of starlights were found on, the premises, some of which were unexploded.. The origin of the catastrophe could not be ascertained. Mr. Jackson, the house surgeon, said that deceased was ad- mitted frightfully burned about the head and over the body. He died from the injuries. The jury returned a. verdict that deceased died from the effects of an explor. sion which took place while he was engaged in waking fireworks.