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POLITICAL GOSSIP. WE hear that it is probable that the Hon. Captain Denison, a brother of Lord Londesborough, who has large property in the neighbourhood, will be a candi- date for the representation of Scarborough in the Conservative interest at the next general election. THE barrister appointed to revise the list of voters for the City of Westminster has given notice that he will hold his court on Thursday, October 8, at the Lords Justices' Court, Westminster-hall. THE Act of last session relating to naval prize money, which revives the old system of permitting captains of ships of war to appoint their own prize agents, will come into operation on the 1st proximo. THERE is no truth in the report that Admiral Wilkes's vessel had been sunk by the Alabama, and Wilkes gone to the bottom to turn into wilks and winkles. A DISPUTE has arisen between the Pontifical and Italian Governments, which is likely to result in the withdrawal of the exequaturs from their respective consuls in Italy and Rome. The brigands taken from the steamer Aunis have been finally handed over to the Italian authorities. IT is an absurd notion of France to want to borrow cash from England as a reward for whacking the Mexicans. A loan is contemplated, to which Capel- court will be asked to subscribe largely. This, says a contemporary, is the height of impudence. IT is proposed to erect a marble bust of Mr. John Laird, M.P., in the Borough Hospital at Birkenhead, which has been erected at the expense of that gentle- man. Several Federal gentlemen, a contemporary facetiously says, have been asked to subscribe, and have not been zealous to do so. WE are sorry to perceive, says the Court Journal, of late frequent court-martials on privates of the Royal Marines for flagrant acts of insubordination- very unusual occurrences in that gallant corps, so highly extolled for loyalty and good conduct. These offences have mostly occurred afloat, and are generally directed against officers or non-commissioned officers of the corps. IN Galway a newspaper has just been started to aid Federal recruiting under the guise of emigration. It is styled the United Irishman and American, and dis- plays at its head the mingled emblems of the United States and Ireland. The inducements offered the emigrants are high pay, and a future war with England-both powerful inducements to a poor and ignorant population. THE charges on which Colonel Crawley is to be tried, are, says the Times of India, as follows1. For having caused the orders under which Sergeant-Major Lilley was placed in arrest, in May, 1862, to be carried into effect with unnecessary and undue severity, whereby the sergeant-major and his wife were subjected to great and grievous hardships and sufferings. 2. For having stated in his reply to Mr. Smales's defence before the court-martial that it was Mr. Fitzsimons's fault if the sergeant's wife was inconvenienced by having the sentries placed near her bed, whereas he knew well that Mr. Fitzsimons had acted in the matter by his express orders and directions. IT is reported that there are several steamships of war now building in France under the same mysterious circumstances as those at Messrs. Laird's yard, Bir- kenhead, and probably for the same purpose-either for the Confederate navy, or, as some assert, for the nucleus of a Mexican fleet. The two building in a private yard at Nantes are represented as pierced for 22 guns each, with engines of 400 horse power, and intended to have a speed of fourteen knots an hour. A condition of the contract is said to be that these vessels are to be delivered to the owners, twenty miles out at sea, off Belle Isle. Two others, of similar character, are building in the yard of M. Arman at Bordeaux. A CORRESPONDENT of a contemporary calls atten- tion to certain appointments in the Arsenal at Wool- wich, which, to say the least, are of a very doubtful character. Although the number of workmen engaged in the gun factories has been largely reduced, the Commander-in-Chief appears to think that more super- intendence is required. To provide this he does not appoint men who have been engaged in the manufacture of ordnance, and who might, if that were the case, be supposed to know something about that with which they had to deal; but he chooses three additional officers of the Royal Artillery, of which his Royal Highness is colonel. It is difficult to understand either the advantage of, or the necessity for, these appointments, and it is to be hoped either that some satisfactory explanation will be given, or that the obnoxious nominations will be cancelled. THE Duke of Athol's health shows no symptom of improvement; on the contrary, it is understood that his eyesight is failing' rapidly under the medical treat- ment which has been adopted with a view to induce sleep, from the loss of which he has of late suffered much. The most sincere sympathy is universally felt for this esteemed nobleman, whose benefactions to the labouring classes on his estates have greatly en- deared him in their estimation. WE regret to announce the death of the Marquis Townshend, whichoccurred at Raynham, in Norfolk. Some years since his lordship suffered from a paralytic attack, and his death, which happened suddenly, was caused by a renewal of the attack. The deceased was son of the late Lord John Townshend, and married, in 1825, the daughter of the late Lord George Stuart, sister of the late Lord Dudley Stuart. His lordship, after leaving Eton, where he was educated, entered the Naval College at Portsmouth, and became a cap- tain, R.N., in 1834; naval aide-de-camp to the Queen in 1854; and rear-admiral in 1856. He represented Tamworth from December, 1847, to January, 1856, when, upon the death of his cousin, he succeeded to the marquisate. The marquis was high steward of the borough of Hertford. On the news of his death reaching Hertford, the Union Jack was raised half- mast high on the Town-hall. The deceased nobleman is succeeded in his title and estates by his son, John V llliers Stuart, Viscount Raynham, born in 1831, who nas represented Tamworth since 1856.

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