EPITOME OF NEWS. The National Assembly of Greece and the people generally have received the resolution of the Ionian Par- liament in favour of union with Greece with great enthusiasm. A part of the property of King Otho and of Queen Amelie of Greece has (says the Ost Deutsche Post) arrived at Venice from Athens. The most valuable articles, particularly the ^foeen'S jewels and the King's private library,, still remain in the^ palace at Athens. The Duke of Athole has not been out of doors I since the day after her Majesty's visit. The Duchess of Athole is in constant attendance upon the Duke at Blair Castle, her watching being only shared in and relieved by his grace's relative, Miss Macgregor, assisted by a professional nurse. The latest news from Breslau is to the effect that a workman employed in the factory of a Mr. Evans, a British subject, has been shot by the Russians in the factory yard, for making grenades. The factory is to remain closed tiil Mr. Evans has paid a fine of 15,000 roubles. It is said that horses are cheaper in England, that is, in the midland counties, than they have been for several years past. The Lord Mayor of Dublin continues his strenuous eflorts to assist free emigration. A schooner named the Charlotte, of Bideford, was wrecked the other day near Kilcoole, on the Wicklow coast. As there is no lifeboat in that vicinity, it was impossible to render any assistance to her crew, although their signals of distress were perceived, and they were all lost. The Band of the Commissionaires having finished their open air promenade concerts at the Cambridge inclssure, St James's-park, are now performing every evening at the Agricultural-hail, Islington, where, in addition to the band of the corps, Schmuck, the master, has er gaged the services of several professional singers. At Dromeliby, in Clare, some Irishmen, while dlgging, came upon an Irish" gintieman "-or, perhaps, a King —in his cofSn, nine feet long; so we are told. Doubtless a young Fingal. Intelligence has been received of a very serious collision in the Channel between the French ship Zaide Celine, Roussel, from Cardiff for Rochefort, and the James of Fowey. The latter vessel foundered almos immediately, and the captain and two men are reported to have perished. The Zaide Celine succeeded in putting into Falmouth. The Crawley court-martial is to take place at Chelsea Hospital, in all probability in November next. As little delay as possible is contemplated on the part of (he autho- rities, as the expense is likely to make rather a formidable item in this year's accounts. £50,000 has already been mentioned as the probable cost of this trial. A post-office functionary has just been sen- tenced, by the Supreme Court ef Yibcrg, is Russian Finland, to be hanged for stealing a letter containing a sum of 1,600 roubles. The Turkish Budget is about to be balanced by one of the simplest and most thoroughly characteristic of performances. The pay of all civil and military employes for four of the months due is to be sequestrated by the State, in order to adjust the accounts. An Algerian journal, La Miiidja, announces that a project, which it styles" gigantic," is at the present moment under consideration. "It is proposed," says that jour- nal, "to buUd dams across the water-courses which comedown from the Atlas, in order to form reservoirs for the purpose of irrigating all the plain of the Mitidja. The annual review of the Manchester and other Lancashire volunteer corps was held at Heaton-park, the seat of the, Earl of Wiiton, on Saturday. Since the commencement of the volunteer movement few reviews on so extended a scale, and in which the evolutions were of so intricate a nature, have passed off mere successfully. Colonel M',Murdo was entertained at a banquet in the evening. An American clock is exhibited at the Mary- land Institute, Baltimore, the work of a man named Morrill, which runs eight days, strikes the quarter-hours on four different bells of varioas sounds, gives the alarm to awaken the master, lights a lamp, lights a fire in the stove, rings a bell in the ser- vant's chamber, who arises in the presence of all, looks around cpon the audience a few moments, and then draws the curtain to dress. The National Government of Poland has brought the insurgent chief Sokolowski before a court-martial, on a charge of having abused his authority, aad has sentenced him to be shot. The Kurds in the neighbourhood of Damascus have attacked the Turkish troops and, it is stated, killed a hundred of them. In celebration of the day when Holland freed herself, fifty years ago, from French rale, two monuments will be erected at the Hague and at Scheveningen, where William I. landed. Besides these, there are to be founded a kind of Pantheon and a Schod of Trade in memory of the great event at Amster- dam. At the distribution of prizes to the Ports- mouth Rifles, the corps being drawn up in three sides of a square, the Major-Commandant called upon Private W. G. Chambers (the Mayor of Portsmouth) to distribute the prizes. 0bedient to the word of command his worship stepped from the ranks, and having retired for a few minutes re-appeared in his municipal robes and gold chain of office, and presented the prizes to his successful comrades amidst loud cheers. It is stated that Mr. Edward Mackenzie, of Fawley-court, has remitted to Mr. W. F. Low, of Wimpole- street, a cheque for £ 14,000, for the British Orphan Asylum at Slough, the amount invested in the house and grounds recently purchased by Mr. Low for that institution. The following handbill is being circulated in Coventry:—" £ 50 Reward.-The above reward will be paid to any person who will produce The Great Liberal Party,' last heard of in Coventry, at four o'clock on Thursday, Oct. 8, 1863. Application to be made to Serjeant Gloom." The Jesuits recently opened a new church at Amsterdam, under which they had fifty subterranean cells con- structed. The police, having been informed of this fact, applied to the reverend fathers for an explanation, and were told that the cells were solely intended for storing prorisions-an answer which appears to have been considered satisfaclory, as no further steps have been taken in the matter. At a foundry in Preston four men were in imminent danger the other day by the breaking of a travelling crane and the fall of the heavy material wh'oh two men were engaged in hoisting. The three labourers who were working the crane fell to the ground and were severely hurt, whilst the fourth, who was on the ground, was near,y crushed to death by a part of the casting failing on him. The Gloucestershire Agricultural Society, who, this year, held their annual cattie show at Cirencester, contemplate selecting Cheltenham as their place of meeting for 1864. As the deputy-sheriff in a western court was rapping to secure the silence of two men who were talking, one of the men rose and said to the Judge, May it please your honour, it is impossible for gentlemen to converse if that man is allowed to make such a noise." The inhabitants of the village of Radstock cele- brated the gathering of a splendid harvest by a festival, to which was added a flower-show and an exhibition of babies. The stud for the use of Prince Alfred during his stay in Edinburgh, consisting of ten horses and four car- riages, have been shipped from London on board the General Steam Navigation Company's steamer, Princess Roval, for Granton. The Duke of Hamilton will this month enter on his studies at Christ Church, Oxford. His brother, Lord Charles Hamilton, is expected to go to the same university next year. The Prince of Prussia is by trade a printer. According to ancient usage in Prussia, all the Princes of the Royal fami'y must learn a trade. The Prince Frederick William learned the trade of a compositor, at the office of Mr. Hauel, at Berlin. Some idea of the extent of orchard ground in Devonshire may be gathered from the fact that the South-Western Company's railway cat through one hundred orchards. A tree has recently been cut down in Cali- fornia, the circumference of which was 90 feet, and its height 325 feet. The bark was in some places 4 feet thick. The tree contained 250,000 feet of solid timber. Its age was 3,100 years. The wood was sound and solid. An eminent Parsee merchant firm in the City of London has presented a sum of jE2,000 to the Royal National Lifeboat Association, through its chairman, Thomas Baring, Esq,, M.P to enable it to form a lifeboat establishment on the English coast, and permanently to uphold it. Margate jetty is to be increased in length 300 feet, which will reduce the length of sea-sickness by that amount of d'stance, and bring in a new field of operations for girls and boys fishing for crabs, with fish inside. The Royal yacht Alberta, which has been built expressly for her Majesty's CDnvenience in crossing between the mainland aid her marine residence at Osbome, Isle of Wight, has just been launched. A letter from Southampton, dated Oct. 11th, says.-—"We had very severe storms of thunder and lightning during the whole of last night. Since the earthquake the weather has been remarkably warm. Nearly all the rivers in the south of England have overflowed during the week. The atmosphere has been unusually hnmid. and the damp so pene- trating that wheat, which was properly housed, was found so damp as to cause some difficulty in grinding it for market." A number of poachers waited on one of the Drogheda. solicitors, and offered to supply him with two fine hares weekly, on condition that he would,defend them in any case which might be brought against them during the season, in a law court, for the breaches of the game laws. It is un- necessary to say that the legal gentleman came to no such terms with them. Notice has been formally given by the Lord Chamberlain that the State Apartments of Windsor Castle will be closed on and after Wednesday, the 14th inst., until further notice. The estates of Inches and Dellmore, Inveraess- shire, were exposed to public sale in Dowells and Lyons's-rooms, at the upset price of £80,000, and after a fpiiited competition were secured for the trustees of the late Alexander Baird, Esq., of Ury, at £ 63,000. The estate of Nether Blainslie, in the parish of Melrose, was sold at the upset price of £7,000, and is said to have been purchased by George Dalzel, Esq., for Lord Lauder- dale's trustees, It may be remembered that a pugilistic en- counter, arising apparently out of a, public-house brawl, took place last week in Manchester, in which one of the combatants was killed. The inquest on the body has just 'been held, at which some witnesses of the fight attended. The jury returned a verdict of "Manslaughter." agaijist the .surviving combatant., The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe recently enter- tained the 16th Devon Volunteer Rifles on his estate, after a drill which was cut short by the incessant rain. His lordship is about to leave England for several months for the benefit of the, countess's health, and on this occasion took leave in an accept- able manner of the corps w'ho have"had the privilege of being under his 'command. The loss of the screw steamer Zealand, of Hull, with her captain (William Lewis) and six 01 her crew, appears now by the continued absence cf any tidings of the ship or her crew to be all but certain. The whole ofthefteet of the Royal Mail Com- pany is about to be surveyed by the Admiralty, in consequence of the commencement shortly of a new mail contract. About two hundred of the Nonconformist emi- grants for Albertland, NewZealanc1, have just sailed in the John Duncan. They form the seventh party which has gone out to Albertland. The Lords of the Committee of Council on Educa- tion have decided that the new Art Training Schools, in the South Kensington Museum, for male and female classes, shall be open for the inspection of the public every Saturday, from two till nine r.m. Adiaissioa free, through the museum.
SANITARY PRECAUTIONS. If owners of property were as convinced of their duties as they are sensitive to their rights as proprie- tors, we might hope to see some of our social evils quickly abated; though, on the other hand, it must be acknowledged that it is easier to convince men of the truth of what is right than to bring them up to the practice. A great deal has lately been said about the cottages of the poor agricultural labourers, and very distressing pictures have been painted of the inconvenience, filth, and moral degradation resulting from the indiscriminate huddling together of all the members of a poor family in a small space. Ill-health, disease, and non-observance of the common decencies of life are the natural results of such a condition. The structural defects in the habitations of the poor have been painfully apparent in the cases of blood-poisoning, followed by death, that have lately occurred at Bethnal- green. A number of persons crowded into one room; an atmosphere, both within and without the house, loaded with impurities; the indifference of landlords; the neglect of the parish authorities; these represent a state of things which one could hardly suppose pos- sible in the heart of the great metropolis of England. There are, no doubt, many benevolent persons to whom the social difficulties of the poor are matters of deep concern, but who do not always see the way to relieve them. It is a happy solution of the problem when the material interests of the benefactor are bene- fited by the advantage he procures for others. A pleasing instance of this nature is offered at present in Paris, where the humbler classes of workmen and arti- sans had been greatly inconvenienced by the construc- tion of new and splendid streets, to make room for which their lowly habitations had been demolished. A wealthy nobleman, the Count de Madre, has built a number of houses for the use of mechanics, where the health and comfort of the inmates are secured by ex- cellent sanitary arrangements. These houses are four stories high, each tenement. consisting of a sitting- room, a bedroom, and kitchen, in which there is "in proper cooking apparatus and the means of letting off unclean water. A reservoir in the courtyard affords an abundant supply of water. The rent of each tene- ment is eight guineas per annum, and for three rooms neatly painted and papered, and well venti- lated, this really is a very low rent. It is not quite 3s. 6d. per week, and what sort a lodging can a poor man find in the neighbourhood of London at such a price. The Count de Madre has not for- gotten the children of his poor tenants. One courtyard in each cluster of houses is laid out as a playground. There is a washhouse for general use, perfect in all its appointments, and the count intends to add baths next year, for admission to which a slight charge will be made. This good landlord has pledged himself never to increase the rent of his lodgers, and never to eject a tenant except for two offences, very bad conduct or persistent non-payment of rent. He has also pro- mised that should the tenant be really unable to pay, he will allow him to depart with his furniture. This benevolent scheme has worked well. The Count de Madre has had no quarrels with his tenants, who feel confidence in Tais good intentions, and. appreciate t~he benefits they enjoy at so small a price. Not the least pleasing feature in the business is that the benevolent projector of this building scheme gets a return of 6t 2 per cent. interest on the money he has invested in these houses. The only improvement we could suggest to these arrangements is that more than one bedroom should be attached to some of these tenements. Where a family consists of more than a husband and a wife and two infant children, such a provision is absolutely necessary.-Observer.
A SPY AMONG THE FEDERALS. A few months since (says the Cincinnati Inquirer), a fashionably dressed personage arrived in Cincinnati per railroad, and secured a suite of rooms at the Burnet-house, and registered his name as Louis A. Belville, Bussia." His suavity of manner, elegance and neatness of dress, general appearance, and indeed everything betokened that thenewly-arrived guest was one possessing metropolitan, intelligence, if not those attributes of popularity now a days, affluence and wealth. His manner was reserved but firm, his con- versation bland yet winning, and only a few days elapsed before he extorted from the resident guests of the house, both civic and military, a solicitude to make his acquaintance, which was somewhat difficult to accomplish apparently. Once made, however, the wily Russian, by his social ability and lavishness with money, so' completely enamoured his new acquaintances, that they gained his introduction to their female friends, and, in short, inaugurated him as the prince of society in Cincinnati. Yankee curiosity was raised to its highest pitch as to the probable mission of this gentleman on the Ameriean continent, and the solicitude in finding out culminated in the question direct being put to the nobleman. With his usual keenness and nonchalance he responded promptly that recently in Russia he had been in- veigled into a quarrel with his Government of a political character, but of such a serious nature to the Emperor that banishment from the country was the conse- quence. His intentions were at once decided to come to America, and become'one of her citizens, and, after a residence here of three years, return to Russia and enjoy all the privileges of that kingdom without fear of molestation. His offhand method of briefly alluding to his complicated foreign difficulty succeeded in satisfying his American friends, and gained fer him a sympathy that was really wonderful. Thus matters continued for several day s. At the various military head-quarters in the city he was a welcome and con- stant visitor, and being deeply interested in our domestic difficulties, and sympathising strongly with our Government in the complete success of the Union arms, many of the contemplated movements were con- fided to his keeping. His suggestions were frankly given and thankfully received. Indeed, no American citizen and to the manner born could have learned one-tenth of the information imparted to this stranger Russian. By the side of generals he visited the forti- fications, camps, &c., discovered our real strength in the field and at posts, and the destination of our armies, &c. Occasionally he would leave the city for a few days to visit Chicago, St. Louis, and other Western and North-Western cities, and to become more familiar with the American country. Although his absence was brief he was missed by his scores of friends, who welcomed his return with unmistakable affection. One of these abeentings was unusually long, and considerable misgiving was entertained as to his failure in returning lest an accident caused the delay. A few days since his absence was aocounted for, the latest bubble of Queen City confidence was exploded, and the Russian nobleman turned out to be nothing more or less than a rebel spy, whose discovery was thus made. His last trip from Cincinnati was to Lexington, not far from which, in a skirmish, he was taken prisoner with other rebels in arms. He was removed to Johnson's Island, from which place he sent a letter to one of his friends in this city to go to his late board- ing house, settle his bill and get his trunk, which was to be forwarded to him on the island above named. This news being imparted to the military circle generally the terrible truth flashed across their minds for the first time that they had been entertaining and giving im- portant information toa spy from the Confederatearmy. It has been discovered that about two and a half years ago Belville entered the rebel service under John Morgan. Belville went to Washington, New York, Boston, Baltimore, St. Louis, and all the leading cities I and posts as a spy, and adroitly succeeded in gaining the confidence of all the military authorities, from President Lincoln down. The information he gained at the capital from the War Department and the cabinet officers was of great importance, and was con- tinually forwarded South by the underground railway. When he had occasion to visit the armies he would purchase stores for the Union troops, and, as a sutler or agent for the Sanitary Commission, always had free passes to every part of the Union camp. Such was his knowledge of all our movements that no sooner were they determined upon by our commanders than the enemy was posted at once, and our plans check- mated or frustrated. It is truly marvellous how successfully he carried on his operations. He is now kept in close military confinement, and will be brought before a military court-martial to be convened by General Burnside, and tried as .a spy, and, if convicted, of which there is no possible doubt, he will suffer death by being shot.
FOUNDERING OF THE BRITISH IRON SHIP SCINDK A heavy loss to the underwriters at Lloyd's, and the Marine Insurance Company to the extent of £ 100,000 by the foundering of the new iron ship Scinde has just been reported in the City. The Scinde was only launched last year from the yard of Messrs. Pile, Spence, and Co., of West Hartlepool, and left England for Kurrachee, with a cargo of railway iron, in the course of last October. For her return voyage she took on board a valuable cargo of coffee and other East Indian produce at Calicut, on the Malabar coast. She was dismasted in a hurricane on the 15th of May, and put into the Mauritius, where she was docked for a month and repaired. On the 5th of July she resumed her voyage to England, having on board Mr. Shank- land, vice-consul of the United States, and Mr. Hoare, passengers. On the 29th ult. the ship is reported to have sprung a leak, and at seven o'clock, after wash- ing the deck, the pumps were tried, and thirteen inches of water were found in her. The ship was then in lat. 46.30, long. 28.10—1,200 miles from the land. The pumps were kept going, and at 11.30 all hands were put to them, and remained until 2.30, when they left to get some dinner. On recommencing two feet five inches were found in the ship, and the water was fast increasing. It being thought that the leak was in the forepart of the ship, Captain Shrewsbury, the com- mander, got out the cargo stowed there, but it was ascertained that the leak was in the mainhold. As it was believed that the ship was fast settling down, sail was shortened, the ship got to windward, and the boats got ready. The long boat was stove getting her out, and at eight o'clock p.m. the vessel began to sink fast, and it is stated that there was only time to put a couple of bags of biscuit and a keg of water into the three boats. Captain Shrewsbury lowered his wife, two children, and two passengers from the spanker- boom end over the stern into a boat, the crew, num- bering twenty-four, getting into the other boat. All hands left the sinking ship at eleven o'clock, and by burning blue lights the Swedish barque Erica, Captain Nossen, from China to Liverpool, bore down to the boats, and took on, board the whole of their occupants, and landed them at Queenstown. The cause of the ship springing such an extensive leak is not explained, and it is conjectured that she must have experienced straining on her voyage out with her heavy cargo of railway iron,
A WIFE'S FALL. A respectably attired young woman, who gave the name of Emily Hobson, was charged before Mr. Barker, at Clerkenwell Police-court, on Saturday, with unlaw- fully assaulting and beating Mrs. Mary Ann Morgan at Islington. The complainant stated that she, along with her son and some other friends, were proceeding along the Lower-road, Islington, when the defendant, who had formerly been a lodger of hers, pushed up against her in a very rude and violent manner, and nearly pushed her into the road. She had given the defendant not the least provocation, and could not in any way ac- count for such conduct. The defendant followed her for some distance, pushing against her, and to avoid the annoyance and the crowd that was assembling she had to get into a cab. Mr. Barker said such conduct was very singular, and felt certain that the complainant must know what it was done •for. The complainant assured the magistrate that she did not. know, and was surprised at its being done. The defendant said she was sorry that she should have to publish her own shame, and she regretted that the complainant, who professed to be a Christian woman, should, after taking an oath to speak the truth, stand there and say she did not know what all this meant. She had formerly lodged in the complainant's house, and it was there that she first went from the paths of virtue. The complainant's son, a Wesleyan Sunday- school teacher, had been intimate with her, and his mother (the present complainant) had found him and her in bed together. In consequence of that her husband had left her, and she and her children had been nearly starved, and had had to go into the work- house. The child she was carrying in her arms at the time she met the complainant and her son was his, and he knew it, for he had owned it. She was also near her confinement, and that child was the complainant's son's. Scouted by her husband, neglected and forsaken by all her former friends and associates, without a home, and nearly starving, she did think it hard that when she met the man who had been the cause of all her disgrace and ruin, she should ^not be allowed to speak to him. All she did was to endeavour to speak to him, and the complainant was accidentally pushed by getting in between them. The complainant said that the defendant pushed against her purposely. She was a very bad woman to say that it was done accidentally. She would call her son, who would confirm her in every particular. Mr. Barker What! call your son ? You can do so if you please. The complainant said he was present in court, and she would do so. The defendant: He is a disgrace to his sex, and has treated me in the most shameful manner. I am sorry for him. Thomas Judson Morgan, a young fellow of about twenty-three years of age, said he resided at 195, New North-road, and that the complainant was his mother. On the night in question the defendant pushed against his mother in a very violent manner. Mr. Barker: Was it done when she was attempting to speak to you ? Witness I don't know. The defendant: Were you not intimate with me in your mother's house, and did she not find you in my room? Witness (addressing Mr. Barker): I must claim your protection. Am I bound to answer that question ? Mr. Barker: You can please yourself as to that. If you do not I shall know what to think. Witness Then I must decline to answer it. Defendant: Are you not the father of my youngest child, and of the one that will shortly be born, and have you not been intimate with me up to within a very short period ? Witness: I decline to answer the question. (He then slunk out of the box.) Mr. Barker bound over the defendant in her own recognisances to keep the peace towards the com- plainant.
FASEIONS FOR OCTOBER. Now that the autumn has decidedly made its ap- pearance among us, all our thoughts and energies must be directed to the study of the most becoming and appropriate styles of dresses and materials for the season. Notwithstanding the absence from Paris of the several leading queens of fashion, many of the principal houses have been actively employed in de- vising new styles for the approbation of their cus- tomers on their return to the capital, or to forward to them direct to their different chateaux or the most fashionable resorts at this time of the year. In the productions to which we have referred, neutral tints would seem to be more in favour than they were last month, but require relieving by some decided colour- such as cherry, mauve, or apple-green. The narrow cravats worn indoors, will be found very useful for this purpose; as, though so small, they are quite sufficient to relieve the monotony. We do not advise the trimming of a dress of one colour with another and more striking self-colour; it is only in very exceptional cases that. this produces an elegant effect. Black, for instance, may always be trimmed in this manner, and there are some grays, though very few, which look well with a contrast. We have recently seen a very pretty dress of two colours, in- tended for autumn wear. The effect was so very novel and distingue that our readers may probably wish for a description. A plain long gored skirt of light stone- coloured silk, with high buttoned body, and very mall open sleeves. Over this was worn a tunic of g oyal blue silk, also gored, reaching down to the knee g n front, but longer Behind. A low body pointed at t op and bottom, without sleeves, with a postilion t )asqlle, completed this very elegant toilette. This i style is likely to come into great vogue; but will i lever be in danger of becoming common, as no lady vith any pretension to good taste would make ,t in any but rich materials—such as silk, poplin, &o. The tunic and low body made of slack silk, would have a very recherche effect, and might be worn with. any coloured silk or poplin ] skirt. The new skirts are made from five and a half to six and a half yards round the bottom, and are brimmed with ribbon, braid, ornaments in point d'Es- pagne, or guipure passementerie with or without beads intermixed, the latter being made in an immense variety of styles. Sometimes silk skirts are trimmed round with chenille fringe; but this would probably appear more suitable for camails of plush-indeed, for them it is almost indispensable as a finish. Chenille fringe, both woollen and silk, is expected to be fashion- able as a trimming during the winter, and on thick material has a very good effect. Plaid, although, per- haps, rather common as a trimming for out-of-doors garments, is exceedingly fashionable for trimming silk or poplin dresses, especially self-coloured or black. Woollen plaids, both for dresses and cloaks, may decidedly be considered la mode this season. The plaid talma, with or without a hood, and trimmed with a chenille fringe to match the tartan, is very pretty. Robes and camails will also be made of plaid, plush, or velvet. The talma and casaque, trimmed with guipure lace and passementerie will be worn. Talmas, camails, and paletots to match the dresses, slightly wadded and lined with silk, will be useful for some little time to come. The Louis XV. veste, cut after the model of ancient hunting dresses-a sort of habit body with a round basque—is in such favour at the present time, that it is more than probable many of the warm dresses for the coming season will be made in same form. In velvet, lined with satin, it will have a very charming effect; but, of course, only admissible as an at home dress. Bodies are still made with points or postilion basques. Passementerie, as we last month prophesied, will be the trimming par excellence. The Figaro epaulette of passementerie, terminating in a fringe, is very graceful and becoming, and just now much adopted. The body a veste, or with a waist- coat, is more than ever in favour. The waistcoat is frequently made of white cloth, or silk cloth, and will be much worn, both in white and in colours. For example, with a cream-coloured taffetas, a waistcoat of white kerseymere or, with a chocolate dress trimmed with violet a violet waistcoat. With Havanna brown, groseille or ponceau forms a pleasing contrast. We advise, however, when the waistcoat is coloured, that it be not too bright, as it would produce. decidedly a vulgar effect. Wide ribbon sashes are still much patronised; but are no longer seen with such a great amount of trimming as formerly was fashionable. For instance, it is not carried up so high as the waist, but merely round the ends, and to about six or eight inches up the sides. Some of the ribbons made for this purpose are truly splendid. It must, however, be confessed that it is a very expensive fashion, as it ne- cessitates a sash to match each dress, unless a lady is economical enough to content herself with a black one, trimmed with lace or passementerie, which is in very good taste, and looks well with any dress. The cemture postilion is made in black velvet, with a plas- tron of white moire antique, on which is placed silver buttons. This produces a very stylish effect. Dresses, when looped up for out-of-doors wear, have fewer festoons than formerly, four being the fashionable number—one in front, another at the back, and one on each side. Coloured stockings will be. worn this winter. Grey will be the favourite colour. Different shades of grey and drab will also be in good taste, but no striking colour, such as scarlet or mauve. The latter would look intrinsically vulgar, though it is not improbable that cherry colour will be worn during the season. Nearly all the ball dresses are of tarlatane, with under skirts also of the same. There is rather a rage just now for white and black. White tarlatane dresses, with a colour underneath, or with ruches or pinked flounces, are very becoming for young ladies. Many are made as described, or with wreaths of flowers.-Le Follet.
A "WIZT WOMAN" AND HER DUPE. A respectably-attired female, about forty years of age, who spoke with a drawling affected manner, and who seemed quite abstracted, and sighed very much, applied at Clerkenwell Police-court on Saturday, saying she wished for Mr. Barker's advice so that she might recover her money from a man who had deceived her and ruined her heart for ever, so that she should never be able to place faith in wicked man any more. The applicant further went on to say that she had been a domestic servant, and then became a companion to a lady. She had saved a great deal of money, and had given it to a young man to buy furniture and a busi- ness with. He had spent the whole of the money and gone away, and to make the matter worse she had ascertained that he was a married man.' Mr. Barker said it was very foolish of the applicant to have parted with her money to a married man, and she ought to have ascertained whether he was so or not before she did so. How did she become acquainted with him ? The applicant stated that was just like a miracle (a. laugh). One day she went with her "lady" to a wizy woman," and "the lady" had her fortune told. The next day she went by herself and paid one shilling, and as she wanted to know who her future husband was to be, the "wise woman" told her it would be better on such a day, it being dark and damp, to "pro- pitiate the fates," and at her bidding she placed in each of her hands a shilling, and in her pocket a sixpenny piece. The fortune teller then told her that she would have a young man with blue eyes and waving black hair, with an intellectual face, and a sweet smile on his lips, as her husband, and as the applicant had seen a young man of that description occasionally pass the window of her house she believed her, and went away satisfied. A few days afterwards, while the lady was out, the young man she alluded to passed the window, and as he smiled she called him in. He was very-fascinating in his manners, and she agreed to meet him. She accordingly went out with him and lent him money, and at last drew the whole of her money from the bank, gave it to him, and he purchased a coffee shop with it. She lived with him for soxio time, ana then he sold the business, received the money, and refused to see her or give her any portion of her money back. He would not even answer letters. He had grossly deceived her, and although she passionately loved him once, she now hated him, and wanted to know if the magistrate could not assist her in recover- ing back her money. Mr. Barker said the applicant was very foolish, but he could do nothing to assist her. She was old enough to know better.
AN EDITOR AND HIS FRIEND. A sober, serious gentleman presented himself the other day to M. Yillemessant, and requested him to grant him an interview. The stranger wore spectacles, and seemed respectable, so M. Villemessant granted him the desired five minutes." Sir," said the un- known, have you not remarked the objections to the material resorted to for firing on railways ? No, sir," was the reply, "I have not." "Have you not noticed that during the summer, when travellers sit with the windows of the railway carriages open, the blacks, which fly in in quantities, quite destroy ladies' dresses, to say nothing of gentlemen's ? If you touch anything with a light kid glove, all is so impregnated with the blacks from the fire of the engine that it is instantly ruined. I have sometimes seen people dressed in white arrive at a station looking like a cream panachee with ink. This is the reason, you understand, why I thought I ought to address myself to the editors of satirical newspapers, whose mission it is to reform bad usages." "Is there, then, any means of obviating that little objection?" asked the patient listener. Certainly." Really! Why, what would you burn instead of coal—rejected manu- scripts ?,p "No, sir," replied the stranger, somewhat indignantly, nothing will answer but coke." But coke, perhaps, has other disadvantages: there mlght not be sufficient to be had." "Always, sir." Or it might cost more." "Well, yes, that might be; but what would that signify to us travellers ? Why," replied the editor, the railway companies might not agree so easily." Ah; I see," said his visitor, "that journalists are obstinate like other people." Eeally, sir," said M. Villemessant, I don't understand these matters; you had better write a letter, explaining your objections to coal and your approval of coke, and I will send it to M. Castel in the north, M. Camdarel in the west, and M. Gireaud in the east, and then, no doubt, the subject will meet with attention." "Ah, sir," exclaimed the stranger, much pleased, "lam greatly indebted to you; I will bring the letter: I hold greatly to the plan being adopted, and if there is any- thing to pay, I will pay it." An idea suddenly occurred to M. Villemessant. "Truth requires no payment, it is above price; but, sir, are you by chance a coke- merchant?" "I am, sir." "Oh!"
THE NEW LAW OFFICERS OF THE CROWN. We extract from the Morning Post the following particulars concerning these new officers:- Mr. Roundell Palmer, Q.C., M.P. for Richmond, Yorkshire, who has been appointed attorney- general in the room of Sir William Atherton, is the second son of the late Rev. William Jocelyn Palmer, B.D., of Mixbury, Oxfordshire, by the youngest daughter of the Rev. William Roundell, of G-ledstanes, York., He was born in 1812, and was educated" at Winchester, where he gave high promise of his future honours in scholarship. He obtained a scholarship at Trinity College, Oxford, and in 1831 obtained the. Latin verae prize for the poem, "Numantia;" in 1832, the Jreland University Scholarship, aner;, the Newdigate English poem, "Staffa;" in 1S34-J a> iffifet-elass in Literis humenioribus;" in 1835, a fellowship at Magdalen, and the Latin essay "DejuTe clientele apud Romanes;" and in" 1836, the Eldon law scholarship. Such a brilliant uni- versity career has rarely been known. Mr. Palmer was called to the bar by the Society of Lincoln's Inn, June 9, 1837, and speedily obtained a very large Chancery practice. In 1848 he was appointed Queen's Counsel, and is now one of the leaders of the .Chancery bar. In 1852 he was appointed deputy high steward of the University of Ozlord, of which, he is one of the greatest living orna- ments. In 1847 Mr. Palmer obtained a seat in the House of Commons for Plymouth, in the Liberal Conservative interest, and retained it till 1852, when his vote against the Papal Aggression Bill, which he joined with Mr. Gladstone, Sir J. Graham, &c., in opposing, caused him to be dis- placed by a severer Protestant, Mr. R. P. Collier, the new solicitor-general. He regained his seat in 1853, and held it till 1857. In Parliament he took a high position at once by his ability, his unforensic style of speaking, his earnestness, and his evident religious principles of action. Latterly Mr. Palmer seemed to approximate more nearly to the Con- servative side of the House than Mr. Gladstone and the Peelites generally. But in 1862, on the appointment of Sir. R. Bethell to the chancellor- ship, and the promotion of Sir W. Atherton to the attorney-generalship, Lord Palmerston secured the services of Mr. Palmer as solicitor-general, who was then out of Parliament. He obtained a seat for Rich- mond bythefriendlyresignation of Mr. Henry Each. Last session he conducted the chief legal business of the Government in the House, and this year he took the leading part as counsel for the crown in the Alexandra case. Sir Roundell married in 1848 Lady Laura Waldegrave, second daughter of the late Earl Waldegrave, and sister of the Lord Bishop of Carlisle. He is a High Churchman, in favour of church-rates, against the ballot, and earned a high reputation by his energetic and eloquent speeches in oposition to marriage with a sister-in-law. His "Book of Praise" is a aniqiie and most valuable repertory of devotional poetry. Mr. Robert Porrett Collier, Q.C., M.P. for Ply- mouth, who has been appointed solicitor-general in the rocm of Sir Roundell Palmer, is the son of Mr. John Collier, M.P. for Plymouth from 1832 to 1841, by Emma, daughter of Mr. E. Porrett, of North-hill, Devon. He was born in 1817, and graduated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1841, without taking honours. He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple, January 27, 1843, and soon obtained a large practice on the Western Circuit. He was foratilneRecorder of Penzance. In 1854 he was appointed a Q.C., with a patent of precedence in 1859, Judge-Advocate of the Fleet and counsel to the Admiralty, in the room of Sir William Atherton. In 1852 he was returned for Plymouth to the House of Commons, in opposition to his present chief, Sir R. Palmer. He has taken an active part in advocating the abolition of church-rates and supporting marriage with a sister-in-law; he earned the favour of the Whig Ministry by supporting the Conspiracy to Murder Bill (1858) against his Radical friends, and generally has rendered himself eligible for high legal preferment. He, of course, supports the ballot. In 1844 he married Isabella, daughter of Mr. W. R. Rose, of Woolwich.
TVILLS AND BEQUESTS. The will of the Most Honourable Constantine Henry Phipps, Marquis of Normanby, K.G., G.C.B., G.C.H., • P.O., F.S.A., of Mulgrave Castle, Yorkshire, and Hamilton-lodge, Queen's-gate, London, was proved in her Majesty's Court of Probate on the 23rd ult., by his relict, the Marchioness of Normanby, power being reserved to the Hon. Adolphus Liddell, one of the executors, the Hon. Edmund Phipps (the brother-in- law), also an executor, having died previous to the testator. The personal property was sworn under .£25,000. His lordship descended from Sir Constantine Phipps, Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1710, and has held the following appointments — Governor of Jamaica, 1832; Lord Privy Seal, 1834; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, 1835-9; Secretary for the Colonies, 18S9; and for the Home Department, 1839-41; Ambassador at Paris, 1846-51; Minister at Florence, 1853-8. His lordship died at the age of sixty-six, having executed his will in 1857, by which he confirms the settlement of the jointure on the Marchioness, his relict, to whom he leaves (with the exception of a legacy to his execu- tor) the whole of his property, real and personal, ovet which he had the power of disposition. He also by will confirms the settlement made on the marriage of his son and only child, George Augustus Constantine, heretofore Earl of Musgrave, now Marquis of Nor- manby. The will of Admiral Sir John Louis, Bart., of the British navy, late of Eaton-place, was proved in Lon- don by his son-in-law, Rear-Admiral Robert Spencer Robinson, Comptroller of the Navy, power being re- served to Sir Edward Strachey, Bart., the executors and trustees nominated in the will, which was executed February 5th, 1863, a month prior to his decease. The gallant. Admiral died possessed of both real and personal property, and has devised to his daughter his mansion, Cadwell-house, near Torquay, with the land adjacent thereto, and has also bequeathed to her all his personal estate for her own absolute use and benefit. The will of William M'Nab, Esq., of Ware, Hert- fordshire, surgeon, was proved in London, under .£30,000 personal property-the executors and trus- tees appointed being his wife, Mrs. Harriet M'Nab; his brother, Daniel Robert M'Nab, Esq., of Epping, surgeon; Joseph Thomas Humphrey, Esq., of New- square, Lincoln's-inn, barristor-at-law; and George Murray Humphrey, Esq., M.D., of Cambridge. The testator executed his will in 1860; two codicils in February and March, 1862; and a third codicil m January, 1863. He bequeaths to his wife a life interest in the bulk of his property, bequeathing to his daugh- ter a liberal annuity and the right of presentation to the advowson of Great Amwell; and upon the decease of his relict he leaves the whole of his property to his said daughter Harriet, wife of the Rev. Richard Par- rott, B.A., domestic chaplain to the Earl of Lisburne. I r at ed London News. The tropical department of the Crystal Palace now contains a fine specimen of the African bread- fruit tree (encephalartos tridenta), bearing its colossal fruit, presenting a very novel appearance. A Patriotic Soldier.—We have lately seen, says the St. Louis Republican, a regular old veteraa of a warrior and a patriot. His name is John T. C. M'Caffrey. He was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, is seventy-three years old, and has had fifteen sons and three daughters. Eleven sons were in the Union army until the siege of Vicksburg, where four of them were killed. The old man himself enlisted in the 10th Illinois at Fayetteville, Arkansas, over a year ago, and was lately discharged. He served eight months in the Florida war, twelve months under General Jackson, thirty-two months in the Mexican war, and twelve months in the present war. He has three brothers and three step-sons now in the Union army.