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EPITOME OF NEWS. On Saturday afternoon Robert Wilton Fryer, late chief cKerk in the Hereford Old Bank, and whose defalca- tions it hasbeen- alleged, amounting to several thousands of pounds, were a primary cause of the failure of the bank, was brought up before the city magistrates at Hereford for final ex- amination/and, after some further evidence, fully committed for trial, bail being refused. A Qlergyman being much pressed by a lady of his acquaintance to preach a sermon the first Sunday after her marriage, complied, and chose the following passage in the Psalms as his text" And there shall be abundance of peace- while the moon endureth." At the Cotton Supply Associating meeting at Manchester, a sample of Sea Island cotton, grown in Aus- tralia, was exhibited, and valued at 6d. a pound. The Bishop of Tasmania, who sent the sample, gave a favourable report of the suitability of the soil in Sydney and Norfolk Island for the growth of the plant. A letter from India states that, in many parts of the continent, the produce had been doubled this year but the quality was not improved. The Secretary for Ireland, Sir Robert Peel, will, It is said, paobably be called upon to resign his office, as after his recent escapade at Taonwonh, a continuance of his con- nection with the Government must be highly distasteful to a large majority of his colleagues. The great explorer, Dr. Livingstone, in a letter to Sir Roderick Murchison, conveys the melancholy tidings of the death of Mr. Richard Thornton, a distinguished geologist, which took place on the 21st of April. The deceased gentleman was a native of Bradford, and voluntarily accompanied the expedition for the purpose of geological research. The "Times" correspondent at New York re- ports that five men were brought before the Provost-Marshal ior drinking Damnation to the goose that grew the quill, that made the pen, that wrote Lincoln's Proclamation of Emancipa- tion," and threatened with being sent over into the enemy's lines. Mr. Gould, the English ornithologist, has written to the Secretary of the Adelaide Institution in South Australia stating that one of the birds discovered during Stuart's, exploration was a new species of paroquet, and which he has named Polytelis Alexandra, in honour of the Princess of Wales. Ssveral instances of outrages upon women have occurred recently in the metropolis, as also one case of garotting. The assaults upon females have been notorious of late, but the City authorities are now determined to exert themselves to the utmost for the prevention of the evil. Diplomatic changes of a suggestive character are about to be made in the English embassies. Amongst the rest, Baron Gros leaves London. According to the Imperial letter to him, the baron's "devotion" alone induced him to accept this office at a time when he intended to retire from the public service. He will be replaced by the Prince de la Tour D'Aiivergne, now French ambassador at Rome, whilst M. de Sartiges, now at Turin, will replace the prince at Rome. The new Lord Mayor of London, Mr. William Lawrence, is a Unitarian, and has appointed a Unitarian minister as his chaplain. Eleven cuirassed batteries are at once to be prepared (says the IlIraIidø Rasse) for service in the Black Sea. General Todtleben is sent on a tour of inspection to the Crimea; Kertch is to be erected into a first-class fortress; and a fleet is to ssil at once into the waters of Azoff. The Hon. W. Eliot (son of Earl St. Germans), who has been Secretary of Legation in Brazil, is about to proceed to Washington as Secretary to her Majesty's Mission to the United States, in the room of the Hon. W. Stuart, who, in consequence of ill health, has obtained leave of absencc. The Ionian Parliament has resolved that the protectorate of England over the Islands shall cease immediately, and that they shall be annexed to Greece. When the young King, therefore, reaches Athens, his kingdom will embrace these late dependencies of the English Crown. Negotiations took place last week between the Alexandra-park Company and M. Nadar for an ascent by the latter in his monster balloon from the Alexandra-park, but the project was abandoned solely in consequence of the fear that the railway accommodation to the park was inadequate for the con- veyance of the crowds who, it was supposed, would desire to witness the ascent. Mr. J. Stansfeld, M.P., Junior Lord of the Admiralty, is at present daily engaged at Portsmouth Dockyard in investigating the dockyard system of account-keeping and the mode of carrying out work in the different departments of the yard. The mortal remains of Beethoven and of Schu- berfwere exhumed last week, in order to be placed in more suitable vaults. The skeleton of Beethoven was almost perfect, the bone of the temples alone being wanting. The remains of Schubert had suffered much, but the head and the hair were intact. The bodies of the two celebrated composers were photo. graphed upon being reburied. Lord Brougham has returned to Brougham- hall, from attending the Social Science Congress at Edinburgh. The noble and learned lord, after a short rest at his country seat, will come to London on his way to Cannes, where, as BSual, he intends to pass the winter months. At the meeting of the shareholders of the Great Ship Company, held in London, it was resolved that the debt against the ship should be paid, and that the vessel should here- after be sent OIl the longest voyages, where there would be the least competition and the highest receipts. The emigrant ship Caduee us, 1,106 tons, belonging to Messrs. Teiiiperltys, Carter, and Darke, London, which sailed from Southampton on the 5th of May, arrived at Melbourne, Victoria, on the 1st of August last, having on board 396 Government emigrants, under the care of Mr. Wm. Arthur, surgeon superintendent. Three births, and one death only-that ef an infant-took place during the voyage, M., de Salamanca, the well-known Spanish banker and railway concessionaire, has been created Marquis de Salamanca. At the Edmonds Main Colliery the whole of the bodies of the colliers lost in December last have been re- covered. Fifty-nine in all were destroyed- at that time, and the last was taken out on Monday morning. The Lord Chancellor has intimated his intention of raising Mr. J. J. Powell, M.P., for the city of Gloucester, to the rank of one of her Majesty's Counsel. The Brazilian Government have not, it is stated, refused the good offices ot the King of Portugal towards the restoration of political intercourse with this country, but propositions to that end will be received in an amicable spirit at Riode Janeiro. There are at present residing at St. Austell fcnr brothers aged respectively 88, 86, 84, and 76 years; making a total of 331 years. The muzzle-loading shunt gun, designed by Sir W. Armstrong for the navy, lias b?con,e in an unfit state for further practice, after firing less tha.n 300 round?. The final accounts of the Worcester Festival show a balance of L427 in favour of the stewards, in addition to the £1,121 collected for the charity at the cathedral. Her Majesty's troop ship Adventure arrived at Quebec on the 2nd instant, irom Portsmouth, having on board about 500 troops, being drafts for the various regiments serving in Canada, &c. King George of Greece is dark, and promises to be a robust man, being already tall. He speaks English n?atlv, is affable, and without pretension. He looks so amiable that one instinctively hopes a happy future is in store for him in his Greciankingdom. The English Synod of the United Presbyterian Church, at their meeting in Liverpool the other day, in answer to the address of the Clergy of the Southern States, passed a resolution expressive of their abhorrence of slavery under all its forms. At the same meeting a committee was appointed to prepare a report on the project of uniting in one body all the Presbyterian churches. Lord Palmerston has subscribed£5Q towards the building of a new town-hall and corn exchange at Romsey, jn Hants. A symptom of renewed intercourse and in- creasing good feeling between the Governments of Austria and Italyis observable in an Imperial decree repealing the prohibition to export horses from Austria over the Italian frontier. The widow of a seaman who had died at Copenhagen was landed last week at Hull, bearing on her clothing the label, To the chief magistrate of Hull." On her husband dying her mind had become deranged, and the British eonsui at Copenhagen had sent her home labelled as above. It is said that the capture of the Hungarian eharged with the recent fraud of £10,°00 upon two firms in the London Stock Exchange, has been followed by a discovery of im- portant facts with regard to bis accomplices. Some complaint is marle as to the facility with which the negotiation of the cheques and security was effected. The Deep Sea Commission have again met— this time cn the Devonshire coast. The evidence there was as conflicting a3 in Northumberland—the advocates of the line- fiehing declaring that the trawlers were ruining the trade; the trailers insisting that the fishing grounds were benefited rather than injured by their operations. Lord Palmerston has just applied for a new lease of Cambridge-house. The yearly rent of his town resi- dence is £ 2,SCO. The paradox that, after so bountiful a harvest, the priceof bread has not been lowered, is now made the subject of comment in the daily papers. M. Nadar made a successful ascent in his giant balloon from the Champ de Mars on Sunday. The Emperor, the King of Greece, and a vast crowd witnessed the ascent. The Champ de Mars was kept by the military. Nine ladies and gen- tlemen ascended in the balloon, but it first made a short ascen- sion with thirty-two persons. It will shortly be exhibited at the Crystal Palace. At Bledlow union meeting of guardians, it was reported that a person named Sarah Saw, residing in Chinnor parish, who had been in receipt of reiief for three years, had come into possession of some property, and had voluntarily re- turned the sum of £ 18 2s,the amount of relief ske had received. The members of the board thought it most creditable to her, and directed the amount to be paid to the overseers of Chinnor parish. t4 Letters for British Columbia, Vancouver's Island, and the Sandwich Is'ands, forwarded by British or United States packet to the Uuited States, will, in future, be chargeable with the following reduced rates of postage, viz. Not exceeding half an ounce, Is: above half an ounce and not exceeding one ounce, 2s ;,above one ounce and not exceeding two ounces, 4s,; every additional, ounce, 2s. This postage must be paid in advance* or the letters cannot be forwarded. The Princess de la Tour d'Auvergne, who went up in M. Nadar's balloon, sent home the following message: "Tell them not to sit ,up; I shall not be home to-iaight-per- haps not to-morrow—perhaps never." The prices ofwheaten bread in the metropolis are from 7d. to 7kd.; of household ditto, 6d. to 6Jd. Some bakers are selling from 41d. to 5id. per 41b. loaf, weighed on delivery. The American, papers record that the wife of General Tom Thumb is enceinte. A contemporary informs us that Lord Lynd- hurst has left a-siater, his senior by two years, residing in Bo-ston, in the United States of America, and that he had also another sister residing with him. He leaves no son. Sir Rowland Hill having been compelled by the state of his health to obtain leave of absence for six months, Mr. Tilley, the senior assistant secretary, will, by direction of the Postmaster-General, perform the duties of secretary to the Post-office, as acting secretary, during Sir Rowland Hill's ab- sence. An International Congress, at which General Dufour will preside, is to open at Geneva on the 26th. The ob- ject of it is of great philanthropic importance, the design being to provide assistance for the wounded, in time of war, in the military ambulances. Crinoline in the Potteries. The inconve- nience of crinoline has been found so great in the Staffordshire potteries that the principal manufacturers-Messrs. Copeland, Messrs. Minton, and others—have forbidden the use of crinolines on their premises during the hours of work. In one shop alone, the losses by breakage of articles swept down by them amounted to L 200 a year. The workshops became too small, and the work was impeded. The workwomen have submitted to the change with almost entire unanimity and good will, and now enter upon their work in garments like those of Greek statues.



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