EPITOME OF NEWS I An underground railway, on the London plan, has been projected in Glasgow. From ail official document just issued, it ap- pears that, by the last return, there were as many as 1,142,624 insane paupers. 1,142,624 insane paupers. A correspondent of the Sheffield Independent states that one ounce of newly-burnt slaked lime will purify sixteen gallons of the foulest water. At the Birmingham Musical Festival, last ■week, Mr. Costa's new oratorio, "Naaman," was performed for the first time, and proved a perfect success in every way. The Colosseum is about to be pulled down, and replaced by a terrace of large and handsome houses suitable to the fashionable locality of the Regent's-park. The estimated deliveries of tea in London during the past week were 1,024,9581b., which is a decrease of 4,5411b. when compared with the previous statement. The prices of wheaten bread in the metropolis in the last week were from 7d. to 7J¡d.; household, 5Jd. to 6d.; some bakers are selling at 4vd. to 5d. per 41b. loaf, weIghed on delivery. The Court of Assizes at Cassino has condemned the brigand Ghief Piazza Cuccitto to death, and seven of his accomplices to various periods of hard labour. Two others were acquitted for want of evidence. The stud of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has been sent to Frogmore, where it will remain till the return of the Prince and Princess of Wales from the continent. Gossip has assigned the third daughter of the King of Denmark to the Prince Imperial of Prance when both are of age to marry. This surely may be termed a premature engagement. The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are now within twenty-four hours' distance of London, and there is ■every prospect that, before the close of another year there wiii be an iron road from the Land's End to John o'Groats. A petition has been largely signed in Chester to ootainthe holding of the Welsh National Eisteddfod in that city in the year 1866. It is hinted that it might be held in London the year after. Lord C-'s horse the other day landing him in the middle of a brook, he called lustily for help, when a man passing by, and who owed him a grudge, coolly replied, Use your fins, my lord, use your fins." A spring cart belonging to the Sisters of Mercy at Liverpool has knocked down Colonel Tate, the Mexican Consul, and broken both his legs. It is a little curious that such a vehicle was the cause of so painful a disaster. On Saturday night two men were larking in a beerhouse in Bordesley-street, Birmingham, when one struck the other under the ear, and the man fell dead on the spot. A letter from Bonn states that Prince Alfred of England will arrive there in the autumn, and will study for a year at the university, where, as will be well remem- bered, the late Prince Consort passed a portien of his youth. At a meeting of the National Bank of Liverpool, the proprietors confirmed the resolution of the directors ,increasing the capital to £3,000,000, by the issue of 10,000 new shares at £5 premium, to be allotted to the share- holders in the proportion of one new to two existing shares. It was recently stated in the New York papers that a daughter of ex-President Tyler had married a Federal soldier who had taken refuge in that gentleman's house when wounded. Mrs. Tyler now gives the statement an emphatic contradiction. A fancy bazaar, in aid of the funds of the Church Education Society, took place at Castle Bernard, the seat of the Earl of Bandon, in the hall ttnd large dining-room of the Castle, which were very tastefully decorated, and presented a gay and brilliant scene. The prize of ten guineas offered by the College of Organists for the best organ composition, has been awarded to the manuscript bearing the motto Let the pealing organ blow," which proved to be the work of Mr. Henry Hiles, of Manchester. The" Moniteur" of Paris congratulates France .on the approaching termination of the cotton crisis in that eountry. It has well nigh passed away," and in future, -says the Moniteur, French colonies will probably produce as much cotton as France requires. The Rev. Mr. Hibbs was again charged, on Monday, with creating an obstruction by preaching in the public thoroughfare on Sunday. After a somewhat amusing scene, in which the policeman was charged by the defendant with exceeding his duty, the reverend gentleman was dis- charged. The Mathew Testimonial Committee in Cork have unanimously-resolved to recommend to the trades and such others as will take part in the ceremonial of the 10th of Octobar next, to avoid the use of party colours and emblems in their decorations. The" Word" states that the Duke de Gram- mont-Caderousse, the slayer of the late Mr. Dillon, in a finel in France, has died of a pulmonary disease, at Biarritz. Last week it was rumoured that he had breathed his last in Spain. A novel packet is said to have passed through the post-office last week. It was addressed to the Civil Com- missioner of Cradock, on her Majesty's service, and franked by authority. It contained the fatal cord for the use of a member of the Civil Service, called Calcraft. The head mastership of the Taunton Grammar School has been conferred on the Rev. William Tuckwell, M.A., late fellow of New College, Oxford, and master of the New College Choristers School. Mr. Tuckwell graduated in 1852, when he was fourth class in classics. The Liverpool Female Penitentiary has been destroyed by fire, which originated through the over- heating of a stove in the laundry. There were forty inmates in the house at the time of the fire, but all were safely got out, and, it is said, the loss is covered by insurance. On the 1st of November the new Act of Parlia- ment comes into operation to amend the Act for the regu- lation of chimney-sweepers. From that day chimney- sweepers are restricted from employing children under ten years of age, and are not to be accompanied in their occu- pation by persons under sixteen years old. A maniac named Thorting went to the South Western Railway, Waterloo-road, the other day, but was not allowed to enter a train. He was taken home by four railway men to Thomas-street, Stamford-street, when he Tan upstairs and cut his throat from ear to ear. He lies at the hospital in a hopeless condition. The working men of London having set on foot a movement for a statue of Shakespeare, to be raised chiefly by the pence of the people, and placed on Primrose-hill, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has become a subscriber to their fund. The movement, of which Mr. Phelps is presi- dent, has Mr. Gladstone's "good wishes." A new Protestant church, dedicated to All Saints, is to be erected in the Pembroke and Alma roads, for the use of the inhabitants of Clifton, and the works will be proceeded with without delay. The Rev. Harry Walter Sargent, M.A., fellow of Merton College, and perpetual curate of St. John the Baptist, Oxford, has accepted the in- cumbency of the new church. A committee, comprising, amongst others, Messrs. J. H. Foley, F. Y. Hurlstone, and J. Woolner, has been formed for the purpose of plaeing a suitable monument over the tomb of William Behnes, and of presenting a bust of the deceased sculptor to the country. These memorials are assuredly not more than are due to a man of unhappy life, but of original and productive genius. The number of visitors at the South Kensing- ton Museum during last week has been as follows:—Mon- day, Tuesday, and Saturday, free days, open from 10 a.m. -to 10 p.m.. 11,261; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, studeats' days (admission to the public 6d.), open from 10 a.m. till 6 L159-total, 12,420. From the opening of the museum, 4,831,456. We understand, says a contemporary, that the prisoners, James P. Brice and James Scott, who were con- victed at the last Liverpool Assizes of the outrageous attack on X-r. Rowe, and sentenced to eighteen months' imprison- ment with hard labour, are now employed as bricklayers' labourers at Kirkdale Gaol, in the erection of a new wing which is being added to that House of Correction. Mfc Edmond Beale, revising barrister for the ■county of Middlesex, has appointed the 23rd instant to co3iimes.ce the revision of the list of voters at Uxbridge. The contest is likely to be a severe one, from the numerous objection made on both sides. Mr. H. Smith and Mr. Thomas Alley Jones will appear for the Conservatives, and Mr. Albert James for the Liberals. A convicted thief named O'Brien, who only came out of gaol the previous Saturday, has again been sent to prison for having set fire to a haystack and destroyed about £40 worth of hay, the property of Mrs. Lightbound Trantnere, near Birkenhead. When apprehended the pri- soner was in it hut, from which he had previously stolen a branding-iron. A happy couple presented themselves at Dews- ihury Church a few days ago to be united in the holy bonds .of mssrimony. The ages of the pair and of their best man" united were 220 years. The lovely bride of seventy- two had to be assisted out of the cab to undergo the in- teresting' ceremony by two" youths," aged seventy-four years each. A company has recently been formed, under the patronage of Lords Brougham, Shrewsbury, Lyttleton, Stanley, and other eminent men, to extend the benefits of the institution for cheap dining for labourers to all parts of London. The system has been tried in Glasgow, where thirteen dining-halls on the same principle have been esta- blishec1:with great success. Therenort of the Liverpool Licensed Victuallers' Institutioe, presented at the annual meeting, states that there is a balance in favour of the Benevolent Fund for the year ending June 30, 1864, of £3,509; that the balance in favour of the Trade Fund is £154; and that the total in- crease in the funds of the association during the past year has been £t,580. A Baden letter mentions that Mdlle. Keller, an actress of the Palais Royal Theatre of Paris, who had arrived in that city, determined to try her luck at the gaming-table, and was fortunate enough to find herself, at the expiration of three-quarters of an hour, a winner of 37,000 mnes. She was go wise as not to tempt the fickle goddess any further, and the same day started for Paris, t probably wishing to resist the temptation to play again. A marriage is about to be celebrated at Paris, which excites no little interest in that gossiping city. The bridegroom is the well-known banker, M. Erlanger, and the bride is the daughter of Mr. Slidell, the Confederate Commissioner to France, and one of the heroes of the Trent affair. About the same time the late Madame Erlanger, who is divorced from her husband, will be married to a M. Cordier. On Monday morning the Foresters had a great demonstration in London, with the benevolent object of providing additional funds for the maintenance of St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington. The members walked in procession to Paddington-green, and thenc" proceeded tc -Lord's Cricket Ground, where arrangementa had been made for sports and amusements of all kinds. The day being remarkably fine, every one seemed thoroughly to enjoy himself. The bells of all the churches in Cologne announced to the inhabitants on Thursday morning that his Eminence the Archbishop of Cologne, CardftiaJ Johannes von Geissel, had just died, in the 69th year of his age, after having been archbishop of the diocese for twenty-three years. The deceased prelate was a native of Neustadt, in the Bavarian palatinate. In 1857 he proceeded to Rome, and there re ceived the cardinal's hat at the hands of the Pope. An engraved plate, seized at Verona, and with which bank-notes of 1,000f. have been manufactured, has reached Turin. It has been executed by a German engraver, after five years' labour, and those who have seen it say it is a masterpiece, which might on occasion replace the ret.,1 plate. The notes are falsified with such perfection that the directors of the bank who signed the genuine notes can with difficulty detect the forged ones. A meeting of several thousand miners was re- diffieultydetect the forged ones. A meeting of several thousand miners was re- cently held on Cannock Chase, in South Staffordshire, to discuss grievances and to advocate union among- the work- men. One of the resolutions passed at the meeting ap- pointed a deputation to wait en the colliery owners, asking them to supply no more coal to the iron masters. If they refused this request, it was said, the colliers of Cannock Chase would strike so that mining operations throughout the district would be suspended. There has been another trial for murder in France which has attracted notice. A gendarme arrested a man who resisted with violence. The gendarme threatened first to draw his sword, and then to kill the man if he would not go along with him. He fulfilled both threats, and was tried before a Nantes jury. There was no denial set up. The jury was directed to find if the stabs given by the prisoner were inflicted with intention to kill, and if the prisoner, in the exercise of his functions, acted legitimately. After a quarter of an hour's deliberation, a verdict was returned of not guilty. The Registrar-General's weekly return for the metropolis shows a small increase in the race of mortality, and a large increase over the average of the last ten years, even corrected for the aclvance in population; the deaths being 1,441, and the registered births 1,867. Nearly four-sevenths of those who died were under twenty years of age. The births, however, continue by a large percentage to exceed the deaths. The "Posen Journal" has the following:— The sentences passed on the Polish leaders who have been so long in confinement here have just been published. The Countess Ostrowska has been condemned to five years' im- prisonment with irons; the Countess Wodzioka and Madame Zebrowska to ten months of the same punishment; Mmes. Wilkoszewska and lining to six months; and Mmes. Alexandrowicz and Dymidowicz to four all of whom have appealed against the injustice of the sentence. The execution of Latour, the French murderer, took place at Foix last week. An immense crowd assem- bled, although a heavy rain kept pouring down. No rriest accompanied the wretched man to the scaffold. Latour preserved to the last a dogged, imperturbable de- meanour. He sang in a loud voice just before his execu- tion some verses composed by himself, and which he had adapted to the air of the" Marseillaise." After this edifying performance he submitted calmly to his fate.
AGRICULTURE. -+-- THE first All-England Match of the season for the Champion Ploughmen of England came off lately at the Sparkenhoe Club Meeting, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Considerable interest was manifested in the proceed- ings, and the ploughing, considering the dry and hard state of the land, was excellent. Foremost in the competition were the Howards of Bedford and the Ransomes of Ipswich, the match terminating in favour of Messrs. Howard. So plentiful are apples and pears this year (says the Cambridge Independent) that they scarcely pay for the gathering and cost of transmission to London, while the country markets are glutted. Of course, if any person requires fruit for dessert, and must have it, he will have to pay for it, but if he send it to market for casual sale, that is quite another matter. Plums, damsons, and walnuts are also very plentiful, but, owing to the long drought, there is a scarcity in most districts of vegetables. Potatoes are generally small, and the yield is very deficient. AT the conclusion of the Harlow Stock Fair, held last week, several lots of Welsh cattle, which were rather a drug in the market, changed ownership at reduced prices. Beasts in good condition sold at from X8 up to =615 a head; but stock requiring grass feed and autumn keep to bring them up in condition have met a dull sale. Dairying stock maintained good figures. The unsold cattle moved off early, en route for the great Michaelmas cattle fairs in the southern counties. DISPOSAL OF MILK.-—The following is an extract of a lecture delivered by J. T. Harrison, Esq., at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Cirenooster :—The most simple and remunerative method of disposing of milk is to sell it simply as milk to the consumer-ld. a pint, or 8d. a gallon, is the common wholesale price. For milk thus disposed of, we may safely say that the return per gallon is a maximum, and the expense attending it is a minimum. Thus, with much expense attending the manufacture, I find 6fd. per gallon is the most I can make by converting the milk into butter and single Gloucester cheese. But, as before remarked, quantity not quality being the object, cows giving a considerable quantity of milk are selected, and house feeding is generally followed. Hence great reliance is placed on grains as food, of which It bushels, with lOlbs. or 121bs. of hay, and ljcwt. of roots, chiefly mangel y 4 wurzel, are given daily, or in place of the hay and roots, abundance of cut green food, clover, vetches, &c., during the summer. This, with an ample supply of water, forms the daily food of the large Yorkshire cows in the London dairies. These cows yield from 600 to 1,000 gallons of milk per annum, which, at 8d. per gallon, returns from X-20 to < £ 33 each. This does not, however, by any means give an exact notion of the average yield of these cows, as it is the custom to replace those that give less than eight quarts of milk per day by others at a loss of X6 or .£7 each. TOBACCO FOR SHEEP-WASH.—It appears not to be generally known that by order of the 25th Sept. the Treasury sanctioned the continuance of the privilege of manufacturing sheep-wash from tobacco in bond (as a remedy for the scab disease) to Mr. Fleming, a mnnufacturer at Glasgow, who had been permitted in April, 1862, to commence this operation experimentally, and also to extend the permission to any other manu- facturer who might wish to avail himself of it at any port where tobacco is imported and warehoused. Notwithstanding the numerous applications that have been made on the subject, only one other manufacturer at Glasgow, and one at the port of Leith, have as yet announced their intention of fitting up premises for the purpose. The quantity of leaf tobacco that has been used in Mr. Fleming's manufactory up to August last was 8,240 lbs., from which 5,894 gallons of sheep- wash had been extracted, the greater portion of which had already been supplied to different flockmasters as samples. CATERPILLARS IN CABBAGES AND TURNIPS.— A correspondent of the Agricultural Gazette says :— The continued dry and fine weather of this summer so much reminds me of the summer climate of Australia, that it is natural to; find from your columns that the troubles from the insect world have been reproduced here also. The ravages of the caterpillar on the turnip, cabbage, and mangel crops, as described by your correspondents, are almost an annual thing in Australia. It is a gratification to find that rooks have, in attacking this pest, proved themselves the farmer's friend. We may hope to establish and colonise them with as much success as the salmon promoters appear to have had. I observe your correspon- dent states it was after the plants had been hoed and singled that the caterpillars began their depredations. This is my experience also in Tas- mania; the hoe removes the food of the insect, ] and he resorts of necessity to all that is left-your < own crops; in this way I have seen row after row of i plants fall in successive progress after the steps of ( the hoer. I set myself to detect what was the favourite food of this caterpillar, and came to the t conclusion it was the common hog-grass (Polygonum f: vulgare). I was told by a labourer he knew an instance i of a small plot being left unhoed to answer the needs t of the caterpillar, and that it remained free from attack. Perhaps some of your correspondents may t have time this season to verify or disprove this state- f ment. I am disposed to suggest for protecting any c small collection of plants the placing a row of soot c along the roots, with slight watering to dissolve the c soot, the bitterness of which will, I think, deter the a caterpillar. g
HORRIBLE AND MYSTERIOUS OCCUR- RENCE. The body of a young woman, terribly mutilated, was brought to the Mary lebone Workhouse at midnight on Saturday from the Portland-road station of the Metro- politan Railway. One of the railway inspectors states that the woman was accompanied on the platform by a man who pushed her against the carriage door, and that the moment she got drawn under a, carriage he ran off at full speed up the entrance staircase and got off. The head and face are uninjured, but the right arm is torn completely from its socket, and the left leg is broken. The lower part of the body is literally torn to pieces, and presents a sickening spectacle. The description is that of a good-looking young wo- man; age about twenty, grey eyes, fair complexion, light hair done up in plaits; her dress—a black bonnet, drab striped dress, white stockings, and elastic side- spring boots; a wedding ring on the finger. The boots and clothing, pending the inquest, remain in the charge of Mr. Douglas, master of the St. Maryiebone Workhouse. Up to Tuesday morning the body of the unfortunate young woman still remains unrecog- nised. It is probable the death may be attributable to the act of attempting to enter a train in motion; but the conduct of the man under the circumstances has given rise to grave suspicion, irreconcileable as it appears to be with the supposition that the unfortu- nate woman, as some people think, lost her life through an accident. Not only did he make an im- mediate escape from the scene of the tragedy—for such it was, having regard to the horrible manner in which the body was mangled and mutilated—but he has allowed whole days to elapse without coming for- ward to throw any light upon the matter. The right arm and leg of deceased are shockingly crushed, and both are almost torn from the rest of the body. The features, notwithstanding, are said to be quite placid, and might be easily recognisable by a person to whom the deceased was known in life. It appears that about ten or twelve minutes meet twelve o'clock on Saturday night the deceased and the man who accom- panied her presented themselves at the Portland-road station and took two third-class tickets for the Ed gware- road station. The next, and indeed the last train going in that direction for the night was due at the Portland. road station at a quarter past twelve. Ordinarily there are two porters on duty on each side of the plat- form there, but on Saturday evening one was absent from indisposition as it happened, and the platform at which the deceased and the man would have entered the train was in charge of a porter named Clarke. Oddly enough, Clarke appears to have left that side of the station just before the 12.15 train arrived, and to have crossed over to the opposite side to assist in attending to a train going in the opposite or city direction on its stopping there, where there was a porter already. To do that he had to ascend a flight of stairs and cross the line by a covered way. At the top of the stairs he met the man and woman leaving the ticket-counter. He asked where they were going, and the man replying" Edgware-road," he said they must be quick, as that was the last train. Come on, Kate," said the man, this is the last train and they ran down the stairs to- gether. During this brief parley with the porter the train had arrived, and before they reached the platform the guard had signaled it to start again, and had stepped into his break-van. According to his account the man and woman made a rush at the de- parting train in spite of his entreaties to them to keep off, and he was powerless to prevent them. He saw no more of them, and the train sped on its way, with- out stopping, until it reached the next station. After it had gone, Clarke, the porter, in returning to the side of the station which he had left, as described, found the deceased lying on the down line. On rais- ing her up she groaned once or twice, but never spoke. He got assistance, and a surgeon who had been brought pronounced her to be dead. To the surprise of all concerned the man who had accompanied her on to the platform was nowhere to be seen. A few pas- sengers by the train had alighted at the Portland- road station, but he could scarcely have left the station with them, as on leaving he would have been asked to showhis ticket, which being one that had just been issued there would probably have excited suspicion. Nor could he have left by the stairs by which he entered, for by that time the door at the top leading to the !open Street had been barred for the night. The clerk describes him to be a short man, about forty or fifty years of age, wearing a white wide-awake hat and a loose-fitting jacket of shepherd's plaid, with outside years of age, wearing a white wide-awake hat and a loose-fitting jacket of shepherd's plaid, with outside pockets, and he thinks he would know him again. It so happened that just before the man and woman pre- sented themselves at the window, the clerk had ex- hausted his stock of tickets for the Edgware station for the day, and had to break open a fresh batch in order to give them two. From that circunstance he was able to identify the numbers of the two they took, and strange to say one of the two was returned with others from the Edgware-station on Sunday morning as having been given up there on the previous night. It would appear from this that the man had got into the train at the Portland-road-station and had gone on to the Edgware- station. Even on that hypothesis his conduct in leaving the Edgware-station without communicating with the authorities there would be utterly inexplic- able. Inspector Crapp believes that the death was accidental and caused by the parties attempting to enter the train when it was in motion. By some it is suggested that the intimacy between the deceased and the man may have been of an immoral kind, and that the latter, being ashamed of it, may have slunk away in a cowardly manner on his companion losing her life. The circumstance of the porter Clarke leaving the down platform, of which he was in the sale charge, to cross to the opposite one, certainly appears to require explanation, unless, indeed, he had hoped to return in time to attend to the down train after seeing that going to the city off. Had he been on the down side this sad affair would probably not have happened.
CHARGE OF PERJURY. Gustave Stoven, a commission agent, residing at Victoria-terrace, Old Kent voad, attended on Friday at the Mansion-house, before Mr. Alderman Waterlow, on a summons charging him with wilful and corrupt perjury. Mr. Besley conducted the prosecution, and Mr. Wontner the defence. The alleged perjury was assigned upon certain affi- davits which appeared to have been made in August last, in an action in the Court of Queen's Bench, in which Charles Edward Bailey, of Royal Exchange- buildings, stock and share broker, and others, were plaintiffs, and Ferdinand Frankenheim, a diamond merchant, was defendant, for the recovery of £ 263 odd, the amount of an alleged dividend on 211 Alli- ance Bank shares, and for money paid. It appeared that on the 30th of August the defendant Stoven attended at the office of a Mr. Leverson, a solicitor, in Bisnopsgate-street, and in the presence of Mr. Charles Bradlaugh, an articled clerk of his, was Si\ orn to an affidavit before Mr. William Heath, a commissioner for administering oaths in common law. In that the defendant deposed that on the 29th of August Frankenheim told him in a conversation he had with him that he intended to leave this country in a day or two for Paris, and that he (the defendant) believed he would quit England immediately unless prevented by arrest. On the same day and before the same commissioner, the plaintiffs, Bailey and Brad- laugh, made joint affidavit, in which Bailey, after deposing in effect that Frankenheim was indebted to him and his partners in the sum of X263 15s., said that he had read the affidavit of Stoven, and that for the reasons stated in it, and because he had been in- formed and believed that Frankenheim had recently sent valuable property out of England, he believed Frankenheim was about to quit England unless he was forthwith apprehended. Bradlaugh, in the same affidavit, deposed that Frankenheim was deeply in- volved in debt, and had recently stopped payment for upwards of < £ 100,000; that he had made inquries as to his affairs, and had been informed and believed that he had very recently raised large sums ef money by the fraudulent issue of bills and cheques, and had sent large sums of money abroad. Frankenheim did not deny the debt for which the action was brought, but it was alleged on the part of the prosecution that the object of the affidavits was to arrest Frankenheim under a writ of capias; that they were used for the purpose of deceiving a judge at chambers into granting a special order in a case where there was reason to believe that a person owing j820 was about to leave the country, and so defeat his creditors. Ferdinand Frankenheim was called, and deposed that he resided in St. Ann's-road, Brixton, and had, during the last four years, carried on business as a diamond merchant in Bloomsbury-square. On the 9th af August he stopped payment, and, under the advice of Messrs. Linklater, he took steps to procure the assent of his creditors to a composition deed. He was so engaged on the 29th of August, when the conver- sation was alleged to have taken place between him und the present defendant. He had never seen the defendant until he appeared in this court to the sum- mons. He had never spoken to him up to that time. He had no intention to quit the country on the 29th of August, nor to make a journey to Paris. On that very day he attended a summons at the instance of the plaintiff Bailey and others, and admitted the debt. He heard afterwards that a capias had been taken out against him, and in consequence he made himself a bankrupt on the following day. He was not arrested. In cross-examination, witness denied that he had sent anything abroad for the last three years, either money or goods, or that he had the slightest intention to leave England. The whole of the statements in the affidavits were untrue, except that which averred that he owed the X263 odd. Mr. Wontner, for the defence, submitted that his client, a foreigner, who had only been a few months in England, and was unacquainted with its usages, had been entrapped into making the affidavit-a thing of which he was wholly ignorant—by parties who could plead no such ignorance in excuse for the part they had played in this matter. It was a most unusual cir- cumstance for a commissioner to go to the private office of a solicitor concerned in an action and adminis- ter an oath. During a lengthened professional experi- ence such a thing had never occurred before to his knowledge. If any one had committed a crime on this occasion it was not the defendant, who authorised him to say he was not aware he was doing an unlawful thing, but the men who had suborned him. The de- fendant was a native of Hamburg, where an oath was never administered but in public court, and with pecu- liar solemnities, and the defendant might well believe that, in a private room, he could not be supposed to take an oath. Mr. Alderman Waterlow remanded the prisoner for a few days, declining, however, to admit him to bail, in order to afford all persons to whom odium ap- peared to attach, to attend to give such explanations as they might think necessary.
EXTRAORDINARY SUICIDE OF A YOUNG WOMAN. On Friday Mr. John Humphreys, the Middlesex coroner, held an inquiry at the Black Horse Tavern, Kingsland-road, respecting the death of Ann Holliday, aged seventeen years, who committed suicide under very extraordinary circumstances. Richard Arnold, 6, Duncan-street, London-fields. said that about twelve o'clock on Thursday morning he was on the Haggerston-bridge, when he saw the deceased on the top of the parapet. A girl named Louisa Francis had a hold of her, and kept her up. Francis called out that she could not hold her longer. Witness ran up and saved her. Two policemen came up at the time, and one of them took her into custody, but the other said, Oh, let her go she is afraid to drown herself. She would not have done it if no one was here." He let her go, and she went away from the canal, but witness saw her turn up another street. He followed her, and saw her rushing up the street towards the Queen's-road bridge": He overtook her, and said, You are a very foolish young woman." She said, You do not know all." A crowd gathered, a,¡d she asked the way to Cambridge-heath-bridge. The people said, She does not mean to commit suicide." After a short time had elapsed witness saw her getting over a paling next the towing path. Louisa Francis caught hold of her dress, but she struck Francis in the face, and saying, There is no use in your trying to stop me," forced herself clear. Witness jumped the palings, but fell, and deceased plunged into the water. There was a dog present, and witness sent the animal in, but it was not strong enough to pull her out. A crowd gathered, and amongst them five policemen. The drags did not come for a long time. A gentleman said that he would go in after deceased, but he did not like the job, and he was ten minutes taking off his shirt and trousers. He said that some one in the crowd stole his shirt pin, and when he went into the water he kept his watch in his hand. He could not swim very well and he came out again. Coroner: With five policemen standing by, did he think it necessary to carry his watch in his hand ? Witness said that the gentleman was very vexed about his pin being stolen. The police said to him that he could have taken twenty shirts off while he was taking off one; but they did not offer to go in themselves. Ultimately the drags were brought, and deceased was got out dead. Witness could not tell who the policeman was that let the deceased out of his custody in the first instance. Deceased appeared to be sober. Louisa Francis, 5, Mildmay-avenue, Ball's-pond, said that deceased lived with her. On the Wednesday night she met Charles Nicholson, with whom she lived. There was a quarrel; ho struck her, and she said she would commit suicide. She was not sober. She tried to commit suicide two years ago. Charles Nicholson, a seller of "canaries," or stained sparrows, about the streets, a respectably dressed young man, said that deceased lived with him as his wife. He met her on Wednesday in the street, and asked her for the key. She refused it, and threw money and mud in his face. He struck her with his open hand, not with his fist, and pushed her down. He know she walked the streets, but he gave her money to live upon. She had taken poison once. It was said she poisoned her child, and she was arrested for it, but it was a mistake. The child died She lived with another before she lived with witness. The parents of the deceased said that she lodged three doors from their house in Mildmay-avenue. She never had a child, and she had only been given to loose ways for three or four months. Other evidence, how- ever, was to a very different effect. One witness stated that the deceased, who was a very fine girl, had been gay to the knowledge of her parents ever since she was a child. She would not have been seventeen until May next. The Coroner remarked upon the extraordinary nature of the case. It was a preposterous act for the police to have let the deceased go free when they had arrested her in the very act of committing suicide. The state of profligacy disclosed was a disgrace to all con- cerned. The jury returned a verdict "that the deceased committed suicide while in a state of unsound mind from drink and debauchery." The proceedings then terminated.
ROBBERY BY A SON. At Worship-street Police-court on Saturday, James Penny, James Page, and Harriet Davis, a lady-like person, of middle age, living near Lambeth Palaae, and who carried an infant, which, from extreme anguish of mind, she was soon compelled to resign, were charged under these circumstances :— Mr. George Penny, boot and shoemaker, at 191, High-street, Hoxton, said: James Penny is my son, and works for but does not live with me; the other two prisoners are strangers to me. Last Thursday week I gave to him twenty pairs of boot materials to make and return on the following Thursday. He absconded on the next Monday. Yesterday I heard that he wasin the neighbourhood of Kingsland, found him, and gave him into custody. Subsequently, from information given, the man Page was charged, and likewise Mrs. Davis, but I am not desirous of pressing the case against her. I believe that she is a most respectable lady, and was not aware of her wrong- doing. Mr. Cooke: What did she do P Prosecutor: She purchased the goods of my son, indirectly I think, under the impression that they be- longed to him. Mr. Cooke: What value do you put upon the pro- perty ? Prosecutor: Four pounds, and she gave only two shillings a pair; but I am convinced that her share of the transaction was from good intent. Mr. Cooke How so P Prosecutor: She told me that at the request of Page she had simply advanced the money to him to effect the purchase, and Page admitted this. Police-constable 217 N: I went to the house of Mrs. Davis, and saw Page there. He at first denied all knowledge of the boots, but after some conversation admitted that they were in the house, and that Mrs. Davis had bought them for 2s. a pair. Mr. Cooke Who produced them ? Witness: Mrs. Davis, from an upper room. Page said he had not anything to do with it, and that Penny had sold them last Sunday week while he (Page) was at her house. Prosecutor: Boih said that they believed the goods belonged to my son. I do not wish to press the charge; I only want my boots back. Can I have them if I withdraw ? Mr. Cooke: I can make no order to that effect. What age is your son P Prosecutor: Just 21, sir. I cannot prosecute my son. Page I am sure I thought the boots were his own, What I said to the constable was from alarm. The female, whose hands clenched the iron rail of the c'ock while her head was bowed over it, here hysterically sobbed out some words to the effect that she had advanced the X2 from the best motive, and had no thought of doing wrong. Several women in the body of the court, who wit- nessed her distressing position as she uttered this, wept with her. Prosecutor I wish to withdraw the charge, sir. Mr. Cooke James Penny, your father manifestly feels for your position, and retires from this prosecu- tion. I shall permit him to do so; had he continued it you would have been dealt with very severely. You are just of age, had his confidence, but can have it no longer. Your conduct has been ungrateful and reck- less. James Page, I am strongly inclined to believe that you have taken a prominent part in inducing the son to rob his father, and that you also influenced this. The female prisoner, under any circumstances, as the matter stands before me, I should have dis- charged, although she has acted with excessive incau- tiousness. Let this be a warning to all three. The prisoners were then discharged, but the boots were not given up.
A TICKET OF LEAVE. James Ware, a tall, well-built ticket-cf-leave man, aged thirty, was charged before Mr. Cooke, at Wor- ship-street Police-court, on Friday, with robbery. Mr. Frederick Pressland, watchmaker, of High- street, Whitechapel, was passing near his own house on Monday evening, when he was lightly touched on the shoulder, and, thinking it had been done by some friend, he turned round and found himself face to face with the prisoner. Before he had time to utter a word the prisoner grasped and tugged at his watch- chain with such violence as to break it, and darted down a place called George-yard with half his chain and watch, worth about e5 or .£6. He was afraid to follow him, but told the police of the robbery, and presently after at the police-station picked him out from a number of others among whom he was placed. Sergeant Dunaway and Kenwood, 194 H, said that from the prosecutor's description of the thief they went to a house in Devonshire-street, Mile-end, where they knocked at the door of the first-floor front room, and were answered by a woman. She delayed to open the door, and they therefore forced it in, when they found the prisoner standing there in his shirt, and, knowing his unscrupulous character, they at once handcuffed him while they searched the place. They could find no watch or chain, but on examining the bed they found a very formidable life-preserver with a leaden knob more than a pound in weight, a. gutta- percha handle, and a strap attached to it which was almost worn out from constant wear. Dunaway said, This is a nice sort of companion to have in bed with you, is it not ? to which the prisoner replied, Yes; and it is a good job for you there is more then one of you, or you should have felt it," and he then acknow- ledged that while the woman was delaying their entrance he had tried to make his escape up the chimney, and should have done so if he had not been too stout. Floyd, 126 H, deposed to being present at the Mid- dlesex sessions five years ago, when the prisoner was convicted of felony, and sentenced to six years' penal servitude. Consequently he was now out upon a ticket-of-leave. The prisoner, who was also recognised as a daring and successful watch thief, now simply said that he was not guilty. He was committed for trial.
EXTRACTS FROil "PUNCH" & "FUN? In this Old Hat. IN this old hat Policeman X Has guarded London well; In this beguiled the female sex, And wooed each area-belle To fight and fray. by night and day, From Kew to Camden-town, That shiny top has put a stop, Obedient to the Crown. At parting from the friend of years Deep sighs disturbed his belt; His dark blue eyes, brimful with tears, Attested what he felt: The helmet now upon his brov, He paces slowly by, In doubt how cook and Jane will look- When it arrests their eye. Policeman X, Sir Richard bless With all your might—and main, He apprehends the style of dress That pleases cook and Jane For over tea they both agree- You captivating dear- With such a casque you need but ask, To have incessant beer. A Curiosity. In this hot, thirsty weather, this announcement seems to us to be uncommonly alarming:- A GENUINE BREWER'S HOUSE, Esses. Rent free- il_ good trade warranted; cash, £ 100. A genuine brewer's house!" Gracious powers! Can it then be possible that there are brewers living who are presumed not to be genuine P We suppose, of course, the epithet is intended for the beer, as"well as for the brewer, and the advertisement appears to favour the idea that elsewhere than at this brewer's house, the beer sold is not genuine. This is an appall- ing thought to men with thirsty throats AN EXHIBITION OF FELINE.—We have had a donkey show, and now we are to have a cat show! All we can say is that we trust the exhibition will be held at Islington, which is a distant district, for any nearer locale would be indeed a cat-astrophe. It is purposed—we beg pardon, purr-pussed-to present wedding-rings to the proprietresses of the successful com-pet-itors, as it is presumed that most of the exhibitors will be unmarried ladies. PRINCIPLE—AND INTERESTING.- We live to see strange things! We read in a contemporary that the Austrian Government intend to recognise Greece on principle' solely." Well, if Austria is anxious to regain her credit, she cannot too soon prove that she has a principle." No one has had any cause to sus- pect her of possessing any for many a long day. Principle would be almost as fine a capital as Vienna. SHORT WHIST.—" Short whist," says a descendant of Mrs. Battle, whose opinions on the game are very generally known, "is a rubber, where two, out of four, are hard-up players, unable to settle their losses. This is very short whist. "Long whist," adds this excellent matron, is Mr. Battle's constant excuse for coming home from his club at four o'clock in the morinng." A FASHIONABLE CIRCULAR.—The upper circles of Austrian fashion have protested against those under cir jles known as crinolines. Hoops are bowled out by being prohibited from entering the salons of the nobility. We have always held that there was room for improvement in this article of fashion, but this step will'certainly be an improvement for room. TIME, WANTED.—A correspondent writes, com- plaining that if he could only fincl time, he would do anything for us. Another writes word, that he has been keeping late hours for several years. Surely the latter must have a stock by him. One correspondent will doubtless be able to oblige the other with a few spare minutes. A LITTLE TOO HIGHLY SEASONED.—A contem- porary relates that a Norwegian brig laden with salt went down in the Channel the other day, but that ae- soon as the salt dissolved she rose and floated about the Channel. Our contemporary must have fallen a victim to some salt-seller. We delina to receive the melting tale unless it be cum grano. ROUGE-ET-NOIR AT HOME.-To those who are un- able to visit Homburg this year, we are authorised to state that, though ordinary gambling is clearly illegal, yet, on parts of the Rivers Thames, the authorities permit any amount of punting." NUTS TO CRACK.—Some navvies working on the Llauelly and Swansea Extension Railway, a few weeks since, unearthed at Pontardulais a large basinful of nuts in excellent preservation. Attempts have been made to discover how long they have been thus buried, but we venture to prophesy it will not be found out hazel-y. TIT FOR TAT.—The working men of Bradford re- ceived Lord Palmerston on his visit to that town in profound silence. This is beating Paiii by following suit with his own cards. He refuses them a voice in Parliament, and they refuse him one out of doors. A CATCH.—Some gentlemen are reported to have caught a sunfish five feet long in Mount's Bay, Pen- zance. If they could manage to catch a rainfish, it would be much more like what is wanted this dry weather.