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EPITOME OF NEWS It is estimated that 90,000,000 tons of water per hour pass over the Fails of Niagara. A meeting was recently held at Liverpool for the PJSose ?f establishing a training ship for orplians and other children m the Mersey. The head-mastership of Gateshead Grammar School has been conferred on the Rev. J. J. Day, M.A., of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The old man Fleming, says the Scotsman, whose name was so intimately mixed up with the Sandyford murder case two years ago, died on Tuesday at Dunoon. What is the difference, asks the Arrow, between tiie English and the American soldier P One fisrlits for tlte crovn and the other for the dollar. News has been received of the loss of a Wick fisnmg Doat and five of her crew. Fears are entertained that other boats which had left Wick on fishing expeditions have shared the same fate. During the past few weeks locusts have been caught in almost every direction in the west of Cornwall, and particularly in the district of Land's End. They have done much mischief among the cabbages. Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Prin- cess de Joinville, with some members of their family, were expected to arrive in Constantinople at the close of last week. The young Marquis of Bute, who has been 'f! j P Mountstuart for some time past, has just com- pleted. his seventeenth year, aad the occasion was eelebrated with great éclatin the Island of Bute. In a town not a hundred miles from Warwick, society has been much scandalised by the elopement of a rich heiress with a poor but respectable parish schoolmaster. He taught her the organ. The Wife of President Lincoln is now claimed as a Scotchwoman. It is affirmed that she is the daughter of Mr. John Clark, a farmer belonging to the Braes of Donne, who emigrated to America about forty years ago. A sad accident occurred to Thomas Winters, mate of the Jane Harmer, Captain Munday, of Whitby. He was struck by the mainboom as the ship was tacking in Long Reach, knocked overboard, and drowned. The deliveries of herrings at Great Yarmouth during the past week have been small, but the quality of the nsli sent in has been good. Prices have ranged from £14 to 1-25 per last. The Tyne Iron Ship Building Company has just launched their third vessel, the Star Queen, of 377 tons th.e slip she has vacated will be at once occupied by a steamer of nearly double her capacity. The Eton election vacation terminated on Wednesday, on which day the lower form boys returned to college. The fifth and sixth forms arrived on Thursday and Friday. Enormous and almost unprecedented quantities of mushrooms have been gathered in many parts of the country during the last week, which is accounted for by the long drought and the rains following upon it. A boy, named Robert Fair, was standing in a skiff, the other day, holding on to the rope of a steamer, at Blackwall, when the tide drifted the skiff away from the vessel, and the boy fell into the water and was drowned. The British Prince, a fine vessel of 1,275 tons, built for the British Shipowners' Association, was launched last week from the building yard of Messrs. J. R. Clover and Co., Woodside. It is estimated that the population of South- ampton and its postal suburbs is now about 70,000. Fifty 15 000 ag° the popuIation of this ^strict did not number The treasurers of the Art Exhibition for the Relief of the Distress in the Cotton Districts have issued their balance-sheet, from which it appears that the large sum of £2,550 was realised, and paid ever to the objects of the charity. A terrific thunderstorm passed over Wolver- hampton on Saturday afternoon. During its continuance there was a very remarkable whirlwind, which unroofed four houses and occasioned great alarm. Fortunately no one was hurt. We (United Service Gazette) understand that Sir Charles Wood has prohibited the Indian Government from taking any offensive measure against Bliootan. This step has been taken without consultation with Sir John Lawrence or any of the Indian officials. At the Court of Bankruptcy a first meeting was held concerning Mr. Paul Bedford, the comedian. The debts were shown to be of small amount, and a proposal, it is said, is shortly to be made which will secure payment in full of all the creditors. A few days back a baptised Jew was brought before one of the tribunals of Vienna for judgment for having relapsed and returned to the creed of his forefathers. The tribunal decided that a conversion from one cread to another was not, as apostacy merely, punishable by law. A drinking fountain has been erected at Black Gang, at the back of the Isle of Wight, dedicated in an in- scription to the memory of Shakespeare." The fountain has been erected by Mr. Letts, a gentleman residing at Black Gang. At the agricultural competition of Vaucluse, lately held at Thor, the prize for ploughing was carried off by a young woman twenty years of age, the trial taking place with a plough drawn by four oxen. The competitors of the other sex were numerous. The liquidators of the affairs of the East of England Bank have made a call on the several persons who have been proved to be on the list of contributories. The call is £ 5 per share on the contributors in Class A, and JE13 10s. per share on the contributors in Class B. The coolest robbery, says a facetious contem- porary, committed by the rebel raiders in Maryland was at an ice-cream manufactory about fourteen miles from Balti- more, where a small body of cavalry devoured one hundred gallons of that seasonable article without waiting for spoons. A young lady, daughter of the Mayor of New York, recently fell from a pleasure yacht into the city harbour. She was saved by a United States naval officer, to whom the young lady's father shortly afterwards pre- sented a cheque for a thousand dollars. The change that has superseded the wooden walls of Old England" is indicated by the formal abolition of the officer under the Admiralty of Timber Tester;" in his place we are to have a new officer, called Issuer of Iron." The statistics of the import of petroleum oil, received from Liverpool, show what a very important trade it has become. America has exported 19J millions of gallons this year, as against aJittle more than 20 millions last year. A large proportion of the exports came to the United King- dom. The Government emigrant ship Sandring- ham, 1,126 tons, Mr. J. Lorden, master, which sailed from Plymouth on the 5th March last, arrived at Sydney, New South Wales, on the 26th June, having on board 389 Govern- ment emigrants. Four births and six deaths took place on the voyage. The jury have returned a verdict of "Accidental death in the case of the Seghill colliery explosion, near Leeds. It appears that the accident could not have been anticipated. Gas from an old working came in contact with a lamp which had been broken by a fall of stone. The men injured by the explosion are said to be recovering. At the last meeting of the executive committee of the Church Congress, a resolution highly complimentary to the Dean of Bristol was passed on the occasion of receiving his letter of resignation as one of the vice-presidents. The com.mittee thank him for his courtesy and kind assistance and regret his retirement. Advices from Bermuda to the 29th ult., re- ceived by the Darian, arrived at Torquay, report that yellow fever was on the increase. The captain and most of the crew of the merchant steamer Powerful had died. The papers also notice that there have been no recent arrivals of blockade-runners. Leotard, the famous gymnast, has terminated his engagement at the Paris Cirque. He is going to Rochefort to give a gratuitous representation for the benefit of the sufferers by the fire at Limoges, after which he intends taking some repose on an estate he has purchased in the neighbourhood of Toulouse. Messrs. Dawson, Graham, and Pugh, colo- nial produce agents, have stopped payment, owing chiefly it is stated, to losses by bad debts. Their liabilities amount to about £ 2o,000,.andit is believed that a satisfactory dividend will be realised. The books have been placed in the hands of Mr. S. Lowell Price, the accountant. In the alleged swindling case in the City Messrs. Montagna and Co.—that is to say, Charles Davis and James Cooper—charged with getting extensive samples and making money ef them, have, been committed for trial by Mr. Alderman Lusk, who showed his opinion of the case by refusing to reduce the substantial bail on which they might have gone at large. There has been a frightful fire at Vichy. On the spot were plenty of fire engines, but in consequence of the peculiar dryness of the season there was no water to be had nearer than at the distance of one mile. However, a chain of four thousand persons was organised, and a suffi- cient supply thus obtained to prevent the fire spreading over the town. Last Sunday was set apart in a large number of Churches in the metropolitan disteicts for the united national consideration of the question of free and open churches, in aid of the National Association for Promoting the Weekly Oltertory and Freedom of Worship. Appropriate sermons were preached and collectioiis made towards the objects of the association. The trade over the Panäma Railroad is rapidly increasing. The employes have but little rest, day or night, ana buimays do not often form any exception to the rule. The jirst six months of 1863 the number of passengers trans- ported over the road was short of 17,000. During the cor- respi melius: six months of this yearjnearly 25,000 were trans- ported. There is a corresponding increase also in the freight. ■i.'he Postmaster-General has given notice that on the 1st of October the scale of progression for charging letters addressed to any state on the western coast of South America, sent by packet, will be modified by substituting for the esistiiig scale a scale of weight having half an ounce as a unit, with the postage advancing by single rates for' each additional half ounce or fraction of half an ounce. I The visitors to the South Kensington Museum during the past week have been as follows :-On Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, free days, open from ten a.m. to ten p.m., 11,126; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, students' days (admission to the ;public 6d.), open from ten. a.m. to six p.m., 1,206-total, 12,332. From the opening of the museum, 4,843,788. A sad and fatal accident occurred in the bottling establishment of Mr. Sloan, spirit merchant, High-street, Ayr. It appears that while one of the workmen, an old man of about sixty years of age, named Robert Norman, was engaged at a soda-water machine, the receiver suddenly burst, and a portion of it striking the unfortunate man on the back of the head, his skull was fractured, and he was instantaneously deprived,of life. M. Verner, the proprietor of the Zoological Gardens at Stuttgardt, and who is engaged in taming two fine lions, was bitten a few days ago by the male animal, and dragged about in the cage. The lion, getting alarmed by the voice of its master, at length let go its hold. M. Verner, although bleeding profusely from the wound he had received, did not quit the cage until he had inflicted a severe chastisement on the lion. The Journal de Rouen states that a house in the neighbourhood of Yvetot was very nearly set fire to a few days ago in a singular manner. A decanter full of water had been placed at a window exposed to the sun, and the rays being concentrated by passing through the water, set fire to the table on which the bottle was standirg. Fortu- nately, the smoke attracted attention, or serious damage might have been caused. At the Cockermouth petty sessions last week, Mr. R. Bell, "a county magistrate, was charged by the con- servator of the Derwent fishery with having infringed the Salmon Act of 1861, by not removing certain obstructions to the free passage of the fish up or down the river at Fitzmill, between noon on Saturday, August 28, and six o'clock on the following Monday morning. The question rested on certain technicalities, and the case was adjourned for a month, in order that eminent legal opinion might be obtained. The inquest on the body of Mr. Stevens, ink manufacturer, &c., of St. Martin's-le-Grand, who was dis- covered lying dead on a seat in the station of the Metro- politan Railway in Farringdon-street, has been held by Dr. Hardwicke, the deputy-coroner. The evidence conclusively established that the deceased gentleman suffered from a long-standing heart disease, which was the cause of death. The jury at once returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence. A scene of rare occurrence took place in the Manchester Cathedral on Sunday morning. During the reading of banns by the Rev. Mr. Troutbeck, a woman rose from her seat, and when two names were mentioned, she said, in a loud tone of voice, I forbid that." She was re- quested by one of the apparitors to make her objection in the vestry after service, and she resumed her place The scene caused some commotion in the crowded church. The Independence Belge gives the following curious particulars of the amount received by various artists as the result of single performances. Malibran at Drury-lane re- ceived £150 each night. The same price was paid to Lablache for two performances. Grisi at New York re- ceived £400 for one performance, and shortly after obtained £2,400 as the result of one night's entertainment in London. Taglioni received £150 for every performance at Hamburg, and at her second benefit at St. Petersburg she realised the extravagant sum of £8,160, in addition to a m:1gniiiccnt pre- sent of diamond ornaments made by the Czar.

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