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ILYNCH LAW IN LONDON.

WILLS AND BEQUESTS.

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DREADFUL CHILD MURDER AT I…

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Robbery of Communion Plate. At the public-office, Birmingham, a young man named Thomas Bevan, described as a blacksmith, was charged with stealing the communion plate from St. Martin's Church, Birmingham, of which the Rev. J. C. Miller, D.D., is rector. The plate, which comprised about twelve pieces of the finest silver, was worth upwpds of .£100. It was deposited in a box in the sacristy, which was broken open and rifled of its contents a fortnight ago. The prisoner is the son of the woman who cleans the church, and is presumed to have made use of the kej s in her possession. He was remanded. Seven Miles of Ants in Scotland.-The Southern Reporter has the followingThat ants occasionally make their appearance in such prodigious numbers that the air is obscured by them, as vouched for in Chambers Encyclopedia" and by other writers, is a circumstance but rarely witnessed, we should say, in this country. Nevertheless, a corrobora- tion of the statement was witnessed in the neighbour- hood of Selkirk on Saturday last. One gentleman, residing in Selkirk, had occasion to visit Hawick on the day named, and, perhaps from the fineness of the weather or the extortionate fares of the North British Railway Company, he was induced to perform the journey on foot. On the ontskirts of Selkirk he had his attention arrested by myriads upon myriads of winged ants moving in the air and on the turnpike road. The road, to use his own expression, w e- rally carpeted by the little insects, and at regular In- tervals of about six feet they were collected into clusters about the size of a pigeon's egg, apparently engaged in combat. He was so icrmented by those on the wing lighting on his face and hands that he was forced to deviate into a footpath, thinking there to avoid them. But no. Here they were again uader and around him as numerous as before. In this way did they cover the road until he reached Groundistone Edge, a distance of upwards of seven miles fiovo Selkirk.