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EPITOME OF NEWS. London was visited by another thunderstorm on Friday evening. A thunderbolt fell on the church of St. Matthew, Essex-road (late Lower-road). Although the weathercock was shattered to splinters, and the conductor broken, the electric fluid fortunately escaped without injuring the structure of the building. Some amusement waa caused at the Liverpool Police-court on Tuesday by the prosecutor in a. case of intimidation being placed side by side with the pri- soner in the case. It appeared that a warrant (also for intimidation) had been served upon him. The change was so rapidly accomplished that the two men in the dock could not help laughing. At the Central Criminal Court, on Wednes- day, an old man, seventy-seven years of age, named Harrington, was tried for the murder of his son-in- law. The jury found him guilty of manslaughter, and he was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour. The Accident to the Prince of Wales.-It is stated that Mr. Smith Barry, an Irish gentleman of the highest social position in the county of Cork, has waited on the Prince of Wales, accompanied by Lord Alfred Paget, to apologise to the Prince for the ac- cident of which he was unwittingly the cause in Hyde- park, and to express his deep regret for the occur- rence. The explanation was most graciously received. A farmer, named Maeherelle was last week return- ing during a storm from his fields in the commune of Champanges (Savoy), and walking in front of his horses -with, a. pltoWork on -wKon tile elod- trio fluid struck the iron pointa, and passing down, killed the man instantaneously. When the body was found there were no marks of violence except a bruise on the forehead caused by his fall. His shoes were split from the instep to the point, and that of the right foot torn off and thrown some distance. The special correspondent of the Star says :— I mentioned the other day the Imperial College for Deaf and Dumb Boys. As at all French colleges, the beys go out to walk on Thursdays. Last Thursday the Empress happened to peroeive them walking along the Quay. She sent a servant to invite the boys to play in her reserved garden, and ordered luncheon for them, to their iatense delight, of which she and the Prince Imperial did the honours. The boys ate and drank to their hearts' content, and looked thoroughly happy. Window Gardening.-The Society for Promot- ing Window Gardening amongst the Working Classes in the parishes of St. Margaret's and St. John's, Westminster, held a flower show a few days since in Great Dean's-yard, Westminster'. This society is under the presidency of the Dean of Westminster, and ia self-supporting. Yico-Chancellor Sir W. Page Wood is one of the vica-presidents, as also are the rectors of the two parishes, and the incumbents of the adjoining parishes. Most of the leading inhabitants in the two parishes take a lively interest in the society. The Earl of Shaftesbury distributed the prizes at half- past six o'clock in th3 evening. The exhibition, which was very good of its kind, was well attended. Free Drinking Fountains Association.- The Metropolitan Free Drinking Fountains Associa- tion held its seventh annual meeting at St. James's- hall, on Friday; Earl Groavenor, M.P., presided. The report stated that the association had built additional fountains during the year. They had now, with those erected by private persons, 140 fountains supplying water in crowded districts. A lady had presented them with £ 1,000; Mr. Charles Buxton, M.P., had erected a fountain at Westminster; and an Indian prince had sent over -21,000 for the erection of a fountain in Hyde-park. There are still whole parishes, densely populated, in which there are no fountains. It is estimated that between 300 and 400 will be needed in all. The association have expended all the funds entrusted to them. Female Shoplifters.—Charlotte and Flora West (sisters) were charged before the magistrate at Wands- worth with stealing 50 yards of calico from the shop door of Mr. Battey, draper, Dawson-buildings, Batter- sea-park. Flora went inside the shop to purchase a reel of cotton, and stood in the doorway looking at some goods in such a manner as to conceal from view the other prisoner, who carried off the calico. It was missed from the door aa soon as they were gone, and they were followed. The calico waa seen under the shawl of Charlotte, who threw it down, and denied the robbery. On the last examination a lady, named Smith, came forward and claimed the shawl worn by Flora, which had been stolen, together with other articles, while the prisoner was employed by her as a charwoman. Both were committed for trial on the first, and Flora on the two cases. A young lad was brought before Mr. Alderman Finnia on Wednesday, at the Guildhall Police-office, charged with wilfully placing bricka on the metals of the London, Chatham, and Dover Bailway, at the in- cline near Farringdon-street. The evidence adduced showed that finding bricks on the line at this point has become a matter of frequent occurrence, and that it was known that they were placed there by the young ruffians of the neighbourhood. The officials of the compsnyhave done their utmost to keep the delin- quents off the line, but have up to the present failed to do so. Alderman Finnis considered the offence so serious that he did not like to deal with it himself, and adjourned the inquiry in order to see what could be j done with the prisoner. The Alleged Murder by a Housekeeper.— At the Durham Assizes, on Wednesday, the grand jury hrew out the bill against Jane Craggs for the murder of James Cooper at Hetton-le-Hole in June last, she living with the old man as housekeeper at the time. An attorney for the prosecution afterwards made an affidavit that there was a reasonable expectation of obtaining further evidence in the case, and Mr. Baron Martin postponed the trial, on the coroner's inquisition, to the next spring assizes. Manslaughter of a Wife.-On Friday, before Mr. Justice Keating, at "the Oxford Assizes, Samuel Noroutt was indicted for the manslaughter of his wife Jemima at Pishiil in March last. The eviaence went .1 to show that the couple had been drinking, ana that the prisoner had beaten his wife while returning home. She fell in the road and died before medical assistance could be procured. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, and prisoner was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. Kent v. "Edinburgh Daily Review."—The action against the Edinburgh Daily Review for slander, at the instance of Mr. and Mrs. Kent, father and step-mother of Misa Constance Kent, has just been settled. The action, it may be remembered, arose out of an article having appeared in the above paper containing statements regarding Mrs. Kent's position in life prior to her mtrriage, and charging her with cruel treatment to her step-daughter. It also contained reflections on the par; which Mr. Kent had taken throughout the investigations preceding Miss Kent's confession and trial. Tie Review now states that it has made inquiries whith prove that these statements were not true, that tiay had been misled by false information, and that tie proprietors of the paper have consented to pay the mm of £ 350 to Mr. and Mrs. Kent in name of damagts. Emigration from Liverpool.—During the month of June emigration from theportof Liverpool has considerably decreased, owing, it a stated by the emi- gration officials, to the fact thai the emigrants are staying to assist in the English har and corn harvests. Under the Act, there sailed to tie United States 25 ships, with 8,430 steerage and 32L cabin passengers; to Canada four ships, with 1,019 steerage and 93 cabin passengers; to Victoria two ships, vith 463 passengers, making a total of 32 ships and 10,707 passengers. Compared with the previous monih of May there is a decrease of 6,865. Of ships not mder the Act there sailed 12, with 488 passengers. Compared with the previous quarter of M.,rch last, the quarter just ended shows an increase of 14,289, and of ?,619 compared with the corresponding quarter of last sear. An Irish Wedding.—A Miss H-, of C-, in the Q- County, was to be married on a certain day to a Mr. L Another lover of the lady endea- voured to prevent it by collecting a party of friends who assisted him in locking the gate approaching the lady's house. They aiso placed large stones in front to obstruct the passage of the jaunting car, and after completing their task, they lay in ambush, awaiting the arrival of Miss H- and her friends. Having arrived, and finding the approach barred against them, some of the party left the car to remove the obstacles presented to them, when the lady was pounced upon by the party of her frrtner lover, and then a true Irish struggle ensued, the bridegroom's party endea- vouring to reclaim her, and the other to carry her off. The conflict terminate" in the victory of the former lover, who succeeded in placing the lady in a car and effecting an escape w.th his prize. The intended bridegroom had his countenance much damaged. A Boy Accidentally Shot by his Father.—A melancholy occurrence which cast a gloom over the town, has happened at Fraserburg to a fine little boy, by which he was instantly deprived of life by his own father, Mr. Winchester, hair-dresser. As has been their custom for some time, the two had gone out with a double-barrellel fowling-piece in quest of birds; and seeing a cr)w in a field lying adjacent to the town, the boy leaped the dyke, to be in readiness to secure the bird in cues of its being wounded, and while crouching behind the dyke he heard the trigger snap, when raising his head, in ignorance of his father's intention to fiie the other barrel, he received the fatal charge in his brain, and was laid dead on the spot. Deceased was a nost promising boy of 10 years of age, and was an only son. The father, as may be conceived, was perfectly distra cted when he discovered what had happened. Two weeks ago the family had to bear the affliction caused by the drowning of Mrs. Winchester's brother in the river Ugie, at Strichen. Scotsman. General Peel on "Wars and Breech-loaders. —At a dinner which followed the Huntingdon Wool Fair, General Peel, in replying for the toast of "The Army, Navy, and Volunteers, said It is possible that I may be called upon to fill the position of Minister at War (cheers), but I assure you most sin- cerely that there is no man more anxious to maintain the peace of this country than f (loud cheers). I have one observation further to make. I believe that a great deal of money has been thrown, as it were, into the sea in gunnery experiments; but I believe those experÏ>n..ni> H«8 PT-WOA that the worst breech-loader is better than the very best muzzle-loader. I say tha.t this has been proved as five to one, and that of late, in the Austrian army. We have the best materials and the best soldiers in the world, and I am among those who desire that our soldiers should be armed with the best weapons." A Fearful Leap.—A very sad occurrence teok place at Ulbster, Wick, the other day. A young man named Flett, a shepherd on the farm of Ulbster, a native of Orkney, had fot some days previously exhi- bited signs of mental aberration, and though not of such a nature as to require restraint, it was judged advisable to watch him. On Sunday forenoon the symptoms continued, and under the influence of a sudden paroxysm, the unfortunate man rushed out of the house, and, pursued by two inmates, who were unable to overtake him, he ran at an extraordinary speed towards the sea cliff, a distance of about 400 yards, over which he precipitated himself-the height being upwards of 70 feet. A boat was instantly manned, and proceeded to the spot, where Flett was found lying in a state of insensibility. He was carried to the house, and Drs. Smith and Banks being brought from Wick, they found both legs shockingly smashed below the knees, but no other external injuries. The sufferer remained in a state of insensibility till after three o'clock on Monday morning, when he expired. Compensation Claims,-At the Sheriff's Court, Red Lion-square, on Saturday, before Mr. Under- Sheriff Burchell and a special jury, a compensation case, "Nicholas St. Leger v. the Great Eastern Rail- way Company," was heaid. Mr. Hawkins, Q.C., and Mr. Philbrick were for the claimant; and Mr. Serjeant Ballantine and the Hon. ilr. Thesiger represented the company. The claim wal nearly = £ 5,000, in respect of a beerhouse in the Commercial-road, near the Shore- ditch station, to which a tpirit licence was expected to be obtained, and for the licence X2,000 was estimated as part of tha claim. Ths house had been newly built, and application had been made for a licence and re- fused. Still, it was thought that a spirit licence could be procured, and hence th) additional value of the pro- perty. The jury went to >iew the house, and on their return the claimant waa examined. He was cross- examined by Mr. Serjeant Ballantine. Eventuallythe parties agreed to a verdict for £ 1,300, and unaer use direction of the learned Tinder-Sheriff it was accord- ingly entered. Several of the re-elsctions took place on Wad- nesday. Lord Stanley was returned without opposi- tion for Lynn. He declined to pledge himself with re- ference to Reform, and niged the cry of peace and non-intervention. Sir John Pa-kington was chosen again for Droitwioh; Lori Naas found himself happily reinstated for CockermQith; Mr. Mowbray walked over the course at Dartam; General Peal was re- elected, with nothing worse than some questioning for Huntingdon; and Mr. fValpole is once more mem- ber for Cambridge Univeisity. Two of the subordi- nates in the now Government, however, were not so fortunate. At Guildford the new Solicitor-General, Mr. Bovill found himseli opposed by Mr. Long, a staunch Liberal. Mr. Borill, however, had the show of hands, and a poll was demanded. It seems, how- ever, that Mr. Long will n)t go to the poll. His com- mittee have requested himto retire in consequence of the pressure which has beai put upon the vosers, and reluctantly he consents. kt Bridgewater Mr. Patton, the new Lord-Advocate, waa opposed by Mr. Vanderbyl. The show of hands was foi the latter gentleman, and Mr. Patton will have toigh/ work to regain the seat recently won. „ The Healthfulnesa of Wet Seasons —The highest death-rate of tweh) years, 23-9, occurred with the smallest rainfall of 16'" in. in 1864, and the lowest; rate, 21-2 in 1860, with tht heaviest rainfall of 32 in. ( in 1860. This may, doub;lesa, be accounted for in many ways, but principally by the cleansing influence of the rain during the Bumner upon the impurities of towns which, in dry wether, prove so noxious in crowded populations; but it is also very possible that the greater humidity of the air induced by the rain may be useful to all persom suffering from affections of the lungs. We may be ovir-drainiug and over-drying our land and our air, to tie detriment of both animal and vegetable life; we nay have too deep-footed a dread of a pond near a hoise if it be kept clean, and also of trees, which may s'rva the double purpose of shelter and of preventing bo complete an evaporation from the ground. It also tppears obvious that the ad- vaatage of shelter for a hoise, espeoially from the east, is now often too msch overlooked in the desire to build on high and dry situations. Wa must not forget the homely simile, that a cande in a draught; will always burn YrmtfiSnlly,—Builder, Supposed Loss of the Monarch of the Seas. AI. Hopes entertained for tha safety of thia vessel, freighted with 639 passengers, seem at length dispelled by the discovery of one of her lifeboats, which has been washed up on tha Irish coast, near Kerry, together with a number of dead bodies. The Monarch of the Seas left Liverpool for New York on the 19th of last Marcs, under the command of Capt. Kirkaldy, and a crew of 60 men. According to the Custom-house clear- ance paper, she had 639 cabin and steerage passengers mfse wera adults, men and women, and 60 children. The ship waa in excellent trim, and had a fine run down Channel, when the pilot left her. Alas since that time nothing has been heard of her. As soon as she became overdue extra premiums were paid to effect insurances upon her, which reached as high as 60 to 75 guineas per cent., but this waa two months ago. 1 or a long oime she has been given up aa a lost ship, and iu has been impossible to insure her. Tho boat picked up on the coast of Kerry is believed to be one belonging to her. It was found on Tuesday last, and the booies washed ashore appear to have coma from an emigrant ship. Identity is said to be utterly impossible, owing to the state they are in. The pre- vailing opinion among experienced captains in the iNew York trade is that the Monarch of the Saaa foun- dered among the icebergs in the Atlantic. The Mysterious Death at Brighton.-Last week an inchest was held at Brighton, on the body of Mra. Wardeor, wife of a physician, with whom she had been Vidging in Bedford-square. The lady had died g -squp there unaer auspicious circumstances, and the medical men engage in the case having refused to certify any natural cause 't death, the coroner was communicated 7 j?-e i stago of tha inquiry opened. The facta then disclos&s w6re Gf such a nature that Dr. Warder waa placed -rider the surveillance of the police. It is said that. the day of the inquest he apphad to a Brighton «. for somo aconite, bat the chemist reused t seU him j| has since transpired tnat on j D proceeded to London, and rotunk, Brighton, and the same night took a ford Hotel. About noon next clay, doetor nr i making Ma appearance, his room was enu y? was found dead in his bed, having poisont,' with prussic acid, to procure which had most pi, 1 been tha object of his journey to London. It is stated that tha deceased had bean twice previouF married, and that his first wife lived apart from liiru for some time, but died during renewed cohabitation; that the life of his second wife, who died about eight months after marriage, was insured; and that his third wife brought him a considerable marrifige portion. I How the Prussians were Received at Trautenau.—A letter from Liebau to the Cologne Gazette reports the following fact as imputed to the inhabitants of Trautenau:—"When the Prussians approached the town the Burgomaster went out to meet them, and when questioned declared there were no troops in the place, and that the new comers could enter the place in all security. Two squadrons of dragoons traversed the place, followed by some in- fantry. These having reached the principal square were suddenly attacked with a murderous fusillade; the balls rained from all the windows fram the garrets to tha cellars; stones and even quantities of boiling water were thrown down on the soldiers. Then ensued a frightful massacre, the Prussians killing pell-mell all they met, military or civilian, in the streets and in the houaes, and tha artillery finished by destroying the town almost completely. About 130 prisoners were secured, and amongst them tha Burgomaster and an hotel beeper, accused of being tho authors of this ambush." Richard Whittington's Church.-The church of St. Michael Paternoster Royal, College- hill-the old city church which is celebrated as the burial-place of Sir Richard Whittington, thrice Lord Mayor of London," who is said to have founded it-was reopened on Sunday, after a. thorough restoration, at a cost of about £ 1,500. The only noticeable feature in the church ia the fact that the horrible paws which dis- figured it are replaced by free open benches. In the morning the unison service of Dr. Steggall, organist of Lincoln's-inn, was given, and the sermon waa preached by the very Rev. the Dean of Cape Town, from Nehemiah iv. 17,18. In the evening the choir of Lincoln's-inn Chapel attended, and the church was crowded. The service w&a Croft's in E, solos by Messrs. Horning and Marshall; the anthem, Boyce's, "I have surely built Thee a house," verse parts by Messrs. Patey, Theodore Distin. Ball, and G. Porrin. After the sermon Ha.Uel&jah (Handel), Dr. Stag- gall presiding at the organ, which haa been newly erected. A very eloquent sermon was preached by the venerable William Emery, B.D., Archdeacon of Ely, and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from Psalm xxvi. 8. A Submarine Road to the Continent.—Mr. Hawkshaw, the well-known engineer, is engaged in the preliminary operations necessary to determining the practicability of a submarine road to the Con- tinent. Borings are now being made at a considerable expense in the neighbourhood of Dover, and, by per- mission of the French Government, between Calais and Boulogne; and in the course of this summer explorations will be made in mid-channel. Such trials are essential in order to obtain positive knowledge concerning the nature, extent, and thickness of the strata. It; is proposed to carry on the excavation for the tunnel from x both ends, as well as from shafts in the Channel. At the top of the shafts powerful steam engines will be erected for pumping, for drawing up the excavatod material, and for supplying power to the machinery by which excavation will be effected. The tunnel will communicate on the French side with the Northern of France Railway, and on the English side with tho South-Eastern and London, Chatham, and Dover Railways, "so that -there will be an unbroken line of railway communication between London and Pans."