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EPITOME OF NEWS. At the Surrey sessions held last week only one person was described as of superior education. The mortality is increasing at Amiens. On Mon- day 46 deaths from cholera were reported. Marshal O'Donnell has arrived at Biarritz. After remaining there some time he intends visiting the theatre of military operations in Germany. The French Academy have selected as the sub- ject for the prize poem of next year The Death of President Linooln." Eton School will close for the autumn vacation on Friday, the 3rd of August. The holidays will last about seven weeks. The United Service Gazette regrets to learn that the unfortunate officer, Lieutenant St. John Charles Shawe, D Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery, who was so severely wounded by a panther at Chindwarah, in the Central Provinces of India, has since died. The largest income of a Bostonian is that of Mr. Royal E. Robbins, treasurer of the American Watch Company, who is assessed for 377,000 dollars. In New York, the largest income assessment is that of A. T. Stewart, the dry-goods merchant—4,780,000 dollars. Some sensation was created in the sporting world on Tuesday by Mr. Jacques, of Tooting, under- taking to drive his pony (barely 13 hands high) a dis- tance of 50 miles in four hours, which he accomplished on the Croydon-road in three hours and 40.11 minutes. The Case of Whipping a Child to Death.- The New York Herald says Mr. Lindsley, the clergy- man at Medina who whipped his child to death be- cause he would not say his prayers, has been released on 10,000 dols. bail, but is afraid to leave the gaol. As a Greenwich wherry went off to a Graves- end steamer to receive passengers on Tuesday, in the eagerness of a waterman, named Boxer, to fasten the head of his boat to the gunwale of the steamer, owing to the swell caused by the paddle-wheel he fell over- board and was drowned. Margaret White, in the employ of Mr. E. Sykes, Bromley, was feeding a bark-cutting machine on Mon- day, when a piece of bark became doubled up, and her left arm was caught between the machinery and fear- fully crushed. Her screams brought assistance, and a surgeon was called in, who amputated the arm at the shoulder-joint. The New Queen's Counsel.-It is understood that the only gentlemen of the" Outer Bar who will have the honour of" Silk" conferred upon them will be Mr. Charles Pollock and Sir George Sony man, of the Home Circuit; Mr. W. A. Mundeil, of tee Midland Circuit; and Mr. J. Dickenson, of the Chancery Bar. 1 A Fall of Ice.-Messrs. Hutchison and Co., of o Kirkcaldy, say in a circular issued on Saturday:— t 'This week the drought and heat continued until a Friday afternoon, when a severe thunderstorm passed I jver us; a little rain fell, but not sufficient for the r jrass and crops. In some parts hail and pieces of ice 6 fell in considerable quantity. Our cereal crops must I aow be very defioient in bulk of straw. Immediate < rain would revive grass and turnips." The fall of ice ] thus referred to has been so serious over several ] square miles near Kirkcaldy that farmers declare their ] crops to be more than half destroyed. Marriage in High Life.-On Wednesday morn- ing the Right Hon. the Earl of Sefton, Lord-Lieu- tenant of Lancashire, was married in St. George's, Hanover-square, to the Hon. Miss Jolliffe, only unmar tied daughter of the Right Hon. Lord Hylton. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. Cecil Wynter, rector of Gatton, near Reigate, the bride being given away by her father, and the bridegroom's best man being Colonel F. H. Bathurst, of the Coldstream Guards, late M.P. for South Wilts. The breakfast took place at Lord Hylton's in Stratton-street, and at two o'clock the Earl and Countess of Sefton were to leave for Rook's Nest, Godatone, Surrey. Among those present were the Earl and Countess of Stafford, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Viscount and Vis- countess Enfield, &o. &c. The Public Health.—For the past week the births registered in London and twelve other large towns of the United Kingdom were 3,955; the deaths registered 2,846. The annual rato of mortality was 24 per 1,000 persons living. In London the births of 969 boys and 981 girls, in all 1,950 children, were registered in the week. In the corresponding weeks of ten years, 1856-65, the average number, corrected for increase of population, was 1,896. The deaths registered in Lon- don during the week were 1,292. It was the 27th week of the year, and the average number of deaths for that week was, with a correction for increase of population, 1,269. The annual rate of mortality in the week was 22 per 1,000 in London, 24 in Edinburgh, and 20 in Dublin, 21 in Bristol, 17 in Birmingham, 38 in Liver- pool, 29 in Manchester, 30 in Salford, 25 in Sheffield, 36 in Leeds. 18 in Hull, 23 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and 25 in Glasgow. The rate in Vienna was 30 per 1,000 during the week. A Young Lady Drowned from a Steamer. -The outward voyage of the steamer Prince, which eft Hull for Dunkirk early on Sunday morning, was narred by a very sad occurrence. About eight o'clock In the evening the passengers were startled by a mdden call hard a-port," and on coming on deck bhey saw the life-buoy thrown overboard for a young Lady, about twenty-one or twenty-two years of age, who had just fallen overboard. Our informant, who writes from Dunkirk, says that the young lady in question belonged to Hnll. Daring the passage she had been very sea-sick. Not long before the alarm was raised she had been seen by the captain leaning over the side of the vessel on the bridge. He cautioned her bo be careful, lest ehe should fall overboard. Five or six minutes afterwards she uttered a scream, and it was found that she had fallen into the sea. Efforts were made to save her, but in vain. The reports from the moors of Swaledale and Wenaleydale augur ill for the coming grouse sea- son. The brooding hens, the watchers report, have died in great numbers, and the mortality is still con- tinuing at a frightful rate. The accounts from the Westmoreland and Durham moors are nearly as unfa- vourable. The disease which is so fatal in its results is locally termed a distemper; bnt the oause is supposed, and it is believed accurately, to be due to the severe weather in May last, which cheeked the tender shoots of the heather, upon which the birds so much depend for subsistence at that period of the year, and also for some time subsequently. The railway collision which occurred last week at Huddersfield appears to have been caused by neglect of signals. It seems that the mail train, which ran into the ordinary train, was close behind it at Bradley Station, where the tickets were collected, and shortly afterwards followed it to Hnddersfield. When the first train slackened its speed, and had got about fifty yards inside the distance signal, the guard jumped off and went down the line with a lamp, but he had only gone some thirty yards when the mail train came up and ran into the last carriages of the Loeds ttain. Two omrrisges had bess added to the train after tne guarcr'B ut it u atafcad that thev had the usual lamps at the end of the last oapin«g<?. The persons who were injured by the collision appear generally to be improving, and out of Rome four or five and twenty whose names have been ascertained, one of the most seriously injured is Mr. Edward Dawson, of Stable-street, whose collar-bone is broken; and also Miss Ann Proctor, Chapel-street; Miss Emily Moorhouse, Alpha-place, Ratcliffe ;_Mrs. James Haigh, Lock wood-road; and Miss Jane Firth, Rash- cliffe. who are confined to bed. Fraud by Horsecopers — Joseph Rowe (stable- man) was charged before the magistrate atSouthwark [ with obtaining the sum of .£110 from Lieut.-Colonel Green, C.B., of the 68th Regiment, under false pre- tences. The complainant went to see two horses at the King's Head Stables, High-street, Southwark, which were advertised. They were shown him by the prisoner, who said they belonged to his master. After inspecting the animals he paid to Mr. Turner X110 for the horses. Both Turner and the prisoner stated that the horses were perfectly sound in every particular. The next day the complainant took a veterinary sur- geon with him to examine the horses, when he found that they were almost worthless. They were certainly not worth more than £ 20. They were, however, in pretty good condition, and had been got up well enough to deceive a flat." Committed for trial. Numerous Deaths by Drowning.-Two boys, named Mills and Lyons, were bathing with some others in the River Aire, at Leeds, when Mills got out of his depth and was sinking. Lyons went to his rescue and was grasped by the drowning child, and both went down and were drowned. Their bodies were got out in a quarter of an hour after the acci- dent, and every means was employed to restore ani- mation. Two young men named Coltash and Cranston, travellers to a firm at Otley, were bathing in the River Wharfe on Sunday, when Mr. Cranston noticed that his friend was sinking. He went to the spot and endeavoured to save him, but he had got considerably beneath the surface, and could not be found. Cranston went on shore and gave an alarm, but two hours elapsed before the body was recovered. On the after- noon of the same day Thomas Rowley, 22 years of age, and Joseph Tong, 18, were bathing and playing in a ballast-hole near the railway at Bentley, when in the course of their struggles they fell suddenly into a deep hole, and, clasping each other, were drowned before assistance could be given. Two Lads Drowned.-On Friday evening two lads, John Allden and Isaac Giddy, aged respectively 16 and 13, lost their lives under the following circum- stances. The deceased, who were employed at Mr. Andrews's, saw-mills, James-street, Old Kent-road, went, after leaving their work. to the Surrey Canal, for the purpose of bathing, neither of them being able to swim. After being in the water a short time they began amusing themselves by ducking each other, and while doing so one of them got out of his depth, and in attempting to save himself seized the other and drew him after him, and both sank. An alarm was given, but some little delay occurred before any attempt was made, in consequence of a false alarm having been given the previous evening, and the persons in charge of the hatch thinking it was only a repetition of the scandalous conduct. On the deceased being got out, they were conveyed to Mr. Harling's, the Britannia, Britannia-road, near the hatch. Dr. Anderson, ef the Old Kent-road, was sent for, and attended, and every means was resorted to to restore animation, but without success. When the sad intel- ligence was communicated to the mothers of the de- ceased (both widows, one residing in James-street, and the other in Hatcham-road, Old Kent-road) they were, as might be expected, almost broken-hearted. Mr. George Hudson and the North.Eastern Railway Company.-The long-pending suit be- tween Mr. George Hudson, formerly M.P. for Sunder- land, and the North-Eastern Railway Company, has been decided in the Rolls Court in favour of Mr. Hudson. Mr. Hudson was the owner of the Whitby estate, which was vested in Wtees, but the North- Eastern Railway Company hell a mortgage for £ 14 000 on it. They discharged the claim of the trustees, and taking the estate into their possession expended considerable sums of money in improving it In the covenant was a clause that it tha mortgage was not paid off within a certain tinn tho company were to be entitled to claim £ 50,000. In his decision the Master of the Rolls held that the covenant to pay £ 50,000 on the failure to repay the £ 14,0u0 was in the nature of a penalty, and could not be enforced, and ordered R36,000 of the olaim of the company, with all the interest, to be struck out of their account. He also held that the conveyance from the trustees was a mere release of the property, and did not place the railway company in the place of trustees, but that they still remained as mortgagees, and had no right to ex- pend money in the improvement of the estate. He ordered the expenses of these to be struck out, thus reducing the claim of the company against Mr. Hudson by upwards of £ 50,000. The result, it is said, leaves the company indebted to Mr. Hudson about jg40,000. The Conversion of Muzzle into Breech Loaders.—The supplementary estimate of the sums required to provide for the estimated excess of the army expenditure for the year endiag 31st March, 1867, beyond the ordinary grants for the year 1866-67, for the conversion of muzzle-loading small arms into breech-loaders, has just been issued. The amounts are:—Vote 12.—Manufacturing Departments: Royal laboratory and small arms establishments, £ 140,000. Vote 13.—Warlike Stores, &o.; Small arms, £ 105,000. Total, £ 245,#00. The visitors to the South Kensington Museum during the past week was: On Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, free, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 9,522; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (admission 6d.), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1,636; National Portrait Exhi. bition by payment, 1,885—total, 13,043. Average of corresponding week in former years, 10,881. Total from the opening of the museum, 6,163,134.