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SUMMARY OF PASSATEVENTS. ill THE cessation of hostilities on the continent of Europe is one of the happiest things we have to record. Preliminaries of peace have been signed I by Austria and Prussia on the one hand, and Austria and Italy on the other. A truce was first entered into, which was to terminate on the 2nd I instant, but before that day arrived a four weeks' armistice was agreed upon, and it is asserted I that Austria will submit to all the terms suggested by Prussia, that she agrees to pay seventy-five million francs as an indemnity for the war, to take no part in a German Confederation, to give up all power over the small principalities of southern Germany, and to allow Prussia to remain in occupation of Bohemia and Moravia, and to retain possession of the Schleswig-Holstein provinces. These are hard terms for Austria, but it is thought better to accept them than con- tinue the war. The sovereigns of the lesser States who have taken part with Austria are fearful of their small territories being claimed by the modern Ceesar. The representatives of Bavaria, Baden Darmstadt, and Saxe Meiningen, have been the first to send in their adherence to Prussia. The King of Hanover's deputy, although tendering his master's apology, was not received at the Prussian Court; there is an evident feeling of cupidity in the mind of the King of Prussia, and he is not by any means satisfied that the Hanoverian jewels should be deposited in the Bank of England before he had a chance of seizing them. ONE great event of the last month is the suc- cessful establishment of telegraphic communica- tion between this country and America. The Atlantic cable has been laid without the slightest hitch in any way; the arrangements were so com- plete that everything went on like clock-work until the shore-line was fixed on the island of Newfoundland; when Mr. Cyrus Field immediately telegraphed to her Majesty Queen Victoria and the Emperor of the French to the following effect, —" Friday evening, eleven p.m. The Atlantic cable is successfully laid. May it prove a blessing to all mankind." Thia b^-S veen receives* the Queen answered as follows" Her Majesty is rejoiced to hear of the successful laying of the Atlantic cable, and hopes it may serve as an ad- ditional bond of union between the United States and England." The communication, however: between Newfoundland and the mainland is not complete at the time we write, and therefore there is not a perfect telegraphic connection be- tween London and New York. The part wanting is being quickly supplied; the space over which the connecting link has to go is only seventy miles, and messages for the time are being con- veyed by means of steamers running from New York to Newfoundland. ACCOUNTS recently received from India of the effect on the public mind out there when the announcement of the suspension of Agra and Masterman's Bank was made, is heartrending. In Calcutta the event created a panic such as has not been experienced for many years. An Indian paper says:— The consternation, dismay, ana sorrow causea oy the event are altogether inconceivable; scarcely any one has escaped, and whilst merchants have lost their deposits and private citizens their little savings, the services, civil and military, have been smitten with a mortal blow. It is pitiful to see old men and widows rushing about consulting friends and lawyers with their tears, and beseeching them to state if everything is lost, or whether they may hope to save something from the wreck. Fathers and husbands who have made remittances for the support of dear ones in Eng- land are saving together funds to make up for the two or three monthly bills which have been converted into waste paper. This suspension in its effects is to India what the South Sea Bubble was to England, and the Mississippi scheme to France." Within a few days after the affair was known in Bombay, no less than seven banks and financial companies established in that city had to be wound up. THE cattle plague, which is fast losing its hold upon the bovine tribe, appears to have attacked the sheep. In the neighbourhood of Bristol it seized upon a flock belonging to Mr. Peters, all of whom had to be destroyed as fast as pits could be dug for them. Three hundred in a day were slaughtered and buried. Within the in- fected radius there are many thousands of sheep, and great anxiety naturally prevails amongst all the farmers in the locality lest the disease should spread. THE report of the Registrar-General as to the health of London is a melancholy document. The total number of deaths in the week ending last Saturday was 2,600-an excess of 1,213 over the estimated number. This excess, says the registrar, is caused entirely by cholera and diarrhoea. There were 904 deaths by cholera, and 349 by diarrhoea Most of the diarrhoea, cases are among children under five years of age. By far the greater part of these deaths have occurred in a limited district of East London supplied with water by the East London Waterworks, which draws its supply from the river Lea. IT is gratifying to find, by a recent report made by the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland, that the schools are better attended, and the scholars make greater progress than formerly. At tee close of the year 1865 the number of schools in operation was 6,372; the average daily attendance of children was 321,209; and the average number on the books, 598,408. There was an increase of 109 schools over the year 1864, and an increase in the daily school attendance of 6,001. The Commissioners further tell us that there are 45 additional national schools now in course of erection. The total number of pupils on the books for the quarter ending March, 1866, were 675,335; of these 551,006 were Roman Catholics, and 45,036 of the Established Church, 74,424 Pres- byterians, and 4,869 other persuasions. THE Queen of the Sandwich Islands is on her way back to her country and to her people. Her Majesty is a great lover of missionaries, and it was to encourage and persuade the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts to send more labourers into the field that in- duced the good Queen to visit us. The Nonconformist, says:—"Her Majesty's mission to the High Churchmen of England has been a failure. Under the highest episcopal and aristocratic patronage, she has attended meet- ings, public and private, in all paits of Eng- land. The Bishop of Oxford has become a Peter the Hermit for her sake, and here, there, and everywhere, has enlarged on the claim of the Sandwich Islands to the support of all High Churchmen. Her Majesty has been away from her country more than a year; her expenses must have been very considerable, yet the whole amount collected for her has been only £5,000, in addition to another X5,000 towards a memorial cathedral." IT is very pleasant to notice the increasing number of flower-shows for the poor which are being held in various districts of England. Some of the most unlikely places have produced really excellent displays. We saw one the other day in a colliery district which astonished us by the dis- play and in no case can the visitor fail to observe the beneficial effect upon the exhibitors. Those who have seen the happy faces of the winners of prizes, the ingenuity displayed in the manufac- ture of receptacles for the mould in which the floral pets may grow, and the cheerfulness, and even manly pride and self-respect, often inspired by the possession of, may be, but one poor little ragged plant, must have felt that exhibitions like these, homely though they be, are powerful instru- ments for good. WE have very little to say about politics. The Government appear to be getting over their busi- ness as fast as possible, to enable them to go down to their grouse shooting on the 12th instant. The conflict between the Government and the Reform League as to the right of meeting in the parks has caused some discussion; but as this will be brought before a legal court, we shall not enter upon arguments here fro or con. The large Agri- cultural-hall was full to overflowing with indignant people on Monday, who assembled to advocate Reform, and to denounce the act of the Govern- ment in shutting out the people from the public parks. AN occurrence took place the other day which reads like a romance. The faithless wife of a Sheffield blacksmith eloped with a station clerk, who had been a lodger in her house. Her husband was elderly, the lodger was young. He persuaded her to draw out £ 40 from the savings bank, to pack up her clothea. ftsiongst wTriott was +.:h- plate, and to accompany -him to Newcastle, where, he represented, a good situation awaited him. On their way they staid at York, and here the faith- less swain abstracted the < £ 40 from his lady love, leaving her locked in the bedroom. Her screams brought up the attendants at the inn, and with some trouble the door was broken open. Con- vinced that she had lost her lover, the lady wended her way to the railway station to look after her boxes, which contained all her own wearing ap- parel, and the good blacksmith's silver spoons. On her arrival she found that these also had. gone, she having confided the "left luggage ticket to her faithless companion. In this dilemma she told her troubles to the police. Nothing, however, could be discovered of the "nice young man," but as the lady had one half-sovereign in her purse she returned to Sheffield to her older but more faith- ful spouse-a sadder, but, we will hope, a wiser woman.


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