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There exists at St. Claude (Jura) a rock, about fifty metres in height, which forms a very picturesque object. It has acquired the name of Saut de la Pucelle, from a circumstance which occurred towards the end of the six- teenth century, when a young girl, accused of witchcraft, was allowed to establish her guilt or innocence by the result of a leap from its summit; and it so happened that her clothes becoming inflated, she was borne as by a bal- loon, and came unhurt to the ground. A few days since a pedler, in a prosperous way of business, but whose head had become rather the worse for the copious liba- tions in which it had been indulging, ascended to the summit, and, exclaiming to some persons near, You shall see now how I am going to settle my affairs," leaped off, and, as might have been expected, was picked up a corpse. CONFLAGRATION AT SMYRNA.—A dreadful conflagra- tion has plunged this town into misery. Smyrna, on Thursday, July 3, so flourishing and so prosperous, was, on the day after, the 4th of July, a mass of cinders and smoking ruins The fire broke out on Thursday, the 3d of July, at half-past six o'clock, in a low cook-shop. Having broken out in one of the closest and most inflam- able portions of the town, and being assisted by a strong north wind, it spread with amazing rapidity in all direc- tions. There was no stone building in the vicinity to arrest it. The fire proceeded in one direction, as far as Tabachana, sweeping away in its passage all the Armenia and some small bazaars. Those of the manufacturers of cloth are saved. On that side it reached several large taverns, where an enormous quantity of spirits gave it fresh force. All the Kenourio-Machala, and the streets which abut on it-Moscow, Sokaki, Abraham, Hopitaux, &c., were soon a prey to the flames. Then passing into the Hadigstan, it opened into the Frank quarter, and there united with the other column of fire which ran down the Khan de Madame. Owing to the exertions that were made the progress of the flames was checked, and the Greek Hospital, close to the Austrian hospital, saved. It had 300 invalids in if. It was the worst fire ever TkU Ahe place' and larger even than that in 1797- l hank God, the English have escaped. Yety few, and those only in rented houses have been burnt out. Great assistance was given by the Austrian corvette and French brig in port. The English men of war were unluckily absent. Some 50 or GO people may have lost their lives. A private letter states-" The Armenians are com- pletely ruined, and how business, with reference to old engagements, will get on I don't know, though not much merchandise has been lost-manufacturers to X 10,000; valania perhaps as much. The religious schisms cause great delay and difficulty in forming a committee of succour. The Sisters of Charity are doing a great deal of good. As yet our English subscription comes up to £ 500. Most of the brokers have lost their all, the savings of many years. The weather is excessively hot and the supply of water very short at Boudja. We also suffer from want of it. A fire in this country is dreadful. Many thousands are compelled to live out in the open air in the gardens, fed by charity, as they must be for some time and the first day or so after the fire no bread was to be had."






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