BOAT ACCIDENT ON THE MERSEY. On Friday afternoon, an accident occurred on the Mersey by which two young men lost their lives and two others were placed in jeopardy. About half-past eleven, two boats belonging to the Athletic Rowing Club left their station at Rock Ferry for a trip up the river towards Runcorn. The boats were two out- riggers—a class of craft ill-adapted for the navigation of such rivers as the Mersey, where the tide runs with I great force—and they were manned, one by three young men, and the other, being a single-oared boat, polled by one man. The boats were returning down the river when the lamentable occurrence took place. The tide about half-past four o'clock, was ebbing very strong, and, in order to avoid the force of the current, the two skiffs kept pretty close to the Lancashire shore. When opposite Hale, the boat which was rowed by one man was caught in a sudden squall, and the force of the wind and tide capsized her. The oc- cupant was thrown into the water, but managed to get hold of the boat, which he clung to, and shouted to his companions who were in the other boat to come to his assistance. They immediately rowed to the place where the man was struggling in the water, and pulled him on board their skiff. The additional weight thus caused was too much for so frail a boat, and the result was that the second skiff was overturned, and the four men left struggling in the water. Some of them clung to the bulwarks of the boat, and one got upon the keel. With the view of getting assistance from any passing boats or vessels in the neighbour- hood, they shouted and waved their hands. They seenij however, to have remained in their perilous position for some time without attracting attention, and two of their number becoming exhausted, let go their hold and were drowned, just as help was at hand. About half-past four o'clock a boat, containing five young men, was proceeding down the river when theii attention was attracted by the cries of the men who were still clinging to the boat and struggling for life in the water. They at Once rowed to their aid, and with considerable difficulty got them on board their boat. The two rescued men were in a very exhausted state, and those who had saved them wrapped them in coats and rendered them every assistance in theii power. They rowed as rapidly as possible to Rock Ferry, where they landed the survivors of the unfor- tunate pleasure party, who were taken to the Rock Ferry Hotel. Duringthe evening the young men were so far recovered as to be able to proceed home. The names of the two unfortunate men who perished were Grundy and Hamilton, and they are said to have been residents at Liverpool.
FOREIGN Mi-S(JEL.L.AH I,_ J A bill has passed the Iowa Senate, allowing women to practise as attorneys. In Onipee, New Hampshire, there it a printing- oftice in which all the labour is performed by the pro- prietress and her daughter. At the last state concert given at the Tuileries, Madlle. Patti told the Empress that she was engaged to marry the Marquis de Caux. The Orchestra be- lieves that she is to be married in the coming autumn, and not to quit the stage till 1870. The Pungolo, of Milan, states that a Milanese pas- trycook, settled at Toulouse, has sent as a present to Prince Humbert two gigantic pates-de-foic-gras, for the royal table on the occasion of the approaching wedding feast. The Geneva workmen have won in the contest with their masters. On the 13th of April they will resume work with diminished hours of labour and increased wages. They are henceforth to work 11 hours per day, and their wages will be increased 10 per cent. The Italia of Naples states that there has just been discovered at Pompeii the impression of a papyrus, the characters of which are perfectly legible. This result is of importance from the fact that no traces of any had been hitherto found in the excavations near Naples, although many were discovered at Hercula- neum. A letter from Constantinople states that Count Ed- mond Zichy has obtained from the Sultan the defini- tive concession of the Eastern Railway, which, start- ing from Constantinople, will pass by Adrianople, Sophia, Tartar-Bazar, and Non-Bazar,with branches to Enos, Salonica, and Varna. When these lines are finished, the traveller will be able to make the jour- ney from Paris to Constantinople in three days ten hours, and from London in three days 18 hours. AN ENGLISHMAN IN FRANCE. — The Paris corres- pondent of the Telegraph writes: — I heard a story to- day which is so good that I must repeat it, and, more- over, I can tell you that it is absolutely true. An English gentleman travelling last week in the south of France encountered a fellow-countryman, and they got a talking" as Mr. Samuel Weller did when he went to Mrs. Bardell's rent. He found that his new acquaintance was not strong in French — indeed, he was very weak, but he said he was "doing all he could to learn." When they arrived at their ultimate station they naturally got out, and began to inquire for luggage. My friend found his after an effort, but that of "Mr. Wood" could notbefound. As the Wood in question was British oak, and could not explain himself, he asked my friend to act for him. He did 80, and the result was no luggage for "W." But," at last shouted the frantic man, "there they are—two portmanteaux, one carpet-bag, one hat-box." "No, my dear sir," said his interpreter, "you really must be wrong; I have looked at that luggage. It belongs to one M. Bois." Of course it does, was the angry reply; "that is mv name — in France; I found it in my dictionary." This is a fact, and before that poor translator gets his goods he will have to endure awful purgatory, and most likely have to pay the expenses of a commission" sent over to England to examine if he really is the English Wood travelling as the Mon- sieur Bois in France.' THE EMPRESS CHARLOTTE. — The Brussels corres- pondent of the Morning Post says: — The glorious weather so fortunate for the flour show at Ghent dur- ing last week, still continues, and the heat of the mid- dle of the day is quite overpowering. The trees on the boulevards begin to be covered with that beauti- ful tint of green peculiar to the first days of spring, and great coats, furs, and umbrellas are getting out of fashion. In vain do the theatres put forth novelties to attract the public, who prefer to linger on the boulevards to being shut up in the close atmosphere of the playhouse. The royal family are taking daily drives and horse exercise amongst their royal subjects and it is most touching to see the Empress Charlotte of Mexico seated in an open carriage, driven by the Queen, saluting with graceful but sad smiles the people, whose idol she is and always has been from her childhood. The Empress is looking very pale, and is dressed in deep mourning. The attention paid to her by the Queen is beyond all praise, and there can be no doubt but that her recovery from the mental prostration brought on by the sad events, so well known to every one, is chiefly owing to the energy and devotion of her royal sister-in-law. The widow of the late General Miramon, the bosom-friend of the late Emperor Maximilian, has arrived here with her children during the last few days, with the intention of making Belgium her permanent home. It is said that she has had an audience at the palace. RECONCILIATION AND ARBITRATION IN BELGIUM. —A Brussels correspondent calls attention to a de. serving institution, established there about ten years since, under the name of "Conseil de Prud'hommes," solely for the purpose of adjusting all matters in dispute between masters and workmen. He says :— It works most excellently, saving a good deal of time, money, ill-feeling, and humiliation to the parties con- cerned. It may be described as divided into two sec- tions—the office of reconciliation and the one of arbi- tration. Whenever a dispute occurs the aggrieved party has only to apply to the first-named office or court, which holds its sittings every Sunday morning, and a message is sent to the opponent to attend at a stated time to meetthe complainant. At this meeting, which is not a public one, both parties are entirely at liberty to make whatever statement they like, after which the Court, composed of one or two masters and an equal number of journeymen, under the guidance of the president or the recorder—as perhaps it would be more proper to style him, in English, a gentleman appointed by the Government—tries to effect a recon- ciliation. Should they fail in this, the case is sent before the other section or tribunal, which holds its sittings twice a month, to which the general public is admitted, and where the contending parties are al- lowed to call witnesses to prove or strengthen their case. No legal gentleman is admitted to act on either side; and it is most pleasing to witness the imparti- ality and the courtesy with which these proceedings are carried on. This court is composed of a larger number of masters and men, but always in equal pro- portion, who, after having heard the statements of the two sides and their witnesses, retire for deliberation, and return into court with their decision, which is final and binding. As above stated, nothing can sur- pass the courtesy observed by the President during these proceedings, so unlike the browbeating and cross-examination in certain courts. Questions of wages and of the customs of each separate trade are submitted to, and regularly sifted by, this authority, the decision of which seems to give satisfaction even to the party condemned to pay the cost. THE POPE AND THE EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA.—The Debats quotes the following extraordinary letter, said to have been addressed by the Pope to the Emperor of Austria. The letter bears the internal evidence of being a hoax, and its authenticity is officially con- tradicted: "Rome, March 23, 1868. My beloved Son, and August Apostolic Majesty,—If the title (Apostolic) which I give you, and which has been accorded you by the Almighty, and by the represen- tatives of the Holy Roman See, does not awake in your heart the sentiments which hitherto have dis- tinguished you among all other monarchs, and which your badly-inspired senators have known how not to extinguish in yon, but to weaken, I, as chief of the great and holy Christian association, believe myself obliged to employ all the means at my disposal, as Vicar of Christ, to bring you back to you rduty. I consider that course the more necessary that I know that all your august family and yourself, oh majesty have in reality only disdain for these concessions which every Christian will reprove. You, oh ma- jesty, have believed, in the midst of the circum- stances occurring, that your duty required that you should conform to the exigencies of modern demands, and instead of grasping with a hand of iron the reins of government in your empire, you have allowed them to float inert. And now you can no longer repress the factions which at this moment no longer pray, as they ought to do, but menace your Majesty. Con. tent these profane desires, since you think yourself obliged to bow to the will of savage meu, losing at the same time the respect you owe to the will of God! Destroy, thanks to the new laws which you are preparing to sanction, the religious sentiments and the confidence of the world, by sapping in that way the principal base of a regular state—namely, morality; and by drawing down on yourself the celestial wrath as well as our own andthat of all good and true Christians! You, sire, iu the desire you have to retain your Crown, deny the Almighty who accorded it to you; in orderto satisfy your rebellious subjects, you expose your august children to the thunderbolts of Heaven, and you do not reflect, sire, that these means do not content an irritated people, but awake in them the determination to obtain still more. You will, therefore, remain in face of a men- acing popujation, without being sustained by a pure corsctonce,andwitbouttho supportofthe church. Yon have rejected the prayers of your august family and of able men, m ordoT to follow thecouuse19 of your pro. sont ministers, and yon have turned a deaf ear to the advicewhich mynnncio at Vienna has given you on my part. In spite of all this, I once more implore yon, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, torememborthe word'Apostolic' which distinguishes your title to fellow the exampleofthe holyApostles who shed their blood for their religion to not belio an appellation the ambition of every. Christian, and which was accorded to your ancestor of Hapsbnrg, because he had known how not only to exalt, but still more to defend the sacred faith which procures eternal happiness. Do not only think of yourself, sire. Cast also a glance on your numerous family, on your consort, who is awaiting a painful but happy event; reflect, sire, that all these persons will here- after lay on yon the responsibility of the disasters which may arise from your present course of action. Finally, think of the old Pope who speaks to you, of the outrages he has had to undergo from those whom he believed entirely devoted to him, and I am per- suaded that you will hesitate to fill his cup with bitterness by obliging him to change the benedictions which he has ready for you and y ours to so many just excommunications. In the meantime, I continue to address the ardent prayers on your behalf to the Almighty, in order that he may enlighten your wiud. and I bless you paternally.—p^us lX."
The American frigate Franklin, with Admira) Farragut and the corvette Tieonderoga have arrived at Malta from Syracuse. The authorities at Malta have received orders to show them marked attention. The Times' Philadelphia correspondent says that the Erie Railway War" yet continues. All attempts at compromise have failed, and each side is adopting every conceivable plan for the injury of the other. I The proprietor of the Philadelphia Public Ledge has erected new premises for that journal. To pass round all the above ground apartments constitutes a journey of 1,798 yards, or rather more than a mile. L'Herculaneum," of Felicien David, is in prepara tion at the Opera, Paris, and will be produced as soon as the engagement of Madame Nilsson is over the performances of "Hamlet" are in consequence sus- pended. Advices from the Mauritius, dated March 12, state that a hurricane had taken place off that island, by which 14 ships were driven ashore, and the sugar cropa damaged. The epidemic in the neighbourhood had, not disappeared.
CURIOUS CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY. At the Birmingham Quarter Sessions on Monday, before Mr. A. R. Adams, the Borough Recorder, two young men named George Syron and Henry Stone were charged with conspiring to procure the escape from prison of the second named prisoner (Stone), mder the following singular circumstances — It ap. peared that on the 23rd of December last, the two pri. soners had been convicted at the Police Court of some petty offence, for which they were sentenced — Syron to seven days, and Stone to three months' imprison- ment, respectively. Stone was particularly anxious to evade the full period of incarceration that had been assigned to him, and with this view, by the promise of a sum of £20, he succeeded in inducing Syron to agree to a plan by which each should per- sonate the other, and thus exchange sentences, a plan which seemed capable of being carried out, as they were both about the same age, and not unlike each other in personal appearance. In accordance with this plan, while the prisoners were being conveyed from the Police Court to the Borough Gaol in the prison van, they managed to dress themselves in each other's clothes, without the change being noticed by the officials in charge of the van. On being handed over to the prison authorities each answered to the other's name, and the deception was not discovered until afterwards. Both prisoners pleaded guilty, and were sentenced—Stone to six months and Syron to two months' imprisonment.
WIFE MURDER AT DONCASTER. On Monday afternoon, about half-past four o'clock, a shocking murder was perpetrated at Doncaster. It appears that a number of Irish, residing at Moss's- yard, Sepulchre-gate, had been drinking. Amongst them was a young man, named James Burke, and his wife, aged respectively 24 and 28 years. On return- ing home Burke and his wife quarrelled — a not un- usual thing with them—and he struck her and kicked her in a most brutal manner. Finally, he hit her a fearful blow on the mouth, which felled her to the ground, and she never rose again. Death, if not in- stantaneous, followed in a very few seconds. Her mother, who was also in a state of intoxication and scarcely able to understand the dreadful tragedy which had been enacted, bent over the body to raise it, but life was extinct. A young man named Booth, who happened to be passing, came in, and at once saw that all human aid was unavailing. Burke, then in an excited manner, asked, "Is she dead ?' adding, I believe she is!" At length the truth appeared to dawn upon a brain half maddened with drink, and in a wild manner he rushed about the room, crying out, She is dead she is dead!" At length he was persuaded to sit down, and then he said, She is dead, but I havn't done it, although I know I shall swing for it." The police were at once communica- ted with, and Mr. Gregory, the superintendent, and Mr. Fairbank, the police surgeon, were speedily on the spot. Just before they arrived Burke ran out of the house to some of the neighbours up the yard, his house being the first in Moss's-yard, and he was just returning when the police were entering upon see- ing them he started back, but before he could offer to make his escape he was taken into custody, and con- veyed to the police cells. Burke and his wife have been married for several years, but do not appear to have lived very happily together, fighting and brawling being a common oc- currence in fact, the neighbours wonder that some- thing of this kind has not happened before. They have had several children, one of which is at present living with a sister, and at the time of her death the woman was far advanced in pregnancy. She has a severe mark upon the chin, where the blow which immediately preceded death was struck, and upon her forehead is another mark, as if caused by a blow.
THE LATE MARQUIS OF SALISBURY. The Marquis of Salisbury, whose death was an- nounced on Monday, was the only son of James, first Marquis of Salisbury, by his wife, Lady Mary Emily Hill, second daughter of Wills, the first Marquis of Downshire. He was born April 17th, 1791, conse- quently had he lived a few days longer he would have attained his 77th year. He succeeded to the family honours on the death of his father, June 13th, 1823. The deceased Marquis was twice married — first, on February 2nd, 1821, to Frances Mary, only daughter and heir of Mr. Bamber Gascoigne, which lady died October 15th, 1839; and secondly, he married, April 29th, 1847, Lady Mary Catherine Sackville-West, the second daughter of Earl Dela-Warr. By his first mar- riage he leaves surviving issue Lady Mildred, married to Mr. Beresford Hope, M.P.; Lady Blanche, widow of Mr. James Maitland Balfour, of Whittinghame; Viscount Cranborne, M.P. for Stamford; and Lord Eustace Cecil, M.P. for South Essex. By his second marriage His Lordship leaves issue three sons, viz. Lord Sackville, Lord Arthur, and Lord Lionel Cecil, and Ladies Mary Arabella and Margaret Elizabeth Cecil. The Marquis of Salisbury was appointed lord lieutenant of the county of Middlesex on the resigna- tion of the late Duke of Portland; was made D.C.L. at Oxford in 1834; and was created a knight of the Garter in 1842. He had been colonel of the Herts Militia since 1851; and was major of the South Herts Yeomanry Cavalry from 1847 to 1854. He was ap- pointed a deputy lieutenant of Argyleshire in 1859 and on the resignation of the late Lord Dacre was un-1 animously elected chairman of the Herts quarter ses- sions. The late Marquis accepted office in the Earl of Derby's first Administration in 1852 as lord privy seal; and again in Lord Derby's Government from February, 1858, to June, 1859, was lord president of the Council. The deceased nobleman, it is almost unnecessary to say, was a staunch and consistent Con- servative in politics, and a supporter of the agricul- tural interest. Viscount Cranborne, M.P. by the death of his father, succeeds to the ancestral honours and large landed property. The present peer was born February 3rd, 1830, and married July 11th, 1857, Georgina Caroline, eldest daughter of Sir E. H. Alder-1 son, one of the barons of the Exchequer. He was edu- cated at Eton and Christchurch, Oxford, and obtained a fellowship at All Souls in 1858. His Lordship has been member for Stamford since 1853.
Mdlie. Schneider, the Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, contemplates a temporary retirement from the stage to gain repose. Baboo Keshub Chunder Sen, the leader of Brah- moism, has been preaching to verylarge audiences in Benares and other places. Four young women are preparing for the practice of medicine at Zurich, in Switzerland. Three of them are English and one a Swiss. A handsome lady in New York, aged 25, now enjoys the privilege of a fourth husband, having been three times divorced since she was eighteen. "King Lear," has been produced at the Odeon, Paris. M. Jules Lacroix has imitated Shakespere, or ra. ther he has created a French Roi Lear. Patsy Evans," known in prize-fighting circles as "The Rondout Giant," has been elected to fill the position of constable in Kingston, N.Y. Accounts from the south and south-east of France complain of a long-continued drought. No' rain tc •:neaLk"uf has fallen during the last two months. Lord Boyne has presented thirty acres of land on each bank of the river Wear as a public park for Wil. lington. A second vacancy occurs among the naval aides-de- camp to the Queen by the death of Captain Henry Caldwell, C.B. Captain Neil, the governor of Hull Gaol, has resign- ed his office. The appointment is in the hands of the justices, who have forbidden canvassing. The Leeds and Liverpool Carrying Company were fined, on Saturday, in the full penalty of £10 and costs, for illegally placing more than 6,0001b of gun- powder on one of their flats at Liverpool. The powdei was stowed on board the flat within four feet of the chimney, the cabin fire being burning at the time. The defendants a short time ago removed five tons of gunpowder under similar circumstances, and they had been cautioned on the subject. The Magistrate expressed his regret that he was not able to double the fine. CURIOUS GOOD FRIDAY BEQUESTS.—In years long since passed away many of our forefathers appear tc have entertained some very strange notions as to the mode of distributing their surplus cash. As, for in- stance, an inhabitant of a city parish, who lived about four centuries ago, left six or eight shillings to be ex- pended annually in the purchase of faggots with which to burn heretics. Another testator, one Peter Symonds by will dated 1586, left a sum of money that a sermon might be preached every Good Friday in the Church of All Hallows, Lombard street, and at the close of the service it provides that a penny and a packet of raisins or plums shall be given to each of 60 of the younger scholars of Christ s Hospital who shall at- tend such service. This custom was observed on Friday last. The prayers were read by the Rev. M. W. Lusignan, and the sermon preached by the rector the Rev. C. Mackenzie. At the close of the service seve- ral other children participated in the gift, and a num- ber of poor persons received money and bread. In the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great a donor un- known, left a small sum of money to be distributed over his tomb on Good Friday. That tomb is now gone, and on Friday the Rev. J. Abbiss, after perform- ing divine service in the ancient church, came out into the footpath leading to the church, and upon a flat stone there threw down 24 sixpences, which were eagerly picked up by a similar number of old ladies who had been previously selected to receive the gift. —City Press. STAMP DFSTR'BUTTRS.—A parliamentary return just issued shows that in the financial year 1866.7 the stamp distributor at Manchester received £ 213,374 o the public revenue; the amount of poundage allowed him was £ 2,413. He gives a security for £ 40,000. him was .62,413. He gives a security for €40,000. The stamp distributor at Liverpool is described as- being collector of Inland Revenue the amount re- ceived by him in the year was £177,300. He gives security for only £6,000. The stamp distributor at Birmingham received £95,505' the poundage allowed him was £1,624. He gives security for £26,000. At Leeds the amount received was ,£49,n49; the pound- age £853, security given for £15000. At Newcastle and at Bristol the stamp distributor is described as collector of Inland Revenue; the amount received at the former place was £59,954, at the latter .€49,227 each distributor gives security for £3,000. At Wake- field the receipts amounted to £69,546; the poundage was £598; the security is for £15 300. At Chester the receipts were £4J ,8181 the ponndage allowed was £874; security, £34,000. At Belfast the receipts were £51,047; the poundage as much as £1,964; the se- curity given was for ,£8,000. At Edinburgh and Glas- gow the stamp distributor is described us collector of luland revenue; at the former city he received £573,482 at the latter £825,O!)fl; the Glasgow distributor gives security for only €5,000. nothing is said of the securi- ty given by the Edinburgh official. The Dundee dis. tributor received £55,755, and was paid by a salary of £1"61; the Ayr distributor received only £47,708, but his salary was £],159; f.he Perth distributor received £45,604, with a salary of €845 the Aberdeen distri- butor received £ 95,485, has a salary of £1,1!)4, and g ves security for £ 10,000. The total gross ravnimn from stamps in the year w», JLI>,013,347.
EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF BIGAMY. At the Central Criminal Court, on Saturdays Eliza" beth, otherwise, Rebecca Fox, a well-dressed young woman, was charged with bigamy. The prisoner was first married to Mark Fox, a butcher, at Colchester, on the 21st of June, 1855, her maiden name being Mallett. In February, 1862, she was again married to Joseph Andrew Moore, a sergeant m the Royal .Artillery, at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Chapel at Woolwich. In September, 1863, about 18 months after the second marriage, she went to Colchester to see if her first husband, who was alleged to have ill- treated her very much, was living; and finding he was, she returned and told her second husband that he was. After [that, Moore and she lived together "as brother and sister," according to his account, for about three years, and he left her altogether in May, 1866. The second husband, Moore, a dashinjp looking sergeant, wearing a military cape over his uniform, was subjected to a rigid cross-examination by Mr. Straight, the object being to show that the sole motive for the prosecution was his desire to get rid of his wife, if she was his wife, and to marry again. Being asked if he knew a Miss Fortune, he said that he did as a friend or an acquaintance, but had never proposed to marry her. He wanted to be at liberty to marry if he wished, and very likely there was some one whom he would marry if the prisoner were con- victed. He had been keeping company with a person. He was shown a number of letters addressed by him to the prisoner after their separation, which he ad- mitted to be his handwriting. These the prisoner's counsel read at length, and it appeared from them the witness had, after they separated, made a sort of con- fidante of her in seeking another wife. In one, speak- ing of a yonng woman whom he named, he said she was rather deficient in mental capacity." He went on to say, in effect, that the prisoner knew he was hard to please in that respect, and he supposed he need not ask her to assist him, adding a quotation from Ecclesiastics, that a good wife was a valuable portion, and would be given to him that feared the Lord—to a good man for his good deeds. In a lettei he addressed to the prisoner on the 29th of April he advised her, as it would be the last he would write to her, "to draw nearer to God, who was the source of all happiness." In another, written to her on the 1st of J an., he said, "Grace is something like health; we cannot appreciate its value until we lose it." He recommended her to go into service, and said the sin he had committed on last boxing-night had made his heart heavier than usual. He then added, I cannot marry her until my marriage with you is annulled, and you said you would render me any assistance you could to get it annulled and as I think it is a duty you owe me, I will let you know in my next what you can do." Being a Roman Catholic, he said, he had got permission to write to her. Asked, in fur- ther cross-examination, if he was not now about to be married, he said he was not. She told me in 1859," he said, "she had been married. I was a lib- ertine at that time I acknowledge. She told me her husband had married her in a false name on purpose, and that he was since dead. I was a Protestant then.' —Mr. Straight: Then. becauseyou were a Protestant you were a libertine ?"—Witness I had not be- come a member of the Roman Catholic Church at that time, nor until I had reformed altogether.—(A laugh.) He continued to say, the prisoner, at her own suggestion, went to Colchester to ascertain wbethei her husband was dead or not. She had married wit- ness in her maiden name, and after he married her he endeavoured to make her an honest woman." He became acquainted last Christmas twelvemonth with Miss Fortune. I have been in the habit," he con- tinued, taking a book from his pocket, of keeping a diary."—Mr. Straight: Oh! have you? Let us see it, if you please.—The witness said he should take hit counsel's advice before he did that.—Mr. Griffiths, for the prosecution, interposed, and its production was not pressed. Being re-examined, witness said after he married her he endeavoured to make her a religious woman, but with very little success.—(A laugh.) He did not know she was a married woman when he married her. In consequence of a strong conviction that there was something pressing on hei conscience which prevented her becoming religious, he questioned her, and then she suggested she should go to Colchester and see if her husband was dead.— By the Commissioner: The prisoner was received into the Catholic Church before her marriage with me, but not very long. I don't think she ever weni to communion. She went to confession, and aftei that I have never got her to go again.—(Laughter.) Mr. Straight read the following letter, addressed by Moore to the prisoner, and dated March 11 last, the evening before her arrest:—" Dear Lizzie,—I shall come up to see you on next Thursday evening, at seven o clock. You need not wait tea, as I shall have my tea before I come. I have something to propose to you which I think you will accede to, as you say that you are getting tired of London.—I remain, with kind love, yours sincerely? ALFRED."—The Jury, after a few minutes' deliberation, returned a verdict of not guilty. The announcement was received with some applause, which was with difficulty suppressed.
The death of Mr. Copeland, alderman of the city of London, is announced. Deasy is at present living in New York, and has lately been making Fenian addresses in various parts 0.# tho oQU ntrv The British Mediterranean squadron, under the command of Lord Paget, will leave Malta on the 18th instant, accompanied by the Swedish corvette Geple for a cruise off the coast of Syria and the Levant' The squadron will return to Malta ahxfttt the end of J une. Russian papers gladly notice the fact that the Czare- witch, on his recent visit to Berlin, was present at s sitting of the Federal Parhament. It is said to be th, first time that a Russian Prince has condescended tc confer such an honour upon a modern parliamentary assembly. A series of concerts, ancient and modern, is an- nounced, under distinguished patronage, in lieu of the revival of the ancient concerts and which were sug- fested in 1867. Herr Schachner will be the conductor iord W. Lennox the honorary secretary, and Mr! Thomas Ward, the secretary. An Englishman, named Alfred Oldstock, leaped into the waters of the Hudson, from a Jersey Citv ferryboat on the 29th ult., and when fished out bi the deck-hands, said he had taken the cold bath under the impression that he was "retreating from the Fe- nians. He was suffering from an attack of delirium tremens» A Mr. Collins and his wife have made the overland journey from Bankok to Moulmein in 48 days. ThE distance travelled was 650 miles. Mr. Collins says the journey ought to be accomplished in from 15 to 16 days. Her Majesty's Theatre is to be rebuilt. The Prince of Wales will lay the first stone on his return from Ireland. Mr. Charles Lee is to be the architect, and the cost is to be jE65,000, which is covered by the in- surances. THE TICHBORNE BARONETCY. — There is reason to believe that this extraordinary affair will be settled soon, as a bill in Chancery has been filed by the guar- dians of the infant baronet, Sir J. A. D. Tichborne. against the claimant to the estates, for a receiver tc be appointed for the collection and preservation of thf goods and effects which belonged to the late Dowagej Lady Tichborne. The claimant has just purchased a house at New Alresford, close to the Tichborne estates, the furnishing of which is now being completed, anc when finished the claimant will enter thereon. The long delay in the time has been caused, to a certain extent, by the necessity of obtaining evidence fron Australia, but the Commissioner appointed to visil that country has now returned.—Morning Post. PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS. — At the Central Criminal Court, on Saturday, Mr. Robert W. Olliver, the fore man of the petty jury, handed in a document signed by the whole of them, to the Recorder, recommendint, to the special consideration of the Court, as the result of their practical experience in the discharge of theii dutes, the institution of a public prosecutor it beint their opinion that important cases for the Crowt would by that means be more carefully prepared thai the ends of justice would be more fully and satis factorily met, and that eminent counsel into whost hands depositions only were placed at a moment's no tice would thereby be relieved of the anxiety and great responsibility enforced upon them from want ofpropei opportunity to study the all-important interests com- mitted to their charge. — The Recorder said Mr. Justice Keating had also called his attention to the subject, and the recommendation would be forwarded to the proper quarter. MR. ADAMS AND THE ENGLISH COURT. — The Philadelphia correspondent of the Times writes: — The course of Mr. Adams in recently declining to appear at the English Court in the plain dress prescribed b) Congress for American diplomatic representatives abroad has occasioned spme comment here. Mr. Adams's conduct is generally approved, and it is un- derstood that his course is sustained by the Secretary of State. Senator Sumner, however, who is the au- thor of the Act which passed Congress relative to this matter, with Senator Chandler and some others are indignant that Mr. Adams should, as they term it' have disiegarded the law of Congress. It is probable that, were not the Impeachment trial so pressing, something would be said upon the subject in debato! Mr. Adams is secure in the general approval of his countrymen, for there is no trait of the American character more developed than that which teaches them when abroad to do as others do and not to risk insult by aping a factitious simplicity. Two BROTHERS DROWNED AT BRIGHTON. — A melancholy accident happened at Brighton on Good Friday evening. Mr. Richard Seaton, a commercial traveller, residing in New Kent-road, London, being at Brighton, invited his brother, Mr. Wm. Seaton, a teacher at a Brighton educational establishment, to dine with him at his hotel. After dinner a row on the water was proposed, and the brothers took with them another commercial traveller, Mr. W. H. Silk, of Almora.street, Islington, whom they had met at the hotel table. They hired a licensed boat, and put off. The watermen's bye-laws at Brighton enact that every licensed boat shall bave a waterman onboard when on hire but the waterman who owns this boat excused himself on the ground that Mr. Wm. Seaton was in treaty for its purchase, and wished to try it without the owner being on board. Mr. Silk and Mr. William Seaton rowed, but when the boat had got about 100 yards to seaward of the Chain Pier, Richard Seaton, who was steering, said he felt cold, and should like a turn at the oar. His brother, who rowed at the bow, said he might take that seat. They got up to change places, but both being on the same side they overbalanced the craft, which capsized, and threw all three into the water. They managed to keep afloat for some time, and their cries for help attract- ed the attention of persons promenading on the chain pier. It being nearly dead low water at the time, and the pleasure traffic caused by the excursion trains bei ng at an end for the day, assistance was not so soon forthcoming as it would be under ordinary circum- stances. Thus, when a boatman named Markwick reached the spot, he found only Mr. Silk on the sur- face. The two brothers had both sunk and were drowned. Mr. Silk was very exhausted, but is now convalescent. The wind was blowing off shore at the time, and it may be that a sudden gnst aided the catastrophe, the hoat being at the timu too far out to have tho ImeSi oc the laud shelter.
SUPPOSED MURDER IN LINCOLNSHIRE A shocking affair occurred at New Holland, on the Lincolnshire side of the Humber, on Friday night. About nine o'clock, a watchman on board the Man- chester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway Com- pany's steamer Magna Charta saw some one struggling in the water alongside the railway pontoon, and drift- ing downward, it being ebb-tide. He alarmed the crew, who thereupon steamed towards the spot indi- cated. A woman was crying loudly for help, and be- fore they could get up to her she sank. The vessel re- mained about for some time, but nothing more was seen of the woman. On returning to the pontoon the crew found several men in a state of intoxication. They interrogated these men as to whether they knew anything about a woman having fallen overboard from the pier; and at length one of them began to cry, and said, "It's my Poll." On being further questioned, he said he had kept company1 with the woman for twelve months. Three of the men were given into custody on a charge of being concernedin the woman's death. It is said that a boy saw the men throw the woman over a palisading 5ft. high into the river, and that two of them were seen handling her roughly just before the alarm was raised. The woman is known as Polly Bishop. She was 24 years old, and was an "unfortunate, residing at Hull. She and three men left Hull at two o'clock on Friday, for New Holland. They several times quarrelled, and blows were ex- changed. The men in custody are John Coleman, fisherman; George Stathens, labourer; and Thomas Henry Stamp, who lived with the deceased. On Satur- day they were brought before the magistrates on a charge of wilful murder, and remanded.
EASTER DAY AT ST. ALBAN'S, LONDON. Though the recent decision in the Court of Arches has robbed the ritualists of their most beautiful, significant, and expressive symbolical rite," the use of incense, their service is in its general features un- impaired. The proceedings at what is called the high celebration at St. Alban's, on Sunday morning, will illustrate to what extent the simple liturgy of the Church of England may be presented with spec- tacular surroundings that seem akin to another faith. And the service at St. Alban's is not altogether ex- ceptional in half-a-dozen other Protestant churches, either in or around London, there are the same ex- tremes, the same appeals to the eye and to the ear, and the same general resemblances to the wor- ship of the Church of Some. On Sunday last, all of those churches were crowded; but, perhaps, none more so than St. Alban's. The appearance of the place and the worshippers was greatly altered from what was seen on Good Friday. The sombre dra- peries in the chancel, the deep mourning displayed by the congregation, and the dirge-like music, give palace to strains of joyous praise, gay fashionable attire, and in the chancel there was such a display of flowers and candles that as to the latter one was almost led to think the recent decision in favour of lights had led the church chandler to present his whole stock in trade as an Easter offering. The flowers, also, which were mostly bouquets, were doubtless gifts from the congregation. Under the frescoes behind the super- altar was a very large white cross, studded with what appeared to be gems, and flanking each side of it was a tall white silk screen trimmed with scarlet, and surmounted by a row of candles. As an exhibition the chancel was certainly a specimen of very chaste decoration, and harmonised with the rich marbles and mosaics that adorned the surrounding walls. The pulpit also was decorated with a blue silk hanging, and behind it was reared a tall banner representing the Ascension of our Lord. The font was florally de- corated. Prayers commenced at half-past ten o'clock, and the stalls were occupied by a strong choir, arrayed in the usual short surplice and cassock, and by half a dozen priests, wearing surplices, hoods, and white silk stoles. The music was gregorian, and many of the con- gregation were provided with illuminated or illus- trated service books, some in old black-letter, and nearly all were provided with hymnals. At the con- 'clusion of the prayers, an attendant lighted two tall candles on the super altar, and the choir and priests adjourned to the vestry, and formed a procession. As the latter marched down the north aisle, up the cen- tre of the nave, and into the chancel again, a proces- sional hymn was sung by the choir and people in al- ternate verses. A large cross banner was carried at the head of the procession, in the middle of the pro- cessionists was a banner, of the Virgin and near the end was a banner, apparently of St. Alban, the patron saint of the church. As they moved along the aisles each of the choir carried a small bouquet, and the three priests who were to officiate at the table were attired in gorgeous vestments of cloth of gold. The Rev. A. H. Mackonochie, as the officiating priest, wore a chasuble ornamented behind with a Latin cross. The two priests who acted as the deacon and sub-deacon wore dalmatics, of the same colour and material as the vestment of the officiating priest. — The sermon was preached by one of the clergy con- nected with the church, and in many respects it was a remarkable production. It was a much better and more thoughtful composition than is generally heard in the churches of the ritualists, though its doctrine of course belonged to the ritualistic order. It had little connection with the text, and its main points tended to show the importance of the traditions of.the Church or, as the preacher put it, what the Church said to the world, and how the world received the same. The sermon was concluded with a very able exhortation. In the celebration which followed the sermon there was no mixed chalice, and no use of incense. Several boys n surplices and scarlet cassocks assisted at the credience table, and below the foot-place, and the two acolytes who have hitherto carried the pthurible and the navicnla, were also there, but their occupation was gone; their pre- sence and their violet cassocks added, however, to the varieties of colour that were grouped before the great centre of attraction. The day's offertories were given to the perpetual curate.
Madame Elise Polko, one of the minor lights of German literature, has produced "Recollections of Mendelsshon," which have been published by Her! Brockhaus, at Leipzig. New York City is to have a new Post Office. The building will be of white marble, will cover 2 fc" acrei of ground, will be triangular in shape, and will cost not less than £8,500,000. A Boston (U.S.) numismatist recently purchased a silver dollar of the coinage of 1804 for the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars. Only three dollars were coined in that year. The emancipated serfs are peaceably settling down, and their labour will, in the course of a few years, sensibly increase the volume of agricultural produc tions.—British Consul at Taganrog. The Emperor of Austria has conferred upon Sir Henry James, the gold medal for science and art, and the Imperial Geographical Society of Russia have elected him One of its corresponding members. Notice has been given in the Dublin Corporation, by Mr. Lombard, that in July next he will propose that Mr. Alexander Sullivan, of the Nation (now in orison) be elected Lord Mavor for the year 1869. The Earl of Scarborough has presented the Rev. P. Dicken to the vicarage of Stainton-by-Longworth. A WOMAN THROWN OUT OF A WINDOW. — At the Glasgow Central Police-Court, on Saturday, a man named James Stirling, and a woman named Mary Goodwin, were remitted to the Sheriff, charged with a serious assault on a female, Mrs. Cohen, residing No. 47, Rotten-row. It appears that the two had been visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Cohen. About nine o'clock, over their potations, a quarrel ensued, on which prisoners opened a window, seized Mrs. Cohen, and pitched her out, and she fell on the footpath below, a distance of 15 feet. The husband, unable to prevent prisoners from their purpose, locked the door outside, keeping them under lock and key till he alarmed the police, who found the woman lying bleeding and almost senseless. FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT AT DERBY. — On Saturday afternoon a melancholy boat accident, with the loss of life, occurred on the river Derwent. George Groves twellty-one yenrs ot age, and a companion, engaged a pleisnre boat, but had only proceeded as far as a place known as the "dead waters," some short distance past the "Boat House," when, from some unexplained cntise, the boat capsized, and both youngfellows were thrown into the river. Both struggled foraconsider- »ibl3 time, and as one was making towards the side of the embankment the other jumped upon his back, an< the consequence was that both instantly sank. 111 Lho presence of some men who had been attracted to he spot by the cries of distress, each rose again to ^surface, and it was quite apparent that the de rrsed was totally exhausted, and before help could •w>ro dered he sank a third time, whilst his compa- for'nnately escaped. The body was subsequently Covered.
GENERAL NEWS. Rich deposits of antimony have been discovered In Cedar County, Missouri. No Thoroughfare," under the title of L'Abime is in rehearsal at the Porte St. Martin, Paris. M. Leon Pillet, formerly director of the Opera at Paris, is dead. He was in his sixty-fifth year. During the past week 38 wrecks have been report- ed, making for the present year a total of 664. It is said that M. Ricci has been assured, from St. Petersburg, the sum of 20,000f. for a new opera. H II Trovatore, was, the other evening, played and sung by amateurs, in the Theatre Royal, Dublin. Mr. Barry Sullivan has been seized with a serious illness. The malady is said to be inflammation of the lungs. A bill is pending before the New York Legislature prohibiting the marriage of first cousins under a heavy penalty. It is estimated that emigrants are going to Wiscon- sin at the rate of a thousand a week, although the season has scarcely opened. The Times says we are requested to contradict the report of Lord March's intended marriage with Miss Ricardo, which has appeared in some of our contem- poraries. The Dublin Exhibition building has been bargained for by the Government for 46,000. The directors asked JE60,000, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer declined. The consecration of Archdeacon Harris as bishop of Gibraltar will take place at Canterbury Cathodal on the 1st proximo. Should an appointment be made meanwhile to the see of Mauritius, the two consecra- tions will take place together. By the death of Sir H. D. Chads, G.C.B., an ad- miral's good service pension is vacant; and Vice-Ad- miral the Earl of Lauderdale, K.C.B. becomes ad- miral; Rear Admiral Kenry Kellet, C.B. superinten- dent of Malta dockyard, becomes vice-admiral; and Captain J. W. Tarleton, C.B., controller-general of the coastguard service, becomes rear-admiral. It is reported that the Prince and Princess of Wales will nay a second visit to Ireland in August next, and will be present at the National Cattle Show of the Royal Agricultural Society at Londonderry. Their royal highnesses will be the guests of the Lord-Lieu- tenant and the Marohioness of Abercorn, at Baron Court. The authorities of the British Museum, we hear' are treating for the purchase of the large Japanese library of the late Mr. Von Siebold. The latter gen- tleman was long resident in Japan, and possessed the privilege, rarely accorded to foreigners, of collecting books in that country. During his lifetime he made a cession of a number of books to the Dutch Govern- ment. His remaining library consists of several thousand volumes, exclusively in Japanese, on liter- ary, scientific, and historical subjects, of which a French and English catalogue is being compiled, under the care of M. Fotheringham, Professor of the University of France, assisted by a learned Japanese, who has accompanied Mr. Von Siebold to Lurope. This catalogue when completed will afford a key to the hitherto little known subject of Japanese litera ture.—A thenceum. SHOCKING GUN ACCIDENT.—A shocking gun acci- dent occurred on Saturday morning, at Lymm, near Warrington. About nine o'clock Mr. Brigham, the widow of the late Dr. Brigham, who resided at Rush Green, was in the breakfast room in company with her son-in-law, M. Herreon, a French Consul. M. Perreon was cleaning a revolver, and Mrs. Brigham expressing a desire to see how it was loaded, he hand- ed the revolver to her, at the same time describing the way of loading the weapon. Mrs. Brigham then returned it to M. Peeron, but she had no sooner done so than the weapon went off, and the ball entered her left temple and killed her instantly. The unfortu- nate lady was about to start for London, in company with her son-in-law and daughter, who had just re- turned from their marriage tour. SINGULAR PROCEEDINGS AT A WORKHOUSE.—A< the Nottingham Police Court, on Saturday morning, Mr. Heath, solicitor, attended with Mr Hardy, mastei of the Nottingham Union Workhouse, and stated that, during Mr. Hardy's absence from the Union, on Thurs- day, Mr. Dunnington, a member of the Board of Guar- dians, entered the workhouse, in company with a friend named Jarvis, and visited the men's lunatic ward, where they found àperson whom Mr. Dunning- ton knew. He told him that he had no business there, that he was imprisoned, and that he would set him at liberty. They took the man away. The porter at the lodge was out, but his assistant refused to let the lunatic pass without a proper order. Jarvis pushed the man aside, and they then left the place and wenf to a public-house close by. In a short timetheyagah went to the workhouse for the lunatic's clothes. Mrs, Hardy came upon the scene, and a great uproar en- sued. Mr. Dunnington insisted upon taking the man away, although he had been taken back to his ward. Mr. Heath applied for a summons against Jarvis foi assaulting the porter, and against Mr. Dunnington foi being an accessory, and another against the latter fox assaulting Mrs. Hardy in attempting to remove the lunatio. The summonses were granted. THE QUEEN AND THE IRISH CHURCH—The Lon- don correspondent of the lrish Times says:—"I un- derstand that the Queen has addressed an autograph letter to Lord Westbury. Her Majesty, in anticipa- tion of being called upon by an address from one branch of the legislature to place at the disposal of parliament her interest in the temporalities of the archbishoprics, bishoprics, and other ecclesiastical dignities and benefices in Ireland and in the custody thereof,' is naturally anxious to have the soundest and most experienced advice on the course she should pursue and, among others, she enlists the able as well as matured judgment of one who, when the keeper of her conscience, originated the Augmenta- tion of Benefices Act. Other law lords, including the present Lord Chancellor, and the most eminent ecclesiastical and constitutional, lawyers, have been directed to forward their opinions for the royal guidance on specified branches of the questions raised by Mr. Gladstone's second and third resolutions ano if the Liberal leader pertinaciously proceeds this ses- sion beyond the first resolution, I have heard it said in quarters entitled to credit, that so strongly does the Sovereign feel an ill-timed party attempt to re- strict her spiritual functions in the House of Com- mons, ahe will summon to personal conference not only the Premier and the leading members of her cabinet, but those judicial statesmen and profound lawyers whose written opinions she has commanded to be placed before her. WILLS AND BEQUESTS. — The will of the Hon. Sir Matthew Richard Sausse, Knight, Q.C., formerly Chief Justice of Bombay, and a member of the Indian Council, late of Dublin, was proved in the London Court on the 20th ult. The personalty in this country was sworn under £12,000. He leaves to his wife, the Hon. Charlotte Henrietta Sausse, who is well pro- vided for under settlement, an immediate legacy of £500; to his sister Ellen, jE400 a year; to the trustees of Wadding's Poor-house, £500; tot.heRoman Catho- lic Vicar Apostolic of Bombay, £500. He bequeaths, on the decease of. his brother, £1,000 to each of his three nieces, Jacantina, Margaretta, and Eliza Orr, and an additional legacy of £1,000 to the youngest. He leaves J6200 to be divided equally between the Sis- ters of Charity and the Sisters of Mercy and JE200 foi masses for his own soul and of those of the family deceased. The will of Arthur Anderson, Esq., F.S.A. late M.P., of the Grove, Norwood, was proved in Lon- don on the 26th ult., under £120,000 personalty. He has left liberal legacies to personal friends, and mani charitable bequests. To the directors of the Penin- sular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, of which he was chairman and one of the originators, he leaves the silver dinner service presented to him by the shareholders of that company and bequeaths to the directors the sum of jEl,000, to form a fund foi an annual dinner in commemoration of the establish- ment of that company, and at such dinner to use the silver service of plate.—Illustrated London News. THE ST. ALBAN'S RITUAL CASE. — A letter has been sent to the Bishop of London by the promoter in the case of Martin v. Mackonochie, in which he says: —"Mr. Mackonochie having annonnced his willing- ness to accept Sir Robert Phillimore's ruling, I am thereby constituted the sole dominus ins. Inaelioll on my part, therefore, at this juncture, would practi- cally impose upon the Church, with the binding obli- gation of law, several conclusions which, as I am persuaded (and I venture thus to write with great deference to the very learned judge who has ststsd them), are by the great majority of churchmen not believed to be the law, and until confirmed by the tri- bunal of last resort, will not be acquiesced in as the law which governs our Reformed Church. I can en- tertain no doubt that I owe it to the Church, an 1 to the interests of religious truth, to prosecute an appeal from the late decision to the fullest extent mat mj learned counsel shall advise." The John But snvs •— "Notice of appeal in the case of Martin v. Mackono chie was lodged on Thursday in the Arches Court ''1 the promoter as to the decision on lighted candles an J costs. The other side will be obliged, therefore, to appeal. Pending the appeal it would be of course legal to use incense and the mixed chalice, but we earnestly hope that churchmen will be better advised than to do so. The Protestant party are going I) propose a people's churchwarden for St. Alban's thi i week." ALARMTNG ACCIDENT AT AN EDINBURGH RAIL- WAY STATION. — On Friday afternoon, an accident of a most alarming character occurred at the Waver ey Bridge Railway Station. A goods train was proceed- ing, about three o'clock, along the down line — t at. is, from east to west — and in passing through the passenger station, one of the waggons was jerked ofl the rails either at the crossing or the turn-table a little to the east of the entrance to the building. The waggon was driven nearly broadside against 1he pillar which supported the roof of the station at that point, breaking it in two, and bringing down about twenty feet of the whole expanse of the roof, the noise caused by its fall attracted a large nnmber of people to the spot, while many more congregated ou the North Bridge overlooking the suer.e..Ag t!ie south passenger trains arrive at the point where tie accident occurred, and as a nnmber of persons are continually passing and repassing, it was feared j, at some onemigbt lie buried beneath the rubbish. T e alarmed spectators were, however, speedily assuied that. this was not the case — the platform having been fortunately cleared previous to the mishap. Both the up and down liteswero completely blocked up with the de'fis of the fallen roof, the crushed wag- gons and their contents, iron girders, and telegraph wires. A large staff of workmen were collected, and, under the direction of the Superintendent of the t(I)OÙS department of the North British Railway, a clearance of the line was comme ,uei An engine 'v;is procured, and the heavy broken trucks were iragged from amongst the heap of r ibbish, and iI. II I Lie more than "an hour from the ume the accident K-curred the line was cleared. The rails atthepoim wtujre the waggon which was the cause of the acci- ct. is supposed to have gone off the line, are mu. h nrnised and uneven. The damage to the compuuy'i ^rvi-orty and rolling stock is very considerable. A not, caused by a strike among the labourers a colliery near Pitsburg, Pentonville, took place mm the 30th ult. One man was killed and five wounded. A petition, praying that Barnsley may be incer- porated as a municipal borough, was forwarded inr presentation to the Queen in Council a few days age. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte" has been re-arranged hi the stage (says the Signaie) by Herr Von Gugta^ under the auspices of the Baron Alfred Von W obo- gen. Mr. Batcliffe, R.A.M. has received the appointment of first flute in the Orchestra of the Royal Italias Opera, previously held by the the late Mr. SydnM Pratten. A captain's good service pension is vacant by the promotion of Lord Frederick Herbert Kerr, who ob* ains his flag rank by the death of Rear Admiral l'homas Harvey. The Ottowa Indians in Kansas, mostly Baptists, and lOW reduced to less than 200, have given more thaa 20,000 acres of land. worth 100.000 dollars, to endow Ottawa Universitv Advices from Gibraltar state that fine rn;nB hail fallen and an abundant harvest was anticipated. It is said that 3,000 Cretan immigrants now at Syra have signed a declaration expressing their determina- tion to remain in Greece until their own country u free. The Hon. Mr. Carington, who was elected for Wy- combe, on Saturday unopposed, declared himself an adherent of Mr. Gladstone, and promised a vote for Mr. Abel Smith's bill. The Minnesota Legislature has passed bills which practically abolish the gallows, give the accused a right to testify in all criminal cases, and prepare the way for the abolition of grand juries. Southampton Water is now swarming with young whiting. Scores of boys and men are line-fishing daily, andcatchthefishalmostasfastastheycan throw in their lines and pull them up again. There are at the present time two men in White- cross-street Prison who have been respectively incar- cerated twenty-four and seven years, first in the Queen's Bench, and now in Whitecross-street, London. The Chateau of St. Pierre des Horts, at Hyeres, at present inhabited by the Earl of Shaftesbury, is to be put up for sale by auction, at £6,000, on the 10th of next month, exactly half the sum laid out on it by its original proprietor. Itisstatedin some of the French journals that Queen Victoria has sent an autograph letter to the Sultan, intimating that the Prince of Wales will return the visit of his Ottoman Majesty, which he made to the Queen in August last. £1500 PICKED UP IN A GUTTER. — A few evenings ago a gentleman, passing along Wallgate, Wigan, picked up a pocket-book containing three notes of £500 each. Information was given to the police at the moment the owner was making known his loss. The finder declined all reward. GOLD FROM THE RIVER PLATE AND BRAZILS. — Messrs Lamport and Holt's steamers, the Galileo and Flamstead, arrived from the River Plate and Brazils On Saturday last. The former steamer arrived at Liverpool with £48,000. and the letter reached South- ampton with jE10,000 in specie. The other day, a retired farmer, named Thomas Little, of Low Crosby, near Carlisle, was fatally choked under disgusting circumstances. The de- ceased had put in his mouth two or three pieces of raw beef, and these, becoming one lump, failed to pass down the gullet. The beef weighed about %lb. A COTTON FACTORY IN UTAH. — The manufacture of cotton has been commenced in Utah. The Mormon journal at Salt Lake City contains an advertisement informing the faithful where they can purchase "the justly celebrated Desseret Mill cotton yarn, manufac- tured at President Young's cotton factory," for either wheat or cash. The United States' legation at Paris receives scores of letters, every day from Frenchmen, asking to be naturalised as citizens of the United States, in order to escape the operation of the army bill. The uniform answer given is, that the law of the States requires a bona fide residence in the territory of the republic before naturalisation can be granted. THE VrCAR OF FROME AND THE RTTUAL DECI- SION. — We are informed (says the Bith Chronicle) that the Vicar of Frome will not comply with the decision of the Dean of Arches in the St. Alban's and ie;gn- mouth cases, and that he is resolved on continuing the ritualistic practices prohibited — namely, the mix- i ig of the chalice, the elevation, and the censing. It appears that the total quantity of earth extract- ed in connection with the Suez Canal works amount- ed in the month ending February 15^1868, to 1.466,428 cubic metres, showing an increase of 336,000 cubic metres upon the preceding month. When all the dredgers collected are in operation it is expected that the rate of extraction will be still further increased., The Naval and Military Gazette understands that Sir John Pakington contemplates employing some of the money accumulated in the reserve fund in purchasing out the two first captains who may wish to sell their commissions after the return of their regiment from foreign service, provided that in the meantime the two supernumerary captains are not otherwise absor- bed. Mr. John Steel, M.P., the Liberal representative of Cockermouth, died on Friday, at his residence, Derwent Bank, Cumberland. Mr. Steel was the son of an attorney at Cockermouth, and practised himself as a solicitor from 1809 to 1852, when he retired., He was returned for Cockermouth in 1854, on the death of Mr. Aglionby, and has since that time, in conjunc- tion with Lord Naas, now the Earl of Mayo, been re- turned without opposition. The London correspondent of the West"rn Morning News says One of the houses in London best known for its At homes" is Miss Stanley's, the sister of the Dean of Westminster. This lady lives with two friends aud the three ladies differing toto ccelo in theolo- gical matters, their receptions afford an opportunity for the meeting of persons whose paths lie widely apart. For instance, at the same house may be seen at the same time Dean Stanley, Professor Maurice Archbishop Manning, and perhaps a notable or two among the Low Church party. A TRAGEDY.—A dreadful crime has been committed at Vannes (Morbihan). A man, named Lodeo, and for- merly a soldier, had married a few months ago a farmer's daughter of the neighbourhood. He lived a life of debauch, and so soon spent the four or five thousand francs which he had received with his wife. Suddenly, a few days back, he went to his father-in- law's house, and without saying a word, attacked him with a knife, and, after stabbing him twice mortally, took to flight. The dying man, fearing some further catastrophe, charged his son to go to his sister's, and, if necessary, protect her. But the young man arrived too late, as the woman was found a corpse, with the- head nearly severed from the body. She had been dead, it appeared, more than than three days, and the murderer had been shut up most of the time in the room with the corpse. He has since been arrested. CLERICAL AGITATORS IN AUSTRIA.—A Vienna letter in the Berlin Correspondence says :—Clerical intrigues are recommencing here, and the Govern- ment will perhaps be compelled to take stringent measures against them. A direct appeal to agitation was lately made at a general meeting of the Con- fraternity of Saint-Michael. ThiB exhortation is ad- dressed to all Christians who still maintain the- faith." These are invited to join together to defend the cause of Rome and the legitimate and sacred rights of The Church." This invitation has been made- in a manner which shows that its authors do not re- coil even before illegal means. Possibly, therefore, if certain rumours are to be believed, the Minister of the Interior may restrain the action of this unscru. pulous confraternity. The members of all the Ca- tholic societies were invited to the meeting and the theological students were asked to attend. Amongst those present were the Archbishops of Vienna and Prague, all the bishops who were in the capital for discussions on the Marriage Bill, and also the Counts Thun and Blome. THE ALLEGED ILL-TREATMENT OF EGYPTIAN MULETEERS IN ABYSSINIA. — Extracts from a letter appeared on the 26th ult., describing the outrageous treatment of the Turkish and Egyptian muleteers prior to their discharge from the service of the Abys- sinian expedition at Zulla. We regarded the story at the time as almost incredible, but are now assured beyond doubt that an order was given to deprivethe men of all the Government clothing which nad been served out to them that the officer in charge ven- tured to remonstrate against the proceeding, point- ing out that the men, having destroyed all their old garments, had no other to cover them, and, moreover, that it would be very unadvisable tuat ?hey should return to Egypt in such a plight from ou J service. The remonstrance was unheeded, and a British officer was charged with the ignominious task of accom- panying the men onboard ship and there seeing them stripped. It is to be. hoped that a searching inquiry will be made into this scandalous affair.—tall Mall Gazette. MURDER BY A SOLDIER.—A military tribunal has sat at Antwerp to try a prisoner, Sergeant Fieron, of the 5th infantry, for the murder of Captain Werle- hoff, on the 22nd February last. Fieron was doing duty as a clerk, and the victim of his crime in the course of the morning had to visit the room in which the man was at work. Some soldiers in the court- yard outside shortly after heard the report of firearms from the apartment, and finding the door locked, broke it open. Capt. Werlehoff was lying dead on the floor, shot with two musket bullets, and trans- fixed by the bayonet of the sergeant. From the evi- dence produced before the court it appeared that the murderer having a grudge against the captain for al- leged severity, resolved first to kill his officer and then himself, but finding the first shot ineffectual he fired the second also at his victim. The defence put forward was that the prisoner was insane, but it did not convince the court, alld Fieron was sentenced to death. A STRUGGLE ON A HOUSETOP.—The Journal au Havre relates a rather exciting capture of a thief on the roof of a house five stories high, in the Rue de la Paix of that town. A man who occupies a garret there had quitted his room between nine and ten o'clock at night to call on a neighbour in the same house, leaving the key in the door. On his return he found himself locked out, and could hear that some one was in tue room. He immediately fetched the police, and had the doorforcedopen, buttheintrudet had disappeared. An individual, could however, be perceived on the roof, lying in the gutter, simula- ting intoxication. 1 wo hremen were sent for, and arrived provided with ropes. The corporal had him- self let down from a skylight to the place whore the individual was lying, and endeavoured to fasten a belt attached to a cord around the man's waist. The latter, however resisted, aud seizing tho other, threa- i.e..eU to throw himself with him into the street, but the fireman persevered, and succeeded in his purpose. 1 he individual was then drawn np in spite of him- self, and secured. He proved to be a stove-titter who hau entered the room ou the chance of finding some* th l¡jg to steal.