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THE EXECUTION AT ST. PETERSBURG.'

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THE EXECUTION AT ST. PETERSBURG. A letter from St. Petersburg, dated the 15th, it the Aonl. gives some details of the execution of Karakozow:- I have this instant returned from the execution of the would-be regicide. A notice in the paper." yesterday informed the public that the execution would take place this morning at seven in the grea! square of Smolensk, at the end of Vassili Ostrof. I was there at halt-past six. There was already a crowd of perhaps more than 50,000. Many carriages were standing in the neighbouring streets. In the middle of the square a gallows was erected, and not far from it a pillory with a platform at about the J height of a man. At a few minutes before seven the cart arrived, escorted by a picket of cavalry, with the condemned sealed on a raised bench, so that everyone could see him. He was dressed in black and had his back to the horses. On his breast was a label with the words Karakozow, regicide.' His arms were tied behind his back, and he was livid. Getting out of the cart he stumbled, but the executioners' assistants sustained him. After a few steps he seemed to recover himself, and walked firmly to the pillory. The crowd was attentive and silent. I heard some peasants and workmen say, The wretch has deserved it. May God pardon him, but he ought to die.' A secretary of the Senate, in full uniform, approached the condemned, and read the sentence in a distinct and audible voice. Karakozow listened attentively; his head was at first bent down to the left in a listening attitude, and then fell over to the light, as if he could hardly sustain it. When the reading of the sentence was concluded, a priest ad- vanced to the criminal with a crucifix in his hands. Karakozow kissed the cross very devoutly, fell down on his knees, and received the benediction of the priest. He then bowed to the people in every direc- tion. Several voices were heard to say, May God pardon him.' 1 he two executioners then bandaged his eyes, and covered him with a shroud, which they had some difficulty in patting on. He was then conducted from the pillory to the gallows. The cord was placed round his neck, and at a signal from the head of the police, he was launched into eternity. His death was instantaneous. At half-past seven the body was taken down and placed in a black coffin. The crowd dispersed calm, silent, and re- flecting. CROCODILE A TTACK.-ALARM[SG ESCAPE AND EN- COUNTER WITH A CROCODILE AT THE AGRICULTURAL HALL.—On Saturday night, whilst the keepers of the crocodile now exhibiting at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, were engaged in changing water and cleaning out the zinc tank, the latter tilted suddenly on one side. The monster fell upon the floor of the building, and got away, lashing his tail and snapping violently at everything in his way. Efforts were at once ncade to recapture the reptile, said to be the largest ever shown in Europe, being nearly ten feet in length. The proprietor and two or three men, with much difficulty and danger, at last succeeded in securing the reptiles's jaws by cloths, &c, and despite his efforts to free himself, he was carried bodily to the tank, which had been righted and properly secured. Fortunately the last of the visitors had departed, and the struggle, which occupied but a short time was so quietly conducted as to excite no suspicion in the minds of the attendants at the building that such an en- counter was taking place near them. A PRACTICAL SUGGESTION.—In his inaugural address at the British Association, Mr Grove men- tioned a fact which may surely be made practically useful. Atmospheric air, drawn through films of india-rubber, leaves behind half its nitrogen, or, in other words, becomes richer by half in oxygen.' MrGreve spoke of this truth as pointing out a means of storing up force but is not its sanitary value even greater than the possible mechanical uses to which Graham's discovery may be put? Men, so long as civilisation lasts, must continue to live in imperfectly oxygenated air. Why should not the air which enters crowded rooms, churches, &f, be passed through india-rubber, just as in the City peach-houses and graperies,' proposed some years ago. there were flannel screens to catch the carbon with which the air of towns is saturated. Does the india rubber touch the carbonic acid ? And does it at all azonise the oxygon which it allows to pass through ? Even if 11 does not, surely some way may soon he found for at any rate partially vivifying the oxygen when it is pre sent in such large quantities. We shall then burn out faster than we now do while we are in church or at the theatre but headaches will be fewer, and sleepiness will not be so prevalent. Parsons and play-wrights are the only people who have reason to drifid the discovery; for audiences wll primed with oxygen will naturally be extra critical. But, churches and theatres apart, why not try the india- rubber films in Spitalfields work-rooms and Mile End lodging-houses ? If experiments are worth anything, they seem to prove that the lowest type which marks the dweller in cities is due not so much to the presence of impurities as to the ab- sence of active oxygen. Cannot the deficiency be remedied on a large scale? And does not Gra- ham's discovery point out a way in which this may perhaps be done ? A STRANGE STORY.—It is not often that a man who begins his career by embezzlement turns out right in the long run, and refunds with interest the L amount abstracted, but an instance of the kind. very remarkable in its character, has come to light in Liverpool. About six or eight years ago, a young man, who had been educated at Trinity College, Dublin, arrived in Liverpool to push his fortune. His conduct while at college had been so loose and wild that his parents declined to have anything further to do with him. But he was clever, a good linguist, and apt to make himself useful, and soon he was engaged as correspondence clerk by an influential firm, in whose service he worked himself up to such a point of efficiency that they increased both his pay and his responsibilities. At length, however, the Old Adam asserted itself, and in order to cover his personal extravagance the young man helped himself to his employer's cash to the extent of £ 3,000. He, of course, himself eloped, and all the ingenuity of the detective officials could not discover his whereabouts. In the meantime, the fugitive went to America, and (as afterwards transpired) en- gaged himself to a well-known dry goods merchant of New York, with whom he remained until the out- break of the American war. His master being an ardent patriot, offered to advance handsome sums of money to any of his clerks who would volunteer for the war, and the hero of this brief narrative, was one who accepted the offer. He went through some of the severest brushes of the campaign without, re- ceiving a wound fought at Fredericksburg, Seven- oaks, and other places, and held a subordinate com- mand during Sherman's great march. At the close of the struggle he fell in love with, and married, the wealthy young widow of one of the Federal generals who was killed at Gettysburg. After their marriage the lady wished to visit England, but there was one little difficulty in the way—the £ 3,000. Ultimately, however, it was decided that the wisest course Would be to refund the amount, and to the delight of the Liverpool firm they received by the last steamer an order for the amount, with five per cent, inteiest from the date of the cashier's elopecxent,—Globe.

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