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most extraordinary collisions that have taken place in the harbour for a long time occurred on Monday night. During the last week, besides the flagship Mersey, two war ships have been lying at Queenstown-viz., the frigate Liffey and ram Research. Between eleven and one o'clock in the night the Mersey got loose from her moorings, and, there being a strong ebb tide at the time, she- was drifted down until she struck the Liffey. Not- withstanding the unceasing efforts of the men, aided by appliances of every description, they did not succeed in disentangling the vessels before morning. The injury to the Mersey was comparatively trifling, and, consider- ing the nature of the occurrence and the time it happened the Liffey escaped remarkably well.—Liverpool Courier.' RIOTING AT OXFORD.—On Saturday night a serious disturbance took place in the streets of Oxford, ema- nating, it is stated, from the junior members of the Uni- versity. In the morning of Saturday it was hinted, that there would be a bread riot at night, and that tbe under- graduates were determined to resist it. Up to a quarter past ten the streets were in their usual quietude, but just after that time a performance that had taken place at the Town Hall concluded, and a town and gown row ensued immediately, and after a great deal of fighting and skirmishing the undergraduates were compelled by the proctors and other officials, though most unwillingly, to return to their respective colleges. Directly this was done the roughs at once proceeded to the bread establish- ments of Alderman Grub, situate in Queen-street and I Corn Market-street, and commenced breaking his win- dows but the police, headed by the new mayor (Alder- man Carr) and other city and university authorities, suc- ceeded in arresting nearly a score, who were taken to the University Police Station, all of whom, with the ex- ception of one, were liberated on their own or other bail. Several co lege windows were likewise broken. The mayor, who was most determined to quell the riots, had a narrow escape; while addressing the mob some mis- creant threw at stone at him, but fortunately, instead of hitting his head, passed it and went through a window close by. It was nearly three o'clock before the streets were cleared. Several undergraduates who resisted the proctors will, it is said, be rusticated. The magistrates were yesterday (Sunday) afternoon swearing in special constables, so as, if possible, to stop a renewal of Satur- day night's disturbances. A NOVEL EXPERIMENT WITH MANGOLD.—Major Paget, M.P., in addressing the farmers who had met at the I dinner of the Evercreech Farmer's Club, said, without intending to set himself up to teach the tenant-farmers their business, he would relate to them a circumstance which had been communicated to him by a friend in Hertfordshire. The facts were these. Some experi- ments had recently been tried in Hertfordshire with reference to the feeding of stock on mangold wurtzel dried in a maltkiln. The result had'been to show that such mangold wurtzel was as valuable a food as the best oil-cake. A field was divided into two, and an equal number of sheep, of equal size, age, and weight, were placed in the two divisions. One half was fed upon the mangold wurtzel prepared as he had des- cribed, and the other half upon oil-cake. After 4 month's feeding the sheep were weighted, and it was found that each of the sheop fed upon mangold wurtzel weighed 51bs. heavier than the sheep fed upon oil-cake. The way in which the mangold was prepared was simple it was dried in a maltkiln, and eight tons of mangold were exhausted by heat, until a residuum was left of a single ton. This was the first experiment of the sort that had been tried, and if there was anything in it, it would im- mensely increase the value of their mangold crops. He would take mangold to be 15s a ton, and say there was a good average crop of 30 to 32 tons to the acre. The value of that at 15s would be £ 24. If those 32 tons were dried into four tons, and those four tons reckoned at the value of oil-cake (and the experiment had shown that it was superior to oil-cake), it would represent £ 42. He saw no reason why the experiment should not be repeated with equal success. Of course it would not do to rush at anything that was new be only gave them the result of the experiment, which was a syste- matic, regular, bona fide experiment, and might be found of the greatest service and advantage to those engaged in agriculture. GUNSHOT FRACTURES AND AMPl:TATION. -Several of the men who were wounded in the New Zealand cam- paign seem to have brought home arms and legs which (according to the standard rules of military surgery) they ought to have left behind them. Out of six cases of gunshot fracture of the femur at various parts treated in the New Zealand war, five recovered without am- putation, four of them with very useful legs one man, wounded through both legs, died. The surgeons were moved to disregard the peremptory injunctions of mili- tary text-books, to give the SLIfferers I such chance of recovery as may be obtained by amputation,' by the excellent condition of the men, and the facilities fur treating them in well organized field hospitals without the necessity of premature removal. They were re- warded for their intelligent baldness by a success un- precedented in military surgery, but which, under cir- cumstances similar to those in the New Zealand cam- paign, may be usefully borne in mind. Of ten cases, also, of gunshot fracture of the humerus, eight united solidly and well, and in one case only was amputation had recourse to; here th3 amputation was primary. Guided by the experience of the above cases, says In- spector-General Mouat, V.C., C.B., it would be fair to expect, when 80 per cent. of gunshot fractures of the humerus recover without difficulty, that amputation of the arms in such cases might be delayed far secondary operation, if, after all, found to be necessary, It may be objected to this that the description of firearms used by the insurgent Mao.ries against our men threw bullets less destructive than the bullets of rifled muskets now in ordinary use for military purposes. It is, however, a doubtful point whether such is or is not the case; doubt- ful how far preconceived theory of the superior pene- trating power of a conical bullet over that of a round one has influenced public belief in the matter.—British Medical Journal. A ROMANCE IN HUMBLE LIFE.-During the last day or two a circumstance of a singular and romantic character has been brought to light by Mr Superinten- dent Fisher, of the Barnsley police force, the particulars being as follows: Seven years ago a. girl named Gamester, residing with her parents at Barnsley (the father, as at present, .being a linen weaver), suddenly left home, taking with her a younger brother, the age of the latter being little more than eight years of age, while his sister was only eleven. After they had gone every endeavour was made to trace their whereabouts, but without success, and shortly afterwards the mother, who took her loss to heart, died. Nothing was heard of the wanderers for upwards of four years, when the girl, fast approaching womanhood, much to the surprise of her father made her appearance in Barnsley. On being questioned as to where she had been and what had be- come of her brother, she stated that on leaving home she went in the direction of Lancashire, aud on arriving at Oldham, without money- or the means of support, she accepted the offer of an Italian organ-player to hand him over her brother for three shillings. They then parted, and had never met each other since. She then got a situation as a servant in Oldham, where she re- mained until she returned home. Nothing, however, was heard of the boy until a few days ego, when his father received a letter from some pet-sons near Dolgelly, acting on behalf of a youth namad Geurge Gamester, who was desirous of knowing whether a family Qf thst name was living at Barnsley. Mr Superintendent Fisher, I having heard of the circumstances, at once communicated with Captain Clough, the chief constable of Merioneth- shire, who stated that he had caused inquiries to be made, I and found that the boy alluded to was working for a farmer at Towyn, where he was much respected as a good j and honest servant. On being questioned, the boy ad- mitted having been at Oldham, and having travelled about for three years with a a organ man. but getting tired of that life, he managed to leave his Italian keeper and obtain work as a farm servant. The chief constable, in addition to the above particulars, also sent a photo- graph of the lad, and, notwithstanding the lapse of time, the features were to some extent recognisable. The youth, who was about to emigrate to Australia, finding that his father and sister were alive, is about to visit home, after such singular vicissitudes during a seven | yeara' absence,