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NARROW ESCAPE OF ADMIRAL KEPPEL…

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NARROW ESCAPE OF ADMIRAL KEPPEL AND A BOAT'S CREW. AN AMERICAN ADMIRAL AND NINE MEN DROWNED. The Shanghae Recorder, of the 23rd of January, has the following :— 'The Sylvia crossed over from Hiogo on the 7th January, with Admiral Keppel and Capt. Stanhope of the Ocean on board, and the whole party, including Captain Brooker, and nearly all the officers of the Sylvia, went up to the Legation. The day following (8th), it set in a heavy gale, and they were unable to cross the bar. On the evening of the 9th the admiral determined to try the bar, towing the Sylvia's steam cutter out. They were obliged to separate the two boats as there was a tremendous sea running and they were both nearly swamped. The admiral's boat, deeply laden, with Captain Stanhope, Com- mander Brooker, Leiut. Bullock, Mr Mitsord, of the legation, and some officers of the 9th, just succeeded in getting hold of the Laplace, French man-of-war, where for five bours they held on astern, up to their middles in water, and expecting to go down every minute. The sea was heavy and the wind so furious that, though hanging on astern of the ship, no one could be got out of the boat. At last, in a lull, they made a dash for the Sylvia. The officer commanding her had in the meanwhile been obliged to get the ship under weigh and steam farther out, as she was too close to the shore. Providentially they succeeded in reaching the ropes veered astern for them from the Sylvia the life boat was.then lowered, and with great risk the whole party was got on board, nearly paralysed with cold and hunger. The admiral showed the greatest pluck the whole time. Next morning the other boat was soon inside the bar. On Saturday, the 11th, American Admiral Bell determined to cross the bar, and started with his flag lieutenant and a boat's crew of eleven. The boat was upset on the bar, and the admiral, his flag lieu- tenant, and eight men were drowned.' MupDER.—A dreadful quarrel between two men took place on Monday night in Grove-street, South- ampton. They accidentally met in a public house, when high words ensued, and one followed the other into the street, when the quarrel was resumed, and one beat the other so dreadfully that he lay until Friday, when he died. A coroner's inquest has re- sulted in a verdict of wilful murder against John Westlake, who was thereupon formally committed for trial at the next Hampshire assizes. DPJDEMIC AMONG HORSES. -An epidemic similar to that which prevailed in nearly all French racing stables last year has broken out within the last month in H. Jennings's establishment, Bac de la Croix-Saint-Ouen. Those most severelv attacked at first were Normandie, Bogue Homa, and Ange- lino, while some twenty others were infected. All of those are now out of danger, and the disease appeared to be departing, when Six Mai and M. Andre's three-year-old Miss Thunderbolt were seized very suddenly, and the latter (a very pro- minent Derby favourite) wnfortanately died.-Tlte Sporting Gsszette. A LAC TORN TO PIECES BY MACHINERY.—Mr Coroner Heath held an inquiry, on Saturday, at Bulwell, near Nottingham, on the body of a lad named Titus Smith, aged 13, who was killed by machinery on the morning previous. The deceased and two others were at work in the room together. There were three machines ia the room, one of which was standing, and the belting by which it is driven was thrown off the wheels and left hanging loose from the revolving shafting. The deceased, while going to his work, passed the belting and caught his foot in it, causing him to be carried round the shaft. He was dash with great force against the roof, and his body passed seven times round the shafting before the engine could be stopped., and was frightfully mutilated. Verdict, Acciden- tally Killed. t, TWELVE ANIMAES ROASTED AuvB.—On Thurs- day, a disastrous farmyard fire occurred at Sneaton, on Sneaton Thorpe Farm, occupied by Mr Parker. The fire seemed to have originated from a defective lanthorn having been hung up in a hay loft. Every effort was made to save the premises, but to no pur- pose. The most heartrending scenes occurred, as the horses and beasts were burnt alive. In the stable where the fire broke out were four horses, only one of which was saved. In the adjoining buildings two milch cows, a heifer in calf, three steers, and three yearlings were all roasted alive. The other buildings in the farm yard, with the oat stack, and some lots of straw were all burnt. The farmbuildings and stock were insured. A PANTHER FIGHT.-Captain Cumberledge, De- puty-Commissioner of Sumhulpore, in writing to his sister, under date the 24th of January last, says:- Do not be horrified when I tell yout that I have been in bed ten days with wounds received from a panther. I was very roughly handled, but am now quite out of danger. It happened thus:—I had wounded the brute and was tracking it up by its blood, wen all of a sudden it rushed out of a patch of long grass and charged a coolie. I rushed forward and fired to save the man, though I could scarcely see for the grass, and in another second, before I knew where I was, I received a smashing blow on the face, which nearly stunned me and knocked me backwards. I managed to turn on my face, and the brute then seized me by the shoulder and shook me like a rat. He then left me and attacked a policeman, who was the only man standing near. He pulled him down, and hearing his shrieks I revived, and as they were rolling over and over together, I felt about for my rifle it had still one barrel loaded, and, on recovering it, I dragged myself up and shot the panther while he was still knawing at the poor, wretched policeman. I have three nasty scratches under my eye, and some eight tooth-holes in the back. The poor policeman died last night; he completely lost heart, had de- lirium, and saw tigers in his sleep.' MR SPEKE AND TI-IE 'QUACI<s.The letter pub- lished by the medical advisers of Mr Speke to the papers has already made known that his disappear- ance was due to the pernicious influence upon his health and mind of some advertising quacks.' We learn that Mr Speke has, in fact, been the sport of a hypochondriacal delusion, due to the vilknous arts which these scoundrels practise, and which have brought many a man before to the verge of insanity. The death of his elder brother threw upon him the apparent duty of marriage. Under the influence of the mental disease and groundless fears which these persons had instilled into his mind, he determined to escape from all cognizance, and hence his plans for disappearance. Mr Speke is a calm-tempered man, of exemplary life, simple in manner, and, as this distressing incident shows, easily imposed upon. We venture to hope that from this most distressing incident will be evolved one permanent good, that the Rome Secretary will be induced to press forward the Medical Acts Amendment Bill, which will rob these quacks of their power to assume medical titles. It has been lying in the Home-office for three years; and Sir George Grey, Mr Walpole, and Mr Hardy have, in turn, expressed a general approval of its main provisions, but pressure of public business' has prevented the measure from being introduced hitherto.-Britislt Medical Journal.

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