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R LIVERPOOL SPRIN G MEETING-WEDMSSDAY.

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R LIVERPOOL SPRIN G MEETING-WEDMSSDAY. rhe GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE of 300 sovs., added to a handicap sweeptakes of 25 sovs. each, 15 forfeit; second to receive 50 sovs. out of the stakes, and the winner to pay 50 sovs. towards expenses; winners 101b extra. Starting opposite the stables. About 4t miles. 107 subs., 45 of whom pay 5 sovs. each, and two did not name. (The number preceding the horses' names correspond with those on the card.) 24. Lord Poulett's The Lamb, by Zmave—dam by Arthur, 6 yrs., lOst 71b. (Mr Edwards) 1 14. Mr E. Brayley's Pearl Driver, aged, lOst 121b (Thomlinson) 2 6. Mr B. J. Angell's Alcibiade, aged, list 101b (Col. Knox) 3 28. Mr R. Herbert's Captain Crosstree, aged, lOst 5Ib (W. Reeves) 4 Betting-7 to 1 agst Chimney Sweep, 8 to 1 each agst Moose and Fan, 9 to I agst The Lamb, 10 to 1 apst Pearl Driver, 11 to 1 ngst Daisy, 12 to 1 agst Helen, 16 to 1 each agst Alcibiade and Huntsman's Daughter, 20 to I agst The Nun, 30 to 1 each sgst Garusand Astrolabe 100 to 3 agst Captain Crosstree, 40 to 1 each agst Buszke and Thalaesius, 50 to 1 each agst Plover, Hall Court, and Slieve Carne, and 66 to I agst Charming Woman. The usual amount of curiosity and excitement was displayed by the partisans of the several competitors and the general multitude to witness the preliminary canters, which Garus led. The favourites naturally attracted the greatest share of attention, but the condition and style of going of each of the horses were criticised in turn, and the universal impression appeared to be that a field of more than average merit was about to contest the great prize. The canters taken, the horses were then paraded past the stand, Helen showing the way. Thence they were conducted to the starting post, which they reached in excellent time. A good start was effected at the first attempt, Garus getting away with a slight lead of Huntsman's Daughter, Captain Crosstree, The Lamb, Mentmore, and Charming Woman; Alcibiade, Slieve Carne, Chimney Sweep, and Daisy following next in a cluster, while Thalaesius headed the remainder, Fan, Buszke, and Kingswood being in the extreme rear. They had scarcely settled in their places, and had only, in fact, reached the lane, when Chimney Sweep trod on a large stone that lay in the course, and, in consequence, fell and broke his leg. The accident caused immense excitement and consternation to prevail in the stand, from which point Adams, the jockey, was seen first to vault out of the saddle, and next to return to the enclosure on foot. So serious was the injury sustained by Chimney Sweep, that Lord Coventry, to put an end to the horse's sufferings ordered him to be shot, and this was immediately done,. To return to the race: At the first fence Slieve Carne refused and pulled up the remainder negotiated the second fence, but at the obstacle immediately preceding Becher's Brook, Fan and Charming Woman refused. and their chances being thus extinguished, they were not further persevered with. Before Becher's Brook had been actually reached Captain Crosstree deprived Garus of the command. At the brook itself the last-named re- fused, while Mentmore, Thalassius, and Buszko, in endeavouring to take the leap, fell, and of this lot the- latter only was persevered with. The field now became widely scattered, with Captain Crostreo leading by .six lengths. No oasualty occurred at Valentine's Brook, nor did any alteration take place in the positions previously indicated. At the table jump in the course Aloibiade and Helen drew forward; Moose, Huntsman's Daughter, and the Nun being some distance in the rear. At the hurdles just before reaching the stand Captain Crosstree ran up to Alcibiade, aud got over first. Pearl Diver, now running up, led the way over the water, The Lamb, Captain Crosstree, Daisy, Huntsman's Daughter, Alci- biade, Moose, and Helen, following in the order named. The Nun, who was several lengths behind, came down at this point, and throwing Wheeler, broke away rider- less. Following her came Buszke, Astrolabe, and the Plover; Kingswood some distance behind the latter, jumping into the middle of the water. All got over the fences past Becher's Brook, and Alcibiade was now seen to take up the running, The Lamb and Captain Crosstree close up, Pearl Diver and Moose next. Alcibiade, how. ever, soon gave way under the weight, and Captain Cross- tree resumed the lead on the return home, The Lamb, Pearl Diver, and Alcibiade following closely in the wake. At Valentine's Brook D'iisy was dead beaten, and the jockey had some trouble to get him over, while Buszke tired in the ploughed land, and was pulled up. No change occurred in the positions of the leaders till reach- ing the table jump the second time. Here Captain Crosstree refused, but was soon righted; and Moose retired beaten. On gaining the course the issue was left to The Lamb and Pearl Diver, '.he two coming on neck and neck to the first hurdles, which they charged toge- ther. At the last hurdles neither had the slightest ad- vantage over the other, and it looked as though either might win. Both were ridden with great determination; but Pearl Diver being settled opposite the stand, The L'unb drew away and won by two lengths. Captain Crostree and Alcibiade made a race of it for third place, which the latter obtained by about a length. Astrolabe and Helen, beaten a distance, walked in next. Hall Court. Moose, Huntsman's Daughter, Daisy, and Buskze walked in. but none 01 them passed the post. The pace was good throughout. A WELSH GHosT.-Abernant, near Aberdare, is at present in the enjoyment of a ghost, locally certified as the spirit of the deceasea wile of a workman who had threatened her hnsband before her death that she would haunt him if he ill-treated her children, and who seems to have bad reason for keeping her word. The spiritual influence is chiefly manifested by jugs, chairs, and tables jumping about in the house; but the ex-parish constable, who was sent for to lay the ghost, was made the subject of a different manifestation. In reply to a solemn request, he received a blow with a stone, and was laid himself instead of laying the ghost. The police were sent for, and they tied the deceased's daughter's hands, thinking she was at the battom of the affair, but the latest accounts say the ghost continues its manifes- tations. ELOPEMENT AND ROBBERY.-On Tuesday, at the Notts Sessions, a girl named Harriet Clay, aged 17, and a man named Henry Rossall, aged 27, were charged, the former with stealing Y,39, the property of'her father, and I the latter with receiving, harbouring, and maintaining, knowing that she had committed the felony. The female prisoner pleaded guilty, and was the principal witness against Rossall. She said that she bad known Rossall only a few weeks; that she had once met him at an eating house in Nottingham, and that he asked her if she bad any money. She replied that she knew where her mother kept some. It was arranged that she was to get the money,and join Rossall at a station near Notting- ham. She obeyed, and they went together to Grantham. The following day they proceeded to London,where they stayed at a coffeehouse, and there both were apprehended. The female prisoner did not know then that Rossall was a married man. A verdict of guilty having been re- corded, they were each sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment. SHOCKING MURDER.—Last week a gentleman's groom, who was passing by Cliff Common, at South Driffield, found a bundle, a hat, and a trowel, in the middle of the road, and a little farther, on the right hand side of the road, he picked up a thick hedgestake about four or five feet lonp, and bloody at one end. On further searching he discovered the body of a man in a ditch, nearly covered with water, his head only resting on the side of the drain. The arms were raised in an attitude of de- fence, and the head of the deceased presented a horrible spectacle. In addition to a dreadful wound on the left side of the eye, which was sufficient to cause death, there were frightful wounds at the back of the head, on the chin, and on the right side of the head dividing the ear. An/alarm was immediately raised, and the rural police, together with several farmers, were immediately on the spot. The body was dragged out of the water and con- veyed to the Cross Keys public house in South Driffield, in which township this particular piece of the Cliff-road is situated. The deceased was dressed as a working man, and looked much like a bricklayer, but not of a common order, every part of his attire being good. He was a young man of about twenty-eight years old, well-built, and of middle height. The only clue to his name was obtained from two letters which were found in his pockets. One, addressed from Scarbro' to Mra Driscoll, Tottenham, Middlesex,' began 'My dear Mother,' and ended, 'Your affectionate son, Daniel Driscoll.' The only money found in his possession was twopence, and though he had an Albert chain, there was no watch, and to every appearance he bad been robbed. TRIPLE BIRTH.—The wife of a private of the 1st Royals, at Chatham, named Cullum, has just given birth to three children-two boys and a girl-the whole of whom are finely formed children, and, with the mother, are doing well. The birth of the children took place at the now quarters erected at Chatham garrison for the married troops. d ARTILLERY ExpEMMENTS.—Experiments were carried on at Shoeburyness on Tuesday and Wednesday to com- pare Palliser shot and shells, in respect to accuracy, wita ordinary rifle shot and shells, and with round shot, by firing at targets of considerable size, and to ascertain whether any difference exists of a character or amount to qualify their employment against vessels of war at moderate distances; to test magnesium signal lights against the ordinary service light?; and to make trials or a bronze rifled piece, with a view to utilising the man? guns of that class in the Indian service. The prac'ic? with Palliser missiles from the 9-inch Woolwich riufl^ muzzle-loader at 1,000 yards was splendid. A BAD WIFE AND A PROVOKED HuSBAND.-O" Monday, at the Wirchester Assizes, Richard War* was indicted for shooting at Elizabeth Warwick, his wift» with divers intents, on the 31st of August, at Ringwood. The woman had been out drinking, and on returning towards home at midnight in company with a youn6 man, the prisoner discharged a gun at her and wounded her with about 50 small shots on the arm and shoulder blade. In his defence the prisoner said he was sorry for it, and should not havo done it but his wi% behaved so badly. He had been ill for six months. used to give him a bit of breakfast; she then we'ak outf and did uot return till the middle of the night, and would then pull him out of bed. He should have had it not been for the neighbours. He did. not mesn CO hurt her. The jury found the prisoner gu" but great provocation. He was sentenced to four moHtl>8 imprisonment. WILLS AND BEQUESTS —The wilV nfrrpnr„ niunM Esq, of Devonshire Place, Bell- Surrev who d'ef December 27, 1867, aged 79. w a^ve^dW^V tL I8 JYG-J 'and Mr John Pcrrf; 1he sum of £ 16,000 iy iv,'jed £ non the following*' stitutiona! lo the Bill. 9gate Ward Schools,]*' Mshmongers and .Ponlt ,ercr/In8tituti the Lond« Orphan Asylum the C'aurch Missionary Society Propagation of the GoySpel R d Sch>ol Unij,n and Dumb Asylum,, Blind Sc*00,. Idiot As lnm, igrt.e, and the Consumption Hospital,* £ 1,000 eacb»!"„ n-Ki Q PrTr;, J°k an(I Homily Society, Trinit^.i Biblei Society, 1 own Missionary and Scripture Re8<!L Society, Protectant Association, London City M Magda»en. d.ospital, Asylum /or Female Orphans, Mm M °«eiSn.Bible Sooiety, Foundling Hospital, afl'v.j "bT.anthropic Society, £ 5U0 each. Legacies are m >■0Velatives, friends, and old servants; and the resid^j r.is executor, Mr John George Lucy. To tbe will »' W. Nicholson, manufacturing silversmith, of whic*1 the 8th inst., we pave a list of bequests made by charitable institutions, we are now requested to ada out of the ultimate residue of his estate the eseCi>(° are directed to pay, from the interest thereof, exceeding £ 20 per annum to poor silversmiths, as shall iu their discretion think fa.—Illustrated L°n News.

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