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MISCELLANEOUS. ROYAL VISIT TO WALES.—Carnarvon, Thursday. -It is stated that the Prince of Wales has graciously acceded to the wishes of the inhabitants of the Principality. His Royal Highness will upon his return from Ireland on the 22nd inst. pay his first visit to this ancient borough, and receive an address within the walls of Carnarvon Castle, where ths first Prince of Wales, son of Edward I., was born* The Prince will, it is stated, arrive at Carnarvon Bay in the Victoria and Albert royal yacht, and land upon the castle precincts. The High Sheriff, Idt Parry, and all the county magnates will be in attend- ance to receive his Royal Higness, who will proceed from Carnarvon via Bangor to Rhyl, and thence to Wynstay, upon a visit to Sir Watkin and Lady Williams Wynn. PAINFUL SUICIDE.—Shortly after midnight ôt1 Thursday a young woman, the daughter of a city tradesman; committed suicide by leaping into tbtf Thames from the steps (if London Bridge. Her name was Eliza Packer, and she was only seventeen years of age. She resided with her parents at Milton- street, Fore-street. For some time past she had kept company with one Albert Smith, who was employed at an outfitting warehouse. On Thursday evening they went together to some place of amusement, and when returning home they had a quarrel. This so excited the girl that she declared she would not lilo any longer, and rdn away from her lover towards her London Bridge. He followed and caught hold Of shawl as she nyf down the steps of the bridge. With a quick action of her hands she unfastened the shsWt at her breast and flung it off, at the same time dr scending the steps rapidly. She leaped into the water her lover leaped after, but failed to reach the girl. The tide swept her away at great speed down the river, and it was with difficulty that the young man was rescued. When he learned that it was irn. possible to gave the girl he became overwhelmed with grief, and mourned that he had not also perished. THIRTEEN NEGROES DROWNED ON THE POTODfAc. —A Washington despatch reports that a terrible accident occurred at Arkandale fishing shore, on the Potomac river, about four miles above Aquia Creek, early on the morning of the 5th inst, which resulted in the drowning of 13 coloured men. A party Of co'oured men were employed at this place in fishirfC with seines, and a boat containing 18 men went oit to the middle of the river to set the seine. A, s-trong gale was blowing at the time and the rivef was exceedingly rough. Having adjusted the net, the look-out boat put off from the shore, took fiVe men from the seine boat and carried them to the shore, after which the look-out brat started for five more of the men. It was deemed prudent that but 6V0 men should go in the boat at a time, owing to the smallness of the boat and the roughness of the river. When the small boat reached the seine boat, however, the men who were left in the latter, feeling very cold, and not agreeing among themselves as to which of them should go over at that trip, all leaped into the look-out boat together and swamped it. All of the men, 13 in number, were immediately drowned. Most of them leave families. When the Aquia Creek steamer reached the place of the dls" aster next morning boats were dragging for the bodies, but up to that time none had been recovered. RAILWAY COMPANIES AND THE PACKET PAItCI5 QUESTION.—A case—' Sutton v. the Great IVeiteri2 Railway Company '—of some interest was hearàl0 the City of London Court on Saturday. It WAS aO action to recover jElO damages sustained through the loss of two parcels from a hamper delivered to the defendants in January last for carriage to Lon- don. PlantifTs agent said that on the 27th January last a hamper, containing nine parcels, was con- signed from Gloucester to London by the defend- ants' line. When the hamper was opened it was fjund that two of the parcels, containing good (partly silk) to the value of jElO, had beefl abstracted. His Honour said that Mr Clark was entitled to put the plaintiff to a strict proof as to the contents of the parcel in the hamper. Mr plaintiffs agent at Gloucester, said he nine parcels, and packed them in a hamper. He did not know the contents of the two abstracted, excep" from advices he had received. It was urged plaintiff was entitled to show what were the con- tents of the two packages by the written particular^ supplied by the owners of goods. Mr Clark objected to this, and said he should require a full proof 0 the contents of the parcels. Plaintiff's agent then claimed an adjournment, which was granted upon payment of the usual costs. LORD LICHFIELD ON COMPULSORY EDUCATION. The Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire presided at meeting in Bursleni on Wednesday evening, in of the ragged schools in that town, and in his addresS advocated the extension of the discretion allowed tQ guardians of the poor to require the children of door paupers to be educated, and making their edu- cation a condition of the relief granted to the parent. Where this discretion was not exercised by guardians, he would have the State step in and provide a con- siderable portion of the expense of educating tbese children. If such a system as this were carried out, very few of the class of children requiring the inter- position of the ragged school would be found in the streets, and those that were found there should •> sent to industrial schools, and the parents compe»e to contribute to their maintenance. He could 1,0 help thinking that those who had latterly taken s, much interest in the subject of education, and ha taken a prominent part in discussing it, had come a somewhat hasty conclusion in saying that the on remedy was compulsory education. He was ve j much inclined to think that compulsory e^ucaV^tf ought, at any rate for the present, to be confined the class he had been referring to, and as far as coDjL pulsion in other cases was in question, he could °n^ say that he should not be satisfied of the necessity it until he saw the appliances already in existed made better and more efficient use of than had oe the case, and until then he should not be an ad cate of compulsory education. They had skew system of indirect compulsion in the Factory< A and that was as far as he was disposed to go in direction, but he looked forward to the tinie Wi" as the result of the system, employment would 0 be given on the condition that the child should na^ received a certain amount of education. He add that, highly approving the principle of th» direct compulsion, he was inclined to think it to be considered as only a temporary fxPe'act because he thought that the right principle 0oa- upon was that the should only be employed dition of having received a certain amount of e .j tion- That, under the present state of th"lg t appeared to be impossible to carry out, and tne^ and most effective system that could be w-aS under existing circumstances was that lC:n(jus* now being generally applied to the trades an tries of the country. At the same time he oUld clinced to think the time would come when i ^e be possible to fix the amount of education condition of employment, tut it appeared o eDts be a hard case to take off the shoulders o P the responsibility which in many cases e) willing to bear.


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