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THE CONVICT MICHAEL BARRETT.

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THE ABYSSINIAN EXPEDITION.

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THE ABYSSINIAN EXPEDITION. DESTRUCTION OF MAGDALA. Sir Stafford Northcote has received the following telegram from the Commander-in-Chief in Abys- sinia: DALANTA, April 21. Upwards of thirty guns and mortars were de- stroyed in Magdala fifteen of the guns from 6 to 50 pounds five of the mortars from 6 to 20 inches calibre. Gates of Magdala blown up and every building burnt on the 17th. Nothing bnt black- ened rock remains. Widow and son of Theodore protected in British camp as far as Tigre. Troops' return march commenced on 18th. Hope to reach Zoulla between 25th and 30tb May. Wounded going on favourably. Troops well. o "(Signed) ROBERT NAPIER." ZD HEAD-QUARTERS, BRITISH ARMY, (DALANTA, April 21. Magdala and its foriificationshave been entirely destroyed. The British expeditionary force com- menced its return march to the coast on the 18th inat. All well. SHIRT MAKING.—Upwards of 50,000 shirts have been made b £ the wives and widows of men belong- ing to the army and the militia staff at Winchester during the last ten years, for which the sum of £2000 had been paid them by the Soldiers' Wives Employment Society. NATIVE MISSIONARIES FOR INDIA. — The incum- bency of St. Paul's Church, Cheltenham, is about to become vacant by the resignation of the Rev T. Valpy French, M.A., who has been appointed to proceed to India for the purpose of organizing the preliminaries for establishing at Lahore an institu- tion for training educated natives with a view to their employment as missionaries in North India. It is said that among two millions of people by whom Yeddo, in Japan, is inhabited, there is not a beggar in the streets, not a drunkard, not a ruffian. The women are beautiful, the men robust and en- ergetic, there is no trouble about fashion, education is universal, books are plentiful, though there are no newspapers life is simple and easy, marriage is universal, and children go naked. ° "n American gentleman, travelling in Ireland hired a pure native as a servant, who he thought would give him information about the counfry. Observing a beautiful residence at some distance," the following nolioqjy occurred Pat, who lives there? It's Mr Fitzgerald that's dead, sir.' How long has he been dead, Pat r < If he bad lived till next Thursday, sir, he'd been dead a year.' Have you taken any thing to drink to-day, Pat ?' I will sir.' EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND. Emigration from Ireland is proceeding on a very extensive scale. Last week over 400 persons from the counties of Cavan, Monaghan, and Louth sailed from Dundalk for America; and every week, for months past, large numbers have left Queenstown for the same place. Six hundred emigrants embarked on the vessels belonging to the Guion and the Cunard lines which sailed from Queenstown for New York on Wednesday. Hundreds are daily arriving in Cork to get berths in the vessels that will sail next. THE FORGERIES ON THE LEEDS BANK.—At the Central Criminal Court Mr Thomas Edgeley, whose trial has been so often postponed, surrendered to meet the various indictments preferred against him of forgery and fraudulently obtaining from the Leeds Banking Company various sums amounting to £120,000. Another postponement was applied for on the ground of the absence of an important witness, who, fortunately for his own domestic happiness, had gone abroad upon his honeymoon before a subpoena could be served upon him The request was acceded to, but the judge made a positive order for the trial to be proceeded with at the June sessions. SCOTCH AND ENGISH MARRIAGES.—Last week in the House of Lords, before Lords Cranworth Westbury, Chelmsford, and Colonsay, the case of « bhaw v. Gould was decided. The question which arose was with reference to the validity in England of a Scotch divorce. In the year 1828 Elizabeth Hicken, when a girl of sixteen, was induced by a farmer, named Buxton, to consent to a marriage with him. The same day the friends of the lady succeeded in separating them. Buxton was in- r and sentenced to three years' imprisonment. In 1844 a Mr Shaw paid addresses to the woman. The existing marriage was, however, considered a bar to their union, and a divorce was obtained in the Scotch Court, on the ground of Buxton's adultery, and a decree for dissolution was pro- nounced and Shaw, who had become a Scotch advocate, and was domiciled in Scotland, married Elizabeth Hicken. Their lordships held ihat the children of the marriage could not take under an English will as the legitimate children of the marriage. FATAL AFFRAY.—At the Liverpool Police-court Edward Bailey, a pork butcher, 26 or 27 years of age, who lived in Ennerdale street, off Bevino-ton- hill, has been brought up charged with the wilful murder of Arthur Brock, a cooper, 25 years old who was employed at Messrs Allison and Mayor's brewery, Gildart's-gardens, and lived in Currie- street. Mr Walter, prosecuting solicitor, made a statement of the facts, from which it appeared that between six and seven o'clock on the previous evening the deceased and other men employed at the brewery in question went to a public-house in Bevington-hill. About ten o'clock one of them named Richard Cropper, left to go home. Near to Currie-street he met Bailey in company with his wife. Bailey, who was a perfect stranger to Cropper, said to the latter, You're one of them that's come to murder the Papists, I suppose?' Cropper replied, No, indeed, for I'm one myself.' Bililey then took off his jacket, and putting himself in a fighting attitude, said, 'Then I'll give you something for it.' Cropper rejoined, Nav, nay, lad leave me alone. I've done you no harm, and you've done me no harm.' At this moment Crop- per's feliow. workmen having heard of the distur- bance, came from the public-house, intending to take part. Finding Bailey standing in front of Cropper in a threatening manner, Block stepped between the two men, askiii-, I Dick, what's he going to do at thee ?' at the same time pushing Bailey away. A scuffle snsued, and Bailey then deliberately drew a butcher's knife from a sheath at his waist, and plunged it with all his force into Brock s left breast, in the region of the heart The wounded man shouted out, 'Dick, I'm stabbed- m killed. Murder Police He was able to walk home but as soon as he got home he lay down upon his bed and immediately expired. Directly after he stabbed the deceased, Bailey ran to his house and locked the door. He was apprehended a few minutes afterwards, and when charged with the murder by Police-constable No 828, replied: There were three of them going to pitch into me. They called me a —— Papist. What I did was in self-defence.' None of the men were .drunk at the time the sad affair occurred. Bailey was re- manded,

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