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FIRE AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE. On Friday night, shortly after the arrival of the Prince and Princess of Wales at the State Ball given by command of the Queen, an occurrence took place which might have been attended with serious con- sequences. In order to give dne eclat to the deco- rations carried out to adorn the extensive ball-room, one of the great windows in the north-east corner was illuminated by means of gas. Whilst the com- pany were still arriving, and the State Ball waS just about to commence, it was found that owing to the too great heat of the gas the glass had cracked, and fallen to the floor, and the flame of the gas had commenced to attack the wooden framework. Fortunately, the contractor and two men were in attendance, and they at once furred the gas off, the band striking up at the moment the quadrille La Grand Duchesse.' Very few of the visitors were aware that anything wrong had happened. Such, however, was not the case outside the Palace, for, owing to the many persons who were witnessing the arrival of the com- pany, they saw the whole of the occurrence, and fearing that the Palace would be destroyed, they sent off for the engines of the Metropolitan Brigade, but fortunately the services of the firemen were not required, as all further danger wai over, Captain Shaw, the chief officer of the Metropolitan Brigade, describes the damage done as follows: Wood frame of the illuminated window damaged by fire, and glass broken in north-east corner of ball-room. Cause of fire-heat from gas. THE CLAIMS AGAINST THE GREAT EASTERN.—In the Court of Admiralty on Friday, before the Right Hon Sir R. Phillimore, the case of the claim made" by 350 seamen against the Great Eastern was heard on appeal. Objections were taken by the Great Ship Company to the finding of the Registrar as to the claim of aoout 350 sailors who were dis- missed last May, when the vessel arrived in Liver- pool, after the failure of the speculation on account of the French Exhibition. MrC. Butt. appeared fQr the ship, and the Solicitor-General Mr V. Lush- ington. Mr R. G. Willianps, and Mr James Aspinall for the men. After a long legal argument, his lordship reserved judgment. SHOCKING SUICIDE -On Thursday evening Mr G. Jamieson, aged 48, a surgeon at Bradford, went on to the Midland Railway, near the Bradford station, and deliberately stretching himself in front of a goods train, which was at the moment being shunted, received his death-instant and complete decapitation -from pne of the loaded waggons passing over him. He had got upon the line from Trafalgar-street, and was seen by a pointsman to go towards the goods train and lie down as it was shunting. He called out to him loudly, but in vain, and also signalled to the engineman, but too late. It is stated that Mr Jamieson had been seen twice on the line previous to the fatal termination of his existence, and had been sent away as a trespasser. Of course, no one had suspected such a design. Mr Jamieson some years ago succeeded the late Mr John Steel, a surgeon in extensive practice at Bradford. lVlILK VERSUS BEER.-In the North of England, in Scotland, and also in Ireland, a cow is an almost indispensable necessary of life to the labourer and his family; and where the keep of the cow is not ex- pressly stipulated for in the agreement between master and servant, the latter will tiy every plan to get keep for his cow somewhere in the neighbourhood. The want of a cow in such cases is justlv considered a great hardship, and although some employers do not allow their people to keep cows, it is not for their advantage ultimately that they decline to do so. In the case of villages where the inhabitants are not, perhaps, regularly employed by farmers, a field in the vicinity is rented, and the cows are pastured thereon during summer and autumn, the owners finding suitable keep for their cows during the winter and spring months. Something of this sort we should like to see common in England, and we feel convinced that it would be a most advantageous arrangement to all parties. A valuable and nutri- tious article of food would become familiar to the people as part of their everyday meals, and they would not only be personally benefited thereby, but led, perhaps, to set less value on the small, the very small, beer or the thin cider which is so frequently dealt out in farmhouse kitchens to the men. A jug of milk would also be a much more substantial hddi- tion, to the dinner of the labourer's wife and children than the nap'orth o' beer'which is too often the common allowance for that meal. We are convinced that the substitution of milk for beer would be a saving to farmers, while the labourers would be in better condition for their work than it is possible* for them to be under the influence of such beer as that which is usually given to them.— The Farmer. Now, if all shall finish with us, if man have nothing to expect after this life, and that here is our country, our origin, and the only happiness we can promise ourselves, why are we not happy ? If on'ly created for the pleasures of the senses, why are they unable to satisfy us; and why do they always leave a fund of weariness and sorrow in the heart ? If man have nothing superior to the beast, why, like it, do not his days flow on without care, uneasiness, disgust or sorrow, in sensual and carnal enjoyments 1 If man have no other felicity to expect, than merely a temporal happiness, why is he unable to find in on the earth ? Whence comes it, that riches serve only to render him uneasy that honours fatigue him • that pleasures exhaust him that the sciences, far from satisfying, confound and irritate his curiosity; that reputation constrains and embarrasses him that all these, united, cannot fill the immensity of his heart, and still leave him something to wish for? All other beings contented with their lot, appear happy in their way, in the situa;ion the Author of Nature has placed them; the stars, tranquil in the fn manient, quit not their station to illuminate another world the earth, regular in its movements, shoots not upwards to occupy their place; the animals crawl in the fields, without envying the lot of man, who inhabit cities and sumptuous palaces the birds carol in the air without troubling themselves whether there be happier creatures in the earth than them- selves all are happy, as I may say; everything in nature is in its place Man alone is uneasy and discontented man alone is a pray to his desiras, allows himself to be torn by fears, finds his punish- ment in his hopes, and becomes gloomy and unhappy in the midst even of his pleasures: Man alone can meet with nothing here to fix his heart. Whence 11 comes this, 0 Man ? Must it not be, that here thou art not in thy place; that thou art made for heaven that thy heart is greater than the "world that the earth is not thy country and whatever is not God, is nothing to thee ? Answer, if thou can, or rather qces.kn thy heart, and thou wilt believe.