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FORGED PETITIONS AGAINST THE IRISH CHURCH. —The following is extracted from the RocJc 'The Committee of the House of Commons report' that in the petitions irom the following places, nearly all the names appended thereto are in the aa-mc hand-writing — P. Griffiths and others, 122; Cockherhoe, 46 Titchfield and Fontley, 24; Bor- risokane, 403 Kilcoek and Cloncurry, 578 Kil- linaue, 550; Glanmore, 1196; Kelskerry, 226; Anhadoun, 904 Killree, 675 Clare, 242; Pitton- I ween, 432 Church of Immaculate Conception, Chelmsford, 111; Kilmuny, 626; Julyhern and Nelz Garvan, 418; Ferryside, 256 j Dunsfon and Ardglass, 853—Correspondent* 111 » WELSH MASTERS.—The toHowing letter appears in the 'limes of Saturday, from Mr Robert Jones, the Parsonage, Rotherhhhe :—' I should not have noticed on the part of my countrymen the allu- made by Mr Bright, in his speech at Liverpool, to the use of the term muster/as applied by Welsh- men to their landlord, had it not been acve ted to by you in one of your leading articles of this day. A 'landlord' in Welsh is 'Meistr Tir'—the master of the land.' I question whether it is so strong a term as lord,' of which landlord' is composed. The owners of the soil in Wales most certainly do not lord' it over their tenants. There is, on the contrary, much mutual respect, if not affection.' MIRACULOUS ESCAPK.—A startling accident has happened at an isolated colliery in the Dowlais dis- trict, which at first threatened the loss of 150 lives. The colliers working in the four feet vein at the Pontywain pit were greatly alarmed by the sudden, outburst of a large stream of water into their cross heading, and a tprdIic race for life at once com- menced, their mandrils being left on the spot, and by dint of the most frantic exertion of strength the colliers gained a place of safety. Some idea of the narrow escape many of the men had may he gathered from the fact that for several seconds they were obliged tostmsgle through water reaching uearlyto the top of their heads. The clearing the pit of water will not only require a great deal of time, but will entail a heavy loss on the proprietors. THE DURATION OF COAL.—Comparing the present yield of coal (100,000,000 tons annually) with the quantity which Mr Hull believes to lie in the Bri- tish Islands within 4,000 feet of the surface, and in workable condition (83,544.000,000 tons) we find that we might continue to consume coal at our present annual rate for 835 years at least but when we remember that our consumption has in- creased by 33,000,000 tons in the last 12 years (from about 65,000,000 tons in the yp.ar 1854 to 101,000,000 tons in 1866). we cannot attribute any importance to the above calculation. There is no appearance that steam navigation or railways have at all approached their full development in this country, while in the steam-plough, in schemes of steam drainage or water supply, in the employ- ment of steam to produce hydraulic pressure, in the use of small gas engines for workshops, and in a multitude of other ways, we have some indica- tion of the increased future demand for coal. THREE SOLDIERS DROWNED.—On Wednesday evening a melancholy ciicumstance occurred at the island of Jersey, involving the death of three soldiers of the Royal Artillery stationed at Elizabeth Castle. It. appears that in the afternoon of that day George Sidworthy, James Willett, and Charles Wood, gun- ners, left the castle in a boat belonging to the canteen keeper, intending to have an excursion on the water. They crossed St Aubin's Bay, and landed at the town of St Aubin, where they remained till the evening, drinking freely. About six o'clock they left for the purpose of returning to Elizabeth Castle. They were then all very drunk. Nothing more was seen or heard of them or the boat till the latter was picked up late in the evening, floating bottom up- wards in the bay. About eleven o'clock next morn- ing the body of one of the three missing men was picked up on Noirmont manor, where it had been washed ashore. Though the face was greatly dis- figured from its having been eaten by crabs, the body was recognised as that of Charles Wood. It was removed to the General Hospital to await a coroner*^ inquest. DIVERS' DEPTHS —The greatest depth to which a drvor can descend with the present appliances in safety is about ItiO feet, and for this a burden of one hundredweight must be disposed about his person. The average depth at which he can work comfortably is about ninety feet, which was near the depth at which the operations upon the Royal George were conducted. In water from sixty to seventy feet deep, the men can work for two hours at a time, coming up for ten minutes'rest, z, and doing a diy-s work of six or seven hours. An English diver encased in one of Siebe's dresses, went down in the Mediterranean to a depth of 165 feet, and remained there for twenty-five minutes; and we have heard that Green, the American diver, inspected a wreck in one of the Canadian lakes at a depth of 170 feet; but his experience I! was enough to convince him that he could not work on it without danger to life. At this depth the pressure of water on the h;tnds is so great as to force the blood to the head and bring on fainting fits, while the requisite volume of air inside the dress to resist the outside pressure of the water is so great that it would speedily suffocate the diver. Means have been tried to obviate these difficulties, but for the present a limit has been set to the extent to which man may penetrate the secrets of the deep. An ingenious Italian workman has brought to this country plans for a sort of scale- armoiir dress which would resist the pressure of the water; but cur submarine engineers think this would not obviate the difficulties arising from the limits placed to human endurance. -Corllhilt Magazine. FATAL AFFRAY IN LEICESTERSHIRE. — A second case, of a shocking character, is just reported from Hinckley, It appears that Wednesday last was Burbage feast, a village a mile and a quarter distant from Hinckley. t, y- This was attended, during the greater part of the day, by a person named John Dilley, aged 40, a stocking maker and travelling glazier, and towards nine o'clock in the evening, William Jones, 22 years of age, also went over, in company with his sweet- heart, Maria Webster. On returning home about midnight the latter, when about Hinckley, at a place called Lash Hill Fields, were overtaken by Diilevs who used some offensive epithets towards the young woman. Jones ordered him to mind his own busi- ness, upon'which Dilley struck at him, but the blow was avoided by Jones, who. in return, knocked Dilley down. The latter, on getting up, drew out a large pocket knife, which he opened, rushed upon Jones, and stabbed him in the abdomen, inflicting a wound from four to five inches long. Miss Webster gave an alarm, and on a crowd gathering Diiley jumped the hedge and ran off across the fields. In the meantime the unfortunate man was carried to his house in Upper Bond street, Hinckley, where be was attended by Mr Ludlow, surgeon, who pro- nounced the wound to be of a fatal character. In the meantime Moore went in search of the prison, r, whom he found about two o'clock in the morning coucpaled in a iiedge bottom, on the Cemetery-road, a considerable distance from his lodgings. On bp;ng charged with the offence, he made no reply. The blade of the knife was, on Thursday morning, found on the-ground, near to where the affray occurred. It was covered with blood, and had evidently broken at the time Jones was stabbed. The haft was also discovered in a ditch a short distance off, by which Dilley had passed when making his escape. The same day, Jones being considered in a dying slate, his depositions, which were confirmatory of the above, were taken in the presence of two magistrates -the Rev H. L. Watson and Air J. L. Crossland, and at a later hour the prisoner was taken before the same magistrates and remanded for eight days, on a charge of stabbing Jones with intent to murder hiir. Jones, who was sinking rapidly, died on Friday morning; so the prisoner will have to be charged with wilful murder.