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A HOKRlBl E SCE NE. The Mexican papers report the occurren~e of a terrible scene at a place called Perote. A number of soldiers, at the head of w^om were two officers named Mendoza and.Hernandez, had pronounced in favour of Negrete. The mutineers were arrested by an opposing faction, and the two officers were ordered immediately to be shot. A detachment, badly armed and having as bad ammunition, under the command of Major Rojano, conducted the officers near the ditch of the fortress, followed by all the inhabitants of Perote. They made a first discharge on Hernandez. hut no ball taking effect the discharge was repeated Then Hernandez held up his arms, and cried out. 4 God will not have me die. Let the people say i must die or not.' The people for a while seemed undecided, -but, seeing that a third discharge was about to be ordered, cried out, Don't kill him In consequence of this the major ordered the execution to be postponed until Colonel Campillo should be consulted, and new orders given but as there was another execution to take place, the major ordered Telipe Mendoza (the other lieutenant) to be shot. A first discharge was made, a ball only wounding him in the stomach. Thereupon the wounded man, leaning on his arm, took out from his body the bloody ball, and exclaimed, 1 Pon't kill me! don't kill me He remained in this horrible situation for about ten minutes while the soliiers reloaded their muskets, and then made a second discharge in great confusion, crying out at the same time, I Beheitle, l,chenle!' (Kill him! kill him!) In spite of the wounds received from so many shots he was still alive when he fell over on the ground seeing which the major drew his revolver out of his belt and gave it to a soldier, who drew near the fallen man and dis- charged every shot at him, without succeeding in his ^purpose. He then reloaded the weapon and dis- charged four more Jlots, after which the man was finally killed. kfter this horrible butchery the major returned to town to ask Campillo if Hernandez was still to be executed after his miraculous escape from two successive discharges. Campillo answered Yes.' The people, upon hearing this answer, broke out in loud cries, embraced the colonel's knees, and finally obtained the order to conduct Hernandez to the barracks, where he still remains. The impres- sion this caused on him was so great that he is now suffering under the attack ot a most violent fever. That same day (the 8th) Campillo ordered the corporal and soldier charged with being among the ringleaders to be shot, without any process of law. ——— -«• — PASSENGER TRAFFIC WITH FHANCE.—The British Consul at Calais gives the following statement of the number of passengers who passed thronch the principal French ports in 1867 :-Calais, 199,837, an increase. of 74,305 over 1866; Bouloene, 152,631, and in. crease of 38 983; Dieppe, 88,284, an increase of 49,587 Havre, 16,177, a decrease of 346 Os'end, 19,707, an increase of 3,810—total, 476,946, an increase of 166,339. No return had been obtained from Dunkirk, where the number probably exceeded 2,000. The Consul considers that the passage between Dover and Calais ought to be accomplished within an hour and 10 to 15 minutes, and that with the new line to Tunbridge open the mtil service between London and Paris should be performed within eight hours and 30 to 40 minutes. He is in favour of the scheme for a huge ferry of great horse- power and speed. ACTION AGAINST A SUERIFF.-In the Bail Court the case of Wood v. Watt has been tried. It was an action to recover damages from a sheriff for a negli- gent escape It appeared that in 1865 the plainiiff had recovered a judgment debt. for zC264 15s against a person named W. H. Bainbrige, and in September 1865 a ca. sa. was issued into Yorkshire to arrest Bainbrige. The sheriff's officer accordingly arrested him at Doncaster during the races, but, instead of taking and lodging him in prison, he took him to his house at Doncaster, and while there Bainbrige made his escape. On the 4th October following Bainhrige was made bankrupt on his own petition, his debts appearing to be £17,000, and his assets £ 30, which latter amount was advanced by his friends. On the part of the sheriff, the escape could not be denied. but it was contended that the pecuniary loss of his body by the escape was next to nothing, as he was in a position of such indebtedness. The jury gave a shilling damages. RECENT WILLS AND BEQUESTS.—The Scotch con- firmation or will of the Hon. James Henry Gordon was sealed in the London Court as exceeding £ 31,000 personalty; and that of Archibald Foote, Esq, merchant of Montrose, as exceeding £ 69,000. The will of James Earnshaw Marshall, Esq, was proved in the registry at Taunton under JE 180,009 personalty. The will of the Rev Cbrislopher Benson, M.A., canon of Worcester Cathedral, was proved in the London Court under £ 30,000 personalty. The executors are Mrs Bertha Maria Benson, his relict, and Charles Pidcock, Esq, of the city of Worcester. The testator died dn the 25th of March last, at his residence, Woodfield, near Ross, Herefordshire. His will bears date June 1864, and a codicil May 1867. He leaves his wife an immediate legacy of £ 1,000, and all his furniture, books, statuary, carriages, and horses. I That portion of his plate formerly belonging to his I late brother, General Benson, C.B., he leaves to his nephew, Alfred Benson Griffiths. He leaves to his wife a life interest in the rest of his property. The reversion and ultimate residue thereof on her decease he leaves ara-ongst his nephews and nieces in, certain specified portions.—The will of Thomas Bridges, Esq, of Elmer, near Fetcham, Surrey, and 33, St. James's- place, Piccadilly, was proved in London under £ 600,000 personalty. The trustees and executors are the Rev Alexander H. Bridges, of Beddington I House, iSurrsy the Rev W. Steward Richards, M.A., efwick Rectory, Sussex and Henry Ulrick Coult- hurs>t, Esq., of New Inn. The will is dated 1862, with two codicils, 1865-7, and testator died April 22 last. He has left numerous charitable bequests to public institutions amongst them are the follow- ing r—Christ s Hospital; London Orphan Asylum, St. Ann's; Royal Society, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Blind School, Deaf and Dumb Asylum, Asylum for Idiots, Cancer Hospital, Philanthropic School, each P. legacy of < £ 1,000, and. like bequest to a few other institutions. There are several legacies to rela:i\'es and friends and to his servants. The real estate and the residue of his personal estate he leaves to the said Alexander Henry Bridges, The will of Mrs Mary Ann Gott, formerly of Armley House, near Leeds, and late of Cheltenham, relict of John Gett, Esq, was proved at Gloucester, under £100,0(1). by Mrs Sarah Rhodes, her sister; John W. Rhodes, Esq, her nephew and Robert J. Tinley, f Esq, her nephew-in-law, the surviving executors. ¡ The testatrix died May 6 last, without issue. She bequeaths all her furniture and effects at Birks Hall, which mansion and furniture was left to her by her late mother, Mrs Elizaoeth Brook, to the person in the enjoyment of the said estata. The residue of her property she leaves to her sister, Mrs Sarah Rhodes, absolutely. The wills of the undermentioned have been recently proved in London :—John Harslam, £ 80,000 W. S. Scarlett, £ 30,000; G. H.Crutchley, £ 45,000 B. P. Squance, £45,000 Charles Thoroid, £35,000; F R. Thresker, £45,000; John A. Dunlop, £ 80,000; W. H. Mangles, £ 30,000; John Ingham, £ 90,000. I;