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THE ABYSSINIAN EXPEDITION NEAR ADABAGA, May 19. I take advantage of a special messenger being sent to Zotilla with Sir Robert Napier's despatches to add a few lines to my tetter of the 17th inst., telling you the latest news. We marched yester- day from Agoola to Dongola, about ten miles and T, 9 to day about 13 miles, to a spot nearly three miles beyond Adnbaga. To-morrow we march to Mai Weehiz, about 13 miles. The arrangements for the embarcation have been going on so admirabJy that it is now con- sidered possible all the troops and even the stores may be out of Annesley-bay before the beginning of next month, and that there will be no occasion for any further halt even at Senafe. This calcula- tion, however, leaves no margin whatever for accidental delays or unforeseen difficulties occur- ing at the last moment. It is also assumed that Kassa, who is to meet the Commander-in-Chief on the 24th at Senafe, will be more punctual than he was at his last visit, or, if not, that Sir Robert Napier will decline to lose time by waiting for him. It is not likely that Sir Robert will allow himself to be long detained, for he has just sacrificed what would probably have proved a very interesting visit to Axum and Adowa, rather than incur the delay which it would have occasioned the embar- cation. The garrison which left Antalo on the 9th is now at Sooroo, and expected to embark on the 21st. The first column, which left Antalo on the nth, is at Goon-Goona. There have been no more floods in the Senafe Pass. A Boy KILLD BY FALLING FROM A TllEJV-A boy named Edwin Hirst, son of Mr John Hirst, of Cleck- heaton, while in company with three or four other boys, on Thursday, climbed up a tree, about 200 yards from his parents* home, and while swinging about on a bough he fell into the road, a distance of four yards He was picked up, and conveyed home. The poor boy expired soon after. THE ABYSSINIAN FORCE.—The arrival of the whole of the European troops lately engaged in Abyssinia destined for England may be expected in a few days. Her Majesty's ship Serapis, with the 1st Battalion 4th Foot on hoard, and the men of the 21st Brigade R.A, left Alexandria on Thursday, the 11th inst,.and may be expected at Dover about the 24th inst, where the 4th will he quartered. Her Majesty's ship Crocodile, with the 3rd Dragoons and 33rd Foot, left Alexandria on the 8th. The 10th company Royal Engineers are also under oiders for England.— United Service Gazette. A MAN DECAPITATED.—An accident of a shocking nature has formed the subject of a coroner's inquest at Armitage, between Rugeley and Lichfiold. A few el evenings ago the express leaving Euston at 2.45 p.m., which stops nowhere between Rugby and Stafford, was passing Armitage at a great speed, when the driver and stoker saw a man on the line. Befpre they could stop the train, the engine struck the man and ran over him. He was fearfully mutilated, his head being cut off, and his body otherwise injured. He turned out to be a man living in the neighbour- hood, named Samuel Bentley, and aged about 65 years. He is stated to have been of drunken habits. THE GOVERNMENT AND THE RATING QUALIFICA- TION.—On the consideration of the Boundary Bill, as amended, Mr Disraeli intends to move the fol- lowing clauses :—" (First registration of occupiers in boroughs within extended boundaries.) Where by reason of an alteration of the boundary of any borougi* by this act the occupier of a dwelling house or other tenement (for which the owner at the time of the passing of this act is liable to be rated instead of the occupier) would be entitled to be registered as an occupier at the next registration of Parliamentary voters if he had been rated to the poor rate for the whole of the required period such occupier shall, notwithstanding he has not been so rated, be entitled to be registered, subject to the following conditions: —1. That he has been duly rated as an ordinary occupier to all poor rates in respect of the premises made after the passing of this Act. 2. That all poor rates which have become payable after the 31st day of July, 1867, and before the 6th day of January, 1868, in respect of the premises, have been duly paid on or before the 20th day of July, 1;68." REMARKABLE METEOR.—A remarkable meteor was seen at the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, on June 8. at 9h. 50m. When first seen by Mr Lucas it had the appearance of a fine white cloud about 5 deg. in length and one deg. in breadth, a little to the west of Polaris. As the observer was pointing out its cornet- like appearance to some persons who happened to be with him in the lower meadow of the Observatory, it appeared to start into motion, taking a course directly west, and passing just below a and b Crsae Majoris, and leaving a train behind of a greater breadth than itself, which remained visible through its whole course after it had disappeared below the N.W. horizon. When it approached Leo it deviated from the straight line which it had previously taken, and turned somewhat towards the south, passing near Regulus, and then bent northwards again. The time that it was visible must have been nearly four minutes. Its appearance at one time was very like that of the flame and smoke combined which some- times issue from a railway engine, only very faint on account of the brightness of the still remaining twi- light. There was a thick haze all the night. A parselenes, or mock moon, was seen on the same night at 13h. 40m. FALL OF A PLATFORM WITH FIVg HUNDRED PEOPLE,—A special edition of the Northern Evening Express reports an appalling accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon at Gateshead, on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of the proposed new Town IJall. For the accommodation of spectators several platforms had beer; erected, and one next to West-street was set apart for ladies, whilst another adjoining Swinburne-place was composed of wood, and would be capable ot holding some 500 or COO persons. The ceremony had been all but completed when the rejoicing and the cheering were converted into screams and shouts for help. Just as Alder.-mn Hunter stepped from the stone a fearful cra"h. scyeams, and yells told that an untoward event had happened. The centre of the platform remained firm, but this only made matters worse, as all its occupants fell into one heap in the centre. Numerous volunteers were quickly at work rescuing the people from their perilous positions. By laying hold of the umbrellas and walking-sticks stretched out to them, those on the top were speedily saved. The work of rescue afterwards went on more speedily until all were brought out of the place. Many seemed to have got arms and legs more or less injured one man got his jaw broken, large numbers had received bruises, two or three women bad received severe cuts on the head and face; but, so far as could be ascertained, no lives were lost.