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A GIRL SHOT BY A Boy.-At an inquest just held on the body of a girl named Ann Lacey, 16 years of age, the jury returned a verdict of Man- slaughter against Job Hussey, a boy who had i caused the death of the girl by shooting her with a gun. They were both in the service of Mr Honey- < burn, Revelshay Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum, and Hussey persisted, in spite of repeated cau. tions, in pointing the weapon at the deceased and pulling the trigger. It is said, however, that there was no ill-will existing between them. BIRTH OF A SEAL.-On the 9th of this month one of the seals (Phoca vitulina) at the Zoological-gar- dens gave birth to a young one, which was at first L covered with an abundance of fine silky hair; this, as the animal wriggled about on the ground, was entirely shed, and formed a dense blanket or fur, on which it lay. In less than three hours the young i phoca took to the water, and swam about actively, endeavouring to suck as the mother turned on the I side. Unfortunately, however, there was no supply of milk, and the mother has since died in convul- j sions. since which time the young one has been fed by Mr Bartlett on milk and a small portion of cod liver oil, administered by means of a feeding-bottle. The young seal at birth was 32in. long, and weighed i 20Ib.-The Field. < THE BISHOP OF LLANDAFF OF RITUALISM.—The Bishop of Llandaff, in acknowledging a declaration j signed by upwards of 1,600 laymen of Monmouth- ] shire, against ritualism, reminds them that in his visitation charge of 1866 he stated, in words as clear < and explicit as he could command, that in his opinion J the sacramental theory which it is the avowed object j of the ritualistic movement to uphold is neither the t doctrine of the Church of England nor of the Church f Catholic of the very earliest age. With regard to ] 'practices' the Bishop says, that although he deems many of them to be in themselves matters of entire indifference, and though he thinks a narrow-minded exclusiveness or a disregard of decency and order in the conduct of Divine worship is as much to be deprecated on the one hand as superfluous cere- monialism on the other, he believes a great respon- j sibility will rest upon the clergy if, by the indutgence of their own self-will, they give needless offence. J THE WEATHER AND THF, CROPS IN THE NORTH. I The cheering prospects with respect to the con- r dition of the crops which prevailed a fortnight since are t-iving way before the drought, which is intensified by the unusually warm weather, and the price of corn, which was receding, has again turned towards an advance. Repotts from the North Riding, Dur- ham, Westmoreland, and South Northumberland ] state that where there has been any grass cut the ] crop, though an average, is by no means heavy, as ij was expected, while that not so forward in growth promises generally to be thin. Wheat, though less affected by drought, must. if dry weather continues ] much longer, be short in the stem, while the ear will ] be prematurely developed. The plant, however, looks well at present, and with early rain would prosper. The worst effects of the dry weather are feen in the spring sown crops, which a month ago were very forward, but have now received a severe j check, from which only immediate and copious rain i can recover them, of which there was no appearance 1 up to Saturday evening. Local thunder and other showers have occasionally faHen one such occurred •' in Durham on Thursday last, but the beneficial effects j have been very partial and transitory. Turnips. which are a great source of aliment for cattle in the grazing districts which abound in these counties, have a very poor appearance in many instances they have bad to be re-sown. The drought has encouraged the ravages of the fly, and the crop is to a large extent jeopardised in many districts.