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A NOTABLE PARTY. When Mr Disraeili launched his first tale and found it to be a great success, Lord Lytton, then Mr Edward Lytton Bulwer, had achieved the proud place as a novelist which he has ever since retained. The aspirant for literary distinction bad long admired at a distance the renown of his senior, and, encouraged by the reception which his own maiden effort had received, he did what young authors under similar circumstances are apt to do. Be sent to Mr Bulwer a copy of Vivian Grey,' writing at the same time an apologetic note, and giving reasons for the liberty he had taken. The letter, with its accompanying gift, were at once a-ckaowledged, and Mr Disraeli was requested tonamea day for dining with their recipient. It happened that Mr Disraeli had arranged for quit- ting England on the day but one after receiving this invitation. He wrote to say so, and the morrow was fixed for the symposium. Four gentlemen sat down at Mr Bulwer's table on that occasion—one being, of course, the host; another Mr Disraeli the third, a man, shy., but evidently intelligent, for though he said comparatively little, his remarks, as often as he hazarded them, were keenly to the purpose. The fourth, a private friend of the host, need not be specified. It was an evening not to be forgotten, because then, as now, both Lord Lytton and Mr Disraeli 8ho:>e in conversation. The party broke; up afbout midnight, and Ihe host and his friend were left .alone together. After discussing Disraeli, the left ,alone together. After discussing Disraeli, the question was put, Who is your silent guest ?' He I is one of the ablest men I know,' was the reply. c He was my contemporary at college. He is now a bar- rister he will attain the highest honours of his pro- fession. His name vs Cockburn.' The climax to this little bit of domestic history or gossip is very remark- able. The two brilliant novelists nd the painstaking able. The two brilliant novelists nd the painstaking lawyer who dined together some forty or more years ago, comparatively obscure men, have all risen to positions of eminence in the State. Mr Cockburn is Lord Chief Justice of England Mr Bulwer, after serving as Secretary of State for the Colonies, has become a peer of the realm; and Mr Disraeli, on more than one previous occasion Chancellor of the Exchequer and leader of the House of Commons, si now the First Lord of the Treasury.- Blackwood's Magazine. THE SAD OLD STOKY.— A melancholy boat acci- dent occurred on the Clyde, near Millport, on Tues- day evening. It appears that in the afternoon Colonel Thomas Morgan and Mr Alexander Tweedie hired a small boat, and accompanied by some ladies pro- ceeded to cruise about the bay. The wind was very violent, and two of the ladies asked that they might be taken to the shore. When they were landed the third young lady, a Miss Brown, determined to go out again with the gentlemen. Before they had got far from shore the boat was caught in a sudden squall, and shipped a quantity of water. The lady appears to be the only one who could swim. She was nearly drawn under the water by one of the gentlemen who caught hold of her dress. She managed tv shake herself free, and keep float until assistance arrived. This was rendered bravely by a young joiner, who, although told of the danger before him, put off in a sma.l punt. His vessel was so small that it did not seem possible for it to live in such a sea. He succeeded in reaching the young lady, and managed to draw her into the punt without capsizing it. She was unconscious when he regained the shore, bat she recovered shortly afterwards. The two gen- tlemen were of course drowned. NARROW ESCAPE IN A DUEL.-In consequence of an article entitled The Epilogue,' which appeared in La Liberte of July 27, and signed Odysse Barot,' M. Jecker demanded satisfaction from the author by arms. Belgium having been selected as the place of meeting. The duel took place at six o'clock on Saturday evening, near the skirt of the forest of Soignies and the avenue which leads to Waterloo. The seconds of E. Barot were MM. Leon Cahun and Ulrc de Fonvielle those of M. Jecker were MM. Morineau and Salor. They fought with pistols, the combatants were placed at a distance of 25 paces, and at the word given by the seconds both fired. M. Barot was hit in the region of the abdomen, but by a singular piece of luck the ball was turned aside by the button, and was afterwards found in the waistcoat pocket. He suffered in consequence only a severe contusion, which is not likely to have any serious consequences. Owing to the skill and care of Dr Feigneaux, M. Barot was able to return to Paris yesterday morning with his friends. M. Jecker, we hardly need say, is the gentleman with whom the famous, or rather, infamous Jacker Bonds originated. The article in the Liberte was written upon a debate in the Legislative Body, in which the name of Jecker played anything but an honourable part. DESTRUCTION OF CROPS.The protracted drought and the great dryness of the cereal crops has led to some destruction of produce during the past week in the neighbourhood of the Great Eastern and the Great Northern Railways, sparks from passing engines, th fall of which cannot be avoided, causing frequent fires. Annexed are a few instances of damage done in this manner:- Rivenhall, Essex, seven and a half acres of barley burnt, estimated loss, £135; Mr Potter, the owner, insured in the Sun Office. Ardleigh, Essex, farmbuildings of Mr T. Bromley, destroyed, estimated loss £2,000; Mr Bromley insured in the Essex and Suffolk Equitable Office. Great Bentleyv Essex, four acres of barley burnt on the farm of Mrs Isaac Strutt. Maldon, Essex, field of barley belonging to the Messrs Clump destroyed to the extent of 11 acres. Cantley. Nor- folk, 40 acres of barley destroyed on the farm of Messrs E. and T. Gilbert, insured in the London and Liverpool and Globe. Middleton, Norfolk, about one acre of wheat entirely destroyed in a field belonging to Mr Bennington. Weston, Notts, two .acres of barley and some stubble consumed on the farm of Mr Hunt, at Weston. Many other fires have occurred between Weston and Newark, but they have been extinguished without much damage having been done. DISCOVERY OF A COINING ESTABLISHMENT.—The magistrates of Wolverhampton were occupied on Saturday in hearing evidence against George Green, who is charged with having in his possession base coin and instruments for manufacturing the same. The evidence shewed that the prisoner and his wife and sea were engaged regularly in coining and passing bad money. The police first arrested the wife, and then pounced upon the house, in which they found a very complete set of coining apparatus, and an abundance of material, with thirty-nine shillings and nineteen florins, all base, and most of them packed up, ready for distribution. Single coins of good money were also found, which had been used as patterns. Amongst the materials was a battery complete in all its appliances, including a bottle of silver solution aDd a silver 'positive' plate. There was also a pot for melting spelter and copper. There was plenty of partly fused metal and plaster of Paris. The discovery had been made that (Saturday) morning and the previous night. The prisoner has been a convict, and is supposed, with his family, to have been living several years by making spurious money. He was remanded, that the depositions might be forwarded to the Mint authorities.