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COLLISION BETWEEN H. vi s. WARRIJR AND ROYAL OAK. PLYMOUTH, AUG. 16.— Ti e Channel squadron left Portland on Friday morning f r Ireland, and passed down Channel off bis port on Friday night, under sail with steam up, but not steaming. The Pallas put in here for supernumeraries and to make good defects. A stron.: g de blew from the south- ward, a heavy sea was running, and the night was dark, with rain squalls. At 11 p.m when the rest of the squadron was ten miles S.W. of the Eddystone, a serious collision occurred between the Warrior and the Royal Oak. The qua.dron was standing to westward in the following order: Starboard division — Minotaur, Ballero- phon, Achilles, and Defence; port division- Penelope, lioyal Oak, and Warrior, with the distance of four oa; les between the vessels in each division. The gale increasing, a signal was made from the Admiral's ship for the squadron to take in a second reef of their top- sails. While the ships were so employed, the Warrior forged ahead, came up under the lee of the Royal Oak, and ran into her starboard quarter. The approach of the Warrior was seen from the Royal Oak, and the Warrior was hailed by Ciptain Hillyard, but the hail ing was apparently not heaid The Warrior's bowsprit and cutwater carried away all the Royal Oak's starboard boats and davits, as well as four chain-plates in the main chains, and tore adrift her lee main rigging, damaged some chain-plates in the mizen chains, and lo. >sened the lee mizen rigging tore away the bridge and engine-room telegraph, stove in the starboard berth- ing and channels, carried away one fluke through the Royal Oak's side. The engine-room telegraph, when being torn away, was by the collision turned to go ahead,' and this order being immediately obeyed from the engine-room, added to the confusion, some minutes elapsing before the machinery could be stopped. The vessels were twenty minutes in collision, and were onlv freed at length by the Warrior steaming astern. The Royal Oak went on during tne night with the squadron, and, through the thickness of the weather, could not communicate her damages to the admiral until the fol- lowing morning. At ten a.m. on Satnrday she received ord 'rs to return here to repair damages, arriving on Sa- turday night. She left the squadron fifteen miles i W.S.W. of the Lizard. The Warrior left her figure- head on board the Royal Oak, and is believed to have had her jib-boom carried away and her bowsprit damaged. She has gone on with the squadron, and will probably ] be repaired at Milford. No lives were lost, nor was anyone injured by tbe accident. THE RIFLE BRIGADE.— We have good reason for he- lieving that there is truth in the rumour according to which his Royal HighnesB the Prince of Wales will succeed to the Colonelcy-tn-Chief of the Rifle Brigade, vacant by the death of Field-Marshal Sir Edward Blakeney. The appointment will be cordially appreciatcd by tfie Rifles, while, as it has no emoluments now attached to it, none of the old and deserving officers of the army will have cause to renew the complaint made with good reason when the Prince became Colonel of the 1 )th Hussars, that they are thereby kept out of any sub- stantia! benefit to which they had a right to look forward. —Army and Navy Gazette, —Army and Navy Gazette, HAIR W ASHES.-It is only right to refer to a source t of possible disease which is peculiarly widespread just now, and against which the public should be cautioned, t At the present time there is quite a rage for the use of hair' washes' or 'restorers,' which, wbilst the charge of their being 'dyes'is indignantly repudiated, yet in a short time 'restore' the colour of the hair. The active agent in these washes is of course lead. In the majority of oases, probably, a moderate use of such a lotion would be unattended with mischief; but it is worth remembering that palsy has been known to be produced by the long-continued use of cosmetics con- taining lead. But of the thousands of persons who are now applying lead to their scalps, there will doubtless be some with an extreme susceptibility to the action of the poison, and these will certainly run no inconsiderable risk of finding the restoration of their hair attended by loss of power in their wrists.- The Lancet. THE POOR IN THE WORKHOUSE.—A return issued by the Poor Law Board shows that in England and Wales (exclusive of the metropolis) tiiere were, on the Istof July, 1867.96,079 paupers in the workhouses 3,060 of the men } and 9,200 of the women were able-bodied 46,853 adults 2 were not able-boiied, and 8,372 of thesn were lunatics and 2 imbeciles; 36,966 were children under 16. 29,178 of the whole 96,079 in the workhouses were on the medical S relief-book, 6.917 were aged and infirm, requiring medical c treatment, 9.93a others were chronic cases, 4,173 were acute cases, 735 venereal, 958 fever and zymotic ca<es, 5 6,095 requiring extra diet only. In the following winter, on ghe 1st of January, 186S, the numbers were larger: t there were 119905 paupers in the workhouses; 7,373 of i the men and 12,510 of the women were able-bodied, l 56,764 adults were not able-bodied, 8.754 of them lunatics 1 and irn heciles 13,2.58 were children under 1G. Of the 1 whole 119,905 in tbe workhouses 38,855 were on the j* medical relief-book, 7,480 were aged and infirm persons requiring medical treatment, 11,450 others were chronic 2 cases, 5,203 were aetit,e cases, 930 venereal, 1,365 fever and 2 zymotic cases, 7,082 reqniring extra diet only. The 2 numbers are stated in detail for each union, 2 2 THE STIRCHLEY MURDER.—It will be remembered 2 that during the trial 0:' Harries at Shrewsbury Assizes 2 upon the charge of murdering the jeweller's salesman, 'i Zusman, a profound sensation was created in the court by the relation of a conversation the prisoner had with 5 his old schoolmaster while awaiting his trial in the cells beneath the court, In that conversation Harris admitted that, while he was not the actual murderer, he was ac- 1" qnainted with him, and he circumstantially described » how the murderer dodged him about. threatening to I split his skull' and tear out his heart' if he betrayed ( htm. It has now transpired that this was not the firs: time since his committal npon the capital charge that q Harris had avowed his knowledge of the real murderer, c and to Captain Fenwick, the Governor of the gaol, he I confided the name of the man. It was gencrally expected S that immediately upon the acqittal of Harris the person whom'he had thus pointed out would be arrested, and that Harris, assured of the protection of the law, would £ come forward and give evidence. Such, however, Will £ not be the case, for the police have reason to know that t the man thus strangely accused (and who is at the present S time in Shrewsbury Gaol upon a charge of poaching) I had nothing to do with the murder. Harris has by his own statements laid himself open to an indictment for misprision of felony, but it is not probable that the ¡- police authorities will take any steps towards prosecuting him, as they do not believe such a course would throw any fresh ligbt upon tho commission of this extraordinary crime. 3 DISAPPROVAL OF GLADSTONE'S IRISH CHURCH POLICY by Sir Roundell Palmer, a Liberal, a Queen's Counsel, a Doctor or Civil Law, an Oxford Master of Arts, called to j the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1837: became Q.C. in 1849: 1 appointe,t Solicitor-Genera1, 1861: Attorney-General, 1863: was M.P. for Plymouth, 1847-52, and 1853-7, and in the event ot a Gladstone Administration could have reasonably, if not certainly, expected' to become Lord Chancellor; has disinterestedly severed himself from his leacta and his colleagues; in his address to the electors of Richmond, indicating the grounds upon which he had done so. It is at all times a pleasing task to render i justice to those who make large sacrifices .in order to I < maintain their sincere convictions, and it is especially so in the case of an official Liberal who breaks away from his party on a question which they have made a cardinal feature of their policy. Without pledging himself to the principle of 'disestablishment,' though it is clear that Sir Roundell would be prepared to acquie,ce in modifica- tions of the present relative positions of the church in Ireland and the State, but even upon this point, there is a wide gulnh between Mr Gladstone and his former colleague; but the difference is still more strongly marked when the member for Richmond touches on the disendowment question. He is in favor of a redistribution of the endowments of the Irish Church, but is oppo ed to their absolute alienation. Mr Gladstone would make a clean sweep of them, but Sir Roundell Palmer insists that they shall be retained wherever they are not disproportioned to.the wants of the resident Protestant population. I believer ia faot, that his views will be entirely met by the conclusions of the Royal Commissioners and the action of the Government there- upon, for their aim. like his, will be to reform the Irish Establishment, while Mr Gladstone seeks to destroy it and plunder it. Even Mr Gladstone, however, will Dot dare to say in the case of Sir Roundell Palmer that his razor I is made to DOCYTA.' QUEENSLAND GOLDFrELDS.-Tho following is an extract from a letter received in Melbourne from an unques- tionable authority, who recently visited Gympie Creek:- The alluvial deposits far exceed in richness and extent all that I had been taught or imagined of them, and I pray you not to think that there is any immediate pros- pect of their becoming worked out. My own conviction is that they are in their infancy still. I never met a man working who did not confess that he was making wages or more. Some I know -for I saw—are making large fortunes, and hundreds are realizing small ones. The Nashe? have done very well, and will end their prospector's claim with some £20,000 Thev, however, will be beaten by Murdoch and Son, who divided for their week's work while I was there £ 12,000. Walker'snlaim, which he'ancied he had worked out and sold for a few pounds, has yielded already more to his successors than himself, I was there the other day when they washed out an 8 z nu-jget, and seemed by their way to think nothing of it. The dense scrub bounding Walker's Gully is found to be full of sold—that is. the earth from the surface to a foot down is. When I left there were at least 50 reefs named, but the supposition j, that many will he found identical with each other. For instance, the Lady Mary and Caledonian intersect, Nash's Gully, and near it the prospector's claims are: and it is nearly certain that they re identical with very fine reefs opened out he) olld Walker's Gully, nearly a mile away. l)odd' and a partv of two other iften had not a penny about six- weeks ago. They were just Gathering up their week's collection of 'specimen, We calculated they had—in tubs, buckets, in the fire, and eN -;v)jere—fro.n £6.000 to £ 8,000 worth. The specimens, I iQ1;S explain, are the pieces of quartz and gold so visibiy rich and tempting that it wouid not do to throw there into tin pile stone intended for the Crushing- machine. When we left the bllt. the Commissioner told me 'th y had been doing well all the time.' What they really have taken is not known Lawrence and Pollock, M'Ghie and party, and Goodchap, who used to be over- seers of the road, have literally made fortunes out of their specimen"; whiie M'Ghie sent 3'>cwt. of quartz to tbe mill so poor looking, compared with most that he is slacking, that it was sent to find out it it was worth crushing at all; its yield was 11 oz. Munro, of the Now Zealand Reef, sent nine tons of rather better looking stone, but nothing like most of what is stacked; the yield was 9oz. to the ton. Now, I saw these stones, examined them well, and I saw their produce. In. the New Zealand ttone I could just detect a speck or two of gold, after much searching. I thir.k I may safely say that from the Caledonian and Lady Mary, both pros- pectors' they were taking out daily ij-500 worth f specimens. On Monday last Lawrence estimated bis day's work at £l,¡;(JO, I have been amazed at all I saw- lumps of gold worth hundreds of pounds lying in pails and tubs like so many potatoes. There are several other reefs of equal repute besides those I have named. I speak of them from actual knowledge. Ernest Webh gave £ 700 for his one-eighth share in the Lady Mary: he has already received the money back." Tture are 3,000 miners at the Kilkivan rush, and nearly 2.000 at the Cape diggings, which are,being somewhat overtone, A new rush of some promise has occurred to Yabher, and Mr Daintree, the geologist. ha- expressod an opinion that at no distant date the Gilbert Ranges will form the nucleus of the largest and richest gohifield in Australia, Specimens of silver ore, said to be very rich, have been discovered near Rockhampton.— Melbourne -~rgusr June 20.