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FROM THE PAPERS. .v- The statue erected to the late M. Berryer, in the Paris law courts, was publicly unveiled on Monday, Jan. 20. At the sitting of the French Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 15, M. Martel was elected President by a large majority. Mr. Kuskin has (says the Athcnccum) resigned the Ox- ford Slade Professorship. His successor is to be elected in February. The St Petersburg Gazette declares the total expenses of the war from the time of the mobilisation of'the army to aa-e bcea 387,000,000 roubles. The Liverpool and Birkenhead ironfounders and iron skipbcilder3 have given notice of a reduction of n per cent. in wages, to take effect at the end of the present month. I On Sunday morning and afternoon, Jan. 19, there was a renewal of the anti-ritualistic disturbances which have caused so much scandal in connection with St. James's Church, Hatcham. At the Maidstone Assizes on Wednesday, January 15, Stephen Ganhull was sentenced to death for the murder of Mr. Arthur Gillow at Woodnesborough, near Sand- wich. It is estimated that there are about 10,000 Italians in London, engaged chiefly in sculptors' studios, in image- making, picture-frame moulding, and stone-cutting. About 2,000 it is believed, earn a living by organ-playing. Gustave Dore appears in the French Official Journal among the promotions in the Legion of Honour recom- mended by the Ministry of Fine Arts. M. Dor6 has been raised to the rank of Officer in the great national order of merit. The Lords Justices of Appeal have reversed the judg- ment of Vice-Chancellor Malins in the case of the Gold Company, and thus sustain the right -)f the shareholders to decide whether the winding-up shall be voluntary or com- pulsory. The Rosedale and Ferryhill Iron Company, one of the largest ironworks and ironstone and coal companies in the North of England, has issued a circular, announcing sus- pension of payment owing to depression in the iron trade. The liabilities are stated to be about 2280,000, and the assets are estimated at £ 350,000. A St. Petersburg telegram says the divergence between the official accounts and private intelligence respecting the extent of the plague in Astrachan continues, the for- mer asserting that the epidemic is diminishing, and the latter that it is increasing. The action by Mr. Pepperell against the Marquis of Townshend, for dismissal from his position as managing editor of Social Notes, terminated on Saturday, Jan. 18, in a verdict for plaintiff for £ 154 as the balance due after deducting moneys in his hands. The judge stayed execution. Mr. W. E. Forster spoke at Yarmouth on Saturday, Jan. 18, in support of Sir T. Fowell Buxton, the Liberal candidate for North Norfolk. After reviewing the home and foreign policy of the Government, Mr. Forster con- cluded bv asking the electors to declare by their votes that the Government had been weighed in the balances and found wanting. Mr. H. M. Starley has withdrawn from the proposed scheme for opening Africa to commercial enterprise and the final extinction of the slave trade. He states that inasmuch as his health is now completely restored, finding an unfriendly feeling towards him by certain gen- tlemen in Manchester, he at the beginning of the year committed himself to another undertaking. We (Athenceum) regret to hear of the death of Mr. C H. Mudie, the elder son of Mr. C. E. Mudie, of New Ox- ford Street. Mr. C. H. Mudie took an active share in the management of the well-known library, and was re- markable for his sound judgment, his tact, and his extreme kindliness. He had reached his 29th year. A correspondent of the Birmingham. Post sends to that paper an account of a sermon in a neighbouring church, in which the preacher insisted, "with bitter vituperation," that the burning of the town library was" an act of God's judgment upon the town for its godless education in the Board Schools." One side of a bridge over the canal at Stoke-on-Trent gave way on Thursday night, Jan. 16. The centre of the bridge is arched, but some years ago iron girders were placed on the sides to widen the bridge, and one of these girders fell in. No personal casualty attended the accident. The Marquis of Salisbury, accompanied by his Excel- lency Kno Ta-jen the Chinese Minister, and Madame Kuo, and attended by Dr. Macartney and the secretaries of the Chinese Legation, left London on Friday, Jan. 17. by special train for Portsmouth Harbour, en route for Os- borne. A serious accident occurred early on Friday morning, Jan. 17, on the private railway of Mr. Robert Crawshay, at Merthyr* Tydfil. A workmen's train was returning from one of the collieries, and four boys were riding on the buffer-plate of the engine, when it came into contact with some trucks left on the line, and three of the boys were killed, the other being fatally injured. A terrible accident occurred on the railway on the Phillippopolis side of Adrianople on Saturday, January 11. A train was precipitated into the river Arda by a bridge giving way. A Russian general, several officers, and about 200 men were drowned. The engine driver and three third-class passengers escaped. The death is announced of a very small, but once very great personage—General Tom Thumb. The General was a Dutchman, having been born at Bergum, in the province of West Friesland, in Holland, and there he died last week, from dropsy. His real name was Hane- man. He had realized a handsome fortune, and had only recently retired from public life. By order of the Home Secretary, the body of Miss Bullivant, who died recently at Derby, and was buried at Burton-on-Trent, has been exhumed, so that a post mor- tem examination might be made. Two of the deceased lady's late servants are now awaiting their trial at the Assizes on a charge of systematically and extensively rob- bing Miss Bullivant. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has been engaged during the past three days in hearing a petition for the extension of a patent granted to James Ball, four- teen years ago, for an invention of sheep-shears, a matter of great interest to Sheffield manufacturers. The appli- cation was vigorously opposed. Their Lordships on Friday, January 17, refused to grant the extension of the patent. Mr. P. A. Taylor, M.P. for Leicester, was present at a meeting held in the Brighton Town Hall, on Thursday, January 16, for the purpose of opening an institution to be called the Nineteenth Century Club. Mr. Taylor ex- plained that the club, which will be of a social character and open to women, originated out of his desire to see a library opened in the town on Sunday, as the Corporation declined to open theirs on that day. After evening prayer in the pro-Cathedral at Truro, on Wednesday, January 15, the Rev. F. W. Elis, a Roman Catholic priest, was publicly admitted into the commun- ion of the Church of England. According to the form drawn up by Archbishop Wake in 1714, and sanctioned by Convocation, Mr. Elis read aloud a recaiitation of the errors and superstitions of the present Church of Rome, professed penitence, and received absolution. The other night a melancholy case of death at child- birth took place near Shorewood, six or seven miles from Berwick. A woman called at a farmyard and asked for shelter, which, however, she was refused. She then pro- ceeded along the road, but had not gone far before she lay down and gave birth to twins. Shortly afterwards she and her offspring were found lying dead on the road- side. The Board of Trade authorities at Leith have received E150 from the German Government, to be given to the crew of the steamer Glengarry on her arrival at Leith. The captain is to receive E100, and 250 is to be divided among the crew, in recognition of the services they rendered in saving the lives of 172 persons in the collision which occurred on November 26, in the English Channel, be- tween the Hamburg and American steamship Pom- merania and the Welsh barque Moel Eilian. A peculiar bequest is contained in the will of an elderly spinster lady who has recently died in London. The Citizen is informed that Miss Lisetta Rist, who for forty- three years filled the post of organist at the church of AllhalJows, Barking, Great Tower Street, has left a con- siderable sum in the hands of trustees, to be applied "for ever to the distribution of gravel in steep and slippery London roadways, a work which she had personally su- perintended and paid for during her lifetime. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Mr. R. N. Philips, M.P., presided at a banquet, at which several other members of Parliament were present, given at the Manchester Reform Club to Mr. Henry Dunckley, editor of the Manchester Examiner and Times, and author of the letters of Verax," on the Crown and the Cabinet. The sum of £700 had been raised as a recognition of Mr. Dunckley's great ser- vices to the Liberal party, and the presentation took the form of a library of about three hundred volumes with a service of plate. On Monday, Jan. 13. Dr. Hardwicke held an inquest at the Model Prison, Pentonville, as to the death of Thos. Morris, aged 22, a collier, of Maesty, Carmarthenshire, who was under sentence of 20 years' penal servitude, for manslaughter. The evidence showed that deceased was sent to the prison on Dec. 3rd last; he was employed as a mat weaver. At the end of December he was found to be very ill and placed in the infirmary, and was put on the usual sick diet. He gradually sank, and ex- pired on the 9th January, from acute phthisis. Verdict —Death from natural causes. Mr. Cecil Raikes addressed his constituents at Chester onMondayevening,Jan.20. Havingreferred to the domestic legislation of last session, he touched upon financial matters, and said it was surprising to find Liberals cen- suring the Government for spending £ 6,500,000 in keep- ing them out of war, when the Liberal Government some years ago spent £ 60,000,000 in an unnecessary war. He approved of the foreign policy of the Government, and regretted the existing depression of trade, hoping that next session Government would do something to produce a better state of things, though it was unreasonable to make them responsible for the depression. A largely-attended meeting was held at Birmingham on Friday, Jan. 17, to inaugurate a fund to restore the Free ence f^brary. Alderman Barrow having read a M A°OAA -*Tree Libraries Committee stating that £ 10, X)0 was required in addition to the amounts receivable a? t> P°"clea °f insurance, Alderman Chamberlain, "NI.P., moved a resolution affirming the duty of taking immediate steps for the restoration of the library on a scale of completeness worthy of the town. An influential committee was formed to obtain subscriptions. A list of promised subscriptions was read, amountincr to about £ 7,000. At Sheffield on Friday, Jan. 17, Charles Peace, the notorious Blackheath burglar, now under sentence of penal servitude for life, was charged, before the Sti- pendiary, with having murdered Mr. Arthur Dyson, at Banner Cross, near Sheffield, on the 19th November, 1876. Mrs. Dyson, in her evidence, stated that on the night of the murder she went to the closet at the bottom of the garden, and on her return saw Peace waiting for her, with a revolver in his hand. Her screams attracted her husband's attention, and on his coming to her assistance Peace shot him. He then made his escape, and was not traced until apprehended for the recent Blackheath burglaries. The hearing of the case was adjourned. There was a great run on one of the London banks on Friday, Jan. 17, arising out of trifling circumstances. Some country people, after paying in some cheques, lin- gered in the lobby, rendering the passage of customers somewhat difficult. It was rumoured that the crowd was caused by a run on the bank. Great excitement ensued in the city, which resulted in a rush to Lombard-street. Policemen were brought to regulate the abnormal condition of the traffic caused by the assemblage of people. The management, in view of the excitement, did not close the doors at four o'clock, the usual hour, but kept them open until seven in the evening, in order to promptly meet every demand that might be made on the bank. At quite a late hour on Friday evening there was still a large crowd gathered outside the doors of the bank.

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