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GENERAL INTELLIGENCE, It is announced that Mr Somerset, of Lorn, has consented to contest Glasgow in the Con- servative interest at the next general election. j Two men named Eustace and Keep quarrelled on Saturday night in some fields near Maiden- head about 2d. Keep stabbed Eustace, who lies in a precarious condition. The adjourned inquest on the bodies of the seven men killed by the falling of a bridge at Co; pull, near Wigan, on the 6th inst., concluded 011 Monday. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased were accidentally killed by the premature falling of the bridge. At Northampton on Monday, Charles Wood- ford, shoe manufacturer, was committed for trial on the charge of defrauding his creditors. After his arrest, som3 weeks since, prisoner cut his throat, and was only sufficiently recovered to be charged on Monday. At Darrow Colliery, near Barnsley, on Monday afternoon, Samuel Wilson, a collier, and his hurrier, named Croft, were making their way to I the shaft, after completing their day's work, when some cross bars supporting the roof gave way, and knocked them both down. Wilson was killed on the spoi", and Croft was injured. A comet was seen on Monday evening at Nev^gisse, about eight o'clock, by fishermen in the Eogfish Channel. One of them writes Its nucleus, which was occasionally obscured by dark clouds, appeared to be about the dimensiuns of one of the inferior planets. In its trajectory motion it would appear to b3 passing due north." Two women named Gray and Warren, and a man named Taif;in, were remanded at Liverpool, on Tuesday, on suspie'ou of causing the death of Richard Russell, naval pensioner, llusseil visited a house of iU-fams kept by the female prisoners, having £14 in his possession. lIe was afterwards found in the street, unconscious, and died from injuries to the head. All his money was gone. On Saturday night an alarming fire broke out at I Perry Hall, near Birmingham, the seat of the lIon. A. C. G. Calthorpe, brother of Lord Calthorpe, and at one time it threatened to destroy this very fine old hall. The fire broke out in the east wing, which is occupied by the servants, and the Aston lire brigade, who were sent for, found this part of the hail in flames. They managed to confine the flames tu that portion, but it was two hours before the flames were subdue. During a football match 0:1 Saturday afternoon, between the Walsall Swifts and the Smallheath Alliance (Birmingham), played oil the ground of the latter, a serious accident occurred to Arthur James, one of the Smallheath Alliance forwards, the young man bsiug knocked down and receiving dangerous internal injuries. Play was immedi- ately stopped. Twelve months since the unfortu- nate player met with a similar accident, from which his life was in danger for several days. At Banwell, near Weston-super-Mare, on Sun- day, two young men named Phillips and Richards hul an altercation in the street. Phillips wis removed by his friends, and Richards was driven by the crowd towards a millpond, iato which, it is alleged, l o WAS thrown. He reached a small island in die centre of the pond, where he was desired to remain until a boat was procured, but h3 proceeded to swim for the opposite bank, cot entangled in weeds, and was drowned. One young man has been apprehended. At a conference of the Lancashire cotton manu- facturers, held at Manchester, on Tuesday, it was resolved to continue the struggle with the weavers for a 5 per cent reduction in wages. A number of employers volunteered to reduce the wages who had not already done so, and others expressed their willingness to stop their looms. It is ex- pected that the result of Tuesday's decision will be the stoppage of about six thousand additional looms at Blackburn. A shocking accident happened on Saturday in the buildings in course of erection at Sheffield for the Gladstone Liberal Club. The steam crane was being worked by John Hudson when it got out of gear. Hudson immediately applied the brake, and caused such a jerk to the load being hoisted as to cause one of the stays of the crane to snap, and the whole machinery came toppling down. Hudson was caught between the crane and an iron girder. Both his legs were cut clean off. He died after removal to the hospital. The clerk ot" the works had a narrow escape. A largely-attended meeting of the creditors of Mr Morris Ranger, the cotton speculator, was held on Monday afternoon, to consider an offer of composition. The debtor offered to purchase the estate at a sum which would pay a composition of 6J in the £ A claim of £ 114-,000' by his brother was postponed, and another of £165,000, by a Mr Taylor, was disputed, these amounts being left out of the composition. After a long discussion, an amended offer was made of 9J in che £ —6d now avid 31 in 12 months, secured by the debtor's promissory i.oic. This offer was accepted, and it was resolved that the debtor should have his dis- charge on these terms. At a meeting of the committer of the Farmers.' Alliance, held in London on Monday, Mr Bor- laso, M.P., presiding, it was resolved that the many deficiencies in the Agricultural Holdings Act render further legislation imperatively neces- sary. A resolution was also P¡1.cÜ in favour of a measure granting the Privy Council ample powers to entirely prohibit the importation of foreign live animals 110111 countries where foot-and-mouth disease exists, and to amend the act of 1873 in other particulars. Mr Borlase, M.P., and Mr James Howard, M.P., were deputed to draft a bill. The annual diunei of the alliance was fixed for February 4th, at the Holborn Restaurant, London. On Saturday morning a fire broke out on board the steamer Clutha, of Grangemouth, at present lying in the Grangemouth Dock. A watchman observed smoke issuing from the mate's cabin in the fore part of the vessel, and immediately raised the alarm. The five was soon got under, but on entering the cabin the body of a man was found lying at the foot of the stair. It was found to be that of Denis M'Carthy, aged 30 years, a native of Sheemess, engaged as an able seaman on board the vessel. On going on board Oil Friday night he had lighted a lire, and the stove becoming over- healed, the woodwork of the cabin had been ignited. When found the body was charred almost beyond recognition. The damage to the steamer is slight. The coroner for South Bucks held an inquest on Monday at Bourne-end on the body of James Wise, aged 53. Deceased, a cowkeeper, lived in the house with his step-daughter, who is married to a paper-maker, named James Rose. The two men were upon bad terms, and on Saturday even- ing Rose, while drinking in a public-house, was told that Wise was making a disturbance at home. Rose took a heavy stick Iron) another man and left, saying he would see what the old man was made of. Shortly afterwards Mrs Wise heard a noise of quarrelling,und on going into the back pre- mises found her husband lying dead and Rose standing near him. Medical evidence showed that death was attributable to a violent blow be- hind the right ear.—The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Rose, and he was com- mitted for trial at the assizes. Henry Locke Upham, aged 21, was brought up on Saturday at the County Magistrates' Office, Bath, charged with the attempt to murder his father and brother on Thursday evening at Cor- ston Villa, near Bath.—From the evidence of P.C. Henry Mansfield, it appears that he was called at nine (.'clock in the evening to Corston Villa, the residence of Mr H. Upham, a gentle- man of independent means. He saw Mr Upham lying on a sofa bleeding from a ghastly wound of about two inches and a half long on the left side of the neck under the left ear. There was also a very severe cut 011 the right hand part of which wa.s hanging down, and one 011 the back of the head, and two cuts on the back .of the left hand. He was bleeding very much, and his coat and shirt were very much staioad. He took the caUar (prulHC?'!) from Iils 'neck. Mr Upham was engaged making his wilb From a com- munication he made witness went into the kitchen, where he saw his son, Benjamin, who was sitting in a chair. There was a cut about au inch and half long and three-quarters of au inch wide on the right side of his neck. There was also a wound under his cheek bone. He gave witness a razor (produced), which was very much stained with wet blood. Dr Terry, of Bath, and Dr Wig- more, of Tiverton, came while witness was there. He arrested the prisoner, who was sitting down quietly in a chair by the fireside. He seemed ex- cited, and his legs were covered with mud, and the breast, shoulder, and back of his coat with blood stains. There was blood upon his face and necktie and muffler. After he had been charged, he went quietly with witness to the police-station, Weston. He was handcuffed, and was in a faint- ing condition in the cart in which he took him. He had to be carried into the station. Major Allen remanded the prisoner. The outrage has caused great sensation at Bath and in the neighbourhood. On Monday afternoon an extraordinary scene was enacted in the Caledonian road, London, aud its neighbourhood, in connection with the funeral of an aged woman, named Mary Itobiuson, who was well known not only in Islington and St. Pancras, by the title of the "Queen of the Coster- iuongers," but throughout the metropolis. Mary Robinson, who had resided at 137, Bemerton- street, Caledonian-road, at one time used to have a stall in Somers Town, and of late years had been a vendor of cats'-nieat. Itis stated tliatshe amassed a great fortune, being worth IW less than £60,000, It was her custom to lend to coster- mongers money on Fridays and Saturdays to go to market with, they paying her for tho loan a shilling in the pound. The deceased was a most eccentric character. She paid, soma 20 years ago, to Mr Frank Sharman, of Caledonian-road, jS20 for her funeral expenses. Owing to the rumour that the deceased in her will had ordered that her remains should be carried to their last resting- place by four men wearing white smocks, and that 24 young women should follow wearing violet or purple dresses, Paisley shawls, hats with white feathers in them, and white aprons that there was to be £ 20 spent in drink at certain public- houses she named, by the costeriiiongers, and that there was to be a band of music in attendance, some thousands of persons congregated in Bemer- ton-street,, along the Caledonian-road, and the route the procession was to take to Finchley Cemetery. So great, indcei, was the concourse of people that it blocked the whole traffic for the time being, and in gpnie cases persons paid for windows to seo the" procession" pass by. The police, under the direction of Inspector Tucker, of the Y division, had a m'st difficult tasls to keep the space clear'so as to alloc the funeral proces- sion, when it did start, to r.long. The coffin, which was of handsome pushed oak, bore- a brass plate, with^the_ iusci.'otioi), JiMarv p/j!;iusoii, aged" Yl; died Jan. 1. 1884. It was reported that the corpse was dressed in white satin, and that round the head was a handsome wreath. A funeral car contained the coffin, which was completely covered with expensive wreaths and crosses. There were, besides the relatives and near friends of the deceased, who followed in the mourning carriages, a. great number of pony-carts, donkey-barrows, and cabs, aU being overfilled with costermongers, whilst hundreds followed on foot to the Finchley Cemetery, where the deceased was buried in her family grave. The scene, which was a strange one, caused a great deal of excitement. The deceased, it was said, left a sum of £10 to be spent in drink, and 10s for pipes and tobacco after the interment. The money was afterwards iu the uiaawer indicated by the deceased _>1 i. -r A fire broke out on Tuesday at the Auchwnrthy Pr.pcr Mills,Warkwich, Fife-shire, belonging to Ii. Tullis and Company, by which 600 tons of esparto grass, valued at between £4-,000 and £5,000, were destroyed by fire or spoiled by water. The inquest on the body of the young Orange- man, Gifiin, was concluded atOmagh 011 Tuesday. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from peritonitas, resulting from a wound inflicted by a policsman atDromore." An Alexandria telegram says —A serious accident has occurred in tho Suez Canal. An English steamer, the Mameluke, having touched one of the Imiks, has sunk near Elguiio, and the Canal will be completely blocked for several days. A train, composed of an engine and two carriages, ran off the line between Stokes Bay and Fareham on Tuesday, and ploughed up the permanent way for some distance. It ran into the bank. The engine driver and two passengers were injured. On Tuesday afternoon Sir Frederick and Lady Perkins were driving in their brougham up Fleet-street, when the horse suddenly fell. The coachman was thrown to the ground, but the occupants of the carriage escaped without injury, The Press Association is informed that the Government of India has bought up nearly the whole of the pottery and fine art specimens in the Calcutta exhibition in order to provide models [or schools of design, which it is intended to establish in all parts of India. A Liverpool solicitor having forwarded to her Majesty a copy of his lecture, entitled Queen Victori,I," ha" received tiie following, dated Osborne, January 12th :—" Sir Henry i'ousonby presents his compliments to Mr Pierce, and is commanded by the Queen to thank him for the c»py of his lecture upon Queen Victoria which lie has had the loudness to send to her Majesty." While demolishing some, old buildings in South- ampton-row, London, on Tuesday, some workmen discovered at the rear of No. 54, Devonshire-street two skulls and other bones, which the workmen think cannot have been buried more than two years, the quicklime being fresh on them. The occupant of the house named says she was not eware of the bones being buried there. The police are making inquiries. At the adjourned inquest, held 011 Tuesday, at Newton, on the body of Jessie Loveridge, aged twelve months, who was drowned by her mother in an old clay pit, a verdict of wilful murder against Mrs Loveridge was returned. The prisoner committed the deed after a quarrel with her bus- band, and also attempted to drown herself. She has been committed for trial by the magistrates. A dastardly outrage has been perpetrated on a labourer named Brooks. He went to Ireland a short time since and returned to Sheffield with £160 which bad been left him. It is believed he communicated this fact to some companions, who followed him into a quiet street, threw snuff in his eyes, and robbed him. Two men are ln custody. DUBLIN, Tuesday.—This morning Peter Wade, aged 22, was executed in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, for the murder of an old man named Patrick Quinn. The weather was damp, and only about 50 persons assembled to watch the hoisting of the black The executioner was Binns, alld the press were not admitted. Wade walked firiniy to the scaffold, and died without a struggle. He was most devout. The scaffold was the same as that used for the Invincibles. On Tuesday afternoon a marble statue of William Wilberforce, the. Emancipator, was pre- sented to the Hull Corporation by Mr Henry Briggs, steamship owner, and formerly sheriff of the town. The ceremony took place at the Town hall in the presence of a large representative gathering. The statue was unveiled by Bishop Wilberforce, a grandson of the Liberator, who pointed out that the example of Wilberforce should animate them in struggling with the self- imposed slavery of the drink, which was worse than the slavery of the body. Reginald Slaughter, a painter, aged 21, was charged at West Ham police-court, on Wcdnes- daj', v.'ith shooting at Catherine Pole 021 Tuesday evening at Forest Gate. Miss Pole deposed that the prisoner had been keeping company with her, but that the engagement had been broken off on Monday. The prisoner met her outside Mary- land Point Station on Tuesday evening, and fol- lowed her, firing two shots from a revolver. Pri- soner, when searched at the police-station, had a note-book with the entry—" Kitty Pole has been a true lover to me. She was shot by me." There followed the date. Prisoner was remanded. At r.n inquest held in Birmingham, on Satur- day, respecting the death of Martha Lloyd, who was fatally stabbed in the abdo- men by her husband under circum- stances already reported, the coroner's jury returned a verdict of "Wilful murder." Upon the verdict being given the murdered woman's brother and several other friends rushed to the prisoner, and most affectionately embraced him, and expressed the deepest sympathy for him. Superintendent Sheppard removed the handcuffs from the prisoner's wrists immediately before the painful parting, and afterwards replaced the same. The accused stabbed his wife oa Sunday last through her not having kept an appointment with him, and afterwards surrendered stating that he had murdered the woman. A few minutes later he was in the deepest grief, and upon being taken to his house, shook hands with his wife and kissed her. On Thursday the woman stated to some friends that she expected to be well enough to attend before the magistrates on Monday, and ask them to allow her husband bail. BKADFOKD (Pennsylvania), Tuesday.- A shock- ing accident occurred to-day on the Bradford, Boruell, and Kinzua Railway. A stifiam of waste oil flowing from a tank across the railway track caught firo as a. passenger train ran into it, and the train was in a moment enveloped in fl-imes. The passenger car was filled with people, who made a rush for the doors at each end of th3 carriage. The heat from the burning oil was, however, so intense that they were driven back, and had to jump through the windows, landing fortunately in the snow. The train, in a mass of flame, ran on for some distance down the moun- tain side before it could be stopped, and by that time the fire had gained a complete hold on the carriages. Both the passenger coach and the baggage cars were eventually almost completely consumed. Though the majority of the passen- gers escaped, three women were burned to death, and sixteen people were injured, most of them from burns. Some are badly hurt. At the time of the accident the track was for a hundred yards covered with oil, and it is supposed that the gas emanating from it came into contact with the fire-box, the result being au explosion which ignited the oil. A largely attended meeting of commanding officers of volunteer regiments was held on Monday at the Horse Guards, summoned by General Higginson, commanding the Home District-, to communicate to them a letter he had received from H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge on the subjeet of the Easter Monday review. The proceedings were private, but the Press Associa- tion understands that the commander-in-chief conveyed in his letter his opinion that a volunteer force would derive more useful instruction if, in- stead of holding one large review at Brighton, the force were divided into three divisions of from 5.000 to 7,000 each, with their brigade-generals and staff, and that each division hold a review at Aldershot, Portsmouth, and Shornclilte, or Dover. Before, however, deciding on the subject, his Royal Highness desired that General Higginson should lay the subject before the officers commanding the metropolitan corps for their consideration, and report specially to him the result. The Duke had knowledge that volunteers looked forward to amusement and i holiday as well as a review on Easter. Monday. He hoped, in conclusion, the officers would not consider his remarks except in the light of sugges- tions. The volunteer oificers subsequently held a meeting to consider the matter, and the result will be communicated to General Higginson in few days. After a very eventful voyage from New York, extending over exactly a mouth, a day and a half only of which was performed under steam, the rest under canvas, aided by towing from the Irish coast, the White Star liner Celtic arrived safely in the Mersey at noon on Tuesday, along with the sister ship Britannic, which picked her up 500 miles from the Irish coast. The captain of the Celtic reports that when the steamer's shaft broke, she was 487 miles from Sandy Hook. There was no excitement among the passengers, and he made up his mind to ask any steamer to tow him back to New York. The Gellert which spoke to them on December 22nd, refused to do this, but offered to take off the passengers. This was impossible, owing to the increasing gale and snowstorms. Twenty-four hours after this they were driven south-east 100 miles, and on the 24tii found themselves in the middle of the Gulf Stream. The great object now was to get north again, so that they might either be picked up or reported. From December 16th to the 25th thoy knockcd about, making little progress. On the the 29th they encountered a terrible gale, and spoke a Cunard steamer, and subse- quently other vessels, till they were picked up by the Britannic 011 the morning of January 12th, 500 miles from Queenstown. The captain denies that the cabin passengers were forced t( take to salt provisions, there being plenty of fresh, even at the conclusion of the eventful voyage. During the time the steamer was under canvas she behaved admirably, and he emphatically denies the reported breaking a way of the vessel's sails. They carried her all through the stormy and eventful trip. A fire which took place in tha house of Mr Thomas Jackson, baker, in Great Ancoats-street, shortly before midnight, on Monday, resulted in the death of two children and serious injury to two other persons. The family lived in a room above the shop, and consisted of Mr Jackson and his wife, two children, and a servant girl named Tunbridge. The girl went upstairs shortly before midnight, and it is supposed was drawing off some benzine for a lamp, and, striking a match, the benzine took fire and set the girl's clothes in a blaze, and also set fire to the landing at the top of the stair, the entrance to the children's bedroom. Mr Jackson, hearing the girl's screams, rushed upstairs, and the girl, with her clothes on fire, fell into his arms, and in trying to put out the flames he himself was badly burnt, Meanwhile the fire had extended. The door of the children's room was in a blaze, and some clothes behind the door were 011 fire. The lire, however, did not reacty the bed, and if the children had remained in it they would have escaped unhurt, but they naturally became alarmed, aud tried to get out through the win- dow, and failing, it is supposed they attempted to pass through the burning doorway. They were afterwards taken out of the room by some men, when it was found that both were badly burned, All four sufferers were removed to the Manches- ter Royal Infirmary, and the fire was subdued bei"re much damage had been done to the build- ing. v AJ -the infirmary it was seen that the injuries of u.'I foUt, patients were serious, the children being tu? worst. About two o'clock on Tuesday morning tr»C *?irl died, and the boy suc- cumbed about eight Vo^ck. Mr Jackson and the servant remain at the iiUuiu^ryj both of them n a precarious condition. 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