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♦ — CONSUMPTION OF FLESH MEAT IN FRANCE.—It ap- pears fro/n an account recently published that the con- sumption of meat in France, which in 1812 only averaged seventeen kilogs. for each individual per annum, is now fifty-four kilogs. In comparison to the number of inhabitants, tbe consumption is greater in the towns than in the country parts. Paris consumes ten ¡¡IIIlgs. each person more than any o her place. Next in quantity comes the north of France, where the average is sixty-four kilogs. each; the two provinces of Poitou a .d the Limousin are those which onsume the least, the quantity being only forty-one kilogs. It is singular that ill the departments where the most meat is pruduced, the consumption is the least. DISTKESSING SUICIDE.—The festivities of Christmas at Kettering were some vhat saddened by the following distressing event:—A yuung man named Frank Baxter, son of a respectable tradesman, was, although only 18 years of age, affi inced to a girl two years (lis junior, named Sarah Mom's, the daughter of a neighbour. Pieparations had been made for the marriage on Christ- mas morning. At the hour appointed for the ceremony the clergyman was in attendance, and the couple not making their appearance, he sent the sexton to ascertain the cause, who returned in a short time with the melan- choly tilings that the intended bridegroom had put an end to his life by shooting himself through the h. ad. His bcdy was found on the bed intended for the nuptial couch, a ghastly spectacle, his brains having been !itu)aHy blown out and scattered over the bed, which was sat ur..ted with blood. Apocketpistutlayciosotohia left hand, an open Prayer-bo )k was on his pillow, and tiie portrait of ids betrothed on the chair by the bedside. Out c evening before he was quite cheirful. It ap- pe ired, however, that he afterwards went to his pirezite I house, and "n alte rcation took place between him and his father, the latter being opposed to the mitch, principally on ut count of the extreme youth of the parties. It is thoug.it that this led to the rash act. Deceased was a steady and well-conducted youth As may be supposed, his intended bride is overwhelmed with grief. "There seems to be little doubt," it is remarked, in the city article of Tuesday's Times, "that the introduc- tion of a Russian loan on the London Stock Exchange is contemplated in the course of the coming year. The impression is that it will be for a considerable amount— probai ly £ 3,000,000. The expectation of an Austrian loan also gains strength, and in that case, too, the total is likely to be large. Possibly there may be some rivalry between Austria, and Russia to see which can obtain the first hold upon the market." THE LEVIATHAN.—Messrs. Martin, the bank rs of Mr. Scott iiussell, in whose yard the Leviathan or Great Eastern was built, and remained so much longer than was convenient, have brought an action against the owners of the gi eat ship, to recover compensation for the extra use of the premises, which the bankers now, it seems, hold by virtue of a mortgage made to them by Mr. Russell. Messrs. Martin claimed rent at the rate of £10,000 a year, but ultimately the Judge, Mr. Justice Willes, was requested to say what he thought a fair sum, and he named for six months of extra occu- pation £ 2,500. Two sergeants of a regiment of dragoons in garrison at Dijon, fought on Saturday morning a duel with swords after a few passes, one of them, named Galbois, received the point of his adversary's sword in the breast; he fell into the arms of one of his seconds, ex- claiming, "It is nothing;" but he died on reaching the hospital, to which he was at once carried. The duel took place with the permission of the officer commanding the squadron to which the men belonged, but the cause of it is not stated. The deceased was the son of a gene. ral, and twenty-seven years of age. BURNING OF THE PACKET SHIP "ISAAC WIUGHT," AT LIVERPOOL.—On Thursday morning, about two o'clock. some of the officers, who were walking on the landing stage at Liverpool, observed several blue lights and rockets ascending from a. vessel in the river, and judging this to be a signal for assistance, they manned a boat and pushed off to a steam-tug then lying opposite the stage, with her steam up, and asked the captain to run down to the ship. On getting alongside, the captain of the tug found that the vessel was the Isaac Wright, Captain Marshall, of 1,500 tons, belonging to Messrs Baring Brothers' line, and that she was on fire—the smoke issuing in dense volumes from various parts cf the deck, hatchways, &c. One or two tugs shortly afterwards arrived and took all the Isaac Wright's passengers—upwards of 200--who were going to New York in the unfortunate ship Mr. Ilodson, the harbour mister on hearing of the occurrence,gave directions that the engines from Ilatton-garden; and other fire-police- stations, sh mid be brought to the landing stage, shipped on board the steam-tugs, and conveyed alongside the blazing ship, which was then burning very rapi >, the flames could be seen very distinctly ioni e own. This was done, and on the arrival of the tugs, wi le engines, they commenced to play upon the sup, v\i i but little effect, as the fire seemed to increase every moment, instead of being subdued. In order to take her out of the line of traffic across the river, some tug-buats got round her, and towed her up the river as far as New Ferry, where it was decided that an attempt should be made to scuttle her. In the meantime the passengers, who, for the most part, were in their night-clothes, were conveyed to the large shed on the great landing stage. The boxes and luggage of these poor people, being in the fore part of the vessel, where the fire is supposed to have originated, ere all destroyed, and they are left destitute of everything but what they stood in. After the burning ship was brought as close to the shore as the state of the tide would permit, an application was made to Cap- tain Mens, of H. M.S. Hastings, for the purpose of having the ship fired into, as the more speedy and effectual means of scuttling her. This was done and the vessel was soon sunk, but in such a position that at low water she will be high and dry. Accommodation will be pro- vided for the destitute passengers until such time as uwhec vessel can be got ready for them.

--Stetwt ITeutf.

--j General -iUir.i


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