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MISCELLANEOUS NEWS. __— Prince Napoleon left Spithead on Monday, for Cher- bourg. The Count de Chanibord has arrived at Vienna with the Countess and a suite of thirteen persons. The city of New York consumes ten thousand dollars a-day in cigars, and only eight thousand five hundred in bread. There is a rumour that a Spanish agent has arrived in this country, charged with the mission to endeavour to ascertain what the certificate holders would be likely to accept in settlement of their claims.—Daily Naws. IMPORTS FROM FRANCE.—On Monday was issued a par- liamentary return, showing the value of merchandise im- ported into the United Kingdom from Franco in each of the eight months ending with April, 1862, compared with the like imports in the corresponding periods of eight months ending with April, I860, and April, 1861. The following is a summary of the returns -— 1860. 1861. 1862. September. £ 1,064,948.. £ 1,479,678.. £ 1,6-38,743 October. 1,143,366.. 1,733,302.. 1,712,577 November. 1,065,758.. 1,767,011.. 1,289,228 December. 1,386,026.. 2,107,719.. 1,956,098 January 769,121.. 1,248,583.. 1,132,951 • February 952,827. 1,394,736.. 1,436,913 March 1,784,954. 1,908,646.. 2,039 717 APril 1,741,636. 1,617,580. 1,679^712 •this makes the imports for the eight months of 1860 £ 9 908,636 £ 13,257,255 for 1861; and £ 12,885^939 for looZ RUMOURED POLITICAL CHANGES AT W ASHINGTON,- ine JMily JSews of Tuesday says:—"Private telegrams from JNew York received in trustworthy circles hero communicate the important intelligence that the veteran and respected General Scott enters the Federal Cabinet, superseding the present Secretary for War. The motive of the visit of President Lincoln to General Scott is thus in a measure explained. A telegram adds that Ba.nka and Pole' (by which Pope is perhaps meant) also enter the Cabinet,' and that the change is regarded favourably by the public. There has been a suspicion that the designs of rival statesmen upon the Presidency have hitherto contributed to hamper the operations of General M'Clellan, and to deprive him of the increased force re- quired at Richmond. The accession of General Scott day, therefore, be regarded as of considerable import- ance, as indicating that military operations will be prose- cuted with the utmost vigour, free from civilian inter- ference." ANOTHER OUTRAGE IN IRELAND.—A letter from Dru. jerkin, county Leitrim, dated Monday, says:—"The house of a farmer named Bernard Mahon, residing in the '^wnland of Rosmore, was attacked early on the morning the 4th instant by an armed party, who smashed the doors and windows of the house, and, having obtained an entrance, called out for Mahon, who fortunately had escaped through the roof of the rear of his house while his wife and daughter were parleying with them. They fired two shots at the door of the loft over the kitchen, where they thought Mahon was concealed. Mahon pro- ceeded across the fields to the house of Mr. Cullen, J.P., °,, rry Lodge, when his son, accompanied by some other gentlemen who were on a visit, immediately armed themselves, and proceeded with Mahon to his house, but the party had fled, having found that Mahon had escaped. Ine gentlemen referred to scoured the country, but without meeting with any one. The polioe, however, arrested two parties on suspicion, who were brought before Mr. Cullen, but discharged on bail to attend a further inquiry. Some dispute with neighbours about bog land is supposed to be the cause of this outrage. THE 300-POUNDER ARMSTRONG GUN.-On Monday the 300-pounder Armstrong gun, which since its proof with 90lb of powder has been in a dangerous state, was again used at Shoeburyness, against iron plates, at a range of f +;Va The target represented a portion of the sides k ? e now class of steam frigates to which the Mino- Mur belongs. In these frigates the armour is 54 inches tliick, instead of 41 inches, as in the Warrior, but the tluekness of the teak backing is reduced from 18 inches to 9 inches. The inner skin and iron framing are the Same as in the Warrior, For the first three trials the shot was of cast iron, and the shot was 501b, as usual. No 1 struck and pierced the centre plate, damaging, but! not passing through, the inner skin and framing. No. 2 struck the upper plate, and went completely through armour, timber, and skin. No. 3 was directed against the lower plate, and, like No. 2, passed quite through the target. The fourth shot was of wrought iron, and the charge was 501b, as before. At this round, however, the gun gave way, the breech being blown backwards to a distance of 30 or 40 yards. The gun did not break into fragments, and no one was hurt. The experience gained by these extreme tests will doubtless be made available In the construction of the new gun of this description now nearly ready for service.- Tiines. CONGRESS OF CHURCHMEN, AT OXFORD.—A congress of clergy and laity belonging to the Church of England was openorl on Tuesday, in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Under the presidency of the Bishop of Oxford, There Was a very large attendance of clergy, amongst whom were the Bishops of Tasmania and Cape Town, Arch- deacons Denison, Randall, Bickersteth, and Clarke the Dean of Exeter, Canon Trevor, &e. The Bishop of Oxford, in opening the proceedings, said most of them were aware that last year a congress of a similar kind was held at Cambridge, the success of which had led the promoters to convene the present meeting. The object of such a gathering was plain to every- one. It did not interfere with any of the constituted modes of the Church's deliberation and action. It did not cross the path, for instance, of Convocation of either province, for it professod to have no sort of deliberative authority, still less did it come to any conclusion which could bind in any degree any one who attended it. Its purpose was to discuss in a spirit of friendly questioning, some of the great subjects upon which depended the ad- vance of the Church of England in her great work of Ioavoning the people throughout the world, so far as those people could be reached with the principles and practice of the divine revelation of our Lord. There must always be subjects upon which the mind of men, from the mere natural bias of the mind contem- plating one side of the subject with greater interest than another, will arrive at different conclusions. Upon these subjects, it was manifestly of the greatest advan- tage that men who are earnest and thoughtful, who have one common object in view, should meet together from time to time to exchange their several opinions, and to consult together concerning their common action. His Lordship concluded by intimating that a petition to the flonso of Commons, against the Burial Bill, was placed on the table for signature. (Cheers.) The attention of the Congress was then directed to the question of the education of the clergy, upon which papers were read by Dean Mhoott, on the general subject; and "on clerical education in connection with the Universities," by the Kev. E. A. Litton, both of which gave rise to a long dis- cussion, in which the Rev. D. Baylee, of Birkenhead the Rev. F. C. Cook, the Rev. C. A. Swainson, of Chichester; Archdeacon Denison, Mr. Allen (a layman), and others took part.-At the afternoon sitting, papers were read by Mr. Beresford-Hope, on the increase of the episcopate the Rev. Professor Browne, on the extension of the minis- try and by the Rev. F. C. Massingberd, on regulated lay agency. LONG IMPRISONMENT FOR DEBT.-The Dublin papers announce the death of a person named Sterne, who had been imprisoned for debt in the Four Courts Marshalsea for 36 years. Mr. Sterne was a gentleman of large for. tllne, who, in consequence of some interest he had with the government, obtained an official position in, it is said, the commissariat. He was a gentleman of fashion S8 well as a H fast" man upon town. In early life he had married, and had two children. The most remarkablo fivent of his life was c]0pement with a married lady of mi- resPsct'a^ility, the wife of an eminent barrister. This lady, who was young, pretty, and well connected, formed a fatal attachment to Mr. Sterne, and yielded m an unhappy moment to his solicitations to elopo with him. The matter was arranged at a ball given by the husband, at which Mr. Sterne was present as a guest. About two o'clock in the morning, while the festivities were at their height, the lady put on her bonnet and shawl, and then proceeded down stairs unobserved. Mr. Sterne was awaiting her in a carriage. The news of the elopement, the circumstances under which it took place, and the rank of the persons, created iurTrk<leal of interest in the city at the time. The in- nnrt tK band instituted legal proceedings for damages, „ came on for trial before Lord Norbury and ofthe dav5. ¥r- Phillips, one of the leading counsel transpired tW ithe Plaintiff's case. It subsequently fThusband and Ker »?du«ng the unhappy lady to leave i lhome' within a short time, ruthlessh abandoned her and turned her out of doors. of allout A^,Was crested on account a„ Courts M nrshnl aiid was committed to thc Four £ »rts Ma^ha Bereft qf resources, find discarded y a) his connections, it was im. jitissihle for him t» prom, the moai> all his creditors. He was, however, allowed a sum of 10s. a week for several years by an eminent judge who pitied his situation. Mr. Sterne, or as he was called in the prison, "General" Sterne, was in the latter part of his life morose and reserved. It was exceedingly difficult to obtain from him any information regarding the events of his former life. He seldom mixed with any of the other prisoners, remaining almost entirely in his own room. The law now provides two modes by which a pri- soner confined in the Marshalsea might, under the cir. cumstances in which Mr. Sterne was placed, have ob- tained hia release—either by filing his petition in the Insolvent Court, or by signing a pauper declaration, under either of which, as his creditors were all dead, he would have obtained his discharge as a matter of course. Mr. Sterne, however, having neither friends nor ac- quaintances, and having little more than sufficient to supply him with the common necessaries of life, did not choose to avail himself of the opportunity which the law afforded him of obtaining his reltipav, and he Mcordingly it* grim for go 11. )? The Queen, Prince and Princess Louis of Hosse, Prince Arthur, and Prince Leopold, attended divine service at Osborne on Sunday morning. The Rev. G. Prothero officiated. The Prince of Wales, Prince Alfred, Princess Helena, and Princess Louise attended the service at Wlnppingham Church. TAXES UPON DEATH.—The finance accounts show that the tax upon probates of wills and letters of administra- tion produced a net sum of £1,307,307 in the financial year 1861-62, the tax upon legacies and successions £ 2,266,351. They are constantly increasing taxes, grow- ing with our growth the increase last year over the product of the preceding year was £ 123,540. The first of these duties is of very respectable antiquity, for a stamp duty upon probates of wills and administrations has been collected ever since 1694, being one of the Dutch importations of that period but legacy duty is only 82 years old, and succession duty on real estate only nine. THE ALLEGED FRAUD OF £ 12,000.—At the Guildhall, on Saturday, John James Hawkins, formerly an indigo planter in India, and recently a journalist of New Or- leans, was brought up from the Queen's Prison, charged with conspiring with Miss Victoria Julia Nepean Warren, his ward and betrothed wife, to defraud his creditors of certain Mexican stock to the amount of £ 12,000. Miss Warren was also charged with conspiracy, and both the defendants were further charged with perjury. A copy of the examinations of the defendants in the Insolvents' Court was put in and read, after which Mr. Lewis, who appeared for the prosecution, asked for an adjournment. The defendant Hawkins was then sent back to prison, and the young lady was remanded on bail. PROPOSED CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN IRELAND.—Lord Palmerston received an influential deputation on Satur- day, in favour of granting a charter to a university for the education of Roman Catholics in Ireland. Lord Palmer- ston pointed out that the effect of the scheme would be to introduce into Ireland the principle of denominational edu- i cation in Ireland. His own views were for the system of mixed education. He could not admit the claim as a mat- ter of justice, as there were already abundant means in Ireland for the education of sons of catholic gentlemen. On 1 lis own part and that of Her Majesty's Government, he could hold no hope or expectation that they would con- sent to sink the principle in deference to the feelings of parties, however respectal,le and however worthy of having their wishes considered by the Government. DISTRESSING ACCIDENT AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT.— COWES, Friday Morning.—An accident of a most dis- tressing nature occurred here between the hours of nine and ten o'clock last night. A boat's party of excursion- ists from Portsmouth were rowing about in the vicinity of Cowes Pier, when one of the steam packets that inn between here and Southampton approached. To catch the swell caused by the rapid progress of the steamer, the boat, which contained a young woman and three or four men, was brought close up, notwithstanding the frequent remonstrances of the crew of the packet. The captain shouted at the top of his voice still the rowers impelled the boat forwards, until, coming within the range of the paddle-wheel, the frail craft was dashed to pieces, and the entire party were to be seen in the dim light struggling in the water. The shrieks of the woman and cries of the men brought speedy assistance, but, despite every exertion, one of the men sank to rise no more. The utmost excitement prevailed at the scene of the accident, and many were the remarks made in condemnation of the reprehensible practice a very common one of a boat approaching a steam-vessel when in motion, so as to catch the swing," as it is termed. The distribution of bride-cake on the occasion of the marriage of the Princess Alice has been on the most libe- ral scale possible. All the Royal personages present at the wedding had a whole cake sent to them, and whole cakes were sent to the Queen Marie Amelie, and others of the French Royal family who were not present. Every one else at the ceremony, and many others connected with the Court, had pieces of cake presented to them, or forwarded to their residences, each piece weighing about 4 lbs. All these gifts were made without trenching on the large cake made for the special use of Her Majesty herself and the royal family, which will be personally dis- tributed. There was also a cake for the Duke of Cam- bridge, one for the Duchess of Cambridge and the Prin- cess Maj*y, and one for the Duke of Nemours. They were supplied by Mr. Gunter, of Berkeley-square. Prince Charles of Hesse, the father of the husband of the Prin- cess Alice, is much taller than any of his sons, with a fine, upright, military bearing—in this particular much resem- bling the present King of Prussia. His Serene Highness is also very young looking to be the father of such a fa- mily. Prince William, his son, is yet a youth, and the Princess Anna is but a little older. Prince Henry is nearly, if not quite, as tall as Prince Louis, and all i; bear a strong family resemblance to each other.—Court Journal. THE CROWN PRIVATE ESTATES BILL.-The principle of this bill, which has nearly passed through. Parliament, is little understood. Down to the time of Queen Anne, the Sovereign had unlimited power of disposition in reference to Crown lands but in the first year of that reign an Itct passed limiting the power of the Crown to granting leases for thirty years, or three lives. The operation of that statute, however, was confined to England. The 39th and 40th George III. gave full powers to the Crown to deal with estates acquired by means of the private property of the Sovereign. By an act of the 1st and 2nd of the present roign it was deemed right to extend the restricting provisions of the statute of Anno to estates of the Crown in Scotland and Ireland but the qualification of the restriction introduced by the 39th and 40th George III. was accidentally omitted from the statute of Victoria. The result, therefore, was that private estates of the Sovereign in Scotland would not come within the provisions of the 39th and 40th George III., but would fall under the restrictions of the statute of Anne, and the Sovereign would be unable to i deal with land in Scotland acquired by the private pro- perty of the Crown. To remedy this state of things the present bill was introduced, the intention being to give to the Crown the same rights over its private estates in Scotland which the act of George III. gave in reference to those in England, and to provide that any such estates held by the Crown should be possessed in the same way as if they were held by subjects of the Crown. TRUST DEEDS.—The number of trust deeds during the past half-year has been steadily on the increase. It ap- pears from a return with which we have been furnished that in January 220 deeds were registered, and the stamp, duty paid was £ 777 15s. In February, the number was 209, and stamp duty, X840 10s. In March there was a considerable increase, the number being 304—nearly 10C in excess of the previous month, and the stamp duty £1,034 5s. In April the number was 271, and stamp duty X742 10s. In May the number was 284, and stamp duty £ 900 10s. and in June the number was 236, and stamp duty £818. The general totals of the number of deeds registered and amount of stamp duty paid thereon, during the six months commencing January the 1st, 1862, and ending June the 30th, 1 are- Number of Trust Deeds, 1,524; stamp duty, .€5 166 10s. When the bill of last session was before Parliament, it was anticipated that the number of these deeds would be much more considerable— namely, at least e' ght or nine thousand a year. What effect the technical decisions of the Common Law Courts may have had in deterring parties from resorting to this most con- venient and cheap mode of private arrangement," it is, of course, impossible to estimate. The advantages of these trust deed clauses are, however, becoming appre- ciated by the public and, although in the first year the result, perhaps, will only show some three or four thou- sand deeds, with stamp duty of £ 10,000 or £12,000, we have a very confident belief that before long the expecta- tions which were originally entertained will be realised. This department of the Chief Registrar's office is now in a most efficient state. No delay takes place in the registration, every facility for searches is provided, and when several of the important questions which await the decision of the Court of Appeal have been decided, this branch of commercial administration cannot fail to be as generally popular as it will be remunerative to the revenues of the Courts.—Gazette of Bankruptcy, SINGULAR ROMANCE AND SUICIDE IN A WORKHOUSE.— On Monday morning an inquiry was held in the board- room of the West London Union, Smithfield, London, by Mr. William Payne, the coroner for the City of London and Southwark, respecting the death of William Bailey, aged 63, an inmate of the union, who committed suicide on Thursday under the following somewhat romantic circumstances :—George Coelber said that deceased was a member of a respectable family, and that through mis- fortune lie had become an inmate of the house about eighteen months since, where he was made wardman on account of his excellent character. On Thursday, witness met a woman running along the passage crying and wringing her hands and saying, "Bailey has hanged himself in the bath-room." Witness went thither and found deceased hanging to a beam by means of two leather straps which were securely twisted and fastened around his neck. Ho was instantly cut down, and Dr. Birch sent for, who pronounced life extinct.—Mr. James Hall, interim master of the Union-house, said it was known in the house that deceased had formed a deep attachment, though one of a purely honourable nature, for a nurse in the Infirmary, who was tho wife of a sol- dier, who had been on foreign service for some years. Their chief opportunities of meeting were only in the store-room, to which they had each to go for stores, audit appeared that three days before his suicide they had some quarrel of a trifling nature, and she refused to speak to him. This produced extraordinary depression of deceased's spirits, and on the Thursday, being his birthday, he procured some drink, and made himself slightly intoxicated. Deceased was much respected, and the straps with which he hanged himself were used by him to enforce order among the refractory boys. The young woman alluded to by the previous witness was then examined. She was weeping bitterly, and admitted that she and deceased had been very partial to each other. She denied at first that there was a quarrel be- tween them, and attributed deceased's despondency to the death of a friend.-The Coroner, in summing up, re- marked that it was evident that the attachment between the deceased and the last witness was very sincere in its nature, and the jury returned a verdict of St4ci.de wiuio in ft state of temjxuw^ iosaaity" A BOLD PROMISE.—The Paris correspondent of the Express says :—" Cardinal Wiseman, and Dr. Cullen, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, have, it is said, promised the Pope to recruit for him an army of 4,000 men in the British Islands, and, moreover, to get British catholics to supply funds to pay them." LONDON STATUES.—A return of the London statues bo- tonging to the nation contains the names of six sovereigns— Charles I., at Charing-cross; James II., in Whitehall gardens Queen Anne, in the two Queen-squares George II., in Golden-square; George III., in Pall mall east Mid at Somerset-house; and George IV., in Trafalgar square. The Duke of Kent is in Portland place. Of war- riors there are Richard Cceur de Lion, in Old Palace yard; Lord Nelson, in Trafalgar-square; the Duke of Wellington, at Hyde Park corner and on Tower green and of General SirC. Napier, and Major-General Have- lock, in Trafalgar-square. Achilles, in Hyde Park; Canning, in New Palace-yard and Dr. Jenner, in Ken- sington-gardens, complete the list, unless we were to reckon the statues in the New Palace of Westminister. MURDERS IN NEW YORK.—Within the space of ten days society has been alarmed by two appalling mur- ders. In the first instance a gentleman, moving in good society, discovered an intrigue between his wife and a friend. The husband went to the bar of a tavern, loaded a revolver, walked to the office of the alleged adulterer, and deliberately shot him through the head. In the second instance, a young and accomplished girl met her lover in a steamboat with another girl, taxed him with infidelity, and left him. She went to a store, bought a five barrelled pistol, which the proprietor loaded for her, each barrel with ball. She then went to his country house, and shot the faithless lover to the heart. He died in seven minutes. She is canonised as a martyress. A committee of ladies has been formed for her defence, and Edwin James is to make a great oration for her ac- quittal, in which the trial will probably result. PRICES OF THE PAST.—An official return has been issued, which is still made up and published year by year, showing the value of our exports according to tha old official rates of valuation fixed long ago a curious return it makes. According to this official record, British and Irish produce and manufactures of the value of £ 289,355,186 were exported last year; we are a long way from that. Our cotton manufacturers, who are set down as having sent abroad in the year cotton manufactures of the value of £ 178,615,469, wo Id be extremely obliged if those who have put this value upon them would pro- cure purchasers at such a rate, or even at 5s. in the pound upon it. The linen and woollen manufacturers would be happy to take 11s. in the pound on this valua- tion of their wares. 'rbe coalowners find their coals priced at double what they get for them and iron and steel would bear a very large discount indeed on these Custom-house values. On the other hand, some exports are rated for below their real and declared value leather for instance, and corn, and also hardwares and cutlery. THREATENING NOTICES.—A letter from Tralee says "These instruments have assumed a new aspect. Hitherto they were confined to agrarian purposes, but now they are employed to effect religious objects. In this town there have resided for the last thirty years gentlemen named Lunham, farmers, who extensively carry on the butter and provision trade, exporting to England and Australia. Both gentlemen, however, are Scotchmen and Protestants. In the neighbourhood there are a few Protestants, among whom is a Mr. Neill, a res- pectable farmer, who has for some time back been in the nabit of holding weekly prayer meetings at his house, at which the Messrs. Lunham and their families, with some persons from town, occasionally attend. At one of the earliest of these meetings some Roman Catholics, work- men of Messrs. Lunham, and others attended but the priest warned them from the altar, and censured the Protestants for these acts of devotion. This was not enough; an Ultramontrane organ attacked the Pro- testants by name for their audacity.' The result now is that the Messrs. Lunham have got threatening notices festooned' by a coffin, informing them that their lives will be sacrificed if they persevere in attending these meetings." Some men have been arrested in Limerick, charged with sending threatening letters to their employers. ANONYMA." Perhaps a more flagrant outrage on public decency, or a more utterly false and calumnious attack on society was never made than in the letter signed 'IT.' which appeared in the Times of Thursday. It is hard to say which are the more outrageous and de- testable, the writer's alleged facts, or his cool and com- placent inferences. He deliberately brings against society at large, against all who walk or ride in the more f. 1««- «•" IT.t. <1 1 0- -■» 1-1_ their favourite recreation only one object—that of imita- ting and following in overy possible way, a notoriously bad woman. The facts on which this tremendous charge is based are of the very simplest kind, and so easy of ex- planation that it might naturally have been supposed almost impossible for even the most depraved imagina- tion, the most determined pre-occupation of mind to give them such an atrocious colouring. With all his skill and cunning, the writer cannot in the least disguise the fact that his main object in writing is to get the subject talked about, inquired about, joked about, and discussed in circles from which it is usually ex- eluded in a word, to secure for it a kind of semi-official recognition. The object is now, as it was last year, to secure if possible the complicity of society in relation to this most fatal and destructive form of evil. To speak the plain truth, these letters are neither more nor less than cowardly attempts to make the respectable and virtuous portion of the community in some way responsible for the abandoned lives of the vicious. Such attempts are a conspiracy against all that Is most sacred and essential in our social state. Society is covertly attacked at its vital centre—equal wedded love and family life. These letter writers empty their vials of sarcasm on love and marriage, denounce the prudence, forethought, and self-respect of the virtuous as mercenary instincts in disguise, if not rank hypocrisy; while they celebrate, and hold up to imitation, women of vicious and abandoned lives. In other words, they are the missionaries of a most vicious and fatal crusade and all who are really concerned not only for the purity of our social life but for the welfare of their kind, are bound by the most sacred obligations to resist their persistent efforts to g-ain a hearing."—Daily News. DINING WITH A QUEEN.—The London correspondent of the Philadelphia Press gives the following description of a dinner ac Windsor Castle with Queen Victoria At this season, except that fashion is slightly less bustling in Lent, London is generally very much alive, taking its tone from the Court. Queen Victoria's little dinners always draw a certain number of invited- no, of com- manded guests; for the etiquette iR, not that royalty requests the pleasure of one's company, but orders it. Indeed, so autocratical is the system, that supposing you had arranged to give a dinner to a number of your friends and received a card from the Lord Chamberlain of the Queen's Household, desiring you to dine on the same day at the Queen's table, there is no refusing on any other plea than that of positive illness. Not to go would be a sort of petty treason, and you would have to send a circulai round to your own guests, stating that the Queen's com- mands compelling you to dine at Buckingham Palace, also compelled you to uninvite them. Not that. except the honour and glory of the thing, there can be much comfort or satisfaction in having one's legs under the royal mahogany. First of all, the guest must put himself into a court dress, which makes him look like a footman in private life, with knee breeches and silk stockings, lace cravat and ruffles, amplest of waistcoats, and shad- belliest of coats. Then, if he does not keep his own coach, he must hire one, looking like a private vehicle, for it is doubtless whether, since creation commenced, any one ever walked to a royal dinner, and the idea of going thither in a cab would probably have a moral effect on the enormous porter, in scarlet and gold tog- gory, who receives your card of invitation when he ad- mits you. Nor, supposing all the preliminary trouble eiided-siipposing that you have found your way into the drawing-room, and bowed to the Queen, and stealthily looked round at the pictures, and counted over (all this time in solemn silence) the spots or flowers on the carpet for the tenth time, and marched in file into the salte a maiu/er—supposing all this, do not imagine that you are going to enjoy yourself. No, indeed. None but Mark Tapley could be jolly at such a feast. Royalty has already dined about three o'clock, probably off the here- ditary leg of mutton and turnips, and has added the usual quantum of rice pudding and the bit of old Che- shire, or rich Stilton, or double Gloucester cheese, and imbibed the accustomed mug or two of Guinness or Meux. This repast called lunch is really a good, homely, filling dinner, and at the solemn repast, five hours later, people are expected to merely sip and taste through several courses, so that one is reminded of the famous feast of the Barmecide. The viands are of the best, the ni.isi.ne perfect, the vintage siiperh-biit one can merely taste. Royalty's appetite was blunted on the leg of mutton and pudding, the cheese and the bottled porter; and the guests should have taken the edge off theirs by a similar process. At these sadly solemn re-unions, dull silence grimly reigns. There is not even a whisper to your neighbour if you knew him. The etiquette is. do not open your mouth unless Royalty condescends to speak to you. Do not expect such a compliment. That is reserved for a few favoured guests in the immediate vicinity of the regal hostess. The dinner occupied from sixty to ninety minutes, and when ended the Queen rises, all other ladies rising and retiring with her. The male guests remain some ten minutes longer, silently sipping their wine or whispering in small knots with bated breath. At last the senior officer of the household present rises on his hind legs and majestically gives The Queen' as a toast, which every one drinks. If any male member of the Royal family be present, he bows an acknowledgment. Coffee follows, and then tho guests depart—a few to the draw- ing room, where the maids of honour are yawning, the rest going home, where it is to be supposed each man gets out of his livery at once, and gets rid of his gnawing hunger by moans of oysters and stout. Such, I am in- formed by one who experienced it, is the routine of a royal dinner. He was au East Indian, and sufliwed much," DESPATCH OF AMERICAN M AILS.—The British and North American royal mail steamship Persia was on Saturday despatched from Liverpool for New York, with mails for the United States and North America, together with 110 passengers, cargo, &c. RETURN OF THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS LOUIS OF HESSE.—Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess Louis of Hesse left St. Clare on Friday afternoon, July 4, attended by Lady Churchill, lady in waiting to the Queen, in attendance on her Royal Highness. Major-Gen. Seymour, equerry to the Queen, in attendance on the Princess, and Captain von Westerweller, gentleman in waiting to the Prince. Their Royal Highnesses arrived at Osborne at half-past seven o'clock on Saturday. PRINCE LOUIS OF DARMSTADT.—The domain which the Prince will possess in small and powerless. There are English noblemen who could endow their daughters with a richer dower than falls to the lot of the Princess Alice. But Hesse Darmstadt is a simple country, of pastoral and agricultural character. Its court, though the most re fined in Germany, is the least extravagant. The Princess will have enough, and something to spare, for those whe need it in her adopted country. Hesse Darmstadtmust not be confounded with Hesse Cassel. Known to all the world are the petty intrigues of the latter court and the unending disputes between the Elector and his people. The rulers of Hesse Darmstadt have ever been a mild and liberal race. Three hundred years since the duchy was founded by the son of one who well deserved the title his people gave him of The Generous." Prince Louis will yet govern an industrious people, numbering nearly a million, and command an army of 10,514 men. The am- bition of the Princes of Hesse Darmstadt has not been di- rected to conquest or the annexation of territory. They have devoted, as they could, their energies to increase the weliare and happiness of their people.— Iirish Thus. THE BISHOP BURTON MURDER.—On Saturday, Cuthbert Wray, who has been apprehended within the last few days on a charge of murdering John Washington Jex, a gamekeeper on the estate of Mr. Richard Watt, at Bishop Burton, near Beverley, was brought up before the East Riding magistrates. It will be remembered that, in No- vember, 1858, a serious affray took place at Bishop Bur- ton, in which four gamekeepers and a party of poachers took part. The whole of the watchers were more or less injured, and Jex was killed, one of tho poachers having battered his head in. Nine poachers were apprehended shortly after the occurrence, and four or five were sen- tenced to terms of imprisonment. The man, however, who, it was alleged, had struck the fatal blow, eluded the rigilance of the police until last week, when he was apprehended at Scarborough, where lie was working in a brickyard. Amongst the witnesses examined on Satur- day was Mark Robinson, one of the watchers, who iden- kifjed W ray as one of the poachers who took part in tho affray, and as the man who threatened to blow Jex's brains out. He had a largo bludgeon in his hand, and he took a very active part in the affray, and was the man who threatened to blow Jex's brains out. Other witnesses were called to speak to the identity of the prisoner, ifter which the magistrates remanded him for a few lays. A WOMAN SHOT BY HER HUSBAND IN SALFORD.—On Sunday, between one and two o'clock, a man named Charles Knott, a shoemaker, residing in Back Muslin et- street, Salford, shot his wife. He had just finished din- ner, at which his wife and a man named Henry Abbott were present, when he asked his wife for 2d. to get a gill of ale. She refused to give it him. Over the fireplace was a gun, which was loaded and had a cap on it. This belonged to his wife's brother, Thomas Derbyshire. He bad brought it to his sister's house on the previous Thursday or Friday, because his mother refused to allow him to keep it in her house. The Knotts consented that it should remain in their house, and it was accordingly placed over the mantel-shelf. When his wife refused to give him the money he asked for, he took the gun down, pointed it at her, and said he would shoot her. She screamed out that it was loaded, and turned herself partly aside, but he fired, and the contents of the glln entered her side. As soon as his wife fell, her husband manifested the most intense sorrow. Mr. Crosby and Mr. Larmuth were sent for. They came, and after ex- amining the woman, stated that she could not live. The police were immediately communicated with, and Mr. J. Kay, one of the magistrates, attended by Mr. Taylor, the head-constable, went to the house, and took down the woman's deposition. Her husband was removed to the lockup. The prisoner is 25 years of age, and his wife 23. SHOCKING TRAGEDY IN LONDON. -On Saturday, a Spaniard, named Roca, lodging at 12, Albert-square, j High-street, Sliadwell, murdered an Irish girl nameti ^,a £ ds^conimitted ^suicide, six weeks back, and then had 700 dollars in his pos- sossion. Soon after lie formed an intimacy with Scannell. and had recently become very jealous of her. On Fri day they went to the Exhibition, and were afterwards drinking in a public-house. On Saturday afternoon; whilst cleaning out her room, she wished him to leave, as he had no money. The landlady of the house also told him to leave. He flew into a furious passion, and threatened them both with death, anc as lie armed himself with a pistol and dagger, the giri ran out, and was hastening down stairs, when Roca at- tacked her, and stabbed her several times in the back, and she fell to the bottom a corpse. The landlady ran out screaming Murder and on a constable arriving and demanding admission, the Spaniard opened the door and presented a pistol at him, which he saw was loaded up to the muzzle. He shut the door upon the police, and rushed up stairs to the deceased girl's room, and imme- diately afterwards a report of fire-arms was heard. On gaining an entrance the police found the body of the girl lying at the foot of the stairs, dead, in a pool of blood, and her murderer on the floor of the room, with his head and face blown to atoms. The pistol bullet had passed through his head, and lodged in the ceiling. Another 9 pistol and dagger were found under the bed in the room. —Mr. Ross, a surgeon, who was called in, stated his opinion that the wounds in the girl's back had passed through the lungs, and caused almost instant death. PRESENTATION OF A TESTIMONIAL TO SIR JAMES OUTRAM. The friends and admirers of Sir James Outram. to the number of nearly 1,400, in England and in India, decided a short time since upon presenting to the gallanl General some tribute of their respect and esteem. Thej had already determined to erect a statue to him in Lon- don, and a second one in Calcutta, and to these they have now added a very splendid dessert service in silver. The presentation of the testimonial took place on Friday, at the private residence of the gallant General, and there were present on the occasion the Duke of Argyll* Lord Lyveden, Lord Keane, Lord Harris, Sir G. Pollock, Sir U. Hamilton, Sir John Lawrence, Sir R. Vivian, Sir H. Rawlinson, and many others. The Duke of Argyll presented the testimonial. In the course of his reply, Sir James Sai<] :—If to anything ir myself I owe such success as I may have attained, it is mainly to this, that throughout my career I have lovec the people of India, regarded their country as in) home, and made their weal my first object; and, thougl my service in the field was against the comrades of Ill) old associates, the madness of a moment has not oblite- rated from my mind the fidelity of a century and I car still love, and still believe. I thank you again for youi great kindness. The memory of it will go with me tc my grave The service was then formally handed ovei to the gallant officer, who seemed much affected by the mark of respect and esteem thus offered to him. The testimonial consists of a dessert service in silver, com- prising two epergnes and eight dessert stands, richly ornamented, and Indian in its general architectural fea- tures. An address, written on illuminated vellum, and to which are appended the signatures of the survivors, was also presented to the gallant officer. THE ALLEGED WHOLESALE POISONING BY A WOMAN.— At the Lambeth Police Court, on Friday, July 4, Con- stanco, alias Catherine Wilson, alias Catherine Taylor, was re-examined, charged with having caused the deatli of Mrs. Ann Wilkinson by poison. Mr. Cliipperfield. for the prosecution, said he would now produce evidence to connect the prisoner with the robbery of the de ceased of the money which deceased had brought tc London, and he produced a letter addressed in 1861 to ieceased's husband, and purporting to be written by Mary Breadm, who was servant to the prisoner, when Nlrs. Atkinson was in the prisoner's house in October, 1860, which letter, written in a feigned hand, he had no doubt he would prove to have been written by the prisoner. This letter said—" Dear sir,—I know you will excuse me wher [ tell you I am Mary, who lived at Mr. Taylor's wher your wife died. Mr. Taylor would not let me stop. I can now see what for, he wanted the house for himself, you cannot conceive what treatment poor missus suffered ifter you left. He told missus that you said she robbed your wife. She said you did not say so, and then he struck her, At night she was confined of a dead child." The letter went on to say that it now turned out that Taylor was a married man. And after stating that Taylor had the things in the place taken away, it added that he left" missus without a halfpenny in the world, and £8 10s. arrears of rent due." The letter concluded by saying I wanted her to write to you, and ask if you would lend her a little more, for I told her that I knew you would not like to hear of her furniture being taken by the bailiffs to be sold for nothing, whereas if they were sold by auction it would make more." This letter was signed "Mary." Mr. Chipperfield also pro- duced a letter dated April 8, 1861, from the prisoner, and signed C. Taylor," and another not signed, but in the game handwriting. Up to this time nothing had been said about Mr. Atkinson having been robbed.—Mr. At- kinson proved the receipt of those letters, and also said that the deceased, before going up to London, in 1861, had received £60 from different parties, and after hei death it was found that upwards of E120 of accounts due in London had not been paid, and it was always her prac- tice to bring to London not only enough to pay all accounts due there, but also further money to make purchases. Yet, after her death, only 19 sovereigns were in her purse, which were handed to witness in the prisoner's house.—After some other evidence, the prisoner was re- -After her removal from the dock, Mr. Chip- perfield, in answer to a question from Mr. Norton, said the present wse was the fifth in wiiivli the prisoner was lusjaectecii



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