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FRENCH COMMUNISM. • Lord, send us weeks of Sundays A saint's day every day Shirts gratis, ditto breeches No work, and double pay. To slow and fast one meed allow; Tell short and long they're both short now; Let Louis Blanc take Ashley's cow, And Richmond give him hay. EBUNEZER ELLIOTT. DEATH OF A CHARTIST LEADER FROM MADNESS.—Mr. Coun- cillor Briggs, of Sheffield, a well-known Chartist leader, and one of the delegates of the late National Convention, died on Tuesday morning raving mad in the Sheffield Lunatic Asylum. The immediate cause of his malady is supposed by Mr. Over- end, one of the surgeons who attended him, to have been the dread, of a Government prosecution for a seditious speech de- livered by him at a Chartist meeting on Whit-Monday. TIIE FATALITY OF THE LIVERPOOL ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS.— On Tuesday an inquest was held before the borough coroner, on view of the body of Richard Howard, the keeper of the elephant at the Zoological Gardens. The jury, after hearing the evidence, and after a brief deliberation, returned the follow- ing verdict:—" We are of opinion that the deceased came by his death in consequence of having beaten the elephant* un- mercifully, thereby causing the animal, in his fury, to kill him," PRISONS IN IRELAND.. — The dreadful conditions of the prisons may be imagined from the following return just pub- lished:—In the gaol of Armagh there were 303 prisoners, while there was proper accommodation for only 11 a. Carlow 274 prisoners, with accommodation for only 93. The county of Cork gaol had 1,297 prisoners, with accommodation for 277. County of Limerick, 525 prisoners, with accommodation for 153. Longford, 254 prisoners, with accommodation for only 93. Roscommon, prisoners, 342, accommodation, 92, &c.. &c. The following are the total numbers given:—Males, in all the gaols, 9,775; b females, 3,108-in all, 12,883 prisoners, while there was only accommodation provided for 5,655. INTERESTING DrsCOVBIty.-A. most interesting and valuable relic of antiquity was recently found in one of her Majesty's woods called the Greaves, in the late forest of Needwood, near Draycot, in the parish of Hanbury, and county of Stafford, by Mr. TVHollis*, her Majesty's head gamekeeper. It was dis- covered near a fox-hole, where the soil had been thrown up by the foxes. It consists of an ancient and valuable British neck- collar of the purest gold, weighing 15 j ounces avoirdupois." The collar is of one single piece, and is formed of eight rods or wires twisted together, each being composed of three lesser wires, and terminating in two solid chased ends, which are perforated, and were evidently intended to be connected by some hook or other fastening, which has been lost. The collar has been forwarded to the Queen.;—Birmingham paper. COUNTY COURTS.—A Parliamentary paper has been printed, extending to 49 pages, showing the operation of the County Court Act (9 and 10 Vict. chap. 95), from its operation on the 15th of March, 1847, to the end of last year. There were, in the period, 429,215 plaints entered of which 31,443 were for debts and demands above £ 10 41,617 above £ 5 and not ex- ceeding £ 10 99,595 above £ 2 and not exceeding £ 5 95,518 above £ 1 and not exceeding £ 2; and 161,042 not exceeding il. The various courts sat in the period 6,316 days, and the total number of causes tried was 267,445. The total amount of fees received was £ 600,559 Is. 3d., of which £ 82,652 14s. 5|d. were judges' fees; £ 73,777 lis. 3Jd. e rks' fees; and £ 46,839 0s. 9d. bailiffs' fees. Of the total, £ 52,117 10s. ll±d. went to the general fund, and £ 345,122 3s. 9|d, to the suitors' fund. There were 800 causes tried by jury, of which number the parties who required a jury obtained a verdict in 427 clises.. \~Globi NEWSPAPERS.—A man (says Dr. Franklin) as often gets two dollars for the one he spends on informing his mind, as he does for a dollar he lays out in any other way. A man eats up a pound of sugar, and it is gone, and the pleasure he has enjoyed is ended; but the information he gets from a news- paper is treasured up in the mind, to be used whenever o('('a- sion or inclination calls for it. A newspaper is not the wisdom of one man, or two men it is the wisdom of the age, and past ages too. A family without a newspaper is always half an age behind the times in general information besides they can never think much, nor find much to talk about, And then there are little ones growing up in ignorance, without any taste for reading. Besides all these evils, there's the wife, when the work is done, has to sit down with her hands in her lap, and nothing to amuse her, or divert her mind from the toils and cares of the domestic circle. Who, then, would be without a newspaper? Fox's OPINION OF GEOHGE IV. I bc,ieve, said O'Con- nell, that there was never a greater scoundrel than George IV. To his other evil qualities he added a perfect dbregard of truth. During his connexion with Airs, Fitzherbert, Charles James Fox dined with him one day in that lady's company. After dinner, Mrs, Fitzherbert said,' By the bye, Mr. Fox, I had almost forgotten to ask you what you did say about me in the Louse of Commons the other night ? The newspapers misrepre- sent so strangely that one cannot depend on them. You were made to say that the Prince authorised you to deny his mar- riage with me The Prince made monitory grimaces at Fox, and immediately said, Upon my honour, my dear, I never authorised him to deny it.' I Upon my honour, sir, you did,' said Fox, rising from the table; I had always thought your father the greatest liar in England, but now I see that yon are.' Fox would not associate with the Prince for some years, until one day that he walked in, unannounced, and found Fox at dinner. Fox rose as the Prince entered, and said that he had but one course consistent with his hospitable duty as an Eng- lish gentleman, and that was to admit him."—Daitnt's Recol- lections of O'Connell.. TRUK INDEPENDENCE.—Soon after his establishment in Phi- ladelphia, Franklin was offered- a piece for publication in his newspaper. Being very busy, he begged the gentleman would leave it for consideration. The next day the author called and asked his opinion of it. W hy, sir,"replied Franklin, "I am sorry to say that I think it highly scurrilous and defamatory. But being at a-loss on account of my poverty whether to reject it or ^not, I thought I would put it to this issue—at night, when my "work was done, I bought a two-penny loaf, on 'which with a mug of water I supped heartily, and then wrapping myself in my b great coat, slept very soundly on the floor till morning when another loaf and mug of water afforded me a pleasant breakfast. Now, sir, since I can live very comfortable in this manner, why should I prostitute my press to personal hatred manner, why should I prostitute my press to personal hatred or party passion, for a more luxurious living ?" One cannot read this anecdote 'of this American sage without thinking of Socrates' reply to King Archelaus, who had pressed him to give up preaching in the dirty streets of Athens, and come and live with him in his splendid courts—" JIeal, please your ma- iesty, is a a peck atAtliçllt and wafer I can get for nothing. 1

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