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At Wimslow Sessions, on Tuesday, Mrs. Bickerton, Green Farm, Withington, was charged with defrauding the North-Western Railway Company by making false declarations as to certain cans of milk sent from Chelford to Manchester. The evidence shewed that on three dates the defendant represented that her can contained twelve gallons, but at Manchester it was found to contain nineteen gallons. The Bench characterised the case as a bad one. The defendant was fined JE3, and £5 9s. costs. THE MURDER OF SENOR CANOVAS.—The in- dictment against the murderer of Senor Canovas, which was read on Sunday at the court martial at Vergara, demanded that Golli should be sentenced to death. The captain entrusted with the defence contended that the assassin was mad. The court, however, unani- mously passed sentence in accordance with the prosecutor's demand. The murderer attempted to harangue the court in justification of Anarchism, but the president at once stopped him. After the trial the president left for San Sebastian, to submit the sentence to the Captain-General for endorsement. If the sen- tence is carried out in conformity with the ordinary code, the execution will be by the garotte, and will take place within the prison walls. THE HONESTY OF JOCKEYS.—There are many rumours relating to jockeys in the air just now. The Evening Standard has taken up the question, and remarks:—A very ugly circum- stance in connection with jockeys is the revival of rumours reflecting on the honesty of several of them. It can only be hoped that these are not well founded, and it must be mentioned that jockeys are very liable indeed to be blamed and condemned by disappointed owners, and, perhaps more commonly still, by men who have betted and lost their money. Horses will 'hang' at times when pressed at the finish, and if a jockey has run things close he is then more or less certain to be beaten. There can be no sort of doubt that baseless accusations of dishonesty are frequent—one might say constant. The question is whether in a small minority of the cases in which suspicion is aroused therd is any justification for it. SIR WALTER SCOTT'S BIRTHDAY.—Sunday was the 126th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, and at Glasgow the event was com- memorated, as it has been now for a number of years, by the Sir Walter Scott Club. The Scott Monument in George Square was decorated with flowers and evergreens on an elaborate scale. On the front panel of the pedestal was a shield, the gift of Sir John Stirling Maxwell, M.P. It was composed of yew and heather, and upon it were the words, in yellow marguerites, 'Tis sixty years ago," taken from the sub-title of Sir Walter Scott's first novel, and appro- priate on this occasion inasmuch as it is just sixty years since the monument was erected. The other sides of the pedestal were adorned with floral gifts from Lord Rosebery and other admirers of the novelist. Two platforms also were erected at the base of the monument, and from these on Saturday evening a concert was given by a choir of seventy voices and the pipe band of the Glasgow Highlanders. MEMORIAL STATUE OF CHARLES DARWIN.— A bronze statue of Charles Darwin was t unveiled on Tuesday afternoon in front of the Shrewsbury Free Library (formerly the old Shrewsbury school where Darwin was educated) by Lord Kenyon, the president of the Shrop- shire Horticultural Society, in the presence of a large concourse of spectators. In unveil- ing the statue, Lord Kenyon said in the town that saw his birth, under the shadow of the school wherein he studied, at the hands of a society devoted to horticulture—a science which he loved — they raised that statue to the memory of Charles Darwin. (Applause.) To Colonel Peele, as Mayor of Shrewsbury, as re- presenting the inhabitants of the borough, they handed over the statue, with every confidence that care would be taken of it for the generations to come. (Applause.)—The Mayer (Col. Peele), on behalf of the borough, accepted the gift from the society. The position selected for the statue was very appropriate, as Charles Darwin must have passed over the very place in which it was located thousands of times in passing to and' from the Shrewsbury School. (Applause.) A public banquet followed, at which Lord Kenyon presided, being supported by Colonel and Mrs. E. C. Peele (Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury), the Bishop of Shrews- bury, Mr. Stanley Leighton, M.P., Mr. J. Bowen Jones (chairman or the Salop County Council), Sir J. D. Hooker (Darwin's most intimate friend), Mr. W. E. Darwin, Professor G. H. Darwin (sons), Prebendary Moss (headmaster of Shrewsbury School), Mr. Lawson Tait (Birmingham), &c.—Letters expressing regret for inability to attend were received from Lord Salisbury, Mr. Gladstone. Mr. Herbert Spencer, Sir John Lubbock, Lord Kelvin, Sir Henry Howorth, and many leading scientists.











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