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THE TREATMENT OF PAUPER CHILDREN.,

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A BIRMINGHAM ROMANCE.

THE OASTLER MONUMENT.

MR. KICKHAM, THE RELEASED…

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BISHOP GOSS AT PRESTON.

WHAT WAR WOULD MEAN.

AN ACTOR ABOUT ACTORS.

FENIAN PRISONERS.

BIRDS OF THE GUANO ISLANDS.

A COUPLE OF CLEVER DOGS!

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EPITOME OF NEWS, BRITISH AND FOREIGN. B oston is to put up 20 drinking fountains to aid the enforcement of the prohibitory liquor law. A decree against the growth of opium in China appeared in the Pekin Gazette of the 22nd of January. Tamberlik, the well-known tenor, has just set up a large manufactory of flre-arms at Madrid. Paper petticoats are now sold in London at 6d. each! Imitation cretonnes and chintzes for bed ftirnitura are also being made of the same material, as well as shoes The Countess of Albemarle died at Lyons on Sunday. Her ladyship was the daughter of Sir Coutts Trotter, Bart., and she was married to the Earl of Albemarle in 1831. The Royal Agricultural Society of England are to hold their meeting in 1870 at Oxford. Albany has a queer trouble. Two members of a church choir having seceded therefrom have been singing in the congregation lustily, out of tune, to break down the enemy. Arrest and discharge and re-arrest followed, to no purpose, the offenders still sniffing out of tune. General Robert E. Lee, who commanded the forces of the Confederates in the civil war, visited President Grant at his official residence, the V\ hite House, on the let of May. lie was accorded a strictly private audience of an hour's duration. The Pope has forwarded to the Prince of the As- turias an autograph letter of thanks, in reply to the congra- tulations of his Royal Highness on the firtieth anniversary of his lioliness's ordination. The Pope had, a few days be- fore, sent a similar communication to Queen Isabella. The Town Clerk of Hartford, United States, re- ports one death last year from ignorance." The Manx newspapers state that the Queen is likely to visit her subjects in the Isle of Man, some time in August; and add that a baronetage and a knighthood will be conferred on the Lieutenant-Governor and the Speaker of the House of Keys respectively. An ambitious gentleman in Connecticut appeals, over his own signature, Too thee micbannicks and laburinge men of my native town. I will repriziut you in the Stait assemblee irrispectif of pollytics, relijion, or eidicashun." A French lady recently told her husband that if ever he deceived her she would kill herself. "Pray do not, my love," responded the husband, think what a disarrange- ment it would cause in the house Lord Mayo has, at his own expense, sent an elephant to the Dublin Zoological Gardens. On Saturday afternoon Miss Porter, sister-in-law of the Rev. C. J. Bushell, vicar of Barkis'an t, was at the Sowerby railway-station in Yorkshire, intending to proceed home to Southport by a train then about due. In crossing the line the dress of the young lady was caught by an express train which came up at the time. She was knocked down by the engine and killed on the spot. A man tried to shoot his wife in Paris last week, but the bullet entered her chignon, which was sufficient to resist its passage into her skull. The misunderstanding which led to the consecration of the Rev. 11. L. Jenner, as Bishop of Dunedin, has been fol- lowed by unpleasant consequences He wri es :—" The truth is I am ne-u ly wearied out with this business. The isola ion, the humiliation of my position, which culmin .ted last Sunday in my having to Ht under a lay render, have y-ell nigh broken me down. 1 feel inclined to let matters take their chance, Kive myse f no further trouble, and ask my friends to leave me to my fate." The Viceroy of Egypt left Alexandria on Monday, for a tour in Europe, and is expected to arrive in Loudon on the 22nd of next month. He will previously visit Venice, Florence, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, and return to Egypt, via Constantinople, in September so as to be prepared to receive the Empress Eugenie at the opening of the Suez Canal. That event will take place, according to the Pans Patrie, on the 16th of October, but the canal will be ready for YLSC by the 1st of October. France, England, Austria, Italy, and Turkey will send naval divisions to take part in the ceremony. The ship Blue Jacket, Captain Lyttleton, from New Zealand for London, was burnt at sea on the 9th instant. The captain, first officer, seven of the crew, and all the pas- sengers, were landed at Queenstown. Two lifeboats, in chaige of the second and third officers, with thirty-two men and the fourth officer, are mis-ing. Four thousand sove- reigns have been saved. Four thousand were in each missing boat, and 418,000 were lost in the vessel. A London clergyman advertises that he will "lend his weekly sermons for half-a-crewn apiece, or four for ten shillings, warranted "original, earnest, and evangelical." A Dress Reforming Convention" is sitting in Washington, under a call from various, women anxious to wear the breeches. No less than three Mayors of Southampton have. in chlen times, been deprived of their mayoralties, and in the charter of the corporation the fcrm of deposing the mayor is set forth. A new Low Church periodical is announced, entitled The Latter Rain. The Royal Hospital for Incurables has received a donation of £ 500 from a gentleman who had satisfied himself, liy. ■personal observation and inquiry, of the quality and aih'buntpCthe work done by the institution. There was some tittering the other day at a wedding breakfast in London, when one of the guests wished the bride 41 many returns of the iidppy. occasion." The Davenport Brother's trick-is-being shown by two very expert performers at the Crystal Palace, and creates much amusement. One of the customs of the Ameer of Afghanistan's att. ndants, whenever they want to he very friendly, is to exchange a pull at noses as the highest compliment. "Velocipede lavs three languages under contribu- tion for its composition. The German furnishes viel," much the English hoss," well known in its meaning and the French pied," foot from all of which it appears that velocipede is merely much-hoss afoot." The correct name of the water-velocipede is phodoscape."—[We live and learn.] An American paper says—"A gentleman just returned from Europe has brought heme the Emperor Nero's seal rincr. He says he was offered the fiddle used by that individual, but declined it, on account of the high price. A new daily paper in the Permissive Bill interest is to be started in Newcastle. What very curious things some of your contem- poraries do publish. Behold a specimen: At the last ball at the Tuileries the Empress, out of compliment to the Princess of Wales, wore a Scotch scarf.' You might as well say that Captain Wallis, when he discovered Otaheite, wore a cocked-hat out of compliment to the upper classes of the Society Islands."—Paris Correspondent of Daily Telegraph. The Legislature of Massachusetts have re-enacted the Prohibitory Liquor Law, with the important exemptions of lager beer and cider. It is said that gold has been discovered in the bed of the River Cassley, on the property of Rosehall, belonging to Sir James Matheson, Bart., Lord-Lieutenant of Ross-shire. The opponents of the Church in Spain have bad an unexpected turn of luck. While levelling the ground for a new squire in Madrid, the labourers have turned up the graves of the victims of the Inquisition burned at autos da 16. Calcined bones, charred curls, bits of burned men and women, told their own tale S. Echaragay, speaking against intolerance, made this discovery one of his texts, and the Church has received a greater blow in Madrid than a hundred arguments could inflict. During the present session up to May 8, 5,359 dinners and 2,285 luncheons have been served in the refresh- ment rooms of the House of Commons. A marriage is talked of between Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Count Schmidtzville, Grand Chamberlain of the Duke of Baden. A native of Delhi, in whose caste it was forbidden to have two wives, went over to Christianity, in order, as he fancied, to be able to contract a second marriage. He did so; but his first wife, to his consternation, foilowed him, and he also discovered tItat bigamy was neither a Christian virtue nor a favourable recommendation to the notice of the law of the country. So to cure the difficulty, he murdered bo h his wives, and now finds himself brought up by an in- human code, for having endeavoured to rectify a mistake."— Indian Public Opinion. Seven men, all of the lowest character, and several of whom had undergone previous condemnations, have just been tried in Paris for the murder and robbery of a wine shop-keeper at Batignolles, iiamed Malassigne. The crime was aggravated by horrible acts of immorality quite unfit for publication. The chief accused, Hertz filler, was condemned to death; one Bosquet, to 15 years' hard labour; two, Derlon and Ni ainzot, to 10 years; and a fifth, Kauffmann, to seven years of the same punishment the others, named Brun and Deflandre, were acquitted. The Freemasons of Calcutta have endowed an insti- tution for educating the children of indigent Freemasons. His Excellency the Viceroy and his Honour the Lieutenant- Governor of Bengal are among the patrons. There appears to have been 296,660 persons em- ployed in coal mining in England and Wales in 1868, and 50,169 in Scotland. The quantity of coal raised in Great Britain was 104,566.959 tons. There were 860 separate fatal accidents, and 1,011 lives lost, the proportion of persons em- ployed for separate fatal accidents being 403, and 343 em- ployed to every life lost. Every 1,03,429 tons of coal raised appears to have cost a life. These operations were carried ou in 3,262 collieries. There were also 69 lives lost in ironstone mines. The British Medical Journal, in the first of a series of articles on self purifying power of rivers, by which it has been alleged that contamrninated water is rendered whole- some and fit for the supply of towns, shows that this power, though of great utility, is proved by overwhelming evidence to be quite inadequate to ensure, at all times, the requisite purity of such water, and the absence of danger to health arising from its use. Last Sunday, the Heme Bay boatmen were engaged nearly the whole day in bringing in pieces of wrecks of ves- sels-srpposed to be two—one laden with battens, the other with wheat. It is imagined that they must have gone down near the Princes Channel, on the Goodwiu Sands. A yellow buoy, with the name Schaar and Niemeyer, Hamburgh also a seaman's chest, containing books, papers, etc., were brought ashore. At an inquest held at Poplar, respecting thel death of Airs. Christopher, a beershop-keeper, the d)ctor who attended the deceased said that her death was caused by drinking beer which had been drawn from new leaden pipes in the bar of the beershop. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death from lead poisoning. It is estimated that the cost of proceedings connected with the O'Sullivan Disability Bill will fall little shert of 2,500. The Treasury bears the expense. The naval officer who pulled President Jackson's nose in 1832, has jil,t died at Washington, and the despatch announcing his oeath chronicles this incident as his only title to remembrance.—Such is fame The conductor of a concert, given before the Em press Eugenie, at the Tuileries, was recently so excited that he accidentally ran his baton into his eye, nearly putting it out. The velocipede mania, like the crinoline mania, a few years ago, is furnishing a new trade to Sheffield. A suit is set down for trial in a Tennessee court, to test the right of a magistrate solemnising a marriage to kiss the bride. A new Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to St. Ignatius, has been erected at Sunbury-upon-Thanies. It is to be formally opened on Sunday by Archbishop Manning, who will assist pontifically and preach. During a violent storm which broke over Boisschot, Belgium, a few days back, an old couple, who were at work in the fields, took shelter under a tree Both were struck by the electric fluid, and the woman, who was seventy-five years of age, was killed on the spot. The man escaped with a few burns. On the same occasion, the house of Baron de T' Serc'aes, burgomaster of Nordorwyck, was set on are by the lightning, and burnt down. On Saturday, another body was recovered from the Oaks Colliery, and although it had been entombed for nearly two years and a half, it was identified as that of William Boothroyd. Deceased was about twenty years of age, and, it is stated, had not been long working at the Oaks Col- liery before the explosion took place. Mr. Murphy, brewer, of Cork, who wag nominated by the moderate Liberals as the successor to Mr. O'Sullivan, has, for business reasons, declined to accept the mayoralty of that city. At Birmingham, on Saturday, a gentleman pro- ceeded down Key-hill on a bycicle at a moderately quick pace, and at the bottom of the hill a brougham came along Icknield-stieet, in a direction at right angles with that in which the bycicle was travelling. The velocipede and the brougham met, and the velocipede turned completely over, just before the horse's feet Tne wheel of the carriage went over the gentlemaifs shoulder, and inflicted serious injuries. Ramptuhul Sing, a rebel sepoy of the 17th Bengal Infantry, has been condemned to death for the murder of Lieut. C. W. Hutchinson of that regiment in 1857. Consul Cameron has written a long letter, which occupies nearly two columns of The Times, defending him- self against the charges, made in an article in the last number of the Quarterly Review, that he had, by his dis- obedience of orders in reopening negotiations with Theodore, and putting himself in that monarch's power, brought about "the Abyssinian difficulty." Lord Clarence Paget, upon retiring from the com- mand of the Mediterranean fleet, delivered a farewell speech to the crew of the flag-ship Caledonia, on the 2nd inst., at Malta. He spoke in very high terms of the discipline and efficiency of the men, and said that their record book of offences was in remarkable contrast with many others in the navy. He was about to be unemployed for some time, but his heart and soul were in the service, and there was not a man among them whom he would not be glad to see and shake hands with at home. In conclusion he begged them, now they were about to be paid off and dispersed, not to forget their discipline, or the high character they had earned. On Monday four professional velocipedeans had a race on two-wheel bycicles for a sweepstakes of i;10, at Streatham Common, over a mile of ground well adapted for the trial. The competitors were Messrs. Richards, Joyce, Anset, and Freuti. At the start the pace was made by Anset, who maintained the lead for half a mile, when Freuti headed his opponents and increased the speed, and, after a sharp contest, came iu first by four lengths, Anset second the others tied for third place. The last portion of the road was on the descent, and the mile was accomplished in five minutes and a half. A couple of months ago two ladies were taken up in Paris for shop-lifting, and, contrary to law, were released on bail. They have now been tried by default, and sentenced to a short term of imprisonment, which, of course, they will not return to France to undergo.—The reason of bail beir g accepted was that the laaies in question were constant guests at the Tuileries A fishmonger, named Thompson, residing in Londor, who had neglected his business through intemperate habits, and had been compelled by his creditors to give it up to them, went, into a swimming batn in Mile-end New Town, the other evening, and held his head under the water until he was drowned. An inquest was held on the body, when the jury returned a verdict of Suicide while of unsound mind." The Army and Navy Gazette believes that Mr. Card- well has made some small step towards a desirable object- the permanent preservation of the British cemeteries in the Crimea. Application has been made t. Paris to ascertain what the French have done. The Lords' amendments to theSea Birds Preservation Bill have been published. Their lordships propose to extend the operation of the Act to Ireland, and to exempt the island of St Kilda. They also propose the insertion of a clause providing for the exemption of any other parts of the Uuited Kingdom, wherever, on account of the necessities of the inhabitants of the more remote parts of the sea coasts, it may appear desirable. The fasting girl at Ulverston, who, it is said, has abstained from food since last October, has now commenced to both eat and talk. She has, according to rep >rt, been twenty-five weeks without any solid food passing her lips, and sixteen without having her lips even moistened. The Duke of Edinburgh took all Irish hearts by storm on St. Patrick's Day at Sydney. Throughout the day he wore a bunch of shamrocks on the breast of his coat in lieu of the usual bouquet, and this tribute of respect to the "QuId Country will, we are assured, never be forgotten by the delighted Irishmen of the colony. The usual annual procession of Church of England Sunday School children took place on Monday morning, at Manchester. The number of children somewhat exceeded that of last year, which was upwards of 14 000. The weather beiug favourable, the crowds to witness this intere ting pro- cession were very great. There was no new feature in the proceeding*, but some of the schools, in their circulars cal- ling attention to the procession, have adopted the title of The United Church of England and Ireland." Sir Theophilus Biddulph met with a serious accident at Warwick on Saturday. While at drill with the Warwick- shire Yeomanry Cavalry his horse became restive, and he was thrown upon the ground with great force. A doctor was Fummoned, and found the honourable baronet suffering from temporary concussion of the b ain and a severe flesn wound in the face from which he had lost a quantity of blood. He was also greatly shaken. In the course of th day, however, he was much Detter. "The one great fear of French peasants is revolu- tion. Their fathers have told them of all the misery it en- tails, and since that first revolution, which freed them from feudalism, and gave them for little or nothing the lands of the clergy and noblesse, under the name of biens nationa^x, they know they have nothing more to hope from it. It has come to them ready made from Paris now and again, fraught with increased taxation and a heavier conscription, and they bate Paris in consequence. Paris is against the Emperor,' but they will uphold him against Paris, the gmt ernen in black coats, the lawyers, and all theparhainentaiy praters." —Correspondent of Pall Mall Gazette. The last stone of the Landsff € at nedral spire has been erected. The spire is 180 feet high. The Court of Assizes at Hainauthas just condemned to death a woman found guilty of murdentig a liWe child her grandson. No signs of violence were discovered upon a superficial examination, but a iwst mortem dhclosed the presence of two needles in the brain. The municipal cotlncil of Bordeaux bave now unoer consideratio'i a scheme for cutting a great ship canal from the Hay of Biscay to the Mediterranean The proposer M. Staal de Magnoncourt, estimates the cost of the work at 4 >2,000,000f., less than £18,000.000 sterling, and the tune necessary for its completion at six years. At a recent execution in Prince Edward's Island, the disguise of the hangmtn was most inappropriate for the occasion, and better suited for a masquerade or the harle- quin of a play than for the .solemn scene in which he was to be so prominent an actor. His head was enveloped in an enormous tow wig, the ripglets of which were as large as a man's wrist, and his face covered with a light blue •mask. A gamekeeper and hislwif.e consulted tbe doctor of the parish as to the choice of a Bible name' for their son and heir, The doctor suggested 'Nimrod,' and the suggestion was acted upon. Some" while afterwards another son was born. This time the parents chose for themselves, and, as a match for 'Nimrod,' absolutely selected 'Ramrod. Churchman's Magazine. A Royal proclamation has appeared in the London Gazette to the effect that all coppar coins, coined and current by virtue of any proclamation prior to the 17th December, 1860, shall be called in and re-coined. The prodamatlOll also declares hat none of the old coper coinage shall 116 allowed to pass or be current in any payment after the 21st December next. The Queen of Madagascar and her officers of state have been baptized. At Festiniog mine, Merionethshire, the other day, a married man, aged twenty-eight, fell down a shaft 107 yards deep, and was dashed to pieces. It is said that the two sons of Count de Bismarck have embarked at Ostend for Dover, on their way to the University of Oxford. In reply to a meeting of discharged Government workmen wishing to be informed If the facIlItIes of free emI- gration would be afforded to those dockyard operatives who were still anxious to leave England, a communication has heen received from the Admiralty to the effect that her Majesty's steam ship Crocodile, which left with emigrants tor Canada abollt a fortnight since, will, after her return hnme, proceed to New Brunswick, and that she would be allowed to take over a limited party of discharged Govern- ment workmen under the s!ØI1e regulations as formerly. According to the Australian paprs, th Duke of Edinhurgh is as popular as ever in the colonies, but his ease and comfort as a private gentleman are not now interfered with by processi0ns, adresses from public bodies, and o forth. At Syrlneyhe laid the fOUlldatuJD stone of a statuem memory of Captain Cook. The Spectator calls Mr. Goldwin Smith's letter to the Beehive a very silly letter. Mr. Snmner's speech (the Spectator says) does not produce, but only expresses, a lon- standing hostility and as to the emigrants, they would be as safe in war as anybody else. One of the most important reforms announced by the Turkish Government is the establishment of a civil code, which will be binding on all the subjects of the Sultan, with- out distinction of creed. Advices from the South of France relate that an enormous amount of damage has been done by tl1e hail in the department of the Aude, twenty. five communes having been devastated, with a loss of nearly a million and a half of francs. Mr. Spurgeon having been greatly disturbed by per- sons fainting during the services at his tabernacle, he has caused it to be made knowr to tjie ladies who indulge in this habit that in future they will not have the privilege of being arried out, but that water and smelling bottles will be placed in different parts of the building for their use. Mr. Fiske, in his English Photographs, by an Amen can, tells an amusing story of one of his own countrymen, who, on h1s first visit to London, attempted to enter a han- som cab, the doers of which were closed. Amid the cries of 1\ street crowd, he succeeded in climbing over the trout and seating himself inside, very proud of his exploit, but very anxious as to how he was ever to get out again. The tone of tbe American press with reference to the Aùrbama claims and Mr. Sumner's speech is reassuring. It appears that no special importance was attached to th&t senator's speech; that Mr. Motley has received no special instructions on the subject; and that the question will be allowed to rest until both the British Parliament and the American Congress have had an opportunity of further de- bating it. A rather uncommon occurrence happened near Shef- field the other day. A donkey, which was kept iu a stable was let out to drink, when a man standing by c0mmenced teasing it, when the animal rushed at him, seized him by the jaw, and bit his lower lip off. He was imlliediately removed, and medical assistance procured. It is stated tbat the Queen has appropriated £ 2.500 of the profits ariing from the sale of the Leaves from a Journal of our Life in the Highlands to establishing school and college bursaries for the benefit of well-deserving scholars in the district round Balmoral. A wicked attempt was made on Saturday to upset the imil train rlmning between Dublin and Belfast, by placing a Btone, weighing three hundred weight, on the metals. Happily the attempt did 110t succeed. but several passengers were severely shaken. The new steam hip America, of the Pacific mail line, will ail from); ew York on a trip round the world on or about the fir8t of June, and will return to New York hy the middle of November. Fare, 1,230 dols., with the privi- lege of living on board while in port. The burden of the America exceeds 4,000 tons. "Even Frenchwomen are disagree, We to one another sometimes. Can yon credit it ? It is so* Indeed. Only the other day two 'dearest friends' were in conversation. My dear,' said the eldest, do you know that your husband told me last night that my cheeks were like roses ?' Yes, love, I know he did, He spoke of i afterwards, and said it was a pity they were yellow Gorrespoftdent of Daily Telegraph. Mr. Sraee proposes, in a letter which he hM pub- lished, what appears to be a very feasible plan wRereby female labour may he availed of to a great extent in the Post Office without interfering in the least with the employ- ment hitherto given to men. The suggestion is worthy of the consideration of the Post Office authorities, and it is hoped will beat least experimentally acted on. Ludicrous as the idea seems, an application has ben made to one of the London railway companies, that a car- riage should be placed upon the line for the special accom- modation of ladies and their pe dogs.- What next f In a pamphlet on "Our Duty in the Present Crisis," just published in Dublin, and addressed by the Rev. Fletcher Bickerdike, incumbent, of Ardamine, to his brethren, the fol. lowing advice is given:—"Let us not lean on the Conservative party, with Mr. Disraeli as their leader, lest our staff break under us and pierce our own arm. This has happened to us more than once already." "We bear tbat his Highness the Maharajah of Benares has lately been fortunate in destroying a man-eating tiger at Bhugwanpore. T1 is Highness, who is a keen sports- man, having heard of the devastations committed bv the brute, and of the terror in which the villagers in the district were, went to Bhugwanpore with the express purpose of killing the animal, and succeeded. "-Delhi Gazette. A shocking affair took place last Friday on the High Level Crystal Palace Railway, near Nunhead Cemetery. An eldrly man named Clarke, residing at Peckham, and who carried on a respectable business, went upon the line, and deliberately stretched himself with his neck on the rails before an approaching train. Instead, however, of the train passing over him, the guard of the engine struck him in tl1Q back of the neck and drove him out of the way. The blow, however, injured the spine and produced insensibility, from which he was never aroused, and he died OIl Sunday. The mass meeting held last Sunday at Cork was at- tended by abottt 500 of the lower classes. The proceedings ended, as a matter of course, in a fight. Resolutions were adopted blaming Ur. O'Sullivan for resigning the mayoralty, and supporting Mr. Nagle, the proprietor of the Cork Herald, as his successor. According to letters from Jerusalem, the Marquis of • Butt: is edifying the dwellers in that city by his piety and his liberality. He passes long hours in tears and prayer at the various spots where the last scenes of tbe Passion are sup- posed to have been enacted. His lordship's almoner, Mon- signor Capel, has been preaching in English to Urge bodies of pilgrims belonging to numerous English and American creeds, and his remarkable eloquence brings together a large and heterogeneous audience, whenever it is known that he is likely to occupy the pulpit in the chapel of the Ecce Homo. The Lancet learns from Dr. Blanc, who has made persoal inquiries upon the subject on the Continent, that experimenters abroad eem to be convinced of the superiority of the mode of protectlllg the human subject agailJst small- pox by transmitting to him cow-pox direct from the heifer, and that animal vaccination is now generally encouraged in Paris, Brussels, Naples, Marseilles, and other plaes on that account. Dr. Lanoix, of Paris, has already made, with general success, more than 40,000 vaccinations on this plan. One powerful reason adduced in favour of animal vaccination is the possibility of obtaining at any time an ahundant supply of good lymph on emergencies. In a few days the inhabitants of a town could be vaccinated and revaccinated in so short a time, and on such a scale, if necessary, as to admit of the possibihty of mastering an epidemic whičh even threatened to be serious.

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ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SUICIDE…

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