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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

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THE PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT.

EXECUTION AT HORSEMONGER-LANE…

IALL SIMPLICITY and RUDE PLENTY.I

BARON KRUDENER.

SHEEP-FARMING IN JAPAN.

OPENING THE NEW HOTEL DIEU…

THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE…

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THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE BLACK SEA. An Occasional Correspondent of the Daily News writes from Sebastopol This morning having received an invitation from Captain (now Lieutenant-Colonel) Baranoff, the com- mandant of the Vesta, I went on board, and was most courteously shown everything connected with the late engagement. The captain, like many gallant man, is excessively modest and is idolised by his men. The battle began at twenty minutes past eight in the m Drn- ing, and the last shot was fired at forty minutes past one. During the whole of the time this little cargo- boat, about, I should say, 150 feet long by 25 broad, manoeuvred in such a manner that her monster enemy never succeeded in running into her, and, finally, having received some injury, at present un- known to us, the double-turreted ironclad sheered off from] the fight. The Vesta is a screw steamer, I u about 500 tons. She was purchased by the Company in 1859, and has been employed, I believe, between Constantinople and Poti. She carries five 6-inch mortars, and two 9-pounders, and on each side of the bridge are two pretty little steel guns about 3 feet long. They are called anti- torpedo breech-loading cannon, and are on a Swedish system. A Greek gentleman, who was on board, worked one of these with great success during the action. He was introduced to me by the captain as having evinced a coolness and bravery worthy tu p,raise- His name is Spiripoulo. He told me that he had served with the French army during the Crimean War. The engagement was not wanting in the comic element. A shot passed through the galley (which is on deck) while the cook was engaged in an operation with two large knives, called chopping cut- lets. This is a most scientific and self-absorbing per- formance, well known to everyone who has visited Russia, and its importance in the eyes of the Chef may be imagined when I state that though the shot passed close to his head, never for an instant did the vv ^ie knives cease or the performer take the slightest notice of what had occurred. The saloon servants in the thick of the fight prepared the breakfast as if nothing unusual were going on, although an immense shell ricochetted playfully through tha Cfrv.m' an<^ blew up alongside the powder magazine. When the Vesta found that the Ottoman ship was beyond the reach of her guns, she headed for Sevastopol with all speed to obtain succour ft)r the wounded, and to bury the dead. I have now to chronicle the last act in this brilliant naval episode. Ere the blood had dried on the deck, or the mortally wounded had passed away, honours and rewards came froni the Czar. Aide-de-;amp to the Emperor, a pension of five thousand roubles a year, the Cross of St. George, and the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, l'Uph were the rewards of the gallant commander. Every officer, man, and boy on has been treated iu a similar spirit.

A RECOLLECTION OF SINOPE.

WISE IN THEIR GENERATION.

ATTAR OF ROSES."

A CURIOUS INCIDENT.

DEATH of a MEMBER of the LIVINGSTONIA…

ARMIES FED ON DATES.

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r11■1■■■-— A QUESTION TO BE…

THE COLORADO BEETLE SCARE.

MR. MECHI ON THE CROPS.

THE TASTE FOR SHOOTING.

SHODDY VINEGAR.

SELECTED ANECDOTES.

THE MARKETS,

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DETECTIVES IN AUSTRIA. -

THE DEATH OF AZIZ PASHA.

THE FUTURE OF ENGLAND.

BIRDS' PRESERVATION ACT.