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EPITOME OF NEWS. A letter carrier going his round near Bandon, county Cork, the other day, was met and gored to death by II. bull. The deliveries of tea in London during the past week are estimated at 1,262,7481b., which is a decrease of 16,5291b. compared with the previous week's statement. The "Cambridge Independent" says thai the Hon. J. H. Strutt, of Trinity, is generally expected to be the Senior Wrangler this year. It is said that the music hall in the Strand is likely to be turned into a synagogue, the principal expense of which will be borne by Baron Rothschild. A brother of the well-known Southern General Breckenridge is at present working in Grreenoci as a journeyman engineer. He is named Archibald Brecken- ridge. The ceremonial visit to the Pope at Rome was followed by the release of seventy criminals, and within twenty-four hours several highway robberies were com- mitted. It is said there are no less than three comets visible at the present moment. Two o'clock a.m. is about the best time to look out for them, and for those who have nothing else to do, it might be pleasant amusement. The letter from Dr. Mackay, of New York, estimates the cost of the Wilmington expedition at upwards of 30,000,000 dollars, or about zC3,000,000 sterling, allowing for the depreciation of the currency. Mr. George Whitford, the senior Irish Knight Bachelor," died at Mount Salem, Queen's County, a few days ago. The French Government has received intelli- gence that locusts have done such immense damage to the crops and plantations in Senegal that a famine this year is apprehended. There are upwards of 10,000 composition deeds registered under the bankruptcy law. The present Act came into operation on the 11th October, 1861. The young man Wilson, who was so seriously injured at the Galashiels Railway Station on Saturday after- noon, by one of the engines going over both his legs, died at his father's house, near Kelso, on Monday morning. The Duke of Cambridge has issued an order that all those in her Majesty's service who were in front of Lucknow in 1857 are to be granted one year's service and pay. ■ there is at present living at Twizel an old woman, named Margaret Patterson, who has attained to the remarkable age of 102. With the exception of hearing, all her faculties are still good. ■ Governori Cannon, in his annual message to the Legislature of Delaware, again takes strong ground in favour of emancipation in that State, as he did in his inau- gural address. On Monday afternoon a new building, which was in process of erection for the Liverpool Mercury offices, pa^-ly fell to the ground, and buried at least one workman the ruins In the English Channel, on Sunday evening, H.M. corvette Cadmus came into collision with the barque Maynard, from New York. The smaller vessel sustained some injury, but no lives appear to have been lost. We understand that Sir Humphrey de Trafford, Bart., with his usual munificence, is about to erect, at a cost H of £ 20,000, a magnificent parish church at Barton-on-Irwell, to replace the building now used for that purpose. There are still, it appears, upwards of 90,000 persons out of work in the cotton districts in Lancashire and in receipt of relief either from the rates or the com- mittees. A proposition will be brought forward at the next general meeting of the Garrick Club to extend their numbers to six hundred. The candidate book is full of H names of many most anxious for admission. ■ An inquest was recently held in the Waterloo road, London, on the body of Caroline Louisa Pocknell, aged two years, who died by having her dress accidentally set on fire. Verdict, Accidental Death. H A lock-keeper at Milethorne, on the river Dun, died last week at the advanced age of eighty-nine years. He was the father of fourteen children, and lived to see around him forty-five grandchildren, seventy-nine great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. ■ Two youths were drowned near Wolver. H hampton on Sunday by the breaking' of the ice on a pond over which they were sliding. The ice was of considerable H, thickness, but one of them jumping on the surface it broke, H i and both fell into a deep part of the watsr. I Mr. Edward Mayers, of the War Office, who was ■ one of the sufferers by the accident in the Blackheath ■ Tunnel, was able to be removed on Saturday from the ■ Charing-cross Hospital to his home at Barnes, after a con- Hfinement of five weeks in that establishment. I The granite blocks for the base and pedestal of the memorial to his Royal Highness the late Prince Con- r sort have been received by the contractor, Mr. Kelk, from the quarries of the Scottish Granite Company, in the Isle of Mull. They are now at Limehouse. The only notice the Confederates took of the mammoth torpedo exploded near Fort Fisher was contained in Richmond papers as follows:—"A Yankee gunboat grounded last night near Fort Fisher, and was blown up by the enemy." The bricklayers and bricklayers' labourers em. ployed in Wigan and the neighbourhood have given notice to their employers, that on the 1st of March next, they shall require an advance of wages to the extent of 10 per cent. on the sum they at present receive. A letter from Coburg states that Queen Victoria, the King of the Belgians, and all the Royal family of England will arrive thera in May next, and that the betrothal of the Princess Helena with the Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe- Weimar will then take place; this, however, has been doubted by some of the London papers. A cargo of Japanese silkworms has just reached Marseilles, and it is intended to disperse these valuable caterpillars throughout the silk-producing regions II of France. This is something like a practical attempt at acclimatisation. The magistrates at Belfast have been engaged hearing claims for damage done during the late riots. The claims amount to between £6,000 and £7,000. In one in- V stance a jeweller was allowed £1,300; in another, a manu- facturer, £ 800. It was lately ptated at a Bible association an- niversary that a calculation had been made respecting the proportionate value of the services of gentlemen and ladies as collectors for charitable and religious purposes, and it was found that one lady was worth thirteen gentlemen and a-half. The half-yearly meeting of the North Staf- fordshire Railway Company is called for the 15th February; that of the Mid Kent Railway Company for the 13th February; and that of the Victoria Station and Pimlico Railway Company for the 10th February. The "Court Journal" says that the Princess Mary of Cambridge is still at Strelitz, where she seems to be most thoroughly enjoying herself. Her Royal Highness will not return to England till the Duchess of Cambridge has joined her at the annual family gathering at Rumpen- heim. At a meeting held in Liverpool a unanimous opinion has been expressed in favour of supporting the pro- ject to be brought before Parliament next session for carrying* a railway under the bed of the Mersey, connecting Liverpool and Birkenhead, and shortening by ten minutes the distance between Liverpool and Manchester. One of the R epublican papers of New York, after speaking of General Butler's quarrels with Gilmore and others, remarks The public do not SO much censure General Butler for the failures which have invariably at. tended him, from Big Bethel to Fort Fisher, as the autho- rities who nave kept him in the field." A contemporary says, from good authority, it believes, that the uame of the major killed in Japan (and stated to have been illegible in a telegram recently pub- lished) is Major Baldwin, of the 20th regiment. It is so reported in a telegram given by Mr. Seward to her Majesty's charge d'affaires at Washington. It will be remembered that a few weeks ago a deplorable accident occui red at Leeswcod-green colliery, near Mold, by which eight persons were drowned. After several adjourned inquests a verdict of manslaughter has been returned by the jury against the proprietors of the colliery, Messrs. Craig, Taylor, and Craig. A young m riled English lady of the name of Lloyd, who has just made her debut in Parisian society, was unanimously declared the belle of the last ball at the Tuileries. Seldom indeed has an English beauty made a greater sensation, and ttiat is saying a great deal, seeing that many of our English beauties have at different times shone here with the greatest splendour. The storm that passed over the English coasts last week appears to have raged ever a very large space. The accounts which come to hand from various quarters show that very much property has been destroyed, and many lives lost. There have been several wrecks in the Channel, and, in some cases at least, all hands have perished with the vessel. The annual report of the Secretary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire states that during the year 1S6-1 the escape conductors attended 708 fires in the metropolitan district, and were successful in sating 57 lives. Thi« self-supperting society has 85 stations, 5 inspectors, and 100 men under their keeping. At a meeting of the committee of the Newspaper Press Fund, held the other day, a letter was read from Mr. Charles Dickens, stating that he would have great pleasure in presiding at the annual uinner of the fund to be held in May next, and that the committee might rely on his loyalty to his old calling. The annual dinner was appointed to be held on Saturday, the 20th of May. j A convict, La,uiod Thomas Arnold, was engaged last week in removing some tracks on the works at St. Mary's Island, Chatham, when by some means the irons gave way, and not being able to get clear in time he was caught between two trucks, and received injuries which resulted in death. An inquest was held upon the body before T. Hills, Esq., coroner, the jury returning a verdict of Accidental Death." Three Roman urns have just been dug up at Newport, in the Isle of Wight. They are each about afoot and a half in height and one foot in breadth. Their posi. tion, as they were found, formed a triangle, and the material of which they are compos r d is a black coarse ware. Mr. Hanbury, M.P. for Middlesex, who has been making a tour in Egypt during the winter, will return to England in a few days to resume his Parliamentary duties. There is no truth in the rumour that Mr. Hanbury has ever contemplated retiring from the representation of the metropolitan county. At a special meeting of the committee of the Royal Lifeboat Institution, at their offices, Adelphi. Captain Sir E. Perrott, Bart., M.P., in the chair, a grant of 240 was made in aid of the subscription now being raised for the widow and three young children of the poor man who perished by the capsising of the Holyhead lifeboat, when the boat, manned by fifteen men, put off in a furious storm to the help of the schooner Henry Holmans, of Plymouth, and her crew of eight men. A French journal states that a letter which the Empress Eugenie wrote to Baron Haussman, declining to receive a necklace of pearls which the City of Paris wished to present to her Majesty on her marriage, has been stolen from the Hotel de Ville, where it had been placed in fancied security; but that, in compliance with the urgent request of the Prefect of the Seine, her Majesty has consented to write a second letter, similar to the first, a copy of which had been kept. During the past week 1.669 deaths were regis- tered in London. In the corresponding weeks of ten years, 1855-64, the average number of deaths is, with a correction for increase of population, 1,653, The deaths in the present return, therefore, slightly exceed the estimated number. The births of 1,035 boys and 967 girls, in all 2,002 children, were registered in London. In the ten corresponding weeks of the years 1855-64, the average number (corrected) was 2,013. The Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells has in- stituted the Rev. Sydney East, vicar of Northover, Somerset, to the rectory of Wheathill, in the same county; value, RIIO; population, 361. The perpetual curacy of St. John the Baptist, Glastonbury, is vacant by the death, at the great age of eighty-eight, of the Rev. Thomas Parfitt, D.D., who held the living fiftv-tliree years. It is in the patronage of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and is of small value. It has been conferred on the Rev. C. S. Ross, its curate for six years. The Manchester Examiner reports that Fenianism flourishes in Liverpool. The leaders of the movement in Ireland and America have made Liverpool a "centre "of the brotherhood ill England, and it said the Fenians, whose design it is to "regenerate" Ireland and" humiliate" Eng- land, muster very strongly there. The following are the days fixed for holding the Lent Assizes in the Oxford Circuit:—Reading, Satur- day, February 25; Oxford, Wednesday, March 1; Wor- cester, Saturday, 4; Stafford, Thursday, 9; Salop, Monday, 20; Hsreford, Saturday, 25; Monmouth, Wednesday, 29; Gloucester, Saturday, April 1. So dense was the fog in London on Saturday that in several of the suburban districts the post-office letter carriers could not deliver the last batch of letters. They had in consequence to deliver them on Sunday morning. Such a thing has not occurred before in the recollection of the post-office officials. A lew days ago Maria Binder, a prostitute, attempted to convey John Fresborn, a deserter, from Norfolk to Baltimore, U.S., in a large trunk. When she arrived at the latter city, on opening the trunk the man was discovered to be dead. She confessed her participation, and was tried for the offence at Norfolk. The Court sentenced her to a fine of 500 dols. and two years' imprison- ment at hard labour. During the past week the visitors to the South Kensington Museum have been as follows:—On Monday. Tuesday, and Saturday (free days), open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 10,705; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, students' days (admission to the public, 6d), open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1,847. Total, 12,552. From the opening of the museum, 5,075,688. A second accident from the breaking of the ice is reported from Gledhow, near Leeds. On Sunday after- noon, a considerable number of persons were sliding on the ice in the park there, when it gave way in one place, and a young lady who was riding on a sledge was drowned, as well as a Mr. Smith, of the eminent firm of woollen manufac- turers of Leeds. The Dean and Chapter of St. Patrick's Cathe- dral, Dublin, have fixed Friday, the 24th of February, St. Matthias's Day, for the re-opening of that cathedral, the elaborate restoration planned and carried out by the muni- ficence of Mr. Guinness being now nearly completed. A committee of gentlemen will act in conjunction with the Dean and Chapter upon this remarkable occasion. Admis- sion will be by tielkets. A railway collision occurred at the Bailey- street station of the North-Western Railway, on Monday morning, owing to the dense fog. Two trains for Liverpool, it appears, leave the Victoria station at the same time, and the last one ran into the first. Fortunately the engines were travelling at a slow rate, and a few bruiseg were all the in- juries inflicted. During the month of October there arrived in the colony of Victoria 2,665 persons, of whom 916 were from the United Kingdom, and the remaining 1,749 from other places. The number of departures from the colony was 1,304, of whom 127 were for the United Kingdom. The current rate of wages ranged from £30 per annum for single farm labourers to 960 for married labourers without children, and frdm £15 for nursemaids to £35 for cooks. A New York paper states that the people of the United States have constructed and sustained railway construction at the rate of one mile to every one thousand of population, and there is no reason to doubt that the com- munities organised over the great plains and mountains between the Missouri river and the Pacific will demand and support continental railways in the same proportion. They have curious pleasure parties in Troy, N.Y., says the Boston Courier. At a saloon near there, one of a sleigh load of young men shot a companion with a pistol, because he wouldn't get off the sofa. After the ball was extracted from the hip, the party all took a drink. The victim said, I told you that you'd hurt me if you fooled with that pistol." The other replied," I told you, you fool, you'd get hurt if you didn't wake up." Professor Buck, who, up to a few years ago, was a well-known caterer for the entertainment of the public, was buried on Saturday, at Harpuhey Cemetery. The burial service was performed by the Rev. Mr. Tiggins, chaplain to the Freemasons. Professor Buck was sixty- three years of age, and had been for a long time an invalid. He leaves a young family unprovided for, and a subscription has been opened for their relief. Mr. Edwards, of the Man- chester Mechanics' Institution, is the treasurer of the fund. A short time ago the Government sent down to Liverpool Dr. Buchanan, as a medical commissioner, to re- port upon the cause and spread of fever in Liverpool. A summary of his report has been rea £ before the Liverpool Select Vestry. The report is very minute and exhaustive. The conclusion arrived at by Dr. Buchanan is that drinking and overcrowding are the principal causes of the fever which has so long afflicted Liverpool. A physician, writing to a contemporary, gives the following advice upon visiting persons with contagious diseases :—Never enter a sick room in a state of perspira- tion, as the moment you become cool your pores absorb. Do not approach contagious diseases with an empty stomach, nor sit between the sick and the fire, because the heat attracts the thin vapour. +

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