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OUTLINES OF THE WEEK. THE events which are occurring in America are rather of serious moment. The suppressed evi- dence given against the ex-President Davis on the trial of the conspirators has been published; and, assuming that the witnesses spoke the truth, there are circumstances which point to a complicity in the fearful murder; but then it is so easy to turn and twist evidence to convey quite a contrary meaning to that which was intended, that, until Mr. Davis delivers his defence, we are not justified in arriving at any conclusion. Indeed, not one person in a hundred in England believe that the Southern Government had any complicity in the dreadful assassination. Meanwhile, the trial of the conspirators proceeds, and Mr. Davis has by this time been before the jury. Another mail, perhaps, will give us the result. We fondly anti- cipate that he will be convicted of no deeper crime than that of treason, in which case we hope that the law will be satisfied with a mild punishment, I such as will obtain for the Government the respect I of the people of the South, rather than irritate them further. THE Emperor of the French has been welcomed with enthusiasm on his return from Algeria. The cheers which met him on his route to the Palace, and whichever part of Paris he traversed, have been hailed as significant of the confidence the masses of the people have in their sovereign. At the same time the French people love novelty, and the very fact of being ruled, for even a brief period, I by a woman, has pleased them, whilst the tact, intelligence, discrimination, and thoughtful loyalty with which the Empress presided over' affairs during her Royal husband's absence, has added immensely to her popularity; and the grace with which the beautiful Eugenie retired from her temporary supremacy has increased the favour in which she was held. First, she nullified the restric- tions temporarily placed upon certain organs of the press, then, casting her crown on one side, went incognita along bye-lanes to the cottage residence of Madlle. Rosa Bonheur, that she might herself place the decoration of the Legion of Honour on I that justly celebrated painter. This is the first time so great a compliment has ever been paid to a lady. THE Prussian Parliament has been closed with- out, however, the Lower House submitting to the wish of the King and his Ministers to grant an ad- ditional sum of money for an increased army. The king, therefore, in dismissing them, was very harsh in his language to the Representatives, tell- ing them that the Government would act in de- fiance of the votes of the Representative Chamber; at the same time the king complimented the mem- bers of the Upper House, who, he said, were always willing to support him. In answer to this address, the President of the Lower House made a spirited speech, in which he accused the Government of endeavouring to transform a constitutional system into one of absolute military power. He declared, however, that all such efforts would be foiled by the constitutional perseverance of the Prussian people. King William had better mind what he is doing, for although he has a patient, honest people to deal with, they will not permit him to play the despot for ever. A DEPUTATION of Poles presented an address of condolence to the Emperor of all the Bussias on the death of the late heir-apparent, his eldest son. Believing that the poor Poles were trying to win him by kindness, his Majesty in reply said, "He thanked them for their good wishes, but at the same time expressed regret at the misfortunes which the c dreams' of the inhabitants of Russian Poland had brought upon themselves; he hoped that those futile efforts to obtain a separate nationality would never more be indulged in, as he (the Emperor of all the Russias) would never tolerate the separation of Poland from his dominions." WE have little to say in politics. The prospects of the next election appears to be the most pro- minent topic; but that Lord Palmerston has recovered, in a great measure, his health and spirits, appears to gratify every one. The busi- ness of the Commons is being hastened as much as possible, by morning sittings and the suspension of any additional motions, so that the elections may be over before the season for harvesting the corn. THE House of Lords have passed the Union Chargeability Bill, the Partnership Bill, and many useful bills that were at one time threatened with strong opposition; but the majority of the Con- servatives, when they were brought forward, acknowledged these Acts to be useful measures for the country, and voted accordingly. WE all remember Edwin James, Q.C., a few years ao-o considered one of the most successful prac- titioners at the English bar, and when returned to Parliament for Marylebone, people speculated as to how soon he would take his seat on the woolsack; he appears, however, to have made a rapid progress in a downward career. It will be remembered difficulties-pecuniary and otherwise —drove him to America, and the New York papers sa,y he is now in custody and about to be tried for defrauding a young Irish lawyer, who had recently arrived in the country, of a considerable sum of money. WE have, however, plenty of frauds in England. A bankrupt has been committed for trial by the Nottingham magistrates on a charge of robbing his creditors. He had been a jeweller in Leicester, and became bankrupt in consequence, he alleged, of being robbed of jewellery to the amount of £ 1,000. The evidence in the eyes of the magis- trate appeared to show that the goods had been carried away by himself. A SYSTEM of wholesale plundering has been going on for some time on the North-Western Railway, which was detected in rather a singular I manner. A "shunter" went to pledge a pair of boots at St. Helen's, and, something exciting the suspicion of the pawnbroker, he gave notice to the police, and through their investigations five men were taken, at each of whose houses were found a large quantity of goods, and a fireman's house was stocked with a miscellaneous quantity of goods which had evidently been stolen. MESSRS. JOHN, GEORGE, and ALFRED BARRY, London merchants, were placed in an unfortunate position by being charged with attempting to defraud certain insurance companies. The case, however, entirely broke down, and the prisoners were honourably acquitted amid the cheers of the people. It is contended by many persons that although the position these gentlemen were placed in was a very painful one, yet the insu- rance companies were right in making the inquiry. As a caution to fast" young people, we would refer to a case in the Liverpool Bankruptcy Court, where a solicitor being clerk to the Lancashire magistrates, with a handsome stipend, petitioned the court. He married in 1861, and in four years he had managed to run into debt to the amount of about < £ 9,000. One reason for his failure was specu- lating in mining shares, but his solicitor said it was mainly owing to the extravagance of his wife. ANOTHER terrible colliery explosion has occurred in South Wales, near Tredegar. Two hundred men were working in a pit when the gas fired, and twenty-six poor creatures fell victims to the explo- sion. It is said that an escape of gas was dis- cernible some hours previous to the ignition; that a danger signal was set up, but the men would in- sist upon working with uncovered lights, and this explosion was the consequence. There should be a rule enforced in every colliery whereby the fool- hardiness of the men might be prevented from causing such terrible results. A RATHER singular action for libel was tried in the Nisi Prius Court the other day. A Dr. Webber went down to Tunbridge Wells to prac- tise as a physician. Here he made himself busy about sewerage and sanitary regulations, and re- ported to the Home Secretary that the town was in an unhealthy state. Dr. Hunter was sent down by the Government to inspect, and declared the sewerage good, and saw no reason of complaint in other sanitary matters. Some of the inhabitants of Tunbridge Wells were; indignant with Dr. Webber for thus representing their town, and amongst other modes of showing their resentment, engaged a local poet to write some lampoons, which were printed and sold in great numbers in the neighbourhood. The action was brought against the printer, who had not put his name to the bills. Curious to say, the poet was the prin- cipal witness, and the jury awarded the plaintiff < £ 50 damage?.

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