EPITOME OF NEWS. A Canada paper states that there are twice as many Jews in New York as there are in all Palestine. During the past week twenty-nine wrecks have been reported, making a total for the present year of 1,064. One of the latest inventions for which a patent has been taken out is that of shaking carpets by steam. The Gazette Russe" announces that an Ex. hibition of the Produce of Industry will shortly be opened at Moscow. The Hospital for Consumption at Brompton will do a noble thing this year, in sending twenty of the mule patients to pass the ensuing winter in Madeira. The Boupeil forgeries will be brought on at Chelmsford during the coming Assizes, when lioupell, the ex-M.P. for Lambeth, will appear as a witness. There is another project for making a line of rail- way through the Thames Tunnel. The other schemes have not one of them been successfully carried through. A cheap morning train has during the summer season been put on by the South-Western Company, from Dorchester to Weymouth, for the convenience of bathers at the latter place. The Leeds Mercury announces the death of the Eev. J. Tunnicliffe, of that town, "the founder of the Band of Hope movement in England." It is expected that Miss Constance Kent will be tried at Salisbury on Friday, the 21st of July. Mr. Johnstone, barrister, the Conservative can. didate for Dungarvan, died suddenly on Saturday morning at his residence, 33, Upper Fitzwilliam-street, Dublin. Mr. Hayter Lewis ae been appointed Professor of Architecture in University College, London, vice Mr. Donaldson, who becomes Eremitus Professor after a service of great duration. A tailor in Coupar-Angus, says the Edinburgh Courant, who had a pig which got one of its legs broken, has replaced the injured limb with a wooden one. It is curious r to see the animal hobbling about, but it is thriving as well as it did before the accident. A discovery made by a smith at Versailles is much talked about among hsrsedealerr. in Paris; it is a composition almost as hard as iron, which can be applied -under the hoof without causing the rmimal the slightest pain, and costs 75 per cent. less than ordinary horseshoes. Wolves are appearing in great numbers in the department of the Aisne. A few nights ago a heifer was worried and partly devoured at Buironfosse, in a field near several dwelling houses, this being the eighth victim to those ferocious animals during the last six weeks. The" lwn dress is the name of the ladies' new costume for the croquet ground. It is similar to the Bloomer costume, and is considered very appropriate when playing the game. The Courrier de Marseille relates that a greyhound belonging to a captain of artillery, a few days back, kept pace with an express train in which was his master, between that city and the Roquefavour station, a distance of fifteen miles. The poll on the question of a church rate for the parish of St. Clement Danes has just been officially declared. The votes for the rate were 207, against it 32. The rate is at 2d. in the pound, and will realise about R600. The Post" records the death of Lord Charles Fitzroy, which took place at Elm Lodge, near Hampton, on Saturday morning last. His lordship was only ill a few hours, and was in the enjoyment of perfect health the middle of the past week. A return has just been issued from the Ad. miralty, which shows that the country now has twenty-six iron-plated ships afloat and six in process of building. There are also five floating batteries, making thirty-seven in all of this modern class of vessels. The visitors to the South Kensington Museum during the past week have been as follows On Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, free days, open from ten a.m. to ten p.m., 16,097: on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Students' days (admission to the public 6d.), open from ten a.m. till six p.m., 2,709. Total, 18,896; from the opening of the museum, 5,357,121. The Austrian authorities have taken alarm in consequence of the reports about the arrivals of persons attacked by cholera from Alexandria and the East. They have, therefore, ordered a temporary quarantine of seven days for all vessels arriving from Egyptian provinces in Austrian ports. The growing crops of corn in this locality are not so promising as they were a few weeks ago, notwith- standing the fine weather that has prevailed. Beans, on the other hand, are more forward than usual, but barley comes up irregularly. The hay harvest has commenced, and will be general this week. The prospect of a large crop is very encouraging. The Mayor of Plymouth has received official information from the Admiralty, through the Port Admiral, that the French fleet cannot visit Plymouth until August. It will, therefore, not be seen by those who visit the Royal Agricultural Society. As the Manchester train arrived at Preston, the other day, it came into collision with some empty rail- way carriages which had been shunted on an adjacent line in dangerous proximity to the points. The carriages in question, as well as tome of those of the Manchester train, and the engine were greatly damaged, and the passengers very much scared, but no one was hurt in a serious manner. Mr. Alfred Whiskins, aged thirty-five, was attacked with smallpox a few days ago, and removed to the infirmary of the workhouse at Edmonton. The dreadful nature of his malady had such an effect upon him that he determined to commit suicide, and, possessing himself of a razor, he cut his throat in a fatal manner. The sect of Iconoclasts seems on the increase in Paris. The allegorical statue of the city of Lille, on the Place de la Concorde, was seme time back badly mutilated; and two nights back the hands were broken off the statues of St. Louis and St. Elizabeth, recently placed at the great door of the Church of St. Elizabeth, in the Rue du Temple. The civil tribunal of Paris has given judg- ment in the great case of the action of the infant children of Madame de Pauw against the insurance companies, upon the policies effected by the poisoner La Pommerais. It is decided that the unfortunate woman, having been a party to his frauds, and never having had any bond fide interest in the policies, her children are not entitled to the money. To-day's Times ?'" said a boy selling papers last Saturday on the South-Western line; upon which a I passenger, attempting a witticism, cried out, "What's the use of to-day's Times? I'll give you a shilling for to- morrow's. and the boy immediately handed him the Sunday Times! The passenger refused to give him more than sixpence, but his fellow-travellers made him keep his word, and give the sharp-witted lad a shilling. The apple crop in Devonshire will this year prove a failure, in consequence of the prevalence of what is ealled "a blight." The trees in the orchards present a very melancholy appearance, as, instead of clusters of young apples, nothing scarcely can be seen but- riddled leaves and grey mildew. This destruction of a useful and profitable crop will prave a great loss to the farmers. The blight," as it is termed, is caused by the caterpillars of a small winter moth, named by entomologists Cliiematobia oriimata. The prospects of the mackarel fishery on the east coast have materially improved during the past week, so far as the Great Yarmouth boats are concerned, most of the boats engaged having sent in daily a fair supply of fine fish. Prices have variea for fresh fish at from 24s to 28s., and for ovel:clay t iiom 22s to 25s. per hundred. A report to hand from iiowestoft is scarcely of so favourable a character. The celebrated rectory of Stanhope has be. come vacant by the decease of the rector, the Eev W. N. Darnell, B.D., at the age of eighty-seven. It was worth £ 5,000 a year, and was given to the deceased by the Bishop of Exeter in 1831 in exchange for the canonry in Durham Cathedra], still held by the Bishop. Under an Act passed in 1858 the rectory will hov be or txie value; or £ 1,650 a year, the excess being appropriated to raising- the incomes of six specified livings to B400 a year each, and of other livings in the diocess, to be selected'by the Bishop of Durham.
—v Daring Highway Robbery. One, of the boldest highway robberies which have occurrea of late, took place during Ascot races. A Mr. Mackay, of 34, Bryanstone-Equare, left Ascot-hwth on Tuesday evening and engaged a fly-driver to convey him to Bishata Abbey. While on the road towards Maiden- head the man suddenly turned the horse down a 11 blincl 11 Iti-ne, and took up another man on his box. Shortly after this the new arrival deliberately entered the ny and..calmly proceeded to rifle the pockets and person of Mr. Mackay of whatever valuables he could find. Having robbed the gentleman of a hunting watch, gold chain, bracelet, ring, neck-tie fastener, silk nm brella, &c., the highwayman turned the unfortu- nate Mr. Macuay out of the fly into the road, and left him to his own resource^ the two men, who were evidently accomplices, driving rapidly from the spot. It happened next morning that Mr. Mackay, on return- ing to Ascot, met the man who had acted as drive, and who calls himself Frank Wood. He was at once arrested by the Berks, police, and on being searched the ring stolen from Mr. Mackay was found upon him. Mr. Inspector Eeeee, acting on certain information, dispatched a sergeant to a gipsy van on Sunning-hill bog, belonging to a raan named James Rowland, where Mr. Mackay's race glass waa found. Rowland, who is supposed to be the man who actually rebbgd Mr. Mackay, has absconded, but the police are onthelook- out for him. In the meantime Wood has been taken before Mr. Crutchley, one of the county magistrates, I and remanded for the present to give time for the capture of his accomplice.
AGRICULTURE. AT Whitford, in Devonshire, enormous mushrooms have sprung up, some measuring fifteen inches in diameter. SOME one has proposed a large exhibition of vege- tables from all quarters of the world. The idea is not a bad one, and would, perhaps, be more productive of useful results than most fancy exhibitions are. M. LOUVFL'S method of preserving corn, flour, and biscuit, by securely enclosing them in large iron cylinders and then exhausting the air, has been tried with success on the Imperial farm. The weevil, the most difficult of all the corn parasites to subdue, has been completely destroyed in the rarified air, and during six months none have been developed. The apparatus, therefore, may be rendered available for the prolonged conservation of grain under most un- favourable circumstances. THE blue horse which is about to be exhibited in the country, was shown at Marlborough house last week to the Prince of Wales. It is an extraordinary looking creature, fully bearing out the report about it, a piebald of a blue and dirty yellowish white, with no hair on it, and feeling remarkably soft and like a lady's face. It is a great curiosity. A NEW railway, the Alexander," is about to be constructed in Russia, which will bring the fertile corn districts on the borders of the Black Sea. into com- munication with all parts of Europe. By this line Berlin will be brought within forty-eight hours of Odessa, and an Englishman may travel from London to the Black Sea in eighty-four hours. The line will be made under a concession for ninety-nine years, the Government having the right to purchase it at the and of twenty years. It will pass through a large portion of Poland, and a country rich in minerals as well as agricultural produce. In Poland the works will be constructed by the soldiers. The first part of the line will, it is hoped, be ready in five years. PREPARATIONS are making at the Agricultural- hall, Islington, for the erection of the stalls, stabling, construction of hippodrome, &c., for the forthcoming Great Metropolitan Horse Show, appointed to take, place there on the 7th July next and following days. The directors have resolved, with a view to the ample accommodation and comfort of the animals, as well as the public, to limit the number to 320, and the compe- tition for preference was exceedingly great. The show will consist of twelve classes, and the aggregate value of the prizes reaches considerably over 41,000. In consequence of the liberality of the prizes in the thoroughbred and hunter classes, the number of entries in those classes are exceedingly numerous, and comprise some of the most noted and valu- able racehorses in the kingdom. In the thorough bred classes, in addition to the Agricultural Hall Cap, of the value of 50 guineas, the fir8t prize is .£100, the second £ 50, the third .£40, as well as prizes of .£25, X20, and other lesser sums. For hunters the first prize is .£60, with other prizes of .£30, .£25, X20, and smaller amounts. With regard to the hunters, the judges are this year to have the power to select the weight-carriers, and also to require any of the horses to be jumped before awarding the prizes. The other classes which have had proportionate prizes awarded, consist of weight-carrying cobs, not exceeding 14 hands 2 inches; carriage horses, not under 15 hands 3 inches, in match pairs; light phseton horses, not ex- ceeding 15 hands 1 inch, in match pairs; ponies, not exceeding 13t hands, in match pairs for double harness; ponies, of same size, for saddle or harness; ponies, not exceeding 12 hands, for saddle or harness; and an extra class, for which .£50 is set apart, at the discretion of the judges, for any entries of extraordinary merit not included in the preceding classes. The whole of these arrange- ments are being carried out under the direction of Mr. Sidney, the Secretary of the Agricultural-hall Com- pany and the same feature which excited so much interest on the first occasion last year-viz., that of exhibiting the prize horses at given intervals in the hippodrome, jumping the hunters over hurdles, &c.- will form a prominent incident in the ensuing show. The galleries will be fitted up for the exhibition and sale of carriages, saddlery, stable fittings, &c.; and the Islington-gr.en avenue for articles of a useful and lighter character, and most of the available spaces for this purpose have been taken.
AN ENGLISH ARTIST TAKEN BY BRIGANDS. A Mr. W. R. Oliver, a young artist, who for the last two or three years has been pursuing the study of his art in Italian scenery, has sent the following letter to his friends. The letter bears the postmark, Albano, 7 Giu," and was written from Nemi, where he had been staying some few weeks, and from which place he started on the 30th of May last, for a sketching excursion: I am writing this in bed and in pain, and so weak as hardly to be able to hold my pen, and I will tell you as shortly as possible what has hap- pened that has laid me so low. I left Nemi the other day for one of the villages among the mountains, either Cora, or Ceprani, or Valletri, or somewhere by the borders of the Papal States, at the back of the hills where no one goes. I got a sort of farmer for a guide who was going some round on mules with my knapsack. I left the rest in the environs, as no car- riage of any kind can anyhow get up the paths, and often there is not any path at all. It was Tuesday evening; we were going along a dreadfully uneven path round the edge of a hill, and I got tired of the everlasting jog of my mule, and so got off and started to go over the top of the hill to see the sunset on these wild mountains, and join my man on the other side. I got up to the top, and was walking over to see the path on the other side, when I was spied out by some of the blackguard brigands who infest these places. I did not see them until two fellows came behind me, and one seized my right arm and tried to send me back; but I stood firm, though it was a shock, and at the same moment I hit the other fellow with my left hand, and sent him back; and then I got out my pistol, and I fired it into the shoulder of the first while we got hold of each other; in fact, I had nearly done for him, but another fellow came up at the moment, after and stabbed me, and then I don't quite recollect how it all was, for we all three struggled with each other, as the one I had sent back with my left arm came' up, and it was knives and scufflesbut I know I fired again, and hit, it; seems, one in the hand, and fell, and: we rolled over the rocks together, for I had been bleed- ing a great deal, and dislocated my shoulder in rol- ling over the stones, and was a good deal bruised; bat I believe I should have beaten them, for we were all three down, but there were three guns levelled at my head, and a movement would have cost my life, so I gave in, though now I don't think they would have killed me if they could help it, because seeing a stranger without baggage their idea was to take me and got a ransom, which is what they nearly always do now. Then they all carried me, all over blood and in great pain, though I did not know at the time in the least where I was wounded; then we got up a sort of hole in the rocks, and an old woman, a filthy old beast, began to pull me aoour to do up my wounds, but I was in such an awful passion that I sent her over, and caught up a knife lying on the ground, and made a, desperate stab at the first fellow who had come up to me, but I had lost such a lot of blood that the exertion made me lose consciousness, but I came back again after a bit, and I let them bind me up, but my shoulder gave me the worst pain. I felt it was dis- located (it is set now, and is going on pretty welt). However, I suppose I was so exhausted that after a time Ifellasleep on the cloaks and thingsonasortof mattress they put forme, and did not wake till next morning, and then I suffered horribly from the cuts on my shoulder, and the head man came up and we had a talk, in which I told him what a blackguard he was, &o.; and he, on his part, just summed it all up that, if within twenty-four hours I did not get 250 scudi (about < £ 52) I should be shot. I told him the impossibility, but it was of no use; he said there was every possibility of messengers and arrangement. There was not a soul in Rome I knew1, as all have gone away now. So. there was nothing to do but to send to the farmer who brought me on the way-and who, by-the-bye., bolted directly he heard the shots and row. I told him how he ought to have known that my baggage was worth .9 more than the money, and I swore by the Madcnna. I would pay him and so he set about to collect it, but he could only get about 200 scudi. It did not come until the morning after the next day, and the beggars said they would not take it: but after a bit they said they would let me go if I would hatid over the 200 scudi and leave a hostage for the rest. I think they thought I should die, and be worth nothing. I was glad enonghto send this proposal, and waited anxiously for the answer; and at last it came, saying that a man had consented to be my hos tage for 20 scudi, and I got back yesterday. I'm writing ibout' and sending for the other 23.2, but I don't at all know whom to send to, as if I write to anybody who is anything in authority they will certainly send some soldiers, ar, d the moment there is an alarm the first thing my blackguards will do will be to shoot the man who is there in my stead, unless I rush back myself. I must get it somehow, but in the meantime I beg you, for God's sake, not to lose a moment, but to send me X60 in circular notes, or somehow, but as quickly as possible, as I am in a dreadful state of anxiety. I am better, and out of danger, but my anxiety makes me worse, and I suffer a great deal. Address thus Genzano, per Nemi, Stati Pontifici.' Send the money addressed here, where I have got back again." The money was speedily sent him.
AN ACTRESS'S CARRIAGE AND HER COAGHMAKER. The case of Betteye and Another v. Elsworthy was brought on in the Nisi Prias Court, Westminster, last week. This was an action brought to recover < £ 21 12s. 6d. for work and labour done, under these circumstances. The plaintiffs are coachmakers, carry- ing on business in Piccadilly and the New-road, and the defendant is an actress of eminence in her pro- fession. According to the plaintiffs' case, the defend- ant in March, 1864, drove her pony phaeton to his establishment in the New-road for the purpose of having the vehicle repaired in certain parts-namely, to put a new bottom to the carriage, to paint the body and the wheels, and to put a new basket at the back. The plaintiffs agreed to make the necessary repairs for £ 12. When the repairs were done the plaintiffs wrote to the defendant, requesting her to call and see the phaeton. She did so, and then the plaintiffs sug- gested that she ought to have the carriage newly lined, and they said they would do the work for about seven guineas. She consented to this, and the carriage was thereupon newly lined, and after some time it was seht home to the defendant. In July, 1864, a bill was sent to the defendant for X20 8s. 6d., being the amount charged by the plaintiffs for the various repairs in question, including a silver-mounted rein-rest, and one or two other matters. The amount was frequently sent for to the defendant, but as the account was not settled, the plaintiffs sent in a new account in January last, in which they had added £1 4s. to the account for the standing of the carriage for eight weeks on their premises, and for interest. As the account was not settled, the present action was brought, and the .defendant paid .£15 into court to meet the demand. Mr. John W. Betteye, one of the plaintiffs, was examined in support of this case. He admitted, in cross-examination, that the defendant's coachman called upon him and tendered him zCl5 in settlement of his demand. Mr. Davis, a coei-chmaker in Long-acre, said tha,t the charges made by plaintiffs for the repairs to the defendant's carriage were fair and reasonable. The defence was that the plaintiffs had undertaken to do all the repairs of which the pony phaeton stood in need, including the now lining of the vehicle, for X-12, but that in consideration of a now piece of cloth used in completion of the lining, the defendant was willing to allow .£1, and also another .£1 or 30s on account of the silverplated rein-rest, and one or two other little matters which she desired to have done to the phaeton. She accordingly sent her coach- man with .£15 to the plaintiffs, but the latter refused to take this sum, except as in part payment of this account. The coachman then took the money back to his mistress. Miss EIsworthy was examined, and she positively deposed that the plaintiff contracted to do all the re- pairs, including the new lining of the carriage, for .£12; and three witnesses-two coachmakers and a coach- liner-declared that £10 or X12 would be a sufficient payment for all the repairs done. The coachman also deposed that he made an offer of 415 in payment of the plaintiffs' demand. The jury found for the plaintiff. Damages- X20 8s. 6d., thus deducting from the bill sent into de- fendant £1 4s., the charge made for the standing of the carriage, and for interest.
MARRY IN HASTE, AND REPENT AT LEISURE. The case of Inglis v. Inglis came before the Judge Ordinary, in the Divorce Court, on Saturday. Mr. T. J. Clark for the petitioner; Mr. Serjeant Robinson and Mr. Inderwick for the respondent. The marriage was in 1860, at which time the peti- tioner was of about twenty years of age. She was the daughter of a civil engineer in the Old Kent-road, and she had a fortune of 51,100 or £ 1,200. She had, however, been in the habit of giving lessons in the French language, and she had made the acquaintance of the respondent, who was a widower twice her age, in consequence of his calling on her to engage her services for his daughter. The marriage was said to have been a secret one, and one ex- tremely distasteful to her friends. Her case was that when she came into the receipt of her property, her husband insisted on investing it in the Shipwrights' Arms, a concert-room at Gravesend. Against this step she had strongly protested, and it had led to quarrels between them, and a virtual separation, the respondent alleging the state of his health as an excuse for his conduct. She now prayed for a judi- cial separation on the ground of his cruelty. She stated that her husband had treated her with neglect and unkindness, compelled her to sleep on the floor, and omitted to supply her with proper clothing and necessaries. She also specified one or two acts of violence, but they were not, on her own showing, of a very aggravated character. The respondent, in reply, stated that he had recently been in delicate health, having formerly been subject to fits, and he altogether denied the allegations of violence. He had once pushed her down, but it was only because she was coming to him in a threaten- ing attitude, and he apprehended violence from her. On another occasion he had found the petitioner and bis daughter pulling each other's hair; but so far from his assaulting the latter, he had merely interfered to part them. Though he was much older than his wife, she had selected him with her eyes open, and the first overtures had come from her (a laugh). He stated also that he had asked and obtained the consent of her father before her marriage; but the father was now in a lunatic asylum. Sir J. Wilde was of opinion that no case of cruelty had been made out for the interposition of the court. The parties, no doubt lived very uncomfortably to- gether, but this court had no power to separate people who could not agree together. The two charges of cruelty advanced by the wife were very trivial cases, and there certainly was no reason why she should be afraid of living with him. He should, therefore, re- fuse the decree.
THE LAW OF MORTMAIN. A Disputed Bequest. The special Dublin correspondent of the Telegraph says that the Irish Lord Chancellor has just given judgment in a case which excited a good deal of interest, and which tended to illustrate the state of the law as regards bequests for charitable purposes. The matter came before the Irish Court of Chancery in the shape of a petition, praying to have "an account taken of the real and personal estate of the late Patrick John Blake, of Mount Alverno, Dalkey, and of Rockfield in the county of Galway, solicitor, and to have a. receiver appointed over certain lands in the counties or Roscommon, Galway, and Mayo, and on the oyster bank fisheries in the county of Galway." Mr. Blake had died on the 18th of July, 1864, and by his will, executed on the previous day, he had ap- pointed Mr. David Sherlock, Q.C., the sole trustee of his real and personal estates, and his executor under the will. Among the contents of the will was the following clause I hold in trust for the Convent of Glasnevin the sum of Y,7,000 sterling, which I desire shall be paid over to the superioress of the Sacred Heart Convent, Glasnevin; I hold also in trust the sum of X650 for the infant school which the said community are about to establish;" and with reference to these two sums, amounting to- gether to £ 1,650, the testator directed that they should be a charge on a portion of his property called the Gort Estate, and that the money should be paid over by his trustee to the superioress of the convent. Mr. Edward Blake, the heir-at-law, now objected to the payment of £ 7,650, repudiating the charge created in respect of it, and alleging. that the bequest was a mere voluntary gift, which could not be sustained against the heir-at-law as a charge on the lands; and -it was further objected that the will, not having been- executed three months before the testator's death with the formalities prescribed, was void under the Charit- able Bequests Act. The heir- at-law. algo disputed the validity of "a charge of a, perpetual annuity of £100 on the lanac of Fountain-hill, sad the reservation of two acres of said lands for a poor school for Roman Catholic children: and the direction to apply X2,000, part of the produce of the sale of Fountain Hill and Rockfield, in the estab- lishment of the said school; and also the direction to apply £1,000, part of the purchase-money of the tes- tator's property at Dalkey, in poor schools at Dalkey for Roman Catholic children." As heir-at-law, Mr. Edward Blake claimed to be entitled to the lands out of which the said several bequests were to be paid, or to so much interest therein as would be equivalent to them or to the bequests themselves." The case of the heir-at-law—at all events, in its leading features-is sufficiently explained by the fore- going; and although a vast number of legatees were interested in the result of the suit, and although a vast number of counsel had been retained to assert and de- fend their respective claims, the case of the executor and the convent authorities can be substantially stated with almost equal succinctness. Mr. Patrick Joseph Blake, the testator, was the friend of a Miss Hynes, a lady who seems to have been in very affluent circumstances, and who passed a portion of her time at Rome. This lady wished to benefit the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Glasnevin, near Dublin, by building a retreat for nuns in con- nection with that institution; and, to carry out this view, she made Mr. Blake her banker, lodging in his hands from time to time large sums of money for the desired object. Mdme. Bastide, who had come over from France to be examined as a witness before the Lord Chancellor, deposed that in 1851 she had been superioress of the Roscrea Convent; that she had re- turned to France in 1859; that she had afterwards received a communication from Mr. Patrick Joseph Blake with regard to these matters that she had re- visited Ireland in 1863, and had a communication with him about the purchase of property for the convent of the Sacred Heart with Miss Hynes's money; he said he had X6,000 in hand, and that X,1,000 or X4,000 more would come to him in November; and that the money was intended to provide a retreat for nuns in connection with the Glasnevin Convent. Mr. Sherlock, Q.C., the executor named in the will, was also examined, and said that he had on several occasions ascertained from Mr. Patrick Joseph Blake that he held the money in trust for Miss Hynes. He had no doubt in the world on the subject. The answer to the claim of the heir-at-law, theiefore, was that the bequest was simply a debt charged upon real estate, and not within the meaning of the statute affecting charitable gifts. On the conclusion of the arguments, which extended into the second day, the Lord Chancellor gave judgment, holding that the bequest of X7,000 to the Convent of the Sacred Heart was valid, though charged upon land, inasmuch as it was not an emanation of the testator's bounty, but the payment of a debt due by him as the trustee of Miss Hynes. The other charges upon the lands, being for charitable purposes, his lordship held to be invalid under the provisions of the Charitable Dona- tions and Bequests Act.
THE ASSASSINATION CONSPIRACY. A correspondent from New York writes:-At last we have the testimony taken in secret session by the military court trying the conspirators upon which Pre- sident Johnson based his famous proclamation, offer- ing a reward for the apprehension of Davis, Tacker, Saunders, Clay, and Cleary; and accepting the evidence as authentic, this action was certainly fully warranted. Conover, one of the witnesses, was missing for some days, and serious apprehensions were entertained lest he might have been "disposed of," as it was known that he had gone to Canada to transact some business notwithstanding the protests of his friends. This Conover is a native of the State of New York. At the outbreak of the war he was living in South Carolina, where he was conscripted. In some way, which he does not explain, he secured a position in the rebel War Department, and by his official con- nection gained the confidence of the Confederates in Canada, whither he went early in 1864, upon making his escape from Richmond. He was on intimate terms with Thompson, Clay, Saunders, and Cleary, as well as with other distinguished rebel agents, and was bold enough from time to time to divulge particulars of plots which they had under weigh. He did this by means of letters to the New York Tribune, the last medium of communication which the agents alluded to would have supposed one of their number could gain access to. Conover's testimony is perhaps as important as any of that in. cluded in this batch of secret evidence. He states that he saw the conspirator Surratt, who is still at large in Canada, on April 6th or 7th, when he delivered Thompson's dispatches from Davis and Benjamin direct from Richmond. The dispatch from Davis, he affirms, was in cypher. The witness states that Thompson urged him to participate in the enterprise of assassinating Mr. Lincoln, and that when he re- ceived the dispatches alluded to from Davis, Thompson laid his hand upon the papers and said, referring to the assassination and to the assent of the rebel autho- rities, This makes the thing all right." Witness also said:— The dispatches spoke of the persons to be assassi- nated-Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Johnson, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of State, Judge Chase, and Gene- ral Grant. Mr. Thompson said on that occasion, or on the day before that interview, that the assassina- tion proposed would leave the Government of the United States entirely without a head; that there was no provision in the constitution of the United States by which they could elect another President. My first interview with Thompson on this subject of assassina- tion was in the early part of last February, in Thomp- son's room, in St. Lawrence-hall, Montreal. He then spoke of a raid on Ogdensburg, New York. It was abandoned, but it was because the United States Government received information of it. He said he would have to drop it for a time, but added, We'll catch them asleep yet,' and to me he said, There is a better opportunity to immortalise yoarself and save your country,' meaning the Confederacy. I told them I was ready to do anything to save the country and asked them what was to be done. He said Some of our boys are going to play a grand joke on Abe and Andy, which he said was to kill them his words were, 'remove them from office;' and he said that the killing of a tyrant was not murder; that he had com- missions for this work from the rebel authorities, and conferred one on Booth, or would confer one; that everybody engaged in this enterprise would be com- missioned and if they escaped to Canada, they could not be successfully claimed under the extradition treaty. "Thompson told me that Booth had been com- missioned, and every man who would engage in it would be. I had a conversation with Wm. C. Cleary J on the day before, or the day of tha assassination, at St. Lawrence-hall. We were speaking of the rejoicing in the States over the surrender of Lee and the capture of Richmond. Cleary said they would have the laugh on the other side of the mouth in a day or two. I think this was the day before the assassination. He knew I was in the secret of the conspiracy. It was to that he referred. The assassination was spoken of among us as commonly as the weather. Before that Saunders asked me If I knew Booth very well, and expressed some apprehension that Booth would make a fizzle of it; that he was desperate and reckless, and he was afraid that the whole thing would be a failure. I communicated to the Tribune the intended raid on St. Albans and the proposed assassination of the President, but tney refused to publish the letter. I did this in March last as to the President's assassi- nation; also In. February, I think-certainly before the 4th oi March. Surratt delivered the dispatches in Thomson s room four or five days before the assassi- nation. The whole conversation showed that Surratt was one of the conspirators to take the President's ire. 1 hat was the substance of the conversation. It was also understood that there was plenty of money when there was anything to be done."
ASSAULTING A SWEETHEART. William Hods son, a tall, well-dressed man, about thirty years of age, was brought before Mr. Paget, at the Thames Police-court, charged with assaulting Caroline Gosling, a young woman, who said she was employed on a sewing-machine, and lived in Sidney- square. The complainant, whose eye was blackened and forehead bruised, said defendant and she lived to- gether for six weeks, and she left him on Saturday week, and told him their parting must be for ever. The previous evening she was leaving the Eagle Tavern, in the Mile End-road, with a young gentleman with whom she was acquainted, when the prisoner came up to her, and asked her how she dared to form an acquaintance with any other man besides himself, and wanted her to leave the gentleman she was with. She refused to do so, tind told him to go about his business. The prisoner then earnestly her to renew the connection which existed. She refused, and begged him to leave 11 He did so, and she went to supper roomB and p'< of supper. On leaving there the prisoner her again, stopped her, and called her bad ohe refused to have anything to do with him, then struck her on the eye. She gave him into »' custody of a police-constable, and he implored of not to lock him up, and promised not to molest beI „ hit her again. She permitted his release, and afterwards he met her again and struck her on^ t forehead. She fell, and was raised by the bysta^S'( Mr. Paget: What was doing at the Eagle night? sir. r. Witness: Only the pleasure gardens ooen, They are open till eleven at night. well John Everidge, a tailor by trade, said he sa# J prosecutrix ill-used. He was totally with her, but he did not like to see a woman knoc about- tw The Prisoner, in defence, said I was tipsy time. I did not know what I did. i J John Kimber, No. 312 K, said he found the 7°^ woman crying, and the prisoner running away- forehead was marked and her eye bruised. It f Ji, now blackened. He believed the complainant liv^ a respectable house in Sidney-square, Stepney> a was of comparatively good character. ,r Mr. Paget said it was very unmanly to str$eJ woman, but he could quite understand this arose0 of jealousy. The parties had lived together as I°, f wife, and the prisoner was jealous of the man J! was with her. He would allow the prisoner to Pa/j J was not more than half-a-dozen times he'1 allowed a man to pay a fine for striking aW0« He was hardly justified in doing it in this case. prisoner had committed a cowardly and savaged, He fined him 40a., or, in default, one month'3 prisonment,
,,¡ JBXTBACTS 3TBOM "FUiSfCH & -+- Answers to Correspondents. S A CORRESPONDENT, who has neglected to SIG^JV name, states that he sends us "The Forgetting$ Defective Memory as a series of interesting re tions. Unluckily he has omitted to enclose the VIr I When he recollects himself perhaps he will reinep j what he has not done. POLLY TIX.—We agree with you that M is only another name for quackery very often. 1 TAN-HAUSEU is anxious for information as t" removal of freckles. Loosen the epidermis Ivi them gently with a spade, sprinkle cayenne Vero, spot, pot them out as soon as they begin to striker < tell Pickford to call for them in a few days. Tbf J never-failing. J STUDIOUS.—The best naturalists acquit the LO^, spa,rrow of intentional cynicism in the ,t which he applies the term cheep to every life. Sauce for an Applepie. j We have thought it right to publish the foUowiR letter, but it is needless to say that we do not sy^P3] thise with the writer. A great house, with a nobleman as its chief proprietor, and a small owned by a plebeian, are two houses. To PUNCH. The Old Applepie, Houndsditch, JUDe 16, 'ti5ja Sir,—Being informed by several parties that are the great apeal when wrongs is dene, I take libberty to State that having read in the Advertise' J the Prince oj Wales have lately atended to open a i Tavern in Langam place I wrote to Marboroug respectfy inviting his Royal highness to perform sleJ milar ceremony on the occasion of me opening of Music Hall atached to my Premises, wine and spiritS liquors, established 1847, and No word of ConvpKi. from the police daring those years. Sir, my req1 respectly worded and offered to send a Trap fof Prince and servants and Make the Hour his owe 0 J: not 7 p.m., when the Public were coming in, also of my License and testymonial from 103 Parties the House which many are old tradesmen and not sign what were not correct. Sir I reed AO from a Mr. Knowlys Declining and I ask you aS j! tween man and man why sauce for Langam P^CJ not Sauce for Hounsditch, and all Englishmen t equal m Eye of the law. Respectfy apologs for K trouble and IntrusiaE in your valuable space, Sir, Your obed. Serv», BARNABAS JU-'1" Sailing Directions for the Bark of St. How to assure safe voyage and quiet quarters < Unto St. Peter's bark in English waters, No wiseman here ? "Try Manning" is the cry: "If that don't answer ?" Then New-manning The Test of all Tests. About the assault on Oxford tests, Why make such a commotion ? Seeing the Bill would Oxford make A very Land of Gos(o)hen. SHOTTEN HERREN.—The Herrenhaus atBerli13' Prussian burlesque of our House of Lords, h&3 ■ proposed, by the resolution of a large majorltYe: make both its own members, and those of the House, liable to punishment, on citation befot%l Courts of Law, for calumnies uttered, or other able expressions employed in the course of q thus sacrificing their Parliamentary privileg speech. Surely the Herrenhaus deserves to be fjli the oclavenhaus, for these Herren are a very set of bloaters. 1"J WHAT SENSATION HAS COME TO AT L-A'II-. Mamma: Tell you a pretty story ? Well, what Cf it be P" Small child About a. nice 'ittle girl w:hj¡tl,e J murdered her papa and mamma, and all her v t brothers and sisters! Ji !■ His LAST EFFoRT.-Why is it impossible i0 W anything to eat at a. pic-nic when it is held oJ1 sunny eide of the hill ? — Because it's a Bahny. « feast! >( CITYDINNER.-Head Waiter of the London Ta*&. "Are you an In curable,' sir, 0r a Reduced %( taker ? Old Gent (late and breathless, prodc^' his dinner ticket): "No, I'm a !Destitute Delinquent.' I think it says six o'clock Waiter (feelingly): 11 Dear, dear! you've made take, sir That dinner's 'eld at the Fremasoas t year, sir." J PROVERBIAL PHTLOSORHT.—AYOUTIGFRIENDOF0^1 whose opinions derive a tinge of bitterness fron1.^ beer he imbibes, says that although it is quite V jV that "one swallow does not make a suir:iB0r,ic- summer like this makes one swallow-a, good liauid. iWi LIGNUM YITTT."—A paragraph having xo&fyiF appeared, announcing the invention of a newpr^in for photographing on wood," the Secretary of [4 for India is most anxious it shotild be stated is cot the Wood in question. He doesn't like any4*3.? telegraphic or photographic—or graphic in any iill but specially with regard to this process wi,-be$ I have his negative taken as positive. A SLIGHT DIFPEREHCE.—Mr. Layard. the night, iji answer to an interrogation about the 5^ captives.in Abyssinia, said it was "a most question to ueal with, and one reauiring ±, ™miTCtl0n-. Tilat w just "the mischief What the question requires, is circumspection1 ad-\ the Foreign-office has employed on it ia e;irJI1 cution. j1, SING, WHALLEY, SING.—We have bean re^^Vl by numberless correspondents to indicate the whicn toe hon. member for Peterborough has 0 lately so constantly (iailed upon to sing. We bf' state in reply, that it is his favourite strain:- Whalley, Whalley, up the bank, And Whalley, Whalley, down the brae." ■)' DANGEROUS.—There is talk in Paris of the army striking, like the Paris cabmen, for j Truly once more L'Umpire, c'est la Pay. i
Epidemic at Medina and Mecca.— from Medina, says the Levant Herald, give a j account of the ravages of the epidemic now riJ.,g both at that city and Mecca. Ifc takes the forro f of typhus and cholera. On the eve of C- J Beiram, and during the 1st and 2nd days of f, this terrific scourge carried off no less f y victims amongst the pilgrims, and 6hol- sity of the plague is somewhat pubated I perish. The inhabitants have fled filled with corpses. Of the P' p less than 5,000 have fallen r is the sheik Mitza Hachirr puted to be, has perish^ ij composed of ten perso; taken refuge at Taif Pacha, after bavin s«lf fallen danger