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( THE NEWS BUDGET. Breaking a Man's Thumb.—Luke Thacker, a labourer, residing at Smethwick, was charged, at the Birmingham Petty Sessions, with assaulting Michael Golding, and breaking his thumb, on the 15th instant, at Harborne. It appeared from the evidence that the men are fellow-labourers on the new line of railway now in course of construction. There was quarrelling on both sides, and the complainant provoked the assault. Under these circumstances, the defendant was liberated upon the payment of the costs. Singular # Place for a Robin's Nest.-For three successive seasons a robin has built its nest in a watering-can suspended from an interior wall of a tool-house standing in the garden of of Mr. Thomas Constable, of the Manor-house, Otley. The progeny, four in number this year, are just fledged, but still remain inmates of the building; neither they nor the old birds manifesting any apparent fear of the pre- sence of the gardener, with whom the whole family are great favourites. Plague of Caterpillars.—A most unusual inci- dent was witnessed, says the Lindtsay Gazette, on a grass plot belonging to Mr. James Hughey, Fenelon. An extraordinary colony of caterpillars, numbering millions upon millions, were seen moving along in a western direction, consuming thistles, grass, and every kind of vegetation they met with on their on- ward march. So completely did they demolish thistles, that nothing remained of those attacked save the roots and thorns. Charge of Personating a Voter.—The other day Mr. James Wood was charged before Mr. Preston, at the Liverpool Police-court, with personating a deceased voter at the election for South Lancashire. Mr. Weir Anderson, election agent for the Conserva- tive party, appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Cobb for the defence. The prisoner had presented a card at the Liverpool polling booth, signed with the name of John Bradshaw Brumfitt," though when challenged as to whether he was Brumfitt he said No." Mr. Weir Anderson pressed for the penalty—imprisonment for any term not exceeding two years, but the magis- trate remanded the case, on bail being produced, for further inquiry. A Marriage Agreement.—A couple who found married life not what they expected, have applied for a divorce, but as they had only quarrelled with each other, it was refused. Before marriage they had made the following agreement:—" Money to be handed over by husband monthly household matters to be left to wife; wife to market; husband to be satisfied with domestic arrangements when conducted with economy and camfort; no complaints or improper language on either side in presence of any children that may be born; love and kindness to be observed; no quarrels; and, above all, punctuality at meals." This precau- tion intimated a spirit that could not well help but lead to the rock it was intended to avoid. Serious Oecurrence at Wimbledon, The close of the shooting at Wimbledon on Friday last was signalised by a display of fireworks, which unfortu- nately proved the cause of a serious accident to Miss Gifford, a young lady of eighteen, now on a visit to Mr. Howland, of Gay ton-lodge, Wimbledon, who was sitting among a group of ladies in front of Lord Elcho's cottage. While thus witnessing the spectacle, one of the mortars used to discharge maroons burst, and a splinter of sheet-iron struck Miss Gifford in the neck, inflicting a very severe wound. She was immediately taken to Captain Mildmay's tent, where she was attended by Surgeon-Major Wyatt, of the Coldstream Guards, who is the camp surgeon. The wound was too severe to admit of the young lady being removed. She therefore remained in the tent aU night, and on Saturday morning was taken to Gayton, where, it is hoped, she will progress favourably. Alarming Accident to a Lady.—An accident which has resulted in very distressing consequences has just occurred in the vicinity of Windsor. It appears that Capt. Brand and Mrs. Brand (the daughter of his Excellency M. Van de Weyer, the Belgian minister) were driving in the neighbourhood of the town when the horse ran away, and while the Captain was trying to restrain the animal the reins broke, and all control over it was lost. The Captain attempted to quit the, carriage, but in doing so slipped and fell, receiving some injury. The shock to the system which Mrs. Brand received through the accident, although she was not thrown out of the vehicle, has brought on premature confinement, and left the lady in so critical a state as to cause much alarm to her friends. Mrs. Brand was, it is said, to have left her residence in the cloisters of Windsor Castle shortly, on a two months' visit to M. and Madame Van de Weyer, at New Lodge, near Windsor Forest, the seat of the Belgian minister. Departure of the Queen of the Wether- lands.—Her Majesty the Queen of the Neuherlands, accompanied by Count de Randwyk, the Countess Pabist, and a numerous suite, arrived at Wool- wich, on Saturday afternoon, at five o'clock, in six carriages, and immediately embarked at the Royal Arsenal pier on board the Netherlands paddle steam sloop Cycloop, for Rotterdam, which had been under steam about one hour awaiting the arrival of the Royal party. The arrangements for the embarkation were well carried out, and the Cycloop steamed down the river for the Nore at half-past five o'clock. The I vessel has been under repair at the dockyard, having sustained damages by a collision duriag the time she was moored in the river. Assault with a Gun.—On Friday an action for assault was brought by M. Dugniol against M. Hug- two French glass-blowers employed at Chance's Glass Works, West Bromwich-at the Oxford Assizes, the object being to recover damages for a shot wound re- ceived. The plaintiff, the defendant, and others were in a yard in December last where snow-balls were being thrown about, and the defendant took up a gun and threatened to discharge it at any one who threw at him. The plaintiff threw a ball at him, and the defendant fired, blinding one of the plaintiff's eyes permanently, and so injuring the other that he could no longer follow his occupation. The defendant alleged that the gun was fired accidentally, but the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff, giving him X120 damages. Violent Storm in France and Belgium.— The Alord of Brussels gives a sad account of the ravages caused by a violent storm of thunder, hail, and rain, which has passed along the frontiers of France and Belgium. At Mons, Maubeuge, Valen. cienneg, Licjfe, Maestrieht, and Cateau, the destruc- tion of property was immense, and several lives were lost. In the country between those towns all the crops in the fields and gardens were cut to pieces by the hail, and in the small town of Rcculx more than 12,000 panes of glass were broken. At Maestrieht the hailstones were as large as pigeons' eggs, aud broke not only the windows but even the slates and tiles of the roofs. In the environs of St. Qaentin two mills were blown down, and the owner of one of them killed. At Cateau several houses and other buildings were thrown down by the combined effects of wind and flood, killing one person and wounding several others. The damage done along the line followed by the storm is enormous, but as yet cannot be calcu- lated Strangling a Wife.—The Court of Assizes of the Vosges last week tried a weaver named Aldrian, aged thirty-one, on a charge of having, on the 22nd January last, at Bussang, murdered his wife by strangling her with a cord. On the day above mentioned the prisoner went in great haste to one of his neighbours named Grosjean, and said that his wife had committed suicide by strangling herself. Grosjean accompanied him back to his residence, and saw the woman lying on the floor by the bedside, quite dead, with a thick cord wound four times round her neck, the first two rounds being drawn very tight with slip-knets, while the other two were slack. The surgeon who made the post-mortem examination having declared that the woman could not possibly have tied the cord herself and drawn it so tight, the prisoner was suspected as her murderer, and arrested. When interrogated, he confessed that he had committed the crime in a moment of irritation caused by his wife's reproaching him with neglecting his work and spending his money at the wineshop. In court he repeated the same statement, and the jury having brought in a verdict of Guilty, with extenuating circumstances," the President condemned him to hard labour for life. The Electric Light at Sea,-Som(i interesting texperiments have just been made at L'Orient, on board the Coligny, the object of which is to utilise the electric light at sea. By means of a submarine reflector, the water was illuminated to a great depth, so that it was possible to look down from the deck and see the fish, attracted by the light, swimming round the lamp as if in an aquarium. A kind of diving- bell with a large glass eye in one side, and arranged to supply air to a diver, was also let down to a depth of thirty-eight fathoms. By means of this apparatus it will be easy to inspect submarine constructions, to fish coral, &c., and recover wrecked property. Signals were likewise exchanged, by means of the electric light, between the Coligny and the semaphore of Belle Isle. These different applications of the electric light were made, in presence of a military commission, by the inventor, M. Bazin, civil engineer, of Angers, and were found to give satisfactory results.


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