AGRICULTURE. —«— THE GRAIN CROPS IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA — Letters from Odessa of the 29th of June confirm the sad prospects of a bad harvest. A protracted drought since March had completely dried up the coming crops. On the 28th of June there was a heavy fall of rain, which had not by any means improved matters. Provisions throughout Southern Russia were very scarce, and bid fair to reach up to famine prices. Persons with limited means and large families find a great difficulty in maintaining them, especially at Odessa, Nicolaix, and Kherson. THE POTATO CROP IN IRELAND.—We observe (says the Dublin Express) in a few of our contemporaries in the south and west reports of the appearance of disease in the potato crop. It is not, however, to an extent to justify any serious uneasiness respecting the general condition of the crop, the instances in which it has appeared being very few, and cotifined to lands adjoining the sea-coast. The potato crop in its best days has never been wholly exempt from taint, and at this period every year we are accustomed to hear unfavourable reports circulated, partly owing to the too nervous anxieties of farmers, srid partly to the interested motives of speculators. THE HARVEST AND GisAiN SUPPLIEs.-From J. and C. Sturge's corn circular :The high temperature and occasional showers of the past month have been well adapted for ripening tile crops, so that harvest operations are becoming general in all parts of the country. Very little wheat, however, has yet been secured, and the few samples exhibited are by no means fine either id quality or condition. In France the crops are staged on thrashing to prove about one- third less thfwi an average, but the quality of the samples we have seen is good since our last rain has fallen throughout the South of Europe, but we have yet to see whether it has come in time to be of much service to the crops. The arrivals from America have rather increased, but the number of cargoes on passage from ports east of Gibraltar is only 278 against above 500 this time last year. The imports of wheat and flour for the past four weeks were 525,540 qrs., against 574,696 in June, and 633,428 for July in 1864. Early in the month English wheat rose Is. to 2s. per qr., but has since declined to a similar extent. The French markets are now, however, about 2s. higher than they were four weeks ago. Barley, upon the sandy and gravelly land is a light crop, but on the stiffer soils a large one. Pioe3 have improved about Is. per qr. The price of oats has not varied during the month, and the value is relatively high compared with wheat and barley. Of the crop we hear unfavourable reports from all parts. Oar stocks at Gloucester are light, without any increase in sup- plies. Beans and peas are still scarce, and realise as much by weight as secondary wheat; the yield of the growing crops being very uncertain, and no prospect of any supplies from Egypt. YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SHOW. On Thurs- day, being the people's day," the engines and ma- chines were early at work, and the implement ex- hibitors mustered strongly. There was a large influx of visitors, and the farm labourers earnestly devoted themselves to a close inspection of the reapers, ploughs, &c., and their wives as minutely inspected the dairy utensils, washing machines, drying ap- paratus, &c. The live stock also received the closest inspection and admiration as the excellence of all the classes was expressed by every visitor. The few re- gaining classes of horses left unjudged on account of the rain on the previous evening were inspected, and the prizes awarded. About seven o'clock Blair Athol entered the ring, and it was instantly surrounded by thousands, who, having heard of the winner of the Derby and St. Leger of 1864, manifested the most in- tense desire to view the noble animal. Having pressed round the ring, and a good inspection having been al- lowed, many of the herses in the other classes entered the ring, and the "people "were thus enabled to see the animals and endorse or dissent from the decisions of the judges. The arrangements were of a superior kind as compared with those of former years. Hounds from the pack of Earl Fitzwilliam, Lord Wemyss, the Earl of Yar- borough, Mr. Seratton, the Snainton, the Badsworth, and the Pychley were also shown. The judging occu- pied some considerable time. During the busiest por- tion of the day the appearance of the ground was very pleasing, the only drawback being about one o'clock the rain came down heavily, and shelter had to oe sought under the trees and sheds; and though it brightened up afterwards, the weather was very showery during the afternoon. THE SMITHFIELD CLUB CATTLE SHOW.—Several important alterations have been racantly arranged to take place in this year's show contrary to what have been observed in previous years; more especially so 1n the different classes of sheep; whilst several gold medals have been agreed to be adjudged in lieu of silver ones to the successful exhibitors of the various classes of live stock. The Old Kent sheep, which were formerly classed with the Bromley kinds, con- stitute now a distinct character in themselves. Again, two extra prizes of X15 and £10 will be added for long-woolled sheep, not being Leicester, Cotswold, or Kentish kinds. To Oxfordshire samples of one year old (in pens of three) will be awarded to their supe- riority prizes of « £ 20, X15, and X5, and to an equal number of pens of cross-bred sheep similar sums to the foregoing. The gold medal for the best pen of pigs will be in future dispensed with, aad a silver cup of the yolue of £ 20 will be adjudicated to the exhi- bitor of the beBt pan 0f pjgg jn the show. A gold medal will also be glVè-n instead of a silver one, as formerly, to the breeder it the animal winning the Silver cup (for the best steer or ox shown), and a similar medal to the breeder of the best heifer or cow Oxhibited; whilst, instead of a similar medal, as in Previous years, being given to the butcher who shall lay out the largest amount of money in the yard, three silver caps, amounting severally to £ 20, £ 15, £ 10, will be presented to the butchers who shall Purchase the largest proportion of bsasts, sheep, and Pigs out of the Agricultural-hall at the approaching show.
HINTS UPON GABDKETMA. CHRYSANTHEMUMS require special attention now; Pompones to be topped for the last time; large- flowering kinds not to he topped any more; all to have sticks and ties it needful; and plants intended for exhibition to cave the surface mould removed from the pots, and a mulch of sheep or deer's dung, or fat half-rotten dung from a cucumber bed. For deco- rating the house late in the year, a few pompones may yet be struck from cuttings, but they mnsfc be shifted on in pots, for if turned out at this lute period there 'Will be no certainty of a bloom. HOLLYHOCKS are now coming into full beauty and "Hist have every attention necessary to keep them on. See that they are loosely but safely tied to their stakes, as a smart gale will sometimes snap off the spikes. As they are quite as much, infested with earwigs as dahlias, the intending exhibitor must set traps. HYACINTHS AND OTHER SPRING BULBS for an early bloom will have to be potted shortly, and pre- parations must at once be made to secure plenty of good turfy compost in a sweet and friable condition. We ha.ve tried several kinds of tall hyacinth pots, and fOu",I, them in no way superior to pots of the erdinary mave> LILIES AND LILIUMS.-Though all lilies are Iiliuma, there is an accented distinction between these terms yhich it is useful +0 recognise in oalendarial direc- tions. All border l^ies that have done blooming should be taken up, the offsets removed, and the large *oots for flowering nextytw be planted again directly here they are to bloom, and with a shovelful of gotten dung, or some sound fresh compost added for very clump- Plant the offaeVg also at once in the eserve ground. This is the pioper way to manage ak P er lilies- Choice lihumn pots to have ™°indance of water until done bloomy. after that the 3*pIy of water to be diminished, not hastily; as soon as the foliage shows sign* Gf decay, iay the pots on their sides on a sunny shelt in a green. to make sure of ripening the bulbs. them aJ2ain *n the pots a month, and then shake them out 3 repot them. Hes+ DING PLANTS should now be propagated for frcJr year's supply, and the cultivator should determine Jet effects, and the aspects of new plants not 8o aUsfe^ in quantities, what will be required next year, f av°i^ crowding frames and pits with useless *8qti a' an^ secure sufficient of those that will be Qvervfh' habit in some gardens of propagating S almost as bad as that in others of pro- fro^ no^k'ng'. As almost everything will strike ill ? y°nng shoots, a good stock may be got up lariaa ^or the winter, except of calceo- tor which it is yet too early. VINES for early forcing should, now be thoroughly cleaned up, and, if possible, the lights removed to harden the wood; any way, all ventilators should be open night and day. Vines ripening crops to be kept rather dry, and with a free circulation of air. Vines in pots to be ripened off, and the pots laid on their sides, to check the growth and put the roots to rest. CELERY is now all put out for culture in trenches, and must have abundance of water during dry weather, especially as there is a deficiency of rain this season, But there may still be left a quantity of plants in the bed requiring removal and it will be good economy to plant these out in the same way as winter greens, from four to six inches apart, on the level ground, with or without manure, as may be convenient. For all culinary purposes this will be as useful m winder as celery from trenches, and so much more hardy, that if early frosts should injure the remainder of the crop of blanched celery, this lot of small plants will remain uninjured, and will come in usefully for WINTER GREENS to be planted out as fast as ground becomes vacant. Sow collards, prickly spinach, turnips, radish, and the new parsnip chervil.- Gardener's Magazine.
SPORTS AND PASTIMES THE Army and Navy Gazette says that the XGOO prize is to be fired at the Hercules target at Shoebury- ness in a short time. THE MOORs.-The 12th this season falls on a Satur- day, says the Ayr Advertiser, which will give both the sportsmen and the birds a day of rest on Sabbath. This has been a good breeding season for all kinds of game, so that the little improvement layt year on three previous bad seasons is likely to be greater this one. Accounts all over Ayrshire and Wigtownshire are to this effect; and, indeed, in some districts, the grouse are reported to be so strong on the wing as to be partially packed. Of black game, which were still very short in number last year, accounts are not so definite, but we expect that they too will have im- proved. SALMON FISHING IN NORWAY.—The accounts of the rod-Sshing for salmon in Norway are this season exceedingly favourable so far as yet received. The following is a return of the slaughter by the rod of our townsman, Mr. James Cowan, on the six days named, on his river on the Fossjord Vefsen:—On the 8th July, 14 fish, weight 262 lb.; on the 10th, 14 fish, weight 279 lb.; on the 11th, 13 fish, weight 230 lb.; on the 12 th, 11 fish, weight 167 lb.; on the 13th, 10 fish, 163 lb.; on the 14th, 12 fish, weight 196 lb.; total, 74 fiah, weighing 1,297 lb., besides some grilse. GAME PROSPECTS IN PERTHSHIRE.—Gamekeepers have recently been ever the moors and through the forests, and their reports of the appearance and con- dition of the grouse are very promising. The birds are well grown and more numerous on many of the hills than for several years. Generally, there is con- siderable havoc among them by disease, but there has been no loss this season through this cause, and as the weather has all along been favourable they have an excellent chance of increasing. All other kinds of game are likewise abundant. In the forests stalkers may anticipate superior sport. Several of the sports- men arrived weeks ago at their shooting lodges, and gave their attention to angling until the season com- menced. TROUT.—A correspondent of the Field informs us of a singular fact, viz :-that certain waters situated in juxta-positionwith each other, shall contain certain descriptions of fish which the others shall not—such an instance is to be met with at Lymingten, in Hamp- shire. "The river Arne," he says, "which takes its rise at Arnewoad, in the New Forest, abounds in trout and eel, but contains no other description of fish but in the spring months, when salmon-peal come up from the sea into its waters to deposit their spawn. The river War burn, which takes its rise at Newton-park, in the New Forest, and forms that tideway or estuary known as the Lymingion river, contains shoals of daoe and eel, but scarcely a trout in it; indeed, it is very rare to meet with a trout in the latter river. Salmon-peal enter it in May to spawn. Cormorants frequent the Warburn river, but I calculate that the dace prove more destructive to the trout spawn than the above birds do h the fish themselves. There are no pike in either of the above streams, but' miller's thumbs' are taken in large numbers in the W arblun Wash. Can the great scarcity of trout be accounted for in the river under consideration from either of ihe above circum- stances ? THE DEER IN GLENAVON.—Notwithstanding the severity of the past winter, a local contemporary says that the forest of Glenavon promises to yield a fair amount of sport by the coming season. It would renew the youth of an aged huntsman could he witness the sight which may presently be seen in Glena,von on the sunny mornings, when the antlered denizens may be counted by the hundred, resorting to the tops of the mountains, which they in hot weather choose for the place of their rendezvous, where they can cool themselves on the wreaths of snow, and rest safely from the attacks of the wood-fly, which the deer hate above all things. During the past fortnight, the stags have improved in condition; and what is quite sur- prising, a good many of them are now divested of their greyish winter coat, and are assuming the dark red mantle of the sporting season. Some of them have as many as nine points on their new horns, which, in their dark grey velvety covering, have a most striking appearance. The Volunteer Artillery at Si-joeb-aryness. Since the formation of the camp at Shoeburyness, which was inhabited last week by the chief represen- tatives of the volunteer artillery force of the country, upon no single day has the weather been so beauti- ful as it was on Saturday morning. Throughout the past week, not only during the contest for the Queen's and the other prizes offered by the association, but also at night, when the volunters were at rest on the bleak plain, the weather could not have been more disagree- able than it has been, and it was, therefore, with no mean satisfaction that the volunteers assembled in cam p on Saturday morning to witness the ceremony which brought the meeting to a close, saw everything looking as gay and animated as under the circumstances they oould appear. It certainly has been a strong test of the constitutions of the volunteers, but it is only another proof, if any were needed, of their entire devotedness to the cause on which they have entered. The volun- teers rose with the lark on Saturday morning, and, after bathing in the sea and enjoying a substantial breakfast, made preparations for, certainly to them on this occasion, the most interesting part of the meeting—namely, the presentation of prizes to the fortunate successful competitors. The ceremony, which was fixed for eleven o'clock, was performed by the Marquis of Hartington, the Under-Secretary of State for War. The following are the corps which have received the prizes from Lord Hartington:- LORD PALMERSTON'S PRIZE, a cup, presented by Viscount Palmersfcon, of the value of £ 40. 1st Sussex (Brighton) Volunteer Artillery; X30 were divided among the other members of the winning detachment. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'S PRIZE OF ;CIOO.-This prize, the blue riband of the meeting, was also awarded to the second detachment of the 1st Sussex (Brighton) Artillery. -PR^HE ^AMBRIDGE PRIZE, a cup, presented by his Jttoyal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, value £ 60.— Afe was awarded to the second detachment of tne 4th Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers, who made 26 points with the 32-pounders in 6 min. 58 sec. Silver cups were awarded to the other members of the win- ning detachment. Cxrp' Presented by the National Artillery Association, value JE20.—This prize was awarded to the second detachment of the 1st Middle- sex Artillery Volunteers (Colonel Creed's corps), who made twenty-nine points; ,815 were divided among the other members of the winning detachment. THE PRINCE OP WALES S PRIZE, a cup, value £ 50 to No. 1, and silver cups to each of the other members of the winning detachment.—This prixe was awarded to the 1st Kent Artillery olnnteers. THE LONDON SWIMMING CLUB.-The swimming match for a gold medal of the above club, open to public competition, ca.me oil on the Serpentine on Monday morning. Sixteen men entered, and on the signal being given plunged off in a body from boats at the east end of the river. In a few minutes after the start the less able swimmers began to fall rapidly behind, and by the time half the distance was accom- plished it was evident that only Atwood, Pamplin, and Johnson had a chance of success, the last-named being slightly a head. In a short time Pamplin took the lead, the other two being neck and neck. Pam- plin ultimately came in first, and it was decided that Johnson was second, Atwood being a capital third. Pamplin swam the 1,000 yards in seventeen minutes and a half. 1 ,t; A
FACTS AND FACETIiE, —— The silent eye is often a more powerful conqueror than the noisy tongue. When is a toper not a toper ? When he's three sheets in the wind. Remedies.—For the gout, toast and water; for bile, exercise for corns, easy shoes; for rheumatism, new flannel and patience for toothache, pluck it out; and for debt, industry. Pens.—The implement originally employed as a pen was made of a reed, cut in the same manner as the modern pen. Pens made from quills were first used in 635. Steel pens were introduced about 1830. Curious Inscription.—The following letters are written over the Ten Commandments in Awelck Church, Wales:- PRSVRYPRFCTMN VRKPTHSP RCPTS TN The solution is found by putting e between most of the other letters, sic— Persevere ye perfect men, Ever keep these precepts ten. The minor German States, unable to digest the csmduct of Austria and Prussia regarding Schleswig- Holstein, have applied to those great Powers to improve their diet by the addition of these crumbs," which they assert is meet for them to swallow:—■ Sing a song of sixpence, poke full of rye, Four-and-twenty German States were made a Diet pie; When the pie was opened, the States began to sing, A pretty kettle this of fish to set before a king!" The king wanted half of it, and told his brother Franz, Who bade the Germans, as they'd piped, they now might go and dance. Entirely Original.—The following is a copy of a bill sent in to a gentleman a short time ago. We leave our readers to fathom the Duzzle Aosafada 3s. 6d. Atakinonimomagin 6d. Pade 4s. Od. Pade 4s. Od. To save our readers some trouble, for it cost us some time to understand, we must give our translation, which is this — A Horse half a day 3s 6d. A taking of him home again 6d. Marriage Notices.-A Western paper gives the following notice:—"All notices of marriage where no bride-cake is sent, will be set up in small type, and poked into some outlandish corner of the papers. Where a handsome piece of cake is sent, it will be put conspicuously in large letters; when. gloves, or other bride favours are added, a piece of illustrative poetry will be given in additioa. When, however, the editor attends the ceremony in propi-ta persona, and kisses the bride, it will have especial notice—very large type, and the most appropriate poetry that can be begged, borrowed, stolen, or coined from the brain editorial."— The American Joe,Miller. Queries."—When are pewter pots like bad legis- lation ? When they are half and half measures. — Why is a baby when cutting its ivories like a breakfast cup? Because its a teethin (tea thing).—What is a great election po iver F Power of attorney. "Wise Saws."—Never purchase love or friend- ship by gifts; which thus obtained, they are lost as soon as you stop payment.—Prejudice is a thick fog, through which light gleams fearfully, serving rather to terrify than to guide.—It is difficult to say to what sorts of ears Fame most loves to blow her trumpet, whether to deaf ears or to long ones.—To be perfectly just is an attribute of the Divine nature to be so to the utmost of our abilities is the glory of man.—For the coffin we must pay whatever is demanded. It is the last building-grant of tllis life, the last cheat of the carpenter.—The body is the coat-of-mail and breastplate of the soul; so let it in the first place be hardened into steel by heat and cold.—The embalmed Egyptian kings have no doubt imparted more instruc- tion as mummies than they ever did as living creatures.—The nerve which never relaxes, the eye which never blanches, the thought which never wan- ders-these are the masters of victory. What I've Seen.—I have seen worth humbled and unworthiness exalted; yea, even so that tne last was first and the first last.—I have seen those least efficient in time of danger most boisterous on the subject of military achievements.—I have seen persons far more attentive to the concerns of their neighbours than their own, and prying into their affairs for the worst purposes.—I have seen stupidity allied to wealth, producing a display of splendid ignorance, highly dis. gusting to sound judgment.—I have seen a little animal so inflated with pride as to be almost full to bursting. It resembled a man, too !—I have seen men put on airs of war and bloodshed, who would almost run from a liza.rd.-I have seen men who were all things to all men, and I have seen all men suspicious ef them.—I have seen enough of this world to cause me to exclaim, in the language of the coloured preacher, white folk very unsartain." Notes.-If you ever promise at all, take care, at least, that it be to nobody that may suffer by trusting to you.—A man's good fortune often turns his head; his bad fortune as often averts the heads of his friends. —Many go up in grand balloons of inventive daring, and come very suddenly down in parachutes of the same.—The best way of raising money is by the lever of industry. The griping miser raises his by screw power.—Flowers fling their wealth upon the vacant air, and rich men often fling theirs upon the vacant heir.—Cork-screws have sunk more people than cork- jackets will ever save. Keep thine eyes wide open before marriage, and half. shut afterwards.—Be par- ticular to pronounce your words right. A friend got knocked down in applying the word grateful to a man by emphasising the last syllable, -Reflection is always beneficial.—Envy never does a good turn but when it designs an ill one. A parody on the "Last Rose of Summer," written by a Hungry Boy 'Tis the last cake of supper, 1 Left steaming alone; All its light-brown companions f Are buttered and gone; No oake of its kindred, No cookey is nigh, To steam on the platter, r Qr near its mate lie. I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, To meet a cold fate, Since thy mates are all eaten, Come lie on my plate; Thus kindly I'll butter Thy steaming sides o'er, And think on thy sweetness When thou art no more. Thus all cakes must follow, Three times every day; When the meal times approach They must vanish away; When hunger is mighty, And sickness has flown, What cake aan inhabit The table alone ?
BALLOONING UNDER DIFFICULTIES. On Saturday evening Captain Adams, the aeronaut from Cremorne, made a third ascent from the Pomona Gardens, Manchester. This was the 118th time Cap- tain Adams has made similar aerial journeys. At ten minutes after seven the ascent commenced, the bal- loon going up very steadily. Having been in the air from thirty-five to forty minutes. Captain Adams descended in a brick croft adjoining Palmerston- street, Great Ancoats-street. Thousands of persons rushed to see so novel a ^ight as the arrival of a mes- senger from the air. A dense crowd was soon gathered. An Irishman rushed from the crowd, and bis ^fanaticism and religious feeling being excited, it is believed, by the name of the balloon, the Garibaldi, he struck at it with a stick, and made a rent in it fully a yard long. This caused some indignation, and the three or four policemen, who were pre- sent, interfered, and took the man into custody. A fight ensued, the police-officers were surrounded, and the man rescued. The balloon was again attacked and torn in three or four more places. Captain Adams escaped into a public-hou-e called the Pine Apple. I The police launched out with their staves to keep back the mob; but the hou-e was soon surrounded, and the unfortunate victim of this melee was obliged to leave the public-house by the back door, and he went into a neighbouring cottage. Directly his whereabouts was discovered he had to leave again, and he was thus hunted out of three or four places of refuge. He had to disguise himself by changing his cap, a somewhat fanciful affair, with gold cording around it, for an ordinary hat. With a great deal of difficulty he was thrust into a cab, and driven away from his fanatical assailants. In the meantime, with considerable diffi- culty, the balloon was wrapped up and placed in a. cart. The cart was surrounded, several fellows got into it shouting to the top of their voices; but the persons in charge of the cart contrived to get off after a severe struggle.
SINGULAR LIBEL CASS. The case of Warren v. Barlow, which was tried at the Norwich assizes on Thursday, was an action to recover damages for a libel which the defendant was charged with having falsely and maliciously printed and pub- lished. The defendant pleaded not guiltv, and that the alleged libel was true. Mr. O'Malley, Q.C.. and Mr. Evans appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Keane; Q C., and Mr. C. Cooper for the defendant. Mr. O'Malley, in stating the plaintiff's casn, said the plaintiff, Mr. E. W. Warren, became, in 1857, a Congregational minister, and in that capacity he had held several charges in various parts of the country. In the beginning of last year he was invited to take the post of minister of the Independent Congregation at Fakenham. He went to Fakenham somewhat burdened with debt, although if it were necessary to explain the circumstances, it could be shown that that debt was a burden which ought to have been placad on other shoulders than his own. The illness of his wife obliged him to absent himself from time to time and to obtain substitutes in the pulpit, and subse- quently he was himself attacked by a disorder called necrosis, in the jaw. He was ordered by his medical man to rest from his labours, to use a generous diet, and to take a certain quantity of stimulants. The plaintiff fell into difficulties, and one of his congrega- tion, a Mr. Tidgett^lent £ 100 on a joint promissory note which the plaiatiff expected he should not have to pay for two years, although it was payable on de- mand. Payment was demanded, however, almost withia a few weeks of the loan being granted; the parties who had been giving him credit also came upon him, and he was obliged to execute an assign- ment for the equal benefit of his creditors. Cortain charges were made against the plaintiff. These charges were investigated by several of his brethren in the ministry, and he was perfectly exonerated by them; but they were of opinion that under all the cir- cumstances it was better for him to leave Fakenham, and accordingly, on the 7th of May, he retired from his post, leaving it open to the congregation to choose another minister. Mr. Barlow, the defendant, then printed the alleged libel. It was printed and pla- carded all about Fakenham, and put up in a glazed frame in the defendant's shop that his customers might see it; and it was also sent-to ministers of the Congregational body in Norwich. The libel was as follows:— Whereas, certain reports are in circulation in Fakenham and its vicinity concerning the Rev. E.. W-n, detrimental to his character as a Christian minister and derogatory to the dignity of his gown and bands, it is proposed to make the following inquiries with a view to ascertain the truth of the matter, and to present the rev. gentleman before the public in his true character:- 1. Is it true that he borrowed £100 of a gentleman under a promise that he would give security to the amount, and having obtained possession of the money positively refused to give the said security ? 2. Is it true that when lie resided in Fakenham but thir- teen months, although he bad received R280 in cash from his congregation and friends (besides numerous valuable presents), he then owed nearly t200 ? 3. Dees he twe a brewer at Creake t7 for beer? 4. Does he owe a retailer of wines and spirits in the said town about P,7 for "lush?" 5. Does he owe a wine and spirit merchant at Fakenham 210 for diink ? 6. Is it true that a wine merchant at Holt suffers by the wretch? 7. Is it true that two or three chemists in Fakenham are minus several pounds for soda-water andother compounds required to cool his intemperate stomach ? 8. Is he indebted to four or live butchers in the town for meat to satisfy his gluttonous appetite ? 9. Is it true that he owes the tailor for his gown and other articles ? 10. Do stationers, shoemakers, bakers, ironmongers, earthenware dealers, grocers, and coal-merchants suffer in consequence of his dishonesty and reckless extrava- gance ? 11. If he can without lying answer all the above questions negatively, let him do so at once, and set himself right with the public. If he cannot let him pay his debts without delay, quit the Mage, retire from the ministry, which he has so foully disgraeed, and hide his shameful head in the mortar he used in chemistry, to which honourable profession he was, perhaps, never a bright ornament. Lastly, should he fail to do as above suggested, it is recommended that he be forthwith tarred and feathered, and horsewhipped out of Fakenham; and that his effigy, dressed in canonicals, be prepared, and burnt opposite the Mange, long disgraced by his occupancy. Signed, on behalf of an injured public, PETER SIFT-THE-HYPOCRITE. JOB PUNISH-THE-SCAMP. TIMOTHY WHIP-TIIE-SCOUKDREL. A great mass of evidence was adduced in support of the plaintiff's case as opened by Mr. O'Malley. Mr. Keane, in addressing the jury for the defendant, did not attempt to justify the tone of the placard printed, but contended that the plaintiff's conduct had been snoh as to excite great indignation and surprise. Mr. Keane, in addressing the jury for the defendant, contended that it was the duty of the plaintiff to teach morality, not merely by word, but by example. One of the first ddctrines which a minister ought to preach was honesty-the proper relation which existed be- tween man and man—bat it appeared that the plain- tiff had disregarded this feeling, inasmuch as he had considerably involved himself at a time when he had no prospect of recovering his position, and there was proof that he had been in the same difficulty before. It was a scandal to any church to have such a minister connected with it, and the wrong could only be redressed by the way in which he was got rid of; and ajthough he (Mr. Kean) did not attempt to justify the publication of libellous matter, yet it was not surprising that some expressions of indignation and repudiation should take place in some form or other. Considering the way in which the plaintiff had treated his friends, it would have been much better if, instead of serving them with a writ, he had admitted his faults, and made up his mind to pursue in future a course of life more in accordance with the doctrines which he was expected to teach. Mr. Tidgitt was the first witness for the defence. In November the plaintiff applied to him for a loan. He remembered a certain Sunday when the plaintiff was in the pulpit in an apparently intoxicated state. Mr. S. Nioholson, chemist, of Fakenham, said he had an account against the plaintiff for twenty-one dozen of soda-water and two dozen of potash-water. He remembered one Saturday evening, when he called upon Mr. Warren to ask him for the use of his chapel, his impression was that on that occasion Mr. Warrene was intoxicated. On the following day (Sunday) witness saw Mr. Warren at the chapel, and he believed that he was intoxicated then. Mr. N. D. Goggs said he called upon the plaintiff with the last witness on the Saturday evening to ask for the use of the chapel, and his impression was that he was intoxicated. Mr. R. Sillett, wine merchant, deposed that the sum due to him from the plaintiff amounted to 410 7s. 6d. The wine was supplied to him between September and December, 1864. He had previously bought wine from him and paid for it. Mr. E. Carr, chemist, Fakenham, was called to show that he had supplied the plaintiff with twenty-one doz of soda-water, and that he had not been paid for it. George Margate, an apprentice to Mr. Platten, of Fakenham, proved that the defendant owed his master £ 21, including twenty-five dozen of soda water (laughter). Other evidence was adduced to support the charge against the plaintiff of having been intoxicated on the Saturday morning previously referred to. The judge having summedfUp, the jury retired to consult. After an absence of more than an hour they returned into court with a verdict for the plaintiff. damages < £ 50. ♦
Reprieve of the Shirley Murderer.-Sir George Grey has recommended that the life of George Broomneld, convicted of the murder of Mrs. Colborne, at Shirley, should be spared, and the capital sentence commuted to one of penal servitude for life. New Hops.-The first pocket of the present year s growth of hops was on Tuesday sent to market, well managed and in fine condition, from Bromley Palace, Kent, the nearest hop garden to the metro- polis. It has been sold at JGIO per owt. The New Training Ship for the Mersey.— A meeting of the committee and subscribers to the new training ship Indefatigable was lately held at the Liverpool Town-hall, the mayor presiding. The meet- ing was called for the purpose of confirming the rules drawn up by the committee, and to apprise the public that the Indefatigable is now propared for the recep- tion of about 300 destitute orphans. The rules were passed, and an appeal was made to the public for further support, as the donations hitherto received, though large in amount, have been confined to a few contributors.
--+-- I POLITICAL aosarp. THE Lard Chief Baron Pollock does not cotem- plate the resignation of his seat on the benoh, as re- ported. THE finance accounts lately issued show that in the Session of 186i the House of Comrxons took no less than =609;049 in fees. 433 bills were read a second time, and 347 were passed. A CONTEMPORARY asks why it is that the Conser- vatives, so successful in mounting to the assault be- fore, and carrying all before them, have failed at the late elections. The answer, of which we cannot see the point, is that the moment they mo ant the political ladder they get too Dizzy. THE Dean of Carlisle says that, as things now are, "hon. gentlemen are borne into St. Stephen's on the turbid wave of national intoxication." He thinks there will be no improvement until there is a prohibi- tory law against the sale and public use of stimulants during the elections. IN spite of the extremely backward party in Spain —the Retrogremdonists-represented by Sister Patro- cinio, the amicable understanding between that Go- vernment and the King of Italy is assuming consis- tence. At Madrid the Marquis Tagliacarne, the Italian Am bassador, .has been received by the Spanish Ministc-rs, and is to be admitted to the presence of Queen Isabella in due course. SOME difficulty, says the Court Journal, having arisen to strike a balance between two mottoes of eminent statesmen—the "Keep moving" of policeman Gladstone and the Schneideric Rest and be thank- ful! of Lord Rllssell-it has been thought that, without doing great violence to either, they might be compared to the centrifugal and centripetal motions, the one checking and counterbalancing the other, but both keeping the State whirling in its proper orbit. WE hear that the first man who will be serious on the meeting of Parliament will be Sir R. Clifton, who, on the very night that foe meets foe in political array, will ask the Premier whether he intends to bring in a comprehensive measure of reform. Of course he will say yes or no, and not begin with a slight cough and Well, happy as I should be to give a direct answer. still "and so forth. We wish Sir Robert joy of his leading question. CONCERNING the King's County election, the Dablin Evening Mail says:—The current story is that a page of one of the poll books used at the King's County election was turned over, and the votes in it not counted, is incorrect. There are, however, some errors in the totting of which might change the result, but which are differently viewed by the agents of the two candidates. The matter may be settled either by the sheriff appearing at the bar of the House, and asking leave to amend his return, in case he should make up his mind that it is erroneous; or by the ordinary process of a petition and senftiny. PARA-DOXICAI, it may seem to say t, says the Non- conformist, yet one of the last things we should wish to see is a Parliament composed exclasiveIV of Nonconfor- mists. Wearenot likely, however, toseefhis,andwemay therefore express our gratification at the number of Protestant Nonconformist representatives who will be on the role of the new Parliament. And not merely at their number, but at their improved quality. We have gone over, as carefully as we cauld, the list of new members, and believe the following to be tolerably correct:— Sir Morton Peto, Birt. Sir F. Crossley, Bart. Mr. John Bright Mr. Charles Gilpin Mr. T. Cave Mr. T. Barnes L Mr. E. Potter Mr. T. B. Potter Mr. S. Morley Mr. G. Hadfield Mr. Holden Mr. B. Whitworth Mr. J. Fildes Mr. G. Leeman Mr. E. Baines Mr. Harris Mr. P. A. Taylor Mr. W. E. Baxter Mr. J. Padmore Mr. J. Cowen 'J. Mr. Ald. Lawrence Mr. Duncan M'Laren Mr. J. B. Smith Mr. W. Graham Mr. H. E. Crum Ewing Mr. J. Stansfeld Mr. Aid. Lusk Mr. J. Pirn Mr. Pease Mr. John Cheetham Mr. J. R. Mills Mr. T. Chambers Mr. Dunlop Besides these—and there may be one or two others of whom we are not aware—there are the two Barons Rothschild, Mr. N. M. Rothschild, and Mr. Alderman Salomons, of the Jewish creed; and Lord Edward Howard, Sir John Acton, and Sir John Simeon, English Roman Catholics. English, Scotch, and Irish Nonconformity, are well represented in character, if not in numbers and their representatives should be able to defend their principles from misap- prehension, and, to some extent, to force them on the Legislature. Welsh Nonconformity is still, as it has been, without a national voice or vote in the Legisla- ture.
A LADTS PAGE AND" JACK SHEPPARD." William James Faver, page to Lady Caroline Thynne, of No. 15A, Upper Brook-street, was brought before Mr. Knox, at Marlborough-street, for final ex- amination, charged with stealing a quantity of jewellery and other property belonging to his mis- tress. Mr. John Coram, superintendent of the Dover police, said on Wednesday, the 26th Jnly, the prisoner was brought to him at the Town-hall by a nonstable and a tradesman of the town. Seme portions of a gold bracelet were produced, and he asked the prisoner how he beeame possessed of them. The prisoner said he found them on the beach, and in answer to other questions stated that he had come to Dover for the benefit of his health. He told the prisoner he thought the property had been stolen, and he must therafore detain him. He afterwards went to the Providence Inn, in High-street, where the prisoner was staying, and on examining a carpet bag ho found a pocket-book, containing five bank notes, and a casket containing a quantity of jewellery, a purse with five sovereigns in it, and an opera glass. The prisoner afterwards admitted that the whole of the property belonged to his mistress, Lady Caroline Thynne. John Hughes, butler to Lady Caroline Thynne aid the prisoner, who was the page, left the house on the 21st July without previous notice. The casket pro- duced was the property of Lady Caroline Thynne. The purse was his property, and when taken from the drawer contained X3 10s. The Rov. Lord John Thynne, sub-dean of West- minster, identified a portion of the property as that of his relation, Lady Caroline Thynne. The portions of bracelet produced were parts of a memorial bracelet of Lady Georgiana West. He could not identify the medals—Coronation, Royal Wedding, and Commemo- ration—but he had no doubt they were the property of Lady Caroline Thynne, as she was for many years one of the ladies of the bedchamber at Court, and had received numerous presents of the kind from members of the Royal family. He could identify the ring the prisoner, when taken into custody, was wearing in hia scarf, it having formerly belonged to the Princess Police-sergeant Mulvany, of the detectives, said from inquiries he made he had ascertained that the prisoner, up to the time of the robbery, had been a well-con- ducted boy. The prisoner had received a good educa- tion at Miss Burdett Coutts s School, at-Westminster. The prisoner attributed his lapse from honesty to the circumstance of his having read The Life of Jack Sheppard," and, when he searched the prisoner's box he found that book and several numbers of such trashy publications, the "Knight of the Road," &o. The Rev. Lord J. Thynne said for some time the prisoner had been a remarkably good boy, and during the illness of the butler had conducted "himself with great propriety. It was the wish of Lady Caroline Thynne that he should be dealt with in such a manner as to give him a chance of being reclaimed. Mulvany stated that the prisoner's mother was a respectable hardworking woman, and had supported her family for years by her labour. Mr. Knox said, under the circumstances, he thought he might venture to deal with the case. The beet thing for the prisoner would be to send him to a re- formatory, the end being that he would either be sent to sea or taught a business. The mother, who was present, said she should like her son to learn a business. Mr. Knox said there appeared to be no require- ments of public justice to prevent him from complying with the request of Lord John Thynne, the represen- tative of the prosecutrix. He should send the prisoner into confinement for fourteen days, aDd at the end of that period he would be removed to a re- formatory.