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\t1.'-: BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS.

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CHILD MURDER.-Dr. Lankester held an inquest .on Tuesday night respecting the death of a child about ten days old whose body had been found in the Green Dragon-lane, Highgafe, London, on the 24th ult. The body, which was discovered by a man named Pringle, had been shockingly mutil- ated in fact, it had been literally chopped to pieces with an axe. Inspector Westlake said that, notwithstanding the exertions of the police, they had been unable to find out the parties who had deposited the remains where they were picked up. It had been stated that the child of some tramps, about the age of the one in question, had been given to a woman, and this child had disappeared, but they could not obtain any definite particulars respecting these people. The jury returned a verdict of "Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown," and expressed a wish that Government should offer a reward for the detection of the guilty persons, CLERICAL FIDELITY.—The Pall Mall Gazette is supplied by a correspondent with the particulars of an extraordinary instance of clerical fidelity. On Sunday morning last, the Rev. G. B. Blenkin, vicar of Boston, Lincolnshire, announced from the pulpit that he intended to remain at his post, al- though he had been offered the valuable living of Holbeach. by the Bishop of Lincoln. Holbeach is worth Sl iOO, while the income of Boston is but £450. The bells of the parish rang a merry peal in the evening, Mr. Blenkin being much respected- It is added in explanation that if Mr. Blenkin had vacated the living it would have been presented to a gentleman whose political opinions he deemed objectionable. BRITISH ASSOCIATION.—The annual gathering of the British Association, is held this year at Bir- mingham, where all the wisdom c<^intry is said to be congregated. The president, Professor Phillips, delivered a brilliant inaugural address on Wednesday last, in the Town Hall, to a crowd- ed audience. EMBEZZT.KMKXT.—-A- rent collector, named Pick- ing, alias Pickering, is in custody in London, charged with embezzling upwards of £ 2000, the moneys of his employers. « POULTRY PESTILENCE.—On the authority of the Paris Gaette des Tribunaux, we learn that there is just now a poultry pestilence raging in the su- burban hencoops round Paris, and that fowls are found dead in scores without any perceptible cause. Inspectors are despatched to check the develop- ment of the disease, and the city markets are sub- mitted to a vigilant control in the sale of chickens and capons. It is not added that barn-door fowls from the provinces are put in quarantine, or that railway hampers are rummaged for sick arrivals.

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BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING.

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BRECONSHIRE CHARITIES.

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Family Notices