J TOWK TALK. I BY Otra SPBOIAtt COBBESPONDENT. j --+-- 01w tt&dw# win underafancl thai we do not hold ourselvu fooon- tibltfor our able Correspondent's opinions. THE Zoological Gardens have got a new attrac- tion in the shape of a sea bear, which, in default of whales, occupies the whale pond. He was brought to the gardens towards the end of last week. He is not unlike a seal, but much larger. He is watehed by his master, a Frenchman, who has trained him to come out of the water and kiss him, and also to respond to Ohantez" with what, I suppose, must be characterised a s a musical growl. This interesting animal came very near me, where- upon the Frenchman ran between us, crying, "Regardez-vous." "Would he bite?" I asked. "Oh, oui, oui;" and by way of corroboratory evidence he showed his right hand, the fingers of which were crippled up. In the monkey-house they are putting glass outside the lower part of the cage, as, notwithstanding all the warnings, children would go near the monkeys and get hurt. The young zebra, born a few months ago, is now nearly full grown, and is a fine healthy animal. THE accounts published last week of Gordon's trial have renewed the discussion of Gordon's character, and of the justice or injustice of his sentence. Commenting on these accounts, all the papers, with the exception of the Standard and Herald, say that there was not suffi- cient evidence of Gordon's guilt; and the Pall-wall Gazette conclu<^f an abjtf article with the words, "Our name and/nation will be disgraced for ever if it (the condemnation of Gordon) is not inquired into to the very bottom, and if those who are responsible for it are not punished in an exemplary manner, unless they succeed inputting upon the^whole transaction a totally aifferent colour from that which it bears at present." When the reader remembers that Taylor—the greatest authority on evidence—warns us against hearsay evidence, and utterly scouts it when any other, can be obtained; when he remembers that depositions are never admissible unless "it is proved that the person making such deposition is dead, or that he is so ill that he is not able to travel;" when he remembers that the best evidence must always be obtained, and that the law holds" that it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent person suffer "-he will understand why the Times has changed its tone in relation to a trial, the evi- dence on which was made up of depositions of people in imperfect health, of hearsay, and of the partially direct testimony of an ignorant black, of a conversation that took place as far back as June or July. Every allowance must be made for the excitement that must have prevailed, and we should remember and hope, for the honour of our country, that it is just possible fuller infor- mation may be forthcoming. But should this hope prove fallacious? Then there cannot be much doubt that the officers who sat on that court-martial will occupy a most unenviable position. Commander Brand is in England, and it is extraordinary he has not volunteered som e information. At a club where gentlemen chiefly connected with the bar debate, the Jamaica ques- tion was discussed some time ago, and the feeling, as shown at the end of the meeting, was entirely in favour of Governor Eyre and the officers. But I see they are about to discuss next week the question whether these officers ought to be in- dieted; and it is generally understood that the opinions of a large number of the members have undergone a change in relation to Gordon's trial. A MOST important meeting was held last week at the Mansion-house, the Lord Mayor presiding, to protest against railways, contractors, and speculators robbing London of her commons and open spaces. Those who remember what Hamp- stead-heath was-when it was the favourite haunt of the "Cockney school," and poor Edward Irving found it a congenial place for his wild but eloquent denunciations—and who know what it is now, will appreciate any efforts made to raise a barrier against the aggressive brick and mortar of the nineteenth century. It is quite evident, as Mr. Locke pointed out, that the law is in favour of the people. It is to be hoped that a meeting so large and important will not have expressed its opinions in vain. IN a place like London, to which wealth and population are ever flowing, one of the great problems for the poor man is-how is he to get a cheap and comfortable dwelling ? The railways have rendered this problem trebly difficult to solve. If you walk from King's-cross into St. Pancras, as I did on Wednesday, you will see on your way something like a hundred or a hundred and fifty houses untenanted. They are houses fit for working men; and you ask how is it they are all empty ? The answer is, as in a dozen other places in London, the railway." Always the railway. Now, where have the recent tenants of these houses gone to live ? Their businesses hare kept them in London. They have been obliged to go to districts quite crowded enough before; hence, the fever-nests in Marylebone and other localities. Where is the remedy to be found ? It is proposed that houses should be built more into the air, so as to distribute the cost of the site amongst many floors. We want, in fact, streets in the air. Instead of corridors, as in the model lodging-houses, let there be broad continuous balconies, which would have the advantage of being convenient thoroughfares. Some arrangement should be made so as not to exclude too much light. The Times proposes the creation of a ministry for London, and some ) persons propose a special commission. The one thing that is clear is, that Government having given railways power to turn poor men out of their homes, should do something to repair the injury thus inflicted. HILARY term ended on Wednesday, the 31st of last month. A very large number of men have been called to the bar this term. By the way, those who think of going to the bar will be glad to know that a new precedent has been created. j If a man passes an examination with honours, two terms are dispensed with, and he is allowed to be called after ten terms. A gentleman in the Middle Temple applied for a similar dispensation, he wanting to practise under the bar. The benchers were at first disinclined to grant his application, on the ground tha.t .there was po pre- ( eedent. They, however, at length acceded. As practising under the bar is every day becoming more common, being, indeed, the best way of learning one's profession, the above information will be read with pleasure by all who take an interest in the somewhat curious process by which a man becomes a barrister. THE decision in the case of Charlotte Winsor —namely, that after a jury has been dismissed a new trial can take place will deprive guilty prisoners of nearly every chance of escape. It will also do away with a good deal of the cruelty to which juries have been at time3 subjected. But it is the opinion of some very able lawyers that in State trials many inconveniences will arise from this decision—inconveniences affecting both Government and prisoner. I WAS sorry to read the speech of Mr. Alderman Dillon, M.P., at the National Association in Dublin. When we consider the fate of those young men recently tried, and how much Ireland has already suffered from treasonable bunkum, it is a lamentable thing to find that the race of noisy demagogues has not utterly died out yet-men who can talk of France and America as likely to assist Ireland against England are the true enemies of that country. IT is proposed to make two tunnels under the Thames-one near Poplar, the other below Lon- don-bridge. The latter is to be a pneumatic rail- way line, for connecting the southern railways with the City and the northern railways; the other tunnel is for carriage and foot-passengers, to connect Deptford with the Isle of Dogs. Con- sidering that the present Thames Tunnel is chiefly used for selling nick-nacks and showing photo- graphs of the Prince of Wales, I am not very sanguine about these tunnels. That they would be a great convenience is, however, the opinion of large numbers of City men and persons whose business takes them into the neighbourhood of the Isle of Dogs. Z. i.
SUMMARY OF PASSING EVENTS. A BATHER alarming placard was posted up on Monday at places where the London evening papers are sold. It announced "the proposed withdrawal of the American Minister from Eng- land, and a proclamation of non-intervention between the two countries." Well, as often happens now-a-days, there was more in the placards than in the newspapers. Of course, in all assem- blies, there are some stupid persons who like to be in hot water, and it appears that the American Senate is no exception to this rule. Upon looking closely into the matter, we find that a Mr. Chandler, a member of the United States Senate, did introduce the following resolution :— Whereas, England refuses to settle the Alabama claims, the President is requested to withdraw the Ameriean Minister from England, and issue a procla- mation of national non-intercourse." This resolution was also seconded and seriously debated, but the more sensible of the senators ex- pressed their disapprobation of the discussion, Mr. Johnson remarking that it was a very import- ant matter, and the mere offering of the resolution had created great solicitude. It was then proposed that it should be tabled "—a term used in the American Congress similar to ours, that the Bill be read that day six months," or, more properly, ad- journed sine die-and the amendment was carried by twenty-five against twelve. It is a pity it ever was introduced, but we hope to hear no more of such resolutions. IN reference to a recent rumour that France and England were exerting themselves to obtain a new conference on the Schleswig-Holstein question, a London contemporary, speaking, as it were, from authority, states that France did, at the suggestion, it is believed, of the Austrian Cabinet, propose to England the convening of a new conference, but Earl Russell expressed himself as unfavourable to the proposition for the present, except under certain peculiar conditions." In fact, Earl Russell appears glad to get rid of so disagreeable a subject; and who can blame him ? for what with the Jamaica business, Fenianism, and the fearful rinderpest, in addition to the new Reform Bill about to be introduced, Cabinet Ministers will find they have quite enough upon their hands without bothering themselves about the affairs of other nations. A MOVEMENT which was inaugurated in London a few weeks ago under the title of "Sunday Evenings for the People," and which consisted of scientific and other lectures, followed by selections of sacred music, has come to an abrupt termina- tion. It appears that an Act passed in the reign of George III. makes Sunday gatherings for any purpose but for that of religious wor- ship illegal, and some persons have taken up the subject, and have issued a notice to the proprietors of the hall that if such meetings are continued they will enforce the law which empowers the magistrates to inflict a fine of £ 200 for every day such meetings are held. Under these circumstances the lectures will be discontinued; but a subscription has been already set on foot to defray the expenses of an application to the Queen's Bench to ascertain whether such meetings are an infringement of the law. A VERY interesting ceremony, which has been looked forward to for some time with interest, took place last week at Verviers, in Belgium. The Society of Political Economy there presented to the Chamber of Commerce a bust of the late Richard Cobden, as an expressive symbol of their appreciation of his services rendered to the cause of free trade by the merchants and manufacturers of that city. Verviers is the Manchester of Belgium, and since the passing of what is called the French Treaty, of which Mr. Cobden was the main spring, the merchants there have driven a thriving and prosperous trade. An interesting letter was read at the inauguration, written by Mrs. Cobden. A very brilliant banquet followed the inauguration ceremony, which was attended by 200 gentlemen. The principal toast of the evening was Peace, justice, and liberty," the great ideas for ever identified with Richard Cobden's life. A SIGN of the progress of the age is exhibiting itself in the abolition of slavery all over the world. The latest accounts from Africa state that the British squadron on the west coast, aided by the withdrawal of .all facilities for the abominable fcraifi,9 by Spain .and the United States, wag Jast I year so effective that only one shipment of negroes took place; and even that cargo was captured off the coast of Cuba. Then in Spain itself the agita- tion against slavery increases in earnestness and influence every year; and we may indulge some pleasure in recording the fact that the venerable Lord Brougham, whose early services to the anti- slavery cause in our own country will never be forgotten, has, with singular courtesy, been elected honorary president of the Anti-Slavery Society at Madrid. THE cattle plague return is still very fearfa throughout the country; upwards of 10,000 seizures were made in the past week, which was more than 200 in excess of the previous one, but happily the recoveries have risen from 10 to 12 per cent. A mass of evidence is being published to prove that vaccination when once effected is a great protection, and the practice is generally spreading. The Queen's herd at Windsor have undergone the operation, and we are all looking forward with anxiety to see whether this will be an effectual preventative. The farmers are, how- ever, hard to convince, and there is also a great scarcity of vaccine matter. A striking illustration of the extent to which unprincipled persons will avail themselves of any means of putting money into their pockets has recently been exhibited. It appears that a large quantity of a composition made up ef various materials has been sold as pure lymph, although it does not possess one particle of the genuine article. A double injury is thus inflicted-the result of a great experiment is rendered unsatisfactory, and if vaccination should be really efficacious, the substitution of a base matter, incurs a positive loss, as otherwise the lives of healthy cattle might have been saved, and those of diseased ones restored. A MEETING of the agriculturists round Windsor was held there on Saturday, to form an association for mutual assurance against the cattle plague. A report was read by General Hood, from which it appeared that the association was well received by the landowners and farmers, and that a guarantee fund to the extent of X2,500 had already been formed. It was added that the Queen had pro- mised to give R500 to the guarantee fund on con- dition that the rules met her approval and that it was the wish of the neighbourhood that the asso- ciation should be formed. Rules in accordance with this proposition were then adopted. THE Postmaster-General has issued his official report for the past year. The total number of the letters delivered during the twelve months were 679,084,822; of these 170,000,000 were distributed in the metropolitan districts, and 390,000,000 in other parts of England and Wales, leaving only 119,000,000 for distribution in Ireland and Scot- land. The vastness of this accumulated circula- tion maYlhe estimated by the comparison .made between the post-office delivery in England and in France and Amerisa respectively. In the French Empire, with a larger population than Great Britain, the letters by the post-office service scarcely reach to 300,000,000; and in America, with a population praised for the universality of its education, the letters passing through its post-offices do not ex- ceed 470,000,000. The net profits of the English Post-office during the year amount to £ 1,160,000. Now, this large profit can hardly be found con- sistent with the complaints made by our army of letter carriers, who have small wages and hard work, and have petitioned in vain the Secretary of State for an increase of pay commensurate with the high price of provisions. Some very excellent articles upon* this subject are now appearing in a weekly periodical called the Working Man." IN reference to law courts, we have only space to deal with one) case, that of Charlotte Winsor. Some time since the public were horror-stricken at the details which weregiven by a woman named Harris of the 6facilities with which child-murder 4 9 w could be committed in this country. Harris was indicted with Charlotte Winsor for the murder of her child. The jury, not being able to agree upon the ^verdict, were discharged, and the prisoners were remanded for a second trial. When this"came on, it was arranged that the mother of the child should be allowed to give Queen's evidence against her fellow-prisoner, Charlotte Winsor, and she distinctly proved that for years^the latter woman had hired herself out to murder children. The jury were convinced of her guilt, and Charlotte Winsor was sentenced to be hanged. A writ of error, however, was after- wards obtained, on the ground that the first jury had been illegally discharged, and that the prisoner ought not to be put on her trial a second time. Thus, before four judges in the Queen's Bench were counsel employed to argue upon a technicality of law whereby this murderess might either be hanged or be free. The tenderness of the English law, and the regard for life which exists in this country, could not be better exhibited. Here was a wretched, ignorant woman, from the West of England, of whose moral guilt no one had a doubt, brought before a superior court to hear the most able and prolix legal arguments upon points of law which she could not be supposed to understand. Every point was raised in her favour that could possibly have been done had she or her friends been possessed of unbounded wealth. The judges were, however, of opinion that the finding of the second jury was legal; and now the wretched woman awaits her doom unpitied, and in her death she will be unlamented.
Aid to Discharged Prisoners.—The first annual meeting of the South Staffordshire Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society was held at Wolverhampton on Monday, the Earl of Lichfield, lord-lieutenant of the county and president of the society, taking the chair. Thereport showed that eighty-one discharged prisoners had been assisted at a cost of .£24 4s. 7d. in three months. The total expenses of the society for that period was .£133, and there was a balance of C195 in hand. The donations had been large, but the annual subscriptions as yet amounted to but £ 6317s., and about X250 a year is required. Ilevcrnge.—TTomceopathic Practitioners, and the Medi- cal Profession generally, recommend cocoa as being the most healthful of all beverages. When the doctrine of homoeopathy was first introduced into this country, there were to be obtained no pieparatioua oi cocoa eitllcr "ttraClive to the taste oi- acceptable to the stomach; the nut was either supplied in the crude state, or so unskilfully manufactured as to obtain little notice. ,1, Epps. of tendon, homoeopathic chemist, was induced, in the year 1809, to turn h s attention to tliis subject, and at length succeeded, with the assistance of elaJborate machinery, in being the first to produce an article pure in its composition, and so refined by the perfect trituration it receives in the process it passes through, as to be most acceptable to the delic ite stomach, i'or general use i-pps'fl cocoa is distinguished as fin invigorating, grateful breakfast beverage, WHÜ a cieliejrtus aroma. Dr. Hassaii, in his work" Ifood and its Adultera- tions." says Cocoa contains a great variety of important nutritive principles; every ingredient necessary to the growth and sustenance of t;Ue bidy." Agftin, "As » uutritive, ocean stands very ma«b higher than either coffee or tea." DirectionsTwo teaspoonfuls of the powder tna bieakfast cup, filled up with boiling water or milk. Secured in iiii-iined J-lb.,BUd>l-lb. labelled pacuetg, ausi Mfel at la, fid, pel. ,lb., by grocers. socfBctioae??, and chemisis.
AN EXTRAORDINARY BCENE IN THE LION'S DEN. A strange incident connected with the wild beasts now being exhibited at the Cirque Napoleon, Paris, took place a few evenings ago. Just as the men were about to push forward the huge cage from the stable into the circle, they perceived that one of the lionesses had given birth to a cub. Batty was finishing his toilette, and the public had become impatient, but the essential was to save the young one, for the lions were preparing, as is their habit when in confinement, to seize on the young one and devour it. The lioness, on her side, was evidently ready to defend her progeny, and, in fact, a combat was commencing, when Mr. Lucas, Batty's assistant, entered the cage, and, with great difficulty, succeeded in rescuing the little thing just born, which he brought out and gave to a large bitch, which had been delivered in the morning, and which had been provided to suckle whatever the lioness might give. The cage was then pushed into the circle, and Batty entered among the animals. Some slight exercises had been gone through, when the poor lioness was again taken ill, and gave birth to another little one. The male lions, as before, pro- ceeded to spring on it; terrible roars were heard, and the spectators became greatly alarmed, and yet attracted by the scene. Cries from the crowd to cease the performance arose on all sides, and M. Dejean, the director, in order to prevent the possibility of danger, ordered Batty to withdraw from the cage. This he vl did, after having managed to save the little animal that had just seen the light. One of the men be- longing to the Circus held it up by the skin of the neck to the public; it was about as big as a full-grown cat, and seemed quite at its ease, never struggling or uttering any cry. It was, like-its predecessor, placed close to the dog already spoken of, and both could be seen the moment after suckling away with great apparent gusto. The spectators then withdrew, greatly excited by so unexpected a circumstance. In the bourse of the night the lioness gave birth to a third cub, she and the young ones ever since going on very satisfactorily. _———
A CLERK CHARGED WITH STEALING £ 2,500. James Loosemore, a young man, described as a clerk, was brought up, at the London Mansion-house, in custody of Underwood, a detective officer, charged with stealing a bill of exchange for < £ 2,500, belonging to his employers, Messrs. Isnard and Co., French mer- chants, carrying on business at Parias and at No. 17, Graceehuroh-street. The prisoner appeared to be very ill, and he was allowed to be seated during the investigation. Mr. Wontner appeared for the prosecution; Mr. G. Lewis attended on behalf of the prisoner. The prosecutors, Messrs. isnard and Co., are French merchants, carrying on business at No. 17, Grace- church-street, and the prisoner was in their service as clerk, and had been so employed for thirteen years, and great confidence was placed in him. A great por- tion of the business of the prosecutors was carried on with the Mauritius, and they conveyed large quantities of goods to that place, and the merchants to whom they were sent were in the habit of remitting bills of exchange to England as payment. These bills were drawn upon various banks, and before they arrived at maturity they were paid into the Bank of England, where the prosecutors kept an account, to be pre- sented in due course for payment, when the proceeds would be placed to the credit of the firm. On the 20th of August a bill for.92,500, drawn by the Merchant Bank of Mauritius upon the Merchant Bank of London, came to the possession of the prosecutors, and it was handed to the prisoner to pay into the Bank of England. Nothing more seemed to have occurred until Thursday, when the prosecutor asked for his pass-book, and upon looking at it he found an entry of X2,500, the 20th of November, and in consequence of the entry resembling the handwriting of the prisoner, his suspicions were excited, and he made inquiries at the Bank of England and learned that the bill had never been paid in. The attention of the prisoner was called to the entry in the book, and he said he would explain it; but the police-officer, who was present, took him into custody. The prisoner was afterwards asked what he had done with the money, and he said that he had lost it by specula- tion. Upon this evidence the prisoner was remanded.
A CURIOUS DISCOVERY. A man was ploughing a piece of moss ground the other day on the farm of Clockeasy, in the parish of Urquhart, when lie struck what he took to be a tree-1 root. A short time afterwards Mr. Taylor, the farmer, went with a spade to dig out the root, when he dis- covered that it was a square piece of oak, with planks of the same wood mortised into it. The next day three went to work to find out the secret, and when they had dug round about it they found it to be four posts, 6ft. square, all boxed up with planks, which were mortised into the posts, each of which was 9 inches squore. On investigation being made as to what was within this planking some bones were found, and a lot of earthen vessels, which at one time had had handles, eight of which were turned quite distinct. There was also found a lead plate and some other articles, and it was observed that there had been one shelf round the squate enclosure within the planking. The place where this discovery was made is between the moss and a piece of rising ground. The correspondent of a local contemporary says there had once been buildings near the spot, which they call the Abbey. This appears to be the place where the old Priory of Urquhart stood in a hollow to the north-east of the village of Urquhart. Not a vestige of this religious house now remains, nor has it been visible for about seventy years. The old statistical account of Urquhart, pub- lished in 1795, says that the site of it had lately been converted into an arable field, and that the name of the Abbey Well, which the country people still give to the well which supplied the monks with water, was the only memorial of it that then remained. It is likely the discovery made the other day will be found to have some connection with the old abbey. A great many people have already visited it, and the place is to be left open for some time, that all who wish to see it may have an opportunity of doing so.
GREAT FIRE AT CAMBERWELL. The most extensive fire that has occurred in the parish of St. Giles's, Camberwell, for some time past, broke out on Tuesday morning, about five o'clock, on the premises belonging to Mr. Hyam, a wholesale and export rag merchant, carrying on business in South- street, Camberwell, nearly facing the Rosemary Branch Assembly-rooms, but separated by the public carriage-road of Southampton-street. Mr. Metcalf, a dairyman, living immediately opposite, managed to get three horses out, two vans, and a four-wheeler, but by that time the flames had taken a complete sweep round the range of warehouses, firing in rapid succession some thousand tons weight of rags. The first engine that arrived was that of the Surrey Volunteer Brigade, which was followed by the land steamers from the Waterloo-road and Watling-atreot stations, under the direction of Captain Shaw, and others from the more distant stations. As soon as the mains of the Southwark Company were drawn plenty of water was procured, and the firemen went to work in an admirable manner, but whilst so engaged some of the middle walls came down with a fearful crash. The firemen managed to retreat just in time to save their lives. At noon one of the land steamers was still at work throwing water upon the smouldering ruins. The loss of property by the disastrous event will amount to several thousand pounds. The origin of the misfortune is unknown, but it is believed to have arisen from spontaneous combustion. It is understood that the sufferer was insured. Mr. Superintendent Payne and Inspector Dann rendered essential aid to the firemen by keeping the crowd out of danger.
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AMERICA. NEW YORK, JAN. 16, EVENING. T Mr. Chandler has introduced the following resoln- Co tion in the Senate —" Whereas, England refuses to Tb settle the Alabama claims, the President is requested 'I Tj to withdraw the American Minister from England, m* and issue a proclamation of national non- intercourse." :&:1 The resolution was tabled by a vote of 25 to 12. lee A resolution has been offered and laid over, recom- £ 5 mending the immediate trial of Messrs. Davis and to Clay by military commission. Ki All the volunteer troops in the department of £1 Virginia have been mustered out. Ta The report in the American journals that the by Federal troops would be withdrawn from Alabama I tI011 and Georgia was unauthorised. General Grant, in U: replying to an application for their withdrawal, does th not recommend such a stop until there is 18 security for the protection of all classes in the late pa rebellious States. He doubts the propriety of arming the militia while the Federal troops remain in the th South. th The Federal adjutant in Mississippi has revoked the te; order disarming the negroes. m The Treasury agents in Charleston have arrested tb the principal officials and seized the, books and assets iiii of several blockade-running companies organised Jf during the war. They have forbidden them to dispose fit of their assets, and the matter has been referred to u Washington for adjudication. at The Federal troops have recaptured the steamer tuj Lily, taken by outlaws on the Alabama river. Seventy- j ha five bales of Government cotton had been landed, and fg, the outlaws had expressed their determination to pre- he vent any Government cotton running on the Alabama fit river. in All Government employes at Fort Monroe formerly on in the service of the Confederate Government have ,th been dismissed, in consequence, it is said, of fears i 0a that they intended to attempt the rescue of Mi' | ag Davis. NEW YORK, JAN. 17. th In the Senate Mr. Chandler has given notice that h0 Li would, on some future day, read the British Foreign Enlistment Act, with the provision abolishing all ca existing laws on neutrality. C< During the debate on the resolution for the procla* be mation of non-intercourse* with England, Senator ea Johnson said that it was a very important matter) ac and that the mere offering, of the resolution had f? created great solicitude. He moved to table the reso- th lution. tf lution. tf Mr. Chandler wished the resolution to be referred to- the committee on foreign affairs. j Mr. Sumner thought that a reference to that com- mittee was the best course to pursue. aE The resolution was then tabled. it The House of Representatives have concurred in oi the resolution of the Senate empowering the Recon- ei struction Committee to send for certain persons and a papers. The order for mustering out all coloured troops in II Texas has been revoked. 1 Rumours are current in Toronto that arrangements t have been conoluded with Washington to continue tll& Reciprocity Treaty beyond March next. 1 NEW YORK, JAN. 20. The Fenian Senate have called their Congress to assemble at Pittsburg on the 19th February, to deter- t mine the military measures to be adopted. Twelve ex-Federal military officers have returned from Ire- land, and reported to the Senate that the people there were powerless without arms, and were complaining j of O'Mahony's policy. The officers were compelled to return to America, fearing arrest. The House of Representatives have passed the bill granting unconditional negro suffrage in the district of Columbia by a vote of 116 tq 54.
THE PROSECUTION OF. DR. MAY. BERLIN, JAN. 29. The Superior Criminal Court, on the appeal of the public prosecutor against the decision of the lower court acquitting Dr. May on the charge of having Pnb° lished articles in the Schleswig-Holstein Gazette Oaf. Altona insulting to the King of Prussia, has resolved that General Gablenz, Austrian Governor of Holstein, be requested to order the arrest of Dr. May, and have him transported to Berlin.
JAMAICA. The Royal Mail Company's steamer Shannon has arrived at Southampton with seventy-six passengers and a large cargo. The dates from Jamaica are to tbe 9th January. The new Governor, Sir Henry Storks? arrived on the 6th, and took up his residence at Blundell's Hall Hotel. On the 7th he was waited on by Mr. Eyre, General O'Connor, and other officials. On the 8th the inaugural ceremony took place in Spanish Town, in presence of the officials and a large number of spectators. Everything in Kingston) Spanish Town, and throughout the island was per- fectly quiet. The appointment of Sir Henry Storks has given great dissatisfaction to the dominant party, and cor- responding satisfaction to their opponents. Sir Henry, personally, was well received. The new Governor will reside at King's-house, Spanish Town. It was believed the Royal Commission would be held there. Mr. Roundell, the secretary of the Royal Commis- -f sion, and Mr. Gorrie, the counsel for Mrs. Gordon, arrived by the same mail as Sir Henry Storks, The local papers continue to discuss the- circum- stances connected with the rebellion, especially the evidence against Mr. Gordon, with great acerbity. Many political prisoners were to have been tried by the Special Commission on the 23rd Jan., but it is supposed these arrangements will now be changed. There is nothing now from Chili. Every branch of trade was satisfactory. The suicide of Admiral Paraja had been confirmed. In Peru all was quiet, and order prevails. and order prevails.
BIRTHS AND DEATHS. The following is the weekly return of the Registrar- General of births and deaths in London and in 12 other large towns of the United Kingdom:- j, u- 6 week that ended on Saturday, January 27, the births registered in London and 12 other large towns of the United Kingdom were 4,681; the deaths registered 3;243. The annual rate of mortality was 28 per 1,000 persons living. In London the births of 1,090 boys and 1,059 girls, in all 2,149 children, were registered in the week. In the corresponding weeks of ten years 1856-65 the average number, corrected for increase of population, was 2,110. The deaths registered in London during the week were 1,363. It was the fourth week of the year, and the average number of deaths for that week is, with a correction for increase of population, 1,605. The actual number is less than that obtained by computa- tion by 242. Nearly equal numbers of deaths were referred in week to phthisis and bronchitis; to the former 169, to the latter 171. The oorreoted average- for phthisis is 170; that for bronchitis is 245. The low rate of mor- tality from bronchial disease is apparently due to the mild character of the season. There were 15 deaths from smallpox, 43 from measles, 37 from scarlatina, 47 from whooping cough, 56 from typhus, 12 from diarrhoea.
Systematic Robberies of Warehouses.— John Nisbet, thirty-seven, draper, was charged at the London Mansion-house, on remand, with illegal posses- sion of a. piece of lawn, supposed to be stolen. The piece of linen in question forms only one article of many which the prisoner had pawned, or caused to be pawned; and from the evidence adduced it appeared that he had carried on a system of robbery for-the last twelve months. The prisoner, who has a previous con- viction against him, was formerly in a linen warehouse, and in consequence was aware of the mode in which business was transacted in the several warehouses. His plan was to walk in as a buyer, and if questioned when passing through a department he would say he was going to another. This had been carried on for some time till at length, through the instrumentality of Mr. Walker, pawnbroker, of Aldersgate-street, the prisoner was apprehended. Different warehousemen in the City were then applied to, and various firms identified a quantity of the goods as their property, and also identified the prisoner as constantly visiting their premises, never being a buyer, and that they always missed property after hia visits.—Committed for trial.