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EPITOME OF NEWS. --+-- X^arytMng seems unhealthy in Franca exoept policies, of course. In addition to rinderpest, cholera, and Wight, we now hear that the bees have been at- tacked by a disease contributed to it by a parasitical 'Insect. A girl who was making a dress, put the sleeves in wrong. She was unable to change them, as she could 1; a.ot determine whether she had got the right sleeve in the wrong place, or the wrong sleeve in the rig • pi&ee„ At a meeting of needle manufacturers held at Keddifcch on Tuesday, the question of extending the provisions of the Factory Act to that trade was con- sidered, and referred to a committee for consideration and a report. The man Marchand, found guilty of having lately stabbed a yottng actress, of the theatre Roabaix, in the breast with a knife, has just been condemned by the Tribunal of Correctional Police to four years' imprisonment, SOOfr. fine, and five years' surveil- lance. The following is a list of the special preachers at St. Paul's Cathedral during the month of February :— February 4, Lord Bishop of Ripon February 11, Rev. Alfred Blomfield, Fellow of All Souls', Oxford, incum- bant of St. Matthew's, City-road; February 18. Rev. Gordon Calthrop, minister of St. Augustine's,! High- bury; February 25, the Lord Archbishop of York. ° At the ordinary meeting of the weekly board of the Boyal London Free Hospital, Dr. Marsden handed in a cheque for 100 guineas from Mr. William Urawshay, paversham-psrk. Mr. Crawshay has al- ready contributed two similar donations, besides being a liberal annual contributor to the institution. In a place near Lyons, which has been exca- vated for marl, and is now filled with water, many thousand silver coins have been found bearing the eaigy of the Emperor Albinus, the rival of Severus. The contest between them was closed near Lyons in the commencement of the second century. After fifty y ears' faithful service, Francis G. Gardner, Esq., secretary to the Commissioners of her Majesty's Customs, has retired into private life. It is understood that the present Assistant-Secretary, George Dickins, Esq. r will succeed to the vacant office of secretary. Lord Dalmeny has matriculated, at Christ Church, Oxford, as a nobleman, and Sir Charles Wolsey, Bart., as a gentleman commoner; and there are also now in residence at that establishment the Marquis of Bute, Lord Emlyn, Lord Warkworth, Sir Norman M. Lockhart, Bart., the Hon. Mr. Verne, the Hon. HanburyTracy, the Hon. M. Monckton, &c. Tlie stamped envelopes which were used in i £ Bgland# when penny postage was first started, and which might have been thought to be entirely super- seded by the adhesive stamp, are about to be issued in Paris by way of reform and improvement. The post- ofciee will shortly issue envelopes stamped for single, double, treble, and quadruple letters. A meeting of the Relief Committee, in aid of the poor creatures who have suffered from shipwrecks is the late storms, was held at Torquay on Saturday, Sir L. Polk in the chair. It was reported that the aatn of Cl,337 had been subscribed in Torquay alone, and that sum appearing to be sufficient to settle the disbursements of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, It was resolved that no further contributions be re- quired to be collected for the above object. It is stated, upon good authority, that Mr. Charles Davis, the veteran Royal huntsman, who is now seventy-hind years of age, will retire from the posi- tion which he has lo and honourably held in the (laean's Hunt at the v-ad of this season. Harry King, it is believed, will succeed Mr. Davis. King has been riding with her Majesty's stag-hounds for at least thirty years, and has won the goodwill and esteem of numerous followers of the Royal buckhounds. An American oddity has been attempted in a fashionable salon in Paris. At a certain period of the evening, when the dance is at the highest point of excitement, the orchestra suddenly plays a few bars of Marlborough." All engagements up to that time are thereby cancelled, and a new chusse for partners has to be organised. The innovation (says a Paris correspondent) is not popular with either sex, and is not likely to live beyond the season. An inquest was held, the other day, on the body of Elizabeth Connor, who received injuries from burns whilst her mother was absent at work. The deceased was eight years of age, and lived in a passage off East-street, Lower Mosley-street, Manchester. Her cries were heard by a neighbour, and on entering the acuse he found her on fire. The poor girl was at- tested tOI but she died at the Infirmary. Verdict- Accidental Death." During the week ending 27th January, 1866, ibe visitors to-the South Kensington Museum were as followsOn Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, free days, open from ten a..m. to ten p.m., 10,831; on Wed- nesday, Thursday, and Friday, students' days (ad- mission to the public, 6d.), open from ten a.m. till four p.m., 1,879; total 12,710. From the opening of the museum, 5,783,758. Dublin is posted with proclamations offering, in addition to the former reward of XI,000 for the appre- hension of Stephens, £ 1,000 for such private informa- tion as may lead to his capturg. R300 and a free pardon will be given to accomplices in the escape, or to those harbouring him, who may reveal his where- abouts. Government, it is said, have given commis- sions of the peace to several military men, to enable them to act independently of civil magistrates in cases of disturbances. A large eagle has just been shot at Francheville, OSte d', France, by a man named Hermant-Courtin. He was out shooting, when the bird pounced on his dog, and commenced beating the animal with its wings. At the dog's cries the master approached, and firing, aaoeeededin killing the eagle. It measured ame feet from tip to tip of its wings. A gentleman who was returning on horseback iroin the trotting mutoh in the Bois de Boulogne last <-oek. met with a fatal accident at the corner of the Baa Galilee. His horse took fright and started aside, SSnrosriag his rider with great violence against the kerb-stone. The unfortunate horseman waa conveyed to the Hospital Beaojon, where he died in an hour after. He turned out to be the Marquis Jean Filiaai, belonging to one of the most distinguished families in Naples. mationati Portrait Exhibition.-It to intended that this exhibition shall be opened about the third week in April, and close in August. For the months of April, May, and June the. admission will be la. each person on all days except Tuesdays, when it will be 2a. 6d. Soasen tioketa are to be issued at Al each, whioh will also be available for the private view- After June the exhibition will be opened to the public on the same terms as at the South Kensington Museum. Theliving.of Frome, St. Quinton, Dorset in the diocese of Salisbury, worth 4.324 per annum, has been filled up by the institution to it of the Rev. Edward Callings, M.A., on the presentation of the Earl of Ilohester. The Bishop of Salisbury has also instituted the Rev. Robert William Sheldon, M.A., to the rectory of Fouthill Biehop, near Hindon, Wilts, of the annual value of -82S0 and residence, vacant by the death of the Rev. Baden Bouchier patron, the Bishop of Wit- okester. Mutiny at Sea.-The J. D. Visser (Dutch barque) arrived at Singapore on the 23rd of December from Hong Kong. She reports that in lat. 17 N. she passed hePride of the Gangea standing in towards the China Otti\t, with signal flying, "Mutiny on board." The J. B. Visser signalled Heave to and I will come to your ussistance," the reply to which was not allowed. The Dutch vessel followed, but the Pride of the Ganges outsailed her, and when last seen, the signal Master overboard was flying. An inquest was held on Saturday at the London hospital, on Annie Bradshaw, aged five years, who -ras burnt to death. Her father was an engine-driver Stratford, and the child had been left in a room with another child. There was no guard to the fire, "d the clothes of the deceased caught the flames. The child was fearfully burnt. Verdict—Accidental .6-3jth. The Wrangler ships at Cambridge. Now "(la.t the list of honours is published in full (says the sman) it appears that no fewer than four of the -It six wranglers are Sootchmen. Mr. Morton, of nack, ranks first. In the third place stand Mr. rt and Mr. Niven, who are bracketed together as j froual in merit. In the fourth place comes another J berdeen student, Mr. Pirie, son of the Rev. Dr, Pirie, J of Aberdeen. In addition to the high mathematical honours which Mr. Stuart has taken, he has, we understand, been awarded the silver cup given by Trinity College for distinction in English composition —an honour won by several men who have left their mark on English literature. Advices received from Bombay give an account of disturbances which had taken place at the end of December in the Valley of Loond Kar on the frontier of the Punjaub. The inhabitants of three important vi iages entered the English territory, and after com- mitting various acts of pillage, immediately recrossed the frontier. The robbers were pursued by the English troops, and the booty recovered. The three villages were also destroyed, and the ringleaders aptured. A soldier of the 10th regiment of the line, named Eyraet, condemned to death for inflicting wounds on a sub-lieutenant of his corps, was two days back shot at Lille. The Abbe Delannoy, chaplain to the prison, had communicated to him thathis Application for pardon had been rejected. The prisoner at first gave way to a paroxysm of grief, but afterwards became touched by the exhortations of the clergyman, and recovered all his tranquillity. On arriving at the place of execution the condemned man knelt down and all. officer tied a bandage over his eyes. The moment after he received the fire of the platoon and fell dead on the spot. Queen Emma.—Our readers, says John Bull, will be very pleased to learn that her Hawaiian Majesty, Queen Emma, is deriving great benefit from her stay at Hyeres. Her Majesty is anxious to visit some of the principal Italian cities. Her Majesty's return to England will not take place till late in June, previous to which she will visit the Emperor and Empress of the French, who are constantly making the kindest inqairies after her health. Let us hope that the friends of the Hawaiian mission will not be inactive during Queen Emma's enforced quietude, but will cheer her heart by liberal contributions. The Yeomanry.-A contemporary states erro- neously, says the Sunday Gazette, that Lord De Grey has suggested to the lieutenants of counties the pro- priety of not assembling the Yeomanry this year. The fact is not so. Lord De Grey had been informed by some lieutenants that, owing to the losses sustained by the rinderpest, the farmers in their counties would be inconvenienced by the annnal training. With the view of ascertaining if this was the case generally, Lord De Grey has caused a circular to be issued ask- ing for information upon the subject, and by the answers received he will, no doubt, be guided in his recommendation to her Majesty as to the assembly or non-assembly of the Yeomanry for their annual exercise in 1866. The paragraph which has gone tho rounds relative to an alleged disgraceful riot at Limerick Cathedral during the recent funeral of the Earl of Limerick, turns out to be a fabrication, and is contra- dicted by the Rev. C. Hamilton, one of the officiating clergy. It is customary for the Roman Catholics to attend in large numbers the funerals which take place in the Cathedral, which are of rare occurrence, and the crowding in the body of the edifice might have led to some confusion, but there was, it is gaid, nothing resembling unseemly conduct, nor were the books the clergymen were using spat upon," as the writer of the paragraph averred. The Malt-tax. — A numerously Mid influentially attended county meeting was held at Dorchester last Saturday on the subject of the malt-tax. Mr. G. J. Wood, president of the Dorchester Farmers' Club, presided; and addresses were delivered urging the wisdom and justice of repealing the malt duty by Mr. Everett, of Ipswich, Mr. J. Floyer, M.P. and others; and it was resolved, That a requisition be sent from this meeting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking that in the disposal of any surplus preference be given to the malt duty;" and that a petition be presented to the House of Commons to the same effect. A. notorious bandit named Peri, who was the terror of the island of Corsica, has lately been shot dead on the territory of Sarrola, after a sharp en- counter with a party of gendarmes, in which one of them was unfortunately killed. Peri had already been condemned for homicide to five years' imprisonment, but had escaped from prison. He then got together some men and revived all the worst traditions of banditism by levying forced contributions on the in- habitants of the districts which he visited. The master of the ship Neptune has been arrested at New York, charged with cruelty to his pas- mengers and crew on the voyage just ended from Liver- pool to New York. Affidavits of most horrible treat- ment were made by several persons, and he was held in 10,000 dols. bail to appear at an investigation which had not taken place when the last mail left. The Neptune was an emigrant ship, and the affidavits show a terrible state of affairs on board during the voyage. The Hon. Arthur Kiimaird visited the Lam- beth workhouse on Wednesday night, and made an !I' entry in the visitors's book testifying to the excellent arrangement of the casual ward, and to the fact that the inmates were well cared, for. "Half an hour after," he adds, "the scene was reversed, and I wit- nessed what I designate as most revolting. Naked men and boys huddled together without the pretence of decenoy, in the wretched room of the lodging-house, afforded a strong and painful contrast with the previous scene of the certified ward, and was calculated to make thinking men ask whether the time has not come for remodelling the parochial system, however beset with -difficulties, to the advantage of the state." Attempted Assassination of a Sculptor.— A lettter from Rome of the 20th says Oar eminent Scottish sculptor, Lawrence M'Donald, has just been stabbed on the staircase of Mr. Watson, with whom he was to have spent the evening. He had remarked on quitting the restaurant where he dined that three suspicious scoundrels followed him, but he had paid no attention to the incident. On reaching the second floor of Mr. Watson's residence he was suddenly seized, dragged down, and a stiletto driven into his neck just between the jugular vein and the carotid artery. His shouts for help brought the servants with lights, whereupon the assassins were scared off and de- camped. Happily, a pbysioian was one of Mr. Wat- son's guests, and immediately dressed the wouad," which, it is hoped, will not prove fatal. Marriage in High.Life.-The marriage of the Lady Victoria Campbell, eldest daughter of the Earl and Countess Cawdor, with Lieutenant-Colonel Lamb- ton, of the Soots Fusilier Guards, was solemnised the other morning at St. George's Church, Hanover- square, Loadon. The gallant bridegroom and bridal party met at the church about half-past eleven, and were followed shortly afterwards by the fair bride, who was accompanied by her mother the Countess of Cawdor. The bride, who was attired in a rich white i silk dies3, tastefully trimmed with Brussels lace, was attended by eight bridesmaids, who wore dresses of white, trimmed with blue. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Hon. and Rev. A. G. Campbell, uncle of the bride. At the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party repaired to the vestry, where the marriage was duly recorded. The wedding party afterwards went to breakfast at the Earl and Counters of Cawdor's mansion in South Audley-street. Early Jl1 the afternoon the newly-wedded couple left town for Mr. Lambton'a seat in Surrey. The Fenians.—The Times believes it has been ascertained that on the county of Dublin being pro- claimed several of the malcontents migrated else- where, and have carried the taint of their doctrines into a new field, where they conceive that they have more freedom of action. The shifting of arms from a proclaimed to a non-proclaimed district is alse one of the expedients to which the conspirators will necessarily have resort, and which it is desirable that the Government should effectually -check. The Times therefore believes the time is some when it would be prudent for the Government to proclaim the whole of Ireland, so as to be able to search for and take arms wherever they be secreted. It is almost certain that a considerable number of weapons of various sorts are in the possession of ill-disposed persons, and these may be used at any time for the purpose of doing some local mischief. When the Government has the power of seizing ard confiscating the arms that are found in the country, and also of watching the sea- ports so that noue can enter, it will have done a great deal to render even a partial disturbance impossible. The Late Mr. G. V. Brooke.—A rumour has been circulated, on the authority of a Belfast paper, that Mr. Brooke was not on beard the ill-fated London, but that, having been too late to secure a passage in that vessel, he had at once started by the overland route. The following letter received by Mr. Egan, of the Queen's Theatre, in this city, sets the matter at rest St. John's Parade, Kilkenny, Jan. 23rd, 1866.—My dear Mr. Egan,—Thank you for the sympathy you have so kindly expressed. I am trying hard to bear my sudden bereavement; but here, in his sister's home, where three weeks ago we were so happy, where every little thing I see reminds me of him and his great love, it is almost more than I can endure. My dear husband of ten spoke of you, and always with kindness and affection; therefore I prize your kindness the more in grieving for him and for my loss. Again thanking you, I remain, sincerely yours, AVONIA BROOKE." Pauperism. The November monthly return, issued by the Poor-law Board, shows that, at the close of that month the number of paupers in the receipt of relief in England was 5-31 per cent. less than at the corresponding period of the year 1864. The decrease in the north-western division was 30'81 per cent.; in the north-midland, 7'87; and in York- shire, 4-76. In other divisions of the kingdom the improvement ranged from 0 74 to 1'7& per cent.; but there was a slight increase of pauperism in the south- western, west-midland, and northern divisions, and in the metropolis an increase of 4'85 per cent., which is more than double the ratio of annual increase of the population of the metropolis. Women Burnt. — A woman named Mary Gillin, admitted into the Manchester Infirmary in August last, for treatment for burns, and discharged as convales- cent in September, was again admitted for similar in- juries the week before last, and died on Monday morn- ing.—A factory operative, named Catherine Queenan, Blossom-street, Ancoats, was on Monday reaching something from the mantelshelf, when her petticoats, which were spread out by crinoline, caught fire, and the consequence was that she was very severely burnt. She was conveyed to the Infirmary in a wretched plight, the blackened wires still hanging about her per- son and she now lies in a dangerous condition. Land in the City-Another illustration of the value of land in the City is afforded by the history of a little piece at the corner of Lombard-street, formerly the site of Messrs. Spooner and Co/a banking-house. When these, premises were pulled down the,ground was let to the Agra and Mastermaa's Bank, for ninety-nine years, at zC6,600 a year. Owing to a change in the arrangements of that bank it was next sold to the City Offices Company at a premium of < £ 70,009, and a building is now to be erected upon it, at a coat of upwards of £70,000; the gross rental of which is esti- mated at £ 22,000, the London and County Bank paying.912,000 for the ground floor and baeement.- City Press. A Strange, Cause\ Mr. Peraree, granite merchant, Sutherland-villas, Hornsey-road, was charged, at the Clerkenweil Police station; with being drunk and assaulting the doorkeeper at the Agricultural-hall; and further, with attempting to commit suicide in a police cell at Islington. The prisoner went to the Agricultural-hall, got into the part set apart for the performers, was asked to leave, and as he would not was ejected. He then struck the doorkeeper, and was about proceeding to further violence, when he was given in charge, taken to the Islington Police-station, put into one of the cells, end when the constable went to take him oat, a gentleman having attended to put in bail for him, he found him with a handkerchief tied tightly round his throat, and almost blaek in the face frem the effects of strangulation. The prisoner, in answer to the charge, said that he was not drunk, and as for attempting to commit suicide, all he did was to tie his handkerchief round hia throat tq prevent the bugs from biting his neck, as she cell was full of them. Mr. D'Eyncourt at first remanded the prisoner, but afterwards allowed him to go at large on payment of a fine of 20s. The Skeleton Found at "Waterloo-bridgs.— Mr. W.J. Payne, the Middlesex coroner, resumed. an in- quiryatthe EaaexMead,Essex-street,London, onThura- day, upon the part of a skeleton of a man who had been found by some navigators under the bed of the Thames, near Waterloo-bridge, when ereoting the foundation of the-embankment. The jury having re-assembled, Mr. P&yne said that since the last inquiry it had been as- certained that the key found with the bones was one, which had been made by Mr. Chubb, the lock maker for the Government,, in April, 1839. The firm made all the military locks, and this was one of them made in that yea-rfor the Boyal Engineering department, but beyond tho-t the inquiry in that direction did not afford any clue to discover how the bonea came there. The false teeth had been identified by a dentist, as having been made by him twenty years ago, but he had, only made the teeth for the dentist who had put them in the gold plates fertile wearer, and did not knowwco he was. Some one had sent the coroner a letter dated from Leman-afcreet, Whitechapel, stating that some friend of his had lost a brother about twenty-five years ago, and had never heard anything of him since. The brother so lost was very fond of company and dressing, well, and waa much given to gambling. After some desultory discussion, the inquiry was again adjourned for a fostnight. Death of Madame Saqui.—Madame Saqiii, the rope-dancer, whose fame dates from the beginning of this century, died on Wednesday in Paris, in her 80 th year. It is recorded of her that on the occasion of the birth of the first Napoleon's son, the King of Rome: s-he offered to dance on arope between the two towers of Notre Dame. Napoleon refused to allow the exhibi- tion. Subsequently she appeared, in defiance of the Emperor's prohibition, on her rops, in the midst of a display of fire works- a feat then novel, and one which excited the utmost astenishment. When she heard that the Emperor was in a great rage at his command having been disobeyed, she said, "Tell him to give orders to his grenadiers, and let us risk our lives as, we like, for our glory.' She made a large fortune at the little theatre on the Boulevard du Temple, which for many years bore her name, and afterwards became the Delassements Comiqnes, and then purchased with her savings Voltaire's house and grounds at Ferney, but was very soon obliged to sell them, and during the latter years of her life was in great poverty. Only four years ago she danced at the Hippodrome, where, at the age of seventy-six, it was a-wondrous but sorry sight to see her. A Stir in Doctor's Commons, The of- ficials in the Probate Cce, Doctors'-commons, here. tofore the old, E'-clesiastial Registry, and the place where the majority of the wills for the last 800' years are deposited, have daring the last week been in a somewhat ludicrous state of terror. One fine night on the proper officers proceeding to look up the offices the keys were not to be found. Every search was made, but without success. The police were com- municated with, and the custody of the office handed over to their care. Detectives in and out of the office were employed for some days, but with 140 result, and as a consequence fresh locks had to be supplied. Three or four days afterwards on the dust being removed the keys were found as bright as ever in the- dustman's cart, thus clearly showing that they had been ab- stracted designedly, for what purpose it is difficult to imagine, were it not for the fact that on the morning that the keys were found a large piece of charred wood was thrown into a kitchen of the office on the base- ment, in which a quantity of clothes were drying. This would naturally lead to the conclusion that there was a design on the part of some one or other to make a bonfire of the wills and titles to property of half the people in the kingdom. It may have been merely a practical joke; but if so it was of too serious a nature to be treated as such; and if the offenders can only be discovered they may rely upon it that they will not again commit such a mischievous and dangerous trick. An Irish Faction Fight.-Matthew Casey and Mary Sweeney were charged, before the magistrate at Southwark, with cutting and wounding Kanora M'Carthy. The latter, with Dennis M'Carthy, her husband, was charged with assaulting Margaret M'Carthy, in Maypole-alley, Southwark.-It appeared that on Friday night a disturbance took place among the Irish inhabitants of Maypole- alley. Sticks, pokers, and bricks were used. John Casey was seen with a large piece of iron in his hand, with which he struck Honora M'Carthy on the head. She went to the hospital and had the wound dressed by Mr. Wright, the house-surgeon, who described it as a very bad one in front of the head.-Honora M'Carthy, residing at 14, Maypole-alley, said there was a great row, and she was struck with something on the head. —Margaret Flynn said she lived at 18, Maypole-alley, and on the night in question saw several of them fighting in the alley. A man named Murphy was beating Dennis M'Carthy, and he called Casey to assist.—Dennis M'Carthy and Honora M'Carthy were then put in the defendants' place, charged with as- saulting Julia Sweeney and Margaret M'Carthy with a chopper. The first witness said that Dennis M'Carthy rushed at her and out her on the head with a chopper. The other defendant attacked her also, and she was compelled to go to Guy's Hospital.—Mr. Wright, the house-surgeon at the latter place, said that hes2.w the witnesses with broken heads, and dressed their wounds. There were about half a dozen damaged heads.—Police-constable. 57 M said he II i "———' prehended the prisoners, and found in the alley the cnopper and poker produced. There were also a number of brickbats lying about in all directions.— The prisoners were committed for trial, but bail was accepted for their appearance at the sessions. Invasion of Hampstead-heath. Two rail- way companies have entered the field to invade Hamp- stead-heath. Mr. Bazalgette, the engineer, in a re- port made to the Metropolitan Board of Works, states that the North Metropolitan Railway proposes to make an open catting through the heath at a depth of 54 to 56 feet below the surface, thus curtailing its area and severing it from Parliament-hill for about three- quarters of a mile. The Metropolitan and St. John's- wood Railway Extension to Finchley is also proposed to cross the heath for a length of about three-quarters of a mile, partly on an embankment, partly in cutting, and for about 250 yards in tunnel, which will also materially curtail the area of the heath and interfere with the access from one part to the other of this much frequented spot. Royal Institution. On Saturday afternoon Professor E. Westmacott, R.A., F.S.A., delivered his second lecture on Art Education." He began by describing the gradual progress of ancient art, Egyp- tian and Assyrian sculpture occupying a large share of attention. He then spoke of the three Greek schools, under Phidias, Praxiteles, and Sisyphus, and told how Phidias broke through the conservatism of custom by departing from ancient types, and intro- ducing beauty and nobility in sculptural art, Where- fore he was much persecuted by his compeers, and probably lost his life by violence. Polychromyin sta- tuary was next strongly condemned by the lecturer, who characterised the practice as "abominable." He concluded by narrating how sensuous sculpture began to predominate, and how it resulted in the gradual fall and decline of art. The Man who was Shot at as a Target.- The story which has been told that one of the officers in Jamaica set his men to practise with their rifles at 400 yards at a condemned prisoner is so far believed here that we understand Sir Henry Storks had special instructions to investigate its authenticity. If this is the kind of training soldiers get from their officers, aska the Spectator, what will they not do after their discharge P There was a case in the papers the other day of a discharged soldier murdering another work- iag man who had just been treating him to ale, and taking from him- his wages, his boots, and his waist- coat, like a modern rogue, or an ancient Homeric hero. There is no vice more proper to ignorant soldiers than cruelty, and their officers have ordinarily been thought likely to restrain them from it by force of gentlemanly feeling. What would Sir Robert Wilson or Sir William Napier have done to any officer who had ordered his men to praotise at a condemned, criminal at 400 yards? Would they not have tried him immediately by court-martial, and, if guilty, dis- missed him the service, at least ? We must still hope this horrible story will prove to be fictitious. The Tear-up Song.-Mary Hanley and Elizabeth Gaunt, both about eighteen years of age, were charged at the Marylebone Police-court by Mr. Douglas, master of St. Marylebone Workhouse, with destroying their clothing.—Roberts, the superintendent of the casual wards, said:—The prisoners were admitted about eight last night, and had their bread and gruel. This morning it was found they had torn up their clothes, and I asked why they did it, and they said they were old and dirty. Taking them across-the yard, they both set up singing- Iiareweare, Here we goes, We are thfe that tears up, our clothes." The prisoners- had nothing to say in defence, and were each sentenced to one month's hard labour. Sudden Death of the Rector of Lezant.- Many readers will learn with regret the very sudden death of the rector of Lezant, the Rev. E. 00 Phillpstts, son of the venerable bishop of the diocese. The rev. gentleman was apparently in good health on Friday, and baried one of his parishioners, and oil Saturday, when about to proceed to a neighbouring parish, his horse being saddled at the door, and he himself in the act of offering family prayer, he was suddenly seized with apoplexy, as it is supposed and though the same horse which was waiting for him waa instantly sent for medical aid to Launceston, Mr; Phillpotts had expired before Dr. Clay arrived. He was presented by the bishop to the rectory in the- year 1847, and was one of his father's chaplains. Storm at Liverpool.-Loss,o'li> LIFE.-Liver,pool has again been visited by a very severe storm. From, a late hour on Sunday night up to an early hour on Monday morning a severe gale from W. to W.S.W. passed over Liverpool, doing some damage to the "ferry buildings" and other frail tenements, but during the day it abated to some extent; but this appears to have been only a slight calm, as in the afternoon a dispatch was received from the meteoro- logical department ordering the storm drum" to be hoisted, which signifies saceeasive gales from, all quarters. A large number of vessels of different sizes, which sailed on Saturday, and Sunday, having experi- enced Sunday's gale, have put back. The brig Mary Richards, from Caen, on entering the Mersey on Mon- day night, had the first mate and a boy washed over- board, drowned. Death of Count ZamoysM-—One of the most retired parts of London has just witnessed the death of a man whose name has of late, as it has in paat history, been loudly and honourably mentioned among the prominent characters of Poland. Count ZamoysM, who died oa the 9th inst., at 12, Warden-road, Kentieh-town, at the age of sixty-seven years, was the head of his family, the proprietor of the large entailed eetah. of Zose, the brother of Count Andrew and General Zamoyski, well known in England. Amidst the various vicissitudes and succession of disasters which occurred in his country during his life, his career was highly honourable and useful, especially in his steady, unceasing, and successful exertions to ameliorate the condition of the peasantry on his vast estates. The state of Poland, and the grief he felt in consequence, had induced him for many years to live in complete retirement in England, and seems to have hastened his otherwise quiet and Christian end. His remains have been deposited at the Roman Catholic Chapel in Kensal-sraen Cemetery, to be further re- moved by his children to the family grave in Poland. Royal PolytGehme Institution. Professor Pepper, ever alive to the neesityfor varying the entertainments at this institution as frequently as possible, has Jusb added two new features to the daily attractions of the place: the first consisting of an in- teresting lecture by Mr. J. L. King, on the subject of Mr. Nathaniel J. Holme's patent torpedo, for the destruction of ships and the protection of ports the second, of a new musical version of "Robinson Crstaoe by Mr. Henri Drayton, assisted by Madame Wildey. Tho original version of this latter entertain- ment was produced it may be recollected, at Christ- mas, and then proved one of the most successful exhi- bitions whioh have yet been made under the ever- popular guise of "dissolving views." It was thought, however, that something more than a didaoticdescrip- tion of Crusoe's adventures was required to please the taste of aight-seers, and hence Mr. Drayton, acting under the guidance of Mr. Pepper, has produced a result which renders the performance as agreeable to the ear as it is interesting to the eye. This gentleman's powerful voice is heard to great advantage in the capa- cious and darkened theatre; and he effectively seconded by Madame Wildey. Mr. King's lecture on Holme's Patent Torpedoes is another of the many very lacid and skilfully arranged disquisitions upon popular forms of soienoe with which this gentleman has lately favoured the visitors, to the Polytechnic; and if any- thing could have been wanting to complete the "round" of entertainments, it may be said to be abundantly supplied by the two noveltiea now intro- duced. Workhouse" Accidents.At the Bethnal- green Workhouse inquiry, Mr. Farnall observed that when our contributor went to Lambeth Workhouse it so happened that they were putting up a new boiler to feed the batha, and this gentleman happened to go there before the arrangements were completed, and the bath was exceptionally bad. The public are aware, by this time, of some other things that happened. It happened that proper accommodation was found for about-a third of the number of people who might reasonably have been expected; it happened that the remainder were sent to sleep in the dirt in an open shed; it happened that they behaved like the foulest kind of brute beasts; it happened that Flowers was muddled out of the world at Bethnal- green Workhouse; it happened that another man lost his life under analogous circumstances somewhere else it happen8d that tie guardians defied Mr. I- Farnall bimeeif in the matter of the Houseless Poor Act some -ie-ekjb ago"audi it happens that. the public -<-c. are beginning to think, with some show of reason that families in which so many accidents happen can hardly be well regulated. It is the first of all rules, if- you want things well done, to take no excuses. Why was the bath out of order ? Why were the arrange- ments incomplete ? Are people to be put into a fluid like mutton broth because the minds of the guardians are not equal to the exertion of supplying a sufficiency of clean water to wash them with ? If nothing else was, at hand, a pump or pail would have been "arrangements" enough for all practical pur- poses4-Pall-maill Gazette. Cf owner's 'Quest Time.—A local contemporary says The advantage of having some one clock as an authority in matters of time, was illustrated last week at the inqaest at the Royal Oak Inn, Allen- street, Sheffield. For once the jurymen were all punctual, but in their opinion the coroner was not, and they beguiled the time-discussing the propriety of fining him. When he entered the room one of the jury immediately asked him what time it was, on Which he referred to his watch, and said it was just two. "Isn't it eight minutes after?" said his questioner. "Not by the parish church clock," re- plied Mr. Webster. "Well," said the juryman, "I came by the Town-hall clock." Very- likely, said Mr. Webster, "I dare say you won't find two clocks in Sheffield alike; I go by my own watch." "Ah" said a juryman, but if we go by ours you fine us:" "Yes," observed the coroner, "I fine yon-that's quite right." Whereupon the controversy was settled with a general laugh. Sudden Death of a Solicitor.—The Manchester Courier says:—We regret to have to announce the death of Mr. Councillor Wright, solicitor, of Doncaeter, and one of the coroners for the West Riding of York- shire. Mr. Wright appeared to be in his usual health up to Friday morning, but whilst reading the news- paper at breakfast he was seized with a sudden attack of illness. Mr. Lister, surgeon, was immediately sent for, but before he could arrive Mr. Wright had a fit, and died almost immediately. The sad event has cast quite a gloom over the town, where the deceased gentleman was highly respected by all classes of his fellow-townsmen. He took a very active part in the management of the municipal affairs of the town, and was put in nomination last November for the office of mayor, only losing hia election by one vote. He was the hon. secretary of the Sheffield Inundation Com- mittee formed in Doncaster for the relief of the snfferers from that, calamity, and always took a lively interest in all objects of a benevolent character. The Cattle Blague and Fox I-lunting.- -We understand that the substance of the replies of the masters of the Heythrop and Bicester hounds to the memorials urging a temporary cessation of fox hunting during the cattle plague is as followsMr. A. Eall says, that immediately the disease showed itself on this side Oxford—at Yarnton, Caasington, &c.-he ceased to make any fixtures on that side of the country, consequently there has not been for some time, nor will there be, any meet of the hounds at Blenheim, Wilcote, or any-where within reach of the infected districts; and that if the hounds ran towards any of the infected places, he will take care to stop them. Mr. J. J. Drake says that he showed the me- morial to several gentlemen and farmers, all of whom laughed at the idea of stopping the hunting, and said, if he listened to it, they should immediately bring another memorial, much more numerously signed, requesting him to continue. He also expressed sur- prise at receiving the memorial from a dweller on the west side of the Cherwell. It is evident that Mr. Drake does not approve of the memorial. the usual meeting of examiners at Apothecariea'-hall, the following gentle- man passed his examination in the science and prac- tice of medieine, and received a certificate to practise —Henry Pbarson, Plymouth-grove, Manchester. The following, gentlemen also on the saimae day passed their first examinationWilliam French Thurston, Guy's Hospital; Biehard Strange Hall, Manchester Hospital. Of the thirty-two candidates who presented them- selves for the preliminary examination in Arts on the 26th and 27,th of January, the following passed and received certificates of proficiency in general edn- cation-viz., William, Attar, Edward E. A. Batehelor, J. H. Clark, G. K. Blphiastone, William Edward Fnlford, Henry B. Harrison, Charles Hamor Hill, Thomas Wood Hill, William Hodgson, W. H. Johnson, John C. Keighley, Henry Modd, J. W. Moss, Alfred Blake Norman, Windham Randall, B. Stewart Ringer, William Sheard, H. H. Spratt, Thomas Tlnicame, Samuel Walker, Francis Warner, Frederick William Willmore. The Extraordinary and Distressing Sui- cide. The coroner's officer on Saturday took possession of the bodies of M. and Mdme. Caluwe, the French gentleman and his aged mother who together committed suicide, at 2, Norfolk-road, Bayswater. In accordance with the rule, despite the remarkable directions left. by the deceased, the corpses were stripped, put into shells, and were then conveyed to the Paddington dead-house. The rooms which had been occupied by the deceased were searched. A portmaqteaa and two or three boxes were discovered, filled with letters and parchments, principally French, some of which were taken to be translated and pro- duced at the inquest. There was also found a pascal containing four sealed letters, directed severally to "Madame Etoffes, 19, Rue Vrezel Bertignotte le Sargne;" "Madame Levecq, Rue de Porthy, 43, St. Germains, Paris;" "Monsieur l' Abbé Gery, dhez Vioaire General, Quai Voltaire, 191, Parian" and to the French Ambassador. The. parcel was inscribed, "All good Christians, pray for the souls of myself and my dear mother. I beg that the enclosed may be sent unopened to their destination." Fatal Collision on the River.—An inquest was held at Rotherhithe, on Tuesday, relative to a collision on the river at Blaekwall, on last Friday week, between the steamship Eak and an outward bound American ship named the P. G. Blanchard, by which both vessels were- seriously damaged, and Mrs. Edith Whitford, the stewardess of the Esk, lost her life. The collision was a very severe one, both vessela moving rapidly at the tima. Both vessels were in charge of Trinity-house pilots at the time, amd each imputes blame to the other. The deceased, who was standing on the deck of the Esk, was jammed in nnder the debris of the falling rigging, and terribly injured. Her ribs were fractured, her leg broken, and her liver ruptured. She survived, however, until the next day. Evidence as to the nature of the aocident and the cause of death having been given, the jury, after an hour's deliberation, returned a verdict of Accidentut Death," not imputing criminality or gross careless- ness to either vessel. Shocking Accident. M.W. Carter, coroner for East Surrey, held an inquiry on Monday at the Duke of Clarence, Kennington-park-road, Newington, relative to the death by burning of Elizabeth Ferguson, aged about forty-four. Mary Ann Aveling, a widow, stated that the deceased was her mother, and they re- sided together at No. 51, Hall*atreet, St. George's- read, Soathwark. On Wednesday last, about seven, o'clock in the evening, witness left home; the deceased was then sitting in front of the kitchen fire. On her return she found the deceased in flames. She suc- ceeded, with great difficulty, in smothering the fire, but not until the deceased was frightfully burned. She was placed in a cab and taken to St. Thomas's Hos- pital, and before her death she told witness that while sitting before the fire her dress caught the flames from the grate. The house-surgeon at the hospital deposed to the frightful injuries under which the deceased was suffering when she was brought to the hospital on Wednesday night, and from the effects of which she afterwards sank- The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death. Dreadful Consequences from the Bite of a Rat.—About a week ago a little boy, named Parsons, eleven or twelve years of age, was at work for Mr. Howell, at Scobeli's Farm, Barcombe, and having procured some bricks, constructed a trap for the pur- pose of catching larks. Before going home he visited the trap, the lid of which had fallen, and putting his hand in to grasp what he supposed to be a lark, an enormous rat, that had been captured, caught him by the little finger and bit it severely. The boy contrived to stanch the bleeding, and little notice appears to have been taken of the circumstance until a few days ago, when he was taken seriously ill, with every symptom of hydrophobia, or of persons afflicted with delirium tremens. At times the paroxysms have been so violent that the combined efforts of four men have been almost unable to keep him in bed, while he struggled hard to seize their hands or arms with hie teeth; and at these times his eries have been dreadful to hear. Mr. Gravely, surgeon, of Newick, was sent for, and he administered some remedies, but little hope is entertained of his recovery. Whether the rat was mad, or had eaten something; poisonous, It is impas-