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HINTS UPON GARDENING. '-

SPORTS AND PASTIMES. --

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THE STRIKE OF THE SEAMEN IN…

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A DOCTOR'S BILL.I

SUPPOSED EXTENSIVE FRAUDS.

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SUPPOSED EXTENSIVE FRAUDS. The two Frenchmen, Disoours and Biney, who stood charged with conspiring together in London, with another man not in custody, to defraud various persons in France, were brought before Mr. Alderman Gabriel, at the London Mansion-house last week on remand, for further examination. The evidence given on the previous examinations in effect went to show that the prisoners had been in the habit, for some time past, of taking lodgings in various parts of London, bat especially in the suburbs, and using them, not for residence, but as places whence they might address letters, and at which they might receive others. They assumed high-sounding but ficti- tious names, sometimes representing themselves to be steam navigation cempanies, Transatlantic and others, and used letter-paper with printed heads, and tending to induce the belief that they were persons of con- sequence and engaged in commercial pursuits on a large scale. Having taken a room for a few shillings a week, their praotice was to address thence missives to persons on the Continent, and occasionally to high ecclesiastics, to the effect that they had received from abroad a package, apparently of great value, consigned to their care, and directed to the person whom they were for the time addressing; that upon such package they had paid certain charges for carriage and marine insurance, and that upon the re- imbursement of those charges in the shape of pestage- stamps the package would be forwarded to its desti- nation. Two instances in which the prisoners had received money in that way from persons in France, but had not forwarded any such package as they had indicated, were adduced in evidence, and papers were found in their possession, or at their lodgings, leading to the belief that they had been extensively engaged in transactions of that kind, and that they had frequently changed their addresses, for the purpose, apparently, of avoiding detection. Mr. Hamilton, inspector of the City detective police, said that the police were obliged to abandon the pro- secution for want of sufficient evidence. The case in itself was complete, so far as the evidence of witnesses in London was concerned, but that of persons abroad was wanting to finish it. Mr. Alderman Gabriel said, in that state of things he was obliged to discharge the prisoners.

EEL FARE IN THE THAMES.

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FACTS AND FACETIAE. 0