ADELA AND CLARICE. A Life Sketch. I. vV hat shall I do?—oh, what shall I do? Aunt Sarah, will be so angry." Adela March, wrung ber white, jewelled hands, and looked in despair at the portentously lengthy dress- maker's bill, and the rather threatening note that ac- Qjrapanied it, She was a tall, beautiful girl, with elorions black j eye, and glossy, blue-black hair-a girl who might have realised one's ides of an eastern Sultana; and the sumptuously fnrixished apartment in which she stood would have carried out the Oriental fancy not ungrace- fully, "Turee hundred giiinc-.rs! mused Adela, biting her trash scarlet lip, with a groan. Who would have imagined it could nnunt no so P And she wiii appeal to my aunt if it is not instantly settled—to Aunt Sarah, who is so indignant if I venture to spend a sllilling without her sanction and allowance. No-my aunt must never kno v of this, Hile started like a guilty thing as a soft knock Bounded at the coor. Oh, Clarice, it is only you; how you frightened 4 Blender, delicate-looking girl stood at the door, with timid bine eyes, cheeks like the fainteat pink reflection of a winter tsunset, and shining braids of golden hair, "Adela, my aunt wants you. Mrs. Elton is in the i,fi wing- i.-oom. Tell her I'll be ¿o"Vll in a minute, Clarice," said Ado'ia, hiding away the dressmaker's bitt in the folda of her dress, and hurriediy beginning to re-arrange half. And Clarice went down stairs to resume the plain wing which was her daily occupation. For although the girls wera alike relations of Mrs. Tracy, there was a wide difference in their social position. Adela was the petted, (spoiled niece of the lady herself; Clarice was the orpbased daughter of her dead husband's youngest brother. One was beloved—the other fearely tolerated; and most keenly and bitterly did poor Clarice feel the distinction. firs. Tracy was a very elegant-looking woman as she sat in her handsome drawing-room—large, portly, ana commanding, with a complexion that was blooming still, and garnet silk draperies, trimmed with exquisite thread lace. But yoa haven't shown me the emerald bracelet tfcat your POU Beat you trqm Paris," said her visitor, a bustling, black-eyed little lady, whase observant g.'anco took in everything around her. "The sweetest thing," ejaculated Mrs. Traoy, lifting tip her plump hands. Clarice, here is the key ef my jaivol drawer: go and get the crimson velvet case ia the left-hand corner. Qoics, child-don't creep like a snail." Clarice stepped forward from her obscure corner, seoekly took the key and left the room. What a pretty girl that is," said Mrs. Elton, as m I- ll'.£ oye mechanically followed the graceful motion of the young creature. Her hair is the real poet's gold, im't Do you think P-,o P said Mrs. Tracy, shrugging her shoulders. For my part, I never could see any- thing to admire in those faded-looking blondes. Adeia, now, is altogether different." 4; Ah—and that reminds me," said Mrs. Elton, archly, of what Dame Rumour aays: tnac George St, Maur is losing his heart to your fair niece, Adela." Mrs, Traoy smiled, and adjusted her lace sleeves knowingly, People mil gomp, she said, It wwuid be a grand match for Aàelaj" said Mrs. Elbon. He is very handsome, aud then so vreaithy. Adela ought to marry a rich man." It was not until that instant that Mrs. Tracy saw Clarice standing just behind them, with the velvet -ve! case in her hand. She started violently. :1 My goodness, child, how pale you ato. What's the matter ?" "I am quite well, Aant Sarah," said Clarice, in a -low, stifled voice. Here is your bracelet." bhe returned te the pile of unfinished plain sewing ia i-,he window recess, while Mrs. Tracy proceeded to display her new trinket to her friend with aU the adjectives of feminine delight and admiration. Meanwhile Adela March, sweeping down through hex aunt's room with pale cheeks artificially touched with a ehadotT of roue, went to the elegant rosewood dressing bureau to sprinkle her lace handkerchief with scented waters. She started a little as she caught sight of her aunt's jewel drawer with the key still in il;, The next moment she had opened it and stood looking at the sparkling array within. 11 Oh, if all these were mine! pondered Adela, with greedy eyes and parted lips. "Fanny Lacy often pawns her diamonds to meet troublesome debta-ancii she can redeem them again within a few days. My allowance is due next week; but Madame frijeune will not wait. I don't think Aunt Sarah would ever know, if I borrowed one of these sparkling toys for aat a week." She stood hesitating, with an exquisite diamond crows in her hand, when there was a footstep in the hall. To hurriedly close the drawer and hide the cross in her bosom was the act of a second—and when Clarice came in to replace the bracelet and lock the drawer, Adela was composedly wetting her hair with eaii, de cologne. My head aches eo," she said, carelessly. II I think I ianced too much at the party last night." "Let me bathe it for you, dea.r Adeia," said Clarice, eagerly. I will be very gentle." "Don't tease me," said Adela, pettishly. "I'm going down to Aunt Sarah now." Poor lonely little Clarice! it did seem as if her clinging love was repulsed everywhere, as if her yearning heart was doomed to find roo answering thrill in any human breast. II. It was ii bleak winter twilight, with atray lakes of snow drifting about in the air, and a diamai wind moaning sadij* through the streets, as Mr. Sc. Metur raauKed opposite the Tracy mansion. "Surely I can't be mistaken," thought Gaorge St. r.Taur, straining his eyes through the uncertain dusk, '♦"it was Adela March—and she came down the steps Where can she be going at this time of night, and by li»raelf! I don't suppose it is any or my basi- n,- Ks • if she had desired an escort, it would undoubt- edly have been forthcoming.. Nevertheless I don't think it is eafe for a pretty girl to be runmBg about the fitreet alone, and I shall just taue the liberty of keeping at a little distance to see that she lea t molested." „ T i-io George Si. Maur lighted his cigar, and calmly walked down the street, a few rods behind t-16 veiled, harrying figure that flitted through the twilight like a phantom. ,T Here's a genuine adventure," pondered, est. lAaur. Where can ehe be going P I thought, of coarae, eae would stop eornewhere hereabouts, but she's going f-rthe." on. I must quicken my pace, or I ehalllose sight of Miss March. Hallo! do my eyes deceive me, or has she actually disappeared into a pawnbroker's dingy establishment P Vary well; then here I shall wait until she ccmes out again." Mr. St. Maur pulled up the collar of his coat, and leaned against a doorway, musing on the passing strange aspect of events, while the dusk grew gloomier still, and the snow began to fall in white dizzy clouds. Five minutes aitarwards Adela came out, with the veil still drawn closely over her face, and George St. Maur, waiting for her to get a few paces in advance, followed her like a dark, haunting shadow. Suddenly, as she essayed to cross the street, her foot slipped in the new enow, and she fell. George sprang forward, quite torgettlEg his incognito in the instinct of chivalrous attention, but he was not quick enough. Miss March had recovered her footing in an instant, s.nd*was speeding on once more. But, under the glare of a flickering lamp, jast where ehe had slipped, thera lay something white and indis- tinct which was not the newly falien snow. George Sr. Maur stooped and picked up a lace-bordered hand- kerchief, reeking with perfume, within whose folds lay —a dingy pawn ticket. St. Manr'a lip curved aa he stood looking at this silent witness of the young lady's errand,. "0 £ course, I shall return it to her," he thought; 41 but first I have a little curiosity to see what Miss AcLjla has pledged in return for this bit of dirty per. I have often heaxd that women are strange ruMles—r.oTr I am beginning to find it cut by experi. aacse." That eelf-same evening Mrs. Tracy's footman carried a- feaalad r.cte to Madame Trijeune, containing the full amount of her bill, and Adela's mind was relieved from the constant apprehensions that her reckless extravagance would be disclosed So her severely judg- ing HI, „ I t(TeIi me, Clarice Tracy,, what you have dona with that diamond cross. I insist upon knowing." Mrs. Tracy's cheeks were flushed, and her eyes sparkling with wrath, as she grasped the arm of her niece. Clarice was pale as ashes, and her large blue eves were dilated—no culprit Gould have I00!j i more conscience-stricken than did the innocent girl. "Indeed., indeed, Aunt Sarah, I have not touched it," ehe faltered, shrinking away from her aunt'a darning glance, while Adela March stood quietly in the window, counting the stitches in her embroidery, with a hand that never blenched or trembled. "Is there no one else who could have got to your jewel drawer, ma'am ?" questioned the policeman who had been summoned by Mrs. Tracy's orders,, "No one; no oks but Clarice knows where I keep my key-no cne but Clarice ever goes there. She must have taken it. Tell me, you base girl, you wretched thief, what you have done with it—how you dared to steal it!" Gently, ma'am, gently," interposed the policeman, shrugging his shoulders, and adding in an undertone, These ladies do run on so when once their tongues are loosed, five hundred suits for slander wouldn't stop 'em." Clarice had risen to her fsefc with eyes that were quite calm now, and a round, fiery spot on each pallid cceek,. Adela, cousia Adela!" she pleaded, with a piteous cry, have you no word to speak for me ? You don't believe me to be a thief, Adela! Miss March turned her flinty face away without a word of comfort or encouragement. Confess, girl," reiterated Mrs,. Tracy., or I shall have you sent to prison at once," "I have nothing to confess," said Clarice, wildly. "Aunt Sarah. I am utterly and entirely ignorant of the whereabouts of your diamond cross; I have never seen it you wore it "The hardened liar l" ejaculated Mrs. Tracy, hysterically. *41 Aunt Sarah., these are no words to apply to your husband's niece," said Clarice, with a certain dignity that was not unbecoming. Policeman, I give her in charge," said Mrs. Tracy, "on accusation of stealing a diamond cross worth four hundred guineas. While Clarice Tracy stood there, pale and motionless as a statue of marble, tha door opened, and the foot- man announced Mr. St. Maur! Clarice never moved: Adela held cut her hand with a syren smile, and Mrs. Tracy burst into an incoherent account of her loss, and her certainty that her youngest niece was the thief. George St. Maur looked from Clarice to Adela, who a till stood by the window. /Bo you believe that your cousin stole that cross Miss March ? he asked quietly,. Adela's Beautiful eyelashes drooped sympathetically. "What else can I believe, Air. St.. Maur?" she lisped, gracefully. "Mrs. Tracy," said George, turning to the indig- nant matron, spare your invectives. Miss Clarice is as pu-re and innocent as yonder carved alabaster lily. I know who took your diamond cross—and I know also where it is." He tamed to Adela with a face of ineffable scorn. Allow me to return the pawnbroker's ticket that you received for your aunt's diamond cross. The next time you pawn valuables, let me recommend a little more caution in preserving the ticket!" "Adela!" shrieked Mrs. Tracy, "you pawned my diamond cross There was no answer, for Adela March had fainted. And while the servants busied themselves in restoring her to animation with hartshorn, burnt feathers, and smelling salts, George Sfc, Maur dismissed the police- man, and told the whole story to Mrs. Traoy. Clarice," faltered the lady, turning to her niece, "I am very sorry I accused you falsely; you won't think anything more of it, will you ?" Aunt Sarah," said Clarice, in a low, subdued voice, "I forgive you-fully and freely; but after the terms of obloquy you have heaped upon me-after the base suspicions with which you have regarded me-I can no longer remain an inmate of your house." "Bat where will you go, Clarice? How will you live ? pleaded Mrs. Tracy. "I do not know," said the girl. "I—I am home. less row! Not homeless, Clarice," said George St. Maur, taking her cold hand tenderly. "Hereafter, dearest, my home shall be yours, if you will condescend to accept its shelter as my wife. Clarice, I have long ioved yon, but I never thought to tell my love under such circumstances as these." "But," stammered Mrs. Tracy, "I thought it was Adela you admired! "1 never cared for Adela," eaid George, con- temptuously. It was Clarice only whom I loved." Two hours subsequently, Mrs. St. Mallrwas standing within the handsome apartments of the stately old St. iDvlatir mansion, with her maid's officious hands remov- ing the simple little bonnet that Clarice Tracy had worn until it was preternaturally shabby. It seems so strange, George," she murmured, with her eyes fall of happy tears. Thia morning I was a lonely dependent in an unloved home; now I am-" "The dearest little treasure that ever blessed a husband's heart," interrupted George St. Maur, fold. ing her in his arms. Clarice was happy at last!
EPITOME OF IEWS, —■— The Great Eastern with the new Atlantic cable will sail from Sheerness on Saturday the 30th inst. The entire cable is now completed. About 12 o'clock on Saturday night the metro- politan districts were visited by a very violent storm of wind and rain, which lasted for about two hours. A Monstrous Locomotive. A locomotive weighing 30 tons, and with 10 wheels, has been built in Boston. It is expected to draw a thousand tons of coal in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. A young man, who is about to start for the New Zealand diggings, is making arrangements for the transport to that place of about 100 cats. It would appear by the last accounts from that quarter that cats are worth from .£1 to =85 each. Oversnd and Gurney's suspension recalls to our mind that in the year 1858 a great house con- nected with American trade—Denistoun's—went for zC2,000,000, yet that within a short time this firm paid in full, -with interest at 5 cer cent. for the time lost. The death is announced of Sir Bellingham Gra- ham. He was dep-rty-lieutenant of Yorkshire, and is succeeded in the title by his son, Reginald Henry, born in 1835, was appointed captain in the Rifle Brigade in 1856, and served with the 14th Foot during the Cri- mean war, The partial suspension of payment by the Stanord branch of the National Bank Association is announced, Deposits under X5 will be repaid in full once, and it is expected that larger depositors will t entually receive the full amount of their claims. The shareholders will sustain the whole loss. The seamen of the Tyne are demanding a rise of wages. They ask a rate of X5 a month for voyages to tha Baltic, Quebec, and the North American colonies. i4a month to the Mediterranean, and £ 3 10s. for the southern trade beyond the equator. t The termination of two strikes is announced. The dispute between the operatives and their employera at Bamsley has terminated in a com- promise, and the 8feik0 of Sheffield fils-grinders has ended in the proposals agreed upon at a meeting of masters and men being,accepted. Adulterated Milk.-A case was decided in the Sheffield County Court on Thursday, the evidence in which disclosed to what an enormous extent milk is adulterated with water. Mr, Goodlad, or the lark, was sued for his milk bill, and he declined to pay it because pure milk had not been served him. His defence availed, and a verdict with costs was recorded in his favour. The Wages Movement,-Thrpe thousand file- smiths have seen locked out at Sheffield for the last 13 weeks. At Huddersfield 500 operatives connected with the machine trade are out on strike for an aLl- vance of 2s. weekly.. The strike of blanket weavers of Yorkshire is likely to be closed on the terms offered by the masters. In consequence of the strike among the bricklayers at Hull, all further progress in the construction of the West District Drainage has been for the present prevented. The works committee have allowed the insertion of a strike clause in the contract of Messrs. Dowsing and Ellison. regarding the eoadtret of nam «a altogether nnwar,rentable. > The South Nottingham election took place [ on Monday, and ended in the unopposed return of Mr. f T. B. Y. Hildyard, a Conservative. The new duty on licences to let horses for hire will come into force on the 6th July. For one horse or carriage the duty is to be Jg5 per annum, and for 20 horses or 15 carriages, £ 60, We are sorry to hear that the cattle plague has again made its appearance in the North of Ireland, at a place called Drumza, five miles from Lisburn, county Down. Six animals have died, and one was killed. Four veterinary inspectors made a post-mortem exami- nation of two of them, and all declared them decided cases of cattle plague. The Walter Hood, from Sydney, has arrived at Plymouth, She brings n,124 oz. of gold, value X44,496, a large number of passengers, and a general cargo. The Strathallan, from New Zealand, February the 24th, with six passengers, and a cargo of wool, hides, and skiLls, to the value of £ 40,629 has also arrived.. Lifeboats on the Irish Coa.st.-Two new boats have just been sent to Ireland by the National Lifeboat Institution—one to Skerries, near Dublin, to replace the boat lately on that station, and one to Wexford. The cost of the latter was defrayed by gentlemen connected with the Civil Service. The in- etitution has now 28 lifeboats on the Irish coast. Fire at Peckham. On Thursday morning, 'oetwe,n elpven and twelve a very destructive fir; broke out on the premises of Mr. Baker, aimendraper, No. 7, Windsor-terrace, Meeting-house-lane, Peckham. The shop and contents were nearly destroyed. The sufferer was insured. The origin of the tire is un. known. Fenian Prisoners in Ireland.—A return dated in April states that since September last 583 persons have been arrested in Ireland upon ordinary informa- tions on charges of Fenian ism, and 631 persons have been arrested or detained by virtue of warrants of the Lord-Lieutenant issued under the suspension o.f the Habeas Corpus Act. In many instances the same persons are moluded in both numbers. Royalty in the Third Floor.—Whilst the Grand Prix de Paris was being run for, a man of dark complexion and long moustaches, eurrounde-1 by his young wife and a group of handsome children, was watching the spectacle from a third-story window of a house in the Avenue dB rimperatrioe." Thia calm spectator was Prince Jean Cousa, ex-Hospodar of the United Principalities. A Child Poisonsd by Lucifer Matches.— On Thursday morning an iaquest was held at Newing- ton, on the body of Paul Woods, aged four years. On Monday the child contrived to get hold of a box of lacifer matches, and during the night he put some of them into his mouth and sacked them. Deceased died the next morning before any medical aid could be pro- cured. Yerdict, Accidental Death. During a violent thunderstorm which passed over North Staffordshire last week, a gardener in the employ of Messrs. Burgess and Kent, nurserymen, of Penkull, near Newcastle, had a remarkable escape. At the height of the storm he left his bed to give shelter to some choice plants, which it occurred to him he had left in a rather exposed situation. Having done so, he returned to his house, and found that daring'his brief absence it had been struck by lightning, which had burnt the bed on which he had been sleeping, and had shattered his bedroom chimney-piece to atoms. The Suspected Murder near Plymouth.— The little boy whose dead body was found at Staddon Heights on Sunday is declared by the medical witness at the coroner's inquest held on Monday to have been murderod, The wouhos on the body are said to con- clusively establish the fact, being incompatible with accidental or natural death; and much of the evidence casts grave suspicion on the Irish soldier who is in casts grave suspicion on the Irish soldier who is in custody, and w h, bears a bad character in his regiment. At a meeting held at the rooms of the Sooial Science Association on Friday, to welcome Miss Rye, on her return from the colonies, Colonel Sykes, ¡VLP., in the chair, Miss Rye was presented with a parse of ■ £ 100 by Madame Bodichon, on behalf of several ladies interested in her efforts to improve and encourage female emigration. Miss Eve holds 150 orders for the emigration of single women and a few families into the colony of Victoria, and will shortly commence work in connection with her Majesty's Emigration Commissioners, at 1, Adam-street, Adelphi. The Late Gas Explosion near Begent's- park.-On Monday the jury re-assembled at the Bank of England Tavern, Cambridge-placa, Paddington, re- lative to the death of Elizabeth Etali, who died in con- sequence of the injuries received from the explosion on the premiaes of Mr. Gambart, 62, Avenue-road, Re- gent's-park. The inquiry was further adjourned, ',to await the recovery of Anne Waters, one of the ser- vants injured by the explosion, and now lying in Mid- dlesex Hospital, whose evidence is expected to throw some light on the cause of the catastrophe. A Ticket-of-Leave Woman.-Harriet West, a well-known thief, who has recently been liberated with a tickec-of-leave, and whose husband ia undergoing a long term of penal servitude, was charged at the South- wark Police-court, with stealing a parse, containing silver and copper money, from the person of Zilvah Knowles, at the refreshment-room of the London and South-Western Railway Waterloo Terminus. She was also charged with attempting to pick the pockets of other ladies on the same platform. prisoner begged of the magistrate to deal with her for the sake of her child but his worship refused, and committed her for trial. Acclimatisation in New Zealand.-ThE) red and fallow deer, says a New Zealand paper, which were set loose in the Waimea (Nelson) lately, are reported as thriving, their numbers increasing, and there were seen lately some young fawns among them. Pheasants are also multiplying in Nelson province, and the broods are beginning to spread. The imported English song- birds are also increasing, and the notes of the black- bird, the thrush (the mellow mavia of Burns), the goldfinch, chaffinch, and linnets, are not now strange among the trees of town gardens, and are sometimes to be met with in up-country districts. I The French Bankrupt.—In the Court of Queen's Bench, on Tuesday, the case of Victor Wide- mann, the French banker whose extradition as a fraudulent bankrupt is demanded by France, was argued. A rule nisi had been obtained te show cause why a writ of habeas corpus should not bo issued to take him out of custody. Counsel on his behalf prin. cipally relied on the alleged fact that the treaty of ex- tradition with France has expired. The judges held that that was a matter for the State to decide, and not for them. After hearing arguments on behalf of the Crown, the court quashed the rule, and Widemann will therefore, in all probability, be handed over to the French authorities. The Sudden Death of Mr. Frederick Berkeley, son of Mr. Robert Berkeley, of Spetchley- court, near Worcester, On Friday deceased gentleman was missed from dinner, and as he did not make his appearance during the afternoon, a search was then made, and about midnight the dead body of Mr. Berkeley was found lying across a branch in the laurel plantation close to the house. His appearance was as calm as when he was alive, though he must have been dead several hours. The melancholy occur. rence has excited the greatest grief in the neighbour- hood. The cause of death is not stated. Officers' Commissions.—A return on this sub- ject, issued on Thursday morning, shows that in the years 1864 and 1865 127 officers died while on full pay, the amount of the sums which they had paid for their commissions being X110,010; tht the amount of X69,524 10a. was paid, under the Royal Warrant of Oct. 23, 1865, to the families of officers, the said officers having paid X- 69,915 for their commissions; and that two officers applied during the years 1863, 1864, and 1865 for leave to retire by sale of their commissions, and were not permitted to do eo. These officers were Lieutenant Grimble, of the 10th Regiment, who had paid nothing for his commission, and whose applica- tion far leave to sell was refused in consequence of his recent exchange from the 102nd Regiment; and Ensign Coskinas, for whose commission £ 450 had baen paid by the public, and who was consequently not allowed to realise by sale of his commission. •The Public Health. —In the past week the births registered in London and 12 other large towns of the United Kingdom were 4,149; the deaths registered 3,091, Tke annual rate of mortality was 26 per 1,000 persons living. In London the births of 1,006 boys and 953 girls, in alll,95g. children, were registered in the week. In the corresponding weeks of 10 years 1856-65 the average number, corrected for increase of population, was 1,947. The deaths registered in Loadon during the week were 1,383. It was the 23rd week of Gb. year, and the average number of deaths i for that week was, with a correction for increase of population, 1,196. The actual number exceeds the es- timated amount by 187. Explosion on Board a Collier Brig.—An ex- plosion took place in Hartlepool Dock on board the brig Mary Lack, Captain Stowe, of Whitatahie, en Sunday. The vessel was loaded with Shotton gas ana. and about ten o'clock a loud report was heard. The decks at the forepart of the ship were blown up. One of the crew, named Alfred Wood, belongisgto Bridge, Canterbury, was immediately over the part of the deck which yielded, and was blown np into the air. He had no stockings or boots on, and his feet, together with hia face, neck, and hands, were frightfully burnt. He was qmte blinded, but since the accident haa re- covered his sight and is progressing favourably. New County Court Orders.-Two new orders under the equitable jurisdiction of the county courts took effect from the 23th inst., and also a number of forms. When an order in the nature of an injunction has been made, if the party by whom it was obtained. desires to have the same served by his attorney, the registrar is to issue for service a copy of the order under the seal of the court. Where a person makes breach of an order in the nature of an injunction, he is to be served with notice to show cause why he should not be committed, and in case of disobedience to a decree or order the same process is to be adopted. A person in custody may apply to the registrar for his discharge on giving two clear days' notice to the other side. The Lard Chancellor has sanctioned the orders and forms. Fatal Fire at Hull.—About one o'clock, on Tuesday, a fire broke out on the premises of Mr. Robinson, bacon factor, near the North-bridge, Hull. Soon after the fire was discovered, Mr. Robinson and his little boy were observed at one of the windows. A ladder was brought, but was found to be too short. The man was entreated to stay at the window, if but for a moment, until more efficient assistance could be obtained. When, however, the window was reached the man had disappeared, having endeavoured to escape at the rear of the house, but had evidently been ove?coma by heat or suffocated by the smoke, and he was found, with his boy clasped in his arms, both dead. Mrs. Robinson, his wife, was away from home, on a visit to some friends in the country. Alleged Outrage.—Neville Toomer, a widower, occupying a respectable position in Reading, was on Tuesday brought before the magistrates of that town on a charge of rape, preferred against him by Miss Georgian- Partridge. The prosecutrix had been lady housekeeper to the prisoner, and she affirmed in evi- dence that she had been twice assaulted by Toomer. The first time she successfully resisted, and escaped after a struggle. She then determined on leaving her situation, but at the earnest solicitation of the pri- soner, who begged her forgiveness, she consented to remain. OIl Sunday night last she retired to bed, when the prisoner burst into her room, and after a severe struggle perpetrated the offence with which he now stood charged. In the morning the prosecutrix obtained a warrant, and the prisoner was apprehended. The bench remanded him for further examination. The Fenian Conspiracy.—The trial of Colour- Sergeant M'Carthy, 53rd Regiment, for alleged com- plicity in the Fenian conspiracy, was proceeded with at the Royal Barracks, Dublin, on Friday, when the case for the prosecution closed. Brevet-Major Fendall and Captain Auohinleck both gave the prisoner a good character. The prisoner handed in a protest against being called on to make any defence, on the ground that the evidence had not substantiated the charge imputed. The Court overruled the objection, bat allowed the prisoner till Wednesday to prepare his defence. His counsel intend to apply to the Court of Queen's Bench for a writ of prohibition to restrain the court-martial from farther proceeding with the trial, on the ground of want of jurisdiction. The Leeds Banking Company.—Mr. Green- land, who was manager of the late Leeds Banking Company, was brought up on remand at the Town- hall, Leeds, on the charge of falsifying the returns re- specting the issue of notes by the bank. The court was a,gain crowded. At the conclusion of the case the prisoner was committed for trial at the assizes. The magistrates were willing to admit him to bail, himself in C6,000 and two householders of < £ 3,000 each, or six in 1,000 each. Mr. Sieigh, who appeared for the defendant, said, that it would be impossible to find such bail, and, after some consideration, it was agreed to reduce it to the defendant's own recognis- ances of X5,000, and two sureties of 42,500 each. Mr. Sleigh then stated that he should apply to a judge in chambers for a still further reduction of the bail. Horrible Furnace Accident. — A shocking accident happened at the Holmes, near Rotherham, on Sunday evening. An old man named Turner was feeding one of two furnaces with ironstone for the manufacture of pig-iron, when a youth similarly em- ployed at the other furnace heard him cry out, and on turning round saw that the unfortunate man had fallen into the furnace, which was at full heat." An alarm i was instantly given, and as soon as possible his corpse was got out-an incomplete skeleton utterly denuded of flesh, and presenting no likeness to the human form. It is thought that he may have been wheeling a barrow of ironstone, and suddenly lost his hold and fell through the feeding-hole, or that he stumbled and fell over a bar at the foot of the hole. There is no reason to suppose that he was otherwise than quite sober, and his shocking death has excited great commiseration. A Child Killed in the Streets.—On Wednesday an inquest was held at the Flask Tavern, Ebary- square, on the body of Sarah Emmeline Gower, a child about two years old. Emily Clarke, a servant girl, paid on Monday morning she was in Burton-street, Eaton-square, and observed a horse and cart proceed- ing along at a walking pace. The little child was toddling" in the street in front of the cart, and going away from it. She could see that it was sure to be run over, and scrsamed with all her might. The wheel passed over the child's head. The driver stopped just at that moment. The driver The driver stopped just at that moment. The driver was sitting on a board across tho cart, with his elbows on his knessp and. though he did not seem to hear the screams, the whole street was aroused by them. The driver said that he was driving an empty cart be. longing to the parish of St. George. He saw no one in the street, and did not notice the child till he found the wheel had passed over her head. He did not hear a scream,, but when he turned round his head to see what it was he found oat that an accident had hap- pened. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, and the coroner accompanied it with a severe reprimand to the driver for his carelessness. Padroni, and their Inhumanity to Chil- dren.—Dr. Blcxham, of Mount-street, Grosvenor- square, one of the medical officers of St. George's, -Hanover. sqL, are, waited upon Mr. Kn?x on Thursday morning, at the Marlborough Police-station, accom- panied by a little Italian boy, and said that_as he was passing through Maddox- street that morning, at>ont one o'clock, he saw the poor little fellow lying on a door-step. He asked the boy why he did not go home, and he said that he had not enough money to take home to the padrone, with whom he lived on Saffron-hill. Ha Y°y what would be the consequence of his not having enough money, and how much he was expected to take home P and the boy replied to h',s f-rst queftion that he would be beaten, and to nis second that he was required to give the p»-< £ °P8 -tie then took the boy to the infirmary, he being co..d and hungry, and nourishment was given him, and ne had felt it his duty to bring him before ni& wuiamp tnac morning m order that some steps c11?-" be' taken towards the padrone who had ten or these children on his hands, and who was in the haoifc ot beaming tham when they did not satisfy his oemanc.3,^ and also with the view of the boys being sent Dacic to their native place, being fully aware of the inhumanity practised towards these boys. In answer to Mr. Knox: The boy said he came to this country three months ago with tlv> paorone, wno was in the habit of beating him. Mr. Knox, having ascertained that the boy's age was 10, said that ne clearly came within the words of the Act which authorised the magistrate to inter- fere in the case ot any child apparently under 14 years that is fonnu wandering, &e. TIe would send the child to the workhouse, snore he would be well cared for, and he could be brought before him again in a week, and m the meantime Dr. Melia, the almoner to the Italian Minister, could be communicated with. Dr. B.osham said the boy should he at once taken back to the workhouse,, Government Insurance and Annuit;es.- The tallowing addiiorlal post-offices were opened on the 11th Jane for the receipt of proposals for the insurance of lives or the purchase of Govern. ment annuities, under the Act 27 tHld 28 Vict., cap. 43; and for the-receipt of the premiums becoming due to the Postmaster-General, from feima to time, under ooatracts for 'Vhe ''nsra'aace 11.n:} 10!: the pnreaaae of t Government annuities, and for the payment of any sums which shall become payable by the Postmaster- General, under the said contractsDulverton (Tiver ton), Snettisham (Lynn), Sutton (Ely), Sheff-ord (Biggleswade), Upwell (Wisbeach), Walton (Ipswich), Whitwick (Leicester), WMttlesea (Peterborough), Walton (Liverpool), West Haddon (Rugby), Wetherby (Tadcaster), Willing-ton (Durham), Whitwell (Chester- field), Wadhurat (Hurst Green), Waindeet (Boston), Whitchurch (Aylesbury), Wheatley (Oxford), Williton (Taunton), Woodbury (Exeter), Wingate (Ferry.hill).. An Officer and a Lady."—The following advertisement appears in the Mobile (Alabama) Tri. bune, the advertiser being a lady whose courage and skill were well attested in the late Confederate army: "To the Public,—The undersigned has been pained by the circulation of slanders concerning her loyalty to the late Confederacy. She takes this means of pro- nouncing them all false, and without a shadow of foundation. Those who desire a refutation of them can see her at the Battle-house, and tljose who persist in circulating them will do so at their peril.—Mrs. Loeeeta. J. DecauiuP, formerly Lieutenant T. Baford0 C.S.A." The Shipping Trade.-The Liverpool shipping returns for the past official week show that there has been an increase in the number of ships reported, inwards of 49 and 28,985 tons, while in the number cleared out there has been an increase of 21 ships and 13,844 tons. The total increase from January 1st to June 9th is, of ships reported inwards 556 and 477,979 tons and outwards, 416 and 311,703 tons- It is not probable that this increase will be abated, aa the dis- turbed state of affairs on the continent will naturally induce shippers to engage neutral bottoms, rather than risk the dangers, annoyances, and delays likely to ensue from the employment of Austrian, Prussian, or Italian ships, despite the notification that the belli- gerent Governments will respect private and neutral property,. Suicide of an Officer.-An inquest was held on Saturday at 1*93, Adelaids-road, St. John's-wood, on William Spilling, an officer ia the 14thLight Dragoons He had been married about ten months, and his con- duct has lately been so extraordinary and violent that his wife was afraid to remain in the house. On Thurs- day night she went, to her brother's in Belsize-parkj, and slept there. The deceased came home, and asked where his wife was. The next morning, after break- fast, he went out, and upon returning in half an hour he again asked if his wife had returned. Upon being informed that she had not he muttered something to himself, and then went out into the garden and shot himself with a pistol through the head. Yerdict— Suicide whilst of unsound mind." Barbarous Execution in India.-The Indian i papers just received contain an account of the barba- rous execution in Western India by the Gaicowar of Baroda, who caused a wealthy Mahomedan gentleman to be put to death by being dragged through Baroda at the heels of an elephant. The only charge imputed to the Mahomedaa was that he formed an improper connection with one of the Guicowar's cast-off mis- tresses. The mode of execution is thus described. The man was boajad hand and foot, and a rope about twenty feet long fastened to his waist by one end, the other being attached to the hind foot of an elephant. The animal was then driven through the city, each step dragging the victim in jerks over the rough road. In executions of. this kind the most the victim can hope for is to be speedily rendered insensible by striking against some friendly stone. After pa,asing through the city, if there be yet a spark of life left, the elephant places his foot on the body, and all is over., In the present case the man was dead before the confines of the city were reached. New Church in Bethnal-green.-The founda- tion stone of a new church adjoining Victoria-park,, Bethnal-graen, was laid on Saturday afternoon by Miss Burdett Coutts, 'at the urgent request of the pro- moters, the church being near the model lodging- houses, market, &c., built by Miss Coutts, in Bethnal- green. There was a large concourse of persons pre- sent. Miss Coutts was reoeived by the Rev. G. p. Lockwood, M.A., rector of South Hackney (within whose parish the site of the intended church is locally situated), and by the neighbouring clergy. The Bishop of London was not present, but his carriage arrived immediately after that of Miss Burdett Coutts, and his resident chaplain, the Rev. E.. H. Fisher, M.A., Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, stood near M-iss Coutts throughout the ceremony. This church will be the thirteenth which has been erected in Bethnal- green since the commencement of Bishop Blomf eld s episcopate. It is the third erected since the accession of Bishop Tait in 1856. A Child with a Mania for Blood.-A most singular case of anthropophagy has come before the Paris tribunals. A girl 11 years of age attempted successively the life of her mother and sister, for the sole purpose of drinking their blood. The child has been examined by competent physicians, and proved to be attacked by the strange and terrible mania of anthropophagy. Her extreme youth leads the physicians to hope that her cure maybe accomplished.. The Opwiwn Nationals, commenting on this, recalls the history of Sergeant Bertrand, who, ten years ago, used to quit his barracks surreptitiously at night, scale the walls of cemeteries, disinter corpses, and devour their flesh. The Opinion recapitulates the history of Blaise Ferrage, who, in the year 1779, left his family and took up his abode in a cave on the summit of one of the mountains of the Aure. At dead of night this cannibal would leave his hiding place, and with stealthy steps prowl about the mountain paths till he captured a woman or gir.1, whose throats he instantly cut, and then sucked every drop of blood. So successful was he in snaring fresh prey, that for the last three years of his life he had no other food. At last a peasant determined to risk his life or capture this monster. He pretended a wish to turn cannibal, and to join him in his forays. He suc- ceeded in his purpose, and conveyed him to Toulouse, where the Parliament of that city condemned Ferrage to be broken on the wheel, whieh sentence was caxried out Dec. 12,82.17 Rental of Houses.—A return just issued shows that the 632,043 male occupiers resident in the boroughs of England and Wales, or within seven miles of them, rated at a gross estimated rental of £ 10 a year or upwards, comprise 325,123 who are occupiers at rants not exceeding £ 20 a year—more than half the whole number. But this proportion is far enough from pre- vailing everywhere; in fact, the return presents most striking contrasts. In Finsbury there are 39,668 of these occupiers of premises rented at J210 or up- waros, and only 5,526 of them pay rents not exceeding nons on iverPQ°l the small holders (not exceeding Tvrare the whole number being only 40,079, "er these small rentpayers between £ 10 and i20 are 23,403 of the whole 27,906. In WesV "P'f » tliey asre hut 1,802 of the whole 19,116. The 't Loudon has 12,652 male occupiers at rentals or £ 10 or upwards, and according to the return no less than 7,653 of them hold at the precise rent of £ 20, neither more nor less. Some towns make but a poor appearance in the list. In Rye there are 345 men who pay X- 10 a year or upwards, but there are only our. who pay more than £ 20 a year rent. Some of the returns are, to use a recent Parliamentary term,, impossible. Horsham is stated to have 405 men pay- ing Y.10 rent or more, and 414 of them pay between £ 10 and £ 20; Montgomery has a total of 984 rented at £ 10 or upwards, 1,014 of them between jSIO and L-20. Suicide through Loss of Money.—A man named Charles Hach, a general dealer, residing at Tun's-gate, Guildford, made a desperate attempt to terminate his existence by cutting his throat, on Friday evening, which, after 48 hours' agony, resulted in his death. It appears that Hach, who bj a labo- rious and penurious habit of life had amassed a little money, had been for some time past in a desponding state, and it is stated that his savings had been invested in one of the numerous undertakings which have recently succumbed to financial embarrass meats,. However that may be, there is no doubt that deceased had been for several weeks in a very low and depressed state. On the morning in question he complained of a violent pain in his head, and got up between five and six o'clock for the purpose of applying some water to it. When downstairs he obtained possession o: a razor, after which he walked into the M, seated himself in a chair, and inflicted a frightful wound in his throat. He then placed the razor on the table, and returned upstairs to hia wife, who was in thd, The poor woman was much horrified at the appearance of her husband, covered as he was with blood, and she immediately gave the alarm, and obtained the assist- ance of Mr. H. S. Taylor and Mr. Seila, surgeons, who applied such remedies as experience and the oiroum- stances of the case dictated; but, in spite of their efforts, deceased gradually sank, and espiced. The