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EPITOME OF NEWS. At Herringfcon, in Dorsetshire, a dairyman has lost 50 oows, worth zCl,000, within the last week by the rinderpest. Honesty Rewarded.—A few days ago a poor man named Mannooeh found a gold watch and chain belonging to a gentleman of Faversham. The finder sought for and discovered the owner, who rewarded him for his honesty by presenting him with fourpence. Mr. Purdy's periodical statement, published on Tuesday, shows that on the last day of the fifth week of the month of April last, 867,333 paupers were re- lieved in England and Wales, the corresponding number in the previous year being 903,475. An advertisement appears in the Times which informs the world whom it concerns that Joe Pickles will take the name of Macaulay, and that his present name is Joe Pickles Racaula-v. Mr. Bugg, the innkeeper of Yorkshire, was really precipitate when he exchanged his noble surname for that of Howard; for Mr. Isaac Taylor tells us, in his Words and Places," that the illustrious name of Howard is merely the shortened form of Hog- warden!" The following news will cast a shade over the features of many a gourmet. The fine vineyard of Pomard has been totally ravaged by hail. The losses are put down at more than a million. Sauzielles, Pezorolles, and the districts of Mouehes, Boucherolles, and the great and little Epenots, have equally Buffered. It ia alleged that at least one-half of the finer wines will be lost. Some of the Italian journals speak of a frightful catastrophe at Piacenza. A small powder- mill blew up, and communicated the fire to a factory of cartridges, which likewise exploded. About sixty young women, some soldiers, and several civil labour- ers who were employed on the premises, were all buried in the burning ruins. Boat Race between Two Ladies."—A novel boat race has just taken place in the harbour of Newhaven (Connecticut). Two ladies of muscle, one a Pennsylvanian, the other a New Yorker, rowed a match the distance of three miles. The Pennsylvanian is an amateur, and the New Yorker a professional. The result was the New Yorker won. The time made was very good, being about 15 minutes. The New Yorker now challenges any lady of her size to row her a match. Appearance of Rinderpest among Sheep.- Mr. Parsons, farmer, Petherton-bridge, Somersetshire, having recently lost 150 sheep, Professor Simmons examined a flock on Tuesday, and found the whole suffering from rinderpest in its most virulent form. The local committee ordered the immediate slaughter of the remaining flock^450. Mr. Blake, magistrate, next farm, had lost 15 cattle; the remaining 38 were examined by Professor Simmons, and immediate slaughter ordered. Fatal Railway Accident.—On Monday evening, about nine o clock, a pilot engine was running up from the Rhymney Station at Cardiff to the junction of the Taff Yale Railway. The driver saw an old man walk- ing slowly on the up line. He blew the whistle, and put on the break, but the engine was not brought to a stop till it had knocked the man down and passed over him. His left foot was cut completely off, and lying outside the metals. His head was also considerably injured, and although not quite dead, he did not sur- vive many minutes. Death of a Waterloo Oiffcer.-Major George Frederick Berkeley St. John, military knight at Windsor, and a connection of the Right Hon. Lord Bolinbroke, died at his residence in the Castle-yard, Windsor, late on Monday night, the 23rd inst. This veteran and gallant officer served in' the Peninsular war, and at the battle of Waterloo, in that dis- tinguished corps the 52nd Light Infantry, and was an officer highly esteemed by all acquainted with him. He received his appointment as military knight about eighteen months ago. Arrival of an Australian Gold Ship.— Messrs. George Thompson, jun., and Co.'s ship Trans- atlantic, Captain W. Faulkner, from Port Philip, April 9, for London, has arrived at Southampton. She brings four passengers, 7,040 ounces of gold, and a cargo of wool, bark, hides, copper ore, my all-wood, leather, skins, bones, horns, wine, &e. On May 13, in lat. §9 S., long. 86 W., she fell in with the ioe, sailed among bergs for 160 miles, and on the 16th of May had to beat up far the northward, to avoid an impassable barrier of ice she encountered. She rounded Cape Horn May 23, and crossed the Equator on June 15, in 28.30 W. Heavy Claim for Railway Compensation.— On Monday, at the Sheriff's Court in Red Lion-square, a heavy compensation claim, brought by Forbes and ethers," against the Midland Railway Company, was under consideration the greater part of the day. The claim was for some ten acres of land, suitable for building purposes, situated near Kilburn, and required by the company; and in addition to the direct value of the land, compensation was claimed for the damage which would be done to the property in the vicinity. The sum of jCl,000 per acre was demanded for the land, and the total compensation was set down at £ 20,000. The company were willing to pay about half that amount. Ultimately, the jury gave the plaintiffs £ 13,400 compensation. The Birmingham Banking Company.—A meeting of the creditors was held on Tuesday at the Exchange; the Mayor (Mr. Edwin Yates) presided. Between six and seven hundred were present. The Mayor, on opening the proceedings, explained the exact position of the creditors. They could not (he said) sustain any ultimate loss, but would receive the whole of the principal with interest. After some discussion a resolution was passed recommending the appoiatment of Mr. M'Creah, of London, and Mr. Laundy, of Birmingham, es liquidators; a resolution was also passed, appointing live creditors to watch over the interests of that body. The arrangements for the formation of the new company are progressing satisfactorily. London Hospital.—It has been decided to abandon any ceremony in opening the new Alexandra wing of this institution and the proposed subsequent dejeuner. This decision is partly the result of a belief that, under existing circumstances, au attempt te hold a festival at the hospital would result in comparative failure; but the committee are more particularly in- fluenced by a motive whichtha friends of the charity and the general public will thoroughly appreciate, viz., that, in the face of a seriously increasing epidemic, the daty of the committee is to devote all the energies of members of the staff to the preparation of the new wing for immediate occupation, and to the perform- ance of those urgent duties of their several positions which may at any moment be considerably increased. The New Railway Signal.A. curious case has occurred in one of the carriages of the Great Northern Railway, where they have just fixed up a communi- cation with a guard, which cannot, however, be used without breaking the glass. It appears that a stiff- backed spinster of mature years and thin hair, was alone in a carriage with a gentleman noted for his excessive timidity with regard to the fair sex, and the gentleman observing the lady fix her eyes sternly upon him became so agitated that he rushed to the alarm; at the same moment and from a like impulse the lady did the same; this naturally broke the glass and sounded the alarm. When the guard came, the lady said, This gentleman The timid man exclaimed, No, this lady-" At length the matter was seen through, and they were both given into cus- tody, to be proceeded against for infringing the laws of the company with regard to the alarm, and will be heavily fined. Suicide of a Solicitor.—On Saturday an inquest was held at Ardwick, on the body of Mr. Harrison Blair, a solicitor, carrying on business at Manchester. The deceased had suffered great depression of spirits for some weeks past, consequent on the commercial itnd financial crisis, and the failure of the Preston Bank appeared to act as a great blow to him. In the early part of last week he was in such a state of mind as to be unfit for business, and on Thursday he made his will, and gave a onm of Z200 to his eon to take home from his office. On Friday he was missed, and a search being instituted ha was found in the-billigrd. room, dead, with the top part of his head blown away, and a pistol by his side. Ample evidence was givcn to show that the deceased had been out of his mind for some days, and the jury found that ho had com- mitted saioide while in that state. A Prize Fighter and his Tailor.—At Warwick on Saturday, a tailor, named Mayes, brought an action against a fighting man, known as Jem Mace, aa car- £ ng himself t( Champion of Engl&nd," to recover £ 8f for clothes supplied. The clothes were tnade to order, and forwarder to defendant in February iaefe. The supply of the clothes was not denied, but it was alleged by the defendant that they were ordered, and to be paid for, by a young man named Pinkey, who owed defendant some money for boxing-lessons, and who offered to pay him in that way. It was shown that Pinkey was with Mace at the time the clothes were ordered, and that the bill was made out to him. He had since left the country. The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff in the full amount claimed. Visitors to the South Kensington Museum during the past week were:-On Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, free from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 9,396; on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (admission 6d.), from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., 1,780; National Portrait Ex- hibition, by payment, 2,358-total, 13,534. Average of corresponding week in former years, 10,900. Total from the opening of the museum, 6,190,560. Damages against a Railway Company.— On Saturday a cotton manufacturer, named Ryder, brought an aotipn against the Lancashire and York- shire Railway Company, at the Manchester Assizes, to recover compensation for personal injuries sustained through the negligence of the company's servants. The plaintiff was travelling in a second-class carriage on the defendant's line in December last, when the lamp fell from the roof upon his knee, inflicting some injury to the cartilage and tendons, from which the plaintiff has suffered inconvenience ever since. The knee still requires care. Fifty pounds had been paid into court, and the jury awarded £ 80 in addition. The Emperor Napoleon and the Needle Gun.—The Paris correspondent of the Nouveliste de Roucitrelates the following anecdote:—" The Emperor the other day, in explaining the mechanism of the needle- gun to the Prince Imperial, and wishing to join example to theory, descended to the courtyard, and, calling the sentinel, said to him, Load and fire your piece to amuse these boys,' young Espinasse being with the Prince Imperial. Meanwhile the Emperor, who was provided with a needle-gun, charged and fired five times when the soldier had only discharged his piece once. The soldier was astonished. I Ah observed his Majesty, smiling, one fires much more quickly with this musket than with yours; would you like to have one P' Certainly, Sire,' replied the man, eagerly. And so you shall,' said the Emperor." Reprieve of the Nottingham Murderess.— Jane Revill, sentenced to death at the last Notts Assizes for the murder of her child, has been respited during her Majesty's pleasure. The respite was made known to the unhappy yeung woman on Saturday evening, when she was so overcome by the intelligence that she was unable for some time to give utterance to her feelings. After her condemnation she had become very dejected, but since the remission of the sentence she has become comparatively cheerful. Wesleyan Methodist Conference at Leeds. -At the opening of the session on Saturday a letter was read from the president of the New Connexion Conference, conveying fraternal sentiments and no- companying a series of resolutions expressive of desire for a union between the various bodies of Methodists. The reading of these documents evoked very warm manifestations of sympathy in the conference, and a very influential committee was appointed to prepare a brotherly reply. The offers of candidates for the ministry were then considered, with the report of the district committees and July committee of examination. There were passed :-For the Theological Institution and home work, 59 candidates; for the Theological Institution and the missions, 5; for immediate service at home, 25; for immediate service in the missions, 2; for the mission list of reserve, 4. A New Crime and an Old Vice.—Enoch Wilson was charged at the Lincoln Assizes with turn- ing a railway signal on the Great Northern Railway from danger to safety in that city. The pri- soner, while crossing the line one morning in a state of intoxication, caught hold of a lever working the railway signals, and made the change mentioned. The act was soon discovered, and the signals set right, but not before an engine had committed great damage by acting on the false information. It was shown that the prisoner was a man of good character, and would probably have been incapable of such conduct in a sober state. On the suggestion of his lordship he pleaded guilty, and was, after some wholesome advice, discharged on his own recognisances to come up for judgment when called upon. A Man Poisoned by Nitro-Glycerine.—Mr. C. J. Carttar, coroner for West Kent, has held an inquest on the body of Daniel O'Leary, whose death it appears was caused by swallowing a small portion of a liquid known as nitro-glycerine, the combustion of which is capable of producing most disastrous results. It appears that the deceased was a labourer in the em- ploy of a Government contractor, and whilst at work near the proof butt at the Royal Arsenal he found under some timber a bottle containing about half an ounce of a white liquid which smelt like whisky, and the man drank it. He was afterwards taken ill, con. veyed home, and attended by a medical gentleman, who administered emetics, &o., but after lingering about 12 hours the sufferer expired. It appears that the bottle and its contents had been left by some offioers who bad been engaged in experiments with the liquid for explo- sive purposes. A verdict was returned in aceordaace with the evidence. Ferocious Bees.—A local contemporary reports a serious case ot stinging by bees. Mr. Sowde, If the Minney, near Penzance, was attempting_*o_ hive a swarm on Friday when they settled on bis head, face, neck, and hands, and planted their venomoa little darts in his skin by hundreds. The poor man seemed at the time, and for two or three hours after. wards, maddened. He thrust his head into bushes, rolled over and over in some clover, and it was Home minutes before the last of his tormentors was got rid of. Mr. Douglas, many years in the employ of the Trinity, was a little distance off, and six of the enraged bees alighted, one after the other, on his hands and stung him. The Bishopric of Meath.—The Churchman mentions, as the probable new Bishop of Meath, Arch- deacon Lee" a genuine Irish Churchman of Trinity College, not an importation from England, which should always be avoided if possible in choosing Irish dignitaries. He possesses the confidence of all parties, and is a most dignified and moderate, yet at the same time earnest clergyman. Archbishop Trench showed his appreciation of him by making his appointment as archdeacon and chaplain the first act of his archiepis- copal life. Ee is not, we believe, much of a politician in any way, whioh ought to be an additional argument for his elevation. Ireland wants cool, wise, learned, demoted men such as Archdeacon Lee." Fatal Yacht Accident.—On Sunday evening » sailing boat, called the Miriam, went down the river to Erith. There were three men on board, one of whom, Joseph Crow, having the management of the bo» » went no aloft to reef the gaff topsail, wb.. a q-all of wind caught the sail, and the weight of ^no above caused the frail barque to capsize, an. party were immersed. Crow clung to the J10" some time, but ultimately sunk before aseis a reach him; the other two men were pi J* 7 waterman/who was rowing bis boat up chat the time. ir The Australian Post-ofifce^—1 he Melbourr,e Argus gives the annual poat-offi«a r Jl„ wr ,Uo^nyi whioh has just been issued. i „ 0 P°*5-offices in Victoria—an increase of 200 m five y0ar8. The number of letters received ana despatched bears no proportion to the increased In 1862 the number was 6,276,000; » 1865, 7,485,000. News- papers, however, show a very decided increase the number posted in \sfa 4,909,000; in 1865, 6,037,529. The packets despatched and received during the first year or the new postal arrangements were 62,911; in 1865 they had increased to 107,888. Capture of Tbieves in a Railway Carriage. —John Jones, aged 26, of 45, Gossett-street, Bethnal- green-road, and Sarah Jones, alias George, of 2, Smith's-buildings, Queen-street, Haokney-road, were brought before the magistrate at Greenwich, charged with stealing a coat from the shop door of Mr. Nash, pawnbroker, London-street, Greenwich. It appeared that the prisoners were seen together examining some ooats at prosecutor's shop, where the female adroitly took down one of them and placed it under her cloak. The prisoners then separated, walking in contrary directions. Information was given to the prosecutor, and also to the police, and on going to the railway station both prisoners were found seated in a atir-riage, the train then being just about starting for London. On being accused of the robbery, they denied it, but finding they were to be detained, the female produced the stolen coat from under her dress, and they were tnent-ikenintociistndv. Police-csnstable 355 N divi- sion identified the female prisoner as having been in custody on w, charge of stealing spoons, but the magis- trate at Worship-street Police-court had merely con- I viefced asd fined her 50s. for the tutlawfai pledging. The prisoners pleaded guilty to the charge, and Mr. Traill sentenced each of them to four months' im- prisonment, with hard labour. The new subscription stand is progressing at Goodwood, and will prove pf the greatest advantage to those interested in racing. Hitherto those who have been unable to secure front places in the old stand have been compelled to stand on benches, much to the annoyance of others. There is one and only one suggestion we have to make, and that is that the law about smoking should be strictly carried out. Ample space is afforded to those who wish to indulge in a mild Havannah or a short pipe, and therefore that portion of the inclosure which is devoted to the fairer sex should not be impregnated with the fumeft of coarse tobacco.

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