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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

A WONDERFUL BLIND CARRIER.

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WESLEY AN MISSION TO OHINA.

A WILL CASE.

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ONLY A LARK.

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ONLY A LARK. John Flashman, a carman in the service, of the South- Western Railway Company, was brought before the magistrate at the Wandsworth Police-court,, oil Saturday, on the charge of stealing a mackintosh coat belong Lug to John Hiscock, a guard. It appeared that ,on -the previous night the prosecutor arrived at the Nine Elms Station with a goods train. He went intothe office to sign off," taking with him his mackintosh and;basket. He placed them down on a desk and went into au. inner office. On his return his mackintosh was gone. The loss was communicated to the clerks and carmen who were about the office, and while inquiries were .being made Inspector Spire, of the railway police, came up, and was made acquainted with what had happened. While passing a portico at the office, he saw soradthinc- dark in a corner, and it proved to be the missing mackin- tosh. It was then replaced in the corner,, and a:,ooy was placed in a wagon, which was standing, opposite, to watch the place. While looking through a hole in the wagon he saw two carmen leave the office, and on a third following he went to the corner, picked up the mackintosh, and walked away with it. The man happened to be the,prisoner, who commenced running, as it was supposed, from see- ing Inspector Spire. That officer, who had jilsp been watching, ran after the prisoner, and stoppedchim.with the mackintosh in his hand. The prisoner's defence was that he.had no intention o stealing the mackintosh. He said by the company, and if he took the he could not sell it. He took the lllacldntosh, for a-lark, but if he had not been drinking it would not.have happened. Mr. Dayman said it was impossible for him to dis- criminate between a lark and what he considered a-theft, and therefore he would be imprisoned for two njonths, with hard labour. Mr. Mayo, solicitor, afterwards appealed to the magistrate on behalf of the prisoner to reduce the, punish- ment. Mr. Dayman said the difficulty in the case was that property on a railway must be exposed,and-for that reason the servants ought to protect it. Mr. Mayo reminded the magistrate that the,prisoner would lose his situation, which would be a great punish- ment, as he had a wife and four children. b Mr. Dayman said he could not consider the man's family. It seemed to him to be a very heartless thing for the railway servants to commit depredations ujpon one another. He also said that there \vas.,no .tempta- tion for the prisoner to take the mackintosh, and there- fore there was no excuse. Mr. Mayo said it was a sudden temptation. The application was refused. —

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CONVICTION OF ~A GANG OF BURGLARS.

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