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EPITOME OF SSWS. ill THE DUKE CHARLES OF BAVARIA is about to enter a monastery, in grief for the untimely death of his young wife. SPANISH FESTIVALS.—A communication from Rome states that the Spanish ambassador in that city is charged with a negotiation for a diminution of the num- ber of festival days, which is very considerable in the Iberian Peninsula, and for the adoption of the system prevalent in France. A Boy SHOT BY HIS COMPANION.—A boy named James Boyle, 16 years of age, belonging to Edin- burgh, went out with a companion to shoot. Both were provided with pistols and Boyle, through some mis- adventure, received the contents of the other boy's pistol behind the right ear, and was killed on the spot. A MARRIAGE BETWEEN DWARFS.-A couple of dwarfs, Mr. Samuel Neikl'and Miss Janet Campbell, le who are fulfilling an engagement at a theatre in Sunder- land, were recently married at the parish church. The bridegroom is 49 years of age, and 42 inches in height; and the bride 37 years of.age, and 38 inches in height. MRS. STOWE IN THE SOUTHERN STATES.—The Macon Telegraph announces the arrival in that city of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, and hopes that her sojourn in the South has been a pleasant one, and that she finds the morals of Southern people much improved since she wrote" Uncle Tom's Cabin." CHURCHING THE JUDGKS AT ST. PAUL'S.— The ancient ceremony of "churching the judges took place on Sunday afternoon at St. Paul's Cathedral, in the presence of the Lord Mayor, the sheriffs and under- sheriffs, several of the aldermen, and a considerable number of the common councilmen, and others of the civic authorities, who attended Divine service in State. THE MONSTER TU-N-NEL.rhe tunnel through Mont Cenis continues to progress much more rapidly now that the quartz rock has been passed through and a softer material encountered. The whole distance as yet penetrated is, on the south 4,119 metres, and on the north 2,528 metres total, 6,647 metres, which, as the entire length is 12,220 metres, leaves yet to be executed 5,573-metres. SINGULAR ACCIDENT TO A CHILD.—A little girl named Dean has met her death under very curious circumstances. She was passing along a street near her own home, at Liverpool, when she slipped and fell, breaking into pieces a large soap jug which she was carrying at the time. One of the pieces penetrating her throat, near the jugular vein, caused death almost immediately from haemorrhage. MACKEREL.-—-The spring mackerel season, now nearly at an end, has been very remunerative to the bulk of the Cornish fishermen. During the last week in April, upwards of 150 tons of fine mackerel were caught, and of this supply more than 100 tons were forwarded to London. The fish were retailed in Cornwall at six and seven a shilling, but much better prices were made by the London market. EXPENSIVE LODGINGS.—The prices charged at -Pesth for apartments during the coronation time are fabulous. At the Hotel of Europe a suite of 50 rooms has been engaged for the courtiers and the attendants of the Emperor for four weeks—namely, a fortnight before and a fortnight after the coronation—at 45,000 florins. Another suite of rooms for the diplomatic corps, for two weeks, has been engaged at a cost of 25,000 florins. RESPITE OF THE CULPRIT ANDERSON.— The under-sheriffs of London have received a communi- cation from the Home Secretary, respiting, during her Majesty's pleasure, the sentence of "death passed on Charles Anderson, a Swedish sailor, at the last sessions of the Central Criminal Court, for the murder of a fellow- seaman, named Marnchein, on board the ship Raby Castle, on a voyage from Penang to England in November last. A LONG INCUMBENCY. — An incumbency of unusual duration has just been brought to a close by the death, in his 91st year, of the Rev. R. Dickson, who, for no less than 68 years, has been rector of Kilkeedy, near Limerick. Up to the time of his last illness the venerable gentleman retained possession of all his facul- ties, and took part last month in the celebration of the Holy Communion in his church. THE POSTAL TELEGRAPH. —We understand that the contemplated postal telegraph will include every post town in the United Kingdom, and every other town of 2,000 persons, and there is to be a deposit office at every post-office which is not a telegraphic office proper. In London there will be 10 central tele- graphic offices corresponding with the postal districts, and payment for messages will be made in stamps, or the message will be written on stamped paper. VIVISECTION.—The Court of Examiners for Scotland of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons have drawn up a memorandum declaring that the per- formance of operations on living animals is altogether unnecessary and useless for the purpose of causation." At the end of the nine signatures of the gentlemen constituting the court comes that of Mr. Wilkinson, principal Veterinary Surgeon of the Forces, who says, "I fully concur in the above." GREAT SALMON. On Friday last Colonel Hemming, angling in a boat about six miles from the head of Loch Tay, hooked a salmon, which, after a long struggle, was secured, and found to be of the enormous weight of 48 Ibs.; length, 49 inches girth, 2G inches. This is, we believe, the largest fish ever taken in Loch Tay, and the largest known to have been taken by the rod in Scotland. The fish was in high condition and of plendid appearance. DEATH OF THE OLDEST MAN IN FORFARSHIRE, --)fr. Robert Bain-for many years in the services of the Right Hon. Lord Kinnaird—died on Friday night, in Bruce's Land, Gray's-lane, Locliee. Mr. Bain was the oldest man probably in the county (if not in the country); for he was born in Morayshire in the year 1758, and had therefore reached the long term of 108 years. He retained his mental faculties quite clear to the last. SUICIDE FROM DISTItESS.-Oll Monday night an inquest was held in Catherine-street, Bromley, on the body of Samuel Blackford, aged 37 years, a hammer- man at an engineer's. Deceased had been some mouths out of employment, and that preyed upon his mind. He was suddenly seized with paralysis, and has since been bed-ridden. Last Thursday evening his wife found him hanging by a rope to the bedstead. He was seated on the floor, and quite dead. The jury returned a verdict of Suicide while in a state of temporary insanity. SUDDEN DEATH OF A PROVOST.—The provost of Dundee, Mr. Charles Parker, fell down and died sud- denly on Friday, from, it is supposed, disease of the heart. He was in his 71st year. Up to the time of his death he had enjoyed almost uninterrupted good health, and had the appearance of a remarkably hale and healthy man. Deceased was an Englishman, but had been long settled in Dundee. He had been in the town council for upwards of nine years, and this was the sixth year of his provostship. RACE ACROSS THE CHANNEL. On Monday morning an interesting race across the Channel took place between the Albert Victor, Captain Grant, and the Prince Frederick William, Captain Clarke. The start was from the bar of Calais Harbour and the goal was Dover Pier, and the race was accomplished by the former vessel in one hour and 28 minutes, and by the latter in one hour and 50 minutes. The Albert Victor is the property of Mr. Glassford, and the Prince Frederick William belongs to the London, Chatham, and Dpver Railway Company. SUPPOSED FATAL TERMINATION OF A BAL- LOON ASCENT.—The balloon which ascended from the Exhibition Palace-gardens, Dublin, on Monday evening, rose rapidly at a quarter to five o'clock, bearing in the car Mr. John Hodsman, the pyrotechnist, and was quickly borne by a strong breeze in the direction of Howth, over which it passed a little after five o'clock and was last seen at that time going seaward in a northerly or north-easterly direction. The unfortunate aeronaut was not heard of up to a late hour on Tuesday morning, and, it is feared, has met a watery grave. ARRIVAL OF A DUTCH ISTEAM T^AM AT LIVER- I'Ooi, On Monday, for the first time within a number of years, a Dutch vessel of war arrived at Liverpool. This new arrival is none other than the iron steamer Vedel under command of Captain Kooprnan, and her last port of call was Texel. The Vedel is a four-masted screw steamer, and judging from her build she is evi- dently both a strong and formidable vessel. It is under- stood that her visit to Liverpool is for the purpose of undergoing some alterations and repairs. The presence of four masts on the Vedal certainly is no attraction, and one could very well be dispensed with. MIDDLE-CLASS. EDUCATION IN THE METRO- POLIS.—The trustees of charities in the parish of St. Andrew Undershaft, City of London, acting under an order of the Charity Commissioners, who cordially approve the scheme, ,have paid over L2,000 of the sur- plus funds at their disposal to the corporation for pro- moting middle-class education in the metropolis. It is confidently expected that other trustees will follow this example, and that the funds of the corporation will be largely increased from the unappropriated charities in the City of London, to which Mr. Rogers alluded in his letter calling public attention to this subject. THE EDMUNDS AND BROUGHAM CASE.—Some inaccuracies have recently appeared with respect to this matter. The suit was instituted by Mr. Leonard Edmunds against Mr. William Brougham, the brother of Lord Brougham, and not against his lordship. It is now said that the case has been compromised by the defendant paying Mr. Edmunds X5,000, not XII,000, as has been erroneously stated. The matter will, how- ever, come on (by order) before Vice-Chancellor Stuart on Wednesday next, when the exact terms of the com- promise will be made public.—Globe. APOTHECARIES'-IIALL.—The under-mentioned gentlemen passed their examination in the science and practice of-medicine, and received certificates to practise, on Thursday, April 25, 1867 :—Robert King, Alfred- street, Bedford-square; William James Todd, King's College Hospital Daniel King, Stratton, Cornwall; Arthur Eisdell Fluder, Lymington, Hants Henry Child Buckley, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire; Hugh James Lloyd, Dolgelly, North Wales and William Joseph JVIársh, Nottingham. The following gentleman also on the same day passed his first examination—William Croudson Baruish, Manchester Hospital. A GENEROUS ACT.-A most gracious act of generosity, prompted by a Christian interest in the con- dition of the poor, is recorded of the Dowager Countess of Listowell in the Cork papers. Her ladyship having learned that, in consequence of the extreme severity of the winter, many of her labourers at Ballyhooly had been obliged to run into debt to the shopkeepers of the village, went out a few days ago, visited all the shops and by personal inquiry ascertained the amount owing by each of the workpeople, every shilling of which her ladyship at once discharged. The gross sum exceeded X150. THE QUARREL BETWEEN ENGLAND AND SPAIN.—-The belief is gaining ground, that at the eleventh hour the Spanish Government will make the concessions required of them in the cases of the Tornado and Victoria; and some of our contemporaries have gone so far as to assert, that conciliatory overtures to that effect have already been received by the Foreign-office. The Morning Herald, however, savs:We are sorry to weaken this favourable impression, but we believe that up to this moment the communications from Madrid, in reply to Lord Stanley's demands, though not couched in unfriendly or defiant language, have been of an evasive and unsatisfactory character, and are far from warrant- ing the sanguine expectations which in some quarters have been founded on them." RETURN TICKETS.—A somewhat important decision was given the other day at the Sheriffs Court upon the law of return tickets. The plaintiff lost the return half of his ticket from Boulogne to London, by the boat of the General Steam Navigation Company, and, although his name was entered on the Company's books as having taken a return ticket, they made him pay his fare back to London. The judge decided that it was a personal contract, that the tickets given plaintiff when he paid his fare were merely proof that he had paid, and that the Company must refund the second payment they had compelled plaintiff to make. FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT.-On Friday afternoon a sad accident happened on the river Mersey, at War- rington, by which two young men were drowned. It appears that three young men, named respectively Gilbert Taylor, Thomas Littler, and James Bramall, who were in the employ of Messrs. Evans and Co., of Newton, went to Warrington and engaged a small boat, intending to have a sail down the river. All went well with them until they got to Wilderspool, where the boat was capsized by a sudden gust of wind, and all three were precipitated into the water. Bramall clung to the boat, and was saved. The other two young men were drowned, and their bodies had not been recovered at a late hour that night. FATAL ACCIDENT ON BOARD A STEAMER.— The second engineer of the North German Lloyd's steamer Union, which left Southampton, on Tuesday, with the United States mail, was killed on board the steamer, on Saturday, while she was coming from Bremen. A screw came out of the machinery, and the second engineer went below to find it. He was desired by the chief engineer not to do so, as there was not the slightest necessity for running any risk. While groping about to find what was lost the machinery began to move, and before the chief engineer could possibly stop the motion his unfortunate fellow-officer was crushed to death. He was a fine strong man, a Swede by birth. He was buried in Southampton cemetery. DISAPPEARANCE OF A FENIAN INFORMER.— The man named Eugene Smith, who has disappeared from the depot for crown witnesses, Fairview, North Strand, is a grocer's assistant by occupation, and he stated that in that capacity he had ample means of coming to a knowledge of the designs and doings of the conspirators, and he mentioned six public-houses in. which Fenian meetings were habitually held. It was upon his identification that Police-constable Kelly, who had previously been charged with complicity in the escape of Kinvan from the Meath Hospital, was sent to Kilmainham Gaol on a charge of Fenianism. Up to the present no trace of him has been discovered. SUICIDE ON THE BRIGHTON RAILWAY.—An inquest was held at Preston, near Brighton, on Monday, on the boey of John Smart, aged 28 who was found dead on the Brighton line on Sunday. The body was observed by the driver of a train on the opposite line of rails, about a mile distant from Brighton Station, and had evidently been run over by a preceding train, the driver of which had not observed the deceased, but on examining his engine he found blood spots on it. On the previous night the deceased, who was suffering from delirium tremens, was observed to be very curious both in appearance and manner. He was last-seen alive on Sunday morning, leaning over a wall skirting the rail- way, close to where the body was found a short time afterwards. The jury returned a verclictofTemporary Insanity. THE JAPANESE PERFORMERS.—The troupe of Japanese performers, who are at present giving their entertainment at the Floral-hall in Corent-garden, attended by Royal command at Windsor Castle on Monday, and gave a special display of all their extra- ordinary feats and illusions. It being the birthday of her Royal Highness the Princess Beatrice, a numerous and distinguished company had been invited to the Castle, and they witnessed the playing, which lasted from three to five o'clock, and was much applauded. The Japanese were accompanied by Mr. J. Mitchell, Mr. E. Prior, Mr. W. Grant, and their manager, Mr. Nimmo. Mr. Osborne Williams officiated at the pianoforte. SERIOUS ACCIDENT.-On Saturday afternoon an accident occurred in that part of Holborn-liill which has been narrowed for the purpose of carrying on the Holborn Valley Improvement Works. One of the Lon- don Parcels Delivery carts was left by its driver at the door of a shop in Holborn, near Gray's-inn-lane. The horse suddenly took fright, and bolted down the hill. When it reached St. Andrew's Church it came into vio- lent contact with a four-wheel cab, which was being driven up the hill. The cab was smashed, and the driver flung from the box to the pavement. The cart was thrown over on its side, and in its fall knocked down a man, a woman, and a boy, who chanced to be passing. Whilst down the man was repeatedly kicked by the horse. The passers-by and a policeman drew the injured persons from their perilous position as soon as possible, and had them conveyed to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. The house-surgeon said that the injuries sustained, although severe, were not of a very dangerous character. THE NEW TRAFFIC BILL AND THE POLICE. —A petition from various omnibus associations was presented on Monday night against the sections in the Metropolitan Traffic Regulation Act which proposed to give to a police constable the power of arresting any person without warrant, for refusing to conform to regula- tions made by the police in certain streets within four miles of Charing-cross. These sections, it is asserted, apply not merely to public carriages, but to all other traffic and to all persons riding or driving. RESPONSIBILITIES OF MOTI-IEES-IN-LAW.— At the New Bailey (Manchester) Police-court, on Satur- day, a singular application was made by Mr. Isaac Mawdsley, on behalf of the Chorlton board of guardians, for an order against Mrs. Margaret Worthington, mother of Mr. Charles Worthington, formerly of Manchester, for the support of his wife and child, now chargeable to to the union. It was stated that Mr. Worthington was in America, and that his wife and child had been receiving parish relief for six weeks. The refusal of the mother of Mr. Worthington to support the wife and child was founded on these reasons The marriage had originated in an advertisement for. a husband inserted in the newspapers by the lady, and had been strongly objected to by his friends the defendant had only a sum of £ 30 a year to live upon the friends of the lady were well able to support her and her child ancl, lastly, the lady had conducted herself with great vio- lence towards the defendant. The magistrate said that he had no alternative but to order the defendant to pay 2s. 6d. per week towards the maintenance of her daughter-in-law and child. EASTER DAY AT ST. ALBAN'S, I-IOLBORN.-At St. Alban's, Holborn, on the morning of Easter Day, there were five celebrations of the Holy Communion during the morning, at 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11.15. At the last service a procession formed of priests and choristers entered the church and advanced down the north aisle, and then up the middle aisle to the altar. The pro- cessional banners were of large size, in beautifully embroidered silk, and mounted high on gilded crosses. The first banner was in dark blue with a yellow cross the second, a white and red. contained a representation of our Lord trampling on his enemies the third, a light blue, was a representation of the Virgin Mary and the fourth was filled with medireval devices. The surpliced choristers, carrying flowers, led the way, the three priests robed in rich gold-coloured vestments came at the close. The celebrant and his two assistants took their places in front of the altar with their backs to the people. Mr. Mackonochie took the leading part. At the "Sanctus" two incense bearers appeared and knelt, swinging their censers before the altar. There was no perceptible elevation of the host. A STRANGE STRIKE.—A turn-out worthy the attention of the Trades' Union Commission has lately taken place at the Roundwood Colliery of Messrs. Terry, Greaves, and Co., Ossett, near Wakefield. The dispute is peculiar as having arisen among the men themselves, and not out of any disagreement with the masters. It seems that it is the custom of the colliers at this pit to get only a certain number of corves of coal a day, and also not to leave the pit until after one o'clock. A few days ago one of the men filled a corve more than the stipulated quantity, and another man, having got the required number, went away an hour before the recognised time. A deputation from the men waited upon the masters, and demanded the instant dismissal of the two recalcitrants and upon receiving a refusal, the whole of the colliers employed at the pit turned out. The. matter is to be made the subject of magisterial investigation. A number of bricklayers in Wakefield are now on strike because the masters will not allow them 20 minutes in which to go to work in the morning. It is understood that the last affair is not sanctioned by the General Bricklayers' Society. DEATH OF A PRISONER.—An inquest has been held at the Westminster Hospital, respecting the death of Arthur Leach, aged 67 years. The deceased was fore- man to a confectioner of Piccadilly. On last Thursday night, at 10 o'clock, he was found leaning against the shutters of the British Hotel, in Cockspur-street. On Friday morning he was charged with being drunk, and placed in a cell. He was visited several times during the morning, and at nine o'clock Inspector Jones found him in a fit, and at once called in the police surgeon, who ordered him to be removed to the hospital, where he expired on Saturday. Dr. Summerville said that the cause of death was apoplexy, and that death had been accelerated by excessive drinking. Martha Barrington, daughter of the deceased, said that her father lived in Catherine-street, Lambeth. He was a very sober man, and was never given to drink. He was in the habit of having fits, and he sometimes remained in them for four hours. She be' lieved that if a doctor had been sent for while he was at the police-station his life might have been saved. He had been very ill during the past week. The jury re- turned a verdict of Death from apioplexy, caused by strong drink." STEAM FIRE-ENGINE TRIAL.-On Thursday last a very successful trial was made of the steam fire- engine L'Empereur," constructed by Messrs. Merry- weather and Sons for the Paris Exhibition. The engine was tried at the foot of Waterloo-bridge, the suction- hose being laid in the Thames, and in eleven minutes from the fire being lighted the engine was at work with a pressure of lOOlbs. on the square inch, throwing a splendid stream through a nozzle of If diameter, to a height of full 170 feet. With nozzles of 2, 2L and 2, 4 powerful streams were thrown, and with the latter size the mass of water projected was something astonishing. This engine is similar to the "Sutherland," which gained the £ 250 at the Crystal Palace in 1863, and will throw from 1,000 to 1,200 gallons per minute. It has the well-known Field boiler, and is constructed on the horizontal system adopted by the makers, no crank shaft, crank flywheel, or connecting rod being used. The trial was witnessed by Mr. Shanks, C.E., Mr. E, Field, C.E., and many others, and the times were noted by M. Chas. F. T. Young, C.E. HEIR TO THE TITLE AND ESTATES OF THE PERCY'S.—-Lord Warkworth's coming of age at the end of May will be celebrated with extraordinary rejoicings at Alnwick Castle, the ancient seat of the illustrious house of Percy. The young Lord Warkworth will attain his majority on the 29th proximo, on which day a grand entertainment will be given to upwards of 1,000 persons, tenants and others, on the extensive family property in the north. The great tent, constructed by orders of the third duke expressly for the reception of Queen Victoria and the late Queen Adelaide, and the late Queen of the Belgians, calculated to accommodate upwards of 1,000 guests, is to be taken from Sion, Isle- worth, to Alnwick. The marquee is to be erected on the lawn adjoining the castle, where the whole of the tenantry on the ducal estates are to be entertained. The festivities are expected to extend over several days. A distinguished company will be the guests of the Earl and Countess Percy during the festivities. It is feared that the venerable Duke of Northumberland, now resi- dent at Torquay, will be unable, from his extreme age and consequent physical infirmities, to be present on the occasion. DEATH OF CAPTAIN SE, Yiiour,Captain I. H. Seymour, of Park-place, "Englefield-green, expired after a short illness on Friday afternoon. The deceased officer had driven over to pay a visit to Mrs. Harford, of Down-place, near Windsor, on Thursday morning, and on his attempting to get into his carriage to return home at a quarter past three o'clock, was seized with an epileptic fit. He was at once assisted into the house, and his medical attendant, Dr. Ellison, sent for but all skill and attention were in vain, as death occurred in the course of about 24 hours. Captain Seymour was son of Lord William Seymour, and cousin of General F. H. Seymour. He was born on the 29th November, 1802, and consequently was in his 65th year. After leaving 1 the army lie retired to Park-place, Englefield-green. To Captain Seymour the racing public are largely indebted for the prosperity of Ascot Races, although, as a strict rule, he never betted. He was the chief promoter in the erection of the Grand Stand at Ascot, at the time that Lord Erroll was master of her Majesty's buckhounds, and all the later improvements in and about the stand are the results of his ideas. DEATH OF CARLO POERIO. Carlo Poerio, whose long and cruel imprisonment in Naples had made his name well known to English readers, is dead. He was born in 1803, and was the son of an advocate of Naples. Up to 1848 he had been subject to constant arrests in consequence of his gratuitous defence of po- litical prisoners, but in the latter year he was for a short time one of King Ferdinand's ministers. The horrors of the dungeon in which he was subsequently imprisoned were forcibly described by Mr. Gladstone, who visited him. In 1859, he and other political offenders were placed on board a vessel for the United States, but the exiles compelled the captain to land them at Cork. Dur- ing his stay in England, Poerio, by the virtues of his character no less than by his misfortunes, made numerous and influential friends. In 1860 he was chosen member of the Turin Parliament, and lie retained his position as deputy ever since. His health was known to have been much enfeebled by the hardships of his imprisonment. WOUNDING AN UNDERGRADUATE. Charles Randall, a labourer, of Marston, near Oxford, who it will be remembered was convicted for throwing a pitchfork at Mr. Cookson, a member of New Inn Hall, and for which offence he has undergone his sentence of imprison- ment—viz., six weeks in Oxford county gaol—and who has been remanded from week to week on the more serious charge of wilfully and maliciously wounding Mr. Staines, commoner of Oriel College, by thrusting a pitchfork through his leg, was on Saturday, the 27th instant, taken to the lodgings of the injured gentleman in the High-street, to hear his deposition taken before two county magistrates, who, after hearing it, in the presence of the prisoner's solicitor (Mr. T. Mallam), fully committed him to the summer assizes for trial. THE IJORD IVIAYOR OF LONDON'S VISIT TO THE JAPANESE. A special performance was given on Friday by the Japanese troup, at the Floral-hall, in honour of the Lord Mayor. His lordship was accom- panied by the Lady Mayoress, the Misses Gabriel, Mr. Gibbs, the secretary of the Lord Mayor, and a partv of friends. The boys of the Bluecoat School, numbering about 750, were also invited. The performance appeared to give great satisfaction to all, the Bluecoat boys beino- loud in their expressions of approval. Asakichi, as the tiger, was never so effective in this clever piece of pantomime, and Gainsi's tops flew about in a more magical way than ever. At the conclusion of the per- formance the Lord Mayor, the Lady Mayoress, and their, friends expressed how much they were pleased with the performance. ATROCIOUS ACT.-At Liverpool Police-court on Tuesday a decent-looking young woman named Eliza- beth Alexander was brought before Mr. Raffles, stipen- diary magistrate, charged with the following atrociously diabolical act. About 12 o'clock on Monday night she met in a public-house a young sailor of the name of Christian Weimar, with whom she had formerly been on intimate terms. Seeing him in the company of another female she got into a fearful )"<ge, and seizing a walking stick belonging to a bystander, she thrust the thinner end into one of his eyes with such violence that it passed beneath the other and came out on the oppo- site side of his face. With about six or seven inches of the walking stick tightly wedged in the sockets of his eyes, and in dreadful agony, the poor fellow was conveyed to a hospital, where the wood was with great difficulty extracted, and where he now lies in a very dangerous state. The prisoner had no defence to make. The magistrate, telling her it was difficult to imagine that any human being could do such a thing, it was more the act of a demon, remanded her for seven days. MINING IN CORNWALL AND DEVON.—The following statistics have been collected with reference to the number of mines that have stopped working in Devon and Cornwall, and the number of miners who have emigrated during the depression in mining from which the two counties are now suffering. The mines which have been "knocked" number nearly 300, the great majority being in Cornwall. The emigrants from the various districts have been :—Tavistock and Ashburton, 691 men; Liskeard, 100 St. Austell and St. Blazey' 275 Redruth and St. Agnes, 300 Camborne, 150; Hayle, 550 St. Ives and Lelant, 150 St. Just, 600 Helston and Wendron, 100; Marazion and St. Erth 450—total, 3,366. These are all able-bodied men, and the most skilled and active of the mining population. Adding to these the wives and families of the miners who have also emigrated, some idea may be formed of the great extent to which the population of the mining districts of the west of England have been thinned. FEMALE EMIGRANTS.—Miss Rye, who is still busily engaged in her useful and benevolent work of facilitating the emigration of young women to Australia, in acknowledging the help she has received from many quarters in her work, intimates that she has some- thing to say one day about the "servant question.' On all sides, Miss Rye says, she hears the cry of the scarcity of servants, and yet, in a not over-large town in the north-west of England one lady has within the last four years manufactured over a thousand servants," converting them into respectable members of society, by the simple process which Miss Rye is trying to carry out herself-" by catching the young before they fall into bad hands, and giving them an outfit and a fair start in life." This practical hint should not be lost on those who are so much troubled by "the greatest plague in life." THE VALUE OF LONDON PROPERTY.—The value of the property comprised within the area of the City is the best possible evidence of the initial character of the locality. During the past 50 years the number of houses in the City has been reduced to the number of 5,581, yet the value of the remainder has so increased that the present few far outbuy the former many. During the past ten years only the annual value of the City has increased no less than a million and a half sterling, or at the rate of 273 per cent. The 17,413 inhabited houses of 1811 had decreased to 13,431 in 1861 but the rental of 1811, which was X565,243, had increased to zC2,109,935, in 1866. Therefore the fewer houses of 1866 are worth more by £ 1,544,692 than the more numerous houses of 1811. We do not value cities by the gross number of their houses or their sleeping keepers, any more than we "estimate the half- acre on which a lunatic asylum is situated as the most populous and influential half-acre in the world. The houses of the City in 1811 were worth zC32 per house annual value they are now worth L137 each per annum. They were worth, to capitalise them at 25 years' purchase, in 1811, X14,131,075 they are now worth, by the same process, t52,748,375, equal to the total revenue of Great Britain only a few years since and equal to five-sixths of the present revenue.- City Press. CONSIDERABLE SENSATION has again been pro- duced in Colchester by the discovery of human remains in the river Colne at Magdalen washing place, close by the St. Botolph branch railway, and the identification of which beyond all doubt proves them to be the remains of Mr. Richard Worsley Worswick, of Ipswich con- tractor on the Tendring Hundred Railway for the for- mation of a portion of the line from St. Botolph station to East-gate and the Hythe, Colchester. The deceased gentleman, who was late of the firm of Worswick and Morphew, builders and railway contractors, Princess- street, Ipswich, has been missing 12 months, and in consequence of his mysterious disappearance his affairs have been the subject of investigation in the Bankruptcy Court, although it was stated by his son, who was pre- sent at the inquest, that the deceased was not 'in em- barrassed circumstances. From the manner in which the body of the unfortunate deceased was found at the bottom of the river with pieces of railway iron fastened to it to sink it, it is suspected to be either a case of de- termined suicide or else of 'murder for the purposes of robbery. After hearing evidence on Saturday, the coroner adjourned the inquest to Tuesday afternoon at the Town-hall at three o'clock, at the same time ordering the river to be pumped dry with a fire engine ij to endeavour to find a leathern purse which deceased' was supposed to have in his possession, as it was sal L he had cashed a cheque received from the Great Easteinf Railway Company for £ 40. THE REV. SAMUEL WARE, of St. Bees College JN Cumberland, late curate of Bedford Leigh, Lancashir^. has (we learn from the PaJl-niall Gazette) been receive" i> into the Roman Catholic Church by Father JohnstoHe> u S.J., priest in charge of the mission at Exeter. Ware was a member of the English Church Union, aB b only a few months since left the third order of Lyne's so-called English Benedictines. t THE QUEEN has signified her intention of W'« ing the first stone of the Hall of Arts and Sciences Monday, the 20th May. The contractors for the boil. .I ing, Messrs. Lucas Brothers, are busily engaged i 1 0 V d ISi( making preparations for the ceremony. The ground ..1 being excavated to some feet in depth, so as to out the amphitheatrical form of the building, and j excavation will be covered in with canvas to protect thi spectators of the ceremony from every contingency 0 weather. I HOME AND COLONIAL SCHOOL.—The annUal meeting of this society was held at the rooms of the, institution, Gray's-inn-road. The Earl of ChicliesteJ presided. The report stated that the committee$] grateful for all they had accomplished in the edLicatiOll of the labouring classes, in spite of the difficulties whif1 the revised code had thrown in their way which they hoped were attracting public attention, thus obtaining an effectual remedy. They also rejoicfj in the success which had attended their efforts to & the education of the middle classes. The school baa just paid their expenses, and the year closed with a balance in hand on the general account of £30. '1'b adoption of the report was moved by the Rev. J. Baids- ley. The noble chairman said he had always takeJl i lively interest in the society, because he considered to be one of the most useful, because one of most Christian educational institutions of the country-

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