FENIAN ITEMS. In reply to. a deputation from: the corporation of Dublin, on Friday, the Lord-Lieutenant stated that the sentence of execution on Burke would be carried out. At Cork M'Clure, Kelly, Joyce, and Cullinaw were sen- tenced to be hanged on the 19th of June. Kelly ex- pressed a hope that the recommendation to, mercy would be disregarded. The Freeman's Journal, of Friday says :—" We are in a, position to state that the warrant for the execution of Burke was yesterday transmitte(I from the office of the, clerk of the crown to the sheriff of the county. This, we may observe, is a formal proceeding, and does not necessarily indicate that all hopes for a commutation are at an end. The warrant issued yesterday is the official intimation of the court to. the sheriff of what has taken place—that is, that Burke was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to be executed on Wednesday, the 29th; and then the warrant, authorises the sheriff to sarry out the order of the court. If the dread sentence of the law should be carried oat,, it appears that one of the convicts in the prison has. offered his services as executioner, which have been accepted. To day, being the anniversary of the birth of her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, would be a most auspicious time to extend the royal clemency to the condemned man, whose death would accomplish no desirable object, and whose reprieve would be regarded by all classes of the com- munity as an act of mercy worthy of the great sovereign of a great empire." On Monday evening it was announced in both Houses of Parliament that, owing to the strong and general opinion, expressed on the subject, the Government had id vised her Majesty to remit the capital penalty in the ,ase of the Fenian convict Burke, and the Royal sanction to the exercise of mercy had been received.
COMING FROM THE DERBY. George Taylor, an ill-looking young fellow, was brought before Mr. Burcham, at the Southwark Police- court, the day after the Derby, charged with assaulting James Briggs, in Magdalen-passage, Tooley-street, and. attempting to rob him. The prosecutor, the son of a publican in Tooley-street, said that on the previous day he had been to Epsom races, and returned with some friends, whom he left in Long-lane a little after 11 o'clock. He then proceeded towards home, and when passing down Magdalen- passage, towards Tooley-street, he saw the prisoner, who followed him, and just as he got to the narrowest part the prisoner suddenly seized him by the throat from behind and pulled him backwards. Witness called out Police," when the prisoner struck him a violent blow in the face, and said "Tf you. hallo again I'll throttle you." The prisoner then got him back on the ground, and was in the act of rifling his pockets, when a constable came up and rescued him from any further violence. Witness stated that he struck him twice on the face after he pulled him back- wards. Mr. B,-archtm asked him if he knew anything of the prisoner. Witness replied that he had no recollection of seeing him before until he passed him at the end of Magdalen street, and then he followed him into the passage- Witness was perfectly sober at the time. Police-constable 462 A said,he was OIl duty in Tooley- street, abou half-past eleven, when he heard cries of « Police in Magdalen-passage. He proceeded there and saw the prosecutor on the ground, and the prisoner leaning over him, striking him on the face. Witness seized hold of the prisoner, and after a desperate struggle he succeeded in overpowering him and taking him to the station-house. When at the latter place he said he lived in High-street, Peckham, and that he was going nome that way when the prosecutor insulted him. Wit- ness informed his worship that Magdalen-passage was quite the contrary way to Peckham. Mr. Burcham asked, if the prisoner was known. The constable replied that he did not know, but he believed he was aD, old offender. Mr. Burcham, 'remanded the prisoner for a week.
THE EMPEROR OF RUSSIA proposes to spend ■ £ 20,000 a day during his stay in Paris, which, will be "isn. days. THE will of Artemus Ward, whose proper same was Charles Ferrar Brown, has just been proved, the personalty in England being sworn under £ 300. MR. CARPENTER, one of the great bee masters J: Hampshire, died a few days ago. He had 200 stocks. He and his family have resided at Godfrey's Farm at Beaulieu, in the New Forest, for upwards of a century. ANOTHER MEL, TI-NG of the Great Eastern sea- men, who have sued the owners and seized the vessel, was held on Thursday evening at Liverpool. No further progress towards a settlement was reported. ACCOUCHEMENT OF THE PRINCESS MARY OF TECK.-Her Royal Highness the Princess Mary Adelaide was safely delivered of a princess at one minute before midnight on Sunday the 26th May, at Kensington Palace. Her Royal Highness and the infant princess are doing perfectly well. SUDDEN DEATH.—We regret to learn of the sudden death, from disease of the heart, of the only child of Richard Lewis, Esq., the barrister, and the v.-en-known secretary of the National Lifeboat Institution. The young lady had only been married a few months to Albert Leonard, Esq. NEW YORK MORGUE.—A morgue was opened in New York on the 21st of June last year. The report of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction shows that, by the end of the year 1866, 72 bodies had been received; 28; of them were identified by friends, 44 remained unknown. A FOREST OF PTNE TREES. In Cedar County, Iowa, is a young forest of 1,000 pine trees, in clusters and- avenues, wliere eight years ago nothing grew but wild prairie grass. A young, man there can be rich in 20 years by planting pine trees to cut for saw logs.—New York Tribune. A MOD-ERN HORATII AND CURATII.—The Corsican journals give an account of a duel which lately side took place in that country. Three brothers on one against three others of a different family met in a wood armed with axes and poniards, and an indiscriminate melee took place. None were killed, but all were wounded, and some are maimed for life. ICE IN MAT.—An ice storm was experienced at the village- of Bottlesford, near ewsey, in Wiltshire, 3. few days- ago, which did much damage. Very large pieces of ice fell in the village. The weather was very sultry, and a rushing sound was heard just previous to the storm. No such storm has ,been experienced in the neighbourhood for nearly 20 years. THE MONT CENis TUNNEL.—This great work is now more than half completed. The entire length of the tunnel will be 7 miles 1,257 yards, and the distance completed at the close of March, 1867, was-4 miles 345 yards. The advance effected in March was 148 yards, and if the present rate-of progress could be maintained the tunnel would be completed by March, 1870. AN-'OBSTINATE MAN.—The rinderpest at Hild- "utirghausen has occasioned the loss of one human life. A labouring man from Nordheim, probably a little drunk, insisted on passing the bridge at Ernstthal, in spite of the repeated warning of the Prussian sentinel who had been posted there to prevent any person from crossing the frontier. The sentinel fired, and the man was a corpse. A NEW PLACE FOR MR. WALPOLE.—Her Majesty has arranged that Mr. Walpole shall be the Minister in attendance at Balmoral. He will most pro- oably be succeeded by the Duke of Richmond. Mr. Walpole in all probability will be the responsible Minister of the Crown nominated by the Government to a saat on the Ecclesiastical Titles Bill Select Committee. Among the first witnesses to be examined are Dr. Man- zing and Cardinal CLillen.-Tlte Owl. THE number of visitors at the South Kensing- ton Museum during the week ending May 18, was— On Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, free, from ten a.m. to ten p.m., 9,595 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, admission 6d., from ten a.m. to six p.m., 1,655; National Portrait Exhibition (by payment), 2,311 total, 13,471. Average of corresponding week in former years 10,470. Total from the opening of the museum, 1-10,282. FINANCIAL CHANGE IN AMERICA.—There is :iot so much money made now in the United States as there formerly was. It is announced that Alexander T. Stewart, the leading New York merchant, who last year paid tax on an income of more than 4,000,000 dollars, will this year report an income from his business of less than 800,000 dollars. The incomes this year throughout the country show a great falling off as com- pared with previous years. CATTLE SALES AT WELLINGTON PROHIBITED. -At a Committee of the Lords of her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council which assembled on Saturday, at the Privy Council-office, Whitehall, on the subject of the cattle plague, an order was passed revoking the licence for sales of cattle at Wellington (Salop). This ordbi- was at once dispatched to the clerk of the peace of the county, and had the effect of stopping the cattle sale which would otherwise have been held at Wellington on Monday. The Lords of the Council present ■were'the Lord President and Lord Robert Montagu. Mr. 'Harrison attended the committee. SCHOOLS FOR POOR PARISHES.—The finance committee of the National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Church of England have just set apart the sum of X5,000 to enable them to increase their ordinary grants for'build- ing schoolrooms whenever applications come from the poorer parishes in thinly-populated districts of England a ad Wales. -There are some parishes the population of which is too small to require separate schools, and these are often united with others for school purposes; but doubtless -there are yet many places which need school- rooms, md could support schools when once established. THE ALLEGED CRUELTY IN THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS.—A correspondent thus writes to the Times —" As business during the last four years has led me o ,'Spend much time at the gardens, you will, perhaps, allow me to mention that the snakes are only fed on Fridavs at seven p.m., that the doors are closed, and that persons wishing to be present must make especial application to the reptile keeper. So much, therefore, for a public exhibition of cruelty. But that the anuu-.iis are not afraid of even the largest boas can be ei-ily proved-by facts which I have no doubt the superinten- dent, Mr. Bartlett, would be very happy to furnish to your correspondents. I may state that mice have been seen nibbling the nose of a. snake that did not seem in- dined to devour them at once." SLEEPING CARS.—Mr. Pullman, of Chicago, is che "king" of the sleeping cars at the West—running his cars over no less than 16 separate lines of road. He makes them better and better every year—larger and more roomy, with better beds and more elegant furniture. He is now building cars with separate apartments for family travel each apartment furnished with arm- chairs, tables, sofas, mirrors, beds, &c., and by means of a compact kitchen attached to each car, each person served with meals a la carte, at whatever hours may best suit his or her convenience. A week ago he brought one of these cars to Albany and ran it through, by special train, direct to Omaha, for the United States' Commissioners- appointed to inspect and accept that part of the Pacific Railway already done, and an accompany- inc party of invited guests. Several of these cars are already in use on the Western roads. They are exceed- ingly comfortable and deprive long journeys of nearly alf their inconveniences and discomforts. TRADE OF QUEENSLAND.-In the year 1866 Queensland exported produce and merchandise of the value of £ 1,366,491, an increase of more than zC213,000 over the previous year; some portion consisted of manufactured goods re-shipped. The exports to Great Britain-were of the value of £ 321,939 to Australian '.colonies, £1,025,377. The exports included wool of the value of £ 937,659. The shipments of cotton wool increased from £ 12,197 in 1865 to X19,618 in 1866, and are said to be likely to be quadrupled in the current season. The imports amounted to £ 2,467,907; the imports from Great Britain to £ 742,884 from Australian colonies, £ 1,711,895. The imports were less by nearly X38,000 than in the preceding year some articles heretofore imported are now produced by local industry. The population of Queensland was upwards of 96,000 at Christmas, and has since increased. AN ADVENTURER'S LUCK.-It is said that recently at Homburg a, person borrowed 20 francs of the croupier in the name of M. Rothschild. Dame fortune hearing the name, was, it seems, as deceived as the croupier, and remaining faithful to her love, no sooner did the borrower place a five-franc piece on a number than a success followed, and the false Rothschild became the proprietor of 300 louisin a short time, and paid back his borrowings with a noble look of thanks for interest- nothing more. Then, and not till then, the eyes of the croupier were opened. FRIGHTFUL OMNIBUS ACCIDENT.—Mr. Bed- ford,, the coroner for Westminster, received information, on Monday, of the death in Westminster Hospital of John Fly, aged about 40 years. It appears that the deceased was the driver of an omnibus. On Friday morning last he was driving along near the Victoria Station Pimlico, when he fell forward and rolled under the omnibus wheels. He was at once picked up and conveyed to the above hospital, where it was found by the house surgeon that the wheels had passed over the poor fellow, from which he expired. HEAVY COMPENSATION CLAIM.—The other day, at, the Lord Mayor's Court, before the Recorder and a special jury, a compensation case, "The Governors of Bridewell and Bethlehem Hospital v. the Metropolitan Railway Company" was appointed for hearing. The question was in respect to some freehold property, in Liverpool-street and its adjacent parts required by the railway for their Tower-hill Extension line, but, in order to save a long inquiry, an arrangement was made. The jury were informed that the matter was settled, to which they had no o-bjection, and gave a verdict for X40, 000, which wasenteTed, upon the proceedings. DEATH IN A SWIMMING BATH.—An inquest was held on Friday at St. George's vestry-room, Gros- venor-square, London, on the body of William Saunders Levick, aged 37. The deceased, who was manager for Messrs. H. and D. Blains, Fenchurch-street, went to the St. George's Baths, Pimlico, on Monday evening. He had swum the length of the bath (about 60 feet) and back, but soon afterwards was seen by an attendant to be floating motionless. He was drawn to the side, and medical assistance was promptly obtained, but it proved of no avail. It -was proved that death was occasioned by apoplexy, and a verdict'was returned ac- cordingly. DEATH BY DROWNING.—The Coroner for Birmingham held- an inquest at the Dartmouth Arms, Dartmouth-street,on the 27th of May, concerning the death of George Joseph Mills, a child eight years of age, who had lived at No. 1 house, 2 court, Ashted-row. The deceased, on Friday last, about half-past three o'clock in the afternoon, was endeavouring to catch a fish out of the canal in the above neighbourhood, when he overbalanced himself and fell in. Two men who witnessed the occurrence jumped into the water and got the deceased out, when the usual remedies to restore animation were applied, but without effect. Verdict, "Accidental death." COMING FROM THE OAKS.—Several boys were charged at the Wandsworth Police-station on Saturday with blowing peas out of pea-shooters at persons in the different carriages returning from the races on Friday. The policemen took them into custody without saying anything to them. The boys said they did not know they were doing any harm. Mr. Dayman told the. policeman he ought to have cautioned the boys, but as they had certainly done wrong he should fine them Is. each. Two men (an officer of Customs and a clerlr) were charged with a-similar offence. Mr. Dayman said they ought to have known better, and fined them 10s. each. MR. T. HUGHES'S SUNDAY TRADING BILL. —A crowded public meeting was held in, the Albion- hall, London-wall, on Monday, to oppose the Sunday Trading Bill introduced by Mr. T. Hughes. Mr. Phillips was moved to the chair. After the delivery of a number of speeches in strong opposition to the bill, and an un- successful attempt at opposition by a few advocates of the bill, resolutiondemnatory of the measure and V* adopting measuresvalculated to impede Its progress through Parliament were passed by towering majorities and with the utmost enthusiasm, accompanied with a large amount of noise consequent on the opposition that was attempted. STABBING AT A CHRISTENING.—A man named John Daley, 40 years of age, has just been sentenced to three months' imprisonment, at tke Preston. Intermediate Sessions, for stabbing his father-in-law, Michael Fannon, under very peculiar circumstances. The- parties live at Blackburn, and on the 21st April one of the prisoner's children was christened. During the after proceedings, drink having been provided, the prisoner quarrelled with his wife, and called her some bad names. Fannon heard hit!, and during a quarrel which succeeded was- stabbed by the prisoner in the nose and chin. A wound, two inches in length,. was inflicted on, Fannon's nose, and both sections of it were cut. The, prisoner. was afterwards apprehended and committed. A YOUNG RUFFIAN.-Henry James. Osborn,. whose age was given as 15, but who did not look more than 11 years of age, was charged at the Clerkenwell Police-court on Saturday, by Mr. George Osborn, his father, with wilful damage, by breaking a pane of glass and the panel of a door. The complainant said he lived at 72, Shakspere-road, South Hornsey, and was- a law- writer. On Friday night the prisoner's mother was putting him to bed when he abased her and called her most filthy names, and used dreadful lan- guage he threatened to break every pane of glass ia, the house, and then smashed a pane of glass and broke a panel in the door. He said he would cut his father's stomach open, and seized a sharp plasterer's instrument, and tried to attack them with it. The boy had always been a bad boy, and was constantly assaulting the whole family. Sentence-14 days' hard labour. SUFFOCATION OF, AN INFANT BY A CAT.—A melancholy case of suffocation recently occurred at 50, Worship-street, Greenock, an infant five months old, daughter of Robert Wilson, baker, having been suffocated by a cat. Mrs. Wilson had left the infant sleeping in bed while she ran to the green to put out clothes for drying. She left the door open in order that she might hear the child's scream if it awoke. She was just about fifteen minutes out of the house when the eldest of her three children came into the green. She sent her up- stairs to see if baby was awake, and the girl returned crying that a large black cat was in the bed beside Jessie. The mother ran upstairs, and there was a strange cat standing over the infant, mouth to mouth. She threw it aside, and tried to waken the baby, but it was motion- less. Her screams alarmed the neighbours, and Dr. M'Caskie, of Largs, who was passing at the time, went in, and found the child dead.. RAILWAY SPEED.—A comparison of a large number of examples has enabled the Railway Commis- sion to make the following statement :-In England the express trains run generally, including stoppages, about 40 miles per hour the average of all the examples of the quickest trains (omitting suburban) gives 36g miles per hour the ordinary trains run generally from 18 to 30 miles per hour the average of all the examples of the slowest trains gives 19-5 miles per hour. In France the express trains run, including stoppages, 25 to 35 miles per hour the average of the quickest examples is 31 miles the ordinary trains run from 16 to 25 miles per hour the average of all the examples of the slowest trains is 18 miles per hour. In Belgium the quickest trains run from 29 to 35 miles per hour; the slowest 18 to 23. In Prussia the quickest 29 miles the slowest 17 to 21 miles. In Austria the quickest 20 to 29 miles the slowest 14 to 21. In Bavaria and along the Rhine the quickest 24 to 32 miles; the slowest 13 to 24 miles. In Italy the quickest 24 to 3:) miles the 'slowest 15 to. 24 miles, ?
A BAD MISTAKE. DISHONESTY AND PENITENCE. James Erasmus Bartlett, 30, clerk, was tried at the Middlesex Sessions, on Tuesday, for stealing 38 orders for the payment of £ 700 and upwards, and the sum of £ 70 in money, the property and moneys of Joseph Storrs Fry and others, his masters. Mr. F. H. Lewis appeared for the prosecution. The prisoner, who seemed to feel his situation very acutely, pleaded guilty. The prisoner was in the employ of. Messrs. Fry and Son, chocolate manufacturers in the City-road, as ware- houseman, and enjoyed the confidence of his employers so far that, he was entrusted with large sums of money to put into the bank every Saturday afternoon. On the 27th of April a hag ivasi niade,iip containing 28 cheques, amounting to £ 765 2s. 2di, three £ 5 Bank of England notes, and X65 in gold, and the prisoner directed to take it to Messrs. Robarts, the bankers, in Lombard-street. The prisoner went away, but never returned. On the following Monday the prisoner's wife went to the prosecutors, and from what she said the police were communicated with, and the matter was placed in the hands of Sergeant Hann, a detective-officer, who went in search of the prisoner and found him at No, 9, Ponds- row, Camberwell. He told him that he should take him into custody for robbing his employers of upwards of £800, and he said it was all right, and that it was-bad company that had led him into it. He said he had been in the habit of going to the bank on Saturday, but he called in at a public-house opposite the Mansion-house and lost the money. This was not true, however; for a few days before the prisoner gave' his brother-in-law, a man named Waterman, a parcel containing a large sum of money to mind for him. Mr..F. H. Lewis said, on behalf of the .prosecution, he was directed to recommend' the prisoner to mercy, and he wished to read to the court the following letter which had been received by the prosecutors from him, showing his contrition for what he had done :— "House of Detention, May 9, 1867. Gentlemen,-With humble contrition and heaviness of heart, I respectfully solicit your kind forbearance and forgiveness for my past errors. My prayers, morn- ing and night, have been offered to the Almighty that he may incline your hearts to restore me again to liberty. Oh, how I wish I could recall the false and rash step, I have taken The thought of my future prospects har- row my mind. The cares and troubles I have brought upon myself, my dear wife, and' four little ones,. dis- tresses me more than I .have power to describe, and yet the punishment is just. I have for twelve months entirely disregarded reli- gious communion, and have suffered accordingly. In- stead of manfully striving against domestic difficulties,: and seeking Almighty aid, I gave up to despair and carelessness, and at last ended by being drunkard—and thief. When I think of my early instruction, and the length of years I have held my position, and that now, for sordid and ill-gotten gain I should lose all, the thought is shocking to my soul; but, thank God I have these last few days found great consolation, under the influence of his Holy Book. "After leaving the City-road on the Saturday I called to have a glass of ale in the neighbourhood, and walked to the European, and had more there, and stood talking with several in front; of the bar till past three o'clock. Finding I was too late to bank the money, the evil thought arose in my mind that I would abscond, and from that moment to the present, or until I arrived in Camberwell, I think the finger of God was. upon me, and had I not returned when I did some bad and awful end would have been put to my career. Not a soul but myself was cognisant of the deed I had committed. I fled to Paris by way of Dieppe. Stopped in Paris one night without rest of any kind, I left Paris at twelve o'clock the following day, and: then got into very bad company to stifle the strong voice of conscience. I returned to Camberwell, and in the hands of my brother- in-law lodged some money. He then told me the distress I had caused at home, and under his advice I returned and was captured. Gentlemen,: my memory: is much shattered with the excitement of the past week. Oh, do restore me into the bosom of my family once again Let me prove by my subsequent; life. my grati- tude; and, oh! do if possible spare .me the-pain of another public examination. "For the sake of my dear wife. and four children, oh, do have pity! That the Almighty God may incline your hearts in my behalf, is the prayer of li Yours (in great trouble), JAMES E. BARTLETT." Mr. F. H. Lewis said, in addition to these feelings of regret for what, he had done, the prisoner had given such information as had led to the recovery of all the cheques except one that the prisoner had got cashed, and the whole of the money, with the exception of about £ 50, had been recovered. Mr. Fry, one of the prosecutors, was called, and strongly recommended the prisoner to mercy, on account of his wife and four little children. The Assistant-Judge said it was entirely due to the merciful prosecutor that the ceurt had not felt it its duty to send the prisoner to penal servitude for at least seven years, as he had robbed his employers to the ex- tent of several hundred pounds. He had lost his cha- racter, and brought ruin on his family. As he had been so strongly recommended to mercy,, the sentence of the court upon him was that he be imprisoned. and kept to hard labour for eighteen months.
EXTRAORDINARY SCTENE AT THE BISHOP OF SALISBURY'S VISITATION. The- Lord Bishop of Salisbury held- his tritmnial, visi- tatiol, at Bridport on Thursday last, when there was a large attendance of clergy and churchwardens. The charge was of a voluminous. and elaborate character, and was principally devoted; to a vindication of the following doctrines :—1. That certain men have had entrusted them by God, as. fellow-workers with Him, supernatural powers and prerogatives." 2. That God has been pleased to give to-them, His ministers, the power of so altering the elements of bread and .wine as to make them the channels-of conveying to the soul for its subsistence the refreshing body and blood of Christ." 3. That as Christ, the ascended Lord, is ever pleading for the clergy, His ministers; plead on earth that which be pleads in Heaven." 4. "That God who alone can forgive sins, hath, delegated to them, His, representatives, the power and authority of ex- pressing to those fitting to receive it the pardon of their sins." He proceeded to. say that there was a time to speak and a time to keep silence, and he believed the time for being outspoken had arrived in his diocese, and he had without any mental reservation, God knew, acted on that conviction. At this point the Rev. William C. Templar, the rector of Burton Bradstock, stepped from his seat into the aisle in front of his lordship, and i exclaimed with much fervour, "I believe there is a time I ] to speak, and a. time to be silent: let thsse that are on the Lord's side follow me and he turned and walked out of the church, followed by one churchwarden. This scene created a profound impression, and his lordship was for a moment apparently much disconcerted. Intense silence prevailed for a minute or two, and then his lordship- said, I would only remind you that this 1 is a court, and the clergy are bound to attend it, though their consciences are not bound to receive all they hear. Of course, a person may be punished for any contempt of court." He then proceeded with the reading of his charge, but before he had concluded—though he omitted what, he said, would occupy several hours' reading— every churchwarden had left the church, and the clergy 1 manifested signs of uneasiness. In the afternoon the ] churchwardens held a meeting, and unanimously adopted the following address to the bishop, which was signed by thirty-four of them :—■ My lord,—As churchwardens of the several parishes within your diocese, we have this day attended your a triennial visitation, and heard the charge delivered by t you to your clergy. Feeling that we have also respon- a sible duties to perform, in endeavouring to preserve our 1: Reformed Church from innovations and practices 0 inimical to its pure faith, we avail ourselves of the I occasion to express our deep regret at some of the fi opinions and doctrines therein enunciated. We believe them to be at variance with those principles for which t our forefathers so nobly and successfully struggled, wow. P than three hundred years ago, when they protested against the errors of the Church-of Rome. Entertaining the highest possible respect for your lordship's personal character and office, we nevertheless feel it: incumbent on us to assert' our belief that unless a check is at once and promptly made both by clergy and laity to those innovations and practices which are alien to the feelings of all sound Churchmen, a considerable portion of those who are now sincerely devoted to the Establishment will be induced to withdraw to Dissenting places of worship, or be insidiously attracted towards the Church of Rome, and thereby destroy the harmony and weaken the1 con- fidence which has so long and happily; existed. amongst them."
ABDUOTION OF FOREIGN GIRLS. A case, which it is to be feared is only one of many of a similar character, came before the stipendiary magistrate at Hull, a few days ago. Two-Prussian girls, apparently about one or two and twenty years of age, told the following-story to the magistrate, through the interpreter :—They and another girl, a native of Holland, carried on the business of seamstresses in: Antwerp. One day, while pursuing their ordinary avocation, a blind man and his wife entered their house, and the former stated that he wanted a barmaid, a chamber- maid, and a maid-of-all-work for a hotel in Halifax, and thought that the three girls would just suit. Nego- tiations were entered into, and such tempting offers held out that the girls accepted the supposed situations, on condition that the man would pay, their fares. This: he did, and took possession of their wearing apparel and some few trinkets that his dupes were possessed of. On arriving in the Humber, the villain told the girls that he had brought them to England for an immoral pur- pose. They at once ,said that they would not 'coniply with his request, and demanded their clothes. He refused to give them up, but just at this time a Dutch- man came on board, and one of the girls, hearing her language spoken, went to the man and told liim her troubles. After some conversation with' the blind man and his wife, they gave the Dutch girl 10 francs and her wearing apparel. The two other girls, seeing' this, wanted to come to the same terms, but were not' success- ful in their endeavours. Threats were holdout, and the poor dupes were allowed to go on shore. They went to Dr. Jacobson, the interpreter, and by his advice applica- tion was made to the stipendiary. The blind man and his wife were fetched, and the former was forced to pay their passage home and deliver up the clothes in his possession. The money was given to Mr. Lanvig, the agent of the. Society for Aiding Distressed: F6reigners, :by whom the. unfortunate eirls; will be sent home.
PROFESSOR FAWCETT ON WOMAN'S POLITICAL RIGHTS. The annual debate of the University College Debating Society took place the other evening in the botanical theatre of the college,, in the presence of a large audience, more than half of whom were ladiea; Professor Fawcett, M.P., presided. The subject for debate was "Ought sex to be a disqualiifcation, for the exercise of the, fran- chise?" After an animated discussion, in which no lady could be prevailed upon to join, .the learned gentle- man presiding, rose, and in the course of his remarks, said Admitting that women are not equal to men—I do not admit it-you can't deny that their privileges are at least equal to those to whom the franchise is to be given. Again I ask, why should! men maintain that the power of voting rests entirely in. their hands. ? that the sending representatives to Parliament belongs-to them exclusively? To me it seems that it would be a very difficult task for them, to justify their assuming to themselves to decicl6 what is best for the nation. Has woman no interest in the matter? Is it of little consequence to her who are to make the laws and administer public affairs? It has been said, that re, ligion has caused discord in families, and would we now add politics, and set the father against the mother, land the son against the daughter 1 L say that religious differences have caused more discord than political ever wo.uld,.and yet is there a law to say that a. Protestant man, may not marry a Catholic woman?: The whole question as .regards women is one. of self-interest—one in which, the State should not interfere. Again, we must look at the effect it would have upon her character. It would not, as has been stated, destroy her womanly qualities; but, on the contrary, I believe the more a woman interests herself in the affairs of the State, and of the world the better she becomes.. People sometimes say, if you admit woman to have a vote, you ought to admit her to Parliament. This, however, is not the question before us, but it should not frighten us. Self-interest should be the guide, and if a constituency thought that they knew a woman who would represent them in Parliament beffier than' any man would, I can't see why a law should not be passed to say that they should choose that woman. We should treat men and women as if they were better judges of their own welfare than the State. If this is not kept in, view, we .shall not have individual liberty, but the State telling us how we are to.act;in this matter, how in that, how we are to live, On the question being put to the meeting, there was an almost unanimous vote in the affirmative, whereupon the learned gentleman rose and said,, Though we have been overwhelmingly van- quished,, we- have not been convinced.
STRANGE DEATH OF A LADY. The Paris correspondent of the Express says:— A few days since a story went the round of the papers about the dead body of a well-dressed lady laving been found in the forest of Fontainebleau, with ;he face eaten off' by a wolf." As there are no wolves n Fontainebleau, and the startling intelligence, given at irst with meagre details, remained for some time uncon- irmed, it created little sensation in Paris, and passed as ,canard. It is, however, quite true that the body of he lady was found, and that another lady has been .rrested on suspicion of having poisoned her. One day ast week the driver of a hack fly, while passing along ne of the avenues of the forest near a place called ranchart, saw a lady lying on the grass in a eopse not ir from the road; and whose face was hidden V an open parasol. The weathqi' being at hat moment extremely hot, the coachman sup- •osed that -,he was, seating herself, arid, passed M). t:===::=: :4 But it happened that he had occasion to drive along the same road the next day, and when he saw the lady and the parasol in precisely the same position as before, he naturally came to the conclusion that all was not right. He got down from his box and found a dead body, with a parasol fixed in the ground so as to conceal the head. A part of the face was eaten away, probably by a stout weasel or wild cat. The coachman hastened to Fon- tainebleau to inform the police of his shocking dis- covery. It was found. on inquiry that the deceased, together with another lady, had come a few days before to stay at an hotel in the town. They had taken a carriage for a drive in the forest, got out together, and sent the carriage back, saying they wished to walk in the woocl. In the course of that evening one of the ladies came back to the hotel in a state of great apparent distress, saying she had missed her companion in the forest, and could not think what had become of her. She added that she would go back at once to Paris, hoping to find her there. After quitting the hotel, and doubt- less paying the bill, she went to a jeweller's in Fontaine- bleau, and stating that she had not money enough to pay her railway fare to Paris, sold a gold brooch, giving her right name and address, which the tradesman inscribed in the books. The name of the lady supposed to have been murdered, Madame de M-, was discovered by a wedding ring on her finger, inside which it was engraved. She was twenty-eight years of age, and had been twice married,, and the ring ingquestion was that of her first marriage. It is re- ported that she had lately received a large sum of money in Paris, which she had brought with her to Fontaine- bleau. A. secret instruction is now going on, and it is probable that nothing more will be heard of the ex- traordinary case till the lady now under arrest is brought up for trial before an Assize Court". --J1. in h 111 r:
STRANGE STORY OF MUTINY AND ROBBERY. On'Monday afternoon the schooner Howden (Captai Robinson), of Goole, arrived at Hull from Malaga, witi, olive oil. The captain made a singular report respecting his vessel. He said that during the voyage his eye be. came so inflamed that he brought the vessel up at Dungeness, and went on shore to obtain medical advice. On his return he was astonished to find the crew absent, and the mate, in whose care he had left the ship, help- lessly drunk. His surprise was greatly increased at finding that everything of value had been stolen by the crew, who had taken out the loHgboat and made off with their booty. A very valuable chronometer, compasses, the captain's gold watch and giiard,, clothes, and even the bed-clothes, and some of the provisions formed part of the booty. He at once got another crew, ,and took steps to secure the-speedy capture of the run- aways. Among the articles stolen was theicaptain's writing-desk, which contained the ship's.papers, and the bill of health. The schooner was therefore obliged to ride quarantine on her arrival at Hull, as the captain was unable to produce his bill of health. She was, however, allowed to enter the, dock shortly after the captain had told his story to the authorities. With respect to the-crew and the stolen property Do. certain information has been obtained; but a brig, which arrived at Sandgate on Sunday, reports that, at eleven o'clock on the previous evening, when about twelve miles off Fair- light, she picked up a large boat, painted green exter- nally and lead-colour inside, master's name "G. W. Robinson inside; ship's name outside, scratched and rendered illegible, but letters representing "Goole" or Poole could be traced. The boat was nearly fulLof water, and contained the dead body of a, man, whose, face was very much disfigured, apparently by blows he. was dressed in black trousers, Wellington boots, and, blue serge shirt; had round him a belt, to; which was attached a sheath, but no knife. There was no plug in the boat, but a thowl had been used for. the:, purpose, with a piece of coloured linen round it. There was also a boat-hook, and some pieces of manilla rope made fast to the thwarts and cut in one or two places. In secur- ing the boat a slight jerk was given to one end,. which made the water in the boat surge, and the body was washed out and, immediately sank. The body was-found and brought on shore, and remains in the hands of the Coastguard at the station. There seems little, doubt that the dead man was one of the crew, and it is pos- sible that the others (there were four in all) have,been drowned.
-r_ -u. THE HEALTH OF LONDON. It appears from the return issued by authority of the Registrar-General that in the week that ended on Satur- day, May 18, the births registered in London and 12 other large towns of the United Kingdom were 4,664 the deaths registered, 2,623. The annual rate of mor- tality was 22 per 1,000 persons living. In London the births of 1,165 boys and 1,098 girls, in all 2,263 children, were registered in the week. In. the corre- sponding week of 10 years, 1857-66, the average number, corrected for increase of population, is 2,005. The deaths registered in London during the week were 1,119. It was the 20th week of, the year; and the average number of deaths for the week is, with a cor- rection for increase of population, 1,312. The deaths in the present return are less by 193 than the estimated number. The mortality in the metropolis was lower last week than in any week since that which ended on, 19th July, 1862, when 1,111 deaths were registered. The deaths from zymotic diseases last week were 197 the corrected average number being 310. Thirty-eigbl- deaths from small-pox, 15 from measles, 12 from scarlatina, 38 from whooping-cough, 37 from typhus, and 17 from diarrhoea were recorded. The deaths from phthisis were 174, from bronchitis 85, from pneumonia 45, and from diseases of the heart 53. A labourer, aged 25 years, died in the Great Northern Hospital, on the 7th May, of congestion of the brain from sun stroke." The deaths of five persons who were killed, by horses or carriages in the streets were re- gistered,.