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A PEAN FOR DIZZY.

THE VISIT OF THE BELGIANS…

A SINGULAR CASE DECIDED.

A FENIAN ROMANCE.

A PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE IN!

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A PLEASANT PLACE TO LIVE IN! The following revelations of life in Formosa are given by the Foochow Advertiser of March 30:— We are informed that during the past month at least six Chinamen have been shot by foreigners in Tamsui and Keelung. The ball was opened by a merchant consul. In his house was a large quantity of treasure, which attracted the cupidity of a band of thieves. An attack was made at night, but this gallaiit consul resolutely faced the robbers, and fired into them with swan shot as they crowded into the gateway. They at once made off, carrying with them one man placed kors de combat. Had no further shots been fired we should have considered the affair satisfactory, but several volleys were fired as they retreated. Accounts vary regarding the loss of life, but none say that less than four men were wounded, and one has since died. After this there was a panic among the foreign community. The next performer was, we be. lieve, one of those happy individuals who, in this celestial paradise, are troubled with no govern- ment because they have no consul. He was dining at a friend's, and intelligence having been brought that his house had been attacked, he rushed home, entered by the front door, and cautiously opening another where he heard some one talking, shot the first man he saw, narrowly missing his partner, and inflicting a serious wound on a poor chair coolie who accompanied him. Another case occurred in Keelung. A fellow citizen of the sanguinary consul demanded admittance into a house to seize a man whom he believed to be concealed there. On the Chinaman declining to open the door, this rowdy at once fired two shots through the door, and one of them took effect in the arm of a Chinaman. There are probably other cases of which we have not yet heard, as most of the community are swaggering about with pistols and bowie knives. It is high time that a stop be put to such lawlessness. If British lives and property are in danger, a visit from the gunboat would tend to restore quiet and create confidence; but, with that delicate appreciation of fitness which characterises the admiralty authorities, we are furnished with a vessel like the Icarus, which cannot enter the harbour of Tamsui. The official scarecrow who is placed in charge of British interests has thus no force at his disposal with which to repress such acts as these, or to meet any retaliation which a sense of self-preservation on the part of the Chinese and natives must sooner or later prompt. Admitting any probability of attempt at decisive action on the part of the British Consul it is impossible, and the game is for the present entirely in the hands of these gentle rowdies, who, armed with the best of revolvers and double-barrelled guns, are at liberty to amuse themselves without fear of interruption.

CHANGE FOR SOVEREIGNS AT PARIS.

.Jftkdferous (Skttmtl ftos.

A GOOD HORSEMAN.