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EPITOME OF NEWS, BRITISH AND FOREIGN. The sixth annual festival of the Canterbury Diocesan Choral Union took place in the cathedral there on Tuesday, and was in every respect a great success. The day was fine, and a large number of strangers were present from all stations on the South Eastern and London, Chatham, and Dover Railways, even as far as London. In a musical point of view the festival was fully equal to any of its predecessors. On Saturday, Wm. Pickard, aged 60, was oiling a shaft at the corn mill of Mr. Murgatroyd near Bradford, when his clothing becoming entangled, he was taken up and dashed against a wall, his head being instantly smashed to pieces, and his arms and legs torn off. A new religious journal has been established in Indiana for the express purpose of "savagely pitching into Christian ladies who wear frizzled hair and things!" It is announced that an International Peace Con- gress will take place at Geneva on the 5th of September next. The programme has been drawn up, and several persons have formally associated themselves with the project. The Volunteer lady who figured at the Dover Review with sword and belt and wore a thick veil, turned up at the great review in Paris and created quite a sensation. The bon mot in Paris is that the bullet of the Pole missed the Czar, but killed the King of Prussia, alluding to the total eclipse that Monarch has sustained from the atten- tion being drawn from him to the Emperor of Russia. The Irish constabulary officers who distinguished themselves against the Fenians have received S42. each, and a number of sub-constables 152. each, out of the sum of 2,0001, voted by Parliament as a reward fund. Tha Dublin Express learns upon good authority that the Duke of Cambridge is about to pay an official visit to Ireland, and that he will be accompanied by the Prince of Wales. The Viceroy of Egypt arrived in Paris on Sunday evening. On his arrival at the Tuileries he was received by the Empress. The Emperor, in consequence of indisposition, had been unable to receive several other of his Royal visitors in the earlier part of the day. The sums left in Paris by the Czar, for the charitable establishments in the Department of the Seine are said to amount to not less than a million of francs. It has been fixed to hold a grand cattle show at Glasgow, in the end of July and beginning of August. Nu- I merous entries have been made with the secretary, and it promises fair to be a first-rate exhibition. A New York telegram states that the ex-Emperor Maximilian has claimed to be tried by a Congress of Nations. The Mexicans, however, are not likely to take any such trouble with him. They mean, it is said, to banish him from Mexico. If they carry out this threat, Maximilian will pro- bably rejoice far more in his exile than he has ever done in his sovereignty. The Hereditary Prince Maximilian of Tour and Taxis has just died at Carlsbad. His wife, a sister of the Empress of Austria, had given birth to a child only a few days before. The New York papers report that it is the eustom on the emigrant vessels that sail to and from that port to compel the steerage passengers to take air and exercise on deck, by heating a shovel and then placing cayenne pepper on it, the fumes causing a general rush on deck from the confined quarters below. It seems to be confirmed," says the Independance, that the Emperor Napoleon will before long visit the Prussian capital. Several of the Berlin journals, in fact, state that preparations are already being made in the Royal Palace for the French Sovereign's accommodation." The Globe says it is understood that Parliament will not be prorogued till the end of the second or beginning of the third week in August; and that a general election may be expected early in the ensuing spring. Such is the rapidity of travelling now, that Spanish eggs cross the Pyrenees, pass through France, and arrive in London almost in time to be sold for new laid ones. The skeleton of a whale ninety-five feet long was re- cently washed ashore near Melbourne, in Australia. The American racing yacht, Vesta, has returned to New York from the Isle of Wight after a voyage of thirty- two days. She experienced very bad weather and head winds nearly the whole voyage. Jeff. Davis' plantation, with that of his brother Joe, have been sold to a former slave of Jeff.'s for 400,000 dollars on ten years' lease, and the coloured man, it is said, will make 80,000 do!s. this year. Inquiries, I understand," writes the Paris corres- pondent of the Post, "are being made concerning the pres- ence of certain disreputable people, men and women, who appeared at the late balls and fêtcs. There is no avoiding such accidents as these in Paris, owing to certain facilities for obtaining invitations." The Czar, it is said, has given to the general officers and colonels of the French army nearly as many decorations on the occasion of the review as he could well have given for a great victory. The Emperor and Empress of Austria will leave Vienna for Paris about the 10th of July. They will be lodged in the Pavilion Marsan. A correspondent says that a number of the men engaged in iron shipbuilding have lost the sight of one of their eyes, from the iron chips which are constantly flying about while they are at work. The St. Alban's (London) ritual case has been per- mitted to advance another stage. The articles lodged by the promoter have been both "reformed" and "amended "to the satisfaction of the defendant's proctor; and that gentle- man will now file a "responsible allegation" by way of plea. A young woman, carrying what was apparently an infant in her arms, was arrested a few evenings ago for begging on the Boulevard St. Michel, in Paris. The baby was then found to be a mere make-up formed of a roll of paper and pasteboard covered with clothes. His Highness the Maharajah Dhuleep Singh and the Maharanee have left Elvedon-hall, near Thetford, Nor- folk, for the continent. The Maharajah has become popular in the neighbourhood of Elvedon; religious services in con- nection with the church of England have been held regularly at the hall on Sunday evenings of late, and have been at- tended by the poor of the village and others. A Paris contemporary relates that last week two gentlemen were slowly walking down the Boulevards and re- marked a poor little sleeping child at the corner of the Rue de la Paix and of the Boulevard des Capucines. One of the young men softly approached the child, and, without awaken- ing him, slipped a gold piece within the pocket of his tattered waistcoat. This charitable fldneur was the Crown Prince of Prussia. A curious detail, says the Gazette de France, is re- lated in connection with the marriage of the Duke of Aosta. The Dowager Princess de la Cisterna, to prevent her daugh- ter's fortune from being managed after the system which presides over the finances of the Italian realm, has reserved to herself the administration of the very considerable wealth which the bride brings to the son of Victor EmmanueL The Emperor Napoleon on a report from the Minister of Marine, has extended to the troops of that ser- vice the benefit of the increased pay of 4c. a day granted to the troops of the Line, to be appropriated to the fund set apart for their food. The new regulation is to be in force from the 16th inst. The crown which the Empress of Austria wore during the ceremony at Pesth was made for Maria Theresa, but never used by that princess. It is of silver, but so studded with diamonds and pearls that the metal is scarcely visible. One of the diamonds is valued at 70,000 florins, and one of the pearls at 9,000. Two rose diamonds, close to- gether, are so alike in shade, size, and cutting, that they seem to form only a single stone. Eight others have each the volume of a good-sized bean. A horticulturist of the environs of Nantes is said to have discovered a method of producing artichokes of enormous size. When the fruit is formed and has attained the size of an egg, he makes a deep incision in the stalk which lets the sap flow out, and prevents it from reaching the fruit. Under these conditions the artichoke reaches very unusual dimensions. He has found means to give to all the leaves the qualities generally possessed only by the inner- most, by simply covering the plant with a dark cloth to pro- tect it from the sun. A Parisian journal says :—" The attention of the Czar, the King of Prussia, and even of Count Von Bismarck, was, during the late balls and fetes, attracted by the large number of blondes with golden hair who adorned the quadrilles. The Venetian blond which, during the last two years fell much in estimation, has in the course of the pre- sent month risen greatly in the bourse of fashion. A hair- dresser said lately that in ten days he had sold fair-hair decorations to the amount of 10,000fr. Thus it seems the trade in hair is in the full tide of prosperity." A new church is to be immediately erected by sub- scription at the West End of Edinburgh, at a cost of 7,0001., and will be occupied by a congregation to be formed of ad- herents to the Established Church of the country. The Queen of Prussia, on the invitation of Queen Victoria, is about to visit England. The body of Artemus Ward arrived here on Friday night by the steamer Deutschland. It will be taken to Maine to-morrow for interment. "-New York Times, June 2. The Moniteur, giving an account of the departure of the King of Prussia, says it was the desire of his Majesty to leave Paris without ceremony. The King warmly thanked the Emperor for the reception he had had in Paris, and the two Sovereigns parted on most affectionate terms. A new name has now appeared in the list of places in which episcopal confirmations in connection with the Church of England will in future take place. The Bishop of Calcutta has paid a visit to Burmah to celebrate the rite of confirmation—the first time an English prelate has officiated in that empire. The Japanese Commissioners in Paris, it is under- stood, have purchased the ex-rebel iron-clad ram, Stonewall. They are to take her with her present armament, Govern- ment putting her in sea-going condition. Price, 80,0002. A statement of the revenue of the colony of New South Wales during the quarter ending the 31st of March has been published. The total amount received was 455,0001., showing a decrease on the quarter of 8,3391. During the same period the disbursements had exceeded the expenditure by about 50,0002. Two hundred years ago there were 5,000,000 Indians living in what is now the territory of the United States. In 1825 this number had been reduced to less than 500,000, and at the present time there are about 350,000 only. There are at the present time about 5,000,000 Indians in Mexico, and 7,000,000 in South America. The cattle-plague returns for the week show that two new cases occurred in the metropolis against eleven the last previous week. There was no case in any other part of Great Britain. The Princess of Hesse paid a visit to St. Bartholo- mew's Hospital, in London, last week. There is a proposal to make a dock for American and other ocean-going vessels at the mouth of the River Avon, which runs up to Bristol, and is connected by two railways with that city. Liverpool will have to look to this rival institution, which else will run off with a great deal of her commerce. Aceording to the American papers the export of pine-apples had commenced at Havannah. Two vessels had left there for New York with 60,000 pine-apples on board. The export of salt from Turk's Island last year amounted to 37,0001. worth. The value of property destroyed in the island by the late hurricane amounted to 74,0002. Notice has been given by the Post Office authorities that on the 1st of July next postage stamps of the value of 10d., 2s., and 5s., will be issued for sale to the public. The following advertisement, which we find in the Daily Telegraph, may perhaps suggest to some of the ladies who declaim so passionately about women's rights, that it is not at the hands of the ruder sex that they suffer the most cruel and odious insults :Wet nurse wanted, in August next, by a lady residing near London. Must be single and respectably connected. -Address, &c.Pall Mall Gazette. The Vienna Gazette publishes an autograph letter of the Emperor Irancis Joseph, dated Buda, ordering that all objects pledged at the Mont-de-Pi6t6 of Pesth, on which not more than one florin has been lent, shall be restored to the owners without any charge. "The decrease of the Hawaiian race, to speak within bounds, has been over 14,000 in fourteen years and a large majority of these have died under thirty years of age. The ratio of decrease must necessarily increase as years roll on. It will be easy for any one fond of cyphering to state very nearly about the period when the race will be extinct.New York Herald. The negroes of Mississippi are picking up the bullets, &c., from battle-fields which they exchange for spelling- books. The Common Council of Boston, and the trustees of the public library of that city, have unanimously voted to open the library to the public on Sundays. A swarm of locusts has lately appeared in the vicinity of Rome, and has already done great damage to the crops. It is reported that the Sultan has obtained a loan of ten millions of francs from two Greek bankers at Paris to defray the expenses of his visit to the Exhibition. The great elms of Boston Common-the pride of the New England metropolis—are being devastated by worms. A few years ago a mayor placed a colony of squirrels in it which have driven away the birds, and the park is now aban- doned to the worms. The 12th of July is the day at present fixed for the arrival of the Sultan in this country. Mr. William Lloyd Garrison, the American anti- slavery lecturer, is to be entertained at a public breakfast at St. James's Hall, in London, on Saturday morning, the 29th inst. Mr. Bright, M.P., will preside, and the Duke of Argyll has consented to act aa chairman of the committee of arrangements. The parents of Oscar Becker, who attempted the life of the King of Prussia a few years ago, and who was pardoned, have received a letter from New York announcing that their son had gone mad, and had been placed in an asylum in that city. A gentleman, whose name appears to have been Le Bas, hired a boat at Southsea the other day, and some time afterwards the boat was found empty with the exception of the gentleman's clothes. He appears to have got out to bathe and to have been drowned. The body has not been recovered. The report of the United States Agricultural Bureau, Just published, shows that there are in that country a total of 5,401,263 horses, valued at 429,271,818 dollars 882,386 mules, valued at 76,094,954 dollars; 11,318,952 cattle and oxen, valued at 249,351,682 dollars; 39,385,386 milch-cows and sheep, valued at 132,774,660 dollars; and 24,693,534 hogs, valued at 134,111,424 dollars. The existence of a payable coal-field in Victoria, which has for so long a time formed a discussion, appears likely to be demonstrated by further explorations. Garibaldi has written to Juarez congratulating him upon his success, and requesting him to behave magnani- mously to Maximilian. Mr. Coleridge, Q. C., was amongst the persons who lost their watches the other week during the march of the militia through London. Now that Master Floquet, who cried "Vive la Polognewhen the Czar visited the law courts, has been wounded slightly in the hand in his duel with M. de la Touche, he has become quite a hero, and public sympathy is expressed in the shape of cards left at his door. M. Glais Bizoin was one of Master Floquet's seconds. To show the entire contentment of his heart the Emperor Francis Joseph, it is said, was anxious to give M. Deak his portrait, with the inscription, "Francis Joseph to Francis Deak." The picture was ready, but the great com- moner conveyed the expression of his wish that the gift should not be offered, and the King yielded to it. M. Deak has since had an interview with the King. The New York World seems to be endeavouring to naturalise the word burgle,' a verb derived from the noun burglar. "-Boston Advertiser. A new literary club entitled the Decemviri has just been established in London. It is a custom that when a foreign monarch visits the Hotel-de-Ville, Paris, his bust in marble shall be placed in the Salle de Conseil, now decorated with the historical paintings of M. Adolphe Yvon. The busts of the Czar Alex- ander and King William have already been ordered, and will in due time appear in the hall by the side of those of Queen Victoria, King Victor Emmanuel, the King of the Belgians, &c. I have sought (in vain as yet) for a friend, and go home to-morrow, but do not despair. If it would be accept- able, how gladly should I write an apology or explanation to your friends. My error was of the head, not the heart. With unchanged faith and love, yours for ever.-A.d ftnem. To M."—Advertisement in London Times. There is no truth in the rumour that the Sultan has been invited to Balmoral. The French Government has already paid the first instalment of 10,000,000fr. on the purchase of the American turret-ship Dunderberg, and the French frigate Jean Bart is at New York to take charge of her. France has also made a contract for the purchase of a smaller American turret- i j*' i Onondaga, paying 200,0002. for her. The Con- federate ram Stonewall, built in Great Britain, has been sold by the United States to Japan for 500,000 dols. Mr. Martin, the telegraph superintendent of the London and North Western Railway, in conjunction with Mr. Varley, has invented a very useful instrument which, when fixed in a signalman's box, will show the state of the semaphore arms or lights on a distance signal. It consists of a dial furnished with oscillating indices so that the signal- man can, at a glance, see if the signal he has intended should be put on, is really on or not. As an additional safe- guard in the working of traffic it is invaluable. A correspondent at Rome reports that some alarm is felt at the Vatican as to the health of the Pope. On the eve of Pentecost and on Whitsun Sunday he ate a plate of fish for his dinner, and on both nights had a violent fit of vomit- ing, but did not disturb his attendants. He has since been very weak, and his doctor, Signor Vale-Preia, has shown con- siderable uneasiness as to the Pope's condition. A grand review took place at Aldershot, on Monday. There were present the Prince of Wales, Prince Arthur, Prince and Princess Louis of Hesse, the Duke of Cambridge (Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief), and Prince Teck. The royal party having inspected the various regiments by riding up the front and down the rear of the lines, took up their positions at the saluting point for the march past the Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief taking command of the division. The division then marched past, the artillery and cavalry in open column in batteries and squadrons at a walk, and the infantry in open column of grand divisions in quick time. The review being brought to a close, the order of battle was formed and a sham fight took place, after which the troops returned to quarters, which they reached about half-past two. The work of lessening the depth of the waters in Regent's Park, London, is rapidly progressing. The depth is to be three feet. On Saturday the Princess Alice held a drawing- room on behalf of Her Majesty. The attendance was very numerous. It is asserted that the convict Burke has no claim to the title of General," as he never served in either of the American armies. A clergyman of St. Louis, United States, says that on pleasant Sundays about 12,000 out of the 205,000 people in St. Louis are to be found in church. In St. Joseph, Mo., one person in ten is a church member. A telegram has been received which announces that the CHltern steamer, sent out specially with materials and skilled staff for the repair of the Atlantic (1866) cable, reached Heart's Content, Newfoundland, on Monday. Mr. Gladstone will take the chair at the Newspaper Press Fund dinner at Willis's Rooms, in London, on the 29th of July. All the celebrities of Literature are down in the list of stewards. A novel way of advertising has been adopted by a Yankee manufacturer of fine-cut chewing tobacco. He has advertised that a hundred-dollar greenback was enclosed in a paper of his tobacco on the 1st of May. Consequently, thousands are buying his packages, hoping to obtain the prize. The persons arrested for having cried Vive la Pologne have been liberated. It is affime'l that the Czar asked the Emperor to spare Berezowslri's life. Thirty-six advocates offered to defend him, but he chose M. Jules Favre, who has accepted the task, in case the state of hia health will allow him to act. Just as the Emperor Napoleon paraded his troops be. fore the Czar at Paris, the King of Prussia has paraded his troops before the Czar at Berlin. There was a review on Mon- day upon the Tempelhof field, which was of a most brilliant character. King William seems to have been very attentive to his Imperial visitor. A few days ago a man living in the neighbourhood of Brisbane went out in the direction of the Three Mile Scrub, looking for missing horses. He had not been gone more than an hour when he returned with the tale that the horse which he had been riding was dead. It was bitten by an adder, and died a few minutes after receiving the injury. These reptiles and snakes generally are more dangerous at this season than at any other time of the year."—Brisbane Gazette.. The magnificent black horse ridden by King William at the review in the Bois de Boulogne is the one which he used at Sadowa it served as a model for the animal seen in the equestrian statue at the Universal Exhi- bition. The total amount of beet sugar produced in the world is reported to be about 2,800,000 tons annually. France is the chief grower. The Army and Navy Gazette is glad to say that an order will be issued from the War Office almost immediately, for the payment of the extra 2d. a day to the non-commis- sioned officers and men of the army. The increase of pay will date from the 1st of April, and the arrears from that day will be at QllCe disbursed. Notwithstanding th losses of the war, the popula- tion of the Northern States has increased by three or foul millions, and the United States already outnumber every European nation except France, Germany and Russia. A grand lay meeting will take place in London on the 27th instant, to take into consideration and discuss the subject of vestments. It was a lucky moment for M. Raimbaux, equerry of the French Emperor, that on which his horse received a pistol ball destined for the Czar. Not only has he received a Russian and French order of knighthood, but he is to get a title of nobility, and his wife has been presented with 12,0001 worth of diamonds by the Empress of Russia. He is, it appears, a Belgian. The Emperor of Russia has just given to the Em- peror Napoleon the two finest of the three horses which are to be seen in the Exhibition. One is a bay stallion called Fakel, five years old, and the other Jasau, a chestnut of the same age. Both were born and reared at the Imperial breeding establishment at Khrenanoya, in Varon&je, founded by Prince Orloff Tehesmensky at the end of the eighteenth century. It is reported that one of the largest Western rail- roads in America has adopted the principle of paying its cemmon labourers the price of a barrel of flour every week, finding this to be a more just and satisfactory mode of mea. suring the value of labour than to pay a fixed sum in paper money. It is assumed that the cost of living is more likely to follow the price of flour than the fluctuations of the currency. The Czar must have travelled with enough jewelry to set up a first-rate house-the brooches, pins, and snuff- boxes alone were valued at 85,0002. The law relating to the burial of the dead is either very anomalous, or is very ill understood in the rural dis- tricts. Of this an instance is afforded by what has just occurred in Herefordshire. In a parish in that county lived an old woman whose infirmities made her anxious to go and reside with her daughter, to be properly nursed in her last illness. She died, and an application was made to the clergyman where she had previously lived to bury her. The incumbent agreed to this, but subsequently changed his mind, and said that under no circumstances woilld he allow the corpse to be buried in his churchyard. The application was then made to allow the body to be buried in the grave- yard of the parish where the poor woman died, but the squire of the parish here interposed, declared the church- yard was his private property, and forbade the burial The corpse was consequently kept eleven days, and at last interred in another parish. A determined attempt was made on Sunday morning to upset the limited mail train to the north near Wigan, in Lancashire. Some rails had been placed on the line in such a manner that if the train had come up before they were discovered and removed, a terrible accident must almost inevitably have happened. The discovery of the obstruction was owing to an accidental occurrence. The driver of a stationary engine at Wigan found himself in want of water, and drove his engine over the rails on which the limited mail had to pass just before it was due. The engine was jerked off the metals, but neither the driver nor his stoker was injured, and they had fortunately time to stop the mail A less formidable obstruction had already been passed by the mail a few hundred yards back. Some chairs" had been placed on the rails at this spot, whioh had not the effect of stopping the train or throwing it off the line.