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ItUstelhtiicotta Jjiildligence, BOME, FOEEICrl-T, AND COLONIAL. HAPPY UNCONSCIOUSNESS !—The Lancet states that on. the night of March the 5th a woman, aged forty-two, was brought by her husband into the accident ward of the Middlesex Hospital. She had caught her foot in one of the metal hoops of her crinoline, had fallen down stairs, and had sustained a compound fracture of both bones of her leg below the knee. On account of the severity of her sufferings it Was considered advisable to administer chloroform to her before the fracture was examined and while she Was insensible the shattered limb was amputated bv Mr. Lawson, with her husband's assent. The patient recovered rapidly. Being of a timid and nervous temperament, she shrank from looking at the injured limb whilst it was being dressed, and it was thought best not to tell her what had befallen her until the fortieth day after the operation, when she first became aware that she had lost her leg. A SUBSTITUTE FOR GOLD.-It is stated that an American has discovered a beautiiul alloy, which has been most successfully applied as a substitute for gold: it is composed of pure copper, 100 parts pure tin, 17 parts magnesia, 6 p.-i,rts tartar of commerce, 9 parts sal almonaic, 3.6 parts and quicklime, 1.6 parts. It is quite malleable and ductile, and may be drawn, stamped, chased, beaten illito powder or into leaves, like gold leaf. Tn all of which conditions it is not dis- tinguishable from gold, even by good judges, except by its inferior weight. The alloy has already been largely applied in the United States, and requires only to be known in Great Britain to become a general favourite. THE EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN AND M. LOUIS BLANC.—A statement has appeared in most- of the papers to the effect tnat the Emperor Maximilian, lie- fore liis capture, despatched to M. Louis Blanc some letters and other manuscripts of great political import- ance, in order that they might be published. It is authoritatively stated that there is no foundation what- ever for this odd story. M. Louis Blanc ha" received no papers of any kind from the late Emperor or on his behalf.' Although the story has been in circulation only a few days, M. Louis Blanc has been all but inundated with applications from publishers offering to undertake the charge of giving to the world the imaginary documents. THE LATE NAVAL REVIEW.—The following communication has been received by the First Lord of the Admiralty, and has been forwarded by the Hoard of Admiralty to the Naval Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth, with orders that it should be made known to the officers and men of the fleet under his command at Spithead on the 17th of July, 1867 :— By command of his Imperial Majesty the Sultan. Fuad Pasha requests Air. Corry, Firs?. Lord of the Admiralty, to convey to the Admirals and other officers and to the ships' companies of the Royal fleet assembled at Spithead. his Majesty's thanks and acknowledgments for the cordial re- ception they have given to him. His Imperial Majesty de- sires to add the expression of his admiration at the display which he has witnessed of the naval power of Great Britain. DEATH FROM HYDROPHOBIA.—On Saturday an inquest was held in London, respecting the death of Mary Ann Smith, aged thirteen years, the daughter of a commercial clerk. Deceased had been bitten in one of the fingers by a dog in the middle of May last. The finger healed up, and she continued well up till about Thursday last, when she complained of pains in her head and arms, and according to the medical evi- dence exhibited the usual symptoms of hydrophobia. Verdict accordingly. OUR PUBLIC MORALITY.—A writer in the Fortnightly Review, discussing recently the state of public morality at the present moment in this country, says that few things look darker, with reference to any probable purification of the commercial atmosphere, than the following bits out of The Times of the 21st of November, 1866 :— Mr. Hughes, addressing his constituents at Lambeth, told them he blushed for them when lie saw that all enormous number of persons had been convicted of using false weights -and measures. But the audience, instead of sympathizing with the speaker's honest indigllatiOlI, received his remarks with derision. It was in vain to tell them that it was no laughing matter. And in spite of the still larger number tJf persons who have been convicted of the same crime since Mr. Hughes spoke, and have been subjected to merely nominal tines, the Home Secretary has declined to propose more stringent legislation on the subject; whilst a benevolent English lady is about to establish, at her own expense, in one of the poorest quarters of London, a market for the express purpose of ensuring to the working classes in that part of the metropolis full weight and honest measure. AN INTERESTING MEMORIAL. — Mrs. Ann Partridge, aged over eighty years, and a resident of Union, Erie County, Pennsylvania, has presented to Alleghenny County, Meadville. as a centenary '-offering, an original letter of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, received by her from her aunt, Miss Padbury, to whom it was written under the following circumstances :—The followers of Wesley were making -efforts to build themselves a chapel, and the parish minister with the help of a mob would tear down by night what they erected in day-time. This lady wrote to Mr. Wesley asking his advice in the matter, and the following is his reply :— London, Oct. 20, 1787.—My dear Betty,—I love to see any- thing that comes from you, although it he upon a melan- choly occasion. Nothing can he done on the Court of King's ench till the latter end of next week at the soonest, and till then I am trying all milder means which may possibly avail. If nothing can he done this way, we can but fight at sharps there. But prayer and fasting are of excellent uses; tor if God be for us. who can be against us ? Possibly I shall visit you this winter.—I always am, my dear Betsy, vours snoBt affectionately, J. Wesley." A RECOMMENDATION OF BRITISH PRINCIPLES —-Jefferson Davis, who is still in Canada, has been prevailed upon to make another speech. He recently paid a visit to Lennoxville, where his son is at school, and while on his way a large crowd received him with loud cheering at the Sherbrooke railroad station. After some persuasion, he spoke as follows Gentlemen,—I thank you most kindly for this hearty British reception, which I take as a manifestation of your sympathy and goodwill for one in misfortune. It bespeaks the true instincts of your race. I trust you may ever remain as free a people as you are now, and that under the union of your provinces you will grow great and prosperous as you are free. I hope that you will hold fast to your British prin- ciples, and that you may ever strive to cultivate a close and affectionate connexion with the mother country. Gentle- men, again I thank you. A DISTRESSING OCCURRENCE.—A letter from Kehl, in^ the Courrier du. jBas-Mhin, mentions the •death, a tew days hack, at Heidelberg," of a surgeon named Weber, and two of his assistants, under very painful circumstances. All three had been to a country-house m the neighbourhood to attend two children attacked by diphtheria. In the case of one of them, the operation of tracheotomy was found necessary, and Al. Weber, whilst engaged in perform- ing it, unfortunately allowed a small clot of blood to fall into the child's windpipe. In the absence of a proper instrument for extraction, he sucked the Wound to get out the foreign substance. Having failed, the others in succession applied their mouths to the wound, and at last succeeded in their object. They, however, all caught the malady, and succumbed to it in the course of six hours. Professor Weber Was only 39 years of age, but had already acquired a high reputation. GETTING RATHER Duu, !—A Paris paper says We have yet a few more of the minor royal people to register as having been received at the Tuileries; but there are indications of the close of this long and exceptional season. In a few days the Chambers will be dispersed. Already Paris has lost most of the richer and more fashion- able families. The windows of many a hotel are shut, most of the salons are dark, and the furniture is covered with the baggy out-oi-town drapery. Servants may be seen standing ■at doorwajs idling; tradespeople complain of want of busi- ness, and dec.are this Exhibit on year the worst they have Known, The DOIS de Boulogne is not so gay as it was a few days ago people are off to the mineral waters, or the ulea- sureable places on the Rhine. Baden-Baden and Homburg are tilling, we hear many of our foreign visitors will this year resort to ¡hllse pleasant and salubrious regions in order to regain same of the money which Paris lias taken awav." TheTailways invite, the weary and tired-of-pleasure citizen to Havre, Dieppe, Trouvilie, aud Boulogne ill seasonable signs. A DARING PHOTOGRAPHER.—The daring of one adventurous photographer at the recent Naval"Review deserves mention in a chronicle of heroic contention with difficulties (says the Morning Post). This re- solute man set sail in a small boat from Southsea beach when all was clear in heaven, but no calm rested on the sea, bearing his apparatus to the IS omasa's Fort, t which is now a block of stons, just above low water, with a precarious wooden structure on the top of it. He went out alone in his undertaking, scarcely ven- turing to think that the boatman would be able to land him, and utterly ignorant of his chances of return- ing. However, he was landed successfully, and forth- with he commenced a scientific struggle with the ele- ments to wrest at least one scene of the weeping pageant from devouring time. He had in his desperate ardour neglected to ta,ke provisions of any kind. Hungry, drenched, his lens broken, his plates blown about, himself with his head in his camera several times near on being hurled bodily into the sea., with the prospect of having to remain starving at his post until it was possible for the visiting steamer to put off from shore, he battled on undauntedly, and managed I i7 to obtain a couple of "negatives," for which priceless treasures his personal sufferings and professional disasters seemed in his triumphant mind a small pay- ment. MAXIMILIAN AVENGERS.—The New York Hera7d says that a private and informal gathering of about forty persons, principally foreigners and ex- Confederates, took place on the 8th, at Washington, to discuss the project of raising a company of volunteers for Mexico, and to join what, it is generally antici- pated, will, be either a regular or fili bustering expedi- tion for that country. The company, to be called Maximilian's Avengers, will number over one hundred picked men. No steps were taken towards organiza- tion, as it was concluded to await the action of some other point first it would be preferred at the North. THE CHINESE IN AUSTRALIA.—A Melbourne paper says During the month a party of Chinese, accompanied by a European, have been busily engaged visiting cemeteries in the country districts, exhuming the bones of deceased Chinamen, for the purpose of transmission to China. The bones, after exhumation, are carefully counted, to ascertain that none are absent, and are then tied up in parcels, labelled, and en- closed in boxes with a quantity of written papers, and a pack of Chinese playing cards. Incense and perfumed papers are kept burning during the ceremony The huinber of skeletons which have been thus taken up is very great. A SLIGHT MISTAKE .Tlelloti. Joiiii Letcher, who was the Governor of Virginia at the time of the Southern rebellion, has recently stated that, for a long time, and up to the defeat by him of Fremout at Cross Keys, Stonewall Jackson was regarded by President Davis, the Cabinet, and many military men, as little better than a lunatic. This belief had gone so far, and so many complaints were lodged by subordinates against this finest genius of the war, that General Jackson sent his resignation to the President, which was only not accepted because it was pocketed by Mr. Letcher, who further induced the General to withdraw it. THE SULTAN A KNIGHT OF THE GARTER.— At the close of the naval review last week, the Queen was observed on the deck of the royal yacht in conversation with the Sultan, and it was seen that his Majesty had received the Garter at the hands of our gracious Sovereign, and wore the blue riband over his shoulder.—The Morning l'ost says The installation of the Sultan as a Knight of the Garter by the Queen in person, on the quarter-deck of the Victoria and Albert, ir. the midst of the navy which symbolises the power and is the pride of England, is a ceremony great in its majesty and of world-wide figllincance. The greatest honour the Sovereign has to bestow could not have been more gracefully conferred, and the Sultan must have felt, with all the keenness of perception which Orientals possess, the full value of the solemnity, no less than the opportune- ness ot the occasion, which invests it with additional mean- ing and force. The Queen has in this instance royally acquitted herself of her public duties, and has earned the gratitude of the nation by her hospitable and thoroughly English reception of our illustrious guest mid ally. AN INTERESTING DISCOVERY.—In Monroe county, Indiana, lately, as some workmen were dig- ging a cellar, they struck a block of stone which dis- appeared with a dull thump. Investigation disclosed a chamber with a six-foot ceiling, and eighteen by twenty-five feet within the walls, which are of solid, neatly-seamed stone-work. Ranged in rows, on rudely- constructed platforms, were twelve skeletons, each with tomahawk and arrow heads at their sides, ear- rings and bracelets of solid silver lying where they dropped, and piles of what appeared to have been furs, in the centre of the platform, each pile crumbling to dust as soon as exposed to the light. A number of tools, made of copper, and hardened equal to the best cast-steel, were also unearthed. DYJNG OF THIRST !—The Sydney Herald of May 23 says Strange to say while water has been so abundant, all over the country, there is one little spot where people have been dying of thirst. It is said that in the Lachlan back country bodies and skeletons of persons who have perished from want of water are being contimftlly found. It is also related that one man offered a pound note for half a pint of water, and having got it and swallowed it, offered 201. for a full pint, so great was his thirst. This may be an exaggeration, but still the story passes muster and is generally believed. The tract of country alluded to is the only portion of the colony where the rain has not fallen in large quantities. A PETRIFIED WHALE.—The following is from the San Jose Patriot:- On the top of the highest peak of the mountains bordering the east of San Jose Valley lie the petrified bones of a whale. This sovereign of the sea., in countless age. long past, when the grand mountains of California were just emerging from the deep, was probably stranded on the still submerged summit, or broke his neck, or produced a concussion of the brain by butting his head against the wall of rocks while sporting in the briny flood, or in mad career after smaller fish, or some coy whales seeking to avoid his amorous pur- suit. Too MANY OF THEM !-The farmers of many of the western counties of Iowa are greatly annoyed by pigeons, which are arriving from the south in immense flocks, and are very voracious. They alight upon the fields of new-sown grain, and pick up every kernel in sight. It is impossible to drive them away; they are unmindful of the firing of guns, throwing of stones, shouting of men and barking of dogs and it is an easy task to kill any number of them with a pole. Some fields containing 40 acres were absolutely covered with pigeons and, although the sportsmen waged incessant warfare against them, and killed large numbers, their places were soon supplied by others. A great number of fields will have to be sowna second and some a third time. USEFUL AND ORNAJ\ŒNTAL.-Pike's new opera house, now being built in Cincinnati, will be five storeys high, with a frontage of 170 feet. The lower storey is divided into six large stores. There are one hundred rooms on the second floor, and a concert liall seventy feet wide and 128 feet long. The remainder of the building is divided into rooms for mercantile purposes. The cost of the building will be more than a million dollars, and it is estimated that the total rent will amount to 150,000 dollars. THE FREAKS OF FORTUNE !-A correspondent says:— While passing through the Union depot a few days ago, I was accosted by a onc-anned man in faded army blue. Fourteen years ago I first saw him working at a windlass in the gold-diggings of Australia. He and his three partners hoisted by that windlass 800,000 dollars. A few months later I bade him good-bye, as he sailed from Melbourne to New York with 200,000 dollars in bills of exchange in his pocket. I next saw him a wounded rebel soldier, lying on the field of Antietam. A little more than a year later I saw him a Union soldier lying in an hospital in Tennessee. To- day he is a helpless wanderer, dependent on public charity for a dinner. A SAD DISGRACE !—Advices from India inform us that Captain Cunningham, Paymaster of the 88th Regiment at liawul Pindee, has been tried by court- martial for defalcations, and sentenced to be cashiered and to penal servitud ? for five years, and to make good the sum of upwards of 2 0001. of which he has de- frauded the State. The sentence has been confirmed by the commander-in-chief. The l'i;ncs of India says that there are only two other instances on record of officers being sentenced in India to penal servitude or transportation in addition to being cashiered. One is that of a Commissary of Ordnance at Bangalore, who in ro £ >-> or .5,5 was transported for seven years for feloniously selling ordnance stores to the 11a j ah of Coorg the other that of an Engineer officer sentenced to penal imprisonment, a few years ago, for causing the death of a. native by illtreatment. The latter pnsonei wl;is .sent to England to undergo his sentence 9 there, and it is not unlikely that the same will be done in Captain Cunningham's case." A NIGHT IN THE CLOUDS.—Some details have arrived concerning the aerial voyage of M. GodarcVs balloon, which came down at five in the mornin'' on Monday in last Vveek, near Solirjgcn, about ten leagues beyond Cologne, or somewhat over 300 miles from Pans, which city it had left the previous evening. The persons in the car were M. E. Godard and M. Flammarion. They passed the French, frontier over j Ronoi, and went over Belgium to the- right of Dinan, Namur, and Liege, arriving in. Prussia by Aix-la- l ChapsSfe. Prior to midnight, tks.. B&y was clear, but afterwards rak came on, and they saw nothing. When the sun rose they were about 2,500 metres above the earth, the thermometer marking only 35 3-5 Fahren- heit. As the balloon remained filled after the descent, the whole neighbourhood came to examine it, so that a sort of Kermesse was improvised, with booths for eating, drinking, and dancing, and stalls for the sale of tobacco, fruit, cakes, &c. The fete lasted until night. The aeronauts, after having at last let out the gas and secured the balloon, visited Cologne, and then proceeded to Brussels. PLEASURES OF A "FRACTIONAL CURRENCY!" —The fractions of a dollar in American money are represented by little paper &hinplasters, known as "fractional currency." The legal issue of these is about 28,500,000 dollars, but fully one-third more is in circulation in the form of counterfeits. This counter- feit currency circulates as readily as the genuine, for the most of it is as well engraved and printed, and the one cannot be separated from the other. In New York the fraudulent circulation is said to be under the protection of the detectives, who are 10 per cent. commission by the counterfeiters not to interfere with their operations. I ONE FOR ENGLAND !—Last year the Danish Government resolved to manufacture at home rifles for its own soldiers. Orders were accordingly sent in August to a firm at Leeds for the necessary machinery for the making of firearms. A similar order was at the same time sent to Belgium. The English orders were compleved in the following October, but the Bel- gian manufacturers did not complete their orders till December, and their machinery was then found to be inferior in quality to the English. A factory having been constructed, it was in full working order in April last, by which time 200 rifles had been made. The cost of the machinery, factory, and steam engine was between 9,0001. and 10,0001. These facts have been commented on with gome bitterness by the Swedish newspapers; for more than hitlf a year ago the Par- liament voted 60,(1001. for rifles, and there appears to be as yet little to show for the money. "¡¡i!It!W!:«:Iti.