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MISCELLANEOUS. STRANGE RECOVERY OF A MISSING RING. The Berlin correspondent of the Daily Telegraph writes:—"It was not a jackdaw, like that of Rbeioas, that was the cause of all the servants in a certain household in this town being dismissed summarily some four years ago; but a valuable ring did disappear in an unaccountable way, and its losa gave rise to much shedding of tears and com- motion. The jewel has now been found, and all is explained, but in a marvellous manner. The Kardener was trimming some trees in the grounds of the house a few days ago, and discovered the missing trinket lyimj on a bough, where it had braved tha breeze, snow, and rain all these years. Here it would doubtless in time have grown into the tfee, to Lave been the subject in after years of scientific speculation, had not the eyes of the horticulturist been especially sharp on the morning in question. It is supposed that the little circle of goid adorned with precious atones bad been left on the breakfast table, and that the servant, in shaking the tablecloth out of the window, had unwittingly thrown it away with the crumbs. HEROIC DEEDS. Oue day last week some children were playing around a pond near Merthyr, when a little girl got beyond her depth. In response to the ecreams for help, Robert Sampson, a carpenter, who was passing by, gallantly jumped into the water. He failed, however, to rescue the child, and, becoming exhausted himself, be was drowned before assist- ance could be rendered. Both bodies have been recovered.—Miss Kate Watson, third daughter of Mr Watson, of the firm of Messrs. J. U. Y oun n and Co., shipbrokers, Glasgow, lost her life in an heroic attempt to save a boy from drowning on Saturday at North Berwick. Up to Tuesday evening the search for the body had been unsuccessful. Two boys and a girl (the sons and daughter of Mr Burle, solicitor, Melrose) were bathing at a spot where several fatal accidents have occurred in past years, when they were drawb in, apparently by an undercurrent. They were being carried away, when their perilons position was noticed by Miss Kate Watson and others from the shore. The yuung lady, who had been bathing, and had just finished dressing, at once {swam out to the rescue. Though the distance was considerable she reached one of the boys, Gerald. The boy was saved, but the young lady was either seized with cramp or became exhausted, for she immediately afterwards disappeared. The other boy and the girl were rescued. Miss Kate Watson was only about twenty years of age. A CHINESE GHOST STORY. Outside of the Ching Wen Gate in Peking there has been for a long time an empty house, which has had the name of being haunted. Nobody has dared to live in it for a great while. A man named Yang, knowing nothing about the ghost, recently moved his residence into that house. During the first two weeks, a ghost terrible in appearance made himself visible in the night. Yang, being a young man of bravery, and having learned the professional ways of taming devils, did not care for it. One night, when he saw the spirit unusually rampant, and he undertook to drive it out, tin devil suddenly became a ray of red light, and entered into the ground. Yang was greatly surprised at this, and digging into the ground, found more than 10,000 taels of silver in the place where the spirit had entered. It is said that Yang, is a virtuous man; he has given money for charity many times, so that the large sum of money he obtained was the reward of Heaven. THE HEIGHT AND VELOCITY OF SEA WAVES. The Hon. Ralph Abercromby, the well-known authority on clouds, has been going round the world lately measuring sea waves by means of a floating sensitive aneroid barometer. The biggest wave he has yet encountered was in 55 degs. S. lat. and 105 degs. W. long. It was 46 feet high 765 feet from crest to crest, and had a velocity of 47 miles an hour. Admiral Fitzroy, however, who also spent a good deal of his time measuring the billows, states in one of his reports that, in ex- actly the same latitude and longitude as given above, he has 3een waves at least 60 feet in height. The land student, therefore, may with confidence strike a golden mean, and say that the highest ocean waves are between 50 and 55 feet high. AN ELOPEMENT AND ITS SEQUEL. A New York correspondent writes:—A shocking tragedy has occurred in a suburb of San Fracciac". Miss Eva Atkins was betrothed to Mr Raymond Bierce, an Englishman, and a writer on financial and other subjects. On Monday last, the wedding was to have taken place at the house of Miss Atkins, whose mother is a wealthy lady well-known in San Francisco society. On Sunday Eva obtained per- mission to pass the night with one of her brides- maids. Instead, she joined Mr Neil Hobbs, an intimate friend of her betrothed, and his grooms- man to be. The pair proceeded to Sacramento, where they were married. In a few days they returned to San Francisco, where young Bierce was raging like a madman over the treachery of which be was the victim. He went to the house of Eva's mother, and soon after the elopers entered. Bierce nroduced a revolver, and Hobbs. takinsr the situa- tion at a glance, pulled out his pistol. The two commenced firing shot for shot at each other, but Hobbs2 pistol contained one less charge. He fled from the room to secure more cartridges. Bierce, wounded and bleeding, locked the door. Then he turned to the fainting bride, and seizing her in his arms, passionately imprinted kiss after kiss on her pallid lips. He held her at arm's length, and mournfully exclaimed, How could you do so." He then placed the muzzle of another revolver at her temple, and fired. Bierce afterwards blew his own brains out. and Hobbs, who was mortally wounded, died on Saturday. The wounded girl will, however, recover. JUST SAVED FROM DEATH ON THE GALLOWS. The Australian papers just to hand are full of a case which has evidently excited a profound sen- sation in the colonies. Early in the spring a German, named Ernest Buttner, resident at I Sydney, was tried and convicted on a charge of criminal assault preferred against him by a young woman whom he employed in a boarding house. The man was convicted solely on the woman's evidence, though the skill of the advocates wove about the charge a chain of various subsidiary facts. The trial, closely watched by the public, lasted some time, and ended in a verdict of guilty. According to the Draconian law of New South Wales, Buttner was sentenced to death, and the date of his execution was fixed. There was a con. siderable portion of the community who disbelieved the woman's statements, and an agitation was got up for a reprieve; but the Execution Government, after consulting the Judge, found no grounds for interference, and preparations were made for carry- ing out the sentence. A few days before that fixed for the execution the police at Brisbane accident- ally came ui on some evidence which threw a flood of light on the character of the woman, who, according to the story told in Court, had been so jealous of her virtue that she knowing imperilled her life in the attempt to escape from Buttner. Learning of this discovery, and fearing other dis- closures, the woman confessed that the whole story was a baseless invention, and Buttner was just saved from the gallows. A SUICIDE'S LETTER. A young man named Charles Edward Eatch, aged 21, who committed suicide at Leeds, left be- hind him an extraordinary letter addressed to a young woman named Morley, in which be said, I am going to commit suicide on Friday morning, as I want to be buried on Bank Holiday Monday, so that I shall disappoint my cousin Annie, who is to be married on that day, so there will be a funeral instead of a wedding. I hope you will at- tend my fuueral. I will meet you in heaven. The jury found that the deceased committed suicide whilst of unsound mind. A CHARACTERISTIC LETTER OF CARLYLE. An interesting sale of autograph letters took place at Sotheby's last week. Among them was a love-letter of Keats to Fanny Browne. This was sold for JE21. There were also several autograph letters of Benjamin Franklin. The following characteristic letter written by Carlyle to the Rev W Maccall was sold for 15 10s. :— If Parker (which I hope will not be the case) do after all re- ject your first MS., you are by no means to be dis- couraged. Endeavour to gather from him what it is that he objects to in your paper. There is light for a wise man in every such rejection, even in a stupid one, which Parker's is by no means likely to be. He that would live in Rome, it will infallibly be good that he know what the Pope thinks of him. whatever he may think of the Pope Did you ever think of America as a field? A man has liberty to preach (I mean by word of mouth) much beyond what will be conceded to him in this country. I spoke with Emerson about you in that point of view. He did not seem to think it quite unhope- ful." THE BEST DOG STORY FROM AMERICA. i Last week we gave '1 the best fish story," which was, of course, of Transatlantic origin. Among the latest American mails comes an isssue of the New York Times, in which the following tale is gravely told: — One of the most remarkable dogs in point of inventive intelligence that has ever gamboled upon this mundane sphere is Bob, a small animal of shadowy pedigree and light yellow colour, who is owned by the senior member of a prosperous firm of plumbers in West Harlem. Bob's full name is Robert L. Smear, so called from A way he has of smearing himself and the walls of the shop with the contents of the red-lead pots and other colour- holding utensils that belong to the place, but he is called by the shorter name' for various and obvious reasons. Bob is a bright dog in many ways, but his chief claim to notoriety is the following per- formance :—He reaches the shop every morning at an early hour with the senior partner, with whom be lodges, and begins operations by dipping his long, thin tail into a tin of pot-black and with it drawing a fresh target on a small bit of board that always stands at the end of the store and is sacred to his use. He then proceeds to the putty keg, bites of a big mouthful of the oily compound, and repairs to the front steps. There he sits facing the wind with extended jaws, and let the cool morning air pour down his throat until his bronchial tubes get in a state of wild irritation. Then he sits down on the floor at the end of the room facing the target, and proceeds to congh small putty balls with remarkable accuracy at the bull's-eye. He guides his aim bv ennintinc aloncr his extended risrht fore- leg, and has been known to make a score of 75 out of a possible 90. Bob often has an admiring audience during his daily target practice, and his owner would not part with him for a five-carat- diamond. REAL THOUGHT-READING." An interesting case of thought-reading came before the County-court of Buda-Pesth a few days ago. The accused, a lively little man, was known as "The Wizard Rabbi," or The Thought-Reader of Czernowitz." He was charged by a tradesman's assistant with cheating him out of a florin. On the table in front of the Judge were the corpora delicti, consisting of a number of papers covered with hieroglyphics, two volumes of the Babylonian Talmud, and a bundle of circulars, which ran thus: I can read the name, occupation, past and future, of any man in his face. I can read his thoughts and give him good advice, particularly in matters concerning love, conjugal happiness, different illnesses, and travelling." The first question put to the prisoner invited him to state precisely the nature of his profession. Prisoner-I am a thought-reader." There are no secrets for me. By means of mathematics I can read everybody's thoughts. That is the so-called "Talmudian art." Iam now writing an important work which will shortly be published. Judge—Is that the way you make your living? Prisoner-Yes, certainly. Judge—Can you give the Court a specimen of yonr art ? Prisoner—Why not ? Judge—Then tell me how many documents there are in this drawer where I have my hand. Prisoner-A little patience, please. Now, take part of the papers and put them on one side, and let me, then, cast a glance at the remainder. There—how many have you put aside ? Judge--Fifteen. Prisoner (without a moment's hesitation)—Then there are thirty-one altogether. Judge—Quite right; you have guessed correctly. Hereupon followed an altercation between the plaintiff and the prisoner, after which the Bench entered into a brief consultation. When the Judge was about to pronounce sentence the accused ex- claimed: I have read his thoughts again; be is going to send me to prison for four days!" Judge—Quite so. Right again. You will go to gaol for four days.. Call the next case. SANDRINGHAM. A correspondent who has recently visited Sand- ringbam writes as follows:—We went to the ken- nels. stables, and kitchen garden. At one end of the kitchen garden stands the pretty dairy and the room to which the royalties and'their visitors go for strawberries and cream and their five o'clock tea. The Princess is a good dairywoman, and all the newest improvements for dairy work she tries. There in her dairy you see the Jersey creamer and the separator, different sorts of churns, and curiosities in that line from Denmark and other foreign eountries. But there is so much to be seen everywhere about the estate that it is well worth knowing how, and being able to avail one's self of the order? for examining the different de- partments'separately. A short time ago we got an order to see the reserved stock of the Booth blood, and had the good luck to see at the same time the choicest of the Bates waiting there to be sent off from the Wolferton station for shipment to Buenos Ayres and elsewhere. It is quite easy to get an order for the different farms. The herds are kept separate according to their pedigrees. We were much pleased to Fee the lovely little Dexter Kerries—so friendly always the little cows and bulls are. It would have been very useful to ns had the Prince kept Kerries earlier. We bad the misfortune to make the great mistake of not consulting the home market first, and so were obliged to sell our Kerries at a loss. Rich milk giving, har<?y, small-eating little cows Kerries are, and especially profitable for small dairies, and they share with the shorthorn the quality that makes them soon ready for the butcher. But in England they are new comers, and not readily patronised. The Prince hopes to do good work with his hackney stud, only lately set up on real I business lines. The labour His Royal Highness expends is very considerable, and the ambition of I boys in the surrounding parishes is to get work under him. A former labourer of ours has told us anecdotes showing how sincerely amiable the Princess is towards the humblest worker on the estate, and as a patroness of the Girls' Friendly Society she takes very great pains to show her interest in the welfare of young servants. A DOG'S HEROISM. Lieutenant Franklin A. Shaw, of the 1st Rogi- ment of Infantry, was out walking at Greathead, with his little daughter Grace, the other afternoon. They were attended by a thoroughbred St. Bernard dog, the property of Lieutenant Shaw. While at the highest point of the cliff, Grace went close to the edge, and the dog, Reeing her danger, walked between the child and the precipice. The turf started, and the dog lost his footing. Realising his danger, he made a spring far over the cliff. The child, who was really out of danger, had turned to her father, when the dog sprang up in front of her, but the noble brute bad done bis duty in guarding her. He sprang clear of the rocks and landed on his feet on the beach, 120 feet below. It was, a remarkable escape, for the dog is extremely large, weighing 165 lb., and such a leap, without breaking limbs, seems impossible. Beyond a few cuts on his feet the dog was apparently unhurt.









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