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Barbara Ubryk, the Cracow nun, is dead. The Earl de Grey and Ripon has been elected Grand, Master )f the Freemasons. The Easter Monday Volunteer Review is to be held at Brighton. The Marquis of Bowmont, liberal, has been elected without opposition for the county of Roxburgh. Jacob Spinosa was last week sentenced to death for the murder of Cecilia Aldridge in a London hotel. The deep sea portion of the British Indian cable has been successfully laid, the Great Eastern arriving at Aden on Sunday. The annual competition of the National Rifle Association will i begin on July 11th. Nine men have been killed in a colliery explosion at the Astley Deep Pit, Dukinfield. Ninety-three colliers were in the woik- ings at the time of the occurrence. Alderman Elliott, of Tamworth, has been committed for trial on a charge of peijuryin an affidavit to a libel suit in connection with the last municipal election. John King, cashier to Messrs Lord, Lyon, and Co., of Man- chester, was on Saturday sentenced to twelve months' imprison- ment for embezzling 44,700. The man Camkin, who is charged with having bea.ten his step- father to death in Kensal New-town, was arrested in Kentish- town on Samlay afternoon. The great University boat race is fixed, it is understood, for Wednesday, the 6th of April. The start will be made from Put- ney shortly after four ih the afternoon. The Liverpool Town Council have unanimously agreed to accept the subscription statue of Mr Gladstone which will be placed in St. George's Hall. The cholera is committing fearful ravages at Zanzibar and neighbourhood. Bishop Tozer writes to say that the people there are dying "by thousands. It is announced from Ismailia that the Messageries Imperiales steamer Hooghly has passed through the Suez Canal with the mails from India, China, and Japan, thus commencing the postal service by that route. A daughter of Mr Mitchell, formerly a timber merchant in the Curtain-road, London, has obtained £ 2,000 from a son of Mr Haseldine, manufacturer of railway rolling stock, in an unde- fended case of breach of promise of marriage. Afeout £ 2,000 has already been subscribed to the fund for rais- ing a county of Lancaster memorial to the late Earl of Derby. Tte subscribers include men of all shades of religious and political faiths. A majority of the committee appointed by the American Con- gress to investigate the subject have reported that President Grant had no connection whatever with the gold speculation at New York in September last. Mr Reed has attacked in Parliament the objectionable dis- tinctions kept up at Oxford and Cambridge between different classes of students, and it is to be hoped that those distinctions will shortly lie abolished. A reform association has been formed by the bar of New York, both for the purpose of purifying the bar itself, and bringing public opinion to bear on the condition of the judiciary. The associa- tion is greatly needed. The Provisional Government in the Red River Settlement holds its ground. The attempt of Dr Schultz to overthrow it by an armed force of British and Canadian settlers has signally failed. At a meeting of Conservative peers and members of Parlia- ment held on Saturday afternoon, at the Carlton Club, to con- sider the Irish Land Bill, it was resolved, after considerable discussion, that the second reading of the Bill should not be opposed. At the Derby assizes the son of Mr Goodwin, of Wigwell Hall, was accused of destroying a large number of valuable pictures. He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's imprison- ment. The leniency of the sentence was the consequence of a conviction that the act of vandalism was neither malicious nor deliberate, After a two days' debate the punishment of death has been struck out from the new penal code for the North German Confederation, notwithstanding a speech from Count Bismarck strongly opposing this alteration of the law. There were 118 votes in favour of abolition, and 81 against it. At a meeting of Irish members in one of the Committee-rooms of the House of Commons last week, 51 representatives of all parties were present. It was resolved not to oppose the second reading of the Land Tenure Bill, subject to any new points that might be developed in debate. On Friday week a fire broke out on the premises occupied by an emigration agent named Weber, in Passage-street, Hull. A young woman jumped from a window into the arms of a police- man unhurt; and two hours afterwards, when the tire had been extinguished, the bodies of Mrs Weber, a man, and a child, were found much charred. One of the most extraordinary of the many shocking murders which have recently been reported took place a few days ago, at Tullamore, in Ireland. Two farmers, named respectively Divine and Shiel, were quarreling about a right of way, and in the midst of the dispute Mrs Shiel went into the house for a gun, and deliberately shot Divine dead on the spot. A shocking tragedy is reported from Paris. A porter named Fraise, in the employ of the Lyons Railway Company, murdered his wife while she was asleep, as is believed, and mutilated the body so horribly that a medical man who was called in fainted on seeing it. Jealousy of a former employer of the woman is supposed to have been the cause of the crime. No trace of Fraise could at first be found, but it is stated that he has com- mitted suicide. The Postmaster-General says that a telegram from London to any important town not more than 200 miles distant should be delivered in half an hour, and that the best way to cure delays is to report them to the department. If this advice is acted upon, the department will be fully occupied in attending to complaints. A special correspondent of the Daily New. says — "The sparring in the Senate continues several members apparently considering it a solemn duty, or else good fun, to have a set-to with Mr Sumner about once a week. His somewhat overbearin" manners and general air of infallibility have created for him an amount of detestation amongst his colleagues which seems somewhat ridiculous in view of the exceeding kindness of his disposition." Chief Justice Whiteside, in opening the assizes for the county Westmeath, followed the example of his judicial brethren in de- ploring the prevalence of crime. There had been three or four murders, or attempts to murder, and ninety-three threatenin- letters had been received since the last assizes. On the other hand, the presiding judge at Wexford congratulated the grand jury on the absence of serious crime, but he regretted to observe that the practice of sending threatening letters was on the increase. Mr G. Tomline, M.P. for Grimsby, and chairman of the Cen. tral Chamber of Agriculture, congratulates the members "that he has gained his point, and that Englishmen will again have a free mint, as their ancestors had." It seems that Mr Tomline has had a contest with the deputy-master of the mint as to the coining into money of some gold and silver bullion presented for that purpose, and that Mr Lowe's proposed Coinage Bill when passed, will enable Mr Tomline to enjoy his wish, and to receive back his btillion in-the form of coin. The Home Secretary has granted a free ard unconditional pardon to Charles Spinks Shaw -formerly lace manufacturer at Chilwell, near Nottingham, and afterwards a wine and spirit merchant, who was convicted at the Liverpool Summer Assize^ last year for uttering forged acceptances of Smedley and Son, Sandiacre, and sentenced to five years' penal servitude. The application was supported by the prosecutors, who now believe that Shaw had no idea that the bills were forgeries. A numerously-attended county meeting was held at Worcestei on Saturday, when, upon the motion of Sir J. Pakington M.P. seconded by the High Sheriff of Worcestershire, it was resolved to present a memorial to the Dean and Chapter of the cathedral asking that body to decline the offer of 410,000 made by Lord Dudley towards the restoration fund on the condition that the sacred edifice should DO longer be used for the musical festivals of the three choirs. A return of the total number of agricultural holdings in p Ic Ireland supplies the following statistics:—Tenancy at will, 520,53S; lease for 21 years or any less term, 25,406; lease for term exceeding 21 years and; not exceeding 31 years, 22 217- lease for term exceeding 31 years and not exceeding 60 years! 4,312; lease for term exceeding 60 years and not exceeding 9S years, 5,497; lease for,term not exceeding 99 years, 3,908; lease foi lives, 2-5,3-jS; lease for lives or years alternately, 30,880; lease foi live:irenewable for ever, 4,540;. perpetuity, 10,298; total of the preceding clafeses, 661,931. Holdings in occupation of pro. proprietots in fee, 20,217. Grand total, 682,237, At the adjourned inquiry into the cost of the Abyssinian expedition, the examination of Lord Napier of Magdala was continued. It had been said that the use of carts constituted all unnecessary expenditure, but his lordship attributed the rapidity of the advance upon -Magdala to this means. He con- sidered there wasa great saving of time in placing the organiza- tion in the hands of the Bombay Government. That was a great element of success, and everything depended upon it. He suggested at the time that the organization of the land transport corps should be distinct from the other part of the expedition and had this been acted upon a great loss of animals might have been saved. Lord Napier added that although some mistake, were made these would not account for any considerable portion of the expenditure of 49,000,000 sterling, and were not worthy ol the attention of a groat nation. The Irish members of Parliament had an interview with Mi Gladstone on Saturday in reference, to the Land Bill. Theii views, and, as they allege, the views, of the Irish tenantry, were embodied in a resolution which recognized the right of contin uous tenancy, subject to the payment of a rent from time tc time settled by valuation, and reserving also to the tenant the i right of selling his interest to any solvent person to whom the landlord can "make no reasonable objection." Mr Gladstone promised to give careful consideration to the views submitted tc him, but inferentially his speech was not calculated to raise much expectation on the part of the deputation. He observed that the Bill had been framed in the hope of doing the fullest justice to Ireland, and significantly remarked that if a "fan offer" were not accepted by the Irish people they would no longer receive the sympathy which had hitherto beer accorded them by the civilised world. After the interview wit! the Premier, a number of gentlemen forming the deputation met privately to deliberate upon the course to be adopted. WE understand that a scheme was proposed which was favourablj received. The main features of this scheme are the establish ment of a Land Court and the acceptance of the present rents at the basis of a settlement. A landlord may, it is suggested. claim before this Court to raise his rent on any exceptional state of things arising, and a tenant may, on the other hand, impugn, before the same Court, what he considers to be an ex- orbitant rent. In either case the Court is to settle the amount of rent by arbitration. It is also proposed to provide for a periodical revision. of rent by reference to the local prices oi agricultural produce on the average of a stated period. Th( tenant is to have power to sell the goodwill of his holding eithei on eviction or on surrender, and the landlord is to have a right of pre-emption. Also the landlord will have a power of vetc against an incoming tenant on reasonable grounds. The arrears of rents are to be paid out of the price of the goodwill. It is not proposed that these provisions should apply to mere grazing farms. In the meantime Mr G. L. Bryan, the liberal membei for Kilkenny county, has taken the decisive step of giving notice that upon the second reading of the Bill he will move that it be read a second time that day six months,

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