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At Axbridge, the other day, there was a quarter ses- sions. As there was no business to bta transacted, the usual formalities of opening the court were gone through, and the mayor (Mr Millard) than delivered his charge —a charge that was witty indeed, if the old saying, "Brevity is the soul of wit," holds good. It was as fol- lows Gentlemen, I have nothing to say to you." The court then closed. Mr George Hudson, the ex-Railway -King, formerly M.P. for Sunderland, was entertained at dinner in that town on Saturday night. The mayor presided, and amongst the guests were Earl Vaile, Mr Geo. Elliot, M.P., Mr John Candlish, M.P., &c. Mr Hudson, in replying to the toast "of his health, reviewed at great length his railway policy, and claimed to have laid down the princi- ples of management now generally recognized. AN ABSENT MAN. -Father Gratry has been lately named Director of the French Academy for the coming half- year. Several academicians did not view his appointment without some apprehension, knowing him to be, since the death of M. Ampfere, the most absent man in France. One day, in going to the Sorbonne, where he was giving lectures on theology, he fancied that he had forgotten his watch, and then drew it out of his fob to see if he had time to fetch it, which, in fact, he went to do. A POINT IN RELATIONSHIP.—At the last meeting of the Greenwich Guardians, a curious point as to priority of relationship was discussed. The aunt of two orphan children chargeable to the union had applied that they might be removed from the district school at Sutton to a Roman Catholic institute, but Mr Patte, the relieving officer for Deptford, reported that he had seen the grand mother of the children, who is a Protestant, and who had expressed a wish that the children should not be removed, as they had been baptised at the parish church, St. Paul's, Deptford. Mr Saw, the clerk and solicitor to the Board, said there could be no doubt that the law recognised the grandparents as more nearly related to the child than the uncle or aunt, the former being compelled, if of sufficient ability, to contribute to the support of grandchildren, whereas no such compulsion rested upon the uncle or aunt. The Board decided to accede to the request of the grandmother, and the children will consequently be kept at the Sutton district schools. THE LAZY NIGGER. --Somebody writes to the Chicago Tribune from Vicksburg, Miss., that when he arrived in the State he was positively assured by almost every (white) body that the nigger wouldn't work." Pro- ceeding to the verification of this assertion by personal observation, he was somewhat surprised to discover that the nigger was the only person who did work"—that all the stories about his "indolence and shiftlessness" must be taken with several pounds of allowance--that he is ad- vancing under difficulties which would totally discourage a great many whites, such as the rent charge of 10 dols. or 15 dols. per acre for his land; and that, with about half the fairplay which is usually considered necessary, he is laying up money.-New York Tribune. COOL AS A CUCUMBER.—It happened at a restaurant a < man entered the other day, and called for a dinner. His orders were of the most elaborate character, and fairly staggered the resources of a metropolitan restaurant keeper. He lingered long at the table, and finally wound up wijth a bottle of wine. Then, lighting" a cigar he had ordered, he leisurely sauntered up to the counter, and said to the proprietor, Very fine dinner, landlord! Just charge it to me. I haven't got a farthing." "But I don't know you," said the proprietor indignantly. "Of course you don't! If you had you wouldn't let j^e have the dinner." "Pay me for the dinner, I say "And I say n can't. Haven't got the blunt." I'll see about that!" said the proprietor, somewhat furious at the bilk. He snatched a revolver from a drawer, leaped over the counter, and collared the man, exclaiming, as he pointed at his head, Now, see if you'll get away with that dinner without paying for it, you scoundrel!" "What is that you hold in your hand?" said the getter-away-with-free-dinners, drawing back. "That, sir, is a revolver, sir." "Oh, that's a revolver, is it?. I don't care a shot for a revolver. I thought it was a stomach pump." THE INTERNATIONAL OCEAN YACHT RACE.—Vice- Commodore J. G. Bennett, jun., sailed on Saturday for England, his mission being to supervise the refitting of his yacht, the Dauntless, for the forthcoming inter- national-ocean yacht race with the Cambria. Mr Bennett intends to command his vessel in person. By his da- ring and perseverance in yachting matters he long since won the esteem and confidence of American yachtmen, and in the present case, where he entered into an agree- Iz ment with Mr Ashbury simply as an American citizen, the contract is the more heartily applauded for being made by the representative American yachtman. While eveiy member of every yacht club feels that Mr Ben- nett is the proper person to succeed to the high honours following a victory in such a contest, there is a divided opinion as to whether the Dauntless is the vessel most likely to achieve a trumph. She is not yet held in such high esteem as her master. This being the case, the defeat of the Dauntless would not involve Mr Bennett's prestige in the least. In England, Mr Ashbury's case is just the reverse. There the Cam- bria is regarded as the representative yacht, and Mr Ashbury as her fortunate possessor. Should the Cambria win the race, and Mr Ashbury command her in person, the vessel's success would never be regarded in England as due to his presence, while here the (lefeit of the Cam- bria would be pronounced the result of the seamanship of Mr Bennett. As to the question of marine architec- ture, it affects the American interest only as to the model of one boat, while the art in England is to receive an im- petus or a check. So much for the practical bearing of the race. The interest which it has awakened in both countries will increase as the day for setting sail ap- proaches. By the 4th of July, the time the vessels are to leave Kinsale, Ireland, it will have reached a pitch of ex- citement which will find its culmination only when one of the vessels makes Sandy Hook Point.-Neiv York Tri- bune, April 4. CALVINISTIC METHODISTS AND THE EDUCATION BILL.- At a monthly meeting of the Calvinistic Methodists of the Arvon district of Carnarvonshire, recently held at Caerhun, the Rev. William Rowlands, Cefnwaen, in the chair, the following resolution was unanimously agreed to; it was also agreed that copies of the same be forwarded to the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone and the Right Hon. W. E. For:,ter: That we, as ministers and deacons of the Calvinistic Methodists in Arvon, representing 70 churches and some 24,000 members and hearers, rejoice greatly in the hope of having a law passed in the Parliament of this kingdom that will ensure to all children a good elementary education; but feel deeply anxious that there should be nothing in that law that may in any way interfere with our religious liberty. That we have been labouring hard in our respective neighbourhoods to establish and support British schools, and that the undenominational education which is given in those schools is perfectly suitable to our wants, and to the wants of the Welsh people generally; for although the Bible is read and taught in them, yet care is taken to avoid making any reference to those things in which one denomination differs from other de- nominations. That we also entirely disapprove of the denominational system of day schools. Indeed, rather than establish a denominational system of education, to be supported by public money, we would greatly prefer that the religious education of the children should be left altogether to 'the care of parents and the various sections of the Church of Christ in the country but if the Government thinks that it would be difficult to get those denominations that have not hitherto taken to the unsectarian system of schools, to use'that system with >ut abusing it, that we desire to express our cordial approba- tion of "the plan suggested by Earl Russell in bis letter to ATr Forster, viz., that the education be secular, but that the teachers every day should commence the school busi- ness by reading a portion of the Word of God, and sing- ing a hymn with the children, liberty being reserved to all who object to that to keep their children away while it is being done; that we also believe that such a plan would be acceptable to the nonconformists of Wales generally. And whatever may be thought proper to be done for the rest of the kingdom, that we earnestly hope that our Government will so consider the peculiar circum- stances of Wales as to take care that there shall be nothing in the law for the education of the people that may prove an offence to the religious convictions of the inhabitants of the Principality,"

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