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Mr. LIONEL '/JAWSON, who for many years has been part proprietor I editor of the Daily Tdrjraph, died on Saturday mon. '.ng, at his residence in Brook-street, London. DUELLING.—A v.-as fought on Tuesday morning between M. Chari.es Simon, son of M. Jutes Simon, and M. Carniere, a la wyer. The combatants exchanged two shots, neither of w.hich took effect. COLLIERY EXPLosION.-Another explosion in a pit belonging to the Ebbw Yelle Company took place on Monday morning, just prior to the descent of the day men. Three colliers and sixteen horses were killed. A SAD CASE.—Angus M'Phail dropped down de¡.d on' Monday afternoon in an accountant's office at Glasgow, while explaining that he was unable to pay the rent of his house in consequence of the want of work. AWFUL DISCLOSURES.—An undertaker at Badminster has absconded. He was contractor for pauper burials. No trace can be found of the interment of a number of bodies for which he was paid, as a wholesale destruc- tion of corpses has been carried on. SUFFOCATED IN A PrT.-Two men were suffocated on Tuesday morning in a pit at CarSn, near Glasgow. Five men went down on Monday night to clear the roads after the workmen had left, and were overtaken by firedamp. One succeeded on Tuesday morning in getting to the surface, and sent down an exploring party, who found two dead and two alive. BIG AITY. -At Solihull, near Birmingham, on Tuesday, Ebenezer Terry, commission agent, was committed to the assizes, charged with bigamy, by marrying Rebecca Lewis, at Ebaston parish church, on the 16th of June, 1879, his wife being then alive. The prisoner was before the court in July, and was remanded on bail. He absconded, and has iust been apprehended at Poole. SPELLING REFORM.—The Spelling Reform Associa- tion is now issuing a prospectus from the office at 20, John-street, Adelphi, London. The Association does not in its prospectus advocate any radical scheme, but is entirely devoted to collecting an; and distributing information on the subject. Among its supporters are the Bishop of Exeter, Professor Max Miiller, the lit. Hon. Robert Lowe, Mr. E. B. Taylor, &c. ANOTHER FATAL ACCIDENT WITH FIREARMS.— A distressing accident has happened at Weymouth. While two brothers were at play, one of them, aged 15, shot the other, ayed nine, with a gun, and killed him instantly. It is said that one of the brothers leaded the weapon for the purpose of shooting birds. The boys were playing, and the survivor pointed it at his brother. and it accidentally went off. ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD.—On Monday afternoon, the Lord Mayor of London and sheriffs of London and Middlesex, in the presence of a large concourse of citizens, opened the space around St. Paul's Church- yard, formerly uSed as a burial place, as a public garden, The conversion of the ground to its present purpose has been carried out by the corporation of London, at an expense of nearly £ 6000. The works are not fully completed, a fountain having to be added. SCENE AT A WEDDING.—On Sunday morning two persons named William Chadwick and Catherine Sullivan, attended at St. Edmund's Church, Dudley, for the purpose of getting married. As the ceremony was about to take place, some friends made an objection to the wedding proceeding, as the bride was a married woman. The Clergyman refused to proceed, and upon the bride and bridegroom arriving in the street, they assaulted their friends, and a general fight followed. CO-OPERATIVE TRADING.—A conference of traders was held at Exeter Hall on Wedesday, to discuss ques- tions connected with the effect of co-operative stores on their businesses. Resolutions were passed affirming the injustice of Crown servants being owed to trade with the general public; deciding on the formation of an association of traders for the protection of their in- terests, and recommending a reduction in the risks of trade by establishing' cash payments, in order to com- i pete with the stores. GREAT FIRE AT BELFAST.—One of the most destruc- tive fires that has ever occurred in Belfast took place on Wednesday morning in Donegal-street. The fire broke out in the premises of Messrs. Devlin, grocers and druggists, and soon spread to the adjoining wholesale drapery establishments of Macgonigal and Mack, and Young and Anderson, wholesale warehousemen. The three premises were completely gutted, and nothing but the bare walls left standing. The loss cannot be less than 160,000or £70,000. SHOCKING NEGLECT OF A CHILD.—A shocking case of neglect of a child on the part of its father came before the Leeds stipendiary magistrate on Monday. George Ramsden, one of the oldest news agents in the town, and a man of considerable means, was convicted of having left his little girl, aged eight, locked up in a house alone for twelve days without food. When the house was visited by the police it was found in a beastly state of filth, and the child was a mass of vermin and sores. The unnatural father was sent to prison for six months. ] A SUR»EON SENTENCED TO PENAL SERVITUDE. ] Francis James Hammond, 41, surgeon, was indicted at the Central Criminal Court on Tuesday, for feloniously j assaulting Ellen Saunders, and causing her bodily injury, with an unlawful intent. The prosecution was con- ] ducted for the Treasury by Mr. Montagu Williams and Mr. Gill, and the prisoner was defended by Mr. Beslev, j Mr. Grain, and Mr. Tickell. The evidence was chiefly. that of Ellen Saunders and her friend Amy Phillips. j The prisoner-was a married man with a family, and had a good practice. The jury found him guilty, and he was sentenced by Mr. Justice Lopes to ten years' penal servitude. THE TRANMERE BABY-FARMING CASE.—This case has now assumed a very serious aspect, and further revela- tions of a still more shocking nature may be looked for. The adjourned inquest on the bodies of the two infants known as Mabel and Alice took place on Wednesday, and very extraordinary evidence was given. In one I. case, a young lady from Hereford stated that she gave the female prisoner £ 30 to take charge of illegitimate infant for life," and that at the time it was in perfect health. A young man from Wigan, in another case, I, gave jElO on account of E13 for the maintenance of an infant. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against both prisoners. "PLAYING AT ZULUS."—Two boys were fined 10s. each at Worship-street Police Court, London, on Tuesday, for throwing stones. The two prisoners were at the head of a number of boys belonging to rival schools, who 1 were in the nightly habit of amusing themselves and disturbing the neighbourhood by playing at Zulus and English," a game requiring them, apparently, to arm themselves with sticks and stones. A similar game in another district resulted in the ringleader being fined 20s. at the Marlborough-street Police Court.—Last week, at Sittingborne, two lads were "playing at Zulus" in a hop garden, using hop-poles for assegais, when one of them accidentally thrust his companion's eye out with the end of a pole. DREADFUL ACCIDENTS.—John Hughes, in the service of Mr. T. Cowburn, plumber and glazier, of Newton Heath, Manchester, met with a terrible accident on Saturday, Hughes had been sent to make some repairs and alterations in the gas piping and fixtures of the Newton Heath tanyard, and was engaged in a certain part of the premises containing a boiler let into the ground and level with the floor, and full of a greasy and vitriolic liquid kept always boiling for taming purposes. Hughes, who was at work on a scaffolding placed immediately over the boiling liquid, somehow or other lost his balance and fell from the scaffolding into the seething cauldron. Fortunately, however, the poor man fell feet foremost and sank only up to his waist. A number of the tanyard workmen immediately drew him out of the boiler. On taking off his trousers and waist- coat large pieces of skin and flesh adhered to those gar- coat large pieces of skin and flesh adhered to those gar- ments, leaving the poor man in a ghastly state. He now lies in the Manchester Infirmary in a very pre- carious condition.—At Southampton, on Wednesday, a little girl, named Bartlett, was leaving school, when on suddenly crossing the road she was knocked down by a passing baker's cart, and the horse treading upon her ¡ head killed her on the spot. EDUCATION IN ENGLAND AND WALES. —The annual report of the committee of Council oij Education in England and Wales has just been issued. It states that in the year ending 31st August, 1878, the inspectors visited 16,293 elementary day schools, affording accommodation for 3,942,337 scholars. There were on the registers the names of 3,495,892 children, of whom 2,405,197 were in average daily attendance throughout the year. Of these 59S,313 being under seven years of age, were qualified to bring grants to their schools without individual examination. There were 1,562,224 actually presented for examination, and while 938,058 passed the prescribed test without failure in any one of the three subjects, 86-59 scholars out of every 100 examined passed in reading, 76-59 in writing, and 72-24 in arithmetic. These figures show a very considerable improvement on the last report, the number of scholars on the registers having increased by 340,919 and the average attendance by 254,514. The Government grants rose from 14s. 41d. to 15s. If. per scholar, while the grant for the currant 4 financial year is estimated at 15s. 9d. per head. The total amount granted in 1878 was £ 1,820,661. The night schools examined were 1718 in number. The average attendance was 56,501, and of these 48,669 were examined, 88-63 per cent. passing in reading, 70-32 in writing, and 58-77 in arithmetic. MEN DRESSING AS NVCIXEN.-AT the Central Criminal Court, on Monday, Henry Newman and Arthur Smith, two well-dressed young men, were indicted for having dressed themselves in women's clothes. Evidenoe was given to the effect that the persons were in the habit of going to a house in Wardour-street, Soho, London, dressed as women, and that their conduct was of such a nature as to cause great annoyance to the neighbours. Mr. Justice Bowen, in summing up, pointed out that the prisoners with conspiring to commit, er incite to the commission of, a scandalous offence, and then with acting in a manner that was a public nmsance. The case was one when first launched of dressing in women's clothes, but that was not a police offence, and it was to be regretted that so appearing in the public streets was not punishable without requiring a jury to say what the intention was, as it might be used for purpose of the grossest corruption or extortion. At the same time it might only be a prank. There was no knowing how far the folly of boys and young men would go but a line was to be drawn between folly and the offence which it simulated, and the jury would not take so evil a view of human nature as to assume that merely dressing in women's clothes betokened an evil desire or intent. The jury found the prisoners not guilty. MR. FORBES AND LIRGT. CAREY.—A somewhat turbulent scene occurred during a lecture on the Zulu war, delivered at the Shoreditch Town Hall, on Monday, by Mr. Archibald Forbes. In commencing his lecture, Mr. Forbes stated that he would introduce no subjects of a controversial character, and therefore he refrained criticising the action of Lord Chelmsford. When, however, he had described the death of the Prince Imperial, he stated that he would only speak' of binv-t men that evening, and therefore he must a k to bs excused from saying anything about Lieutenan.Cr.rer, This remark, winch was uttered with consi ijwabi'e emphasis, was received with some cheers, but afeiosi immediately a volley of biw?s w.is raised, nnd c. "l'es of \v ithdraw that statement," and Why did you Cnelmsford ? was heard above the din. The audit lice refused to allow NT. Forbes to proceed, and b -k-, cheers for Carey were calieclfor, amid evidentsvmpatb v. Mr. Holms, M.P. for Hackney, appealed for order, saying that he held his own opinion on the subject, but it was only fair to allow the lecturer to go on. This was sullenly agreed to by the discontents, but it was some time before the former enthusiasm of the meeting was recovered. Mr. Forbes, in delivering his lecture on Wednesday night at St. James's Hall, London, omitted the words he employed on Monday niirht in reference to Lieutenant Carey, "I shall speak only of brave men, and merely obsened.that it would not be right of him to express an opinion regarding that officer, or to imply Im responsibility for the criminal negligence which exposed Prince Louis Napoleon to the chance of such a fate. This remark was received with cheers from the large audience assembled. D

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