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S;r. W. TECSCOTT was on Monday unan-i- i'.on;Jy Lord .u.iyor of London for the ensain < year. THE engineers and tor;>edo oSeers of Portsmouth are 1. have a sham naval battle off Spithead, on the night, of October IGth. THE boiler of a locomotive attached to a passenger train exploded at Lewes railway station, on Saturday, killing the (Liver, and seriously injuring the stoker and. guard. CHARLES CAMERON LEES, Esq., C.M.G., lieutenant- governor of the Gold Coast colony, has been appointed governor and commander-in-chief of the Island of Labuan and dependencies. IN February next there will be five Sundays. This fact occurs but three times in a century. Thus, after 1880 we shall have to wait until 1920 before the shortest month in the year can again boast of five Sundays. THE MARQUIS OF HEADFORT and his agent have received letters threatening them with death unless a reduction of rent be granted. A number of the tenants are supposed to be privy to this attempt at intimida- tion. THE CITY OF GLASGOW BANK.—At a meeting of the liquidators of the City of Glasgow Bank on Tuesday, it was resolved that a further dividend of 3s. 4d. in the pound, making 13s. 4d. in all, be paid to the creditors of the bank on the 17th instant. Several of the im- prisoned directors were released from prison on Wed- nesday. ANOTHER RAILWAY COLLISION.—On Tuesday morning a coal train from Peterborough was taking in water at Stowmarket staton, on the Great Eastern Railway, when a cattle train from Norwich dashed into the rear, smashing the brake van and two trucks. The per- manent way was much damaged. Fortunately no one was hurt. ALLEGED FENIAN MURDER.—On Tuesday an inquest was held respecting the death of Michael Butler, who died in the Royal Free Hospital, London, from stabs in the body. Report was current that the injuries were inflicted through a feeling of Fenian revenge. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased died from stabs inflicted by Jeremiah Foley in a quarrel, both persons being in a state of intoxication. EXTRAORDINARY CAPTURE OF WHALES.—Seven whales, each about 12 feet long, have been captured in the Humber, near Grimsby, making nine caught in this locality during the past fortnight. The fish came up the river with the tide, and, getting into shallow water, were observed by some fishermen. Three were disabled by gunshots from the river bank, and the remainder were killed with knives. A few days ago a whale was caught at Broadstairs, near Ramsgate. OUTRAGEOUS CONDUCT OF A MOTHER AND BROTHER. —The Eckington magistrates were on Monday so leniently inclined as to let off with moderate fines of £3 and £112s. a man and woman who were convicted of an outrageous assault on their deaf and dumb relative, daughter to the woman and sister to the man. The mother held the poor creature while the male brute beat her violently with a thick cane till her shoulders were like" raw beef." A RELIGIOUS MANIAC.—Early on Tuesday morning, Rotherham people were astounded to see a man attired only in a nightshirt running rapidly along the streets carrying a baby, also nearly naked. He had a Bible in his possession, which he clung to tenaciously, and declared that, according to the behest of the Almighty, he was saving the child from eternal perdition, to which the evil one wanted to decoy it. The poor fellow was eventually lodged at the police office, where it required four constables to restrain him. SHOCKING ACCIDENTS.—On Monday, a youth named Gent met with a frightful death at the Coalville Brick Works at Coalville. He fell head-foremost into the clay mills, driven by steam power, his head and part of his body being completely crushed up in passing through the first pair of rollers.—On Tuesday a boy about 14, the son of a farmer named Doble, living near Chard, Somerset, was carrying a loaded pistol in his trousers pocket, when another boy threw a stone which struck the pocket and caused the pistol to go off. The charge disembowelled the unfortunate youth, who died shortly afterwards. THE SEA SERPENT ONCE MORE.—This mysterious monster hat again shown itself, if we may credit Captain Cox, of the British ship Privateer. The apparition took place 100 miles west of Brest, on the 5th of last month. The day w as fine and the sea calm, when, according to the captain, an immense snake or eel rose, 300 yards from the ship, 20 feet out of the water, and then went down with a great smash, making the sea boil, as Job would have said, "like a pot of ointment." It appeared afraid, and, according to everybody who, in the captain's words, has been favoured with a sight of it, it seems a timid animal. It is, however, usually described as having a fin right along the ridge of the back, but on this occasion, although the observer professes to have been close enough to notice that feature, he does not seem to have done so. THE EUSTON-SQUARE MYSTERY.—Hannah Dobbs has, through her solicitor, Mr. W. H. Armstrong, of 1, Gray's Inn-square, London, forwarded a further statement "to the Home Office, giving additional details on one or two points in connection with the Euston-square mystery in order that the authorities may be the better able to re- investigate the case. Accompanying this statement are several other statements by witnesses who were never brought forward at the late trial, which, it is stated, tejid to confirm Dobbs' statement in' some very im- portant particulars. It has been considered advisable, however, for obviovs reasons, that the purport of this j fresh evidence should not for the present be made known. Amongst other witnesses who have sent statements to the Home Office are two personages who, in many essential points, strikingly confirm what Dobbs has said. The matter is still under the consideration of the Home Office authorities, and it has not yet been made known what course they intend to pursue. AN UNLUCKY SHAREHOLDER.—A shareholder in the late West of England Bank was examined on Monday at the Castle of Exeter. The shareholder was Mr. John Way, who was a year or two since the Governor of the Exeter Corporation of the Poor. It appeared that in 1871, after 24 years engagement in pawnbroking, he retired from the business with property to the value of between £5,000 and £0,000. He took a farm, but in two years the foot and mouth disease caused him a loss of £3,000, and he accordingly gave up farming. At the end of last year an action was brought against him, which was only compromised on payment of £1,000 and costs and about the same time the failure of the bank, in which he held 130 shares, deprived him of the greater portion of the income that remained after his previous losses. For some years he had been a director of the Exeter Gas Company at £/10 a year, but in consequence of tke failure of the bank he had to sell these shares; the office he held going with the sale. Mr. Way now said he resided in a cottage lent him by a daughter, and a bed and a few articles of furniture represented all the property he possessed. His wines and shares in several companies had been sold by the trustee to meet the liability that had fallen upon him as a shareholder of the bank, and it was these shares that had ruined him. SOCIAL SCIENCE CONGRESS.—The Bishop of Man- Chester delivered the inaugural address to the members of the Social Science Congress in that city on Wednes- day night. He dealt principally with the subjects of education and health, both of which, he said, were being treated with a great amount of practical wisdom in Manchester. The School Board System, had not failed in its immediate object of getting a large number of children to attend efficient schools, and the next step onwards would be the gradation of those institutions, i He had no doubt the cost was a serious trouble to the minds of the ratepayers, but probably within a quarter i of a century the Boards would be masters of thjj, situation. He spoke at length on the questions of sanita- tion, water supply, and drainage. The burial of the dead was, he thought, a problem which would have to be faced more practically and seriously than hitherto, and the Bishop expressed his opinion that the earth was made for the living and not for the dead. Cemeteries, he added, were becoming not only a difficulty, but actually a danger. He added some observations on the en- couragement of thrift and providence. THE CHESHIRE BABY-FARMING CASE.—The prisoners John and Catherine Barns were again brought before the Birkenhead stipendiary magistrate on Monday on charges of wilfully neglecting one child and wiliully murdering two others. The court was crowded, and the people watching outside hissed the prisoners on their arrival at the Town Hall. Dr. Laidlaw having given evidence similar to that he gave at the inquest, attribu- ting the death of the children to long-continued mal- nutrition, he said that the workhouse diet could not have accelerated death. The immediate cause of death was' a form of passive diarrhoea, unaccompanied by irritation. Samuel Blyth, of Scholes, Wigan, repeated the evidence he gave before the coroner, adding that a day or two after he gave her a child for adoption he received a letter from Mrs. Barns stating that the little darling had arrived safely. When he read what the prisoner had been doing he was thunderstruck, and had never been more shocked in his life. Elizabeth Ann Thompson, of Heckmonwike, said she was a domestic servant, and on the 14th of October last was confined of a child in Wakefield workhouse. After the child had been at nurse six months she gave it to the female prisoner to adopt, having seen an advertisement. The male prisoner was present, and his wife, handling the baby, said it was a bonny girl," while the man said he had "ordered the milk from one cow for it." Witness gave him She sent a hamper of clothes, some of which she indentified among the things obtained from the pawnbrokers. Ruth Green, domestic servant, of Bath, said she gave birth to a child at Bristol wcrkhouse, and gave it to the care of the female prisoner with £10, the money being only for expenses." Barns said he would bring the child up in his office, and some day she would see his name in the papers. The witness's baby was found in Manchester on the previous day. Mrs. Lucy Jones, of 19 Percy-street, Manchester, and formerly of Hardwicke-street, Liverpool, said she saw an advertisement for a person who would adopt a child. She applied and met the prisoner and consented to adopt the child for £5. After some further evidence the case was further adjourned till Tuesday, when state- ments were made to show that the- defendants had been professional baby farmers for a great number of years. With reference to the girl found in the house, it transpired that her real name was Maria Louisa. Waller, and that she was not the daughter of the prisoners, as alleged. About four or five years ago this child was transferred to the prisoners under a properly-executed legal document, drawn up by a well-known firm of solicitors in Liverpool. This girl was entitled to some money, a.nd it was said the prisoners had tried to obtain it. 1 hey were again remanded till Wednesday, when the prisoners were committed far trial on a charge of j wilful murder,

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