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f djcnml nttll igrntt.. 1- I THlè sum of £ C>40J:(>95s 10s. 4d. was paid in the year erneied the 31st of Aiasch.last, as excise duty*on .agur used in. ia-ewing. I A SKULL, pronounced to be that of a woman* has been foniid in tHe Thames, near Lambeth, and is thought to of the late murdered it, "i iiuioii, by. Webster. IJ: IS proposed to unite Liverpool and Birkenhead by a suWay under the Mersey, twenty-nine feet wide and two miles long. The estimated cost is half a million. The Birkenhead Corporation promises to guarantee one- fourth. of the capital. A YOUNG RECRUIT at Chatham, a German by birth, who is said to speak several languages, has recently invented a range finder" which will measure accu- rately up-to 4,500 yards, and is stated to be very handy and simple in its operation. THE LIVERPOOL MURDER.—The Home Secretary has directed the offer of a reward of 4:100 for such informa- tion as will lead to the apprehension and conviction of the murderer of the woman Ann Henry, whose dead body was found up an entry in the neighbourhood of the Liverpool Docks. FORGED £ 10-NOTES.—The Dublin police have dis- covered that a number of forged vIO-noCes purporting to have been lo:med by the National Bank are in circulation in that city. They have 17 in their possession, and have arrested a man who gives the name of Cross, and states that he is an. American. THE ARGYLL ROOMS.—The Attorney General, on be- half of Mr. Bignell, applied on Friday to the Middlesex Magistrates to grant a license for the Argyll Rooms, he having the intention to turn that building into a music hall. The application was refused, twenty-five voting for it, and fifty-one against it. SUDDEN DEATH IN A CHURCH.—Mrs. Fergusson, the wife of a Newcastle blacksmith, died while attending service in St. George's Presbyterian Church in that town, on Sunday morning. After a short and ap- propriate service, in which the customary sermon was dispensed with, Mr. Potter dismissed the congregation, among whom the sudden event had produced a most painful sensation. PLUCKING LIVE GEESE.—John Molesworth farmer, was charged at the Petty Sessions, at Wisbeach, on Saturday, with cruelly ill-treating 24 geese by plucking feathers from them at Upwell. The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals instituted the prosecu- tion. Professor Pritchard, of London, gave evidence as to the effect of plucking the geese when alive, and the case having been proved, defendant was ordered to pay fine and costs amounting to t6 4s. DISCOVERY OF MISS EDWARDS.—Miss Edwards, the young lady whose disappearance from her home seven weeks since caused considerable sensation in Liverpool, has been discovered in London through the agency of a private detective. A telegram was received by Mr. Edwards on Tuesday, acting upon which he proceeded to London, and from a brief note received from him by his son, in Liverpool, on Wednesday afternoon, he has found his daughter. No particulars are given. RELIGIOUS IMPOSTURE.—During the week a man and two respectably-dressed young women, have been calling on the residents of Heme Bay, introducing themselves by more than a double knock at the door, and then pro- ceeding by saying they bore a "message from the Lord" contained in a pamphlet, price fourpence, and in several instances where the book was refused, leaving a warn- ing word to the effect that this message would be the last on earth that would be sent from the Lord to the person addressed. COLLIERY ACCIDENT. An accident occurred on Wednesday morning at the Alexandria Colliery, Ravenshead, St. Helen's, which caused the death of seven men and serious injury to two more. The cage in which they were to have descended was wound the wrong way, and coming in contact with the woodwork of the head gearing, became dissevered from the rope and fell down the pit shaft, a distance of over three hundred yards. Two of the occupants of the cage saved their lives by leaping out before the rope snapped. OUTRAGE BY FRENCH FISHERMEN. Whilst the Jessamine, drift-net fishing boat, was fishing off Lowes- toft, on Monday night, her nets were trawled into by a French boat. The Jessamine's crew burnt flares for the I purpose of seeing the name of the craft, which was the Alannc-Lorraine, Boulogne. A double volley was then tired from the French boat into the Jessamine, wound- ing three of the latter's crew, two dangerously. The wounded men were conveyed on Tuesday morning to Lowestoft Hospital. The English fishermen threaten retaliation. j: RELEASE OF THE TURF FRAUDS DETECTIVES AND RE-ARREST OF FROGGATT.-On Tuesday, ex-Detective Inspectors Palmer, Druscovitch, and Meiklejohn, having finished their term of two years' hard labour for com- plicity in the great turf frauds, were released from Coldbathfields gaol. Mr. Edward Froggat, solicitor, who received a similar sentence, was arrested imme- diately on leaving the prison on a charge of fraudulently, appropriating JK),000, which had been entrusted to his charge, and on being brought up at the Guildhall, he was remanded for a week. MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH.—About -1 midnight on Monday, a German, giving the name of Charles Peters, was found in the street near the Heath, calling "Police," and bleeding profusely from a wound, in the leg. He was taken to the police station on a stretcher. Dr. Cooper, divisional surgeon, found a large lacerated wound on the right calf, with a corres- ponding small wound on the front of the leg, probably caused by a gunshot, and it seemed as if by an explosive i ] bullet. No weapon was found. The injured man was 1 sent to the hospital. He is very uncommunicative. It 1 is supposed to be a political outrage. THE VOLUNTEERS.—The following revised regulations will come into force at the close of the Volunteer year, the 31st inst. :—"No person below the age of 17 or above the age of 49 years, will be enrolled in a Volun- teer Corps, and no person on attaining 50 years of age will continue to serve as an enrolled member in a Volun- r teer Corps, unless in special cases when the commanding officer thinks it desirable in the interest of the corps that a non-commissioned officer or private who has attained the age of 50 years should continue to serve, ] when a special application may be made to the general officer commanding the district, for authority to retain him. EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF CONSPIRACY. An ex- traordinary case of alleged conspiracy came up before the Bristol magistrates on Monday. Emmeline Samson, ] a young married woman, was charged with conspiracy. It was alleged that the accused had lent her child to a woman named Leonora Chambers, already committed for trial, and that she (Chambers) represented that it was her own, had obtained an affiliation order in respect 1 of it against William Henry Bowen, whom she several times prosecuted for non-payment, and who, on one occasion, was sentenced to six week's imprisonment for not obeying the order. The accused was remanded until Tuesday, when she was committed for trial. THE ELECTRIC LIGHT. A successful trial of the the electric light, on the system invented by Messrs. Siemens and Ralske, took place at the British Museum on Monday evening, the large Reading-room being brilliantly illuminated by means of four lamps, while seven smaller lamps were employed to light up the hall and the exterior of the building. Extensive experi- ments with the electric light have been recently made in the Russian navy. It has also been successfully used at Marseilles during the unloading of ships by night. The whole quay was brilliantly lighted throughout the night. An experiment was made recently in New York by which it was found that the distance from which the light would illuminate a given spot was seven miles. It is said that the officers of the French Algerian Triangu- lation Service really saw the electric light at the Spanish station of Tetica from a distance of more than 164 miles. EMIGRATION.—It was stated at a Conference on the subject of emigration and the depressed state of trade, held on Monday at the Homerton Evangelical Hall, London, that the ex-Mayor of Natal is prepared to take out in a short time two hundred artisans, pro- vided each man can raise ten pounds, and a resolution was passed asking the various friendly societies if they are desirous of forming a fund by which the subscribers would have the privilege of voting passages for persons who had been nominated to go to the Colonies.—On Tuesday morning, a large number of engineers, who for several months past have been on strike in Bradford, left that town for Liverpool, en route for Harrisburg and Middletown, Pennsylvania, America, where they have been engaged to fill important situations by two of the largest engineering firms in America. Their departure was witnessed by a large crowd, and as the train left the station the emigrants were loudly cheered. Ar- rangements have been made to send away another batch shortly. OPENING OF A COLLEGE AT SHEFFIELD BY PRINCE LEOPOLD.—Firth College, the gift of Mr. Mark Firth to the town of Sheffield, was opened on Monday by Prince Leopold, in the presence of a large numjjer of ladies and gentlemen. Mr. Mark Firth, in a. brief speech described the aims of the institution, and banded the trust deeds to the Prince, who, in eulogistic terms, referred to the donor's wise munificence, and pointed out how truly great was the reward of those who, after spending what was required to keep them in a position of dignity, devoted the remainder towards furthering the happiness of their fellow-men. His royal highness, on behalf of the subscribers, subsequently presented to Mr. Mark Firth a portrait bust, and a cheqjJie for £ 1,500 as a testimonial in recognition, of his benefactions. The Prince, on leaving the college, went to the Cutlers' Hall, where the Cutlers' Company and the Town Trustees presented addresses, which were suitably- acknowledged. His royal highness wis. entertained t luncheon at two o'clock by the Mayor and Corporatica, in the Cutlers' Hall, and afterwards visited Firth Pack, opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales four yaars ago, SCENE IN A WORKHGCXSE.—Two g,.rls named Hawkins and Read, described as good-looking, healthy girls of nineteen and seventeen," were brought up at Worship- street, on 'Monday, charged with disorderly and re- factory conduct in the City of London Workhouse at Clapton. On Saturday afternoon these lively young damsels contrived to climb on to the roof of an out- building overlooking the labo«r-yard, and there they amused themselves by tugging at the porter's bell. Vain attempts were made to dislodge them. The authorities strove to scale their eyrie by means of a ladder, but they were pelted by the bold AMAZONSJ and were compelled to beat an ignominioas retreat. At length the hose of the fire-engine was brought into play, and the two wretched creatures were drenched with water and forced to capitulate and eome down. After that they were given into custody as refractory paupers. Before the magistrate the assistant-taskmaster stated that the engine-hose was only being used to clean the yard, and that the girls had been warned to get out of the way but they, on their part, declared that the porter had deliberately played upon them until they I were wet through. The magistrate discharged them, observing that the officers of the workhouse had talcen the law into their own hands, and that the ducking which Hawkins and Read had undergone, waa no" quite a commendable proceeding.




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