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<$*rural Intelligence. HEAVY DAMAGES AGAINST A RAILWAY.—Dr. Phillips, who some time ago, having sustained an injury on the London and South-Western Railway, obtained in an action a verdict for seven thousand pounds damages, brought the ease on the second time on Tuesday, in the Common Pleas Division, when the jury awarded sixteen thousand pounds damages. THE EUSTON SQUARE MYSTERY.—The charge of per- jury against Mr. Severin Bastendorff, at the instance of Hannah Dobbs, was further investigated on Monday at Bow-street Police-court. Mr. Poland said the defendant denied all the statements made by Dobbs in her pamphlet. Mr. Flowers sent the case for tria'. The defendant was admitted to bail in his own recognis- ance of five pounds. THE ODDFELLOWS.—The Board of directors of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows have held a serius of business meetings in Manchester during the week. It was reported that the Unity now consists of 463 districts, oinprising 4,160 lodges, with an aggregate membership of 531,559. The contributions, &c., for the past year amounted to £720,995, and the payments for sick and funeral benefits to £ 483,542—the capital account being altogether £4,476,948. THE RLGN OF TERROR IN IRELAND.—Mr. James Bryce Killen, barrister; Mr. J. W. Daly, proprietor of the Connaught Telegraph; and Mr. Michael Davitt, ex- Fenian prisoner, were arrested on Wednesday morning, on warrants, charging them, on the information of the police, with having used seditious language, cal- culated to lead to a breach of the peace, at the land meeting held recently in Gurteen, county Sligo. The prisoners were conveyed to Sligo, where, in the after- noon, they were brought before the resident magistrate at the county inspector's office. The Clerk of the Crown appeared to prosecute, and having read the in- formations, asked for a remand until Monday next, on the ground of the absence of the necessary witnesses. The iciiiand was granted, and an application to admit the prisoners to bail was refused. The Home Rule xecutive met in London on Wednesday night, and passed resolutions expressing indignation at the arrests, and assuring the prisoners of the sympathy of the Irish- men in Great Britain. COLLIERY ACCIDENTS. — A conference of delegates from mining districts throughout Lancashire and Cheshire was held on Monday at Wigan. Mr. William Pickard presided, and delegates were present represent- ing about 30,000 miners. The questions discussed were winding accidents at collieries and the necessity of patent detaching hooks being used, the recent instruc- tion from the Home Office to coroners that evidence should only be taken as to the death of one person in cases of accidents causing loss of several lives, and the present, rate of wages. The conference unanimously resolved that the Home Secretary be petitioned to make the use of detaching hooks compulsory at all collieries. Mr. Pickard maintained that these appliances had already saved many lives and prevented much destruction of property. Englishmen were, as a rule, intelligent, sober, and industrious but a slight error of judgement might cause serious disaster, and it was therefore imperative that every appliance intended to les.^„ .v of life should be put in operation. The regulation as to inquests was strongly condemned, and a memorial to the Home Secretary, praying him to with- draw it was adopted. The memorial states that it would be practically impossible for a coroner to select one representative case as directed, and that while the regulation might work where many deaths were trace- able to one easily ascertainable cause, it could not be applied satisfactorily to the case of an explosion, where some deaths might be caused by suffocation, some by falls, and some by actual burning. The system of taking evidence as to indentification frequently brought forward valuable testimony as to the management of a mine, and the memorialists were strongly of opinion that the new regulation would have a tendency to cur- tail inquiry as to explosions and lessen the public im- portance of coroner's investigations. A deputation was appointed to present the memorial to the Home Secretary, Mr. Pickard remarking that there never had been a Home Secretary who had shown a greater dis- position to comply with the wishes of the miners or more desirous of protecting their lives than had Mr. Cross.

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