lISCELLA IEO US. A Cabinet Council was held on Saturday, at the official residence of the Earl of Derby. At Lyons, on the. 5th of June next, Mr. Wm. L Leaf, of London, will lay the first stone of the English Episcopal Church about to be erected. The City of London Common Council have resol- ved to guarantee a contribution of £500 to a fund for the erection of a statue of Mr. Peabody in the city of i London. John Bull snYA "we are mainly indebted" to the Queen for the fact that Mr. Walpole retains a seat ir the Cabinet,—Her Majesty, it is said, having keen- ly felt the unfair treatment to which he had been sub. jected." The Mont Cenis, Tunnel iq now;more than half com- pleted. The entire length of the tunnel will be seven miles 1,257 yards, and the distance co-rmleted at the close of March, 1867, was four miles 345 yards. The advance eHect-din March was 148 yards, and if the present rate of progress could be maintained, the tunnel would be completed by March, 1870. The following firms have been fixed unon by the Admiralty to build the oi"ht new gun vessels for which the engines have already Ven contracted, yiz; Messrs. Randolph and Elder, of Glasgow; Mr. Laurie, of Glasgow; Messrs. Thomas and Co., of Port Glas- gow; Messrs. J. Reid and. Co., of Port Glasgow; Messrs. Harland and Wollf, of Belfast; Mr. Pearse, of Stocl-,to-i-oii-Te(, the London Engineering Com- pany, of the Tsle of Dogs and Messrs. Laird Brothers, of Birkenhead. NEWS FOR SMOKERS.—The London and North Wes- tern Railway Company have had six nrst-class saloon carriages made at Wolverton, ,and have had two sent to Manchester, two to Birmingham, and two to Liver- pool. These carriages are intended for nic-nic and ex- cursion parties, and in them .there is to be no inter- ference with smokers. So<ne of the officials think it not improbable that by and by more of these carriages may be made, and that one may perhaps form part of every train, for the convenience and comfort of smokers. RUMOURED DEATH OF THE EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN,— The Paris correspondent of the Pall writing on Friday, says "Thereis a story that a very awkward piece of news was made known at the Tuil- eries last night that the Emneror Maximilian had been captured and then shot. Should this intelligence turn out to be correct, the results of the Mexican ex- penditure will be deplorable indeed.—the Emperor dead, his wife mad, and the nublic debt here increased by two milliards. The King and Queen of the Bel- gians being at present in Paris, the reception of this news is still more untoward. MALT AND BARLEY.—The returns moved for by Mr. Rebow, M.P., show,that in the year ending December last, there were 2,3G1,482 ouartftrs of foreign barley imported into the United Kingdom, and in the three months ending March 31, "1867, there were 598,263 quarters; the average price being for imported barley (exclusive of duty) 35s Id and for British barley 43g 2d. In the period from February 15 to 31st of March last, we reported 8,244 bushels of malt free of duty, and 36,003 bushels on drawback, in addition to 71,878 barrels of beer; the malt brought to charge and charged with duty being 8,436,307 bushels, and with duty free 763,967 'bushels. SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—A serious accident took place On Saturday morning on the Southwark side of the new bridge, now in course of construction at Black- friars, A number of men were at work on the No. 3 pier from the Surrey side, lowering an iron caisson, Weighing about 30 tons, into the bed of the river, when it suddenly swerved right out of its place, and knocked two of the timber supports of the large plat- form aside, and a beam gave way and caused some boards to fall into the water. At the time some men were standing on the platform, and they were .thrown off. Two of the men in falling were thrown against the iron caisson and they were seriously injured. The other two men fell into the water, and while they were in it the two first men fell ofF the caisson alongside them, and all four men were dreadfully bruised by a mass of floating timber. The four men were taken to Guy's Hospital, and one of them had been so much injured that he lies insensible, THE DIGEST OF LAW COMMISSION.—-The first report of the Digest of Law Commission has been laid before Her Majesty. It is divided under two heads. In the first the Commissioners state what has to be done, as they conceive, in fulfilment of the commission en- trusted to them by the Queen, and, secondly, how they propose to (To it. They s.ay-:—"}Ye think it clear that a work of this, .nature, (regard being had especially to the importance of its carrying, with it the greatest weight) could not be. accomplished by private enterprise, and that it must be executed by public authority and at the national expense. With respect to the means of accomplishing It" wp have considered various plans. Any plan must, we think, involve the appointment of a commission or body for executing or superintending an execution of the work. We are not authorised, by the terms of your Majesty'3 commission, to undertake the execution or direction of such a work, but we are of opinion that it might be conveniently doue under our euprintendence." REMARKABLE ACCIDENT ON THE BRISTOL AND Bm. MINGHAM RAILWAY.An accident, of an alarming character took place on the Bristol and Birmingham Branch of the Midland Railway, on Saturday,, near Defford.-At nine o'clock; -on Saturday morning, a down goods train left Worcester for Bristol. It had passed through Wadborough station and was pro- ceeding towards Defford (nine miles from Worcester when a wheel of one of the trucks became detached. This happened about half a mile from the bridge which crosses the river Avon between Defford" and Eckingtori Station, but the driver of-the train, nofe perceiving what had occurreli proceeded oh His jour- ney, the broken truck bumping along the sleepers and breaking many of the chairs on the down line In this way the disabled-truck was dragged on until the train arrived at the bridge, which is an iron ona of a single span. The damaged 1 ruck here broke through the plates with which the flooring of the bridge was constructed, and the train thus became broken, and, some of the hinder trucks mounting upon the disabled one, they broke through, and one, if not two were precipitated into the the river. Others broke away the iron railing forming the paranet, and ona of the trucks hung suspended by a chain over the river. The engine, with the driver and. stoker, had reached the other side of the bridge, and so escaped without injury. .SCENE AT THE BiSHOP OF SALISBURY'S VISITATION. "— The Bishop of Salisbury held his triennial visita- tion at Bridport, on Thursday, the 161h, when there was a large attendance of clergy and churchwardens. An abstract of the charge has already appeared in the newspapers. When the right rev. Prelate came to the subject of absolution, he said there was a time to speak and a time to keep silence; and he believed tho time for being outspoken had arrived in his diocese, and he had, without any mental reservation, God knew, acted on that conviction. At this point the Rev. William C. Templer, the rector of Burton Bradstock, stepped from his seat into the aisle in front of His Lordship, and exclaimed with much fervour, "I be- lieve there is a time to speak and a time to be silent; let those that are on the the Lord's side follow me and he turned and walked out of the church, followed hy one churchwarden. This scene created aprofound impression and His Lordship was for a moment appa. rently much disconcerted. Intense silence prevailed for a minute or two, and then his Lordship said, "I would only remind you that this is a court, and tho clergy are bound to attend it, though their conscien- ces are not bound to receive all they hear. Of course a person may be punished for any contempt of court." He then proceeded with the reading of the charge, but before he had concluded, though be admitted what: ,he said would occuny several hours' reading, every churchwarden had left the church, and the clergy manifested signs of weariness. In the afternoon, the Churchwardens held a meeting, and adopted the fol- lowing address to the Bishop, which was signed by 34 of them "My Lord,—As churchwardens of the several parishes within your diocese, we have this day attended on your triennial visitation, and heard the charge delivered by you to your clergy. Feeling that we have also responsible duties to perform, in endeavouring to preserve our reformed church from innovations and practices inimical to its pure faith we avail ourselves of the occasion to express our [deep'regret at some of the opinions and doctrines :therein enunciated. We believe them to be at vari- Hiioe with those principles for which our forefathers so nobly and successfully struggled more than three hundred years ago, when they protested against the errors of the Church of Rome, Entertaining the highest possible respect for your Lordship's personal character and office, we nevertheless feel it incumbent onus "O assert our belief that unless a check is at once and promptly made both by clergy and laity to those innovations and practices which are alien to the feelings of all sound Churchmen, a considerableportion. of those wao are now sincerely devoted to the estab- lishment will be induced to withdraw to dissenting places of worship, or be Insidiously attracted towards the Church of Rome, and thereby destroy the harmony and weaken the confidence which has so locg and oappily existed amongst them." 0 THE ALBLIRT DAL.-A, new warrant has lately been issued by wbiel the 1 Ibert Medal has been divided into two chisses. distinction between the decora- tion consists in the W-d,tti of the ribbon and the colour ..1 .)
T VARIORUM. The Bishop ofLabuan has returned to England. A general festival of parish choirs will be held ia Ely Cathedral on the 5th of June. The Goldsmiths' Company have sent Mrs. Gladstone zElOO for her proposed Convalescent Home. The Governor and Company of the Bank of England have contributed £1,000 to the Middle Class Schools Corporation. •The Marquis of Westminster: has given a second £ 500. to the Yeatman Hospital at Sherborne, Borset- sliil e. Miss Mary C. Dickson, of Camberwcll, has left all her personal, property (f, 16.000) to charitable purposes. At Lyons on the 5th of June next, Mr. W. L. Leaf, of. London, will lay the first stone of the English epis- chill,ell tit)oat to I)e,crected. Trout fishing in the River Kennet, in Berkshire, has commenced a month later and will end a month later this year than formerly. The thirty-ninth annual festival in aid of the funds of the Licensed Victuallers' Asylum, Old Kent-road, took place on the 17th inst. at the Crystal Palace, Mr. y dliam W hituread wa:; iti the cbair. A Scottish religious body called the Original Seces- sion Synod have resolved to sell their stock in the Scottish North Eastern Railway in consequence of trams now being run upon that line on the Sunday. It is rumoured, that, the morning sittings of the House of Commons will be commenced in the first or second week of next month. The Kidsgvove (Staffordshire) publicans and beer- sellers have commenced keeping their houses closed on Sundays till five o'clock, and two have decided not to open at all on that day. Chief Baron Kelly's estate, known as The Cbauiitryi" near Ipswich, has just been ottered for sale at the Auction Mart. The biddings reached £ 47,000, but this sum being £3,000 short of the reserve price, a sale was not effected. Mrs. Abbot has added to her other charitable gifts to Newcastle by presenting 15,000 to the Northern Counties Orphan Institution, which, it is proposed, shall in future bear her name. The firms of Bass and Co. and Messrs. Allsopp and Son have each offered Y,500, provided £ 2.000 can be raised, for the erection of an infirmary in Burtou-upou- Trent. Two turnkeys have been dismissed from Longford gaol as the re>iiltuf an investigation into their conduct relative to the Fenian prisoners. It was stated at the fanners' dinner at Biandford, in Dorsetshire, last week, that a broker in Mark-lane sold 25,000 quarters of grain during the first week of this month. The Rev. Canon Wishari, of Gloucester Cathedr 1, has been elected to the vacant chaplaincy of the Liver- pool School of the Blind. The minimum stipend is £ 400 a-year. A steamer left Southampton last week with 1 300 German passengers.- The passage money amounted to 70,000 dcHars. There were, a few days ago. 7,000 per- sons in Bremen waiting to emigrate to the United States. A return has been issued which shows that in the ycar1866 there were 187,519 marriages registered in England, 753,188 births and 500,938 deaths. The committee of the Alexandra Orphanage for Infants, Upper Holloway, announce that Her Grace the Duchess of Sutherland has consented to lay the fir, t stone of the new oil a day which will be shortly announced. The: Limerick Chronicle states that out of seventeen prisoners committed to the county gaol for Fenianism, no less than thirteen have offered- to inform against their comrades in order to save themselves. The Crown has selected six of them to assist in convicting the others. The Rev. II. F. Beckett, of St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, Canon of Cumbrae, Scotland, is about to pt o.(:.ced to South Africa as the chief of a band of mis- sionaries. His mission will be named after St. Augus- tine, and will work under the direction of Bishop Twells. The Intercolonial Exhibition at Melbourne, in Aus- tralia, closed in February. It lasted, four months. The number of visitors was 270,440. The average daily attendance was 2,360. The total receipts for admission amounted to £ 9,600. One thousand pounds has been subscribed towards erecting a hospital at Shcpton Mallet, in Somersetshire. The Prince of Wales, who is lord of the manor there, is about to be solicited to give a piece of land for the hospital to be built on. The Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale 0:1 Tuesday week, by 3D to 10, affirmed the judgment of the Pres- bytery of Edinburgh, enjoining the liev. Dr. Lee.to discontinue the use of read prayers in the worship of Old Greyfiiars, Edinburgh. Dr. Lee appealed to the General Assembly, which meets on the 23rd inst. Lord Devon has been offered, and has accepted, the office of President of the Poor Law Board, which has been vacated by the promotion of Mr. Gatbornc Hardy to the Home Office. Mr. Schlater-Booth will represent the Department in the House of Commons. The announcement that it-he military are to be gradu- ally withdrawn from the Cape has continued to cause no little excitement and comment by a section of the press. Very violent attacks have been made on the governor, Sir P. E. Wodehouse, as the promoter of this measure. Two bodies out of the four lost with a pleasure-boat on returning to Broadstairs from the Dover Review, have been recovered, one near St. Margaret's Bay, and the. other near Kingsdown. They are supposed to be 11 y those of Collins and the boatman Ralnh. A Limerick journal states, on the authority of a Ro- man correspondent, that the compliment paid by the present Lord Mayor of Dublin, who is a Protestant, to Cardinal Cullen, in inviting him to his mayoral ban- quet, has been taken notice of by the Pope, at a recent audience of distinguished Irish visitors. The Pope felt it to be a compliment paid to the head of the Church in Ireland, and to himself." The Court of Common Council, upon the motion of Mr. John Finley, seconded by Mr. J. Richardson, has unanimously agreed to grant one hundred guineas in aid of the fund for erecting a testimonial to Mr. George Peabody for his munificent gift of zC250,000 for the benefit of the working classes. The Kcttleburgh church-rate case, in connexion with which Mr. Grant, who refused to pay the rate, now lies in Whitecross-street, has entered on an unexpected phase. The churchwardens cannot get the money to pay their expenses Mr. Grant cannot pay them, and no one else will. All appeal is therefore made to all conscientious Churchmen to relieve tnem of their diffi- culty. The London and North Western Railway, having 1,319 miles open, carries 20,000,000 passengers a year; while the South Eastern, on 330 miles, carries 17,000,000 passengers; the Brighton,on 300 miles,carries 16, 7 00, 000; the Great Northern, on 400 miles, carries 5,500,000; the Great Eastern, on 700 miles, carries 13,400,000 pas- sengers and the South Western, on 503 miles, carries 10,000,000 passengers. We (Edinburgh Courant) are gratified to mention that the Earl of Haddington has been selected to repre- sent Her Majesty as Lord High Commissioner to the ensuing General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Countess of Haddington will also, we understand, reside at Holyrood during the sittings of the Assembly. The Rev. James Russel, minister of Yarrow, who has for so many years officiated as chaplain to Lord Belhaven, will discharge the same duties on this occasion and Dr. Robert Ramsay has again been appointed to the office of purse-bearer. Sir R. Murchison writes:—"As I have always seen reason to doubt the accuracy of the report of the death of Dr. Livingstone, chiefly on account of the mendacious character of the Johanna men who brought the news to Zanzibar, so I am now happy to inform you that the ray of hope that he might still be alive has been much strengthened by a document just placed in my hands by Colonel Rigby, late Her Majesty's consul at Zanzibar. At any rate, the small boat party which will leave this country on the 9th of June will, by ascending to the north end of the Lake Nyassa, set the matter at rest as to the reported death of the great traveller." Church restoration is now such a trite subject that it is not easy to single out a church worthy of special notice. 4 Nevertheless, though there are not a few well- ordered churches in the City of London, the costly adornment and re-arrangement of the Church of the united parishes of St. Lawrence (Jewry) and St. Mary Magdalene, ought not to be overlooked. The work has been carried out under the direction of Mr. Bloomfield. The high pews have given way to open seats, not, perhaps, of the best order. But it is in respect of decoration that the church excels. Thus the whole of the walls and roof are coloured, gilding being used profusely. At the east end the adorn- ment is of the highest order. Over the altar is a large mosaic representing the Ascension. This, together with the side windows of the histories of St. Lawrence and St. Mary Magdalene, was executed under the direction of Messrs. Heaton and Bayne. The framing of the mosaic is of varied coloured marble, and is surmounted by a cross. The sanctuary is painted withmarble mosaic, representing chiefly the symbols of the Evangelists. The two steps of the altar and of the sanctuary are of costly marble the whole restoration cost £ 2,000. We regret, that when so much has been done, no place has been provided for a choir, as at the adjacent restoied churches of St. Mary, Aldermanbury. and St. Alban's, Wood-street. This,Purely ™ a desi- deratum, now that the Litany (as a bill informs us) is sung every Wednesday and Friday morning. Persons who visit the church should not overlook the almost palatial vestry, containing as it does an old picture of J' the martyrdom of St. Lawrence, or the cross erected in the churchyard in memory of the many benefactors to the church.
i SENTENCE OF DEATH ON CAPTAIN j M'CAEEERTY.. Sentence of death has been passed on Captain t M'Cafferty. The prisoner addressed the court, and pro- tested against the injustice of the sentence on. the ground that guilt had been brought home to him on the evidence I of a perjured witness. He denied that two independent witnesses had been produced to prove the overt act of treason alleged against him. He did not deny that he sympathised with the Irish people, and claimed that he had a right, as an American, to sympathise with the Irish or any other people who might please to revolt against a form of Government by which they were ty- rannically treated. Englishmen sympathised with both parties in the late American war; but who ever heard of an Englishman being arrested and prosecuted by the United States Government for taking up arms for the Confederate States ? If he were free to-morrow, and the Irish people were to take the field for inde- pendence, his sympathies would be with them; and he would join them it they had any hope of winning that independence; wHlst he would not give his sanction to any useless effusion of blood. He found no fault with the judge or jury. He would go to his grave as a gentleman and a Christian. Though he regretted that he should be cut off at this stage of his life, still he recollected that many noble and generous Irishmen fell on behalf of their native land. Mr. Justice Fitzgerald having sentenced him to be executed on Wednesday, June 12th, the prisoner requested that after the sen- tence had been carried out his remains should be handed over to his solicitor, to be interred in consecrated ground. He then thanked his counsel and attorney and retired. Two men, named Mooncy and Smith, were then tried and found guilty under the Whitcboy Act, for appear- ing in arms at Tallaghfc.
EPIDEMIC AMONGST HORSES. An epidemic, unequalled since the old coaching days, has broken out in the stables of Mr. M. Jackson, the proprietor of the omnibuses running between Leeds and Burley, Kirkstall, and Armley. Glanders and farcy manifested themselves shortly after the introduction into the stables—which are situated in the Black Bull-yard, Lands-lane-a short time ago of a horse which had h been obtained at Burley, but the symptoms were not properly understood,, and the affected animals were treated for influenza. Mr. Broughton and Mr. Cuthbert, veterinary surgeons, subsequently examined them, and then it was discovered that they had been attacked wth glanders and farcy of the most virulent form, and that the only hope of arresting its ravages depended upon its being vigorously "stamped out." The animals were successively attacked, and deaths or slaughterings took place almost daily. Five horses were killed on Saturday, these making up the list of victims within the last few days to fifteen. Owing to the infectious and contagous nature of the d'scase considerable apprehension was, of course, ielt as to the remainder of the horses, which, as far as could be asceriained on Saturday, were all in a healthy state, and they were removed to other stables in the vicinity. The old stables have been repeatedly white- washed, the straw burnt, the gearing purified, and other precautions taken to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Having lost fifteen out of his twenty-six Z, horses, Mr. Jackson has been obliged to discontinue running two :Lmscs until he can replace the dead animals, but in the meantime he intends to put forth excry exertion to provide the accommodation necessary for the traffic. He estimates his loss at about £ 200.
BOILER EXI'LOSION.-At 7 o'clock on Saturday morn- ing last a boiler of about 25-horsc power exploded at Stoeker and Co.'s plaster mill, in Northgate, Newark- on-Trent. The mill itself was not injured, but the boiler house was literally blown away, the bricks, wood- work, and portions of the ironwork being scattered over a distance of 150 yards or more, but, providen- tially, without any lives being lost. Some narrow es- capes occurred, and four persons were injured, but it is hoped not very seriously. A horse belonging to a neighbour whose stable was knocked down by one end of the boiler was seriously hurt, and its recovery is doubtful. Tne damage to the company's property is about £ 300, but the houses in the neighbourhood are also damaged to some extent. The pressure was only about 601b. to the inch at the time of the accident, and it is said that there was plenty of water. The boiler was put down new only a year ago by Bevor and Son, late of N ewnrk. SUICIDE IN A RAILWAY TUNNEL.—A suicide of very shocking character was committed on Monday morning in the Clayton tunnel of the London and Brighton Rail- way. When the 8 a.m. train from London to Brighton had got about 100 yards within the tunnel, a respectably- dressed man, who had taken his seat in a second-class carriage at the Three Bridges Station, suddenly opened the door and threw himself out, before his fellow-pas- sengers had time to restrain him. On arrival at the next station the fact was. telegraphed to Brighton, and a special engine was sent to the spot. The body of the unfortunate man was found divided into three parts, his head and one leg being completely separated from the trunk. The remains were taken to a public-house at Pyecombe, where they await identification and the coroner's inquest. THE STEAMER Sm WILLIAM PEEL.—A telegram received from New York, via the Atlantic Cable, was posted on Monday afternoon at Lloyd's Underwriting Room, announcing that the Supreme Court at New Orleans had decreed that the British steamer Sir William Peel, captured by the United States' cruisers during the war with the South in 1863, be restored, with the cargo, to her oiviiers." The steamer in question was built at N orthfleet in 1855. and in 1863 became the property of Mr. T. A. Corry and Mr. R. Lay cock, merchants, in Manchester, who despatched her from London for Liverpool, whence she sailed for Mata- moras on the 4th of May, 1863, with an asserted cargo of merchandise. The cargo was owned by Messrs. A. and S. Henry and Co., merchants, and consigned to Messrs. Milmo and Co., at Matamoras, for sale. This steamer arrived out on the 13th of June, the cargo was landed, except two casks containing iron rings and some railway axles, and a fresh cargo was being shipped —namely, about 904 bales of cotton—when she was captured by the United States' commissioned vessel of war, Seminole, Captain 'Rolando commanding, who ordered the Sir William Peel to New Orleans for adjudi- cation. It was clearly established that at the time of the capture she was lying at anchor in Mexican neutral waters. The Sir William Peel was insured at Lloyd's, and the underwriters settled with the owners as a total loss. THE KNIGHTSBRIDGE BARRACKS.—A petition signed by the most influential inhabitants of South Kensington and its neighbourhood for the removal of Knightsbridge Barracks has been forwarded to the Secretary for War. It represents that the barracks are now in a very bad condition and notoriously unhealthy. The high road from Kensington to Hyde-park-corner, being one of the main entrances to the metropolis, passes them, and their vicinity is occupied by many objectionable houses, which at night cause the assemblage of noisy crowds and persons of disorderly character, whose behaviour makes the place quite as unseemly as the Hay- market ever was. It must be allowed that such dis- graceful scenes should not be permitted in so important a thoroughfare, but while the barracks remain the nui- sance will never be abated. If they were removed, however, this part of the road connectirg London and Kensington, and leading to the most ornamental part of the metropolis, including Prince's-gate and Gardens, the Albert Memorial, the Horticultural Gardens, the Hall of Arts and Sciences would, insteid of being a shameful blot, be greatly improved, and b(come a credit to the neighbourhood. The petitioners refer to the statement made by Earl de Grey in his interview with a deputation from the Vestry of Chelsea, 01 the 21st of November, 1863, in which he said :—" Now. there are no barracks in the United Kingdom so bad as those at Knightsbridge for the accommodation of the cavalry belonging to the Household troops, and t has long been the wish of successive Secretaries of War to remove them, and build others mora suitable, in which all the modern improvements for securing the health and comfort of tile troops could be introduced." Taking all these circumstances into consideration, they pray that the barracks may be removed, and that some other site may be found for the reception of the Household troops. The following com- mittee has been appointed by the memorialist :—Earl Giosvenor, M.P., Lord Alfred Spencer Churchill, Vis- count Bury, Sir Anthony Stirling, Captain Charles Egerton, R.N., Lieutenant-General Crauford, Mr. W. Patrick Adam, M.P., Mr. Oswald Smith, Hon. Ashley Ponsonby, Sir William Dunbar, Lord Edward Howard, M.P., Mr. Edward Schenley, Mr. J. B. Barnes, Dr. Martyn, Mr. Charles James Freake, Loid William Compton, Mr. Charles Whitmore, Mr. Henry Austen Bruce, M.P., Lord Portman, Rev. William Harness, M.A., Mr. William R. Sandbach, Sir Daniel Cooper, Hon. Ralph Harbord, Sir William Erie, Major-General 8ir Andrew Scott Waugh, R.E., F.R.S., Mr. Robert Lowe, M.P., Mr. Robert C. L. Bevan, and Mr. John J. Hubbard. FOREIGN BARLEY.—In the year 1866, the import of foreign barley rose to 2,361,482 quarters. The average price of imported barley, as registered at the London Custom-house, was 31s. 9d, per quarter, exclusive of the duty; and the average price of British barley, as ascertained by the Controller of Corn Returns, was 37s. 4d. per quarter. In the first quarter of 1867, 598,263 quarters of foreign barley have been imported, the average price registered at the Custom-house being 35s. Id., and the average price of British barley in the sbiu'-i period being 43s. fV,,
MURDER IN NORFOLK. A murder, about which there appears to be some mystery, was committed on Friday last, at Barton Bendish, a village about eight miles from Downham Market, in Norfolk. A man named Benjamin Black, aged about-55 years, and who was engaged as woodman on the estate of Sir Hanson Berneys, heard the report of a gun as he lay in bed, at about four o'clock on Fri- day morning. lie got up, and went to a plantation called Barton Lays; the place where he thought the gun had been fired. Nothing more was seen cf him until after six o'clock, when five men who chanced to be going through the wood, found him lying, as they thought, dead upon the ground. So soon as they 9 moved him, they found that he had been shot, and that he was still living. One o,f' them saw blood dropping from his face, and under the head was a pool of blood as large as his hat; some of it fluid, and some of it clotted. A cart was sent for, and the deceased was conveyed to his home. On a search being made in the wood, a broken bottle was found not far from where he lay, and a piece of paper which con- tained gunpowder. Near the place where the paper lay a fresh footmark was seen, and ether footmarks led the searchers to a trail where the dew had been swept from the grass by some one who had walked over it. When the deceased was first found, his watch appeared to have been half drawn from his pocket, the ring by which the chain was attached was broken off, and the chain hung loosely on the waistcoat. A nephew of the deceased was known to be in the wood, and he was called, and when he saw his uncle lying he wrung his hands and cried, Oh, my uncle my uncle He also said something about the watch and about the purse of deceased. On Saturday morning an inquest was held, which, after some evidence had been given, was adjourned. On Saturday evening the nephew was taken into custody on suspicion of having committed the murder. On Monday morning the large court-house at Down- ham was crowded, to hear the charge preferred against Hubbard Lingley, nephew of the deceased, on the charge of committing the capital offence of murdering Benja- min Black. The magistrates present were the Rev. J. Howman and W. H. Stokes. Hubbard Lingley was placed at the bar shortly after twelve o'clock. He is a tall young man, with a strong cast in both his eyes, dark hair, and rather bushy whiskers; he wore cord small clothes, a velveteen waistcoat, and a coat made of a material called slopping. Though trying to assume a smiling aspect, he presented a determined and ill-tempered appearance. The principal evidence adduced was that given by Police-constable Ball, who said On Saturday morning I had a conversation with the prisoner about a gun. I asked him where his gun was. This was before the inquest. I said to him, You have a gun where is it P" He said it was at home. I said, "Which home?" He said, Barton home." I said, Wlier' ?" He said, At my unclc's." I said, "Do you mean the uncle that is dead?" He said, "No; my uncle Henry's." He then left us, and went to his deceased uncle's. At that time I saw his uncle in the deceased's garden. I, Police-constable Stewart, Hubbard Lingley, and the uncle went to the uncle Henry's house, and the prisoner could not point out where the gun was. His uncle said, "Now, if your gun is here, where is it?" Pri- soner replied, It is not here." The uncle then said, "My gun is in the shed." When we went we found it was not there. Henry Black then called his son, who was in the garden, using the gun, and the prisoner thereupon said, That is the gun I mean." The uncle said. You know that's not yours you never had it off the premises. What's the use of bring- ing these men down on such a foolish errand P I saw police-constable Hudson apprehend prisoner on the evening of Saturday near to the deceased's house. I heard him say, I will show you where the gun is." We then went into the wood, and when in the wood wc went up to ti.e turning of the road, about 150 yards from where the body was, and about 200 yards from the shed. We went about fifteen or twenty yards up the road, and near an ash tree the prisoner said, This is about the spot," and we went amongst the blackthorn bushes about twenty yards from the r Dad. After a long search, prisoner called out, Here it is." It was covered up with leaves and moss. I took possession of it. It is a single-barrelled gun. I now produce it. There was, and is, a discharged cap on it. The powder-flask I now produce was found about sixty or seventy yards from where the prisoner had been at work. It was con- cealed in the hollow of a tree. Prisoner wa" remanded for a week.
POST-OFFICE SURVEYORS.—This department of the Post-office gives employment to 9G persons, consisting of 15 surveyors, 35 surveyors' clerks, 14 stationery clerks, and 30 clerks in charge, as well as one surveyor and one stationery clerk employed in the West Indies of this staff 63 are engaged in England, 17 in Ireland, and 14 in Scotland. The total cost thereof is thus epitomized:—For salaries, 26,4551. for travelling allowances, 16,3001; for rents, 4701. and for compen- sations, 3701. MOB LAW IN KENTUCKY.—A party of men, num- bering about thirty, marched one Thomas Geihart out of the Taylor County Gaol en Monday and hung him to a tree. The parties gave as a reason for hanging Gebhart that he was a murderer and a pest to society, and would probably escape the law if tried.-iyew York Herald. ACTION FOR THE LOAN OF A WINDOW.—On Mon- day, at Wolverhampton, Mr. George Davenport, chemist and druggist, of Queen's-square, sued Mr. Edwin Turner, of Meridalc-grovc, for the sum- of zclo, for the use of a window on the occasion of the Queen visiting Wolverhampton. Upon the understanding that the canvas which covered the pavilion in would be taken off )f the weather continued fine, defendant engaged the room but when Mr. Turner and his family went the canvas was not taken off. and they were unable to see the ceremony. Verdict for the de- fendant. SUICIDE OF A CONGRESSMAN.—A special dispatch from Russellville, Ky., says Hon. Elijah Ilise, who was just elected to Congress from the Third district by almost a unanimous vote over his Radical opponents, committed suicide by blowing out his brains with a pistol. He left a note, saying in the present condition of the country his advanced age precluded his doing the country any good, and he sought relief in death.— New York Herald. DROWNED WHILST ATTEMPTING TO SAVE A DOG.-A very painful case of drowning took place in the River Don, near Doncaster, on Sunday morning. A painter at the Railway-plant Works, named Wharton, thirty- one years of age, went with his wife for a walk in Crimpsall, by the river side. They took their little dog with them, and were accompanied by a friend and his wife, who had abo a dog with them. When opposite Newton deceased suggested that the dogs should be sent into the water, but his dog being a very young one did not take to the river so kindly as was expected, and Wharton asked his friend to throw it in. This was done,when the poor little animal was seen strug- gling as though it were drowning thereupon deceased, who was a good swimmer, took off all his things save his stockings and trousers, and jumped into the liver to the rescue of his dog. Directly he got into the water he appeared to struggle violently, and almost immediately went down. He rose again on his side, and his friend rushed nearly up to his neck in the river and put out his hand to save him. At the same instant the poor distracted wife rushed almost into the water imploring the man to save her husband or to let her die with hi 11, and it was all he could do to prevent her jumping in after her husband. In the meantime the unfortunate man had disappeared, whilst the little dog had struggled to shore. The body of the deceased was recovered about two hours afterwards, and an inquest was held before Mr. John Lister, the borough coroner, when a verdict was returned in accordance with the above fact s.- Yorkshire Post. THE AMERICAN IRONCLADS.—The Patrie says :— We have reason to believe that Prussian agents have been despatched to New York with the view of pur- chasing the ironclad vessels built during the late war in the United States, but which since its conclusion have become in excess of the wants of that country. Among other vessels are mentioned the monitor Onondaga and the armoured frigate of 5,000 tons, the Dunderberg. The statement contained in a private despatch that the latter vessel had been purchased by France is erroneous. WAR CONTRIBUTIONS LEVIED BY PRUSSIA.—The following account of the contributions levied by Prussia upon the different countries opposed to her last year is taken from a report on Prussian finance by Mr. Hugh Wyndham, one of the secretaries of the British embassy at Berlin :—Au-stria, 20,000.000 thalers Saxony, 10,000,000 thalers; Wirtemburg, 8,000,000 guldens Hesse Darmstadt, 3,000.000 guldens Bavaria, 30,000,000 guldens Frankfurt, 6,000,000 guldens; amounting in all to about 55,000,000 ( £ 8,250,000). RAILWAY ENTERPRISE IN PRUSSIA.—The number of miles English in course of construction is 920. The lines decided on but not yet commenced are about 1,960 miles more, and there is a similar length of lines in contemplation, but on which no final decision has been made. The sum required for the works in progress before the end of 1868 is estimated at about £ 12,000,000. AGRICULTURAL GANGS.—Mr Hugh Seymour Tre- menheere and Mr. Edward Carleton Tufnell have been appointed Her Majesty's Commissioners to inquire into and report on the employment of children, young persons, and women in agriculture, for the purpose of ascertaining to what extent and with what modifications the principles of the Factory Acts can be adopted for the regulation of such employment, and especially with a view to the better education ot such children.
MURE CHILD MUHDER IN P ADDINGTON. On Thursday morning an inquest was held by Dr. Lnnkester, M.D., coroner, at the Ben Jonson, Harrow- road. to inquire into the death of a new-born infant tint was found on Wednesday morning, by police-con- stable William Prido, No. 303, X, while on duty, in the area of No. 9, Shrewsbury-road, St. Steven's- square, Paddington. He said every inquiry had been made but without any clue being obtained as to the guilty person. Mr. G. Brown, M.R.C.S., of Kensal- green, and divisional surgeon to the district, proved making the post-mortem examination. He found the nose broken and pushed on one side. there were an in- dentation round the neck as if a cord had been tied tightly. The head was much congested, heart and lungs full, &c., the bilical cord had not been pro- perly tied, as by a midwife or medical man, but doubly looped, being about three inches long. He should say it had partly bled to death, and then been suffocated by the cord being tied tightly round the neck. The jury having consulted for a short time, returned a verdict that it died through the mortal effects of suffo- cation, being a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown. A second inquest was held upon Eliza Goultier, who resided at No. 11, Alfred-road, who lost her life by falling from the flat at the back of the house (that is used to dry the clothes) on Saturday last, about four o'clock. George Goultier said he was the husband of deceased, and a tutor. On Saturday last, about four o'clock, he was sitting in a room underneath, when he heard a voice. He ran down stairs to see what it was, and found the deceased in the area she was quite insensible; he helped to carry her up to the bed-room; he knew the rails were rotten, and thought ho had heard his wife speak about it; she was sometimes subject to a swimming in the bead,lfout ne was.sure she did not purposely throw herself off. John Austin, rcsidingin the same house, said he saw her just as she fell; he thought it was a carpet falling but did not hear her shriek he helped to carry her up. Dr. William Basey Lyall, M.R,C.-v, of No. 2 Marl- borongh-tcrrace, Harrow-road, proved to being called to deceased about four o'clock on Saturday last. He found pulse and action of heart very slight. She died in about three minutes. He had since made a post-mortem ex- amination, and found the back part of skull fractured, side of head broken, likewise four ribs on the left side, and two on the right, pressing on the lungs, and the breast-bone was broken, which was quite sufficient to account for death. The Jury, after a long consultation, returned a verdict of Accidental Death." It was remarked that the attention of the Vestry and the Board of Works had been called to the very unsafe state of these fiats in this neighbourhood, most of them only been protected by a wood-rail, which soon becomes rotten, as in this case. One of the Jurymen referred to the very unsafe state of some of the chimney pots in the neighbourhood, but the Coroner said in that case the police had full power to have them removed as, in a case of a home becoming unsafe, and likely to fall, they would then give notice to the proper parties, or in any other case where danger was likely to occur. But in this case there seemed no one responsible but the party themselves, as Mr. F. Becket, auctioneer of Paddington-green, and agent to the landlord, proved that the deceased rented the house at a reduced rental, under a covenant to keep in and do all necessary repairs.
IRISH MAGISTRATES AND ROMAN CATHOLIC RIOTERS. —The inquiry at Dungannon as to the conduct of cer- tain magistrates of the county of Tyrone, whose jud cial impartiality had been impeached by Mr. Justice Keogh at the last assizes, was concluded on Friday. The charge against the justices was that, in the case of a riot at Donaghmore, on the 12th September last, they sent for trial all the Roman Catholics who were charged, but dismissed the charges against all but one of the Protestants who were brought before them on the same occasion. It appears that on the occa- sion in question a number of Protestants were pass- ing through the town of Donaghmore, amusing them- selves by bearing drums. They had no party emblems and did not play any party tunes. They were at- tacked twice by the Roman Catholic party, and "E course, defended themselves. Inasmuch as the Cath- olics were the assailants, the magistrates thought themselves justified in sending for trial all the indi- viduals who were indentified as having taken part in the attack, and they considered it equally their duty to dismiss the charge against the Protestants, who, they thought, had not offended against the Party Pro- cessions Act, and who were on their way home when wantonly attacked. One of the Protestants they sent for trial for an assault on a policeman. It appears that instructions had been sent to the magistrates from the Castle, from which they inferred that there was no power to arrest or punish any man who car- riej a drum in the procession, unless he was playing a party tune. COLONEL GREVILLE-NUGENT AND His SON.—At the Westminster Police Court, o- the 10th instant, Ro- bert Southwell Greville-Nugent was committed to prison in default of finding a surety in X300 for threatening to shoot his father, Colonel Greville-Nu- gent, M.P. On Friday, Mr,. Long, of 83, Gower- street, tendered himself as bail for the accused.—Mr. Long said he was 23 years of age, and had no occu- pation. He was doing nothing in Gower-street, and occupied his time in reading, writing, and smoking, occasionally looking in at the Opera. Robert South- well Greville-Nugent was an entire stranger to him before he was committed on this charge. He never saw him before he visited him in prison from mo- tives of good feeling. He was induced to come for- ward by reading an account of the case in the news- papers. He was satisfied of the accused's sanity he had only seen him for twenty minutes. He said he had been in bad company and had been led away, and wroto to his father by the advice of his compan- ions, because he did not know what to do for money. His companions had advised him to write some- thing strong to his "governor." He was now satisfied that if the accused was enlarged he would behave with due propriety. He would pay down the £ 300, the amount of the bail, ir allowed. It was a great responsibility for him but if it would not ruin him. He was very favourab impressed with the accused's appearance when he visited him in prison. Had he been repulsive in appearance he should have said, "What a horrible looking fellow!" but he had found him the reverse, and took an interest in him. He appeared very sorry for what he had done, and cried, and he thought a man must be sorry when moved to tears. He (Mr. Long) had also seen the chaplain. The accused had written a letter express- ing his contrition for what he had done. Mr. Bloxam said that he had received a letter from the young man, in which he certainly had done so, and he had a second letter from a medical gentleman, showing that his mind was unfortunately affected. The parties anxious to bail the accused had come to him, and his only request was that they would allow the matter to stand over until Colonel Greville-Nu- gent's return to town on Monday, in spite of which they insisted upon bringing it forward precipitately. This course was agreed to. How TO MAKE CHEAP RUM AND GiN.-At Bow-street, on Saturday, a Mr. Jousiffe was charge 1, at the in- stance of the Excise authorities, with having sold to a publican a quantity of treacle, or saccharine matter, to be used in the adulteration of beer. As the de- fendant pleaded guilty, the facts were not gone into, but Mr. Dwelly mentioned that the defendant, who is a manuf acturer of vinegar and cordials, had for some time been suspected of supplying adulterating matter to publicans. A watch had been set upon him, and he had been detected in the act. Mr. Dwelly produ- ced a circular, issued by the defendant and his bro- ther, "Charles and George Jousiffe, importers of Dantzic spruce, cordial compounders, and makers of liquid refined sugar, and spirit colouring." Several of the articles mentioned in the circular seemed to be designed for the adulteration of spirits. One of the items was "London cream," which was stated to be highly appreciated by all who have tried it, being flavoured with the finest juniper berries and other in- gredients used by distillers. To one hundred gallons of gin, 17 or 22 u.p. add about four gallons of London cream. Use no sugar. It will allow of six or seven additional gallons of liquor, and be superior to any gin made in the ordinary way." (The word "liquor." as used in the trade, means water.) "In making up giu or cordials the liquor is boiled and used cold." "Concentrated essence of pine.—To 50 gallons of rum add two gallons of essence, or according to the quan- tity of liquot used." "Concentrated essence of pine No. 2.-This is the same as No. 1, but contains an artificial heat, which allows an extra quantity of liquor." Cheap ruta.-To five gallons of proof rum add one gallon of liquor and one quart of concentra- ted essence of pine No. 2." "Cheap gin.-To ten gallons of 22 u p. gin, instead of sugar use two quarts of the cream and three gallons of liquor," &c. The defendant said that the material which he sold ta, the publican in question was nothing but pure sac- charine matter.—The Magistrate said it was an un- lawful trade altogether, and of that the defendant must have been perfectly aware.—The defendant said all publicans used similar ingredients and always would do so; and if persons in his trade did not take it round to them they w-mld buy it of the grocers.— Mr. Dwelly said the gi 1 did not sell this sort of raccharine matter, and tne publicans did not use or- dinary sugar. If they could get nothing cheaper than the sugar supplied by grocors it would not pay to adulterate.—Defendant said a all events he should not sell it any more.—He was fined £ 1253 being OU0 fenrth of the full pena.ty or £50\1
-if LONDON MARKETS. OORN EXCHANGE. The supplies of wheat brought forward in the country markets held on Saturday were very moderate, ) et the demands for all kind's was heavy at, in some INSTANCE. i e- duced currencies. Barley and nl.,st other articles moved off slowly, at late rates. The Con;mental maikets have become less active for produce; but in America prices continue to advance. There was a very poor show of EI-giish wheat here to. day, yet the trade was heavy, and, to have forced i-- les, Id to 2d. per quarter less money must have been submitt d to by the factors. Foreign wheats were very dull, and "rather cheaper. The supply was extensive. Barley, both ENGLISH and foreign, was inactive, at late rates. In malt very little v as doing, at last quotations. Oats were (id. per quarter cheaper, with a duil inquiry. Beans, peas, and fbur were unaltered in value. CURRENT PRICES. PerUr. WHEAT. S. ,S. PEAS; S S. Essex, Kent, red, 1865 58 71 Grey f s 40 lJino, 1S66 58 71 Maple. 41 44 Ditto, white, 1805 58 76 Wtiite 4* »2 Uitro, 1866 58 76 j Boilers *0 42 Foreign, red 59 66 Foreign, white 08 41 Ditto, white 59 76 KYE 32 37 BARLEY. OATS, English, Malting 32 35 English Feed 25 31 „ Chevalier 3S 48 Potato 28 34 Dibtilling 37 42 Scotch Feed 23 30 Foreign 30 38,Potato 28 34 MALT. Irish black 22 26 Pale 68 71 „ white .22 25 Chevalier t>9 72 Foreign Feed 2u 30 Brown 03 61 FLOUR. N S. Per Ticks 36 38 Town-made 54 60 Harrow 37 42 Country Marks 48 50 Small. 36 38 Norfolk and Suffolk 42 47 Egyptian 38 39
METROPOLITAN CATTLE MARKET. The total imports of foreign stock into London last week amounted to 10,746 he-i,i. In the corresponding week in 1866 we received 13,729; in ISti5. 10,914; in 1864, 8,703; in 1863, 5.353; in 1862, 3,9^9; in 1361, 6,147; and in I860, 6,972 head. Per 81 be. to sink the offal. a. d. s. d. s. d. e. d Inferior beasts.. 3 4t(¡3 6 PrimeSouthOown Second quality.. 3 8'o4 0; Sheep 4 10;<5 0 Prime large oxen 4 2t,o4 6 Large calves. 4 4\ 5 4 Prime Scots, &c.4 101,50Prime email do. 5 6*0 10 Inferior sheep ..3 bto3 10 Large hogs .3 0fo3 6 Second quality.. 4 0t(4 4 Nt. small porkers 3 8'4 0 Coarse wld.sheex 4 6t< 4 8 Lambsr 7 Oti 8 0 Suckling Calves 22s. to 24s., Quarter-old store Pigs 24s. to 27s. each.
NEWGATE AND LEADENHALL MARKETS. LONDON, MONDAY, May 20.-These markets are tolerably, but not to sy heavily tupplied with each kind 1 a of meat. On the whole, the trade is steady at our quota- tions. Last wet k's imports were 4 packages from Ant- werp, 48 from Gothenburg, and 115 from Hamburg. Per 81 bs. by the carcase. s. d. s. d. I s. d. s. d. Inferior beef.. 3 4 to 3 8 In. Mutton 3 6 to 4 2 Middling ditto 3 10 to 4 0 Midulingditto 4 4 to 4 6 Prime large do 4 2 to 4 4 Prime ditto.. 4 8 to 4 10 Prime srn. do 4 6 to 4 8 Veal 4 2 to 5 4 Large Pork. 3 2 to 3 G Smqll p-vrk ..3 8 to 4 4 Lamb 6s. 41. to 7s. 2d.
PROVISION MARKETS. The arrivals last week from Ireland were 115 firkins Buiter and 2,958 bales Bacon; and from foreign ports 27, • 30 casks, &c., butter 1,472 bales, and 4C3 boxes bacon. The transactions in the Irish Butter market are still very limited, chiefly in fourth Corks, without change in price. Foreign met an improved sale, best Dutch 94s. The bacon market ruled dull early in the week, and a further decline of Is. to 2s. per cwt. was submitted to, which caused an improved demand, and a good business was transacted from 56,. to 63S. landld, according to quality, weights, &c., the market closed hrm. PRICES OF BUTTER, CHEESE, HAIIS, &C. BUTTER, per cwt. s. s. CHEESE, per cwt. s. s. FriesLind 84 to 86 Cheshire .78 tcSS Jersey 80 90 Dble. Gloucester..74 7S Dorset 110 114 Cheddar 80 90 Carlow.. — — American 66 74 Waterford — — HAMS: Y ork 8J 85 Cork — —■ Cumberland .8) 85 Limerick — — Irish SO 86 Sligo — — BACON.— Fresh, per doz., lis Od to Wiltshire 64 68 14s Od, j Irish, green .5S 64
HOP INTELLIGENCE. There are slight incicatioDs of improvement in our market, although, the business transacted during the past week has been very limited prices, however, continue firm. Accounts from the plantations this morning are unfavourable. Fly is reported in some grounds to the extent of 7 to 10 on the leaf. Foreign markets are verv firm several parcels of Bavarian have been returned from this side, and the few bales still unsold here seem Jikely to follow. ISew York advices to the 7th inst., report more inquiry, with a very firm market, Sussex £ 7 0. £ 7 7. £ 7 15 Weald ot Kent 7 7. 7 15. 8 0 Mid and East Kent 7 10. 8 8. 9 9 Farnham and Country. 8 0. 8 10. 10 0 Yearlings. 5 0 6 6 6 15 Old 2 16, 3 15 4 4
BOROUGH AND SPITALFIELDS. The supplies of Potatoes are only moderate, and the trade is inactive, at about stationary prices. The imports last week were 143 baskets from Dankirk, 1,092 from Marseilles, and 1864 from Trontheim. Yorkshire Flukes 146s to 1753 per ton. Regents. 13:,s to 155s Lincolns. 130s to 155s Scotch 110s to 1653 Foreign. 110s to 12'js „
WOOL MARKETS. ENGLISH WOOL MARKETS. Owing, in some measure, to the commencement of the public sales of colonial wool, and the fall in the quota- tions compared with Merch of Id. to 2d. per lb., our market is exceedingly heavy, and prices are almost nominal. Current prices of English wool (pt r lb ) — FLEECES.—South Down hoggets Is 4"11 to Is 51 Half-bred do. Is 6d to Is 7d X ent fleeces. is 51 to Is 6d Sth. Down, ewes, and weths l. 31 to Is 41 Leicester do Is 6 i to Is 7d SORTS.—Combing Is 21 to Is Sid Clothing Is 2,1 to 1, 62, ci
TALLOW MARKET. LONDON, MONDAY, May 20.—The market is very quiet. P.Y.C. on the spot is selling at 43s. 3d. per cwt.
COAL MARKET. LONDON, MONDAY, May 20.—Market firm at last dF,Y,Sprices. O. Hartlepool, 18s. 6d,; Kasweli, 18s, 6d. Braddvllf, 17-s. 3d.; Turustail, 16s. 9a.; Eden Alain, 17s.; "Wvlam, 16s.; Gosfotth, 1 6; Hartley's, 18s. SdJ Fresh arrivals, 14; left from last cay, 2 at sea, 60.
In consequence of the Reduction of duty Hornimctn's Tects are supplied by the Agents EIGHTP^NCE per lb. cheaper. Every Gemàne Packet is signed" .lIornÙnan and Co," London, Original Importers of the Pure Tea. BANKS OF MATRIMONY.—Mr. Monk's Bill has been printed. It recites the Act of 4th of George IV.. pro- viding that the banns shall be published during the time of morning service, or of evening service, if there be no morning service immediately after the Second Lesson and the bill then declares that these last five words shall be taken to apply to morning service ae well as evening. The bill indemnifies clergymen who have solemnised marriages after banns published at other times during morning service, and declares such mar- riages not thereby rendered invalid. It may be thought by many persons that it might be more seemly to pub- lish banns at the conclusion of morning or EVENING prayer, rather than in the middle of the service. ° SUBWAYS IN LONDON.—Mr. Tite has laid before the House of Commons a Bill giving power to the Metro- politan Board of Works to require that all new pipes to he laid under the surface of Rhe Than.es Embankment, and the streets constructed, or authorized to be con- structed, by the Board, with subways, shall be laid in the subway. The Board may also require that pipes already laid down be removed into the subway, sub- mitting to arbitration the question of payment of the cost of such removal. The Board may 'demand rent for the use of the subway, subject to arbitration if the amount be disputed. This Act is intended to be adopted also in future Acts for the construction of &ew streets. A CURIOUS CUSTOM.—The old-fashioned custom of beating the bounds" was observed a day or two ago in the parish of Waddesdon, in Bucks, in a manner which will, we understand, result in legal proceedings. A party, as usual, perambulated the boundary of the parish, stopping at all the important points of junction. At these places they caught some unlucky individual, and if the boundary line was marked by a wall or a tree the aforesaid individual was. "bumped" against it thrice. If there was nothing of the kind, then his head was placed in a hole cut in the turf,, sundiy slaps being at the same time administered to another part of his person; but his wounds were rsollified bv the applica- tion of certain horns of ale from a bottle carried for these and other persons. On the occasion referred to the party so far forgot themselves as to endeavour to remove a CLERGYMAN from his carriage, and to practise this horseplay upon him. The parties excuse- them- selves by the belief that on such occasions they are em- powered, to operate upon whomsoever they please, and that, to use their own exnrcssion. NO law will touch, tbem." We believe, HOWEVER, if legal PVOEC-I-DINCS are taSea thr-y will be disabused of this belief.