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THE UNIVERSAL TOURIST COMPANY.
THE UNIVERSAL TOURIST COMPANY. The proceedings against Colonel Marter and Captain Leonard, on the charge of acting in the capacity of direc- tors in the carrying on of the business of the above com- pany, without having a register of the directors, was brought before the magistrate at Bow-street, on Saturday. Alfred du Bois Delavigerie said he was appointed manager of the company in March last, before Colonel Marter, Captain Leonard, and Mr. Craig joined the board. Upon one occasion Mr. Craig said in the presence of the other gentlemen that they had joined the company as directors, and he had received letters from Mr. Craig to the same effect. He had received certificates of shares in the company to the amount of £1,000, as part of the purchase-money for the contract, which was his own property, and for defraying the expenses. The shares were useless, as he could not sell them. He had gone round the country to canvass, and had sold 22 tickets in various towns, and the directors told him they had re- ceived payment for all but two. The company owed him £600, and he had only received 10s. from them. Mr. Oraig had conducted the affairs of the company. For the defendants it was contended that they had only taken up the business of the company in the hope of retrieving its fortune, and paying the clerks, but they did not intend to make themselves liable, and they were not qualified as directors, never having had any shares. Mr. Parker deposed that there had been no list of shareholders until after these proceedings were com- menced, when a list was made up of the seven original members. There were no other shareholders. Mr. Flowers, after hearing the arguments at great length, said he was inclined to think the defendants were directors, but he would reserve his judgment, in order to consider the law upon the subject.
ITHE MURDER AND BURNING AT…
THE MURDER AND BURNING AT WOOLVERTON. The trial of George Britten for the murder of his wife, Martha Britten, at Woolverton, a viilage between Frome and Bath, and adjoining the world-known parish of Road, took place at Wells on Saturday, before Mr. Justice Willes. The atrocity of the crime has obtained for it a notoriety which was scarcely equalled even by the Road-hill tragedy itself, the murder having been followed by the burning of the body in an adjoining malthouse. At ten o'clock the prisoner was placed at the bar. He appeared calm and collected. When asked to plead he answered, "Guilty of the act, but not of malice aforethought. From the statement of the counsel for the prosecution, and the evidence, it appeared that the prisoner had oc- cupied a farm, but had lately lived a retired life; he had been married many years, and had issue one son, a youth now aged about seven years. At the time of the occurrence of the murder, the prisoner, with his wife and child, lived in a cottage at Woolverton, a village between Bath and Frome, and about four miles from the latter place, and adjoining the turnpike road. His means were not ample, he kept no servant, and Mrs. Britten was a thrifty, industrious wife. Adjoining the cottage was a malthouse in the occupation of Mr. Moger, a neigh- bouring farmer. On the 18th July a young man named Rogers, on going to work about four o'clock, saw smoke issuing from the malthouse, and gave alarm to the neigh- bouring persons. He also knocked at the prisoner's door, but receiving no answer he threw some gravel at the window. With assistance he got the fire subdued. On entering the malthouse he was struck by what at first appeared to be some animal, but was subsequently found to be the body of Mrs. Britten. Later in the day a post-mortem, examination was made on the body, which was very much burnt, the bones protruding through the skin, but, fortunately, in a sufficiently natural condition to ascertain the real cause of death, no less than four serious wounds being found on the head. The body appeared to have been dead two days. Who could have done this ? was the natu- ral question, and suspicion fell on the prisoner. On the next day Mr. Woolley, the prisoner's brother- in-law, was with the prisoner in the police station at Frome, when Mr. Deggan, the superintendent, saw the prisoner hand him a paper. Mr. Deggan, in pursuance of his duty, took possession of it, and it was complete and conclusive evidence of the guilt of the prisoner. Later in the day the prisoner made a further confession, taking up the statement at the word where he had previously left off. Not the slightest pressure of any sort was put on the prisoner to induce him to make these statements. Subsequently he made another statement, in which he said he killed his wife on Thursday night, drew her over the wall by the pear- tree into the malthouse, which he afterwards set fire to, and added, Oh, God! forgive me." Subsequently to the coroner's inquest, the prisoner made another state- ment, in which he accounted for the absence of the body from the Thursday till Saturday by stating that he hid it in the malthouse. The learned Judge, at the conclusion of the evidence summed up. Having lucidly explained the difference between murder and manslaughter, he expressed his opinion, as the person responsible for the law, that the prisoner's crime would not in law belong to the degree of manslaughter. He then went very minutely through the evidence, and, on the whole, his charge was adverse to the prisoner. The jury consulted for a few minutes in their box and then the foreman said they had agreed upon their verdict. They found a verdict of wilful murder against the prisoner. The Clerk of Assize then asked the prisoner in the usual manner whether he had any reason to assign why sentence of death should not be passed upon him. The Prisoner I have nothing to say. The Judge, who was deeply affected, and spoke in a very tremulous voice, assumed the black cap, and said You have been convicted of the wilful murder of your wife upon evidence which to my mind is most conclu- sive, as also it appears to have been to the mind of the jury, who, in my opinion, could not consistently have given any other verdict. You have been found guilty of murder, and under circumstances of such peculiar—I do not wish to use any words of exaggeration-of a murder of so wicked a character, as indeed you yourself have truly admitted, that I can hold out to you no hope that the extreme sentence of the law will not be carried out. I therefore warn and exhort you to employ the remaining days of your life in sincere repentance and prayer to Almighty God to forgive you for the sake of your sincere penitence and for the Christ who died to save us His lordship then passed the awful sentence in the accus- tomed form, adding, "And may God have mercy on your soul." J The prisoner, who seemed to have fully anticipated his doom, then walked steadily out of the dock.
-------II PARLIAMENTARY JOTTINGS.
II PARLIAMENTARY JOTTINGS. THE Session of 1867 is fast closing. The Reform Bill has at last gone through all its stages, and only awaits the Royal assent, which perhaps may be given ere these lines appear. The votes in supply have all been taken, the Appropriation Claase, without which the money could not be expended, Has been introduced, the Queen's Speech has been agreed to, and members of Parliament for the most part have left London for country seats or seaside visits. The events of the Session, will, however, long remain on the pages of history memorable for the settlement of the vexed question of Reform for a certain period, at least, of the nineteenth century. Before closing my remarks uprç the Reform debates, I must mention THE FINAL DECISION OF THE COMMONS. It is very unusual at the close of a Session to see a full attendance of members in the House of Commons but when the amendments of the Lords became known, the Opposition whips" exerted themselves to the utmost to bring together all the Liberal members to vote against the several clauses as amended and the new clauses introduced by their lordships. They must have done their work most effectually, and the Government whips must also have taken no little pains, or we should not have seen an assembly of 470 members at this period of the year. The outer world wondered what the policy of the Government would be. Mr. Disraeli, according to his former custom, concealed as much as possible how Ministers would act, and prior to the amendments being introduced he could not be prevailed upon to say one word which would lead members to understand what course they would take. On Thursday the whole House was in feverish excitement; and when the Chancellor of the Exchequer rose there was a solemn silence, every one seeming intent upon listening to the words as they dropped from the leader of the House of Commons. At the commencement of his speech it seemed as if he was labouring under something akin to embarrassment- at any rate, he was slow, measured, and very ela- borate in his eulogy on the conciliatory spirit in which the Upper House had met the bill, and, as a proof of that feeling, he instanced the candid and discreet manner in which their lordships had un- done their work in regard to the lodger franchise. A loud but somewhat ironical cheer issued from the Opposition benches when the right hon. gentleman mentioned this. Having hovered as long as he well could upon his apologetic exordium, he dropped out a statement that as the Lords had been almost unanimous, with the sole aud peculiar exception of members of the Administration, in adopting the clause giving representation to minorities, the Government bad reluc- tantly resolved that the opinion of their lordships should be deferred to. This was greeted with a burst of cheers from what are termed the "philosophic members," in which are included Mr. Mill, Mr. Lowe, Mr. Hughes, Lord Cranborne, &c. but there was an expressed dissent from other Liberal members, in which Mr. Bright's, Mr. White's and Mr. Locke's voices were distinctly conspicuous. Mr. Disraeli next made a like declaration of adherence to voting papers, his defence of which was intermingled with all sorts of ad- verse noises and having further stated that he should support the Lords in raising the copyhold qualification to its old figure of £10, instead of X5, as passed by the Commons, he concluded his speech, which was a strictly diplomatic one, in an ornate eulogium on the House of Lords. Mr. Gladstone at once rose, and counselled avoidance of preliminary discussion on the general question, but wished that each amendment of the Lords should be taken seriatim. His speech was short, but it was cutting he contended that the debates in the House of Lords were anything but conciliatory, and the less that was said about them the better it would be for their lordships. At once the House proceeded to deal with the amendments, and the current of disagreement ran strong and unchecked for some time. On all the points except the representation of minorities, the cheers of the House were generally unanimous in disagreement, and the affirmative Ayes of the Opposition came from them in one universal sharp volley, whilst on the Ministerial side the responses of "No" were feeble, and were confined to a few members, apparently with very weak voices. The skirmishing went on for some time, and the Opposition had it all their own way, but at length the proposition of the Lords was introduced which disallowed the constituents in large boroughs or counties from voting for more than two candi- dates where three or more were returned, when Mr. Bright rising at the same time as Mr. Goschen, the House called upon the former, who- in a long, massive, and impassioned speech, such as he only could deliver—inveighed against the unconstitu- tional system about to be established. A long debate followed, in which Mr. Gladstone supported Mr. Bright; Mr. Lowe and others the Government; and, finally, the amendment was agreed to by 252 to 188. Mr. Craw- ford and Alderman Lawrence tried in vain to get London excluded from this clause, and this was the only vital portion of the Reform Bill in which the Lords' amend- ments were accepted. It was enough, however; their lordships had put their mark upon the bill, and were not desirous of pressing their other amendments. In the usual way, a committee was formed, of which Mr. Gladstone was the leader, to prepare reasons for the rejection of the amendments. These. reasons were accepted, and no conference followed, as was anticipated, The obsolete form of such conference is scarcely appli- cable to the present enlightened age. The last time it came into operation, and I am old enough to remember it, was on the Jewish Disabilities Act. Then the deputation from the Lords received the Commons' depu- tation, sitting with three-cornered hats on their heads, whilst the deputation from the Commons appeared bareheaded. No verbal communication passed, but the Commons handed over certain paper slips, which were responded to by certain other slips, and there the farce ended; but at a future period the Lords felt bound to accept the Commons' bill. Now, however, aware of the outward pressure, the Lords acted wisely in adopt- ing the views taken by the Commons without calling for a conference, and allowing the Reform Bill to become law.
THE WHITEBAIT DINNER. I
THE WHITEBAIT DINNER. I cannot conclude my jottings this week without reference to a formal proceeding called the "White- bait dinner." At the close of every Session members of the Cabinet alone dine together at Greenwich, and as turtle soup is to a Lord Mayor's dinner, so is whitebait to a Ministerial close of the Session. What secret forms are gone through upon that occasion deponent knoweth not, but this much he does know, that the draft of the Queen's Speech on the prorogation is there made, and forms the subject of a Cabinet meeting the day following. This feast is in some measure masonic no one is per- mitted to tell what occurs after dinner; even the waiters are excluded, lest they should record to the outer world what transpires. It is one that the chief Min- isters of State rejoice in, and one that those out of office turn up their noses at. A facetious friend of mine, point- ing to a Tory, an ex-Minister, who was thrown out of office in 1859, after the introduction of the then Reform Bill, puts into his mouth the following lines :— Some call the sturgeon king of fish But I could never see The splendour of that monster, or His varying fleshes three- A thousand, thousand times more dear Is thy slight form to me, Thou whitebait of the Minister, Thou treasure of the sea Some praise the crimson-spangled trout, Wet from his darkling pool— The opal-flashing mackerel some, Fresh from his ocean school— Some love the salmon's rosy flesh, But dearer far to me, The Ministerial whitebait gleams The glory of the sea Tis not his savoury, crisped form On which my fancies gloat, 'Tis not his freedom from the bone That racks the tortured throat, 'Tis not the lemon and cayenne That give such zest to me, When Ministerial whitebait I v Within my grasp can see. u Ah no, thou emblematic fish, But, on the table spread In endless numbers, counterchanged With daintiest plates of bread, Thou showest to my hungry mind, As plain as plain can be, The loaves and fishes that I love, Now fled so far from me Bait? Yes, indeed, a lordly bait For wealth, and rank, and name A bait whose charms shall ne'er abate Whilst man loves power and fame. White ? Yes, as are the motives pure That hold my heart to thee- Or purest moonshine. So thou art- j And art thou lost to me 1 Have I not swallowed for thy sake j My scruples, great and small- My published words, my promise?, My conscience, pride, and all! Ah, bitter, bitter was the taste, Yet all seemed sweet to me, In prospect of the high reward I deemed secure in thee. II And oh, I might have tasted thee I might have seen thee lie In plenty on my well-filled plate, Whilst hungry souls stood by But that Reform has ruined all, And others eat with glee. My whitebait-mine-whose watery eyes Strive vainly after thee How often have we met in joy E'er died the earliest grouse, The Session closed—the bullying o'er, The perils of the House— From questions, and from adverse votes, And boiing speeches free, But now—ah, others feel my joy; Oh, whitebait, wee is me Farewell! my briny tear-drops fall To think those days are o'er, Thou monument of dangers past, Thou pledge of joys in store Thou emblem of fat things that seemed By birth my rightful fee Farewell— to others, now, thou art What thou hast been to me. Farewell, then, miracle of fish, Life's joys are few and fleet, I know not, oh, I know not when Our fortunes next may meet. Full many a woeful day must pass Before the Treasury key Unlocks again, in happier times, The whitebait realms to me. But on wild Scotland's purple heaths, Or ocean's bounding crest, Or where the yellow stubble glows, One hope shall thrill my breast—- The hope of all my future life- Again to feast on thee, Thou whitebait of the Ministry, Thou treasure of the sea
OUR "CITY" ARTICLE.
OUR "CITY" ARTICLE. THE brilliant weather, and the consequent expecta- tion that an abundant harvest will thereby be secured, caused a general rise in the Stock Exchange in the week commencing the 12th of August. Consols were quoted at least a quarter per cent. higher, the improve- ment in this instance being stimulated by the belief that the Government broker would make large pur- chases for the sinking fund. These usually take place on four days in the week, and the amount to be invested before the close of the quarter being X551,043, about X20,000 on the average will be daily bought. Railway stocks have likewise experienced a renewed advance. Some inquiry has prevailed for foreign bonds, a class of securities which has latterly been neglected, owing to the confirmed failure of the new Russian loan, and the inference that no fresh projects from other Governments are likely to be introduced here at least for some time to come. Banking shares have been in fair demand, and miscellaneous descriptions are at length attracting a fair share of attention, particularly the financial companies. A favourable feature in the money market has been a marked rise on the Paris Bourse. The official business report on the Stock Exchange on the 13th of August was as follows :—Three per Cent. Consols, for money, 94f, f, f, 5, 4|; ditto, for account, 94f, 5; Three per Cents. Reduced, 94^, f, f, | New Three per Cents., 94f, f, i, f; Bank Stock, 262, 60 India Five per Cent. Stock, 113, 1232 ditto Five per Cent. enfaced" rupee paper, 103, 2f. The foreign stock market has been firmer, and the general course of prices bave been favourable. Turkish Bonds have been in good demand, and those of 1858, 1862, and 1865 have risto 1 to 1 per cent. Danubian of 1867 have improved 1 Russian of 1862 and 1866, as well as some of the Egyptian, i; Italian of 1861, f and Spanish Certificates, i. In the discount market the supply of money remains large, but the demand has also increased, the rates for the best paper have been quoted at Ii to If per cent. 4 Nevertheless occasional transactions took place at 11. Business appears to be reviving, although slowly. On the Stock Exchange loans on Government securities are offered at 1 to 14 per cent., with few takers. The dealings in bank shares have been rather more extensive during the past few days. London and West- minster have been again in demand, and have experienced a fresh advance of ze2; Imperial Ottoman improved 5s., the closing price being If to If dis. On the other hand, City and Union of London have declined 10s. Hudson's Bay Shares were last quoted 15 to t, show- ing a rise of 2s. 6d., and National Discount 6t to i prem., being unaltered. Miscellaneous shares have been dealt in to a moderate extent; Peninsular and Oriental (new) improved zCl Land Securities, 10s.; and Commercial Union Assurance, 5s. while London and Caledonian Marine declined 10s. and City Dis- count, 5s. Italian Irrigation Six per Cent. Bonds have been quoted 4 4 per cent. higher. The shares of the financial companies, which for some time past have been almost entirely neglected, were in good demand on Monday, and all advanced. London Financial rose 1 Os. International Financial and General Credit, 7s. 6d.; and Credit Foncier, 5s. Prices closed as follows :—International Financial, 21 to lg dis. General Credit, 2k to If dis.; London Financial, 24 to 23 dis.; and Credit Foncier, 5i to dis. Annexed is an extract from the Produce Markets Ret-iew:- The Bank returns again show an increase in the gold and silver coin and bullion, so that it is evident that the reduction in the rate of discount a fortnight since to 2 per cent. is as powerless to encourage trade as the 10 per cent. rate last year was to attract coin to this country. Unless some means are found for employing the capital now accumulating, money will-in compari- son with commodities-become too plentiful, and the proper balance will only be restored by a general rise in prices. In the notes in active circulation there is an increase of .£1,160,520, and of X329, 111 in the bullion; there is a slight decrease in the seven day and other bills, and in the securities, Government and private; but in the private deposits this decrease amounts to 21,096,885 as compared with the returns of last week. The bullion in the Bank of France shows an increase of £ 700,000. Subjoined is a comparison of the present po- sition of the Bank and the price of Consols for the week ending August 10, 1867, with the corresponding periods of the two previous years:— 1867. 1866 1815. Bank Bullion £ 23,255,564 £ 13,622,429 £ 14,*21,390 Reserve of Notes 12,699,355. 2,733,0 '-0 5,^72,930 Notes in Circulation 24,343,480 25,042,2 0 22,022,130 Rate of Discount 2 per cent 10 per ef-iit. 4 per cenr. Consols for Money 941 87f 89J.
THE ROCHE ABBEY MURDER. DEATH…
THE ROCHE ABBEY MURDER. DEATH OF GEORGE WILMAN DENTON. It will be remembered that on the night of the 9th of April, 1864, a young man named George Cooper, a gardener, was brutally murdered near Roche Abbey. About ten o'clock on the evening in question he left the village of Brookhouse for the purpose of visiting his parents, but on his way called at a public-house kept by a Mr. Mottram. Here he had some liquor, and treated the company, amongst whom was a young fellow named Sargisson. Shortly afterwards Cooper went away, but he never reached his father's house, and his body was found the following morning lying in a pool of blood, and by his side was a hedge stake, on which was blood and human hair. Suspicion attached to Sargisson and Denton, and they were indicted for the murder at the Leeds Assizes. The former was sen- tenced to be hung, but the grand jury threw out the bill against Denton. Sargisson, to the hour of his death, asserted that his share in the killing of Cooper was little more than that of a spectator, and all efforts to shake him in his assertion failed. He charged Denton with having been the active agent in the business, and represented himself as being purely passive. He told the chaplain that Denton planned the attack, that Denton struck the fatal blow, and that Denton com- pleted the business by beating out the lingering embers of life. To the Bishop of Ripon, who joined in the earnest entreaty that he would not go out of the world without clearing anybody of suspicion of complicity, if he alone were guilty of the deed, Sargisson said, If I could say anything to free Denton I would, but he struck the blow and I cannot free him." Since that time Sargisson has been hanged, and Denton dragged on a miserable existence until Wednesday, when, it is alleged, he died asseverating his innocence of the j murder.
- IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.
IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Lords, on Thursday, the Earl ef Morley moved the second reading of the Church Rate Abolition BilL Lord Delamere moved the rejection of the bill. Lord St. Leonards supported the amendment. On a division, the third reading was negatived by 82 to 84. Several other bills having been advanced a stage, The House adjourned. In the House of Commons, Lord Stanley, in reply to a question from Mr. H. Seymour, stated that the last infor- mation which he had received respecting the Abyssinian prisoners, was dated the 20th of July, and it was to the effect that a rebel army was in sight of the King's camp, and that communication between the King's camp and the place where the prisoners were confined was cut off, but it was premature to assume that the prisoners were liberated. On the order of the day for the consideration of the Lords' Amendments on the Representation of the People Bill, The Chancellor of the Exchequer congratulated the House that in the amendments which the House of Lords had made, they had not challenged any of the principles on which the measure was founded, but had shown a desire to act in harmony with the House of Commons. After detail- ing each amendment, he concluded by stating that under all circumstances Government recommended the Honse to accept the amendments. Mr. Gladstone remarked that all the amendments made by the House of Lords were of a re-actiooary character, and therefore the less that was said of the conciliatory conduct of their lordships the better. The House then proceeded to the consideration of the amendments. The first which came on was an amendment in clause 3, the practical effect of which was to require the electors enfranchised by the bill to pay the borough rate as well as the poor rate. Mr. W. E. Forster moved that the House disagree with the amendment. The Chancellor of the Exchequer having intimated that he would not press the amendment, the motion was then agreed to. Sir R. Palmer moved to disagree to an amendment in the fourth clause, and which would have had the effect of enabling students in the universities of Cambridge aud Ox- ford who occupied chambers to vote for the eity of Oxford and the borough of Cambridge. The motion was agreed to. Mr. Colvile moved that the House disagree with the amendment which raised the value of the copyhold and leasehold qualification from £5 to £10. Mr. Pease and Mr. H. Vivian supported the motion, and on a division it was carried by a majority of 47, the numbers being 235 to 188. The next amendment which came under consideration was that which provides that at a contested election for any county or borough represented by three members, no person shall vote for more than two candidates. Mr. Bright moved that the amendment be disagreed to. Mr. Gladstone said he lamented the conclusion to which the Government had arrived in reference to this question, but he could not censure them. This was a great innova- tion, and unless there were great and powerful reasons for itJ Conservatives ought ta unite with him in opposing it. He appealed to the House not to give to those great towns excited by a sense of wrong, the provocation to commence a new agitation for further changes. Mr. Lowe contended that the arguments in favour of the amendment were inconsistent. On a division the motion was rejected by 253 to 204- The Lords' amendment was consequently affirmed. Mr. Crawford then moved that the House disagree with the amendment, that no person shall vote for more than three candidates for the City tf London. Mr. Alderman Lawrence and Mr. Bright supported the motion, which on a division was rejected by 252 to 188, and this amendment was therefore also affirmed. On the amendment giving power to vote by voting papers, The Chancellor of the Exchequer expressed a hope that the House would come to an unanimous decision in its fa. vour, and in order that they might do so he moved to leave out the words "or borough," leaving the clause applicable only to counties. Mr. Gladstone moved that the amendment be disagreed to. After some observations from Mr. Newdegate against the proposal, The Chancellor of the Exchequer's amendment was agreed to, and the Hsuse divided on the motion that the Lords' amendment be disagreed to, which was carried by 258 to 206. Sir R. Palmer moved to disagree with an amendment of the Lords which had been inserted to carry out a previous amendment giving votes for the city of Oxford and town of Cambridge to the occupants of chambers in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the motion was carried by 188 to 164. The remaining amendments were then disposed of, and on the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer a committee was appointed to draw up reasons for disagreeing to such of the Lords' amendments as had not been agreed to. Some other business was disposed of, and the House adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Friday, the Factories Ex- tension Bill was read a second time. The Earl of Derby fixed Monday next for the considera- tion of the course taken by the House of Commons with re- spect to the amendments of their lordshipi3 on the Repre- sentation of the People Bill, and said he would then make a statement on behalf of the Government. The Marquis of Westmeath said in consequence of the pressure of public business he would postpone his motion lor a select committee to inquire into the reporting araange- ments of the House, but he renewed bis complaints that his speeches had not been reported, and that improper language had been used with, respect to him. The Earl of Derby was glad me motion was withdrawn, for in his opinion the inquiry was uncalled for. The Marquis of Westmeath said he did not so much com- plain of the ribald language used towards him as of the threat not to report him, which might convey a stigma on his public character. The Factory Acts Extension Bill was read a second time. Several other bills were advaneed a stage, and the House adjourned. In the House of Commons, the reasons of the House for disagreeing with the Lords' amendments on the Represen- tation of the People Bill, drawn up by the committee appointed for that purpose, were brought up and agreed to. Mr. Gladstone gave notice of his intention next Session to introduce a bill for the abolition of compulsory church rates. The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated, on a renewed question put to him by Mr. Fawcett, that the Government do not contemplate any scheme touching university educa- tion in Ireland without previously consulting Parliament. The House then went into committee of supply, and several votes in class 4 (science and art) were agreed to. On the vote of X25,000 for the entertainment of foreign potentates, some discussion arose, but the vote was agreed to. The debate on the Irish education vote (2314,700) was resumed by Sir J. Gray, who moved the reduction of the vote by £ 23,500, the amount asked for the model schools. Ultimately the amendment was withdrawn, and the vote was agreed to, and a sum of £ 730 for the sa'ary of the secretary and expenses of the office of the Commissioners of Education in Ireland, which was the last vote in supply, having been also passed, amid cheers, the House resumed. Some other business was disposed of and the House adjourned. The House of Commons held a morning sitting on Satur- day. On the report on supply being brought up, Mr. B. Hope called attention t8 the proposed removal of Canning's statue from its present position to the centre of Parliament-square, a course which he deprecated. Colonel Patten said he happened to know that the late Lord Canning had no objection to the removal of his father's statue. Several other members expressed their opinion in favour of the present site. Lord J. Manners said unfortunately the view entertained on the subject in the House of Lords was antagonistic to the view entertained by this House. No definite conclu- sion had as yet been eome to as to the site which the statue would finally occupy. Mr. Gregory critised the debate which took place on the vote for science mudart- and protested against the formation of auxiliary museums to contain the overflowings of Ken- sington Museum. Colonel Sykes cemplained that supply was the first order at the evening sitting OR Friday afternoon. Mr. W. Hunt explained that it was a standing order to put down supply as the first order on Friday evening. Mr. D. Griffith complained that the course taken by the Government had had the effect of stifling all discussion upon the question of fortifications. The report was then agreed to. The report on Ways and Means was also agreed to. The Appropriation BL-U was brought in and read a first time. The Agricultural Gangs Bill was read a second time. The Naval Knights of Windsor Bill passed through committee, and the House adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Monday evening, after the despatch of private business, whieh occupied an unusual time, the House proceeded to consider the Commons' amendments to the Reform Bill. Lord Derby said he should confine his observations to three subjects, for the other amendments of the House of Commons were really matters of no great moment either way. The great alterations made by the Lower House were the adoption of Lord Cairns's amendment as to the representation of minorities, the rejection of voting papers, and the re-in- troduction of the clauses reducing the copyhold and lease- hold franchises. The reasons given for insisting upon some proposals and for disagreeing with others reminded him much of the advice of one judge to another-—" Give your judgment by all means, but never give your reasons." After a speeeh of some length his lordship in conclusion said, under all the circumstances, however, he vpn+nrpd humbly to recommend their lordships to agree +Vm amendments of the Commons, and thus put an jro agitation and political restlessness which the constant lis cussion of this measure year after year had produced in all" classes of the community. Ultimately the Commons amendments were agreed to as were also some verbal amendments inserted by the Lords On the motion of Lord Houghton, the Banns of Matri- mony Bill, as amended, was read a third time and passed, and Their lordships adjourned. At the sitting of the House of Commons, the first and main business of the evening was the Indian Budget; but Sir S. Northeote's statement was delayed for some time by a preliminary discussion, which Mr. Ayrton originated, contending, in a lengthy and critical review of the machi- nery of the Indian Government both at home and at Calcutta, that it needed extensive improvements fully to bring home to the natives the benefits of British rule. Mr. Ayrton concluded by moving a string of resolutions, which were seconded by Mr. Kinnaird. After a long discussion, Mr. Ayrton withdrew his resolu- tions, and the House having gone into committee, Sir S. Northcote was permitted to make the financial statement. The usual desultory conversation, embracing the numerous points touched on in the statement, followed, and Mr. Crawford, Mr. J. B. Smith, Mr. Laing, Mr. Fawcett, Mr. M'Laren, and Mr. Bazley took part in it. The Contagious Diseases (Animals) Bill was considered in committee. Several clauses were agreed to and the chairman was ordered to report progress. The Appropriation Bill was read a second time. A message was received from the Lords stating that their lordships did not disagree with the Commons' amendments, with two exceptions; and, on the motion of the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer, a resolution was agreed to declaring that the Commons did not insist upon their own view in those particulars. Some other orders were forwarded a stage, and the House adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, several bills were read a third time and passed. The Earl of Shrewsbury inquired whether, after the abortive attempts to prosecute Mr.' Eyre, the Govern- ment would undertake his defence in case of public prose- cution. The Duke of Buckingham said the Government felt that if there was any foundation for the charges against Mr. Eyre they should be tested by a trial in the ordinary course of law. When all the proceedings against Mr. Eyre were terminated it might possibly be the duty of the Govern- ment to take into consideration the conduct of that gentle- man. Several bills were forwarded a stage, and their lordships adjourned. In the House of Commons, at the morning sitting, the House went into committee on the Parks Regulation Bill, and on the qupstion that the preamble be postponed, Mr. P. A. Taylor, moved that the chairman leave the chair. Mr. Neate strongly supported the bill. Mr. Whalley protested against the shutting up of the parks against meetings for the discussion of religion and politics. Mr. Hardy denied that there was any right on the part of the public to hold meetings in the parks. Mr. M'Laren suggested that 20 acres might be set apart in Hyde-park for the purpose of public meetings, and that this bill should be postponed till next Session. Mr. J. S. Mill said what the people wanted was that there should be some space for great public meetings, but they had no objection to the interdiction of public meetings in those places which were not fit. Mr. Labouchere disapproved of the bill, believing that the majority of the people of London were opposed to laying down anything like a rule that there should be no more political demonstrations in London. Mr. Fawcett pointed out that it was impossible to pass this bill without throwing out other bills of great im- portance. Mr. W. E. Forster suggested that the bill should be with- drawn, and the matter referred to a select committee next Session. Mr. Hughes said the great objection generally felt to this bill was that it had not been well considered. He stronglj urged the Government to withdraw the bill. The debate was continued by Sir J. Gray and Mr. Cowen, and the latter was addressing the House when, it being ten minutes to seven o'clock, further progress with the bill wat postponed. The sitting was suspended at seven o'clock. The House re-assembled at nine o'clock. Some progress was made in committee on the Houts of Labour Regulation Bill. Some other business was disposed of, and the House adjourned. In the House of Commons, on Wednesday, a new writ was ordered for Stroud in the reom of Mr. Scrope, who h9s resigned. Tha House having gone into committee on the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, A discussion ensued, when the committee proceeded with the clauses, and these having been all agreed to wit) some amendments, the bill passed through committee, anr the standing orders having been suspended, it passed through its remaining stages also. The Appropriation Bill was read a third time and passed Mr. Hardy moved the second reading of the Traffic Regu lation (Metropolis) Bill. Mr. Alderman Lawrence objected to the bill, which ht said, instead of being a bill to regulate the traffic of the me tropolis, was a bill to suppress a great portion of the traffic and in conclusion he moved the rejection of the bill. Mr. Crawford seconded. Mr. Labouchere and Colonel Sykes objected to various provisions of the bill. Sir J. Fergusson replied, defending the bill, and offering to withdraw some of the provisions which were objected to. Ultimately the amendment was withdrawn, and the bill read a second time. The Parks Regulation Bill was fixed for a morning sitting (at two o'clock) on Thursday, and Mr. Hardy stated that he would consent to some modifications ef it. Several other bills were advanced a stage, and the House adjourned.
i < "BOXES" AND HIS STATUETTE.
< "BOXES" AND HIS STATUETTE. At the Croydon Assizes, on Friday, the case of Gef- lawski v. Moore was heard before Justice Blackburn and a common jury. This was an action brought by the plaintiff, a Pole, who carries on the profession of a sculptor, to recover 25 guineas from the defendant, Mr. Greorge Washington Moore, who is the celebrated "Bones" in the troupe of Christy's Minstrels, for a statuette, and 25 copies thereof, which he had made under a contract with the defendant. Serjeant Parry and Mr. Inderwick were counsel for the plaintiff; Mr. Pearce appeared for the defendant. The case on the part of the plaintiff was that the de- fendant in April last employed the plaintiff to make a statuette of him in the character of "Bones," and that the charge for this was to be five guineas, and he was besides to make 25 copies of the stataettte in plaster, for which he was to be paid one guinea each. The plaintiff, it appeared, had asked the defendant after the second sitting, to pay him half the five guineas, which he represented was the usual custom, but the defendant refused to do so, or to pay any money until the statuette was completed and de- livered. The defendant, it appeared, would not give the plaintiff another sitting, and he was, therefore, unable to finish the statuette, and the present action was brought to recover the amount to which he considered he was entitled under the contract which he alleged he had entered into with the defendant. The case on the part of the defendant, and which he was called as a witness to prove, was that the plaintiff had first introduced himself to him and the troupe by representing that he had had the honour of being intimately acquainted with the late much lamented Artemus Ward, and that this had procured him the privilege of taking a bust of the deceased, and that he was in a condition to supply correct copies of that bust.. The defendant and several others of the minstrels' troupe were on very in- timate terms with the deceased gentleman, and were on that account most anxious to possess copies of the bust, and a number were ordered and paid for. On this it was alleged that the plaintiff induced the defendant to give him an order for a statuette of himself; but at the time the plaintiff applied for the half of the amount that was1 to be paid, it was discovered, or at least it was alleged, that the plaintiff had never even seen Artemus Ward, far less taken a bust of him after death, and the defendant then refusid. to pay until the com- pletion of the statuette, in order that he might judge whether it was a correct likeness or not before he parted with his money. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for five guineas, and Serjeant Parry applied for a certificate to entitle the plaintiff to costs, but the learned judge re- fused to grant one, and each party will consequently have to pay his own costs.
THE CORK CARMEN are maintaining their peculiar form of strike. The two last Sundays they refused to work for hire, but drove about in batches on their own cars through the principal streets, with pipers and flute players amongst them, the favourite tune being "Larry Doolan," a lay of their craft. The demonstra- tion was good-humoured. THE HARVEST IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA —A St. Petersburgh letter states that there is every prospect of an excellent harvest in Southern Russia. The wheat crop especially is magnificent all along the coasts of the Sea of Azoff. From the state of the markets in Western Europe higher prices and an increased exportation from the Black Sea ports are anticipated. S
BREACHES OF PROMISE OF MARRIAGE.I
BREACHES OF PROMISE OF MARRIAGE. At York, a breach of promise case was tried. The plaintiff was a Miss Jane Gibbison, 22 years of age, the daughter of a woollen-draper at Retford, who was also an innkeeper in the same town. The defendant was Mr. William Williamson Groom, whose father was said to be conducting an extensive business in Bond-street, London, and was a japan manufacturer. The evidence went to show that the defendant was apprenticed to a japan manufacturer in Retford, and became acquainted with the plaintiff there. They soon began to keep company," and the consent of the plaintiff's parents to an engagement was obtained. A large number of letters were written by the defendant to the plaintiff, the earliest epistle re- ferred to during the trial being dated January 15, 1865, in which he addressed her as his "dearest love." The defendant assured the plaintiff that he longed to see her, and said that her carte de visite was almost worn out in his pocket, and that her looks required no improvement. He had never before truly loved a girl, and that she would find his heart warm towards her. In July, 1865, he addressed another letter to her, calling her his dearest pet," and hoping soon to receive from her a dozen kisses. On the 6th of November, 1865, in a letter addressed .to the plaintiff, the defendant termed her his "dearest Jenny," and stated that the first letter he had written to her was on the 7th of November, 1864, just 12 months' previously, and he hoped that they would know each other for many years, adding, I would I were a bird, that I could fly to thee." In De- cember the defendant wrote to the plaintiff, saying that his father objected to the marriage, and as he had no money himself, he could not afford to marry without his father's consent. After a short consultation, the jury found a verdict for the plaintiff, with £ 750 damages. This was another action, tried at Maidstone, to which the defendant pleaded that he did not promise to marry the plaintiff, that she was not willing to marry him, and, lastly, that the plaintiff had exonerated him from the promise he had made. The plaintiff in this action was a young woman named Annie Anson, about thirty years of age, the daughter of persons in a respectable position of life residing in the neighbourhood of Mile- end, who obtained her livelihood by teaching music, and as a governess, and the defendant was about the same age as the plaintiff, and carried on business as a ropemaker in Whitechapel. The parties appeared to have been acquainted with each other for a great many years, and from 1855 down to 1862 letters seemed to have passed between them, and those written by the defendant left no doubt that he had made an offer of marriage to the plaintiff, and that during that intimacy he suc- ceeded in seducing her. The nature of the intimacy that subsisted between the plaintiff and the defendant it appeared was quite unknown to the parents of the former but it appeared that the plaintiff was attacked with an illness, during which she became delirious, and while in that condition she made some statements which led to a discovery of what had taken place, and her father in consequence of this turned her out of doors. He had, however, it appeared, since become reconciled to her, and she is now living at his house, her mother having died in the interval. Mr. Turner, in his address to the jury for the defen- dant, said that after the letters that had been written by the defendant, it would be impossible for him to deny that a promise of marriage had been made to the plaintiff, but he said that the answer he was instructed to make on behalf of the defendant to the present action was, that the plaintiff had exonerated and re- leased him from the promise that he ',ad made. The jury, after a short delil,, :ation, returned a verdict for the plaintiff-Damages, £75.
FIRE AND Loss OF LIFE.-About one o'clock on Sunday morning a fire broke out in the stables belonging to the Hautboy and Fiddle public-house, at Ockham, near Esher, Surrey. Two men were sleeping in the stables at the time, and before they could escape the place was consumed. Thus they lost their lives. Two valuable horses, the property of Charles Fenn, post- master at Esher Railway station, were also burnt. The I origin of the calamity has not yet been ascertained. 1
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— -=> Sjmbmi sub €mnh$gtarkte. The Money Market. CITY, AUGUST 14.-Consols opened this morning at a slight improvement, but have since relapsed to the last quo- tations of yesterday, some gales having been made to realise profits. The Three per Cents. Reduced and New Three per Cents, remain firm in consequence of the recent large absorption of these securities, partly on account of the London and Westminster Bank. There is a fair demand for money, but the rate is un- altered, at li to If per cent. Consols are now quoted 94i to 1 for money, and 94f te 95 for the account; and the Three per Cents. Reduced and New Three per Cents., 94-1, to 95. The railway market is flatter, and seven! of the principal stocks have receded. Annexed are the quotations Metro- politan, 128J to 129; Great Western, 4:j-t to 44t; London and North Western, 115J to 1l6; Mid'and, 119f to 120fj Lancashire and Yorkshire, 130 to A; Caledonian, 112-1 to lI3t; South Eastern, 671 to 68; Great Eastern, 30 to t i Great Northern, 114 to 115; ditto A, lltif to 117J: London, Chatham, and Dover, 18 to t; North British, 31 to 32; Brighton, 50t to 51. The Corn Trade. MARK-LANE, AUGUST 14.—In consequence of the present settled weather, and of the progress made in harvest work, the demand for English Wheat to-day was very dull. There was a geod show of foreign Wheat on the stands. The show of Barley was limited. Malt was dull. In Oats a fair average business was passing. Beans a moderate inquiry. Few were firm in priee. Flour was very dull. CTIEBEKT PRICicS.-ENGLIM rer yr. rell (Jr. WHKAT. B. B. j OATS. B. S. Esx.,Knt.,rd., old 69 to 74 Sootch, feed 22 to SO » to new 62 to 76 Scotch potato 27 to 54 Knt., w., old 66 to 78 Irish, white 21 to 31 „ „ new 62 to 75 „ black 21 to 31 Norfolk and Lin. BKAJTS, ooln, red, new 64 to 72 Mazagan 38 to 39 BAOLIT. Tick 38 to 39 Malting to Harrow 38 to 44 Distilling 34 to 41 Pigeon. 43 to 48 Grinding. 32 to 34 Pius. MALT. Grey 38 to 40 Essex,Norfolk,and Maple 40 to 44 Suffolk 66 to 70 White 40 to 43 KingstonandWare 66 to 70 FLOUB. Brown 51 to 59 Town made, per Rylc. 280! bs 54 to 60 New. 32 to 37 Household. 47 to 49 OATS. Country 43 to 40 b'nglieh.feed 25 to 31 Norfolk & Suffolk, „ potat;o 28 to 34 ex ship .M. 42 to 45 ToasiGH. WHEAT. OATS. Dantzic and Konigs- Danish & Swedish. 23 to 30 berg. 70 to 76 Bussian 23 to 29 Rostock & Mecklen. BSAKB. burg 63 to 71 Danish to Danish 61 to 64 Egyptian 37 to 38 Bussian, hard 57 to 63 PEAS. soft 58 to 62 Maple 37 to 38 American, red — to — Boilers 37 to 38 It white to IJTDIAN COM. BARLEY. White 38 to 41 Grinding ,„ 30 to 32 Yellow 38 to 41 Distilling 33 to 37 FLOUR. Malting. — to French, per sack «. 44 to 50 OATS. Spanish, „ 45 to 50 Dutch brewing 23 to 31 American, per barrel 27 to 34 feeding. 19 to 25 Canadian H 36 to 38 LEEDS, Atra. 18. The charming weather completely stops business in Wheat, and rates are quoted nominally a» last week. Other articles as before. Meat and Poultry Markets. NEWGATE AND LEADENHALT.-There are motterat supplies of meat, and the trade is steady. Per 81bs. by the carease:- s. d. s. d s. d. to iL d. Inferior beef.- 3 2 to 3 6 Capons, each. 4 6 7 0 Middling ditto 3 8 3 10 1 Chickens, each 0 0 0 0 Prime large 4 0 4 2 Ducklings,ench 19 2$ Ditto smiul 4 2 4 4 Rabbits, each— 10 16 Large pork 3 6 3 10 Hares, each 0 0 0 0 Inferior mutton 3 2 3 6 Grouse, each. 0 0 0 0 Middling ditto 3 8 4 0 Pn.rtridges,each 0 0 0 0 Prime ditto 4 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 Veal 4 0 4 8 Pigeons, each. 0 5 0 8 Small pork 4 0 4 4 Otclld fro butter, Lamb 4 0 4 6 per doz: lbs. 0 0 0 0 TWksys, each 0 0 0 0; English ditto. 140 15 0 Goslings, each 3 0 6 6 Freiicheggs,100 7 0 0 0 Fowls, each 1 9 3 6 English ditto. 9 0 0 0 METROPOLITAN. — A statement of the supplies and prices of fat live stock on Monday, Aug. 13, 1S66, as com- pared with Monday, Aug. 12, 1867 Per 81bs. to sink the offal Aug. 13, 1866. Aug. 12, 1867. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. Coarse and inferior Beasts 3. 8 to 4 0 3 2 to 3 4 Second quality ditto 4 2 4 8 3 6 4 0 ,Prime large Oxen 4 10 5 2 4 2 4 6 Prime Scots, &c 5 4 5 6 4 8 4 10 Coarse and inferior Sheep 3 10 4 2 3 2 3 4 Second quality ditto 4 4 5 0 ..oo.. 3 6 4 2 Prime coarse-woolled ditto 5 2 5 8 4 4 4 6 Prime Southdown ditto 5 10 6 0 4 8 4 10 Lambs 6 8 7 8 4 6 5 6 Large coarse Calves 4 4 4 10 4 0 4 8 Prime small ditto 5 0 5 4 ..oo.. 4 10 5 2 Large Hogs 4 0 4 6 a 4 3 10 Neat small Porkers 4 8 5 0 4 0 4 4 Fruit and Vegetables. COVENT GARDEN.-The supply of soft fruit of home growth has much diminished, raspberries and strawberries being nearly over. Heavy consign m er, ts, f continental produce reach the market, consisting of pears, apples, grapes, melons, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apiico's. Hothouse fruit about maintains last week's quotations. Peas are still good, as are also potatoes, though among the la.tter disease has in some instances made its appearance. Flowers ehiefly consist of orchids, pelargoniums, calceolarias fuschias, mignonette, and roses. FRUIT. S* Qt B u> 8« S» cL» Apples, p. bushel 4 0to8 0 Oranges, p. 100 8 0 14 0 Chestnuts, per bs.0 0 0 C Peaches,per doz. 4 0 12 0 Currants, pr. siv. 0 0 0 0 I Fears,kitchen, dz. 0 0 0 0 Grapes, per lb. 3 0 6 0 „ dessert,, 0 0 0 0 Lemons,p. 100 10 0 12 0 Pineapples, p. lb. 2 6 4 0 Nuts,cob,1001b 0 0 0 0 Strawberries,p. lb. 0 6 1 0 Filberts, pr lb. 0 0 0 0 j Melons, each 0 0 0 0 VEGETABLES. 8 d 8 dl s d s d Artichokes.per doz.2 0 to 4 0 Mushrooms,perpott.l 6 2 0 Asparagus,per bun. 6 0 8 0 Mustard& Cress,p.p.O 2 0 0 Beans,kidney,p.^sv.O 0 0 0 Onions, per bushel 4 0 5 0 Beet, per dozen 1 0 2 0 „ pickling, p.qt.O 0 0 0 Broccoli, p." bundle 0 0 0 0 Parsley, per bunch 0 2 0 4 Cabbages, per doz. 1 3 2 0 Parsnips, per doil 0 00 0 Carrots, per bunch 0 6 C 8 Peas, per qt 0 0 0 0 Cauliflowers,p. doz.3 0 6 Oj Potatoes, York Ee- Celery, per bundle 1 6 2 01 gents, per ton .130 0 150 0 Cucumbers, each 0 6 1 0 Bocks, per ton 100 0120 0 Endive, per doz.2 0 3 0| Flukes, per ton 1500180 0 Garlic, per lb 0 8 0 0] Kidneys, per cwt .0 0 0 0 Herbs, per bunch 02 0 4:Radisbes, p. 12 bn. 0 0 0 0 Horseradish, p. bn.4 0 6 0 1 Rhubarb, P. bundle 0 0 0 0 Leeks, per bunch.O 2 0 4!Sea £ aie,per punnet 0 0 0 0 Lettuces, per score 1 0 1 6 Spinach, per Dush. 2 0 3 0 Mint, perbunch .0 4 0 0,Turnips, per buneh 0 8 0 0
Iiondon Produce Market
Iiondon Produce Market MINCING-LANE, Aua. 14. — STJGAE.—The demand is only limited, although a reduction of 6d per cwt. from last week's rates is submitted to. Befined—dried goods are in moderate request at steady prices. Pieces also sell rather slowly without ehange in value. CoPFEE.-The parcels of Plantation Ceylon brought to public sale have gone off less readily, and occasionally at easier rates, triage sold at 40s to 53s 6d; low to fine ordinary greyish, 68s to 7 Gs fine ordinary to good middling, 72s to 84s 6d; peaberry, 85s to 94s 6d COCOA-Sales of Trinidad have been effected at prices in buyers' favour. TEA.—The public sales of Ascnm are progressing very steadily, and generally at Id to 2d per lb. advance. COTTON.—1,200 bales have betn sold at the previous value.
PRICES OF BUTTER, CHEESE, HAMS, to., at per owt. —Batter: Friesland, 102s to 106s; Jersey, 80s to 94s • Dorset, 110s to 114B. Fresh: per doz., 12s Od to 14s Od Cheese: Cheshire, 78s to 88s; Double Gloucester, 74s to 78s Cheddar, 80s to 90s; American, 568 to 62s. Hams: York, new, 80a to 86s; Cumberland, uew, 80s to 86s; Irish, new, 80s to 86s. Bacon: Wiltshire, 74s to 78s; Irish, green, 64s to 70s. COTTON, LIVERPOOL, Ara. i4.-The market oontinueir very steady, and the prices continue to improve in American qualities; sales between 12,000 and 15,000 bales. TALLOW, AUG. 14.—The market is steady. Town is quoted 44s 9d; Petersburg Y.O. on the spot, eld, 45s$ ditto, new, 45s 9d; August to September, 45s «d to 9dl October to December, 45s 9d; December, 46s to 46s 3d. HOPS BOROUGH, AUG. 14.-MesBrB. Pattenden and Smith report there is little or no alteration in the market linee Monday. The middling and best grounds continue to im- prove daily, but a very considerable proportion of the planta- tion is hopelessly blighted. HAY MA KETS.- Smithfield. Cumberland. Whitechapel s. d. s. d. B. d. m. d. s. d. s. d. Meadow Hay.. 50 0to 90 0 50 0 to 95 0 50 0to90 0 Clover 60 0 115 0 60 0 115 0 60 0 117 6 Straw. *40 0 46 0 40 0 46 0 40 0 46Q W
A CORNISH GENTLEMAN named Beal, on visit- ing his native place last week, treated 50 poor old women of Millbrook and Saltash to a tea and half a sovereign each. About 20 of the women were 70 years of age and upwards. A NEW FIELD FOR ALPINE CLIMBERS.—NEWS comes that the first ascent of Mont Blanc this year was successfully accomplished early in Julv by two young Englishmen. It is strange that with all the superb mountain scenery we have and the adventurous character of the Americans, there have never been amongst U8 any renowned mountain-climbers. The records of the Alpine Club brace up the nerves and send the blood tingling through the veins like the crisp, frosty air of the snowy peaks themselves. The wild collection of giant peaks in the Sierra Nevada, the great, snowy range that wards of the heat of the desert from the fair verdure of California, offers as grand a series of tableaux as the world-renowned Alps, and are awaiting explorers and historians. True, they lack the glaciers-occasion at once of perilous adventure and thrilling narrative-but in majestic height and inspiring beauty Mounts Brewer, Hood, Kaweah, and towering above all, Mount Whitney, stand side by side, witi their younger brothers of Switzerland, and even loci down upon them. Where are the climbers of th Sierra 1—New York Times, July 30.