OHABGE OF PERJURY. The charge against Mr. Harris for having committed perjury at the Court of Probate in "the Dendy will trial," was before Mr. Selfe on Friday, at the West. minster Poliae.court for the fifth time. The defendant had deposed that Miss Dendy was sane, and it was alleged that he had thereby committed perjury, as he knew that she was insane, and had himself said so. The jury at the Court of Probate returned a verdict in favour of the lady's sanity. After some most unseemly altercation between Mr. Ribton, who appeared for the prosecution, and the magistrate on the bench, the latter said no jury would convict on the evidence, and dis- charged defendant. It was stated, however, that the .prosecutor, Mr. Â. H. Dendy, would proceed by indict- ment against the defendant at the next session of the Central Criminal Court.
WILLS AND BEQUESTS. The will ef George William Lenox, Esq., of 34, Port- land-place, and of Yngs Augharrad, Pontypridd, Glamor- ganshire, was proved in London on the 5th ult., and the personalty was sworn under X50,000 the executors -and trustees appointed being Rosa Ross Lenox, the relict; George Charles Lennox Lenox, the son; and Alexandra De Castro Napoleon Wilkinson, Esq., the testator's brother-in-law. The will is dated Sept. 30, 1867, and the testator died Sept. 4, 1868. He directs that such of the jewels as are not given to his wife or son George be divided as his wife may think proper. He has left rings of the value of ten guineas to several of his friends, and a legacy of .£100 to each of his executors. He leaves to his wife out of the residue of his property a life interest in;230,000, with disposition over £ 10,000. To eaoh of his daughters and younger sons he leaves .25,000. The residue he leaves to his wife and children in certain specified portions. He empowers his trustees to allow the property standing in the partnership busi- ness of chain-cable and anchor manufacturer to remain in the same investment. The will of the late Mrs. Louisa Plumley, of 35, Brunswick-square, W.C., was recently sworn in her Majesty's Court of Probate under 440,000, by the executors, Messrs. J. Brownlow, J. Vincent, and W. S. Wintle. Among other bequests, the testatrix leaves to the South Kensington Museum a valuable collec- tion of enamel pictures, miniatures, and brooches, chiefly by Essex, miniatures on ivory, &c.; to the Foundling Hospital two oil paintings, to be chosen from her collection by the governors of that institution, and X-100 to the benevolent fund of the hospital; also contingent bequests to other charitable institutions, amongst which are the Clergy Orphan School, the National Benevolent Insti- tution, and the Charing-cross Hospital. Probate has been granted of the will, dated Sept. 22, 1865, of the late Mrs. Ann Morris, of 44, Pultney- street, Bath, and of Hocker-hill House, Chepstow, to her daughter and only child, Teresa Ann Scott, widow, and to William Tanner, Esq., the executors. The effects were sworn under £ 45,000. After giving legacies to the amount of X150, the testatrix bequeaths the residue of her property, real and personal, to her daughter, for her absolute use and disposal. -Illustrated London News.
CURIOUS DETECTION OF A THIEF. An impudent robbery was committed in the streets of Paris during the passing of Rossini's funeral. A jeweller of the Rue St. Honore had gone with his two daughters, one aged ten, to the Rue ChaussGo do l' Antin to see the cortege. The crowd there was very dense, and a man of respectable appearance standing by offered to take up the younger girl in his arms, so that she might see over the heads of the spectators. The father consented, but afterwards found that the obliging stranger had taken advantage of the moment when her attention was directed to the sight, to rob her of her gold earrings. The same evening the thief attempted to sell them, and happening to go to the shop of the jeweller from whom they had been stolen, was arrested.
ATTEMPT TO DEFRAUD AN INSURANCE COMPANY. Fire insurance companies in England are, on the whole, not often victimised; but a case tried before Baron Martin, on Friday, suggests that they owe their comparative immunity from extortion to their own vigilance and firmness, rather than to a general unwil- lingness on the part of the public to cheat them. A claim for the sum of X4,300 was made upon the London and Lancashire Insurance Company, by a person acting as assignee of two fire policies which had been taken out at that office on the house, stock- in-trade, fixtures, &c., of a public-house in Far- ringdon-road—the Cobham's Head. The insurer, a man named Wilbraham, according to the evidence given, was almost always in pecuniary difficul- ties. He bought the lease of the public-house, ,put into it about a thousand pounds' worth of spirits, insured building and contents for the sum claimed, and then removed the spirits and sold them, handing over the proceeds, as well as the policies of insurance, to a Mrs. Tatton. Soon after these transactions, Wilbraham found himself in Whitecross-street; and, while residing in that cheerful hostelry, he was visited by Mrs. Tatton and a common friend. The visit had a remarkable issue. On leaving the City Prison, Mrs. Tatton and her friend went straight to the Cobham's Head, then almost empty and dismantled, and inspected the cellar, which had been providently stocked with shavings and hay. Soon after they left the house a fire broke out, which burnt with remarkable rapidity, destroying every chance of salvage. The susceptible Tatton fainted when she heard of the disaster, but recovered in a very short time," as the report words it, and promptly claimed the £ 4,390. Baron Martin pronounced the case one of the grossest attempts at extortion ever introduced into a court of law; told the jury that it was insulting their understandings to ask them for a verdict in support of such a claim; and hinted that, though arson was no longer punished by hanging, it was still liable to the penalty next in severity. The jury at once found a verdict for the company, the documents were impounded, and Wilbraham precipitately vanished from the court,-Telegrar&
COMMUNICATION IN RAILWAY TRAINS. An important series of experiments were made the other day on the North-Eastern system with a view of testing various methods of communication between pas- sengers, guards, and drivers which have been devised, in view of the adoption of one general system in April next, when a provision of the kind becomes compulsory on railway companies. Four experimental trains were run, -and the general managers and other officials of the Great Northern, South-Eastern, Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire, Midland, London and North-Western, North-Eastern, and other companies were present, and travelled in the trains. At ll a.m. a London and North-Western train of 25 carriages, trucks, &c., was fitted at Malton with a cord apparatus attached to a whistle on the engine. This line was slender, and required to be cut or broken at the point of daiiger, the severance of the string liberating a spring lever, which blew the whistle. This train ran from Malton to Scarborough. At Scarborough a South-Eastern train was entered, and a return journey was made to Malton. This train was a mixed one and of the same length, and was fitted with Preece's electric coupling as in use on the South-Eastern. At Malton a North-Eastern train was taken, fitted with Brown's semaphore invention, moved by a cord ever the window and signalling the engine-driver and guard as well as marking the part of the train whence the alarm is given. This system has been in use on certain North-Eastern trains for ten months, and has done good service. At York a short London and North-Western train was waiting fitted with a different electrical communication, which it was proposed to take to Harrogate. The results of the observations will lead to a conference with the different managers, and form the basis of a suggestion to the Board of Trade for a uniform system of signalling in passenger trains.
ENORMOUS ICEBERGS IN THE ATLANTIC. Captain Micklenbright, of the barque Scout, which has just arrived at Swansea from the West Coast of South America, reports that on the 12th of September, the wind blowing fresh from the N.E., fell in with several large icebergs in lat. 57 S., Ion. 78 W. From that posi- tion to lat. 54 S., Ion. 61 W., the ship passed through upwards of 200 large icebergs, some from 300 to 600 feet high, and of great length. The winds in general were from the N.E., with dense fogs, which rendered the navigation of the vessel extremely difficult and dangerous. The thermometer was down to 38 and 49, the barometer ranging from 29'20 to 29 40. On the 25th of September, in lat. 50 S., Ion. 38 W., bar. 30 25, the thermometer fell to 36 in passing through the ice. That day Captain Micklenbright sailed close by two immense icebergs, of enormous height, and from. five to, six miles in length. !Z:r- "J'. ljf}:I;;t('
THE ELECTION OUTRAGES AT WIGAN. At the Wigan Borough Police-court, there had been entered for hearing a case in which the Rev. Phillip F. J. B. Hains, vicar of St. George's, Wigan, was sum. moned for assaulting James Hanter, labourer, of Ince, on the 24th ult., the day for polling in South West Lancashire. Mr. Hains was a member of the local committee of Messrs. Gladstone and Grenfell, and the assault was alleged to have been committed near the polling booth at Wigan. It is stated that, while being jostled by a crowd if roughs, the rev. gentleman delibe- rately struck the complainant Hunter, without any provo- cation. On the other side a very different story is told. The defendant says he recorded his vote about one o'clock, and afterwards visited the polling booth in consequence of information having reached him that some most shameless acts of intimidation had occurred. He reached the booth about three, and found the entrance in the possession of about 2,000 tory roughs, who vigorously hooted him. He remained in the structure a short time, and on leaving was attacked by the mob. He tried to defend himself, but his arms were grasped behind. The blows fell thick on his head and face, and he was kicked with clogs in the usual Wigan style." When the case was called, Mr. W. Mayhew, one of the conservative agents, ap- peared on behalf of the plaintiff, and requested that the case might be withdrawn. He said that he had only been instructed a few minutes before, or he would have stayed proceedings sooner and if the complainant had been determined to carry on the case, he should have thrown up the brief. Mr. Ellis, the principal liberal agent, represented the rev. defendant, and stated that Mr. Hains had been in bed ever since the affair took place.
GONE OVER TO ROMANISM. The Tablet records the reception into the Romish Church of a Protestant community in Market Har- borough, Leicestershire. Four pious ladies, devoting themselves to the education of a number of orphan girl.3, after having carefully examined their religious difficul- ties, were received into the church by the Rev. F. Buckler, O.P. The brother of one of these ladies, Mr. Douglas, a clergyman of the Church of England, hastened to remonstrate with them on the step they had taken but, upon further examination of their motives, he ended by taking the step himself. He has now entered the English College at Bruges. The ladies offered to send home the fourteen orphans under their charge; but their guardians and relatives declined to receive them, express- ing their perfect satisfaction that they should be brought up in the faith of their teachers.
THE VICEGERENT OF THE GOD OF BATTLES. According to a letter from Rome, the Pope has been blessing a battery of rifle cannon and four mountain howitzers sent to him as a present from France. He said, in reply to an address, that it might be thought he, as a minister of peace, was out of place in the midst of warlike instruments. "But," he added, "I am the minister of God, and it should be remembered that the Almighty, who calls himself the God of Peace, is also the God of Battles, and that evil must al- ways be combated. I, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, de- fend truth, justice, and the rights of every one, everywhere throughout the world, and that is why the whole universe ought to unite to sustain me in my rights." The Pope closely inspected the guns at the termination of his address.
IMPORTS AND EXPORTS. The accounts relating to the trade and navigation of the United Kingdom for October and the nine months pre- ceding has just been published. The import returns, which are, however, only brought down to the end of September, show an important increase not only upon those of all the previous months of the year, but also upon the corresponding periods of 1866 and 1867. The total value amounted to X23,386,646, which was upwards of X3,000,000 sterling in excess of the value recorded in August. The variation in the exports is not so marked. The total value in October was zL,16,876,898 which was an increase of rather over zEI,000,000 in the returns of the corresponding month of last year, but about X150,000 less than those of the previous month this year.
BARRACKS WITHOUT WATER. The splendid new barracks for European infantry at Allahabad will be ready for use about the end of this cold weather. They will be the finest barracks in India, but at present there is not a drop of water procurable within half a mile of them. This necessary, however, had not been overlooked. On the contrary, the most transcendentally scientific schemes had been canvassed for supplying the barracks with water. It was to be raised by a patent steam-engine from the Jumna and conveyed by pipes to a reservoir, where it was to undergo the most delicate filtering. But these superfine methods were only discussed. In the mean- while the barracks are almost ready for the men, and the men quite ready for the barracks, and there is no water.-Piogieer.
A SALVAGE QUESTION. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has given judgment on the question of the salvage granted for ser- vices rendered to the Chetah. This vessel sailed from China with a cargo worth 250,000. She lost her rudder, and was assisted by the schooner Annie Grant and some steamers to the Irish coast. Sir R. Phillimore awarded the Annie Grant Y,3,150 for her services, and JE535 for the damage and detention. To the steamers the Court awarded £355. The Chetah appealed on the ground that the amount to the Annie Grant was excessive, and the steamers appealed on the ground that their services were inadequately paid. Lord Chelmsford has reduced the amount awarded to the Annie Grant to £ 1,500, and allowed the sum for damage but did not interfere with the amount awarded to the steamers.
THE WORKING MEN'S CANDIDATE. The secretary to the committee for promoting the return for Stoke-upon-Trent of Mr. Hartwell, the working men's candidate," writes to the Birmingham Post It is quite true that Mr. Hartwell told us, on the evening of Friday, the 13 th of November, that he should be compelled to retire through being unable to meet the expenses required by the returning officer but at the same time Mr. Hartwell did not tell us that ¡ he had signed an agreement to retire some days before. Had Mr. Hartwell honestly told us two days previously that he could not obtain the money, there were working men on his committee who would have found money wherewith Mr. Hartwell could have paid his polling expenses. But the whole affair was an 6 arrangement' entered into to deprive the working men of Stoke of a candidate who was unanimously, or nearly so, chosen by themselves to represent their industrial interests in the British House of Commons."
ffBAUD ON THE STEPNEY UNION. Edward de Courcy, an Irish labourer, was charged at the Thames Police-court that he, being wholly or in part able to maintain himself, did apply for and obtain relief from the board of guardians of the Stepney Union. The defendant applied for relief to the board of guardians on the 29th of August, 1867. He was then disabled by an accident to his leg, and represented that he was desti- tute and had no income. He was allowed 4s. per week, which was regularly paid him until three months ago, when he said he received 4s. per week from the East and West India Dock Company, in whose service he was employed when he met with the accident. The union, on the motion of Air. John Charrington, the chairman, then resolved to reduce his allowance to 3s. per week. Mr. Neagle, the relieving-officer of Limehouse, tone of the parishes of the union, subsequently dis- covered that the prisoner had been in the re- ceipt of 15s. per week from the dock (all the time he had been in receipt of parochial relief. Mr. Neagle said the prisoner had received from the dock company zES4, while he was receiving relief from the union, and that, although the defendant was an old man and a cripple, the guardians, in the interest of the ratepayers, thought that it was a case which ought to be prosecuted. He called an officer of the dock company, who said the defendant met with an accident which disabled him from performing any amount of ha»d work, and he had since been employed in nominal labour in the picking room at 15s. per week. The prisoner, in defence, said he had a right to the money from the union, it was a pension allowed him. Mr. Neagle kindly, interposed, and said, the prisoner was a cripple and very old; and that the guardians wished him to be mercifully dealt with. He was sentenced to ten days' imprisonment in the- House of Correction, the magistrate observing that if he were not old and a cripple would certsini? hare sentenced him, to three.. ( months. 1
THE BIRMINGHAM CATTLE, POULTRY, AND DOG SHOW. This show opened on Saturday morning at Bingley- hall. The present year's exhibition promises to be in all respects the most successful and the most interesting of the long series of meetings which have been held in Birmingham. The following is a summary, of the entries Cattle, 173; sheep, 100; pigs, 47; roots, 174; corn, 42; poultry (pens), 2,312; pigeons, 445 total, 3,293. The totals for the previous three years were In 1867, 3,078; in 1866, 2,668; in 1865, 2,458. The Queen has maBifested her continued inte- rest in the show by again sending a number of first-class animals for competition. The dog show is held in a separate building—the Curzon Exhibition Hall. The entries this year are much more numerous than last year, the total being 806, against 691 in 1867. The following are the names of those to whom the principal prizes were awarded HEREFORDS. OXEN OR STEERS.—First prize, WiUiam Heath, Lud- ham-hall, Norwich; second, William Aldworth, Frilford, Abingdon third, William Heath, Ludham-hall. STEERS.—First prize, Robert Vincent Corbet Groves, Berrington, Shrewsbury; second, Henry Bettridge, East Haunby, Wantage, Berks; thixd, Richard Shirley, Bancott, Munslow, Church Streeton, Salop. Cows.—First prize, Henry Bettridge, East Hanney, Wantage, Berks; second, Henry Yeomans, Llowes Court, Radnorshire third, The Queen, Windsor Castle. HEIFERS.—First prize, Robert Wortley, Suffield Ayl- fham, Norfolk; second, Herbert Ridgley, Steventon, Ludlow; third, Samuel Plimley, Albarbury, near Shrewsbury. SHORTHORNS. OXEN AND STEERS.—First prize, John Frost, Delab, Monymusk, N.B. second, Richard Heath Harris, Earn- hill, Forres, Morayshire; third, Rowland Wood, Clap- ton, near Thrapston, Northampton. STEERS.—First prize, G. S. Foljambe, Osberton Hall, Worksop, Notts second, Duke Of Beaufort, Badminton, Chippenham; third, Sir William de Capell Brooke, Bart., Geddington Grange, Kettering. Cows.—First prize, Thomas Willis, Manor House, Carperby, Bedale, Yorkshire second, William Groves, Brompton, Salop third, G. S. Foljambe, Osberton Hall, Worksop, Notts. HEIFERS.—First prize, Rowland Wood, Clapton, near Thrupston, Northamptonshire second, Colonel Lloyd- Lindsay, Lockinge-park, Wantage, Berks third, G. and J. Perry, Acton Pigott, Condover, Salop. DEVONS. OXEN OR STEERS.—First prize, Edward Trood, Bow- bay, Exminster, Devon; second, Walter Farthing, Stowey Court, Bridgwater third, Edward Trood. STEERS. First prize, William Smith, Higher Hoopern, Exeter, Devon; second, William George Nixey, Upon Court Farm, Slough, Bucks; third, Charles Gibbs, Tatham, Bishops Lydeard. Cows.—First prize, Richard Burton, Place Barton second, William Smith, Higher Hoopern, Exeter, Devon. HEIFERS.—First prize, Chas. Gibbs, Tatham, Bishops Lydeard; second, Chas. Gibbs. LONGHORNS. OXEN OR STEERS.—First prize, Sir John Harper Crewe, Bart., Calke Abbey, Derbyshire; second, Sir John Harper Crewe, Bart. Cows OR HEIFERS.—First prize, Sir John Harper Crewe, Bart., Calke Abbey, Derby; second, R. H. Chapman, Upton, near Nuneaton. SCOTCH BREEDS. POLLED OXEN OR STEERS.—First prize, William M'Combie, Tillyfour, Aberdeen; second, James Stephen, Couglass, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire; third, William M'Combie, Tillyfour. WEST HIGHLAND OXEN OR STEERS.—First prize, J. and W. Martin, Aberdeen second, Duke of Sutherland, Dunrobin Mains, Golspie, N.B. third, Ralph Sneyd, Keele Hall, Newcastle, Staffordshire. SCOTCH COWS OR HEIFERS.—First prize, Junes Reid, Graystone, Alford, Aberdeenshire second, James Reid. WELSH BREEDS. OXEN OR STEERS.—First prize, Lord Penrhyn, Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, North Wales second, Lord Penrhyn. OTHER PURE BREEDS AND CROSS-BRED ANIMALS. FAT OXEN OR STEERS.—First prize, Thomas Ross, Hillhead, Forres second, Walter Scott, Glendronach Distillery, near Huntley; third, Aaron Pike, Milton, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. FAT COWS OR HEIFERS.—First prize, Robert Bruce, Newton-of-Struthers, Forres second, James Reid, Gray- stone, Alford, Aberdeenshire; third, C. Winfield, Ons- low, Shrewsbury. EXTRA CLASSES. FOR ANIMALS NOT QUALIFIED TO COMPETE IN ANY OF THE PRECEDING CLASSES. Oxen or Steers.—T. Parker, High-street, Shepton Mallett. Cows or Heifers.—Colonel Towneley, Townely, Burn- ley. SHEEP—LEICESTERS. Three Fat Wethers not exceeding twenty-two months old.—First prize, Lord Berners, Tugby, Leicestershire; second, Lord Berners. LINCOLNS. Three Fat Wethers, not exceeding twenty-two months old.—First prize, T. R. Casswell, Quarding, Spalding; second, Geo. Casswell, Goobeston, Spalding. COTSWOLDS. Three Fat Wethers, not exceeding twenty-two months old.—First prize, Sir John Relt, Ozleworth Park, Woot- ton-under-Edge; second, John King Tombs, Langford, Lechlade, Gloucestershire. SOUTHDOWNS. Three fat wethers, not exceeding 22 months old- First prize, Lord Walsingham, Merton-hall, Thetford, Norfolk second, Lord Walsingham. Three fat wethers exceeding 22, but not exceeding 34 months old.—First prize; Lord Walsingham, Merton- hall, Thetford; second, Earl of Radnor, Coles-hill, Highworth. SHROPSHIRES. Five fat wethers, not exceeding 22 months old.- Henry Matthews, Montford Salop. Three fat wethers not exceeding 22 months old.- First prize, Henry Mathews, Mountford; second, Henry J. Sheldon, Brailes-house, Warwickshire. Three fat wethers exceeding 22, but not exceeding 34 months old.—First prize, Henry Smith, Sutton Maddock, Shiffnal second, Mrs. Beach, The Hattons, Breewood, Staffordshire. OXFORDSHIRE DOWNS. Three fat wethers not exceeding 22 months old.- First prize, Alfred Rogers, Bromham, Bedford; second, Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxon. HAMPSHIRE, WILTSHIRE, AND OTHER DOWNS. Three fat wethers not exceeding 22 months old.- First prize, Alfred Morrison, Fonthill House, Tisbury, Wilts; second, Col. Rolt, Loyd-Lindsay, West Ilsley, Newbury, Berks. SHEEP NOT QUALIFIED TO COMPETE IN ANY OTHER CLASS. Three fat wethers of any age.—First prize, John Pears, Mere, Lincolnshire; second, J. B. Downing, Holme Lacey, Hertfordshire. CROSS-BRED SHEEP. Three fat wethers not exceeding 22 months old.— First prize, Nathaniel Stilgoe, Addesbury Manor Farm, Banbury, Oxon second, H. Sydney Waller, Farmington Lodge, Northleach. » » LEICESTER EWES. Fat ewes of any age, having bred one or more lambs. —William Brown, Highgate, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, York. LINCOLN EWES. Fat ewe of any age, having bred one or more lambs.- John Henry Casswell, Laughton, Folkingham, Lincoln- shire. COTSWOLD EWES. Fat ewe of any age, having bred one or more lambs.- Robert Lane, The Cottage Farm, Northleach, Glouces- tershire. SOUTH DOWN EWES. Fat ewe of any age, having bred one or more Iambs.— Sydney Waller, Farmington-lodge, Northleach. SHROPSHIRE EWES. Fat ewe of any age, having bred one or more lambs.- John Coxon, Freedford Farm, Lichfield. OXFORDSHIRE EWES. Fat ewe of any age, having bred one or more Iambs.-— Johm Treadwell, Upper Winchendon, Aylesbury. FAT PIGS. Three- fat pigs of one litter, not exceediag 10 months prize, Thomas Leslie MelmHe Gartwright, Melvilla IiJjouse", Fife) aæi Newbottle, Northamptonshire;, <t. t ..c. J ¡.Ii; ;t second, The Queen, Windsor Castle; third, Thom Bantock, Merrjdale-house, Wolverhampton. Three fat pigs of one litter, not exceeding 15 months old.-First prize, the Earl of Aylesford, Packington- hall, Coventry second, the Queen, Windsor Castle. I Fat pig, exceeding three months old.—First prize, James and Frederick Howard, Britannia Fields, Bedford; second, Heber Humfrey, Kingston Farm, Shriveham, Berks; third, Heber Humfrey. BREEDING PIGS. BERKSHIRE BREED.—Five pigs of one litter, exceeding three and not exceeding six months old.—John Spencer, Villier's Hill, Kenilworth; second, Heber Humfrey, Kingston Farm, Shrivenham, Berks third, John King Tombs, Langford, Lechlade, Gloucesterhire. PIGS OF OTHER LARGE BREEDS.—Five pigs of one litter, exceeding three and not exceeding six months old. —First prize, James and Frederick Howard, Britannia Farms, Bedford second, James and Frederick Howard third, Peter Eden, Cross-lane, Salford, near Manchester. PIGS OF A SMALL BREED.—Five pigs of one litter, exceeding three, and not exceeding six months old, first prize, Peter Eden, Cross-lane, Salford, near Manchester second, Countess of Aylesford, Packington-hall, Coven. try; third, Thomas Leslie Melville Cartwright, Melville- house, Fife, and Newbottle, Northamptonshire. Considering the exceptional character of the past sea- son, the show of roots was not only larger but also much better than might have been expected. Still the turnips and the swedes are much below the average in size and quality; but the mangolds are much superior to them, having enjoyed the advantage of an earlier start, and in deeply-cultivated land been less affected by the protracted drought. Many of the specimens, however, were coarse and unequal in growth. The Kohl Rabi presented fewer indications of the intense heat and dryness of the summer than probably the great majority of persons would have anticipated, and its appearance altogether is calculated to encourage its more extensive cultivation as a regular farm crop .for feeding purposes. To the particulars which appear in the subjoined list of awards we may add that the silver cup collection of six long mangolds, six globe mangolds, and six swedes gave a total weight of 278! lbs. The six first prize kohl-rabi weighed 861 lbs., and the second, 72f lbs. Mr. Boxall's 4 :f six long mangolds, 186 lbs., and Mr. Fleming's second prixe six, 174 lbs. Mr. Fleming's six first prize globe mangolds, 133 lbs. Colonel North's second prize six, 127 lbs Mr. Samson's first prize swedes, 82 lbs., and his second prize swedes, 71 lbs. The prize carrots are not large, but the best in quality of any which have ever been exhibited here. There is a limited display of ox cabbage, and the quality is indifferent: the three which gained the first prize weighed 82 lbs., and the three second, 72 lbs. The most noticeable feature in this part of the hall is the potatoes, which are now divided into twelve classes; and some admirable exampies of the leading varieties are brought together. There is a fairly good show of corn, but none of the samples call for any special remark. The show of poultry is such as can only be witnessed in Bingley-hall. The entries include no fewer than 2,315 pens, and the general standard of ex- cellence in the numerous classes is exceedingly high. The first prize Aylesbury Ducks weighed 174 lbs. (Drake and Duck), the second 174 lbs., third 16i lbs. Rouens, first 19}-, second 18j, third 18J, fourth 17 J, fifth 16:1, sixth 17 lbs. White Geese, first prize 55 lbs., 4 second 51 lbs. Ditto Birds of 1868, first 50 lbs., second 40! lbs. Grey Geese (exceeding one year), first 55 lbs., second 53 lbs. Ditto Birds of 1868, first 45 lbs., second 44 lbs. Turkeys (cocks exceeding one year), first 33 lbs., second 32 lbs. Ditto hatched 1868, first 24 lbs., second 23k lbs. Hens (exceeding one year), first 37J lbs., second 30 lbs. Hens of 1868, first 29 lbs., second 264 lbs.
ELECTION OUTRAGE AT BLACKBURN At the Blackburn Borough Police-court, two fierce. looking Irishmen, named John Roan and Patrick Walsh, were charged with murderously assaulting Henry Duck- worth, a member of the town council, and Mr. John Thompson, innkeeper, on the 17th inst. Duckworth has rendered himself obnoxious to the Irish, because he defeated their candidate at the last municipal election. On the polling-day for the Parliamentary elections he was walking down Penny-street, the principal inhabitants of which are Irish, along with Thompson, when the prisoners and a gang of roughs with which they were connected, rushed at them. Walsh threw a bottle at Duckworth's head, knocked him down, and punched him dreadfully. Thompson tried to assist him, when Roan rushed at him with a butcher's killing knife and tried to stab him. Both of the complainants were badly injured. The prisoners denied the charge, but the case was fully proved against them. Walsh was sent to prison for four months, and Roan for two months, with hard labour.
VALUABLE LOAN. A very remarkable result of the late Exhibition at Leeds has occurred in the generous proposal of Mr. Alexander Barker, to allow the whole of his valuable contributions to the Exhibition, consisting of 20 of the most interesting and beautifal paintings of the Italian schools of the 15th and 16th centuries, old bronzes, illuminated missals, drawings, &c., beautiful ex- amples of porcelain and Majolica, and carvings, to be left for exhibition at the Mechanics' Institute of that town for one year, gratuitously, and even without any conditions beyond such as are ab- solutely necessary fcr the safe guarding of his art trea- sures. Mr. Barker's desire and hope are, that from his example other owners of works of art will permit them ) to be exhibited from time to time at the institution for the benefit of the working classes, to whom the sight of good works of art of all kinds will be of the greatest service, thinking, moreover, that foed for the mind is as indispensable as food for the body-a fact too little heeded in our great and populous seats of industry.
YACHTING CHALLENGE. Mr. James Ashbury, the owner of the English yacht Cambria, which defeated the Sappho in England last summer, has sent a note to the New York Yacht Club, challenging all America to a yacht race for the Queen's Cup, won by the yacht America in 1851. In the event of the Cambria losing the race, or rather series of races proposed, Mr. Ashbury would hand over to the New York Yacht Club, or to the owner of the winning vessel, a cup valued at 100 guineas. The challenge sent by Mr. Ashbury includes a race across the Atlantic to New York for a cup or service of silver valued at £ 250, and afterwards round Long Island, two races out of three over this course to decide the question of championship and the possession of the cup won by the America.
DEATH OF SIR J. HARDING. The death is announced of Sir J. D. Harding, Q.C., D.C.L,, formerly her Majesty's Advocate General. He was born at Rockfield, Monmouthshire, in 1809, and was the eldest son of the Rev. John Harding, rector of Coyty and Coychurch, Glamorganshire. He was educated at the Charterhouse, and having read with the late Dr. Arnold, proceeded to Oriel Col- lege, Oxford, where he took his B.A. degree in 1830, being second-class in classics. In 1835 he was called to the bar by the Hon. Society of the Inner Temple, and for a short time went the Oxford circuit. In 1837 he was admitted an advocate of Doctors' Com- mons, where he gained a considerable practice. He was appointed Queen's Advocate General in 1852, and on that occasion received the customary honour of Knighthood.
A WINE BILL. In the Court of Common Pleas, on Monday, an action was brought by Mr. Lafitteau against "Robinson and others," for X116, the amount of wine consumed at a banquet. It seemed that in August last there was a banquet at the New Market, at King's-cross, at which a large quantity of wine was consumed. The question now was, who was to pay for this wine. Mr. Lafitteau was agent for Messrs. Koch Fils' champagne, and he also sold all descriptions of other wine. He said that he had been chosen by the defendants to supply that which was drunk at the banquet, and to them he* looked for pay- ment of his account, amounting to about £ 116. For the defence it was proved that Spiers and Pond having contracted to supply the eatables, a Mr. Shackle, an auctioneer and wine merchant, agreed to furnish the wine for X50. Lafitteau's was tasted, approved, supplied, drunk, and paid for by a cheque of Shackle's which was not honoured. The defendants now said that their con- tract was with Shackle, and only to the extent of X50. About 180 persons attended the banquet, the Common- Serjeant being in the chair, and 521 bottles of wine were drunk. It was proposed by Shackle, who is now a bankrupt, that nothing was to be paid for the champagne, as it would be a good advertisement for Koch Fils, as well as for himself but, at any rate, the amount spent was not to exceed JS50. The questions at issue were really very simpfo, and, after a lucid summing up by the learned judg, the jury found a. verdict for theaplaintiff £ xr £ llS 9a.. )
Extracts trom Our Gomic J ournai. (From Punch.) UNDERGROUND INTELLIGENCE.—Since the opening of the new market beneath which the railway runs, the Metropolitan has changed its title to the Meat-ropolitan. THRIFT.—Peebles Body (to Townsman who was sup- posed to be in London on a visit) E-eh, Mac ye're sune hame again Mac:" E-eh, it's just a ruinous place, that! Mun, a had na' been the-erre abune twa hoours when-bang-went saxpence MORE MARTYRS.—The fires of Smithfield appear to be lighted again. In the midst of the festivity which pre- vailed at the opening of the Metropolitan Market in that historical quarter, poor Mr. Horace Jones, the architect, and Messrs. Browne and Robinson, the builders, all of whom deserved a happier fate, were-toasted. EXPLANATION.—A lady of Stepney requests us to say I that she has read a cock-and-bull story about a pillar letter-box in that district suddenly exploding, a gas-pipe being accused of having leaked into it. She wishes justice to be done, even to gasmen (though they do cheat, and she doesn't believe in a meter a bit), and she thinks it right to say that, having good cause and occasion to rebuke her husband very severely, she did so in a letter which she posted in the box in question. What exploded she has no doubt was her Bio sung-Up letter, as her husband has never apologised. TELEGRAM TO TOBY. I Saturday, November 28, 1868. DEAR TOBY,—Bow wow wow Our muzzle-loaders have gone off after Sir Richard Mayne's charge! Bow wow for Dr. Watts, and a little one in. Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For 'tis their nature te Let bears and lions growl and fight While Walking in the Zoo." Thou mad wag, 'tis enaugh to make even a cat laugh, who is less easily pleased than our venerable little ancestor who rejoiced to see such fun." [Down Charge! HOW SOLD BREAD. Mr. Arnold gave his decision the other day that "cottage loaves" were "fancy bread," and were not amenable to the laws which regulate the sale of the ordinary staff of life." Oh tell me what is fancy bread î The public unto Arnold said. "Should it be weighed like tea or lead ?'* "No," worthy Arnold deci-ded. If you get cottage loaves instead Of that on which you should be fed, And will new-fangled food-paths tread, Not those your fathers folio w-ed, You must put up with being bled, If you will fancy fancy bread." TO MRS. DISRAELI. L ady of Hughenden, Punch, drawing near, A ffably offers a homage sincere D eign to accept it-though playful its tone, Y our heart will tell you it comes from his own. B attle full oft with your lord he has done, E ver in fairness and often in fun, A dding, as friends and antagonists know, C hear, when his enemy struck a good blow. 0 pportune moment he finds, nothing loth, N ow, for a tribute more pleasant to both. S mile on the circlet a husband prepares F or his guide to the triumph she honours and shares: I n it acknowledged what ne'er can be paid, E arnest devotion and womanly aid. L ong may the gems in that coronal flame, D ecking her brow who's more proud of his fame. (From Fun.) WHAT QUEEN OF OLD TALKED MOST ?—Cleo-pat- terer. THE ELEVENTH HOUR.-The Cricketing Season. SOMETHING LIKE A SHOW OF HANDS."—A Working Men's Industrial Exhibition. NAUT.S.—Why must the Council of the Astronomical i Society be invariably in the right ?—Because it is always I a-Star-Board. A RANDOM SHOT.—When we read, as we too often do, that a sporting nobleman has mortgaged the ancestral acres, the thought at once suggests itself-did he com- mence his career with hedge-popping ? DOWN ON THE DOCTOR.—Doctor Is your papa in, my little man ? No! Well, tell him I called—you I know me—Blimber, Dr. Blimber!" Frank Boy Oh, ah I know you're the gentleman that pa says is such a stick in the pulpit" A POL(IC)E STAR.—It is stated that the earliest an- nouncement of the recent star-shower was made by an observant member of the police force." This is not the l first time that the police have shown a partiality for star-gazing. We wonder whether the constable in ques- tion was watching Aries, or trying to discover if the Dog-star was properly muzzled. Perhaps he was on the look-out for the Twins' hoops. LINES, To One who has been Connected with Many. Who, sprung from hidden source and dark, Beginning as a railway clerk, Grew to a directorial shark ? My-. Who companies of all sorts nursed, And left them ere they reached their worst, But always lined his pockets first ? My-. Who did to suburbs folks ensnare, And having safely got them there- Who most unfairly raised the fare ? My-. Who by the Liberals returned, His pledges on election spurned, And to o'erthrow the party yearned ? My ——. Who, by constituents restrained, The little dodge away explained, But from the Tories knighthood gained? My And who, when the election came, Heard his constituents exclaim, Get out! we see your little game ?" Heard his constituents exclaim, Get out! we see your little game ?" My (From Judy.) A "LARGE WAY OF BUSINESS.BToadway, New York- A FISHERMAN'S THOUGHT.—Nets profits are often very fishy. "A LOFTY LINE,"—The Mont Cenis Railway WOOD YER !—Ships' rudders are generally worked from the 'elm. [fishy. DOUBTFUL.-The Duke of Edinburgh is now called the Sailor Prince. Should he ever come to the throne would it be as a Sea-King ? LOVERS' QUARRELS.—When lovers quarrel, the only presents made on either side not returned are the kisses WANTED TO KNOW.—As in Saotland a butcher is termed a "flesher," might not a baker be termed a loafer? MOST CERTAINLY.—As the good old bonnets of a few years ago are now entirely discarded, they may be looked upon in the light of rejected head-dresses." OUT OF HIS ELEMENT.—A telegram from Copen- hagen, of November 26th, informs us that the Minister of War is about to travel for three months for the benefit of his health, and that, during his absence, his duties will be undertaken by the Minister of Marine. We trust that the latter functionary will not be at sea in the performance of his new functions KIND.-A telegram from Melbourne, under date October 13th, gives us this joyful intelligence :—"The government intends raising the loan of two millions for railway purposes in London, and a further sum of half a million for waterworks in Melbourne." This is indeed, a most kind act, and one for which London ought ever to be grateful! The abnegation and utter absence of selfishness here displayed are really sur- prising-two millions raised for us, and only half a million for themselves No more conclusive evidence is required to prove that some Australians, at any rate, have not forgotten the old country."
MR. GLADSTONE ON THE MAYNOOTH GRANT AND BEGIUM DONUM. The Rev. W. Jubb, Independent minister of Oldbury, near Birmingham, wrote a letter to Mr. Gladstone, in which he said :—" There are voters in this town who are under the impression that you do not intend to take away the Maynooth Grant and the Regium Donum at the same time that you disestablish the Irish Church. This has led them to support the Tory candidate, though they are Liberal in principle on other subjects." Mr. Gladstone's reply was as follows :—"Not only my own declarations upon every occasion, but the resolution unanimously passed by the House of Commons, binds me in honour, as I am bound in purpose and conviction, to propose that the Regium Donum and Maynooth Grant should be wound up, and should cease with the t church establishment. Can words go further ? With best compliments, yours, W. t CLADSTONIC. -Liver. *1 pool, Nov. 17."
A FATAL QUARREL. A fatal occurrence took place in Birmingham the other day. A man, apparently about 47 years of age, who sells fried fish, called at the luncheon stores of Mr. Parrott, Worcester-street. A warm collsquy arose be- tween the deceased and Mr. Wall, a fishmonger, respect- ing some money which Wall said deceased owed him. The altercation proceeded for a few minutes, when George Kimberley, who is brother-in-law to Wall, and engaged to him as assistant, entered the place, and with. out speaking a word to deceased struck him a terrible blow on the mouth, which caused him to stagger against a pillar. He followed up the first blow by several others on the body, and deceased fell to the floor, never once attempting to return the blows he had received. De- ceased became insensible, and. was removed to the Queen's Hospital, but he expired on the way without regaining consciousness. Kimberley was taken inte custody. The name of the deceased is unknown, but it was said that he lived at Coventry, at which place he had a wife and four children.
A NEW SYSTEM OF BEGGING. A young man who gave the name of William Spooner was brought before Mr. Dayman, at the W ands worth P olice- court, charged with begging. Police-constable Peters said on Friday he received information that a man answering the description of the prisoner had left a number of printed papers at houses in Prospect-place. At half- past two he was in Ridge way-place when he saw the prisoner in an area, waiting at the door. The prisoner told him that he was waiting for a paper which he had left. At the same time the servant came and gave it to him. Witness read it, and found it was a begging petition. The prisoner had a number of other printed papers in his pocket. One of the papers was handed to the magistrate. It was headed, The Appeal of the Unemployed." Then followed a number of verses, and at the end the paper stated," The bearers are a party of unemployed tradesmen who have been out of work for many weeks past. Having large families, we are compelled to throw ourselves at the feet of a sympathising public, hoping they will take our case into consideration, and render us some small assistance, so that we may be enabled to obtain food and shelter for our wives and children till trade mends, and for which we return our most sincere and grateful thanks." In reply to the magistrate, the constable said he saw another man, and they both bad a quantity of broken victuals. Mr. Day- man said if the prisoner fancied that his ingenious mode of begging, by leaving papers at doors, was ar evasion of the law, he was mistaken, for it was the same as if he bad begged by word of mouth. The pri- soner said he was not in the habit of doing it. Mr. Day. man remanded the prisoner for a week, and gave direc- tions for inquiries to be made as to whether he was known, and whether many men were employed in that way.
MURDEROUS RETALIATION. Since the repeal last session of the law which pro- hibited the possession of fire-arms in Corsica, crimes against the person have increased in an alarming propor- tion and thus, of 29 affairs on the roll of the assizes just opened there are not less than 13 for murder or homicide, and two for attempted manslaughter. A farmer named Marchetti has already been tried on one of the first-named of those charges. He had a dispute with his brother-in-law, Ignace Capponi, respecting the right to a small vineyard held by the former. The other in the meantime assembled several friends, and, invading the ground in question, carried off all the crop. Mar- chetti being enraged at this act determined to murder all the Capponis, and accordingly, arming himself with a gun, he shot his brother-in-law and two nieces, killing the man and one of the young women. He afterwards went a distance of 25 miles to give himself up to the authorities at Bastia. He was now condemned to hard labour for life.
FLOGGING GAROTTERS. Two young men, named William Furze and Charle0 Pain, who were convicted at the October session of thb Central Criminal Court, of what is generally known as a garotte robbery, and who were sentenced to four years' penal servitude, and to receive 40 stripes from a cat-o'- nine tails, underwent the last portion of their sentence in Newgate. Mr. Sheriff Hutton and Mr. Under-Sheriff Crossley were present, and the punishment was inflicted by Calcraft. The sentence was carried out in one of the old wards of the gaol, so that if the culprits had shrieked or made any noise it would not have been heard outside the prison. They, however, bore the punishment with great firmness, and did not utter a single cry, although the executioner, who is a powerful man, seemed to strike the blows with very good will.
AN APPROPRIATE COMPLIMENT. General Grant was present on the 17th ult. at a public dinner in New York, given to the Hon. Mr. Evarts, the Attorney-General of the United States, and in reply to the toast of "The President Elect," made one of his customary short speeches. He said I thank you very kindly for the manner in which you have received this toast, which was intended as complimentary to myself. I may say there is no other community from which I could receive a demonstration of welcome with greater pleasure than from the citizens I meet this evening." The general was received with much enthusiasm, and at the conclu- sion of these remarks the entire company rose and gave him three-cheers. A good deal of merriment was caused directly after the toast had been proposed, by a minia- ture fort, which formed one of the side einameats of the room, discharging 24 miniature cannons. The general himself was at first astonished and then amused by this novel salute.
ST. JOSEPH AND THE DOCTORS. A singular trial has just taken place before the Correc- tional Tribunal of St. Nazaire (Loire). M. de Ker- guenec, residing near Guerande, being ill and on the point of dying, invoked Saint Joseph for a cure, and some time afterwards recovered. The Esperamce du Peuple attributed this result to a miracle, but the Phare de la Loire and the Avenir of Saint Nazaire gave the credit of it to the doctors. M. de Kerguenec was ex. ceedingly indignant at finding his restoration to health thus reduced to ordinary proportions. Going to the house of M. Merressec, an advocate, the writer of the article in the last-named journal, he so far forgot himself as to strike that gentleman in the face. For this assault a prosecution was instituted, and the tribunal sentenced him to a month's imprisonment and X60 fine.
WHAT IT HAS COME TO. Apropos of the contemplated absence of Royalty from the metropolis in the coming season, we publish the following items of intelligence, which may have a special interest for those among our readers who subscribe to the Court Journal:- There will be no season at Paris this Christmas, as it is reported that the Emperor has determined on passing the winter at Bath, his advisers having considered it inevitable that he must soon get into hot water. Guided by this opinion, he has made his selection of this still fashionable watering-place for his temporary domicile. Her ex-Majesty, the Queen of Spain, will continue to occupy her present residence in Coventry. There will be no Court at Madrid. The Sultan of Turkey and suite will make a short stay at Margate, where they will appear (for a limited number of nights only) at the Hall by the Sea (admission one shilling). There will be no court at Constanti- nople. The King of Prussia has taken the whole of the Lord Warden Hotel at Dover for six months. It is said that his Majesty, who has suffered of late years from a great deal of feverish excitement, has been urgently advised to pursue a lowering regimen for a short period, and that he purposes, therefore, taking a course of the cele- brated powders named after the seaport he is about to visit. There will be no court at Berlin. The Emperor of Russia has started for Naples. It is reported that he is about to descend the crater of Vesu- vius with a view to protesting strongly against the con- tinual use of explosive material by the authorities in that volcano. The mission is scientific and humane, but we regret to say that in censequence there will be no court at St. Petersburg this winter. The King of Denmark will be occupied next season in an advertising tour, having several ageing relations to marry off while there is any market for them. He will, however, be willing to put a substitute in his place, with use of the crown, and a salary (payable in advance) of X100 a year. He will be glad to hear from Prince Christian, or any other walking talent, as, in the event of no one turning up, there will be no court held at Copenhagen next year.—Tomahawk.
+ THE CLERGY OF LIVERPOOL lately met at the Town-hall, when arrangements were made forv the holding 01 the next Church Congress in that town.