REMINISCENCES OF HOLBORN. In view of the late ceremony at the Holborn Via. duct, the following historical facts will be of interest: —Holborn was in old times famed for its gardens. On the right of the new viaduct is Ely-place, where stood the town mansion of the Bishops of Ely. It had its vineyard and orchard, as well as its kitchen and flower gardens, the bishops being famous for their choice fruit. Here, in Ely House, died old John O'Gaunt, time-honoured Lancaster." Shakes- peare makes it the scene of Lancaster's last interview with Richard II. Henry VII. was present at a feast here with his queen. Henry VIII. and Queen Katherine were banqueted here. Queen Elizabeth made Cox, Bishop of Ely, lease the greater portion of the demesne to her Chancellor, Sir Chris- topher Hatton, at a nominal rent, the bishop only reserving to himself the right of walking in the gardens and gathering twenty bushels of roses yearly. Hatton afterwards moved the Queen to require the bishop to make over to him the whole property. The bishop remonstrated, whereupon the Tudor Queen got into a towering rage, and threatened to unfrock Jaim. Hatton got the entire property, and Elizabeth was so angry at having been thwarted by the bishop that she kept the see of Ely vacant for 13 years after the death of Cox. Hatton now lived in great state in Hatton House, having changed the name from Ely-place; but Elizabeth, who seldom gave loans and never forgave due debts," insisted on the payment of some X40,000 arrears. The Chancellor could not meet the demand, so it went to his heart, and he died." The Bishops of Ely ia vain endeavoured to recover this ancient property. In the reign of Jame3 I. the last performance of a religious mystery in England took place at Ely House, in the presence of Gondomar, the Spanish Ambassador. From Ely IlouFe, too, proceeded the grand masque given by the four Inns of Court to Charles I. and Queen Henrietta, when the great lawyers, Whitelocke, Clarendon, and Selden, went in a procession of masquers and horsemen from Ely House to White- hall. Milton lived in Holborn-row, and Dr. Johnson at Holborn-bars, where two allegorical statues marked on Saturday last the City boundaries.
LIME HOUSE AND NEWGATE. This is a week of feasting. The newspapers are full of descriptions of the banquets which are part and parcel of the ceremony attending the accession to office of a new Lord Mayor. It is generally the custom, we believe, for the leading papers to publish the bill of fare of the Guildhall dianer of the 9th of November in extenso. We see no reason that the time-hononred custom should be departed from, but in our case, owing to some unaccountable carelessness on the part of the civil authorities, as we have not received our copy of the menu: for Lord Mayor's Day, we cannot gratify our readers by presenting it to them. Happily, however, the feast at Guildhall is not the only gathering within the City of London which calls for notice; so, in the absence of the more important document, we append the following bill of fare of a dinner given by one of the leading shipwrights of the East-end, who, having no occupation at present, is able to give his whole attention t. the entertainment of his family:-Limehouse, 9th November, 1869. Menu for ten persons (eight children and two adults). Potage — A l'eau. Poisson Bed herring. Entrees — The wolf; the broker. Roti Very dry bread (half a loaf). Sweets—Twopenn'orth of gin. Dessert-Mcndions. Here is another bill of fare, equally interesting, for the same date:—New- gate, 9th November, 1S69. Menu for 239 persons. Potage Bouillon. Roti Mutton. Legumes- Potatoes. Sweets-Rice p-udding, Of course this latter dinner is less pretentious than the Limehouse feast, but for our part, not being epicures, we prefer it, especially as we think it our duty to set our face against gormandism whenever we come across it; and we hear, on good authority, that such meals as the first described are partaken of daily by thousands of the inhabitants of the East-end of London. As luxurious extravagance amongst the lower classes should be discouraged as much as possible, we recom- mend the question to the serious consideration of the new Lord Mayor.—Tomahawk.
MISCELLANEOUS. PARAGRAPHS APPEAR in the United States and Canadian journals deprecating the law which pro- hibits women from wearing men's clothes. A case is stated of a young lady whose brother became dangerously ill in the night, and there was no one to ,go for the doctor but herself. She dressed herself in her brother's clothes and fetched the doctor, who did not know until he reached his patient's bedside that it was not a young man who had called him in. The .young lady having tasted the safety and freedom to he enjoyed in male attire, has now a suit of her own in which she goes to churches, theatres, and lecture- brooms, and roams alone in the country by day and by night, and such a "course" appears to be getting 'common. OR TWENTY.SEVEN ?-The law reports of this month contain a decision far from 'equitable. As ice merchant who had a cargo of ice ifor sale, received an offer by telegram for it at the rate of twenty-seven shillings a ton, whilst in fact only twenty-three shillings had been offered. The error, which arose from wrongly reading the figure three-in telegraphic language, cost the ice merchant •some forty-pounds, which he sought to recover by action against the company. But the judge at the trial, and the court in banco, both negatived the claim, on the ground that the company only contracted with the sender, and thus the receiver, who was alone injured, remained without remedy. A NOVEL REL.LTION. -Did any one (says a contemporary), ever hear of a cit7 becoming a godfather? Yet, according to a Havas tele- gram, Naples assumed this relationship at the baptism of the (infant Prince Victor Emmanuel Ferdinand. The city of Naples, we are told, stood as his sponsor, represented by the mayor and the municipal junta. The House of Savoy are deter- mined to Neapolitanise the prince. The Floren- tines are already fearful that all this bodes a change of capital. We do not think so. Yet there are good reasons why Naples should be the capital of Italy. Florence is central, and that is all; Naples is a grand seaport, by far the most populous city of Italy, great in history, with a population peculiarly susceptible to the attentions of royalty, and dis- affected with the recollections of a lost court. So long as the capital is at Florence the superiority of Rome may be urged, but Rome is not, in regard to the conveniences of a capital, comparable to Naples. ON SUNDAY a fire broke out in the house- keeper's apartments at Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor Great Park. Unfortunately the nearest supply of water was at Ox-pond, a quarter of a mile distant. The engines could not be made much use of to put out the fire. At half-past eleven o'clock the roof fell in with a tremendous crash, and it was not until two o'clock that the flames were partially got under. In the course of the afternoon the Queen the Princess Christian, Princesses Louisa and Beatrice, and Prince Leopold went to the lodge, and remained there some time. Prince Christian was present soon after the fire broke out. The fire, it is Supposed, was caused by the igniting of a beam con- nected with a chimney in one of the upper rooms of the State apartments. IN LUCK'S WAY.-At the Middlesex Sessions before Mr. Payne, James Moxey was lately indicted 'for attempting to steal money belonging to William ■May. After the evidence had been heard, Mr. Hodg- kinson, the clerk, said to the jury: Are you all agreed, gentleman ? Do you find the prisoner at the bar guilty or not guilty? The foreman: Not guilty. The judge said the prisoner was very lucky, for he had been several times convicted. (The Governor of Hertford Gaol was present as well as Herbert Reeves, the warder of the House of Correction, Coldbath- Selds, who would have proved that in December, 1868, he was convicted and sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, besides other convictions in London.) A juror (rising) My lord, it is not my verdict; I did not say the prisoner was not guilty. Another juror: Nor did I. It is not our unanimous opinion. By this time Mr. Hodgkinson, the clerk of the court, had recorded a verdict of "Not guilty," and prisoner Was discharged. THE DEATH OF YISCOUNT CANTERBURY adds another to the long list of noble lords who have been Removed by death this year. Since the present Par- liament assembled, on the 10th December last, 29 Peers and 11 members of the House of Commons have -lied. Amongst the former were three bishops- Carlisle, Exeter, and Salisbury—vvhilst the ages of the deceased lords vary from 33 (Earl St. Maur) to ,91 (Bishop of Exeter). The average age is 68. Two Peerages have become extinctthe. Viscounty of Strangford and the Barony of Brbughton. Of the 11 Commoners who have died, the oldest was Sir J. Johnstone, M.P. for Scarborough, who was 70, and the youngest was Captain Speirs, M P. for Renfrew- shire, at the early age of 28. The average age of the Deceased M.P.'s was 55. FIVE WEEKS AGO the Yard Mine of the Wal- thew House Colliery was found to be on fire, and to Prevent all access of air to the burning coal the ahaft was filled, up. The plan adopted not only cut off the air from the Yard Mine, but also completely popped the ventilation in the lower seams, the Orrell *'our Feet and the Orrell Five Feet, wherein were 14 ponies and donkeys. The Yard coal seam was "OPened at the end of last week, and the: fire was ound to be quite extinct. In the Four Feet all the animals, eleven in number, were found dead n.d so were two ponies in the Five Feet; but' jugular to state, one donkey, occupying a separate lthl WaS *oun<* a^V0j and apparently in good WE REALLY OU&HT NOT TO GRUMBLE about the badness of trade, if any dependence may be placed "Pon the statistics of our national commerce. The following is a summary of the imports and exports tor the last .six years.:—Imports, 1864, = £ 274,952,172 1865, < £ 271,072,285; 1866, £ 295,290,274; 1867, £ 275,183,137 1868, £ 294,693,608. Exports,British Produce: 1864, £ 160,449,053; 1865, £ 165,835,725; 1866, < £ 188,917,536; 1867, £ 180,961,923; 1868, £ 179,677,812. Foreign and Colonial produce: 1864, £ 52,139.186;18(>5, £ 52,995,851; 1866, £ 49,988,146; 1867, £ 44,840,606; 1868, £ 48,100,642. Total Qf imports and exports: 1864, £ 487,540,411; 1865, ^64S9,903.861 1866, £ 534,195,996; 1867, < £ 500,985,666; 1868, < £ 522,472,062. THE Cou,i-rie.)- Saigon states that some heavy rains in that colony'had apparently caused a Commotion amongst the timers. "A few days ago °ne of these animals was captured at Earia. Two others have likewise been taken alive in traps, at Long-thanh. A third tiger in the same district crept during the night into the telegraph-office. Scared by b.e outcries of the agents, it made its escape, leaving 111 its passage across the palisades numerous, traces of its claws and tufts of hair. At Each Gia two hunting the wild boar were surprised by a tigress, which seized one of them, upon which his ^pojpanion, who was armed with a lance, pierced the ^igress with his weapon, while she was on the body of other hunter, and killed her. At the Thehinh an ^ormous tigress was captured on the 1st of Sept., ,^hich, while in the trap, gave birth to three cuba. ,e parent and her progeny have been taken to the ,'fotanical Gardens at Saigon, while, to make room for, ^heru, one of those magnificent tigers which it at pre- possesses, will be transmitted to the Jardin des •^lantes at Paris. THE ITALIAN PAPERS STATE when Victor mmanuel wished to receive the sacrament the other 'day, his chaplain, acting under orders from the •^•rchbishop of Pisa, requested his Majesty to promise ^rst, in writing and in the presenee of'two witnesses, • repeal all the laws he had sanctioned against the Chureh. Victor Emmanuel, according to the Gazzetta f Italia, said in reply, "I have lived as a Christian lri the faith of my ancestors, and in the same faith I prepared to die as a king, following the example of my fathers, I have done what my conscience as a Sovereign enjoined me to do for the good of my >couatry." Finding the king firm, the chaplain gave Vay, and administered the sacrament. COLLIERY EXPLOSION.-At four o'clock on Monday afternoon an explosion took place in No. 5 3Pifc of the Moss Hall Coal Company's colleries, at t'latt Bridge, three miles from Wigan. The shaft is ^75 yards deep, and has been recently constructed. The winding up of men for the night had commenced, and many had been brought up, when the gas fired the six-feet mine, the lowest seam. Exploring Perties were formed at once. The explosion was very violent, and muoh damage was done to the Workings. The number of dead is at least twelve. There were two firemen amongst the silled. Two men bave been found dead in & seatc. above. FLOOD AT PRESTON.—Between twelve and one o'clock on Sunday morning there was a rather alarming flood at Preston, caused by the overflowing of the River Ribble. The bottom of the new parks at Preston was flooded, the houses at the side of the river walk were almost surrounded with water, some of the gardens behind were flooded, boats were washed away, and much alarm prevailed. A quantity of earth adjoining Penwortham-bridge has been washed away, and a long length of the road leading from it to the parks has in several places been considerably damaged. Several fields; on the opposite side of the Ribble were covered with water, and looked like a vast lake. During Sunday morning, and at intervals throughout the day, the trunks of large trees, &c., floated down the Kibble, indicating that in, quarters above Preston the flood had been severe. Within two days of the same time, in 1866. there waa a terrific flood at Preston. A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CLYDE TRUST has been held in Glasgow, the Lord Provost presiding. The committee appointed with regard to the new dock at Stobeross gave in a report as to the result of their negotiations. The committee recommended that the initiatory steps for getting Parliamentary sanction should be taken. Mr. Bain, deputy chairman, in moving the adoption of the committee's report, stated that the proposed new dock would add 76 per cent. to the existing quayage of the harbour below the bridges. The estimated cost was £ 1,268,715, equal to zC343 per lineal yard. AN INQUEST HAS BEEN HELD AT ISLINGTON on the bodies of Emily and Charles Barsenius, aged respectively: 6 and 34 years, who died under very suspicious circumstances. It appears from the evidence that the two children had mussels for supper, and the boy was taken very sick. All the children were given some comfits, and about five o'clock on Sunday evening the deceased children were both sick and had an attack of diarrhoea. Dr. Steadman was called in and found the girl dead, and the boy died about half-an-hour after. He could not account for death, and therefore sent the stomach to Dr. Rogers. The investigation was adjourned for the evidence of Dr. Rogers. A F-EKRFTTL FALL.-On Friday evening a number of youths were assembled on the cliff, near Broadstairs, and celebrated the 5th of November in the customary manner with bonfires, lighted tar barrels, and torches. A lad named King, about 15 years of age, a plasterer's assistant, was running about with a lighted torch in his hand, and the re- flection of the light from the torch deceiving him as to the proximity of the edge of the cliff, he ran over a projection of the cliff situated a little to the Rams- gate side of the small bridge, and fell headlong be- low upon the shingle and sands. The alarm was immediately given, and a number of persons went to the unfortunate lad's assistance. He was picked up in an insensible condition and conveyed to his lodg- ings at the house of a man named Rowsden, in Broad- stairs. Surgical aid was called in, and it was found that the poor boy had cut his throat by falling on a stone, that he was covered with bruises, and had sustained severe internal injuries. Singular to re- late, however, no bones were broken. He is in a very precarious condition, his limbs being totally useless. The cliff at the point over which the lad fell is about 50 feet high. MR. CHARLES MOZLEY and Mr. L. B. Mozley, two of the directors of Barned's bank, have appeared before Sir J. C. Lawrence, to answer a charge of con- spiracy to defraud. It will be remembered that in August, 1865, the old banking business of Barned and Co., carried on at Liverpool by the, defendants, was converted into a limited company, of which they were made the, managing directors. In April, 1866, the company suspended payment, with very heavy liabilities. The principal evidence given was by Mr, C. F. Kemp, the liquidator of the concern, who went into the accounts at great length. He expressed his opinion that at the time of the transfer of the bank to the limited company, the former was insolvent tc the extent of from C400,000 to .2500,000. The exa- mination was again adjourned, and the defendants were admitted to bail. DR. TEMPLE has been elected to the bishopric )f Exeter by a majority of 13 to 6. The deliberation )f the dean and chapter lasted half an hour, and on the lean's return to his stall in the cathedral choir he ranounced the result to a crowded congregation. imongst those who voted for Dr. Temple were Dean Boyd, Chancellor Harington, and the Venerable W. f. Phillpotts, the eldest son of the late bishop. The opponents of the new prelate included Bishop Trower, the Archdeacon of Exeter, and Canon Lee. [t is interesting to compare the voting with that which took place nearly 22 years ago in the Chapter, house at Hereford, when Dr. Hampden was presented for election to that see. It was on the 28th De- cember, 1847, and the new bishop was elected by a, majority of Hto 2. AN INQUJSST RA-S "BEEN HELD at Charing-cross Hospital on the body of George Shepherd, who met his death through the horses and wagon of which he was the driver passing over his body, on the Thames Embankment works, last week. Henry Salter, a. fellow-labourer of deceased, said that he was at work on the embankment driving a wagon; he had to unhook the horses, when they would pasa up a side walk while the wagon would pass down an incline. Deceased, after the accident, told him that being nnable to move out in time the horses knocked him down, and the wagon went over him. Verdict, "Accidental death." DISASTER OFF HOLYHEAD.^—A wreck, attended with serious loss of life, took place last week in the immediate vicinity of the outside of the-Victoria Breakwater, Holyhead. About half-past seven a vessel was seen in distress. A heavy sea raged. The chief officer of the coastguard immediately set off with his crew to the end of the breakwater, where the rock apparatus is kept, and it was speedily brought to bear upon the wreck. However, whether the crew were too much f-r-ightene i to let go their hold of the rigging, or did not understand the use they were to make of the line, they did not avail themselves of it. The crew of the life boat were then sent for. Before this could be got to the scene of the wreck the vessel fell over on her side, and the men wereprecipitated into the water, and most of them were never seen again. Five of the crew, however, managed to get ashore. The vessel was the Cuba, of New York, Captain Prince master. She was a new vessel, bound to Dublin with a, cargo of grain. There iire eight persons drowned—the captain, his wife, and two ehildren being among the number. A STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCE, which is perhaps anparalleled, has occurred in the neighbourhobdof Pulborough. One morning, when the shepherd to Mr. Hide, of Toat's Farm, went into the field where the sheep were, he saw that two foxes had seized a fine poung teg and were busily engaged in tearing it to pieces, whilst another fox was entering the field, evidently going to participate in the feast. The foxes, on being disturbed, immediately made off. On examining the sheep it was found that all the flesh of one of its hind legs was torn off, laying bare the leaders, and it was found necessary at once to kill the poor animal. HALF A MILLION.-Reflecting on the munifi- ntdisposition of the late Mr. Peabody, as mani- 'ested in his unparalleled gifts, we asked on Thurs- lay" Who knows whether George Peabody's las-t vord of goodwill to our people has even yet been spoken ? The answer has not been long delayed. We now learn on good authority that Mr. Peabody las directed Sir Curtis Lampson and Mr. Charles Seed, his executors, to pay over to the trustees of •he Peabody Donation Fund for the erection of twellings for the poor of London the sum of Y, 150,000, ihereby making the whole amount given by him for >his purpose £ 500,000. A great responsibility rests on those who have undertaken that these vast sums (hall be put to the best use but in any case the working population of London will revere the name )f the man who wished them well, and gave half a nillion of money, the bulk of it in his own lifetime, So make life's burdens sit easier on them.-Da.ily News. MUCH AS HAS BEEN SAID AND DONE during re- cent years in the matter of working men's clubs, it has been pretty generally felt by outsiders who have watched the movement that the word "club" when ap- plied to working men has meant something very dif- ferent from what it does when applied to richer people. Weare glad to hear, however, that there ia at present a working man's club in Rupert-street, London, which is really worthy of the name. The St. James's and Soho Working Man's Club is framed. on the model of the ordinary club. In addition to 'j¡h. reading-room there are billiard-rooms, card-rooms rooms for bagatelle, and' a coffee-room, where those who like can dine o? sup, and be supplied ..w..th. vsh&fc. drink: suits their tasta.; I > AW# ¡1t11 IblJ úb Ir A MAGISTRATE IN DANGER.—A man named Charles Whittabar, aged 50, has been brosight up at the petty sessions ia Cambridgeshire, charged with having on the 30th of October last, at West Wratting, feloniously shot at one Edward Frost, with a gun. loaded with powder and shot, with intent, &e. -Mr. Frost is a magistrate for the country. The prisoner has suffered penal servitude, and he and his son have both been convicted of poaching at the instance- of Mr. Frost, the son being now in gaol for that offence. The prisoner, since his return from penal servitude, waa taken into the service of General Hall as assistant gamekeeper, and while so employed was convicted of poaching on a neigh- bouring estate. On the 30th of October, shortly before six o-'clock, Mr. Frost was passing the prisoner's house. Just as they were passing the prisoner's door he appeared, and discharged a gun in the direction of the carriage, but no one was hurt. On his apprehension the prisoner stated that he simply fired the gun off that he might get rid of the charge in order to clean it, and again that he did it out of bravado. Ultimately, after some hesitation on the part of the magistrates, the prisoner was discharged. THE RUSSIAN EEV^NTJE.—According to the Moscow Gazette, as quoted in the Journal of St. Peters- burg of the 23rd of October, the total amount of con- tributions poured into the Treasury is 286,000,000 roubles. Of this sum 86,000,000 are derived from direct contributions, and 189,000,000 from the duties levied on articles of consumption and other indirect sources. The amount derived from direct taxes is nearly all supplied by the capitation tax, the pro- portion furnished by this tax being 81 per cent. of the gross sum. The sum paid by the peasantry located on the State domains is at present 35,000,000 annually, but this will go on diminishing year by year until it is ultimately extinguished in consequence of their be- coming freeholders. ESCAPE FROM SALT LAKE.-A Scotch girl named Emily Jane Kane, a native of Glasgow, arrived at New York on the 12th August, en route for Salt Lake City, having been converted to the Mor- mon faith by one of the missionary saints. In com- pany with a number of other emigrants, she reached Salt Lake City on the 21st August, and was soon horrified by finding that all the saints had several wives, and that she was expected to make the tenth in the family of a patriarch who already had nine. Emily had been ignorant of this feature of her new religion she speedily lost her faith and she made her escape to the camp of the United States troops near the city. The kind-hearted soldiers made up a purse for her to go to Omaha. There she disposed of all her clothing, and thus obtained money enough to pay her fare to New York. Arriving there she was penniless; but she had the good luck to fall into the hands of James Thompson, the harbour-master, to whom she told her story. He raised money for her to pay her passage back to Glasgow, and she sailed on the 25th ult. When she gets home again, it is to be hoped she will use her influence to prevent other Glasgow lassies being lured away to the New Jerusalem. Two VELOCIPEDE RIDERS, named Thomas and Edward Bennett, have been summoned to the county petty sessions, at Kidderminster, the charge against them being that they had injured and encumbered a footpath leading from Bewdley to Kidderminster, by riding or driving a certain machine called a veloci- pede or bicycle along the said footpath, to the preju- dice and annoyance of people travelling thereon." The road surveyor stated the defendants had apolo- gised, and were willing to pay costs, and, under these circumstances, the bench acceded to his request to withdraw the cases. EDUCATION.—A few weeks ago the Holborn Board of Guardians spent nearly three hours over the appointment of a porter superintendent of imbe- ciles, and a nurse; but on Wednesday night they accomplished one really useful resolution. There is no better preventive of pauperism than education, and there is no preventive which has been so shamefully neglected throughout the metropolis. Eleven years a.go Denison's act authorised the guardians to pay for the education of all pauper children in the receipt of out-door relief, but the act has never been carried out. It has now been unanimously resolved to carry out this act. Through- out the Holborn Union school fees not exceeding 2d. per week are to be paid for every child who is regu- larly sent to any school selected by the parents and approved of by the guardians. The question was re- ferred to a committee to carry out the details. This is a step in the right direction, which we hope will be imitated by other Boards of Guardians. ARCHDEACON FREEMAN, when he groans over the. effect of newspaper and magazine reading in the present day, groans in good company. The same complaint was made as far back as the year 1729 by no less an authority than Bishop Batler of the "Analogy." In his preface to the "Sermons preached at the Rolls," &c., he says: "The great number of books and papers of amusement which, of one kind or another, daily come in one's way, have ■ in part occasioned, and most perfectly fall in with and humour, an idle way of reading and considering things. MR. GLADSTONE'S REFUSAL to release the Fenian prisoners finds but little favour with the American papers. ThQ New York Times says if the laws are so bad that Parliament is to be asked to abolish them, why punish the men who have done nothing worse than protest against those laws ? It maintains that the Fenians are, after all, only in the same category of offenders as Mr. Gladstone himself. He has declaimed against Ireland's wrongs," it adds, and given a pledge to redress them, and heal the sorrows of afflicted centuries,' to use Mr. Disraeli's language. What difference is there on this point between Mr: Gladstone and Jim Doolan, the poor Fenian? Your complaint is just,' says the Premier to Jim, and I will see the cause of it removed—but, at the same time, you shall be kept in prison for daring to make the complaint.' SINGULAR CHARGE.—William Henry Ewer, cab-driver, Chelsea, was lately charged with stealing a watch and chain, value zES 10s., the property of John Charles Wilson, a retired gentleman's servant. The prosecutor was once confined in a lunatic asylum, from which he escaped. He sometimes played a banjo in the public streets for the amuse- ment of the children, and upon other occasions he selected the most ragged of the poor people he met and took them to the nearest dining-rooms, where he treated them to a substantial meal. Oa the night of the alleged robbery he picked up an old man and a female hawker of vesuvians," and conveyed them in a cab to some dining-rooms in Middle-row, Knightsbridge. Prosecutor alleged that he was short of money and gave the prisoner his watch and chain in trust as a proof of his intention to pay him, but while prosecutor and his poor friends were in the dining-room the prisoner rode away. The prose- cutor asked for a remand.
"DIVINELY LED." Delusion, a very common form of mental disease, has just been illustrated by a case in the Brighton County Court. Last February, one Cowdrey was missing for three days, and was then found, tied hand and foot, on the Dyke-road. He said he had been carried away by three men in a cart, bound, and robbed of his money." The story was not credible, because, although it had rained for twenty hours, his clothes were dry. The police, the press, and magis- trates of Hove and Brighton disbelieved the romance. But Cowdrey found a believer in one man, Mr. j. Ballard, high tonstable of Dean, vt ho resolved to see justice done. Mr. Ballard trusted not to legal advice, but to Divine direction to lead him right. By the blessing of God," he said to a sergeant of police, I have been rightly directed, and have found out where that poor man was taken upon the bill, and left to die." Suspecting a Mr. Holford, a baker, Mr. Ballard had his suspicions confirmed by obtaining from Holford a bit of cord like that with which Cowdrey was tied. He fancied that Holford looked fatigued, and had been away from home. Pointing to Holford's cart, shop, and wife, he said to the sergeant, "That's the cart they drove him away in, that's the shop, where one of the men lives. and that's his wife." Mr. Ballard afterwards produced a bit of cord, and said, There, that's the bit cf the cord. That's too. sacsed for you to touch." He made a similar chaxgg, against another baker of the same of Duddridg.o> Ballard is a miller, and the men he accused are bakras. The result øi the trials of the cases has beeat^at the "divinely Jed" but not legally advised; high constable, has had verdicts recorded against him in both uiws, wttlk X20, j damages. in; tha feat case.
I BURNING; A CAT. j John Pugh, a mason, was brought up the other day at Wandsworth, charged with torturing a- cat with turps. It appeared that the prisoner was at work in a new house in Battersea, and he was told by a boy that a jjat was in a cupboard where the food was kept. He sent the boy for some turps, and he brought him a spoonful, which he put in the tender parts of the cat. In the afternoon he struck the cat with his rule, causing it to run up a chimney. He sent for shavings, and put them into the grate and set them alight. The cat came down the chimney and fell into the burning shavings. A veterinary surgeon spoke with regard to the effect of turpentine upon animals. He said it had the same effect as boiling water, if not worse. On animals with a furry coat the effect would be frightful. Mr. Haynes, jun., whodefended, said his client admitted putting a few drops of turps on the tail of the cat, for the purpose of driving it out of the house. Mr. Dayman said it was a very cruel thing, for he must have known what effects turps would have upon the cat, and he fined him 20s., and in default a month.
THE LAST TRIBUTE. The vessel of war chosen by the English Govern- ment to carry across the Atlantic the remains of Mr. Peabody ia the Monarch, 7-gua turret ship, of 5,100 tons, and 1,100 horse-power, commanded by Captain Commerel, V.C., C.B. The Monarch is one of the finest vessels which the British navy has now afloat; she is new, and her excellent performances with the combined channel and Mediterranean squadrons, during the recent cruise, inscribed her among our foremost war ships of the future. In selecting this magnificent vessel to render the final tribute of public admiration to the memory of the large-hearted American, a double compliment is paid to our cousins beyond the ocean, which they will not be slow to appreciate. The Monarch is our noblest ship con- structed on that principle of turrets for fighting guns at sea which the practice and experience of the Americans during their civil conflict so powerfully recommended to the favour of other nations. But, far more; her name will serve, as it were, to carry to the utmost liberty of observance and respect that admiring interest and personal esteem with which the Sovereign of this realm regarded, and, as she could, rewarded, the splendid deeds done to the poor of her people by the plain American citizen—whose Repub- lican principles, perforce, confined Royal acknow- ledgment during life to that graceful and in- comparable gift of the Queen's portrait. The Monarch will pay a grander tribute now; and when, at the end of. this month, she sets out from Portsmouth for Portland on her sad and rare errand, she will be followed by the grateful heart of this mighty kingdom—bearing to the mighty Re- public the assurance of that kingship which is ever and again renewed by noble and generous acts done by one country for the other. An evidence of the ap- preciation in which our act of courtesy will be held in the States is already furnished by the fact that Mr: Motley has informed our Foreign-office that the American ships-of-war detailed from the fleet in European waters will, if time allows, attend the Monarch across the Atlantic.
IT IS SAID OF DR. HINCHLIFFE, when Bishop of Peterborough, that he preached from the text, He clothed himself with curses as with a garment," and explained it as signifying that the man had a habit of swearing. A RETURNED CONVICT has- been apprehended, charged with shooting at Edward Frost, Esq., of Wratting Hall, near Linton, one, of the magistrates of Cambridgeshire. The man is a notoriously bad cha- racter, and both himself and son have, at tho instance of Mr. Frost, been convicted of poaching—the son twice this season. Last Saturday week Mr. Frost was passing the cottage of the accused, who fired off his gun, and there is too much reason to fear that he intended to shoot that gentleman. THE REBORT OF THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY refers to the transfer of the territory to the Dominion of Canada, and looks forward to. the establishment of legislative and judicial bodies, and to the opening up of roads through the settlement. Allusion is also made to the adjustment 01 the company's claims aghast the United States nmder the Oregon Treaty sod it isaddèd that by an award made in Septembe-v Itwt 450,000- dollars in gold are to be paid to the. 1. p company. An interim dividend of 4a, a share Úi. rIA. wnmaftd&k I
A BRAVE: LITTLE BRIDE. The Municipal Court of Montecalvario, at Naples, was recently interrupted, in, a strange fashion. A man and woman presented themselves before the Syndic of the Court to be married according to the form of civil contract. The man was called Ferdi- nando, and was about 30, while the blushing little bride, who was perhaps five or six years younger, plump, white and red like a. peach, with splendid I; hair and flashing eyes, bora the name of Mad- ] dalena. The ceremony was about to commence, the registers were brought out and arranged, when out popped from a contiguous room, where no one suspected that any person was hid, another individual about 30 years of age, and, confronting the astonished magistrate, said in a solemn tone, "Forbear, Signor Syndic, this lady belongs to me." No sooner had he pronounced these words than from another room rushed forth a young girl, red with passion, and cried out to the Syndic, "And I forbid this marriage, too, for Ferdinando belongs to me." There was a tableaux for a few moments, after which the magistrate took off his official scarf and hung it up on the nail, the clerk put back the registers, and while the two couples began to abuse each other in choice terms, Rosina pitched into the false Ferdinando, while Maddalena gave it to the fellow who claimed her in equally strong vocabulary. Meanwhile the news got about and a crowd assembled to see the fun. However, the fair Maddalena was the first to become calm, and addressing the Syndic in a gentle voice, said that Enrico who claimed her had no right to do so; that they had certainly been betrothed, but that was under the old law of the Bourbon kingdom, and when they were going before the priest to be married it transpired that the bridegroom had shamefully de- ceived, another girl, who had just deno-onced him to the priest, so the latter refused to celebrate the marriage. After this, Maddalena declared she had reflected and changed her mind, especially as Enrico was found to be jack of all trades and master of none, now a painter, now a watch-maker, &c., amd good at nothing. That she knew how to gain her livelihood and wasn't going to marry a ne'er do weel, and having become acquainted with Ferdi- nando, who had a good business, she meant to marry him. Signor Magistrate," said the pretty and pru- dent Maddalena, what would you have done in my place? You would have taken Ferdinando, as I will, with both hands," and suiting the action to the word, she gave the lucky partner of her choice a hearty kiss before the assembled crowd, and then sat down. After this Rosina and Enrico could not get a hearing, and the marriage being too late for that day, was fixed definitely for the next morning amidst the vivas of the crowd.-Petit Journal.
PETROLEUM AGAIN. In the following communication will be found another lively illustration of the dangers of petroleum on board ship :—" Off Sardinia, S.S. Picardie, Oct. 28. We got off from Marseilles early on Wednesday, hoping to reach Malta on Saturday. Our vessel is full of English people, about 15 being officers on their way to rejoin their regiments from leave. The wind was very high, and the sea soon became most un- pleasantly rough. We were nearly all sick and miserable, but endeavoured manfully to take arms against a sea of troubles (euphemistic for brandy and soda) in a quiet corner of the deck, when suddenly one of our fellows rushed in and said, The petroleum is on fire!' At first, of course, we thought he was chaffing, but seeing he was in earnest, we all bolted forward to where the oil was stowed on deck. There was a considerable smoke and a powerful stench of the stuff, but I did not see any flame. The skipper was on the bridge, gesticulating wildly and shouting, Petrole a la mer a la mer The Picardie, a fine vessel of about 2,000 tons, is rather undermanned, and the few sailors who were on deck seemed to be stupefied at the nature of the danger. However, we all turned to and had half an hour's very fair work. The oil was in tin cases, two in a wooden box. Each box weighed about 801b., being as much as a strong man could lift in his arms, and there were 850 of them, so that there must have been about 30 tons of petroleum altogether lying about the deck. We flung them overboard pretty fast, as you may imagine, and when the immediate danger seemed to be over, I took a look at the scene, which was very fine. Outside foamed a tremendous sea, which every-now and then dashed right over the deck; inside the smoke, pun- gen-t and acrid, streams of petroleum running in all directions from leaking cases, mingling with the sea water, and blackening the men, who were working like fiends; some sailors, half-naked, roused from below, some English officers who had not waited to take off their coats, but worked in earnest, most of them laughing, but all silent. At length the cases were all thrown over and the butcher's bill made out. There were 1,700 cases of petroleum and a signet ring missing; eight coats and three waistcoats wounded, two of the former severely; fifteen bottles of beer expended, and one steward driven out of his mind. No one knows exactly how the accident began. It seems that a heavy sea washed some of the petroleum boxes up against a hot pipe, and from these a thick smoke and a strong odour issued. I imagine that had this happened at night we must have been burnt out. We have been so knocked about that our cargo bas shifted, and we have got so much into trouble generally that we have cast anchor under the lee of an ibland off Sardinia, to rest a bit and wish for the day."
DISARMING PRUSSIA. Foreign politics are dull again, but the Constitu tionnel thinks that, in presence of the personal and domestic considerations that make the Germans averse to war, and also of the evident general feeling of Europe, Prussia must disarm. Of course, if such a desirable event could come about, we should all return to truly halcyon days; but I really cannot believe in such piping times during the life of the present King of Prussia, to whom one must suppose the great victorious Prusso-German army must naturally be, as it were, the apple of his eye. He, too, must be of a sanguine temperament who thinks that the French Emperor could—or would if he could —reduce his army. Not many hours ago I heard a conversation. "You," said a Germaa, "have only to begin to reduce your army." Quite right," said the Marquis de X-; "quite right; and then you would have nothing to do but to walk in and take possession of the Grand Duchy of Baden." I confess that this remark was rather a stopper for the Herzog von V .—Paris Correspondent of the Daily Tele- gmph.
BRINGING HOME THE "DOCTOR" In a case heard in the Divorce Court (Cranwell v. Cranwell) some singular evidence has been adduced The parties were married in 1846. They lived on very unhappy terms, scarcely a day passing on which they did not quarrel. The husband, who is a carpet merchant in the City, attributed all the blame to the wife. He alleged that she was of a jealous aad violent disposition, and declared that she frequently scratched and struck him. He denied that he re- taliated, but admitted that on one occasion he brought home a large stick, which he called the "doctor," and commended to the attention of his wife. Pressed on the point, he declared that he did not know why he had called it the doctor," and persisted in the denial of the recriminatory charges made against him. Mrs. Cranwell, on the other hand, said he constantly abused her, calling her foul names in the presence of her children. He frequently assaulted her, breaking on one occasion one of her ribs, and finally he threatened her with tha "doctor." She admitted that she once caught him by the beard, but declared that she could not scratch, though quite capable of striking. Lord Penzance gave credit to the evidence of the wife, and granted a decree of judicial separation on her petition.
BIGAMY IS A CRIME which appears to be much on the increase. Hardly a day passes but a case comes before the police magistrates. On Wednesday a Captain Netherwood, formerly of the Madras Cavalry, was oommitted for trial, but the magistrate, in his, ease said that he never knew a second wife who, h&d sustained so little injury as in this. WE (Echo) FEEL suma THAT THE New York Tr&bzme libels the heir apparent by saying that The extravagant ansiosafey of the Prince of Wales to visife Traupmann, the- wholesale Paris murderer, ap, pears to have sinioksa the French populatlou, with something akia to, oamsteraatian. His request was viaay properly afeniedt, and the august suppliant waa j compelled t^r^ttaicriiiiome bis mor^id .d.esrrg m, j mntified.11
AMERICAN ITEMS. -+- A WISCONSIN editor mourns in the columns of hia paper over the loss of his horse. Two noted Saratoga belles got into a dispute on the piazza of the Clarendon the other day about which had the longer trail, each one stoutly claiming to have the longer. It was finally settled by measure- ment, when the difference was found to be just half an inch—the longer being 13ft. 6in. IT is said that there are only two persons in the United States who have not communicated their views on the Byron question to the newspapers, and they are citizens of Cape Cou, who went off mackerel fish- ing six weeks ago, and have not returned. A PENNSYLVANIA farmer writes to his country paper that he cured his daughter of' the Grecian 0\ bend by puring water on her and holding her out in the sun until she warped back -again. THE NEW York Yiorld says the reason, why the pantaloon makers of Boston have struck is because the Woman's Rights movement there has created such a demand for those articles. THE New York Express wants the laws against indecent publications enforced against Mrs. -Stowe'a proposed.renewal of the Byron controversy. v THE Amerisan girl of the period" dresses & inillitaire. THE new Chicago law firm of a man and his wife is to be under the style of "Myra Bradwell and Husband," as it ought to be. AN editor out West says he is so short-sighted that he frequently rub a out with his nose what he write* with his pencil! GENERAL JOSEPH E. JOHNSTONE is in the in- Y surance business in Georgia. WASHING-TON IRVING fell in love-this was years c ago—with Rebecca Gratz, a beautiful Jewess of Phil- adelphia but as Washington would eat pork, she re- fused to marry him. This is another reason, and just published, why Washington Irving never married. AN inquisitive urchin, the other day, while reciting a lesson from the Sermon on the Mount, broke out, "Ma, did Jesus get 2,000 dollars a year for preach- ing r" "No, my child, he did not get anything." Why didn't they pay him ? Because he refused to preach politics. The devil offered him a big salary to do it, but he would not accept the call."— I American Paper. A BACHELOR'S club at Topeka, Kansas, offered a premium of 10 dollars to the prettiest unmarried girl at the fair in that city, and selected the editors as the judges. THE Iowa Homestead has the following informa- tion for its readers Farmers, do you want a lot of Chinese labourers ? You can get them whole, retail, and pig-tail.' WHEN Mark Twain wrote his first article, a California publisher told him that he hadn't brains- aaough to keep a mule going straight ahead in a ten- acre lot. A STEAMBOAT on the Mississippi passed a drowning man. The unfortunate man struggled, plashed, floundered, and screamed for dear life in the water. The pilot of the steamboat yelled to him to stand up He did so, and found the water scarcely knee deep. A more foolish, sheepish-appearing felio-w r he,.as the ladies and gentlemen on the boat screamed with laughter at the ludicrous scene, it would be hard to meet. Miss BATEMAN has returned to Booth's Theatre in New York, as Leah." Miss Louisa Moore has made her appearance at Wallack's Theatre, in Mr. p Sobertson's comedy of Progress. Miss Pauline Markham took a benefit recently at the Tammany Hall. Among the bouquets she received, was, it ia said, one five feet in height. VfHILE Tiiad. Stevens was a young lawyer he once had a case before a bad-tempered judge of an obscure Pennsylvania court. Under what he considered a very erroneous ruling, it was decided against him; whereupon he threw down his books and picked up his hat in a high state of indignation, and was about to leave the court-room, scattering imprecations all around him. The judge straightened himself to his full height, assumed an air of offended majesty, and asked T aad. if he meant to "express his contempt for this court." Thad. turned to him very deferen- tially, made a respectful bow, and replied, in feigned amazement, Express my contempt for this court! I*io, sir! I am trying to conceal it, your honour adding, as he turned to leave, but I find it ——— hard to do it." BALTIMORE proposes to erect- a monument to George Peabody in Druid Hill Park, to cost 150,000 I dollars. A GIRL in Yfisconsin swallowed forty percussion caps. Her mother refrained from spanking her for fear of an explosion. BBIGHAM YOUNG is in trouble; his family record is lost, and ho is muddled about his children. THE locomotives Arrow and Swan tried to pass on the same rail at Vallejo Mins, on the Western Pacific Railroad, but the effort was not successful, and both engines were considerably damaged. A fireman was hurt by the falling wood. THE Musical standard says that a piano played by the feet has been invented in Cincinnati. THERE are great numbers of people out of employ- ment in New York. A business house which adver- tised for a porter one day recently had 248 applicants by eleven o'clock in the forenoon. A YOUNG school lady teacher of Indianopolis was lately endeavouring to impress upon her scholars the terrible effect of the punishment of Nebuchadnezzar. She told them that for several years he ate grass like a cow. Just then a small boy asked—" Did he give milk?" We are not informod whether the teacher gave any further bovine information to the little boy. A CONVICT, in Sing Sing Prison, New York, who desired to kill himself, recently took a piece of gas- pipe four inches long, put a fixed cartridge in one end, and, holding the opposite end to his ear, struck the cartridge with a hammer, and exploded it. The blow, however, destroyed the aim. and the bullet sped on its harmless way, while the would-be suicide was thrown to the ground by the concussion. GENERAL DIX went to his window, in an Iowa hotel, in his shirt-tail to make a speech to a brass band which was blowing under the window. After he had told how things ought to be done, he found they were playing to a wedding party. ONE-HORSE street cars have just been introduced in Chicago. They hold sixteen passengers, and are light, commodious, and neat. The front platform is railed around, so as to prevent egress and ingress, and tho dangers arising from passengers being thrown under the wheels are thus entirely obviated. In the rear there are steps resembling those attached to omnibuses. A passenger on entering is expected to walk up up to the front of the car and deposit his ticket in a locked box in case he has no ticket, the money is dropped into a glass-cased receptacle, and the driver then furnishes him with the number of tickets required, and, if necessary, with the exact change, which is made up in small envelopes. The driver has no control over the money, which, after the purchase of the ticket is completed, is allowed to slide from the upper glass case into a locked box beneath. Every day the boxes are emptied by a stripper, who places the receipts of each car in a locked bag, with a corresponding number. The drivers are paid a commission on the fares received. The cars cost 1,200 dollars each, delivered in Chi- cago. and the patent money box 165 dollars in addition.
THE QUAMUJIIS OF THE BRIANS.—At the Thames Police-court on Wednesday Margaret Brian, a stout and Herculean-looking woman, waa charged with. violently assaulting Michael Brian and breaking his head with a jug. He was passing the prisoner and she struck him on the head with a large jug she carried. Mr. Benson: You did something to her The complainant: Nothing at all. She called me a convicted thief, and I went over the way to ask her what she meant, and she cut mv head open with a jug. Mr. Benson I shall remand the prisoner. THE COUBT or COMMON PLEAS has refused a rule for a new trial in a breach of promise case, Irvine v. Yiekers, in which the verdict had gone for the defendant. It turned out that Mr. Vickers met the plaintiff at Hampton races, and she lived for some time with him as his mistress. He wrote to her a number of remarkably silly letters, but the Chief Justice said the jury were quite right in declining to sea ia such communications passing between persons ia the position of the plaintiff and defendant a promise to marry. The court, therefore, would not disturb the verdict. BOSSETTEB'S HAIR RESTORER is the only preparation which am be confidently relied upon for restoring grey hair to its original colour. It assists niture in supplying the colour- ing properties which may have become deficient through ig-e or disease. Price Sa. fed. per bottle. •M'la