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EPITOME OF NEWS. A girl of 16 has astonished the Glamorgsa Assizes by showing a wide knowledge of lawr and by declaring her hope of becoming a rister. The projected railway to connect Southamp- ton and Winchester and provide a new through route from Southampton to London, has been abandoned. Two lads in Birmingham fought a revolver duel for the right to court a girl with whoBlO both were in love. Neither was hurt, and sum- monses have been the sequel. The Master Barbers' Association of New York State expresses the hope that all members of the association will steadfastly refuse to sharpen razors for amateur shavers. Mr. Harold Hamel Smith writes to the "Times" on the importance of the advantages of London being realised as the centre of dis- tribution for cocoa from West Africa, instead of Hamburg. It is stated that the King was, by his own desire, supplied at Marienbad with a detailed report on the naval manoeuvres, with special reference to the part played by submarine boats and torpedo craft. The German Emperor has ordered his navy to make experiments in the disembarkation of naval forces on the German coast, for com- parison with similar tests which British ships- are to employ on the English coast. An old Frenchman before passing to the other o world asked his daughter not to bury him, but to keep his dead body with her in the house. This she promised to do, and hence the dis- covery of a "mummy" at Caux. By order of the King, two fine specimens of heads of domesticated oxen, of the breed used in Spain for purposes of draught, have been sent from Osborne House to the Natural History Museum. These oxen differ from the fighting breed, of which the Museum possesses an ex- ample. A young man who got on an Odessa goods train fell between the cars, and hung by one foot from the coupling. In that position he was bumped along for ten miles. He is recover- ing from his injuries. Phineas Greatheart, of Big Gully Springs, has been acquitted in a murder charge by 81 Montana jury. He said he had shot the wrong man, and promised to apologise to the dead man's wife for his hasty conduct. Charged with cutting telegraph poles and wires near Galveston, Texas, an unsophisticated' Mexican pleaded that he watched them for months, saw nothing go over them, and con- cluded that they were of no use. When two officers of the Bristol County Court attempted to execute a warrant on some relatives of Hester Morgan, she attacked them with a pair of tongs. She nearly pushed one bailiff downstairs, and tore the other's coat. Melrose Park, a suburb of Chicago, has started a "pig club." The tie that binds the members together is a common liking for pork. "We shall hold meetings each week," the pre- sident says, "and pork will be the only meat served." Among the latest fads of the American "sum- mer girls" are sunburned initials on their arms. Initials are cut from black court plaster and affixed to the arm. The sun will do the rest, leaving the letters in pink and white on the sunburned skin. A young sailor named Vernon Nunn, while visiting his parents at Fobbing, Essex, went out to shoot rabbits. He was found by a search party shot through the heart. The trigger of the gun was locked in the brambles of a hedge through which he had apparently tried to pull it. Frederick Kunhol, an enterprising Nurem- berg blacksmith, called as a witness to give evidence against a burglar, stole the magis- trate's bicycle before he left the court. He was brought back and summarily sentenced to six months' imprisonment. The other burglar was acquitted. The following advertisement appeared in the "Morning Post" the other day:—"I do not know everything, but I will undertake anything, anywhere, any time. I know America front pork-yards to the hub of culture; Australasia. from Kauri to Bottle-tree the Continent taught me French, German, and other things; familiar with all stocks, deeds, and lawyers' genial ways;1 can draw and plan to scale reviewers say I can write; thirty-five and tough." Five cases of beri-beri have occurred on a. Norwegian barque lying at Liverpool. A resident of Orange, New Jersey, says hef has discovered a process for converting the silky fibre of asbestos into a cloth like silk. A small bronze cannon has been fished up. in the harbour at Trieste. It is assumed to have belonged to the French frigate Danae, which was blown up there in 1812. Mr. Thomas Burt, the Labour-Liberal M.P. for Morpeth, is about to take a trip to South! Africa for the benefit of his health. Captain Browne, of the 6th Royal Fusiliers,, has been appointed Assistant Resident in Nor- thern Nigeria. The War Office authorities are desirous of communicating with three ladies-Miss M. C. Bakkes, Mrs. Rutherford, and Miss M. B. Horswell-with reference to the services per- formed by them as nurses in the Boer Refugee Camps in South Africa during the period 1901- 1903. Any information as to the present ad- dresses of these ladies should be addressed to the Secretary, War Office, Pall-mall. Mrs. Robert Goelet, of New York, who is at present staying with Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Martin at Balmacaa.n, arrived in her great steam yacht, the Nahma, bringing a party of other Americans with her. The Nahma is now lying off Clachnacarry, where her immense pro- portions and luxurious fittings attract consider- able attention. Her tonnage is 969, and she, carries a .crew of seventy. Mme. Aejane, who is at present staying at her villa near Trouville, related in the course of an interview an amusing incident whichi happened to herself and her company during a trip to Rio Janeiro. They stopped at Dakar, on the coast of Africa, and an obliging Colonial üfficial took them to see the King of Dakar, who received them with great solemnity. His Prime Minister, behind the royal chair, made signs to the visitors that a "tip" or two would not be out of place. One of the company handed the Minister a piece of silver. He promptly held out his hand for more, and the visitors in turn contributed. "Seeing this," continued Mme. Rejane, "I took out a large five-franc silver- piece, and handed it to the King himself, who took my hand and gave it a vigorous squeezes by way of thanks." Professor Dexter, of the University of Illinois, has been investigating the effects of weather upon morals, and finds that the desire to fight rises with the thermometer, but stops at 8Meg., and declines after that as the mercury rises. Assault cases are, therefore, commoner in summer than in winter. Drunkenness, however, lessens with. summer and increases with the coming of cold. Suicides are at a minimum on bright days with. a, high barometer, and increase as the wind rises. An unusual spectacle was provided for Black- pool visitors on a recent Saturday afternoon, when three members of the Baptist Chapel were baptised in the sea, in the, bay between the North Pier and the Hotel Metropole. An enormous crowd assembled on the promenade, beach, and the Nort Pier to witness the interesting cere- mony, which was conducted by the Rev. H. C. Waynell, the pastor. The yakamik, a species of crane, is said to be one of the most intelligent birds known. The- bird is used by the natives of Venezuela, South America, in the place of shepherd dogs, for guarding and herding their flocks of sheep. It is said that, however far the yakamik may wander with the flocks, it never fails to find its way home at night, driving before it all the creatures entrusted to its care.