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A FATAL D U day's "Galignani" hal: the following. Is it a eanard ?—A letter from Ai- la Chapelle describes a fatal duel which took plao near Manheimion the 28th ultimo, between Mon sieur I)-, a French journalist, and a Prussian officer, named In consequence of some ob- servations of an offensive nature made by B- in speaking of the French government, D-- re- quested him to retract tho language which he had employed. Matters would probably have been ar- ranged in a satisfactory manner, had not D- be- come impatient at the hesitation of the Prussian officer, and permitted himself to call the other a ) coward. A duel was instantly decided on, and, as it was already half-past five in the evening, no time i was to be lost. The antagonists therefore crossed the Maine, and proceeded to Ludwigshnven, a neu- tral territory, situated in Bavaria. The pistol had bfJcn chosen for arms, and the two adversaries plac- ed themselves in position, and fired at a given sig- rUll. Neither were injured, but that circuiiistanco increased the rago of tho principals, who refused to listen to the conciliatory language of their seconds. j The Prussian officer was particularly violent, and asserted that fear alone prevented D-- from pur- suing the duel to death. It was then decided that in order to allow no chance of escape to one of tho antagonists, a single pistol should be charged, anl that the principals should choose the arm with their eyes closed, and then fire at three pales. This was accomplished by tbu pair, who then took their ground. The Prussian fired first, but fortune had botrayed him, as D- remained unhurt. The latter in his turn aimed at his adversary, who pale, and with contracted features, awaited his fate, which was no longer doubtful. The finger pressed on tho trigger, but by a providential chauco the cap alone exploded, the pistol not going off. The seconds of D —— then declared the honour of both parties satisned; but the Prussian oiffcer insisted on blood being spilt, and after a lengthened discua- sion, ho obtained that a duel with swords should take place. Tho seconds insisted, however, that a the first blood drawn tho affair should then termin ate. The principals then placed themselves in po- sition, and after a severe struggle, D-- in parry ing a feint, exposed his body to tho sword of hi adversary, who delivered two thursts in succession the first struck the right arm, but the second pierc- ed the chest of the unfortunate D- who expired a few minutes after. CHARGE AGAINST A CONGLETON A-PToltNET.-A the Court of Queen's Bench, on Monday, the first day of the term, Mr Welsby, on behalf of the justices of Chester, moved for a rule nisi calling ou Mr Thomas Cooper, attorney, of Congleton, to show cause why he should not be struck off the rolls. The defendant, who was an attorney of the court, had, according to I Mr Wtlsby, acted in a manner that induced the plain- tiff to make tho present application. At the last quarter sessions held at Chester, a person was tried for having in his possession a quantity ol silk, wrigh- ing 7!bs, for which he could not give a satisfactory account. At the trial he produced two receipts for the purchase of 3ibs of silk, but that document refer- red to a different quality of material. Mr Cooper, who was solicitor for the prisoner, said that he had another receipt, which he handed to the prisoner's counsel. In the latter there was a hole which oblite- rated the words defining the description of the silk, and when this receipt was handed to the prisoner lie refused to state what purchase it referred. Two po- licemen, who saw Cooper tear the pieces out of the receipt, immediately picked up from under his feet three small pieces which exactly fitted the hole ia the receipt, and the word which was written on them was not the description of silk to which the indictment related. The court at the time ordered Mr Cooper to explain his conduct.-Lord Campbell: On the spot ? Mr Welsby: Yes.—Lord Campbell: And very pro- perly.—The learned counsel then proceeded to state that Cooper merely alleged that he did not intend to use the document, but the justices, considering that explanation insufficient, committed him for contempt of court, but he was subsequently teleased after a few day's confinement, owing to the dangerous state of his wife's health. Lord Campbell said the justices acted with great propriety in bringing the case for- ward, and granted the rule. As soon as the free-soil men were fairly ejected from Kansas, the survey of tho district public land sides, which had previously been stopped, was re- sumed and 200,000 acres are advertised for sale at Fort Leavenworth, on the 17th Nov. The New York Post says that not a free-soil settler will be permitted to piss tho guard at the fort or to bid at the sales. Sir Benjamin Hall has returned to London from Llanover, South Wales. ) 1