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: A ttrnnffo rait wu board in thoBlrmlngham County I Court on Monday. Helena Place brought an action , against Alfred Dalby, a warehousemen, for ten I guineas, taid to hare been lent to him while they were I keying a*,™,,, bet wasp September, 197*. and Juno, 1877. It appeared from the evidence that, with I an eve to the fixture, they mutually resolved on the purchste of a piano, each contributing tbosum of 10*. monthly towards the co*L When puirha*ed, the piano was. placed in the care of plaintiff1* mother, bubsequeutly a rupture took place between the parties, and the defendant forced his way" into the house and carried off the ptv"V refusing to return plaintiff the contributions she bad made towards its purchase. Defendant denied receiving any such moneys from her, and produced a letter received from plaintiff after the engagement was broken off, in which she said " I foel I cannot continue as we have done. In justice to % *" pa^.
Don t think it hard of me. I feel I could not servo God and you. Feeling this, it would not be right of me to go on with you any longer. I will pray that Qod will strengthen you to boar up thAtriaL H* will if vou trust Him. Jesus came into the world to Book and save sinners. I will pay you what I owe you as Boon as I can. I cannot pay you for all you havo done, as that is impossible; you havo done so much. We can make any agreement you think proper with regard to the piano. I commend you to God. who is able to forgivo me as a sinner.*' Defendant also pleaded in defence the Aet o* ** Chad* II., sec 4, being an Act for tho prevention of frauds and forgeries. He admitted plaintiff had paid a rato for him when he was short of money. In giving judgment his Honour said that although defendant was a Christian young man, he was evidently a cunning i, for he relied for his defence not atuto of Charles
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leas docujnent. The evidence waa quite contradictory, and difficult to decide upon, but ho (the judge) relied upon the statement made, by Mr. Mackenzie, an independent witness, who said the defendant ad-mltted to him that the pWntig had paid half the ~mey towards purchasing the piano, and ho therefore ve a verdict for tho plaintiff, and ordered defendant » » , instalment* of 10s.
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At tho Marlborough-street Police-court on Monday, 'Alexander Richardson, clerk, in the employ of Mr. Wolmerabaiucn, military tailor, Ac., Gurxon-street, May fair, was charged with fimbezzlingseveral sums of money belonging to his employer. .Mr. Thomas A. G. Powell, of Old Burlington-street, in opening the ca«« said the charge was for embezzling forty-Ave different sum*, but no only proposed to go into throo case*.'. The prosecutor said the prisoner had been in his employ for about two year* as n clerk, at a salary of £4 a week. He had nothing to do with the cash. If, however, any came into his possession it was his duty to hand it to tho cashier. About the 16th September, the prosecutor having been absent from business a few days, he received a letter from tho prisoner to the effect that ho had dona him (prosecutor) a wrong, and enclosing a list of forty-fire account* which he had received, at the sumo time asking for mprcy. Three sum*, of £17, £10 10s., and£l had been received by tho prisoner, who had given receipt* for them, but neither of these sums had been accounted for. Mr. Powell said the prosecutor was anxious the magistrate should deal with the case. Tho prisoner pleaded guilty. Mr. Newton inquired wlmt was the actual amount of tho prisoner's defalcations. Mr. Powell believed about £000; and Mr. Nowton remanded tho prisoner.
William Spencer, of Chelsea, and Charles Pullman, of Sbadwell, »culled on Tuesday from Putney Aqueduct to Tho Ship at Mortlake, for £100 a-side; Mr. Ireland, of tho London Mowing Club, acting a* umpiio. Spencer had tho Surrey berth, George Drewctt acting na pilot, Pullman availing himself of the services of Tom Green, tho two pilot* having also acted as trainer* in tho preliminary work. There wag ono break away on the part of Bullman, but at tho aecond attempt they got off well together, Pullman at once adopting cutting down tactics, as ho was fully two lengths in front off the Star and Garter and then at the boat-houses. Improving nt every stroke,- he had five lengths to his credit at the Grass Wharf. This stato of things continued until after the shoot had been made, when Spencer slowly but surely began to overhaul Shadwoll's Hope, and, amidst tho greatest uproar on the part of tho spectators, caught tho leader and fouled him badly ono hundred yards or so below tho bridge, Pullman being clearly out of his water. This ho apparently wa* aware of, a* ho stopped rowing, Spencer going by hipi and shooting Hammer-smith Bridge half a length clear ahead. From this point it is noodles* to speak further of tho race, Spencer doing the rest of tho going at his leisure, passing tho Ship five lengths in front. Bullman did not appeal to the umpire. Betting at starting wa* even on the "below bridger."
Whilo a number of workmen wore employed on the 22nd inst. at the north end of the now st^ion at Fail lie, on the lino of railway which is to connect Glasgow with tho watcring-placo of Largs, tho top of tho. tunnel fell in, burying three men. Immediate efforts were made to extricate them, and after about an hour'* hard work the remains of one of the men were linealthod, horribly mutilated and quito unro-" " ' Shortly afterwaids
cognisable, cxucpi oy uie doming. ouoni) aiierwaiu* a second mdn was dog out alive, but having sustained most severe injuries, both legs being broken and other internal injuries inflicted, it is not expected that ho will recover. Tho third man, about 19 years old, had been literally crashed to pieces, and presented a honiblo spectacle when brought to light. The
sides tho men buried beneath tho ruins, two other* were lew severely injured by pieces of tho falling mass, but nothing serious is anticipated regarding them. The two men killod are Wm. Thompson, aged 19, and John M'Carty, sged 40. The latter belonged to County Waterford,*aiid leaves a wife and six children- Tho man who is most seriously injured is named Thomas M'ltao, aged 45.
Dsktbi'ctivb Fin* at Kilmarnock.—'Tho prct
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the futuro, to see, if possible, somo glimmering* of what is to come upon us ; but an all-wise Providcnco has hidden from our view that which would but cause sorrow and suffering, telling us that " sufficient unto tho day is tho evil thereof." What would those small joy* wo so much prize now signify compared with soma deep sorrow wo know wo could not avert? How tho younjf bride longs to look into tho future to see whether or not her dream of blisa ia to be realised? Ah, fair bride, dream on, nor trouble thyself with the future; it may be thy dream will too soon find a sad awakening. How tho child peers longingly into the gloom of the years to come, when he will be a man. What glorious pictures ho sees looming up in the far-distant futuro I Let him build his air-castles; all too soon he will find them crumbling into oblivion:
Fatal Railwat Accident.—Tlje 6.45 goods train on tho London and South-Western Railway, from Plymouth, when approaching the Horrubridge Station on Tuesday night, ran off the line from somo cause unexplained. Several trucks were completely smashed, as also Was the guard'* van, whilo tho guard himself was so severely injured thst he died almost imulo-
Two Miir Killed ok a Railwat.—Two men wore killed near Rotherharu during tho fog on Tuesday morning. They wore named Matthews snd Mount, and were plateliylng on tho Midland Railway at Rawmarsb station. Whilo getting their breakfasts they wero run over by a special cattle train, the 'fog being so dense thst thsy could neither see nor hear the train until it was close to them. Matthew* was
Thb Electric Liuht.—The Streets Committee of the City of London has passed a resolution empowering Messrs. Beraer, Bpenee, and Co. to light the space before the Mansion House and Royal Exchange with
vlhM offiw la reported from the effect* of disease contracted on service in Cyprus, Assistant-Paymaster J. C. Matthews, Army fay Department, having succumbed to fever after being invalided.
. Turn Zulu Expsdition. — A large number of ogkera, volnnteera (ram ragimcnta on horns,
vice, are about to leave Kvglaiyl for thp Jn special serrid in re.i'netHoii Vith'th;- I ropsj nrt I fr-Mrlnf tho Zulu Expedition, m/l r'GLfKrul l/W Chelmsford. ,,, % * .HS-VdajM
irflE LIABILITY O^ HU8BA1&J ! "/•' ' In the Court of Appeal at Westminster on Saturday last, before Lord* Justice* Bramwell, Brett, and Cotton, the cases of Drew r. Nunn, and Swift hnnn, were argued, rules niri for a new trial having been in each case obtained in that court in May last. These were sctions brought by tradesmen against Mr. Nunn for articles supplied on the.order of his wife, the plaintiff in the first action being a bootmaker, and in the second a butcher. In 1873, the defendant, who has a considerable income, waa residing in South Kensington, and whilo there his mind became affected to such an extent that it wa* necessary, to place him under control. Mr*. Nunn continued to live at Ken-lington, the defendant having authorised hi* bankers to pay cheques drawn by ner, >nd instructed his ■genu to send hef the rent of his estates. Mrs. Nunn, however, although she was left in the enjoyment of the whole of her husband's income, contrived to incur considerable debt* with a number of tradespeople. At tho trial before Lord Coleridge and a special jury, defendant's counsel.admitted that the moat had been supplied, and that the prices were reasonable; but contended that, as Mrs. Nnnn bad had an ample income placed at her disposal by her husband, she cduld not inlawpjodjie his credit. His lordship asked the
if so, had Mrs. Nunn enough to supply her with fund* for nil hor wants? The jury answered all the questions in favour of the plaintiff, and judgment was given for the amount claimed. Tho defendant moved totr a new trial, on tho ground of misdirection, and that tho verdict was against tho weight of evidence, which application was refused in tho court below. Tho first action, Drew o. Nunn, was brought by a bootmaker to recover about £100 for boots, shoes, stockings, &c., supplied to Mrs. Nunn for herself and three children. This case was tried before Mr. Justice Mel lor, who considered that as the wife had an ordinary authority, which had never been revoked to the knowledge of tho plaintiff, tho latter wa* entitled to recover to a reasonable amount, and he left that question to the jury, who found for tho plaintiff. The defendant moved in the Queen's Benoh for a new trial, on tho same ground as in the other case, but here also tho court (the Lord Chiof Justice and Mr. JusticA Mellor) refused the role, seeing no ground for disturbing the verdict. Tho Court of Appeal reserved tlieir judgment in this case. In tho case of Swift r. Nunn—tho claim for the butcher's bill— they delivered judgment dismissing tho appeal and discharging the rulo nil* for a now ^trial with costs. Lord Justico Brum well *aid, it was impossible to bo entirely satis-fled, with the mode in which the ease had been eou« ducted at Nisi Prius, but he could not say that there was anything which amounted to a misdirection of tho jury in tho observations of I/Ord Coleridge, or that any substantial wrong had been done th'o defendant or any miscarriage of justico by the admission of letters * evidence which had normal 1 waring on tho questions neforo tho jury. Lords Justices Brett and Cotton concurred. >
An application was made on Monday to Vice-Chancellor Matins, in tho case of ro Houston, Ellis r. Douglas, for an injunction to restrain tho trustees of it will from dealing with tho funds. The question, which arose upon demurrer, was whether illegitimate children can lake under tho usual gifts by will to tho class of children. Tho testatrix, Miss Louisa Houston Douglas, left property to her rcphows and nieces. They were tho children of Mr. Charles Ellis, who had twice married, and had children by each wife before and after marriage. Tho legitimate and illegitimate children wero brought up together in the same house, and wero in every way treated alike. It was, how-evor, contended that only tho legitimate children could take the gift made to the class. After hearing tho argument* the Vice-Chancellor overruled tho demurrer. He said it was unfortunately too often the case that people in every other respect honest oveiloSked moral considerations in the pursuit of their strict legal rights. Ho had no doubt whatever that tho testatrix intended l&er illegitimate nephews and nieco3 to take, but tho law was unfortunately too well settled to admit of any argument upon the point. Iio could not look outsido the will to inquire what tho testatrix's intention was. Mr. J. Pearson asked for costs, but tho Vico-Chuneellor said the cms* was one of great hardship, and ho refused to allow costs
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wrecked Jfariners' Society presented Captain T. M. Almond, master of the ship Dccapolis, with a gold medal, and tho crow with silver medals, for their fieroic conduct in saving the crew of tho Eblana, on Oct. 10. The crow consisted of Martin Poarce Organ, Frederick Christieson, Wm. Quirk, August Hauscn, Wm. Anderson, David Stephen, George Herbert Adamson, Harry Saunders, and O. W. It. Bourne, apprentice, who, iif addition to the medal, received a sextant, as the committee considered his conduct most praiseworthy in volunteering to go with each boat to tho rcscuo of the unfortunate men on the Eblana. Captain tho Hon. Fiaucis Maude, R.N., chairman of the committee of tho Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, occupied the chair, and before presenting tho prizes rofei red to tho gallant conduct of tho captain and crow of the Dr-capoli* on tho occasion in question. He also said that their services had met i approval of the Board of Trade. Ho
to Captain Almond, who was greeted with ringing iheers. In reply, Captain Almond said that on tho
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a reef fotcsail. with a very my they sighted tno Elbana, with signal of distress flying. Most of those present would understand that somo hard work had to bo done, but it was done cheerfully, and would be again under similar circumstances. Captain Hold*worth afterwards addressed a few word* to tho meeting, and tho proceedings closed with a vote of thank* to tho chairman.
On Saturday afternoon last His Serene Highness he Duke of T6ck visited Mr. Nathaniel Holmes, of
This instrument, which is known to musicians as tho " Priuirosc-hill organ," was designed by Mr. Best, of Leeds. It excceds in size tho most celebrated organs of tho Continent, including those of Haarlem, and Breiburg, Switzerland, hotly of which instruments it rivals in grandeur and beautj*Dwbrvid PROMOTION.—Amongst the police order* of Saturday last wss ono notifying that Polico-con-• table Robinson, 202 R, belonging to the Parrow (East Greenwich) section, who waa *hot through tho arm by John Ward, a/iai Pease, on tho 10th of October last, kt St John'* Park, Blackheath, had been promoted from second to first-class constable for bravery in capturing a burglar. Thi* promotion raiaee Robinson'* pay from 27s. to 30*. per week.
Killbd on th* railway.—On Saturday last a man named Alfred Hayes, 35 yoars of age, of Willou-h»U-road, was crossing the branch line of the Great Western Railway, which connects Walsall-street good* etatlon with the main line, to go to the work* Of Messrs. IJishton, Monmore-green, where ha was employed a* bucket m#ker. At the same time a good* train was coming up into Walsall-street station. The driver blew his whistle, and several person* shuutod to Hayes to get out of the road, but he appeared to take no notiee either of the shout* or whuuel In a few aeeond* the engine itruck him^ knocking him forward. Hi* body fell out*i<}o the rails, his right *and and loft foot were caught by the wheels of tbs
aand and loft foot were caught by the wheels of tbs •ngina and completely smaahed. The lower part of 4" tody wsj Aockin^ly mangled, and he wa* quit*
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A dreadful collision occurred about ten'mfle* from Dover, off Dungeness, at midnight on Monday. The Pommerania, a mail steamship, having a largo number of emigrants on board, from New York to Hamburg, wa* run into by. tho barque Mocl Eilian, of Carnarvon, near Dungeness Point, and about three miles from the shore. She was struck on the starboard side, midships, and sank in less than 20 minute*. There were 109 passengers on board, and a crew of 126, The captain, Mr. Schwcnsur, has gone down with the vessel; also the doctor, two stewardesses, and tho second and third officers. Diitrea* signal* were given and responded to by the Glengarry, an'English *team*hip proceeding down Channel, Which made £1 •pood toward* the disaster. There were nine boat* on the Pommorania, four of which were crushed in the collision; fivs were got off, but one boat, being overcrowded with passengers, sunk. Four ordinary ship's boat*, with the incredible number of 170 lives on board, then polled away from tho doomed ship, leaving tho captain, who refused to quit hi* *l,ip until ths last moment. The last boat to lcavo the vessel was that containing tho chief officer, who did all in his power to pcrsuado the ;oaptain to lcavo the vessel. After pulling for half an hour, tlie survivors wore picked up by the Glciigarry, and ono gentleman taken from tho water in an unconscious stato and restored—
above water. No other bodies^vere recovered. The Glengarry then proceeded to Dover with those saved, and landed them at nino o'clock, when thoy were taken to tho Sailor*' Home, where thoy were treated with every kindness. The Pommerania belonged to the Hamburg American Line of steamers. Her gross measurement equalled 3,362 ton*, Sho .left New York oa November 14-with tho United States'mails. She touched at Plymouth early on Monday morning, and landod there tho passengers and mails for England; also 17,600 dols. specie; after which she pro-ceoded for Cherbourg and Hamburg to complete her voyage. She wma a brig rigged Iran screw vwl, built at Greenock in 1873. The Moel Eilian ie ah iron barque, of 1,100 ton* gross, owned in Liverpool, classed 100 Al, built in Sunderland last year. The Pommcraoia .ftoamer embarked in New York 37 first class, 16 second class, and DO third class—in all 161
third class passengers, and embarked at Plymouth for Hamburg four second class and ono third class passenger. She is therefore supposed to have had on board at the time of the disaster 109 passenger*. The Moel Eilian wa* taken into Dover Harbour, "TTer coHsiiler-ablo trouble. Her steering apparatus was altogether deranged, and sho struck against the pier, and it warn thought *ho would go to pieces. She waa built, however, in water-%ght compartment* and withstood the ■hook. Tho survivor* wero but little injured, although suffering considerably from exposure to tho wind and waves. The night was foggy, and until tho vessels were right on to each Other neither sliip appears to have sighted tho other. Several of the women and children m the cabins, not having timo to escape on deck, arc amongst thoso-lyst. It appears that the Moel Eilian struck tho Pommorania a tremendous blow, carrying away the masts and crushing tlio boat*.
A telegram received at Lloyd'* on Tuesday evening from Maasluis states that the steamer City of Amsterdam arrived there, having on board the captain of tho Pomiuerania. Tho captain stated that there wu* another steamer near tho sccno of tho wreck, which ho thinks has saved many others of tho crew and passengers, of whom there were about CO.
The Cheshire county coroner investigated the circumstance* connected with tho drath of a young gentleman found on Sunday afternoon in a lonely byo lano close to Lcdshain station. It appear* that u boy playing ill tho lano on Saturday afternoon last saw h. gentleman lying on hi* fnco. lie went homo and told his father of the occurrence, who thought it was n drunken man. OntSunday, however, tho boy's brother went to the lane and found a young gentleman lying dead on his back, with a bullet wound on his foie-hcad, and a discharged Colt's pistol close to tho left hand. A local policeman's attention was directed to the occurrence, and ho now stated that ho examined tho body and clothing, but could discover nothing leading to identification. A strip sad been cut out of deceased's shirt, and the lining of bis hat lusd been torn out where names were usually placed. In'tho pocket#woro two bullets, 8s. 3d., half return first-class ticket from Chester to Ihdsham, dated November 11. He was dressed in black suit, brown Ulster overcoat, Oxford boots, and .striped socks, but no jewellery. A young gentleman answering tho description of the doceasca called on the 11 th at Hooton TollgAto, and asked the way to Queonsfcrrv, and was followed closely by another gentleman making excited inquiries after him. Verdict, Committed Suicide. Tho police were instructed to make further inquiries.
In tho Matrimonial Court at Dublin on Tuesday tho cose of Alexander v. Alexander came up befpro Judge Warren aqd a special jury. It sya* a suit by Mrs. Margaret Jane Alexander, of Nowtownards. to procure a judicial separation from her husband, Robert J. Alexander, on tho grounds of cruelty; permanent alimony was also sought. Tho respondent denied tho alleged cruelty. Tho parties wore married in 1873, and had two children," now aged three and two years respectively. Soon after tho marriage the petitioner had to complain of various acts of neglect, inattention, and cruelty on the part of her husband. Counsel was proceeding to detail tho acts complained of, when it was mentioned to him that a settlement of tho case bad been come to. After a short conference between tho parties the jury wore discharged. By the terms of tho settlement, a sum of £1,000 is put to tho use of the petitioner, with remainder in certain proportions to tho children, one of whom stays with tho petitioner, and the other with the respondent, a proper deed of separation to bo executed between tho petitioner and respondent, and the latter to pay cost*.
an explosion of foul air in a liquid manure tank. Mr. Mourant having had the tank emptied, incautiously went into it too soon with a lighted candle, which caused an ignition of the gas, and ho was enveloped in flames, which severely injured him. The unfortunate gentleman liea in a dangerous condition.
The Gamb Lawa^-At the Uxbridgo Petty Sessions on Monday, nine young mon living at Renslip were summoned for trespassing in search of game on the margin of Rensllp reservoir. It was admitted by tho prosecution that the majority of the defendant* remained on Uie poor'* land, where thoy had a perfect right to be; but, inasmuch as aomo member* of the party got into a dyke on the re*ervoir property, and two dogs wore encouraged to hunt there for rabbits, it was argued that they all committed a trespass within the meaning.of tho Act. The magistrate also took thi* view of the case, and fined defendant* 16*.
stoppage or Stafforjwhiiib Colliebib*. — Th* whole of tho workmen of tho Groat Fenton Colliery Company, Stoke-on-Trent; were paid off on Monday, to the number of a little over 300, and tho work* are stopped. The men have been making *hort timo, and are in groat distress. Several other collieries are paying off portions of their men, and a temporary stop-page at the North Stafford pit*. Stoke, is expected.
Tub Braixm in T»gi Olduam Cotton Tiladb.— The atriko in the Oldham cotton trade commenced on Monday, though it will not be possible to ascertain to what extent it will prevail until a day or two havo
Esed to cnabli the masters to supply returns of tho itions of affair* at their respective mill*. Tho erminatjon of tho operatives, however, to roaiat any reduction in their wage* is etrong and general, and it is believed that when the figure* come in they wiU know that , more of the operative* have refused the master'* term* that it waa thought would do ao. *
Claim fob Buuial Fax*.—In the Consistory Court of tho Dioceae of London on Monday, before Dr. Tristram, Chancellor, judgment wa* given, on the application by the Rev. Fv H. Fi*her, vicar of Old Fulham Church, for an order that h* wa* entitled to the burial fees of non-parishioners in the parochial cemetery.' Tho parish mad been divided into five ecclesiastical district*. The Bishop of London had referred the matter to the Chancellor; notice had been given to thp other incumbents, and they had not appeared. The vicar had been examined in support of the application before the Long Vacation, and judgment was deferred. Tho Chancellor, in giving judgment, aaid Mr. Fisher bad applied to the Bishop , of London for a declaration that he waa entitled to > the feea for the burial of non-parishionera. After citing the power* conferred by the Burial* Act*, he said'he wa# of opiniop that the Blahop had no jurisdiction to
Men of genius make the beat husband* ; a fool ha* too good an opinion of himeelf, and too poor a one of
A French purist ha, discovered that it is wt4g to say "uiUuma U/ru —light the Ore. Analogously we commit quite as grave a so Warn. It ia thiooal or the wood that we set on Are; and to be rtrictMcorroct we should «ay " Kindle a Are," or " Set light Ho the fuel in the fireplace." \
. " Entbred at Stationer*' Hall."—There\sp-prara to bo a mistaken notion afloat about tho valuk of the word* "Entered at Stationers' HalL" Wbcn printed upon a book or pamphlet, they are by/home persons thought to make the work ao tndenea copyright. They do nothing of tho sort. Every author of nn original work posecsae* the *olo copyright of hi* production, whether entered at Stationer*' Hall or not entered; but, if any one infringe-the author's copyright, he cannot effectually commence legal proceedings till after the work has been so entered.
" Bt Yoce Leave."—No Portuguese, tho author of Tmrth in Portugal tells us, will name that shocking animal the pig. " If ho must be alluded to—and it la necessary sometimes, seeing thst the Portuguese are very fond of him cooked—he is called ' the fat animal,' tread* i and, if a Portuguese it driven into a corner, and absolutely forced to employ tho word, ho will use the diminutive *ponjwtoa little pig. and even that only under hi* breath, and with the phrase « By your leave.' In a Portuguese translation of a,French tiv»nC$ account of a fossil bone-cave in which bones of swine were abundant, all direct mention of the animal is avoided with immense Ingenuity, and, aa often aa science clearly demands the word '.pig,' re-courao is had to somo pompon* paraphrase, such ss ' a familiar mammal which we still employ as food,' and so forth.'" A* funny is the avoidance of tho word "dog." Even in»print it is slid over it with an initial and two stars; aud the above writer says, " I havo seen the nsme of a well-kijown place in Lisbon, Fonte dt Olho dt Cat, ' the Fountain of tho Dog'* Eye/ printed Fonte do Olho do C**."
Woni>bkrl'l Spidbu's Wan.—Across the "sunny paths" of Ceylon, where the forest meets tho open "country, and which constitute fbA bridlo roads "of tho island, an onormou* spider *tretcho* hia wob at tho height of from four to eight feet from the ground. Tho cordage offheeo webs i* fastened on eitMer side to projecting shoots of tree* or ahrub:, and i* *o strong as to hurt the traveller's face, and even lift off hia hat, if he is so unlucky as not to see the line. The no*t in the centre is sometimes as large as a man's head, and is continually growing larger, as it is formed of successive layer* of old webs rolled over each other, sheet after sheet, into a ball. These successive envelopes contain the wings and limbs of insocU of all descriptions, which havo been tho prey of tho ipider *nd hi* family who occupy the don formed in tlieir midst. There wcmi to be no doubt that the spider casts the web loose and roll* it round the nutloua in the centre when it becomes overcharged with carcases, and proceed* to construct a fresh one, which in its turn is destined to bo folded up with the rest.
Statb Rzcbitions in Austuia.—It it not generally known that at State receptiona of tho Emperor and Empress of Austria, both in Vienna and Pesth, the Hungarian national costume is worn by both, in compliment to their Hungarian subject*. Tho emperor wear* black pantaloons, fitted tightly to the leg, at the aide* of which are broad gold stripes; long black boot* with a gold tassel In feint, and reaching above the knee, and a tight, ainglo-breastod frock coat with black silk frogs on tho breast, and sable on the collar and cuffa. From tho shoulder i* ilnng, by maasivo bullion cord* and tassels, a while cloth dolman, or jacket,' lined (From flwi.)
"Retoet Couetbocs."—Facetious Old Gent (le Passenger with a saw): You *how your teeth, sir (chuckle*).—Crusty Carpenter : You don't. 'Cam** why ?—y1 ain't got none; -
Collapse.—What * late Lord Mayor amouate to. O wdun-r-tlie Greek for nothing.
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Rane Insubordination. — Colonel (who-ha* w-wived letter from Private Smith, addressing him •Dear Colonel"): What do you, mean by addre**-ing me in thi* familiar manner, Br?—1'Beg pardesu I didn't write un myself—I got aomebodr can it Out n nn
:hly decorated with jewels. Her hair hangs behind "ong plaits, tied with ribbons of red, white, and • green. Both also wear scarfs of red, white, and green
Phbcociou* Children.—Baillot mention* 103 children endowed with extraordinary talents, among whom few arrived at an advanced age. The two son* of Quintilian, sq vaunted by their father, did not reach their tenth year. 'Hermogoncs, who, at the age of fifteen, taught rhetoric to Marco* Aurclius, who triumphed over tho most celebrated rhetoricians of Greece, did not die, but at twenty-four lost all his faculties, and forgot all ho had previously acquired. Pica di Mirandoia died at thirty-two; Johannes Sccundus at twenty-five, having at tho ago of fifteen composed admirable Greek and Latin verses, and became profoundly versed in jurisprudence and letters. Pascal, whose genius developed itself at ten years old, did not attain the third of a century. In 1791 a child was born at Lubeck, named Henri Heinokcm, whose precocity was miraculous. At ten month* of age ho spoke distinctly;.at twelve learned tho Pentateuch by rote, and at fourteen month* waa perfectly acquainted with tho Old and Now Testaments. At two yoars of ago ho waa aa familiar with ancient liis-
ry aa tho most erudite authors of antiquity. Sanson and Danville only could compete with him in geographical knowledge. Cicero would have thought 1
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wonderful child was unfortunately carried off fourth year. According to a popular proverb—" tho eword wore out tho ihcath."
A Woman's Defence op a Pout.—Lord Karnes, in hi* " Sketches of the History of Man," relate* an extraordinary instance of prescnco of mind united with courage. Somo Iroquoi* in the year 1690 attacked the Fort de Vcrcheres, in Canada, which belonged to the French, and had approached silently, hoping to scale tho palisade, when some musket *hot forced them to retire. On their advancing a second timo they wcro again repulsed, in wonder and amazement that they could perceive no poraon, excepting a woman, who was seen everywhere. Thi* was Madame do Vcrchere*, who conducted herself with as much resolution and courage as if supported by a numerous garrison. Tho idea of storming a place wholly undefended, except by women, occasioned the Iroauois to attack tho fortress repeatedly, but, after two days' siege, they found it necessary to retire lest they should be intercepted in their retreat. Two years afterwards a party of tho samo nation so unexpectedly made their appearance before thoaamo fort that a girl of fourteen, the daughter of the proprietor, had but just time to shut the gate. With this young woman there was no person whatever except one soldier. But not at all intimidated by hor situation, pho showed herself some-times in ono place, sometimes in another, frequently changing her dress, in order to give some appearanco of a garrison, and always fired opportunely. In short, the faint-hearted Iroquoia once more departed without success. Thus tho presence of mind of thi* young girl was the means of saving tho fort.
Fashion* ' in Sierra Lbonb.—The dres* of tho fishermen In Monrovia generally consist* of a rag about the loins. The ordinary labourers, porters, and long-shoremen usually wear loo*o thin shiita and trousers, although thoy frequently havo only tho latter, and in other instances what resembles a long bag cut open at the ends, with two hole* cut above for tho arm*. All are barefooted, and most are barelegged below the knee. The almost invariable-head covering is a skull-cap of gaudy colotif. Clerks, messengers, ttore and thopkcopers, and those belonging to that class, usually wear clothes of European cut and make, of different colours and fashionings, with shoe* and hat* like anybody clae. Then come the Mussulmans, dressed in long, pure white and flowing robe*, not unlike an Episcopal minister's surplice, with sandal* secured across the instep with huge button*, and tall, brimless linen or cloth caps.. These are the fellows who came in from the country, and are " not at work to-day." Their humbler brethren who are at work (a condition of life in which a Mussulman never is if he can possibly help himself) wear gowns of course blue cotton, generally dirty, but of the *ame *hape. Net only these followers of tho prophet, but many others-of tbo coloured citizen* of Sierra Leone, have *u*-peuded around their neck* leather pouches, bit*, of ■tone, fee., containing charm*. The dress of the women i* a* diverse .as the men's. Sometime they wear a single long, loose garment of thin cotton gathered, in at the waist. Others have a gaudily-coloured robe wrapped around thoir waists ana falling below their ankles, with a spare piece hanging In front which they pull over their bosoms when a strange man
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Nbxt Best Thino.—Ceneral Garibaldi's Cm nam quames are to furnish the stone for renewing (b* streets of the Eternal City, which, otemal a* the city % having aa yet succeeded « flooring tho Church of Rome, the general ia fain te faB mack am pnvrag the dty.
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(From Judy.)
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worsted one. But there are Calico Ball* now. Ah! what a world this is. "All tho world'* a ball, and the men and women are merely players" (at ball, of course). But lot mo not moralise. Sloper says, " It j* more of the 'lie*' than the ' moril' about it; bxt no matter."
Prbcirblt.—Why does a photographer in the exer-cise of his business always use black cloth t—Why, of course, to make his camera obscurer.
(From /km.)
Production and Ixnucno!*.—School Visitor: Astl tho products of Macassar? f4 pause)-dear, dear! net know tho chief product* of Macaaaar ? . Now, think: what do we got from Macaasar ?—Smallest Child (at a venture): Anti-macassars, ploaae, M'm.
What Can't bb Ccred, 4c.—Mike: Arrah, Pat, the pigs are looking in a bad way.—Pat: And sura thin^isn't it for consumption I'm driving them U
"Nawt Particular."—Mistress (to a servant who has called about a situation): There are no children, only two in family.—Servant: Will, you show ma over the 'ousc, mum, as I never Ukos a situation, mum, till I ve aeon what *ort of a 'ou*o the 'ouae it,
(From Funtiy Folkt.)
Confirmation.—Tho statement that fat is not conducive to long life would soem to be borne out br the fact that the fat hog rarely lives through tho winter.
Bismarck's Bot. — Bismarck's son baa bad the crosses of four orders conferred on him. 1' Why i" it will be asked. "Ho is nobody, and ha* dome nothing." True, but haven't wo been familiar from childhood with the combination of Nought* sad
Clthoaed Love.—It must not be *uppo*od that the heada of the Government are forsaking their old love, though they did sit down to a Liberal spread at th# Guildhall.
Some pooplo say that dark-haired women marry soonest. We differ; it is the light-htaded ones.,
, It is better to bo laughed at for not being married than to be unable to laugh because you are.
Why is a man who marries an hoireas a lover of music f—Because he marries for-tune.
Why are pigs like fashionable women ?—Because they each carry a curl behind.
Our coachman, when ho waits at table, always coot-mlt* the samo fault: jho whips away tho platos toe
What -ia the difference between tho entranco to a barn and a loafer in a printing-office f—One ia a barm door and the other is a dam bora.
Tho way to command reepnet and plenty of roasn in a^crowd.—Carry a pot brimful of ml paint in eaeh
Why avo yonag ladies fond of pastry-cooks' shop* T —Becausc it i* the place to find iw/cthear(i (swocfc
Why i* a very pretty, wcll-mado, fashionable riri liko a thrifty housekeeper ?—Because she had made a great buttle about a vory small waist.
What i* the difference between a premiere Anwwss and a duck ?—Ono goes quick on her beautiful legs, and tho other goes quack on her beautiful eggs.
A San Francisco editor thus addresses an Oakland brotheru You wallapus, you icthyodorulrte, jam. bogus hammoehrysos, you—you Oaklander! "
If you should havo the misfortuno " to lot"the cat out of the bag," never try and stuff her back again; it's such a mistake; you only mako—inevitably make —matters forty times worse.
A client remarked to his solicitor, " You are writing my bill on very rough paper, sir." " Never mind," was the reply of the latter ; '• it has to bo'filed before it comoe into court."
Tako away my first letter, I remain unchanged; take away ray second letter, there is no apparent alteration in mo; lake away all my letters, and I sUff continue unaltered.-*-Tho letter-carrier.
A country papa noticed the opening of a now hotel and tavern, and the next day apologised for tho brevity of its local columns, because - the reporter waa ill.*" He had assisted at tho opening.
The late Lord Dudley and Ward was in tho habit of presenting his physician with whatever happened te bo in his pocket at the timo, whether it waa a bunch of keys or a purse of gold.
An Elmira editor, speaking of the marriage of a brother quill, says:—"It's sad, however, this parting with old frienus. One by ono they drop off and double up."
Powdering their arms is a habit, of fashions Wa young ladies in Now York, which is severely commented on. What are arm* good for without'powder to make them " go off?"
A most excellent old lady up town is much exercised in mind to know how it is that a little quicksilver in a glass tube can mako such awful hot weather by just raising it an inch or two.
how to cultivate the smiling fields, ho ham luppliad them with laughing *tt>ck.
A couple in Connecticut, who wero married recently on a Sunday, are aaid to bo in despair because *ue*n one ha* informed them that contract* entered into m. Sunday are not binding.
The New Orleans Timet cruelly *ay* of Groeley that " tho impression he leaves upon our citizens is that he know* more about farming than ho does about breeding."
An Iowa man, mays the Dubuque Timet, In n delirium of fovor, jumped into a well, and came out declaring that he folt better aftef hi* both. That ia certainly one way to become a well man.
The argument of some people now-a-day* in favour of tippling would do credit to that traditional old soaker who declared that water, ever since the flood, had kept a taste of drowned,einnen.
A Bainbridge •orrnador, who mournfully warbled Tut lonely to-night, lovn, without thee, ' had him loneliness alleviated by a number of doga, jvhe fnado it lively enough for him for the balance of the
An old lady, who wa* very much troubled by the prospect of the introduction of gas in her village, and the consequent disuse of whale oil, asked, with much earnestness, " What is to become of the poor
" A coat cleaned, soourod, and pressed for five shillings,'' is an announcement often to be seen. A • humorous drunkard say* that ho has never been cleaned and *coured, but i* frequently prtoud for a
A country paper tell* this story of a now boy in one of tho Sunday-schoolsThe precocious youth wss asked'who made the beautiful hills about thom, and remarked thst he did not know, a, hi* parents only moved into the town the day before.
A gentleman having tent'his msnservant lebuv Incifor mate***, said t? him, when ho came back, % hope. John, they are better than the last, which w«m
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