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EPITOME OF NEWS.
A Cente»a»ia*.—M«. R. Davi*. a widow, of Langport, Somi-TwUhirw. haa juit dioo. agod 101.
A Foo-SiojUlvan Killxu.—During the dan* fog which prevailed on Friday morning, tho "20th inrt., at Bristol, a ni.-nslm.tn, numed William Dolby, while on duty was knocked iluwn by a train and cut to piecea.
Collision ox tub Msiise y.—A collision occurred on tin? Muttey on Saturday IfaL Another Seacomb* ferry-boat, with about 300 passenger* on board. wa»' in collision, but the contact was not Mvcrc. There w a dcaio fog on tho Mt-rsey at tho time.
Expulsions yno« the Stock" Kxchano*.—An official notice was posted in tho Stock Exchange on Hatut>lay last announcing that four members had been w polled and two suspended for unfair dealing* in bank
Tits Statu oj the Cap* Coloxt.—District Com-mhsaty-Uenoitil II. L. llrownrigg has received audd.n i»rdora t<> pi owed immediately to the Cape of Good llojio, to lake charge of the transports in the 5#w expedition jig.iir.|t the insurgent natives.
WoLvrs in i.APLAXii.—A letter from Finland ,an-fctlnccs that Lapland has suffered dreadfully from the MTnguj of w. lviw this rJirimor. One-third the rein-decj belonging to tho I Apps have been destroyed, and Don ly all tlio young one*.
Tir« Iiatb Miu.Iame* Joiinstonr.—Tho City Prut atat.-s that tl.e will and i-odicil of Air. James John-stteie, tho proprietor of tho StJ»dard, has just been proved 'by All. Mu Kurd and the two other trustees •^ox-tors, Uie personalty being sworn under
National Bank op Scotland.—'The annual meeting of tho National I kink of Scotland was held in Edinburgh on Saturday 1**1, when a dividend of liTper cent. was declared. It was stated that their k*s •rising out of tho stoppage of tho City of Glasgow Lank
weuU not exceed fd.000.
A Siao* Coach vol; Cxunntnox axd London.— A tout-li.jt.io btage cjach, "Tho Defiance," is. to bs put ujmi tho rand mirly in the spring, to run between London uttd Canibridge, starting". from llatehett's Hotel, Ficradilly. The only winter coach now running is the Landon und St. Albans (licit*}.
TiikQuhes'* Staqiioixds.—Tho outbrmk of hydro-phobia aiming the Moral pack of staghounds has now entirely disappeared from the kcnnol, and tho hounds, which have l>ccn under veterinary treatment, are being got into condition. Hunting will bo resumed (weather permitting) early in the now year. Tho hunting doer uro I wing eoin.^l at tho deer pen*.
A Sunken Vrssri..—A Lloyd's telegram states that tho stc\iiner Kunz King,- which sank otl tho Scaw (Denmark) on tho ICth in^t., alter con tic t with another • simmer, hud on board A'i'2,000 in gold from London. All her crew and passenger* were sated, as before •t:ited. A later repott state* that tho steamer is reported lo be sinking in tho sand.
A 1'apei: Mill Ik-rruoTEp iir Fin*.—The Blackburn Firo Brigade wero summoned by telegraph at four o'clock on Sunday morning to a firo at Orim-shaw Bridge. Blacksnaj*. Tho steam firo engine was taken, but the roads weio next to impassablo. Tho works- wero totally con«umed. The damage amounts to£12,000; fully inamcd.
TznuniLK Hail way AccwBNT.-j-Tho. Buisastjms at Sea.—Tho steamer Mesopotamia, which waa wrecked *t Penlche, h** broken in tw*. and th* fwepa^ baa capaked. Further aalvago !* doubt-ful. 'J.h) British steamer Banger, from Swansea to Barcelona, has been totally lost lj miles north of Cap* St. Vincent, and of tho crow only two firemen and two ammcn haw been sored. ,
Hurr Failcrs » i„, Con* Tb»«£._I„ the Birmingham Bankruptcy Court on the 20th insU a petition for liquidation wm, 6led by Samuel Leo and uaorge Edw.nl Doughty, tiding m* Loo mud Doughty, miller* and com merchant*, of Snow-WR Flour Hilb, Birmingham, with Rabilitieee*timated at£2l,000. and amet* £0,000 or thereabout*. Upon th* *pplication uf Memr*. Itowlanda and Bagnall, aoUcitm* for tho debtor* tho Regl*trar appointed Mr. Luke Sharp.
accountant, receiver of tho o" ^
Tna MxraorourA* V«: xn.Rxuap A wo-niTMMi.—In lending a do*. of 6oo from the Queen to the Bimhop of London, a* preddent of the above amooation, General Ponionby dritc*:—"Tho *ioren, notwithatanding the deep *on*w ^hicb ha* 'yk" ba* noticed your *npoal in behalf
d the segenng poor of London, and ha* com. manded mo to send tho enclosed chcouo, as her ^"J^f^Mykibutioa for alleviating di.trcs* la tho
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.'"Fig SOUTHAMPTON■ OiJSKKfeK NEy8-SA'l'UKDAT] T#. % 187*.
At the Marylebono County Court on Ibo 20th fp*L the case of Jacob* r. the Great Western Railway Company warn heard. This action waa to recover the sum of £18 16s.'fid. for damage caused, by the negligence of" the defendant* in delivering good*. Mr. Boulter, barrister, appeared for the-plaintiff and Mr. Mill* for the defendant*. Mr. Ponlter (aid there waa no question as to the amount of damage*, as that had been ogroeed upon. JobA Jacob*, the plaintiff, stated that bo was a fruit salesman residing at Houndsditch, where be had been in business 33 year*. Ho kwHwtn in tho habit for many voar* of sending goods to the Bristol market by the Great Western Railway^ The market day* wore Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On August 9 he bought three parcels of plums, one of which was lying at tho Great Eastern Railway Station, Bishopsgate. . In the afternoon of the snmo day ho . went to defendants' cilice, in Crutched-friarsTand
booked the goods, consisting of 261 baskets of AumsL for Bristol. Ho had frequently sent goods on/Friday by the Great Western Company for the 'miirkot on Saturday. If* ga*# tb*m at th* oOke Auction* urbtra to go for Uw good*, hot thay ware nota*liear«d at Bristol until* Monday morning, when they wore too lata for tha market C*u**.eM*ln*d/: Ha did not order the goods to be sent by any pas titular train or time, but ho had many dealings with thd comrwnv, and they were well aware the goods wort intended for the market on Saturday. Th* defend* w*a that the defendants' carman went on the Friday afternoon for tha good*, but ba wa# told to wait hi* kmm. Ha waited wiW *:% o'clock, and then, not L» able to obtain tho good*, be want away, tha company'* rfgu-hliim* being that no good* ba collected! after *!* o clock. After the examination of several Witnesses, his Honour said a rwaooabb time must be allowed for tho defendants to collect tho goods so as to admit of their going by tho train,-which,,in thisktse. did not appear to havo been done, and judgment would be for th* defendants._ ■ T
A FAE-TBAVELLED TELEGRAM. A remarkable instance of the value of tho telegraph fn abridging time and space and enabling many nations to join in being useful to each otlfr ha* just bean brought under notice in America. A resident in Auburn, New York, wished to communicate with a panoo in Sydney, Now South Waka, and *ent him a telegram, on which 65 dollars wero charged. Let tho rcador take a globe or map and traco tho following rontcTo reach its destination it had to traverse the Atlantic, EuropA, Asia, and the Eastern Archipelago; passing over about two hundred and fifty degrees of longitude, and about ninety degrees of latitude. It passed through the United States, Newfoundland, Ireland, England, Germany, Russia, (European and Asiatic), reachingAVladiwodstock in what Is termed tho ''third region " of Siberia. Parsing theneo,-tho message next Unearned tho Yellow Sea to Shanghai,
, _____,............„ ________ _______0__.... pasting through Nagasaki In Japan in rouli, and sub-
WBgos of all passenger guards, goods shunters, and , acquontly by the submarino cables, touching at various* signal porters who aro paid more than 17s. per week ' P°.,nU; finally starting from Bangowaujia, tho tor-will be reduced Is., and that tho time of the goods , niinal point in Java, Jor Port Parwin, in Australia, and guards will be calculated at 60 instead of 60 hours 80 to its destination. The journey would exceed-per week. Tho following memorial to the board of 20,000 miles, being nearly equal to tho earth's cir-Uitoctora has been largely signed, and will be pro- cumfercncc, and almost doubio tho direct distance em ted to them in a day or two:—" Wo, servants of between the points, had a westward route been open, the Midland Railway Company, whose signatures aro J —diamitrt'i Journal.
I appended, desire to respectfully draw the or the honourable board of directors to th*
At the monthly sitting of th* Faveraham County Court, on the 20th inaL, upward* of twenty agricultural .labourer*, in th* employ of Messrs. Edward, Charlo* and Edwin Neame, farmer*, were aummoued before the judge, Mr. George Rusaoll, for hi* Honour to make order* of ejectment upon them. On the first case being called on, Mr. Edmund Kimber, of London, eolicitor to the Common* Protection League, who had been instructed by tho Kent and Sussex Labourers' Union, said he appeared on behalf of the whole of the defendants. These case* wore even more distressing than thoso which cam ft before hia Honour at Canter-teth 'W. Soma of theee poor men actually did accept the reduction of wages, but imply beeaua* they belonged to tha Cnlom they were told by their employer* that thov must go out of their houses. (Avolce, "Sham*.'!} 8*badlwok*dlntoth**oc**e*, and there waa no defence in law. He therefore threw Mmedf on the kind indulge** of th* court, and a*ked his Honour not to enforce the order for two months. Mr. Allen Fielding, of Canterbury, solicitor, appeared for the plaintiffs, and pointed out that all the casca were not of tho aame character! In Mr. Edward Neamo'a case tho men declined to accept tho reduction of wage*, and he gav& them notice to kave their cottage* on November lor, which expired on the 8th of the Humo month, but up to the present time they bad not made the least sign of removing. Mr. Kimbef said th.: men had been utterly unable to find other cottages. Tho learned Judge said that there being no defence ho was only called upon to make orders as ho should in oidinary cases, totally disconnected with the extraordinary circumstance* relating to them. Ho could only, in making orders, suspend them to aucli a time as would enable tho defendants, by d ie diligence, to lltid other Cottages. If ordeis wore made, which would practically mean ejecting tho men from their cottages, there must for ever be a disturbance of thoso happy relations which_ should subsist between
. and the difference* would spread and dd probably feelings of exasperation on the part of the masters towards Uio men. Mr. lumber thanked his Honour for his remarks, and said the labourers w*rw willing to submit the matter to arbitration. Ho also drew the attention of the plaintiffs' to tho hard weather they were now experiencing. The plaintiffs adopted tha Judge'* advice, and the casca therefore stand adjourned for a month. The Judgo said he was told that it was impossible for tho men to resume their employment, but in his experience ho had found that which was impossible very often happened. Ho hoped it would be so in this case. The Court was crowded with agricultural labourers and others, and largo number* could not obtain access to tho building.
biti,wat opild -or ami how cross; o beau nasii anp joiA weslet.
sSSiSSS
prorort, • muter and council, brethren, ckric.1 »™o-
" ^ 7. "nd womm the
!»'ns ipicd orin- th. Unitod
ihft mnnfpv MI.VIi'.V t —-------' ___. . .
»ne conniry, esiaoiun in convenient centres clnbe (opt ii-
towoHang men genwally but with NpedalnHeil*g*e
to railway wrvanU), and organise service*, lectures, machinery, designed to proeeote the ^ll-bemg of the cdmmnnlty. Aere b no entrance fee for membership, nor annual subscription^ the expenses being by offertories, at chapter mceung*. AaruleofLfeof the brethren cmwbta in mying^dmle prayer, every morning and evening; to
**ry of the guild, eit, September 14, and to dk-
countenance eweaHng, intemperance, jke. The*ermon
who took
a, h*Wt 9thdm&of SLJohn.fr. verae. "Imn* work the work of Htm that *nt me while it I* day; tho night corActh when no man can work." Tho preacher exhorted his hearers to dedicate their daily
work In Him ami in oil tk.*..... f— Tt:_ i________ .. •
County Ct*re, a A - «nk M leeny, after returning from a
t.av eren, t» hutt hml n rliann»n i.:.
«*ww luiiiruiiig irum a fair on Satur-, ..y. , laet, had a diqiuto with hh wife, and, him i mtc ny to protect the mother, the kthbr ...ad ml .led gun and *hothim. lteunfort*nate vonng ii . died at five o'clock the following morning, fh* dr«aw^ who waa about 30, leave* a wife and a ; oung family, fho father is in custody. As alleged mT" V** inllacnco of drink at the time.
Turn lawn LimmL Ca*:.—In the new*pspor libd cw* of the Hey. Mr. CUiilL a Roman Oatholio prioA ^f Lem»t, against Mr R^d, praprietor of the lloriuiiy btici, the Dublin Jury have returned a
venbet of one farthing daniagca. The libel waaaMato-meat w a leading mrtlcld that Mr. C*hill, who had *ome connection with a rival paper, the Wksr Mxammrr, was ready to sell his political principles for the post of Assistant'Commisriouor under tho Inter-me^LducaUon Act, for which poet he waa eupeoMd to bo a candidate.
Bi-sinbss in the Law Count*.—Matters aro really coming to a eenou* erid* in the Common Law Divi-
motion w which Queen'* councR are not inatructod. Th* Court* n*e to-day (Saturday) for tho Chiwlmaa
ww*t day* of th* old *y*tem.
Wmsrmn* RaawaY—At tho commence-
prmridcd for the gape where tha cro**-ovcr turntable nnd w at prwent gitnated, the turntable will be
pasaeuger*.
i- niiKijLT AND Phovidiwt SociETizs.—The reports

trial and ]

----- -------directors to the hardship
which will bo inflicted upqn us if tlje proposed reduction in our wages of 6 per cent, is carried out. We , ask that a reconsideration of tho decision may be made, and that if the directors ahould
OUT ON STRIKE. Seated on the extreme end of a narro
any future havo made up his mind that lifo w
tor retrenchment. It. reflation upon which the I yonnB m.n .nd ulced. " Whet nil. you f " "Struck!" memorial is based, and which has been adopted at - 1--' •• *• ■ -
crowded meeting of railway servants, is to the follow- ■ #)! ing effect:—"That this meeting of railway servants ' considers tho action of the Midland Railway Company in reducing the wages of somo of their servants is partial and unjust, the rticn who will suffor from the reduction being amongst tho most badly-paid and hard-worked of the company, tviploytt earning but frcm 17s. to 21s. per week. That the proposed reduction will inflict a positive injury upon the men and their families, by depriving them of somo of the necessaries of lifo. Seeing that the traffic return for tho week ending Doc. 6 showed an increase on the Midland of £4,009, and on tho week ending Dec. 13 of £6,615 over somo week* of last yoar, this meeting believe* tho action taken by tho directors to bo pre-maturo. Shout'1- a reduction become ncccsaary, :-hoped some other means to meet a falling rev-will bo adopted than that of beginning with a reduction in the wages of thoso of the company's tmvlouti lea*t able to boar a diminution of
Densitt of Porcianox in Yaiuous Parts or tub Globb.—Somo statistics published by a French paper *how the denaity of population in the great centre* of humanity throughonttheglobe. Thereare nine eitlee having a population e*tim*ted at or exceed-tng 1,000,000 *oula—via^ London, 3^61^)00; Foo-wow, 2,00^000; Pari*, 1.82&000; Mdn, 1^*8,000; leddo, 1,434.000; Canton, 1^36,000; Conatantinople, LjanS-tau» In the province of Hunan, 1,000,000; and Tchan-tchaou-foo, in the province of I'okien, 1,000,000. It appears from theso figures that though London holds the first place, the Chinese Em-pun poa*aw mom nopulou* citic* than aR the mvih*ed btatea of th* We*L The mun.ber of dti*a havmg a population ranging from above 600,000 la Vienna, Berlin, Hangkow, Philadelphia, St. Petersburg, Bombay, Calcutta, Fow. Chow, leheking, Bangkok, and Kioto. Twenty citlea havoapopulatumof from 300,000 to400,000 Inhabi. tant%33of fwanMO^OOto 300,000,end 00 of from 100,000 to 200,000 Inhabitant*. Europe alone po**c**ea 171 otiea remaining more than 50,0u0 inhabitant*, at the head of which aland London, Pari*, Cnnalnntinople, Vienna, Berim, and SL PWm*bnrg.
SlPGULAU DmcovxnT.—A *trang* diecovcnr ha* been made at the old Condergerie in Plaria. At the Court of Cassation, fire had destroyed two out of the three tower*, and, a few day* mnce, the workmen engaged in repairing that named after St. Louis, camo auudonly upon a myabeioualy deep welL Thi* waa contrived curiously in the wall facing tho quay, and pnivp* to bo nothing le** than the fatnl dungeon of tho old Palace of St. Louis. Yet none of the historian* of tho Conciorgerie mention it, and chance and mis-chance only have now mado it knowm. An opening of two *quara yard* in one of tho tanute reveal* a horrid tunnel, reaching the level of the btina. There it forms a gallery, sloping downward* to tho bed of tuo river. . The attempt to penetrate into this dreadful dungeon waa fruMeaa, a* tA, interior i* llnod with fchnrp iron spc.irs s vj j oints, which cross each other in every direction. When thl* Tower St. Louia wa* nacd oco**ionally a* the dwelling of the king* of trance, captive* of note woo condnod In.Itm tuidor-ground pnaon* and when the power* that wero be-come *nxlou* to get rid of any one of them, thoy lod him through a pa**ago formed in tho interior of the wall towards thi* newly discovered dungeon. A »*rct door waa opened, and he *a* precipitated into tao yawning chasm,•and there transfixed by apikeeJh* iwiahed in alow & jitnro. Uf oonrep, It may be (aally imagined that it was only portions of skeletons that ever reahed the bod of the Seine.
Activity oy tub Mind is Slbct. — Undoubted proof ha* been affbnled that tho energy of the intellect is often greater during sleep than at other tunes, and many a problem, it is asserted, ha* been wived in sleep which has puzzlod the waking sense. Cabanis tells us that Franklin on several occasions mentioned to him that he had been assisted in dreams in the conduct of many aOhira in which he wa* engage! Condillac states that while writing his courao of studies lio was frequently obliged to leave a chapter incom-plete and retire to bed, and that on awaking he found it, on more than one occasion, finished in hu hoad. In him manner Condon** would eomedme* have hi* complicated calculation* unfiniahed, and after retiring to rest would find their result* unfolded to him in hia dreams. La Fontaine and Voltaire both composed vcraea in their sleep, which they could repeat on waking. Dr. Johnson relates that ho onoe in a dream had n contest of wit with some other person, and that he waa very much mortified by imagining that hia antagonist had the bolter of him. Colendge in a dream eoanpoeW th* wild and beautiful poem o! Xubla Khan, which had been *ugge*ted to him by a
nsamw ho had read in Purcha.% Pilgrimage b&e ■
the aolemn answer. " Havo," eh f How'd you » out?" "I was working for dad at 60 cbnts. day," sadly explained tho boy on the bench. " I was tho only hand, and I thought if I struck for a dollar a-day he'd have to shut up shop and be busted, or cometomytenn*." "And did it turn out that wayf Queried tho other., "Not quite. The old man didn't seem a bit terror-stricken, but ho bounced mo through a window, and hired another hoy to do my work at three shilling-* a-day ! " " And what w*R you do nowf" "WeU, I *'po*e I'R have to go around telling the boys that capital has ground me into tho dust," was the tearful reply.—Jnurican
A Cool PititosopirBR. — Helvetina, the German philosopher, was on board a vessel in a violent storm, sleep. Tho ship waa at of tho sailors uwoko
during which ho i length In great danger, when o . "Sir. ho! get upj-wo t
...""l,"."1 P" up—wo are an going to tno bottom ! Helvetia* just turned his face towards him, and mid, "Then what la the u*e of waking mef^G*, do a* I doT' and he quietly f*U adeep
Miomrmmio Tn« Famw. —A gentleman of Trinity College, travelling through France in tho old coaching day*, waa annoyed at the akwnew of the
tary elector* _______________
subject of the Permissive Bill is that upwards of___
bona Jide oloctore.have signed"a declaration to the effect that thoy will vote for that candidate only who positively promises to vote for the principle and aecond reading of Sir Wilfrid Lawson's Permissive Bin. The agreement agreed to by individual signature has since been ratified at a full meeting of those who signed the abovo declaration, the meeting also affirming tho opinion that tho action thus taken is the only just and practical way of enabling the people to remove the drink traffic from their midst if they so wish, and that ■uch traffic is tho greatest harrier to the moral, aocial, and political welfare of the nation. Other (own* in tho Union of Monmouth Borough are being canvassed, and as the present member, Mr. Cord cm, MP., is opposed to the Permissive Bill, considerable importance is attached to the ultimate result.
THE EDISON ELECTRIC LIGHT.
The adjourned hearing of the objection of Mr. Russell to Mr. Edison's application for a patent in respect to th* electrio light took place on the 20th inst. at the Solicitor-General's Chambers in tho Temple. It will bo remembered that a preliminary bearing had taken place at the House of Commons, when Mr. Russell was ordered to pay all costs, and an adjournment wa* then granted In enable him to Hie evidence in support of his objection. This was done by declarations from Messrs. Russell, Hadden, and Knowle*, and replied to by Messrs. Adams and Walenn. Tho result of the proceeding* was a decision that the application of Mr. Edison for a patent should be allowed to proceed, and that the costs now Incurred should be paid by Mr. Russell. Mr. Edison was re-nre*ented by Mr. Theodore Aden, Q.O., inatruetedby Messrs. Brewer and Jen son, patent agents, of Chan-eery-lane. Unless further opposition should bo offered it may be expected that in a few dava Mr. Ediaon'a patent wiU bo sealed.
_________ ___________Nash's character waa bad.
it waa that of an idle, heartless, licentious danger on th* skirt* of high society. He appeared in the crowd, and authoritively asked Wesley by wh#t right bo dared to stand there. The congregation v* *** wholly of ♦,hs poor; there wore a number or Jhahionable and noble persons present, and among 6om many with whom thi* attack had been pre-*mnged, and who expected to aee the discomfiture^? tho "Methodist by tho courtly and fashionable o\l dandy. Wealoy replied to the question simply amy quietly that he stood there by the authority of Jesu* Christ, conveyed to him "by the present Archbishop of Canterbury, when be laid hands on mo and saidv Take thou authority to preach the gospel! * " Namtegan to bnstlo and to be turbulent, and he exclaimed, T Thi* is contrary to Act of Parliament; this is a conventicle." "Sir," aaid Wesley, " the Act you refer/ to applies to sedition* meetings; hereiVno scditiop; no shadow of sedition; the meeting is not^theref^re, contrary to the Act.'' Nash stormod, " I say it is; be*idee, your,pr*ching frighten* people out of their wit*." ."Sir,'' said Wosley, " give mo leavo to ask, Did you ever hear me preachP*' "No." "How, then, can you-, judge of what you have never heard P " " Sir, by common report." "Corrtmon report is not enough," said Wesley; " again givo me leave to ask is your name not NashP" "My name is Nash." And then the reader must imagine Wesley'* > thin, clear, piercing voice, cutting through th* crowd: "Sir, I dare not judge of you by common report." There does not seem much in it, but the effect was overwhelming. Nash tried to bully it out a little; but, to make his discomfiture complete, tho people took up the case, and especially one old woman, whoso daughter had como to grief through the fop, in her way «o set forth fys sins, that the fopling was glad to 'retreat in dismay".—Sunday at Homi.
ghosts.
Dr. Fowler, Bishop of Gloucester in tho e

OPPOSITION TO TRAMWAYS.
No fewer than fivo different companies aro so powers to lay down tramways affecting various of the parish of Hampsteud. A local committee of resident* in the Avenue-road, Rcgent's-park, of whi*h Mr. Justice Lush is a member, merit a deputation, of ■which Mr. Alderman Staple* wa* chosen spoken *" and a memorial to the Hamp*t*ad Veetry rwca«^., asking that body to oppose the proposed introduction of a tramway Into that road. Mr. T. Rate, a vedry-mon, also presented a. similar memorial from inhabitants of Kilburn and 3laida-valc againvt the pro-powl tramway* abng E-lgwam-road. At the mWing of tho vestry it wa* resolved, pursuant to tho rccoin-moiMiation of the Work* Committee, to oppcee all the echeme*, a* thoy would detruy the character of the *evoral road*, wero oppowd to tho wkhee of the inhabitants, would entail additional expense to the p#n*h, and b**u*e there wm* no n*co**ity for tram-way* :n the district affected. The Chairman (Mr. Le Breton) aaid that aR the vest*!** affected would oppose tho schemes.
Snocunro AvrxMrrmn Wirm Monnmn. —WlUiem Spnggins, a butcher, lias been j'ormally committed for trial by the Colchester magistrates for attempting to muider hi* wife. Priaoner had recently been bound over to keep the peace toward* hi* wire. Whil* the woman was in bed Spriggins attacked her with .a nok*r, battering her head fearfully. The wife la lying in tho hospital in a precarious condition.
Prmuc-mocm ArnuY.-The Stafforddilre Pot-tones Stipendiary has committed /or trial a man named Toby for unlawfully wounding George Lwnbert in too course of u drunken disturbance at the Roebuck Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent. Priwner brake open th* prosecutor s head with a gun stock, very seriouslv injuring him. Both men and two others were drunk at the time, and the proprietor wm* Bned ZJ and co*t* for permitting drunkenness on licensed promises. _ Anothbh '• Mor.TAitA" Case.—I'our years ago a Constantinople sent his young
| Layard, tho British Ambassador. On tho father
enoo. At hat :t occurred to him that If h* wa* not ualaratood, he might at lout frighten th* feRow by n^Mmehlph-aoondlng word*, and b* reared Into Urn p*Wl«m\ mr, " We^morekud, Cumberland,
Northumberland, Durham!" Tho fellow mistook this
fw*om*tr*mendon*thwat, and v*ry quickly lncrea*od
Naval Pbssioh.—The first Lord of the Admiralty has conferred the good service pension of £200 a year for gmoral oAcera of the Royal Marin**, on General Samuel N. Loader, C.B., ILM.L.I, vacant, by tho death of General H. J. Delacombe, C.B., R.M.L.I.
Collision at Havue.—On December 19 a collision occurred at th*t port botw*en tho HonUeur (*) and the BenweH (s) of Newcastle. The former vcfsel sank bo-
master of the llonfleur was injured.
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Tho following conversation of the Bishop, with Judge PweR, la recorded:—"Hlnce I aaw your lordakip," said the lawyer, " I have had ocular demonstration of tho existence of nocturnal apparitions." "I am glad that you havo become a convert to truth; but, do you say actual ocular demonstration P Let mo know tho particular, of the dory." "Mylord,IwilL Ikwam, I*t me **e, la*t Thnraday night, between the houra of eleven and twelve—but nearer the latter than tho fnrmer-a* Thy $deep In my bed, I wa* mddenly awakened by an *aommoo nolle, and heard *ome-thing comma up*taira, and walking directly toward* my room. The door flying open, I drew Lack my curtain, and saw a faint, glimmering light enter my chamber." " Of a Moo colour, no doubt," iut&rpo*ed the bishop. "The light was of a pale blue, my lord, and followed by a tall, meagre persons go, his locks hoary with ago, and clothed in a long, looso gown, a leathern girdle about his Icins, his beard thick and griaaly, a large fur cap upon bb h*ad, end a long staff in his band. Struck with astonishment, I ro-mainod for somo time motionless and silent. The gqare advanced, *taring me fuR in the face. I then said, ' Whcnco and what art thou V " " What—what —was tho answer P—tell mo—what was the answer P" "Tho following was tho answer I received:—'I am watchman of tho night, on't please your honour, and mado bold to come upstairs to inform the family of their street-door being open, and that if it was not soon shut, thoy would probably be robbed before morning.'" It is recorded that "Hho bishop never believed in ghosts afterward*, or entered Into conversation thereon with hi* friend the lawyer.
TRADITIONS OF THE TOBACCO PIPE.
Touching tho origin of the pipo there aro several legends, varying in detail, but all evidently springing from a common fountain-head. The belief I* general that the Great Spirit gave the pipo out of Ins own band. Standing on tho precipice of the red pipestono rock, run* one legend, th* Great Spirit broke from it a fragment. By simply turning it in his hand, ho converted it into a huge pipe, which, after mnoMng, be proclaimed a symbol of peaco among his children, declaring the pipeaton* common property. H* then ordered peace pipes to bo fashioned from it, and forbade tho war club and tho scalping knife to be lifted near it. At this date the pipestono quarries, from which somo of tho Indians got tho stone for manu-facturing their pipe*, were regarded a* holy, and were never approached without great ceremony. Father Charlevoix statos that there is also a tradition that tho calumet wa* a gift from the sun, and there are* number of authorities to prove that soveral of the Indian tribes looked upon the pipestone as the flesh of their ancestors. A favourite legend is, that during tho time of a great flood the different tribes assembled on a bluff, where the pipestono alluded to is now found, but the walors rising, all wore drowned and converted into clay, save a maiden, who, being borne to a greuUr eminence by an eagle, gave birth to twins. The intimate connection of tho pipo with the devotional exercises of tho aborigines for ages past is also made apparent by the iuol pipes of the mound builders.— " IKAat do ici Smote."
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Sua, had brek*n onL An/alarm waa ImmWlalai* raised, and telegram* despatched to Windsor and Stauics for the assistance of the Volunteer firo tngadaa of tbo** pluoea. A manual *ngin* from Bag*bo*,fbur mik*diWan$,gr#r*aoh*dth.KeMof tho. conflagration, while tho villager* and .resident*, were clearing oat the valuable furniture. Next followed the steam-engine of the Windsor Brigade, undor Captain Frank Buckland; and the Staines Brigado add their steam-engine, under Mr. Ash by. At eleven o'clock the fire bad got a firm hold of the centre of tho.building, and the efforts of the brigades, who worked with a will under considerable difficulty, were directed to barring the progress of the flames towards tho right and left wings. Whilo the Windsor engine worked the well*, the Staines had to depend upon tho pond* oh tho cstato and neighbouring grounds, one of these ponds being nearly a quarter of a mile distant. Tho weather, too, wa* bitterly cold. Towards evening the brigade* bad mastered the flames, but not before the principal part of the building had been gutted, and reduced to a maw of ruins. The roof had fallen in in many places, and the hall is rendered uninhabitable. Mr. Rama, the proprietor, who wa* In London, was telegraphed for, and visited tho place in tho course of the day. Broomficld Hall cost about £40,600_« *
qiSCOVEBY OF HUMAN REMAINS AT ISUP.
During the excavations which have been proceeding during the month* of November and December at a bed of limestone, the property of the Islip Iron Company, near Wellingborough, five skeletons have been discovered buried in th* limes too 6, each having a sepulchre of it* own dug out of the limestone to the depth of about 12in., with 24in. of top-soil heaped over IL In the sepulchres wore a quantity of brooches made of copper, glass bead*, Ac. Two of the broochos were small circular one*, about lin. in diameter, and ornamental on a plain polished surface with three or four rudo dota, each surrounded by an engraved line. There were also two larger brooches of tho same shape, but of a more pretentious design, tho centre being the converging arm* of a cross and surrounded by a circle. Besides theso, there wero ten other copper brooches of oblong shape, and all simply cruciform save one, which, in addition, bore a redely embossed and hideous face. About 180 glass beads of different colour* were found in tbo gravo, also a piece of linen cloth. A fragment of tbo top of a helmet, about four or fivo inches square, and with a projection indicating the formor existence of a knob at the end, was also found. Three of the bodice bad originally been interred with their heads in the direction of the west, the other two towards different points of tho compass. Two of the copper broochoa po****ed pin* and might be actually wed, the pin* having a rude kind of wire spring at the hinge to keep them pre*aed down at the catch. Tho othora wore imperfect in thia respoct. The remains, Ac., hav* been *nca*ed in ghm* ca*e*, and have been viewed wUh inter*** by aR the anatrnnlata of tho
CUTTING OFF THE SUPPLIES.
A famous nobleman once called on Dr. Abomcthy, tho great English physician and surgeon, with reference to an inflamed eye. My lord,.after waiting an boor for Abcmethy to get through with a number of charity patients, whom ho never left to attend upon the highest nobleman, began the conversation, by. saying:—"Doctor, I wish yon would examine this eye; I fear somo deadly mischiof is at work hero." " If yon will sit there in my patients' chair, and lot me do the talking, I will soon find out what is the matter with you." A few sharp questions, and the doctor concluded the interview with the following words:—"Your difficulty is not where you think it is, in your eye, but—" pointing his finger at the patient's enormous stomach—" it is there in your kitchen. Of course, when the kitchen is out of order, tho garret and all the other rooms in tho house are likely to be more or lew affected. Now, all you need to do, is to clear the kitchen, and the garret will require no special purification. Your lordship must, do as tho famous Duke of Wellington did on a well-known occasion—cut off the supplies," and tho enemy will leave tho citadel."
100 of the most aged poor persons in tho borough. Ibo funds were taken from tho poor-box of the PbUce-cowt, yd tha recipient*, mo*t of Whom women, chiefly widow*, and persons who " had hotter day*," were certiflod to be deso/ying by tho chief constable after due inquiry. The oldest were I** wom*n,^ach M .year, old, and altogether there If* M, ami no k*a than 6S over 80 yeara
old. Thoip combined age*gave an aggregate of 8,067 yeara. IhV distribution was made, to as many aa bealthVnoogh tn attend, by the atipen-jMticoa! ***)' " *** assisted by abveral other CourxKBATiox Claim.—Sir. Under Sheriff Bureholl has presided over a apecial jury at the Middlesex Sheriff's Court in tljo case of Sotty r. the Metropolitan Board of Works, which was a compensation claim for upwards of £2,000 for «!■» tm—hnU and damage to the business of a
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of 26. Coventry-street, which premises were required to widen the thoroughfare, under the Metropolitan Street* Improvement Act. The Board of Works had given a notice to repair the house aa dangeroua, and it had been closed for somo month*. The claimant and other witnesses wore examined, and it appeared that the profit* were between £500 and £600 a year. The claimant said hi* two brother* were partner* with him in the business. Affer a long inquiry, which lasted tho day, the case was adjourned.
OvaacaowDiKO or MmiorouTA» Wobxuocsxs.— A fow month* ago the Local Government Board sent an inspector round to aR the Metropolitan Union* urging upon the various boards of guairdian* the desirability of lesaening the out-relief and of more
bouses; and tho guardian* of different union* are ■ending printed circular* to other boards asking if Umy can lak* in pauper* on the "farming" principle. At Lambeth a few night* ago, ten men had to *Ioep
) expressed thoughts of others, and it is agreeable pastimo *o give expression to your thoughts. But, when alone, weigh what you have hoard, and traverse what you havo said. It is well to do this, for it will assist in curing you of falso notions, and in eradicating unprofitable and vicious ideas, and in timo make you hotter men and women. What you thus gain from your surroundings, you will unwittingly transmit to the rising generation, and tho result will be that you will do your aharo in tho glorious work of elevating tho human family. Do your own thinking.
Curious Relic.— A Findon correspondent of tho Suttex Jiipreu—Colonel Margcsson—sends a sketch of a small cavity formed by brickwork, found by workmen when excavating under the atone floor of tho old * kitchen at Fiqdon-pkco. In section it is spado or shovel aliaped, point downwards, the upper part below tho level of but in tho same piano as the floor. Tho lid was broken by the pickaxe of tho workmen ; in it* centre it has an iron ring attached, very rusty from ago. Charcoal and somo ashes filled up tho cavity, which also contained two small flat bottles, one larger than tho other, both empty, and without coris. Tne cavity lies in solid chalk, and cannot havo been di'turbed 'for a long period of time. It appeared to have been flUed before cloauro full of live coal*. No drain of any kind i* in the neighbourhood of it.
Truth h Art.—" Nothing," say* Mr. Ruskin, "can atone for want of truth—not tho moat brilliant imagination, tho most playful fancy, the most pure feeling (supposing that feeling could be pure and false at tho aame timo), not tne moat exalted conception, nor the moat comprchenaivo grasp of intellect, can make amend* for tho want of truth , and that for two reoeona—firat, because falsehood is in itself revolting and degrading; and, aecondly, bdcau*o nature is ao immeasurably superior to all that
the human mind can conceive, thatevery departure from
hrr is a fall beneath her, *f that there can be no *uch thing a* an ornamental falsehood. All fid*o-hood must be a blot as well as a sin, an injury aa well
MUSIC FOR MEDICINE.
A story is related of Farinelli, tho famous singer, who was sent for to Madrid, to try the effect of his uspirnl *nir« no the King of Spain. His majesty was
ENGLISH PICKPOCKETS IN FRANCE.
With a view effectively to repress the robberies which have been very frequently committed of la to at Calais and elsewhere by English pickpockets on board steamers, and at the landing-places, or railway stations, tho Boulogne Tribunal of Police Correction-nollo seems determined sternly to punish those delin-nuenU of the light-fingered brotherhood who may bo brought before thoir judgment seat. An Englishman, who gave the imme of WRRam Hunt, 27, of Sheffield, and declared himself to be a commercial traveller, wa* ^apprehended in October la*t at tha Calaia Railway 1 ci minus for stealing from the bag of a lady, who had landed from tho Dover boat with him, two purses, which ho dropped the moment *he caaght hold of tho T."£. ari" wnti and called out
1 hiof ! When examined before the Superintendent of the Police at Calais, and then by tho Boulogne magistrate*, who have to adjudicate on ea*o* brought from Calais, tho prisoner persistently declined giving hi* prc**nt or pa* addrew in England, or the name of the 8rm to which .tated he acted a* traveller. Inquiries mado at Sheffield and London turned out of no avail; he was declared unknown there. The public praewutor urgod the Court to apply the fnUcat penaRy wkKh the law aHowed, lu order that thieve* and pick-pockets should be deterred from coming over there to prey upon natives and foreigners indiscriminately. Accordingly, the Court *entenced the pri*oner to gve year* impriamment, at the expiration of which he i* to be, par metari mdrniai'tratitt and with the full cognimnteof U* Engliah police, expelled from Franco *nd *hippW off to England; foe another period of fivo rears h« wilt Ka nl.......I • i...........11_____ .
Tna Soma Cum.—The German Empire, R f, rtunouiud, will join in tho agreement concluded be-tween England and the Suea Canal Company; and it is about to issue orders respecting the drawing channel to,ll,uB° Ior vessels passing through that
Knuccno* or Esomaaa*' Waow.—At **veralof tho principal establishment* in Sheffield the engineer* havo received notice of a reduction of wagee of 2a.
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ordered the door of bfa chamber to be left op*o. At length the perturbed epirlt enUrely left our mAdern Saul, and the madirinal voice of FaHneRi agected what no other medicine could do. For mental aR.
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•A Poxr* Yxnobascx.—Somo ono having urged lasso to avengo himself upon a man who had done him 4V in^une*, he said, "Iwish to lak* from him neither hi* property, nor his honour, but only hi* ill-will toward* me."
. Km* Arrxu Business.—It is told of a well-known American map-agent that on a recent trip through a wild district he waa attackcA by highway robbers, who demanded hia money. Being more prudent than to carry money in inch a placn, they failed in making a haaL "But," mid our Yankee, '.'I have wmo •Plendxd map* of the country a!pag with mo, which I ahould like to ahow you;" and in a twinkling he waa off his horae, and had a map stuck op on a pole, and he explained it to effectually that he sold each of tho banditti a map, pocketed the money, and resumed his journey, better off for the encounter.
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