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Iltisctllairams Intelligent HOME, FOREIGN, AND COLONIAL, A DELICATE MATTER !—At the quarterly meeting of the Commission of the Free Church General Assembly, held at Edinburgh, last week, Dr. Caudlish called attention to the extraordinary advertisement lately published by the Free Church miniate* of Lochend in tne Inverness CUlwier (and which has gone the round of the papers). The advertisement, it will be remembered, stated that all the youngand unmarried women of Lochend had assembled in the vestry of the Free Church to get their characters "adjusted" by Dr. Campbell, in consequence of an imputation arising from the circumstance that the dead body of an infant bad been found in Loch Ness, the certificate given being that the medical man had examined a number of young and unmarried women of Lochend, and had "no reason to believa that any of them had been recently confined." Dr. Candlish hoped that the local presby- tery would lose no time in investigating the case, and should they fail in their duty he had no doubt the next General Assembly would take cognisance of the matter. The transaction waa one singularly shocking and revolting, and without parallel in the history of the Christian Church. ST, PETERSBURGH. — A fever is now raging in the capital of Russia; and the streets are placarded with notices issued by a "Committee of Public Health," which are also published by all the newspapers. The fever, which is contagious, is said not to be dangerous if properly treated forthwith, but in the contrary case mortal. Persons attacked with it are to be taken at once to the hospital. Impure bread is to fee avoided, and bakers selling it severely punished. The water from three of the canals, and from all the springs near the drains or near bath-houses, is declared unfit to drink. Brandy is not to be drunk in excess. This direction is printed in italics. It is added, however, that those who are accustomed to it may take a small glass before breakfast, dinner, or supper—-a liberal con- cession enough. No workman is to go to work with an empty stomach but how he is to fill it if he happens to have no money is of course not explained. From the injunctions to eat enough food, and not to drink too much spirits, it is evident that the poor of St. Petersburgh are the chief sufferers by the fever. The rich, on the other hand, are of course amusing them- selves as usual. At the last ball at the English Embassy, "Sir Roger de Coverly" was introduced. The Russian papers print the name Sir Rogers Cover- ley and there are, no doubt, already many cunning speculations as to what mysterious diplomatic business can have brought Sir Rogers to St. Petersburgh. The SEA-SERPBNT AGAIN.— Captain Charles Aubin, of the Blonde, oi Jersey, recently arrived in the Katharine Docks, London, from Vermin Vas, with ebony, barwood, palm Kernels, &c., part of the cargo shipped by Du Chaillu, reports as follows"Sep- tember 4, 1864. lying at anchor three miles off the River Verruin Vas, noticed on the port quarter a long white streak of great length approaching the ship. When within 12 or 15 feat of the vessel's bow, observed that it was a fish of immense length, at least 200 or 250 feet, apparently in shape, like an eel, and about three feet thick in the body. The fish moved in an un- dulating motion against the current, moving very slowly and without noise. It was witnessed by myself and the whole of the crew." OUR NiCW AMBASSADOR AT WASHINGTON.— The Hou. Sir Frederick William Adolphus Bruce, K.C.B., who was on Friday last gazetted to the post of Ambassador at Washington, in place of Lord Lyons, resigned, and who has recently returned to England on leave of absence as our Ambassador at Pekin, is son of the seventh Earl of Elgin, and was born in 1814. He was attached to the late Lord Ashburton's special mission to Washington Feb. 9, 1842: was colonial secretary to the Government of Hong Kong from 1844 to 1846; and was for a short time lieut..governor of Newfoundland. He was ap- pointed consul-general in Bolivia July 23, 1847, and charge d'affairs April 14, 1848. He was appointed charge d'affaires and con-ul-general at Monte Video Aug. 29. 1851: agent and consul-general in Egypt Aug. 3, 1853; and accompanied Lord Elgin's special mission to China in April, lo57. CHORCH AFFAIRS.—The total rental of pews in the Unitarian Church at San Francisco this year amounts to 70,000 dols., (says the New York Times.) The pew rental at Mr. Beecher's church, in Brooklyn, produced 50,000 dols. last year! his salary is 12 500 dols. The Church of the Messiah (Unitarian) at New York have lately sold their fine building on Broadway at a handsome advance bought eligible lots on Murray Hill, to be built upon after the war, and meantime purchased an Episcopal church in Twenty-eighth street, for their use. The church has all this fine property with money at interest beside. The American Board of Foreign Missions (Trinitarian) are to raise 600,000 dols. for this year. The American Unitarian Associa- tion are now raising 100,000 dols. The Alleghany (Methodist) College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, has received within the last tfcree months benefactions amounting to 80,000 dols. The Meadville Unitarian Theological School, also in Pennsylvania, has just received 5,000 dols. from one person toward, further endowment. One man, enriched by the oil traffic, gave 25,000 dols. to the Methodist College above referred to. Love Theological Seminary, Cincinnati, has just received 10,000 dols. from one person towards its library. In the past year, the aggregate donations to various colleges have amounts to 2,500,000 dols. In Honolulu nearly 18,300 dols. have been raised for the Sinitary and Christian Commissions. SOMETHING LIKE A GIANT !—Our readers (says the North China Daily News), have doubtless noticed in thsir walks through the settlements immense posters, setting forth the extraordinary dimensions of the "Fychow giant." Next each of these posters is a red placard, in Chinese, begging the curious in guch matters to come and see the extra- ordinary man," over which crowds of gaping natives may be seen poring. The address to the native popu- lation sets forth that this man, whose name, by the way, is Chang, measures nine feet, that his arm is four feet in length, his feet two, and his circumference six feet and a half. We cannot vouch for all these extraordinary particulars, but we are justified in saying that this giant is by far the tallest and broadest that we have ever seen. He stands about 8 feet 2 or 3 inches in height, and is proportionately broad. His figure is good, his movements as graceful as is com- patible with his extraordinary height, and his ex- pression amiable. We were under no apprehension when we found ourselves in his august presence, albeit he might have taken us and our contemporaries as a snack without any inconvenience. His manners are reassuring, and he very readily answers questions as to his family, his weight, and any other particulars which the inquisitive are anxious to discover. His levees appear well attended, and we imagine he must be making a tolerably good harvest from his exhibition. COOKING AN OMELITTE IN A CAB. — The Tri- bunal of Correctional Police, Paris, has tried a man, named Chaussepied, on charges of cheating a hackney coachman of his fare, and also of assaulting him. The complainant deposed as follows — "The prisoner hired me at the Barriere du Maine, and told me to drive to the Passage Vendome. We started, but had not gone far when I perceived the smell of frying for which I could not account, as there was no house near. On looking round, I saw the passers-by gazing at my passenger with an air of unusual curiosity, and a woman exclaimed that there was a fire in my carriage. I then looked in and saw the defendant holding in one hand a kind of tin plate and in the other a burning cord like a torch. In the plate was an omelette, which he was attempting to fry. I immediately alighted and told the defendant that I would not have my coach turned into a kitchen, but he replied that, having hired the coach, he had a right to do as he liked with it. As a crowd soon collected round us a police-agent came to see what was the matter, and I explained the affair to him, and he immediately ordered the defendant to alight and pay me my fare, Ivf4 T^S oou'd not do as he had only 12 sous. On that I intimated my intention to give the defendant mto custody, and he then struck me twice in the face. 1 should have been satisfied with my fare, although my cushions were much soiled by the eggs the defen- dant had spilton them." In answer to the President's question, the defendant stated that he was a dealer in parrots and had no settled place of abode, and therefore always cooked his food wherever he might happen to be when he was hungry. He had been cook on board a merchant vessel, and had brought a number of parrots from the West Indies, all of which he had sold, and was living on the proceeds till his next voyage, and be was willing to give the complainant a written promise to pay him with a parrot on his return. The coachman being unwilling to accede to this arrangement, the tribunal sentenced the defendant to three months' imprisonment for the fraud and the assault. THE GREAT ROBBERY IN LONDON.—The diver engaged at BlackfnaM Bridge, in London, resumed his search on Saturday forenoon for the recovery of more of the stolen watches, supposed to have been thrown into the river from Blackfriars temporary wooden bridge. Owing to the filthy black condition of the Thames water the diver was unable to discern any of the watches, it was only by his groping about on his hands and knees and feeling for them that he found them. He then went down with Hinke's patent lamp, which burns under water, which enabled him to see 1 mach better. In the course of the day he found two more gold watches, which Mr. Walker, jun., re- cognised as his property. The value of the watches recovered up to Monday by the diver is nearly 25M. 1 he ^statement that has gone forth that:the appre- hension of the burglars arose from some of the accom- plices giving information to the police is untrue. Their detection arose from the circumstance of some of the prisoners having suddenly amassed property. It was the talk of the neighbourhood where they lived at Mile-end. It was only a few weeks ago that the wife of one of the prisoners was seen with an oyster-stall in the New-cut. After the robbery of Messrs. Walker she was seen by the police with diamond earrings in her ears and her fingers adorned with costly rings and other jewellery this excited the suspicions of the police who commenced their inquiries. It turned out that her husband (Brewster) had given :>OOl., for a lease of a house in the Mile-end road, and that he was laying out 1501., more in fitting it out as a pie-shop, and singularly enough Mr. Thomas Beard (who appeared for the prosecutor) was the solicitor who was employed m the drawing out of the transfer of the house in ques- tion. The other prisoners, Casely and Jeffreys, were al^o ascertained to be "doing well;" they had since Mr. Walker's robbery taken a new house and fitted it out with new stylish furniture, while Mrs. Casely, who was well known to the police, was fashionably dressed, and displayed much jewellery about her. Although the police had no knowledge whatever, or informa- tion, to implicate the prisoners, or either of them, in any robbery, yet they were positive in their own minds that they had been concerned in some great de- predation, and they accordingly determined upon apprehending the whole of the prisoners, when the discovery was made that they were the actual burglars of Mr. Walker's robbery. THE "WINTHR IN RUSSIA—The rigour of the present winter in Russia is exceptional, and the public misery which prevails in consequence is aggravated by a financial crisi?. The Telegraph of Kiew says on that subject: In the memory of man 110 levere a winter has not been known. The villages are literally buried in snow, and the frost is becoming daily more intense. The celebrated fair, which las's a fortnight, and the meeting of the landowners of the provinces of Wolhynia, Todolla, and the Ukraine, now taking plsce, are completely wanting in animation- first, because specie Is rare, and, next, because long journeys are almost Impossible, in consequence of the state of the roads from the deep snow. The thermometer mal ks 26 deg, below zero Fahrenheit; for the la*t sixty years it has not fallen so low. From the scarcity of coin, travellers at the end of each stage are obliged to receive from the postmasters paper money witd his signature, and which is naturally current only in a limited district. OXFORD WIT!—The following "jeu d' esprit" in reference to many of the colleges and halls and their heads has just appeared, and afforded much amuse- ment in Oxford:—Which is the Dancing College in Ox- ford ? Exeter with its Lightfoot. Tne Military College ? Christ Church with its Cannons? The Horticultural College?—University with its Plumtree. The Manu- facturing College ?—Worcester with its Cotton. The Saucy College ? — Magdalen with its Bulley. The Canny College ?—Balliol with its Scott. The Coldest College? St. John's with its Wynter. The Highest College .—Pembroke with its Evans (heavens). The Falconer a College?- Oriel with its Hawkins (hawkings). The Irishman's College? Lincoln with its Pattison (Pat-his-son). The Music Hall?—St. Alban's with its Satter (psalter). The Desolate Hall ?-St. Edmund's with its Moore (moor). The Hunting Hall?—St. Mary's with its Cha.se. Terræ filius," Codger's Hall. ADVENTURES OF A SQUIRREL One day last week (says the Liverpool Albion,) a well-known medical gentlemen was proceeding through a very respectable street, when a Bervant-girl rushed out of the house and excitedly begged him to come to the assistance of *i?r F:U8':re8s* He instantly complied, and on entering the house heard shrill screams. Supposing that the ladies clothes were on fire, he proceeded to take off his coat for the purpose of extinguishing the flames. For- tunately, however, the cause was not so serious. The lady he found in t- e yard, dancing about in a frantic state of alarm, exclaiming that some animal was up her clothes; and she urgently implored the doctor to remove it. He hesitated to do so, not knowing what sort of animal it might be, and fearing he might be bitten. Eventually, however, he made an examination, and found that a squirrel had taken refuge on the lady's person above her waist, and was holding on to her by its claws. With some difficulty the animal was removed, but not until it had inflicted some severe scratches on the lady's person. It would appear that the squirrel had escaped from a neighbour, and had hidden among some old bottles in the yard, when, see- ing the lady, it had rushed to her for warmth. THE CASK OF MARY RYAN.—A Parliamentary return relative to the supposed abduction of the nun A?? Ryan was issued on Saturday. The report of Mr. Wilkes, one of the Medical Commissioners in Lunacy is appended. Mr. Wilkes went over to the as.ylum of St. Julien. at Bruges, and had an interview with Mary Ryan. In describing this interview Mr. Wilkes says; She stated to me that nothing could again make her nappy; that the enemy had taken possession of her, and wanted to overthrow the peace of the church that life was 2 ^er> and that she would destroy herself if she had tne opportunity. She even now at times refuses to eat, and sne is considered to be so decidedly suicidal ihat a sister has always slept in the same room with her. In my opinion Mary Ryan Is still of unsound mind, labouring under a very common form of melancholia with a suicidal tendency. I also think that she la not in a state to be safely taken care of out of aa asylum. A SUBPRISR FOR THE BANK DIRECTORS.—The extraordinary disclosures that have been lately made public connected with the robberies in London, won- derful as they are, are not without precedent, as may be gleaned from the following narrative, founded on fact. Some few years ago the directors ofthe Bank of England reeeiverl a written communication saying tbat the writer, who did not give his name, would meet them any evening, and at any hour they named, in the bullion room of the bank, and which was considered as impregnable as the Rock of Gibraltar or Citadel of Quebec, No notice was at first paid to the anony- mous scribe, but as the letters were continued a few of the directors agreed to answer and accept the invita- tion to meet the mystecjous writer in the stronghold of the bank. At the hour and night appointed they entertd this auriferous sanctum, and to their great surprise and consternation, to find that they were not alone, as a man in the garb of a labourer, with lantern in hand, stood before them. The enigma was soon solved by the stranger pointing to the floor, in which there was an aperture large enough to admit of any man ascending. "This, gentlemen," said he, "com- municates with a drain, and having once been called upon to repair it, I discovered how easy it ou!d be to make an entrance into this otherwise strongly-protected room:" The directors congratulated themselves on the discovery, took every precaution against a recur- rence of the circumstance, and rewarded the man who had given the information with 500Z. Fortunately the man was honest; had he been otherwise, he might have obtained thousands by communicating; the secret to thoFe who live by plunder. A TRADITION!—We forgot in our notice of Lord Combermere last week to record a singular cir- cumstance which belonged to his capture of Bhurtpore (says the Court Journal). There was a prophecy that this fortress never should be taken except by a crocodile, who should drink up the waters of the oitch. Lord Lake was beaten away from the sainted fortress in 1804, and odd enough, the first operation Lord Combermere directed for its reduction was to drive away workmen who were flooding the ditch from the neighbouring river. As in Sancrit a crocodile was called coombeer, the garrison expected defeat; but all this story is trash, for the fortress was carried after the most obstinate resistance, "the bastion of victory being stormed by Colonel Nicolls at the head of his regiment, he being the first to overstride the battle- ments and cut down the chief carrying the sacred ensigns, whilst his covering sergeant cut down the standard-bearer and captured the other. Colonel Nicolls was afterwards better known as Sir Jasper Nicolls, but he has left us, like thousands of brave and gallant men, and this brief notice can only state that he was brother-in-law to Sir Lovell Lovell, one of our first cavalry officers and Waterloo men, but now decpawdini, llir.. THE LAW'O# BIFA'&ITEP action h-ts been brought against a publican itf the Shoreditch County Court, in London. A working man entered the defendant's house, and in payment for some refreshment tendered a sovereign which was returned to him by the barman cleanly split in two halves. The coin, when originally tendered, was cracked; but the barman, believing it to be spurious, defaced it in the manner described. In its present state, the plaintiff could only obtain 19a. 4d. r 8*?^ »t the Bmk of England. The Judge, in deciding in favour of the plaintiff, said that if a trades- man tests the current coin of the realm, and in doing so damages that coin, and renders it-'no longer current, he is liable for such damage. SCOPE FOR THE IMAGINATION — If Lord Palnerston will only try the experiment of deferring the dissolution till the spring of next year, this generation will have the chance of seeing a dramatic parliamentary scene such as has been seldom witnessed before (remarks the Court Journal). Scene—the House of CommQns j time-ha.lf,past 11 o'clock p.m., on the 30th of May, 1866. Principal figure-Mr. Vincent bculiy, eloquently insisting upon the wrongs of Ire- land. Below him, the Ministers profoundly un- comfortable at the reflection that neither Appro- priation Bill nor tax bills have been passed, and that the public service can only be carried on by illegal pro- ceedings, for which a new and possibly hostile Parlia- ment may refuse an mdemnity. At the end of tha,t time the clock strikes 12, the Irish patriot's task is done the Speaker, no longer a speaker, descends humbly from hw chair the House of Commons is sud- denly resolved into a very shabby-looking and up- roanous public meeting; and the Ministers go off reflecting upon the perplexing predicament into which the exigency of party tactics has conducted them. It would be a pity to lose such a scene. Perhaps, for the transitory interests of the public service, it would be better that the elections should take place next autumn, but for the more permanent objects of the sensational historian it is earnestly to be hoped that the dissolution may be postponed. NEGRO BEAUTY.—The men led me up to a beautiful lady-like creature sitting alone under a tree (says Captain Grant). She received me, without any expression of surprise, in the most dignified manner and after having talked with the men, rose smiling, showing great gentleness in her manner, and led me to her hut. I had time to scrutinise the interesting stranger; she wore tbe usual Watusi costume of the cow's skin reversed, teased into a frieze with a needle, coloured brown, and wrapped round her body from below the chest the ankles. Lappet?, showing zebra-like stripes of many colours, she wore as a turnover round the waist; and except where orna- mented on one arm with a highly polished coil of thick brass wire, two equally bright and massive rings on the right wrist, and a neck pendant of brass wire— except these and her wrapper she was an naturel. I was struck with her peculiarly formed head and grace- ful long neck the beauty of her fine eyes, mouth, and nnSr j the smallness of her hands and naked feet were all faultless. The arms and elbows were rounded off like an egg, the shoulders were sloping1, and her small breasts were those of a crouching Venus-a, perfect beauty 1 After the fair one had examined my skin and my clothes, I expressed great regret that I had no beads to present to her. They are not wanted," she said. Sit down, drink this buttermilk, ———■ ————— L and here is also some butter for you." It was placed on a clean leaf. I shook hands, patted her cheek, and took my leave, but some beads were sent her, and she paid me a visit bringing butter and buttermilk, and (alas for feminine consistency !) asking for more presents, which she of course got, and I had the gratification to see her eyes sparkle at the sight of them. This was one of the few women I met during our whole journey that I admired. ANECDOTE OF THE LATE DUKE OF ORLEANS.— Some 20 years baek, or thereabouts, I was breakfasting with my late lamented friend, Lord H. Seymour. when Decamps, the celebrated painter, was announced (says the author of "Gronow's Reminiscences)." During breakfast Decamps told us the following anecdote, which, he said, had occurred the day before:— A gentleman called at his lodging on the third story, and asked the porter if M. Decamps was at home, and being answered in the affirmative, the visitor was about to ascend the staircase, when the porter called after him, and said As you are about to visit the artist, perhaps you will have no objection to carry with you his trousers, which I have just mended." By all means," replied the stranger, I shall be happy to render you this little service." Arriving at the door, the visitor rang the bell, and Decamps openirg the door, to his utter amazement, recognised the Duke of Orleans, who laughingly presented to him the trousers he had re- ceived from the porter. A GREAT FJSH.—There has been exhibiting at Sheffield a fish of unusual form and size. Its weight is about one ton, its length 15 feet, and its girth ex- tremely great. Its colour is a blue-grey, and judging from the size of its mouth, its appetite must have been decidedly good. At the side of each jaw is a large tapering fin, looking very like the long wing whiskers now in fashion, and inside the mouth is a fine circle of teeth curved inwards towards the throat. The mouth •—or parcels receiving office-is an extensive establish- ment, as cod-fish on their way to the interior are not so much as marked on their passage through it. This fish seems to have been of a benevolent disposition in his diy, for it was his way when he met with any fish at all smaller than himself to invite them in out of the wet. Six well-grown cod fish and a little society of haddocks were all taken out of his capacious interior, and each of these fishes looked, on its restoration to light, as fresh as if it had just been caught with hook and line. How these fishes came to be so delicately provided cannot be said, but the work has been done in a kindly way, and each cod fish, if it could but speak, might declare, "I was a stranger and he took me in." DECREASE OF EMIGRATION.—The Government emigration officials at the port of Liverpool last week completed their usual monthly returns of the emigra- tion from the Mersey, and these returns, when compared with the corresponding month of lR1i4, show an enor- mous decrease in the exodus during the past month, when there sailed to the United States 14 ships, with 2 C55 steerage and 189 cabin passengers, of whom 831 were English, 1,307 Irisb, 93 Scotch, and 424 other countries; to New South Wales there was only one ship, with 398 steerage and 1 cabin passenger, of which 52 were English, 24 Scotch, and 322 Irish to Queens- land there was one ship, with 422 steerage and 23 cabin passengers, of whom 30 were English, 389 Irish to Victoria there were two ships, with 367 steerage and 1 cabin passenger, of whom 172 were English, 183 Irish, 9 Sc Itch, and 3 other countries, making a grand total of 3,842 steerage and 214 cabin passengers. Of ships not under the Act there sailed to the United States 5, with 244 passengers; to Vancouver's Island, 1 ship, with 9 passengers; to Victoria, 1 ship, with 33 pas- sengers to China, one ship, with 8 passengers; to Africa, 2 ships, with 45 passengers, making a total of 358 passengers. In February, 1864, there sailed 7.623 passengers, while during the past month there only sailed 4 404, thereby shoeing a decrease, as compared with 1865, of 3,224. ° My MoTHRR — Some gentlemen passing through the beautiful village ofRemon, in the Vale of Leven, Dumbartonshire, about nine o'clock at night, some time ago, had their attention directed to a dark object in the churchyard (says the North British Mail). On going in to ascertain what it was. they found a boy of tender years lying flat on his face, and apparently sound asleep over a recently-made grave. Thinking this not a very safe bed for him, they shook him up, and asked how he came to be there. He said he was to go home, as his sister, with whom he resided, had threatened to beat him." And where does your sister live .asked one of the party. "In Dumbar- to°' w £ s, In Dumbarton—nearly four miles o and how came you to wander so far away from home I jUflt cam»» sobbed the poor little fellow, because my mither's grave was here." His mother had been buried there a short time before, and his seeking a refuge at her grave in his sorrow was a beautiful touch of nature in a child, who could scarcely have yet learned to realize the true character of that separation which knows of no reunion on earth. Thither had he instinctively wandered to sob out his sorrows, and to moisten with tears the grave of one who had hitherto been his natural protector, for he had evidently cried himself asleep. A CAREER.—" As a woman I suppose I am not competent to discuss politics," (saysa writer in Blackwooda Magazine,) "and if Broadbrim con- scientiously believes in manhood suffrage and the Low Church, and considers it his duty before Gad to lose no opportunity of propagating his opinions, I should be the first to urge his Uniug all the influence which his name and wealth give him in what would then become a sacred duty but the career you talk about is not a sacred duty. It is a wretched Will-o'-the-wisp that tempts men to wade through mire in its pursuit, not the bright star fixed above them in the heavens to light up their path." I firmly believe," she went on, as she warmed to her theme, "that the one word, baa done more to demoralise public men than any other wordx in the language. It is one embodi- ment of that selfishness which we are taught from our cradles. Boys go to school with strict injunctions if possible to put self at the top of it. They take the highest honours at the University purely for the sake of self. How can we expect then when they get into Parliament that they should think of anything but self, until at last the most conscientious of them is only conscientious by contrast ? I know you think me foolish and unpractical, and will tell me mine is an impossible standard; but I don't believe in impossible standards where public morality is concerned. At all events, let us make some attempt in an upward direction and, as a first step I propose to banish from the vocabulary that most pernicious of all words, • A Career. PLASTERING WINE. — The custom of treating win; with plaster has been often declared by medical men to be perfectly allowable in a hygieDic point of view, and in a paper addressed last week to the Academy of Sciences M. G. Chancel shows that it is beneficial to the wine under certain circumstances (says Galiffnani). Plaster, or sutphateoflime, acts upon wines in different ways, but its action is always de- fecating and purifying. Experiment shows that the quantity of grapes yielding one litre of wine in the South of Prance contains 8 or 9 gms. of tartar, and yet the wine obtained only contains 2 gms. to 2h gms. of this salt per litre. A large quantity of bi-tartrate of potash therefore remains in the dregs. This shows that the solubility of this salt in wine is very limited. w hen plaster is brought into contact with wine, its reaction is exercised on a solution which, during the dr«?n' r/ draw a fresh sapply of tartrate from the ureg8. ihe result obtained from plastering wine in the or Plastering the wine already fermented and unfiT? °?' are therefore different. The addition of a Quantity of plaster to wine causes nearly the in+r* i?uan!lty °f potash contained in the grape to pass iricrenaf +ulne under.the form of a tartrate, and thus to TTf*nr»n ;» • ProPortion of tartaric acid in the liquid, nosit af ijf ?ot surPrising that plastered wine can de- winp nM much tartar in the casks as common wine lose a wtnCe' *!f°' u*ie dregs of highly-plastered Chancel ^^able quantity of potash. M. plaster caim^lf^ thefollowlug conclusions 1. That contained in f, at,least 0De half of the tartaric acid it increa-es ^fregs to pass into the wine. 2. That wine height-A ProPortlon acid principles in And 3 Th^t i ? ci>lour'. and secures its stability, asul Dhatfi t h mtr?duce8 mto wine, under the form of j the Skater part of the potash in the drees under the form of a bitartrate, g O M 4 GEDYA ter H bio and romantic He was formerly engaged in Cassel, and one of the Princes of Hesse-Cassel fell in love with. Birnbaum's daughter, and in spite of the opposition of his august father, the Curfurst married her, and fled with her to Switzerland, where they 'Jived for some time supported only by tne actor, as the Prince's father disavowed the marriage, and refused every assistance. Of course Herr Birnbaum received his dismissal from the Court Theatre in Cassel, and he had to seek his fortune elsewhere. He found a home at last at Stuttgart. The Prince eventually got tired both of his narrow means and young wife, and yielding to his father's persuasions, left her to die of a broken heart. This catastrophe preying upon Herr Birnbaum's mind led to the tragedy of tlw 10th ultimo. In Laube's cele- brated play, the Karls Schuler, the actor represen- ted a man who has to tell a story resembling his own. Before going on the stage, he was observed to be confused and excited; he went on, however, and acted in a manner that drew tears from the whole audience, and even those acting with him but on leaving the stage at the end of this scene, he had scarcely arrived at tbe wing when he clasped both his hands to his heart, and fell down a corpse! The sensation among his brother artists and the public in general can scarcely be described, for all knew his history, and knew what had struck him down. The play, of course, came to a close at once. The king has granted his widow a pension, and acceded to the desire of the deceased, often expressed, to be buried beside his daughter, the wife of Prince redenc of Flanan, in the churchyard of Cannstadt.

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