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THE EXECUTION OF MONTI AND TOGNETTI. ROME, NOV. 24. Montiand Tognetti were executed at seven a.m. to-day. Almost up to the last moment hopes were entprtained that the lives of the prisoners would be Spared, but these were dispelled at noon yesterday by the appearance of the lavoloni. These are wooden boards which are placed at the corners of the street, and inscribed with the names, ages, and descriptions Of the condemned men. the place and hour of their execution, and also an invitation to the faithful to meet in certain churches and there recite prayers for the dying. The condemned were two working masons, aged respectively 23 and 33. One of them leaves behind him a widow and five children. The scaffold was erected during last night. A largs number of people were present at the execution but were kept at some distance from the guillotine by the troops who were on guard. Thesa consisted of a batialien of Zouaves, some troops cf the line, Some dragoons, and also some mounted gensdarmes, who galloped about and kept a clear space in front of the scaffold. At five o'clock the executioner and the priests Went to the condemned men and they were conducted to the Conforteria, or the chapel, where, according to custom, they received the list consolations of religion. Exactly at seven a.m. the brethren of the Misericorde left the Church of St John the Beheaded and proceeded to the Confoiteria, which they entered. In aboE ten minutes they reappeared conducting the elder of the condemned men. The executioner marcned in front. A brother of the Misericorde held a crucifix in front of the prisoner, whos: arms were tied behind his hack, and who was supported by h:s confessor. The executioner first ascended the scaffold, and gave a glance round to see that everything was in order; he was almost immediately followed by the condemned, who appeared very weak, and kept repeatirg Miseri- corde." Almost iiiim-ed,"ately afterwards the head fell. Lifting the dissevered head by 'he hair, the executioner showed it to the troops, and th. n placed it on the scaffold besido the body, which his assistants had taken off the planks. He then wiped the knife with a sponge, and nised it to its former position, while his assistants threw sawdust upon the pools of blood which trickled through the woodwork of the scaffold. After that came the turn of the younger criminal. Again the brethren of the Misericorde entered the Conforteria. The unfortunate criminal, who was in a very excited state, begged for mercy. The confessors tried to calm him, but in vain, and at last he was led forth, a white cloth having been thrown over his head in order that he shauld not see the bod)- of his companion. His so and cries were barely audible, he could sc ircely sustain himself; and in a tremulous Yoice kept repeating Misericorde." The priest assisted him to mouit the steps of the scaffold, and gave him absoli tion while he assistants were binding him to the fatal plank. Even as the knife descende i, the cry of Misencotde rent the morning air. The executioner showed the head to the troops as he had doae the first, and then the bodies were placed on a cart and carried to the church of St John the Beheaded. The priest remained upon the scaffold, and made an addle is to the people. The executioner threw a sack of sawdust over the blood of the criminals, and then descended from the scaffold and disappeared, and immediately afterwards the troops returned to their barracks. The people remained very quietly, and after the departure of the troops collected round t ie guillotine, which was not removed until the evening, and guarded by a picket of soldiers, until at last they gradually dispersed. DOGs.-On Tuesday Sir Richard Mayne's order as to the muzzlin; of dogs in the metropolis ex- pired, and they will now enjoy the same privileges as the dogs in the city of London. SAVAGE ATTACKS BY A MAD Doo.—Early on Saturday morning, while a young man named Cuthbert Nixon, was proceeding along North-road, Preston, a black retriever dog suddenly sprang at him and bit him severely in the arm. He succeeded in knocking the dog off, and shortly afterwards gave information to a policeman, who, in company with two or three others, set off in pursuit of the animal, Before they reached it it had attacked another man, and bitten him in a similar manner to the first the fe-ocious brute was pursued into Friargate, and the poli comen ultimately came up to it; one of tLem tnade a bold attempt to capture it by tiie neck, but it turned upon him and bit his hand in a serious manner. The dog was eventually caught in the house of a man who had reared it, and taken to the police-station in a barrow, tied down, and it was shiytlv afterwards destroyed. The injured policeman will be continue his duties for some time. CURIOUS F ACT.- When herrings are in what may be called the hungry state -that is, when the milt or r)e is at its smallest-they eat everything in the shape of food they can obtain. As a proof of this, and it will interest our readers to know the fact, the herring will rise to a fly. This is a fact; we have seen them taken by means of a rod and an artificial fly. The late Mr Mitchell narrates an experiment of fly fishing for herrings, when a few hundreds were taken in that wav for the early German market, which is a very remunerative one. The herring has also been taken by means of clear hooks, without bait of any kind, and as many as 3000 fish have been brought ashore in this way, in an hour or two, by one or two boatmen who tried to anticipate the regular fishing season. It is thought by some, who have studied the natural history of the herring that these fish only come together at the spawning season, and that at all other times they live a separate and individual life, which, Iff true, is exceedingly carious. -The Gentleman's Magazine. PROPOSED GKEAT PASSENGER SHIP.-We have Seen a model of what is probably" the coming ship of this age. It is to be of the same size as the Great Eastern, except that instead of 28ft. it will draw only 18ft, and it will carry proportionally less tonnage. It is designed to carry four times as many passengers as any present style of ship, and to substitute for bunks Christian beds it will also give four times the space to a state room. The present mode of bunking passengers is unworthy of the age. Sea Sickness, if preventible by construction, should be rendered ob&olete. This desideratum is attained in Thomas Silver's coming ship it is secured by the proportions of the ship, and by there being 30ft less of the hull out of water than in the Great Eastern but the motion is rendered almost imperceptible by a new device. The state rooms, instead of being at the outside limits of the vessel, are amidships that 5s, along the centre line of the ship, where the roll is Scarcely perceptible. The saloon is to be 500ft long- and clear of obstructions. It is not for dining. Instead o" a public table, there are to be two com- peting restaurants at the extremities adjoining the Saloons. The ship will sell passage only; the board being payable as meals are ordered. It is contem- plated to carry second class passengers and third class in the same way. The present first c'ass bunks will be for third class berths*—San Francisco Times, j