VARIORUM. The Marquis of Bath is about to diminish the breed- ing of game on his property at Longleat. The Rev. Professor Kennedy has been formally in- stalled a Canon of Ely Cathedral. The new Foreign-office is expected to be ready for occupation in August. General Garibaldi has accepted the honorary presi- dency of the Reform League. The Hereford Agricultural Society have resolved not to hold a cattle show this year. The Privy Council has consented to allow a show of cattle to be held this year by the Norfolk Agricultural Society. Mrs. Brewin, of Tiverton, has just given zC500 to the endowment fund of the local infirmary. Active steps are being taken by the Admiralty to establish a chaplain-general for the navy. 11 The Lords of the Admiralty have invited all ship- builders or designers to send in designs of men-of-war for the consideration of their lordships. A farmer in the county of Dorset has received over £ 1 ,000 for one year's yield of barley, the produce of sixty acres. The Earl of Haddington is appointed Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. All cavalry regiments on proceeding to India are to M allowed an additional major, who shall not be re- ducible on the return of the regjprient to this country. A company has been formed-at Poole, in Dorsetshire, for deep sea ifishino- between the Ise of Purbeck and the Isle of Wight. ° M. Brasseur, formerly Professor of ^French at King's College, London, has been appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Land-slips are continually taking place in the neigh- bourhood of Lyme Regis, in Dorsetshire, owing to the encroachments of the sea. A robbery has been effected at the British embassy in Berlin, and Lady Augustus Loftus has lost jewelry to the value of about two thousand dollars. Since the easterly winrls of the last week a fearful blight has set in among the early planted potatoes, and n whole fields are affected by disease. The Synod of the United Presbyterian Church has unanimously appointed the Rev. Dr. Cairns to the newly-created chair of Apologetical Theology. "Y. The Rev. Dr. Moberly, upwards of thiitfy years Head Master of Winchester School, will succeed to the Deanery of Chester. Nearly twenty fine salmon were caught in one week in the river Avon, iin Hants. Last week a salmon weighing near 40lb. was caught in the same river. The butchers of Hereford are getting tenpencc a pound for meat, and yet they tender to supply the city gaol at fivepence a pound. Either the citizens pay dearly, or the prisoners will fare badly. The Marquis of Westminster has given X2,000 to- wards the support of the Women's Almshouses at Shaftesbury, A500 to the Salisbury Infirmary, and £100 to the Bath Hospital. The conservators of the River Frome, in Somerset- shire, have employed a person permanently to protect the means adopted for the cultivation of salmon in that river. Lord Shaftesbury has undertaken the conduct of the Bunhill-fields Burial Ground Bill in the Upper House. The Bill was read a first time in the Lords on Monday, but is now referred to the examiners. Mr. Carpenter, one of the great bee masters of Hamp- shire, died a few days ago. He had 200 stocks. lie and his family have 'resided at Godfrey's Farm, -it Beaiilieu, in the New Forest, for upwards of a century. The Queen has granted permission to William Parnie, LL.I)., employed in the service of the Sultan, to ac- cept and wear the insignia of the Third Class of the Imperial Order of the Medjidie, which his Imperial faster has conferred upon him. The annual festival of the Vale of Aylesbury Church Choral Association will be held on Thursday, June 20th. The sermon will be preached by the Very Rev. Dean of Ely. The Ven. Archdeacon Bickersteth has given notic that he will hold his annual Visitation of the arch- deaconry of Buckingham in the course of the last week in June. The Visitation at Aylesbury will be on Tues- day, June 2.5th. At the meeting of the London Missionary Society, Mr. Hadfield, M.P., responded to the appeal made for enlarged contributions to meet the extended operations of the society by requesting that, instead of his usual contribution of Y,100 a year, his name might that year be put down for £ 1,000. The Bishop of Bath and Wells has appointed the Rev. Henry Clutterbnck, M.A., vicar of Buckland Dinham, to be Rural Dean of the deanery of Frome Selwood; and the Rev. Prebendary Melward, incumbent of Paulton, to be Assistant Rural Dean, in the place of the late Rev. Prebendary Mayne, vicar of Midsomer, Norton. It is announced that the Princess Louise of Hesse (Princess Alice) will hold Drawing Rooms on the I Queen's behalf at St, James's Palace, on Saturdays, June the 8th and 15th. State Concerts will take place at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, the 12th, and Monday, the 17th of June, and two State Balls will be given at the same Palace later in the season. News reached Winchester on Monday that the wife of Sir Roger Tichborne, the claimant to the Tichborne estates, had been safely delivered of a son at 11 o'clock on Monday morning. The bells of the old cathedral were immediately set ringing, and continued for some hours to celebrate the event. The Belfast papers express great satisfaction at the selection by the Admiralty of the Messrs. Harland and Wolff, the iron-shipbuilders of that town, to build one of the new gun vessels. This is the first time," says the News Letter, that any firm in Ireland has ob- tained a contract for building a vessel of war." The guardians of the poor of St. Pancras three months ago entered into a contract to enlarge their workhouse at the cost of £10,000, but they have hitherto been prevented from carrying out the works from their y inability to borrow the money required. The Provident Clerks' Life Office has, however, now consented to lend them the t 10,000, at 5 per cent. per annum interest, re- payable in twenty years. Mr. Bradlaugh has resigned his position as one of the rice-presidents of the Reform League and member of the council and executive. He does so, he states, in order that the League may not any longer be taunted with its irreligion, and that some of its friends may not be pained by having their names associated with his own. He will always, however, be friendly to the so- ciety, and if ever his <' poor support should again be of any value, he will be ready to give it. A Roman catholic paper, printed in Dublin, acknow- ledges the receipt during last week of a handsome sum of money, which has been subscribed in New Zealand, for the benefit of the wives and families of the state prisoners in Ireland." It is to be entrusted for distri- bution to Mrs. O'Donovan (Rossa) and Mrs. Clarke Luby, both of whose husbands are now confined in Portland Prison. A Roman villa has just been dug out at Andover, in Hants, by the Rev. E. Kell and other Hampshire archce- Ologists. It is 65 feet long and 45 feet broad. The roof had been supported by massive pillars. Two fire- places have been discovered, also a quantity of frag- ments of Roman pottery, glass, and iron articles, and coins of Victorianas, Claudius, Gothicus, Maximums, Constantine, &c. The Roman station of Vindonum is believed to have been in the neighbourhood. • A Royal Commission is about to be issued to inquire into the present state of the Exchequer weights and standards. The following gentlemen will form the CommissionLord Rosse, Lord Wrottesley General Sabine, the Astronomer-Rojai, Mr. Graham, Sir John Lefevre, and Professor Miller. The same paper has reason to believe that the Government, in view of the opposition with which the Irish Land Bills are threatened have resolved to withdraw them, and that the order' for the Committee in each case will be discharged. In consequence of the announcement a day or two since of the birth of an heir to the Tichborne baronetcy, Messrs. Dobinson and Geare, of Lincoln's-inn-fields, write to the liines, 11 As representing the infant baronet, Sir Henry Alfred Joseph Doughty Tichborne (only child of the late Sir Alfred Tichborne), will you allow us to say that the guardians of the person and estate of the infant appointed by the Court of Chancery utterly deny the right of the person calling himself Sir Roger Charles Doughty Tichborne to bear the name and title he has unwarrantably assumed and that, should he venture to £ tii: any, claim in a tangible shape, the guardians will be prepared to profit whSlly without foundation ?" ^he Dl,)ke/ Cambvidge has decided cn calling upon a general ofheer of her Majesty's army to resign his commission, inconsequence of his Bai £ c having been SoKi ? recent notorious turf scandal. Al- though this is not the first occasion in which this officer MSS r ai] "nfu;/c.u7ab\e manner before the Ibf, ° ^mbndge !ha.S only decided on taking this step on the general m question having declined, on the ground that pecuniary embarrassments render lns_ presence in London impossible, to armear before a private court of inquiry of his brother officers at the Horse Guards. The Secretary of State for War nas funy concurred with his Royal Highness in the course proposed.
"DETERMINED ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE ON A RAILWAY. On Saturday evening a lad named James Fossey, son of Mr. Fossey, a pawnbroker, of Salmon-Jane, Limehouse, made a desperate attempt to commit self- destruction on the Blackwall Railway. The lad, who was only eighteen years of age, came to the Limehouse station, which is only 150 yards from his father's house, by the half-past seven o'clock train from London. He remained on the platform until the arrival of the next train, fifteen minutes afterwards, and as it was roming into the station raised his arms and deliberately threw himself on the line in front of the engine. No one ex- pected to see him alive again; but, singularly enough, the wheels of the engine and tender never touched him, and he escaped the rails. The ash-pan under the engine caught his body and twirled it over and over until the train was brought to a stand- still, when his mangled remains were removed from the line, and he was conveyed by Mr. Bany, an inspector of police in the service of the Great Eastern Railway Company, to the London Hospital. On examination of the youth it was ascertained that both legs were fractured, and amputation followed soon afterwards. On Monday on Mr. Barry making inquiries at the hospital, he was informed that the lad was going on favourably, and that he was likely to recover. Young Fossey was in the employ of a silversmith in the City, with whom he quarrelled on the day he made the rash attempt. At home he was described as a lad of morose and stubborn temper.
-t5_ SHOCKING MURDER BY BURNING. On Monday, at the Hammersmith Police-court, James Mooney, of No. 9, Pembroke-place, Earl-street, Ken- sington, was charged with violently assaulting his wife, Ann Mooney, and also with causing the death of his child by burning it. The first witness examined was his wife, who was led into the court, and was allowed to be seated while giving her evidence. She stated that on Saturday even ng she was speaking to a young man whom her husband knew very well, when he (the prisoner) came up, hit her on the back, and asked her why she did not return home. When she returned home be stripped the clothes from her, some of which he threw on the fire, and he punched her on the side and on the face with his fist. He punched her so that she was unable to stand up. Her little boy, who was nearly six years of age, said, Mother, hide under the bed father will kill you." Witness got away with only one under garment upon her, and sought pro- tection in a neighbour's house. She was still suffering in her side from the effect of the blows. The Prisoner here accused his wife with absconding from her home on Thursday last, and not returning until Saturday. When he met her she was not sober, and she threw herself down. The Wife, in reply to the magistrate, said she was quire sober. Hannah Penton said she lived in the same house. She did not see the blow struck, but she heard a scuffling noise in their room, which was over the one she occupied, and the voice of the complainant saying, Jem, don't." Shortly afterwards she saw the com- plainant in the yard nearly naked, when she lent her some clothes. On the following day she was present when the complainant was examined by a surgeon, and she then saw that her face was bruised. She complained of being injured in the left side. Ann Hayes said she lived at 8, Pembroke-place, and that on Sunday morning she went to the prisoner's room, where she saw the deceased lying on a bed. The prisoner was not in the room. She asked the deceased where his mother was, when he replied, Poor mother ran :nv:.y, and naughty father burn me." Mr. Ingham said that evidence was not admissible. Inspector Cross, of the T division, then stated that on Sunday morning he went to the prisoner's room. where he saw a quantity of burnt rags in the grate. He also saw a quilt on the bed, one end of which was burnt. The bed had been turned over, and on the other side he found three holes which had been caused by burns. There was no appearance of fire in the matting underneath the bed. He afterwards snv the prisoner at the station, and told him that he was charged with assaulting his wife, when he said that she had behaved badly to him. Witness remarked that it was a bad job about his child, when he said, Yes, I have taken him to the hospital." He also said that he went out after his wife had left, and when he returned the room was in darkness, and he asked his child where the light was, when she told him that it had gone out. z, He then procured a lucifer from the next room, and when he obtained a light he saw part of the bedding was on fire. He threw some water on the fire, and put it out. He went to bed, and in the morning when he awoke the deceased told him he was burnt. The witness also stated that when be examined the bed he found that it was wet. The Prisoner told the magistrate that he left the candle burning while he went to look after his wife. When he returned he asked his boy what he had done with the candle, when he told him that it was in the bed. He got a lucifer, and when he lighted the candle, which he took from the bed, he found the quilt burning. His child said his feet were hot. He (the prisoner) put out the fire, and as the bed was wet he turned it over. He did not notice his child until the next morning, when he said, Father, I am dying." He (the prisoner) then went to his wife and told her that the child was ill, when she said she was not able to go to him. As soon as he was able he took the child to the hospital. Inspector Cross said he saw no marks of a candle on the bed. Police-constable Wilcox produced some burnt pieces of a woman's dress and bonnet, which he found in and under the grate. Another constable proved that on taking the prisoner into custody he twice asked whether the charge was about the child, and he was told that it was not. Mr. F. M. Sims, house-surgeon of St. George's Hospital, said the deceased was brought to the hospital by the prisoner on Sunday morning. The child was very much burnt on the back part of the thighs, groin, and descending downwards to the heels. He died that morn- ing from the effects of the burns. Mr. Ingham remanded the prisoner until the 4th of June.
THE VOLUNTEERS.—A review of the Volunteers of the southern counties was held on Wednesday last at Salisbury, under the command of Colonel Erskine, Inspector-General of Volunteers. About 5,000 men, including cavalry and artillery, had arranged to be present, chiefly from the counties of Hants, Wilts, Dorset, and Somerset. The ground selected was a broad reach of turf about three miles from Salisbury, on the London road. It was particularly favourable for the spectators, as from the hills which sur- round it on every side a view of the whole was obtained, and every incident of the review was plainly visible. Colonel Erskine inspected the ground on Tuesday week, and pronounced it admirably adapted for the purposes of a review. Arrangements, had been made by the railway companies to land all the corps attending the review in Salisbury by 11 o'clock in the morning. Refreshments were provided for the men by a local committee on the ground. The review commenced at 1 o'clock. Ic the evening, on the return, the Volunteers had time allowed them to obtain dinner, and between 7 and 8 o'clock left for their homes by train. PATENT CORK CARPETS.—An Irish contemporary states:—" The remarks we lately made of the useful qualities of this cloth for floois, sold by Messrs. Tustin, of 86, Leadenhall-Street, have just now been strength- ened by a report of the Dublin Free Literary Society, which runs .-I The comfort of our readers has been much added to by the use of a cork floor-cloth which is quite noiseless, and its durability may be imagined when we say that after three years' wear, it has been taken up to have the room enlarged, and is found not ill any way injured.' The Limner" (Registered), invented by George Bell, Esq., late of the Government School of Design, and Professor of Drawing and Painting to the Airdale and Richmond Colleges. This ingenious invention enables any person (old or young) to copy Engravings, Drawings, Paintings, Photographs, &c.; to sketch Landscapes, Flowers, Portraits, Architecture, &c., &c., from Nature, without any previous knowledge of draw- ing or painting. The instrument is so simple in its ap- plication that a child may use it. Engravings, &c., of the most elaborate kind may be copied 111 an incredibly short space of time it also teaches perspective in a most effectual manner, without reference to the ordinary rules; and the price brings it within the reach of all classes. The Limner, price 2s., forwarded to any Pa^ the United Kingdom on receipt of 27 stamps. C. Nash and Co. proprietors, 40A, King William-street, London Bridge. The public are respectfully referred to the opinions of the press and testimonials. Orders should be forwarded without delay, 30,000 having already been sold. An agent required in every town. A liberal dis- count allowed. CHANNEL RACES.—Besides the races of the Royal Thames Yacht Club to Dover and Havre, and of the Royal London to Harwich, a third is about to take place. The Prince of Wales Yacht Club, following the example of the other two, have arranged for a yacht race from Gravesend to Ramsgate on Saturday, July 6th. The contest is to be open to vessels of any club and of any rig, not exceeding 25 tons, without entrance fee. Entries to close July 1st. The yachts are to start from and weigh their own anchors. Each is to tow her boat and have her usual seagoing fittings. Crew to be limited to one hand for every five tons or part thereof, exclusive of pilot, owner, and friends. Time allowances :—Uuder 10 tons, 2 minutes; under 15, Ii minute; and under 25, 1 minute per ton.
MISCELLANEOUS, The annual general meeting, of the National Artil- lery Association was be held at the rooms of the Na- tional Rifle Association, 12, Pall-mall East, attwop.nj., on the 29th ult. The forty-eighth birthday of her Majesty was cele- brated on Saturday in the metropolis with consider- able manifestations of loyalty. Saturday was also Princess Christian's birthday. Mr. Bradlaugh, whose name as one of the vice- presidents of the Reform League has been a good deal before the public lately, has resigned his office. He says he has taken the step in order that the League may no longer be taunted with irreligion, and that its friends may be spared the pain of having their names associated with his. The Army and Navy Gazette states that Sir John Pakington has decided that all cavalry regiments shall, on proceeding to India, be allowed an addi- tional major, who shall not be reducible on the re- turn of the regiment to this country, and the Treasury has been called upon to sanction the slight additional expense that this arrangement will entail. Despatches just received from Jassy report a,vio- lent persecution of the Jews in that town. A large number of them has been sent away, and their desti- nation was yet unknown. The Jewish community in Paris have addressed representations to the Ministers of the Interior and Foreign Affairs and to the Em- peror Napoleon, praying for the protection of their co-religionists. THE SALARIES OF INLAND REVENUE OFFICFRS.On Friday night, a numerously attended meeting of offi- cers of Inland Revenue in the Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield, Mirfield, and Cleckherton districts was held at Halifax with the object of petitioning Par- liament for an increase generally in the salaries of excise officers. Last year a like movement was orig- inated, and, on appealing to the Board of Commis- sioners for an increase, it is affirmed that their ap- plication was peremptorily refused. It was stated at the meeting that already 200 committees of action had been formed throughout the country, the centre being Glasgow. A similar meeting was held at Bir- mingham he same night. AN ASSUMING AND SELF-ACCUSED BARONET.—At the Liverpool Police-court, on Saturday last, a tall, well- dressed, and on the whole, gentlemanly-looking young man, indulging in the aristocratic personal adorn- ment of long wing whiskers, and an imposing amount of hirsute adornment on his chin, who described him- self as Sir William Evan Edwards, baronet, and who further stated that he was a London law-clerk and solicitor, was brought before the stipendiary magi- strate at Liverpool, on a self-imposed charge of em- bezzlement. From the evidence it appeared that on the previous night Evans accosted a police-constable in Lime-street, saying, "Take me into custody, as I have embezzled some money in London." The con- stable took him into custody, and on their arrival at the police-station the prisoner repeated the statement he had made to the constable, but added that the averment he had made as to the embezzlement was made merely to "humbug" the police. In defiance of this statement, however, he (the prisoner) was de- tained, having been, according to the evidence, drunk at the time, and, being incapable of taking care of himself, he was detained for safety. In auswer to the interrogatories of the Bench, the pseudu baronet said he had on the occasion referred to got too much liquor, and had been unable to know what he was doing or what he did. He further said he hoped the escapade in which he had been caught would prove a warning to him. The magistrate expressed his en- tire concurrence in this latter view of the case. The prisoner, against whom there was no charge beyond that which he had accused himself of, was then dis- charged, the magistrate at the time cautioning him as to the impropriety of getting drunk, particularly as in his case that seemed to imply the entire absence of self-control. THE RECENT STRIKE.—MORE CONVICTIONS OF ENGINE DRIVERS.—Saturday was appointed for disposing, at the Guildhall, York, of the cases of George Preston, William Amour, Samuel Tiplady, James Thornton, Richard Dean, George Sharp, Jos. Young, William Brown, Thomas Brown, and Henry Henderson, who were charged with having left the employment of the North Eastern Railway Company without giving a month's notice. Sharp was a fireman, and all the rest engine drivers. Dean is at present in prison, he having assaulted one of the newly-appointed engine drivers. Preston's case was heard on the 18th of April and judgment was reserved, and the other cases post- poned until Monday last. J. Chadwick, Esq., was the presiding magistrate. Mr. Gutch appeared for the Company, and Mr. Webster, of Darlington, for the defendants. After a lengthened conversation, Mr. Gutch said it was not the wish of the Company to in- flict a severe punishment, and he was willing to be- lieve that the men were misguided. At the same time he might remark that the great object of the Com- pany was to let the men know that they could not leave without notice, and this not merely for the sake of the Company, but on behalf of the public at large because if the men could leave without notice the whole traffic of the company might be stopped, and it would be impossible to conduct any business at all. Believing that the men saw their error, and that they felt they ought not to have left the service of the Com- pany without a month's notice, he (Mr. Gutch) should be content if Mr. Chadwick thought fit to inflict a money penalty only.-The defendants then severally pleaded guilty, and agreed to forfeit their wages, Mr. Chadwick observing he had no objection to conform to this arrangement. The fortnight's wages due to each of the men were as follows :—George Preston, zC6 Os 9cl; William Amour, 95 6s 6d; Samuel Tip- lady, 95 7s 3d; James Thornton, -25 8s; Richard Dean, zC6 18s 3d; Geo. Sharp, £3 7s 4id; Joseph Young, £3 12s; Wm. Brown, £4 10s 9d; Thomas Brown, £6 4s 5-id; and Henry Henderson, £5 5s 71d. UNEXPECTED RETURN OF A TRUANT HUSBAND.— CURIOUS SEQUEL.—It will be remembered that a pit- man who resided on Gilesgate Moor, near Durham, started for America some eleven years ago, leaving his wife and family behind. Years passed away, but no tidings of him could be heard and after he had been gone some seven years, his disconsolate wife took to herself another lord and master, with whom she lived happily for four years, when, to her sur- prise, the truant husband returned, and upset the quiet that had reigned at thefamily board..Natural- ly wroth at his unaccountable and prolonged absence, she yet had some spark of the old feeling left for the man whom she had first sworn to love, honour and obey. She gave him his tea, sheltered him for the night, and, thinking he was not possessed of much surplus cash, promised him a shilling to assist him in the case of want. The husband No. 2, however, did not relish his presence, and the claim which the wan- derer set up on the following morning to the lady's affections was met by his being turned out of the house, in which proceeding the worthy dame lent her assistance, concluding, no doubt, that she was more comfortable in her present quarters than she would be if she allied herself with the lot of her fugitive lord. To settle this rather funny dispute, however, both the claimants consulted a lawyer, and in this litigious spirit we left them a fortnight ago. At the time of her husband's summary ejection from the pre- mises, Mrs. Watts believed him to be a penniless out- cast. It subsequently transpired, however, that al- though his speculations had not been so successful as he had anticipated, he had, for a person in his posi- tion in life, great expectations" in his native coun- try. While in America he heard that a relative had died and left him a legacy of 2300; and this sum, and not a burning desire to rejoin his wife, had been the loadstone which had drawn him across the Atlan- tic. The news of his good forture he soon confirmed, and he obtained possession of the money. His wife, hearing of this unexpected turn of luck, thought it be- coming to return to her duty, and her affection for her long lost husband greatly increased in intensity as soon as she became aware of the amount over which he had obtained control. The house in which she and Wallace had for four years resided was in her own occupation at the time of their marriage, and the furniture also belonged to her. After she had be- come reconciled to her husband, she took the opportu- nity, in the absence of Wallace, to remove the furni- ture, and quit the premises. At Hetton she met her liege lord, and transferred the goods to him; and the pair commenced to enjoy the funds with which the legacy had endowed him. For some days they have been carousing together in the public-house of that village; and in the meantime the deserted and dis- consolate Mr. Wallace has been left to his own devices. The pangs of despised love affect different people in many ways,and for this complaint many remedies have been devised. Mrs. Crupp recommended to her lod- ger Mr. Copperful, when smarting under Cupid's darts, a course of skittles; and Mr. Wallace, since his bereavement, has taken to a round of drinking. He had, when his partner quitted his domicile, a good fat pig in the stye. The animal, and the produce of a well stocked garden, he has converted into money, and is now, while bewailing his heavy loss, expend- ing the proceeds in a vain attempt to drown his grief and sorrow. The only consolation he has derived from a visit to Hetton is a promise on the part of his late partner that she will occasionally drop in to see how he and her boy are getting on. This is a plain unvarnished tale of an occurrence in real life, which aptly illustrates the saying, frailty, thy name is WO' man I"—Durham Advertiser*
I THE HORSE SHOW. On Saturday morning the Great Metropolitan Hoise Show was opened to the public at the Agricultural Hall. The character of the exhibition has steadily improved year by year, and the animals entered this year are of a high class. The doors of the hall were thrown open at nine o'clock, and shortly after that time visitors began to enter. Before ten o'clock there was a large attendance, and from the fact that, this being opening day, the price for admission was high, the visitors belonging principally to toe aristocracy. The general arrangements, under Mr. Sidney, the secretary, contri- buted greatly to the convenience of the public, and one feature in particular is worthy of notice. In order that the intending purchasers of horses may experience as little difficulty as possible, a novel device has been hit upon. All the horses are numbered, and the attendant upon each carries a large white ticket in the front of his hat, bearing upon it the number corresponding with the number of the horse; and as the attendant is always in the immediate neighbourhood, little difliculty is experienced in finding him out. The judges are :—The Earl of Portsmouth, Lord Suffield, Sir John Trollope, Sir George Wombwell, Colonel Maude, C.B., Colonel Kingseote, M.P., and Mr. H. Farquhar. The order of judging will be as follows 1st—Hunters, Classes 1, 2, 3, and 4. 2nd Stailions, Classes, ,1 2, and 3. 3rd—Hacks and riding ponies, Classes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13. On Mon- day the judging will be continued with harness horses and ponies, Classes 5, 11, 12, and extra classes for pairs. The list of prizes offered for competition is very tempting, and the first prize of zElOO for hunters has in- duced a very fine display in that class. Beside the ordinary prizes, extra prizes are offered for trotting and leaping. The competition for these will take place on Friday next. and horses entered only for this will not be admitted till the day. The judges did not enter the ring until eleven o'clock, when the horses in the first class were trotted round. The numbers in the hats of the riders enabled those who wished to do so to identify the horses with the aid of the catalogue. About half-past eleven the first announcement of the result of the judging was made, and the following were the awards made :— Class 1—Hunters, weight-carriers.—First prize of zeloo, No. 8, Sprig of Nobility bay, 16 hands 2 inches high; 7 years by Sprig of Shillelagh price demanded for him 650 guineas; the property of Major Stapylton, of Myton Hall, Borobridge, Yorkshire. Second prize, £ 40: No. 50, Little John brown, 16 hands 1 inch high 7 years believed to be by Tom Steel; price £ 500 property of Mr. Joseph Gihnau, 148, Lancaster- street, Birmingham. Third prize, X20 No. 28, Priest; 11 grey, 16 hands 1 inch high; 5 years sire, Speed the Plough; price 300 guineas property of Mr. H. W. Deacon, Ropley-cottage, Alresford, Hants. Class 2—Hunters, without condition as to weight.— Nos. 64, 84, and 75 were put to hurdle jumping. No. 84 cleared the furze with a magnificent long jump each time he was put to it, and his performances were greeted with rounds of applause; No. 64 fell little short of the other in the case and beauty of his jump, but No. 75 re- fused the jump several times, and when he did go he went over very clumsily, and threw the hurdles. This, however, may be attributed to other causes than any inferiority in the horse. The awards in this class were as follows :First prize, £ 50 No. 64, Braylield Bay gelding, 16 hands high; 5 years by Vortex, d. Lurcher by Dreadnought, g. d. by Pioneer; property of Mr. Henry Sanders, Brampton Hill, Northampton. Second prize, jE25 No. 84, Goldfinder dark chestnut, 16 hands high 8 years price 350 guineas property of Mr. H. S. Lucy. Third prize, t 15 No. 75, Springy Jack bay, ,y 16 hands high 7 years s. Spanish Jack price 200 guineas property of Mr. W. De Wimon, Maescelwick Castle Glasbury, Hereford. Class 3—Hunters without condition as to weight, and not exceeding 15 hands 2 inches high.—The horses shied very much at the lookers on, and for some time refused the jump, but the winners at last took it very well. First prize, zC40 No. 105, Countess, chestnut, 15 hands high, years price 100 guineas property of Mr. James Morrison, Hazelden, Newton Mearns by Glasgow. Second prize, Y,20, No. 107, Hawk; chestnut, 15 hands 2 inches high 6 years; property of Mr. H. Beck, Harpley. Brandon. Third prize X lo: No. 101, Othello black, 15 hands 2 inches high 6 years by Hunting Horn, dam by Old Bran property of Mr. H. J. Moss, Wellington, Salop.
RATCATCHERS ON STRIKE.—In and about London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, &c., lately there have been a great many matches at rat-killing, and many more are in prospect. Taking advantage of this cir- cumstance. the ratcatchers have for a few weeks past complained of the difficulty they have experienced in procuring the vermin in sufficient numbers to satisfy the requirements of their employers. An order was sent from Bristol last week to Wolverhamptoii-tliat town being, we suppose, the grand emporium of the trade— for a large supply of rats. There were but few to be had, and those of the smallest size. Birmingham, Walsall, and other places were tried, but without suc- cess and in despair another and more imperative order was forwarded to Wolverhampton. A day or two passed by in anxious suspense, and late on Tuesday evening last the looked-for answer arrived. It was utterly impossible to obtain any rats, for the ratcatchers had struck, and demanded a uniform price of 4s. 6d. per dozen, irrespective of size or quality and this price, the employers said, they could not afford to give.— Western Daily Press. A USEFUL ACT OF PARLIAMENT.—The new wards of the Lock Hospital, which will accommodate sixty additional female patients, will be opened by the Duke of Cambridge on Saturday, June 1, at four o'clock. The Government have undertaken to defray the ex- pense of supporting eighty beds in this hospital for female patients, under the Contagious Diseases Act. The patients are sent from Woolwich, Windsor, Chat- ham, and other military districts. The results already achieved by the treatment of an average of about fifty in-patients during the last year have been very satis- factory in the diminution of disease and invaliding in the troops at these stations. At Woolwich the amount otlll of disease among the soldiers is said to be lessened by about one-half. The women are well satisfied with their treatment, and have not in any instance offered any objection to their compulsory detention. Since this system has been in operation fifty-one of these women have been admitted, after cure, into the Lock Asylum connected with the Lock Hospital, where they remain for a period of two years under moral supervision, and are subsequently either restored to their friends or provided with situations.-Bi,itisli Medical Journal. A GERMAN JENKINS.-A correspondent of the Cologne Gazette is in ecstasies at the amiability and savoirvivre displayed by the Prince of Wales at Lord Cowley's ball on the 17th instant. The Prince," he says, who opened the ball with the Empress, was extremely talkative and gallant, and made himself so charming that one would almost think he was striving to win the hearts of all the ladies present. His dress was very simple; he wore a black dress coat, a white waistcoat, smalls, and white stockings. On his breast glittered the grand cordon of the Legion of Honour, while his knee was adorned with the Order of the Garter. In the button hole of his c-o it there was a single rose. Although the Empress looked rather melancholy, the Prince, who seemed extremely merry, repeatedly made her laugh heartily. After supper there was a cotillon, in which the Prince danced with the celebrated beauty the Marquise de Gallilet, whom he had met in the garden and engaged to dance with him after a long conversation. The cotillon lasted nearly two hours, during which time the Prince talked incessantly with the Marquise, and it was observed that he could hardly resist the charm of the renowned Parisian beauty." The Duke of Edinburgh was observed no less closely, though not so admiringly, by this inquisitive correspondent. He thinks the Duke very shy when compared to his brother; and while the Prince of Wales made many a lady blush by the fire of his glance, the Duke of Edinburgh, if a lady only looked at him rather intently, instantly reddened with confusion. He did not dance in the cotillon. Apparently he did not eat enough at supper, for directly the dance began he went to the supper room and made a hearty meal of half a roast fowl and some sherry. Pall-mall Gazette. COST OF LAW AND JusTICE.-A Blue-book has been prepared and issued, on the motion of Mr. Childers, showing in detail for the financial year 1865-66 the charges borne by the public purse for courts of law and justice, for criminal prosecutions, and for the legal ex- penses of the public departments. The total amount was 1,750,5961. in England, 230,3921, in Scotland, 363,5521, in Ireland, making together 2,344,.5401. A second part of the returm is to follow, showing the expenditure for courts of justice defrayed from county, borough, or local funds. PATENT-OFFICE.—The expenses connected with this office amount to 31,4101. An analysis of this sum shows that 9,9331. is paid to the law officers of the Crown in England, 8671. to their clerks, 9,145/. for salaries (of which the Clerk of -the Commissioners re- ceives 1,0001), 6,9901. for incidental expenses, and 4,4541. for compensation. Of this last item, 1,200.1. is given the Attorney-General for Ireland, 8501. to the Lord-Advocate for Scotland, 8501. to Mr. David John- stone, patent clerk to ,e Attorney and Solicitor- General for England, and 800/. to the Solicitor-General for Ireland. The above (11arf"eS do not include the ex- pense of printing the pacifications of patents, the drawings accompanying them, &c., amounting altogether to about 51,0001., this clin -c being taken out of the re- ceipts for stamp duties, ,Ùc:! are estimated to produce for the year 1867-8 about 11,1,0001.
WHAT IS INSANITY? I The remarkable evidence given in the case of Mrs. Thwaytcs' will certainly raise some puzzling questions as to the point at which religious error passes into the form of insanity so absolute as to disqualify a person for making a will. Sir James Wilde's judgment is looked for with great curiosity, and may be a turning- point in the decisions of the courts on this delicate and important matter. Meanwhile, it may be interesting to some of our readers to know the tendency of the prin- ciples already laid down. In the leading case of Dew v. Clarke, Sir John Nicholl laid it down as an axiom that where there is delusion there is insanity, and this test has never been varied or departed from by the courts of probate. p I A sound mind (he says) is wholly free from delusion weak minds only differ from strong ones in the extent and power of their faculties, but unless they betray symptoms of delusion their faculties cannot be ques- tioned. An unsound mind, on the contrary, is marked by delusion, by an apparent insensibility to or perversion of those feelings which are peculiarly characteristic of our nature. Insanity (he adds, in another part of his judgment) is deluded imagination, mere excitability is not enough to constitute mental unsoundness, nor great caprice, nor violence of temper, but there must be aberration of reason. Insane delusions are of two kinds the belief in things impossible, and the belief in things possible, but so improbable under surrounding circum- stances that no sound mind would give them credit; to which may be added the carrying to an insane extent of impressions not in their nature irrational." The doctrine of insanity, as affecting testamentary dispositions, was entered into at great length by Lord Brougham, in pronouncing the judgment of the judicial committee of the Privy Council in Waring v. Waring:— The principles (said his lordship) which govern a case of this sort are sufficiently clear, and they may be regarded as well settled by the current of former decisions. Indeed they flow easily from considering the nature of the inquiry in which such cases engage us. The question being whether the will was duly made by a person of sound mind or not, our inquiry of course is whether or not the person possessed his faculties, and possessed them in a healthy state. His mental powers may be still subsisting, no disease may have taken them away, and yet they may have been effected with disease, and thus may not have entitled their possessor to the appellation of a person whose mind was sound. Again, the disease affecting them may have been more or less general it mny have extended over a greater or less portion of the understanding, or rather we ought to say that it may have affected more, or it may have affected fewer, of the mental faculties; for we must always keep in view that which the inaccuracy of ordinary language inclines us to forget, that the mind is one and in- divisible; that when we speak of its different powers or faculties, as memory, imagination, consciousness, we speak metaphorically, likening the mind to the body, as if it had members or compartments whereas, in all accuracy of speech, we mean to speak of the mind acting variously, that is, remembering, lancying, reflecting, the same mind in all these operations being the agent. Wre therefore cannot, in any correctness of language, speak of general or partial insanity, but we may most accurately speak of the mind exerting itself in consciousness without cloud or imperfection, but being morbid when it fancies and so its owner may have a deceased imagination, of the imagination may not be diseased, and yet the memory may be impaired, and its owner be said to have lost his memory. In these cases we do not mean that the mind has one faculty, as consciousness, sound, while another, as memory or imagination, is deceased; but that the mind is sound when reflecting on its own operations, and diseased when exercising the combination called imagining, or casting the retrospect called recollecting. This view of the subject, though apparently simple and almost too unquestionable to require or even to justify a formal statement, is of considerbale importance when we come to examine cases of what is called partial in- sanity, which would be better described by the phrase insanity or unsoundness always existing, though only occasionally manifest. Nothing is more certain than the existence of mental disease of this description nay, by far the greater number of morbid cases belong to this class. They have acquired a name; the disease is called familiarly, as well as by physicians, mono- mania, on- the supposition of its being confined, which it rarely is, to a single faculty or exercise of the mind. A person shall be of sound mind to all appear- ance upon all subjects save one or two, and on these he shall be subject to delusions, mistaking for realities the suggestions of his imagination. The disease here is said to be in the imagination, that is, the patient's mind 1 is morbid or unsound when it imagines, healthy and sound when it remembers. Nay, he may be of unsound mind when his imagination is employed on some sub- jects, in making some combinations, and sound when making others, or some single combination; thus he may not believe all his fancies to be realities, but only some or one. Of such a person we usually predicate that he is of unsound mind only on certain points. I have qualified this proposition thus on purpose, because if the being or essence we term mind is unsound upon one subject, provided that unsoundness is at all times ex- isting on that subject, it is quite erroneous to suppose such a mind really sound on other subjects. It is sound only in appearance; for if the subject of the delusion be presented to it, the unsoundness which is manifested by believing in the suggestions of fancy as if they were realities would break out; consequently it is absurd to speak of this as a really sound mind, a mind sound when the subject of delusion is not presented, as it would be to say that a persons had not the gout, because his attention, being diverted from the pain by some more powerful sensation by which he affected, he for the moment was unconscious of his visitation. It follows from this that no confidence can be placed in any act of a diseased mind, however rational it may be. The act in question may be exactly such a person without mental infirmity might well do, but there is this dif- ference between the two cases; the person uniformly and always of sound mind could not at that moment of the act done be a prey of morbid delusion, whatever subject was presented to his mind whereas the person called partially insane, that is to say, sometimes appear- ing to be of sound, sometimes of unsound mind, would inevitably show his subjection to the disease the instant its topic was suggested. Therefore we can with perfect confidence rely on the act done by the former, because we are sure that no lurking insanity, no particular, or partial, or occasional delusion, does mingle itself with the person's act and materially affect it; but we never can rely on the act, however rational in appearance, done by the latter, because we have no security that the lurking delusion, the real unsoundness, does not mingle itself with or occasion the act. We are wrong in speak- ing of partial unsoundness; we are less incorrect in speaking of occasional unsoundness we should say that unsoundness alway exists, but it requires a reference to the peculiar topic, else it works and appears not. But the malady is there, and as the mind is one and the same, it is really diseased when apparently sound, and really its acts, whatever appearance it may put on, are only the acts of a morbid or unsound mind." How far the Judge Ordinary accepts this decision as sound, or deems it applicable to the case now at issue, remains to be seen.
PLOVER'S EGGS.—Of all wild birds' eggs, the plovers' are consdered trie best; thty are chiefly laid on plough, pasture, and moorland, always in the ground, and are found by the country people, sometimes assisted by dogs trained for the purpose. The full compliment is gene- rally four they are olive-coloured, spotted and blotched with black, and those who rob the nests are, it is said, careful not to take all, to induce the bird to go on lay- ing, and this she generally does to makeup her number. Next in estimation is the black headed gull (ridibundus) being a genuine gull and belonging to the swimmers, or more properly the Laridce. The nests, contrary to the nidification of other gulls, which generally form theirs in the ledges of rocks near the sea, is placed in low situations. Nowhere are they more abundant than at Scoulton Mere, in Norfolk, and Twigmore, in Scawley, in Lincolnshire. At the former place we are informed that 1,000 eggs per diem are gathered for two or three weeks every year, and the proprietor derives a good rental in consequence. These are often substituted for I the plover's, and find their way to the Norwich and London markets, where they arc considered dainties. The eggs, which vary very much, are generally of a deepish olive, sprinkled with large brown and blackish spots. The birds are very regular in their migratory movements, for such tber departure from and to the sea- coast may properly be termed, and their return in spring may, in some cases, be calculated upon almost to a day. We are given to understand by a gentleman who has kindly favoured us with information, that rooks' eggs are very delicious, and, but for the difficulty of gather- ing would be much eaten. THE FRENCH FLEET AND THE OPENING OF SUNDER- LAND DOCK.—M. Niboyet, the French vice-consul at Sunderland, has received an official communication an- nouncing that the fleet of his Imperial Majesty will be allowed to visit that port on the opening of the extension dock during the ensuing summer. The vessels already named are the admiral's flag ship and the steam frigate Le Pandore of the North Sea fleet. THE IRISH REFORM BILL.—We have reason to be- lieve that the main features of the Irish Reform Bill are a £4 franchise in boroughs and XS in counties, with voting papers. It is not intended to make any addi- tion to the number of representatives, nor is it proposed that any borough should be disfranchised on account of the small number of electors, but the system of group- J ing will be resorted to in order to redress inequalities. It will also be proposed to give one member to the Queer's University.—The Owl.
LONDON MARKETS. CORN EXCHANGE. The country markets held on Saturday were very scantily supplied with wheat, for which there was rather more inquiry, at extreme rates to a slight advance. In the value of ether produce very little change took place. The Continental markets have been inactive at about previous rates. American advices bring high quotations for both wheat and flour. There was a very poor show of English wheat here. The inquiry for most kinds ruled pteady, and prices were a shade higher than on Monday last. Foreign wheat moved off steadily, at extreme quota- tions. Floating cargoes of grain were inactive. Barley was quite as dear as last week; but malt was a slow inquiry. Beans and peas commanded extreme rates. The fLjur trade was inactive. CURRENT PRICES. .Feryr. "WHEAT. S. S. PEAS; B. E. Essex, Kent, red, 1865 58 71 Grey jg 41 iJitto, 1S66 58 71 Maple 41 45 Ditto, white, 18G5 58 74 White. 40 43 Ditto, 1866 58 76 Boilers 40 43 Foreign, red 59 6i Foreign, white 38 42 Ditto, white 59 66 RYE 32 37 BARLEY. OATS. English, Malting 32 35 English, Feed 84 31 „ Chevalier 3S 48 „ Potato 27 34 „ Distilling 37 42 I Scotch Feed. 22 38 Foreign 30 38 „ Potato 27 34 MALT. Irish black 21 26 Fale 68 71 „ white 21 26 Chevalier 68 72 Foreign Feed 22 30 Brown 53 61 FLOVA. BEANS. Per Sack. Ticks I. 37 40 Town-made 54 60 Harrow 38 43 Country Marks 47 49 Small 37 40 Norfolk and Suffolk 42 46 Egyptian 38 39 | METROPOLITAN CATTLE MARKET. The total imports of foreign stock into London last week amounted to 12,491 hea.d. In the corresponding week in 1856 we received 10,480; in 1865, 16,463 in 1864,6,082; in 1863, 6,312; in 1862, 2,791; in 18Q, 5,814.
Per SIbs. to sink the offal. s. d. s. d. s. d. a. d Inferior beasts.. 3 4to3 6 PrimeSouthDown Second quality.. 3 8 :04 0 Sheep 4 10to5 0 Prime large oxen 4 2to4 8 Large calves. 4 4to5 4 Prime Scots, &c.4 10ro5 2 Prime small do. 5 6to5 10 Inferior sheep ..3 6to3 10 Large hogs .3 2to3 6 Second quality.. 4 0to4 4 Nt. smallporkers3 8co4 2 Coarse wld.sheep4 6to4 8 j Lambs. 6 6to7 6 Suckling Calves 22s. to 24s., Quarter-old store Pigs 24s. to 26s. each. NEWGATE AND LEADENHALL MARKETS. The supplies of meat on offer in these markets are only moderate. The trade is, therefore, firm, and the quota- tions are well supported. Last week's imports were 118 packages from Antwerp, and 47 from Rotterdam.
Per 81bs. by the carcase. s. d. s. d. I e. d. is. d. Inferior beef.. 3 4 to 3 8 I In. Mutton 3 6 to 4 2 Middling ditto 3 10 to 4 0 1Middlingditto 4 4 to 4 8 Prime large do 4 2 to 4 6 Prime ditto.. 4 10 to 5 0 Prime em. do 4 8 to 4 10 Yeal 3 8 to 5 Large Pork. 3 4 to 3 8 Small pork 3 10 t» 4 1 Lamb 5s. 4d. to 6s. 4d. PROVISION MARKETS. The arrivals last week from Ireland were 436 firkins Butter, and 2,779 bales Bacon; and from foreign ports 20,555 casks, &c., butter, and 911 bales bacon. In th3 Irish Butter market the transactions are so very limited that quotations are nearly nominal. The supplies of Dutch being greatly increased, prices of best declined to 90s.; while the supplies of finest Nor- mandy's were very short, and price advanced to 108s. There was a good demand for Bacon, and plicae rapidly advanced 2s. to 43. per cwt. At the close of the week sales of best Waterford made 66s. on board, and a further improvement expected. Hams and Lard were both dull. POULTHY MARKETS.—Goslings 63. 61. to Ss., Ducklings ts. to 6s., tame Rabbits, Is. 6d. to 2s., wild ditto, Is. to Is. 2d., Pigeons 7d. to lJd. each; Surrey F Iwls (couple) lis. to 14s., ditto Chickens 9s. to lis., Barndoor Fowls 6s. to 8s., Guinea Fowls 78. to 8s. English Lggs 7s. 6d, French ditto 5s. 9d. per 100. Fresh Butter Is. 2d. per lb. PRICES OF BUTTER, CHEESE, HAMS, &C. bU HER, per cwt. s. s. CHEESE, pov cwt. s. a. Friesland f86 to 92 Cheshire 78 tc 88 Jersey 80 90 Dble. Gloucester..74 78 Dorset.101 110 Cheddar SO 90 C,-trlow I American 66 74 Waterford — — HAMS: York .80 86 Cork — —I Cumberland .8) 85 Limerick — — | Irish SO 86 Sligo — — BACON.— Fresh, per doz., lis Od to Wiltshire 64 68 14s Od. J Irish, green .08 64 HOP INTELLIGENCE. The indications of improvement in our market noticed last week have since been fully developed, nsulting in an active demand for all fine samples, at an advance of from 5s. to 7s. per cwt. The severe frost of the past fortnight has_materially injured the bines, nipping the heads and giving them a sickly appearance; and instead of destroy- ing the fty, as was expected, the attack is now general throughout the plantations, varying in quantity from four to ten on the leaf, and occasioning much anxiety to the growers. Accounts from Belgium report a bad attack of fly, which has had the effect of creating a better de- mand for fine samples, at improved prices. New York advices to the 15th fnst. report increased firmness in prices and a steady consumptive demand, which bids fair to clear out shortly the whole of the present small stock on offer. Sussex £ 7 0. £ 7 7 £ 7 15 Weald of Kent 7 7, 7 15. 8 0 Mid and East Kent 7 10 8 8. 9 9 Farnham and Country. 8 0. 8 10. 10 0 Yearlings. 5 0.6 6. 6 15 Old 2 16. 3 15. 4 4 BOROUGH AND SPITALFIELDS. The arrivals of potatoes, coastwise and by land-carriage, continue moderately extensive for the time of year. The trade is in a sluggish state, at about stationary prices. Last week's imports were 229 packages from Dunkirk, and 1,432 packages from Genoa. Yorkshire Flukes 145, to 175s per ton. „ Regents 130s to 1553 „ Lincolns l30" to 155s „ Scotch. 110s to 165s „ Foreign. 105s to 120s „ WOOL MARKETS. ENGLISH WOOL MARKETS. Since our last report so little business has been doing in our market that the quotations have ruled almost nominal. The quantity of wool offering, however, is very small, and holders show very little disposition to force sales, al- though the decline in the quotations of colonial wool is Id. to 2d. per lb.
Current prices of English wool (per Ib ) FLEECES.—South Down hoggets .Is 4M to Is 51 Half-bred do. Is 6d to Is 7d .Kent fleeces is 5d to Is 6d Sth. Down, ewes, and weths Is. 3d to Is 4d Leicester do Is 61 to Is 7d SORTS.—Combing Is 2d to Is 8,14 Clothing Is 2d to Is 62d HAY MARKETS. SMITHPIELD..—A fair trade. CUMBERLAND.—Prices fairly supported. WHITECKAFEL.—A moderate demand. Smithfield. Cumberland. Whitechapel. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d s d. s. c MEADOW HAY. 60 0 85 0 60 0 85 0 60 0 85 0 CLOVER 80 0 110 0 80 0 110 0 SO 0 110 0 STRAW 40 0 46 0 40 0 4G 0 40 0 46 0 TALLOW MARKET. Our market is still flat, and P.Y.C. on the spot is selling at 43s. 3d. per cwt. Town Tallow is 41s. 9d. net cash, COAL MARKET. Market firm, at last d',y's rates. -iietton's Igs., O. Hartle- pool 19s.; Haswell, 19.«. Eden Main, 17s. 0J.; Gosforth, 17s. 3d.; Holywell 17s.; West Hartley 18s.; Norton Anthracite 228. Fresh arrivals, 19; left from last day, 2 at sea, 35.
In consequence of the Reduction of duty Horniman's Tects are supplied by the Agents EIGHTPXKCE per lb. cheaper. Every Genuine Packet is signed Horniman and Co," London, Original Importers of the Pure Tea. THE ABYSSINIAN CAPTIVES.—Intelligence has been received from the captives in Abyssinia up to the 2nd of April. They were still prisoners, and in chains, in the fort of Magdala. There had been no change in their treatment by King Theodoras, and no sign what- ever that he intended to liberate them. In fact, they arc now fully persuaded that nothing but force will secure their liberation, and are ready to take the risk which coercive measures would entail upon themselves. One of them writes Her Majesty's Government are fully aware of our position, and it must now be clear to them that our release by conciliatory measures is quite out of the question. They must cither resort to force or leave us to perish. Meanwhile, the country generally appears to be in a state of complete anarchv.'and almost every province is in rebellion. The road from Magdala to Debra Taboi, where the Iving still resides, is unsafe for all travellers unless accompanied bv a strong escort. Five more Earopcans have recently been added' to the number of the captives—viz., three Germans, Messrs. Staiger, Brandeis, and Schiller Essler. a Hungarian, Makeru, a Frenchman. These had volunteered to enter the King's service when the other captives were sent to Magdala, but getting tired of their position they devised a plan to escape. The evening before patting their plan into execution they were betrayed by Bardel, who had agreed to escape with them. They were, in conse- quence, immediately seized and chained band and foot. Thev are at present confined in a' dungeon at Debra Tabor.—Pali-Mall Gazette,