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of the Reichsrath must be assured by the un- removed to-day from Lewes gaol to Newgate, biassed selection of the representatives of the previous to being tried, under “ Palmer's Act,” empire.”

at the Central Criminal Court. On entering 26.-Concluded in the Court of Session,

her new place of confinement, she made Edinburgh, the case of Asher, widow, v.

peremptory demands to be permitted to wear

her bonnet and velvet dresses. Rennie, a claim for 1,000l. for breach of pro:nise by a Glasgow merchant. This was the

29.--George Cruikshank, who had illussecond trial of the case, a verdict having been trated Mr. Dickens' novel, “Oliver Twist, returned, in the beginning of November last,

writes to the Times, claiming to have originated for the defendant. That verdict was set aside

that work, and been the author of most of the hy the Court as being contrary to evidence, characters. and a new trial granted, which now ended in the jury unanimously returning a verdict for Senator Tweed arrested in the New York the plaintiff, with 7501. damages.

Metropolitan Hotel by Sheriff Brennan on a In a letter dated from Windsor Castle,

charge of felony connected with the misapprothe Queen acknowledges the sympathy mani.

priation of City funds by the gang known as the

• Tammany Ring.” fested by all classes of her subjects on the occasion of the alarming illness of the Prince 30.–Boiler explosion in Glasgow, a road of Wales. “The universal feeling,” writes steam-traveller described as “ Yuille's Traction her Majesty, “shown by her people during Engine,” bursting in Paisley Road, killing five those painful, terrible days, and the sympathy and injuring about thirty others, chiefly chilevinced by them with herself and her beloved dren, who had gathered round the locomotive daughter, the Princess of Wales, as well as the during a temporary halt. general joy at the improvement in the Prince of Wales's state, have made a deep and lasting

31.-Died at Richmond, Yorkshire, Matthew impression on her heart which can never be

Greathead, aged 102, supposed to be the oldest effaced. It was, indeed, nothing new to her;

Freemason in the world, having entered the for the Queen had met with the same sympathy

Lennox Lodge, No. 123, in 1797. when, just ten years ago, a similar illness removed from her side the mainstay of her life, the best, wisest, and kindest of husbands. The

1872. Queen wishes to express at the same time, on the part of the Princess of Wales, her feelings January 1. Died, aged 71, William of heartfelt gratitude ; for she has been as Edwardes, third Lord Kensington, one of the deeply touched as the Queen by the great and survivors of the battle of Navarino. universal manifestation of loyalty and sympathy. The Queen cannot conclude without Addressing the “Druids” at Oxford, expressing her hope that her faithful subjects

Mr. Cardwell remarked:-“We are not a will continue their prayers to God for the com

Continental Power. We are not a Transat

lantic Power. plete recovery of her dear son to health and

We are an insular Power, with strength.”

the largest foreign dominions and the most

scattered dominions of any Power in the world. Replying to a request for his opinion

The natural consequence is that our first arm on the subject of a Church Defence Institu

is afloat, and it is the navy. The next is that con, the Archbishop of Canterbury writes : we desire to have at hand an army like our “There seems little doubt that vigorous and

navy, first-rate in quality, but not large in persistent efforts are being made by those who

quantity If we were a Transatlantic nation, desire to destroy that connection between the

we should have no relations requiring an armed Church and the State which I regard as equally force with regard to Continental nations. If beneficial to both. I can therefore have no

we were a Continental nation, we should rehesitation in saying that some systematic

quire a larger armed force than we now possess. organization, to meet these efforts and keep

Being an insular country we have Continental the public informed on the subject, is much to

obligations to which we may be called upon to be desired ; and I think that the clergy and

do justice, and for that purpose we ought to be laity of our Church will do well to aid in the

prepared." His brother member, Mr. Vernon work which the Committee of the Church

Harcourt, spoke on the annual increase of the Desence Institution has undertaken.”

national expenditure. 27.-Renewed anxiety regarding the Prince

At annual New-Year reception, the of Wales, the single bulletin now issued daily

Emperor of Germany said that the endeavours at noon recording that his Royal Highness had

of all ought now to be directed towards utilizpassed the night quietly, “but convalescence is retarded by a painful affection above the left

ing the peace, which, as he hoped, was now

secured for a long time, in order to strengthen hip, attended with some feverishness."

the foundations on which their present greatness 28.-In accordance with an application had been established, and for the development madcon her behalf, Christina Edmunds, charged and culture of all intellectual as well as material with wholesale poisoning at Brighton, was


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1.–Subscription invited for a 5 per cent. Hungarian loan of 3,000,000l. at 81.

The Bishop of Orleans resigns his place in the French Academy, in consequence of the election of M. Littré, whom he described as a materialist and a socialist.

2.—Died, aged 84, General Sir James Jackson, Colonel of the 6th Dragoon Guards, a veteran of the Peninsula and Waterloo, and one of the oldest officers in the British army. From his firmness with a mob at Carlow, in 1841, the General was known as “ Justice-to-Ireland



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3.-A lion-tamer named M‘Carthy torn to pieces at Bolton, while exhibiting his power over the animals in Manders' menagerie.

5.—Died, aged 54, Sir Francis Crossley, M.P. for the Northern Division of the West Riding.

Died, at Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, aged 72, Joseph Gillott, the first manufacturer of steel pens by machinery.

6.-James Fisk, jun., of Erie Railway notoriety, assassinated in the corridor of the Grand Central Hotel, New York, by Edward Stokes, who fired three shots, one of which inflicted a mortal wound in the abdomen. Fisk, who retained consciousness to the last, was closely attended by Gould and Tweed. There had been a long and scandalous litigation between the assassin and his victim, originating in the arrest of Stokes for taking away a woman named Mansfield, with whom Fisk had illicit relations. Stokes gave evidence against Fisk in a libel suit in which this woman was concerned, and moreover threatened to publish letters from Fisk to her, revealing various secrets connected with the Erie Railway. Fisk had just obtained an injunction forbidding the publication of these letters, and also induced the grand jury to indict Stokes for conspiracy.

7.-M. Vautrain returned for Paris by 121,158 votes, against 93,423 given to M. Victor Hugo.

8.–Trades Union Congress at Nottingham, attended by seventy delegates, representing 255,710 constituents.

9.-Count Arnim presents his credentials as German Ambassador to M. Thiers.

Royal Commission gazetted “to inquire into the property and income belonging to, administered, or enjoyed by, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the colleges and halls therein (whether held or received for their corporate use, or in trust, or in what. soever other manner), including the prospects of increase or decrease in such property and income; and also to report the uses to which such property and income are applied, together with all matters of fact tending to exhibit the state and circumstances of the sanie, and the condition, management, and custody of the said property and income.

9.-Speaking at Liverpool to the members of a Working Man's Conservative Association, Lord Derby, who presided, explained the nature of the work before his party, and the means by which it could be best accomplished. The Conservative party ought not, he thought, to grow slack and indifferent about public affairs because they were in a minority of 100 in the House of Commons. If political life were what many people consider it—"a soaped pole,” with 5,000l. a year and lots of patronage at the top—if the end and object of all party efforts were the holding of office for a longer or shorter time, he might agree with them; but the holding of office was only a

Power was the end, power over the legislative and administrative conduct of affairs; and a party which at the lowest estimate includes two-fifths of the House of Commons, may exercise very great power when those who sit opposite to it are notoriously divided into sections which have hardly an idea in common. “Don't let us spoil our own game,” his lord. ship said.

“Don't let us lose power in running after place. If we become the majority it is our duty to accept the responsibilities of that position. But for myself I tell you frankly, though I should rejoice to see a strong Con. servative Government in power, I had infinitely rather, in the public interest and that of your party, see the Conservatives forming a strong and compact Opposition, than have them, for the fourth time in twenty years, holding office without a tolerably assured majority. Lord Derby contended that recent Irish policy naturally strengthened the position of those who assailed the Church in England, advocated a reduction of the national debt in times of prosperity like the present, and expressed his strong opposition to all Ultramontane and Home Rule demands.

10.–Home Rule demonstration at Limerick, in favour of their new member, Mr. Butt, who admitted that the Church Act and Land Act had done much good, but that they had been grudgingly given. “There had been other legislation in a contrary direction-the last Coercion Bill, for instance, which, had it been enacted in England, would have driven it into rebellion. Another thing was the persistent refusal to release the political prisoners, the men who had led the forlorn hope of the Irish nation." He concluded by calling on the people to receive all classes and all creeds into their union.

Explosion at Oakwood Colliery, Maes. teg, South Wales, causing the instantaneous death of eleven men employed in the works.

Manifesto in regard to the use of alcohol for medicinal purposes circulated among the leading members of the medical profession. Those signing it expressed an opinion that no medical practitioner should prescribe it without a sense of grave responsibility.

They believe that alcohol, in whatever form, should be prescribed with as much care as any powerful drug, and that the

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directions for its use should be so framed as 15.—The hearing of the Tichborne case
not to be interpreted as a sanction for excess, resumed, the Attorney-General commencing
9: 1:ecessarily for the continuance of its use his speech for the defence.
when the occasion is past. They are also of

16. Mary Crawford, or Deuchars, 22 opinion that many people immensely exagge

years of age, the wife of a pattern designer, rate the value of alcohol as an article of diet,

drowned her three children in the Clyde, at and since no class of men see so much of its

Glasgow, the eldest being three years of age, ill-effects, and possess such power to restrain its

the others two years and three months respecabuse, as members of their own profession,

tively. She then committed suicide by throwthey hold that every medical practitioner is

ing herself into the river. She had been married bound to exert his utmost influence to inculcate

about five years, her husband being a widower habits of great moderation in the use of alcoholic

with four young children.

The Rev. J. S. Drew, rector of Oving. 12.- Rev. John Selby Watson found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of the murder of

ton, Hants, writes regarding the case of Mr. his wife, and sentenced to death by Mr. Justice

Watson, who, along with his wife, had been

members of his congregation when at St. BarByles. Regarding the plea of insanity urged

nabas, South Lambeth :-“She was always on his behalf , the prisoner, before sentence was

fretful and often violent in temper. She always passed, said, “I only wish to say that the de.

sat with him in his study while he was at work, fence which has been maintained in my favour

he hardly ever walked out without her, and is a just and honest one.” The Crown after

in all their intercourse he bore himself towards wards gave effect to the jury's recommendation

her with the most admirable patience until that to mercy, and commuted the extreme penalty

fatal moment when, through some outrageous to confinement for life.

provocation on her part as I cannot doubt, he Vice-Chancellor Malins makes an order gave way to literally ungovernable rage. I for the compulsory winding up of the European hoped until the last day of the trial that I Assurance Society.

should have had an opportunity to make this Died at Nice, in his 64th year, the Duc

statement in court, and thus show the nature de Persigny, formerly French Ambassador in of an influence which was ever so dangerously London of the Emperor Napoleon III.

near and ready to work on the morbid suscep

tibility of the unhappy man. Now, having Died at Cannes, aged 67, M. Jean

also forwarded this testimony to the Home Barthélemy Arles-Dufour, an eminent French

Secretary, I take the only course which remains free-trader.

open to help in rescuing my unfortunate friend 13.—The Metropolitan Board of Works from his melancholy doom, and to clear from take formal possession of Hampstead Heath infamy the name of one of the most consideon behalf of the public.

rate, kindly, and honourable men I have ever 14.- Last bulletin issued regarding the

known.” Prince of Wales, who was reported to be The first railway train connecting Turkey making satisfactory progress, and daily gaining with Europe enters Stamboul. strength.

Uproarious meeting at Chelsea on occa. 15.-Tried at the Central Criminal Court, sion of Sir C. Dilke advocating Repubbefore Mr. Baron Martin, Christina Edmunds, lican views to his constituents. charged with murder and various attempts at

17.-Roman Catholic demonstration in murder by poisoning. It was sought through

Dublin in favour of denominational education. medical witnesses to give effect to a plea of

Nothing,” said Cardinal Cullen, who preinsanity set up on her behalf, but it was rejected by the jury, who on the 16th returned a

sided, “but the old spirit of ascendency would

think of subjecting seventy or eighty Catholic verdict of guilty, and the prisoner was sentenced

children_about the average in each school to death. She thereupon made a statement

to religious restrictions in favour of a small which led to the empanelling of a jury of fraction of Protestants." In such cases he matrons, who received the assistance of some

claimed the fulness of religious teaching for medical gentlemen in court, and finally decided

Catholic children. that there existed no ground for arrest of judg. licity of the population, he went on to say,

On account of the Catho. ment. It was stated that there had been no occa

mixed schools do not and cannot exist. He sion before for empanelling a jury of matrons at the Central Criminal Court for about fifteen

further declared that proselytism was carried

on in national schools, negatively, by keeping years. The extreme sentence in this case was also commuted to imprisonment for life.

Catholic children from any knowledge of

religious doctrine and positively by teaching Celebrated in the parish church of anti-Catholic doctrines. Thousands, he stated, Chantilly, the marriage of the Princess Margaret of Catholic children received religious instrucof Orleans, eldest daughter of the Duc de tion “ from Presbyterian or other heterodox Nemours, with Prince Ladislas Czartoryski, son teachers, recite anti-Catholic prayers, and read of the famous Polish leader in the great insur- in the schools the Protestant version of the rection agains: Russia.


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17.-Statue of Benjamin Franklin, a gift from the printers of the city, unveiled in New York on this the 166th anniversary of the philosopher's birth. Mr. Horace Greeley said on the occasion : “I love and revere him as a journeyman printer who was frusral and didn't drink; a parvenu who rose from want to competence, from obscurity to fame, without losing his head; a statesman who did not crucify mankind with long-winded documents or speeches ; a diplomatist who did not intrigue ; a philosopher who never lied; and an office-holder who didn't steal."

News of a rebellion in Loodiana arrives in London,

18.-The Emperor of Germany, proposing a toast at a meeting of the Chapter of the Order of the Black Eagle, said :-“We celebrate to-day a double anniversary of the most important events of Prussian history. On this day, 171 years ago, the first King of Prussia was crowned. This day last year my acceptance of the German Imperial Crown, unanimously offered me by all the princes and free towns of Germany, was proclaimed. Conscious of the obligations I have assumed, I, on the first anniversary of this great event, again express to the illustrious presenters of my new position, in presence of their representatives, my deeply-felt thanks, hoping that by our inited efforts we shall succeed in fulfilling the just hopes of Germany.” The Bavarian Minister then, in the name of the King of Bavaria and the illustrious federate allies in the Empire, proposed “ The health of the German Emperor, William the Victorious."

It is decided at a Cabinet Council that Great Britain would not consent to have the American indirect claims submitted for arbitrasion.

- Explosion in Gladstone's cartridge factory, Greenwich, injuring about thirty girls employed there.

19.-M. Rouher addresses the electors of Corsica, insisting that the country could no longer support the internal dissension prevailing “The supreme duty of parties is to immolate to it their resistances and ambitions, to respectfully solicit the high manifestations of the national will, and then to dissolve themselves or to become reconciled under the salutary authority of the definitive Government created by the country. Order, the liberty of all, cannot henceforward have any other basis."

The French National Assembly, by 377 to 207 votes, adopt a proposal for appointing a Commission to inquire whether it is possible to adjust the Budget without taxing raw material, M. Thiers thereupon threatened to resign.

89.--Died, aged 73, the Rev. Canon Moseley, Bristol, one of the earliest school inspectors under the old Education Act.

20.--Rumour being busy during the Kerry election with the name of Mr. Bright as an advocate for Home Rule, he now writes to The O'Donoghue : “ To have two representative legislative assemblies of Parliament in the United Kingdom would be, in my opinion, an intolerable mischief, and I think no sensible man can wish for two within the limits of the present United Kingdom who does not wish the United Kingdom to become two or more nations entirely separated from each other."

Died, aged 87, General Sir Alexander Lindsay, one of the oldest generals of the Bengal Artillery. 22.--The Versailles

tribunal pronounce sentence on the murderers of the hostages in the prison of La Roquette. One, Gerson, was sentenced to death, and fourteen others to various terms of imprisonment.

23.--Sir Wm. Jenner gazetted a K.C.B., and Dr. W. W. Gull a baronet.

24.-Nonconformist Conference at Man. chester, called to insist upon

“ united literary education by the State, and separate religious education by parents, or the voluntary agency of religious committees.” In a paper on the political relation of the Nonconformists to the Liberal party, Mr. Richard, M.P., said:-“Our quarrel with those in power is one purely of principle. We have no intention to withdraw our confi. dence and support from Mr. Gladstone. He is the Minister of our predilection, and we are proud of his transcendent abilities. But if it comes to be a question between allegiance to a party and loyalty to principle, we cannot hesitate. We are willing to exercise patience, to make concessions; but to adopt a course which will involve the sacrifice, or the surrender, or the serious compromise of these vital principles for the sake of any man or party is what we cannot, what we ought not, what we must not, what we dare not, and, by God's help, what we will not do.” Several members of Parliament took occasion when addressing their constituents at this time to

in strong terms this 'Nonconformist revolt."

Severe gale in London ; one of the lesser towers of the new Palace of Westminster blown down.

25,-For the first time since his illness the Prince of Wales walks for a short time in the open air. Active preparations now commence to be made for a special thanksgiving service at St. Paul's.

Decree dissolving the Spanish Cortes read in the Chamber amid great excitement.

28.-Died, aged 81, Admiral Robert Gambier, who aided in the reduction of the Cape, Buenos Ayres, and Maldonado.

29.-The Court of Queen's Bench decide that they have power to issue a mandamus against the Treasury respecting the disallow. ance of the costs of criminal prosecutions.


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30.-The Bishop of Bath and Wells adopt at its discretion either of two courses. ir:hibits Archdeacon Denison from continuing It may award such a gross sum as the arbicertain ceremonial observances in East Brent trators may deem just, to be paid by Great Church, and signifies his intention of revoking Britain in full satisfaction of all well-founded the licences of two assistant curates. The claims on the part of the United States, Archdeacon replied that the inhibition had growing out of the acts of the vessel or not been complied with, nor would it be so vessels in respect of which there has been a long as he remained Vicar of East Brent. failure of duty; or, on the other hand, it

Meeting at the Mansion House in aid may content itself with deciding as to each or of the fund being raised for the relief of

any vessel in respect of which there has been Dr. Livingstone.

a failure of duty, the measure or extent of the

liability which on general principles may justly Died, aged 82, General Francis Rawdon

be deemed to have been incurred by such Chesney, Royal Artillery, head of the Euphrates failure. In the event of the second course Exploring Expedition, 1836-8.

being chosen, the office of examining and

adjudicating on the validity of particular claims February 2.–Closing a series of letters 'growing out of the acts' of the specified vessel on “Invasion Panics,” Mr. Vernon Harcourt or vessels is remitted to a board of assessors. writes in the Times to-day: “I confess I am 3.-Died at Hammersmith, Miss Julia Tremuch more afraid of being run over by a

lawney Leigh Hunt, daughter of the poet Leigh hansom than I am of being slaughtered by a Hunt. German. If I felt as certain that Lord Elcho would protect me against the one, as I am 5.-It is officially announced that M.Casimirsure he will preserve me from the other, I Périer, French Minister of the Interior, and M should feel quite happy. But when we are

Léon Say, Prefect of Paris, had resigned. asked to insure against risks, which ex hypo

Another explosion in the “mixing-house” thesi it is impossible to calculate, because they

of Hall's powder works, Faversham. Two depend upon events which cannot be antici

men were killed on the spot, and two injured. pated, and, therefore, cannot be measuredwhich defy the test of past experience or Sir William Stirling Maxwell installed existing conditions--we are utterly helpless. It as Lord Rector of the University of Edinburgh. is this unintelligible system of political arithmetic which has brought us to the too intelli

Died at Montreux, Switzerland, Père

Gratry, a popular preacher of the Gallican very good thing to have a large margin--but Church. a margin presupposes some limited and known

6.-Mr. F. S. Powell, Conservative, elected dimension which it circumscribes. I have for the North-West Riding by 6,961 votes, always understood that an unknown infinity against 6,917 given to his Liberal opponent, was superior to a margin.”

Isaac Holden.-Captain Nolan, a Home Rule In the libel case of Pook v. Crusland,

candidate, elected for Galway by a majority of

2,165 over Mr. Trench. arising out of a pamphlet on the Eltham murder, the jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff Parliament opened by Royal Commission. – damages £ 50. In a similar action against The Royal Speech made reference to the dethe proprietor of the Kentish Mercury, a liverance of the Prince of Wales from imminent verdict was taken for the plaintiff by agree

"I purpose,” it was said, “that on ment.

Tuesday, the 27th inst., conformably to the – The National Assembly, by 366 to 310

good and becoming usage of former days, the votes, reject a motion in favour of returning

blessings thus received shall be acknowledged

on behalf of the nation by a thanksgiving in to Paris. A bill authorizing the Government to “denounce” the commercial treaty

the Metropolitan Cathedral. At this celebra

tion it is my desire and hope to be present. with England was approved of by a large

The slave trade, and practices scarcely majority.

to be distinguished from slave-trading, still 3.-Earl Granville informs Mr. Fish that pursued in more than one quarter of the world, the British Government do not consider it to continue to attract the attention of my Governbe within the province of the Geneva tribunal ment. In the South Sea Islands, the name of to decide upon the “indirect claims.” The the British Empire is even now dishonoured by British case now made public sought to show the connection of some of my subjects with that tlie claims to be referred to the tribunal these nefarious practices; and in one of them were claims “growing out of the acts” of the murder of an exemplary prelate has cast certain vessels in respect of which the Govern- fresh light upon some of their baleful conse. ment of the United States alleges that Great quences. A bill will be presented to you, for Britain has failed to fulfil some internativnal the purpose of facilitating the trial of offences duty. "If in the judgment of the tribunal of this class in Australasia." In connection there has been such a failure in respect of with the Treaty of Washington, cases had been any specified vessel or vessels, the tribunal mây laid before the arbitrators on behalf of each



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