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The Trial of Lefroy. The trial of Mapleton, alias Lefroy, look place at Maidstone assizes. His solicitor, Mr Dutton, had the greatest confidence in the innocence of his client, and his explanation of his conduct in the railway carriage on the, last afternoon of Mr Gold’s life was this : During interviews of many hours’ duration that he had with the prisoner in Lewes Gaol nothing escaped hiip in •ny way contradictory of what he had already firmly asserted relative to the presence of a third man in the railway carriage on the day of the commission of the crime.- He had closely questioned and cross-examined Lefroy, confronting him with the plans of the railway, and demanding clear and pertinent answers, and on no occasion had he failed instantly to give a perfectly satisfactory response to any inquiry. The prisoner enjoyed excellent health, and was in capital spirits, ' and no way apprehensive of the result of the trial, the near approach of which caused him, to all appearance, very little anxiety. He employed his time in writing, and sometimes in composing verses, and he seemed perfectly satisfied that the jury would acquit him. The accused was executed on Nov. 28, at Newgate Gaol.

A Lawyer’s Life.

The promised Autobiography of Sergeant Ballantyne ought to be one of the most amusing books of the season. He has enjoyed an experience of professional life such as few lawyers have known and scarcely any surpassed. Lord Campbell’s autobiography, which to the professional, if not to the general reader, is one of the most entertaining books ever published, discloses the character and unfolds the progress of a steady, plodding, single-minded seeker after advancement. A limited but acute intellect quite at ease with itself, and a course of scarcely interrupted material prosperity, have their charms. The Sergeant’s reminiscences should be of another order. The best of -good company and the liveliest of advocates, he can only be compared to be contrasted with the most intolerable jester who ever italicised the points of his so-called jokes. Probably Sergeant Ballantyne has never been happier in his peculiar vein than when he explained to an amused judge and a puzzled jury, in a recent money-lending case, how thankful he was that his youthful morals escaped the peril of an academical career. It is to be hoped that the forthcoming work will depict the crowning of its author with flowers in India, an incident the mere report of which enraptured the profession. An Art City. The latest development of Estheticism is from America, or, to speak more correctly, is for America. It is seriously contemplated to found in some convenient, healthy, and attractive spot an art city, of which all the denizens shall be artists, musicians, or the like. Those still in active life will retire there for their holidays ; whilst others, tired of the world, but still eager for art, will be retained permanently to form a focus of art instruction, which will render it unnecessary for young American art students to come to Europe to study. Behind this wild idea of an art city, a sort of glorified Bedford Park, there is a background of solid sense, and as Gounod has already signified his adhesion to the proposal, and Rubinstein is said to have it under consideration, it might be assumed r that the obstacles which would suggest themselves to the nonartistic mind are not regarded as insurmountable. One of the primary conditions is the exclusion of all art critics from the sacred precincts of the art city.

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NEWS BY THE SUEZ MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 504, 9 December 1881

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NEWS BY THE SUEZ MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 504, 9 December 1881

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