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NEWS BY THE MAIL.

A Russian Swindler. A military-looking man, styling himself a Russian Colonel of Dragoons, has been arrested by the Jersey police on a charge of hotel swindling. He succeeded in passing himself off to the Lieutenant-Go-vernor, Major General Nicholson, as having been the latter’s gaoler while he was in prison in Russia during the Crimean War. He was invited to dine with the officers of the garrison, and gave them a sumptuous dinner in return. When asked to settle, he said he had no means of doing so, and when arrested and his lodgings were searched, it was found that ho had no effects nor anything to support the title he assumed. Imprisonment of a Pork Fie Maker. The Leicester Borough Magistrates some time ago sentenced Viccars Collyer, pork-pie maker, Liecester, to two months’ imprisonment for having in his possession two and a half tons of pork and beef unfit for food. The evidence showed that some of the pork was cut up and seasoned ready for use, while all was in an advanced stage of putrefaction. The medical officer stated that its consumption would - have been attended with risk to life. The defence was that the meat was not intended for use until passed by the inspector. The defendant gave notice of appeal. He had previously been fined LIDO for a similar offence. Jelly from Ivory. The last sale of ivory at Liverpool was the largest which has taken place for a long time. Manufacturers who 5 were present tell us that the prices realised showed an advance of from 20s to 80s. per cwt. All the lots were sold. There were buyers not only from the English tdwns, but from America and the Continent. Ivory is very largely used in the Sheffield trades, more especially for hafting cutlery of all kinds. The demand for billiard and bagatelle balls, as well as for piano keys, has lately increased of late years. One leading cutlery house made a calculation some time ago, suggested by a question put by a visitor. They estimated that to supply themselves with the ivory they needed for the handles of their cutlery, etc., they needed 1,280 elephants every year, and that even on the basis that each tusk weighed 23|lbs. In a magazine the question was recently put, “ What becomes of the ivory waste ? ” There is no ivory waste. In the cutting of the ivory the powder which comes away is sold for making jelly. It has long been used abroad, and is now getting pretty well known in this country. It is sold at 4d. per lb., made up into parcels, and is regarded as an excellent material for making jelly, particularly in the country, where calves’ feet are not always procurable when required.

The Hungarian Sleeper. John Gyumbere, the Hungarian who was in a trance continually for 169, days in the Lehigh county poor-house, ' has (the Philadelphit Medical Recorder says) for the first time sufficiently rallied to give the story of his life and experiences. He was first found insensible at a neighboring inn, whence he was removed to the county almshouse. This was over six months ago. On the 22nd of April he opened his eyes for the first time and kept them open for four days. He did not speak, but remained in a dazed condition. On April 23rd he either fell or jumped out of the hospital window, falling a distance of 25 feet, but was not seriously injured. April 26th, he; again closed his eyes, and did not open,'till May 20th, when he spoke two words after a flower had been held to his nose. Six hours afterwards he closed his eyes and kept them shut until a few evenings ago, when, being hailed by a Pole in Slavonic, he opened his eyes, raised himself up, and in the same tongue replied, stating that he arrived in America about two years ago and went to Virginia, where he was employed by a man named-Porter, near Charlottesville. He complained that a negro woman there put red pepper in his coffee, and many rough jokes were played on him, wherefore he -fled’ from that part of the country and went to Baltimore, and then wandered intp Pennsylvania. He remembered nothing from the time he fell asleep, until about four weeks ago, when he began to realise that he existed. It was as if he had been sleeping very long. When he awoke partially, he thought he was in gaol. ; -He now feels very weak, but wants to go to work again as soon as he is strong enough. During his trance he was examined by a large number of physicians.

Extensive Frauds on the Post Office. At the Bow street Police Court a clerk employed in the Post Office, named John Frederick Gales, aped 25, living at 2, Winterwell street, Brixton, was, charged with forging divers requests for the payment of money, and with issuing money orders with intent to defraud, and also with stealing and uttering several paid money orders ; George John Owen, aged 28, of 85, Hayler road, Brixton, of ; no occupation, was charged with forging certain orders for payment of money, knowing them to have been stolen;.— pMr Charles Hawkes, Controller of the Chief Money Order Office, deposed that Calea had been in the service since 1872. -She witness proceeded to detail the system_by which money orders made payable at one office were transferred and made payable at any other, by- the special request of.'the remitter. In some cases these orders were sent for transfer to the Chief office, where a request was sent authorising the payment of the order by the office to which it was transferred. Gales had been employed in the office on extra duties, and would have access to the transfer stamp. The system by which he had perpetrated the alleged frauds was detailed by witness, and it appeared that the prisoned had obtained old money orders that had been paid and some spoiled ones. He had cut the paid orders in half, and had destroyed the portion showing that they bad been paid, and by the aid of some gummed paper had fixed the lower portions of the spoiled orders on to them, filling in the blanks with an authority for the transfer and payment at another of :tha amount that had already been paid at the office upon which the order . had been originally drawn. Ho had also sent-re-quests for the payment of these orders to different postmasteis. Orders to the amount of nearly LI,OOO had been cashed in this manner, and, the fraud being-dis-covered, the case was put into the - hands of Mr Charles James Stevens, of * the I Missing Letter Department, tomtikHuSDquiries° He saw the prisoner Hales, land upon being spoken to on the subjehtTie

Admitted his guilt, and gave the name of the other prisoner as his accomplice. Mr Stevens subsequently saw Owen, who admitted his connection with the transactions, and handed LBl2 to Mr Stevens as a portion of-the money obtained since the middle of September.—The case was adjourned.

Alleged Robbery by a Barman. Charles Brown, aged 30, a barman, living at 4, Walmer street, Marylebone, was charged at the Marylebone I ''olico Court, before Mr Cook, with stealing from the till in the bar of the Harp public house, 25, Church street, Marylebone, one shilling and two sixpenny pieces, marked coins, the property of his employer, Mr Frederick Ridely, licensed victualler. The prosecutor said had had his suspicions that he was being robbed by the prisoner, and forty sixpences and ten shillings were marked by (Detective-sergeant Summers, and they were placed on the change counter on Friday evening, the prisoner being in the bar. The detective was in the house at the time. -Afterwards he saw the officer tussling with' the prisoner, and some of tiie money was found on him. Witness i had been robbed of LSO or L. 60 during ' the last three months. Dective-sergeant Sammers, D division, said he marked forty sixpences and ten shillings and gave them to prosecutor. Witness stood in the parlor: of the house on Friday evening, and. saw prisoner on four different occasions ; put something into his mouth. Afterwards ho put whatever it was into his waistcoat pocket, and then went up to supper. On coming down he served a customer- with beer, and while getting the change put a sixpence into his mouth. Ho afterwards served another customer with gin, and put a sixpence in his mouth. Witness went into the bar and caught him ■ by the throat, but before he could properly get hold of him he swallowed the two sixpences. He took him into the parlor, and made a~ full search. On pulling off the prisoner’s left stocking one shilling and three sixpences dropped on the floor. The prisoner said, “ You have done now, I suppose?” and he replied, “Not yet.” He further searched him, but found' no other coin on him. Three of those found have been identified as having been marked in the morning. Witness took him to the police station, and he said, ■“ If that money is marked it has been changed.” The accused now said that while the officer was picking up the coins from the floor, he saw Mr Ridley shift the money. The prosecutor had said he intended to have him by fair means or f- ul. In answer to Mr Cooke, he said it did not much matter whether he was tried at that Court or at the sessions. Mr Cook observed that he should send the case for trial. It was a very bad case, and the punishment he could give the prisoner, if convicted, was not sufficient. The accused was committed for tr al. A Straggle ■with a Mad Dog. One morning, shortly after eight. Detective Thompson, of the H _ Division, went into the yard of the King David lane Police Station, Shadwell, for the purpose of seeing what dogs there were there preparatory to sending them up to the home at Battersea. On looking round he found that there were several animals, among them being a very large and powerfully-built black retriever, which had been brought in the previous day. The dog, which was about the size of a small donkey, had been very quiet ever since it had been in the station, refusing both food and water, and allowed the officers to remove the chain from its neck without the slightest resistance. No sooner, however, did it find itself loose than it turned suddenly round, and with a fearful howl, leaped right at the officer’s throat. He stepped back a little, causing it to miss its aim, but as it dropped the brute caught his right hand in its mouth and bit it severely. It again returned to the charge, and this time managed to get hold of Thompson’s neckerchief with its teeth, where it hung for a second or two pendulous. It was again knocked down, and again and again renewed the attacks, inflicting several severe bites on the officer’s hands, wrists, and arms, as it kept bounding up with the apparently fixed purpose of seizing its adversary by the throat, all the while howling in a fearful manner, and leaving no room for doubt — by its general appearance—but that it was suffering from rabies. During the time the struggle was going on, Thompson had been calling for help, but as the yard is a large one, and he was at the farthiest point from the station, his calls were not noticed. Accidentally, however, one of the constables inside opened the door. No sooner did the dog perceive this than it left Thompson for a moment and rushed, open-mouthed, at the new comer, who quickly retreated and shut the door behind him. On seeing this, the savage beast, with a howl of disappointment, again rushed on Thompson and tried to drag him to the ground, fortunately without success. There happened to be a large pair of steps in the yard, and to these the officer managed to run. Ihe oog followed him, and chased him round and round them, during which time Thompson managed to drag them close to the wall of the yard. The alarm had now spread to the station, and measures were taken for destroying the brute, as soon as opportunity offered, but this was no easy task as the man and dog were so “ mixed” that it was almost impossible to shoot the latter without injuring the former. At last one of the men opened the door, and went towards the animal with a staff. It immediately sprang at him, and as it did so Thompson managed to get up the steps on to the wall out of danger, whilst the other constable effected a retreat into the station, and shut the dog outside. A revolver was then procured, and on the dog rushing again towards the open door a bullet was sent through its brain, killing it on the spot. A surgeon was then called, who at once cauterised the places where the officer Thompson had been bitten, so that it is hoped no evil effects will follow.

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NEWS BY THE MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 513, 20 December 1881

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NEWS BY THE MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 513, 20 December 1881

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