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The Court of Queen's Bench, London, recently, ruled that the Brighton Aquarium Company were liable to a penalty of £200 for every, Sunday they kept the Aquarium open. An 800 lb. projectile fired with 150 lb. of 1£ inch cube gunpowder from a 38- ton gun at Woolwich attained the extraordinary velocity of 1506 feet per second. ! It is now expected that the amount of compensation claims arising out of the late collision on the Great Eastern Kaili way at Thorpe will not exceed £40,000. "Strangers" were, on the motion of Mr^Biggar, an Irish Home Rule member, excluded from the Home of Commons a few weeks ago, for upwards of a quarter of an hour. Among those excluded were the Prince of Wales and other members of, the Royal family. The operations of Messrs Moody and Sankey in the West End are meeting with secular opposition in a wholly unexpected quarter. The right of the evangblists to preach and sing the Goßpel in Her Majesty's Opera House is to be questioned by one of the seatholders, who is to have the question tried in the Court of Chancerj. The Earl of Dudley will be a party in the action, which is expected to come on immediately. At the annual meeting of the Art Union of London, Lord Houghton presiding, it was stated that the picture for the forthcoming year would be the Death of Nelson, by D. Maclise, R. A. A dreadful tragedy has just occurred at St. Mauri ce-sur-Averon (Loiret) ; an insane man has killed no less than six persons. He first attacked the cure of the parish, who was returning from visiting some sick, and clove his skull with au axe. The maniac then obtained t possession of a reaping hook, and flying at all he met, struck down five, persons. A seventh, who attempted to assist them, i had his wrist cut off. The lunatic was [ with great difficulty arrested, and has been sent to the asylum for the insane at Orleans. A tablet has been placed in the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral to the memory of the late Admiral Sir James Scott, X.C.8., by a few of his brother officers and admirers. Admiral Scott was a most distinguished officer, having taken part in two general actions, at five sieges, the Btorming of two cities, 27 towns, 32 batteries, 22 forts ; also at" the capture of one line of battle ship, fiee frigates, six sloops, 21 gun boats, 300 merchant vessels, several " privateers " and " letters of marque." The ' Sheffield Telegraph ' suggests another use for Captain Boynton's lifesvaing apparatus. It says : — " The Captain may sleep out in hot weather when he visits the seaside. At Scarborough he will be able on a fine warm night to anchor in the bay, and sleep soothed by the gentle murmur of the ripplipg waves. As a check upon -the rapacity of seaside lodging-house keepers the Boynton arrangement is cot without promise. When the hotels are full and the prices doubled, all the Captain has to do is to take to the water, and sleep as cool as a limpit in and on the starlit sea, his sleep made all the sweeter by the music of the murmur of the tide. The Captain's failure to finish his trip across . the Channel is such as would suffuse with a blush the face of a conscientious sprat, although it involves no discredit on a really ingenious and courageous man." In 1860 an old woman named M'Maryas, who resided at a farm at GlQiicullen' three miles from Dublin, waa murdered! A man named Patrick Hull, who lived in the house with her, was at the time suspeded, and he having absconded there was little doubt that the suspicions ihtm entertain td were vel' founded. After being la years at hirge tho murderer was lately arrested. During the interval he had never been out of the United Kingdom. M. Michel Chevalier, the eminent French political economist, whose services were associated with the Into Mr Cobden's efforts in regard to the French Treaty of Commerce, has been on a vieit to England. He has received a hearty welcome from 'the mercantile community of Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and other great manufacfcuiing centres, and addresses congratulating M. Chevalier on the spread of free-trade principles were presented to the distinguished visitor.

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Miscellaneous., Bruce Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 714, 2 July 1875

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Miscellaneous. Bruce Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 714, 2 July 1875