NEWS BY THE MAIL.
O . Mrs Isabella Miller has just died at the age of 104 years, at Boulby, a village on the Yorkshire coast, The deceased was born at Swamby, near Stokesley, in 1780. Her husband died three months ago at the age of 95 years. Duke Paul Frederick, the next brother to the reigning Grand Duke, has renounced all hereditary rights to the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin for himself and his descendants in such a manner that his younger 1 brothers and their descendants will take precedence over him and his descendants. A farewell meeting in connection with the emigration scheme of the Orphan Homes of Scotland was held on March 28 in Glasgow. This year 120 boys and girls arc being sent out to Canada — 30 more than last year. Mr Quarrier stated to the meeting that during the last twelve years 1250 children had been sent out, and 95 per cent, of them were reported to be doing well. There were now sixteen houses, with accommodation for 400 childreu at Bridge of Weir. He wished to double that number, and for that purpsse would require £30,000 for building and about £12,000 a-year more for maintenance. The ' Telegraphe,' M. de Freycinet's organ, in discussing Lord Lyons' despatch of the 9th of January, says : — " The French Government since that
date announced their intention to the Senatorial Committee of sending nearly all the recidivists to Cayenne. It would be unpleasant were the idea to gain ground that this change was dictated by England. "We can understand that proximity to a penal colony is disagreeable ; but have the English ever troubled themselves not to render themselves unpleasant to their neighbours ? What we should advise would be for the French Government to engage to establish an efficaciouß guard round New Caledonia. This would be easy, that possession being insular." The agitation against lotteries and gambling of all lands seems to be gaining ground in France. An interesting statement, signed by economists, business men, and men of letters, has been submitted to the Commission of Inquiry into the economic crisis. This statement alleges that among the causes of distress that at present affects workmen and employers in France are the abnormal development of games, races, lotteries, and hells of every kind. The nefarious influence of Monte Carlo is also pointed out, and the desire is that "this pernicious nest" should be suppressed. The correspondent of the ' Daily News ' at Vienna says : — On Saturday afternoon, March 26, three Scotsmen — Dr Watson, Mr John Maclaren, and Mr Robert Mackenzie — were walking over the Reich's Bridge, which spans the Danube at a height of seventy feet. The two younger men teased Dr Watson, saying that his courage would fail him had he to jump from the bridge into the river. All at once Dr Watson mounted the parapet, and, before his friends could hinder him, jumped into the river, which ran seventy feet below. Despite the water being at 5 degrees below Eeamur, and with a terrible current, Dr Watson swam comfortably to the shore, where he was received by the police, who escorted him to the police station, and made him change his clothes against his will. The incident created a painful sensation among the hundreds of people who were crossing the bridge. Dr Watson will be subjected to a fine. Statistics show that last year over 1500 murders were committed in the United States, the legal executions being 93. The ' Elgin Courant ' says it can vouch for the accuracy of the following unusual circumstance : — While Mr Alex. Shaw, grieve at Kintrae, was ia the fields the other day, he heard cries of a bird apparently in distress. Looking up, he saw a lark hotly pursued by a hawk, which, by a series of fierce dashes, tried to secure its prey ; but the lark, was successful in evading the attacks. The hawk, however, was gaining the mastery, and the lark, terrorstruck, seeing the man below, came down like an arrow and fluttered actually into his hand, where it cowered trembling. The pursuer followed until within six yards, but seeing what had occurred, it flew off in disgust. After a time the lark was liberated, when it soared upwards, siDging, doubtless, a song of gratitude to its deliverer. The circumstance is remarkable as showing how the greater terror conquered the ] ess — the instinct of preservation in the bird triumphing over its natural timidity. An inhabitant of Carollton, United States, has been showing with what expedition standing wheat can be converted into biscuits. Two years ago the same person had served round to a party of guests, bread baked by his wife just 8£ minutes after the wheat was standing in the field. He determined to surpass his former achievement, and succeeded. At six minutes after four the reaper stood beside the growing wheat, men being stationed every few feet along the line of grain, ready to seize an armful as it fell, and to rush off with it to the thresher hard by. The mill was just 16 rods distant. At the " drop. of , the hat " the mules sprang to work \ in a minute and a^balf a peck of wheat was iv the sack and on the back of a horse, that set off at a gallop for the mill. Just 1 minute 17 seconds later the flour was delivered to the agriculturist's wife, and in 3 minutes 2 seconds from the starting of the reaper, the first griddle cake was eaten ; whilst rather more than a miaute later a pan of wellbaked biscuits was passed round to the admiring spectators, who, adds the American paper, intend presenting their fellow-townsman with a suitable testU monial for his and his wife's smartness.