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English News.

A new organisation callpu the National Anti- Monopoly Leage, Ints been started in New York, with brunch-- s over the country. Its object is to protect; citizens against the aggression of corporations to advocate and defend the rights ofthe many against the privileges of the few. Jane Barron, who was tried last Durham Spring Assizes for the murder of her master, a farmer named Snowball, at Blanchland, and acquitted, was awarded at Newcastle Assizes on Saturday, L4O damages in fin action for libel against the editor of the* Oonsett Guardian for an article published which stated that she had been removed to a lunatic asylum at Gateshead. An event that occurs in the life-time of comparatively few men has fallen to the happy lot of "* Deacon " Henry Baker, of Westfield, N.S., who at the age of more than 80 years has just celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of his wedding day. More than 400 of the relatives and friends of the family, many of whom came from other States, were present to participate in the festivities of the occasion. The aged couple were attended by one of the original bridesmaids, who v still in vigorous health, and also by a sister-in-law who was at the first wedding. Many children, grand-children, and great-grand-children together with more distant relatives, were also present. A fire which cost no'less than seventynine lives (fortunately not human lives, but those of a valuable collection of monkeys) has just taken place in tha Antwerp Zoological Gardens. It appears that an accident occurred to one of the flues late at night : some hay caught fire, and the place was in flames before the alarm was given and assistance could arrive to rescue the poor monkeys frcm their cruel fato. When the poor animals perceived their danger they must have made frantic efforts to get loose, for the iron bars are said to have betn bent in their attempts to escape. Had the fire been perceived a little sooner the whole collection might have been saved. The Home Rule party which owes its allegiance to Mr Parnell i*j becoming saillv shattered. Following the example of Mr Shaw, several Home Rulers have intimated to the hon member for the city of Cork that, in consequence of the. ultered political nolicy which has taken place since Mr Parnell was appointed to the leadership, they can no longer retain their connection with the party. Mr Eugene Collins and some 17 members in all have up to the. present moment resigned. Major Nolan is credited with an intention of formally withdrawing from the position of" Whip" M the party. It is probable that he will take shelter under the leadership of Mr Shaw. By his various successes on the turf it is computed that Mr Wm. I'Ansoa, whose death near Malton is just announced, won upwards of LIOO,OOO. He purchased an estate which alone cost over LIO, OOO, and he had " irons " in the fire in every dirncrion. He commenced life low down in a racing stable, . but his native shrewdness quickly brought bim under the notice of the late Lord Glasgow, from which moment he never looked back. The animal which made his fortune was the brood mare Queen Mary. He only gave LIOO for her, and sho bred him the Derby and Oaks winner, Blink Bonny. Later on the mare slipped that " hoise of a centuay," Blair Athol whose achieve- • ments will for ever live in the equine memory. Two other descendants of " The Queen," respectively Breadalbane and Broomielaw, sold for Ll 1,000. A Hartford woman has been married and divorced four times, and each of her husbands has in turn married again and been divorced. Her first husband procured a divorce from her and she was married again. Becoming divorced from her second mate she remarried the first, and has since been divorced from him, and has married a fourth time. Her second has been married and divorced twice, and both of his wives are living, and her present husband was a divorced man when she married him. A revolting case has been before the Exeter Magistrates. A woman was being assaulting by her nephew when a labourer interfered to protect her. The nephew immediately seizpd with his teeth three fingers of the rescuer's band, and chewed all the flesh off. Violence bad to be resorted to in order . to release tbe bitten hand, and as a consequence of this violeuce defendent had been in the hospital for a fortnight. Taking this fact into consideration, the ! Bench only fined him Ll. A strange scene was witnessed at a land meeting held at Kilbrin, a rural district midway between Charleville > and Kanturk. Previous to tha meet- ,. ing a black coffin, having the inscrip--5 tion "Landlordism " in large capitals, . was borne on the shoulders of four > men, which a large crowd followed, *• keening. The supposed corpse having i come to a grave, which was dug for the •*■ purpose, the coffin, amidst a scene of i great exoitement, was buried in, and j the grave closed up. It is stared that 3 a similar scene was enacted there.during O'Connell's Tithe agitation, and 1 was called the burial of the tithes. At, r ( the close of the proceedings loud ders - were given for Mr. Parnell and the S r Land League.

I The Mormons of Utah have lit their I treets with nlectricitv. Ismail Pacha, ex-Ehwlive of E_>ypr, j has again requested the Su-tan to allow ; him ti) come to Constantinople with bi- ; family. It is stated thai; the Rev. Joseph Cook, the Boston lecturer, is about to proceed to India on a mission to the Hindoos. The Pall Mall Gazette understands that Mr J. W. Cross intends to write a biography of the late Mrs Cross ("George Eliot,") and will shortly set about tho collection of materials. A return of agrarian offences throughout Ireland, specially reported to the Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary between the lst and the 14th January has been issued, and shows that there were 287 such offences. An accident hss occurred on the Erie Railway, near Tiuga. A train caught fire, and the postal and baggage cars were consumed. Five of the railway officials perished in ths flames. All the passengers were more or less bruised ; eleven seriously hurt. At a festival in Socorro, New Mexico, on Christmas Eve,Va disturbance arose among some Mexicans, which was quelled by Mr A. M. Conkling, editor of the Sun. Soon afterwards, while Conkling and his wife were leaving church two Mexicans seized him by the arms, while a third shot him dead. The assassins fled to a neighbouring village, where they are reported to be guarded by 2000 Mexicans. A large posse of Americans, well armed, will endeavour to capture tho murderers. This is how the Jesuits are treated in some quarters where they are best known. A New York telegram says : — The steamship Wanderer which has arrived at New Orleans from Belize, reports thau a Jesuit priest named Gilliett has been arrested in Guatemala and afterwards shot by order of the President of the Republic. By the laws of Guatemala Jesuits are banished from the country, and any who are found within the territory are liable to execution. Father Gilliett had returned on account of his health and not in his capacity of priest. A singular sight may be seen at New Jersey — leafless apple trees still laden with fruit in consequence of the unprecedentedly large crop, which was too abundant to be gathered. The cider mills are so overloaded with fruit that hundreds of bushels of apples lie rotting on the ground, tbe number of presses not being equal to the demand upon them. Apple jack is almost as cheap as water ; in two small counties more than 100,000 gallons have been distilled. Farmers in Connecticut have offered their orchards to whoever will go in and pick for five cents a barrel; ia fact they are thankful to get the trees cleared, as they will be weakened by this unseasonable retard. — American Paper. As far as is yet known, 24 deaths have occurred on the Wiltshire Downs from exposure during the snowstorm. Several bodies have been dug out of the snow, frozen stiff, in an upright position. Others are reported missing, • and search parties are out in various directions. On the Swindon and Marlborough Roads many sheep are still covered, but these havo sometimes been found alive after being two or three days buried. At Northhampton a man was found dead in bed. Two men ani an old woman have been frozen to death near Hereford. At Fa'rthinghoe a man named George Temple was found dead in a snow-drift. Two little girls named Costello were drowned near Bath by the breaking of the ice. On the White Horse Downs, Berks, two horses and carts in charge of two boys were lost in the snow on the road from Shrivenham to Lambourne, and the boys and horses were dead whon found. A man named Charles Beckett was also frozen, and a cripple named Thomas Fowler perished in Kingston. The following is from an English paper received by the late mail : — " There was a large increase in the arrivals of both live stock and fresh meat landed at Liverpool last week from the United States and Canada. The steamers which arrived with live stock were as follow : — The lowa, with 403 cattle ; the Ontario, with 261 cattle and 122 sheep; tbe Victoria, with 222 cattle ; the Palestine, with 223 cattle ; the Lako Nepigon, with 140 cattle, the St. Albans, with 060 cattle ; the Helvetia, with 56 cattle ; the Istrain, with 55 cattle ; the England, with 33 cattle, and 639 cattle and 178 pig**;, from the wrecked steamer Brazillian. The steamers with fresh meat were as follow : — The Ariaona, with 2484 quarters of beef and 650 carcasses of mutton; the Istroin, with 1915 quarters of beef; tho Circassian, with 1168 quarters; the Ontario, with 893 quarters of beef; the Lord-Clive, with 6'JO quarters of beef and 100 carcasses of mutton ; the Celtic, with 600 quarters of beef; the City of Chester, with 800 quarters of beef, 150 carcasses of mutton and 425 pigs ; the lowa, with 702 quarters of beef; the Palestine, with 579 quarters of be.ef; the Helvetia, with 548 quarters of beef, 203 cardaeseii of mutton, and 200 pigs ; the England, with 41)6 quarters of beef, 345> carcasses mutton, and 500 pigs - y the Lake Nepigon, with 737 quarters of beef; — making a total of 2008 cattle, 122 sheep, 378 pigs, 11,767. quarters of beef, 1448 carcasses of mutton,; and 1 125 carcasses- of pigs."

Tt is not impossible that befpxe f§jj||| coalfields are exhausted we shall h|j|j||j discovered souk, menus of doiag m£ \ffisl| things* without that at present mm valuable fuel — fit least, in re gi-|§j]|| where tlie sun -shines. We have pjffiij viously given an account of M.^McfflJEfl chot's solar engine, but that extraor|| I|| nary method'of utilising the heat of ll|f j|| sun has been eclipsed by any im'pro^Mffi ment devised 1 by M. Pifre: ;ft is-*Btat|| |! tbat the latter has gone so far as mm utilise 80 per cent, of theavailablo h^fljij of the sun's rays at PPariss s and* hwm actually constructed an. apparatus • w^ijjffi which he pumped water to a height}P|l ten feet at the rate of ever twen fif| gallons a minute. As in- Moucho||J|J solar engine, a reflector receives t||||| light and concentrates it upon a boil-gljE — in this case containing nearly nine|||| gallons of water, which, upon a claffl | Pans sky, begins to boil in about forffl | minutes, and in a few minutes longjffl f has sufficient pressure to drive t\m l engine wurking the pumpi In the nlffl | distant future, then, tropical countrit||| will be the places where motive powjjj | can be had for next to nothing. mW " Tens of thousands" of sheep- at_J]{| cattle are reported to be buriedin Dar||| | moor and other high lands. Fi*oj|j| Taunton it is reported that great nuni|| | bers of cattle have been lost in snoffil drifts. » mi The snow fell or was blown- to ajH enormous depth in some places in Enoi||| land. From many places it was r<?||f ported to have been the deepest ev<Mf| known, and lines never blocked befor[i| were made impassable. Railway comif munication was greatly interrupteq|| and in many places the whole telegraph j systpm was, rendered almost useless, ml It is proposed to establish a Charabefil of Commerce in London almost itrf^jl mediately, so that the mercantile cora|| munity of the metropolis of the empirj| might" be officially represented at thj forthcoming conference, when colonial representatives are to take part in thia proceedings. The sittings will be helfl | at the Westminister Palace Hotel.. *| The remains of Lieutenant Irvingf! one of the officers who , perished' in thij| Arctic regions with Sir John FrankliuW expedition of 185* i have been broughll| to Edinburgh for interment. » The Irish at home and abroad wira be delighted to know that the Arch- 1 ! j bishop of Tuam celebrated on Christmafl morning his three Masses withouyl leaving the altar, as he did on Ohrist^l mas Day iv the year 1814 — sixty-sijJ years ago. — Dublin Freeman. il On New Year's Day morning un-ii seemly anti-Jewish demonstrations wer»q| made in Berlin, and many Jews wertjl injured. al The number of dead bodies taken tojp the Morgue in Paris during the pask(| year was 80d, being 96 more than irisl the previous twelvemonths. T fl While a dancing party was beingj| held in a gentleman's house in Dubliria on Monday, a explosion of gunpowder*! evidently intentional, took place out^l side his windows, severely injuring m number of people. jt*j According to official returns, 1 31,600f| pen sons skated oh Sunday, January 16/1 on the ponds and ornamental parks in>| and around London. <J Three persons have during a fowi-j days died from black fever in a housef| in Pitt-street, Newcastle-on-Tyne. jr) The Free West Church, Stirling-, was* destroyed by fire on Sunday, January! 1 ! 16. It was an iron structure, and*! cost about LIOOO, ior which sum it i&J understood to have been insured. 3 Tho Afghan war turns out to havew cost L17,498.00U. 1* Seven men were reported* to bav-e-*: been lost on Sanrton Down, Durt-fi mouth. h Woolwich Pier, recently elected at*J great cost, has been swept away, and-p the dockyard covered with Water to an« extent altogether unprecedented. ;-| The pier at Southend was washed]! away. A boat which pat out to the si rescue of the piermnster and his family,J| was swamped, and out of twelve of adj crew of brave fellows 8 wero drowned. 'J At the entrance to the docks at Norths Woolwich twenty-six barges sank, and,jj other damage was sustainod.in conu«o-*| tion with the piers and jetties across^ which the flood swept with destructiveJJ effect. | The Thames was twinging down greatly masses of ice, and the easterly gale driv- ji ing the waters back, an unprec«deutGdly-4] high tide was the result. The- wave*-s and ice were forced into many houses, | and owing to the intense cold much-H distress prevailed. ■ 'J The mining town* of Alta, uta)i, has**^ been partially destroyed by an. ava-* ij lanche. Ten people were buried'in the*}*: snow. ,/ J There i-s still alive at Littleooto-f-Farm, Wilts, a. goose Said* to haY« beeo.jj considered an old bird in 1808. .., jj An Indian outrage is reported froma-c New Mexico, a stage coach '• having.^ been stopped and*. pitinder«dr,aod rhe*-| driver and passengera-murdered.* | A storm and iifcods are reported as~f having been experienced in Spain ou.| both land and sea. -••-■■ | Intemperance is said to be rt]fii(ihiott* r i able vice among the youngL.ladJHg- h-*4 well as gentlemen of New York! 4k Thirty thousand persons^ assihibledjj to do honour to the. poet, Burns at tbejj .unveiling of his statfie at Dundee, | -, So iv tense has, ! t i he',coid'.b»-Pi^rin low*! ; that the people JiaVefbeeii otfligHd * t>>J j bum. -Indian cbi-n^fbr fuel. • The JVli£~v| souri is frozen, audb is used^as ''a,lcS^^ ■ insteadof a river. -yy< ' " J-:Jy4yiyjJk ' ' ■'-. '"'t'yjM

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English News. Clutha Leader, Volume VII, Issue 389, 25 March 1881

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