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FLOGGING AT CHATHAM.

The finding and sentence of the district Court-martial at Chatham, for the trial of Private Alex. M'Cluskey, Royal Marines, were promulgated at a full-dress parade of the battalion of Royal Marines, on Wednc j» day morning. The prisoner was arraigned for striking Assistant-Surgeon W. Conolly, M.D., at Melville Hospital, during the time he was under medical examination ; and at his trial it was proved that he had previously been convicted of having stabbed a man during a quarrel, for which he was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, subsequently to which he wounded another of his comrades by striking him on the forehead with his bayonet. The prisoner had been between

four and five years in the corps of Royal Marines, during tbe whole of which period his conduct has been exceedingly bad, and he has been, several times punished by Courtsmartial for various offences. The Court, therefore sentenced him to receive fifty lashes, the highest number they could inflict, and afterwards to be imprisoned for twelve months, with hard labour. After the sen. tence had been read, the prisoner was marched to the rear of the barracks, where he was fastened up to the triangle, and the prescribed number of lashes inflicted in the presence of the officers and men. On the prisoner being taken down, he was conveyed to Melville Hospital for treatment ; and as soon as he is able to leave that establishment, he will be removed to the military prison, Fort Clarence, Rochester, to undergo his term of imprisonment. — Dispatch.

" Many French and foreign journals,'' says the Paris Union, " are much occupied with a vast project which is in course of realisation at Rome, and the execution of which would assuredly be* one of the glories of the reign of Pius IX., already so fruitful in grand undertakings. It is a question of nothing less than the reconstruction of Oitia, the ancient port of Borne, and which the power of Claudius and the genius of Trajan had made a depot for the commerce of the whole world. A Boman engineer, M. Costa, has submitted to the Holy Father plans which would reestablish, at the mouth of the Tiber, in a situation which the late progress in navigation and international relations designate as the most favourable in the Mediterranean, a magnificent free port, with docks, magazines, and a commercial flotilla destined to render the greatest services to the industry of the whole world of Europe. Pius IX., always so zealous is protecting anything that may contribute to the wellbeing of his people, has accepted the idea with the greatest readiness, considering it as a wide career opened for active labour, and in that point of view it is a noble reply, to the undeserved reproaches of indifference and immobility which people persist in addressing to the Poritificial Government. In a more exalted sphere it is the development and the propagation by navigation of the true seeds of civilization of which Christianity alone possesses the secret. It appears that many zealous Catholics have promised the aid of their resources to the project of M. Costa." The Fbbngb Admiral and his Valet. — A young Annamite named Nyuyen van Sauh, 1 has just been tried by the Tribunal of Correctional Police, charged with having ftolen twenty-five napoleons, a gold watch aud chain, and several articles of jewellery, worth 1000f., the property of Bear- Admiral Daricau, whose services he entered as valet de ohambre when the Admiral was Governor of Reunion, afld accommpanied his master to France. After stealing the 500f. he disappeared for two days, and when found he had 260f. in his possession, having spent the rest, as he said, in buying jewellery. The other articles were stolen soon afterwards, and all attempts to recover them fruitless. As tne prisoner pretended not to understand French, the Abbe Pernon, Director of Foreign Missions, was sworn in as interpreter but the youth gave several proofs during the proceedings that he understood all that was said. Though he gave nis age as 15 when examined before the Commissary of Police, he now protested that he was 19, having apparently learned from his fellow-prisoners that thieves under 16 might be confined in houße of correction till their twentieth year. When the interpreter had translated the evidence against him, the prisoner impudently declared that it was all false, and even denied that the 260f. had been found in his possession. Though there could be no doubt of the prisoner's guilt, the tribunal acquitted him, and there was no proof of his being 16 years of age, but ordered him to be confined in a house of correction for twelve months. The Admiral stated his intention to send the prisoner back to Reunion as soon as possible.

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FLOGGING AT CHATHAM., Evening Post, Issue 272, 21 December 1865

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FLOGGING AT CHATHAM. Evening Post, Issue 272, 21 December 1865

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