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♦— The Rev. Isaac Hanks, for many years minister of the Independent Chapel, Silver street, Malmesbury, fell down dead in his pulpit on Sunday night just as he had given out his text, which was, " But man dieth aud wasteth away ; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he ?" A Newcastle barman, named Fos, was sentenced to IS months'imprisoament for having bribed a telegraph messenger, and thereby obtained from him information which the lad had no right to disclose as to the result of certain races. The revivalists, Moody and Sankey, are to begin their religious labors in America in Philadelphia next month. A large railway station, capable of accommodating 25,000 persons, will be used for their meetings. Count Moltke recently completed his seventy-fifth year. He is four years younger than tbe Emperor William, and thirteen years older than Prince Bismarck. ' The, St. Petersburg Golos states that at the recent competition for admission as students to the Russian Academy ot Medicine and Surgery, 93 young women out of a total of 125 passed. Of these, 8 had studied in public institutions, 5 in schools, 43 in the gymnasia, and 37 under private teachers. Of various religious sects, the orthodox Greek Church is represented by 63 of the successful competitors, the Roman Catholic by 3, the TLutheran by 3, and the Jewish Church by 13. Tke will of the late Mr Robertson Gladstone was proved in the Liverpool District Court of Probate. The personality was sworn under £120,000. A tarn of £500 is bequeathed to local charities and schools. The Liverpool Mercury says that an eccentric gentleman of Jrencb extraction, named Baumer, has just died at Douglas, Isle of MaD, leaving the whole, of Lis property, amounting to about £54,000, to be applied to charitable purposes in his adopted home. A -^French, architect has obtained a patent for dampproof bricks. He injects bricks, tiles, &c, with tarry products of coal distillation, and finds them perfectly impermeable to humidity. .Nothing is said as to the kind ot cement : that is to be used with them. "We regret to announce the death of Sir Charles Wheatstcne, which took place in Paris on tbe 19th October. Sir Charles,, who was the scientific inventor of the electric telegraph, and professor of experimental philosophy r - in King's College, was bernat Gloii|»teriol3o2*

A census of the beggars of Paris has just been taken by tl\p police, from which it appears i hat 65,250 persons pursue this lucrative profession. Of them, 25,480 arc women, 14,500 men, 13 060 girls, and 12,210 boys. One part of Paris is occupied by women with large f'amiles, who let out their babied and children for begging at. bo much per diem. Mb Edwaed Jenkins, M.P , is writing a temperance story, which, will in size and form resemble " Ginx's Bab} ." The title of tbe story will probably be " The Devil's Chain." — Athensßum. The Directors of the Bank of England have fixed the rate of discount at ' three per cent. A cibcttlar has been issued by an influential committee, headed by the Earl of Mar, asking subscriptions for a memorial to perpetuate the hero of Bannpekburn. Tbe monument is to take the form of a statue, to be placed on a suitable pedestal. The designer is Mr George Cruikshank, who submitted his work to the Queen at Windsor Castle, and her Majesty was graciously pleased to approve of the same. The Secretary of State for War has granted a site on the Castle Hill of Stirling, overlooking the carse where Bruce routed the English. The sum required for the monument is £1,200, and of this £400 has already been subscribed

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ITEMS BY THE MAIL. Southland Times, Issue 2262, 13 January 1876

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