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A correspondent of the 'Home News' writes as follows:—" A lancer of the Ist Bombay Regiment, an Affridi, happened to be too late to' fall iv with his party in pnrsuit of some dacoits. He luckily hit upon .their track, although the main body of > his party failed to find them, fie was accompanied by 20 Burman friendlies. He found the enemies in a village. He boldly surrounded the village, and, firing one shot, marched in. ' The dacoits bolted, and, flinging away their arms, but the lancer captured eleven of them, and tried to drive back some cattle they had looted, but he1 was obliged to desist, the jungle beiog so bad, and darkness coming on. ~He returned to Fort Yendaw, looking grand with his prisoners in front of him, his lance, his pennon, and a Burman knife. The friendlies are at best but broken reeds to depend upon, and had this lancer not shown the bold front he did, probably they would have bolted also. It is to be hoped that the Bombay lancer will be rewarded for his brave bearing."

Alfred Smith, aged sixteen years, was indicted at the .Liverpool assizes for the wilful murder of Maud Hamilton, aged seventeen, his Sweetheait, at Southport. The young couple had a quarrel, and locked themselvesfup in separate ropma. . A pistol shot; was heard, and Smith running to si neighboring doctor's, said he had shot«the. girl, whoiwas subsequently fonnd with a wound in the breast, 'ihe jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, 'and he was sentenced to six months hard labor. N ..- '■■ ■. , / ■ A Hottentot chief, who was lately interviewed by a British officer,^ was shown a map of the world. He looked over it for a while, and then spat on it in disgust—and ordered a grand parade of his 480 spear-armed warriors to convincehis visitor how easily he could overrun and conquer the whole earth if be wasn't too lazy about Luttrell (says Moore) once told of of an Irishman, who having jumpei into the water to save a man from drowning,'upon receiving sixpence from the person as a reward for the service, looked first at the sixpence, then at < him, and at last exclaimed," By jabers, I'm over-paid for the job." It ia generally believed that Mr Labouchere " tips " Court flunkeys to the extent of several, thousand-pounds a year for his supplies" of royal gossip for ■« Truth.' His information is generally excellent, though his criticism is always more or less offensive to the people to whom it is applied. 'Truth' is now far ahead of the •'. World' as regards circulation, but if . it be true that •« Labby " is pocketing £10,000 a year out of it he can well afford to be a- generous paymaster. Mr Travers was asked at one of his meetings if he was in favor of Sir George Greys Law Practitioners Bill. Mr Travers answered in the affirmative, adding that he had Cno objection to any man being a lawyer, provided that he passed some examination. He said that more than half of the litigation of the present day was the effects of bad advice from inex-« ~ perienced and uneducated lawyers,. William HARmNG, sixty, of Birstall, near Leeds, and late of. Great Dover street, Southw,ark, was the other day, at the Barley Police Courts charged with stealing a lamp, value sixpence. On being searched at the police station " notes to the value of £575. a Bank book showing he nad £280 in:, a London Bank, and £5 in gold, were found in the prisoners possession. He told the Bench he had beeen living ,at Birstall in a house alone for two months ; that he had drawn money put of the Union Bank London, and that he had not put it down in a book because he did not want any one to know he had so much money* It-is supposed to be a case of kleptomania. The prisoner was remanded forfitrtlier enquiries. ~. . ;:,- ■-• '•/,._. ..'y.W . v Can one libel a dead man ?' This question, which had already been partly answered in the case of Eegina v Labouchere (the Duke of Vallombrosa case), has now been finally disposed of by ;Mf Justice Stephen at the Cardiff assizes. To libel the dead, said this learned judge, in .the course of a most lucid and interesting judgement, is not an offence known to our law; for ' the dead have no rights, and can snffer no wrongs.' But let the blasphemer "beware. For though you cannot libel a dead man, you can libel a living under the mask of a dead one, and in that case the law has you in its clutches, For instance, ' there are terms of abuse, which, taken literally, reflect only on the character of a man's mother, but which are nevertheless libellous even if the mother be dead, since their obvious intent is to traduce the living? Alike in its rule and in his exceptions, Mr - Justice Stephen's judgement seems excellent good sence. American Ceivalry. — A child of very tender years arrived at the St. Paul railway station, Chicago,recently, _ unaccompanied by any one. A letter taken from the pocket of her tiny cloak was self explanatory. It was to this effect:—"To all Conductors.—Leadville, January 25, 1857. > little Norah Leonard, a young lady 6 years old, and going homa to Syracuse, New York. She is all alone; with no one to look after her. Will you kindly ■cc that she hat all the attention necessary to ensure her- a safe and ■ ' pleasant journey ?—Bespectfully, C. Cubtiss, ticket agent, Union,-Pacific."' The letter was, marked "0.X." by four conductors. The child came from Leadville over the Union Pacific , ~ to Omaha,* thence by the ~Chicago;i \ Milwaukee;; and StiPar.l to ChicaW ._ , Theri she was put on & Lake tijfjn&d ■ train and shipped to her dMtbM^p^lgp,

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A BRAVE LANCER., The Colonist, Volume XXX, Issue 4785, 18 April 1887

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A BRAVE LANCER. The Colonist, Volume XXX, Issue 4785, 18 April 1887

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