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A coi.onEi base-ball club ia New Havcn Imve i qtísfer way d testing thcir opponent j' ability lo slop báUs. One of ikem seut a bullct ut the Örst basoman jiwl aa he was aboïit to put him out, made second, and had only just lime feo reneh third bage when the pistol gave out and It'ltr tiim on base. A iiouKir.M', and unnatural mnrder, oommitted in Raleigh, N. C, lastMaroh, lias just come to light. A ruau named Scott Portin killed lns wife by cuttíng lifv throat, thiin out, hen licad off, rmjointed her at erenr joint., tbiai cut the llcsh off her benea, md attempted to biiiii u]i hor body, but did ftot succeod. 'L'hrn ho murdere! liis Htüo lioy, a ehild eight months old, in the same marnier. Thebe is great n'valry bet ween the amntnur onrsmen of lied Wing, St. Paul nul S til J water, Miuü., and it U öhdrged tliat in order to win i race the other day the Red Wiug people imported Ellis W'nid, at Xcv.lmrg, N. Y., a professional . oiirsmaii. A largo amount of money changed haude cm the resnlt, and thore ík miirh todlgnation at, the lïod Wirigers in hiring a professional rower uuder an atssiimed name. OffitÖXQd merehant hat receivéa l'i-din Kansas a -worm wliich i,s al preseni rëoeiyjnff the adiniring attontion of the farniem. It 'm l'ullv KS inehes long, and wns fouiid in the head of a graeshopper. As might hayö been expeeted, it is uot large, Iiardly exeeeding a hair in diameer. When exanrined ttuder a mioroBcope it appears to havo joints like the tape-worm sometimes found in man. It is proving a great deli-inient to the wellbeing of the gniKshopner. In rennsylvania drnnkenness is held to be a partial excuso for crime. The policeman Mervine, who murdered Alexander in Philadelphia, has been i'ouud guilty in the eeoud degree only bccanse he was grossly intoxicated at the time. The verdict-was givon uuder the direotion of the court. Vory appiopviately does the Pliüivdelphia. Times say in commenting on the caso : " Hereaftei let all ■who contémplate murder h'rst get grossly intoxicated. There is great moral potency in rum." The farewell meeting of Moody and Sankey, the American revivalists, was ht ld in London, last week, and 188 elergymen of the ehureh of England wcre present, far outnumbering the othor denominations. ïhe foHowing is tilo nuniber of meetings held by the revivalists in London during the pust four months, with the aggregate attendnnce : Camberwell, 60 meetings, altended by .180,000 people ; Victoria, 45 meetings, attended by 400,000 ; in the Opera-House, 60 meetings, attended bn 330,000 ; in Bow street, 60 meetings, attended by 600,000 ; and in Agriciiltural HalJ, 00 meetings, attended by 720,000. The amount of money expended for building, printing, stewards, etc., is 140,000. The details of the trial of the Norwich (Eng.) contested eleetion, which have juet been published, ooniirm all that has been said about the painful prevalence of bribery in English Parliamentary electkms. Hcre ai e two specimen cases : A grocer was paid $2. 12 for distributing fonr eirculars, or rather more than 50 mits a circular. As soon as he began work, the other pide hired him to leave f our of tlioir eirculars at the same places, and paid him $2 25. By an odd coinci dence, lic votod for the candidato of the latter party. A mau who could not read was sent to scatter eirculars, and then v nother who could read was hired to go with iiimjuid fihow him whcj-e to put them who) they woukl do the most good. The wages were liberal, and both cirmlars md votes were delivcred as per agi-eemiMit. A New Yobk paper says it is no easy matter to calcúlate thecostof tho trial of the etut f Tilton agaiust Boecher. It is uot generally known to auy newspaper man wbat fies c,imi:í'!I i-nrm:. The triaJ has cost the county of Ktngs at least $40,000. The jurors liave received $3,000. The total jury expense, including panels of ],500 men, nmounts to $5,194. Tho County Treasurer has paid out $26,154 as the county's share of the expenses of the Beecher trial. Thits does not include tho iay of the defaúfód policemen, which will foot np a large-Rutn, neither does it embrace tho bil] of Mr. Parker for feeding the jury. Mr. Beecher's trial expenses can hardly be less than 70,000. Mr. Tilton is out ot pocket some $15,000, which amonnt he will eusily eiini as sion a the lecture season tiegiiiM. All told, 110,000 is a moderate esÈmatc of the cost of the great snit. A penubioüs oíd citizen of Watertown, N. Y., rccently reccivcdu letter signed " Conscicucc Strickon," and ronding as follows : " Ton years ago, in a businesn transactioii, I swiudled you out of $10. My conscience smote me for it, and I have ever siuco lived an uuliappy life. Inclosrd yon will find a $50 note, wbich you will picase chango and dediujt the $10, forwárding the balance to my address in care of the Postofíice." The benevolent oíd gentleman -rt-ns rejoiced at this unexpected windfall, but after he had forwarded the $40 and discovered that his $50 bilí was counterfeit, he did not get up mnch of a religious centennial in honor of the event. On the contrary, ]je withdrew from the church in ■whcli he waa a member, and in a confidential talk vith liis pastor, declared that he Vielieved Satan to bn a moro honest and upriglit man thau half of thoso with whom he had had dealingR in his lifetime. Thbrb Vas a mnrdw trial lately, in Ht. James pariah, La., which liad a curious and ratter nnttsual termination. Two negrees w(;re on trial for killing a man of their own color. ïhe jury and the Sheriff were also of African 1(;. scent. The jury went out, after the chargo, to jind a verdict, and were locked u in a room to look tor it. The Sheriff had the key, and t!u (MUrt adjonrned. The next morning whea the oourt envened the Judgoinqniicil t&tn íje jury. The Sheriff said tliey had found a verdict umi gêne; Ho hrid let tliom out, uppodihp; i„ui -,:, farther nse for them, and lic had agreed lo deliver their verdict, " Not gttüty." Itwas all right, Ho had not turned the prisoners looae too, because the jailoi was pigheaded and would not accept liin ftulii'iily. The Judgo wai quiet, bat got very red. There is no othei way but to go nll over that trial again. The Sheriff liinkn there ought to be an amendment f the jury system. So there ouglit. The oustoma reeeipts, saya a Washington diapatcb, havo shown a ateady deoline for the iast two ycars. At tho close cf the fiscal year onding Juno 30, 1874, tho reoeipts were in tho neighborhood of $188, 500, 000. The foJfoiring yoar tliey feil off $25,800,000 and the sum total of the roceipts for this year show a sfcill forther faüing off of spmo $7,000,000. The cause of thja is expkuned partiaüy b.y Ure Cömmisfeioner of Customs, upon tho ground of tho dull state of business thronghont tho country. There is also a prowing system of smuggling that adds great diilieulties to tho oolleotion of tlie customa revenues. One of the eiusiest and tho most secure mcthoels of smtiggling is tbrough the mails. Valuable lacps are, thus smuggled with impunity. There wül be presentad to the next Congrcss a proposition to mako Postmaeters ex ojjtoio oustom-house offioers, authorissed to open Buspioious letters and paokages; i but thi.s proposition, if oarried, would givo suoh opportunity to tamjier with the mails thnt it is uot likely to be reoeived with favor. Ono of the favorito plana of tho Treasury Department to aid the customs revenues, in to havo Congreso ro-enact the tax upon tea and coffoe. The venerable Thiulow contributes to the New Xork Tribune a valuabfe bit of history. In a letter to that paper Mr. Weed affirms, on trustwort.hy infonnation, that on throo occasions during the first year of tho rcbollion, Quoon Victoria contributed essentially to the preservation of pe&M between this country and England. On two occasions her Majesty discounU'nanoed suggestion-s from the French government, whioh nieant -vav. ïho first, says Mr. Weed, "was a proposition for joint interveution f l'rance and England, tho object being the recognition of the Confedérate government. The, next was the inti'oductioii into I'arliament, after an interview by Maury with the French Einperor, of a resol ution ropudiating our blockade. The popular feeling in England was so strongly in favor of the Confedérate States that our friends iu Parliamcnt, and in the Cabinet, but for tho conviction that their bourse was taeitly approved by their sovereign, would have fouud theraselves uaablo to suceessfully resist these hostile measures. When tho dispatch demandirrg the siu-render of Mason and Slidcll was read by Lord Palmerston to the Queen, and the consoquences of a refusal were explained, her Majesty was startled and distressed at tho idea of war with America. Taking the dispatch to the Prinoe Consort, who, then in his last lllnese, was sitting in his apartnaont, the Qaeen asked hina to read it, saying she thought the langnage and spirit were hard and peremptory. The Prince concurring iu opinión with her Majesty, subjected tho dispatch to crasures and iuterlineatioü, in which amended forai it was returned to the Premier. In relatiug this incident to Si1: Hcnry Holland, the Queen added, 'That was the last time the Prince used his pen.' "


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