The question whether ït is possible that there eau be at all tirnes or at any time anything iu the form of au open polar sea seems to be virtually settled, and in the most unsatisf actory m&nner imaginable. From the observations of Count Wiltzek, in 1871, and Weypreoht and Payer, in the folio wing year, and f rom those of Dr. Hayes, in 1861, and Oapt. Nares, in 1875 '6, it is evident that the polar basiu is neither open sea nor oontinuou ice, but a fatal compromiso between the two; and there seems now to be only two plans - odo nearly as hopeless as the othef - to choose between in any fature attempt to reach the North pole - either to eetablish permanent stations, aa proposed by Lieut. Weyprecht, and already initiated at one poiut by Oapt. Tyson and Capt. Howgate, and to seize the opportunity of running north in the early autumn from the station whcre the sea appears moet open, or to run as f ar north as possible, at enormous expense, with a great forcé of men and abundance of provisión and kerosene oil, and push northward during the Arctic winter by a chain of communicating stations, with ice-built reíuge buts. But little progress has been made during the past quarter of a centnry in the "actual investigation of the conditions et the Aatarctio regions. From inormatiou derived from all sources up to the present, it inay be gathered that the unpenetrated area of 4,700,000 square miles surrounding the South pole is by no means a continuous continent, but consista much more probably partly of a series of continental islands, bridged between and combiued and covered to a depth of absut 1,400 feet by a continuou3 ice cap. The Browmville (Tex.) Democrat says: "Recently a policeman, while trjiug to arrest a Medican, shot him throueti the body twice, one bali paBsing through his chest, and, the man still resisting, he struck him a blow on the head which would have killed any ordinary man. Bat this only seemed to inspiro him with more fightingpowers, for he drew a knif e aud stabbed the policeinaD, killing him ijistantly. Both dropped, the man from loss of bïood, and the policeman dead, and an attempt was niade to catch the murderer. Ho came to and dived into the river. He was finally caugbt, anj is nov? ia jail, awaitog trin!.