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The Board of Trade returns of railway casualties, issued yesterday, show  
that during the past year the total number of persons killed on the railways was  
1038, and 8573 were injured, 500 of those killed and 1800 of those injured
being  railway servants. Besides these, 42 persons were killed and 2315 injured
by  accidents on railway premises, unconnected directly with trains.

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As a reward for his gallant services to his party, Colonel CAMPBELL, of  
Blythswood is to be made a baronet.

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BERLIN, Thursday. - The semi-official Provincial Correspondenz to-day  states
that the Emperor of Germany intends leaving for Wiesbaden on the 24th  inst.
The Emperor and the Empress this morning visited the International Fishing  
Exhibition.

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Our Dublin Correspondent telegraphs: - It is stated that Colonel TAYLOR, M.  
P., for County Dublin, is to be raised to the peerage. Should this be the case
 the Liberals will contest the county. The candidates mentioned are the O’
Connor  DON, A. M. SULLIVAN, and Mr. A. KETTLE, the defeated candidate for Cork  
County.

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A petition against the return of Sir H. W. TYLER, M. P. for Harwich, was  
filed yesterday afternoon. It charges bribery, treating, and undue influence,  
demands a scrutiny, and claims the seat for Colonel TOMLINE, the defeated  
Liberal candidate at the recent election.

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A petition will at once be presented on behalf of the Lord Mayor of London against the return of Mr. BEVAN for Gravesend

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DELEGATES TO CANADA.

Mr. GRAHAME, Canadian agent, has received instructions to arrange for a  
number of delegate farmers in Yorkshire and Lancashire to visit Canada.

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ACCIDENT.

On Saturday, at the Robin Hood Pit, Flimby, James PAPE, foreman joiner,  was
repairing the shaft when he slipped and fell to the bottom, a great  distance.
He was so severely injured that but faint hopes are entertained of his  
recovery.

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CLESKET.

On Saturday evening a concert was given in the Primitive Methodist Chapel,  
Clesket, by the choir. There was a large attendance. The Rev. W. SAUL  presided.

A lengthy programme was gone through. Addresses were delivered by the  
Chairman and the Rev. J. FORSTER, Brampton. The proceeds of the concert will be  
devoted to repairing the heating apparatus of the chapel.

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APPLEBY.

On Saturday the Easter Head Court of the Corporation of Appleby was held,  
Canon SIMPSON, Mayor, presiding.

After some formal business had been transacted, the Mayor stated that two  
Aldermen had died since the last meeting -the Rev.  T BELLAS and Mr. Robert  
ADDISON - and, on his suggestion, it was decided that the Town Clerk write a  
letter of condolence to the families of the deceased aldermen.

Mr. John PEARSON and Mr. John NANSON were elected aldermen. The Court was  
adjourned until the 1st of May.

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DEATH OF A CIRCUS RIDER

Miss. Martha FISCALL, the popular equestrienne of the Circus Salamonsky,  has
just met with a terrible fate at Odessa. During a mimic stag hunt her horse  
threw her, and all the other riders, being unable to control their steeds,  
passed over the unhappy girl, who was literally stamped to death before a  
terrified audience.

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MR. PARNELL AND THE LIBERALS.

On Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the Irish National League, Mr.  PARNELL
said the programme of land reform to be submitted would be accepted by  the
country and the great majority of English Liberals. He further expressed  regret
at Mr. SHAW’s recent speech at Cork, which showed that a disposition  existed
to form a second party on the land question.

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ENGLISH COLONISATION OF
THE JORDAN  VALLEY.

At Constantinople on Tuesday the Sultan gave an audience to Mr.  Lawrence
OLIPHANT, with whom he discussed the project of an English Colonisation  of the
Valley of Jordan.

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CHARGE AGAINST A SCHOOLMISTRESS.

Miss. Emily SCOTT, mistress of a boarding school for boys at Hastings, was  
again examined before the borough magistrates on Monday, on a charge of  
neglecting to provide sufficient food for a servant girl named Eleanor HOUSEMAN,  
aged 14, now an inmate of the workhouse infirmary. The prisoner reserved her  
defence, and was committed for trial, bail being accepted.

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ANOTHER OUTRAGE
IN IRELAND

A desperate outrage was committed on Sunday, at Loughrea, on a man named  
CLARKE and his wife. Mrs. CLARKE was first attacked with stones and left  
severely wounded, in an unconscious state, in a pool of blood. The party then  
proceeded to where Mr. CLARKE was lying ill, and dragged him out of bed, placed  him
on a large fire, but through the interference of some friends the man’s life  
was spared, and further outrage prevented by the arrival of the police.

CLARKE and his wife lie in a critical condition.

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THREAT TO DISFRANCHISE  
UNIVERSITIES.

The result of a poll at Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities was declared  
on Saturday, at Edinburgh, by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Lyon PLAYFAIR being  
returned by a majority of 84. Dr. PLAYFAIR in proposing a vote of thanks to the  
Vice Chancellor, stated that there was a large section of Liberals who at the
 present moment doubted the wisdom of the University representation at all,
and  he thought that in connection with a new re-distribution of seats the
University  seats might have to stand upon their defence.

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ELECTION OF PROCTORS
AT DURHAM.

The Archdeacon of Durham sat on Monday to receive and count up the votes  
recorded in the election of two proctors to represent the clergy of the diocese  
of Durham in the Lower House of Convocation, Province of York. The candidates  
were the Hon. And Rev. John GREY, rector of Houghton-le-Spring; the Rev.
Canon  TRISTRAM; and the Rev. R. LONG, vicar of St. Andrew’s, Bishop Aukland.

The Archdeacon in announcing the final result of the roll said the numbers  
were: -

Rev. Canon TRISTRAM, 97; Rev. Canon LONG, 84; Hon. And Rev. GREY, 79.

And if these votes to which objection had been taken were deducted, the  
number of votes recorded were: -

TRISTRAM, 93; LONG, 80; GREY, 77.

There was one voting paper rejected because the signature was not in any  way attested.  He therefore declared the Rev. Canon TRISTRAM and the Rev. Canon LONG elected.

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A contemporary says that a well known litterateur the  other day received at
his club a letter from his solicitor asking for his  address “per return” in
order that a writ might be served upon him ‘forthwith.’  There was a grim
humour about the modest request which prompted the telegram in  reply, “The Green
Man, Oxford Street.”

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A fellow writing from somewhere West says:-

“We started for some little town in the vicinity of Holstein;  I would not
undertake to spell or pronounce the name; but if you take Rickapoo  Ojibbeway,
mix them up with Passamaquoddy, and pronounce the whole backwards,  you will
get within about six miles of the name.”

American Paper.

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A gentleman goes to an armourer’s and asks for a revolver.

“Here is a real nice family weapon,’ says the clerk.

“Family weapon?”

“Yes, family weapon - just the thing for domestic tragedies;  six shooter,
you see, sir - two bullets for your wife, two for the destroyer of  your
happiness, and two for yourself. All the go, sir. Sell hundreds of them for  bridal
presents, sir.”

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At a performance of the cantata of “Ester” at Dallas,  texas, Ahasuerus was
advised by someone in the audience not to “cut the fat.”  The personator of
the great Assyrian went to the footlights and said:  -

“This is a religious show, and you’ll have to be decent. I’m  Ahasuerus just
now, but after the show I’m Sam Turner, and if any duffer would  like to cut
it fat then I’ll give him a mighty lively welcome.”

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Cheap Swell (doing the grand) - ‘Haw - waitaw - bottle of  chamagne.’

Waiter: - ‘Yes, sir. Dry sir?’

Cheap Swell: - ‘What’s it to you whether I’m dry or whether I  ain’t. Bring
the wine.’

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The slang of art talk has reached the young men in the  furniture warehouse.
A friend of a waiter in one of the monthly magazines was  recommended a
sideboard the other day as not being a Chippendale, but ‘having a  Chippendale feeling to it.’

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A CHILD CHOKED

On Tuesday, a child named Michael KILROY, of Windes, was  sleeping on its
mother’s knee when a woman named Margaret KILROY went into the  house and gave it
a piece of toffy, which caused it to choke. Efforts were made  to get the
sweetmeat out of the child’s throat, and Drs. MACDONNELL and  PATTINSON were sent
for, but before their arrival it died.

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ANNIVERSARY OF
ROME’S  FOUNDATION.

The Daily News’ Rome correspondent, telegraphing on Wednesday  night, says: -
“This evening the Forum Colosseum are illuminated in honour of  Rome’s
2634th birthday.”

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DIVORCE CASE.

In the Probate and Divorce Division, yesterday, the suit of  Harvey otherwise
FARNIE v. FARNIE, came before Sir James HANNEN. It was the  wife’s petition
for the nullity of marriage by reason that the respondent, Mr.  H. B. FARNIE,
dramatic author, had a former wife living. A divorce, however, was  decreed in
the Scotch Court on the first wife’s suit. - The petition was  dismissed.

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THE TAY BRIDGE  INQUIRY

The Tay Bridge inquiry was resumed at Westminster yesterday.  Mr. Henry LAW,
C. E., continued his evidence, and at its conclusion Mr. Albert  GROTHE, C.
E., general manager of the Tharsis Mines, Spain, and formerly  resident engineer
at the Tay Bridge, was examined. He explained the plans and  the general
construction pf the bridge, and the reasons for altering the  original design. He
was of opinion that the strength of the wind caused the  accident. - The Court again adjourned.

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POST OFFICE  APPOINTMENT.

We understand that Mr. EGAN of Lismore Terrace, who has been  chief clerk in
the Travelling Post Office for a considerable time has been  appointed
postmaster at Kilkenny. Mr. EGAN is well-know in Carlisle, where he  has resided for
nearly thirty years.

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FALL FROM A SHIP’S MAST.
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On Friday morning last, William SMITH, mate of the schooner William  
Thompson, of Dumfries, went on board of the vessel, having some drink in him at  the
time, and demanded his wages. To obtain his wages he went on to the topsail  
yard, a height of about 40 feet, to unbend the sail, when he over balanced  
himself, and, unfortunately clearing the vessel, fell into the “sump.” When  
taken out, with the exception of a slight cut or two, he was none the  worse.

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ELECTORIAL MAP

On the 1st of May, the Graphic will issue, as a gratis supplement, a  
Parliamentary map of Great Britain and Ireland, showing in neat colours the  results
of the recent elections. Many people will find it exceedingly useful, as  it
presents in pictorial form, which can be understood almost at a glance, the  
incidence of political feeling throughout the country, as shown by the late  
pollings.

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AMERICAN COURTSHIP.

A gentleman advertised in the Wall Lake (Iowa) Journal for a wife, and  among
the replies he received was the following: -

“Hastings, Iowa, March 6, 1880. - Mr. Luther SIFFORD

Dear Sir, - I saw in the Wall Lake Journal an advertisement of your looking  
for a wife, and being a candidate for matrimony, I thought I would make  
application through the columns of the Journal.

There is nothing small about me, not even my feet. Mr. S., you are  
recommended to me by a lady friend of mine who has met you on her travels. I am  a
young lady, aged 19, black hair and eyes, a rosebud mouth, and a dimpled chin.  I
will now close hoping to hear from you soon. Sincerely yours,

Miss. F. D. INMAN,
Coon Valley
March 6, 1880.”

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EXTRAORDINARY ELECTION
FRAUD.

An examination of the voting papers used in the recent election of the  local
board at Rawmarsh has resulted in the discovery of serious frauds. The  
scrutineers report  a number of cases in which voting papers returned  undelivered,
and in the names of persons dead or who had long left the parish,  had been
filled up and used. In about 100 instances the papers are signed in one  
handwriting, leading to a suspicion of forgery, or at least undue tampering.  None
of the candidates are suspected of malpractice.

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MR. GLADSTONE’S CORRESPONDENTS.

The following letter appears in yesterday’s Daily News: -

“Sir, - I am reluctant again to trespass on your columns for the  purpose of
asking the indulgence of my correspondents, but for some weeks past  the daily
arrivals at my door by post have exceeded 100, and I must trust to the  
kindness of very many whose communications might well claim a distinct notice to  
believe me that they receive from me the best attention which circumstances  
permit me to give. - I have the honour to be, sir, your obedient servant,

W. E. GLADSTONE

73, Harley Street, April 21, 1880

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SUICIDE IN A  PET.

On Friday a man named Joseph THOMPSON, a labourer, residing at  Wigton , had
some words with his wife because he had returned home from  Leicester the
worse of liquor. He said, “I’ll hang myself in five minutes,” and  went upstairs
to his bedroom.

His wife went for assistance, but on her return he was found  hanging by the
neck quite dead.

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JUST SO.

Mr. S. MORLEY, Liberal M. P. for Bristol, writes to the  papers, expressing
the regret and sorrow which he feels that he was led, in the  heat of the late
election, to sanction a telegram being sent off in his name,  urging the
electors of Northampton to be united in behalf of Mr. BRADLAUGH,  whose religious,
social, and political views he regards with “extreme  repugnance.”

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RELAPSE IN IRON  TRADE.

In the principal markets there has been a heavy fall in  iron, consequent on
the absence of legitimate business. Holders had become  alarmed by the reports
about over-production, and were determined to get rid of  their stocks at all risks.

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HOW THIEVES ARE  MADE.

How thieves are made was shown on Wednesday at Salford  Police Court, when a
child ten years old made his third appearance on charges of  felony.

His first offence was committed when but eight years of age,  and he follows
the career of two elder brothers, both of whom have been sent to  industrial
schools.

The parents of these three young criminals had no other sons,  or it may be
that further expense would be entailed upon the ratepayers in the  reformation
of these victims of parental neglect.

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VEGETARIANISM.

Vegetarianism (says a London correspondent) is making strides.  It has
already a restaurant in Farringdon Street, London, devoted to it. The  proprietor
claims for his preparations that they are the most nutritious of all  goods;
they are certainly cheap. A soup costs three pence, a plat four pence,  and a
pudding three pence. Haricots and lentils are prominent constituents of  the
dishes.

People who are not very hungry may perhaps enjoy a “bread  steak and brown
sauce” instead of ordinary steak; green peas and mint sauce in  these days of
fluked sheep is a very good substitute for lamb; a “savory pie”  may be
resorted to by people accustomed to steak and kidney in their intimate  household
dinners. But “vegetable pie” looks rather meager, and so does “minced  parsnips.”
 Aristocratic dishes are given under the name of Pilaff and  Spagette.

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In one of the suburbs a family was seated at dinner when  the door bell rang,
Bridget was sent to the door. It was noticed that she held a  long parley,
and it was surmised, consequently, that there was some element of  uncertainty
in the interview.

On the return of the servant, the master of the house said,  “Well Bridget,
who was it?” To which Bridget replied, with all the unsuspecting  sincerity of
her race, “It was a gentleman, sir, looking for the wrong  house.”

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SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT
PRESTON RAILWAY  STATION.

At 6-50 on Wednesday morning a serious accident occurred at the Preston  
Railway Station.

A number of men were engaged in erecting a roof over the centre platform of  
the new station, when a passing goods train caught a girder that was being  
hoisted, and fifteen yards of scaffolding were torn down.
Three men were  seriously injured, and traffic on the goods line blocked.

Charles BILSBOROUGH had a shoulder blade broken; James NORRIS his foot  
broken; and a third man was also much hurt. All were taken to the  infirmary.

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MURDER OF A YOUNG WOMAN IN
IRELAND

The body of a woman, about 25 years of age, has been found in a bog in  the
county Mayo, under circumstances which indicate that a fould murder has been  
committed.

The legs were broken off above the knees. A girl who left her parents to  
live with a married man in the neighbourhood is missing.

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THE WOLVERHAMPTON
ELOPEMENT CASE.

Mrs. BEACH of Wolverhampton, who lately eloped with a man named  MERRIMAN,
has been arrested for bigamy. Before starting on their voyage to  Australia,
which was interrupted by the arrest of MERRIMAN at Plymouth on  Saturday, they
were secretly married.