Belfast News-Letter from Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland on December 12, 1876 · 4
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Tuesday, December 12, 1876
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8' .,kUi? Hr Slieedv. had been convicted for iUleeed complicity in frauds on. pno rsew iurt surance Company, and sentenced to tweivem.w imprisonment. He was defended by Mr. Connolly, an. attorney in Limerick, against whom he has brought the present aotion for negligence, averring that hiacasB was prejudiced by being mixed up with the cases of other persona accused of complicity in the same frauds. The damages were kid at 5,000. The defendant denied that he had been guilty of any negligence whatever, and pleaded a general traverse. Use case has not concluded. COURT OF PROBATE. H'lLVANA V. NTGENT. This was a suit to establish the will of the late Con M'Ardle, a farmer, who resided near Armagn, and who died in January, 1874. His will was data! 2ud January, 1874, and by it he had appointed his brother, Patrick M'Ardle, the executor, who propounded the will. The defendant, who was a relative of the deceased, had pleaded that the will was not executed according to .the statute; want of testamentary capacity, and that the testator did not know or approve of the contents. ,v Mr. Whb, for the plaintiff, applied to have the time and mode of trial fixed. Dr. Kaye contra. , His Lokbship fixed the trial for the 12th ol January, before a common jnry. MATRIMONIAL COURT. Before Judge YVAiirasr. COVKTENAV V, MILES CURIOUS DIVORCE CAGK. JUDGMENT, Judge Wakrks delivered judgment in this case. Ho said this was a suit instituted by Mrs. Mary Casrtenay against Join Miles for a decree declaring a" "marriage de facto solemnized between her daughter Beatrice Mary Viotoria Emma Guy Cour-tenayand Mr. Miles null and void. Ihe alleged marriage was celebrated on the 4th February, lS7o, at the parish church of St. Mark's, Dublin, by a clergyman of the Church of Ireland, and proceeded upon the faith of banns published in St. Marks Church, between John Miles, of 5, Emerald Terrace, and Maria Courtenay, of 2, Emerald Terrace. Beatrice Mary Victoria Emma Guy Courtenay was then, and still is, a minor. Hor father was dead. She resided withher mother, the petitioner, m Gloucester Street, and never resided at 2, kmerald Terrace. The foundation of the suit is the misnomer of thepetitioner'sdaughter in the banns sopuolishcd. There are not any other grounds alleged in tne petition on which the validity of the marriage can bo questioned. Misdescription of residence m banns is not in itself a circumstance fatal to the validity of a marriage, though it may be important as throwing light on the circumstance of the misnomer. The Irish Marriage Act, 7 and 8 Vie., c. 81, sec. 49, enacts" That if any persons shall knowingly and wilfully intermarry in any place other than the church in which the banns of marnage between the parties shall have been duly and lawfully -published, the marriage of all such persons shall be null and void." On these words it is plain that a marriage in a church in which banns have not been duly published is void if the parties have so intermarried knowingly and wUfuliy. Of course this does not refer to cases of license; but what do these words mean, and what is the evidence in the cause It is well settled that the use or adoption of a false name in the publication of banns, when used or adopted tor the purpose of deception or concealment renders the publication of banns a mere nullity, Tho hrst question then of fact in the case is whether the suppression of all Miss Courtenay 's baptismal names escaped the second name Mary, and tho change of that name into Maria made the publication of these banns a nullity. Again I think it is settled that even a fraudulent misnomer in the publication of banns will not affect tha validity of a marriage unless both parties were oognizant before the marriage of the imperfect or fraudulent publication. I might refer to cases upon all sides of the Hall upon this point. On the other hand, where there is not due publication of banns, and where both parties are cognizant before the celebration of the marriage, the marriage is void. Now, according to the evidence, in the banns Mi33 Courtney was named Maria, all her baptismal names except so far as Maris is a synonym of Mary were omitted. The call-book was produced by Mr. Puller, incumbent of St. Marks, who proved that he called the parties on the 6th and 20th December, 1874, by the names of John Miles and Maria Courtenay. Mra. Courtenay, the petitioner, swore that her daughter was baptized by the names Emma Guy Beatrice Mary Victoria in that order; that she was never called Mary or Maria; that she was known in the family circle as Beatrice or Beattie. Miss Courtenay also swore that she was never called Maria. A false description of residence was also given. The marriage was clandestine. I do not entertain any doubt that the name Beatrioe was suppressed, and the name of Maria alone used for the purpose of concealment and deception. It follows that in this case banns of matrimony were not duly and lawfully published ? Were both parties cognisant of the undue publica-Wn .v,o TY,arri.ioi ? Miss Courtenay was b nrinciDal witness in the case. Sho swore that on the day of their marriage, on their way to the i .i. j-nti ,ri. in sion her name "Maria." He said he had had me called Maria the way that if anybody that knew me was in the church, they could not tell who it was. He also told me to sign 2, Emerald Terrace. Miss Courtenay admitted that Bhe told the names to the clergyman which he wrote in the register. This evidence, if true, is distinct to the point that both parties were cognizant before the marriage of undue and fraudulent publication of banns. It is my duty to act upon this evidence. It is the evidence of a witness who is seeking to take advantage of her own deception of a falsehood uttered under the most solemn circumstances for a fraudulent purpose who has the deepest interest in the success of this suit whose testimony has not beea tested by cross-examination. I may not put out of my consideration that this is an undefended suit. I am inclined to think that if there was not some corroboration ol tliis evidence I should decline to act upon it, and would rather proceed upon the analogy of such coses. Margaret Fagan and Robert Colgan prove that Miles gave the false name of Maria, and the false residence of Emerald Terrace, for the purpose of having the banns called, and as he knew the residence to be untrue, I think I have here sufficient confirmatory prooi ol the fact that he also gave the false name, knowing it to be false, and was cognisant of the undue pub-lication. I have done all in my power to ascertain tho truth in this case. There was nothing unsatis-Mrs. Courtenay during her examination. There is nothing improbable in the statement that Miles did tell Miss Courtenay how and why he had caused the bains to be called in a false name. It was almost necessary to sec ire his object of a clandestine marriage that he should caution the lady on the subject of her name; natural Li.t v i,M hi nnrinns as to the why and the wherefore, and natural that ho should satisfy that curiosity by giving tho truth as an explanation. On the SI am sa&iied that both parties before the marriage ceremony were fully cognisant oi the xnu fa. ,. . '.t. Kn.ims. and as there is and decree that tne marnajjo and is auuanavom. tst.1?.4ST RECORDER'S COURT. t. Womnrrptf. H. Otway, Esq., Q.C.) took his ...i. Twer's Court yesterday, at half-past twelve o'clock, and resumed the hearing of the civil business, WALLACE V. SE1LI,, His Worship, in delivering judgment in this case said this was an action wouga oy a Slerof a trading vessel against.the owners for SST He iid they wrongfully dismissed him. ThwUif he was rightfully dismissed, and upon iaey k" o . AerteaA the issue of the that quu r-"nation of fact andlaw reported in the local newspapers of the day :-Theaintiffwas hired by the defendants to sail their ship to a northern port. TO engage Axed as to time. It was to be for mx months, and tE were to be S a month. The plamtift onblrd, and, as I presume, saw all things aay and proceeded on his voyage. When Sout at sea a gale, which eventuated ma storm came on. The ship began to make water, d h? Plaintiff, acting as Ihtow&ff Proper and skilful seamanship, justly thinking his vSad was in peril, put her about and ran for port 32$ nto the lough of Belfast and dropped anchor on Saturday night or Sunday morning. He after-Wderised his anchor and ran into the road-Stad of Carrickfergus, where he anchored early on !wy, and immediately telegraphed to the do-Sants (the owners), who lived on the opposite Sdeof the longb at Bangor. Some observations Sere made as to his not having gone to Bangor ft he knew tho owner lived, but be swore tnat SkferCTS was a safer and better anchorage, w TS no importance to that fact. His but ldefendants) having received the tele-foncTpeeded to Carrickfergus They S11"! Ji ifeifc was wrong, and the plaintiff and Thetd th't Tdas work of shipcarpenterB they agreea , were lmmedlsteiy would set all at rsgm jj.,.- rflmsinad Wt1KoSd ie evening (as day- Ja 2 ; oCethat was necessary, and the ediness, and "T wcnt on shore on Tues-to be done for the s up, ",n;ttenaea to and day at noon to h them " t Tn1v. the de- afternoon, in we c,Drr6f " Baneor that the TM ta;iD?-Jt was s5ll S moorings, VAhtZ L vessel. They VA j r fcihemselves put across to nr -found the captain ashore , wd that board were not as tiiey BBrlu hi shmi cdingly, they ordered that the ship ? -irithe "SSin whoTkmily Jive at CaASwspent the night at home, t up inX morning he found the ship had d-He then took a boat, pulled across boarded her. Soon after the ae- DUBLIN LAW COURTS. YESTERDAY. FROM OUR COREESPOITDENTS. COURT OF EXCHEQUER. SHBEDY V. COSSOIAY. 1 - ff TiJa MSA Was resumed. The trong language to him as to his incompetency, d3s-niBsed him, and- then the plaintiff, from what I missed rarnnf. Tint, think' a mo3t base and anworV motive, went to the officer of the Bosrd of T-rjl8 and represented the'diip (which he had on trl(5pre. ceding day bat one stated was perfectly fit 'to go to sea) to be nnseaworthy. The officer, beir jg Bo put in motion, examined the snip, and reported her uneeaworthy. Her hull was perfectly sound, but Borne minor things were wanting which an hour or so would have set to right if actually essential, but which, according to the strict rules of the department (I won't aay red-tapeism, for such rules mav be very important), justified bis rPort. The Bhip was detained and sent up to Belfast, the voyage was lost, the defendants were at a consider-able loss, and the plaintiff had his revenge, although it appeared that, on a subsequent examination, the report of the officers of the Board of Trade was not entirely correct. I believe that, in a practical and sufficient sense, the ship was seaworthy, and that when the plaintiff represented that she was not seaworthy he did not believe that he and his crew would be under the slightest danger in sailing in her. But the real question is whether the defendants, on the morning of Wednesday, and before the plaintiff was guilty of the conduct I have already characterized, were justified in dismissing him. If they were wrong, then his subsequent proceedings, however unworthy, cannot make them right, or discharge them from liability if such dismissal was not, in point of law, justifiable. I need not Btate what is the law in the case of persons employed in what is called a menial service. Of course the plaintiff was net a menial servant, but some of the principles which prevail in the case of suoh will be operative wherever the relation of employer and employed exists. Aa employer cannot dismiss a person whose services he has secured capriciously and without notice, unless the latter ia guilty of such misconduct as, either by its persistency or enormity, is incompatible with the continuance of the relations into which he had entered, so that if a partv hired for a certain time so conduct himself that'he cannot give the consideration for hia salary, he shall forfeit the current salary, even for the time during which he has served. (See Turner v. Robinson, 5 Bd., Ad. 789; Ridgeway v. Hungetford Market Company, 3 Ad., and E. 177.) Likewise, on the other hand, a person employed is entitled to his salary current at thetimoofhis disrmiaal unless ho was dismissed for sufficient cause. (See Pawcett c. Cash, 5 B.F aud Ad. 904; Buxton v. Colly er, 4 B., 309.) The question then arises, what is sufficient causa in the absence of either contract or custom, to dismiss without notice ? There is no contract here to dismiss without notice (there very seldom is), and there is no custom; indeed, in a very similar case in some respects it was very recently held that a notice should be given. I refer to the case of Creen v. Wright (1 and E.C.P., Dio. 591). There, as here, a captain was engaged by owners to sail a, ship, and it was agreed that, if tho owners required the captain to leave the ship abroad, his wages were to cease on the day he gave up his command. He-brought the ship home. The homeward cargo was discharged, a portion of the return cargo was loaded, and then the owners, without notice, discharged the captain (the plaintiff). The Court held that, as there was no misconduct on the part of the plaintiff, and as there waB an indefinite hiring, which neither the general law or any proved custom would, in the case of the relation of a master of a ship to his employer, make the hiring a hiring for a year, or for any definite time, the master was entitled to notice of dismissal ; the Court adopting the great principle of mutuality, and showing that if the owner could discharge, the master might leave and abandon the ship without notice. Now, if that would be so in the case of an indefinite hiring, and if notice would be in that case required a mutto fortiori, where there was a definite hiring would notice be required, oven assuming which. 1 am far from doing that a notice, however, reasonable in point of time, would be efficacious. 1 take it, then, that a dismissal of a master of a snip hired for a definite period is unjustifiable, without notice and without misconduct (misconduct of certain kind goes to the root of the contract), and justifies dismissal, and dismissal involves a forfeiture of all salary. The question is, has there been such misconduct here ? Now, in my opinion, the conduct of the plaintiff was by no means free from blame. He represented the ship as fit to go to Bea on Monday night or Tuesday morning. Ihe sh''p was under charter, which, we all know.contains a clause that she shall proceed with all convenient speed; and it is the duty of a master of a ship to devote his whole time and attention to the advancing of the interest of the owners (see " M'Lachlan on Shipping," 172). That being so, I think the master, ; m...mcr au thinm readv for sea.and not going to sea on Tuesday, but, on the contrary, leaving his Bhip and going on shore, and staying there all TSioatlau nicrht. failed in his duty, lor ,.,;, ha sntrtained acaiaat him But the av.Ki.JA.. w -o , , , question is, did that failure ol duty amoiun w buuu misconduct as went to the root of the contraband was it incompatible with the continuance of the relation existing between him and the defendants ? I think not. 1 think the case closely resembles that of Fillieul v. ArmBtroDg, 7 A and E, 5S0. There a French tejeher was to return to the school ia which he was employed, and he failed to do so. The master of tho school was put to great inconvenience. The teacher stayed away for two days, and the master dismissed him. The Court held that he was wrongfully dismissed, Mr. Justice Patteson expressing himself thus: "Now, even talcing the case of master and tho fatn rli'd nnt entitle the defendant to put an end to the contract. No moral misconduct is shown, nor any failure on the defendant's part arnmmt-.inff to a dissolution of the engagement. The same principle noias m urns case vi ocomcu o ty..Sv. Occasional misconduct won't disentitle them to recover, and I find it stated in a note to " M'Lachlan on Shipping, p. 231, that occasional urumveiiucci,, even in the case or tne master, uoea uut vyvi aa a forfeiture of wages. It was suggested by Mr. M'Lcan that, as the plaintiff represented to the official of the Board of Trade that the ship was uu-seaworthy, and as she was made uuseaworthy by a storm at sea, it was by vis major or by the aet of God. ;rad that, therefore, the contract between the parlaes was dissolved, If I rightly understand the argument, it is most inconsequential. It asserts a premises wmcn is nui (irauiuiiiB evidence) true. The doctrine of vis major or the act of God depends on irresistible force, not pre-ventible by human agency or forethought; but here the evidence goes to show that proper forethought and human agency were wanting, and that, althoush a storm blew fiercely, if proper appliances . . . i.: mVi hniya fmmrtn rnfl had Deen proviueu hub bmp wiguu - storm and incurred no damage, and gone on safely on her course. I think the plaintiff is entitled to a decree, and I give it to him, tnougn, consiuunug his conduct, 1 do so most reluctantly. Mr. Maeaulav was the solioitor for the plaintiff, and Mr. M-Lean for the defendants. PALMER, APPELLANT; M'KBOWS, EESTONDSST. This was an appeal brought by Thomas Palmer, whn was sentenoed to two calender months' im prisonment at the court below, for committing an assault on Sub-Constable John M'Keown, the respondent, on Saturday, the ISth November. Mr, iu. iiean loessionai rowu tjuuiuj au to support the decision of the magistrates, and Mr. M'Erlean for the appellant The appeal had been heard on Friday, when his Worship said he would speak to Mr. David Taylor, J.P., and Mr. J. C. O'Donnell, before giving judg- Mia WnpsHTP vesterdav ordered the appellant to nav a fine of 40s and costs, or, in default, one The business of the Recorder's Court shortly afterwards terminated. THE PROMOTION OF FLAX CULTIVATION. Rotterdam, SSth November, 1876. The Nether lands Society for the Promotion of Flax Cultivation vesterdav opened their second exhibition of flax, tow, codilla, flaxseed, flax breaking and scutching machinery, and flaxseed cleaning and sowing ma. chinery, in the vast hall of the Daelen. The success ; mmJPta. a crre&t rmmber of farmers from all parts of the country havuog sent in samples of their tlaxes, sc., to eompewj iui mo j the town of Rotterdam and the society. Many specimens of Dutch and Friesland flax show great otvor,kh and firmness, and the iury had much diffi- K.i, in decidinc which samples deserved the MoVwRfc award. For the general public, perhaps, tVm mt mterestinsr portion of this exhibition is the very handsome and brilliant show of thread of :onars William Barbour & Sons, of Lisbum ; the choice display of fine yarn and thread of Messrs. nnnlmr. M 'Master. & Co.. of Gilford; and the ex. crilent threads, yarns, and numerous other fabrics nf Messrs. Marshall &. Co., of Leeds all which ex cite universal admiration. The whole exhibition is most elegantly decorated and arranged, and the committee deserve all praise for their untiring efforts to rentier this useful and interesting show most eminently successful in every respect. Hkavv Fine fop. Milk Adulteration. In the Chambers of Sheriff Lees, Glasgow, William Weir, milk-dealer, Little Milton, Provanhill, was oharged with havinc sold to James Hamilton, milk-dealer. 72, Parliamentary Road, Glasgow, two gallons of sweet milk, and six gallons of skim, which were adulterated. The analysis by Dr. Clark Bhowed that the sweet milk was adulterated with 19-8 per cent, of water, and the skim milk 18 7 per cent. Tha Khpvift considered the case such a serious one that after proof he fined the accused 20, or sixty days imprisonment. H-iTMiRK op a Phistino Firm. On Saturday, an application was made before Mr. Registrar Spring Rice, sitting as Chief Judge, for the appointment of a receiver and manager to the estate of Messrs. Keoler & Co., printers and stationers, of St. Dnnstan's Court, London, who hive petitioned the Court for tho liquidation of their affairs, stating liabilities at i'3, 000, against assets 2,000, stock-in-trade, machinery, &c. Upon the application of Mr. Doria, his Honour appointed Mr. J. J. Kent, accountant, receiver and manager of the estate, and granted an interim injunction against several suing creditors. Globe. Aruitratios Case. Mr. H. R. Morrison, Mr. James Johnson, with Mr. J. Adams,D.L., as umpire sat on Friday in the Oak Hotel, Coleraine, in the arbitration case between the tenants of lots 2G, 27, and 28 of Lord Watorf ord's estate. All the tenants had become the purchasers of their own holdings, and the dispute was in reference to tho appointment of a bog. Mr. John Roa, Belfast (special), and Mr. Macaulay, appeared for Mr. John Archibald, the' purchaser of lot 2S, within which most of the turbary was situate Mr. Leech appeared for Wm. Morrison and the other tenants of lot 26. The arbitrators having heard the evidence, reserved judgment. SPORTING. THE TURF IN ENGLAND. EFEOil OUR OWN COERESPOIvDENT. Londoh, Saturday. The steeplechasing and hurdle racing of the week has all been through inud and slush, and the state of affairs was the worst at Kingsbury, where a por tion of the course was under water in the early part of the week. It is astonishing under the circumstances that so many horses should have come forth, and it betokens that there will be plenty of sport while the frost keeps off. Wednesday was bright and tine in the metropolis, but before and afterwards the rain has been almost incessant, and a plentiful sprinkling of Turfites have no doubt laid in a fair stock of cold and catarrh. One of the smallest fields that contended at Sandown was for the principal steeplechase, in which Palm at length fulfilled the anticipations of backers, though he had all his work to do to beat Congress, who appeared to have the best of him at the last hurdle. The masterly riding of R. I'Anson, however, told its talo, as well as the weight, and the good-looking son of West Australian was enabled to reverse his Woodside runaing with Captain Machell's horse, who never showed to much better advantage, as he conceded more than a stone and a-half to the winner. Lancet, who was before Congress in the Great Metropolitan Steeplechase, at Croydon, came to grief, as he did last spring at Sandown; and Little Tom, the Warwick objection to whom is still pending, ciit np wretohedly, as he did on the opening day, when a rattling finish between Chimney Sweep and the Irish mare Martha, was witnessed for the Prince of Wales's Steeplechase, the penalty incurred by the veteran causing his defeat m the more important race. Hampton, though not fancied by bis owner, landed the Great Maiden Hurdle Race in the commonest of canters ; and a heavy impost did not stop Woodcock from taking I the Grand Hurdle Race, in which he gave a deal of : weight to Halifax, who is still the property of : Lord Rosebery, though his lordship is in Ameiioa. I Woodcock, despite his somewhat mean appearance, : must be a good horse, us Halifax ran well at Kingsbury, where the sport was almost as good as it was at Sandown, though the attendance, of course, fell . far below that of the latter place, where there was a very fashionable assemblage each day. Weather permitting, there will be more steeplechasing at Kingsbury on Boxing Day and the two days following, and no doubt the fixture will bring forth many fresh candidates for jumping honours. : A great many have shown in the course of the last fortnight, including Mr. Winkle, Peto, Platon, Akbar, Middle Temple, Halifax, and Lottery, and I think I may prognosticate that all these will pay their way at the new game. All their names are to be found amongst the nominations for the Grand International Handicap Hurdle Race to be run at Croydon next March, and this appears to be a most elaborate affair at present, as no fewer than 120 are set down. There is a considerable quantity of new blood in the list, which includes Dulledbn, Florden, Irmishowen, Slumber, MohicaD, MissLizzie, Norfolk, Concha, Majesty, Lord Gowran, Bay Windham, Hellenist, Fremantle, Julian, Telescope, Shah, Pageant, Conductor, Fairy King, Celoaia, Prodigal, Lacy, Bridget, Rascal, Brigg Boy, Scamp, and Hopbloom, the five last-named of whom are nominated by Sir J. D. Astley, who has advertised the bulk of his stud for sale ia the last sheet Calendar, They are to be disposed of by private contract, and the sum of 4,000 guineas is placed against the name of the stallion Broomielaw, while Salvanos is appraised at a quarter of that amount. Hopbloom, who won the Hunt Cup at Ascot, and was nearly taking the Cambridgeshire, is set down at 2,000 guineas, and' appears to be worth that amount, while Brigg Boy cannot be dear at one thousand. The other entries for the Croydon Hurdle Race above alluded to, include Regal and Chandos, . and as soon as there is any betting the latter is sure to find favour for the Liverpool Grand National, ' despite his failure on the last occasion, when he was backed at considerably Bhorter odds than the champion with which Captain Machell managed to take the prise. Chandos is well as far as health goes, but he has been allowed to take things easy during the year, and at the present time is nearly in an entrained state. There is time, however, to get him ready for the spring, and I shall not be surprised to see him served np warm once more at Aiatree, while Shiffnal is another that may figure prorhU nently in the contest. No horse cari be better than the latter, whose absence from his recent Wood-side engagement led to so much comment. The Irish party are sure to be to the fore in the crack steeplechases and hnrdle races of the coming spring, and it will behove handicappers to see that their races are not spoilt. The running at Sandown this week makes Pride of Kildareto bea thoroughly good mare, anditwrl be noticed that Martha, on Tues. day last, ran considerably better than she did at the Surrey Meeting. There are plenty of the Hibernians in the background, and backers will not be stalled off by their moderate form if they only find the right parties putting the money down. Steepleohasing and hurdle-racing prizes now-a-dayB are worth oonsider-,Uir mnra -hVian thev used to be. and Aintree is not the only locality where the owner of a good cross country horse can make a lot of money. The pecuniary attractions oi v-royaon, jmibwi, buu Sandown are now very great, and it remains on record that as much as 1,200 was given at the last-named place for a single steeplechase, the occasion being when Goldfinder was successful in the spring before last. Next week s meetings the last to be held oerore OhriBtmas are Bromley and Cheltenham, and these will take up the four days commencing xues- aay. v ery lew oi xne meirupuuiijsii uiviiuin w to the list-named place, which will derive its mam support from the sporting men of Birmingham and the other midland districts. Some aristocratic patronage will also be accorded, and no doubt the snort will be good, but the various events have an open appearance at time of writing, and I shall only suggest that tne Dest oi xyjir. iavis a jjcsikuj. or Dewdrop may take the Cheltenham Autumn Steeplechase in the absence of Ratcatcher, who has a nrnvinvs flncras-ement at isromiey, wnero a. unu many reoent performers are entered for the various events. The .London meetings are bu ouujeui. ir-a-days to what owners and trainers may do when they have consulted together that I shall not say much about the Bromley list, but Peep O' Day may pick up a hurdle race or two, ana ia. raraaaeuse, who likes the course, will perhaps take the Kent Ooen Handicar, Steeplechase, if Jupiter is not too smntt tor ner Wltn nis pencuvv. juiuuimu. LONDON BETTING-Yesterday. Central News Telegram. j watebloo cup. 1000 to 50 agst Mr. Brocklebank's nom, t 1000 to 50 Mr. Hornby's nom, t 1000 to 50 Mr. Salter's nom, t 1000 to SO Mr. Swioburne's nom, t 500 to 15 Mr. Darlington's nom, t HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. iRUAGH ETOT CLUB. Friday, Dec. 15... Til-fV Monday, Aiec. io ui' DEBBY H0DHDS 11 Thursday, Dec H ... .,. Camgana Monday, Dec 18 ..; ... Pennyburn rVEASH HARBIERS ll w. Tuesday, Dec, 12 ... ... Banbridge Turnpike Saturday, Dec 16 Bally nafoy KILLULTAGH HABMERS 11-30 Wednesday, Dec. 13 ... ... Dundesart Bridge Saturday, Dec. 16 ... ... Stonyford KnAYLEASE HABRLSBS. Tuesday, Deo. 12 IHllyleagh Saturday, Dec. 16 ... ... Derryboye UECALB HAERIEBS 12, : WeOnenday, Dec. 13 (Down Hunt) Biohopscourt Friday, Dec. IS ... Do. Bsllybranagh MAQHEBiTSLT AND COOKSTOWN HARRIERS 11-30. Tuesday, Dec. 12 Toome Bridge Friday, Dec 15 LoP Cross-roads MOJJAOHAS HARRIER'S (LORD R0SSM0RE's)-12. Wednesday, Dec. 13 Kooskey Mills Saturday, Dec. 16 ... .... ClenamuUy G&te HEWSY HARRIERS 12. Friday, Deo. 15 Mount Kearney Monday, Dec 18- ... Tinker Hill ROUTE HUNT 11-30. Tuesday, Dec. 12 Dunboe Friday, Dec 15... ... ... Causeway sib jajies stbonqe'b HARRIERS 11. vhAa-a tw id ... ... The Kennels Mondav. Dec. 18 3 miles from Caledon, Aughnacloy Koad, STRABASE HARRIERS 11-30. Wednesday, Dec 13 Claudy Station Saturday, Dec 16 ... ... Carricklee FOOTBALL. IRISH FOOTBALL UMOK. The last of the series of trial matches arranged by the committee for this season came off on Saturday in the Colleze Park. Dublin. It was arranged that the Leinster XV. .should play the field before trying their mettle against the Ulster XV., who will meet them next Saturday on tne ground or me una Chanroion Athletic Club. Landsdowne Road. Owing to the superior attractions of the Boat Clubs' Class Eights, and other causes, the XV; could only muster ten ; but, nothing daunted, they faced a numerous field at. three p.m. Throughout the whole game tha Field played with great daah, and unless the XV. show more face and dash on their part we fear they will have great difficulty in scor-ine a win ajrainst the Ulster XV., who, by all ac counts, as the Northerns generally are, are a fast lot. For the Leinster Whitestone and Casement, back: Croker and Wallis, forward, For the Field Todd ana t;uppaiage, Dags; varsoa ana uooper, forward. They playea a good game. NORIHERK FOOTBALL UNION OF IRELAND. A trial match was played at Ormesu on Saturday last, and, the weather being favourable and the ground in fair conditioon, one of the best contests we have witnessed in Belfast for some time was the result The competing teams were a AV, cap tained bvMr. Walkington (N.I.F.C.) and aXX, captained by Mr. G. Shaw (Windsor F.G.); the match ending in a victory for the latter by 1 goal, 2-tQuches. p& touch-in-goaL against I try, 1 touch, anoVa" touch-in-goal," The play throughout ob both sides promised well for the success of THE BELFAST NEWS-LETTER, . TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER Ulster on the 16th instant, "being mhcb better than J .thrt:ot;lfat-8easi.'''.-T)nring'ffie first part of the match the XV appeared to carry all before them, especially in the loose scrummages, and kept the XX frequently very close on their goal lines, although it was nctunlil thirty minutes of the tame had passed that Mcdonald, who played splendidly throughout, grounded the ball behind the goal posts of the XX, The try by Walkington was, unfortunately, unguccessful; and after the kick-out the XX managed' to run the ball well up, and sent it into their opponents' touch-in-goal, through the smart ' play ef Hardy, Black, and Gregg. The latter man played excellently as quarter-back. The XV, however', again brought the ball back, H. Kelly, -Mulligan, and Gordon playing up very pluckily. and the XX were compelled to touch in defence. Time being called, ends were changed, and Shaw's team, getting better together, set to work to retrieve their loss, and completely turned the Sables on the XV. Stewart, who proved himself a very good land at dribbling and following well np, carried the ball behind his opponents' goal, and obtained a toy; Shaw ' converting same into a very neat goal, and tnnsiwiiiriing the match for the XX, for, although the XV struggled long and well to make it up, they bonld not wipe out the advantage gained, bat were compelled to touch twice in self-defence before "no side" was caiJed. In ad. dition to the gentlemen already named, Messrs. TV Brown, ' Robertson, Ireland, and Finlay, as forwards, played in good form; and amongst the backs. Shaw, Walkington, Moore, and Heron were well deserving of praisfr the two captains especially. The XV which, will represent Ulster against Leinster on the 16ih instant at .Dublin will be selected from the thirty-five players of last Saturday. ' , ' NOTES FROM SCOTLAND. PROM OTTR OWM" CORRESPONDENT. Glasgow, Saturday. As I mentioned about six weekB ago ia the News-Letter, ; the expenses of the visit of the Prince of Wales to Glasgow would cost the Corporation about 9,000 or 10, 000, at last the account has beea made up, and the exact figures are 9,019 is lOd not bad for a visit lasting only four hours ! The account, it seems, falls to be paid by the Police Hoard instead pi the-Town Council Unhappy Glasgow' Bgians 1 Does this mean one penny, per pound additional taxation ! for the rental of Glasgow produces 10,000 at the rate of one penny per pound on the assessable value. The forthcoming election of a Lord Rector is now the all-absorbing topic amongst the students of the Glasgow University. . Lord Beaconsfield's term of office is about an end, and it is doubtful if the noble lord will allow himself to be again put in nomination. Here are a few of the names of those spoken of as probable candidates : Mr. Gladstone, Lord Salisbury, Mr. Browning, Mr. Freeman, and some, think that Lord Beaconsfield will consent to stand again. One thing is 'certain; Mr. Gladstone has declined, and the Liberals are not at all at one about Mr. Browning. The Conservatives of Stirlingshire have denied the rumour that the county is to be contested, whenever opportunity permits, by Mr. Orr Ewing, or Mr. Erskine, of Cardrdss. Glasgow dau-ykeepers are havme a hard time of it, but they deserve it. . One of the fraternity has been-fmed by the sheriff 20. with 3 16s.Gd of ex penses, for selling "two gallons of sweet and six gallons of 'skim milk not of the nature, substance, and quality demanded, . It. shonid be added that the supply of Loch Katrine water in Glasgow is unlimited, but this is rather an expensive mode of paying ior a i What a noise the Lord Provost of Glassows scheme for disposing of the nine city churches and erecting new ones, nas caused amongst Dissenters on this side of the channel 1' The consideration of the scheme has been delayed for six months, which in plain English means, it has been defeated. THE CULTIVATION OF PEAT LANDS. A correspondent of the Scotsman sends that journal an interesting account of the mode of culti vating peat lands in, North Germany. The matter is well worth the attention of Irish agriculturists. In his letter he says the plan of cultivation which is now conquering .all prejudice is practically the same as tnat in iiouand. The land which 1 passed through was not very thickly covered with peat from one to three feet in thickness. The ditches were from 22 to 25 yards apart, and themselves trom vi to lb teet wide. Aheir depth of course depended upon that of the peat to be drained, but as the extraction of sand from them was a necessity, the depth was governed by the saiid. The sand spread evenly over the surface of the peat was almost always four inches thick only in a few cases five inches. The ploughing it into the peat is wholly abandoned in this district; it is simply a top covering. It does not appear even in course of time to sink deeply into the peat, for at Cnnran, the headquarters of the cultivation, after twelve years, the layer of sand is Btill sharply defined on the top of the peat. After a subsoil ploughing of the peat, it is the sand alone which 13 worked in the ordinary operations of the farm. Now what is the use of the sand ? In itself it con tains nothing for the nutrition of plants. Its object is to regulate the temperature and moisture ot the peat, which, from its porosity, is not adapted to form a regular and safe soil for ordinary farming. ihe peat resell contains many nutritious materials fitted for plants, which send their roots through the sand into the peat and extract them. It abounds in lime, silica, nitrogen, and contains small quantities of magnesia, potash, soda,phosphoric and sulphuric acids. "But the nitrogen is locked up and becomes available only after weathering of the peat, and the potash and phosphoric acid are too small in quantity tor a good crop or any Kind. Jlenoe the essential condition of this method of sand cultivation of peat is to supply the sand with potash manures and dissolved bones. Phosphorite or mineral phosphate, sueh as coprolites, dissolved in sulphurio acid, is not in favour as a manure on peat land, for the farmers have the notion that it becomes insoluble on the land. . Ground bones, with acid, are alone used. The potash manures are either kainit, the native mineral, consisting of sulphate, of potash and sulphate of magnesia, or a crystallize I salt prepared out ot it, ana containing both these sulphates. Formerly the only sources of potash were from the ashes of wood, but now a large deposit of potash minerals, 140 feet thick in Borne places, occurs at Stass-furth and Leopoldstall, and it is this cheap source which has made the new plan for the cultivation of peat possible. The chief mineral in this region is carnaillit, or chlorid of potassium chiefly, but chlorids are distinctly injurious as manures. The less common mineral, kainit, however, is a safe manure if it be not used in excessive quantities. It is easy to overdo it. The kainit varies much, and is sold according to its percentage of potash. At tiunrau as much ot Haunt is given per acre as contains 701b. of potash, and as much dissolved bones as correspond to 541b. of phosphorio acid. But such large quantities are only required at the firet application, for if the leaves and straw be returned to the land, a smaller quantity, correspond-, ing to about 401b, of potash, suffices for subsequent crops. In Oldenburg, however, the land ia the first crops receives a considerably larger quantity both, of potash phosphorio acid than the above amounts. Common kainitcon tains 24 per cent, of sulphate of potash, and roughly about half of that is potash. In praotice, about 3 to 4 cwt. of ground kainit per acre is sufficient even for newly broken-up peat- land. In North Germany nitrate of soda is not used so constantly or ia such quantity as in the Dutch farm described in my . former letter. TheGerman far-, mers trust more to the nitrogen in the peat, and, work it to a state ia 'which the weathering is able to render it available In the old way of cultivating peat land such as that employed in many parts oi Holland and in Ireland, the absence of artificial manures is compensated f or 'by heavy limeing to break up the peat, and also : by clay and road soripings, which, under the action ca lime, liberate potash, and give the necessary ingredients to the plants. But what used this roundabout way-is- now more simply furnished, since experience has taught how the absent potash and phosphoric acid may more easily and uniformly be supplied through artifiical manures. I have said nothing of the crops on the peat land treated as above described. The farmers claim greater regularity of crops than on other systems, a larger quantity of straw, and fair yields of grain. The potatoes are always found to contain more starch, and are less waxy. The beet is said to be better flavoured than on peat land cultivated in the old way. MAILS FOR THE UNITED STATES. The contracts now ' subsisting between the Postmaster-General on the one part, and Messrs. Canard, Burns, & Maclver, Mr. William In man, and the North Germaa Lloyd, of Bremen, on the other part, for the conveyance of mails to the United States, will terminate on the 31st instant, and it is not intended to enter into any fresh contract for that service. Thenceforth mails will be despatched to the United States bv steam-vessels tendered by their owners for the mail service; and accepted by the Postmaster-General. The following table Bhows the days on which mails will be despatched for New York daring the month os January next :- , Mails made up m London, ijlafls made up: ; nt Prtrfc of iKari. at Port of iNanie of Port Day ol Week. jDay of Mouth. ; Embarkation. Tuesday m'g Wednesday ev'g Saturday ev'g Tuesday m'g Wednesday ev'g Saturday ev Tuesday m'g Wednesday ev'g Saturday ev'g Tuesday m'g . Wednesday ev'g Saturday ev'g Tuesday, m'g Wednesday ev'g January 2 - January 2 'Southampton ,-, 8 - 4 iQueenstown ,, 6 ,,.7 Queenstown 9 , 9 Southampton ,,10 ,, 11 Queenstown ,, 13 ,. 14 (iueeiistown 18 . 16 Southampton 17 IS Queenstoun ,,20 j, 1 uecnstawn 23- 23 Southampton ,,24 ), 25 Queenstown 27 23. yueeustown ' ,, 30 30 Southampton , 81 February 1 Queenstovn The North Gennaa Lloyd liners sail on Tues. day, the Guioa on Wednesday, aad the Canard on Saturday, Mails eontaininz correspondence from Scotland will also be made up every Saturday evening and embarked at Ureenock, and mails containing correspondence from the North of Ireland will be made up at Londonderry every Sunday morning and embarked at Morale. These mails will be conveyed by steam-vessels belonging to the Anchor line. Charles O'DonnelL condemned for the wilful murder of his wife at Chelsea, was executed yesterday morning within the walls of Newgate JaiL The prisoner walked to the scaffold with a firm step, aad"dicd without aay apparent struggle, CARDINAL ANTONELLI'S WILL. Rome, Dec. 2. I told you in my last letter of Cardinal Ahtdnelli's will. I ainet now add that it has given rise in. the Vatican to discontent and indignation approaching to scandaL From Cardinal Randi, and Monsignor Ricci, Major-domo to his Holiness, from the " Suiases" and Gens d' Armes who mount guard at the Vatican, to the stable boy and palace Washerwoman,no one speaks of anything else than this famous will, which, in the interior of the Vatican;has fdrtho moment eclipsed the Eastern question and the visit of Lord Salisbury. Nothing but condemnation and, reproach is heard. The Secretary of State' of Pius IX. was in truth a neDOtiBt. and has thoueht of none but his family, dividing in three parts his enormous fortune between the three brothers, who were, his fellow labourers, and the principal tools of the Deacon of a SantaMaria in Via Late, &c. To' them is to go the capital, the! real property; the objects of art, the gold, the silver, and the gems (the ramous genw which are this day being valued) to be divided between the Counts Gregorio, Luigi, and Angelino, or Angelas Domini, as he is styled on account of the numerous missions he has been sent either to the courts or the principal bankers of Europe. His nephew, Agostiho, son of the Conte Gregorio, and husband of Signora Garcia, a Spaniard, has bad a palace The eldest and youngest sons of Conte Lttigi have had nothing, but to the middle one he has left his property of Ceccana, worth SO.OOO" or 90,000 Roman scudi. His two nieces, the Signora Innocenzina Borina and the Countess Teresa Pace were not, mentioned either. Injustice and partiality in every disposition of the deceased ! I may also'add that the Pope, shares the general indignation and. discontent; but he is too well known for his d&interestednes3 for it to be for a moment supposed that he regrets personally being omitted from the will of the man who owed all to him. During the: walkwhich the Pope took one day lately in the galleries, he heard around him a chorous of imprecations on the defunct. A prelate, well known for his journeys, missions, aud writ-inga, condemned Autoneui, and the Pope let him say-on. The said Monsignore contrasted.the shame-fiil avarice of AntonelS with the charity of the Cardinal Vicar, and the exemplary death that he is about to have, Expreis Correspondent. A PEER'S SUIT FOR DIVORCE. In the English Divorce Court, on Friday, the suit of De la Zouohe v. De la Zouche, Blunt, and Lord Mayo came before Sir James Hannen and a special Jury. It was a petition presented by Lord de la Zouche for the dissolution of his marriage with Lady de la Zouche, on the ground of adultery committed by her with the co-respondents. The allegations in the petition respecting Mr. Wilfred Blunt were denied by that co-respondent, and ahso by-Lady de la Zouche. Mr. Sergeant Parsy slated the case on the part of Lord de la Zouche. He said that the petitioner was married on July 17, 1875, to the respondent, who was the daughter of Lord Saltoun. They went to reside at his lordship's seat, Parham, in Sussex, and they also had a town houBe in Arlington Street, Loadon. Last year Lady de la Zouche made the acquaintance of Lord Mayo, and after that unfortunate differences arose. Eventually, Lady de la Zouche eloped with Lord Mayo on the 18th of October, and he believed that up to the present time she was living with that nobleman. Lord de la .Zouche gave evidence is support of this statement He said he was at Goodwood in 1 875, and Lady dels Zouche there first saw Lord Mayo. After that Lord Mayo visited at his (the petitioner's) seat. He afterwards went to Brighton; there he also saw Lord Mayo. He remonstrated with Lady de la Zouche as to her conduct with Lord Mayo, and the consequonce of the intimacy was the elopement of Lady de la Zouche with the Earl of Mayo on the 18th of October, 1875. Sir H. James, on the part of the respondent, Lady de la Zouche, said he had no questions to put to the witnessr Other witnesses were called to prove the elopement, and to show that Lady de la Zouche and Lord Mayo had stayed together at hotels in Paris and Brussels. The jury found that Lady de la Zouche had committed adultery with Lord Mayo, The allegations of the petition a3 regards Mr. Blunt were withdrawn. . ' His Lordship then made a decree nisi dissolving the marriage, with costs against Lord Mayo. . GARDEN CITY WATER WORKS. We extract the following interesting account of the Gardea City Water Works, which appeared ia the Daily Nexus last month. It is from the pen of the New York correspondent of that journal. One of the pet schemes of the late Alexander T. Stewart of New York, was the completion of Garden City on Hampstead Plains. ' A more delightful place of residence, not only for the capitalist but for the gentleman of limited income, could scarcely be imagined. Art; has lent assistance to nature; and an embryo city, lovely as regards location, and beautiful in its design as it comes from the haads of its projector, has sprang up out of the heart of the vast natural park, bidding fair to become one of the most attractive places of residence in the country. There are already completed upwards of one hundred and fifty residences, and more are in course of erection. The latest improvement the completion of its water-works was made the occasion of a grand public exhibition on Thursday. A Bpecial train was provided by the Long Island Railroad Company, and at ten o'clock it rollod out of the depot at Hunter's Point. Among those on board were Judge Hilton and Mrs. A T- Stewart, Mr. E. B. Hilton and Miss Hilton, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hughes, Mrs. Judge Smith and daughter, Mrs. Clinch, General Alexander Shaler, Jackson S. Schultz, Robert L. Stuart, Alex, Stuart, F. H. Tows and wife, John D. Jones and wife, Stephea Wray, wife and daughter, Albert Brown, Chas. H. Brown' and others, A pleasant ran of nearly an hour brought the excursionists to the ground, where from rive hundred to six hundred persons . were awaiting their arrival. Shortly after the Hempstead fire brigade, preceded by a band of music, marched ap the principal avenue. There were five companies, numbering in all about 150 men, and they had with tnem two old-style hand-engines ana two iiose-reels. Evervthine being in readinesB, the assembled company commenced a tour of inspection. The fh3t place to visit was the water-works, situate about a quarter of a mile from the hoteL The uuuamg is oi ones wiin stone tnuiuiuigti. iu wis main room is a new pumping engine and automatic pressure regulator, manufactured by the Holly Manfacturing Company of Lockport, N.Y., for the Holly system of water supply and fire protection. The engine is changeable to either high, low, or compouEd pressure at the pleasure of the engineer. There are four steam cylinders 12 x 22 inch, each driving a double-acting water punip 7 J x 22 inches. steam is generated in two boners nve leet in diameter by 10 feet in length, each containing 54 flues 3g inches in diameter. Under ordinary circumstances the engines are run wifli a pressure of 60 pounds to the square inch, but in case of fire this can be increased to 120 pounds. Connected with the engine is an automatic .arrangement so sensitive in its arrangement that should one of the fire hydrants, no matter how far distant, be opened,, it will immediately sound the alarm by means of a whistle. This was practically demonstrated as will be shown further on. Distributed through the city are eight miles of pipe, 10,10,and S inches in diameter. Three lines of: pipe, draw their supplies from the 16-inch pipe, and divide the city into three districts. : These pipes have been tested by a hydraulic pres.-Bure of 185 pounds to the square inch, and could undoubtedly stand a Btill more severe test. At intervala all over the city Holly's Patent Fire Hydrant is attached, This hydrant, ' from its peculiar construction,- is worthy of attention. The outer' case is set in the groiind at the required depth, and to which the earth wPl. freeze, so as to adhere in severe weather. It has also an inner stem, through which water is forced for fire and other purposes. Between the case and stem is a place for air. The valve is at' the bottom of the case, aad so far under ground as to be entirely out of reach of frost,and is operated upon by a valve-rod the screw and aut of which are immediately above the valve, and so secured as to prevent any vibration under very heavy pressure. The valve Eeat is of leather, and the valves open against and close with the current. In order to get at the valve the fonr bolts at the surface of the ground must be taken out, the inner stem with the valve lifted, and the whole working part of the hydrant can then be taken out and replaced without difficulty. It ia so arranged that when the valve is closed all the water ia the case above the valve will run out, leaving the hydrant empty at all times, except ia case of fire, or when the water is passing rapidly through it, and as the valve is so constructed that it will aot leak one drop, it is impossible for frost ever to affect it. The act of opening the valve closes the drip, and prevents aay water escap ng while the hydrant is being used. A guard at the top prevents any unauthorized person from using them, as they cannot be opened except with a lock-wrench, constructed especially for the purpose. There has neverbeen a case reported of one of these hydrants freezing when properly set,and they have been placed under a pressure equal to 500 feet hftad without leaking one drop. So much for that portion of the arrangement. Let us now return to the water supply. ' . It was at this point of the investigation that General Shaler and other, gentlemen of scientific attainments expressed the highest degree of admiration and gratification, Instead of aa accumula-tioa of surface water, drained from stagnant pools and filthy ponds, there is a supply of the most beautiful, clear, and wholesome water that can be imagined. A huge well has been constructed, fifty feet in diameter by thirty-five feet in depth. This well has a storage capacity of 450,000 gallons, and an inflow of 2,500,000 gallons every twenty-four hours. If there were no inflow, there would still be 450,000 gallons to diaw from; the supply is so great, however, that for a short time it would fnr-niah 4,000,000 gallons daily, but this would not holdout a great while with the well at its present depth, although it coald be sunk so as to give a much larger supply. " This, " said General Shaler, "is what I have urged, and what we must havo in the city of New York. It is perfectly practicable, and the fact can be easily demonstrated." The water is as clear as crystal, aad in the well resembles the pellucid waters of oae of our clearest lakes. The examination of the details having closed, the visitors arranged themselves for tho grand exhibition, which was the object of their visit. Some of the ladiea with their escorts lad mounted to the top oi the hotel "Mrs. Stewart, to whom was dele-, gated the privilege of giving "the signal," took her stand with a number of the guests on the ST1"1 portico of the hoteL The fire companies had attached fifty-feet sections of regulation hose to the hydrants, and Mr. Denton, the surveyor, took a favourable position with his quadrant for the purpose of measuring the bight of the streams. There were Bix streams through 2J inch hose with inch nozzles, and one through a branch pipe consisting of two lines of hose leading to one pipe having a 1 J inch nozzle. The hose was aeimless, made of India rubber and covered with a heavy woven casing of linen cord. It was made by tho Eureka Fire Hose Company ia regulation style, and is said to tie tne best manufactured. .. TJp to this time the engine had been running with a pressure of 60 pounds, but as everything was in readiness for the trial this was increased to 100 pounds. At about half-past twelve o'clock Mi's. Stewart gave the signal by waving her handkerchief, end the hydrants were opeaed. At the same instant the automatic attachmeatat the engirie building save notice of the event by shrieking in a most fearful manner, and the engines began to work more rapidly. The scene in the park aTound the hotel was grand. The water leaped high into the air, the instrument showing the height to be 104 feet. The mea at the buts struggled with the fierce curreat of water, and very successfully, except those having charge of the stream ia the sca'h-east corner of the park, who were' throwa to the ground, and, as the huge serpent-like hose writhed upon the ground, throwing the water in every direction, they were knocked over by the force of the water and thoroughly drenched. They came masters only by shutting off the water. The sun was shining brightly, aad as tho water flw Tuiward. the spray which floated away spianed thesward with a succession of rainbows, i The band played some lively airs, Haga were waved; the multitude cheered, and the success of the entire affair was assured. The trial of the branch pipe followed immediately, the water flying to a height of Ifif) feet. Supervisor Kellam. on his way from Janwcia' hi the steam cars, saw the stream far above the top of the flagstaff ia front of his residence. After the hydrant trial was completed the Hempstead engines took water from the" plugs, aad having leen thoroughly manned, threw streams that byactuaL measurement were omy si ieei,niga. The Holly system as it is called is the invention of Birdsill Holly, and is now in successful operation in eighty-nine cities. The works of Garden City cost 230,000, aad in the opinion of all who witnessed the trial yesterday, are a complete success, and add one more to the list of attractions to this perfect city. It gives aa abuadant supply of the very purest of wattr; not a collectioa at surface drainage but water that has been thoroughly filtered throucrh the around, pure and cold, and in snfficient nnantitv to tubdue the fiercest con. fiagration without the aid of fire engines, although at Garden City aconflagratioais one of the impossibilities in consequence of the maimer in winch the city is built. Among other improvements now going on at this place is a hsRdsome cathedral building, undenominational, but intended for worshippers of all faiths, Judge Hilton suggests that it be called the " Chr.reh of All Saints." The building will seat six hundred persons. It will be built of Belleville stone, cut ashlar, with an inside finish of very fine Ohio stone. The woodwork will be hard and very rich. The finished structure will 'cost 5400,000. The architect, Mr. L'Hommedieu, says there will be no finer building of its size in the country. Taking it all in all, Garden city is a delightful place for a residence. Judge Hiltoa appears to bo imbued with the same spirit of enterprise that characterized Mr. Stewart, and will carry out the plans of the-deceased gentleman to the letter. COUBT AND FASHION. .TEE COURT. Windsor Castle, December 10. The Queen and Princess Beatrice drove out yesterday afternoon, attended by the Duchess of Eoxburgre. Prince and Princess Christiaa of Schleswig-Holstein dined with her Majesty yesterday. The Right Hon. R. A Cross, Secretary of State for the Home Department, and Mr. T. Martin arrived a the Castle, and, as well as Sir William Stirling Maxwell, Bart., had the honour of dining with the Queen and the Royal family. Her Majesty and Princess Beatrice attended Divine service this morning in the private chapel. The Eev. Dr. Vaughan, Master of the Temple, and Chaplain-in-Ordinary to the Queen, preached. Mr. Cross and Sir W. S. Maxwell have left the Castle. The Princess of Wales, with Princes Edward and George and the Princess,, attended by the Hon. Mrs. Cooke, Miss Knollys, General the Right Hon, Wm, Knolljs, and Mr. Holzman, attended Bervice at Sandringham Church yesterday. The Princess of Wales is expected to join his Royal Highness in London early in the week for a few days, the Royal family remaining at Sandringham. Prince Adolphus, eldest son of the Prince of Teck, who has beea dangerously ill of typhoid fever, is so much. better that Sir William Gull was telegraphed to not to go to Richmond, where the Prince resides. The Duke of Sutherland has returned to Dun-robin Castle, from Stafford House, St. James's, The Duchess remains at Torquay. The marriage between Captain Philip Green, 5th Laacers, and the Marchioness of Camden, is arranged to take place ia Londoa on Thursday, the 28tS- instant The Earl and Countess of Fitzwilliam have left Kingstown for England. Lord and Lady Headley have left Kingstown for England. Lady Villisr has left Kingstown for England. The Earl of Longford has left Kingstown for England. The Hon. Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Corry arrived at Kingstown on Sunday from England. Lieutenant-Colonel Stacpoole has left Kingstown for England. Not long ago a viscount enlisted into the ranks of the Royal Artillery at Woolwich. His example was on Saturday followed by a young gentleman of good position, who in a couple of year3 will com e into a fortune of S,000 a year. The young gentleman in question first enlisted ia the Scots Fusilier Guards, but has bought his discharge and re-enlisted into the Royal Artillery. Express. Sale or Diamonds. Some valuable jewels which have been on view at Messrs. Debenham, Scorr, & Sons' auction mart, in Covent Garden, London, were disposed of on Thursday. The most important were a Court tiara, necklace, bracelet, and pair of earrings, set with brilliants and sapphires (in five lots), which realized 1,852 guineas; a Btomacher brooch, composed of two opals and diamonds, 1,300 guineas; aad an opal and brilliant brooch, 130 guineas. The Athetmum states that it is intended to reissue from the press of the University of DubUn a series of work-j, chiefly educational, by members of that university. It is expected that the earliest volumes of the series will be the following: " Lectures on Physical Geography," by Rev. Samuel Eaughton, M.D., F.R.S., Professor of Geology; a "Treatise on the Morphology of the Vertebrate Anima!s,:' by Alexander Macalister, M.D., Professor of Zoology aud Comparative Anatomy; and the first portion of a complete edition of the " Letters of Cicero," with a commentary by Robert Y. Tyrrell, AM., Professor of Latin. The University of Upsal, Sweden, purposes celebrating, oa the first of September, 1877, the four hundredth anniversary of its foundation. Already various preparations for the fete are in progress; among others, the publication of a history of the -establishment, which was rendered famous by Linnsus, and also of the aacient city itself, which was for a long time the residence of the Kihgs of Sweden and the ordinary places of their coronation. The question has also been mooted of erecting, on this occaeion, a monument to the memory of Stenon Sture, the former "Administrator" of Swederi, after his uncle Charles VIIL (1470-1502). He it was who founded the University of Dpsal, and introduced printing into Sweden. MuanBB and Suicide at Nice. A telegram states that a terrible tragedy took place at Nice oa Wednesday evening. M, Mastelloni, a young Italian, presented himself at the residence of a Hungarian lady, the Countess Laure Erdeudy, about thirty years of age, and being shown into the dinning-room he was soon joined by the lady, who asked the object of his visit. M. Mastelloni at once stopped to the door, locked it, and after some angry words shot Mdme. Erdeudy with a revolver, the ball entering near'the right eyebrow and passing through the skull. The murderer thea turned the weapon against himself and lodged a ball ia his own head. The maa-servant,pa-hearing the shots burst open the door aad saw both persons on the flor, covered with blood. The agony of Mdme. Erdeudy lasted three hours before death put an end to is. The murderer was taken to an hospital and died on Thursday morning. Mastelloni is said to' have borrowed money from tho Countess, promising to marry her, and on refusing to assist him further he killed her and himself. Rejoicings at Gaevagh. The members of the committee in connection with the Garvagh Athletic Sport Club," D. M'ICeeman, E. Spencer, J. O'Kaoe, 0. H. aud J. Johnston, assisted by Messrs. 11. Moore, J. W. King.R. Robertson, William M'Keo-man, and many others assembled, at Garvagh, on Thursday evening week, for the purpose of giving expression of feelings of pleasure at the appointment of Mr. O. P. Macusland (who for the first time had taken his seat on the Bench) to the Commission o the Peace. At seven o'clock, the time appointed, the whole street, from end to end, was lit up and in a perfeut blaze with tar-barrels. The was an immense number of people assembled, whose cheering continued for some time, when, at another signal, all congregated opposite Mr. John Moore's, when that gentleman came out and addressed the-crowd in a very appropriate speech, dwelling chiefly on the gratification which Mr. Maoausland's appointment afforded to all classes of society, and the general estetem ia which not only he but the whole family were held. Cofraine Constitution. Accidental Death feom Strangulation. On Thursday last, Bhortly after mid-day, a woman, aged 57 years of age, resident in a house by herself at Gortree, a few miles from Derry, met her death in a rather unusual manner. Deceased, who was named Eilca Carlin, was carrying to her home, from Gortnessy bog, a bag of turf, which she rested on a stick that spanned a gap by the wayside. The bag was fastened oa her back by a hempen cord, which went rouad her breast. While she was resting at the gap, the bag overbalanced backwards, and the rope slipped from her breast up to her throat, and strangled her, as she was found;dead a short time afterwards. She was convej ed as soon as found to b.6r daughter's house, where the coroner of the district, Thomas Lindsay, Esq., held aa inquest. The jury found as their verdict ' That Ellen Carlia came by her death by accidental strau-gulatioD, at Gortnessy, on 7th December, 1S70," 12, 187(1 MONET AND COMMERCE SPECIAL MONEY AND SHARE REPORT. (Prepared for the XwZcUcr b'J Mr. A. O'D. Tayhr, ' Stock Broker.) BY IBr? ATS TE11S3BAMB, lsptees, &c Belfast, Monday Evehetq, Deo. lL She supply of money seeking employment has been i, and in everv quarter a very moderate inquiry has been experienced. If anything, the rates of discount have had a downward tendency, bills being taken in some instances below 1 per cent. Kiau.wv in goiu to-dav withdrawn from the Bank: ot Jiugiano. Consols unchanged in price, though weak. The quotations for British rails have been very variable, with no AAei movement either way. The fractional changes irked are altogetherunimportant. London, uiatnam, ana Dover Preference, 68J to 6S. In foreiga stocks some advance was made, but the highest point ; was scarcely maintained. Peruvian declined h affected doubtle, by the adverse derision of Vice-C Halls. Art-entmes improveu. j-uo LW is about 3 better, at 61. to 82. There is ut little change ia American securities. .Central of Wew Jersevsare 78 to SO; Central Pacidcs, 101 to IOd, S pTcificSSHo 101; Lehigh Yalleys, OS to 100; AUeghens Valleys, -94 to 9 Ilhnou i Central shares 6S to m. Anglo-Amsrican telegraph stock is 62J to 62?. The estimated traffic receipts for Saturday were mOO, and for Sunday 470. Direct Cables are about UB'elow are current quotations from London, Dublin, and Liverpool : CLOSING, rEIOES IONDOS STOCK EICHAK3S, DE0B3IBEE 11. Stocks, Shares, Closing Pi ices. Consols BBTTIEH EAHjS. Caledonians ... r ... Great Eastern Great Northern Do. do. "A" Great Western Ioaahire and Yorkshire ... London, B., and South Coast London, Chatham, and Dover . London and NorthWestern London and South-Wertorn Man., Sheff., and Lincoln ... Metropolitan Midland ... North British North-Eastern (Consols) ... South-Eastorn Do, do. Deferred ... BANKS. Alliance, Limited ... London Joint-Stock Bank ... London and County Bank... London and Westminster Bank Union Bank of Londoa ... Imperial Ottoman FOREIGN STOCKS Egyptian 7 psr cents. (1873) Egyptian 7 per cents. (Khedive) French Rentes, 5 per cents. Peruvian 6 per cents. (1870) Russian 5 per cents. (1873)... Spanish S per cent Turkish 6 per cent. (1871) ... AHEEICAN SECUHmES, &0. United States 5-20's (1867) 0 p.c Do. Funded, 5 per cent. Pennsvlvania General 6 per cent 93J 94xd: U9i 120i 4( 50 135 134 140 1404 104J wo lot 117f 1344 118J Hi '1 14Gj 127i 70i 106. 148S 127 70 106 131J 131s 105i 10611 1664 155 126 114J 12i 47 62 62 41 4l 514 44 19SS 12S U4 13 48 63 68 424 43 51 45 4d IS 79 18 79Jxd S'J no 106 108 82 10S Mi 1104 106 169 Phil. & Reading Imot. G per cent... 84S Baltimore and Ohio 1910, 6 p.c. ... HOxd Pennsylrania DU Shares ... Philadel. & Reading S50 Shares 434 18 61 44xd 0 Great Western of Canada Shares... 74 DUBLIN STOCK EXCHANGE DJEO. 11. -New Three Der Cent, stock 93? 93S Bank of Ireland stock S10 310 Provincial Bank shares ol National Bank shares ... 731 735 Hibernian Bank ... 64 64; Great Northern Railwav Co. (Ireland) 139J 140, Great Southern and Western 127;? 128i Midland Great Western IO84 108J Watst-ford and Limerick oak Dublin, Wicklow, and Wexford ... 120 1264 T.TVERPCWL STOCK EXCHANGE Great Eastern. East Anelian No. 2 ... 13 131 Hiahland Eailwav 104 105 Manchester. Sheff.. and Lincoln def, ... 39 39 Metropolitan District Eailway 47J 47J Porfmatrick Railwav Coninanv 86 88 Bank of Liverporl ... 26g 2G Manchester and Liveroool District o7i co British and Foreign Marine ... ' i-j 13 Thames and Mersey Marine ... ... ... 6 7 Standard Marine Insurance 0 6$ Ocean Marine Insurance ... 74 8 EbbwVale ... ... 12 13 Pacific Steam Navigation -42J 43 West India and Pacific Steam I85 19 London and Eivee Plate Bamk. The report o the London and itiver Plate Bank states that the sum of 83,500 has been set aside from the reserve fund and carried to a depreciation account to meet the losses ariaing from the financial crisis, which has for so long prevailed in Buenos Ayros, and from tho arbitrary proceedings of the Government of Santa Fe. After making full provision for bad and doubtful debts, and deducting 21,000, being the amount absorbed bythe dividend of 4 per cent, for the half year paid in June, the profits do not admit of cny farther distribution, a balance of 589 being carried forward to the next account. Nnw Civil Service Co-operative Stores. The directors of the new Civil Service co-operative Btores have issued a report, which state3 that the apparent loss during the financial year ended August 31 amounts to no less than 13,152, deducting from which the sum of 1,341, the so-called profit shown in the balance-sheet issued to August 7, 1875, there remains a net deficiency of 11,811. Tho report further alludes in considerable detail to the difficulties which the directors havo had to contend against; and, in reference to the proposal made that there should be a general manager as well as secretary, the directors state that they consider two such officials unnecessary. On this question, however, there appears to bo much difference of opinion, and the opinion of the proprietors is to be taken on it, BfUSSILIAH SUSMAIilNE TELEGBAPH COMPANY. The directors of this company have declared an interim dividend of 2s Gd per share, or 5 per cent, per annum, free of income-tax, for the quarter ended 30th September, 187S, and payable on Friday, the 22nd inst. Local Stocks axd Shares. Not much business done to-day in local securities. Ulster Bank shares continue in demand, but sellers are firm at 11. Great Northern Kail way stock ii a shade firmer. The 4 per cent, debenture stock of the Belfast, Holywood, and Bangor Kail way was done to-dsy at 75 per cent. There has been a transaction in the 4 per cent, preference shares of the Belfast and County Down .Railway at 77 per cent. The final report has been issued of the Ulster Marine Insurance Company, Limited, for 1875. A dividend of 20 per cent., or Is par share is to be paid not only on the old, but also on the new sharea recently issued. This will absorb 1,500, -which will leave a balance of 943 4s 4d to be carried to credit of 187G account. The reserve fund has been increased by 1,500, and now stands at 12,000. In addition to the 3,943 4s 4d of profit thus allocated, it must be borne in mind that 2,500 more has been already divided amongst the shareholders this year in a nominal ad interim dividend, but in what should be more correctly described as a bonus in the form of new shares. The total amount of profit for 1875 was, therefore, 6,433 4s 4d. This is an extremely satisfactory report, aud reflects much credit on the management of our local Marine Insurance Company. Below are current quotations: LOCAL 8T0CBB. Amount' 2 of vi Share, a . ft Same oi Company. Price. 100 100 92 6 S 100 10 100 10 50 Stock Stock Stock 60 100 50 50 Stock 10 10 Stock 1 1 25 Belfast Banking Co., old shires .. i 25 Do. do., new shares .. 80 Northern Banking Co., old shares , t 30 Do. do., newsharea 2J Ulster Banking Company . . 5 Provincial Bank, old shares - 10 Do. do. new shares ' 30 National Bank IIS 46 11 83i 34 I ilOO Great Northern Railway Co. (Ireland) .. jlOO Do. Ulster 4 J per cent. prcf. . . 10!) Do. Dungannon guaranteed stock ..; ! 50 Belfast and Northern Counties Railway ..; 1100 Do. do." 4 per cent. pref. ..' 1 50 Belfast and County Down Railway Co. ..: !50 Do. 5 per cent pref. (ex arrears) ..i 100 Do., i J per cent. A preference 1 10 Belfast, Holywood, Bangor Railway Co ! JO Do. do. 5 per cent. pref. 100 Do. do. 4 per cent. Debenture j 11 York Street Flax Spinning Co. .Limited.. I 45 Northern Spinning and W.Co. .Limited.. 1 25 BrookSeld Linen Co., Limited .. I 10 Ulster Spmning Co., Limited 50 Do. guaranteed minimum of 6 per cent. ! 15 BlackstalT Flax Spin, and W. Co., Limited ' 16 Gnnniug and Campbells, Limited 20 Falls Flax Spinning Co., Limited.. I S5 Whiteabbev Flax Spinning Co., Limited , 374 SffittaQeld Flax S. and W. Co., Limited.. I 26 William Bjjnshaw and Co., Limited I 5 Belfast Discount Co., Limited ' 60 Belfast Steamship Co., Ltd, old shares :. ' 6 Do. do. new A sLares ! j Ulster Marine Insurance Co., Limited .. j 1 Belfast Fire Iusuranco Co., Limited j 30 ; Union Building Society 133 SO 801 103 16 46J 104 37s Bd 65 74 32 35 30 7 50 15 16 8J 12J 15 12 100 60 50 50 60 60 50 60 60 35 10 60 10 5 2 SO 25 10 5 5 0 8? 22s el 13s Od 5 1 4 t B. and Provincial Building, (fee. , Co. , Ltd. 1 14 Ulster Land Binioinsr, (sc., wiiuiea .i3Ss Od ' 5 Royal Land Baildinj, &c, Limited . . 21s Od Antrim Iron Ore Company, Limited . . !30s 01 John Kowan and Sons, Limited .. ..j 5 Belfast Earbour Com. Bonds, per cent. ! I0s Do. do. do. 4 do. 100 Do, do. do. 4 do. I 6& A. O'D. Tayloh, Stock and Share Broker, The Ulster Euildings, Waring Street, Belfast. Also Agent and Secretary for the Standard Life Assurance Company (Established 1825J. PRESS ASSOCTATIOH TELESBAMS. LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE. London, Dec. 1L Discount market remains quiet. The stock markets were firmer. Consols opened at 94 to but declined to 93 to 4. . Egyptians better; 1873 Loan, 51j; Turltish Fives, lOg to 11 Russians up 1 to 1J, Hungarians 1, Argentines 3 to 4, and Buenos Ayres 1 to 2 por otnt. Railways good; Chatham Preference, 6SJ to j ; North British, 106 tO J ; Eries down to 8 to Telegraphs better. CiiOsisa Psiora Consols for money, ; Consols for Jan. account, 94xd; Caledonian, U9 120J; Great Eastern, 49J 4i! s Great Northern, do. A shares, 140 llOjj Great Western, 1044 1043; Lancashire and Yorkshire, : London and Chatham, 211 21: London and Brighton, 117g 118J; London aad Kortb-Westerr, 14GJ HCg: London and South-Westem ) Metropolitan, lOOJ ICOi ; Midland, 131J 131g ; Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire, 70& 70J; Nort'j British, 100 106j North -Eastern, 155J; Sooth-Eastern,; Italian, 69J 70 ; Spanish (now), 14J 143 ; TurHsli OonsoUdes, 10 10j Egyptian (1863), 62 53: Peruvian (185), U.S. o-20's, ; Eries, 8 8 5 Anglo-American (sjmlganiated), C2J 63. After Official Hours 190,000 taken from the Bank. Bar silver, 5H. Egyptian 1873 Loan, 51 to J ; French Threes, 70i; Russians unchanged: Argentine 1871 Loan, 60 to 1. Kailways f-teady; North-Westerns, 146J; Brighton Deferred, 102J to 3 ; Midlands, 131J ; Erics flat, at 8 to i; Grand Trunk of Canada dull. Tallow-New, 45s 6d on the spot. Bape oil, 30s. Linseed oil, 20s 3d. Petroleum, 2s 3d on the spot. FRENCH FUNDS. Paeis, Monday. French funds opened rather -weak, but clysed firm, the Three per Cent. Rentes for the account at TOr. 8,c., or 15c., and the Fire per Cents, at 104f. 57c, or 12c higher than on Saturday. All foreiga.stocks showed finally a slight advance. Es change on London, short, 2ot. K. GERMAN FUNDS. Beblis, MOKDAT. - The Bourse continues firm, with very limited transactions. All International stocks closed a shade better tnan on Saturday. Money wns in better demand at 3 per cent. AUSTRIAN FUNDS. Vienna, Mosdat, The stock market remained very quiet but firm, at nearly Saturday's quotations. The decline in foreign exchanges and bullion was again important, London, tnrec-roonths, closing at 125ft. 70kr. BANE OF GERMANY. Berlin, Monday. The return of the Imperial Hank of Germany for the week ended Dec 7 shows the following changes as compared with the previous account : Increase-Cash : m hand, 360,600 marks: billsand public deposits, 27o,150 marks; .t -iv. M sflrt mxi-ks : sundry securities, S.450 marks; sundry creditors, 7,700 marks; Treasury notes. 800 marhs. decrease-" 665,500 marks; other securities, 641,800 marks; sundry debtors, 130,400 marks; advances on stocks, marks; otner deposits, o,j.ov mm. CONTINENTAL FLAX AND FLAXSEED MARKETS. The following telegrams have been received from Messrs. Th. MacGeagh ffl uo., .me, y u. agents, Messrs. MacGeagh & MacLame, Ann btreet, Belfast-. . . - "Lille, December 8th, lS7e.-i&x-iaere ehangeatCourtrai, where the new flax is still ne-glected, and 1874 crop in fair demand. The blue flax markets are well supplied, and demand less active. Any difference there may be in prices is in favour of buyers. French markets are still poorly supplied, and prices remain uacnangea. and Linens-Trade is rather duller than last week, and concessions have to be made to effect sale?. "Courtrai, December 11, 1876. Large supply of common and medium aorts, prices m favour ot buyers; fine flax neglected; strong warp in fair de- Botterdam, December 11, lS76.-Suppiy at market to-dav about 130 tons; sale exceeding slow, about three-quarters sold, at one to two stivers Copy of telegram from Messrs. Crays, Van Cas-teei,& Knight, to their agent in Belfast, D. V. Eo'tterdam-Market 135 tons, well cleared; some descriptions stivers lower; seed good supply; better demand, 67." , Copy of telearam from A. Ellerman, Rotterdam, to his agent, A. Reynolds, Belfast:-- "Rotterdam, 11th December, 1876. Flax Market Last week country demaud quiet ,; market 140 tons; quality principally medium; bulk sold readily at easior rates." From Messrs. C. E. MoU & Co., Rotterdam, to their agents, Messrs. J. Fiddes & Co., Wellington Place, Belfast: "Rotterdam, 11th December, 1S,6. Larger show of flaxseed samples; more lively demand; part selling at an advance for extra picked; quotation 70s." , Copy of telegram from Dutilh & Co., Rotterdam, to William P. Rafter, Belfast: 'Rotterdam, llth December, lb, 6. Flax-Country business quiet; large market; steady buying at last week's reduction; bulk sold." From Messrs. Bnriage & Veder, Rotterdam, to their agents, Messrs. Ph. Grenier & Co., 8, Franklin Place, Bolfast: t "Rotterdam, llth December, 1876. Country demand quiet; market supply 130 tons; bulk sold slowly at about 2 under the prices of a fortnight ago." Copy of telegram from Edward Reilly, Rotterdam, to Edward Keilly, Belfast: "Rotterdam, llth December, 1S76- Last weeks business in country dull; to-day's market 130 tons; poor demand at lower rates. Friesland Demand and prices unchanged." George Godfrey, Rotterdam, to his agent, 1. Plunkett, 3, Corporation Street, Belfast: "Rotterdam, llth December, 1876. 129 tons; brisk demand for good medium warp, at 45 to 50 stivers; lower sorts cheaper." STATISTICS OF BELFAST TRADE. THE PBOVISIOK TRADE. PICS in large supply, with prices in favour of buyers. O wing to unfavourable weather carcases are not in good curing condition. Irish bacon in dull demand ; consequently is being pressed on the market by the larger curers, who refuse no reasonable offer approaching their quotations. Hams steady. Lard firmer in price. American bacon ia good consumptive demand at our quotations. Hams inactive. Lard quiet. B. Pi!a. r 1121bs 40 D. S. D. 0 to 49 0 Irish bacon, per 112Iba Irish hams, per li21bs Irish dried bellies, per 1121bs (new) .., Prime Irish mess pork, per brL (new), Lard, in firkins, per 1121ba 53 90 80 96 0 5S 0 104 0 90 0 100 66 70 0 68 0-75 Butter Slarket price, lod to 15Jd per lb butts and nrkius; croclis l4d v 10a. Shipping price, 136s to 130s per ewt. do. do. American long middles iciearj, liiios (new) 43 0 46 0 lnni? middles (rib in). 1121bs none. tWfc ditto (clear!. 112Ibs .. 46 0 48 0 short ditto (rib in, 112Iba dried bellies ham3(smokedorpale)1121b3 hams (in salt) Prime American mess pork, brl Lard, in tierces, 1121bs... none. 52 0 56 76 56 82 52 50 70 47 TAIXOW. There has not been any further alteration in prices, but the market is quiet. A moderate Bupply of Australian at public sale. Petersburg, 45s 6d; old, 4:s 6d per owt. 851 casks Australian by auction about three-fourths sold at 3d to 6d decline ; mutton. 41s 3d to 43s 6d ; beef, 39a to 42s 6d. 135 pipes 64 casks South American were chiefly taken in ; a few lots sold at 4'2s 3d to 42s 6d per cw6. THIS LEATHER TRADE. The leather trade is very firm, and stocks of all kinos much reduced. New York advices describe a very brisk state of trade, and we shall probably have a much smaller supply of leather from that market than we have been accustomed to for the last few years. Local oootations remain as follow : ' Irish crop hides, 12d to 14d per lb.; foreign do., best tannage, 19d to 20d per lb.; inferior to middling, 17d to ISd per lb.; bends, U 6d to 23 5d per lb.; strap leather, Is 3dd to ia Gd por lb.; shoe butts, 2s Id to 2s 7dperlb.: kipp butts. Is Sd to 3s per lb.; cordevan (Irish), Is Sd to 2s per lb.; do. (Spanish), 3s to 3s lOd per lb.; insole bellies, lOdto 12d per lb.; green hides, OOd per lb.; salted hides (Irish), 2Jd to 3d per lb.; foreign do., 8d to 9d. TIMBEU AND SLATES. Nothing new under this head. No auction sales since our last. Business in the yards dull. Retail prices as follow : White pine timber, Is 8dto 2s 3d per foot; red do., Is lOd to 2s Od; pitch pine do., Is 6d to Is Sd; Memel timber, Is 6d to 2s 0d; Dantzio, Is 6d to Is 9d: oak, 2s to 3s 3d; elm timber, 2s 9d to 3s Od; birch, 2s 9d to 3s; spruce deals, 12 x 9 x 3, 14 0s to 16 10s per 120; pine deals, 12 x 9 x 3, 23 to 36 per do., spruce battens, 12 x 7 x 3, 12 0s to 14 per do.; pine battens, 12 x 7 x 3, 15 10a to 21 10s per do.; laths, 4ft. ceiling, p.m., I3s to 15s. Slates Blue queentons and princesses, 6 las per ton; blue duchesses, 18 per M; countesses, 13 10s per M; ladie3, 8 per M. COAL. The best gas coals in the Tyne are selling at 10s per ton. Inferior qualities are quoted as low as 6s per ton. The mild weather has caused a little dulness in household coals. The steam coal trade is specially depressed. In Northumberland 500 more men and boys have been thrown out of employment by another pit having been stopped for want of demand. The local demand is a shade quieter. "Weather very mild. INDIA AND CHINA MARKETS. Bombay, Friday. 71b. shirtings, 3r. 13a.: Slbs., 4r. 10a.; 40's mule twist, 9Ja. Cotton quiet. Fair Dhollerak, ISOr. Exchange on London Six months' bank bills, Is 9 15-161. Freights, canal, 47s 6d. Shanghai, Thcrsdat. Manchester goods quiet. 81b. shirtings, tls. 1 6 5. Silk very dull. Exchange on London Six months' bank bills, 5s 7Jd. THE COHN TRADE. London, Honda?. The Mark Laiw Express says: ""Winter has come upon us this year with unseasonable temperature and heavy floods of rain. Large tracts of land have beea submerged by the flowing of rivers, causing the stoppage of mills, and placing the cattle in jeopardy. Damage has also, it is to be feared, been sustained by the young cereal orop3. On the high lands, however, appearances continue promising. In Scotland agricultural operations have been much retarded, and in the North outdoor labour is as backward as last year. It is probable that a large average of wheat lias beea sown in the United Kingdom this year, owing to the favourable seed time. The damp weather has much interfered with threshing, and many samples have been in poor condition. However, English wheat has advanced in value nearly 2a per quarter since last week. Foreign has also met a large inquiry, at fully this improvement. It appears likely that increased activity, perhaps even excitement, may be felt in the trade at the close of the year. Maize has advanced 6d to 9d, and there seems great probability of still higher prices. DUBLIN TEADE REPOKT.-DoBLiy, Satobdat. B.AV.I. Sugar No activity to report. The market opened with the same dull tone this week us prevailad at the close of last week. Crushed V fair business doing with us. but p: ices tend downwards. Foreign-Very little business done in this article, which is firmly held. HeBned Business quiet with us, but prices fteady. Whisky The market continues very steady, and a good business was duue this week in our principal Dublin brands. At Messrs. P. J. Molloy & Co.'s public sale, on Tuesday, the attendance was very full, and biddings active. We give a note of the business done at foot. The deliveries for consumption were again large, and the exports good, being 486 casks, or equal to 258 puncheons, as against 542 casks, or 274 puncheons in the corresponding week of last year. A public sale by Mr. W. W. Clover on Wednesday next (the last that will bo held this year). At the auction on Tuesday the following business was done: 72 casks J. J. & S 1870 to 1875, at 12s to 7s Cd per gallon; 77 casks G. E. & Co., 1S7L to 1876. at 7s to 5s per gallon; 18 easks W. J. & Co.. 18? 1 to 1S75, at 4s lid to 4s Gd per gallon; 52 casks J. P. & S. , 1871 to 1S76, at 6s 6d to 4s 01 per gallon; 9 casks D. W. D. Co., 1876, 4s 6d to 4s 54d per gallon. Exported weekended 9th December, 1876 y9 puns, and butts, 248 hlids., and 139 qr. casks. Corresponding week of 1S75 : 80 puns, and butts, 317 hhds., and 145 qr. casks. EXPORTS OF POBEEE. The exports of porter from Dublin for the week a; as follow: Guinness, Son, & Co. Robert Manders & Co. Joseph Watkins & Co. Findlatcr & Co. ... Jameson, Pirn, & Co. Phoenix Brewery Co. P. & E Sweetman John D'Ai-cy & Son All othora ... Total ... Freeman. Hhds. Decoratiom of a Turkish Lady. The Ottoman Government hasconferredtbeOrderof the Medjidiri, third class, upon Cki5rif5 Haaoum, a Turkish lady, who displayed great bravery during the siege of Ljubinje by the Montenegrins. This is said to be tlie first time that a female has been decorated in j Turkey. Scictde of a Child. A eirl, narnel Emfh l- . ten years old. whose parents reside in New srV!' itti: 1. -p 1 V TV 1.1.... ... . -u-'e', on Tuesday under the following peculiar ciroum stances : At noon she accidently let her 'i'f-.ri sister faR ;out of her arms upon the ielcr"-. ? her mother threatened to tell her fatiic-r j--, evening of her carelessness. Fear of htr f.:b"- sneer evidently so preyed upon the mri's j that after leaving school, accompanied by a 01 sister, nue went, uuwu wic jjceua ato. Liverr, Canal bank, near Wellington Bridae, and r berately joined into the water. Her sister's j.,.' til;. 30on brought help, but in spite of every exer:j, ; her body was not recovered till three hoars a;" wards, when it was found about 00 yards frorn tV place where she jumped in. EXTRAOBDISAIIY Telerbaphic Discovrp.y.-?. has often been said that the science of teleirao:" is as yet only in its infancy. What it will beVl f j it reaches the age of matmity it would be d:cu to say with certainty, Dut some idea may Le forma: from an extraordinary telegraphic discovery jUi. made in Pais. It appears that some inventor baV found out the means of sending portraits by tej,.. graph. The modus operandi has not yet ken dl. closed, but experiments have been made, and-j .we are to believe the papers with complete snccssi The trial was made by the police authorities r) Paris and Lyons. The portrait of a Lyons cSziai was forwarded from Paris by the new "telegraph apparatus, and at once recognised. In reiura the Lyons police telegraphed to Paris the portrait, companied by the usual description, of a ckrk Vi"; had just absconded with his master's cute'-and the Paris nolice, thanks to the telearantie 1. '-' trait, were enabled to arrest the thief on h:s al'-'t. from the train at the Lyons railway etition. facts are published on the bes-, authority, and, C credible as they may seem, are no doubt authcctic.l Standard. General di Cesnoia's curium collection is to go '0 the Metropolitan Art Museum in Central "fa New York. Tor it, together with all hi, o;;'t! collections at present warehoused theie, he is to receive 66,000 dollars gold. Ko doubt Mr. j, hi Taylor Johston and the other directors c :' New York Museum of whom, by the by, Ger.cVal di Cesnola is himself one are to be fe'iaitated ca getting tho Cypriote treasnres almost entire, as ;U nucleus of their institution. And we may hope th; the Kevr World may day produce a cr.p i serious students of the arcbjcohgy of tha 0!i " .v. present, with the exception of General di Ces;..j:i himsr, there can scarcely be said to be such a s:c-dentin the United States. For European scholar-, perhaps, the beat thing would have been i! Ge-i;rai .1; Cesnola had accepted the offer maije by ;..s authorifes of the Louvre, to take the eurii- treasure along with the right of selecting any .. '. jeeta they liked from the rest of the collti. General di Cesnola will send us a series oi arJe.,4 on his whole collection so soon as he shi l hi-... returned to New York i.e., as soon as UU k..-s on Cyprus is out. At!tewum. A Osiqub Library. The Awknvj states a library of an almost unique character will Iks i at Manchester in the course o next week by Mcs. v. Capes, Dunn, & Filcher. The coil of it;! the Rev. Thomas Corser, Kctor of Stand, nc-ir t:.i: city. Among the curiosities of it are sever,'.; t:. ,j. sand catalogues of the most note! collection; t.f books that have been dispersed lor a century many with prices and buyer's names: the or:;:.j MS., of Cavendish's "Life of W'olscy," the Pm'cj ia the autograph of Georga Wittier; "Tec-M-j;; Auntient Historie of God and Man,'' a pcem ,.; about 12,000 lines, by It. 0., ornamented Indian-ink drawings, finished July 29, 16JD, intfe original binding; a large piper copy ot t:.-" Bibliotheca Anglo-l'oetioa,'' and a copy of Wafes and Cotton, each copy illustrated with about L( portraits; Sbakspeares' " Richard the Third," U'i and the " Merry Wives of Windsor,7' 1619, MARKETS. I E I S H. BELFAST MARKETS- Monday, Dec. 11. aosoooK babkbi orricui p&icas. SBAQ, SC. ParewioUlE !bs-s d s i 0 to 0 0 - 2 0 - i Flounders 0 d ! Rocm 2 C i Carrots, red 3 0 I Turcips, 3edc 1 Wheat, white Do. new Bo. red Do. New Oate, new Do. Old Oatmeal Do. New 10 0 10 0 7 0 13 0 0 to 10 0-0 0-10 0- 0 3 ; ilangcl Wortzei 10-0 j Cabbage, prl!4 4 0 - 1 i 3 7 10 000 PHOVI5M51 Botter,crock,!b.l 2 - De. lump 1 Sj- Jn butw 1 i Pork 30 0 - HAT AM) Brill. Do. o!l 0 ij 0 0 0 0 0 0 Beans S 9 B Grass-geed S 0 li Flax-seed, cwt 0 00 V23BTASLSS. Per ewt of 112 ibs. Potatoes, skeris 2 83 Do. cruHes 2 63 Do. moAilow 3 Straw, oat '2 Do. wlieit 3 1 HSTAIL F3ICSS CORttSCrBD Of fO DICEH2-: sctthk asd sam. e d Mutton, lb Veal, lb Sausage? Eicon do Oaim do u unb, per lb Stok, per lb Ox M.Ki'ties o a to 1 0 7; on-: OH - 0 9- 0 0 - -. io--. 3 0 i Butter,lmp,prlbl Do., pri7,dol Sggs, hon.prdal Do. duck 1 Do. turkey 0 nsu. Salmon, per :b 0 4 to 5 0 HadciocK, per 10 u Trout, per !b 1 Polavoes, stoaa 0 new, t 0 c."'otis, stone 1 Toniipe, doz. 0 Artidiukes.dsi 0 Geeks, buncb 0 Cabbage, dozn 1 Pamyhry, do 0 Cauliflowers, ea 0 Celery, per doz '2 Cucumbers, f--- 0 Asparagus, bh ii IV-rsley, basset 0 SViad, doz. 0 beetroot, dozen 0 Peas, quart 0 Beans, do 0 Sliubarb, stale 0 Carrots, bundi Parsnips, 'io 0 Mushrooms, ib i 6 - 0 - Turbot, do Pike, do Brill, do Eels, do Cod, do Plaice, do i 3 4 -0 - Sole, per pair Whitins?, per ds 1 6 - Herring, do 0 10 Lobsters, each 1 Crabs, pur doz 0 Oysters, bund. 11 S -0-0 4 - e - faon. Apples, per at 1 Do. per doz 0 American, do 1 Pino apples, fn 0 Home do., 15 Pears, per dot 1 Oranges, do 1 Leinous, do 1 Grapes, home, lb 1 Do., foreign 1 Peaches, doz. 0 Plums, perlo 0 roci.titv ChlciesiS, piir 3 Turkeys, eich i Gtcse, each i Duddinsrs, I'alr 4 e - 0 - c -0 - e -0 -0 0 - Damsons, do 0 Walnuts, per lb 0 Cocoa nuts, ea 0 Wild llncli, do 0 10 Gronse, brace Pa.-:ridi'e, do Snine, do Quail, do IiF.rea, each Piu'COa3, tio Rabbits, pair 0 0 S.berries, basketO 0 G.berries, quart 0 0 Cherries, lb. 0 0 BUTCH&BS' Beef, per lb 0 5 1 0 Pfiics OF Bbead. Extra superfine 4. .,.;: do. 21b. loaf, SJd ; Hungarian cottage loaf, 34 as; Dublin loaf, 3d aad Od, NEWTOWNARDS, Dec. 0. Wbt, wfefc 0d to 0s Od per cwt; do. red, 10s 3d u 6-: r barley, Cs 6d to 7s; oats, 7s to 7a -ii; : 8d to Os do.; flour, superfine, 17s Od do,; .;.. l,t, do.; do. 2nd, 14s 6d do.; do. 3rd, l-'s Od ..: V meal, 15s Od do. ; American iiovu-, 33s Od to Us (J ; brl.; Indian meal, white, 7s -id to 0s OJ per en; yellow, 7s IJd to 0s do.; brim, Os Od to 7s Sd io.; seeu and dust, 2s 6d to 4s Od do. ; potatoes, whit-sMC's. 3d to 2s 6d do.; skerries, 2s 0d to 3s 0d do.; tea, Swede, 9d to Od do.; hay, upland, -Js 4.1 to 4;?i do.; meadow, 0s Od to 0s do.; straw, '2s M to : a i'..; beef, 9d to Od per lb.; mutton, ild toOd do : outsr, firkin, Is 3Jd do.; crock, Is 3d do.; frosi, iti to t'l do. ; eggs, hen, lod to 16d per doz.; duck, OJ to cc; chickens. Is b'd to 2a 0d each; cow hides, Osto us cwt.; calfskins, 0s to 0s each; lard, 0.1 per la.; 45s to 48s Od per cwt.; ducks, 2s 3.1 to 0 01 ea:; hens, 2s Od to 2s Cd each; turkeys, 4s Odto 10s w JJ.1 geese, 5s Od to 7s OJ do. PBESS ASaOCLVCIOH TitEG3ii2. j COES COEN. Dec. lL-Barloy, 7s Si to : black oats, 7s Od to 7s 6dj white do., "s id w -'1 Weather fine. COEK BUTTER, Dec. ll-Ordinary-ist, :"; 2nd, 131s; 3rd, 115a; 4th, -; 5th, BSs: Oth-. 1st, leOs; 2nd, 138s; 3rd, 122s. S70 tirkins in nurse: ENGLISH. LONDON PRODUCE, Dec. lL-Sur-l' flat, and business almost entirely suspender: VJ-a reported lamer where sales are eiTectci. (-'c".c"j -." but little doing. Tea Of 2.300 packages offered, 1,608 sold r.t about late vidoes. r; firm, but not much business doiu?. Itasi s- Cotton Market strong and rather dearer. ' '" steady. Tallow New about 45s Od on the LONDON CORN, Dec. 11.-Quia tr..-ic English and foreign wheat, without char,?' is P' : . Flour steady, but little business doiuj. -:s '"j firm prices. Maize steady, at Iato advance, 'lsc-:-,:". ; being 6d higher than last Monday. I'V-7 . iTw' peas firm, but unaltered. Imports British- 3,432; barley, 3,649; oats, 1,432; maize, 50; fixer,.;.; Foreign Wheat, 14,193; barley, 10,435; oats, -maize, 0,575; flour, 3.443 sacks and V'- (Special telegram) Arrive.', cargoes of wheat ban-.j active. Arrived cargoes of im.ize steady anu ucct Floating cargoes No repo: t. LONDON CATTLE, Due. ll.-The aaaal for the sale of Christmas ctttle was hel.l to -I y. general supply, on the wiiole, was infers:. P'-"; owmjr to the over supply at the dead meat "-' tLe distance of time previous to Chrittxis cr;-nes opened heavily, but in sonu iusuiices hs - -stone was obtained for piime Scots, aadOs 4d nr Devon ; west-country beasts, inferior sorts, s.c forekn a shade better; a lew ii-w Loiidou cows realized good rates. Sheep 1 et-Bvth h.. and foreicra a shade better. Calves in siiort - dear. Pricss Beef, 4s to 6s 4d; mutcoa, s vea!, 5s 6d to 7s Od; pork, 4 s 4d to 5s 2 b -; Beasts, 7,020 ; sheep, 10,800 ; cslrcs, .'-' 0 i Tn.?ljlrliTlCTfrtroT.Tn -Rpiar.. QftO? shiPD. 5.i-'10, .l-;- LONDON PROVISIONS, Dec. lL-BtttW-j descriptions of foreign comman.lbiyher rates. r- -.. . has advanced to 134s to 13-Ss; Normandy, l'-' -'" .. Jersey, 110s to 118s; fine Canadian in mwer&teM- Irish neglected, and prices merely noniina" Good supplies aud trade fairly active, at about prs values. Hams Small Irish scarce and ware - J..j quiet, but prices are well maintained, Caee - -business in American, at full prices. . . LIVEBPOOL CATTLE, Dec. IL-Tnere 1 A ,.t ? Off? J 0 , -.n -jTnirS&t U."1 ' uetwi-s agitLUV. o, j-W, auu OjA-ij ouwy oxen on offer, fed up for the Christmas show., I---Best beasts, 7d to 8d; second, 5id to b4u; ' SidtolOJd. . LIVERPOOL OOTTON.Dec. 11. TherBfeet -f-very strong, at l-16d advance. Sales, i), s"' speculation and export, 5,000. SCOTCH. GLASGOW PIG IRON, Dec. IL-M-.Hm Eusi!ios3 done at 58s 9d, one month fiiil. buyers, 5Ss 7id ; sellers, 5is Od. GLASGOW CORN, Dec. 11. Market very with prices of mot articles tinding in buTersj FAIRS F02 TO-MORROW. Blackwatertown, Joncsborough, Tandrag?, Armagh : Caatlebelliagham, County u.Ji; BELFAST, TUESDAY, D2CEMBEK 12 J pJ muted and rcolisaed every Morning n0,r-,iO i'rinting Establishment, Nos. 55, 57, & B'-'...'i" o'. Stkeet, Beifast, by JAS. ALEX. uddressed. weeic, tnus snowing a conawerawi. lucis-- the latter. There was no foreign stock on c-:ei'Y attendancfl of eoantrybuvers was numerous, r;"

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