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DISGRACEFUL SCENE AT A CHURCH.
A further unseemly and disgraceful scene was witnessed at St. Jude's Church, Liverpool, on Sunday.
In the forenoon there was a large congregation, and during the service some young men kept jeering, laughing, and making offensive observations one to another. When the vicar, the Rev. E. J. A. FITZROY, ascended the pulpit and gave out the text, some forty young men got up from their seats and walked out of the church.
The dispute between Mr. FITZROY and the people's warden, Mr. BAILLIE still continues. Mr. FITZROY states that Mr. BAILLIE will not collect the offertory in the proper and authorised manner. This, however, Mr. BAILLIE disputes; and yesterday made a collection, using a plate for the purpose. When at the altar rails he offered the money so collected to Mr. FITZROY, and the latter declined to receive it. At the close of the service a large and noisy crowd assembled outside the church, and a body of police had to clear the street.
The evening service passed off more quietly. There was again a large congregation, but beyond one of the members hissing twice while the creed was being intoned there was no interruption. Mr. FITZROY waited for half an hour after the service, and then drove away in a cab amidst the jeers and hissing of the crowd.
MURDER OF A MOTHER AND
FOUR CHILDREN IN BERLIN.
All Berlin (the Standard's correspondent says) has been horrified by the news of a quintuple murder. A mother and her four children of tender age were on Saturday evening all discovered lying dead in their dwelling, death having been caused by strangulation or hanging.
The husband and father, a porter named CONRAD, who had deserted his family for six months past, has been arrested on suspicion of having committed the crime.
DISASTROUS EXPLOSION IN RUSSIA.
A shocking disaster is reported from the city of Grodno, in Russia. A barrel of gunpowder concealed by a tradesman in the cellar underneath an elementary school accidentally exploded while the children and teachers were all in school.
The explosion was of tremendous violence, reducing the building to a heap of ruins, and burying the inmates in the debris. The windows and the doors of a church and other buildings in the neighbourhood were completely shattered. Nearly all the school children, most of whom were Jews, were killed, and within an hour of the catastrophe a heap of bodies had been extricated from the ruins.
DEATHS BY DROWNING.
On Saturday evening a man unknown was drowned while bathing from a machine at Clevedon. A pawn ticket, with the name of WILKES, Nelson Street, Birmingham, was found in a pocket.
The body of Captain WHETTON, of the Grimsby Steamer Scarborough, has been found floating in the harbour, near his vessel. His death remains a mystery.
James EASTON, a young man, residing at Victoria-cresent, Glasgow, was drowned while boating at Lochinvar, Rosshire, on Saturday.
A lad named HARPER slipped into a pond at Ipswich on Saturday, and was drowned and the same morning the body of Sergeant COLE of the militia was found dead in the river near that town.
On Sunday a man named PALMER, while bathing at Littlehampton, was lifted off his feet and drowned, at a spot where the water was only four feet deep. Two men were close by at the time, but it is stated they were too much alarmed to render any assistance to the deceased.
A succession of thunderstorms has passed over Malvern and the surrounding districts in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
Shortly after midnight on Saturday a heavy storm came, which gradually increased in intensity, until from two to three on Sunday morning the whole western Heavens were literally ablaze with brilliant continuous lightening. There was comparatively little thunder or rain.
Violent thunderstorms attended by fatal consequences, prevailed in various parts of the country on Saturday. William JACKMAN, a ytoung farmer, near Tavisstock, Devon, was killed by lightening while hay-making.
Two labourers working on the Princetown Railway, near Horrabridge, Devon were instantly killed by the falling of a quantity of rubble upon them.
At Portsmouth, during the storm that prevailed on Saturday night, a thunderbolt fell upon a brewery, smashing the chimney stack and roofs and an adjoining house. The lightening was intensely vivid, and hundreds of persons flocked to Southsea to see it playing over the Solent.
A violent thunderstorm passed over Aberdeen on Saturday evening. Heavy rains fell, doing serious damage to the standing crops in Aberdeenshire, and several animals have been reported to have been killed in the fields.
A CONSTABLE SHOT AT PARSONSTOWN.
A terrible murder was perpetrated in the streets of Parsonstown on Saturday. Sub-constable Edward BROWN, of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and another constable, were on patrol duty, and shortly after eight o'clock they left the public house of Kieran EGAN in Townsend-street. A man standing in an opposite doorway fired four shots, one of which took effect, entering BROWN's back and passing through his right lung. His comrade stooped to pick him up and the murderer ran back into the public house, which was crowded. He escaped by a yard which opens into a side street, and from this all traces of him were lost. The street at the time was filled with people. EGAN's son states that he saw the assassin in the yard, but no attempt was made to secure him.
Constable BROWN was assisted into an adjoining house, but at midnight he died.
Two arrests have been made, but they are not deemed of much importance. A revolver was found in EGAN's yard. BROWN was a native of Donegal, and had been stationed only two months at Parsonstown.
FATAL LIFT ACCIDENT.
A boy named WILCOX, aged 16, employed at Messrs. SPOTTISWOODE's printers, was looking down the aperture of the hydraulic lift on Saturday, when his head became jammed between a cross beam and the side of the lift, and before he could be extricated he was decapitated, and his body fell to the ground.
Two assistant engineers, named SIBLEY and BIGNELL, sustained severe injuries to their heads at the same time by the dropping of a chain attached to the lift.
THE DOUBLE SUICIDE IN THE SERPENTINE.
The inquest upon the body of two lovers, Herbert DICKENSON and Matilda MAY, who were found drowned in the Serpentine on Wednesday week, was held on Monday. Nothing fresh was elicited at the inquest.
It will be remembered that the bodies were discovered by a boatman, tied together at the neck with a braid and at the waist with a thick string. The mother of the girl previously received a letter in which she wrote:
"We shall be found dead together. Nothing but that shall part us. I am not out of my mind; nothing in this world can make me happy, and I don't see anything worth living for."
A few days before the bodies were found a letter was found placed under her parents door, in which she said:
"My dear Mother, do not grieve for me and my poor Herbert. Don't blame him; he is not to blame."
After the summing up of the coroner, two relatives of the deceased man stated that there was insanity in his family, and that his mother's brother had committed suicide. The jury found that both deceased committed suicide while in a state of unsound mind.
ESCAPE AND CAPTURE OF CONVICTS.
Two convicts named James FOWLER, under sentence of five years, and James CAMPBELL, sentenced to eight years' penal servitude, were at work at the Portsmouth Dockyard extension works on Monday afternoon, when they managed to put on canvas suits, which they secreted near the works, and walked out of one of the gates.
When the warder ordered the gang to leave off work he found that the two men were missing. The police were placed on their track, and the singular dress and cropped hair of the men led to their detection, and subsequent reconveyance to prison.
FATAL BATHING ACCIDENT.
Two pupil teachers, named ARNOTT and CARR, were drowned at York on Monday morning. It appears that the deceased and another pupil teacher named POLKINGHORNE were bathing in the River Ouse, when one got beyond his depth and clung to another, who, in his turn clung to the third. All, therefore, got out of their depth, and, after a fearful struggle , POLKINGHORNE got away, and subsequently succeeded in recovering the bodies of the other two, who were drowned.
A SCHOONER RUNDOWN.
The schooner, Agnes, from Barrow, with gavel, while at anchor on Saturday night between Crosby and Formby Lightships, was run into by the Spanish Steamer Vera Cruz, from Liverpool to Havannah, and sunk immediately. The master, his two sons and mate were drowned.
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HEAVY MORTALITY AMONGST RABBITS
At present many hundreds of rabbits are dying in Dumfrieshire. Owing to the very open winter and spring rabbits increased in unprecedented numbers, and have been swarming over the arable land. Nothing unusual was observed except that their ordinary feeding grounds were in bad condition, and in great measure abandoned, until the recent continued wet weather.
During the latter part of the rainy days and since the rabbits have been dying, as some gamekeepers put it "in hundreds" the cause of death being enlarged livers. Numbers die in ordinary seasons from this cause, but this year it seems to have assumed the form of an epidemic.
SUPPOSED ATTEMPT TO BLOW
UP A PUBLIC OFFICES.
The police of the X Division, under the direction of Chief Detective Inspector MORGAN, are stated to be engaged in making inquiries respecting an alleged attempt to blow up Ealing Local Board Offices.
On Thursday evening as a man was passing the offices he noticed a tin case lying on the steps near the doorway, and seeing that something in it was burning, he inspected it, and found that a cotton fuse was burning. He put out the light, and the box was given into the hands of the police. On being examined it was found to be a tin case bound tightly round with a cord, the top being sealed with red wax. It contained a coil of spring wire and some explosives, and a cotton fuse was hanging out of the case.
STABBING AT BIRMINGHAM.
A painter named SPRAGG was on Monday charged at Birmingham with attempting to murder his mother-in-law, Ann SMITH, on Saturday. The prosecutrix interfered in some disturbance between her daughter and the prisoner, when he immediately, it is alleged, picked up a table knife and stabbed her in the head, inflicting three dangerous wounds on the forehead and cheeks. The woman is in a critical state and the prisoner was remanded.
ATTEMPTED MURDER BY A SOLDIER
At Birmingham on Monday Thomas DOWNES, a sergeant in the 38th Regiment, at present stationed at Lichfield, but under orders to sail this week for Egypt, was charged with maliciously wounding George BRUCE, a brass founder, on the 23rd of July.
The prisoner met the prosecutor in a public house, and told him he meant to give him something before going to Egypt for sending to prison a comrade who had fractured BRUCE's skull. Later on the prosecutor was enticed into a neighbouring house, the door was locked, and he was murderously attacked by the prisoner with a hatchet. He would have been killed had not a crowd broken the windows, and entering the house, rescued the prosecutor, who was streaming with blood.
The prisoner was committed for trial.
THE PHOENIX PARK MURDERS.
A Jamaica telegram announces that WESTGATE, who confessed to have been one of the assassins of Lord F. CAVENDISH and Mr. BOURKE, has arrived there, en route for England, and that the evidence connecting him with this crime was strong.
AN ATTEMPT TO WRECK A TRAIN.
An attempt was made on Saturday to throw the Deeside train that leaves Aberdeen at three o'clock off the rails at a place known as Cairneithie Cutting. Two railway chairs were laid upon the rails, but not being fastened the clearing rods of the engine threw them off.
The grouse shooting on Saturday was generally good, the birds being numerous and very wild. Among the consignments sent from Scotland in the evening were the usual boxes to her Majesty the Queen and the Prince of Wales, and correspondents consider it worthy of mention that several brace of birds were forwarded to Getewayo and the Rev. Mr. SPURGEON. The selling price of the grouse in Aberdeen on Saturday was from 9s to 11s per brace.
VESSEL BURNED AT SEA.
Captain KIDD, of the ss Kenmore, of Dundee, which arrived at Burntisland on Saturday morning from London, reports that at 5 15 p.m. on Friday (Whitby high lights bearing south west, and distant about thirteen miles), he observed a vessel on fire. He steamed alongside quite close, but saw no one on board. The wreckage alongside seemed to show that the vessel was a schooner of from 90 to 120 tons register. Finding he could be of no service, the vessel having burnt almost to the water's edge, he proceeded on his course.
GAS EXPLOSION AT AN OLDHAM THEATRE.
About nine o'clock on Saturday night, when the Theatre Royal, Oldham, was crowded by a large audience to witness the performance of a new drama entitled "May Day" considerable alarm was manifested by a loud report at the back of the stage, and it very speedily transpired that an explosion of gas had occurred.
Under the ladies' dressing room two gasometers or tanks are placed, and about nine o'clock, as two of the actresses were dressing for the third act, and explosion occurred, blowing up some of the flooring, a portion of the debris striking Miss. RIGNALD, the leading actress, on the leg, but the other fortunately escaped without injury.
It was found that Miss. RIGNALD had sustained very serious injuries, and upon arrival of Dr. CORNS that gentleman stated that her leg had been broken, which unfortunately has proved to be the case. She was at once removed home and received medical attention. The cause of the explosion is unknown.
STABBING CASE IN LEEDS.
A disturbance took place in the lodging house in GOULDEN's Buildings, York-street, after midnight on Saturday, in the course of which, it is stated, Michael CLASBY, a labourer, living in the neighbourhood, rushed at one of the lodgers named William SMITH, an omni-bus driver, and stabbed him in the lower part of the body with a pocket knife. SMITH was conveyed to the Town Hall, where he was seen by Mr. HOLLINGSWORTH, police-surgeon, and afterwards taken to the infirmary. His injuries do not seem to be of a dangerous character. CLASBY was apprehended.
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Mr. WILLETT, a civil engineer and, the secretary to the ironworks belonging to Messrs. HICK, HARGREAVESm, and Company, BOLTON has committed suicied while labouring under mental depression, by blowing out his brains.
At the Arbour-square Police-station, STEPNEY, about five o'clock on Monday morning, a man named Frederick RICKETT, who had only just been arrested on a charge of embezzlement, while waiting in the station for the charge to be entered, suddenly drew from his coat pocket a five chambered revolver and shot himself through the head. He fell to the ground and when picked up was dead.
The trial of Francis HYNES for having murdered John DOLOUGHTY at Knockanane, about three miles from Ennis, county Clare, on the afternoon of Sunday, the 9th of July was concluded on Saturday.
The McDERMOTT, O. C., addressed the jury for the defence, and called witnesses in support of an alibi. The jury, after a half hour's consultation, found the prisoner guilty of murder, and he was sentenced to be hanged on the 11th of September. This is the second conviction under the Crime Prevention Act.
DESTRUCTION OF WOOL BY FIRE.
A great fire occurred at the wool stores of Mr. W. TAUNTON, near Salisbury, on Saturday. The barns with about £12,000 worth of wool stored therein, were destroyed and eight thatched cottages on the farm were also burned, the total loss of property estimated at £15,000. The property was only partially insured. The fire is attributed to a boy playing with matches.
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THE DUNECHT MYSTERY.
The articles to be produced in the case at the instance of the Crown against Charles SOUTAR, the man charged with the theft of the Earl of Crawford's body from the mausoleum at Dunecht House, were conveyed to Aberdeen from Dunecht House on Saturday.
Among the articles taken possession of were the oak coffin, the lead shell, the inner cover, a pickaxe and a spade. They were brought to Aberdeen in a lorry, in charge of several members of the county police, and deposited in the county Police Office. They will be produced at the trial of SOUTAR, which is now believed will take place at the Circuit Court of Justiciary, to be held at Aberdeen on the 5th September next.
OF A CANAL.
On the canal between Driffield and Hull early on Sunday the water was run off by some malicious person for a distance of two miles, and on Sunday and Monday all traffic was stopped, six vessels laden with coal being stranded on the river bed. The act was, it is supposed, perpetrated by poachers for the purpose of netting the trout, which are very abundant in the canal.
DEATH OF A GALLOWAY POET.
Jas. MURRAY, the author of "The Maid of Galloway) a tale of Thrieve and Otterburn, and who was generally known as "the blind poet of Galloway," died at Waterside, on the estate of Mr. W. Montgomery NEILSON of Queenshill, on Saturday. The deceased who was about 80 years of age, was the son of the late Mr. MURRAY, farmer, High Clauchan, Tongland, and lost his sight by an accident when he was five years of age, and later while an inmate of the Edinburgh Blind Institution , was first to learn the blind alphabet (Galt's) in Scotland. In 1849 he produced the poem with which his name has since...
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ACCIDENT FROM A CIAGR LIGHT.
On Saturday afternoon a serious accident, by which the life of a woman is now in danger, occurred under the following circumstances. It appears that a servant named Matilda WARD was passing along Argyle-street, Gray's Inn road, London, when it was noticed by the passers-by her dress was on fire. The fire had been caused by her dress passing over a lighted cigar light which had been thrown down on the pavement. The dress was soon one mass of flames, and being near her residence, she rushed into the house, where they were at once extinguished. The unfortunate woman was removed to the Royal Free Hospital, Gray's Inn Road......(the rest of this article is missing.)