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The National Rifle Association has taken a judicious atop to promote the objects for which -it 'was formed; as' willbe seen by the following letter, signed by Lord Elcho, and addressed to the Lords-Lieutenants of counties- . " 11. Pall Mall East, Aug, 16, 1860. " The Council of the National Ride Association wishifig to see the taste for rifle-shooting widely; diffused' nd thoroughly nationalitekand believing • that nothing would tend mereto this than the establisment of county MO- ' ciationa, venture to hope that you may be induced, as one of our viee-presi- ' dents, to take an active interest in this matter, and promote the establish- ment of such an association in _your country. Local associations of this kind cannot fail to call foithit spirit of rivalry and competition among the • different cOrpS or compel:ilia% each county; and as the best shots from the local meetings would subeeeinetitly have opportunities of competing against each Other at th6 annual prize meeting of the Central National Association, a general feeling of emnlation would be aroused, which would unquestion- ably add to the numbers and insure the permanence of the Volunteer force. These county 'associations should, 'we think; be formed as far as practicable on the model of the National'Association,•adoatingthe same rules and sys- tem ; and, in order to 'encourage their formation and to establish a connec- tion with•them, we are prepared to render them all the assistance in our *lat er,- by. the loan of targets, mantelets, &ei, should these be required; and we have further resolved to give -to each properly constituted county asso- ciation a bronze medal to be competed for at the anneal local meeting held under its anspieea. The Council, however, being anxious to discourage as -far as possible the unnecessary niultiplieation • of prize medals, hope that these National Association bronze medals will supersede all local medals, and that they will be considered the highest honour open to the competitors at the prika meetings of the county associations. To these bronze medals we would' gladly add a sum of money if the state of our exchequer admitted of it, but, in the meantime, this might be done from local funds if thought desirable. -Oretherother hand, the county associations might assist in Sup- -porting the 'National AsSociation by establishing prizes bearing the county name, to be shot for by- all comers at our annual prize-meetings, a prece- dent for this being already formed by the prizegiven by the ladies of Northampton at the recent Wimbledon meeting. Such, then, is a rough outline of the system which the council are anxious to see established, and for which we claim your favourable consideration, in the belief that what ' has been found to work so successfully in Switzerland, and to contribute so much, to the strength and security of that country,- will not be found ill- . adapted to our own land."

" The evening befere last," says the Milan Perseveranra of the 13th instant, " the band of the National Guard of Genoa had the happy thought of serenading the daughter of Garibaldi, for the purpose More particularly of solemnizing her father's triumphal entrance into Naple6. There was a large concourse of people. The charming girl, deeply moved by such an affectionate demonstration, wrote with great haste ' her own-hand, hand. the following words, throwing them from the balcony -among the applauding people- "' Brethren—I thank:you, for the manifestation you make to, those brave men who fight for unitedItaly. Long live Italy ! Long live those brave men! Long live the Re Galaptuomo !' ".- Lord John arrived in town on Wednesday night, from Abergeldie Castle, N.B. As Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, he will accompany the Queen and Prince Consort from town today, when her Majesty leaves ' for Germany. The' Queen has appointed the following.gentlemen to the undermentioned ohairs, lately established in the University of Aberdeen :—Midwifery, Dr. Layce; botany, Dr. Dickie; materia medics; Dr. Harvey ;'biblical criti- cism, Reverend W. Milligan; institutes of medicine, Dr. Ogilvie ; and logic, Mr. Alexander Bain.

Earl Fortescue, Lord-Lieutenant of Devon' has given 10001. to endow a chaplaincy to the Devon County School, WestBuokland. Milosch, Prince of Send% has, according to the Vienna journals, quitted this life. Thu* closes a long, romantic, and troubled career, The. Duchessof Alba, eister, to the Empress of the French, agentle and kindly woman, died at Paris on Sunday, in her thirty-fourth_ year. Mr. Joseph Locke, Member for Honiton, well known for his talents as an engineer, died at Moffitt on Tuesday. He was President;of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Sir George Simpson, Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company's territory, died at Lachine on the 7th of September, after a short illness.

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The late Mr. James Wilson, says the $ooteman, has:-left two sisters in Aberdeen,:one the wife of Mr. Anthony Cruickshank, clothier, the Other the wife of Mr. John Cruickshank, farmer, Kinmuick, two brothers, members of the Society of Friends, and highly esteemed by the community. The liady of Mr. James Wilson was buried on the 12th, of August. The funeral cortege which assembled to pay this last tribute ofrespect seemed to comprise alined the entire male. European population, and many of the na- tives of rank and -influence in Cadent-M. The son-in-law of. the deceased gentleman was the chief mourner, supported by Dr. Macrae, who bad been hhrraa Priacipal medical attendant; then 'followed his Excellency the Viceroy, the Commander-in-chief, the Lieutenant-Governor, the judges, and the other members of the Executive and Legislative Council, and a long pro, eeision, in which the military, the Jaw, the merchants, bankers, and com- mercial classes, all bore witness in their grave demeanour, to the general esteem in which Mr. Wilson had been held, and the universal sense of the importance of the loss sustained in his deatin• A body of the eitaiwaieniste to South•Italy have left England on their in- teresting journey. They filled a fine vessel, named in honour ofGaribaldi's chief Sicilian victory. Their appearance was highly satisfactory. In railway language, they eonsiotal oe seeded avid first class passengers.: As they departed, the English, shore resounded -with cheers for Garibaldi such ea have Only beim' beard mit before, when his own presence awakened the echo of his name on the Tyne side in 1854. —Daily Hews. - The Anson, 91 gun serew line-of-battle ship, was successfully launched at Woolwich on Saturday, Lady Sydney performing the principal ceremonial in the net of naming: The armament of the vessel will consist of 91 guns, as follows a.-Thirty-four eight-inch 6.5-owt. guns, 9tt. in length; thilty- four 32-pounder 56-ewt. guns, Oft. Gin. in length ; twenty-two 32-pounder 45-cwt. guns, Sit. Gin. in length ; and one 68-pounder 20-cwt. pivot gun.

The contest for_ 2001. a side between Bob Brettle, of Birmingham, and e Jem Mace, of Norwich, cam off on Wednesday. The belligerents engaged a special train on the Great Western Railway, which left the station ut a quarter to six. The ring was formed near Wallingford Road. Six rounds were fought, occupying twelve minutes, in which Mace had the best of the contest, when the police interfered, and the referee ordered the tnen.to meet again on Thursday.