The formal induction of Professor Blackie into the Greek 'chair in the University of Edinburgh took place on Tuesday.
Professor Ferrier of St. Andrews, Dr. M'Cosh of Belfast, and Mr. M`Dougall of the Free Church College, are reported to be candidates for the chair of Moral Philosophy, vacant by the resignation of Professor Wilson.
At Inverness, last week, Sarah Frazer and James Frazer her son were tried for the murder of William Frazer, the husband of one and father of the other prisoner. lie was an innkeeper at Inver, sixty years of age ; the woman was forty, and the boy seventeen. The deceased died from arsenic. The Woman had bought some as a poison for rata. She had observed to acquaint- ances, complaining of her husband, that one should be a happy woman if she were a widow. The son was on b rl trims with his father in a box were found letters from him to his mother containing these passaggeesa-- "I am sorry to hear that he has behaved so to you ; but I pray to Heaven that 1 will soon have it in ray power to release you from the tyrant, and to repay him for ill his kindness." " t wish the world were rid of Such a monster, of such a perse- cutor of woolen." " Many others have wished my father's death as well as I; and tf You have any spirit, you will not be long in your present condition, eSeing you save every advantage."
The Jury convicted the prisoners, but recommended them to mercy. The Judge, however, held out no hopes, and pronounced the capital sentence.
Seven bung children hate been burnt to death in an upper apartment of a cottage in the village of Renton, near Dumbarton. Two houses were burnt down. When the fire was first discovered by the neighbours, the smoke prevented any one from entering the apartment, and presently the roof fell in. It is supposed that the children were early suffocated
the smoke : their bodies were completely charred. The man who rented the room, and two of whose children perished, was absent at work ; and the mother was in gaol for stealing a blanket from the mother of one of the other children.
A forest on the hill of Lochordie, six miles North of Dunkeld, has been ravaged by a-fire, which began on the morning of Tuesday week, and by ten o'clock at night had swept away more than a mile of forest : the reflection of the flames was seen fifty miles off. The inhabitants of the town and neigh- bourhood turned out to endeavour to atop the further spread of the fire. It is supposed to have originated in the burning of some heath.