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Mr. Pigott, one of the Members for Reading, has accepted the post of Governor of the Isle of Man, and has consequently ceased to be Member for Reading. The appointment was unsolicited, and failing health and other circumstances induced Mr. Pigott to accept it. He attended a meeting of his late constituents at Reading on Monday. Resolutions were passed regretting the termination of a connexion of fourteen years, satisfactory on both sides, and expressing the confidence of the Liberals in Mr. sergeant Pigott, brother of the late Member, and a candidate for the seat he has vacated.

A vacancy in the representation of Dartmouth has been caused by the death of Mr. Dunn, Member for that town. He died on his passage down the Red Sea, while on his way to Australia. Formerly a Member of the Legislative Council of Tasmania, a merchant arid shipowner in London, Mr. Dunn was elected for Dartmouth, in 1859, as a supporter of Lord Derby's Government.

Mr. Digby Seymour, Member for Southampton, visited his oon_t stituents on Tuesday, and made a speech in the midst of great uproar and much fighting. One part only concerns the general public. It is Mr. Seymour's version of the story that he and others had been seduced by Derby promises to support the Derby Government-

" A gentleman in the meeting charged him with breaking a promise that he would not give a factious vote against the Derby Government. In answer to this Mr. Seymour stated that a Member of Parliament called upon him, stating that he was in communication with Lord Derby's Government,. and produced a document containing certain promises of that Government, one of which was the reduction of the borough franchise to a 61. rental, and asked him to agree not to try to upset that Government, assuring him that the Derby Government were prepared to carry out the terms of the docu- ment. Written promises had been obtained from Mr. Roebuck, Member for Sheffield, Mr. Miller, Member for Leith, Mr. Schneider, late Member for Norwich, and an honourable baronet, another Member of the House, whose name was not heard. When Mr. Seymour, spoke in the House against turning out Lord Derby, unless a liberal reform measure could be obtained from the Whigs, he did it under the conviction of the authenticity of the document in question. But he was informed afterwards that it was repu- diated on the part of the Derby Government, and believing that the latter had committed a breach of faith by so doing, and having received an as- surance from Lord John Russell that his lordship was in favour of a 6/. rental franchise, Mr. Seymour voted against Lord Derby."

Lord Wodehouse, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, made a speech of considerable interest at the annual dinner of the North Wal- sham Agricultural Society on Wednesday. Among others things, he said- " ventured some time since to say in this room that I thought it was very desirable that we should be close friends with our powerful neighbours in France, but that it was not for the interests of this country that there should be an exclusive alliance with France. I have always thought that the true policy of this country was not to have such exclusive alliances, and I am confident that such a policy when adopted by the Government has been approved by the people. You may have an alliance of an exclusive kind, such as we had with the French Government and the French people for a particular purpose—the Crimean war. That was a perfectly iutelligible al- liance, and it was natural that it should be exclusive; but when the war ended we returned to the old state of things. We wish our relations to be as good as possible with France, that in every matter in which we can unite in common we should unite in common ; but at the same time it is right that we should have friendships and alliances with all the other nations of Europe and the world. I am not one of those who feel great alarm at the present situation of Europe. I think, looking at what is past, and the great dangers through which we have gone, that although we cannot venture to foretel what may take place, we may have good hope that peace and tran- quillity may be maintained. I say so because I think that the great Go- vernments of Europe—and I hope I may also say, her Majesty's Govern- ment, speaking, of course, in no party sense—have shown great prudence, and a great desire to prevent the flames which are now raging in Italy from extending to the rest of Europe."

The twenty-seventh anniversary dinner of the Royal South Bucking- hamshire Agricultural Association, held at Salthill on Wednesday, again brought out Mr. Disraeli in the character of a country gentleman with agricultural tastes. For the most part, his speech dealt with local topics, but, as usual, the orator contrived to give them a wider application. His praise of Bucks is nothing new, but, as a report on the county and as a specimen of Mr. Disraeli in this vein, part of his oration may be quoted-

" Layman, as it were, in such matters though I am, I cannot shut my eves to what is passing around us. I cannot help arriving at general con- clusions, and my general conclusion is that the agriculture in this county, and especially in South Bucks, has, during the last quarter of a century, made very considerable progress. We can show, in the extreme South, fields treated in a very masterly manner, and which have gained, even from great critics not interested in this locality, the tribute of the highest admiration. I believe such crops are gathered in this district as could only he gathered by considerable capital and great vigilance, industry, and skill. We may appeal to these facts with pride. With regard to our hill farms in that other great district of South Bucks where I myself live, I can speak with some confi- dence. I say it is impossible for the stranger who comes into our county for the first time, and goes through the Chiltern farms to gather even a faint impression of their rapid progress. You find excellent crops, and not only flocks, but numerous flocks, where they were not long ago unknown. You also see a greater number of new cottages for the working classes, which, I believe, can hardly be equalled in any other part of England, and in a portion of the country where the hovel was once the normal residence of the poor, a thatched cottage is now the exception instead of being the rule. Then, I say, South Bucks has no reason to fear any competition, and it may take a very proud place in that agricultural race which, I believe, will every year become more rapid, as every year the position of the active cultivator of the soil will become more important. The English farmer has a great future, and I for one wish to see him equal to it. I have full confidence that he will be so, but the question is one the importance of which cannot be exag- gerated. It may be said that it is impossible to have a variety of local agri- cultural associations throughout the county, together with those exhibi- tions of skill and production to which I have adverted. I confess there is a good deal in that objection. As far as the locality is concerned, nothing can be more complete in their operation than these societies with respect to the elevation of the condition of the labourer. No central association can do that ; it requires local knowledge and local feeling. Therefore, I think you can't have too many local societies with the distinct and avowed object of the South Bucks Association. But you have to consider whether you could not combine with them some means by which all these local societies should hold communication with a central body, by which on at least one day in the year the whole of the enterprise and skill of this county could be brought together, so that we may know what is the general progress of Buckinghamshire, whether we are up to the mark, whether there is that readiness either to adopt new inventions for the improvement of the soil or to create those inventions ourselves, which is highly desirable, and whether all those various divisions of labour for which this county is eminent, cannot produce those specimens and make that show which may at once maintain its reputation, and stimulate its skill and enterprise to new developraents. I do not see why some federal constitution,—if I may use the phrase,—may not be devised for these so- cieties, by which the dairyman of the extreme North, the grazier of our rich vale, our stock farmer in the hills, and those who produce the mild- liable crops in the fields about us, may not meet together, compare notes, implements, machinery, and stock, thereby becoming acquainted with each other's different degrees of industry and skill. By souse such means, a more general sympathy might be engendered in respect to the great occupation of all of us than I candidly believe now exists. Gentlemen, it is a great mistake to suppose that the importance of a community depends upon the ,extent of its population ; otherwise, what would England be- in comparison ykwith the empire-of China ? There are counties in England much more ex- tensive and more populous than this, but fewer to which she is so much in- debted on many accounts. Nobody in this room can forget that the British constitution was devised in the Chiltern hills. I would have you not only uphold but increase that reputation. The career now open to a great agri- .cultural county is no mean one. To feed every year, and to feed better, a great and thriving community like ours, which takes the lead in human affairs, and is steadily rising higher and higher in the opinion not only of Europe but of the New World, is a very great office, and it will demand the utmost exertion of your intelligence and the application of all the resources which an active science is placing at your disposal. And let me impress upon you again that it is not by the amount of its population, but by its intelligence and public spirit, that the importance of a county is to be esti- mated." (Cheers.) The Volunteers of the three Ridings of Yorkshire, mustering 5000 strong, assembled yesterday week on Knavesmire, and were reviewed by Sir George Wetherell in the presence of some 50,000 persons, including the elite of the great county. General Wetherell said that the division - was one of the finest bodies of men that he had ever seen. He had seen few field days where the troops had behaved better. These battalions were composed of men partly from the agricultural and manufacturing -districts. They had laboured under considerable disadvantages, owing to the state of the ground, and they deserved great credit for their effi- ciency. He could not but make a favourable report of what he had seen. Ho hoped they would be encouraged, and he would have pleasure in meeting them again.

In the evening, there was a grand dinner in the Guildhall, at which the Archbishop and others were present and took part. Earl de Grey and Ripon spoke very emphatically on the necessity of making the move ment permanent- " I believe its effect has been a valuable—a most valuable—a most impor- tant guarantee to the peace of the world. It is, therefore, all the more ne- cessary- that it should be lasting, in order that it not be said by the other nations of Europe, ' Oh, yes, it is all very fine, under excitement, to raise

• this great army of 150,000 men, but when that excitement has passed over, it will melt away like snow before the sun.' Remember ! our great object now is to give permanence to the thing. Further, let me say, that that permanence depends more than upon anything else upon the one simple matter of economy, for if the movement is to be unnecessarily expensive it cannot be permanent. The Government has done much to forward, so far as it could, this great movement, but it is the very essence of this movement that it should be voluntary—that it should not be expensive to the country and the people at large. If it were, it would change its nature. It would no longer have those claims upon our admiration and respect which it now commands, and therefore., whether Government is able to do more than what it has done or not, it still, in the main, rests, in a financial respect, upon the Volunteers themselves. (Loud cheers.) The first thing, then, we must look to—and we, in Yorkshire, generally understand questions of finance—is to see that the funds of the cause are husbanded, that not a shilling is spent without necessity. As in this year, so in future years, large demands will be made upon the Volunteers. Gentlemen, I trust you will excuse "me for having touched upon this portion of the question—because, however, proud we may be of the sight we have witnessed today, and those other sights which have been witnessed in other parts of the country, from that great and glorious spectacle which was witnessed in Hyde Park—the first of this series of reviews—every true-hearted Englishman must feel that of necessity this Volunteer force must be made a permanent addi- tion to the military strength of this great country."

There has been a 'splendid rifle match at Southport for handsome prizes. The shooting duringthe five days exceeded the average at Wim- bledon. The Manchestei• Guardian says- " Indeed, we are assured that the scores made exceeded anything done at Wimbledon; and we heard many expressions of regret on Southport Sands that Mr. Ross, jun., was not present to maintain, if he could, the honours which be won at the national gathering. We are told that Mr. Ross, at the three ranges of 800, 000, and 1000 yards, scored 24, with 10 shots at each range, or 30 in the whole ; but on Saturday, at the same ranges, with 15 shots, Captain Ick, who is rifle instructor to the 2d Cheshire Militia, and Mr. I. Leece, of Manchester, each scored 15; and in shooting off the tie they produced some real excitement by each getting an outer three times in suc- cession, Captain Ick missing the target the fourth time, while Mr. Leece got an outer, and thus won the Southport cup. Captain Ick had previously made 16, under the some circumstances, for a prize of 601. •, while Mr. Mar- riott, 4th West York Volunteers, made 15, and Mr. Leese 13, all these scores being above Mr. Ross's average."

The following communication was published in the Carmarthen Jour- nal of the 7th of September- " As I firmly believe the principles of our Church which I have embraced to be in strict accordance with the Word of God, I therefore take great in- terest iu the church situated in the parish of Llanddeinol,. and feel it a duty incumbent upon me to do all I can for its success. Having been placed by Divine Providence here as a landowner, I feel the responsibility of mysitua- tion, and have come to the conclusion of making that use of the property intrusted to my care which I deem consistennwith the religion of our blessed Saviour, by conscientiously choosing those persons to be my tenants who can and will support our Church from principle and conscience. Deeply impressed with these considerations, I feel myself morally bound to set be- fore you two alternatives, and you are at liberty to choose for yourself, namely, either to attend our Church services with your family, and thus to support its principles, or otherwise, it your consciences will not allow you to comply with my request, you must quit the farm which you.hold of me; because my conscience also forbids me to allow you to make use of the ad- vantages which you derive from your connexion with my property as a tenant to the support of those principles which are at variance and hostile to those of your landlady. Far be it from me to make the attempt of forcing or compelling any of my tenants to become Church people, and far be it from them also to be so inconsistent with themselves as to expect they shall continue to be my tenants unless they are church-going persons, because, by so acting, I should consider myself doing nothing else than patronizing and encouraging what is quite contrary to my own views. I trust, also, that, as far as religion is concerned, you will be generous enough to allow me that liberty of conscience in the use of what I can claim to be my own which you yourself take in the use of the same, and thus we shall be mutu- ally progressing towards keeping that golden rule of justice—' Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do you even so to them.' I have thus thought it proper so far to explain myself, that you may know the nature of the ground upon which it is my intention to proceed, and may see the fairness of the course of conduct which I mean to adopt. " MARY Momez, Carrog."

The Road murder has again become the subjeet of magisterial investiga- tion. The form of the charge is the examination of Elizabeth Gough, the late nurserymaid in Mr. Kent's family. On Monday, the Magistrates as- sembled at Trowbridge ; Sir John Awdry, the chairman of the Wilts see- dons, presiding. The evidence presented was that collected by Mr. Slack of Bath, under the instructions of the Magistrates ; the Attorney-General is the prosecutor. But the evidence adds little to the information already possessed by the public ; the only peculiarity about it being its presenta- tion so as to ground the charge against the nurse. The little murdered boy slept with the nurse and another child of two years old, in a room on the ground floor ; a passage divided the bedroom of Mr. and Mrs Kent, which was on the same floor. Before the little boy went to bed,

an aperient pill was administered to him, which, the doctor said, would operate in six hours ; end, by aid of this fact, the prosecution was able to

fix nearly the very hour of the murder at one or two in the morning, be- cause the body, when found, disclosed that the pill had not operated. Mr. Kent himself saw to the faatenings of the house, his usual custom at night. The drawing-room had three windows looking out upon the lawn, secured

by shutters, fastened by a bar and an ordinary hasp. During the night, Mr. and Mrs. Kent heard nothing to excite suspicion, butin the morning the

nurse came to Mrs. Kent's room, tapped, and asked if Saville was there.

Receiving a reply in the negative, she told her mistress he was not in his cot ; a search ensued, fruitlessly, so far as the house was concerned, but success-

fully outside, as the body of the boy was found in a cesspool. His throat was so cut as almost to sever the head from the body, by cutting from left to right, and a stab four, or five inches in depth was also found, apparently inflicted after death. The drawing-room window and door were found to have been opened, but without any violence, and only to the extent of six inches, which negatived the suggestion that any person had gone out with the body alive or dead. The suggestion by the proseoution was,

that the prisoner was at least one of the persons, if there were two, by whom the murder was committed. But the only fact

proved against her was the finding of a piece of flannel under- neath the body of the boy which was found to correspond with the texture of a flannel petticoat worn by her. The inquiry was continued on Mon- day, Tuesday and Wednesday, by the examination of a long list of wit- nesses. On 'finunday, Mr. Ribton addressed the magistrates on behalf of the prisoner.

Mr. Kent in his evidence says—" I believe I was the last person down stairs on the night of the murder. It was my invariable custom to go round

the house to see that all the doors and windows were fastened. Upon this occasion, I examined all the windows and doors, and found them fastened. There are three windows in the drawing-room, with heavy sash-windows, and shutters fastened by a broad bar running across. The shutters fol.& into a box in two or three leaves, and the windows themselves are fastened by a catch in the centre. I went into the drawing-room about half-past eleven at night, and found all the shutters properly secured. On leaving

the room, I locked and bolted the door, but left the key in it. I then went up stairs to bed, and soon fell asleep. I did not wake during the night, but

slept very heavily. I awoke about a quarter past seven. Mrs. Kent came into my bedroom after me, and remained with me all night; when I awoke, it was in consequence of the nurse knocking at the door. I learnt from her

that the deceased was missing, and I got up, and ultimately proceeded to

Trowbridge in search of the police, Before I returned, I saw Mr. Peacock, who said, ' I am sorry to tell you that there is very bad news ; the little boy has been found murdered' When I got home, I went round the house,

in the endeavour to ascertain whether the premise? had been entered

On the Saturday night, I had two policemen in the house, who had been sent there by Mr. Foley, the superintendent of the Trowbridge police. They arrived at about eleven o'clock at night, and were not let into the house until I had heard that all the inmates had gone up stairs. . . . I took the police

into the kitchen. One left at half-past two, and I let the other out at five in the morning. I was principally in the library, but I went out of the house on several occasions."

Being asked by the prosecution why he went out, Mr. Ribton objected to the question unless it was put for the purpose of inculpating Mr. Kent him- self. The Bench ruled the question to be admissible, and the examination continued—" I went out for the purpose of seeing if the lights were out. The officers were at the time in the kitchen, and had the Means of leaving it if they chose. One door was bolted, but they could have got out by a door in the corner, which leads into the backyard, which was bolted on the in- side. I am not sure whether I locked the passage door. If I did not, they could have got into it by a third door, which was bolted on the inside.

About half-past two, I went to the kitchen, and was told by the-policeman that he had knocked. I believe I told them I intended to bolt them in.

They heard me do so, because the bolt snakes considerable noise. After bolting them in, I went into the library. They remained in the kitchen from eleven o'clock until half-past two. I did not go to ie.:. but remained in the library. I do not know what the police were doing .n the kitchen.

I gave them bread and cheese and beer. I believe all the inmates of the house were in bed except myself. When I went outside, I did not see any

person. At half-past two, one of the policemen went away, and the other remained in the kitchen until five o'clock. I remained in the library all the time, but previously to going there I bolted the kitchen door again. I

did not tell him that I was going to bolt it, and whether he knew that I had bolted it or not I cannot say I made inquiries of the servants, with the exception of the nursemaid; Mrs. Kent spoke to her herself, and I be- lieve she told how the things were left. I have never asked any questions of her. She remained a month in my service after the murder." Mr. Ribton—" Did you never think it right to interrogate the girl your- self ? "

Witness—" I may have asked a few questions, and I believe I did. She told me how the bed was left. I cannot positively swear that I questioned the girl. I communicated with Mr. Rodway, the attorney, on the Satur- day, and asked him to watch the evidence at the inquest on my behalf. A report was made that my son William had committed the murder, and I con- sidered it necessary to instruct a solicitor." Mrs. Kent confirms her husband's testimony as to the closing and fasten- ing of the house : her narrative of the loss of the child is interesting. "I was very restless, and lay awake for some time. I also woke frequently during the night. I did not hear the children cry in the nursery during the night. Early in the morning, when it was quite daylight, I heard a noise

which sounded as if the drawing-room shutters were being opened. I did not call my husband's attention to it, as he was asleep. I cannot say that I was alarmed. I heard the noise, and concluded that it might have been the

servants. I did not hear the dog bark in the course of the night. It was accustomed to bark at strangers. I rose at a quarter past seven, and had not heard any knocking at the door previously. I think I should have heard any ordinary knocking at the door. While I was dressing, the nurse came to the door and knocked. I answered, and she asked if either of the chil- dren were awake ? I answered, What ! neither of them awake, nurse ? ' I was astonished at her asking for two. She said, as well as I can remem- ber, 'Master Saville, is he not with you ?' I replied 'Certainly not' She said, I He is not in the nursery, then, ma'am.' then went into the

nursery, and I believe I asked her if she had left the chair against his crib, and she said she had not. I sent her to the child's sister to look for him. I asked her at what time she had missed him, and she replied at five o'clock. I told her she ought to have come to me at once, and asked her why she did not ? She said she did not come because she thought I had heard him cry, and had fetched him. I replied, 'How dare you say so ? you know I could not do it.' The child was nearly four years of age, and was a very heavy boy. He was brought to me by the nurse on the previous day, who asked me to take him. I then told her she must put him down as I could not carry him. I had never during the time the nurse was in my employment gone into the room and taken the child away. I had given her instructions that at any time if anything occurred with regard to the children to make her uncomfortable she was to come to me. I told her I would sooner be called for a very, trivial cause than not be called at all when I was wanted. When I found that the child was not in the nursery, I went down stairs, and returned and went here, there, and everywhere m search of the child. I think the nurse told me that tho housemaid had found the drawing-room window open. Up to that time, Mr. Kent had not risen from the bed. He got up immediately I told him the window was open, and went to Trowbridge. What occurred did not take place quietly. We were in a state of bewilderment, and were backwards and forwards everywhere. Before my husband left, I was aware that the blanket had been taken with the child. The nurse told me so. I heard after that my poor boy had been found murdered. The nurse dressed my hair that morn- ing, and spoke to me about the matter. I think she told me it was 're- venge,' or. something of the sort, that had occasioned the ,murder. She said, 'Oh, ma'am, its revenge ; ' She told me she was a light sleeper."

Sarah Cox, the housemaid, deposes to closing and fastening the doors and windows, and discovering the drawing-room window open next morning. "The window was open to the extent of about six inches. It was not open wide enough to enable any person to get out. No person could have unfastened the shutters and windows from the outside. At that time, I did not observe any foot-marks ; I did not mention the circumstance to my fellow servant, because I did not know whether some person in the house might not have opened it. I had never found it open before, but I did not know whether some of the young ladies might not have gone into the room and have opened the window after I fastened it. I pointed out to the police the exact position in which I found the window and shutters."

The cross-examination of Sarah Kerslake, the cook, gives some fresh de- tails as to the drawing-rooni and window—"I did not go into the drawing- room at all myself. Cox went into the drawing-room, and I into the back part. It was after the child was missed that I heard her talking about having found the drawing-room window open. It was not long after, but 1 cannot say how long. It must have been a little after six when I saw the drawing-room window open. She did not tell me of it. I heard her telling some one of it. I did not go into the drawing- room that day. I did not have curiosity enough to do it. I have since tried to see if the shutters could be shut by anyone outside, as Cox found them that morning. Cox and I tried. We found that it could be done quite easily. I did not step out of the window. Cox did readily. She went out- side, and while there she put the window and shutters in the state in which they were found without any difficulty. The prisoner was not with us. We did not tell her we had done it. We told the master we had done it. We did so this morning. We never never mentioned it before to any one. Cox asked me to do it ; she suggested it to me. I do not think she mentioned it to any one. We did not mention it before to any one, because we did not think it worth while to do so. Cox gave no reason to me for asking me to make the experiment. She told me that it had been said that it could not be done by any one from the outside. When I gave my evidence before the magistrates, I had not then tried it. Cox was examined before the ma,gis- hates ; I was not present. I was lately examined before Mr. Slack at Air. Kent's house. I did not mention it then, because we had not tried. We only tried it this morning."

An assistant nurse Emily Dorl, speaks to going to the house at seven o'clock, and seeing tie nurse, who did not tell her that the child was miss- ing—" I went about my ordinary employment. I went into the nursery before any alarm was given of the mining child. I went into the nursery several times in the morning, and saw the nurse. She did not say anything to me about the child being gone."

Miss Constance Kent explained, in the course of her evidence, the story of the night-dress—" He was a merry good-tempered lad, fond of romping. I was accustomed to play with him. I had played with him that day. He appeared to be fond of me, and I was fond of him. I slept in a room be- tween that of my two sisters. I went to bed at half-past ten, and went to bed at once. My sister came to my room to see my candle out. I was nearly asleep then, and am quite sure that I next awoke about half-past six. I did not wake up in the course of the night, and consequently heard nothing. I got up at half-past six. I soon after heard of my brother being missing. On the Friday night, I slept in a night-dress. I had had it clean the Sunday or Monday night previous. I was accustomed to wear the same night dress a week, and usually changed it on Sunday or Monday. When I got up on Saturday morning, I pat it on my bed. The cook and the housemaid usually make my bed. On the Saturday night I slept with my sister, Mary Ann. My sister Elizabeth slept with my mamma. My papa staid up, and I slept with my other sister for sake of company. On the Sa- turday night, I slept in the same dress I had worn the night before, and when I got up in the morning I put it in my own room. On the Sunday night, I slept in my own room again. I am not certain whether I put on a clean night-dress that night or on the Monday night. One night-dress went to the wash every week. I put a clean night-dress out to air on the Saturday, as I always do. On Monday morning, the linen was collected for the wash, and it was the housemaid's duty to collect it. In due course, she would have to collect my night-dress. It has been stated that one of my night-dresses was missing; I know nothing of it ; I had three night-dresses." Mrs. Delamore, the wife of a policeman, acting as female searcher, gave evidence upon the only point which seems to call for explanation from the nurse—" I went into the nursery, and I noticed that in opening the door, if I gave the latch a sudden turn, it made a noise. Any one accustomed to the door might open it without noise perhaps, but not a stranger. The latch made a creaking noise, as if it were out of order. I saw the nurse, and told her that she must undress herself, and be examined by me. I said to the nurse, Well, nurse, this is a very shocking thing about the child. Can you give any account of it ? ' She said, ' I got up about five o'clock, and missed the child from the cot.' I said, Why did you lie down again after missing the boy ? ' She said, I thought he was with his mamma, as •

he generally went in there of a morning.' She said, 'This is done through jealousy ; the little boy goes into his mamma's room, and tells everything.' I said, ' No one would murder the child for doing such a thing as that.'

She said I really cannot tell' I then examined the other inmates of the house. I examined the night-dresses of the young ladies ; among the rest that of Miss Constance. I found nothing on it to lead to the discovery of the murder. I then went down into the kitchen. The nurse came in while I was there several times. The night-dress of Miss Constance which I exa- mined appeared to have been worn a week. I did not observe any difference in the amount of wear between hers and the other young ladies'. When.14

said, This is a shocking thing, and the whole house is responsible for it,' she said, 'The little boy was not very well, and he had some medicine given him.' One of the men who came in said, I have been opening the water- closet,' and the nurse said, 'Have you found anything ?' He said, No; ' and she said, Nor will you.' [The nurse here leaned over and spoke to her solicitor ; this she did several times.] On the 19th, the prisoner was brought to my house in a trap, where she was to remain a little time. While there, she said, in answer to me, I think some one must have secreted himself in the house and done it.' I said, I don't think it was : how could they get in ? ' She said, I don't know anything about it ; I cannot say.' I said, The cot being folded down like that, I don't think any one could have taken out the blanket.' She said, 'It was a small blanket, and could be slid out from underneath' I again re- peated that it was impossible for it to have been taken out like that, that it was not to be believed that one person only had done it. She said, don't know, I did not touch the cot, but it was as I found it.' I once asked her what she thought of Miss Constance Kent ? And she said, ' I don't think that Miss Constance could have done it.' I asked her what she thought of Master William doing it with Miss Constance, and she said, ' Oh, Master William is more fit for a girl than a boy.' She also said, ' On the night of the murder, I slept more soundly than at any other time, in consequence of having had more work to do;' she had scrubbed out the nursery. I asked her how it was that she slept so sound that night, and she said, They might have put something to her nose to cause her to sleep more sound that night.' I told her there was great responsibility- on her part on account of the child, and she said, 'I know it.' I asked if she thought Mr. Kent did the murder. She said, ‘No, she could not think for a moment that Mr. Kent did the murder ; he is too fond of his children.' I told her that a

stranger could not open the door, as it made a noise in opening. She said, Persons accustomed to the door could have done it, but it is a stranger must have murdered the child.' Mr. Foley gave me the piece of flannel I

produce, and I saw it at Road House ; it has been washed. I received in-

structions from Mr. Foley to do something with this flannel. I call this a woman's chest-flannel, which has apparently been turned down over the

stays, but it does not seem to have been made for that purpose, but from some other old garment. It seems as if it had been worn out a little under the stays. On Wednesday, the 9th of August, I went to Road Hill House, and

saw the cook and the nurse. The nurse said in the kitchen, and while I

was there, 'Mrs. Delamore, what are you doing here ?' I said, ' The gen- tlemen will tell me what I must do before I leave' Mr. Foley then came into the kitchen, and said, Mrs. Delamore, will you try on this piece of flannel on those two girls and the nurse ?' They and I went up stairs, and I tried it on the cook and housemaid, and it did not fit either of them ; it was too wide in the chest. I came down stairs, and took the nurse to her bedroom and tried it on in the same way. I told her to pull off her things that I might fit on this piece of flannel. She took her stays off and fitted it on. I said, You see, nurse, this flannel exactly fits you, which it would not the other servants.' She said, If it does, it is no reason why I should have done the murder.' I said, Well, it might fit a great many ; it fits me ; but there is no one but you in the house that it does that I have fitted

it on' It did fit her exactly. I went this morning in company, Mr. Wolfe to Road. I went into the nurse's bedroom. Mr. Wolfe was with me. In

consequence of what Mr. Wolfe said to me, I observed a cot and a bed. I got upon the bed and looked across to the cot. Alias Elizabeth Kent brought a child and put it into a cot, and covered it up in the usual way. I have been a nurse all my lifetime. I looked across and saw nothing of the child, brit a small portion of the pillow. There is a partition across which prevents any one seeing into the cot. I saw the blanket with which the child was covered over. It is a yard and a half in length and a yard in width. It would not admit of much tucking in.

Mr. Ribton addressed the magistrates on Thursday for the prisoner, and at the conclusion of his speech the Court adjourned for half an hour. On reassembling, Sir John Cowdry said that the Bench had determined on not committing the prisoner for trial. The decision was hailed with applause. Mr. Kent has been more or less hooted every day by the crowd.

On the 29th ult., Lance-Sergeant Chipp and Lance-Cerperal Coles were sitting playing at draughts at Aldershott camp, when a private soldier, named Johnson, walked up behind Chipp, placed the muzzle of his rifle in the middle of Chipp's back, and fired. The bullet, after going through the body of Chipp, passed into and through that of Coles. Coles died in- stantly; Chipp rose, staggered, and fell dead. Johnson had been sentenced to three days imprisonment, and Chipp and Coles had been witnesses against him. The Coroner's Jury have returned verdicts of Wilful Murder in both cases against Johnson. Thomas Harrison, formerly an Inspector of the Newcastle police, and latterly a messenger's assistant in the Court of Bankruptcy, was murdered on Saturday night. Harrison was "in possession" of a corn mill under a bankruptcy, and lodged with a Mrs. Loekey, who kept a cottage there. Mrs. Lockey's husband returned from Leazingthonie, near MAGI) Auck- land, where he worked. Addressing his wife, Lockey said, "How is thou ? " His manner caused her to fear. Lockey then observed to her, " Thou'll not be long here," and immediately drew a knife out his pocket and struck his wife a blow with it on the chest. The bone in her stays caused the blow, however, to glance off. He struck her again with the same effect ; then lowering his hand, he made a blow at the bowels ; but the knife entered the thigh, inflicting a wound an inch deep, which pene- trated to the bone. The wound, however, is not likely to prove fatal. Harrison observing Lockey stabbing his wife, rose up in bed and remon-

strated with him, begging him not to kill her. Lockey immediately on in-

flicting the last stab in his wife, turned round, and with an oath, plunged the knife into Harrison's left breast. He inflicted a wound six inches in depth, and while the knife was in the wound he turned it in all directions. Harrison fell back dead. When Lockey entered the house and attacked his wife, his two children ran out and alarmed the neighbours. Two farm la- bourers came, and they reached just as Mrs. Lockey was running from it ; she having wrested the knife from her husband. She passed the labourers, followed by her husband, and though he was unarmed they appear to have

made no eftbrt to stop ' He chased her up a hill, but she got among some uncut barley, and he lost her. Lockey then made off. He was found next morning by the police in a pigstye near a wood, where, underneath a holly-tree, he had spent the night.

An inquest was held at Wakefield, on Monday upon the exhumed body of Miss Adamson, who died in August last. Emma Stringer, the deceased's servant, and two of her sisters, are in custody. The old lady was ill on the 14th of August, and on the evening of that day, Mary Bateson, an old woman living near, who occasionally washed for Miss Adamson, gave her a little brandy and water, and toast and water. These had been previously prepared by others. Miss Adamson died during the night. Mr. Nunnelly, a surgeon of great experience, is of opinion that if death took place by poison it must have been administered in small doses. But MissAdamsonwas labouring under disease—gastric fever and diphtheria ; and the point of suspicion against the Stringers is the production of a so- called will, bequeathing property to Emma Stringer, not signed by Miss „Adamson, but attested as signed by her by Mrs. Bateson, who was asked to affix her mark without having the document explained to her.

The Wakefield Magistrates have investigated the case, and have com- mitted the accused for trial.