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   Week's News (Newspaper) - January 2, 1875, London, Middlesex                                A London Newspaper for English Readers at Home and Abroad. Vol. v.-No. 209.] Saturday, January 2, 1875. Price 2^. rAGK Chief IntAlligettte of the Week... i General Summary............ i Principe Events of 1874 ......... 3 What iPeople are Saying ,'.....� S Political and Social.............V- S Ireland                     ^.....i.... 6 Scotland ............ 7 Court anil Fashion.................. 7 Tfwn-Mt'^;:::...................... 8 Literary,' (l^fileUigenCe ..^.......,______8 '^,icaland,Scholastic.ir ......ir ipwrr^cesi;.......13 ^tip, and Scientific. ^3 PAGE List of/New Books.:................ 14 i Burning of the C(?j;?)a//vV/?r  ...... 14 ' The'Los^ of the La Plata ...... 15 Sporting Intelligence............... 15 Leading Articles................. ... r6 Latest Intelligence........I......... 17 Bankrupts, &c......................... 20 .The Shipton Railway Abcident ..20 ChriStiTids at the Theatres.......;. 2^ Commercial and Monetary ...... 23 Prcidude"Market........... 24 Obituary Notices...........^v... ... 35 Birth?, ^Ijauriages, and Deaths..., 25 Advertisement! ....i................ 28 Chief Intelligence of the Week. , N^WviYj^r's ^ay daiv!i;?d!'w^tli;t^9 temperatvirfi 17 degrees below fceezing point, aft^t a.contJ^u^nce of frost>nd snpw for three jyie^k?. >     / % . Another revbJitttidnflias^t^ei^^ Qu^eh' ha^^ bfeeh^pro^Mc&^a^^       a^pfeoiKM�' XH., and      nbirj^ 4tt# i- i.:dy:y6^''fs-Mi tj:hi^f:Y\:HUMu '^^l hgeiice lias been received of the loss by fire of the Cospafriik, a vessel outward bound with New Zealand emigraiits. Upwards of 470, persons who were on board are believed to have perished.^ Three have been picked up at sea after awful sufferings in a boat. . A colliery explosion on Chrismas eve at Bignall Hall, Staffordshire, caused the loss of twenty-two lives. News has been received of the wreck of the steamer Delfim oh the west coast of South America.. Nineteen lives were lost. St. Ives, Cornwall, has returned Mr. Praed (C.) by 617 votes to 552 for Sir Francis Lycett (L.). . Another important despatch by Prince Bismairck.has been, published. It suggests that the Infallibility (Ip^riia renders an understanding necessary among the great Powers of Europe for action upon the death of the Pope.        � The Emperor William has sent his portrait as: a Ghrist-nias present to King Victor Emmanuel. ' The Right Hon. W. E. Forster, M.P., has been speaking to large, audiences in New York. Manchester has been greatly stirred by the visit of Mr. Moody and Mr. Sankey, two, American Evangelists, who are now at Sheffield.' Advices from Lima show that the insurgent leader, Pierola, was still holding out, and the insurrection had also broken out in the North. Thirty-six theatres are now open in London; the usual throngs have witnessed the special Christmas amusements. It is announced that the Chinese Government have contracted for a small loan of 627,675/. at 8 per cent.-being the first public loan of China. The Bank rate of discount remains 6 per cent.. The Revenue receipts of the year 1874 amount to 76,503,790/., a decrease of 1,206,887/. upon the rieceipts of the previous year. . AmoQ^st the deaths recorded this week are Duke of Montrose; Lady L, Cathcart; Sir G. Cholmley,;.Bart. j Hon. R. G. S.-0'Grady; Lieut-Gen. F. H. Sandys, and M. Ledru RoUin.     *  ilejistcred at the General Post OfficeT as a NewspAper. J General Summary. As we write, the bells are merrily ringing in the; new,ye;ar, Farewell 1874.   Thy last hours have been so doleful jt^t. the bells nrtight well haye: tolled up to, midnight.   Yet;the year has not been throughout one of troubles.   The merry peal^ have only been ; out of; harmony with the last chronicled events.   The *! Happy new year " greetings of 1875 are ndt likely to be better realised than those of the past year have been. , Peace and plenty; not,/a ruffle in international intercourse; a rich harvest; a pleasant summer and fine hard wipter; a year of easy taxation, of Royal visits, of moderate activity in trade,,pf much reli- 1 gious energy, and of contentment; ,am^ THere is;in: truth)nothing distastefuVi^ t^^^ing frorafd^^      * bf^er njew year :to the realities - of the past, looking , at 1he'iy�ir/!asi;a;.w      tthoitigh to summarise the news oiii tfieapast) Veek is fi^r. from bein^ 2, cheerful.t^k.r 0�{jCNi3tm?LS;day.twor^ales: a^ as; any -of th^ir kind, ilponvr^cor^ rgachpfi Lon^cM^,^Ha|^il^^^^ '    twabr ^i^^^^P^shi^ d^si^ of three days later, Day by day the horrors of the railway accident at Shipton and of the mournful tragedy of the Cosjffatrkk have been spread before us. The Shipton accident is unparalleled in railway disasters in the extent of the loss of life, painful interest of the surrounding circumstances, and the unmitigated severity of the disaster. The sea catastrophe was similarly unparalleled. The story of the railway accident, after the coroner has, with noticeable discretion, prosecuted his inquiry for several da;ys, is substantially what.it was when first chronicled.. A heavily-laden express train, with two engines, was conveying on Christmas eve a number of travellers from all classes of society to eager watching frietids. The train, which was from London, reached Reading; and Oxford somewhat late, but all well. At Oxford the engine quitted the train and an extra third-class carriage was picked up and placed in the front. The train left Oxford shortly after noon, and having run some six miles on its journey through the snow, a wheel of the carriage n^rest to the engine breaks. The engine-driver sees that something is wrong and slackens speed, but before he can stop the train, the disabled carriage breaks away at a bridge and plunges with several others down an embankment, and one carriage into the canal. To add to the miseries of the sufferers the accident was at a spot where they were far from help. The deaths of thirtyifour passengers and the severe injury of seventy others was the result. Whether or not there was any culpability in attaching this four-wheeled third-class carriage to the express is not yet established. It has been broadly stated that the carriage in question was an old one placed on a siding for repair, but this is positively denied by the Oxford station-master. Appalling as is this cs^tastrophe, the ship tragedy, was. even more so.  The Cospatrick^X^'^^^Northfleet^ one of.   

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