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SUICIDE OF MADEMOISELLE MAltlli ST.

DENIS.

Wo take the following from tho Evening Slav of Saturday i—

It :s our painful duty to record tho sudden death of this young and riding actress; at half-past nine o'clock tliia mowing; at lior residence at Jolimont. It appears that sho left the dinner table yesterday evening at about seven o'clock; and on retiring to her own room 'ook laudanum. Doctors James and Neild wero sent for as soon as her condition was discovered, hut all their attempts to overcome the effects ot the pois n were ineffectual. The unfor tunato young lady's real name was Alico Maes. She was tho daughter of French and English parents, and came to this colony with her; mother,

and brother about six years ago, and was for Some, time settled at Cluues as a school toucher.,.'She left' Clunes for Geeloug, where she was a governess, and on coming to Melbourne, failing to obtain employ ment, turned her attention to literature, but.without success, She thon turned her attention to the stage, and under the instructions of Mr Hoskins made, her first appearance at tho Haymarket, and after; wards at tho Itoval. Her progress was rapid, and her acting in Juliet to Mr Walter Montgomery's Romeo took playgoers with surprise. It was under stood that she would take an engagement at the Duko of Edinburgh with Mr Roberta, but negotia tions were broken off in consequence of a difference

about terms.

At the inquest which was held on Saturday the following evidence was given :—

Mrs Bellman deposed that tho deceased .lodged with her on several occasions. 8he had been in apparently good spirits for the last week, and was playing and singing all yesterday afternoon. She left the dinner table yesterday evening at seven o'clock, Complaining of headache, and went to her room. Witness went to her room after dinner, and

found her in bed. Deceased asked witness to leave

a light, and said that she wanted to bo quiet. Went back to her room at ten o'clock, and thought she was dreaming, as sho gave a sort of hysterical sob. Witness spoke to deceased, and got no answer. Waited a little longer, when she commenced to breathe heavily. Witness thon tried to wake de ceased, but getting no answer pulled her over on her side. It then struck witness that doceased was in a fit, Sent for Dr Neild and Dr James. Found a letter on her table, upon which was written, "To be opened at my death." This letter was addressed to me. The doctors came at onco, and remained with her until she died this morning at about nine

o'clock.

Dr Neild stated that he was called to visit de

ceased a little after ten o'clock last night, and gave evidence of having used every proper measure in order to save the life of tho deceased, but without effect. He found in her bedroom a throe-ounce bottle, labelled " laudanum," containing about an ounce of the drug. It was probable that deceased had taken two ozs. Deceased hud attempted suicide by taking laudanum three months ago, and witness attended hor on that occasion.. Believed that de ceased died of taking a poisonous dose of laudanum,

Henry Travers, chemist, of Bourke-streot, deposed that he had known deceased for some time* She had been in the habit of dealing with him for drugs for the! last two ,or .three; years.,^On Wednesday last deceased went' to witness and,bought two. ounces of

laudanum. She said : she wanted it, for uterine |

injections ; and as witneS3,knew she was using injec tions containing sedatives, lie ,had; no hesitation in selling her the laudanum. Her manner was thosamo

as usual. Witness did not know that she had ever

attempted to poison herself before.

The verdict of the jury was that " Alice Hyacinthe Jacqueline Marie Maes, otherwise St Denis, poisoned herself with laudanum on the 23rd inst, uiid died on the 24th inst."

Copy of a letter found in hands oi deceased:—' My dear doctor—I have killed myself—taken laudanum— but please do all in your power to prevent an inquest. I have written to my mother telling her bo; also to Mrs Bellman and Mr Barnard, Those are the only people who would bo likoly to suspect anything from such a sudden exit. They will do all they cau to pre vent all inquest (at least I have asked them), and an no one will intorfore with you, I bog if ever you had the smallest fooling of regard for me, that you will givo an undertaker's certificate, saying I died from any; causo you like to mention; but, for God's sake, avoid an inquest. No one but those 1 havo mentioned know, or must, know, that I have committed suicide Now, please, doctor, oblige me in this ; it cannot sigqify to you, and only fancy my body cut up and

hacked to pieces. Please prevent it. Thanking you

sincerely fur all your kindness to mo during our short but! pleasant acquaintance, I beg you to grant my last.rfquest as the crowning favor.—Makie."

Tjih Kemovai. or Juijiii: Macohov —The

Maryborough Advertise>• of Wednesday stntes that the rumored removal of Judge \Iucoboy to another district was tlio occasion of a public mooting being held at Carisbrook on Tuesday evening, at which a memorial to the Minister of Justice was adopted. The principal objections to His Honor's removal

are Ithtis referred to in the memorial:—"That His Honor's judicial decisions have at all times given the' greatest satisfaction, and that instances in which they have been reversed on appeal to the higher courts, are most rare, and comparatively unknown. 2 Thatthe knowledge which His Honor has acquired of t'ie charactcr and resources of the district, enables him, by a ready apprehension of facts, to save loss of time, ixpinse, and trouble, to Her Majesty's subject-', by the ellicient and rapid discharge of his important and onerous duties. 3 That your memorialists are of opinion that the proposed change would entail unnecessary hard

ship upon His Ilouor, by loss of property and health, and inconvenience to the public."

The Melbouhnh Cup.—From the Evening Star of Saturday we learn that, despite the number of horses that gallopped that morning, aud the numerous muster to look at them, betting has been very slack " under the clock," and the changes hut nominal. The only item ot positive racing intelligence, uncou • neeted with the Oup, is that Caledonia has gona amiss, and that the bookmakers' most alluring prices are those now offered on that almost impos sible of double events—the Hurdle Race and the Steeplechase. The fol lowing was the Cup betting; —The Bart), 7 to 1 ; Tim WhifHi r (S), 5 to [; (rlencoe, 8 to 1 ; Tim Whilfler (V), 12 to 1 Seagull, la to I ; Nimblefoot, !.5 to 1; Gulnnrc, 12 to 1 ; Bylong, lo to 1 ; Little Fish, 7 t<i 1 s The Fly, IS to I; Rigpiukcr, 10 to 1.

The Castxkmaine Ei.kction.—Tho Artjus of Saturday states;—"We learn t>y telegram from Castlemnine that Mr Kitto and Mr Tucker were

nominated yesterday foi5 the vacancy in the repre-' sentntion of Castleinaine. Tho one represents the independent and Constitutional party, and the other ia the nominee of tho Loyal Liberals,

'DiATOlift^DROWSiKa in tils Mukrat.—In telligence was received in Echuca latu on Tuesday night that a man of the name of Frederick Manning, well known in Echnca, had been drowned at Qama, Dr Crossen proceeded there in the hope of rendering any possible assist

ance.

Fat'ai. Accident at Moama.—A man named James" Sinclair"was'k'illod on Thursday evening by the fall of a tree, near the Moama Punts. lie was a very old resident of Echuca, and leavea a widow

arid three .children to mourn bis sad fate. Anthony Mastertori, the man by whom the tree was left in iin unsiift: condition, was committed by tlie coroner for trial on a charge of culpable homicide.

Ay Extraordinary Cask was brought before the Rockhampton Police Court on the 8th inst. Mrs O'Brien, the wife of a man who kept a shanty on the Peak Downs Road, had charged two men—a European and Chinaman—with an outrage upon her. She made the same statement at (he police Court, hilt in cross-examination her evidence entirely broke down. She admitted that the whole story was false, and that she had in vented the story to induce her husband to shift his quarters to some more lively locality.

Mn. Walter I-Iili. the Oomkdian.—We {Age) regret to say that Mr Walter Hill is still far from

convalescent. It is therefore the intention of ,1 number of his friends to give him a masonic benefit at St. George's Hall on the 10th prox. Nearly the whole of our amateur musical talent have volunteered, their services for the occasion, and Mr John Whiteman, M.Ti.A.; who, with a generosity which reflects on him the highest credit, is again foremost in the affair, has been promised some most influential patronage. Mr Hill's long illness, and unfortunately, tho proba bility there is of its being some time before bp is thoroughly cured, should cause his friends to strain every nerve to secure him a bumper

bouse. ' ... • .

Thk Skcond Day's National Agricultural Show at Ballarat.—From the local papers we learn the second (lay of tile National Show was .-is brilliant a success aa the moat hopeful could well have expected it to .be.., Some. 10,000 persons visited the yards and the receipts at the gates are estimated at L520, which witli L46 collected on the first day, makes the handsome total of L5G6, as the proceeds of the two days' entrance pay ments. Whether the rumour of the Governor's coming bad anything to, do with it or not, is not. known. But be did not come, to bis loss be it spoken. Brighter, weather than ever, brought out nearly a fifth of the population and chey were well repaid. The draught horses were as good as they have ever tjefore heerij Blackleg winning the prize of the day, in thoroughbreds King Alfred had it all his .own way. Cattle were rather weok, but a fine yearling bull, sOme good strawberry cows, and Air Learmonth's Devons were noteworthy. The show •of Spigs was excellent, and tbe sheep we have already noticed remained on view. The poultry pens-were as usual attractive, and a magnificent peacock was a cynosure of colors. In butter there was a grand display, while cheese, bacon and a nUmber of new colonial productions stood as con clusive evidence of the resources, natural and manufactured, with which this colony abounds, and proves the persevering character of the dominant race of the world. In the evening a dinner took place at Craig's Hotel, Mr G. G. Morton in the chair, when over a hundred guests sat down, and more would have been present had there been room. Among the guests was Lord Burghley, sou of the Marquis of Exeter.

Agility and Courage.— The Hamilton Spectator relates the following act of prowess by Mr. Butters, ex-Mayor of Melbourne, while he was on a visit with Ministers in the Western District:—" For the benefit of Mr Butters' Mel- bourne friends, we must not neglect to record a feat performed by him at the Byaduk caves, and which eye-witnesses pronounced to be a fine athletic exhibition. It seems that near to the caves is a large basin about one hundred yards long, fifty yards broad, and twenty feet deep, the sides being almost perpendicular. Mr Butters observed that a stray sheep had somehow fallen into this trap, and was, of course, in danger of bidding a long adieu to its friends and relations. Whether the sheep had sought this place in order to dodge the shearers, or whether it fell in by misadventure, was not discovered, nor has the matter been debated; but Mr Butters with much tenderness of heart, and more agility of limb, popped down into the basin, hoisted the sheep on his shoulders, and with the aid of a tree, leaning against the side, rapidly ascended, and placed the animal on the bank amid the plaudits of the beholders! The feat was certainly one to be   witnessed to be appreciated ; but, unfortunately, the rescued sheep evinced no proper appreciation, for as soon as it was released it made a start, took a header, and plunged again into the basin, break- ing its bead or neck, or limbs, or some other part of its ungrateful carcase."

Shooting a Chinaman at Ballarat.—About two o'clock on Firday morning an occurrence, which lmd a fatal termination, took place at the Perseverance Golii Mining Company, near the plank road, Ballarat East. The midnight depre^ dations of the Mongolians have been frequent of late at this claim, and the miners have been obliged to act successively as watchmen over their property, as only a few nights ago twenty pounds worth of gold was abstracted from their puddling machines. At the hour mentioned, the party, named James Tinworth, whose turn it was to watch, saw two men approaching the claim, and at once called out to them to stand, and the deceased and another celestial immediately ran away, followed by the miner, who, after challenging, firod, and the deceased fell. Tin worth at once called up his brothers, and the police were promptly on the spot, but the man was found dead. Several wounds were discovered on the man's bead, and it seems that in the fall he received a severe wound ou the forehead. The unfortunate man who was the cause of the accident seems to have acted with very commend able promptitude, as he at once gave himself up to the police, and confessed that he fired the shot, but with no intention of killing the man, but only to frighten him. The inquest was held at the British Hotel, Plank road, on Friday afternoon, and the evidence brought out the above circum stances. Tbe coroner dwelt, in his charge to the jury, upon tbe fact that deceased on being challenged at once left the claim without the com mission of any felonious act, although this was no doubt his intention, and stated tbe law to the, jury that there was uo justifiable cause for the shot being fired. Mr M'JJermott, who appeared for the prisoner, endeavored to produce a different view of the case before the jury, who retired to consider their verdict. After some deliberation the jury returned the following verdict; viz — that the death of the deceased arose from a fall 0:1 his forehead whilst running away from tbe puddling machine of the Persoverance Gold Mining Company, and being lired. at by Janice Tinworth. Tinworth was brought up at the Eastern Police on Friday, and remanded.

A Lorn: of CoprBB is reported to have been found near Yc:i, by a Government official. One specimen is estimated to contain at least 80 per cent, of copper. This discovery has been made

within the last week.

Tin: Arena, of Verona states that lately, during a storm, the villagers proceeded to tbe church of Madonna de Dosso-Buono, in order to ring the bells, the sound of which, they believed, would keep olf the tempest. The lightning, on the con trary, It'll on tile tower, and killed three of the

men.

IIeckntexcavations at Cassaro, in Sicily, have disclosed the remains of what must have been a very extensive Syracusau colony. The external w.-ill, the greater portion ol which has been traced, wi'.:i no.irly 7 feet thick, and fi.OOO feet in circum ference The town ap.pjiiir.s to h ive been divided iuto four quarters, in one of which the vcjtigee of a fine temple hive been discovered.

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