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VICTORIA.

The Geelong Advertiser gives the following account of an emu's attack on a lady's chignon:- The emu at Johnstone Park is beginning to ex- hibit a dangerous degree of fondness for children's faces and ladies' chignons. While the band was playing within the enclosure ou Saturday after- noon the emu stalked up to a group of children, and made a savage attack on two of them, endeavouring to pick their eyes and noses. A lady ventured to the rescue of the innocents, but her interference so much annoyed their feathered assailant that he abandoned the children to attack their deliverer. This he did in a very savage manner, for he performed a sort of pre- liminary war-dance round the female skirts, and then wound up by leaping about five feet from the ground, and administering a violent and ill-natured kick to tho lady's chignon. The result was a lively display of horsehair, and the lady, who narrowly escaped being scalped, fell fainting, from confusion, in the arms of an exquisite. The latter summoned sufficient courage to grasp the young lady's parasol, and with the fragile weapon attacked the head of the ungallant emu so vigorously as to break the parasol with the first blow. Fortunately by this time a crowd had gathered, and the emu, none the worse for his encounter, overwhelmed by superior num- bers, was driven off. It is understood that the

parasol would be replaced, but the damage done   to the chignon is said to be irreparable, and the young lady is inconsolable. The native com- panion, belonging to the corporation, had to be placed under restraint for similar conduct, and unless the emu can be taught better manners it is desirable that it should also be placed beyond

the reach of visitors.

The Telegraph has tho following pertinent remarks :-The verdict of manslaughter in the case of the man Carslan for the Emerald Hill fatal stabbing case will be another perplexing shock to the public, and still further tend to shake confidence in the mysteries of trial by jury. After the recent agitation respecting Wright, who was executed last week, this Emerald Hill "manslaughter" is especially in-   opportune. We have the paradoxical result of two assaults to consider and reconcile, in the one case a man being hanged who had taken no one's life, and in the other a criminal will escape with imprisonment whose victim died within a short time of being assaulted.

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