-- The Cork Examiner, 7 June 1867



Last Evening a large rat, pursued by a crowd of the junior
population, ran down the Parade, to the terror of the few
promenaders who fled shrieking from the "varmint," which
scuttled swiftly to the market gate.  Finding that refuge
closed, the animal rushed towards a young married female,
who happened to be sitting down, got under her clothes,
actually crawling up to the bosom of the woman, who,
yielding to fright and disgust, fainted straightaway.
The kind attention of some bystanders restored her to
animation, and having her garments loosed, the rat was
summarily ejected from his squattership, and fell a victim
to the fury of the fifty or sixty little boys who surrounded
him.  The woman, who had only recently become a mother, was
for some time affected with violent hysteria, and will not,
probably, recover the shock of the occurrence for some time.


John Carbery, who had been confined in this city gaol under
the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act, was released on Monday, and
left yesterday for New York in the City of Antwerp.


A private of the Royal Artillery named Healy, was drummed
out of his corp at the New Barracks, Limerick, on Monday,
for desertion and using disloyal language, as per finding
of D.C.M., and handed over to the civil authorities for
imprisonment.  He had been 11 years in the army.


The National Steam Navigation Company's steamer England
arrived off the harbour yesterday, from New York, after a
quick passage.  She had as many as 140 steerage passengers,
the majority of whom were Irish, on board, and 32 cabin
passengers.  She transferred at Queenstown to the Company's
tender six cabin and 30 steerage passengers, after which
she proceeded immediately to Liverpool.  The England did
not make any reports.

The Russian Emperor, in addition to the official pleasures
provided for him, is "doing" Paris with all the zeal of an
English tourist.  He has been to Notre Dame, the Palais de
Justice, the Conciergerie, the Sainte Chapelle, the Hotel
de Cluny, and the Bois de Boulogne; and he is going to the
other sights in succession.  Last night he dined at the
Russian Embassy, and afterwards held a reception of Russians.
It is alleged that he was subsequently seen in one of those
famous dancing gardens, in which young ladies manipulate
their petticoats in a manner not practiced in the ball rooms
of the English aristocracy, and at times raise one foot from
the ground to a level with their partner's nose.  But as it
would be highly improper for a Sovereign to go to such a
place, we may safely assume that the Czar didn't go.  It
was said that the Prince of Wales when he was here was also
seen at Mabille; but that was of course a calumny.


The crew of this boat were out for their quarterly practice,
yesterday.  The men comprising the crew are all fine young men,
and excellent oarsmen.  Though they have been only a few times
together they displayed a considerable amount of discipline in
the manner in which they managed the life-boat yesterday.  Each
member of the crew had a cork belt and life-buoy, which rendered
him quite free from sinking, in case of being put out of the boat
by the stroke of a sea.  In course of the practice, yesterday,
the crew jumped overboard at intervals, and floated in the water
without the least exertion.  The practice takes place every
three months.

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