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The Royal Proclamation for the calling out of the Reserves in Scotland was made last Saturday at the Cross in Edinburgh.

Colonel Waring, Deputy-Governor of Millbank Prison, formerly of the 2nd Regiment of Foot, has been appointed Governor of Chester Castle for military prisoners.

The cost of building and completing for sea service her Majesty's ship Inflexible was 809,594, of which 569,481 was for the hull alone.

The supply of live stock and fresh meat from the United States and Canada landed at Liverpool last week showed an increase in live cattle and sheep; and as regarded fresh meat only one steamer arrived, with a small quantity on board.

The Duke of Devonshire has returned 10 per cent of the last half-year's rent to his tenants on the Furness and Cartmel estates, Lancashire. His Grace made a similar return at the previous half-yearly audit.

Last week 2577 births and 1399 deaths were registered in London. Allowing for increase of population, the births were 21, and the deaths 397, below the average numbers in the corresponding week of the last ten years.

The Lord Mayor on Tuesday remitted a further instalment of 1000 to the fund for the Relief of Ladies in Distress through Nonpayment of Rent in Ireland, making in all 15,000 sent from the Mansion House subscription towards that object.

The Austro-Hungarian Ambassador and Countess Karolyi left the Austrian Embassy, Belgrave-square, on Tuesday, for Vienna. His Excellency has obtained leave for a few months; and during his temporary absence M. Hengelmuller will act as Charge-d'Affaires.

Professor Blackie, acting on medical advice, has resigned the Greek Chair in Edinburgh University, which he has held for thirty years.—The Graduation Ceremonial in Medicine, Law, &c., took place on Tuesday in the Presbyterian Synod-hall, Castle-terrace, when the degrees were conferred, in the presence of a large audience, by the Chancellor of the University.

A conversazione was given on Tuesday evening by the City of London Society of Artists in the hall of the Skinners' Company, on Dowgate-hill. Invitations were issued in the name of the Lord Mayor, Sir J. Whittaker Ellis, as president of the society; and, in his unavoidable absence, the guests were received by the chairman, Mr. Nathaniel E. Green. There was a large attendance.

Earl Spencer on Monday inspected several hundreds of the Dublin police at Kevin-street barracks, this being the first public ceremony in which he has taken part since his entry into Dublin in May last. His Lordship expressed his satisfaction at the appearance and condition of the force, and complimented the men on the way in which they had discharged their duties under trying circumstances. At the close of the inspection he was repeatedly cheered by the people assembled.

Mr. J. Wallis Chapman, of 11, Sutherland-gardens, W., writes stating that "the Hansom cab now in use was, in all its essential features, the invention of his late father, Mr. John Chapman."

Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2257—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, August 5, 1882, p.139