In one of the cholera hospitals in Paris visited by the Empress, a patient, mistaking her for a Sister of Charity, replied to one of her questions: "Yes, Sister," The Sister of Charity said to the patient: "Tis not I who speak to you! Tis the Empress." The Empress instantly replied: "Oh! don't reprove him! Sister is the noblest name he can give me." This speech has increased her popularity wonderfully.

Fires occurred yesterday at McGregor, Iowa, consuming the post-office, the McGregor House and other buildings — loss, one hundred thousand dollars; and in Chicago, burning five buildings on Clarke and Jackson streets, and the Freewill Baptist Church--loss, seventy- eight thousand dollars.

Accidents on the ice begin early this season. At Oroville, Maine, Friday, Charles Shaw, his wife and child were drowned while skating on Pleasant Pond. Three sons of Mr. Bunker, of Franklin, Maine, were drowned on Thursday while skating on a pond.

A "Society of the Oldest Inhabitants" has been organized in the city of Washington. To be eligible to membership a person must be fifty years of age and must have been for forty years a resident.

In the gallery of the theatre in Crow street, Dublin, one night, a coal porter made himself disagreeable. There was a yell of "Throw him over," followed by the exquisitely droll idea, "Don't waste him; kill a fiddler with him."

The Paris Sickle of November 16th, in an editorial article, speaks of the President of the late Confederacy as "Monsieur John Davis." Such is fame!

Colt's armory, in Hartford, is to be re-built immediately. Its length will be twelve hundred feet.

Daniel L. Gibbons, of Boston, Treasury agent at Mobile, committed suicide by cutting his throat on the 2d instant.

The workingmen of New Albany, Indiana, have organized an "Eight-Hour League."

Boston papers note a rapid increase of the steam tonnage of that port.

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