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THE CONVICT BENSON'S BANKRUPTCY.—The case of Hairy Benson, the notorious convict, was before Mr. Registrar Haslitt, at the Court of Bank- ruptcy, under the following circumstances: The bank- rupt was adjudicated in September 4,1876, under the name of George Henry Yonge, alias Montagu; in December following he was arrested on charges of forgery and fraud, and he is now undergoing a sentence of fifteen years' penal servitude. The trustee of the bankrupt's estate made an affidavit, in which he stated that the bankrupt at the time of his apprehension had upon his person a sum of jC2600 in Clydesdale notes, being a portion of the proceeds of the forgery, and in addition a valuable diamond ring, diamond studs, a gold watch and chain, and about £100 in Dutch, Belgian, and French money. The trustee did not claim the .£2600, but he claimed the jewellery and the £100 as part of the estate, and divisible among the general body of creditors. The Treasury declined, however, to recognise the elaim, and the trusteeaccordingly brought the matter before the Court. Mr. Willis appeared for the trustee. Mr. Poland, on behalf of the Treasury, said that it might be- come necessary to examine the convict and to answerthe trustee's affidavit. The jewellery and money seemed to stand upon a different footing, and he had hoped that the correspondence—what had taken place—between the Treasury and the trustee would have resulted in the Court not being troubled with the matter. Mr. Wilsts said that the trustee desired to realise the estate without further delay, and as the Treasury required an adjournment he asked that the costs should be reserved. Mr. Honour thought it was reasonable to reserve the costs, and granted an ad- journment to the 8tb of February. TxtMUBLB DESTITUTION IN MAESTKG, GLA- KOBeAftsnixB.—A gentleman, who is engaged in ascertaining the extent and nature of the distress in South Wales, paid a visit, on Saturday, to Maesteg, a town hitherto unnoticed, but where, he says, a good deal of destitution exists. In a house in Union- street he saw a woman who had been recently confined destitute of almost every article of bed clothing. There were only a few embers from green wood burning in the grate, and these failed to give any warmth to the room. For days before her confinement she had had, the neigh- bours said, scaroely any food to eat. No medical man had attended her, and they were doing what they could. A lady at Cardiff, with whom the woman had formerly lived as domestic servant, had that morning sent her some money to relieve her most pressing wants, and provide a covering for the infant. In the adjoining house he found a woman sitting on an old chair and five children standing round a table, the apartment being destitute of almost every other article of furniture. It was extremely cold, but there was no fire in the grate. They bad had nothing to eat since the previous day, and then only a few crusts which the children had obtained by beggiay. A quartern loaf was procured from the grocer's shop close by, and on this being broken up the children ate it ravenously, but the woman, who had evidently suffered a good deal from destitution, only ate it feebly. She said that they had often foEaWeeks had to subsist on one meal of bread a day, and sometimes go the day without food alto- gether. In the next street a boy, 12 years of age, had died a few days previously from starvation. The body was wonderfully emaciated, and presented the appearance of a skeleton. In the streets hundreds of men and women who had th. gaunt and haggard look of semi-starvation were to be seen. The entire population depends for employment en the Llynvi and Ogmore Works and Collieries, which are now in process of liquidation, and one man with whom he conversed, and who had a wife and five children de- pending on him, complained not only of the loir wages caused by irregular work, but that the wages were many weeks in arrears. There had been no pay day for some time, and the draws only amounted to a few shillings at a time. PICTURE MAKING.—The Portfolio for January contains two anecdotes communicated to Mr. Hamer- ton by Mr. Samuel Palmer of the Water Colour Society. Turner was staying once in a friend's house at Knoekholt, where there were three children. He had brought a drawing with him of which the dis- tance was already carefully outlined, but there was no material for the nearer parts. One morning, when about to proceed With this drawing, he called in the children as oollaboratewrs for the rest in the fol- lowing manner: He rubbed three cakes of water- colour—red, blue, and yellow—in three separate saucers, gave one to each child, and told the children to dabble in the saueers »and then play together with their coloured fingers on his paper. These directions were gleefully obeyed, as the reader may well imagine. Turner watched the work of the thirty little fingers with serious attention, and after the dabbling had gone on for some time sud- denly called owt, "Stop." He then took the drawing into his own hands, added imaginary landscape forms, suggested by the accidental colouring, and the work was finished. On another occasion, after dinner, he amused himself in arranging so many coloured plums on a dessert plate, and when disturbed in the operation by a question, said to the questioner There I you have made me lose fifty guineas." DEPRESSION OF TRADE.—The hands employed at the Harford and Bristol Brass Works, Keynsham, have received notice that in consequence of the de- pressed state of trade the works will be closed. The concern gives employment to about 100 men, and has been in operation nearly two centuries. A large proportion of the hands have been working short time for many weeks. MURDER OP A RIVAL.—John Chidlow. a young TOldier, was charged before Mr. Justice Lush, at Btaffbrd Assizes, with the wilful murder of George Holmes, In Deoembor, at Market Drayton. The deceased was in the house of Esther Beech, and struck her, whereupon Ohidlow stabbed Holmes fatally with a knife,and rnshed from the house. The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter in consideration of provoca- tion, and Chidlow was sentenced to penal servitude for life. [



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