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--THE HORRORS OF BEDLAM.

A REAL BIT OF ROMANCE !

A VIOLENT LOVER IN CAMBRIDGE.

THE END OF A POLISH PATRIOT.

THE LANCASHIRE DISTRESS.

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THE LANCASHIRE DISTRESS. Tlnere is still a "downward tendency" in affairs at Preston (writes a correspondent), and during the past week there has been a very serious increase in the dis- tress. At present there are about 1,000 more persons in the receipt of relief, either charitable or parochial, than last week. A great increase is apprehended this week. A few ol the mills in the town have extended their hours of labour, but for every move in this direction there are two in a contrary way. Manu- facturers appear to be in a fix they want to open their mills fully, but dare not; prices are irregular and dangerous; stocks rise and fall and continuously fluc- tuate in quantity, equality, and value the basis of operation is superficial; and until prospects become clearer and cheaper, better, fuller in supply, and less subjected to the whims of speculators, no practical amelioration will ensue in the condition of the ope- ratives. Just now cotton buying, and selling, and manufacturing seem to constitute a game rather than a trade. In Preston there are 28 mills entirely closed, and 11,299 operatives totally out of work. The num- ber working full time is ;),119; the number employed short time 7,006. In the whole union of Preston there are 5,344 cases of pauperism, including 14,367 persons, whose weekly relief costs upwards of ooOl. This week, as compared with last, there has been an increase of 152 cases, 420 persons, and nearly 30l. in expenditure. A circular has just been issaed by the Preston Weavers' Association, which shows what the opera- tives of the town in connection with the body named think of affairs generally, past, present, and prospec- tive. The circular says :— Weare emerging from a calamity Buch as the world never witnessed, and we hope will never witness again; and we rejoice to know that, as a body, we have borne the affliction without any external aid from any quarter, and have s'ood together through the dire calamity with a fortitude and patience that shows the va'ue we set on our trade union; but we have, for some time back, seen a ray of hope, and that ray is gradually expanding. and ere long will, no doubt, shine conspicuously. We have had this depression in our trade to contend with now some three years, and we find that some of our em- ployers have taken advantage of that depression to lower our wages, and we think the time is fast coming when we shall be enabled to bring those employers up to the standard list of prices, which list h'ls been adhered to by the general body of masters faithfully; but we cannot command lan- guag-e strong enough to designate the conduct of those em- ployed who toofc advantage of us in our hour of need to eurich themselves out of our humble means, thereby enabling them to sell their productions at a less price than their neighbour who scorned their example. Aft honour then to those employers, and when trade resumes its wonted progress, Our intercourse with them will be the better in consequence. We have lately seen some en- couraging statistics issued by several eminent firms in the cot- ton trade, all predicting an improvement in our trade, and this, coupled with the fact that large numbers of our body have emigrated—some across the Atlantic, others to the Antipodes, and it is well known to you all that there have not been many taught the last three years. These three causes combined must soon make themselves felt in our department, and will tend materially to prevent the recurrence of such a calamity as the one through which we hope we have nearly passed. We have had an Emigration Society at our institution for some time, but we are sorry that it has not had that measure of support we anticipated it would have received but when we reflect on the difficul- ties of your position, the wonder is that you have been enabled with your scanty means to exist at all, but we have it in contemplation to commence collecting weekly, and thereby enabling us to use our surplus money, to remove such of our members to other lands as should desire it, thereby benefiting both themselves and us by making them customers for cloth instead of producers, and also by lessen- ing the labour in the market, enabling us to avoid the ne- cessity of resorting to strikes in future we, therefore, hope that you will coincide with us in this matter, and pay the subscription cheerfully and willingly, and we have no doubt it will repay you a thousandfold. We also learn from Blackburn that in the Black- burn relief district there has been an increase of 595 recipients of parochial relief during last week, 4,956 persons having been relieved with 264l. 4s. 6d., against 4,361 persons with 22U. 15s, in the preceding week.

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THE REPEAL OF THE MALT.TAX.

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----INSTANCES OF HIGH CIVILISATION.

A DOMESTIC TRAGEDY IN CUMBER-LAND.

A ROMANCE IN LOW LIFE.

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HOW to DISPOSE of TWO MILLIONS…

LAYING CLAIM TO AN ESTATE.

ITHE MURDER NEAR LEOMINSTER.

O'KANE v. O'KANE AND LORD…

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THE PARISIANS OFFENDED!

AN ILLUSTRIOUS VISITOR!

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