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iProbmctal. i NEW CEMETERY AT SALFORD.—On Monday the Bishop of Man- chester consecrated a new cemetery at Saiford, established under the general powers existing, enabling corporations to appoint their own members a committee of the burial ground, but with extended powers in this case as to the borrowing and repaying of moneys. The ceme- tery will consist of 21J acres, but five of them are at present under 2 occupation on lease. Of the whole, 11J acres are appropriated to the Church of England, six to the Dissenters, and four to the Roman Catholics. The consecration of course applied only to the first named plot. There is a neat lodge at the entrance, with three chapels, one for the use of Episcopalians, one for Dissenters, and the third for the use of the Catholics. THE ROYAL ALBERT BRIDGE.—The first tube of the Royal Albert Bridge over the Tamar, at Saltasb, was floated into a position to be raised on the pier on Tuesday, under the personal superintendence of Mr. Brunei. It is computed that nearly one hundred thousand persons witnessed the floating, which was successfully accomplished without the least hindrance. The weight of each tube, with chains and roadway, is 1,100 tons. The Cornish railway was com- menced about 10 years since; but active operations in the construction of the bridge were not begun until the year 1853, which, up to October 1855, was under the immediate super- intendence and management of Mr. Charles Mare, late of Blackwall. On Mr. Mare's bankruptcy the management of the bridge was taken by Mr. Brunei, whose engineering skill and ingenuity has been now fully tested and established not only as the constructor of the bridge with its immense tube, but the principle of combining the tubular and suspension properties aretentirely new, and of which Mr. Brunei is the sole originator and designer. The total length of the bridge is 2,200 feet; the span of each main opening 455 feet. Height of centre pier from foundations 240 feet; height of roadway above high water mark 100 feet; height of ditto above low water mark 118 feet. The centre pier is built of granite, founded on the rock and carried up solid to 12 feet above high water mark, from which point spring four octagonal columns of cast iron, carrying the standards on which one end of each tube rests. The main side piers consist of solid masonry, arched over the roadway, and supporting bed plates and rollers on which lie the other ends of the tubes, and which allow of their free extension, and contraction under varying temperatures. PET TREES IN KEW GARDENS, AND HOW TO FIND THEM.—Two stately limes called the Brothers, seven magnificent elms known as the Seven Sisters, both these clumps stand on the lawn, on the right hand side of the grand promenade looking towards the Palm house. A large and venerable Walnut tree near the old museum—this old denizen of the gardens has a circle of dwarf and standard roses and mignonette planted round it. A weeping birch of Scotland, or Lady tree. All the above have seats under them for the convenience of visitors. The Magnolia Grandiflora or lily tree-the large beautiful white blossoms of this tree: shed a delightful pineapple like fragrance throughout the entire garden. The- Arbutus, or wild strawberry tree, a native of Ireland-this lovely plant has flowers and fruit on it at the same time. The last mentioned trees are in the old arboretum. STATUE TO FRANK CROSSLEY, ESQ., M.P.—On Monday evening a meeting of the clergy, gentry, and tradesmen of Halifax, was held a the Mechanics' Hall, for the purpose of adopting some mode of testify- ing the gratitude of the inhabitants to Frank Crossley, Esq., M.P., for his munificent gift of the People's Park. On the motion of Dr. Kenny, seconded by E. Bray, Esq., it was resolved to erect in the People's Park a statue of its donor, so that the memory of his munificence may be- come permanent, and his name remain associated with the lasting benefit he has conferred upon the population of his native town. A committee was then appointed for carrying out this resolution. Although the subscriptions were limited to £10, about X200 was subscribed in the room. A letter was read from Mr. Noble, the eminent sculptor, offering to execute a marble statue of Mr. Crossley, life size, with marble pedestal, for £600; but the feeling of the meet- ing was in favour of a bronze statue, in consequence of the greater durability cf that metal. The entire cost of the works, it is supposed, will be about £ 1,000. THE WORCESTER FESTIVAL.—The returns of last week's receipts for the charity in aid of which the festival was held at Worcester, terminating on Saturday last, show the following results :— 1857. 1854. Tuesday £ 259 10 0 £ 255 10 11 Wednesday, early service 2 17 10 7 0 0 Ditto, oratorio !:21 5 8 323 0 0 Thursday,, early service 5 4 2. 10 0 0 Ditto, oratorio. 245 2 8 184 2 10 Friday, early service. 4 8 4 2 0 0 Ditto, oratorio 242 3 11 242 7 0 £ 980 12 7 £ 1,024 0 9 Thus it will be seen that there has been a falling off in the receipts of the charity this year, on comparison with those in 1854, of nearly £44. Some additional donations, however, are expected, which may raise the receipts to £1,000, which will be above the average of receipts for the charity at the festivals of the last twenty years, as the following returns will show :-1838, collected at Gloucester, X704 16s. 5d.; 1839, Worcester, X950 3s.' 6d.; 1840, Hereford, £ 1.061 2s. Id.; 1841, Gloucester, zC642 18s. 6d.; 1842, Worcester, £1,06113.; 1843, Hereford, £901133.; 1844, Gloucester, £ 648 17s.; 1845, Worcester, £ 850; 1846, Hereford, £812 18s. 2d.; 1847, Gloucester, £ 686 2s. lid.; 1848, Worcester, £ 969; 1849, Hereford, £833 14s.; 1850, Gloucester, X864 6s.; 1851, Worcester, £ 1,142 5s.; 1852, Hereford, £ 900; 1853, Gloucester, £922138. 6d.; 1854, Worcester, XI.,024 Os. 9d.; 1855, Hereford, X870 1856, Gloucester, £ 867 0s. 7d. 1857, Worcester, X980 12s. 7d. EXECUTION AT LANCASTER. — On Saturday Edward Hardman, convicted at the last Lancaster assizes of poisoning his wife by repeated doses of tartar emetic, was executed in front of Lancaster castle. The culprit admitted his guilt and the justice of the sentence. When conducted to the pTess-room he was handed over to CalcTaft to be pinioned, and when on the scaffold his lips moved as if repeat- ing the prayers after the priest, the Rev. Mr. Brown. He looked pale and livid, and there was a vacancy in his eye which showed that he was almost insensible and unconscious of the gaze of the thousands of persons assembled. Calcraft drew the cap over the culprit's face, adjusted the rope, and then left the scaffold. The bolt was withdrawn, and death was almost instantaneous. THE PENRHYN SLATE QUARRIES.-A tourist correspondent of the Shrewsbury Journal thus describes one of the wonders of Carnarvon- shire:—I took a sharp walk to the Menai Suspension-bridge, and returned somewhat heated to Bangor in time for the coach to the Penrhyn Slate Quarries, one of the "lions" of Bangor, which we reached after a slow but pretty ride, passing through the neat and romantic town of Bethesda. Having joined a small party, we pro- cured a guide, and proceeded to view the wonders of the place, a brief description of which may not be uninteresting. The great quarry is a semicircle, about one mile round and 900 feet deep. The number of men employed ranges from 900 to 1,100, who per- form their work by means of blasting," which takes place every hour on a signal from a bugle. The effect is tremendous; as blast after blast is fired the report is echoed a hundred times by the surrounding rocks. The slate thus loosened is split up for various purposes, from paving flags to the smallest roofing slate, the thin slates being all called ladies of some sort; thus, the largest size are called "Queens," the next "Princesses," and so on through some eight or ten sizes. Having remunerated the guide, and pur- chased some specimens of slate beautifully worked up by the men, we reluctantly took our leave of the far-famed slate quarries. The amount of slate these quarries yield may be estimated from the following: During the summer months eleven loaded trains are despatched each day from the quarries by the tramway, each train consisting of forty waggons, each waggon containing two tons and a half. In the winter months the trains are only despatched seven times a day. This would yield the enormous amount of nearly 300,000 tons annually. EXECUTION AT CHESTER.—On Friday morning John Blagg, con- 119 victed at the late assizes at Chester for the murder of John Bebbing- ton, gamekeeper to Mr. Corbett, of Tilstone, was executed at Chester Castle. Exertions were made to procure a reprieve on the ground that the evidence was only circumstantial; but the Home Secretary, in reply to the communications made to him, stated that he did not see any feature in the case to justify him in interfering with the course of the law. When the unhappy man was informed that all efforts to save his life had failed he became very much depressed, and the full extent of his awful position and the fate which awaited him seemed to come with great force upon him. The untiring efforts of the rev. chaplain to bring the unhappy man to a proper sense of his position were in a great measure crowned with success. During the past few days the convict paid marked attention to the exhortations of the rev, gentlerpan, joined in prayer with apparent earnestness, and passed much of his time, when left alone with his attend- ant, in reading passages of Scripture selected for his perusal. Although he had at times disputed the truth of portions of the evidence adduced against him, he never denied his crime or attempted to account fcr himself at the time of its commission. His sorrowing wife saw him several times after his conviction. In his interview with her on Tuesday, Blagg displayed much more feel- ing than he had done on former occasions. A few minutes before eight o'clock the convict was visited in the condemned cell by Mr. Dunstan, the governor, the rev. chaplain, and others, who remained with him a short time, when he went through the process of being- pinioned by the executioner. The bell then commenced to toll, and the mournful procession having been formed, proceeded to the scaffold. There, in a few moments, the solemn preparations were completed; the rope was adjusted, and, the bolt being withdrawn, the drop fell, and, almost momentarily, the convict was dead. A large crowd of persons, composed of all classes, assembled to witness We painful spectacle. INSURANCE COMPANIES.—At the Liverpool Assizes, an action was brought to recover the sum of cSS.OOO on a policy of insurance con- nected with the Economic office. The plaintiffs, Messrs. John Mackay, William Rutherford, and James Mackay, were timber merchants, of Manchester, and they brought the present action as administrators of Charles Hunt, who carried on the same business in Manchester during his lifetime, and who died there suddenly on the 21st of July, 1856; and the action was brought against Mr. Henry Frederick Stephenson, one of the directors of the Economic Life Assurance Comply, for £5,000, the sum in which the deceased, Charles Hunt, assured his life with the company. On the 11th of January, 1856, Mr. Hunt assured his life with the Economic for jE5,000, at an annual premium of X202 5s. ¡Od., and on the 29ch of the same month he assigned it to the present plaintiffs, bv way of security, for a very large claim-upwards of £ 12,000—which they had at that time against him. It was not denied that he was so indebted to them, or that he had assured his life for the sum in question; feut it was alleged on the part of the defendant that when the assurance was being completed, Mr. Hunt had withheld from the "0 company important information as to his health, and that the policy had therefore become vitiated. The chief question, therefore, fcr the jury was the state of health of the assured at the time the policy was entered into. The learned counsel then stated that Mr. Hunt was married in 1832, and that from the time of his marriage up to the year 1853, he had enjoyed the most perfect health. In August, 1855, he and his wife went to Blackpool to enjoy the season, and while there he was attacked with bile. The medical gentleman, Dr. Risk, who attended him, prescribed the usual remedy* of blue pill and black draught, and also used. an application of ice to the crown of the head. Mr. Hunt recovered in a few days, and from that time up to the moment of his sudden decease again enjoyed perfect health. When he presented himself for assurance Sir James Bardsley, the medical examiner of the company, hesitated about passing him because of a seeming excessive palpitation of the heart but eventually certified, and the assurance was completed. It was' now alleged that his attack at Blackpool was not one of bile, but of brain fever, and that in wilfully concealing that he had misled the company. The assured died insolvent, and only one year's premium had been paid. The learned counsel then called various witnesses in support of the plaintiff's case; among others the widow and daughter of the deceased, both of whom testified as to his general good health during his life. They were confirmed also by the medical man who had for twenty-one years up to 1853 attended the deceased and his family. After the trial had lasted two days, the jury found that the deceased was suffering from a disease calculated to shorten life. Verdict for the defendant upon all the pleas, including that of fraudulent mis- representation. THE CONVICT BACON.—Information was received on Monday, from the governor of Lincoln Castle, that the fate of Thomas Fuller Bacon, convicted at the last Lincoln assizes of administering to his mother, Ann Bacon, a quantity of arsenic, with intent to murder, has been decided. The convict is to be kept in penal servitude for the term of his natural life. BREACH OF PROMISE.—At the Liverpool Assizes Miss Raven brought an action against Mr. Bell. The plaintiff is a milliner, and a daughter of the late Captain Walker Raven, and carried on a very respectable business up to the year 1842 at Whitehaven. She then came to Liverpool, and continued with her sisters in the same business supporting her aged mother. In the year 1849 she became acquainted with the defendant, who was at that time a clerk in a corn broker's office, having been introduced to her as a lodger by two gentlemen who had previously rented her apartments. In January of the following year he made proposals to the plaintiff, which were eventually accepted, and the defendant was, after that, generally re- ceived as the plaintiff's future husband. He, however, repeatedly suggested that the marriage should be postponed until he should obtain a better situation than the one he then had; but, after repeated delays and procrastination, he left the house and only paid occasional visits, and went to reside at Wrexham, where the plaintiff called upon him in July, 1854, for the purposs of demanding some expla- nation of his conduct, and upon her arrival she a scertained, to her great amazement, tha the defendant had been married for some days to a widow who put up at the house. The defendant at that time was indebted to the plaintiff in the sum of X43 14s., of which he had since paid -917. It was proved that for a long period of time the defendant had been out of a situation, and suffering in health, and that during that period he had been boarded and nursed by the plaintiff and her sister. The learned judge summed up and the jury found a verdict—Damages £100. ANOTHER SAFE OPENED BY DRILLING.—The necessity of all safes being rendered drill-proof is daily becoming more evident. On Sunday morning, a hole was drilled through a safe, in a public house at Liverpool, when the lock was opened, and Xa-17 stolen. The money consisted of three £20 Bank of England notes, twenty of £ 10, twenty of X5, six and a half guineas, a gold 2t American dollar piece, and 90 crooked sixpences, with other silver. OPENING OF THE NEW LANDING-STAGE AT LIVERPOOL. The new landing-stage recently erected by the corporation of Liverpool, at a cost of £ 150,000, was opened on Tuesday by Charles Turner Esq., chairman of the Dock Estate. The stage is 1,000 feet long' and moored off the Prince's Pier. Its approaches are four cast iron bridges, of great strength, placed at equal distances from each other. The material of which the stage is constructed is of the hardest wood procurable, and from its being elevated slightly in the centre, and being grooved every three inches, no water can remain on the sur- face. At each end arrangements are made for loading and unloading small steamers with greater facilities than are at present possessed at the different piers. The whole has been constructed from the design of Sir William Cubitt, and built by Messrs. Thomas Vernon and Sons, of this port. It is calculated that it will accommodate the entire ocean trade of the port. THE LATE MURDER IN LINCOLN.—Mrs. Woolfit, the unfortunate woman who murdered her infant with a cork-cutter's knife, little more than a week ago, has since her incarceration been in a state of abject misery. The poor creature has never been lefc alone either by night or by day, and although she is perfectly rational and says that she is aware of her awful position, she nevertheless asserts that she shall be ready to sacrifice her life upon the scaffold, for then she shall be with her child." FEVER IN SUDBURY.—The fever which has for several weeks past been so prevalent here has abated considerably. It has proved fatal in several cases, but its virulence appears much less than when it first broke out. Though, in several parts of the town, there have been solitary cases, yet the greater number have been confined to the more immediate locality where it first appeared, at the lower part of the town, and where the state of drainage, cesspools, &c had been but little attended to. More than seventy years (says the Bury Post) have elapsed since such a number of fever cases have occurred here.


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