AMNION. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE OF A BOY.-A deplorable case was heard I' at Bow-street police office, a boy named Henry Way, thirteen years • r- of age, being charged with attempting to commit suicide. He was rescued from the river, at the Surrey side, by a watchman, when in danger of sinking. On getting him ashore, the prisoner confessed that he had intended to commit suicide. The boy's father, a ladies' shoemaker, living in Peter-street, stated that the boy had attempted his life in consequence of his having been enraged to chastise him, for causing a disturbance at home, which had produced high words between him (the father) and the boy's stepmother.—Inspector Brad- stock The fact is that the woman's temper is so violent, that he himself attempted last night to commit suicide by dashing outhis brains against the wall.—The man admitted this, and showed a severe scar on the side of his head. He wasjvery unhappy, and mental distress had brought on a disease which the doctor said was incurable.—Mr. Jardine said this-was the most shocking case that ever came before MM—that a woman's bad temper should drive not only her husband, but a hoy so young to attempt suicide. He hardly knew what was the best course to take, unless to give the boy up to the father, and direct the inspector to go or send some discreet person to caution the stepmother very seriously upon the subject.—Mr. Bradstone under- took to do so himself.—Mr. Jardine also observed that, at the least sign of further violence, the father ought to come to the court and complain of his wife's conduct.—The boy was given up to his father Loss OF LIFE BY FIRE.-On Wednesday, William Payne, Esq., the coroner of the city of London, received information of the death of a fine young woman; named Fanny Craven, aged 22 .years, under the following melancholy circumstances :-The unfortunate creature was a servant in a gentleman's family, at Lee, in Kent, and was standing with her back to the fire, when the wind from the kitchen- door wafted her dress against the bars of the grate. It became ignited, and she was soon enveloped in one body of fire. Her screams brought assistance, when the flames were extinguished, and she was conveyed by train to St. Thomas's Hospital, where every assistance was rendered, till death put a period to her existence. THE MURDER IN THE HAMPSTEAD ROAD.-On Saturday, Mr. G. S. Brent, deputy-coroner for West Middlesex, held an inquest at the Lord Wellington Tavern, University-street, Tottenham Court Road, into the circumstances attending the death of Gallo Benzo- nelli, aged 19 years, who died last week from injuries inflicted on him with a knife by Cornelius Denny, a smith, a few days pre- viously. Witnesses having deposed to the facts already known, the jury returned a verdict of "Wilful Murder against Denny. CURIOUS THEATRICAL ATTRACTION.—The bills of the Royal Dept- ford Theatre (licensed) lately announced that in the evening, in addi- tion to the performance of "The Rent Diiy" and "Lord Darnley, or the King of the Freebooters," three prizes would be given away, viz., to the boxes, a fine shoulder of mutton; to the pit, a leg of mutton; and to the gallery, a hand of pork. It was further added that this was no exaggerated puff, for the prizes would be fairly and honourably distributed; the drawing to take place at the termina- tion of the first piece, by some one selected by the audience from their own body. PROSECUTION UNDER THE JOINT-STOCK COMPANIES ACT. — At the Guildhall Police Court, London, the National Savings Bank Association, of King William-street, was summoned before Alder- man Hale, for unlawfully neglecting to file a copy of their balance- sheet, in accordance with the requirements of the Joint-stock Com- panies Act of 1856. Mr. Warraud for the complainant stated that Mr. Bryant was formerly the agent to the National Savings Bank Association, and that on being dismissed he brought his action .against the company and recovered a verdict for £ 200 damages. The company had since applied for a new trial, and under those circum- stances Mr. Bryant wished to make some inquiries to ascertain the position of the company and what probability there was of getting the amount of the damages. Mr. Bryant instituted such inquiries,°and the object of the present summons was to ascertain if the company had complied with the 17th clause of the Joint Stock Companies Act, requiring a balance-sheet to be filed within a specified time after the annual meeting. That meeting took place on the 16th of July, but up to the 7th August no balance-sheet bad been filed, and it would be for the worthy Alderman to say if the evidence would support his view of the case.—Mr. Lawrance, instructed by Mr. Brady, the solicitor to the company, said there was no doubt Mr. Bryant would get justice in a court of equity, but he certainly could not get his money under this summons.—Mr. Bryant and Mr. Brady were then examined, and it appeared from the evidence of the latter that the meeting of the 16th July was adjourned till the following day, but as there were not then sufficient shareholders present to form a quorum to transact the general business of the company, the meeting was dissolved, and the annual general meeting had not yet been held, the society having been established only about twelve months. -Alderman Hale said, under those circumstances the company had not failed to comply with the act of Parliament with regard to the registry of their balance-sheet and list of shareholders, as there was no evidence of such balance-sheet having been prepared, or of any meeting having been held before which it could have been laid. The summons was therefore dismissed. THE CHAPLAINCY OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS—The Rev. Henry Drury, M.A., Prebendary of Salisbury, and vicar of Bremhill, near Chippenham, will be the new chaplain to the House of Commons, in the room of the Rev. Thomas Gamier, B.O.L., rector of Trinity Chsrcb, Marylebone, who has held the appointment nine years. An announcement which has appeared in some of the papers that Mr. Gamier had resigned is not strictly correct, the fact being that the Speaker intencls exercising the privilege which has been enjoyed by his predecessors on their elevation to the chair-that of personally appointing the chaplain to the house prior to the commencement of the next session of parliament. Mr. Drury w as appointed to his prebendal stall and the vicarage of Bremhill by the late Bishop of Salisbury, the Speaker's brother. A LITE LOCTJST IN LONDON.—The Times of Tuesday says:—"A correspondent in Lambeth writes to us to say that a few minutes after reading the paragraph in yesterday's Times, headed I A Strange Visitor,' his cat caught on the grass a large insect, which is no doubt a locust, gryllua rnigraiorius. The insect has been sent alive to the Times office by our correspondent, who, referring to the locust de- scribed by the Tyrone Constitution, says :—' I think that a similar contribution, caught within a mile of Westminster-bridge, will not be regarded as unworthy of inspection.' SUNDAY BANDS IN THE- PARKS. — On Sunday afternoon the People's Bands played as usual in the Regent's and Victoria-park?, and the day being remarkably fine, many thousands of persons were assembled: their conduct, without exception, was most orderly and decorous. Notices were posted at the several entrances of the Regent's-park. stating that the bands would discontinue playing for the present season after Sunday next, Sept. 6, when a large body of additional performers have volunteered their services. The music on that day will be played from three till six p.m. A SCANDAL TO THE ADMIRALTY.—THE REGARD OF AN OLD SAILOR.—Last week Thomas Grant, a veteran sailor, aged 101 years, appeared before the Chelsea board of guardians, he being destitute, and laying claim to Chelsea as his parish, from the fact of his being apprenticed at Chelsea, to the River Thames as a waterman. from the centenarian's statement, ha was born at Maidstone, in Kent, on the 1st of January, 1757. He married in 1780, but his honeymoon was a luckless one, for on the very day on which he had taken a wife he was met coming from church by a press-gang on Tower-hill, and despite Tom's showing fight and his maiden wife's tears, the Chelsea waterman was at once kidnapped and taken on board the London, sloop of wgr, and proceeded to sea. After being in several engagements, the London waa ordered home, and Tom was anxious to complete the nuptials with Susan, when Paul Jones's sailing off Whitehaven deferred the consummation of their union, for the Lon- don was ordered off again in pursuit of the American pirate. In 1801, he was with Nelson hotly engaged at Copenhagen, and after this, his ship was captured by the French, and Tom spent eleven years of his Chequered life in a prison near Paris. In 1813 he was on board the saacy .Shannon, and got his leg shattered by a cannon-ball from the Chesapeake. Sir Charles Napier was a middy in the man-of war in which Tom served. Although at such an "extreme old age the veteran has the complete use of all his faculties, and fights his battles over again with a savageness quite refreshing. The board admitted Tom as an inmate, whare he soon found another veteran man-of- War's man, William Fry, and the twain spin their yarns and griev- ances, without a quid of tobacco from their grateful countrymen to jhe«] their wounds. The board -vyill, however, apply to Greenwich Hospital- for a retreat for Grant. DEATH FROM EATING CUCUMBERS.—Mr. W. Baker, jun., deputy coroner held aa inquest at the Nelson's Head public-house, Nelson- street, Hackney-road, Bethnal-green, respecting the death of Martha Elizabeth Yewell, Pgfid 50. The deceased was the wife of a mechanic, residing at K, Henrietta-street, Bethnal-green. On Monday evening last she partook of some cucumber for supper, after which she retired to rest. Pa the next morning, at an early hour, the deceased was seized with violent sickness and purging. The husband gave her some brandy and tincture of rhubarb, but she gradually became worse, and died on Tuesday afternoon, about two o'clock. After the deceased's death the husband found a quantity of decayed cucumbers which were thrown on to a dust heap. The deceased was very fond of cucumbers, and frequently ate ravenously of the vegetable. After hearing the evidence of Mr. Welch, surgeon, of Hackney-road, who was called in to the deceased, who expired before his arrival, the jury returned the following as their verdict: That the deceased died from inflammation of the intestines, ac- celerated by eating decayed cucumbers." BOARD OF TRADE RETURNS.—The total exports for the month of July were X2,233,306, or 22 per cent., more than those of the cor- responding month of last year, and £4,051,14-9, or 49 per cent., more than those of the same month of 1855. For the seven months of i 1857 the shipments were X9,091,271, or 14 per cent., above those of the seven months of 1856, and £ 21,765,208, or 42 per cent., above those of the game period of 1855. ARCHDEACON DENISON'S CASE.—The appeal in the celebrated ecclesiastical case of Ditcher v. the Archdeacon of Taunt.on will come on for hearing before the Judicial Committee of Privy Council, early in November. When the case was before the Arches Court where it was taken by appeal from the Archbishop of Canterbury's Court, at Bath, Sir John Dodson, the Dean of Arches, decided that the proceedings were not legally commenced, according to the provisions of the Clergy Discipline Act, within two years of the commission of the alleged offence, and that therefore the whole of the proceedings were null an4 void. Against this decisieJl Mr. Ditcher appeals to the Privy Council, Dr. Bayford will open the case for the appellant, and the Archdeaccn wili be represented by Dr. Robert Phillimore. As the case rests entirely upon technical grounds, the arguments will last several days, and it may be some time before a feal judgment is delivered. In the event of that judgment being in favour of Mr. Ditcher, the case will have to be re-argued again upoa the important points of doctrine which are involved. HEALTH OF LONDON.—The fieajhs registered in London in the week that ended on Saturday, August 29, were 1,177 they exhibit an increase on the number of the previous week, which was 1,091. In the ten years 1847-56 the average number of deaths in the weeks corresponding with last week was 1,345, which, if it be raised for comparison with the deaths of last week in proportion to increase of population, will become 1,480. But the average is swelled beyond ordinary limits by cholera jh the epidemic yeajs 1849 and 1854 and if this disturbing element be withdrawn from the calculation, it will be found that the rate of mortality in last week exceeds, but only to £ small extent, the average rate fit the end of August.
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.
^COTIAMR. THE CONTINUOUS DROUGHT IN ScOTLA.XD.-The effects of the long-continued drought have exhibited themselves in this (Glasgow) neighbourhood in a variety of ways. In conversing the other day with a lady who has lived in the immediate neighbourhood of Hog- ganfield Loch for twenty-two years, she stated to us that she never saw the loch completely dried up before. At present there is not a particle of water on its surface, and the Provan Mills, for want of water-power, have for five weeks been at a standstill. We (North British Mail) are informed that the collection of water at the Gorbals Works has been so deficient as to render it necessary to supplement the supply from the old Glasgow Works. T, A CRIMEAN HERO.—On her Majesty's arrival at Holyrood on Friday evening she noticed a man in the livery of a park-keeper who was decorated with the Crimean medal and clasps, the China war medal, the medal given by the Emperor of the French, and the Vic-, toria Cross. Her Majesty inquired about the gallant fellow, who had recently been appointed by Sir Benjamin Hall to the office he holds, and gave orders that he should attend at the palace on the following morning. He attended accordingly on Saturday morning, and before leaving her Majesty .spoke to him in the most gracious manner of his gallant conduct, which bad earned for him such honours as those which he wore upon his breast; and on learning from Sir Benjamin Hall that the new lodge in front of the Palace would be completed in a few weeks, and had not been promised to any one, was pleased to direct that it should be occupied by the brave soldier. The name of this recipient of her Majesty's favour is Samuel Evans. MAGNETIC SURVEY OF SCOTLAND.-The committee on this sub- ject has reported to the meeting of the British Association that General Sabine having communicated to them that £ 200 had been placed at his disposal by the Admiralty for the purpose of conduct- the magnetical survey of Scotland in connection with the general magnetic survey of the British Islands, as recommended at the last meeting of the association, the committee have arranged that Mr. Welsh shall undertake such survey in the course of the present and following summer.
$relarm. --+- THE ImsÏ-I LABOUR MARKET.—So many weavers, both of cotton and linen fabrics, have been tempted by high wages to abandon, for the present, the loom for the sickle, that Belfast manufacturers have been obliged, in several instances, to curtail their make. One house in the muslin line could only find looms for about 20 "chains last week, instead of their usual issue of five times the number. BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE.— The Dublin meeting of the association is described by the local papers as a great success. The weather is fine, and up trains and steamers convey crowds of visitors to the city. On Saturday there was a grandee at the Botanical Gardens, and on Friday a promenade at the Zoological Gardens, at which an unusually large and fashionable assembly was brought together. In the sections the business of reading papers has been pursued with animation. THE CATTLE MURRAIN.—Information has come from so many quarters that it is quite impossible to entertain serious doubts of its general correctness, although it may be hoped that the extent of the calamity is somewhat exaggerated. According to private letters the long-dreaded murrain has broken out in a virulent form in parts of the counties of Louth and Meath, and in a district about fifteen or sixteen miles from Dublin, on the north-east side. One party is said to have lost irt an incredibly short time forty out of 106 head of black cattle; while a struggling farmer, the owner of ten cows, has had nearly his whole stock swept off by the disorder. A gentleman just returned from the King's County states that the distemper was raging in that quarter, and that in every instance which had come under his observation the attack bad ended fatally. Except in the places specified there are no accounts of any appearance of the disease, and there is nothing to lead to the belief that it has become an epidemic.
aub DEATH FROM VIOLENCE.—An inquest was held at the Guildhall, Bath, on Monday afternoon, by A. H. English, Esq., coroner for that city, on the body of a young woman, twenty years of age, named Sarah Ann Morris, whose death was occasioned by the vio- lence of a man named William Bedford, with whom she cohabited. It appeared from the evidence adduced that the parties had been living together in Milk-street for some months past. On Friday night they had been out together, and returned home about twelve o'clock. No one else was in the house; but between twelve and one o'clock a woman named Phillips, living next door, was awoke by a very violent screaming. She got up, and heard dreadful screeches again proceeding from the next house, and recognised the voice of the young woman Morris crying Oh, Bill, don't." She screeched again, and then a window was thrown up and violently thrown down again; and Morris continued moaning till daylight. The next morning Phillips saw the man Bedford standing at the door, and asked him what was the matter, and why he had disturbed her rest to which he replied that it was Sally that she had been drinking liquors and had hysterics, and had nearly beaten herself to pieces. In the course of tho day Mr. Cox, a surgeon, was called in, and he found the girl in a state of insensibility, apparently from injuries inflicted on the head. The left eye was blackened, and there were extensive contusions over the whole of the left side of the head. There was also a contusion on the angle of the jaw on the right side under the ear, and several bruises on the arms and legs. The girl died the same day, and upon a post mortem, examination considerable effusion of blood was found extending over the whole of the side of the head, and the 'temporal muscle was almost in a state of pulp from the blows. Death had resulted from concussion of the brain. Bedford, when apprehended, said the woman was drunk, and fell off the chair; but the surgeon was of opinion that the injuries could not have been inflicted by such a fall, nor by a person beating herself in hysterics. The coroner thought there was nothing to reduce the act of the prisoner, if he caused the woman's death, below wilful murder, but the jury found q, verdict of manslaughter, and a warrant was made oijt for his commitipent. SHOPLIFTING.—On Wednesday afternoon a party of shoplifters arrived in Chelmsford by the 2,17 train, and nearly succeeded in act of the prisoner, if he caused the woman's death, below wilful murder, but the jury found q, verdict of manslaughter, and a warrant was made oijt for his commitipent. SHOPLIFTING.—On Wednesday afternoon a party of shoplifters arrived in Chelmsford by the 2,17 train, and nearly succeeded ia making off with a cpnaiderable amount of property. It anpeared they first paid a visit to the shop of Mr. Brown, draper, where two men, who were afterwards taken into custody, succeeded in pur- loining about X2 worth of silk handkerchiefs. They then visited the shops of Mr. Burton, Mr. Christy, and Mr. Swindell, where they con., trived to carry off property to a considerable amount. Mr. Swindell, who happened to be out when the men came into his shop, missed, on his return, four waistcoats, and, his son having described the prisoners, he at once, with Sergeant Simpson,: pursued them, and after calling at nearly every inn in the town, they at last found their at the Lion and Lamb tap; and on Mr. Swindell charging them with the robbery, one of them knocked him down, and both made a start to get away by the back of the premises; the sergeant and the ostler, however, succeeded in taking them into custody, and on searching a carpet bag in their possession the whole of the stolen property was discovered. The two men in custody were brought before Col. Boggis, and committed for trial. SUICIDE IN HOLLOWAY GAOL.—On Tuesday morning George Wardley, aged twenty, who had been a frequent inmate of the metro- politan gaols, and who was undergoing a sentence of three months' imprisonment at Holloway, on a charge of being a rogue and vagabond, committed suicide by precipitating himself from the rail- ings of the top landing in B Corridor. He fell upon the stone steps OIl the basement story. Upon examination, his head was found to be extensively fractured. He lingered about an hour, when death put an end to his sufferings. ANOTHER FATAL GUN ACCIDENT.—The Dublin Evening Mail re- cords the death of Mr. R. W. Smith while grouse shooting on Thursday last in the neighbourhood of Newport, in the county of Mayo. Mr. Edwards, cousin of the deceased, gives the following account of the occurrence:—" About three o'clock in the afternoon one of our dogs came to a point on the top of a small bank. We went up and stood over the dog, expecting the birds to rise, when my poor cousin exclaimed, I see the bird. It is a dead one, and must be one of those we fired at above.' In saying so he ran down the bank to get it, and as I was about to follow, my foot caught in the heather, and I fell down the declivity. In the fall the left barrel of my gun went off, and, awful to relate, lodged the whole of its contents in the back of my unfortunate cousin. He exclaimed, O God, I am shot,' and as soon as I got up I saw him lying on his back, about ten yards from me. I ran up and asked him if he was much hurt. At first he said not, as he felt no pain but when I saw the nature of the wound I knew there was no hope, and told him so. It is consoling to state that he was able to employ his last moments in prayer, and resigned him- self calmly into his Saviour's hands, and then, without a struggle or a sigh, he passed away in less than twenty minutes after he was struck." DEATH AT A TEA MEETING.—On Friday afternoon Mr. C. H. Spurgeon preached the anniversary sermon in behalf of the day schools at Tollesbury Baptist Chapel, of which his father has for some years been the minister. After the service a large party par- took of tea in a booth erected near the chapel, when a painful sensa- tion was excited amongst the company, by Mrs. Sharpe, wife of one of the deacons, being taken in a fit, to which she was subject, and dying in five minutes. EXTENSIVE HOTEL ROBBERY.—On Tuesday afternoon, a stranger entered Huddersfield, whose appearance at once attracted the atten- tion of the authorities. His proceedings became an object of grave curiosity, but they appeared suddenly to assume a rather quieter aspect than was expected. The gentleman retreated to a highly respectable house in the town, the White Hart, kept by Mr. John Smithies, where he obtained lodgings for the night. Until the next morning nothing more was heard of the stranger. At the breakfast nothing important occurred; at least, the important circumstance that probably occurred at that time was, as is often the case with the chief incident in these histories-unobserved. He left the house directly after breakfast; but he had scarcely retired before the landlord^ of the White Hart discovered he had met with a serious loss. His pocket-book, placed in a cupboard in a corner of the bar, was found to have been plundered of its contents. And the booty was unfortunately heavy. The money was all in paper, and, with the exception of a cheque for £10, the payment of which is of course stopped,'consists entirely of bank notes, mostly of the Huddersfield Banking Company. The suspicion of the landlord first fell upon .a poor fellow who withdrew after rapidly taking the ale he had ordered. This man was soon found and given into custody. Very shortly, how- ever, the search in the stranger's room led to the discovery of a carpet bag, which was found to contain a quantity of dirty linen, a bunch of fourteen skeleton keys, and a pair of round-nosed pliers. We need hardly say that no trace of the stranger has yet been discovered. SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A BROKEK.—Mr. Doherty, of Liver- pool, produce broker, has been committed to take his trial for obtaining money under false pretences. It appeared that Mr. Doherty, a little while ago, previous to his failure, was carrying on a very large business in the corn-trade, his liabilities at the time of his suspension being something enormous, and no doubt when this occurrence took place his difficulties were very considerable. He had been doing an extensive business with the Borough Bank. On the 23rd of May the defendant forwarded to the bank the bills of lading, representing that the produce bad been sold to Messrs. Bingham and Co. That was untrue, the produce not having been so sold, which fact was ascertained when the draughts were sent by ihe bank to Messrs. Bingham and Co. for acceptance. The bank sent for Mr. Doherty, who made some explanation, saying there had jeen some mistake, and he took away the draughts, undertaking to ?et the acceptance of Messrs. Bingham and Co., to whom he took the lraughts, and offered as security a bill of lading for certain goods by ;he Centurion—1,500 barrels of flour. At the time that he obtained 'rom Messrs. Bingham and Co. their acceptance they had already pledged one of the bills of lading to Mr. Hubback (one of the largest :orn merchants in the town), who was entitled to the benefit, so that ;he bill of lading in the hands of Messrs. Bingham and Co. was vorthless. CONVICTION OF A CLERGYMAN FOR DEFRAUDING A FRIENDLY SOCIETY.—At the Droxford Petty Sessions, a charge was preferred m behalf of the Bishops Waltham Union Friendly Society against he Rev. Mr, Scard, for misapplying a sum of L150 entrusted to him, L3 an honorary member of such society, for investment. After an nvestigatiwi the bench ordered payment of the sum of £150, the ull penalty of £20, and £ 1 costs, and in default committed the )ffender to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour. if?' .I"
DOING A JEW. At Guildhall a respectably-attired foreigner, who gave his name and address as John Pass, of 13, Euston-square, was charged with obtaining X13 under false pretences, with intent to defraud Isaac Simmons, a general dealer of Field-lane. Rachael Simmons said: On Monday, the 24th of August, the prisoner came to our shop and offered some gold chains for sale. I was present, and saw the prisoner show thirteen gold chains to my husband, who offered zC12 for them, at the same lime informing the prisoner there was not much gold in the chains. The prisoner said he was welcome to try them, and refused to part with them for £12. My husband then offered him £13, which he accepted, and gave the parcel of chains, which had been packed up again after my husband examined them, and which turned out to be only brass chains. I did not see the prisoner again until yesterday, when I gave him into custody. He offered me all the money he had, amounting to 30s. Police-constable 226, of the city police force, said-l took the prisoner into custody at the shop of Mr. Simmons in Field-lane, and on bqjng told the charge I saw him drop something behind him, which I ascertained immediately after was a parcel containing 13 chains similar to those produced by the last witness. There were also 13 wedding rings and two finger rings. I searched him and found, among other things, a gold chain with a bunch of hair attached to it. Isaac Simmons said,—When my wife called me down to see the prisoner he said he had some chains to sell, but I told him they would not suit me. He, however, persuaded me to look at them, and said they were in his way of business, and that he had taken them in ex- change. I thought them very common, and said I should not like to buy them on my own judgment. He then asked me to take one to a pawnbroker and ascertain the value, or take them anywhere I liked. I selected one chain, and, having detached a portion of it, I had it assayed, and found that there was such a small quantity of gold in it that the chain was only worth 15s. an ounce. The 13 chains weighed 18 oz., and I told the prisoner I could not buy them at the price he wanted for them, and offered him X12 for them. The chains had been tied up in a paper parcel, and on my making that offer the prisoner put the parcel in his pocket, and said he could not sell them at the price, upon which I offered him £13, which he accepted, and he drew from the same pocket what appeared to be the same parcel of chains. I paid him the money and asked him for a receipt. He said he would give me one and went out to get a receipt stamp; but after some time had elapsed, and finding he did not return, I examined the parcel of chains he had left me, and found they were not the same I bargained for.. I had one of them assayed, and found that they were .worthless, having not one particle of gold in them. I positively swear that the chains produced are not the chains I pur- chased. The parcel of chains found on the prisoner are precisely similar to those he left with me, but they are not the same I paid for. Those I bought were smaller chains. The officer said: I found on the prisoner this card, bearing the name of the manufacturer of these chains at Birmingham. The prisoner has given a false address. Alderman Hale: This is a very important matter, and I shall therefore remand the prisoner for the attendance of the refiner.
THE STATUE OF JENNER.—The British Medical Journal remarks • —It is decided to place the statue of Jenner—the fruit of an Euro- pean subscription—in the open space at Trafalgar-square. As this spot seems dedicated by public opinion to those who have deserved well of their country, the medical profession must look upon this decision as a recognition of the service medicine has conferred upon the nation. The statue of the illustrious Jenner will be placed on the same front of the square, but at the opposite corner to that occupied by the effigy of the late Sir Charles Napier. It would be invidious and unnecessary to draw any comparison between the cha- racters of these two men. There can be no doubt that the great general at times saves life even by the swiftness and completeness with which he destroys it; he disarms opposition, where inferior men would only aggravate it. We shall, therefore, not moralise upon the superiority of the man of science over the man of the sword. Nevertheless, we cannot contemplate the placing of this new statue in the midst of the finest site in Europe" without a feeling of pride and satis action. In future ages, the vast tide of human life which will flow past Charing-cross will pause for a moment and scrutinise the thoughtful brow of that great man but for whose phi- losophic labour 20 per cent of that crowd would pass on seamed and scarred from the convict with the most malignant of human diseases. PARLIAMENTARY STATISTICS OF 1857 AND 1856.—In the present year the House of Lords has sat on 90 occasions, and for upwards of 230 hours. The Commons sat 132 times, and upwards of 820 hours. The government obtained conspicuous victories in 21 divisions; and were out-voted in eight of equal importance. Of the bills which became law, 88 were ministerial and 14 non-ministerial measures. There were 49 bills introduced by the government and subsequently withdrawn or rejected; and 79 bills introduced by independent members shared the same fate. Five select committees were obtained in the Lords and 21 in the Commons. In 1856 the House of Lords sat 89 times, and nearly 220 hours, and the Commons 119 times, and nearly 840 hours. The government were victorious in five important divisions and vanquished in nine others. Of the bills which became law, 95 were introduced by the government, and 23 by independent members. There were 35 bills introduced by the government, but subsequently withdrawn, and 36 were introduced by independent members, with no better result. Three select committees were ob- tained in the Lords, and 17 in the Commons, in 1856. The St. Petersburg Journal records the -marriage, last week, of the Grand Duke Michael, brother of the Emperor Alexander II., to the Princess Cecile of Baden. "i
ELECTION INTELLIGENCE. TAVISTOCK.—Owing to Mr. Byng having accepted the Chiltern Hundreds, prior to his becoming a candidate for the county of Middlesex, a vacancy has been occasioned in the representation of this borough. Mr. Arthur Russell—a scion of the house of Bedford -at once entered the field as a candidate. He addressed a meeting of the electors on Saturday evening, but did not by any means come up to the Tavistock standard. A second meeting was held on Mon- day, at which a resolutioIl was passed appointing a deputation to wa.t on Mr. Russell, inviting him to a public meetilig of the electors and to witndraw from the contest, should he be so requested by the' majority of electors then and there assembled. A requisition to Sir Wilham Clay is in course of signature, requesting him to allow him- selt to be put in nomination. AYLESBURY.—A number of the electors of Aylesbury who snn- ported Mr. Layard both in his successful and in his subsequent un- successful contest for that borough, being desirous of testifying their regard for his public character, and for his parliamentary services in particular, subscribed for a service of plate, which was presented to the hon. gentleman on Thursday evening, at the Town Hall, where by special invitation he attended to receive it. The testimonial consists of a handsome silver tea urn, a teapot, and coffeepot, a sugar basin and milk ewer. r ? REPRESENTATION OF:GREENWICH.—A vacancy in the representa- tion of this borough is expected to take place immediately, a petition in bankruptcy having been filed against Mr. Townsend. The only candidate at present is Mr. Alderman Salomons, who is very popular 185TS th<i constituenc-v' and wil° was elected by a large majority in r .¡
,—^—, VISCOUNT HINTON.—We have to record the death of Viscount Hinton, second and eldest surviving son of the Earl and Countess Poulett, which occurred on Saturday last, at Hinton St. Georg-e, Somerset. His lordship was born Aug. 20, 1822, and became Vis- count on the death of his elder brother, in Aug. 1843. The deceased who was a Harrovian, entered the army as Ensign in the 68th Foot, in 1842, from which, after a few years' service, he retired In October, 1852, he was appointed Colonel of the 1st Somerset Militia. By the lamented decease of his lordship, the families of the Duke and Duchess of Cleveland, Lady Chas. Somerset, and several others of rank are placed in mourning. LORD BALGONIE.—Brevet-Major Lord Balgonie, the eldest son of the Earl of Leven and Melville, died on Saturday last, the 31st ult at Roehampton Lodge, Surrey, after an illness of nearly two years' duration, in the twenty-fifth year of his age. He entered the army soon after leaving Eton, and served with the Grenadier Guards through the greater part of the Crimean campaigns, although he was obliged to return home invalided towards the close of the year 1855. Since that time be had been gradually sinking until, as we have said, death put an end to his sufferings. He was a most pro- mising young officer, and much beloved in his rrgiment. The day before he died the Gazette contained a notice to the effect that Lord Balgonie had been allowed by the General Commanding-in-Chief to retire from the service by the sale of his commission. MRS. JOHNSTONE.—The Scotsman announces the death of a ladv whose name has long occupied, and will occupy, an honoured place in modern Scottish literature, Mrs. Johnstone for many years editor, in its elder and best days, of Tait's Magazine, author of Clan Albyn, Elizabeth de Bruce, and other novels, and more lately of Violet Hamilton, Knights of the Round Table, and the various stories pub- lished as The Edinburgh Tales; stilt better known to a large class perhaps, as the writer of the admirable Meg Bod's Cookery Booh— who died at her house in Buccleuch-place, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Johnstone had attained a comparatively advanced age and for a dozen years or more she had ceased from literary exertion* enjoying an honoured leisure, the fruit and reward of a life of assi-. duous, unassuming, and always dignified and independent exertion. THOMAS UWINS, painter and Royal Academician', died on Tuesday last, at Staines, in his seventy-sixth year. Mr. Uwins will be best remembered among the artists of his generation by the Italian pic- tures which came from his easel in middle life—especially the works painted at Naples. An English child asleep" in the hands of brigands, "Dressing for the Festa,"and "The Mandolin," are among those which are known through the engraver's art. Mr. Uwins was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1833, and a member of the Forty in 1836. In 1842 he was appointed Keeper of the Queen's Pictures, and in 1847 Keeper of the National Gallery-the latter a,, post which he shortly resigned. WIIIIHIIIIIMHI—IB—B—mm
)t ffiream of ^uncfj. --+-- "FOREWARNED, FOREARMED."—Mr. W. Williamsftheineorrnnfi- ble member for Lambeth) directly he heard that there was to be a new creation of Peers, rushed out of the House, leaving word with he servant that "he had gone out of town, and'it was quTte un^ tain when he would return." He was most particular in impressing upon John (his faithful flunkey) that, If any one with Lord Palmer- ston s livery inquired for him, ho was, under no threat or bribe, or persuasion whatever, to let him know he was probably to be found in the Exeter Change Arcade. Up to the last minute of our going to press, we have received no intimation of the honourable gentleman having been the least disturbed in his hiding-place INDEFINITE PARTIES.-A curious question might arise under the new Divorce Act. Suppose two divorced parties choose to be married. by banns, how are they to be described ? They are not bachelors and spinsters, neither are they widowers and widows; in fact they are indescribable. Practically, this difficulty is not likely to occur. Divorce is still too dear for those low people who are obliged to be, married by banns. DEVOTION TO ONE'S DOCTORS.—The amiable homoeopathist, Lore* Robert Grosvenor, is made a peer. He might have been fCl bufchestipiiiated that the boluses, which are stuck on the spikes of an Earl s coronet, should be reduced to globules. The heralds would.! not stand this, so he is only baron. THE COMPLETE INDIAN LETTER-WRITER.-Too much letter- writing has been one of the curses of the Indian government. Never- theless, to any rebel who can be reached, at the present crisis we should certainly "drop a line." F 3» w& DIRT CIIEAP.-It is computed that the effectual drainage of London would cost five millions. What are five millions, to be expended on. drainage purposes, to the many millionnaires of London who have drained the world of millions ? 1: ',A, CRUEL PARIENT.—A stern papa, being dissatisfied with his little boy, set him to calculate how many speeches Mr. Gladstone made on the Divorce Bill. The youthful martyr got as far as 2 373 speeches, exclusive of remarks and observations, and then his strength failed him. He has fallen into a deep trance, and the strongest restoratives have been applied in vain. The father's hair has since. turned completely gray. It is at his request that we publish the above fact as a warning to parents not to be unduly severe in the- choice of punishments they may inflict on their disobedient children. COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO They may talk of the cocks of the Hamlet! So gaily saluting the morn: But cocks in some Hamlets I know of, Are really not to be borne. I allude to the Cox of Finsbury, With whose crowing I'm fairly outworn! REMARK BY A DISGUSTING OLD BAciiEL:oR.-There is one ar which the use of these unmanageable crinolines is likely to teach the women of England, and that is—Petticoat Government AN EVENTFUL SESSiON.-We think, the session of 1857 ought to be long remembered. It should few ages be treasured up in the recollection of every "oldest inhabitant" as a "Kessio MrabiliJ It can boast of one remarkable circumstance, which, probably, never can, never will occur again, That circumstance, more than any other, redounds to the credit of the legislature. It only proves what our legislators can do when they are determined to da it I The great r a)ludi"S> T0°K PLAC0 ON Tuesday afternoon, August the ^5tbt> It occurred at five o'clock, precisely. Let the reader read for himself: At the end offive minutesl sitting, the house aajourned There, the great merit of the past session ia wrapt up in those "Five Minutes." Depend upon it, it will b» book of the house before ? A still more remarkable thing' is, "the Divorce BiH was passed m those same five minutes. A measure that £ feil„eJery ones pawnee, and every one's eloquence—a measupe that had consumed more time even than the Maynooth, Grant and the Jewish Disabilities put together—a measure that had. given rise to more angry words than were ever exchanged between, the most ill-assorted couple—a measure that, beyond all measure was the longest in being carried, backwards and forwards, from, one house to the other, to be quietly passed in a sitting that occupied less time than a lady takes to put on her bonnet' It is incredible-but still it is true! It is needless to state that Mr Gladstone did not speak during those flye minutes. The reason of his silence is very simple. The sitting took place in the House of Lords! EXTRAORDINARY LEAP.-A11 the gymnastic performances of the- circus we have ever read of are outdone bv the achievement of a young lieutenant, mentioned in the report on" purchase fc the a!mr Dowb. °Wr °f Seventeen officers- His name was nit' THE DIVAN.The place where the sultan's pipe is regularly put. ont by the European
distinguished visitors are now staying at He Pala- V nC £ > erHis Royal Highness Due d'Asmale, Her Royal Highness Duchesse d'Aumale, Her Royal Highness the Prm- OnL°i p.aler°0'His R°yal Highness Comte de Paris, the Prince d'e Cond £ Due de Chartres, and suite; and the ex-Queea. 0f tile prench will arrive on Wednesday. -trencn. Mr. Henry George Allan is appointed Recorder of Andover, in the room of Mr. Stephens. The Lord Chief Justice of England (Lord Campbell) is staying at his Scottish residence, Heartridge, which the AUoa Advertiser describes as a lovely and picturesque spot about a mile to the north- east of Jedburgh. 1 1 LU AUSTRALIAN FMUR.—Allusion has more than once been made a to the probable, and indeed almost certain, continuous imnorfaHoT* of Australian wheat and flour into this country. We hav^„ t! report the arrival of the St. Michael, from Port AdeS iTthe London-docks, with a considerable quantity of Adelaide flour. It is not the quantity which draws our attention, but the fact that she has had an unusually long voyage of five months yet, notwith- standing, the flour is m the best possible condition, and is expected to realise, so lucrative a,flgare, that heavy consignments will for the future- This has successfully teste ^HOTOGKAMIY.—Mr. Smith, bookseller, Tai pnalXd tatakA lft6^111 tho art of Photography, by which he J materials A eaesses on card paper, leather, and other flexib Md we have /fr &ortraits have been forwarded to us as specimens* That taken m! tter photographs of any description, ingonfno c? lefher> ln Particular, is excellent-the figure stand- courS ^tmc7tIy m an oil painting, while the likenes jis course unerring.—Lo IPapev. course unerring.-Lo IPapev. Not communication can be inserted unless authenticated by the nmm a&d address of the wnter,