--+-- The Battles at Chattanooga. Some rather meagre details have arrived of the recent battles before Chattanooga which have been published by the Northern press. We give the following extracts
Battle on Saturday. A desperate engagement commenced this morn- ing at eleven o'clock. The rebels made a heavy attack on the corps of General Thomas, forming the left wing of our army, and at the same time they attacked the right wing, which was thought to be a feint. General M'Cook's and General Crit- tenden's troops were thrown into the engagement as convenience offered, the main portions of their forces being on the march at the time. The fight on the left was of a very desperate character. The enemy were repulsed, but, on being reinforced, re- gained their position, from which they were subse- quently driven after a severe engagement for an hour and a half. General Thomas's forces then charged the rebel forces for nearly a mile and a half, punishing them badly. About two o'clock in the afternoon the rebels made a fierce dash on our centre, composed of the divisions of Generals Van Gleve and Reynolds. General Van Cleve's forces -weM struck on the right flank, and being vigor- crasly pushed by the rebels, fell back, until General Cartes- s line was broken and the troops became much,scattered. General Thomas on the left, and General Davis on the right, then pushed forward their forces vigorously towards the gap, and after a hard fight recovered the ground which had been lost on the extreme right. The fight disclosed the intention of the rebels, which evidently was to get between us and Chattanooga. The general engage- ment, which commenced at eleven a.m., ended about six p.m. General Palmer, who had gathered together our. scattered forces, and General Negley, who had been .sent from the right flank to feel the centre, pushed forward and re-established our line as it had been before the battle began, along the Chickamanga Creek. The country where the battle was fought is level, but thickly overgrown with small timber and brushwood, and it is very un- favourable for the use of artillery, very little of ( which was used, \1.' The casualties in wounded are heavy, bort ex- traordinarily light in killed f'ol- so heavy a musketry- engagement. Ivo g^n^ral officers were injirred. Battery H, of Lhc IVinL Artillery, was lost, eai'd alterwards^re-capt«.-ved 1 y the 79th Indiana Kegi- meni. ^Recel prisoners taken represent that the'. corps of Generals Hill, Polk, Johnston, and Lono- street in tlie engagement.
The Battle on Sunday. The correspondent of the Neiv York Hetalcl writing on the 22nd ult., gives an account of the second day's fighting. He says:- The battle on Saturday, the 19th, resulted well for us, we having held our own as established on tne left, and concentrated our forces during the day, and on Sunday morning we held a handsome line, with our right on a ridge of hills, and our left protected-by rude works of logs thrown up during the night. Our left rested on the east side of Rossville and Lafayette, about four miles south of Rossville. In the fight of the 19th we had lost about 600 killed and 2,000 wounded, and were ahead three pieces of artillery, and the men were in splendid spirits. The engagement was resumed at nine o'clock on the morning of the 20th, by attempts of the rebels to storm General Thomas's left and front. They were severely repulsed several times, with heavy loss to them and very little to us. This fight lasted an hour and a half, and was the most terrific of the war, a coiitmuxyas fire of xmislketry and artillery being kept up with deadly effect. During the fight our right and centre were not engaged, our skirmishers keeping up a halting fire. The enemy, finding their assaults vain, manoeuvred to the left, with the intention of throwing a force on the Eossville road, and at- tacking Thomas, on the left flank. At this juncture, Thomas ordered General Brannan, who had one brigade in reserve, and two with Reynolds holding the key of the position, which was Thornton's right, to.move to the left of the line to protect the flank of General Eosecrans; and at the. same time sent Davis and Van Cleve from the right and centre to support Brannan in the effort to hold the line to Eossville, and protect Thomas's left. On seeing the withdrawal of the skirmishers in front of the division, which was moving from the right and centre, the enemy made a vigorous attack on that part of the line, piercing the centre, cutting off Davis and Sheridan from the left, and driving the centre into the mountains, both right and centre being much scattered, without any serious loss in killed or wounded. The right and centre gone, Thomas's right became exposed to a most terrific flank attack, and Reynolds and Brannan and the right of Thomas's line was swung round, his extreme left being as at first. This also fell back a short distance on the Ross- ville road. Parts of the centre were gathered up and reported to Thomas, who made several stands, but was unable to check the rebel advance until the arrival of reinforcements. At one o'clock General Granger, with one division of reserves, came up and was at once thrown into the centre, driving the enemy hand- somely from his position on a strong ridge, with heavy loss. The fire from one of Granger's bat- teries mowed them downlike grass. Thisfightlasted about an hour with slight loss to us. Captain Russell, General Granger's adjutant, was killed before he had been ten minutes in the fight. After this bloody repulse the enemy remained quiet until four o'clock, persisting, however, in manoeuvring on both flanks. Their full and correct information regarding this country enables them to do so with great facility. Having gotten again on our flank, the enemy made a vigorous attack, and a fight en- sued which, h as n o p ar all el in the history of this army. Colonel Barker's brigade and Gen. Wood's division distinguished themselves in the fight. Gen. Wood, Colonel Harker, and General Garfield were present, and with the remnant of General Johnson's divi- sion held the left, and covered themselves with glory. On the right and centre Generals Brannan, Baird, Reynolds, and Palmer, with parts of their divisions, fought most gallantly, while Generals Stedman and Granger held the reserve, and drove the enemy at every point where they went in. At five o'clock General Thomas was still triumphant, and on the left held his line of the morning, but with the right of the enemy nearly back to his line, nearly at right angles with that of the morn- ing. Two lines of retreat were open to General Thomas to Chattanooga, one of which he fell back to, to Rossville, during the night. Our losses have necessarily been heavy, but the list of killed will be surprisingly light, and in the two days' engagement we have not suffered more in men than the enemy. In the charge by General Thomas on the first day, the enemy lost as many in. killed as we did in the whole day. What the losses in prisoners and material are cannot now be reported. Our killed will reach 1,200, our wounded will amount to 7,000, most of them slight wounds. Among the superior officers killed are Gen. Lytle, Colonel Key, Colonel King, commanding brigade, and Colonel Bartleton, of the 101st Illinois. Among tl1,ewounded are General Morton, of Gen. Eosecrans's staff; Colonel Craxter, 4th Kentucky; Colonel Frankhouse, 98th Illinois; Lieut.-Colonel Madge, 11th Michigan; Lieut.-Colonel Hunt, 4th Kentucky; Colonel Bradley, commanding brigade in Sheridan's division; Colonel Charles Anderson, 8thOhio; Major Weldman, 18thKentucky; Lieut.- Colonel Tripp, 6th Indiana; Lieut.-Colonel Bryan, 75th Indiana; Colonel Armstrong, 93rd Ohio: Major Johnson, 22nd Illinois and Lieut.-Colonel Maxwell of 2nd Ohio, all slighly wounded. Gen. John H. King is reported wounded and a prisoner. We have captured General Adams, of Texas, and 1,300 of his men.
Rosecrans's Official Dispatch. The New York Evening Post of the 23rd ult., says:- General Rosecrans's official dispatches in re- ference to the battles in Georgia have been re- ceived at Washington. Their general summing up is that, after two days of severe fighting, in which General Eosecrans, with greatly inferior forces, bore the shock of one hundred and forty thousand rebels, comprising the armies of Bragg and Johnston, half of Lee's army, and all of Pem- berton's scattered troops that could be gathered together, he deemed it prudent to fall back upon Chattanooga, which he did in good order. At last accounts, he had established communications with the cavalry of General Burnside. Two of Rose- crans's divisions are reported not to have behaved well. It is believed that Rosecrans will soon be put in a position to enable him to resume the ffensive. Meantime, he is thought to be strong enough to hold his ground.
Probable Strength of Bragg's Army. A Washington letter says :-A gentleman who visited Bragg's army three weeks ago, and who had an opportunity while there to become ac- quainted with several of his brigade and division officers, gives the following details concerning the generals he had with him, the composition of his forces, and their respective strength:— Bragg's army 40,000 Forest's cavalry. 14,000 Buckner's corps 12,000 J ohnston's reinforcements, estimated at 5,000 Total. 71,000 If to this be added E-well's or Longstreet's division of 25,000 men, the whole force will amount to 96,000 me-s, the flower of the- Confederate army. It is not, however, by any means certain that any part of Lees army has been sent to Bragg. Well- informed persons persist in the opinion that the latter had no other forces than the fragments of the rebel armiss of the wesfe, mustering, as statect- 71,000 men.
The Federal Disaster at Sabine Pass, f The New Orleans- correspondent of the World gives the following' particulars of the Federal dis- aster at Sabine Pass-:— )j The expedition from- this city, under Generals Franklin, Weitzel, ami Emory, consisting of some 3,000 men, thirteen transports, two gunboats- (the Arizona and Crescent City), arrived off Sabine Pass last Tuesday. The gunboats Cliftcs. and Sashern, vFikfeh joined expeclition, at the zaonth of Berwick (Atehafalaya); Bay, crossed the bar first, and engaged the Confederate battery on the point. The nsovement wsiB-not conceived, I ara told, in this department. From varies sources* information;, supp€«ed to b trustwortSy, was &.3" tained with regard to the < filament of the Con- federate battery;- It was supposed to aonsist <■■ £ two 24-pounders* and two 3i,-pcTmders» with, per- haps, tm>- or thsee field-pieses; and the work was represented to be contemptible. hi fact, f however, there was- a- very fine field work, mount- ing seven first-class-, siege guns. It: is not known Z, who was in commarfof the work, but he under- stood his business. He allowecli the Sachem and Clifton to give him 3. number of shots as they ap- proached, and5 did not fire a gun: till, in a position where the firs- would be etreetive. 1% was terrible. The fourth shot from the battery went through th", Sadiem. sfceara dxtun, aJlld to complete the disaster, she grounded. The Clifton was riddled with shot" Before she grounded and- Captain, Crocker fired one of his own guns- through her machinery. There were on board the Clifton one hundred and thirty sharpshooters selected f?&m the 75th, and one hundred from. she- 61st Ifew York regiments. After she grounded, seven; of these jumped overboard, and swam to the beach. Weitzel sent a boat fro-m-'the-banks, and took them off. They report that about thirty men. on board the Clifton were- killed aad; woundsdi. There are now no means of knowing the' extent of the losses on the Sachem. These two gunboats were the only ones in action. The entire affair did not last more than fifteen minutes, and the. action was witnessed by the whole fleet. The General Banks, with 500 men on board, under command of Weitzel, followed the Clifton one hundred yards in the rear, and was the only transport under fire; she was uninjured. ;Weitzel intended to-land his men, and carry the-works by assault; but the tide. was still falling, and the signal was made for the transports to return over the bar into the Gulf. Oh their way out, four of the transports-and the- gunboat Arizona grounded on the bar. Fortu- nately for them the Arizona grounded above the- transports, broadside on, thus presenting, to the. Confederate gunboats, four of which were in the. lake, the appearance of being purposely in position to cover the retreat of the transports.. The follow- ing morning they got under weigh; the whole fleet, except the lost Clifton and Sachem, left Sabine Pass. On their way through the Gulf the steamboat Laurel Hill was disabled, and was towed to this city by the Banks. Part of the transports carried their men to Brashear City, and the rest came back to New Orleans.
The Armies of the Rapidan. The New York Herald of the 23rd says.—Skir- mishing still continues along the banks of the Rapidan between the Union cavalry of Meade's army and the rebels. It is currently reported among the troops of the Union army that Lee's forces had gone south en masse, and it is said that this fact had been definitively ascer- tained by the Union scouts, and by advices direct from Richmond. Ewell's corps is said without doubt to have gone to the reinforcement of the rebel army opposed to Bosecrans.
The Siege of Charleston. A further communication from the New ■ York Herald says:— "The arrival of the steamship Fulton at this port puts us in possession of Charleston harbour dates to Sunday, Sept. 20. The work of mounting guns on Battery Gregg was very slow, in conse- quence of the shot and shell from the rebel Battery Bee and Fort Moultrie falling among the working parties at intervals of about twenty minutes. The equinoctial gales had done con- siderable damage to the camps on Morris Island. The rebel steamer Sumter had been sunk between Forts Moultrie and Sumter about the 12th Sept., but from what cause was not ascertained."
MURDER IN DEVONSHIRE. On the 20th of August John Meers, a wool-comber, of Ashburton, about thirty-one years of age, was found in a large pond, near the turnpike road, at Teign- bridge, and from the severe marks found on his face and head, it was quite clear he had come to his death by very foul means. At the inquest the jury returned a verdict that he had been murdered, and a reward of £ 50 was offered for the conviction of the guilty in the case; and on the information of a lad named Pike, a sweep, of Newton, James Stevens, a mulatto, and John Burke, a prize-fighter, were apprehended at Exeter on the charge of commiting the murder. The lad's evidence is to the effect that he was in a sparring booth, on the second day of Newton races, viz., Friday, the 14th of August, and saw Meers sparring with Stevens. This was about eight o'clock in the. evening. Whilst they were sparring they fell out, and the boy afterwards saw them lea.ve in company with Burke. Pike followed a short distance behind; the three having walked off the course together towards Teignbridge. On their arriv- ing near the spot where the body was found, a scuffle ensued between Stevens and Meers, which lasted several minutes. Eventually Stevens, who was not only by far the most powerfully built, but also a scientific sparrer, dealt Meers a most severe blow behind the ear, knocking him down, apparently life- less. Immediately afterwards Stevens took from his pocket a string, and attached to one end of it a ball. This he threw at the head of Meers with great violence whilst he was lying on the ground, Burke remarking, "Give it to him, Jemmy." He then took him up, and threw him over the bridge, into the pit of water in which the body was afterwards discovered. Burke then gave the boy a penny not to tell any person what he had seen. Immediately after this occurrence the boy states that a man passed by, but no one spoke to him, and he therefore went on without taking notice of anything. After this the two men parted, one going towards Newton and the other towards Teignbridge. The lad followed Stevens, and when he passed Whithill he saw him throw something over the hedge. Subsequently the boy found it to be a piece of brass about two inches long and one inch in diameter, having a hole through it. There was also part of a string in it, thereby leaving no doubt that it was the thing that Stevens was seen to hurl at the de- ceased whilst he was lying on the ground. Both prisoners were committed for trial on the charge of murder at the next assizes.
DISCOVERY OF AN ILLICIT WHISKY STILL. A discovery was made some days since, by two of the Durham County Constabulary, which pro- duced quite a sensation" amongst the gaugers of the district. One evening a large water-butt was stolen from the premises of William Potter, a hind at Coalburn Farm, near Winlaton. Infor- mation was given to the police, who accordingly set off in quest of it. The thieves had shown a great want of cautisn in effecting the robbery, as in rolling the tub along- the ground some traces of its progress had been left behind. These the officers followed, and not only were they led through wood and fields i:a the pursuit, but even over fields of standing corn, where the butt had left a broad trail as it had been trundled along. The officers had followed the object of their search for about three miles without appearing to be any nearer to it. The trail led them to the brink of a bank abotti sixty feet- high, overlooking Milkhoeise Burn, a small stream about seven miles from Winlaton, and dividing, the counties of Btafta/m and Northumberland. On peering over into the gorge beneath, what was their astonishment" at seeing not only the missing water-butt, but the purpose lo which it had been applieu. It formed part of the plant of a well-concealed illicit still and a womanwas engaged in mixing some "wash" in at that moment. Her husband was near her attending tc some other partf of the process. The- still was of large size, and most complete in all its: part?-. At the- moment of discovery a fire was blaziag away merrily under it, said the manufacture l of "mountain dew" was goiag briskly forward. The bmsy couple the officers rssognised asH a pit- man named Thomas- Carr, and his wife Margaret, l'esidingntt Leadgate; near Shotley-bridge. About 150 yards from the- Burn the police had met a brother of the prisoner's, named* John Cars', who had doi#tless just' left the incliistrious couple, and possessed an interest in their little Imder- taking. The police-had barely made the dis- covery vrSen Carr and Ms wife became aware of their ^welcomed* presence. They both im- mediately attempted* to escape into the wood. One constable followed^the female^ while another gave chase- to her husband. They were both captured a £ ter some resistance, Lnd the officers BaYing secured their prisoners, proceeded to in- spect the sti ind apparatus. They found in -&wo casks fourteen: gallons* of what is- technically termed" and m, another ennaller cask was- about three a half s'slloms of &M which W sesrfy undergone sixffieient manipulation to beecjie -pare whisky,. It appears that the- prisoners 1 "been in the liabit of selling small quantities of wMsky for some time-previous to discovery^ but without exciting suspicion of how they byit. John Carr was afterwards apprehended By the- police. The two men and the--woman were t brefeght before- the Gates-head county, bench under- the-charge. Mr. Turner, supervisor,: appeared on behalf of the Excise. The ease was onHy partially goae into, asilswas then adjourned.
ElHOC](INt"t.' DEATH OF A SOLICITOR. [ Worcester lias been plunged into a state of asap ¡ regret by tidiags of the untimely deatS;of Mr. Jo.ah J ones, a solicitor of som-o standing, had for some | few-weeks beanyisited by a wry so vera iliiK^s, wKeh during the greater paxb: of its continuance seriously affected his brain, and reooen-d him qmteirresponsiMe. s for his actions., Under akilfel ti c itire^t, however; he so far reoovared as to remOYê- all cau80.ofanxiety fcom his friends, and last week he went to completes his restoration to health at the establishment of Dr. Grindrod, at-Malvern. Here he stayed until Wednes- day morning. when he went out as fer- a walk. As he did not return to dinner^, some uneasiness was felt as to his safety, and finding that nighMall did not bring his return,, messengers were sent aut- to inquire for him. All search was,, however, in vain, for nothing was heardiof him until next morning,.when, as a(,plate- layer named Robins was walking up the line of rail- way between Colw.ali and the Eeabury tunnel, he came, near C amming's-bridge, upon a body lying be- tween the rails. The head was- completely severed from the neck, and was nowhere to be seen until about mid-day, when it. was discovered by some men lying near the quickset hedge,-at the bottom of the-embank- ment, some thirty or forty yards from the spot where the body lay. A. pocket-book and papers,, found in his pockets, proved it to be the body of the unfortunate gentleman who-had been missed from Dr. Grindrod's. Deceased's watch and chain were literally cut to. pieces some-portions of the chain were- found on the-, line, but oaly the case of the watch has been found., I L the interior having been crushed oat and whirled off. The assumption is that the unfortunate gentleman., laid his seek across the rails, and that either the last- passenger- train or one of the night goods trains passed over it, and severed it from his body. Strange to say, none of the engine-drivers who passed over that part of the line on Wednesday nightr^which was w<t and wild—observed any obstruction.
THE NEW ZEALAND CHIEFS AT MATH. The New Zealand Chiefs, accompanied by their in- terpreter, Mr. Jenkins, visited Bath on Monday The New Zealand Chiefs, accompanied by their in- terpreter, Mr. Jenkins, visited Bath on Monday evening.. Five of the chiefs delivered speeches to the meeting in the Maori language, Mr. Jenkins interpreting their J. remarks. Eeihana Taukauwau expressed his grief at the present war in New Zealand, and said himself and his brethren in no way sympathised with the rebellions Maoris. Horomona Te Atua said the Queen had assured them that she would not oppress them, and that they should have equal laws with her British subjects. He had not seen that laws had had the effect of making the English and Maori nations one nation. In his opinion the best plan to unite them would be that the two races should marry together (laughter and applause). They might laugh at the suggestion, but those were his thoughts. That would be the best way to make them keep the laws. It would greatly improve them in every respect (laughter, and hear, hear "). Some of the New Zealand women had married English settlers, but the British ladies had not married with the Maoris (laughter). They were taught in the Word of God that they should do unto each other as they would be done by, and that they should love one another, and they could not do this in a better manner than by doing as he had recommended (laughter and cheers). Takerei Ngawaka spoke of the dress worn by the natives, and said that in his own land they still pre- ferred the native costume to the European, for it was lighter, and permitted them greater freedom of action. He said New Zealanders would remain loyal, for their country was married to the Queen. He referred to the kindness shown them in England, and hoped the British people would pray for them, as they did for ¡ the British, • Kihirini te Tuahu, the old warrior, said he had slain his fellow-countrymen by hundreds, both by the native weapons and by the European weapons, but now he had forsaken both weapons, and had taken up another -the Word of God (applause). Kihirini produced a native mat, and presented it to Miss Barter, daughter of the Mayor, as a token of the gratitude of the chiefs to that lady and her father for the kindness shown them. Mr. Jenkins stated- that these mats were not parted with by the New Zealanders except to persons of distinction—one had been given by the chiefs to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and another to her Majesty the Queen. The old chief had been selected by his fellows to make the present. Hapimana Ngapiko then presented the Mayor with a mere, a native weapon, in shape like a racket-bat, which Maories use for breaking the skulls of their foes. The Mayor thanked the chiefs for their gifts, said he had received them with pleasure, and he certainly expected nothing from them in return for anything he had done for them. The chiefs sang a chant, and a vote of thanks to'the mayor closed the proceedings.
DEPLORABLE ACCIDENT TO A LADY. A feeling of profound sympathy is felt in the neigh- bourhood of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with one of the oldest Northumberland county families, through a sad calamity that has overtaken it. Intelligence has been received that Mrs. Blackett, wife of Captain E. B. Blackett, R.N., of Wylam Oakwood, has been killed by a fall from a carriage. Mrs. Blackett, who was a lady of great intelligence, and much beloved in the neigh- bourhood of her husband's seat, being a good driver frequently drove out without attendants or any company, and on this day, accompanied by two of her children, she drove from Oakwood to Matfen-hall, the residence of Sir E. A. Blackett, about ten miles distant, in a basket-carriage. Mrs. Blackett and the children took luncheon at Matfen, and afterwards entered the carriage, intending to drive round by Stamfordham. They had scarcely entered the carriage, however, when the horse, a bay, and rather high bred, became restive. Mrs. Blackett requested the children to get out tmtil she got the horse more in hand. They did so, but the animal continued to rear and plunge in the road through the shrubbery, and at last the carriage upset, and Mrs. Mackett was thrown with great violence on t ha-ground. The gardener belonging to the hall, who wait at some- distance, hastened to the assistance of thsf unfortunate lady, and carried h«r' to the hall, which she had left but a few minutes before-in the vigour of health. But her head had been so much injured that she had scarcely been brought intg the' entrance-hall when sheceasert to breathe. The carriage wheels had evidently been caught' by one of the trees on the side of the road, and her' death seems to have been caused by her head being brought in violent contact with a tree. The- awful death of Mrs. Blackett is- much lamented mtWylam, where she was beloved by rich and poor. Captain Blackett is the owner of colliery. property in that neighbourhood, and the- name- ef the family is associated with tie early history of'the loco- motive in the-North, and with the first" struggles of the late George Stephenson, the engineer. Captain Blackett was likewise brother to the late-BEr. Jolrn F. B. Blackett, formerly one- of the members of -She borough.
TIIH CHANNEL FLEET, Si'the early part of the-week maiiy'Miousamfo of persons visited the Warrior and Blast. Prince; thsugh the weather was far from being: all that cOTdd be desired; and the- crowds that went on board' the former- iron-clad were so dense that many of those who set out" from Kingstown at mid-day were not able to get back until Ikteimthe evening. The crash was severe to the verge of danger; but no accident fortunately occurred. On Wednesday the morning was tolerably She, but menacing and inclined to he-squally; and'in the hope of improvement, or it- least that the day would not become worse, the steamerS anclirailway carriages were beset" with ardent claimants for places, who throngeli every mcxle of conveyance; and every boat and train leNr behind them vast could' not be aeeommodated—for- tunately; as It turned' out, for those who failed in obtaining" a passage; as at" one o'clock rain began to-fall in tcsTents, and the windj. which all the morning had a southing tendency, .veered to the south-east, whence it Blew freshly, raising waves in the bay that showed even landsmen that the sailing of the fleet: could l'lotoo delayed-for any length of time. The- officers- of the Defence- had invited the Lord-Lieutenant and: a to a luncheon on boara that ship and at an early hour a deputation fraan the B&llast Board; waited upon Ms-Exeellenny with am offer of theboard's handsome steamer, tie Priheass; Alexandra^, to con- vey himself and suite on bOQird the Defence. At half-past two o'clock the Viceregal party started from Westland-road station, where they- left be- hind them some 500, people on the platform, who could obtain no place in the braiin; but on arriving at Kingstown, and seeing the waves running- half mountains high, and breaking upon the eastern- pier with a degree of force seldom wateessed except- in midwiister, Ms. Excellency would have returned to town, had he not beea per- j suadedj evidently against his will and: judgment, by the ladies who accompanied him, to-embark in the Princess Alexandra and set out for the fleet. ) Off they went accordingly, and the handsome little steamer, as if conscious oI' the anxiety, of the fair portion of her passengers, to reach their destina- tion, went gallantly through the waves, now mounting proudly upon the crest of one, and im- I mediately afterwards siaking almost ous of sight iB. the liquid vale formed by tw@; but all to no purpose. She made the Defence, but the sea ran too- high to pemnit of an approach sufficiently near to disembark her passengers, most ûl whom by this time had; got enough of the excursion; and it- ■ is ^doubtful whethes- their regret at missing its object, the dejeuner- in the Defence, or at having foolishly sought it at so mush inconvenience, sot- to say risk, was the greater. It was with great difficulty that those on board the ships in the early part of the day were got off; and many steamers in the course of the early part of the afternoon failed in their attempts to approach the ships-a fortunate circumstance for the visitors, who, if once on board, might not be able to, get off again, such was the violence of the gale a.nd the roughness of the sea. About two o'clock the commander of the Ajax, in Kingstown harbour, telegraphed to the Lord Mayor that the proposed entertainment on board the Defence- could not come off; and this notice, posted in the C'onmiercial- buildings, prevented many of the invited guests from going to Kingstown. I
I ILL-TREATMENT OF SPOMTING DOGS. At the Brompton County Court David Mat- thews, coachman to' a gentleman at Walthara- green, was summoned before Sir Culling Eardley by a cow-keeper named Andrews, living at Ful- ham, for e3 7s., for the keep of two setters and a retriever, for a certain period, at the rate of 3s. per week for each dog, the animals in question being the property of the defendant's master. The dû- fence was that the plaintiff had not properly fed or taken care of the clogs; that one died imme- diately it was removed, and the others were ren- dered worthless. In answer to questions put by Mr. Pawle, who appeared for the defendant, the pla,intiff said that he kept the dogs in a warm, clean place, and gave them as much barley meal and "middlings" as they would eat, and he also occasionally gave them some skim milk. He ad- mitted that the dogs were not very fat when they were taken away, but he said they were very hard- worked during the season. No food eould have saved the one which died. The defendant stated that although the dogs were not thoroughly broken, they were worth six or eight guineas each, and the retriever in particular was a very good dog, and was worth £ 20. Three shillings per week was ample to provide them with sufficient food. When. he took the dogs away they were in such a state that he was ashamed to be seen with them. The retriever died on the morning after he was brought home, and the others were in a most miserable condition, and one of them died subsequently. The learned judge inquired of the defendant whether barley meal and middlings were proper things to feed dogs upon? He replied, "Certainly not; they would starve any dog in the world." The plaintiff asked the defendant whether he did not see the dogs after they had been with him a month, and whether at that time they were not in good condition? The defendant-who is a stout, hearty-looking man-replied, amid much laughter, that the dogs were in good plight when they went to the plaintiff, and a month was not sufficient to get off their condition. It would take some time to get mine off," said he, If I was fed ever so badly." The learned judge said that he was of opinion that the case for the defendant had been fully established, and that the plaintiff had fed these dogs most improperly, and had himself broken the contract. He should therefore order him to be nonsuited with costs.
CONVICTION UNDER THE NEW POACHING ACT. William Greentree, an elderly man, who had the appearance of a labourer, was summoned before Mr. Ingham, at the Wandsworth Police-court, under the Act 25th and 26th Viet., c. 114, cl. 2, which states "that it shall be lawful for any constable in any highway, street, &c., to search any person whom he may have good cause to suspect of coming from any land where he shall have been unlawfully in search or pursuit of game." A police-constable of the V division stated that about five o'clock on Saturday afternoon last hs was on duly in TVimbledMi-park, when he saw the prisoner and four other men approaching towards Wandsworth. One of them carried a double-barrelled gun on Ms shoulder. The defendant and one of the men left the others and went into a mangold-wurzel field with a- dog, and he saw them looking about. Witness called to them, and asked them what they were looking for and the defendant's companion replied, For a mushroom." They both ran away, but he stopped the defendant, who said they had been looking for a rabbit. Seeing that his pocket was sticking out, he asked him what he had got, and he replied, "Only a little rabbit." Witness asked him to let him look at it, upon which he took out of his pocket a small hare, about half-grown and alive; He asked lim whether he called that a little rabbit, and he replied, Well, it is a little hare." He saii he caught it-on Wimbledon-common. ]1\¡r. Alfred Danni said he looked after the-preserves on Wimbledon-const-Hion for the Duke of Cambridge. The-right of shootiag- was given to-, his Royal High- ness- by Lord Spencer. The witness said he had knewm the defendant for years, and had summoned him- several times for- poaching, and he had been con- victed. Mr. Haynes, jun., submitted that the case did not come-within the meaning of the Act, as the defendant had not been on Wimbledon-common unlawfully in search of game. He saw the hare and put it in his pocket, Mr. rugham said tlrae, after the account he had received about the defendant, he could not do less than impose'the full penalty. He then fined him £ '5, and sentenced him in default"-of payment, to fee imprisoned for two-months with hard labour. The defendant was then locked up. ——
MANSLAUGHTER AT WHITBY. Extraordinary Proceedings at tlie Funeral of Deceased. An inquest was held at Whiffy, on Monday, on the body of Robert Deighton, aged 47 years. It appeared from the evidence that the-deceased was in a furious condition on the previous Saturday, the result of ex- cessive drinking, and insulting the persons in a. beer- house he was in the habit of*'fre«pteiiting. His conduct sufc length Became so outrageous that a fisherman, reamed Davidson, accepted.: .his general challenge to TIght, and the parties procaedted iato the middle of the road, where- the encounter took place. Davidson struck his opponent a single blow on the face which knocked hill on his back:. He was carried to his residence,,where medical oid'i was called in;: but he expired in a..few ho rs. Hie medical testimony went to"show that death was caused by fracture of the slsall and extravasation of blood on the b -ain, the results of tHe- fall. The jury, with some apparent reluctance, returned a verdict of "Manslaughter-against Davidson, who was committed for trial, bail beisg accepted'for. his ppearance. jShe proceedings at tha > funeral: of the unfortunate man DeigMon were of an extraordinary character. TheWhitbyeemetery is divided into two portions- th^-Church side and the-Nonconformist side; and it seems that tfee former is. licensed, but not yet conse- crated. The grave of the deceased was dugron the Church sidfey and notice was sent to the clergyman,, requesting: 3aim to bury bhedecoosoo on the day named. He flatly refused to do so, or to permit any of his CUltllites to aead the, burxal-serviaev saiyng that the body must go to the other-the NbnKmnformist-side and anybody cswld bury it there." On the morning the poor-man s-hould have been buried, Mr. Keane and his curate left, Whitby by train, in order to be out of the way of' importunities;. and, after waiting considerable tima,- the mourners availed themselves of the services; ota Primitive Methodist minister, who read the service, in the Hcmconformist chapel, The committal to the grave was read from. the part of the Nonconformist ground nearest, to the grave, and the earth wag scattered on the coffin by the sexton on a given signal. ceJ«mony was thus performed out of the hearing of the deceased. It is understood that the attention of the Archbishop of York, and also titat of- the Secretary of State, will be, called to the affair.
[MUBDEB AJD ROBBERY IN SIIO-ME- | BITCH. Considerable excitement has been caused in the neighbourhood of' Shoreditch by the murder in Old- street-road of a pork butcher, named Edward Vial, who was brutally attacked and robbed of a small sum of money by some wretches at present unknown. A few evenings since Mr. John Humphreys, Mid- dlesex coroner, opened an inquiry into the circum- stances at the' PriBoess Royal Tavern, Paul-street, ShoseditcK Mrs. Pheebe Humphreys, 40, Willow-slreet, Shcvreditch, said that she was the-sister of deceased, who lived at No. 15, WiIlow- street. On Tuesday week, having beard that he had been robbed, and had received dreadful injuries, and that his life was in great danger, she went to his house. He had been rendered deaf by the maiMier-in which he had been beaten on the head. He was, however,, sensible He said that on the preceding evening he had to the West-end. On hkway back he felt thirsty, and he turned into the Luke's Head Tavern. A man, named Clark, he said, was drinking there at the same time. When he (del. ceased) left, the house, which he said he did soon, he proceeded along the Old-street-road until ho earae to Mr. Felton's coach factory at the corner of Pamp-row. He had then in his pocket a hfij?containing the following pieces of silver:—Two florins, four shiliing pieces, a sixpence, and a threepenny-bit. He said that he saw no persons about at the limp, but he suddenly received a dreadful blow on the temple that dashed him at once to the ground. He knew nothing more whatever about the attack. He had no idea of how he got home. Witaess saw the marks ofa terrible blow on deceased's temple. Emily Yial, the widow of the deceased, said that her late hus- band on the night in question had left home at six o'clock to sell Forne German sausages. She saw no more of him until one o'clock the following morning, when he knocked at the door. She opened it, and he rushed past her in a terrified state, ex- claiming, "They are after me! There they are!" He ran upstairs into a cupboard. He rushed into the cupboard with such force that he got jammed in the woodwork, and she was until fiveo'clocktryingtoextricate him. She then got him into bed. He was excited, and at times raved. When he became sensible he made a statement to his sister. He said, "My God, they have not onJyrobbed me but they have injured me, and I do not know who they are." There were signs of blows on the back of his head as well as upon the temple. He said he had pains on the side of the head which prevented him hearing, and that the blows, had made him deaf. The pocket contained a pipe and a hand- kerchief; the bag of money was gone. Deceased was a quift man of sober habits. He was healthy, and was about thirty-nine years of age. Witness had not told the police of the circum- stanceg. The Coroner said that it showed extraordinary stupidity not to have given information instantly to the police. If his dying deposition had. been taken, it might have been of the greatest importance In the detection of the murderers, for a murder most certainly had been committed. The coroner also said that one fact had been very clearly proved, namely, that deceased had been murdered. The next step would be to ascertain if possible who the murderors were, and to bring them to justice. He should adjourn the inquiry, to give the police an opportunity of discovering some clue to the guilty parties. • ,» I" The court was Moording-ly