TO, WIT TALE. r BY OUB SPECIAL CORBESPON )ENT. ( < 0. readers iviU im&erstanA that vse do not h<J1il ourselves repon- siblefor our eible Correspondent's opinions. THE Prince ancl.Princess, of Wales being in the capital of Sweden, where they have- been right royally received by the great-grandson of Napoleon's marshal, Bernadotte; the Queen and Court in the Highlands statesmen on the Moors, or "discoursing sweet music" in' the shape of addresses, bucolic or political, to their constituents — there is at present a remarkable dearth of metropolitan gossip. It is true, war is raging: in the United States, Poland, Algeria, Tunis, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, China, Japan, and Afghanistan, enough blood-shedding is going on to crush the hopes of -the friends of universal peace but then not one in a thousand knows anything about these wars z;1 and, moreover, the countries are so far distant, that with the exception of the great conflict between the North and South, people in London feel but little interest in their doings, albeit they affect humanity in general. Again, the feverish excitement about the Briggs murder is beginning to subside, for there is nothing new to be said about that sad tragedy until the trial. By the way, the scene at Bow-street Police-court on Monday was one I shall not soon forget. J have witnessed many scenes of interest in that court — notably, that when the pirates of the "Flowery Land" were committed for trial but that at the examination of Muller beggars the description of the most skilful reporters. The avenues of the court were crowded to, excess, and in the interior the privileged few (few, indeed, by comparison with the number of persons who- sought admission) were literally jammed together, and during the taking of the depositions their upturned faces exhibited an anxiety so intense that it can-only be explained by that old English love of fair play, which many people suppose has been questioned by the mem- bers of the German Legal Protection Society, who are so much interested in, and have so commend- ably and earnestly exerted themselves in this cause cetebre. The meeting. of the Social Science Congress at York has excited great interest during the past week. Naturally, it's proceedings are narrowly watched and scanned by all interested in the ob- jects it proposes to carry out. This congress has, indeed, set itself a great task, and it is per- forming it well. To a certain extent its present work is mere theorising, but with the view of re- ducing its theories to practice in the future. Most notable at the Congress was the presence of Lord Brougham, who, at the age of eighty- six, delivered a long address upon the re- formation of criminals, the ticket of leave system, and middle class examination (advocating the proposition that females as well as males should be allowed, to offer themselves) with a judgment and perspicuity scarcely surpassed by any effort of his earlier days—a fact, by the way, that should put to the blush the scribe of a daily paper for the flippant and somewhat coarse article he penned during the past week against the learned and venerable peer. Who can say there are no longer giants in the land ? While Lord Brougham was astonish- ing the world at York, the noble Premier, but a few years his junior, was, by way of recreation from the labours of governing, distributing the prizes at the rifle shooting at Wilton, and delivered a speech before some 5,000 people, which, although upon the hackneyed subject of volunteering, was replete with a vigour and freshness all his own. Apropos of volunteers, as I predicted some time since, the Court of Lieutenancy have at last pro- moted Major Richards, of the Third London, to the lieutenant-colonelcy of that regiment, an act of tardy though simple justice, for Colonel Richards has the honour and merit of not only having been one of the very first promoters of the volunteer movement,' but of having himself raised a regiment, of some 1,600 strong, of purely working men, who, considering the small amount of time they have at their disposal for volunteer duty, form one of the most effective corps in the service. The mention of working men brings me to the subject of the Industrial Exhibition of the working classes at the Agricultural-hall, Islington. It is likely, I am glad to say, to be a great success. The working men themselves have taken mp the idea with spirit, and have sent for exhibition many interesting objects, the productions of their leisure hours. I can cordially recommend to manu- facturing towns the adoption of this excellent plan, by which the workmen are stimulated to emulate each other, and enabled to develop their talents by comparison. The exhibition will be opened on October 17th, by Earl Russell. Among military men I hear much satisfaction expressed at the celerity and liberality with which e, a her Majesty has lately bestowed the Victoria Gross upon officers and soldiers for heroic deeds done in that miserable Maori war in New Zealand. Apropos of this badge of honour, there is much grumbling in the navy, that its gift is never accompanied, as it sometimes is in the army, with promotion. Surely, while the nation so liberally grants its millions for the ships, sailors should be a little more thought about. At all events, there should be no such marked difference with respect to promotion be- tween the two services. Railway travellers express no little delight at the report presented to the Board of Trade by Colonel Yolland as to the cause and prevention of accidents. The colonel shows clearly that the chief cause is the niggardliness of directors, and their carelessness of human life when weighed in the balance with their own profits. The pre- ventive measure pointed out by the colonel is the universal and more complete use of the electric telegraph. He would have the telegraph stations on each line multiplied so that the position of each ( train could be accurately known and that thus, ] apart from wilful neglect on the part of drivers s and guards, accidents from trains running into one another. would be impossible. "But," say directors, "consider the expense of carrying out such a system! as business men, we ha.d better pay £50,000 as the cost of an accident, than ex- pend £200,000 by wajpof prevention." Such may be their opinion and decision, but the public will agree with the colonel that if they cannot be induced voluntarily to alter their system, and introduce those improvements which science has placed within their reach, the Legislature must interfere and compel them to do so. The safety of passengers, who are not left the choice of another mode of convey- ance, must be secured, let the outlay be what it may. As for shareholders who may complain, let them remember that they should have con- sidered their probable liabilities before embarking in the speculation; and let them also reflect that though it may cause a considerable expenditure at the outset, it will be to their ultimate advantage to provide for the safety of the passengers. Z.
OUTLINES OF THE WEEK. ——*—— WE have little to relate concerning America, except the struggle for the Presidential election. Every day M'Clellan's chance appears weaker; he, however, pledges himself as irrevocably as Mt. Lincoln to the preservation of the Union. "The existence of one Government," he says, "over the entire region which once owned our flag, is necessary for the peace, the power, and the happiness of the people." Nevertheless, the peace Democrats have refused to support the General, believing that he is only studying a part which he never means to act out. It was even thought that a third candidate might appear in the field to represent'this body. Some of the New York papers are defending the South, and say that the true road to peace lies in an offensive and defensive alliance" of the North and South "against the world," with "separate Govern- ments for domestic purposes." We trust, how- ever, that whenever this fratricidal strife shall be over, a long and enduring peace will follow, and that a country in which as Englishmen we all feel an interest may again become rich and prosperous. SERIOUS riots took place last week in Turin, when it was announced to the people that the seat of the Government would' be removed to Florence. We can understand, though we can- not sympathise with, this expression of feeling on the part of the citizens of Turin. They forget that times have changed since Victor Emmanuel was King of Sardinia and Piedmont only. Turin suited that state of things well enough, and its very position on the verge of the inland frontier of the kingdom had a certain usefulness, as affording a ready means of communication with the rest of Italy. But when Victor Emmanuel became king of the whole. Peninsula, it was of course impossible to maintain an unimportant city in the north of the kingdom, with no histori- cal interest, no works of art, no ancient public buildings, as its cap al., The TTirmese were told ks much, but chose to go on hoping against hope. At this present juncture the Government of the king, finding the chances of obtaining Rome as the capital of Italy very slight indeed, and having regard to the great discontent felt by the Tuscans at the reduction of Florence to the rank of a provincial town, have wisely determined on going thither, at least provisionally. It should be remembered that Florence has made a most heroic self-sacrifice for Italy. The late Grand Duke was in many ways a just and wise ruler: he developed the industry of his country, and allowed a freedom of speech, and a license of printing the same, un- known to the rest of Italy. Moreover, the Great Powers had all ambassadors at his Court, who maintained a certain amount of state, to the great benefit of the Florentine tradesmen. All this they willingly and deliberately resigned rather than mar the unity of Italy. We may say, while on the subject of the disturbances at Turin, that they seem to have been exaggerated by the way in which the police acted: and the King was so little satisfied with the part his Ministers had played that he accepted their resignation, and the veteran General Delia Marmora, has formed a new Cabinet. THE English papers are full of little else besides Muller. We confess that we are almost sick of the name and the subject. The man is committed for trial, and, if found guilty, will doubtless be executed; if, on the other hand, he is declared innocent, his life has not been such as would particularly warrant our sympathy. We are told that he has no religious feeling within 11 z;1 him, and cares for nothing which is really good. On Sunday some books were handed to him of a religious tone, more especially the "Quiver," published by Messrs. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin. He looked at this for some minutes, but at length threw it aside for something of a less serious character. We should 'observe that before prisoners are committed, they are allowed many privileges that they do not receive afterwards, and upon a Sunday, more especially, they are allowed to read books which may be of some service to them, as, for instance, the Quiver," the volumes of which are always kept at Bow-street, and fre- quently put into the hands ''of criminals, being considered a useful work, combining amusement with that instruction which produces a good moral effect upon the mind. A SINGULAR trial is about to take place at Leeds. Thomas Scaife, the manager of Mr. Marsden, a bankrupt ironfounder who has absconded, is charged with forgery for his principal to the in- credible amount of £80,000, the bills being now in the possession of the Leeds Banking Company, which has suspended payment. The most singular part of the matter, however, is that the accused person alleges that the manager of the bank knew all about the affair and this man Scaife confesses to the whole matter, stating that more than a thousand entries in one book relate to bills, every one of which is forged. It remains to be proved if there be any truth in these statements; if so, we trust the guilty parties will all be severely punished. WE would warn our readers of counterfeit sovereigns, which during the,lq,st week have been detected in London, some of them, indeed, having been accepted at the ..banks. They are made of gold, cut of 9;1, inferior quality, being two carats,, or If grains worse than the standard gold of which the sovereigns are made, the value being only 17s. instead of 20s. We have been shown a specimen of these. The coins are new, but seem to have been purposely soiled to give them the appearance of being worn in circulation. They are much paler in colour than the present mint issue—per- haps nearer the shade of the old George and Dragon pieces. It would appear, however, upon close examination, as if the reverse side was cracked and the coin had been touched up by a hand- tool after striking in the press. The crack, when closely observed, may be seen to run diagonally upwards through the Scottish quarter of the shield, and through the "E" of Regina. The quality of the engraving is also coarse, and does not appear to be the work of a person aceustomed to coinage. The lettering appears also to be done by an unpractised hand; yet, after all, the imita- tion is sufficiently close to deceive a casual inspec- tion. The sound, which is dull and wants the sharp clink of the true sovereign, is one of the best means of detection to those accustomed to the ring of the genuine metal. It is considered most extraordinary that capitalists should be found to invest money in such a dangerous specu- lation as this, for it must require much means to get the dies and the gold; and, at last, the profit is not much greater than might be made in a legitimate trade. FOR once, England and Scotland may be even envious of Ireland's prosperity, as it is said that the harvest there has been much more bountiful than it has been in either of the other kingdoms. We trust this may bring with it further prosperity and will enable the Irish peasant to wait'a year longer in his own land before he thinks of that emigration upon which Irishmen have of late years pondered, and have been taught to believe that when once they have crossed the Atlantic a very Eldorado lies before them. We, trust, how- ever, that they are now undeceived in these matters, and will take to cultivating land at home rather than selling themselves to the Federals to be destroyed by the Southerners. Let us hope that the war in America is well nigh over, and that there will be no further danger of Irishmen being netted into the American army, and made to fight out another's quarrel. THERE is really nothing to be said about poli- tics. Several members of Parliament have been addressing their constituents either at agricul- tural shows or other social gatherings; we had Lord Palmerston, Mr. Disraeli, Mr. Stafford Northcote, Sir J. Pakington, Mr. Turner-the member for South Lancashire-and others, all saying something, but the speeches, for the most part, were agricultural—redolent of manure or bristling with machinery. These were safe topics, because no one disputes the advantages which might arise from utilising the sewage of towns, and none but antiquated and obsti- nate men deny the. necessity of introducing improved machinery, in order that farming may be made to keep pace with the times. These questions are reduced, indeed, so much to the profit-and-loss level, that they may be safely left in the hands of those whom they practically concern. But there was one question mooted by Mr. Disraeli and others during the week which requires our serious consideration-we mean the condition of the agricultural labourer. If proper statistics could be given of the rates of wages, average of education, modes of living, and other facts connected with the British agricultural labourer, some of our philanthropists would pro- bably rub their eyes with wonder. Recognising the labourer's low status in the social scale, and the grinding penury which encompasses his hapless lot, there have not been wanting persons to point out the evil, and attempt its mitigation or removal. Sentiment failed, however; moral arguments fell like seed on the stony rock; appeals to conscience had but little effect. Our agricultural labourers are, in many' parts of the country, a disgrace to this civilised age; but the clouds are breaking, and daylight was never nearer to the poverty- reared labourer than it is now. Education, and, above all, the diffusion of general information by a cheap press, have initiated the^ only movement which could prove effective; and there is a move- ment amongst the labourers themselves. They find labour better paid in large towns, where they receive numerous other advantages which they have not in the country. It will be for land- owners and tenant-farmers to consider whether it will not be to their advantage to make the cot- tager happy at home, rather than force him into wider fields of action.
CRIME IN DONG ASTER DURING THE BACE WEEK. Mr. Fisher, the clerk, read to the borough magis- trates at Doncaster, last -week, an intelligent return prepared by Mr. Superintendent Gregory, of the num- ber of prisoners, and the nature of the offences with which they are charged, as arising from the race week. Such returns are both valuable and interesting, and considerable credit is due to the superintendent for the great care which he evidently bestows upon them. From the return, a copy of which is now before us, it shows an increase in the number of crimes committed and the persons apprehended. The total number of persons taken into custody during the week was 74, of whom only 4 were females, 5 were natives of the town, and 69 strangers; of these 2 were committed for trial at the borough sessions, and 72 summarily dealt with by the magistrates as follows: 18 discharged, 10 fined and paid, 3 fined and committed in default, 9 ordered to pay costs, 7 committed to Wakefield House of Correction for 10 for 14 days, 5 for 21 days, 11 for one month, 2 for 6 weeks, and 2 for 2 months. The classes of offence embraced in the charges against these prisoners were-Robbery from the person, larceny, attempting to pick pockets, fre. quenting places of public resort with felonious intent, passing counterfeit coin. suspected persons, assaults on the police, common assaults, cruelty to animals, drunkenness, being on premises for unlawful purposes, gambling, begging, attempting to rescue a prisoner, and wilful damage. On three of these offences there is a deorease upon the return of last year—namely, robbery from the person, 4; suspected persons, 5; and gambling, 3. Most of the other classes exhibit an increase, more especially attempts at pocket-picking, of which there were 17 more cases than last year. Thus we find no approach to a diminution of crime indeed, considering the fact that there were some thousands, almost tens of thousands, less here this year than last, the increase is much greater than could have been expected. — —«
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AMERICA. i NEW YORK, SEPT. 14. £ Sherman reports, on the 9th, that his army was con- J centrated at Atlanta. Communication between Mur- 1 freesboro' and Chattanooga has been restored. ] Wheeler is retreating. ( Grant is extending his left wing, and is said to be J preparing another vigorous attack on Lee. It is reported that Mosby has been killed in a duel, and that General Price is dead. t The Richmond Inquirer says the true road to peace lies in an offensive and defensive alliance of the North and South against the world, with separate govern- ments for domestic affairs. Vallandigham, Wood, and the other leaders of the Peace Democracy, have abandoned M'Clellan, and they will shortly hold a meeting to determine their course in the Presidential canvass. NEW YORK, SEPT. 15. General Sherman has ordered all citizens to "leave Atlanta with their movable property, and to proceed North or South. General Hood granted ten days' truce for this purpose, but protested against the cruelty of the order. The New York Herald asserts that Aamiral Farra- gut's vessels are within shelling distance of Mobile. General Sheridan has captured a Confederate regi- ment in the Shenandoah Valley.
DISTURBANCES AT TURIN. TURIN, SEPT. 22. Yesterday evening a popular demonstration took place before the Royal palace. Shouts were raised of "Turin for the Capital!" A group of rioters endea- voured to break the line formed by the military, and to force their way into the Ministerial residence. The military were then obliged to fire, killing and wound- ing several persons. To-day the city is tranquil, and has re-assumed its ordinary aspect. TURIN, SEPT. 23. Yesterday the city was tranquil during the day, but in the evening the disturbances were renewed. Groups of people assembled, and raised seditious cries, throwing stones, and firing shots before the royal palace. The police and troops stationed on the Piazza of San Carlo fired upon the populace, killing and wound- ing twenty individuals. Several soldiers were severely wounded, including the lieutenant-colonel. This morning the city has resumed its ordinary aspect. The shops are open and the artisans at work. The King has summoned General de Lamaimora to form a new cabinet. Advices received from Turin contain the following details respecting the events that took place in that city on the 22nd inst. Throughout the day great excitement prevailed, and numerous bodies of troops were stationed in the public squares. Great crowds thronged the promenades in the evening, and at ten o'clock armed bands, raising seditions cries, attacked the carbineers placed at the gate of the hotel of the police.' Some shots fired from the crowd wounded two carbineers, whereupon the troops replied with a general volley, killing twenty of the people and wounding many others. About ten of the carbineers, including a colonel, were killed. The crowd fled, and no attempt whatever at resist- ance was made, nor were any barricades erected. The movement arose solely in the hope of thereby preventing the transfer of the capital to Florence. The corps of the police guards were dissolved. Perfect discipline reigned amongst the troops. Inflammatory articles were published by the clerical and democratic journals, especially the Gazette del Popolo. — It is rumoured that the Parliament will be opened in another city.
FRANCE AND THE ROMAN QUESTION. PARIS, SEPT. 22.: The Constitutionnel of to-day, in an article on the Roman question, signed by M. Limayrac, observes that the occupation of Rome has always been regarded as both exceptional and temporary. The writer con- tinues :— The French Government, impressed by the happy change that has taken place in the Italian peninsula within the last two years, the anarchical passions having there been either appeased or suppressed, was ready to seize the first opportunity of putting an end to a situation embarrassing and onerous to all. Moreover, so soon as the Italian Government, hitherto occupied in discussing the necessary organi- sation of a new State, and in determining upon the choice of a capital on strategic, administrative, and political grounds, had given notice of its resolution to transfer the capital, the Government of the Emperor thought that the moment had come to deliberate upon the conditions which would enable it to leave Rome with perfect safety." The article then points out the following stipulations of the arrangement that has been concluded :— Italy engages herself to respect the actual territory of the Pope, and to prevent by force any attack that may be made on it from abroad. France is to withdraw her troops in proportion to the organisation of the Pontifical army, the evacua- tion of Rome to be accomplished in two years. The Pontifical army to be of a sufficient strength to maintain the Papal authority and tranquillity both in the interior and on the frontiers of the Papal States; the Italian Government to raise no objection to either the elements or number of men composing that army, provided always that it does not degenerate into a means of attack against Italy. Finally, Italy undertakes the liquidation of a share of the Roman debt proportioned to the extent of those States of the Church now annexed to the kingdom of Italy.
THE FRANCO-ITALIAN TREATY. TURIN, SEPT. 23. The accounts which have arrived from all parts of Italy announce that the new Franso-Italian treaty is received with the greatest satisfaction. Tranquillity is re-established here. PARIS, SEPT. 23. The Pays of this evening asserts that yesterday evening Count de Sartiges delivered to Cardinal Anto- nelli a note of M. Drouyn de Lhuys, informing the pontifical government of the Franco-Italian Conven- tion respecting the evacuation of Rome, concluded on the 15th and ratified on the 20th inst. La France of this evening, in an article upon the transfer of the capital of Italy to Florence, says :— This act which is about to be accomplished ha,s another object in view than the solution alone of the Roman question. The fear and apprehension enter- tained by_ Italy arise from the attitude of Austria, and_ the military measures on the frontier are to provide against events that might probably follow an alliance, initiated by the late interviews of the sovereigns at Kissengen and Carlsbad. Austria might remove all complications by re- linquishing every ambitious afterthought in reference to Italy, even B..8 Italy has done in reference to Rome, thus recognising an accomplished fact, and finally by pacifically settling the Yenetian question, which other- wise threatens to be a permanent source of disquiet- in Europe." — Earl Cowley is expected to arrive here this evening,
THE NEW ITALIAN MINISTRY. TURIN, SEPT. 25. The city is tranquil. The Turin journals assert that the new Ministry is composed as follows:- President of the Council and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gen. della Marmora; Minister of the Interior, Signor Lanza; Minister of Finance, Signor Sella; Minister of War, Signor Petitti; Minister of Public Instruction, Signor Mateucci; Minister of Public Works, Signor Moraudini; Minister of Justice, Signor Conforti; Minister of Marine, Signor Longo; Minister of Agriculture, Signor Natchli.
THE POPE AND THE NEW TREATY. PARIS, SEPT. 25. The Patrie of this evening states that M. de Sartiges, in communicating the terms of the Franco- Italian Convention to the Pope, announced, that the 1 Government of the Emperor renewed its offer of advice. It also promised its assistance in carrying •] out those measures his Holiness might deem necessary ] to adopt in view of the state of things which the Pontifical Government might shortly have to meet. The Pope and Cardinal Antonelli declared almost f simultaneously that they were not surprised at the x anno,ancement, since they were aware that the present status quo could not be maintained for ever by the presence of the French troops, and that the Emperor had always acted loyally, and had indicated that the intervention was essentially provisional. The Pope added that he had at that moment no observation to make relative to the engagements undertaken by Italy in reference to France, and requested time for mature reflection before communicating his impression of the effects the new state of things might have upon the Papacy. The Pays mentions a rumour that Prince Metter- nich has been compelled by circumstances to shorten his leave of absence, and that he may be soon ex- pected in Paris. -1.
FAILURE OF THE LEEDS BANK. Forgeries of Bills of Exchange for £ 80,000. 11 The rumours afloat that Marsden, the bankrupt iron-founder, who a few days ago absconded from Leeds, and up to this time has eluded pursuit, had negotiated forged bills of exchange to a great amount through the Leeds Banking Company, now in serious difficulties, are now unmistakably confirmed. At the usual sitting of the Leeds magistrates on Saturday, Thomas Scaife, a middle-aged man of rather corpulent habit, was charged with having feloniously forged and uttered various bills of exchange. The prisoner had been the confidential manager of Marsden, and in that capacity he has by procuration made him- self an accomplice to forgeries the magnitude of which is almost unprecedented. Only two out of at least a thousand cases were for the present inquired into. Mr. Bond, solicitor, prosecuted on behalf of the bank; Mr. Granger, solicitor, appeared for the prisoner. Mr. Walker Joy, oil merchant, said; J. Woodhead Marsden was a debtor to the Leeds Banking Company in several thousand pounds. On Wednesday Marsden. was sent for to the bank. Mr. Scaife, the prisoner, attended for Marsden. A large bundle of bills were produced, bearing the signature "per pro. J. W. Marsden, Thos. Scaife." Amongst them was a bill for £171 2s. 6d., drawn by Marsdon per pro. Scaife, and purporting to bear the acceptance of Geo. Wilson, of Crossla,nd-street, Holbeok. Prisoner was asked if they were good bills, and he replied they were not. He said they were forgeries. On Friday, he (witness) had a conversation with the prisoner for more than an hour. Mr. C. Butler, one of the committee, said he had better make a clean breast of it, and prisoner replied, Then I will make make a clean breast of it, and tell you everything." Seven or eight gentlemen were present-witness, Mr. Butler, Mr. Bolland, Mr. Wailes, and some directors were passing backwards and for wares. Mr. Donisthorpe also was in the room. Notes were made by Mr. Wailes of what the prisoner said. He (witness) saw prisoner again. A book full of bills were produced, and the prisoner said they were forged. The number of those bills was above a thou- sand, and they represented upwards of ^80,000. The book was numbered up to the extent of a thousand bills. He (Mr. Joy) had the prisoner apprehended on his own responsibility. He felt as a man of honour that a gigantic fraud had been committed. Mr. Irwin: Within what time was this .£80;000 worth of bills paid into the bank ? Mr. Joy: I really cannot tell. The forgeries have extended over years. There are at least < £ 63,000 Worth of forged bills out, and we have at least .£10,000 of forged bills also in the bank. Mr. Joseph Servant, cashier of the Leeds Banking Company, said John W. Marsden had kept an account with the bank for five or six years, and up to the 17th September. That account was principally managed by toe prisoner (Scaife), who wag book-keeper to Marsden. On the 28th of April the prisoner brought to the bank on Marsden's account bills "for < £ 1,256 19s., among which was a bill (produced) for £300. At the same time the prisoner pro- duced a payment ticket, dated 28th April, 1864, signed, J. W. Marsden, Thos. Scaife," which was in the handwriting of the prisoner. On the back was a memorandum in the prisoner's writing of the three bills of exchange, one of which was the same for X300 now produced, dated April 27, 1864, drawn as follows Per pro. John W. Marsden, T. Scaife" upon it, and accepted by Messrs. Robert Hudson and Co., colliery owners, Stanley, near Wakefield, pay- able four months after date to the order of the drawer. The manuscript part of the bill was in the writing of the prisoner, and endorsed by the prisoner as drawn. That bill was presented for payment when due and dishonoured. Mr. R. J. Hudson Moorvjlle, near Otley, partner in a colliery at Stanley, near Wakefield, under the firm of Robert Hudson and Co., said a bill of exchange for £300, dated 27th April, 1864, drawn by J. W. Marsden had not been accepted by him or his firm. The firm never accepted any bills. After being cautioned, the prisoner said he had nothing to say at present. He was then committed for trial at the assizes. It is stated that in one of Marsden'rf private drawers were found bills which had been prepared with a view to obtaining a further sum of < £ 10,000 by forgerie
TAXING CARE OF A FRIEND'S LUGGAGE. Charles Williams, a man of colour, a West Indian was brought before Mr. Partridge, at the Thames' Police-court, charged with stealing a chest containing a large quantify of linen and wearing apparel, the property of William Henry Long. The prosecutor said he was°a seaman, and lately belonged to the ship William Tell. The prisoner was also a seaman. On Saturday last, the 17th of Sept he landed at Southampton from Havre. His iugo-ao-'e was left at the Custom-house in Southampton on the previous day. When he went to the Custom-house on Saturday to claim it he found it was gone. His chest contained a pair of trousers, a pair of slippers, five sheets, a pair of drawers, four pairs of stockings a pair of mittens a rug, a feather pillow, and other small articles. He suspected the prisoner, who had been at Havre with him and reached Southampton a day in advance. On making inquiries he ascertained that a man of colour, whose description answered to the prisoner exactly, had been to tke Custom-house at Southampton, represented himself as the owner" and obtained the chest and contents. He met the prisoner in Ratcliff-highway, and said to him, "Hallo, have you got my chest?" The prisoner said "Yes" and he then asked him to give it up. The prisoner said, X 11 take you to my boarding-house, and give you up all your things." The prisoner walksd him about the streets for an hour without taking him to any boarding- house, and he gave him in custody to a police-constable. the witness then produced the key of his chest and identified his property, which was produced. John Ashbourn, police-constable 341 K mid he went to Basley's boarding-house, No. 235 Eigh-street, Shadwell, where the prisoner was lodging, and found there the whole_ of the stolen property. Some of it was contained in the prisoner's own chest,'and the remainder in the prosecutor's chest. Pr|s°ner made a long defence, which was in eirect tnat his chest and the prosecutor's chest were both taken on shore together at Southampton, and so he took both to Lendon. He in-tended to take care of Long s property. Mr. Partridge committed the prisoner to Newgate for trial. &
MODERN SERVANTGALISM. A-an Burns, 33, was placed at the bar before Mr. Elliott, at the Lambeth Police-court, on a charge of stealing three bottles of port wine, the property of her master. J Mr. Richard Barnes contractor, of 36, Stockwell- parK-road, said that about three weeks ago the pri- soner was taken into his service more from charity than anything else, and money advanced to her to provide her with artides of clothing, which she stood much in need of. It soon became apparent that she was given to drink, and on Monday last she exhibited unmistakable proofs of having been drinking, but thau was passed over. On the Thursday afternoon she was found lying on the kitchen floor, helplessly drunk; and when aroused, with some difficulty, she "crawled" ner way to her bed-room, and there locked herself up. He sent for Dr. Pocock to see her, and on her refusing to open the door to admit that gentleman it was forced open, and it was the opinion of the doctor that she had taken a large quantity of port wine. As soon as she was in a fit state to go he started her about her business, but having subsequently fouud that she had taken three bottles of old port from the cellar, emptied two of them, and dipped pretty freely into the third he gave information to th", police, aad caused her ap- prehension. L Thei Prisoner, in theimost impudent manner, declared that the port wAich she drank did not belong to her master, and reiiised to plead guilty to the offence. She was remanded for a week.