JOTTINGS OF A RAMB. LEB. I t_ As I pass along from one thoroughfare to another of the great metropolis, my eye glances ever and anon at some new feature in advertising. I re- member when vans, carrying flaming advertise- ments, were all the rage, until they became so .great a nuisance that the police authorities gave orders to prevent their passing along the crowckd streets of London. Since then it has been the fashion for men, with huge boards, announcing this- or that-new feature, fastened either on their backs or their shoulders, to parade in line, varying from one to fifty, along all the principal thorough- fares, It is only within the last few years, how- ever, that the vacant spaces that are to be met with in various parts of London were found I capable of being turned to good account. I remember when the bill-poster went crawling about, fastening a placard upon any vacant place lie could find, quite regardless^f the notice, Bill- stickers, beware." But a new era set in, and men were found to "farm" dilapidated walls, or the fencings around new buildings. These, according to the new fashion, are called c: hoardings," and are found quite a source of profit to the builder. Again, persons who are not very particular about the outside appearance of their houses let the outer walls for a considerable sum per annum. Sometimes gable ends in central spots will fetch sums varying from < £ 20 to £ 50 per annum. A scheme was shown to me some time ago, which is to eclipse <everyfcning— viz., wherever space I ea.n be 'obtained in desirable situations, to erect revolving advertising stations; and to make these attractive, an automaton trumpeter should be placed m the centre of each, who should jump like a "Jack in the box in the air, and commence sounding his instrument three times a day—say at ten, one, and jun-down. The inventor believes this will bring cl him. a. handsome income, being assured that those wiho-come t-o witness the automaton's ability will, whilst waiting, be certain to read the advertise- ments. Eccentric advertisements have been fashionable ever since Mr. Dickens introduced Somebody's Luggage" to the world; the last, perhaps, of this kind was "Not Dead Yet-See the Quiver." Now that Christmas is arriving something of the same liind is coming on. I have been studying for the last"AVeek the .mysterious words" Are you In- 'ritM'P and thought within myself that although 1. have not heard from my friends. at present, I ■iiall not be forgotten in the festivities of the forthcoming reason. Then we see a very pretty picture of a young Jady, and under- neath i3 written "The Girl." I encountered this at, every turn, until she became in my eyes a■■"■second '"Mrs. Harris;" but am now informed the picture is intended to represent "The Orange Srirl" at one of the theatres. Then comes "Crtit ttpou with a picture of anything but an amiable character; this, it seems, is the title of a new tale in Cassell's Family Paper;" and after- ihatcomemysterious figures and myste- rious- kffcbers, all leading to the inference that there'"is a "World of Magic and Second Sight" exMbitfefl by the Wizard of the North, who ahffllenges all competitors. Then, for the sake of. Variety, are plain but large block letters, commencing ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS 1.GO the celebrated Jonathan Swift startled the British public by the publication of a work so new and strange, that every one who read it was filled with merriment and amazement. It was received with such avidity, that the price of the first edition was raised before the second 30uld be issued; it was read by high and low, learned and illiterate. Criticism was lost in wonder This ma-rvellous work was entitled F GULLIVER'S TRAVELS; or, TRAVELS INTO SEVE- RAL REMOTE REGIONS OF THE WORLD) by Lemuel Grulliver; and Messrs. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin announce its reproduction in penny numbers, the first of which has already appeared. How will they get out of it?" is another startling an- nouncement. I shall get out of it by informing my readers that this is a new .comedy at one of the theatres, and then I shall turn to Book Advertisements. The style and character of these have vastly improved since the time when Warren had a poet laureate for his blacking and Moses for his clothes. A quartet that I remember years ago in the little books that used to be tossed into the carriages of visitors on reaching London would not .now suit public taste. It was as follows :— There's a fault in the making! of some people's trousers, That makea 'am slit open whenever you. bow, sirs; But those of the Moses' are sovery pliaait, They would not rip up with the beud of a giant." Mr. Thomson, a crinoline maker, has, however, oelipsed all others in invoking the Muses to his aid. He offered one hundred guineas in prizes for the three best compositions, half for the writers, and half to a Shakespeare Memorial Fund. Immense num- bers of manuscripts were sent on approval, and it was no easy task to find adjudicators-to-give time and trouble to this object, and, at the same time, men whose names would be a sufficient guarantee of 'the manner in which the prizes should be awarded. The following gentlemen gave their septicea gratnitoualy on the occasion, much to-the satisfaction of every one :—B. Webster, Esq.; J. Sterling Coyne, Esq.; Andrew Halliday, Esq.; Geo:¡:ge'Rose,E¡¡q.; and Thomas Sturtt Stuerte, Esq. and as there is some extraordinary merit in i-Jte ,productions, I give an extract from them this shall probably revert to them next:— The Poem to Which the First Prize of Fifty Guineas was Awarded. COMPOSED BY WILLIAM FULFORD, of "Saul and other Poami," and "Songs of Life." Sweet aummer-day, whereon my love was.born, tWhat know we in the world more fair than thee » u-he voice of singing birds .doth greet thy morn; TCha leases are full on every shadowing tree. :.T»hiftc is the rose, and thine the lily whit 9; ■Tfaeaipis rich with fragrance thy lips breathe Bimnad&.the long and slowly-dying light which thle,sunsets wreathe. Sweet summer-day, whose beauty peerless seems; Yet ope thing fairer than thyself I know— ]K,V'Iove, a sweet face, whose softened spleiMlOlo- beams With radianee richer than thy suns can show. ,i,lily she more-graceful, sweet and fair, Thaa e'er breathed odour on thy balmy air. Hu sweet dark eyes, whose dark is Love's own light, v Sure, stars that beam with soft and tender fire WJjettrWill ye rise aaid shine upon my night, J^pd-britig me back mine own eyas lost desire ? Rich, hair tbe sunlight touches into gold, From whose bright change fresh splendours ever dart, That! might smooth you, nor be deemed too bold, Taasfline in y our «o £ t meshes hand ana heart I And eih, red lips! whose bloom I long to kiss, Sipe, swelling to the full and perfect rose, "loathe, low and say when mine will know the bliss To aW the balm that from your flower o erflows. Batk, scarry eyes, rose-lips and golden hair, Wlhy-'e.re ye lost, so sweet, so sovereign tair r 3 jty,, canst thou love me, canst thou be my own ? Or is thy beauty too divine, too pure .Forworship and for reverent awe alone, 'Wbich may not too familiar touch endure Gtai Love dishonour that which he would nolo, ,rAnd,cht,sp. to his own warm and beating ? Would his embraces be too ardent-bold, Atfd must he but adore and kneel apart ? My-own love tells me he is nothing bold, Btft s mctifies whatever he may touch: For while thy warm heart to mine own I fold, iiidwe'ex I love, I worship tbee as much. "When most.I know thee of our own dear earth, Thea most I feel thy beauty s heavenly birth. Oh, call not beauty a fast-fading flower; Or call it such, and prize it but the more: If Heaven will lend, but for one Meeting hour, Itsprecious gifts, the more should men adore. jfer think it only for the eyes' delight, outside charm unmeet to touch the soul: Ita very core with inward fire is bright, And purest splendour glorifies the whole. Worship it, therefore, as the very seal, Bv which Heaven marks and claims the earth its own. .Fran though it he, though time its freshness steal, 'Tis yet a flower in heavenly pastures grown. Brief, ay, foredoomed ere summer pass to fail; Yet) dear as brief, and priceless e'en as frail. IE I could fear that time or circumstance Could sunder our two hearts, I durst not love: I durst not set my >all, my life, on chance But now no doubts my steadfast trust can move. I will not call thee faithful: for thy soul Is very faith's itself, and constancy Inhabits so thy nature pure and whole, That, tempt what may, thou canst not xaithless be. Therefore it is I give my-very heart, Nor fear to stake my all, nor aught keep baek For though, a spendthrift, I yield every part, I fear no dearth; I know I cannot lack. Love being all I need, how. can I pine When Faith's own self seals Love for ever mine ? What softest words caupaint thy softer cheek ? What sweetest rhymes the sweetness of thy smile ? Truly to speak of thee all words are weak, All golden thought, all wealth of fancy vile. Thine eyes are tender depths of love and light; There all fair thoughts, all gentle passions lie Thy smile is sunshine, rather soft than bright; Thy cheeks likesmooth, rose-misted ivory. So fair thou art, so gentle, Nature's flower; Sweet lily, graceful, delicately pure; If any verse were fit to be thy bower, How shouldst thou grow in mine, and there endure! But ah verse never yet praised beauty right; How then thy beauty, which is infinite ? Queen of my heart, ascend thy throne, and there Reign without rival, reign until I die: No face or form, however sweet and feir, One glance allure from mine all-constant eye. Let other eyes from fair to fairer roam, And cull its beauty from each springing flower; Mine in one sovereign face have found their home; Dwell there, nor care to move from hour to hour. Yet lack I not for change, though my true look Be fixed unchanging-on the self-same view: For in thy beauty, like, some glorious book, Beading each day, each day but shows it new. Queen art thou, one and sole; yet on thy state Millions of subjects, thine own beauties, wait. List, my sweet love, it i3 the violet-time: The air is softening 'neath a luer sky; Fresh is the green upon the budding lime, Whoso tender leaflets tell the spring is nigh. The earth awakens, clad with beauty new, To soul and. senses offering Afresh delights: In our--young-hearts.-let Love awaken-too. Stretch his bright wings, and soar to fairer heights. Oh, now to wander, loving hand in hand, In gardens rich with grass, and tree, and flower I Oh, now, heart heating- time to heart, to stand And drink the sweetness of the sunset hour! See, my dear love, it is the violet-time The fresh year's spring, our life's sweet youthful prime. When,, far away from thee, I think how sweet 'It were to-sit and link thy hand in mine, While the swift minutes, gliding by, should fleet Unnoticed, as my heart beat time to thine; I sigh to think how many days pass on All unenjoyed, and all unshared by love: Night follows night, another day is gone, And Time's care-laden wings too lightly move. Oh, how much life is lost to love and joy Our years shrink down to weeks, our weeks to hours; Our gold of life is charged with life's alloy; Our Eden breeds more choking weeds than flowers. Oh, to give all my life, my love, to thee, Ai d make it thus a thousand lives to me! The tender truthfulness of thy dark eyes Haunts me, and must for ever haunt my brain: In my deep heart what-wild remembrance lies What wild desire, until we meet again! Until we meet! When shall we meet once more Is it a year, or one more lingering day ? Within a day to me there seems a store Of longing years that will not pass away. How few the hours when lovers meet and live! A short spring morn ere winter yet be past: A fond, vain hope, of summer it doth give; But, brief as bright, the sunshine will noi last. Oh, might thy dark eyes on me ever beam, t f r That I might live entranced as in a dream Oh, who would bear a heart at all unmoved, By Love, who is of life the very lord ? Who would forego the bliss to be beloved, Although Love's pangs are sharper than-a sword P Yea, in the pain there is so much of balm, I would not change it for delight less fine: The rich delirium robs the soul of calm To thrill it with a rapture too- drnne. Let whoso will draw unimpassioned breath; O'er me let Love all unresisted reign: Yea, though his high, imperial will be death, Still let me die, in sweet, delicious pain. For joy or woe, all mine to him I give, In heart and soul his own, to die or live. To look on-wonders with familiar eyes Makes us behold them as fatniliar tilings: 'Tis distance paints enchanted mysteries, f And half its loveliness on beauty flings. But one great wonder, seen how oft soe'er, Grows not less glorious, still wins awe as deep: One beauty is eternally as fair, And its first freshness all unchanged doth keep. Before the wonder of thy beauty still My soul bows down, withf homage all: as true, As when its splendour first mine eyes clid,fill, And blinded them with admiration new. Transcendent beauty, find I, grows not old, And Time can but its-endless change auifold.
THE GREAT STRIKE OF COLLIERS:. Collision with the Police. The conduct of the men on strike at BilstoE- whem.they'are abroad in the morning-before day- break has become of such a character as to occasion great'alarm to'the -people living upon the lime of route which is taken -by the detachments of men who march along .the roads abutting upon the 1 pits where the-men who have .accepted the re- duction are at work. The police authorities ha*/e received numerous complaints frcsm the people living about Tipton in partietil&i'. of the cenduct of the men. At assearly an hour as between feur and five o'clock, bodies of men, sometimes 3,000 or 4,000 strong, • perambulate the roads, carrying sticks resting upon their shoulders in military style, beating drums, blowing whistles, and shouting in a most discordant manner. In the past few days this conduct has been accompanied with threats to person and property, and the brandishing of-sticks, until at. length the residents referred to have very generally demanded that the police should iuteriere and peremptorily put down such intimidation. Claarter-iuasters and others have gone to their masters, and, declaring their lives to be in danger, have said that, unless this could be done they must leave the district alto- .gether, for they were afraid to remain. There is one part of the districts about Tipton •where the police Lave had niore trouble than else- where. Itis a locality where some pits belonging, to the Earl of Dudley have been kept at work throughout a considerable portion of the time over which the strike has extended. Here the men going to work-have been pelted with stones and brickbats, and the police received information th,at it would be attempted,to stop the working of the pits and throw the men into the canal. Information of wha.t was occurring was con- veyed, through the ironmasters and the command- ing officers of police, to the Police,Comniittee of the county, members df which, after consultation with the Lord-Lieutenant of the county and the stipendiary for South Staffordshire, gave instruc- tions which have led to more vigorous action by the police as a body. The acting chief constable, with the superinten- dents and the inspector already named, with a force altogether of 100 men, were on duty on the highway near to the -Fox Yards and Tiptor- G-reen, at about four o'clock on Thursday mornint when three or four divisions of men, each headed by a band, and comprising altogether about 2,000 men, many of them flourishing stakes, others carrying .them across their shoulders in the manner de- scribed, and apparently, all of them shouting and yelling, met together near-to the pits. 'Such was the uproar that the chief detachment could be heard approaching when they were half a mile away. When they were all together they in- sisted upon moving to and fro in front of s the pits, and declined to heed the remonstrances of Major M'Knight and his officers, who re- quired them to cease to beat their drumming and shouting. They declined to do so, and were approaching nearer to the pits when the acting chief constable and Superintendent Oswell threw each a line of men across the road, leaving, how-, ever, a space sufficient for two carts to pass abreast, of which the men could take advantage if they I were not determined to approach the pits. This, however, they were resolved to do, and one of I their number, taking the initiative, approached Superintendent Oswell, and' saying he would net be stopped by the police, attempted to force his way through. The superintendent threw him back, but he returned and kicked the officer vio- lently .on the shin. A general disturbance then ensued, the colliers being urged on by a cry of Wire-in, .lads and the policemen attempting to secure the offenders. For about five minutes I there was a fierce encounter, the colliers armed with stakes, and the policemen with truncheons, which the latter used so vigorously that they made marks on their assailants, and had quickly arrested nineteen. The colliers, seeing the arrests, became alarmed, and taking to their heels were soon out of sight. The prisoners, some of them bleeding pretty freely, were then guarded by a detachment of policemen with their sabres, and conveyed chiefly in vehicles to the Bilston Police-station, where they were brought up at a special sessions, and committed for trial. A large meeting was being held during a part of the time at Dudley. Some 6,000 or 7,000, it is computed, passed through Tipton to that meet- ing. Some of that multitude carried sticks, and as they passed through they are said to have shaken the sticks at the police. Another detach- ment of about 1,000 also left Tipton for Dudley. It was expected by the police that they would return to Tipton. In anticipation of this a strong body of police was marched into that town during the afternoon.
THE INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION AT ISLINGTON. We are very pleased to record that the North Lon- don Working Men's Industrial Exhibition, which was inaugurated with such iclat last week, at the Agri- cultural-hall, Islington, has been an immense success. The numbers that have visited the hall since the inauguration day are perfectly fabulous—from 18,000 to 20,000 have daily come to witness the various ingenious designs of working men who have occupied their spare hours. in an evening in works of art or utility. < In going through this remarkable muaenm it will be found very interesting to notice the proportion which the contributions of amateurs holds to those which may claim a professional character. The number of articles which represent the recreative indulgences rather than the ordinary business occupations of their producers have avast preponderance, and are exceedingly interesting, as displaying thejinatural and innocent tastes which are growing up in the minds of the masses, leading them from impure resorts and from debasing passions. It is not -easy for people in the higher ranks of life to fully estimate the self-denying and self-relying earnestness of which an exhibition like this is a monu- ment. The exhibitors are, strictly speaking, men, who, in varied departments of the world's history, get their bread by real hard daily toil. The fatigue of mind which a monotony of work induces can be i tolerably well estimated,.even by those whose occupa- tions are not of a physically toilsome kind; and the temptation to those whose limbs have been restlessly employed all day to seek exciting ^amusement, must be strong indeed. Taking this view of the matter, then, how greatly should we appreciate those who find delight in lofty pursuits; they to whom the processes of intellectual self-culture are so sweet that not even physical exhaustion can hold them buck from it, and who rise-so nobly above the gross enjoyments of the animal in their humanity, that, whilst others smoke, drink, laugh, or sleep, they are familiarising their thoughts with ideals of beauty, intent upon the mastery of some mechanical problem, and patiently aspiring to achievements.in science or in art, which appear unattainable, but which they never abandon in despair. In the heroic struggle against the difficulties of their station they are surely entitled to hearty encouragement. In their own right they may claim the sympathetic admiration not only of the refined (eclectics of society, but of all honourable and Christian minds. Their names deserve to be recorded, and in their noble efforts they are entitled to all the pride Ir and joy which can be derived from active and earnest emulation. W fixet was oven fea.red that the committee would not be able to pay expenses, and several members of the committee made them- seives liable for the hall charges, lest there might be a deficiency. It was therefore uncertain whether prizes of any intrinsic value could be afforded, but the 're- ceipts have been so good that we believe awards will be mado "to all those whose designs aTe considered more valuable. and ingenious than others. Mr. Glad- stone, we understand, will close the Exhibition on the 7th of November, and the day is looked forward to as a gala by the lovers of progress and the well wishers of any intrinsic value could be afforded, but the re- ceipts have been so good that we believe awards will be mado to all those whose designs are considered more valuable and ingenious than others. Mr. Glad- stone, we understand, will close the Exhibition on the 7th of November, and the day is looked forward to as a gala by the lovers of progress and the well wishers of the people. We hear that the Earl of Shaftesbury has promised to distribute the prizes at a special meeting as soon as possible after .the closing of the .Exhibition.
DISGRACEFUL SCENES IN IRISH. Y- THEATRES. The special correspondent of the Times at Dublin says, that for some time past the .public frequenting the Theatre Royal, Dublin, have been.greatly annoyed by the conduct of small bands o'f ruffians in the gal- leries, who, in addition to a dinof brutish noises, have made it a point to hiss ,the performance of the National Anthem. Similar outrages have disgraced the city of 'Cork, in consequence of which Colonel Muller was •obliged to refuao the use of a military band even for a charitable object. At the earnest request of the mayor,, however, he gave them "one trial more" on Thursday night. The offence was repeated, notwith- standing an earnest appeal from the mayor; but the voice of the rebellious rabble was drowned in the cheers of the respectable inhabitants. There is a scathing denunciation of the guilty parties in the Cork JExamiiier; and as the proprietor is mayor of the city, and is expected to be a candidate for its representa- tion at the next election, the manner in which he has set those seditious "Nationalists" at defiance is not without interest. The writer says he never saw, in London or on the Continent, the smallest approach to such misconduct-the shameful and utterly stupid misconduct" which he frequently witnessed in Cork and Dublin. He says :— We. must confess that we feel personally degraded as we witnessed, in the capital city of Ireland, the same ridiculous and idiotic uproar a.1!.d confusion which we thought, -and with bitter humiliation too, that Cork had monopolised to, itself. Sueh unmeaning uproar I-such dull, witless jestsT -8u£h childish cries-!—such vulgar jeering!—such irre- deemably brutal and besotted folly!-we should say such, downright ruffianism!—no stranger ever witnessed. Why should we not, in this respect at least, imitate the excellent conduct of: any ordinary English audience ? Why act other- wise in a place of .public amusement. than the citizens kof Paris, of Vienna, of Home, or of any other city in the civilised world ase accustomed to act ? Why do we allow our country to -be lowered in the eyes of strangers who see us in theatres and other similar places of public amusement P Above all, why do the self-respecting citi- zens, who know kow this utterly stupid blackguardism compromises a whole community, permit a few miserable whelps to practise it with impunity ? The citizens generally despise and loathe such misconduct, and would feel justly insulted if they were accused of giving it the slightest countenance still they are confounded with those who indulge in these outrages on good taste, and are held responsible far them, in the estimation of strangers. Why do they tolerate a nuisaace which perils their own reputa- tion ? It may be said, what are they to do who witness this misconduct with displeasure and disgust ? what can they do in order to suppress it ? We tell them what we have repeatedly witnessed elsewhere. Even in the best conducted theatre an unruly person, or a drunken person, or an.ill-co-nditioned person, will obtrude himself, and will, for a moment or two—but only for a moment or two—dis- turb the audience. But thcx audience soon take the matter into their own hands; and until the disturber is ejected or silenced, they never cease to signify their displeasure— until, in fact, the nuisance is suppressed. No young black- guard-no half-drunken puppy—no ill-conditioned whelp- is permitted to annoy an English audience, to disturb an English audience, or to prevent an English audience from enjoying that for which they have paid their money.
Death of a Waterloo Veteran.—Major Richard Weyland, one,of the surviving heroes of Waterloo, has just died at his family seat, Woodriaing-hall, Norfolk. Major Weyland, who was a British Soldier of the finest type, entered the army at an early age, and continued in the 16th Light Dragoons until after the Peninsular war, and subsequently settled down as a country gen- tleman on his estate at Woodeaton, Oxfordshire. In 1854, upon the death of his elder brother (the late Mr. John Weyland), the major succeeded to the family eatste in Norfolk, Woodrising-hall, and left to reside there. He was member of Parliament for the county of Oxford from 1832 to 1837, having for his colleagues the late Mr. Harcourt and Lord Norreys '(the present Earl of Abingdon), and served the office of high sheriff in 1830. Major Weyland's elder is ffefe-prsv- sent Countess of Yerulam. <;
ANOTHER HORRIBLE MURDER NEAR WINDSOR. The Inquest and Verdict. An inquest was held on the body of Mrs. Butler, on Wednesday, by Mr. William Weedon, deputy-coroner for Berks, at the Crispin Inn, Winkfield. The jury assembled at the lodge where the murder wa3 com- mitted for the purpose of being sworn and viewing the body of the unfortunate woman, and afterwards re- turned to the Crispin, where the inquest was com- menced. The first witness called was William Mancey, who said he was a labourer, living' in the same cottage with the deceased. He had lived there six years with her. The cottage was a lodge on 'o the estate of Mr. Crutchley. Deceased generally enjoyed good health..He maintained her, besides whichshö had Is. 6d. a week from the parish. Could not say how she spent the Is. 6d. Last saw her alive on Friday night. He left home to go to work on Satur- day about half-past five o'clock. He worked at Mr. Nelson's, where he had been employed about a week. Mr. Nelson kept race horses. He did not see her when he left, but heard her snoring in the bed in the bedroom. Last saw her on Friday night about nine o'clock, when she was in her usual health and spirits. She was rather a bad-tempered woman; but they never fell out, as he always-gave way to her. They had had no disagreement. That was the last time he saw her alive on Friday. He next saw her on Saturday night about twenty minutes to seven. He was coming from his work when he met a man who told him what had happened. He had not seen her in the day time. It was the carman Pendry whom he had met. He told him something had happened to witness's housekeeper, and he immediately hurried home. Mr. Hewitt met him at the gate and said, "Is it you, ManoeyP" Witness went in and said, "Is it anything very serious ?" She was dying. She was then sitting in a cha,ir in the right hand room. She was bleeding, and looked at him, but was past speaking. The blood 'came from the back of horhead. Mr. Hewitt gave her some water, and while witness went for some brandy she died. There were two boxes which he had never seen in the house before. He was not at home when the first box was taken to his house, and the boxes were placed under the bed, where they were discovered yesterday on clearing up the place. He found no money and no valuables in the house. He had a little money, but did not know if any one was aware of it. He had pulled out a pound or so some- times at Bwoyer's, and always carried his money in his pocket. He had some money at the savings bank. He happened to mention this some two months ago, when he had had a glass on the occasion of some merry-making. Deceased was a woman badly off, and had been in the union. His brother's wife, who kept his house, died six years ago, and he wanted a house- keeper, so deceased came to live with him a few days after. He had lived at the lodge thirty-five years. Deceased was not given to drink, and was a steady woman. She was sixty-seven years of age. She had one sister living near the "One Tun," Sunninghill. They seldom saw one another, though deceased visited her sister about a fortnight ago. He could not say that they were not on good terms with each other. Did not know that they ever had a quarrel. By a Juryman: The gate was kept locked. The house had been robbed three times since he had lived there; on all these occasions in the daytime. Witness continued: The thieves had once taken a suit of clothes and 45s. The last robbery was before the deceased went to live there. By a Juryman: Had never discovered the parties who had broken into the house. There was a chopper in the house, with which they had cut a pig up on the Friday. William Kentish, carrier from Sunninghill to Wind- sor, deposed to having passed the lodge a,t half-past twelve o'clock on Saturday last. Called at the lodge for orders and sa.w the deceased, who gave him an empty hamper to return to Mr. Turnock, the green- grocer. She also asked him to call at the Great Western Station for a hamper. She was in her usual health, and he saw no one else there. She made no remark. He remained but a short time. When he returned to the lodge again it was about half-past five. He then went to the door, which he found open, and put a paper on the kitchen-table, on the right liand Aiide of the cotfcage. As he retired lie a moan, and, looking down, saw deceased sitting near the pantry door, in the centre of which she was sit- ting. Her back was towards the front door, and her feet were in the pantry. He stepped towards her and said, Old lady, what is the matter with you ? and she replied, "Ohy Christ, God!" which ejaculation she repeated again. There was a pool of blood behind her. Near her was a pail with soapy water in it. There was nothing to show there hadbeen.any struggle. He then left the house, went out of the gate to his boy, and went to the farm to call assistance. The bailiff and his wife were out, but a boy directed him to the cowman, who, with two other lads, accompanied him to the lodge, when he found deceased in the same position in which he had left her. The cowman asked the deceased what was the matter, and she again said, Oh, Christ God! He left her with the man and two lads, and went on his journey to Lord Henley's. When he first saw her in the morning, she said no- thing about Mancey—in fact, there was nothing, re- markable in her appearance. By a Juryman: On his return journey he saw a man and woman with a little dog a few yards—about 30 yards—from the lodge. They did not appear hurried, and were going towards Windsor. He did not see that they had any weapon. He fancied he might recognise them again. The dog was a small dark one. The man and woman were both rather tall and stout. They were in the centre of the road. A few yards on nearer the lodge he met a furniture van, with two men, which his boy said was a.Reading van going towards Windsor. The man (tramp), however, was much intent on what the woman was saying to him. The evidence of this witness was corroborated in many points by William Pendry, -a cowman on the estate. Mr. Superintendent Iremonger said he received in. formation of the imurder about eleven o'clock on Saturday night, and drove on to the house. The first thing that struck him was Mancoy lying asleep on his bed in the kitchen. He roused him up, and examined his clothes which 'he had worn at his work. He was drunk. Witness examined the various articles of apparel separately. There was no blood upon them. He also examined the poker, two choppers, and other thing? in the^room, but there was nothing to create suspicion.' Nothing was disturbed. He went into the room where deceased was lying, but found nothing. He remained with Inspector Reece on the spot, and with three constables searched the forest about four o'clock in the morning. Found no foot prints or marks near the house, and from information he found that two parties answering Kentish's description had been seen on the road to Bagshot. He searched the lodging-houses in the place. He then sent men to Maidenhead and other places. The superintendent then detailed the means he had taken for the capture of the tramps. Br.'T.- Si HeWitt Said he was a physician and sur- geon, and was called to see deceased shortly after six on Saturday evening, and was with her till she died, about seven. She was sitting in a chair, as describgd by Pendry. She was speechless, but on removing her cap she put her hands up and groaned. Her cap was saturated with blood, as were also her hair, face, and dress. The cap was uncut. He found two distinct wounds in her head, one posterior to the left ear, which was the most serious, the other about three and a half inches in advance near the front; both were on the left side of the head. There was a frac- were on the left side of the head. There was a frac- ture of the bone in connection with either wound, which must have been caused by some violent blows. She died while he was there. Mancey came in and he sent him for brandy. The amount of blood she had lost was quite sufficient to cause death. She was un- doubtedly struck twice. He had made a post-mortem examination, and found that both wounds were con- nected by a comminuted fracture and depression. There was an extensive bruise over the right eye. The instrument used was probably a heavy .piece of wood. Superintendent Iremonger here said the tramp who had been described to him was seen carrying a thick holly stick. Witness continued: His first idea was that the wounds had been caused by a hatchet. They could not have been caused by the deceased herself. No fall would have caused them. It could not have been done long, the blood was fluid and the fire was alight. Could not say, from her ragged dress, whether she had struggled; and he thought the murder could not have been committed very long before it was discovered. This concluded the evidence. The coroner, in addressing the jury, observed that after having heard the best evidence which,could be producer), no suspicion appeared to be thrown upon any one. But if the jury thought that the inquest had better be adjourned for further inquiries, they had only to say so, and that could be done. The jury, after a long deliberation, finally returned a verdict of "Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown."
DESTRUCTIONOFFISH IN THE RIBBLE. A correspondent writes: There has been, only a few days ago, a second and a very considerable destruction of Rah in the Ribble. A portion of the old print works, at Primrose, near, Clibheroe, has been for some time past used as a paper manufaiotory, and it has fre- quently been observed'that much deleterious matter has come down the brook from the works into the river. The quantity however was not so great as to affect the 'fish seriously until within the past week or two, when the river was much below its usual depth, owing to the recent protracted drought. On Friday and Saturday laat, not less than 2cwt. or 3owt. of fish, consisting of salmon, sea trout, or morts and sproda, penks and smelts, were taken out of the river qtnte dead, and from the junction of the brook with the river, for nearly a mile downwards, the water was so polluted that a fish could hardly exist in it. Latterly, the Ribble, Hodder, and Calder Fisheries Association have issued bills for the more effectual preservation of the salmon; and it is reported that the present de- struction has given rise, to steps for litigation. Salmon and sea trout have been very numerous in the river this year, but they were greatly reduced in numbers during the netting season. Net fishing terminated on the last day of August, and, to give some idea of the quantity of salmon taken, it maybe-mentioned that in ■ one instance a certain private proprietary took out Of the Hodder pools for several consecutive days hundred weights of salmon and trout. Not only in the Hodder but in the Kibble sport has been greatly diminished by netting, and both rivers to a great extent have been impoverished.
SEVEEE ;STORM AND FLOODS IN SCOTLAND. The Wick correspondent of the Scotsman writes: This coast has this week been visited by one of the most severe storms which we have experienced for many years. On Wednesday evening, a fresh breeze of wind sprung up from the north-east, and continued to increase till about midnight, when it burst forth with terrific fury, laoeompaniecl by torrents of rain, raising a tremendous sea. along the coast and in the bay. Fortunately, there were no boats at sea at the time, else the consequences would have been terrible. As it was, however, an immense amount of damage has been done on shore. The works at the now harbour, which have been carried on almost without interraption for the past twelve months, have been suddenly brought to a stand-still by the complete demolition, in the course of a few hours, of the ponderous wooden staging, which it has taken many months to erect. The staging, which was constructed of heavy logs strongly bound together by iron clasps, and secured by chains and anchors, had been carried seawards about 400 feet, about 80 feet of which was added to it only within the past week. It was some 40 or 50 feet wide, and had three or four lines of rails laid on its surface for the loco- motive and wagons to run along with the stones necessary for the construction of the breakwater. Early on Thursday morning the waves began to dash over it, and in the course of a few hours about 300 feet of the work was carried away and strewed along the beach in broken fragments. In order to give some idea of the force of the waves, it may be mentioned that many of the huge logs of which the work was constructed, which were 2J feet on the side and some sixty feet long, were snapped in pieces, and the rails and heavy iron bolts bent and twisted as if they were pieces of wire. Many hundreds of -tons of stone, too, have been displaced by the force of the storm, and carried up to the beach, several hundred yards distant. The loss entailed by this most un- fortunate disaster we have heard variously estimated at from .84,000 to J68,000, which, it is reported, falls upon the British Fishery Society, and not upon the contractors. The wind being from the northward, a truly tre- mendous sea was rolling along the southern shore of the Moray Firth the whole of Thursday. At Lossie. moutli it!Wia.s impossible to face the storm that raged with a violence which old fishermen said had not been equalled for thirty years. The sea appeared one un- broken sheet of white foam as far as the eye could reach. The curling breakers extended two miles out from the shore, to twelve fathoms water, and along the protection wall of the new basin the spray was rising thirty feet into the air. In the morning a schooner was seen running up the Firth past Lossie- mouth, not far out from the Skerries, and was observed to be struck by several tremendous seas. She soon passed out of sight in the thick fog that covered itha foaming ocean, and none on this part of the coast can tell her fate. She must have cleared the promontory of Burghead, and we hope she reached Cromarty. At Culleu the gale was felt very severely. The Port- knookie boats were overtaken by it at the haddock fishing, but they all made the harbour, with the ex- ception of two. One of these was dashed upon a rook, and drawn out to sea again, but the crew succeeded in, steering her to Craigenroan, a natural oreeksome miles to the west, which has saved many a boat's crew from a watery grave. The other is still missing. The Cullen boats, happily, were not out. On some parts of the coast side road between Buckie ac-d Banff it was all but impossible to face the storm. The wind was unroofing farm steadings, blowing idown, stacks, breaking and uprooting trees. Early on Thursday "morning, a boat belonging to Portessie, named the Laurel, was driven ashore at Whitehilb. She is said to have been manned by a crew of nine men, six of them brothers, and-all mast have perished, for the boat was cast ashore empty. No doubt it had been swamped among the breakers. This is a melancholy case, there being little hope of the crew being saved by any other beat near her at the time. At Burghead, such a tempest has rarely been witnessed. There, on Wednesday evening, the first premonitions of a coming gale were noticed by the wind shifting from south to due north. It was not till yesterday, however, that the hurricane was at its height, and few of the inhabitants of Burghead but were at the pier before the first streak of day, till the tempest abated. A sloop, name unknown, but supposed to belong to Kirkwall, was seen east of Burghead, evidently making for the, shore. From the time the vessel bore in sight she evidently was struggling desperately with the heavy sea. There were only three hands on board, and they seemed to cling with desperation to the rigging, to which, apparently, they had laahed them- selves,, else the waves, as they broke over the mast, would have most unquestionably washed them off. It was a heartrending sight to see the poor fellows on the top of the sails tossing first on one side and then to the other, and at every moment likely to be en- gnlphed by the waves. At one time it was thought that nothing could save them, but, fortunately, at a point not far from the shore, she gave a, tremendous lurch, which carried her over a sharp rock, and she landed on the sand at the only spot on the shore where it was possible she could do so with safety between Burghead and Lossiemouth. Here again the fishermen of Burghead came to the rescue, and with commend- able courage succeeded in reaching the sloop and bringing the hands on shore. On Wednesday night, about eight o'clock, the river Almond, which for the last two months had bean unusually small, suddenly descended in immense volume, and gradually rose until nine o'clock. At that hour the waters broke down the wooden supports of the tramway erected to lift the stones for the arches, three in number, of the bridge intended to carry trains over the branch railway from Ratho to South Queens- ferry. The centre arch of the bridge, which is just opposite ^Kirkliston, -was almost completed, and the two adjoining arches were also well advanced. The arches are on the skew principle, and not more than a foot one side, and three feet on the other, of the centre arch required to be filled up when the workmen left on Wednesday night. About an hsur after the stan- chions of the tramway were swept down the river, the wooden framework of the middle arch was also carried off. The centre arch of the bridge is entirely de- stroyed, and the arches on each side are so muoh damaged that both will have to be rebuilt. — i-
The Outrage by a GollieT'.—A collier named Marsh was charged before the Bilston magistrates with destroying the cottage of a fedow workman by means of gunpowder. The diabolical offence may be explained in the statement that the pdsoner is on strike with the South Staffordshire colliers, whilst the complainant remains. at work. The principal evidence against Marsh was the threat which he had used, coupled with the Swfc that he was first on ths gronnd affcesf&e explqsic>?j, He was sssaanded.