BILLIARDS VERSUS HOME:! Sketches of Many People. "Albert, I wish you would let me have five Shillings." Kate Landman spoke very carefully, for she knew that her husband had not much money to spare; yet she spoke earnestly, and there was a world of entreaty in her look. What do you want five shillings for P" asked Albert, not very pleasantly. I want to get some braid for my new dress." I thought you had the materials all on hand for that." So I thought I had; but Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Thompson both have a trimming of braid upon theirs, and it looks very pretty. It is very fashionable, and it certainly adds much to the dress." "Plague take these women's fashions! Your end- less trimmings and thing-a-ma-gigs cost more than the dress is worth. It's nothing but shell out money when once a woman thinks of a new dress." Surely, Albert, I don't have many new dresses. I try to be as economical as I can." "It's a funny kind of economy, at all events; but if you must have it, I suppose you must." And Albert Landman took out his purse and counted out five shillings, but he gave it grudgingly; and when he put the purse back into his pocket, he did it with an emphasis which seemed to say that he would not take it out again for a week. When Albert reached the outer door, on his way to his work, he found the weather so threatening that he went back to get his umbrella, and upon re-entering the sitting-room he found his wife in tears. She tried to hide the fact that she had been weeping, but she had been caught in the act, and she was asked what it meant. u "Wood gracious!" cried the nusDana, 1 should like to know if you are crying at what I said about your dress ? "I wasn't crying at what you said, Albert," replied Kate, tremulously; but you were so reluctant to grant me the little favour. I was thinking how hard I work-how I am tied to the house-how many little things I have to perplex me; and then to think-" Oh, pshaw! What do you want to be so foolish for f" And away started Albert Landman a second time; but not to escape so easily. In the hall he was met by his daughter Lizzie, a bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked girl, ten years of age. "Oh, papa, give me a shilling." "What!" Oh, I want a shilling. Do, please, give it to me." What in the world do you want of it? Are they changing school-books again?" No, I want to buy a hoop. Ellen Smith has got one, and so has Mary Buck and Sarah. Allen. Mr. Grant has got some real pretty ones to sell. Mayn't I have one? Nonsense! If you want a hoop go and get one oif from an old barrel. I can't afford to be bitying hoops for you to trundle about the streets." Please, papa." "No, I tell you!" The bright blue eyes were filled with tears, and as the child's sobbing broke upon his ear Albert Lmdman hurried from the house with some very impatient words upon his lips. This was in the morning. At nooa, when he came home to hie dinner, there was a cloud over the house- hold. His wife was sober; and he was sober; and even Little Lizzie, usually so gay and blithesome, was sad and silent. But these things could not last long in that house- hold; for the husband and wife loved each other devotedly, and were really, at heart, kind and for. bearing. When Albert came home to his supper Kate greeted him with a kiss, and in a moment the sun- shine came back; and had the lesson ended there the husband might have fancied that he had done nothing wrong-that the cloud had been but the exhalation of a domestic ferment for which no one was particularly responsible; though he might not have banished the conviction that women's fashions were a nuisance and a humbug, as well as a frightful draft upon husbands' pockets. After tea Albert lighted a cigar and walked out. He had gone but a short distance when he met Lizzie. In her right hand she dragged an old hoop, which had been taken from a. dilapidated flour-barrel, while with her left she was rubbing her red, swollen eyes. She was in deep grief, for she was sobbing painfully. He stopped his child and asked her what was the matter. She answered, as well as her sobs would let her, that the other girls had laughed at her, and made fun of her old hoop. They all had nice, pretty hoops, while hers was ugly. Never mind," said Albert, patting the little one upon the head-for the child s grief touched him— perhaps we'll have a new hoop some time." "Mayn't I have one now? Mr. Grant's got ene left—Oh such a pretty one The sobbing had ceased as the child caught her father's hand eagerly. Not now, Lizzie-not now. I'll think of it." Sobbing again, the child moved on towards home, dragging the old hoop after her. At one of the stores Albert Landman met some of his friends. Hallo, Albert, what's up'? Nothing in particular." What d've say to a game of billiards ? Good! I'm in for that." And away went Albert to the billiard, room, where he had a glorious time with his friends. He liked billiards. It was a healthy, pretty game; and the keeper allowed none but respectable people in his room. They had played four games. Albert had won two, and his opponents had won two. "That's two-and-two," cried Tom Piper. "What d'ye say to playing Off? All right-go an," replied Albert, full of anima- tion. So they played the fifth game, and he who lost was to pay for the five games. It was an exciting contest; both made capital runs; but in the end Albert was beaten by just three poin's, and, with a light laugh, he went up to settle the score. Five games, 8d. per game, 3s. 4d. Not much that for such sport; and he paid out the money with a. good grace, never once seeming to feel that he couldn't afford it. Have a cigar, said Tom. "Yes." They lighted their cigars, and then sauntered down the room to watch other players.. By.and-by Albert found himself seated over against a table at which some of his friends were playing, and close by him stood two gentlemen-both strangers to him-one of whom was explaining to the other the mysteries of the game. It is a healthy pastime," said he; "and certainly it is one which can have no evil tendency." Albert heard the remarks very plainly, and he had a curiosity to hear what the other, who seemed unac- quainted with billiards, would say. "I cannot, of course, assert that any game which calls for skill and judgment, and which is free from the attendant carse of gaming, is of itself an evil," remarked the second gentleman. "Such things are only evils in HO far as fch^y and fitimulate X&QXL beyond the bounds of healthful recreation." That result can hardly follow such a game," said the first speaker. Bat the other shook his head.. You are wrong there. The result can follow in twp ways. First, it can lead men away from their busi- ness; and, secondly, it can lead men to spare money who have not that money to spare. You win under- stand me. I would not cry down the game of billiards, for, if I understood it, I should certainly try you a game now bat whenever I visit a place of this kind 1 am led to reftectulJon a most strange and prominent weakness of human nature as developed in our sex. For instance, observe that young man who is just now settling his bill at th3 desk. He looks like a mechanic, and I should say, from his manner, and frols, the faot that he feels it hie duty to go home at thisi hour, that, he has a wife and children. I see by face that he ia kind-hearted and generous, and I should judge tba,t be meant to do about as near right f9 He has been beaten, and he pays about four sDilliDss for the recreation of some haurs' duration. If you observe, you will see that he pays it freely, and poakets the loss with a smile. Happy faculty! B,a:1i how do you suppose it is in that young man a home ? Suppose hia wife had to him this morning and asked him for a few shillings to spend for some trifiing thing—some house- bold ornament, or some bit of jewellery—and suppose bis little child had put in a pleafor sixpence to buy paper dolls and picture-books with, what would have jpeen result ? What do you thiak he would have answered ? Of fifty men just like him would not five- and-forty have declared that they had not the money to spare for any such nonsense ? And, moreover, they would have said so, feeling that they were telling the truth. Am I not right ? "Upon my eoul," responded the man who under- stood billiards, you speak to the point. I know that young man who has just paid his score, and you have not misjudged him in a single particular. And, what is more, I happen to have a fact at hand to illustrate your charge. We have a club for an excellent literary paper in our village, and last year that young man was one of the subscribers. This year he felt obliged to discontinue it. His wife was very anxious to take it, for it had become a genial companion to her in her leisure moments; but he could not afford it. The club-rate was only 7s. 6d. per year." "Aye—and so it goes," said the other gentleman. "While that man's wife may at this very moment be wishing that she had her paper to read, he is paying almost its full price for a year—for what ? Almost for nothing. And yet see how smilingly he does it. Ah! these poor, sympathising wives 1 How many clouds darken upon them from the brows of their husbands when they ask for trifling sums of money, and how grudgingly the mite is handed out when it is given. What perfect floods of joy might that 3s. 4d. have poured upon the children of the unsuccessful billiard- player Ah! it is well for such wives and children that they do not know were all the money goes!" The game was finished at the nearest table; the two gentlemen moved on; and Albert Landman arose from his seat and left the room. Never before had he had just such thoughts as now possessed him. He had never dwelt upon the same ideas. That very morning his own true, faithful, loving wife had been sad and heart-sick because he had harshly and unkindly met her request for a small sum of money. And his sweet Lizzie had crept away to her home almost broken- hearted for the want of a simple toy such as her mates possessed. And yet the sum of both their wants amounted not to much more than he had paid away that evening for billiard-playing. Albert Landman wanted to be an honest husband and father, and the lesson was not lost upon him. On his way home he stopped at Mr. Grant's and pur- chased the best and prettiest hoop to be found, with a driving-stiok painted red, white, and blue, and in the morning, when he beheld his child's delight, and had received her grateful, happy kiss, the question came to his mind—Which was the best and happiest result -this, or the five games at billiards ? The hoop had cost one shilling. He could play two games less at billiards, and be the absolute gainer by the operation. A few mornings after this, as Albert arose from the breakfast-table, he detected an uneasy, wistful look upon his wife's face. "Kate, what is it ? "Albert, if you could spare me half-a-crown this morning." Certainly, my love. Anything in reason to make you happy." And out came the purse, and the money was handed over with a warm, genial smile. Whatl Tears at that? Was it possible that she had been so little used to such soenes on his part, that so simple an act of loving-kindness thus affected her ? How many games of billiards would be required to give such satisfaction as Albert Landman carried with him en that morning to his shop ? A very simple story, is it not? But how many may. gain lasting profit by giving heed to the lesson!
EPITOME OF NEWS. Death of Lady Barry.—The death was announced oa Monday morning of Lady Barry, in her 88th year. Her ladyship was the widow of the late Sir David Barry, M.D., and a sister of Archbishop Whately. Suicide by a Boy.—At Manchester, a lad, about 13 years old, went apple stealing, and being detected when he got home, he was beaten and sent to bed. Shortly afterwards it was found that he had de- liberately hanged himself to the bed-post by several strands of kite-string. He was quite dead when found. Killed by Lightning.—An inquest has just been held at Great Braxted, on the body of a man who had been struck by lightning whilst mowing in afield with other men. He was killed instantly. When the body was examined it was found that the crown of de. eetteed's hofc bad been out oat cur if •with. a taiife. A verdict of "Struck dead by lightning was returned. The Weather-Prophet Nobleman. — Lord Portarlington has undertaken again this year (says our Dublin correspondent) the part of weather prophet. He assures the Irish farmers, in a letter which has been published, that "the new moon we have entered upon will prove to be a magnificent harvest moon, the weather gradually clearing up in the next few days, ensuring us fine dry weather up to the middle of September." Pigeon Flying.—On Monday morning the second sweepstakes, worth £ 10,. to fly pigeons from Brighton home to the Kent-road, was decided. Ten owners of pigeons contended, and the winning birdoompleted the distance in 65 minutes; the others occupied a much longer time. The weather was unfavourable for the matoh, being thick and hazy. Supposed Suicide in St. James's-park. — Early on Sunday morning the body of a young woman, named Jane Murphy, was found in the ornamental water in St. James's-park, under circumstances which lead to the belief that she had committed suicide. The deceased, a fine young woman, 22 years of, age, was the daughter of a law-writer. She was last seen alive on Tuesday morning about ten o'clock, passing along Carey-street, and every effort to trace her proved ineffectual until the body was found under the circum. stances named. A small piece of parchment was found in her pocket with her father's name and ad- dress legibly written upon it. Singular Accident.—E. Blagden, Esq., coroner for West Sussex, has just held an inquest at the Arundel Arms, Tartingtoll, on the body of William Mayhead, who came by his death under the following circumstances:—Deoeased was a signalman at the Ford junction signals on the Portsmouth line of the Brighton Railway. On the previous morning he had clambered on to the whaling of the bridge where the railway crosses the river Arun, and while in the act of spearing a fish he overbalanced himself and fell into the water, and although every exertion was made the body was not recovered for about eight hours. The jury returned a verdiot of Accidental Death. Death of the Irish Master of the Rolls.— We regret to learn by a telegram received on Tuesday morning that the Irish Master of the Rolls died on the preceding day at his residence in Scotland, Ballied, near Blairgowrie. It was announced that he had had an apopletic seizure, and we now learn that he never recovered his consciousness. The Right Hon. Thomas Berry Cusack Smith was called to the Irish bar in 1819. In 1842 he was raised to the Solicitor- Generalship by Sir R. Peel, and after about six weeks' tenure of that office beoame Attorney General. The same Government made him Master of the Rolls a short time before their displacement in 1846.— Pail Mail Gazette. Sir Gilbert Ea,st, Bart.—The rumours. doubts, and uncertainties which have so long prevailed as to the fate of Sir Gilbert East, Bart., who so mysteriously disappeared early on the morning of the 12th instant, and was seen struggling in the water off Ryde Pier, were on Monday set at rest. As some men were in a boat off the Sand's Head, near Sturbridge Buoy, a few miles below Byde, they saw a body floating in the water, which proved to be that of the lamented Sir Gilbert East. It was taken ashore preparatory to the holding of an inquest. Two sums of £ 50 and .£25 had been offered as rewards for his body or any proof of his death. The painful reality of his death has caused a great sensation at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, of which he was an esteemed member, and he paid for a cup of the vs.lueof .£35, to be sailed for on Friday last, only a. few hours before he was seen in the water. His liberality and kindness made him respected by all who knew him. A Roman Catholic Bishop and the Cholera. -On Sunday a letter was read in the Roman Catholic places of worship in Birkenhead and other parts of the diocese of the Bishop of Shrewsbury, in which his lordship (the Right Rev. Dr. Browne) directed that in consequence of the prevalence of cholera, the general law of abstinence from flesh meat and of fasting should be suspended until further notice, and that prayers begging of God to speedily remove the disease be sub- stituted for those said for some time- past in the ser- vices of the Church for the extinction of the cattle plague. He also adviaed the clergy to impress upon their congregation the necessity of attending to clean- liness and to warn them that habits of intemperance most readily predisposed persona to take the disease. Where death occurred, whether from eholara or other complaints, his lordship pointed out that the friends should be urged to have the bodies interred as soon as possible. Foundering of a Shields Vessel with the Owners and Crew.—A telegram has been received in South Shields announcing the painful intelligence of the loss of the vessel Lady Stewart, belonging to Messrs. Swanston and Tulley, with all hands. The telegram stated that the Lady Stewart had gone down on the 6th of August, off Heligoland, with all hands on board. She left Shields harbour on Sunday morn- ing last, coal laden, bound for Hamburg, under the command of Captain Tulley, father of one of the owners, both of whom were on board as a portion of the crew, as well as a brother-in-law. The Lady Stewart was only purchased by Messrs. Swanston and Tulley about three months ago. She was 202 tons burden, and had a crew of eight hands. The intelli- gence soon spread among the wives and relations of the unfortunate men. Hunt after a Five Pound Note.-The other day a gentleman at Filey, whilst on his way to pay a tradesman's account, dropped from his pocket 80.£5 note. On ascertaining his loss he went to the town- crier, who at once made it known, offering a reward of .£1 to the finder. This brought out a woman (a hawker), who stated that she had found a piece of paper in the street, and that she had shown it to a tramp, who informed her that it was nothing of any consequence. Inquiry was made for the man, but it was found that ha had suddenly gone. The constable repaired to the station, where the booking clerk informed him that a man had offered him a.£5note for £ 410s., and that he had taken down the number of the note. The constable pursued the man to Hun- manby, a village three miles distant, and on entering a public-house there he espied a man drinking. On the loss of the note being named he appeared very uneasy, and on his rising to go, the constable politely hinted to him that he had better return the piece of paper which a woman had given him at Filey. After a little hesitancy, the man did so, and being brought before the magistrate was dismissed with a reprimand. Jore&CH or irromise.—Ac xne ijeeas assizes, on Tuesday, a breach of promise case (Jewell v. Lee) was tried. The plaintiff had been lady's-maid to a lady re- siding at Bradford, and it was whilst there that the Acquaintance between her and the defendant, who was • traveller to a wine merchant, commenced. That Was so far back as 1851, the year of the Great Ex- hibition, and the acquaintance was dropped and re- newed several times in the ten years following. In the time that elapsed from 1861 to 1865, the engagement was also'' on and off'' repeatedly, the defendant taking care to tell the lady and her friends each time that whatever he had meant in the past he was now going in for a short courtship, and would close it with a wedding. In 1865. the defendant made known his in. tention to marry the plaintiff, when he should be able to obtain a situation in London, and also took care to add that if he should die single, he would lel"e.£600 which he had to plaintiff. Defendant succeeded in getting a situation in London, was again fickle, and the weddinst didn't come off after all. The jury gave the plaintiff.4100 damages. Serious Fire at Plymouth.—On Monday morning a fire broke out in a hayloft over the coach- house of Mr. Caleb Trotter, in Tavistoek-road. Two coaches were damaged, but the horses were saved. From the hayloft the fire communicated with a pile of stores in the lanyard of Mr. Tanner, in which wool and leather, valued at £ 20,000, were placed. One half of the property has been consumed. The owner is in- sured in the West of England, European, and Atlas Companies, but the policies will not cover the lose. The ground was guarded by Royal Artillery and de- tachments from the Royal Marines, 65bh and 80th Regiments, and by seamen from the Royal Adelaide, Cambridge, Prinoe Albert, &0. Strange Death at St. Mawes.-A fatal and very singular occurrence took place at St. Mawes on Saturday night. A fisherman named James Collins, living at Bohilla, retired about eleven o'clock to his house, where he resided alone. Nothing more was seen of him until about seven o'clock on Sunday morn- ing, when a man named Green, on passing the house to go to a well near by, saw the hand of a man outside the door, which was formed of two parts, one of which was closed. The head of the deceased was found against the closed half, and his legs were up over the -It- the landing not being more than about 20 inches widø. He was qnite dead, and when found mnat have been so for several hours. It is thought that he fell downstairs, and being rendered insensible by the fall died from suffocation. An inquest on the body was held on Monday, when a verdict of Accidental death" was returned. Private Bills passed in 186G.-The number of private bills deposited in the session just expired was 633; in 1865 the number was 595. This year, the number that received the Royal assent has been 377. whereas last year it was 392. In 1850, the number of private bills deposited was 175, and the number that received the Royal assent in that year was 145. From 1850 till the present year, the number of petitions for private bills has steadily increased. The series of years show certain exceptions,, as, for instance, sink- ing from 270 in 1855 to 189 in 1856, a bad year, as many may have occasion to remember. The state of the money market has doubtless had a good deal to do with the comparatively small proportion of bills passed in 1866. Trial of a Woman for Bigamy.-At the South Cambridgeshire Assizes, before Mr. Baron Martin, Amando Spiro was charged with having, on the 23rd of October, 1865, at Liverpool, married Thomas Rutfcer, her former husband being still alive. It appeared that the prisoner was married to her first husband, Frederick Spiro, in March, 1859, and that about two months afterwards he left her. She was in very desti- tute circumstances, and went to Jive with Rutter, to whom she was married. They lived comfortably to- gether, and it was said that her first husband, Spiro, only re-appeared for the purpose of extorting money. The learned judge, the prisoner having been convicted by the jury, said he would not be a party to such con- duct. He sentenced the prisoner to a day's imprison, ment, which was equal to an acquittal, and the prisoner was consequently discharged. Robbery of Valuable Property from a Ca,b.—Whilst a gentleman was in the shop of Messrs. Godfrey and Cook, chemists, in Old Bond-street, on Monday, a black leathern bag, containing jewellery and other valuable property, which he left in the cab which was waiting for him, was stolen. Amongst other articles in the bag was a brilliant diamond ring in case, directed to Countess Amherst; a garnet necklet directed to Mrs. EmmaBarbary Percy; some bracelets, composed of antique intaglios, in various stones, directed to Mrs. Isabella Look wood; some orders on Messrs. Hoareand Co., bankers; one for £ 500 to the credit of H. Day, Esq., and another for a similar amount to the credit of Lord James Murray, both signed "Lord Powis" and "Sir Hugh Williams." The man who is supposed to have taken the property is described as being about 30 years of age, tall, and wearing at the time a shabby suit of black clothes. A Scottish Volunteer Hero.-The Canadian Adjutant-General of Militia says in his report:—"It would be impossible to detail the many individual instances of devotion to Canada which have been afforded by her sons; but the behaviour of a stranger not long arrived in the country should not be left without notice. Mr. Lookie, a young gentleman of the London Scottish (Lord Etcho'e) Regiment, who had distinguished himself at Wimbledon, came to Canada eighteen months ago. When the Fenians landed at Fort Erie, he had been only a few weeks returned from England with a young bride. He immediately fell into the ranks of the Queen's Own as a private, and fought at the battle of Lime Ridge, where the grey colour of his uniform, that of the London Scottish, ex- posed him particularly to the fire of the enemy. His coolness and bravery were conspicuous, and during the retreat he was always seen in the rear, encouraging his comrades, and loading and firing with aa much de- liberation as if on a field day." Fall of the Itoof at Preston Railway Station.-Shortly before three o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, a portion of the roof of the Preaton Rail- way station fell in, with a tremendous crash. The condition of the station has been complained of for years, and the Preston corporation have time after time sought to induce the owners—the London and North Western and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Companies-to improve or remove it. It was the roof of the eastern side of the station that gave way. Glass was hurled in all directions, iron girders were thrown about, pieces of wood were torn in pieces, booking-office windows were smashed, and a length of roof measuring about 40 yards was completely de- molished. At different parts of the day large numbers of parsons ocoupy tfce seats upon whick the debris fell, and if the accident had taken place a little later, it is probable that the loss of human life would have been great. As it was, a woman was very badly out in the head, and a pointsman had a narrow escape. A correspondent writing from Paris, says :—The weather is disastrous for the harvest. Cut oats and barley are rotting in the fields. Most of the wheat is saved, but there is yet some uncut about Paris, and that is very much "laid." The quotations of corn are from lfr. 50c; to 3fr. higher.
GARIBALDFS ADDRESS TO THE VOLUN- TEERS. General Garibaldi has published the following order of the day:— Head-quarters, Sfcoro. "To the Volunteers,—Scarcely organised, you have marched against the enemy. Clothed God knows how, and still worse armed, yen have nevertheless marched with the enthusiasm by which the holiest of causes inspired you, and with the bearing of warlike veteran soldiers you have responded to the expecta- tions of the king and the country, repulsing the Austrians in ten sanguinary engagements. The noble viotims strewn along your glorious path, testify to the desperation of the contests that have taken place. Chassi, Castellini, Lombardi, Bottini, and hundreds of our bravest are no more. These gaps will be very difficult to fill up in yoar ranks. Your wounded and mutilated comrades have beou pros- trated by thousands, and nevertheless I have not seen the slightest sign of discouragement among you—I ha.ve not heard a single word of despair. "The still incomplete liberation of your enslaved brethren has been your only complaint; with emotion I have heard none but the cry of war resound in your ranks. Daring the truce you have been patient and filled with zeal. You have been accustomed to the management of arms-an exercise necessary for so large a number of all your young comrades. With pride I have heard you sigh for the end of a truce which found you in course of pursuing the enemy; and when, at the expiration of this truce, you received the order to rush anew to the fight, I found you ani- mated by that joyous satisfaction with which men go to a banquet. May God bless you! Italy may feel proud of you, and if at the end of a month you will still have oc- cupied in the exercises of war, the foreigner has not ceased to make excessive demands, then, by the side of our brave brethren of the army (yes, I declare it in the inspiration of the national conscience), we will break the last fetters that still dishonour this great but un. happy people.
ALLEGED FRAUDS UPON AN EMIGBA- TION SOCIETY. Extraordinary Revelations. At the Manchester City Police-court, on Friday, Patrick Wood, who had held the situation of secretary to the Lancashire and Queensland Emigration Society (Limited), was charged with embezzlement. Evidence was called to show that three different items, amount- to A3 10a., had been received from a man named Geo. Crawford, of Glasgow, and which the prisoner had not accounted for. The society's office is in Mount-street, Manchester, and is managed by working men. It re- presents itself aa having a capital of X100,000 in .£10 shares; it sends out its members in rotation to Queens- land, and if a member got .£50 to convey himself and family over, and to give him a start in the colony, and supposing that he had paid £ 15, he would have to enter into securities to repay the rest, with interest. The prisoner had formerly been chairman of the society, and subsequently its secretary. The evidence disclosed a very loose way of management. Everything ap- peared to have been left to the prisoner, who had con- ducted the business in a very careless manner. He was supposed to have to give an account of what he received at the weekly meeting of the directors. It did not appear that he was to give a written state- ment, but a verbal one, and receive instruction from the directors as to the disposal of the money. He had only accounted for some few shillings weekly.—The Chairman, Mr. William Forster, said they had a bank- ing account, but, in reply to Mr. Fowler, as to who signed the cheques, said that they never had enough money to put in the bank. It appeared that several families had been sent to Queensland before the prisoner was appointed secretary, but since that time none had been sent out. A prospectus of the society was handed up to Mr. Fowler, in which the names of Sir Charles Nicholson and Mr. Bazley, M.P., appeared as patrons. In answer to Mr. Fowler, the Chairman said that this was done on the strength of a gift, and various gentlemen in the city did the same in the time of the cotton famine. Mr. Fowler also adverted to another statement in the prospectus to the effect that the directors had made arrangements to forward several large parties to Queensland during the summer.The Chairman ex- plained that the prisoner represented that Mackay and Co. had sent several letters, consenting to forward several parties. He had reason to suppose that ene of these was a forgery. He further stated that their prospectus was issued on the strength of those letters.—Mr. Fowler farther asked how it was that they represented everything to be in such a state of prosperity and increasing very rapidly, when, according to the evidence, it was proved that they were only in the receipt of a few shillings weekly ?—The Chairman replied that a good many people were then applying for shares. The re- port also stated that they had two estates, one at Pioneers' Rest, Mary River, and the other on the Logan river. It was explained that £ 100 was sent over to buy the estate.—Mr. Fowler pointed out that the land was bought on the strength of a promissory note, and that they had no estate except they gave a pro- missory note.—The Chairman said that they had pur- chased land at £ 2 8a. per acre.—Mr. Fowler then asked how it was that the prospectus stated that H be. fore another year came round the majority of the members would be on their homesteads in the Colony," when at the same time their secretary only brought them in a few shillings per week, and they only had £100 invested in Brisbane.—The Chairman said that that was issued on the strength of the letter purporting to come from Mr. Mackay.—Mr. Fowler said that it appeared that the prisoner was chairman, eecretary, manager, and banker," and, addressing the chairman, said that it appeared that he became chairman as one of the sub- scribers who had been led into the concern, and had trustad to the prisoner, as a man of education, to keep them straight.-The Chairman said that was se. Evi- dence was fnrther adduced to show that the prisoner had refused to make up his books, and had thrown obstacles in the way of, the settlement of the aSair.— Mr. Fowler having intimated his intention to send the case to the sessions, Mr. Ward, who appeared for the prisoner, reserved his defence. On Mr. Ward apply- ing for bail, Mr. Fowler said here was a society repre- senting itself to have a capital of X100,000, therefore he must have bail in proportion. He would not take less than two sureties of £ 300 each.
EXECUTION AT EXETER. John Grant, the soldier convicted of murder at the late Davon Assizes, suffered the extreme penalty of the law in front of the County Prison at Exeter at eight o'clock on Wednesday morning. The evidence by which the crime was brought home to the convict at his triàlwafl purely circumstantial. The little boy Boobier, a. uhild of seven years of age, whom he was found! guilty of having murdered, was seen to leave the tents at Staddol1 Heights, near Plymouth, with Grant, who was a private in the 13th Regiment of Foot. This was on the evening of the 9th Jane last, and the boy was found dead the next day, the body hid under a furze bush. The medical evidence showed that he had received several blows on the head. Grant was absent from the tents on the night of the murder, bat after the coroner's inquiry was opened he made a statement to the effect that he was throwing a stone at a rabbit when it accidentally hit the boy and killed him. No motive was proved for the commission of the crime, but it was alleged that the ehild had been outraged. The culprit passed a restless night preceding the morn of his execution. He rose at one o'clock, dressed him- self, and prayed; but returned to bed about an hour after, rising again at five. He eat no breakfast, but remained praying with the priest until the time of his execution. Calcraft. was the hangman. The oon- vict was transferred to the custody of the under- sheriff at eight o'clock, and he walked iirm y from the prison to the pinioning room, At five minutes after eight Calcraft and Grant appeared on the scaffold, and the convict walked on to the drop unassisted. The cap was drawn over his face, the halter tied round his neck and fastened to the beam, and then the executioner shook hands with the wretched man and withdrew. The bolt was drawn, and the drop fell with a startling crash. The culprit swayed to and fro, there was a slight convulsive motion, and in about two minutes he was dead. Be- tween 3,000 and 4,000 people assembled to witness the execution. The behavioarl of the crowd was very orderly. The convict made no confession, but admitted the justice of his sentence.
THE BANQUET TO MR. EYRE. A banquet was given to Mr. Ex-Gsvernor Eyre in Southampton, on Tuesday evening. About one huudred persons were present. An address was presented to Mr. Eyre by the Mayor, who presided., Lord Hardwicke proposed the health of Mr. Eyre, who, in responding, said that what he did was to preserve the lives of the whites, and the honour of their wives and daughters. Speeches were also delivered by Lord Cardigan, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and the Revo- Charles Kingsley. Great Indignation Meeting. An indignation meeting was held at the same time,. at which over twe thousand persons were present. It was the largest meeting ever held in Southampton; General Tryon presided. Resolutions condemning Mr. Eyre's conduct were carried unanimously. The great- est enthusiasm and unanimity prevailed. The pro- oeedings lasted three hours.
STEALING LEAD. At the Middlesex Sessions, on Tuesday, before Mr. Serjeant Dowling, Samuel Allum, 13, Alfred Barrett, 14, David Clarke, 13, Patrick Horrigan, 15, and Charles Jones, 14, were indicted for stealing 1601bs. weight of lead, value .£1 5s., the property of the Chief Commis- sioner of her Majesty's Works and Public Buildings, and Joseph Mitchell was indicted for receiving and buying the same, well knowing it to have been stolen. Three of the prieooerH^dirty-looking urchins, pleaded guilty; the others not guilty. I It appeared that the five boys bad stolen the lead from the railings which had been pulled down in Hyde-park, and had taken it to the prisoner Mitchell's house in Brindle-street to sell. From the evidence of a little boy named Alfred Barr, living at No. 2, Harold-place, Hyde-park, the facts were proved. It will be remembered that a large quantity of lead was stolen from the stones in which the railings had been fastened, and the prisoners were some of the boys who had been so engaged. When they took the lead to Mitchell's shop he told them not to tell any one about it, and not to say where they had sold it. William Kerry, 184 X, said when he took Barrett and Allum into oustodyho found a hammer, chisel, and about 31bs. of lead upon them. Mr. Samuel Egerton, inspector, X division, said he received orders concerning the closing of the park gates, and with his men he olosed them at the proper time. He went to the prisoner Mitchell's houso, and told him he had come respecting some lead which he (Mitchell) had purchased from some boys. He hesi- tated some time, but afterwards said he had received some which had been taken from the park railings. He then produced seven or eight pounds of lead from, underneath the shop counter. Witness said he was oertain he had more, and he said he was sorry to say that he had. After a deal of wrangling, he produced 1601bs., worth XI 5s., and expressed his regret that he had had anything to do with it. The jury found Barrett and Mitchell "Not Guilty." The other prisoners, who had pleaded guUty, were then sentenced to three days' imprisonment, and as all sentences date from the first day of the session, they were discharged.
AOOIDENTOlV THE NORTE-EASTERN RAILWAY. An alarming accident occurred on Sunday morning on the Malton and Whitby Railway, at Pickering. This little town is cut in halves by the railway, and the crossing between one portion of the town and the other is on the level. At this place two large gates are hung, which shut off the railway or the road traffic, as the case may be. These gates are under the charge of a company's gateman. On Saturday night the ordinary traiffc was several hours late, on account Of the Royal review of volunteers at York, and it was two o'olock on Sunday morning before the gateman was at liberty to lie down. Before doing this he set open the gates for the early morning mail leaving 'Malton at half-past four, which does not stop at Pickering. He had then gone to sleep, but was aroused on hearing the mail approach, and on going out found the gates were closed across the line. The train was down in an instant, and smashed through the heavy gates almost without a check, literally splitting them into matchwood, although bound with iron. The gateman narrowly escaped. The remarkable feature is that the train did not leave the line, consequently the damage done is compara- tively small, and no one was at all hurt. It seems, from inquiry, that a party had started early for the grouse shooting on the moors, and that in returning a man had found the gates closed across the road, and in order to cross had closed them aoross the line,. and had so left them, without being heard by the gate- man.
LOCK-OUT OF THE MANCHESTER TAILORS AND CARPENTERS. Two look-outs on an extensive scale took place in Manchester on Saturday-one of the tailors, and another ef the carpenters and joiners. In respect to the tailors, it appears that in the early part of this year the operative tailors in London, Man. chester, and other large towns succeeded in obtaining after a strike of some weeks, a revised "log" or prioo list equivalent to an advanoe in wages of about 10 per cent. Several of the employers have since attempted to get their work done at a lower price than that con- tained in the log," but in every case have been de- feated by the union of the men. To enable the employers better to cope with the men's association, it has been resolved to form an association of mastertailors, embrac- ing the whole of the United Kingdom, and for this pur- pose a delegate meeting of employers from the principal towns in the kingdom has been convened for the 30th inst. at St. James's-hail, London. In the mean time, a dispute respecting the log at Manchester has arisen within the last few days, and consequent on the men refusing to accept a reduced price a general look- out in the trade was enforced in that city, and the most pressing orders sent up to London to be com- pleted. The Manchester operatives at once telegraphed this fact to the trade society committee in London, and the names of those employers to whom the Man. chester orders have been sent. The shops of those London employers were at once picketed, and where it is ascertained Manchester work is being done, the opinion of the London trade will be taken as to with- drawing men from those shops. Looking at the action of the Manchester employers, and the announced meet- ing, the men generally are preparing for a severe struggle to maintain the "log" they gained in the soring. As regards the carpenters and joiners, about three months since they sent in a memorial to the employers, soliciting an advanoe of wages to the_extent of 2s. per week, so as to place them on a level, in poijjt of wages, with the men in the other branohes of the building trade. No notice having been taken of this memorial by the employers, about a week since the men in two of the largest firms in the town—Mr. ihompson s and Mr. Neile's—struck work until the advanoe was con- ceded. The employers met on Monday last in general meeting, and oame to the resolution to offer the men Is. per week_advance at once, and the-other Is. in March next, and in the event of this offer being refused, and the men who had strnck at Messrs. Thomp- son's smd Neile's not returning to work on Friday, the 17th, then to close all the establishments in the town against the carpenters and joiners on Saturday. On Tuesday evening an aggregate meeting of the men was held, when the offer of the employers was refused bv isvBS? and it Was resolved to await the result of Friday. The resolutions Of the employers to' lookout on Saturday wall.- at once posted. up in all the shops. This resolution was acted. upon on morning in the shops. Deputations seuiea up to a late hour that night. the Ga^sho'J? °Ji iron-workers looked out in accent a Newcastle district for refusing to Ti, -j; reduction of 10 per oent. on their wages. oiiARHnnl0 employers to submit the acce t d atOration, but the offer has not been