QUARTERLY RETURN OF THE REGISTRAR. GENERAL. We make the following extracts from this return, which has just been issued, of the numbers registered in the quarters ending the last day of the undermentioned months:- Marriage*, Births, Deaths. Population Dec. March March 1851. 1854. 1855. 1855. MONMOUTHSHIRE. Chepstow 19057 30 161 132 Monmouth 27379 52 261 211 Abergavenny 59229 151 623 504 Pontypool 27993 103 310 250 Newport 43472 154 395 3S1 GLAMORGANSHIRE. Cardiif 46491 134 596 400 Merthyi Tydfil 76804 333 975 782 Biidgend 23422 75 246 205 Neath .46471 123 530 379 Swansea 46901 153 432 372 CARMARTHENSHIRE. Llanelly 23507 59 22:1 166 Llandovery 15055 46 131 86 Llandilofawr 17968 65 141 104 Carmarthen 38142 120 311 260 PEMBROKESHIRE. Narbeth 22130 57 173 104 Pembroke. 22960 49 200 162 Haverfordwest 39382 113 308 322 CARDIGANSHIRE. Cardigan. 20186 36 152 152 Newcastle-in-Einlyn 20173 4.) 152 116 Lampeter 9S74 38 75 73 Aberayron 13224 35 99 84 Aberystwith 23753 67 196 185 Tregaron Iu404 21 83 56 BRECKNOCKSHIRE. Builth 8345 19 59 50 Brecknock 18174 39 145 132 Crickhowell 21697 61 22.5 195 Hay 10962 12 71 73 RADNORSHIRE. Presteigne. 15149 29 113 106 Knighton 9480 13 81 53 Rhayader 6796 10 71 45 PONTYPOOL U SK. -Births, 25; deaths, 35. The deaths are above the average. Measles has prevailed much in this sub-district, particularly in Usk, with in- flammation of the chest sncceeding measles. The births are more numerous, by reason chiefly of railwa) labourers with their wives being in the neighbourhood. NEWPORT: MYNYDDYSLWN. —Births, 88; deaths, 95. The deaths much exceed the average. Scarlatina, typhus, hooping-cough, bronchitis, and pneumonia were very prevalent, and carried off a great number of children. CRICKHOWELL; LLANELLY.—Births, 108 deaths, 115. The mortality is again very high, and in one instance only was it greater than in last quarter. Thirty-three deaths are referable to scarlatina. CARDIGAN NEWPORT.—Births, 59 deaths, 63. The deaths are more than double the average. The preva- lence of scarlatina in a great measure accounts for the increase. KNIGHTON: LLANDISTER. Births, 33; deaths, 31. The deaths are more than usual, from the severity of the weather, scarlatina, and hooping-cough. ■: SOUTH WALES RAILWAY. A special meeting of the Proprietors of this Company was held on Friday, at the Great Western Hotel, Padding- ton, C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M P., iu the chair, for the purpose of considering-in compliance with the Standing Orders of the House of Lords—the following bills now before Parliament, in which the company are interested, namply- A bill to consolidate and amend the acts relating to the South Wales Railway Company, and to authorise the con- struction of new works and alterations of existing works, and for other purposes. An act to enable the Swansea Vale Railway Company to extend their railway, and to maintain and work the same as a passenger railway, and for other purposeo conuected therewith "An act to consolidate and amend the acts relating to the Llyuvi Valley Railway Company, to enable them to con- struct a new railway from Llaneonoyd to Bridgend and to extend their present line from Foce Toll House to Saint Brides Minor; to abandon parts of their existing and au- thorised lines to dissolve the Bridgend Railway Company, and to abandon their railway, and for other purposes. A bill to enable the Rhymney Railway Company to ex- tend their railway to the Taff Yale Railway, to construct branch railways, and for other purpose. The meeting was numerously attended, considering that it was what is called a Wharncliffe" meeting. The follow- ing Directors and Proprietors were present: — DIRECTORS.—C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M.P., Chairman, William Mathews, E-q., Deputy Chairman, S. Baker, A. K. Baker, F. P. Barlow, D. A. S. Davie., M.P., G. H. Kinderley, David Lewis, Stephen Lewis, C. S. Mortimer, A. F. Paull, Robert Saunders, Esqrs. PROPRIETORS.—W. Robertson, P. James, John Aber- crombie, G. H. Allen, John Thurbarn, Charles McGarel, J. G. L. P. Le,, is, A. Linney, J. G. Cole, Thomas Hunt, W.G.Owen, William Allfrey, Sir Joseph Bailey, F. R. Condor, Richard Jennings, Edward Hales, tisqrs., Rev. Tboinas Smithett. Mr. F. G. Saunders, the Secretary, having read the advertisement convening the meeting, proceeded to read the marginal beads of the first bill in the above list. The Chairman, in submitting a formal resolution ap- proving the bill, said the main object of the bill was the consolidation of the difterent acts of the company. The new works contemplated by the bill were two small lines, one being a line to the Bute Docks, of about a mile in length, at a cost probably under 1:15,000, and which, no doubt, would prove a source of revenue to the company. The other line could not strictly be spoken of as a pro- ductive one it was, however, a very necessary one. At present, the line between Neath and Swansea was highly dangerous to the safety of the public. In fact, the descent was so steep, that it was impossible to place any available che ck on the engine, and there was no way of getting over the difficulty but by crossing the Swaosea Railway. At present they were obliged to stop, in order to ascertain if the line was clear-even the express trains were subjected to this delay. The expense would he about £ 10,000. Mr. McGard trusted that the South Wales Company were not about to enter into an extravagant outlay. The Chairman said the last-mentioned work was an absolute necessity, and as to the extension to Cardiff docks, there was every prospect of its proving a very profitable source of revenue. The trustees of the Marquis of Bute bad entered into an arrangement to lease the required laud to the company. This was worth £1,200 per acre. Mr. Baugu Allen wished to know what the intentions of the Directors were with respect to the Pembroke branch? The parliamentary powers of compulsory pur- chase of land expired in August, he believed, and if the land was not secured, they would obviously run the risk of having their dividend completely shut up. The Chairman said Parliament had refused to grant the company an extension of their powers of compulsory pur- chase, and they were also opposed by Lord Cawdor and Lord Emlyn. "lIe (the Chairman) was asked if be would pledge the company to the construction of the line if the extension were grunted; but with the example of the recent case of the South-Western Company, be positively refused to do anything of the kind. He was willing to pledge himself to uoe his best endeavours to carry out the object of the company, but not to pledge himseli for the company. Their power would expire in August. Mr. Allen said tie originally proposed the line to Fish- guard, and he thought, now the Pembroke line yvas deter- mined upon, they were bound to carry it out. The Chairman I shall not move in the mutter. Mr, Aileii.: The ivill he stopped. The Chairman: If so, to what will these dividends bs applied 1 Mr. Allen: I presume to the construction of the line. The conversation then drooped, and the formal resolu- tion approving the bi)) was pot and unanimously carried. ■i Resolutions, approving bills No. 3 and 4, were then in like manner put and cani d. The Chairman said the second bill on tlio list did not require, the assent of the proprietors. The meeUuj then separated, with the usual compliment fo the Chairman.
HOUSE OF LORDS.-FRIDAY. The Lord Chancellor, in reply to Lord St. Leonard's, ex- plained the intentions of the Government with regard to the Testamentary Bill and other legal measures. The Lord Chancellor also introduced the Private Estate* Bill, which aimed at effecting some very simple and useful alterations in the management of settled property by the tenant for the time being. Lord* Lyndhurst and Campbell having expressed their satisfaction at the proposed measure, the bill was read a first lime. Some other business was then despatched, after which their Lordships adjourned. MONDAY. After an explanation from Lord Harrowhy as to the alterations which were asserted to have been made in the report of the Maynooth Commission, Lord Ellenborough rose to move the address to the Crown of which he had given notice, and began by saying that the step he had taken was justified by the smatt succe's that had attended the operations of the allies in the field and the negotiations of their diplomatists at Vienna. Added to this state of things abroad, the advent of Lord Palmerston to power as "the man of the situation" had thrown a chill and torpor over Parliament, and while the great assembly of the nation was in that state the public had not been slow in forming an opinion for itself. That opinion was that capacity, and not fayour, oupht to be the standard of selection for public employment. For himself, he was no new convert to this maxim to the best of his ability he had always acted up to it; but he must confess thit he saw with great apprehension this public opinion outstripping the expression of PHrliamenhr y feeling, and he brought forwar I this motion in order that Parliament might direct, if possible, and not follow, public opinion. It was the conduct of the Government, and not that of the Generals, which he wished to comment on. All prepa- rations for war. even the most obvious, had been neglected and the new War Department had to fight battles at home and wrest usurped authority from other branches of the public service before it could t"ke a step in the right di- rection. These combined expeditions were sent both into the Baltic and the Black Sea, and the evils of divided com- mand were realized, in spite of the utmost cordiality and good sense on the part of the Generals. As for the Baltic, where troops and ships of small draught were especially needed, no troops and no ships of light draught were sent, and a failure was the result. Then in the Black Sea, after "hifting about from Gallipoli to Varna, two great mistakes had been committed in pending expeditions to Sebastopol and Eunatoiia, instead of vigorous blows struck in Asia and on the Danube, by which latter step we should ha'e had Austria with us, whereas at present she had been left in a state of isolation, and, overawed by Russia, was unable to give us any assistance. He would say nothing of the suffer- ings of our army in the Crimea. They must be chronicled by the faithful peo of history; but when he was told that those sufferings had been caused by a system, he recognized the excure uf mediocrity, which was tied to system, instead of soaring above it with a vigorous grasp of mind. It was that quality of mind which had sent their ancestors to that House; it was fitness, and not favour, that had sent Mr. Yorke, Sir Jame< Harris, and his own father to take their seats among the Peers of England. Actuated by this feel- ing, he trusted their Lordships would place themselves in the front of public opinion, and not be led by it, and lay at the toot of the Throne the complaints and dissatisfaction of the country at large. Lord Panmure said that it had rarely fallen to his lot to read such a concoction of assurances as were contained in Lord Ellenborough's resolutions supported by so little argument when they came to be discussed. It was quite impossible to meet those resolutions by a direct negative, for to many parts of them he gave his cordial assent. No one could view the pufferings of the army with greater regret, but he could not admit that those sufferings had arisen from the misconduct of the Government at home. We had suffered, in fact, from naving been involved sud- denly in war afler 40 years peace and economy and if the army, as he was happy to say it was, was recovering from its misfortunes, it was owing to the efforts that had been made to retrieve them by the Duke of Newcastle-etTorts which had since been adopted and carried out by the Go- vernment. Lord Ellenborough called on the House to place itself at the head of public opinion, and pass these resotutionssocondemnatoryofthe Government; but he for- got that he and his friends had had an opportunity not long ago of .forming an Administration if "they choose, and that they had declined the task. So far fiom viewing the action of public opinion ou a Government with apprehension, he thought that action salutary, but the public must know by this time that it was no bed of roses to undertake the task of Government at such a crisis, and that in times like these a change of Administration was no light matter. For this, if for no other reason, he trusted the House would show its sense of these resolutions, which, if carried, could lead to no settlement, by rejecting them, and so arm the Executive with renewed vigour to carry on the great war in which the country was engaged. The Earl of Hardwicke, in a speech of considerable length, enumerated a series of blunders which had been fatal to the success of the war, and intimated his intention of voting for the resolutions. The Earl of Elgin in a short, but fble speech, declared that he felt bound to oppose the resolutions, on the ground that the misfortunes which had befallen the army were not justiy attributable to the Government, and because he thought it to be his duty, under existing circumstances, to s.rengthen the hands of the Administration, and to throw away all party considerations. After some observations from Lord Winchilsea, in favour of the resolutions, Lord Granville defended the Government from the attacks of Lord Ellenborough, and wittily exposed the received notion that the Administration of the country was directed by a clique of Gowers, Cavendishes, and Howards, to the exclusion of all other families, high or low, the fact being that oflices of great trust and importance had been offered by Lor.t Palmei3ton to men who had risen from the middle classes entirely by their own exertionF. The Earl of Derby, in a speech of great length and ability, expressed his hope, though he differed from Lord Ellenborough in many of his views, that the resolutions would be pressed to a division for the purpose of testing the feeliog of the House. The Duke of Newcastle, the Marquis of Clanricarde, the Marquis of Lansdowne, and other noble lords al-o addressed the House, after which Lord Ellenborough replied, and their Lordships divided, when the uumbers were— For the resolutions 71 Against. 181 Majority -110 I Their Lordships then adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAT. MILITIA BARRACKS. Sir G. Tyler observed that a considerable body of the Glamorganshire Militia were billetted in Cardiff, although there were barracks near that town which would afford ac- commodation for a large number of the troops. Applica- tion had been made to the Board of Ordnance to allow the militia to occupy these barracks, and the reply of the board was, that they were nut awaie of the existence of such bar- racks (a laugh.) On a subsequent application being made to the Board of Ordnance the answer was that the barracks were occupied by a depot, that depot consisting of one ser- geant and one private of the pensioners (laughter.) The barracks were not large enough to afford accommodation to the whole regiment of militia, but he begged to ask why they could nut be rendered available for a portion of the regiment ? Mr. Monsell must remind the hon. and gallant mem- ber that the selection of barracks for troops rested entirely in the hands of the Horse Guards. He (Mr. Monsell) had, however, communicated on the subject with the Quarter- master-General, who informed him that the Cardiff bar- rucks had hitherto been kept unoccupied in consequence of the necessity of retaining them for the depot of the 11th Regiment of the line, now stationed at Brecon, and consist- ing of 400 rank and file. He was happy to inform the hon. gentleman that the Glamorganshire Militia would be al- lowed to oecupy the Cardiff barrack*, if they would not r.ttempt to convert a temporary into a permanent arrange- ment, and if they would be ready to leave the barracks whenever they might be required for the troops of the line. In rerly to an enquiry by Mr. Grogan, Loui Palmerston stated that a telegraphic despatch from the Crimea had been received that day, announcing that an attack hy the Russians on the previous day had been re- pulsed with great gallantry and success. He added, that there were reasons, connccted with the use of the cipher, for not communicating intelligence transmitted by the tele- graph in the words of tiie dc-patch. »: On the motion that the House at its rising do adjourn On the motion that the House at its rising do adjourn until Monday, Mr. Ilorsman (in reply to a question by Colons! Croville) entered into very full ai.d detailed explanations respecting the circumstances mentioned by Mr. Spooner in the debate upon Mavnooth College—namely, the ascription of territo- ¡ rial titles to some of the Roman Catholic bishops, the transmission of the evidence and report of the commission* erg to Rome. and the addition* and alterations made in the evidence, without the knowledge of the comnuisioners. Among the documents read by him was a letter from Lord Harrowby (whose authority Air. Spooner bad vouched for some of bit altrgottioos), whose explanations were sin* gutarlyatvatiancewiththe statements attributed to him. The only charge which appeared from Mr. H or groan's ex- planations to have any foundation was, that h portion of the evidence had been sent to Dr. Cullen by one of the commissioners, which Mr. Horsman acknowledged was irregular and improper. In concluding his explanations, he forebore, he said from any comment upon them, leaving that office to Mr. Spooner himself. Mr. Spooner, observing that Mr. Horaman had put him in a very painful position, said, the letter of Lord Hatrowby was full of inaccuracies, and re-asserted in the most un. qualified manner what he had stated in the debate. The noble earl, he s*id. must have confounded together two separate conversations, and he complained of a breach of courtesy on the part of his Lordship. Mr. Spooner entered upon a long vindication of his conduct with reference to the college. The subject was then allowed to drop. and Major Reed called the attention of Government to the highly critical position of public affairs, and to the increas- ing anxiety and dissaii»faction which at present pervades [sic] all classes of society," and impressed upon them the wisdom of immediately anticipating tho-e consequence* which are certain to arise from continual popular demon- strations, by at once introducing such reforms in every branch of the State as are consonant with the intelligence of the age and the ju-t demtnds of the people." In a brief speech, he invited Lord Palmerston to make some state- ment that would furnish those who supported bit govern. ment with an excuse for doing so. Lord Palmerston found no fault with Major Reed, to whose motives he did justice. It was true, be said, that when her Majesty had authorized him to form a govern- inent, public expectation had risen high, and he had ob- taiued the assiitance of persons who. he thought, were most capable, from their position in Parliament, of making a strong and efficient government. It had been said, instead of taking peisons experienced in public affairs, he should have selected persons of commercial and business-like habits. His answer was plain and simple. Such persons were engaged in transactions which made it impossible for them to abindon their pursuits an,l place themselves in politit,al situations. He assured the House and the country that the matters adverted to by Major Reed had not escaped the attention of the government. Much had been done. and with successful re-ults. Our army in the Crimea was now in its perfect a condition as a British army ever had been. The Commissariat Department abroad was in a state of as complete efficiency as the nature of the service admitted. The Medical Department of the army was to be remodelled; but the hospital arrangements in the East were already placed in a most satisfactory state. The new transport service, by sea and land, was producing good effects, and would prevent the recurrence of those incon- veniences which the army had suffered last year. Having stated what had been done, he would now, he said, inform the House what was going to be done. It was intended to remodel the Board of Ordnance, by abolishing the office of Master-General, and the Board itself as a separate estab lishment. The Artillery and Engineers, as military bodies, would be placed under the same authority, in respect to discipline, as the army at large. The civil departments of the Ordnance would be transferred to the Secretary for War, the object being to bring, as far as possible, all the military departments under one supreme and direct con- trol. That branch of the establishment hitherto under the Secretary at War-nainely, the examination of the accounts of the army-the Secretary at War and the Secretary of State for War being united, would be under the Jatter so that there would be a general consolidation of the depart. ments of the army. Some persons thought that the con- solidation ought to be carried further, and to include the discipline of the army; but he was not of that opinion. He thought there were objections belonging to the interests of the army, and to feeling's connected with the working of the constitution. The head of the army should be a mili- tary mdn, and it would not be possible, under all changes of the government, to find a proper tepreseutative of the army in the Cabinet. He was also of opinion that the dispen. sation of the military patronage by the government might be open to grave and serious objections. The government had at heart, he said, to reuder every depsrtment of the public service as efficient as it was posible to make it, being sensible that it was only by infusing into every branch of it the utmost energy and activity, that they could carry the country through the great war in which it was engaged, upon the result of which it depended whether England and France should cantinue to hold the high position tbey had hitherto held, or sink down into the rank of second-rate States, aud the enemy be hereafter the dictator and domi- nant power of the world. Mr. Disraeli expressed his surprise that the First Minister should have taken advantage of an opportunity offered by an irregularity which had been censured the previous Friday, to make a communication of so much importance. He thought it would have b..en more convenient to the House, and more dignified in Lord Palmerston, if be had given some pievious intimation of his intention. After an amusing criticism of the terms of Major Reed's notice, and observing that the consolidation of the military depart- ments was no new scheme, he stated that he should reserve for another occision the expression of his opinion upon the plan which had been sketched by the noble lord. This subject being disposed of, Mr. Bellew, in a speech of some length, drew attention to the transport service, inquiring whether there had been any reform in that department, and what was the nature of the reform. Sir C. Wood, after complaining of a want of specification in the notice given by Mr. Bellew, made a short reply to his statements, and explained the constitution of the new Transpoit Board. With some observations by Admiral Walcott, Colonel North, and Captain Scobell this discussion also terminated. The motion (for the adjournment) was then agreed to. On the first order of the day, for resuming the debate upon the third reading of the Newspaper Stamp Duties Bill. Mr. Packe denounced this as the most unfair and unjust taxation ever proposed to the House. It sacrificed £250,000 of revenue, and the rural districts had no equivalent for the additional duties imposed upon articles of consumption to make up the loss. He should vote for the rejection of the bill. Mr. Maguire said. if he understood the principle of the advocates of this bill, it was^bat it was desirable to give the public the largest amount of political intelligence through the best channel but the bill was aimed at the foremost journal of the day. It gave cheap journals the power of pirating the news and living upon the plunder of the London journals, and the limitation to four ounces was a direct blow at The Times. Sir J. Walmsley acknowledged the value of The Times, but he supported the bill because he was an enemy to the principles of monopoly. Mr. Barrow should vote against a measure which he con- sidered to be a gross injustice both to producers and con- sumers. Mr. M. Chambers supported the bill, having heard no argument against it in addition to the objections urged at the second reading. Mr. Bentinck thought the measure had originated in pressure applied from below the gangway. Upon a division, the third reading was carried by 138 to 60. A clause moved by Mr. Napier, substantially to extend the limit of weight for transmission with a penny stamp to 6oz., was resisted by the Chaucelior of the Exchequer, and, after some discussion, was negatived. The bill then passed. The House then went into committee upon the Spirit Du'ies (Scotland and Irelaud) Bill, to which several new clauses were added. On the consideration of the Customs' Duties Bill, as amended, Mr. Blackburn moved an amendment, which was op- posed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and withdrawn. On the order for the second reading of the Stamp Duties (Draughts on Hankers) Bill, The Chancellor of the Exchequer said as soon as his pro- position for imposing a stamp duty upon checks drawn within a distance of 15 miles was made public, he received communications from bankers and others, stating various objections. It was represented that the operation of the duty would be, to di-cjurage to a great extent the banking trade, by preventing the drawing of checks for small amounts. It was suggested that itmight'bedes'rabtcto exempt checks below £;"5 or XIO, but this would produce a very complex state of the law, and onen easy means of evasion. After the best consideration, and having taken a sui!ijieHt margin to meet any contingent expenditure, be h id come to the conclusion, upon the whole, that, for the present, he would not persist in his proposition. The order for the second reading of the bill was accord- ingly discharged. Other bills were advanced a stage. Mr, riorsfall obtained leave to bring in a bill to amend the law relative to bills of lading. Mr. L. King moved a resolution to the effect that a new, complete, and systematic edition of the statutes now in force, omitting all such enactments as are repealed. obso- lete, or expired, would be more accessible and intelligible than the present statute book; and that a select committee be appointed to inquire into the beet mode of making such an edition of the statutes, omitting all enactmenta repealed, obsolete, or expired. Sir G. Grey said the Government were not prepared to assent to the motion at present. A commission was now sitting upon the subject, and this committee would super- sede it. The motion was supported by Mr. Napier and Mr. G. Butt, and opposed by the Lord Advocate and Mr. Malins. Lord Palmerston admitted the importance of the object, but its va*t difficulty was equally apparent. The Govern. ment, he thought, had better means than a committee to prosecute the inquiry, and it would be their duty to ascer- tain what was the state of the commission, with the view of accelerating its operationa. He objected to the motion. After some further discussion, the House divided, when the motion was negatived by 47 to 38. The remaining business having been di-pooed of, the House adjourned at half-past 12 o'clock until Monday. MONDAY. Mr. M. Gibson inquired of the First Minister whether he would give the House a very early opportunity of discuss- inlr and expressing its opinion upon the information con- tained in the papers relating to the recent negotiations at Vienna. Lord Palmerston replied that the Government had seve- ral measures of importance in progress through the House. and could appoint a special day for the purpose referred to only by postponing public business. At the same time, he observed, the forms of the House gave members oppor- tunities for bringing forward any motions they desired to make. Mr. Disraeli remarked that he was not aware of any pre- cedent, where negotiations had terminated and the papers were laid upon the table of the House, in which the Iliijio- ter himself had not given notice of an address to the Crown with reference to the papers and the negotiations. Lord Palmerston said it was open to any member to take the sense of the House respecting these papers, and it was in the power of any member to make arrangements for bringing forward a motion upon the subject. It wa< im- possible, he added, to answer these questions offhand with- out previous notice. As far as it was compatible with the public service, there was nothing but willingness, and eve.. desire, on the part of the Government that Parliament should have an opportunity of expressing its opinion upon this as upon every other matter of public importance. On the order for the third reading of the Customs' Du ies Bill, Mr. John M'Gregor recorded his determined opposition to the bill; and Mr. Heyworth warned the House not to proceed in the course of indirect taxation. Instead of taxing commodi- ties, taxation ought, he said, to be levied upon property. The bill was read a third time and passed. On the consideration of the Spirit Duties (Scotland and Ireland) Bill, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, after intimating that he was prepared to accede to an amendment in one of the schedules, of which notice had been given by Admiral Jones, said it was his intention to permit the distillation of spirits from malt in bond, and to extend to sugar the same regulations as were applied to malt. Sir B. Hall, in moving that the House do resolve itself into committee upon the Metropolis Local Management Bill, said, with reference to a motion of which Lord Kbrington had given notice, to defer the committee until the House bad decided upon the principle of the bill" bicb he had announced for the modification of Hobbouse's Act, that it was not his intention to interfere with the principle of that act, and that the alterations he proposed to make in it, if this bill should pas", were four in number. The quatification required for vestrymen under Hobbouse's Act, was £40, and be proposed to reduce that qualification in parishes where the number of £40 houses was small to E25. He proposed to alter the provision as to the number of polling-places, and to reduce the three days' poll to one day. The last alteration was that, whereas under Hob- house's Act a person to be qualified for a vestryman must be resident in the parish, under the bill he would be quali- fied if a bona fide ratepayer and occupier, though uot ac- tually resident in the parish. Lord Ebrington thought it his duty to persevere in his motion, considering it to be the usual practice of the House to have ..before it all the propositions relating to a bill in a distinct and definite form. He accordingly moved that the further consideration of the bill be deferred till the House hils decided upon the principles of the bill for the modification of Hobhouse's Act, which is proposed to be incorporated in the metropolitan bill. Mr. Labouchere observed that this matter, which touched the principle of the bill, would have been more properly brought forward upon the second reading, and he recom- mended that the House, having consented to the principle, should go into committee. Sir H. Willoughby differed from Mr. Labouchere, and dwelt upon certain clauses of the bill, which, he said, were so tyrannical that it would be dangerous to have a house, for the tenant might be so tormented that he would be better without one. After a somewhat desultory discussion, Loid Ebrington withdrew his motion. Mr. Mackinnon then moved that the bill be referred to a select committee, and the motion was seconded by Mr. P ellatt. Sir G. Grey opposed the motion, considering that no grounds had been stated for referring the bill to a select committee. Sir G. Pechell and Mr. W. Williams likewise opposed the motion, which was supported, in a modified manner, by Mr. M. Chambers and Lord Ebrington, and, upon a divi- sion, negatived by 131 to 8. The House then went into committee upon the bill, a few of the clauses of which had been gone through, when the Chairman was ordered to report progress. The Jurisdiction of the Stannary Court Amendment Bill was read a second time. The Burial grouuds (Scotland) Bill passed through Com- mittee. The Infants' Marriage Bill was read a third time and passed. Other bills passed through committee. Mr. Kendall obtained leave to bring in a bill for the better regulation of the payment of poor's rate on the roy- alties of wines ill England and Wales; and the Lord Advo- cate a bill to consolidate and amend the laws relating to bankruptcy in Scotland, after shortly explaining the nature of the bill. After some further business, the House adjourned at one o'clock.
THE SEA SERPENT AGAIN.—The sea serpent has again exhibited himself, this time off the capes of Delaware. His snakeship is reported to be 100 feet in length. His appearance was telegraphed to Philadelphia, and an expedition was immediately sent in pursuit of him. A reward of EIOOO dollars had been offered for his capture. BLAIRS GOUT AND RHEUMATIC PILLS.—Extract of a letter, written by John Molard Wheeler, Esq., Collector of Customs, Jamaica, having been handed by his brother at- Swindon, to Mr. Prout for publicationI know you have never had occasion to take Blair's Pills, but let me em- phatically tell you, in mercy to any friend who may suffer from gout, rheumatic gout, lumbago, sciatica, rheumatism or any branch of that widely-allied family, to recommend their using them. In this country they are of wonderful efficacy; not only am I personally aware of their powers, but I see my friends and acquaintances receiving unfailing benefit from their u?e. I would not be without them on any account. If taken in the early stage of disease they dis- sipate it altogether: if in a later, they alleviate pain, and effect a much speedier cure than by anyother means within my knowledge." S dd by all medicine vendors. See the name of "Thomas Prout, 229, Strand, London," on the government stamp. The difficulties and dangers of bringing up infants by hand or wet nurses have been entirely overcome by Du Barry's delicious Revalenta Arabica Food, which feeds, strengthens and removes all those little pains and irregu- larities infants are so subject to. The following letters speak volumes :—"Grammar School, Stevenage, ]<3:h Dec., 1850. Gentlemen,—I think it but common.justice to you to etate that I have used Du Barry's Revalenta Arabica for the last four months, during which time our infant has never Itud disordered boivels, from which it had suffered much during tbe previous six month?, whil-t being nursed, though every care was Lken to prevent it. Had I knowo of your valuable Food sooner, it We u:d have saved mv in- fant much pain, aud me :tt o, the heavy expense o.f a wei nurse. 1 am, &c., ROBERT AMBLER." Cure 2204.— '1 "Consider jou a blessing to society at large. It is .¡jot to We told all the benefit Da Barry's Revalenta Arabica Food has. been to me; and my little bey cries for a sauo.;r of ii every morning- WALTER KEATING, 2, Manning-place, Five Oaks, Jersey." A great many families have ex; rasped themselves simiiaily, as will- be Ecen ia Messrs, Dj Barry's advertisements. ,j'.
EPITOM E OF Nk.WS. Gavazzi has renounced the title of Father," whioL he says is doe only to God. The Patriotic Fund, advertised on Saturday week., amounts to above £ I,O:W,OOO. A beautiful statute of the poet Campbell hai jt»t beer^ erected in Poet's-corner, Westminster. A correspondent of the Record draws attention to tha- fact that Hindoo idols are made in B rminglxru. The late Mr. W. Vosper, formerly of Devonport, bas- bequeathed the munificent sum of £3000 for the pro- motion of the Moravian missions. A large number of Mormons, chiefly young womeo" -for whom there is a great demnnd among the ruttur brethren-left Liverpool for New Orleans last week. The Warriuyton Guardian says that the lio trd of guardians there li-ve refused to pay the church-rat^ levied on the Workhouse, ou the plea that chuich-rate*. are unjust. In 1765, the packet service cost 110,000 a-year a; j the present time it costs £ 800,000. In 18-9, 190,00< Post-office money orders were granted. In 1S34, th^ number was 10.1 millions. Coinmodote Bennet. formerly of Hereford, is pro. moted to the rank of Hear-Admiral of the Blue upon the, active list, after a service of upwards of 58 years in thv lloyal Navy. SERIOUS CHARGE OF ARSON. —L. E. HOOPER, AGE 25, shipwright, has been remanded on the serious charge-- of having set fire to the gun ba'teiy lately constructed n; the shipbuilding yard of Mr. John Scott Russell, at Mil- wall, Poplar. BONNETS IN NEW YORK.—The latest folly enjoineC. by the goddess of fashion upon her abject devotees, th?- i iadies of this enlightened metropolis, is the wearing cr bonnet ribbons four feet long. The bonnets, meanwhile, continue to recede from public observation. They havi- long been invisible to the naked ete-of the wearer and they now threaten to run entirely to libbou. THE MILITIA BAYONET.—In consequence of thenn- merous attacks that have been made with the bayonet L> militiamen when excited by drink, and which tn somt"- instances have resulted serioush, it has been notified ihat; for the future no person belonging to militia regiments. with the exception of tion commissioned officers, will be-- permitted to cairy or wear side-arms (hnyone 9) when oft duty, but the waist or sitie-belt, as the case may be allowed to be worn as heretofore. "AN AFFAIR OF HONUUR" At Marlborough police station, on Friday last, Colonel Godfrey Mundy and Mr James Hawker appeared before Mr. Hardwick, charge,* with contemplating a breach of the peace by fighting a dud. Admiral Hawker srated that, from circumstances which had come to his knowledge, it was his belief tbat: the defendants contemplated fighting a duel. Mr. Hard- wick ordered the defendan's to enter into their own reeog nizaoces in £1000 each, and to find two sureties in jE5& each, to keep the peac* COVERED STREET FOR LONDON. — We hear of a scLecae- now in process of incubatioi, under di tingu a e I ausprees for tbe formation (If a road through London, eight miles. loog, roofed in with glass, with houses anil shops on each side, and beyond these, also on each side, two lines 07 rails, one above the other, the lower for trains stopjMD^ V every mile, the upper for expresses.— The Builder. BRISTOL HIDE AND SKIN MARKET.—Saturday, 1\1 a:, 12.—There was a larger attendance than usual of buyer? at market to-day, and a good clearance was eilected at the subjoined rates. \iz-: -Hides, Dob. and upw ar Is, 4^ per lb.; 851b. to 91'b., 3gd.; 75:h. to 8iib., 3| 1 6511 to 74lb., 3|d. 561b. to til b., 3; I.; 551b. and under. 3|d. cows', 3L 1. to A- bulls', I. to :¡; I.; firwed and irregular, 2d. to 2} I. per lb.; calf, l~lb. and upwards- 7s. 9d. each 1 lib. to ltilb., I. p«r ib.; 91b. and 10db. 4Jd. per lb. 7lb. and 8lh., 2s. 91. to 2s.iUd.eich.Gtb. and under, 2s. 4J. each; wool skins, 3s. 31., 3-j. 7d. 5s. 4d., 6i. 4d., and 7s. 7d. each; pelts, HJ. to lS^^ each lambs', 2s. 6d. to 2;. 9 1. each. PREVENTION OF RAILWAY ACCIDENTS. Ihe PiH-. mnnttse Gazette of the 5th gives sotne details concerning .the experimen's made with Chevalier Boneili's new con- trivance for communicating telegraphically with railway traioc while in motion. A train was started ou the Turin. and Moncalieri lioe, and notwithstanding the unfavourable state of the weather, as it rained incessantly, questiet^ and answers were exchanged b-tween the 'J urin statk>R and the train while ilie latter was at its fulle-t sj^eetiL Another experiment iviil shortly take place between Traffarello and Moncalieri, when the inventor promises to communicate 0 despatches from a train in motion ;0 a ra- thëraläo in motion on the same iine, and to the stations Turin, Moncalieri, and Traffarello. 'Ihe resu's «»! last experiment were immediately communicated t& the, Council of Ministers and to the Directors of Public Wt>rks. CAUTION TO LADIES. — At Westminster puliee-cnun. on Saturday, a very genteel-looking woman, about 24 years or age, solicited the magistrate's advice under tbess- circumstances She stated that having seen an adver- tiseinentfrom what was termed a Matrimonial Society," offering to get husbands for ladies, and being desirous obtaining the advantage proposed, she wrote, as directed, to W. Carson, 20, Great College-street, Westminster enclosing a shilling's worth of postage stamps, in Yelp", to which she received a copy of the rules of the society, agreeably to which she forwarded 5s. to Carson to erx/ta- vour to procure a suitable partner for her. She after- AIIRDS had to pay £ 1, and was then introduced to a WES!- Stressed person. She received letters from C.'«isor> aftes thi! stating that the gentleman was perfectly satisfied with her, and was desirous that the matter should 1'> speedily brought to a close. This costlier £ 2 more but, to her surprise,the gentleman became inseiHib!- and she- could obtain no further information t',ujii him, an.) hL. the reply 6he gOI was that she mi^ht no to any of justice, as it was impossible to manufacture men for all the ladies. — Mr. Kronen;) recommended ihe applicant to summon Carson to the County Conn, where there wonkt. be a fair prospect of her getting her money. lie n-jight,, however, say that persons of Carson's description woeki not succeed in obtaining money but for such fjlly as-ap- plicant had exhibited. THE METAL TRADE.-It is satisfactory to report th»K. according to tbe lastaccrediteJ authorities, the s'ate oi tW iron trade in South Staffordshire is more prumfsing tbari represented last week. Considerable foreign oulers been delivered, and there is a better demand ior the buars- market than was expected. The consequence has beea n small advance in the price of pig. which ilurin-j the weth have fetched from 2s. 6d. to os. per ton more tbaa quotations. The rates for pigs are, however, .<fiU extreaaeK low, and, notwithstanding the many furnaces receu'.iji pul. out of blast, the make in most districts exc e is tbe re- quirements of the mills ami forges. An ironmaster sfaip-* that some of the large works, who will not seli at less t&aT.- the declared prices of the trade, are sti I ou .oil inuc, but that the worst, in his opinion, is pas!, and a ite^dj; increase of orders may be. expecte I, espccl £ /o:u- Canada and the United States. BzJYiijL), tt)t),, i,e et)olentin cannot monopolise the Dutch market, wi b Driiri-ii iron »,* » 1;8 per ton for the best makes. So far, future prospiec^ are encouraging, but, on the other hand, it cannot IM de- nied that underselling continues to be carried on to a gre >i and ruinous extent. The price of cupper remains Una but, notwithstanding, a further advance was h have been declared on Tuesday last. The. vaani- facturers of copper and brass goods are loih to bu y, es-ti^c for immediate use. The dein ind for manufactured artir has so much declined that speculation in the raw inatfrks; although there is an obvious tend, ncy upwards, i; altogether inexpedient. The season is also a.-aiost iLe make of copper goods, except for stock, and the ;)rv-j.et> state of the country does not setm to justify su -'i :> coarss, The consequence is that many brass foundry estab!ishun»a are short of work, and the men o';[,y partially employ*). The commercial men out in various parts of the kio.j-f^ » represent the demand for these of war • £ "<4 I i extremely limited. The tiu-plate woikers a:i tiniBJJ. generally are doing compatativelv iit'le. T'ritis v;th th.e-s&. is more thaa usual!/ dull. Tue Tower »u-i «> active as it can be under circum>uc,i s but s,,u'^er statements are made as to the cumber oi rdi s li- the Board of Ordnance. During toe <•( A.triVt supply- was from to 7,0iH); and we b- :i v it i.- rt v no period reached 2,0JO per week. i,; r, the iauit of the gunmakers; lor, if pr ui-; a. T supplied with mat ria!s, tbey couid p-o;!u:—, i- a ■ 'I- time, almost any ;-t:.)ou';t of r. !•tr> A- j-ionect, Sisn- of tbe workmen are :!«(. r rj i i,:i.» tror:i than half of th i" :j