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BLACKURN'S MAYOR. f^The erand annual dinner of the Blackburn Licensed Victuallers Association was held a few days since. Both the borough members were present, and the mayor presided. It was this latter, gentleman who gave the finest zest to the evening. it would be impossible," says the Preston Herald, "to do justice to the vigour and energy of our thoroughly Lancashire mayor's utterances on this occasion by any translation of ours. We therefore give them in their native brusqueness, only regretting that words reproduce so inadequately the inimitable tone and manner of the worshipful speaker." And certainly the speeches are very funny. Toasting the Army and Navy, his worship said :— Th' next toost is th' army, th' navy, and't volun- teers." Nah, at present time. they'rs a greyt cry about th' army and't navy. Id might be the opinion o' some peyple in this kuntry 'ut we can do without taxus, as some peyple preach up, but we con't do without both th' army and th'navy, and theyse lads want snmmat. to eyt and drink. Theyre's two sorts ov heconomi for this country, theyr's nh foolish heconomi and theyre's a wise un. Titers such a thing as lettin' a lot o' things coin to roch for vers, and then havin em all to fetch up agean. Trew heconimi is t' be reddy fer war at ony minit. If, in '.Merika, or onywere else, the've getten a ten-punder, let's be aole to send a twelve at 'em. But at the same time we want men at bead o'th' army and navy as 'e) say a word and its dun when they've sed it. Wer obleged to keep't nrmy and 't navy in that way, with gradely macheenury und pawer to make 'em felt, und awl this costs summut. We hev a third, and that is t' rifie corps, und I believe as if they're called upon they'll be reddy t' feyt for this kuntri, and I believe as if they're called upon they'll be reddy t' feyt for thiskuntri, und I hev gret plesure in giving t' toast. When the Mayor came to the next. toast, he observed.- I see in't next toast on't pregram ah shel want to mak a little alterashnn. It's The Lord Bishop and clergy of the diocese." Ah wunt to bad th' ministers of all religuns to ths, as ah should not prepows this toast as it stands for ony society. I don't believe i lettin one class o' parsons hev it o' to therselves. Ah hev great pleasur in movin thet Lord Bishup and clergy and the minustors o' hawl denominashuns -an hawl o' em together, preysts an awl. After this little oration, By Celia's Arbour" was sung and then his worship had another opportunity, in "returning thanks" for the magistrates and cor- poration. In this speech his worship showed himself to be a practical man. He said :— We wur still-boorn in Biegburn twenty yer ago we wer without money, we hed now legacies left us, an yet we'd all't sewerage o' this town to dew, an it's well known that t' working clesses of this kuntry cannot hev good helth iv there issn't good sewerage. Two yer sin Halderman Stones an me went to Croy- don, and t' sewerage of that borough cost them 2s in the pound on th' rates, an now the've a hincom hoff it. They've taken land, they've hirrigated it, and mak ther muck hinto munney. Has to our streets, it's well known by anybody who walks through Bleghtiri)-an God forbid we should ever have anuther famin-bud it wor a blessin bin a sannitarry point of vew. We got 130 000 pund from t' Poor Law Board, and without that famin we should not hev bed these paved streets, thow God forbid we should hev it agen. We hev spent of that something like £120,000 in in our streets. Taking Biegburn streets fur 21 yers, we hev spent now less then 375,000 pund—and ov that we owe about £220,000. Nah, let me tell you whad, we mun hev money, and this is nowt upon Biegburn to good streets. We've now gret landed property like Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, and other cities, wher they've property, but we stand equal to them in rates to-day. We hey bed now fayther before us, nor muther nanther. I say, as a corporate body, we hev every one tried to do their best, and I ma) say this ther is not a corporation with better practical men then Biegburn hes to-day, or hes had fur seven or ten yer-men who thurroly hunderstnnd bit, every onery one in therhown spear as a hincorporated boddy. As the evening advanced, the worthy Mayor be- came more genial, without any loss of shrewdness. With three times three his health was drunk; upon which he rose and said :— Mr Feilden. I thenk you for the hansome manner in which you hev proposed my toast, not only just as Mr Feilden, but as Lord of the Manor of this town. I think it a honour of itself to have a member of Par- liament and the Lord of the Manor to propose a toast to a poor man like me. And I thank you, gentle- men, for the invitation to-night: an' he is a poor mon who cannot enjoy hissel when he's among lads as he were browt up wi'. Wherever I go, I like to enjoy mysel, because I go among gradely lads. I don't know as ever I spent a ansomer evening than to-neet. I'm not one as hes a klassikel heddikashun. I'm like this man (Mr Cocker). I've been born i' Bleg- burn- bud I believe that deeds an akshuns speyks better than heddycashun. And I wor glad when Alderman Thompson named abowt th' working classes of this town. And tho' I know it is not a political meeting, I can say as there's os good hearts beneath fustian as under black cloth —I say all credit to this borough. And I hope as th' working classes will think for thersels, and not be gulled with chaff. I 'ope that the working classes will think of the men of 1862 and 1863, who didn't fill their bellies with chaff, but bread and cheese. You wouldn't find these men agitating then, because men and women and children wanted somethng i ther belly. You do find Lord Derby going to Manchester and giving his four or five thousand to th' hungry poar. Though, as Mayor, I am not in a political meeting, but I do say to every working man i' Bieg- burn, "Think of 1862 3-4," and show who filled ther belly. And I think they will not forget it. Think of the men who did ther best for ye, not by going about trying to hagitate, like Bright, but keeping out of the way of the relief meetings, where they wanted some brass.-Pall Mall Gazette. I THE EARL OF DERBY.—We regret to bear that Lord Derby has again been suffering from an • attack of gout in the hand, which confined him to his bed on one or two days last week. It is to be hoped for many reasons that this attack is merely temporary, and that he will be fully restored to health by the 2nd of November, the intended date of the arrival of the Prince and Princess of Wales at Knowsley. MURDER MADE EASY.—A ghastly scientific dis- covery is reported from Turin, where Professor Cas- turani, the celebrated oculist, has, it would appear, found a way of killing animals by forcing air into their eyes, within the space of a few seconds, and, it is thought, almost without cansing them any pain. Experiments were made at the Royal Veterinary School, and it is said that they have fully proved the truth of the professor's invention. Within the space of a few minutes four rabbits, three dogs, and a goat were killed in this manner. The most remarkable thing about this "killing made easy" is the fact that it leaves absolutely no outward trace, and it can be as easily applied to men as to animals if so, it is to be hoped the method is not easy of application.— Pall Mall Gazette, ■■ v.,

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