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Somrettr News. PURLlC DINNER TO W. EWAIlT, E-SQ., M.P.—This dinner is to take place on Thursday the 19th inst., and the presence of our popular Representative will, we are certain, be hailed by Reformers with the greatest plea- sure. The amphitheatre has been selected for the oc- casion. We are rejoiced that the Liberal paity of Li- verpool have come to the determination of making this public display of their sentiments on the great subjects which now occupy men's minds. The toasts given and the speeches made on the 19th will tell both the country and the Ministers in what quarter the wind blows here. The Tories have had their turn. The Reformers have wisely reserved 4heir fire until the eve -of Parliament. Not only in Liverpool, but in Leeds and Middlesex and many other places, public dinners are announced. The demand for tickets here has already been immense. In- vitations have been forwarded to many Liberal Members of Parliament.— Liverpool Albion. Lord Castlereagh is to be entertained at Bangor on the 20th inst., by the Conservatives of that town and neighbourhood. DEATH or SIR F. PONSONBY.-It is with feelings of the deepest regret that we announce the death of Major- General Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby. He died suddenly at Merwell-green, near Basingstoke, on Thurs- day night, when on his way to London. Sir Frederick Ponsonby was the second son of the Earl of Besborough, and brother of Vicount Duncannon, and was in the 54th year of his age.—Evening Chronicle. DREADFUL ACCIDENT ON FRIDAY NIGIIT AT COVENT GARDEN THEATRE.-Friday evening, as Madame Louise Irvine was making her hazardous ascent from the stage to the gallery, the rope being rather slack caused her to miss her footing upon her return, and she was suddenly precipitated with the balance-pole to the stage. The audience, upon seeing the terriftc circum- stance, rose, and simultaneously uttered a cry of horror. The curtain of course fell, and the greatest anxiety was manifested to learn the consequences. By the aid of the performers she was conveyed into the green-room, where she fainted away, and some restoratives that were applied being unsuccessful, Mr. Lane, surgeon, was sent for, who promptly arrived but upon seeing the lady, declared that the accident, though not so severe as at first imagined, was yet likely to produce serious effects. Mr. C. J. Smith communicated the result of the sur- geon's arrival to the audience, who shortly after left the theatre. It is extremely fortunate that the fall occurred t so near the ground as, if it had taken place over the orchestra, the consequence must have been fatal; and it is to be hoped that this horrifying exhibition which has so long disgraced a national theatre, will henceforth be discontinued. DARING ATTEMPT AT HIGHWAY ROBBERY.—Two MENSnoT.—On Wednesday evening, as Mr. Stevenson, a respectable farmer residing at Lee Chapel, Laindon, was returning home from Romford market, three high- waymen rushed from the lane leading to Buckingham's farm, as the horse was walking slowly up Laindon-hill; one of the ruffians caught hold of the horse's head, and endeavoured to force the animal and chaise back. upon the bank, with a view to upset it. At the same iestant ;,& fellovtc^one to thegi £ ,and said in a gruff tone^Who are you 1" Mr. Stevenson presented a loaded pistol to the man at the horse's head, and declared he would shoot him if he did not forego his hold, and desired the man near the chaise, who, on seeing the pistol, had retreated n few steps, to move on. The man replied, Shoot on," and approached the gig. Mr. Stevenson fired, and lodged the contents of the pistol (a charge of sparrow shot) in the man's face, which was immediately covered with blood. The wounded thief made ofT, and Mr. Steven- son was attacked from behind by a man he had not pre- viously observed, who began striking him over the head with a bludgeon, the man at the horse's head calling out, "Come here, Jem." The ruffian left off his attack to go to his companion, but as he was passing received the charge of Mr. Stevenson's second pistol in his cheek, and fell back. The third ruffian, still holding the horse's head, said, Never mind, Jem, he's got no more, we can do him yet." Mr. Stevenson exclaimed, "I have another for you, and stooped forward over the horse, on which he let go the bridle, and ran away. Mr. Steven- son bad,with him a high-spirited mare, which stood fire remarkably well, or he would have stood as much danger from the animal as from his assailants. The shot marks may be the means of discovering the highwaymen. Mr. Stevenson has offered a reward of £10.- E.m;,r Herald. The extensive flour mill of Mr. Badger, in Summer- row, Birmingham, was entirely destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning, together with the grain and flour, and the whole of the valuable machinery. The damage is estimated at betweeu X4000 and £5000, of which only £2500 is insured. IMI-OSTORS.—A party of fellows, in the garb of sailors, are going about the country with a forged printed form, appearing to be signed and certified by Mr. John Grove and Mr. Tennant, of Swansea, two magistrates for this county, purporting to be a license to beg during ninety. one days from the 5th December last, in consequence of the loss of the ship St. Domingo. We trust ere this the vagabonds are doing penance on the treadmill for their impudent imposition on the public.— Cumbrian. A SWINDLER.—On Wednesday se'nnight,a man, well dressed in new black clothes, enteied the shop of Mr. Smith, mercer, of Eastgate-street, Gloucester, and re- quested to see some black silks, stating that he wanted to purchase a considerable quantity for the purposes of a funeral. He was shown several lots, and with the eyes of a judge, he selected two pieces of a superior de- scription, the one containing 75 and the other .53 yards, value £17. Having, as he said, some business to trans- act elsewhere, he went away with the promise of again calling in a short time, which he did, and then directed his purchase to be made into a parcel and sent after him to the Saracen's Head Inn, where lie was staying. Mr. Smith, it appears, had some doubt as to his customer, and accordingly directed his shopman on no account to part with the goods without the cash. The young man arrived at the inn, and found Mr. Mead (for that was the name he assumed) sitting comfortably discussing a glass of brandy and water. Having looked at the bill, and minutely cast up its contents to see that they were correct, he called for a pen and ink, and desired the messenger to write a receipt, while he went up stairs for the money, taking the parcel of siik with him. Not making his re-appearance after some time, the shopman became alarmed, and inquired of the landlord if he was sure the "gentleman" was gone up stairs. Mine host said he believed he was, but after waiting a little longer he went to look after him, when it was found, that in- stead of going up stairs he had vanished. Information was immediately given to the police, and search made in all directions, but the scoundrel was nowhere to be found. He appeared to be about 35 or 36 years of age, five feet five inches high, daik complexion, nose rather aquiline, and his head a little bald. lie arrived at the Saracen's Head on the preceding evening, and slept there: he had no great coat or luggage, but during the day a parcel was brought for him, which he left in his bed-room, and on being opened was found to contain an old black coat and trousers, and a pair of old dark olive < cotton cord trousers. In one of his pockets was found a bill for the identical suit of clothes he had on, made out on the 5th of January, in the name of Winfeld, by 1 Mr. Collins, Peter-street, Bristol. He paid for what re- « freshment he took, and appeared to be respectable in his manners. The fellow was seen on Tuesday near Newaham, walking towards Gloucester, and on being ( questioned, said he had come licm Lydnev, so that it is J most likely he came from Bristol to Chepstow. A part [ of the silk has since been found at a JI I\\ nbrokers in Cheltenham, THE F-DOEWARE-ROAD MURDER.—The mystery in which this horrible and extraordinary affair is involved appears rather to thicken than diminish. On Sunday, at an early hoar, preparations were made by order of tfwi Regent's Canal Company for emptying those portions of the canal within about 300 yards on either side of the- Edget»are-road but owing to some unforeseen obstruc- tion in the pipes, the water had not sufficiently run off" before dark to allow the men, who were in attendance with drags, &c., to commence dragging for the legs, which it was considered probable had been thrown into that part of the canal. Monday morning, however, they commenced operations immediately after day-break, and continued dragging tmtil about oue o'clock, but neither the legs por anyihmg at all likely to afford any clue to the discovery of the murderers or the identification 0( the body was discovered. Inspector Feltham and Peg- ler, the policeman, were in attendance and superintended the proteedings, which were watched with the most in- tense curiosity by hundreds of persons who lined the banks, among whom we noticed several of the parish officers and members of the vestry. During Sunday and Monday no applications were made to see the head and trunk, which are still unintered, nor have the police received any information at all likely to leild to any clue. The supposition, therefore, gains ground ilut the ill- fated woman must have been a stranger in f.nno iji ami probably she had only just arrived from Ireland. THE I.ATf; MURDER AT KrRTON LI\D.«»V. Join* Dimsey, alias Irish Johnny, was brought to I|,m pU,' Friday, having been apprehended the day before ai 11150 house at Sheffield. He appeared very sullm, and un- willing to enter into conversation. This roomily he underwent an examination. The witnesses before the coroner, with two or three others, again gave their evi- dence; and on Dimsey being asked whether he wouM make any statement, he replied, I have nothing to say at present." He was remanded for further examination. On Wednesday week, a dreadful accident occuwred at Gainsborough gas-works. Mr. It. Brown, the lesser, finding that Itle gas escaped in the tar-well, sent a man named Airy, down, who had not proceeded far before he gave a scream for help, and fell into the well. Mr. Brown then went down the ladder, and, catching hold of the man's foot, called loudly for assistance, but before its arrival, Mr. Brown shared the fate of Airy. Both these unfortunate persons, on being taken out of the well were quite dead. A jury returned a verdict of—"Ac- cidental Suffocation."—Lincolnshire Chronicle. DINNER TO Mn. O'CONNELI..—The hon. and learned Member for Kilkenny has accepted an invitation to dine with the Carlow "savages," as that excellent landlord Col. Bruen, called them. The dinner will take place on Wednesday, the 18th inst. The representatives of Carlow, Bruen and Cavanagh, will be entertained on the 17th instant. We may now hazard an opinion that the dinner to Mr. O'Conneli will be remembered when that to the "slaveowners" will be jo rgot tell. all's Journal. THE MASTER OF TIIF. ROLI.9.—It was stated in the as. sociation yesterday, and believed in town last night, that the paralytic attack of Sir W. M'Mahon terminated in the demise of the learned judge.—Dublin Paper. A field of corn, cut previously to the late disastrous wet. tk«F KM L*TI week-offered for saW in the neighbourhood of Queen's-head, at twopence per sheaf, and without finding a purchaser, it being fit for nothing except to manure the ground for the nest crop.—Halifax Ejpress.