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GENERAL NEWS. APPROACHING MARRIAGE OF SIR ROBERT PEEL.- We understand that the preliminaries of a matrimonial alliance have been arranged between Sir Robert Peel, M.P., one of the Lords of the Admiralty, and the Hon. Miss Hay, youngest daughter of the Marquess of Tweed- dale, and sister to the Duchess of Wellington and the late Marchioness of Dalhousie. Tun MEETING OF PARLIAMENT.—We have every reason to believe that Parliament will meet about the usual time, viz., the end of January or the beginning of February.—-Morning Post. Lord Stanley is spoken of in Paisley as a probable candidate for the representation of that burgh, in the event of a dissolution of Parliament.-Grcenock Advertiser. It is said that Colonel Sibtliorp, M.P., is in a dangerous condition. It was rumoured in Lincoln, on Wednesday, that the honourable gentleman was dead, but in reply to a telegraphic message, a contradiction of the statement was sent. ALLEGED SWEDISH ALLIANCE.—We can state autho- ritatively that there are no present prospects of a Swedish Alliance, and that the statements which have been pub- lished respecting a military convention," and its terms are purely imaginary.—Morning Post. THE HYDE PARK ASSEMBLAGE,—On Sunday afternoon, a numerous assemblage of people again took place in Hyde Park. The number, though less than on the pre- ceding Sundays, amounted to several thousands. The police were on the ground, and kept moving about amongst the people, to prevent speech-making. The ma- jority of the horse-police were on Sunday dispensed with. There was no attempt at disturbance, and, as evening fell, the people gradually dispersed. There was no riot- ing either in the park or the vicinity. It is the opinion of the police that these meeting will be continued through- out the winter, and it is stated that there is every reason to believe that an attempt will be made to hold torch- light meetings in Smithfield and Bonner's-fields, and the Green Park, on the "bread" question. DEAR SUGAR.-In many families, and whole hamlets in this town and neighbourhood, a resolution has been formed not to use any more sugar until the prices are re- duced. This resolution has been followed by many for a fortnight, and has made a material difference in the sales effected by the different grocers in Barnsley. During the week, the principal grocers in the town have been asked what difference the resolution has made in their sales of sugar on Saturday last. Some state they did not sell one- sixth of their usual Saturday's quantity, others not one- fourth, others not onc-half. Jlanc!wster Guardian. STRIKE OF FACTORY OPERATIVES AT WIGAN.—The whole of the hands employed by Mr. Peck, gingham manufacturer, have ceased work in consequence of the introduction of machinery, which, it is supposed, will reduce wages.—Manchester Guardian. OPENING OF THE VICTORIA DocKs.-These new docks, which have been excavated and formed on the western division of Plaistow Marshes, near Blackwall, and which are the largest of our metropolitan docks for expanse of water, will be publicly opened for the reception of ship- ping this day (Monday). The entrance locks are of enormous proportions; they are upwards of 325 feet long and 80 in width, with wrought iron gates, worked bp hydiaulic power, the depth of water at the entrance being 28 feet at high water-four feet more than the East India Docks, three feet above the London docks, five feet above the West India Docks, and twelve feet above that of the Grand Surrey Docks. The water area of the first dock is very nearly one hundred acres, while on the south side there is nearly a mile of water frontage. There is a tidal basin, accessible by night as well as by day, for mail steamers and other vessels requiring des- patch. The basin occupies 16 acres, and varies in depth from 27ft. 6in. to 24ft.; that of the main basin is 28ft. There are four substantial warehouses for the storing of goods, on the north side; as also vaults for wines and spirits. All the cranes, capstans, and sluices throughout the establishment are worked by hydraulic power. The city depot of the company is at the Steel-yard, Upper Thames-street, where large warehouses and stores are to be formed. It is in contemplation to extend the docks to the opposite side of Plaistow Marshes, with an entrance from the Galleons, the necessary powers by Act of Par- liament being in the possession of the Companyr AGRICULTUMAL OPERATIONS IN IRELAND.—Although intensely cold, the weather is still fine and open, and all agricultural work is proceeding at an unusually rapid pace. A Waterford paper of Saturday thus reports:— "During the week, which we may now say has closed upon us, we have had delicious weather for this advanced season of the year, and we are happy to say that the farmers of this and the neighbouring counties—Kilkenny, Wexford, and Tippei-,iry-have largely and actively taken advantage of it, and a great breadth of wheat is already in the ground off which the potatoes, parsnips, and carrots have been lifted to their winter quarters. The ploughs, harrows, scufflers, grubbers, et hoc genus onine, are in full employment on every side, and every one able and willing to work has full and ample employ- ment on the farms; nevertheless, we are sorry to say that, turn where we will in the city, we do not fail to see big men and. ablebodied women pertinaciously and publicly soliciting alms. This latter state of things is attributable to the citizens, who will not have the law against this shameful practice, and-looking to the workhouses—unnecessary evil, enforced." MR. SCOTT RUSSELL'S MONSTER STEAMER.—We have pleasure in being in a position to confirm the statement that Captain William Harrison, of the Royal Mail ocean steamship Africa, has been appointed to the command of the Great Eastern, now building in the yard of Messrs. Scott Russell and Co. This monster vessel, (says the Xorth British Mail) at present in course of construction et the works of Mr. Scott Russell, at Millwall, on the Thames, is to be 10,000 tons burden, and will be pro- pelled by a combination of paddles and screw. We noticed some time ago a portiou of the machinery, which had been made at the extensive forge of Messrs. Fulton and Neilson, Lancefield. We visited these works the other day, and had an opportunity of inspecting some other forgings for the machinery, which that enterprising firm have just completed. The work contracted for by Messrs. Fulton, Neilson, add Co., a list of which we subjoin, will give our readers some idea of the magni- tude of the mammouth steamer, as well as the capabilities of that firm :—One intermediate shaft 21| feet long, 26- inch diameter two paddle-shafts, 371 feet long, 24|- inch diameter; two cranks, 7 feet 'tween centres, and 21-inch thick; propeller shaft, 47 feet long, and 24i inch diameter; three friction straps, 40 feet inside diameter, 14i inches thick; also columns, covers, &c. The propeller shaft has just been finished, and is at present lying in the yard. It is the heaviest piece of forged iron in the world; it is nearly 35 tons weight. The jollyboats, eight in number, will be small screw steamers, and will be raised and lowered by water power, and tho vessel herself will be steered by a small engine of several horse power. She is expected to be launched in about twelve months.—Liverpool Albion. The accounts of the trade of the manufacturing towns for the past week present little for remark. On the whole they are favourable, the extent of employment being as great as could be expected, and every effort to take advantage of the high prices of food to excite discontent among the operative classes having thus far proved abortive. At Manchester, although the home de- mand affected by the necessity for economy, the transac- tions have been moderately satisfactory, and prices, making allowance for the decline in cotton at Liverpool, have been well maintained. The Birmingham report state that the iron trade is without alteration, consider- able activity being atill observable, together with an in- crease in financial confidence, consequent upon the ex- tinction of weak houses. At Nottingham, the business of the week has been unimportant. In the woollen districts the operations have been large, at full prices, and the Irish linen markets have been quiet, but with a healthy tone. PORCELAIN.-One of those pleasing results of honour- able rivalry amongst our leading manufacturers, and which obtained so much of both royal and scientific admiration while in the Great Industrial Exhibition of Ireland, is for a while destined to win its meed of praise in this country. We allude to the magnificent and no less tasteful dessert service from the Royal Works atWorcester, depicting many of the scenes in A Midsummer Night's Dream." To give anything like a notion of the fancifully classic way in which this grand conception of the poet's brain has been carried out, would take more space than we can afford, and even then it would scarcely reach that deserved encomium without inducing a suspicion of hyperbole or undeserved eulogium. The present pro- prietor has, however, thrown an apartment of the Baker- street Bazaar gratuitously open to the public, where the connoisseur and virtuoso may equally revel over examples of modern porcelain—the work, it should be added, of the Messrs. Kerr and their artists, which leaves nothing to be desired for the character of British skill and enter- prisc.-Globe. THE BIBLE BURNING IN IRELAND.- We are glad to state that the Attorney-General for Ireland has directed the immediate prosecution of all the persons, whether lay or clerical, who there may be fair grounds for thinking were engaged in the late case of Bible burning in Kings- town. The right hon. gentleman has, in doing so, taken a step which cannot but be approved by all well-meaning persons, Roman Catholic as well as Protestant. There has been a good deal of positive assertion as to the fact on one side, and of denial on the other, coupled with statements of the charge having been trumped up against the Roman Catholic ecclesiastics from unworthy motives. If the disgraceful indecency has indeed been committed, it will be satisfactory to have the perpetrators punished and, should the charge be merely the result of blind bigotry on the part of those who make it, it will be equally satisfactory that this falsehood shall be clearly and unmistakably established by public investigation.- Globe. The Rev. Dr. Vaughan, Incumbent of Brixton, was on Friday committed by the Lambeth Magistrate for trial, on a charge of falsifying the parish. register of deaths. He was admitted to bail, two sureties of j6500 each, and ^maself £ 1,000 in each case; and left the Court much affected and overcome." POLITICAL RUMOURS.—It was stated with confidence in Downing-sfcreet, on Friday, that Lord Palmerston had de- termined upon immediate dissolution, that the announce- ment will be made public in a few days, and that the new Palliament will meet early in February.— Daily News. Gore's Liverpool Advertiser, in reference to the great complaints against the high price demanded for potatoes, at the early period of the season, says-" We are in- formed by a correspondent, who lives in one of the great- est potatoe-growing districts in England, that the public are be ng most scandalously imposed upon in this matter. The crops, ho tells us, are the largest within the memory of man, and, taking the accounts from all other parts of the country, he has arrived at the firm conviction that there are more potatoes in Britain at the present moment, than there ever have been since they were introduced from America. Then by what juggle are the present high prices so impudently demanded for them ? This we will explain. Some of the dealers in the districts to which we allude, have been prematurely speculating, and, at the time when but a poor crop was anticipated, bought hundreds of acres at art enormous price. And now, to guard themselves from loss, or to break their fall, these gentry were early in the field, buying a few lots from the farmers at a high figure, so that, when others in the trade came round, they were compelled to do the same to obtain even a supply for their immediate wants. This is the way, this is the trick by which they have been driven up to the present price, which is too high by just one-half. It is too bad that, while the masses are paying so much for their bread, they should be so victimised :n the article of potatoes." THE BATH WATERS FREE!—We sincerely congratu- late the mayor and corporation on the principles which animated them on Tuesday last, when they declared that the Drinking ef the Bath Waters should be entirely free." That which we receive as a free gift from an Almighty Providence, is henceforth to be free to all. The pump by the hot bath spring is now to bear the in- scription of Free pump for drinking the Bath waters," and we feel assured that every one will join with us, in rejoicing that this step in the right direction has at length been taken, and that by these means, and the opening of the pump-room three times a week for free musical promenades, much will be done to increase the prosperity of the city. The prices fixed by the corporation, for drinking the waters at the pump-rooms, and for the use of the baths, have been constructed on a graduated scale, calculated to meet the means of every one. Bath has set the example to all the English watering places of rendering mineral waters at the lowest possible price, consistent with the expenses incurred in the maintenance of the establishment; and we hope we shall soon see the effects of this liberality in an increased and increasing number of visitors.—Bath Paper. THE IMPOSTOR ALICE GRAY.—Of all the extraordi- narv revelations which have been made known in con- nexion with this woman, the following, which has just come to light, is perhaps the most startling. An account was published in The Times of November 1, 1854, of a shocking outrage," which was committed upon a woman in the neighbourhood of Exeter, on the night of the 29tb of October. The circumstances, as then related, were these :—Very early on the morning of the 30th of Oct., some fishermen, when off the coast near Powderham Castle, the seat of the Earl of Devon, heard piteous cries on shore. On putting in their boat they found a woman in a state of nudity, with the exception of a shift. They immediately took her to the house of Lord Devon's boat- man, and the policeman of the district having been sent for, she gave an account of how she came in the condition in which she was found. She alleged that her husband was a soldier in one ol the regiments in the Crimea, and that she had come to Exeter, on her way to her friends in the south of Devon, where she expected to be shortly confined. She remained in that city a little time with one of her rela ives, and not having sufficient money to take her the whole distance by railway, she determined on walking the first eight miles to Starcross. It was while on this road that she said she was overtaken by two or three men, who used her violently, and who, hav- ing taken away the small sum of money she had about her, undressed her, and left her naked on the beach, she being at that time pregnant. Her story excited great interest, and much sympathy was manifested. The con- stable, however, was determined to ascertain the truth of her statement, and he visited Exeter, but could find no such persons as those whom she had represented as her relatives. Efforts were, however, made to secure the men whom she had accused, and policemen were sent into various towns after them, but they did not succeed. The woman then took her departure, and nothing more was heard of her till the examination of Alice Gray at Wolverhampton, when the police officer of the Kenton district, near Exeter, wrote and obtained a daguerreotype likeness of that notorious character. It was then ascer- tained beyond all doubt that she was the same woman who was found naked on the beach. DISTURBANCE or, A MORMON CONGREGATION.—A crowded meeting of persons of the Mormon persuasion assembled, as usual, on Sundry night last, at their place of worship at Worcester. The lecture delivered was on the subject of poligamy. Some policemen were present in coloured clothes, for the purpose of preserving order. Elder Wheelock, having delivered a long address in favour of the institution of polygamy, contrary to former custom, discussion was invited, and questions were asked by those present, one of whom, a female, turned the elder's scripture very cleverly upon him, and at last pressed him so closery for direct replies to teasing ques- tions, that the Saints" were fain to take shelter in a hymn. This, however, was not allowed by the audience, who drowned the music with shouts, stamps, cat-calls, hisses, and the firing of a cracker, which reprehensible proceeding filled the female portion of the audience with alarm. Shortly after this, and when order had been somewhat restored, the gas was suddenly turned out, and then arose a din almost deafening. A rush was made for the door, a very narrow aperture, causing the upsetting of benches and forms, and this, together with the shrieks and screams of women, who were being ter- ribly crushed, and some of whom had little children in their arms; and the cries of boys and girls, and shouts for candles, completed a scene such as might be fit for Pandemonium, but not at all to be expected in a licensed place of worship. The police did not attempt to inter- fere. On Tuesday, at the meeting of the town council, Mr. Watkins called attention to "a nest of infamy" in Carden-street, where the Latter-day Saints assembled c and promulgated doctrines more calculated to injure the morals of the rising generation than anything since the creation of the world. The Mayor said he could not in- terfere in matters of opinion.- IVoi-ceste)- Chronicle. THE PRICE OF SUGAR.—Advices from Cork, say that, owing to the late serious rise in the price of sugar, local dealers are already beginning to feel that the consumption has materially decreased, and that, should the present high rates be adhered to, it will be reduced to such an extent as to force a fall in prices. If the abstemiousness which has been displayed by a local community were ge- neral throughout the empire, the present exorbitant prices would not be long maintained. INTERESTING DISCOVERIES.—During the past week, excavations have been made in the gigantic tfimulus at Veryan Beacon, in Cornwall. Great expectations were entertained by the people in the neighbourhood that the golden boat and silver oars" which tradition relates to have been buried there with King Gerennius, would have been discovered. Although not successful in this respect, the explorers found under the central cavin of stones a "Kistvaen," or chest of unhewn rocks, about four feet six inches in length, two feet in breadth, and two feet six inches In depth, which, no doubt, contained the ashes of the ancient Cornish King. Other discoveries of interest were also made. Had a sepulchral urn been found, it was intended to inter the ashes in Garrans Church, near which King Gerrans is said to have lived and died; but, as the ashes were mixed with charcoal, earth, and stones, and what appeared to be the dust of rotten wood, it was determined to leave the grave in the same state as it was found, and it will now be restored to its original height and appearances. NKYLAND PIER AND TERMINUS.—The construction of the great pier at Neyland, at present being tidal work progresses slowly, yet satisfactory work has been made. The sea wall will be based on solid rock, and will be thirty feet in height. A large force of men is now em- ployed, the ground for the station has been levelled, and a number of houses removed, and it is understood that the terminus will be a large and imposing structure. The rails have been laid down nearly the whole length of the extension, and the opening is expected to take place in the course of two or three months. TRIBUTE TO SIR COLIN CAMPBELL.- GL A sgow Nov. 23.-A meeting of influential persons was held in Glas- gow, this afternoon, Sheriff Sir Archibald Alison, in the chair, for the purposed of making arrangements to pay a tribute of respect to Major-General Sir Colin Campbell, who is a native of the city. On the motion of Mr. A. Morrison, Dean of Faculty, seconded by Mr. W. Camp- bell of Telliechewan, and supported by Mr. Hastie, M.P., it was resolved that the citizens of Glasgow should pay a tribute of respect to their townsman, Sir Colin Campbell, for his eminent military services in various quarters of the globe, by presenting him with a sword of honour; that to make the compliment as general as possible, the subscriptions for the sword be limited to contributions of one shilling from each person which, however, is ex- pected to raise a sum amounting to several hundred pounds that Sir Archibald Alison, the historian, be re- spectfully requested to present the sword in Glasgow, at such time as may be convenient to Sir Colin. It is also intended that at the next meeting of the town-council the freedom of the city shall be voted to Sir Colin Campbell. and both presentations are, therefore, likely to come off about the same time, and be followed by a banquet on a large scale. Sir Archibald Alison stated that this move- ment, which was so cordial and general on the part of the inhabitants of Glasgow, was peculiarly gratifying to him, It happened that his eldest son stood by Sir Colin's side while the memorable assault was being made on the Redan at Sebastopol, and when one of his aides-de-camp was killed close to his person; and he knew that Sir Colin was beloved by every officer and private under his command, as weU as by the whole British army. THE KIXG OF SARDINIA.—The Lord Mayor bad the honour of an audience of the Queen, on Friday, at Windsor Castle, to receive her Majesty's commands on the subject of the King's proposed visit to the city of London. As already announced, the precedent afforded by the recent visit of the Emperor and Empress of France to the Corporation of London, at the Guildhall, will guide the proceedings of the coming ceremonial; and the intimate relations of King Victor Emmanuel with the Allied Powers, will invest his visit with an interest scarcely inferior to that of the great occasion to which we allude. It is stated that the King of Sardinia's visit will not be prolonged over five days. We believe it may be definitely understood that his Majesty will quit our shores on Saturday, the Sth of December.—A telegraphic de- spatch reached the Sardinian Minister on Saturday last, stating that H.M. the King intends leaving Paris on Thursday night, and is likely to arrive in London on Friday morni:ig, the 30th instant. THE ALLEGED OVERTURES OF RUSSIA.—The Court of St. Petersburg has communicated proposals of peace to the Emperor of the French and the Emperor, in intro- ducing them to the consideration of Her Majesty's Go- vernment, has declared his opinion, that the contemplated terms are satisfactory; and that the spirit in which they are offered by Russia is sincere. 'We are credibly in- formed, that a large party in the Cabinet has received these proposals by no means with disfavour. Yet, we regret to say, it appears probable, that, through adverse influences, they will meet with discouragement, and perhaps ultimately with absolute rejection.-Prcss. REPRESENTATION OF TAUNTON.—A vacancy has occurred in the representation of this borough, by the acceptance of office by Mr. Labouchere. The right hon. gentleman, iu his address soliciting re-election, says he had no personal desire to return to official life, and urges the vigorous prosecution" of the war. In the Court of Queen's Bench, on Friday, Sir F. Kelly moved for and obtained a rule nisi, calling upon the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to show cause why a mandamus should not issue, commanding him to require, by writing under his hand, the Rev. George Anthony Denison, Arch- deacon of Taunton, to appear before him according to the Church Discipline Act, (the 3rd and 4th of Victoria, chap. 86,) and to proceed against him according to law. Our letters from Rome, of the 15th, says the Univers, inform us that the police there have just made a capture of the highest importance. Two days before, they arrested, in a room in the Strada Laurina, two of the most active and dangerous agents of Mazzini, and chiefs of the demagogical party at Rome-namely, Mancini, of the village of Ariccia, and Lucenti, bell-founder at Rome. These two men hired, in the Strada Laurina, a chamber, which became the centre of democratic conspiracies. On being arrested, a number of papers, some of them of great importance, were seized—among others, is a list of accomplices, containing, it is said, upwards of 2,000 names also a great number of tickets, which were dis- tributed to men charged to act as spies in different quarters of the town on behalf of Mazzini, and which, it is said, bear the title Democratic Army." EXPULSION OF THE REFUGEES FROM JERSEY.—The Jersey Weekly Tmes contains a report of a discussion which took place on Monday week, in the States, or Legislative Assembly of that island, upon the subject of the recent expulsion of the foreign refugees. Judge de Quetteville denied the right of the Lieutenant- Governor to expel strangers from the island, and gave notice of resolutions on the subject. These resolutions are to the effect, that the order of the King in Council, dated the 12th of June, 1635, investing the Lieutenant-Governor with unlimited authority, is contrary to the charters of this country, and is not in harmony with the present age, and therefore the States have decided to pray her Majesty to repeal the order, and to substitute the follow- ing regulation :—"For the future, no stranger residing in this island shall be expelled by an order of the Lieutenant-Governor, unless the latter shall have had, previously, a conference with the Royal Court, and obtained its consent to that effect. The Royal Court, previous to coming to a decision, shall have, if it deems it necessary, the right of ordering the appearance of the person about to be expelled, and to hear witnesses on the fact of which he may be accused." Mr. Godfray having put some questions to the constable of St. Helier, M. Le Quesne, which the latter declined to answer, denied that the resolutions passed at the Queen's Assembly Rooms, were agreed to unanimously, and said that the second resolution was negatived by a majority, and that his amendment was carried, and it was not only his opinion. but that of Dr. Dickson and many others. Dr. Dickson, as well as himself and the majority, were for having the authors of the letter, or the proprietors of L'Homme, brought before the Royal Court—the only legal way they could have been punished. Mr. Godfray proceeded to contend that the liberties of the island were in jeopardy by the recent acts of the Lieutenant-Governor, who pre- tended to have the right of expulsion by an old law of 1635, made in the Star Chamber. That law was never made for aliens, but expressly for the nobles and others, living in London, expelled by that most iniquitous chamber under the instigation of Charles I. The King, fearing lest they should organise a Parliament, banished them from London, and as many bad already resorted to the island, he emanated this order of 1635 to expel them from our shores. M. Le Quesne denied that Mr. God- fray's amendment was carried. M. Le Quesne proceeded to say, My opinion is, that the majority was for the resolution. We all know that the refugees insulted us. Have they not carried their red flag in our streets ? It is not my duty to examine if the power of expelling rests with the Lieutenant-Governor, and he has only complied with the request of the inhabitants if he has so used it. Three of them were not satisfied with banishment, but 36 others must needs sign a declaration which sets at defiance the authorities. We have only acted in this affair as loyal subjects; and, had we brought the offenders before the Court, it would only have been acting a comedy, which would never have had an end. I regret the Lieutenant-Governor thought that such power resided in him. I am aware the Court would never have finished the affair had it been brought before it." It was arranged that M. de Quetteville*s resolutions should be discussed at the next meeting. IMPORTANT TO THE KEEPERS OF MPARKET INNS,—No small sensation has been produced amongst licensed vic- tuallers, more especially among those who keep what are known as market houses," at which farmers occasion- ally leave unsold grain to await another market, by an intimation from the officers of the Board of Inland Revenue, that any licensed brewer having unmalted grain in his premises, renders him liable "0 a penalty of two hundred pounds. This is provided by the Act of the 18th and 19th Vic., c. 36; the clause enacting for this penalty being as follows: And for preventing fraud and evasion of the duty of excise on malt, by the use of raw or unmalted corn or grain, in the brewing of beer for sale, be it enacted, that it shall not be lawful for any brewer of beer for sale, to have in his brewery or in any premises belonging or adjacent thereto, whether the same shall be entered by him or not, any raw or un- malted corn or grain whatsoever, either whole or unground, or ground and bruised, except corn or errain not ground or bruised being in premises entered by such brewer for the purpose of making malt; and all raw or unmalted corn or grain which shall be found in such brewery or other premises (except as aforesaid), and also all malted corn or grain, whether whole or unground, or ground or bruised, with which such raw or unmalted corn or grain may be milled, shall be forfeited, and be seized, by any officer of excise, together with all sacks, casks, vessels, or packages in which such raw or unmalted corn or grain may be contained, and the brewer for every such offence shall forfeit the sum of two hundred pounds. Provided always that no such penalty of forfeiture shall be incurred in respect of any oats or beans bona fide in- tended to be used and consumed as food for horses, such oats and beans being in premises of such brewer, shall specially make entry as places for the deposit of horse corn, arid which shall be so far distant from his entered brewery premises, as not to have internal communication to or with the same." THE SUGAR SPECULATION —The rise-full forty per cent.-in the price of sugar, within the last week (says the Observer,) has been caused by extensive operations entered into bv three or four speculators in the city, whose names, "though freely mentioned, may not for ob- vious reasons, be stated here. These individuals, onj of whom is a large ship-owner, arranged to go into the mar- ket and purchase at "one slap," as the phrase runs, all the sugar in bond, with as much as they could obtain of the same afloat, or on its way to this country. This enormous operation, or rather. this conspiracy, for the law denounces forestalling and regrating, and provides a penalty for their practice, took all the grocers and dealers' in sugar completely aback, and they were compelled to purchase at the price fixed on the article by the specu- lators. Hence the increase on the cost of that article, an increase which amounts to a practical prohibition in the case of the poorer classes. The poor will therefore suffer, and the revenue will suffer-for the former, what with decreasing wages and lessened employment, will be interdicted from the consumption of sugar, while the public service will suffer by the defalcation in the re- venue arising from the duty on that commodity. It is stated that each of the operators in question cleared over £100,000 by his morning's work, and that several of the small fry of speculators, who always follow in the wake of the larger, as the dogfish follows the shark, have realized considerable sums by forcing the market for sugar still higher. The announcement, in our weekly obituary, of the death of Dr. Fletcher, will be read with heartfelt regret by a widely extended circle of friends and acquaintance. The exquisite gentleness of his disposition, his admirable temper, unfailing generosity, and moral rectitude, in every relation of lite, a dutiful son, affectionate brother, and constant friend, are true and trustworthy attributes which will be for ever remembered by those who have experienced them. For several years he filled with con- scientious fidelity the office of Physician to the Infir- mary, and the poorer portion of the community will not easily replace the kind and sympathising attention which -heinvariably evinced towards them.—Gloucester Journal.



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