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THE CAMBRIDGE HOUSE MEETING.

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MURDER IN DERBYSHIRE.—Thomas Watts and Joseph Morely, who lodged together at Unstone, a few miles from Chesterfield, had a little quarrel about some eggs, which they had for supper. Watts, in fun, nte all the eggs, as Morely did not come to the table, but he paid for them. Some more were prepared for Morley, who grew angry, and broke them on the floor. Watts remon- strated the dispute grew warmer, and at length Morley got Watts against, the wall, and stabbed him in three places. Watts rushed out into the street, and fell down dead. Morley was apprehended, and an inquest has been held on the body of the deceased. After a long investigation, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against the prisoner. ESCAPE OF A CONVICT FROM CHATHAM DOCKYARD.— A convict, named William Roberts, under sentence of 15 years' penal servitude, effected his escape from Chat- ham Dockyard on Saturday afternoon. The prisoner, with a number of other convicts, was employed on the public works now in progress, when he contrived to elude the vigilance of the warders and also the sentry, and escaped unseen from his gang, when he retired to a private part of the dockyard, and there divested himself of his convict's clothes after which he plunged into the Medway, which is there about a mile in width, with the intention of gaining the woods at Upnor, on the opposite shore. Immediately he was missed, several officers from the prison scoured the neighbourbood in all directions but from the fact of no traces of him having been dis- covered, it is conjectured that he must have been drowned. The following is his official description Height, 5 feet 4i inches age, 26; hair, brown and curly eyes, gray complexion fresh marks, I A.E.' on back, heart on left arm near the elbow, and sundry marks on the calf inside the left leg. Left behind the prison dress, with the exception of his shirt and flanDel." A reward of JE5 has been offered for his capture. A young hippopotamus was born last week in the Jardin des Plantes, at Paris, the only known instance of such an occurrence in Europe. The little thing having attempted to get out of the tank, the descent from the sleeping apartment of the parent hippopotums into tbier bath not being sloped, it had some difficulty in raising its weight out of the water. The mother then came to the rescue, but in her endeavours to assist her little one up the step, managed so to bruise and injure its tender body that it died the same evening. THE CAMBRIDGE HOUSE MEETING. The following letters arising out of the recent debate 11 in the House of Lordi, have been made public, addressed to the editor of the Times:- Sir,—The Prime Minister, in the debate of the 14th, stated that I had attended a political meeting 'on Sun- day at Cambridge House.' The motive was so manifest that I did not interrupt him and contradict his assertion. But so many anonymous writers, relying on the noble lord's accuracy, have assailed me, and are stilt assailing me, that, to set their minds at ease, I request you to allow me to declare, through your columns, that I did not attend any meeting on the Sunday to which he alludes, or on any other Sunday, either at Cambridge- house or elsewhere.—Your obedient servant, "May 21." "SHAFTESBURY. Sir,—My attention has been called to a letter in'the Times of Saturday last, in which, after a week's consi- deration, Lord Shaftesbury writes The Prime Minister, in the debate of the 14th, stated that I had attended a political meeting on Sunday at Cambridge-bouse. The motive was so manifest that I did not interrupt him and contradict his assertion.' "I made no such statement. What I did say it correctly given by your reporter in the following words 'I do not know whether he attended it, but I pre- sume he had communicated to him the result of that Sun- day meeting.' Had I made such a statement publicly and in his hearing, whatever I motive' Lord Shaftesbury may be charitable enough to impute to mp, I should have thought, judging by my own feelings, that, instead of leaving it unnoticed for a week, he would have at once contradicted it in the presence of the assembled Peers, who must have heard the precise expressions used. If he were ultimate !y led to notice the alleged state- ment by the anonymous writers' to whom he refers, he had at least one opportunity subsequent to the date of his letter to you on which he might have done so in my presence in the House of Lords. To most Peers that would have appeared the more courteous mode of pro- ceeding. I m, Sir, your obedient servant, St. James's-square, May 24." DERBY. Sir,-Allow me to add to Lord Derby's quotation the remainder of the passage as stated in the Morning Herald of yesterday That meeting, I am told, was not entirely for religious purposes. I mention it merely as a singular coincidence. On Sunday last a meeting was held at the house of the noble lord (Palmers'on) at which it is supposed (and I believe on very good authority) that the subject of the motion was discussed and it does so happen that the noble earl, intimately and closely connected with the noble viscount, gives on Monday, in this House, notice of his intention to submit a similar resolution.' If Lord Derby will say that, he did not intend'* directly or indirectly, to convey the belief that I had attended such a meeting (though, if he did not, I cannot comprehend why the words were used), I will at once withdraw my remark and express my regret for having made it. A week having elipsed, it was not desirable to trouble the House of Lords with bygone transactions; but, as many letters have boen addressed to me, not only through post, but through the press, I thought it better through the press to answer them. I am, sir, your obedient servant, May 25." HAFTESBUB.Y.

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