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Stetwt ITeutf. CAPTURE OF BURGLARS. — The Gloucestershire con- stabulary have bcensuccessf-il in oapturing two desperate fellows who had long been suspected of being principals in a gang of thieves and burglars. On3 of them is named Williams, and the other Atkins; but the latter is better known by the nickname of'' Tom Stocking." In the course of Thursday night tli,-si! fellows broke into a house in the neighbourhood of llambrook, and while they were engaged in their work of plunder the constable upon whose beat the premises were situate had his attention directed to them by seeing a light. He watched for a short time, and then sa.v a man at the top part of the house. Being satisfiel that a burglary was being com- mitted, the officer kept a sharp look-out for the thieves, and, on their quitting the place, made an attempt to seize them. They offered a desperate resistance, and one of them produced a large knife, with which he made a dash at the throat of the policeman, who luckily saw the a:m, and throwing his head aside was wounded in one of his ears. The burglars immediately decamped, but fortunately very shortly afterwards a butcher's cart on the way to market came along the road. The constable unarmed the butcher of what had transpired and got a lift in the cart, in which he lay down and was driven on until he overtook the objects of his pursuit, who were pushing on in the direction to Bristol. Upon the officer reappearing, the men again bolted and ran into an ad. jacent wood. There they were followed, and after a short time secured, a considerable sum in copper money and a quantity of tobacco, forming part of the proceeds of the burglary, being found upon them. Both prisoners have been previously convicted, and one of them is a returned transport. ) FREAKS OF A LUNATIC.—An invalid, named Coombes, living in a small cottage in Diglis Fields, near the Severn, performed some strange freaks on Sunday morning last. The poor man had been suffering from rheumatic fever, and lately his brain had become afiected. While alone in his chamber at the back of the house he opened the window, and in a state of nudity, caught hold of the spouting immediately above, by which he unaccountably managed to reach the roof. Greatly to the terror of the neighbours he then ran up the slates to the ridge, along which he paced backwards and forwards for several minutes. An alarm was raised, and the assistance of P.O. Hunting procured, but the officer was nonplussed to determine ho>v he had best secure the unfortunate man without injuring him. AfteFthe lapse of several minutes, Coombes made his way round a chimney, near the gable, and then darting down the roof, sprang on to a workshop contiguous, but slightly lower. From thence he jumped on to another building, the slates of which gave way and one of his legs sank through, but was withdrawn badly cut. before JIunting.could grasp it. His next essay was on the top of a pig's cote, and into the stye, when, as he was in the act of boun ling over the wall he was seized by the policeman, who held him tightly. With a hideous grin, the poor fellow exclaimed, Loose me, loose me,— you've only got my spirit—my body's np stairs." Ue was conveyed into the house, and again placed in bed, where his wounds were washed and dressed, and medical aid was sent for. In a little time afterwards he became quiet, and has not since evinced any inclination to repeat his dangerous frolic. BREACH OF PROMISE OF MARRIAGE. — On Monday a Sheriff's Court was held at Worcester, E. Gillam, Esq., Under Sheriff, presiding. The sitting was held in pur- suance of a writ of inquiry, to settle the damages irj an action for a breach of promise of marriage. Ihe plain- tiff, Harriet Perry, is a good-looking fresh-coloured damsel, who has followed the occupation of a cook. The defendant, Mr. Reuben Key, a farmer, residing between Bewdley and Cleobury Mortimer, did not appear, nor did any one else represent him. Mary Pountney, sister of tl,e plaintiff, said the plaintiff and defendant were lovers, and the courtship went on at my house in the early part of the present year. The plaintiff left her service to be n.arried. The defendant told me he was g-oing to be married to the plaintiff on the drafter Cleobury fair (the fair was held on May 31st). We were ultimately told to prepare the wedding breakfast, which was done, but the defendant never came. When I again saw him, he told me he did not mean to marry; that was his only excuse for not marrying my sister. I be witness was shown various letters, which she stated to be in the defendant's handwriting. The letters, nine in number, scarcely went further in themselves in estab- lishing a promise of marriage than the celebrated epistle from Mr. Pickwick, in the suit against that worthy gen- tleman by the widow Bardell, but they were eloquent enough of the writer's passion for the plaintiff. Osmond Pountney went with the defendant to the Registrar of Marri iges, at Bendley, in April last, and lie obtained a license to marry the plaintiff. The jury gave a verdict f,) r C, 17 5. SHOCKING AND FATAL ACCIDENT AT LLANGOLLEN.— A shocking and fatal accident occurred on Tuesday, at the house of Mrs. Allen and Miss Lolly, near this town. On the morning in question, two young men, named George Barrett and Henry Evans, were painting the greenhouse, and shortly before one o'clock they went to Lie saddle-room to eat their dinners, after partaking of which, the latter p'-rson took hold of a gun, which had been lying loaded about the place for time, and while he was examining it and showing his companion how they used such things in the militia, it went off and shot him in the mouth, causing instant death. We believe we are correct in saying that not the slightest blame can be attached to his companion. The deceased was about sixteen years of age. SOUTH WALES RAILWAY.—John O'Connor, Esq, formerly secretary to the Waterford and Limerick Rail- way, has been appointed by the South Wales Railway, general manager of their traffic for Ireland, and it is ex- pected that, under his management, the trade from this port to Milford will experience a considerable increase.— Waterford Mail. Loss OF THE OAKLAND.—Mr. Samuel Ward, United States' Consul at Bristol, has received a despatch from Mr. A. B. Harries, United States' Consular agent at Milfoid Haven, advising him of the loss af the Americii* bark Oakland, of Bath, 650 tons register, which vessel sailed from Chariest.iii on the 24th of November, bound for Liverpool with cotton. On the 19th inst., in lat. 49 48 N., long. 13 30 W., during a heavy squall, the Oak- aud was struck by lightning, which penetrated to the cargo by her foremast, setting fire to the cotton, which burnt rapidly. At 8 a.m of the 20th the flames having uurot out in all directions, Captain Hunter, with the crew and one p senger, took to the three b)ats. Ab)ut 20 minutes after they had left the foremast went overboard. The boats kept company, steering f, r Cape Clear until the night of the 21st, when they separated in a fog. At 11 a.m. of the 22:1d the boat, containing W. II. Thomp- son, mate, and five seamen, was picked up by the French rig Emiiie, Captain Chanvelon, who landed them at Mil- ford Haven OIl the 23d inst. The other boats, containing Captain Hunter, one passenger and eight seamen, have not yet been heard of. The warmest thauks are due to Captain Chauvelon for his kind treatment of the men of the Oakland, who had saved nothing from the wreck but the clothes they wore. TESTIMONIAL TO A COUNTY COURT JUDGE. — The alteration made by Government in the distribution of the vari JUS districts of the County Courts, has taken from Mr. Johncs, the Judge of the N.W.Wales County Courts several cf the t ^wns comprised in the North-West circuit. The officers and the professional gentlemen practising in Mr. Johnes's courts though it a favourable opportunity to present him with a testimonial of their respect. A subscription was made amongst them, which was ex- pended in an elegant silver Epergne, value jSSO. On Tuesday a deputation from the several Courts which he vacates' visited Mr. Johnes at the Castle Hotel, Conway, he having held his 1.st Court in that town, under the old regime, ra the previous day. The testimonial was duly presented, and a dinner to celebrate the occurrence subse- quently took place. FATAL BOATING AOCIDENT. -A melancholy accident occurred on the Avon, ne,r Bath, on Monday afternoon, involving the death of one young gentleman and placing the lives of t'o others in extreme jeopardy. The de- ceased is Mr. Francis Collisson, son of the Rev. J. B. Collisson, llector of Walcot, Bath, who has recently taken up his residence in that city. Mr. Collisson. who was 19 years of age, had just returned from Oxford University, where he was a student, for the purpose of passing the Christmas vacation with his family..Being fond of boat- ing, he had on soveral occasions taken trips up the river, the last of which was attended with the distressing results about to be described. On Monday afternoon the de- ceased, accompanied by his brother.Mr. Reginald Collisson and Mr. Hall, of Camden-place, Bath, hired a boat for the purpose of proceeding to Warleigh. The river was much flooded at the time, owing to the late rains, and the current was in consequence unusually strong but the young men, being expert rowers, arrived safely at War- leigh, and set out on their return. On reaching the mill at Bathampton the boat was lifted from the water, carried round and launched again below the weirs, and the party once more embarked. The current accelerated, by the weirs, proved too much for their strength the boat was driven rapidly onwards and almost instantly the ferry rope struck against Mr. Hall, causing the boat to capsize, and plunging its occupants into the water. Mr. Hall who is a good swiamer, was enabled to reach the land, and Mr. Reginald Coliisson, though like his brother, unable to swim, succ?ededin catching hold of the boat, and after- wards of a stake diiven into the bed of the river. Mr. F. Collisson, who was observed to rise some distance from the boat, struggled hard to keep himself afloat, and ap- peared to be making for a small island near the spot, but, unhappily, be'ore reaching it, or before any assistance could be rendered him, he sank and rose no more. In the meantime, Mr. Hall, who had landed in safety, procured additional aid. and after the lapse of some time succeeded in rescuing Mr. R Collisson from his perilous situation. He was afterwards conveyed in an exhausted state to the George Inn, at Bathampton, and was removed on the fol- lowing day to the residence of his father in Somerset p!ace.°Tidings of this distressing accident were forwarded to the home of the deceased, and his father, the Rev. J. B. Collison, and Captain Randle Ford proceeded imme- diately to Bathampton. Ever effort was made to recover the body, but without sucoess, and the search was con- tinued on the following day with the like results. Mr. Francis COIUSSQU was a scholar ot Qaeeu's College, Oxford,

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