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DOMESTIC NEWS. A man, named Brooks, is in custody in Bath, charged with having five wives No fewer than 2,800 tickets had been disposed of for the Athenaeum soiree, at Manchester, and the demand was un. precedentedly great. The Original omnibus, the propeity of Mr. R. Dobbins, which has now been running between Cheltenham and Glouces- ster upwards of forty years, will, in a few days, close its career; the competition caused by the railway having for some time made it a losing speculation. It is expected that the leading members of the cabinet will assemble in London about the second week in November, and it cannot be denied that most grave considerations await them. By that time they will be in full possesssion of the information which, in the meanwhila, will be sedulously procured from all parts of the country as to that most vital of all questions, the food of the people, in fact, the means of sustaining life among millions of our humbler fellow beings. THE LATE FIGHT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.— An action is com- menced against the stakeholder in this contest, by Caunt, to re- cover back his stake of £200, and which was paid over to Ben- digo the case will be tried in the CoutI of Exchequer in the next term. A HopEruL YOUTH !-The son of a nobleman, not 100 miles from Dublin, lost £ 270 in a match at rackets on Sunday week, at the new racket court. Limerick which sum was paid part in cash, and the remainder by a bank order at sight. A GOOD PROPOSAL.-A Saturday's contemporary says—" It has been suggested that the amount of subscriptions now being gathered in for the Hudson lestimoial should be invested in found- j ing alms-houses, to be called the Hudson Almshouses,' for the widows and orphans of those who may lose their lives in the ser- vice of railways, or by accident upon them.—Tyne Mercury, RAILWAYS IN INDIA.-The airival of the Hindostan steamer with Mr. Siinms, Mr. Stephenson, and the railway surveyors who accompanied him, has given new life to the railway proceedings. Nothing can exceed the earnest anxiety of the Governor-General upon the subject, and all is bustle and activity. A commission, consisting of Colonel W. N. Forbes, Colonel Cheape, Captain Green, and Captain Goodwyn, with two civilians, and two mer- cantile men, has been already deeided upon, DEATH OF .MR. COSIMISSIONEtt BOTELER.— Leeds, Thursday. —The case of Mr. Boteler, the Bankruptcy Commissioner, was an utterly hopelesa one, and the anticipation of a fatal result was realised this morning by the death of that learned gentleman, at his residence, at Oulton, near Leeds. He has giadually sunk since the amputation of his leg 011 Tuesday. BROKERS' CIIARGKs.-The following are the tales of commis- sion charged by London brokers for buying and selling shares, with rules of conduct generally observed in the shsre transac- lions :-Shares under f5 value, t". per share; ditto of £5 and under £ 20 value, 2s. 6d. per share ditto of J20 and underf50 value, 5s. per share; ditto of £ 50 and upwards, 10s. per cent. on the cost of the shares. RAILWAY EncrNES.—We have heard that an ingenious disco* covery has been made which will gieaily modify the danger of the engines and cariiagea of railways jumping off the rails when the velocity is increased. The inode of the invention has been submitted to General Pasteyand Mr. Poiter, of the Board of Trade, by whom it is greatly approved, and it will be brought before Parliament immediately after the opening of the session. The model is placed in the possession of Mr. Northouse,parlia- mentary agent, preparatory to its introduction to Parliament.- Morning Herald. DISEASE IN THE POTATO CROP.-—AS much alarm is fell as to the consequences of the ail-but universal failure of this important esculent, we feel it right to give as much publicity as possible to the fat I, that a very large amount of farinaceous matter maybe extracted from the decayed roots, if immediate steps be taken to do so. In connection, therefore, with this subject, we have pleasure in stating that on Friday last Professor Ilenslow gave an instructive address to the workmen engaged at Messrs. Raoitomet* foundry—a very large number of whom devoted a portion of their dinner hour to listening to the professor. After his remarks, Professor Henslow look a raw potato, peeled and grated it, &c.; and in ten minutes' times presented it to the workmen in a very palatable farinaceous shape. Many of the woikmeu tasted it, and expressed themselves highly gratified with its agleeable nnd wholesome character, and with the simple man- ner in which it was made.-Ipswich Express. It is said that the patronage of Mr. Hudson has been obtained for the Manchester and Southampton Railway, by a grant of 25,000 shaies IRON STEAM SHips.—tneconstrucnon of iron steam snips is now making rapid progress in England, and paiticularly at Liver- pool. In the extensive yard of Messrs, James Hodgson and Co., there are no no less than five iron steamers building. One an iron steam ship, of 1,400 tons burden, the first of a new line of steamers to run between New York and Liverpool; her engines will be of 180-horse power, wiihihe screw propeller; she will be fitted up in the first style for passsenger and freight accommodation. Also another iron steam ship, of 600 tons, to run between Liverpool and Rio de Janeiro, the first of a new line of eight; her engine power is to be 100 horse, with the screw propeller. Also a third iron steamer, of smaller tonnage, intruded for Buenos Ayres, with the screw propeller. They have also several other smaller iron ships now building. THE POTATO DISEASE.—It is four or five weeks since I first called attention to the appearance of the potato disease in some districts on the eastern coast of Ireland, especially in places four or five miles from Dublin. People here were generally iocredu- lous as to the existence of such a disease but meantime it was spreading in all ditections, and now there are few counties in which the potato crop has not been more or less affected. It is now manifest that the disease is greatly influenced by the state of the atmosphere. During a week or two of fine weather there was a decided check, and farmers indulged ike belief that the pestilence had ceased it certainly was not extending. But after a week's heavy rain we have accounts of the appearance and spread of the disease in almost all of the country. A letter from Ardee, county of Louth, gives the following de- plorable account:—" I am sorry to inform you that this dire calamity is still making fearful strides, and the state of the po- toto crop at present is calculated to cause the most serious alarm in districts which, a fortnight ago were thought to be exempt from it. The greatest panic prevails at present. The ravages com- mitted in a single week, nay, a single day, are surprising. The only theme which occupied the different persons that came to our market on Tuesday was the fearful state of the potato crop. I know one gentleman who purchased for his men a ton of oat- meal to have ready as a substitute. He declared to me it was pitiful to see the poor people actually crying about their crop— their all."—Dublin paper. DUTY ON COALS BY RAILWAY.—IO the Coal Act, of last session (8 and 9 Vic. c. 101) continuing the duty on coals from the 31st December next for a period of seven years, there is a new provision with respect to coals conveyed by railways. By Ihe second clause it's declared that the dutynow imposed shall be extended upon all coals culm, and cinders, brought to any place within the port of London, or within the cities of London and Westminster, and the borough of Southward, or to any place within the distance of twenty miles from the General Post-office, by any railway already constructed or heretofore to be construc- led. 1 lieie is a pioviso that railway companies, their workmen and agents, and other jteisons using their railways, shall not be prevented from bringing by such railways, to any points of the railways nearer to London than the aforesaid distance, such quantities of coal and coke as sball be required to be used, and shall be bond jide used for the purposes of the engines of the company, not exceeding 500 tons in a year. It is further pro- vided that in the event of coals being brought nearer than the distance, which shall be used other than for the engines, or more than 500 tons shall be brought iu one year, such company shall forfeit to the City of London, for every ton, the sum offlOO. to to be recovered in one of Her Majesty's superior courts. The fluctuations which take place in the value of railway pro- perty are often the subject of remark. We will instance a Scotch line, called the Glasgow and Barrhead Railway. The shares in this line were selling six or seven weeks ago, at £ 6., including the deposit of f2. 10s.; they rose in a very short lime to .E24., and then as suddenly fell back to £17. but, strange to say, they again look a start, which has, we believe, no parallel in any description of joint-stock properly. They bounded up in a few days from £ 17. to X40. Those who were fortunate holders, to any extent, of the scrip of this line, must have realised large for- lunes in the brief space of a few weeks. A holder of 250 shares at par must have realised little short of £ 10,000. by the transac- tion.-Fi(e Herald. A society, having lor its object the protection of railway pro- prietors from risk, on the principle of insurance society company. is advertised, with a capital of £ 3,000,000. in 30,000sharea of jEtOO. each. The title of the company is the Railway Gllar. antee Society. RAILWAY SHAR69-A certain gentleman of large properly, and who had figured. if he does not now figure, as a railway di- rector, applied for shares in a certain projected lailway. Fifty, it seems, were allotted to him. Whether that was the number he applied for or not, deponent sailh not but by some means, nothing got added to the 50 and made it 500. The deposit for the said 500 was paid into the bankers', the scrip obtained, and before the mistake could be detected and corrected-for no doubt it was only a mistake, or at most a lapsus penux—the shares were sold, and some £ 2,000. piofit by this very fortunate acci- dent found its way into the pocket of the gentleman.—Herepath's Joumul.


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