ARRIVAL OF THE PERSIA. e Oil Saturday the Royal mail steamer Persia, Captain Sudkins, arrived at Liverpool, from Halifax, which port she left on the morning of the 10th instant. The Parana arrived safely at Sydney, Cape Breton, on the 6th, and, after coaling, proceeded onto St. John's, New Brunswick. The steam troopships Australasian, Cleopatra, Magdalena, and Adriatic had reached St. John's.
THE SITUATION. Under "the Situation" the Herald of the7th says: t—" Nothing of importance occurred in the army on the Potomac yesterday. The Confederate pickets opened a "brisk fire on Sunday night upon our men. The firing continued at intervals during the night, but without doing any harm. General M'Clellan was so far improved in ,health as to be able to ride out yesterday. A Cabinet meeting was held last night, and lasted until ten o'clock. Mr. Seward, who arrived at Washington the same even- ing, was present, but the purport of the meeting had not transpired. Our troops in.Western Virginia had a brisk skirmish yesterday morning with the rebel troops near Huntersville, which resulted in a complete success for the Union men. A number of our men, numbering 740, made an attack on Huntersville, which was defended by about 400 rebel calvary and 300 infantry and after an attack of two hours' duration the rebels were defeated with a loss of 80 killed and wounded. No one killed on our side, and the Confederate army retired, leaving 80,000 dollars worth of army stores, clothing, &c., in the hands of our troops. There was a slight skirmish at Hancock, Mary- land, on the 6th, which resulted in the retirement of the Confederates, the Union artillery being too strong for them. By the Vanderbilt, which left Port Royal on the 3rd news Was brought to New York of an important victory over the Confederates on the 1st instant, about twenty-five miles from Hilton Head. The expedition which achieved this victory was a combined one. The Federal troops advanced from Port Royal on the 1st instant, and, after a short resistance, they took possession of the rebel batteries. The Federals then advanced within six miles of the Charleston Railroad. Here the rebels sent in a flag of truce, for permission to bury their dead. One hour was allowed for this purpose, after which they fell back upon fortifications near the railroad, leaving behind them a large gun spiked. The Confederate force was es- timated at 8,000 men under Generals Grey and Pope the Federal force amounted to 4,500 men. The Federal loss was nine wounded, one mortally. General Stevens, who is now in possession of the mainland, is awaiting rein- forcements. The Vanderbilt brought to New York a cargo of 3,697 bales of Sea Island cotton, collected by the troops. This is the first heavy shipment of cotton macefrqm Port Royal since its occupation. The Southern papers state that General Butler had made advances from Ship Island, in the Mississippi Sound, to Biloxi, a small town on the coast, where he landed from 5,000 to 7,000 men, with the intention of pushing on to Jackson. Despatches from Pensacola state that Colonel Brown opened fire from Fort Pickens on New Year's Day, on a Confederate steamer, while going to the navy yard. The fire was not responded to." The people of Arkansas had refused to allow General Price to enter that state with any other troops than those Regularly enlisted into the Confederate service, and he lad only 1,500 enrolled in that service. General Pillow bad resigned his command in the Con- federate army. Gold and silver had entirely disappeared from circulation in the South. A .despatch from Pensacola, dated January 1st, says:- "Fort Pickens opened fire yesterday, but the fire was not renewed to-day. Our batteries are silent." The Richmond Dispatch of the 3rd says :—" The Con- federate batteries replied to Fort Pickens, and the firing continued all day. N o vessels were engaged on either eide, and no casualties occurred with us. General Bragg was absent while the cannonading was going on, but General Anderson was in command. General Bragg re- turned on the 2nd~inst., but the Federals did not renew the attack, and our guns were silent." A despatch, dated Mobile, January 1, states that a Confederate steamer going from Pensacola to the navy yard, was fired upon, the day previous, from the batteries in Fort Pickens.
DEFEAT OF THE CONFEDERATES. The it ew York Herald quotes a despatch to the effect that the Confederate force at Big Bethel was attacked and defeated by the Union troops, and that Big Bethel was taken possession of by the Unionists. It is certain, however, that both Magruder at Yorktown, and Hager at Norfolk, have been largely reinforced recently. The Richmond Despatch of the 3rd says :—"A private despatch was received yesterday from Centre ville, by a prominent military officer now in Richmond, which says that indications point to an attack by the Federal forces at a.n early day on Evansport, aud the probability was that an attack would also be made by them on other points on the Potomac. The Richmond theatre and other public buildings had been destroyed by fire. An article in a Richmond paper says that 11 the entire army is utterly demoralised, regimental drills had ceased entirely. Great numbers of men were offering Large sums for substitutes, and one had offered as high as 3, 5< !0 dols." The editor urges the Confederate government to do something to remedy the evil. ''Such is the demo- ralised condition of the army that enlistments cannot go on, thousands who would enlist being deterred by the dis- rouraging condition of the army." Coffee was held in Richmond at a dollar and a-half per pound, and boots and shoes were 25 dols. a pair. The Federal fleet were blockading the Rio Grande, and several Confederate steamers had been captured near New Orleans and Lake Ponchartrian. The Charleston M ercury has a despatch stating that a large force of Federals had landed at North Edisto, and seized railroad station No. 4. on the Charleston and Sa- vannah Railroad. General Gregg's South Carolina Regi- nient was driven back by the Federals with heavy loss. The steamship Ella Warley ran the Charleston blockade on the 2nd January. She was chased and ineffectually shelled by the blockaders. She brought a valuable assorted cargo and passengers, including Mr. Bisbie, formerly of the Virginia Legislature. Air. Bisbie was the bearer of despatches from Mr. Yancey, and started for Richmond. for Richmond. The Southern papers express great regret at the sur- render of Mason and Slidell, and give vent to their feel- ings in very bitter and sarcastic articles. Galveston was to be destroyed by the Confederates, by order of General Herbert, in the event of the Federals attacking the city. The inhabitants were greatly alarmed at the intention of the Confederate General, COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE. In a city article of the New York Herald, dated the 6th, six p.m., the writer says :—" Money is abundant at seven per cent., on call, on first-class paper, which con- tinues scarce, and can be discounted at the note brokers' offices at seven per cent. Ordinary business paper, re- presenting transactions of commerce in buying and sell- ing. is scarce, and speculation in gold exchange continues to flourish. To-day, bills on London rose from 114 to 115. Gold is bought freely by the brokers at 24 premium, and very few houses are willing- to sell under to 3. It appears that a very large number of merchants have been putting money into exchange on speculation. It is confi- dently predicted by the brokers that we shall see bills up to 118 to 120, and gold at seven to eight per cent, pre- mium."
ARRIVAL OF THE NIAGARA. The Royal mail steamer Niagara has arrived. She m brings 38 passengers, and 312,550 dols. She landed 109 sacks of mails. She left Boston on the 8th and Halifax on the 10th inst.
CONGRESS AND THE TRENT QUESTION. NEW YORK, JAN. 7, EVENING.—There hiis been a de- j bate in Congress on the Trent question. Mr. Vallandig-! ham was dissatisfied with the surrender of Messrs. Mason and Slidell. He said America would be at war with England in less than three months, unless the Federal Government tamely submitted to a recognition of the South, and to a raising of the block- ade. Mr. Hutchins considered that Mr. Vallandigljam wanted a war with England for the benefit of the South. Mr. Thomas considered that England had done that •which had implanted within American breasts a sense of ■wrong, which would wait an opportunity to strike a blow of retributive justice. At a crowded meeting of British residents, held at the English consulate. New York, an address of sympathy and condolence with the Queen was adopted. The Richmond papers report the arrival at Charleston of the Confederate steamer Isabel, from Nassau, with a. oargo of arms. The Seill York Tribune states that England intends to occupy Matamoras, and open a cotton trade with the South, through Brownsville, Texas. The new tea and coffee tariff will not be enforced on goods now in bond. The Mayor of New York, in a message, says that in the present critical condition of relations, the British Go- vernment giving repeated evidence of unfriendliness, the defences of New York demand attention. He urges that rafts, or other barriers, should be anchored at the X ar- rows, in readiness to obstruct the channel if necessary. 8,600 bales of Sea Island cotton have arrived at New York from Port Royal. The Federals had attacked the Confederate-! at Port Royal Ferry, destroying some Confederate works there. In Mr. Sumner's speech in the Senate, he states that Captain Wilkes was not justified in searching the 'frent ai and seizing the Commissioners, though Captain Wilkes acted according to international law, as expounded by I British authorities. If Captain Wilkes suspected the i Trent, he should have taken the Trent into port for deci- sion. But no Federal court, recognising American pre-I cedents, could have lawfully condemned the Trent, or held the Commissioners. Captain Wilkes misled by Bri- tish law books, violated American principles- England, by demanding the Commissioners, stultified her history, and virtually acknowledged tho justice of the position long maintained by America. The people were indebted to Captain Wilkes for the act, and to Secretary Seward s statemanship for a great political triumph. The Congressional Committee reported a bill for the issue of 100,000,000 dollars demand notes, to be a legal tender, receivable for government dues, and exchange- able at any time for six per cent. 20 years' coupon or Registered bonds. The Senate has not vet passed the modified arrange- ment in the Tea and Coffee Tariff Bill. The New York Tribune states that Messrs. Zachary and Hodgers have been released from Fort Lafayette. Wpjrlc^ tSQVO, tfWSftU, XM the!
THE BLOCKING-UP OF CHARLESTON, The following correspondence has passed between the Liverpool Shipowners' Association and the Foreign- office :— "Shipowners' Association, Liverpool, Jan, 13. "My Lord,—It has come to the knowledge of the Li- verpool Shipowners' Association, through the public prints, that the Federal Government of the United States nave sunk a stone squadron in the main channel of Charleston harbour. This proceeding cannot fail seriously and permanently to injure the entrance to that harbour. The Association fears that, unless strong representations and remonstrances are promptly made, a similar course may be immediately followed in the case of the other harbours of the Confederate States. The Association does not think it necessary to dwell at length on the import- ance of this question, as affecting the general interest of commerce, but feels called upon, as representing an im- portant interest, to address your Lordship on the subject. I anl) therefore, instructed by the Association respect-! fully to press this matter on your Lordship's earnest con-| sideration. I have the honour to be, my Lord, your Lordship's most obedient humble servant, "FRANCIS A. CLINT, Chairman. To the Right Hon. Earl Russell, Foreign-office, London." "Foreign-office, Jan. 15. "Sir,I am directed by Earl Russell to acknowledge the receipt of the letter which, on behalf of the Liver-) ?ool Shipowners' Association, you addressed to him on 3th inst., calling his attention to the course which the Federal Government of the United States have adopted for closing the main channel of Charleston harbour by sinking there vessels laden with stone, and expressing the fear of the Association that unless strong representations and remonstrances are promptly made, a similar course may be immediately followed in the case of the other harbours of the Confederate States. I am to request I that you will state to the Liverpool Shipowners' Associa-: tion that the attention of Her Majesty's Government was, at once attracted by the rumours which obtained currency some weeks ago of such a course as that to which you, refer being contemplated by the Government of the United States, and on the 20th of December Her Ma- jesty's Minister at Washington was informed of the view taken of it by Her Majesty's Government. Lord Lyons was told that such a cruel plan would seem to imply despair of the restoration of the Union, the professed ob- ject of the war for it never could be the wish of the United States'Government to destroy cities from which their own country was to derive a portion of its riches and prosperity. Such a plan could only be adopted as a measure of revenge and of irremediable injury against an enemy. Lord Lyons was further told that even as a scheme of embittered and sanguinary war such a measure would not be justifiable. It would be a plot against the commerce of all maritime nations, and against the free intercourse of the Southern States of America with the civilized world. Lord Lyons was desired to speak in this sense to Mr. Seward, who, it was hoped, would disavow the illegal project. Now, however, that the project seems to have been carried into effect at Charleston, Lord Lyons will be instructed to make a further representation to Mr. Seward, with a view to prevent, similar acts of destruc- tion in other ports. I am, Sir, your most obedient servant, "E. HAMMOND. "F. A. Clint, Esq., &c."
Mr. William Linnell, the talented landscape painter, is residing at Rome for the winter. A rumour is gaining ground in the world of art that George Goodwin, Esq., F.S.A., is to be made a baronet. At a meeting of the English, Scottish, and Australian Chartered Bank, a dividend was declared at the rate of six per cent. per annum. The masts of a sunken vessel have been discovered protruding from the sea near the Bailey Light at Howth. She seems to have gone down with all on board, unseen, and without a record of the fatality. ACCIDENT iON THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY.—An accident involving the destruction of a considerable amount of property happened at the Sandy station of the Great Northern Railway Company on Saturday morning last. It seems that about six o'clock an up luggagetrain was shunting at the station mentioned, when, instead of continuing on the siding, the trucks took a lsne diverging to the left, and leading to the main rails, and came on to the down main line. Simultaneously there arrived a long down train of luggage wagons, and before any steps could be taken either to caution the driver or to remove the obstruction, it came in violent collision with the run- away trucks. The latter were scattered in all directions, the engine of the goods train, which at the time was nearly at full speed, being also much injured, and thrown on its broadside. The fireman escaped, but the driver (named Thomas Wykes) was seriously iniured. He has his hip broken or dislocated, and his collar-bone fractured. Both lines were blocked up for a time, but assistance arriving one of the lines was re-opened, and the eommu- [ DlcaUou renewed without any serious detention to the I traffic. It is supposed that tne oov«n> frost which pre- vailed caused a pair of switches to stick, instead of springing back, and so to open with the main lino the communication which has led to the accident. A MILLIONARIE IN THE QUEEN'S PPISUJT.—In the mat- ter of Mr. Whittington,.which came before Mr. Registrar Hazlitt on Monday, it was elicited that the prisoner was possessed of property to an a Inmost fabulous amount. When summoned to appear before the Registrar he at first positively refused to do so but upon its being in- timated that such refusal would lead to a transference to the county gaol, he presented himself, and tendered a protest, which, however, could not be read by the Court. Jn the course of his examination, he stated that he was not in custody for debt, but for costs in an action which he had brought against Mr. RoupeU, M.P., for trespass on some lands. 1:1e alleged that the costs were really costs in the catme, and that besides, as the proceedings were still pending, his incarceration was wholly illegal. He stated that he had no debts, and that his assets amounted to over £1,000,000 in value. They consisted for the most part of lands in England, America, Austra- lia, and the Falkland Islands. In the Falkland Islands he was possessed of 100 square miles of territory, and ho had spent £ 43,000 in trying to establish a colony there. He held also mortgages of property of various kinds, to the amount of £ 20,000. The Registrar over-ruled his objection to being abjudicated a bankrupt, on the ground that the words of the Act gave jurisdiction over any pri- soner detained in custody for any dfcbt, claim, or de- mand. He therefore adjudged him a bankrupt with an instant discharge. The prisoner refused to accept his protection, as it was for debt," and subsequently he stated that he would not leave the prison until gentlo force" was used to eject him. THE FORGERIES UPON THE BANK OF RUSSIA.—Since the apprehension of the three prisoners who are charged with causing a plate to be engraved for the purpose of fabricating forged ten-rouble notes of the Imperial Bank of Russia, some extraordinary discoveries have been made, which tend to show that there existed a very wide-spread and organised conspiracy for the purpose of effecting the object in view, and that but for its timely discovery the whole of the Russian empire and its dependencies would have been completely inundated with forged notes of the description mentioned. There appears to be no doubt that the project of coming to this country to procure the forged plates from which the notes could be struck off was concocted abroad, and that the three persons at present in custody, one of whom is stated to be a very clever lithographer and printer, were selected from several others who are concerned in the transaction to carry it out, and it is believed that, although the detec- tive police have only been on their track for about three ■ months, their operations have extended over a much longer period. It appears that he went to a great num- ber of engravers to endeavour to induce them to engrave 1 a copy of a genuine ten rouble note, but most of the persons to whom they applied declined to undertake the work, and the way in which they at length suc- ceeded was by having a small portion of the plate executed by different engravers. By this means they at length were able to obtain a completely engraved plate, bordered and lettered in such a manner as to enable them to strike off a most excellent facsimile of a genuine ten-rouble note. The nominal value of these notes; is about 30s. or a little over, and they circulate to an enormous extent throughout the whole of the Russian Empire; and it is stated upon good authority that, in order to give facilities to the circulation of this descrip- tion of paper money, it is issued upon a condition which renders the bank liable to pay the notes that are in tho hands of bona fide holders, even though they should be forged; and hence it will be seen that it is of extreme importance that such wholesale attempts) at forgery should be put a stop to. It would seem that some notes had actually been struck off from the forged plate at the time the affair was detected, and a large quantity were discovered in the following singular manner. It will readily be understood that all the proceedings of the prisoners were conducted with an extreme amount of skill and caution, and one of the modes to which they resorted to baffle inquiry was by constantly changing their residences, and endeavouring to destroy their identity. They were, however, of course, closely watched, and in consequence of information received by the officers, Brett and Scott, they went to a lodging that had been occupied by one of the prisoners, and to which he was still in the habit of resorting occasionally, for the purpose of making some inquiries. The apartment was meanly furnished, but there were several framed paintings and engravings hanging on the walls, including a full-length j i likeness of Garibaldi. This they were induced to examine carefully, for some particular reason, and they discovered i that in the back of it a large quantity of rouble notes had been concealed. Upon these being examined by an engraver, and compared with the forged plate found in the possession of the prisoners, it was manifest that the; notes were impressions from that plate. It is evideut from the discoveries that have taken place, that a whole-1 sale issue of these forged notes was intended to have been made simultaneously by members of the gang of forgers, in all parts of the empire of Russia; and as, the middle and lower class of people in that country, among whom notes of this description principally circulate, are very ignorant, and the forged ones would have been sufficiently well manufactured to deceive an unpractised person, there appears to be very little doubt that, but for the detection of the nefarious scheme. an enormous amount of the spurious notes would have been put in circulation. The three Polish Jews, Wolf Harwitz, Chlorn re it Reichstadt, and Abraham Josephom, who are charged with having feloniously in their possession a plate capable of printing forged ten-rouble notes of the Imperial Bank of Russia, were on Monday morning brought before tho Lord Mayor for re-examination. After the examination,
FRIGHTFUL COLLIERY ACCIDENT. I FIVE MEN KILLED, AND 200 BURIED ALIVE. One of the most alarming colliery accidents that has occurred in this country for several years past took place on Thursday morning, Jan. 16, at New Hartley collier}', near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Hartley new pit is situated close to the Hartley Junc- tion of the Blyth and Tyne Railway, and on the western side of the line. It belongs to Messrs. Carr Brothers. The workings have been carried on by means of a single shaft passing through the yard seam, at a depth of about seventy fathoms, and penetrating to the low main, which here lies about 100 fathoms below the surface. Closely adjoining the shaft, on the east side, stands a substan- tial stone structure, containing the machinery-employed for keeping the pit clear of water. The pumping engine is a ponderous looking piece of work-one of the largest, we are told, to be met with in the coal trade—with a power equal to 100 horses. The beam of this machine was an immense beam of iron, weighing about forty tons.. Such a mass indeed as one would suppose capable of en- during a far greater strain than any to which it could possibly be subjected. It is, nevertheless, from the frac- ture of this that the melancholy affair we have now to chronicle took its origin. The accident occurred about half-past ten o'clock on Thursday morning, and it could scarcely have happened more inopportunely. The process of changing the shift had just been commenced, and of about 200 men and boys believed to have been then in the mine, only two sets, or about sixteen men, had been sent to bank. The third set was on its way, when just as the cage in which the men were riding" had got half way up, the beam of the pumping engine broke in two at the pivot, the projecting outer half—a beam of iron weighing upwards of 20 tons- falling with a tremendous crash right in the centre of the shaft. The ponderous mass seems to have struck the top of the brattice, and so violent was the shock that the whole of the massive wooden frame work extending from the top to the bottom of the shait gave way, as if it had been a bundle of lucifer matches, and was hurled downwards as a mere pile of debris to- wards the bottom of the pit. This avalanche of falling rubbish was, as we have said, encountered by the ascend- ing cage, containing eight miners, about midway up the shaft. The survivors of the party, are said to have stated that they observed something shoot past them with the velocity of a thunderbolt, and presently found themselves overwhelmed by a perfect hail of broken beams and planks. The iron cage in which they were ascend- ing was shattered to pieces by the shock, and two of the unfortunate fellows were killed on the spot, and carried far down amongst the debris. Of the remaining six, three survived, but a short time, and the others were ulti- mately rescued. All, however, suffered more or less severely from the .falling timber, as well tho privations they were exposed to during the twelve weary hours that elapsed before assistance could be conveyed to them. The mass of rubbish completely filled the lower part of the shaft, so as to cut off all chance of escape by that egress for the 200 men and boys employed m the low main. There were also in the low main, at the time of the acci- dent, upwards of thirty horses and ponies. These animals, it is supposed, would be in a part of the workings where the water would soon overtake them, and little or no hope was entertained of their being recovered. The news of the accident, of course, spread rapidly throughout the adjoining district, and within a short time the pit-heap was thronged with weeping women, and men whose mournful expression told of their sympa- thy with their unfortunate comrades entombed below. No time was lost in commencing operations for extricat- ing the buried miners, and, as usual on such occasions, there was no lack of volunteers from the neighbouring collieries to undertake the difficult and dangerous task. The names of five of the poor fellows who have lost their lives are Ralph Robson, William Brown, George Sharp, sen., George Sharp, jun., and Robert Bewick. The following reports given from time to time will bes show the progress of the efforts made for the release ot the men, and also the hopes and fears alternately pre- dominant :— NEW HARTLEY COLLIERY, SATURDAY AFTERNOON. During last night the work of clearing the shaft was pro- secuted with vigour by relays of men at intervals of two hours. The workmen succeeded in clearing away a por- tion of the debris. In the course of the night they re- covered two of the bodies of the men who were killed by the falling of the beam. The body of George Sharp, jun., was first recovered, and subsequently the body of George Sharp, sen. About five o'clock this morning they came to the body of Robt. Robson. The bodies were sent up to the uper seam. The men who came out of the pit at one o'clock this afternoon, brought up intelligence that they had got another of the bodies, that of Wm. Brown. It has also been sent to the upper seam, and placed beside those of the others. A fifth remains to be recovered. The number of men and boys known to be in the pit is 215. The number of boys is said to be about 50. There are an overman and three deputy-overmen in the pit. The men are in the yard seam. The authorities of the pit Kavo no with regard to the ultimate rescue of the men. The ventilutkip if, known to be thoroughly good, and there is no danger of injury to them from water. The greater portion of the men in the pit have been there since one o'clock on Thursday morning-, and they ha.d but little food with them. The boys, howevui, it is thought,! brought down some provision with them. The want of food, however, to the whole party is a source of un- easiness. SATURDAY, NINE P.M. The intelligence from the working parties iu the shaft which has just come to bank is less cheering,' Mr. Coul- son, the master sinker, has sent up a report that the ob- structions that exist before the parties can possibly reach the engine drift are of a much more difficult character than could be anticipated. The men and lads imprisoned iú the yard seam could be heard jowiing" or working in the snaft this morning, but since then they have made ho sign, and every effort made to-night to get signals from them has faiiled. Extra relays of men have been put; on. and redoubled exertions will be made during the night to work through tho obstructions. The 'arrival of spectators at the pit mouth is increasing. SSUNIJAY, STX, P.M. The men and lads are still buried at Hartley Pit, and there is no prospect, it is feared, of reaching them to- night. Last night the working parties employed in the rescue were obliged to cease operations more than twelve hours on account of the sides of the shaft threatening to fall in. Sinkers were engaged all last night and most part of to-day in securing the sides. There is no hope, it is feared, of reaching' the men to-night, though it might happen that by the obstruction falling the shaft might be clear in an hour. An enormous con- course of people from all parts thronged the Rioutb of the pit to-day, and the excitement is intense and increasing. All through the northern district to-day prayers were offered for the preservation of the men. The surgeons, who have been watching at the bank night and day, are very anxious jvith regard to the boys, fifty of whom are buried in the pit. The families of the men are exhibiting great fortitude and patience. The last body of the five men who were killed on Thursday has been found in the dtlwis. Water is supposed to be accuniulat ing in the low seam, but it cannot reach the men for many days, as they are supposed to be in the yard seam, and have a pony, with some horse provender there, with fresh water. The ventilation is supposed to be good. The signals from the buried men were repeated with great distinctness this forenoon. The following is from the second edition of the New cattle Daily Journal of Monday :—" Late last night, the stone which has been such a terrible bar to the progress of the workmen was clcared away, but immense difficulty is still experienced with the rubbish. The progress made throughout the night has been but small. There has not been the slightest cessation in the labour in the shaft since it was first organised and durinr( ttie night the shaftmcn have been too busy to pajjse io jowl'' tJown to the poor fellows below. What th&ir condign must be by this time, now that they have all been four JayrJ and four nights in the pit, cannot be imagined." In a late edition, the same journal says;—Mr. Coulson has just (two p.m.) sent word up the shaft that he expects to be at the men within four hours. Mr. Couison, while down the shaft a fa&" hours ago, saw some smoke ascending and it is therefore certain that the prisoners have a fire lighted. If this be so, it'affordy grounds for great hope that a large number of the men are alive." SHIELDS, MONDAY, 7 t'-M. It is feared that several, if not many, hours must elapse before the men are reached. The excitement in the village, and also the large towns in the neighbour- hood, is overwhelming with regard to the fate of the men, but it is very much feared another night must pass be- fore their condition is known. NEW HARTLEY, TUESDAY ISIORNING. The full force of the terrible calamity that has occur- red in this village has broken upon us this morning. During yesterday afternoon and evening, the public mind was buoyed up with hope that, as the sinkers had got the sides of the shaft secured, and were lifting the broken timber with tolerable rapidity, the yard seam, where the lost two hundred men and lads are supposed to be, would be reached. Towards midnight, however, as the loose stone and rubbish began to fall from the timber, "stythe' was perceived to be coming up, and one or two of the sinkers suffered from the effects of it. This morning, about five o'clock, Mr. W, Coulson, jun., one of the master sinkers, Richard Wilson, John Siddle, and Matthew Dodds, sinkers, were working a hole down the stage, when there was a sudden fall of stone, and an emission of gas from below; the whole of the men became fearfully, affected by it, but had, fortunately, strength to knock, and then- companions immediately were sent down with corves from the high seam, and were just in time to get them into the corves and remove them to bank." j One of the sinkers, Richard Wilson, it was for some time. feared would die but they are all happily recovering. The furnace smoke of the pit generates, amongst other, gases, a very deadly one- carbonic oxide. This gas, owing to the blocking-up of the shaft, was accumu- lated in the yard coal in the immediate neighbourhood of the shaft, and it was this gas which nearly destroyed the lives of the sinkers this morning. Of course, after they were brought up, no one could venture down into the shaft, but after a consultation among the viewers, it was determined to form an "up-cast" and "down-cast" from the main seam down to the yard seam, by means of a cloth brattice, an operation that will occupy a good part pf to-day, it is feared. There is an up-cast and down-cast from the bank to the main seam by means of a staple. It is thought that the shaft hai cleared itself of the obstructions by the fall when the gas came away, but that cannot ty) M JQt jjiV u
ANOTHER COLLIERY ACCIDENT. The Birmingham Daily Post describes a terrible occur- rence fat the pit of Mr. W. H. Dawes, at Blackheath, near Dudley :—" On Saturday morning, Mr. Llewellyn, the chartermaster, heard a noise, as if an explosion had occurred down the pit, and immediately there arose from the upcast shaft an immense volume of smoke and rubbish. An engine of about 14 horses power has been used down the pit for drawing the loaded skips out of the deep workings, and also for the purpose of pumping water out of the deep into the sump." What occasioned the noise that Mr. Llewellyn heard is not at present known but it is con- jectured that the boiler burst, and scattered the burning fuel in the furnace about in every direction, set- ting fire to the adjacent supporting timbers, and that thus the conflagration extended upwards out of the stone pits into the coal workings. The flames extended up one of the shafts, and almost set on fire the pit frame above. while the cold air rushed down the other shaft to feet, the flames. It was attempted to smother the flames by throwing large quantities of water down the up-cast shaft, but it was altogether ineffectual. The up-cast was then scaffolded over and covered with rubbish to pre- vent the air getting down the pit, but it was of very little use, the flames continued to make way, and the guides" and other appliances inside tho shaft were entirely destroyed. The other shaft was then scaffolded over, and thickly covered with rubbish and sand; but still the smoke came through the mass of covering above, and was plainly visible during the whole of Sunday. There were three men in the pit at the time the accident occurred, and also seventeen horses. During Saturday, several attempts were made to descend one of the shafts, but it was perfectly impos- sible to do so for some time, the steam and smoke which arose being very dense and suffocating. At last the en gineer on the bank," with two colliers, managed to get to the bottom of the down-cast shaft, and they imme- diately went to look for the men but it was impossible to get anywhere near them, as all the passages were on fire. Four horses were seen dead in one of the stables, but the others could not be reached. The horses were computed to be worth at least about £ 350 or £ 400. There is not the remotest chance of ever recovering either the men or the horses, as the mine will very likely continue to bum for weeks, and all in it will be reduced to ashes."
f ANOTHER YELVERTON CASE. The Scotsman says :—" Mrs. Longworth or Yelverton, who has of late been so often in our legal reports, lw; raised an action of damages against Mr. Walker, oi Dairy, advocate, who is married to a sister of Major Yelverton. The summons sets forth that the pursuer is staying at Whitland Abbey, the seat of the Hon. W. H. Yelverton, the brother of Lord Avonmore, and continues -On or about the 2nd, 3rd, or 4tli day of the present month of January, 1862, the said Wm. Henry Yel- verton received a letter written, signed, addressed, and forwarded, or at least signed and forwarded to him by the defender, Mr. Walker, of Dairy, of the tenor or effect following 'Edinburgh, 6, Eton-terrace, 1st January, 1862.—Sir,—I observe in to-day's copy of the Edinburgh Courant a paragraph announcing the arrival at your house of the Hon. Mrs. Yelverton, to pass the Christmas week. My purpose in writing to you now is to inquire if this visitor is the person who calls herself the Hon. Mrs. Yelverton,' but whose real name is to inquire if this visitor is the person who calls herself I the Hon. Mrs. Yelverton,' but whose real name is Theresa Longworth. As I consider that the honour and character of my wife's family is seriously affected by this circumstance, if true, I don't consider any farther apology neeessary for troubling you with this letter. When I first heard of your most extraordinary and un- natural conduct in openly taking up the cause of Miss Longworth, at the Dublin trial, I must say, though greatly shocked and grieved, I hoped that when you came to reflect more calmly on your delicate position in regard to the succession to your nephew, Wm. C. Yel- verton, and also when the real character of Miss Long- worth became generally known, as it now is, that whatever you own private hopes for the success of her case may have been, that respect for your brother, Lord Avonmore, and for your own character, would have prevented you from publicly associating with this case may have been, that respect for your brother, Lord Avonmore, and for your own character, would have prevented you from publicly associating with this most degraded woman but I fear I have been mistaken, and that with the new year another and I may almost say a worse dishonour has fallen on the family. Had you been a more distant relation, or had you been merely one of the public uninterested in the result, whatever it may be of this case, I should have understood that your dis- approval of William Yelverton's conduct rather than your approval of Miss Longworth's, had created a sort of sympathy "for her cause, but that in your position, as being the only person who could be benefitted by Wil- liam s child being made illegitimate, your near relation- ship to him, and above all, the consciousness of the pain which you well know your conduct must eatiso to your kind-hearted brother and all his [family, your conduct appears to be so selfish, so base, so unnatural, that it is hardly possible to believe it, and I am perfectly certain that in the jvhole world there is not one person, not excepting Miss Longworth herself, who must not, from the bottom believe it, and I am perfectly certain that in the jvhole world there is not one person, not excepting Miss Longworth herself, who must not, from the bottom ,of their hearts, despise you. I have often heard it re- marked by those who strongly censured poor William's I ponduct, that they would much rather be in his than in your position. I can assure you that it causes me great pain to write what I have written to one in your position, my wife's uncle, and so much older than myself. But 1 cannot restrain my indignation, and this I have written without consulting any one. I know that my feelings are shared by all my wife's family. I cannot conceive that your own family can approve of the course you have Jbaken, but with them it would not become me to interfere. I have done what 1 conceive my duty in telling you what my and. my wife's opinions are--I Temain, your most obedient servant, (Sigped) JAMF.S WALKER.—Addressed to the Hon. W. H. Yelverton, vvhit!i,r,i! Abbey." f' (.) The said letter so written, addressed and for- warded by the defender to the said William Henry Yel- verton, and received by the said William Henry Yelver- ron on one or other of the dates aforesaid, was meant by the defender to be, and is of and concerning the pursuer, and the statements contained in the said letter in refer- ence to the pursuer, are false and calumnious, (5.) The defender did by the said statements of and concerning the pursuer, falsely, calumniously, and in- juriously represent and assert that the pursuer is a most degraded woman and it was a stain on the character of the said William Henry Yelverton to receive her into his house and it was a dishonour to him find to the defen- der's' wile'is family that the said Honourable Williajn i,y Henry Yelverton should have received her with kindness and attention, and that it was a disgrace and dishonour ibr respectable persons to associate with or to receive the pursuer into their houses. (6.) By and through the said ialso and calumnious statements the pursuer has suffered, and will suffer, loss, j injury, and damage in her character, credit, and repu- tation, and her feelings have been deeply wounded, ;aid she is entitled to and claims damages in consequence thereof to the extent concluded for. "The summons concludes for payment of £3,000 of iamages, and for oostu."
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has arrived at his esidence in Carlton-house-terrace. Additional subscriptions to Mr. Halliwell's Shakspere fund have been announced to the amount of £230. Despatches were received on Saturday at the Colonial- office from the Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands. TRAFFIC RECEIPTS.—The traffic receipts of railways in the United Kingdom amounted for the week ending the 11th of January, on 10,059 miles, to £458,730, and for the corresponding week of last year, on 9,846 miles, to £ 452,240, showing an increase of 213 miles and £ 6,490. ACCIDJBIFT TO SIR JOHN PAKINGTON. -The Ex-Secre- tary for the Colonies is confined to his house at Westwood Park, Worcestershire, from the effects of an accident tyhich happened to him on Wednesday week, while riding along a road in the vicinity of Westwood. Sir John was cantering along the road when his horse, it is supposed, trod on a stone, and, falling, threw his rider with some violence to the ground. Before he could get out of the way the animal in his struggles to rise kicked his rider in his back, causing some severe and painful bruises. We are glad to add, however, that beyond those bruises Sir John has sustained no serious injury, and that on Satur- ijay he was pronounced convalescent. DISCHARGE OF MR. COBBETT FROM THE QUEEN'S PRISON. —The third visitation of this prison took plq.ee on Satur- day, under the provisions of the New Bankruptcy Act. The case of Mr. Cobbett was called on, and that gentlo- man, after protesting against the Registrar's right to question him, made a statement of the circumstances Jonnected with his imprisonment, and complained loudly )f the treatment which he had received. In conclusion, ae said I do not wish to have my sufferings complicated by being made a bankrupt.-The Registrar Our object tsto simplify matters, not to complicate them. I adju- dicate you a bankrupt, and give you an immediate dis- charge.—Mr. Cobbett: Remember, sir, I protest against four adjudication. BREACH OF PROMISE CASE, AT HUIX.—At the Hull County Court, 011 Saturday, an old pensioner, named Galvin, brought an action against Mrs. Elder, a widow, 70 years of age, keeping a lodging-house in Hull, for lis., value of some love tokens. It appeared that the plain- tiff had been led to think that the plaintiff would marry him, and, therefore, he presented her with gloves, books, handkerchiefs, and other articles, of the value of lis. and upon her refusing to onter the matrimonial state, he wanted his presents back, but she refused to restore them. It was stated that the banns were published in one of the Hull churches, and that, when the courtship was broken off, defendant said she would not have plain- tiff at any price.-His Honour ordered the money to be paid, or the articles restored. A YOUTH HANGED WHILE AT PLAT.—An inquest was held at Shrewsbury,' last week, on the body of Charles Dodson, a youth fifteen years of age, son of Mr. D. Dod- son, stonemason, Shrewsbury. It appeared that on Sun- day afternoon the deceased and one of his brothers were on a double swing erected in their nursery, and that his brother swung a great deal more rapidly than the de- ceased, the consequence being that the portion of the swing on which his brother was seated jerked rapidly round, the rope at the same time entwining itself round the neck of the deceased, dislocating it. The other chil- dren, seeing their brother's face becoming black from the of strangulation, gave an alarm, and the parents nabsa into the pwtery to fiod their elitest boy
MULTUM IN PARVO. Sir Fitzroy Kelly has arrived in town from Paris. M. Remenyi, the violinist, is giving concerts at Vienna, Notwithstanding the increasing vigilance of the police, illicit distillation is very much on the increase in Ireland. In the Rolls Court on Saturday an order was made for winding up the Defender Fire and Life Assurance Com- pany. Two little brothers, at Worsley, were sent by their mother to wash a mop in a brook, where they were found drowned. The Earl Granville has arrived at his residence in Bruton-street from spending the week with the Marquis and Marchioness of Ailesbury at Tottenham Park. Captain Schomberg, in command of the steam reserve at Chatham, has resigned that appointment and been transferred to the Edinburgh, 60, screw steamer, at Queen's Ferry, Scotland. The Archdeaconry of Dorset has become vacant by the resignation of the venerable Robert Bentley Buckle, who Was appointed to it in 1836. The archdeaconry is in the gift of the Bishop of Salisbury. Divine service was performed at Osborne on Sunday morning before the Prince of Wales, Prince Arthur, Princess Helena, Princess Louise, and Princess Hohenlohe, and Prince Louis, of Hesse. The Rev. G. Prothero, officiated. William Carter, a well-known London thief, was sen- tenced by the Marlborough-street Police Magistrate, on Saturday, to three months' hard labour, for picking the pocket of Sir R. Mayne, chief commissioner of the Metro- politan Police. OXFORD COUNTY ELECTION.—The High Sheriff has fixed the nomination for this election on Tuesday, the 28th inst., and the polling will take place, by mutual agreement of the candidates, on the following Friday, the last day of the present month. A young workman named Joseph Holland, whilst en- gaged setting a grate at the Plough Hotel, St. Asaph, some time back, found £6 10s. in gold in a crevice of the chimney. He at once made the matter known, and was rewarded with half the sum for his honesty. An address of condolence, on the occasion of the death of his Royal Highness the Prince Consort, has been transmitted to Earl Russell, her Majesty's principal Secretary of state for Foreign Affairs, to be laid before the Queen, from British subjects residing at Bordeaux. The Coiistitntionnel says-" We find that the French population comprises in its totality 37,472 732 souls. France, therefore, finds herself to-day the second of the European Powers as to population, Russia being the first with 58 470,000 souls, and Austria third with 30 965.309." As Lady Emily Peel was driving into Dublin, on Saturday, in a phaeton and pair, one of the horses took fright at a cart, and suddenly swerved, upsetting the vehicle. Lady Emily escaped without having sus- tained the slightest injury. The servants also escaped uninjured. A respectable Irish farmer, named Keegan, having pro- secuted a man and his son at the Killucan Petty Sessions, was called out of his house on the lltli instant, when lie was set upon by a party of twelve men, who beat him till they supposed he was dead. He is unable to identify the offenders. There is residing at Duntarvie, parish of Abercorn, a man upwards of 97 years of age, named Thomas Herris, who spent the earlier part of his life in the neighbour- hood of Ellisland at the time Burns was tenant there, During that time he saw the poet "almost every day. Scotsman. The Earl of Lonsdale came to town on Saturday from Ventor, Isle of White, in excellent health. We hear that it is the intention of his lordship to break up his pack of fox-hounds and hunting stud at Tring at the end of the hunting season. His lordship does not, however, give up his harriers. A meeting of the Finance Committee of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was held on Satur- day at the Privy Council-office. There were present, Earl Granville (chair man) the Right Hon. R, Lowe, M P.- Eir A. Spearman, B art., Mr. Thring, and Mr. Edgar Bow, ring (secretary). DEATH OF A CENTENARIAN.—Bridget Kirk, widow of the late James Kirk, aged 110 years, recently died at Tatebawn, Skyhill. She was in pretty good health till within three days of her death. She was a widow for twenty years, and her eldest son is more that 70 years of pge.—Freeman's Jfturt^U. A prospectus has been issued of a new Indian Steam Company, by the overland route, an enterprise shown for years past to have been decidedly necessary from the in- adequate and uncertain character of the accommodation afforded in the constantly crowded vessels of the Penin- sular and Oriental Company. The other day, a prisoner, named Redman, was being conveyed by rail from Brighton to Lewes in charge of a police officer. The officer happening to turn his hfead a moment from his charge, Redman opened the carriage door and jumped out. He was soon captured by some workmen. He was very little injured. DEPARTURE OF SIR JOHN INGLIS.—Major-General Sir JoLn Inglis, K.C.B., the hero of Lucknow, who goes out to take command of tho forces of Corfu, arrived in Liver- pool on Friday night, and embarked on board Messrs. Burns and M'lver's steamer Marathon, which sailed on Saturday for Italy and the Adriatic. PROBABLE RESIGNATION OF MR. SEWARD.—Private i letters from New York and Washington intimate a prob- lability that Mr. Seward may resign his office of Secretary lof State, and be succeeded by Mr. Everett-President: Lincoln desiring to have more of his own way than Mr. Seward is disposed to accede.—Scotsman. ORIGIN OF THE RUMOURED DISASTER TO THE PARANA.— A "great deal of excitcmpiij; was caused on the 3rd inst. by a report in one of the morning papez g of the loss of the troopship Parana. The report arose from the fact that some parts of a case in which soldier's boots had been packed, were found in the gulf of St. Lawrence. At the Council which Her Majesty will hold to give her sanction to the royal speech, it is expected that the Queen will prick the roll of high sheriffs for the present ?ear, and that Dr, Thompson, the new Bishop of Glouccs er and Bristol, will' be admitted tu the honcur of an audience for the purpose of doing homage for his see.— Court Jouriud. ^Vorkni.en have beep busily engaged for some days past jp erectiijo; gcaffqldipg between the four lofty and p^assive columns which support the tower apd noble spire of Sah»bu*$i Cktbedl'a], for the purpose of enabling Mr. Scott, the architect, to thoroughly oxaftjine the several parts of the structure in order to ascertain the best means of repairing and strengthening it. Her Majesty's gunboat Rainbow, Lieutenant de Robeck, R.O-N., comnianding, arrived at Kingstown, on Monday, from Plymouth, which-she left at noon on Saturday, with boats and stores for Her Majesty's ship' Ajax. The schooner Antelope also arrived with provision for the same ship. Both vessels report very severe weather in the Channel, wind from S.S.E., with increasing showers of sleet. Admiralty orders were on Saturday received at Chatham Dockyard' directing a return to be made of the various fehips belonging to the reserve at that port, indicating their tonnage, horse-power, and condition. The return is also to specify the time that will be required to make good the defects in the hull and machinery of those vessels "wanting repair as well as the number of men required for the work. The Queen has been pleased to appoint Henry Iles Woodcock, Esq., to be chief justice of the Island of Tobago Frederick Simon Berning, Esq., to be registrar of deeds and distributor of stamps for thp colony of Natal; Frederick John Scott, Esq., to be a member of the Legislative Council of the Island of Trinidad and Charles Henry Okev, Esq., to be a member of the Legislative Council of the Island of Antigua. A letter from Monaster (Roumelia), of the 1st, says:— The cold has diminished somewhat during the past few days; but it was previously excessive. The snow is now two-and-a-half feet deep in the plain, and the shepherd's dogs are kept busy in driving away the wolves, which are unusually numerous this year. The pachas and other notabilitles are driving about in sledges a la Russe. Several poor Bulgarians have been found frozen to death. The insolvency petition of Madame Rachel," the enameller of ladie's faces has been dismissed by Mr. Com- missioner Nichols, of the metropolitan court. One of the legal gentlemen engaged in the case said the petitioner had ordered sufficient of otto of roses to have sweetened the Thames. (Laughter.) Then said the learned counsel, there is a perfume sufficient for three parishes, and enough bismuth to destroy the faces of half a million of I young ladies. (Loud laughter.) Mr. Edgar Bowring, says the Western Times, who is the fourth son of Sir J. Bowring, _was, as is known, secretary i to the Great Exhibition of 1851, and in the discharge of 1 his duties was necessarily much connected with its illus- trious founder, the late Prince Albert. As a mark of the: appreciation in which Mr. Bowring was held by her late beloved Consort, Her Majesty has, we hear, announced her gracious intention of conferring on Mr. Bowring the Companionship of the Bath. SHIPWRECK AND Loss OF LIFE.—YOUOHAL, JAN. 20.— Yesterday morning, the brigantine Orleans, of Cork, laden with coal, was totally wrecked on a point called Cloycastle, on this coast. Through the exertions of the coast guard, under Captain St. Leger and Captain Shop-, berd, four of the crew were saved, and the remainder (three in number) were lost. It was with the aid of Manby's Rocket Apparatus the crew were saved. Two' of the bodies have been washed ashore. A SCHOONER CHASED BY A FEDERAL SHIP OF WAR.— By accounts from Charleston, received at Lloyd's, dated Dec. 26th, the Prince of Wales, schooner, was chased by a Federal vessel of war, and fired into, the shot taking effect in tbe hull, but without injuring any one. She was then run on shore on North Inlet, and set fire to, in order to prevent her from falling into the hands of the Federals, the launches of the cruiser having been sent after her. She was loaded with 1,000 sacks of salt, and sundries. Before the Emperor of Austria returned to Vienna from Venice, he was present at this latter place to witness some experiments in submarine blasting. Two large cases were sunk before him to a depth of 14 feet in the sea, each containing 400 pounds of cotton powder. The j first was then exploded, and a large brig adjoining was blown out of the water to a height of 50 feet and shattered to pieces, The second blew up another vessel as high, it was conjectured, as the tower of St. k" Tbe aiperu&fi&ti w wt GQMitarf fuiti 1
FACETIiE. How TO MAKE MONEY GO FAB.Send it to Australia. A NEW QUESTION FOR A DEBATING SOCIETV.—" If a man has a tiger by the tail, which would be the best for his personal safety—to hold on or let go ?" There was a Scotchman who, when asked, what is th» best way of ascertaining the contents of a cask ? replied —"Eh! mon if your nose dinna tell ye, ye maun e'en tak a a wee drapcie." Turner, by way ot joke, once sent a picture to the Ex- hibition so cunningly executed as to occasion some doubt which side should be hung uppermost. The manager hung the picture upside down, but, having a doubt about it, wrote to Turner stating what he had done, requesting an immediate reply. In due time it came to hand, and consisted merely of two words "Turn-her." PUTTING OUT A LIMB.—A gentleman relating one night in a coffee-room in Oxford that Dr. II had put out his leg in crossing a kennel, five surgeons immediately set out for the apartment of the doctor, but returned dismayed, saying that no such thing had happened. Why," replied the gentleman, how could a man cross a kennel without putting out his leg ?" A complete sell. MARRIAGE PORTIONS.—At the wedding of the Count d'Artois, the city of Pans agreed to distribute marriage portions. A smart girl of sixteen, named Louise Noisin, having presented herself to inscribe her name on the list, 'was asked who was her lover. "Oh," said she, with great simplicity, I have no lover I thought the city was to furnish everything The answer created great mirth, and a husband was soon found for her. Whoever undertakes to put a joke on the razor strop man is sure to get floored in tho long run. Recently, while selling his strops at Plymouth, and expatiating the while on the evils of rum drinking, a tipsy fellow cried out "If drinking rum made me lie as fast as you do in your selling I'd quit it to-day." Very good," replied the strop seller, but the only difference between your lyinc- and mine is this—my strops enable me to lie in a good warm bed, while rum makes you he in the gutter." THE TEST.-A man came to a certain city, several years ago, exhibiting six boys and six girls, but all of them were dressed in girl's clothes. All were so much like girls in appearance, that lie made money by betting that no one could tell t'other from which. An Irishmen went out and returned with a dozen apples. Throwing one to each of the children, he observed that some caught them in their hands these, he said, were boys. Others held their aprons; these, he said, were girls. He was right. A ROYAL RECEPTION,-When Louis XIII. passed through the little town of Languedoc, the mayor and the consuls were very much embarrassed about his reception. They consulted a butcher of that place, who was reckoned a very Solomon. The fellow, proud of being sought after, offered his services to introduce them to the King, and Eerformed his duty by saying, Sire, as I am a butcher y trade, I bring you a few of my beasts." The mayor and the consuls then made a bow, and the ceremony ended, to the general Satisfaction of all. SINGULAR ADDRESS.—We find the following in a speech of the Rev. John Venn at the St. Peter's (Hereford) Institute A number of letters were actually found at the Post-office last year with money in them, and not addressed to anybody and when the authorities opened them, they found that there was no address inside. Some time ago there was a letter posted in one of the London post-offices with the direction, To my dear son,' and no other address. While the postmaster was looking at the letter a boy presented himself, and said, Is there a letter from my dear mother f upon which the postmaster handed the boy the letter," NOTES AND QUERIES.—Why are you a sheep ? Because a sheep is ewe.—Which is the most unyielding and un- feeling town in England ? Stone, in Staffordshire.—Why should a lady feel fatigued at her toilet? Because she's a attiring herself.—Why are certain poems left us in such an antiquated style ? Because they are Spencer's.—Why was Lord Melbourne too mild and passive for a legislator! ■ Because he was a Lamb.—Why is a stupid schoolboy like a town in Scotland ? Because he is a dunce (Dunse).— What plant is always entreating and persuading? Lettuco (Let us).—Why are a pin and a poker like a, blind man ? Because they have a head and no eyes.—What is physic ? j For the most part, a substitute for exercise or temper- I ance. An amusing story is told of a well-known comedian, apropos of a County Court suit in which he was defend- ant. The day after the hearing the following dialogue ?- took place between him and a friend who had dropped in. Did you see my County Court appearance in tho paper to-day f—" Yes," replied the friend, "the fellow lost, I see.—" Lost, of course," put Jn the cc;me(|ian. r. He told the most absurd story He said I v/ent into ^r?r8LI.0P anc* had three dozen pairs of gloves, for which I did nt pay. What could be more ridiculous, ? Then ho said he did not know me. Is it likely if he had'nt l:uo\vu > me he'd have let me walk off wi"J."three dozen pair of gloves And is it likely lie would if lie had known me His friend of course acquiesced. CONJURING A CONJUROR.— Some time ago a professor of legerdemain entertained an audience in a village which was principally composed of colliers. After "astomshiuf £ he natives" with various tricks— metamorphosing wine pito water, &e.—he asked the L)fn of a halfpenny from one of his admirers. A with a hftie hesitation, handed out the coin, which the juggler speedily exhibited, as he said transformed into a guinea. "An' is that Iny hawbee 1" exclaimed the collier. "Undoubtedly" answered the juggler. Let's see t," said the collier and turning it round and round in examination with a 11 ecstacy of delight, he thanked the juggier for his kind- ness, and putting it into his pocket, said, "I'sewar'nt ye'll no turn't into a bawbee again." TWA LANGUAGES. As the train from England the other day stopped at Dumfries Station, a sturdy Nitlis- dale yeoman entered one of the carriages, and shortly afterwards thus addressed himself to an English lady :— Thir a verra sauntersum set here about this stashun." —" Sir said tjie lady.—'■ I'm savin' thir a verra taigle- sum core hereawa," said the yeoman yespe^alh* ou the Saturday nichts," Sir, I really don't know what you are saying," said the lady.—" I'm saying," continued the yeoman, "tho train is very lato, mem."—"Oh, yes, sir, indeed? very; indeed it is," said the ladv.—"Ye see, mem," said the old yeoman, with a chuckle, "us Scotch folk talk twa languages, an' gif ye dinna under- Ktan vhe ane, yur shure to understan' the ither." "So old Dr. Quill is dead," said Mrc. Partington as she put an extra piece of butter on her bread. They L do say that he died of information of the brain'; but they piusp't try to make me believe sich an improbable story as that—information on the brain, try.ly WIT, lie sva'^ the greatest fool 1 know on 1 can't help laughing at pis presumptious ignorance, Why. didn't he, at one of hIS lectures one cold night last winter, try to make me believe, together with the rest of a large respectable ordinance, that the sun was then nearer the earth than it would be in the hottest day in summer ?—and didn't he try to suppress on my mind, when he called on me, that time is money ? 0, the dalt I Why, there's Clousin Slow (he has his whole time—he never was known to dq anything) and the world knows how poor he Is. 0, they can't make me believe sich stuff! I wonder what will carry me off, if he died of information ?" and she arose from the table flushed with excitement. BARRY AND HIS DUCKS.— During the run of Tom and Jerry," which was played in Dublin some fifty or more nights successively, Barry's originally white Rui £ sU»- duck trousers, which he continued to wear night after night, began to assume rather a dusky shade, indicating their innocence of soap and water. At iastj when those long-enduring duck trousers made their appearance about the twentieth night, encasing Barry's legs as if they grew there and were never to undergo a change, ("sea-change" fresh-water, or other), one of Barry's persecutors cried put to him from the gallery, Whist, Barry, you divil. < What do ye want, ye blackguard C said Barry, nothing moved by a style of address with which he was familiar. Wait till I whisper you," said tli/voice. All the house was silent. "When did your dnks- take the water last?" The audience roared with laughter for several minutes; and Barry, for the tirst time in his life, was beat by the gallery. The next night, however, a change was evident, and his Russia-ducks were white as Russia's snows.— Vandenhojt's J/ramatir Sketches. THE POST-OFFICE WINDOW. — A Vilesian female ap- proaches. She is short and angular, wipji-a hapchot- shaped face, and a hatchet-edged voice. Whpre's mo ere tetter f" is her abrupt question. What letter asks the clerk. Niver mind now I wants me three chits." What three cents !"—"The three cints 1 gev ve to send a letther to New Yorrick."—"What do you want the three cents for, then "Because the letther niver went. And how do you know it never went Be- cause when me sister answered it she said she niver got it."—"How could she answer it if she never got it?"— Arrah, hould your head! Will yer give me three cints, or won't ye T'—"No, ma'am, you must bo crazy to ask ft." Is it me .crazy ?'—"Certainly, crazy as a bed-bug," —" Bad luck to ye, an' is it the likes of You-that dare-to call me a bed-bug '< Is there any other way of gettin' at ye except through this little windy asked the now furi- ous woman. No, ma'am, no other way."—" Faith, it's lucky for you thin. Av there was, I'd come and welt ye like an ould shoe. Niver mind," continued the lady, as she went away, I'll tell me husband to-night, and he'll dot the two eyes of ye, so he will." -A merican Paper. Dr. Thomas, when Bishop of Salisbury, used to tell the following story:—"While I was chaplain to the British factory at Hamburgh a gentleman belonging to the factory died at a village about ten miles distant; ap- plication was made to the pastor- of the parish for leave to have him buried in his churchyard, but on being told that he was a Calvinist he refused. 'No,' STUD he, there are none but Lutherans in my churchyard, and there shall be no other.' 'This being told me,' says Dr. Thomas, I I resolved to go and argue the matter with him, but found him inflexible. At length I told him ho made me think of a circumstance which once happened to myself when I was a curate in Thames-street. I was burying a corpse, when a woman came and pulled me by the sleeve in the midst of the service, saying, Sir, sir, I want to speak to y°u- Prythee,' says I, woman, wait till I nave done-' 'No, sir, I must speak to you immediately-' f Why, then, what is the matter V Sir, says she, 'you are burying a man who died of the small- pox next my poor husband, who never had it.' This story had the desired effect, and the pastor permitted the bones of the Calvinist to be interred in his churchyard. Printed and published by WILLIAM CHRISTOPHERS, of No. 7, Commercial-street, in the Borough of New- port. at the MKBLTN General Printing Office, No. 15, Commereial-street. tftwjpori, Saturday, January 25,106$. "°",