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#mral Mtm. — ■ ■ i THE Legislature of New York has passed a law inflicting five years' imprisonment on prizefighters, their seconds, surgeons, and countenaneers. THE GREAT BRITAIN steam-ship has been sold for £ -25,000. The late owners have compromised with the insurers to save law expenses, and are to receive £10, III 16s., or about 56 per cent on the sum insured. THE Galiv-,tg Vindicator tells of a duel which was to have taken place near that city, but the two gentlemen and their friends could only muster one pistol among them, so there was arbitration instead of war. THE LAND AND PAROCHIAL SCHEMES.—The Cheltenham Jour- nal states that three of the families settled by Mr. Feargus O'Connor on the Chartist estate at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, have applied for parish relief. THE war in the Punjaub costs the East India Company £ 5,000 a day. THE money invested by English capitalists in foreign coun- tries since the peace of 1815, is estimated at three hundred millions sterling. JOURNALISM.—Between February 1848, and the same month in 1849, there have been thirty-five new journals started in Eng- land thirteen of them have already ceased to appear. GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.—Tne reductions lately effected in the number of the passenger trains on this line will cause a saving in the expenditure of £ 100 per day, or L:36,000 a-year. Cosr OF WAR ESTABLISHMENTS.—Since the conclusion of the war in 1816, we have spent the enormous sum of nearly four hundred and eighty-four millions and a quarter on our fighting establishments. PLEASURE GROUNDS.—Four sites, extending in all to about 150 acres, have been selected at different points adjacent to Glasgow, where it is proposed to form pleasure-grounds for the people, with bowling-greens, curling an 1 skating ponds, archery grounds, promenades, garden lots, &c., and also with buildings for in-door amusement and ilistructioii.-Bitild.-)-. MANCHESTER BOROUGH CORONER.—The recent resignation of Mr. James Chapman, who, since Manchester became a cor- porate town, filled the office of borough coroner, drew forth upwards of 50 candidates in the field. The appointment of Mr. Chapman's successor was fixed for Wednesday, at a meeting of the town-council, when Mr. Herford, deputy town-clerk, was elected to the vacant office. The emoluments arising from the corouership are said to be about E150 per annum. SUPPOSED REMAINS OF MARTYRS IN SMITHFIELD.—On Wed- nesday week, during the progress of excavations in Smithfield market, opposite the entrance to the church of St. Bartholomew the Great, for the formation of a sewer, when about three feet below the surface, the workmen came upon a heap of unhewn stones blackened as if by fire, and covered with ashes and human bones, charred and partially consumed. The remains thus discovered are supposed to be those of martyrs burnt at the stake. Many bones were carried away as relics.—Momina paper. RECEIPT STAMPS.—A return moved for by Mr. Headlam, M.P. for Newcastle-on-Tyne, shows that the number of three- penny receipt stamps sold from the 5th of January, 1847, to the oth of January, 1848, amounted to 1,766,035, and from the 5th of January, 1848, to the 5th of January, 1849, to 1,587,685. The number of persons prosecuted for illegally evading the threepenny stamp duty on receipt amounted in 1847 to 102, and in 1848 to 119. ARBITRATION INSTEAD OF WAR—MANCHESTER.—On Wed- nesday evening, the 14th inst, a meeting was held in the Free Trade-hall, Manchester, for the purpose of giving expression to public feeling as to Mr. Cobden's motion for an attempt to sub- stitute arbitration in the settling of national disputes, instead of all appeal to arms. The chair was occupied by Mr. George Wilson, chairman of the late Anti-Corn Law League. The spa- cious hall was crowded to excess, about 7,000 persons being pre- sent. The speakers ontheoecasion were the Rev.D. R. Stephen, Mr. G. Hadfield, Mr. E. Burritt, the Rev. J. Peters, Mr. \V. Morris, the Rev. Mr. Richards, Mr. T. Bazley, President of the Chamber of Commerce Sir E. Armitage, late Mayor of Manchester, and Mr. II. Vincent. Resolutions in favour of the above object were carried, and great enthusiasm character- ized the whole proceedings.— Times. TIIE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.—An accident of a most extraordinary nature occurred on Friday evening on the Great Western Railway. As the short train which runs between Bath and Bristol, leaving the latter place at half-past seven, was approaching the Keynsham station, by some means, as yet unexplained, the engine became disengaged from the carriages. The driver, not aware of the circumstance, ran ml, and pulled up, as usual, at the station. Within a minute, however, the carriages came rushing on, perfectly unrestrained, and a violent collision took place. Fortunately, no life was lost; but one passenger was so much injured that he could not proceed on his jwmey. The carriages were much injured, the glasses and pletely shattered; but most extraordi aary, neither engine fibr carriages were thrown off the mils. Deci.:cs Gazette. TiiE LATE MURDER AT BRISTOL.—Ann Thomas, the mother of Sarah Thomas, who on Thursday week was committed upon the coroner's warrant for the wilful murder of her mistress, Miss Elizabeth Jefferies, at Bristol, was on Saturday examined before the magistrates of that city upon a charge of being an accessory to the murder after the fact. The points upon which the charge was founded are these :-On the Wednesday even- ing after the body was found, when the police went to the house of the girl's father, at Horfield, for the purpose of appre- hending her, the mother answered them from a window and on being asked by the inspector of police if Sarah was at home, replied that she had not seen her for two months, and that she was living at Pensford, and the last they heard of her was by a letter. Subsequently die prisoner and the stolen property were found in the house, the prisoner in the coal-hole, and the property secreted in different places, and from this the guilty knowledge of the mother was inferred. The magistrates con- sidering that the mother had been admitted and sworn as a witness on the coroner's inquest, did not consider the case a sufficient one to commit upon, and directed that the old woman should be discharged upon her finding bail, in the amount of £ 4Q, to appear when called upon to answer any charge which might be preferred against her. Diicoviity.-Oil Friday morning about ten o'clock, the workmen employed pulling down the houses for the formation of the new street from Walbrook to Queen- street, Southwark-bridge, London, on entering the house No. 1, Castle-court, for that purpose, to their horror found in one of the upper rooms the corpse of a woman, with three children crouched around it, the eldest apparently not ten years old and all seeming on the point of death. The fetid odour of the apartment compelled the men to retire for the moment; on returning they questioned the children, but all they could glean from them was that they were starving. Information 0 was instantly forwarded to the police-station in Bow-lane, and the children, who had scarcely a vestige of clothing, and were literally covered with vermin, were removed to the city work- house in Cannon-street, where they received every attention, but from the dreadful state of exhaustion of the two youngest they are not expected to survive. The corpse of the unfortu- nate woman was merely covered with a ragged gown, no cloth- e 11 ing, furniture, or bedding was in the room, and it is supposed that, finding the house empty, she, with her children, crept in for shelter, and they are believed to have been there same days totally without food. — Globe. WRECK OF THE icAijr. -The loss of this mag-nificent steam- ship, 1,600 tons burden, recently one of the North American Ocean Steam Navigation Company's crack mail steamers be- tween Liverpool and Halifax, was announced yesterday (Sa- turday) afternoon, in the merchant's room at Lloyd's, and from her previous character, having accomplished some of the most astounding quick passages between the two countries on re- cord, her wreck gave rise to considerable interest in the City. The Acadia steamed from the Mersey on the morning of Friday week, fully equipped for the service in question, manned by a crew of sixty seamen, officers, &c., under the command of Cap- tain Jackson, the Britannia following last Sunday. The de- tails of the ship's loss are exceedingly meagre. It appears that on the night of Sunday last the Acadia was steering along the coast of Holland, the weather being hazy, and the wind some- what boisterous from the north. Towards midnight, from some unexplained cause, the ship struck with great force on a dangerous shoal, known as the outer bank of Tersehelling. All efforts to get her off proved unavailing owing to her conti- 11 tinual thumping the remainder of the night, she quickly filled, an 1 settled over on her broadsides. All hands, together with the representatives of the German Confederation, who were on board, were saved, but from the position of the ship it was ap- prehended that she would become a complete loss. A portion of the crew reached Amsterdam by a Dutch vessel on the 14th and the remainder, who had taken refuge on board another vessel, were expected there in a few days. The ship and her machinery, with steam-engine of 500-horse power, are esti- mated at nearly t i oo,ooo.- Live)-j.)ool NAPLES^ ANVD SICILY.'—We are informed, upon authority, that certain steam-vessels are now in course of equipment in this country destined for the service of the insurgent Govern- ment in Sicily and it is reported that upwards of 1,200 men, fully clothed, armed, and organised, are ready to embark for the purpose of taking part in the contest.—Times.

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