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THE "GENERAL NOTT." Mr. MATHEWS moved that steps be immediately taken purchase the General Nott" public-house. He said that the committee appointed at the last meeting abandoned the idea of purchasing it by subscriptions, some gentlemen who had pro- perty in the immediate neighbourhood having refused to give any. .1 Mr. Bum seconded the proposition. Mr. COFFIN proposed as an amendment that the question be adjourned for six months. A long and desultory conversation then followed, in which most of the commissioners took part. The chief subject of conversation was the way in which the purchase was to be effected. The board divided, for Mr. Mathews's motion 12. against it 8. Several commissioners remained neutral. The 1 following gentlemen formed the minority :—W. Coffin, John Lloyd, Rev. T. Stacey, Thomas Evans, W. Harris, W. A. Bradley, Captain Morgan, and David Lewis. A tedious and irregular discussion then followed, after which Mr. Richards made a long speech in reference to the petition now in the course of signature in the town, in favour of the Health of Towns Act, in the course of which he referred, very imprudently in our opinion, to a private conversation between him and Mr. Vachell, to which Mr. Vachell attempted to reply, but was interrupted by the chairman. Several com- missioners stated they had signed the petition, and Mr. Reepe defended the course which had been taken. Mr, Wm. Stanley then called the attention of the board to the neglect of the surveyor in completing the works commenced in Stanley-street. After a few words of advice from Mr. Coffin- the surveyor was ordered to proceed with the work forthwith. The meeting was then adjourned to the 24th of March. [We intended replying to the calumnious article which ap- peared in the Guardian of last week, in reference to the chief matter discussed at this meeting. We however have no roonii our columns are so crowded with assize intelligence. We regret it but little, since our contemporary has been so deservedly castigated by the commissioners he had the audacity to malign- We refer our readers to the speeches of Messrs. Reece, Vachelh andiNVittkiiis, especially to that of the latter, who gives the very marrow of the dispute. The Guardian, wea pprehend, will not very much like the severe remarks that were made upon him. but" the unkindest cut of all" was the complete manner in which his own supporters deprecated his article. THE Boy ON BOARD THE GREEK VESSEL.—A great deal Of excitement was caused at the Bute Docks, on Monday last, 111 consequence of an English boy being detained on board the ,» bvig Malpijniviiic (a Orcein}. Ile liad, dku.iu th. -u.¡; 0 the ship with coals, made known his desire to the colliers to leave, and it was thought the captain had stolen him. He was not allowed to hold conversation with any of the colliers. Thiii. excited their suspicion, and they became determined that the boy should not leave the port, and a mob of them and others surrounded the ship with a determination to rescue the boy by force. The captain and men resisted, put the boy below deek. drew their knives, and threatened to stab the first man that boarded. Mr. Sully, who loaded the vessel, was sent for, and also the police; but previous to their arriving great damage was done to the vessel: skylights were broken, and also the panelling of the companion and bulwarks, by large stones that were thrown on board one of the crew had his face much cut by a stone. When Mr. Sully came he told the mob that if they would desist the vessel could not leave the port until he had cleared her, and that before he did so, he would see it was all right for the boy, and if the boy did not wish to go with the ship he should detain him. He then desired the captain, through the interpreter, Mr. Antony, to have the boy on shore, and take him before the magistrates, which was immediately acceded to. The captairi stated, through the interpreter, that the boy was placed with him by another Greek captain, and that it was his intention when he returned to Greece to put the boy to school and educate him, having no children of his own; but that if he did not wish to go he would not take him- Notwithstanding the arrangement entered into, the colliers and hobblers still molested the crew, and Mr. Sully to prevent dis- turbance put one of his men to watch the ship during the day and night. The colliers have taken to the boy, and have made a subscription to clothe him, and Mr. Bushel has engaged to find employment for him on the railroad. The boy is an orphan about nine years of age. We are sorry that the labouring men of the port should have recourse to means so violent. The law protects British subjects, and had they applied to the proper authorities, before abusing the foreigners, it would have been much better and more to their credit, (even if the foreigners were the aggressors, as some say they were,) than to have recourse to brute force. NUISANCE.—The footpath by the corner of High-street and Church-street is again blocked up by a building barricade. Now we think that parties who are allowed to de so ought to make a wooden footpath outside of the barricade, and have it railed from the street. It is really very dangerous in that narrow street, where all the principal traffic passes, that pedes- trians are obliged to walk in the road, without the least protec- tion from being run over by carriages coming round the corner.