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CARMARTHEN. HEALTH OF TOWNS ACT. ON Monday week, George Thomas Clark, Esq., one of the superintending inspectors appointed under the provisions of the Health of Towns Act, attended at the Council Chamber in the Guildhall, to commence his inquiry into the sanitary con- dition of the town, with a view to the Public Health Act being applied to this town, in accordance with the petition of the in- habitants, presented some time ago. The attendance was not at first so numerous as might have been expected, considering the importance of the inquiry. Amongst those present were E. H. Stacey, Esq., Capt. J. G. Philipps, 11. N., J. B. Jeffries, Esq., C. D. Williams, Esq., R. Gardnor, Esq., J. Longmore, Esq., Geo. Goode, Esq., G. Thomas, jun., Esq., town-clerk, Pi. j Brodie, Esq., &c., &c. After addressing the meeting, the inspector then proceeded to examine the town. On the next day a meeting was again held in the Council Chamber, which was more numerously at- tended. After a miscellaneous conversation had been carried on for some time, the inspector proceeded. It appeared that one of the great evils in this town was the very great deficiency of privies, indeed more so than in any town he had ever visited. In many districts of the town, there were as many as 30 or 40 houses clustered together, without such a convenience amongst the whole number; but in lieu of them various contrivances were adopted, which proved that the poor people would avail themselves of them if they could, and it showed strongly that they had a love of cleanliness, if, as it was stated, they emptied the POJ:tents in the river, which from many places was full ten minutes' walk. The Slaughter House also was in a very bad state and in the upper story there was a school, at which 103 children assembled1, whose ages averaged, according to the master's account, from seven to eight years, but many of those whom he saw were not above four or five years of age the flooring of the school-room was also out of repair, so that the slaughter place could be seen through it; he could not con- ceive a worse place for a school. In future, under the provi- sions of the Act, before a person built, he was bound to show to the satisfaction of the surveyor of the local board that he would provide all necessary conveniences, and that the houses should not be built in a damp situation. In many places he had seen during his progress through the town, the houses were so crowded together, that it was impossible now to provide a water closet for every house, but in all future buildings it was imperative on the landlord to provide such conveniences. The Legislature had enacted, and very properly, that any place of residence for a human being should be so constructed as not to injure his health. He believed, sincerely, that no class would derive greater benefits from this act being put into operation than the landlords and tenants of small tenements the Ian d lord would get a better class of sonants, he would have fewer -iT houses empty, and he would get his rents more easily, while the tenant would bo improved in morals, would be enabled to keep himself and his residence clean and wholesome, and he would altogether be in a better and more respectable position. He had heard in this town as well as almost every other that he.hcvd visited, that the lower classes would not keep them- selves clean. That was the landlord's plea, and he had no oc- casion to go further than their own town for a satisfactory answer to it. He had visited some of the yards and alleys which were badly paved or not at all, where there were con- tinual pools of water, but when he examined the interior of the houses, how great was the contrast, everything was perfectly clean, and this was to be attributed to the love of cleanliness in the occupiers. The love of whitewash seemed to prevail here to a great extent, and it contributed greatly to the clean- liness cf houses. He found the same cleanliness in the interior cf thejd wo" lings in other towns in Wales, which proved that the people desired cleanliness if they could obtain it, but really when the accommodations were so deficient, it was absolutely imoossil'la for them to be perfectly clean. On Wednesday the i injector attended at the Council Chamber to continue his in- quiry, at which time the room was crowded by persons of all classes; the majority, however, consisting of the smaller class of rate-payers, who, no doubt, alarmed, on seeing the handbills before alluded to, at the prospect of being" saddled" with a heavy expenditure, attended in force, as some of them expressed, to vote against the proposition," thus at once displaying their ignorance of the object of the visit of the superintending in-pector,
LIVERPOOL.. NAVIGATION-LAWS.—On Friday last, a public meeting, con- vened and presided over by the mayor, was held at the Amphi- theatre, in this town. This is the largest building in Liver- pool, and was filled to overflowing on this occasion the assembly being composed of males, without any admixture of the gentler sex, and that during the day time too, the meeting having commenced at one o'clock. Those present were mer- chants. shipowners, shipbuilders, colonial traders, the bulk of the audience being shipwngncs anct sailors, who had marched there from their different places of rendezvous, with music- nlaving, and banners floating, inscribed with Sailors are the sinews of the country," England expects every man to do his duly," See., &e. They certainly did do their duty" on this occasion, for they cheered lustily both in and out oi the amphi- theatre, where they passed all the resolutions unanimously no one daring to brave the wrath of the 14 vested interests" there assembled. Their hope is that the lords will alter the principle of the biil in committee and eventually throw out the Government Bill third reading. COUNrF.R-MBr.TiNO.—A meeting-of gentlemen favourable to the repeal of the Navigation-laws was convened privately on the previous 'Thursday evening, and they passed resolutions unanimously in favour of the Government Bill. They knew well enough that it would be useless to convene a public meet- ing in favour of repeal, in this town, at the present time therefore a private meeting was held, for the purpose of show- ing th-it there are a few free-traders in ships, as well as corn, in Liverpool. FAH-IBR MATIIEW. —The apostle of temperance is now in this town on Iris way to America. lie attended and spoke at a public meeting, held on Monday evening last, for the purpose of setting subscriptions towards aiding, and in some measure alleviating, the great distress now felt in several parts of Ire- land. The meeting was a crowded one; and Father Mathew was received in an enthusiastic manner by the audience, who seemed to delight in honouring him but the scenes described br him were truly harrowing famine, with ail its horrors, is doing its deadly work in unhappy Ireland; whole families dying from actual want of food. The meeting was addressed by several other gentlemen, and subscriptions were handed in at the close of the pro. ceding
AN E :r:cTMicSuocic. — Many persons imagine that the murderer "lush v\i3 hung with a common rope, but this idea has been scattered to the winds by some of our Liverpool'contemporaries, who pla 'arded the Walls oi tins town on the Saturday with the following startling announcement" Execution of It llsh, by iV.sstvio 'l'el::r/i'G]:/i •" V. e have o doubt it was a very sUociiing exhibition, whichever way it w s lone.—Liverpool 1 i-mes. Thk Xorioich Mercury gives an extract from a letter from Mr. Wright, secretarv of the Meteorological Society, lie foretels June 8th'to Juno ll'ih, 2 Uh to 27th, offer the most prominent stormy features. July i anticipate will be rife with short p.?rio is of heat and thunder; but the most striking features -I to :t :-i ;ii probable England may feel t ie earthquake's fearful shock." Tan ,f Gyii^iirKUs No«ruuz-nuiiecs."—A v,2 curious spe- cimen of a genus offish, little known, an 1 oi winch tew speci- mens hive been exhibited, was on Monday submitted to the i a-wectiou of a number of gentlemen coiv.iocted with the science ot natural hbtiry, an 1 to those who feel interested in the more ubstruse w.> i lers of n iture, id ihu Cesmorama, Regent-street. t\(¡t1¡i;]!i\t!¡;t¡;,(¡il¡¡:¡¡¡¡ u u'.iue. both from the manner in which It is preserved, and ■Y j;n the fact of it* recent cloture." It la about ten feet long, ;;u;i n i nearly three feet in the widest p.irt.of tiie girth. It has e. sort of crest upon the head resembling feathers, end two long narrow ri is, or rather antenna, beneath the lower jaw. To describe this rare fish technically would be rather a diiiieult task, an 1 such a description vyo dd hardly be understood by any but professed n itur d'i^ts. It will therefore oe sufficient to direct ths pu'diy attention to it, and to let persons judge for themselves of its nature. C'n :,() US STORY. —A ieder from lIche, in Switzerland, da FED April 2J, g:v;'S the following —1" An old female servant retired in!o the husoifal some lime back, and died there a week ago. As she was a Roman C<iiholtc, her request was that her mortai re- mains m; £ ht be laid in the cemetery of the chapel of Gimullat. According to custom, ell the Cashohcs of locality were invited to accompany tLe dec-eti-ed to her last resting-place. The weather on the day of the fu:n-ral was mod severe i six persons ouly were present, and v.o of them turned back when hail-way on the road. The other four, af er having deposited the body m the burial- ground, retired to tTie vestry, at the request of the curate, who read the deceased's will. No triSiag degree of surprise wa3 ex- hibited on learning that the old servant had l ft 400 loais, which ihi had deposited in the savings-bank, to ho divided amongst such ? r,O:13 as should follow her to her grave. The wiH, which was perfirei in form, thus secured to each lOG louis. The disappoint- ment of those who did not attend may easily be im,\gine! Brussels Herald, J
REV. DAVID GRIFFITHS.
REV. DAVID GRIFFITHS. If it is possible to detect a similitude between the minds of two men, regardless of their outward man or manners, then we may feel justified in some measure in saying that we never encountered any mind in the pulpit that more assimilated to that of John Foster's than is shown forth in the discourses of the highly distinguished character who forms the subject of our present comments. We have to regret that we never heard the former great man, but if we may judge from his writings (and they should form a pretty good criteria) we feel convinced that our comparison will not fall much short of truth. David Griffiths presents one of the most profoundly philosophic minds that we ever met, in either this county or any other. Talk about depth, thought, penetration, quick apprehension, thorough inves- tigation, elaborate illustration, and all the other character- istics of a truly philosophic mind,—our good readers should listen to a discourse from Mr. Griffiths, and we will venture to affirm they have rarely encountered such a specimen in any previous period of their lives. We shall not easily forget the first two sermons we heard from him; they bore the spirit of John Foster resuscitated; they were full of pro- fundities they teemed with deep-diving excursions into the realms of the most philosophic investigation they developed resources of the most extensive compass, capable alike of observing the minutest points, or clutching and mastering the most complicated problem that presented itself. To follow him through his discourse was one continuous action of the mental being, expanded to its full stretch, and ab- sorbed in the deepest attention. He spelled you! You were bound down to him and his sermon in the most com- plete sense. You were lost to everything around you till he had closed the Bible and resumed his seat. It was as though every word he uttered was a truth too valuable to be lost or neglected. A sense of the greatness of all he uttered seemed to steal over you imperceptibly, and you followed him in every step he took as though he held in his hand a magical wand, and guided you, under certain soporific influences, through the aerial passages of some unseen world. It was a magic which no thoughtful mind could possibly resist. We do not know how other minds are framed or influenced, but we have felt precisely the same sensations, when buried in the pages of John Foster, that we have experienced in listen- ing to the discourses of David Griffiths. They are both of that turn of mind which, beyond all doubt, is few and far between;" they are both deeply philosophic; both partake of occasional dreamy speculations; both indulge in thought of the most profound character both possess that touch- stone" which John Locke tells us is to distinguish sub- stantial gold from superficial glitterings—truth from ap- pearances." Here, then, we make a faint attempt to depict the inner life" of one whom few can appreciate too well or imitate too much. Such a mind requires a far more obser- vant eye and experienced hand to portray it than the pre- sent. The mind of David Griffiths, we think we may now safely assert, is an almost perfect reflex of that possessed by the author of Decision of Character." At all events, we have found it so, in so far as our powers of discrimination allow us to go. lVe may be wrong, but if all the charac- teristics we have named as identified with Mr. Griffiths be correct, then our comparison may not be altogether un- founded. We must confess that we feel almost unequal to the task of furnishing1 a just portraiture of Mr. Griffiths as a preacher. In the Baptist denomination (to which he belongs) we have never met with his equal in his peculiar line of preaching. We see nothing in him of the Hinton, the Stove], the Cox, or the Evans, or any other of the leading characters of this section of Christians. We may justly say he stands ctlone. And this reputation docs not rest upon mere pulpit-oratory, upon style, or eloquence, or any other of the thousand-and- one little items that contribute to the show of a popular preacher. In fact we do not think Mr. Griffiths is a popular preacher. He is not calculated for it, or, if we may correct ourselves, we do not consider that any congregation would sufficiently appreciate him to make him so. All his claims rest upon his mind, and nothing else. As to his style, it is just as barren of anything pertaining to show or flourish as a sandy desert is of fragrant exotics. It is the mind-the touchstone, which places Mr. Griffiths's powers in the pulpit ;n. C'1" Q" Q,&ç.,l"cd jvooiAimn. IIçrn c. cj It "Lv .1vlhlli5 tlwiKT ùuL the exercise of his deep, penetrating, and original view of everything that claims his attention. When he comes into the pulpit, it. is with the most humble and unassuming- man- ner possible. He announces his text in rather a low tone of voice, and in his exordium you have, pauses after pauses till you almost begin to fear that your reverend orator has a new way of computing the length of a period. But you must mark the profundities that follow these pauses. He does not stop his breath without an end or purpose. He thinks-he works with his mind during these lengthened deliberations, and probably is infusing more vitality into the next sentence he is about to utter than if he were con- tinuing the use of his lips. His exordium, which occupies seme four or five minutes, is generally more distinguished for these lengthened pauses than any other portion of his sermon. In his introductory observations you have some short pithy remarks, distinguished for their immediate ap- plication to the subject he has selected. They are all fresh and vigorous, and, if you follow them with close attention, can scarcely fail to furnish you with a very luminous con- ception of the text he lias brought before your notice. In the general arrangement of his sermon, although pursuing the old method of divisions, sub-divisions, &c., he develops a now and original mode of treatment. He gives the matter, oven at the outset, some fresh aspect-some new feature— some peculiar character, that we will venture to affirm you have never seen or heard approached before. Now he comes to his illustrations—and what shall we say of them ? That they are profound, luminous, apt, and elaborate, would be treating them in the'scantiest terms. They are bold, glow- ing, and original. They are full of mind—they bear the impress of the "touchstone"—they east aside the dross and reveal the gold—they extract the pure ]icy exhibit the true riches—they show forth the very Shekinah. It is the philosophic mind of Mr. Griffiths that effects tins. He owes nothing to polished sentences or rounded periods, nor anv meretricious ornaments, or dazzling metaphors, or poet- ical figures. He rests all upon his calm and profound view of the text he selects for his discourse. He works all through his clear and deep insight into the most complicated points which present themselves. Nothing seems too deep for him -ho "bottoms" all. One principul feature of his sermon is his. biblical illustrations, which are strikingly apt and varied. In this, AVO think, he excels, and, like most of the Welsh people, evidently possesses a very extensive intercourse with the Scriptures. He appears to be a first-rate logician, and we should say, at a push, would show himself a very supe- rior controversialist.' Mr. Griffiths's applications are usually short, and he is somewhat abrupt in the conclusion of his sermon. He uses no paper in the delivery of his discourse, which generally occupies about three quarters of an hour. His style of preaching, in the way of phraseology, &c., is somewhat rugged, and he is anything but a fluent speaker. He is usually culm at the commencement of his sermon, but becomes slightly animated as he proceeds. His action is sometimes rather lively. lIe moves frequently from one side of the pulpit to the other, raises both arms, and occa- sionally elevates his figure much beyond its ordinary height, and then suddenly drops below it. Throughout his sermon he seems completely absorbed in it, and what you see in his outward, gestures is evidently totally free from anything approaching study or mannerism. He possesses a "oice of ordinary compass, the tones of which are not very deep, nor modulated with much effect or precision. On the other hand, he is rather monotonous. He does not. articulate some of his words "very clearly, and pronounces some of them with.a somewhat drawling accent. Wo think Mr. Griffiths is a preacher whom scarcely one congregation in fifty would like as a regular pastor.. Not that lie is not adapted for the post, but we think there is scarcely one ii the general order of things, would appreciate him to the extent he deserves. t We believe Mr. Griffiths was horn in South Wales, but at what place or in what, year we are not able to state. At an early age he was placed ia the Baptist Academy at Bradford, in Yorkshire, where lie received his education, and was pre- pared for the ministry. On leaving the academy, he became the pastor of a congregation in the neighbourhood of Brad- ford, where he is said to have laboured with unremitting zeal and attention. He was next removed to Burnley, in Lancaster, where, it is stated, he was the means of raising the interest" of the Baptist Church with considerable ef- fect. After labouring here for some eight years, he took up his station at Clough-fold, in Rossendale. From here he was removed to his present position-that of president of the Baptist Institution, at Accrington. When you see Mr. Griffiths, you find nothing striking in his personal appear- ance. He presents a somewhat" plalll and unvarnished" exterior, and is neither commanding or prepossessing in any one point of view. None of the "sex" would call him a handsome man." He appears to be slightly above the middle height, and is extremely slender in form and com- pass. His face is angular, and his complexion somewhat sallow. An air of studiousness is generally gathered over his features, which is now and then relieved by a faint smile. His head is a fine one, the fore part being lofty and expan- sive. His hair is black, and somewhat lengthy in front. He possesses a pair of dark eyes, rather penetrating in their glances. We should say he is about forty-five years of age. We must not forget to mention that Mr. Griffiths holds some claims to authorship. He published a work on the" Atone- ment" some years back, which ranks very high, and it is currently reported that he holds some of the soundest views upon this subject of any divine in England. He is likewise the author of several minor publications, in the shape of ser mons, letters, &c., all of which have generally been well received. JOHN EVANS.
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HUligtmts SuMligim —♦-— PONTYPOOI, -ENGLISH BAPTIST CHAPEL.-Oil Sunday even- ing last the Rev. Thomas Thomas, theological tutor of the Baptist College, delivered an eloquent discourse on Baptism at the Eng- lish Baptist chapel, Crane-street, after which eight individuals were baptised, most of whom were young persons, and one the pastor's son. A large number of persons attended to witness the solemn rite, and appeared deeply interested. GILEAD CHAPEL, COITY, NEAR BRIDGEND.—At the above chapel a meeting was held on the 21st inst. to advocate the prin- ciples of total abstinence from all intoxicating drinks; when Ni r. Lewis Davies, Coity, presided, and addresses were delivered in Welsh by Messrs. Thomas Hughes and Richard Roberts, both of Old Castle. We are glad to state that the meeting was well at- tended, though we understand this was the first meeting of the kind that has been held in the place. The lecturers dwelt chiefly on the uselessness of intoxicating drinks, and the great good aris- ing from the adoption of teetotal principles. His views were re- ceived with the most enthusiastic approbation of the audience. At the close of the meeting nine persons came forward to sign the pledge. A TOKEN OF RESPECT.—The church and congregation at Sketty, near Swansea, wishing to show their affection for their minister, the Rev. E. G. Williams, who is on the point of leaving them, presented him with the following valuable publications Harries's Introduction to the Holy Scriptures, in five elegant vo- lumes Tomline's Introduction, and Grotius' De Veritate. On Sunday week the books were placed on the table under the pulpit, for the inspection of the people, and Mr. Williams returned his thanks in public at the close of the evening service. PONTYPOOL.—SARDIS CHAPEL.—The teachers and children of the Sunday-school in connexion with this chapel were addressed last Sunday week by that venerated patron of Sunday-schools, W. W. Phillips, Esq. TABERNACLK, ALDEHSOATE-STREET, LONDox.-The anniver- sary of the Independents was held at the above chapel on the 13th inst. At ten o'clock the service was introduced by the Rev. W. Rees, of Liverpool; and sermons were delivered by the Revs. B. Price, Baptist minister, and Moses Ellis, of Mynyddishvyn. At two o'clock the Rev. Moses Ellis commenced the service, and the Rev. Edmund Evans, Wesley an minister, and the Rev. W. Rees, preached. At six o'clock the service was introduced by the Rev. Evan Jones, and sermons were delivered by the Revs. M. Ellis and W, Rees. On Monday evening the Rev. Dr. Jenkyn, of Coward College, and the Rev. M. Ellis preached to a numerous and respectable congregation. The former preached in Welsh.
lION. BAPTIST NoEi,The correspondent of the Dundee Warder states that Mr. Noel is to come out as a Baptist, and that he is shortly to be baptised in the Rev. Mr. Evans's chapel. --[\Ve give this report without vouching for its correctness.] -Patriot. Mil. SHORE AND THE CLERGY RELIEF BILI,.—WE arc elad to i leem, that. "Mr. show's nealth. has improved voider the treat- ment of a physician at Exeter, who attributed his illness to confinement. According to the Western Times, a journal likely to be exceedingly Avell informed, Mr. Shore and his London Committee are quite at issue on the subject of the pay- ment of costs. It is very desirable that this matter should be settled one way or the other. Until it be, it is impossible for either party of Mr. Shore's friends to take up his case with de- cision and eff(-,et.-Tlie Clergy Relief Bill is set down to be committed on Wednesday. Mr. Mullings has given notice of a Clause of a technical nature, referring to cases of sequestration. Mr. Lacey is to move the insertion of a Clause, making unlaw- ful the re-ordination of any person who shall have been re- lieved by sentence of deposition from holy orders as aforesaid." It will be curious if this measure, proposed for the purpose of making the exit easier, should be passed for that of making the return impossible. To all those who were anxious for its introduction, it has become a matter of no interest at all. Mr. Baptist Noel's public letter to the Bishop of London on the subject may have been answered privately; but, if so, the answer has not transpired. Meanwhile, the hon. and rev. gentleman is furnishing the reA-erend prelate with ample grounds for an inclictment.-Patriot. MELANCHOLY DEATH.—Miss Ellen Price, a young lady residing at Bristol, daughter of Mrs. Price, of the Saracen's Head Inn, died on Monday under the following circumstances The deceased, it appears, who was a pupil in the boarding school of the Misses Evans and Mathews, of Brislington, situate about two-and-a-half miles from Bristol, was sitting at her studies in the academy at the time of the alarming light- ning and thunder with which Bristol and its neighbourhood wore on Friday se'nnight visited, when she was suddenly seized with so much alarm and fright that it was deemed necessary to call in the aid of Dr. Fryer, but inflammation of the brain rapidly succeeded, and she continued from that time in a state of stupor, with the exception of once only, when she Avas understood to observe, "No music to-day," and to ask "where was her hair?" On Monday last she ceased to breathe. Deceased was only thirteen years of age.— Globe. A POLICEMAN KILLED AT BRISTOL.—On Friday a coroner's inquest was held at the White Lion Hotel, Bristol, before Mr. J. B. Grmdon, on the body of a policeman named John Pym, who met his death in consequence of an attack made upon him bv two soldiers of the loth Regiment, named Andrew Daley and John M'Farlane, on the 3rd of May instant. From the evidence of a number of witnesses it appeared that on the night of the 3rd inst. the soldiers, with some girls, were told by the policeman to go home and not make a disturbance in the streets, when one of the soldiers caught hold of the policeman, and the other struck him with a stick they then both fell upon him, knocked him down, and struck him several times on the head with what one of the girls took be an oyster-shell. The soldiers then ran into the Crown Inn, in Thomas-street. There was a cry for the police, and several policemen came up, and the soldiers were taken into custody. The policeman, who was very faint from loss of blood, was-taken to the General Hospital, where his wounds were properly attended to, and he for some days went on favourably. Erysipelas, however, made its anpearance on his head and face, and on the lltli instant he died from the efiects of it. MINING IN NOUTH WALES.—WE are now very commonly re ceiving actual attestations of the abundance of mineral r'ches con- tainetfin the high slate districts of the principality. Gold, silver lead, copper, iron, manganese, plumbago, slate, &c., are there being wrought with the most signal advantages. The natural facilities both for the discovery and working of the mineral lodes are very great, chiefly owing to the drainage afforded by the broken and precipitous character of the mountain ranges, and the well known fact, that most of the lead veins. &c., carry ore up to the very surface of the earth, particularly in Cardiganshire, and other of the more central districts, thus forming a striking con- trast to the generality of the minernl veins of Devon and Corn- in-all. Very recently, on a grant extending under 15.000 acres of land, situated about eight miles east of Dolgelly, Merionethshire, the property of Thomas Hartley, Esq., of Llwyn, a remarkably tine strong hide of silver-lead ore has been discovered, and which presents every appearance of equalling, if not surpassing, in yield and value, some of the best veins of ore, which, during the last few years, have been developed by successful enterprise in that previously much neglected neighbourhood.—Mining Journal. A COUIIRCSPONDENR of the Times says that (he only link wanting to complete the chain of evidence against Rush has just been dis- covered. 11 is a bell-mouthed double-barrelled blunderbuss, and the ramrod found at Stanfield-ha'l, on the night of the murder of Messrs. J<.vmy, fits it exactly.
MINISTERIAL CHANGKS.—Mr. J. Parker, who has been with Mr. Tufnell joint Secretary of the Treasury, will succeed Mr. Ward as Secretary of the Admiralty, Mr. Ilayter will replace Mr. Parker at the Treasury, and Sir D. Dundas will become Judge-Advocate. The necessary writs "will be moved for to- day.— Times. MADEMOISELLE IÆND.- \V e hear that Mademoiselle Linll remains in Paris for the present, and that her marriage is broken off. This intelligence has been a source of congratula- tion to her private friends as well as to the public generally, since the condition of this union was her retiring from the stage. — Morning Chronicle. REPRESENTATION OF SUNDERLAND.—The Newcastle Guardian of Saturday says :nUlnours are current in Sunderland, and also in the best informed political circles in London, to the effect that Mr. Hudson intends shortly to resign the seat he now holds for this borough. SOUTH WARAVIOKSIIIIIE,—Mr. Leigh, eldest son of Lord Leigh, is spoken of as a Liberal candidate; and Lord Guern- sey, eldest son of the Earl of Aylesford, is mentioned as the probable Conservative candidate." ANOTHER RESIGNATION OF MB. ijui)so-Oi-i Thursday week, a meeting of the shareholders in the York and North Midland Railway line resident in London and its vicinity was held at the London Tavern. Mr. Crawshay having been called to the chair, read Mr. Hudson's letter, tendering his resigna- tion. The handwriting was hardly intelligible but, of course, under present circumstances, he was most awfully depressed :— Newby Park. —I have to convey to you my resignation of tho office of director, which I have so long had the honour to hold in your company. The position in which I have felt myself to be placed has been to me so painful as to incapacitate me for the discharge of those active duties which you have a right to expect from Avhoever may be entrusted with the conduct of your affairs. It becomes me, therefore, to retire from your service. In doing so, I would express my anxious hope, that the depression which now exists, aggravated in your case by causes of a temporary character, may pass away, and it may again be my good fortune to witness the renewed prosperity of a line in which I retain so deep an interest." A GENEROUS LANDLORD.—A few days since a farmer, who was much in arrears for rent, went to his kind-hearted lane- lord, the Earl of Ilchestc-r, and stated his inability to pay the amount, offering to give up the farm, when the noble b-ari benevolently gave up the whole of the arrears, to nieet the present difficult times.—Salisbury Herald.
ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE…
ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE TIIH QUEEN. On Saturday, as the rejoicings in honour of her Majesty birthday were proceeding, and while the streets of the me- tropolis were crowded with holiday folk, an odious attempt was made, by which it was at first, thought that the lives of her Majesty and her royal children had been plUced in se- rious peril. The disgraceful outrage was committed between half-past five and six in the evening-, as her Majesty, accom- panied by the Prince of Wales, the Princess lloyal, and the Princess Helena, was returning from a drive in ITyde Park, They had reached the lower end of Constitution-hill, on their way to the palace, when suddenly a pistol-shot was fired at tlieln by a man dressed in the garb of a labourer, who stood Avith his back to a tree, within the railings of the park. The fellow was instantaneously arrested by the bystanders. The royal carriage proceeded as if nothing had occurred, her Majesty retaining perfect composure, and ad- dressing herself to the royal children, as if to calm their fears. They were received by Prince Albert, who had been out on horseback, and was slightly in advance when the occurrence took place. His Koyal Highness, with great emotion, congratulated her Majesty on the escape site had had. On the arrival of the prisoner at the station-house in Garduer's-lane, Colonel Rowan and Mr. Mayhc, the chief commissioners of police, were immediately sent for, and. those who saw the shot fired being in attendance, the follow- ing particulars were gleaned :—The name of the prisoner is John Hamilton, an Irishman, and a bricklayer's labourer out of work, but not in want. His landlord lodged him gratuitously, and the other labourers in the same house gave him board. On Saturday morning his landlady turned out a small pocket pistol, with an old flint lock, which her hus- band had had for seven years, and which was used by her children as a plaything. He asked her to lend it to him, as it wanted cleaning. The woman consented, and the prisoner sent out a little child to buy a halfpennyworth of poAvder. Having satisfied himself that the pistol would go off, lie dis- appeared, and was next seen within the railings of the park at the lower end of Constitution-hill shortly before six o'clock. There he went up to a woman, and asked what she was waiting for. As she was about to explain, he said," Oh, for the Queen. Has she passed yet P" She replied, No, she has not come yet; but, if you wait a little, you will see her." She had hardly finished when the outriden; nppeared, and she exclaimed, Here she comes." The prisoner an- swered, All right," and immediately pulled from lÙ breat a small pistol, which he levelled and fired at the carriage in which her Majesty and the royal children were seated, the carriage being rather 'past him when the discharge took place. There is no mark on the carriage or elscAvhere. Had the weapon been charged with lead or any substitute, the whistle of it past the carriage would have been noticed, the report of fire-arms properly loaded being quite different from the discharge of gunpowder only. General Wemyss, the equerry in attendance, gave decisive evidence on this point. One witness, standing close to tho prisoner, states his face was scorched by the discharge, and ho exhibits a slight mark on his cheek, to make good the assertion. One of the park-keepers claims the merit of having arrested the prisoner, but General Wemyss declares Hamilton was seized by a person in a brown cloth coat, who did not present himself at the station-house. The prisoner offered no resistance, nor did he attempt to escape. The constables had some difficulty in rescuing him from the vengeance of the crowd. He said he was driven to the commission of the act by poverty, and had no accomplices. The exact evidence at the station-house has been kept a secret. The prisoner is rather under than above the middle height, is stoutly built, and presents no appearance of ema- ciation. His face and general manner indicate a sullen, sulky disposition. While these events were taking place in the neighbour- hood of the Palace, her Majesty's Ministers were entertain- ing parties in honour of the royal birthday. When they received the startling information, Sir G. Grey and Lord J. Russell proceeded to inquire for her Majesty's health, and it was determined that, a Court should be held on Sunday at the Home Office, to have the evidence brought ruler the consideration of tho Attorncy-O^n^ro! x-. hood of the great clubs, cries of Long live the Queen 0 Avere repeatedly raised, and more than one effort was made to get up the National Anthem in the grand mall of St. James's-park. In all the theatres it was called for, and re- ceived with acclamation. The nobility, in great numbers, hastened to the Palace to inquire after her Majesty's health. On Sunday, at two, Sir G. Grey, the Attorney-General^ Mr. Hall, the Bow-street magistrate, and the commissioners of police assembled at the Home-Office for the purpose al- ready stated. The Attorney-General conducted the exami- nations in the presence of the prisoner, who preserved an obstinate silence. The prisoner, being unable to enter into recognizances, was committed to NeA5-gate for a misdemea- nour, under the 5th and 6th of' Victoria, c. li., for firing at her Majesty, with intent to alarm," &c., and will be tried at the Old Bailey sessions in June. This decision was founded on the ground that he did not appear to entertain any hos- tile feeling' toAvards her Majesty, that he had no accomplices, that he had not communicated to any one what he was about to do, and that the pistol was not leaded; but a constable of the B division stated his confident belief that the prisoner was in the habit of attending a low Chartist club in Pimlico, and the prisoner himself told the inspector in charge of him that he had been confined in Paris for having taken part in the insurrection of June. He had worked on the Belgium and Nantes railway, and went over to France at the time of Prince Louis Napoleon's escape from Ham. Hamilton took his stand within less than 100 yards of the spot Avhere Ox- ford committed a similar offence, but he Avill find that, in- stead of being well fed, well clothed, and well housed for the rest of his life, lie has subjected himself to the certain prospect of hard labour in the House of Correction, and to public appearances that arc not at all likely to foster a pas- sion for notoriety, viz., the first at the bar of the Old Bailey, the rest at the cart tail.