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HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAY, JUNE H. The consideration of the amendments to the Factories Bill having been moved, Lord ASHLEY brought forward the motion of which he had given notice designed to render the restrictive provisions of the measure as regarded the hours of factory labour more stringent in prohibiting the employment of children. After a short debate the House divided. X or hora Ashley s motion Lj9 z, Against. ]COl lhis close-run division was announced amidst loud checri from the supporters of Lord Ashley's amendment. Lord J. MANNERS then brought forward his postponed mo- tion to amend the act by inserting half-past five instead of sox p.m. as the appointed time for leaving off work in factories. The noble lord enlarged in a prolonged address upon the valua- ble baoji which this additional half hour uf leisure would confer upon the operarives. The amendment was supported bv Messrs. HORNBY, G. BANKES, STANFORD, NEWDEOATE, MUNTZ, NEALD, W. J. Fox, Alderman SIDNEY, GREEXALL, SHAHMAN CRAWFORD, EDWARDS, DISRAELI; and opposed by Sir G. GHEY, lilessrs. HEYWJOD. W. PATTEN, Lord J. RUSSELL, and Mr. BROTUEUTON, The House divided- Fortheamendment. 142 A.-aii-ist The report ot the bill wis then brought up and agreed to. The committal of the Metropolitan Interment Bill was then resumed and concluded, several additional clauses being added after some miscellaneous discussion. The clause by which the salary of the principal secretary was allotted formed the subject of some lively debating. Ultimately the allowance was fixed at £ 1,200 per annum. The House then resumed, and adjourned at one o'clock.
HOUSE OF LORDS,—MONDAY, JUNE…
HOUSE OF LORDS,—MONDAY, JUNE 17. Lord STANLEY rose tj move the following resolution: r "That while this house fully recognises the right and dutv of the Government to secure to her Majesty's subjects residing in foreign states the full protection of the laws of those states, it regrets to fhcl, by the correspondence recently laid upon the table by her Majesty s command, that various claims against the Greek Government, doubtful in point of justice or exag- gerated in amount, have been enforced by coercive measures directed against the commerce and people of Greece, and cal- culated to endanger the continuance of our friendly relations with other powers in doing which he spoke at great length, entering" with the utmost minuteness into the affair. The motion was supported by Lord ABERDEEN, Earl of CARDIGAN, Yiseount CANNING, and Lord BILOUGHA-M and opposed by the Marquis of LANSDOWNE, Lord BEAUMONT, ,iiid,Lorct Ei).DIEI.u !Y, The numbers on the division were :— For the motion—Present. 113 Proxies <56—169 Against it-PresclIt 77 Proxies 55 -133 Majority 37 The House adjourned at a quarter past three o'clock.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY, JUNE 17. The adjourned debate on the Lord Lieutenancy (Iretandt Dill was resumed by Mr. ANSTEY, who said he could support its first five clauses, lie was followed by Sir K. PEEL, who spoke in its favour, as did also Messrs, SADLEIR, Sir G. GREY, SnEIL, Col. P. IHOMPSON and opposed by Messrs. B. IIOCI-IE, NAPIEK, MOURE, M'CULLAGU, DISRAELI, Sir 11. INGLIS, IIEYNOLDS. The House then divided— For the second reading 295 Against it. • 70—225 .1 The bill was then read a second time. Sir B. HALL moved for a return of the income of each incum- bent within the proposed metropolitan burying district, stating tne several sources from whence such income is derived, and the items which constitute the difference between gross and net income the income derived from burial fees to be given under the following heads, viz. Number of interments iueach description of ground; the fee upon each class of interments, and the total amount received on each of such class of inter- ments the amount received for graves, monuments, tombs, and headstones, whether in vault or open ground; and all other items appertaining to burials—each item to be given separately. The whole account, as regards income from interments,-to be given under two heads, the one having reference to th ment of parishioners, the other to the interni.ni of nm- parhliioners.—Ordered. The House a liourned at half-past twelve o'clotk.
T THE AMENDED INTERMENTS BILL.
T THE AMENDED INTERMENTS BILL. The following resolution of the Committee of the Anti- staic-church. Association, embodies the objections urged by the Anti-state-church party against the ecclesiastical clauses in the Bill:- That from an examination of those clauses of the amended Metropolitan Interments Bill, having an ecclesiastical bear- ing, it appears, 1. That a portion of every burial-ground to be provided under the bill, and also the chapel to be erected thereon, are t,) be consecrated" according to the rites of the Church of England, and that as in such consecrated ground only the services of that Church can be performed, and only its min- isters officiate, there will be perpetuated invidious distinctions in the burial of the dead, and injustice inflicted on Dissenters, who will contribute to the fund out of which such burial- grounds will be provided. 2. That there is to be appointed a body of salaried chaplains, who will be exclusive ministers of the Church of England. 3. That the chapels to be erected on consecrated ground are to be built according to a plan approved of by the Bishep of London, who will also have jurisdiction over the same, and over the chaplains, even though the burial- grounds be not locally situated within his diocese. 4. That for every burial in consecrated ground (save in the case of paupers), a fee of 2s. 6d. is to be paid to a fund, from which, after payment of the salaries of the chaplains, an annuity, proportioned to the amount of fees received by them during the five previous years, will be paid, in perpetuity; to the incumbents of parishes, who will no longer be required to perform the burial service over the dead. That this Committee regards these enactments as offensive, partial, and inequitable. That, in particular, it views with strong disapprobation the proposal to make the support of the established clergy at all dependent on the levying of a tax on the dead bodies of any of their parishioners, whether Churchmen or Dissenters. That although the fees to constitute the compensation fund will be payable only on burials in consecrated ground, yet that many Dissenters will be induced from social cir- cumstances to bury their deceased's relatives in such ground, and will thereby be obliged to contribute to the support of the Church, from which they dissent. And, further, that there is no proviso in the Bill to prevent the payment of the compensatory fee, in whole or in part, out of the general fund, to which all will contribute, and which may at any time be supplanted by a parochial rate. That the objections entertained by this Committee to such a provision, are strengthened by the avowed desire of the framers of the bill to apply any surplus which may arise, in the appropriation of the compensation fund, as an additional endowment of the Church Establishment. That, though from the determination of the Government to press the bill through the legislature, all efforts to secure any further modification of its provisions may ultimately be defeated, this Committee suggests to Anti-state-church- zDn men the duty of narrowly watching the conduct of their representatives in i-elation to it, and especially recommends the inhabitants of the large towns throughout the country to stand prepared to resist the adoption of any general measure based oil the same objectionable principle. Lastly, the committee points to the bill now under con- sideration as one of the many examples of the cupidity engendered by the Stare-church system, and of the im- pediments which it offers to sound and just legislation, in matters most deeply affecting the welfare of the people,
GUTTA PERCHA BOAT.
GUTTA PERCHA BOAT. A sailing yacht, built upon the life boat principle, and with the view to combine ordinary sailing powers with entire free- dom from danger of either capsizing or sinking, has been ex- perimenting during the last three or four weeks daily on the Serpentine in Hyde-park, She is a small vessel, and has been built merely as a model to test how far the principle of the life boat may be made applicable to pleasure yachts, fishing boats, and coasters, consequently very little attention has been paid to beauty ofoutline, but as regards the important object— safety, the experiment which we on Wednesday had the opportunity of witnessing seem to prove that her builder has been completely successful. She is clinker built, 13 feet G inches long by a breadth of 4 feet 10 inches, and a depth of 2 feet 4 inches. Her outside planks are of gutta perclia, cemented and copper rivetted together, the sides are double, forming angular air chambers, their greatest breadth being on upper or deck side diminishing to a point at the bilge. The fore and haft bulkheads, the thwarts, and the gunwale are also formed into air chambers to increase her buoyancy, and as a counterpoise to the extreme ligthness so acquired,and to enable her to bear sail, she has a heavy iron keel and keelson (the latter being groved to receive the ribs) and deep bilge timbers, which acting as extra keels when she heels over, combine with the air chambers along the side of her deck to prevent the pos- sibility of her capsizing. Her power of resistance in this re- spect was subjected to a much severer test than any vessel would be likely to meet with even under extraordinary circum- tances. All her ballast and heavy weight was brought on, 1!1 9 one (the leeward) side, and when by this means and the action of the wind upon her sails, she was sunk as low in water on that side as she would go, a heavy man, holding on by a rope from her mast head, his legs hung over her gunwale, and the whole of his force failed to bring any part of her deck under water. Her buoyancy was also tested by sailing her full of water, there being at the same time on board a man of fourteen stone weight and four cwt. of ballast, and though this heavy cargo brought her gunwale down almost level with the water, it neither sank her nor prevented her making fair way. Her owner calculates that, notwithstanding her diminutive size, she would sail with two tons weight on board. As a life boat or a safety boat for pilots, for landing in rough weather or other purposes, when much bulk is not required to be stowed, there can be no doubt that the invention is a valuable one but it is very questionable whether it can ever be made available for vessels carrying general cargoes, in consequence of the large proportion of the space of the interior occupied by the air chambers. The plan on which this yacht is built is claimed by her builder as a new invention, and has been re- gistered by him under the Copyright of Designs Act.
THE FREEHOLD LAND MOVEMENT,
THE FREEHOLD LAND MOVEMENT, The history of this great and important movement for the enfranchisement of the counties dates from the latter years of the anti-corn-law agitation. During its progress It became from day to day more apparent how peculiarly the county influence was at the bottom of all obstruction to popular reforms. The county members stood forth as the real and pre-eminent obstructives. There was no man of Liberal principles who could command the post of repre- sentative of a county. The necessity of attacking this stronghold of aristocratic ascendancy became obvious. In 1841, Lord Morpeth, who had been one of the most popular Members ever returned from the West Riding of Yorkshire, was defeated on the question of free-trade. The league felt this triumph of the Protectionists in a constituency which fiatl always been cou side red as an index of public feeling, and which comprised within its boundaries some of the most important seats of manufactures, as a serious blow. It was housed to exertion. It was found that it would require but five thousand new votes to win back the lost ground. Mr. vobden, whose attention had been directed to the subject of tile forty-shilling freehold qualification, and who had the Sagacity to detect the inherent and practical power of a Movement for the extensive acquirement of that suffrage, ^ent into the West Hiding, and boldly proposed to the men Yorkshire that they should add that number of votes to the register by qualifying a sufficient number of themselves their neighbours as freeholders. In two years it was and Lord Morpeth was returned at the next election "^tthout opposition. South Lancashire was by the same rescued from the Protectionists, East Surrey fur- J'jlsh(.s another memorable instance of success. It is a fact, "at we now owe the seats of Richard Cobden, Bernal sbarne, Mr. Alcock, and Mr. Lock King, and of almost :.? county member who votes on the Liberal side, to the falling freehold movement. ihis was a grand discovery, and the first fruits of its were a striking proof of the powers inherent in the plan. But the repeal of the corn-laws put an end for a time to agitation, and the freehold land movement was sus- pended. When the necessity for the revival of the reform agitation was once more felt, the idea of the forty-shilling freehold was promptly taken up by Mr. James Taylor, jun., of Birmingham, a working-man animated by the hardy spirit of his class. He proposed a modification of the plan of the league, and, in truth, a vast improvement of it. The league had purchased its forty-shilling freeholds at the cost of from £ 60 to £70 each; but Mr. Taylor saw plainly that if the working class was to be enabled to make these purchases extensively, it must be at a far cheaper rate; and he soon convinced himself that this could be done. He perceived that the leaguers purchased at the retail rate, but that it was equally practicable to purchase at the wholesale rate, and divide the shares amongst the subscribers at the same rate. Having purchased a small lot, on examining the ab- stract of the conveyance, he found he had been giving 5s. a yard for what had cost the seller 5d. a yard. It was also clear to Mr. Taylor that the cost of conveyance might be greatly reduced. The conveyance made under the manage- ment of the league cost X5 but he had since ascertained that a conveyance could be made for 30s.; or all the costs of conveyance, stamps, and everything, might be averaged at £2 13s, 6d., of any share under jEoO. He calculated that so far from the league cost of jE60 or zC70, working-men might be furnished with forty-shilling freeholds for from jE20 to X30. Having satisfied himself on these points, and that the societies could be enrolled under the act for building societies, Mr. Taylor took means to originate the Birming- t, 21 ham Freehold Land Society-the parent of all the present societies. The rules of this society were certified on the 27th of December, 1847, and at the end of the first year its report stated that the society had established six indepen- dent societies in Dudley, Stourbridge, Coventry, Worcester, Wolverhampton, and Stafford, in which 2,108 members had subscribed for 2,837 shares. In Birmingham alone, the subscriptions had amounted to X500 a month. The society had purchased an estate of X3,700 which they had allotted to 195 members, and were proceeding to purchase others, which would give a preponderating influence in the elections of South Staffordshire and North Warwickshire. The brilliant success of the scheme now attracted the eyes of the reformers everywhere, and, towards the close of 1849, a conference was held at Birmingham, at which a plan of general union and co-operation amongst the numerous asso- ciations that had sprung up was organised. Since then meetings have been held at numerous places, and societies formed. From official returns it appears that the advances made have been very rapid within the last five months. There are now in existence upwards of 50 societies, com- prising 15,503 members, with 23,076 shares. They have already purchased 31 estates, and made 3,193 allotments, conferring as many votes. The average price of shares is about £ 25. Other estates are reported as being in treaty for and many of the other societies, although of so recent a formation, are actively looking about them for good in- vestments. These estates are appropriated by the share- holders as garden and building grounds chiefly; and the allotees seem everywhere greatly interested in their pro- perty. Many members have already built houses on their lots. Payments are reputed to be very regularly, made; and the habits of the shareholders greatly improved in industry and sobriety. The building land is cultivated in gardens till required for the building. The chief difficulties reported are the obstacles created by the landed monopoly of the aristocracy, and the prejudices created in the minds of the people by the delusion of the O'Connor land scheme; but various reports state that, as the operations of the Free- hold Land Societies proceed, those prejudices rapidly vanish. Mr. Cobden, in his speech at the London Tavern, made a statement which every reformer should print deep in his mind and memory -In 1847 there were but 512,300 county votes registered, and the boasted array of force about which we frighten ourselves so much amounts only to 108,790 tenauts-at-will in the fifty two counties of England and Wales. Why, half the money spent in gin in one year would buy as many county freeholds as would counterpoise these 108,000 tenant-farmers. There are sixteen millions of people in England and Wales; of these, four millions are adult males above twenty years of age. There are but 512,000 county electors in the fifty-two counties of England and Wales; so that, in round numbers, there is but one- eighth of the adult males of England and Wales who are on the county register, and seven-eighths have no votes That, said Mr. Cobden, is our ground of hope for the future. And what an ample, glorious, and certain ground, if the people will be but true to themselves and their country, and unite themselves to one or other of these Freehold Land Societies. Every earthly inducement invites them to it—political, moral, and pecuniary and nothing but an apathy too wonderful to be conceived, can long delay the triumph of the franchise.—Abridged from the Freeholder- for June.
CRIMINAL ELOPEMENT FROM BEAUMARIS.—Much sympathy has been excited in Beaumaris, for two sufferers of either sex, by an occurence which we are glad to say is not very frequent in this part of the country, viz., the elopement of a married woman with a married man; and it is to be regretted that there was no electric telegraph to put a stop to thair journey. An excise, or inlancl reveiino officer, who had for some time lived very respect- able with his wife in that town, having received his salary from the board ou the 5th inst., pretended to take a fishing excursion to Aber, and was accompanied across the bay in a boat by his rightfull partner, who returned after she had seen him safely landed. Before parting with him he gave her a small sum of money, and arranged to meet her at the Bangor Ilaihvay-station. She was there punctually to the appointment, but he did not return, and during her absence from home, it appears that the landlady with whom she had lodged was engaged in packing up the wearing apparel of her faithless spouse, with her own things in two large boxes, one of which she sent to Liverpool by the Prince of Wales Steamer, to be left at the City of Dublin Com- pany's offices till called for the other she sent by the omnibus to the Bangor Railway-station, to be forwarded to Liverpool to her paramour, whither she speedily followed. She carried off the bedding, linen, china, glass, plate, and cash, accumulated by her husband from, the earnings of an industrious life, altogether of the value of L40, and has left him in a most distressed state of mind. On Sunday morning the deserted wife received a letter, dated Loadon, June 7th, from the villain who had abandoned her, stating that he was starting that morning for Australia, but as the Liverpool and not the London post-mark was on the envelope she chose to endeavour to see him at the former port, ond went thither on Monday. On that morning a man and woman answering the description of the fugitives called at the City of Dublin Company's office, and took the box away, and it is hoped that they will be traced and their disgraceful conduct checked. It is supposed that they are about to embark for America. The husband of the erring wife we hear was remarkably attentive and considerate, which makes her flight the more disgraceful.—North Wales Chronicle. LORD LANGDALE is to be the Speaker of the House of Lords on the resignation of Lord Cottenham. Lords Langdale, Den- man, and Campbell, were Deputy-speakers of the Lords, and either of the other noble and learned lords is still competent to sit as Speaker in the absence of Lord Langdale.-Ob.server. MONUMENT TO JOHN BUNYAN, IN BEDFORD.—The Art Journal says A noble edifice has just been completed on the site of the old meetiijg-liouse and of its ancient predecessor, the 113arii of John Ruffhead,' whore the glorious dreamer himself minis- tered to his townsfolk. The style of the building is that in use immediately after the time of Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren of which there are but few good examples in the country, and those generally by Gibbs, the celebrated architect of St. Martin's Church. The material of the base, which shows about four feet above ground, is hammer-dressed limestone from a neighbouring quarry, capped with Yorkshire plinth, giving a bold footing to the pilasters. The superstructure is red brick with stone dressing the two side elevations are each divided into six compartments, by pilasters with stone-mounted bases, and capitals surmounted by a stone architrave and modillion cornice. The front is elevated on a basement of three steps, extending the whole width of the building, but divided by massive blocks to receive the pilasters, which are uniform with those on the side elevation. In the centre com- partment is the principal entrance, with semicircular head in rusticated masonry. The architrave corresponds to the side elevations, and is surmounted by a bold pediment. The outev dimensions of the building are 80 feet, by 50 feet, and the height 32 feet from floor to cornice. The ceiling is pannelled, and the centre division is covered to give an additional height of seven feet. The building is lighted by a bude light chan- delier, which gives a beautifully soft, yet sufficient li^ht, for the whole place." f
THE TRUCK SYSTEM.
THE TRUCK SYSTEM. Mums aeneus conscientia sana." # TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY. RESPECTED SIR,—Having read the letter of your very res- pected correspondent, signed A Grocer of Abersychan," in which he expresses himself sorry that I cling with tenacity and obstinacy to my former statements, I beg leave to offer a few brief remarks on the Grocer's" letter. In the first place, I wonder why he could expect better things from sach a tenacious and obstinate person as I am; my former statements being grounded on truth, from which I feel very loath to recant. Mr. Grocer" knows that "facts are stubborn things," and that a "sound conscience is a brazen wall of defence," this alone makes me so obstinate as to cling still to my former statements, notwithstanding his calumniations. Mr. Grocer" accuses me of being guilty of damaging the cause which I have attempted to espouse. How P Is it not the most likely way to prevail in any cause whatever, to go to the eye of the well at once, to see the very bottom of an old wound, and to lay the hatchet on the root of the tree, and bring it down in the very place that it has grown. 1 thank Mr. Grocer" for his information res- pecting my mistake, they would be very useful indeed, if I had happened to be walking out of a misty morning, I know that the evils of the truck system, are of sufficient magnitude to expatiate upon, without having recourse to falsehood and misrepresentation. If I had been guilty of this, I would be very sorry indeed, and would be very happy to find less monopoly at the New British Company's Works than I represented. I have his mere naked assertions that I have egregiously erred; why not accompany these assertions with some plain proofs, and clear facts, which Mr. Grocer" could easily bring forward, if I had so very egregiously erred. I have not been guilty of any personal abuse. His ad vice to me to confine myself to facts is very good, which I will endeavour to do, and have done; the tendency of the Grocer's'' letter, I did not misapprehend. I never thought for a moment that he was an apologist for truck, and I think this so well of him, that I believe he would be as glad as myself of its total abolition. My former assertion can be proved, and substantial evidences shall be brought forward to corroborate the same. I shall refer this case to Mr. William Parker, grocer of Abersychan, who is an old resident in the place, and has so much" Lamour de la justice," about him, that I trust, Mr. Editor, he will kindly send his evidence to your office, to be inserted next week; but my assertion is daily evi- denced by the British working people, and the tradesmen de- pending on the workmen of these Works. I beg leave to say again, that the monopoly of trucking at the British Works, is much worse now than in the time of the late worthy and respected manager (Mr. Wood), and that the circulation in hard cash of the earnings of the workmen is more confined at the British Works now than in his time. I beg to assert also, that the pre- sent method of paying is no better than Mr. Wrood's, for the public at large; it may be so for the Company's truck shop, and other petty truck shops in the place, the shopkeepers of the latter, through some means or other, have fell in love and favour with some of the gaffers, and they allow such gaffers five or more per cent, for their custom. Why do they allow this amount to the gaffers, and squeeze them out of the working-men? This is evidently because they feel the confinement in the circulation of men's earnings. I have even seen the gaffers orders at some of these petty truck shops, and the shopkeepers have declared them- selves that they are obligated to allow so much as five per cent. to the gaffers, or lose their custom; and I could easily mention the names of these petty truck shopkeepers, and the truck im- posing gaffers; but that would be dealing out personal abuse, and friend "A Grocer, perhaps would say that I damage my cause by it; but I am not much afraid of that, the names of those shop- keepers that feel their conscience so Indian-rubber-like as to allow them to rob the poor hard workmen, of five per cent. by the way of overcharge for the goods that they are selling to these innocent semi-slaves, in order to enable them to give five percent, discount, by way of allowance, to the gaffers, are not too sacred to be called over; but, for the sake of the tender delicacy of my friend A Grocer," I will keep their dear names in my bosom at present. The Grocer asked if I had convinced anyone that the British Works and the adjacent ones are on an equality with respect to giving liberty to those in their employ to dispose of their earnings where they think proper. This I did not undertake to do, as I am very well aware that they can be put in the same bundle, for that account. Is it not correct that one of the pudlers at the British Works went to the truck company shop near their works at Abersychan lately, on a Wednesday evening, for the purpose of raising his draw; which he did, leaving a certain sum of it in the hand of the cashier, or manager, till the following Saturday, when he called for it, with the view of paying his club, but the money was refused to him he tried again and again to prevail to get them, but could not. But, at last, he sent his wife for them, and not before she ordered the value of the money in goods did she prevail to get them in her hand but this money was given her for the sole purpose of paying fur the goods. But, said she to the server, rather proud of getting the money to pay her husband's club, "The goods are yours; are they not P" Yes," said the server. Therefore the money must be mine." The server replied again, Yes," when she said, Keep your goods, and I shall keep my money," and she took them home for her husband. On the following Monday, this pudler had a month's notice, and on the next Wednesday he expected to have his draw as usual in the shop, but could not get any tommy from there. It is said, also, that he went to complain and state his case before the head-manager, when he ordered him to be paid off immediately. Were these proceedings honourable in the sight of the grocer? I wonder could he find a more aggravated attempt at trucking somewhere between Pontypool and Merthyr. Was not this a very shabby method of paying a hard-working pudler ? Whether the gaffers have a full liberty to send their men to other shops or not, they have a sufficient liberty for that purpose, and they use the liberty they have more for their own interest than the advantage of the men and this is truth, which is vincitomnia veritas," though the "Grocer'' said that it cannot be attributed to anything more or less than a total disregard to truth. I see he treated my (as he said) pertinent questions" with contempt. Simple as they were, if they were correctly answered, they would have proved his downfall immediately. It is worthy of remark here that the new British company follow the old ones in blowing out their furnaces and discharging their men at such times when they fail to get a satisfactory price for their iron. So the old company did in the last panic of the trade a few years ago, and the present company have done the same now, at their works at Brierly Hill, Staffordshire, and these men have had the wide world before them to look for employment, or at once to go to the union bastiles. But the "Welsh Ilero," of Pontnewynydd forge, Penytwyne, Golynos, and Varteg works, kept on his works steddily throughout the panic that took place a few years ago, and found employment for the hundreds that were then discharged from the British works, at Abersychan. I have no doubt, also, of some of the grocers in the neighbourhood of Abersychan, if they could only have the least chance in the world to go to manage a truck shop under a com- pany, but they would very willingly accept such a situation, though they speak now as firm as any against the truck system and I am very well acquainted with a cettain grocer who had once been a member of an anti-truck society, but as soon as he had an opportunity lie engaged, giving up his business to another and moved to the new trucking situation but, alas, to his great dismay, it proved wonderfully unsuccessful for him. As I have an itch for writing, my small note, as I intended it to be, has swelled to a letter. With sincere thanks, my dear Mr. Editor, I beg leave to remain, your very unworthy servant, AN OLD MINER. Abersychan, June II, 1850.
SUICIDE or COLONEL CRAIGIE.-An appalling net of suicide was committed on Friday morning by Colonel Craigie, at his own house, in Victoria-terrace, Mount ltadford, Exeter. At breakfast time one of the servants was sent up stairs to call her master, who was in his dressing-room. The servant went up and knocked at the door, but not receiving any answer she repaired down and informed her mistress. The "latter having also knocked several times, and not being answered by her husband, she procured the aid of the coachman and butler, who forced open the door, when they found the unfortunate colonel extended on the floor in a pool of blood, and most frightfully mutilated over various parts of the body. His throat was cut completely from ear to ear, and there were wounds on his legs. Besides these injuries there were three wounds in his abdomen, which had evidently been inflicted with a knife. A razor and knife, both covered with blood, were found in the room. The unfortunate colonel was alive, but speechless from the excessive loss of blood, and it was quite apparent that he could not sur- vive many hours. Several medical men were soon in attend- ance, and they did all that was possible to save his life, but he died in less than an hour after he was discovered. A rumour was in circulation that the deceased had been murdered, but. from the_ inquiries made since, there is no doubt entertained that the. deceased destroyed his own life. The unfortunate gentleman was a retired lieutenant-colonel in the Bengal annv, f,
HOUSE OF LOILDS.—THURSDAY,…
HOUSE OF LOILDS.—THURSDAY, JUNE 13. After a few bills of little interest had been read a second time, Lord MONTEAGLE made a motion for the production of Papers relative to the proposed University Commission; which was agreed to. And their lordships adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS. —THURSDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS. —THURSDAY, JUNE 13: The House sat in the new Hall; when the complaints as to hearing, or rather not hearing, formed the most prominent object of discussion during the sitting. The County Courts Bill was proceeded with in committee, when several new clauses were introduced on the motion of the ATTORNEY-GENERAL after some discussion. Clauses were also proposed by Mr. MITCHELL and Mr. -,Nl -'CULLAGH, the former of which was adopted, and the latter withdrawn. Mr. CROWDER proposed the introduction of appeal clauses in an expJanatory speech, the discussion ensuing thereon being participated in by Mr. FITZROY, Sir G. GREY, Mr. AGLIONBY, the ATTORNEY- GENERAL, Mr. COCKBURN, Sir James GRAHAM, Sir li. ING LIS, I Mr. J. S. WOITTLEY, Col. THOMPSON, and Mr. W, J. EVANS. On a division, the clauses were rejected by a majority of 83- the numbers, 25 to 108. Other clauses were proposed, but were either withdrawn or negatived without a division. The House having resumed, the report was received, and the bill was ordered to be read a third time, on Tuesday next. Mr. EVVAIIT then moved the committal of the Public Libra- ries and Museums Bill. Col. SiBTiioRP moved that the bill be committed that day six months. Mr. HUME, Mr. Alderman SIDNEY, Mr. HEALD, Mr. KEll- SHAW, Mr. SP JONER, and Mr. WYLD, supported the original motion, Mr. STANFORD the amendment; the house dividing, when the committal of the bill was carried by a majority of 6G, the numbers, 87 to 21. The House then went into committee, but the chairman reported progress on a division of 68 to 40, without any advance being made in the clauses. On the question that the bill be proceeded with on Wednesday next, a further division took place, when the motion was carried by a majority of 38, the numbers, 85 to 47. On the motion of Mr. J. S. WORTLEY, the Marriages Bill was again committed, commencing with the third clause, when Mr. ROUND ELL PALMER moved the insertion of the words "Nor shall any member of either of the said churches, who may hereafter contract any such marriage, be exempted, by virtue of this Act, from any such spiritual or ecclesiastical censure or punishment; nor shall any sentence for restitution of conjugal rights be pronounced by any ecclesiastical court in any suit or proceeding between the parties to any such mar- riage." The hon. member stated his reasons at some length for submitting this amendment, which was suppsrted by Sir n. II. ING-LIS and Mr. WrooD, Sir. F. TIIESIGER pointing out a discrepancy. The speakers in opposition to the introduction of the words, were Mr. J. S, WOIITLEY, Mr. COCKBURN, and M. OSWALD. On a division, there appeared for the amend- ment, 103; against, 145—majority 42. The debate was, however, continued for some time. The committee divided on a motion for restricting the operation of the bill to England and Scotland. The numbers then ap- peared— 1 For the amendment 114 For the clause as it stood 132—13 The House resumed, and adjourned at a quarter to two o'clock.
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HOUSE OF LORDS.—-FRIDAY, JUXE 14. On the motion of Lord LUCAN the Distress for Kent (Ireland) Bill was passed through committee. The Incumbered Estate., Amendment (Ireland) Bill, the Judgments (Ireland) Bill, and the Estates Leasing (Ireland) Bill, were also carried through committee. ° The resumption of the committee npon the Australian Colo- nies Bill was then moved, and several clauses agreed to. On clause 30 Lord STANLEY moved the excision of that and the three following clauses, which provided for the possible union hereafter of the three Australasian deijcndeijeies in ong federal state. After a short debate the committee divided— i1 or retaining the clauses 23 Fortheamendment. 22-1 rr. The remaining clauses ot the bill were afterwards passei through the committee, and their lordships adjourned at half- past nine o'clock.