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NORTH WALES. ACCIDENT AT WREXHAM.—On Saturday last, a man named Thomas Roberts, a collier, when ascending a coal pit, at Phis Bennion, near Wrexham, upon landing, missed his footing, and fell to the bottom, a depth of 150 yards. He was dashed to pieces.—North Wales Chronicle. ANOTHER ACCIDENT AT WREXHAM.—Last week, a little boy three years old, residing in Wrexham, whilst the servants were at tea, fell into a panmug of water in the back-kitchen and was drowned. There was great carelessness on the part of the servants. CARNARVON TRAINING INSTITUTION.—We understand that an additional class room has been engaged for the accomoda tion of the pupils in training. The committee have been enabled to effect this through the liberality of the Welsh Education Com- mittee of the National Society.'
GLAMORGANSHIRE SUMMER ASSIZES.
GLAMORGANSHIRE SUMMER ASSIZES. These Assizes commenced in this town (Cardiff) on Tuesday; before the Right Hon. Sir James Parke, Bart. About one o'clock, R. Fothergill, Esq., attended by the usual retinue of javelin-men, &c., together with the Mayor (C. Vachel, Esq.), and a number of the Corporation of the town, proceeded towards the. railway station, for the purpose of meeting his lordship, who arrived by the 1.5 train from Chepstow. Upon his alighting from one of the carriages, it was perceived that he had not his ususl insignia of office and some little time was delayed in procuring it. A messenger was dispatched to his lodgings, at the house of Miss Stock- dale, where his gowa, wig, &c., had been previously sent. Hav- ing arranged them in due order about his person, he entered the High Sheriff's carriage, and proceeded to the new Town- hall. This place, which was prepared for business for the first time, possesses a most pleasing appearance, and every possible arrangement for the convenience of all parties, has evidently been carefully watched. For the sake of the press, however, we wish that the reporters' box had been placed a little nearer the voices of the judge, juiors, witnesses, and other officials connected with the Court; but as it now stands, great difficulty will be felt on some occasions in hearing his lordship's charge to the Grand Jury, the evidence of witnesses, and the learned counsels' remarks, the backs of each, with the exception of the witnesses, who are placed on the further side of the judge, being turned upon the representatives of the press. As soon as the magistrates and the public had taken their places the clerk proceeded in the usual form to open the Com- mission, and the Court was afterwards adjourned until to- morrow (Wednesday) morning. This adjournment was received with evident surprise, a special notice having appeared in the county papers that the judge would immediately after the opening of the com- mission proceed to the general business of the Assize. This notice, we believe, was also served upon the magistrates who reside in different parts of the county, which proved the means of bringing together a large attendance. The Court then broke up, and at two o'clock the judge proceeded to St. John's church, where prayers were read in an impressive manner by the Rev. Thomas Stacey, and an excel- lent sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Griffith, of Aberdare, chaplain on the occasion to the High Sheriff. The rev. gentle- man selected for his text Galatians 6th chap. 4th verse, But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another." The preacher commenced by adverting to the discourse delivered on the last occasion they had assembled under similar circumstances. He had then dwelt upon the social, moral, and religious condition of the labouring classes of this country. He had taken occasion to observe that the real education of the masses did not alto- gether depend upon the mere number of schools, or the ability of teachers, but that something of a more vital and enduring character was required before the masses could be brought under the influence of a really enlightened and religious educa- tion: that something could only be brought about by indivi- duality of effect, the active and energetic co-operation of all classes, and by personal responsibility by every one proving his own work." it was essentially necessary not simply to in- struct the children, but means must be found to reach the parents. It was in vain the former were instructed in the prin- ciples of morality and religion, while under the home influence of evil example, liable to all kinds of contamination by wit- nessing sloth, drunkenness, and debauchery, which induce filth and disorder in dwellings, and every species of abomina- tion. Notwithstanding all the efforts made to check the in-" crease of crime by the speedy punishment of offenders, in spite of improved prison discipline, and the increase of police, it was a matter of surprise to many persons that at every assizes and sessions held there should be so many criminals for trial. But this was in reality a matter of no sur- prise to those who, like himself, had an opportunity of witness- ing the contagious influence of the example to which he had alluded. lie could state from experience that so far from making efforts to stop the progress of vice, the legislature had, in many instances, offered direct inducements for its encourage- ment. Witness the effects of beer-houses. The emissaries of vice stalked abroad, not only in our manufacturing districts, but among our agricultural population, who, on coming into the more densely-populated districts, wanted nothing but the opportunity to flow with the tide of vice. The rev. chaplain concluded his discourse by an appeal to all classes of the com- munity on the urgent necessity of all individually exerting themselves, in conjunction with the legislature, to counteract the condition of thingsWhich had been described. In the evening the usual Sheriffs ordinary took place at the Cardiff Art-ns 11. Forthergill, Esq., in the chair, and E. G. Smith, Esq., in the vice-chair. The viands were of a good de- scription and the wines excellent, the whole reflecting great credit upon the respected hostess, Mrs. Ainslie.
THE GRAND JURY.
THE GRAND JURY. Right Hon. JOHN NIGUOLL, Foreman. Sir George Tyler. Jervis Turberville, Esq. Henry Thomas, Esq. Anthony Hill, Esq. J. B. Pryce, Esq. N. V. E. Vaughan, Esq. J. AV. Booker, Esq. T. E. Thomas, Esq. G. Llewellyn, Esq. C. C. Williams, Esq. John Homfray, Esq. G. M. Traherne, Esq. Robert Boteler, Esq. Evan David, Esq. John D. Llewellyn, Esq. J. Hewitt, Esq. William Meyrick, Esq. Robert Kingscote, Esq. L. L. Dilwyn, Esq. R. A. Mansel, Esq. William Thomas, Esq. J. S. Talbot. Esa. The proclamation against vice and immorality having been read, His Lordship proceeded to deliver his charge to the gentle- men of the Grand Jury. He said that ii-iaiiy years had now elapsed since it had been his duty to share in the administra- tion of the criminal justice and civil business of this county. It was shortly after the passing of the Welsh Adjudication Act that it was his duty to hold a commission for this county. Since that time the prosperity of the place had considerably increased, and whether such had been followed by the usual accompaniment—the decrease of crime-it was not for him positively to Bay, because he was well..aware that an assize calendar did not present a true account of crime, as many cases were always disposed of at the previous Quarter Sessions. One thing, however, he could congratulate the magistrates upon, which was that they had completed a hall for the administration of justice, which was more worthy the county than that in which he had before appeared, and they had now a place which appeared highly commodious, and which re- flected great credit on the taste of its architect and all connected with its structure, and as far as he could at present say it ap- peared to him to be very commodious. He was highly indebted to the county, and not only himself but all his brother judges, for this suitable place which had been provided for holding the Queen's Commission. With regard to the calendar, it would be only necessary for him to trouble the gentlemen of the Grand Jury with but a few remarks. The prisoners for trial, num- bered between twenty and thirty, very few of whom, were for cases of a very aggravated nature. There were however two eases of a grave description, and it would be for the jury to judge, whether the evidence was sufficient to prove the charge. One charged with the offence was said to be in a state of intoxication, but his case was proved by his own admission. Having ma. a few general allusions to thehearingofthe evidence the learned Judge observed that there was another case which was of a most heinous nature, and would require their most serious attention. He alluded to a charge of rape. It was stated in the depositions that similar offences had been at- tempted before, and yet on the night iu question it appeared that the prosecutrix had gone with the prisoner from public- house to public-house and with him taken spiritous liquors, thereby giving him, perhaps, to his imagination, a licence for attempting again what in the first instance, the pro- secutrix had prevented. He (the learned Judge) merely suggested those matters, but left it entirely in the hands of the Grand Jury, who were in these and all similar cases the fit and proper judges, and it would be for their judgement alone to say whether the prisoner should be charged with the guilt of having committed so atrocious a crime. In a case of this nature, the form of indictment could be made two-fold. A prisoner might be commtted for the felony, but should circum- stances require it be convicted of the common assault. His lordship then adverted to some of the depositions which had been put before him. The present Act of Parliament required that in the examination of prisoners, whenever the prisoner was asked whether or not he had anything to say, the following form should be read over or pronounced to him — Having heard the evidence, have you anything to say; you need not say anything unless you choose, but whatever you do say will be taken down in writing and may be produced against you upon your trial." There was besides this clause, a 'second one which should be inserted, and which in the instances he had alluded to, had been left out. The clause had reference to any threat which might be held out to prisoners which would have the effect of causing fear, or any favour which might be offered to them. This portion of the caution he would recommend that all justices of the peace should administer. Having pointed out, at length, the advantages which required such a practice, he directed the attention of the Grand Jury to the minor bills for their disposal, to enable the Court at once to proceed to business. After a short delay, the Court was enabled to try the case of POSSESSION or COUNTERFEIT D rEs.-Elleit Tltzlcaby, 46, a mar- ried woman, and Catherine Mulcaby, 14, single woman, mother and daughter, were charged (with having in their possession certain instruments adapted and intended for the counterfeiting certain copper coin, called pennies. Mr. Davidson and Mr. Tennent conducted the prosecution. Attorney, Mr. Powell, solicitor to the Mint. Upon the elder prisoner being asked the usual question, Say you, are you guilty or not guilty r" She replied Guilty my Lord I picked it up but did not know what it was. His Lordship If you had it not in your possession for a felonious intent, you had better plead Not Guilty. Did you intend to use it ? Prisoner I did. The younger prisoner pleaded Not Guilty, but said she had bought some copper for her mother, for the purpose of casting. The elder prisoner was then sentenced to 15 months' hard labour. No evidence was offered against the younger prisoner, and she was discharged. Mary Williams was indicted for stealing an apron and other articles, the property of Llewellyn Davies, of Poutardawe. Mr. Grove conducted the prosecution. On the 3rd of July, Mary Davies, wife of the prosecutor, recollected hanging a flannel apron upon a hedge adjoining her house after washing it. A short time subsequent she went to fetch it, but it was gone she had tied it by the string to a twig, to prevent its blowing away. The prisoner lived near the house of the prosecutor, and upon her residence being searched by a policeman the missing article was found. Prisoner said that her little-girl brought it to the house, and that she had found it in the ditch. The wife of the prosecutor, in answer to the prisoner, stat-d that the children would sometimes take things away. Mr. Powell, solicitor, of Neath, with whom the prisoner had lived 10 or 11 years previously, spoke of her good character at that time, but had heard nothing of her since. Guilty. One month's hard labour. ARSON.—Howell Jones was charged with having, on the 8th v of April, 1850, unlawfully and maliciously set on fire a certain building for carrying on trade,the property of Lewis Ll. Dillwyn, with intent to injure and defraud the said Lewis Ll. Dillwyn, Esq. The prisoners pleaded guilty Mr. Groves submitted a question to the Court as to the prisoner's state of mind. His lordship requested the atten- dance of the surgeon of the gaol, but he was informed that that gentleman was at Swansea. The learned judge then in- vestigated the depositions, and informed the Court that he saw nothing to induce him to believe the prisoner insane, but thought that he was a very desperate character. The question was then put to the prisoner to know whether he had anything to say why the Court should pass a light sentence upon him. In a firm voice he answered—" No I have said I did it, and no other man did it but me." His Lordship then sentenced him to be transported beyond the seas for the term of FOURTEEN YEARS, at the same time stating that should the prisoner be afterwards proved insane the usual steps would be taken. The prisoner received the sentence, together with the pro- viso, laughing, and exclaimed—" No, I am not out of my senses, and well knew what I was about," and left the dock apparently satisfied. CONCEALMENT or BIRTH, Anne Owen, a single woman, aged 29, pleaded guilty to having been delivered of one male and one female child, and unlawfully endeavouring to conceal the birth of the said children, by secretly burying them. A former conviction for a similar misdemeanor stood against the prisoner, for which she was imprisoned for a twelvemonth ten years ago, at Swansea gaol. His Lordship deferred his sentence, know some facts connected with the previous con- viction. STEALING COAL,-Susan Thomas pleaded guilty to stealing coal. Having been previously convicted, she was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour. FORGERy.Joseph Edwards, 45, described in the calendar as a railway contractor, was indicted with having feloniously forged an acquittance and receipt for money for the sum of X27 with intent to defraud Isaac Bellis, and also for uttering feloniously a receipt for £ 27, with intent to defraud the said Isaac Bellis. The bill of indictment against the prisoner was found at the Summer Assizes for 1849. Mr. Tennent defended the prisoner. Mr. Allen conducted the case for the prosecution, and making a few opening remarks, called the prosecutor, who stated that he was a sinker, and had been employed by the prisoper He did not pay him regularly, but only gave small amounts at a time. Witness asked him for some money in February, and he then owed him between JE30 and £40. He met him at the works, on the Saturday. When he met the prisoner, he told him to go to the Bank, at Aberdare, on Saturday night, which he did, but Edwards was not there. On Monday saw him again, and they met by arrangement at the Vulcan public house, in Merthyr, at a later part of the day. Edwards then said "'There is £ 7 for you." Witness said £ 7 was no use to him and pro- secutor said he could find no more then, but would settle on the following Saturday. He also said, Sign your name for the seven pounds." Prisoner then produced a paper, over a portion of which he held his hand. Witness said he was not much of a scholar, and could only just sign his name. Witness then put his name to the paper, but could not speak positively what was on iff The paper produced I believe to be the same. There is now more writing on it. When I signed it he paid me the f7. There was nothing more said than that he would settle with me on next Saturday. I went on the following Saturday to see him but failed. On the Monday he gave me L10 more. He still promised to settle, but he did not. I then put him in the County Court, and got a judgment. He was to pay me in fourteen days, but I did not get the money, The receipt was produced in Court, and nevertheless I got a judgment. Cross-examined I worked for him by contract, but I had no copy of it. I had sixteen and sometimes twenty men under me, and paid them as I could get the money. Do not exactly know how much money I received. Mr. Thomas, high bailiff of the County Court, deposed to bung present at Merthyr in April, when there was a trial at which the receipt in question was p. o luced by Mr. Phiinoit, the advocate for the defendant. The receipt was then read. It was for ;C-27-a settlement full of all demands between the parties. The judge asked Edwards whether the whole of that receipt was written at the same time. He answered, It was. He then asked was the whole of it written with the same pen and ink. He said, It was. Witness thought that some other remark fell from the judge about the receipt, whereupon the prisoner said, "I might have taken up another pen." Witness recollected an application being made to the prosecutor to im- pound the receipt. It was granted. It was given to me in the presence of magistrates. Cross-examined :—I believe the conversations I have stated to be correct. William Fowles, a clerk, previously in the employ of the prisoner, deposed to seeing Edwards write a part of the re- ceipt, and also heard him ask Bellis to put his name to it. Bellis did so. Witness saw the receipt. There was iil)oli i, "Received the sum of" and nothing more. Witness saw the receipt filled up after the prosecutor had signed, and he also put his name to it as a witness. Cross-examined I do not think Bellis saw what he was signing. I was discharged from Edwards's employ in April, 1849. r Mr. Tennent then addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoner contending that the receipt was a lawful and just one in receipt of all demands, that the action in the County Court was an unjust one, and that it was properly filled up at the time of its being signed, and that the prosecutor was fully aware of it. He then called a witness who swore that the receipt in question was filled up exactly as it now stood. He was in the room at the time and it was put into his hand whilst standing by the fire. When the prosecutor took his money he appeared verv well satisfied, and remained and had two or three glasses of brandy. There was nothing said about the balance. The rece'pt was in the prisoner's handwriting. Knew Fowles was in the prisoner's employ, and have heard him say several times that there was nothing coming to Bellis. Fowles had since been discharged for bad bookkeeping. Cross-examined I recollect the receipt being impounded in the County Court by the Judge. I gave my evidence there. I cannot tell whether the receipt was impounded before or after my evidence was given. I do not positively know whether there was an execution out against him. His horses I know were removed from the work. I took them to Trecastle, and sold three of them out of five. Mr. T. Allen having replied, the learned Judge summed up. Having gone carefully through the evidence, he alluded to the charge as one of the gravest character. lie regretted the ab- sence of the prosecutor's accounts, and alluded in terms of great disapproval of the conduct of Fowles, who swore that he had seen the receipt only partly tilled up, and to which the prosecutor had put his name, and that after the additions had been made he (Fowles) saw no harm in putting his name to it. After some IL-i-igtlieiied' remarks his lordship left the case in the hands of the jury, who at once retired, and after an absence of about lialf-an-hour, came into Court, and returned a. verdict of Guilty. The learned Judge in sentencing the prisoner said that the jury, after a most careful investigation of the case, had found him guilty of a crime of the most serious magnitude. It was now-, his duty to pass on him the sentence of the law, which would remove him for some time from this country. The sentence of the Court was, that you be transported for the term (f SEVEN YEARS. Eliza Attmood pleaded guilty to stealing 2s. 6d. from Benjamin I Davies, of Llangonoyd. Sentence deferred. BURGLARY.—David McCarthy pleaded Guilty to burgla- riously entering the dwelling-house of Timothy Daley, inthe parish of .Cadoxton, on the 27th of March, and feloniously stealing one moleskin jacket, one flannel shirt, one pair of boots, one pair of moleskin trousers, and one cotton handkerchief. Sentence deferred. MERTHYR.—David Morgan was indicted for stealing a plank of deal wood, on the 6th July, at Merthyr Tydfil, the3'property of Wm. Crawshay, Esq. Mr. Pullen conducted the prosecution. John Williams, workman in the employ of the prosecutor saw a plank on his master's premises on the day in question' but missed it on the following day. Evan Emanuel stated that the prisoner came to his house and asked him to buy a plank. After conversing upon its qualities he purchased it for 6d. The prisoner said that he had it of a boatman. The boatman was then called as a witness for the prosecution, and he stated that he had picked it out of the canal, and told the prisoner he might have it. The prisoner was immediately discharged. ASSAULT AND ROBBERY AT MKRTIN YR.— Thco lore Johnson, a labourer and a black, was charged with having, on the 3lsc of March last, being armed with a knife, made an assault and put in bodily fear and danger of his life, one Philip Lewis, of Merthyr Tydfil, and also having feloniously stoien from his person one sixpence and one velvet coat, the goods and chat- tels of the said Philip Lewis. Previous to the jury being sworn the usual question was put to the prisoner. He said that he should like to have six of his own countrymen as a. portion of the jury. His Lordship Are you 'an alien ? Prisoner, yes I come from North America. His Loretshi Then you are entitled to have six aliens not six of your own country, but six foreigners. The prisoner was then put back until to-morrow for the purpose of procuring them. SHOPLIFTING AT MAESTSG.—Jeannette Bowen was charged with stealing two silk handkerchiefs, the property of John Bell Dunn, draper and grocer, of Maesteg. Mr. Grove conducted the prose- cution, and Mr. Thomas Allen defended the prisoner. She came into the shop on the 1st of July, and asked to be shown some pocket handkerchiefs, and whilst they were being shown her the shopman observed the corner protruding from under her apron. She was at once searched by a policeman, who found the articles on her person. She said, when charged, that she picked them up from off the floor. Evan Thomas, a shopman in the employ of the prosecutor, who was serving the prisoner, not answering to his name, his recognizances were ordered to be estreated. Mr. Allen was very feelingly addressing the jury on behalf of the prisoner, when the absent witness entered the Court. Mr. Allen objected to his being examined, but after a little conversation be- tween the learned judge and the counsel, Mr. Thomas was sworn. He deposed to seeing one of the handkerchiefs protruding from her pocket when she lifted her apron. They were two of those he had on the counter showing her. Mr. Allen then continued his address to the jury, placing great weight upon the prisoner being a widow with a large family, and a woman who, up to the present time, had borne a most respec- table character. He hoped that such facts would have great weight in his lordship's sentence, provided the jury should think fit to return a verdict of guilty. Witnesses then gave the prisoners a most exemplary character, the judge summed up, and the jury returned a verdict of G uil tv. She was then sentenced on account of her good character to "a mitigated punishment of one month's hard labour. DEFRAUDING A BENEFIT SOCIETY AT MERTHYR. — Hezeklah Austin was charged with having obtained money under false pre- tences, thereby injuring the funds of the Judicious Friendly Benefit Society, held at the Ivy Bush, in the parish of Merthyr. Mr. Grove conducted the prosecution, and Mr. Benson defended the prisoner. After a few remarks from Mr. Grove, Daniel Evans, was examined: I am a miner and steward of the Judicious Friendly Society which pays money to sick mem- bers. It is my duty to pay it, upon its being certified to me that the person is sick. On the 3rd of May, the prisoner came to my house, bringing with him a certificate, which I produce which he gave me. He told me his brother was ill, and the cer- tificate stated the same that he was afflicted with an accident in his foot, which prevented him following his employment. I gave him some money. It was four weeks payment at Gs.a week. If I pay any money unlawfully, I am bound to stand the ioss. The brother of the prisoner was next examined. He deposed that he knew nothing of the certificate, or had he been afflicted with a sore foot. He did not authorise his brother or any one else to apply for money from the club for him. Mr. Benson addressed the jury, during which he put before them a statement, which had been made by the prisoner, that the certificate was brought to him by one David Rees, who saidh e had received it of his brother at Rhymney, at which place he was engaged at work. What reliance would be placed on this by the juiy, he did not know, but he left the case as it stood, in their hands. He then called William Thomas, Esq., who gave Austin a good character. The learned Judge in summing up, alluded to the statement made by the prisoner's counsel, accompaning it with the evidence as produced by the prosecution. The fact of the prisoner's brother stating that he did not know a person of the name of Davi.l Rees, rendered it very improbable that that person should have come to the prisoner with such a story. 1 he Jury after a slight consultation, returned a verdict of Guilty, accompanied with a recommendation to mercy. Semens deferred. The Court then adjourned until nine o'clock to morrow (Thurs- day) morning. _.d" C' I)
WEDNESDAY. The Court opened this morning precisely at 10 o'clock. The Calendar contained the names of prisoners who were charged with the following crimes :—For stealing from the person 4 felonious assault, with intent, &e. I beastility, 2; burglary, 2 forgery, I rape, I arson, ] concealment of birth, 1 having certain instruments in the possession for counterfeiting cuins, 1, &c. The following magistrates were in attendance :— The High Sheriff, ROWLAND FOTHURGTLL, Esq. Right Hon. John Nicholl, I W. Nieholl, Esq. D.C.L. and M.P. J. B. Pryce, Esq. Sir George Tyler, K.C.B. I Henry Thomas, Esq. T. \V. Booker, Esq. T. E. Thomas, Esq. Robert Boteler, Esq. I Wm. Thomas, Esq. L. L. Dillwyn, Esq. Jervis Turberville John Hewitt, Esq. 'N. E. Vaughan, Esq. A. Hill, Esq Evan Williams, Esq. John Homfray, Esq. C. Crofts Williams, Esq. F. E. Llojd, Esq. Rev. James Coles. Henry Lewis, Esq. Rev. Hely Rickards. J. D. Llewelyn, Esq. Rev. George Thomas. J. D. Llewelyn, Esq. Rev. George Thomas. G. Llewellyn, Esq. I CORONERS. R. A. Mansel, Esq. R. L. Reece, Esq. Wen, Meyrick, Esq. Charles Collins, Esq. Lewis Morgan, Esq.
DEATH OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS…
DEATH OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE. On Monday, at 10 p.m., his Royal Highness, who had been seriously indisposed for some time previous, expired," as the bullet in states, somewhat suddenly and without suffering." The deceased, Prince Adolphus Frederick, who was the seventh and youngest son of George the III., had completed the 76th year of his age, having been born on the 24tk of Feb., 1774; on the 1st of June, 1818, he was married to Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, the third daughter of the Landgrave Frederick of Hesse Cassel, a princess who now survives him. By this marriage he had one son and two daughters. On the accession of her Majesty he transferred his residence from Hanover, of which country he had been viceroy since the expulsion of the French, to the metropolis where he has long' been in request as chairman at the an- niversary dinners of the charitable associations with which our land abounds. The Times of Tuesday says of him- In private life he was irreproachable; and though many members of our Royal Family have earned and continue to deserve a great amount of popular esteem, yet the prince. must indeed he considered fortunate who leaves behind him a fairer reputation than the Duke of Cambridge." The distinguishing feature says the Daily News of his royal highness's social life has been the share he has taken in the mort scientific musical societies of the metropolis. The Duke of Cambridge inherited that love of music, and attained that proficiency in the art, for which so many of his race have been remarkable. The royal family were the steady friends and patrons of Handel when he was deserted by the bulk of the aristocracy. George the Third was a thorough 11 an do linn, conversant with the great master's works, and able to perform them on the organ. George the fourth was an excellent player on the violoncello, and the Duke of Cambridge was equally skilful on the violin. Both these royal brothers were nccustomcd to execute the quartets of Haydn, Mozart, and other great composers, along with the most eminent per- formers of the day. The Crown Prince of Hanover, formerly Prince George of Cumberland, is not an amateur merely, but an artist of a high class; and our Queen Victoria, both as a singer and a pianist, is probably not surpassed by any lady in her dominions. This love of and proficiency in music formed one of the innocent social enjoyments in which the Duke of Cambridge delighted. He frequented all those public musical performances which were of a classical and elegant character, and interested himself warmly in behalf of the profession, patronising their benevolent associations, and treating them individually with great and substantial kindness. In the Duke of Cambridge many of the more interesting charities of London will lose a liberal patron and promoter. His royal highness, as is well known, has not only been accustomed to give of his wealth to objects deserving of benevolence, but he has also given a large portion of his time whenever his personal attendance appeared likely to promote the objects of the society lie patronised. The duke's bmho nnn a id freedom from restraint, his urbane manner and companionable accomplishments, endeared him to all who were accustomed to meet him upon these occasions, and as his liberal example and exhortation rarely failed to have its due impression upon others, he was constantly sought as the president at anniversary dinners, and other occasions where the charitable are congregated together with a view to an appeal to :thcir liberality. To those societies his royal highness will be a great loss.
MIt. CORDEN AND THE PROPOSED MONUMENT OF Silt R. PERL. —We (Daily News) have been requested to publish the following letter from Mr. Cobden: 103, Westbourne-terracc, July 6, 1850. Sin,-I have received your letter, requesting me to allow mv name to be used as one of the patrons of an association for raising by penny subscriptions a poor man's national monu- ment to the memory of the late Sir Hubert Peel." It will be to me melancholy satisfaction to be associated in no appropriate a mode of expressing the almost universal feeling of sorrow at the loss of a great public benefactor. The illustrious statesman wiio has been taken from us with 'flueh awful suddenness sacrificed every other object of a-n- bilioil to secure to the fireside and workshops of the toil- ing multitudes of this country the blessings of increased prosperity, health, and happiness. He knew the immediate penalty he would have to pay for the service he was rendering the nation, but he relied with prophetic faith upon the future verdict of the people. In the moment of his greatest trial, when delivering the speech which closed his official career, after speaking of the ties of party which he had severvcd for ever of the political friendships he had converted into bitter en- mities, of the floodgates of calumny he had let loose upon himself,—after recounting mournfully, but without repining, the sacrifices he had made, he turned for sympathy and justie to the mass of the people, and closed his last speech as minister, with the following w ortls:- "It may be that I shall leave a name sometimes remembered with expressions of good will in the abodes of those whose lot it is to labour, and to earn their daily bread by the sweat of their brow, when they shall recruit their exhausted strength with abundant and untaxed food, the sweeter, because it is no longer leavened by a sense of injustice." Thus, in the work you have undertaken, you are perhaps unconsciously realising the aspirations of the departed states- man. In piling up the pence of the working class into a pyramid to his memory, let me suggest that the above passage be inscribed upon its base. It will prove that he did llotüvor- estimate the justice or gratitude of his countrymen; and it will also show to future statesmen that there is security with the people for the fame of a minister who braves the vengeance of particular interests, whilst conferring benefits upon the nation. I am, sir, your obedient servant, Mr. John Downes. RICHARD COBDEX. NEGLECTING THE USE OF THE SAFETY LAMP.—The explosion of fire damp in Messrs. Charlesworths' pit, at Crigglestone, n ar Wakefield, a few weeks ago, has resulted in the death of John Jaggcr, one of the hurriers, aged eighteen years. Deceased was hurrying coal for his brother on the day when the explosion took place and the brother, when in the workings, had a lighted candle in his hand, which ignited the gases at a dis- tance, he states, of about two yards from the face of the woikings. The deceased was much burnt upon his body, and died on Friday last. The ventilation of the pit is represented to be good and the brother of the deceased said Messrs. Charlesworth provided safety lamps for the use of the miners. Mr. Lee, the coroner, has held an inquest on the body, when the jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally burnt." SLUIOUS ACCIDENT To AN EMIGRANT Sirip.-Oii Wednesday week a most disastrous and somewhat extraordinary accident occurred to the New York emigrant ship Hemisphere, by which three men lost their lives, and others were placed in a very precarious condition. The vessel, which was commanded by Captain Whittleseye, left Liverpool yesterday week, bound for New York, and on Tuesday, when off Holyhead, about half way across the channel, encountered a gale of wind from the west-south-west. On Wednesday the weather still continued boisterous and the men were ordered aloft to reef topsails. Whilst they were thus engaged the ship gave a tremendous lurch 10 leeward, and the three masts were at once carried away. It is stated that there were eighteen of the crew aloft at the time, and four were pitched into the sea, one of them not to rise again, while the others were,thrown with great violence on the deck. Of the latter, two, named William Gibbs and George Bethel 1, Were killed on the spot, and others sustained serious injury Among those injured was a sailor, twenty-four years of age, named William Blair, who had his right arm broken, so that it only hung by a small portion of skin. After this dreadful catastrophe the remainder of the crew got. up what head-sail they could and put the ship round; and, although it was some time before they met with assistance, they ultimately fell in with the steamer Queen, by which they were towed to the Mersey on Thursday afternoon, and subsequently into Nelson Dock.
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