MENS DIYINIOU. Love is born in joy, And is brod in sorrow, Cloudy-dark to-dav, Sunshiny to-morrow; Changing through eath season, Without any reason, Reason I-let it bond To an instinct finer True as are its rules There is mind diviner" Shining o'er its summing, Like an angel's coming; Thoughts that pass the stars, Love more rweet than flower". Faith that stedfast shines Through the endless hours; Brightening every season, True,—yet passing reason. Measure, if thou wilt, Light, and air, and ocean; Leave us, undeiacefl, Our divine emotion,- Poet's prophet's story, And the world of Glory. You whose poor-house balance Weighs out want ar.d crime; You, whose sordid ledgers Crush the poet's rhyme, Leave us tears and laughter. And the hope of hopcs,- Eternal bright Hereafter 1 BARRY COBXWALL.
(Staiugi OF what fruit is cider made ?" "Don't know, sir." "What a stupid boy! What did you get when you robbed Widow Coffin's orchard r I got a licking, sir." PA, what is meant by raw recruits It means soldiers who have never stood fire, child." Oh I know-same as cheanuts, after they are roasted they ain't raw." Pa" was done brown. A VERY tall man was in the street of Boston, when an old lady, who admired his gigantic stature, addressed him—"Mis- ter, were you large when you were small ?" Yes, marm, I w s considered big when I was little." THE difference between rising at five and seven o'clock in the morning for the space of forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man's life. -DQdd?,idge. A PROMISING HELP.—" What do you ask as a salary r" said an American hotel-keeper to a young man whom he proposed to engage to attend his bar. "Five dollars per week, with the run of his till," he replied, or fifteen dollars without! MIND YOUR OWN AFFAIRS. I can't conceive, said one nobleman to another, how it is that you manage. I am con- vinced that you are not of a temper to spend more than your income and though your estate is less than mine, I could not afford to live at the rate you do." My lord," said the other, d I Iu" vo a situation," "You amaze me I never heard of it (ill now. Pray what is it?" I am my own steward," ANECIOTE OF ERSEINE.—A client complained of a painter who had broken his written contract to paint a house and the case stated that A. would prove this, B. that, and C. the other fact, and concluded with this laconic question Will an action lie?" To which Erskine answered- in terms as laconic, Yes, if all the witnesses will lie too." CONVERSATIONS OF LORD BROUGHAM.—A little book with the above taking title will shortly be published. It will consist of the conversations held by Lord Brougham in the House of Lords, either on presenting petitions, or while the debates are going on. It is expected not to exceed eighteen volumes, uniform in size with the "Conversations of Lord Byron." The announcement has caused an unusual excitement amongst the butter-trade.— Punch. CONVINCING. An American in England, desqpbing the prevalence of duelling at home, summoned up with—"They even fight with daggers in a room pitch dark." Is it pos- sible i-" exclaimed a thunderstruck John Bull. "Possible, sir returned the Yankee, why, I've seen them." LOVE.—At three years of age we love our mothers at six our fathers at ten holidays at sixteen, dress at twenty, our pweethearts at twenty-five, our wives at forty, our children at sixty, ourselves. IT is not what we earn, but what we save, that makes us rich. It is not what we eat, but what we digest, that makes us fat. It is not what we read, but what we remember, that makes us learned. WONDERFUL DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLECT. You see, grandma," said a hot-bed specimen of juvenile precocity, that when I suck this egg, or, more properly speaking, when I extract the nutritive matter by a sudden and peculiar action of the muscles of the throat, I first make an incision in the apex, and then a corresponding aperture in the base." Mercy me Why how things do change exclaimed the old lady, in such surprise t.iat her old spectacles dropped off af the flashing of her almost sightless eyes when I was a gal, all we did was to make a hole in each end, and down it went. My stars this 'ere child ha.' not got long to live, I know." MI CKI'S MAGIC Cuor.—Our own reporter, who paid a visit c 11 to llTr. Mechi's Tiptree Farm, makes the following return :— The barley is so strong in the beard, that not even Mechi him- self can shave it."—Punch. A PRETTY EXTRACT.—Mr. N. P. Willis, in the Home Journal, describes a lady whom lie lately encountered in an omnibus, as excessively pretty, and the dimples at the corners of her mouth were so dt ancl so turned in like" inverted commas, that her Eps looked like a quotation." The Boston thinks that from this "quotation'' it would much like to make an extract. MAKING THE MOST OF A CUSTOMER.—A well-known grocer in A v. Id Reekie was in the habit of exposing his hams polished with butter, on the outside of his door, with sheets of white paper be- tween them and the wail, and written thereon Belfast IIams, and when taking them in one evening, laid one upon a chair with the paper buttered to it uppermost. Shortly after a stout lady (am, into the shop, and sat down on the top of the paper, and when she had made her purchase, left, carrying along with her gown, below the waist, the sheet of paper labelled "Belfast Hams." A COUNTRYMAN went to a lawyer to consult him about a case. The lawyer examined it, and pronounced it good. The country- man paid him for his opinion, and then, looking seriously at him, said, Well, now that I have paid you, sir, do you still thiuk the case a gocd one. P A GALLANT HAWKER.—As a lady of the Fortescue family, who possessed great personal beauty, was walking along a narrow lane, she perceived just behind her a hawker of earthen- ware, driving an ass with two paniers, laden with his stock-in- trade. To give the animal and his master room to pass, the lady suddenly stepped aside, which so frightened the donkey, that he ran away, and had not proceeded far when he fell, and a great part of the crockery was broken. The lady in her turn became alarmed, lest the man should load her with abuse, if not offer to insult her but he merely exclaimed, Never mind, madam, Balaam's ass was frightened by an angel! THERE is a story extant of a young wag who was once invited to dine with a gentleman of rather sudden temper. The dining- room was on the second floor, and the principal dish a fine roast folv,4, When the old gentleman undertook to carve it, he found the Kuife rather dull, and, in a sudden passion, Hung it down ferairs after the servant, who had just brought it. Whereupon the young man seized the fowl and with admirable dexterity hurled it after the knife. What on earth do you mean P" exclaimed the old gentleman, as soon as he could speak. I beg your pardon! was the cool reply, "I thought you were going to dine down stairs." IT is reported of a simple-minded country clergyman of the last century, that having produced a sermon to his own very great satisfaction, he determined on giving it to the world. Ignorant of the laws of literary demand, he reasoned thus con- cerning the number to be printed, Surely one person in every parish will buy the sermon; and I may safely print as many copies as there are parishes." He therefore directed his London bookseller to order an impression of 15,000 and when, some months afterwards, he went up to town big with expectations of fame aud profit, he found that only one copy had been disposed of. Ax UNPLEASANT PREDICAMENT. — The editor of the Lynn News bays he saw a mau the other day in a very uncomfortable situation, lie was highly incensed at an article in the News, but not being a subscriber to it, he jwas dabarred of the revenge of saying, Stop my paper!
-o— — THE Earl of Lincoln arrived at Portsmouth on Saturday last, in his yacht, the Gitaaa, from a lengthened cruise in the Mediter- ranean, and a journey through Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine. We are glad to hear that his lordship's health has greatly bene- fitted by the warm climates of those countries. THE will of the late Sir Robert Peel was proved on Saturday, and probate passed for assents under £ 500,000. POST-OFFICE MONEY ORDERS.—From January 3th to Decem- ber 31st (as appears from a parliamentary paper published) there were 4,245,352 money orders paid, amounting to £ 8,158,356 14s. MR. DISRAELI became a Jew outwardly, according to the customary and perspective rites of that ancient persuasion for a most respectable gentleman connected with literature), now deceasea, has been heard to boast a hundred times, that he was present at the enfertainment given in honour of the occasion.— Morning Chronicle. A SORT of convention or agreement has been entered into and signed at Dresden, between the Governments of Prussia, Austria, Bavaria, and Saxony, for a general uniform telegraphic com- munication, which will embrace lines extending in various direc- tions,'to the conclusive length of 4,500 English miles. IT is possible, by the use of the microscope, to detect the adulteration of coffee with perfect ease, and in some instances it has been found that the quantity of coffee in the articles which have been sold as Ceylon, Berbice, Costa Rica, or Mocha coffees, has not been more than one-fifth. A THOUSAND MILES IN A THOUSAND HOURS.—Mr. Edward Broadbent, the proprietor of the Barrack Tavern, having stated that he would give any man in England £50 that would accom- plish the task which Barclay performed near Newmarket, forty- one years ago-viz., walk 1,000 miles in 1,000 successive hours on the above grounds—the proposition was accepted by Richard Manks, the Warwickshire antelope, who commenced on Monday afternoon, June 17th, at eleven miuutes past five o'clock, to walk his first mile. Since then he has gallantly continued to walk a mile at the commencement of every hour. His feet were very much blistered at the end of a week, but he was soon set all right again. At present he is rather stiff in his left leg, but still he goes gallantly along, walking some miles in eleven, twelve, thirteen, and fourteen minutes. The excitement is so great that he has been visited by upwards of 90,000 spectators. On Friday week at half past twelve, he had walked 776 niilcs,-SA.effield Times. STEAM-BOAT DISASTERS ON THE AMERICAN LAKEs.-The committee appointed by the citizens of Cleveland to consider the causes of steam-boat disasters on the lake, have made their report, from which we gather the following facts :—From 1830 to 1350 there were seven explosions on the lakes, by which 111 lives were lost; during the period between 1836 and 1850, eleven steam-boats were destroyed by fire, causing a loss of 804 lives; and from 1840 to 1850 a period of ten years, there were thirty- one collisions by steamers, by which sixty-two persons were killed. The loss of life on the lakes during the last ten years, from ex- plosion, fire, and collisions, amonnted to 877. The committee were unanimous in their adoption of a memorial to Congress setting forth the defects in the present system of navigation, and in recommending the passing of a la w embrrcing suitable remedies. THE NEW POPULATION ACT.-On Friday the new population act for taking the census was issued. It contains twenty-seven sections. The census is to be taken..on Monday, March 3Jst, of all persons in houses on the previous night. In England, persons to be called enumeratore" are to be appointed to take the account through the Secretary of State, by the registrars of birth, and deaths. The parishes are to bear the expenses, and Parlia- ment to reimburse- them. '.Jllw Secretary of State is to adopt means to take an account of the number of houseless poor on the night of the 30th of March, and of persons travelling, and on shipboard..In Scotland, the sheriffs are to appoint schoolmasters to take the account. The census is for Great Britain only. Schedules are to be filled up by the occupiers of houses, and for refusing to give answers, or giving false answers, persons are to be liable to a penalty of not more than Z,5 nor less than 20., to be recovered in a summary manner by distress or imprison- ment. SEIRURE OF SMUGGLING VESSELS, AND CAPTURE OF THEIR CHEWS AT BRISTOL.— At the Bristol Police-court, on Friday, some French and English sailors and other parties, were brought up in custody of the revenue officers, upon a charge of having been concerned in smuggling a large quantity- amounting to several tons-of tobacco. It appeared from the evidence ottered in support of the charge, that Mr Davis, the active tide surveyor, recently received information of a quantity of tobacco having been run in a vessel belonging to Aberthaw, called the Wave, and circumstances leading him to suspect that this tobacco was landed at a coal-yard near the sea-banks, belonging to some parties named Cook, and that more contraband goods of the same kind would probably be landed at Bristol, Mr, Davis resolved upon keeping a look out for the Wave. On Wednesday he pro- ceeded in his boat, accompanied by a full complement of men, properly armed, to the Bristol Channel, and at about three o'clock on Thursday morning, seeing the vessel of which he was in search, sailing up the river in Limpits Bay, he made for and boarded her, and finding some tobacco on board, he seized her as a forfeit to the revenue, and placed her in charge of some of his own officers. He then proceeded further down the chaunel, and at length espied a French vessel, the Henri, of Cherbourg, making for the Bristol river. She was sailing inside the Naas Sands, which being a very unusual course to be taken unless by pilot-boats and persons well versed in the navigation of the channel, he was led to suspect her, and made towards her for the purpose of boarding her, which he did, and'found on board some tons of smuggled tobacco, ready packed in bales, a d with stone sinkers slung for the purpose of sinking the bales, if necessary. As Mr. Davis neared hef, some of her crew, observing him, put off in her boat, and Mr. Davis and his men gave them chase, but the surf ran too high to enable him to overtake them, and he was obliged to desist. He seized the vessel and her cargo,,jand sub- sequently caused the apprehension of some other parties, Mr. H. Palmer, solicitor to the collector, attended the case before the Bristol magistrates and the parties were all remanded. On Saturday, Thomas Johns, the master of the barque, Wave, of Aberthaw, and Benjamin Cook and Henry Cook, the pro- prietors of "Cook's Coal-yard," in the Hotwell-road, Bristol, were proceeded with before the magistrates, by the Custom-house authorities, for having been engaged, so long ago as the 2nd of May, in some smuggling transactions which the late seizures in the Bristol Channel have brought to light. Mr. Henry A. Palmer appeared to conduct the prosecution, which seemed to excite a. deal of interest; and Mr. F. Short attended as legal adviser of the defendants Cook. Tho information against them contained two counts. In the first, the defendents were charged with having, on the 2nd of May, illegally unshipped 8,000ibs. weight of tobacco, packed in illegal packages, and upon which the duty had not first been paid. The second count charged them with having carried, conveyed, and concealed, and assisted in carrying, conveying and concealing, the same quantity of tobacco. Mr. Palmer said he had deemed it advisable to charge the prisoners under the two counts which had been read, in order that the whole of them might be brought within the penalties of the statute but it was not his intention, as the tobacco referred to in both counts was the same, in the event of a conviction on one count to press for a further penalty under the other. The defendants—upon being called upon to plead—all pleaded guilty, and the magistrates fined them severally £100 each, and ordered them to be imprisoned till it was paid. Mr. Palmer said had the parties adopted another course, so as to have permitted him to call hi;3 evidence, he shonld have exposed a system of frauds on the revenue more extensive than the magistrates had any concep- tion of, aud one too implicating many parties. DEATH OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND.—The Right I Hon. Sir Lancelot Shadwell, Vice-Chancellor of England, ex- pired on Saturday morning, at his residence, the Barn Elms, Putney. The event was hourly expected from Friday afternoon when the symptoms of the paralytic attack, under which he laboured for the last month, became painfully alarming. He I presided over a branch of the Court of Chancery since the year 1827. Sir Lancelot Shanwell was the son of a barrister. He was born in the year 1779, and was educated at St. John's Col- lege, Cambridge, at which University he took a degree as seventh wrangler and junior medallist. He subsequently obtained a fellowship, and in 1803, was called to the bar at Lincoln'e-inn, Mr. Page Wood is mentioned as likely to succeed the late Sir Lancelot Shadwell, it being understood that the Attorney-genera! will not accept the office.— Weekly Chronicle. OFFICIAL ANNOUMCEMENTS.—The Right Hon. Thos. Francis Kennedy, Paymaster of Civil Service in Ireland, has been ap- pointed one of the Commissioners of Woods, Forests, and Laud Revenues, in the room of Mr. Alexander Milne, retired. Dr. T. Southwood Smith, who was the medical member 'of the General Board of Health during the period of the Orders in Council, (as authorised by the Diseases Prevention Act,) has been appointed the second paid member of the board, provided by the Metropolitan Interments Act. Silt GEORGE ANDEnsoN is appointed uovprnor ot ueyion, and is to be succeeded,in the Government of Mauritius by Mr. II Higginson, now Governor-in-Chief of the Leeward Islands. Sir George Anderson has earned his promotion by the anility with which he has conducted the Government of Mauritius, where he has effected a considerable reduction in the expetidir ture, imd introduced many useful practical reforms. Mr. Migginson was introduced into the public service by Lord Metcalfe, and has proved himself worthy of his friendship and patronage.— Times. THE MEETING OF THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION at Edinburgh, which terminated on Wednesday, was more distinguished for its financial success than for the "advancement of science." The falling-off in the funds on previous years had shown the necessity of recruiting the resources of the Association by revisiting the larger towns and the experiment has so far succeeded that E400 was added to the treasury by last year's session at Birmingham, and nearly double that amount will probably be the result of the'meeting in Edinburgh. A STEAMBOAT RACE took place on the Ilumber, last Sunday when the engineer of one of the boats seated himself a consider- able time on the safety-valve to the great alarm of the pas- sengers.—Hull Advertiser. MR. CHARLES HINDLEY» after a lengthened tour in the East, had arranged for his return to London in time to take charge of his Sunday Trading Prevention Bill; but he arrived an hour too late, the morning sitting not having been taken into account. —Spectator. THOMAS CHANNING, a shepherd employed in Victoria-park, has been filled E3 by the Worship-street magistrates, for cruelty to three sheep,the tips of whose ears he cut off to mark them for the butcher to whom they belonged, Channing pleaded, that during the thirty-five years he had been ashepherd he had marked sheep in the same way but Mr. Hammill observed, that distinctive marks could easily be made on such animals without cutting or torturing them. SHOCKING DEATH OF A YOUNG LADY,—An inquest was held on Friday night on the body of Miss Sophia Beard, aged thirty. The deceased was on a visit with the family of Mr. Gunthorpe, a retired medical practitioner of Newington-place, Kennington. She slept in a back room, on the first floor. On Thursday morning she was found dead in her night-dress on the stone pavement in the garden, under her window, which was open. Her skull was fractured by the fall from the window. Mr. Gunthorpe's opinion was that she had not thrown herself out, but that leaning too far forward to attend to some creeping plant, she had fallen out headforemost. Verdict, Accidental Death." DEPLORABLE ACCIDENT.-On Saturday, a carman, driving a wagon of malt, in endeavouring to avoid a hay-cart, fell down, and his head, falling under the wheels of his own wagon, was literally smashed, his brains being scattered over the road. TREMENDOUS CONFLAGRATION AT GRAVLISEND.-The most destructive fire that has ever occurred at Gravesend took place yesterday morning. It broke out in the kitchen window of the house of Mr. Adlington, grocer, High-street. The wind blew from the south-west, sweeping the flames down the High-street towards the town-pier. The engines, though well worked and abundantly supplied with water, gained no influence over the fire, which at about three extended to seven houses on the wes- tern side of the street, and at soon after three, crossed the street seizing the extensive premises of Mr. Young, butcher. From there the flames spread to the houses all down the eastern side of the street, including the County Hank, the Savings Bank, the Kent Tavern, Brinchley's Distillery, &c. The High street on both sides from the Town-hall downwards to within a short distance of the town-pier was at four completely enveloped in flames, which, when they involved the premises of Mr. Troughton, tallow-chandler, and an oil shop and chemist's shop contigious to it, formed an awful conflagration. All hope of preserving a single house between the Town-hall and the pier was abandoned. There was fortunately sufficient time to save the cash boxes and the securities and other documents of the County and Savings Banks. Comparatively little property was saved from the fire, which, between five and six o'clock, had completely destroyed twenty-four houses on both sides of High-street, independent of several houses in Princess-street and the courts. The fire was providentially stayed by a change of wind to the north and westward at six o'clock. The property destroyed is calculated to amount in value to £ 60,000. The houses were insured, with, as we learnt, the exception of those of Mr. Adlington, (where the fire originated), and of Mr. L Day, chemist. They were almost all shops, and well stocked, and, in fact, were the principal houses of business in the town. It is feared that at least one individual perished. At Mr. Day's (chemist) house, a young man named Vallanee, fell with the blazing ceiling of the ground-floor. DREADFUL THUNDER-STORM IN YORK.—On Thursday evening the electric fluid struck the bell turret of the York Diocesan Training-school, and shattered a large stone, which fell on to the roof below. The lightning then proceeded into one of the large schoolrooms, melting the gas piping, and igniting the roof, which was speedily in flames. The lightning, at the same time, struck down a chimney in the new practising school in course of erection. No person was injured, although there were assembled the principal, vice-principal, masters, training pupils, and yeoman boys,—altogether about 120 souls,-a evening prayer. A police-officer was knocked down by the lightning. The bell turret of the new Roman Catholic church was likewise struck, and some damage done. Other casualties arose out of this territic storm, but happily none attended with oss of human life. THE FALL OF A COTTON FACTORY AT STOCKPORT,—The following is the verdict of the coroner's inquest:—" This jury find, after a mature consideration, that the deceased, Wright Barker and others, came to their deaths accidentally, through the partial falling of the fioors of the Brinksway Factory, belonging to Mr. Cephas Howard, which were supported by a cast iron beam of an imperfect construction, and of an improper calculation, considering the weight it had to bear." SINGULAR ACCIDENT AT WELLS.—On Thursday last a large sculptured statue, weighing several hundred weight, in front of the Cathedral fell to the ground with a tremendous crash. ANNETTE MYERS AND PATE are amongst two batehesof female and male convicts who will be despatched for Van Diemen's Land to-morrow, by the ships William Jardine and Rodney. It will be remembered that the woman was convicted of shooting a soldier in the Birdcage-walk, from feelings of jealousy, and Pate of assaulting the Queen.- Weekly Chronicle. STATUE OF THE LATE Silt ROBERT PEEL, BY CAREW.—Mr. Carew, an English artist, whose name has been brought so favourably before the public lately by his basso-relievo of the death of Nelson, which now adorns the column in Trafalgar- square, has just completed the model of a statue of the iale lamented statesman. Sir Robert is supposed to be in the act of addressing an assembly, the right arm and hand slightly raised, the figure erect, the position graceful and commanding". The height of the statue is seven feet. PROFESSOR J. W. WEBSTER'S DEATH WARRANT.—High Sheriff Evelete, accompanied by the Rev. Dr. Putnam, and Deputy Jailor Andrews, visited the cell of John W. Webster, in the jail in Leverett-street, and after announcing to him the object of their visit, the sheriff proceeded to read to him the warrant for his execution. The prisoner listened attentively, and at the conclusion of the reading said, God's will be done; I am prepared to meet my fate." The sheriff and jailor then retired, leaving Dr. Putman with him in his cell.— Boston Atlas. DECREASE OF PAUPERISM.—A parliamentary paper was de- livered on Friday, containing, 1. A return of the number of paupers of all clasees, including children, in receipt of in-door or out-door relief, on the 1st July, 1849, and the 1st July, in 665 unions in England and Wales. 2. A return of the num- ber of adult able-bodied paupers in receipt of in-door or out- door relief in the same unions at the same periods. The first- mentioned return shows that 829,708 persons of all classes were in receipt of relief, in-door or out-door, in 605 unions on the 1st July last, being a decrease, as compared with the num- were in receipt of relief, in-door or out-door, in 605 unions on the 1st July last, being a decrease, as compared with the num- ber in receipt of relief on the corresponding day in 1849, of 58,029, or 6.3 per cent. The second return shows that 14,227 adult able-bodied paupers were in receipt of inrdoor relief on the 1st of July last; and that 124,348 paupers of the same class were in receipt of out-door relief on the same day of this latter number 51,000 were widows. The total number of adult able-bodied paupers in receipt of relief boch in-door and out- door on the I st of July last was 138,575, being a decrease of 25,984, or 15.8 per cent. as compared with the number in re- ceipt of relief on the corresponding day in 1849. SERIOUS CHVRGE AGAINST A MAGISTRATE.—The Limerick Reporter states that Mr. Smith, Castlefergus, a magistrate of the county cf Clare, who is accused of having conspired to shoot his mother, and who had been liberated after a recent investigation by Er, Moloney, of Kiltannon, and Mr, O'Brien, resident magis- trate, of Tulla, has been again arrested, by order of Government, and lodged in Ennis Gaol, The depositions in the case are voluminous and strange. The rumour is, that the arrest has been ordered on the information of an insurance-office, ia which a policy had been effected on the life of Mrs. Smith. Mr. Smith is a gentleman about 56 years of age, and has been generally, if not always, a resident of Castlefergus,
AN ENGLISH SWINDLER IN AMERICA. [From the New York Weekly Herald]. Christian Meadows, alias Fields, is an Englishman by birth, and has served out a term of years in the Massachusetts State Prison, for a crime committed in that state; but before going to prison he understood a li- tie of copperplate engraving, and. while in prison he was placed at the same business, and there became quite an expert bank note engraver, which, on his liberation from prison, made him a very formidable and dan- gerous manufacturer of counterfeit bank plates, as well as an utterer of the bank bills themselves, to a large denomination. After his release from prison, we understand he was engaged by an engraver in Boston, with whom he worked for some tim, until an opportunity offered to rob his employer, which he did, taking with him a lot of very valuable dies. In Boston Meadows became acquainted with Bill Warburton alias Darlington, or more commonly known as Bristol Bill. This man Darlington is an Englishman, and, we understand, has been in this country between eight and nine years he is a genteel looking man, of good address, about forty years of igoi and of a very determined and resolute cast of countenance. The first time Bill was suspected in this city of crime, was in connexion with Jack Sullivan, about seven years ago, in the burglary of Mr. Scott's lace store, situated in Broadway, from which many thousand dollars of property was stolen. The chief of police, Mr. Matsell, who was then a police magistrate, succeeded in capturing Sullivan and one of his accomplices, but Bristol Bill escaped by leaving the city. Sullivan was sentenced to Sing Sing State Prison for fifteen years, and the accomplice for a shorter period. Subsequently, on one of the visits of Henry Clay to this city, Bill was, on his return arrested by officer Bowyer, taken before the chief of police, and was committed to prison on charge of several burglaries; but, on looking into the case, tho district attorney discovered that the statute of limitation had expired in those cases, and Bill was again unavoidably let loose on the community. Bill soon after, with others, made a desperate attempt on the Seventh Ward Bank, by cutting through the wall from the adjoining store, thus nearly obtaining access to the money vault. Here, it seems, they must have been disturbed and frightened off by the chief of police and some of his officers, who were about in that vicinity on that night, as their work, which was nearly accomplished, was evidently abandoned in great haste. Some months then passed over, and we next hear of Currier and Trott's jewellery store in Boston being robbed. Bill was, undoubtedly, one of the robbers, although the evidence against him was not enough to convict. Never- theless, Charley Cooper, William Anderson, alias Black Bill, and another rogue were arrested in Boston on the charge of burglary, and, as will be recollected, were tried and acquitted. Bristol Bill returned to this city, and the chief's officers succeeded in catching Charley Wheeler, who at that time was called the Old Man of the Cross" (meaning the old man of the rogues), together with Bristol Bill and Joe Murray. All three were arrested, on a charge of burglariously entering the store of illr, Nanry, No. 1, Pine-street, and stealing from the iron safe about 100 dollars in money. This money was traced to the possession of Wheeler, who was tried, convicted, and sentenced to the state prison the other two demanded separate trials, and were acquitted. A few more months passed on, when we find Meadows and Bristol Bill in this city, busily engaged together in the business of altering bank bills, and, at the same time, intimately associated with One-Eyed Thompson, visiting and locating themselves occasionally at Thompson's residence, then situated at New Utrecht, on Long Island. The bank bills were altered by Bristol Bill and Meadows (although it is well understood that Meadows was the artist and executor of all these counter, feits, his associates aiding and abetting, and when ready would dispose of the spurious commodity to the best advantage). These bills were from ones to tens, and from tens to five hundreds and some three thousand dollars of this kind of money, altered, on the Broadway Bank of this city, was con- veyed to Boston by Bristol Bill, and then sold to a man by the name of Foster, for a little over 2,000 dollars, which good money was appropriated by Bristol Bill, by the aid and assistance of other parties, for the relief of Margaret O'Connor, his mistress, from prison, who was then under conviction for passing counterfeit money. The amount of bail required was 1,000 dollars the money was posted up, and Margaret O'Connor was brought to this city under the especial care of that universal genius called One-Eyed Thompson, assisted by Mr. Warner, for the purpose, as alleged, to be used as a witness on the trial of Samuel Drury, on the torpedo" charge. The torpedo explosion in Warner's house created consider- able noise in the community at that time, and 1,000 dollars was offered for the conviction of the maker and sender of the said box. George Wilkes, editor of the Police Gazette, de- vised a plan for bringing the supposed guilty parties to justice, and with a view to effect that object, associated himself with Bristol Bill, One-Eyed Thompson, and others. Here was an association formed of remarkable ideas and extraordinary genius, huddled together, acting under the directions of Geo. Wilkes, who, it seems, was the charge d'affaires of the cotoria of "stool-nigeons," or decoy ducks, organised for the purpose of entrapping old Samuel Drury into some nominal or pre- tended confessions, In this instance Bristol Bill was induced to divert himself from his legitimate business of bank rob- beries, burglaries, and other high crimes, to act the part of a stool pigeon, in the fond hope, from inducements held out to him by Wilkes, of ultimately obtaining the liberation of his mistress, Margaret O'Connor. In this astounding, mysterious stool pigeon" affair, George Wilkes, of the Police Gazette, hit upon a plan of interesting Darlington, and sent One-Eyed Thompson to Boston as the bearer of his views. Those views were deliberated upon by Bristol Bill, and after the lapse of a few day Bill and his counsel came to this city, and agreed to Wilkes' wishes. In brief, Margaret O'Coil nor. the wife or mistress of Bristol Bill, was under conviction for passing counterfeit mnney. There Wilkes showed Bill and his counsel, that if she could be instrumental in convicting the villain who furnished her with the notes, the authorities would, doubtless, remit her penalty. Actuated by this hope, the only one that would have operated to his conversion, Bill put himself in the harness of justice, and went to work with all the ardour of an old man in love. Finding now the matter to thicken too fast, Wilkes called in the assistance of officer A, M. C. Smith, and also availed himself of an ex-officio to aid in some collateral matters of importance. It being now evident Wilkes would soon require some formal authority to aid him, and not being able to sonsult with the county district attorney, Wilkes went to Albany to procure the attorney-general as the legal repre- sentative of the case. He saw the governor, and explained the whole matter to him, and told him the reason for desiring the substitution of the attorney-general; that the secrets of the county district attorney's office were often accessible to that portion of the police which had failed in developing the torpedo" business. Wilkes had a fear, therefore, that envy might frustrate him, and his secret fall within the knowledge of the wealthy enemy. The governor acceded to his views, and made the substitution. In the meantime, Thompson returned from Boston, and showed himself to Drury also exhibiting some medallions (borrowed from Rawdon, Wright, Hatch, and Co,,) as the work of a new counterfeiter. While these manceuverings were going on, the robbery of the safe of the Union Wharf Company at Princetown, Mass., turned up and after a moment's observa- tion, Wilkes considered it to be a good opportunity for the in- troduction of Bristol Bill into the case. Thompson was sent to see Drury, and an engagement made to meet Bill on Brooklyn Heights with Thompson. In this Wilkes found it necessary to get Drury into a house and to prepare for its occomplish- ment, Wilkes, on Monday, the 12th of November, 1849, had a room secured for Bristol Bill, at No. 27, Fulton-street, Brooklyn, and on the same evening Wilkes wrote an item for the Morning Star, about the officers being in search of Bill for a large amount of property that would excuse Bill from not coming out, and at the same time decoy Drury to him. Wilkes then selected two intelligent officers, William O. Jenkins and Dominick Crassous, and told them that Mr. A. M. C. Smith would take them to a place in Brooklyn, on the next day, to assist Smith and Wilkes in making some arrests. That to acconmplish these arrests, Jenkins and Crassous must be secreted in a closet adjoining a bed-room, and bo apparently fastened up by nails, run in loose holes for their reception that they would see through small holes bored through the door, three of the greatest criminals in the United States; that those criminas would converse, doubtless, on great crimes recently committed; they must carefully hear all that was said, as on the correctness of their information would depend Wilkes and Co.'s authority for future action, The conversa- tion might be long, but their attention must not flag, as the most important subject of all might come last. The officers, Jenkins and Crassous, were directed to put on India-rubber shoes, that their feet could not be heard in the closet, and to hold handkerchiefs in their hands in case they wanted to cough or sneeze, to stifle the sounds. Finally, the officers were informed by Wiikes that, at the end of an hour or thereabouts, a fourth man would enter the room, who would be followed by A. M. C. Smith and Wilkes; that then the arrest would com- mence, and if resistance were made, the obstruction to the closet door would be removed, and let them in with their