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A LEAF FROM LLOYD'S.—No less than fitty-nine merchant ships were reported at Lloyd's as having been wrecked in two days, (during the awful storms of February last) including the Erin steamer, which it is now certain must have sunk with every soul on board. Not one Icing's ship, however, was lost. Now it is probable that had these merchant vessels been built on the plan of filling in the tim- bers, which Sir fl. Seppings introduced into the royal navy, and M r. Ballingall is now exerting himself so strenuously and patriotically to introduce along with other improvements into the merchant service, there is reason to believe that the greater part of them might have been saved.- Mechanics Magazine. HOW TO TAKE in A DEDIUS.-CIIURCH RE- FORM.-In the Court of King's Bench, on the 11th inst the Right Hon. Lord Teynham (who is. next to L')rd King, the most clamorous advocate for Church Reform) was found guilty of conspiring with one Donlan, a tailor, to procure £ 1,400 from one Didimus Langford, under the promise of obtaining him a situation under government! The Duke of Wellington was examined as a witness we copy his evidence from the Evening Mail. I received several letters of application for situations from Lord Teynham, when I was first Lord of the Treasury—one for his son or nephew I forget which. 1 declined acceding to any of those applications. I remember none for the name of Langford. I received another application from Lord Teynham, requesting me to solicit his Alajesty to create a gentleman of the name of Ives, a baronet; this application I also declined."—We have often lioaid of taking out a dedimus, but this is taking one in with a vengeance. Qui alterum accusat probri, eum ijisum se intueri oportet. p I ati tus. FATAL DUET. NEAlt DUBLIN.—A duel was lately fought in a field near Dolphin's Barns, between Mr. John power White, a very young gentleman, a native of Tip. perary, attended by the Hon. Mr. Butler, and an English gentleman, Mr. I. P. Weldon, who was attended by a Mr. Bodkin. At the first shot the ball of Mr. Weldon's pistoi entered Mr. White's forehead, and in a few minutes the unfortunate gentleman expired. His antagonist was deeply affected, and shed tears but, together with the seconds, shortly afterwards consulted his own safety by flight. The deceased gentleman had been lately concerned in a similar affair, and was considered an unerring marksman. The dispute out of which this melancholy occurrence arose took place at a coffee house in Dublin and, while both gentler men were hea.ted with wine, Mr White is reported by one of the witnesses to have said, You are a riiiitaii, and not fit to be met by a gentleman." On the ground, several attempts were made to reconcile the parties, but unfortu- nately without effect. No imputation of unfairness in this fatal conflict is made, and the verdict on the Coroner's Inquest was, that the deceased was killed in a duel by a pistol ball tired at him by John Peter Weldon, Esq.— Surely, in an age, which, with some just pretensions, is called an enlightened age, this worst relic of feudal barbarism ought to be extinguished. A court of honour, composed of proper persons, mighty appointed,to adjudge on violations of gentlemanly Icfj^Hrs jn aliv jn stance, the submissions exacted by such a court were not conformed to, it might be enacted that a disqualification to hold any commission in Ins Majesty's service, or to sit in either house of the legislature, or to practise a learned profession, should follow. But the decisive course, which most of all would give effect to such an institution, and would at the same time redeem the character for intelli- gence of the age, ,9' tlla^ a Person guilty of contumacy against the decision °^S,IC{1 court should be considered ton have lost caste, and should be no longer invited, or even admitted, into well-bred society.