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Tm: BISHOP OF SAINT ASAPH.-It is with great pleasure that we record one of the many acts of seasonable benevolence for which this excellent Prelate is so eminently distinguished. Within the last few weeks his lordship has furnished from sixty to seventy poor families in St. Asaph and its neighbourhood with blankets and various articles of wearing apparel. Neither have the gentry of the neighbourhood been unmindful of the wants of the poor, for subscriptions have been made which have furnished to the necessitous sixty gallons of soup twice a week. Such Christian charity is beyond all praise.- Chester Courant. EW CIIURCtIFs.-Tiie Earl of Stamford and Warrington has contributed the munificent sum of £ 800 to the funds of the Diocesan Society, now forming under the auspices of our exemplary Bishop, for the building of churches in Cheshire and Lan- cast-iire.- ibid. THE FRENCH CHURCH.—>A religious Journal, which seems to be well informed of the state of the negotiations with the Court of Rome, acquaints us with the following facts The French government is stated-to be inclined to suppress seven Episcopal Sees, viz. those of Chartres, Chalons, Nevers, Viviers, Marseilles, Acre, and Paniers. Viviers to be united to Pay; Chartres to Orleans; Nevers to Sens; Marseilles to Aix Acre to Bayonne and Paniers to Toulouse. THE NEW CORPC)RATIONS.-Tlie inhabitants of Stonehouse, the town that connect,4 Plymouth and Devenport, assembled last week, tor the purpose of considering the several provisions of the new charter bill." Captain Maurice, the gallant de- fender of Anholt and the Diamond Rock, during the revolutionary war, "confessed that it was his opinion they would be far less comfortable and happy if in- corporated, than they were at present Mr. Murch said that, according to calctllations, he had made, the bill would involve them in an annual expenseof 5000/. and wanted to know from what sources these funds were to come ? If called upon to give a guess, in answer to this question, we should reply—out of the pockets of the people of stonehouse. Mr. M. Hambly said, They had lived in liarmony for many years, but he feared if they were incorporated, they should speedily experience a sad reverse." A re- solution was agreed to, to the effect, "That this meeting considers the proposed incorporation of the borough as highly prejudicial, &c- &c." This New- Corporation-phobia seems to be on the increase.— If it be not checked, we should like to know what is to become of Lord Harry's embryo Recorders and Deputy-Recorders ? Alas they are too old and too big for chimney sweeps.-Liverpoot Stattdard. THE HAMMERSMITH GHOST.—About eight years since much excitement was created by a report that a g'liost had appeared to a number of persons in the neighbourhood of Hammersmith, r ulhara, &c., sevei-al of whom, more particularly females, against whom he appeared to have a great animosity, had been much frightened and ill-treated by him. After continuing his freaks for some time, he became so troublesome that the parochial authorities adopted measures for his apprehension, and after watching for him for some nights, he was taken in one of the lanes attired in full ghostly costume, and was sent by the magistrates to the House of Correction to undergo a little whole- some discipline for his pranks. Since that time nothing ha? been heard of his ghostship until about six weeks ago, when he re-appeared in a lane at North End, and it is reported that he has been seen snbse- quently in Webb's-lane, Hammersmith, and Acton but the principal scene of his adventures is stated to be the mud huts in Chiswiek-lane, and that the ser- vant of a Mr. Scott was attacked by him there, his assaults, as before, being directed against females. On Saturday night last, it was currently reported that he had been taken by tlw police at Acton, attired in a large white dress, with long nails or claws, by which he was enabled to scale walls and hedges, for the purpose of making himself scarce, when requisite, and that, when brought to the station-house, he proved to be a celebrated Captain, of sportingno- toriety. Several of the inhabitants attended the Ham- mersutith, &c" Petty Sessions, on Monday, in the hope of obtaining an audieuce of the spiritual incognito when it was found that the statement of his appre- hension was premature. Another report states him to be dressed in armour, and that he has laid a wager that he will strip the clotliea- otf a certain number of females in a given time, and that he has now only one more to strip to win the bet. It is to be hoped that the police will put a stop to the pranks of his ghost- ship previous to bis completing his task, that he may receive a proper reward for his exertions. A LIVERPOOL LOVE AFFAIR -A young gay scion o. one of the principal houses here has been of late assiduous m attempting to obtain an assignation with a pretty handmaid of a family near Abercrombie- suare" The damsel prudently, for some time, kept him off; but, on his becoming pressing, consented to meet him last Monday evening at the corner of the square. At the appointed hour he was waiting, and was present joined by the damsel, who led him down an area steps. He had hardly reached the bottom, when he was seized, bound, and blindfolded and, before he could make resistance was dragged for- ward, yiet armis, and the next minute found himself splashing about in an immense washing-tub, amidst a peal ofloud laughter. The bandage having come oil, he discovered that he was in a back-kitehen, surroifnded by cookey, spider-brusher, nurse, and Dorothy Draggletail, who had thus combined against hiin. Remoustrance was useless—escape was all he had left-but this could not be effected in time to avoid being coated with the contents of the cook's flour-bag. A VICTIM AT LIVERPOOL.—On Wednesday week, as a man named Burgess, who was about taking his passage to America, was iotrotlingaJong the Goree Piazzas, he was met by a civil sort of person, who, seeing he was a stranger, and a simple kind of coun- tryman, entered into conversation vuth him,inquiring where he came from, and so forth, and soou became so familiar as to ask Burgess to partake of a glass of ale. The unsuspecting one" consented to accompany his new friend to a public-house, where a most excel- lent glass orale was sold. After traversing various streets, they at length stopped at a public-house, and Burgess and his friend went in, where they met with some other men, and they commenced tossing. Burgess recol lets no more oflhe circumstance; but Ilrfew hours afterwards he found himself in the streets, minus 931, in sovereigns, which were deposited in a bag In his pocket. It is considered that the villains, who were confederates, had, what i* termed hocussed the ale, viz. put laudanum in it. On discovering his loss, Burgess applied to the police, and the assistance of a constable was procured but so completely bothered was the poor fellow from the effects of his loss, that he was unable to tell the house, the street, or the neighbourhood he was taken into, being a total stran- ger to the town. The police have used every exer- tion to apprehend the robbers, but without avail. Burgess, who resides in America, and whose family is now there, had come to England to dispose of some little property he possessed in Kent, and the 931. of which he has been robbed, was the produce of the sale.-Chcster Courant. ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE FROM NOTTINGHAM GAOL. -On Sunday evening last, six of the prisoners at- tempted to eseape from this gaol. On the assistant turnkey opening the felon's yard, for the purpose of taking the prisoners to their cells, they rushed upon him and attempted to thrust a gag into his mouth. H2 however, had time to cry out Murder." Mrs. Brierley, the Governor's wife, heard the cry, and in. stantly locked the top passage door, so that no escape couid be effected. She then alarmed the debtors in the prison, who seized their pokers and rushed upon the'felons. The latter immediately cried peccavi, each saying, It was not me," They were quietly st cured. -Noti irigha,n Journal

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