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ittfcrrllattrattff* b. DEAN FOREST RAILWAY The shareholders of the Glocester and Berkley Canal Company have consented to support th^ Dean Forest Railway in the line of road already chalked out. Although it is not for a. moment disguised that in some points it may, when completed, interfere with the traffic of the canal, yet the advantages which in other respects it will yield to their revenue, in dues on coal and minerals exported, will amply compensate for the infringe- ment which it is considered will possibly occur in the carriage of goods. The shareholders are sensible that when the Bristol and Gloucester line comes in full action, the revenue derived by the carriage of coal to Stroud will be cut off, and therefore that the only means to create an equivalent would be the bringing of the article from the Forest of Dean to Glocester at a price to enable its delivery at Stroud cheaper than could be done by the Bristol and Glocester Company. The quality of the Forest coal, it is contended, will give it a decided preference in the market.—Times—City Article. On Thursday last the Hon. F. Maule was inaugurated Lord Rector of Glasgow. The address is characterised by the Scottish Guardian, as remarkable for its unpretending good sense and excellent feeling." In the course of it he made use of the following excellent remarks:—" Lay up those treasures of knowledge, which every one who has ex- perience of after life will inform you, that he who has done so has always found a ready resource in time of difficulty; and that he who has failed to do so, has never failed to regret the opportunities he has lost. But, my young friends, in pursuing your studies, there is one study which, permit me to tell you, is the first and foremost of all. Thank God, in this protestant country we have had placed in our hands freely to use, as freely as it was given to men, the sacred and holy Scriptures. 0 let me entreat you, so long as the heart is soft, and takes easily the impressions that are made upon it, to hasten to engrave upon that heart the sacred truths of the Scriptures; for believe me that in them, when you come into the world, you will find your best supporters in the time of doubt-your best companion in the hour of prosperity- your surest comfort should the evil time of adversity overtake you, bnt which I trust you will be all spared from encoun- tering. (Great applause.) INSANITY AS A PLEA FOR CRIMINALS.—The Times has opportunely republished Lord Mansfield's remarks on in- sanity as a plea for criminals, in the case of Bellingham, who shot Mr. Perceval. The following is the material pas- Ilage If a man was deprived of all powers of reasoning, so as not to be able to distinguish whether it was right or wrong to commit the most wicked or the most innocent transaction, he could hot certainly commit an act against the law, Such a man, so destitute of all power of judgment, could have no intention at all. In order to support this defence, however, it ought to be proved by the most distinct and unquestionable evidence that the criminal was incapable of judging between right and wrong. It must, in fact, be proved beyond all doubt, that at the time he committed the atrocious act with which he stood charged, he did not con- sider murder was a crime against the laws of God, and Nature. There was no other proof of insanity which could excuse murder or any other cringe." THE MANCHESTER FREE-TRADE HALL This vast building is now nearly covered in; and, when completed, the ceiling is to be plastered and whitewashed, which will greatly add to the dryness and comfort of the hall. The committee have fixed the prices of tickets to the grand banquet. We understand that as the banquet is to extend over several days, the council have resolved on entertaining 4,000 a day. For that purpose they have built this prodigi- ous hall, forty-five yards by thirty-five in the interior. Rows of cast-iron pillars support the roof; and that there may be accommodation for the enormous quantity of stores and atteudants, three Adjoining streets are to be roofed in as store-rooms and lobbies. For waiters, 150 men are being drilled for the occasion. In the Potteries, 10,000 plates and 3,000 other dishes are being made for the dinner and dessert. Sheffield is preparing for the same 12,000 forks and knives, and 800 salt and mustard spoons. Lancashire is making the glass,-4,000 tumblers, 4,000 wine glasses, 400 salts, and the mustard pots. On the first day there will be put on 400 tables 200 dishes of tongues, 200 dishes of ham, 200 dishes of veal pies, 20Q dishes of sandwiches, 200 dishes of sausages, 4,000 small loaves, 4,000 cabin biscuits, 200 canisters of wine biscuits (31b. each canister), 200 dishes of sponge and seed cakes, 4,000 pies, 2,400 Bath buns, 200 dishes of almonds and raisins, 400 of grapes, 2,400 oranges, 2,400 apples, 200 dishes of nuts, and wine as it may be ordered by the guests. The tickets of admission are to be 7s. 6d. for gentlemen, and 5s. for ladies. On the second day all the provisions will be increased by one-half. It is not yet ascertained what the arrangements are to be for the third and fourth days but the prices of admission are cal- culated so as to pay all expenses, and to leave an overplus for the league fund .-Manchester Guardian. LINE OF STEAMERS FROM. BRISTOL TO QUEBEc.-In the accounts received by the Cambridge packet-ship from New York, it is mentioned, though the authority does not appear, that there is to be a new line of steamers from Bristol to Quebec, to be started by the Great Western Company, as soon as the mammouth iron-steamer, Great Britain, is ready for the voyages to New York. The steamer Great Western will, it is said, be upon the Quebec line. Sir R. Peel, in the House of Commons on Thursday se nnight, was dressed in deep mourning, in respect to the memory of the late unfortunate Mr. Drummond. THE RECHABITE SOCIETY.-This institution is composed of persons who abstain from all intoxicating liquors, except as medicine, or in a religious ordinance and who pledge themselves neither to give nor offer them to others, except in the cases specified. The first violation of this pledge is visited with the penalty of 5s., the second 10s., the third 1:1, and the fourth expulsion. A fund is raised for provision in the event of sickness or death. The members contribute periodically according to age, in accordance with the expe- rience of the Highland Society of Scotland. The members are 80 in number. By the calculations they ought to have experienced last year 38-526 weeks of sickness, while they only had 28 weeks; no deaths, while by the calculations they are dr. to .6835; which, at JE5 for a funeral, is equal to 13. 8s. 4d. The funeral allowances vary from L2. to £10, as the member chooses to pay for, according to the tables. Notwithstanding the severe depression of trade last year 24 new members were admitted, besides adding to the capital stock 954., after paying all the aliment and other expenses. The market for English securities was not much influenced by the speech from the Throne. Its general tendency is, however, viewed as satisfactory, and as allaying fears which might have arisen in the breasts of some individuals relative to the present position of our Government with France on the all-importaut question of peace. Mr. West, the Queen's State coachman died in town last week. I

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