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[ORIGINAL POETRY FOR THE Guardian.]

LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN…

THE HORRORS OF TRANSPORTATION

EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE OF BIGAMY…

HOUSE OF. LORDS. THURSDAY.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.

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HOUSE OF COMMONS. THURSDAY. Mr. Hume, in a very few words, moved the issuing of a new wlit for Nottingham. Sir R. Inglis supported the motion, on the principle that it was matter of common right to issue the writ, unless the House considered that there was ground for a bill of disfran- chisement. Lord Lincoln, acceding to Sir R. Inglis's principle, yet justified the past delay, on the ground that the evidence now before the house had not been printed when the suspension was ordered and that malpractices at former elections for Nottingham had been notorious and enormous. He rjoiced that the present evidence indicated a great improvement in these particulars; and he gladly took this opportunity of stating, on his own personal knowledge, that Mr. Walter was not only free from all participation in the illegal acts com- mitted at the late election, but actually unaware of them for some time after his return. After a few words from Sir Robert Peel, Mr. Cochrane said, that Mr. Walter was very harshly used in being unseated by committee for acts of which he was wholly unconscious, and proposed that he should be allowed to stand again at the approaching election. Mr. Hogg, the chairman of that committee, said, that one or more unconnected cases of bribery would not have in- fluenced his judgement; but his impression was that the acts of bribery at the Nottingham election had been the result of an organised system, and executed by agents who were members of Mr, Waiter's central committee. He might be right or wrong in that impression but he had acted to the best of his judgment under the obligation of his oath. Lord John Russell rejoiced that under the new constitution of election committees, the House had the benefit of dis- criminating judgments like that of Mr. Hogg. He would not oppose the issuing of the writ. Mr. Bernal said, that if a majority of the committee believed in the organized system alleged by Mr. Hogg, they ought to have made a special report and he commended the course which had been taken moving the suspension of the writ. After a disscussion of some length, the writ was ordered to be issued. FRIDAY. The House having gone into committee of supply, the miscellaneous estimates were resumed. The first vote proposed was for the Poor Law Commission in England and Ireland. Colonel Sibthorp opposed it. It would be too late, he said, to complain when the money was once gone; he would, therefore, oppose the grant of it beforehand. It was not merely to the amount that he objected, but to the whole principle one commissioner would be as bad as many. He would move to disallow the whole estimate for the English part of the establishment. b Sir J. Graham pointed out a considerable reduction on this estimate as compared with that of last year. The question was whether Parliament would or would not now provide for the maintenance of a commission which they had sanctioned by their own vote. Mr. Hume, remembering the state of things which existed before the appointment ot this commission, was sure that no rational man would wish to return to that position. He made some inquiries about the assistant-commissioners, in answer to which Sir James Graham said, that as there were 580 unions, the number of these assistants could not well be re- duced below the present establishment. After some conversation about the expenditure in Ireland, Mr. Hardy said, he had voted against the commission, but could not concur in resisting this vote. Mr. AVakley told him the only material vote was the vote of the money this was the vote to be refused by those who really wished to stop the system. He could not understand the charge in the commissioners' account for postages, which amounted to more than four times as much as the whole postage of the Home Secretary's office. Sir J. Graham answered that this was no wonder, when the commissions had to conduct a correspondence with 580 uuions. The amendment was rejected, on a division, by 98 to 14. On the estimate for charges connected with Scotland, Mr. AVilliams objected to two items, being "the Queen's plate to be run for at Edinburgh," and Ditto to the Caledonian Hunt." He did not see why his country men should be taxed for the amusements of the rich in Scotland. Sir G. Clerk answered that these donations were formerly paid out of the hereditary revenue, over which Parliament had no control; and now that this revenue had been trans- ferred to the public, the public were fairly charged with the accustomed donations. Mr. Hume said, that if the Queen chose to subscribe to a race she ought to pay it out of the privy purse. He censured also the payment of a salary to the Secretary of the Queen's printers for Scotland- Mr. Goulburn explained, that the Queen's plates were intended for the encouragement of the breed of horses, and if they contributed to the amusement of the rich, this was an amusement equally partaken by the poor. The estimate for the household of the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland provoked from Mr. Hume an assertion, that this whole establishment was useless, that there ought to be no Lord-Lieutenant, and that the Government of Ireland ought to be placed under the Home Department. The vote, however, passed without further observation. The remainder of the sitting was taken up with a discus- sion, on the other miscellaneous votes, which excited some interest. THE MONOMANIACS.—As it may interest some of the public who are curious in matters of monomaniacs, we can inform them that the latest intelligence from Bedlam announces that Stevenson, the Scotchman, made serious re- sistance to keepers of the asylum who proceeded on Friday to disencumber him of his immense moustachies and long beard. He denounced as a gross personal indignity the attempt to apply a razor to his face, which had never before been polluted, he said, by any such sharp weapon of destruction. The keepers, however, suceeeded in stripping him, after no small force, of those hirsute embellishments which had im- parted such interest to him at the Mansion-house, and would have made him a great lion indeed at Bedlam. So determined was Stevenson to preserve at least some portion of his long- cherished beard, that he conningly contrived to conceal a part of it inside his neckcloth; but the eyes of the keepers were as sharp as their razor, and every hair was shorn away. Stevenson is now confined on the ground floor of the criminal ward of the asylum, as is also M'Naughten. We here that M'Naughten keeps up no intercourse with his fellow- prisoners, but evinces a disposition to get into conversation with his keepers. It is not generally know, perhaps, that those committed as criminal lunatics are, on thier first admis- sion, confined on the ground floor; and are continued there until a carefel observation of their habits and conduct--such as their clenliness and It a riiilessiness--sll all satisfy the au- thorities that, it is safe to remove them to the apartments on the first floor, and then, if they continue to gain further on the confidence of the authorities, they are removed to the se- cond floor. Oxford has already attained this envied eminence, and we think we may say, without fear of contradiction, that thpre is not a man in or about the prisoa capable of judging who does not regard him as perfectly souud in his mind on every subject. The same impression prevails as to M Naughten, though not with the same certainty, as the means of observation have not been of the same duration.— Obterver%

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