POLITICAL GOSSIP. THERE will be three members of the Jew family of Rothschild's in the new Parliament. THE poor Prussian M.P.'s who were convicted for Speaking their mind too freely out of Parliament, -have just commenced their career of imprisonment. THERE are now seventeen generals, twelve lieu- tenant-generals, and seven major-generals in the army list, who were present at the battle of Waterloo Or the actions of the two previous days. IT is reported in Paris that there is to be a reduc- tion of the French army by about 30,000 men, a. proceeding which will relieve the Exchequer to the amount of 30 million francs, besides affording an additional evidence of the pacific tendency of the French Government. IT is calculated that within thirty years there nave been in Spain about fifty different Premiers and four hundred Ministers, so frequent ha,ve been the changes in the Cabinet. We wish them a Lord Palmerston, and a rest and be thankful at last. THE Emperor of Mexico is inviting all distressed Or dissatisfied Confederates to leave the South and Settle in Mexico, where land to a large amount will be placed at the disposal of these refugees. THE papers are so full of the election returns that other political matters are almost forgotten. It is computed that the Liberals have gained in the general contest, but opinions have but slightly changed since the last general election.
^ARLIAMMTARI JOTTINGS. THE elections have occupied the sole attention of politicans during the past fort- night, added to which there has been no little anxiety, amongst those who look into futurity, as to the position our veteran Premier will take in the new Parliament. Rumours of his retirement from public life have been general, and it was even intimated before the close of Parliament that he would not seek the suffrages of Tiverton again. But no sooner had the dis- solution absolutely taken place, than Lord Palmerston addressed his constituents in the same familiar manner as of yore, referred to his past acts as a qualification for the future, and assured them of the interest he still took in public affairs. A very capital remark is said to have been made by his lordship in reply to a friend who sought to know whether the rumours concerning his resig- nation of office were correct. Your lordship is the oldest Prime Minister which England ever saw," was the remark. H My dear fellow," re- sponded Lord Palmerston, "Cardinal Fleury was a Prime Minister at ninety." His lordship has not lead history in vain, and they who expect his retirement, owing to his advanced years, may have 110 reason to dread the result if they take this hint as regarding his lordship's views upon the subject. Most of the Parliamentary chiefs have been again returned as members of the House of Commons. Lord Palmerston, Mr. Disraeli, Lord Stanley, Sir George Grey, Milner Gibson, Sir Hugh Cairns, Mr. Whiteside, Sir John Pakington, Mr. Layard, Mr. Bright, Mr. Lowe, Mr. Walpole, Mr. Henley, Mr. Stansfeld, Mr. Cardwell, Sir Roundell Palmer, Sir Charles Woodi Mr. Roebuck, Lord Cranbourne, Sir Stafford Northcote, Mr. Villiers, Mr. Horsman, and Sir R. Peel, are names which 'we should be sorry to miss in their respective places in the House. I must confess that Mr. Gladstone's defeat for the Oxford University is somewhat surprising; it was not on political grounds, but upon sectarian ones, that he was opposed; therefore Conservative and Liberal alike join in disapprobation of the opposition raised against the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Setting aside politics altogether, I am bold to say that Mr. Gladstone has conferred infinitely more distinction upon the University than the collegiate members could possibly confer Upon him. The narrow-mindedness which has ex- pelled a statesman of such renown and such ability from a seat on which he has bestowed the lustre of his almost unrivalled public reputation, will not only strengthen Mr. Gladstone's hold on the sym- pathies of all Englishmen, but go far to establish the University itself in the. dis-esteem of the nation. The disasters of the Government beyond this have been trifling; perhaps the most remarkable is the defeat of Mr. F. Peel, of Lord Alfred Paget, and Colonel White, the former of whom, like Mr. Glad- stone, will doubtless find a new seat before the re- assembling of Parliament. Perhaps, however, the most surprising to the advocates of the Per- missive Bill is the defeat of their candidates. Mr. Pope tried hard at Bolton, but did not win; Mr. Lawson, the originator of the measure, was de- feated at Carlisle; whilst both Mr. Heywood and Mr. Jacob Bright failed to be elected for Man- chester. Again it is remarkable that Mr. Long- field, who brought forward that motion late in the Session, which was tantamount to a vote of cen- sure on the Lord Chancellor, should not be able to retain his seat, and that Mr. Denmaji, the young lawyer, who was the coadjutor of Lord Palmerston in the representation of Tiverton, and who was considered a promising character, and one likely to obtain position, should be beaten in the Premier's borough by a comparative stranger. On the whole, I do not believe that there has been a general election in recent years when so many new men have been introduced. This is to be accounted for in some respect by the long duration of the late Parliament, which caured many mem- bers to be tired of their position, or their con- stituents to be tired of them. Contests generally have been more numerous and uncertain than usual. We shall have in the new Parliament an immense quantity of new blood, and I hope the nation will profit by their new ideas. Earl Russell's son, Lord Amberley, was thrown out for Leeds, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer's son obtained a seat; and so did Mr. Stanley, the second son of the Earl of Derby, both, I believe, rising young men. But the fact is that the elestions, taken as a whole, testily much more strongly to the exhaustion of party spirit thanto the ascendancy of this party or the other. The interpretation of national sentiment afforded by theaa is pretty equal; and such distinctions as are marked are rather technical or traditional than political in their import. On all hands it is admitted that public opinion has become the great arbitrator of f national policy, whether domestic or foreign; and public opinion has been educated in political science sufficiently to enable it to judge questions as they may arise pretty much on their merits, without any direct reference to party interests or party prejudices. Many so-called Conservatives who are returned to the new Parliament are really quite as liberal as the average standard of Libe- ralism, and many so-called Liberals are quite as conservative as the average standard of Conservatism. Retrogression in the present age is impossible, and the majority of the mem- bers returned will, I am sure, support progressive Measures which are in accordance with the age in which we live. The Metropolitan members are of a much higher stamp than formerly, and many of the newly-elected ones are men known only for ttieir intellectual acquirements. Layard, Hughes, Torrens, and Mill are all literary men; all, except the first-named, owe their reputation to literature; ?Ud I trust that when they take their seats in the legislature, they will not be wanting in their support of good and useful measures which will benefit the nation. Speaking about London elections, it was astonishing to me to see such a lot of idle fellows, Hon-electors, taking part in the proceedings, and faking a harvest of the matter. I saw men who, to my knowledge, had been waiting for the last or six years for something to turn up," now assuming an importance quite beyond their station. were engaged on committees, soinp paid canvassers, some conveying messages hither and thither, quite regardless of expense. This kind of temporary occupation suits idlers in general—it is playing at business for a time, and so the most unworkable individuals become awfully busy for a short time. I met men tearing away in cabs, whose faces were familiar to me as loungers in the parks, hangers on at hotels or clubs, &c., where more wealthy friends occasionally recognise them and stand treat. These men, that I had seen the week before killing time by throwing crumbs of bread to the aquatic fowls on the ornamental waters, watching for hours the more busy animals diving for their food, were now important person- ages. It was no unusual occurrence to hear a colloquy of this kind:—Seedy man in a Hansom cab calls to the driver to stop on meeting an old chum. "Hallo old fellow!" would be the greet- ing, what are you doing now ? Oh, I'm on Mr. So-and-so's committee, I'm canvassing I" would be the answer. What a donkey you must be to walk," says gent in the cab. "Not such a donkey as you suppose; it's all charged, I can tell you; cab money keeps me in bitter ale." All right old fellow," responds the other, where will you be to-night? I'm going to play a game at billiards with Jones — good fellow, lots of tin: will you come?" "Agreed," says 9 1 the other. Time and plaee is then named and the friends separate. A letter to this effect will perhaps be sent next day to some favourite chum, who has not been lucky enough to get a berth. Dear Jack,—Here I am, as lively as a kitten; plenty to drink, and cabs at dis- cretion. I'm going to-morrow night to canvass at Cremorne-gardens; the next day I shall go to the Horticultural Fete, and perhaps on the next look after votes at the Crystal Palace. I shall tell the committee that I require assistance, and shall engage your services. Cab at your doer with the milk in the morning. I mean to have a jolly lark. J Yours, &c." In this way a candidate's money is frittered away without doing any good. These things may be better conducted in the country where a volunteer committee is formed, who give their gratuitous assistance; but in London the time of those engaged in business is so valuable that they cannot afford to leave their offices, or counting houses. Of the many electioneering squibs that I in- tended to give you, space will permit me to insert but few. The following handbill was circulated in Finsbury, and caused some sensation, to which was appended Miss Emily Faithfnil's name as printer:— "Women of Finsbury,— Use your influence with I your husbands and brothers on behalf of Mr. Phillips. J It was he who helped us in Lancashire. He is one of the founders of the Asylum for Infant Orphan Grirls J at Ham-common. He is one of the most munificent I benefactors to the Needlewoman's Institution in Hinde-street, and he well deserves all the-support our j sex can give Mm.—Ellen Barlee, Hinde-Street, Man- chester-square." I The lady referred to is known as a very philan- thropic person; but when this circular came into her hands, she wrote to the newspapers saying that she neither wrote the letter nor sanctioned I the endorsement of her name. One of the best electioneering jokes is said to have been perpetrated in Edinburgh. Mr. Adam Black, the late member, was very unpopular pre- vious/to the election taking place, and it was asked, What can have caused Adam's fall ? To which the reply given was, The Eve of the Election." Amongst the provincial squibs I also saw the 1 following:— "Wanted, for a Lunatic Asylum, a powerful man, well qualified to take charge of a defeated Blue Candi- date immediately after the close of the Bristol election. Apply to the Chairman of the Bedminater Blue Beef and Dripping Society." We have now before us a long vacation. It is probable Parliament will not meet again for the dispatch of business before February. During this blank time it is my intention to record to you any peculiar circumstances in London life, taking men and things as I find them; and I trust that under the heading of a Jotter's Ramblings," I shall be able weekly to produce something amus- ing to my readers. Next week I intend to give an original account of the great Wimbledon Review.
THE DUBLIN LIBEL CASE. The libel case, in which the Rev. Charles Jones is plaintiff and Lord Lifford defendant, was resumed on Tuesday morning in the Court of Common Pleas, Dublin, before Chief Justice Monahan. The libel was alleged to be contained in a memorial sent to the Bishop of Derry by the defendant, charging the plain- tiff with preaching erroneous doctrines, and thereby causing St. James's chapel of ease, of which he was curate, to be deserted. Lord Lifford was examined, and deposed that in 1862, on his return to Ireland, after a short absence, he found that several pari- shioners who objected to the plaintiff's teaching, more especially with reference to the Sabbath, which he said was to be a visiting or dining-out" day, had ceased to attend Meenglass Church. A memorial had been sent to the bishop as to the plaintiff's character and in his favour; but several persons who signed it came to the defendant and told him that they had not done so for the purpose of having the plaintiff retained in the parish, he having been dismissed by the rector for writing intemperate letters. The second memorial, containing the alleged libel, was then forwarded, the object of the defendant being to show the bishop the expediency of removing Mr. Jones to another curacy." He further stated that there was an understanding be- tween the bishop and himself that the plaintiff was not to be removed until he got as good a curacy or left of his own accord. Mr. Dowse, Q.C., having addressed the jury for the defendant in an able speech, Mr. Butt, Q. C., replied generally. After a lengthened charge by the Chief Justice, the jury, after a quarter of an hour's consideration, returned a verdict of X400 damages and 6d. costs against Lord Lifford.
ATTEMPTED GAROTTE ROBBERY. Dennis Mahoney, a tall, powerful-looking young fellow, was brought before Mr. Woolrych at the South- wark Police-court, charged with grasping Arthur William Harwood by the throat, otherwise assault- ing him, and attempting to rob him of his watch and chain. The prosecutor, a furniture polisher, residing in Holywell-street, Strand, said that on Saturday night, about twelve o'clock, he was passing St. George's Church, High-street, Borough, when some one suddenly pounced upon him and seized him violently by the throat, pulling him a little backwards, and at the same time he received a Punch in the back. A grasp was then made at watch which was pulled out of his pocket, but Tt time succeeded in releasing himself, and caught hold of the prisoner as he was in the act of breaking the watch from the chain. They had a severe struggle, but on hearing footsteps approach, the prisoner dropped the watch, and bolted across the road up a court. Witness pursued him, but meeting a constable, he told him what had taken place, when they both proceeded up the court, and found the prisoner in a doorway panting for breath, when he gave him into custody. Witness was positive that the prisoner was the man who had his watch. William Hodge, 250 M, said:he was on duty in Black- man-street, Borough, about one o'clock on Sunday morning, when he saw the prosecutor follow a man f across the road, calling out Stop thief! When he arrived at the corner of the court, the prosecutor told him that the man who had run up there, had garotted him, and attempted to steal his watch. Witness accompanied him up the court, and when they got to the top he saw the prisoner in a doorway, out of breath, and perspiration pouring from his face. The prosecu- tor came up, and said, ''That s the man who attempted to rob me," and gave him into custody. The prisoner I denied the charge, and went quietly to the station- t house. The prosecutor was perfectly sober. § In answer to the charge, | The prisoner said he had been in the Catherine f public house until twelve o'clock. He then went into J a pie-shop in Redcross-street, and after teat was 1 afepE-t t-I) enter Ms house wppn the oonsta-ble took him I into custody. As for his being out of breath and in a perspiration, he accounted for that by having a quarrel with his mother and a man a few minutes previous. He denied being near St. George's Church, or ever seeing the prosecutor before. Mr. Woolrych observed that a very desperate at- tempt had been made to rob the prosecutor, and, as the evidence was so direct, he should commit the prisoner for trial.
THE SHIRLEY MURDER. George Broomfield was indicted on Monday, at the Winchester Assizes, before Mr. Justice Keating, for the wilful murder of Caroline Sophia. Colborne, at Shirley, on the 3rd of December, 1864. When called upon to plead, he answered, I wish to die," so the Judge directed a plea of "Not Guilty" to be recorded. Mr. Bere then opened the case on the part of the prosecution. The prisoner, he said, was 47 years of age; he had been married six or seven years, and had been in the service of several gentlemen. In October, 1863, he entered the service of Miss Onslow, at Aires- ford, and remained there until March, 1864. The unfortunate deceased was also living in the service of I Miss Onslow as lady's maid. She was a person of attractive face and form, of modest and pleasant demeanour, and unfortunately she attracted the pri- soner, and he fell in love with her and paid his addresses to her. She, however, did not encourage I him; and, in consequence of his importunities, she left Miss Onslow's service, and went to her parents' house at Shirley. She was at the time en- gaged to be married, and afterwards did marry Col- borne, and they lived at Shirley. On the 3rd of De- cember last the prisoner was seen at Shirley. He went to the hotel there, had some brandy-and-water and got change for half a sovereign; he inquired if a Miss Wing (the maiden name of the deceased) lived there, and eventually he was directed to Colborne's house. He left the hotel, and the husband of the deceased happening to call there was told that a person had been inquiring for his wife; he at once proceeded to his house, and found his wife and the prisoner sitting in a room. The deceased introduced the prisoner to her husband, and some conversation took place. After some time the prisoner asked Carry to give him a cup of tea. Colborne offered the prisoner all the hos- pitality his house afforded, and having left the house for about half an hour, he found his wife, on his re- turn, seated at the table writing a letter. She told her husband Mr. Broomfield would like some brandy, and he went out .and procured some, being absent about ten minutes. When he came back he found the pri- soner folding up a letter. The prisoner then said he was going to America to join the army, cither the Federal or Confederate, and he asked the prisoner if he would like to join him in a pipe, and they smoked together. Mrs. Colborne went out for some domestic purposes, and fearing to leave her husband alone with the prisoner she induced him to go with her, so that they left the prisoner sitting by the fire. They re- turned in about three-quarters of an hear. The hus- band'then went out to get some potatoes, and he was absent about ten minutes. What happened during the interval between the prisoner and deceased no one could tell, but it was clear that the prisoner caused the death of the unfortunate woman by shooting her with a pistol. A Mrs. Harris, who lived next door, was alarmed at hearing a noise like a cracker, followed by a fearful scream, and she went out and saw Mrs. Colborne lying by the door. She raised her up, but found -she was dead. Mrs. Harris then heard another report. She was frightened, and went for help, and she then heard a third report. Mrs. Harris and some other persons then entered the house, and found some other persons then entered the house, and found the woman lying quite dead, and the prisoner still living, but severely wounded, lying on the floor with a revolver in his right hand. The revolver had five chambers, and upon being examined it was found that two were still loaded, but three had been discharged. The police came, and they found some letters and a ,CIO note upon the prisoner. One of these letters was in Mrs. Colborne's handwriting, and seemed to have been written at the prisoner's dictation to his wife. It was a farewell letter on his departure for America. There was another letter in the prisoner's handwriting, addressed to the husband of the deceased. It had been probably written while they were all absent from the house. It told him that the prisoner felt it necessary that Mrs. Colborne should die with him, and he hoped God would support her husband under the heavy trial that awaited him. On the discovery of the murder the prisoner was taken to the infirmary. A surgeon there asked him what he bad done it for. He said he had done it for love. On the next morning after he was in the infirmary he said he wished tc make a statement, and his words were written down :—" I am guilty of shooting Caroline Sophia Colborne on Saturday, December 3, but I was not at the time in a sound state of mind." On a subsequent occasion he made another statement:—"The letter found upon me I wish you to send to my wife; it was written by the dear creature Caroline Sophia Colborne in the cottage in her own house, and if I would stay over to- day she had lots to tell me." For a long time the prisoner hovered between life and death, but eventually recovered. Several witnesses were called to prove these facts. to prove these facts. Mr. Coleridge then addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoner. The facts were not denied; the defence rested upon the plea of insanity, and evidence was given that the prisoner had never been himself since he had received some gun-shot wounds when attending on Lord George Beauclerk on a shooting excursion in September, 1862. Lord Falkland, one of the party, missed his bird and shot the accused, from whose head and back 30 shots were afterwards extracted. In summing up the learned Judge-said, in reference to the plea of insanity, that it was not every aberra- tion of mind that would free him. The aberration must be to such an extent as to disable him from distinguishing between right and wrong with reference to the nature and quality of the act which he com- mitted. The jury returned a verdict of Guilty." Sentence of death was passed.
MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST A RAILWAY POINTSMAN. On Saturday an inquest, adjourned from the pre- vious day, on the body of Edward Miggins, aged twenty-eight, the porter who was killed by an acci- dent at the Great Western Railway Station, in Wolver- hampton, was brought to a close before Mr. W. H. Phillips, deputy coroner. The evidence was to the effect that at the time of the accident the points were in the care of Henry Bevistook, who, however, was instructing a signalman, named William Blick, how to discharge the duties of pointsman. Bevistock left the points in their proper position and went to the I other end of the station to attend to other duties. In his absence Blick, who had to lock the points te keep the train upon the main line, turned the lever before he did so, and thus diverted the train into the carriage Biding. Blick had previously acted as pointsman eighteen months at Bilston, and did his duty well. The superintendent of the pointsmen deposed that he held Bevistook responsible for the proper work- ing of the points, and not expecting that he would move the lever, should not have hesitated to leave Blick to lock the points. Blick made a statement to the effect that he had been ill during the week, and had only commenced to learn the duties connected with the points that morning. He added: My mind was so bent upon my duties that I never knew I had turned the switch the wrong way until I was called by my instructor to be shown the error I had committed." The coroner, in sending the case to the jury, said that the pointsman, Bevistock, had charge of the points, and it was his duty to have seen that they were in a proper position before he signalled the train in. He could not deputy his responsibility to any one else, and if the jury believed that the accident arose from his neglect he was guilty of manslaughter. The jury consulted together in private for nearly an hour, and returned a verdict of manslaughter against Bevistock, who was committed for trial but admitted to bail.
A LADY COMPETITOR AT A RIFLE MATCH. At the great rifle match at Schaffhausen, about 10,000 competitors were present, and the Federal committee received in the central pavilion for the distribution of prizes this multitude of riflemen from the societies of -all parts of Switzerland, who had come to take part in the festival. The number of shots fired daily was from 125,000 to 130,000. The targets were increased to 150, instead of 100 originally fixed. The committee for conducting the fêtes had organised two brilliant excursions-one to Hallau a village well known for its excellent wines, and the atber to Stein, ascendjr" the Rhine to its issue from the Lake of Constance. There the corps of cadets and a. party of young maidens received the "fathers of the country," as the mayor called them. A splendid gold cup,' of ancient workmanship, the gift of a citizen of Stein, who, though born in humble circumstances, rose to the rank of general during the wars of Austria against the Turks, was freely circulated, and con- tributed not a little to the eloquence of the speakers. The banquet, which passed off very gaily, was given near the falla of the Rhine, illuminated by Bengal fire. One of the most interesting episodes of the rifle match was the crowning of Mdme. Meyer, of St. Gall, a young matron, as beautiful as one of Raphael's Ma- donnas, who won one of the grand prizes by a majority of 81 marks. Having been conducted in procession, preceded by a band of music, to the tent where the prizes were distributed, she received the cup she had won, with a crown of laurels, and was then taken back in triumph to the Grand Hail, where the councillors of the canton, MM. Carte and Bernet. received and complimented her. The simple and modest bearing of this charming lady throughout the whole ceremony ) greatly enhanced the general enthusiasm. M. Meyer, her husband, also won a cup; and shared in the honours rendered to his wife.
DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT. Walter Phillips, twenty, and Charles Christmas, twenty-two, harness makers, were charged before Mr. Woolrych, at the Southwark Police-court, on a sum- mons with assaulting and abasing Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers, the wife of a respectable lamp maker, carry- ing on business at 6, court, High street, Borough. Mr. W. Edwin appeared for the accused. It appeared from the evidence given at some length It appeared from the evidence given at some length that the defendants lodged at 26, Chapel-court, and on account of Mr. Rogers having recently started in busi- ness for himself, a sort of jealousy existed among them, and that the latter and his wife were frequently in- sulted by them. On Saturday night week she and her husband were returning from market, and had just entered Chapel-court, the defendants came up to her husband and threatened to serve him out, at the same time insulting her. She got past then, and witness and her husband succeeded in getting into their house and closing the door, but it was instantly forced open and Phillips struck her on the face. The excitement was so great that she had bean ill ever since. In cross-examination by Mr. Edwin, the Witness said that neither she nor her husband insulted or struck either of the defendants. They did not provoke them to commit the assault. The blow was a very hard one and wilfully inflicted. Wimess further added that both she and her husband were sober, but the defendants appeared to have been drinking. In answer to Mr. Woolrych, the Witness said that the defendants had a very vindictive feeling against her and her husband because they were successful in business. After some further evidence, the Magistrate said the conduct of the two defendants was highly to be condemned, but he thought that the ends of justice would be met, and a repetition of such disgraceful occurrences prevented, by ordering them to enter into their own recognisances in the sum of <#10 each to keep the peace for three months. Phillips being under the age of twenty-one, his recognisance could not be accepted, but Christmas was bound over, his surety in the same amount. The necessary recognisances having been entered into, the defendants left the Court.
THE ROUPELL FORGERIES. The report recently in circulation, that further legal proceedings would be taken in reference to the transactions in which the convict Roupell was con- cerned, has been contradicted; and it is now stated that the whole of the disputed claims have been com- promised, and arrangements have been come to be- tween the heir-at law, Mr. Richard Roupell, and the different owners of the property that was purchased under the deeds executed by William Roupell, that will obviate the necessity of any further legal pro- ceedings. It will be recollected that two actions were tried, one of which related to an estate near Kingston, which was compromised by the owner agreeing to pay one half of the value of the property, which was esti- mated at J215,000, to Mr. Richard Roupell; and the other had relation to another estate, worth about £ 12,000, in the neighbourhood of Romford. This action was tried at Chelmsford Assizes is 1863, and, after a long inquiry, the jury were unable to come to a decision, and they were discharged without giving a verdict. The value of the property claimed by the heir-at-law, and to obtain which he brought his actions of ejectment against those persons who had purchased under the alleged forged instruments exe- cuted bv the late William Roupell, was estimated at over X200,000, and in the course of the injunctions that ensued it is stated that the proposition of the heir-at-law was that the parties should pay half the estimated value of the different properties, as had been done upon the occasion of the first action, but this proposition was not accepted. The terms finally agreed to are said to be, that the heir-at-law will re- ceive about.250,000, and fresh deeds will be executed that will have the effect of securing all the parties who have purchased the different estates in the quiet and undisturbed possession of their property. William Roupell, the self-convicted forger, is still in one of the Government prisons under sentence of penal servi- tude for life, and, as his evidence will now not be again required, he will, no doubt, very shortly be sent to the convict establishment at Bermuda.
ALLEGED ASSAULT UPON A LADY BY A POLICEMAN. James M'Manus, police-constable, 86, S division, stationed at the Kentish-town police-station, was charged before Mr. Barker, at the Clerkenwell Police- court, with unlawfully assaulting and beating Mrs. Harriet Elmer, of 5, Randolph-street, Camden-town, on the 23rd ult. Mr. L. Lewis prosecuted; Mr. Wontner defended; and Mr. Henry Allen, prosecuting officer of the Associate Institution for Improving and Enforcing the Laws for the Protection of Women, watched the case. Mr. Lewis, in opening the case, said that as he understood there was to be a conflict of evidence, he should ask the magistrate to send the case for trial, to allow a jury to decide the case. The Complainant said that on the day in question, at about half-past three in the morning, she was in the St. Paul's-road with her mother, returning home from attending a sick eossin, who had since died. As' she passed defendant he said good morning, and her mother answered him. He followed and took hold of her mother, and afterwards took hold of her by the arm rather roaghly. She told him to take his hands off her, and he said, "I am not the nrst man who has laid hands on von to-night, and you are no better than you ought to be." She had a sharp struggle to get away from him, and in that her arm was bruised and her dress torn. J She had not spoken to the defendant nor to any man on her way home. Cross-examined: She might nave stated that the defendant had'been drinking, and his breath smelt as if he had. She saw the defendant at the polios-sta- tion on the Saturday following, but she did not then say that he had been drinking. She said that if the defendant would apologise she would forgive hire but he said, There is none needed." She would not nr accept his apology, as he had said that he had seen her out with some drunken men. Mrs. Elmer said that the complainant was her daughter, and on the day in question the defendant took hold of her arm and trod on her boot. Whilst she was doing up her boot the defendant insulted her daughter by taking hold of her by the nght arm She resisted much, and in the eLgStoCdS. ™ lnsulted he? daughter, and said that he was not the first man that had laid his hands on her shoulders that night. She did not say that the I drfnkhfg 8 though she thought he had been ?nt?er said that no one regretted more than his client that he should have mistaken the young u J' one else he had seen that night, but he wished now to withdraw all imputation on her cha- racter and make an ample apology for. what he had said under mistake. The Complainant said that as the defendant would not make an apology at first, she would now leave the matter in the hands of the magistrate. Inspectors Shatford and Millard gave the defendant. a good character, and said^that on the E'gnt in ques- tion the defendant was perfectly sober.. Mr. Wontner said he hoped that the magistrate would be content with the defendant's apology, Etna dismiss the case. j Mr. Barker said he considered the deferdant bad [ behaved very ill in the matter, and fined him 40s. and the costs, or in default twenty-one days' hard labour » n the House of Correction. | The prisoner was locked up in default.
LOSS OF THE SHIP FUSILIER AND TWO HUNDRED LIVES. A strange fatality has befallen this vessel—one of Messrs. Baines and Co.'s, of Liverpool. Some eighteen months since she was nearly lost on the Girdler Sands at the mouth of the River Thames, she at the time be- ing outward bound to Melbourne with a large number of emigrants; the poor creatures were taken out of the rigging by the Margate lifeboat, and the ship, after re- maining on the sands for nearly a fortnight, was got off and towed back to London, whence, after undergoing necessary repairs, she re-sailed for Calcutta, which port she reached in safety. Here she was chartered for a voyage to Demerara, and took on board about 400 coolies; emigrants. From accounts received from Natal, it appears that the ship, while laying off that harbour on the 25th of last May, in a gale of wind broke from her anchors, and was totally wrecked on the Bluff Rocks at the south side of the entrance at Natal, and. twenty of her passengers were drowned, having pre- viously lost on the passage 189 from fever. The Fusilier is represented to be fully insured.
GREAT STORM AT ST. PETERSBURG. The following is an extract from a private letter re- ceived from St. Petersburg, dated July 12th:— Last night the most fearful storm of wind ever recollected here commenced at midnight and lasted for a few hours. Between one and three o'clock the violence of the wind was fearful-the iron roofing of the houses was flying about the streets like leaves. The damage done must be tremendous, particularly to boats and craft in the river and canals. The river is a mass of floating wood this morning. The wind was N.W., and the river rose with extraordinary rapidity—luckily, it was off shore from Nefski, so that the grain barques were partially protected, and we understand no great damage has been done to them. Many barques with hemp, grain, and linseed, that had arrived opposite the Hemp Wharf, were driven against the current up to the Imperial Winter Palace, and now lie floating, bottom upwards, against the bridge-the insurances terminated by their arrival at the wharf. We also understand several tallow barques to be sunk. There is no post from Cronstadt in, and the telegraph lines are broken in all directions, so we do not know what damage has been done at Cronstadt. The inhabitants of the islands in the river were much alarmed. In many places the islands were covered with water, and the damage done to the trees and to the buildings and country-houses upon them is fearful/'
:JfFnhn MM iJUi11r So as ? j £ a:sai CITY, JULY 19.-The stock markets remain very qúist The English funds and foreign bonds are, in nearly ail cases, quoted the same as yesterday afternoon. The discount market is unaltered. Consols are- now quoted 89 to 90 for money, and 90 to !for the cth of August. The official busi- ness report is as follows:—Three per Cent, Consols for money, 89J, 90; ditto for account, 90; Three per Cents. B:e- duced, 89i, f, f; New Three per Cents., 904, |, J,$; ditto Two* and-and-a-Hall: per Cents, 73; Exchequer Bills, 4s prem.; Bank of England Stock, 246,248 India Stock, 215, 218; ditto Five per Cent. Stock, 10if, t; ditto Bonds, 22s prem.— The railway market opened this morning at yesterday's closing quotations. The general tone of the market is dull. London and North Western stock is now quoted 123 to t; Great Western, 66 to i; Midland, 134 to 1; Lancashire and Yorkshire, 120f to 121! Caledonian, 131 to 132; South Eastern, 84| to 85J Great Eastern, 484 to 49; Metropolitan, 1371 to 138; Great Northern, 130J to 13H; ditto A, 1441 to 145J, The Corn Trade IvlARK-LANE, JULY 19.—Very moderate supplies of Eng- lish wheat on sale to-day, but the condition of the produce was good. Owing to the commencement of harvest-work in some of the most forward districts, the trade for all de. scriptions was in a sluggish state at Monday's currency. Only moderate supplies of foreign wheat were on offer. Very little English barley on offer, and the show of foreign only moderate. The trade trade slow, and late currencies with difficulty maintained. Malt met a slow sale, on former terms. A moderate business was passing in flour, at about previous currencies. LIVERPOOL, JULY 18.-Themarket moderately attended. Wheat and flour slow at late rates. Indian corn in brisk demand. Mixed American seld at 30s. Beans steady. Oats and Oatmeal fully as dear. COTTON, LIVERPOOL, JULY 19.-The market rather flat; but steady. Sales probably 6,000 bales. HAY, SMITHFIELD, JULY 18.—Mr. Charles Jamer, Erston 100s to lzOs; prime old hay, 115s to 130s; inferior ditto, 95a to 100s new ditto, 100s to 110s; straw, 288 to 33s. TALLOW, JULY 19.—The market is quiet at the following prices :—Town tallow, 41s 3d; Petersburg Y.C., on the spot, 41s 6d; October to December, 42s 3d to 42s 6d; December, 42s 9d; January to March, 43s 3d; March, 43s 6d to 43s 9d. HOPS, BOROUGH, JULY 19.—Messrs. Pattenden and Smith report the market continues without alteration since Monday last. A steady demand for consumption at firm rates. EGGS AND POULTRY, JULY 17.-Supply of Eggs still large, and prices on the decline, Scotch and Irish eliing at 5s 8d to 6s per 120; French, small, 4s 8d to 4s 9d; large, 6s 6d to 6s 9d; St. Malo, 53 to 5s 6d; Spanish, 58 3d to 5s 6d; and Ostend, 6s to 6s 2d; there is, however, a good demand. Supply of Poultry fully equal to demand, and prices lowering, best Goslings selling at 6s each; Fowls, 5s; Chickens, 3s; tame Rabbits, Is 8d; Ducklings, 3s; Pigeons, 9d; live Fowls and Ducks, 24s per dozen. FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, COVENT GAEDBK—Ex- cellent vegetables are now abundant, and of fruit there is a fair supply. French beans are sufficient for the demand. Strawberries and cherries are scarcer, but, on the other hand, less fugitive fruits of other kinds are begin- ning to make their appearance. Grapes audpine.apples are abundant. Cob nuts fetch fiom 50s to 60s per lOOibs. New kidney potatoes from Is 6d to 26 6d per dozen lbs. Fioweri ehiefly consist of orchids, heaths, azaleas, pelargoniums, mignonette, and roses. Pineapples, perlb., 4! to 6s: Grapes, per lb, 38 to 6s; Peaches per doz. 8s to 20J Nectallaes, ditto, 6s to 20s; Figs, ditto, to 12s; Strawberries, per lb, Is to 2s; Baking Pears, per doz, 2s to 4s j Apples, par sieve, Is to 2s; Oranges, per 109, Us to 208; Lemons, per 10C, 8s to 14s; Nuts, cob, per 1001b, 50B to 60S Brazil, per bushel, 18s; Almonds, ditto, 18s to Ms; Cabbages, per doz., Is 6d to 2& 6d; Freneh Beans per 100, 29; Peas. Dei; sieve, 2s to 4s; Asparagus, per 100 2s to 3s oa; email, ditto, Is to Is 6i; Potatoes, York B^ents. per ton, 100s to I14s, Rocks, do., 60s to 85s,-Flukes, 130s to 150s; new, round, 8s to 12s per cwfc.; do. kidneys, 8s tol2s per doz; Carrots, pr. bunch., 6d to8d; ditto, nsw, Is; Tur*ip.t, per bunch, to 6d: Cucumbers, each, 6d to is Oa; Beet, pet doz., Is M to 2s; Shallots, per lb., 8d; Garlic, per lb.,€d; LettuooSj per doz. Is to Is 6d; Endive, per score, Is to 2s 6d; Arti. chokes, per doz. 4a to be Horseradish, per handle, Is to 4s; Mushrooms, per pott.. Is to Is 6d: Parsley, per hftll sieve, 3eto4s; Herbs, per bunch, 6d. Cattle Market. METROPOLITAN, JULY 17 number about the same as On Monday last, and the average quality is aeain verv infori™ ri. -y iast> and the average quauty eur tS) ouo^^a Choicest descriptions readily make smaller- Ww"' The ™PPly of sheep and lambs is Calves and CeS a,re obtained, although trade is slow. l"<*t are seUing about the sameas on Thursday ?>0 n'dt) and Holland there are 2,150 beasts, calves, and 47 pigs; Scotland, 240 beasts; and Suffolk, 560; Ireland, 60; and 1,480 from the t,' J1 ern apd Midland Counties. i«rstoaeot81bs.B. d. s. d. *>est Scots, Hfd3.5 2 5 6 Joest Short-horap 5 0 5 2 2n d. qual. beasts 3 0 4 0 Calves 3 8 5 0 Pigs S 0 4 8 BestDns&i-bdss. 0 0 0 0 per stone of 81bs. s. do s. d Best long-wools 0 0 0 0 Do. do. shorn 6 0 6 4 Ewes & 2d. qual, 0 C 0 0 Do. do. shorn. 4 4 5 2 Lambs íI C 7 o Beasts at market, 5,010; Sheep and Lambs, 25,720; C&Tee 376; Pigs, 330. The Produce Market. MINCING-LANE, JULY 17. — There is a good demand for Sugar, and a slight improvement in the value; stoek iE: still reducing, and likely so to continue. To-day the "arms obtained were for Mauritius of low to fine brown onalitv" 27s to 32s; yellow, 32s 6d to 35s; grainy, 35s to 42s ? Eico, brown, 30s to 328 yellow, 33s to 39*. «rd Grainy Bengal, 36s to 42s.—A more ready gav v, refined Sugar, and the lowest quotations for Brown hunpc is 42s 6d per cwt.—Although Tea offering at previo^iT^^il terms, still purehases made with caution, the curr^v for low to good common Congou is 7|d to 10M lld to i Copack and Moning l37d tnl' <3uailties fine 2s 6d to 2s 9d. Duty was mid £ tt53' the past week on 1,108, 700 lbs. of 'Tea -Of Sf(lPsa3d'tolssT-Bla l^8 stronS: SloncinS ^o ls pLanff Clov!?^ P,ePPer, 3d.to4|d; white, 5d oil rflta f j to is :>d dittoZanzabar, Sfd to 111' -At nrPvfZ I s;t0 Cochin Ginger,' 56s to Dried Fruit IT,,? n, ^rms, and larger trade in Currants most in request.—Demand brisk ioL pI? pncea for fine Friezland Butter, 318s to if a!' J? quality, 96s to 112s; fine Dorset, 116s to nil m. Bac°n, 68s to 77s.—Saltpetre, still of sale: to reflection, at 24s to 25s; and English, re- nned, 28s 6d to 29s. «
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