AGRICULTURE. -+-- Harvest Prospects. In a large portion of the country harvest operations are now in full swing. Owing to the long continuance of bright sun and hot weather the crops have come to maturity at least three weeks earlier than usual, and generally bear a most promising aspect. Daring the winter months there was a good deal of snow and a general heavy rainfall, which penetrated deep into the earth. This was much wanted, as the long drought of last summer had thoroughly parched the ground. The spring was backward, bat when it did really set in, it was a more favourable one than we have had for years. We experienced less than usual of those cold blighting winds which so retard and cut up vegetation, and the consequence was that the crops grew most rapidly, the succeeding hot, dry weather having a most bene- ficial effect. As respects the wheat crop, upon which so much depends, accounts from all parts of the country are satisfactory. As a rule the wheats are thin, but on the other hand the quality is excellent, and the yield will be very heavy. Thin sowing has been very generally adopted, and with the most marked success. It is now found that in proportion to the distance between the plants so does the yield increase. The grain also is not only heavier but of a better quality. In some of the high and dry lands there is not much straw, owing to the very dry and hot month of June, but in the low lands there is plenty. Practical judges estimate that the wheat crop will be considerably above the average. Oats, rye, and barley all look equally well, and if we should have fine harvesting weather we think we may venture to predict that the cereal (irop will be larger than that of last year, and of as good a quality. Next in import- ance to the cereal comes that very essential esculent, the potato. Since the first appearance of the potato disease the plants generally never looked better, if so well. Some anxiety was experienced as to this crop about three weeks since. The weather had been un- usually hot and dry, and in many districts there were indications that the fruit was prematurely ripening, and it was feared that if the drought continued and was followed by heavy rain, the new potatoes would commence to grow. In some few cases this has been the case, and they have had to be dug up, when of course, although the yield was abundant, the potatoes were small. But the rain which fell about three weeks since could not have come more opportunely, and the plants, as a rule, look splendid. The haulm is strong, luxuriant, and clean, and no symptoms of the disease have shown themselves. A very large area has been planted, and if the weather should be propitious for digging the yield will be very satisfac- tory. The poorer classes, with cheap bread and plenty of potatoes, will be able to do with less meat, which is now, practically, almost beyond their reach. How, for inwiance, can an agwicultural labourer, with his nine and ten shillings a week, afford, after payment of his rent, &o., to buy meat at elevenpence and a shilling a pound. He cannot do so, and if he tastes animal food once a week it is as much as he can. The success of the potato crop is, therefore, of immense importance at this period. Great efforts have been and are still being made by the farmers and corn- factors to get the price of corn up, but the prospects of the season are so cheering, both at home and abroad, that we have very little fear they will succeed. The prospects of the fruit season in the spring were very cheering. Unfortunately, kowever, in many dis. tricts the dry weather has retarded the growth of strawberries, and when the rain did come, the plants grew so rapidly that they went to leaf instead of to fruit. The yield basi therefore, been very small. Of currants and gooseberries there has been an abun- dance. Of pears there is also a great crop. Apples, on the other hand, will be scarce as compared with last year. There was an abundance of bloom, and the fruit was well set. Eventually, however, there was a good deal of blight, and the dry weather caused a large quantity to drop off. What remains, how- ever, of the crop is excellent. Almost universally there is an immense show of plums, greater, indeed, than has been observed for several years. The hop growers are in high spirits, as in almost all the dis- tricts the accounts are very satisfactory. The bine is described as being strong and clean, and generally free from the flea and mould. In some of the more forward districts the plant is well in burr, and should the weather continue as favourable as it is at present, there will be a splendid picking. Owing to the repeal of the hop duty growers have planted very largely, and many of them, it is expected, will this year realise sufficient to more than recoup themselves for the short crop of the year 1862. But large as the supply is the demand is still greater, the consump- tion of pale ale and bitter beer feeing enormous; and although the Board of Trade returns show that the consumption of French and other light wines has very much increased, the quantity of beer brewed is greater than ever. The hay crop was abundant and excellent in quality, much better than last year; owing to the moist state of the ground there was, generally, capital bottom, and the crop, as a rule, was very heavy. The late rains have wonderfully improved the pastures, and in the marshes cattle fatten in a marvellously short time. This may, perhaps, tend in some measure to lower the price of butchers' meat, but we are afraid we cannot expect any great change until the graziers breed more largely than they do at present. One reason of the present scarcity is that, some few years since, the breeders overstocked themselves, and the importation of foreign cattle increasing, they did not get what they considered sufficiently remunerating prices, and therefore discontinued breeding to the ex- tent they did before. The present high scale of prices and constantly increasing demand, from the augmen- tation of the population, may now tempt them to re- turn to their former scale of breeding. The root crop, especially mangold wurtzel, looks very good, and grows rapidly. A large area has been planted this year, so that, in all probability, there will not be that scarcity of food for cattle which there was at the latter end of last and the beginning of the present Ye-. Looking generally at the harvest prospects, we see everywhere reasons for sincere congratulation, and if there be fine weather for gathering it in, we may reasonably flatter ourselves that the wonderful pros- perity we have enjoyed for the last few years will not be checked. The Malt-Tax and the Working People. When a large employer, says the Anii-Malt-tax Circular, like Mr. Joshua Fielden, publicly states that amongst a body of intelligent workmen such as those in his employ, there are a vast number who are in positive ignorance of the existence of a tax upon malt, or of its effect ro enhancing the price of beer, it can require no argument to show that, if the aid of the working population is to be made available to bring about the repeal of the malt-tax, the first thing needful is to open their eyes not only to its existence, but to its incidence and operation to show them how materially the exciseman interieres with the cost and the quality of their pot of beer, and how freely the Chancellor of the Exchequer invariably partakes of every draught they swallow, without the customary preliminary of being asked to drink. It often happens that an argument addressed especially to one given subject bears with marvellous force upon another of a totally different eharacter, and with which it has not even a shadow of connection. Thus, in a recent article in the Times on the Union Chargeability Bill, the writer remarks:— "It is not an argument against the measure that it has originated in the recommendations of economists and philanthropists rather than from any outcry ot the labouring class itself. There are, unfortunately, in every country those who suffer in silence through sheer ignorance and helplessness. They have never acquired the mental activity to agitate or petition, they look upon their fate as the natural order of things, and have never conceived it to be capable of change." Can anything be more pertinent than the above passage as to the ignorance of the working population on the subject of the malt-tax P The outcry for the repeal of that tax has not "arisen from the labouring class itself," but from economists and others who have marked its working. The great mass of the working classes, who are, after all, the largest consumers of beer, have assuredly suffered in silence through sheer ignorance," though not, strictly speak- ing, from" helplessness." On the contrary, they could unquestionably have helped themselves, and, there can be as little doubt, would have done so, had their knowledge been equal to either their will or their power. If they possessed-as they eertainly have done and do—the "mental activity to agitate and petition," they have not had placed before them the facts and the figures needful to stimulate that ac- tivity and set it to work. The working classes, and not only they, but the great majority of the country, have been taught to look upon the malt-tax in the same light as the poor have regarded the decrees of the Poor-law Board. The drinkers of beer have been accustomed to view a heavy tax upon malt as in the natural order of things." The very magnitude of the impost has tended to tnis re- sult only suggest the repeal of the malt-tax, ana the stereotyped reply is, See what it produceshow are five or six millions annually to be spared. In a word, the people have accepted a tax of six millions as "their fate," and "have never conceived it to be capable of change." Is not this a perfectly true re- presentation of the case ? „ The author of the very valuable P*ize Essay on the Malt-tax, Mr. R. L. Everett, makes the following per- tinent remarks on the quiet. submission to taxation which is the result of growing up 11 under it: A tax so oppressive to the poorest amongst us, no minister would venture now to propose. When first imposed, in 1697, it was so light as to be scarcely felt. Then, and for the following fiftyyears, it was sixpence per bushel. It was raised during the French war, a time of danger to the country which justified extra- ordinary pressure upon the people. Once raised— with that fatal facility of continuance which all taxes seem to possess-it has never been more than partially reduced. It has stood at nearly its present height for sixty-three years, so that the present generatioa has been born under its influence. It is surprising the difference which this makes. What we are born sub- ject to we take as a matter of course. We do not know the full weight of the burden we carry, never having been for one moment without it. It is thus that this tax has lieen allowed to remain so long. Were it now to be proposed as a new tax, the very people who patiently submit to its operations would, without hesitation, indignantly reject it." But changes are nevertheless brought about, even in matters where such conclusions as those referred to have long exercised their deadening influence. Economists and philanthropists have, as we have just seen, succeeded in removing the monstrous injustice that so long pressed upon the labouring poor, and that which was regarded as the "natural order of things" has been followed by a system far more deserving of the term" natural." That this has been accomplished without the aid or agitation of the immediate sufferers under the old rule, is a fact which may be hailed as an important encourage- ment to the malt-tax repealers, since there can be no question that they will enjoy the substantial ad- vantage of having the aid and co-operation of all classes of "sufferers" from the tax, so soon as the dense ignorance prevalent on the subject can be re- moved. The working population may be safely relied upon to evince safficient 11 mental activity," so soon as they shall have been enlightened upon the question, and it will then be found that they will no longer sub- mit to consider a tax of some seventy per cent. upon the raw material of the national beverage as the natural order of things," and will resolutely refuse to believe that so monstrous an abuse of the power of the Legislature in the way of taxation is not capa- ble of change."
HINTS UPON GARDENING. AALELEXIS, PIMELIAS, IXORAS, &c., now going out of bloom to be cut back freely and put in a shady place, where sprinkle their tops frequently, and keep their roots rather dry till they break, when to be re- potted. In repotting use the compost rough and lumpy for all except young plants. SAVING SEED.—Many choice border plants are now ripening their seeds, and whatever is required must be secured in time. Generally it is safest to gather the seed before it is dead ripe, as in many cases the pods open and the seed is scattered and lost. Cat off bunches with a portion of stem attached, and spread them on cloths, under cover, to dry for a day or two, and then put them in the full sun to harden. A shelf in a greenhouse is the best place, because there is less fear of them being scattered by wind. Label all seeds when gathered, to prevent mistakes, and of all hardy subjects sow a portion at once, and keep the rest till spring., CONSERVATORY will now need a revision, and a general change of occupants. Liliums and gladioli will now come in, and make a fine show with first class annuals and fuchsias. Specimen trees and climbers to be stopped and trained in, to assist ripening of the wood. MELONS need a brisk bottom heat to ripen the fruit, and to be kept rather dry. Those swelling fruit to be encouraged with a lining, and a moderate amount of atmospherio moisture. Keep the vines regularly trained, so that the leaves are exposed to light, as wherever they are crowded, the fruit will be found to damp off. PEACHES ripening off to be kept as cool as possible; hot sunshine and close air will spoil the flavour and cause the fruit to fall. Where the supply is larger than can be used directly, the fruit may be kept hang- ing longer by shading it with leaves; a few boughs of privet or fur hung up so as to screen off the sun from the branches on which the fruit hangs, and free venti- lation day and night, will retard the final ripening, and prolong the season of supply. Trees from which the whole crop has been gathered to be liberally watered and syringed, to keep the foliage fresh till it has done its work. PINES to be encouraged with a good heat and plenty of moisture. Those swelling fruit to have the help of a humid atmosphere by watering the paths and surface of the tan, &c., amongst the plants till the fruit begins to change colour, then keep the atmo- sphere rather dry. Young stocks to have air cautiously; the suckers rising from old stools to be earthed up, and have a brisk heat and plenty of water. VINES.-Late grapes require no artificial heat to ripen them properly, as the sun heat is above the average of the season. If the ripening is long about, the berries will have thick, tough skins, and will not keep well. Keep the houses dry where grapes are hanging, and those from which the crop has -been gathered take off the lights. STRAWBERRIES to be potted as soon as rooted, as they make roots faster in pots than in the open ground; and should we have a chilly autumn, a few of the best of the plants can be kept under glass, to ripen their crowns. Lay a few more of the best runners in pots, cut away all weak runners, and supply water liberally to runners and old stools. CAULIFLOWERS can be got out now on ground cleared of peas and beans. Trench deep, and mix the manure with the soil, so that it is evenly distributed through- out the mass. ONIONS lifted as we advised last week may in a few days be taken up and laid in the sun to dry. If the weather is wet, spread them in a shed, or on some dry mats in spare frames. In some country places they finish off the onions for storing by placing them in a baker's oven after the bread is drawn. This is a very good plan, and is a pretty certain remedy for bull- necks, and a green, soft condition; but it is not likely any orops will require to be artificially ripened this B6SISOIL« WINTER GREENS to be got out at every oppor- tunity, and with as little damage as possible to the leaves. It is horrible to see the way in which some people break and bruise the leaves of kale, cabbage, &c., in lifting and transplanting. Gardeners Maga- zine. <♦-
FACTS AND F ACETIÆ. Boast more of the penny saved than of the shilling squandered. Politicians make fools of themselves; pettifog- gers make fools of others; and pretty girls make fools of both. Dr. Johnson says, Good actions are never lost or thrown away." That is probably the reason why one so seldom meets with them. All our Arctic explorers have enjoyed one impor- tant advantage; in their deadliest perils they always keep cool. If a cause be good, the most violent attacks of its enemies will not injure it so much as an injudicious support of its friends. A country editor thinks that Richelieu, who de- clared that the pen was mightier than the sword," ought to have spoken a good work for "scissors." Jerrold called scissors "an editor's steel pen." An old maid who hates the male sex most venomously, cut a female acquaintance recently, who complimented her upon the.buoyancy of her spirits. The most remarkable instance of indecision we ever heard of was that of the man who sat up all night because he could not decide which to take off first, his coat or his boots. A sovereign once broken into, soon goes, and it is the same with a resolution. A resolution un- broken is hard as gold; once change it, and it is thrown, as it were, into so many coppers, and rapidly melts away. An apothecary asserted in a large company that all bitter thing were hot." "No," replied a physician, "a bitter cold day is an exception." Scrutinise a lawyer closely when he advises you to avoid litigation, and a doctor when he drinks your health. The earth is a tender and kind mother to the husbandman; and yet at one season he always har- rows her bosom, and at another plucks her ears. The Good Old Times. 1531. Paid 14s. 8d., the expense of bringing a heretic from London, and for one and a half load of wood to burn him, 2s. for gunpowder, Id.; a stake and staple, Sd.Recorcts of the Corporation of Canterbury. In Stratham Church is the following singular in- scription-which may be accounted strange, if true- Elizabeth, wife of Major-General Hamilton, who was married 47 years, and never did one thing to dis- oblige her husband." The Ladies.—The following poetical effusion is said to have been uttered by a matter-of-fact gentle- man on proposing the health of the ladies :— God bless our wives; They fill our hives With little bees and honey. They ease life's shocks. They mend our socks— Bat don't they spend oar money When we are sick They heal us quick— That is, if they do love us; If not, we die. And then they cry, And raise tombstones upon us." What is the difference between de blank verse and de poetry P said Sambo to a brother negro. Oh, that is very easy," replied darkey- I go to mill dam, Fall down slam. That de poetry. I go to mill dam, Fall down whoppo. That de plank verse." A Little Pedantry.—A gentleman driving through the United States of America desired to make his importance appear by his words, and having studied considerably on his journey, he drove up to a country inn, and to the astonishment of the youthful ostler, commenced—" Boy, extricate this quadruped from the vehicle, stabulate him, denote him an ade- quate supply of nutritious aliment, and when then the Aurora of morn shall illuminate the oriental horizon I will award you a pecuniary compensation for your amiable hospitality." The boy was dumb- founded, and, rushing into the house, said, Maister, maister, here's a Dutchman wants to see you It's Well it is no Worse.—After the American revolutionary war, Goorge III. ordered a thanksgiving to be offered up throughout the kingdom. A noble Scotch divine, addressing his Majesty upon the sub- ject, inquired—"For what are we to return thanksP That your Majesty has lost thirteen of your best pro- vinces?" The king answered, "No." "Is it then I that your Majesty has lost 10,000 lives of your sub- jects in the contest ?" "No, no, said the king." Is it, then, because you have lost a hundred millions of money, and for the defeat and tarnish of your Majesty's arms?" "No such thing," said the king, pleasantly, What, then, is the object of the thanks- giving ? Oh, to give thanks that it is no worse." "Fact, gentlemen," said a traveller, who was giving a crowd of gaping listeners an account of the strange things he had seen during his peregrinations in the far West; "the trees are so close together in Arkansas that you may travel for days together with- out finding them more than three feet apart; and then the game! such vast numbers of buffalo, and bears and wild cats; but in all the world I never saw such deer!" "What of the deer?" asked a sharp eyed descendant of Nimrod. Oh, the biggest, bouncing bucks you ever saw, was the reply. Why, my dear sir, the woods are perfectly alive with them, charging ab^t ™ great branching horns full four feet apart." Well, kj1*' if trees are only throo feot apart* and the deers £ orns fo?1* want you to tell me how they get through ? said Nimrod. Oh, well, that's their look-out, said the traveller. I have nothing to do with that." Parr and Lamb.—When Dr. Parr—who took only the finest tobacco, used to half fill his pipe with sa.lt, and smoked with a philosophic calmness saw Lamb, smoking the strongest preparation of the weed, puffing out smoke like some furious enchanter, he gently laid down his pipe and asked how he had ac- quired his power of smoking at such a rate ? Lamb replied, I toiled after it, sir, as some men toil after virtue."—Talfourd's "Life of Lamb." A Horrified Dandy.-A dandy, who was seated on the balcony of a Saratoga hotel, among a large company, was exquisitely dressed, and very highly perfumed with musk, which is very disagreeable to wme persons. A plain farmer happening to pass near him, commenced snuffing suspiciously, and, looking around him for the cause of jihis musky effluvia, he soon smelt out the dandy, and thus addressed him I say, mister, I can tell ye what'll take that smell out of yer clothes: just bury 'em under ground for a week. By uncle ran against a skunk once, aqd but before the sentence was finished the enraged dandy sped from the crowd to escape the shQluta of laughter, while the innocent farmer, who only meant to do him a kindness, was wondering what caused his sudden departure.—The American Joe Miller.
MR. DISRAELI ON THE RESULT OF THE ELECTIONS. The three newly-elected members for Bucks were entertained at dinner on Wednesday, at the Swan Hotel, Newport Pagnell, by their constituents. Mr. Disraeli, in the course of a speech of considerable length, observed: I cannot see myself that the result of the present election, so far as it has yet gone, is one which should cause any diminution of confidence in the great Conservative party in the country, and if we calmly consider the matter, I think I shall be able to offer reasons for that opinion. I will take a large aLd general view of the subject; accepting the returns of our opponents, I have no hesitation in saying that the Con- servative party in the new Parliament, when it meets, will not be inferior in numbers to the numbers that sup- ported .Lord Derby after the general election of 1859 (cheers). Let us admit, for argument's sake, that our opponents gain twenty members in these elections. Well, if they gain twenty you will find really that the state of parties is much the same when Parliament has met, and when the House of Commons has fallen into shape, to what it was when Parliament was dissolved. There are such things as petitions. These must an be decided on. By this time next year, when the House of Commons has fallen into its natural and legitimate shape, I believe it will be found that the position of parties is almost identical, so far as numbers are concerned, with what it was in the last Parliament. Considering that the Liberal party have been, for many years, in one form or another, in a position of authority; considering that the present Government has itself had the advantage of all the patronage of the country for the last six years; considering that the administration (I have never denied it) has been an able and successful administration, it is wonderful that under such circumstances a Conservative and constitutional opposition should be returned amount- ing to nearly 300 members. Gentlemen, the very case of the Government proves that there must be some strong reason for this. The English people know that there are principles afloat advocated by persons of talent and authority, hostile to the institu- tions of the country, though not openly avowed by the ministry. The people of this country, by their unerring instinct, know that the advocates of these opinions, which are hostile though not avowedly hostile, to the existing institutions, are the allies of the very Government which, while not openly sanctioning, recognises and sympathises with them in those principles and opinions. It is the unwisest thing men can do to" undervalue their opponents. The supporters of the present administration tell us, "It is absurd to say the institutions of the country are in danger." It is very well to say that our insti- tutions are not in danger. But on whom does the present or any Liberal Government more mainly de- pend than on Mr. Bright ? "c Mr. Bright is a man such that it were the greatest folly in the world to depre- oiate his abilities, or to look on his position as one of inferior quality, Mr. Bright is a member of the Heuse of Commons, who, as an orator and a man of great energy and determination, is second to no one. Mr. Bright tells us with the greatest candour and clear- ness what his particular opinions are, and what is the policy which he not only thinks the country ought, to pursue, but which, if the present administration continues a little longer in power, will ultimately be pursued. He never conceals his objects. He wants to change the tenure of laud in this country, Why, the tenure of land is the vital principle of society, and from that our institutions have drawn their specific character. Mr. Bright tells us, I am opposed to ecolesiastical institutions, and I hope to see the day when they shall be put an end to." Mr, Bright is opposed to the law of primogeniture; he holds it to be the duty of an English ministry to effect the complete emancipation of the land of England from the laws which govern it. Mr. Bright never conceals his opinions. His opinions, conceived in conscience, will be propagated with energy and recom- mended by unrivalled eloquence. Observe the posi- tion of Mr. Bright. Mr. Bright, in the last Parliament, was isolated. But Mr. Bright BOW is surrounded in the present House of Commons by a considerable body of members—men of talent, energy, and eloquence, which will make him a very considerable power. Do you think that any Government, because it calls itSblf Liberal, can keep Mr- Bright, the head of such a party, like a servant in the pantry, or waiting in the hall, while they are on the Treasury benches and in places of authority. It is quite impossible. It is, I am confident, from the instinct Englishmen have, that there is danger of this kind ahead, that we have this large Conservative opposition elected to Parliament. And it when Parliament meets we find an opposition numerically scarcely less, and which practically and ?r j j. ,1Ile8.s far better combined, I think we should be yielding to a panic for whioh there is no foundation, if we were to entertain for a moment the opinion that the power and influence of the Conservative party in this country are di- minished by the elections. On the contrary, I say it has been increased and confirmed, and that considering the circumstances under which the elec- tions take place, we have gone through the trial with undiminished energy and marvellous resources. The result of these elections to the Conservative party is one which ought to make them proud. If we had ob- tained a small increase of numbers we might have ob. tained the Government of the country, but we could not have maintained it witaout a decided majority. The Government have gained they say fifteen, they may have gained twenty, seats. It is my opinion .ha,t when Parliament meets and is properly settled into shape, there will be a Conservative party acting thoroughly in unison, not inferior in numbers to that which in the late Parliament eertainly, by the ad- mission of all parties, exercised a most important con- trol over the conduct of the Government That I be- lieve is a state of things which ought to encourage all those who are endeavouring to preserve the con- stitution in Church and State, and I am sure that if the spirit which animates this county be maintained, no danger to the institutions which we love and vene- rate can ever occur (loud cheers). "The Health of the Duke of Buckingham" was afterwards given and responded .to, and the assembly shortly afterwards broke up. ♦ J
A Veteran.-Died says a New York paper, Lti Cornish Maine, June 14, 1865, Mr. Abraham Day, of that town. He had attained the extraordinary age cf one hundred and nine years and eight months, having been born in the town of Hackmotac, State of New Jersey, October 29, 1755. He was a, soldier in the Revolutionary struggle as well as in 1812. He -S 10- ported as having been the proprietor of the first jion- foundry ever established in America. He carried cn that business for many years in New York, and after- wards in Portland, as well as in several small towns in Maine, until within a few years of his death, when he was obliged by the infirmities of age to rslinqtagh his post for younger and stronger Lanes to fLl.
Andrew Johnson has been dubbed LL.D. by Columbia College, U.S. One of the journals says No doubt Andy will write a very clever acknow- ledgment of the honour, while he will pile it away among his pardon papers, and give a general amnesty smile to his wife, whose assistance towards his earlier studies has become a matter of tender history." Fatal Landalip.-An accident recently occurred at Fulwood-road, near Sheffield, by which it is feared two lives will be sacrificed. For some time past ex- cavations have been going on at Full wood-road, in connection with the making of a new carriage way to the residence of Mr. F. T. Mappin. The practice by excavators has been to undermine a quantity of earth, and then, by means of pilea driven in from the top, to cause the earth to break away. That course was being pursued on Saturday, when about ten tons, of earth suddenly gave way, and two men, named respectively Peter Kelly and Patrick Kelly, were buried beneath. They were extricated with all possible speed, and re- moved to the General Dispensary. Peter Kelly was in a state of great prostration, and severely injured, and he died in about four hours after the accident. Patrick Kelly, whose thighs were fractured in two places, and his ribs broken, was still alive on Tuesday, but little hopes were entertained of his recovery. After the accident a small sprinar of water was discovered, and that was supposed to have been the cause of the slip, as the earth was but little undermined. An inquest on the body of the deceased was held at the Dispen- sary, by Mr. J. Webster, coroner, and a verdict of Accidental death" was returned,
SPORTS AND PASTIMES. ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.—The great fruit and vegetable show took place on Saturday, at the Royal Society's Gardens, when, in spite of the attrac. tion of the Wimbledon Review, there was a consider- able attendance of visitors. The pines and vines from Mr. Standish attracted much attention. The band of the Royal Horse Guards played an excellent selection of music. Amongst the company present were Edgar A. Bowring, C.B., Lady Chesterfield, Marchioness of Waterford, Lady Mary Stanley, Dowager Countess of Yarborough, Miss Burdett Coutts, Lady Egerton of Tatton, Lady Young, Harvey Lewis, M.P., Sir Edward Belcher, Lord Bolton, Lady Scott Waugh, Countess of Harrington, Sir Henry Taylor, Lady Taylor, Lady Ashbrooke, Mr. Washington Hibbett, Miss Hibbert, Vice-Admiral Sir James Stewart, &o. Among the prizes awarded by the judges were: Class C, collection of not I less than three pines, distinct, 1st prize, .£4, Mr. T. Young, gardener to C. Bailey, Esq., Aberdare; 2nd, .£3, W. Thomson, gardener to the Duke of Buc- cleuch, Dalkeith. Class D, pineapple, Providence, 1st prize, X2, to Mr. Allen, gardener to J. B. Clegg, Esq., Cheshire. Class H, grapes, 1st prize, .£5, Mr. Hill, gardener to W. Sneyd, Esq., Keele Hall. Class I, grapes—Black Hamburg, 1st prize, £ 3, Mr. J. Sage, gardener to Earl Brownlow, Great Berkhamstead. Class J, Muscat, Hamburg Muscat, single dish, 1st prize, .£3, Mr. G. Osborne, Kay's Nursery, Finchley. Class N, grapes, Canon Hall Muscat, 1st prize, £ 3, Mr." R. Budd, gardener to the Earl of Darnley, Gravesend. Class P, peaches, Mr. W. Tillery, gardener to the Duke of Portland, Welback, 1st prize £ 3. Class S, nectarines, 1st prize, £ 110s to Mr. G. Sage. Class V, cherries, black, three dishes, distinct, 1st prize, R2, Mr. R. Marcham, gardener to C. Oates, Esq., Hanwell. Class Z, strawberries, four dishes, 1st prize, Mr. H. Tillery. Vines in pots bear- ing fruit, Mr. J. Standish, Royal Nurseriss, Ascot, 1st prize, zC4; 2nd prize, Mr. Rogerson, X3. Class L, miscellaneous fruits, Mr. J. Fraser. 1st prize; 2nd prize, Mr. J. Carr. Class 1, collection of vegetables, Mr. R. Budd, 1st prize; 2nd prize, Mr. W. Earley; collection of peas, 1st prize, Messrs.. Hooper and Co., Covent-garien; 2nd prize, Mr. J. Yeitch, King's-road, Chelsea. Class 4, collection of potatoes, 1st prize, Mr. J. B. Whiting; second prize, Mr. A. Moffatt. Class I 11, turnips, three kinds, 1st prize, Mr. R. Budd; 2nd prize, Mr. Veitch. Class 13, mushrooms, 1st prize, Mr. R. Budd; 2nd prize, Mr. W. Earley. Class 14, cauliflowers, 1st prize, Mr. Whiting; 2nd prize, Mr. J. Phipps. Class 15, cabbage, 1st prize, Mr. R. B add; 2nd prize, Mr. Whiting. French beans, 1st prize, Mr. H. Exell. Rhubarb, Mr.V. Young, 1st prize; 2nd prize, Mr. H, Beasley. Beet, Mr. J. Whiting, 1st prize; 2nd prize, Mr. W. Young. Prophecies for Goodwood- Three of the principal sporting papers predicted the following to be winners at Goodwood:— The LAVANT STAKES—Bell's Life: The Primate, Auguste, or Mr. Pitt. Era: Auguste. Sporting Life: Mr. Pitt or Auguste. Sporting Gazette: Auguste or The Primate* 100 Sovs. SWEEPSTAKES (for four year olds)- Bell's Life: Baragah. Era: Baragah. Sporting Life: Baragah. Sporting Gazette: Lord Glasgow and Mr. Bowes may divide. The HAM STAKES-Bell's Life: The Bribery colt or Stoic. Era Wolsey. Sporting Lite: Esca or the Bribery colt. Sporting Gazette: The Bribery colt or La Muta. The GRATWICKE STAKES-Bell's Life: Bread- albane. Era: Breadalbane. Sporting Life: Bread- albane or Araucaria. Sporting Gazette: Breadalbane. STEWARDS' CUP-Bell's Life: Warrior, Paris, Biondina, Master Richard, Crytheia, Crisis, Castle Hill, Historian, and Scarborough the most dangerous, Mr. Ten Broeck, Mr. Merry, and Mr. W. Day's stables having the best chances. Era: Marigold or Paris. Sporting Life The best of William Goater's or John Days, with Crisis, Peon, and Liston. Sporting Gazette: Mr. Merry's best, with Paris and Anti- Macassar. FINDON STAKES-Belt's Life: Auguste or u- dent. Era: The Student or Auguste. Sporting Life: Auguste. Sporting Gazette The Student or Selim. GOODWOOD DEltBY Ben's Life: Longdown. Era: Longdown. Sporting Life: Longdown. Sporting Gazette: Longdown. GOODWOOD. STAKES—Bell's Life: Claremont or Hopper. Era: Claremont, Saspicion, Swordsman, Friday, or Camball. Sporting Life: Claremont or Blackdown. Sporting Gazette: Blackdown, Lady Hylda, Mr. Ten Broeck's, or Sprite. DRAWING-ROOM STAKES-Bell's Life: Gladia. tear or Longdown. Era: Longdown, in the event of Gladiateur being kept away. Sporting Life: Gladia- teur or Longdown. Sporting Gazette Gladiateur or Longdown. 300 Sovs. FILLIES S WEEPSTAKES-Bell's Life, White Duck. Era: Tibia. Sporting Life: White Dack. Sporting Gazette: Tibia. 300 Sovs. COLTS SWEEPSTAKES-Bell's Life: Archimedes. Era: Archimedes. Sporting Life: Archimedes. Sporting Gazette: Archimedes. GOODWOOD CUP-Bell's Life: Union Jack, after whom we would as soon stand Wild Charley as any- thing else, in the absence of Gladiateur. Era: Cam- buscan or Union Jack. Sporting Life: Eltham or Ely. Sporting Gazette: Union Jack, Eltham, or Cam- buecvn. 50 Sovs. SWEEPSTAKES (for three year olds)— Bell's Life: Wild Agnes. Era: Wild Agnes. Sport- ing "Gazette: Wild Agnes. MOLECOMB STAKES—Bell's Life: Redan, Ves- pasian, or Student. Era: Student. Sporting Gazette: The Student, Vespasian, or Redan. THIRTEENTH MEMORIAL-Bell's Life: Ely or Baragah. Era: Ely or Mr. Bowes's. Sporting Gazette: Ely or Baragah. FOURTEENTH MEMORIAL—Belt's Life: Gla- diateur, Farewell, or Wild Charley. Era: Gladiateur. Sporting Gazette Gla.diateur or Farewell. FIFTEENTH MEMORIA.L-Bell's Life: Student, or Bribery colt. Era: The Student. Sporting Gazette: The Student, Bribery colt, or Esca. ZETLAND STAKES-Bell's Life: Le Mandarin. Sporting Gazette: Le Mandarin. RACING STAKES-Bell's Life: The prior doings of Archimedes and Longdown make it a certainty. Era: Arehimedes, or Longdown. Sporting Gazette; Archimedes. SUSSEX STAKES 'Bell's Life: Jack in the Green. Era: Jack in the Green. Sporting Gazette: Jack in the Green. 200 Sovs. SWEEPSTAKES (for fillies)-Bell's Life: May be compromised. Era: Valeria. Sporting Ga- zette: Ischia. NASSAU STAKES -Bell's Life: Tibia. Era Tibia, or Araucaria. Sporting Gazette: Tibia, or Princess of Wales. CHESTERFIELD CUP-Bell's Life: Claxton, Red- mire, Pilgrim, or Wedding Peal. Eg-a: Tartar, Moes- tissima filly, or Tibia. Sporting Gazette Balham, lack Draught, Perfumer, Troubadour, Scarborough, £ axton, Sidewind, Tibia, or Pilgrim. UNURSERY STAKES—Bell's Life Proserpine, Nu- tation, Gladiator, Astceo, Loaf Sugar, or Strathfield- saye. Bi-a: Ion, or Gladiator. Sporting Gazette: Black Prince, Gladiator, Ion, Brimstone, Strathfield- saye, Lecturer, Hazeldean, or Monitress; and it is very likely to fall to the Lewes stable. MARCH STAKES-Bell's Life: Subject to previous results. Sporting Gazette: La Mechante, Blackbird, or Shrarmel. THE concert at the Crystal Palace on Saturday was I very well attended, upwards of 8,000 people being present. The disappointment caused by the illness of Mdlla. Adelina Patti was in some degree mitigated by the presence of Signor Mario, who sang two of his favourite songs. Return of admission for six days ending Saturday, July 22 (including season ticket holders), 69,864. THE match between the Paris Cricket Club and the Butterflies terminated on Sunday in favour of the latter. The first innings were 116, and their second 93, or 209 in all. The P. C. C. made in their first innings 65, and in their second 107, being a total of 172, so that the Butterflies won by 37 runs. FISHING IN THE THAMES. A correspondent says There has been a quantity of roach and dace taken at Staines-bridge this last week. One gentle- man caught 401b. and another angler was equally successful, some of the roach being over lib. in weight. Some good perch have also been taken. At Lalebam; JJarris says he has been out two days with a party, and caught twenty dozen of roach and dace, and a nice lot of gudgeon; and that on another day, with a gentleman, he had some good sport with the gudgeon, taking a few perch and six small jack. From Moulsey, Smith observes that the fishing there has been rather dull for want of rain, and that the only take worth notice was that of one party who took fourteen barbel, and some roach and dace. Johnson reports from Kingston that his son, with a gentleman, had got some good bream—that Clarke had caught some good roach, and that he had taken some jack of about 41b. and 51b. each, but that, on the whole, the bottom- fishing has not been good; there are plenty of fish he says, but he cannot catch them. The sport at Teddington this week has greatly improved; a large quantity of roach, dac6, barbel, and bream has been taken, the largest barbel being 8lb., caught by a 4 gentleman with W. Kemp, sen. A few jack have been taken under the weir." THE MOORS AND FonESTS.-Not for many years have sporting prospects on moor and in forest in Perthshire and other parts of Scotland been so auspicious as they are this season-the result of a splendid hatching period, followed by a tract of un- usually warm weather. A better crop of grouse has not been seen for many a day. The birds, too, are well grown, and will be so wild by the twelfth that even superior shots will be somewhat tested. We learn that large packs of birds have already risen upon the hills. The extent of moors this year in the market is something unprecedented. In Glenbraar, near Athole Forest, there are 11,000 acres to let; a considerable extent of grouse shooting in Glenquaich; 12,000 acres in Rannoch; 10,000 acres inGlenlyon; somewhere between 60,000 and 70,000 belonging to the Perth estate; and about 12,000 near Kenmore, on the estate of Breadalbane. Better preserved and yielding grounds than some of these moors are not in, the country, and the present appearance of all de- scriptions of game is everything that could be desired by the most sanguine sportsmen. Stalking is not less promising than grouse-shooting. Fawning is well ad- vanced, pasture abundant, and the weather good. Stalkers with reason, therefore, anticipate a treat in the forests.
DISTRESSING SUICIDE THROUGH GRIEF. On Saturday morning Mr. W. Payne, coroner for the City and Southwark, held an inquiry respecting the suicide, under very painful circumstances, of a widow named Jane Steel, aged 45 years. Eliza. Salmon, 34, New-street, Horsleydown, said that the deceased was married to a carpenter, who died recently, and was buried on Wednesday evening last. She grieved ex. cessively about her bereavement, and upon returning t?m ^anera^ said, "I do not think I shall live long after him. Do not be surprised if you find me dead. You will find a shroud in the house and put it on me." Witness at the time considered that the expressions were merely, the result of depression, and took no notice of them.. She was left some house property by her hushand and was in no pecuniary difficulties, She had one. child living. Henry Manchester, 45, New-street, said that he lodged in deceased's house. On the morning' of Thurs- day he found his landlady hanging by a rope to a hook in the kitchen ceiling. He called in some men, who cut her down, but the deceased was quite dead. It appeared that the deceased had not slept during the night after her return from her husband's funeral, and that in the early morning she procured a rope, and having made it fast to the hook while standing on the dresser, put the noose around her neck, and, jumping off, effectually hanged herself. The Coroner having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of "Suicide while in a state of temporary insanity."