PARLIAMENTARY JOTTINGS. WELL, the new Parliament has at length been assembled, but no business of any importance has yet been transacted. The ceremony of the 1st of February had little in it to interest the general public, and the several days up to the 6th instant only give opportunity to the members of the House of Commons, returned at the last general election, of taking the preparatory oaths necessary before occupying their seats. It is curious, however, that, previous to taking their oaths and seats, members are permitted to elect their Speaker. The Houses of Parliament were thrown open on the 1st instant. The first persons to take their seats in the Commons were the clerks, who ap- peared in their barristers' robes and wigs. The members strolled about the lobby and occasionally walked into the House, but without taking their seats. Presently the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod called for the faithful Commons, and the clerks and a few stray members marched to the House of Lords, where was the Lord Chan- cellor as the Queen's representative. Gentlemen of the House of Commons," he said, your first duty will be to elect your Speaker and record your election." Then the clerks returned to their seats. A few members showed themselves at the entrance of the House of Commons, and strolled along the floor. Sir Denis le Marchant, as chief clerk, then called upon the members present to elect a Speaker, whereupon Mr. Denison was proposed, seconded, and declared unanimously re-elected. Then the right hon. gentleman, in his Speaker's robes, was led to the chair by his prdposer and seconder, and took formal possession of his seat. On his way thereto his hand was shaken by the various members present. The usual oaths of allegiance were then administered to several members, and the dull ceremony was over. I should remark that the oaths are administered in alphabetical order. Thus, A is called first; then B. In English counties, however, Bedfordshire came first. After the county members, then the borough members were called; after which came Berks, &e. English counties having all been called, then the Scotch and Irish followed. It is rather a wearisome ceremony. As far as political matters are concerned, there are strong running commentaries upon men and things in the various clubs. In the Reform, to wit, the members are expecting much from Mr. Gladstone's leadership in the House of Commons; and in the same way as people discussed, in Lord Palmerston's lifetime, the respective chances of those who might succeed him, are mooted the chances of Earl Russell's state of health, and the probability of his physical power not enabling him long to retain the reins of government. It seems to be universally agreed, then, that no man canfill the high position of Prime Minister better than the present Chancellor of the Exchequer; but it is dually agreed that the Ministry want to be Materially strengthened, and many new names have been introduced to notice, who may eventually be shining lights in our legislative assembly. It is also stated that both Mr. Lowe and Mr. Stansfeld have had interviews with Earl Russell, preparatory, it is assumed, to their being asked to join the Ministry. It may be wondered by some persons how these circumstances ooze out. For many years this was a mystery to me, but a week or two ago, during a heavy fall of snow, I met with a respected contributor to an evening paper. I asked after his health, and he replied he was cold and miserable; and, in answer to further inquiries, he said he had been employed the whole day in front of Chesham-place, to notice who visited Earl Russell, his purpose being to find out who were to fill the vacant places in the Cabinet. I've been waiting there," he said, for the last three hours, and no one has called, there- fore I venture to predict that no new appointments will be made at present, as, don't you see, Earl Russell is going out of town for a week, conse- quently 1 must be right." It is in this way that some of the Cabinet secrets are discovered before the plans of the Ministers are absolutely matured. Speaking, however, of clubs, let me tell you that at the Carlton and Conservative some new features are to be noticed. It is there stated that Earl Derby has given his supporters to understand that he does not again desire to take high office in the Government, that his health and love of literary pursuits would make the turmoil of public business Unendurable, but that were his son, Lord Stanley, to take office, although the politics he professes are more liberal than his own, he would support him. The old Conservatives repudiate the idea, however, of serving any other leader than Earl Derby, but a great number appear to give a will- ing support to Lord Stanley. I heard a very strong argument upon this subject the other day, when the whole rank and file of the Opposition were gone over to find any one whom they could place as Premier, supposing both Earl Derby and Lord Stanley re- fused the honour. H Mr. Disraeli," it was said, might do as Chancellor of the Exchequer, but they ad not faith sufficient in him to place him at the helmof affairs; General Peel was ablunt, outspoken, honest man, but the restraints of office would be an irksome duty to him; Sir Hugh Cairns, how- ever high his ability, was not in sufficient health to take the arduous duty of Prime Minister, but was better fitted for the woolsack," &c. Such were the opinions I heard entertained, and I give them asrecelved, andgatherfrom them that whenever the next sfcruggie shall take place for the Premiership, it will be between Mr.. Gladstone and Lord Stanley. I should remark, however, that the latter nobleman, with all his great ability, lacks a certain physical capacity which orators ought to possess. His articulation is very imperfect, con- sequent upon some physical defects; thus his voice has a kind ot squeaking, ehildish Bound that is anything but agreeable. His speeches do far better to read than to hear. Nevertheless, he is greatly respected by members on both aides the House, and is believed to be a.n honest and sincere politician. The dun-coloured horses, used to convey royalty upon special occasions, have had a long holiday; I think they have not been used Or four years, but are now put in active exercise to onvey the Queen to Westminster on the 6th instant, when the Par- liament will be opened; instead, however, Qf the old-fashioned State carriage being Private closed one has been selected for the p P e. The principal reason given for this is, that t .glass carriage is said to be cold and comfortless in wet weather, whilst the private carriage will give uer tue opportunity of shutting out snow or rain, sa happen to fall upon the occasion, as tne p verbial Queen's weather does not now appear be depended upon. The Lord Chamberlain has had thousands oi applications for seats to view the opening, yet he has not power to grant fifty, for peeresses have a first claim, and then there are ambassadors who expect to be accommodated. On the occasion of an opening by Royalty the members of the press admitted are very limited-probably not more than ten, and these are composed of one from each important daily paper; the other portion of the reporters' gallery is filled up by ladies for whom the Lord Chamberlain is triable to find seats in the peeresses' gallery. It is a great and imposing sight, and one not easily forgotten. I have once seen it, and hope this year to view it again, and give my readers a foil description of ts grandeur.
SHOCKING DEATH FROM HYDRO- PHOBIA. Mr. Humphreys, Middlesex coroner, recently held an inquiry at the London Hospital relative to the death from hydrophobia of Charles Julius Erick, aged thirty years. Mary Scholdt, 2, Montague-place, Whiteohapel, said that the deceased was a German, and was by trade a turner. Witness had a dog, which was very quiet and well until nine weeks ago, when it bit some children. Witness tied the animal up in the yard, and when Erick, who was a friend of her husband, Magnus Scholdt, called, sha told him about what the dog had done to the children. Erick asked to see it, and he went out and caressed it, patting it on the head. The dog suddenly flew at him and bit him on the lip. The blood flowed down and the dog licked it up. When witness's husband came home he hanged the dog at once. Erick's wound healed, and he returned to his work. By the Coroner They had kept the dog twelve months. No tax was paid for it. Witness's husband earned on, an average 15s. a week, and out of that 4s. a week rent had to be paid, and two children had to be supported. Coroner: And yet you kept a dog, which you had to support, too. If the Chancellor of the Exchequer would only insist upon the collection of the dog tax, a great deal of serious mischief would be obviated, and he might be able to reduce the income tax. Mrs Anna. Ehren, 37, York-street, Commercial-road, the deceased's landlady, said that she remembered his coming home severly bitten about two months ago, but the wound healed. On Thursday he became strangely affected for the first time. He complained of giddi- ness, could not look at water, and could not swallow liquids of any kind. He got worse rapidly, and seemed to beoome mad. Two doctors saw him and treated him, but without any good effect. On Sunday he was carried to the hospital. Mr. Scholdt said that deceased knew the dog well, and used to play with it when he called at the house. Mr. Dove, house surgeon, said that the deceased was brought into the hospital in extremis. He died from hydrophobia soon after. The Coroner said that such oases as the present showed the class of people who kept dogs to the injury of their own underfed families. It would be a boon to the poor people's children, as well as a security against hydrophobia, if measures could be taken to abate the nuisance. In one street a sergeant of police had re- ported that nearly 100 dogs were kept, for not one of which the tax was paid. The jury returned a verdict, That deceased died from the mortal effects of hydrophobia, caused by the bite of a mad dog; and the jury recommend that the coroner should draw the attention of the Home Secre- tary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the fact that a great number of dogs are kept which are a nuisance to the public generally, and which endanger life; and to suggest that some steps should be taken to reduce the danger arising from the evil."
AN AMATEUR'S VISIT TO A WORK- HOUSE. Mr. David Greenhall, harness maker, of No. 43, Rupert-street, was charged at the Marlborough-street police-station with applying for and obtaining relief at St. James's Workhouse, he having money and other valuable property in his possession, and not giving a correct account of himself. Charles Densham, superintendent of the casual ward of St. James's Workhouse, said: Last night, about a quarter past nine o'clock, the defendant applied for relief, and was admitted to the casual ward. I gave him the usual allowance, and showed him his berth. I afterwards searched him, and found upon him 6s. 9|d., and other property. The defendant then said that he was a respectable man, and asked to be allowed to leave. I told the defendant that I could not permit that. The defendant was afterwards given into the custody of a constable (Cox, 177 C). Defendant: I had had a little more to drink than I ought to have had. The Superintendent: The defendant was quite sober. His only excuse was that he wished to see the place. Mr. Knox (to defendant): What are you ? Defendant: I am an army accoutrement maker in Rupert-street, and have been there many years. The Superintendent: He said he had slept at-Green- wich Workhouse the previous night. Mr. Knox (to defendant): What is your name. Defendant: Greenhall. Sergeant Stephens, acting inspector: That is the case, sir. His name is in the Directory," and he is known to the superintendent and one of the in- spectors. Defendant: It was a drunken frolic. Mr. Knox: Did the defendant consume any of the bread and gruel P The Superintendent: He ate some of the broad and tasted the grael. He then offered me his card, and asked to be allowed to go, saying it was only a drunken frolic. Mr. Knox: Then the defendant is really a trades- man in Rupert-street ? Sergeant Stephens: He is, sir. Mr. Knox: It is a very dangerous frolic. Do you know that you are liable to be sent to prison for a month, with hard labour ? Defendant: I am aware it was very stupid of me. Mr. Knox It is the first case of the kind that has been brought before me. I consider it a serious offence that persons of decent position should go to a workhouse and make a mockery of applying for relief, and if it is done by them it will be done by others. I do not wish to do that which may be of serious injury to you; and therefore I do not chooae to send you to prison, as I think that would be too great a punish- ment. I think the publicity the matter is likely to obtain, and the trouble you have been put to, suf- ficient punishment. I shall discharge you, seriously cautioning you against repeating the act.
FENIANISM. The Fenian trials are still proceeding in Dublin. The Commission, however, has ceased to cause any sensation. A proclamation was issued on Monday offering a reward of.41,000 to any person who will supply infor- mation leading to the capture of Stephens, the escaped head-centre. In order that his capture may be the more certain, the Irish Government has issued com- missions of the peace to military men stationed in Ireland, so that they may act in the double capacity of military and police in cases of emergency. Circulars were issued for a meeting of noblemen and country gentlemen in Dublin on the 1st of Feb- ruary, to consider the state of the country. The Dublin Gazette contains proclamations sub- jecting to the provisions of the Peace Preservation Act the counties of Sligo and Carlow, the barony of Ardagh, in the county of Longford, and the parishes of Drum, St. Peter's, and Kiltoon, in the barony of Athlone, county Roscommon. John Fottrell, who was arrested in Manchester, was put on his trial as a Fenian in Dublin on Friday. The principal evidence against him was a letter which he and a man named Patrick Soally wrote to the heads of the conspiracy at the Irish People office, intro- ducing a pensioner named Pettit, who was supposed to be a "friend to the eause;" Pettit had no other intention from the beginning than to employ himself as a.n approver. He Was hired in Manchester, and came over as drill instructor to the brotherhood. He was told that the plan of the intended revolt was different from 1848-that all the officers and non- commissioned officers were military men. There were (he was also informed) between 70,000 and 80,000 "stand of rifles" in and around Dublin, and that every ship brought over men from America be- longing to the Fenians, who scattered themselves among the people. This was a year ago. Mr. Butt declared Pettit "a perjurer." There were three approvers in the case Nagle, Pettit, and Warner- and of them he might say- I p^ree 'provers in three distant places born, Tr. an<l Cork, and Lincoln did adorn; effrontery the first surpassed, ia recklessness, in both the last; The force 01 Satan could no further go- To make a third he crushed the other two. The jury acquitted the prisoner. It turns °ut that the house where the twenty-one regimental ana cavalry swords were found was the meeting Place of an Orange lodge. No explanation has yet been given of the circumstance, except that the swords were used in some way in the ceremonial observances of the meetings held there. At a lata hour on Friday afternoon three young men were arrested in Dublin on a charge of Penianism, on being i found in possession of drill-books. They have, the police allege, been three months in Dublin, living without occupation. One is a machinist, another a bookbinder, and the third a shoemaker. The Irish Times is informed, on good authority, that the Government has discovered the whereabouts of Stephens, and that his arrest may be expected in a few days. There are in Dublin, known to the police as stran- gers—for the most part military Americans-no less than 2,000 persons who have entered the country within the last two months or so. These suspects have u, committed no offence, but their presence and appear- ance in the streets keep up apprehensions and injure business. Under the ordinary operations of the law the authorities cannot deal with them, and they may be engaged plotting an insurrectionary riot for St. Patrick's Day, or for any other future date. It is believed therefore that the Government will imme- diately apply to Parliament for a measure au. thorising them to suspend the Habeas Corpus Act. The Irish public would not object to such a pro- ceeding. The Government have given to the prin- cipal officers holding military commands commissions as justices of the peace, to enable them to dis- charge their duties in an emergency without a warrant from a civil magistrate. Hugh Francis Brophy, now on trial in the Commission Court, was arrested along with Stephens in Fairfield-house. A letter produced in evidence showed that the prisoner was giving orders for the making of pikes on the 18th of September, three days after the Irish People had been seized, which, the Solicitor-General said "af- forded a remarkable corroboration of the statement made by Stephens on the night of the seizure, that things would go on as usual. A man named John- son has been committed to prison in Belfast for having in his possession twelve rifles, and also twelve bayonets, packed in hay, and sewed up in hemp matting. The parcel was in a place of conceal- ment. There have been several other seizures of arms in the same quarter of less importance, and persons have been arrested for defacing the procla- mations. At Hillsborough Petty Sessions, in the county of Down, a man named, M'Donald has been arraigned on a charge of "writing and publishing a treasonable letter within the last six months, and with being a member of the treasonable conspiracy." When arrested he was in the American uniform. After a patient investigation, during which the prisoner, who defended himself, disclaimed Fenianism, he was let out on bail, to appear at the next day's sitting of the Court. The 83rd regiment, mustering about 800 men, arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon from Sheffield, Newcastle, and other towns, where detach- ments have been quartered, and in the evening were despatched by the City of Dublin Company's steamers Trafalgar and Windsor to Ireland, their immediate destination being the Curragh. It was believed that the 60th Rifles would follow in a day or two.
A BIRMINGHAM TRADESMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING. A machinist named William Scales, said to be in a large and respectable way of business in Skinner-lane, Birmingham, and who is a married man, thirty-six years of age, was charged at the Birmingham Police- court with stealing from Mr. Thomas P. Hawkins, of Dale-end, wire manufacturer, 160 worth of materials for making a machine. Honorary Detective-inspector Kelly, having stated the charge, added About twelve or eighteen months ago Mr. Hawkins engaged the pri- soner to make a machine on Mr. Hawkins's premises. During the time he was making the machine he had permission to go to the various persons who make materials and order what he wanted. There was no check against him, and the persons were paid off as the bills came in. It was ascertained that he made another machine at the same time at his own house, and it was known for some time that he had this machine, but Mr. Hawkins was not in a position till recently to prove that his materials were in it. Yesterday I went to Mr. Hawkins's, and we called the prisoner into the office, and I told him I was informed that the machine was at his house, and that the materials, or the greater por- tion, belonged to Mr. Hawkins, and he would be charged with stealing them. He said, Well, I don't want to be locked up." He behaved very well some time ago for Mr. Hawkins. He said, I would sooner you took the machine, what does belong to you, than I be locked up;" but he said, Mr. Hawkins knew I had itj and he agreed to take money for it. I was to pay him so much a week." I think that will be entirely denied. I said I would go with him to the place, and I there found a large manufactory, and ho counted out about half the machine, and said, "That belongs to Mr. Hawkins, and the rest is my own." Young Mr. Hawkins examined the place, and he found an immense lot of tools belonging to Mr. Hawkins that were worth aboat 4100. Even if Mr. Hawkins said he would take money for the machine, a great number of the tools he has removed from Hawkins's had no right with him at all. Mr. Hawkins is in London. I telegraphed last night, but have not yet received a reply. The Magistrates' Clerk: They will be proved to have been in Mr. Hawkins's possession ? Mr. Kelly They will be proved to have been supplied to the prisoner for Mr. Hawkins, and to have been paid for. Probably some of them never were on Mr. Hawkins's premises at all. but young Mr. Hawkins says some of them were, and the tools were. Mr. Walthew, solicitor, appeared for the prisoner, and said it was evident that the case could not be gone into that day. On a future day he should bi able to prove that all the transactions took place with the knowledge of Mr. Hawkins. He applied that the prisoner might be admitted to bail. The. prisoner was remanded but admitted to bail- two sureties to be bound in .£50, and the prisoner himself in £ 100.
BRUTAL TREATMENT OF A WIFE. Michael Kennedy, a labouring man, living at 26, King-street, Regent-street, was charged before Mr. Tyrwhitt, at Marlborough-street, with violently assaulting his wife Bridget. The Complainant (whose head was bandaged, and who had evidently been most savagely treated) said: I went home last night about half-past nine from a hard day's work, and my husband was in bed. I work at Mr. Emmanuel's, the diamond merchant, in Bond-street, and am paid 15s. a week, and although I take all the money home and food besides, yet I am knocked about. Yesterday morning, on going out, my husband called me the most disgusting names, and when I went home last night he jumped out of bed and ill-used me, and I am saturated with blood. He (prisoner) got me down, and holding my hair thumped my head on the boards and struck me, pulled, some of my hair out by the roots, and then kicked me, injuring my inside. He also knocked some of my teeth out. I went to the hospital and had my head dressed. Look at my clothes; I am smothered with blood. His language is not fit to mention. Mr. Tyrwhitt: Does he work ? The Complainant: Yes, he works. Mr. Tyrwhitt: Have you any family ? The Complainant: I have one child, and he has two sons by his first wife. Mr. Tyrwhitt: Can you keep yourself ? The Complainant: I can, but I don't wish to hurt him. I only want protection and peace. The Prisoner: Did you not begin singing and danc- inlr when you came home last night ? The Complainant: Nothing of the kind. The Prisoner: Did you not tear my shirt? The Complainant: Only in defending myself. Look at my hands-they are all bruises. Mr. Willis (the chief usher): Her hands are all bruises. Police-constable Roffey, 152, C I Vent to 29, King- street, in consequence of cries of "Murder," and found the complainant with her face covered with blood. The complainant gave her husband into cus- tody for assaulting her, when he said that she came in and sang and danced, and afterwards came to the bed and bit his hand, and that he then jumped out of bed and assaulted her. The Complainant: I did not bite his hand. The Prisoner said his wife camein drunk, and danc- ing and singing, and afterwards seized his hand and bit it. The Constable: The complainant was quite sober. After hearing a witness for the prisoner, Mr. Tyrwhitt (to the prison*): You will go to prison for six months with hard labour. The Complainant: Pray don't send him away. Pray don't. Mr. Tyrwhitt: I shall not alter my decision. There must bean example set wiih these brutal fellows when i a magistrate can do it.
OUR "CITY" ARTICLE. Little change has been apparent in the coudi- | tion of the money market during the past week. The return of the Bank of England was again a favourable one, although the increase of strength in the hands of the directors was insufficient to enable them to relax the pressure occasioned by the high discount rate of 8 per cent. The efflux of bullion has been checked, but no arrivals of specie have taken place, and although the return shows an increase of X38,926 in the bullion reserve, this change is attributable entirely to the return of gold from the provinces. While the continen- tal exchanges remain as at present, gold is not likely to be drawn thence to this country, but rather to leave it as soon as a less stringent hold is placed upon it by the Bank directors. The arrivals from Australia, the West Indies, &c., are therefore the chief sources of hope for such an in- crease in the stock of specie as shall bring relief to the market. A comparison of the Bank's accounts for the past week with those of the same period last year, shows that the reserve of coin and bullion is now lower by nearly one million and a quarter than it was early in 1865. It is now £ 13,070,760; it was then £ 14,317,215. While the reserve stood at the latter point, money was obtainable from the Bank at the comparatively moderate rate of 5 per cent. In January, 1864, when the reserve was much the same as at present, the rate of discount was also the same-8 per cent. If specie should now now in and cause a gradual rise in the reserve, we may expect to see a corresponding decline in the discount rate; but such a decline can scarcely be anticipated while the reserve is low, and there is known to exist an extensive demand for gold and silver, only kept in check by the high rate of dis- count. The demand at the Bank for diseount accommo- dation during the week, as shown under the head "other securities," was to the extent of £ 576,396. An active inquiry also existed in the general market, where the terms were easier than those of the Bank; and when it was found that the official rate remained unaltered, this inquiry increased to a large extent. The consequence was an advance in the general rates, which now stand as follows: —For bills of one to three months, 7 J per cent.; Bank bills of four or six months, 72 1 per cent.; trade bills of four months, 7f to 8J per cent. ditto, six months, 8 to 8t. Thebusiness in the English Stock Market opened in the week at a decline in prices, which was con- firmed by subsequent operations. Consols, quoted on the previous Saturday 87 to t, were done on Monday at 86J, 87. They have remained at this point, with but the smallest variation, throughout the week. The final prices in the offiaial list are 861, 7, 67 for money, and 87l for the account. The business in other Government securities was done at a similar reduction. So numerous are the channels now for a profit- able use of money, that investors in these securi- ties must be prepared to see lower rates prevailing than formerly. The great impulse given to com- mercial enterprise of all kinds by the introduction of the principle of limited liability, has had an obvious and will probably exercise a permanent effect on the Government stocks. Although mnnyof the schemes brought forward on this principle have proved wild, visionary, and dishonest, and have en- tailed severe loss upon incautious speculators, yet it is known that in the large majority of instances the principle has worked well-that it has given birth to sound enterprise, and increased vigour to trade; created profitable outlets for stagnant capital, and added to the material wealth of the country, on which it may eventually exercise an effect beyond present calculation. All classes have felt its influence, from the large capitalist down to the artisan who shares in a co-operative store. The result has been less and less inclina- tion to shut money up in "Three per Cent." stocks; and we cannot expect the current of public feeling to turn the other way, while the balance of new enterprise and investment shows largely, as at present, on the profit side. But to those who value a steady and secured income beyond all gains accompanied by a greater or less amount of risk, the Funds will always maintain their attrac- tion. Even investors in these securities at the pre- sent moment may profit by the increased activity of commercial enterprise, and the consequent higher value of money; for, at the present rate in the market, the stocks nominally bearing three per cent. interest yield, in fact, three and a half. And if capital formerly invested in Go- vernment stocks has been withdrawn for new undertakings, and the majority of those under- takings have been successful—which is capable of statistical proof—it follows that all parties are, to some extent, the gainers. Doubtless there are cases in which individuals have relinquished the substance of 3 per cent. for the shadow of 10; but these have themselves to blame for the extra- vagance of their expectations, and form by no means the bulk of the investing public. The Foreign Stock Market has generally been dull. Spanish were for a time favourably in- fluenced by the intelligence of Prim's retreat into Portugal; but the unfavourable opinion enter- tained respecting the internal affairs of the country afterwards led to a reaction, and prices closed at the rates of the previous week. Mexican declined to 1 per cent. The new Egyptian Scrip was quoted i dis. to ? prem. In the Railway Market, the few changes effected have been of an unfavourable nature. Great Eastern have declined fully 2 per cent.—to 38. The result of the recent inquiry into the affairs of this company has been the formal dismissal of the old directors and the appointment of a new board, which candidly avows that a considerable period must elapse before the shareholders can expect a favourable alteration in their position. Lanca- shire and Yorkshire shares also declined 2, and were last quoted 121. Great Western receded to 58!; London and Brighton to 101t; London and North-Western were 125J South-Western, 93f; South-Eastern, 74; Metropolitan, 1341, ditto Extension, 1 prem.; North British, 58; North- Eastern, Berwick, 1111; ditto, Leeds, 721 -g- 4- In Banking and Miscellaneous Shares, Alliance were last quoted 27; Australasia, 72; Bank of Egypt, 34; London Chartered of Australia, 23; London and County, with .£20 paid, 78J; London and Westminster, same amount paid up, 96%; Union of London, X15 paid, 51J. London Finan- cial Association were 161; Credit Foucier and Mobilier of England, 8f; National Discount Com- pany, 15|; Overend, Gurney, and Co., 208. In the shares of many of the new companies brought forward within the past few months no business whatever is doing. The public seem to have be- come alive to the necessity of caution in their speculations, and the high rates of interest obtain- able at the banks and discount houses further indispose small capitalists to investment in the general market. Now and then, however, an undertaking of formidable dimensions is still brought forward. One of those last presented to the public is the London, Asiatic, and American Company, which asks for a capital of a million, in £ 20 shares, to carry on trade between the three continents, on the basis of the business already transacted by several private firms. The Stock Exchange Committee have formally adopted the resolution of its sub-committee, as to the conditions in which new companies shall in future be mentioned in the official list. They thus still affect to retain those powers of super- vision which have been proved by past experience to be utterly futile.
Junb.cru anb Country gtarkels, I Money Market. CITY, JAN. 31.-In the Stock Exchange to-day the ne t are chiefly engaged in the completion of the fortnighuh r- tiement, and few transactions have taken place in ef and shares. The tendency of prices is dull, in conse c i of a strong demand for money, combined with the wlt: drawal of gold from the Bank yesterday. There is a good demand for money to-day, but ohitl loans in connection with the settlement in tke Stock change, where the rate for advances till to-morrow on EJlg, Iwh Government securities is as high as n to 8 per The charge for the best bills in Lombard-street is 74 1,1&!7 cent., with exceptional transactions at 7î. Consols are quoted 86f to f for money, and 86 to 87 for the account (February 8). In the railway market to-day attention is almost sively directed to the settlement of the fortnightly acco-r. and very little other business is going forward. London MI NorthWestern Stock is now quoted 1251 to 1; Great Westers.. 58Jtof; Midland, 123i; to T. Lancashire and Yorkshire, to Metropolitan, 135 to South Eastern, 73f- to 74 j ■ Caledonian, 128 to 129; Great Eastern, 38| to f: Gxeed Northern, 127 to 128; ditto A, 145 to î. BANK OF ENGLAND.—An Account, pursuant to Act 7 and 8 Viet., cap. 32, forthe week endiait on W, day, Jan. 24, 1866. 1SSTJE DBPARTSIE5T Notes issued £ 26,907,215 Government debt £ 11,015,105 H Other securities 8,634,90S? Gold coin & bullion 12,257,23$H Silver bullion -oJ¡ JB26,907,215 .e26,907.2W I BA.NKING DEPARTMENT Proprietors'capifc'l £ 14,553,000 Government seen- Kest 3,509,714 rities (inc. dead Public Deposits 3,439,945 weight annuity) M Other Deposits 14,130,091 Other Securities 19,423,2013 Seven days and Notes 5,934,835 other bills 404,815 Gold & silver coin 813,&&E -0- iB36,037, ",Or,w, H Jan. 25, 1866. MILLER, Chief Cashier. ■ The Corn Trade. H MARK-LANE, JAN. 31.-0aly limited quantities of HOIEF- grown Wheat Cbtme Jresb. to hand to-day, and nearly tiis whole of the supply was received in poor condition. Tb& few fine samples on offer found buyers at the rates current ex. Monday; but damp and inferior produce was almost unsala- tibip, at very irregular prices. There was a moderate suppVr of foreign Wheat on the stands. In all descriptions gaiasst progressed slowly. BARLEY, the show of which was moderate, moved dE M slowly. MALT quiet; supply good. Oaly moderate supplies of OATs were on offer; the 051". H mand was inactive. CURRENT PRICES.—ENGLISH. H Per Qr. 1 Per (Ir" 'WHEAT. S. B. j OATS B. B. Esx.,Knt.,rd., old 44 to 52 Scotch, feed 22 to 2f: new 36 to 46 Scotch potato 25 to 30 Esx., Knt., w., Old 53 to 59 Irish, white 20 to '27 „ „ nsw 41 to 51 „ black 19 to 26 Norfolk and Lin- BEAKS. coin, red, new — to — Mazagan 32 to SS BARLEY. Tick 35 to 38 Malting 3:1 to 40 Harrow 36 to 4V Distilling 28 to 31 Pigeon 39 42 Grinding 25 to 28 PEAS. MALT. Grey 34 to 58 Essex,Norfolk, and Maple 38 to 42. Suffolk 56 to 65 White 38 to 4S Kingston and Ware 58 to 67 FLOUR. Brown 48 to 53 Town made, per RYE. 2801bs 43 to New 26 to 28 Household. 37 to 39 OATS. Country 32 to 37 English,feed 21 to 26 Norfolk & Suffolk, „ potato. 25 to 30 ex ship 32 to 3& FOREIGN. WHEAT. OATS. Dantzic and Konigs- Danish & Swedish. 22 to 26 berg. 47 to 59 Russian. 21 to 25" Rostock & Mecklen- BEANS. burg 44 to 55 Danish 35 to SP Danish 43 to 46 Egyptian 37 to Russian, hard 42 to 44 „ soft 43 to 47 Maple 36 to 38 American, red 45 to 49 Boilers 38 to 41 white 49 to 54 INDIAN CORN. BABLEY. White 31 to so BABLEY. White 31 to w, Grinding 24 to 26 Yellow 31 to 35 Distilling SO to 33 FLOUR; Malting 32 to 34 French, per sack 33 to 3 £ OATS. | Spanish, „ 33 to S6 Dutch, brew 21 to 26 j American, per barrel 26 to 33. „ feed 21 to 25 Canadian 26 to 32 LIVERPOOL, JAN. 30.-The market remains quiet, but ix all articles there is scarcely any change to report. Meat and Poultry Markets. NEWGATE AND LEA.DENHALL-The supplies of maat are modjrate, and the demand steady. Per SIbs. by the carcase a. d. s. d. s. d. to s. d. Inferior beef. 2 10 to 3 2 Capons, each. 3 6 4 6 iifiddIillg ditto 3 4 3 8 Chickens, each 19 26 Prime large 3 10 4 0 Ducks, eich 2 6 3 ø Ditto small 4 2 4 4 Rabbits, each. 10 16 Large pork 3 8 4 2 Hares, each 3 6 4 6 Inferior mutton 3 8 4 0 Grouse, each 0 0 0 3 Middling ditto 4 2 4 6 Partridges, each 16 2 S Middling ditto 42 46 Partridges, each 16 2 S Prime ditto 4 8 4 10 Pheasants,each 36 3 9 Veal 4 0 5 0 Pigeons, each. 0 8 0 10 Small pork 4 4 48 Ostend fr. batter, Lamb 0 0 0 0 per doz. lbs. 120 14 6 Turkeys, each 4 6 10 6 English ditto. 13 0 17 0 Gaese, each 5 0 6 6 French eggs, 120 8 0 12 0 each 2 0 3 0 English ditto. 13 0 14 0 METROPOLITAN.—A statement of the supplies prices of fat live stock on Monday, January 30, 1865, M compared with Monday, January 29, 1866:- Per 81bs. to Sink the oSjlL Jan. 30, 1865. Jan. 29, 1886. s. d. s. d. s. d. a. d. Coarse and interior Beasts 3 6 to 4 2 3 6 to 4 i) Second quality ditto 4 4 4 10 4 2 4C Prime large Oxen 5 0 5 2 4 8 4 10 Prime Scots, &c 5 2 5 4 5 0 5 2 Coarse and inferior Sheep 4 4 4 10 4 0 48 Second quality ditto. 5 0 5 4 4 10 5 8 Prime coarse-woolled ditto 5 0 5 10 5 8 62 Prime Southdown ditto 6 0 6 2 6 4 68 Large coarse Calves 4 4 5 0 5 6 6B Prime small ditto 5 2 5 6 6 2 C fr Large Hogs 3 4 3 10 4 0 40 Neat small Porkers 4 0 4 648 5 fi Fruit and Vegetables. COVENT GARDEN.—Winter greens are still well sup- plied, and they are for the most part excellent in quality, Conspicuous among forced vegetables are asparagusy sea- kale, rhubarb, and French beans. Of good apples, both foreign and home-grown, there continues to be a scarcity. Pears, too, are by no means abundant; the latter consist Fruit and Vegetables. COVENT GARDEN.—Winter greens are still well sup- plied, and they are for the most part excellent in quality, Conspicuous among forced vegetables are asparagus* sesv- kale, rhubarb, and French beans. OE good apples, both foreign and home-grown, there continues to be a scarcity. Pears, too, are by no means abundant; the latter consist chiefly of Easter beurre, ne plus meuris, and buerr^ ranee, Grapes and pineapples are sufficient for the demand. Flowers chiefly consist of poinsettia pulcherrima, orchidia heaths, Chinese primulas, camellias, and roses. PRTTTT. Flowers chiefly consist of poinsettia pulcherrima, orchidia heaths, Chinese primulas, camellias, and roses. PRTTTT. 8. cL s. cL Apples,p.hf-sieve 2 0 3 0 Walnuts, prbh.14 0to20 C Grapes, per lb. 6 0 15 0 Chestnuts, do SO lo C Grapes, per lb. 6 0 15 0 Chestnuts, do 8 016 0 Lemons,p. 100 6 0 10 0 Oranges.p.lOO 4, 0 10 0 Melons, each 3 0 5 0 Pears,kitchen,dz.„ 0 4 0 Nuts,cob,1001b 160 0 0 0 Filberts, per lb. 0 9 10 Pineapples,p. lb. 6 0 10 C VEGETABLES. sd sd sdsa Beans, kidney,p.100 3 0 to 4 0 Cucumbers, each .2 0 to 3 6 Broccoli, p. bundle 2 0 Beet, per dozen 2 0 3 0 Brus. Sprouts,p. *-sv.2 0 3 0 Shallots, per lb 0 8 0 0 Cabbages, per doz. 0 9 1 6 Garlic, per lb. 0 8 0 6 Cauliflowers, p. doz. u 8 0 Lettuces, per doz.1 0 0 0 SeaKale,per punnet <s o do Endive, per score .1 0 2 6 Asparagus,per bun. 8 0 12 0 Artichokes,per doz. 4 0 6 0 Potatoes, York Re- Horseradish, p. bun. 2 6 4 0 gents, perton ••• 75 0 90 0 Mushrooms, per pot.l 6 2 6 Rocks,per 55 0 65 0 Parsley, per sieve .10 16 Flukes, per ton .100 0 120 0 Herbs, per bunch .0 6 0 0 Flukes, per ton .100 0 120 0 Herbs, per bunch .0 6 00 Kidneys, per cwt. 8 0 12 0 Leeks, per bunch .0 3 0 0 Carrots, per buncB 0 4 0 8 Mustard& Cress,p.p.O 2 0 0 Turnips, per bunch 0 4 0 6 Onions, per bush.3 0 5 0 Celery, per bundle 10 16 „ pickling, p.qt.O 6 0 G Parsnips, per doz. 1 0 2 0 Rhubarb, p. bundle 0 9 1 0 EadLsij.es, p. 12 bun.O 6 1 OlSavoys, per doz.O 9 16 Spinach, per bush.3 0 4 0) Spinach, per bush.3 0 4 0) London Produce Market. MINCING-LANE, JAN. 31.-SUGAR.-The demand con- tinues steady but not active at the previous currency, the transactions being chiefly confined to British West India. Refined: There has been a more active demand at firm ^COFFEE.—The public sales of Ceylon continue to go off with good competition. Plantation at full pricesi to a sagh, advance; grey and fine fine ordinary pale, 7os to 80s, ooio iTj low middling and middling, 80s 6d to 85s 6d; good and SCRUM.—A few sSes ^)f Jamaica are reported; also a small parcel of Demerara, at Is ad. RICE.-No sales of importance reporteci- SALTPETRE.—Fifty tons sold for arrival at 25s, usual -ai ^°COTTON. Previous prices are unaltered, but the demand 1S JUTE1—Nonpublic sales were held to-day, but privately there is a continued good demand at firm prices. COTTON, LIVERPOOL, JAN. 3L — The market steady, Sales about 8,000 bales. TALLOW, JAN. 31.-The market is dull at the follow- ing prices:—Town tallow, 45s 3d; Petersburg Y.C. on the spot, 46s; March, 46s; April to June, 46s; October to December, 48s 3d to 48s. HOPS, BOROUGH, JAN. 31.—Messrs. Pattenden and Smith report that the trade continues brisker than for some time past, prices in all instances being fully maintained. Choice descriptions are extremely scarce, and may be quoted of the two, the turn dearer.