PARLIAMENTARY JOTTINGS. --0-- D-URIN C, the past week the many idle rumours current in London concerning Ministerial changes were remarkable. The press insinuated this or that, and the public believed the insinuations to be facts. Which paper would be most likely to have a peep behind the scenes was canvassed. The Morning Post, with its Palmerstonian views, the Times, with Mr. Lowe as its authority, the Morning Star, with Mr. Bright in direct communi- cation, or the Herald, with its Tory views; but the fact was, that in each instance leading articles pointed to that policy which was most in accordance with each paper's views. A dis- solution was certain, said the Star; the Times saw no need of an appeal to the country, the Ministers had only to shelve" the Re- form Bill for another session, and then every- thing would go on comfortably; whilst the Standard and Herald hinted at Lord Derby being sent for, and absolutely suggested the Cabinet he would form. The weekly papers, such as the Observer and Sunday Gazette, tired of resignation and dissolution, fixed upon coalition. Meanwhile, Reform meetings were held in all parts of the metropolis and in the provinces, in favour of the bill before the House, and resolutions were passed to the effect that petitions should be presented to her Majesty to retain the present Ministers in power. Speeches characteristic of the men were given by Mr. Mill and Mr. Hughes in Westminster and Lambeth, and torchlight meetings were held, at which working men spouted to their hearts' content. I attended one on Saturday on Clerk en well-green, and of course the very novelty of the thing brought a number of persons together; J but, consequent on the noise and racket of a London thoroughfare, none but those who got places immediately around the speaker could hear j What was going on, although one man was so hearty in his delivery, and so energetic in his action, that he pulled off his coat and addressed the audience in his shirt sleeves. Anything will call together a London crowd. I j remember sorae years ago a gentleman made a J wager that he would collect some hundreds of persons in any London thoroughfare, and cause a sensation without uttering a word or making himself ridiculous. He chose St. Paul's-church- I yard, and he directed his eyes fixedly on the hall at the dome of the Cathedral. First, a London boy took a glance in the same direction, but seeing nothing, said to a "chum," "I say, Bill, canst see anything ? "Oh," he replied, there's something queer a walking round that 'ere ball." Presently others could distinctly see a dark figure, and then the crowd increased, and a veritable apparition was believed in. The gentleman walked away, having won his wager, but the people remained for hours afterwards, telling strange tales about what they did not see. Well, at this torchlight meeting I heard cheers and groans mingled, and saw hands put up, but did not know to what it referred. I turned to a man bedecked with medals, who stood on my right, and asked what it meant. Don't know, exactly," he replied, "but it's something against Glad- stone; I heard his name mentioned, and they are pretty hard upon him in that quarter." Well, as my readers may suppose, the exact reverse was the ca.se; the cheers were for Gladstone, and the groans for Lowe, Elcho, and Co., the Adul- lamites. Now, do not let it be supposed that ignorance of men and politics is general in Lon- don, from the incident I have Riven. All the London boys seem to know an Adullamite; and even in the daytime if Lord Elcho, Mr. Lowe, Lord Gfrosvenor, or Mr. Doulton pass along the streets, they are liable to be greeted in some such terms as Go to the cave with you," Down with the Aiullamites," &c. Passing over this chit-chat of the past week, let me refer to Monday. This was the day on which Mr. Gladstone was supposed to make a Ministerial statement in the House of Commons. Going down Parliament-street, you saw nothing to indi- cate that any sensational proceeding was about to take place, except about ten or twelve human sandwiches with huge boards, on which were the following four lines of doggrel verse- Upon this Bill we stand or fall, Upon this Bill we risk our all; But the third course we may pursue, The Bill may lie and we may too." Arrived at Palace-yard, I found a crowd of about 2,000 persons, who cheered or hissed according to their notions. Lord Elcho came in for every epithet they could place their tongues to, so also did Mr. Lowe, whilst Mr. Bright received an extraordinary ovation, and some of the Cabinet Ministers came in for their share of applause. Strange to say, Lord Bunkellin, who drove up in a Hansom cab, and absolutely faced the crowd, was entirely unnoticed. He seemed to me rather to court an expression of feeling, but the fact was they did not know him. Mr. Gladstone came quietly through the Lords' private entrance, and therefore got into the House without being noticed. Mr. Lowe coolly faced the crowd, and seemed to enjoy their yells. So much for the crowd—now for the inside of the House. Long before the appointed hour for busi- ness the members' seats were all filled. At four o'clock the private business commenced, and went monotonously on until half-past; the petitions were then presented, but no one cared what they were about, and they were deposited in the huge carpet- bag which hatigs at the table for that purpose. A few minutes before five o'clock Mr. Disraeli walked up the floor of the House and took his usual seat on the Opposition bench. The House was quiie silent, so also was it when Mr. Gladstone took his seat on the Treasury bench immediately opposite. At fi^e o'clock the Speaker called. "Notices of Motion," when Mr. Fawcett rose to give notice that the next day he would call the attention of the President of the Poor-law Board to the management of hospitals ia metropolitan work- houses. At another time this would have elicited a cheer, but so intent were the House upon what was to follow that all was quiet. A few minutes past five Mr. Gladstone rose; not a cheer greeted him, so intent were members in Jistening to what he had to say. But his speech was short, and to this effect; That the aoble lord at the head of the Government and himself had tendered their resignation to her Majesty) conse- quent upon the vote passed upon that day week, and other anterior proceedings, but that the Cjue had intimated that she couldnot accepttheir resigna- tion without due consideration, and that her Ma J esty was on her way to London, and an appoiatinen had been made for the noble lord at the lae&d of the Government and himself to have a personal interview with the sovereign the next day at one o'clock: he, therefore, proposed the House should adjourn until the next evening at six o'clock, when Parliament would be told her Majesti decision. No public busi- ness," he said, "could be well transacted until then >" but he urged upon members to allow the Packet Service Estimates to pass through com- mittee, as the amount was due on the fol- lowing day, and it would not be well for the credit of the Government to be behind hand in their payments. Mr. Childers, however, discovered th&t there was no precedent for passing estimates without due notice, and he therefore postponed it until the following day. The House was then adjourned, but members lingered to talk and dis- cuss in an unusual manner; the Adullawite51 were remarkable for seeking each other out and forming themselves upon one bench; there was Mr. Lowe, Lord Elcho, Mr. Horsmaxt, Earl Grosvenor, and all, in exaition. Jtwas ¡ asserted that this meant mischief; but the discus- sion which was going on amongst them was the peculiarity of the remarks made by Mr. Gladstone that the noble lord at the head of the Government and himself were the only persons mentioned. It was taken to mean that the colleagues of the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer were not entirely of his way of thinking. The crowd I have spoken of as outside remained, | and when Mr. Bright made hia egress at the door, J he was more lustily cheered than ever; the people J positively mobbed him, and it required a guard j of policemen to get Lord, Elcho and Mr. Lowe safely away. I On Tuesday the scene outside the House as well as inside was more exciting than on Monday. A rumour reached us that the Ministers would resign, but so many rumours bad been current that we would not believe it until we heard it from the mouths of Ministers themselves. The persons I outside the hall of St. Stephen's looked out for the Adullamites, and hooted them lustily as they entered the House, whereas the leaders of the Liberal party were cheered heartily. Inside the House of Commons members crowded everywhere, the seats were filled long before prayers, and there was an evident gaiety on the part of the Opposition such as I have not witnessed for some time. When Lord Dunkellin made his appearance he was loudly cheered by them, as much, as to say, Thank you for what you have done." The Ministerial side, on the other hand, cheered Mr. Gladstone heartily, aad. when he rose it was some minutes before he could speak in consequence øf the applause. The right hon. gentleman looked, I thought, haggard and careworn, but announced with becoming courage the policy of the Government that, having declared they would stand or fall by the Reform Bill, they were bound to take the latter course and resign, and the Queen had that day accepted the resignation of the Government. A similar state- ment was made in the House of Lords by Earl Russell. Thus the Ministers who came into power this session by what was thought a triumphant majority of 70, have been outvoted and displaced.
SHOCKING MURDER IN ROSEMARY- LANE. At the Thames Police-court, on Monday, Patrick Harrington, an Irish labourer, 77 years of age. was brought before Mr. Paget, charged with the wilful murder of Peter Mann, his son-in-law. The fatal affray took place in Rosemary-lane, Whifcechapel, on Sunday night, at 12 o'clock. The murder was committed in the street in the presence of several persons. Mann and his wife were quarrel- ling, and her father, the prisoner, interfered, and with. out saying a word plunged a knife into his son-il, -law's breast. The unfortunate man fell, exclaiming, I am stabbed." Dr. John Loane, of No. 1, Dock-street, Whitechapel, was fetched directly. He found the man was dead. He only survived three minutes after he was stabbed. There was a large wound on the right side of the chest, from which blood had issued freely. The prisoner fled directly he had stabbed his son-in-law. Inspector Dandy, of the H division station-house in Leroan-street, immediately sent coasftabka in all directions in pursuit of the prisoner, who was soon in custody. The knife was found in the street, near the custody. The knife was found in the street, near the place where the murder was committed. Cornelius Leary, a tailor, and hia wife, who saw the prisoner stab Mann, gave evidence to that effect. Dr. Loane believed the wound was the cause of death, but he could not state what internal parts were injured until the post-mortem examination of the body. Mr. Paget committed the prisoner for trial. The horrible affairnas created a. great sensation in Rosemary-lane, where rows and fights among the Irish have been frequent. An immense number of Irish assembled in the street all night, and there was a good deal of excitement, wailing, and groaning. The prisoner was brought down to the court in a cab, which was immediately surrounded by a great number of persons. Some difficulty was experienced in remov- ing him from the vehicle.
CRYSTAL PALACE ROSE SHOW. The rose show held at the Crystal Palace on Saturday was in many respects one of the best seen for a long time, and was a more than ordinarily complete display of the numberless varieties that are now cultivated in England of this lovely flower. The show was made up almost exclusively of cut blooms; the few specimens of growing plants in pots, though fine and well blossomed, were not so noticeable as the examples seen at the May flower show in the Crystal Palace, or at the International Exhibition. The arrangement of the stands was excellent, and, with trifling exception, rosea furnished the whole collection. The stands were in a double bank, extending down the centre of the northern nave from the great transept to the fountain basin of the tropical department. On either side toward the facades of the Fine Arts' Courts, the whole space was filled with rOBes, presenting every variety and tint of scarlet, pink, white and yellow. The Rosaceous plants are only capable of these colours and combinations of them. That one flower should furnish forth so large and grateful a display as this argues not only the remarkable popularity of it, but the possession of other qualities than mere splendour. The beauty of the rose, its weath of petals, its rich yet doliesate odour, and the soft opacity of the number- less fiue shades of colour it produces, have given it an imperial position in the floral world. To look, on Saturday, down the long lines of rich blossoms stud- ding the fresh green moss, on which they were arranged with brilliant crimsom, rosy carmine, maroon, through which the rich damascene tint could be seen, as well as every shade of red and glossy pink to white, and yellow bright as a canary's wing, was to gain an impression of luxury which might teach one to appreciate Cleopatra's resource when she feasted her Anthony ankle deep in rose leaves; or when the great triumvir himself, dying, sighed to have roses scattered on his bier. The Egyptian Queen and her lover never had such magni- ficently large blooms of so many shades in colour to inspire them, but doubtless gave their admiration for the quality that really wins our love now—the exqui- site odour which every rose-leaf bears. Now, it is an incontestable fact that this quality is being deterio- rated by over cultivation, and what may be said of many plants now grown for shows-iniatance the azalea -may be said of the rose; perfection of form, and other beautiful distinctive qualities, are baing sacri- ficed in striving after naked splendour of colour and simple bigness. The blooms are produced larger and larger, the petals are more loosely set, they blow and fall sooner, and undeniably the scent is weaker. These observations do not, of course, apply to all the varieties recently introduced, but rather indicate what seems to be a tendency of horticulturists which it may be well to point out. Roses have been naturalised in England for more than three hundred years, but only in comparatively recent times have all the arts of cul- tivation been applied to this tribe. It is not denying the immense developments which the beauty and richness as well as variety of the flower have received to plead against any sacrifice of natural beauty in order that more artificial or showy attractiveness, calculated only to excite wonder, may be gained. The usefulness of such a complete show aa that on Satur- day, of any special flower, is that we may be enabled to detect the character of whatever effect the skill of the cultivator has produced, as well as to enjoy the pleasant sight. The principal and most sue. cesslul oi the professional exhibitors was Mr. J. Jleynes, ot Salisbury. In each of the five classes for nurservineri he took a first prize. Class 1 comprised 96 varieties, one truss of each; class 2, 48 varieties, three trusses of each; class 3, 24 varieties, one truss; and the 5th class, 12 varieties, one truss. The principal prize takers, besides Mr. Keynes, were Messrs. Paul and Son, Cheshunt; Mr. J. we Mitchell, Maresfield; Mr. C. Turner, of Slough; Messrs. Francis, Hertford; Mr. Fraser, of Ley ton, and Mr. J. Walker ox 1 iiame, Oxon. The specimens contributed by amateurs were as numerous, and almost as fine, as those of the nurserymen. Messrs. Paul and Son took the first award for the beat collec- tion of new roses of 1864,1865, open to all; and Mr. Keynes gained the second prize in this class. Some very beautiful blooms of gladioli were sent by Mr. S. Brown, of Sudbury, Suffolk; one eolvBJii fulgens, a new variety, is very handsome, of an int&Bsa crimson scarlet, shaded in the centre of the flower a fine blueish. purple. The form is bold and elegant. There l was a ¥firy .full at-toudance-in all, 19,037.
¡ VOLUNTEER REVIEW IN HIDE-PARK. On Saturday afternoon his Royal Highness the t Duke of Cambridge, the Commander.in-Chief, re- viewed in Hyde-park a force of about 15,000 volunteers, which was composed chiefly ef metropolitan corps, but included also a few battalions from the country. An erroneous impression had got abroad that the Prince and Princess of Wales would be present, and this circumstance, added to the legitimate attractions of the occasion, brought together an enormous gathering of spectators, among whom were many officers of the regular forces, a large proportion of members of both houses of Parliament, and more than a fair sprinkling of ladies. The various battalions assembled at the places of rendezvous between four and five o'clock, and marched to the various gates of Hyde-park, which had been assigned for their entrance. His Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief arrived upon the ground shortly after five, accompanied by his staff, and was received by Lieutenant General Sir Hope Grant, G.C.B., to whom the command-in-chief of the volunteer force had been entrusted, and staff, and by the commanders of the various divisions. As his Royal Highness rode into the park he was received with loud cheers by those who surrounded the entrance, and the acclamations gradually increased and extended as he passed along the lina of spectators, and his presence was made known to those who could not actually see him, by the running up of the royal standard at the saluting point. The alignment having been completed, the various battalions were drawn up in review order in continuous columns, awaiting inspection. Although the force which was assembled was a comparatively small one, the appearance which it presented was striking and imposing. Almost immediately upon hia arrival the Dakc of Cambridge, accompanied by Sir H. Grant, and at- tended by their united staffs, rode over to where the volunteers were posted, and passed along the whole line, one band selected from each brigade play ing as the cortege went by. As soon as his Royal Highness reached the left flank of the force assembled, he gal- loped away with his staff, aDd took post at the saluting flag, which bad beea hoisted nearly opposite to Dudley- house. On his way to this position, he passed pretty closely to the line of spectators, and was again greeted with hearty acclamations. Almost before the inspection was completed some of the troopswere in motion, and as soon as his royal highness reached the saluting point the march past commenced from the right flank, the whole order of movement being right in front. Sir H. Grant rode in advance of the leading division of the first brigade, but, after saluting the Commander. in-Chief, he took his place by his side, and witnessed the marching past of the force. The first brigade consisted of artillery and engineer corps, who made an excellent appearance (the scarlet uniforms of the engineers contrasting vividly with the deep blue tunics of the artillery), and most of whose companies passed satisfactorily the ordeal of public scrutiny. The second brigade, which was com- manded by Lord Elcho, included two corps which have always been celebrated among volunteer regi- ments, his lordship's own corps, the Scotch, and the Inns of Court, or Devil's Own, which, under the com- mand of the late Colonel Brewster, occupied, perhaps, the very first position among the metropolitan corps. Towards the close of the review Lord Elcho was very cordially hissed. The first brigade of the second division was under the command of Lord Grosvenor, who was greeted with seme shouts of Adullam." His lordship's partial unpopularity, however, exercised no unfavourable effect upon the reception of the corps whieh he commands, and the Queen's Westminster, who were as usual one of the strongest corps upon the field, were repeatedly cheered for the smartness and excellence of their marching. The Irish passed by in gallant style, and elicited numerous expres- sions of approval and sympathy. The City of London brigade was imposing by its number (upwards of 1,200 men), and in no way feU short of its old efficiency; bat the public admiration was most warmly excited by the marching of the cadets, and both this company and a similar one attached to the Working Men's Corps were greeted with loud and general shouts of Bravo, boys Among the other metropolitan corps which deserved and commanded most approval were the Civil Service, the St. George's, one or two of the Surrey regiments, and the Tower Hamlets corps. After all, however, the greatest admiration was ex- pressed for the country corps, of which there were five battalions present, viz., the 1st Berks, 1st Derbyshire Administrative Battalion, two battalions from War- wickshire, and the 1st Nottingham, or Robin Hoods. The marching of all these regiments waa first rate, and the size and stature of the men of which they are composed contrasted most strikingly with those of the members of some of the metropolitan corps. Some companies of the Berkshire regiment carried knapsacks, and a good deal of amusement was occasioned by the appearance of the butt marker of the regiment, who was at first mistaken for a drum-major. Ttis officer,carried in his hand the disc which he uses in the discharge of hia functions, and was dressed in an entire suit of scarlet, reminding one very forcibly of the dress in which Mr. C. Keen played "Mephistopheles" at the Princess's Theatre some time ago. After marching past, each battalion wheeled to the left, and regained its original position in the align- ment all the officers were called to the front, and the whole force advanced in close column of battalions. When within a 100 or 150 yards of the po6itiori occu- pied by the Commander-in-Chief they halted and saluted", the united bands of the household brigade playing "God save the Queen." As the last strains of the national anthem died upon the ear, the Duke of Cam- bridge left his position in front of the flagstaff, and rode from the ground amidst loud cheers. The commanders of divisions and brigades and all the staff officers, in- cluding aides-de-camp and brigade-majors, were then called to the front, and Sir Hope Grant informed them that he had been requested by his Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief to express to them his great satisfaction with the manner in which the volunteers had performed the various movements which had been executed. The various regiments then faced to the west and marched from the park in the order which had been prescribed. As it may possibly form the subject of future dis- cussion, and possibly of inquiry, it may be well to mention a circumstance which occurred in connection with the West Middlesex Corps, commanded by Lord Radstock. This regiment was attached to the 3rd brigade of the 2nd division, under the command of Colonel Loyd Lindsay. Its place of rendezvous was Gloucester and Sussex-squares, and some 150 or 160 of its members had assembled at the hour appointed, when the following notice was placed in the hands of Capt. Dear (who, in the absence of Major Btidgman from ill- health, was in command) by the adjutant, Captain Pennymore, who was not in uniform, and who, it is alleged, had closed the armoury, so that many mem- bers of the corps who would otherwise have attended were unable to obtain their rifles:- WEST MIDDLESEX RIFLEs.-The commanding officer regrets to find that the number of names of those who wish to attend at the review in Hyde-park is not nearly enough to form a separate battalion; under these circumstances, he ia sure that those who do wish to go would not like to be broken up and tacked on to strange regiments, and he is confi- dent that they will agree with him that the reputation of the regiment would be damaged by its appearing merely as an appendage to other corps. While he is sorry for the disappointment which thus must occasion to some, he requests that no member will join the ranks of any other corps, but rather take this opportunity of witnessing as spectators those manosuvres in which they have so often taken a part. No volunteers, even in uniform, will be allowed within the divisional enclosure.—(Signed) RADSTOCK, Lieutenant-Colonel 9th Middlesex Rifles. Head- quarters, Lord's Cricket Ground, June 23, 1886." D In the face of such an order as this, Captain Dear, despite the demands of the men, declined to lead them into the park; but when the circumstancel3 were re- ported to Colonel Lindsay, he attached the two strong companies which had assembled to the North Middle- sex, under the command of Colonel Whitehead, and under the direction of that officer they took part in th6 review. It was reported that although the order which we have quoted above bore the signature of Lord Radstock, his lordship's resignation had pre- viously been received at the War-office, and the whole affair was productive of the greatest dissatisfaction among the members of the corps which was concerned. Although the review was on the whole a great suc- cess, the metropolitan corps, as a rulo fell short of their estimated strength, which was over 18,000. The Derbyshire, Warwickshire, and Nottinghamshire battalions, however, greatly- exceeded the numbers which wore promised, and when it is reeollectad that they were collected and travelled from various parts .of their sesjsective on Saturday morning, and had to return thither the same evening, the labour which they underwent, and the appearance which they presented in the field were most creditable to these corps.
OUR C8TY" ARTICLE,, THE return of confidence in the money market is besoming more and more marked day by day, and there is now every reason to hope for, not only a moderate, but a considerable alteration in the position of affairs in the course of the next few weeks. The breaking out of war on the Continent has produced no ill effect at home, for it had, so to speak, been "discounted" weeks before hostili- ties were commenced. Indeed, it is anticipated that, so far from suffering in our commercial affirs from what is transpiring abroad, we shall very shortly be reaping material advantage, as a great deal of the trade of the countries now engaged in conflict must necessarily pass throug-h our hands, and Continental money will find its way hither for employment and security. At present there has been a somewhat active demand for gold for the Continent, which has pre- vented the continued large arrivals from America and Australia from influencing our reserves as they otherwise must have done. But, neverthe- less, the supply of bullion in the Bank of England continues to increase, and its reserve of notes is likewise becoming rapidly augmented, by the return of those amounts which were withdrawn from its till by country bankers aad others in the days of panic and uncertainty. It is almost entirely in notes that the Bank's reserve suffered so greatly, for it has been one of the most remark- able circumstances attending the crisis we have lately witnessed, that even when it was at its height, and for the few weeks immediately follow- ing, there was a good store of bullion in the Bank's vaults. One moment's comparison of its recent position with that which it held in previous panics, will show how much better off the f stablish- ment has lately been in this respect, and will also form a criterion as to what may be expected in the way of recovery from monetary pressure, as soon as the movement is commenced. Ia the panic of 1847, then, the bullion in the Bank was as low as £ 8,312,000, and in the crisis ten years afterwards it descended to £ 6,4-84,000. Daring the last few weeks it has never been lower than Xi 1, 800, 000, and in the return for the week ending June 20 it was < £ 14,850,000—a recovery of three millions within a month. If we turn from the general course of affairs to particular ca,ses, we also find satisfactory symptoms of recovery apparent, notwithstanding that one or two more failures of small private banks have been recorded. The Consolidated Bank, for example, will, in all probability, resume its business on an early day, and an arrangement is in progress by which, even now, persons having a credit balance at the Bank of London will be allowed, under certain restrictions, to rank against either bank for their claims. No doubt a large number of the depositors of the Bank of London will gladly accept the opportunity thus afforded them, instead of waiting until the affairs of that bank can be liquidated in due course. An effort will also be made to re-establish the Agra and Masterman's Bank. The difficulty is greater in this case, but the statement of its affairs which has been published is of a less unsatisfac- tory nature than had been anticipated. Still, tak- ing into account the loss of a portion of the paid- up capital, and of the whole of the reserve, the total defiüiency cannot be much under a million. At a meeting of the shareholders a resolution was passed in favour of a voluntary winding-up, and a Vice-Chancellor's order to that effect has since been obtained. Much disappointment has been felt by depositors in this and other suspended banks, that the ex- cellent suggestion made for their relief, that "certificates of indebtedness" should be issued, has not been acted upon. Their money is now completely locked-up until the process of liquida- tion can be completed, whereas if such certificates could have been obtained, there would have been no difficulty in procuring advances upon them. To persons whose entire resources were deposited in these banb-and there are, unhappily, very many such-r-the matter is one of the most serious and urgent importance. All that was wanted was simply a document certifying that on the books of the bank such an amount was standing to the credit of a particular individual. Mr. Milner Gibson appears to have been in error as to what was actually desired when he stated that the necessary certificates could not be issued until liquidation was complete. This would undoubtedly be the case if it were requisite to know what the depositors would eventually receive; but it was oniy the amounts due that were required to be certified, and this could have been done almost immediately. The certificates so given might then have been taken into the market, and it would of course be for buyers or lenders upon them to consider how much of the sum owing was likely to be paid, and to value them accordingly. It is not too late for some step of this kind to be taken now, if the matter is properly brought under the consideration of the Government, and their consent obtained to an Act empowering the ar- rangement. Tiie Committee of the London Stock Exchange have finallv decided to confirm the resolutions previously passed, to the effect that no alteration shall be made in. the present mode of dealing in bank shares, which has been found to admit of- serious abuses. They have, however, reduced the period within which such shares shall be delivered, after the purchase, from ten days to seven.. The reason given for declining to make the alteration so urgently pressed on the committee—namely, ¡ that sellers of shares should be bound to give the numbers, or to guarantee the oond fide nature of the sale in some similar way—-is, that by such means shares would become less negotiable, and thereby public inconvenience would arise., The of opinion is decidedly against the course resolved on by the committee. We learn that the public still requiro to be informed that the sovereigns of the Sydney mint are now legal tender in the United itiugdom. Bankers and others ficid that the offer of Sydney sovereigns is occasionally demurred to by their customers, and that an explanation, is necessary. Certainly the Order in Council by which the new regulation was established, should have been made public in some more prominent manner than any which we have yet seen adopted.. We extract the following information from the circular of S. W. Silver and Co., of 60 and 67, Cornhill, and 3 and 4, Bishopsgate Within, London:— SUM"MARY OF LATEST COLONIAL INTELLIGENCE. VICTORIA, April, ISGJ.—Ttirifi Bill passed. Tbe Lite rains have had very beneficial influence on mining operation. SOUTH AUSTRALIA, April, 1866.—FA.ll in tha prices of wheat —a severe check on farmers. Foreign grain lias been imported in large quantities. NEW SOUTH WALES, April, 1866.- Government intend lending" seed to distressed farmers. Large quantities of breadstuffs still arriving1 from Chili and California. CAPE COLONY, April, -It is reported that gold bas been discovered in the vicinity of the Crocodile river, Transvaal. CANADA, April, 1866, In consequence of the abrogation of tbe Reciprocity Treaty, the value of Candiaa produce has risen 25 per cent, ill the frontier markets. —
Dr. Hunter, of the Tron Church, Edinburgh, (lik d at his residence ia Edinburgh, on Thursday morning, at the advanced age of 78. Dr. Hunter was son of the eminent Dr. Andrew Hunter, Professor of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh, and minister in the Tron Church, who died in 1809. He was also gr&n<kon of the Bistfi, Losd Napier, on tha side of his mother.
The Money Market. CITY, JUNE 26. -Thpro is still a strong feeling oi von&. dence in City circles, and the belief is almost general that, the directors of the Bsaii of Sr-gland must reduce the r.t.: of discount on Thursday next Consols are firm, at the.risw of yesterday. Foreign stocks have advanced, the most important upward movement being in Italian Bonds of 1831, notwithstanding: tha defeat of the Italian army by tha Ans- trians. Banking and financial shares show a favourable ten- dency. Credit IToncier and Mobilier have experienced a fresh advance of 7s 6d. American eeenrifres are exceptionally heavy, and have receded, owing to the remarkable risetill gold at New York. Owmsftothe almost general anticipation that the 11,77kii rate will be reduced on Th ursday, there i3 very little bti ;ii: e.» in the discount market, and the current quotations show Ill) variation of importance. Consols are now quoted 8G| to |, ex div., for nacsej-j, and 86 to 87, ex div., for the account (July 10). There is not much business in the railway market, to-day, but the chief stocks are firm. London and North-Wester stock is now quoted 1161 to i; Great Western, 521, to 53; Midland, 124-J to 1; Lancashire and Yorkshire, 121-Jt»0'Jj. South-Eastern, 69 to 70$5 Great Eastern, 36t to Cale- b donian, 126 to 127 5 Metropolitan, 129$to 130$; Gre^fc Northern, 120| to 121$; ditto A, 131 to • and Xiondiisij. Chatham, and Dover, 25 to 26.
The Corn Trade.. LANE, JUNE 25.—The show of English whmbw* small this morning, and only moderate arrivals have com", to hand from nbroa.c1, We had a firm but not very aotivo market. The small supply of English wheat was cleared of X. Flour was in fair demand. Bn,rley was in request. rihe supply of Oats is moderate. Arrivals at the ports of call are few in number. of grain are heM at the full advance of last week.
CUJIKETJT PBICES.—KHGIJSE. i:'er Qr. j Tex Q?, WHEAT. s. S. OATfI S. N. I,:Cx.,Knt.,r(l., olcl 68 to S7 Scotch* feed" 23 to 27 „ „ new 42 to 52 Scotch potato .H 26 to 31 Esx., Ent., w., old 58 to 63 Irish, white 21 to M » 41 to 53 black 19 to Norfolk and Lin- BEANS. coin, red, new — to — Sfazagsua 83 to S7 BARLEY. Tick 37 to 4$ Malting 33 to 41 Harrow 42 to 4 Distilling 23 to 81 Pigeon. 44 to 48 <3rindiug 25 to 23 PEAS. MALT. Grey S3 to 35 Essex,Norfolk, and 3:> to 3& Suffolk 56 to 65 White 37 to 4y ilinffstonandWare 58 to 67 FLOOB. Brovm 48 to 53 ,Town made, :pm BTE. 2301bs 4-8 to 50 New 26 to 23 Household 42 t,, OATS. Country .r 36 to 39 English,feed. 23 to 26 Norfolk & Sull'olfc, „ potato 26 xo 31 ex ship 84 to KS JTOUEIGH. WHEAT. OATS. Dantzic and Konigs- Danish & Swedish. £ 2 to 1'7 berg- 50 to 61 Russian 21 to 27 Rostock & Mecklen- BEANS. burs 48 to 58 D;l11ish He to 39 Danish 41 to 40 Egyptian 35 to 39 Russian, hard 44 to 4G soft 45 to 49 J 3Iaple 87 to 41 imerican, red 48 to 50 I Boilers 36 to 40 „ white 47 to 53 LXDIAS COKS. BAKLEY. White 31 to St) Grinding 2l) to 30 I Yellow" 31 to 35 Distilling 33 to 35 Fioun, Malting 36 to 40 French, per eiack 3-5 to S3 OATS. Spanish, „ 35 to 38 Dutch, brew 22 to 23 American, per barrel 26 to 33. „ feed 21 to 24 I Canadian „ 26' to SO LIVERPOOL, JUNE 26. — The market moderately ut. tended fair demand for Wheat at full rates of Friday, Flour didl of sale at former prices. Indian Corn Arm; mixed,, 29s 6d, Peas and Beans Is dearer. Oats and Oatxaeal srsv~ port late rates.
Meat and Poultry Markets NEWGATE AND LBA.DENKA.TjL,—There axvmofernl.e- snppHes of meat, and the trade is finn. Per 8Ibs. by the carcase:— B. d. 8. d Inferior beef 3 6 to 3 10 Middling ditto 4 0 4 4 4 6 4 8 Ditto small 4 10 5 0 pork 4 0 4 10 Inferior mutton 4 8 5 0 Middling ditto 5 2 5 6 Prime ditto 5 8 6 0 Veal 4 4 5 8 Small pork 5 0 5 8 Lamb 6 8 7 8 Turkeys, each 0 0 0 0 Goslings, each 8 0 9 0 Fowls, each 2 0 3 01 0. d. to C. Capo-.ns, ettett. o ff Ü Chickens, 0t1,ch 1 9 2 <5 Ducklings,each 2 f> 3 t> 'RABBITS, each 1 FL 1 FI Hares, each 4 0 5. 0 Grouse, each 0 0 0 Û .Partridges,EACH 0 0 0 0" Pheasants,each 0 0 0 0 Pigeons, each. 0 8 0 '10 Osteud fr. butts?,, per doz. iba. 11 fi 14 0 English ditto. 1:1 0 15 t French esrs;?, 120 5 6 7 J! English disto. 8 0 !) J METROPOLITAN. — A statement of the supplies antf prices of fat live stock on Monday, June 28, 1865, as COB.. pared with Monday, June 25, 1866 :—■ Per 81ba. to sink tbe offal. June 26., 18S5. J una ifo, 188c, s. d. s; d. 8. d. s. d. Coarse and inferior Beasts 3 6 to 3 10 3 10 to 4 Second quality ditto 4 0 .4 4 4 4 4 10 Second qu, Prime htrge Oxen 4 6 4 8 5 0 5 4 Prime Soots, &c 4 10 5 0 5 6 b jj Coarse and inferior Sheep 4 4 4 6 3 8 4 i> Second quality ditto 4 8" 5 0 4 4 •> 0 Prime coiu-fie-'voolled ditto .5 .4 5 6. ?■ 2 » & Prime Southdown ditto 5 8 5 10 5.10 b t) Lambs 6 0.7 6 6 8 8 Large coarse Calves 4 0 4 6 4 d «> '■ Prime small ditto 4 8 5 0 5 b •■> ID Large Hojs 3 8 4 2 4 0 4 Neat small Porkers 4 4 4 8 4 c J
Fruit and Vegetables. COVENT-GABDEN, Jun s 23.—large quantities of gooiSer have been received this week trooathe Continent, especially cherries, which are very Home-grown produce is also abundant. Grapes are plentiful, as are '11so pine- apples, strawberries, cucumbers, &c. Peas are now arriving in excellent condition. -0 chitfly consist of deutzias, orchitis, heaths, camellias, pelargoniums, azalea,s, migno- nette, and roses. Fn-u IT. s. d s. d. I s, A. s., cJ. Apple* p bf-sieve 4 Gto8 0 Peaches,per doz. 10 0 15 0 Grapes, per lb. 3 0 8 0 j Pears,kitchen, da 0 0 0 6 Lemons,p. 100 6 0 10 0 dessert „ 0 0 0 6 Gooseberries qt. 0 6 0 9 Pineapples,p. lb. 6 0 10 0 Nuts,cob,1001b 0 0 0 0 Strawberries,p. lb. 10 4 0 Filberts,pr lb. 0 0 0 0 Walnuts, pr bh. 14 0 20 0 Oranges, p.100 6 0 12 0 I Chestnuts, do 8 0 16 (I VEGETABLES. 8 d s d! » fl s d Artichokcs,per doz.3 0 to C, 5 0 Asparagus,per bun. 3 0 8 OjMustard& Cress,p.p-0 2 0 0 Beans,kidney.p.100 1 0 2 0 Onions, perbushel.7 0 10 0 Beet, per dozen 2 0 SO -lijig, 0 0 U Broccoli, p. bundle 1 0 1 6iParsley, per 1. sieve 2 0 3 0 Cabbages, per doz. 1 0 2 OlParsuips, per doz.l <> 2 0 Carrots, per bunch 0 4 C 81'Peas, per qfc. ^3 Cauliflowers,p., doz. 2 0 6 0|Potatoes,York rie- Celery, per bundle 2 0 2 61 gents, per ton Sir 0 90 0 Cucumbers, each 0 3 1 0iRooks, per ton uU 0 /0 0 Endive, per score.1 0 2 SjFla^erf, per -on 105 0 V~D Garlic, par lb 0 10 0 OiKidneys, per cwt. b 0 la 0 Herbs, per bunch.0 6 0 OjRadishes, p. 12 bn. 0 0 10 Horseradish, p.bn.2 6 4 0|Birob«trb, p. bundse 0.4 .0 >, Leeks, per bunch.0 3 0 0 senate,per punnet 0 0 0 ) Lettuces, per score 1 0 1 6 Spinach, per bush. 2 0 rf. Mint, per bunch .0 3 0 4,Turmps, por buiich 0 9 lu
London Produce Market. MINCING-LANE, JUNE 23.—SUGAR.—The market for raw has opened quietly, but steadily, at about last week's prices. Befined, 43s 6d, is still the price of brown lumps, at wní;,c, there is a moderate demand, and otlhtr goods in COFFEE.—Tne sales are limited to small parcels of plan- tation Ceylon at last week's currency: previous prices &a» bid for native, but no sales of importance are reported. TEA.—The market is quiet, but firm. COTTOH.—A good btishiapa ha.s again been transacted at ft further advance of d per lb. HEMP.— £ 33 to £33 10s paid for St. Petersburg oleau, OUT bales sold at steady prises. COCKIHEAL.—Business is doing at firm prices.
PRICES OF BUTTER, CHEESE, HAMS, kc., at per w 5 -LLLtter: Eriesla.nd, 106s to 108s Jersey, 90s to Dorset, 114s to 120s. Fresh: per doz., 105 0.1 to Us Oct,. Cheese: Cheshire, 72s to 84s; Double Gloucester, 74s to 7os; Cheddar,76sto84s; American, 66sto74s. Hams: Yorfc^new, 90s to 100s; Cumberland, new, 90s to 100s; Irish, new 90si t,o 100s. Bacon: Wiltshire, 7215 to 78s; Irish, green, toSs to 725$.. HOPS, BOROUGH, JUNE 25.—Messrs. Pattendea and Suaaiii report that the demand for all descriptions of both -L.ng.UKli and foreign hops continues brisk, at advanced rates. Tjt) accounts from the plantations both here and abroad, con- tinue extremely unfavourable j vermin generally on t.a.8 in- crease. TALLOW, JUNE 26.—The market is steady. Spot, 46a June, 45s 6d to 46s; Jnly to bepcember, 453 fid to 4o« October to December, 4Ss. COTTON, Liveiipool^Junh 26 —'The1 market, rather quiet* but prices are st.eady. &iuea 10,000 bale&. HAY MARKETS— Smithfield. I CuMLozland. ) Smithfield. | Cui&cexhmd, | s. d. s. d.1 s. d. s. d.' s. d, s. d. Meadow Hay.. 80 0 to 110 0 80 0 to 112 0; 80 0 to 110 0 Clover WOO 182 0100 0 130 o'loo 0 13. <• Straw.——J 33 0 44 Oi 40 0 45 0] 38 0 44 0
Effective Sermons.—The Bristol Daily Pos* says, "Mr. Sturgeon, tfce celebrated proach6F, via:l»ci I Ta,unton on We^nesrlfty, and. preached two eloqires?! discourses, which. were attentively listened t > by thousands of persons who flocked" from all parts., Several robberies woj-a committed tha day, j:L( one lady bad her pocket pioked.of-&.0,