PARLIAMENTARY JOTTINGS. THE Session of 1866 was brought to an end on Friday, and although the ceremony was not very imposing, it may interest some of our readers to have a description of the closing scene. The Royal speech, when delivered by the Queen in person, causes considerable sensation. Loyal people flock to get a sight of their Sovereign, and the sweet, musical tone in which her Majesty used to read these speeches, either at an opening or a prorogation, the distinct utterance of every word, and the apparent importance attached to each, riveted the attention of those privileged to hear it, and for a length of time left an impression on their mind of the deep interest her Majesty taok in public affairs-not a few giving utterance to the national feeling of God save the Qaeen," as soon as they were at liberty to do so. At these times the peeresses' galleries would be filled with all the rank, beauty, and fashion of the country, with their coronets glittering on their heads. The nobles would assemble in their robes, every seat I would be filled even up to the steps of the throne. Everybody would be on the tip-toe of expectation when the hour named fer her Majesty's arrival drew near, and punctual to the moment would be heard the flourish of trumpets, and the booming cannon, and then in Royal robes appeared the Queen, the Crown of England carried before her on a scarlet cushion. With a graceful smile she Would take her seat upon the throne, being sup- ported by those of the Royal family right and left, who had senior rank and precedence. How different was the appearance of the House of Lords on Friday! The hour appointed for 'their lordships to meet was half-past one in the afternoon. I arrived punctually, and took my seat in the gallery. The only peer then present was the Bishop of Limerick, who sat patiently waiting in his episcopal robes to say prayers when the Lord Chancellor should arrive. For some minutes the only other persons in the House were Sir Augustus Clifford, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, and two clerks at the table fully wigged and gowned. The vast row of empty benches positively looked melancholy. At length the messenger of the House announced the Lord Chancellor, who, preceded by his mace-bearer and purse-bearer, took his seat on the woolsack. j The heavy mace was deposited on the table, and then the purse, which, by-the-bye, is as large aa a good sized carpet-bag, covered all over with national and heraldic devices, was placed by its aide. The Duke of Buckingham's thick, set figure now entered, his grace wearing an ordinary frock-coat and check trousers, and after him came the philanthropic Marquis Townshend, with ambrosial locks parted in front. The bishop, with only those four peers present, kneeled upon the woolsack beside the Lord Chancellor and read the ordinary prayers, which consist of selections from the Common Prayer Book, commencing with the 67th Pdalm-" God be merciful," &e. Then followed the brief versicles, Lord have mercy," -&C. After which the pmyo* for ulie Queen, be- armaing- o Lord, our Heavenly Father," followed by a prayer specially for the Legislature, and ending with the collect, Prevent us, 0 Lord," and the benediction. Prayers being over, Lord Radesdale made his appearance and walked to his place at the table as chairman of committees, but in honour of the re- ] presentatives of Royalty, I suppose, he had put off ( for the nonce the otherwise invariable costume that he wears of blue coat, with gilt buttons, and yellow waistcoat, and was dressed in a suit of veritable black. In his official capacity he moved that certain gentlemen should be examiners of private bills, and then retired. Now there was a sudden move; the Lord Chan- cellor left the woolsack and retired to the robing- room behind the throne, he was followed by the < Duke of Buckingham, and the House was again j left with only a single peer, the Bishop of ] Limerick, who placidly took his seat on the Epis- ] copal bench. By-and-by entered five personages in gorgeous red and ermine robes, with huge cocked hats and wigs. These were the Royal Commissioners, con- sisting of the Lord Chancellor, the Dake of Buck- ingham, and the Earls of Bradford, Malmesbury, and Cadogan. Their lordships took their seats | on a bench placed for them immediately in front of the throne, which was covered up. The Lord Chancellor took the central seat, having two commissioners on either side of him. Presently the Gentleman Usher was called for, and Sir 1 Augustus Clifford appeared with his black wand of office, powdered and wigged, as a good servant should be, habited in blue and gold, with stars and ribbons. "Let her Majesty's faithful Com- 1 ttions be summoned to hear her Majesty's speech ] and assent to various bills," said the Lord Chan- 1 cell or. Away went Sir Augustus Clifford, through < the entrance behind the throne, and soon returned with the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, with his 1 great mace, and Mr. Disraeli, as Leader of the 1 House; beyond them were Mr. Walpole, General Peel, Sir J. Pakington, Sir Stafford Northcote, Mr. Adderley, Mr. Whitmore, and Mr. Hunt; several others were farther behind, whom I could not recognise. They came up to the bar in the most perfect order, which was rather remarkable, for generally it has been noted that like school- boys the members of the House of Commons rush] pell-mell to the Upper House, and make much noise and disturbance; but I was told that Mr. Disraeli insisted, upoiv this occasion, that proper etiquette should oe observed. He taking first place after the Speaker, as Leader of the House and the others following according to their rank in the Cabinet. At this time there were sitting on the Ministerial Bench the Earl of Longford and the Earl of Huntingdon. On the Opposition were the Mar- quis Townshend, the Earl of Cork, and Lord Campbell. These, together with the bishops and the commissioners, were the only peers present. After a word or two from the Lord Chancellor, a clerk at the table read the commission for giving a Royal assent to certain bills standing on the table. It was a lengthy document, mumbled away with the rapidity of 500 words a ininute. The reading was only attended with this cere- mony, that when the clerk came to the name of each nobleman on the commission, he turned and bowed; and in response each of their lordships, as he was named, raised his peculiar hat. This cere- mony being over, the Lord Chancellor, retaining his seat, as becomes royalty, said, My lords and gentlemen of the House of Commons, the several bills brought before your notice will be passed by the clerks as if her Majesty was present." The two clerks now moved to the far end of the table, with their faces to the throne, and their back to the Commons. The one placed himself at the right hand corner, having the pile of bills before him, the other, both being wigged and gowned, took the left. They each bowed very low to the commissioners, and the one on the right read the title of the bill thus:—" Her Ma- jesty's Royal assent be given to the Extradition Treaties Act Amendment Bill." The second clerk, who, by-the-bye, is Mr. Bethell, the son of Lord Westbury, said in Norman French, La reine le veut" (the Queen wills it); when, however, it was a private bill, such as "Turnpike Trusts Arrange- ment Bill," or a railway bill, the reply was, "Soit fait comma il est desire (Let it be done according to your wi-oh). When this business had been gone through, the clerks at the table tosk their seats, and the Lord Chancellor read the Queen's speech with emphasis and discretion. After this another Royal commission was read, empowering her Ma- j jesty's representatives to prorogue the Parliament. The Lord Chancellor then said, "In obedience to her Majesty's commands I now declare this Parlia- ment prorogued until the 25th of Octeber next." The members of the House of Commons bowed and retired, the commissioners rose, the Lord Chan- cellor walked down the floor of the House in State, preceded by the mace and purse bearers, the other four commissioners made their exit behind the throne, and the whole proceedings were over. The Commons followed their Speaker into the Lower House. There was a little farce yet to be performed, and I determined to see the last of it, and thus proceeded to the Commons. The Speaker was now brought to the level of an ordinary member, Parliament having been prorogued, he was no longer virtually in office, so instead of taking the chair, he stood at the table where the chief clerk generally sits, and went through the ceremony of repeating the Queen's speech, which every one had just before heard, a printed form being also placed in every member's hand. At the conclusion of this second reading Mr. Disraeli went up to the Speaker and shook him by the hand. He was followed by every other member, and then one and all shook hands with each other, and hastening out, shouted, Cab, cab," driving off here and there, as if about to pack up and be away for the holidays, just like boys leaving school. Thus the Session of 1866 has closed nominally till the 25th of October, but really until next February.
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THE REFORM MOVEMENT. Open-air Torchlight Meeting. On Monday night a, public meeting, convened by the Fitzroy Branch of the Reform League, was held in Cumberland-market, Regent's-park; Mr. Harwood in the chair. There were upwards of 4,000 persons pre- sent, the southern half of the market being completely filled. The speakers addressed the meeting from a van, which was surrounded by persons bearing lighted torches, and surmounted by the flags of the branch, the members of which marched from Fitzroy-square, headed by a band, to the place of meeting at eight o'clock. Mr. Mantle moved the first resolution, as follows" That this meeting, seeing the in- sulting manner in which the Tories and Adullamites treated the small measure of Reform introduced by the late Ministry, expresses its want of confidence in the Earl of Derby's Administration, and will not rest satisfied until manhood suffrage and the ballot become the law of the land."—Mr. Finland seconded the re- solution, which was carried.—Mr. Law moved:— "That this meeting pledges itself to use all loyal and constitutional means to obtain a fair share in the re- presentation of the kingdom, and thereby have a voice in making the laws by which we are governed, and by which our lives and liberties are guaranteed." Mr. Waghorn seconded the resolution, which passed. The last resolution, carried, was to the following effect: That the thanks of the people are due, and hereby given, to the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, for his unflinching and eloquent advocacy of the people's cause in the Heuse of Commons, and trust that after a short interregnum he may be recalled to power, to carry out an equitable measure of reform, destroying class legislation, and giving confidence to the people." The proceedings were enthusiastic and orderly. Great Meeting at Bradford. At Bradford, on Monday night, a great open-air Reform demonstration was held. It was presided over by Mr. Robert Kell, magistrate, and addressed by Mr. Beales, Lieutenant-Colonel Dickson, Mr. George Howell, and several local speakers. Resolutions were adopted in favour of manhood suffrage and the ballot; sondemning the conduct of the Government in re- ference to the Hyde-park affair; declaring want of Jonfidence in the present Ministry, and asking their lismissal from office. About 5,000 persons were pre- sent. The meeting was very enthusiastic. Meeting at Macclesfield. On Saturday an open-air meeting was held at Mac- lesfield. There was a. numerous attendance, and the resolutions, which were carried with great enthusiasm, 3ondemned the conduct of the Tory Government; a memorial to the Qaeen was adopted, praying her to aismiss her present advisers. With the view of carry- ing out a suggestion made by Mr. Bright, M.P., the members of the National Union are making a house-to- house canvass of Manchester, and of all the Lanca- shire towns, and are by this means greatly adding to the cumber of members. In the neighbourhood of Manchester alone about 100 are enrolled daily. Meeting at Marylebone. A meeting of working men, convened by the Pad- Sington branch of the Reform League, was held in bhe Foresters' Hall, Carlisle-street, Esig ware-road, on Saturday evening. Among the resolutions adopted was the following:—" That thia meeting approves of the lietam laid down by Mr. Gladstone, and endorsed by the Reform League, that every man who is not presum- ably incapacitated by some consideration of personal unfitness or of political danger is morally entitled to some within the pale of the Constitution, and pledges itself to claim, demand, and insist upon the right of svery person who is expected to defend the country, pay taxes, and obey the laws, to a share in the Govern- ment of the State." Several letters were read which had passed between Sir T. M. Biddulph, private secre- tary to her Majesty, and Mr. D'Gruyther. The first anclosed a resolution, passed at a meeting held at the Marble Arch, appointing a deputation to wait upon the Queen, and praying that she would dismiss the present Government. Sir Thomas Biddulph replied that such communications should be addressed to the Home Secretary. Mr. D'Gruyther replies that by the L3th Car. II., st. 1, c. 5, it is provided that as many as 10 persons may wait on her Majesty, and that a section ef the Bill of Rights prevents moh conduct being construed as a disloyal Act. Sir rhomas Biddulph again replies that the application should be made to the Home Secretary. In the last [etter Mr. D Gruyther again repeats his request, and suggests that, as the deputation consists chiefly of working men, it would be advisable that they should see the Quean at Windsor before she leaves for Scot- land. After the reading of the letters, a resolution was passed appointing a deputation to wait upon her Majesty. Demonstration at Great Harwood. On Saturday afternoon a large meeting of working men in favour of Reform was held at Winney-hill, about a mile froin Accrington, Great Harwood, and Church, and four miles from Blackburn. Deputations were present from each of the above places, and from Darwen and Padibam. Amongst the speakers were Mr. E. Beales, of the National Reform League; Mr. Green- ing, of Manchester; and Mr. Ernest Jones. The fol- lowing resolutions were carried unanimously: 1. "That while this meeting regards the late Government Re- form Bill as inadequate to the wants and require- mente of the age, it earnestly deplores the failure of the late Administration in its consistent efforts to carry the same through the House of Commons; and this meeting denounoea, in the strongest terms, the conduct of those members of Parliame nt who, by their votes, denied to the working classes all partici- pation m the making of those laws they are called upon to obey." 2nd. "That in the opinion of this meeting the time has arrived for the passing of such a comprehensive Beform Bill as will secure the full, fair, and tie 3 representation of the people." A third resolution urged the combination of all the Reform associations of the district with the head-quarters at Blackburn.
Here is one of_ Zadkiel's predictions for August,'L 18 important for the Emperor of the French. 1 he influences about the eighthday point to the suffering health of the Imperial Prince, and tell of great anxieties of his father, who will now un- doubtedly suffer 111 connection with his eoni He seems to have some quarrel on his hands now also, and if he employ his troops they snatch a victory." Not bad on the side of the stars this time. Explosion of a Powder Magazine at Wies- badea.-A, lettel from Wiesaaden of the 7th says:- A terrible explosion took place here at about seven this evening by the blowing up of the Nassau powder magazine. The windows of almost all the houses are broken, and a smell of gunpowder prevails every- where. The troops left here so PLc-eeilly on the 7th July that they forgot to take wittl them their supply of ammunition. Same-days before the arrival of the Prussians the burgomaster had water thrown on it to j render it unfit for use, and no further attention was j p<ud to it." I
ACCIDENT AT WIIITBREAD'S BBEWEBY. On Tuesday, the greatest excitement was caused in the neighbourhood of C iiiewell. street, Finsbury, by an accident at the extensive brewery of Messrs. Whitbread and Co., where a portion of the premises are being pulled down for re-building. Whilst the workmen were thus engaged a tremendous noise was heard, as if an explosion had taken place, and the whole thorough- fare in an instant became obscured in dust. It would appear that the foreman was superintending the work going on when he noticed some of the walls tottering to and fro. He at once, upon seeing the danger, called to his men to make a precipitate retreat. This they did with the exception of one man, and he appeared to be paralysed with fright, was unable to run away, and the consequence was that when the brickwork fell it partially baried the poor fellow, both feet and legs being embedded in the rubbish. Upwards of an hour was spent in getting the man out, when he was found to be so much crushed that he was taken to the hospital of St. Bartholomew, where he lies in a very precarious condWon.
BURIED ALIVE. Some eighteen or twenty miles down the Great Western line, a party of those finely-developed, muscular fellows, whose hands, so familiar with pickaxe and shovel, have done so much for us in the advancement of civilisation-a gang of stout labourers-may be seen digging a long, deep trench in the gravelly subsoil of the Slough London Road. Some are close to the surface; some twelve or fourteen feet below; and, from the narrowness of the now carefully-strutted and shored-up drain excavation, it requires but little stretch of the imagination to think that they are digging a grave. mere is a solemnity about those three last words which calls to many of our minds a sad day when a grave was dug for some one near and dear, and the thrown-out earth and yawning pit come vividly before us as we think of the dead for whom it was prepared. But how was it here, at Slough, but a few days since, when the grave was dug for the living, and men's hearts failed them for fear, as the news sped from mouth to mouth that three men were buried alive It was too true. Down twelve feet in tho narrow excavation, only about a yard wide, and then, unsupported by shore, prop, or plank, John Cannon, William Adams, and John Brady were, with others, picking and shovelling over the earth, when, without warning, in an instant, down came an enormous mass of the earth, burying the two former completely, while Brady was partially pre- served by being beneath a landing-stage about half-way up. Then there was the running of many feet as the alarm spread, while, almost mad with fear and horror, the wife of Adams ran to- wards the spot. There was help enough at hand, but men stood aghast at the mass of earth which had fallen in, and shuddered as they found the hand of one man just protruding from the soil. There was danger there, too-more sou might fall in; but, working as British working men can work to rescue a fellow-creature, John. Brady was extricated, and taken out bruised and injured, but not seriously; then they dug frantically on to liberate the next poor fellow: but let him tell his own tale:- I was working at the bottom, alongside of Can-non, when, all at once, down came the earth. I saw it coming, and shouted and tried to jump up; but in a moment it was down upon me, and I was buried half standing, but with my legs bent under me. Cannon was a shorter man than me, and when he saw the side coming down he seemed to run in the way of it; and then I saw no more, for all seemed to be a blank. My face was covered, but there was only a little earth over it, and one of my hands was out. All at once I heard some one say, 'There's his hand, but he's dead;' and that seemed to rouse me, for I was afraid they would not try to get me out, and I managed to cry, I'm not dead,' and then they set my face clear of the earth, and began to dig me out; but the weight and pressure was awful, and my heart sank, for I thought I should never be got out alive, and I felt horribly bad. It was quite two hours before they got me out, and then I was cramped and bad, and my legs were pressed almost flat, while my back is that hurt I can't work yet; but the master's going to give me an easy job as soon as I can work again." But though Adams was extricated alive, there was still another man, John Cannon, and first one part and then another of his body was come upon; and then, by carefully scraping and re- moving the earth, the poor fellow's cold, lifeless face was discovered; then further exertion re- moved more and more of the earth, till at last, three hours after the accident happened, amidst a hush of voices, the body was lifted out and borne away—dead, suffocated by the fearful pres- sure another staunch, able, hearty man killed in an instant, cut down whilst striving for his daily bread. On the following day there was an inquest, and the verdict accidental death," but some un- pleasant facts were then stated. The dead man's son told how his father was a month before afraid of the place, and said that it should be shored up while they were at work; and. on the day before the accident he tried to persuade his father not to go; but he went, and on the fol- lowing day was a corpse. A juryman of experience in such matters stated that the ground in the whole neighbourhood was not to be trusted. The clerk of the works, too, stated that there had been a slip at another part of the excavation, where it was not so deep, for want of timber, and he had also told the foreman to be careful; while Thomas Davy, another workman in the same employ, stated that he had spoken about the place not looking safe, though not to the foreman. He was hurt in -a slip of earth a few days before, and now he had left the work, for he dared not go to it. Upon examining the spot two or three days after, it seemed incredible that men would risk their lives in so dangerous a place, or that those over them could set the lives of their fellow- creatures at so little value as to let them run any risk when the contractor was willing that every precaution should be taken, and an ample supply of struts and shores could have been had. As the work is now going on, every part is ade- quately propped and secured; but was it neces- sary that a fellow-creature's life should be sacri- ficed, and .two poor fellows exposed to such horrors, before these precautions were taken? Tkese. works have been going on now for some time, and men have been working even to the depth of fifteen feet, in a perpendicular-sided trench, about a yard wide, with these friable, gravelly sides almost entirely unsupported, while the thrown-out earth was piled upon them. Cer- tainly, one man states that search was often being made for cracks, and he was warned to be on the look-out, and even told to speak if he thought any supports necessary. But in opposition to common sense, experience, and even the warnings of two or three little slips, the work went on till this fatal catastrophe occurred. Well might a looker-on observe that it had been carried on at great risk, and that he thought some one would lose his life.—The Working Man.
OUR "CITY" ARTICLE. TEE stock markets last Saturday showed a firmer tendency, especially in British railways and foreign bonds. A partial recovery likewise took place in Indian guaranteed securities. Consols did not experience any variation, but closed with a firm appearance. At the same time the general transactions in all departments were limited. The causes of the improvement were the favourable weather for the harvest, the satisfactory mode in which the large amount of Indian bills due on this day had been met, and the expectation that the Chancellor of the Exchequer would give a favour- able reply to the deputation from the joint-stock banks. The result of the interview, however, did not transpire until after business hours. In view of the existing domestic events the confirmation by Lord Stanley of a demand by France for an ex- tension of territory was comparatively disregarded. At the Bank the demand for discount was of the average extent for a Saturday. In the open market the inquiry was also moderate, the in- creased requirements to meet the Indian bills lately falling due have ceased, For good three months' paper the current rate was at 9 per cent., although exceptional transactions continue to be effected much lower. On the Stock Exchange there was a good supply of money and a moderate demand, the charge tor loans gon Government securities being quoted 7 to 7t per cent. The market on the Stock Exchange, on Monday, was better than at the close of the week, the de- mand of France upon Prussia not being regarded as likely to lead to serious difficulties, and a general belief being abroad that the favourable elements in the situation of the money market were likely to improve. The feature in home stocks was an improvement, both in Anglo- American Telegraph shares and in Atlantic Eight per Cents., the former being then quoted 12 7-16 to 9-16, and the latter 3A to t. 4 At Paris the Three per Cent. Rentes averaged 68.80 for money, and 68.90 for the account, being about the same as last week. Consols, which closed last week at 88t to f or the 6th of September, opened on Monday morn- ing at the same quotation, and so closed. For money the last price was 8n to The official business report was as follows: per Cent. Consols, for money, SH, f; ditto, for account, 88 J-, t; Three per Cents. Reduced, 87, 6f; New Three per Cents., 87, 61; Bank Stock, 246; India Five per Cent. Stock, 103 J; ditto Five per Cen t. "enfaced rupee paper, 99t; ditte Four per Cent. Bonds, 18s., 12s. prem. Indian Government securities showed no varia- tion. The March Exchequer Bills were quoted 5s. dis. to par; and the June, 3s. to 8s. prem. In the foreign stock market the dealings re- ported were: per Cent. Egyptian, 1864, 82t, t; ditto £ 100 Bonds, 851. Three per Cent. Russian, 1859, 53; Five per Cent. ditto, 1862, 87f, ditto, 1864, 91!; Three per Cent. Spanish Pas- sive, aocount, 19111, t; Six per Cent. Turkish, 1854, account, '77t; ditto, 1858, account, 54,1; ditto, 1862, .£100 Bonds, 50, :1-, 48!; Five per Cent. ditto, 1865, paid-up Scrip, account, 27J, 6J; Four per Cent. ditto,, 1865, Guaranteed, 97 ex div.; Six per Cent. Venezuela, 1864, 27f, 8. Of railway shares, Great Eastern were quoted 29t; Great Western, 52; Lancashire and York- shire, 124; London, Chatham, and Dover, 19; London and North-Western, 117] Metropolitan, 130; Midland, 121f North-Eastern, 104. Among railway stocks, Midland were quoted 121f, Metropolitan, 129f, 139t; London and 4 4 North-Western, 117f to |; Great Northern A, 123t to 4. London Financial, 16 to 15t, dis.; Alliance Bank, 7 to 64 dis.; and London and County, 61 to 2. 9 The mining market was very inactive on Mon- day, and prices closed as follows: Amal- gamated, 6 t.) 6|; Cooks' Kitchen, 2 to 3; East Caradon, 6| to |; East Russell, 2} to f; East Wheal Grenville, If to 2k; Great Retallack, 5s. to 10s.; Great Wheal Vor, 18 to 19; Marke Valley, 3f to £ North Treskerby, 2 £ to i; Tincroft, 6J to 7t; West Caradon, 4 to 4t; Wheal Seton, 127i to 132J. A full description of the present state of the BuUion Market is given in the subjoined extract from a circular issued by Messrs. Mocatta and Goldsmid:— Bar silver has remained very flat for some time past, and the nearest price at which silver would be taken for the Continent is 60 £ d. to id. Mexican dollars have declined in like proportion, and those by the French steamer are not yet disposed of. The demand for gold for exportation has entirely ceased, and large amounts of sovereigns from India, as well as from Holland and other Continental countries, have been sent into the Bank. The French Exchange is rapidly rising, and the rates of other countries are also decidedly more favourable. The only export of gold within the last few days has been about £ 300,000 in sovereigns to the Brazils, and we may now expect frequent arrivals from many and various quarters. A statement, signed by the chairman and vice- chairman of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company, has been issued preparatory for the forthcoming meeting of proprietors. Fol- lowing are the principal passages:— We deeply regret to be under the nece2sity of ex- plaining that, in consequence of the state of the Money Market, and their yet undeveloped revenue, the company were unable to obtain new loans to re- place the debentures (about £ 400,000) falling due last month, or even to pay the half-year's interest which then became payable on the whole of the company's debentures. Under such circumstances we thought it right to communicate with some of the principal creditors ef the company, and also to apply to Par- liament for powers which would enable the various classes of shareholders, in conjunction with the de- benture holders, to raise money and deal with the dif- ficulties of the company in such a manner as they might deem best. Some of the creditors meanwhile applied to the Court of Chancery to appoint a receiver and manager of the undertaking, upon the plea that it was necessary in order to secure the due application of the funds of the company, and the court complied with their request, constituting the general manager, Mr. Forbes, and the secretary, Mr. Johnson, the officers of the oourt, and empowering them to receive the income of the company, and, after payment of working ex- penses, to hold the residue at the order of the court. Other creditors pressed upon the board the propriety of assigning te them all the rolling stock, plant, and movable chattels of the company for the general benefit of the debenture holders and other creditors of the company, pari passu, in order to prevent their seizure and appropriation by any special creditors, and thia was accordingly done. The board were unsuccessful in their efforts to procure special Parliamentary powers to the debenture holders and shareholders in conse- quence of the lateness of tfee session, and the inter. vention of Parliament cannot now be obtained till next year. Meanwhile, the company have to appeal to the forbearance, not only of the debenture holders, but of the claimants on the company, including about X700,000 due in respect of land, which comprises a ) very large quantity of surplus land of great value. The demand for discount on the Stock Exchange on Tuesday, was pretty good, but the transactions were not important. Among the discount houses the supply of money was rather better. The terms for firàt-class paper were 8 to 8t per cent.; some of the brokers charging 9 per cent. On the Stock Exchange the terms for short loans were about 7t per cent. It
Accident to the Countess of Clarendon.— Between one and two o'clock on Sunday afternoon an accident occurred to the Countess of Clarendon while pacing down Rathboae-placo, Oxford-street. The cabman in turning round completely overtarnerl tho vehicle. The countess was extricated by means of two chairs procured by the servant in attendance upon her ladyship, who fortunately has received no -Ferious injury."
I partisan anb Country glarluts. a 1 The Money Market. CITY, AUGUST 14.—The stock markets opened rat,her firmly this morning, but prices have .ince given way, owing to the unfavourable weather for the harvest, and the high rates charged for continuing transactions te the new ac. count. The funds have declined t per cent., both for money and the account. Banking and financial shares remain dull. London Financial have been dealt in at 9J, or 15 discount. American securities exbibit no special variation. The discount market is quiet to-day. The general rate for good paper is 9 per cent. Consols are now quoted Sn to t for money, and 88t to 1 for the account (September 6). The railway market is flat to-day, and an almost general fall has occurred in prices. London and North-Western stock is quoted lltif to 117; Great Western, 52* tof Midland, 12U- tof; Lancashire and Yorkshire, 12^1 to i; Caledonian, 120t to 121; South-Eastern, 65f to 66i; Great Eastern, 281, to 29 Great Northern, 117 to 119; ditto A, 123i to 124; Metro- politan, 129 to ti and London, Chatham, and Dover, 19t to f. BANK OF ENGLAND.—An Account, pursuant to the Act 7 and 8 Viet., cap. 32, for the week ending on Wedaes- dav. August 8. 1866. W' ISSUE DEPARTMENT. Notes issued .C27,77-a,20, Government debt £11,015,100 Other securities. 3,984,900 Gold coin & bullion 12,775,260 Silver bullion — £ 27,775,260; £ 27,775.260 BANKINO DEPARTMENT. ProPrieteri?capiVl iC14,553,000 Governmentsecu. Rest 3,793,389 rities (inc. dead Public Deposits 3,160,456 weight annuity) £ 10,078,123 Other Deposits 17,660,241 Other Securities 26,156,555 Seven days and Notes 2,733,060 other bills 642,818 Gold & silver coin 847,169 I £ 39,814,9071 £ 39.814.907 August 9,1866. w. MILLER, Chief Cashier. The Corn Trade. MARK-LANE, AUGUST 13.-There was a small supply of English Wheat to this morning's market; factors com- menced by asking an advance of 2s per qr., with which millers were disinclined to comply, and it was ultimately sold at last week's prices. There were several samples of the new crop, the quality fair, but not prime, the condition generally not good. In foreign Wheat the business transacted was quite in retail at the rates of this day sennight.—Barley was fully as dear.-Beans were unaltered in value.-Peas neglected, and cheaper.-The Oat trade was steady, at last week's priees.-In :the value of; Flour there was no alteration. CURRENT PRICES OR BRITISH GRAIN AND FLOUR. Shillings per Quarter, WHEAT, Essex and Kent, white new 43 to 55 „ „ red .42 49 Norfolk, Lincoln, and Yorkshire, red 42 49 BARLEY 30 to 34 Chevalier, new 38 42 Grinding 29 31 Distilling 33 37 MALT, Essex, Norfolk, & Suffolk, new 59 68 Kingston, Ware, & town-made, new 59 66 Brown 52 56 RYE 26 28 OATS, English, feed 20 to 25. Potato 24 30 Sootch, feed .20 26. Potato 25 30 Irish, feed, white 19 21 Fine 22 26 Ditto, black .18 20 Potato 23 27 BEANS, Mazagan .41 43.Ticks 40 43 Harrow 45 46 Pigeon 45 49 PEAS, white,boilers 38 41 Maple 39to41 Grey,new 36 37 FLOUR, per. sack of 2S01bs., Town, Households .47 50 Country,on shore 36 to 37 39 43 Norfolk and Suffolk, on shore. 35 36 FOREIGN GUAIN. WHEAT, Dantzic, mixed .53 to 55.old, extra 58 61 Konigsberg 50 55 extra 56 57 Rostock 51 55 fine 56 57 Silesian, red 48 52 white 51 55 Pomera., Meekberg., and Uekermrk.red old 50 53 Russian, hard, 43 to 47.St. Petersburg and Riga 45 47 Danish and Holstein, red 45 46 French, none Bhine and Belgium 50 53 Americ!1.n,redwi!1ter50to56.springOOtoOO,white BARLEY, grinding 27 to 28. distilling and malting 35 39 OATS, Dutch, brewing- and Polands 20 to 27 feed 18 23 Danish and Swedish, feed 20 to 24.Stralsund. 20 24 Russian, Riga 20 to 21.Arch., 20 to 21.P'sburg 21 25 TARES, spring, per qr 00 00 BEANS, Friesland and Holstein 37 42 Kiinigsberg 40 to 42 Egyptian PEAS, feedingand maple 36 38.line boilers 36 39 INDIAN CORN, white .28 SO.yellow 26 28 FLOUR, per sack, French 37 40.Spanish, p. sack 37 40 American, oer brl 24 26 eitra and d'hle, 2R 30 LIVERPOOL, AUGUST 10.—The market moderately at- tended. Wheat steady demand, at full rates. Flour 6d dearer; fair sales. Oats dull and unaltered. Oatmeal quiet, at a decline of 6d per load. Fair business in India corn, and prices favour purchasers. WAKEFIELD, AUGUST 10.—Wheat in better demand, and a fair trade doing at last week's prices. In spring corn no change. Meat and Poultry Markets. NEWGATE AND LEAD ENI-IAL T.There are moderate supplies of meat, and the trade ia steady. Per 81bs. by the carease:- s. d. s. d s. d. to s. d. Inferior beef 3 4 to 3 8 i Capons, each. 0 0 0 0 Middling ditto 3 10 4 0 Chickens, each 16 2 6 Prime large 4 4 4 6 Ducklings,eich 19 2 6 Ditto small 4 6 4 8 Rabbits, each. 10 16 Large pork 4 0 4 6 Hares, each 4 0 5 0 Inferior mutton 3 8 4 4 Grouse, each 0 0 0 0 In Middling ditto 4 6 5 2 Partridges,each 0 0 0 0 Prime ditto 5 4 5 8 Pheasants, each 0 0 0 0 Veal 4 2 5 4 Pigeons, each. 0 8 0 10 Small pork 4 8 5 0 Ostend. fr. butter, Lamb 5 8 6 8 per doz. lbs. 11 6 14 6 Turkeys, each 0 0 0 0 English ditto. 12 0 16 0 Goslings, each 6 0 8 0 French eggs,120 6 0 7 6 Fowls, each 2 0 3 0 Ensrliab ditto. 8 0 9 0 METROPOLITAN. — A statement of the supplies and prices of fat live stock on Monday, August 14, 1865, as com- pared with Monday, August 13, iS06 :— Per 81bs. to sink the offal August 14, 1865. August 13, 1866. s. d. s. d. s. d. 8. d. Coarse and inferior Beasts 3 8 to 4 2 3 8 to 4 0 Second quality ditto 4 4 4 8 4 2 4 8 Prime large Oxen 4 10 5 0 4 10 5 2 Prime Scots, &c 5 2 5 4 5 4 5 6 Coarse and inferior Sheep 4 4 4 10 3 10 4 Second quality ditto. 5 0 5 6 4 4 5 0 Prime coarse-woolled ditto 5 8 6 0 5 2 5 8 Prime Southdown ditto 6 2 6 4 5 10 6 0 Lambs 6 0 7 0 6 8 7 8 Large coarse Calves 4 2 4 8 4 4 4 10 Prime small ditto 4 10 5 2 5 0 5 4 Large Hoes 4 0 4 6 4 0 4 6 Neat small Porkers 4 8 4 10 4 8 5 0 Fruit and Vegetables. COVE,NT-GARDEN.-Amoiigpe-u-s imported from Franca are some good samples of Jargonelle and of beurre d'Aman- lis. Oranges are becoming scarce, and West India pine- apples are nearly over for the season. Home-grown pine- apples and hothouse grapes are plentiful, and prices for these, as well as for other kinds of indoor produce, are still the same as those of last week. Peas and other varieties of vegetables continue to arrive in excellent condition. Flowers chiefly consist of orchids, kalosnntbes, calceolaria; pelargoniums, fuchsias, balsams, cockscombs, miguonette, and roses. FRUIT. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. Apples,p.hf-sieve 0 0 to 0 0 Peaches,-per doz. 4 0 15 0 Grapes per lb. 2 0 6 0 Pears,kitcb en, dz. 0 0 0 0 Lemons,p. 100 8 0 14 0 „ dessert „ 0 0 0 0 Gooseberries qt. 0 3 0 6 Pineapples,p. lb. 3 0 5 0 Nuts,cob,1001b 0 0 0 0 Strawberries,p. lb. 0 6 10 Filberts, pr lb. 0 0 0 0 Walnuts, pr bh. 0 0 0 0 Oranges, p.100 12 0 20 0 1Chertauts, do 0 0 0 0 VEGETABLES. s d s d sdsfi Artichokes.per doz.2 0 to 4 0 Mushroom s,perpott-.2 0 3 6 Asparagus,per bun. 0 0 0 0 Mustard&Cress,p.p.O 2 0 0 Beans,kiduey,p.100 0 6 1 0 Onions, per bushel.7 0 10 0 Beet, per dozen 2 0 3 0 pickling, p.qt.O 0 0 0 Broccoli, p. bundle 0 0 0 0;Parsley, per i- sieve 2 0 3 0 Cabbages, per doz. 1 0 2 0|Pa.rsnips, per doz, 1 0 2 0 Carrots, per bunch 0 4 G 8|Peas, per qt 0 6 10 Cauliflowers,p., doz. 2 0 6 0[ Potatoes, York Re- Celery, per bundle 2 0 2 61 gents, per ton 80 0 95 0 Cucumbers, each 0 3 0 9 Rocks, per ton 60 0 70 0 Endive, per score .1 0 2 61 Fluke*, per ton 10501250 Garlic, per lb 0 10 0 0 Kidnevs, per cwt. 6 0 10 0 Herbs, per bunch.0 6 0 0 RadViies, p. 12 bn. 0 6 10 Horseradish, p. bn.2 6 4 0 Rhubarb, p. bundle 0 0 0 0 Leeks, per bunch.0 3 0 0 Seal £ ale,per punnet 0 0 0 0 Lettuces, per score 1 0 16 Spinach, per bush. 2 0 3 0 Mint, per bunch .0 3 0 4 i Turnips, per bunch 0 6 0 9 London Produce Market. MINCING-LANE, ACG. 14.—SUGAR.—The market has opened quietly but steadily at last week's currency. Refined dried goods continue in moderate request at steady prices; pieces sell readily as soon as produced, at firm rates. COFFEE.-Tbe market is firm, but owing to numerous parcels being declared for public sale during the week, the market privately is quiet. TEA.—The Assam sales are progressing steadily; privately the market continues quiet. RICE.—About 1,500 bags sold Arracan, at 9s 61; Bas- sein, 9s lOJd white Bengal, at l-5s to 15s 3d. RUM.—200 hhds of Mauritius sold at Is per galion advance, t SRICES.—A small parcel of Cassia Lignea sold at 103s cash for first pile: and 300 bags of black Pepper at 'I,lGd for Penang, and 3fd for Singapore, cash and short prompt. SUiTPFTBS.—300 bags sold at 21s for refraction U. COTTON.—A fair business is doing in some cases at firmer prices. HEMP.—St. Petersburg has declined, and is aull of sale, at £32 for clean. PRICES OF BUTTER, CHEESE, HAMS, &o., at per cwt. —Butter: Friesland, Ills to 116s Jersey,' 903 to 1043; Dorset, 116s to 122s. Fresh: per doz., lis Od to 13s 6d Cheese: Cheshire, 72s to 84s; Double Gloucester, 74s to 78s; Cheddar, 76s to 84g; American, 65s to 74s. Hams: York, new, 90s to 100s Cumberland, neiv, fiOs to 100s; Irish, new, 90s to 100s. Hnrnri Wiltshire, 82" to 8Gs Irish, green, 74s to 78s. TALLCT7, .irsusT H.-The market is steady.—Town Tallow is quoted 43.. 3d ret; Petersburg Y.C. on the spot, 4s 61; October to December, 45s 6d; December, 4Gs 6d.