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SERIOUS DISTURBANCES IN BIRMINGHAM. According to announcement, Air. Murphy, agent of the London Protestant Electoral Union, arrived in Birmingham, to deliver a series of lectures upon the "Errors of Roman Catholicism;" and on Sunday, afternoon and evening, he commenced by delivering two sermons at the" Tabernacle," a wooden building erecte,l for him in Carr's-lane. Ap- plication was made to the Mayor, on behalf of Alr. Murphy, for the use of the Town Hall; but his Worship, having regard to the disturbances which had taken place at Wolverhampton and other parts, and to the proba- bility that they would be repeated in Birmingham, de- clined, after consideration, to accede to the request, and hence the course taken for providing for a special place for the delivery of the lectures. The "Tabernacle" is built to accommodate between 3,000 and 4,000 people. There is a large platform, for the accommodation of the more imme- diate supporters of the lecturer, and the body of the build- ing is divided into two parts, the front only being fitted with seats. The Tabernacle is well lighted with gas. The divided feeling which prevails in the town relative to Mr. Murphy and his lectures induced an application to the authorities-to take extra precautions for preventing a breach of the peace. During the afternoon service, shortly after five o'clock, a disorderly crowd began to assemble opposite the house of Mr. Aston, bruslimaker, Dale-end, and father of the secre- tary of the Birmingham Protestant Association, and in a lew minutes a shower ef stones had riddled every window in the house. The furniture inside was much damaged, but no personal injury was sustained by any of the inmates. Another house, in Park-street, shared a like fate soon after- wards, but that was an empty one, and the shutters as well as the panes were smashed. About eight o'clock matters still looked anything but satisfactory, and the Mayor, Alderman Manton, and Messrs. Buckley and James, arrived at the Public Office. It was reported that the Riot Act would be read, which, the crowd not dispersing, would have been followed by the interference of the military, but it was not found necessary to do this. The wooden Taber- nacle being emptied of Mr. Murphy's hearers, and Mr. Murphy himself having got quietly off, the chief exciting cause had been withdrawn. The Mayor and Magistrates, accompanied by Chief Super- intendent Glossop, walked among the crowd, and remained in the vicinity till about nine o'clock. The Rev. Canon O'Sullivan, Vicar General, the Rev. Mr. Power, and the Rev. Mr. Tranor, accompanied by Mr. Glossop, Chief Superin- tendent of Police, and Inspector Kelly, also went amongst the crowd,exhorting the Catholics to be peaceable, and endeavour- ing, to the best of their ability, to lessen their excitement. There was, however, afterwards a serious conflict with the police, who drew their sabres, and, it would appear from the list of wounded used them pretty freely. One labourer was brought to the hospital with a sabre cut in his elbow- joint. It was necessary to amputate the joint in this case. A candlestick-maker had also a sabre cut in his elbow- joint. A nail forger was cut with a sabre. One man had a cut shoulder, another a cut arm, a third a cut elbow; a woman a cat arm, and another woman severe injuries on the head. It does not appear that the police inflicted these last injuries. The casualties among the police themselves were -one wounded with a stone while taking a prisoner to the station; one cut on the head and one stabbed slightly in the arm, and several others were struck with stones. Monday Night. The disturbances continue, and numbers of arrests have taken place. In addition to 400 local policemen a squadron'of Hussars and 400 pensioners have been called out. A squad- ron of Hussars arrived from Coventry about ten o'clock, and a detachment of infantry from Weedon soon afterwards. The Volunteers are on duty protecting their armoury. A policeman has been wounded with his own sabre, and is not expected to live. The Riot Act has been read twice. Tuesday Afternoon. Great crowds are assembled, but perfect tranquillity pre- vails. An armed force of a thousand men, besides special constables, are keeping order. Park street, which is occupied by Irish, is in ruins. The police and Protestant party on the one side, and the Irish on the other, have been fighting there all day, the police with sabres, the mob on bob sides with bricks, stones, iron bars, and other weapons. Ninety Irish- men were brought before the magistrates this morning charged with riot. Wednesday Morning. Up to half-past twelve last night no serious disturbance occurred. It was rumoured that it was intended to make an attack on the Catholic Cathedral and the armouries in the gun- making district of the town; but, warning having been giveuito the authorities, any outbreaks, if they were intended at all, were prevented by the presence of the police and the military. Mr. Murphy delivered his lecture at the "Tabernacle" as usual, and the proceedings were orderly. Over 100 soldiers of the 81st Regiment arrived from Manchester last night, and are now quartered at the Town- halL The streets are quiet.

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