dabout the lforld. The American schools are frequently cited in the dis- cussions upon national education. The Catholics of Cincinnati, in imitation of their New York brethren, have been endeavouring to secure the exclusion of the Bible from the public schools. An injunction was granted by one of the city courts restraining the school board from enforcing the rules regarding the daily reading of the Bible by classes. In an able review of the arguments advanced by the counsel, Judge Hayens of the superior court dis- solved the injunction, declaring that "the exclusion of all religious instruction from the public schools is contrary to the provisions of the Bill of Rights." The Friendly Societies Bill introduced by the Govern- ment proposes to repeal so much of various Acts relating to building societies, loan societies, scientific societies, friendly societies, and industrial societies as provides for their obtaining certificates from the registrar of friendly societies or the barrister appointed to certify the rules of ssvings banks or of friendly societies. The Bill provides, in lieu of this, that the societies may register their rules with the Board of Trade. The present registrars of friendly societies in Scotland and Ireland will perform such of the duties of registrar as the Board of Trade may assign to them. It will be for the County Court Judges in England, the sheriffs or sher:ffs' substitutes in Scotland, and the Judges of the Civil Bills Courts in Ireland, to execute the duty of directing transfers to new trustees, and making awards under the Friendly Societies Acts. So far as relates to societies under the Building Societies, Loan Societies, and Scientific Societies Acts, the Bill is not to extend to Scotland or Ireland. Our able contemporary, the Chamber of Agriculture Journal, furnishes us with statistics pertinent to the occa- sion of the deputation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in reference to the malt tax. The quantity of malt con- sumed in the year 1867 was, in England and Wales, 42,150,000 bushels; in Scotland, 2,360,000 bushels; and in Ireland, 2,370,000 bushels; making a total of 46,880,000 bushels. This does not include the 1,000,000 bushels in the beer exported, according to the evidence before the Malt Tax Committee of the House of Commons. The average quantity of beer produced from a bushel of malt is estimated at 18 gallons. Thus, the total consumption of beer in the United Kingdom in 1867 amounted to 843,840,000 gallons. The average selling price is taken at Is. per gallon, making the total sum paid for beer in 1867 no less than £ 42,192,000. The malt tax amounted to R6,300,000, and licences on brewers, maltsters, and beer- sellers to 2750,000 more, making a total taxation of 27,050,000 on beer. Out of 242,192,000 paid by consumers for their beer, 27,050,000, or as nearly as possible one- sixth, finds its way into the national treasury. At the Drawing Room held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, 4ast week, her Majesty wore a rich black- ribbed silk dress, with a train trimmed with crape and jet, and a diadem of diamonds and opals over a long white tulle veil. Her Majesty also wore a necklace and brooch of diamonds and opals, the riband and star of the Order of the Garter, the Orders of Victoria and Albert and Louise of Prussia, and the Coburg and Gotha Family Order.— The Princess of Wales wore a train of rose-coloured velvet trimmed with Honiton lace, and a petticoat of rose- coloured satin, with flounces of Honiton lace looped with bouquets of azalea; ornaments, diamonds and pearls. Headdress, diamonds, feathers, and veil. Orders: Cathe- rine of Russia, Victoria and Albert, and Danish Orders. — Princess Louise wore a train of mauve moire antique trimmed with fringed satin, and a petticoat of white silk trimmed with rich Irish point. Headdress, feathers, veil, and diamonds: ornaments, diamonds. Orders Victoria and Albert, the Order of St. Isabel, and the Coburg and Gotha Family Order.—Princess Beatrice wore a rich blue ailk dress with a tunic of white Irish lace, the latter looped up with forget-me-nots and bows of blue silk ribbon. Her royal highness's headdress consisted of forget-me-nots and blue silk ribbon.
SERIALS FOR MARCH. Everyone will read with interest the address on the Freedom of opinion necessary in an Established Church in a Free Country," by the Solicitor-General, which appears in MACMIL- LAN S MAGAZlNEthismonth. One passage in it we respectfully call the attention of those parties to who think that now Dis- senters are not called upon to pay churchrates they should cease to interest themselves in the affairs of the National Church. Sir J. D. Coleridge says—"Those who dissent from its doctrines, and do not worship God according to its forms, have yet, as Englishmen, an interest in its practical working, and a right to interfere both with its doctrines and its forms. If for instance, a system of fraud, confession and direction of the conscience, an open maintenance of the Romish doctrine of the priesthood, an extravagant veneration for the elements of the Blessed Sacrament, became common amongst the clergy, although opposed to the general sentiment of the country, and seemed to the majority of Englishmen outside the pale of the Church, as mischievous to morality and society, as they do to many men within the pale of the Church, those outside the Church would have as clear a right as those inside to interfere, even if necessary by Act of Parliament, to correct the evils This is plain and to the purpose. And before we pass on we may mention that the next number of 'Macmillan' will contain a poem, of some length, from the pen of George Eliot. GOOD WORDS has a charming picture of the summit of Snowdon, with two of three tourists m the act of making the final assault, aided (?) by those absurd poles that English- men affect now-a-days alike in Wales and Switzerland. Mr MacDonald's GOOD WORDS FOR THE YOUNG go on bravely: the picture of the Village School in the March number is excellent. The SUNDAY MAGAZINE continues Mr W. Gilbert's story and the Episodes.' There are several good papers and pictures in the number. A Cynic' has written a very pleasant paper on 'Our Rulers' in the CORNHILL MAGAZINE, from which we intend to give an extract next week, and there is an illustration to the novel' Against Time by Mr Dumaurier, that ought to have illustrated Mr Reade's story, foritdepicts a gentleman leaning back in an ottoman "the centre of a group of beauty." Need we doubt what the answer of the sternest of the breadwinning sex would be, if we were to say to him—"how would you like to 'Put Yourself in His Place V TINSLEY'S MAGAZINE revives an almost forgotten story of murder and crime, and one that was of more than ordinary interest to this district; we refer to the poisoning of J. Parsons Cook and the Palmer forgeries. The story is told over again, in a new light, by an actuary of one of the Insur- ance Companies Palmer tried to victimize. Another story, one purely of imagination, and as hideous as the Palmer story of real life, will also be found in 'Tinsley,'which is cailed 'The Record of the Rings.' The two novels are also continued. One of the pleasantest of the magazines, and entirely the cheapest, is THE ARGOSY. This month, in addition to three chapters of 'Betsy Rane Mrs Wood's new story, we have seven distinct articles, and all of them good. Surely this is enough for six- pence SAINT PAULS is not quite so heavy this month as it is sometimes. Mr Anthony Trollope gives a good instalment of Ralph the Heir' and the story of The Three Brothers' is also continued. The subjects that occupy the remainder are well chosen, comprising Mr Gladstone's Land Bill, Bishop Philpotts, Jane Austin, Ac.—all people and things the public are just now interested about. LONDON SOCIETY abounds inpictures by the Thomsons Miss Claxton, Brunton, Paterson, Thomas, &c., and a good deal of pleasant writing. The number is a very attractive one. CHAMBERS'S JOURNAL has revived a capital series of papers. 'Across the Walnuts and the Wine." Here is a conumdrum given this month— In my first my second sat; My third and fourth I ate." When our readers have guessed this, let them add as a pendant to ü- Under my first my second stood- I think you'll own this quite as good." Another favourite magazine that quite comes up to its mark this month is BELGRAVIA. Mr Sala discourses on a Carnival at Madrid as only Mr Sala can. Dr Scoffern writes of Physic. Two good stories are continued, and best of all, Miss Braddon's new novel is announced to commence next month. (To be continued.)
a;tdtiastitaI. The consecration of Dr Fraser, the Bishop of Manchester, will take place in the cathedral of that city on the 25th instant. SY the Cape Mail we learn that the resignation of Bishop Twells has been accepted by the Provincial Synod. The Rev. John Burnett, L.L.D., Vicar of Bradford has died at Comsttjn. He was appointed vicar in 1847. The living is of the nominal value of £ 800. The Liverpool Mercury understands that the project is about to be refived for making Liverpool the centre of a new diocese and converting it, as a matter of course, into a cathedral town. It appears that the new Roman Catholic "Bishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland is to be the Very Rev. Dr Conroy Dr Conroy has been for a length of time chaplain to Cardinal Cullen. The Bishop of London is credited with an intention to make fe raid on all the Ritualist clergy in his diocese. It is said that the monitions necessaryffor this purpose are in course of pre- paration. Petition has been presented to the judicial committee Of the Privy Council against the Rev. Mr Machonochie by the Church Association praying their lordships to enforce the monition as to the elevation of the consecrated elements, and as to the prostration before them. The case will be heard on March 26th. The Tories who took part in the banquet in London last week have, in their zeal to serve the State, horrified a section of the Church. The John Bull has an article strongly censuring Mr Gathorne Hardy and his followers for desecrating a Wednesday hi Lent by a public dinner. The Bishop of Lichfield, addressing a meeting at the Man- chester Missionary Exhibition, on Wednesday week com- plained that missionary work was neglected more than when he went to New Zealand twenty years ago. He argued that want of success was no reason for cessation of labour in this direction. His Lordship professed his concurrence in the movement for restoring the laity to their due place in the government of the Church, and which he believed they had held in the primitive Church. •. The following arrangements respecting Suffragan Bishops, *rtrich have received the assent of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, after consultation with the Government, and after a fnll consideration of the' subject by the Bishops of both pro- vinces, have been publishbd:-If The formal title of the bishops appointed under the Act 86 Henry VIH., cap. 14-, is 'the Bishop ^e style of the aforesaid bishops is Right Reverend Sir; they are -formally addressed as 'Right -Reverend Sir, and they sign themselves with Christian name and surname, with the addition of the title as above defined. The dignity of the aforesaid bishops is such as belongs inherently to the order of bishops; but, as the exercise of their office is warranted restrained, and limited by the commission which they may hold from time to time, no place or precedence is for- mally assigned to them, save only when they are present for the performance of any official act by the appointment and on behalf of the bishop of the diocese. The authority of the aforesaid bishop should be fully defined by the commission under which he acts, but no prescribed district should be specially assigned to him in his commission; the functions of the Suffragan having relation not to a part of the diocese, but to the whole diocese in which he holds his commission."
The estimites for the diplomatic service for 1870-71, which will shortly be Submitted to the House of Commons, will, it is stated Www a decrease of oyer £ 12,000 as compared with last year.' A saving of £ ,00° will be effected upon special missions and services, and upon outfits. ?°wu Council of Norwich, at a special meeting miSi^W^a^teda memorial th«Lords Com- 'ireasm7' Paying that as the commis- si**1 t0 en(iuvre 38 to the existence of corrupt at the la»t three elections have r^?0rt Baron Martin as to the extensive pre alence of corrupt practices, no requisition for pay- ment of expenses incurred fcby the said commission bej ade upon the ratepayers. i ade upon the ratepayers. i
(6enera1. Mr Odger is a candidate for the representation of Bristol. Small-pox has broken out with great virulence in Paris. There is no truth in the report of the intended visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Ireland at Easter. News from Sir Samuel Baker's expedition is furnished in a letter from Cairo. The will of George Thomas, of Bristol and Brislington (Somer- set), merchant, was proved at Bristol under £ 200,000. A seal, weighing forty-five stone, has been caught alive at the mouth of the Tay. Lord Shaftesbury last week unveiled the Martyrs' Memorial in Smithfield. A memorial is to placed over the remains of Daniel De Foe, in the restored burial ground of Bunhill Fields. The marriage of Sir George Chetwynd, Bart., and the Mar- chioness of Hastings, is fixed to take place in April. Mr Goldwin Smith writes to say that there is no place for the English emigrant like Virginia. A policeman, named Dawson, fainted at the Liverpool police court last week, and soon afterwards expired. An explosion took place last week at the Kames Powder Mills, in Bute. Four men and a boy were killed. James G. Cunningham, a timber merchant who had absconded from Sunderland, charged with extensive forgeries, was appre- hended at Tynemouth ou Thursday week. John Waddington, cowkeeper, Leeds, was on Saturday fined £ 30 for exposing for sale and being in possession of two diseased beasts, one of which had been seized in the cattle market. Mr E. S. Elliott, of Christchurch, land agent to the Earl of -Nialmesbury) is missing, and it is feared that he is drowned, as his hat has been found in the river Avon. Miss Maria Colby, of Brighton, a young lady of rather weak intellect, recently missed from her uncle's house, at Isleworth, has been found drowned in the Thames. The latest news from Natal of the South African gold fields is that the diggers are not finding enough gold to repay them for their outlay and labour. About 7,000,000 lbs. of the spurious and filthy tea described in the recent sanitary report of Dr Letheby is believed to be now on its way from China. On Monday a fishing boat, with a crew of four men on board, was capsized off the island of Lewis, Scotland, and all hands perished. At Knowsley, last week, the late Earl of Derby's racing stud was brought to the hammer, and the amount realised by the sale was 4,725 guineas. Mr Christopher Jewison, coroner for the Liberty of the Honour of Pontefract for fifty-three years, has died, in his eighty- fifth year. He was the oldest coroner in England. The corporation of Salford now receive £ 2,000 a year for what they formerly paid a large sum-to have ashpits cleared out. Negotiations have been finally broken-off between the Thorn- cliffe colliery owners and the unionists. The men have now been on strike for nearly a year. The February weather in America is described as having been very severe. In Chicago, four soldiers stationed at Fort Aber- crombie were frozen to death. Mr Keman, Q.C., of the Irish bar, has been appointed judge of the Supreme Court of Madras. The salary is £ 4,000 per annum. The Hon. Robert O'Brien, brother to Lord Inchiquin, and also to the late Mr William Smith O'Brien, has died suddenly at his own house while dressing for dinner. A frightful tragedy is reported from Newcastle-on-Tyne. A labourer named Walton cut his wife's throat, attempted the life of a fellow-lodger, and then committed suicide, from motives of jealousy. A clerk in the employ of Messrs Faulkner and Co., railway carriers at Hull, named Barlow, has absconded, and it is said that defalcations amounting to about L900 have been dis- covered. At the Norwich assizes, a young farmer named Walter Wills was sentenced to ten years' penal servitude, for the attempted murder of Susan Webb, his cousin. The motive of the crime was jealousy. During a sham fight between the troops and marines in Ply- mouth and Devonport several accidents occurred. One man's chin was severely cut by a bayonet, and the left eye of another was injured by the too close discharge of a rifle. The foot and mouth disease has made its appearance in several fresh places in North Staffordshire within the past few days. Its effects have been felt most severely on the west side of the Potteries. In taking down an old house in Dogshead-lane, Ipswich, on the 8th, the skeleton of a man head downwards was dis- covered in a cavity beneath the basement. No clue remains as to its identity. The Illustrated London News says that the will of the Hon. Lady Augusta Frederica Louise Frances Vernon Wentworth, of Wentworth Castle, Yorkshire, was proved at Wakefield under £ 90,000. It is understood that the committee upon parliamentary and municipal elections has decided, by the casting vote of Lord Hartington, not to recommend that the expenses of the booths should cease to be paid by candidates. An attempt to upset a railway train has been made on the Lan- cashire and Yorkshire line at Gilrow, near Bolton, by the placing of a sleeper on the line. Fortunately, no damage was done ex- cept the breaking of the engine guard. The Manchester Home Trade Association have petitioned Mr Lowe, if he has any surplus, to consider the claims of sugar and coffee for further reduction of duty. At the Manchester assizes, a surgeon, named Huntston, ob- tained a verdict for Z700 against the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company for injury to the right foot, caused by the negligence of the defendants' servants. A Belfast paper states that Mr M'Creery, Ballymacarrett, has completed an Irish spinning wheel for presentation to Mrs Gladstone. It is similar in style to those he formerly had the honour of presenting to her Majesty and the Countess Spencer. Dr Peacock, resident surgeon at the Newcastle infirmary, some days ago conducted & post-mortem examination, and unfortunately wounded one of his fingers with the instrument. Poisonous matter was absorbed into the system, and he died on Tuesday. Captain Madden was tried at Manchester Assizes for assault- ing Mr Clarke at the Queen's Hotel, found guilty, and sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment. Evidence that the prisoner was labouring under mental delusion will be laid before the Home Secretary. The Queen, although sufficiently well to begin the levee on Friday, was compelled to retire after a short time, and leave the larger number of presentations to the Prince of Wales. Her Majesty left London on Saturday for Windsor. A few days ago a poor man who was suffering from congestion of the lungs entered the infirmary of St. Pancras Workhouse, and on the following day he was poisoned by the adminis- tration of a dose of castor oil and opium intended for another patient. The estimated number of inland letters posted in the United Kingdom in 1869 was 772,000,000 (exclusive of official correspond- ence), realising £ 3,438,183 in postage, No fewer than 55,000,000 newspapers and book packages passed through the post in 1869, producing £ 408,792. At Lancaster assizes, Samuel Robert Wood and John Hodgson, attendants at the Lancaster lunatic asylum, were sentenced to seven years' penal servitude for causing the death of a patient, named William Wilson, by brutal maltreat- ment. A robbery of jewels to the amount of £250 was committed last week on board the mail steamer Munster, while on her voyage to Holyhead. The jewels, which were the property of a gentle- man named Kennedy, were in a casket, which has since been found in the Liffey. At the Nottingham assizes, Miss Selby, daughter of a lace manufacturer, recovered £100 damages from Mr liirkin, nephew of Mr Alderman Birkin, for a breach of promise of marriage. At the same assizes, in Tomlin v. Lowe, a verdict for £200, as a solatium for another breach of promise, was agreed upon. Lord Penzance has made an order in Chambers that Sir Charles Mordaunt be entitled to be heard before the full court next term on the question whether the petitioner was entitled to proceed with his suit, notwithstanding the insanity of the respondent. A steamer-the Emma—in passing Chutte Island, in the Mis- sissippi, on February 18th, struck a rock, and upset a stove in the ladies' cabin. The boat was set on fire, and as a gale pre- vailed at the time, the flames speedily obtained a hold upon the entire vessel. Ten lives, at least, were lost. Mr Lowe has received a deputation from the Central Chamber of Agriculture, the members of which urged the importance of either reducing or repealing the malt tax. The right hon. gen- tleman promised to consider whether th6 tax could be reduced, or a portion of it placed upon beer. A mendicant was charged last week, at Marlborough-street with begging. He pretended to be starving, and on being searched £ 6 insilvet and a savings bank deposit for jE13 were found upon him. Mr Knox sent him to prison for a month, and ordered the cost of his maintenance to be defrayed out of his own monev. James Selby Lewis, formerly a London compositor, has turned out to be the rightful heir-at-law to the Whaddon Hall estates in Buckinghamshire. The rents of these estates have been received by a trustee under the Court of Chancery since 1772, and the principal and interest are now nearly three millions sterling. At the Bucks assizes, on Saturday, William Mobbs, a youth of nineteen, was found guilty of the murder of James Newbury, aged ten, by cutting his throat. He was recommended to mercy on account of his youth, but Mr Justice Byles sentenced him to death, and held out no hope of reprieve. At the public sale of the heirlooms of the Derwentwater family, seized from the so-called Countess in default of moneys due by her, which took place in Newcastle-upon-Tyne last 'Monday, a portrait of the Pretender, from the pencil of Sir Godfrey Kneller, and bearing date 1714, sold for one thousand pounds. At Agra the Duke of Edinburgh is said to have inquired whether the city had a lunatic asylum. On being informed that such an institution would be of no utility in the place, the Bombay Gazette says he devoutly thanked Heaven, observing that wherever there was one they invariably took him there, and he always found the word welcome" in large letters over the entrance. Mr Candlish, M.P., last week presided over the annual Par- liamentary breakfast of the nonconformists of the metropolis. The questions discussed were the proposed abolition of Uni- versity tests, the state of the burial laws. and the shortcomings of the Government Edacat* Dn Bill. Mr MialI, M.P., held that nothing could be more disastrous than the tendency of the measure. It was generally urged that the Bill should receive the strongest opposition on the part of the nonconformist body. A few days ago, at the Manchester assizes, verdicts were given in three cases against the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, the aggregate damages amounting to about £ 800. On Thursday the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Company were mulcted to the extent of £ 1,000 in a similar action, the plaintiff being Mr John Whittaker, drysalter, of Hyde, Cheshire, who was very seriouslv hurt last autumn by falling over the parapet of a bridge at Newton, against which a train had been drawn up. One day during last week Lady Blanche Noel left her father's house, Exton House, Rutlandshire. She was immediately fol- lowed to London by her father, the Earl of Gainsborough, with whom she remained till her marriage with Mr T. P. Murphy, professor of mnsic, which was solemnized at the Roman Catholic chapel at Chelsea, by the Rev. R. Macmullen, on Sunday, the 6th inst., but without the consent of the noble earl. Mr Murphy was an organist in the Earl's service, and gained the young lady's affections. She is twenty-six years of age. and Mumhv Kq twenty-three. A telegram from Madrid states that the DUke of Montpensier has shot and killed Prince Henry of Bourbon in a duel. This fatal encounter appears to remove one, if not two, of the difficul- ties which have surrounded the selection of a successor to the Spanish throne. Prince Henry was understood to be the candi- date for the throne of Spain, and a short time since he issued a manifesto, in which he offered to place his services at the dis- posal of the Spanish nation and people. Mr Edwarcts, the celebrated steeplechase rider met with a fatal accident at Aintree last week. A horse called Chip- Senham fell with him, rolled over him, and kicked him on the ead. The unfortunate gentleman (whose proper name was Ede) never rallied, and died at half-past six o'clock on Sunday evening. By the death of Mr Ede, Lord Poulett has been de- prived of the services of one of the most accomplished gentle- men riders that ever crossed a horse. He won the Grand National for his lordship with the Lamb in 1868, as well as many other important races. Mr Ede was very unlucky in the matter of accidents, having been laid up for more than three months from injuries received by Endsleigh falling with him in the Grand National Hurdle Race at Croydon in November, 1867.
MODERN INVENTION. —That great invention the Ckrono- Qiaph," which times all the principal events of the day and has revolutionized and superseded the clumsy old- fashioned "Stop-watch," seems likely to be eclipsed in fame by that still greater and more useful invention the Keyless Watch." The fact of no key being required ren- ders these Watches indispensable to the traveler, the nervous, and invalids. The enormous number sent even by post to all parts of the world is a convincing proof of there great utility. The prices at which they are sold range fro n 5 to 100 guineas. Thousands of them are manufactured by Mr J. W. BENSON, of Old Bond-street, and of the Steam Factory, Ludgate Hill, London, who sends post free for 2d. a most interesting historical pamphlet upon watch- making.
FIPP ? ob tth. The Rev. Thomas Thomas has been appointed Rector of Llanfair-juxta-Harlech, Merionethshire. Mr Chambres, of Llys Meirchion, has proffered a site for the Denbigh Grammar School. Mr Henry Evans been elected surveyor to the Holy- head Local Board. Lord Harrowby is to be the president of the Stafford- shire Chamber of Agriculture. A ewe, the property of Mr Hugh Edwards, of Bangor parish, has yeaned five lambs. Mr Joel Williams has been elected chairman of the Mold Local Board for the next twelvemonths. The Priory adjoining St. John's Church, Chester, is to be taken down. The removal was contemplated during the lifetime of the late Marquis of Westminster. The Denbighshire Militia assemble on April 25th, at Wrexham; the Carnarvonshire Militia at Carnarvon on April 11th-the recruits a fortnight previously. The Rev. A. Ellis, Llangwyllog, has been appointed chaplain to Sir Richard Bulkeley, Bart., High Sheriff of Anglesey. Sir Richard Airey, K.C.B., Governor of Gibraltar, has appointed Mr George Gilbert, late of Rugeley, surgeon- dentist to the garrison hospital at Gibraltar. Capt. Thomas Hampton Lewis, of Henlys, Beaumaris, has been appointed one of the corps of her Majesty's gentlemen-at-arms. Thomas Hughes, a slater and bookseller of Llandegla, fell over a limerock, 100 feet high, at Minera, and was found next day with his back broken and his face smashed. The Gazette announces the appointment of H. W. Har- rop, Esq., to be captain in the 5th Denbighshire R. V. C., vice Napier resigned. At Tenby a boy of six years, named Benjamin Richards, died in convulsions in the street. It is supposed that the boy must have picked up and eaten something poisonous. An engine-driver on the Mold Railway, last Thursday, did not perceive until he had got as far as Mold Junction that he had started without the train. Mark Whitehead, twelve years of age, has died of hydrophobia at Staleybridge, after having been bitten in the lip by a stray setter dog some ten weeks previously. At the Nerquis Colliery, near Mold, David Evans has been killed by a fall of the roof while he was cutting coal. Walter Williams, another collier, had a narrow escape. The Rev. T. Jones, curate of Tremeirchion, St. Asaph, has died suddenly, of heart disease. The funeral of the late rev. gentleman, in Tremeirchion churchyard on Thurs- day, was a public one and largely attended. Mr S. Holland presented a petition to the House of Commons last week, from the Welsh Calvinistic Church, Barmouth, complaining of the incumbent of the parish not allowing any burial in their burial grounds un- less he officiated and was paid his fee. A gas company has been projected at Blaenau Festiniog, to supply gas to the large villages of Tanygrisiau, Rhiw- bryfdir, Four Crosses, and Conglywal, and the roads be- tween them. Elizabeth Ellinor Reid, a child three years of age: daughter of Mr Richard Reid, Buckley Mountain, was burnt to death through her clothes taking fire while left by her mother with no one but a little brother in the house. The barque Pride of Wales, of Carnarvon, laden with slate, ran into and sank the schooner Grace, of Margate, seven miles off the North Foreland. One man belonging to the schooner was drowned. The barque was assisted into Ramsgate harbour. A sheep the property of Mr W. Lea, Park House, Bag- ley, has for the last four years had three lambs each sea- son. This year, about a month ago, she only brought one, but last week, in order to make up the usual number, she had two more. The committee of the English Congregational Chapel Building Society have just received information of a lega- cy of 21,000 by the late D. Williams, Esq., of Bangor,—a pleasant acknowledgment of services rendered by the so- ciety in aid of the new chapel there. A ghost has been causing some consternation at Saigh- ton, a village near Chester. It was not, however, an or- thodox ghost, for its peculiarity was that it wandered among the tombs in the churchyard" unencumbered with dress of any sort." The figure proved to be that of a poor lunatic woman, who had made her escape from restraint. The wife of a labourer named Betley, in the employ of Messrs Bass and Co., at Burton-upon-Trent, on Wednes- day week gave birth to four children—girls. The mother and children are at present doing well. The parents are very poor. William Lloyd, aged 19, who made a murderous attack upon a woman at Llanfairfechan, and then made a desperate attempt at suicide by inflicting two wounds in his neck and another in the abdomen, has been remanded by the Bangor magistrates. A few mornings since two gentlemen at Hanley were accosted in the following magniloquent terms, by a pro- fessional vagrant, in the Stoke-road :—" Gentlemen, will you administer the balm of consolation to a debilitated constitution ?" The touching appeal did not take. The Rev. J. Caulfield Browne, M.A., D.C.L., vicar of Dudley, died on Friday. Dr Browne was in his 66th year, and had been vicar of Dudley twenty-five years, having changed livings with the Rev. W. H. Cartwright in 1845. The Musical Standard announces that Mr T. E. Ayl- ward, of Salisbury, music editor of the Sarum Hymnal, and formerly a pupil of Dr S. S. Wesley, has been ap- pointed to succeed Mr F. E. Gladstone as organist of the cathedral of Llandaff. On Friday, at the Conway Board of Guardians, it was reported that Margaret Williams, of Tal-y-cafn, having received a legacy of £ 200 from a deceased brother, had repaid the relieving officer B9, the cost of her 60 weeks' maintenance in the workhouse, and had expressed her intention to pay off her late husband's debts. Miss Emma Gaman, daughter of the Rev. J. Gaman, incumbent of St. Paul's Church, Boughton, Cheshire, has been presented by the congregation with a gold watch, chain, and locket set with emeralds and pearls, as a recognition of her services for several years as organist and district visitor. The Commission of the Peace for the county of Anglesey has had the following names added to it.-Marquis of Anglesey; Lord Stanley, of Alderley; Humphrey Stanley Jones, C.B., of Llysarn; Major Robert Branston Smith, of Pencraig; W. Walthrew, Esq., Holyhead; Robert Davies, Esq., Holyhead. Another case of manslaughter has come before the Carnarvon county magistrates. William John Williams and Daniel Roberts, quarrymen, stand committed for trial for having caused the death of Eleazar Owen, an old man, at Llanrug, in the Llanberris quarry district. David John Hughes, who is stated to be dying of consumption, was implicated in the attack upon the old man. As a striking illustration that lead mines should be assessed to the poor rates, a cpntemporary asserts that the net profits of the Minera mine for the past year were about £40,000, after payment of royalties, equal to the ratable value of Mold parish, which contributes to the relief of the poor between 25,000 and C6,000 annually, while the Minera Company does not contribute one penny towards the poor rates. c The death is announced of the Rev. M. 'Morgan, M.A., Vicar of Conway. He was 73 years of age, and had been vicar of the parish 31 years. Born at Talybont, Cardigan- shire, in 1796, he was educated at Ystradmeurig Grammar School, in South Wales, and afterwards graduated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was ordained at the age .of 23 by the Bishop of Carlisle, and appointed to the curacy of St. Mary's, Carlisle, where he remained some years; afterwards he became chaplain to the British Embassy at Gottenbiirg, then alternate preacher at Mortlake Chapel, where he received a handsome testi- monial on leaving for the vicarage of Conway in 1838. He was the father of Mr Osborne Morgan, M. P. for Denbigh- shire. More progress was made last week in the inquiry at Aberavon touching the late Morfa explosion. Seven or eight witnesses were examined, and two or three were very strong in opposing the powder theory." The most positive witness was John Smith, who appears to bave had a narrow escape from death. The Western Mail says his face bore marks of severe burning, and was bandaged still. He gave his evidence in a remarkably clear and collected manner, and if his statements can be backed up by other witnesses the.gunpowder theory will have been blown to the winds. Up to this time, however, the wit- ness has not been supported by any reliable testimony. A man named Dyer, who was examined before Smith, boldly declared that fire-damp was the cause of the calamity, but his manner detracted very materially from the weight of his evidence. The inquiry stands adjourned to the 29th instant.
ADVICE TO MOTHERs.-Are you broken of your rest by a sick child, suffering with the pain of cutting teeth; go at once to a chemist and get a bottle of Mrs Winslow's Sooth- ing Syrup. It will relieve the poor sufferer immediately; it is perfectly harmless; it produces natural quiet sleep, by relieving the child from pain, and the little cherub awakes "as bright as a button." It has been long in use in America, and is highly recommended by medical men. It is very pleasant to take, it soothes the child; it softens the gums, allays all pain, relieves wind, regulates the bowels, and is the best known remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea, whether arising from teething or other causes. Be sure and ask for Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup. No mother should be without it.—Sold by all Medicine Dealers at Is. lid. per bottle. London Depot, 205, High Holborn. A CHILD LIVING WITH ITS DEAD MOTHER.—On Satur- day Mr Carter, coroner, held an inquest at Long Ditton on the body of Mrs Simpson, who was for many years landlady of the Clarence Hotel, Teddington. She had lately been residing with her youngest son, a boy aged five years, in Prospect-place, Long Ditton. For some days past, though the child was frequently playing in front of the house, the mother could not be seen. Some of the neighbours out of curiosity inquired of the child whether he had had plenty of food during the week, and he replied that all that he had bad was what was left in the cup- board, and there was plenty still remaining there. Upon missing the child's mother, one of the neighbours inquired how she was and whither she had gone. The little child, with great simplicity, replied, Mamma is lying in bed, and she will not speak to me; and she is so cold, like a lump of ice, when I lay in bed with her." The same per- son said, "Perhaps she is dead," when the boy replied, I think so too, for she is so cold, and I can't get her to speak at alL" The neighbours were then determined if possible to unravel the mystery overhanging the sudden disappearance of the mother of the child, and upon enter- ing the room found the unfortunate creature lying stiff and dead in the bed, and they were of opinion that she had been dead two or three days, and the poor child had been lying at her side in bed during that time. The enquiry was adjourned.
SHROPSHIRE CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE. On Tuesday afternoon an important meeting of the Shropshire Chamber of Agriculture took place at Shrews- bury, having been specially convened to discuss the subject of The. Over-preservation of Ground Game." The meeting was held in the offices of the Chamber, in Music- hall-buildings, and was largely attended. D. F. Atcherley, Esq., vice-chairman of the Chamber, presided; and among those present were the Hon. and Rev. Mr Bridge- man, Rev. W. Garnett Botfield, Rev. J. F. Home, Shifnal, Mr R. Jasper More, Mr C. C. Cotes, Col. Freme, Mr J. Bather, Mr R. Gardner, Captain Salt, Mr J. Humphreys, Hanley Hall, Mr Bowen Jones (honorary secretary), Mr John Bazeley, Sutton, Mr W. Blakeway, Hanwood, Dr Watts, Shrewsbury, Mr W. Brewster, Balderton Hall, Mr B. Harding, Newport, Mr Matthew Williams, Dryton, Mr J. Pinckney, Cressage, Mr T. Horton, Harnage, Mr T. L. Meire, jun., Eyton-on- Severn, Mr J. Bridgeman, Ascott, Mr W. M. Dawes, Sibdon, Mr W. Nevett, Yorton Villa, Mr Jeffrey Poole, Chilton, Mr Thomas Mansell, Ercall Park, Mr John Richards, Llynclys, Mr Joseph Meire, Abbotsfield, Mr Thos. Rider, Edgebottom, Mr Warren Thompson, Shrews- bury, Mr William Sheraton, Broom House, Mr John Allsop, Church Preen, Mr Rd. Legh, Foxhall, Mr Evan Davies, Patton, Mr Evan Bowen, Bicton, Mr John Fowler, Booley, Mr Thos. Williams, Astley Grange, M, John Minor, Kingsland, Mr Thomas Williams, juniorr Albrightlee, Mr S. Woodcock, Church Pulverbatch, Mr Charles Neal, Newton Abbotts, Mr Towler, Acton Rey- nolds, Mr S. Hudson, Wytheford Hall, Mr Heighway Jones, Pontesford, Mr J. B. Randies, Old Heath, Mr T. J. Randies, Yockleton, Mr H. Lee, Ensdon, Mr Wm. Brown, Preston-on-the-Wild-Moors, Mr Teece, Baschurch, Mr George Cureton, Beam House, Mr Henry Burd, The Laurels, Mr John Preece, Cressage, Mr Humphrey Sankey, The Mount, Mr Thos. Hudson, Ford, &c. THE MALT TAX. The CHAIRMAN said, before they entered upon the subject for discussion he would suggest that as at the interview between the Central Chamber of Agriculture and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer was disposed to take a very favourable view of the subject of the malt tax, it was a very con- venient and opportune time for the members of the Chamber in each parish to get up a petition in favour of the repeal of the malt tax. (Applause.) It was desirable to strike while the iron is hot;" and this was a favour- able time, if they ever did mean to make a move. He did not expect the total repeal of the malt tax, but such representations as he had suggested might go a consider- able way towards effecting its material reduction. (Hear, hear.) Mr BOWEN JONES seconded the proposition; the Chamber adopted it, and the names of gentlemen in the several parishes were put down with a view to its being carried into effect. NEW MEMBERS. The following new members of the Chamber were elected:—Mr Joseph Crane, Benthall, on the proposition of Mr Bowen Jones; the Rev. P. G. Bentley, proposed by Mr Richard Legh, Foxhall; and Mr Edward Hodges, of Edgwood Hall, proposed by Mr R. W. Ralph. THE OVER-PRESERVATION OF GROUND GAME. On the notice convening the meeting for the discussion of this subject having been read by Mr W. EDWARDS, the secretary, the following letter from Mr J. R. ORMSBY GORE, M.P., addressed to the secretary, was read DEAR SIB,—I am sorry that my Parliamentary duties here will prevent me from attending at the Shropshire Chamber on Tues- day next. I have a particular objection to the over-preservation of ground game, and should be glad if any remedy could be de- vised which would be acceptable to the tenants and the land- lords. I consider that rabbits are the worst of all vermin to the farmer, and most destructive to all crops in the open fields, as well as to young plantations. Hares are not so bad unless they are extremely numerous, and I should be sorry to destroy them entirely-as I have some consideration for those who are fond of coursing, which I am not. The only way that I think we could obviate the evil would be to make ground game property, and thus render it liable for damage done to the holder of the soil. I should be very glad to know the decision of the Chamber on the subject, which is very important. I went from the Central Chamber a few days ago to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the subject of the malt tax, and from the expressions that fell from him I think it not improbable that he will transfer the duty from malt to beer. I also attended on the subject of the savings banks, but we could do nothing with him as to preserving the present rata of interest to depositors. With best wishes for the welfare of the Chamber, yours faithfully, J. R. OBMSBX GOUE. Colonel CORBET, M.P., wrote as follows:— London, March 12,1870. DEAR SIR,-I regret very much that the day for the discussion on the subject of ground game should, unfortunately, have been fixed just at a time when the state of parliamentary business quite prevents my leaving town; but as you request my opinion on the subject, I hive great pleasure in giving it. In consider- ing the subject, our attention must not be confined to it as it relates only to landlord and tenant; indeed, if that were the only aspect of it, I question whether it were not the best thing to leave it to contract and good feeling1; but of late years the question has been much complicated by the system of renting shootings, which is now done to a very great extent by people who, being strangers to the neighbourhood, and for the most part ignorant of country pursuits, are liable to do injury, both from want of knowledge and from self-interest. These lessees having no interest in the lands and too often no sympathy for the farmer, it often happens that they care nothing about the injury done to the occupier of the land, caring only to cover their own expenses of rent, keepers' wages, &c., by the sale of game, and especially rabbitq, and in the present state of the law they are able to do this with impunity unless very stringently held down by agreement. It appears to me that the most simple way of getting over this difficulty would be to do away with the fiction that game is the property of no one until it is dead, and to make it subject to the same laws as other property, both for the protection and for the liability on the part of the owner to pay for any damage done by it. By this means the saddle would be on the right horse," and he who derived the benefit of the game would be responsible for the loss which it occasioned to others. I know that it is often objected that you cannot tell to whom the game belongs; bnt this can occur only in very few instances; there is very sel- dom any real doubt about the ownership—it must, in reason, be the property of him who has the beneficial use of it. I send you a Bill on the subject of the Game Laws in Scot- land, not that I approve of it generally, and some parts I consider very objectionable; but the main difficulty, that of simplifying the recovery of damage done, is met by clauses 6 and 12; and I am disposed to think that if those two clauses alone were to become law, we should hear very little more of the game difficulty. When the owner once knows that he will have to pay for the injury done by it, he will give up excessive preservation. Hoping that these hastily sketched ideas may be of some use in eliciting something more useful from others, v I remain, faithfully yours, Mr W. Edwards. EDWARD CORBET. Mr BENJAMIN DUDFIELD, of Catsley, Bewdley, one of the branch secretaries, was unable to attend, in con- sequence of ill-health. He wrote to express his opinion that nothing less than the placing of ground game entirely in the hands of the tenant farmers will meet the necessity of the case. "If the over game-preserving landlords could once be made aware of the enormous injury done, not- only to crops but personal feelings, they would no longer resist, and to those who are satisfied with such a moderate quantity of game as would afford healthful recreation in pursuit of it, the alteration in the law would make little or no difference, but once in operation would add just as much more good feeling between landlord and tenant as the present system tends to prevent. The gamekeeper would no longer be required, dictating both to master and man upon the farm, and his nocturnal visits across the homesteads with his dog, to entice the domestic cats to some trap laid a distance off to snare them, would be dispensed with. Then the squire would not be so often detained to hear reports from his confi- dential keeper—(hear, hear)—as to this or that tenant having committed himself by some breach or other of their local game laws-(cheers)-but would have more time to ride over his estates and view the great improve ments that would be sure to result from the alteration." (Applause.) In conclusion he wrote I speak from eighteen years' experience, and feel sure that during that period I am a loser of 1,800 bags of corn, through the destruction by hares alone, not saying a word about loss of mutton, beef, &c., to the public as well as to myself." (Hear, hear.) The CHAIRMAN said, the Shropshire Chamber of Agri- culture had met to discuss a very important question, and he did not consider it part of his duty to prejudge the matter, but should very much regret if, in occupying the chair, he said anything that might appear to be at all biassed. He would defer making any observations that might occur to him until after the discussion had taken place, if there should be ample time. He hoped that any suggestions or propositions offered would be made in that reasonable and moderate spirit which was likely to find favour in another place-in Parliament—(applause)— otherwise, they were aware, anything that flowed from the Chamber would be unprofitable and a waste of time. He would also deprecate anything like class feeling in this matter. He was quite satisfied that there was that good feeling among all classes of agriculturists in the county that those would make a great mistake who wished to represent this important question as a class matter. It was perfectly true that what benefited or injured the landlords benefited or injured the tenants also and, vice versa, what benefited or injured the tenants also benefited or injured the landlords. (Applause.) In a very large portion of Shropshire, to his knowledge, and a gentleman bad told him that in one-half of the county, the tenants had the shooting themselves. (Loud cries of "No, no," and a voice, "Not one-tenth.") Many tenant far- mers had farms of their own; and the matter became a very mixed question, one not to be treated as a class question. He did not think that anything passed to-day would interfere with the good feeling which had hitherto char- acterized the Shropshire Chamber of Agriculture, com- posed of both landlords and tenants. (Cheers). Mr R. JASPER MORE, who was received with much ap- plause, said, he thought it desirable that there should be no mistake about the grounds on which he had consented to introduce the subject. He bad done so simply because the committee had requested him to do so, at a meeting at which he was not present, and not because there was any reason why he particularly should do so. He had advised the committee to select some one, if possible, who was acquainted with the state of feeling in the Northern division, to propose the first resolution, and to get it seconded by the best representative they could find of the state of feeling in the Southern division but the committee had not adopted that course; and had asked him to introduce the subject. He would make two requests-first, to abstract their attention from Shrews- bury, and to discuss the question as one of general expe- diency and, next, to give a practical turn to the discus- sion by registering their opinions on the Bill that was going to be introduced on Wednesday (this day) into the House of Commons, on the subject of game. It was generally the duty of a person who introduced a subject for discussion to go to the point at once; but as he n- tended to state the point as briefly as he could, he would say a few more words by way of preface. There were many persons who had prophesied that the Chamber of Agriculture movement would not last and these persons would be disappointed by finding that a deputation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, upon a more important question than that of game, represented not less than 72 Chambers. But many of the same persons had prophesied that, although Chambers of Agriculture had succeeded so far, they would be sure to split when they came to discuss the game question. No local Chamber of Agriculture that had discussed it had yet split upon the subject; and there- fore, having the subject at heart, and knowing how strong the feeling was in Shropshire for and against the game laws, he asked the members of this Chamber to bear in mind the extreme sensitiveness of people in Shropshire upon the question introduced for discussion. (Hear, near.) The noble president (Lord Pradford) in the winter stated that he should not have voted for this subject being dis- cussed he did not argue from his lordship's remarks that he was opposed to its discussion at all, and at the annual dinner his lordship set the example of discussing the ques- tion. It was noticed at the same time that the county members, as Lord Granville had remarked of them the year before, did not venture within one hundred miles of the subject. (Applause.) The subject of the resolution which had been put into his hands, "That it is the opinion of this Chamber that the over-preservation of ground game should be discountenanced, "was a very different thing from a discussion on the game laws and he asked the members of the Chamber, as far as they could, to keep the two subjects distinct. The game laws included a vast diversity of subjects, each one of which might be a fitting one for a separate discussion for instance, the fiscal question-the question of how far the taxation of game licences is a sub- ject for taxation and revenue; they proceed, again, to provide for tfiel preservation of certain birds in this country which were not indigenous; they embraced the questions of trespass in pursuit of game, and the juris- diction before which poachers were to be brought, as well, also, as the punishment that these people were to receive, and the powers that were to be given to the constabulary in bringing offenders before that jurisdiction and, lastly, they embraced the ratepayers' grievances at having to pay for the prosecution of these men, and for their maintenance while in gaol. (Loud applause.) Therefore, if the dis- cussion left the question of the over-preservation of game, and branched off into the game laws, it might be not only discursive, but probably unpractical. The ratepayers' grievance was one which, whatever might be its extent, was most likely to enunciate a general agitation against the game laws. Mr Read and himself had pro- posed a Bill which provided that woods and game should be rated; and the Government had promised to adopt the Bill in part, and to bring it in themselves. (Applause.) What they wished to speak of to-day was not the use of game, but the abuse not the preservation, but the over- preservation—(loud cheers)—and the object of this meet- ing was to attract public opinion on that subject, and not, as far as his resolution went,to discuss how far it might be affected by law, although he took upon himself to invite them to express their opinion upon the law that was going to be proposed in the House of Commons. Whether they thought public opinion or the law the most effective way of dealing with the grievance, it was perfectly plain and certain that public opinion might be more expeditious in bringing about a result than law. In 1846 Mr Bright moved for a committee on the game laws; that committee met and examined a number of witnesses, including several well-known Shropshire men; that committee, contrary to the usual practice of commit- tees, reported in a different sense to what Mr Bright, the chairman, expected or desired; and he was not aware that any legislation had followed on the recommendations of that committee, but he believed that what legislation had taken place had been in quite a contrary direction. But when they looked at the result of public opinion, he gave them as an instance the effect of the speech of Lord Gran- ville, one of the most delightful speeches, probably, that it was ever the privilege of agriculturists to listen to after dinner, and one for which farmers, on many grounds, were extremely grateful. On going into a neighbouring county, after that dinner at which Lord Granville pre- sided, he was informed upon the best authority that no less than seven landlords in the county had given their tenants the right to kill the rabbits on their farms after reading Lord Granville's speech. (Applause.) He would state as clearly as he could what he understood the far- mers' grievance to be; and he invited the attention of the Chamber particularly to the circumstances under which it had arisen. He understood the grievance of the farmer to be that when he signed away his right to the game he found hares and rabbits increase in numbers that he did not expect, and to an extent that was ruinous to the high state of agriculture that all good farmers adopt. (Cheers.) The common law of England, founded on the wisdom of our ancestors, gives game absolutely to the occupiers and a relative of his, who was chairman of the Much Wenlock Farmers' Club at the time of Mr Bright's committee, had pointed out that farmers did not understand the fact that all game whatever, by the common law of the land, was absolutely theirs. This being the case, what did the far- mer do ? From time immemorial he had signed away his rights; and then the farmers, as a body, complained of the consequences. While some people were inclined to blame landlords as game preservers, many people blamed the farmers for parting with their rights. (Cheers.) The farmers said it was a custom, and that they must do so. It was the consideration of this question which he left to the Chamber. He wanted to know whether they thought that by repeating a statement of the damage that ground game did to occupiers they should be satisfied with looking for certain results, which they hoped would follow the reading of their statement, in landlord's minds, or whether they thought that some law should pre- vent their doing what they were doing unless they freely chose to do it. He should make a state- ment, although it was so familiar to the Chamber, of the damage done by ground game he would not take it from a game preserver, or a tenant farmer, but from a person of moderate views, Mr Philip Pusey, once president of the Royal Agricultural Society. In a pamphlet, written by Mr Henry Corbet, the secretary of the Central Farmers' Club in London, the testimony of Mr Pusey is quoted as. that of a very unbiassed judge on the subject" Even if you ascertain that three or four hares do not eat more than one sheep, you would not estimate the amount of injury to a farmer by the food eaten by an equivalent number of sheep; because the hares are allowed to help themselves, and to go everywhere where they ought not to go; and independently of that, the positive loss, the annoyance to a farmer who has culti- vated his land upon improved principles is very great.. It may be a question upon certain kinds of soils/whether it is an injury or not to wheat to be fed down; but still, as a farmer myself, I should like to have to decide upon it myself whether I would have my wheat fed down. It is an interference with a farmer's crops; and where a man has been taking pains with his land, and spending a good deal upon artificial manures, and endeavouring to grow good green crops, it. must try his temper very mueh." Mr Corbet added, And I think we may say his pocket too." (Cheers.) A Bill was going to be introduced into the House of Commons on Wednesday (to-day) to remedy this grievance. One clause of the Bill, the 2nd, was this: From and after the 25th of September, 1870, it shall be lawful for any tenant, or any person employed by him, and having his authority or permission, to kill rabbits on the lands occupied by him, any agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, and that any such agreement shall be null and void." That having been proposed by a private member, another gentleman of great influence, Mr Beaumont, one of the largest landowners in the country, was going to propose an amendment which would go much further still for the benefit of the tenants —"After the passing of this Act, hares and rabbits shall not be deemed game within the meaning of the game laws; nor shall any of the provisions of those laws apply to the taking, killing, and destroying of either hares or rabbits." (Loud cheers, and a cry of Beaumont for ever!") If the amendment.were not proposed, it would be for the reason that the Government had agreed to bring in a Game Bill for Scotland, to take the Bill alluded to by Col. Corbett, out of the hands of a private member, and it would be competent for the mover of the Bill, if he chose, to move that the Scotch Game Bill should apply to Eng- land. (Cheers.) It was therefore proper that the game laws should be discussed now. The question to be raised and argued in Parliament was whether it was desirable that the State should interfere in matters of private con- tract. It would be difficult to say that it would not be de- sirable, for both sides of the House of Commons had agreed to support a Bill which interfered between land- lord and tenant in Ireland. (Applause.) There were many other cases in which the State does interfere. By the Truck Act no person could contract to sell beer for his men. Whether the State should consider it politic to interfere was a question for discussion. Game preserving was not so great a grievance in the southern division of Shropshire as it was in some counties with which he was acquainted; Mr Corbet did not class Shropshire among the counties in which the grievance was felt. the greatest game-preserving counties being Norfolk, Suffolk, Not- tinghamshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, and Cheshire. He hoped that the discussion would re- lieve the tenant without producing any ill-feeling between him and his landlord. (Cheers.) A disgraceful statement had been made with respect to the country gentlemen of England, that if they did not preserve game they would not live on their estates. He hoped that game was not the only thing that bound a country gentlemau to his pro- perty. There was a sort of paterfamilias argument, that gentlemen rejoicing in families did not seem to think that their daughters were sufficiently attractive without having game to bring their visitors down to the country. He believed that the daughters of England had quite sufficient charms to make it undesirable that a gentieman should spend the whole of his day in shooting. If the young men of the present day did not care to stay at the house without battue shooting, he trusted that the time would come when the gentlemen of England would be looked upon as something more than the leaders of -the sports of the people. (Applause.) Mr JOHN BRIDGEMAN seconded the proposition. In Shropshire, he said,, A Tory much better feeling had sprung up within the last few years many landlords were giving the game to their tenants, and many more the ground game. They should look more ? themselves, and to their landlords, than for anything that the State could do. (Hear, hear.) v Mr TVAN DAVIES was of opinion that this was one of the most difficult questions that the Shropshire Chamber of Agriculture had undertaken since its formation; and that a great and crying evil did exist in the over-pre- servation of game, no one would deny. I hey should deeply regret anyrhoveinent that "would debar the gentle- men of England from a fair enjoyment of field sports. The over-preservation of game was un-English, unwise, and could not be mamtamedWlthout. lll-feenng. He was' old enough to remember the time when the gentlemen of England were content to walk over their estates with dog and gun, and to shoot enough game *to satisfy the wants of his own table, and the tables of his friends but since this foreign custom had been introduced into England they were not satisfied unless in three hours they killed a waggon-load of game. He trusted that the nobility and gentry of England would see the folly of this system, and bear in mind the effects of the over-preservation of game in France, for theforest laws caused the nobility of that country to be as wanderers and wayfarers over the face of the earth. (Hear, hear.) A murderous warfare had be.'ii kept up upon the birds of prey, and farmers were suffering from a plague of rats and wood pigeons. He did not see how any legislative enactment could avail, unless it were preceded by a measure providing compensation for unexhausted improvements. (Applause.) If the tenant farmers would speak at public meetings of this sort with the same freedom they did at market dinners, the landlords of England would not be unmindful of their duty to their tenantry, and would at once give up tha over-preservation of game. (Cheers.) The Rev. GARNETT BOTFIELD, as a landlord and game- preserver, had an earnest desire, and it was the wish of all the gentlemen in England, to have this question so settled as to give satisfaction to their tenants, for there was nothing he delighted in so much as to be welcomed with a smile by those who occupied land under him. (Applause.) The rabbits his tenants might kill as: much as they pleased, but he did not like them shot, for rabbits could not be kept down by shooting, and there were difficulties between the keepers and the farmers' sons, who got a habit of going out with guns. (Hisses.). With regard to hares, the tenants might course them whenever they wished. The damage done by hares could not be settled by arbitration, for it would cause disputes- Let the Chambers of Agriculture impress upon all those- who took farms to make a reservation that the hares and rabbits belonged to the tenants, otherwise there must by egislation on the subject, which he for one would be very s°rry to see, for he believed it would not be satisfactory. Mr LEGH (Foxhall) had never met a farmer in his Ufe: that wished the game all done away with; but it would" be satisfactory if ground game were abolished by Act of Parliament. Mr FOWLER detailed his experience upon a farm where he had, upon its passing into new hands, to make an im- mediate choice between an agreement to preserve ground game and a six months' notice to quit. Mr POOLE (Bicton), recommended an experiment, by' fencing in one-half a field with a game fence, to show the damage that was done by over preservation. Mr MATTHEW WILLIAMS urged that the subject ought to come under the head of tenant right. Although he had the happiness to live under the Duke of Cleveland, who gave to his tenants very great privileges for the reduction of ground game, his experience was that he had hardly known one year to elapse without the tenancy of a good and worthy man being sacrificed to game or to the interference of a gamekeeper, backed by an agent. Public opinion must be brought to bear, and Parliament must act. (Applause.) Mr JOHN BATHER did not see that supporting the clause read by Mr More was the question before the meeting- that of the over-preservation of ground game- but a per- fectly distinct thing. Mr JASPER MORE had merely suggested that as the BiD was before Parliament the Chamber should make its opinion felt. Mr JOHN BATHER had not heard anything that would, lead him to suppose that they were in a fair way of getting the evil suppressed. There was no doubt about the state- ment of Mr Jasper More, that the tenant had a right to the hares and rabbits more than that he had a right to. the exclusive use of the land, and could prevent his land' lord coming upon it; he would not say they were fools- (laughter)-but they signed away their rights, instead of asserting them a little more. (Uproar.) It was a com- mercial transaction. It was contemptible that tenants should take land upon a miseraole year to year system, with liability to be turned out at six months' notice. Well- considered and proper agreements between landlords and tenants were required. It was not legislation, but the tenant farmers trusting to themselves, that would remedy this very great evil. It was not an easy thing, but the- remedy lay in that direction. Mr JASPER MORE in his reply suggested that as game waH valued at sixpence an acre, the tenant should offer the landlords a shilling an acre for it, and only destroy the hares and rabbits. The resolution was unanimously adopted. Mr MATTHEW WILLIAMS urged that the hares and rabbits should be the property of the tenants, subject to the landlords' right of sporting. The CHAIRMAN said that they already did belong to the tenant. Mr M. WILLIAMS, in other words, wished to move— That in the opinion bf this meeting hares and rabbits should be struck out of the game laws." Mr PINKNEY seconded this proposition. Mr JOHN BATHER submitted to the Chairman whether that was a motion which could be put to a meeting con- vened to consider the over-preservation of game. The CHAIRMAN ruled that the resolution was not io order. Upon this Mr Williams persevered with his motion, and, having many of the members in his favour, proceeded to put it himself, but a vote was not taken. The meeting appeared to be about equaHy divided in upholding the Chairman's decision, and supporting Mr Williams's pro- position, and a long conversation ensued, Mr Bowen Jones, acting as mediator, showed the one party that they should not seek to bias the chairman's judgment, the other that they should not stifle free discussion, and suggested as a remedy that the whole question of the game laws' should be discussed on a future day. Eventually, in the place of the resolution proposed, this was agreed to- That in the opinion of this meeting all tenant farmers should have the right of killing hares and rabbits, all special reservations to the contrary notwithstanding." On the proposition of Mr JASPER MORE, seconded by Mr J. HUMPHREYS, Hanley Hall, thanks were accorded to the chairman, and when Mr ATCHERLEY bad acknow- ledged the compliment, the Chamber adjourned.
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. New York, March 14. The steamships City of Washington and Nebraska ar- rived out to-day-the latter at 7 a.m. Boston, March 14. The steamship Tripoli arrived here at 4 p.m., yesterday. Portland, March 14. The steamship Austrian arrived out to-day. Buenos Ayres, February 15. Exchange on London, 50; salted ox hides, 37 num- ber of beasts slaughtered, 39,500; sales, 37,500; ship- ments, 18,000; stock, none. Dry hides for Germany un. changed; ditto for America, 45 sales, 58,000; ship- ments, 27,000 stock, 22,000. Freights To Antwerp, 15 to 20; to the Channel, 20 to 30 lumber, 40 Cardiff coals, 11; Cadiz salt, 7. Lisbon, March 14. The elections passed off quietly. There was a large majority for the Government. The Bristol is still here. The steamship Douro, from the Brazils and River Plate, arrived here at 6 a.m., to-day, and leaves at nooo for Southampton, with forty-seven passengers, 222,793 in specie, 103 bales of cotton, and 235 packages sundries. The steamship Oneida, with the outward-bound mail of the 9th February, was air Pernambuco on the 28th February, and proceeded southward the same day. Gibraltar, March 14. The steamer Tanjore leaves at four o'clock this morning for Southampton. All well. She may be expected to arrive on Friday afternoon, the 18th instant. Madrid, March 14. In to-day's sitting of the Cortes Marshal Prim, in reply to a question about the demonstration against the neW conscription regulations, said that, when near the Alcala Gate, a crowd who were shouting Down with the conscription," surrounded and pelted him with stones. He declared that further manifestations of a similar character might be expected. The Republican members- Senoreg' Soler and Sorti-repudiated on the part of the party all responsibility in reference to the riots. Carlsruhe, March 5. The Upper House of the Diet has to-day unanimously adopted the Jurisdiction Convention with the Norto German Confederation. The Lower House has sanctioned the subvention of three million francs for the Saint Gothard Railway, only three members voting in oppo- sition. Paris, March 15, Evening.. The France of this evening announces that the Marquis de Bonneville, the French Ambassador at Rome, left that city to-day, and will embark at Civita Vecchia for France. There is, however, up to the present, no corroboration of this news. According to the Francois, there is no truth in the rumour of a disagreement between M. Emile Ollivier and Count Darn. The report of Marshal M. Mahons's resignation of his post as Governor-General of Algeria is not confirmed. In to-day's sitting the Senate passed to the order of the day on the petitions tending to restrict universal suffrage, although the report recommended that they should be re- ferred td a committee. Berlin, 15th (Evening.) The semi official North German Gazette says the favour shown towards the new Turkish Railway Loan does not appear to have sprung from any particular sympathy for Turkey, but to be a natural result of the desire for pro- gress. At all events Count Beust has shown statesman- like penetration in calling the attention of the Leithan (?) ministry to the political necessity of not opposing the plans of the Turkish Government. THE WAR IN PARAGUAY. Brazilian intelligence from Paraguay states that Lopez was surrounded by the Allies towards Muranda, and waS endeavouring to enter Bolivia. THE SUEZ CANAL. Ismalia, March 14th. Since the, Ilth inst., the following vessels have passed through the Suez Canal: -The French steamer Malts, Austrian Lloyd's Sphinx; English steamers AtlaS, Alonso, Apollo, and war steamer Danphine. Between 1st and 14th- inst., one Egyptian, one Italian, on Austrian,. four French,. and seventeen English vessels pAssed through the canal. THE GREAT EASTERN. The following has 'been received by. the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company' Halpin to Osborne. March Othp 6 p.m. The Hibernia is nonv erl- ployed laying the cable.' Present position, lat. 17 degj 15 min. north—about the centre of the Red Sea. Totf1 cable paid out from Aden, 480 knots. All going Vl'e The Great Eastern has returned to Aden. This pl»ce° the expedftioir about one hundred miles north of AnsleY Bay, in 673 fathoms of water, muddy bottom, and miles from JLjghthouse, where the vessels the cable southward from Suez will meet Capt. Halpin-
The death of Count de Montalembeff is announced frort. Paris. ed The reported miirder-bf a young lady with a shot fi. 80 from the window of a house at Rhyl, on Saturday, is $ hoax. Mr Stephen Gladstone, son of the prime minister, on Sunday ordained a priest of the Church of EnS^3 by the Bishop of Winchester, in the parish church Lambeth. The Echo learns on good authority that the ^essjp^0ut th^Ecumenical.Cojm$wiU,b&brought to an end delay, and that the Pope will 'gain his point, beir0 clared in some form or other infallible.