IH!I t dF TtiB WEBK. I I Oouri. Meadtt/—iiUnbail, Oiilitity Oiurt. Sale by fliT. Griffith of Household Furiiittire* iu Chapel Street, Wreihaul. \Jštt-1=Wl'dhititi County Court. Sale by Mr. Griffith, at the Spread Eagle, Cacrgwrle, of Freehold HoiiSes and Laiid. Fridä-ft:ttiâdbë l'air¡ Caruarvoulihire. Rhiiddlan Fair;
MDTIDISG TO CORRESPONDENTS. TILS "BfciMtfo SCHOOL.—The letter on this stibiect is in idfig; btit it is unavoidably postponed this week ift Vrfrtseqiieriee of a number of advertisements arriv- ing
LIW AND JUSTICE-IN WitEXIIANI. I IT has often been remarked by thoughtful writers, that the law of marriage, in England, is in a very unsatisfactory state, being as it is more calculated to prevent than to promote the tie matrimonial, by throwing obstacles in the way of its celebration, insteaJ of simpli- fying and smoothing it. Latterly, indeed, some progress has been made in this matter, by empowering the Superintendent Registrar of birth, deaths, and marriages, to unite in the holy bonds," &c., those who may be de- isiroua of doing so, upon recording their names iu a book, for three consecutive weeks but as it regards the established church, these forms are as vexatious as ever. That some alteration is wanted in the forms prescribed by law, and at present deemed essential, must be pretty evident to those who, on Monday last, were pre- sent at the Wrexham Petty Sessions, and heard the case of Me. Mercer, of the Lioss.-tt, who Kvas there committed to the Ruthin Assizes for an alleged breach of one of the enactments. This case in question is soon stated. Mr. M ereer, who has hitherto borne an excellent character in the loca'ity where he has resided from a child, demonstrated by the fact uf the ratepayers of Allingtou, appointing him as their assistant-overseer, makes an ofiVrof mar- riage to a young lady with whom he has formed an acq tiaiiiiatice,[)ut wlio, froiti:soiriecaus-e which has not bea statd, is desirom that the rite shall be solemnised without the knowledge ot lier parents. This step may be very injudici- ous on her part, and m iy be unjustifiable upon principles of duty and prudence, but so it was. The lady is over 10 years of age, and the young man, anxious to be united to the object of his affections, beli óJoout to ascertain Low the union is to be brought about. For this purpose he hastens to Chester, consults his iriend, and is told Lilat a license cannot be obtained unless he can swear that he has re- sided there for the past fifteen days, LNI r. Mercer decidedly refuses to obtain a wife at j •the expense of peijury, remarking that he t would prefer remaining unmarried altogether to ( taking a false oath. A few days subsequently, he applies to ( the Parish Clerk of (iresford, who directs him to the Rev. G. Otiriliffe, "Vicar of Wrexham, as the nearest surrogate, and after a mishap or two, he finds himself face to face with the Rev. Surrogate: lie is then co ¡ questioned closely as to his age, residence, &c., and not only so, but he is required to swear to the residence and age of his intended bride! Answering probably from information received from herself, (for he personally, could know nothing at all about her age, having had rio connection previously with her family), he stated that she was 22 years of age. On this, the license was granted, and the happy Couple are on the same day, made one in Gresford Church. The parents of the bride, who, at present, reside in the neighbourhoood, learning what has taken place, are naturally enough, very much exasperated, and the father in the first flush of his indignation indites a wrathful epistle to the Archdeacon, intimating amongst other things, that his daughter is not yet 20 years of age, and in the eye of the law, therefore, is a child, Proceedings are forthwith institu- ted against the felonious bi idegroom, who is, in consequence, summoned before the magis- trates, and committed to priscn as a common felon. So much for the ecclesiastical law of marriage—now for the Justice of the Wrexham Bench of Magistrates. Mr. Mercer is brought up before the Bench charged by the surrogate, the Rev. George Cun- liffe, CD under a clause of the Marriage Act, not with perpetrating wilful perjury, but simply for a misdemeanor—for knowingly, wittingly, and wilfully obtaining a license upon false information as to his bride's age. The iie of the father having subsided, and seeing the hus- band of i" daughter on the highway to the county gaol. he properly expressed his wish not to proceed any further with the prosecution but it is too late, the law is inexorable, and he is compelled to prosecute, nolens Dolens. The Surrogate then gives his evidence, estab- lishing beyond doubt that Mr. Mercer had stated his wife's age to be 22 years. This. fact was tacitly admitted by the defendant's counsel, w ho fancied he knew very well what he was about. The law, howeveri it appears, requires something more than this. It requires proof that the accused 11 wittingly, knowingly, and wilfully," gave incorrect information but, strange to say, not a tittle of evidence was brought forward to establish this essential point. The evidence, on the contrary, was all in favour of the defendant: for it was proved by un. impeachable testimony, that on a previous occa- sion he had peremptorily refused to be married if it necessitated the false-swearing of himself; that he was a person of an upright and straight- iorward character; that ha had formed no ac- quaintance with his wife's family previous to his marriage, nor had he even known her himself for more than four months before that her mere appearance is deceptive, inasmuch as she looks more like a sister than a daughter of her father's, and that no one but herself had ever given him any information on the subject. It was further proved that subsequent to the mar- riage, and prior to the proceedings, he had in a casual conversation mentioned the same thing to one of his friends, These tacts were certain- ly worthy of some consideration, the more es- pecially as they were not controverted, and in the minds of common-sense, matter-of-fact peo- ple, they went very far to prove that the defen- dant did not wittingly, and knowingly, state that as a fact, which he knew tobe false. Not so the Wrexham Magistrates. In their unbiased opiiiloti) there never was a case more clearly proved than this—never. The defendant had stated that which turned out not to be strictly correct, that is, he erred in a lady's age two and a-half years, ergo, he must have done so, wittingly, knowingly, and wilfully That the sceptical portion of our readers may not conclude that this is merely an editorial joke,— a mere suppositious case, the offspring of a dise,ts(i imagination, or something worse, we refer him to the detailed report of the case as given in another column of this paper, and he will then perceive that it is literally correct- a bare statement of facts. Magisterial decis- ions, such as the above require no comment, from us—they tell their own tale. Mercer may have been guilty of great ind scretion, but' that he "knowingly" fabricated a falsehood in order to obtain a license, was not proved be- fore the Bench, and the case ought, therefore, to have been dismissed.
I Oswestry. The infallible correspondent of the Shrewsbury Chro- nicle of yesterday, indulges in what, no doubt he con- siders, some severe strictures ou the error which found its way into our last j>ublicatiou, as to the name of the un- fortuuate person who was killed at the Gobowen Station, We certainly regret the error, but after all a fatal acci- dent did Occur there, aud of the kind stated. It is amusing, however, to dud that this veracijus correspondent, in the tame number of the Chronicle, has to contradict his owa previous report (ours was communicated to us,) and to owu as a mistake," the names of the Rev. G. P. and Mrs. Bentley, who figured in the list of names who attended the Dispensary Ball at Oswestry, who ouht no doubt to have been there. In the same print, under the head of Llanlair, it is also stated that of tiwee marriages, which had been inserted the week previously, not one t.ad actually taken place; aud under the Marriages," it is formally announced that the marriage of Mr. Paddock, of Efemere, to a Miss Anne Taylor, of Stourbridge, whu-h had been announced in Eddowes's Joui-nal, of AYednesday, was a .f mistake" altogether. We would strongly ad- vise our frieudt of the Broadsheet to look at home and correct their owu mistakes before they trouble themselves with our: lIolt. HOLT V. THE RIFLEs.-The paragraph which ap- peared in our last, recording the visit of the Denbigh Rifles to the town of Holt, has called forth a mott in- dignant disclaimer from An Old Holt Lion," whose ioar is so very unlike Bottom's 44 sucking dove," that we fear to insert it in mercy to the nerves of the gallant corps, against whom it completely 44 turns the tables," for it is made to appear that the cause of the complaint of scarcity arose through the regiment having extended their march too far in advance of the military chest, and consequently there was a deficiency of the circula- ting medium. Our correspondent, we are sure, njver intended that his account should be taken in earnest, fur it was the reverse of serious both in style and topic. Although we decline inserting the inventories of the cjntents of the various provision shops on the day in question, which the 44Lion" has furnished us with, we are quite willilling to make the amende honoura ble for our exaggerating correspondent, and may possibly accept of the Lion's" somewhat indefinite and para- doxical invitation, to 44 come and find his larder empty at any time." Broughton. On Sunday last a funeral sermon on the death of Mary Edwards was preached by Mr. J. Chapman, in the Wesleyan Chapel, at tho Moss. The sermon was an exceedingly affecting one, and made a visible im- pression on a crowded audience. Ruabon. SUDDEN DEATH.—On Ihursday morning last, a poor man, named John Humphreys, aged 67, a cowman in the employ of Misa Roberts, Maesyllan5 Ruabon) drop- ped down dead in a barn, adjoining the farm house. He had eaten his breakfast heartily, as usual, and had just returned from a walk of about two milos, when he expired as above stated. An inquest will be held on the bodv. Ruthin. X'LANBEiia HALL KENT AUDIT.—This rent audit took place on the 17th instant. After the usual routine of busiuess the tenauts were entertained with an excellent and substantial dinner, provided in their usual good taste and style by AJ-r. and MM. Cheshire, and as? y Miss Cheshiie, of the Griffin Inn. Mr. Louis presided, aud Mr. David Roberts took the vice chair. After the cloth was drawu a liberal supply of cwrto da and punch was given. Alter the usual loyal toasts were giveu by the president, aud respouded to, the president next gave the Bishop and the Clergy of the Dioctse, and the Ministers J- 11 11 • • mi ♦ » 1 or au lieaomiaauoHs. me presiucut next proposed the health of the Members for the County, aud coupled the health of Mr. West, the Member for the Borough,— drunk with Cheers. Mr. Eliyd Jones next pioposcd the health of the Lord of the Manor, John Jesse, Esq. His character is excelleut as a landlord, he stood very high, and few surpassed him in liberality. Drunk v%ith three times three. Mr. Louis returned thanks for the last toast, aud observed that the character given by Mr. Ilk Lloyd Jones was oue well deserved, aad the more you became acquainted with him the more he grew in your regard. The new system of farming suggested by Mr. Jesse, he said, iustead of making it the subject of Complaint one to the other. the most honest and direct course to pursue would be to present their eomplaiuts, if any there be, to the landlord, and he was satisfied Mr. Jesse would not exact anything from the tenants but was in every respect correct and unobjectionable. Several other toasts were given and responded to, and the company spent a very pleasant evening. DISCOVERT OF A NEW ISLA.ND.-On the outer voy- age to Australia of the Ben Nevis, Captain Heron, in altitude 44.41 south, and in the same longitude as tho Crozets, came unexpectedly upon land. Supposing it was the Crozets, ho steered one hundred and twenty miles south, and was astonished to find himself at the Crozets. He describes the new island as the highest he had ever seen, for the ridgj on it seemed to be as high as the Andes. The Crozets are in a lino with Princo Edward's Island, Marian, and Kcrgucliu's Is- land,
COTTON FROM NAPLES.—Mr. Clegg, of Manehcster, is at presmt in Naples, endeavouring to organize an exten- sive growth of cotton by frte labour, partly with a com- mercial, and partly with au anti-slavery vitw. The Scientific American says that several in- stances are lately recorded where persons who were in the habit of reading much in railway carriages had become nearly blind. The Times' Turiu correspondent, writing on the 20th, s:.ys that the official gazettes of Verona and Milauare arc by no means inclined to place much faith in peace result- ing immediately from the acceptance by Hussia of the Austrian propositions.
LIST OF AGENTS To whom Orders for the Paper and Advertisements may be given :-— Oswestry Mr. C G. Bayley, Bookseller Ruthin F. F. Jones, Clawdd-st. Chirk Isaac Moses Overton „ Ashley, Post Office Llangollen „ Mrs. Roberts, Bookseller Bangor. Billington, 8hopkeeper Cefn Stephen Oliver, do. Rhosymedro P. Roberts, do. Ellesmere. » Baugh, Bookseller
ill-R. HENRY LEWISON, Auctioneer .Share Broker,& Mine Agent OifFiCES:— 1EMPLE-PLA.CE (Forlllcrly occupicJ b)" MR- BFNNIU.N, SOLICIColi,)! IIEN,rs collected and guaranteed if required. Ac- co in s co. ectcdeither by Contract or Commission,
￼ I r ￼ "i .:? I LA T-n'jT- I'T"li-, :,r LTt ,1 -r. I LATEST INT?LLIG?C?. I PEACE NiiGOCLVfiONs. The Times Par.s oorrespoudc-ut v.rites that private U tcr?o? r?b?- ?dtL. /tu, *Utc tha U>, ??tr?n propositions were to he ?e b?. of ulterior p citic negotiations. Among the diplomatic body and the Court peace was regarded as luevitable. A Paris correspondent writes on Thursday evening tha the Vienna journals confirm ths news from bt. 1 etersburg. that orders have been sent to the Crimea to suspend hos- tilities. I far ELbcruic TELEGRAPH.) LIVERPOOL CORN MAllKET— January lo. Our market this day opened with a tair demand tor good using wheat, and prices rather atiifcr; quotations remain as on Tuesday. Fluur mot a slow retail, with. out anv lllaturial HlteratÜm. LONDON CORN MARKET.—JA^aut 20. In Englih wheat rather UloJrc dOll. .t .lUll\.lay: In English wheat rather more done at JJ.OIIU^ prices. Flour sells more freely, but is not mj-utr: Barley more in demand, at fuii rates. T 0) WAKEFIlSLD COUN MAltkfc,—JANUAM £..J. The wheat trade has to some esteut recu-. depression ot last week, and prices must be n •- per quarter dearer. Baricymaintains lis :i A MnMorn OF WILLIAM PAUŒI.L.-It ilpJL'¡. Mr. William Palmer is a member of a very v.c.-rj,; family, and is now in his 34th year or thereabouts. LL. was educated for the medical profession, was a pupil at St. Batholomew's, received trio diploma of the College of Surgeons in 18-iu, and settled at Rugeley, hia na- tive place. lie seems, however, to have paid moio attention to the "turi" and what aro .-rally called sporting purauits tuan to his own pr and to have confined his practice to hi.: own t?uy and uiend?. Ilia name appears in the Z?? a Ad 7 /'??/<e?/ ?i'?- cal Lirectunt of 16-51, aad again in 18.5o, a? that of one of the persons who had neglected to inform tne editor of that work of the nature of their qualifications hence it has been hoped that his claim to be considered one of ourselves was not a just one. But his name appears in the list Of the College of Burgeons and we may ￼ neces¡:;¡],rv for th< suggest in passing, that it will be necessar y for the future to be cautious in assuming the existence of no qualification, merely because none is recorded in the Directory. He married in 1847, Anne, the natural daughter of Colonel William Brookes, and Mary Thornton, his housekeeper. Colonel Brookes, who, after quitting the East India service, took up his resi- I dence at Stafford, died in 1834, leaving considerable property, and more than one natural onild. To Annc Thornton he bequeathed, by a will dated July 27, 13;33, nine houses at Stafford, besides laud, and the interest J of 20,00<J sicca rupees, for herself and her children, and appointed Dr. Edward Knight, a highly respeet- able physician, of Stafford, and a Mr. Dawson, her guaidians and trustees. To Mary Thornton, mother of iAnne, the colonel bequeathed certain property, which was to pass to her daughcr at the decease of tilt: mother, II Mary Thornton departed this life, it is said, while a guest at Mr. Palmer's house, in 184S or 1849. Now, although the will was clear to any one who was igno- rant of law, and although, in the present state of the law, as we are informed, it would be sufficient, yet it was discovered by the legal fraternity some years since that the language conveying the bequest to Anne Thornton was not sufficiently forcible to convey it to her absolutely, but only to give her a life interest in it, insomuch as at her decease it was liable to be claimed by the heir-at-law to Colonel Brookes. Under those circumstances, there was nothing unnatural or unusual in the idea that Palmer should insure his wife's life, in order to protect himself from the inevi- table loss which must msue in case of her decease; and, since her property consisted of 17 acres of land, valued at between S-300 and £100 per acre, besides nine houses, and the interest of the sicea rupccs-pro- bably altogether worth at least £ 400 per annum, upon which he had borrowed largely from his lllutlwr-tbere could be no doubt of his having such an interest in his wife's life, as would justify insurance. Accordingly, in January, 18-54, he insured her life lor £ 3,000, in tii. Norwich Union, and in March in the Sun for £ .5,000 there was an insurance in the Scottish Equitable iur £ -5,000. It appears that proposals for insurance were made to other offices but there seems nothing unsual in this, for he might only have had in view to obtain the best terms, unless, indeed, such proposals were made after the full value of his wile's property had been covered. To proceed Mrs. Palmer died on Sep- tember, 20, 1S54, under ciroumstancea which we shall proceed to examine, leaving only one surviving child, a boy of seven years and, as if to justify the husband 11 effecting an insurance, an action was tirought with- in a month, by Colonel Brookes's heir-at-law to obtain possession of Mrs. Palmer's property. Palmer brought up the life policies on the Sun and Norwich Union on the 10th of October, 1854, End employed Mr. Piatt, the solicitor, to ^obtain the money from the offices, Mr. Pratt, who seems to have acted with entire bon-t Jides, and the caution usual among lawyers, required. to be furnished with evidence of the husband's pecun- iary interest in his wile's life, took counsel's opinion on every step, and obtained the £ 8,000 from the offices on the 6th of February, 1855 strangely enough, tho X4,000 from the Scottish Equitable was paid through a banker, unknown to Pratt.—Mtuical Tims and 0t- zette.
WREXHA.il ,\IARivEI. firr itSJ.W. i • There w?s'but a moderato attendance M t ￼ ket, and but very little doing. Sellers v.. ? -? take the reduced rates. and •millers L. Barley was very flat; the old rates tor obtained. SUlall SUJJply uf l.!ut,¡tOL' L- Alteration in the price of any other article:. (5. U. ,J. v. White Wheat ij y n Red Ditto 10 o 11.) Barley 5 a 6 J O?ts 3 9 4 .Potast; oes 2 9 3 3 Turnips, Sweeda. (per ton) 0 0 is o Beans (per SO lbs.) 8 3 8 6 Butter 1 3 14 ?-rgs. (per dozen) 0 0 0 9 Turkeys. (?ch) 5 0 iu 0 ?y. (per ton.) !UOO 120 0 '• (,,or cwt") 20 2 6 (?}OH)-.) 9 u ? 6 Oatmeal 1 Shudes (:;i0 lbs) 90 0 6 Indiaum0al (2?1?? 2! 0 "? n LIVERPOOL PROVISION MARKET.—MONDAY The butrur market has become less :ll'ti\"e, aud oUly; a moderate busiuess was transacted duriag the past week Prices may be considered the turn lower, but not of that iill- portance to warrant any chausre in quotations. The supply is liberal, and stocks rather on the increase. Waterlúrl1 lUlU Dungarvon, 107s 109s Kilkenny, Carrick, Wexford, Cloumel and Carlow, loss to 107s Lim«riok, >j8 to 104, and Sligo, 9Ss I to 104s per cwt. lauded. HUl'-)L\.RKEl'BoKOCGU. MONDAY The recent improvement in our market, both as to de- maud and prices, coutiuue to be fully liiaiiitaiiied, especially for the choice descriptions of hops. &iid g"00.1 healthy brown sauiplus, for which there is :t fair inuuiry- The currency may be quoted about as follows, ViZ. ilid auJ East Keuts. 70s 112s to 130.; NVetld cf Kciits, 65s 90s to I(Y)s. Sussex Dockets, COs 84s to 95s. LIVER POO h PRODUCE MARKET. —Mnvm v Hay, old. per stone, 7d to 12d, clover, 8d to lOd straw wlieat, 3(1 to 4d, do. oat, 3d to 4u, do. barley, 21.1 tooid potatoes, kemps, 2s 4d to 3s till; turnips. pi.r toL,, ills to 24s mantelwurzel, 23s to 25s; manure, 6s tid'to 8s. 6d. LIVERPOOL CATTLE MARKET.—MONDAY I Wo h?d a fair setUn? market to-?y.?nd a slight ro- ? cover?v iu th,. value of boih bed' and mutton, the best des- cnptionso! which WL'1'C aii,,t dc?rur by ?d.pcrpumid I than ?ur tiie h?t two wc?ks. Goodbuet'?d.to OAd. ucr Ilb.; muttou, 6d. to 7d. per 16. I NEWGATE AND LEADEXH.YLL.—MONDAF. Per Sib. bv the carcase. s. d. s. d: s. d.to s d r Inf, eri• or lr;:cf 2 ,8 t. or3 4 I Inferior mutton. 2 10 3 4 Middling do, 3 4 3 ti j Middling do 3 6 3 10 Prime large do. 3 8 3 10 j Prime ditto 4 a 4 8 Do small ditto 4 4 4 6 I Large pork. 3 10 4 4 3 10 4 4 Yeal 3 8 4 10 ) Small pork 4 li 5 4 MARK LANE.— MONDAY. Our market is now depressed by the peace cry, and whole sale transactions are impracticable at any moderate couces. sion. Upillioas are very conllictuifr, but few believe ill all ?, blit fe%V k)eliovc iii ait immediate i>eace. At the following reduction in price since this day week a small busiuess resulted, hut almost enough to relieve the pressure of timid holders :—\Vheat ;)s to 5s Hour 2s to 3s barley about 2s; oats Is to Is 6d; beans aiitt peas about 2s. Floating cargoes are mostly withdrawn MARK LAXE—WLDXESD VY. lue arrivals are H?'tod.?nJ ??..[?nth-thc trade is quilt, without much aitu-?tio.i inp.-?-es. ?l?t dcsu.ip turns command turner quotations; but in no case have tho operations been extensive.
BIRTHS. ——— Jan. 16, at the Derwcn, near Oswestrv, the wife 01 Edward Oswcll, Esq., of a daughter On the 19th inst., at the Town Hill, Wresham, th wite ot Mr. J. Edisbury, of a son. ?' l s o MARRIAGES. A the i9th Ostyeitr*v, ,Iz, William R, ogers, of Wdshpoul, to Mary, second dauu-ht- of oau Wil.iams, Gretnlield Cottag°e, of the loriutv place. Ou the 17th insf,, by the Rev. L. Wvnne Jones, M George Savage, of the Harlem, to Miss Elizabeth Saud, of Crickheath, near Oswestry. On the 17th inst., at Eliesmere, by the Ilcv. J. J Day, wear, Mr. Samuel Whitlield, Liverpool, to San, 1 ?aOeth, eldest daughter ol Mr. John Furmsto.. I Seotluud-strcet, Eliesmere. DEATHS. Ou the 1 <th inst,, aged 6t, Mr. Hugh Price, for years cairicr troiu Llanyiuyncch to Oswestry. Jall. 10, aged 87, at Corweu, Mrs. Jane Roberts.
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EiTAi3LiSftMENT OF A PENNY SA- BANK AT THE CEFN-MAWR. 04 Monday evening an important and crowded IfiBetirlg was held at the Baptist Chapel, Cefn MaWfj for the purpose of taking initiatory pro- 63i>tlihg3 towards establishing a Penny Savings' dBank fur the district. The principal speakers tih the occasion Were G. H. Whalley, Esq., find the fctev. 1.. H. Jacob, whose practical and fcloqiient addresses were listened to with much Interest) and appeared to mak e a marked im- Jlressidri on the large audience assembled. Habits of carefulness require to be nurtured, 9pèilJy amongst the unreflecting poor and those who are surrounded by evil influences, fetich as are usually to be found in large towns End populous disti-icts but it is consolatory tu reflect that When once the habit of economy Is once fairly commenced it generally becomes permanent. The real difficulty is in the com- liiencement, and the inhabitants of the Cefa districts are mucti indebted to those gentlemen. Whdj from motives of philanthrophy, bestow a portion of their time and employ their talents i Ii otder to better the condition of the working fclassesi It appears to us that Penny Savings' Banks are particularly appropriate for Colliery and Mining localities, From several causes I these classes are mostly very improvident, much more so indeed than the labourers in the agricultural districts. This arises princi- pally from the fact that they obtain nearlydouble the wages, and commence working so early in life, that very little time is allowed them for the purpose of acquiring even the rudiments of education. From their childhood upwards, they are destined to pursue a laborious and dangerous occupation, and too often, we are äfraidi their present enjoyments and pleasures are indulged in to the exclusion of fore- thought and provision for the distant future. Yet of all men, colliers and miners stand most in need of some such preparation, for not only are they more subject to sickness, by reason of the necessarily unhealthy nature of their labour, but the risk of accidents too in their case is far greater than in most other classes. The establishment of an insti- tution in the centre of a district such as the Cefn, the object of which is to foster and encourage habits of thrift, carefulness, and economy, the benefits of which are pal- pable at a glance, and which is accessible to even the poorest of the poor-to the child who earns his 2s. per week as to the man who obtains his £4-, is calculated in our opinion to be of incalculable advantage, and if successrul) will in time work out a social regeneration. Of its ultimate success We are most sanguine, and we have been informed that, on the evening subsequent to the meeting in question no less than one hundred and thirty persons opened an "account" with the Bank and deposited, as a i small nucleus, £ 5 Os. lOd. One word as to the masters of the works in anJ around the Cefn. The weli-doing of those whom they employ must be a matter of some moment to them as a class, and it is but natural to suppose that this movement is looked upon most favourably by them. Sa- ving, sober men, must certainly be morj desira- ble than the dissipated and thoughtless, even as workmen, as they are more to be depend- ed upon and are more reasonable. Would it not be just and wise in them, in order to se- cond the efforts of those geutlemen who have originated this movement, to order that for the future their men siiail be paid at their own offices, instead of in the public-houses as at present. A portion of their wages is almost necessarily squandered in this way, and it is certainly tl-rowing temptation in the way of those who from their associations and habits have not strength enough to resist it. Men will act as their fellows, and many a father I of a family spends his sixpence on such oc- casions, not because he thinks it right or prudent to do so, but from a disinclination to appear less generous and honourable than his fellows. We make this suggestion in good faith* and hope; if it be practicable, that it will be adopted.
■ PROSPECTS OF PEACE, CONFIDENCE once destroyed is most difficult to regain, and with nations as individuals, honesty will be found the best policy in the main. Russia, at the present moment, is a notable example of the truth of this-no one believes in her sincerity. She has accepted the pro- positions for peace, presented to her by the the Austrian Plenipotentiary, unconditionally, ;.nd yet Europe is puzzled to know whether Peaoe or War is to be the result This dis- trust in the good faith of Russian diplomacy is based on past experience—the nations cannot forget that in the Spring of last yoar, she unconditionally'" accepted the Four Points, and that, after a mock discussion of them, she again peremptorily repudiated the engagement. For our own part, for reasons which we shall presently give, we believe, that Russia is in earnest, and that sh e is prepared to make con- cessions in order to obtain Peace; but like the shepherd-boy in the fable, who so often de- ceived the honest peasantry by the false 'cry of the wolf, the wolf," now that she is really sincere, the announcement is received with cont em p-tuous incredulity. It is well for the world that Peace is not dependent on the honesty, or the conscientious misgivings of Russia, but on the safer founda- tion of he-r fears. The Czar feuis for the safety of his imperial palace at St Petersburg, and the integrity of the southern and north-western portions of his Empire, and on that we base our faith in the successful termination of the Peace Negociations. It is not the losses and defeats that s he has already experienced, al- though they have been very severe., but the dark cloud in the horizon—the mighty pre- parations and inflexible purpose evinced by England and France to continue the contest— the attitude assumed by even craven Germany, and the secondary states of Europe—the des- truction of hl'f commerce, and the terrible dis- tresses of her own miserable subjects—that has prompted her to submit. The selfish policy which she has hitherto invariably pursued, has at last produced its natural results, and the Power which but two short years ago was the arbitress of Europe, and the idolized pillar of despotism and the Holy Alliance, is now with- out a friend-a political wreck on a desolate and rocky shore. What person, then, who is acq uaintad with her real position, can, fur a moment, doubt that she at last is truthful in her professed desire to conclude a peace, when a contiriuarice of the war can only lead to great- er humiliations and losses ? to the Western Powers uldne. the glory of this achievement is dtie. btit news received ftom the Continent during the Week represent Prdssia and Austria as claiming ihb lion's share of it. It is pompously asserted in Berlin that Russia did not bend to the force of circum- stances—to England and France, but that the mighty spell which operated so powerfully on the nerves of Russian Statesmen, waS adminis- tered by herself in the shape of-an earnest re- monstrance She stooped to conquer, valour- ous Power that she is, and Russia was com- pelled to yield to the mighty Words of King Cliquot. What Russia herself will say to this impudent assumption on the part of her friend and ally, it is impossible to foretel, but that the rest of Rurope will receive it with a smile of derision, is pretty certain. As yet, nothing further is known of the pro- gress of the negociations than what was at first communicated, but it is confidently asserted that an armistice will be speedily agreed to, and orders, it is said, have already been for- warded to Prince Gortschakoff to suspend alfe military operations in the Crimea Several places have been mentioned where the Con- f. rences are to be held, viz.. Paris, London, Dresden, and Frankfort, but nothing as yet has been finally determined on but most like- ly it will be one of the independent German cities. Rustia is most skilful in diplomacy, and France and England will have to be care- ful lest the power which they have vanquished in the field does not regain its laurels in the Cabinet. Prussia is exerting herself to the utmost in order to obtain a voice in the Con- ferences, but her pretensions must be ignored, for as she refused to take part in the war, she has no right to claim a voice in prescribing the terms of Peace.
I 'CHE BRYMBO COMPANY. The long-pending lawsuit brought by Mr. EJlerton and Mr. Roy against Mr. Darby and others, his part- ners, was tinally decided on Tuesday last, and we read the following report of the trial in the Morning Herald of the 23rd:— I (Before bit William Page troad.) I ELLEKTON V. DAKBY AND OTHERS. Mr. Rolt was heard in reply in this case, in which a partner in a mining concern sought a dissolution, an account, and an injunction against his co-partners. The case was a lengthy one, and complicated in its de- tails. The Vice Chancellor, in an elaborate judgment, which did not conclude until nearly six o'clock, stated that there was no ground for the charges made by the plain- tiff against the other members of the company, and dismissed the original and supplemental bills with costs, being of opinion that the defendants had shown integrity and capacity iq the management of the min- ing concern. WREXHAM UNION. I MEETING OF THIt GUARDIANS, JAN. 24. I Present-Captain Panton, in the chair Messrs. Joze, Pearson, Burton, Lloyd, D. Jones, Williams, (Acton), Luxmoore, Roberts, (Ruabon), Roberts, (Llay), Peters, Rasbottom, Sykes, C. Wright, The only business transacted, was in reference to a pauper named Maddocks. He assumed to be insane, but after an examination, the medical oiffcer reported that he was sufficiently sane to be removed to his own parish in Ireland. An order to that effect was then given to Mr. R. Clarke, assistant-overseer. The Clerk read a letter from the North Wales Luna- tic Asylum, in which the Board was informed, that the charge for pauper patients had been reduced from 9s, 4d. to 8s. 9d. per week. Number of paupers in the House.-2M. THE NIGHTINGALE RUND.-WE are highly gratified in noticing the great progress that has been made in this testimonial of Dstional gratitude. If the ancient Homaul decreed a mark of honour to him who saved the life of a single citizen, of how much more is she worthy who has, with the aid of thobe ladies who so uobly followed her ex- ample, been the means of al!eviatiug thesuiTerings, aud in many instances, saving the lives of so many of our brave countrymen. When, too, we consider that this testimo- nial has for its object a wise and prudent provision for all future time, by establishing an inititution for the proper training of nurses, we think that there are few of our townstuen who will not be desirous of contributing to it, I and by so doiug lend their aid to rescue the ailing and the sick from such characters as Dickens has so admirably pourtrayed iu his portraiture of Sairey Gamp and Betsy Prigg. A nure is now wanted in our lonrmary; the committee of that institution can inform us how difficult it is to obtain one in any degree qualified for this situa- tion, the utility of the proposed fund must therefore be evident to all. THE Boys' BRITISH SCHOOL.—This excellent insti- tution, which we visited on Wednesday last, is at present i:i a most flourishing couditiou, by reason of the inde- fatigable exertions and professional abilities of its mas- ter, Mr. Fyfe. In alarge school especially, (and there were more than 100 present on Wednesday), order aud discip- line are the first essentials to efficiency, and in this res. pect the master has been particularly successful, which is apparent at once to the most cursory observer. Habits of order in a school have besides a tendency to foster the law of method in after life, and to a certain extent influ- ences the moral character of the children. Mr Fyfe has organised a complete System in every department, aud the lessons for each class for every day in the week are care- fully noted on a Time Table," each branch being clearly aud precisely defined. For the satisfaction of parents, and for the purpose of acting as a moral check upon the scholars, a Monthly Register is kept for each class, in which the daily attendance, conduct, and com- parative attainments, of each pupil are carefully- noted down, a printed report of which is, every month; fot warded to the parents In order to facilitate pro- gress, text books are furnished on Heading, Grammar. Arithmetic, &c., lessons from which each pupil is required to prepare at home for the ensuing day. This plan is com- mendable ou two grounds, first because it keeps the scho- lars protitably employed when frum school, aud, secondly, because it euables them more fully to master the various details, which in the aggregate form what is termed, "knowledge." Such are some of the features of this well. conducted school, and as it is open to all parties of whatever sect and creed, its utility to the public at large must be apparent to ail who value the future prospects and weH-doing of the young. In conclusion we congra- tulate thecommittee on tile preseet flourishing state of the school, and that they have at last been enabled to procure the "right man for the right place." We under- stand, however, that the present master is not enumer- ated equal to what his predecessors were, which, as he, has proved himself to be infinitely their superior in efficiency and general management, we think is scarcely jat, or indeed prudent. The Committee have now got a good teacher—we would advise them to act so as to secure his services. A "Row" IN THE GRBEN.On Saturday last, the inhabitants of the Green, Wrexham, were aroused from the quiet enjoyment of their morning meal by shrieks, screams, &c., proceeding from the feminine portion of, the population, mingled with the deep bass notes of a posse of the masculine gender. Our Reporter" in- stantly made his appearance on the scene of action, and was just in time to witness a scene as ludricoua as we hope it is novel. A man all but in a state of nudity, was giving desperate chase to a fast" youth of about seventeen, with every intention, apparently of inflicting summary vengeance on his devoted head. The race was hotly contested, but youth told in favour of the light weight, who won cleverly by a— distance. After the race was concluded, the excite- ment became iuimense-11 heavy weight" being assail- ed as if he had sold the race. On inquiry, the man's name was ascertained to be Maddocks—a hopeful son of Erin, who assumed all the distinctive characters of insanity. As if in a skrimmage at Donnybrook Fair, he attacked friend and foe with the greatest good will conceiveable, until two worthies, named Price, set upon him with "ahRlelaha" in the shape of two well-set sticks; and and it must be admitted that, though they ) 44 spared not," yet Erin did not cry aloud." This entertainment lasted for somo time—altogether for about two hours, when a detachment of police made its appearance to restore order, and Austrian-like, to compel, if need be, the belligerent parties to make peace. The assailant, however, was found to be as insane as the Czar himself, and it waa only after a vio- lent contest (not diplomatic) that he was fairly secured, where lie was taken, not to the lock-up, but to the workhouse. It was discovered on Thursday last, that (like the Czar) there was a deal of method in his madness," and lie was ordered to be transported at one? to his native home in Ireland. ATTEMPTED HOUSEBREAKING.—Ou Sunday night last an attempt was made to cuter the house of R. V. Kyrke, Esq., of Peiidwllyn. A little after 11 o'clock at uight a nolle Was heard which aroused the auspicious of the lii* mates that some person or persons were about the pre- mises, ftnd on going dotfn stairs three men were perceived in the yard. Having dpened the door, the ruffians were just awout to proceed in their attemptj when Mrs. Kyrke opened the drawing-room Shutters, and they precipitately decampedl They returned again, however, twice during the night, but each time they were thwarted by the vigi lduce and courage of Mrj, Kyrke and \he servants,- Mr. Rytkë Kimselt being absent from home. We are are informed that about Six yeart agd a siinilstr attempt was made. WANTON DESTRUCTION.—On Tuesday night last, some miscreant or miscreants, broke into the house of Mr. Painter, now being built in the Grove Park, and srom some unaccountable cause, proceeded to destroy as much as they could of the building. They smashed six squares of plate-glass, broke three panel-doors, hacked and cut the mouldings, defaced the skirtings and walls; and rendered worthless a beautiful marble chimney piece. Blood was discovered on the walls and floors, from which it is apparent that the perpetrators of this most wanton outrago must have wounded themselves in this work of vengeance. The fan-light over the door of the house occupied by Mrs. Egerton, in King-street, Was on the same night also broken. The ruffians have not yet been discovered, but a re- ward has been offered for their apprehension. 1 ■■■■ »| ..HI ■' ■ ■
I CORRESPONDENCE. We do not hold ourselves responsible for the letters of any of our Correspondents. This part of our Paper is allotted for the free expression of public opinions generally, and not for the exclusive views of any par. ticular sect or party. I VLP the Editor of the Wrexham Advertiser, SIR,-I have no objection to your reporter being ad- mitted to take notes of the proceedings of our Board of Guardians; in fact, I approve of them being made public; but I hope you will give him a lesson in manners before he comes again, and tell him that he ought not to occupy a chair, and take his seat at the table, and allow many of the Guardians to stand, or to fiud a seat in the window, or wherever they can. I am, air, yours, &c., AN OLD GUABDIAX. [Some impostor, made up as a factitious reporter, has evidently intruded himself into the Board Room in our absence; and under the pretence of "doing the reporting," has thus egregiously exposed his ig- norance of the demeanour of the character he as- sumed. Oblivious to the courtesy due to age, which is innate to all but the associates of the low, he has also not hesitated to usurp the chair appropriate to a public ufficer and thus exhibited the indelible characteristics of a pretentious charlatan. The above note has been directed to us in consequence of the writer's very excusable ignorance of the existence of a cheap vamp purporting to be a Wrexham news- paper, but which, in reality, is only one of the many second-hand "hand-me-downs" issued from Lon- don, which are invented to enable small printers in the provinces to start an advertisement-trap, and which may be purchased retail by the score, or hun- dred, like Seven Dials ballads or child tens' primers, I to suit the variable market of the country chapmen. We are necessitated to this exposure in consequence cf the odium which might else attach to this estab- lishment by having such conduct erroneously imputed to us as that of which An Old Guardian" com- plains. For the future the Guardians will do well to remember the old adage, Cucu/lus non facit Jfo- nachum, neither does a note-book and presumption make a reporter and on the next adveut of the real culprit we recommend that the Ghairman offer him his seat with the politeness he can so well assume; -yet we doubt if the sarcasm of the action would not be thrown away 011 the pachydermatous lackeys I of the spurious press, so obliquely defective is their mental vision.J
THE RUGELEY POISOXIXGS. I On Monday William Palmer was brought up to I London, from Stafford Gaol, under the write of hdOCilS I corpus, issued by Mr. Justice Eilo, to give evidence Hi the case of "Padwick v. Pdlnicr," which is an action brought in the Court of Queen's Bench, against Mrs. Palmer, of Rugeley, to recover X2,000 on a bill of ex- change alleged to have been accepted by her. She, however, denied that it was her writing. The case was heard on Monday, in the Lord Chancellor's Court, the Bail Court being too small to accommodate the vast mass of persons who were attracted by an annoucement that William Palmer would be brought up on habeas from Stafford Gaol to give evidence on the part of the defence. William Palmer was brought into court in custody. He appeared in excellent health, and behaved in a most cool and collected manner. In reply to ques- tions, he stated that the signature, William Palmer," as drawer of the bill, was in his handwriting, and that he applied to Padwick to advance money on it. In answer to the question, 11 Who wrote Sarah Palmer's acceptance on it r" he said "Ann Palmer." (Great sensation.) she was my wife, and is now dead, and I saw her write it." This announcement ended the case, and a verdict for the defendant, who is Wil- liam Palmer's mother, was given. Ciowds of persons assembled around the private door of the Court, anx- ious to catch a glimpse of the prisoner as he passed. He left Westminster in a cab, and was removed to Stafford on Monday night. All the interest of the law courts seemed to be absorbed in this case. The Q,Uccn s Bench, Exchequer, and common Pleas sat in banco; but no points of public importance arose. THE ADJOURNED INQUEST.—On Wednesday last, the adjourned inquest was held on the body of William Palmer, and after evidence had been taken at consider-- able length the jury returned the following verdict — Palmleern, gth the j;iylliam Palmer died from the eff'ect.3 We find that William Palmer died from the effects of pru3sic acid; and that such prussic acid was wilfully I administered by William Palmer." ATTEMPTED MUIIDEU AKD KOBBERY IN LIVERPOOL. —A few minutes before ten o'clock on Thursday murti- ing, two men, brothers, named Robert and Henry Eyre, about 19 and 20 years of age, were observed loitering about the establishment of Mr. Durandu, bullion dealer and money changer, in:South Castle Street. About ten o'clock, Mr. Hughes, the clerk, went out to fetch the cash box from a neighbouring shop, leaving a youth named Stoddart iu the shop. When Hughes went out the aasas sius entered, and as one of them put a question to Stod- dart the other felled him to the ground with some blunt weapon which stunned him. They then carried him into the private office,threatening to murder him if he utti r.da word. One of the ruffians then placed himself behind the shop door in wait for Hughes, who entered a few mo- ments afterwards, with the cash bor, which contained about tl,500. ilughes was immediately assaulted and endured most fearful outrages, but his cries at length brought assistance, and the villains were captured and odged in bridewell. Hughes remains in a daugeroas ta'e, and the prisoners have been rem-mdnd. MR. CAIRD AND PRINCE ALKEUT.—A daring pas- sage in the Rev. Mr. Caird's recently published sermon has caused some notice and not a little amusement The Rev. gentleman is arguing that not only is seclu- sion from the world unnecessary for the formation of a true Christian character, but that the perfect develop- ment of the Christian virtues demands that we should mix with our fellows, and be exposed to the difficulties and trials of common life. This position he illustrated by the following example, looking steadfastly all the time at Prince Albert, it is to be hoped No man can be a thorough proficient in navigation who has never been at sea, though he may learn the theory of it at home. No man can become a soldier by studying books on military tactics in his closet; he must in ac- tual service acquire those habits of coolness, courage, discipline, address, rapid combination, without which the most learned in the theory of stragcgy or engineering will be but a school-boy soldier after all."—Mr. Caird is certainly the Knox of military reformers. A RAILWAY ROMANCE.—A singular affair occurred on the Wear Valley Railway (Durham), the other day. A gentleman from Birmingham found himself seated in a first class carriage, his vis-a-vis, and the only other passenger in that compartment of the carriage being a blooming lady, answering to the alliterative descrip- tion of fat, fair, and forty." The train had scarcely moved 100 yards from the station before the lady sud- denly leaped from her seat, and exclaimed to the other passenger, How dare you, sir ? What do you mean ?" The gentleman astonished replied that he did not understand he had done nothing to harm her." Again and again she sprang from her seat in apparent terror and rage, and declared with vehemence that her neigh- bour was a villain, and she would have him taken into custody at the next station." The gentleman pro- tested his innocence, and asked what he had done; but the eccentric lady still kept leaping from her seat, rav- ing against his treatment, till the gentleman decided that she was mad, and resolved on the arrival of the train at the next station to give her into custody. As her eccentricity did not abate, nor her rage either, he, on the arrival of the train at one of the stations, was about to carry his resolution into action, when she suddenly sprang to the door and screamed out" Guard! Guard at the top of her voice, and presently collect- ed not only the guard, but a crowd of people around her. Sho then commenced her accusation in words, both loud and deep, protesting that the gentleman had improperly pinched her legs, and the gentleman, hor- rified at the charge, protesting, with equal vehemence, his perfect innocence. At this juncture, when matters looked serious for the gentleman, the guard happened to recollect that he had placed a basket under the scat of the carriage containing a live goose and pulling it out, the mystery was explained, the bird being the criminal, and having caused the lady's fears and the I gentleman's apprehensions. This explanation was re- ceived with perfect good humour and satisfaction by the parties concerned, and the train renewed its journ- ney amid the convulsive laughter and applause of the assembled multitude. MARRIAGE OF SIR ROBERT PEEL, BART., M.P., TO LADY EMILY HAY.—On Thursday morning the mar- riage of the Right Hon Sir Robert Peel, Bart, MP, and Lady Emily Hay, youngest daughter of the Marquis of Tweedale, and sister to the Duchess of Wellington, was celebrated in the Chapel Royal, Whitehall, in the presence of a brilliant circle of the friends of both par- ties. At about half-past eleven the bride entered the Church, accompanied by the Duchess of Wellington and her noble and gallant father, the Marquis Tweed- dale. The Duke of Wellington soon afterwads fol- lowed, also the Marquis and Marchioness of Ely, Dow- ager Marchioness of Ely, and the Ladies Luftus, Lady Peel, Lord and Lady l'oltimore, Lady Elizabeth Steel, and Miss Steel, Viscount Villiers, Viscountess Villiers, sister to the bridegroom, the Earl of Gilford, brother to the bride, Mr. F. Peel and Miss Peel, lIon. J. Stoner and Mrs. Stoner, Mrs. Phinn, &c. The cere- mony was performed in a very impressive manner by the Dean of Worcester, (Dr. Peel), brother of the late lamented baronet, and uncle to the bridgroom. The Very Rev. Dean, was assisted by his son, the Rev. A. Peel, and by another reverend gentleman. At the termination the parties repaired to the vestry, where the usual registry was signed. The youthful bride most inagnifioiently attired, was attended to the altar by a bevy of bridesmaids, attired in white, bordered with scarlet-a colour emblematic of leap year. On leaving the Church the party proceeded to Apsley House where the Duchess of Wellington gave a break- fast in the Waterloo Gallery in honour of the occasion. In the afternoon the happy pair left for Drayton Man- 01\ near Tamworth, to pass the honeymoon. The bride, who is the youngest of eight daughters, is in h ;'Oth h b .J O. t> her 20th year; the bridegroom is in the 36th year of his age.