t TOWN" TALK. .r 0 BY OTTB WBCSAIi OOJtRESPONIXBNT. --+-- Our readers will mdsrstand that vie do not hold owrseUm røpon. siblefor our obis Correspondent's opinions. THERE is, just now, a singular stillness in home politics, or, in the words of a once great comedian, nothing moving but stagnation." Nevertheless, the few M.P's. sprinkled about the clubs will speculate upon the comparatively distant general election. Thus, I hear that Mr. Goschen will be opposed in the City, the Conservatives intend- ing to contest one seat, and a section of the Liberals being anxious to secure one member who is not pledged to the interests of the Plutocracy. Alderman Rose, too, I hear, will have to look well after his seat for Southampton, for it will be contested by Mr. Mackay, of the Black Ball line of packet ships and if it be true, as I hear, that this gentleman is to be supported by the Peninsular and Oriental and Royal Mail companies, the alderman will have but little chance of re-election. By the way, is it not high time that the local political influence of these companies should be inquired into ? and that they do possess great influence either for good or for bad I am well aware, for, but a very few years since, I heard a certain Royal Mail contractor declare-and with truth, too-that, by his own interest, he could return the two members for his borough. This same gentleman's political in- fluence, by the way, afterwards became the subject of a Parliamentary inquiry, and the cause of no little scandal to the Conservative party. As a make-weight to the dearth of home political gossip, we have had important news from the Colonies. The federation of the various British American provinces-the virtual founda- tion, in fact, of another Anglo-Saxon empire-is looked forward to hopefully by all who believe that the Colonies are now big enough and old enough to walk alone, and independently to support their own Government. True, the scheme, which is being now actively discussed at Quebec, does not receive the unanimous approbation of the Canadians, but it was natural to expect some opposition; that opposition, however, is too feeble to alter the general belief that the federation will be effected. In such an eventuality, Irish emi- grants, like those who are now streaming by thousands into the American armies to serve as food for powder, may find it better to alter the course of their migration. Apropos of our government across the seas, alarmists, who have long been jealously regarding the growing power of Russia in the East, have been startled by a paragraph brought by the last Indian mail to the effect that an embassy is on its way to Calcutta, from the independent kingdom of Khokand, with the view of procuring British advice and assistance in resisting the aggressions of Russia upon Khokand. For, say the ambas- sadors, the purpose of Russia in making these aggressions is to be in readiness to attack British India in the event of a war. Now all who are well informed in Eastern matters readily admit that, if any real struggle takes place between England and Russia, it will, be on Indian soil. Let us hope, however, that Sir Charles Wood will not precipitate any such, struggle by lending the arms or rpurees of an Indian Government to this mighty Asiatic potentate, of whose kingdom perhaps not twelve men in England have ever heard for one cannot forget that we have drifted into great wars even through as trivial causes as this, in India especially. The most notable metropolitan event of the week has, without doubt, been the inauguration of the Industrial Exhibition at the Agricultural-hall, Islington. Many have been the interesting exhibitions in this noble building, but surely none have possessed either the immediate interest or promised future benefits to so large a number as the one which was opened on Monday last with so much eclat. Of the inauguration—which, by the way, was not inappropriately ushered in by the voices of our first vocalists, who gave selections from that grand work, the Messiah-I will say nothing. My province is to record, to my best ability, the general effect of the scene upon myself simply as one of the public. Well, then, with a full remembrance of those two Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862-in which were exhibited the intellectual and mechanical wealth of the world, and not forgetting also the sneers levelled at British ingenuity when compared with that of foreigners—I felt myself an inch taller in my pride at being able to call the producers of the .marvellous works around, my fellow-countrymen for, whether the products of the brain and hands of amateur or professional, they were equally surprising. But I must give you a "taste of the quality" of this Exhibition. From among some sixteen hundred separate articles exhibited by eight hundred and sixty-seven exhibitors, I will choose, first, a gallery of about fifty paintings, that would do no discredit to a public gallery, executed by a pork-butcher — who, by the way, also exhibits some admirable carvings, wrought simply with a common pen- knife. Secondly, two paintings in oil by a young man, a wood-carver, one of the subjects being the" Death of William Rufus:" they are stated to be the first attempts of a self-taught man; but even so, in colouring, chiaro-oscuro, and clean drawing, they would put to the blush the efforts of many an experienced hand. Then we have a cabinet made by a working man, the key of which is shown; but at the same time the artisan defies any person, unless shown the secret, to discover the key hole. The most marvellous piece of ingenuity, how- ever, is, perhaps, a clock, which, when set, not only strikes the hour a person wishes to rise in the morning, but lights a lucifer, which again lights the wick of a spirit-lamp and boils the water in the teakettle, a feat announced by the strokes of an alarum. But it is impossible to do more than indicate some of the most brilliant of these samples of British ingenuity, constructive power, and industry. They must be seen to be under- stood. I will, therefore, only say that they consist of inventions, of novel contrivances, mechanical models, architectural, marine, and ornamental models, artistic objects; and also that, not only working men, but working women. • are well by the labour of their hands and brains. Such an exhibition will assuredly form an epoch in the history of the working classes, and do more than any mere political agitation to gain for them that extension [ of the franchise for which the London trade societies are just now uniting and holding public meetings to attain. Apropos of these trade societies, I hear that the great meeting which is to take place next month in the St. Martin's-hall, under the presidency of Mr. Bright, M.P., will be attended and supported by more than one man of mark among the members of the Liberal party. I have heard much speculative talk lately as to the liability of the insurance societies to repair the damage done by the late great gunpowder explosion at Erith. Now there is much to be said on both sides but perhaps most in favour of the societies, inasmuch that, in issuing their policies, they never contemplated a disaster that, as is proved by the inquest, must have arisen from gross carelessness, and thus did not charge an increased premium, as is their custom in case of extra risk. Unfortu- nately, no amount of experience, however disas- trous, seems to tell with some traders; for instance, during the past week a carrier has been sum- moned before a magistrate for having a large and unlawful amount of gunpowder stored next to a public hospital. In this instance, at least, the authorities are deserving of credit for seeing that the door was locked before the horse was stolen. Apropos of these dangerous commodities, it is satisfactory to know that the twenty years allowed by the Building Act of 1844, for manufacturers to conform to the statute regarding the carrying on of dangerous businesses within certain limits of buildings, expired on the 9th of August, 1864; still more satisfactory is it that the Board of Works have recently notified their intention of putting the Act strictly in force. The provisions of this Act require that, in the case of such businesses, a clear space should be preserved around the premises of fifty feet from any buildings, and forty feet from any road or vacant ground in other occupation, the penalty being J650 per day for infrineiner the. law. The demolition of old Blackfriars-bridge is pro- ceeding with marvellous rapidity; indeed, from the interest that the passing million take in its gradual disappearance, it seems to be esteemed one of the sights of London; and in truth the removal of the first key-stone the other day, in the pre- sence of so many scientific men, by means of Cap- tain Saunders' safety chain spring, which lifted the huge mass as easily and gracefully as if it had been but an infant, was a sight worth seeing. By the way, the peculiarity of this spring is, that by a series of india-rubber rings alternating with rings of iron, the strain upon the chain is di- minished, and that tendency to snap by a jerk, which ha.s often made the stoutest iron give way, is prevented. Anent the neighbourhood of Blackfriars, people will be glad to learn that the viaduct over Ludgate- hill-at least, the space between the permanent way and the floor-is to be carefully filled in with a substance like tan, so as to silence all sound of the passing trains. Again, persons whose eyes and taste have been offended by the present unfinished and assuredly ugly appearance of the viaduct, will be glad to hear that it is to be externally decorated and ornamented at a cost of £ 2,500—a proof suffi- cient that the directors are not unwilling to sacri- fice to the Graces; while we hear that the iron bridge itself, that is, the inner or more useful portion, will cost only £900, I think it is only rea- sonable, however, to ask the directors to devise some scheme whereby the rain-water shall not fall upon the heads of persons passing underneath it. Speaking of viaducts, the structure which is to cross Holbom-valley will be speedily commenced, for already have the owners of houses on and near the intended site received notice to quit. While on the subject of metropolitan improve- ments, I may mention that the embankment: of the Thames is progressing rapidly. Between Waterloo-bridge and Temple-gardens, a length of 120 feet of the dam is completed, and made water- tight. Among distinguished visitors to London I hear one named, who will, in all probability, be the lion of the next season-namely, a real live gorilla, which charming creature is to be introduoed by M. du Chaillu. Z.
OUTLINES OF THE WEEK. THE news from America is too tantalising to make long comment upon. The struggle now going on before Richmond daily becomes more fierce, and it- afflicts us to think that a great battle is still impending. Let us hope this will be the last, and that humanity will no longer be shocked by a continuous war which brings nothing but destruc- tion and misery to all around. THE unfortunate Danes still appear ill-con- tent with the terms of peace enforced upon them by the German Powers. The official organ published at Copenhagen urges that, if peace be concluded with Germany in accordance with the preliminaries proposed, not only will the financial position of the country be crippled, but the present order of the Danish succession be overthrown. Prince Frederick of Hesse, rather than Christian IX., would be made the legitimate heir to the throne. Some negotiations, however, are still going on, it is said, between the German Powers and Earl Russell, which it is hoped may lead to a more easy settlement for the Danes. SPEAKING of India, a pretty little quarrel is just now going on between Sir Charles Wood and the Governor of Madras, Sir William Denison. When India, was taken out of the hands of the Company to be ruled entirely by the English Government, ] many changes took place, and further changes have ] been constantly proposed. The last order that was j sent out by the English Secretary of State for 1 India was to the effect, that all officers of the late I Company's army should be put upon European pay, and be placed on the same footing as other officers serving under the Crown. Sir William Denison re- fuses to carry out these instructions, saying that it is a flagrant violation of the guarantee of the Imperial Parliament. The Governor of Madras is of opinion that the officers of the European regi- ments who were transferred to the service of the Crown should be permitted to retain Indian pay and allowances,which are nearly double those of the line. Sir Charles Wood calls this insurrection and insubordination, and it is reported that either Sir William Denison must be withdrawn or the Secretary of State for India resign his position in the Cabinet. IT is thought by many that we are not kept well informed in Europe generally of the magni- tude of the revolt in Algiers, and it certainly seems as if matters were assuming rather a formidable appearance. The fighting is all in favour of the French, but it costs them dear, and it is conducted at such an extreme distance from head-quarters, that it is difficult And expen- sive to move a large force to meet the enemy. THE outbreak in New Zealand, we are happy to say, has ended in the submission of the natives to the English. There is no doubt now that we possess the right of the strongest, and the aborigines recog- nising this, and believing in the honour of Eng- land, have surrendered their lands to the disposal of the governor of the colony. We are glad to see that the Executive are about to temper judgment with mercy-at least, this we take to be the meaning of the official statement that only a smaIl portion of the lands will be forfeited, the natives being permitted to retain the rest. The question now to be investigated is whether the rebellion was instigated by British colonists, with the sole motive of plunder. The gain of the latter will, however, be but trifling, whilst England has lost nrt a few of her brave soldiers, and will have to pay no mean trifle towards the expenses of a war which most of us strongly condemned. TURNING to local and domestic matters, we notioe that crime is becoming very prevalent amongst a class of persons whose education and pursuits place them above suspicion. It was only last week that a confidential clerk, with a handsome salary, absconded, after stating that he had swindled his employer to the amount of < £ 40,000. Again, the London commercial world was startled by a person being accused of obtain- ing wine from a highly respectable firm to the amount of =25,000, by means of forged acceptances; and another person is charged with obtaining 2,000 Confederate bonds under false pretences, ] giving cheques upon a bank where he had no ] effects. j THE strike of the colliers in the midland counties may now, we hope, be considered at an end. A meet- ing of men on strike was held at Bilston on Satur- day, when Mr. Samuel Griffiths, a well-known metal broker, pointed out how hopeless was 'the chance of the men contending against their employers in the present state of the iron trade. The mem- bers of the working men's committee^ then proposed a resolution that the colliers should return to their work; this was not readily assented to, how- ever, for tlae poor fellows could not^'bring th.em- selves all at once to confess that their past suffer- ings had been endured in vain. A meeting was afterwards held, and it was resolved to break up the organisation, and each manias] to do as he pleased; and now the men are returning to their work, and we trust ere long the masters will be enabled to give them the concessions 'they sought without a farther strike being necessary. This, however, depends upon the price iron, for until that rises they are not in a position to give more wages. THE Shakespeare Tercentenary is not yet for- gotten, and a new effort has been jinade during the past week to erect a monument ^toth„ great poet's memory. A curious proposal is made by the working men's committee, who planted the tree on Primrose-hill in honour of bard. They state that it has been ascertained that an appropriate work of art can be procured for about .£1,200, and an ornamental shrine, of iron and glass, to enclose it, for .£1,200 more; that a further sum of .£300 will provide an ornamental railing for the Shake- speare oak planted en the 23ri. of April." A sum of £ 3,000 is accordingly asked for infeontributions of one penny and upwards. That al persons may have an opportunity of sub scribing,:coUectors, au- thenticated by an official card, bearing the signa- ture of the chairman and honorary secretary, have been appointed to go from house to house in London. For each penny 1subscribed a Shake- speare head will be given; for sums of one shilling and upwards, memorial cartel receipts, designed by Mr. George Cruikshank and others, are prepared, and it is thought by such means the sum required will be easily obtainable. We have not much to say of politics. Mr. Glad- stone has been in Lancashire," and his speeches, as usual, were singularly^eloquent. tHe did not, however, say so much- ton political as on social matters; he dwelt more on 'what :he termed the social reforms which had been: effected. in this country during the last twenty-five] years; but now, he said, we were disposed to take breath for a time. Still," he continued, the progress of education, the progression-good and sound habits in the community, the increasing confidence which unites classes together, all these things point to a gradual enlargement of the privileges possessed by the people. But," he added, "we may be sure that, as the necessity for such changes are felt, a liberal disposition to adjust such changes by the Government will be brought about." We cannot refrainffrom alluding to the graceful testimony borne by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the admirable manner in which the penny press of this country^had been conducted. It will be remembered the opponents of the aboli- tion of the paper duty were loud in the expression of their fears that it would be a dangerous power; and that it would minister to the bad passions and vices of the most degraded of our popula- tion. Nothing, in fact, was too bad or too horrible to be prognosticated of thepennypapers bhat were to be launched upon us the moment the < Paper Duty was repealed. But the penny press I has now become an accomplished fact, and has a power that may challenge criticism; and it is much for a Chancellor of the Exchequer to point :o the wisdom of the Act, and to the great good it g las effected. s OTHEB members of Parliament have made their' presence known at agricultural dinners, and have confined themselves to topics affecting agricul- turists alone. At Seaton, in Devonshire, Sir Lawrence Palk expressed his conviction that the present low price of wheat would continue for some length of time, even should that grain ever obtain its former standard, and urged the farmers to turn their attention to, and expect their future remuneration from, the feeding of cattle. At Cheadle, in Staffordshire, Lord Ingestre made a practical suggestion that the landlords competing at agricultural shows should be placed in a class by themselves, and strive exclusively amongst each other for the blue riband presented by the various societies—they being contented with the honorary prize, whilst the substantial rewards should be reserved for the tenant farmers. This was received with general approbation. And at Leominster, in Herefordshire, Mr. Hardy urged the necessity of increasing the fertility of the soil by means of an improved husbandry. If these rural anniversaries lose somewhat in excitement by the professed exclusion of party matters, they gain by enforcing on the speakers the greater necessity of resorting to practical suggestions and to practical advice.
MURDEROUS ASSAULT ON A FEMALE. Mary Kelly, a milkwoman, was charged, at Clerkenwell Police-court, with committing a murderous assault on Mrs. Kate Roach, of 8, Vine- street, Leather-lane. Mr. Ricketts appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. John Wakeling for the defence. The Complainant said that she contracted with Mr. Osborn, of Bedford-street, Leather-lane, for the milk of three cows. On Tuesday, the 27th of last month, she was in the cow-shed to milk her cows, and the prisoner blackguarded her, calling her a foul name. As she was about to milk the third cow the prisoner got up and struck her on the head with a stool, saying, "Take that." The blow was given with such force that it produced a large wound, and blood flowed profusely. The prisoner followed this up by again striking her on the shoulder with the shovel. She was so bad that she had to be taken to the Royal Free Hospital, where she was an in-patient for eleven days. During that time she suffered great pain in her head, and her wounds had to be dressed twice a day. She is now an out-patient of the hospital, and was compelled to attend at the hospital every day to have her wounds dressed. In cross-examination the prosecutrix admitted that she abused the prisoner, and witnesses were called who said that, as far as bad language was con- cerned, there were six of one and half-a-dozen of the other. Mr. J. D. Hill, resident medical officer of the Royal Free Hospital, said, that on the 27th of last month the complainant was brought to the hospital. She was very pale, and she was suffer- ing from the loss of a large quantity of blood. He examined a large wound on her forehead. It was about an inch and a half in extent. It was a dangerous wound, and the bone was exposed. The violence that produced that wound, he con- sidered, might have produced internal hemorrhage. He considered that the blow was dangerous, as it was liable to cause disease of the bone and pro- duce inflammation of the brain. Mr. Wakeling made an energetic defence, and said that, as both parties were to blame in the matter, he hoped the magistrate would not think of sending the case for trial, but would inflict a fine. The Magistrate said it was a case, after the evidence of Mr. Hill, that he could not decide; and he should therefore send the case before a jury. He would, however, take bail, the prisoner herself in .£40, and two sureties in the sum of .£20 each.
AN EXTRAORDINARY SCENE ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE. There was a mest singular scene at the Stock Ex. change on Saturday morning. It quite relieved, says a contemporary, the monotony of business, and afforded much satisfaction throughout the markets. It trans- pired late,on Friday night that a member of the Stock Exchange^, named John Burrowes, had taken in a variety of Securities, including Turkish Consolides and other classes readily negotiable abroad, and had given cheques against them, there being scarcely any assets at his bankers'. This being discovered, it was at once suspected that a fraud was intended, particularly since it further transpired that whilst his account had been drawn down to about .£70 at the Alliance Bank, he had opened another at the Bank of London, through which cheques paid to him had been passed. Two or three of the brokers interested-who had given Burrowes stock for his worthless cheques-arranged to act to- gether at once and endeavour to discover the fugitive. They found he had left his office early, and they re- solved forthwith, with the assistance of friends, to watch every principal railway-station. The several stations were vigilantly reconnoitred, and at Charing- cross Mr. Sturdy (of the firm of Baker and Sturdy) fancied he espied the gentleman he was in quest of. But how changed! Instead of a heavy dark beard, there were clean-shaved face and chin. He was seated with a lady in the carriage ready to start, and Mr. Sturdy could therefore lose no time. Burrowes at first tried to avoid him, but finding it useless, acknowledged he was the. person, and surrendered himself, accompanied by the lady, to Mr. Sturdy's control. Thus made safe, Mr. Sturdy brought the culprit to his office in the City, and the lady desiring to remain, they were locked up together all night. Bnrrowes, seeing that he had no chance, made a clean breast of it, and the whole of the stock, ■ £ 7,000 or .£8,000, has been recovered. Part, it is be. lieved, he had with him, and part is said to have been sent to a relative at Barnet, for safe keeping. How- ever this may be, the result is, that through the ac- tivity and vigilance of Mr. Sturdy, assisted by his friend, Mr. Murray Richardson, the delinquent has been cleverly captured, and the property will be re- stored to the owners. At the opening of the market on Saturday morning the announcement and explanation were received with vociferous applause, and the mem- bers, in the height of their excitement, regularly chaired Mr. Sturdy round the house. So tumultuous was the nature of the proceeding, that it was some time before order could be restored. Burrowes and the lady had evidently made arrangements to go to Paris, and some of the stock being readily convertible, he would have perhaps escaped. After order was re- stored, he was, in the phraseology of the house, "hammered"—i.e., declared a defaulter, and probably we shall hereafter hear of him at the Mansion-kou-e or Guildhall. He must have failed from the state of his account, and his differences will, perhaps, amount to about < £ 2,000 or < £ 3,000. It has not yet transpired if there is a good prospect of assets for the creditors. 1
The prices of wheaten bread in the metro- polis during the past week were from 6|d. to 7d.; of house- hold ditto, 5 £ d. to 6d. Some bakers are selling from 4M to 5d. per 41b. loaf, weighed on delivery. ( H. Walker's Patent Ridged Eyed Needles for rapid sewing. Nothing like them for spied. Patentee of ths POllelope E utd TJneotopic Crochets. Samples free for Is. of anT dealer Oue.en'a Works, Aloester, and 47, Gresham-street, Londol W 8 John UoantU and Co.'s Cherry Tooth Paafo «•<« la Bri i «ros« and Htinataral neglect is manifested by many persons r who »ay little attention to the preservation of their health. ««od •- health m the greatest blessing we can enjoy, which fact is often dig- n soverea when too late To ins are freedom from siekness of any sort, every f amily m tha kingdom should tcsep a supply of Paok Wooboook's n Wwd P'LLs.. Thousands can testify thov are invaluable lor Indigo*. 1, ion, W rnd ia the Stomach, Biliousness, Ac. Sold every where, In boxes. Mis. 1 id.,2e. ad.,and4s. 6(1 a Horniman's Tea is choice and trang, moderate mprite, a md wholesome to uae. These advanU^s have stleured for this t. Fea a general preference. It is sold in pookat, by 2,280 Agento 0: A Novelty in Sewing Machines. Messrs. Newton Wilson unA Co., ef 144, High HotborN London lave invented a new Arm Machine, spacially intended for Tailors and Shoemakers. It has an instantaneous cross action, that is tha font an be reversed instantly without any change of parts and it bos- tf esses this peculiarity in addition, that the shoemaker can st?t<»h rv rith it a new elastie into an old boot. The trXs refewd to ^n g now how to appreciate these advantages.
TELEGRAPHIC NEWS. 0 AMERICA „ NEW YORK, OCT. 1. Grant reports yesterday afternoon that Warren has attacked and carried the enemy's line on the extreme right, capturing a number of prisoners. He imme- diately prepared to follow up his success. General Meade moved from his left this morning, and carried the enemy's line near Poplar Grove. Unofficial dispatches from the army of the Potomac- report that the action on the north side of the James River was attended with very successful results-Fort, Morgan, Chapin's Bluff, and six other strong earth- works, together with 16 guns and 500 prisoners, being captured. ° Birney has gained an important position on the Newmarket Road, seriously menacing Richmond. On Thursday the Federals were within five miles of Richmond, and General Burnham was killed. One division of the 18th Corps suffered severely. Sheridan reports on Thursday that he pursued Early to Port Republic. His cavalry destroyed much pro- perty at Staunton and Waynesboro'. Early's army is reported to be demoralised. Heavy Fighting before Richmond. w «. j «* NEW YORK, OCT. 5. Further details of the operations of Grant's left on the south-west of Petersburg state that on Friday the 5th Corps and two divisions of the 9th Corps carried the two first lines of the Confederate defences but, advancing further, a gap was formed between the 5th and 9th Corps, through which the Confederates charged and flanked the 9th Corps, capturing 2 000 prisoners. On Saturday the Federals advanced three-quartern of a milej and entrenched themselves close to the Southside railroad. The Confederates' main line of defences in Meade's front cannot easily be carried. The Confederates were found in force behind the formidable defences on the Boynton road, over which theyreoeivesuppliesbywagMi. r On Thursday, the 10th and 18th corps under Birney had crossed to the north side of the James, and advanced towards Richmond by the Newmarket-road. The 10th Corps carried the Newmarket heights and advanced two miles. They then assaulted the Laurel- hill works, but were repulsed, and withdrew to the junction of the Varian and Newmarket roads. The 10th Corps lost 1,500 men, and a negro corps suffered severely. The 18th Corps drove the Confederates to Chapin's Buff, which they captured after desperate fighting. On the following day the Confederates- made several ineffectual atttempts to recapture the main position. They succeeded in taking one redoubt near the river. A small Federal fore of infantry and cavalry penetrated into the inner line of works east of Richmond, meeting no resistance. Sheridan is at Harrisonburg preparing to drive Early from Brown's Gap. Sheridan's cavalry had visited Staunton and Waynesboro', and destroyed the bridges and railroads between those places. The Richmond' papers declare Sheridan to be retreating. General Price, with a force estimated at 20,000, and 5,000 recruits taken in Missouri, is advancing on Rolla in three columns, the right under Shelby and Marma- duke, the left under Cooper, and the centre under his, own personal command.
THE LATE TERCENTENARY FESTIVAL.* That the Stratford Festival has resulted in a deficiency everyone is aware. In order to meet this deficiency the individual members of the committee: have agreed to guarantee repayment each to the extent of the sum placed against his name in the following list T' Sir R. N. C. Hamilton, chairman, £ 150; the Rev. G. Granville, vice-chairman, < £ 50; E. F. Flower, vice- chairman, £ 1500; Charles E. Flower, < £ 300; Edgar Flower, £ 300; Julian C. Young, 4250; C. Holte Bracebridge, < £ 250; the Rev. W. Morton, £ 150: William Greener, < £ 75; R. H. Hobbes, £ 100; W. J. Harding, £ 100; John J. Nason, .875;. R. M. Bird, £ 75; Frederic Kendall, £ 75; William Gibbs, < £ 75; C. F. Loggin, £ 100; James Cox, jun., .£50; John Archer, < £ 50 W. Lowry, < £ 50; J. Atkin- son, £ 20; W. G. F. Bolton, < £ 20; John Charles Warden, £ 20; W. G. Oolbonrne, £ 30; Henry Kmgsley, M.D., £ 50; William Knights, £ 25; William Stephenson, £ 40; E. R. Hartley, < £ 10- J. S. Leaver, £ 10; Edward Adams, .£10; MarkPhilips, ■ £ 250; W. L. Norris, < £ 75; H. Samman, £ 50; William Thompson, < £ 50; Messrs. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, £5; &c. &c. • It will be observed that the Messrs. Flower-that is to say, the Mayor of Stratford and his two sons—have accepted a liability to the extent of < £ 1,100. We may add that the list is still open for subscriptions and donations. j
A PARTY OF VOCALISTS AND A DRUNKEN COACHMAN. A party of vocalists (says the Edinburgh Gowfo/nf) amongst whom were Miss E. Wynne, Miss Elton, Mr Inkersall, Mr. E. Rainsford, and Mr. J. Taylor, were returning to Glasgow in a carriage and pair from a. concert given at the Vale of Leven. When within ten miles of the city the driver fell from his box, and the horses started off at full speed. In this dilemma Mr. Taylor opened the door and jumped out, followed by Mr. Inkersall, who narrowly escaped being run over, his hat being caught and crushed under the wheels. After two or three "rollings over," Mr. Taylor succeeded in getting on his feet, and started in pursuit of the fugitive horses, who were dragging their terrified burden at a terrific speed through the dark- ness. After a sharp run of nearly a quarter of a mile. Mr. Taylor succeeded in overtaking the horses and arresting their further flight. It was, then determined that some of the gsiitlemen should return in search of the driver. They did so, and dis- covered him lying doubled up and partially stunned but in no way injured. On raising him it was found' that he was drunk. He was accordingly assisted to. the carriage; but, on being required to take a seat at the back, he obstinatelv refused, insisting on being allowed to resume the reins, Knowing it would be, madness to again allow the drunken man charge of the horses, Mr. Taylor undertook to drive the party to town. Arriving at a small bridge over a canal, and being unacquainted with the road, Mr. Taylor pulled up to ascertain whether there might be danger in crossing, when the driver jumped down from his seat behind, declaring he would not allow the carriage to proceed any farther, and seized the horses' heads. After a struggle and altercation, and finding there was no police-station near, it was determined to resort to force to get the excited man away. This was done after some diflioulty, two or three of the party de- taining him by the roadside until the Carriage had proceeded a little distance. Thev then freed him and overtook the carriage, having no option but to leave him behind. The party at length reached Glasgow in safety. «
Royal Horticultural Society.—Last spri this society offered prizes for competition among the bands of the volunteer regiments, when a considerable number of these entered, including, besides the chief metropolitan bands, several provincial ones, and they have successively performed in the Horticultural- gardens on the promenade days throughout the season. These competitions have now terminated, but the performances of some of the bands have been so nearly aqual in merit, that the judges have reauired another brial from those in this position. It is understood bhat the band of the Hon. Artillery Companyandthat )f the London Rme Brigade are in this number. They ire the first on the list, and are each to perform two )peratic selections in the gardens as a final test. Diabolical Attempt.—The police are engaged in endeavouring to discover the. perpetrator of a vile 6ttempt to kill or injure some persons connected with he Gun Factories Department of Woolwich Arsenal. L few days since a set of drawers were removed from Mother department to the clerks' offices at the Royal run Factories, and one of the compartments was pened with some difficulty, when it was found to be lied with powder and ball cartridge, a flint-lock pistol,, jaded and primed, being placed in such a manner that slight concussion would have caused it to explode nd the ammunition to become ignited. Fortunately he pistol did not explode, and the object of the mis- reant was defeated. It is suspected that the attempt ras made by one of the employes at the department rho has recently been discharged. In ordinary Nemna gives instantaneous relief; and. r leaving the plag of Nervme in the cavity, is forms a etoapioe (If Ie cause of pain is Neuralgia, a most certaiu remedy will be found in lvrk s Nbujuj-gic TiffOTURBi) Bpntbr's JNbrvinb maybe had of ail »t is. l)d. per packet, or post free for fifteon stamps from 3. R. OOPEB, Chemist, Maidstone.