,C' ._1 J CHAPTER IT. When the strong and weaker blend We may hope a happy end; Whenever strength with softness joins, When with the rough the mild combines, Then all is union, sweet and strong. Consider ye who join your hands, If hearts be twined in mutual bands, f For passion's brief, repentance long." Translation from Schiller. OWE evening, not long after his conversation with •Naomi, Harrison went in search of Doctor David. He found him alone in the little study, where pa- tients in general were received. lVhen he saw that the doctor was alone, Bess lost :no time in exhibiting on his broad palm the gem circled shekel. The doctor's face betrayed intense delight. With- out a word he took the coin, drew Boss's arm in his, and led ;the way upstairs. They ascended step by step, like the famous twins of Siam. The doctor clasped the assistant at the curiosity shop as if he had been a long-lost son, whilst his eyes gloated upon the treasure in his other hand. "But," said Ross, as they climbed the stairs, Do you know that I am a thief." j How is this r" said the doctor, as he paused on I the landing, and then looking with a clouded face at ROBS, repeated, How is this? j, r^en or a dozen years ago—it might be more," said ne young man "I found that shekel in the mud—in j the street—on the pavement." "Oh, well, if that's all, it's: all right; come on." The doctor took Harrison's arm again, and they talked on to his sanctum. ,thonKh,t, y°u were ab°ut as much a thief as to !*octoj! jaughing—he could now afford howeve~' arriaon did not join in the merriment, ilio-yoil suspected me! be said Didi?" For that reason, because you believed you might I uispect me, I have done what gives you the right to suspect me all my days." j s' I understand you I know all about it—yon mean 'j joa 78 kept the shekel ever since you found it. I don't care how ia n°w that I have got it once again." Hear me out, doctor," said Ross. I lost it as care how it is now that I have got it once again." Hear me out, doctor," said Ross. I lost it as b°»T lt" ,™s is tbe third time that shekel has been m my hands. Until to-nisht I have barely .touched it even with the ends of riy fingers It only came and went. But, mind, I teii you T am a thief. You will be so good as to ask no more." • i m satisfied. I'll ask no more. I know well enough that you are an honest fellow. If anybody is enough that you are an honest fellow. If anybody is wronged an atom's worth by this business, you'll tell i me, I know, a,nd, however great his loss, I will com- pensate him." iso one is wronged. And your mind is easy about it?" Perfectly." We 11 see if the shekel fits into its socket, and if the jewels are all right. I won't make the examina- tion alone. I want you to see and be convinced that the treasure is mine." The doctor brought the case from the safe with haste and with anxiety, in spite of his confidence. As he anticipated, and as Ross, too, expected, the coin fitted exactly into its place. The jewels had never been disturbed. Harrison's business with the doctor was ended when proof was given him that the precious coin was in the wn^T11 °/ + "shtfal owner- He saw it, and would have departed instantly. The doctor, in true English style, shook the young man by the hand so repeatedly that it was positively surprising the arm was not wrung off. Had he no- thing to tell ? really nothing ? Had there been no risk, no expense, no danger P The doctor was curious; but Harrison was dumb. There was.the coin. There too, was the ring. The shekel was the doctor's— nothing could be clearer. The secret was Harrison's- that also was clear. Plainly, nothing could be done with the young man from Braham's. The doctor was, therefore, con- strained to let him go; constrained to keep the ring, service had been rendered that was not to be re- warded. I When Ross departed the doctor paced up and down the room, exclaiming all the time— wonderful! That young fellow's a study; he s honest, but his master's a- rogue. I must do something for him-I must take him out of that wretch's hands." When Ross reacnecS 1..1" Tnllse. he went into the small sitting-room occupied by Naomi. The young lady looked him wistfully in the face, and gave him her hand. She saw that the ring was gone. She smiled, for now she knew that his promise had been fulfilled. Ross blessed her for that smile; and, as she asked no question, he blessed her for her silence.
CHAPTER V. H Love, that's the world's preservative, That keeps all souls of things alive, Controls the mighty power of fate, And gives mankind a longer date- The life of Nature. That restores As fast as time and death devours; And to it the world doth owe Not only earth, but Heaven, too; For love's the only trade that's driven, An interest of state in Heaven." WHEN Braham walked about again, the first thing he did, of course, was to visit his collection, and this he took good care to do at a time when he knew he should be undisturbed. To his horror he did not, in the very first moment ef his search, lay his hand on the shekel of Barcho- chebus. He had calculated, as he lay on his bed, .how he could send his daughter on an errand that would cause her to be ten minutes absent-the exact time it would require for him to creep down the stairs, open the secret safe, and bring thence the shekel. Naomi, according to her father's instructions, had departed on her errand. With stealthy step Mr. Braham ap- proached the secret cupboard. He reached down the box, and lo! the place where the coin should be was vacant! It was obvious, however long he should stand there, that delay would effect nothing. Still he did not stir till warned by a creaking door, and an advancing footstep; then he retired up the stairs again, and fell gasping on his bed. It took him all the interim of time until his daughter reachel his bedside so to dispose of himself that this feat of his should not be suspected. He was cautious; but there was another still more cautious. If any untoward result had attended the old man's performance, Ross Harrison was at hand to serve him as a son. Justice had seized upon that old villain who had rejoiced in deceiving others. Now his heart throbbed with pain at the very idea that he had himself been deceived, cheated, and robbed. It was a horrible meditation to which Braham was now doomed. His daughter Naomi told him the day she brought the shekel that she had secured the coin in the place where she found it. The key of the safe was fastened to the cord about his neck. With her own hands she had secured it. He believed his daughter. He was firm in his attachment to her and felt sure she would not deceive him. 5 All that day his subtle brain was working-all night he watched and thought. ° But he asked no questions. He only wanted to get upon his feet again, and go about his business—he should then not need assist- ance to search out this mystery. He depended upon his usual subtle tact to recover his lost treasure. He arose from his bed the third day after he had discovered his loss, and descended to his shop, and in spite of nature went to work again. He laughed at f, expostulation, warning, and entreaty. He wanted to know what Ross and Mason were about. Nobody could tell him. He must for himself discover. He dared not breathe his loss to Ha,rrison. He pre. ferred to charge Mason with theft, It was not credi- ble that Harrison was in any way implicated by that disappearance. Mason had been in Braham's employ thirty years and more. He had never been detected yet in any dishonesty, and his hard work and little pay had always meb with his master's entire approbation: He had managed merely to exist on the wages he had earned; was dying now by iachea from disease With all his economy, he would not leave enough in his purse to buy a headstone for his grave, poor man. No mafc&er—Braham suspected him, and now, he meant to watcli him, I j Watch mm he did. In his going out and coming m 5 I In his work and at his rest. In his speech and in hi silence. Examine infinitesimals through a micro scope—what will you discover ? Leviathans—monsters that rival the creatures of whom, in our own behalf we say, it is well they are extinct. Ancient chaos alone could endure them. And if you watch mas what will you discover ? A vast variety of thin, you did not anticipate. Habits, tastes, tendencies, weak- nesses, follies, slips; perhaps virtues. Mason, on inspection, unconsciously on exhibition, wa.s not the Mason he had been in his master's eyes formerly. His case was not improved when the poor creature discovered that for some reason he had incurred Mr. Braham's displeasure. He endured a great deal of t abuse with patter ce, because he saw, as nobody could help seeing, that Braham's days were numbered. But one day, when even his meekness had been tried beyond endurance, and he was about to leave the shop, that words might be avoided which men speak only to repent of, Braham called to Ross, who sat in the window at work. „ A time had come, Mason felt, when all must be cleared up, when the soul of the Jew must leave its mortal soil. He had stopped short, turned around, and began to return, even before his master shouted— Come baek Let down the blinds and get a light," said Braham I to Ross. Imagine how lie said it. | Ross obeyed-he also knew a time had come. | Now, sir, wheel up the little safe. You, Mason, come here and. look on. I want you by, when I count I those coins again." Mason came up with quiet intrepidity, till he stood within reach of Braham's hand. That hanm might conceal dagger or pistol by the aspect of the man; but, no, the pulsation was visible through his whole frame, he had no nerve for fire-arms. I Ross wheeled the safe to the chair on which his I master sat. Braham had the key|in his hand. He himself TIn. locked the door. Take out the upper range first." Ross spread the priceless boxes on the table. How awful was the glare that Braham fastened on them | How fearfully swift the enumeration of those aged eyes Well for Naomi she was spared this spectacle, j All the gold of California could not have recompensed her for what she must at that instant have felt. These were all Jewish coins. Mason, look here! said the Jew. Isn't this a j pretty sight ?" It's a precious pile? you have there," answered Mason. All complete," said Braham, and over the words his thin lips closed with the exactness of a vice. "All complete, sir; I suppose so," echoed Mason, I gently. He was afraid. He looked now for the first time, and uneasily, at Ross. He thought his master's reason was forsaking him. But Ross stood motionless, like a man without perceptible fear or hope. He was merely waiting. man without perceptible fear or hope. He was merely waiting. I Braham laughed. Well, give me back what's missing and it will be all complete." Is anything really missing, sir ? Braham looked at Mason with an awful threat, whilst the glare of declth was visible in his eyes. And Ross surveyed the two. How long was he going to watch this struggle ? Unto its very end ? Why not P These men were standing' both of' them j on the very verge of death-why not let them go on in their own way ? But what if the curse of Naomi's father should fall on his head ? Braham was still struggling to utter the words he had ready for Mason when Ross said, with a sort of quiet authority- Yes, there's one coin missing, Mason. A shekel. It had a setting of precious stones. It was a shekel of the time of Barchochebus, the impostor. I've seen it lately in the collection of a Jew." Braham sprang to his feet-his hand fell on Mason's shoulder like a thunderbolt. How did it get there, thief-monster-wretch ?- you whom i have kept from starving, whose very life was in my keeping—tell, tell me where is my coin P Mason shrank at that question, as it appeared, to a I mere atom of manhood. The words seemed to blast him. But a voice now spoke that appeared to poor paralysed Afason to alone preserve the universe from instant annihilation. If there's a thief in the business, Mr. Braham, you must look larther than Mason—you must look as'far as me. I restored the shekel to its owner." Braham's lips could not give utterance to the gigan- tic curse that sprang from his heart. His lips moved, but no sound reached the ears of his listeners. Speechless and inanimate, Ross Harrison and Mason carried their old master to his bed. Ross Harrison, seeing the dangerous condition his mas tier was 3o, set aside all soruples and went im- mediately to Dr. David and implored him to visit Mr. Braham. They arrived at the sick man's bedside; he had not stirred, and scarcely breathed. Naomi bad by this time arrived, and, sobbing loudly, she said— "Oh, doctor, what can we do for him ? Nothing at present; he will revive just now, and i will then give him some restoratives but let me tell you. that he is seriously ill." £ You'll do all you can for him, doctor ?" said Naomi. Of that you may rest assured," and away went the doctor to his surgery to prepare such remedies as he thought advisable. On his return, the patient gave a low moan, and Dr. David suggested that his daughter had better speak to him. "Father," she said, "are you ill? I'm better than I have been, my child. How long have I been asleep P he said, in a weak voice. Only half an hour." Only half an hour! What wonders can the Almighty reveal in that short time In those few minutes I have gone through my whole life, and found little to applaud. The only cheery spot in it is my love for you, and the protection I have afforded to Gold gives j^xe no pleasure now. I feel that I must b9 called away." The doctor quietly handed some restoratives, and iMaomi said— "leather, dear, drink a little of this, I'm sure it will do you good." He swallowed a few drops, and appeared to revive. The doctor whispered, Give him a little more," and the sound caught the invalid's ears. Instead of frowning he smiled and said— "Come here, doctor, I have cause to thank you. You are returning good for evil. I dreamt you had recovered your Barchochebus. Is it so ? It is, I am glad to say." "So am I, now. The lad is more honourable than his master." Where is he P "I am here, sir," replied Ross. Sit down beside me-there; and you, Naomi, take another chair beside him. I have much to say, but must be brief." "Ross Harrison, your name is Braham; you are the son of my first cousin he and I were brought up as brothers. I succeeded in the world, he failed, and left you a poor orphan. I did not know your where- abouts till I picked you up that eventful evening when you had found that coin of which I robbed you. Since then I have takt-n to you as I would to a son. Ah, ah I am getting weaker. Where is your hand, and yours, Naomi ? Yau are one-the only earthly treasures I now care for." His voice got weaker, and for a few moments he could say no more. On reviving a little he beckoned Dr. David, and with trembling voice said, "Forgive me." "From my very heart," said the doctor. V That boy," pointing to Ross, has saved me much pain in my last moments in acting honestly. A good conscience is the noblest thing a man can possess. I would I—I— Here the poor Jew fell exhausted, and though he rallied a little once after this, in forty-eight hours he was a corpse. Dr. David became the confidential adviser of the young pair, who, as our readers may anticipate, were not long in getting married after they found it was Mr. Braham's expressed wish they should do so, he having left them all his fortune on this condition and the doctor then discovered the mystery of his lost coin, and that a lover's, conscience had been sorely 'o tried, but had come out of the ordeal pure and un- sullied. 4
The editor of the Ohio Statesman asks the follow- ing question If a fellow has nothing when he gets married, and the gal has nothing, is her things hizen, or his things hum-?
s A 'A -,I I B L E S JOTTINGS. !f j any one had taken tip the Court Newsmen s J during this month, he would have seen it solemnly i J affirmed that London was quite empty," that i I every body was in the eountry or at the seaside, I and nobody—or to put it more explicitly—only the I nobodies remained in town. Well, if any one had accompanied me to Putney on the 8th iust., he would have wondered where on I earth all the people could come from that crowded I the steamers and boats and covered every available spot on the banks of the Thames. Amongst per- sons fond of aquatic pursuits this was the gala day j of the year, the competition for the championship of the Thames was about to come off, and the | competitors were well-known men who had many friends. The one being a Newcastle man, and the other a London one, it created a kind of rivalry between the metropolis and the North, and the excitement long before the day was very great. It is now nearly six years ago since the redoubt- able Robert Chambers, a Newcastle man, wrested tne proud riband of the Thames from his opponent 0 1 i and conqueror, Harry Kelly, of Falham, which he I held until his late defeat. | I^rom an early hour of the morning of the race Putney exhibited the usual signs and symptoms j indicative of a high festival; flags flaunted from every mast-head, tower, and flag-staff in most picturesque confusion; it seemed as if every available bit of bunting within the limits of the metropolitan postal delivery had been pressed into service on the occasion. service on the occasion. As the morning advanced the motley crowd j mustered in increasing force; canny-looking Tyne- j siders were shoulder to shoulder with the un- mistakable cockney "cad," and there were itine- rant vendors of every commodity under the sun, from ginger-bread to electric shocks, &c., whilst roughs, fighting-men, pickpockets, members of the swell mob, some artisans, and a few respectable 'I tradesmen and gentlemen all got huddled together inaheterogeneous mass, and to make matters worse, the irrepressible nigger would scream out his blatant melody, drowning even the prevailing din of voices, and making the confusion more cos- rounding. ) The men were to row from Putney-bridge to Mortlake. The Shite amongst the spectators paid their 10s. and went on board steamers which ac- companied the boats, whilst there were barges mo.ured at certain distances on which persons could take their stand upon paying a certain fee. Again there were parties ranged on spots which were private property—thus, from Fulham Church to the I end of what is called Bishop's-walk, there were I numerous groups of ladies decked out in summer I dresses of every conceivable hue, whilst, of course, I their merry smiles added "enchantment to the I view. As your correspondent I "roughed" it. and went with ,the crowd, hoping to gather something original from what I saw around me; but if I may ¡ be pardoned for making this one attempt, I will promise never more to try the experiment, for with all my care, I came home with a damaged hat and clothes besmeared with something less sweet than eau de Cologne. As the hour appointed for the start drew nigh, tne ^crowd, both afloat and ashore, became moraen- tarily more dense and unwieldy. Every available bridge, boat, bank, or wall, was assiduously be- sieged by a struggling mass of eager sight-seers, whose ranks every moment received fresh acces- sions from the ceaseless stream of human traffic which poured continuously from the flood gates of the South-Western down the quaint old High- street of Putney. Now the swell mobsmen and pickpockets carried out their schemes. The former would profess a high position in society, and make oets any way with strangers, so that they posted their money; and many Tyne men deposited their cash upon these flash fellows' own representation of honour; but had they won, and applied for their money at the ad- dress given them, they would have found no response. As to the pickpockets, they swarmed, forming themselves into little bands of five and six, and under pretence of looking for some lost friend in the crowd would jostle their vicuim, and whilst he was charging one of them with rudeness, the others would be picking his pockets. I saw one Newcastle man looking des- pondingly upon his broken chain, and in a pitiful tone said to his next neighbour, "I carried the watch that was attached to this chain for five-and- twenty years, and I would not have lost it for fifty pounds. I never felt it go. It's my opinion they are a queer lot about here." He sought a policeman, but of course did not recover his lost treasure. VV ell, I must not linger on details. The start- j ing was fixed for half-past two, and a few minutes j nthls time Kelly made his appearance and paddled to the starting point. He is a fine stalwart fellow, and looked in good condition. The old English hurrahs that greeted him were tre- mendous but these were outdone when Chambers, a few seconds afterwards, became visible. Then, in Northern dialect, the Tyne men shouted Bravo, Bob Had away, man Can on, Bob Show them St. Nicholas to-day, my lad "Divvent disgrace awd Harry" (meaning his trainer, Harry Clasper); Show 'em what the North can do," &c. &c. Then the row amongst the betting fraternity (" I'll take odds Here, I'll take three to two no one names the winner! &c.), the chaff of the London boys, the interchange o badinage among the wherry men, the hiss and splash of the steamers, and the mingled strains of harps, fiddles, piccolos, and cornets, each instru- ment playing a separate tune, and on remarkably tree and independent principles, are things to be remembered. I believe it will be one of the remi- niscences of my life that I never shall forget, and yet scarcely think of with pleasure. The papers will tell you it was a gallant contest, and that Chambers' prestige and undoubted skill, ap- proved in many a gallant straggle, made him the pet of the betting fraternity- but from the first his friends entertained a respectful dread of his opponent, who, in fact, won the race by about rive or six lengths. It will be tedious to say more concerning this rowing match, because my readers will doubtless have seen an account in other columns, but I must observe that the rowing Oi the two men is very dissimilar; Kelly takes short repeated strokes, which he does with elegance and ease, whilst Chambers takes the longest stroke of any man on record; he carries his hands for- ward far over his toes, and then bends till his back almost touches the boat, which, with one afml-P is impelled several yards. Death has laid his ruthless hand upon a man well known and much respected, though, perhaps scarcely heard of in the country-I mean Mr. j Joseph Parkes. Any one accustomed to walk j down Pall-mall or near the Reform Club, could not have failed to meet occasionally a tall old man, rather bent with years, but exhibiting a merrv countenance as he turned to look at you. Almost < every other man whom he met would stop to speak and have something particular to say to him. He 1 always seemed to have somebody by the button- hole, and to be engaged in secret conclave. If vou ( asked who the gentleman was, Oh," would be the reply, "it's Joe Parkes, of the Reform Club." His namewasalwaysassociatedwiththelatter, although, f of late years lie held no office there, but merely namewasalwaysassociatedwiththelatter, although f of late years lie held no office there, but merely r went in and out as an ordinary member. But I then he was so good-natured that every one asked his advice and assistance, and he was a thorough I practical politician besides. In early life he was r a. solicitor in Birmingham, and in partnership I with Mr. Solomon Bray, the first town-clerk of the Birmingham Corporation. At the time c-f the Birmingham Political Union, 3Ir. Parkes dis- tinguished himself as the adviser of Mr. Attwood, who was the leader of that movement, and by Tiis. means became acquainted with the members of Lord Grey's administration. After this, his services being considered valuable, he became a political agent for the Whigs, and the Reform Olub taking n him by the hand, he removed to Liondon in 1832, where he practised as solicitor .1Ild Parliamentary agent till about the year 1850, when "he was appointed Taxing Master to the Ooarii ot Exchequer, an office he held until his death..
OUR CITY ARTICLE. -+- I opinion^ long entertained by a large class of » practical thinkers, is daily gaining ground that rnir^ monetary system rests upon too narrow a pasis, and. that consequently it is too limited in i its operations to meet the legitimate wants of our enlarged and constantly enlarging trade and commerce. Our exports have doubled within a very short space of time, and our imports exhibit signs of even greater magnitude and proportion. 5 Population goes on pari passu with our growing > wealth and prosperity; and there is no lack of the 1 energy and skill which are required to keep our 3 productive capacity fully up to the mark. Joint- Bi:ock enterprise has called into existence an > industrial power which is unparalleled in its results, > and the repeal of the old law of unlimited liability has stirrraLvted enterprise and speculation to open up fields which before were left barren and neglected. Yet, with all this expansion of our industrial powers, we are mainly confined to. a, single source for the supply of the means we re- quire to keep them in activity, and are dependent upon a single body of men who have the power, in & great measure, to determine the price we are to pay for those means. Centralisation is highly inimical to English feeling when applied to political affairs, but it is tolerated with the utmost equanimity when, money matters axe subjected to its rule. Strange to say, we t>er- mit by law the Bank of England, with its solitary fourteen millions odd of capital, to control the hundreds and thousands of millions of capital em- ployed in our trading and manufacturing callings, but would resent with extreme indignation any interference with our municipal or parochial rights, however trivial and insignificant it might be. We, in short, respect individuality in almost all our social and political duties, but in the rule and regulation of monetary affairs we submit, it is fairly alleged, to the most contradictory and paralysing monopoly. Without subscribing unreservedly to these view, I we must confess that it is a debatable question- whether the Bank of England, with its compara- tively limited capital, and with its multifarious responsibilities. State and otherwise, should have the same directing power over the currency that :t had some quarter of a century ago—even as- suming its right of direction at that distant period. The expansion of capital, and its in- creased productive power, by the establishment of new companies; the addition to our industrial force generated by the augmented dividends of the new banks, and the profits earned by the large discount establishments, would imply the necessity of some change, some modification, in the system which presumes to regulate our monetary affairs. Let us illustrate our propo- sition by a few figures, which are the symbols of highly important facts. For example, we may take the banking and discount companies, several of which have but recently sprung into existence. A careful analysis of the share-list shows us that there were for some years established:— No. 2Tom. Cap ranking companies 26 £ 31,100,000 While the new banks number 47 £ 051,000,000 To these must be added the new credit and discount companies competing with banks, in so far as they lend money and receive deposits 24 34,150,000 Augmented competition 71 £85,750,000 These figures establish an increase of 275 toer cent, on the nominal capital employed a few years ago. Thepremiums, too, on these new companies amount to upwards of = £ 10,000,000, a sum almost equal to the whole paid-up capital of the joint stock banks preceding the recent expansion and development of those establishments; yet the capital of these numerous bankers and discounters is mainly con- trolled by the Board of the Bank of England; and a single turn, on any Thursday, of its well-known "screw," will either augment or diminish the value of tnat capital, as though the Bank's regu- lator were endued with unerring sagacity, and the most prudent, practical foresight. The recent ad- vance of the rate of interest to 4 per cent. by the Bank, and the comparative torpidity which pre- vails in all monetary circles fully confirm this view of the case. Let us, however, turn from disquisition upon the Bank of England, and the power it at present possesses, to an illustration of the great success which may be obtained under joint-stock manage- ment, despite the adverse influence of the Bank. f The half-yearly meeting of the proprietors of the t London and County Bank has just been held, and s an account of its stewardship during that period ? is faithfully given. It appears that-after pay- j ment of all charges, interest to customers, and s making ample provision for bad and doubtful 1 debts the net profits of the bank amount to ^106,821 3S. Id., which, added to £ 18,629 12s. 3d T brought forward from the last account, makes a I total of i812o,450 15s. 4d. for appropriation. The 2 directors have accordingly declared the usual = dividend of 6 per cent., with a bonus of 9 per E cent., making together 15 per cent. for the half- year, which will amount to .£111,790 8s. 4d and 2 leave £13,660 7s. to be carried forward to profit and loss account. The Atlantic Telegraph Company, the fluctu- ation of its shares, and the uncertainty of the cable, naturally attract a great deal of attention both within and without what mav be termed the speculative world. To speak with brother Jonathan at the rate of four words per minute, through a medium which lies upwards of two thousand miles under the depths of the Atlantic, will be a feat of no ordinary accomplishment. What the poet dreamt in the vividness of his brain, the hard-headed mechanic has nearly hammered' out on the anvil of his mind-he, and not the poet will, in all probability, be the first to Waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole." Coming, however, to the £ s. d. view of things it is necessary to remark that the company's pre- ference shares at one period fell to 3 discount on £ 5 shares, but on the receipt of more hopeful [lews (no news at all) they have recovered to 2f to li dis. Telegraph construction shares have Tre- ceded to 1 discount. Two of our great railway companies have just aad their half-yearly meetings, and have declared lividends, which show some improvement as com- aared with preceding statements. The London wid North-Western Railway stock is officially renounced at 6 per cent, per annum, carrying "orward a balance of £ 10,711 Is. 6d. The London md South-Western Railway announce a dividend f P6r le™S a balance of 8/46. The -bonaon and Black wall Railway stock is dso officially announced at the rate of 3! per cent >er annum, against 3f for the corresponding icriod of 1864. The unfavourable half-yearly rt J port of the Midland Railway has caused a fall in its stock of fully 1 per cent. I demand for Money remains quiet; though the supply of available capital has been consider- able, and little business has been done below 4 per cent" even in the best short-dated paper. On the Stock-Exchange the rate for loans ;-s 3! to 4 per cent.; and the joint-stock and discount: houses are allowing the first 3 per rem. upon deposits, and the latter 3 per cent. on money at call. The London and Westminster, however, allows 2 per cent. only on sums below £500. Finance and Credit shares show strength. Tin- perial Mercantile Credit, 1-1 to | prem. General Credit, If; London Finance, 6J- to f prem.; and Credit Poncier and Mobilier, 3 to prem. Inter- national, | to 1 prem. Tne shares of Overend, Gurney, and Co. are 2f to f prem.; Three per Cent. Consols, 89-J-.
OO:OQ,ey Marker. CITY, Are. 15.—The stock markets are fiai ';o-dsy ihe unfavourable weather for the crops causing some ankW7 The English funds exhibit a fresh reduction of i per oeti~ not withstanding a purchase of £ 15,000 New Three "per Cents, by the Government broker, on account of the sink- ing flmd and the savings banks. There is little deraaad for discounts to-day, and, with a full 3Urmiv of aiamoy exceptional transactions are reported in 'choice b-ls "at I Per cent. below the Bank of EnglauJ in tne Suoc* Exchange short loans on English Governmen securities axe m good request, at 3 to oer sent. Congo's are now quoted S9-J- to i for money, and 89i to -J fo- Vce account (September 7). The official busiae-s report is as followsThree per Cent. Consols, lor money, :39i, gq i. £ rV,or ^5C0u(?r-' 8^5 Three per Cents. EeduceVssV Taree per Cents., 83J, £ 83*, 89f: Bank fe-'Ock, 2*3; India Five per* Cent- S^oplr Exchequer Bills, 2s dis., 2s premi«m.-The wdlwav market is i±au LO-Oiaj., and prices have declined in several insta-nces London and ISorta Western stock is now quoted 122 to -s; Great Western, 6ifto 65 5 Midland, 1231 to 129,- Lan- 119; South Eastern; 80| to y l-etiopolitan, l^.j to Great Northern, 131 to 132- w,i n' 1% ? t; £ ?n,don and South-Western, 9§i to 10.j-; Great Eastern, to 47; and Caledorr'ii
The Coris IvIABK-T^NE, AUG 11 — There was not a large sut-Dly C- Engiish Wheat au tins day's market, and a good demand prevailing, with a continuance of unfavourable weather caused a further improvement in the value new wh'te selling at 47s to 52s red, 40s to 47s and Talavera, 48s to 57s per quarter; the condition was for the most Dart r' ^i1'- ferant.— Many transactions in foreign, supply moderate, and prices rising rulmg at 39s to 54s, according to cmalitv-A fair trade m American, and rates strong- whi< 4^s to 50s, and red at 43s to 46s.-The flour markeTpre- sented a brisk appearance, with an upward ten- dency to rn-made as to quality, realising 35s to 42s country-made, 31s to ot>s; jj rench and Spanish. 34s to 38s per sack; and American, 23s to 28s per bar;A fair trade- was concluded in Barley, and prices ranged strong: Sntrilsh. malting selling- at oOs to 35a; distilling and grinding, 25.0) to 29s and foreign, 21s to 313s per quarter, aecordine to quality. Stiff rates were obtained for Oats — alt^o^fh supply abundant, purchases were readily mad« English and Irish potato brought 23s 6d to 27* black, 20s to 24s; Scotch, as to quality 2!>s'to and foreign, 20s to 27s.-A free sole fo'- M^lt' r I !1S'a^dobr0wn! to 53s.-In Peas a fair' business, and ru^eo stiong wnite and maple realising 38s to 42s, and grev oOi uo obs. Beans, although not much in request, ruled firm in value: pigeon selling at 42s to 45s tick and Maza- gan, *03 to 40s; harrow, 38s to 42s, and foreign, 35s to 40= —A good demand for Maize at 31s to 33s. ^SB-POOL, AUG. 15.—The market well attended. Wjieat m active demand, both for consumption and tion, at an advance of fully 3d since Friday. Flour Is to Is 6d dearer, and a good business done Ind' ma.rket cleared of mixed at 32s; G-alatz, 338. aud oatmeal very firm.
HOPS, BoEOUG^T^OTsTlIZiiI^g. Patten den and Smith report a continued steady demand for the few fsoSf that are left at firm rates. Stocks of all kinds being in a very reduced state, a brisk trade may be anticipated as soon as the new crop comes to market. COTTON, LIVERPOOL. AUG. 15,-The general tone O* the market is quiet, and prices are id to id lower Tfeo will proDably foet up 4,000 or 5,000 bales. TALLOW AUG. 15.—The market is steady. TowntalVw is quoted 43s 3d net caSh; Petersburg 7.6., on th* sro? 42s 9d to 43s,-October to December? 43s 6d to 43° December, 4 is 3d; March, 45s HAY, SJIITHFIELD, Aus. 15.-Mr. Charles James reports trade at tne following prices Prime old -loTer irom x20s to IJOS new ditto, 110s to 120s p-ime oid h v* 1X$s to 120s new ditto 95a to 110s straw, 2Ss* toS3s 7 -T^G-GS, AUGUST 14.—Supply of Eggs not much mesee^s of demand, and prices range for English Scotch pr,1 S at 5s lOdj small Frenchf 4s 6d to 4s 8d 6s 9a; Spanish, 5s to 5s 4d; and Ostend, 6s 2d tffe Sd^ POULTRY:, AUG. 14.—Trade rather slack for Poultry and supply has further increased; rates for geese are Ss^t'o 7« each goshngs, 4s 6d to 6s 6d; fowls, 2s 9d to Ssj ehtekens Is d to -s ducklings, _,s to 3s tame rabbits, Is 3d to iVsd' pigeons, 5d to 8d; and live fowls and ducks at 22s to sll dozen. FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, COVERT GAKI Teget.ables continue abundant and good. What is termed soft .ruit is scarce For pineapples and grapes there is a se- and roses. Piue-apples, per lb., Sa to b'rapes, per lb., 3s t0 6s; Peacles, per doz., 6e to 10s; N"ecta!mes, de., 4s to 83: Apricots (French), d(", Is 00 to A f v ZstL°4s; otrawbernes, per lb k V,. Apples, per sieve, Is Od to 2s Oranges pe^lOO Lemons, per 100 83 to 14s; Nuts cob n'er imih sn Brazil, per bushel, 18s Almoncis, do' 18s to°<V- l(v"° pet d«„ Is 64 ,0 2, Freaoh Peas, per sieve. 2s to 4s • Pafvnfrmc v* -r-J0 gents, per ton, 90s to 100s; Books, ditto 60s to 70?" Flukes, ditto, 110 to 140; new, round, 8s to ]2s 'V to' Kldneys> 8s to 12s per cwt.; Caws n £ r junch, 6d to 8d; Carrots, new, per bunch, Is Turn4= j>unch, 4d to 6d Cucumbers, each, 6d to Is Beet, ve^do- s 6d to 2s; Shallots, per lb., 8d; Garlic, per lb 8d •'
Cattle Market. METROPOLITAN, August 14 Wa >>0^ i >f beasts, but the.average qnality of the snrmi erior; consequently thlre^s not much reduet^/ rice of ch oice descriptions. The supply of sheets ^■ 4«- horter than on Monday last, but the dlmahdi^% ood, and prices are not much alterprl 7 n w*k +• ull, at lower rates. ChoicecaTvt a^a hef de"^ rom Germany and Holland there are 4' rwi h* heep, 218 calves, and 170 25; Ireland, 240; Norfolk^' Suffiwo he Northern and Midland Counties. er stone of 81b8» s« d. s» d, Per stionA r»f qtkm „ -r ». 1 I I j ad qua!, beasts f 8 3 8 EwesVid. 0 0 oi S I I L^°b8do*ahom- i ? 5 s estDns&J-bdas. 0 0 0 0 3 6 Beasts at market, 6,320; Sheep and Lambs, 25,510; Calre?, l8;. Pigs, 270.
xne ifroduee Market. MINCING-LANE, AUGUST 14.—Sugar TliA-raff grocers are not much disposed to d^business several arrivals, and the market being freely eurr iio^ currency has a,gain rather fallen, and stock in bond £ Uhe port, has been increased to 103,000 tons. Preset? Barbadoes is 29s to 36s 6d; Mauritius brown 1 va:rje of yellow, 31s to 34s; grainy, 33s Mlto ^oSOafid; 29s to 29s 6d; ditto unclayed, 26s to 27s brown, 29s to 31s; yellow, 31s 6d to 30s^ Savannah, 39s; white, 40 s to 42s; Natal, as to A»netrs 37s to o4s; and Sugar for brewing purriosps y' 26s 65 10 cwt. Flatness still prevails in ft' .,t0 28s per trade: rates for brown lumns 49". refir-ed Sagar 42s 3d to 45s; tittlers, 42s 3d to'^W' 0ri fine grocery, pieces, 32s to 37s 6d; aad bast-v^l 'ot lumps> 39s to 4Xs' Coffee still on the increase native o' 30s.—Stock of at 65s to 72s, and fine 73s to K?Jlye Ceylon much m demand for plantation, and tfhp qmet market> however, low midd. selling at 78s to ri?07 Jea vi/i °rd" to 81s to 100s.—Demand Rtni aild Tdd to superior, realised, being, for red T-inM 1 *o:r i?J?eoa' tonus to 65s Althnn»v, 1 i^midad, 66s to 116s; and grey, 62* limited business m-furg,en clearances of Tea, still only cherry, 6-5d to Is; Pimento, 2Jd to 2i'- CevM^ namon ls 4d to 3s; Cochin Ginger, 60s to iV- Bengal, 26s 6d to 27s 6d.-A free sale for Provisions ■' T AXL-? ■putter, as to quality, brings 93s to 118s fine Frpivlo 'T !18-'1 to 116s French, common to fine, 84s to 110s • hosfr 114,3 122s to 124s; Devon, 114s to 116s: Irish Eicon I- Dorset, German, 70s to 74s; and American, 57s to 6?=! p r'° for fine Jute at £ 22 to £ 2310s; other qualities' range —Silk further depressed in value, arrivals boi'-n n."1 to £ 21- of China, as to quality, at 18s to 32s and TQ^ sales The value of Sperm Oil is £ 89 to 4sChV^Jf3 *0 32* seed, 32s; fine Palm, 36s 6d to 37s- foi.0; •L"1" seed, 47s and brown, 44s to 4>fe 6d refined JJape- £ 22 to £ 22 5s Scotch Pig Iron 54a j 1 Spelter are numbers: and Straits Tin, 89s to 893 6cl cash C!iSh' mixed
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