RE-OPENING OF PRENDERGAST CHURCH. On Wednesday last the Parish Church of Prondergas which has been entirely rebuilt, was re-opened by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese with a service of Consecra- tion. The clergy and choristers having Tested in a neighbouring house, met the Bishop at the church porch, from which the procession advanced to the chancel, repeating responsively the twenty-fourth Psalm. The psalms for the day and hymns were admirably sung by the choir, consisting of about thirty men and boys. The praters were said by the Rector. The first lesson read by the Rev J. Tombs, the second lesson read by the Rev T. Brigstocke, the epistle and other portions of the Communion Service by the Rev J. 11. A. Phiiipps, the Gospel by the Rev J..bn Griffiths, The Bishop preached a most powerful sermon from the words Behold I make all things new." Rev. xxi. 5, and afterwards celebrated Holy Communion. The collection amounted to Y,21 Is. Another service was held in the evening, when an overflowing congregation assembled. The choir performed their part as creditably as in the morning, and a most earnest and e1 quent sermon was preached by the Rev John Griffiths, Rector of Neath, who took as his test Micah vi. 6, 7, 8. The collection was S6 lis. A series 01 evening services is announced to be held during the octave. Our read*, rs may be interested in knowing the history and nature of the improvements effected. On his first survey of the church, the Architect enter- i tained the idea oi a restoration of the old fabric, accom- panied by such an ex'en?ion of area r.s might be found practicable. After mere mature consideration of the sub- ject, however, and having regard no.t only to the time- bonoured associations of the ancient church, but also to the common place, practical question, how best to effect the object which the promoters of the scheme really bad in view, namely, to give to the parishioners the largest, the best, nnd most substantial church which it was in 9 their power to raise, he found he could come to no other concksk.ri than to advise the erection of an entirely new church, leaving only the to ver still to attest the ant:auily of the foundation. In planning the new church, however, he determined still to respect as far as possible the traditions of the old the arrangements of the plan presented certain points of peculiarity and excellence, these were made the basis upon which to design the enlarged plan and although he has now clothed them with a more artistic dress, than in U e later days of the old church they presented, yet the Architect has aimed no higher than to give expression to the thoughts which he found wrapped up as it were, though it may be obscurely, in the testament which its founder had left and the parishioners had faithfully preserved and handed over to him. Having said thus much, we might almost forbear to trouble our readers with any technical description of its several parts: they are to be easily recognized as the same its in the original church. The chancel arch and nave and chancel nave occupy precisely the eaae spot as heretofore, and present a similar arrangement of parts: the nave and chancel nave have been widened by ad- vancing the south wall about five feet southward, and the church has been lengthened in proportion. The character of the windows has been improved, and new and substantial rllols have been substituted for the flimsy and dilapidated old one. The floor has been raised two feet s!x inches, and a drain formed round the entire structure. The passages and chancel have been paved with very beautiful encaustic files, and new and improved seats have been erected throughout the church and ohancel, in the construction of which consideration has been given to the comfort of the occupiers, as well as to the cbaracteranduniformity which of late years have been deemed essential. Small but powerful stoves have been provided for warming the church, which is lighted by gas supplied through five polished brass pendants. Having said thus much we lia,e said all, and can fairly congratulate the Building Committee and all others concerned, on the wMd< m which has directed their resolutions, and the admirable manner in which the designs of the Architect have been carried out by the Contractor. The work, however, is not complete the Tower urgenily needs repair, and fears are justly entertained that, if not done in the ensuing spring, damage may occur to the new church. Pulpit, stalls for the officiating clergy, sedilice, reredos, and organ are 'PL re<l'1'recV ^or which funds are earnestly requested. The expenditure, up to the present time, amounts to about £ 1,9*0, XP,00 of which has to yet to be raised, notwithstanding that the following gentlemen have recently, in addition to their previous subscriptions, contributed as follows Mr John Harvey, £ 50; Mr Joshua Harvey, £ -50; the Executors of the late Mr D. M. Lloyd, JE-50 The Rev F. Fosse-, £ 50; Mr Stannard, j625. It only remains to state that the Architect was Mr John Foster, of the firm of Foster and Wood, of Bristol; the Contractor, Mr John Davies, of Havcrfordwcst; and that the progress of the work was carefully and faithfully superintended by Mr Ladd, Architect, of Pembroke Dock. HAVERFORDWEST PETTY SESSIONS. TbedQ sessions were held at the Shire Hall, on Thursday before S. Harford, Esq, Mayor J. W. Phil- lips, Esq, John Madocks,-Esq, and W. Owen, Esq. CRUELTY TO TURKEYS. John Jenkins was charged with cruelly using eight turkeys by carrying them across his shoulders, their legs being tied by a piece of cord. The defendant said he had carried the turkeys in the manner described, but he was not aware that the law took notice ofsueb tbiugs. Mayor: Suppose your legs were tied together, and thrown over somebody's back, with your head down- wards? You must have known it was cruel to the birds to carry them in that manner. Mr Superintendent Cecil said that the present was the first case of the kind brought before the magistrates, and he was ready to withdraw the charge on the defendant consenting to pay the costs, The defendant was fined 6d and costs, amounting altogether to 15s. CHARGE OF STEALING CLOTH. Thomas hoivard was charged with stealing nine yards of el-tb, of the value of XI 9s, the property of Wm. LIc'Coy. f f AT Prie,. appeared f.-r the prosecution. W. Mc'Coy deposed that he was a hawker, and that on the 14th of December the prisoner was in his em- ploy. lie discharged him that day. On the 11th of December, John Gribbin, who was also in his employ, tad delivered to him some gouds, amongst which were the picces the prisoner was charged with stealing. The pieces were missing, and he asked the prisoner what he had done with them. The prisoner denied that he bad thew, and he told him he should go to the police about the matter. The prisoner then said he wouid see h:m ———— before he wocid give the cloth, and he ODtiimed a warrant for his apprehension. Police Constable Simpson asked the prisoner what he had done with the cloth, and he said he bad sold it and drunk it." Police Constable Simpson searched the house, and then the prisoner took him (prosecutor) and Simpson to an outhouse behind the Bridge End, and going up some steps, he took out of an old boiler the cloth then pro- duct in Court. In cross examination, the prosecutor said that he took the cloth from the prisoner at Pa'er, and gave them to Gntbin.^ He took the goods from the bedroom in the prisoner's presence. The prisoner was a commission agent he had the goods to tell at a certain price, and T^aS t0. re'urn l/je goods or bring him the money. The prisoner said the goods were given to him to sell, and he had a right to the possession of them. Ihe Bench dismissed the case. EXPOSING eAUtON FOR SALE OUT OF SEASON. Martha Friar, of Hnkin. was charged by Mr W. M Phillips, clerk to the Board of Conservators, with ex- posing for sale certain salmon during the close months Mr Price appeared for the Board of Conservators. The case had been heard ai.a former sessions, aDd was -set down for jadgmentat the preseat sessions. Mr J. W. Phillips; In this case, Martha Friar was charged with having exposed for sale certain salmon during the close months. The charge was admitted: but it was pleaded the fish bad been caught beyond the limits of the act. It was said that the fish had been caught in Fresh water Bay in the open sea, and the question arose whether they were caught within the limits of the Salmon Fishery Act of 1 SGI. We had considerable doubt whether the fish having been caughtin theopen Atlantic, the charge came within the meaning of the Act. and a ca-e. was stated for the opinion of the Editors of the Justice of the Peaci, and they state that the fi-h ha vine been caught at sea within the territorial jurisdiction of the Crown, -within three miles of the coast-the (lnse may be dealt with by the Justices of the county adjoining thereto. That in their opinion brings the ca-e within the limits of the act. We agree with that view of the case, ai:d our judgment, therefore, is that the defendant be fined Id for each fish, which were eleven in number. At the same time, as the point is one of very considerable difficulty and nicety we shall be prepared to grant a case for the opinion of the superior courts if aslied for by the defendant. THE LAST HOUR OF THE YEAR -On Thursday night, Do •. 31st, there will be Service at Saint Mary's Church, Haverfordwest. Service will commence at half past ten p.m. There will be Evening Prayer, and two or three suitable addresses. ACCIDENTALLY BURITT TO DEATH.—A little boy, aged about two years, son ot Mr W. Thomas, a shoemaker, residing in St. Martin's, was burnt to death on Tuesday morn ng. The deceased had been left alone in the house, and was discovered some time afterwards on the tire quite dead. BENEVOLENCE—On Wednesday, the Rev. J. H. A. Philipps, of Picton C' istle, caused to be distributed several hundredweight of excellent bet-f among the poor in Haverlordwest. A large quantity of beef was also dis- tr.buted, at the expdlse of the rev. gentleman, among the poor residing in the neighbourhood of Picton, and in other parts of his estates in the county. CHRISTMAS MARKET. — The show of beef, &c., in the Christmas Market, field on Thursday last, though not so large as in many former years, was yet of a very creditable character. Mr Richard Ellis slaughtered a very large, x, fed by Mr Codd, of Sodston, and also two other excellent animals. The ox was the largest that has been brought to this market for s'me years, and was pronounced to be in every respect a very superior ani- mal. Messrs Enoch and Philip White also exhibited beef of the finest quality they had slaughtered three spayed heifers, fed by Mrs Lewis, of West Dairy, and two cows fed by Mrs Jones, of Wiston. The stalls of Messrs James Lbyd, W. Gronnow, Benjamin Phill.ps (Porlfield), James Whi'e, David Phillips, John Daviss, Georue Davies, George Adams, W. Davies (Prrfield), and W. Davies (Prendergast) contained choice specimens of beef, which were spoken of in terms of high com- mendation. Two remarkably fine sheep, bred by Mr Rees, Scoveston, were also slaughtered by Mr Lloyd, who in this department bore off the palm. A nne pig, which had attained unusual dimensions, was exhibited by Mr Merchant Phillips, and attracted considerable at- tention. The Messrs Evans had provided a very large quantity of excellent beef, the quality of which was tie subject of frequent encomiums. Their stalls contained six animals, amongst which was a very superior heifer, fed by Mr Massy, of Cottesmore. The business trans- acted in the market was very much :ess than in that cf last year, and late in the evening large quantities of beef and mutton of the best description were unsold The market was. however, subsequently completely cleared out by Mr Rees, of Scoveston, Mr W. Davies, of Spring Gardens, and other gentlemen, who bought all that re- mained unsold, and distributed it among the poor. ST. MARY'S SUNDAY SCHOOLS.—About lCO boys, the most punctual and regular attendants at the St Mary's Sunday School, were entertained at dinner at the School- room in Dew-street, on Tuesday afternoon. The dinner was of a most substantial character, consisting of the national fare of roast beef and plum pudding. The superin-endent of the Sunday School, Mr Edmund Ellis, and Mr Gwynne Harries, (with whom the idea of a treat to the scholars originated), presided at the tables, and the wants of the guests were zealously attended to by Mrs Gwynne Harries, Mrs Captain Lewis, and other teachers connected with the Schools. The respected curate of the parish, the Rev T. Ault, was also present, and exercised a general superintendence over the pro- ceedings. Grace having been sung, the boys commenced their attack on the good things provided, to which they did most amplo justice. Alter the dinner, Mi Ellis addressing the boys, informed them that they were indebted for the treat, principally, to the kind exertions of Mr Gwynne Harries, who had some time ago thought over the matter, but had set to work quietly without revealing his intentions to any but a few friends. They were also indebted to Mrs Harries, Mrs Captain Lewis, Mr Philip Ellis, and other friends who had rendered the most valuable assistance. Mr Ellis proposed that three cheers should be given in expression of their thankfulness for the kindness of Mr Harries, and other gentlemen and ladies. The call of the Superintendent was vigorously responded to by the boys, who gave several rounds of hearty cheers. Mr Harries, in reference to the toast, staied that be had resolved upon something of the kind sometime ago, thinking that it was but right that the regular attendants at the school should have their punc- tualitv recognized in some special way. A tteat was given to the school in the summer at which all the scholars—those who had only recently joined and those who had been regular attendants. ftr yjurs-were alike invited. The present treat, however, was only for the most attentive pupils, and he trusted it would result in a better attendance on the part of those who were not among them at the dinner by reason of their inattention. —The Rev T. Ault also addressed the bays in an in- teresting speech, in which he stated that a Boot Club had been established during the rast year, and had worked most satisfactorily. Thirty-seven buys had been pro- vided with a pair of boots: the members of the Club paid in a penny weekly, and received at the end of the year a pair of boots, the diffoence between the sub- scription of the members and the actual cost of the articles being provided for by a subscription among the supporters of the school. Cheers having been given for Mr Ault, Mr Harries, Mr Ellis, and other friends of the school, the joyous company separated evidently well pleased with their entertainment. THE PEMBROKE ELECTION.—LIEUTENANT GILMOIE AND SIR HUGH OWEN. The following correspondence has appeared in a contemporary — H.M.S. Revenge, Pembroke Dock, Dec. 17th Sm,- Will you be good enough to publish this le'ter, and the enclosed correspondence between Sir Hugh Owen, Bart., and myself. Suffice to say that I sup- ported my friend, Mr Meyrick, with all legitimate means at my disposal, in the cause of Constitutionalism, loyalty, and religion, against the non-resident member, Sir H. Owen, who was the advocate of Gladstonism, Radicalism, and dismemberment. Mr Meyrick having been con- scientiously supported by all the people in the boroughs, who, setting self and jealousy on one side, had the good of the country at heart, was triumphantly returned by a large mpjority. The losing side, embittered and inflamed, are r o v taking every step to show their littleness. And I. having thrown my weigbt into the opposite scale, Sir H. Owen has been wasting his time, which he can afford, and his paper and postage stamps, which I am afraid he cannot, in writing against me. I am, Sir, yours faithfully, ARTHUR n. GILMORE, Senior Lieutenant. P.S.—I may as well tell you that nothing irregular did take place on board. The whole thing is trumped up; but throw lots of mud, and soma is sure to stick, and Sir H. Owen hopes his party will help him to his revenge. Sir Hugh Owen, Bart., to Lieut. Arthur Gilmore, Lt. M.S. Re. enge., Witbybusb, Dec. 17. SIR,—I think it right to inform you that I have pre- ferred a complaint to the Admiralty, in reference to proceedir gs un board H.M.S. Revenge, on the occasion of Mr Meyrick's visit to that vessel, when, I have been informed, the "-rules" of the Service were not adhered to. I have to honour to be Your obedient servant, HUGH OWEN. Lieutenant Gilmore, R.N., H.M.S. Revenge. Lieut. Arthur H. Gilmore, R.N., to Sir Hugh Owen, Bart. II.M.S. Revenge, Pembroke Dock, Dec. 18. Srs, -In reply to your letter of yesterday, I inform you that you are at perfect liberty to take any eteps your sagacity may prompt you to. I can make every allowance for a man smarting under sense of defeat; as yoti may be after having been weighed in the political balance by the constituents, and found most decidedly wanting. As regards5 my non-adherefiee to the rules of the ser- vice, I thinkr perhaps I knotv more about those rules than either yourself or your friends or advisers, Messrs Hughes, Robertson, and Williams. Y(ju shewed your sense in not mSking vour complaint before.. I am your obedient servant, ARTHSH H. GILMOKK. P.S.—I leave this ship in a few days, but shall always be refdv to come down and use my vote and interest in a future election. WELSH COLLEGIATE- INSTITUTION, L^ASDOTERY.— This School was closed for the Christmas holydays on Thursday, the 19th ipsfanf, when the results of the examination, then concluasd, were read by th« Warden in the Examination Hall. The following pupil's were at the head of their respective Forms:-Forms vi, V., Griffiths, G. J.; Form iv., Francis, D. W.; Form iii., Price, J. M.; Form ii., Davies, IT.; Form i., Lewis,.LI. [The School will reassemble OQ' Wednesday, the 27th of January. On the 22nd an Examination, open- to all Candidates, will be held to Ml up at least Six Free Scholarships, which will then' be vacant. For further particulars see advertisement.
COR RES P 0 N D E N C E. We do not consider our$elvesresponsible for the opinions I and sentimentll of our Correspondents SIR,—Mr Thomas Davies, Baptist Preacher, of th town, recently endeavoured to persuade the Bethesda poor people that the churches built by the Irish Church were built by the proceeds of the tithes levied upon the people. These revenues after all (he says) are the pro- pt rty of the people. Where are the cbuiches built and endowed by private subscriptions and mur.ifiuence." (See Davies Unmasked," pages 24 and 25.) Mr Davies has been unmasked and information given, but we beg ) to call pubiio attention to the following letter of Mr ) NugentI trust you will oblige me by admitting into the columns of your valual le journal a few remarks on a statement made in the second leading article in the Times of Wednesday, the 16th instant, to the effect that 'the private benefactions bestowed upon the Irish Estab- lishment have not been numerous or large Through the kindness of one of the Commissioners I have received a copy of the following return:— Return made by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for Ireland (pursuant to requisition from the Royal Com- missioners Established Church, Ireland) of churches or chapels built, rebuilt, or enlarged, since the abolition of church cess in Ireland in 1833, wholly or in part (rdl) private funds, with the amounts expended upon or contributed ti wards each church from private sources, together with the amount of private endowments of such churches, as far as the same are respectively known to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for Ireland.' (Schedules follow.) SUMMARY OF THE SCHEDULES. je s. d. First Class 380,698 11 1 Second Class 41,457 L8 11 Third Class, Part I. 138,719 6 6 „ Part II. 29,478 6 6 Fourth Class. 54,978 9 2 Fifth Class 10,851 15 6 Saint Patrick's Cathedral-Sir B. L, Guinnetes, Bart, 1.50,000 0 0 Private Endowments 129,563 15 10 Annual Charges of £ 5,908 3s. 8d., calculated at 20 years' purchase 118,163 13 2 Total Grants from Private Funds since 1833 1,045,911 16 8 I make no comment; the facts speak for themselves." Add to this sum, for Day Schools during last 37 years 1,049,000 0 0 For various Missionary Societies 1,000,000 0 0 Compare this sum with the following.— In the Annual Report of the Baptist Missionary Society we find that the Baptists in Ireland contributed X97 7s 2d towards the Baptist Missionary Society. This is a specimen of Baptist Voluntaryism in Ireland-£97 7s 2d for one year! We wish now to add a specimen of the Voluntary Giant" in England. At the Annual Gene- ral Conference of the Baptists, at Bristol, last month (Nov. 1868), it was stated that the average income of the ministers in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire was jE48, and in another district it was £ 38. Yours, &o., Dec. 28th, 1868. OBSERVER.
HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. THE PEMBROKESHIRE HUNT CLUB FOXHOUNDS. Thursday, 31st, at St Botolphs (Breakfast); Eaoh day at 10.30. SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE HOUNDS. Friday, 1st Jan., at Bush Each day at 10"30 a.m. HAVERFORDWEST HARRIERS. Friday, January 1st, at Freystrop Cross Each day at 10.30, a.m.
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. WEKELY TRAFFIC RETURN. Week ending December 13th, 186^ £74,074 Correspouding Week, 1867 X71,827 F. CLUTSOM, Chief Accountant.
A DANGEROUS CARGO.—Captain Robinson, master of the iron steamer Marmora, of Hartlepool, bound from Cardiff to Bangor, United States, with 1,000 tons of railway iron, arrived in the Shannon on Monday. Four of the crew were in a deplorable condition, being dreadfully maimed and wounded, arising from injuries sustained at sea in the fearful gale of the 14th inst. and following days, when the steamer was seriously damaged and had a narrow escape of going down, owing to the dangerous nature of the cargo. The Marmord left Cardiff on the 5th inst, and experienced very severe weather up to Monday, the 14th, when, as far west as 20 degrees, she encountered the full force of one of the most violent storms ever experienced. The gale was terrific in the extreme, and raged with fury for some days, the ship, crew, and cargo being completely at its mercy, while the sea washed over her to such a height as to float the lifeboats lashed to the davits. The bows of the steamer were stove in, and the bulwarks shivered to atoms; the bridge and deckhouse were totally carried away, and everything on the deck fell a prey to the violence of wind and water The plate bows having given way, it was feared the Marmora would have gone to pieces, but she was kept well before the wind, as the only chance left, j The suffering endured by the seamen upon the occasion were extreme. As the steamer dipped and tossed on the ocean, the railway iron was heaved against the decks, completely driving them up, and the steamer was looked upon as all but lost. She was driven from a distance of 700 miles into the Shannon, and came to anchor at Tarbert Roads o ) Saturday night. Two of the crew had been sen' to Barrington's Hospital—John Dunn, in a dange ous state, with fractured head and legs, and several la 1 wounds in different parts of the body; Araman Farancais (a black), a native of Martinique, with broken thigh, fracture of the head, and contusions about the back and chest. Two others of the crew are in private lodging houses, under medical treat- ment, and hre reported as sick or disablea. Express
ø..8t TUJ5 EX-PKEMIEK. We quote the foJfowing from the New York Time., a Republican journal, aa the views of an impartial wit- ness of the elections in this country :—"Mr Disraeli's late speech to his constitnewts ia a model of calm and dignified commeBt on public aff-iirs, and if it were in Mr Glad- stone's nature ever to make such a speech, evan his warmest friends would be better satisfied with him. The Premier concluded with an appeal to thn impartial judgment of the great hedr of his countrymen, nbfett has senaibly affected his most uncompromising opponents and extorted from them the admission that he baa worked well and faithfully for his country. How bitterly they have assailed him—with what slander dnd venom for more than 30 years past. They have cried out that he is 'insincere' untii all but a few who have closely studied his career beiiere the charge. Now they have got him down, and some of them can afford to be just. It is my sincere conviction that Mr Disraeli has the faculty of coveming in a degree which has been conferred upon no other pnltjic man of our time, and that if he bad ever gained a (air chance he would have made one of the greatest rulers England has ever had. I have read his speeches from his entrance into parliament, and studied attentively his long career. Few of those who assail him have been at the same pains to form a just opinion. I have marked the malignant ingenuity with which'almost every word be a-tfers is perverted and twisted out of its proper meaning—how one sentence is singled out from 'he context and deliberately garbled, how many enemies he has had and how few friends, how pitilessly the stcraj of slander has beaten upon him for five-and -thirty years and how heroically he has fought against it—arid, noting, these things, I am persuaded that when he is no longer living among us, people will at once recongnisehis great- ness and Javisu praises over the death of the man they sought to dishonour. Never in English history was a pabiic man so shamefully denied justice as Air Disraeli I as- been. And why? The Liberals are a maioritv in Mhis country, and Mr Disraeli has more than once wrested power from them. They bate him mortally. They cannot deny his genius, aad- so they defame hia I character. They consider this most suggestive fact: the English press is all on the Liberal tid Think of thff effect of this—it is stupendous. The tvorld receives its impressions of Englith politics from the advocates of one side. The English newspapers which reaeji you repre- sent Mr Disraeli as the incarnation of hypocrisy the enemy of ti. e poor, the champion of oppression, the great obstructor of all measures designed for the welfare of the masses. Of what avail is it for me to' assert that these attacks are dictated by the necessities of party warfare9 I know the fact, to be so—I have even known Liberal's admit it after dinner. The problem js how to ruin this man of genius, whose name is Disraeli, in the estimation of his countrymen ? No single foe can grapple with him -that has been tried over and over again. The Radical champion has been sent out to dHillenAe tba'despiasd 'adventuoer' of Jewish birth, and the P tluple liaive been invited to seethe final downfall of an 'impostor.? But- always the Radical returned bleeding and vanquished. How, then, to destroy him • by raising up a prejndice- against him from one end of the country to the other?, is not the old weapon the safest? Slander naver fails. Let the party which has the command of the press fastea a niolwame upon Mr Disraeli, and lay in wait to shoot poisoned arrows at him. Carry on that process 35 yea^s and where is the victim of these tactics likely to be> I defeated at a general election-or vktoridus ? Let your readers, who are familiar with party warfare, answerthaf question, and by their answer judge hew-much chance Mr Disraeli had of succeeding at, the pdia. Two INSANE FISOTHIFRS. —Two melancholy casaa of insamty have been reported to Head Constable Hicks, of Scotch-street Station, Armagh. Two brothers, named Lave], residing in Tyra, within two miles of the dt,v of Armagh, it appeared went out of their minds sinuilta. neously, and had become very violent,, so much so, indeed, that apprehensions were entertained for some time, lest serious injuries might be inflicted by them on their parents, Bt-tore the arrival of the i«orj»taouiary, a clergyman proceeded to the house to pacify and prevent, if possible, the brothers committing personal violence upon the inmates of the house. One was armed with a sword, and the other with a loaded gun, and they had their parents looked up in the bam, seemingly with the intention of killing them. The clergyman, with preat difficulty, fortunately succeeded in getting the gun diechatgad while in the bunds of the iunatic. but immediately was compelled to e-cape for bis li e, in con- «qucnM of tiiA triatniMi he, wns The constabulary, on their arrival Bome time after,, toutid the house illuminated with candles., anil one of the unfortu- nate men with a sword, which he was brandiahii g al)out in a frightful manner. The other brother was then net to be found. Dr Savage, who accompanied tie con- stabalary, on going forward to soothe the poor fellow, with whom he was acquainted, was rather roughly handled by him. At the moment, however, the con- stabulary succeeded in arresting and handcuffing him, and had him conveyed to the police barracks, and thence, after the usual formalities, to the Arm-ash Asylum. About twelve o'clock on the same evening, Head Con- stable Hicks, with a number of his men, returned to the house to take the other brother into custody. TLis time they found him engaged in wheeling stones in-tho neigh- bourhood of his residence, now-aud-again stopping and striking two large stones together in his hands, and making a terrible noise, which was beard a great distance. The house was still illuminated, and the mother bad by this time got away. Head Constable Hicks directed hia men to conceal themselves behind a hedge adjacent to the premises, and while the lunatjc would be passing to, rush suddenly upon him and arrest him. This plan proved completely successful. He was brought to the barracks, a,id on Sunday evonirg placed in the asylum also. In t 1 e meantime his brother had escaped from the institution. He occupied a room three storeys from the ground. He was pursued by the keepers, who found him at a house in the neighbourhood of his home, with ao clothing upon him but his shirt, and lodged him again in, the asylum. REDUCTION OF POSTAGE ON NEWSPAPERS, BOOK PACKETS, AND RATTEENS FOR THE UNITED STATgS OF AMERICA.—On the 1st of January, 18G9, and thence- forward, the postage (British and United States com- bined) chargeable on newspipers posted in this country and addressed to the United States of America, and whether forwarded by British mail packet or by private ship, will be reduced from 2d to Id for each newspaper not exceeding four ounces in weight, with Id additional tor every further weight of four ounces. This postage must be paid in advance by means of postage stamps. No further charge will be made on delivery of the news- papers. Book Packets and Patterns. —Simultaneously with the-foregoing alteration, the iollowing reduced rates, which must aiso be prepaid by means of stamps, will be chargeable 011 printed papers, books, &c, as well as on pa;terns or samples of merchandise, not exceeding two ounces in weight, posted in this country and addressed to the United States, viz :-For a packet not exceeding one ounce, Id; for a packet above one ounce and not exceed- ing two ounces, 2d. Upon all packets weighing more than two ounces the charge will be as heretofore. All the other regulations concerning the transmission of books and patterns to the United Sates will remain in lorce.— General Post Office, Dec. 21, 1S68. THK SEBASTOPOL BELL AT WINDSOR CASTLE.—The magnificent bell captured at the siege of Sevastopol, and presented to Her Majesty the Queen, on arrival at Windsor, was placed upon the North terrace of the Castle, where there is also one of the largest guns taken at that memorable siege. The bell has been hung in the Round Tower, just over the steps which give access to the apart- ments :n the centre of the great tower, near the cannon which sweeps the sole entrance to the ancient "donjon keep," in which King John of France and Ki"g David of Scotland were prisoners in the reign of Edward III.; and where Charles I. was confined by the Parliament, when Windsor Castle was under" the governorship of Colonel Venn, in 1618. The weight of the bell is 17cwt. lqr. 2llb. The bell, which has a rich and sonorous tone, bears, in the Russian language, the inscription, ♦'Sevastopol—Nicolas Sanctus," and a record cf its weight in poods.. CAPTURE, OF A SBABK —A shark, measuring 9ft lOiD. in length, was caught off the coast of Antrim, midway between the Giant's Causeway and Portrush, on the 19th of November. It had taken a ling that was hooked on a long line, the snood of which, however, could not for a moment have held so powerful a fish as this shark had it not twisted some 40 yards of the line round acd round its body from head to tail in 41 way that must to a great extent have impeded guse of its tail and fins. Even although thus pered, it mode a desperate resistance, breaking aw. yards of line from the stone to which it was hied but the other end remaining attached to the „iV(,B the men to get the shark within reach of tb«ir.. <S with which they stabbed it to death. On with the drawings of different sharks, It appt*" with the Beaumaris shark. As six strong'^ „„>er. unable to haul it on to a pier a few feet &0 _niijn* 'when, to use their own expression, "'bey were p more than they were able," an idea of its great bul» be gathered.—field.