The Illustrated London News, Volume 9
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stand lengthwise of the stream. It stands on a centre pier, twentytwo feet square, composed of thirty-seven piles, thirteen inches square, driven down into the solid ground, and capped with two thicknesses of 6-inch planking ; leaving between this and the approach on either side an opening of 40 feet for ship tratiic.
The Bridge itself consists of a bottom roller-path (or large circle), of 17 feet diameter, weighing about 12 tons, securely fastened to the_top of the centre pier; on this is placed a ring of cast iron, being a sort of frame or roller ring, containing the rollers on which the Bridge turns: these are sixteen in number, and 18 inches diameter by 12 inches wide. On these is placed the top roller-path, of a similar diameter to the bottom one; and upon them the girders, which are very strong, and ornamented on their sides with mouldings, 8m. Each girder is in two pieces, bolted and dowelled together, the joint being covered up with a shield-plate, on which the initials of the company (S.E.R.) are twisted into an ornamental monogram. L’pon these girders come two large standards in the Moorish style of architecture, weighing about eight tons each; and upon the top of these are placed two large plummer blocks, with the bearing of a six-inch pin of wrought iron. on which are two joint-plates that contain the nuts for the end of the tie-bars. This not is cut right-handed, and the one in the tie-rod lefl-handed, so that the screw which connects the two, being turned by means of a wrench, either tightens or slackens the tie-rod; a very
necessary appliance, as the difl’ereuce of temperature considerably affects so long a rod of wrought iron. These tie-rods are principally used when the Bridge is swung, as they then support the girders by being attached tothem underneath, by means of a ‘IQ-inch pin. They are twelve in number, and are double thicknesses of 6 inches wide by 1 inch thick of wrought iron. The top ends of these, and the standard-heads, are covered up by a large ornamental cap, on the front of which is emblazoned the Cinque Ports arms, Rye being one of the towns under the Lord Warden. was!
The swinging of the Bridge is accomplished by means of spur and bevil-wheels: two men can swing ,it easily in about two minutes and a half.
The adiourned meeting of the Committee for the Cambridge Military Asylum was held on Saturday last, at the Freemasons‘ Tavern, Lord Robcrt Grosvenor, MR, in the chair. to consider a report of the dual arrangements for the erection of this asylum about to be submitted to the general body of subscrihers. Among the subscriptions announced was that of the Duke of Norfolk of £50; and an intimation was given that his Majesty the King of Hanover felt disposed to honour this most excellent object with a munitlcent donation.
It is said that one of the measures of economy which is contemplated by the Government is the consolidation of the duties of colonial treasurer and of the commissariat once: in charge of the military chest.
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TII’E Papal Aggression Bill introduced by the Government does not appear to give complete satisfaction to any party in the State or the Church. To those friends of civil and religious liberty to whom all religions are alike, it appears to go too far, and to savour of persecution; to that portion of the Sectarisn community who dislike the Church of England almost as much as they hate the Church of Rome, it is also unplcasing, not because it is severe against Rome-for in that respect no measure could exceed what they would consider a just and fitting amount of punishment—but because a victory obtained by the State and the law over the Church of Rome would be the triumph of the Protcnant Church Establishment. A third party, composed of the sincere adherents of that inoffensive Church of Englund,which has been so wantorlly assailed, incline to the opinion that the measure of the Government is not sufllcieutly stringent to cope with the evil; and that I’opcry, by an insuflicient enactment, will only be encouraged to further insult and aggression. We trust, when the bill is printed, and its details better known than they are at present, that it will be found effectual for its purpose, and that the Roman Catholic Bishops, Archbishops, and Cardinals will discover that they cannot be allowed to invade the privileges of the Church of England, and the rights of the Sovereign, by the assumption of territorial titles, without incurring and receiving punishment. The friends of civil and religious liberty, including the foremost statesmen of our time, in conceding to the Roman Catholics of England and Ireland the fullest enjoyment of every privilege enjoyed by the other citizens of this great empire, imagined, as Lord John Russell has confessed he did, that Rome had ceased to be aggressive ; and that, in attaining equality, it would be satisfied, without striving for superiority. In that expectation they have been deceived; and Rome, having taken the first step, and presumed so far upon toleration as to show intolerance, and to affront the State by whose active interference, and the Church by whose passive acquiescence, she was raised from a position of inferiority before the law, must now be taught, once for all, to know her true position in this country. At present it would appear that the mildrless of the Ministerial measure has but stirred the priests of the Roman Catholic Church to further insolcrlce. Dr. Ullathorue, of Birmingham, and the famous “ John of Tuam,” have both rushed into print, with letters of which it is diflicult to characterise with sufiicient severity the bad taste and the bad spirit. Dr. Ullatllorrle boldly asserts that the Bishops of his Church will disobey the law if passed, and asks, “ is it wise, and in the spirit of a profound legislation, to put the religious teachers of a large body of her Majesty’s subjects in conscientious opposition to the law, to force them to put the principle of Divine law in opposition to a human enactment ?” Dr. M‘IIale-—wll0 seems to concentrate in his own person as much. pride, ambition, and unscrupulousness as exist in the whole bod of the Propaganda, the Pope included-hurls defiance against the nglish Church, in his characteristic epistle to the Premier ; and talks with rabid glee of the “falling ramparts of the Protestant establishment,” and of the day, which he considers to be close at hand, when Roman Catholics, more especially the Hibernian section of them, shall “fill our cities, towns, fields, armies, and Senate,” leaving nothing but the “convcnticles” to the Protestant English. The raving of this ecclesiustic shows the animus of that portion of the Romish clergy who have instigated the unhappy Pope to attack the Queen and the Church of England, and becomes of importance for that reason. But the unlock! with which this fierce aggressor taunts the Minister with neglecting weighticr affairs in order to discuss theology in the House of Commons is not a little amusing; and would be more so, were it not for the indignation which must mingle with the laughter of those who peruse his invcctive. “Is the condition of the people of the United Kingdom so comfortable and satisfactory,” he asks, “us to release its Prime Minister from all solicitude respecting their physical sufferings and privutiorls, and to allow him full leisure to turn the House of Commons into a scene of theological dobam, displaying but little of its light, and much of its noisy strife, while warring against the shadowy phantom of Papal Aggression ?” Dr. M‘Hale knows full well, that, for the mischievous result which he affects to deplore, the Pope and such men as himself‘, and not the Protestant ministers of Protestant England, are to blame ; and he also knows that the aggression of his party is not a phantom, but an ungrateful and wicked reality. The country is far more sick than the priests can be of the theological strife which the pretensions of the Ultramontane zealots have
raised; and sincerely regrets, which we can scarcely believe Dr. M‘Hale to do, that the progress of many urgent and essential measures of public improvement should have been retarded by discussions, of which every day’s continuance is a nuisance and an evil.
We trust that, once for all, b the issue of this business, the Pope and his advisers will be tsug t to look at home. There are signs and portcnts that the Italian revolution is not crushed-that the [love of Italian freedom burns brightly in the hearts of the Italian people, who scorn the temporal as well as the spiritual power of the Pope, and that M. Mazzini runs no bad chance of being once more a triumvir, or the President of an Italian Republic. Were it not for the soldiers of the French Government, a mouth would, in all probability, not elapse before the Pope would be once more in Naples in trembling exile, or safe in Avignon, like some of his pre— dcccssors, and M. Muzzini supreme in Rome. However this may be, the Pope must be taught to keep his hands off the Church of England; and no fear of being accused of persecution must be permitted to interfere with the determination of the British Govern~ ment to repel an aggression which it did not provoke, and from
‘ which its tolerant and enlightened policy towards the conscientious
jTHE Legislative Assembly of’ the new. Republic has rejected
the dotation of the President, and consigned Louis Napoleon to poverty for the remainder of his term of office. The circumstances under which this act has been committed are by no means creditable to the Assembly, and have gone far to destroy the small
‘ remaining vestiges of its popularity. The President, on the con
trary, with his usual tact and good feeling, has made use of the ciris position, and to found a new claim to the regard of the country. A public subscription was mentioned by his friends as the means, not only of relieving him from the embarrassment caused by the expenditure of his allies, but of gaining a triumph over the Assembly ; and there is no doubt that, if both objects had been thought desirable, he could easily have accomplished them. But he has looked deeper into futurity, and sacrificed the small successes of to-day for the more brilliant triumphs of to-morrow, by declining and forbidding any subscriptions. Already this wise self-denial has igaiued him adherentsin every quarter, and once more he is the master of the position.
There remains another great and all-important question for solution by the Assembly ; and, judging from the temper it has displayed upon the Dotation project, it is not likely to settle it in a manner in accordance with the personal necessities of the President, or with the openly avowed wishes of those millions of French citizcns who made him what. he is. That uestion is, the revision of’ the Constitution of 1848, and the uboition of the clause which prohibits the immediate re-election of the President after the expil’y of his four years of officc. That will be the great battle of parties in the Assembly and in the country, and the real crisis of the fate of the Republic. Come when it may, all Europe will watch the result with the strongest interest and curiosity, and the sinccrest hope that it will be settled without convulsion.
COURT AND HAUT TO.V.
THE COURT AT BL’CKINGHAM PALACE.
The Queen and Prince Albert. accompanied by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal, with Prince Alfred. Prince Arthur, and tha Princesses Alice, Helena. and Louisa,arrivcd at Buckingham Palace at a quarter before live o’clock on Wednssday afieruoon, from Windsor Castle. The Royal party travelled byaspecial train on the Great Western Railway. vrers mortod from the station by an escort of the lGth Lanceers. and received at Buckingham Palacc by the Countess of Mount Edgcumbe, the Master of the Horse, the Lord Chamberlain, Lord George Lenuos, Colonel Wylds, and the Master of the ilouaehold.
Itiacapected that her Majesty will remain in town for the scammgy‘tfla exception of a short ajour in the Isle of Wight during the Easter recess.
The proceedings of the Court during the week which has just closed have not been without interest, and may be thus briefl chronicled :
On Friday the Marquis of Westminster as rd Steward had an audience of the Queen to present an address from the House of Lords, in reply to the Speech from the Throne. On the same day (is: Right lion. W. S. Lascelles. M.P., comptroller of the Household, had an audience of her Majesty, and presented the address from the House of Commons on the same subject.
On Saturday, his Royal Highness Prince Albert came to London and presided at a meetlutt of the Royal Commission for the Promotion of the Exhibition of l85l. His Royal Highness returned to Windsor in the afternoon. The Duchess of Kent dined with the Royal circle on Saturday.
On Sunday the Court attended divine service in the private chapel of the Castle. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent was also present.
On Monday, the Queen, with the Prince of Walcs and the Princess Royal, drove out in a pony phacton in Windsor Park, accompanied by his Royal Righness Prince Albert on horseback. The Duchess of Kent lunched with her Majesty on Monday morning, and on the same day the Queen gave an evening party, to which a select circle bad the honour of ruceiving invitations. Her Majesty’s private band, with several eminent artistes from the Orchestras of tho Philharmonic Concerts and Iloyalfsnd Italian Operas, at’ollded, and performcd, under the direction of Mr. Andcrsou, a variety of favourite moruauz.
On Tuesday the Queen held a court and Privy Council.
On Wednesday the Court returned to town.
On Thursday, the Queen and Prince Albert honoured the Lyceum Theatre with their presence. The Royal suite consisted of the Countess of Mount Edgcurnbc, the lion. Matilda Pallet. Lord Duflerin, Lord Charles Fitzroy. and Liontenant-Colonel the lion. Alexander Gordon. His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge visited Prince Albert at Buckingham Palace.
The Countess of Mount Edgcurnbe has relieved the Vlscountess Jocelyn in her duties as Lady in Waiting to her Majesty.
THE QUEEN’S COURT, kc.
The Queen held a Court and Privy Council on Tuesday, at half-past two o’clock, at Windsor Castle.
At the Council her Majesty prlckcd the list of Sheriffs for the dlfl’erent countics of England and Wales for the pram: year.
The Duke of Newcastle had an audience of the Queen, and delivered to her Majesty the insignia of the most noble Order of the Garter, worn by his father the late Duke of Newcastle.
The Marquis of Lansdowne (Lord President) had an audience of the Queen.
Lord John Russell had also an interview with her Majesty.
Lord Lovat, Lord Dormer. and Lord You: of Harrowdeu, three Roman Cstholic peers, had an audience of her Majesty.
Her Majesty having been pleased to appoint Sir R. Williams Bulkeiey to be Lord-Lieutenant of the county of Caernlu-von. the oaths appointed to be taken thereupon were administered to the hon. Baronet.
A deputation of Protestant Dissenting Ministers, of the three denominations, had an audience of the Queen to present an address to her Majesty on the Papal Aggression. The deputation was introduced by the Right lion. Sir George Grey, her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department.
Her Majesty was attended by Lord Dufferin, Lord in Waiting, and IneuL-Col Hon. R. Boyle, Groom in Waiting.
A dzjeaner was served in the Castle to the Ministers and Oflicers of State present atlshtzxcourt, and also to the Protestant Dissenting Ministers of the threc denom a one. _
Her Royal Hlghnsssthe Duchess of Kent, attended by Lady Fanny Howard, Baroness dc Speth. and Sir George Coupcr, arrived in town on Thursday afternoon, from her residence at I-‘rogmorc. Her Royal Highness visited the Duchess of Gloucester on her way to Clarence House, St. James’s.
Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Mary left l-‘rogmore, the residence of her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, on Saturday momlng. travelled to town by the Great Western Railway, attended by Baron Knssebock. and paid a vialt to her- Royal Hilzhnc-‘s the Duchess of Gloucester, at Gloucester House. In the afternoon the Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Mary roceetied to Row.
Ills R0 al igbness the Duke of Cambridge, Knight Grand Cross of Sr. Mic l and St. George. has been nominated by her Majesty Grand gtashter of that distlngulahod Order, in the room of Ills Royal Iiighuess’s lab
The Marchioness of Ailesbul-y had a soirée on Tuesday evening, at the family mansion in Glusvanur-square. Her Lsdysllip has issued invitaitions ‘for two more “receptions ” on Tuesday next, and on Tuesday the 26th nsian .
Lad Trllro had a wide on Thursday evening, which was very numerous y and fashionably attended.
At the annual meeting of the Royal Dublin Society, held on Monday, his Excellency the Lord-Lieutenant distributed the premiums among tbs successful pupils of ” the School of Dsngu.’_’_
CHURCH, UNIVERSITIES, g-c.
Arrangements have been made, by permission of the Curators of the Taylor
Institution, for exhibiting Mr. Hope’s Entomological Collection to members of
the University, and strangers introduced by them (free of charge), on Mondays,
Wednesdays. and Fridays, during the Academical Term, between the hours of
two and three, until further notice.
The examination and election of a Craven Scholar terminated on Saturday afternoon, in the election of Mr. George Ridding, Commoner of Baliol. There were no less than 28 candidates, of whom it is understood that Mr. Abrahal, of Baliol also. protri’me acrurif.
There will be an election at Queen’s College on Tlmrsday, the 20th March, of two ekhibitioners; one on the foundation of Kean Fitzgerald, Esq, for natives of Middlcsex; the other on that of Sir Francis Bridgman, for natives of Lancashire. Cheshire, or Wiltshlre. Candidates for the Fitzgerald exhibition must have attained their fifteenth and not exceeded the twentieth year of their age; and, if members of the University, must not have been matriculated more than twelve calendar months. Candidates must present to the Provost. on the Saturd~.iy before the election, certificates of their baptism, and testimonials of good con-lnct from their college or school.
The number of members on the books of the several colleges and halls amounted, on the lst of January in the present year, to 6060; at the same period last year the number was mm. The members of convocation have increased
during the same time by 58.
Fuvi’rs or run UNIVFR’ITY Cossnrssrorn-A corres ndent says: -” The Greek professor at Ca bridge proposes to lecture on hucydides, and that admission to those lectures should be free-for the first time. it is to be hoped they will be well attended, for though probably they may neither be profound nor very ingenious, they will assuredly be instructive and useful to the ordinary student. This first fruit of the University Commission will, it is trusted, be followed by other reforms in ‘ institutions so perfect that they needed no reform at all.’ ”
We learn that the whole issue of the first edition of “ Dr. Pusey’s
Le’ter to the Bishop of London” was exhausted in two days, so great was
the demand ; and that a cheaper edition is about to be issued. The reverend
Doctor has also another reply to a rejoinder of Mr. Dolsworth’s in the press.
Mn. iiitnivm‘s Cuna’rits.—Testimonials, chiefly from the poorer members of the congregation, have been presented to the three curates of St. Barnabas. Mr. De Gex and Sir F. Ousely are about proceeding,through Spain and Portugal to the Holy Land; Mr. Fylfe remains as.the sole curate in charge.
Two beautifully carved oak Glastonbury chairs for the communion table, the gift of Edward Colston, Esq, have just been placed in Southbroom Church, Devizes. They are from the manufactory of Mr. Reeve, of that town, and are executed in a style that would do credit to the first house in the kingdom. They bear the following inscriptlon—“ tiuic Ecclesiie, Edvardus Colston, D.D.D.. A.D. MDCCCLI.” . _ ,
A Nouns Conrosurc-The Earl of Wilton has in the press a collection of hymns, chants, and responses, of his own arrangement, and which are by permission, dedicated to the Queen.
Accordin to the )Iorm’ng Post, one of the churchwardens of Wallsend, Mr. Coo , who. with his man servant, entered the church of that parish under cover of the night, two or three weeks ago, and sacrileglously carried oi!
the candlesticks from the altar, and placed them in an auction-room in the town for sale, has received a letter from the Bishop of Durham, commanding him to replace them. _ ‘
There is no foundation for the report that the Bishop of hewfoundland was about to be translated to the vacant see of Nqa Scotla. No appointment has as yet been made to the latter bishopric.
PRRFERMENTS AND Arrornrsranm-Ths following preferments and appointments have been recently made:-Rev. J. A. Ewing, to Westmill, Hcrts; value £474. and residence; patron, Countess of Mexborough. Rev. J. H. Gandy, to Old Cleeve Vicarage, Somerset; value £466, and residence; patron. Rev. A. Liittrell. Rev. G. J. Garton, to Beighton Curacy, Derbyshire. Rev. J. S. Hall, to Dalby Rectory, Yorkshire; value £26l, and residence; patron, the Rev. Canon Grey. Rev. J. G. E. Hasluclt, to Little Sodbury Rectory, Gloucestcrshire; value £235, and residence; patron, W. H. H. Hartley, Esq. Rev. F. Hewlett, to Winster Perpetual Curacy, Westmoreland; value £6l, and residence; patron, Vicar of Kendal. Rev. T. S. Polehampton, to the Second Mastershlp of Crewkerne Grammar School,Somerset~hiro. Rev. R. Roe, to Broadway and Rincombe Curacy, Dorset. Rev. J. S. Uptvon (Rector of Tan. kersley), to Doneaster Deanery House, archdiocese York. . Watson, B.A., to the Mastership of Peterborough Grammar School. Rev. J. R. Anderson, to Town Barnlngham Rectory, Norfolk, on the presentation of John Thomas Mott. Esq, of Town Barningham Hall, in the said county. .
Vacancies-Rams: Borrisokane, diocese of Killaloe; patron, Bishop of Killaloe; Rev. T. Walker, promoted. Halkin. Flintshine, diocese of St. Asaph; value £3l‘2, with residence; patron, Bishop of St. Asaph ; Rev. W. M. Williams, promoted. Llyswen, Brecknockshire, diocese of St. David, value £l45; patron, Joseph Bailey, Esq, M.P.; Rev. W. M. Williams, promoted,
Vicar-ages .- Waldershare, Kent, archdiocese of Canterbury, value £133; pug-on. Archbishop of Canterbury; Rev. 8. L. Jacob. deceased. Wooliivington win; Puritan Vicarage, Somerset, diocese of Bath and Wells, value £352 with restdence; patrons, Dean and Chapter of Windsor; Rev. 8. L. Jacob, dueuc¢ ‘UH-it“ :rlll-goch Vicarage, county of Merioneth, diocese of St. Asaph, “the led, with residence; patron. bishop of the diocese; Rev. E. Edwards, deceased. Perpetual Camera.- London, St. Peter, Charlotte-street, Pimllco; it”, T, by Harper. acceded. Whitfield, or Beauxileld, Kent, archdiocese of Canterbury, value £l09; patron, Archbishop of Canterbury; Rev. 8. L. Jacob, deccuem Newmarket Perpetual Curacy, county of Flint, diocese of St- Asaph ; Rev. Edw. Evans promoted ; value £90, with residence; patron, Bishop of the diocese.
‘l‘nsrrsromars-The following clergyman have lately received testimonials of esteem and affection :–The Rev. John James Webster Harris, curate of New Alresford, Rants, from the parishioners; the Rev. W. H. Cantrel’, curate of Shardlow,from the parishioners; the Rev. Henry Veale, curate of Walcot, Somerset, on his resignation; the Rev. W. F. Taylor, from the congregation of Claughtou, Cheshire.
S’r. Mauvutnoxn GENERAL DisPEnsAnY.—The annual meeting of this charity was held at the dispensary, in Wclbrook-street, on Wednesday, Mr. E. J. Rudgc presiding. The report stated, that, during the past year, ., legacy of £l00, free of income-tax, had been received. According to the rules of the society, that amount ought to have been funded; but, owing to their limited means, the committee had felt obliged to use it, in some measure to liquidate the debt of the dispensary. so as not too much to encroach on the resources of the past year. Owing to the large number of charities now existing, and the claims, therefore, coming on the benevolent being more frequent than formerly, their resources were much diminished; but the committee were sure, it was only necessary for the public to know that their doors were always open for the relief of the sick and sudering poor, for them to obtain the support they required. The total receipts for the past year (including the £100 legacy) amounted to £622 2s. 9d.,and the expenditure to £58.’: l0s. l0d.; leaving a balance of £36 lls. lld., which had been applied in reduction of the debt due to the tree. surer, which now stood at £71 6s. 10d. The report was adopted, and some routine business having been transacted, the meeting separated.
RnYAL Loxnos OPHTHALMIC HosPi’rAi..—On Monday, the annual general meeting of the subscribers to this institution took place at the hospital, in Bloomfield-street, Mooriields; the Rev. Dr. Russell in the chair The report stated that the total number of patients relieved during the past year amounted to 9437, of whom 9204 were out-patients, the remaining ‘233 being all cases (with the exception of two) requiring operations in the establishment. Since the opening of the institution, in l806, upwards of 200,000 patients had been relieved, and the numbers were still gradually increasing. The expenses for the last year amounted to £903 l0s. 9d, whilst the income was only £66! l’ls. 3d., leavluga deficiency of £241 lSs. 6d. The report was adopted, and a committee and auditors for the ensuing year were appointed.
SCO’l‘TlSH Smmrnz-A meeting of the members of this society was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Freemasons’ Tavern, Great Queen-streetLord Drumlanrig in the chair-for the purpose of taking into consideration the affairs of the society, and of determining upon the propriety of continuing the annual Scottish flu at Holland Park. Mr. Fox Maule tted deeply that the affairs of the society were in so ruinous a condition, and that there had been so much division of opinion among the members. That there was any loss attending the gatherings of the society in Iss9 and i860, he attributed entirely to mismg. nagement ; and, this being the case, he did not think that they ought for a moment to debate upon the propriety of continuing these most attractive Scottish gatherings. But, in order that the arrangements might be satisfactorily carried out, he considered that it was necessary to reform the managing committee, and he eloquently appealed to all the members of the society, as Scotsmen and friends, to forget all their supposed grievances, and to unite earnestly and enthusisstlcally in forwarding, by every means, the objects of the society. He was ready to pledge himself to his utmost to enable the society to merit the high
ronage which it enjoyed, and in this, the year of the Great Exhibition, he
oped they would show the world what Scotsmen could do. The right honourable gentleman then moved, “ That the society should continue to hold their annual file at Holland Park. Cluny M‘Pheraon, chief of the clan Chattan, seconded the motion, and expressed his hearty concurrence with all that had been said by his right honourable friend, Mr. Fox Maule. The motion was then carried unanimously. A committee of management was then formed. Mr. C. R. M’hcnzie was appointed honorary secretary of the society. A committee was nominated to draw up a series of new rules for the societ , and a finance committee was appointed. A vote of thanks to the noble dish-man concluded the proceedings.
CONGREGATIONAL CHAPELS IN Lonoorc-From the second annual report of the Congregational Chapel-building Society, it appears that no fewer than eight new chapels, in London and its vicinity, were commenced or completed during the past year. Four of these have been undertaken or aided by this society, and four have been built without its assistance. The report further states, that “the entire number of new congregational chapels in London :iulltibuilding,iigdprojectfdmduging the last three years, amounts to at least wen y, e no cost 0 w c cannot be estimated at a c M ‘mo’ooo’n mu h smaller amount
METROPOLITAN NE W8.
ROYAL Acannsnz-On Monday, the 10th instant, a General Assembly of the Academicians was held at the Royal Academy of Arts,in Trafalgar-square, when Sir John Watson Gordon, Thomas Creswick, Richard Redgrave, and Francis Grant, Esqs., were elected Academicians, in the room of William Etty, Esq., Sir William Allan, John Peter Deerlng, Esq, and Sir Martin Archer Sbee deceased.
Guitar \ ‘its’raitx Rarawar-The half-yearly meeting of this company was held on Thursday, at Paddington; Mr. C. Russell in the chair. The report stated that the receipts for the last half-year would give a dividend at the rate of four per cent. per annum to the shareholders, and leave a balance of £l9,660 to be carried forward. A traffic agreement for mutual working had been entered into with the two Shrewsbury companies, by which the interests of both companies would be served; and the Great Western Company proposed, as early as possible, to complete their line through Birming d Wolverhampton. A modification had been effected in the agreement for the lease of the Dean l-‘orest line, which was deemed advantageous to both parties; and it was proposed to expend £50,000 in increasing their station accommodation at Paddington, and working stock. The report was adopted, the dividend declared, and avariety of resolutions in accordance with the report carried. A resolution against Sunday excursion trains was negatived by a large majority.
EASTERN COUNTIES, NORFOLK, AND EASTERN UNION RAILwavs-On Thursday special meetings of each of these companies were held, to consider a provisional agreement entered into for an amalgamation or joint working of these three lines. in the Eastern Counties Company a committee was appointed toconfer with the directors on the terms of the agreement, but the other two companies after long discussions a proved of it.
Fnanxasoxun-The first anniversary estival in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent institution for aged Freemasons and their Widows, was held on Wednesday evening at the Freemasons‘ Hall. The Right Hon. the Earl of Zetland, the Grand Master of the Order, was to have presided; but, in consequence of lndisposition. his Lordship was unable to attend, and the chair was most ably filled by B. B. Cabbell, Esq. A very large party sat down to dinner. In the course of the evening it was stated that this excellent institution was now in a most flourishing state, and that the aged and widows were enjoying the benefits afforded them through the benevolence and kindness of the members of the craft. The subscriptions in the room amounted to nearly £900. A large assemblage of ladies graced the gallery. It was particularly announced, that, in consequence of the girls’-school dinner having been fixed for a day which turns out to be the Derby-day, an alteration had taken place, and another time will be appointed.
SUPPRESSION or STREET Bnooino.-On Thursday, a public meeting was held at Willis’s Rooms, under the presidency of Mr. Cabbell, M .P., for the purpose of hearin a plan propoundcd b the Leicester-square Soup Kitchen, for suppressing men icity in the metropo is. The plan, which was cordially adopted, is toestablish I00 “ hospices and lavatories” throughout the metropolis, at a cat of £200 each, for the nightly reception of from fifteen to twenty distressed persons, who will be provided with food, a bed,and the most ample means of cleansing their bodies. The ” hospices ” are proposed to be erected by public subscription, and to be sustained by gifts of fo-id which would otherwise be wasted; and all under the management of the clergy of the locality, anda committee of ladies and gentlemen. The entire cost willbe£l0,000. Good soup will be supplied to all the deserving poor, whose characters will be investigated and registered. A registry of persons seeking employment will also be kept at each institution. Instead, therefore, of aims being given in the streets, tickets for food are proposed to be given, ” payable on demand.” It is expected that this plan will suppress street begging entirely.
Taxes on CARRIAGE8.—A deputation of coachmakers throughout the kingdom waited on the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday, respecting amoditication of the tax upon carriages; and, after alluding to the depressed state of the trade, and showing the decreased revenue yearly derived, and the continually decreasing number of coachmakers, the deputation suggested, that, instead of the present high rate of taxation levied on upwards of twelve classes, all carriages should be placed under three classes, at reduced rates, commencing with £3 for the highest, £2 for the next, and £l for the lowest class, doing away altogether with the exemptions, and levying upon those now exempt the lowest rate of duty. This arrangement, the deputation stated, in consequence of the immense number not included in the returns, would not materiall decrease the revenue, and would give an impetus to the trade.
EARLY LOSING Assocrarrosn-A meeting in connexion with this association was held in the Whitechapel Society’s School-room, on Monday evening last. The building, which is capable of containing about 1000 persons, was crowded to the door. The Rev. W. W. Champneys, rector of the parish, preaided. and opened the proceedings by prayer. The Rev. Hugh Allen, of St. Jude’s Church, proposed, in an able speech, and Mr. Poupard (an employer) seconded, the following resolution, which was unanimously carried :-“ That this meeting is of opinion that the Lite hour system. as existing in this country, is opposed to the will of the Almighty, detrimental to the best interests of society, and a blot on our boasted freedom and civilisation.” Other relolutions of similar import were moved and seconded by the following gentlemen z-The Rev. Mr. Weir (Scotch Church), Messrs. Kerry and Smith (both employers), and Mr. Lilwall, the secretary to the association.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE AMENDMENT or ‘riiir. Lam-On Monday evening, a meeting of the members of this society took place at the oftices,9l, Regent-street; Mr. W. liawcs in the chair. Mr. James Stewart called the attention of the meeting to certain reports of the society relative to the laws of property, which had either been adopted by Parliament at different periods or were likely to become embodied in the laws of the country. Four of these reports had already passed into law; another bore a strong resemblance to that which had been recommended by the conveyancing and registration commissioners in their report of the lst of July, i850; and the remainder were in a fair way of becoming law in the course of a very short time. Mr. Stewart concluded by moving, ” That the report of the committee on the law of property, and the answers of the judges of the County Courts to the inquiry relative to the examination of parties to suits in County Courts, as witnesses in those suits, be communicated to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the measures now pending and likely to be introduced into Parliament.” Mr. Vansittart Neale seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. Mr. Neale then introduced the report of the committee appointed to consider whether it would not be possible to organize an improved system fir making landed property available as a security for advances of money. it appeared from this report, which was read at the last meeting of the society, that the committee proposed that a self-supporting institution should be established, with the object of interposing between the borrower and lender of money on landed property, to guarantee to the lender the punctual payment of the interest on capital at such stated periods as might be agreed upon ; and to prevent the borrower from being harassed by those frequent transfers which now took place in consequence of the lender wishing to call in his money. After some little discussion the report was received. The next question for consideration was that of the report of the special committee on the law of patents; but, in consequence of the time occupied by the preceding business, it was postponed until the next meeting.
M a’mor-ou’ran Cosmissioiv or Snwans-On Saturday, a deputation from the metropolitan parishes waited upon Sir George Grey, the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at the Home-office, in Whitehall, for the purpose of laying before the right hon. Baronet certain statements in reference to the mismanagement of the present Metropobtan Sewers Commission, and the necessity, now that the term of odlce of that commission is near expiring, that any new measure introduced to Parliament upon the subject should be founded on the basis of the representative principle, and no other. The delegates from the various parishes, who had previously assembled at the Marylebone Courthouse, consisted of Mr. J. A. Nicholay, of Marylebone (the chairman of the delegates). and other members of the Marylebone vestry; Messrs. Healey and T. H. Smith, he, St. Pancras; Messrs. Geesin and Garrett (churchwardens), and deputation, from St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields; Mr. Toulmin Smith (barrister), with the churchwardens of llornsey; the churchwardens and a deputation from St. Giles’s, Camberwell; a deputation, with the vestry-clerk, from St. George the Martyr, Southwark; Mr. Horne and a de utation from St. Luke’s; together with deputations from St. George’s, anover-square ; St. Ann’s, Soho; St. Giles’s and St. George’s, Bloomsbury; St. Mary, lslington ; St. Clement Danes, Shoredltch, Whitechapel, Clerkenwell, and various other metropolitan parishes. Lord Dudley Stuart and Sir amiu Hall, the members for Marylebone, were also with the deputation. Sir B. 1 introduced the deputation; and Mr. Nicholay, Mr. Geesin, Mr. Toulmin Smith, Mr. T. M. Nelson, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Saunders, Mr. Horne, Mr. Healey, and Lord D. Stuart, “lowed. generally. from the expenditure of the present commission, that any new body should be composed upon the principle of representation. Mr. Saunders, of St. Martin’s, was the means of drawing from Sir G. Grey an important remark. Mr. Saunders thought something ought to be done to obtain for the metropolitan boroughs municipal rights, and then all the privileges of local government, both with regard to sewers, paving, police. &c., must follow. To this Sir G. Grey immediately replied, “ I beg to remark upon this point that the Government are in no way to blame that the various boroughs of the metropolis have not municipal rights. The fault lies entirely in the apathy of the inhabitants themselves in not applying for a charter of incorporation. (Cries of “ Hear hear”) Mr. Henley intimated, that, if the Government did not bring forward a bill, they had given instructions to the metropolitan members to bring in oue.—Sir G. Grey : “Of coursethat willbeat the discretion of the members.”Eventually, the interview ienninated by the Home Secretary promising to give the subject his best consideration.
Tun haw Misucasriui’. MARINE Aer-The Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade have furnished the Commissioners of Customs with an approved scale of medicines for merchant ships, issued by their Lordshlps under the 04th section of the Mercantile Marine Act, and have, at the same time, caused them to be informed tha; no regular medical inspectors have as yet been appointed by their Lordshlps under that act, and that it is not intended to appoint any immediately; and that there is, therefore, ,no present reason for dispensing with such services, in respect of medicines, as onicers of the customs
of the law.
PARISH or CHRISTCHURCH, Sooruwamc-TM standing orders have been complied with in the case of this bill, to empower the trustees of the will of John Marshall, Gent, deceased, to alter, improve, or rebuild the parish church of Christchurch: the church tobe completed within four years, with power to erect additional churches, chapels, and schools, and to borrow on
have hitherto been accustomed to render for the purpose of preventing evasion I
Tnniumtxo ‘rnu Panama-At a late hour on Thursday night. a working Jeweller, named Charles Gill, residing at 32, Surrey-place, Old Rent-road, was apprehended by inspector Field, of the detective forcecharged with sending a threatening letter to Lord John Russell at the Treasury. The prisoner was conveyed to the Gardiner’s-lane police-station, and after undergoing examlnation at Bow-street yesterday (Friday), was remanded into custody.
Tim Paras Dorms-Mr. Borthwick had an interview with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday, and presented memorials from 26 places, signed by 3428 householders, praying for the repeal of the paper duty. A deputation from the paper manufacturers stationers. and printers of Ireland, consisting of Mr. Grogan, M.l‘., Mr. Reynolds, M.P., Mr. Cameron, Mr. Webb, and Mr. lleron, secretary to the society. had an interview with the Chancellor of the Exchequer also on Wednesday, at his official residence in Downing-street. ADMISSION ro View ‘rue: llocsit or Limos-During the sittings of Parliament the public will be admitted to view the House of Lords every Saturday, between l0 and 4 o’clock, by tickets, to be obtained gratis at the Lord Chamberlain’s ottice. Abingdon-strcct (which opens this day), on any Wednesday between ii and 4 o’clock.
liaisirrnic Tum-:onamn-The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on Wednesday refused the extension of the patent for the Llectric ‘l‘olegraph Company, upon the ground that Messrs. Cooke and Wheatstone, the original inventors, had received an adequate remuneration.
Suiwair TRADING BILL-—Otl Monday night, a meeting took place at the Globe Tavern, Derby-street, King’s-cross, of master butchers of St. Pancras parish, to consider the subject of the Sunday Trading Bill, and a petition to both Houses of Parliament was agreed upon in support of the measure.
Tits: Ci’rv Isrvaovnsrnrrra-On Monday, several houses, situated in Cannon-street, Laurence-Pountney-hlll, See, which are to be taken down for the new street leading to King Wilham~street. were disposed of, by auction, by Messrs. Pulleu and Son, by order of the Improvement Committee of the Corporation of the City of London. Another sale, it is expected. will complete the improvement in that direction. The sites in many parts of the new street have been let, and large houses are being erected upon them. The committee are in treaty for the purchase of the houses in the line of the new street westward to St. Paul’s. The money Brit};i which they are bought is from the fund the savings from the rent 0 t e ty property, after all necessary charges are dofrayed, and not from the tax on coals,
Posr-ormcm-Notieea have been issued from the General Posh offlce, that henceforward all newspapers to be sent to the British colonies or possessions, or for foreign parts. must be put into the post within seven day‘ after the day on which they are published. By a Treasury warrant, on andafter the lst March next. books for the following colonies may be transmitted by post, at the undermentioncd rates:—Gibraltar, Malta, the Ionian islands, and the British possessions in the West Indies, Newfoundland, Halifax, lac, viz. not exceeding llb., 6d.; not exceeding 2 lb., is.; 4 lb., 2a.; and so on in proportion. They must be sent open at the sides, the same as newspapers.
At the Queen’s Printin —otiice, in New-street-square, is a middleaged woman with a wonderfu head. She recollects the year and the chapter of every act of Parliament upon any subject. Though she is only the forewoman of the bookfoldcrs, many attorneys are very much indebted to her for inforinatlon.-Sun.
Exrnssivi; ROBBERY in an Omvmna-On Monda , information was received, that about twelve o’clock at noon, a lady, named Lee, residing at St. John’s Wood, entered one of the Atlas omnibnses in the Regent’s-circus, to proceed to her dwelling; at the same moment a man of gentlemanly appearance also entered the vehicle, and seated himself by the side of Mrs. Lee, with whom he entered into conversation. On the omnibus reaching Upper Baker. street, he hastily alighted, and took to his heels. Mrs. Lee instinctively felt her pocket. and to her dismay discovered that her pocket-book, containing two £50, live £l0, and five £6 Bank of England notes, had been abstracted, and, notwithstanding an instant pursuit, the fellow got clear off. The loss had a very shocking effect on Mrs. Lee, who became inscnsible, and had to be taken into, surgeon’s for medical assistance.
Canasiii‘ous Occunuv.nos.-—On Tuesday afternoon, a gentleman named Samuel Parnell, residing in the third floor of No. 7, Baker-street, was noticed by one of the servants sitting in front of the tire reading the newspaper. Soon after that time an acquaintance called to see him. when, on opening the door, Mr. Parnell was found sitting in his chair. completely enveloped in name. A young lady who ran to his assistance was overpowered by the smoke, and with difficulty was rescued. She was carried out inscnsible, but soon recovered. Owing to the exertions of the firemen, the flames were extinguished, but not until Mr. Parnell was burnt todeath. The damage done to the premises was not considerable. How the tire occurred is not known. The unfortunate dewmd was 8,; ye.“ or age, and has left several children, some of whom are in an extensive way of business.
,Ex’rnsisiva Ronnitnv or A Simvanr.—Ou Wednesday, at Maryleboue Police-office, Caroline Heseldine, a well-dressed and pretty-looking young woman, was placed at the bar, before Mr. Long, charged with having robbed Mrs. Mary Sumption, a widow lady, residing at No. l0, Stanhope-street, Hampstcad-road, of property to the amount of more than £l00. The prosecutrix, on being sworn, said—” The prisoner has been in my service three years. On Friday last i had in my wardrobe more than £l00, in £l0 notes and gel and some silver. The whole was placed in three bags, and 1 locked the door my wardrobe, which was in my bed-mom. On Saturday night, the prisoner, as was the usual custom, took a bird into the parlour, and presently “me do“ to me in the kitchen, cxclaiming, ‘ Oh, my God ! mistress, we have been rob forthe parlour window is open, and also the drawers ;’ upon hearing which 1 ‘Oh, then I am a ruined woman I’ i went into the parlour with her, when sh‘ remarked, ‘But they have not undone the secretai’re, for there is a key in I: that does not fit,‘ which Ifonnd tobe the case. The key is mine. i saw a silver watch, which was my late husband’s, lying on the window-board; ma prisoner said, ‘ Oh i that will, i dare say, detect them.‘ This watch was safe in my bed-room the same morning. Prisoner then went up-stalrs; and, all was about to follow her, she came running down in great haste, saying, ‘Oh! Madam, the drawers are all open, and the wardrobe too.’ I entered the and found that all my money was gone, as also the larger bag of the three. Th0 other two i found empty upon the floor. I said, ‘ Oh, dear! who could have done this?’ and the prisoner made no answer; she, however, seemed much agitated. Yesterday a tradesmen named Levy came to my house, he hav heard of the robbery, and informed me that on last Tuesday week he so tothe prisoner is gold watch, a gold chain, ring, and two brooches. Thin was mentioned in the presence of prisoner, who then said to me, ‘I an! the one who robbed you, and no one else, and I will restore you the money.’ She then addressed herself to Mr. Levy, saying, ‘ You will return to Mrs. Sumptioii whatl paid you ;’ to which he replied, ‘ We will settle that another time,’ and he then went away. After he was gone I said to the prisoner, ‘ Now, Caroline,’ when she remarked, ‘ If you will only go out at that (the front kitchen) door fora minute, i will restore it.’ Upon which i ‘ Then it is in the kitchen?’ And she replied, ‘ Yes, it is.’ I told her she mightjust law well ve it to me where l was, as it was not my intention to go out; upon which s a put her hand into an opening under the grate, and drew therefrom a parcel, which she gave to me, saying, ‘ There is your money.’ I opened it, and found therein two £l0 notes, six £5 notes, thirty-eight sovereigns, fifteen half sovereigns, three half-crowns, two shillings. and a sixpencs. lsaid to her, ‘ Now, Caroline, give me the rest of the things,’ and she drew from the same place as she did the money a gold watch, chain, key, ring, and brooch, which she gave into my hands.” The prisoner, who had nothing to say, was fully committed for trial. . . _
Three dead bodies were found in separate localities of the metropolis on Monday. One was the dead body of a woman, apparently sixty, dressed in a chocolate gown, black silk cape and bonnet, found lying in the Greenwich-road. How the body came there is at present unexplained-The second was the body of a scanian, about twenty-oi ht years of age, found in Four-street, Ratcllff. He is supposed to have met is death by ill-treatment received in the vicinlty.-The third body was found by the police of the O division; it is that of a man about sixty; his name is believed to be John Stephens.
Bmriis AND Duran-Births registered in London in the week ending Saturday, Feb. Bz-Males, 848; females. 756; will. i604. Deatha during the same period :—Males, 564; females, 546: total, “09. The aver-ago number of births in six corresponding weeks in 1845-50 was i464. The official report says, with respect to the deaths :—-“ A gradual increase in the mortality is represented by the following numbers of deaths returned in the last three weeks: 956, l04l, and H09. In the ten weeks of Hill-50, corresponding tothat which ended last Saturday, the average number was i063, which, if corrected for comparison with the mortality of the present time, by assuming the annual increase of population at to.) per cent, becomes “60. This estimated amount differs in no very considerable degree from the H09 deaths registered last week. The increase, equal to 68, in the present return over the preceding week (ending Feb. I) arose almost entirely amongst the young—the number of person. who died above if) ears having been about 590, and remaining in both weeks nearly the same. tis further to be observed, however, that, notwithstanding an excess in the neral result, the mortality from epidemic is perceptibly diminlshed amongst e middle-aged and the old ; whilst complaints of that class, to which the youngars subject, if not declining, do not appear to be gaining ground. The excess of last week over the previous is due, in great part, to tho
‘ aggravated fatality of pneumonia, and likewise bronchitis, amongst young par.
sons. The aggregate of deaths caused by diseases of the respiratory arm‘. comprising all ages, was last week ‘153, which exhibits an increase on t avorage. The tubercular class, including consumption, numbered I72, w h less than the average, the destructive malady now mentioned claiming its out ofthese. being less than its usual contingent at this time. in the epidemic elm
small-pox destroyed 20 children, and to persons above l5 years; and in only s of the cases there is probable ground for infe that vaccination had in” performed with effect, and in sufficient time pre us to the eruption or tho disease
Mirraononooicai. Oasnnvsrmss-At the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the mean reading of the barometer in the week was 29.700 inches. The mean daily temperature was lowest on the urst three days of the week ; on the remainder it was above the average of the several days in l0 ) cars. especially on Wednesday and Saturday, when it was about 6 deg. above the average. The mean of the week was 405 deg, exceeding the average by 2 dog. The wind, which blew from the north on Sunday, was mostly in the south and south-w.“
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Dlsappolntments occasioned by cold, heartless folks,
Who think Valentine’s Day a good chance for a hoax. And, alas! so ’tis thought of by many.
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\Yithout ). aying the lawful penny.
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THE most magnificent display of fireworks ever witnessed in Ireland was given, on Monday evening week, at Birr Castle. The Earl of Rosse had the fur prepared for the amusement of the people of‘ the town. The fireworks were manufactured and altogether managed at the Castle, and it is said that fairer fingers than his Lordship’s were busied about the greater part of them. The Countess of Iiosse felt much interest in getting up the festivities: nothing seems to gratify her Ladyship more than making her neighbours happy; and, indeed, nothing could have been more successihl than the attempt to do so by the proceedings of Monday evening.
After many disappointments had been experienced on account of the unsettled state of the weather, a propitious day (Monday) at length arrived. Notice was given that the fireworks, so anxiously looked for, would take place, and invitations were issued for a juvenile party, to which, however, old and young were requested to go. At five o’clock, carriages commenced arriving at the Castle, and soon a happy and delighted circle were enjoying the freely-given and cheeri’ul welcome of its noble owners. His Lordship’s splendid library was appropriated to the reception, and was soon crowded, the children evidently not more expectant than the grown people. In a short time the dining-room was thrown open. and the younger portion of the guests were gratified by seeing a Christmas-tree, from the branches of which were suspended many and rare presents. A splendid entertainment was likewise provided. The Christmas-tree was a beautifully shaped fir-tree, placed in a large wooden vessel, and illuminated by wax tapers, about fifty in number, and of dill’erent colours. This elegant and graceful-looking object, at one end of the dining-room, formed an exquisite ornament; and, although the viands and appointments on the refreshment table were such as might well disNumbered tickets were drawn in a sort of lottery by the children, and corresponding numbers being placed on the presents on the tree, each happy possessor of the ticket claimed a prize at the termination of the evening.
When seven o‘clock arrived, all the guests left the Castle for the lawn, to witness the fireworks. The guests were about two hundred in num
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her. But the multitudes that assembled in the demesne exceed belief : all the neighbouring towns and country must have contributed their share. Certainly, more than ‘20,000 persons had come together, excited by the reports that had got into circulation as to the magnitude and beauty of the forthcoming spectacle. Nor were they disappointed. It must have been highly gratifying to the noble projectors oi‘ the amusement, to flnd everything answer so exactly their intentions, and to learn, from the warm applause that occasionally burst from the crowds, that every person about them was delighted.
The slow and mldcstic rise of a tire-balloon commenced the display: i_ it gradually and steadily mounted into the air, and faded by degrees from the sight, lost in the distance.
Annexed is a copy 01‘ the programme which:was:handed about to the
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