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2 May 9. THE HAMPSHIRE ADVERTISER COUNTY NEWSPAPER. counts tell of another action between the gunboats and the batteries, resulting in the capture of an earthwork counting six guns, which was taken by the co-operation of a land force, brought in transports. But we have clearly not heard the last of General Longstreet. That Suffolk is considered in danger is shown by the order to transport all the sick and wounded to Norfolk, while it is admitted that if Suffolk should iall Norfolk would become so isolated as to become untenable.

It is almost as difficult to understand the accounts from North Carolina as it was to make out the telegram about the occupation of Gordonsville. We are told that General Foster, loth, it seems, to share the expected fate of the beleaguered garrison at Washington, provided for his own safety by escaping alone in a steamer to Newbern. Next we hear that the army at Newbern is strengthened by the return of the contingent sent to South Carolina to cooperate against Charleston. And then, on April 22, we have the news that the Confederates have retired from before Washington, and abandoned the batteries on the Tar River, by means of which they had blockaded it. Either the attack was all along a feint, intended to necessitate the recall of the troops irom the more important field of opera, tions in South Carolina, or the Confederate general would seem to have let his prize slip through his fingers in a very stances.

The sentence on her and two of the suborned assassins is imprisonment with hard labour for life. The fourth gets off with eight years' imprisonment. General Garibaldi, a letter from Caprera states, is to return to the Continent about the middle of May to complete his cure at some of tbe watering places. Indian Finance. We may, we believe, announce with some confidence the main features of Sir Charles Trevel7aJ 8 forthcoming Indian Budget.

He has a surplus of 2,000,000, which he will use to sweep away almost ail existing Indian Customs' duties, replacing them by a uniform rate of 5 per cent, ad valorem. The exceptions are spirits, which will remain as they are, the tariffed piece-goods, which will not be changed and the duty on beer, which will be reduced to an auna (three halfpence) a-gallon. The income-tax will not be touched, Sir Charles Trevelyan believing that with these changes he will be able next year to abolish it altogether. Spectator. Prussian Censorship of Telegrams fob Europe.

It appears from the Cologne Gazette that the Prussian authorities are as vigilant to obstruct the passage of news unfavourable to the Russians as they are to receive and succour the defeated Russian columns. The Cologne paper published on Sunday a notification addressed by the chief of the central telegraph station at Cracow to the manager of a local station in that city in reference to a telegram delivered at the latter by Mr. Renter's correspondent, and containing news of a defeat of the Russians by the insurgents. The following is the notification referred to: Your telegram, No. 508, to London cannot be forwarded, by reason of paragraph 11 of the regulations of the Prussian telegraph administration.

Inform under. (Signed) Von Gozar, Central Station. N.B. We shall endeavour to despatch the telegram via France." It is evident from the above that the Prussian authorities have decided not to permit the passage over their lines of telegrams containing news unfavourable to Russia, Paragraph 11 quoted in the notification merely prohibits the despatch of any telegram dangerous to the safety of the Prussian state or prejudicial to morality whereas the telegram stopped contained nothing but intelligence of events at the theatre of war. Churchward of the termination of the engagement.

The discontinuance of it arose solely in consequence of the vote of the other House of Parliament. CHARNWOOD FOREST REFORM ATORT. Lord Berners enquired whether Her Majesty's Govern-ment had already, or would institute inquiries into the circumstances of the late mutinous outbreak in the Roman Catholic Reformatory in Cham wood Forest and also into the constitution of the appointment and pay of officers of that institution, and the discipline exercised therein. Earl Granville said he could not give a reply at present. Their Lordships then adjourned.

HOUSE OF COMMONS. TUESDAY. Mr. R. G.

Price took the oaths and his seat, in the room of the late Sir. G. C. Lewis. MAYNOOTH.

Mr. Whalley postponed his motion for the 19th of May to the 2nd of June. SEA FISHERIES. Mr. Fenwick gave notice that on that day month he should move that an enquiry be instituted into the present state of the sea fisheries and the laws and regulations affecting them, with the view of increasing the supply of wholesome and nu' ritious food.

(Hear, hear.) ARMY PRIZE MONEY. Col. North gave notice that on the 2nd of June he should move than an humble address be presented to Her Majesty to appoint a commission to inquire into the distribution of prize money in the army. THE ATTACK ON SHON-HING. Col.

Stke3 asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if any and what measures ere to be adopted consequent upon Captain R. Dew, of Her Majesty's ship Encounter, employing part of the naval force under his command in an unsuccessful attack upon the city of Shon-hing, in which Lieutenant Tinling, of the Encounter, was killed, Shon-hing being many miles beyond the 30 mile radius from a treaty port? Lord C. Paget replied that as yet no official account of the disaster had reached the Admiralty. Instructions, however, had been sent out ordering that no Government ships should go beyond the 30 mile radius referred to. GREENWICH HOSPITAL.

Mr. Coningham asked the Secretary of the Admiralty whether it was he intention of the Government to take immediate steps to remedy the abuses alleged to exist in the IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. HOUSE OF LORDS, MONDAY. wSl SSfi te V0 of Wales entered the SSrSE 2nd. 841 on the iTOnt Mat of the cross benches.

The Earl of Derby immediately crossed to the rnnoe, and entered into a very animated conversation with his Boyal Highness. TKE IDOE BETWEEN CHELSEA AND BATTEESEA. liord Chelmspokd called attention to the petition for the reoommittal of this Bill, and moved that the Bill be referred back to the same committee. The proposed bridge was to cross the Thames between the new Chelsea bridge and the old Battersea bridge, and would undoubtedly be of great convenience, not only to large "areas of private property on both sides of the river, but also to the public property. It had been estimated that in four years the whole eost of tke bridge would be realised from the sale ot the improved approaches.

The petitioners complained that the committee of the Lords had reported against the Bill, ana had rejected evidence in its favour, while they received and acted upon the evidenoe proposed in the interests of the proprietors of old Battersea, who were, of course, opposed to the scheme. 3 Lord Taunton considered that after a committee had come to a certain conclusion it was too much for the promoters of a Bid to come forward and ask for an alteration of that determination. -at The Earl of Campbedown said he had been a member of the committee, and after the most patient hearing of the evidence brought before theai he was of opinion that it was not expedient at present to erect the proposed bridge. A long discussion followed, which ended in a division, in which the motion was lost by 40 to 29. The Hares (Ireland) Bill and the Vice-Admiralty Courts Bill passed through committee.

The Inolosure Bill was read a third time and passed. Tne House then adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS. MONDAY. Mr.

Gregory gave notice that on Friday, the 29th, he should call the attention of the House to the condition of Turkey and its dependencies. WIDOWS AND CHILDREN OP SEAXEN. Mr. Ltddell gave notice that on Friday, on the motion for going into committee of supply, he should call attention to the subieot of erecting residences for wives, children, and widows of seamen in connection with seamen's barracks, in accordance with the recommendation of the Boyal Commission of 1861. THE SEA Q.UEEN.

Mr. Peacock give notice of his intention on an early day to move for some correspondence with Earl Russell and Mr. Seward with respect to this vessel. THE LOAN SOCIETIES ACT. Mr.

North asked the Secretary to the Treasury what coarse the Government intended to pursae with reference to the Loan Societies Act, which would expire in August next Mr. F. Peel replied that the Act would be renewed as a permanent Act. OTSTOMS AND INLAND REVENUE BILL. PROPOSED INCOME TAX ON CHARITIES ABANDONED.

The House went into committee on the Customs and Inland Revenue Bill. On clause 3, which relates to the imposition of income tg on endowed charities, The Chancellor of the Exchequer said that he did not affect to disguise his knowledge of the opposition which had been raised against the proposition, and while expressing his opinion that the course he had taken was a wise tad prudent one, he fully admitted that it ought not to be adopted unless with the full concurrence of the House. He urged that the question had never been fully and therefore was nut understood, and he desired to call attention to the nature of the exemptions it was proposed to remove. Adverting to the character of the charities with which it was sought to deal, he stated that nineteen-twentieths of them were death-bed bequests a species of bequest which the law did not favour, and which were essentially different from charities properly so called, which were subject to taxation. He objected to immunities which encouraged men to immortalise themselves as founders The loss to the Slate of the exemptions in question was about 316,000 a-year while there was a large and growing charge en the public funds connected with the administration of Charities amounting to about 45,000 a-year; and with other items the whole loss to the State was nearly half a million per annum.

Dividing charities into the small, the middle, and the large, he proceeded to analyse them, stating that among the small there was hardly one which in itself was deserving of the toleration of the House, and whioh had not been condemned by three separate commissi' ns of inquiry as tending to pauperise people who eeek them, and to compromise their independence and self-respect. As to middle charities, which he described as being distributed in money only, he con tardea that they were in the main not charities in the strict sense of the term while, as regarded the large charities, they were full of abuses, and often mere vehicles for patronage, and were not fit subject for exemptions, which in fact amounted to grants cf public money. He contended generally that the measure he proposed was both just and politic; but the Government did not desire to press it on an adverse House, and it was for the House to say whether or not it would accept it. Sir 8. Northcote argued that the effect of the proposed plan would be to double the pressure of the incanie tax on numbers of persons connected with charities, and endowed schools especially.

He objected to pass the clause in its present shape on the mere promise that hereafter exceptional cases cf hardship would be dealt with. He denied that the proposed plan would operate to correct those abuses which had been enumerated, and which belonged to the class of death bed bequests; the reforming process being that ot laying an income tax upon them There lay at the root of this proposition the principle of reducing the means of assistance of the sick and poor to private Charity and state grants, and abolishing that class of charities which, under the name of endowments, was peculiar to this hoped the clause would be rejected at once by the House. Mr. Magltre opposed the clause, illustrating its bad effects by its operation in certain endowed schools in Cork. Lord H.

Vane also stated himself to be unconvinced by the arguments of Mr. Gladstone, and he could not agree to Lis proposal. Mr. W. Martin claimed exemption for country hospitals.

Lord Cecil said that the whole of the sophistical speech of Mr. Gladstone was a long indictment against charities, against the benevolent, and against the poor. He deprecated the fierce attack which had been made on the dead founders of so many of our best charities but, whatever may have been the motives which influenced those bequests, the question now was whether the succour and aid which had been afforded to the poor should or should not be still secured to them intact. The Chancellor of the Exchequer then stated he W3uld withdraw the clause. Mr.

Disraeli said that this announcement was a very rational one but he never heard such an announcement preceded by such a speech as that of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, enunciating such strange, such monstrous principles, which he thought ought not to be allowed to pass unnoticed. He bad hoped that the objectionable features of a budget which in its main features was satisfactory to the House and the country would not have been obtruded and pressed upon the House But the reductions of expenditure and of the burdens of the people were the acts of the House, and not of the Government while the eccentricities of the budget were those of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In proposing to tax charities the right hon. gentleman had laid 4own as his fundamental principle that exemption from taxation was equivalent to a grant from the State But exemption was founded on the plea that it was just and that being so, it was not a favour but a right and it was for the House to decide whether the exemptions enjoyed by charities were just or not. If the charities of the country were obnoxious to the attacks which had been made upon them, the remedy was not the imposition of an income tax, but the reforming interference of the Legislature.

Lord Palmebston said he was able to assure Mr. Disraeli that the proposition of the Chancellor of the Exchequer was entirely concurred in by all his oolleagues. He agreed in the principle whioh had been laid down, that exemption from taxation was equivalent to a grant from the to Baying that these exceptions were just, that was begging the whole question and he denied that the exemptions under discussion were just, they were a right and not a boon. The fact was that the opposition to the proposed plan was got up by local agitation, and though he respected the prejudice on vniioh that opposition was founded, and bowed to it, yet he 1 still considered it to be a prejudice, and his right honourable friend had exercised a wise discretion in withdrawing his proposition. Mr.

Henley said that tke local agitation alluded to ex. pressed the opinion of the whole country, whioh could not see that the proposition of the Government was just. He argued that in the pursuit of that material policy which he had professed for some years the Chancellor of the Exchequer had been a party to the disturbances of the endowments of the Universities, and had sacrificed their Christian character at the throne of Mammon, and the present proposition was another step in the same course. The clause was then negatived, as was clause 4. The other clauses were agreed to, and the House resumed.

The Savings Bank Bill was taken in committee, and passed through that stage. The other business of the House was disposed of, and the House adjourned. HOUSE OF LORDS. TUESDAY. The Earl of Powis presented a petition from the clergy of Poole against the sale of intoxicating liquors on Sunday.

VICE-ADMIRALTY COURTS BILL. This Bill was reported with amendments. THE MAIL PACKET 8ERVICE. Lord Chelmsford asked the Postmaster. General whether Her Majesty's Government had accepted a tender from the Belgian Government for the Conveyance of the English mails between Dover and Ostend, and whether they contemplated any alteration in the mail packet service between Dover and Calais also, whether any failure in the performance of the existing contract between Her Majesty's Government and Mr.

Joseph George Churchward for the mail service between Calais and Dover respectively had oc-curred to render any change necessary. The noble and learned lord gave an outline of the arrangements between Her Majesty Oovernment ana mr. ouuronwa.ru, ana saia ue of the contracts entered into expired in the month of June next but in 1859 an extension of the contract had been given up to the year 1870, with an increased subsidy cf 18,000 per annum. Into the validity of that contract he would not enter but having heard that certain altera-tions were to take place in the mail service, he wished for information on the subject. Lord Stanley of Aldeeley said he would not touch upon the preliminary observations of the noble lord, as the atter would no doubt come before one of the courts ot law With respect to the packet service between Dover and Ostend, BHi.v ai.mi into a conditional ar rangement with the Belgian Government for conveying the mails at a considerably reduced rate.

If Parliament voted the money for the continuance of the contract with Mr. Churchward, then that contract would be carried on, but in the event of that not being the case, then the arrangement with the Belgian Government would come into operation. With respect to the loss that would fall upon the Belgian Government by the low rate at which they had agreed to perform the work, the Government had nothing to do with. All they had to see to was that the service was efficiently performed. With respect to the mail service between Dover and Calais, a proposal had been made to convey the mails at a considerably reduced rate, and negotiations for that purpose were in progress.

The arrangement totetand in precisely the same position as in the former, Parliament not finding the money to carry on the contract with Mr. Churchward. The Government hadnofau.lt to find with the manner in which the work had hitherto been performed, and it was not on that account that notice had been given to Mr. the desires of all men of moderate opinions, whether connected with the Church or Dissenters. Some change of the raw, whioh would provide for the fabrics, and the ordinary Church expenses, was now required.

He deprecated any desire to disturb the relations that subsisted between the Church and the constitution. Parliament, he was satisfied, had no desire to interfere with those parochial organisations. He quoted the opinion of the late Sir Robert Peel in favour of commuting church rates by a small even charge upon the owners of land and other property as proposed by this Bill. The Bill would materially relieve Dis-senters, and would thus get rid of what Sir James Graham said occurred under the present system, namely ticketing Dissenters." The late Mr. Whittle Harvey was too strongly of opinion that church rates should be solely charged upon land.

Sir W. Page Wood held that by the common and statute laws these rates had always been chargeable on the land. Lord John Russell contended that the imposition of church rates on Dissenters was not an act of injustice, because the land on which they were charged had been bought by them subject to the imposition. He preferred proceeding by a Bill in the place of a resolution, because for three sessions he had adopted the latter course, and the result had not been such as to satisfy him. The Bill was based upon the suggestions of well experienced people, eminent lawyers and others, who like him, had for the last seven years turned their attention to the subject.

Moreover it was based upon the express opinions, as he had said, of Sir Robert Peel. If the Bill was permitted to go into committee he was prepared to introduce clauses to define the way the produce of this new rate should be appropriated. He proposed adopting the suggestions of Archdeacon Hall, that the money collected should be directed to maintaining the fabrics, to the proper arrangement of the graveyards, and to the decent conduct of the service. Sir H. Stracey seconded the motion.

Sir C. Douglas said he should support the Bill if all the clauses were struck out save the 39th, which provided that church rates should cease on a certain day in the present year. Lord Henley seconded the amendment. The Dissenters would not accept a Bill like this only one emanating from themselves would receive their support. Mr.

Hardy considered that the Bill would not lead to an amicable settlement of the matter. Sir G. Grey was sure every one in the House gave the hon. member for Warwickshire (Mr. Newdegate) full credit for being actuated by an ardent desire to bring the matter to a settlement.

But he was afraid this Bill would not lead to a satisfactory settlement of the question of church rates. that portion 01 it which provided that landowners could commute all future charges by a single payment was a very excellent feature. The transference of the responsibility of the tax from the occupier to the owner would not be so easy of adoption as the hon. gentleman appeared to suppose, and, besides, he was afraid the machinery by whieh this Bill was proposed to be carried out would be far too cumbersome to be effectual. He advised the hon.

gentleman not to persevere with the Bill. Sir S. Northcote appealed to his hon. friend to withdraw his Bill, as there was no probability of its being carried in the present session. Mr.

R. Mills contended that church rates were fairly and legally chargeable upon persons and occupiers, and not upon land. There was no ecclesiastical law which could be otherwise interpreted. Only under statute law was the tax liable upon property. Me opposed the Bill because it would legalise an injustice.

Mr. Newdegate replied. A settlement of this question had been demanded for twenty-nine or thirty years, and he was anxious to obtain the decision of the House on the principles it contained. He was willing, however, to refer the Bill to a select committee. The House then divided, when there appeared For the second reading 56 Against it 94 Majority against the second reading 38 The Bill was consequently lost.

church rates redemption bill. Mr. Alcock. moved the second reading of this Bill, the object of which, he said, was to enable owners of land and others to redeem church rates in the same way as the law now provided for the redemption of the land tax. Mr.

Evans seconded the motion Mr. Newdegate opposed the Bill, saying that had his own measure, just rejected, been sent with this one to a select committee they might have been enabled to approximate, by the conjunction and amendment of the two, to a satisfactory and useful measure. Mr. Dodson supported the Bill in order to have the matter settled. Sir G.

Grey said it was important to afford facilities for the commutation of church rates, but the Bill would require great amendment before it could be made effectual. He thought it would place too much power in the ecclesiastical courts, but he had no objection to the second reading. Mr. D. Griffiths opposed the measure, considering that it would prove ineffectual for the purpose.

Ma. Bristow supported the Bill, and said it could be easily amended in committee. The House divided, when there appeared For the second reading 72 Against it 81 Majority against the second reading 9 The Bill was consequently lost. security from violence bill. The House then went into committee upon the Security from Violence Bill, the details of which underwent much discussion and some amendments.

The Marriages Registration (Ireland) Bill and the Admiralty Court (Ireland) Bill were read a second time; and, the remaining orders having been disposed of, the House adjourned at half-past 5 o'clock. CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA. CONFUSED ACCOUNTS OF FEDERAL SUCCESSES. The Africa, from New York on the 22nd of April, brought, on Sunday, very extraordinary and doubtful intelligence. The last accounts showed the Confederates victorious at Vicksburg and the Federals cooped up and at extremity at Washington, North Carolina.

We now learn that Admiral Porter, with five Federal gunboats, ran the Vicksburg batteries on the night of the 16th and had reached Warren ton and bombarded it. General Banks had commenced operations in the Bayou Teche country, one portion of his forces advancing on Patersonville and another embarking at Brashear City, their works near which the Confederates had evacuated, and the place in danger of being captured. The forces of Admiral Porter and General Banks, it was supposed, would unite and cut off the supplies from Port Hudson and Vicksburg. There was even a report that Vicksburg had been evacuated. In North Carolina the reverses of the Confederates are just as sudden and astonishing.

On the 21st General Foster managed to escape from Washington to Newbern by running the Confederate batteries, but leaving his forces surrounded by the enemy yet on the 22nd we are told that the Confederates retreated before the city, and abandoned their batteries below on the River Tar. In Eastern Virginia the Federal gunboats had been shelling the Confederate batteries, one of which they had captured, and it was said that the Confederates were retreating. The passage of the Rappahannock and the occupation of Gordonsville by the Federals turns out, as we anticipated, to be untrue. Gold was 46 per cent, premium. The mail bags taken on board the Peterhoff had been delivered un-opened to the British Consul by order ot the Prize Court.

The trial of the case has been postponed. The seizure of the Alexandra by the British Government had created a favourable impression in New York. Meanwhile the Alabama and the Florida continue to make captures. Several are reported by the late arrivals. LATER AND MORE EXPLANATORY NEWS.

The Africa and the City of Baltimore did not bring us on Tuesday any news of great importance from America. The most interesting item of the war budget is, perhaps, the contradiction of the statement brought by the last mail of the successful outflanking of the Confederate position at Fiedericksburg. We were at first told that the Federals had crossed the Upper Rappahannock in force, that they had advanced upon Gordonsville, and occupied it without opposition. That this should have been the case seemed hardly credible. Gordonsville is at a railway unction, and being about thirty miles south-west of Fredericksburg, and on one of the high roads to Richmond, it is of course a strategic post of the first consequence.

All along it has been held by a strong force of the Southern army. If Gordonsville should be taken, the position at Fredericksburg would be turned, and the army of General Lee would have to fall back towards Richmond to ensure its own safety and that of the South. We are glad that this great peril has been escaped. The whole story seems to have rested on the slender fact that General Stoneman's cavalry made a reconnaissance up the river at a point twenty-five miles from Fredericksburg, but failed in their endeavours tg cross it. For some time past the Confederate generals have stood mainly on the defensive.

The long inaction of the enemy has now opened the way to the resumption of offensive warfare. In east and in west, in Virginia and in Ten-nesse, the Federal positions are menaced by ominous movements of large bodies of Southern troops. The fortress of Norfolk and the important city of Suffolk, which are at a short distance irom one another on two short but wide rivers which open into the James near its mouth, to the south of Hampton Roads, have for more than a year been left in the possession of the Federals, who took them by a coup de main during the first campaign against Richmond. Ab Suffolk is only sixty miles by rail from Petersburg, which is north-west from it, and Richmond again scarcely twenty-five miles north of Petersburg, Suffolk in the hands of the Federals has been a constant menace to the capital of the Confederacy. An advance made from thence upon Petersburg, flanked by gunboats on the James River to its right, would have about as good a chance of success as the abortive attempts against Richmond from the west and from the north.

The Northerners at Suffolk oblige the Confederates to weaken their army by keeping a strong garrison at Petersburg. So an attempt is now being made by a strong force under the able General Lougstreet to dislodge the enemy from positions of such vital importance. The chances of success would certainly appear to be against him. The Nansemond River, which skirts Suffolk on the west, is navigable to the Federal gunboats. The city is but twenty miles distant from Newport News, and less than thirty from Fortress Monroe, on the opposite side of the James River.

The Northerners are thus enabled to throw any amount of reinforcements into it at short notice, and preventing the passage of the Nansemond by armed gunboats they can secure Suffolk from attack. A recent engagement between a gunboat squadron and Confederate batteries on the western bank resulted in much damage to the ships, but did not, apparently, prevent them from passing up the river. General Longstreet has attempted to cross so as to get close' to Suffolk, bat hitherto without success. The latest ae. spectacle, for near the door was lying on the ground the unfortunate Mrs.

Butt, who was only 35 years of age, burned in a terrible manner. One arm was lying outside the door in the passage, and the remainder of her body in the room. A medical gentleman was at once sent for, who at. tended and pronounced lite extinct. The origin of the are is not precisely known, but it is thought that the poor creature must have set her clothes on fire, and in her endeavours to rush out of the room to procure assistance had fallen on the floor.

Another Shocking Accident through Firh. melancholy accident occurred on Monday to Mrs. Ann Mortimer, an infirm lady, between 70 and 80 years of age residing in Victoria-terrace, Battersea-park, who was burnt in a shocking manner by her cap taking fire while she was reading in bed. Her screams brought to her aB. sistance the maid-servant, who slept in an adjoining room and who, with great presence of mind, seized tbe counter' pane and extinguished the flames, but not before the un.

fortunate sufferer was so frightfully burnt, particularly about the neck and body, that her recovery is deemed hopeless. Working Men's Excursions to Paris. A. public meeting of working men, to hear a statement from the committee who are organising the above excursions, was held on Monday evening in the theatre of 'he Mechanics' Institution, Chancery-lane, London, Sir Robert Clifton, M.P., in the chair. Mr.

Travers, the secretary, read a short report, stating the arrangements at present made by the committee, by which it appeared that it was intended the excursions should take place at Whitsuntide, for which purpose special trains whould leave Victoria Station on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the 23rd, 24th, and 2oth of May, returning from Paris on the corresponding days of the following week. A break in the journey would take place at Calais of four hours, to allow the excursionists an opportunity of viewing that town. The fares there and back would be forthe second class25s, and for the third-class 20s. The report was adopted, as were also several resolu-tions in accordance with the objects of tbe meeting. A Ki3S and A Blow.

At Hammersmith Police Court, on Tuesday, John Kennedy, a youth, was charged with violently assaulting Mrs. Louisa Bridges, residing at No. 4, King-street, Kensington. The complainant, whose left eye was very much blackened, said that on Monday night she was returning home in the company of another woman when she met the prisoner with three other boys in Wright's-lane. He suddenly caugbt hold of her and kissed her.

She told him that she would give him in charge, upon which he struck her in the eye and knocked her down. He struck her several times afterwards and then ran away. The prisoner's defence was that he was not there, and that he never saw the prosecutrix in his life until he was taken into custody. Confirmatory evidence having been given, Mr. Ingham sentenced the prisoner to fourteen days' imprisonment with hard labour.

The Attempted Suicide of a French Gentleman in the City. M. Hippolyte Linde, who attempted to commit suicide at Fiveash's Hotel, under the determined circumstances described in our last, still lies in St. Bart ho. lomew's Hospital in a very dangerous condition, but some hopes are entertained of his recovery.

The unfortunate gentleman has conversed freely with Mr. Lawrence, the surgeon under whose care he is, and he has stated that he placed a six-barrelled revolver to his left Bide, with the in-tention of piercing his heart. Tbe clicking of the hammer of the weapon, however, caused the shock to become de-pressed at each of the three dischargee, and the bullets con-sequently took an upward direction, and did not produce the result intended. Three of the barrels were somewhat out of order, which circumstance prevented him from dig-charging all the six barrels into himself, an! he reloaded the discharged barrels with the intention of carrying out hia purpose. One of the balls, it is thought, lodged in the upper portion of the left lung.

Embezzlement oe 3000 by a Clerk to Messrs. PlCKFORD AND AT BIRMINGHAM. At the Publio office, Birmingham, on Monday, before Mr. T. C.

S. Kyn. nersley, a highly-respectable-looking man named George Jones, 43 years of age, a clerk in the employment of Messrs. Pickford and the well-known railway carriers, at their goods depot, Curzon-Btreet-station, Birmingham, was charged with embezzling various sums of money belonging to his employers. It appeared from the evidence that the prisoner has been in Messrs.

Pickford and Co's employment for nearly twenty-five years as town collector. His duties were to collect in the town, on behalf of his employers, amounts due from customers for carriage of goods. He accounted daily to the cashier for amounts received by him during the day, at the same time furnishing a 1 ist of the persons who had paid him their accounts. ft having been discovered that the prisoner had received several amounts from customers in the town, and for which he had not accounted to the cashier in his daily list, an investigation took place which showed a system of fraud carried on by the prisoner for some time. Three cases were proved in which the prisoner had received sums amounting to about 50, and the prisoner was committed for trial at the sessions.

Upon the prisoner making an application to be admitted to bail, the solicitor for the prosecution opposed the application, stating as his reason for so doing that the prisoner's defalcations amounted to 3000, and extended over a long period. Gcn Accident at Hornsey-wood House. On Satur-day afternoon a serious accident took place in the enclosed shooting-ground at Hornsey-wood House during one of the usual pigeon shooting sweepstakes. At these gatherings experienced persons are in attendance for the purpose of loading and capping the guns for the competitors, and in the event of the guns getting out of order there is a work-man's bench upon the ground, which is situated between the spectators and those competing for the prizes consequently the bench is generally surrounded during the firing. It appeared that as Mr.

Thorogood was engaged in loading the gun of one of the gentlemen contending for a sweep, stakes, and while in the act of letting the triggers down upon the nipples, having previously placed tbe caps upon them, he, by pure accident, touched the trigger of tbe left-hand barrel, which instantly discharged its contents into the leg of a gentleman who was standing about two feet from it, and shattered the ankle, leaving the foot hanging by a piece of skin. The unfortunate man, who is about 25 years of age, and whose name is Robert Taylor, residing in the Holloway-road, fell to the ground, while poor Thorogood, who was almost frantic at what he had done, ran for medical assistance. The shooting was instantly stopped, and everybody on tbe ground manifested the deepest sympathy for the unfortunate man, who lay in an apparently dying state. Upon the arrival of Mr. Collew, of the Horn aey-road, the poor fellow's leg was bound up, and he was conveyed to Bartholomew's Hospital, where it was found necessary to amputate the limb, and it is said to be doubtful whether the unfortunate man will survive the accident.

Extraordinary Abstinence from Food On the 10th of April a young woman, aged twenty. seven, and named Martha Batten, was apprehended at Newbury on a charge of vagrancy. She was sentenced to twenty-one day imprisonment. She was brought to the Reading gaol on the 13th of April. From the moment of her conviction she expressed her determination not to eat anything whilst she was in prison.

On her arrival at Reading gaol she bad been for three days without food. She was evidently determined to continue the same plan. She refused to eat or to drink anything. Day after day passed, and her determination continued still unchanged. The officers of the gaol, and everyone acquainted with the circumstances, were astonished that a person could continue so long without aliment.

On the 27th April nearly eighteen days from tbe time other apprehension this man had taken, to use a common expression, neither bit nor drop" of anything. IE" Sf S1 (Dr- Woodhouse) and the surgeon suit, A. Bully) felt that the woman could not be allowed to pursue this course any longer, and they ordered that some broth and gruel shou'd be forced down her throat. It was not till she found that unmistakeable preparations were being made for doing this that she at last succumbed and partook of a small quantity of broth and gruel. The moat strange part of the affair ia that the woman appeared V617 httle affected in her bodily health by her long-con-tinned fast.

A representation was made to the Secretary ot Mate, and inquiries were instituted as to the mental condition of the prisoner, and she was ultimately removed to Littlemore Lunatic Asylum. During her imprisonment the gaol Martha Batten was visited by several medical gentlemen in 1 the town, and they expressed themselves to be perfectly astonished at the fact that a person could for so iTgff Zm9 a8tamrfroni food with apparently so little ill-effect resulting from it. We are informed that on a previous occasion the woman did very much tbe same thing. Two years ago she was imprisoned in Reading gaol, and she then went for seventeen days without food. Berkshire ECCLESIASTICAL.

MR. GLADSTONE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF in. 7 OXFORD. ine hcclesiastic, a monthly periodical, devoted chiefly to reviews of theological works, and which rarely con-tains any political paper, has a significant article in its current number on the present position of Mr. Gladstone towards the University of Oxford, the more noteworthy as its editor has always been one of his warmest supporters.

The following are the conclusions at which it arrives Ten years ago, as we pointed out at the time, the attachment fwLl anythjns but confiding and enthusiastic S2SSS maklnthe of questionable bargain-a idate. Bu even wt 35r HJgh Churchmen of the hyper National and 8Ch0018 (chdeacon Denisou and Mr Benew, men too a the Committee of the OppSon Snd mMt be in their PUtic- The truth is, the mind GJad8tne certainly does not represent sroSonSSIvSS! tisJDJ'i'- Alt thick and thin S2S i. Mr- Disraeli can, of course, have SSSSS'SS bis line of politica; even liberal clall iS Churchmen of the Church and State K1 SSJKg licans, and much more ultra Protestants, are once cord Itw P8l'lve opposition. Nay, even those who Hi bUPPrtecl hm, Liberals in politics and Catholics Sirnfc re divided in opinion and the residue, who MuuJfr any competitor who has yet entered an appearance, consider that his Parliamentary services to the Wol T0uld etraa-Uy available and less embarrassed, Decause less suspected, in union with the representation of a more popular constituency. In short, the only difficulty, and it is a very serious practical difficulty, is the choice, we do not cquaiiy aoie, out ot a religious and trustworthy suc-r880rC Ba' if.

in the meantime, a man, thorough in unurcn principles, and of sufficient ability, tact, and Parliamentary experience to recommend them, and much more, of proved decision of character and singleness of purpose to stand by them when contested if such can anyhow be induced to come forward, we cannot doubt of his success and if a contest was spared by the timely withdrawal of Mr. (iladstone, we, among others of hia sincere admirers, should be all the better pleased. BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. The annual meeting of this society asheldon Wednesday, at Exeter-hall, for the purpose of re porting the progress of the society during the past year. The Earl of Shaftesbury occupied thechair and was supported by the Archbishop of York, the Earl of Harrowby, Dr.

Tidman, the Bishop of l302ne, thS BuhP of Carlisle, the Bishop of Cashel, S3 Sir A- Amew, the Hon. Arthur Kin- naird, M.P. Mr. Hanbury, M.P. and the Bishop of Man-ntius.

The.5?T- c- Jackson, the secretary, opened the which he reada voluminous report, of which the following is an abstract. The object of the society was to curonlate the authorised version of the Holy XD- Uaited kingdom, and in other countries 1 sL. wi ved PM The Bible Society formed had become the parent oi many others, and they were unexpected manner. In Tennessee another panic has fallen upon the Federals at Nashville. General Van Dorn, who was considered to have been entirely routed and disposed of in the recent I encounter at Franklin, is reported more lively than ever, and supposed to be advancing with an overwhelming force I upon the capital of the state.

The Federal Governor Johnson has hastily ordered a fresh levy of 25,000 men in Eastern Tennessee, but long before these men are drilled or even enlisted the fate of Nashville may be decided 1 and Tennessee lost. More important than the fate of Nashville is that of Vicksburg. While.Grant is withdrawing the feeble remnant of an army so many thousands of which have perished by sickness and the sword, while the defences of the Icity are confessed on all hands to be practically unassailable, we have received the most improbable report of its approaching evacuation by the Confederates. The only warrant for this rnmour would seem to be the fact that its supplies may be partly cut off by the Federal gun boats on the river between Vicksburg and Port Hudson. Admiral Porter has reinforced the two vessels of Admiral Farragut with seven gunboats, which he has succeeded in smuggling past the guns of the great fortress during the darkness of night.

He took with him three transports, one of which was destroyed. It is difficult to discover what he intends to do with the unfortunate troops in the others. To land them anywhere would be to give them up to the Confederates. The admiral wantonly bombarded the town of Warrenton as he passed it, but did not venture to attempt a landing there. With the fleet in the river below Vicksburg, supported by the land force with which General Banks is advancing from the Bayou Teche, the supplies that have been brought to the City by the Red River from Louisiana and Texas may of course be cut off for the present.

But while the land communication with Jackson in Mississippi remains unbroken, we do not think it likely that the garrison will be starved out. And the squadron of Admiral Porter will stand in need of its own supplies, which will not be very easily obtained. His vessels may find it easier to float down past Vicksburg in the night than to ascend the stream in front of the same guns. Some additional impediment some strengthening of the batteries of Port Hudson, may make the position of Farragut and Porter so critical that these adventurous navigators may wish they had not been so rash as to beard in their own waters the defenders of the Southern Confederacy. THE MORMONS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERN-MENT.

The Desert News of March 18 has been received here. It contains a sermon delivered by Brigham, in the Tabernacle, March 8, upon the wrongs and persecutions, both present and past, of the Mormon people, and the conduct, both present and past, of the general government and the several state governments towards them. He proclaims the Mormons a loyal people refers to the Mormon battalion that volunteered for the Mexican war, and which was commanded by Colonel St. George Cook and this, he says, they did just after they had been driven in the dead of winter from Nauvoo, and their every religious and political rights trampled under foot by mobocrats. There were none left to defend our rights.

We were driven from every right freemen ought to possess." He says, The Mormon people are filled with patience and long suffering, clinging to the institutions bequeathed to us by our fathers as closely and as tenaciously as ever babe clung to maternal breast." He winds up with rather a questionable declaration of loyalty But, if the government of the United States should now ask for a battalion of men to furht in the rre- sent battle fields of the nation, while there is a camp of Boiuiers irom aoroau locateu wicnin tne corporate limits of this city, I would see them in first." He is severe on Indian expeditions by the government, and says, I will, comparatively speaking, take one plug of tobacco, a shirt, a three cents worth of paint, and save more life and hinder more Indian depredations than they can by expending millions of dollars vested in an army to tight and kill the Indians." THE KEOKUK. In coming out of action the Keokuk had the advance, and before she had arrived at the buoy I was alongside of her in a small It was nearly daik at the time, but great holes were visible in her sides, her prow, her atter turret, and her smokestack. Her plates were bent, and bolts protruded here and there all over her. Before the action her sloping sides and her turrets had been "slushed" with tallow, and to avoid contact with this substance I placed my feet in the shot boles, and literally ascended to her deck as by a ladder. Until that moment I confess my conception of the terrible earnestness with which the rebels had fought was far behind the reality.

So thickly did she wear her sears that no one had been able at that time to count them. One round shot penetrated her after farret, the sides of which, it will be remembered, are fustrums of cowes, whue the turrets of the Monitors are perpendicular cylinders. Another shot passed through her port bow, and still another through her starboard quarter. These were all steel projectiles of 1001b. weight, and polished to the smoothness of a knife blade.

The terrible effect of these projectiles may be imagined when it is stated that one of tbem, striking tbe atter turret at an angle, when the vessel was almost under the walls of the fort, buried itself in the iron mail, and there remains. New York Herald Corre. spondent. Much in the Way. It is thought that measures will be taken by the Executive to rid Washington of a surplus of the negro population.

It is estimated that there are now in the district some 25,000 negroes, being an increase of neaily 15,000 since the war broke out. A large number are iaie, ana tne appeal wnich has been made to humanitarians to aid in supporting them has been very feebly responded to. New York World. Ingenious Devices are resorted to by the Confederate agents in the North fer convevinir desDatches to the South. One man, who wore brass buttons on his coat, carried the despatches in his buttons.

These were really little boxes, made to screw on and off, and were, in fact, veritable despatch boxes. Another messenger resorted to a still more ingenious plan he cut a bar ot soap in half, scooped out the interior of the two halves, put his papers in the hollow space, cemented the two halves together by heat, used the soap for washing, and when his bageace was overhauled the Federal authorities passed by so very harmless an article of tne toilette, which was left perfectly exposed, and free trom all attempt at concealment, as though it were really nothing out genuine Drown YY mdsor. FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. Italy. The oldest of Italian patriots, the venerable Ruggiero Settimo, has just died.

This eminent man was President of the Government of Sicily in 1848. When the expulsion or tne Jiourbons in low allowed the Kingdom of Italy to be formed. Count Cavour. bv a srraceful act. aD- pointed Ruggiero Settimo President of the Senate.

The othce was merely honorary, as the great age of the patriot rendered it impossible that he could discharge its duties but he accepted the title tendered as a tribute well deserved to his character and services. The Italian Government has sent a frigate to convey the body of the Nestor of Italy to -Palermo. Austria. It has been announced that Baron Solomon Rothschild, of Vienna, has taken the new Austrian Five per Cent. Loan of 4,000,000 at the price of 102f.

50c. This is a lottery loan with prizes of various amounts ranging up to 30,050, which are to be drawn twice a-year. Hence it cannot be introduced in London, although in Germany the system is most popular. The Paris Credit Mobilier sent in a tender, but their price was lOOf. Russia.

The Journal of St. Petersburg published on Wednesday despatches from the Swedish, the Spanish, and the Italian Governments relating to the Polish question, with the Russian reply to each. The Spanish note is somewhat peculiar, inasmuch as it merely appeals for grace and indulgence, and strongly condemns the impatience of the Poles. The Swedish despatch relies upon the broad principles of justice and humanity. The Italian note is described as being drawn up in a conciliatory spirit we trust conciliatory does not mean servile.

The replies appear to be just the usual vague sort of official response professing all manner of good intentions, and promising nothing. India. Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy intends sending some first-class thoroughbred Arab horses to England as a present to the Prince of Wales. The Secretary of State for India has approved of the employment of the officers of the late Indian Navy in any branch of the un coven an ted service. The degree of Master of Arts has been conferred on six Hindoo graduates of the Calcutta University.

They are the first natives of India who have attained to this honour. The Lucknow Begum, Hurzut Mehal, and her son Brijis Kadr, the principal leaders of the OuJe rebellion, having at last expressed their wish to surrender to the British autho rities, the Government have directed that their names be expunged from the list of proscribed outlaws, and they are new added to the roll of our State prisoners. The Manilla authorities, under orders from Madrid, have resumed the exportation of manufactured tobacco to foreign countries. Persia. The Shah of Persia is said to have informed the British Resident at Teheran that he should proceed to the relief of Herat unless the army of the Dost was recalled by British interference.

Mexico. A telegram from Vera Cruz, via Cadiz, under date April 5, reports that General Ortega, the Mexican leader commanding in Puebla, had offered to General Forey to capitulate on certain condition the latter rejected, demanding the unconditional surrender of the city. Ortega made an attempt to force his way through the French columns, but was driven back into Puebla with considerable loss. If this be true, we may expect to hear of the fall of the city and the march to Mexico before long. The municipality and the ladies of Puebla had, it is stated, implored the French commander not to destroy the city, to which General Forey answered that he hoped to obtain possession of it without firing a shot.

This looks rather too roseate to be quite reliable. The Echo du Nord of Lille has received a warning for A telegram from Brittany brings the verdict adulterous murdress, Madame Olive, and her accomplices. They are all found guilty, bat with extenuating dream. GENERAL NEWS. The Court.

If we are to believe the gossiping and often incorrect Court Journal, the Princess of Wales has followed the example of speed set by all the royal brides of England. The Prince, it is said, has declined the invitation of the nperor Napoleon on the ground of the Princess's health, and we are farther told that her Royal Highness has "discontinued horse exercise." The Prince brought a bottle of water from the Jordan to be used at the baptism of his expected niece. It is to be hoped that his Royal Highness brought more than one bottle. The Prinae of Wales has accepted an invitation to a grand City Ball to be given to him at the Guildhall, on the 1st of June by the Corporation, on which day the Prince will be presented with the freedom of the City. The Moniteur of Wednesday says La France maintains, in spite of the contradictions of the English newspapers, that the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected at Fontainebleau.

La France is badly informed. Notwithstanding the pleasure such a visit would have caused it, the Court of the Tuileries has never conceived the hope of it in presence of the duties which their royal highnesses have to fulfil in England during the firsf months following their recent union." The Princess of Wales has sent 5 to Mrs. M'Nair, whose husband lost his life in Dundee on the 11th of March, in taking down a flag used in the rejoicings of the 11th. Death of Lord Hatherton. Lord Hatherton died on Monday afternoon, at his seat, Teddesley-park, Penk-ridge.

His lordship will be lamented by a large circle of private and political friends. He had jnst entered his 73rd year. Until last summer he was in his usual invariable good health, with every probability of attaining the extended longevity of the elder public men of his generation but from the commencement of a long illness no hopes were entertained of his recovery. The returns from Lancashire are very satisfactory. In the week ending April 25, as compared with the last week in March, there was an increase of 33,816 in the number of operatives fully employed, and of 1300 in the number working four or five days a week, while the number of persons wholly out of employment was less by 24,954.

There are still persons receiving relief "from the committees but this number, large as it is, is 61,007 below the return for March. Mr. Farnall's weekly report shows a decrease of 5373 in the number in receipt of parochial relief. A Deputation of Trades Unionists waited upon Mr. Adams, the American Minister, on Saturday evening, to place in his hands the address to President Lincoln recently agreed upon at their meeting at the St.

James's Hall. The deputation was introduced by Mr. Bright, M.P., Mr. Cremer, Mr. Potter, and several others addressed Mr.

Adams in reference to the objects of their meeting, and also in deprecation of the war feeling which had sprung up in this country, and also in America. His Excellency, in a brief speech, expressed the pleasure it would give him to forward the address. He alluded to the war feeling, and said that while between two nations of the same race, and each claiming superiority on the ocean, collisions might take place, yet if there were between the two nations similar straightforward expressions of opinion to those which he had heard that night, there would be no fear of war. He added that, notwithstanding the tone of some of the journals and some speakers in America, the feeling of the great body of the people towards England there was of a most friendly character. The body of a man has been fished up out of the river opposite St.

Katharine's Dock, which the police affect to believe is that of the murderer of Emma Jackson. The description given of the man who entered the house in George-street with the unfortunate woman is said to tally exactly with the appearance of the corpse found in the river. Moreover, the drowned man had his hands tied, from which it is assumed that he committed suicide. There is not at present, however, any evidence to show that the body is that of the supposed murderer, and it will hardly do for the police to relax their exertions in tracing the perpetrator of the crime on the loose theory that he has committed suicide. Death of the Dowager Viscountess Andover.

This venerable lady died last week at Brighton. The late viscountess was the eldest daughter of the first Earl of Leicester by his first marriage with Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. James Lennox Dutton, father of the first Lord Sherborne. Her ladyship was born in 1777, and married first in 1796, Charles Viscount Andover, eldest son of the fifteenth Earl of Suffolk, who died in January, 1800 and, secondly, in 1806, Admiral Sir Henry Digby, K.C.B., who died in August, 1842. Death of Sir John Pollen.

We regret to announce the death of the above baronet, which took place on Saturday morning, at the Grosvenor-hotel, Park-street, after an illness of some weeks. The deceased was son of the first baronet, by the daughter of Mr. Walter Holt, of Reden-ham. He was born at Redenham in 1784, and married in 1819 the only daughter of the Rev. John Craven, of Craven, in Wiltshire and succeeded his father in 1814.

He represented Andover in Parliament from 1820 to 1831 was reelected in 1833, and sat till June, 1841. The deceased, who was Colonel of the South Hants Militia, is succeeded in the title by his nephew Mr. Richard Hungerford. Election of Registrar of Deeds for the West Riding of Yorkshire. On Monday, when the scrutators appointed at last Pontefract sessions met at Wakefield to conduct the election, the Hon.

G. E. Lascelles was the only candidate-announced, and after 24 votes had been tendered for him, and no one else appearing in answer to the call of the cryer of the court, the chairman of the scrutators, Mr. E. B.

W. Balme, declared him elected. Captain Fawkes declined to go to the poll. A return made to Parliament shows that the gross fees received by the Registrar of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the last three years have averaged 2443, and tbe Registrar's fees 1630 a year, which annual income was the object of the recent contest. Mr.

Thomas Clayton, of Wakefield, has presented to the National Lifeboat Institution 250, to pay for a new lifeboat, to be called the Wakefield, which town is his native place. The boat is to be stationed at Lytham, in lien of the lifeboat at present there, which is not large enough for that dangerous locality, where shipwrecks are of frequent occurrence. The Foun ation- stone of a New Bridge over the Thames at Blackfriars was laid on Saturday by Lord Sondes, the chairman of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway. This bridge will be completed in May, 1864, and will connect the Chatham and Dover Railway with the Metropolitan or Underground Railway, and afford continuous and unbroken the north and south portions of the metronolis.bnt.alBn between all parts of the country lying north and south of Mr. and Mrs.

W. F. Wivnmu has been in Norwich during the last few endeavouring to enect a reconciliation with bar hnohan hk I the streets for Mr. Windham's coach from Cromer which generally arrives in Norwich about 10.30 a.m., and' has made various attempts to attract his notice, and re-awaken his affection. She has also sent letters for him beloved, indulgent husband! Frederick, but the "indulgent husband" appears to be complacent no longer, as he has consigned them to the flames, and remained absolutely deaf to the "voice of the charmer.

Various letters have also been addressed anonv. mously to Mr Windham the following being a specimen Dear Windham is here. Do, as a friend, take my advice, and see her at once. I am, yours truly, i She is dreadfully in love with you." These comma. fnS6? Mr.

Windham with equal indifference. Mr. Windham's local solicitor endeavoured it is stated, to induce Mrs. Windham not to come to Nor-' mci and met her at Wymondham when she came down but expostulation proved useless, and the lady persisted coming on to try the effect of her fascLatiis nwTher SSft1? dmiT HeF cements have of conformed a -v ion uoya. Calamitous Fire and Loss of Lift Sttarfft.

resiaes at jno. 14, Charlton-streefc, Somers-town TAd fortunate woman had been lnfr ftin. 5 tfae nn-dense bodies JoVferib felffe dmg 8moe in crawl uZT't09030 ht was obli to sllnol the 532? XJWf KmgVcrosa Society's escapes from smaatdbonetf7- tten3ed the conductor down his tha nd succeeded in bringing several of the residents, and thir malting iSaf6? tJU8down -tain, jnst as the fire wL was hfrfi J7 towards the top of the house. The fire When Ft00 n.mMm part of the premises wnea it ww ertmguulwd the firemen beheld a fearful administration of the funds of Greenwich Hospital, and at once give practical enect to tne seamen Act, which gave the Stamen's sixpences monthly to the hospital, and also declared that the widows and orphans of seamen, slain, killed, or drowned in the sea service, and of ability to maintain or provide comfortably for themselves, should be received into the said hospital, or in some reasonable manner be provided for and educated Lord C. Paget replied that as an hon.

member (Mr. Liddell) had given notice of a similar motion for Friday, he I would rather prefer deferring his reply until that evening. PERU. THE HIGH-PRICED CRUELTIES COMMITTED ON CAPTAIN WHITE NUTVILLE. Colonel Dunne asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps had been taken to obtain redress for the cruelties inflicted by the Peruvian Government on Captain White Nut ville, a British subject.

Mr. Layard replied that the case of Captain White Nutville was one of the worst he ever remembered. It appeared he was arrested on an unfounded charge. He was put into prison, and treated with the greatest barbarity indeed the punishment inflicted npon him was a disgrace to that country. After being in prison he was liberated on the representation of the British Consul.

No reason was given for the conduct to which Captain Nutville was sub-jected. The matter was referred to the law officers of the Crown, and they reported that he was entitled to compensation, and 4500 was suggested, and that Bum was received from the Peruvian Government and paid to him. (Hear, hear.) It appeared, however, that Captain Nutville was dissatisfied with this sum, and actually demanded 292,174. (Much laughter.) He would mention a few of he items. Three blows on the head with a musket, 3200." (Laughter.) A knock-down blow by a soldier, 1000." Several bayonet prods and kicks on my aching sides, 2000." (Laughter.) "Five days' bad food, 5000." (Laughter.) Loss of health, 20,000." (Roars of laughter.) The Government had not deemed it right to make any additional demand npon the Peruvian Government.

(Hear.) Both sides had agreed to refer the matter to arbitration, and no doubt a satisfactory decision would be arrived at. THE PETERHOFF. Lord R. Cecil called attention to a fresh statement in the newspapers to the effect that Admiral Wilkes had de-clined to permit the mail bags of the Peterhoff from being sent on. Had the Foreign-office received any intelligence upon the matter Mr.

Latard replied that his former answer was strictly correct. Mr. Seward had informed Lord Lyons that the mail bags should at once be forwarded to their destination without being opened. A gentleman had come to this country to settle' the matter with respect to mail bags, as no case of the kind had formerly occurred. No further information than that he ha 1 already communicated to the House had been received at the Home-office.

education. Mr. Walter then rose to move the following resolu. tions 1. That it is the opinion of this House that the sums annually voted by Parliament for educational pur- poses ought to be made applicable to all the poorer schools throughout the country (not being private schools, or carried on for profit), in which the attendance and examination of the children exhibit the results required, under the revised code, by Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools.

2. That to require me employment oi certincatea teachers, or ot pupil teachers by school managers, as an indispensable condition of their participation in the capitation grant, is inexpedient and unjust to the managers of such schools. The hon. gentleman argued against the existing machinery of State education, with its exclusiveness and cumberousness, and pointed out that the large expenditure of public money, and the vast apparatus of training colleges and pupil teachers, was established and in operation for" the purpose of teaching little children up to the age of twelve, to read, write, cypher, and behave themselves. He especially directed his criticism against the system of pupil teachers, and objected to the Government forcing that class of teachers on the masters of all schools.

He also pronounced decidedly against the certificate system, which he urged was not efficacious in any proportion to its pretensions. He urged that the Government would put an end to the Dresent Dedantic and illiberal system, and distribute a moderate portion of tne rariiamentary grant to those schools to which his motion applied. Mr. Buxton seconded the motion. Mr.

Lowe said the speeches of the mover and seconder were in complete contradiction to the motion. By that motion the government would be bound to give as great a grant to an ill-regulated as to well-regulated schools while the second part of the motion involved a premium on a want of decency, cleanliness, and good conduct in schools. If this proposition was acceded to, the principle of applying a test to the system to which a grant of public money was applied, could not be upheld, and it was im-possible to make examination alone such a test. He argued strongly in favour of the system of certificated teachers as essential to the quality of education. He pointed out that many of the defects in the system, which had been adduced by Mr.

Walter, were true of it five or six years ago, but much of that which he acknowledged to be objectionable had been dealt with and altered. The grievance which was implied in the motion was, that the teachers to whom it referred were subjected to a very simple and elementary examination in reading, writing, arithmetic, and geograpky. Could it be said that any person who did not show that he possessed this knowledge should be in charge of a school He denied that the existing system could be characterised as a monopoly and generally argued that the regulations under which it was placed were necessary to the security of the due administration of public money. After some observations from Mr. Dutton, Mr.

F. Powell, and Mr. Salt, Mr. Adderley characterised the motion as one calculated to endanger a system which had been brought to its preoout state uy tne lanours oi thirty years and a largt expenditure of money and he argued in detail against the propositions which it contained. He moved as an amendment to leave out all the words in the motion after the word "applicable," and insert "to schools only of the working classes, but to all of them alike in the way of proportionate aid to voluntary support, subject to the favourable report of the inspector, and to tests of at least elementary instruction being given in them by teachers in all respects qualified." Mr.

Henley pointed out that by the existing system a large number of schools and a large number of children were excluded from participating in the national grant and therefore the people in those districts were taxed a penny in the pound for the support of a system the benefits of which they did not enjoy. He also showed the practical difficulties in the way of working the system in scattered country districts. The debate was continued by Mr. Potter, Sir S. Northcote (who advised the withdrawal of the first part of the motion, and the pressing of the second, which he would support), and Sir M.

Farquhar. The amendment and the first resolution were then withdrawn. The House divided on the second resolution, when the numbers were For the resolution 117 Against it 15235 act of uniformity. Mr. E.

Bouverie asked for leave to go into committee for the purpose of introducing a Bill to amend the Act of Uniformity, by which all prebends, canons, and fellows of colleges were compelled to subscribe a declaration adopting the liturgy of the established church He sought to abolish this declaration in the case of fellows. Mr. Walpole opposed the motion, contending that, however degrees in universities might be open without subscription to the liturgy, when persons came to ask participation in the endowments of the church they ought to make such subscription. Mr. Urquhart and Lord Stanley motion, which was opposed by Sir W.

Heathcote and debate who movei th" adjournment of the Lord Palmerston thought the matter one which re -quired consideration, and he was disposed to assent to P016' He was of opinion that the Edl might be brought in, and full time be given for its consideration before it was further proceeded The motion for adjourning the debate was withdrawn, and a division taken on the motion that the Speaker do leave the chair, which was carried by 157 to 135 Leave was given to bring in the Bill. The other business was disposed of, and the House adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS WEDNESDAY Several petitions were presented against the sale of intoxicating liquors on the Sabbath Mr. Locke, Southwark againBt the amalgamation of the city with the metropolitan police Mr. Knatchbull-Hugessen against the Prison Ministers Bill Mr.

Bazley, from Manchester, against the Poor Removal Bill. CHURCH BATES COMMUTATION BILL. Mr. Newdegate said, in moving the second reading of this Bill, that it would be found to be in accordance with the desires of the occupiers of land and houses, and with.

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