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Fresh meat :-r- " The return suovvs that the average quantity of fresh , meat supplied by the Commissariat during the five wintep months , from . ^ November to March , was nearly 101 b . per man per month , exclusive of thafe furnished for the troops on board hospital ships in harbour , the aggregate force being 158 , 617 , and the quantity of fresh meat issued by the Commissariat , 1 , 525 , 9491 b . The issues in December fell greatly below the average— that is , to 6 £ lb . per man ,
in consequence of the cattle vessels , which had been damaged in the hurricane , being still under repair during that month . , j ^ " I at no time ceased to mate evei | ffl || sertion to increase the supply of fresh meat , and beuSr © the month of August last , when I was obliged to resign the charge of the Commissariat on account of ill-health , I lad brought the issues to five times a-week , which is as much , considering its inferior quality , as the inilitary authorities think desirable .
Lime-juice : — " Lime-juice had never been supplied by the Commissariat for general issue to the troops , nor had I received any intimation that it was to be bo for the future . " Dr . Hall , adds Mx . Filder , had the regulation of the lime-juice in the early months of the siege . It was not till the 29 th of January that the Commissary-General received letters from the Adjutant-General and from Dr . Hall , ordering the general issue of this anti-scorbutic . Fresh Bread—Fuel : — " The demands for the army hospitals being unlimited and uncertain , the Commissariat only provides supplies for that sex-vice on special requisitions . When a requisition for bread for the General Hospital at Balaklava was first presented to the Commissariat , immediate arrangements were made for supplying it to the full extent of the demand . " The want of portable ovens and militarv bakers
greatly impeded the supply of fresh bread ; but this want was afterwards supplied from England . As regards fuel , Mr . FiLder says that , as it had never been the custom to supply fuel to an army in the field , he was not prepared with transport for its conveyance ; but he pointed out the peculia . r circumstances under which the Crimean army was situated . " Eight hundred thousand rations of charcoal , which had been toroughfc up in steamers by the navy , at the request of Lord Raglan , and given ov « r to the Commissariat early in November , remained untouched up to the 4 th of December , when the order was given to commence the issues . " The Commissary-General then immediately took all the means in his power to keep ¦ up the supply , and he states—" There was never , at any time , a . want of fuel atBalaklava : the only difficulty was to find the meaa » <> £ conveying it to the front . "
Forage : — " In answer to the alleged omission of timely arrangements for the provision of forage , I have to state that , so early as when there was full expectation of the army advancing to the Danube , I made a contract for about & \ , 500 tons of hay , to be delivered loose at different places in the neighbourhood of Constantinople ; and I also desired the Commissariat officer there to form a ddpdt of chopped Btraw , in case the army should return and occupy cantonments in Turkey during the winter . Subsequently , when it became known that we were to proceed to the Crimea , the contractors , at my request , were wiiliug to engage to deliver about 500 tons of the hny pressed instead of ioose ; but learning iu the earl of
y part September , when the army was on the way to the Crimea , that I could not rely on the fulfilment of this contract , I wrote to England , requesting that 2 , 000 tons of hay might be sent thence . Of this demand , only about ono-tonth was forwarded , and that portion reached Balaklava on the 80 th of November . " Replying to the M'Neill and Tulloch Report , Mr . Filder says : — "The Commissioners have assumed that I obtained no supplies , except by means of oontraots and tenders , aud that 1 had only followed the beaten track . I am unable to say whence they have derived the opinion , but , howover derived it is inconsistent with the faofc . I obtained supplies by evory variety of mode iu which it was possible to proeuro them , that is , by menus of agents having a know le ol tno
ago resources of the country and of the language and habits of tlie poople , by direot purchases made by Commissariat officers from the parties holding the supplies without either written tender or agreement , by public competition and by special En ^ and ^* ' ° noQasmv y > bv requisitions on The Commissary . General , in Bimuning up his case , Hoya ho truats ho has shown that it did not lie within bio power to alter or amon < l the arrangements of tho army j that when the army was Buffoi-in * from tl . n waul
, ot various articles , ho had not boon authorised to provide turn ; that he always took tho utmost pains to carry out tho orders of his superiors as soon aa ho reooivod thoir oommandfl j aud that tho failures which occurred roaultod iroin onuses over whioh ho had no QQXXitVQl .
THE PEACE . Pjsage has at length been safely arrived at , and we believe the treaty will be signed this day ( Saturday ) . The precise nature of the terms , which have beeai agreed to by all parties is , of course , at present a secret ; but it will not he long before the patient public will be enlightened . The Russians , it is s » id , have presented no serious difficulty , but have conceded the neutralisation of the Black" Sea , the transformation of Nicnolaieffinto a purely commercial port , the neutrality of the Aland Islands , and the rectification of the Moldavian frontier , based on the report ojp a commission . Le Word believes that the question of the Asiatic frontier is solved as far as concerns t < be restitution of the districts occupied by the Russians . The latter will restore Kars , the Turks will evacuate Mingrelia , and so the status quo ante will be restored . " Only the presence of M . Manteuffel is waited for , in order to the signature of the first protocol of peace . " All parties , however , ai'e not likely to bo satisfied ; and already we hear of the Moldo-Wallachians petitioning the Porte to cause the restitution of Bessarabia , which they contend was originally a part of their territory . The line of frontier now proposed will not , they assert , protect them from invasion , since it consists only of a line of low hills , not mountains , sinking at last towards the south into a flat morass . A commission composed of the following members , has , it is said , been named to draw up the treaty : — Lord Cowley , for England ; M . do Bourqueney , for
trance ; 33 aron de Brunow , for Russia ; M . de Hubner , for Austria ; and Aali Pacha , for Turkey . Sardinia and PrusBia axe unrepresented . The Tndependancc lielf / c states that , when the treaty Bha . ll have been signed , it is intended that the Conference shall bo dissolved , but that a committee shall be left sitting to carry out the details which there is not now time to arrange . Tho question of tho Principalities and of tho Turkish Christians will probably . reaeive the attention of this body . At the conclusion of tho peace , conferences -will bo hold at St . Petersburg for the purpose of examining and discussing projects of reform' in commercial policy .
duty at the explosion of the White Buildings on Thursday evening last ( Feb . 28 th ) . The accident occurred at the south-western corner of the edifice , and has been related as follows : —A mine having failed to explode , and some minutes having elapsed , Major Ranken sent his men to a distance and himself entered the place to renew the train , scattering loose powder over it . From the position in which his corpse was found s it is supposed that he bad completed his perilous task and was about getting thrpugh a window when the explosion took place and the building fell in . His arm "was broken , and there were injuries to the skull and spine which must have qccasioned instant death . Army Works Corps men dug for his body until midnight on Thursday ; they were then relieved by Sappers . The body was not extricated until past eight o ' clock on Friday morning . —Times Correspondent .
Ismail Pasha ( of Kalafat celebrity ) has been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the army of Anatolia . General Kmety will accompany him . Thbee Russian Offioebs have entered the regiment of Ottoman Cossacks . The Polish Legion . —General Count Zamoyski has proceeded to Constantinople to complete the organisation of his legion of Cossacks of the Sultan . Several very eminent officers have tendered their services . The existing body of men is to be formed at once into four r egiments of infantry , two of cavalry , and a battalion of rifles . The General was recently at Paris , when he had an interview with Lord Clarendon , who urged him to press forward the organisation of the corps .
WAR MISCELLANEA . An Accident at tub ISxpjcosi-on oir ma Wmm Woiuca . —Major Qoorgc Eanken , of tho Royal Engineers , wan killed in tb . o Kealous discharge of hie
Sir . Edmund Lyohs . —We find it stated by the Marseilles correspondent of the Times that orders have been received from the Admiralty to land the baggage of Sir Edmund Lyons , which has remained onboard the Caiadoc since the arrival here of the gallant Admiral from Constantinople ., as it appears lie is not to return to the Black Sea .
Several conflicting opinions were given as to whether this shop could be reached by persons on the stage or in the audience part of tho house ; some being of opinion that such access was possible , and others asserting that it waB not . Mr . Anderson had the key of this shop , and lost it . On the night of the hal wnaaqyd , iMr . Anderson ordered that the batten-lights should be . turned on-strong . These were lights suspended from the floor of the . carpenter ' s shop at a distance of about twenty or thirty feet , and their objeot was to throw a light on the stage from above . They were formed of barrels lined with sheet iron , running across the upper part of the stage , and supported by lines reaching to blocks and attached to the
flies . Two of the witnesses were of opinion that one of these lines may have caught fire , and communicated it to . tie floor of the carpenter ' s shop . William Dalliston , a carpenter employed about the theatre , . said that , "if one of the battens was unlighted , but charged with gas , the . gas would ascend and fill itne carpenter ' s shop with gag , and , if the gas got over the front of the house under the . carpenter ' s shop , it might be ignited . The flooring and materials of the carpenter s shop were very dry . " Richard Jones , engineer to the London Gas Company at Vauxhall ( the company employed by Mr . Anderson in preference * to that already connected with the theatre ) , said he was alinosfc convinced that escape of gas had nothing whatever to do with the fire .
Mr . Anderson gave evidence , and mentioned that there had been some dispute between Mr . Sloman , master carpenter , and Mr . Palmer , the gasman , both of whom referred the disagreement to Mr . Anderson , who settled jit , and the two disputants became better friends than ever . There had been a summons from the police-office ; but no threat had been held put . Mr . Anderson said he had sustained a loss by the fire ; but he could not as yet say to what amount . He was insured in the Sun office , to the extent of . £ 2 , 000 . TJbjs insurance expired about a week after the fire ;
but he did not know whether it would extend to the property if moved from the theatre . He was no longer liable for rent . His lesseeship terminated on the night of the oal masque . He was aware that there had been an escape of gas , but he did . not think that could possibly have caused the fire , and ^ he had told Mr . Sloman that , considering his shorb term , he could not undertake to remedy the defect . There had been a great deal of smoking during the night , and Mr . Anderson said he had been in six fights while endeavouring to prevent it , but that it wag beyond his power to stop the annoyance .
The inquest was once more adjourned ; Wednesday being appointed for its resumption . On that day ? a little additional testimony was received . The son of one of the carpenters admitted that he had , o n the night of the masquerade , lighted his father to the foot of the step-ladder leading into the carpenter ' s shop , and that he carried a candle , because there was no lamp trimmed for use ; but the candle was not taken into the shop . From the evidence of a man named Coopei ' , it appeared that , about five weeks ago , some carboyb of . what he conceived to be vitriol were . hoisted on to the roof of the theatre ; from which he augured that a fire would be very likely to occur . Mr . Anderson , being asked for an
explanation , said that the Electric Light Company applied to him for permission to burn their light over the portico of the theatre ,. as they had done over the Lyceum . The compiany used Bulphuric acid ; and they had the entire arrangement and responsibility of the matter , Mr . Anderson not troubling himself with it . It appears , however , that his carpenter placed the acid on the roof , where it remained about three weeks , and was then taken away . Mr . Anderson said he had two private rooms , which he kept , locked , because he had properties there , tho nature of which he did not wish every one to see ; bub the firemen had tho beys , and were instructed to look iuto tho rooms in their rounds . A portion of these proporties had boeu removed before the fi . ro broko out . Mr . Anderson had wires communicating from tho stage to various partB of tho theatre , for tho uho of his
galvanio batteries . Both sulphurio acid nud nitric acid were used by Mr . Anderson iu liis proecouuuu box ; but it upbears ho had never inoro thau fourteen or fifteen pounds in that box at ouo tima Mr . Slomau stated that , when first ho aaw the firo , it was rising out of tha ventilator in tho roof , whioh was from forty to fifty foot from Mr . Anderson's prosoonium box . Mr . Griovo , tho scene-painter , raeutionocl that ho had often called attention to the heaps of combustible matter whioh were allowed to accumulate in tho pro ^ porty shop , and which he once fouud smouidermg ; and Mr . Braidwood , tho superintendent of the Firo Brigudo , coufoaaod his inability to state the cause of tho firo , though ho thought tho moat probable reason was to be fouud in the over-fatigue of the watchmen , uomo of whom had been on duty f jr forty hours . 'J'ho jury returned an oijgu verdiot .
THE DESTRUCTION" OF OOVENT-GARDEN " THEATRE . Twb inquiry into tho ouuao of this fire wan resumed boat Suturday , when ouo of tho witnesses waa Mr . Sidney Siairke , brother of tho original architect of Co vent-garden Theatre , who said that , on searoMng his brothor ' a drawings of the theatre , ho found that over tho proacwuum there had boon a thiok wall , so thut a flro occurring at one end of tho roof would bo out off before reaching the other . That wall had "boon removed , to whioh fixot he attributed tho extensive progrqflB of tho ft . ro . Ho could wot form any idem of the oauso of tho fire , but he thought there was a laxity in . re&poot to aoceae allowed to the owpontor ' w shop .
Mhictijnu oif 'mm SuAaucuoLDttna of Covkmt-oarub ] TwBA'jeiuiJ . — -A meeting of about fifty ronterw or share holders of Covoub-gardon Theatre was held lust Bivtui day , at Mr Robinp ' s auction-rooms in Co vent- ardor for tho purpose of receiving from the proprietors ii
March-33 , t 8 & 6 ; - } TEE LEA : D 11 . ^ 267
Leader (1850-1860), March 22, 1856, page 267, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2133/page/3/