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the -Bombay Mair . of 12 th December . The Right Hon . James Wilson had arrived at Calcutta and takeiv his seat as a meipber of Council . It is not certain whether the Nana Sahib is dead or alive ; nor whether Jung Bahadopr is about tojissist f Jeludebs . From Onde comes another telegram r to the effect that ^ 2 OO 0 rebels under Manimde Khan , the Khan Bahadoor , and Bern MadoeKnan , had been taken prisoners j the Begum escaped . From the colony of Victobia we learn , by the mail received on Thursday , Jan . 5 , that the ministers had been defeated in the debate on the address , at the assembling of the new Parliament ; Mr . O'Shanassy and his colleagues had resigned , and Mr . Nicholson had formed a new administration . At Sydney , the Kbw Sooth Wales Government experienced a ministerial crisis ; Mr . Cowpers educational bill was rejected by the assembly , which was followed by the resignation of him and his colleagues . Mr . Forster has succeeded in forming the new ministry .
During the past week Trade and Commebge have borne a favourable aspect . On Monday , 1 st Jan ., were published the returns of the Revenue for the quarter and for the year respectively , made up to the 31 st December , which exhibit a satisfactory state of the national resources . On the Customs the increase amounts to 732 , 000 * ., and on the Excise to 1 , 075 , 000 * . Upon the whole , the annual receipts for 1859 come up as nearly as possible jo ttereceipts of 1858 ; arid j if allowance be made for a decrease of 683 , 000 * under the head " Miscellaneous "—always an uncertain and fluctuating item—exceeds it by half a million ; and if we add to this the decrease of a million and a half from the reduction in the income
tax , the revenue of 18-59 exceeds that of 1858 by nearly two millions . At the commencement of the year Consols were at 95 f > and continued with little variation at about the same figures at the time of our going to press . The French Rentes were at 69 f . 15 c , but declined throughout the week ; In consequence of the remarkably warm and wet weather , the reports from the country are favourable of the youn <* wheat ; but the corn markets of Wednesday , January 4 , were dull . All trade is flourishing . Even the shipping interest is recovering . Freights to India at the present time are so high that ships can easily return in ballast and make a good profit . The latest accounts of the Paris Bourse -itate that a good many
" executions " of defaulters affected the market . The Money Market intelligence of Friday , Jan . 6 , is as follows :--There is nO change of importance to record in the English Stock Market . Consols for Account ex div . closed at 95 | r 95 f . In the Foreign Market Old Turkish 6 per Cents , were steady at 79 ; and the New Loan brought . 65 £ 66 £ . Railway shares are a shade firmer . Joint Stock Bank and Miscellaneous shares are steady at former prices . . At this festive season the Public Amusements rise to a
condition of importance ; we have therefore devoted a considerable portion of our Record to their history . To begin with the Olympic Theatre , it is a pleasing task to have to chronicle the success , with the . general public , of a new burlesque , by Mr . R . B . Brough , entitled " Alfred the Great , or the Minstrel King . " And it is a still more agreeable ttisk . to say , that in no particular does this performance of the talented author fall short of his famous travestie , " Medea . " Nor is Mr . Robson less powerful in the hero . The scenery , especially a lovely marine landscape by Telbin , is in the best taste , and most admirably painted .
The Princess's management have intrusted their Christmas fortunes to-the skilful-. hands of Mr . H . J . Byron , who has concocted for them , in his best manner , a racy pantomime , which , no less from its abundance of witticisms than from the excellent . singing and acting of Miss Louisa Keeley , the admirable comic dancing of M . EspinOsa , and the gorg-eousness of the scenery , must enjoy a large popularity . The piece is called " Jack the Giant Killer , or Harlequin King Arthur , and the , Knights of the Round Table . " Jack is played by Miss Keeley , who , arrayed in silver armour , adds nightly to her reputation and the popularity of the theatre . The
wonderful talent as a dancer and pantomimist of M , Espmosa , again , is .-of great service . This gentleman , is obviously a great humorist , and his performances must be seen to be appreciated . The bright magnificences wo last week described still nightly rouse enthusiastic appVavise . With an excellent pantomime , preceded as it is by the refined drama ' < Home Truths , " -Mr . A . Harris has at last hit the right nail on the head , and , if he perseveres in the same direction , may now hope to rally round , Ins theatre as regular a cliontelle as that whicsli molted away from it on the retirement of its late lessee .
At the St . James ' s has been produced a Blight but very pleasing little adaptation from the French , entitled ' A Household Fairy . " The hero , Julian de Clifford ( Mr , H . T . Craven , ) is a fashionably disposed and indolent gentleman of infinitesimal property , who , being in sad pecuniary straits and disgust , is about ) to make his own quietus . But Katharine ( Miss Wyndliam ) , a lady whom he lias served , and who in gratefully fond of him , appears at the critical juncture , interrupts his purpoeo , and relieves him . She teaches him , in one short and easy lesson , the value of life , the impossibility of true happiness without exertion or purpose , and , furthermore , the value of woman as a lielpmato , His better state of mind is soon the result . As sense returns , sentiment ; comes with it ; and as Katharine is mistress of a fortune , the result need only bo hinted at . The Pantomime of " Pnuoh and Judy " is an average one in most of its features ; but its transformation scene , the dancing 1 of Mia , a Lydia Thompson , and the performance of a troop of dogs , are all so admirable in th « ir way , that , despite the attraction of other
houses , and its remote position , the little St . James ' s holds its own surprisingly . # . _ , Mr . RiCHABPS , on Monday evening , gave his New Yeab s Con - cebt fit St . James's Sail , which was . opened with the morceau caraciti-istique by Silas , a charming feature of the entertainment , solid in its harmonious opening , and brilliant in its variations upon the old theme of " Charlie is my darling . " The ensemble produced by four such performers as t \\ ebdn 4 Jtciare on the pianoforte , Engel on the harmonium , Sivori on the violin , and Bottesini on the contrabasso , was novel , and very captivating . The next curiosity was celebrated Clochette /
Sivori ' s exquisite performance of Pagauini ' s " ' a marvel of its order , but yet doomed to pale before Bottesini * s superb aria , with variations for the double bass . Herr Reiehardt gave in so impassioned a manner his own ballad of " Thou art so fair and yet so dear , " as to secure an encore . We may add that Madame Corbari , a recent acquisition , was in no great force , having suffered from a sea passage the previous night . Madame Badin , an energetic and piquante little vocalist , was heard to great advantage in two compositions by her husband , " Farfalla " and " The Patriot . " Herr Engel showed the capabilities ( in such agile hands as his ) of the harmonium for secular music , by his admirable performance of
Mozart ' s serenade , " Deh Vieni alia Finestra , " of which he gave the well-known and elegant guitar accompaniment , as well as the voice part , in a wonderful manner . Here ends our catalogue of sensations . Two artists ; whose names figured in the programme , were not present in the flesh , namely , Miss Balfe and Signor Tagliafico . The former was replaced efficiently by Madame Corbari ; Signor Ciabatta handsomely represented the latter . But the absence of Miss Balfe was very little noticed after all . That young lady , whose success as a vocalist seems to have been decreed and arranged by her parents , masters , arid friends irrespective of the public , ; and without the , entire concurrence of nature , who forgot to endow her with the requisite physique , has , Mr . Willeart Beale alleges , thrown up a regular and lucrative engagement .
The Soirees of The London , Glee and Madrigal Union ,, at the Egyptian Hall , Piccadilly , are among the most refined We have been bidden to for some time . As the season is to be biit a short one , We may as well advise our music-loving readers that they have no time to lose . The first part consists of chort |; l and ballad compositions , from the 13 th to the 17 th centuries ; the second , of more modern works . The vocalists are but six—^ all that are necessarybut are highly trained in their beautiful art . Their faultless execution of the celebrated madrigal , " Down in a flow ' ry vale > " and "In going to iny lonely bed , " Horsley ' s exquisitely polished " Celia ' s arbour , " Bishop ' s delicate and less-known " Lo , the day's chamand
pion , "is a treat to even those most familiar with part songs singing . Of the solos , " Barbara Allen" is so purely and pathetically given by Miss Eyles , as to draw tears arid an encore ; this lady charms no less in the sprightly noi-th countiy ditty ( reprinted in Mr . Cfhappell ' s collection , ) " Weel may the keel row ; " and Mr . Lawler successfully introduces a revived convivial song , from the same invaluable repertory , called , " May he who wears a sulky face . " Mr . Land is capital , both at the piano arid m the part songs j and Mr . Oliphant , the enthusiastic secretary to the Madrigal Society , officiates as " literary illusti'ator . " His accomplishments and posU lion , were guarantee for what we find the case , namely , that his commentary is , though brief , very scholarly , genial , and
interesting . The " Patchwork" Mr . and Mrs . JETowardJPaul , renovated in parts where the old seams showed signs of weakness , is again spread at St . James ' s Hall . A number of those impersonations on which our friends have built their fame , are of course retained—common gratitude demanded no less . Such are Old Roger WhitelocJc , Major Jonathan Bang ; and the remarkable imitation of Sims Reeves , Mrs . Paul ' s greatest hit . The charming Molly j Doolaif , our former praises of whom we cannot go beyond ; and the sentimental old maid , Selina Singleheart , are still to the fore ; and Mrs . Paul charms and diverts in them no less than ever . The leading : novelty is a sketch of one Mr . Rattleton Cheek , a knowing and well-known man on town , who feels justified , after fathoming the mysteries of Tupperisra , in attempting- anything- — -even the concoction of a comic entertainment .. Mr . Paul is fast improving as an actor , and his " Patter Song , " in the last-named character , is a decided success .
. At the Cbystai . Palace the festivities are kept up with un « abated spirit , to the delight of the holiday makers . Some clever performances have been introduced by the comic Clown Huline , and the Columbine and Harlequin , Mr . and Mrs . Alexander , who in their Rifle Corps Hornpipe do all that is possible to meet the great popular movement . The Campbell Minstrels , the Wizard Sinclair , the Chantrill Family , and the inimitable Mackney , are in their new parts no less successful than the old . For the comic shaddws , entirely new scenes on the great screen have been arranged . But ;
perhaps the most attractive thing of all is the lighting 1 up of the building . The Alhambra Court and oorridors are now illuminated with coloured ] anterns , [ and with a cluster of Lights in the Fountain of Lions , and the effect is most fairy-like and enchanting—as remarkable in its way as the bustle and fun of the Illuminated Pro * menndo and Fancy Fair round the great Christmas Tree , and down the length of the nave . The number of visitors has been increasing 1 daily since Christmas , ; , and , as balmy weather has set in with the general reaction after Christmas dyspepsia , Mr . Bowloy expects a large attendance within the next fow aays . The farewell performances of the Campbell Minstrels takes place in Sfc . James large hall this day at 8 ana 8 o ' clock .
22 The Leader and Saturday Analyst . [ Jan . 7 , 1860 .
Leader (1850-1860), Jan. 7, 1860, page 22, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2328/page/22/