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(ft THE NORTHERN STAR. .„ January 2, 184...
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( ft THE NORTHERN STAR . _. „ January 2 , 1847 ,
Ireland. ""* X X -Thing Can Be Cleaned F...
IRELAND . _"" * X X -thing can be cleaned from the provincial papers _, _hirhich w » uld lead to the inference tkat the eneirmoui utlutlay of half a million sterling per month of the _uhublic money has tended materially to check the pre _availing _destitution . North , south , cast , and west Ihe he reports tell the same gloomy story . Tillage , in wowo provinces at least , wholly neglected—public iroivorks absorbing all the available labour of the _counry ry ; and still n beneficial results , nor any diminu-.. iminn ia the complaint * of wide-spread distress . The ¦ r * ar * ader is already familiar with the _scenesof wretchedinefless described as existing in the countiesof Cork and _iM-Mayo ; it would appear from the Ulster papers that Iththe condition , of the people hi the comity nf _D-megiM iis is sc ircely a whit better , and that 'death by _iturv _** fiction" is no more _am-velly in that district than it i _* in _SliSkibliereenor Tyrawlyor Castlebar . __ _ _
, , Dcnus , Dee . 2 C—It is the sober belief of many _cocompetent judges that the famine this year , in Irela land _, will prove rrt' _-r-i destructive to human life than tbthe cholera , and that probably a million of persons w will b * swept away by it . The Kilkenny papers of this day present an awful li-list of sheep and cattle lifting in various parts of that cc countr . One attempt , however , on a very large scale , fa failed . ' On Tuesday night about twenty armed men vi visited the lands of Mr . Ilutchiuson , at Jerpoint , and di drew off a whole flock of sheep and seven or eight hi he . id of cattle .
State of _Ro-coumox . —Coroners' inquests have bf been held on the b : tdies of three men in the course of la last week , and from the evidence adduced it was _fofully proved that the wretched creatures had died frfrovu absolute hunger . In consequence of the enntitinuance of outrage and robbery , the magistrates of tithe county have made an application for an _additional police force to be stationed in the barony of H Boyle . No man can count on tbe _possession ot his si sheep or cattle for a single night . Extract of a Lktter from Skibereek . — "Dec .
2 20 .--Distres s * disease , and death are running ramp pant here . Every dsy is adding to our miseries , and t titer * is not a single gleam of hope before us . Our s supplies are rapidly exhausting , — our demands a are in an equal degree _increasing—and there is not t the chance , I fear , that our coffers will be in any d degree replenished . Oh ! I am sure that if the English I people generally knew of our sufferings , they would 1 hold forth the helping hand of charity , and not allow a a people whose destinies arc identified with their c own to perish miserably of famine .
A Fast Day . —A clergyman in a neighbouring I parish , belonging to the archdiocese of Tuam , ani nounced on Sunday , from the altar of his chapel , that ttbe following Wednesday , Friday , and Saturday , ** would be the last days of strict obligation upou one i meal . One of his _congregation with great truth , ex-< c aimed ,, * Father Charles , you need not take the i trouble tn tell us that—sure every day now is a fast _< day with us , and . we ' re fortunate and happy the day i we can get even one meal fur our families . "—Galway . Mercury . _Corxir of Lritrim . —A great numfwr of people are < dying here ; some days it is not unusual to see from f this neighbourhood , and including the poorhouse , 12 i funerals . The number on last Monday was fifteeu . — . Ballinasloe Star .
_AttMixGOF the Peasantry . —fhe correspondent of 1 the " 7 Y « es says—the * ' popular armanent "—whether i for offensive or defensive purposes , is a question for ' future solution—continues to form a prominent feature in Irish journalism . The latest notice of this _; perplexing * " movement" will be found in the following strange statement copied from tbe Cerlota Sentinel : — " Alarming as the circumstances may appear with respect to the free importation of arms by the railw ay , the speculation ia -40 or 50 stand of arms , as a branch of trade , _dwindles into insignificance when compared with the campaign opened by another
speculator this week , who proposed to sell by public auction , at the _Assembly Rooms , no less than 500 double and single barrelled guns , 1 , 000 pair of pistols , and 500 , 000 _percussion caps . & c ., and at a time when robberies by wholesale prevail throughout the country , not excepting the fat sheep even of bis Excellence the Lo : d L ' eutenant . The trade in guns and pistols appears to have beea remunerative ; for tbe speculator had a _supplementarr stock for sale , in the way of _-fla-ks . _' _- _sbot bags " , ' 'belts , ' * _* ash rods , ' ' nipple wrenche ? , '' tarn screws , ' < fcc ; in short , erery article in the Hue essential to a complete equipment of the peoples—say 2 , 000 or 3 , 000 men .
"Since the foregoing was written we hare visited the room of an auctioneer in Dublin-street , and we can assure the Government that so crowded was the meeting , so anxious were the peasantry to secure arms , that the competition for guns , pistols , powder _, and pere _tssion caps , was so ereat that the auctioneer had some difficulty in providing a supply for the demand—guas and pistols being purchased the moment they were put up to auction . In fact , tbe country _people _, who crowded the town , marched off all armed ; and the novelty of the sale was such , and so urgent the demand , that during the _davs of sale the room was crowded by _thwclass _thebiddiog being mom ntary and the supply incessant . ''
REPEAL ASSOCIATION . The _- ' _romn" of this body met as usual to-day at Conciliation Hall . __ The lion . Cecil Lawless was called to the chair . The proceedings were more than ordinarily silly . Mr . Steele moved a tote of thanks to the Belfast repealers , in his usual style , _addressing the Chairman descriptively as " Son of the illustrious Cloncurry . " Iu the _eou' -se of his sublime oration , hedid not forget to pay his respect to the Young Irelanders—denouncing- their presumption in daring to dispute either law or facts as laid doarn by his august leader , the great inventor of moral-force revolutions , and the father of h _' s country . Mr . 0 'Cos . vKtt commented on the obstinacy of Mr . Srnit ' i 0 'Brien ia refusing to agree to a
conference to decide the " legal question . " which formed the sole matter of dispute between the seceders and tL e association . It was not , however , to be wonder d at that Mr . Smith O * Brien should prove so pertinacious , when it is recollected with what obstinacy he opposed the entreaties of the Irish on the question ot attend-inoe on Parliamentary committees . In spite of every entreaty he _per-isted _, and the consequence _wastbat lie got locked up in jail . He did uot go thera ; in vindication of any puhlic principle , but solely to _indulce a whim of fancy , and for his pains he was _laughed at by the whole liouse of Commons . The present wis the last occasion ou which he should advert to the " secession" or t & e seceders . It _aopeared as if Mr . Smith O'Brien was walking in the steps of Mr . Feargus O'Connor , who had ruined the reform _pirty by his raculeation of the
_principles of physical force . But he would _asettre Mr . O'Brien that he should not destroy the Repeal Association by any such means . Tlie Association now stood on a fair and intelligible basis , which he trusted the machinations of thc evil _di-posed would sever be able to shake . In conclusion , he announced that it was the intention of the Association , before the end of th <* week , to issue an address to the people to give up all force and violence , and to abstain from plundering property , and _interfering with the _transmisiioa of provisions from place to place . Mr . John O'Co . vxeu , replied to some passages in Mr . O'Brien ' s letters , and took his part in the pending controversy between tbe Young and Old parties , lie maintained the correctness of his father ' s statement- touching the _financial relations of tiit- countries , and tbe right ot Ireland to the loan of th . r-5 millions .
' l'h e proceedings and debates were as flat as possible , and the hall was very thinly attended . The rent lor tbe week was £ 57 . 7 a . 61 .
TOUKG _IBKLAND . Mr . Smith _O'Briea has addressed a long letter to Dr . M'ley , in which he gives a history of his con-D . ction with the Repeal movement , and his late - _reparation from Conciliation Ilall . The letter is _elateei fr . _«» Dromoland , December * 23 . Thefoliow ' mir
are exfacts : — " Ass .-il .-4 as I have _b-eo by the partisans of Mr . O'Conuell and by _himself , 'I have abstained perhaps for too Kmg a time _fromt _' efendiHg myself . The case which you have endeavoured to rr _. ake out against Hie in t'ie three long letters which you have laid before the _publi -, justifies , if it does not demand , a general exposition of my views with respect to the past and present policy ofthe Repeal movement . "Allow me to begin by _paying that I did not join ihe Repeal Association for thc purpose of acquiring a command of money—of power—af patronage , or of popularity—nor even for the pu pose of extracting through iu instrumentality advantages of a tern porary and subordinate kind for Ireland . I made up my miud honestly to struggle throuch evil report and through good report for the attainment ofa domestic IVIiameut , until Bue _^ ess sh ould crown the efforts of the Irish nation .
Until the year 1813 I continued to cling to thi hope that useful legislation and good government could be obtained for Ireland through tht medium of an Imperial _ Legislature . That hope , much dimmed during several _previous years , was finally extinguished by the proceed _, ings of thc Parliamentary session of 1813 . It i _* * _probable , bowever that 1 might have remained for a long time " an unassociated Repealer , " if the Clnntarf proclamation and the State prosecution had not occurred . Many reasons made me reluctant to form a clo * e connectioa with Mr . O'Connell . Soon after my first introduction into public life , I had beea iuduccd to enter , perhaps unwisely , into collision with bim on account of bis having assailed my
family in a manner which seemed to me to be _unjustifiable _, lie had subsequently endeavoured , upon more than one occasion , to shake the _confide-ace reposed in me by my constituents , if not to deprive me of tbe representation of thc county of Limerick . TVhen ,-4 jo * ever , I found that the liberties of my country _wVie at stake , and that tbe most renowned ofits public men was about to become the victim of » n unjust prosecution , I cast aside these and many other personal considerations , which might otherwi-e have restrained me from uniting with him . In October , 1 $ 13 , 1 waited upon him at his private residence fur the first time in my life , aud a few days afterwarIs sent my subscription and adhesion to the Repeal Association . During the years 1814 aud
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1 S 45 , 1 co-operated with him on terms of frank and confidential intercourse . Differences of opinion oc-• • _asionally arose between us ; but I must do him the j . _isticetosay that I always found htm disposed to make , rather than to exact , _cmco-moiis . No interruption of this harmony of action occurred until thc _resiiinationof Sir Robert Peel in December 1845 . 1 then regretted to find a tone adopted at the Repeal Association with reference to the Whigs , which appe ared to me to be inconsistent with the high p « _sition and perfect independence which ought to be assumed by the Iri-. h nation . I felt it to be my duty to indicate , both by letters to the Association , and by my speech at the Repeal dinner at Limerick , in January , 1 S 4 G . that 1 could be no party toan alliance with the Whigs . The game of 1834 , and \ _T 5 , was not to be delayed again . We hsd vowed to obtain , not "Justice or Repeal' but simply Repeal .
, " Arriving , in hi < history , at the great fracas in Conciliation Hall , when the Young Ireland party walked out , he proceed-.: — "Soon after this occurrence , I intimated to Mr . O'Connell , by a private _messase _, conveyed through his son , my readiness to assist in bringing about an accommodation in case he felt disposed to _change his conduct with respect tothe Young Ireland party . He preferred to proceed in the career of which we have since witnessed the full development , lie induced the committee to s : » p the circulation of the Nation . _Havinc failed to ruin the _property of Mr . Charles Gavin Duffy ( whom I believe to be not only one of the ablest men in the kingdom , but also one of the most virtuous ) , he next arraigned him as guilty of high treason by a formal
indictment , which was _sustained by neither legal nor constitutional argument , but was marked by ali the perverted _ingenuity of a crafty Attorney-General . He has since endeavoured by most ungenerous means to fix upon Mr . Duffy , and his friends , the charge ef infidelity , or of indifferentism in regard of religious belief . All the proceedings of the association have been of a similar character since the secession . Mr . John Martin , a Presbyterian gentleman of most inoffensive demeanour , and of unexceptionable character , was excluded from the association because he asked for a publication of the accounts , and because he expressed his disapproval of the recent proceedings—a large body of the mostactiveand earnest supporters of the Repeal cause have been expelled , without a vote ofthe association , by the supersedeas of Mr . _^ Ray—a remonstrance , respectfully worded , conveying to the association the sentiments of &
very considerable proportion of tbe Repeal wardens of Dublin , was fl . ing into the gutter . The " worst despotism that ever existed could not have outraged the rights of free discussion in a more wanton or contumacious manner . In the mean time , fulsome -ind _ indiscriminate praise was lavished upon the Whig administration' and Conciliation Hall became a mart , in which there waa open bidding for appointments under Government . Fer a long time the Young Ireland party remained quiescent . Forbearance was carried to the verge of pusillanimity . For myself I can truly say that 1 have suppressed , with considerable effort , the indignation excited in my mind by many ofthe proceedings which have taken place at Conciliation Hall during the last five months , in the hope that a better spirit might again prevail th * re . Finding , however , that the remonstrances made by different bodies in different parts of the kingdom were unavailing .
I thought it criminal any longer to _| neglect our dnty to our country , merely because we were prevented from endeavouring to perform it in conjunction with the Repeal Association . Hence my suggestion for the formation of what has been called " The Phalanx , " in derision , but to which we have given the more appropriate name of " The Irish Party . " The report of the association , adopted in reply to the Cork resolutions , compelled the Seceders to place before the country a solemn vindication of themselves . The meeting at the Rotunda took place—a meeting which it appears that I designated as a " victory" in speaking to you . You seem to forget that I recalled the word as soon as it had escaped my lips ; but in truth it was a triumph—the triumph of honest and
honourable men overcalumnyand misrepresentation . No sooner had this meeting taken -place than Mr . O'Connell changed his tactics . After refusing , during four months , to lend himself to the various efforts which were made , with a view to reoonciliation , he suddenly proposes an arbitration or conference . This conference was accepted by the Young Ireland party . The result of the preliminarv interview , as reported by the deputation , speaks for _itself . I need therefore say nothing respecting the design with which the proposal was made . By me plan ofa conference was rejected ; but another mode
• _"• f efftseting an accommodation was proposed . If I had been disposed to consult merely my own personal inclination , I should hare refused altogether to bring myself into contact with men who have misrepresented me in a very ungenerous manner _, and assailed me with very ungentlemanlike aspersion . But I do not feel myself at liberty to allow personal inclination to interfere with the perform ances ef my duty to my country ; and I would have returned to the association if I c mid have persuaded myself that the line of conduct hereafter to be adopted by that body would really conduce to the attainment of repeal , "
On the question of physical force . Mr . O'Brien says—I declined to enter into any discussion upon the question of " The Forces , " because I felt convinced ( I should be glad to believe erroneously , ) that this oagbear had been used as a mere pretext for a quarrel with the Nation party—a pretext of which nothing was heard during the trying times , when oar personal _saf .-ty was endangered by every ill-advised expresHon used by any member of the association . As _regards myself , I had distinctly placed upon record my views with respect to the right of resistance under certain contingencies , whilst at the same time I have repeatedly denounced the fatuity and _wickedness of resorting to physical force , except upon such _occa-ionsaa would afford a full justification for its exercise in accordance with the views ofthe soundest
moralists and ofthe be * t writers on the British constitution . If Sir _Ce-lman O'Loghlen , Mr . _O'Hea , Mr . O'llagan , and a dozen other lawyers , were to pronounce my opinions illegal , such , their judgment , would not induce me to forego convictions derived from the instincts of nature , and fortified by a study ofthe history of mankind . I also refused to enter into the discussion of this point , because I deny altogether the right ef Mr . O'Connell to put any test to the members of the Repeal association with regard to speculative opinions of any kind . We acknowledge ourselves bound by the original rules of the association _, but no man could safely join that body if he wereliable at any moment to be excluded by the imposition of a new test .
He then states the conditions in which he was willing to rejoin the association . The first essential-requisite is the renunciation of alliances with any English party opposed to Repeal . The draft resolution which referred to this point was as follows : — "That it shall hereafter be an invariable principle of the Repeal policy to keep the Irish nation wholly independent of _£ EnglUh parties _opposid to Repeal ; to support good measures and to oppose bad measures , from whatever party they may emanate ; and that with a view to give effect to this policy upon the most honourable terms . Repealers be entreated to abstain from solicitation of situations under government , either for themselves or for their friends . "
** That , in order to indemnif y the proprietors of the " Freeman ' s Journal" forthe expense of reporting the proceedings of the association , copies of the pnolication of that journal issued upon the day immediately following the meeting at Conciliation Hall be purchased weekly . " I further proposed that we should require that the accounts should he published on the following terms : •—' That an abstract of the past expenditure of the Repeal Association be published with an account of
its _as-ets and liabilities to the 1 st January , 1847 , and that in future the abstract of receipt and expenditure wbich is submitted weekl y to the committee , be published every week . That Mr . O'Connell still continue sole treasurer and _trustee for the association , but that no payments be made by bim except with the recorded sanction of the committee . That the funds ofthe association be lodged in one of the metropolitan ba . tks or in government securities , and that a statement ofthe balance in the hands ofthe treasurer be laid before the _committee weekly . "
In order to render this suggestion intelligible it is right that I should explain the mode in which the accounts were arranged whilst I acted with the association . An ace -unt of the weekly receipts and expenditure was . at ray instance , submitted to the committee every Thursday . The surplus of receipt over the week ' s expenditure was paid to Mr . O'Connell as treasurer , who accounted for these balances to the auditors appointed Dy the committee , tjver a large class of expenses he possessed entire controul . Now although 1 acquiesce in this mode of transacting the _business of the association sooner than imply any vant of confidence in Mr . O'Connell , I do not think that it is a satisfactory mode of dealing with the funds of a public body . Neither is it safe for any man of property to join an association , the funds of which may be applied according to the judgment ofa single individual , without any _control on the part of the committee .
With reference to the staff , I proposed the following terms : — " That no officer receiving a regular salary from the as ociation be entitled to vote in committee . ' That Mr . Ray prepare a report upon the internal arrangements necessarv to give effect to the objects contemplated by the Repeal Association , in order that the public mny be satisfied that no unnecessary expense is incurred in thc maintenance of an useless staff , and tbat hereafter the utmost publicity be givcu to all proceedings as the most secure basis for the attainment of public _confid nee . "
Possibly an ambiguity in the phraseology of my draft memorandum , hastily drawn up for private use may have led you into the error of supposing that I acquiesce in the propriety of maintaining the stall paid by the association , when 1 partici pated in its management . To mention a single _inst-ince—it is well known that 1 strongly objected in committee to he appointment of Dr . Nagle to an ofiice which seemed to me to be unnecessary _.
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Such are the private memoronda which [ read to you . I have since added tw _» more upon the suggestion of others : •—" That no person be hereafter expelled the association , except upon a vote of the association , after a week ' s notice . '' That inasmuch as the Repeal Association is a confederation to wliich persons belonging to every religious persuasion are invited for the purpose of working out the legislative emancipation of their common country , b . _rmeans of moral , intellectual , and political influences , it is desirable to avoid as much as possible the expression of opinions and the discussion of topics of a sectarian character ; but that such understandin ; : is not intended to prevent remonstrance against substantial grievances which may affect the religious interests of any particular body of Irishmen . " The conclusion is in these terms : —
" Having now completed a narrative of my connection with the Repeal movement , and a general review ofits policy , I have only to say with reference to the imputation that my conduct has been dictated by a desire of 'leadership , ' that 1 would cheerfully have _continued to follow Mr . O'Connell , if he had continued to lead in a path which would eventually conduct us to the attainment of a domestic Legislature ; but I am under no obligation to follow him when he deviates from that path . The aim of ray political life is to assist in securing my country ' s welfare through the means of national institutions . I will place myself under th- leaderhsip of any man who will guide me to this result , whether he be Mr . John O'Connell or Mr . Charles Gavan Duffy ; but I will not follow any chief who can truckle to English party , or encourage his followers to barter their patriotism for place . I have the honour to be , Your ' s very faithfully , «« William S . O'Brien . "
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"MONDAY . _MANSION-HOUSE . —Charoh or _MAticiocsi . T Shootimo . — Patrick Pow » r , a man who has been several years in the employment of Messrs . Eyre and Moses , of Crown Court , Fhilpot-Iane , merchant ! , was _charged with having unlawfully aud _malicloutly _ahot at William N « wlan . — Thc prosecutor , a porter ia the service of Hecsri . Teed and Bishop , stated tbat the prisoner's employers occupied the upper part of the premise ! owned by that firm . Between eight and nine o ' clock on the morning of Wednci . day last , he had a dispute with the prisoner about a water pipe which curried off the water from the upper premises to a blind well in a cellar belonging to Messrs . Eire and Moses . The prisoner d—d hit eyei about the water pipe , and afterwards rushed out of the cellar , and retired about three _yardo , deliberately fired at bim with
a pistol , saying , "that's the way to strike terror into you . " He heard something pass his ear , aad he fell down supposing that he was shot , in wbich supposition however , he was mistaken , as he sustained no injury . The witness further stated that he believed the prisoner tobe a very desperate character . In his cross-examination , the witness eould not exactlj 6 . iy why he called the prisoner a desperate character . The wadding of the pistol was found , but no bullet . The prisoner made a very roundabout statement , which plainly indicated thut hehad been harshly treated by some of the men employed on the adjoining premises , of whom tbe prosecutor was one ; that they had d—d him for a spiteful wretch , asked bim wby he did not go back to hii own country , wed otherwise insulted him -, and that the conduct of tbe prosecutor was particularly _aggravating , "I had , "said
the prisoner , "to go up and down , and each time to pass Nowlan , as he ) stood at the door , threatening me , and I had : i pistol with powder and paper only in my side packet , and I snapped it at his breast only to frighten hira , and to bring the case bifore tbe Lord Mayor or some _othermagistrate . 1 had that pistol , I assure your Lordship , to protect myself against a combination which has existed against me more than two years . " The Lord Mayor said , the prisoner had been guilty of a very gross offence , at all events ; for , supposing there was no ball in the pistol , the wadding might bave struck the eye of the prosecutor , and done him irreparable mischief . Although the statements which bad been made in favour of the prisoner would , in all probability , influence a Jury , he had no alternative but to submit the caBe to that tribunal . Tbe prisoner was then committed .
Dustmen on Boxing Night —William Pond , a regular dustman , and bis wife Margaret , were charged witb having assaulted an old woman and two little boys . Several of tbe fraternity were present . The defendants had been drinking in the neighbourhood of Petticoatlane at the close of their labours on _Boxing- _' ay , and the beverage Uld more severely upon the dustman's wife than upon himself . An old woman was hobbling by as tbey came out of a public house , and the dustman , who was ripe for fun , set his wife upon ber , anderiedoot " Pitch into the ould * un _, Peg , jou devil . " The order was no sooner issued than obeyed . Peg floored the poor creature , and two little fellows , who saw the inci lent , tried to prevent any further violence . Tbe antagonist , however , soon showed her superiority by pitching the
boys over the old woman ; and the dustman , whose powers were not called into action until the police ap . peered and collared his wife , then began to show that he was deserving of his partner . He tried to rescue ber , but the '' force" wera not to be denied , and they securely lodced both in the station house . The Lord Mayor . — Which was tbe more intoxicated ! The policeman , in whose custody they were introduced to . his Lordship , said the man was sober iu comparison with the woman . Pond—Why , jou see , my lord , she was v « ry lusby—a little ovtrtuck her . It ' s all she bad , all tbis blessed Christmas , and I wanted to carry her home , but the gentleman there wouldn ' t stand it , so 1 thought I wouldn ' t leave htr in such a pickle . The Lord Mayor—Youare fined 20 s _., or H days , and she is fined 10 s „ or H days . A rough voice in tbe crowd—I « ay _, my Lordship , what will
you let the pair on ' em at liberty for ! The Lord Mayor —They shall be discharged upon pajirlg , 30 * . The voice—take ten , we'll raise ten bob here , if you'll let the pair on ' em go . ( Laughter . ) The Lord Mayor-No ; they must pay SOs . or go to prison , and that won't be comfortable . If the old woman and the second boy had appeared , the punishment would be much heavier . A deep and general groan issued from the dustmen behind the bar , and their wives , and one ofthe latter cried out , " Oh , a ' nt it scandulous to lock ' em up for a fortnight for only pitching into an old warmint , not worth the dirt she was tumbled in . " In a very short time the fraternity contrived to pay the 80 s ., the presence of the defendants being indispensably necessary . in going the rounds for Christmas-boxes , in consequence of the apprehended competition ofthe flying dustmen .
_WORSHIP-STREET , _—AppBEnEKSiou or A Pickpocket bt A Female . —A young fellow of smart ap . pearance , who gave his name Henry Squince , was charged with having picked tbe pocket of Elizabeth Hanson , a dress-maker , residing in Barbican . The complainant was passing through Finsbury . square , on Sunday _sfter . _n-ion , wben she was beset by the prisoner and tw * others , and she felt a tug at her pocket , immediately sftcr which she heard one of them say , in a low toue , '" Have you got it ! " On feeling her pocket , she missed her purse , and following the prisoner who had betn nearest to her pocket , she seined him by the collar , and _acsused
him of the robbery . He pretended that he knew nothing about her purse , and struggled to get away , but she assured him that she would tear him to pieces before she would let him escape , and held fast hold of him , nntil he was taken charge of by the police . Haywood , one of the warrant officers of the Court , said he cams up at the time when the prisoner was struggling with the prosecutrix , and assuring her that be was an innocent person . Seeing the prisoner's hand firmly closed , he was about to examine it , when he saw him drop the purse , which was picked up and now produced . The prisoner was remanded .
BOW STREET . —Music and Discoid . —Signor Phillip Cioffi appeared to answer a complaint preferred against him , by his wife for neglecting to maintain her and his daughter , whereby they become churgebale to the Strand Union authorities . Mr . Beswood , the relieving officer , having handed to the court a printed order , signed by-Mr . Cooper , an overseer of Saint Paul ' s , Covent Garden , said , that in obed ' ence to it , he waited on the complainant , who was lodging at 5 , Taviatock _. strect , her husband lodging at No . 40 , in the same street , and from her _representation it appeared she had come from America with her daughter , to fill situations in Covtnt Garden Theatre , where her husband was to be _engaged in the orchestra , he having resigned the placa he had filled at Her Majesty ' s Theatre . Having ascertained that the defendant
was living with another woman , he waited on bim to hear what reasons he could advance for allowing his wife to become' chargeable . He refused to give any until the case was brought before the court . The complainant said , that having eloped with the defendant from her father ' s liouse iu New York , she was married to him on the 4 th October , 182 C , as appeared by the certificate produced . The ceremony was performed by the Rev . Henry _Chage , in private , as she feared her father would prevent bar marrying , she being a member of the Church of England , Tbe only form observe ! wag , tbat they mutually promised to become partners for life , and there was a few prayers read ; but there was no ring , as on similar occasions . The defendant , she believed was a Catholic : but lie adhered to no religion in particular , aud they bad lived together for several years , except when he was obliged to absent himself on theatrical business ; and having arrived in England on the 27 th January , she in consequence of ill _hcRlth _, and through the mediation
of Mr . Felton , who longed in the same house , _obtained parish relief from tbe Strand Union .. . The defendant denied that bis wife was compelled to seek for parish relief , as she bad sufficient money in her possession arising from the sale of his property in America , in addition to which he bad sent her £ 20 about six months back . Mr . Hall put several questions to the complainant , und from her answers it appeared that she had disposed of two lots of ground by his directions , " which , however , were of very little value , and also a slave , for whom she got , 105 dollars , from which 35 were deducted , and she hud paid 75 dollars for medical assistance , together with 12 dollars for medicine ; and on her ' arrival in England , on Saturday week , she had 100 dollars , part of which she expended in the purchase of clothing , for herself and her daughter , and the reason why she . had applied to the parish was , that she anticipated her husband , at ' whose repeated solicitations she had come to this country , would not support ber . Mr . Hall said the case was not ripe foi '
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magisterial interference , and he would _suggMt that she would arrange her differences Ju a quiet and satisfactory manner witb her husband . The Complainant said that she would prefer returning to America , where -foe could support herself by teaching music , to accepting of any engagement in London , as her husband had deceived her in many ways for years . Mr . Hall said he could express no other opinion upon the matter , and tbe parties left the court .
TUESDAY . GUILDHALL Chbistmas Freaks— Jeakin Hawks , a hairdresser carrying ou business in Bowling-greenlane , Clerk 6 nwell , but attired as a female , and Matilda Boddington , a powerful young woman , looking less feminine than her companion , were brought before the magistrate . Hawk ' s voice and mode of training his huh were so truly feminine that the sitting magistrate was for a time completely deccired as to his proper sex , and was almost incredulous when tu « fact was mentioned . J _« hn Goram , City policeman , No . 05 . stated that about nine o ' clock that morning he saw the prisoners crossing Smithfield , and Boddington was carrying a bundle . _Hethought they looked _sutpiciously about , and he asked what they had in the bundle . She at first
said it contained her own clothes , and then that it waB her brother's clothes , and thathe lived at Greenwich . Suspecting they had stolen the clothes , and left somebody in a very distressing situation , be took them to the station , where the female searcher _iiiscovered -one of the supposed ladies to be a gentleman . Th « male clothes in tho bundle were then claimed by htm . Hawk ' s was directed to take off bis black bonnet and veil to show that by the cultivation of his locks this personification of a female was not a new idea , and one of the policeman felt tolerably certain that he had seen the prisoner walk several times In female attire threugh St , _Martin's-le-grand . Matilda Bodding . ton explained that it was nothing more than a holiday frolic . They had been at a private fancy ball at the Star _Coffde-housa in" _Stockncll-street , Greenwich , from whence they could not obtain a conveyance at so early an hour in the morning , and they came to town on foot . The clothes belonged to her corapan _' on . There was at
all events no ground for detaining her , as she appeared in tbe dress appropriate to her sex . They accosted nobody , they offended nobody . Hawks made a similar statement , and- a card for a ball to be held at the same place in a few days was found on him , and seemed to corroborate their statement . Sir Chapman Marshall said he would test their story by seeing whether the coat and trowsers would fit bim , and he allowed bim te retire to a cell a nd redress himself . The barber nervously thanked his worship for allowing him to get out of a dress which might endanger his life should a crowd assemble . The clothes appeared to fit . Sir Chapman Marcholl , finding that the female evaded giving her proper address , as she was not known ia Wingrove-place , _Islington , at tho house she named , thought the police should have a little time for inquiry , and thaiJM _/ _iras entitled to call upon the prisoners to send for tbeir friends to show they were persons of good -character , and that they had no evil design in what they 1 iad done . He therefore remanded them till Wednesday ,
MANSION-HOUSE Mary Green was brought before tbe Lord Mayor , John Spittle , ( policeman C 71 ) stated that , as he was ou duty , iu plain clotbes , opposite to the theatre in Norton-folgate , at a quarter past five on Monday evening , he noticed the prisoner near several ladies , and knowing her to be a thief , he watched her . She endeavoured to pick tho pockets , of several females at tbe doors . At last she attempted to rob a lady who was ascending the staircase to the boxes ; after which she suddenly retreated , and made her way to _Bishopgatestreet . Another policeman ( White 667 ) then followed her by direction of witness , who returned to the theatre , and learned tbat the lady to whom he had alluded had been robbed of her purse . In the meantime White _dodged tbe prisoner to 5 , Skinner-street , Bishopgate , ap .
prehended her as she was going in at the hall door , and upon searching the spot , found behind a shutter a purse containing 14 shillings and two penny pieces , which proved to be the property that had been stolen from the ludy atthe theatre . Miss S . Wells stated that she bad gone to the City of London Theatre , witb some friends , and after being spoken to by the policeman , fe _/ und that she had been robbed of her purse , containing silver under the value of £ 1 . ( The purse found under the shutter was here produced , an _4 identified by the witness . ) Tbe Lord Mayor having ordered that the prisoner should be committed for trial , Spittle said tbat be had another charge to prefer against the prisoner , in conjunction with a man called James Green , with whom she had been living for some time .
James Green , a tall , well dressed , resolute looking young man was then put to tbe bar , next to the female . The officer said he charged the two prisoners with having in tbeir possession a quantity of house-breaking int . pleraents _, consisting of crow bars , files , picklock keys , & e . —he had after the woman ' s apprehension watched at the door of the bouse , and at an early hour nextmorn . ing apprehended James Green unlocking the door to go in . In the back room of tbe second floor witness found the articles already described , aud nine silk handkerchiefs , fifteen duplicates , most of them relatiug to silk
hankercliiefs , and a new silk umbrella . Elizabeth _Nichull stated that she owned the house No . 5 , Skinner _, street , and let out several rooms of it to lodgers ; that she knew both tlie prisoners well , tbey having lodged in the bouse as man and wife above twelve months ; that they appeared to be very quiet people , and upon taking the room they gave a reference , to which , however , witness did not take thc trouble to apply , aad as witness went to bed early herself , did not know what hours they kept , Spittle said he believed he should be able to produce the owners of some of the property found ou the man . The case was accordingly remanded .
The commitment of tbe woman for stealing the purse of Miss Wells was then made out , and both prisoners were ordered to be brought up again on Friday . WOOLWICH . —Btiittfi off a Man ' s Nobe . —William Staple , tbe son of a farmer , at Wilmington , wns charged with assaulting and biting off the nose of Mr . Samuel Smith , a person employed in the Royal Arsenal . It appeared from the evidence of the complainant , whose face was covered with strappiug _, that on Saturday , week he was standing at bis own gate , talking to a friend , when the prisoner , who was in tbe company ofa common prostitute , came up , aud without the slightest provocation , knocked him down , got upon his person , and bit off
nearly the entire of his nose , which witness believes he swallowed . A friend interfered to prevent further violence , and he threatened to serve him out Lancashire fashion , ' when he was taken into custody by the police . The prisoner pleaded that he was drunk at the time , and had no distinct recollection of the circumstance , Mr . Traill said that lie had made up his mind to send the case for trial , as more revolting , brutal , and savage conduct hehad never met with since he had presided as a police magistrate ; and any summary punishment he could inflict , either by fine or _imprisoment , would not meet the ends of justice . He should therefore send the case to a jury . The depositions were then formally read over , and the prisoner committed fur trial .
SOUTHWARK . —A Sham _Attoknei . —George Paulo Fitt was brought before Mr . Seeker for final examination , charged with having obtained money under false pretences . The prisoner , well known on tbe south side oftlie water as tbe '' Kent-street , lawyer , " has been for some years past in the habit of frequenting the police courts , and contriving to pick up _businsss by representing himself as a professional man , and under that pretext , obtairdng money from them by whom he was employed . For some length of time , however , his business has fallen off at this eourt , in consequence of an order issued by the magistrates , cautioning the public against employing such persons . Since then it appears the prisoner has bit upon another expedient , and instead of making his ap . pearanee at any of the police courts , he has been
accustomed to call at the goals , and on _ascertaining that prisoners convicted and about to be sent out of tbe country , were inmates , managed to have interviews witli their friends , to whom he undertook to procure a remission of their sentences . By this stratagem tbe acensed has _succeeded in obtaining various sums of money of poor persons whocould ill afford it . There were twocases of the above description preferred against the prisoner yesterday , of which the following were the brief facts -. —The complainants , the wives of two men under sentence of transportation , engaged tlio prisoner , who introduced himself as a " professional man , " and he undertook upon their payment to him of a certaiu sura of money to obtain the release of their husbands from prison . The women , glad to embrace such an offer , readily gave him various sums of money at different times , he pretending
that it was required for the purpose of paying the necessary expenses attendant upon the important proceedings wbich he had undertaken . In order to raise sufficient cash in both cases it appeared the poor women were compelled to have recourse to the pawnshop ; but alter tlie lapse of some time , finding that their hopes wore not realised , and that tlieir husbands had no chance of having their seutences remitted , and that in point of fact no exertions on the part of the prisoner had heen used for such a purpose , they had come to the resolution of making their cases known to a respectable _professional man under whose instance they had adopted the present proceeding against the accused . The prisoner , who merely said that he was not at present in posscssiou of all the documents he required for his . def ' encc , was then committed to the Central Criminal Court .
THURSDAY . SOUTWARK . —Robbebi . —Elizabeth Brown and Mary Keefe were charged with robbing a Mr . Gowding of eleven sovereigns , and also with the _commission of other robberies . It appeared that the complainant had accompanied Brown to a house in Revels-row , at the rear of this court , on Tuesday night , where he had not been _lony before he was robbed of a purse , containing eleven sovereigns . ¦ The woman , however , had left the house before he was aware of his loss , and on the following day she was met in the street , in the company of the other prisoner , by the complainant , who gave
them into custody . When the policeman was conveying thcni to the station-house Keefe ' dropped a gold and u silver watch , the latter of which she said belonged to her husband , but from the marks upon the l ' nce of the article , it was found tc be the property of the Southwestern Railway Company , and to have been stolen from oneof their servants . In addition to tbe above articles , there was ' also found ' in the possession of both prisoners several sovereigns , together with upwards of fifty duplicate ' s of gold and silver watclios , and other articles . When the policeman subsequently examined the _houuin which the prisoners lived , in Angel . court , he discovered
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the pune belonging to Mr . Gowding , and also his gloves , which had been taken from him on the night in question . A Mr . Nash , superintendent of the carriage department of tbe South-western Railway Company , attended , and being shown tbe silver lever watch above-mentioned he at once identified it , and in describing the circumstances under which he lost it , said tbat in August last he dined in the Tower , and on proceeding homewards at night he was induced to treat some females , and on that occasion he was robbed ofthe watch bow produced . He , bowever , could not undertake to say that the prisoners were tbe women whom he treated on the night in question . It was manifest , however , from the marks upon the watch indicating its owners , the South-western Company , that the thieves could not dispose of it without the risk of
detection , and to that circumstance was to be attributed tho fact of Its being found in the prisoner's possession _. The _prinoners were remanded , as other charges were likely to be brought against them . LAMBETH . —Louisa Harris , Frederick Harris , and William Harris , father , mother , and son , were placed at the bar before Mr . Norton , thc mother on a charge of plundering her master and _roistress to a very considerable amount , and the father and ' son with pledging the property with a guilty knowledge . From the evidence , it appeared that the female prisoner entered the service of a gentleman named Jude , residing in Camberwell , about four weeks ago , and had not been four hours in her situation when she commenced a _regular and wholesale
system of plunder . On tbe evening of boxing day she was sent out for « ome trifling article , and did not return for some tim * . Her conduct on this occasion led to her discharge , and on a box , in which she kept her things , being searched , _varioui articles of property belonging to her master and mistress were found there . This led to a further examination , when it was discovered that a vast quantity of property was missing , and portions of it were traced to the possession of two pawnbrokers , whose shopmen produced it . Mr . Norton severely censured the conduct of the pawnbroker ' s shopmen for receiving the principal part of the property in pledge from the son of the elder prisoner , who was only 13 years of age , and remanded all the prisoners to a future day .
WORSHIP-STREET . _—Distuessinq Case . —Mr . Honley , the chief usher , who has been directed by the _magistratesfor some days past to visit the habitations of poor persons in tlie district , on whose behalf applications had been formally made at this Court , and to administer relief in the shape of fuel , food , and blankets from the funds of the poor box , made a report amongst others of the following distressing cases which have come under his _cognitance : —Thc officer stated that on entering a < wretched hovel in Willow-street , Shoreditch , he found a poor widow named Crick lying almost destitute of covering upon a miserable bed , to which she had been confined for eight weekB in the last stage of consnmption , during which time she had been depending solely upon the labours of three little boys , her sons , of ages varying from ten to fourteen years , The little fellows at tbe time of bU visit were sitting round their mother's bed ,
busily engaged in the _manufacture of lucifer match boxes for which they were paid at the rate of 2 ' d . per gross , and as the utmost number tbey could make was onlj about 24 or 26 gross in a week , tlieir joint exertions produced net more than 4 s . Cd . or 4 s . 9 d . for the subsistence of the whole family . The officer immediately _supplied the poor woman with an order upon the poor box for fuel und food , and two pairs of warm blankets and sheets , of which they were entirely destitute ; and considered it his duty to lay the case before the parish authorities to secure the poor creatures some permanent out-door assistance , as the woman herself would not communicate her distress to the parish , from a fear that she mi ght be com pelled to enter the workhouse witk her children . That course , however , had not bee rendered compulsory by Mr . Ross , the relieving officer , who had consented to allow her 4 s . per week and bread ip propertiou .
The next case the chi t usher investigated was that of two orphan sisters named Jane and Mary Anne Baker , lodging in Finsbury market , who had been suddenly deprived of the scanty means of subsistence they had previously obtained by shirt and waistcoat making , in consequence of their inability to furnish tho requisite surety for tbe safety of their work . Having been several weeks without employment , tbey bad parted with nearly everything tbey possessed to procure food ; and their pale and hogged looks painfully verified their assertion that they had not tasted animal food for nearly three weeks . The
place bore the appearance of the most abject wretchedness , nnd to aggravate tbeir misery they had _justreceived notice from the agent of their landlord , to whom they owed seven weeks' rent , at 3 s . per week , tbat unless the amount were discharged forthwith be should be compelled to turn tbem into the streets . Having administered to their immediate wants , the usher directed the young women to apprise him if tbe landlord should adopt coercive steps against them , that he might render them some further assistance to alleviate their helpless condition .
FRIDAY . LAMBETH . —On Monday last Alexander M'Leish , a journeyman baker , was charged with inflicting a serious wound on the head ef a female named Wood , who he had mistaken for his wife , and who was then in so dangerous a state , as to be unable to attend , and the prisoner was , in consequence , remanded until she was in a condition to appear against hira . To-day a communication was made to Mr . Norton , from Mr , King , the medical gentle _, men iu attendance on the poor woman , to tho effect tbat she was much worse , in fact , she was fast sinking—and therefore that it would be _advisable to have her deposition taken as soon as possible . Ir consequence of this intimation Mr . Norton lost no time in proceeding to the residence of the i . ijured woman , accompanied by Mr . Gunn , tbe clerk . On reaching the house , No . 1 , Nelson street , Camberwell , tbe magistrate found the poor woman as described , sinking very fast , and rapidly approaching her end , but still in perfect possession of all bet
faculties . Finding this to be tbe case , Mr . Norton directed that the prisoner , M'Leish , who had been brought from Horsemonger . lane Goal , to be brought into tho room , and he was accordingly taken to the bedside , in the presence of the evidently dying woman . The latter was then sworn in tbe usual way , and her evidence , as follows , taken down by Mr . Gunn : — "My name is Mary Elixabeth Wood , and I am a widow On _Saturdey evening last , about seven o'clock or later , I went to Mrs . _Leish ' s to take her a pitcher of water ta her house , 4 . Pitt-street . I took it iuto her room , and I think I took it out again . The prisoner was there , but his wife was not in the room , He said he wanted some tea , and that be would hit bis wife with tbe poker . He was in liquor I am sure or he would not have said it . Whether it was coming into the room or going out I can't say , but I felt _« blow on my head , and that's all I remember . God forgive him , for I do ! I don't recollect hew long I had been in the room when this took place . I bad no conversation with him about his wife that I re .
collect . He said he wanted some tea and I said I would get some for him . I was with him long _eneugh for him to talk much about his wife . He didn't call bis wife any names that I heard . I have been a friend to them and tried to make up their quarrels . If he had been in his senses he would not have injured a hair of my head . "The prisoner was bere asked if he wished to say anything , and replied , "I have only to say , that as Mrs . Wood was coming in , I said I would strike my wife , and as she came in I thought it was her . I hare nothing further to say but that I am very sorry for it . " The poor injured woman held out her hand to the prisoner when hb was about to leave tbe room , and grasping his band ,
shook it heartily , declaring two or three times that she forgave him with all her heart . The kind sincerity ot her manner as well as her truly forgiving disposition , excited the deepest sympathy for ber sufferings in tlie minds of all present , and Mr . Norton kindly directed tbat she should uot want for anything which her situation required , and he should see them paid for The prisoner was again remanded and sent back to Hoiseinong * _r-laiie gaol . WESTMINSTER . —James Mortimer , shopman to Mr . Saunders , of No . 35 , _King ' _s-road East , cheesemonger , was finally examined , charged witb plundering his employer to an enormous extent . The prisoner had been six months in the service of the prosecutor , during nearly the whole of which time , according to bis own
confession , he bad been robbing him . The accused owed his detection to thc circumstances of keeping late hours and indulging in expansive habits , which became known to bis master , added to his pocketbook having been found , by an entry in which , in thc prisoner's handwriting , it was clour that he was in the habit of suppl ) ing persous with goods on his own acconut . Mr . Saunders , in order to ascertain whether his suspicions were well-founded , got a friend to mark some money and send it to the shop in payment for goods on the morning of thc 24 th , and on finding by an examination of the till shortly afterwards that there was none of it there , accused the prisouer with robbing him , and four of the marked shillings and a half-crown
were found in his possession . Mr . Saunders then charged him with stealing goods , end supplying persons , on his own account , with them , when prisoner admitted the fact , and _suid he had carried the game on for five months , and it appeared , by his private entry , that 48 lb « . of butter , which was only a part of his immense depredations , had been supplied to one person . Prisoner , who made no defence , waa committed on tbe charges of stealing the marked money , and supplying two separate quan . titles of butter , and neglecting to account for the proceeds . Some idea may be formed of ' . lie extent of the prisoner's depredations , by a slip of p _* per found in his pocket-book , in wliich by a gig , tavern bills , cigars , & c ., be had disbursed no less u sum than £ 3 6 * . on one Sunday ,
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TIIE LATE CHARTIST LAND CONFE . RESCE . At a meeting of the _VVes-tminster district of the National Co-operative Lan . l Company , atthe Assembly-rooms , 83 , Dean-street , Soho , on Sunday evening , December the 27 th , Mr . I _' arkes in the chair , a deputation attended from Somers Town , _toconBult on the propriety of holding an aggregate meeting of the members residing in the Metropolitan districts ; after some discussion it was resolved , That an aggregate * meeting of the members of the National Co-operative Land Company resident within the Metropolitan district , be hereby convened , to he holden in the Assembly-rooms , Deanstreet , Soho , on Monday evening next , January thc lib , for tlie purpose of hearing _twepc-rtl ' rom Messrs . Ross , Cuil ' ay , and Shaw , the delegates to the late
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Conference , and to transact such business a 8 m , arise therefrom . " _w _" MARYLEBONE . Mr . Thomas Clark lectured to a most attent . v audience at the Coach Painters' Arms , _Circus-stfA ; * - on Sunday evening , December 27 th , on the " _» _3 of the Democracy of Britain . " He reviewed tho dm ! ceedings of the pa > t year , both of the National _CuT ter Association and ofthe Land Company , and i _t-JL " the proceedings ot the past drew a livel y picture ( Z the future , predicted the speedy coming of " »•? : good time , " when universal brotherhood would nrl vail , and freedom and happiness be ours . T uiSB
aspirations were received with great cordiality , an at the conclusion , on the motion of Messrs . Aliiona and Godwin , a vote of thanks was un , * iiiijn i _* awarded to the lecturer , for his able address ; . ii )( j . J ; meeting , after Mr . Clark had answered some n „ tions ( tho answers being deemed satisfactory ) rclati _™ to the arrangement for the division of labour amnn » the directors of the Land Company , separated _i-vi dently pleased with their evening ' s ins truction
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TOTAL DESTRUCTION < 5 f _IHONG-ytv prop _& ty ! VESSELS ' _* _« f On Thursday afternoon , one of thc most cxtcnsiv 8 conflagrations that has occurredduring the past _veaibroke out on the premises of the above wharf and from thc combustible nature of the property ' th » whole of the extensive building and contents , ' aVwell as the Busy , of Bridport , and a considerable portion of the Hawk , of Montrose , were consumed bef ore tho devouring element was subdued . The loss is stmJ to vary from £ 150 , 000 to £ 200 , 000 . " _*** It appears that the numerous men emplovcdat the wharf were busily engaged in following thciVdirle _ren t occupations , when , about twenty minutes to four o ' cUck , a loud and unusual report was heard at the
eastern part of the building , and before the cause could be ascertained , ' a thick heavy smoko * vas see to rise from the lower parts , or cellars of the wh _^ f The density of the vapour left no doubt as to the place being on fire , which caused an instant alarm _^ be given . Within five minutes after the first dis . covery a heavy red flame was seen to rise , catchine hold of everything in its way . The alarm wag instantly given , and the Tower bell , used in cases of fire and danger , was set in motion , when thc Guardg on duty were turned out , and taken to the spot . Within half an hour after the outbreak , there were on the spot a number of engines from the more distant stations , independent of those belonging to the Tower and Docks , and the float *; unfortunately it was
low water at the time , whioh caused those who were ready and willing to exert themselves to stop the progress of the devouring element , to remain passive spectators of the destruction of property of all da . scriptions . By the time the engines were set into play , the whole building was one illuminated mass the flames shooting up through the roof , and out of the windows in long fiery streaks , of a deep dun colour , proving to those well experienced in these matters that all attempts to save the building and contents were fruitless , while the only object to play upon the vast burning mass was to deaden the fire , so as not to heat the north wall of thc St . _Katheriue Docks , and thereby prevent ignition taking place within the docks . During two hours this appeared
to be a hopeless task , for in quiet succession strong livid flame , accompanied by a report , was seen to rise up , and while it lasted , added additional fury to the fire . These exhalations , if they may he so termed , were found to arise from the puncheons of whiskey , as they one after the other exploded . While thc work of destruction was thus going on on shore , a still more fearful scene presented _itself at the water ' s edge . Alongside of the wharf were moored the Busy , of Bridport , and the Hawk , of Montrose . The former had arrived on Sunday with a general cargo , and waa nearly unloaded , while the Hawk had only come to her moorings
in the course of thc day . Directly after the outbreak they were both cut away from their moorings , but being low water it was found to be impossible to get them away . The consequence was the Busy speedily caught fire , and although the power ot the floating engines was directed towards her preservation , she was burnt , as faras the reporter could understand , to the water ' s edge , while the masts , spars , and other parts of the Hawk , were consumed . The vessels were found to be 100 tons burden , and the latter * contained a very valuable cargo , most of which was damaged and _destroyed by water .
We have already stated that the fire began at the east , or lower end of the premises , and at this part a great body of the devouring element was concentrated . About fifty feet from this point , Loader , the engineer , of the _Famngdon-street engine , was stationed , and , _whtj-fcho was engaged in holding the branch , the _^ _''^ _'SPisii ? - ° f the front , to where he stood , lell w 1 w _iPtremendous crash . Loader , on hearing the wall crack , ran towards the wall of the St . Katherine Docks , and he had _scarcclv got there before the _branchland hose were buried beneath the burning mass . When all danger was past the branch was extricated , aud was found to be completely
flattened in some parts , while other portions wero greatly indeuted . During the period the fire was at his height considerable alarm was manifested for the safety of the docks , and men were sent to the top by Sir J . Hall , who kept pouring : water down the walls for the purpose of keeping the brickwork cool , and , being ably aided by the engines , they succeeded in preventing an ignition taking place within . The same exertions were made with regard to the Marquis of Granby public-house , which , with the exception of a portion ofthe roof , was saved _. By eight o ' clock all danger ef the further progress of the fire was at an end .
LATEST PARTICULABS . It has been ascertained that the outbreak occurred n the first floor of the warehouse , in which compart * ment there were an immense numberof bales oi linen and some cotton waste . One ofthe workmen whe was in the building at the time , stated that another workman went into the front warehouse with a lighted caudle or lamp , in order to examine a bale of goods . Whilst he was so engaged , a spark flew from his light , and upon falling the loose cotton , the same became ignited . The party immediately tried to throw
down a bale of goods upon the same , hoping , by that means , to extinguish the flames . In that endeavour , however , he was foiled , for the firs mounted bo fearfully that he was obliged to make a hasty retreat , otherwise lie would have been burnt to death , for in the brief space of two minutes , one hall of the warehouse was enveloped in flames . The clerks at once began to remove the books from tbe counting liouBe , but so rapid was the progress of the coiilla _* : ration , that they were enabled to save only a _portion of them—the others were burned in the fire .
Ihe lower floor contained an immense number of casks of tallow , puncheons of whiskey , hogsheaJs und bags of sugar , 1 , 500 barrels of beet and pork , and a deal of coffee . The two upper floors were filled with bales of linen , canvas , and miscellaneous articles , together with a numberof firkins of butter . Upon the quay was stored casks of tallow , hogsheads of sugar , bundles of hides , and puncheons of whiskey . The latter articles were rolled out before the flames had penetrated the flooring , and were as soon as possible removed to the Tower for protectit _**! The whole of the immense stock in the warehouse *') however , fell a prey to the fury of the flames .
It was for some time . feared that two men , --ho were on the premises nt the time of the outbreak , had been burned . It was ascertained on Friday that they had both _e-caped uninjured ; it is therefore believed that no person has perished .
THEATRE ROYAI , JIARTLEBOJ _**" . PKOPBIETOB , MB . LOVEIUPQE . _LKIJSEE , MR . JOHN DOUGLASS . _ . UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS OF THI' GUAM- ) NE W PANTOMIME , universally pronounced the- " Sans . > _*• pareil" of tlie season . Thirty New and Beautiful Scenes by Messrs . G . II . He" ' and J . Heville . ON MONDAY and during the week , Fridav excep ted , 1 , To commence . witb ' _Fn-der ' e _*"** . the Great , or the ie Band of the Muck Forest . " Supported bv Messrs . Cottle , e , J . Rayner , Gates , Liekfold , « . Pennett , W . _l'lii-- _' _!*' Robbcrds Mrs . Campbell , and Mrs . Liekfold . To be followed by " Tlio Prnnks of a I _' _rttty _Pagf- * ¦ Characters by Messr 8 . Gates , G . I _' _enne-tt , LiekfoW- _, " _-. ' : " . "¦ lnlb ps , Mist ) _Miirtin _, Mr . J 0 lm Douglass , aud Miss Clan ir Ilurcourt . To conclude with the Grand New _Pantoimim _' . _entit- _''" Harlequin and the spirit of the Moon , _eir eiis ' _*¦ ' '< and tbe Night _Praiice-rs . " Giselle , Mr . T . _Le-e ; clow " . /» J . Doughty ; Harlequin nnd Pantaloon , by the _biotlursr buffos ; Columbine ) . Miss Clari ilarcourt .
NATIONAL HALL , 242 , HIGH _UOL-BOBN * ,. AN ORATION will be delivered every Sunday eveo-c ing , hy THOMAS COOPEU ; Author of the " Purgatory of Suicides . " . Suuday , January crd _, 1 S _17 , on "The Life ot M _**** _- _** _Lutbur . " Succeeded by tbe following subjects -Mahomed' - "' * " 11 ; —Age of Chivalry-Superstition of the Middle A _•;« -- _« - Thomas Paine , kv . A Soiree , to commemorate the llirth of Thomas l _^ _- ' _* _- will take placo at the above Hall , ou Monday _eveun'B " February I , lSt 7 .
L Printed Bv Doogal M'Gowan. Of Ltt, Great Wuidniuitii
l Printed bv DOOGAL M'GOWAN . of ltt , Great _WUidniUitii
Northern Star (1837-1852), Jan. 2, 1847, page 8, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ns/issues/ns3_02011847/page/8/