Huddersfield Chronicle (04/Jan/1868) - page 5

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Public Notices

Public Notices,



SALE of WORK in Societies, will be held (DV. in t street, on Tuesday and Wednesday 5 Faumary, 1868. Cess3¥y the T4th and 15th of The Sale will commence each day a Refreshments will be provided, ¥ at Eleven o'clock am. The following ladies will be glad to iv ibuti Work not later than Saturday. the lth of oe et Refreshments early on Tuesday morning, the 14th 'Mrs

Calvert, the Vicarage; Mrs. Jones inity ; Owen, St. John's Parsonage. es, Trinity Parsonage; Mrs.

PIXYPERS? Cc a FASHIO St. Peter's Street, Gran ' NABLE NIGHT i is age, on Tuesday next, Jannary ith, 180s" rt nate ; BENEFIT OF M. A. MYER'S, CLOWN, &c., on which occasion he will ride in his bareback act, and throw a sumersault over ten horses and s a double one over three h A new and selected programme will be given. onses

N.B. — Remember the night, Tuesday, January 7th, 1867. PINDERS' GRAND ciRcuUs, St. Peter's Street, Huddersfield. °

Open every evening at Sey GRAND DAY PERY


aid of the above he Court House, Queen-

IRCUS, en, eoammence at Half-past. ORMANCE this day at Two o'clock.

Monday, January 6th, ANOTHER GRAND CHANGE.

Thursday, January 9th. the or mme will b the BENEFIT of the WIDOWS one OR PHANS of the United Lodges of Oddfellows of Huddereient SENG if the Rieited


G FAND CONCERT Vocalists Thursday, January 9th, 1868. ocalists — Miss §

H.B. Lodge, Me Beste

Mt Miss Womersley, Mr. Mellor, Mr. Cathedral) r. Brandon (the eminent Basso from Gloucester See programmes,

Conductor — Mr. Wood. ARRY LISTON'S COMIC CONCERT ae COMPANY, Gymnasium Hall. ONE NIGHT ON LY, Tuesday, January 21st, 1868,

Fall particulars in next week's Chronicle, A Public LECTURE will be delivered in Branswick Street Chapel, on Wednesday evening next, January 8th, by the Rev. M. MILLER. Subject, "Luther and Loyola: a Parallel and a Contrast." To commence at half-past Seven o'clock. Admission free.


TRE Fifth LECTURE will be delivered in the Assembly Hall on Wednesday, January 8th (instead of the 7th), by the Rev, BRYAN DALE, M.A., of Halifax. Subject : — " Personal Visit to Vesuvius and Pompeii." Chair to be taken at 7-30 p.m., by Joel Denham, Admittance, 3d. and 1d. each.

EV. DAVIDSON BLACK, Southport, will ! Preach in George Street Chapel to-morrow at half-past Ten and Six. Strangers provided with seats.

HE Rev. W. M, PUNSHON, M.A., of London, will deliver a LECTURE in Queen Street Chapel, on Wednesday, January 15th, commencing at 7-30 p.m. Subject, " Daniel in Babylon." Reserved Seat Tickets, numbered, 2s. each, may be had in the front room of the schools, on and after J anuary 7th. Unreserved Seat Tickets, 1s. each, of Messrs. Harris, New-

street, Chrispin, King Street, and A. Smith, Kirkgate. EK, 4; LEATHAM, Esy., M.A., has kindly 4@ consented to deliver a LECTURE in the above school on Wednesday, Jannary Sth, 1868: subject, " Sydney Smith." D. LOCKWOOD, Esq., will preside. Doors open at Seven, Lecture tocommence at hali-past Seven, _ — ! nn


PUBLIC GENERAL MEETING and we CONVERSAZIONE will be held in the Rooms of the Wesleyan Society, Quecn Street, Huddersfield, on Thursday, the 23rd day of January, 185s, at Seven o'clock p.m. The Right Honourable The EARL of DARTMOUTH in the Chair. A Paper will be read by the Rev. Canon RAINE, M.A., on" Topographical Materials for Agbrigy Wapentake." There will also be exhibited Bronze Celts, a Bronze Vessel, and Weapons. Flint and Stone Implements, Tiles, &c., from Slack; Cvins, Proof Pieces of Money, Rubbings from Monumental Brasscs, Impressions of Seals; Ancient MSS., Books, Engravings, Photographs, and Plans, &c., &c. Also, a portion of the Turner Library, recently bequeathed to the Association, and other Books, &c., recently presented. Explavations of the objects Exhibited will be given, and other Papers muy be read.

Doors open at half-past Six o'clock, commence Seven ; coffee at Nine

Tickets, 2s, 6d. each, may be had of Mr. George Tindall, bookseller, 12, New-streei, Huddersfield, of whom all members can obtain special tickets at the same price, Which will enable them to introduce a lady free.

by Order of the Council, FAIRLESS BARBER, Hon. Sec.

Castle Hill, Rastrick, January 2nd, 1S68.





punctually at


SYLLABUS UF PAPERS. Jan. 13 — Messrs. Jarmain and H. Marriott — Manufactures of the District depending on Chemistry." No. Introductory. This and all succeeding papers on the above subject will be illustrated by experiments. 5 27 — Mr. John Hirst, jun., Dobcross- — Geological Paper. Feb. 10 — Messrs. Jarmain and H. Marriott — Manufactures of the District depending on Chemistry." No. 2. — " Coal-tar products, Carbolic Acid, Pieric Acid, and the derivatives therefrom; Benzole, Totuole, and their nitro compounds. » 20 — Conversazione. Mar. 9 — Messrs. Jarmain and H. Marriott — ' Manufactures of the District depending on Chemistry." No. 3. — "Fatty Matters — Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, Soap, Glycerine, recovery of Fatty Matters." » 23 — Mr. Dakyns, of the Government Geological Society — "On the Millstone Grit of Huddersfield." >» 30 — Annual Meeting. Chair te be taken each evening at 8 p.m. EDWARD BROUKEE, Jun., Hon. Sec. GEO. JARMAIN, Curator.

TONE LION. — My All, a Letter, Monday,

Ten o'clock, if possible; if not Tuesday, Station.

» I OUND, a young Black RETRIEVER DOG. _If not owned in seven days will be sold to defray expenses. Apply to T. Cusworth, Milnsbridge.

N R. JOHN SHEERAR has just arrived from I Germany with a large collection of Singing CANARIES, which he now has on SALE, at the Ship Inn, Paddock, near Huddersfield. A CARD. N ESSRS. SISSONS and RHODES have REMOVED their SURGERY to the house lately oceupied by Mr. Tattersfield, in QUEEN-STREET SOUTH, next to St. Paul's Church. ee NOTICE OF REMOVAL. N R. J. BOTTOMLEY, Solicitor, from Westi gate, to the PREMISES in New Street, recently vccupied by the Halifax and Huddersfield Union Banking Company. __

NOTICE TO DYERS. AMES COLDWELL, Wheelwright, Honley, is now prepared to MAKE any quantity of DYE STANGS out of good Larch. ee a ANKRUPTCY. — ""A good Balance-sheet, Mr. Broadbent; indeed I must say you have taken great pains." — Judge Stansfeld, County Court, Huddersfield, August hk, 1867. .

THOS. H. BROADBENT, Public Accountant, &c., Dobson'syard, Cross Churcb-street_


OSTING and HANDBILLS (to any size), Circulars, Bill Heads, Business Cards, Catalogues, Club Rules, Pamphlets, and every description of JOBBING and BOOK PRINTING neatly executed on the shortest notice, and sonable terms, at on the st AMES HARTLEY'S, Post Office Buildings,' New Street, Huddersfield.


OHN FLYNN, returns his sincere thanks to hie friends and the public, for the support he has received during the last 15 vears, and takes this opportunity of making known bis REMOVAL to large and commodious premises, No. 18, BUXTON ROAD, where will be found an EXTENSIVE STOCK of . DEAWING-ROOM PURNITUBE, BED-ROOM PURNITURS, Diking-boom FURNITURE, OFFICE FURNITURE, COTTAGE PURNITURE, Iron and Brass Bedsteads, Hair, Straw, and Spring Mattresses, Feather and Flock Beds, &c., &c. New and Second-hand Furniture, Bought, Sold, or Exchanged. 13, Bexton Road, Huddersfield.

ESSBS. JOSEPH HOYLE and SON, of \ Woodhouse Mills, Leeds Road, in retiring from the Business of CLOTH DRESSING, &c., beg to return their sincere thanks for the Eeizonage tosicned upon soem BF en rous customers, during the las years, t t to them as their successors Svocsta. BYROM and WALKER, by whom the Business will in future be carried on.

ESSRS. BYROM and WALKER, in taking the Business of N Messrs. Joseph Hoyle and Son, beg to solicit a continuance of the favours bestowed upon their predecessors, and to assure their customers that every attention shall be paid to the orders committed to them.

HEMICAL APPARATUS for Manufacturers or Students in Chemistry, at the lowest London prices. k. CUTHBERT, Importer, Westgate.

WD USSIAN FLOUR, finest quality, in bags of R 12 te 18 stones as imported, 3s. 3d. per stone, at J. R. LEE'S, corner of St. Peter's Street, Northgate.

RS. J. H. STANCLIFFE respectfully

N intimates to the Ladies of the town and neighbourhood that she bas on hand a large and varied Stock of DRESS CAPS, from 9d. each, and upwards ; MILLINERY, Stays, Crinolines,

Faney Hosiery, Ribbons, Flewers, &.,&c,,and she hopes to be favoured with an ony walls 4 equal to new. ote r

Apts and eouce, Cross Church Street, Huddersfield.


ory. P Shell Hair Brushes. Dressing Combs, a ar an, at offered for sale by V. LIN GF, at reasonable 'Prices.' Ditto Gentlemen's Dressing Cases, Ladies W oem Boxes, Card Cases, &c.: Gamee — Change for a Sovereign, the Gusen, Miorish Fort, Bagatelle Boards, &c. Large cannon o k & 'SCl€ ut reduced prices, at VICTOR LIN @F'S, = Huddevetield er, and »erfumer de Puris, 62, John William Street, ee ene in

Ear brushing by cteam power. The only one t


N Under the present phages costince Zeneeucc, this well-known establishinent, t ae ; 1 at Turqguay, now offers every comfort of a first-class Co ne eeite. Hote) conibined with reasonable charges. A selec ' rangewients Specictity in cheap Ruine Wines and Clarets. arenes ost. by the weck or the month. Any information by return of B

TORQUAY. — WINTER SEASON. ELLENS' ROYAL HOTEL. Newpreprietor, a sae ery + of Aix-la-c Le). Mz. JULIUS NUELLENS late of Aixjechepele « only Royal Hotel


The Queen's Lacudress uses no other.



SALE CIGAR WAREHOUSE, Pack Horse Yard, Huddersfield.

Ow extensive and wel-selected STOCK of CIGARS is the large: jn this county. to which we desire te call the attention ef kote! uroprietuzy ond the trade generally.

Plublic Rotice,


ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, HUDDERSFIELD. QO' Sunday, the 12th inst., SERMONS will be preached and Collections made in th > above C} behalf of the ST. PAUL'S DISTRICT VISITING SOCIRTS ye br ties Ae. Ls Te be preached by the Rey. aie Huda ean +» Who will then take leave of his

The Chronicle


The New Year

The feast of Christmas, that great festival at which we commemorate the birth of the Redeemer of mankind, and the exemplar of the Christian faith, has come and gone — and the year of grace 1867 has also closed — has joined the long line of years which had been tided over before it, and are now enshrined in the history of the past. In the very names of Christmas and New Year there is something exhilarating and jubilant to the English ear. It is the period at which Englishmen endeavour to despise the perplexities and sources of annoyance which hang by most of us throughout the year ; the period at which the capriciousness of our climate and weather, dingy as that which has lately attended us, are not permitted to ruffle kindly thoughts ; the period at which many, very many, try to rub out from 'the tablets of the memory" ali animosities and heartburnings, and strive to feel in peace and harmony with all mankind. Friends who have been separated throughout the entire twelve months gather once more around the ruddy fire and family hearth ; the hospitable board is spread — and while those who are blessed with this world's wealth, feast and revel within doors, they do not altogether forget the less fortunate ones without — "Those poor ones with their wants profound, And all their little children round, Who pray that winter mayn't be long,"

These are among the blessings which follow in the train of Christmas and the opening of the New Year — and we sincerely hope that our readers have largely shared in them ; that the season has been to them one of happiness and enjoyment ; that it has yielded benetits in the present, and been " promised-crammed" with advantages yet to come.

But whilst aspirating in all sincerity and all fervoir the hope we have thus expressed, we cannot lose sight of the fact that in some respects the opening of the New Year is less favourable than have been many that have gone before. Both commercially and politically speaking, the nation has been passing through, and still is passing through, a period beset with difficulties. Doubt, and mistrust, and fear hang over our national world like a dark pall, and forbid the thorough realisation of that jocund jubilation sung by the ballad writer of old, when he declared that —

" Christmas rings the knell of care —

Drives sorrow far away ;

Leaves not a soul that does not share

Its gladness, loud and gay." The depressed state of railway property ; the want of confidence which seems to be felt regarding all public securities ; and the unfavourable influence which 1s consequently produced on commercial enterprise, can hardly have failed to cast a partial gloom over many a New Year's circle. Numbers of persons whose incomes have been mainly or even only partially dependent on railway dividends, must have keenly felt the pinch of last year's operations. To many it must have amounted to the deprivation of home comforts and enjoyments ; to some, it is to be feared, an abridgment of the very necessaries of life. Nor is the ray of hope regarding the future, which breaks in with the ew Year, as strong and encouraging as most persons would have liked to have found it. The unpleasant revelation made from the Boardroom of the Midland Railway, and other unpleasant circumstances, have had a very discouraging effect on commercial matters ; and it is to be feared that we shall not witness any very early revival of that healthy feeling which is the very soul of commercial and trading prosperity. " The commercial public, however, will do well to guard against an extension of the mischief by not giving way to unnecessary panic. It is to be hoped that the worst has passed — and that as spring draws on we shall see a return of something like our lost prosperity. It will be to the national discredit if some lessons of wisdom have not been gathered from what has been passing — so that when "the good time coming" does really once more make its bow amongst us, we shall the better know how tw prize and use it. Then, to a peace-loving people what feeling can be more sad than that which is associated with the necessity of hostile proceedings abroad? The Abyssinian war, no doubt, is one which could not have been shrunk from with either honour or conscience. To leave British citizens to be dealt with at the will of any brutal tyrant within whose grasp they might, in the exercise of their national rights, chance to fall ; to leave them to be imprisoned, manacled, insulted, and even put to death, without putting forth a hand to save them, would have been to act in vivlation of that grand natural instinct which prompt men to give aid and succour to each other, and especially to proffer help to the weak when they are oppressed and maltreated by the strong. It would, too, have been most damaging to the national prestige, and most weakening to British rule in the East, had Great Britain abandoned to his fate a British Envoy, specially charged with a message from the British SoveREIGN, and who was arrested, in violation of the usages of all nations, by the power to which he was accredited. Nevertheless, unavoidable though the war be, it cannot fail to give rise to unpleasant feelings. It is matter for regret that our brave troops are exposed to the vicissitudes which must be expected, even under the most favourable circumstances, to attend a campaign in a country of which little experience has been had: of regretful feeling, too, that the people of Abyssinia, who would seem to have themselves grown weary of Theoporr's rule, must, in the very nature of things, be sufferers by the conflict. Good ground for hope, however, is derived from the prospect which recent accounts afford that the hardships to be encountered will be found to be far less than had been anticipated, and that the war may probably be brought to an early close.

Then, what are we to say regarding Fenianism — that social blister on the very body of the nation ? It has been a sad drawback from the enjoyments of the festive season to find that a system so disloyal — so unjustified by any real cause — so fraught with present mischief, and so pregnant with future heartburnings and national hostilities, has obtained some footing not only in the sister island, but in Old England itself. That the Yankee-irish rowdies, who have been the promoters, and are still the fosterers and supporters of the movement, will be able to carry it on for any length of time, 'is not within the prospect of belief." The man, indeed, who, with a knowledge of the English character, indulges in the faintest hope that the flag of rebellion will ever be seen floating above Dublin Castle, is only a fit candidate for a lunatic asylum. Still, though the ultimate issue is no way doubtful, it is impossible to lose sight of the fact that a great amount of mischief and suffering, — of which Irishmen are in many instances the largest sharers, — is in the meantime being produced. In Ireland, whose welfare it is calculated by the conspirators will be promoted by the treason, the effects already produced are of the most disastrous kind. 'Trade is well-nigh stagnated ; agriculture is depressed ; the demand for labour, as a natural result, is abridged ; and feelings of animosity and ill-will are being stirred up between classes which it will take years to extinguish. And on this side of the Channel the feeling produced is anything but a, pleasant ono — for it cannot but detract from the sense of comfort to know that incendiaries and assassins are abroad in our midst ; that they do not shrink, when it serves oc seems to serve, their = Dee ent woien destroying property, or murdering innocent to" ¢ nd ides tank that their hellish machinations are carried on so stealthily and co-oper atively, that it seems difficult to imagine at what point the next outbreak will take place. These are things little calculated to enhance holiday enjoyments, especially when they are brought home so closely, that the citizens of our large towns feel compel e by a sense of duty to themselves and their neighboure te enter the corps of special constables for the protection of property and life. — . There ig no cloud a dark, it is said, that it has aot a silver lining — and some beams of encouraging light there are which stream from the gloom we have been writing about. The Fenian movement, if it has disclosed some black sheep 1m our e414 bh. e time, made manifest the fold, has, at the sam all the grades of fact that, passimg through a e 8

sy iety, there is a bond of union so sirong British society, h fut as to admit of no doubt as to the future.

2 ¥, ELLIOT? and CO., . Cigar and Tobaces Serchants.

has ares i st cheering truth slzo made apparent this most cheering

— that the heart of the Irish people, whether in their own country or in their adopted home of England, is sound and true, and that the conspiring traitors are but a few reckless desperadoes, and of the lowest grade. Let us, then, amidst the special discomforts which have beset us at the closing of the Old Year and dimmed the opening of the New one, be of good heart. Let us encourage one another, and indulge the hope that the inscription which, in the fairy tale, giaddened the eyes of the Princess, — '" Your troubles have now an end," will soun be made apparent to the mental vision. And, above all, let us not forget our duty to the poor, the sick, and the unfortunate, whose help is too often made dependent on the fulness of the prosperity of others, and whose anguish is none the Jess keen because it has found some reflection in the circumstances of those above them. — _ Oe

The Special Constable Movement

It would be making too much of the Fenian frenzy to invite any mere formal demonstration against 1t on the part of the loyal inhabitants of the United Kingdom. It would, in fact, be an insult to the common sense of our countrymen to ask them to declare they are not Fenians, as it would be to ask them to give proof that they are not lamites. But as a straight-jacket must be found for the dangerous lunatics who are the victims of this wicked craze called Fenianism, — which is a cross between American Rowdyism and Irish Ribbonism, — we are right glad to see the alacrity with which the manhood of the Kingdom is coming forward to strengthen the hands of Authority in providing the needful constraint. .

Indirectly, the hosts of special constables which are being enrolled in all parts of the Kingdom, are a resolute protest against Fenianism, as, directly, they are a weapon to knock it on the head. London has already some 60,000 of these " specials" sworn in, who may be taken as representing 300,000 of the metropolitan population. Nearly every large town in the Kingdom already possesses a force of this nature for the preservation and assertion of law and order, in very similar proportions. The movement has reached our own town and district, certain proceedings in relation to the organising a force of specials having taken place, which will be found reported elsewhere in this sheet. In Glasgow not less than 15,000 of specials have been enrolled, and names in numbers continue to be added to the list. What the aggregate may be at the time of our present writing there is no exact information — but must amount to some 200,000 — and the cry is " still they come."

Be it known, then, to all Fenians who may dwell in our midst, that, " if they are in for a row," it will not be with soft-handed clerks and shopmen they will have to deal, in the event of any outbreak — but with thousands of hard-fisted men from our mills and manufactories, from our forges and ironworks, from our shipyards and machine shops — with the masons, carpenters, and others of our building trades — with strong men who understand what is meant by an effective blow, and know where to plant it. All honour to the loyalty of our trading classes which has been manifested so promptly and unanimously of late; but were any serious difficulty to arise in the repression of street outrages or tumults, the tougher fibre of our intelligent artisan population would come to be a chief reliance. .

While it is right and proper that our civil authorities should solicit the aid of every loyal citizen in this supposed emergency, it is especially desirable that they should meet with the spontaneous support of the sturdy physical vigour of the operative classes of the community. Let the enrolment of special constables go on — and out of the population of this sea-girt island of ours, it should not surprise us to find, in a short time, that a million of men are on the list. The law on this matter supposes that such a force is merely local and for a temporary purpose. But what if something very different and more permanent grows out of it? The enrolment of this body of specials is, from its great scale, becoming a national affair; and the purpose of the force, although definite as respects Fenianism, is every where getieral and indefinite in regard to the time or occasion of its use. A body of special constables dispersed through all the cities and large towns of the Kingdom, and subject at any moment to the call of the local authorities, is, to all intents and purposes, a sort of national guard. It may be an ill-organised and unarmed national guard; yet, this being iis essential nature, the nation may come to perceive the necessity of making the fact of its condition to correspond more properly thereto ; and arms and discipline would convert our special constables into a sort of local militia, fitted to deal with any emergency that might arise. In fact the movement is already tending towards this shape and form ; and on this account, as well as for every other consideratien in connection with its organisation and purpose, we wish it good speed.


The "Land Hunger" of the Americans

"Land Hunger," or territorial ambition, is an unappeaseable passion of the Americans of the United States, just as the love of gold is of the miser. Like the latter, it is also a blind impulse — all the more to be regretted inasmuch that it animates multitudes, while it betrays individuals into all sorts of extravagences and eccentricities. Of this prevalent feeling in the United States a most ludicrous manifestation was recently made in the House of Representatives, by a New York Democrat, named Roginson. This furious patriot but raw legislator, submitted a resolution to the House, to instruct the Committee on Foreign Affairs to enquire into the conduct of W. B. West, United States Consul at Dublin, regarding American prisoners at that city, and to report thereon forthwith, in order that if he had been guilty of conduct which would render him liable to impeachment, the House should take measures to have that impeachment presented to the Senate. On being reminded by a member more experienced in Congressional forms, that, as he did not propose impeachment, the question was not one of privilege, Mr. Robrnson at once modified his motion so as to declare that W. B. Wesr, the United States Consul at Dublin, should be impeached.

No doubt curiosity will be on the alert here in England, to learn in what respect Mr. Wesr has been so remiss in his duty as to have rendered himself, — Mr. Rogrnson being the judge, — liable to, and deserving of, that extreme penal proceeding so often and for so long threatened against President Johnson, but, like the trial of Jeffeerson Davis, never undertaken. The fault of Consul West, according to Mr. Rosinson, lay in his not throwing the zgis of American protection over certain naturalised citizens of the United States, who have been arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to penal servitude, in Ireland, on charges of Fenianism. In connection with his motion, the hon. mover struck out an idea which, realised, would unravel the business of American Fenianism in a most masterly way, and at the same time gratify the territorial cravings of the Yankee nation. He jsaid that "he would give notice to England that the United States were ready to purchase Ireland; and if England weuld not make the sale, then the United States should take and annex Ireland to this country " — that is, to the Federal Union of America.

This latter alternative might prove to be the quicker and more economical way for the " Land hungry" Americans — and also a way more in keeping with their own antecedents. Texas, and what was done in relation to that State, forms a splendid precedent for the policy of annexation. That job was cheaply effected. The lands of that country, whilst yet under Mexican dominion, were sold in New York and other cities of the Union ; and it required only a few thousand filibusters to get together in arms, march across the frontier with tuck of drum and the flying "stars and stripes," and take forcible and instant possession of their new purchases. a

It would be a serious, and not a very dignified, proceeding for the United States to buy Ireland. Still less should it satisfy Hibernian pride, that Ireland and the Irish should appear to be sold by their hereditary enemies, the Saxons, whose property the Green Isle and all its belongings and encumbrances would, on this supposition, appear tobe. Grant, that when Mr. Rozrnson's pacific but extravagant overture comes to be entertained by the British Government, the question will arise — what should be the price to be paid? It is said


And it areas that Spain has offered Cuba and Porto Rico to the United States for 150,000,000 dollars. Taking the sum of the areas of these two islands, it will be found to be 51,143 square miles; and if the alone were to rule the bargain, Ireland, which contains about 31,00 square miles, should be worth about 90,000,000 dollars — or say £20,000,000 sterling, which is just the sum Great Britain paid down for the emancipation of the slaves in the West Indies. Sir Watrer Scorr used to tell a story about a jockey who once sold a mare to a customer, to the effect that the latter, on mounting his purchase, was informed by the seller that "she had twa faults." " And what are they?" eagerly enquired the new owner. "She is ill to catch," said the jockey. 'And what is her other fault?" pursued the buyer. "She's no muckle worth when she is catched," was the naive reply. Now the chances are that Mr. Roginson would find Ireland ill to catch, either by guile or force ; and, further, it might turn out that she was not much worth when she was caught. Meantime, Consul West is as safe from impeachment, though threatened, as is President Jounson, or as is JEFFERSON Davis from being brought to trial.

It would be much the wiser course for the Americans to seek the gratification of their hungry land-appetite nearer home. They should certainly feel, after lately devouring the huge morsels of Lower California and Russian America, that the tid-bits of St. Thomas and St. John in the West Indies, are rather sufficing. That the United States should acquire Cuba also, would realise an old American saying, that the United States ought to have the Continent for a territory, and Cuba for a cabbage garden. This noble island has an area of 47,278 square miles. It has a coast line of 1,600 miles in length, full of sheltering bays and projecting headlands. Its chief products are sugar, tobacco, coffee, cotton, and furniture woods. Its total exports amount to about 100,000,000 dollars value annually ; and, it cannot be doubted, that under the energetic dominion of the Americans, these would soon rise to a much higher figure. The population is only about 780,000, or 17 to the square mile. Roman Catholocism is the established religion, to the exclusion of all others. Native Spaniards do not form more than one-fifth of the whole population ; and at present a few thousands comprehend all the Britis , Americans, French, and Germans in the island.

We admit, it seems highly probable that the United States willone day own Cuba; and that the acquisition of this splendid island will give a preponderating influence to the great Republic among the great Antilles of the Mexican Gulf. Already the Americans are beginning to talk of their " West Indian possessions," though it requires something more than the acquisition of the two Danish settlements named to give those possessions that body and effective significance sufficient to satisfy the American imagination. Cuba and Porto Rico must, in the long run, be made to tumble into the list for this purpose. Not long since it was rumoured in Europe that the United States intended to procure, through the favour of Turkey, a naval station in the Mediterranean ; and the dreams about the " purchase" or the "annexation" of Ireland, are but the first awakenings of the public desire to acquire " European" possessions also. That Yankee ambition will keep pace with every opportunity we may expect; that it should be the policy of Fenian agitators to flutter this fantastic notion before the Republican mind is probable enough; but we confess that we did not expect to see it so soon take a sort of substantive shape before the House of Representatives. To Mr. Rosinson belongs the merit of vending what no doubt he considers an excellent joke. It is almost as good as that of his fellow law-giver, who proposed, in reference to the expedition from England to Abyssinia, that the Government of the United States should, mutatis mutandis, issue the proclamation of neutrality which the British Government issued at the commencement of the American civil war. Like that proposal, the present one by Mr. Rosinson derives its point from the sneer at Great Britain which it conveys. That is its one unpleasant feature. eT

Ramsden Estate Leases

In the chronicle of those events of the year, 1867, which bear reference to the interests and prosperity of our good town of Huddersfield, there is none which calls for more special notice than "the Ramsden Estate Leasing Act, 1867," fraught as it is with provisions of the most vital importance to the material progress of the town, and with the means of re-establishing, on the most cordial and harmonious footing, those relations between groundlandlord and tenantry, which former disputes so unfortunately interrupted. It has been matter of frequent observation that it was the delay which intervened between the passing of the Leasing Act of 1859, and the carrying it into execution, which led to the difficulties and litigation from which the parties have but recently emerged. If the forms and terms of the lease under that Act had been promptly announced, and leases promptly supplied to applicants, in all probability it would have completely obviated the '"tenant-right agitation," with its costly reckonings on both sides, and its results of disappointment and embittered feelings to all. Indeed, the obvious question arose, and still arises, what is the good of acquiring satisfactory powers of usefulness and benefit if they are toremain dormant? This question is suggested at the present time because we have now reached the year 1868 without any signs of activity in carrying into execution the powers of the Estate Act of 1867. It surely cannot be realised on the part of Sir John Wm. Ramsden and his advisers, what inconvenience is being occasioned to the tenantry by this delay. The uncertainty in the value and conditions of property in the town, the suspended building operations, and the suspended renewal arrangements, which necessarily result from this delay, are all elements of mischief and suffering. In connection with our Charter of Incorporation, our projected covered markets, and in other respects, Sir John is manifesting a good disposition towards the town, and is drawing closer around him the relations of esteem and goodwill of the inhabitants. But in none of these does there rest so much power of good or evilasin the prompt or dilatory execution of his new Estate Act. The terms of conversion of existing leases, for instance, are matters of simple arithmetical calculation. As regards a large class of them, namely — the 60 years' renewable leases, on fixed fines, the process of conversion is only what has been done on the neighbouring Lockwood estate with satisfaction to all parties, I trust, then, that these few lines may reach the eyes of some who can hasten the remedy for the anomalous and inconvenient state now prevailing as regards the holdings on the Ramsden Estate, and that among the good resolutions" on the part of its owner for the New Year may be registered foremost the determination to lose not a day in executing the powers of the "Ramsden Estate Act, 1867." — Communicated.

Local News

St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church. — second Sunday after Christmas. Morn. : Anthem, 'Then shall the righteous." — Mendelssohn. Hymn 323 O.B. — Even.: Anthem, " Thus saith the Lord." — Handel. Hymn 240.


Commissions. — The following Yorkshire commissions are gazetted : — Mr. J. T. Armitage and Mr. L. R. Starkey to be deputy-lieutenants. 2nd West Riding E. V. C.: A. Crofts to be second lieutenant. 34th West Riding R. V.C.: J. R. Bradbury to be lieutenant ; E. T. Sykes to be lieutenant. 39th West Riding E. V.C.; W. Middleton to he ensign, vice Ruffie, resigned.

Lodge Anniversary

Lodge Anniversary. The annual meeting of No. 241 Lodge, B.U., was held on the 26th ult., at the Albert Hotel. After ing of a substantial dinner, the members assembled, at four o'clock, to transact the annual business. The secretary read a very satisfactory report, which showed the lodge to be in a prosperous condition, there being 171 members on the books, and a gain in funds during the year of upwards of £50. During the evening an entertainment of a pleasing and agreeable character was given, the wives, sweethearts, and friends of the members being admitted.

Huddersfield and Upper Agbrigg Infirmary

Huddersfield and Upper Agbrigg Infirmary. — Report for the week ending Friday, January 3rd, 1868: — In-patients. Admitted ...... aacETET Rie seedensieseserexawenca 3 Deedee Ess Remaining in the house ..........-..sseeceeeeeues 42 Ovutt-pattients. _ Admitted during the week fd s . ome Patients .......... With Recommendations { Attending attheInfirmary 42 Cases of Emergency ......-2.cccccccccneeesesencee a Total out-patients admitted during the week ...... 88 Number of out-visits paid during the week .......... 169

The Wages of the Police

The Wages of the Police. — The police of the county of Lancashire have just received an advance in their rate of wages. In the case of sergeants, an advance of 5d. per week has been made ; other constables, 1s. 2d. ; and in the case of third-class men, 1s. 9d. Compared with their previous pay, at the expiration of Sere of three years, men of all ranks will receive one Half more than they are at present receiving, except third-class constables, who will receive Is. 9d. more. With respect to the superannuation fund, several important and long-looked for alterations have been suggested, and the magistrates are memorialising the Home Office for permission to carry out the suggestion. It is proposed to superannuate police officers who had served 20 years in the force, although not 60 years of age, and to give gratuities to the children of deceased widowed constables who die in the service, as they now have power to vote gratuities to widows, and also to grant gratuities to constables for meritorious conduct, to the amount of £20 in one sum, instead of, as at present, £3. The third-class constables will now be in the receipt of £1 1s. 7d. per week; and, at the end of four years, sergeants will receive £1 9s. 2d. First-class constables in the Huddersfield borough police now receive £1 1s. per week; second-class, 20s. ; third-class, 19s. ;

sergeants, 25s. ; two inspectors, 27s. ; and two inspectors, 30s. per week.

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral. — A very handsome eagle lectern, in brass, has been presented to the dean and chapter for the cathedral, by Mr. Thomas Lockwood, of Harrogate, formerly of Huddersfield.

Temperance Penny Readings

Temperance Penny Readings. — On Thursday evening last the usual fortnightly penny reading in connection with the Huddersfield Temperance Society, took place in George Street schoolroom. The chair was occupied by Mr. B. Halstead. Several recitations were given in a vigorous style by Messrs. J. Beaumont and C. W. Rhodes. "The Wife's Gift; or, two glasses of ale a day," was read in a creditable manner by Mr. J. E. Bates ; and Mr. John Glaisyer gave very effectively Lord Macaulay's " Armada." A selection of songs were given in a satisfactory style by Miss Senior, Miss Shaw, and Mr. Barlow ; and Mr. Dawson very efficiently accompanied on the piano.

The Weather

The Weather. — The old year retired in a cloak of snow ; and, a sharp frost succeeding, the weather, during the past two days, has been in harmony with the winter season. On Thursday the elements were extremely raw ; and in the evening it was almost impossible to pass along the streets with safety in consequence of the slippery nature of the surface of the ground. Yesterday the frost continued; and at various points of the town, traffic was impeded and delayed by the falling of horses and other accidents incident to the weather. The mishaps, however, have not been attended with any noteworthy amount of damage either to pedestrians or property.

Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association

Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association. — In accordance with the will of the late Miss M. E. Turner, of Round Oak, Hopton, who died on the 6th ult., her executors, on Thursday last, delivered to Mr. Fairless Barber, the hon. secretary, a valuable library of more than 700 volumes of archzological and topographical works (many of them very scarce), which the testatrix had most munificently bequeathed to this association, free of legacy duty. They were formerly the property of the late Mr. William Turner, an uncle of iss Turner, some time an attorney of eminence at Hopton, and a distinguished antiquarian, by whom they were collected. Until a suitable place can be provided for its reception this important library will remain in the custody of a Barber, who, as = secretary, is preparing a special re upon them for the annual meeting, to be held on the 33rd inst. "6

Death of the Rev. Dr. Hannah

Death of the Rev. Dr. Hannah. — By the death of the Kev. J. Hannah, D.D., the Wesleyan body has lost a venerable and faithful servant. Dr. Hannah was born at Lincoln on the 3rd November, 1792, and at the time of his death he had consequently just entered on his 76th year. In 1842 he was removed to the college at Didsbury, where he remained as theological tutor till he became a supernumerary at the last conference, in June. In the year that he was removed to Didsbury he was elected president of the Conference (London); and he was again president in 1851, when the conference met at Newcastleupoe Tyne. He was secretary of that assembly in 1840, 1841, 1849, 1850, and 1854 to 1858. On two occasions he represented the Wesleyan Conference, once with the Rev. R. Race, and the second time with Dr. J. F. Jobson, before the American General Conference. At the time of his death he was the oldest member of the legal hundred. Though advanced in years, he was physically and mentally vigorous ; he preached even so recently as the end of last month. A few days ago he took cold, which resulted in congestion of the lungs. No danger was apprehended till Tuesday week; from that day he gradually sank, and at 10-45 on Sunday morning he calmly passed away. He leaves a widow, to whom he was married more than fifty years ago, and a son, the Rev. Dr. J. Hannah, warden of Trinity College, Glenalmond, and who was Bampton Lecturer a few years since. Dr. Hannah was stationed at Huddersfield from 1830 to 1832.

Treats to Ragged School Children and their Parents

Treats to Ragged School Children and their Parents. — The annual treat to the ill-clad and destitute children who attend the Ragged School, Fitzwilliam Street, was given on Wednesday evening, in the large schoolroom. The fare consisted of roast beef and plum pudding, provided through the liberality of Mrs. Whitworth. About 90 children, including ten inmates, were entertained to dinner ; and the urchins, whose appetites had doubtless been sharpened by long fasting and piercing weather, appeased the cravings of their stomachs with an avidity and relish which too plainly demonstrated the fact that, to most of the juvenile recipients, wholesome food was indeed a luxury. The celerity exhibited by the youthful brothers and sisters in misfortune, during the period allotted to the employment of the digestive organs, gladdened the hearts of the visitors; and the hospitable lady at whose cost the feast was provided must have felt amply recompensed by seeing some of the neglected tender branches of society contented and happy, at least once in the year, anel receiving impressions for good which the march of years will fail to obliterate. After the repast, Mr. W. Hastings presided ; and he was supported by a host of visitors, ladies and gentlemen, who feel particularly interested in the welfare of the forlorn arabs who infest our town, and the reclamation of such of them as may have been uncared for by indolent parents, or have been addicted to habits of dishonesty. Amongst the visitors were Messrs. Allen Haigh, — Whitworth, Thomas Allen, E. B. Woodhead (Edgerton), G. D. Tomlinson ; and Miss Wood, Mrs. Tomlinson, Mrs. W. Keighley, Miss Fryer, and other ladies. The gay appearance of the room was enhanced by the exhibition of a huge Christmas tree, the branches of which groaned, as it were, under the heavy burdens of toys, sweetmeats, and fancy knick-knacks which they had to bear. The tree was a source of great attraction and delight to the juveniles, and the ladies who so liberally seconded the efforts of Mrs. Whithead, the schoolmistress, in her undertaking, deserved, as they received, the approbation of the recipients of their hospitality. In his address, Mr. Hastings paid the master (Mr. E. Whitehead) a high compliment on the improved condition of the children, in their behaviour and general bearing, which, he said, had been greatly accelerated by the devotion and zeal of Mr. Whitehead. Several addresses, suitable to the ages and circumstances of the company, were delivered at intervals ; and a selection of hymns and songs adapted to the occasion were sung in a manner which showed that the children had been carefully trained. Miss Peace kindly presided at the pianoforte. In the course of the evening the proceedings were agreeably diversified by the presentation to each scholar of two useful articles of wearing apparel, supplied by, or through the instrumentality of, the ladies' committee and other thoughtful residents ; and with each gift were awarded the prizes which had been so temptingly bearing down the boughs of the Christmas tree. In addition to the distribution of these acceptable articles, a daughter of Mr. Whitworth placed in the hand of each scholar a new penny piece, and the gift appeared to inspire a feeling of pride and gratitude. The festivity was said to be the happiest and most gratifying that has taken place in connection with these schools. — On Thursday evening, between 40 and 50 of the girls who attend the sewing class conducted by Miss Webb and Miss Mallinson

(daughter of William Mallinson, Esq.), partook of tea, in the schoolroom ; and, last night (Friday), a " mothers'

meeting" was held in the schoolroom. Tea was pro-

vided ; and the after proceedings, were of an instructive character.

Scalded to Death in a Brewery

Scalded to Death in a Brewery. — On Monday an inquest was held at Doncaster on the body of William Nettleton, aged ten years, the son of Mr. Wm. Nettleton, brewer. The deceased, it appeared, had been in the habit of making himself useful about the brewery, and on Saturday was drawing a can full of liquor from a vat, when he fell into the scalding liquid. He was immediately got out, but he died the same evening from the injuries he had received. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased was mortally scalded by falling into a brewing vat, and at the same time recommended the proprietors of the brewery not to employ children in such wor

Death of Another Eminent Leeds Surgeon

Death of Another Eminent Leeds Surgeon. — The death of another of the Leeds medical men, T. P. Teale, Esq., whose fame as a skilful and expert operator extended far and wide, has been announced. For some days he had been in a critical state, but a great change for the worse took place on Tuesday morning, and shortly after ten he died. Mr. Teale was born on the Ist of January, 1801, so that if he had lived another day he would have completed his sixty-seventh year. The deceased held high rank in his profession, being one of the Medical Council, and also one of the Royal Medical Commissioners, He was likewise a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The Leeds Banking Company

The Leeds Banking Company. — The official liquidator of this company, Mr. Turquand, has been engaged at the Leeds Music Hall during the week in paying to the creditors a fourth dividend of 3s. in the pound, making a total of 17s. in the pound. At the same time, in pursuance of an arrangement, the balance of 3s. in the pound has been id by means of a fund raised by the committee of sharefolders to those creditors who were willing to accept the same in full discharge, waiving any claim for interest. We have much satisfaction to be able to state that at least five-sixths of the creditors have, with great consideration to the unfortunate shareholders, accepted payment on these terms.

Robberies Near Scarborough

Robberies Near Scarborough. — The rural neighbourhood of Scarbro' has for several winters been the scene of many petty robberies, and it appears that the perpetrators of these misdeeds have again commenced their work. On Monday night, Mr. Thornton, of Throxenby, had a quantity of wearing apparel stolen from his premises, together with other articles. The thief is undiscovered. On Wednesday, a beehive was stolen from Mrs. Megginson's farm, near East Ayton. The hive was full of honey from a forward swarm, intended asakeeper. This robbery is supposed to have been premeditated, as the bees had been suffocated not far from the farmstead. Blue paper dipped in brimstone was found near the place. Mrs. Megginson has had stolen within a short period poultry to the value of about £30; and other farmers have fre-

uently missed sheep without having a single clue to the denwedtors 5 and they are now earnestly hoping that some stringent measures may be taken by the rural police authorities for the protection of their property.

Painful Death of a Little Child at Mirfield

Painful Death of a Little Child at Mirfield. — A painful circumstance is reported from Mirfield — one similar to those lately read of in the Australian newspapers — the death of a child by exposure and starvation after rambling away from home. The deceased in this case was Emily Mellor, aged three years, the daughter of a railway signalman residing in Kem Lane, Mirfield. It appears that on Christmas Day morning Mrs. Mellor dressed the child in her best clothes and let her go out to play, along with a little boy belonging to a neighbour. They rambled away together, and at two o'clock the boy was found near the Plough Inn, but the other child was nowhere to be seen. Search was made for her by the parents without success, and as night was closing in the whole neighbourhood gave their assis tance, and all the lanes and paths were looked over with lamps and lanterns, No success was met with, and the parents returned home heartbroken ; but the following day and the day after they and others renewed the search, which, like the first, was fruitless. Onsaturday, however, the body of the poor little creature was found in a remote place on the Asylum Farm, at a considerable distance from the house of her parents, and close to the boundary of the borough of Dewsbury. She seems to have wandered away, and to have fallen down through her feet becoming fast in puddle, and to have died from exposure to the cold and hunger. The affair has caused a very painful sensation in Mirfield, where the parents of the little innocent are well known. An inquest was held by Mr. Taylor, on Monday. The evidence bore out what is above-stated, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased had been found dead ina field after having strayed from home,


Penny Savings' Banks

Penny Savings' Banks. Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution: On Saturday and Monday nights 229 depositors paid in £29 11s. 3d., and 45 withdrew £20 12s. 3d.

Lockwood Mechanics' Institution: On Saturday 91 depositors paid in £3 5s, 2d.; six withdrew £1 3s. 3d.

Almondbury Mechanics' Institution On Saturday 23 depositors paid in £1 17s. 0d. Withdrawals, £1 2s. 6d.

Deighton and Sheepridge Mechanics' Institution: On Monday, 36 deposited £2 4s, 2d.; one withdrew 2s. 6d.

St. John's, Hillhouse: On Monday 22 depositors paid in the sum of £1 6s, 4d. ere were no withdrawals.

St. Thomas' Branch of the Yorkshire Penny Savings Bank : On Monday 32 depositors paid in £5 12s. 5d.

Mechanics' Institution

Mechanics' Institution. — At the fortnight i on Saturday the concert was given by Miss Womersley, Miss Shaw, Mr. Joel Mellor, Mr. Joe Varley, Mr. Georco Rayner, and Mr. Joshua Marshall. The audience was very large, every portion of sitting and standing room being occupied. Mr. Joss Brook took the chair. The first part opened with "A Christmas Madrigal." Miss Womersley sang " The blue ribbon," and the charming ballad "I cannot sing the old songs." Miss Shaw sang ""Shy Robin," and was compelled to respond to a hearty encore. Mr. Joe Varley, who was in capital voice, gave the "Capstan song," which was re-demanded. Mr. Mellor sang the songs assigned to him with feeling and expression. Mr. Rayner sang for the first time here, and, though suffering from a severe hoarseness, he succeeded in establishing himself a favourite with the audience. He was encored in each part. Mr. Marshall played the piano in a finished and artistic manner. The readings were by Mr. Glover. A short lecture was delivered by Mr. Joseph Bate, secretary of the Institution, on the "Daily Newspapers." The whole entertainment was considered to be a treat of no ordinary character.

St. Thomas' Church Tea Party

St. Thomas' Church Tea Party. — On Monday evening the annual congregational tea party in connection with the above church was held in the new schoolroom, Longroyd Bridge. There was a very good attendance at the tea, which was provided and presided at by ladies connected with the church. After the tea the chair was taken by the Rev. E. Snowden, the incumbent, who gave an interesting and encouraging statement of the church work in S. Thomas' district. The meeting was also addressed in a humorous strain by the Rev. S. Vaughan, incumbent of St. Mark's, Dewsbury ; by the Rev. S. Gammell, of Outwood, near who gave expression to the hope that the sittings in the church would ere long be free to all the parishioners, and by the Rev. E. W. Hawkins, curate of S. Thomas', who gave an account of the position of the Boy's Sunday School and the Missionary Society. Hearty votes of thanks were accorded to the churchwardens, the clerk and sexton of the church, the decorators, the ladies who had provided and presided at the stalls, and to the choir, who lent their aid in making the evening's entertainment most agreeable to the numerous company present. A vote of thanks was also accorded to the Chairman, who, in responding, gratefully acknowledged the assistance he had at all times received from L. R. Starkey and Geo, Brooke, Esqs., in the various movements which had been originated, for the advancement of education and tke welfare of the inhabitants of the district,

Brunswick Street Free Wesleyan Sunday School

Brunswick-street Free Wesleyan Sunday School. On New Year's Day last the teachers, rents, and friends, numbering upwards of 470, partook of an excellent tea supplied by the chapel-keeper, and afterwards assembled in the large schoolroom, to the number of between 600 and 700, to listen to the seeretary's report fund the usnal addresses given by the pastor of the church (Rev. Marmaduke Miller), the superintendents and teachers connected with the school. Mr. William Mallinson, one of the superintendents, presided. Thers port showed that the number of scholars had increased during the year, numbering now upwards of 600; the intellectual and moral tone of the school had improved, classes having been formed for the mutual improvement of the elder scholars in secular and religious subjects, and the spiritual results to be more satisfactory than that of any previous year. The school is divided into 36 classes, and taught by 68 teachers, 40 being members of the church and 33 formerly scholars. The library contains upwards of 700 volumes, and is being at present replenished with another supply of new books. The sick club is in a prosperous state, and although a considerable sum of money has been paid to sick members and for funeral expenses consequent on the death of others, the reserve fund in the treasurer's hands amounts to upwards of £200. The various speeches delivered during the evening were instructive and amusing, One of the most interesting portions of the programme was the presentation of two handsome Bibles to the most punctual and regular attending teachers. The chapel choir was present and sang an appropriate selection of music, contributing in no small degree to the pleasure of the audience.

Huddersfield Naturalists' Society

Huddersfield Naturalists' Society. — At the annual meeting of this society held on the 7th ult. (Mr. Jno. Hey in the chair) the officers chosen for the present year were : — President, Mr. W. H. Charlesworth ; vicepresidents, Messrs. T. H. Bartlam and W. Nettleton treasurer, Mr. G. Liversedge; hon. secs,, Messrs, G. T. Porritt and T. Butler; curator, Mr. B. H. Fitton; committee, Messrs. 8. Teal, Jas. Varley, G. Tindall, W. E. Thomas, G. Moorhouse, H. Boothroyd, T. Wood, and J. Armitage; librarian, Mr. Isaac Nettleton. The time was entirely occupied with the transaction of business, and the meeting closed late. On Tuesday evening, New Year's Eve, the members dined together at Mr. Burn's dining rooms, John William Street, when a first-class repast was served up in admirable style. Afterwards the usual loyal toasts were proposed, the health of the patrons, officers, past and present, &c., bein honored with special toasts. A few songs were sung an recitations given. On Wednesday evening the annual meeting of the West Riding Consolidated Naturalists' Society was held in the Huddersfield Rooms, King Street. There was a good attendance, Mr. Charlesworth being chairman. The affairs of the united societies were care'ally di and arrangements made for the present year. The meeting was addressed by Mr. Robert Smith, of Heckmondwike; Mr. Hodgson, of Wakefield; and Mr. A. M. Box, of Clayton West, and others connected with the local society. A small but very interesting collection of objects of Natural History was exhibited, including arvicola, amphibia, asplenium viride, scolopendron vulgare, alodendron, &c. An animated discussion took place with respect to the first named specimen.

Advent of the New Year

Advent of the New Year. — The old year, with its troubles and cares has passed away, and with the ushering in of the new year we resume our respective pilgrimages in life with augmented responsibilities and fresh anxieties,

Searcity of employment is always a certain forerunner of privation and destitution ; and the recent depression of trade has not only cooled the ardour of many a hopeful tradesman, but brought grief and want to many a home.

These necessitous people, however, have been reaping the fruits of generosity and munificence, and a great amount of distress has thereby been alleviated. Still the new year is accompanied by a harrowing degree of misery ; and during the present biting frost, poverty, with his gaunt stride, appears to be be prosecuting his ravages with relentless obduracy. The soup kitchen, established by the energy and liberality of a few interested gentlemen, is affording relief to those applicants who, while doing battle with reverse of fortune, would almost perish before they would become the objects of parochial relief ; and the establishment of similar institutions, in other parts of the town, for a short time, would, no doubt, be the means of Keeping the life and body together of many secluded and deserving indigent families. The advent of the new year was welcomed by the ringing of bells, festivities, and congratulations ; and it is fervently to be hoped that the present may be to each and all a " Happy and prosperous year." Of festivities there have been not afew; and the entertainments, chief among which we may remark, is the Messrs. Pinders' Circus, were well patronised on New Year's eve. Others, devotionally disposed, attended the different places of worship where service was conducted, and hailed the new year in silence and solitude.

Lecture by the Rev. J. Bush

Lecture by the Rev. J. Bush. — The fourth lecture of the series was delivered in Queen Street Sunday School, on Monday evening, by the Rev. J. Bush, of Manchester, who chose for his subject " Balaam and Elisha." Mr. Thos. Denham occupied the chair. The attendance was only mederate. The lecturer, after a few introductory observations, proceeded to give a minute statement of the incidents connected with the life of 3 as pourtrayed in holy writ, pointing out how he sacrificed his reputation, his peace of mind, and made an enemy of conscience, and God his adversary. Balaam tried hard to serve God and Mammon, and utterly failed. If so clever aman as Balaam did not succeed, no one else need hope er try. He had gifts of no common order. For beauty, poetry, true sublimity of thought, and breadth and precision, the prophecies which Balaam uttered are searcely second to any. It was sad to think that whils such lofty predictions were flowing from his lips his heart was still going after covetousness. After deducing some practical teaching from the character of Balaam, the reverend gentleman passed on to the second part of his subject, "Elisha," who, he said, was to Elijah what Joshua was to Moses — his minister. The miracles which Elisha wrought were characteristic of the man. He did not crave publicity nor meddle with polities, nor dwell in kings' courts. Whea commanded he took his place before kings and did his duty with marvellous grace and dignity — a dignity which shewed what spirit there was in him when fairly roused. He exhorted young men to follow his example ; he was not eager to step into his master's shoes, but was preparing some day to do his master's work. Young mer should not be in a hurry, but bide their time; there were not too many men for the work to be done. Elisha pouring water upon the hands of Elijah was a far greater man in the sight of God than Balaam standing on the top of Pisgah, his gifts overtoppin his graces. In the case of these two men, the two-fol statement of Solomon was fulfilled : in the case of Elisha, "a good man shall be satisfied from himself," not with himself; and in the case of Balaam, "the backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways." Votes of thanks were passed to the lecturer and chairman.

Elopment from the Bradford Workhouse

Elopment from the Bradford Workhouse. — An asthmatical old man, sixty years of age, named Jonas Booth, who had been an inmate of the Bradford Workhouse since November 9th, 1863, won the affections of a deaf and dumb woman, named Mary Lamb, who was also an inmate, and on the 24th October last the twain eloped. The woman was an excellent laundress, and during the many years she had been in the " house" had accumulated a little money, which is supposed to have been the incentitive of Booth in inducing the poor creature to go with him, as she is neither young nor very attractive. The couple appear to have wandered about until their means of existence were exhausted, and they then once more made their way to the Workhouse, taking shelter in the vagrant ward on Friday night. On Saturday morning Booth was reluctant to go to the "test," and give the amount requisite for his night's lodging. Evans, the porter remonstrated with him, on which Booth struck him (Evans) on the cheek with his fist. Booth was then taken into custody, and was brought up at the Bradford Borough Court on Saturday, and was not only charged with assaulting the porter, but also with absconding with the Workhouse clothing on the day when he eloped with his deaf and dumb charmer. Booth wished to bring a counter charge against the porter for pushing him in an improper manner, and for having a "spite" against him, but when the whole facts uf the charges were stated, Mr. Alderman Farrar gave the prisoner a severe admonition, and sent him to ruminate on his folly in the Wakefield House of Correction for two months,

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