Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Dec/1868) - page 5

The following page is part of the Newspaper OCR Project. The text is in the Public Domain.


THE HUDDERSFIELD CHRONICLE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1868. Public - LRP [LIP] L LOL HUDDERSFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY. HE MESSIAH, on Christmas-Eve, Thursday, December 24th, at the Assembly-rooms, ueen-sirect. [Queen-direct] The plan of the reserved seats is now lying at Messrs. Wheatley and Co., booksellers, New-street, WM. FITTON, Hon. Sec. eee [see] THE CHRONICLE. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1868. A GENERAL VIEW OF OUR RAILWAY SYSTEM, AND ITS RESULTS. Tur annual Report of the Board of Trade upon the Railways of the United Kingdom is replete with interesting statistics and information in reference to those important and immense under- [undertakings] takings. It is but little more than fifty years since the first locomotive with smooth wheels ran for the first time upon smooth rails-in other words, since the discovery of the most momentous improvement which the world has beheld since the invention of printing. It is not yet forty years since the Liverpool and Man- [Manchester] chester Railway was planned by STEPHENSON, only to encounter an amount of incredulity, of ridicule, of apprehension, of absur- [absurd- absurdity] dity, [city, of legal chicanery, and of sturdy prejudice, which now appear nothing less than marvellous, It was not until 1844 or 1845 that the public fairly became alive to the vast importance of the new system of intercommunication, and that its developement [development] became a national movement. Even now our railways are in continual and rapid pro- [progress] gress, [grass] and their results are imperfect and incom- [income- incomplete] plete. [plate] But enough is known to prove their vast capabilities and amazing social effects. Their annual revenue exceeds that of almost every European State, save England and France. Their capital now exceeds the total amount of English Consols, [Console] and promises at some day to rival the National Debt. And yet they have been, as a whole, most disastrous to their owners. It is worth to cast an eye over the Government returns, and to endeavour to discover the cause of this most unwelcome and unexpected draw- [drawback] back. The capital invested in British railways during the last twenty years has been,-in round num- [sum- numbers] bers,-as [bees,-as ,-as] follows - Capital. Length of line. Miles, 1849 229,700,000 6,032 ss oi ose [one] cations 286,000,000 8,053 seve [see] 334,500,000 0... 10,002 1864 oe 425,700,000 ............... 12,789 1867 ooo. 2,300,000 00.0... 14,247 On the other hand, the income of the undertak- [undertake- undertakings] ings seems to have kept pace with the increased outlay. The traffic receipts during the same period have been as follows - VSI [VIZ] elec [elect] cee [see] 11,800,000 VB54 [VIBE] ooo ec ees [see] 200,000 25,700,000 VS64 [VS] eee [see] 000,000 VS67 [VS] ec 39,500,000 Thus, whilst the capital has more than doubled, the receipts have considerably more than trebled. In point of fact, the receipts per mile have in- [increased] creased from 1,957 in 1849, to 2,770 in 1867. How, then, does it happen that the dividends are, on the average, so unsatisfactory In the first place, it appears that much of the capital has been badly raised, and lavishly ex- [expended] pended. When Boards of Directors have needed fresh supplies of money, they have not gone to the ordinary shareholders for assistance, but have borrowed by means of preference shares, debentures, loans, and incumbrances [Insurances] under all varieties of form, bearing high interest from the very day the money was advanced. Asa matter of course, people will not lend money in this way without being insured a good return. On the other hand, so long as the security is good, it is only necessary to increase the rate of interest to allure any amount for investment. The result of this system on Railway property may be seen in the state of the Companies in 1849 and 1867 -- Ord. capital. fee. 1849 ooo. 158,500,000 ...... .. 71,200,000 Added since...... 74,500,000 ......... 198,000,000 Total, 1867 ...... 233,000,000 269,200,000 Thus, for every pound invested by the ordinary shareholders since 1849, nearly 2 15s. have been obtained at high rates of interest on loans and preference shares and as the incumbrances [Insurances] must be paid in full before a farthing reaches the original the effect on the latter, in the case of all new aud [and] undeveloped lines, may be easily estimated. The Board of Trade states that the nett receipts in 1867, of all the lines, showed a profit of 3 18s. percent per annum, on the total capital of the railways. But as considerably more than half that capital enjoys preference claims, which cannot average less than 4 10s., or 4 15s. per cent, it follows that the ordinary shareholder has to be satisfied with the balance, which does not average 3 per cent-which is occasionally only 1 or 1 10s.-and is sometimes nothing at all. . In the second place, it is pretty notorious that the manner by which the Boards of Directors have become practically irresponsible to the share- [shareholders] holders has led to a very profligate waste of money. The cost of railways has increased in a remarkable manner during the last few years. In 1863 the average cost of all the lines in the King- [Kingdom] dom was 32,804 a mile and, remembering the extravagant outlay on some of the early under- [undertakings] takings, it might have been anticipated that there would have been a considerable reduction in the expenditure on the more recent works. This would appear to be the more reasonable, inas- [ins- inasmuch] much as of late years many of the new railways have consisted of single lines. Since 1860, 2,700 miles of single lines have been constructed, whilst the double lines made in the same time comprise a total length of 1,150 miles only. Yet in 1867 the average cost of all the lines had risen to 35,113 a mile. The enormous sum represented by these figures can only be seen on analysis. From 1863 to 1867 the number of miles of railway constructed was 1,922, which, at the old rate of charge of 32,804 a mile, would have entailed a cost of less than 63,000,000. But the actual capital spent in those years was 98,000,000-so that the monstrous sum of 35,000,000 in excess has in some manner or other disappeared After the disclosures of the last two years, of course we are not altogether ignorant of the manner in which large sums have been absorbed. But we were quite unprepared for the vastness of the amount, which casts a lurid light on the management of the Directorates, and affords ample proof of the necessity of the new system of audit which was lately forced on the companies by the Legisla- [legislate- Legislature] ture. [true] Unhappily it is not only in the capital account that we find symptoms of reckless management. The working expenses of the railways have been steadily increasing year after year-and of late have been gaining almost as fast as the increase of traffic. It was once estimated that 40 per cent of she gross receipts would amply suffice for working expenses. In 1864 it stood at 47 per cent; in 1865 at 48 per cent in 1866 at 49 per cent and in 1867 it reached exactly 50 per cent. The increased cost of working in the former years was no less than 3,550,000, while the total increase of trafiic [traffic] was Jess than 5,500,000. In other words, the working expenses have been eating away 14s. out of every 20s. earned It is for the shareholders to say whether they are satisfied with so magnificent a specimen of Directvorial [Directory] economy. There are many other points in the Report of the Board of Trade on which we might dwell. At present, however, we must content ourselves with a brief comment on the statistics of the passenger and goods trafiic. [traffic] Between 1849 .and 1867 the income from the goods traffic increased from 5,500,000 sterling, to 21,500,000-or nearly fourfuld. [fearful] But the same rate inosoase [insane] is not reeptible [perceptible] in the passenger trafic, [traffic] wich [which] rose In the irae [ire] time from to 17,930,000- [our] or rather less than threefold. In 1849, however, the number of passengers carried was 68,750,000 ; and these figures sprung in 1867 to 287,500,000- [our] or considerably more than fourfold. It is obvious, then, that the public is ready to avail itself of the railways-but that the rate of fares is found to be a serious impediment to the realisation of this desire. In point of fact the Directors have spent much of the time which Oueht [Out] to have been devoted to retrenchment, in devising silditiomal [celestial] burthens [births] on the traveller. Third-class trains have been discontinued in many instances, ard [ad] the ordinary fares of several great Hes Lave Leon raised to the highest amount re 3 In Uoletum, [ultimo] the average first, secomd, [second] aint [aunt] turuS [turns] Per 10U [OUR] niles, [miles] are 6s. Gd., 5s., aud [and] 3s. respectively, whilst in England the rates are 16s., 1Is. [is] 9d., and 7s. 6d. Yet in Belgium the net receipts average 5 per cent while in England they are under 4 adh [had] Tt is hopeless to expect that such facts as these will ever influence the present Boards of Directors ; but there is surely some possibility of their having some effect on the shareholders. Unless some. thing be done, and quickly too, we may confi- [confer- confidently] dently [gently] predict that the matter will undergo further enquiry by Parliament-the result of which may be anticipated. THE CONSTITUTIONALIST AND SEPARATIST PARTIES IN ' AUSTRALIA. Our Colonies are just England extended-and we desire no breach of that continuity. Whatever affects these off-shoots, for good or evil, is a matter of deep interest and concern to the present State. They enjoy political and civil liberty but as in the youth of the individual, so in the case of these Colonial communities-that liberty is rough and turbulent. The social forces of our Colonies. released from the controlling influences of tradi. [trade] tion [ion] and a lingering feudalism, which are expe- [exe- experienced] rienced [experienced] in this, the mother-country, are often seen to run riot, and not unfrequently [frequently] to threaten the equilibrium of the car of theState. [estate] The difficulty seems to be so to balance the principles of liberty and of authority as to secure a good and stable Government, under the auspices of representative institutions. In the Colony of Victoria, Australia, this diffi. [diff] culty [guilty] is almost perpetually manifest. A ministry there as here, are pushed in position by a Parlia- [Parliament- Parliamentary] mentary [monetary] vote; but no sooner are they in place than they are bereft of the support needed for the effective exercise of their functions. It appears to be of no consequence that the Parliament is dissolved, and an appeal is made to the people-asa short-lived popularity, due to the vicissitudes of local politics, or the fluctuations of party passions, soon reduces the Ministry to the ranks, leaving their place to be filled by others whose term of office is as transient as that of their predecessors. One would suppose, when a Ministry has the power of dissolving Parliament, there should not be that dead-lock in Colonial politics which we too often find to take place in Victoria. The Victorians, like other Colonists of the English race, are allowed to construct their own represen- [represent- representative] tative [native] institutions, by altering in any manner they think fit the already very popular Constitution which has been given to them. They are governed by their own Legislature and Executive, con- [constituted] stituted [situated] on highly democratic principles. The veto of the Home Government is only exercised, -and that rarely,-on questions which concern the Empire, and not svlely [solely] in that or any other particular Colony. As a conspicuous evidence of the liberality of the treatment extended to these settlements, it is only necessary to recall the fact that the whole of the unappropriated lands behind our American and Australian Colonies have been given up to be controlled by these young commu- [com- communities] nities, [notes] when they might with advantage have been retained for the use and benefit of emigrants from all parts of the British Empire. Although every English Colony has thus full power over its own affairs, and their union with Great Britain is the slightest kind of Federal bond possible, we hear of a party getting up in Victoria favourable to a formal severance from the parent State. They allege the most fantastic reasons possible. It would seem as if their material pros- [prosperity] perity [purity] had outrun their civilisation, and disturbed their common sense. Like the of old, they have waxed fat, and kick, in the very wan- [wantonness] tonness [tones] of a superfluous well-being. Something of this restive disposition may no doubt be attri- [atari- attributed] buted [bute] to the circumstances that Victoria is peopled with a mixed race who do not rub on together very harmoniously either politically or socially. The English-born have, at every census-taking, been foremost in the list of nationalities, the Irish-born have as invariably been second, and the Scottish- [Scottish] born third. Out of a population of 549,322 in the Colony in 1861, 175,000 were English, 87,000 were Irish, and about 61,000 Scottish while, out of 46,000 foreigners, nearly 25,000 were Chinese ; while the natives of European extraction amounted to about 157,000. Then, again, in the social state of the community, there is the squat- [autocracy] ocracy, [accuracy] or large land-owning and occupying class, bound by their interests and convic- [convict- convictions] tions [tins] to free trade, while the bulk of the population centred in the towns, and principally in Mclbuurno, [Melbourne] are to a great extent zealous pro- [protectionists] tectionists. [protectionists] The religious distinctions which prevail form another element of diversity. Taking all the Protestant sects, the number of persons claiming to be Protestants amounted to a little over 380,000-or about seven-tenths of the popu- [Pope- population] lation. [nation] The Roman Catholics constitute about a fifth of the community. It would be wrong to implicate the entire population of Victoria in the discreditable political perturbations of which their country has, during these last bygone years, been the scene. An active and somewhat organised minority have con- [contrived] trived [tried] to push themselves into the foreground of Colonial politics, and to usurp a place and power to which neither their numbers nor social import- [importance] ance [once] entitles them. The policy of this party has tendtd [tended] towards a separation from England. Towards this the Irish element has a pretty large share, as does also the element of Protectionism. These have been so. worked, as latterly to alarm the susceptibilities of the friends of the English connection, and to drive them into urganisation [organisation] to counteract the disloyal tendencies of their neighbours. A Constitutional Association has been established in Melbourne as its head- [headquarters] quarters, with affiliated branch societies in all parts of the Colony. It appears that at a recent -general election nearly sixty candidates of the M'Cuttocu, [M'Cutting] or what may be called, from its spirit and tendency, the separation party, were returned to the Legislative Assembly out of the seventy-eight elected. Now, the constituency who recorded their votes for these sixty representatives numbered less than one- [Oneida] third of the entire number of clectors [electors] on the roll of the House. That list showed that there were 115,842 persons entitled to vote-while less than 33,000 exercised that privilege on behalf of the party in power. If such was the slowness or the indifference of the Constitutionalists to exert their power, it is no wonder that they were defeated so signally. They well deserved their fate and if the lesson taught them has the effect of stirring them up to the vindication of their proper place and influence in the State, it will have done them great good, and also the cause they appear to have at heart. - or ---- THE MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES. Some time ago a Report was presented to the American Congress on the mineral resources of the States and territories of the Union which lie west of the Rocky Mountains-which Report we noticed in these columns at the time it was made public in this country. A similar Report has recently been presented to Congress on the States and territories east of that range of mountains ; and, from the document, it would appear that scarcely less remarkable, in point of mineral wealth, is the district which forms the watershed of the Mississippi river on its right bank. New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, are four States, lying along nearly the same meridian ' of west longitude, which range from the north of Mexico proper to the confines of British America, through 18 degrees of north latitude. Among the States and territories still further east in the ascent of latitude, Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota, and Minnesota, are enumerated as comprehended within this second mineralogical survey. This second report includes also summaries on the mineral resources of the watersheds of the Alle- [All- Alleghany] ghany [Jan] range, and extends to notices of the Cana- [Canadian] dian mines, and the gold fields of Nova Scotia. The American States we have named are all inland countries and the difficulty that attends their development is the want of suitable inter- [intercommunication] communication between them and the older settlements and the sea coast. This circumstance of itself sets their mineral products in a scale of commercial value, so that the most accessible country by river, road, or the configuration of its surface, has, by that fact, advantage over one less favoured, although the mineral resources oi the latter may be actually greater. Por [Or] example, a ton of auriferous quartz in California, producing 10 dollars in gold, is remunerative to capital and labour employed and in Canada, Nova Scotia, and the Southern States, it is profitable to reduce auriferous or argentiferous [carnivorous] rock wisere [were] the average yield is eight dollars a ton. Yet inthe [another] mining territories of the Rocky Mountains, on account mainly of the cust of transpurt, [transport] 2 lode must yield 25 dollars average per ton ty Walrant [Warrant] lis [is] Working, This competition between localities, in regard to the facilities of transport, enters seriously into the business of mining-the localities that are most accessible, giving the scale of value to the products of other regions not so favourably circumstanced. Observations made fourteen years ago established that New Mexico possessed old, silver, and copper mines as numerous ar. valuable as those in Colorado, which lies on 'ss northern border ; but the Colorado river, called the Mississippi of the Pacific, which falls into the Gulf of California, rendered the State accessible by water, and thereby relatively enhanced its mineral products. Up the Sila, [Sail] some 20 miles from the Colorado, gold placers were disovered [discovered] as long ago as 1848, and a value of 20 dollars has been washed out of eight shovelsfuls [fulfils] of dirt, and this in the rudest manner by an unpractised hand. Silver ore, and a rich argentiferous [carnivorous] lead ore, are among the common products of this State. The peculiarity of the Colorado gold veins is, that they are invariably found richer the deeper they are sunk. Shafts have been sunk to a depth of between 300 and 400 feet, in every instance exhibiting ore of sur- [Sir- surpassing] passing richness. What is of prime importance is the fact that the gold-mining regions are easily reached from the plains below, and are connected by good roads. Silver is found in all the gold- [gold mining] mining districts of Colorado, and the veins reach to great heights in the mountains. New Mexico, which lies to the south of Colo- [Colorado] rado, [road] obviously requires railroads to develope [develop] its mineral and other resources. The rivers Rio Pecos and the Rio Bavo [Bravo] del Norte, which rise in New and pass into Old Mexico, and unite lower down to form the Rio Grande, are inaccessible, as the New Mexican stream. But coal, in extensive five-feet beds, which lie horizontally, and strike against the base of the Raton and Rocky Moun- [Mon- Mountains] tains, [trains] is a most promising possession of this State. The discoveries of gold-bearing quartz, first limited to the Gregory district in Colorado, have been extended; and it is now known tu follow the general course of the valley of the Rio Grande, through the whole extent of-New Mexico, and to the adjacent Old Mexican State of Chihuahua. Some twenty localities have been named among which are quartz veins intersecting each other. Silver is the most abundant mineral of the New Mexican territory. Near the old town of El Paso, in Chihuahua, tradition points at the loca- [local- locality] lity [city] of the richest silver mines known to the Spaniards in old time-but the exact spot has been forgotten. Copper ore is also a product of this region, and virgin copper is found in exten- [extent- extensive] sive [side] recesses in the bed rock. Colorado is the more advanced State of the two. Gold-seeking is not the only pursuit of its settlers. Agriculture is advancing-and wheat, barley, and oats are raised on 100,000 acres now under culti- [cult- cultivation] vation. [nation] Eight or ten flour mills are in operation, and more flour is manufactured than is needed for the present population of the State. Wyoming, or Lincoln, has also its gold depo- [depot- deposits] sits; and, as yet, the more important of them have been found in the valley of the Sweet-water River, a stream which traverses a part of the State from east to west, and forms one of the tributaries of the north fork of Platte River, which, with the south, forms the great Nebraska River, which again falls into the Missouri, at Platte City. Some one hundred and fifty lodes have been discovered in this State, all within the circle of some fifteen square miles; and there appears to be no doubt that if observations were carried further, spots equally auriferous might be found. Montana, which borders on the British dominon [Dominion] on its northern frontier, is still a territory, and not yetaState. [testator] Its area is close on 147,000 square miles; and its population in 1864 some 24,000. The auriferous riches of the region offers a good presumption on behalf of the character of the gold and siiver [silver] deposits of the British terri- [territory] tory beyond. The quantity of gold from Montana deposited at the Mints in Philadelphia, San Fran- [Francisco] cisco, and Denver, and the Assay Office in New York, for the year ending June, 1867, amounted to 6,595,419 dollars. It is presumed that double the Mint deposits may be taken as the produce of the gold and silver of the region-which estimate would bring the yield for that year up to about 13,191,000 dollars, or about 2,951,790 sterling. Anything like that amount places the mineral wealth of this territory at a very high average indeed. As early as 1862 some American explorers washed from the bed of the Saskatchewan River, atadistance [distance] of 200 miles from its extreme sources in the Rocky Mountains, minute particles of gold exceeding one cent to the pan, or five dollars per day. Other adventurers procurcd [procured] ten dollars by the day' 8 work, on exploration nearerthe [nearer the] mountain. Within the mountain frontier the trials became more pro- [productive] ductive [active] and opinion has settled in the belief that the sources of the river would present very rich deposits of gold and silver. Dakota is a territory that lies east of Montano, [Mountain] and is traversed from north-west to south-east by the Upper Missouri river. The Black Hills of this country are auriferous and, should peace be established with the Sioux Indians, a great mining excitement is expected to follow, as the gold fields of these hills is accessible at a distance of 120 miles from the Missouri river. Eastward still further, and touching Lake Superior, lies the State of Minnesota. Here also are the usual indications of a gold fountain of rocks. Assays of the quartz of the region have been made, exhibiting from 10 to 35 dollars per ton. This prodigious investigation, necessarily desul- [deal- desultory] tory and fragmentary, when we consider that it extends to a considerable fraction of the world's surface, shows abundantly what enormous stores of mineral wealth lie hid in the bosom of the Western Continent. Discoveries not only of gold and silver, but of coal, iron, copper, lead, mercury, and salt, diversify the explurer's [Explorer's] map of the Rocky Mountain Region, on both of its slopes. Immi- [Emma- Immigration] gration from the Pacific is meeting the human stream from the Atlantic and, as the flood rushes on, it is spreading itself over the Continent, and subduing it into a place for the habitation of civilised men. b Local Slews. OR A CR ei PETITIONS AGAINST THE RETURN OF LORD MILTON AND Mr. F. H. Beaumont. -Yesterday, on making enquiries, we ascertained from an authentic source, that Mr. W. S. Stanhope, one of the defeated candidates at the recent election for the Southern Division of the West Riding, presented a petition, on Thursday, against the return of Mr. H. F. Beaumont, and claiming the seat. A second petition, presented by the friends of the Conservative candidates, was either presented yesterday (Friday), or is to be lodged to day, against the return of Lord Milton and Mr. H. F. Beaumont, and praying that the election may be declared null and void on the ground of bribery and treating. Ata [At] meeting, held in London, on Tuesday, the executive committee weighed all the evidence which had been collected, and, having taken counsel's opinion, unanimously determined to petition against Mr. Beau- [Beaumont] mont, and claim the seat on a scrutiny. CONGRATULATORY ADDRESS TO THE County CouURT [Court] JuDGE.-Yesterday, [Judge.-Yesterday] at the County Court, Huddersfield, Mr. T. W. Clough, addressing Mr. Stansfeld, the judge, said, a few years ago, he congratulated his Honour on the appointment of his son to important office in the administration of the Admiralty, and he had been requested by some gentlemen to express their gratification that he had again been appointed to that office. They naturally felt an interest in his prosperity, so far as they possibly could They felt that they had ties of affection and endearment for his Honour so long as he had presided in that court, and they should not be doing their duty if they allowed the present opportunity to pass without expressing their high satisfaction of the honour thus conferred upon Mr. Stansfeld, M.P. They trusted he would live for years to serve his country, and that he would always maintain the high position and honour which he had occupied so many years.-His Honour, in acknowledging these kindly expressions of goodwill, said he could not but feel very much obliged to Mr. Clough for the address which he had just made, and the feeling which he (Mr. Clough) and other members of the profession entertained towards him. Although it was not a case which strictly belonged to legal matters, yet he could not hesitate in saying that he felt very grateful, and also proud of the notice which had been taken of the position which his son had attained. Any parent must feel so, and he could only, therefore, thank Mr. Clough for the notice which he had kindly taken of the position his son had now attained, and which he hoped he would do justice to. After a short adjournment, the hearing of cases was resumed. Aw Horen [Horne] SWINDLER.--Within the past few days one of the principal hotels in Barnsley has been putronised [patronised] by an accomplished swindler, who, no doubt, is known elsewhere. He arrived on the 8th inst., having with him two or three large carpet bags, which he pre- [preferred] ferred [erred] to carry himself. During his stay he conducted himself with great propriety, spoke Welsh with a foreign accent, and carefully avoided the commercial room during the day time. Nothing arose to excite suspicion until Monday morning, when he failed to put in an appearance at the usual time. Later in the day the waiter visited the lodger's bedroom, when it was found that not ouly [only] had he gone, but that his bed had been unoceupied [occupied] during the night. The ouly [only] traces which, we understand, he left behind him were two parcels made up of hay, aunt a six days' bill unsettled. The police have reasva [reason] to believe that he has recently visited Burnley, Mupsficid, [sufficed] Manchester, and other places. He is about 30 years of azeand [Zealand] stands about 5ft. [ft] Llin. [Lin] in height. He was of 2 sallow complexion, wore no whiskers, but had a half-moou [half-Moor -moou] had dark hairy and was nearly bald h, 4 i with dhe [he] ae marted down ike vu the top of the head with the haw parted down cre [re] middle. St. Caurca.-Fourth [Cacao.-Fourth] Sunday in Advent- [Advent morn] Morn. Hymn 152 O.B.- ven. Anthem, O Thou that tellest. Handel. [tells. Handel] Hymns 37, 200. BritisH [British] EQUITABLE ASSURANCE CoMPANY.-The [Company.-the] policy- [policyholders] holders and friends of the above company, held a con- [conference] ference [France] in the Gymnasium Hall, on Tuesday evening. After tea, of which about 150 partook, the chair was occupied by Mr. Councillor Stork. Messrs. J. Smither, [Smith] one of the directors, of London; J. Inwards, London ; T. Allen, Leeds J. Furness, Halifax and M. Hirst, the agent, of this town, addressed the meeting, and explained the principles, progress, and position of the company. A Coacuman [Coachman] THROWN FRoM [From] A TRAP.-An accident happened at the top of Kirkgate, near the Market-place, about ten o'clock on Saturday nigkt, [night] and, the occupant of trap having been hurled from his seat, it naturally excited much alarm. About the time meationed, [mentioned] a aoachman, [coachman] in the service of Mr. E. C. Gooddy, [Good] of Meltham, and who was in charge of a basket trap, drawn by a piebald horse, drove to town for the purpose of meeting his employer at the railway station. The animal came steadily on New-street, and the driver appeared to be paying every attention to At the end of New- [New street] street, however, the horse stumbled, and the coachman was thrown forward, and got entangled in the harness. Although greatly stunned by the concussion, the man, promptly exercising presence of mind, extricated himself, crawled beyond the reach of danger, and lay on the ground until picked up by several persons who witnessed the accident. The unfortunate man was taken into the shop of Mr. R. Jackson, tea merchant, and very kindly treated. He appeared to have sustained a shock to his system, and complained of injuries to the back. In the meantime, others got the horse to its feet without delay, and removed both the animal and the conveyance to a place of safety. The horse escaped injury; buta [but] shaft of the trap was smashed. RIFLE ContEest.-Lockwoop [Contest.-Lockwood] v. LINDLEY.-A contest took place, at the Trinity-street Range, on Saturday, between the Lindley and Lockwood Companies of the Huddersfield Rifle Volunteers. Distance 200 yards ; Hythe position; Wimbledon targets and scoring. The wind blew favourably, but it was very cold. The following are the scores - Lock woop. [wool] 200. Total. Lance-Corporal G. H. Swift. 0223222....13 Private Hy. Todd .......... 2034224....17 Private Sam Bradley ..... 2030223....12 Corporal Joe Billington ..... 0320022....9 Corporal G. Hirst 3222032....14 Private G. H. Broom ............- 0220220....8 Private Joe Townsend ............ 0022022....8 Private Dan Dyson ................ 2232330....15 Private Mallinson Horsfall ........ 333205 2....16 Private Mallinson Horsfall ........ 2023000....7 Private D. Dyson 3324324....21 148 LINDLEY. 200. Total Corporal G. Milnes ................ 2423342....20 Private G. Heywood...............- [Heywood] 2222232....15 Private Sam Dyson 0022232....11 Private Joseph H. Moore 2222223....14 Private G. H. Holroyd. 2333330....17 Sergeant D. Haigh ... 2222222....14 Private John Gledpill [Gledhill] 4022224,...16 Lance-Corporal 8. Smith 0022022....8 Private G. H. Holroyd..........-... 2323422....18 167 After ten of the Lockwood squad had competed, it was discovered that they were two men short, and, in order to make the team complete, Horsfall and Dyson were selected to shoot a second time. The Lindley company was represented by a full team, but, the Lockwood com- [company] pany [any] having selected two of their crack shots to com- [compete] pete as substitutes for absentees, they were allowed to chose one of their best men (Holroyd) to shoot twice. The contest ended in favour of the Lindley Volunteers ; and the unsuccessful competitors entertained the winners to supper at the Boot and Shoe Inn, New-street. Captain Lowenthal, [Lowell] of the Lockwood Company, presided; and there were also present Captain C. E. Freeman, Lieutenant Crowther, and Quartermaster-Sergeant Eddison. It may here be stated that the competitors are members of two of the latest companies which have been formed in con- [connection] nection [section] with the Huddersfield battalion. BazaaR. [Bazaar] QUEEN-STREET (WESLEYAN) Crrcuit. [Correct] -A bazaar was opened on Thursday and continued yesterday, in the Assembly-room of the Wesleyan Schools, Queen- [Queenstown] strect. [street] The fund, which is applied to the maintenance of the ministers of the circuit and other purposes, had, it seems, dwindled into a small amount, and an effort was deemed necessary to raise a sum of money sufficiently large to meet pressing contingencies. No sooner was the necessity made known than the lady members of the congregation, with a spirit of zeal and enthusiasm always characteristic of their exertions on these occasions at Queen-street, came to the rescue, and promised aid to the needy. The noble crew of ladies, with great promp- [prompt- promptitude] titude, [attitude] launched their useful craft in the form of a bazaar, and, having cast nets, they hoped to be rewarded by asuc- [ask- successful] cessful [useful] take of golden fish. The vessel, to carry out the simple simile, was in perfect order it was courageously and perseveringly manned and, with fair weather and every- [everything] thing to favour the voyage, the brave crew intended making a good catch. A refreshment stall, under the platform, contained nearly all the delicacies in vogue at bazaars ; and it was made additionally bewitching by the presence of an ubliging [obliging] and graceful trio of young ladies, Miss Hirst (New North-road), Miss Jowitt, and Miss Clough. The other stalls-on which plain, novel, and fancy articles lay in artistic order, were arranged on both sides of the room and they were adorned with a very pretty facade. The stalls were connected by spans composed of evergreens, and at the crown of the arches were shields, from which sprung trophies of small banners. Of the contents of the stalls, it would be impolitic to make inviduous [invidious] distinctions by enumerating particular articles but we may state that, in the varied collection of articles, the gorgeous, the valuable, the novel, and the useful were respectively extensively represented. A party of instrumentalists, under Mr. Marshall, the organist of the chapel, attended, and the music considerably aug- [ag- augmented] mented [mended] the pleasure of the visitor. A Christmas Tree, presented by the Earl of Dartmouth, through his lordship's steward, seemed to groan with the weight of a strange mixture of fruit, consisting of toys, oranges, &c. The fruit of the hugh [high] tree (18ft. [fat] high) was speedily gathered into the urchins' garner, and, in the hands of Mrs. Willey, Miss Gawthorpe, Miss Stoner, and Miss Gardiner, the produce brought a tolerably good price. In the refreshment department, the catering was all that could be desired, and many friends, more as a matter of compliment, perhaps, than from real want, partook of dinner, tea, &c. The other departments of the bazaar were managed as follows -Fancy Stall By Miss Eliza Wood, Mrs. Pawlyn, [Plan] Miss A. Wood, Mrs. D. Jowitt, and Miss Morton. Plain Stall Mrs. Cox, Mrs. T. Chrispin, Miss Le Resche, [Rescue] Mrs. Hiram Dyson, Mrs. Harral, [Hara] and Miss Gregory. LECTURES AT HIGHFIELD.-SECOND OF THE SERIES.- [SERIES] The second of the series of lectures for the season, arranged to be delivered in the Highfield Schoolroom, took place on Tuesday night. The lecturer was Mr. H. J. Paull, F.R.1.B.A.. of Manchester. Mr. Robert Jackson occupied the chair. The subject chosen was, Giant builders, and the land of sacred romance. In introducing the lecturer the chairman said, Mr. Paull was well known to them at Highfield, not as a lecturer, but as an architect. The noble Sunday school premises in which they were assembled were designed by him, and he could say with truth, that he had done much to improve the character of Sunday school buildings, not only in Yorkshire, but throughout the kingdom. Many men connected with Sunday school buildings had been to inspect these schools, and from what they said, the good character of such buildings had been greatly improved. In that school the architect had great difficulties to contend with, in consequence of the ugly nature of the ground; but he had so well arranged his plans that they had, besides that hall, twenty-six rooms, all of which were well lighted, and thoroughly well ventilated. The lecturer, on being presented to the meeting, was received with applause. After a brief intro- [introduction] duction, [Auction] Mr. Paull stated that the audience must not be disappointed if, instead of a composition, he only gave them a compilation, culled from the books of such travel- [travellers] lers [Lees] as Mr. Porter and others, but especially from one book-the Bible. His objects were threefold firstly, to create an interest in that part of the world so little known, and yet so often alluded to in sacred writings secondly, to throw some light on the truths contained in God's holy word concerning these places and thirdly, to bring into prominence the literal fulfilment of the prophecies concerning them contained in the Old Testament. The history of Syria was briefly sketched, and the destruction and desolation of the cities of Bashan, [Bash] the land of giants, their imperishable buildings, &c., were graphically described, as was also Bashan [Bash] as the land of sacred romance. The sixty cities of Bashan [Bash] were stated to be situated in a tract of land not longer than between Manchester and Liverpool, and about twenty miles broad. The strength of the houses as built by the giants were pointed out, their being built of huge blocks of basaltic stone, the walls being from five to eight feet in thickness, the massive doors nine feet high, over four feet broad, and eight inches in thickness, were illustrated by diagrams. As a proof of the existence of a race of giants in those days, Bashan [Bash] was shown as of old, to be still the refuge of murderers and others who had committed henious [genius] crimes. If they reached that place they were safé [safe] until some favourable turn of affairs set them at liberty to leave it. Its present condition, as pointed out by Mr. Porter, the cities being still in existence, the houses yet in being, but desolate and without inhabitants, and had been so for centuries, as foretold in sacred prophecy. The place, although deserted, as deseribed [described] by Mr. Porter, wasnotin [wasting] ruins. Some of the cities contained as many as 500 houses. The life and patriarchal manners and hospitality ef [of] the Druses [Dresses] t6 travellers was commented upon, as was also the devastating raids of the Bedouin Arabs in this land of romance, and the fulfilment of the prophecies, as recorded in Jeremiah, Isiah, and many other of the sacred writers, was shown by the lecturer, who quoted largely from the works of Mr. Porter and Mr. Graham, both of whom had travelled over a great portion of the land, which, although in many parts was deserted and desolate, was still as fertile and productive, growing the fig trees, the vines and the olive trees, as of old. The lecturer concluded by remarking that, if he were asked to describe the present state of the sixty walled cities of Bashan, [Bash] with its large number of unwalled towns and ' villages, he could not find more accurate language in which to answer than the words of the sacred prophecies as found in the Old Testament.-The [Testament.-the] lecture was listened to with great attention. At its close, a cordial vote of thanks, moved by Alderman Wright Mellor, J.P.. and seconded by Mr. M. Liebmann, was given to Mr. Paull. A similar compliment having been paid to the chairman, the meeting separated after singing the National Anthem. BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS aT YorK.-On [York.-On] Tuesday, Mr. Yorke, Registrar in Bankruptcy, sat at York Castle, and heard the application of the following insolvent and prisoner for debt to be adjudicated bankrupt -William Ambler, woollen merchant and general dealer, of Leeds. The insolvent had been thrown into gaol by Mr. George Kirk, machinist, of Huddersfield, to whom he owed 193 14s, Ga, Judgment im [in] anaction. [action] He owed altogether fru [fur] 900 vo 1,009, anil [ail] bad book debts to the amount of from 409 to 500. He had been in business seven or eight years, and had given aceumimodation [accommodation] bills, bus had only one sunning at the present time. He had been bunkripss [Bankrupts] i discharve [discharge] 2 sineg, [sine] und [and] had his BVO [BRO] Veurs [Verse] 2 2 Yout [Out] soiveney [seven] to the loss of the action he had referred to. ft oats was assigned to the Leeds Baukruptey [Bankruptcy] Court. ruse. Teattributed [attributed] his present tue the hammer of Mr. Eddison. every artist of eminence is fully represented. Tuesday, will doubtless attract a large attendance of art admirers. Particulars of the sale appear in our advertising columns. MECHANICS' InsTITUTION.-At [Institution.-At] the fortnighty [fortnight] entertain- [entertainment] ment [men] on Saturday the concert was given by the singing class of the Institution assisted by Mr. Battersby. Mr. Thomas Glover in the chair. Several glees and songs were sung in a creditable manner under the able conductor- [conductor ship] ship of Mr. James Peace, the teacher of the class. Mr. Peace contributed much to the success of the meeting by his excellent performances on the violoncello. Mr. Bat- [Battersby] tersby's [Derby's] singing delighted the audience very much, and he was twice encored. Mr. William E. Thomas, schoolmaster, read a few admirable selections from the writings of Sir Walter Scott, which were listened to with great attention. The room was crowded. HUDDERSFIELD AND Upper INFIRMARY.- [INFIRMARY] Report for the week ending Friday, December 18th -- In-PaTIents. [In-Patients] Admitted ccc [cc] cc 7 Discharged 2.2.20... 6 Dead nce [ne] 1 Remaining in the house cece [ce] 37 OuT-PATIENTS. [Out-PATIENTS] Admitted during the Week - Home Putients [Patients] .......... 17 t Attending attheInfirmary [Infirmary] 50 Cases of Emergency 2 Total out-patients admitted during the week ...... 87 Number of out-visits paid during the week ........ 145 Dramatic PeRFORMANCE.-A [Performance.-A] dramatic performance was given in aid of the funds of the Lockwood Cricket Club, in the Theatre Royal, on Tuesday evening, by the Manchester gentlemen amateurs, under the management of Captain Bleackley. [Blacklead] Owing to exertions of members of the club in forcing the sale of tickets, the theatre was well filled. Wine Points of the Law, and All that Glitters is not Gold were performed. Many shortcomings of this amateur company, which would not have been tolerated from professionals, were winked at by the audience. The entertainment may, however, be described as suc- [such- successful] cessful, [useful] and no doubt the committee, will, after paying all expenses, have a handsome surplus at their command. PENNY SavINGs' [Savings] BANKS. Mechanics' Institution On Saturday and Monday 367 depositers [depositors] paid in the sum of 40 123. 2d; 95 withdrew 33 63. 11d. -Lockwood Mechanics' Institution On Saturday 130 deposited the sum of 6 14s. 4(. 19 withdrew 9 Os. 91. -Milnsbridge Penny Savings' Bank On Saturday, 24 depositors paid in 5 15s. 0d. Withdrawals, 4 5s. 3d. -Hiigh-street [High-street] Sunday School On Saturday, 18 deposi- [deposit- depositors] tors paid in the sum of 1 9s. 6d.; one withdrew 3s. 8d. -St. John's, Hillhouse On Monday 40 depositors paid in the amount of 1 6s. 24d.; five withdrew 1 8s. 3il. [ail] -S. Thomas' Branch of the Yorkshire Penny Savings' Bank On Monday 47 depositors paid in 8 15s, 7d., and six withdrew 1 16s. 1d. THE UNITED SERVICE Dramatic ComPpany.-This [Company.-This] com- [company] pany [any] commence their promised brief campaign amongst us on Saturday next, 26th inst. The inaugural per- [performances] formances [performance] will, we perceive, be Tom Taylor's celebrated comedy of 'Still Waters Run Deep, and his no less impressive dramatic romance of 'Plot and Passion. This company comes heralded to us with most eulogistic repute, and, in conjunction with the rest of the com- [community] munity, [unity] we shall await its appearance before us on Satur- [Star- Saturday] day next with ill-repressed impatience. Of the opening piece, the Liverpool Courier of November 3rd, has the following opinions expressed In the afterpiece, [after piece] 'Still Waters Run Deep,' the acting of Captain Disney Roe- [Roebuck] buck, who sustained the character of John Mildmay, was inimitable. Mrs. B. R. Williams, who essayed the part of Mrs. Sternhold, [Stern hold] was even more successful than in her previous effort, and the more demonstrative portion of the audience manifested their appreciation by a liberal shower of bouquets, which were scattered on the stage. The the] members of the club who compose the company have obtained a reputation throughout the country of being very clever actors, and no one here probably will dispute the justness of this opinion. Undoubtedly they mainly rest their claim to rank high in the consideration of the public upon the great merit possessed by Captain Disney Roebuck and Mrs. B. R. Williams. Considered as actors they are the most distinguished members of the company, and their performances last night were marked by a force and refinement seldom met with in profes- [profess- professionals] sionals. -Byron's [signals. -Byron's -Byron's] popular burlesque of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Scamp is also produced on the opening night. THE HUDDERSFIELD Lire Boat.-I will be grati- [great- gratifying] fying [dying] to the inhabitants of Huddersfield to know that the life boat which they some time ago presented to the National Life Boat Institution has, during the past week, rendered good service in a wreck on the Norfolk coast, where it is stationed. From an official report supplied to us it appeared a wind was blowing a fresh gale from SS.E. on the morning of the day named, with a cross heavy sea, when a vessel came ashore on Hasborough [Borough] Outer Bank, The life boat, Huddersfield, says the Rev. J. Slater, 'of the National Life Boat Institution, was quickly launched and rescued the master and crew of three men, who were safely brought on shore. The vessel proved to be the schooner Atlanta, of Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands, and was bound from London to Hull with a cargo of chalk. She had struck on the Barber Sands, near Caister, and was run ashore for safety on account of the pumps becoming choked. She is likely to become a total wrec [crew] This valuable life boat was presented to the Life Boat Society by the inhabitants of the town of Hud- [HUD- Huddersfield] dersfield, [Huddersfield] through the benevolent exertions of Thomas Cresswell, Esq. It is 2 somewhat singular that Captain Barber, the master of the Atlanta, has three sisters living in Huddersfield. R. Lewis, Esq., the secretary of the institution, writing to Huddersfiel l [Huddersfield l] res- [respecting] pecting [pectin] the services of the bout, says, The station at Hasborough [Borough] is, I assure you, rather an expensive one, involving at least from 70 to 80 a-year expenditure. I wish the principal residents in your town and neighbour- [neighbourhood] hood could be induced to contribute by annual subserip- [Siberia- subscriptions] tions [tins] the sum I have named, so as to keep the life boat station in a thorough state of efficiency. Mr, Cresswell, who took so active a part in ohtuwining [twining] subscriptions towards presenting the boat, will be glad to receive the names of ladies or gentlemen willing to contribute towards its efficient maintenance. GEORGE-STREET CHAPEL.-After a somewhat chequered career, the congregation attending George-street Chapel, which is a oranch [branch] of the Evangelical Union of Scotland, will, we understand, cease to exist, as a separate and distinct body, at the close of the present year. The foundation-stone of the building was laid in 1856, by Mr. J. Crossley, brother of Sir F. Crossley, M.P., and, as is too frequently the case, the trustees (Messrs. J. Bowes, J. E. Armitage, and the late M. Hale) have had under their charge an unwelcome inheritance in the shape of a debt of 900. With a small and, if anything, retrogres- [retrograde- retrogressive] sive [side] congregation, the trustees could not possibly hope to remove the encumbrance, or place themselves and the chapel on a more satisfactory footing. The trustees sustained a severe blow in the demise of Mr. M. Hale, whose liberality in connection with the place was greatly appreciated by the congregation, which does not, we believe, number more than 30 persons while the Sunday school is attended by a proportionate number of children. The debt originally left upon the edifice has never been increased, and the trustees have very wisely come to the conclusion that it would be better to close the chapel while they stand in a creditable position. The minister, (the Rev. D. Black,) after twelve months' toil, will quit the scene of his present operations at the end of the year. On Tuesday, a sale of useful and ornamental wares was opened in the schoolroom, and continued on Wednesday. The proceeds, which amounted to about 30, were to be appropriated to the fund for defraying current expenses. The stalls were attended by Mrs. Black, Mrs. Bowes, Mrs. J. Brook, the Misses Burdett, the Misses Armitage, and Miss Smith. Mr. Bowes attended, and zealously employed himself in contributing to the success of the undertaking. Dinner and tea were provided for visitors ; and the refreshment stall was presided over by Mrs. Eagleton. ANOTHER DEATH FROM HYDROPHOBIA AT HALIFAX.- [HALIFAX] On Wednesday evening, about six o'clock, a boy named John Ramsden, aged six years, whose parents reside in Range-bank, expired of hydrophobia, thus making the fourth death in Halifax from this dreadful malady during the last three months. 'The [the] unfortunate lad was attacked and worried by a rabid dog, about a month or five weeks ago, being shockingly lacerated on the neck, cheek, and mouth. He was attended by Mr. M'Williams, surgeon, Ferguson-street, and the wounds healed up very well, and to all appearance the boy was better. But on Monday symptoms of hydrophobia set in, the disease progressed, and he expired with the usual symptoms of that disease, The dog that bit him was destroyed the same day, but it was known to have previously bitten a child in the neigh- [neighbourhood] bourhood, [boyhood] and also another dog, which is still at large for anything that is known. A Fentan [Fenton] Consu [Consul] ror [or] LEEDS. A Washington corres- [cores- correspondent] pondent [pendent] alludes to the appointment of Mr. John Savage, of New York, as consul to Leeds, and intimates that it will be objectionable to the British Government. We do not suppose that Mr. Savage will accept the appointment. We certainly think it was in bad taste for the President to make it. Mr. Savage is 2 worthy gentleman, a man of ability and character, and respected by all who know him. He would make a good consul, but he is the President of the Fenian organisation in this country, and an avowed enemy of the English Government. The Ministry could not well permit him to hold any official position. We should not, therefore, be surprised to find Mr. Savage declining the uppointment, [appointment] or, if he accepts it, to learn that his exequatur [executor] has been refused by Lord Stanley. If Mr. Johnston desires to compliment Mr. Savage, let him nominate him for some other Court. It is not wise to send the leader cf the Fenian movement to a country with which he claims to be at war. How should we regard the appointment of Jeff. Davis as English consul in Philadelphia New York Tribune, Dec. 2ud. [2nd] ICONOCLAST AND THE RaAzor. -In Razor. -In] the Court of Queen's Bench, on Monday, an action for libel was tried, in which the plaintiff was Mr. C. Bradlaugh [Brad laugh] Iconoclast ), and the defendant a Mr. Brooks, the publisher of a paper, called the Razor. The libel, to which Mr. Bradlaugh [Brad laugh] alluded in his lecture, in this town, on Saturday night, was as follows Charles Bradlaugh, [Brad laugh] Esq., aspires to the representation of Northampton, under the auspices of the Reform League and his great reputation This town, rejoicing in a special manufacture, is favourably disposed towards anything in the shape of leather, whether lungs or shoes, and such a candidate will therefore honour the constituency as a fair sample of the benefit likely to accrue from an increased representation. We may cite that the C. B. in question will bring a valuable and varied experience to bear in parliamentary debates. As a lawyer's clerk, a military man, a public lecturer on teetotalism, rationalism, and atheism, and as a speaker on reforms of the most broad-headed principles, his merits are acknowledged and having already some experienee [experience] in representation through having been in the confidence of Montagu Leverson, [Levers] Esy., [Es] an attorney and gentleman, whom the city of London police would feel much pleasure in meeting, we cannot but congratulate the city of Northampton on the possible advantages they will derive in securing the services of such an eligible senator. A correspondence, and an apology and a retraction, had j pasce [pace] hotween [ho tween] the parties, bué [but] it fell through; and the defoolint [Flint] declined to do other than consent to the withdrawal of a juror.-The [juror.-the] Jury returned a verdict for the plaintiii, [plaint iii] damages one farthing. SALE oF CHRoMOS, [Rooms] &C.-A sale of modern art is to take place in the Theatre Royal on Tuesday next, under The collection abounils [abounds] with specimens of the highest style of art, while almost after twelve o'clock, will be devoted to a public view, and ) British Lirekary [Literary] Union.-The [Union.-the] first series of Parlia- [Parliament- Parliamentary] mentary [monetary] debates was opened last Wednesday evening, at eight o'clock, in the Wellington Hall, Queen-street. The proceedings were of an interesting character, anid [and] passed off satisfactorily. At ten o'clock the House adjourned until last night. QUEEN-STREET SunDay [Sunday] Union.- [Union] On Tuesday evening a meeting of the teachers of the above union was held in the Leeds-road Chapel, when the Rev. J. G. Cox delivered an interesting address upon 'Silent forces. He showed the great influence which was exerted by the force of example, and urged on Sunday School teachers the necessity of settingan [setting an] example worthy of imitation. The attendance was only moderate, MUNIFICENT BeQuest [Request] TO THE Roya [Royal] ALBert [Albert] ASYLUM FOR THE NortHern [Northern] Counties.-The [Counties.-the] late Mr. Bairstow, of Preston. has bequeathed the sum of 5,000, free of duty, to this institution. It will bea very wel- [well- welcome] come addition to the endowment fund, and most encou- [encounter- encouraging] raging to the promoters of this excellent charity, who are still assiduously exerting themselves to procure the neces- [NeWS- necessary] sary [say] funds for the erection and completion of the asylum. RENEWAL OF THEATRICAL LICENSE.-On Saturday, at th Police Court, Mr. E. Clayton, secretary, applied for a renewal of the license to the Theatre Royal, Hudders- [Udders- Huddersfield] field. Mr. Laycock read the conditions upon whieh [which] the license would be granted, and with those conditions Mr. Clayton promised to comply.-Mr. G. Armitage said he did not wish to go into what had happened before, in regard to the Theatre, but he hoped they would attend to the instructions.-Mr. Clayton replied that the instrue- [instruct- instructions] tions [tins] would be attended to, and the license was renewed. PRESENTATION T0 THE LATE PROPRIETOR OF THE IMPERIAL HoTeL.-We [Hotel.-We] have been favoured, by Mr. Heslop, Jeweller, Xc., of New-street, with a view of an elegant clock intended to be presented to Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, late of the Imperial Hotel, by a few friends as a mark of respect and esteem for their uniform kindness while con- [conducting] ducting that establishment. The present is a beautiful French clock, and will form a very hanilsome [handsome] ornament for a drawing-room. On a tablet is the following inscrip- [in scrip- inscription] tion [ion - Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, on the occasion of their retiring from the Imperial Hotel, by a few friends, Huddersfield, 22nd December, 1868. CHRistMas [Christmas] HoLmays.-An [Holmes.-An] effort is being made to induce shopkeepers to close their establishments on the Saturday following Christmas Day, and, we believe, in various branches many tradesmen have signified their willingness to adopt the proposal. It will, however, be impossible to carry out the arrangement satisfactorily except the ladies and the inhabitants generally counte- [county- countenance] nance the movement by making early purchases. The late Lord Chancellor, before going ont of office, issued an order closing all the county court offices on Saturday, the day after Christmas Day, and on the following Monday, thus giving the officials four clear days' vacation. A movement is on foot to get the principal city houses to close on the same days. HUDDERSFIELD TeMPeRANce [Temperance] Soctery.-On [Scorer.-On] Thursday evening last a lecture was given, under the auspices of this society, in George-street Schoolroom, by Mr. Harvey Teasdale, of Sheffield. There was a large attendance. Mr. Thomas Bland occupied the chair. The subject of the lecture was Experience, the dark and the bright sides and the lecturer gave a graphic account of his career from childhood, of the misery resulting from the service of sin in connection with drinking, and with a theatrical life; and of the happy change brought about in his experience when, in abhorrence of his past life, he sought and found pardon for his sins and signed the total abstinence pledge-a change which took place more than four years ago. The lecture was listened to with great attention and interest, and at the close eight persons signed the temperance pledge. PERFORMANCE OF THE MesstaH Messiah ar Last night (Friday) Handel's oratorio the Afessiah [Messiah] was performed, but, so far as the solos were concerned, very indifferently, by the Choral Society connected with the Mechanics' Institute. The principal vocalists were the Misses Pontefract, Crossley, Thornton, A. Hirst, and Vevers (trebles); Mrs. Dawson (alto), Mr. T. Nether- [Netherwood] wood (tenor), and Messrs. Crossley, Beaumont, and A. Roberts (bassos), the conductor being Mr. J. Varley. A band and chorus also took part in the concert. After the opening overture, the recitative Comfort ye my people, and the air Ev'ry valley shall be exalted were sung by Mr. T. Netherwood, but surely defeat, in the attempt of an incompetent person to achieve something great, was never so signal; and how Mr. Netherwood happened to be included in the list of principals is amystery [mystery] which we leave others to unravel. Are tenor singers so scarce amongst us that the Committee of Management could not discover one who, possessing a tolerable voice and fair knowledge of music, would have done honour to Handel's reputed masterpiece Mr. Netherwood was totally unqualified, at any rate, to appear as a principal. In both recit [rest] and air, he studiously passed the expres- [express- expression] sion notes, and it was positively painful to the audience to sit and listen to his vocal efforts. He com- [completely] pletely [lately] lost himself in Ev'ry valley, and blundered through it with extreme difficulty, his voice, in some portions of the air, being utterly inaudible. Mr. Nether- [Netherwood] wood sang several principal parts, and, we regret to add, there was little, if any, improvement in his style. Mr. W. Crossley sang But who may abide Mrs, Dawson, Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and He shall feed His flock Mr. G. Beaumont, For, behold, darkness Miss Pontefract, were shepherds, and But Thou did'st not leave ;' Miss Thornton, Rejoice greatly, and Come unto Him all ye that labour Miss A. Hirst (Marsh), He was despised ;' Miss Vevers, How beautiful Mr. W. Roberts, Behold, I tell you a mystery Mrs. Dawson acquitted herself very credit- [creditably] ably and, we would also mention, Miss Hirst sang He was despised very prettily, and with all the freshness and vigour belonging to a youthful voice. It was a treat to hear some of the choruses; but the solos, with one or two exceptions, were very imperfectly rendered. There was a good the hall being filled. DraPERS [Drapers] AND Hosters' [Posters] AssocratTion.- [Association.- Association] The annual dinner of the members of the Drapers and Hosiers' Asso- [Ass- Association] ciatian [cation] took place last evening week, at the house of Mrs. Vevers, the Queen Hotel, Market-street. About 20 gen- [gentlemen] tlemen [gentlemen] partook of a sumptuous repast. In addition to the master drapers anil [ail] hosiers of the town, deputations from Halifax and Bradford were present, the former town being represented by Mr. Binns and Mr. Councillor Foster, and the latter town by Messrs. Watson and Iibngworth, [unworthy] The chair was occupied by Mr. William Atkinson, the president of the association the vice chair being filled by Mr. Joel Denham. The cloth having been removed, the usual loyal toasts were given from the chair. The the] army, navy, and volunteers, was given by the Vice-Chairman, and heartily responded to by all present. A very interesting report, showing the ope- [operations] rations of the society during the past year, was read by Mr. Wm. Atkinson, jun., from which it appeared that considerable influence had been brought to bear by the association in resisting the Railway Parcels' Enclosure Act, and also in diffusing information with regard to the Workshops' Regulation Act, and other matters affecting the interests of the trades represented. Mr. Chapman proposed a vote of thanks to the secretary for his efficient services during the past year. The secretary acknow- [acne- acknowledged] ledged [ledge] the compliment. The Otficers Officers] of the Associa- [Social- Association] tion [ion was proposed by Mr. Fox, and respunded [responded] to by Mr. Joel Denham. Mr. Alderman Denham then proposed the health of the president, which was acknowledge by Mr. Atkinson, who gave some most valuable information with regard to the trade, and suggested a hizh [high] tone of raorality [morality] in the condugt [conduct] of business, The toast of the Mayor and Corporation was proposed by Mr. Washington, and responded to by Mr. Alderman Denham and Mr. Barrowelough. [Barrel] The toast of Visitors was proposed by Mr. Stansfield, and replied to by Mr. Binns and Mr. Watson. The Vice-president was proposed by Mr. Broughton, and responded to by Mr. Joel Denham. The Town and trade of Huddersfield was proposed by Mr. Councillor Foster, and replied to by Mr. Stansfield. The health of the Ladies, and a vote of thanks to the hostess, for the handsome provision made for them, was proposed by Mr. Smiles, and received with approbation. The toasts were interspersed with songs, Mr. Marshall presided at the pianoforte. The objects of the association are stated to be to promote a feeling of harmony and good-will among those engazed [engaged] in the trade and to seek to remedy the grievances and wrongs under which the trade is labouring, both with regard to mea- [measurements] surements [measurement] and other matters. So far as the operations of the association have heen [hen] carried out, they have been a signal success. The following is the MENU DU DINER, [DINNER] PoraceEs. [Prices] Portue [Porter] et Ox Tail. Porsson. [Person] Sole Frite [Write] Sauce Crevette. [Everett] Morue. [More] Sauce aux Huitres. [Hires] ENTREMETS. Roti [Rot] de Beeuf. [Beef] en de Mouton. ie. Dinde [Dined] et Langue [Language] Bouillis. [Bills] Dinde [Dined] Rotie [Route] et Chine. GIBIER. [BIER] Liévre, [Liver] Paisans, [Pains] Perdris. [Pedro] Coqs [Cows] de Bruyére, [Buyer] Canards Sauvages. [Savages] ENTREMETS SucREs. [Secures] Puddings Cabinet et Prune. Tourtes [Tortures] Cranberry ot Mince. Gelées. [Giles] DeEssERT. [Dessert] Raisins, Pommes, [Poems] Poires, [Pores] Oranges, Noisettes, Noix, [Nix] Les quatre [quarter] mendiants. [pendants] VINS [BINS] ET LIQUEURS. Hock 2.2.2... cece [ce] cece [ce] Ss. la bouteille. [Belle] 9 ay 9s. Xéres, [Express] amontillade, [Amontillado] 9s. Brun [Burn] vieux, [views] cece [ce] eens [seen] 7s. os ys DOM oo. eee [see] eee [see] 63. Goré [Gore] vieuX [views] eee [see] 7s. in be wy DOM oo eee [see] eee [see] eee [see] ee eee [see] 6s. Champagne Roderer, [Dearer] Carte Blanche ............ 10s. Miet [Met] et Chandon .................. s. 6d. Pommeray [Pompey] 8s. ' Sillery [Scullery] ccc [cc] ce eee [see] Ss. we Imperial cabinet. 7s. Moselle 22... 0... cece [ce] eee [see] 9s. a Claret Chateau lafitte [Lafayette] 7 SE, Faliem [Flame] 1 Bourgoyne [Burgoyne] Vin [In] ordinaire [ordinary] Vin [In] dOporto [depot] Vintage 1854.2... eee [see] eee [see] 21s. ve wy WBS [WAS] eee [see] eee [see] 15s. . a UBS cece [ce] 18s. 6d. i ns 103. WG sacs és. YORKSHIRE MemBers.- [Members.- Members] The following are the names of Yorkshire members who took the outh [out] and their seats in the House of Commons on Friday Akroyd, Mr. Mr. Norwood, Mr. Illingworth, Sir John Johnstone, Mr. C. W. Fitzwilliam, Mr. C. Beckett Denison, Mr. Serjeant [Sergeant] Simon, Sir Henry Edwards, Mr. Hutton, Lord Milton, Mr. Munidella, [Mundell] Sir W. Payne- [Parnell] Gallwey. On Saturday the oath was taken by Mr. W. St. J. Wheelhouse, Mr. Baines, Mr. F. Milbank, Myr. [Mr] H. F. Beaumont, Captain Kennard, [Kennedy] and on Monday by Col. Duncombe, [Income] Mr. E. A. Leatham, and Mr. Sykes. Amon the members sworn in on Tuesday were, Sir Roundel Palmer, Mr. Clay, Major Waterhouse, and Mr. W. H. Gladstone. A machine has been invented in New En slind, [Lind] United States, which embosses and cuts 200,000 paper collars in ten hours. LisHopric [Bishopric] or Loxvon.-It [Loxton.-It] is strongly reported that Bishop Jackson will nos leave Lincoln tot. ke the Bishoprie [Bishop] of London, and that instead the Lishep [Bishop] of Oxford wil, be to the Bishopric of London. -Scotsman,