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a ee alleged dislike, except it be that General Williams received his appointment from the Foreign-office, and not thro [tho] the representations of Lord Stratford. But this dislike seems to have been not only felt, but expressed the ambas- [abbas- ambassador] sador [said] is said to have, in his usual manner, proclaimed his resentment and his purposed retaliation. One thing is clear -that he would in no way assist the new British Commis- [Comms- Commissioner] sioner, [sooner] even in the most formal manner. General Williams had to go up to the seat of war unrecommended [recommended] and unac- [una- unaccredited] credited by the representative of his country. With men lke [le] the Turkish commanders this was a sufficient hint and the General's difficulties were no doubt vastly increased. However, he wpplied [applied] himself to his task, took note of defi- [Def- deficiencies] ciencies, [sciences] saw how corruption [correction] and cowardice bad worked and was soon intent on a thorough reform, His official position was strictly only that of an adviser he could do nething [nothing] but by the Turkish government, and his only instrument must be the represeutations [representation] of the ambassador. He accordingly wrote to Lord Stratford, entreating his assistance in laying before the Porte the impending dauger [danger] and the necessity of action. The fact which we shall now state is alnost [almost] incredible, but we believe that it is true beyond a doubt. The Ambassador would hold vo com- [communication] munication [communication] with General Williams. He would not answer, he would not the receipt, of a single despatch It is said that not less than 63 despatches and letters were sent by the British Cornmissioner, [Corn missioner] and to not one of these would the Ambassador reply. He would have nothing to do with General Williaias [William] or bis affairs. Among the most pressing wants was that of ammunition. General Williams wrote, it is said, repeatedly on this subject, but received no answer, and nothing was done. When Kars [Ears] surren- [Surrey- surrendered] dered [deed] there was only three days' ammunition in the place, although it bad to sustain no regular siege. This fact was successfully concealed from the Russians, or it might have saved them a long and wearisome blockade. At last, we believe, General Williams made a complaint to the Fercign- [Forcing- Sacrifice] office, which in turn directed Lord Stratford's attention to the matter, and requested him no longer to neglect the representations of the Commissioner, Lord stratford [Stratford] ungraciously obeyed, corresponded formally with General Williams, but the requests of the latter were to the last ineffectual. General Williams, making the best of his narrow means, fortified the two chief cities of Armenia, and took his stand at Kars, [Ears] the frontier fortress of the province. Men, pro- [provisions] visions, ammunition were alike deficient,-the troops were in a miserable condition. One of the matters urged on the Ambassador by General Williams was a payment, at least in part, of the arrearsdue [arrears due] to them. Those in Kars [Ears] had not received a piaster [plaster] for three years when the place fell, and their clothes were worn out Jong before their stomachs were inched. The request, itis [its] needlesstosay, [medallists] was unnoticed by rd Stratford. The men were much cast down and dis- [discontented] contented as far as it is in the nature of the Mussulman [Muslin] to be. But when Mouravieff [Favourable] surrounded the place, the energies of both Englishmen and Turks were roused. Neglected, insulted, abandoned, General Williams determined to resist to the last. His officers staunchly stood by him. That these brave men should feel no pang of resentment towards him whose causeless animosity they believe to have been their ruin, would be perhaps more than can be hoped from human nature. If anything, however, can add to their indignation, it would be to find that after the place was invested, after the defence had begun to enlist the sym- [sum- sympathies] pathies [parties] and rouse the admiration of the world, the Ambassador suddenly changed his tone, gave an air of vordiality [vitality] to his despatches, expressed his commisseration [commiseration] for the unfortunate general and his staff, and talked of his constant exertions for their safety But we have said enough. An enquiry into these thing must take place at an early day. 'lhe [he] correspondence since the autumn of 1854 will, no doubt, be called for. For the present we leave the matter, in the full bope [bone] that justice will be done. The time has been in English history, when con- [conduct] duct like that attributed to this British minister would have brought upon his head a fearful respon- [reason- responsibility] sibility [ability] and even yet, if the theory of ministerial responsibility be not the veriest farce ever enacted, adequate punishment will follow on proof being given that the allegations above contained, or even any considerable portion of them, are correct. At all events the avoidance of a inves- [ives- investigation] tigation [navigation] is new impossible. Amongst other por- [or- portions] tions [tins] of the press, the Chronicle contended for the necessity ef an enquiry into the circumstances con- [connected] nected [connected] with the defence and fall of Kars, [Ears] before the blame of criminal neglect like that attributed above was fixed on any one. Such an enquiry, we now say is imperative. Nothing less than the most rigid investigation will satisfy the oation [nation] and if, when parliament assembles, there be evinced the slightest disposition to shirk that enquiry, the people, we are persuaded, will speak out in a manner not to be mistaken. Whether it be peace or war in the future whether it be an uncondi- [unkind- unconditional] tional [national] acceptance by Russia of tke [te] terms imposed by the Western Powers, or it be another and deci- [DEC- decisive] Sive [Side] campaign whether it be another Vienna negotiation, or continued fighting, or both, this enquiry must take place. Justice to all the par- [parties] ties concerned and the honour even of our country demand that a full and searching investigation be instituted. And whenever that investigation is held, the nation at large will expect that justice be done. THE TENANT RIGHT INTEREST ON THE RAMSDEN ESTATE. THE BASELESS PROTECTORATE. A FEW weeks ago we drew public attention to a proceeding, or rather a series of proceedings, adopted by the agents ot Sir J. W. RaMspEN [Rams pen] towards a tenant-right owner on the Ramsden estates, which, in our epinion, [opinion] was calculated to excite alarm in the minds of all interested in that descrip- [Scrip- description] tion [ion] of property-because those proceedings showed either that the terms upon which this description of property bas hitherto been held have been strangely misunderstood by all concerned-agents as well as tenant-right owners; or that there is a determined and insidious attempt to alter the nature of that holding, and to establish principles in relation to it which will annth# ate [than# ate] the interest which the erectors of one-half of the buiidings [buildings] in Huddersfield, Pad- [Paddock] dock, Berry-brow, and other places, fancy they have in those erections, The case wherein the proceedings which we then detailed bad arisen, was one in which the agents of Sir J. W. ERAMSDEN [RAMSDEN] had sought to ejecta tenant-right owner fiom [from] his holding, and to take from him, without compensation, a number of buildings which do xot [not] belung [belong] to the estate- [estate having] having neither been purchased mor [or] erected by the estate- [estate but] but which do (equitably) belong to the said tenant-right ewner, [owner] FREDERICK SWIFT, as executor under his father's will; the said buildings having been erected by the late SaMUEL [Samuel] Swirt, [Swift] on the faith of the then present system in operation on the Ramsden estates. In describing that case, and the proceedings adopted by the estate agents to wrest those buildings out of the pos- [post- possession] session of their rightful owner, we purposely confined our- [ourselves] selves to the points at issue as those agents had themselves presented them before the public. 'They had taken the question before a court of law they had appeared in that court in no less than thiee [three] actions, to compel possession of this tenant-right property to be given up without com- [compensation] pensation [sensation] they had been pressed over and over again in open court to assign reasons for these unusual and alarming proceedings they were asked distinctly, and in terms, whether they purposed to rob this tenant-right owner of his property and all the answer that could be gut to these appeals for some justification of the attempt to take what does not (in equity) belong to the estate, was the declaration by the resident agent, that the attempt to dis- [dispose] posssess [possess] Mr. FREDERICK SwiFT [Swift] was made because he, a3 resident and general agent, deemed tt necessary In the aspect, therefore, in which the agents had themselves pre- [presented] sented [scented] the case before the public did we re-produce it, and comment on it and this, too, be it known, without com- [communication] munication [communication] with, or a kuowledge [knowledge] even of our intention by, the main party interested, Mr. FREDERICK Swirt. [Swift] We took the question up on public grounds, and in the shape in which the estate-agents had put it before the public, because we saw in that question and in the insidious attempts made, most alarming consequences to the quiet and welfare of the district, should those attempts succeed inasmuch as success or non-success involved the fact of property or no-property to the owners of one-half of the buildings ia Huddersfield, and in the other places we have named. For thus acting, and for not doing for the estate agents .what they declined to do for themselves; that is, for not assivning [assisting] excuses for the agents in thus seeking to establish a principle which confiscates one-half of the buildings on the Ramsden estates-we have been severely blamed by those agents, and by those whom the agents could induce to speak for them. All the Chronicle has told of the case of FREDERICK SwIFT [Swift] is true, say one class of friends ; but it has not told the whole truth; it has not told the reason why the estate agents have felt it necessary to interfere and take the property out of bis hands. If the Chronicle had told all that it knew on the subject, it would be found that the agents are deserving of praise rather than blame, for their cond t [con t] inthe [another] matter.' Such has been the language used by a portion of thosewho [those who] would excuse, ifthey [if they] could, the conduct of the estate agents in seeking to oust a rightful owner of tenant-right property. But much further than this have the agents themselves gone. Submitting toa [to] degradation incredible-there has been put forth for them an exefse [exes] and a justification which are utterly unfounded, and which the prompters to this miserable advocacy must have known to be opposed to the truth. In this their vindication, the estate agents wish it to be understood that the reason for their interference in this case of FREpERICK [Frederick] SwIFT's [Swift's] was, because it was necessary to protect the rast [rest] of the family from his dishonest use of the power which his executorship [executor ship] conferred b├ęcause [because] he refused to let any benefit of his father's estate be received by the other members of the family entitled to it by bis father's will because he holds back the inheritance of the orpban [orphan] and the widow-setting aside the provisions of the will because he is seeking to deprive others of the family of what belongs to them and because the rest of the family have desired the estate agents to use the pewer [power] which they possess to defeat this fraudulent trustee, aud [and] to bring to bear that protectorate which they have THE HUDDERSFIELD CHRONICLE, SATURDAY. JANUARY 19, 1856. ever been willing to exercise for the benefit of those who might otherwise have no help. Such is the vindication put forth on behalf of the Ramsden estate agents by their now confrere and advocate. Bitter indeed must have been the pill, and wry the faces, before the humiliation of that advocacy could be submitted to and swallowed. But let that pass. The degradation has been accepted, and we wish the parties joy of each other, Now, in answer to this vindication, it would be enough for us to take our stand on the general principle that the law knows nothing of a court of testamentary jurisdiction at Longley Hall; that it has provided a full remedy for those who are aggrieved by the wrong-doing of an executor; that every trustee who proves a will, and takes out probate, is responsible to the Court of Prerogative for the due execution of the powers and duties devolved upov [upon] him, and that he is obliged to enter into security with the court for a faithful discharge of duty. It would be enough for us to take our stand on this principle, and to deny the right of the agents to interfere with what in no way directly concerns them, to the supercession [suppression] of the estab- [stables- established] lished [wished] institutions of the country. It would be enough for us to point out the danger-attending the assumption of such a description of power as this on the part of the estate- [estate agents] agents, with the probabilities of favouritism and injustice to which it would be subject and especially when this new court of equity-unknown to the law and acting in secret-proceeds to the extent of dispossessing the legal owner of tenant-right property. It would be enough for us to show the extreme danger which would accrue to all tenant-right owners, if this principle of dis-possession were acquiesced in, even for the purposes of this assumed protectorate for if it be established that the estate has the right and the power to dispossess because of family differences, or because of rumoured breaches of trust- [trust which] which the law is effectual to remedy--it willspeedily [will speedily] become also established that they have the right to dis possess for other causes; and tenant-right property would be thereby confiscated. It would be enough for us, in answer to this vindication to take our stand on these undeniable principles of justice and equity, and argue in this manner and to this effect-and the answer would be complete and unassailable. But we shall not so content ourselves. We will follow the argument further. We will shew that the pretence set up in this case is wholly without foundation ; that there is no ground whatever for the representations which have been made and, further, that the parties now putting forth those representations in justification for their conduct, knew at the time that they were baseless and that, therefore, the proceedings they have followed up with such anxious pertinacity must have had some other object than the proteetion [protection] of the widow and the orphan now so feelingly put forward in justification. In making out the propositions we have laid down, we desire the reader to mark the nature of the proofs we shall adduce. Most of what we shall advance will be founded on documents which we shall specify; documents which are conclusive on the subject. And when we state any- [anything] thing for which there is not documentary evidence, we shall give the authority on which we make the statement. We intend to aver nothing fer which we have not docu- [dock- documentary] mentary [monetary] authority, or living evidence. Tha [That] probate copy of the will of the late Mr. Samue [Same] SwIFt [Swift] is now on the table before us; and from it we learn that he devised a freehold plot of land at Dalton, six tenant-right dwelling houses in Castlezate, [Castlegate, 'two tenant- [tenant right] right dwelling houses in Dock-street, since made into three; also some shares and interest in two commercial and building clubs in Huddersfield; and also the sum of 120, deposited in the West Riding Union Bank, tezether [together] with all his personal estate and effects, unto his three sons, THOMAS SWIFT, FREDERICK SWIF [SWIFT] and SAMUEL SWIFT, upon trust, that they should, after payment of debts, funeral expenses, &c., and the contributions to the clubs, divide the residue of the rents and profits among themselves and his other sons, ABRAHAM SWIFT and JoHN [John] GREENWOOD SWIFT, and his daughter, AW Swirt, [Swift] and his son-in-law, Davin [Davis] Norta, [North] share and share alike. 'The [the] will also gave power to the executors, when the clubs were run out, to sell the frechold [Freehold] estate and the tenant-right property; and when the proceeds were realised, to divide the same in seven equal preportions, [preparations] of which the shares of Tuomas, [Thomas] FREDERICK, SAMUEL, and ANN, were to ke paid forthwith ; but the shares for ABRAHAM and Je HN GREENWOOD SWIFT, were to be invested either in the public stocks or in some other security, and the interest paid to them by monthly instalments for the term of their natural lives; the share devised to Davin [Davis] Norta [North] was also to be so invested, until the youngest of three grandchildren, named in the will, should attain the age of 21 years, This will was proved in the month ef October, 1842; and under it, the two sons, and SAMUEL, acted as whe [the] had been the main acting executor-receiving the monies and disposing of them. Up to Taomas's [Thomas's] death, FREDERICK SwIFT [Swift] took no part in tke [te] executorship; [executor ship] but, after that death, he begun to act with his brother SaMUEL [Samuel] ; and since the death of the latter, he has been the sole surviving executor, We have also before us the acceunt [account] of T'HoMas [T'Thomas] SwIFT's [Swift's] dealing with the estate-the account of monies he received, and the manner be disposed of them, up to the period ef his death an account not made out by FrEDERICK [Frederick] Swit [Wit] -but by Mr. WILLIAM the solicitor, in whose hand- [handwriting] writing the statementis. [statement] That ascount [account] shows that Thomas had realised the club-shares-had collected the estate debts, had received the rents of the property; and, after payment of the funeral and testamentary expenses, had paid sums over to the several parties interested under the will that is, to SAMUEL, 33 18s. 6d.; to JoHN [John] GREEN- [Greenwood] woep, [woe] 28 5s. 7d. to ABRAHAM, 16 ls. to FREDERICK, 1010s.; s] to Mrs. Norta, [North] 8; while the balance which he had retained in his own hands was 62 lds. [ls] 6d. Up to this point, therefure, [therefore] TaomMas [Tomas] had received the lion's sbare. [share] When FREDERICK began to act in the executorship, [executor ship] preparations were made for the sale of the property, and the realisation of the proceeds as directed by the will Before us lies a copy of the advertisement-placard issued for the sale, which took place at the Rose and Crown Inn, on the 3rd day of February, 1845, the late Mr. Joun [John] LANCASTER being the auctioneer. At that sale the free- [Freehold] held at Dalton was disposed of, and also the tenant-right property in Castlegate and Dock-street the latter being put up in two lots, of which the Castlegate property formed one, and the Dock-street buildings the other. The Castlegate lot was purchased by Mr. Jonn Norra [Nora] (brother to the Davip [David] NuRTH [North] named in the will) forthe [forth] sum of 455. Towards this purchase Mr. Norra [Nora] paid down the sum of 59 8s. 9d., for deposit, and auction-duty; and he signed the agreement to purchase, and the conditions of sale, whieh [which] document, so executed, and stamped, now lies on the desk before us. The conditions, generally, are such as are usually made for the sale of this description of property but, from the last condition, asit [sit] has a bearing upon subsequent transactions, we transcribe, as follows - If the purchaser neglect or fail to eomply [employ] with the above con- [conditions] ditions [editions] providing for the completion of the purchase his deposit mouey [money] shall be forfeited to the vendors At the appointed time, the parties interested waited at Longley Hall to effect the transfer of the tenant-right property to the purchasers. Aud [And] now began those strange proceedings which have continued from that time to the present, and which have caused this branch of the public discussion upon the Ramsden estate management to take place. Although the sale had taken place regularly, and in pursuance of the powers and directions of the will; although the vendors were fully competent to dispose of the testator's interest in the property although the pur [our] chases had been regularly made, the contracts signed, aud [and] the depusits [deposits] paid and although the vendors were ready and willing to complete and transfer, the estate-agent refused to transfer; that is, he refused to enter the name of Mr. JoHN [John] Norts [Notes] and the other pur- [our- purchaser] chaser on the rent-roll of the estate. Why he did this is best known, we believe, to the purchaser we have named. At all events, we infer as much from a document before us, which is a bill of charges trom [from] Mr. WILLIAM HaicH, [Haigh] solicitor, to ABRAHAM SwirT, [Swift] JoHN [John] GrREENWoOD [Greenwood] SwiFT, [Swift] and JoHN [John] Norta [North] and we believe Mr. NortH [North] is best able to explain who it was that employed Mr. Haigh, and who instructed him. In that bill we find this entry - Attending with you at Longley-hall, when the steward of Sir John Wm. Ramsden was INDUCED to refuse to transfer. Who induced this refusal, and why, is best known, therefore, to those who practised upon ; but at all events it was not the executors. They were ready and willing to complete the purchase, and to trans- [transfer] fer. They have ever been so ready and willing and it has not been their fault that the business has not been wound up long ago. In reference to this sale and its proceeds, we must also mention-as we are assured such is the fact by the then attorney for the executors-that to save all cavil as to the distribution of those proceeds, he, the said attorney, pro- [proposed] posed to all the parties concerned, that the purchase money should be placed etther [either] ix the hands of the resident agent at Longley Hall, or in the hands of Mr. JoHN [John] for distribution according to the will, if the party so receiving the money would give the executors an indemnity. Of this offer we have written proof now before us; and we must say that the voluntary making of it evinced anything but a desire to the widow and the orphan. Why that offer was not accepted, and why the purchase was not completed and the transfer made, those who tnduced [induced] the steward to refuse such transfer are alone able to explain. Having realised the proceeds of the sale of the freehold land at Dalton, the executors proceeded to divide them amongst such of the family as the will directed to be paid atonce. [once] According to the then ascertained value of the executors until 1844; until, in fact, the death of 'THomas, [Thomas] Russian diplomacy ou furmer [farmer] occasions that. she accepted estate, each share amounted to 147. That amount was paid to SAMUEL SwirT; [Swift] and a deed of release, from SaMUEL [Samuel] Swirt [Swift] to FrepERIck [Frederick] SwIrt, [Swift] now lies before us, transferring all his right and interest in the estate unto FREDERICK for the said sum of 147. During the life- [lifetime] time of the testator, his daughter, ANN SwIFT, [Swift] had re- [received] ceived [received] 100, which he directed in his will to be taken into account as an asset, and when the division was ti.Je, the share paid to ANN was to be less by 10v v] tian the rest. The sum due to her, therefore, was 47. This sum was paid to her husband, she having married in the interim ; and before us there lies a deed of release from PATRICK Crossy [Cross] and ANN (Rosy, his wife, to the executors of the late SAMUEL SwirT. [Swift] 'There was no intention, therefore, on the part of FREDERICK, the executor, to deprive these members of the family of their share. Two out of the seven were ths paid off, and an end of the matter made, so far as they were concerned. At this point we must pause. To complete the exposure of this most dastardly attempt to blacken the character of a man who has acted throughout faithfully and justly, would take more space than we can now devote to it, We trust the reader however will bear in mind the proposi- [propose- propositions] tions [tins] and pledges we have made-to prove that for the pretence set up in justification of the protecturate, protectorate] there is no foundation in fact, and that the parties setting- [setting up] up that pretence know it to be unfounded. We trust also that they will examine the nature of the proofs we have adduced in our exposure up to the present stage-which is a couvenient [convenient] one for the halt we have to make. Such an examination will show that our statement, so far, depends in no degree upon assertions of our own that documeuts [documents] alone-- [alone] which are the best evidence in the world-tell the story so far as we have proceeded; and that the result of the argument to this point is to prove, that so far from FREDERICK Swirt [Swift] having evinced a desire to wrong the rest of the family, or to keep back trom [from] them what has been bequeathed, he has done his best to obtain their shares for them; and that what he had obtained up to the point at which our narrative stops, he had disposed of to those who were entitled to receive it. Above all, both in considering what has been already advanced, and what has hereafter to come, never let it be forgotten, that FREDERICK SwIFT's [Swift's] atturney [Attorney] proposed that the money realised from the sale of the testator's estate, should be placed in the hands of the resident agent at Longley Hall, to be by him distributed according to the directions of the will. This fact has an important bearing on the pro- [protectorate] tectorate [decorated since set up 'Ve shall return to the subject in our next. LATEST NEWS ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROPOSITIONS OF THE ALLIES BY RUSSIA. We have received the following telegraphic despatch from our Vienna correspondent - VIENNA, Wednesday, 10 p.m. Russia has unconditionally accepted the propositions of the allies. This is authentic. Times, Thursday. MOST IMPORTANT, Her Majesty's government have received the following telegraphic despatch from Sir Hamilton Seymour - The the] Russian government accept the Austrian proposals as a basis for negotiation. -Morning Post, third edition, Thursday. We have received the following telegraphic despatch from the Paris correspondent - Paris, Thursday, Jan. 17. The the] following telegraphic despatch was received here at 12 30 this morning, and was immediately posted up at the Bourse by order of his Excellency the Minister of the Interior - Vienna, Jan. 16, 1115 p.m. The the] Minister of France to the Minister of Boraign [Brain] Affairs. Count Esterhazy writes to-day from St. Petersburg that M. de Nesselrode has just notified to him the uncon- [union- unconditional] ditional [additional] acceptance (Paceeptation [Palpitation] pure et simple) of the propositions contained in the ultimatum, which propositions are to serve as preliminaries uf [of] peace. -Times, Friday. We have received the following telegraphic from our Berlin correspondent - BERLIN, Thursday, Jan. 17. 'Russia has accepted Austria's proposa [proposal] s. Official men attributte [attribute] this to the urgency of Prussia's representations and remonstrances. -Times, Friday. THE PEacE [Peace] PRoPposALS.- [Proposals.- Proposals] We have reason to believe that the aunouncement [announcement] of a morning contemporary, that the Austrian ultimatum has been accepted unconditionally by Russia, is substantiaily [substantial] correct, aud [and] that her proposi- [propose- propositions] tions [tins] have been accepted asa basis for negotiation. We have no doubt that the allied governments will meet this acceptance in a friendly spirit and with a firm determina- [determine- determination] tion, [ion] it possible, to conclu [conclusion] le a safe and honourable peace. They must net forget, however, the intricate course of the well-known four points not long since-with what result is known. We trust Russia will enter into the present negotiation in a spirit that will preclude a similar disappointment on this vecasion.-Giebe. [occasion.-Glebe] aS BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH. LAST NIGHT. THE WAR.-THE CRIMEA. MARSFILLES, [MARSEILLES] Friday.-The [Friday.-the] Ganges has arrived with advices from Constantinople of the 7th, and from the Crimea of the 5th. The despatches leave at nine a.m. At Kertch [Ketch] an attack was expected from the Russians. The Hon. MeMuray [Memory] left 'lehran [learn] on the 6th December. FRENCH NEWS. The Times Paris corespondent letters have arrived, but they cuntain [contain] nothing of importanee, [important] SHIPPING NEWS.-THE BUSSIANS [RUSSIANS] AT SEA. The Dido, which arrived at St. Helens from the Cape of Good Hope for Swansea, reports that on the second day atter [utter] leaving Hondeklip [Handel] outer roads, she was chased and fired at by a large frigate, supposed Russian, mounting about 60 yuns. [runs] The Dido mounted the American ensign, when the frigate kept away after a large ship to the west- [westward] ward, and thick weather coming nothing could be seen, bat the report of cannon was distinetly [distinctly] heard. HOME NEWS. A Cabinet Council was held at the Foreign Office this afternoon. The Gazette states that the Queen has been pleased to grant to General J. Simpson permission to wear the imperial Order of the Medjidee, [Redeemed] first class, conferred upon him by the Sultan. The Gazette also contains a Board of Trade notice respecting the importation and exportation of certain breadstuffs [bread stuffs] to and trom [from] Belgium, and the admission of fish duty free. Also regarding the regulation of the import duties of hides into France. No later authentic news from the Continent. IPMORTANT [IMPORTANT] DISCOVERY.-THE PapeR [Paper] TrapDe.-We [Trade.-We] have hear with much pleasure that Mr. W. G. Plunkett, son of Mr. Plunkett, of Boyle, and J.C. Bower, Esa., [Sea] C.E., have obtained a patent fur the manufacture of paper and textile fabries [fabrics] from the folfowing [following] plants, viz., the Yellow Iris, or common Fligzer, [flicker] the Burdock, the Colts- [Coltsfoot] foot, and from the leaves and stems of red and white Beet, and Mangold Wurzel; also from the stems of Swedish, Aberdeen, and other turnip bulbs. We have seen speci- [specie- specimens] mens [men] of paper and millboard [Milford] manufactured by hand from several of the foregving [foregoing] plants, and of fibre from the Iris or Yellow Flagger, which appears to have all the properties of the best flax. The Iris contains a larye [large] proportion, at least 75 per cent, of paper Boyle Gazette. Daring RoBBERY [Robbery] aT Wican.-On [Can.-On] Sunday nizht [night] the shop of Mr. Waterhouse, draper, Market Place, was broken into, and silks and other goods carried off to the ascertained valne [Vale] of about 60. Behind the shop, and communicating with it by means of a dwor, [door] is a low shed, usel [use] as a ware- [warehouse] house, and lit by askylight. [assault] work of the skylight was ripped off, and the wood and glass broken so as to admit a boy or small man, who having thus obtained admittance, opened a back window, by which his accomplices could easily enter. The whole of the premises were ransacked, but fortunately no cash had been lett [let] on Saturday night. The thieves had evidently intended to retura, [return] for a larze [large] bundle of scarfs had been packed up and placed besides the window ready for removal. Probably they were prevented from returning by some cause of alarm. and thus the robbery was not so extensive as they would have made it. The police are on the alert, and some clue has been obtained. Fatal ACCIDENT IN CHESHIRE.-On Sunday evening Jvhn [John] Machin, aged 51, a labourer, residing in Newton, had been to the King's-lock for half an ounce of tobacco, and was returning home. The night was dark, and it is sup- [supposed] posed that he had made for the top gate of the lock over Wardle Canal, near St. Ann's-bridge, at shut, there is a footbuard, [football] but being open he had walked into the water and fallen against the side of the lock, his face being very much bruised. He has left a wite [white] and child to mourn his untimely end.-Chesler [end.-Chester] Courant. [Count] A Convicr [Convict] CLErGyMaNn.-The [Clergyman.-the] following novel announce- [announcement] ment [men] appea [appear] s in the Cork Constitution of Saturday -' It is stated that the Lord Bishop of Cork is about to institute proceedings in the ecclesiastical courts for the purpvse [purpose] of declaring the parish of Inniscarra [Insure] vacant by reason of the conviction and sentence to transportation for life for forgery of its rector, the Rev. W. Berestord. [Restore] These proceedings, it is said, will be detended [defended] by the creditors of the convict. The parish has fur a number of years been sequestered, and the revenue collected by a receiver under the court, for the benefit of the creditors, whuse [whose] debts amount to a very considerable sum. 'I'he defence which, it is understood, will be set up is a denial of vacancy, on the ground that the incumbent is not dead in law, as the preroyative [prerogative] uf [of] the crown may at any time be exercised in his behalf by granting him a free pardon. Many persons look on this defence as futile, but it is said that legal opinions of high character speak confidently of its sustainment. BETWEEN GUARD AND DRIVER.-This desideratum in rai'way trains is secured by a new invention about to be applied ou the South Western Railway. Every train will have a gutta percha tube extending its while length. This tube will be formed of parts which are attached to each other by a spring clip, so that the lenuth [length] of the tube can be made to curre-pond [cure-pond] with the length of any train. 'This tube is connected with an air pump in the guard's van in front, and with the guard's van at the end of the train. By a stroke of this. pump the air is forced through the tube to the opposite end of the train, and pro- [produces] duces [duce] a very loud and shrill whistle at a mouth-piece attached to the tube in each guard's van, and toa [to] mouth- [mouthpiece] piece which extends also close to the enine-driver. [nine-driver] One whistle means T.ook T.oak] out, two whistles signify Caution, and three whistles denote danger, ' montha. [months] Local any istrict [district] Netvs. [Nerves] CHARITABLE BeQuEsts.-The [Bequests.-the] executors of the late Miss Crosland have paid a legacy of 20 to the Huddersfield National Schools, Seed Hill, and another of 20 to the Huddersfield Infirmary. FemaLe [Female] Epvcationan [Evacuation] Institute. We are given to understand that the Vieor [View] of Huddersfield has consented to become an annnal [annual] snbseriber [subscriber] to the Female Educational Institute. in presenting his subscription to the secretary, the vicar expressed the deep interest he felt in the insti- [inst- institute] tute as a means of promoting female education, and promised an early call in order tu inspect the classes, The classes assemble four evenings per week, with an average ot from 60 to 70 pupils. 'There is also an excellent library in connection with the institute free to ail the members 'Tea Party at LOWERHOUSES. The annual tea party of this school was held on Monday last, under the presidency of Mr. John Shaw. Upwards of 60 teachers and friends took tea on the occasion. Afterwards the evening was spent in an agreeable manner by the singing of several pieces of sacred music and a number of suitable recitations. The Lowerhouses Brass Band was likewise present, and contributed its quota to the harmony of the village festival. 'I'he party separated about eleven o'clock. HANDSOME GIFT To THE CHURCH aT FARNLEY Tyas. -The [the] Ear of Dartmouth has just carried ont the intention of his late lamented father, by causing a haudsume [handsome] velvet communion cloth, and also velvet appendages to the pulp't and reading dexk, [deck] to be placed in the chureh [church] of Farnley Tyas. The gift is doubly appropriate, being intended to commemorate the first visit of the noble earl to the Furnley [Furniture] estate as patron, and also, as stated, to carry out the intention of his deceased parent. A meeting of the rate- [ratepayers] payers has been held during the last week, at which a resolution was unanimously passed, thanking the noble earl for his handsome contribution to the furniture of the church. INFIDELITY.-A lecture was delivered in the Kirkheaton Church Sunday-school, on Tuesday evening last, at half- [half past] past seven, by the Rev, Newton Rossendale Lloyd, curate of the parish church, on The chair was taken by the Rev. C. Alderson, who opened the meeting by some very appropriate remarks. After the lecture, a vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. George 'I', Dyson, and seconded by Mr. J. Beaumont, to the lecturer, and was unanimously adopted. Discovery.-We have had the opportunity of seeing tested the utility of a new contrivance for detecting the adulterations of milk, invented by Mr. Hoyle, of this town; and we found that the instrument indicated with precision, when, and what amount of water had been mixed with the samples of milk submitted to the test. 'bat the milk sold is largely adulterated with the aqueous element is well known; but, by the use of this cheap and useful instrument, the amount of admixture may instantly be detected. It will thus prove a terror to dishonest milk- [milkmen] men. TREAT TO WORKPEOPLE.-On Saturday evening last the workpeople in the employ of Messrs. Joseph Shaw, and Co. cloth finishers, were treated by their masters to an excellent supper on the premises, Lowerhead-row. After the cloth had been drawn Mr. G. Bawtry, at the unanimous request of the meeting, took the chair, and opened the business of the evening with an appropriate speech. Addresses were also delivered by Mr. Shaw and several of the workmen, which were calculated to create a yood [good] feeling between employers and employed. 'The [the] remainder of the evening was spent with several mesmeric demonstrations beiny [being] given in a very creditable manner by one of the workmen, singing, recitations, &c. The entertainment was of an interesti.g [interest.g] character and terminated peaceably and in good order. KEEPING A DISREPUTABLE Eouse.- [House.- House] t the Guildhall, on Tuesday last, before J. Brooke, Esq., Mary Ann Hors- [Horsfall] fall, whose dingy skin aud [and] shining black eye gave an appa- [papa- apparent] rent indication of an admixture of African blood, was charged with being the keeper of a house of ill fame in Threadneedle-street, and with sundry other sins, avainst [against] the provisions of a clause in an old and almost obsvlete [absolute] act of the time of the Edwards. Serjeant [Sergeant] Mellor stated that on Sunday morning last, about a quarter to three o'clock, he was walking along Market-street, when he heard a cry in 'Threadneedle-street of Watch, watch. He went, and found a young man, who had been turned out of the honse [house] of the prisoner, minus several garments. On entering the house he found some prostitutes, one of whom was in bed with a male companion. The prisoner pleaded guilty ; and, in default of finding sureties, was committed for one month to the Wakefield House of Correction. MorE [More] UNREWARDED EXERTIONS FoR [For] BURGLARS.- [BURGLARS] We related last week a burglary that took place at Messrs, Haigh's coal yard. This week we have to record another, which took place about 30 yards distant, and with similar results. On Wednesday night last, about seven o'clock, Messrs. Rayner and Hirst, machine makers, Back Ramsden- [remonstrate] street, missed the keys of their shop but having them in duplicate, and thinking that one of the partners' lads had them with him at the Mechanics' Institution, nothing more was thought of the matter, and the premises were locked up. On the lad's return he was questioned as to the miss- [missing] ing keys, but knew nothing of them; so the place was again visited. The door was then found ajar, and the keys init. [inst] Onan [Anon] examination of the premises, it was found that the desk where cash is occasionally depoxited [deposited] bad been by means ofa [of] brace and bit, and the sum of 7d. had been abstracted therefrom. A rich reward for so much earning and On Tuesday afternoon the keys belonging the shop of Mr. James Moseley, joiner, adjoining the above premises, also mysteriously disap- [dis- disappeared] eared and Mr. Moseley states that those who were so ind as to take them away, may also have the locks on application. TREAT TO WEAVERS aT ALMONDBURY.-On Monday last, January 14th, [the] a tea party was held at the house of Mr. W.. Dickinson, Almondbury, for the purpuse [purpose] of com- [commemorating] memorating [memo rating] the introduction of a new branch of weaving inte [inter] this locality, when about 60 weavers sat down to an excellent tea, kindly and gratuitously provided for them by their employers, the Messrs, Kay aud [and] Richardson, of anchester, [Manchester] who have lately opened a branch establish- [establishment] ment [men] in this village. Mr. Jackson, of Manchester, the representative of the firm, was called to the chair, and the evening was spent in singing and reciting, enlivened at intervals by the performance of select pieces of musie [music] by the Almondbury Brass Band. At the close of the pro- [proceedings] ceedings, [proceeding] Mr. Samuel Dickenson, in moving a vote of thanks to the Messrs Kay and Richardson, made a few remarks respecting the decadence of the trade in Almond- [Almondbury] bury, consequent on the failure of some of the principal manufacturers and expressed a hope that the introduction of the new business would in some measure fill up the void, and be the means of giving employment to many a family, who for a long time have been coimpelled [compelled] to travel two or three miles night and morning in order to livelihoed. [livelihood] Betwixt 60 and 70 looms have already been set to work and Mr. W. Dickinson, the agent at Almond- [Almondbury] bury, has authority to increase the number to 200, so that the weavers in this neiznbourhood [neighbourhood] have a better chance of employment than has fallen to their lot for some time past. Itis [Its] to be hoped that the operatives will allow no silly prejudice to hinder them from reaping the benefit thereof. For as Shakespeare has said There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the fivod, [food] leads ou to fortune. And who can tell but the introduction of the present business may, to a certain extent, bring back the days of yore, when to be a fancy-weaver was deemed to be the greatest privilege of earth. HUDDERSFIELD FirE [Fire] BRIGADE.-The [BRIGADE.-the] recently organised fire brigade met yesterdiy [yesterday] (Friday) afternoon, in Chapel Hill, and practiced [practice] upon the Model Lodging House, testing their power of throwing the water over any part of the building, and also the use of the fire escape. Faun oF Ratn. [Ran] -The [the] following is the quantity of rain which fell during the last six years, as indicated by the Hudderstield [Huddersfield] Canal Company's rain guage [gauge] upon Stanedge [Strange] ; also, the average for each month during the same period - 1860. 185i. [i] 1803.) 1858. 1855. Avrye. [Avery] per TInchs. [Inches] Inchs. Inchs. [Inches. Inches] Month January .. 675 5.25 825 6.25 5.00 0.75 5.375 February .. 6.50 4.60 8.75 1.25 4.00 0.75 4.291 March...... 15 5.25 1.75 2.50 1.75 2.75 25al [al] April ...... 2.00 1.25 3.50 1.50 2.00 2.541 May........ 2.75 30 3.75 0.75 4.25 2.00 2.750 June ...... 4.25 9.00 6.50 575 3.75 4.50 5 625 5.75 7.50 3.75 7.00 375 4.25 5.333 August ....'12.00 4.25 5.25 3.00 3.25 3.50 5 208 September.. 2.5 300 5.50 425 4.50 0.75 3.416 October .... 5.7 5.75 6.23 650 4.00 9.00 6.203 November 9.75 3.00 12.25 459 6.60 1.00 6 250 December 5.00 3.50 1 00 1.25 11.50 175 5.500 Totals ....'87 25 56.00 '74.25 46.50 53 25 3 00 55 038 The rain that 1855 was not one half the quantity that feliin [feeling] 1850 and 1852 and it was 22 inches less than the average of the last six years, that average being 55.038 inches. If the water which falls upon one square mile per annum was impounded, it would fill a reservoir of 50 acres in area, and 193 yards deep. If one-third of this quantity be allowed for evaporation, svuakaye [savage] into the ground, and support of vegetation, there would remain a supply of water which, if allowed to pass over a water wheel, with the moderate full of 25 feet, would give an effective force of 20-horse for 310 days, of 10 hours per day. And as this part ofthe [of the] country is 1,201) feet above the level of the sea, if water was allowed to pass over a succession of wate -wheels [water -wheels] till it got to the level of the sea, it would vive [vice] an effective furce [force] equal to 1,000 horse. The rain falling upon only one square mile, weuld [would] give the above power. It is clear, therefore, that a very small proportion of water power is taken advantage uf. [of] No doubt the time will come when water power will be more appreciated. CRIME IN WEsT [West] YoOrRKSHIRE.-Offences [Yorkshire.-Offences] of a grave character appear to be very rife in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Accounts of several daring and violent rob- [robberies] beries [series] in or near the towns of Sheffielc, [Sheffield] Barnsley, and Leeds have recently app ared [are] in the columns of The Times, and the local journals of the West Riding contain many other accounts of serivus [serious] robberies that have been attempted or cowpleted [completed] in other partsof [parts of] theriding. [gathering] On Saturday night. about half-past 11 o'clock, as Mr. Richard Poppleton, butcher, Huddersfield, was returning from Huddersfield market to his home, at Kilner-bank, Mold-green, he was seized, within ei ht or ten yards uf [of] his own door, by some meu [me] and rohbed [robbed] of above 90 in ca-h, notes, and bills. One of the men held him by the throat and nearly strangled him while the others rifled his pockets. He was at last thrown upon the ground and the back of his head was laid open, Fourmen [Fourteen] have been apprehended. The Huddersfield Chronicle recurds [regards] three other very daring attempts at rob- [robbery] bery. [very] On Friday night, about six o'cluck, as Mr. Joseph Hirst, of the Greave, Meltham, near iluddersfield, [Huddersfield] was returning from his works to his residence at the Greave, he fell over a rope which was stretched across the road about a foot from the g-ound. [g-fund] Immediately he was attacked by four ruffians, wlio [Lion] endeavoured to obtain possession of a ca-hbox [ca-box] which it was his custom to carry ona [on] Friday night. Mr Hirst managed to regain his feet, and fortunately suc- [such- succeeded] ceeded [needed] in escaping from his assailants without the loss of his property. 'lwo [two] cther [other] daring stoppxges [stoppage] occurred on the highway in the district of Meltham. In one case the person attacked was thrown intoa [into] pond of water, and had a narrow escape of being drowned.-Times, Wednesday. Mr. Dion BourcicauLt. [Biscuit] -The [the] Louisville Courier learns from private New Orleans despatches that Dion Bourcicault [Biscuit] isdead. [is dead] He was manayer [manager] of the Gaiety 'heatre [theatre] in that city, and was eminent as a dramatic authorand [author and] asan [asa] actor Mr. Bourcicault [Biscuit] was the author of London Assurince, [Assurance] and many other popular plays. He lectured for a time upon the English drama, and then went upon the stage. His wife was formerly Miss Agnes Rubertson, [Robertson] an actress of popularity.- Mr Bourcicault [Biscuit] was known to manv [man] parties in Huddersfield, he having resided in the town for several In his hands, London Assurance found a ready exemplification. THE SEXTONSHIP [Sexton ship] OF THE Parish CauRcH.-The [Church.-the] office of sexton to the Parish Church having become vacant, a meet- [meeting] ing of thechurch [the church] committee was held on Wednesday evening last, when, after reading over the testimonials of the several candidates, the appointment was unanimously conferred on Mr. John Garuer, [Garner] who has for some years past, held the office of sexton of Trinity Church. Steance [Stance] DIsaPPEAKANCE.-In [Disappearance.-In] our last issue, in a para- [paragraph] graph with the above title, we mentioned that a man named Edward Moore, alits [Alice] Ned Tinker, after going out ona [on] spree on New Year's Day, had not been seen after leaving the Rose and Crown lun, [Lung] Almondbury, that same evening, in a state of intoxication. On Wednesday the police drained the canal from 'Turnbridge, to the first lock towards Luckwood, [Lockwood] vut [but] no budy [busy] was found. The day after the man was missed, some wuobrellas [Umbrellas] were found near the reservoir, known as Mr. Joshua Shaw's reservoir at Almondbury bank; and tio [to] persons hewing of the search that had been made for the man, gave information to the constable, at Almondbary, [Almondbury] that on the nizht [night] of the lst [last] inst. they heard some une [one] exeluiming, [exclaiming] You shan't [san't] take it; you wil'nt take it; and finished by the ery [very] of Murder. On receiving this infurmation, [information] the police had the reservoir drained, and there the body of the missing man was fuund. [found] The man left the Rose and Crown fun, Almondbary, [Almondbury] about halt-past eleven o'clock at nicht, [night] very drunk, with bis Lox vf tools on his back, anil [ail] the umbrellas in his hand. All search for the box has proved fruitless; and this facet, coupled with that of eries [series] bein [being] heard near the place where his body was found, leads to the suspicion of foal play. Doubtless the matter will be sifted at the coroner's inquest, which will probably be hold 5 HOLMFIRTH. Sour KrrcHeNn.- [Kitchen.- Kitchen] At this inclement season of the year that great boon, a soup kitchen, has been opened for the necessitous poor of the district of Holmfirth. The head quarters of the movement are at Higgin Bridge. Friday is soup day, when large numbers of men, women, and youths are seen wending their way from the soup kitchen, with cans of soup. 'The [the] generosity of the originator, Timothy Bradley, the first week, when 250 parties were served at a nominal charge of a half-penny a quart. This week another ventleman [gentleman] bas given of his substance, to supply the needful. Rate Derautrers.-The [Creatures.-the] assistant overseer for Fulstone summoned twelve rate-payers for non-payment of their respective rates; and the overseer of Cartworth, two defaulters. Prior to the time of hearing, sume [sum] had arranged with the collector, the remainder were disposed of by orders for the amounts sought being given. New Rate ror [or] Hepwortu.-The [Hepworth.-the] assisuint [assistant] overseer of the township of Hepwerth [Hepworth] sought for confirmation to a new poor rate, of twenty pence in the peandl, [penal] which will pro- [produce] duce above 295. The arrears of the last rate are about 4. The consent of the bench was given, FATAL ACCIDENT EROM [FROM] FIRE.-Au inquest was holden [Holden] on Monday lustat [status] the Sveamore [Severe] Inn, in before G. Dyson, Esy., [Es] coroner, and a jury of whom Mr. James Preston, of Wooldale, was fureman, [foreman] tonching [touching] the death of George Mellor, who received sucl. [such] injuries from being burnt on Friday, the Ith [It] inst., that be dicd [did] the tullowing [allowing] morning. Frum [From] the evidence adduced wo gather that the unfortunate youth was in his seventh year, and resided this day. bBOakD [Board] OF GuARDIANS.-The [Guardians.-the] fortnightly meeting of the Board of Guardians, was held yesterday (Friday), at the board room, Albion-street, when the foll wing members Were preseut-M. [present-M] Sykes, Esq., chairman, Rev. R. Crowe, and Mr. vice-chairmen Messrs. T. Stansfield, J. Turner, J. Bower, W Dyson, T. Brvok, [Brook] 'I'. Earnshaw, J. Oates, 'I'. Newell, C. Hallas, J. Holmes, C. Woodiwead, [Woodhead] I'. Kenyon, T. Smith, J. Roberts, G. Dodson, J. Farrar, J. Sykes, D. Lee, L. Lumb, C. Mellor, W. Wilson, and A. Hinchliffe. 'lhe [he] chairman informed the board that he had an application from the Rev. Mr. Arnold, Roman Catholic priest of this town, for the admission of a young child named Cuniins [Unions] into the Cathulic Catholic] Female Orphan Asylum at Manchester, which could be done if the Poor Law Guardians would guarantee the payment of 3s. 6d. per week for the support and education of the orphan in the convent, where she would be admitted at once. 'There was also a letter from the secretary of the presentation convent, stating that the girl had been approved by the medical man, and the ladies of the presentation were satisfied with her. 'The [the] chairman added that it was a matter for consideration whether they would allow the 3s. 6d. per week. He considered the case precisely the same as sending a person to a deaf and dumb institution, It was the first application under the act for an allowance for education.-The [education.-the] sister of the girl for whom the appli- [apply- application] cation was made was in attendance. She stated that she resided at Aspley, and was a weaver, earning about 7s. fur her sister at the present time.-Mr. T. Brook said the girl had recently lost two sisters, who bad injured their health so as to result in death, in their endeavours to support their family. They were a most worthy and exemplary family and he considered that the guardians would confer a well-deserved tavour [favour] by granting the appli- [apply- application] cation. He moved that 3s. 6d. per week should be allowed. -The [the] Rev. R. Crowe, seconded the resolution.-Mr. Woodhvad [Woodhead] considered that in a Protestant country they ouxht [ought] not to give ls. per week extra in order to send a girl to a convent at Minchester, [Manchester] that she might be instructed in the Catholic relizion, [religion] when in their own poorhouses she might receive a proper educa- [Edgar- education] tion, [ion] and they could help her for 2s. a-week. The Rev. R. Crowe said he considered ubat [bat] as guardians of the poor, they had no right, under any cireumstances, [circumstances] to con- [consider] sider [side] what the religion of any individual applicant might be. As to the impression of the last gentleman, that they could keep her cheaper,-her in the house would be 2s. 114d. per week, to which the cost of educa- [Edgar- education] tion [ion] would have tu be added, making but a trifling differ- [difference] ence. [once] He had no doubt that if the girl were sent to Manchester she would be brought up respectably, and become a respectable member of the community; and if by the addition of 6d. per week they could secure that result, he considered they would be conferring a benefit on society at large. By this mode they would make the girl a vespectable [respectable] member of society whilst if they kept her in the poor-house she would perhaps remain a pauper for hfe. [he] e thought it would be their best policy to allow the 3s. 6d. per week. For his own part he trusted that he was a Protestant as much as any man; but be would never bring Protestantism and Roman Cathclicism [Catholicism] to interfere with his duty as a guardian. (Hear, hear, and applause.) Mr. Woodhead enquired in what way the girl would be placed in a better to earn her livelihuod [livelihood] The Rev. R. Crowe replied that keeping her in the poor-house, and giving her an educa- [Edgar- education] tion, [ion] would cost at least 3s. 24d. per week. They should consider that, by the grant of 3s. 6d., she would be placed in the society of ladies, who would give her a far superior education than the guardians could give her. He thought that this education, together with the inculcation of proper habits, and the placing her out of the reach of temptation, would secure ber [be] being a respectable member of society, and place her in a position to earn a respectable livelihood,-The [livelihood,-the] yrant [grant] was carried by a majority of 7 to 4. -The [the] inhabitants of Thurstouland [Thousand] applied that Mr. Hall might be called in to value the improvements iu the town- [township] ship, and a resolution, sanctioning the application, was carried.-The [carried.-the] return ordered to be prepared by the reliev- [relieve- relieving] ing officers of all persons in the parish who had deserted their wives were now presented; and it was resolved that the list should be printed and circulated, offering a reward of 1 ls. for the apprehension of any of the decamping husbands.-Mr. Taylor, the assistant-overseer and collector of poor-rates fur Hudderstield, [Huddersfield] made application by letter for an increased salary, su as to be able to employ 2 person to assist him. When he first undertovk [undertake] the duties of his office, the number of ratepayers was 4,297 in the last rate they were 6,817; and in the next rate he expected there would be 7,000, being an increase of 2,700. The amount collected in rates in tke [te] last half year, was 4,225 19s 6d. Under these circumstances he asked for an increase of 30. From the conversation which followed, it appeared that his original salary was 120, aiterwards [afterwards] increased to 130. Mr, Bower proposed aud [and] Mr. Stanstield [Stansfield] seconded, that the salary should be increased to 150. Mr. 'lolson [Wilson] proposed an increase to 160, which was seconded by the Kev. R. Crowe. 'I'he first motion was withdrawn, and the increase of 30 carried vnanimously.-After [unanimously.-After] agreeing to the estimate prepared by Mr. Hall for the valuation of Lockwood, the board separa- [separate- separated] ted.-The [ted.-the .-The] following is the return uf [of] paupers receiving relief in the union during the week ending Saturday last.- [last] In-door-Inmates 264, being a decrease of 18 trom [from] the cor- [corresponding] responding week of last year; vagrants 101, imbeciles 44, lunatics 48, boys and girls in workhouse school 37.-Out- [Outdoor] 1,480, at a cost of 99 10s. 7d.; Kirk- [Kirkburton] burton [Burton] 792, 49 7s 10d.; [d] Holmfirth 514, 40 10s 4d.; Slaithwaite 621, 41 5s. 11d; [d] non-resident poor 213; total receiving out-door relief 2,620, at a cost of 130 lds. [ls] 8d.; total of corresponding week last year 3,497, at a cost of 213 17s. 3d. Mr. Woon's [Soon's] ANNUAL ConceRT.-This [Concert.-This] concert took place yesterday (Friday) evening, at the Philosophical Hall. Miss Milner, Mr. Cooper (the violinist), Mr. Dela- [Deal- Levant] vanti, [anti] Miss Crosland, and the Madrigal Union were engaged for the occasion; and everything gave promise ot a first class musical entertainment, which could not tail to prove most attractive. The weather however was most unpropitious, the rain falling continuously the whole even- [evening] ing; and as a consequence tne [te] attendance was not nearly so large as would otherwise have been the case. The concert opened with part song, Spriug's [Spring's] delights which introduced Miss Milner, Miss Crosland, and the Madrigal Union. Next followed Mr Delavanti [Levant] who sung The the] Queen's Letter very effectively. He also sanz [san] during the evening with Miss Milner, the duett [duty] TheSinging The singing] Lesson, and the songs 'I'm not myself at all, and the Bashful young gentleman, in each of which he received a bois- [boisterous] terous [troys] encore. Hesings [Singes] with great taste and irresistable [irresistible] humour, and soon finds the righ. [right] side of his audience. Miss Crusland [Crosland] sung 'Ida' and Little Nell'- [Nell] the latter with voice accompaniments by the Union very effectively. Miss Milner was warmly received and acquitted hersgif [herself] excel- [excellently] lently [gently] in Piciuis's [Pious's] Air and variations sommo [some] cielo, [cell, ac- [accompanied] companied by Mr. Cooper onthevivlin. [involving] Inthesong [Anything] Kath- [Kathleen] leen [Lee] Mavourneen [Morning she rather lacked the fire required in some partsof [parts of] the verse, butstill [but still] she sung with exquisite taste. Her best effort was in Venzano's [Benson's] andante and valse, [Vale] Ah che assorta. [assert. In this fine composition Miss Milner displayed her highly tutored and tlexible [flexible] voice to the greatest pertection, [perfection] and elicited an enthusiastic encore. Instead of repeating it, she substituted the charming ballad, Kate Kearney, which she sung with exquisite humour and sweetness of expression. She also sung the pathetic ballad John Anderson my Jo, and was warmly applauded. In short she could not have desired a better reception. Mr. Cooper was marvellous on the violin His execution and feeling are far ab ve many of those who are considered great and with the addition of ni, or some other Italian or German termination to his rame, [mare] he would be considered in England a wonderfully great artiste. His performance received, as it deserved, the highest marks of approbation, and in Le Carnival de Venise [Seven he was enthusiastically encored. Not the least interesting part of the concert was a brilliantly played solo on the pianoforte by Miss Midgley, of Cross Church-street, an interesting little girl, 12 years of age, a promising pupil of Mr. Wood. She exhibited great taste and fineness of feeling, and a self-possession beyond her years. 'The [the] powerful tone, delicate touch, rapid execution, and fine modulation, evinced a natural taste rarely met with in one so young, and a careful training hi hly [hi holy] commendable in her music master. Her talented effort called down loud and unanimous applause. The Madrigal Union susiained [sustained] its part of the perturmance [performance] very effectively. Pearsall's [Pears all's] Hardy Norseman, which concluded the first part, was warmly encored. And the favourite old madrigal, O, who will o'er the downs, only escaped a recal [real] by the length to which the per- [performance] formance [France] of the evening had already extended. The union exhibits a growing improvement every time it appears before the public, Last, though by no meaus [means] least deser- [deer- deserving] ving, [vine] we come to speak of Mr. Wood. His performance on the pianoforte, in the duet with Mr, Cuoper, [Cooper] on Airs from William Tell, displayed great executive talent, and considerable musical taste; and in the important part of accompaniest, [accompanied] he showed that he studied the humour of the vocalist, and did not seek, as is too often the case, to make his inst ument [inst amend] a principal in the performance, We were sorry that his efforts were not rewarded with a full house. We understand that he will be a considerable loser by the concert but as this was attributable to the exceeding wetness of the night, it is probable that he may give the friends, who so warmly promised him their sup- [support] port, another opportunity, when we hope he will be repaid ine [in] ts oon, [on] The pianot [piano] me wae [we] in agnificent [magnificent] ins jally [ally] brought from Leeds for this soncert, [concert] specially TREATS TO W. MARSDEN. ORKPEOPLE,- [PEOPLE,- PEOPLE] i Johan Dowse, Esq., of Hay Yesterday evening week, to his workmen and their with roast beet and plum tea. 'They afterwards dancing was commenced. The quadrille band of the Messrs. Carter was present. The dancing was interspersed with songs from the workpeople.-On the same evening, Messrs, Benjamin Sykes and Sons, manufacturers, gave Wives, the men being provided pudding, and the women with New Year's treat to their operatives, at the New Inn, dancing being vigorously kept up till the fullowing [following] morning. green, gave an entertainment assembled in a large room, where with his mother, Ann Mellor. a widow, in the village of Wooldale. On the day of the accident. at about half-past 12 o'clock, the mother bad oeexsion [occasion] to leave the house for a few minutes, the young lad being then left alone. It is conjectured he was amusing him-elf with paper at the fire, when his clothes became iguited, [ignited] The deceased ran out of the house burning; and the flames were put out by the neighbours and others whu [who] had assembled on hearing the pitiable cries. The deceased was dreadfully burnt, and resented a shucking spectacle. He only lingered on till aturday [Saturday] morning, when death putan [putin] end to bis sufferings, The verdict of the jury was that 'deceased came to his death by being accidentally burned. Practical JOKE WITH A GAMEKEEPER.--On Saturday last, before the Holmfirth bench of magistrates, two men named respectfully, Jno. Alsup, [Also] and J. Woodhead, were charged with trespassing in pursuit of game upon the shoot- [shooting] ing grounds of Messrs. Brooke and Nelson, and of Mr. More- [Morehouse] honse, [house] in the towrsbip [township] of Holme, on the 29th of December last. 'The [the] defendants were also charged with committing a violent assault upon Benjamin Green, gamekeeper, at the same time. Mr. Floyd appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Clongh [Clough] on behalf of the defendants. The evidence of the gamekeeper was, that on the day in question he was on part of the shooting ground called Little Twizzle [Twice] tall, at about four o'clock, and heard a gun fired. He saw smoke about a quarter ofa [of] mile distant, and immediately repaired to the place, and came upon the defendants but whilst the witness was getting to defenlants, [defendant] at about the per week. She had 2s. per week allowed from the board distance of 2003yards, [yards] he spied Alsop busily engaged in unscrewing a double barrelled gun, and securing it iuside [side] his coat pockets. In answer to questions put by the witness to the men on the ground, the defendants replied 'they were about their own 'The [the] witness saw grouse in a handkerchief in t e possession of the defendant Woodhead and whey he was about to search his pockets, witness was assaulted with bis own stick by Woudhead, [Woodhead] The defendant, Alsop, made use of his gun stock upun [upon] the head of witness, Some time afterwards. witness found the contents of the handkerchief bad been exchanged from yrouse [rouse] to bracken. For the defenee, [defence] Mrs. Cheetham, of Woodhead, beerhuuse- [Beers- housekeeper] keeper, deposed that the defendants ealled [called] at their honse [house] on the day in question, but they bad neither yun, [sun] game, or stick with them. 'The [the] defendiunts [defendants] said that on the day in which this me ee oceurred, [occurred] they were having a walk out by Dunford Bridge, Woodhead, and returned by the shouting ground and when they saw the complainant, Green, the defendants at once agreed to play a joke upon him, by gathering some bracken aud [and] making him believe they had zrouse. [rouse] 'The [the] defendants had neither gun nor stick that day and the handkerchief con- [contained] tained [gained] nuthiny [nothing] but bracken. The bench, however, intlicted [inflicted] fines, which with expenses, amounted to 2 each, SADDLEWORTH., Inqurst.-On [Inquest.-On] Saturday last an inquest was held at the house of Mr. Wilham [William] smith, Farrar's Arms, Shawhail, [Wilshaw] before Mr. Ingram, deputy coroner for the honour of Pontefract, touching the death of a young man, named George Hinch- [Hinchliffe] life, who received injuries in the tuunel [tunnel] on the Oldham and Saddleworth branch line of railway, on Monday atter- [utter- afternoon] noon, the 7th instant, of which he died on 'Thursday, the 10th, Lt appeared trom [from] the evidence of William Johnson, miner in the said tunnel, that deceased had been a labourer employed therein, and on the day the accident took place, he was going up the tunnel, and was canght [caught] by some dirt wayons, [wagons] and crushed against the sides of rocks as he was passing along a heading or temporary trani-way, [train-way] and he thereby receive injuries of which he died. Deeceased's [Deceased's] death was purely accidental, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly. DESERTER.-On Saturday, the 12th instant, a young man named William Fogg, was placed before James Heywood Whitehead, Msq., [Ms] at South-side, charged by Mr. Grisdale, superintendent constable, with being a deserter from the First West York Rifle Militia, It appeared that Fogg deserted from Pontefract, on the 29th August last, and had been absense [absence] trom [from] his regiment trom [from] that time until his pprehension apprehension] in Uldham, [Oldham] on the 18th instant. He was committed to the huuse [house] of correction at Wakefield, to await au escort being sent for, by the Secretary of War, to convey him to the head-quarters of his regiment, now in Petty Sessions, Hust [Hunt] Setnurs. [Nurse] -On Wednesday, the 16th instant, at the Sessions Room, at Uppermill, [Upper mill] before Thomas Robinson, and Francis Frederick White- [Whitehead] bead, Esqs., [Esq] Jane Hames, of Brookbottum, [Brookfoot] was charzed [charged] by Mr. Henry Noon, officer of Inland Kevenue, [Revenue] stationed at Saddleworth. with having, on the 2ith [with] day ot November last, in her dwelling-house, situate at Brookbottom [Brook bottom] afore- [aforesaid] said, sold one quart of beer, she not being duly licensed to do so. On the information being read over to Hames she pleaded guilty. Mr. Rayner, the supervisor of the dis- [district] trict, [strict] stated that, in consequence of complaints about defendant selling large quantities of beer without a (keeping what is commonly callel [called] a hush shop ), he caused a per on to go and a quart of beer at her house, on the day named in the Mr. John Greaves, constable, of Brookbottom, [Brook bottom] was also called to prove that the defendant had kept a notorions [notorious] hush shop for several years.-Mr. Noon also charged Betty Harrop, of Qnick-wood, [Nick-wood] with having. en the 24th day of November last, in her dwelling-house there situate, sold three pints of heer [here] without being duly licensed. 'This defendant also pleaded guilty to the charye.-The [charge.-the] bench gave both defendants a suitable admonition, and fined them 5 each. The defendants aske l [ask l] for time to pay, aud [and] pleaded poverty. On the excise-othicer [excise-other] refusing to grant them time, having been informed tbat [that] they had both made sutficient [sufficient] suis [sis] by their unlawiul [unlawful] trade to enable them to pay immediately, defendants paid down their fines in full, remarking, they were paying their year's license- [license money] money, and would sell beer again to make up the fines. UNLAWFULLY OBatRUCTING [Obstructing] THE HIGHWAY By 'STANG [SANG] Riprnc. -At [Prince. -At] the petty sessions on Weduesday [Wednesday] last, before Thomas Robinson, and F. F, Whitehead, Esqnires, [Esquire] eleven young men, and three women, were summoned, on the of Mr. John Hill, of Quick View, tea dealer, charged with having assembled, with 300 other persons to the complainant unknown, upon the highway in front of house, on the cvening evening] ot the 3lst [last] day of December last, and did then and there unlawfully obstruct the free passage of the said highway, and did otherwise eonduct [conduct] themselves in a riotous and disorderly manuer, [manner] by then and there ringing tin cans, and throwing dirt, sods, and stones at the door and windows of the said John Hill. It appeared from the statement of complainant that about a fortnight previous to the day named in the information, his married daughter, Mary Ann Booth, had caused him and his family great trouble by leaving her husbana, [husband] and running off with a navvy 2 and on the evening in question she returned to her father's house, having been deserted by her new found lover. This tiet [tie] havins [having] become bruited about in the neighbourhood, is supposed to have caused the young persons in that lucality, [locality] to assemble as before stated, tou [to] have what they please to call a Stung ridin [Riding] which ended in the ial [al] riotous conduct before stated and had it not been for the timely arrival, and prompt, and energetic conduet [conduct] of Coustuble [Constable] Juhn [John] Greaves, at the scene of outraye, [outrage] there is no knowing what the excited, foolish and outrageous assemblage of youlig [young] persons would have dene. 'The [the] ev dence [dene] did not sutheicntly [sufficiently] iden- [dine- identify] tify [tiff] six of the young men anl [an] two of the women sum- [summoned] moned, [mined] as being in causing the obstruction on the highway aad [and] disturbance complained of consequently they were discharged, But the other six were clearly iden- [dine- identified] tified [testified] as having taken pare in the unlawful proceedings, and were fined in the sun of 15s. Sd. cach, [each] (costs ineluded) [included] and were severely reprimandel [reprimanded] by the bench for their improper conduct. . 2H OPENING WHARMTON [WALTON] ScuooL, [School] D Bcross.-This [Cross.-This] schoul [school] was founrled [foundered] by the late Ralph Hawkyard, Esq., of Tamewa [Tame] er, in the year 1792, for the purpose of giving the yuuth [youth] of the nvighbourhoud [neighbourhood] a sound, classical, and general education. 'This purpose was fully carried out, until a few years ago, when the schvol, [school] from unavoi lable [unavoidable able] causes, viz the death of the trustees, was closel. [close] About twelve mouths ag a few in Dobeross [Dobcross] and the immes [times] diate [date] neighbourhood, were appointed trustees, under a deed drawn in accordance with the powers contained in the County Courts Act; and they nubly [noble] set to work, aud [and] can- [canvassed] vassed [passed] the district for funds to enable them to re-build and enlarge the school. Their praiseworthy efforts and untir- [until- untiring] ing zeal met with liberal success, and they have been enabled to re build the school in a most convenient style in every respect, cilcnlatel [silently] to fully meet the requirements of the increasing population uf [of] the district. An efficient master has been elected and as will be seen from an advertisement in this day's paper, the school will be re-opened on Monday, the 28th instant. The trustees fully propose, by their united effurts, [efforts] to carry out to the fullest extent, the intentions uf [of] the late respected donor ; and in doing so they respectfully solicit the support of the inhabitants of the district. Every modern sanitary im- [in- improvement] provement [improvement] in the re-building of the school has been strictly observed. KIRKBURTON. A Generous Treat.-On Friday night last, Mr. George Blackshaw, landlord of the Rose and Crown Inn, treated his friends to the number of about 50, to a substantial. dinner. 'lhe [he] tables were well supplied with choice products of the farm yard and the necessary adjuncts. After the cloth was removed, a chairman was elected, who in opening the after business of the evening, complimented Mr. aud [and] Miss Blackshaw for tle [te] superior dinner which bad boom rovidex [provide] py of ulee [Lee] sinyers [singers] wa ance, [once] . oe whee rece [race] Messrs, Sanderson, Dodson, Rams- [Ramsden] den and Webster. Mr. Brook presided at the piano-forte. Loyal tousts [toasts] interspersed with patrivtic [patriotic] songs, glees, went cheeringly [cheering] round till an advanced hour of the avening, [evening] when the party separated in good humour, SuppEN [Supper] DeaTH.-On [Death.-On] the loth inst., at the Sun Inn, Cross Church-street, Huddersfield, Mr. George Suteliff, [Stiff] of Kirkburton, aged 49 years, died most suddenly of apoplexy as is supposed. The deevased [deceased] went to Huddersfield, on 'Tuesday morning by the Clayton West buss in good health, and repaired to the above inn, where he was accustomed to putup. [put] He was, we understand, in the act of drinking a glass of beer, about 10 v'elock, [v'lock] when his hand became unsteady, and he rose quickiy [quickly] from bis seat, saying some- [something] thing seriuus [serious] was amiss with him. He wouid [would] have fallen o the floor, had not the landlord caught him in his arms, He never spoke afterwards, 'The [the] deceased was very stout, iil [oil]