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18th March 1837

Windsor National Schools


- On Tuesday last the annual examinations of the children of the National Schools took place, under the superintendence of the Rev. Mr. Musgrave, the Canon in Residence, when the rewards, arising from the endowments of the late Rev. G. Champange, were distributed to the most deserving scholars. A very large company (about 200) were assembled to witness the interesting examination, and the greatest gratification was expressed at the progress of the scholars. Mr and Mrs Robertson, the master and mistress, were highly commended for their attention to the education of the children.

Slough Cucumber Shown


- On Tuesday last the annual cucumber show took place at the White Hart Inn, Slough. The fruit exhibited was excellent - much better than could have been expected for the season, which proves to have been the worst that has occurred for many years past for the cultivation of cucumbers. The prizes were awarded as follows:- First, Mr. Arnold, Salthill; Second, Mr. Weedon, Hillingdon; Third, Mr. Hutson, Harefield; Fourth, Mr. Ellis, Brentford; Fifth, Mr. Stevens, Harefield; Sixth, Mr. Humber, Southall. An excellent dinner was afterwards provided, in the worthy hostess's best style, but we regret, for her sake, to say, that a very limited number of persons sat down to partake of it.

A singular circumstance took place a few days ago in High street Windsor. As the relief guard, preceded by the drums and fifes playing a lively tune, was returning from the Castle to the foot-barracks, a dog belonging to a tradesman in this town, probably finding the tune not to his liking, dashed into the party, and caused the utmost consternation among them. The guard, drummers, and fifers were instantly in confusion, without waiting for their officers orders, and the opinion was that the dog was mad. The animal, however, was sensible enough to evade the bayonets that were presented at him, and catching a site of the great drum, rushed at and seized hold of it, but being driven from thence, he seized a small drum suspended from a little boy not much bigger than the drum itself, but, leaving his hold of that, he attempted to seize a fife, which the possessor held up out of the dog's reach. Eventually the dog was driven off and returned peaceably to his home, and the party, after several minutes fright, continued their march to the barracks.

Datchet Bridge is so far completed as to be opened for public use.

Madame de Irvine, whose intrepid performances on the rope, at the last Bachelor's Revel in Windsor, will be in the recollection of our readers, has recently met with a fatal accident; while going through her performances on the rope at Paris, she fell to the ground, and received such severe injuries that she died soon after.

On Tuesday last the Board of Guardians of the Windsor Union forwarded a petition to Mr.Ramsbottom, M.P, for presentation to the House of Commons, praying that no material alteration might be made in the Poor Law Amendment Act.

Temperance Society


- The Windsor Town Hall was last evening crowded to excess by persons of all classes, to hear the speeches of several members of the Temperance Society. The speakers, who were strangers to this town, we believe were all operatives, and had abandoned their former dissolute course of life; they highly amused the company by the details which they went into while indulging in the use of liquors, and by the relation of the causes which led to their reformation.

On Thursday two men, named John Wooden and James Wicks, were apprehended by Mr. Gillman, Superintendent of the Windsor Police, and taken before R.Tebbot, Esq, on a charge of stealing several squares of glass and a quantity of lead from the dairy of her Royal Highness the Princess Augusta at Frogmore, where they had been employed to work. They were remanded until Monday for further examination.

On Saturday night last, the malt house of Mr. Draper, a brewer of Egham, was broken into, and three sacks of malt were stolen; the thieves effected an entrance through the pigeon-house, unbolted the malt house door, and led the malt down into a field at the back of the premises, and escaped with their booty.