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Some Selected Reports from The Windsor and Eton Express

8th January 1842

The Royal Christening - Rejoicings for the Poor

The industrious and poor classes of this borough will have great cause for rejoicing at the forthcoming interesting national ceremony of the christening of the Prince of Wales at the Royal Castle of his illustrious ancestors. On that joyful occasion it is the gracious and benevolent intention of her Majesty to cause to be distributed to no less than 800 families three hundred and twenty pounds in bread, meat, tea, and coffee, the distribution of which is entrusted to Mr.Adams, the vicar's churchwarden. In addition the public subscription of the inhabitants, which now amounts to 220, will be distributed by the committee in coals to the same number of families. The committee are still anxious to receive further donations. The sum of 50 has also been sent by her Majesty's commands to the Rev.Mr.Cooper, Vicar of Old Windsor, for a similar distribution in that parish.

Preparations at the Castle for the Royal Christening

The most extensive and active preparations are in rapid progress at the Castle for the christening of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The workmen in the Lord Chamberlain's department, under the zealous superintendence of Mr.Saunders, are employed early and late making the necessary arrangements for the reception and accommodation of the numerous illustrious guests expected. It is, we believe, with a view of enabling the plans to be carried more readily into effect, that her Majesty has determined to pass a few days at Claremont. Those of the state apartments, called the King's and Queen's drawing-rooms. the King's and Queen's closets, and the Vandyke gallery, are being prepared for the accommodation of his Majesty the King of Prussia, who, it is expected, will not arrive at the Castle before the 21st instant.

St Georges Chapel

We last week announced that this edifice was to be closed on the following Monday to enable the necessary preparations to be made for the royal christening. In this, however, we were premature. The chapel will be closed for that purpose on Monday next. This day the gentlemen of the choir assisted by her Majesty's private band, had a rehearsal in the chapel of the compositions intended to be performed at the christening of the Prince of Wales.

The Royal Twelfth Cake

The paragraph which has appeared in a London paper stating that the royal twelfth cake was sent down from London to Windsor Castle, is totally incorrect. The cake was manufactured in the Castle by Mr.Mawditt, her Majesty's confectioner, and in which he has again displayed his superior skill in that peculiar art. Round its base are a number of figures representing characters in Donnybrook fair, and on the top are four ludicrous mechanical figures playing at whist. The whole of the ornaments are composed to sugar paste, and designed and executed by Mr.Mawditt.

The New Royal Gardens at Frogmore

Preparations have this week been commenced for inclosing the land intended for the Royal Gardens at Frogmore. The ground has been set out under the directions of a surveyor from the office of Woods and Forests, and comprises about twenty acres of the finest arable land on the Frogmore estate. The soil consists of rich sandy loam, upwards of three feet in depth, and is in every respect calculated for the purposes required. The range of glass will extend upwards of eight hundred feet in a direct line; in the centre of this extensive range will be erected a pretty cottage, in the Elizabethan style of architecture, for the residence of the head gardener. On each side of the cottage will be a splendid conservatory, and also corresponding houses throughout the whole line, for the production of pines, grapes, peaches, and other forced fruit. The dimensions of these houses have not yet been finally determined upon. At the back of the range of glass a number of convenient sheds will be constructed for the cultivation of mushrooms, stowage of fruit, potting, toolhouses, &c. This part of the garden will also be apportioned for the forcing pits. There will be a splendid terrace-walk, upwards of twenty feet wide, in front of the hothouses, and the garden will be intersected with bold walks, many of which will be of similar dimensions. The forcing department will be heated by hot water pipes, upon a new improved principle. The whole will be surrounded by a brick wall twelve feet high, and the garden, when complete, it is considered will be one of the most perfect in the kingdom. The present residence of Mr.Ingram, the head of the garden department, with the forcing and other houses and buildings in the Maestricht Gardens, which are now to be observed from the North-terrace, will be pulled down, and the garden thrown into the park immediately the new garden can be brought into a state of cultivation.

Death of Colonel Basset, Governor of the Military Knights

We regret to have to record the death of Lieut.Colonel.Basset, Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor, at his residence in the Castle-yard, which took place yesterday morning in his 85th year. The lamented deceased had been confined to his house for a considerable time past, but it was only within the last few days that he was taken alarmingly ill. The late gallant colonel entered the army in the year 1775, and served through all the arduous campaigns of the American war, including the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth, Court House, White Plain, &c. Towards its close he served in the West Indies, where he assisted in the capture of St.Lucia, and was present in one or two naval actions that preceded the great and decisive battle of Lord Rodney on the 12th April, 1781 - when the French were signally defeated. On the breaking out of the revolutionary war he served with his old regiment the 5th, in Holland, when on the 19th September 1799, he was present at the battle of Bergen, and several subsequent actions to the affair of Winkel. He retired from the service after the peace of Amiens, but was again employed during the Peninsular war, to organise a Spanish force. Thus has departed in ripe old age, this meritorious officer, who in early life was as much distinguished for his military services, as he has been respected since his retirement for his many private virtues.

We understand that the commissioners of woods and forests have abandoned their intention of purchasing the land between the Long-walk and Frogmore, which they had contemplated doing, and throwing into the royal demesne. This decision is said to be in consequence of its being the intention of Messrs.Neville Reid and Co., to erect a new hotel on the site of the present Hope Inn.

Theatre Royal

The theatre this week has not been patronised so liberally as we could wish, nor has the manager and his company merit, still the prospect brightens. The company is a very excellent one, and includes some very superior performers, among whom is Mr.Vale, so well known in the metropolis for his broad comic humour. He and Mr.Dodd have nightly convulsed the house with merriment. Mr.Clinton has excellent tragic powers, and a just conception of his authors. His exertions have been warmly appreciated by his hearers. Miss Julia Nicol, who takes the leading characters, is a lady of very high attainments, and Mrs.Melville is as a complete and busy a waiting maid as one would wish to see. Miss Le Vite's dancing and Mr.Attwood's singing have been nightly applauded. Mr.E.Taylor and Miss Atkinson are also good singers. Mr.Melville, Mr.Bellair, and Mr.Erser Jones have given the highest satisfaction to the audiences by the excellent manner in which they have supported their various characters. During the week an amateur, in the person of Mr.W.H.Banks, hairdresser, of this town, made his debut at "Othello," and was loudly applauded by his friends and acquaintances who were in the house. The character was better sustained than was generally expected, though open to very severe criticism. We trust the theatre will continue in a prosperous course, so as to prove that the experiment of a winter theatrical season, with so good a corps of artistes dramatique, will not have been revived in vain.

Literary Institution

On Wednesday evening a most interesting lecture was delivered in the Town Hall, by Albert Smith, Esq., on "the Central Alps." The lecturer commenced by describing that gigantic mountain "Mont Blanc," and detailed narratives of the various attempts which had been made by parties to dain the summit, including that of Dr.Hamel's party in 1820, in which three of the party (guides) were buried by the falling of an avalanche, and another miraculously preserved by a barometer which Dr.Hamel had given him to carry, turning the course of his fall. The description was illustrated by a series of diaramic views from sketches by J.Auldjo, Esq., and embraced the leading features of the ascent. The lecturer then proceeded to give an account of the great St.Bernard. This establishment is celebrated for its local interest, and for its hospitality to visitors, and they are not a few, averaging 25,000 yearly, who, if they protract their visit to months, no charge is made, but a box is placed in the chapel in which are deposited the voluntary contributions of the guests. Napoleon crossed the St.Bernard in 1800, with his army of reserve, to the number of 60,000, and after undergoing the perils of this passage , defeated the Austrians at Marengo. Mr.Smith also gave a very animated description of the hospice, the visitors room, the Morgue &c. He next adverted to that extraordinary passage across the Alps, the Simplon, formed under the immediate direction of Bonaparte. The line of route contains many objects of great interest - Ferney, the residence of Voltaire, Lausanne, the Castle of Chillon, which Lord Byron had familiar to every one, &c. This description was also illustrated by dioramic views which considerably heightened the effect; indeed no adequate conception could have been formed by those who had not had ocular demonstration of the terrific grandeur of the passage without them. The view of Simplon with the arrival of the malle poste from Geneva to Milan was cleverly executed. The Hall was well attended and the audience frequently testified their approbation by loud plaudits.

Temperance Meeting - (From a Correspondent)

The committee of the Windsor and Eton Temperance Association having made arrangements for a festival of extensive character, it was held on Tuesday last. The scene was a very gratifying one. A large company partook, with much good humour of the viands prepared for them, and were evidently well contented to pass a festive hour over cups which cheered without inebriating. The Town Hall was the place of assemblage, and a few former meetings have more betokened the increasing prosperity of temperance operations than this did. The public addresses in the evening were of an unusually animated character. And whether we refer to those of the talented advocates, Messrs.Cassell and Faulkner, the christian bearing of the chairman, the Rev.J.W.Langdale, of Hitchum, or to the striking evidence of the reclaimed labourers, each bore testimony to the utility , if not positive necessity, in this, our day, of the principle and practise of the society.

Narrow Escape

On Sunday night a private of the 72nd Highlanders while in a state of intoxication, fell into the filthy black ditch in the back lane near the gas works, and would doubtless have been suffocated had not his cries been heard by the workmen at those works, who hastened to his assistance and rescued him from his dangerous situation. The state of this ditch and the total want of protection against accidents which have been a frequent occurrence, have been often complained of.

Robbers Disappointed

Last week some person or persons broke into the club box of a benefit society, held at the Swan at Clewer, but fortunately there was no money in it. They, however, took away some bankers receipts which they found there, expecting no doubt that they were checks and convertible into cash.

War Against Dogs

An inhabitant has informed us that, by command, all dogs found straying into the infantry barracks are killed, and their bodies are thrown over the wall into Barrack-lane, thereby creating a public nuisance. He suggests that if such an order is a legal one, and is persisted in, that the commanding officer should give orders to dispose of the carcasses as not to continue the nuisance complained of. Several dead dogs have already been found in Barrack-lane, and are very offensive to the passers by, as well as the residents in this locality.

Pigeon Shooting

On Thursday last the Star and Garter Club had a day's shooting in a field at Clewer. There were three club matches five aside the first being won by one bird, the second by one, and the third by four. The club afterwards dined together at the Star and Garter Inn.

Corporation of Windsor

On Thursday the General Quarterly Meeting of the Town Council was held in the council-chamber of the town-hall, the Mayor (John Clode, Esq.) in the chair.

Messrs. H Darvill and John Clode,jun., made the usual declaration of acceptance of office on their being re-elected as councillors.

The Town Clerk read the report of the General Purposes Committee, to whom at a previous meeting an application had been made on the part of the subscribers to the Windsor Dispensary, that the old workhouse in Sheet-street might be appropriated for their use as an infirmary. The committee recommended the council not to accede to the application, as it was not yet known whether the building might not be required for the site of the new gaol if it should be necessary to do away with the present gaol. The committee had also considered the subject referred to them by the court of the inclosure of some ground near the Hope Inn, Frogmore, by Messrs.Neville Reid and Co., and they reported their opinion that Messrs.Reid and Co., were legally justified in inclosing it. With regard to the enclosure of ground in Sun Passage, the committee had not sufficient evidence before them, and they therefore requested further time before they came to any conclusion.

Mr.Hanson rose to move a vote of thanks to John Banister, Esq., the late mayor, in doing so he hoped to have support of the council. Mr.Banister was a gentleman than whom no one had executed the duties of his office more ably and more satisfactorily. He therefore move the thanks of the council to Mr.Banister, their late mayor, for the ability and zeal displayed by him in the performance of his duties of chief magistrate of the borough, and for his exertions in upholding the rights of his fellow citizens (applause).

Mr.J.Jennings said he had great pleasure in seconding the motion, for every one not only the council but out of doors also could testify how ably Mr.Banister had performed his duty.

The motion was unanimously carried.

Mr.Banister rose to thank the council for this their last act, and for which he begged them to accept his warmest acknowledgements. It had been his wish when he entered upon the office to execute his duties with the greatest impartiality, and he trusted that he had done so. There was a time when he left the council that he felt much degraded in his own mind, but from the honourable manner in which they had called him back to it, he felt that it was his duty to comply with their request, and he hoped that it would be believed he had done his duty. He begged them all health and happiness [applause].

On the motion of Mr.Twinch, seconded by Mr.Thos.Adams, the Mayor, Mr.Banister, and Mr.Snowden, were appointed Charity Trustees.

The Town Clerk then read a letter from the clerk to the borough justices, recommending some new arrangements with respect to the borough gaol. They advised that the gaoler no longer be employed conveying prisoners, committed by the magistrates, to Reading, and that his time be exclusively devoted to the care of the gaol; but that in order to compensate him for any loss, his salary be raised from 40 to 50. That the gaoler's wife be regularly appointed matron, at five guineas per annum. That a chaplain be appointed at a salary of 20 per annum; and that a surgeon be appointed at 10 per annum. These recommendations arose out of the report of the inspectors of prisons, who, on their visit to Windsor gaol, found it in a very defective state in many particulars, especially regarding those matters above alluded to. The Town-clerk read the report of the Inspectors, and also a letter from Sir James Graham calling attention to the particulars of omission in the management of the gaol and care of the prisoners, and adverted to the act of parliament, which was compulsory as to the appointment of a chaplain, &c. Sir James desired to be informed what the council should agree to do in the matter, or of what they intended to do.

Mr.Darvill enquired what the expenses of the gaol amounted to ?

The Town Clerk said 268 4s 3d and he read the items.

In answer to some enquiries by Mr.Darvill.

Mr.Blunt said that the rules regarding their gaol had been lost. With respect to the association of prisoners before and after trial it was impossible to make any alteration to the present system until they had a new gaol, and besides at present they could not give prisoners hard labour. With regard to the appointment of a chaplain he had seen the Vicar of the parish, who said his Curate, Mr.Bowyer, would readily undertake the duties, and the Vicar suggested that that gentleman should have a salary of 20 a year. Mr.Bowyer had very kindly attended at the gaol at times, and he was ready to perform the duties of the office. Now as to the appointment of surgeon, the attendance of the surgeon of the Dispensary , to which establishment the council gave five guineas annually, had been before procured, and Mr.Pearl had been very attentive to the prisoners. With respect to the increased amount of the gaoler's salary, it could not be said that 40 a year was sufficient to ensure the attendance of a respectable man, and he was consequently obliged to take various other duties to compensate himself; but he should not be compelled to leave the prison to increase his income, indeed the magistrates had come to the determination that the gaoler should not be employed away from the gaol, and they thought that that officer should not have less income than was now proposed. Then the gaoler's wife had always done the duties of matron without any salary, which the magistrates conceived was not fair towards her, and she ought to have a salary of five guineas a year. It was the duty of the Council to comply with the act of Parliament referred to in Sir James Graham's letter.

Mr.W.Jennings - Then do we consider the matter as to the gaoler and chaplain settled.

Mr.Blunt - No; We have only made enquiry into the office and duties of chaplain, and that we find that the curate is willing to accept it. You will find in some parts of the country it has been difficult to procure a chaplain to a gaol.

Mr.Darvill said he conceived that the duty came within the scope of the clergyman of the parish.

Mr.Blunt said by the Act the chaplain was bound to attend the gaol twice a week.

Mr.Darvill adverted to the heavy charge of the borough rate as a reason for not increasing it by granting a salary to the chaplain. He certainly thought, looking at the number of clergymen in this neighbourhood, some one would be found who would undertake the duty gratuitously.

Mr.Blunt - But what can we do in the face of the Act of Parliament and Sir James Graham's letter ? We are bound to appoint a chaplain.

After a desultory conversation , which was carried on by several members speaking at once and across the table to each other (a too common practice at these meetings).

Mr.Darvill suggested that the matter had better be referred to a committee, for the council could not decide on it at present.

Mr.Blunt thought the council were already in a condition to dispose of all the matters seriatim , according to Sir James Graham's letter.

The Town Clerk - Sir James Graham requests to be informed what you have done, and what you intend to do. Therefore I should say do what you can now, and order the rest to be done.

Mr.Darvill asked whether they could carry out the whole suggestions of Sir James Graham without entirely remodelling the whole of the gaol ?

Mr.Blunt - No; but there are certain points which we can settle, for the Act of Parliament says we shall have a chaplain and a surgeon.

Mr.Darvill - The most unfortunate thing is, that we are to have the detail and machinery for a small gaol that there is for a large one.

Mr.J.Jennings - But it is better for us to have the control over our own gaol than to hand it over to the county.

Mr.Darvill - Certainly , it would be cheaper.

Mr.J.Jennings - Besides, if we had to send all our prisoners to Reading we should have to build a large station-house or house of accommodation for prisoners here.

Mr.Darvill - However, the council should only direct their attention to what was absolutely necessary.

Mr.J.Jennings - Then we must comply with the Act of Parliament, which says that we shall have a chaplain and a surgeon.

Mr.Darvill - I think if you would find out some scheme for the improvement of our income, it would be very desirable.

Mr.J.Jennings - We have done what we could; we have stated our income, but now we are told that we are to have a new gaol.

Some conversation then took place as to the construction of the new gaol, which the Town Clerk described was to be in the form of a star.

Mr.Darvill said a committee ought to go into the whole of the subject.

Mr.Blunt - I have no objection; but our attention must first be directed to Sir James Graham's letter. The magistrates are desirous of keeping the expenses down as low as possible. If you think that the proposed increases in the gaoler's salary too high you can refuse it; but we are determined he shall not leave the gaol to look after other business, and we conceive the additional 10 not too much for him. In the report of the Inspector-general of prisons, I find that there is not one principal turnkey in any gaol who receives less than 60 a year.

After some further discussion, Mr.J.Jennings moved that the gaoler be allowed an additional 10 a year, and that his wife be appointed matron at five guineas a year.

Mr.H.Adams seconded the motion.

Mr.Blunt then referred to the 2nd and 3rd of her present Majesty, by the 15th section of which it was compulsory on the council to appoint a chaplain and surgeon.

Mr.Twinch proposed that the curate be appointed chaplain at 20 a year.

Mr.Thomas Adams seconded the motion , which was also carried.

Mr.John Clode, jun., wished to know if an communication had been had with the curate himself ?

Mr.Blunt said, yes.

Mr.John Clode - Because, considering the heavy amount of the borough-rate, he conceived that some one of the numerous clergy in the neighbourhood would probably undertake the duty of attending the gaol without a salary. Besides there might be dissenters and catholics in the gaol, whose clergy would readily attend when required without any expense on the borough. He considered this an unnecessary charge on their funds.

Mr.Banister - Sir James Graham says different.

Mr.J.Clode - But he does not say you shall pay the clergyman a salary.

Mr.Blunt - The Act of Parliament says as to county gaols no clergyman shall be appointed chaplain at a salary under 100 a year, and I apprehend the same principle of payment applies to borough gaols.

The motion was eventually agreed to.

Mr.W.Jennings said he had a proposition to make to which he expected there would be no objection. Mr.Pearl, the house surgeon of the Dispensary, had attended the gaol for six years without any salary, and as they could not afford to give him any large sum, looking at his general kindness towards the prisoners, and his professional skill, he (Mr.Jennings) begged to move that Mr.Pearl be appointed surgeon to the gaol at a salary of ten guineas a year.

Mr.Darvill coincided in the motion, as Mr.Pearl had attended for so many years without any remuneration.

Mr.J.Clode, jun., had great pleasure in seconding the motion which was agreed to.

Some conversation here took place about the proposed new gaol, but it was utterly unintelligible to the reporters. No motion was moved respecting it.

On the motion of Mr.W.Jennings, seconded by Mr.H.Adams, the report of the general purposes committee was adopted.

The Town Clerk then read the report of the finance committee, including the treasurer's accounts of - receipts and expenditure, from which it appeared that the sum of about 600 would have to be provided for the ensuing half year, and that it was recommended that a borough rate of 6d in the pound be ordered, which would realise about 660.

On the motion of Mr.W.Jennings, seconded by Mr.H.Adams, a rate of 6 in the pound was ordered.

The court then appointed the following persons to be special overseers for the collection of the borough rate: Messrs Dunn and J.S.Thompson for Windsor, Messrs. John Bryant and Clymer for Clewer, and Messrs Harris and Cann for the lower ward.

Mr.W.Jennings then, without preface, moved the appointment of the corporation tradesmen, and read the names from a list which, as usual, was ready cut and dried.

The list was seconded by Mr.Twinch.

Mr.Darvill said in rising to move an amendment, be begged to assure the council that he was actuated by no feeling of unkindness towards those gentlemen whose names he intended to propose should be omitted from the list, but he did so entirely on the grounds of public justice. When they saw there were so many contributors to the borough fund, he conceived it was the duty of the council to trade with all in their turn, without reference to their opinions or politics. Mr.Brown, who was now proposed, had had the office of corporation printer for the last three or four years. Now there were several other printers in the town - Mr.Oxley, for instance, who paid rates fully equal to those paid by Mr.Brown, and it was only just and reasonable that he should have a share of the printing. If the council intended to act on the principle of justice, they would agree to his amendment, which was that the name of John Barton, upholsterer, be inserted instead of that of Mr.Goertz; and the name of Richard Oxley, printer, instead of that of Mr.Brown. He (Mr.D.) propose[d] this not from any party feeling, but simply on the principles of common justice, for it was unfair to others year after year to continue employing the same individuals.

Mr.John Clode, jun., said that, having last year made a similar motion with regard to the corporation printer, he gladly seconded the amendment, for he was at a loss to understand why a particular printer should be employed year after year to the exclusion of others in the same line of business. If the Council adopted such a course as a means of rewarding Mr.Brown for any political services he had done, then let them at once say so. He (Mr.Clode) entertained no unkind feelings towards Mr.Brown, with whom he was well aquatinted, but he seconded the amendment solely on the grounds of public justice.

The amendment was then put, when only the mover and seconder voted for it, all the other members without replying to the arguments and even without taking their eyes from the green baize that covered the table, holding up their hands against it.

The original list was then agreed to.

Mr.Darvill then rose, and with much warmth said - Now, I have a motion to propose. I really did not anticipate that when I brought forward such a very reasonable proposition as I just now did that it would be rejected. It is a degree of unfairness that I had not anticipated, and I defy any one who voted against my proposition to lay his hand on his heart and say he has acted fairly. I impute no motives to any one, but I do say, and I contend, that it is a very unfair and unjust proceeding. I will now move that in future no person shall hold a situation as tradesman to the corporation for two successive years.

Mr.J.Clode, jun., seconded the motion.

No one rose to make any reply. Steadily again looking on the green baize the motion was negatived by a dumb-show of hands, those in favour of the motion being only the mover and seconder.

Mr.Darvill again rose. He said it had been his intention to advert to what took place at the last quarterly meeting, when it was moved that certain documents connected with the magistracy of the borough should be inserted on the minutes of the court, but that as the proceedings of the last corporation had not been entered on the minutes, and as the time for the present sitting of the council was of a more lengthened character than usual, he should now confine himself simply to giving notice that on the next quarterly meeting he should bring forward the subject he had alluded.

Mr.Blunt and other members wished Mr.Darvill to define what it was he intended to propose, but that gentleman declined to do so, contenting himself with giving notice, and said they would see what it was when he brought it forward. Mr.Blunt moved, and Mr.W.Jennings seconded the motion, that the Mayor call a special meeting to consider Mr.Darvill's proposition. Mr.D said he would either at a special or quarterly meeting, he cared not which, bring it forward, when he would exhibit some curious documents. Mr.Blunt's motion was suffered to drop, and all the attempts of several members of the council to get Mr.Darvill to proceed at once, or to specify his object, proved unavailing, much to the disappointment of the majority. The notice remains, therefore, for the next quarterly meeting.

The Mayor rose, and said he had received a letter from Mr.Dodd, lessee of the theatre, asking for the patronage of the corporation.

A member interrupted the Mayor's reading the letter by exclaiming, "Refer it to the General Purpose Committee" - [laughter].

Mr.Blunt observed he was sorry to see one thing in the playbills that he never saw there before.

Mr.H.Adams - What ? The Orange-Peel affair ?

Mr.Blunt - Yes [laughter].

The council then broke up, while the mayor stood with the letter in his hand, but which was not read.

Windsor Police - Monday
[Before John Clode, Esq (Mayor), John Banister, Esq., and W.Legh, Esq.]

John Flower, who had been remanded last week on suspicion of stealing some sheet lead, was brought up for re-examination, the lead having been ascertained to have been cut from the back of a house in South-place, Clewer, belonging to Mr.Bedborough.

The prisoner was met on Sunday evening week by Silver, a policeman, who seeing him carrying a bag, asked what he had in it, when he replied "nothing." On feeling it, however, there appeared to be something within, on which Silver was about to take him into custody, but the prisoner dropped the bag and ran away. He was, however, apprehended the same evening and lodged in the station-house. The bag was found to contain a large piece of sheet lead.

The prisoner said he found the lead and the bag in Clewer-fields.

He was fully committed for trial.

John McLeod was charged with stealing a cap or bonnet and a pair of half-boots from the person of Thomas Barclay, a drummer in the 72nd Highlanders.

It appeared that at about half-past one o'clock this morning Guthrie, a policeman , while on duty, saw Barclay, the prosecutor , lying in the road quite drunk, and the prisoner by his side. Guthrie hastened to the barracks to procure a picket to take the soldier home, and he was returning with a corporal and a file of men, when they met the prisoner coming from where the soldier was lying, having in his hand a cap or bonnet which he had taken from the soldier, leaving his own tattered glazed cap in it stead. The corporal took the bonnet from the prisoner, who then went away. On reaching the soldier it was found his boots had been taken from his feet, upon which Guthrie went after the prisoner whom he apprehended with the boots in his pocket. The account Barclay gave was that he had been drinking at the public house in Thames-street with the prisoner, and that they left the house together. He recollected nothing more until he found himself in the guard-room, when he came to his senses.

The prisoner said that the soldier gave him the boots and bonnet to dispose of in order to obtain more liquor , promising him a share of it.

The magistrates fully committed him for trial.

Wm.Hand, was charged with cruelly using a horse; and a boy named Thos.Garfoot was also charged with a similar act to the same horse.

According to the statement of the only witness Chas.Brown, a policeman, but very recently appointed to that situation, that he had several times seen Hand and also the boy unmercifully flogging the horse, particularly under the haunches, where there was a very raw place. In fact, he said, the horse was quite unfit to be used, he was in such a state. This morning his attention was called by a gentleman, who was a perfect stranger to him, and who desired him to report the defendant who had most cruelly flogged the horse, which he (the policeman) saw was in a very dreadful condition. That gentleman was not in attendance, nor did he know where to find him.

The Mayor said, it was a pity Brown had not procured the gentleman's name and address.

Dobson, the police sergeant said Brown was a stranger in Windsor, and did not know the inhabitants.

Brown added that he saw Hand's whip, the thong of which was covered with blood; since which time it had been washed and part of the thong cut off, to prevent any blood being seen on it now.

Hand denied severely flogging the horse. It was a stubborn animal and required some flogging, but it was quite fit for use. As for the wound it was frequently dressed but it always broke out again.

Mrs.Hand said the horse, which belonged to her, was a very stupid one.

Brown said, after all the flogging a man went up to the horse and patted him, after which he went away as quietly as possible.

The Mayor - Then you cannot say of your own knowledge which of the two, Hand or the boy, flogged the horse that morning ?

Brown said he could not.

Mr.Legh - There is no doubt the horse has been very cruelly used, but the question is by whom.

Hand - The horse had not had a beating to-day.

The magistrates clerk said, that did not matter, for Hand was equally liable to be fined for using a horse that was not fit for work.

Hand - But he is fit for work.

The bench adjourned the case until Thursday, desiring the policeman, Brown, to use every endeavour in the meantime to procure the attendance of the gentleman who called his attention to the state of the horse, or of any one else who saw either of the defendants flog the horse in the manner described.

[Before John Clode, Esq (Mayor), and W.Legh, Esq.]

Hand and the boy Garfoot again appeared before the magistrates, but it appeared that Brown had not been able to get any person who saw the defendants, or either of them, flog the horse.

The Mayor said to Hand that it was very fortunate for him that no one could be found who saw him illuse the animal.

Hand said he did not think any one could have seen him.

The Mayor said he had heard that for several years past Hand had behaved in a most shameful manner to this horse; and if he were again complained of and the case proved, this case would be remembered, and the heaviest punishment should be inflicted upon him.

Mr.Legh - In future let your own feelings prompt you to refrain from such cruelty to a dumb animal.

The case was then dismissed.

Eton Police - Wednesday
[Before the Rev.Thos Carter and Chas.Clowes, Esq.]

John Rose, the younger, and Richard Robinson, were charged with trespassing on the lands of Robert Thackthwaite, Esq., of Fulmar.

It appeared by the evidence of George Dance, in the employ of Mr.Thackthwaite, that on the 24th of December he saw the defendants by the side of a wood belonging to that gentleman. Rose had his coat off, and, with a stick, was grabbing in a rabbit hole, and Robinson was standing on the bank near him. Rose had sent a ferret in the hole. On seeing Dance they both left together, and after they were gone he (Dance) caught the ferret.

The magistrates clerk, on looking at the act of parliament, discovered that the information had been wrongly laid, for it charged the defendants with trespassing in the pursuit of game, whereas it should have been in pursuit of conies. After consulting with Mr.Thackthwaite, he said that if the defendants would consent to pay the costs the information would be withdrawn; and, in consideration of this being their first offence, that gentleman would not prefer another one, but if they refused to accede to that proposition, Mr.Thackthwaite was prepared to lay another information, when they would be put to a much greater expense.

The defendants gladly availed themselves of the alternative, and paying the costs between them, which amounted to 10s 9d, they thanked Mr.Thackthwaite for his lenity, and then left the court.

Wm.Peeble was also charged with trespassing on Mr.Thackthwaite's lands in pursuit of game.

Thos.Dance stated that, on the morning of Christmas day he saw the defendant in Mr.Thackthwaite's wood with a cur dog about the spot where several wires had been laid, in one of which was a hare. The defendant took up one of the wires and put it in his pocket, but seeing he was discovered ran away. Witness went up to the wire which had the hare in it, and set poor puss at liberty again.

The bench, in consideration of this being his first offence, fined the defendant 10s and 13s 3d costs, and in default of payment to be imprisoned six weeks.

Staines, Saturday January 8.
Literary Institution

A lecture was delivered by C.V.Walker, Esq., hon sec., to the London Electrical Society, upon "Electo-plating." The lecturer commenced by illustrating the fundamental laws of electro-chemical decomposition ; by means of voltaic batteries of the institution, which he converted into constant Daniel's, he demonstrated the chemical composition of water; and, by first using platinum, and then copper terminals, he traced the connection between that and the composition of metallic salts. He then, by the aid of a carefully devised set of diagrams, shewed that liquid, undergoing decomposition, gives evidence of the same only...

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