At Laurence Street, Drogheda on the 1st inst., the Lady of W. Rodger, Esq., of a Daughter.
At Coleraine, on Monday last, the lady of J.C.L. Carson, Esq., M.D., of a Son.
At Rokeby Green, Armagh, on the 6th inst., Mrs. J. M'CONNELL, of a Daughter.
On the 30th ult., the Lady of David Smyth, Esq., Strabane, of a Son.
Nov. 20, at Alfred Place, Alexander Square, Dublin, the Lady of W. Peyton, Esq., of Castle Carrow, Leitrim, of twin Sons.
Nov. 23, at East Mene, Isle of Wight, the Lady JANE SWINBURNE, of twin Sons.
On the 6th inst., at the house of the bride's father, Nelson Street, by the Rev. David Hamilton, Mr. THOS. FLETCHER, to JANE, youngest daughter of Mr. Samuel Galway, both of this town.
On the 30th ult., by the Rev. Isaac Adams of Ballylinney, Mr. RANDAL M'MURTRY, merchant, Belfast, to Miss JANE GALT, Sandymount, near Ballyclare.
On the 26th ult., in the Antrim Arms Hotel, Larne, by the Rev. J.G. M'Court, P.P., Glenarm, Captain WILLIAM M'CAMBRIDGE, to Miss MARGARET PARK, both of Glenarm.
On Wednesday, the 20th ult., at Clonallon Church, by the Rev. Mr. Savage, the Rev. HUNT JOHNSON, to JANE, youngest daughter of the late Savage Hall, of Narrow-water, Esq.
At Galway, by the Rev. W.G. Campbell, Wesleyan minister, the Rev. ROBT. HEWITT, Wesleyan minister of Comber, to ELIZA ISABELLA, youngest daughter of the late Captain M'Donald of Loughrea.
On the 3d inst., at Lisburn, WILSON GRAHAM, Esq., aged eighty-four years.
At his residence in Blackwatertown, on the morning of the 24th ult., Mr. JAMES HANNA, who from early life was a leading merchant there.
On the 2d inst., at 9, Leinster Terrace, Rathmines, ELLEN, wife of the Rev. J.T. Paul, and youngest daughter of the late Robert Holmes, Esq., Belfast.
On the morning of the 27th ult., at Brookfield, Blackrock, DOROTHEA, fourth daughter of the late Mr. James Morrow, Dungannon, county Tyrone.
In Cookstown, last week, MARGARET, the beloved wife of Mr. M'Geagh of that town.
On the 17th ult., after a few day's illness, Mr. ROBERT PATTERSON of Ballybunden, parish of Kilmood, in the seventieth year of his age.
Dec. 7, at Fort Singleton, county Monaghan, aged eighty-three years, ANNABELLA, relict of Thomas Singleton, Esq.
Sept. 6, at Nusseerabad, Central India, Captain JOHN ELPHINSTONE BRUERE, 13th Bengal Native Infantry, son-in-law of the gallant Brigadier-General Sir Robert and Lady Sale.
All that was waiting in the accounts last sent home, to make our intelligence from Affghanistan perfectly satisfactory, is supplied by those we now transmit. The report respecting the recovery of the whole of the prisoners, with the exception of Captain Bygrave, was officially confirmed, soon after the despatch of the mail; and it is now our pleasing task to state that Captain Bygrave has been rescued also. Thus, the main objects for which the march on Cabul was undertaken have all attained -- the Affghans have bit the dust on the scene of their former triumphs -- our flag has once more waved victoriously over the cities of Ghuznee and Cabul -- and our countrymen and countrywomen no longer endure the horrors of captivity. Our political connexion with the country now ceases. The troops are to be withdrawn, and the Affghans left to choose their own monarch.
By the last mail you were informed of the despatch of 700 Kuzzilbashes, with Lieutenant Sir Richmond Shakspear, to Bameean, in search of the prisoners, who have been removed thither by order of Akhbar Khan. It appears that, previous to the departure of this party, General Pollock had received intimation of their having made arrangements by which they hoped to effect their own liberation. The Kuzzilbashes, therefore, had only to assist them in carrying out their plans, and to protect them in their progress to the camp. A sum of 10,000 rupees (£1,000), was also sent, in the expectation that the pecuniary aid might possibly be required. Four days after the despatch of the Kuzzilbashes, who left on the 15th September, the day of General Pollock's arrival at Cabul, a force under Major-General Sale was directed to proceed to the Arghundee pass, in order to counteract any attempt that might be made to intercept the prisoners. These measures proved eminently successful.
The prisoners had been carried off from Cabul on the 25th August, and taken to Bameean, on the frontiers of Turkistan, where they arrived on the 3d of September. Captains Troup and Bygrave remained with Akhbar Khan; and Mrs. Trevor and family, Captain and Mrs. Anderson and children, and Dr. Campbell, stayed in Cabul, in consequence of the ill health of the ladies. The rest were, without exception, taken to Bameean. On the march thither, one or two of the officers conversed with Salih Mahomed, the commander of the escort, which consisted of about 300 infantry, respecting the escape of the captives, and at length offered him a las of rupees to deliver them up in safety. No decisive arrangement, however, was concluded; and, on the arrival of the party at their place of destination, they were placed in two miserable forts -- the ladies, officers, and children, occupying one, and the European soldiers the other.
Orders arrived on the 11th September for their departure to Kholoon. Salith Mahomed now called together the officers who had before spoken to him, and told them that he had received a message from Mohun Lall, at Cabul, to the effect that, if he would release the prisoners, General Pollock would reward him with a present of 20,000 rupees, and a pension of 1,000 rupees per month for life. He knew nothing, he said, of General Pollock; but, provided the officers and ladies would guarantee him similar compensation, he would at once restore them. His offer was closed with; the captives pledged themselves to pay the amount, should Government decline to do so, and a regular agreement was drawn up and signed. Salith Mahomed now hoisted his "flag of defiance," and acted in everyway as an independent chief. Hearing that the British troops were near Cabul, and expecting that, on the defeat of Akhbar Khan, he would proceed to Bameean, the prisoners remained in their strongholds, and made active preparations for sustaining a siege.News of the battle of Tezeen, however, arrived, and all fear of attack vanished. They now resolved to force their way to Cabul, and accordingly, on the 16th September, took their departure. Crossing the Kaloo mountains they halted near a place called Karzar, where they met the Kuzzilbashes, under Sir Richmond Shakspear; and two days afterwards the party was joined by General Sale and the force which had left Cabul on the 15th. The meeting of the captives with their friends is described to have been a most affecting sight, and to have drawn tears from every eye. One scene -- that between the gallant Sir H. Sale and his heroic wife, and widowed daughter, who had been eight months in captivity -- must be left to the imagination of the reader; no pen, we should think, could be trusted to depict the emotions excited by that blissful meeting. On the morning of the 21st they all arrived in camp, when a royal salute was fired, and the greatest joy everywhere prevailed.
The escape of the prisoners was a narrow one; and most fortunate is it that it was planned so opportunely, for the orders received from Akhbar Khan by Salith Mahomed, on the night when the latter was gained over, were to put to death such of the captives as were too weak to proceed to Kholoon ! while the fate intended for the survivors was, there call be no doubt, a life of horrible slavery in the wilds of Turkistan! Had the force, too, under General Sale, not been despatched to the Arghundoo Pass, they would probably have fallen into the hands of Sultan Jan, who was in hot pursuit. Subjoined is the official list of the captives recovered; they are 115 in all, and amongst them are thirty-four officers, nine ladies, and twenty-two children.
LIST OF PRISONERS RELEASED OF THE 21st OF SEPTEMBER, 1842.
Major-General Shelton, H.M.'s 44th Foot. Lieut.Colonel Palmer, 27th Bengal N.I.; Major Griffiths, 37th Bengal N.l. Captains -- Boyd, Commissariat; Johnson, ditto, S.S.F., 26th N.I.; Burnett, 54th Native Infantry; Souter, H.M.'s 44th Foot; Waller, Bengal Horse Artillery; Alston, 27th Native Infantry; Poett, ditto; Walsh, 52d Madras N.I.; Drummond, 3d Bengal L.C. Lieutenants -- Eyre, Bengal Artillery; Airey, H.M.'s 3d Buffs; Warburton, Bengal Artillery, S.S.F.; Webb, 38th Madras N.I., S.S.F.; Crawford, Bengal N.I., S.S.F.; Mein, H.M.'s 13th Light I.; Harris, 27th Bengal N.I.; Melville, 54th Bengal N.I.; Evans, H.M.'s 44th Foot. Ensigns -- Haughton, 31st Bengal N.I.; Williams, 27th Bengal N.I.; Nicholson, ditto, ditto. Conductor Ryley, Ordnance Commissariat; Surgeon Magrath, Assistant Surgeons Berwick and Thomson.
Ladies. -- Ladies Macnaghton and Sale. Mesdames -- Sturt, and one child; Mainwaring, ditto; Boyd, three children; Eyre, one child; Waller, two children. Conductor Ryley's wife, Mrs. Ryley, three children; Private Bourne's (13th Light Infantry) wife, Mrs. Bourne; Mrs. Wade, wife of Sergeant Wade.
Major Pottinger, Bombay Artillery. Captains Lawrence, 11th Light Cavalry, and Mackenzie, 48th Madras Native Infantry. Messrs. Fallon and Blewitt, clerks, not in the service.
Her Majesty's 44th Foot. -- Sergeants -- Wedlock, Weir, Fair. Corporals - Sumpter, Bevan. Drummers -- Higgins, Lovell, Branagan. Privates. -- Burns, Cresham, Cronin, Miller, Driscoll, Deroney, Duffy, Mathews, M'Dade, Marron, M'Carthy, M'Cabe, Nowlan, Robson, Seyburne, Shean, Tongue, Wilson, Durant, Arch, Stott, Moore, Marshall, Murphy, Cox, Robinson, Brady, M'Glynn. Boys. -- Grier and Millwood.
Her Majesty's 13th Light Infantry. -- Privates -- Binding, Murray, Magary, Monks, Maccullar, M'Connell, Cuff.
Bengal Horse Artillery. -- Sergeants M'Nee and Cleland. Gunners -- A. Hearn, Keane, and Dalton. Sergeant Wade, baggage sergeant to the Cabul mission.
(Signed) G. PONSOBY, Captain, Assistant-Adjutant-General.
This official notification bean the Signature of
R. C. SHAKSPEAR, Military Secretary.
T. H. MADDOCK, Secretary to the Government of India, with the Governor-General.
J. P. WILLOUGHBY, Secretary to Government.
Captains Troup and Bygrave were present with Akhbar Khan at the battle of Tezeen; on the dispersion of the enemy's forces the former made his escape, but Captain Bygrave (who was still lame from the effects of intense cold) remained with the Sirdar, by whom he was taken into the Kohistan. Here, however, he did not remain long; he arrived in the Cabul camp on the 27th September, having, it seems, been voluntarily released by Akhbar Khan.
Colonel Palmer's name you will perceive among the list of prisoners; it is in the highest degree gratifying to receive this assurance of the inaccuracy of the reports of his death which have been so long current. There seems little doubt that the Ghuznee prisoners were cruelly maltreated by the Affghans. The story of Colonel Palmer having been tortured is repeated, and it is said that the names of the wretches who committed these cruelties were left on the walls of the dungeons, and found there by General Nott.
I gave you in my last some details relative to the interment of several of the skeletons of our soldiers, discovered by our army in the passes near Jugdulluck. From the comparatively small number of these, it is believed that the massacre was in reality far less extensive than has hitherto been supposed. One writer estimates the number of men who have already returned to India at 3,000, and states that 4,000 to 6,000 are believed to be still in existence, scattered amongst the hills and villages of Affghanistan. Nor does this appear an exaggerated view, for as many as 1,200 sepoys, camp followers, &c., who formerly belonged to our army, were found in a state of utter destitution, soliciting charity in the streets of Cabul; and there is every reason to suppose that in other places considerable numbers may still exist.
By the last accounts, General Pollock had not left Cabul, but preparations were making for the departure of the force, which, it was expected, would march on the 10th or 12th of October. The General has not been idle during his stay. On the 25th of September, the enemy having assembled a large force in the vicinity of Charekar, in the Kohistan, it was determined to attack them, and the following force was accordingly placed under the command of Brigadier M'Gaskill, for the purpose of conducting the necessary operations:--
ARTILLERY. -- Captain Backhouse's Mountain Train; Captain Blood's battery of 9-pounders (Bombay); two 18-pounders.
CAVALRY. -- Head-quarters, and two squadrons her Majesty's 3d Light Dragoons; 1st squadron 1st Light Cavalry; Captain Christie's corps of cavalry.
INFANTRY. -- Brigadier Tulloch's Brigade, with the addition of Captain Broadfoot's Sappers and Miners, and the exception of the 60th Native Infantry; Brigadier Stacey's Brigade.
These troops encamped about four miles from the town of Istaleef, on the 28th. The Affghan levies were strong and numerous, and headed by "the infamous Ameen Cola Khan Loguree, Khaojee Ameer, Khoteval, Hazin Khan (an assassin of Sir Alexander Burnes), Hazir Alle Khan, Khuleefa Kohiston." Istaleef was found to be an extremely strong position, and the Affghans had evidently deemed in inaccessible, "having retained within the town the wives and children, not only the inhabitants, but thousands of the refugees from Cabul." The troops (formed into two columns of attack and reserve) marched soon after daylight, and boldly proceeded to the attack of this difficult position. The opposition was determined, but nothing could withstand the perservering courage of our force, and the besieged were at length put to flight, and the city and its defenses won. The town was set to fire, after such supplies as it was considered would be of service to us had been removed. Our loss was trifling -- six killed and forty-five wounded. Among the former is Lieutenant Evans of her Majesty's 41st Foot; and, among the latter, Lieutenant Richardson of the Horse Artillery; Lieutenant and Adjutant Spencer, 26th Native Infantry; Lieutenant Lister, her Majesty's 9th; and Captain Broadfoot of the Sappers. Two brass field-pieces were captured from the enemy, together with a vast deal of property that had been plundered from us in 1841.
It was at first said that the above expedition was for the double purpose of seizing Akhbar Khan, and procuring supplies for the troops fat Cabul; but, from the tenor of the despatch, it is evident these were not the main objects the General had in view. That General Pollock has received orders from Lord Ellen to gain possession, if possible, of the Sirdar's person, we have little doubt; but there does not seem much likelihood of success, unless, indeed -- which is not improbable -- some traitor -- a second Salith Mahomed -- should betray him into our hands. Some writers assert that Lord Ellen will certainly have Akhbar hanged, if participation in the guilt of the massacre at Khoord-Cabul be fully proved against him. This would be no more than justice; but we do not think that his assassination of Sir W. M'naghten would be of sufficient alone to condemn him. The return of General M'caskill to Cabul was expected to take place on the 6th of October, and on the 10th it was supposed the first division of our force would march from the city; the two other divisions to follow respectively on the 12th and 14th. On the first arrival of our troops, it was thought Cabul would be left standing; and an order issued by General Pollock, prohibiting both officers and soldiers from entering the city, for fear of the inhabitants being molested, or the place injured, seemed to countenance the idea. The General's object was, however, merely to prevent the interception of supplies, which it was evident must follow the commission of any serious outrage by the soldiery. When enough provisos for the troops during their stay at Cabul, and march to Gundamuck, had been collected, the destruction of the city was commenced; and, from our most recent accounts, it appeared that the work of demolition was being actively proceeded with. The Bala Hissar, it was said, would be blown up, and the great bazaar levelled with the ground. There is a report that Futteh Jung, already tired of the cares of state, and, perhaps, apprehensive of a speedy downfall on our quitting Cabul, has determined on yielding up his briefly-held authority, and abandoning his perilous throne for a snug residence at Lodianah, and a pension of a lac or two of rupees per annum. Will the British Government give it him? Some other chiefs, too, have, it is said, expressed a similar desire to retire from the turmoil of active life, and accept our kind protection. A pretty band of pensioners shall we have if our compliance extends thus far!
Sufficient provisions, &c., for the whole of the Cabul force for five days have been collected at Gundamuck; and, at Jellalabad, enough had been collected to carry the army on to Attock, so that no apprehensions on this score need be entertained.
At Istaleef a good number of baggage-cattle were captured, and the commissariat officers at Cabul had succeeded in purchasing some hundreds of camels and mules are now available at Jellalabad, and a great many have been sent on to Gundamuck for the use of the force as it retires. Thus, our troops will be able to move with the greatest facility, and will no doubt easily overcome the very slight opposition they may expect to meet with. All has been pretty quiet at Gundamuck, with the exception of the plundering forays of the Seikh detachment stationed there. These lawless desperadoes burned to the ground, in one day, four large villages, driving the inhabitants to the hills, and seizing all the valuable property that came in their way.
The force at Jellalabad had encamped outsidethe fortress, which was to be destroyed as soon as orders arrived from the General. Sickness was prevalent. Three hundred of the Seikhs had left for Peshawaur, and preparations were making for the departure of the remainder.
The right wing of the 64th Native Infantry, stationed at Dhakka, has suffered most severely from sickness.
There has also boon much sickness at Cabul, but the officers have generally escaped. The weather, by our last advices, was becoming extremely cold, and snow had begun to fall on some of the mountains.
LORD ELLENBOBOROUGH'S PROCLAMATION. -- By a proclamation issued at Simla on the 1st October, by the Right Honourable the Governor-General, it is declared that the British army, in possession of Affghanistan, will be withdrawn to the Sutledj, and the Affghans left to choose a Sovereign for themselves, "amidst the anarchy which is the consequence of their crimes."
THE BRITISH ARMY IN AFFGHANISTAN. -- The following notification, announcing the honours Lord Ellenborough is about to confer on the brave troops who have served in Affghanistan, will be read with much interest and satisfaction. Some complaint will doubtless be made, however, respecting the donation of six months' batta, which amount can by no means be sufficient to compensate either officers or men for their losses, or to recompense them for their trials and privations:--
GENERAL ORDERS BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA.
Simla, October 4, 1842. -- The Governor-General, earnestly desirous of evincing the gratitude of the Government of India towards the general officers, officers, and non-commissioned officers and privates, engaged in the operations of the present campaign in Affghanistan, is pleased, after communicating with his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, to declare the following resolutions:--
1. All the general officers, officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates, serving under the command of Major-General Pollock, of Major-General Nott, and of Major-General England, between Attock and Ali Musjid, and in and above the Khyber pass, and in and above the Bolan pass, on the 8th of September, shall receive a donation of six months' batta, payable on the 1st of January, 1843.
2. In perpetual commemoration of their distinguished services, the 2d and 16th regiments of Bengal Native Infantry shall be hereafter regiments of grenadiers, and the 38th, 42d, and 43d regiments of Bengal Native Infantry shall be hereafter regiments of light infantry.
3. The Regiment of Bengal Irregular Infantry, lately known as the 3d Regiment of Infantry in the service of Shah Shoojah, shall, in consideration of the valour, discipline, and fortitude manifested by that regiment on many occasions, and especially in the defence of Kelat-i-Ghilzie, continue embodied under its present commandant, Captain J. H. Craigie, and be brought on the strength of the Bengal army as an extra regiment, and be denominated the "Regiment of Kelat-i-Ghilzie." The future establishment of the Regiment of Kelat-i-Ghilzie, and other details consequent on this resolution, will be made known in a separate order.
4. Major-General Nott will communicate to the Governor-General the designations of every corps engaged in the several actions with the enemy in the vicinity of Candahar, between the 1st of January and the 10th of August, 1842, specifying the particular actions in which such corps were engaged; and the Major-General will state which of such corps are, in his judgment, entitled to bear hereafter the word "Candahar" upon their standards or colours and appointments, in commemoration of their services.
To such corps of the Indian army as the Major-General may name, the honour of so bearing the word "Candahar" will be immediately accorded by the Governor-General.
5. The several corps of the Indian army which on the 6th of September occupied Ghuznee, and the several corps which on the 16th of September and the following days occupied Cabul, will hereafter bear upon their standards or colours and appointments the word "Ghuznee" and "Cabul" respectfully, with the figures "1842" underwritten.
The several corps under Major-General Nott, which reached Cabul subsequently to the 16th of September, will be equally entitled with the troops previously occupying that city to the honour of bearing the word "Cabul," with the figures "1842" underwritten, upon their standards or colours and appointments.
6. Major-General Pollock will communicate to the Governor-General the designations of the corps under his command, which were engaged in the operations preceding the occupation of Cabul, but did not advance to that city, and will name such of those corps as he may deem entitled to bear the word "Cabul," with the figures "1842" underwritten, upon their Standards or colours and appointments, as having contributed to the capture of that city by their previous service in this campaign; and to such corps, being on the Indian army, as the Major-General may so name, the honour of so bearing the word "Cabul" will be immediately accorded by the Governor-General.
7. To every general officer, officer, non-commissioned officer, and private, present on the occasions above-mentioned in action with the enemy, in the vicinity of Candahar, will be presented a silver medal, inscribed, "Candahar, 1842;" and to every general officer, officer, non-commissioned officer, and private, present with the army under Major-General Nott, in the operations leading to the capture of Ghuznee and the occupation of Cabul, will be presented a similar silver medal, inscribed "Ghuznee, Cabul, 1842." Where the same person shall be entitled to both distinctions, one medal only will be presented, and such medal will be inscribed "Candahar, Ghuznee, 1842." Major-General Nott will transmit to the Governor-General nominal lists of the several general officers, officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates, so entitled respectively.
8. Major-General Pollock will transmit to the Governor-General a nominal list of the general officers, officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates, present in action with the enemy, in the several operations of his army leading to the occupation of Cabul, and to every person named in such list, a silver medal will be presented, inscribed, "Cabul, 1842." On the reverse of these several medals will be inscribed the words "Victoria, Vindex."
9. To every officer, non-commissioned officer, and private, present within Kelat-i-Ghilzie, and forming part of the garrison thereof, during the late investment and blockade of that fort, will be presented a silver medal hearing a mural crown, with the super-scription of "Kelat-i-Ghilzie," and on the reverse the word "Invicta, 1842."
TWO MEN COMMITTED UPON A CHARGE OF CONSPIRACY TO MURDER -- Two men named John Kavanagh and James farrell of Rhanna, in this county, were arrested on the night of 20th November, by Mr. Hill, Sub-Inspector, and a party of the constabulary from New Ross, and committed to Carlow jail, on a charge of conspiracy to murder Valentine Egan, steward to Mr. Byrne of Rosemount, county Wexford. -- Carlow Sentinel.
Sir Valentine Blake, M.P., urging the eligibility of Galway for a packet station, informs Sir R. Peel the passage between North America and Galway has been effected in six days!
ABSENTEE BISHOP. -- The Lord Bishop of Tuam, eldest son of Lord Plunkett, intends, it is said, to make a stay on the Continent for the space of three years.
NEW BISHOPRIC. -- The Ecclesiastical Commissioners recommend that a new Diocese be formed -- viz., the Diocese of Manchester.
FLAGRANT DISLOYALTY OF THE DUBLIN CORPORATION. -- On Tuesday last, that worthy body, the Dublin Corporation, rejected, by a majority of 18 to 12, a resolution expressing satisfaction at the termination of hostilities in the East, and thanking the leading British officers concerned, for their services! Some shamefully disloyal sentiments were uttered in the speeches of the majority on the occasion -- which majority is termed "glorious" by the Freeman's Journal, while those who dared to rejoice in the late triumphs of British arms are denounced as "anti-Irish." If this does not verge upon treason, we are at a loss to know what does.
THE CONSTABULARY. -- His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, at the instance of those immediately in charge of the Constabulary force, has issued an order that in future persons not previously in the Police Force in Ireland are not to be appointed to the office of Sub-Inspector. The course to be adopted is, that persons entitled top such office shall proceed to the Constabulary Depot in the metropolis, and, after passing an inspection of the surgeon of that department, will be permitted to volunteer into the reserved force as cadets. They will then be entitled to the pay of Constables, wearing the uniform of Sub-Inspectors, and occupying Sub-Inspectors' apartments; but, should a necessity arise to draft men from the reserved force into the country, they will have to do duty as Constables. When vacancies occur, they will, according to their good conduct while cadets, be promoted to be Sub-Inspectors. It is expected that the best results will follow this arrangement, the most important of which is that it will prevent inexperienced men from getting the charge of parties in the force. -- Cork Constitution.
ROBBERY OF THE CASTLECOMER MAIL. -- On Wednesday morning se'ennight, as the post-boy was proceeding from Castlecomer to Ballyragget, with the Durrow and Ballyragget mail-bags, he was stopped by two men, about two miles from Castlecomer, and deprived of the bags. They were subsequently found on a limeskin near the spot; one bag was untouched, and the other opened, but the letters sustained no injury.
DEATH OF THE COUNTESS OF HOWTH. -- This event took place on Monday, at the house of her Ladyship's mother, the Countess of Clanricarde, in Dominik Street, Dublin. She fell victim to the measles.
MATRIMONIAL AFFAIR. -- A love affair that appeared this week in the papers will find something to do for the bar. The gallant Captain Goslin, of the 84th regiment, came over from Chatham, at the desire of Miss H., to be married. The dresses were made up, and the hour fixed, when the fair one gave the Captain the slip, and went off with an old lover, a Mr. F., whom her friends had discarded. It appears that her father had left her fifty thousand pounds fortune. It is said that Captain G. is about to institute a suit for breech of promise of marriage against H---------g [sic]. -- Limerick Chronicle.
ALLEGED EMBEZZLEMEMENT AT THE CORK POST OFFICE. -- An investigation, directed by the post office authorities, took place to-day at the post office, into certain charges of embezzlement of letters, said to have been deposited in the Cork post office. Four letters, containing half-notes for £798 10s. are missing. The clerks belonging to the office underwent examinations as to the internal arrangements for conducting business, to prove that each had his own department of business, and that one never interfered with the other. From what was elicited, Captain White thought that active measures ought at once to be taken to follow up the inquiry, as, otherwise, the affair having now got abroad, the ends of justice might be defeated. The matter stands in this state at present. -- Cork Reporter of Saturday.
Mr. Pat. Lalor of Tinnakil, late M.P. for the Queen's County, is about to emigrate, with his family, to North America.
IMPORTANT POOR RATE APPEAL. -- At the Middleton Sessions, on Wednesday se'ennight, an important case was brought before the Assistant-Barrister, Mr. Baldwin, and a full bench of Magistrates. The question to be tried was -- in the present rate-books of the Guardians certain columns are left blank. These are the columns for specification of landlords' repairs, landlords' insurance, and the gross annual value column. By the 65th section of the Poor Law Act, it is contended that, under the Municipal Act it is mandatory, on the proper officers to have these columns filled up. As they have not done so, it is contended that the whole rate struck was illegal, and, if so, the question was, whether the old rate of the 22d of August should not be quashed, and a new rate struck, in books with the proper columns legally filled up. The Barrister decided that the Court had jurisdiction to entertain the matter. The case was then argued pro. and con. for six hours and a half. At the conclusion, the Barrister said -- "There is much difficulty in the case, and i am exceedingly embarrassed relative to it. I shall take time to deliver judgment, as the question is a most important one." The amount of the poor rate on which the judgment depends is £9,800.
Applications to ADMIT TO BAIL. -- An unsuccessful application was made in the Queen's Bench Chambers, Dublin, on Saturday, to admit to bail William Harrison, late master of the brig Minerva, of Carrickfergus, and now confined in our County Jail, on a charge of the homicide of one of his crew, in Belfast Lough -- an occurance recently noticed in our paper. On the same day, James Gray of Ballibay was released from Newgate, where he had been imprisoned on a charge of subornation of perjury -- on providing securities, himself of £100, and two sureties in £50 each -- the recognisances to be perfected at Petty Sessions in Castleblayney. Sam. Gray of Ballibay, who has been admitted to bail from confinement in the jail of Monaghan, where he stood charged with shooting at James Cunningham, has returned to the "York Hotel," Ballibay.
Sir William Jones, after a deliberate and long investigation, decides that the Affghans are Jews, decended from the ten tribes, and records a prediction among them, and in his time current in the East, that they are destined to re-establish the Jewish empire, under their expected Messiah, at Jerusalem.
THIS SEASON. -- A pair of swallows have been seen in this neighbourhood within the last week. In the grounds of Thomas Greg, Esq., J.P. of Ballymenoch, a thrush, a few days since, recommended its tuneful notes; and sparrows are daily observed as assiduously engaged in constructing nests as if the month was smiling May instead of bleak December. -- A Correspondent.
MILLISLE (NEAR DONAGHADEE).
DEATHS FROM INTOXICATION. -- We had two deaths by intoxication here during the last week. The first victim was a young man called Meikle. Having drunk too freely of a cask of gin which was cast ashore by the tide, on Monday morning, he died that night. The second victim was Thomas Ferries of Ballycopeland. He got partially drunk in a public house on the same morning, and subsequently joined with others in trying the merits of the cheap gin. He lingered till two o'clock on Friday morning. Meikle was engaged with Ferries as a servant. They lived together; they were accustomed occasionally to get drunk together; and they departed almost together to the bar of judgment, to try whether drunkards can inherit the kingdom of God. The one has left a father and mother, and the other a wife and mother, to mourn their loss, and tremble for their fate. Will the companions of the departed drink on, in blind defiance of this awful warning? Will the communicants in the churches to which the departed professed to belong, take no means of discountenancing the spirit-drinking custom, upon which God is every day frowning his disapprobation, and upon which none but the publican, the distiller, and the drunkard can smile? -- A Correspondent.
THE LATE ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE FRANCIS WATSON, Esq. -- We are highly gratified to learn that twelve individuals are in custody, charged with being concerned in the recent atrocious outrage at the house of F. Watson, Esq., of Lakeview, near Lurgan (and which we were the first to make public). Informations have been sworn against these wretches (who are known to have been active in getting up the recent "Tommy Downshire" meetings), for having bound themselves by a solemn oath to murder not only Mr. Watson, but also Messrs. M'Keown, Johnston, and M'Caw, who had become obnoxious to them. The following is from our own Correspondent in Lurgan:-- "The magistrates, in conjunction with Head Constable Guthrie, of the Lurgan Police, have been very busily engaged, for the last few days, in tracing the cause and perpetrators of this disgraceful and cowardly outrage. The investigation being strictly private, nothing has yet transpired, save that twelve individuals have been committed to Bridewell, on suspicion of being concerned in it. In our next we hope to be able to communicate to the public the result of their final examination, and that a very large sum has been subscribed in Lurgan and the neighbourhood, for the same purpose; but, in our opinion, the rewards are too low to be effectual. At least £250 or £300 should have been offered."
CONFIRMED THIEF. -- Some time ago, a female named Spears was committed to Derry jail for theft, after trial at Coleraine sessions, and remained there for some months. On Friday last, her term being expired, she came back to Coleraine, and was not two hours there until she was arrested by Head Constable Jenkins, for a fresh theft. The Barrister had stated at last committal, that should she ever come again before him for the most trivial theft, he would transport her. We have heard that she has been twice in Carrickfergus jail, thrice in Derry, and also been in confinement in Belfast. -- From our Correspondent.
On Thursday last, a man named Jacob Leighton, resident in Coleraine, was severely beaten in Ballymoney market, by a man named Young, who has since been arrested. The affray arose out of some dispute respecting the pending Coleraine election. -- Ibid.
FLAX. -- It gives us great pleasure to be able to state, that the silver medal of the Royal Agricultural Society for Ireland, adjudged for the finest sample of flax, has been awarded to a farmer in this district. The fortunate grower of a flax is Mr. Andrew Gourley, of Tober O'Neill, in the parish of Lifford. The flax was sold in September last to Messrs. Herdman & Co., of Sion Mills, near Strabane; and, as they considered it the finest lot of Irish flax they had ever seen, they gave a sample to M. Demann, the Belgian agriculturist, when he visited their establishment. He exhibited it in Belfast at the general meeting of the Flax Improvement Society, and the committee awarded the medal to the grower. Mr. Gourley is a tenant on Lord Erne's estate; so that his Lordship's praise-worthy exertions appear not to have been lost on his tenantry. -- Derry Standard.
WOMAN FOUND DEAD. -- On the 17th ultimo, a woman of the name Rose M'Cormick was found lying dead on the road side, near Lisnacraig, Gortin. an inquest was held on the body, and verdict come to was, "Died of cold and fatigue."
CORN STACK BURNED. -- On the night of the 23d ultimo, a corn stack, the property of William Miller, Aghadooish, Upper Badoney, was consumed by fire. It is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary, originating from some family disputes.
PORT OF BELFAST.
ARRIVED, December 2. -- Tartar (steamer), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Fanny, O'Neill, Newry, stoves; Edward and James, Cowan, Liverpool, salt; Venus, Mearns, Riga, flaxseed; Ardent, Markey, London, general cargo; Devonshire (steamer), Mills, Dublin, goods and passengers; Falcon (steamer), Gowan, Liverpool, goods and passengers. -- 4. Antelope (st.), M'Pherson, Carlisle, goods and passengers; Hope, Macferran, Liverpool, Liverpool, salt; Countess of Lonsdale (steamer), Whitehaven, goods and passengers; John and Eliza, M'Donnell, Liverpool, salt. -- 5. Ruby, Rodgers, Larne, flour; Bee, Howard, Bristol, general cargo; Octavia, Hodgson, Liverpool, salt; Adelaide, Owens, Drogheda, oatmeal. -- 6. Aurora (steamer), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Birmingham (steamer), Church, Dublin, goods and passengers; O___once, Bowen, Smyrna, valonia?, &c.; Reindeer (steamer), Liverpool, goods and passengers. -- 7. Hope, Scott, Liverpool, salt; Alice, Preston, Liverpool, general cargo; Unity, Whitehead, Liverpool, salt.
SAILED, December 2. -- Aurora (steamer), Anderson, Glasgow, goods and passengers. -- Athlone (steamer), Davies, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Elizabeth, M'Ferran, Honfleur, yarn. -- 4. Good Design, Gunn, Wick, general cargo; Tartar (steamer), Stewart, Glasgow, goods and passengers; Devonshire (steamer), Mills, London, goods and passengers. -- Falcon (st.), Gowan, Liverpool, goods and passengers; Antelope (steamer), M'Pherson, Carlisle, goods and passengers; Countess of Lonsdale (steamer), Lamb, Whitehaven, goods and passengers; Emilia, Milero, Liverpool, fruit, &c.; William, Montgomery, Alicante, general cargo.
DEPARTURES OF STEAMERS.
For Liverpool, the Athlone, Davies, to-morrow, at two o'clock afternoon.
For Dublin, the Birmingham, Church, on Wednesday, at six o'clock evening.
For Greenock and Glasgow, the Tartar, Stewart, to-day, at two o'clock afternoon.
A steam-ship sails for London, calling at Dublin, Falmouth, Plymouth, and Southampton, on Monday, at four o'clock afternoon.
For Stranraer, the Maid of Galloway, Hawell, on Tuesday, December 13, at nine o'clock morning.
For Carlisle, the Antelope, M'Pherson, on Tuesday, at four O'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool from Strangford Lough, the Hercules, Talbot, to-morrow, at three o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool, from Derry, the Maiden City, on Friday, December 9, at twelve o'clock noon; and from Liverpool for Derry, on Tuesday, at seven o'clock morning.
For Glasgow, from Derry, the St. Columb, on Tuesday, at seven o'clock, morning; and from Glasgow for Derry, the Londonderry, on Monday, at one o'clock afternoon.
For Liverpool from Dundalk, the Finn Mac Coul, Hutcheson, on Tuesday, at six o'clock evening.
At this port from Riga, the Sisters, of Aberdeen, Gibbs, with flaxseed, hemp, mats, &c. -- Joseph Abbot, consignee.
At this port from Quebec, the Rosebank, of Belfast, Montgomery, with timber, deals, staves, lathywood, &c. -- Joseph Hind, agent; John Dunn, consignee.
At this port from Lisbon, the Faith, of Dartmouth, Wakeham, with wine, oranges, onions, corktree bark, &c. -- Richardson, Brothers, & Co., consignees.
At this port from Riga, the Venus, of Montrose, Mearns, with flaxseed, flax, and mats. -- Joseph Hind, agent.
At Elismore, 24th ultimo, the Flora, Sheilds, from Riga to this port.
At Newry from St. John, N.B., 1st instant, the Agnes and Ann, M'Farlane.
From this port for Barbadoes, 6th instant, the Emulous, of Belfast, Mackay, with a general cargo.
From Liverpool for Bombay, 4th instant, the Corea, of Belfast, Kerr.
From Liverpool for New Orleans, 5th instant, the Araminta, of Belfast.
At Valparaiso from St. Antonio, August 7th, the Martha, of Belfast, Wilson; and sailed thence on the 13th, for Sydney, N.S.W.
From Messina, for this port, 7th ultimo, the Tallyho, Rowe.
At Bristol from Liverpool, 4th instant, the Great Western steamer.
At St. John, N.B., from Derry, 24th ultimo, the Prudence, Bridgen.
From Belfast Lough, 2d instant, the Helen, Mearns, from Quebec to Portaferry.
From Beaumaris for this port, 3d instant, the Isabella, Dawson.
From North Sheilds, for this port, 2d instant, the Thomas, of Belfast.
At Ramsgate, 1st instant, the Eliza, M'Veigh, from London for Newry.
Passed Port Royal, Jamaica, October 31, the Peninghame, of Belfast, Green, from Liverpool to Vera Cruz; all well -- out forty-seven days.
DUNDEE, November 30. -- The Jay, of this port, Chapman, from Charleston, is wrecked near Elbow-end Bank; crew and part of materials saved.
WELLS, November 30. -- The Moscow, of Whitby, Wilson, which got ashore, near this place, 14th instant, has been condemned, and sold.
HALIFAX, November 7. -- The Sesostris, from Miramichi to England, was ashore near Merigonish, 3d instant.
PRINCE EDWARD'S ISLAND, November 5. -- The Eliza, of and from London, for Quebec, struck on Anticosti, 3d ultimo, and sank; three persons drowned.
QUEBEC, November 4. -- The Sir George Prevost, of Newry, Savage, Hence to Bristol;, is ashore on the rocks, at Port-au-Bassain, and a great deal of water in her hold, and must discharge, to repair.
ELSINORE, November 26. -- The Minerva, Mitchell, from St. Petersburg to Belfast, struck on the Feroe Islands, sprang a leak, and was abandoned, in a sinking state; crew saved.
LOSS OF H.M.S. "FORMIDABLE" -- BARCELONA, Nov. 30. -- The British ship of war Formidable, of 84 guns, has been wrecked yesterday, near the mouth of the Llobregat -- crew and part of materials saved. The steam-frigate Geyser was sent this morning, to take her off the sand-bank on which she is imbedded; her success is uncertain.
CRONSTADT, November 16. -- The gale of last night appears to have cleared the channel of ice entirely, as none is to be seen from hence; towards the north there is still ice along the shore. Of the ships that sailed, six have returned and brought up off the London Chest. The Xenophon, bound to Hull, has again put to sea.
HAMBURG, November 29. -- The light ship at Schuiden has returned to her station. The weather has been milder for the last three days, with frequent fogs, and the ice is very much dispersed. Wind to-day W.
ARCHANGEL, November 3. -- The Dwina was covered with ice last night, and the White Sea has been interupted.
NIEU DIEP, November 29. -- The British schooner, Richmond, from Rio de la Hatch to Amsterdam, with a cargo of dyewood went ashore near the lighthouse of Ryduin, last night, and is high and dry; the materials are being landed; the masts have been cut away, and it is hoped the cargo may be saved; the ship is reported to have gone to pieces.
WEYMOUTH, December 2. -- A figure-head, representing a rifleman, (but the head broken off) with a green coat trimmed with gold lace, the rifle broken, and red small-clothes (supposed to belong to a ship called the Rifleman), has come ashore here.
BRISTOL, December 3. -- The Nora Creina steamer ran foul of the Active, from Bridgewater, in the river last night, and both received considerable damage.
The wreck of a brig with topmast gone, and nearly under water, with a launen on deck, and a dead body floating near, is reported to have been passed off the Cape of Good Hope.
PILLAU, November 22. -- It has blown a continued gale from W. to N. for the last two days. The Caroline Marie, from Konigsberg, which was near Perse, has been got off.
STEETIN, November 27. -- The navigation of the river is stopped by ice. The weather has been very mild since yesterday.
Put into Tobermory, 1st instant, the Hope, M'Millan, from Larne to Fisherrow, making much water, and was hauled on the beach to repair.
BERWICK, December 2. -- The Corinth, Thompson, from Sheilds to Alemouth, has been driven ashore on Holy Island, bottom up, and with the greater part of the cargo washed out; crew supposed to be drowned.
ELSINORE, November 29. -- The Elizabeth, Gibson, from Dantzic to London, struck on Falsterbo Reef, 25th instant, and is expected to become a wreck; cargo expected to be saved.
The Belvedere, of Belfast, Stephenson, from Bombay to Macao, with a cargo of cotton and opium, valued at £75,000, was destroyed by fire, at Singapore, early in October. -- Shipping Gazette. [This fine vessel, the property of Mr. T. G. Folingsby and others, was about three years old, and registered 608 tons. She has been upwards of two years in the East India trade. Her commander was an experienced navigator. One account states that she had pearls, value for a large amount, on board, and that she was insured for £100,000.]
COLTORSAY, ISLAND OF ISLAY, November 29. -- The Aisthorpe, Warwick, from St. John, New Brunswick, to Dundalk, in coming into Lochindaul, last night, struck on a rock, and became so leaky that she was obliged to be run aground.
BRIDPORT, December 4. -- A leg of a table, handsomely carved, parts of two paddle-boxes, and a piece of board, apparently the cover of a box, marked on the top in white paint "L. Liverpool F.," have been washed ashore near this.
ALEXANDRIA, November 21. -- The John and Ann, of Belfast, Houler, which left Malta on the 27th October, was wrecked on the evening of the 1st November, about 250 miles to the westward of this port, having struck on some sunken rocks, about three or four miles distant from the shore. The masts immediately went overboard; one of the ship's boats was washed overboard, and the other was so much damaged as to be rendered unfit for sea. One of the sailors attempted to swim ashore on a plank, but has not since been heard of. The others (master, mate, and four men) prepared a raft, which was launched, but almost immediately broken to pieces by the sea; another was got ready, and on this they managed to reach the shore, all safe. They had scarcely, however, been any time on land, before they were seen by a tribe of Bedouins, who attacked and plundered them of almost everything they had, even of their clothes. They wandered about for two days and nights, and at last reached another encampment of Bedouins, were they were most hospitably received, and got something to eat and drink; but the master, a man of seventy, was so overcome by the fatigue of his previous wanderings, that he died of exhaustion. A few of the tribe having volunteered to conduct them to Alexandria, they borrowed camels from the others, and arrived here on the 19th instant. The mate and sailors have each received a suit of clothes from the Consulate, and are lodged at a low Greek coffee-house, at the expense of the British Government. [The above vessel was the property of Mr. John Hanlon of this town, and registered 120 tons.]
STEAM-BOAT ACCIDENT. -- On Friday night, the Devonshire steamer, belonging to the British and Irish Steam-packet Company, was proceeding from Dublin to Belfast, when she met the Eclipse steam-boat, from Strangford to Wexford, and a fearful collision took place between them. The Devonshire is a powerful vessel, and was bearing down with full steam up, when she was discovered by the Eclipse, which is small, although very stout. Her captain cried to the steersman to put his helm a-port; but, in a moment after, the stern of the Devonshire struck his bowsprit, having come in contact with the foremast of the Eclipse, smashed it across and it fell with a tremendous crash near where the captain was standing. After the first collision at the stern, it appeared that a second took place at the other end, for the taffrail, wheel, and rudder of the Eclipse are smashed into fragments. Her hull, however, escaped almost miraculously, and she was towed up the next morning to Sir John Rogerson's quay. She had on board eight or ten passengers, and two of the crew of the Echo, which was wrecked at the North Rocks, on the coast of Down. -- Morning Register.
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NOTICE TO MARINERS. -- LOUISBURG LIGHT, ON CAPE BRETON ISLAND. -- A light-house has been erected on the eastern side of the entrance of Louisburg, sixty fathoms in shore, in lat. 54. N., and long. 59. 50.
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The insurance offices calculate, that of the immense sacrifice of life in the baking trade, the average age of those engaged in the trade does not exceed thirty-three years.