The Queen and Prince Albert enjoyed the rural pleasures of Balmoral with continued diligence till their departure on Thursday morning.
The Perth Courier of Thursday informs us, that since her Majesty's ascent of Ben-na-bourd, her two greatest and most interesting excur- sions " have been her visits to Loch Muick, and to the loch of Lochnagar. The Queen's retirement to the solitude of Loch Muick is picturesquely contrasted with the prominency and pompous circumstance of her life of state.
" An excellent carriage-road has recently been made from Balmoral over the hills to Loch Muick, a distance of six or seven miles. Loch Muick lied in the bottom ef a large oblong hollow, the steep green sides of which are formed by the hills of Glenmuick on the one side and a shoulder of Lochna- gar on the other; and the beautifully curved outline of this immense basin is only broken by a few narrow dark defiles, through which the various mountain streamlets that feed the lake i brittle' along, with that peculiar clear murmur we only find in the Highland burn that threads a lonely glen. After sailing about for a number of hours in her elegant open boat upon this delightful lake, her Majesty and Prince Albert, accompanied only by two or three Highlanders, retired for the night to the curious though comfortable thatched hut, built for their convenience almost close to its shore. Next morning, at an early hour, they retraced their steps to Balmoral, evidently highly delighted with their somewhat romantic excursion."
In ascending " dark Lochnagar," the burn of Glcngelder was traced upward; by a steep climb of nearly two miles, till the loch of Lochnagar itself was reached. The loch is "simply a small Highland tarn, almost surrounded by immense rocks rising perpendicularly to the height of 1200 feet" ; and so frowningly overhanging the tam, that you would think them about to close down instantly and obliterate it for ever. On most of the succeeding days the Queen and Prince Albert rode into the woods-towitness "drives" of the doer, tbrthe purpose of " stalking!'
The Queen and Prince Albert left Balmoral on Thursday morning at eight o'clock, and proceeded down the Dee-side, through Ballater, Aboyne, ' and- llanchory, to the railway station at Stonehaven. Lord James. Hay and the gentry-of the neighbourhood received the Royal party ; which. halted-here and took luncheon
The railway from Stonehaven brought the travellers to Edinburgh at twenty minutes before seven. Preparations-had been made to give a loyal welcome; and among the features of the demonstration, at once to nulli- fied the rejoicing and to light the way of the cavalcade to Retread; was a bonfire -artistically piled to the height- of forty feet over a hearth laid -down upon Arthur's Seat The blazing mass consisted of thirty tons of --eoal;evast tpuuttity. of woodeaturated withoil and turpentine, ands thou- sand tar-barzeli ! It was kindled at five. o'clock, and the flames are said to have been-seen by the Queen for. many miles of her. route on both sides of the Forth—" recalling the lines of Walter Scott aspirited,song on the
owasioseeE, the; al. fortivities in.1822."
" King Arthur's grown a common crier, Ite'aheard in Fife and far Cantyre-
lads, behold my eyed of fire !' Carle, now, the Queen's- come."
Her Majesty was received at the decorated platform of the railway by
-Sheriff Gordon and other dignitaries ; and a military, escort lined the way to. Raker owl Palace.
At the . Glasgow Court of Justiciary, last week, Mews. Snedclon,. father and:sou„lesseas of &colliery at Airdriet were tried for culpable.homizide.;_ a .fatalexplesion of fire-damp- in the mule. being imputed to their culpable negligence. They were acquitted, by a.majority of one.
David Balfour., a pointsman_on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, was. tried for neglecting hia duties, whereby a_oollision occurred, wounding divers. passengers-and causing much damage. Hewes convieted„and,sent to prison. for-four months.
Mr. MeNeel, one of the Sheriffs-Sekestitute of Wigtonshire, a collector of customs-at Streamer, and agent teethe British Linen Company's Bank, has been killed near the town. He was driving a dog-cart; the-horse-took fright, and the doe-cart- was • overthrown e Mr. 3l'Neel was pitched into the road, and he-died-almost immediately.
David Wyse, a guard on the Edinburgh, Perth, and Dundee RailWay, has been thrown' ftom a van and Idlkd: k luggage-train had two engines, one in front ssuIthe other in the rear; the latter was detached when no longer rNuired; this gave a sudden jerk to the train, and Wyse lost his equipoise,. fell on the rails, and was crushed by the second locomotive.
While two.men were.emeloyed. at-. the. Glengarnock.lronivorks, plugging the hole in a.funaac.e whence a.portion ofmetathad recently issued, by some mischance the blast was put on,, and a. large quantity. of fluid metal was forced out, killing one of.the men.. and dreadfully burning the. other, The .blast must always cease while a hike is to.be plugged.