The baptism of the Hereditary Prince of Hanover, son of the Prince Royal, took place on the 4th instant. He has received the name of Ernest- Augustus-William-Adolphus-George-Frederick. The infant was held at the font by his grandfather, the King of Hanover. The godfathers and godmothers were the King of Prussia, the Duke of Cambridge, the Dutchess of Gloucester, and the Princess Sophia of England, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Dutchess Louisa of Wurtcmberg, Prince Fre- derick of Prussia, and the Duke and Dutchess of Saxe-Altenburg.
The Marquis of Abercorn has accepted office, as Groom of the Stole to Prince Albert, in the room of the Marquis of Exeter.
The Globe explains the state of matters between the Premier and the member of the Lennox family who is in office- " Lord Arthur Lennox resigned his seat for Chichester at the request of his brother, the Duke of Richmond, in consequence of having expressed his deter- mination to vote for the alteration of the Corn-laws, and ultimately a total repeal. When Lord Arthur Lennox acquainted Sir Robert Peel with the position he was placed in by the Duke of Richmond's request, he tendered his resignation of Clerk of the Ordnance; which Sir Robert Peel refused to accept, observing that it was quite enough to forfeit his seat in the House of Commons, without giving up his situation; and begged that he would attend to the duties of his office, and that he (Sir Robert Peel) would move the Ordnance Estimates in the House of Commons.' This act of kindness is highly commended by all parties."
The Dublin Pilot, one of Mr. O'Connell's stanchest adherents, speaks thus of the Premier, in a long article directed to suggest that the Irish may obtain much from him by urgency-
' In Sir Robert Peel's Tariff speech he is reported to have said, in speaking of the loss of the potato crop in Ireland—' I wish it were possible to take advantage of this calamity in one respect, and to extract benefit from it by introducing among the Irish people a desire for better food than potatoes afford! ' We believe that this short sentence supplies more matter for the contemplation of the Irish people than any sentiment ever uttered in Parliament or out of it. It is the sentiment of the Prime Minister of England; and, let people say what they will, he is the most powerful Minister who ever governed it. Other Ministers have beenigreat through and powerful, because they governed England rough a party and for a party, whose influence was paramount: Peel not only governs England, ut he governs the very parties whose sway over its destinies was irresistible for the last two hundred years."
Up to the last hour that Railway deposits could be received by the Accountant-General, on Friday last week, the aggregate amount was 11,492,0001. This is exclusive of the deposits on Irish and Scotch schemes, payable in Dublin and,Edinburgh, and the amount of which is not yet known. A grand total of 15,000,0001. is the estimate; and this sum represents a capital of 150,000,0001.
Letters from Alexandria state that Mohammed All Pacha has super- seded the Transit Company, managed by Englishmen, and put his grandson Abbas Pacha, Governor of Cairo, at the head of it, with subordinate Turks and Egyptians to assist him. " This," says the indignant correspondent of aLondon paper, " is the work of French intrigue."
Mr. Thomas Webster, Mr. Patrick M'Dowell, and Mr. John Rogers Her- bert, have been elected Royal Academicians, in the room of Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, Mr. Robert Smir ke, and Mr. Thomas Phillips, deceased.
Sir Benjamin Brodie has resigned his place on the Examining Boar1, and, we presume, the Council of the College of Surgeons of England.— Horsing Chronicle.
A general regret will be felt at the death of Mr. Henry Gaily Knight, the Member for North Nottinghamshire; which happened at his town- house on Tuesday last. Mr. Knight was a Conservative in politics, but noted for his liberal disposition; as he was also for the successful cultiva- tion of literature, particularly in matters of antiquarian research and fine arts. His age was fifty-nine.
So great and general is business in the iron trade at the.present moment, that there is difficulty in executing the most trifling orders in casting. A corre- spondent informs us, that for weeks he has been unable to get an order even for three grates executed in the Metropolis.--Rai icay Chronicle.
There has just been delivered at the port of Hull a cargo of extremely fine wheat from Cadiz; being the first that we remember direct from Spain into this vast emporium of corn. It weighed sixty-four pounds to the bushel, and was very dry. The Jane Pope, of Bridport, Captain Symonds, brought the cargo for Messrs. Grit, Helmsing, and Co.; and the Captain reports that twenty-tbree other cargoes were loading at Cadiz when he left. Hull Paper.
It is very singular, that while in many places potatoes are so much complained of, so scarce, and so dear, in the market-town of Thirsk they are offering weekly, by five hundred or six hundred bushels, without a single diseased potato to be seen, and at from 2s. to 2s. 2d. per bushel, heaped measure; and, what is still more singular, there is the readiest access to Thirsk by railway from most .parts of the kingdom. On Monday last, large quantities went away unsold—.Leeds Mercury.
We understand a quarry of excellent marble has been discovered at Aberfeyle, on the estate of the Duke of Montrose, and near to the line of the Forth and Clyde Railway. As the supply is almost inexhaustible, should it realize the ex- pectations formed of it by competent judges, it will prove very beneficial to the country, as well as a profitable source of revenue both to the railway and the noble proprietor to whom it belongs.—Edinburgh Post.
A letter from Christiana states that the King of Sweden has ordered a commis- sion of eight persons, four of whom are shipbuilders of the Royal Navy, to pro- ceed to France and England to study in detail the organization of the principal dockyards there. He has also approved of the proposition of the Storthing. to send to Paris and London a certain number of young men tostudy short-hand, in order, on their return, to disseminate the art in their own country, so that the debates of the Storthing may be more accurately published in the newspapers than at present.
The Kiovenhavnspost of Copenhagen gives the result of an address presented to the Prince Royal of Denmark, at Frederica, on the 19th December, from the Danish peasantry, playing. that the military service might be obligatory on all and that their condition might be in general ameliorated. The Prince promised to do all he could to further their wishes, both before and after his future acces- sion to the throne.
A private letter from Copenhagen states that the Duke Frederick of Schleswick- Holstein-Soender-burgs-Augustemburg has just enfranchised all the peasants on his domains, amounting to several thousands.
The Grand Council of the city of Basle has just passed a law forbidding all citizens to accept titles of nobility or pensions from foreign states, under pain of being incapacitated from holding public employments at home.
The Morning Chronicle mentions rumours current in town, that Madame Castellan had died at St. Petersburg, after a very short illness arising from :a neglected cold. Some doubt is thrown upon the statement, by the tact that other letters take no notice of it; but there appears no reason for positive disbe- lief. Madame Caetellan was French by birth; but in Mexico she married an Italian named Giampetto. She was under engagement to Mr. Lumley for the approaching Italian Opera season in London.
We understand that the long-depending disputes between the Countess tie Zichy Ferraris and the executors of the late Marquis of Hertford have been ter- minated by a compromise, which has been confirmed by the Court of Chancery. The Countess is to receive her pecuniary legacies in full, amounting, with in- terest, to about 97,0001. Her Ladyship also takes the villa in the Regent's Park for her life, with the valuable furniture and effects and articles of vertu for her life. This property is let to Sir Richard Vyvyan, the Member for Helston, at a large annual sum. The Countess also takes the Birmingham property, which produces upwards of 1,3001. per annum, subject to a life-interest upon it. The securities at Milan, which have been the subject of repeated discussions in our courts, are to be purchased by the Countess at a sum agreed upon with the exe- cutors; and all other claims on each side are to be immediately abandoned. A sum of 70,0001. and upwards was paid on Friday to the solicitor of the Countess, on account, under the same order of Court—Tunes.
The West Indian papers report a serious quarrel between some of the Black troops and the privates of the Eighty-fifth Regiment, stationed at the island of St. Lucia. One of the Whites was struck on the head with a hoe by one of the Black soldiers, and killed on the spot. The excitement and irritation were so great that the Queen's ship Hyacinth was ordered down to the island With two companies of the Seventh Royals, to relieve those of the Eighty-fifth, and re- move them from the colony.
The following horrible tale is told by a German journal—" In one of the small towns of Mecklenburg, a woman, in the course of years, killed seven of her chil- dren, the issue of an illicit connexion. The father of this ill-fated progeny, and another man, were her accomplices; but, overcome with remorse, they have confessed their participation, and denounced the mother; who has been taken into custody.'
The cone of Mount Vesuvius, say the Neapolitan journals, continues to rise higher and higher, although no eruptions have taken place. Down the whole of the Northern side of the Abrazzas, as far as Loretto, shocks of earthquake have been felt,—Galignani.
There was a fierce gale in the West of Scotland on Friday night and the fol- lowing morning. Much damage has been done to buildings and shipping.
A lamentable shipwreck occurred on Saturday evening, near Liverpool. The ship Bencoolen left Callao in November, for England; the voyage was prosperous; the vessel passed Holyhead on Saturdaymorning, took a pilot on board, and pro- ceeded towards her port. At half-past six in the evening, she struck on " Taylor's bank," a heavy sea running at the time, and in twenty minutes was a complete wreck. Five of the seamen and three lads escaped in a boat; two other boats were swamped; ten of the crew and the pilot perished on the ship's going to piece:.
A very extensive fire, supposed to have been wilfully caused, occurred at Bot- ti.sham i
n Cambridgeshire, on Saturday morning. It originated at the large farm of a Mr. Free; all the property on which was destroyed: it then spread to an adjoining farm, belonging to Mr. Kind; and nothing but the dwelling-house was saved. There was a brisk wind blowing, and some sparks speedily set fire to the thatch that covered a row of cottages on the opposite side of the village. Fifteen dwellings were destroyed, and twenty-four poor families were rendered
houseless. One Webb, commonly called "The Squirrel," was taken into custody at the time, on suspicion.
A cotton-spinning manufactory, at Johnstone, belonging to Mr. M'Quayre, was burnt down last week. About a hundred persons-are thrown out of employment by the disaster. The origin of the fire has not bail ascertained; but it is con- jectured that it arose from the friction caused by the scutching-machine, which, in its rapid revolutions, came in contact with a nail or other hard substance in the body of the cotton,—often the cause of fire in-similar factories.
On Wednesday week, a frightful coach accident took place at Colne. It appears that the mid-day mail-coach, leaving for Manchester, was driven at a furious rate down the hill to Primet Bridge, on the read to Burnley. On arriving at the bottom of the hill, the coach lost its balance, and fell over on its side with great violence, scattering the passengers about the road at considerable distances. The coachman was seriously inured in his head; a cattle-dealer of the name of Pilling, from Newchurch-in-Rossendale, had his thigh broken and his shoulder dislocated; and a young woman suffered a severe concussion of the brain, a frightful cut in one knee, and was otherwise contused in her head and body. The only two other passengers escaped with slight injury. Serious blame is attached to the coach- man for reckless and furious driving.—Blackburn Standard Brotherton, a farm-labourer, has been killed at Stainburn Moor, near Otley, while attempting to enter the house of Mr. Atkinson, a farmer. After drinking for many hours, Brotherton went to the farm-house, apparently with the inten- tion of getting admission to the room of a girl whom he was courting, a servant at the farm; in his drunken condition he attempted to force his way into a lower room, breaking the windows in the endeavour; the noise awoke the farmer, and two other men arose and searched round the house; but no one could be discovered. The men having returned within doors, Brotherton made another attack on the window; all the inmates thought some "navigators," who had attempted house- breaking-a few days before, were forcing an entry; and Mr. Atkinson, after warn- ing the supposed assailants to. desist, ordered one of his servants to fire a gun: the man did so, and the attack on the window ceased. The next morning Bro- therton's corpse was found in a field near the house: he had been shot in the chest. The best feeling had subsisted between the deceased and the farmer and his men. A Coroner's Jury has returned a verdict of " Excusable Homicide."
A mother and her two children have been killed, at Madeley, in Staffordshire, by the explosion of a quantity of blasting-gunpowder, which had been carelessly left exposed in an upper room, within reach of the children. Though frightfully mutilated, the mother had strength to hand the children out of the room in which they were to her husband: he returned, and found her, still erect, but dying, and almost dead. She soon expired. The children survived for a day or two.
The children of the Honourable A. Ellis, residing at Bognor, with a governess and two maids, have been poisoned by eating of blancmange which had been coloured gran with a verdigris powder, sold by a pastrycook in London for such use ! Fortunately, the sufferers were deterred from eating much of the confection by its bad taste: some, however, are still unwell from its effects.
The Univers mentions the death of one Jean Joseph Dinsart, in Belgium, at the extraordinary age of one hundred and six years all but twomonths. He preserved his intellectual faculties to the last, read without spectacles, kept his own ac- counts most accurately, wrote with a firm hand, and in fine weather took regular exercise.
The other morning, a racoon of an unusually large size was discovered in the hen-roost of -Mr. Clark, farmer, at Watnall, near Nottingham. On examina- tion, it was found that the intruder had made a meal of two game-cocks, five fowls, and one duck. Where the animal had come from, or how it got there, nobody knows.
The Registrar-General's return of mortality in the Metropolis for the week end- ing on Saturday last shows the following, general results.
Number of deaths. Zymotie (or Epidemic, Endemic, and Contagious) Diseases 170 ... Dropsy, Cancer, and other diseases of uncertain or variable seat 118 ... Diseases of the Erain. Spinal Harrow, Nerves, and Senses 173 ... Diseases of the Lungs, and of the other Organs of Respiration 259 ... Diseases of the Heart and Blood-vessels Diseases of the Stomach, Liver, and other Organs of Digestion 67 ...
Diseases of the Kidneys, itc 8 ...
Childbirth, diseases of the Uterus, &c 8 ... Rheumatism, diseases of the Bones, Joints, fie 14
Diseases of the Skin, Cellular Tissue, dc.
Old Ago Violence, Privation, Cold, and Intemperance 20 ... — Total (including unspecified causes) 914 ... Winter average. 103 ... 115 ... 169 ... 363 ...
69 ... 7 12 27 ...
— 1,060 ... Annual average. 186 104 157 294 72 26 — 968
The temperature of the thermometer ragged from 54.8° in the sun to 32.1° in the shade; the mean temperature by day warmer than the average mean temperature by 5.7°. The mean direction of the wind for the week was West- sondi-west.