Stu ASTLEY CoorEa.—The only accident, happily a slight one, that
happened at the King's funeral, was one in which Sir Astley Cooper was a sufferer. Some ambitious personage had clambered, for the purpose of seeing the ceremony in the Chapel, to the top of one of the Knight's stalls ; and in leaning forward, he displaced a carved orna- ment of about 201bs. weight, which in its descent struck Sir Astley above the eye. Had the blow been direct instead of slanting, it nmst have proved fatal. Sir Astley, however, was only cut, and he applied a handkerchief to stanch the copious bleeding. SUICIDE AT PECKHA M.—On l'ilondo.y night, Mrs. Baylie, wife of Mr. Baylie, a clerk in the Ordnance department at the Tower, put an end to her existence by cutting her throat with a razor. The unhappy woman was twenty-four years of age, of great personal charms, and had been married only two years. It appeared that she was jealous of her hus- band's attentions to other women, though without the slightest cause ; and her constant complaints had, the day before she committed the fatal act, driven him to sleep in an inn in the neighbourhood. A brother-in- law of the husband mentioned a number of circumstances which went to prove that Mrs. Baylie laboured under partial insanity ; and the Jury brought in a verdict accordingly. It appeared that Mr. Baylie had written to his wife a letter which would probably have composed her mind, but, unhappily, it did not reach the house until some minutes after her death.
At two o'clock on Wednesday morning, the policeman on duty near Mr. Crick's orchard, Millpond, Rotherhithe, found a female in the vault of a house that is building there, in the agonies of death. When found, she exclaimed that she had poisoned herself, and begged to be carried to the hospital. She was taken to the watchhouse ; where, notwithstand- ing every care, she died in half an hour. The young woman, it was proved on opening the body, had swallowed a large quantity of vitriolic acid, which had completely destroyed the stomach. She had been bar- maid of a tavern at Horsleydown for the last sixteen years, where she was much respected. She was on the eve of being married, and went out on Tuesday night on the pretence of buying a bonnet for the occasion. No cause has been assigned for the suicide. On Wednesday evening, an inquest jury sat on the body of another unfortunate young woman, who had destroyed herself by swallowing oxalic acid. She had been servant to a boot-maker in Marylebone Lane, and her death was attributed to her seduction by a coachman named Oldham, with whom she had for some time been intimate. Oldham was summoned before the Jury ; to whose questions he replied with the most brutal and disgusting indifference. It appeared by his statement, that on the very night after he seduced the wretched girl, he was seen by her conveying another to his lodgings ; and on being upbraided for his conduct, he told her it was foolish to notice it. The master of this ruffian came forward to state that he would never allow him to enter his premises again. We hope other masters will be equally careful. It is the utter disregard of moral conduct in servants, that makes and main- tains so many nuisances in this great town. On Tuesday morning, a female who lodged in Dorset Street, Man- chester Square, hanged herself. When the body was found suspended, it was cold and stiff, and perfectly naked, to the shoes. A number of sovereigns, and some receipts for Bank Stock, which the Inspector of Police took possession of, were found in her drawers. It seems that the woman was rich and miserly ; and she had married amen much younger than herself, who did not treat her well ; but nothing to his prejudice appeared at the inquest, except that "he could not live with her," and a verdict of insanity was pronounced.
CARRIAGE ACCIDENTS.—On Thursday last week, Henry Sorb}, and his wife and two children were overturned in a pony chaise, at Atter- diffe, near Sheffield. Mr. Sorby was severely hurt, and Mrs. Sorby had her arm much injured ; the children luckily sustained no damage. On the same day, Mr. Daniel, of Bourne, and his bride, proceeding in a post- chaise from Surfieet towards London, were overturned twice, near Deeping :Fen. Mr. Daniel was a good deal bruised and cut, but the lady escaped with very little hurt.
A little boy, named Doyti, stole away from his father's house, at Hert- ford, and followed a waggon to town, for the purpose of seeing the King's funeral. He was allowed by the waggoner to sit near the horses ; and while the man was driving through Stoke Newington, the poor boy tum- bled, unseen by him, and the wheels of the waggon passed over the body. A physician, who was passing at the time, snatched up the boy, who died in three or four minutes, in his arms. A fatal accident occurred on Tuesday evening in Red Lion Street, Whitechapel. As a labouring man was crossing the road, he was knocked down by a cart and run over: the wheel went over his body. He was carried to the London Hospital, where he died next morning. SUFFOCATION.—On Wednesday last week, an unfortunate man named Joseph Hill, having fallen asleep in the forecastle of the Britan- nia trader at Griffin's Wharf, a candle in the place set fire to some shav- ings ; and from the smoke and heated air, his lungs were so much in- jured that he expired on Saturday. A dog that was in the forecastle was quite dead when Hill was found.
SUDDEN DEATH.—John Trenhohn, one of the guards of the North Mail, dropped down dead at Belford. He was iu his usual good health and spirits on his arrival, and, after returning from the post-offste to the inn, was proceeding to mark his time on the way-bill, when he dropped down and instantly expired. He was much respected, and has left a widow and three children.—Newcastle Courant.
AWKWARD CARVING.—The Mk Of Mrs. Colonel Dixon, at Newport, Isle of Wight, in cutting up a joint of meat, let the carver slip, and
nearly cut her hand off at the wrist. Some time elapsed before medical aid could be procured, the doctors being out of town. The bleeding was at length stopped, but she continues in a very precarious state.
FATAL PLay.—At Antrim, on Thursday last week, one of Womb- well's lions (Wallace) tore the hand and arm of the keeper so terribly,
while the latter was playing with it, that the poor limn expired three days after. " He had put his hand into the cage," says the Belfast Northern ffilyi, " when the lion laid his paw on the hand, and then further up the arm ; and on attempting to withdraw it, the animal seized him with both mouth and claws, and endeavoured to drag him through the bars of the cage. Some of the bystanders caught the man round the body, whilst others endeavoured to force the animal to let go its gripe by stahhing, at it through the bars with swords and other weapons. Their auras, however, were of no avail, until they forced the handle of a pitch. fork into its throat, and, by a strong effort, forced the jaws open. Nearly the whole of the flesh of the arm, and of the shoulder, was torn off."
Ixsne URE Founnar losis.—A large and newly-built warehouse, be longing to Mr. John Smith, of Hull, fell on Friday last, with a tre-
mendous crash. Two children who were playing near were unfortunately involved in the tumbling walls, and killed. The iron pillars were a few minutes before perceived to be settling from the failure of the piles ; and thus two gentlemen who were in the building were enabled to escape.
USEFUL AGILITY.—A sailor, on Sunday last, at Leek, saved himself from great danger, by leaping from the Independent coach to the roof of a neighbouring house ! All the other passengers suffered severely by the overturning of the coach.
ST nms.—The weather has continued to exhibit a boisterousness rarely known at the very advanced period of summer at which we are
now writing. In the North of Scotland, there were floods last week,. hardly less serious in their consequences than those that took place in August 1829. At Elgin, the ravages of the river Lossie have been quite as great, though, happily, the temperature was more mild, and the floods were not accompanied as they were last year by wind. No lives have as yet been ascertained to be lost, but the damage to growing crops has been very great. The rain descended almost without intermission from Tuesday until Friday, on which last day some of the streams in the north of Aberdeenshire had risen above a foot higher than they did in the terrible floods of last year. A very large quantity had been drifted down the Dee, and many dams had been swept away by the impetuosity of the current, in the different mountain streams of the county.
THUNDER A HELP TO DEVOTION.—On Sunday afternoon (the dth inst.) Mr. Winder, minister of the Independent Chapel at Edgworth
Moor, near Bolton, was preaching from Isaiah xli. and 10th verse, " Fear not, for I am with thee." He commented on the fear of death, which solemn subject had been suggested by the awfulness of the storm which then hung over the place. The preacher was supposing the possi- bility that in this storm some one or more present might be struck dead. The words had just escaped his lips, when the iron-work of the bell at- tracted the electric fluid, part of which came down the chain. The other part ran along the roof outside, drove the ringing-stones completely from their places, and came down a stove-pipe which runs up in the centre of the chapel. Half way down the pipe, where there are three irons which come from the beams of the gallery to support the pipe, it exploded with a most dreadful crack,distributing sparks of fire, and running along the iron into the beams of the gallery, through the wood again to the pillars which support the gallery, making i:s way down into the floor. For a moment the congregation sat as though it was a summons to meet
their final doom ; then terrible screams burst forth, and they all at
once rose to get out, expecting the whole roof to come down upon them. Some climbed to get out at the windows, some crept under their seats, others scrambled, heap upon heap, old and young, not knowing what they were doing or where they were going. Wonderful to say, the only damage done was the scorching the arms and faces of some of the females. Mr. Winder, who saw at once the nature of the accident, assured the congregation that the danger was over, and at length succeeded in re- storing some degree of composure ; and " Praise God, from whom all blessings flow," was sung, as it may be supposed, with much devo• tional fervour, and afterwards they prayed indeed.—Nonchestee Times.
ROTHERHAM CHURCH.—On Friday last week, the lightning struck the spire of this church, a very fine one, 190 feet high ; and so greatly damaged the uppermost eight or ten yards of the building, that it has been determined to take it down and rebuild it.
SHIPWRECK.—The Neptune, from Dumfries to Maryport, was wrecked on Wednesday last. All the crew were saved, with the excep-. tion of an aged female and a child, who unfortunately perished.