are glad to find that effectual measures are now taken
to procure • a bill which shall place the roads of England in the bands of Govern- ; ment. This is good news to the traveller as well as the labourer, who l_will find in it a fresh source of employment. —Brighton Paper. Captain H. E. Atkinson, R.N., has within these few days, while fishing, discovered a shoal off the Owers Light, with only seven fathoms water on it. It is situated 16 miles S. VI. of the Owers, and 35 miles from the Needles Point, open with St. Catherine's Head, in the fair .channel way, and in the direct course from St. Helen's to Havre.— Hampshire Telegraph.
Between five and six o'clock A. iX., on Thursday week, a French smuggler ran his cargo, consisting of upwards of one hundred tubs of spirits, over proof, at Landram Bay, about two miles from Exeter. One of the Preventive Service men, from Sidmouth, and another from the Salterton station, endeavoured to prevent the landing ; but were overpowered by seventy men, who had come down for the purpose of assisting; one of whom, being ordered not to remove six tubs and a flagon by which he was standing, rushed upon the Sidmouth Coast Guard; who being armed with a cutlass and pistols, fired, when the ball passed through the crown of the hat of another of the desperadoes. The brave fellow had the weapons wrested from his hands, and was dreadfully beaten by the smugglers. He now lies at Sidmouth in a dangerous state. His comrade from the Salterton station had his arm broken in an attempt to seize the boat. One of the countrymen, who was secured in the act of carrying a pair of tubs, has since impeached several others residing in Sidford and the neighbourhood, who are in custody at the Preventive House, awaiting their examination by the Magistrates.-. "Western Luminary.
A silver cup has been presented to Richard Postlethwaite, Esq., of Broughton, for actually destroying all the foxes in an extensive district .on the borders of Cumberland and Lancashire. However ungrateful it may sound to the ears of sportsmen, Mr. Postlethwaite's exploit has been in the highest degree beneficial to the farmers in that rocky district. About twelve months ago, the neighbourhood was overrun with those ravenous animals, and the complaints of their devastations were daily and numerous. They devoured the lambs, strangled the poultry, and worried the rams—a pack of wolves in the olden time could hardly have been more destructive. Mr. Postlethwaite's blood was at length roused, and he opened the campaign against these ma- rauders. He collected a few hounds, and though small, he had soon reason to be satisfied that they were neither deficient in strength nor spirit.. Candour obliges us to add, that Mr. P. was not particularly mcem observing the laws of the chace ; for, considering that in war all stratagems are lawful, he made no scruple of shooting or knocking the enemy on the head whenever he could by such means accomplish his object. In less than eight months he destroyed, principally with the hounds, no less than twenty. nine foxes; and the neighbouring farmers, Fateful for the deliverance, and sensible that Mr. P.'s exertions were inspired not so much by love of the sport as by a desire to effect a use- ful object, determined to present him with some lasting memorial of their gratitude. A silver cup was purchased and presented to him on New Year's-day, at the Griffin Inn, Broughton-in-Furness ; and a supper provided for the occasion, to which a numerous party sat down. —Whitehaven Herald. [It is a fine thing to be a gentleman in England. If some three or four farmers' workmen had performed the exploits
above recorded, killed the foxes and sold their skins, would their reward have been a handsome silver cup, or a lodging in the county gaol, as trespassers, poachgrs, and vagabonds ?] The Liverpool papers contain an account of a dreadful fire 'which broke out in New Quay on Monday night. It began in the paint- store of Messrs. Croston ; which was filled with oil, turpentine, resin, pitch, tar, and naval stores. In a short time it extended to the neighbouring warehouses ; which were filled with merchandise of vari- ous descriptions, principally cotton, grain, naval stores, and oil. These was a great want of water, which it is said has been the case at every large fire in Liverpool for the last eight years. The fire extended to the bonded warehouses on the opposite side of Lancelot's Hey, de- stroyed a mass of .warehouses in the direction of Old Hall Street, and by half. past three in the morning had reached Union Street. At four o'clock, the front of the warehouses in Lancelot's Hey fell forward into Union Street, with a tremendous crash, burying several persons in its ruins. Colonel Jordan, the inspecting Field-officer of the district, had both his legs broken : one has since been amputated, and his friends hope that he may yet survive. His anxiety to keep other people oat of danger induced him to stay too long within reach of the falling ruins. Property to the value of 2.50,000/.., at least, is estimated to have been destroyed by this awful fire. The vessels in the Prince's Dock were in imminent danger during its progress. So intense was the heat from the burning pile, that those which lay opposite to the space ravage& by the flames were only saved from destruction by the incessant use of water, which kept their rigging, decks, &c., wet. The sails of several were unbent, the flakes of fire which fell on the shipping nearly setting the rigging in flames. The loss of life is not likely to be so serious as was at first feared. The body of one man only has been found, and hopes are entertained that he will prove to be the only person actually killed on the spot. The insurance effected on the property destroyed does not exceed 140,000/.
A short time since, we stated that a gentleman had arrived at Wright's Hotel, Dover, from France, and remained without tasting food for upwards of eight days, but bad then consented to take a little, and it was thought, although very much reduced, he would recover. He was afterwards sufficiently able to be removed into lodgings, where he died on the 13th. His name was Linguard.—Morning Post.
A poor woman, named Ann Cryer, the wife of an excavator at Leeds, on Sunday morning last destroyed an infant, of whom she had been de- livered a few days before, and also cut her own throat, with a razor be- longing to her husband, which she had contrived to secrete. An inquest was held upon the body of the child, and the Jury returned a verdict of " Wilful Murder" against the mother. She, however, died soon after, in consequence of the wound which she had inflicted upon herself; and the Jury, which was summoned to inquire into the cause of her death, returned a verdict that "the deceased destroyed herself in a fit of in- sanity."