CHALLENGING A LORD. — An application was made on Friday to the
Court of King's Bench, for a rule to show cause why a criminal infor- mation should not be filed against Mr. Jadis, for sending a challenge to the Marquis of Blandford. The dispute originated in a bet on the turf, which had been referred to the Jockey Club, and the decision of the tribunal given in favour of his Lordship ; but Mr. Jadis demurred to their decree, and withdrew.his name from the Club. PAYMENT or RATES.—A long argument took place at Bow Street, on Thursday, on the subject of the payment of rates in the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields. The question, which was heard in Petty Sessions, was, whether the overseers were authorized to levy distress in respect to a rate which had, it was alleged, been illegally made. The ground on which the resistance to the rate was founded was, that a majority of the Vestry, when assembled, agreed to a rate ; but this displeasing the mi- nority, they withdrew, and having among themselves agreed to another, they now sought to enforce it. The authorities contented themselves with stating, that, rightly or wrongly imposed, the only way to meet it was by appeal to the Quarter Sessions ; and that no appeal having been lodged, the rate must be considered as acquiesced in. On this ground, the decision of the Magistrates was about to be given in favour of the authorities ; when Mr. Fenn, one of the parishioners, interposed ; and at length it was agreed between the parties, to postpone the decision until Tuesday. The parish are agreed, if the Vestry do not consent to a new rate, to allow them to distram. Mr. Charles Philips, counsel for the rate-payers, said, none of the parishioners would purchase goods so distrained. At an auction they may not, but what is there to prevent them purchasing privately ? LORD BELHAVEM—On Wednesday, a fellow named Wright was charged, at Hatton Garden, with an attempt to steal property belonging to his Lordship of the value of 2001, lie had been intrusted with the
carriage of a parcel to Miller's Wharf, for the purpose of having it conveyed to Scotland; but took it instead to an empty house in Little Queen Street, Holborn ; where he was seized, while about (it is sup- posed) to take the plate out of the parcel in which it was contained, along with table and other linen.
EXTRAORDINARY CIIARGE.—On Wednesday, a girl of the town, named Hodson, charged Mr. Green, of the firm of Pellatt and Green, St. Paul's Church Yard, of having stolen a watch belonging to her about two years and a half ago. Mr. Green, she said, had passed the night with her, and carried off the watch in the morning. In consideration of the respectability of the prisoner, the magistrates accepted bail to the amount of 2,0001. for his appearance.
ARSON.—On Wednesday, a person named Wratters, a surgeon, was remanded on a charge of plotting to set fire to his own house, in order to defraud the insurers. The charge—long and circumstantial—was made at Hatton Garden, by a Mr. R. 13. Steele, a medical student, whom Walters wished to light the train. No precise reason was assigned why the prisoner selected Mr. Steele as his confidant, but that he had been in the army; nor did it appear very clear why, instead of getting Steele to set fire to the shop, he might not have set fire to it himself. THE ITALIAN BOY.—The inquiry respecting this mysterious case was resumed on Friday, at Bow Street. The only new facts brought to light, which tend to inculpate the prisoners, were some expressions used by them in the Station-house, in the hearing of a Policeman, and the circumstance that the boy was seen in the neighbourhood of the house of Bishop a little while before the alleged murder was committed. The ease is again remanded for a week.
MRS. WALSII.—A further examination of the man Cooke and his wife took place on Thursday, in consequence of the discovery of some clothes said to belong to this old woman, whose unaccountable disappear- ance has caused an much surprise and crimination. Ann Baton, the grand-daughter of Mrs. Walsh, identified the clothes, particularly a pocket which had been sold with other things in Rag Fair. Mrs. Cooke declared, that they had been given to her by the old woman. Both she and her husband persisted in repeating the same story they told on being first apprehended. The man, in closing his account, said, with com- mendable feeling—" there is one thing more I have to say, your Wor- ship ; and that is, to request, if we should suffer for this, that two or three gentlemen whom I see here, will take care of the boy, and not let him want, though he has behaved so ungrateful; but I hope God will forgive him for what he has said." The boy, who had previously re- peated his evidence, cried a good deal at this simple appeal. The pri- soners were remanded for a week, previous to final commitment.
ASSASSINATION.—A most daring and deliberate act of murder took place the week before last in the barony of Longford, County Galway. Captain Allman, agent to the Lord Bishop of Clonfert, having permitted a Mr. Lalor to rim deeply in arrear, was compelled to place keepers on the property. On Friday, however, between the hours of eight and nine o'clock in the morning, and when Mr. Lalor's domestics were at break- fast, three men, armed, one with a musket, and the other two with pis- tols, walked into the kitchen, and deliberately fired three shots at one of the keepers, four of whom were in the kitchen at the time, inflicting the most horrifying wound upon the unfortunate man. The assassins then turned round and walked off quietly. There were seven men in the kitchen when the assassins discharged their fire-arms, and most astonish- ivah no one made the slightest attempt to arrest them.—Dublin Packet. A NEWTOWNISARRY 4ICTI17.—The young man named Doyle, son to the farmer, the distraint of whose cattle gave an apology for the un- avenged massacre of Newtownbarrv, has made an almost miraculous re- covery from the wound inflicted upon him by the sanguinary yeomen. A bullet entered one of his tenmles, and keeping internally close to the bone of his farehead, lodged within the skin of the other temple. During the lengthened investigation at time inquest, his life was despaired of, but he is now sufficiently recovered to remain a burden to himself and rela- tives for many years, unless some more sure and merciful Orange bullet shall complete the bungling performance of the first : he is totally blind. —Kilkenny Journal.