1 DECEMBER 1849, Page 4


The National Parliamentary and Financial Reform Association have continued their campaign in Scotland. On Monday last, Glasgow was the scene of their efforts. The City Hall, "the largest place of assembly in Scotland," was crowded in every part. Mr. Hastie, M.P., and some leading Reformers of the city, were present, with several Chartist leaders. 0e Tuesday, Paisley was visited: "an enthusiastic audience crowded every part of the Reverend Mr. Nisbet's church, Abbey Close," under the chair- manship of the "veteran Radical Reformer Provost Murray."

Some swindlers at Leith have been duping tradesmen in England. The knaves engaged a miserable shop, and thither came valuable packets of jewellery and divers other parcels and bales. The Police were informed of the suspicious na- ture of the business; but the swindlers decamped in time. Two years ago, the same game was carried on at Leith on a far more extensive seals; so that at last the "merchants" actually got a shipload of goods from English houses, and managed to escape with nearly the whole.

A fatal collision has occurred on the Dundee and Perth Railway, at Mylnefield Quarry junction. A goods-train was stopped at the junction, at night, to take on four waggons; a passenger-train was expected on the other line, and it was doubtful whether there was time to pass the waggons across the rails. However, the work was begun, and a signal-man was sent forward to stop the train if it approached. But there was not time: the train dashed up, and the engine struck a waggon that was partly over the rails, shivering it to pieces and scattering its contents in every direction. The signal-man was found on the rails dead; and a guard was thrown into a quarry, heavy articles falling on him: he was taken up in a hopeless condition.

Mr. Stenhouse, a farmer of Niddry, having noticed a large number of crows in a newly-sown field of his, said he would have a shot at them. Ile went home fo his gun; it had been loaded for some time, and he began to draw the-charger something caught the trigger, the piece exploded, and the farmer fell dead.

Mr. Sutherland's distillery, near Inverness, on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, has been almost entirely destroyed by a fire which broke out during the night, apparently from the friction of machinery. The damage, from 4,000/. to 5,0001., will be covered by insurances.