1 FEBRUARY 1840, Page 10

A meeting of the working men of Manchester, called by

the Opera- tive Anti-Corn-law Association, was held on Monday night, in the Pa- vilion erected for the Anti-Corn-law banquet. Between seven and eight thousand mustered. Speeches describing the injury they suffered front the Corn-laws, and setting forth the injustice of dooming three millions of adults to "political slavery," were delivered. Resolutions were passed in favour of "Equitable Adjustment " and Universal Suf- frage. An address to the Queen and a petition to Parliament for are., peal of the Corn-laws, and an address to the Queen for mercy to Frost, Jones, and Williams, were carried unanimously.

There is perhaps a greater number of ships in Liverpool now than was ever known at any previous period. All the docks appropriated

for sailing-vessels, with one exception, are quite full ; and should the present westerly winds continue, the Clarence and Trafalgar will have to be resorted to. • Not one quarter of the vessels in dock can now be accommodated with either quay or stage berths.—Liverpool Chronicle.

There was an exceedingly flat market on Tuesday both for yarn and for goods of' all descriptions : very little business was done, but we are

not aware that there NS'ilS any material alteration of prices. The un-

favourable change in the demand for yarn was ascribed in sonic degree to the non-arrival of the Continental mails, several of which from Ham-

burg and Holland have been delayed by the late stormy weather ; and it is supposed that there will be little buying for the German market until their arrival.—Jinn ehmer Guardian.

On Sunday night, an attempt was made 1,3- the Bradford Chartists to create some disturbaece in that town ; but the Police were on the alert,

and dispersed several armed bodies marching front various quarters to the market-place. Eight prisoners were taken. A party of artillery arrived at Bradford from Leeds on Monday.

The provincial papers furnish accounts of devastation committed on land and water by the late heavy rains and high winds. In all parts of the country, North, South, East. and 'West, the stormy weather pre- vailed, The rivers overflowed their banks, and carried away stacks of corn and grain ; while considerable quantities of produce were scattered by the wind. Bridges were carried away ; manufactories on the water- side flooded; and machinery and furniture swept off. Few lives ap- pear to have been lost, and the accidents mentioned were not very remarkable.

At sea, many vessels were lost, and some of the most powerful ships were Ittee in harhour for days tegether. Two instances are mentioned in which I1u11 steamers saved vessels with valuable cargoes- " On Wed ne,day sennight, the Dull t earn-ship Wilberforce, during her passage to Leedom 1;41 in wi,li the ship Jane Margaret, from Oporto to Diction, which had luau totally dismasted during the hurricane in the Chinned. The vessel was beating about at the mercy of the waves and winds a few miles below the sore, when the Wilberforce Mt in with her. She had lust both anchors, and the crew were quite worn out with their exertions to beep the vessel afloat, and had given them- selves up for lost when the Viiherthree hove in sight. Captain Agars and his crew, on s,,eing their distress, instantly bore down to their relief; and with sonic difficulty attached a rope to the Jane Margaret, which she brought up to London in tow, safely carried her into the St. Katharine's Dock, to which the Wilherliwee was also bound. The Margaret was laden with wine and specie, and, there is no doubt, would have been lost but for the assistance of the steamer. On Saturday morning, the Vivid steam-ship, Captain Lee, belonei to the srme company, on her voyage from pull to London, fell in with the I 'arrington West Indium:In, below the Mouse a few miles from the ne.., Iia , 'Pilo weather was very bad, and the hurricane raged with tremen- dous tury. The Carrington hoisted signals of distress; and the Vivid, on nettling her, found her in a most deplorable condition, her masts cut away, and every thing washed from the der;: 7 they had not even a rope left to throw out as to tow-rope, whieh eccesh.ited great delay; but nt length a rope was fastened to her, and she was tuber in tow through the heavy surf by the Vivid, and the same i*itt safely moored at the Bleckwell buoy of the West lodia Hod:. The Carrington was laden with 300 hogsheads of sugar and tio puncheons of ruin. The value of the two ships and cargoes sat ed by the Vivid and Wilherfitree is not less than -10,11'01. ; and the greatest praise is due to the captains of the -4,-oniersihr their spirited exertions."