1 OCTOBER 1853, Page 7


Sir James A. Gordon, recently Lieutenant-Governor of Greenwich Hos- pital, has been promoted to the post of Governor, vacant by the death of Sir Charles Adam. Sir James took a prominent part in the great naval wars at the beginning of the century. He was in Bridport's action, he served at St, Vincent and the Nile, and did splendid service subsequently as a frigate-captain. He has been nine times gazetted. At the capture of the French frigate Pomone he lost a leg.

Prince Albert has signified, through Colonel Phipps, that he will sub- scribe one hundred guineas to the Lawson Observatory fund.

The passengers in one railway-carriage from Moscow to Warsaw on the 19th September were remarkable for their diplomatic subtilty and adroit- ness: the Emperor Nicholas, Count Nesselrode, Baron Mayendorfc and Count Von Budberg.

It is stated in the journals that M. Thiers, M. de Barante, Lord Lans- downe, and Lord Brougham, dined together, at the house of Lord Holland in Pans, on Sunday last.

It is understood that Lord Derby will be entertained at a " grand pri- vate banquet," next week, by Mr. Holme, the Mayor of Liverpool. The same occult rites were performed last year.

The Countess of Neuilly and the Prince and Princess de Joinville re- turned to London from Plymouth on Monday. They had previously set out from town by Steamer for Lisbon, but in consequence of the illness of the 'Countess of Neuilly the ship had put into Plymouth.

'It is reported that Lord Carlisle, instead of going to Bagdad, has been lying ill of the smallpox at Buyukdere, near Constantinople.

Sir William Hamilton, the celebrated Professor of Logic in the Uni- versity of Edinburgh, suffered an accidental fall, at Large, last Saturday, and one of his arms was fractured.

The Reverend Dr. Andrew Symington, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church at Paisley, and Professor of Theology, was suddenly attacked with gastric fever last week, and he died on Thursday He had been a minister at Paisley four-and-forty years.

The Madrid Gazette of Saturday announced that Marshal Narvaez was at liberty to return to Spain.

Lady Head, assisted by the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, has turned the first sod of the track of the European and North American Railroad, at St. John's.

, scribe the dramatist has just purchased the estate of Courbetire, near Chateau-Thierry, for 260,000 francs. The drama flourishes in France.

Surveys are on foot for a new line of railway direct from Doncaster to Cralashiels, to shorten the route to Scotland.

At -Berlin, there had been 425 deaths from cholera, out of 690 attacks, up to the 24th September : persons were then dying at the date of 40 per day. This mortality was not considered excessive in a population of 430,000.

Abbas Paella issued an order prohibiting the exportation of grain from Egypt after the,28th September; but, on the representations of the Con- suls, the prohibition was not to take effect until the 30th November.

A morning journal contradicts the report that the Duke of Cambridge has been to Olmiltz. It appears that he has been staying quietly at Hew for some time.

A.Florence.correspondent of the Christian Times gives a detailed account of the arrest of Miss Cunynghare. Miss Margaret Cunyngham, of Thorn- ton, near Kilmarnock—a young lady of gentle birth, sprung from the stern breed of the old Scottish Presbyterians," and mid to be a lineal descendant of Tohn Knox—had been residing, with her mother and sister, at the Baths of Lucca. On the eve of their departure for Naples, Mrs. Curivnghara and her other daughter attended before the Delegate to have their passports 'feed: the Delegate inquired why Miss Mar- garet was not with them ; it was answered, that she was unwell. He said he must see her, as he had a communication to make. She at- tended, and was arrested; to be sent to Lucca on a charge of infringing a law a fortnight old, which declares that "whoever shall circulate works hostile to the Roman Catholic faith, with the view of seducing any member from that communion, shall be condemned to the house of correction' and subjected to hard labour, for a period not less than five or greater than ten years." Miss Cunyngham was charged with having given to some peasants an Italian Bible and an Italian translation of the Pilgrim's Pro- gress; and both these books fall under the criminal category. The young • Cunyngham, Cunningham, Cunninghame—which is the proper spelling? We know not; but we have followed the orthography of the first of our Tuscan letters, which was written by a man of very accurate habits, lady was removed to the Penitentiary of Lucca, leaving her poor mother distracted with grief: Miss Cunyngham herself was composed. Immediate appeals were made to the Grand Duke, who was at the Baths, by Sir William Millar and the Reverend Mr. Gordon ; but in vain. Mr. Scarlett, the British Charge d'Affaires, also bestirred himself, seconded by the American Charge d'Affaires. The Grand Duke was " inexorable"—" justice must take its course." The Grand Duchess regretted Miss Cunyngham's situa- tion, but " refused to interfere." " The individual dispositions of the members of the Ministry are more favourable. M. Lami, the Minister of Justice, will hurry on the trial as fast as possible, and then obtain an immediate exercise of the Grand Ducal clemenoy. But on what ground he anticipates that his Royal Highness is more likely to relent a few weeks hence than now, I -cannot tell." [This account is dated 14th September : we have a letter eight days later, copious extracts from which will bp found in a subsequent page.]

Result of the Registrar-General's return of mortality in the Metropolis for the week ending on Saturday last.

Ten Weeks of 1843-52.

Week of 1863.

Symotie Diseases 3.134 .... 288 Dropsy, Cancer, and other diseases of uncertain or variable seat 428 . 3

Tubercular .


.... 151 Diseases of the Brain, Spinal Marrow, Nerves, and Senses 1,131 .... 92 Diseases of the Heart and Blood-vessels 353 .... 34 Diseases of the Lungs, and of the other Organs of Respiration „ 995 .... 133 Diseases of the Stomach, Liver, and other Organs of Digestion

649 .... 44

Diseases of the Kidneys, Se

42 • • ••

10 Childbirth, diseases of the Uterus, Re 106 ....


Rheumatism, diseases of the Bones, Joints,Rc 76 •••• 4

Diseases of the Skin, Cellular Tissue, Sc.,

14 .... 1 Malformations. 49 • • • • 5 Premature Birth 246 •••. 23 Atrophy

245 ....



424 .... 42 Sadden

209 •• • •

3 Tlelence,Privation, Cold, and Intemperance 615 .... 25

Total (including unspecified causes) 10,577


The equinoctial gales which raged on Sunday and Sunday night caused much damage to shipping on our coasts, in some instances attended with loss of life. A French war squadron, bound from Cherbourg to Calais to meet the Emperor, had to seek temporary shelter in the Downs ; where the Jean Bart was damaged by a Dutch vessel running foul of her. The City of Lon- don steamer, on her way to Lisbon with the Orleans Royal Family of France, was obliged to put into Plymouth. On the Southern coasts many vessels were damaged. In this region the gale blew from the South-west. At Liverpool it was North- west. Two vessels foundered there, near the North-west light-ship, with loss of all hands. Several vessels went ashore at Liverpool. The Neva lost some of her crew and passengers. A vessel was wrecked in Morecambe Bay : crew saved.

On the East coast the casualties were very numerous. Two vessels went ashore between Cromer and Wells • the crew of one were saved, but the hands

of the other are supposed to have Wells; lost. A ship and crew are supposed to have been lost on the Long Sand.

The Camerton, iron screw-steamer, plying between Hull and Rotterdam, was lost at the mouth of the Meese. The passengers and most of the crew were saved in the boats ; but the master, Mr. Cross, the second mate, and a seaman, were drowned. While the Queen of Scotland steamer was on her way from Hamburg to Hull, a sea struck her, and Fox, the fore-cabin steward, was washed overboard. Two Yarmouth baggers lost part of their crews on Sunday night—one three hands, and the other two, who were swept into the tempestuous sea. The storm raged frightfully on the Dutch coasts. It is said that a steamer which left Amsterdam for an island in the Zuyder Zee was lost on Sunday evening, and only eight passengers were saved out of 110. The rivers were so swelled by the waters of the North Sea driven up them that the towns were inundated : the streets of Rotterdam were under water on Monday.

A letter in the Times, signed "John Maml,Tesor " and dated "Chinnounix,

Sept. 24," reports the successful ascent of Mont Blanc on the 22d by himself and a Mr. Shuldham. They were accompanied to the Grand Mulets by Mr. Albert Smith, Captain de Bathe, and several gentlemen who passed two nights in this elevated bivouac.

A steamer, the Telegraph, has made a short passage from Ireland to Scot- land : starting from Blackhead, she reached Corswell Point in an hour and forty minutes. This was an experimental trip. A proposition has been made to make the necessary lines of railway with a view of taking advantage of this passage.

The departures for Australia last week from the port of London were " unprecedentedly numerous"—twenty-three ships, with a tonnage of 12,538.

Amongst other alterations now going on at the Tower, is that of the ancient keep for great prisoners. It has for many years been used as a mess-house for the officers of the garrison; but in about three weeks it will be thrown open to the public, and cannot fail of being a great object of in- terest. The walls still retain upon them the names written by many of its former occupants ; among whom were Wallace, the Scottish hero, also the unfortunate Anne Boleyn.—United Service Gazette.

The seaman of the Leander who has just come into a fortune of 60,0001. is named Black. A characteristic act is reported. Mr. Black had frequently been an inmate of the Devonport Sailors' llama; Lieutenant Barnard, the master, interfered on those occasions to prevent Black from squandering his money ; for which he was grateful in his reasonable momenta. When he heard of his unexpected riches, the sailor resolved to keep a yacht ; and he asked Mr. Barnard to become the master of it, and the future guide and pro- tector of the rich mariner, at a salary of 5001. a year. The Lieutenant hesitated ; but eventually consented to accept the post, with half the salary, if engaged for three years. The tar quickly bound himself to these terms by a legal bond • and then he and his Mentor started for Leith, that the heir might be installed in his estates. Mr. Black seems to have run away from his Scottish home in his youth ; and it is said that he heard by the merest chance, from a footman, that he was advertised for as the heir to the family property.