THE DUKE OF YORK'S DEBTS.—The Committee of the creditors of his late Royal Highness the Duke of York again met yesterday, at the Thatched House Tavern, where some new claimants were re- ported ; but it would seem that many persons are deterred from coming forward, from an apprehension that an attempt to question the pro- priety of the conduct of the executors, from their connexion with other branches of the Royal Family, might tend to their prejudice in busi- ness, and prevent their present or future employment. mother cases, it appears that the solicitors both for the executors and Messrs. Green- wood and Co. had intimated that "nothing" could come of the con- templated proceedings, and that therefore the creditors would be only throwing away time and trouble by their coalition.—Morning Chronicle
[From the Duke's will, in which he leaves the residue of his pro- perty "to his dear sister Sophia," it is plain that he expected there would be a -residue; Unless he made the bequest to show good will merely, like the poor man in Joe Miller's story. The tale of the ntomacher, if true, is amusing. George the Fourth, when Prince of Wales, gave it to the late Duchess of York as a present. George the Enuth could not pay his debts, more than his brother Frederick ; but, being the oldest, he got the nation to pay them for him. Among the rest,- the stomacher debt,of 80,000/. was included. When the Duke dies, the diamonds, which the prince gave away, but did not pay, re- turn to his hands ; he makes a present of them a second
Ueaven knows to whom ; and the debts, which they ought in part to have liquidated, remain.]
Fitzelarenee has received the degree of Bachelor of Mail aanar at Qambridge The Earl of Munster is said to be travelling in the North under the name of Oldham.
About 50,000 arms have already been shipped from Weedon for London, being half the number required to complete the order from Government .—Northampton Mercury.
A hundred and seventy men, under the superintendence of Colonel Mann and Captain Davis, left their rendezvous in Westminster, on Friday, to join Don Pedro ; they go out in steamers. This was the second division that sailed last week.
Mr. Payne, the City Coroner, turned the reporter of the Morning Chronicle out of the Inquest-room on Wednesday, on account of a letter in the Chronicle which the Coroner disapproved of. Coroners' Courts, it would appear, are not open to the Press : this is one part of Mr. Baring's dreaded rabble got rid of.
PICTURT.,—The following are a few of the prices realized at the sale of Sebastian Erard's collection. The Nativity, by Adrian Ostade, sold for 11,950fr. ; a Claude, the subject Eneas at Carthage, 16,901fr. ; the Education of Bacchus, by Poussin, 17,000fr. Teniers's Prodigal Son, 17,000fr. ; portrait of Gerard Dow, by himself, 19,250fr. Scene
on the Zuderzee, by Van de Velile, 20 ' ,000fr. a Sunset, by Claude, 24,800fr. ; a Nightfall, by Vander Neer, 25,900fr. ; Portrait of Van Tromp, by Rembrandt, 17,000fr.—this will, it is said, go to Holland; Departure from the Inn, by Wouvermanns, 10,220fr. ; Landscape, by Moucheron, 6,500fr. ; the Assumption, by Murillo, 10,000fr. ; a Nativity, by Perrugino, which cost M. Erard 20,000fr. went at only 2,000fr. The gross amount of the sale was 765,0006., but a great many lots were said to be bought in.
In the course of 1831 there were 413 bankruptcies in the department of the Seine. This is only half of those declared in 1830, and less than in any preceding year since 1826.
The Bank of France has just issued new.nbtes of 1,000 francs. The size, the form, the arrangement, the vignette border, the stamp, and the water.marks, are precisely the same as the old notes ; but, from some peculiar preparation of the paper and the ink, the impres- sion appears through the note with the same distinctness as on the face. On holding the back of the note to a looking-glass, it presents a perfect fee simile of the impression, except that the signature of the cashier, or iegistering clerk, does not appear.
The number of seamen belonging to the United States is 103,000; of whom there are in the foreign trade, 50,000; in the coasting trade, 25,000; in the cod fishery, 10,000; in the whale fishery, 5,000; in steam vessels, 1,000; in the United States' Navy, 6,000.
NAPOLF.ON AND GENERAL JACKSON.—II is stated in the Delaware Journal, that, on a recent visit to Washington, Count Survillier was introduced to the President; who said to him, " I have ever felt an ex- alted esteem for your family. Your illustrious brother was my model in war!"
Letters from Zante give the following characteristic anecdote of one of the most remarkable of Prince Otho's subjects. Two English officers went to dine and pass a day or two with Colocotroni, the Mo- rea chief. His staff dined at his table ; each officer having two, and some four, pistols loaded, and two daggers about his body. One day at dinner, one of the Greek officers, being intoxicated, broke a plate, and became very noisy and boisterous. Coloeotroni thrice desired him, in a rough way, to be quiet, or leave the table. On his still continuing to annoy the party, the chief pulled out his pistols, cocked one and levelled it at him, and swore he would shoot him *unless he was quiet! Luckily the subordinate took the threat in good part, and there was no shooting ; but, on another occasion, a Greek officer being rather rudely contradicted, pulled a pistol, from his girdle and laid the offender dead at his feet, by a shot through the body.
New SOUTH WALES.—The accounts from Sydney, which come down to the 27th March, describe the prospects of persons who had emigrated to the Colony as most favourable, particularly that of mechanics, who were making a good livelihood, and were in many instances saving money. The demand for this latter class was so general, that the Le- gislative Council had taken the subject into consideration, and had passed a resolution for the grant of 3,000/. for promoting the emigra- tion of mechanics from Great Britain. Great exertions are making to improve the internal condition of the colony; and, among other votes of the Council, 2,000/. has been granted towards the erection of the Australian College, in pursuance of the recommendation of the Secre- tary of State, sent out last year. Shocks;of an earthquake, havelean experienced. in different places ou...the south side of the Hawkesbury, from Pitt Town downwards. They were followed by very heavy falls of rain, which had inundated the country for & considerable distance, and done a great deal of damage to the .crops.
METROPOLITAN ROADS. — The Commission have made their sixth report. The receipts of the past year, including a balance of 2,293/., amount to 86,949/. The entire charge for repairs amounts to 66,1221.; the alterations, and improvements have cost 3,421/. • and the interest on money borrowed, including a repayment of 5,000/. and 1,030/. for miscellanies, 'amount to 10,430/. From the arrangements entered into,.the entire debt will, by October next, be reduced to 100,000/. bearing interest at 4 per cent. ; which, together with certain annuities and ground-rents not yet bought up, will make a rent charge against the trusts of 4,607/. Taking the income and expenditure of future years to be the same as the last, namely, 84,6551. and 70;5741. re- spectively, there will thus remain, exclusive of the rent charge of 4,6071., a sum of 3,474/. applicable to improvements ; and to the forma- tion of a sinking fund for the payment of the debts due by the trust, a further sum of 6,000/. per annum. The report concludes- " At the same time that they have thus attended to the management of the finances, and increased the facilities of communication within the boundaries_of Abele commission, they have carefully attended to the improvement of the roads under their charge, by the application, in places of great traffic, of a harder and more durable material than was formerly used ; by widening and -strdighteningnarrow and inconvenient places in the several lines ; by lowering hills increasing the breadth of bridges, and introducing generally a system of greatly improved drainage. The result is, that besides new lines of commnrfi- cation, the old roads are all in a better condition, and more valuable and conve- nient to the ntiblic, than when they were first placed under the charge of this commission."