The long talked-of steps for expediting the arrival of the London mail are now about to be taken. On or before the 6th of next month, it will reach Greenock about four in the afternoon, and return at nine in the morning.—Greenock Advertiser.
On Thursday, at Anderston, near Glasgow, a person who had died of cholera had just been laid in a grave about eleven feet deep ; when William Andrew, the grave-digger, a very fine young Irish lad, went down to remove some planks that supported the sides. No sooner was this accomplished, than the earth fell in in all directions, and buried - him so completely, that very near an hour elapsed, notwithstanding every exertion, before he could be extricated. Although medical aid was at band, it isalmost needless to state, that every endeavour to re- Store animation proved fruitless.—Edinburgh Evening Courant.
When the report was heard at Wick that cholera was raging in Helms- dale, more than one hundred of those who were engaged as fishermen in Wick, belonging to the West coast and Skye, abandoned the work withhorror, and left the town at -night without their masters' consent. Being loath to take the usual road home, as Helmsdale was straight be- fore them on their way, they steered their course through the mountains of Lord Reay's country and Sutherland. They had no money or pro- visions for their journey, and there were no houses during great part of their solitary and painful travel in the mountains. Some of their com- panions who left Wick along with them, have not as yet been seen or heard of; and whether they have returned to their masters at Wick, or perished in the mountains with hunger and fatigue, is not known.—In- verness Courier.
A day or two ago, in an adjoining village, a tall raw-boned son of the Green Island was pursued by those harmless doves yclept beadles. Pat was aware of their approach to his mansion, and, having put on a red nightcap, remained undaunted at their appearance. On being told he must accompany them to gaol, " Houl back," said he, "as you value your precious existence. Pm an Azetic cholera patient; and, if you come one step nearer me, as I live, I'll blow my pestilential breath on • yea." A word is enough to the wise—the beadles postponed their call.
It is with regret we announce the death of William M'Gavin, Esq., agent to the. British Linen Company's Bank, in Glasgow, and author of "The Protestant," and other able works. He died of apoplexy on 'Thursday evening, after about four hours' illness. Mr. M'Gavin was a man of very powerful literary talents, and of great natural shrewdness -and sagacity. His bent was chiefly towards polemical writing, in which he had very few rivals ; and yet, such was the goodness of his disposi- tion, that this bent, naturally promotive of asperity, never in the least -altered his genuine kindness of heart and easy cordiality of marmers.— edasgoto Free Press.
On Monday, as Alexander Ross, eldest son of the contractor for mason-work at Gordon's Hospital, was pulling out a plank from a win- dow of an old house, the roof of which is being dismantled, one of the workmen employed in removing the stones from the roof unfortunately • threw down a stone about 561bs. weight, which struck Mr. Ross on the
• bead, and literally crushed his skull to atoms.—Glasgow Paper.
murder was perpetrated in the neighbourhood of Whithorn, on Friday afternoon, by a lad named Boyle, upon a boy of the name of Bell, which has created a great sensation in that Part of the country. It would appear that they had been cladding (throwing dirt at) one . another, and had quarrelled and come to blows ; and that Boyle, in a paroxysm of rage, seized a reaping-hook which Bell had in his posses- sion, with which he struck him on the back of the head, making a fear- ful gush, end =using his instant death. Boyle is nearly twenty years of • age. When apprehended, he exhibited a severe wound also on the back Part of the head, which he says he got in the scuffle. The boy Bell, who was found in a wheat-field a considerable time after the murder, with the hook sticking in his head, was only eleven years old.—Dum- _frier Courier.
On Wednesday forenoon, the brig Acorn, Skirving, arrived in Dun- dee harbour from Riga, having on board Captain Davy, of the Shannon 0 Hull, whale-ship, and three of her unfortunate crew." Captain Davy -gives a most dissessing narrative of the privations and sufferings which . they experienced before being picked up by two Danish vessels; from -nue of winch they were taken on board the Acorn, in the North Sea, OH Friday. Two of the poor fellows are lame, and all of them have a most emaciated and distressing appearance. Five of the crew have been landed at Orkney.—Edinbunah Courant. • Early on Tuesday morning, a Newton herring-boat, belonging to a Mr. Cuthbertson, when off Holy Island, was run down by a steam- vessel; and we are sorry to add, that the crew, consisting of four fisher- I men, have all perisheda-s-Caiedoniaa Mercury. On Tuesday afternoon, a reeefingtoiak place in the vicinity of Yokillrm, between Mr. Dunlop, Advocate, and Mr. Colquboun younger, of Lusa; [candidate for Dumbarton]. After ex,changing shots, which forta- nately did no mischief, the friends of the respective parties interfere?, and both parties retired from the field.—Glasgos Courier.
On the 17th July, Shetland suffered severely from a storm. Upwaris of one hundred men were cast away while prosecuting the fishing; antit now many helpless widows and numberless orphans are left to depletes their melancholy loss.—Edinburgh Courant.