From an address inserted in our advertising columns, it will be seen, with regret, that Mr. Philip H. Howard intends to retire from the repre- sentation of Carlisle with the next dissolution of Parliament. The address is pervaded by that good and just tone and spirit which have characterized the Parliamentary course and speeches of the Master of Corby, and which would make his loss an equal one to the Liberal party and to the whole House of Commons. Those words in which he "reviews his Parlia- mentary life," imply that he purposes to retire altogether from an active public course ; but the opening announcement of his address does not need so large an interpretation. It is to be hoped that if a discriminating con- stituency were to invite Mr. Howard to prolong his good services in Par- liament, he would not decline to yield them. Meanwhile, it is a pleasure to understand, as we do from other information, that Mr. Howard's vo- luntary retirement is intended to create an opportunity of restoring Sir James Graham, through a constituency of more than average intelligence and respectability, to a Parliamentary union with his own county.
By an electioneering broad-sheet from Bridgewater, we see that an at- tempt has been made by a local "Liberal Association" in that place to hamper Mr. Kinglake unwarrantably. Among the demands made on Lord Henley and on Mr. Kinglake, was one, "that all communica- tions with any of the electors on matters of public interest shall be made only through the medium of the Association" ; which would have been 'tantamount to erecting the Association or its committee of management_ into the Parliamentary borough itheif. Mr. Ringlake answered, wid, equal dignity and force- " The requisitions of the Association are not such as, in my judgreezt ought to have been made to any man of independent mind and feelings. / believe I shall best show my respect for the electors, my respect for th, members of the Association and certainly I shall best show my reSpect far myself, by declining to acceile to such conditions. But, although I refuse to stipulate for the patronage of the Association in its corporate character, j trust that any members of the body who may deem me a fit man to repre. sent them in Parliament will give me their steady support. For such sup. port I shall be the more grateful, because it will be the support of men when I have ventured to irritate and resist."
The gun-manufacturers of Birmingham have taken a contract to eup. ply the Ordnance with 18,000 Minie rifles and the materials have beak supplied from the Tower; but the workers and employers cannot agree upon the price, the men requiring somewhat better terms than the mas- ters are disposed to give. It would appear probable that in this ease the employers will give way : if the men continue firm, the Birmingham mas. ters must succumb or resign the contract, as it must be executed imme- diately.
At Leicester Assizes, in three separate eases, three young men were tried for perjury, committed to get out of affiliation liabilities : each had untruly sworn that the mother was a person of bad character. One was acquitted; another escaped through an accident, his having fainted in the act of giving his evidence suggesting the possibility that he might have modified it if he had gone on ; the third was convicted.
Turner, the man who so cruelly murdered Mrs. Barnes, a widow lady of Helper, has been convicted of the crime at Derby Assizes, and been sen- tenced to death. The particulars of the crime were detailed at the time.
Grace Atkinson, the married woman who shot Francis Young, with whom she was too familiar, has been convicted at York of "shooting with intent to do (pievous bodily harm," and has been sentenced to fifteen years' trans. portatton.
ICalabergo' the man convicted of the murder of his uncle at Banbury, has attempted to escape from gaol. While in the airing-yard, he clambered On to a wall ; a keeper tried to seize him by the leg, but the Italian was too nimble for him ; he ran between the spikes along the top of the wall, got on to the roof of the female ward, and then found that he was foiled—that which he had taken for the boundary-wall of the prison was not so. A lad- der was got, and the murderer quietly descended. Subsequently to this attempt to fly, Kalabergo confessed his guilt : he signed a short declaradoir of the fact in the presence of Dr. Tandy, a Roman Catholic priest, and Dr. Harington, the Principal of Brazenose College, a Ma- gistrate; and in that statement he gave permission to his priest to disclose all the particulars of the crime which he had disclosed in religious con- fession.
The Liverpool Police have been busy in arresting an" army" of beggars who have infested the streets ; among the vagrants was a man upwards of a hundred and twelve years of age : he was handed over to the care of the parish authorities.
Worcester city prison, says a local paper, has not for the last twenty years been so empty in the month of March as it now is.
A fatal accident occurred on the South-western Railway on Saturday night. The mail-train left London at the usual time ; it consisted of an engine and tender, a guard's van, post-office tender, and four carriages. All went well till the train approached Bishopstoke ; about a mile and a half from that place, the tire of one of the leading wheels broke, and presently the engine left the rails and ran down an embankment twenty-three feet deep, dragging after it the tender, guard's van, and post-office tender: the passenger-carriages kept to the line, and no one in them was much hurt. The stoker was taken up dead ; the driver's leg had been cut off, and he died a few hours after he had been removed to Southampton ; the post-office guard's arm was broken ; and the chief guard's skull was fractured : his case was pronounced dangerous. The post-office clerk escaped almost unhurt. The electric telegraph was damaged : two posts were knocked down and the wires were deranged for some distance. On an inspection of the engine, the disaster appeared to be one of those accidents that no amount of foresight can prevent. The evidence at the two inquests corroborated that view, and confirmed the public opinion as to the general good management on the line.
Soon after a passenger-train had left Longsight depot for Manchester, A Macclesfield train came up at a greater speed, and ran into it : fourteen or sixteen persons were much shaken or bruised, but no one was killed or dan- gerously hurt.
Mr. J. F. Ansley, an under-graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, and son of Mr. Gilbert Ansley, of Houghton Hall, Hants, has met with a fearful death. He was in a field trying a horse which he purposed to buy ; the horse cleared several fences, but one it refused ; Mr. Ansley lost his seat, the horse dashed off round the field, the young gentleman kept his hold of the saddle for a time, but ultimately fell to the ground with his foot entangled in the stirrup, and he was thus dragged round the field several times, his head striking against the ground at-every stride of the horse. He was taken up insensible, and soon died.