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The Queen has permitted the finest specimens of old Sevres porcelain to be Temoved from Buckingham Palace to the Museum at Marlborough House, for the use of the students in the Department of Practical Art. The collection is reported to be the finest in Europe.

The Electric Telegraph Company have placed a red ball above their offices in the Strand. This ball is connected with the ball raised on Greenwich Observatory ; and every day exactly at one o'clock both will descend. An electric clock will be set up over the lamp-post opposite the offices; which will enable the ultra-exact to regulate their timepieces with great 'nicety to Greenwich time.

Emigration in its various forms still occupies public attention. On Monday, thirty-five women, varying in age from fourteen to thirty-four, set forth in the l3lackwall from aravesend for Tort Phillip. They formed the twenty-sixth party which has been sent by the Female Emigration Society, established two years ago by Mr. Sidney Herbert. The number of female emigrants who have been sent out by the Society now amounts to thirteen hundred.

On the evening of the same day, a dubious project was Spomulgated and rejected, at a public meeting held in the National Hall, Holborn, under the presidency of Mr. Benjamin Bond. Cabbell M.P. It was pro- posed to set on foot a "National Working Man's Cooperative Emigration Society "; the feasibility of which did not appear very promising from the prospectus read to the meeting. It was based on U. subscriptions to raise a capital of 50,000/. ; every shareholder being entitled to a free pas- sage to Australia, in chance succession regulated by a ballot. Two thousand were to be sent at once. The project was at first approved by the meeting ; but a Mr. Harris got up and showed that it was impracticable and delusive ; advocating in its stead the intervention cf a registration- office' which 'would bring together employers sad employed. It came out that he -was the secretary of such an office. His speech against the scheme, however, was held conclusive, and a resolution disapproving of it was carried by a large majority.

Having won the day at the poll, the Guirdians of St. Martin's-in-the- Fields have not allowed time to pass idly by. The tenders for the outfit and conveyance of the pauper emigrants were opened and accepted on Monday ; fifty-two paupers were subjected to medical examination, and were approved of; and only-the assent of the Poor-law Board is now wanting to complete this project,—an example to parishes of what may be done by spirit and determination.

The Frankfort case came on for hearing again on Tuesday, before Mr. Henry, at Bow Street. The court was very much crowded ; and on the bench there sat Lord Henry Lennox, Lord Arthur Lennox, Lord Henry Fitzroy, Viscount &ahem, the Reverend Mr. Mackenzie and other gentlemen. Mr. Humphreys produced additional evidence, tending to prove that Lord Frank- fort was the author of the letter we printed last week. It consisted of the following incoherent circular, found by John Day or Grey, the ex-Police- man, on Lord Frankfores table.


" Some portion of the public may be astonished to learn that a most demoralizing system has long existed in an atrocious degree of perfection, by which the integrity of families has been broken up, and the repose of their establishments destroyed, by a sort of 'secret police,' of a higher and far more mischievous organization than has ever been suspected to prevail, and conducted under the auspices of a ' secret committee,' of which the chairman' and his principal colleagues are well known, though not atpresently sufficiently appreciated. One of the first steps is to pretend that certain parties, and principally females, who are pursued for the worst pur- poses, are applied to, to give information, which they are told is required by an im- portant portion of the state ; before a supposed committee of which body they are con- ducted, and led to believe the ceremony of making a species of sworn deposition has been legalized; and that they are then bound to consider themselves for ever under an intimidating and coercive judicial superintendence. -

"The system is then applied to enforce the requisite inquiries as to the properties, feelings, affections, polities, state of mind, and any other peculiar positions of their husbands families and friends. These parties are then visited from time to time by the chairman and two other members of the committee, one of whom styles himself a distinguished diplomatist, and other agents of the system, to make what are

called confidential communications, but which are in truth only so many snares to obtain private information on matters that may be publicly abused. Intimate friends, confidential servants, and known advisers of families are tampered with in a similar manner, and all means employed to convert the mosaharmless expressions into the most injurious accusations. To effect more readily these wretched purposes, the Italian school of poisoning chemistry has been ransacked to produce the most de- bilitating effects upon the mental and bodily system; and by these means have the brightest loveliness of woman and highest honour of manhood been outraged, while the largest estates have been seriously injured by calumnies, perjuries, forgeries, and fines illegally imposed, to an extent which only the abominations of the Star Cham- ber can furnish any adequate idea. "To purge the moral atmosphere of the contaminating influences and prostitu- Lions of mind and body, that important body, whose authority this 'secret com- mittee' is perrnited to abuse, must exert its long insulted authority to bring the cul- prits to the retributive nonsequeoces of their crimes ; nor must they be permitted to escape by any special-pleading--that offences are only untoward mistakes, venial errors, or trifling frauds; for a proper inquiry will clearly prove, that in many im- portant instances even the loss of life has been the result of the wicked practices of these dabblers in destruction. Some striking examples may be shortly given, but sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.' ." I swear by that blood that was once so pure, but which nothing but royal villany would have polluted,' Ste.

"L. J. Brutus's speech over the body of Lucretia.— Shakspere.

" Honour to one who hires a gang to dishonour every family. " A simple resolution of one or both Houses of Parliament, followed up to get rid of -this vile nuisance at once—the whole stock and lot.

"Will also shortly be published, " A full account of the hired liar of Portland Place, who undertakes, ' on his honour,' that himself and family will lie down any nobleman or gentleman that is too

• honourable to be endured, if he is allowed to take {rob) from any place, or transfer (forge) any name, and no inquiry to be allowed. And if allowed to do as he likes with every one, particularly their families, he will, 'on his honour,' and make them all spe dt well of his hirer. 'That he will.' He would also make a point of asso- ciating personally, whenever he could, with his victims.—Disinterested scoundrels ! "And as he has failed in all these promisee, he, on his honour,' will still guarantee his hirer from his being brought to the condign. That he will.' What does the

scoundrel know of honour.? • " They are, also employed to turn the inhabitants of this country into cannibals, and take even children of rank out of their graves; but the workhouse dead-house is the principal depot of supply.

"When he gets it given to any one, he fills the street and neighbourhood with barking dogs, loud organs and street bands of music (to thunder out in celebration of his beastly feats of treachery). Such a getting up stairs,' 'Happy land,' '100th Psalm.' 'Rule Britannia,' and glee-singers, with a man to blow a horn, and then to shout over; next day a man to shout Hearthstones' down the street, to terrify and demoralize the whole neighbourhood. For these reasons, all street music and nuisances are under his special protection and patronage. It is use- less to seek redress : it is his will; to him this is amusement; so public demorali- zation must proceed.

"It was to their councils that governed the weakness of her wit, that she was obliged to impute the guilt of his obstinate resistance ; it was on their heads that she directed the vengeance of the injured Aurelian.

"But there is no Longinus now amongst such unprincipled rubbish. " Zenobia (not,Bevans, but) Gibbons, Decline and Fall,' chap. xi."

Mr. Joseph Clayton junior proved that he had got these bills printed for Lord Frankfort, according to instructions received through Messrs. Hodg- son and Burton solicitors. Robert Walton, a messenger, deposed that he received them from Mr. Clayton junior, and distributed them ha the streets by the order of Lord Frankfort, Mr. Dearsly, in the absence of Mr. Ballan- tine, defended Lord Frankfort. He contended that there was no legal proof connecting Lord Frankfort with the letters and the libel. "If," said he to Mr. Henry, "you see, as I do, no reasonable or legal proof of his 'lordship's identity. with the libel, you will spare all parties the pain of prosecuting this inquiry before another tribunal. If, on the other hand, there should appear sufficient grounds to send it before a jury, I can only repeat that Lord Frankfort will very cheerfully assent to the fullest inquiry, anxious only that the public should-suspend its judgment till the elose."

Mr. Henry—" You have not teferred, Mr. Dearsly, to the evidence of Mr. -Macbeath, who spoke to the handwriting of his lordship upon the envelopes which contained the libel."

Mr. Dearsly—"I am aware of that fact, your worship; butit will be seen that the evidence of Mr. Macbeath was only conjectural. He stated that the writing resembled his lordship's, but was much disguised." Mr. Henry—" In reference to two of the letters, he stated that the directions were in the handwriting of his lordship, to the best of his belief; which is all that a witness to another's handwriting could state." Mr. Dearely—" Still there must be great difficulty in speaking to hand- writing so much disguised as this while Mr. Macbeath being one of the parties whose names were annexed to the libel, might be naturally expected to have feeling in the matter against the supposed author of it. Under all the circumstances, I hope your worship will be disposed to treat this con- temptible libel rather as the production of some madman than as evidence of any malicious intention towards the noble lord ; who can well afford to treat it with indifference."

Mr. Henry—" I think there is quite suffident evidence to send the case before a jury. I will not prejudge the-case by saying why I think so. It is enough for me to state my determination. Lord Frankfort must enter into his own recognizances in 5001., and find two sureties of 2001. each, to answer the charge at the Central Criminal Court."

Mr. E. Dove, 3 Clifford Street, Bond Street, hairdresser, and Mr. H. Schmidt, tailor, of 17 Clifford Street, were received as Lord Frankfort's bail.

The case was removed, on Thursday, from the Central Criminal Court to the Court of Queen's Bench, by writ of certiorari.

• At Middlesex Sessions on Monday, the law was put vigorously in force against a man who persists in maintaining a nuisance in the parish of Pad- dington. Gore, Tame, and Stapleton, dust-contractors, were some time since convicted of creating nuisances by having collections of noisome matter in crowded neighbourhoods : they promised amendment, and punishment was respited; they now appeared in discharge of their bail. Gore and Tame had mended their ways, and no sentence was passed on them. But Stapleton, who has a contract for eleansing Covent Garden market, poisons the air by the great accumulations of vegetable refuse which he collects at his wharf. Mr. Sergeant Adams stated, that he had convinced himself by personal in- spection that the nuisance still continues; and eventually the defendant ad- mitted it himself, by saying, as an excuse, that he could not get a more suitable place for the reception and storing of the offensive matter. The Assistant Judge fined him 300L, and ordered him to enter into a recog- nizance of 5001., with two sureties of 601. each, to be of rod behaviour for twelve months. The defendant said, he was a young beginner, and such a sentence would be his ruin. The Judge was firm. Then Stapleton said he did not possess 300/. He was taken into custody ; but in the after part of the day the money was paid.

At the Central Criminal Court, on Tuesday, much time was occupied in the trial of Richard Sill, an attorney, for obtaining money by false pretences from Henry Broome. The case, though lengthy, was very simple. Sill was the prosecuting attorney for Mr. Ham p, in the notorious Brighton "card- cheating case," in which John Broome, brother of Henry, was one of the de- lendants. While the case was proceeding before the Brighton Magistrates, Sill went to Henry Broome, and told him that he had seen the Home Secre- tary, that he had influence with him, and that he could save John Broome

• from transportation if he were paid for his trouble. Henry gave him cash and bllls , and Sill tried to withdraw the prosecution ; but the Brighton Magistrates only directed that be should withdraw as prosecuting solicitor, and ordered their own clerk to continue the prosecution. James and Staden have since been convicted at Lewes ; John Broome did not surrender to take his trial with them, but was subsequently traced to Belgium. The case was fully made out. Mr. Secretary Walpole was examined, to prove that Sill had never called upon him, and that the attorney had no " in- fluence" with him : Mr. Walpole knew nothing about the ease except from seeing it in the newspapers. The Jury consulted for three-quarters of an hour, and convicted the accused. When he was brought up to receive sen- tence on Thursday, Sill applied for a postponement, on the ground that he had been the victim of a conspiracy, and that he could disprove the evi- dence by affidavits. The Recorder, after consulting the other Judges, con- sented to postpone judgment till next Sessions.

On Wednesday, James Betteridge, a grocer, and Charlotte Webber, his housekeeper, were tried for setting fire to a dwelling-house, with intent to defraud the Monarch Insurance-office, by making a claim for property not really destroyed. Betteridge had two shops, one in Whitecrosa Street, the other at Islington ; there was a fire at the former, and a claim was made on the insurance-company.. The chief witnesses to make out the case against, the prisoners were a lad who lived in Whitecross Street, and a shopman at the Islington house. They stated, that Betteridge had informed them that he meant to set fire to the shop, to defraud the insurance-company ; and the lad made preparations for the fire. This witness went to bed on the night of the fire, and was only roused from sleep by his master breaking open the door : the witness knew the fire was to be made that night—but he couldn't keep awake, he was so tired. The woman afterwards told him that she actually set fire to the place, as Betteridge was a coward. Sonic firemen thought the fire had taken place as described by the boy. For the defence, Mr. Parry, skil- fully enlarged on the monstrous improbability of the male prisoner's telling his shopman and his boy—accomplices according to their own account—that he meant to set fire to his house, aud directing the boy to prepare for it : even read in a romance, the Jury would pronounce such a narrative ridi- culous and improbable. And than the boy went to bed on the night of the expected fire, and slept so soundly that the door had to be broken in to rouse him! A number of witnesses gave Betteridge a good character. The 'Jury consulted for a short time, and acquitted the prisoners.

Tripe and Montague were brought up for trial at the New Court, yester- day, before the Recorder. But the trial was postponed until next Sessions, on the ground that the prisoners had not had sufficient dine to prepare their de- fence.

Complaints by intending emigrants against shipping-agents are now of frequent recurrence. On Saturday, a number of persons complained to the Lord Mayor that Mr. Thompson, of Riches Court, Jaime Street, had not per- formed what he undertook. He had engaged to forward a number of per- sons to Australia in the ship Lockwood ; but it was announced by advertise- ment that he had no authority for this ; and he then transferred the passen- gers to the City of Lincoln, which was to sail from Liverpool on the 1011 of July. But after the people were on board the ship, the pretended owner be- came insolvent, and certain mortgagees threatened to seize the vessel. The poor passengers were in a sad plight. Weeks passed without the ship's

; and at length the emigrants sent a deputation to London, where the passage-money had been paid, to obtain restitution. Mr. Ballantine stated, on the part of Mr. Thompson, that he had been merely the agent of the per- son in Liverpool, to whom he had transmitted 1800/. The City of Lincoln was now in the hands of a solvent person, and would certainly sail on Mon- day or Tuesday. If the applicants would go in her, Mr. Thompson would pay each 61. for expenses and the inconvenience suffixed. After some con- sultation, the deputation consented to thew terms ; and the Lord Mayor directed Mr. Sewell, one of his household, to accompany them to Liverpool to see that the contract should be fulfilled.

Mr. Sewell reported to the Lord Mayor on Wednesday, that he had found the ship had fallen into respectable hands • the emigrants were well treated and they were to sail at noon that very day : when he left the vessel, three - cheers for the City Magistrates were given by the passengers. The same officer stated, that the Alfred, about the delay of which ship there were com- plaints last week, had now gone through the Downs, with her passengers well provided for.

The first decision under the act for preventing the over-crowding of river steam-boats was given by the Lord Mayor on Tuesday. Mr. Chipperfield, master of the Queen, was charged with conveying an excessive number of persons to Herne Bay and back, on the 26th July. The certificate of the Board of Trade permitted 300 persons to be conveyed for the excursion; but the number on board was 666. The penalty is 20/. and 62. for each passenger beyond the legal number. As this was the first case, the Lord Mayor was lenient, but threatened severity to the next offender : he inflicted a fine of 5/. for tweaking the law, and Si. for the excess of number-5s. on each pas- senger would have amounted to 911. IN.

Frederick Hoare, clerk at Roberts and Company's bank, was committed for trial by the Lord Mayor, for stealing 400/. in bank-notes, the property of his employers. He had eluded detection for some time by means of false entries in the books. He was enjoying himself at Ramsgate when arrested. Upon being addressed by the Lord Mayor, he said, "I am guilty. In a moment of temptation, I could not resist. As Mr. Roberts is here, if I can facilitate him in putting any of his books right, I shell be happy to do so." He has pleaded " guilty " at the Old Bailey, and has been sentenced to ten years' transportation.

In April 1843, a depraved and filthy-looking woman was charged at the idanaionhouse with stealing a little boy three or four years of age. In a state of destitution, Mary Thompson had entered the Asylum for the Ilouselees Poor. Dr. Bowie, the surgeon, suspected that she had stolen the child ; and, along with Mr.- Edwards, chairman of the Asylum, caused her to be ar- rested. She pretended that the child was her own ; but there was no doubt. that he was not so, for on being taken into the Lord Mayor's drawingroom its talk and behaviour showed that it had been brought up in a gentleman's family. The child talked of his "mamma" in the country, of Canterbury, of his "nice new frock," and so on. He said his name was Dupuis, not Thompson, as the woman called herself. The pretended mother consented to resign the child.- that time, every effort has been made to discover his parents, but in vain. Now grown as handsome lad of thirteen, Dupuis attended with Mr. Edwards at Guildhall Police Office, on Saturday, to tell Alderman Humphery, the Lord Mayor of 1843, that he, is about to emigrate to Iiieourne, to join Dr. Bowie, who has settled there. The Alderman diree.-M-that II. should be given to him from the poor-box, and Si. remitted to Melbourne for his use. He sails for Australia in the Blackwell emigrant- ship from Southampton.

Collins the picture-pawner is a lucky man : tried on, three indictment., 'Le; was acquitted on each. He was accused of obtaining daguerreotypes from Misers. Claudet ; but the servant who delivered the pictures could not posi- tively identify Collins. A photographic portrait was obtained from Mr. Hogg; but Mr. Hogg was not certain whether he gave it to Collins or to his son. The prisoner got possession of a portrait of Lord Sandys: he had ap- plied to borrow it, but it was not lent ; soon afterwards, the painting disap- peared—Collins had by some means got it, but nobody knew 'how. In each case the Judge pronounced the evidence insufficient.

John Hollinphed, butler to Mr. Blunt, of Dorset Square, has been com- mitted for trial by the Marylebone Magistrate for stealing a large quantity of his master's plate. He had pawned the property ; betrayed into that act, he said, by betting on horse-races ; and he intended to redeem the articles— when he won on the races, apparently.