THE Kism's BAN - D.-The King has retained four of his late
Ma- jesty's private band-two horn-players, Englishmen, George Hardy and Pope Hardy, brothers, and two Germans, Wessex, a bassoon-player, and
Schenasted, who plays the flute. They were reengaged by Sir Andrews Barnard. We are informed that his Majesty intends to have a band for the Queen, composed with the above exceptions, of stringed instruments. It is understood that their services will commence next month.--. Brighton Gazette.
COMPLAISANCE or GOVERNMENT.-11fr. Dean, the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs, sent on Sunday morning for Mr. Manning, and the Surveyor-General of the Customs,
and gave him instructions to proceed that very day to Portsmouth for the purpose of seeing all the luggage and effects of Charles the Tenth landed and passed the Customhouse free of duty ; but to take care, at the same time, that no prohibited articles were introduced by his attendants and suite.-Herald. [There are no prohibited articles except Jesuits. Every thing else may be introduced in England on payment of a duty. We should like, by the by, to see the question of foregoing taxes on imported arti- cles, in compliment to their owners, properly settled. It is evident that every sixpence so given up, if it be necessary to the public service, must be laid on some one else. What is there in the condition of Charles the Tenth that asks such an exertion of charity ? We are told that our subscriptions for the relations of the murdered people are uncalled for; we really think they are quite as uncalled for by the person whose ion. becility and wrongheadedness produced the murders.]
CORONER or MIDDLESEX-The emoluments of the coroner vary according to the number of inquests. His fee upon every inquis:tion IS
20s., and also ninepence for every mile he is compelled to travel from his usual place of abode 'to take such inquisition ; but no expenses are al- lowed for returning. The emoluments of the district, the coronership of which is vacant by the death of the late Mr. Unwin, amount to about 8001. The district is comparatively small, as compared with the divi- sion over which Mr. Stirling presides ; but the population is very great. The expenses of travelling are trifling.
ELECTION Exrn XSE s.-The expenses of contested Parliamentary elections are often reprobated, and justly so ; but throughout our whole
polity the same system prevails, and the same complaints are called for. The last contest for the Coronership of Middlesex, we are told, cost each candidate 3,000/., and the present will cost more. How is it possible, under such circumstances, for the public to avoid being ill served? though the very last that would counsel an extension of Ministerial powers, we could feel inclined to advocate the propriety of vesting the appointment of Coroners in the Home Secretary, rather than see so abo- minable a system of election perpetuated.
ECLAIRCISSE31ENT.-A handsome bird was taken last week in a walled garden belonging to Mr. Stow of Nuneaton, that appeared to be a rara avis to all the good folks who had a sight of it, except one gentle. man, who pronounced it to be one of the pigeons turned up during the late revolution at Paris, and that had mistaken its course.-Front a Col,. respondent in Warwickshire.
JERUSALEM IN DANGER.-Last week a Jew was baptised in St. John's Church, by the Reverend Thomas Brown. This is the third de- scendant of Abraham who has been publicly admitted into the Christian church in this city, within the last few months.-Glasgow Chronicle.
DR. Lusurisarost.-We are glad to learn that the result of our elec- tion will not exclude Dr. Lushington from the ensuing Parliament : ha will sit for a borough, the property of an influential Whig nobleman.- Berkshire Chronicle.
JURIES.-At a meeting of Lincolnshire Jurymen, convened last month for local purposes, held not a hundred miles from Scotton, the following document was agreed upon, signed by fourteen farmers, &e. and ordered to be forwarded to their foreman for not attending his duty : -" July 29 30 We the Jurey 0 are met theas Days do think it rite that Mr. R- B--- T- is liable to be fined for not attending upon the Jurey without a lawfull cause, therefore we think it rite that he should be Fined as the Jurey thinks Proper, therefore it is agreed on that he shall be Fined Twelve Shillings."-Lokester Chroniok. NEW FEATIIRE.OP THE SEA SERPENT.—It will be recollected that we published a notice the other day,from a Salem paper, of a fishing. boat being attacked off Lynn, Massachusetts, by what was supposed to be a shark, and a respectable citizen of that place lost. The Boston Gazette, in copying the article, askin" might it not be the sea serpent -.?" The question struck us rather forcibly. It was stated that persons in a vessel about half a mile distant from the boat which Mr. Blaney was in, saw him swinging ids hat and calling for help, and at the same time saw, what they supposed to be a shark, lying across the boat ! This state- ment, we should think, would be more reconcilable with the supposition that it was a long and slim sea serpent that had run across the boat than a common-shaped fish. The account stated further that the animal dis- appeared for a minute or two, then attacked the boat, and carried it with its contents under water. The boat soon rose again but the man was never seen more. It will be recollected that one of these animals, called sea serpents, supposed to be at least one hundred feet in length, was seen two or three weeks since in Boothbay harbour. They probably live upon fish, which they catch upon the shoals and along the coast ; and though, whenever they have been seen, they have been described as quiet and inoffensive, yet it is reasonable to suppose that, when driven by hunger, they would be likely to attack any thing of moderate size which might come in their way.—Portland Daily Courier. [Had the respectable citizen not happened to be in the way, the serpent would of course have swallowed the boat.] MIGITEL'S BLOCKADING SatTADRON.—One of the blockading squa- dron, the Diana frigate, entered the Tagus yesterday, in twenty days from St Michaers,bringing with her no less than five prizes—viz. four English and one American. Their names as written on the list at the Exchange, are-1. The Velocidade, with hides and other merchandise- 2. The Amelia, with a cargo of timber-3. The Margarida, laden with sugar, coffee, and hides-4. The St. Helena, with money—and 5. The Arina an American vessel, with a cargo of staves. It is reported that the iritish Vice-Consul at Belem, attempted to go on board one of them, but was refused permission.—Letter from Lisbon, August 7.
BISCUIT MACHINES —" The first process is that of mixing the meal (5 cwt.) with a sufficient quantity of water, which is accomplished in two minutes ; the second process is that of rolling the dough to its proper thickness ; and the third and last is passing the dough, when rolled, under the stamping machines which will stamp the extraordinary num- ber of 360 per minute, or 21,il00 per hour. The whole of these opera- tions are performed without the dough coming into contact with the hand, and the machines perform their respective duties with admirable precision, expedition, and cleanliness, and have fully answered the most sanguine expectations not only of their spirited inventor, T. J. Grant, Esq., Clerk of the Check, but of all who have seen them".--P1,ymouth Herald. [We shall have masticating machines next]
LOVE IN A HOLLow TREE.—A. few days ago, as two sawyers were cross-cutting, about fourteen feet from the root, an elm tree, which grew in Thryberg Park, near Rotherham, they discovered in the centre a bird's nest, containing several eggs. The girth of the tree was seven feet eight inches ; and the nest, which is now in the possession of Mr. Costlier, of Bennitthorpe, was surrounded by' solid timber, without any aperture. The eggs appear to be the size of those of a chaffinch ; but they are so discoloured by time, as to render it difficult to determine, either from, their appearance or the form of their nest, to what description of bird they belong.—Shenield Mercury.