Mr. Lyttelton, the Whig candidate for Walsall, has retired from the field ; and at present Mr. Gladstone is the only candidate. The cause of Mr. Lyttelton's retirement is stated by himself in a parting address to the electors, dated Tuesday evening, quoted by our correspondent in the Postscript.
A letter had been addressed by the deputation from the Anti-Corn- law League to Mr. Gladstone, as well as to Mr. Lyttelton, for an expla- nation of his opinions on the Corn-law question ; but Mr. Gladstone refused to communicate with them on the subject, as he could not re- cognize the right of the League "to send deputations to catechize can-
didates, or interfere in the politics of places to which they are stran- gers."
Mr. Forster junior was then applied to by the deputation • but he re- fused to stand ; and at length Mr. Acland was despatched to Man- chester to find a man. The Times correspondent at Birmingham says that the return of Mr. Gladstone, under any circumstances, may be deemed secure.
The Leicester Herald mentions a rumour that Mr. Easthope, M.P. for that borough, has accepted office under the Crown, which will render a new election necessary. We should have thought the rumour un- likely; but we have not seen it contradicted.
Reports have been bandied about the papers respecting the Mon- mouthshire election. We know for certain that the Honourable Charles Banbury Tracey, eldest son of Lord Sudeley, and nephew of Capel Leigh, Esq., Lord-Lieutenant of the county, will, at the opening of Parliament, succeed Mr. Williams without opposition.—Morning Chro- nicle,
A grand Reform festival is in preparation at Leeds ; to which many Members of Parliament and other influential gentlemen have been in- vited. The time is not yet definitively fixed, but the 20th of the pre- sent month is named.
There was a meeting of four hundred Conservatives at Salford on Monday, in honour of the birth of the Princess Royal. The Town- hall, in which the dinner took place, was fitted up with flags and ban- ners, and was ornamented with an immense Chinese pagoda imme- diately behind the President's chair.
One of the wise men of the Bridgenorth Town-Council got up at a late meeting of that body, and in a serious tone proposed an address of congratulation to the Princess Royal on the happy event of her birth.—Hereford Times. [They will surely knight this fellow.] The High Constable of Brighton refused to call a meeting, as re- quested by the Chartists, to address the Queen to grant a free pardon to Frost, Williams, and Jones. The deputation who waited on the High Constable became very unruly when refused ; declared they were treated " worse than brutes" ; that they saw they must now use force, and "fight with their blood to see who were the best men." The Chartists deny having talked about" blood," but their denial is con- tradicted by the Brighton Gazette.
Vincent the Chartist has addressed a letter from Oakham Gaol to the Chartists of Cheltenham, in which he says, that on his liberation he shall commence a system of agitation throughout England that must command the respect of every good man and, woman throughout Eng- land.—Cheltenham Gazette.
Eight of the Chartists convicted at the Liverpool Spring Assizes having completed their terms of imprisonment, were liberated last week, and arrived at Manchester on Friday. They were met by a public proces-
sion, about a mile from the town, and conducted to the Hall of Science, where they made speeches. The demonstration is described by the Manchester Courier as quite a failure.
Bail was on Tuesday given by Messrs. Alfred Jolly Caldicott and George Wynn, the publisher and registered proprietor of the Stafford- shire Examiner. themselves in IOL each, and two sureties each of 40/., to answer an indictment found against them at the last Stafford Sessions for inciting the populace of Bilton to riot, in August last.—Wolver- hampton Chronicle.
Two Chartist newspapers, the Western Star and the Northern Libe- rator, became extinct last week. The copyright of the Cheltenham Examiner has been sold for one shilling.
Mr. Owen, the Socialist, was "bowed out" of the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, last week, amidst a salutation of hisses. He afterwards applied to the Mayor for the protection of the Police at his meetings, but the request was refused.
The Coroner's Jury on the body of Benjamin Cooper, the sawyer, at Ashton-under-Line, who was murdered by some Trades Unionists on the 11th ultimo, was brought to a termination on Thursday week. There was no direct evidence to implicate any one in the murder ; therefore the Jury retured a general verdict of" Wilful Murder" against some person or persons unknown. There are seven persons in custody on suspicion ; who are known to have been connected with the union.
The seat of Charles Gray Harford, Esq., at Bryntirion, Carnarvon- shire, was destroyed by fire on the 18th ultimo. None of the furniture, paintings, or plate, could be saved : the work of destruction was com- pleted in two hours. The loss is estimated at 5,0001.
The Union, of Youghal, Carieson master, from Southampton to New- port, was wrecked on Saturday sennight, on that dangerous projection of rock called Mort Point, to the westward of Ilfracombe, during a furious gale from W.N.W. ; when the master, with Edward, Power, John M`Carthy, and Thomas Broadrich, seamen, were unfortunately drowned. The mate, John Carroll, saved himself by swimming to the shore, which he reached in a most exhausted. state.—Canibriaa.
On Saturday, two accidents happened to one train on the Gloucester and Birmingham Railway, owing to the defective state of the engines. In the first place, one of the wheels of the engine broke. This delayed the train till another engine could be procured. The fire-bars of the second locomotive fell out before the train arrived at Birmingham. These engine-, it is said, are two of those made at Philadelphia, which were expected to work in a superior manner.
At Whiddon, near Liverpool, last week, a child that was asleep in a cradle, at a road-side public-house, was changed by a woman who called for some drink, whilst the mother went into the cellar to draw it. A cry from the cradle shortly after called the mother's attention to the babe; when, to her consternation, she beheld a Negro child substituted for her own. The child-stealer has not been discovered.