14 SEPTEMBER 1850, Page 4


But few particulars of Royal proceedings at retired Balmoral are vouch- safed by the Court newsman. The Queen drives out; has ridden out on a pony, by the side of her husband more stoutly mounted ; and has made the ascent of the lofty and rugged Ben-na-bourd, some miles nearer to the Dee springs than Balmoral ; and Prince Albert has stalked and shot deer with proper success—stags and roebucks, "the trophies of his skill," were brought home from the hunting-grounds of Balloehbuie. Only one little incident of an intrusive character has yet been noted as an annoyance to her Majesty. "A stranger persisted in following her, and at last threw a letter at her" : "he was quietly removed between two policemen, and afterwards set at liberty."

A movement is in progress for the erection of an Institute of the Fine Arts in Glasgow, where the want of a suitable building for the exhibition of paintings and sculpture and the encouragement of the fine arts gene- rally has long been felt.

In the Greenock Parochial Board, lately, a motion to the following ef- fect was proposed-

" That permission be given by this board for the Catholic children, and others of the same persuasion in the poor's-house, to assemble in a room set apart, on Sundays, or on any. other day thought most convenient, for the purpose of receiving religious instruction—orphans and deserted children in- eluded; and that the religion professed by the parents of orphans and deserted children be registered, agreeably to the 23d rule of the house regulations."

The following amendment was "carried by a large majority "—

" That all the children in the poor's-house be brought up in accordance with the religious persuasion of the majority of the heritors and ratepayers of this community."

Every gaol in Scotland is crowded with prisoners sentenced to transporta- tion. In that of Edinburgh alone there are upwards of sixty male trans- ports, and the other parts of the prison allotted to criminals of a less ad- vanced stage are crowded to excess. The burning of Parkhurst has crammed the convict-depots at Millbank, Wakefield, and in the Isle of Wight ; and it has been resolved to quarter as many as possible in the Perth Penitentiary. A selection has been made of the most healthy in the prisons of Edinburg Glasgow, and Aberdeen, and they are to be removed to Perth in the course of next week.—Edinburgh News.

We observe that the melancholy fate of the Orion, and the animadver- sions made on the state of her boats at the time of the accident, have had the effect of inducing the owners and masters of the different sea-going steamers that leave the Broomielaw to put their boats in such a state as to be ready for an emergency. The covers have in all cases been removed, the full complement of oars placed on board, and the plugs properly fastened to the sides of the boats, in such a position as to be instantly available.—North British Mail.

The Daily News tells a story of advantage taken of the cholera visitation to plunder an employer. When the disease was raging in Glasgow last year, a large firm in that city were informed that a clerk had died of cholera, and had been speedily buried : the statement seemed only too probable, and it was believed. It was afterwards found that the deceased clerk had largely robbed the establishment ; property he had left was appropriated to meet the defalcations, but still there was a large balance of loss. There is reason now to believe that the statement of the death and burial was all false. The clerk had been a teacher to two sons of a partner of the firm, and he attended the same church ; on Sunday sennight, a man appeared in that church with large whiskers and moustache ; the boys eyed him eagerly, and at last felt sure that they recognized the dead clerk • the stranger became uneasy, de- parted in the middle of the service, and has not been since seen.

Three Irishmen have been killed at Linlithgow by a fall of earth while they were excavating a foundation for a bridge over a railway. Peter Galloway, a spirit-dealer in Airdrie, the other day proceeded to empty gunpowder from a barrel into a flask while he was smoking a pipe; a spark from the tobacco fell among the powder, and there was a violent explosion. Galloway's shop and an adjoining one were wrecked, and six persons were fearfully burnt. Douglas Mill, at Lower Dudhope, Dundee, the property of Gilroy and Company, was entirely destroyed by fire last week. The damage is estimated at nearly 10,0001.; a considerable portion of which is covered by insurances.