18 AUGUST 1855, Page 5


During the past week, Lord Palmerston has given a reply to the memo- rialists who prayed that an unconditional pardon might be granted to Mr. Smith O'Brien. The Government decline to recommend the Queen to grant the required pardon, but wish it to be distinctly understood that they entertain no personal or political resentment towaras Mr. O'Brien,

Belfast has been agitated on the Sabbath question. It was proposed by one of the Town Commissioners for the supply of water, that the grounds of the waterworks should be open to the public on Sunday afternoon. This proposal was negatived only by the casting-vote of the chairman, after a six-hours debate.

Two fatal cases of hydrophobia are reported, in both instances attended with dreadful suffering. A boy has died at Limerick, and a young man at Portglenone.