27 JULY 1850, Page 9

Zi strilnutgus.

The Speaker gives his official dinner on Saturday, August 3.—Times. It is undertood that Parliament is to be prorogued on the 15th of Au- gust—Daily News.

We understand that the Nepaulese Princes and suite take their de- parture from this country about the middle of next month. They pro- ceed to India via France ; and the Admiralty have ordered the Comman- der-in-chief in the Mediterranean to send her Majesty's steam-sloop Growler to Marseilles by the 1st of September, to convey the distinguish- ed Orientals to Alexandria en route to Nepaul.— United 'Service Gazette.

The ceremony of administering the "premiere communion" to the young Count of Paris was performed at the French Chapel in King Street, Portman Square, on Saturday last. The Count and Countess of Neuilly, the Dutchess of Orleans, and all the other members of his family now in England, were present ; with a very large attendance of the French no- blesse of the Monarchy of 1830, "many of whom had come over from France specially to testify on this occasion their sympathy and respect for the illustrious exiles." The Dutchess of Leinster, Lady Granville, Lady Shelburne, Lady Jersey, Lady Clementine Villiers, Honourable Miss Foley, Lady Harriette d'Orsay, and Lady Tankerville, were also present Monsignore Wiseman, the Roman Catholic Bishop of London, officiated in person, with the assistance of the Abbe Mailly and the Abbe Guelle.

The journal des Debate, generally so well informed on English sub- jects, actually believes, for it states, that "the club which the French refugees had established in London has just been closed by order of the English Government."

Accounts from Ireland, received early in the week, raised alarms that the potato-blight had made a general appearance in a very fatal shape. Later and more particular accounts alleviate the apprehensions of a gene- ral visitation, but confirm the statement that a serious manifestation of the disease is made in the counties of Clare and Limerick. From " all other quarters, North, East, and South, the reports are still most favour- -able."

Results of the Registrar-General's return of mortality in the Metropolis for the week ending on Saturday last the first column of figures gives the aggregate number of deaths in the corresponding weeks of the ten previous years.

Ten Weeks Week. 0(1839-49. of 1850. Zymotic Diseases 2865 • • • • 176 Dropsy, Cancer, and other diseases of uncertain or variable seat 441 • • • • 99 Tubercular Diseases 1995 •. • • 162 Diseases of the Brain, Spinal Marrow, Nerves, and Senses 1087 • • • • 117 Diseases of the Heart and Blood-vessels 274 • . • • 31 Diseases of the Lungs, and of the other Organs of Respiration 808 .... ss Diseases of the Stomach, Liver, and other Organs of Digestion 723 • • • . 72 Diseases of the Kidneys, &c 88 .... 10 Childbirth, diseases of the Uterus, &c 109 • • • . 9

Sheumatisra, diseases of the Bones, Joints, Sc 63 • • • • 10 Diseases of the Skin, Cellular Tissue, Sc.. • • • • 3

Malformations 26 • • • • 4 Premature Birth 234 .... 25 Atrophy 198 .... 24 Age 442 .... 37 Snd.den 92 .. ,. 6 Violence, Privation, Cold, and Intemperance 243 .... 24 — — Total (including unspecified causes) 9738 863 The mortality again shows a slight increase beyond that of the preceding week. Still the deaths were 200 below the calculated average of the same period in the last ten years. Five cases of cholera are recorded, but only one of them is registered as malignant cholera.

The mean pressure of the air at Greenwich was 29-814 inches ; the mean temperature 65.6', which is 63 above the same week in seven years. On Tues- day, the highest day, the index reached 87 in the shade and 105 in the sun.

7,..A letter has been received in America from an officer of the Arctic Expe- dition in search of Sir John Franklin, dated off Newfoundland, June 7. The expedition had been retarded by head-winds and heavy weather. The offi- cers and men were all in good health.

The Duke of Hamilton continues to recover rapidly from the effects of his late accident; his medical attendants expect he will be able to walk out in the course of a few days.—North British Mail.

We have to record the death of the patriarch Dormer, who died a few days ago at the foot of the Hill of Allen, county Kildare, at the advanced age of a hundred and twenty-five years.. he lived in the same townland in which he was born in the year 1725, having thus seen the throne of England filled by six successive Sovereigns. He had been in a state of second infancy for near a quarter of a century.—Leineter Express.

The Vice-Consul of France at Rabot writes, under date the 1st of June, that a drought in the South of Morocco has so completely destroyed the crops that a famine is apprehended.

It is stated that it is the intention of the owners of the British and North American Royal Mail steam-ships forthwith to commence the building of screw steam-ships, of great size and power, to establish a line for the con- veyance of goods and passengers to and from New York and Liverpool ; in- dependently of the splendid ships now employed under contract with the British Government for the conveyance of the mails.—Daily News. Messrs. W. S. Shuttleworth and Co, of 36 Fenchurch Street, have kart taken a contract for supplying 30,000 pounds of tea for the service of her Majesty's Navy. This is the first time the supply of tea for the Navy has been thrown open to the competition of the trade.—Times.

Richard Mauks is now performing a similar feat to Captain Barclay's- that of walking a thousand miles in a thousand successive hours. The prize is 501., offered by a tavern-keeper of Sheffield, in whose grounds the match is performed. The pedestrian had accomplished 775 miles on the 19th, and was going on well.

A young Irishman, who had been working for six weeks in the Drumlan- ng. tunnel—a very unpleasant occupation, as the tunnel was continually deluged with water—turns out to be an Irishwoman. She dressed as a "navvy," worked well, and was much liked by her companions. Her mo- tive for acting the man was to raise money to carry her to America ; an ob- ject which she will now effect by means of the subscriptions of those who admire her resolution to attain a laudable end.

It appears that the miserable food resorted to by the starving peasantry on the sea-coasts of Ireland, the common "sea- weed," is becoming, even in this country, extensively used by the poor for food. It is now forwarded by rail from Shields to Manchester and Leeds, by women who gather it from the rocks at Tynemouth ; and on arrival at its destination, it is regularly sold in the markets for from 3d. to 4d. per pound.—Newcaatte Journal. [An sea-weed is not necessarily "miserable food." Some of the mucilaginous sorts contain more nutrient matter than equal weights of well-known culi- nary vegetables.] The Buffalo Courier, of the 1st instant., describes with more circumstance the fall of the Table Rock into Niagara Falls, lately mentioned. "The fall- ing of Table Rock at Niagara Falls, on Saturday last, was an event which has been prognosticated from time immemorial, though the precise period at which the affair would come off' was not designated. The portion that fell was from 150 to 200 feet long, and from 30 to 70 feet broad ; making an irregular semicircle, the general conformation of which is probably well re- membered by those who have been on the spot. It was the favourite point for observation. The noise occasioned by the crash was heard at the distance of three miles, though many in the village on the American side heard no- thing of it. It is a very fortunate circumstance that the event took place at dinner-time, when most of the visiters were at the hotels. No lives were lost. I carriage from which the horses had been detached stood upon the rock, and a boy was seated inside. He felt the rock giving way, and had barely time to get out and rush to the edge that did not fall, before the whole immense mass was precipitated into the chasm below."

A letter from Chagres, dated 27th June, records a series of characteristi- cally energetic proceedings by a Wisconsin Yankee to get to California. "B. Butler, from the State of Wisconsin, 2,500 miles above New Orleans, built a boat of five tons, carted it forty miles to the river, and with three companions started with this craft for California. Their intention was to cross by Nicaragua, go by the lake, and, with wheels to the boat, take her overland to the Pacific, launch her afresh, and go on to San Francisco. They had never seen salt-water before, and with an old chart and compass off they went, reaching Cuba first ; where they were seized as pirates, and de- tained thirty days. Two of the four left here, and then the other two started, coasting it all along Cape Caroche to St. Juan. When they arrived at that place, they found it impossible to get the boat up Nicaragua River ; and they then brought her to Chagms, sold her for a good price, and started back for their own country, to build a more suitable craft : but unfortunately, they were capsized in the American bark, and lost all. There was about 30,000 dollars on board of her. Thus ended the romance of the Yankee ; whose perseverance certainly deserved a better fate."

News has arrived of the loss of two Indiamen at Madras. During a heavy gale on the 24th of May, the Sulimary parted from her anchors and was driven on shore, where she speedily became a wreck. Attempts were made to save the people by the boats ; but they were swamped, and all perished— the captain, his wife, some passengers, and the crew—upwards of forty per- sons. The Guna was also driven on shore; but the crew were saved. The value of the two vessels is estimated at 50,0001.

The French war-brig L'Aigle has been lost at Martinique—capsized in a squall. Of sixty men, only two escaped.

A gentleman named Gunter, who lives at Brompton, has been cleverly duped of his money by a rogue. Mr. Gunter knows a Mr. George Tew of Wakefield ; a letter came from Eastbourne, purporting to be written by this Mr. Tew, with gossip on family matters, and asking for a loan, as the sender had lost his purse. Mr. Gunter sent 151. Then he suspected something amiss ; and on writing to Wakefield found that to be the case. A short time after, the Eastbourne Mr. Tew wrote again, from Southampton, where he expected two Alderney cows, one as a present for Mr. Gunter ; but he WAS still short of cash. Mr. Gunter sent a five-pound note by post, and his son went to Southampton. When "Mr. Tow" applied for his letter, and had received it, he found himself in the hands of a Policeman. Before the Ma- gistrates, the accused—a man of sixty, who "appeared a mixture of the sporting man and the gentleman farmer "—said his name was George Richard Tew, and that he had property at Doncaster. While at Southamp- ton he called himself "George Richards." The Magistrates sent him to London, to be taken before the Hammersmith Magistrate.