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ened age, has been performed this week in the catholic districts about Basle. A solemn malediction and excommunication has been pronounced against the mice guilty of committing depredations in the fields.
8.—Last week, a man of the name of Bishop, who lives in Redcliff-street, Bristol, had a quarrel with a farmer Phelps, of Knowles, when a scuffle and battle ensued, during which the former bit off the thumb of the latter: mortificiition and death followed. Coroner's verdict—Mansluughtcr.
Venice, December 9.--The horses of Corinth have become the objects of a kind of idolatry. Since their arrival the people flock in crowds to the square of St. Mark, and kiss with enthusiasm these ancient monuments of Venetian glory. To satisfy the public curiosity, medals have heen struck with the heads of the horses. The civic council has voted a sum of 4000 ducats for the relief of the Austrian soldiers wounded in the last campaign. The city has also voted thanks to lord Wellington.
Petersburgh, Dec. 9.—They write from Moscow, that that city rising fr n its ruins will be finer than ever it was, though not so large. The change which has taken place in so short a time is almost incredible. The present governor, Tomazow (admiral and general), is incessantly and actively employed in its rebuilding. It is a spectacle astonishing and truly novel in our times, to see that immense plain on which the eye distinguishes a various and confuted mixture of ruins of palaces
in stone and in wood, of houses large and small, of the nodding walls of burnt mansions, of uncultivated fields, every where intermixed with piles of brick and heaps of lime, while swarms of workmen of every kind give animation to the picture. The whole reminds us of the tower of Babel, with this distinction, that the result will be very different. All tne roads leading to the city are covered with trains of carts laden with materials. The Kremlin is in part rebuilt, and on a more regular plan; those of its old walls that remained, are pointed anew and whitened. The cannons taken from the enemy are ranged in several lines in the grand square, in front of the Senate house. The new Bazaar is a much finer building than the old one.
9.—Letters from Rome announce a piece of intelligence highly important to all friends and admirers of antiquity, namely, the discovery of an ancient building in the neighbourhood of Palestrina. A broad marble staircase, descending 60 steps, has been already uncovered, and a place or room, in which several statues are still standing upright in their niches. The further results of this discovery are eagerly expected.
Dantzic, Dec. 10.—On Wednesday, the 6th of Dec. about nine in the morning, the remaining gunpowder, consisting of about 60 cwt. besides the tilled bombs and shells, were to be removed from the powder magazine close to the rampart within the city, near St. James's gate. For this purpose the cannoneers, a subaltern subaltern officer, and an artificer, went into it, when just as the last man was going in (as it is reported) the magazine blew up. The effect of the explosion was dreadful. Those who lived at a distance took it for an earthquake, for the doors and windows flew open, the furniture was thrown down, and the bells, set in motion by the pressure of the air, rang of themselves. It happened to bo market time. Twenty of these poor people lay crushed under their horses and oxen, which were likewise crushed, and under their overturned sledges. Round the stump of a lamp post was a horse, whose bones were broken, twisted round like a cord. The instances of almost miraculous escapes are many. Some persons were saved merely by the falling of beams, &c. forming a kind of arch over them. The number of the killed and wounded is between 3 and 400; that of the houses damaged 6 or 700, and the loss sustained not to be made good for half a million of dollars. Glass is wanting to mend the windows, which are almost universally broken by the pressure of the air.
10.—The canal in St. James's park was exceedingly crowded with skaiters; and, although several accidents happened, some of which were attended with fatal consequences, owing to the ice not being 8'ifTU-iently strong to support the pressure, still the obstinacy of the unwary p3rsisted. About nine o'clock in the morning one man was drowned; and about three o'clock in the afternoon, the ice broke in near the Pagoda bridge, when twelve per
sons fell in; all of them were happily got out safe except one bov, whose body was not found at a late hour last night; several others got a ducking in consequence of their imprudence.
Dublin, Dec. 11.—On Friday night, John Laflin, esq. surveyor of excise, assisted by Messrs. D'Arcy and Patterson, revenue officers, with parties from the 88th and Kilkenny regiments, proceeded to the parish of Klindane, where they destroyed four extensive private distilleries, and brought offacoppsr still. About eleven o'clock on Saturday morning, as they were approaching the village of Kildys-irt, a numerous mob, some of whom were armed with scytlies, pitchforks, &c. assembled from all quarters of the country, and increased to ubout 70O men, who threatened the destruction of the officers and their party. In this awful moment, Mr. Laflin, at the imminent risk of his life, rode up to them, and endeavoured to convince them of the fatal consequences that must inevitably result from an attack upon the military, who were all determined to do their duty. II is humane exertions seemed to be appreciated by some old men, as they Were seen to retire and endeavoured to influence others. But they were not to be counselled, and the attack commenced by a tremendous vollay of stones. Mr. Laflin was knocked off his horse—the military were obliged to ft re, and to preserve a cool and steady retreat. They abandoned the seizure, but kept this immense mob in awe and at a proper distance. Report states the loss of lives, but the fact is
not not yet authenticated. The military fired about ten rounds, and as the assailants were so numerous, the presumption of some havoc among them is rational.
11.—This morning, when the gentlemen engaged in the Newbury bank entered it to proceed to business, they discovered that the whole of the property had been stolen, amounting, it is supposed, to near 20,0001. All the books and documents relative to the bank were also carried away. The robbery had been effected by means of false keys. It was in vain to keep the bank open, as there were no notes or cash to pay with; and the cruelty of taking the books away rendered it impossible to transact any business. An express was sent off to the Public office Bow-street, where every assistance was rendered to the distressed parties. The officers have discovered that bank notes, part of the stolen property, to the amount of upwards of 8001. were paid to a respectable man at Abingdon, on Monday morning, for the purchase of some property. There is every reason to believe that the extensive depredation had been long in contemplation by some old thieves.
Amsterdam, Dec. 12.—The storm of the 7th and 8th inst. which was attended with such a sudden and severe frost, has done very great damage upon our neighbouring coasts. Many ships are stranded in the Zuyder-Zee, or entangled in the ice there, in the mouths of the harbours, and in the Y. In all the ports of the Zuyder-Zee the greatest exertions are making, partly to disen
gage the vessels surrounded with ice, and bring them into more secure births, and partly to repair the damage done to others. Extracts from letters received from officers of his Majesty's ship Northumberland.
"H.M. S. Northumberland, Oct. 20, 1815. "We arrived here on the 15th, after rather a pleasant, though long passage, of ten weeks j and general Buonaparte landed on the 16th in the evening, when it was quite dark; he was muffled up in a large surtout coat. A guard went before him to disperse the mob. You must judge of the state of his mind and spirits by what he did, and what he did not do, during the passage. He never came out of his cabin but in the evenings after dinner; he then, almost without exception, wept and leant against the breech of the foremost gun on the weather side of the quarter-deck, whence he never moved. Generals Bertrand and Lascasses always came out with him, and with whom he ever continued in conversation: he appeared to take little notice of his other companions. His dress, upon these occasions, was invariably a green coat, with two plain epaulets, small clothes, with silk stockings, and pumps, with gold buckle?. At the usual ceremony of passing the Line, which we did on the 23d of September, gen. Buonaparte made a present to old Neptune of one hundred Napoleons; the French generals and children gave him a double Napoleon each. The countess Bertrand is one of the most pleasant and agreeable women I over conversed with.
She said she wished we had missed the island; and I do not wrStxder at it; for if its boundless criiggy rocks and lofty mountains strike the senses of a stranger, who can depart at his pleasure, with a cold heart-appalling effect, what must be the feelings of banished majesty! Nature seems to have formed it for security to its inhabitants. Had general Buonaparte ever entertained a hope of escape, when he came in sight of this place it must have been banished for everj the whole world beside, 1 should suppose, does not present such another spot."
"Northumberland, Oct. 18. *' Buona]iarte was very much pleased with the attention shewn to him, whilst on board this ship, however he might have felt upon subjects connected with bringing him here. He publickly thanked captain Ross, on the quarter deck, for his kindness, and requested he would do the same for him to the officers."
IRISH COUNTRY FAIRS.
[From the Dublin Chronicle.} 12.—The accounts u[>on this subject are most melancholy. Hitherto the fairs of December have been most important to the tenantry. The sales at those fairs have been looked forward to, as affording the means of paying the September and November rents, the taxes, and even the tithes. This resource now fails them altogether.
Tippejrary fair is usually, perhaps, the greatest December fair in the south of Ireland. All money appointments are made for that and the following days.
Let us sec how this fair now
proves. It was held on Saturday and Monday last, the 9th and 11th inst.
On Saturday, being the great pig fair, near 2,500 pigs were exposed to sale in Tipperary town. Not more than 1,014 found buyers; the rates were from 18s. to 22s. 9d. per cwt. being from 2d. to 2£d. per lh. (In 1811 to 1812, the prices were from 50s. to 56s. per cwt.)
The buyers would not venture to lake any of the large or heavy pigs; these remained unsold; they took no pigs exceeding 2 cwt. 1 qr. in weight. The general gloom and disappointment were beyond all description.
On Monday, at the great cattle fair, the shew was very thin, owing to the despair of the market. The number of store bullocks exposed to sale did not exceed 120; the prices were considerably below those even of December, 1814.
14.—The following extracts from the information of John Pryor, an under gamekeeper on Mr. Whitbread's estate at Southhill, taken before William Wilshere, esq. give the particulars of the whole transaction of the murder of the gamekeeper.
"Charles Dines, the head gamekeeper at Southill, lived in the park. I live about half a mile from the park, with James Gurney, who was usually employed by Dines as an assistant when we went out at night. On Saturday evening, 9th December, about half-past eight, Dines came to us, and told us that he had, as he sat in his house, heard two guns fired in the park, and another as he was coming along. Gurney
and I went with him. Dines and Gurney each took a double barrelled gun; I took a pistol. We walked about the park till halfpost ten, without hearing any thing. We then sat down to rest, in a shcil near the cottage, and almost immediately afterwards heard a gun; from the sound, we thought it to have been fired near tl>e head of the Lake. I took the gun from Gurney, and we ran in that direction. When we got to the head of the lake, we stood and listened: in a few minutes ve heard the sound of footsteps: we followed the direction of the sound, and soon heard another gun iired; and after a short interval, a third in a thick plantation adjoining the park pales. Dines said, " I know they are here." He called Gurney and me to come to him, and directed us to go into the wood abreast with with him. He said, "Mind what we are going about; do not shoot at any man, unless you see him point his gun ut you." A voice called out, " Come on." 1 looked towards the side from which the voice came, and saw several men; I thought as man) as six or seven: they were not more than ten yards distant; there was a moon, but the sky was cloudy; the men stood still in a body. Dines said to them, " Don't you consider that you are imposing upon nie uncommonly?" No answer was given to that. We stood a minute or two looking at them, without any thing more said on either side. One of theiu said, "We will go ofT:'" Dines answered, " 1 hope you will go off the premises directly:" they turned, and walked .towards the
park pale. They were not more than fifty yards from the pale. Dines, as they were going said, "We are not strong enough for you to-night, but we will be as strong as you another night. One of them said, in reply to that, "if you bring twenty men, we will bring forty:" they then got over the pale, into the road. We got over immediately after them: 1 then saw that two had guns. We were within about eight or ten yards of them: Dines said, "1 insist upon your going off the manor." One of them answered, "If you fetch all the men in Southill parish, we will not go off." Dines ordered me to call George Dilley, who keeps the White Horse in Southill (within 150 yards of the spot on which we stood); I ran to the house, and called Dilley and his son. I returned immediately. When I had got about half way back, I heard the sound of a gun, and at the same moment, heard Dines cry out, "The Lord have mercy u]M>n me, I am a dead man." Immediately afterwards, I heard two reports of a gun. I very often, and almost every day, heard the sound of Dines's gun, which was a very good doublebarrelled gun. It sounded differently from an ordinary gun, and I have no doubt that the last two reports were from Dines's gun: his gun was loaded when I left him, and I found it lying by him. with both barrels discharged. I heart! the men running away, before I could reach Dines. I heard him call to Gurnev, "For God's sake come as soon as you can." Gurney had been knocked down and wounded, and was creeping