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a grand dinner given by the Duke of Wellington, to all the high official characters now in Paris, and by them received with the utmost applause :"May the Ministers not undo with the Pen what the Army has so well begun with the Sword."-(Great Applause.)
The freedom of the city was presented to the following gentlemen: Baron Adam, and Mr Forbes, M. P. for Beverley.
The body of a black man, nearly naked, was discovered on the beach beyond Southsea castle, at about 8 o'clock, with his throat cut in a most shocking manner. The body was first discovered by two gentlemen, walking on the beach, who immediately after meeting with J. Carter, Esq. one of the magistrates of this borough, gave him information of it, and he caused the body to be conveyed to the Five Cricketers, public-house. At the time Mr Carter examined the body it was quite warm, but all idea as to the perpetrators seemed at first to be in vain, though generally considered that it was done by men of colour, who latterly have been seen in great numbers in this town. However, by the great exertions of our police-officers, assisted by Charles Adams, pilot, to whom some suspicious circumstances were disclosed, Joseph Pique, a man of colour, was apprehended, and immediate ly confined in a solitary cell, until Friday morning, when he being informed that Antonio Pique and Philip Pique were also apprehended (though at this time it was not known that they had any knowledge of each other), he said, Oh! Antonio is a bad man," and then voluntarily confessed that he did not murder the deceased, by name Dilly Jeromi, but that he held his legs. It seems that Joseph Pique, Antonio Pique, and Philip Pique, are three Africans, but not related to each other, the name of Pique being given them from belonging to his majesty's ship
Pique, and that they were shipmates of the deceased, Dilly Jeromi, who was an African, is represented to have been a good-natured fellow, and was rather free in occasionally treating the three murderers. Previous to the day they went on the common, it appears they had formed a plan to rob him, and when they had got to a certain distance beyond the castle, at about seven o'clock, in full daylight, they asked him for his money: he declared he had none: they then insisted upon robbing him of his clothes; this he resisted, when two of them proposed to murder him; to this the other objected, but agreed to rob him, for which purpose Joseph held his legs, and Philip, in attempting to strip his jacket from his shoulders, which, when half way down his arms, confined them behind him, he discovered to Antonio, who was in front, a knife suspended by a string from the deceased's neck, but concealed at first by his clothes: Antonio instantly seized it, and immediately with a back handed stroke nearly severed his head from his body-the poor creature fell, and they stript him almost naked, and then attempted to cover him with shingle, a quantity of which was found on the body, and the dreadful wound in the neck was filled up with sand and small stones-They took the clothes to Portsea, and sold them to a Jew for 14 shillings, who tioned them as to their being wet (having, we suppose, attempted to wash the stain of blood out; they said the bundle had fallen overboard in coming ashore. The county coroner, J. Grigg, Esq. attended by R. Gallaway, Esq.the borough coroner, convened a jury on Friday, who adjourned till Saturday, when having given the greatest attention to the particulars that came before them, they returned at five o'clock a verdict of wilful murder against Joseph Pique, Antonio Pique, and Philip
Pique, who were immediately sent off to Winchester.
17.-A most melancholy accident happened this evening between nine and ten o'clock to two ladies, at present unknown, who were travelling in a post-chaise belonging to Mr Trehern, of the White Horse inn, Uxbridge, to Watford. On going over Uxbridge common, at a regular travelling pace, by some means or other the pole of the chaise dropped out of its regular situation, the horses took fright, and galloped off at a furious rate; when at the distance of half a mile the ladies made up their minds to jump out of the chaise, which they imprudently did, one out of each door, and shocking to relate, one of them was instantly killed, and the other sur. vived only a few minutes. The horses still continued their rapid career, and soon after, the post-boy was thrown from the bar, on which he had permission to ride, under the wheels, and hurt in so dreadful a manner, that his life is despaired of. The horses get ting out of the road were at last stop ped by running up to a large tree up on the common, without any kind of damage to themselves or to the chaise. 19th.-A most unfortunate accident happened to Hearn's Stow-Market stage-waggon, attended with a serious loss of property. The above waggon, which was on its return from London, with a heavy load of goods, stopped for the night, as was usual, in front of the Trowel and Hammer, Mark's Tey; when about two o'clock on Saturday morning, a most dreadful explosion took place, to the serious alarm of the inmates of the house and the neighbourhood, which, it appeared, proceeded from a barrel of gunpowder in the waggon, which had, by some means not yet accounted for, caught fire and exploded, scattering the goods and waggon to a considerable distance, and causing their almost total destruc
tion. The Trowel and Hammer is considerably injured by the explosion, which was distinctly heard at Colchester, and many miles round. We do not hear that any lives were lost. The road was so completely covered with the goods that the mail was detained some time before a passage could be cleared for it.
21st. The Parliament was prorogued in the usual form, till the 2d day of November.
25th. Thomas Foster, acutler, and James Low, a hair-dresser, both residing in the vicinity of Wellclose-square, were some days back drinking together at a public house in Well-street, within the liberties of the Tower, and ap peared as usual on the best terms of friendship, having been acquainted a considerable time; but after leaving the house, they differed about some subject introduced in conversation, when an altercation took place, and Low, without any previous notice, struck the other a violent blow and knocked him into the kennel, when the wheels of a cart, which happened to be passing at the time, passed over his body, and injured him so much that he was taken in a senseless state to the hospital, where he expired. The coroner's inquest returned a verdict of Manslaughter.
27th. Fortunate Escape.--Capt. Geo. Harris, of the navy, and his brother, Mr H. Harris, sons of Mr Harris, the respectable proprietor of Covent Garden theatre, accompanied by two sons of Mr Longman, of the house of Longman and Co. Paternoster-row, left town a few days ago on a trip to Paris. On their arrival at Brighton, from which port they proposed to sail, they found the packet had got under weigh, but a boat being at hand they got into it with intent to overtake her. They had, however, only got a short distance from the land, when a sudden squall came on, and the boat
swamped. The packet seeing the disaster, immediately put out her boat for their assistance, which with difficulty made her way to the spot at which the accident happened. It fortunately arrived just in time to save the party from a watery grave, having found Captain Harris and his brother, who are excellent swimmers, nearly exhausted, and with great difficulty supporting their two companions.
On Friday se'ennight, a man of Titchmarsh, near Oundle, destroyed himself in an extraordinary way. He and another man were taking a gravestone in a cart to the church-yard in which it was to be set up, and having to pass through a village in which the annual feast or wake was kept on that day, an acquaintance begged he would convey a bottle of rum for him in the cart, and leave it at a house in the village. The man consented; but afterwards thinking it would be a good joke to drink the rum, he got into the cart with the bottle and grave-stone, and drank to such excess that he died in consequence a few hours afterwards.
There has seldom been a more favourable season than this. Since the date of our last report, the weather has been, upon the whole, uncommonly genial, and not for any length of time adverse to field-labour, even upon wet soils. Though showers have been frequent, in particular situations, yet the air has been almost always mild; and the clear breezy days which succeeded, seem to have carried off all the moisture that would have been superfluous or hurtful. In some instances, the rains prevented the due preparation of the turnip fields; in others, the growth of the young plants was checked by the drought of July; and, in the south, the ravages of the fly or beetle have been extensive; yet in general this crop promises well.
Pastures have seldom been so early, and so luxuriant throughout; and a most abundant crop of hay has been saved, with but trifling exceptions, in very good order. It is scarcely neces sary to add, that corn crops of every kind, now hastening towards maturity, give us reason to expect a most plentiful harvest. Wheat in particu lar, as well as oats, not only promises to be above an average, but has hitherto suffered little from those diseases which have so often of late diappointed the hopes of the farmer. Much, however, depends upon the weather of this and next month. The harvest will not be so early as was once expected; in Scotland, reaping can hardly be general for almost a month to come. The orchards and hop plantations form perhaps the only exceptions to the promised abundance of the season.
Corn markets have continued with very little alteration. Last month the demand seemed to be a little brisker, and prices started a few shillings; but it has now subsided, and prices are again falling. The great abundance of grass, having occasioned a better demaud than usual for cattle, has prevented any great fall in their value; and as fodder must be plentiful next winter, it is probable the decline, which has already commenced, will be only gradual and moderate. Sheep, on the contrary, have been sold higher than last year, partly owing to the same cause, but still more, perhaps, to the advance in the price of wool. Long wool, in particular, was never known to bring so much money; and coarse wool has also risen. But there has not been so much demand for fine wool, a circumstance which is justly ascribed by Lord Sheffield to the immense importations of that article from every part of Europe, free of duty. Sheep farmers, however, are the only class who have little reason to complain of the present state of the markets.
Numerous trials have been made this summer, in different parts of Scotland, with burnt clay and subsoil, as a manure for turnips; and, as far as it is possible, at present, to judge of its effects, there is reason to indulge great hopes of success.
If the harvest months should be as propitious as the spring and summer, it is probable, that the stock of corn in the united kingdom will be considerably greater than the consumption. Part of it might be wanted in the Peninsula, where the crops are said to be deficient; but the Americans, perhaps, will deprive us of that market. It ought to be considered, that the legislature can do no more for the corn grower, in regard to markets; and no great relief can be expected for some time from a reduction of taxes. The two great classes concerned in the growing of corn, have therefore no resources but in themselves. Good policy, as well as humanity, clearly pre scribes indulgence on the part of landlords; and many of them, much to their honour, seem to have acted from the latter motive, in reducing their rents, even when the former could scarcely be supposed to operate. Rigorous measures at this time must be attended with the ruin of many of the tenantry, the deterioration of their own property, and the destruction of all confidence in their honour and generosity.
1st-An inquest was held before a coroner for the county of Kent, at Woolwich, on the body of P. Mitchell, Esq. a planter, of Tobago, who was drowned while bathing just above Woolwich. The accident happened on the afternoon of Sunday last, the deceased having jumped out of a sailing boat in which were several friends,
after having expressed his determination during the whole day that he would bathe. Mr D. Campbell, his friend, and an eye-witness, stated the facts, that by the peculiar and eddying operation of the tide at the point where Mr Mitchell was drowned, the body while swimming was driven directly across the river, and the boat, in spite of every effort, in a directly contrary course. Mr Mitchell, although an excellent swimmer and di. ver, was drowned within three minutes after he left the boat. The body was found opposite Woolwich on Thursday. Verdict-Accidentally drowned whilst bathing, by the impetuosity of the tide.
Amongst the crew of the Queen Charlotte, 110 guns, recently paid off, it is now discovered, was a female African, who had served as a seaman in the royal navy for upwards of eleven years, several of which she had been rated able on the books of the above ship by the name of William Brown, and has served for some time as the captain of the fore-top, highly to the satisfaction of the officers. She is a smart well formed figure, about five feet four inches in height, possessed of considerable strength and great activity; her features are rather handsome for a black, and she appears to be about 36 years of age. Her share of prize-money is said to be considerable, respecting which she has been several times within the last few days at Somerset-place. In her manner she exbibits all the traits of a British tar, and takes her grog with her late messmates with the greatest gaiety. She says she is a married woman, and went to sea in consequence of a quarrel with her husband, who, it is said, has entered a caveat against her receiving her prize-money. She has declared her intention of again entering the service as a volunteer.
7th.-Shoal of Porpoises.-Early
this morning, a large shoal of the cetaceous tribe was seen passing Cambus, up the Forth. The villagers, headed by the fishermen, went imme diately in pursuit, in boats and on the bank; and on overtaking them, near Polmaise, where they were joined by a reinforcement of adventurers, began the work of death with boat hooks, net-forks, pitchforks, spits, and muskets. The latter instruments, how ever, being found more dangerous to the assailants than the assailed, they confined themselves to their rude and murderous harpoons. To wield these with greater effect, they endeavoured to chase the fish to the edge of the water, where, if they did not dispatch them, they found time to lash a boat to their fins, and in this hazardous manner continued to inflict wounds till the victim expired, which, in one or two cases, was not till he had dragged his persecutors up and down several miles. One of the largest drove in the stern of a boat with one stroke of its tail, and split and sunk it with ano. ther. The route proceeded up the river as far as Cambuskenneth Abbey, where another body of assailants joined in the fray. Out of the sixty, of which the shoal consisted, fifty were secured, the rest escaped backwards. A day or two after, about twice this number were killed near Alloa, and lower down the river numberless shoals were seen. They turned out to be common Porpoises, distinguished from the Grampus by a deep snout, longer and more taper pectoral fins. They were of very different dimensions, from eight or ten to twenty feet long. The blubber of the latter was about two inches thick, and was purchased by soap manufacturers, at an average of about 50s. per fish. The bodies sunk the day on which they were killed, but floated the next, when the putrid fermentation began. They evidently
came on a predatory excursión; for salmon were seen leaping out of the ri ver, or swimming in terror to the shore.
10th.-PARIS. On Tuesday evening between eight and nine o'clock, Mr Kean and Mr Clugstot, two Irish gentlemen, went out together for a walk upon the boulevards, which is a fashionable promenade, particularly in the evening, and is generally much crowded. As these gentlemen were passing along, one of them accidentally trod on the foot of a person who had the appearance of a French gentleman, and he expressed himself very impatiently, although he was told the trivial offence was entirely accidental. A crowd was soon collected to the spot, and created some confusion, in the course of which Mr Kean unhappily received a wound in his left side from a cane sword. Soon after it was inflicted, a person in plain clothes was observed brandishing such a weapon, exclaiming at the same time, "Je suis un officier Francais !" and it is very probable that this was the person who inflicted the wound. He got away in the confusion, and has not since been heard of. Mr Kean was very soon taken home, and died about ten o'clock on Thursday morning.
This assassination has excited among all ranks of the Prussians the utmost indignation: they have set on foot a strict search after the assassins, but hitherto without effect. However, the Prussian commandant, resolving to leave no stone unturned, has given notice that he will levy a special contribution of two thousand francs daily on the inhabitants of the Boulevard where the atrocity took place, until the villain shall have been discovered and delivered up to justice. The Duke of Wellington has offered a considerable reward for the discovery of the mur derer.