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dragged out of the carriage, and piked in several places; but the military appearing at a distance, the rebels left him half dead, after taking from him seven hundred pounds he happened to have in his pockets; he is, however, stated to be in a fair way of recovery.
"In one place in the Liberty was found a large quantity of gun-powder and seven hundred pikes.
"On Sunday morning, the dead bodies of the rebels were taken up in the streets, and a great number of cars were employed in carrying them to the castle-yard for the purpose of having them identified. In the number were several women, who were found with pikes and stones in their hands. One corpse particularly attracted attention. It was the body of an old man, upwards of seventy, a shoe-maker, well known in the liberty. He was bare-footed and bare-legged. He had been shot through the body, and lay upon the ground with a large knife in each hand. The dead bodies appeared to be of the lowest orders of society."
CORK, AUGUST 5.
"The disaffected did not openly avow themselves here. It is well known that their determination was to adopt the same rebellious proceedings as their brethren in Dublin. The greatest exertions are making here by the magistracy, yeomanry, &c. to prevent surprise. Many men of good property are become inhabitants of our prisons, which are well guarded....among these are the two Drianes, one of whom is said to be worth two hundred thousand pounds; Simon Donaven, and Todd Jones, of the North, whom I before mentioned; Dr. Callahan and his son, of Glognakeity; no relation whatever to the worthy physician of this city; a Mr. Buck,
from the West, who had been for some time agent to Arthur O'Connor, and a Mr. Finn. It does not follow because these persons are taken up, that they are guilty; but consistently with the conduct of the present mild government, their conduct will be fairly investigated, and none but the guilty will suffer.
"The insurrection in Ireland is stated to be completely quelled. This howevr is a point that still remains questionable: At best we suspect the flame is only smothered for a season.
"Papers have fallen into the hands of government, from which we learn that the combination has been augmenting for at least eight months, and arranged with the most systematic attention. A provincial government had been projected, which was to resign its functions as soon as a regular system of legislation should be adopted.
"A manifesto has also been discovered, written in a very impressive style, setting forth the oppressions which the people of Ireland had long suffered, explaining their equal rights as men and citizens, the injustice of their being forced into an union with Great Britain, by which they sustained nothing but disadvantage, and the propriety of their rising up like one man, throwing off the yoke by which they were gailed, separating from the country to which they were chained, and establishing themselves as an independent nation.
"It is stated, that the plans of the insurgents were so well constructed, the attack on the castle having been arranged by midnight, that had it been concealed till that time, it might have been successful. But the distribution of arms taking place in the evening followed by intoxication, occasioned a premature discovery."
LONDON, MAY 10.
Saturday, between one and two o'clock, a most alarming fire broke out on the roof of the tower on the centre of Westminster Abbey. The accident arose from the scandalous negligence of the journeymen plumers employed at present on the nccessary repairs of the roof, who left their melting pot in an improper state. The catastrophe likely to be the result of such a conflagration occasioned a sensation in the public mind, which every one may readily conceive. The Abbey is the depository of the remains of many of our sovereigns, and of many of our most illustrious and celebrated countrymen and countrywomen, as well as of the chef d'auvres of our national skill in the art of sculpture; endeared to the public mind by so many valuable and exalted considerations, it became the object of universal anxiety. As in too many other cases, so here, water could not be had for nearly two hours after the fire commenced, in any quantity sufficient for the working of the engines. But, when it was procured in abundance, after the utter exhaustion of all the watertubs and cisterns in the neighbourhood, it was used with great effect, and before six o'clock all entirely disappeared. We were extremely happy, on inspecting the state of the cathedral carefully, after the flames were extinguished, to find so little injury sustained. What damage was done in the interior, was occasioned by the burning of the roof of the tower (which communicates to the grand arches of woodwork which appear to support it from the inside), the fall of which, by its violence, and by the communication of the flames, destroyed a considerable portion of the seats and ornaments of the choir. It has been generally supposed that the whole roofing of the arches of the church was of masonry; but our
readers will recollect that the church was greatly repaired about a century ago, under the direction of the great Sir C. Wren, when a considerable part of the roof was replaced by carpentry, to save the expenses. This tower was then intended as the basement of a magnificent spire, with which that architect had designed to decorate this noble and august temple of British valour and wisdom. The exertions of every description of persons emphatically demand the unqualified praise of a British Journalist. Every one seemed to feel the fire in Westminster Abbey, as a common public concern. The soldiers in the neighbourhood, the Westminster scholars, the clergy, the volunteers, the lowest classes, vied together in the earnestness of their efforts to stop the progress of devastation. The corps of St. Margaret and St. John maintained the most perfect order and regularity, both within and without the Abbey, during the whole of this most serious affair. We were extremely happy to find some of the most distinguished members of parliament taking the lead, and sharing all the dangers and difficulties of the firemen in their endeavours; among them Mr. Windham was very conspicuous. Nothing escaped his activity, which was such that one could hardly distinguish his clothes from those of a common labourer after the bustle was over, in consequence of his exertions. Lord Westmoreland, the lord Chancellor and the dukes of Gloucester and Norfolk, likewise attended.
We must conclude this account by congratulating the public on the speedy termination of a calamity, which, had it happened at night, would not only have consumed the choir and organ, but likewise all the valuable antiquities of a combustible nature in the Abbey; and have defaced the fairest productions of our
science and skill, as well as have inflicted the keenest wounds on the feelings of the relations of all the brave and great who are there commemorated. The damage sustain ed, may perhaps be estimated at four or five thousand pounds.
A measure, in which the trade and navigation of this country (Great Britain) are incalculably interested, received last night the most willing concurrence of a committee of the House of Commons. On the motion of Mr. Hawkins Browne, in the committee of supply, twenty thousand pounds were granted towards making a navigable canal through the Highlands of Scotland from sea to sea. The extent is fifty-nine miles, twenty of which are occupied by lakes of unfathomable depth. The remaining are to be twenty feet deep, and of a proportionable breadth, so that ships of the line may pass from the Baltic to the British channel.
This would obviate all the difficulties of going round about by the Shetland and Orkney Isles; a passage of fourteen days in the calmest weather, and which in the windy season is rarely effected in less than three months: while, by the proposed canal, the passage in the most unfavourable weather, will not occupy more than twelve days, and frequently little more than half that period. It is calculated, that the whole expense of this canal will not exceed the loss sustained by shipwrecks in the present course of navigation in five years.
School for Deaf and Dumb. At the London tavern, on Thursday, March 30, a respectable and numerous company of gentlemen met to celebrate the anniversary of this institution, Sir Thomas Turton, baronet, one of the vice-presidents in the chair. After dinner, the Stewards, preceded by the Rev. Mr. Mason, as secretary, introduced the children (forty-seven in number) at present under a course of instruction in language, writing, arithmetic, mechanic arts, morals and religion, who produced specimens of their writing, &c. and some
of them recited a few lines prepared for the occasion, with distinctness and emphasis, far surpassing the expectations of those who heard them, demonstrating to the most credulous, that the naturally deaf and dumb are here taught speech, so as to render it an intelligible vehicle of their thoughts.
The Chairman announced from the best authority, that the funds are as yet unequal to relieve the numerous candidates for admission into an asylum, where alone there is relief for them. The impression made upon the company by these observations, and the scene they had just witnessed, produced some handsome donations and many annual subscriptions.
The parish of Presteign, in Radnorshire, in Wales, embraces a circle of nineteen miles. The burials, on an average of seven years are only twenty-six persons a year; and births for the same time forty-two. And of the burials, upwards of eighteen of the twenty-six, were of persons from eighty to one hundred years old.
Domestic incidents on board the American frigate New-York. April 25th, 1803, off Sardinia.... early in the morning the gunner's mate had been returning the signal lanthorns into the gunner's storeroom, as usual, and also the match which is kept burning during the night. He returned, and the gunner went immediately down into the cock-pit, and it seems took a light into the store-room to see if every thing was properly secured, when from the snuff of the candle or otherwise, fire was communicated to a considerable quantity of powder, upwards of an hundred weight. The explosion took place precisely at three o'clock, those in the cock-pit suffered beyond conception though most of them have survived it. The gunner, Morril, died the following night and also a boy named Hamilton. Mr. Shults died in about thirty-six hours. Burrior, captain's clerk, died since our arrival here (Malta). Dr.
Weems is yet ill, though recovering fast, as are likewise Mr. Alexis, midshipman, Kennedy, purser's steward, and M'Gee, marine. Mr. Lewis, midshipman, and Mr. Israel well. The explosion blew the gun deck and quarter deck hatches up ....started the gun magazine, wardroom, and cabin bed heads. Exertion alone saved us. The fire was extinguished in one hour. GEORGE-TOWN, AUG. 10, 1803. The fatal effects of the flux which rages with the utmost violence in this and the neighbouring counties, exhibits a very distressing scene; upwards of five hundred porsons, it is thought, within a few weeks, have been swept off; and in some parts more than two-thirds of families have fallen a prey to this depopulating disorder.
CINCINATTI, AUG. 17. Two Indians were lately killed in Montgomery county by a white man, the particulars as far as has come within our knowledge, are; the white man was hunting and happened to fall in with an Indian camp ....the Indians appeared not very friendly, he left them....he had not went far on his way, when he saw two of the Indians a-head, and both taking aim at him, their guns flushed, the white man fired and killed one, and ran upon the other and dispatched him with the but of his gun....It is said the white man has given himself up.
cannon they would have met with a warm reception.
Further information states, that there are a number of letters found with them from inhabitants of this state, offering them assistance and protection, should they prove successful. Does this not shew the rascality of Demos?
FORT NIAGARA, AUG. 17. I have just seen a British officer from Fort George, who informs me that they have discovered a conspiracy that was to have taken place among the soldiers of that garrison this evening...their intentions were to have murdered the whole of the officers, burnt the garrison, and to have fled to the United States. This is a battalion of the forty-ninth Irish regiment, about one hundred and fifty in number; the principals are sent to York, where an example will be made of them. Had they offered to come within reach of our
LOUISVILLE, AUG. 25. An expedition is expected to leave this place shortly, under the direction of Capt. William Clark and Mr. Lewis, (private secretary to the President) to proceed through the immense wilderness of Louisiana to the Western or Pacific ocean. The particular objects of this undertaking are at present matters of conjecture only; but we have good reason to believe, that our government intend to encourage settlements, and establish sea ports, on the coast of the Pacific ocean, which would not only facilitate our whaling and sealing voyages, but enable our enterprising merchants to carry on a more direct and rapid trade with China and the East Indies.
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, AUG. 23. This day at twelve o'clock a duel was fought by Samuel Howard and Joseph Welcher, Esqrs. The subject of dispute arose in the city council, of which they were both members. Howard was dangerously wounded by being shot through the belly. He fell on the spot, and was supposed to be dead....He has been brought to town, his wounds examined, and it is expected he will recover. George D. Sweet was Howard's, and George M. Thromp, Welcher's second. The place of action was the Jews burying ground.
ELIZABETH-TOWN, (M.) aug. 31.
On Wednesday the 24th, Peter Light, of Sharpsburgh, was arraigned at the bar of Washington county court, for making counterfeit dollars, and after a fair and impartial trial, was found guilty. On Thursday following, he was sentenced to be whipt, pillored and cropt
....which sentence was accordingly put into execution by the sheriff PORTSMOUTH, (N. H.) AUG. 27.
Sporting, or hunting the bear.... A grand bear hunt is proposed on the third Wednesday in October next, in the grand forest in Derryfield and Chester; which will be conducted by surrounding the whole desert, and marching in a regular manner to the centre thereof, in order to enclose all the wild game in the woods. Any gentleman disposed to divert himself with a day's fatigue, is invited to repair to one of the places of rendezvous, on the morning of said day, at eight o'clock, equipt with a good gun, powder and ball, provisions, canteen, &c.
and destroyed materials and apparatus to a considerable amount.
New York....The circumstances which have come to our knowledge, respecting the reported embezzlement of money by a person inthe service of the Manhattan company, are these: In consequence of the indisposition of Mr. Hunn (one of the tellers) and the absence of the first bookkeeper, the situation of temporary teller, on Saturday the 27th ult. devolved upon Mr. Benjamin Brower, who had been received into the bank with very respectable recommendations, and at that time filled the office of second book-keeper to the entire satisfaction of the Directors, whose opinion of his integrity was highly flattering.
On the day above mentioned, Mr. Brower received, in his capacity of teller, upwards of seventy thousand dollars. The money delivered by him to the cashier, in the evening, at the closing of the accounts, fell ten thousand dollars short of this sum; but as the money and the written statement of receipts had been made to correspond in the sum total, no suspicions of fraud were entertained. Mr. Brower was absent from the bank on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following; still, from the general tenor of his former conduct, and from the sickly state of the city, no one entertained a sentiment injurious to his reputation, or supposed his absence occasioned by any other circumstance than some derangement in his own health, or the health of his family.
The above forest has been time out of mind, and now is an asylum for and a habitation of a swarm of bears, wolves, and other beasts of prey, which have been hunted by small parties, without success. Bears are almost daily seen, and make frequent depredations on young cattle and sheep, and have become a serious evil to the inhabitants residing near the premises.
In several parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New-Hampshire, the dysentery, and other diseases prevail to a very afflicting degree. Many villages experience, in proportion to their relative numbers, a mortality much greater than any of our devoted citics, by the fever.
On the 28th, the barn of Henry P. Moore, of Poughkeepsie, in N. E. town was destroyed by fire, together with the whole of his summer crop of grain and hay. Also a sleigh, fanning-mill, &c. &c. The barn was purposely set on fire by a boy who lived with Mr. Moore, by the name of Peter Canady. He is lodged in gaol and confessed the fact to a number of persons.
Philadelphia.....On Wednesday night, August 30, between ten and eleven o'clock, a fire broke out in the chemical laboratory of Mr. Hunter, in Second, below Walnut street. It consumed a part of the building,
The adjustment of the accounts of the bank, preparatory to its removal to Greenwich, took place on Wednesday evening, the 31st, when a deficiency to the amount above stated, was discovered; " and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack."
An inquiry was immediately instituted respecting Mr. Brower. The result was, that he had left the city on Sunday, with his family; but no person could give information to what part of the country he had absconded. Messengers were dispatched in different directions, in