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of seven feet! Between Market
SEPTEMBER

Lavington and West Lavington,

along the whole line of road, fiva 2. EXTRAORDINARY Story IS thing was to be seen but hail, bers WILTSHIRE.--A very extraordinary and there heaped up into masses storm of hail and rain has laid from four to seven feet high. Over waste a tract of country in the the whole district the curt was neighbourhood of Mirket and almost utterly destrored. Not only West Lavington and Easterton; was the stalk crushed into the completely destroying, within & earth, but the ears were cut it! limited area, the whole labours of from the stems. The direct livage the husbandman, and doing im- from this cause will amount to mense damage to trees, hedgerows, several thousand pounds. farm buildings, and dwellings. The farm-stock dors not arpar From daybreak of the 2nd Sep. to have suffered much; uit de tember, there had been continuous ducks and fowls perished in hanmutterings of thunder, with light- dreds - sparrows, thrushes, sod ning, and the air had a heavy, blackbirls innumerable were streck leaden hue. About 5.30 A.J. & down and killed by the hail. roar, like a roar of musketry, was The storm, as before stated, is heard; the lightning and thunder contined to a limited area. Itsine increased; and, as if the heavens appears to have been very dis. had been suddenly opened, there tinctly drawn. Just outside there fell such a deluge of buil and ruin was heavy rain, which interrupted as his hardly ever been recorded. the field-labourers for a short time In less than half-an-hour the tract --beyond that, there was ties: of country between Easterton and rain nor huil. West Lwington, about half a mile 3. DrsTkTCTITE Fibes.-Abost in breadth by two miles in length, nuon an extensire fire occurred at was compleiely devastated. The some waterside premises in Narcrops were crushed into the earth, row Street, adjacent to the entrare and the fields, hedgerows and gar- of the Regent's Canal D ck and dens were covered by a mass of Ratcliff Cross. The premises in hail-stones from four to seven which the disaster cutsuence: feet deep. The roails, and water. were the extensive stores of Sexe courses, and hollows became deep Ritebie and Sons, jute by an i rushing torrents, dont which agri sack manufacturers, and washnan cultural produce and implements, as the Eagle Whart. This tailtimber and straw, were burried ing was at least 60 feet *.1° along. The roads were broken up, and fur floors in herzht. ltar: the cellar» filled with water, ioses peared that the workpoeple is! and totta."** placed in hoiluun left to get their dinner, and on were tideed with water and cinked returning discovered that one of up will stones, gravels and every the upper floors was on tire, ard hind of dentis de Miraet Li spurte dily the whole building kg vingwon the whole lower part of the enveloped in times. Frimo vilise was hand andersif, an! Ritchie's premines the samesfusird the collages were in un luled up to their way into the extensive seara

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flour mills of Messrs. Hammond, out in the Surrey Consumers' Gas
the whole of the floors of which, Company's Works. The flames
the stock-in-trade thereon, and the commenced in one of the large
valuable machinery, were quickly gasometers, and in a few minutes
enveloped in a broad sheet of not fewer than 10,000 cubic feet
Hame. Owing to the extreme nar of gas became ignited. It was ex-
rowness of the street, the firemen pected by the terrified inhabitants
encountered much difficulty in that a terrific explosion would
obtaining a position which would occur; but this was not the case,
command a range of the fire. The and owing to the exertions of the
fumes consequently crossed the workmen the flames were pre-
street and fired another warehouse vented from extending to the other
and counting-house of Mr. Ritchie, portions of the works.
which was also nearly destroyod. 8. DREADFUL FIRE AT
Fortunately an ample supply of LIVERPOOL WORKHOUSE.-A ter.
water was procured, the brigade rible catastrophe has occurred at
and land steam engines, and the the Brownlow Hill Work house,
floating engines on the river were Liverpool. The eastern portion
worked so strenuously as to con of this building contains on the
fine the Hames to the buildings in ground floor the drug stores, and,
which they were now raging, and above, a long apartment which is
the surrounding buildings escaped the dormitory of the girls. Access
with comparatively small damage; is given to this room by two stair-
but an immense quantity of bottled cases, one at the south end, the
beer in an adjoining store was ren- other at the centre. The dormitory
dered valueless. Of the flour mills is separated by a varrow passage
and Mr. Ritchie's premises only the from the chapel, under which are
Lare walls remained. The fire is the girls' schoolrooms. Miss Ken-
supposed to have been caused by nan, the schoolmistress, slept in
the spontaneous ignition of jute or a small room adjoining the dormi.
fax used in the manufacture of tory, and in the latter were about
sacking

40 girls, some grown up, others of On the 6th, also, a fire broke tender age, and three nurses. On out in the extensive range of Sunday night the inmates of the warehouses belonging to Messrs. worklouse were, in accordance Phillips and Sons, Duke Street, with rules, locked up in their reBlackfriars. Mr. Phillips bad just spective apartments. About 2 retired to bed when he was alarmed o'clock on Monday morning, Miss by the reflection of a strong light Kenyan was awakened by smoke through the bedroom windows, and the smell of fire, and immeand, on looking out discovered the diately discovered that these procentre warehouse to be in flames. ceeded from the girls' dormitory. The whole of the warehouses con The governor, Mr. Carr, was taining 700 tons of rags, also aroused and took immediate steps several small houses, were entirely for stopping the disaster, but witho consumed.

out success. The dense smoke On the 13th, considerable ex showed that the interior was burncitement was called in the neigh. ing. The fire seemed to be about bourhood of Deptford Creek, by the centre of the room, near to the the report that a fire had broken central staircase. The means of

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escape for those whose beds were been suffocated in their sleep,
beyond these stairs were therefore without injury from the flames ;
cut off; but those who had the but when the room was entered
good fortune to sleep at the south after the fire had been quite es.
end were rescued without difficulty. tinguished, it was found ihat the
Attempts were made to get access burning roof had fallen upon the mi,
to the northern end by breaking bad set fire to their bedding, and
the windows; but when the assist their corpses were dreadfully burnt.
ants ascended the ladders they of the nurses that perished, one
were driven back by volumes of who had rushed several times into
fire and smoke, and it was evident the smoke, returning each time
that rescue by that means was with a child, was finally bronght
hopeless. The governor and nurses out lifeless with a dead chid in
then made courageous efforts to ber arms. Another had rescued
penetrate through the mass of several liuile sufferers, but ruling
smoke raging in the centre of the in again was brought out senseless
room, and succeeded in drawing and died in the arms of the
out many, and did not desist until governor. Twenty-three perus
two of the nurses and a grown-up perished in this melancholy cal.s-
girl had perished in their attempts, irophe. The precise origin of the
and the governor was much burnt fire was not discovered.
and nearly suffocated. In a very 9. EXPLOSION OF GrupowT•F
short time the whole of the dormi. Mills in CORNWALL.-An erra
tory was destroyed, the roof fell in, sion, by which six women were
and all the unfortunate children destroyed, has taken place at the
within perished. In the meanwhile Naucekuke Powder Mils, on the
the flames bad spread across the pas. coast of Cornwall, about fire miles
sage and ignited the chapel. The west of Redruth. The manu'ac.
efforts of the engines were properly tory was in full work, there being
directed to extinguish the fire in about 1500 lbs of gunpowderunder
the dormitory, and therefore that going the process of drying. The
in the chapel raged uuchecked. premises had just been inspertei
The whole structure was speedily by the proper persons. Fire
enveloped in flames, from the floor women were at work in the dryire
to the top of the steeple. Soon room, two in the sifting room, and
the supports of the latter were the mixer was at his work. Abuvut
destroyed, it reeled and fell, crush. 11 A.M. & tremendous exploswa
ing in the roof and flours to the took place, which completeir strip,
schoolrooms beneath.

ped the drying-house of its sof, When the fire in the dormitory and levelive the front wall with had been sufficiently subdued for the ground. The buildings were the assistants to look in, they then seen to be in times. The beheld a piteus sight. In the

fire engine was brought to the row of iron cuts along the western

spot, and the fire extinguished wall were seen the bodies of 14 On entering the buildings for of children; one two others the six women were found dedi, were on the thor, as though they scorched and baked with the terre had been aroused, and were ab ut blast. The other tho were alive. to escape. The pour little girls but died the following day. The seemned, when tìrst seeu, to have disaster is attributed to lightove.

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9. GLOUCESTER MUSICAL Fes. broadside, and 2 pivots on her TIVAL.---The annual musical festi- deck. val of “The Three Choirs" was WEATHER OF THE QUARTER. this year held at Gloucester. The The Summer quarter of the preperformances consisted of the sent year was pre-eminently cold, Creation, Elijah. Mendelssohn's wet, and disagreeable. The cold Lobegesang, and The Messiah. The weather, which set in on the 9th principal vocalists were Malle. June, continued, with few and Titiens, Mdme. Sainton-Dolby, trilling exceptions, till the 12th Miss L. Baxter, Malle. Parepa, September; the defect of temMr. Sims Reeves, Mr. Weiss, and perature during the whole of these Mr. Moutem Smith. The attend- 96 days averaged 21 degrees. For ances at the four great perform the other 18 days there was an ances were below the usual num

excess of 24 degrees. Rain fell, bers, and left a considerable deficit; on 40 days, to the aggregate of but the contributions at the doors, 7 inches. This rain-fall was conwhich are always handed over, siderably below the average, but without deduction, to the fund for the deficiency was fully compenthe relief of the widows and orphans sated by the amount of humidity of the three dioceses, were never in the air, and the chilliness and theless considerable.

damp of the atmosphere. 20. LAUNCH OF THE IRON-CLAD Nevertheless, the health of the ** Hector," 32 Guns. The first population was unusually good. of a class of irop-clad men-of-war, This was, in some degree, owing intermediate between the Warrior to that very cold which made and the Defence classes, was ererybody feel so uncomfortable ; launched from the works of Messrs. since the rapid decomposition of Napier and Sons, Glasgow. The animal and vegetable matter, and Hector is 286 ft. in length over other causes usually prevalent all ; 56 ft. !} in. in breadth ; during hot weather, were not forced 38 st. 2 in. depth moulded; ton- into activity. nage, 4063 tons. She will be The number of births was expropelled by horizontal engines of traordinarily high ; 172,237 chil800 horse-power (nominal). Her dren were born an excess of near armour plates will extend all 4500 over the corresponding quarround from a depth of 5 feet be- ters of 1860-61. The birth-rate low the water line. They are of was 3.356 of the population, the rolled iron, 4 inches thick, average of ten years being 3.285. bolted over a coating of teak 18 The number of deaths was inches thick. The Hector was 92,225. In the Summer quarter designed for a ram, and with this of 1860 it was 86,312 ; of 1861, view her bows are made of extra- 100,986. The proportionate rate ordinary strength, her curved to the population was 1.797 per stem being made of massive iron, cent.; that of ten years is 2.020 secured by a perfect network of per cent.

Even the distressed iron beams, cross bracings, and cotton districts, where scanty food bulk-heads. The Hector is de- and clothing, and mental depressigned to carry 32 of the heaviest sion, might have produced disease and most formidable guns kuown and death, did not show any noto artillery science--30 on her ticeable variation from the average

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-indeed, it was remarked, that these three months rose from
where the distress was known to 7000 to 12,000; the number who
be most severe, the number of went to British North America
deaths was even below the average; also increased greatly ; while to
and that the increase of mortality the once eagerly-sought l'nited
occurred chiefly in such places as States, who in the summer of
Liverpool, beyond the pressure of 1860 received 21,104 of the bond
the cotton famine. This favours and muscle of a State, only 634
able result is attributed to the went in the summer of 1861, and
general excellence of the food sup- 14,170 in that of 1562.
plied by the Relief Committees, The increase in the pumber of
the enforcement of cleanliness, the paupers shows how severely, not-
compulsory abstinence from ardent withstanding the enormous sums
spirits, and to the greater atten. subscribed, and the general pros-
tion to their children atřorded by perity of the rest of the com-
the mothers in the absence of munity, the cotton famine has
work.

fallen on the smitten districts There were 40,5x5 marriages in The following will show the com. the third quarter of this year; in parative number of paupers in the 1860 there were 40,511 ; in 1861, Summer quarter of three years 39,892. So that the hopes of

In for future increase are not retarded by 1860 ...,101,1 NO) the sufferings of the north-eastern 11 ..11:33 portion of the Kingdom. This

11, indication of prosperity is, how- The price of provisions was alwa ever, due to the general well-being unfortunately higher than at the of all the other parts of England; corresponding period of last prar, for in the cotton districts the wheat being 56s. 10d. & quaria, effects of the stagnation of their and potatoes 115s. per ton. industry were manifest. In Lancashire, the marriages, which were 6315 and 6123 in the Summer quarters of 1800 and 1861, fell in this quarter to 516%. In Ashton

OCTOBER and other towns, where the popuJution is wholly dependent on the 5. Riots is HYDE-PARK AND cotton-mills, ihe decline of the AT BIRKEXHEAD.--'This autumn marriage rate exceeded one-third. has not been allowed to pass will

The excess of births over deathis out a repetition of those daca sons $0,012, or 870 daily; but ful riots which for the last two or 3:3,000 emigrants sailed from three years have taken place on British ports, of whom about Sundays in the parks. Pr«sing 1:3,000 were of English origin. from the meaningless character of The British colonies now feel the disturbances of past year beneficially the consequences of these tumultuous gatherings bare the insane contest which renders assumed the more formatlesiape the l'nited States & “ nice country of religious and political fact:ca to keep out of."

The Ergiisli, fights. On the present occa-208). Irish, and Scorch, who went to the opposing parties were, on the the Australiau culonies during one side, the lowest order of the

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