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of Three Weeks affer Marriage, were the pieces represented. The principal male characters were taken by the usual amateurs, E. W. Hartopp, Esq. Mr. E. Hartopp, the two eldest sons of Colonel Noel, Francis Munday, Esq. and Mr. Bilsborrow, and were well supported. The female characters were filled by the three Miss Hamiltons, whose theatrical merits are too well known to need any other comment than merely to say they performed with their usual spirit and excellence. The hospitality and polite attention of the lady of the mansion, the Hon. Mrs. Hartopp, shone as conspicuous on this as on former occasions. The band, formerly of the Melton Mowbray corps of volunteer infantry, filled the orchestra. A cold collation and ball followed, from which the visitors did not depart till the morning was far advanced.
CREWE HALL-Long the acknowledged seat of English hospitality—lias this Christmas been the seat of unrivalled festivity. On Wednesday, the 4th instant, there were a splendid ball and supper, to the latter of which near an hundred persons sat down. On Thursday a dinner was given to a seiect party, and in the evening all the visitors of that and the preceding day were gratified with theatrical ainusements, the picture gallery having been prepared for the oceusion, and fitted up in a very commodious style. The performance commenced with a prologue from Midsummer Night's Dream, but altered and made applicable to the occasion. Midas then followed, and went off with the happiest effect, and the reiterated bursts of applause amply spoke the merits of the several performers: Midas was played with the most successful humour. Mysis was animated and judicious, while Nysa would have insured commendation from the proudest assemblage of London critics. The scene of the celestials was well managed, and Hebe, Venus, and Juno, appeared to influence the hearts of all theit mortal gazers. Milas was followed by a new piece, written for the occasion, entitled One bird in the Hand worth two in the Bush. It was meant merely as a vehicle for music; the idea, however, is ingenioas, and replete with comic effect.
We are happy to state, that the claims of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales are adjusted to the satisfaction of all parties. It is intended, we under. stand, to propose to Parliament, that Government should take upon itself the payment of the unliquidated balance of his Royal Highness's debts, for which the deduction from his income of £:65,000 per annum, stands pledged, and which balance now amounts to about £.240,000 and that his Royal Highness shall have the enjoyment of his owo income, for the purpose of resuming and supporting the splendour suitable to his rank.
MURDER OF MATHEWS, THE HERMIT-The eccentricities of the above unfortunate old man have for a number of years been the subject of much curiseity to those who have visited Norwood and ils vicinage. Upwards of 28
years ago he obtained leave of the governors of Dulwich Common to form himself a dwelling on their ground, in the neighbourhood of Sydenham Common and Dulwich Wood. This dwelling, which was the child of his own fancy, was far secluded from any other, and cousisted of an excavalion in the earth, thatched in with fern, underwood, &c. In this cave or hermitage he lived for a series of years, his daily employment being to work in the gardens of the neighbouring gentry, by whom, from his simplicity of manners, he was much liked. He always returned to his cave to sleep, and on Sundays used to sill beer to such as curiosity might lead to visit his cell, of whom, in the sumınier, there were many. About five or six years ago, however, some villains, insti. gated by the saine motive that probably occasioned his death (an idea that he was possessed of money), broke into his cave, beat him in a most dieadful manr.cr, and, agreeably to his own account, robbed him of 12s. For upwards of a year and a half after this le deserted bis abode, and usually slept in the stables or hay-lofts of those for whom he had been at work. Drawn, howeve, by some strange impulse, to his former mode of life, he returned to his cave, the construction of which he altered, by digging it with a niouth resembling an oven, into which he had just room to crawl, and when laid down h: contrived to press his feet avainst a board, which, placed at the entrance, served for a door. All these precautions did not, however, save him from the further attacks of his enemies, for, on Tuesday morning, 28th Dec. he was found, near the entrance of his cave, dead, with his jaw-bone broken in two places, and a severe wound in liis cheek. The body was discovered by some boys, who, at Christmas time, had always made a practice of paying the old man a visit; he was cuvered with fern, &c, and uuder his arm was an oaken branch, about s x or seven teet long, which it is supposed the villains put into the cave in order to look him out, as the hook part was found broken off, which exactly matched with the stick, and fronr the nature of the wound in his face, it appears likely the hook bad been hitched into his mouth, there being a hole of the size of it quite through the cheek; and in dragging him to the mouth of the cave they must have turned the body, as his head, when discovered, was outermost. His jaw was broken, and, as is the opinion of a professional genileman on the spot, the extravasated blood getting into his throat, caused suffocation. The deceased lad been at the French Horn, at Dulwich, on the Monday evening, and had changed half-a-guinea there, great part of which change he is known to have had about him when he went bome, none of which was to be found, as his pockets were turned out. A secret pocket, of which none of his acquaintance had any koowledge, did not escape the prying eyes of his murderers, as it was also turned out. Muthows the de. ceased, was near 70 years of age, and was supposed to have been induced 10 adopt his singular mode of living from the afectionate remembrance he entertained of a departed wife, by whom he had one daughter, doing, as we understand, tolerably well in London. He was generally l.ked in the ncighbouring villages, and remarked for the simplicity of his manners, and the punctuality of his dealings; from which circumstance some of the gipsies, perliars, who intest the vicinity of Norwood, might be led to conceive bim worth money, Three men of the above description have been committed by Messrs. Bullock and Buwles, on suspicion of knowing something of the ima iler, as they were a part of
the vagrant tenants of an encampment formed very near the cave of the . deceased.
The Leeds paper says: “ We are informed, from good authority, that the Methodist Missions in the West Indies are in a most flourishing state : about 10,000 of the Negroes are now under instruction ; about 15,000 of these are ornaments of Christian virtue; and about 10 of the Mulattoes and Blacks are already become teachers themselves.
SKETCH OF BONAPARTE.--The person of the First Consul is small, below' the ordinary size of men. The Consular garb does not become him; he looks best in the plain uniform of the National Guard, which he at present generally wears. His face is strongly marked with melancholy, reflection, and deep thought ; the lines of premature age are very visible upon it. He is said to be mpenetrable even to his friends. His head is remarkably large, and his eyes are well formed, and well set, animating a countenance which has been seldom known to smile. His voice is the deepest toned, and seems to issue as from a tomb. His mouth is large and handsome; and in general it may be asserted, there is that harmony of features which denotes an entire character. The various resemblances of hin are tolerably exact; though they by no means do him justice, nor give his look, which is extremely interesting and impressive. • A fire broke out on the 15th December, at the house of Count Potoki, at Vienna, and his Excellency was so severely hurt in endeavouring to save himself, that he died next day.
AN ANECDOTE.- It is no wonder that Hatfield the imposter should prefer a full commitment to Nequgare, under a general confession, to Tothi!l-fields Bridewell, and the daily interrogatories at a Bow-street Exhibition ; the request that he made to Sir Richard Ford on this occasion, reminds us of an authentic anecdote of the late Lord Howe. When captain of the Dunkirk man of war, a black sailor had committed some offence, for which he was ordered to receive a certain number of lashes. Being tied to the gan, the Captain, who, with the good discipline of the service at heart, sometimes went, if not the wrong, at least the round about way to effect it, ordered the ship's company to be piped upon deck, and then began a long exhortation in fisvour of subordination and obedience : the black culprit heard it all, under various heads of dissertation, for nearly three quarters of an hour; when, unable any longer to endure the oppression of his commander's eloquence, with the other sufferings that were to follow, thus movingJy addressed him :~" Massa ! if you preach-em, preach-em'; if you frog-em, frog.em ; but don't you preach-em and frog-em too!" Notwithstanding, the Captain of the Dunkirk continued his preaching, and afterwards, with unexampled bad taste, frogged poor blackey into the bargain.
GALVANISM. The body of Georye Foster, who was lately executed for the murder of his wife and child, hy throwing them into the Paddington Canal, was conveyed to a house not far distant, where it was subjected to the Galvanic process, by Professor Aldini, under the inspection of Mr. Keate, Mr. Carpue, and several other professional gentlemen. Mr. Aldini, who is the nephew of the discoverer of this most interesting science, shewed the eminent and superior poners of Galvamism to be far beyond any other stimulant in nature. On the first application of the process to the face, the jaw of the deceased criminal began to quiver, and the adjoining muscles were horribly contorted, and one eye was actually opened. In the subsequent part of the process, the right hand was raised and cleriched, and the legs and thighs were set in motion. It appeared to the uninformed part of the by-standers as if the wretched man was on the eve of being restored to life. This, however, was impossible, as several of his friends who were under the scaffold, had violently pulled his legs, in order to put a more speedy termination to his suffer ings. The experimenti in fact, was of a better use and tendency. Its object was to shew the excitability of the human frame, when this animal electricity is duly applied. In cases of drowning or suffocation, it promises to be of the utmost use; by reviving the action of the lungs, and thereby rekindling the expiring spark of
itality. In cases of apoplety or disorders of the head, it offers also must encou. raging prospects for the benefit of mankind. The professor, we understand, has made use of Galvanism also in several cases of insanity, and with complete success.' It is the opinion of the first medical men, that this discovery, if rightly managed and duly prosecuted, cannot fail to be of great, and perhaps, as yet, unforeseen utility.
The following particulars of a most horrid deed, which was committed at a amall village between Marquise and Boulogne, may be relied on :-A written paper, with three signatures, was carried to the house of the mayor of this village, appointing a meeting upon business in the evening, at a fixed place. A neighbout observed three men at the door, and the mayor to go out with his great coat on, leaving at home his wife, daughter, niece, and a maid servant: Early the next morning, a nephew of the mayor's calling, found the door open, and upon entering, first beheld the dreadful sight of the maid lying inurdered in the passage; the mother and daughter dead in one room, and the piece a corpse in another. As soon as he could recover himself from the horrid spectacle, he, with the assistance of a neighbour, searched the other parts of the house, when it appeared nothing had been taken away. The written paper was found, con. taining the three signatures, which induced the nephew and the neiglıbour to proceed to the stated place, when, as their minds foreboded, they discovered the un. fortunate major miserably mangled. In one of his hands was a large lock of hair grasped, with a part of the skin to it, supposed to belong to one of the villains. This was taken inmediately to the municipality, who, for a few hours, embargoed all the vessels between Calais and Boulogne, and a most active search was made. The diligences were all examined, and every one obliged to take off his hat; but unhappily the monsters were not discovered. A person arrived in England a few days since, to communicate the shocking act to the English police, in order to trace the villains if they should have crossed the channel. It is imagine, ed the perpetrators are three conscripts, and that, having left the paper, they conceived the hand-writing might lead to a discovery, and therefore returned again to the house to get it back, which brought on the dreadful catastrophe alluded to.
The mayor was a powerful man; he was very much cut, and by the hairs which he appears to have torn from one of their heads, it is evident he made a siput resistance. A considerable reward was offered, but whether by the nephew or from the municipality, it is not mentioned.
On Wednesday evening, Jan. 13, at seven o'clock, the coroner's inquest sat at the watch-house, Queen's-head-alley, Newgate Street, on the body of a black man, unknown, found dying under the gateway of Bull-head court, Newgate Street; their verdict wasm Died by the inclemency of the weather.” A hair dresser, of Gutter Lane, Cheapside, was constable of the night. About three o'clock a watchsnan found the deceased near Mitre Court, Cheapside, and supposing him dying, Jeft him in care of the constable, at the watch-house, By the warmth of the fire he so far recovered, as to say he was perishing with cold, and had no money. A'gen. tleman present gave him a shilling. In a few minutes the constable desired him to go and seek a lodging or refreshment. He crawled to the corner of Butcherhall-lanc. The watchman on that beat brought two patroles, who dragged him under the gateway of Bull-head-court, about a quarter past four: returning about five, they found him dead, and then carried him to the watch-house ! The shilling was found in his pocket.
Loss OF THE HỊN.DOSTAN EAST INDIAMAN. We are concerned to state the total loss of the Hon, East India Company's ship the Hindostan, captain i Edward Balston, This ship was consigned to Madras and China. The fatal ac.m." cident took place on Tuesday night, Jan. 12, during the severe gale which then prevailed. A few minutes before 4 o'clock, she parted with all her anchors, and dsove on shore off the Culvers, near Margate, and shortly after went to pieces, Her copper has been entirely torn off, consequently no part of the cargo can be saved. We are sorry to add to this melancholy account, that one gentleman of the name of Clarke, a cadet for Madras, and a passenger on board this ship, with .. sixteen of the crew, have unfortunately perished. Most of the officers of the Hindostan have arrived in town. We are assured that every possible excrtion was made to save the ship, but the fury of the gale baffled every effort. The cargo was estimated at £70,000. She had a vast quantity of private silver bullion on board, on freight; but we learn the East India Company had not a single dollar on board, 'The Hindustan was a fine ship of the largest dimensions, being of the burthen of 1243 tons, and was proceeding on her fourth voyage.
MURDER COMMITTED TWELVE YEARS AGO.-The following singular circumstance occurred at Deal, in Kent, within these few days: A person who has kept a public house in the neighbourhood of Deal with much respectability for some years, was disputing with another person in Deal. High words arose, apd a soldier belonging to the regiment in barracks there, came up and enquired what was the matter. After the altercation had subsided, the soldier said to the publican, that he was sure he was a Lincolnshire man, by his voice and dialect ; the publican said he was, but that he had not been there for some years. The soldier soon after called upon one of the magistrates of Deal, and informed him, that a murder was committed about twelve years ago in Lincolnshire, hy three men; that iwo were taken and executed, but that the third, though frequently advertised for, was never found, and that he strongly suspected the publican was the man. The magistrate sent a statement of the circumstance, and a description of the publican's person, to the place where the murder was stated to have been committed, and received for answer, that the statement made by the soldier was correct, and that the description of the publican answered, in a great measure, that of the murderer, who had made his escape: but that, if it was the same person, he had a gun-shot wound in one of his legs. The publi