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tenced at the Bodmin Summer Assizes to- , one year and nine months' imprisonment for the alleged offence of blasphemy , has received a free pardon ; Sir George Grey having advised her Majesty to that effect . Mr . Coxingh&m : hadi , presentaiM to the Home Office a mcmortal : ffontajri ghtonn .-on ti&a matter . -The inhabitants of the paris&of St . George ^ Hanover-square , havevwitnessedtviaorc sharp debaie among their ward representatives on the question between economy and public comfort . The advocates of effective administration , headed by Dr . Brewer and Mr . Bertolacci , have succeeded in obtainiug a committee of fifteen to conduct a formal inquiry ' .
Another reform has emanated from volunteers . A memorial has been presented to Lord Palmersto ^ , and has been published , proposing- an educational franchise . The scheme is exceedingly peculiar . Almost .. all Reform Bills have contemplated some kind of o ^ ialiucation which would enable the voter to give his voice for the members of the borough or county in which lie lived or held his property . The universities are represented , and it 1 ms been proposed to extend . the representation to other bodies of a similar ; kind , as the London University , or the Queen ' s College in Ireland ; but we now have for
the first time any well supported suggestion for a perfectly new constiUiency , extending- over the whole of Great Britain , formed exclusively of educated persons , and returning special members added to to , the present House of Commons . If the scheme Had originated with ' any Radical , or any member of the working classes , it would have been exposed to nothing but ridicule , as ' revolutionary , ' fanciful , ' Utopian / It can , indeed , bear no comparison , in point of practical character , to the People ' s Charter .
lx is a suggestion to give seventy members , as the representatives of a separate class throughout the country , who may be called the class of ' competent persons . Supported as it is by the most , eminent names in the Church , in both " Houses of Parliament , in the professions , and amongst savans and litterateurs , it has been received by the public as scarcely worth attention ; any attention that it has had has been given to the names attached to it , not to the measure .
Lord Derby's good-natured little canard about the letter to the Peninsular and Oriental Company has been fairly run down at last .. Interrogated by Mr . Wateufield of the India Board , Mr . Ho well , of the Peninsular and Oriental Company , answers that he never heard of any letter of the kind spoken of ; and Mr . Allex , also of the same Company , affirms that he ' never heard of a letter , or received a , anessage direct from the Board of Control to the effect named by Lorfl . Debdy ; ' but , he adds , that ¦ while the subject of the conveyance of troops by the Egyptian route was on the tapis at the ofli . ee of his company , he remembers some reference being made , at one of the interviews , to some communicationwhether verbal or written , lie cannot rememberwhich had been received at the India House from
the Board of Control . On application to Mr . li . W . Mangles , the President of the Board of Directors , Mr . Yekxon Smith has been so happy as to get what will stand for a good final answer to Lord Derb y , and at the same time open an interesting question , namely , what will his lordship say now ?—Mr . Mangles ' s answer is , that the only application he remembers Mr . Vjbiinon Smith to have made at the period referred to , related to ' certain details of the arrangement which had been concluded , such as the certainty of an ample supply of provisions throughout the passage , and the like . ' Several great trials have been brought to a conclusion during the week . The affaire Jeufossb , at Evreux , is in every way remarkable . The snrp . p . ss uvreux , is in every way remarkable . The
successful dclcncc set up by the advocate of the accused is calculated to fill the English mind with astonishment ; it was , that ; Gtjillot , the man killed , was a forcible trespasser upon Madame db Jetjfossb ' s grounds and promises , and that the law gave her the right to protect herself and family from the nocturnal molestation of the -would-be seducer , as much as it gave her the right to defend her property from the attacks of the niidnighl robber endeavouring to carry off property from liorliou . se or grounds . And the jury decided thai Madame pb . Fkiji'osse wua , justified in instructing licr gamekeeper to shoot n scoundrel who had lyiugly bragged of having dishonoured the daughter of an ancient house , and sought by any mcans to rnakc good his vilhmous boast . Tho Times aays—and possibly says
truly—, in J 3 frj 5 $ Umd ,.-ar ducking in a horse-pond would be the punisfameutt awarded by society for the offence of which GuraLLOT was guilty ; but it is a national feeling aloaettliat can -determine-the nation ' s ' point of honours' - and in treating Gulllot like * a dog , perhaps * there , has bcen .. li £ Ue outrage danetta the uuiveEsal idea : of justice ; . Tlip-man John Be ale- has been found guiBry of ¦ mur dering th » woman whose body was discovered in the-Lcig-h .: Wootls near-Bristol . The onl y * point upon wiiieh his counselicouldJay any strcsa ^ ras that his identity with the man who was last seen with her was not clearly proved ; but evidence in other respects was piled against him- " by nearly twenty witnesses , and his counsel , while he endeavoured to show that no motive for the murder had been made out , was obliged to admit that the possession of the murdered woman ' s clothes by the accused was only to he ' accounted for on the supposition that she had gone away with somebody else and left her clothes in Beale's keeping . Mr , Justice Willes might well express his satisfaction with the verdict of ^ tlie jurj . In the law courts we have had several remarkable cases . The extraordinary libel case in Ireland—-. SIrevens . v . Campion' —is going on , without much chance , of its . being ; brought to a conclusion before Christinas . The defendant , according to the latest intelligence , 'had'beennearly two days under examination , and his account of the state of affairs between ¦ the " plaintiff , Siuevens , and his aunt , the murdered Mrs . Kelly ,, is certainly damaging to the plaintiffnone the less from the fact that much of it was ohj ccted to by the counsel on the other side . At present , it appears that Campion , after giving up his profession to take charge of Mrs . Kelly ' s -affairs , had made repeated attempts to get a settlemcnt of the accounts between Streveks and Mrs . Kelly , which settlement the former always evaded . He explained that the will which had been altered by his advice , and by which the plaintiff had in some degree been inj urcd , was altered for the general benefit of the family . He denied using the words which were imputed to him , but explained that , from the manner in which Streve ^ s came to him to announce the murder which had been committed , explaining that his aunt had been murdered by two men , lie had said , with , reference to that fact , " Here conies the man who can tell how this was done . " An extraordinary case of alleged perjury has been occupying the Court of Queen ' s Bench for several days . A Mr . Evans has sued for a divorce against his wife on the ground of adultery , her criminality being sworn to by a great number of witnesses . The case id one of those in which the services of Inspector . Field have been employed for the purpose of getting up the evidence . The alleged adulterer , a Mr . KoniNsoN , swore in the Ecclesiastical Court that there was not a tittle of truth in the evidence given against the lady , and as this asseveration amounted to a charge of conspiracy ag-ninst Mr . Evans and his witnesses , the present proceedings have been taken , the issue of which is to prove extraordinary perjury on one side or the otlier . But the result has been unexpectedly deferred by the jury finding themselves unable to come to a decision upon the points submitted to them by Lord Campbell . So there will be & new trial . The soft heart , and not too hard head , of the Hon . Mart Jones , sister to the present Lord Ranelagh , have led her into such straits that nothing —« lic seems to have thought—but tlie Court of Exchequer could extricate her . Her story is very simple , the moral too obvious to need comment . She lived at 74 ) , Ebury-strcct , Pinilico . At the same house , lived—a hero , a political martyr , an exile from the land of his birth . The dear romantic Duck styled himself the Count de VVaszkowski , son of the ' celebrated Prince "Witxgensoiein . ' He was alone in the world . He would aspire to the delight of making the acquaintance of the Hon . Mary Jones . Ho pressed the lady ' smaid to be the bearer first of bouquets , tlien of billets : tlio maid could not . resist his prayers—tho mistress returned his ILowcrs , both figurative anil real . Bui , the son of tho celebrated Princo Wrrroens'JU'UN persisted , until the lady was so provoked by his audacity "I hat hIiu determined to sec him and tell him , once' for all , to desist from his pursuit . That interview cost ; tho Hon . Maky . 100 / . good money , lie told her his sad , liis intcresUni !; . story ; and . she consented l . o become the brido of the son of tho celebrated Prince before namedhaving heard thai , tho expectations of the illustriousl y descended exile wcro about . 40 , 000 / . per annum , on the death of his great father . But ;
wlfttteverrIns expectations , his . ' remittances' wem somehow a lfttie - irregular , and he blushing con fided : to his-bride-elect that the loan % 100 / . would really be of service—until the ar rival of ; his ' remittances . ' She handed him i ' paltry sum without an objection , and all wen . well ; . , until the-time " . was nearly arrived for tic wedding - -to . be- celebrated . Then , she though t i time to talk of settlements . The Count repudiated the need for auy such absurd conventional arran t meats . But the Hon . Marx Jones was firm in Ser determination to have her . property settled unon herself ' all regular . ' This led to a sharp discussio n —to the breaking- off of the wedding—and , ulti . niately , to an action for the recovery of the ' 100 / lent . The Count ' s defence was Avorthy of his cause He put in as a set-off a long bill for expenses incurred in preparation for the expected niama « eone of the items was for the-wedding-cak e "! Ee admitted that he had received money from - ' many ladies ; in one case he was engaged to be-married to a lady , and her family gave hiiri . * 300 / . to give up her letters ' and go . ' And , as a wind-up , he said that ' when he had done with one lady . lie took up with another . ' A sentiment which the jury honoured by giving a verdict against him for the full sum claimed—which , in the uncertainty of his ' remittances , ' he may find some difficulty in paying . lerhaps he may yet induce the lion . Mary Jones tore mit it .
OUR CHRISTMAS HOMILY . Our readers wilt receive this week ' s paper duTnintheir Christinas holidays . It will find them striv rounded by children and friends . They will have digested the religious truths of the season—a kw words on its political aspects may not be unacecpt" ablc- ; : •¦ : . ¦ ¦ ¦ . . "¦ " ¦ . "¦" . ¦ . " ... . . '¦ . " " ' ¦ ; , .. ¦ , ¦ ¦ ' ¦ ¦/• -. ' Peace on earth , good-will lov ^ ards men , ' has no narrow and restricted signification . Peace , not to our own country alone , but to the whole world .. ¦ Good-will , not to our own sect and party only , but to all mankind . Sympathy , not merely for the suffering and ignorant among- our Jcllo ' w-coimtrymen , but for all who , through oppression spiritual or political , are deprived of that blessed gift of liberty which we so highly prize for ourselves that we would see it . extended to all . The politician ' s good-will includes all classes from the Queen to the beggar . He exult s when rulers arc efficient ; he rejoices in any plan that "would convert the reprobate into a productive . citizen . His sympathies are with the artisan , for he has learned to appreciate the dignity of labour . He would lend a helping hand to those who in mid-winter arc innocent sufferers through the reckless cupidity of gamblers . He limits not his beneficence to the plum-pudding and p int of porter provided for paupers and paraded in the public papers ; he would rather cultivate in the working-population , that spirit of independence which enables them to bear and to suffer manfully the large burden of-evils to which they arc liable . If he gives money he docs it with delicacy mid consideration ) not as conferring a . gift , but as lending a hand to a brother ; it' he gives counsel , it is not as a teacher but as a friend , who in his turn would be glad to be advised . He gives his assistance less to societies with their secretaries and other salary-bearing consumers of alms than to families whom' he knows personally , to hospitals which do an untold amount of good at the least possible cost , and to schools which minister to the starving mind and cure the festering sores of ignorance . His . sympathies arc now especially drawn towards his noble fellow-countrymen and countrywomen in India , whose sufferings have touched his heart , whose heroic achievements have- won his deepest admiration ' ; he mourns with those who have lost their dearest in the deadly si rile . Nay , more , while he execrates the Imisc and cowardly monsters who have committed crimes unspeakable , he prays that something may )>< ' Hfref'cd oven in his duy towards cmancipat ing 1 ho hundreds ol millions of our Asiatic fcllow-suhjeels from the menial nnil s liriUuil bondage that " makes them the vilest ol s lives . n . As a landlord , he regards his tenants as somrWinip ; more Ihnii mere channels of income ; he loves to :-, < : e bis labourers well lodged , ami their children warmly clad and decently edticaled . Bui , " Christinas finds many wilh little or nolhiiis lo giv < : l <> others—their iable . spiwv . — their luel scarce , liven to I hem it is not denied to luivc noble , aspirations after good , and warm sympathies for the suffering and oppressed throughout the ! world—to them it is not denied to do good by
JE L E that 1226 TH OEj __ ^ pECEMEE 26 > 1857
Leader (1850-1860), Dec. 26, 1857, page 1226, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse2.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2223/page/2/