Imatges de pÓgina

the Sheriff's officer met them from flames were driven by a violent northTrain. Many were prevented by sick. westerly wind, which continued to ness from coming. The Sheriff's of. blow strongly until a late bour in the ficer went to their houses and execu. morning. From Hill's house, and ted their summonses, and returned at from those of Mr Watson a linennight to Ardgay, after experiencing draper, of Mr Cohen a pawnbroker, the greatest hospitality. The reverend and two or three others which intera gentleman says he shall go bound for vened, the devouring element reached the peace of the parish, and that no the Sun-tavern, a very extensive pile obstruction shall be given to the exe- of building, and the principal inn of cution of the laws ; at the same time Chatham. When this house caught he makes the following feeling ap- fire the scene was most awful, for the peal on behalf of his parishioners :- flames had now been driven by the

“ Of all the human race,' he says, violence of the wind to the opposite there is not a more grateful or afe side of the street, which then present. fectionate being than the Highlander, ed to the eye a pile of burning buildto the man who feels for his case and ings, between which, from the narsympathizes with him ; but, alas ! few rownessr the place, the passage was of the present day know his value ; if in some places impossible, and in all they did, the system of extermination extremely dangerous. About half would not continue. I trust Mr past four or five, the roof of the Sun. Monro will still avert, from the first tavern fell in with a tremendous crash, days of his possession of the estate, and shortly after only a very small so dreadful a judgment as the expul- part of the walls were seen standing. sion of nearly 600 persons, able and At one time the brewery of Mr Best willing to pay their rents, who are not was thought to be in such danger one penny in arrears, and who have that its utter ruin was looked upon hitherto paid a higher rent than the as inevitable ; providentially, how. tacksman who is to succeed them." ever, by the prompt assistance of great Of these six hundred souls there are numbers of the town's-people, aided more than 100 bed-ridden and aged by the active exertions of the military, persons, whose locks have grown hoary it escaped with comparatively trifling on the soil, under the fostering kind- damage. Mr Best was not so fortu. ness of their late excellent landlord, nate with respect to his dwelling-house, Sir Hector Monro, and whom no which, with several adjoining houses, earthly power can remove till death also his property, were entirely consicome to their relief.'"

med. The walls of Mr Best's house 3. At half past two this morn- were, from their great solidity, the ing, a dreadful fire broke out in the only parts which were not levelled town of Chatham. It commenced at with the earth. At four, and between the house of Mr Hill, a baker, resi- that and six o'clock, the confusion ding at 69, High-street. Before any which reigned in the town was beassistance could be afforded, it had yond description. From the appear. gained such strength as to put an endance of the fames at the latter hour, to all hopes of saving Mr Hill's house, it was thought that all the houses or that next to it, with which the south-east of that where the fire beflames had almost immediately com. gan would fall a sacrifice to its rage. municated. The attention of those So strong was this impression, that who first came to the spot was then many families, considerably removed directed to the adjoining houses, and from the immediate scene of danger, to those opposite, towards which the had taken down their beds and other

articles of furniture, and had remo- places. The Sun fire-engine, drawn ved a large part of them to a still by 6 horses, reached Chatham at 6 in greater distance.

the afternoon. Great inconvenience About 11 o'clock the fury of the was experienced from the want of a flames was checked by the partial de- plentiful supply of water. In some struction of some houses on the same places it was conveyed in casks to the side of the street where it began, and spot where the engines were at work, by the total demolition of one or two and there emptied into the streets. on the opposite side, which the flames This is, we understand, the third had not then reached, but which it severe visitation by fire which Chatwas judged proper to take down, to ham has experienced within the last prevent a further spread of the con- half-century. About 20 years ago, a Alagration. The whole numberof houses fire broke out nearly in the same place destroyed in High-street is 38; but as the present one, which consumed there were several small buildings de- nearly 70 houses ; and about 21 or 22 stroyed in the rear of each. The vio- years before that period, a fire haplence of the wind was such, that large pened in the same street, by which Aakes of burning matter were convey- 80 or 90 houses fell a prey. ed to some hundred yards' distance. 4. A murder has been committed in One of those Alakes fell upon a large the town of Woolwich, Kent, not stack of hay, about 150 yards from exceeded in point of atrocity by any High-street, which consumed that, which stain the calendar of crimes in and two others which were close by. this country. The persons murdered There was a considerable quantity of were Mr Thomas Parker, a venerable hay between these stacks, which for old gentleman, upwards of 70 years tunately escaped. From the extraor- of age, and Sarah Brown, his housedinary rapidity with which the flames keeper. spread, and the danger which threat. He was an inoffensive gentlemanly ened in a narrow street, both sides of man, very much respected by the which for a great part on fire, an im- whole neighbourhood. His only sermensity of property was destroyed, vant was Sarah Brown, a steady wowhich, had the weather been more man of about 40 years of

who mild, might have been saved. Seve. had lived with him three years. She ral houses, and those, we understand, too was well known by the neighprincipally belonging to persons whose bours, and was generally respected. ruin must be the consequence, were On Friday evening nothing particular wholly uninsured. It is, however, a was observed about the premises. Mr satisfaction, in relating this melancho. Parker was occasionally seen at the ly accident, to be able to state that no bow window of the parlour in which life was lost on the occasion. One or he usually sat, and his servant was seen two persons were, we understand, hurt engaged in her ordinary avocations. by the falling of a wall, but not dan. We should here state, that while the gerously. At an early hour of the front of the house looks into Red day the news of the fire reached Lon- Lion-street, at the back there is a don, from which some engines were small garden, terminated by a high dispatched; but before their arrival paling, which divides it from a narrow the flames had been nearly subdued. lane, which is a common thorough. The engines from Rochester and Maid. fare. The day closed without any stone were on the spot as soon as possi. suspicion being excited; but at one ble after the account had reached those in the morning, the sentipel on duty at the north arch of the artillery bar- means, added to the incessant playing racks observed a dense smoke rising of the engines without, the danger was from Mr Parker's house. He instant- subdued. In a short time the parlour ly gave an alarm, and several of the door was thrown open, and Lyons, a artillerymen rushed forth to give as- man belonging to the artillery band, sistance. They soon reached the spot entered. He looked eagerly round in which had attracted notice, and there search of the hapless tenants ; he perfound the flames bursting from the ceived a heap of something lying beparlour window. The men rapped at hind the door, and approached and the door with great violence to awaken attempted to lift it up, when he found the inmates, who, it was supposed, it to be part of a human body. The were asleep, and insensible of their man called to his companions, who danger. To their humane efforts no now joined him, and a second body, answer was returned ; a death-like si- which proved to be that of a female, lence prevailed within. The cry of was found stretched in the same place, “ fire” soon spread, and two engines although not so much burnt. All arrived on the spot, and commenced hope of restoring life had fied, and be playing into the window. Corporal bodies were left in this situation for Anderson and Corporal Poutis, who some time, no doubt being entertainwere present with their men, now re- ed that they were those of the unfor. solved to force the street door, and, if tunate Mr Parker and his servant. A possible, to rescue Mr Parker and his further investigation of the premises servant from their impending fate. now took place, when it was perceiThe resolution was no sooner formed ved that blankets had been nailed up than carried into effect, and these against every window, as if to conceal brave men, followed by others, rush- from those without the appearance of ed into the passage.


From thence the flames within. This led to a more they went up stairs into the front minute examination, and it was ascer. room on the first floor; here the ra- tained that fire had been communicavages of the fire were perceptible; the ted in three different and distinct plafurniture of a bed, which was of ma- ces, no one place having the slightest roon (a woollen manufacture), had connexion with the other ; that is to been partly consumed, and the embers say, in the parlour on the ground floor, still smoked. In the bed itself there in the bed chamber on the first floor, was no vestige of a human being. and in the bed.chamber on the second The men then ran into the bed-room floor. From this it was concluded on the second floor, which was found that there had been some foul play, in flames ; but the devouring element but by whom yet remained a mystery. was soon extinguished. The search Sentinels were placed round the house, which was made for Mr Parker here and at break of day the investigation was also fruitless, as it was also in a was renewed. The dreadful truth then back room in the first floor ; neither burst upon the horror-struck spectahe nor his servant could be found. tors. The bodies of Mr Parker and Every exertion was now turned to- his servant were examined. The form. ward suppressing the flames in the par- er was burnt nearly to a cinder; the lour, which were gradually extending, left leg and foot, on which there was by means of the window-frame, to the a black silk stocking and a shoe, only room above. A hole was cut in the remained entire. The skull, howAvor of the bed chamber, through ever, although the flesh was burnt off

, which water was poured ; and by this remained whole, and afforded convin



cing testimony of the commission of a The two first were then declared most foul and detestable murder : on duly elected. the left side, towards the back, there A warm contest for the representawas a terrific fracture.

tion of the county of Durham, be. The body of the woman was next tween Mr Lambton and Mr Wharexamined, and here, if doubt existed ton, of the treasury, supported by the before, it was completely removed. late Vane, now Stewart, took place. The unfortunate creature lay stretch- Mr Powlett was unopposed. The ed upon her face ; her apparel was numbers at the close of the poll stood partly consumed, and her hair, which as follow:was long, was spread in dishevelled

Lambton locks about her. She was lifted


Powlett on a table, and the cause of her death Wharton became at once perceptible. A hor

At Carlisle, Mr Curwen, Sir James rible wound, inflicted apparently with Graham, and a Mr James, on indea blunt instrument, appeared over

her pendent principles, started for the reeye, and at the back of her head were

presentation of the city. Mr Curthree deep fractures, which some ima.

wen avowed the same manly, undisgined might have been produced by a guised principles, and his speeches bayonet, or some such weapon. were warmly received. Mr James pro

mised patriotic efforts. At the final

close of the poll, the numbers stood : At no former election for the City Sir James Graham of London were there greater exer

C. Curwen, Esq. tions made, nor was party spirit more

W. James, Esq. warmly manifested ; though public At the election for the Borough feeling was indifferent, and the poll there was the same energy, and the slow for several days.

same exertions, the same opposition The following is the state of each spirit, exhibited. The former memday's poll, during this severe contest. bers and Sir Thomas Turton were

candidates. At the close of the poll Wood........ ...(553 1260/2002)2990/1462 5370

the numbers stood:Wilson........... 066 1397 2207 3200 1656 5358 Curtis............ 617 1293 2062 2961 4339 4908

Mr Calvert Lord Mayor.... 5211140 1809 2596 3769 4259

Sir R. Wilson Waithiman...... 123 918 15502208 3324 4119

Sir Thomas Turton Thorpe............ 103/1019|1584/2215/3273|3921

It was expected that there would Westminster was contested warmly, have been no opposition for the rethough not with the same fury and vio- presentation of York in Parliament, lence, as on the last occasion. Sir against Mr Dundas and Mr Wyvill, Francis Burdett and Mr Hobhouse, son of the veteran patriot; but Lord the popular candidates, were opposed Howden suddenly presented himself, by Mr Lamb, who, though a moderate and the usual exertions commenced. whig, was on this occasion supported The following is the state at the close by ministry. At the close of the poll, of the poll :the numbers were,

Sir Francis Burdett.

Mr Hobhouse

Mr Lamb

There was a severe struggle for the

244 239 140

Wed. Th. Frid. Sat. Mon. Tues.


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Mr Fox



Sat. 767 708 296 99

Last Day.



Last. 1891 1891 1858 1838

representation of Baverley, between bered, took place in this city. At
Mr Wharton, the old member, Mr the close of the poll the numbers
Fox, of Bramham Park, and General
Burton. The numbers were, at the

Belgrave conclusion

Egerton Mr Wharton

Townshend Mr Burton

Lord Rancliffe having resigned, the After the greatest exertions by the representation of Nottingham was partisans of all the candidates for the warmly contested by Mr Birch, Mr representation of Liverpool, the close Denman, Mr Smith, and Mr Rollesof the poll exhibited the following ton. At the close of a most vigorous numbers :

pole the numbers stood

Birch Canning



At Preston, where a struggle was

This poll proves the firmness and almost unknown, a considerable num- consistency of the voters. There was ber of the electors invited Mr Wil- no splitting of votes, and no comproliams, and Mr H. Hunt offered him. mising. self. A contest ensued almost unpa

The election for Coventry was a seralleled in electioneering annals; at the

vere struggle between the partizans of close of each day there was little nu

the contending candidates; consideramerical difference in the state of the ble ebullition of anger took place, and poll. But at fin close the num

the city was several times thrown into bers were as under

confusion ; none of the candidates lent

their assistance to promote it. Mr Horrocks.

Cobbett's high expectations, which be

had been led into, were not realized,
though he had the majority of the po-

pular feeling. At Chester election four candidates offered themselves, Lord Belgrave and poll at the close :

The following is the state of the General Grosvenor, the late members,

Ellice Sir John Gray Egerton, and Mr

Moore Townshend. for some elections this

Cobbett city has been noted for the severe

Three candidates started for the struggles of the popular party to obtain the ascendancy; the Grosvenor county of Berks, Mr Dundas and Mr interest, notwithstanding the patriot. Neville, the old members, and Mr Halism of the head, the Earl Grosvenor, lett, a popular candidate. The returns lost considerably in the public opinion in the late election. The General was

Dundas in imminent personal danger; his car

Hallett riage was thrown over the

Dee bridge, and himself escaped with difficulty, The election for Reading was the covered with wounds and bruises. longest on record ; every exertion was

The severest contest ever remem- used by the partisans of each candi



1525 1467 519



1035 1009 124

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