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III.

CHRONICLE

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MISCELLANEOUS OCCURRENCES.

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JANUARY.

out of employ, and so many evil spirits

ever ready to take advantage of any « Windsor Castle, Jan. 1. tumult, that the smallest incident, or « His Majesty's disorder has under the least disturbance on the public gone no sensible alteration. His Ma. streets, soon makes a formidable apjesty's bodily health has partaken of pearance, on account of the great some of the infirmities of age, but has number who assemble either to wit. been generally good during the last ness or abet the scene ; there are so month.

many disagreeable reports perpetually Glasgow. We are happy to circulating, which, whether true or learn, that those of the deluded arti- false, are equally calculated to arrest sans who were inconsiderate enough to the attention ; cases of individual sufjoin the Union Societies, are beginning fering, of persons arrested, and of the to have a view of their indiscretion, most extensive preparations among the and are withdrawing from those ridi- disaffected to attempt some political culous associations. We have received change, are among the most promigood information, that not one half of nent of these stories. A notion apthe members of those now remaining pears to prevail among the most ar. are Scotsmen ; the rest being all the dent Reformers, that something will very lowest orders of Irish, many of soon transpire which will lead to the whom have been compelled to leave final attainment of their wishes. The their own country for practising those most astonishing delusion has become very schemes which they have been so triumphant on this head that ever ex. active, but, we are happy to say, so isted. For some time past speculation unsuccessful, in inculcating into our and rumour would make each succeedpeaceful and loyal countrymen. ing week to be the last week of exist

Paisley continues in a state of con- ence in a tranquil state. Another week siderable agitation. There are so many passes by, and the same deception is

still fostered and propagated. No. kened from his perilous condition, and thing, however, like an insurrection is no lives were lost. No praise can be likely to occur. Any attack on the too great for the exertions of those part of a disorganized rabble would who came early to the spot ; the only be productive of instantaneous Bishop of Oxford was amongst the destruction to themselves. Every ge number, and was exceeded by no one puine philanthropist must feel for the present in the anxiety and earnestness sufferings of the poor ; and it is una of his efforts to extinguish the flames. doubtedly the incumbent duty of all 13.-SHELTER FOR THE Housewho possess the means to provide for LESS.-A meeting was held this day, their wants ; but every attempt at law. at Mr Hick's warehouses, London. less confusion must be put down, at wall, to consider the propriety of whatever cost.

adapting those premises to the recepOXFORD, Jan. 9.–A desolating fire tion of the indigent and houseless for was discovered to have broken out this the night, during the present inclement morning, about three o'clock, in the season. northern extremity of Magdalen-hall, The meeting was respectably, but in this University. A great propor- not numerously attended-a circumtion of the inhabitants was immediate stance attributable to the shortness of ly roused; and in spite of the unsea- the notice that had been given ; and sonable hour of the summons, great in some degree, perhaps, to the exnumbers promptly came to the spot, treme severity of the weather. On and contributed their zealous aid in those, however, who were present, the working four engines, and thereby latter circumstance operated as a coquenching the flames. About seven gent argument in favour of a prompt o'clock the fire was got under ; but, and liberal subscription for the relief unhappily, not until a considerable of “ the houseless stranger," at a moportion of this venerable pile was con- ment when the misery attendant upon sumed to a cinder. Sixteen sets of want of employment is aggravated by gentlemen's rooms were completely de- the bitterness of the season. Amongst stroyed, and, as they were all tenant, those who assembled on this benevoed, (although, from its being vacation lent occasion, we observed the Bishop time, the Members of the Society were of Chester, Archdeacon Nares, Rector almost all of them absent from the of All. Hallows, Sir C. Flower, Bart. University,) the destruction embraced Mr Rowcroft, Mr D. Barclay, and a great deal of furniture, and many Duncan Campbell, Esq. valuable collections of books. Owing At half past eleven o'clock, the Lord to the extreme severity of the weather, Mayor, who had consented to take the many of the pumps in the neighbour- chair, entered the room, accompanied hood were locked up with frost, and by Mr Sheriff Rothwell. His lordthere was some difficulty at first in ship immediately proceeded to open procuring an adequate supply of wa- the business of the day. He said he ier. The accident, it is supposed, had to apologize for making his aparose from the indiscretion of a young pearance a little later than the time man who happened to be resident, and which had been fixed for his taking who went to bed without extinguishing the chair. Business, however, had prehis candle. The fame afterwards vented his attendance, and he hoped municated with the furniture of his the delay would prove advantageous room, and occasioned the conflagra- to the meeting, as it would afford an tion. He was, however, luckily awa. opportunity for the assembing of a

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greater number of gentlemen. The doubt that there was plenty of money, object of their meeting was, he be- especially when a work of charity was lieved, universally understood ; and the undertaken. (Applause.). After this next point was, to consider how the short exposition, he hoped every genmeans so kindly offered by Mr Hick, tleman would see the necessity of profor lessening the sufferings of the poor, viding for those unfortunate persoas. could be adopted and employed so as Sir C. Flower.—The best mode we to produce the greatest possible good. can adopt is to proceed with a subHe sincerely hoped that great benefit scription. would arise from the offer made by The Lord Mayor.—There were, Mr Hick, and from the proceedings doubtless, gentlemen present who had that were about to be instituted. At turned the subject in their minds, and the Mansion-house every day great would be able to state something bet. numbers of unfortunate individuals ter than what he considered himself made applications for assistance, and competent to do. Indeed, the multithey knew not what to do with them. tudinous subjects in which as Chief Those who had parishes they were ob- Magistrate he was engaged, rendered liged to commit to Bridewell for seven it impossible for him to turn his mind days, as vagrants, before they could to the subject as he could have wished pass them to their respective settle. to have done. His daily experience ments in England; others were sent proved to him how much wretched. to Scotland and Ireland ; but, over and ness existed in the metropolis, and the above these, they had daily applications situation of those who were obliged to from persons, some of whom were born witness it, without the means of afin Newfoundland, some in Bermuda, fording adequate relief, was most painsome in the West Indies. Those poor ful. people could claim no parish, and the The Bishop of Chester presented magistrate was in consequence placed himself to the meeting amidst loud in the most unpleasant situation. The plaudits. His Lordship said, he had Lord Mayor must either give them to apologize for trespassing on their something out of his own pocket, or time and attention, while he offered a he must assist them with money lodged few short observations. He did not at the Mansion-house, but not for that know that such a meeting was about purpose. If he did not adopt one of to take place, till a few minutes bethese two courses, he must send them fore, when, taking up one of the newsabout their business unrelieved. This papers, he saw it announced, and, as was so repugnant to the common feel- he highly approved of the plan, he ings of humanity, that it could not be immediately ordered his carriage. (Apdone. Under these circumstances, to plause.) There were, he believed, some provide any means for their substan. objections against this mode of chari. tial relief, during this very inclement ty; but indeed there was no species season, was a most desirable object. of charity against which objections It was peculiarly so, as many of those could not be urged. He was, how. suffering individuals had fought their ever, sure, that the advantages of this battles, and assisted in establishing plan far outweighed and counterbathat security which was enjoyed in lanced its disadvantages; and there. this free and happy country. (Ap- fore, he was ready to bestow his mite plause.) That there was much bene- on it. (Applause.) Indeed, he knew volence and humanity in this country, not how any man could sit down quietno man could doubt ; neither did he ly in the enjoyment of wealth-could

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lay his head on his pillow, with a clear has been heard to utter a murmur, eiand approving conscience, when thou. ther as to the behaviour of the supersands, many of them wretched females, intendants, or the quality of the food, were wandering through the streets, or the nature of the accommodation ; without a home to shelter, or a hand and when it is considered how much to succour them. Applause.) He profligacy and disposition to cavil may conceived his bounty was well bestowe fairly be believed to exist among a ed on such a benevolent plan , and it promiscuous multitude thus poured at had his best wishes for its perfect suc- once out of the streets into one centre, cess. (Applause.)

it does, we conceive, reflect the highThe following resolutions were then est credit on the managers of this chaproposed by Mr Bodkin, and carried rity to have afforded no opportunity unanimously

for any feelings but those of at least “ That there is at present a consi- temporary contentment. The arrangederable number of distressed foreigners 'ments are extremely simple. The wareand others, wandering about the me- house consists of three spacious floors. tropolis and its environs, without shel. On the lower floor is, on one side, a ter during the night, and apparently kitchen, with all other conveniencies in danger of perishing from the ex- belonging to that portion of a house treme rigour of the season.

on the other side is an office fitted up, “ That it would be highly benefi- where persons are stationed to inquire cial if one or more temporary recep- into the claims of each applicant, not tacles were immediately opened, in as he or she arrives, (for the appearwhich, under due regulations, the ab. ance of misery is a sufficient passport solutely destitute and houseless could for the night,) but on the next day, be lodged for the night, and supplied in order that some may be sent to their with sufficient food to sustain nature. respective parishes, and others may be

“ That the premises in which this furnished with such employment az meeting is held are extremely well the committee may be able to provide. adapted to the proposed object; and On this floor, also, there is accommothat the kind offer of them for the dation for the city-officers, who are in purpose, by Mr Hick, be gratefully attendance all night to maintain peace, accepted.

should their interference be necessary. “That, to carry this object into ef- The next, which is the principal fect, a subscription be now opened, floor, is divided into two compartand that the several bankers in Lon- ments, both of which are for the male don and Westminster be requested to applicants ; and the smaller compartreceive contributions.

ment is appropriated solely to those “ That the following gentlemen be who are sick. The larger one is again a committee, with power to add to separated into two divisions, each of their numbers, to whom shall be in which is boarded to the height of trusted the entire management."

about two feet from the ground; and A numerous and respectable com- the space thus formed on each side of mittee were then appointed.

the room between these boards and 18th.—This useful institution goes the wall is filled with clean straw. on to deserve more and more the ex. The straw is so abundant as not mere. tensive patronage which it has received ly to furnish a bed, but a covering also and is still receiving. Of five hundred for those who rest in it, and an interpersons, male and female, now housed val is allowed of about two or three and fed in this new asylum, not one feet between each individual. On the higher story are the women, the soon caught the dwelling of Mr Cary, number of whom, however, does not the chart-seller, and in a short time amount to above sixty, but of these that building added to the melancholy many have infant and even suckling grandeur of the spectacle. Soon afchildren. To those 60 situated, a su- terwards the roof and front of Mr perior indulgence is given ; besides the Kerr's house fell, with a tremendous straw, they have the benefit of thick crash. The most praiseworthy actiwoollen rugs ;

there are also nurses to vity was now devoted to stem the attend them. It is needless to say that fames in Mr Cary's premises ; but they there is no communication between the were irresistible, and soon advanced male and female wards. Besides these to the adjoining house of his brother, means of comfortable rest, the com- Mr Cary, the optician, which was also mittee supply their lodgers with a sub- destroyed. At half past ten the fronts stantial meal night and morning, and of these houses were precipitated into those who are unable to leave their the Strand, but happily no injury was premises in the day have a third meal. sustained by the crowd which was The rooms are at once lighted and collected. In the back of these buildwarmed by gas, and the ventilation, ings still greater mischief is sustained, though of all things the most difficult but the precise amount of damage is to manage, is more perfect than we not ascertained. The amount of

prohave ever felt it in any room with the perty destroyed has been immense. Mr bame number of persons in it.

Kerr, whose house has twice before been 17th.-A dreadful fire broke out on fire within the last four years, it is this morning, at five o'clock, in the said, is not insured. There is a comhouse of Mr Kerr, boot and shoe- plete stoppage of the thoroughfare maker, at the corner of Norfolk-street, through the Strand, and, in conseStrand. The flames were at first dis- quence, much public inconvenience is covered in the lower part of the house experienced. While the flames were by the watchmen and some passengers, raging in the Strand, at half past eleand an alarm was immediately given. ven o'clock, a fresh alarm of fire was By this means the family were provi- given on the premises of Messrs dentially saved from an untimely death. Brookes and Son, axletree makers, on Mr Kerr escaped with scarcely an ar. Waterloo-wharf. The immediate vi. ticle of dress upon him. Of all the cinity of water, however, and the valuable property on the premises, a prompt assistance of the firemen, led few of Mr Kerr's account-books only to its extinction, after doing some were saved. The flames advanced with slight damage. The adjoining prean overwhelming rapidity, and in a few mises being those of a timber-merminutes the house was enveloped in chant, the most serious alarm was at one awful blaze. Engines from every one time felt. fire-office in London soon arrived on 20th.-A letter, addressed to his the spot, but nearly, half an hour Grace the Duke of Athol, by the elapsed before water was procured. operative weavers belonging to Perth, The exertions of the firemen were then now employed in trenching and imdirected towards checking the pro. proving waste lands, contains the folgress of mischief to the adjoining lowing paragraph :houses. In this prudent effort they “While we cannot but deeply lament were successful in Norfolk-street, but the present depressed state of trade, in the Strand they were not equally and the long train of domestic hard. fortunate, The 'devouring element ships it has occasioned in our condi.

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