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after the descent, several gentie At one o'clock, every effort have men arrived from Grantham, one ing been made to obtain a clear of whom lent me his horse, and passage by the side of the wall the balloon being packed on ano- up to the hustings, the lord mayor, ther belonging to Mr. J. B. Tun- attended by the city officers and nard, of the Blue Lion Inn, Grant- the candidates, entered the Hall. ham, it was conveyed by that In their progress up to the hustings gentleman to the George Inn, they were loudly cheered, but where I received the congratula- they were also hard pressed upon tions of a large party of gentlemen. from all sides, and especially at the My view of the earth was grand steps of the platform. in the extreme, having on On reaching the centre of the former occasion had a more exten- hustings, the lord mayor advanced sive one. My greatest elevation to the front, and bowed frequently indicated by the barometer was in acknowledgment of the loud nearly two miles and a quarter, plaudits with which he was rethe mercury having fallen from ceived. He then retired to his 30 to 20.2.”
chair. Mr. Alderman Wood who 9. City ELECTION. To-day next presented himself, was rebeing the commencement of the ceived with mingled hisses and election for the city of London, applause. Mr. Alderman Thompbefore eleven o'clock the crowd son's appearance was marked with had collected about Guildhall, and loud and protracted applause. Mr. the gentlemen of the livery passed Ward was attired in a full Court through the temporary wooden dress : he possesses a manly figure erection placed there for the pure and countenance, and became the pose, and took their places in the dress he wore; and his reception spacious porch, in readiness for the
was very flattering. Mr. Alderman opening of the great gates of the Waithman obtained general apHall. As the clock struck twelve, plause. The aldermen wore their the large oaken portals of the Hall collars and civic robes. The crier rolled back, and in rushed a dense having made proclamation of simass, by whom the space below lence, the king's writ was read by the the hustings was nearly filled. Secondary; and the sheriff's took Although unusual precautions had the usual oaths to return without been resorted to, from the experi- fear or favour the members on whom ence of inefficiency in the arrange
the voice of the electors should fall; ments on former elections, they after the show of hands had been were scarcely adequate to the oc taken, the sheriffs declared that in casion, so unusually numerous was their opinion theelection had fallen the attendance, and so great the on William Thompson, alderman pressure on the barrier put up to and ironmonger; Robert Waithkeep off the crowd from the places man, alderman and frame-work.set apart for the candidates, the knitter; Matthew Wood, alderpoll-clerks, and other necessary and fishmonger; and on officers. In spite of the earnest Wm. Ward, esq. citizen and musiresistance offered by the city cian. marshal, and his corps of consta A poll was then demanded by bles, many of those places were Mr. Alderman Brown, on behalf of actually carried by storm.
Mr, Alderman Garratt; and the
meeting was adjourned to half-past declared sir Francis Burdett, and three o'clock. The polling was John Cam Hobhouse, esq. duly closed on the 18th, when the elected representatives of the city numbers were announced as fol and liberties of Westminster. low:
13. RIOT AT CARLISLE.Sir Alderman Thompson 6,488 P. Musgrave, one of the candidates Alderman Waithman 5,042 for this city, was induced, in the Mr. Ward
course of his canvass, with a party Alderman Wood
4,880 of his friends, to go to the remotest The Lord Mayor.
4,514 part of Shaddongate, called “MilWESTMINSTER ELECTION. A burn's Buildings.” Having entered few minutes before 12 o'clock, a yard for the purpose of soliciting the high-bailiff, the deputy-bailiff, a freeman for his vote, he was Mr. Smedley, T. Halls, esq. (the surrounded by a large body of magistrate), sir Francis Burdett, weavers, who represented to him John Cam Hobhouse, esq. Messrs. their miserable situation. They Richardson, sen. and jun., Mr. complained of sir Philip's vote on de Vere, Mr. Purse, Mr. Wilson, the question of the Corn-laws, and Mr. Adams, Mr. Lyndon, and a on Mr. Abercrombie's motion renumber of other electors, came on specting a reform of the representhe hustings. The two late mem tation of Edinburgh, and wished bers on their appearance were re him to pledge himself to vote in ceived with loud cheers.
favour of a radical reform of parliaMr. Smedley then came forward ment, whenever the subject should and read the writ.
come before the House of Commons. T. Halls, esq. administered the After a considerable time spent in oath to the high bailiff, that he conversation of this natüre, sir would make an impartial return Philip and his friends made their without favour or affection, or fee, way out of the yard, but were soon or reward.
after assailed with stones, brickThe Act of Geo. II. commonly bats, and other missiles. Sir Philip, called the Bribery Act, being with one or two gentlemen, took read,
shelter in a house near Messrs. Mr. Lyndon, seconded by Mr. Cockburn's pipe manufactory, and Purse, proposed sir Francis Bur- there remained, with the door dett; and Mr. de Vere, seconded fastened inside, two or three hours, by Mr. Wilson, proposed John while the crowd continued debating Cam Hobhouse, esq.
without. At length a large body Mr. Smedley made proclamation of gentlemen, with the mayor at three times, that if any one had their head, approached the house any other person to propose, they in which sir Philip was confined, must then come forward, or sir but were so violently assaulted by Francis Burdett, bart. and John heavy volleys of large stones, that Cam Hobhouse, esq., who had been they at last retired, and were purproposed, would be returned as sued and pelted out of Shaddoncitizens to serve in Parliament for gate. Although encouraged by this the city and liberties of West- victory, the populace felt assured minster.
that some other decisive attempt No person appearing, Arthur would be made to rescue sir Philip, Morris, esq. the high-bailiff, then and they awaited to repel ito In
about half an hour, a numerous them to have ceased. That the party of the 55th regiment of foot, deaths were, in other respects, preceded by a few artillery-men, Accidental. and accompanied by the mayor and ARCTIC EXPEDITION. Deothers, marched towards Shaddon- spatches have been received from gate. As soon as they reached the captain Franklin, of the Arctic new brewery, they were saluted land-expedition, dated at winterby tremendous showers of stones, quarters, Fort Franklin, on the which put them into some confu great Bear Lake, September 6th. sion. Having formed against a During the summer, three expewall, and loaded with ball, they ditions, under captain Franklin, were ordered to march forward, lieutenant Back, and Dr. Richardafter the Riot-act had been read. son, were made, preparatory to the The mob, however, continued to great objects to be undertaken next assail them with terrible volleys of year. The expedition under capstones; and when the military tain Franklin went to the mouth came to the end of the new street of Mackenzie river, which he found called Queen-street, they were to discharge itself into an open sea; ordered to fire, which they did. there is one island near its mouth, One woman standing at her own called by captain Franklin, Garry's door, at the head of Queen-street, Island. From the summit of this with a key in her hand, was shot island the captain saw the sea to through the head, and died, after the northward, clear of ice or heaving a single groan ; an orphan islands ; to the westward he saw lad, named Skinner, had a ball shot the coast to a great distance, his through his ancle; and a little girl view terminating at very lofty of the name of Pattinson, was shot mountains, which he calculates through the head. In the midst were in the longitude of 139 deg. of the uproar, sir Philip Musgrave west. The expedition would prowas conveyed away safely by his ceed early in the spring on its friends. An inquest was held upon ulterior objects. The officers and the bodies of the two females, and men were all well, and in high the jury returned as their verdict, spirits, at the favourable circum“ That the deaths of the deceased, stances which had hitherto attended Isabella Pattinson and Mary Birrell, their proceedings. were occasioned by balls discharged 18. BLUCHER'S MONUMENT from muskets, by some soldier or The colossal statue of field-marshal soldiers belonging to the 55th Blucher, prince of Wahlstadt, Regiment of Foot. That in con- erected at' Berlin, between the sequence of the Riot-act having Palace and the Opera-house, was been read, and the mob not dis- this day opened to public view. persing, the soldiers were in the The hero is represented in his first instance justified in firing field-marshal's uniform, and mantle, their muskets ; but the jurors can- holding his sword in his right hand. not refrain from expressing, as Both the figure itself, and the lofty their opinion, that they continued pedestal on which it stands, are of to fire in a very indiscreet and bronze: the latter, which rests inconsiderate manner, and particu- upon a granite socle, is adorned in larly at private houses, when the front with an inscription, and on necessity for so doing seems to the other three sides with basa
reliefs. The inscription (in Ger- tempest on Saturday last. At the man is,
village of Alphington, near Exeter, FREDERICK WILLIAM 111.
a thunderbolt struck the tower of
the church, which was unprovided FIELD-MARSHAL PRINCE BLUCHER, with a conductor, while four men OF WAHLSTADT.
and a boy, who had just been ring1826.
ing a merry peal in honour of the This noble work of art was cast election, were standing within the from the model of professor Rauch; portal of the church, beneath the and the architectural decorations of tower. They were all prostrated the pedestal designed by M. Schin- to the earth; the boy, named John kel, an architect to whom Berlin Coles, having an iron hammer in is indebted for many of its most his hand, was killed on the spot ; magnificent structures ; particu- one of the men was hurled many larly the new Theatre, and the yards into the church. It is reMuseum, which latter, when com- markable that the shoes of three, pleted, will be one of the noblest and the coat of one man, were and most classical buildings in severed into entire shreds. The Europe.
vane of the tower was much disTHUNDER STORM.--A thunder torted by the power of the electric storm was felt with great violence fluid, which, in its
progress at Ashton-under-Line, where the ground, tore up the stairs of the thunder was extremely loud and tower, and removed several stones frequent, and accompanied by a of great weight. It then burst heavy fall of hail and rain. About into the body of the church, and three o'clock, a poor woman, the after having dashed the communion wife of John Adamson, a joiner, table to pieces, rebounded from the standing at the window inside her east wall, and terribly shattered house, was killed on the spot by the whole of the edifice.
The the lightning. Another person, upper part of the tower, and the a lodger in the house, was lying whole of the eastern side of the upon a bed close to the window in church, must be rebuilt. The the room above; and, one of the storm passed over the city of Exeter bed-posts being split by the light- about two o'clock in the afternoon, ning, a part of it struck
him, which in the midst of the ceremony of caused him to bleed ratherprofusely, chairing the newly-elected membut he soon recovered. The light- bers, who, with their splendid ning first struck the frame of the silken cars, and gallant cavalcade, window in the chamber, which it were wofully bedrenched by the completely split, then split the heavy torrents of rain. bed-post, and from thence passed 20. M. BIELA'S COMET. The through the chamber-floor to the comet discovered by M. Biela on room underneath, at the window the 27th of February is remarkable of which the poor woman was for the very near approximation of standing at the time she was killed. its course, in the descending node, The storm was very violent for the to the orbit of the earth.
Accordspace of nearly an hour.
ing to Clausen's Ellipse, Dr. Olbers THUNDER STORM AT EXETER. calculates the distance of that point
The city and neighbourhood of of the orbit of the earth which is Exeter were visited by a tremendous the nearest to the orbit of the
comet at 133 1-3rd semidiameters of May, aç half-past nine in the of the earth. · He then proceeds: evening, one of the gaolers of the
_" This time, therefore, the comet prison of Lugano, going his usual was only a little more than twice rounds, went into a dungeon where as far from the orbit of the earth two prisoners were confined. As as the greatest distance of the moon he was going out, one of them, from the earth. Of all the comets named Pifferetti, accused of murwhose orbits have been calculated, der, attacked him from behind, put none, except that of 1680, have out the light, and plunged a dagger come so near to the earth's orbit. into his breast; the victim struggling The perturbations which the orbit and calling for help, the assassin reof the comet experiences from the peated his blows. The wife of the powerful influence of Jupiter, must wounded man called theother gaoler alter this distance at every revolue to the assistance of her husband. An tion of the comet, but may as well officer coming up had the prison diminish as increase it; and thus opened, and summoned the murit is not quite impossible that this derer to surrender. Meantime the comet may once pass very near to town was alarmed, the drums were us, nay, even touch the earth with beat, and many persons assembled its atmosphere. Extremely, nay, round the prison. The assassin, howinfinitely small as the probability ever, threatened the officer and the of such an event is, for each par- persons present, whose numbers inticular revolution of the comet, yet creased every moment.
A musthis possibility gives a double in- ket, loaded with small shot, which terest to the accurate calculation was discharged full at his head, of the orbit on every revolution of only rendered him more furious, the comet, and to the precise de- and he renewed his attempts to termination of the perturbations to , escape. The smoke of the gunwhich it is liable. The extent of powder diminishing the light which the atmosphere of this comet, as à candle threw on the scene, he
on the 8th of December, was on the point of effecting his 1805, is very great: how great object, when Duroni, the second cannot be ascertained, till we know gaoler, aimed a blow at him from more accurately the course which behind, which Pifferetti so far it then described. That which has avoided that it only injured his some appearance
of a solid nucleus, hand. The officer, M. Lecini, but, for the most part, is surely then fired his musket a second not solid, was found at that time time at him, but the villain, neververy small. It is also conceivable theless, made a desperate rush at that an eclipse of this comet, by the door; M. Sinlinee ran him the shadow of the earth, may be through the body with his bayonet, one day observed, which would but he did not even totter. A decide the question whether the wound given him with a sword, comets have any light of their own. and heavy blows with a club, did It
may be hoped that, as this comet not hinder him from brandishing sometimes comes so near us, we his dagger with incredible agility. shall be enabled to ascertain more At length a young man, named accurately the nature of those D. Bertoli, seized him in his arms, bodies.”
threw him down, and after a struga SWITZERLAND.On the 20th gle on the ground, wrenched his VOL. LXVIII.