New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Volume IV, Issue 328, 28 February 1844, Page 4
The Queen had returned from her visit to the King of the French, and had set out to pay a similar visit to the King of the Belgians, at Ostend.
The repeal agitation is still exciting the greatest interest in England as well as in Ireland. A large meeting had been held at Liverpool, at which considerable disturbance took place. The Doncaster St. Leger was won by Nutwith, an outsider, against whom there were bets 100 to 7 ; Cotherston ran second by a head ; Prizefighter third. The odds were 6t04 on Cotherston; 6 to 1 against Prizefighter. 127 subscribers — stakes,' £3 1 00. A new college is about to be established at Littlemore, near Oxford, in which young men holding tractarian views may be educated for missionary labours. The Right Rev. Dr. Coleridge, late Bishop of Barbadoes, is to be principal. The Grampus, United States war schooner, had foundered at sea; all lives lost. Trade is looking up slowly, but steadily, in America.
There has been a sort of counter revolution in Spain. The present Ministry is even more unpopular than die Regency. The Principe regiment had mutinied, and several of the routineers had been shot. Several of the juntas are only able to maintain their authority by. proclaiming all who resist it enemies to their country, and that they shall suffer death. Espartero's friends entertain new hopes from
his reception in England. The French alliance is as much disliked under the new rule as under the Regency. General Prim, the late darling of Barcelona, was firing on the town, which had revolted from his authority. Meantime, Espartero had been graciously received by the Queen of England, and f&ted by the Lord Mayor of London. An insurrection had broken out in Hayti. An attempt was made to apprehend some negroes, who resisted and were joined by others, until their numbers amounted to 600 well armed men, who encamped at Aux Cayes. The circumstance that General Reviere was at the east, while Aux Cayes is on the extreme south, renders the insurrection more formidable. Every preparation was made by the British merchants to embark on board the vessels in the harbour.
The riots in Wales still continue unabated. Murder has been added to the other atrocities, a poor old woman, upwards of 70 years old, kept a gate near Contandulais, on the road from Llanelly. On the 10th of September the house was set on fire over her head — she ran to beg her neighbours to assist in putting out the fire and save her furniture — they refused from fear. She returned to save it by herself ; they fired the house more effectually. She ran across the road and shouted, imprudently, that she knew them. One fired, and she fell. An inquest was held ; her chest was full of blood, shots were found in her lungs, clearly the cause of her death. The jury returned a verdict — " That the deceased died from effusion of blood into the chest, which caused suffocation ; but from what cause is to this jury unknown." The reporter of the Times says — " I shall, of course, make no comment upon this extraordinary verdict."
There seems to be no doubt that the toll gates are a grievous injustice on the Welch roads. Two shillings are required on one road for eleven miles ; the tolls in some cases are more than the value of the goods carted, and on one road there has been paid in seven years £600 tolls, while not. more than £3 has been expended during that period, and the road is in wretched repair. During a dreadful storm at Monte Video, on the 24th and 25th June, H.M.S. Fantome, 16 guns, commanded by Captain Hyams, was totally lost. All the crew were saved, and on their way to England to stand a court martial.
Departure o* the King ov Hanover. — His Majesty who was welcomed to England on the 2nd of June, took his leave on the 2nd September. Before nine o'clock his domestics were assembled at Kew Green, and the King blessed them, and bade them adieu. His Majesty came to St. James' at ten, and before noon departed on board the Dover packet for Hamburg. The Storm. — Almost all the country papers allude to the severe storm of Wednesday week (August 19,) which appears to have been felt in almost every quarter of the country. The electric discharges were fre* quent and vivid. In many parts of the country the fall of rain was frequent and heavy. Serious losses have been sustained by the holders of property in the Bedford level. In the fens alone upwards of 2,000 acres of the hay crop, of the value of at lean £10,000, has been totally destroyed, and the pasturage of 1,000 head of cattle is entirely inundated. The consequence of this sad disaster is, that about 1,000 persons, men, women, and children, have been thrown out of employment. On Wednesday last (eight days after the former storm,) the thunder and lightning returned, accompanied with temendous floods of rain. Bright sunshine afterwards broke out, followed by a light fog as thick as those of December, but dewy and genial, which continued to noon on Thursday.
The estimated damage done to property in the town of Rochester, Chatham, Stroud, and Brompton, during the short duration of the awful thunder-storm, was about £6,000. Sir C. Metcalf, after a tour of the provinces, had returned to Montreal. The crops in Canada are abundant. There was a considerable falling off in emigration ; up to the 18th of August there had arrived in Quebec only 18,131, in the former year 38,159. An account of the wreck of the Regular, East Indiaman, which we announced some time since, had been received at home." It will be remembered that the crew were saved by the French frigate Cleopatra. Likewise of the Queen Victoria, East Indiaman, 715 tons, off the Island of Rodrigues. Most of the passengers with the Captain were saved, but eleven were lost.
There had been a very extensive fire at Kingston, in Jamaica : upwards of four hundred houses being destroyed.
There had been several serious riots in Ross-shire, the populace having on some occasions by force prevented the induction of ministers in place of those who left the Church of Scotland and joined the new Secession.
The Dowager Lady Byron (widow of the poet,) is now residing at her seat Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, and, we are pleased to hear, is in a far better state of health than her ladyship has enjoyed for some time past. — English paper. The Queen and the Royal Family were well. Her Majesty, after remaining a few days in England, upon her return from France, proceeded on a trip to Belgium, where she remained a fortnight. Her reception was as enthusiastic as it was in France.
Parliament stood prorogued by proclamation to November 14. It was not supposed, however, that it would meet before January. The rebellious agitation in Ireland was increasing, and it was currently reported that the Ministry had at length determined to put it down by force. Several interviews' had taken place between Lord De Grey (the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland) and the members of the Cabinet ; and upon his Excellency's (irrival in Dublin, on the 6th October, the Irish Privy Council was convened, at whibh it was expected that the first step would be to issue a proclamation,, declaring the repeal meetings illegal. After this, an attempt would be made to prevent the assembling of large masses of people ; and this, it was feared, would lead to bloodshed. The next news from England on this point will be most important.
The lamentable disturbances in Wales, committed by parties disguised as women, and known as "Rebecca and her daughters," continued to an alarming extent. At first, they confined themselves to the destruction of toll-gates at which excessive tolls were charged, but, gathering courage from the impunity with which they committed ontrages, latterly they have taken upon themselves the right, after the O'Connell fashion, of settling disputes about rents and tithes. Several encounters between Rebeccaites and the police had taken place, and two murders had been committed.
By accounts received from Jamaica, we learn that the Countess of Elgin, the lady of the Governor, died in childbed on the 4th ult. Lady Elgin was the daughter of Major Curaming Bruce, M.P., and was married only last year. In consequence of the death of Alderman Wood, there was a vacancy in the representation of the city of London. The candidates were Mr. Thomas Baring, conservative, and Mr. Patfison, radical. The foreign news was unimportant. In America, trade was brisk. In Spain, the new Government' remained in a very precarious state. In France, the only topic of discussion appears to be the sayings and doings of the Queen during her visit to that country. The Grand Duke Michael, brother to the Emperor of Russia, was in England on a visit to her Majesty. Colonel Malcolm had arrived in England with the ratified copy of the treaty of peace with China.
Mr. Alderman Magney is the Lord Mayor of London for the current year. The Southern Exploring Expedition had reached England, aed Captain Ross was received with great distinction. The French Government, which has taken possession of the Otaheite and tl c Marquesas, in the South Pacific, has declared them to he free ports to ships of all nation^. " Time is money," so Franklin said. It is very true, and some people take plenty of it to pay their debts. When may a man be strictly in the habit of always " keeping his word V When nobody will ever take it.