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organized all the branches of the administration in the north of the island, has transferred the seat of government to Port-au-Prince. A part of the troops, who had assembled from the westand south to overthrow the despotism of Christophe, have returned to their garrisons. The widow of Christophe has retired with her children to Port-au-Prince; the president of the Republic has saved them from the fury of the enemies of the tyrant. The widow of Dessalines is now also in the same town, under the immediate safeguard of the president Boyer. The countrymen of this excellent chief of the government, now resident in France, have made him a present of an ebony bath, ornamented with hoops of gold and trophies. Schools in the West Indies. The beneficial influence of christian instruction on the slave population in the West Indies is felt wherever it is fairly tried. Schools of moral and religious education are recommended and adopted, where the principles of christianity are instilled regularly into the minds of the hitherto abused and neglected people of colour; and by the natural operation of this paternal system, the necessity of corporal correction has been precluded in Dominica; so that, in a gang of 100 negroes, one instance only of formal punishment occurred during the whole period of their master's abode with them. . The same happy change, might be effected in every other plantation in the West Indies, could their resident superiors be induced to adopt the principles and conduct of Mr. Burnett. Mr. Thwaites, the superinten
dent of the schools at Antigua, confirms this testimony. He writes thus—“It affords us no small degree of pleasure, to hear these good men declare that the best effects are produced by the conscientious mode of government, which they now pursue with the slaves under their management: they deal with them as rational creatures, and have no cause to repent the adoption of such a plan." In mentioning the similar benefits at English Harbour, where he is himself resident, he adds— “Numbers of young females who, humanly judging, must have been carried away by the torrent of vice, are rescued from ruin, and have found an asylum from danger, and friends to cover their defenceless heads. Some of them, of low and depraved connexions, have become not only useful teachers in the schools, but consistent professors of christianity, and eligible for the honorable estate of matrimony; into which several have lately entered, and others are likely soon to follow their example.” o The benefits of the institutions are more perceptible almost every day, especially in restraining the prevailing sin of the country. It not only makes some persevere in the paths of virtue, amidst all their discouragements (for honour, ease, plenty, and perhaps liberty, are on the side of vice among this degraded people) but some who have erred, deeply penitent have entreated with tears, to be taken back into the school. Some instances are stated of their prosperity owing entirely to their sense of duty and a regular life; and of others who have been tempted tempted by freedom, splendour, and vanity, and, in the midst of their course, sighed for a dismissal. The education of the schools is rendered the more inviting to them by its moderation and freedom from personal discipline. Their last numbers increased to 1429 scholars; and three additional schools have been since formed in Antigua. Those in Barbadoes were well attended and supported, and had secured the influence and attention of the clergy.
1.—An inquisition was taken at Eton, before the coroner for the district, at the Christopher Arms, opposite the college, on the body of Mr. Angerstein, a promising youth of seventeen years, the son of J. J. Angerstein, Esq. M.P. It appeared in evidence that the deceased was pursuing his studies at Eaton College. On Tuesday last he went in a small skiff on the Thames, and rowed about two miles below Windsor bridge, when he dropped one of his oars into the water; in leaning over to recover it, he fell into the river. No assistance being at hand, before any one could reach the spot, he had sunk to rise no more. The body was not found for some days; but a reward of 100l. being offered for it, the fishermen found it and conveyed it to Eton.
7.—As lord Milton was riding home from hunting, in company with earl Fitzwilliam, in the country on the west side of Wansford, just as he passed the corner of the Mermaid inn, Wansford, his horse fell dead on the road. The chase had been neither long nor
severe; and the animal, which was a valuable hunter, had not shewn any signs of illness or distress. The noble lord was thrown. forward on the great north road with such force as completely cleared him of the falling horse, and arose immediately, not at all hurt by the extraordinary accident. 9.— Monday evening the steamboiler in the still-house at Lochrin distillery, near Edinburgh, burst with a tremendous explosion, by which two of the workmen were killed, and several others more or less injured. A gentleman from the country, while viewing the premises, received considerable injury. The erection of the apparatus is said to have
cost 4000l. Armagh, April 13. “Yesterday evening a seizure was made in this city, of a description not less extraordinary than novel. As the mail coach had received the mail from the post-office, and was on the eve of departure, Mr. Brady, officer of excise, accompanied by an officer's party of the rifle-corps, made his appearance, and, in consequence of information previously received, placed the coach and horses, with their trappings, under a seizure, as being the medium resorted to for the conveyance of smuggled tobacco. The seizing officer having made his seizure, proceeded in pursuit of the tobacco, five rolls of which were discovered in or on the coach. Mr. Brady, unwilling to cause public or individual inconvenience, had the mail returned to the post-office, and permitted the passengers with their luggage to withdraw, and we understand even offered to allow the coach - to to proceed, provided a sufficient guarantee was afforded to him for their safe return and delivery, which was declined. After every effort at negociation proved futile,
the mail was forwarded on horse
back by a mail guard; the coach was then taken to the king's stores, and the horses to a stable provided for their reception.” 13.−A most melancholy accident happened to a party of soldiers at Woolwich, who came there for the o of embarking for Scotland. They came alongside the Search in a boat; but the wind blowing strong, the boat swamped, with five soldiers, two watermen, a woman, and two children, before any assistance could be given. Thre of the soldiers were drowned: the rest were with difficulty saved. Last week a remarkable and fatal accident happened at Keystone, near Thrapston, to a young woman about thirteen years of age, the daughter of Mr, Dines, farmer of that village. She was amusing herself in a rope swing which was put up in the brewhouse; it happened that near to the swing hung another rope, used for drawing up sheep after they had been slaughtered: as the young woman swung backward and forward, she happened to disturb this second cord, and her head passed into a noose formed by the motion of it, which pulled her out of the swing, and held her by the neck at a considerable height from the ground until the unfortunate girl died of strangulation. She was found by her mother a short time afterwards; but all efforts to restore animation were vain. 19.- A man of the name of
Roberts, whilst angling in the Eden, below Ann's-hill, caught a sparrow hawk | thus:–He had hooked a brandling, and as soon as he threw it out of the water, a hawk, that had been hovering about, darted upon the fish, seized it, and flew aloft. The hook, however, became fixed under the wing of the bird, and when the whole of the fisherman's line had been drawn off the wheel (above forty yards) the soaring of the “feathered plunderer" was checked. After a short excursion around the head of the astonished angler, the hawk was pulled to the ground; and in a moment, his state was changed from the freedom of one of the “ lordly tenants of the air," to the glimmering captivity of a panier.— Scotch paper.
The Lapwing, captain Gentil, arrived in the Downs, in twentyseven days, from St. Domingo. On the 2d inst., in latitude 36.30, longitude 50. 42., she fell in with a vessel water-logged, called the Three Brothers, captain Hutchins, and took therefrom one person, James Munson, who says the vessel belongs to St. Andrew's, in America, and was bound on a voyage from Indiana to Berbice, j. with fish and staves, with a crew of seven hands; that on the 2d of March, the captain being on the look-out for Bermuda, a heavy squall came on, upset the vessel on her beam-ends, carried away the fore-mast, and filled her with water, washing the captain overboard. She shortly afterwards righted. They had at this time a little beet-root, bread, and flour, with a little water, but all soaked by the saltwater. On this they subsisted for seventeen o
and were then about to cast lots who should be killed, but the mate advised they should wait till one died, which the poor fellow himself did the next day (there were left four hands, the captain's son having died shortly after his father was washed overboard,) when Munson took the heart, &c. from the body of the mate, dried it, and existed thirteen days upon it. The other poor fellows could not partake of this disgusting food, and died the day after the mate. The captain of the Lapwing states that this man was lying on deck with scarcely any sensation; he is now in a great measure recovered. He is about twenty-seven years old, and says he suffered much more from thirst than hunger. One vessel, a brig, passed near, but passed on without notice, perhaps supposing there were no living persons on board. The heart-rending spectacle of a vessel wrecked upon Whitby Rock, with the greater part of the crew, was recently witnessed b several of the inhabitants of that town. About one o'clock, the brig Janet, of Lynn, coal laden, came on the rock, and was discovered at daylight, having beat up a considerable distance towards the foot of the east cliff. Captain Manby's apparatus for the preservation of ship-wrecked seamen was conveyed to that eminence with all possible expedition, and, tried, but without success. The first shot fell short, at the second the rope broke; and before the preparations could be completed for a third attempt, the vessel went to pieces and put a eriod to the sufferings of the unppy crew. A considerable surf
upon the shore rendered the approach of the cobles which went out to their assistance extremely difficult and dangerous: they succeeded, however, in rescuing three of the people, in a completely exhausted state, from the jaws of death; the remaining five in number, including the master and mate, perished in the waves, Two men were seen for some time floating upon separate fragments of the wreck; but before any coble or boats could reach them they were overwhelmed by the waves, and sunk to rise no more. Kilmory (Island of Arran), March 24.—“Friday the 16th instant, about noon, the Rev. Mr. Crawford, minister of this parish, took his passage from Greenock, in a small wherry belonging to this place, and, distressing to relate, neither he nor they that were with him have been heard of To-day the boat was found, keel uppermost, betwixt the islands of Lamlash and Pladda, Three of the men who shared the fate of our worthy minister have left widows and large families, in abject poverty, to deplore their loss. Mr. Crawford was about seventy years of age. He was universally esteemed and beloved, a sincere friend, steady and unblameable in every virtue, extensively charitable to the poor, and affectionate to the stranger. It is understood that there were a student and two young men passengers in the boat. None of the bodies have yet been found, and, according to the direction of the wind, it is with reason supposed that they would drive on the Ayr
coast.” Recently the town of Whitehaven was thrown into a state of extreme extreme agitation, when it was generally known that the inflammable air in the colliery behind the Northwall, called William Pitt, had suddenly caught fire, carrying death and destruction to almost every living creature within the range of its explosion. Six men, two boys, three girls, and five horses fell victims to the fury of the blast; and three more pitmen were so severely scorched and wounded, that, we sincerely regret to state, but faint hopes are entertained of their recovery. This shocking catastrophe, we know, from undoubted authority, is not attributable to neglect or want of judgment on the part of the stewards or overmen; but was occasioned solely by the imprudence of one of the workmen, who, in order the more readily to find a pick which he had mislaid, unfortunately opened his safety-lamp. The poor man lived long enough to acknowledge his error, and to repent his temerity. Carlisle Journal. The common saying, “It is an ill wind that blows nobody good,” has lately been exemplified at Scilly, where the westerly gales, or rather storms, have blown ashore great quantities of the ground-weed, and thus enabled the islanders to commence the making of kelp two months before the usual period. The freedom of the city of Bath was lately presented to captain Parry, explorer of the polar seas. The box which was presented with the freedom of the city, is made of panneled oak, which formed part of captain Parry's own ship, the Hecla. In the centre of the top is a fine gold oval medallion, beautifully chased
in bas relief, representing the vessel being towed by boats, passing immense icebergs, with a distant view of the Griper, being a faithful copy from a drawing taken during the expedition. A chemist of Brighton has furnished the following curious and interesting calculations on the shortness of human life:—Of 1000 persons 23 die in the birth; 280 from teething, convulsions, and worms; 35 from small pox: 7 in the measles; 160 of fevers; 14 of apoplexy and lethargy; and 41 of dropsy; omitting other diseases not so well ascertained : so that only 78 of 1000 attain what may be deemed old age. Or it may be taken in another point of view.—Of 1000 persons 260 die within the first year; 80 in the second; 40 in the third; 24 in the fourth; and within the first eight years of life 446, or almost one half of the number are cut off by premature death. Sickly years are from one in four to one in six or seven to the healthy. December, January, and April, from observations, are found to be the most sickly months, and June the most healthy, in the year. January is to June as 11 to 1. A remarkable occurrence took place lately at a public-house in Trongate, Glasgow. The landlord laid a pocket-book, containing 60l. in bank notes, on a porter barrel: he was called away, and seeing the book in its place on his return, felt quite at ease. Some time had elapsed, when, on taking up the book, he was astonished to find that a robbery had been committed, and the book empty. He sent for his assistant, who knew nothing § the