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DEPARTURE of sin charles METcAlfe.—At 7 o'clock on the evening of the 15th instant, Sir Charles Metcalfe embarked at the Cooly Bazar, on board the St George, for England, under a salute from the fort. By some mistake H.M. “Cameronians” were drawn up at Channdpaul-ghaut, where also several gentlemen took their station, to pay the last compliment to the respected Baronet. A numerous assemblage, however, in spite of a most untoward morning (for the fog was very thick) were ready to receive Sir Charles and accompany him to the beauliah. The scene was most impressive : Sir Charles himself, in wishing his friends “good bye,” was completely overpowered, and in many, who might have been supposed to be made of “sterner stuff,” there were

evident symptoms of the deepest enotion on parting

from a long known and valued friend. Here admiration for the statesman, indeed, was lost or forgotten in affection for the man. The feelings seemed too deep for utterance; and, in silence and sadness, the chief ornament of British India, after a distinguished service of near forty years, departed for his native country. DoNations of sin c. Metcalfe.—Sir Charles Metcalfe has given a donation of one thousand rupees to the Parental Academic Institution. Sir Charles is patron of that institution, and the Committee of Management, with the sanction of the constituent body, have endowed two “Metcalfe Scholarships” to mark their grateful sense of the warm interest Sir Charles always took in

“easters chassel.-On the ship St. George making her appearance, I dressed the * * * * in all our flags, and on her passing, manned the yards and fired a salute of fifteen guns, which was acknowledged.”

“sasd heads:-I regret to state I could not pay my respects to Sir Charles Metcalfe to the extent I had in. tended, on account of the state of the weather (blowing hard from the N.W. and being under reefed-topsails). We were, however, enabled to salute him with fifteen guns, under the union jack at the main, which was acknowledged by the ship. The floating light also saluted him with the same number of guns, dressed out in all her flags."

accident on the River.—Capt. Wootton, H.M. 44th, proceeding to join his regiment at Ghazeepoor, had embarked with his lody on board a pinnace lying at Clive Street ghaut. About one in the morning of the 30th ultine, he providentially awoke and on putting his foot out of bed, was surprised to find it immersed in water half leg deep. Immediately awakening his wife the rushed out of the cabin, but beforc they could o: the door, the vessel fell on her beam ends. Both were floating. The gentleman nevertheless lost not his presence of mind, and with great exertion dragged has unfortunate lady to the side of the vessel above the water, and in a dinghy sent her to a friend's boat alongside himself remaining to try and secure anything that might float up. In the state in which he had left his bed, he remained for two hours on the wreck, till, with his own hands, he secured the vessel with a hawser to the shore,

the welfare of that institution. The Metcalfe scholars and then rejoined his wife, with the inelancholy convicnow are, masters Cook and Knox, especially appointed tion that everything they possessed in the world was lost.

by Sir Charles.

One of Sir Charles Metcalfe's last acts here, was to bestow one thousand rupees upon the District Charitable Society.

By 'i. of the 23d instant accounts of the final departure of the St. George from the Sand-heads, on the 17th instant, were received. The following extracts from vessels on the station will shew that Sir Cuarles Metcalfe was honoured to the last moneut,

Capt. Wootton had just returned from England via | Sydney, and all his outfit and that of Mrs. Wootton, laid in at some expense, was in an instant snatched from him, grateful that their lives were spared. The dandies run away one and all, and were never seen the whole night. The manjee, it appears, had never slept on board. One wretch, in trying to escape, seeing Mrs. Wootton clinging to the side of the boat, deliberately put his soot on her shoulder as a stepping-stone and, shewing funds equal to a divident of Rs. 800 per share, leaving the society available assets amounting to two lacs, a standing capital according to their deed of 'copartnery. This dividend was ordered to be made forthwith, payable in Calcutta, and not in London, as heretofore. leeks, though few were large and good and the red beet aud salad were in good season. Only two baskets of artichokes were visible. Potatoes very fine. O, native vegetables, the pure white and red bringals were most conspicuous; the celery, though good, was not sufficiently blanched. The scene was altogether attractive, and the number of ladies who graced the hall, reudered it doubly so.

pushed her under the water, from which her husband again saved her. The next morning Capt. Harrington, Master Attendant, sent his boats and assistant and righted the vessel. Every thing recovered, as may be readily supposed, was it remediably spoiled, and the unfortunate othcer ruined, after travelling so in any thousand miles, by the carelessness of the serang and crew ; for it appears

The society has been in existence two years. It con

they having neglected to haul, we boat out oy the anchor siste i at its commencement of one hundred shares of stern at the ebb tile, she has grounded , by the hood, Rs 1,000. At the end of the first year the profits, one and on the rush of the flood, immediately filled. The lac, were added to the Company's capital, making it two

serang, though he had tremblingly acknowledged his absence to Capt. Wooton, in the presence of a friend, declared at the police office that he was on board and, that the pinnace sunk in consequence of the “bore,” when there was none took place that night." stra M. Navigation.—The steam petition, with upwards of 6,000 signatures, was despatched on the 4th

instant, one copy by the Bombay dåk for the Atalanta,

the other by the Repulse. Additional names were in course of being added daily. The Steam Association is progressing rapidly. The shares amount to 2,471 heldby 702 individuals. Inon ste AM fits.-The following is an extract of a letter, dated Jellinghee accommolation boat, off the mouth of the Goonty, thirty miles below Benares, 6th February, 1838. “We lest Ghazeepore on the evening of the 4th, and brought too a little below the reef of rocks which run across the river above Ghazeepore. We passed these on the morning of the 5th through the only navigable channel now left, and were making excellent progress with fresh easterly wind till 2 p.m., when we were run into shoally water about 100 yards below the mouth of the Goomty. The steamer stuck and when her captain had nearly been successful in extricating her and us, alter an hour's exertion, the main shaft of the engine snapt in two, leaving us and herself perfectly hors de combat. Had a spare shaft been on hoard, we might have proceeded with a few hours' leay ; as it is, however, the only alternative left us, is to warp and track the flat up to Benares, there shifting for ourselves in the best way we can.

The freight for Allahabad, it is believed, will be for. warded by hackery from Beuares. February 7th, 10 a.m.—We shall be at Benares this evening, being now only ten miles from it. We have about 500 coolies on our goon. We have had a refreshing shower of rain this morning. - The banks of the river from Buxar up to this appear highly cultivated and the crops are very forward." usion bank suanes. –The sale of shares of the new stock of the Bank not claimed by absentees and other parties through neglect or want of uneans, went off with great spirit on the 16th instant. The business began a noon, and some few of the shares were sold at 310 premum; the bidding, however, rapidly rose to 325 and then steadily, but gradually, advanced to the maximum ; the last share was sold at a premium of 370, and several previously at 360 and 365. The average was 337, and the whole number of shares sold was 48. In many cases parties who were entitled to, and who have lost the opportunity of claiming shares at par, have nobody to blame but themselves, and have done so through mere neglect and want of ordinary attention to their own interest. commercial Insurance company.—The fourth half yearly meeting of the Commercial Insurance Company, was held on the 19th instant. They have assets in the hands of agents in London, Bombay, Madras, Singapore, Canton, Mauritius. Calcutta, and funds other

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Fine belief committee.—The report of the General Committee in all of the sufferers by the great fires in 1837, has been published. It appears that the sum subscribed, including the donation of Rs-20,000 from Government, was little short of Rs. 50,000: but a very small proportion was surnished by the higher class of natives. There are a few honourable exceptious, but compared with the number capable of contributing, they exhibit a contiast most deplorable. The committee have exercised a sound discretion in not making loans of large amounts to individual sufferers, and have done much good. The main object of the subscription was certainly to relieve the poorest, those whose position was not likely to afford the iueans of saving floin their earnings or wages. D Estruction of property by cAMNoN BAlls.-Duri

the practice of the artillery at Dum-Dum, between the hours of ten and three, on the 14th instant, several trees were injured and some houses slightly damaged at the village of Kadity, which is situated to the north-east of Dum-Dum. . The number of balls that fell amongst the habitations of men is estimated at about thirty; much risk of life and property was therefore incurred; and, indeed, it is feared that some casualty or other would possibly have taken place, had not all the people, run out of the village at the sight of the first ball, and placed themselves beyond the reach of the shot. About fifteen or

wise available amounting to . . . . . . . . . . Rs 4,77,036 Deduct average ascertained but not adjust

ed, and premiums on outstanding risks... Rs 1,95,094

Total (add fractions 2,80,244

sixteen families have since removed their homesteads elsewhere, never to return to that village again.

Monsieur Dupuis' Fancy ball.—This long advertized entertainment was given at Monsieur Dupuis' Rooms in the Durrumiollah Road, on the 30th ultimo.

At about a quarter after eight o'clock P.M. we *ntered the rooms and were quite dazzled with the blaze of beauty which greeted our sight.

The young Masters and Misses, fancifully dressed, excited our highest admiration, and to see them trip through the mazes of the dance, was really a pleasing sight. There were in this picturesque group a few over-grown vouths, who presented a sad contrast to the younger dancers, and whose movements only excited our risibilty. The two ball rooms were thickly crowd. ed, almost to suffocation, by upwards of 1,000 persons, which in convenience was increased by the unusual warmth of the weather.

There were some lovely faces and forms that adorned this assembly; and many who did not covet entertainment from the dance, contented themselves with gazing on features surpassingly fair. We regret to add that there were a few persons, however, who, wishing to procure the utmost for their money, were ever and anon quaffing plentiful potations, the free use of which caused them to conduct themselves in such a brutal manner as to excite this disgust of every body present ; and some of these would-be-thought gentle. men, we have been told, on being turned out, stript and had a very serious warfare with their fists, in the spacious court-vard of the premises. This ci cumstance caused many of the fair damsels to quit the ball room, to the regret of the lovers of dancing.

We are really surprized to find persons who lay claim to the title of gentlemen, and who would be ready to call any person to a serious account for disputing their right thereto, so far brutalize themselves as to behave in the manner in which the individuals we have alluded to did.

Oh! would some bard the giftigieus To see oursel's as others see us.

However exalted or lowly the station of a man may be, it cannot excuse his conduct.— indeed the more exalted the position, the more reprehensible does the misdeed appear.

Honor or shame from no condition rise— . Act well your part, 'tis there the honor lies.

The remainder of the company retired at three A. M.

Excepting the very juvenile portion of the assembly, we only perceived two young ladies in fancy dresses. They were in the costume of Swiss peasant girls; but amongst the gentlemen fancy dresses were more numerous. We noticed the following costumes. Charles the 2d, Orlando, a Greek Peasant, a Vakeel of the Sudder Dewanny Adawlut, the Red Rover, a Sailor, a Spanish Peasant, Glenalvon, some Turks and some in dominos; but by far the greater portion of the Company, wore plain full dresses.

swall pox-The small pox is now extremely prevolent in Calcutta, and its suburbs; especially amongst our native fellow subjects, numbers of whom have been bereaved of their relatives by this destructive malady, Several families have lost their children through it, and one particularly had no less than six children, all of whom have fallen sacrifices to the distemper.

swall pox. —Small pox is not so rife in Calcutta as was stated last week; and the vaccine departments, established under the superintendence of Doctor Duncan Stewart, tend greatly te check the distemper, which is, as usual, introduced by the native innoculators.

eRECrion of A san Aranium. At A anacAN.—The sickness and mortality which at certain seasons prevail at

Arracan, and the consideration of the great expense to which the officers are subjected by continually moving to more congenial climates, has induced the Government to sanction an expenditure of about Rs 12,000 for the erection of a sanatarium. The site selected by the medical officer is an elevated position contiguous to the sea shore, about two or three miles distant from the station of Akyab, and is considered, after a careful investigation, extremely suitable for so desirable a purpose. Native linen Ality.—A native gentleman by name Nilmoney Day, has forwarded Rs 500 through Government for the use of the poor in the Bindabun, near \Inttra. The monies are to be expended in purchasing common fool; and this good man has been persuading his intimates to follow his example.

Donation of pyce sowinme, Esq. ,-Dyce Sombre, Esq., has presented the managers of the Parental Academic Institution with a donation of one thousand Rupees, for which, the only return they have had it in their power to make, has been a letter expressive of grateful acknowledgments for the same.

paincrly donation.—On the 5th instant, Dwarkanauth Tagore, bestowed upon the District Charitable society, the magnificent sum of one lac of rupees to be secured to the society on good mortgages and placed out at interest for the benefit of the numerous poor who are maintained from the funds of that excellent institution. The donation is to form a separate fund and to be called the “Dw ARKANAuth Fund,” that the memory of the princely donor may thus be associated in perpetuity with the noble object he always had at heart.

Farr school.—The report of the free school shows that this most useful and benevolent institution continues most fully to deserve the patronage of the public; Upwards of 490 children of both sexes, the offspring of indigent Christian parents, are supplied with lodging, food, clothing and instruction. They are admitted between the ages of five and nine years, and are instructed in English grammar, writing, arithmetic, history, geography, and the elements of Christian, knowledge; besides which the girls are taught straw bonnet, lace and needle work. An unsuccessful application has been made to the Goverument through the Bishop of Calcutta, to relieve the institution from the expense of the Church attached to it.

The sailors' home.—This institution, by the last report, seems to be in a flourishing condition.

prince of or ANge.— Prince Henry of Orange, arrived from the mofussil on the 13th instant, and left Calcutta for Holland, on the 17th instant.

prince menay of orance.—It is said that His Honour the Deputy Governor has received letters from His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Orange, and from Captain Arriens of the Bellona, off Kedgeree, expressing their acknowledgments, in the warmest terms, for the kind and hospitable reception, both public and private, which their party has experienced. The Prince speaks highly of the attentions which he received from Captain Caine, his A.D.C., temporarily appointed during his visit.

count Marrial.—The young officer who was tried at a court-maitial in Fort William the other day, and whose case excited considerable interest in the military circles, has been honorably acquitted.

Antillery Review.—The artillery was reviewed at Dum-Dum on the 12th instant, by Major general Sir Willoughby Cotton, and gave great satifaction.

Jungeship of the sudden dew Assy - It is said, that Mr. W. Cracroft and Mr. P. Nisbett are the candidates for the vacancy in the Sudder Dewanny and Nizamut Adawluts, occasioned by the retirement of Mr. C. Harding, one of the Judges of that Court, * who proceeds to England on furlough.

The prought.—The great drought which prevails

threatens the most disastrous consequences to the poor. The tanks around Calcutta are now as much dried up, as they usually are on the month of Mav, and almost all agricultural operations being suspended, grain is daily rising in price, so that the inhabitants of the suburbs, have the uncheering prospect of experiencing great inconvenience from hunger and thrust during the next warm SeaS0n.

FAMINE.—The want of rain has caused the most disastrous results throughout the whole of the upper provinces, and a most severe famine prevails. The following is an extract of a letter from Tirhoot on the subject:

“In verity and truth we are threatened with the most calamitous season ever known. Here is the middle of January without a drop of rain since October ; with three-fourths of our lands not vet prepared for lack of moisture, vegetation actually withering, and, in short, every prospect not only of no indigo, but really of a famine for want of means to cultivate the first necessa ries of life for the inhabitants. The scarcity is already severely felt, and the natives are crying out that this must be such a season as that of the great famine about twenty-five years ago, when no rice could be sown, and all that was, became inundated before the end of June. I look on this season for planters as one of those that fix an aera of alas ! what we meet most unfrequently—unmitigated destruction and ruin.”

The opium salt.—The second opium sale of the season took place on the 5th instant, at the Exchange, and went off very steadily, although the attendance appeared much less than that of the sale last month, and the number of bidders much fewer. put up was 1,500 Patna and 800 Benares, besides six chests Benares of last year's provision : eightv chests Patna and fifty chests Benares of the French privilege, belonging to the January sale this year.— Prices of Patna ranged from , 700 to 725 Co.'s rupees, Benares from 610 to 615 Co.'s rupees.

The BLAck Act.—The following is an extract of a letter from Mr. Turton, to Mr. Dickens, in reference to the Black Act.

“Things as to the Black Act remain precisely in the state they were three months ago; but I am preparing for my Parliamentary campaign, and hope by next month ro have something to communicate. I fear it will not be favorable.

I am most anxious, as you may suppose, to hear what you and the Committee think of my attempt to get into Parliament. I am now going to endeavour to open the return at Worcestor, a very radical place, and think I should be nearly certain of being returned for it, if the present election is set aside. Crawfurd, you know, has lost his return for Preston. We, the Indians, have been exceedingly unluckly on this occasion. Crawfurd's return would have been a great thing for us; for he is well acquainted with Indian matters, has taken up the Black Act business con amore, and has helped me, without any apparent jelousy and dissatisfaction. I have written a letter to Dwarkanauth, and in it stated rather more fully

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what I am about at Worcester; but I have been so inturrupted that I have not time to write to you as I had intended. I ain much better in health than I was.” "

coal survey.—The survey upon which Mr. Homfray was emploved last year, on behalf of Governinent, to ascertain the practicability of bringing coals from the Coel and Soane river districts, left off with an urgent recommendation for its being continued in the present year, and in hopes from some very promi-ing appearances, of establishing the connexion of the great. Palamoo and Coel river coal fields, with several sites along the banks of the Soane both to the north and south of the Coel river. These sites have been again explored, and some of them ascertained to contain coal. The samples which have been dug, although not of the very best description of coal, are said to be sufficiently so to encourage the continuation of the research in those parts of the country below the range of hills which skirt the south-east bank of the Soane. There are a vast number of distinct deposits of carbonacious black slate with admixtures of coal, in various proportions, on both banks of the Soane. There is also that interesting deposit of the lias, which was also noticed and identified to be the long suspected and true lias limestone—perhaps one of the most valuable acquisitions to the present internal resources of this hitherto unexplored country. There is also a bed of thick carbonaceous black slate in the nullah near to Bidjegur, but nothing of the character of true coal has yet been discovered.

south AM Enic AN coppen.—The practical effect of double legislation is beautifully illustrated by the position of the two American ships, which have lately a rived, and which must away to sea again, under the late order or regulation of the Court of 12irectors with their cargo unbroken ; or, at all events, if they remain, can only do so, with the most valuable part of it unsold, viz. the South American copper, unless the President in Council will sanction infrigement of the regulation, on the ground of its taking the parties affected so completely by surprise. Indeed it may be questioned whether under the commercial treaty with the United States, which was laid upon the table of

both Houses of Parliament, the prohibition against

American vessels bringing the produce of other countries can be legally enforced. The case is now before the Government, on the representation of the Collector of Customs for its decision,

A BApparis shield.—It has been stated, that the commander of the ship Strathisla, which vesse i lately arrived at this port from the Malay coast, brought out a shied.” which had been captured from the savages in Torryls Straits. The shield is in the shape of a tortoise, and in it are set,in a state of preservation, the heads of the captain of a ship which belonged to this port, and was lost some time since, and seventeen of his crew and passengers. The heads bear all the scars of wounds which were inflicted on them. The captain's head is put in the place representing the head of the tortoise and a boy's, is at the tail, and either of the crew's on each side. A facsimile of the horrid shield, as drawn from the original, is in the possession of Messrs. Sheldon and Co.

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In the evening the members of the society dined together,when several toasts were drunk &speeches made.

Advances on silip MrNts of Goods to Europe.—A

report gains ground that the Government are about to resume the systein of advances on shipments of goods to Europe. e

The ocure R Los Y Monu Mest. —Government have sanctioned the estimate completing the plaistering of the Ochterlony monument and repairing it. The amount is about Rs. 460.

- Lord cardio as — Lord Cardigan forfeited his passage in the stepulse, and took up cabins in the Juliana for Madras, from which place his Lordship and the Countess proceeded dak to Bombay. This change of plan arises from a desire on the part of the Lord to be present at her Majesty's coronation, which he would have in all probability missed, had he sailed in the Repulse.

colonel, cock. —Colonel Cock, it appears, has been appointed to the command of the Dinapore division of the army, with the rank of brigadier, during the absence of Major General W. Richards, C.B., or until suither orders.

Government have come to the resolution of issuing new Company pice and receiving oil sicca, pice, in exchange for Company rupees—sixty-four of each denomination of pice to the rupee. This will be a great relief to every class of persons who pay or receive money in fractional parts of the rupee. The words “ until further orders” are of course mere words of form, for it would be doubly cruel in the poor ever again to leave them at the mercy of the polars, so long at least as the old defaced pice remain in circulation.

the govenson's private secretany.—The appoint. ment of private secretary to the Deputy Governor, igiven to James Hutchinson, Esq., for whom Ross D. Mangles, Esq., has been hitherto officiating. Mr. Hutchinson, has just returned to Calcutta from the Cape.

Ma. A boans.—Mr. Dobbs, the Master in Equity, has returned with his health perfectly restored. This gentleman took the oaths to Her Majesty, and resumed office on the 29th intant.

ANNUAL Melah. At saugonr.—The annual melah or fair at Saugore, commenced at the end of December and continued up to the 20th of January. A party of the 24-Pergunnah indefatigables, an European officer, and the full guard, attended. The boats of all sizes and descriptions far exceeded the past year's assemblage, and were estimated at so many as seventy thousands, and the number of souls at as many as six hundred thousand ; and it stated that articles of Asiatic produce were sold and exchanged to so large an amount

as twelve lacs of rupees. The assemblage was, as usual, comprsied of natives of Lahore, Delhi, Oude, Seringapatam, Bombay and the lower provinces, and a great many from the Nepaul and Burmese states. No remarkable accidents occurred beyond a large boat laden with tobacco having suddenly foundered ; all lives on board were however saved. No affrays, or assaults have been reported, and from all accounts the melah was conducted very quietly.

failune.—The failure of an eminent Shroffing and Banking House, trading in the Burra Bazar, occurred on the 1st instant, under the name of Tarachund Day and Madob Churn Day. Their liabilities are reported at twenty lacs of rupees.

Quan ANTINE AT MALTA.—The severity of quarantine at Malta is greatly mitigated, indeed done away with. Passengers arriving in the Alexandria steamer, provided they do not land, are shipped into the London steamer, in the port, and proceed at once on their voyage, saving thus the delay of twenty or thirty days, which is the period for performing quarantine alloted to even clean bills of health.

PecheeGAUM Expedition.—A letter from Assam states that the commissioner and Major White arrived at Suddea on the 29th of January, and that Lieut. Miller had gone with seventy-five men to endeavour to take the Pechee Gaum, who had been fighting with the Let Gaums. It is expected that Lieut. Miller will have some trouble.

Aqueducts.—Just before the Chief Magistrate left Calcutta in November, several estimates for additional aqueducts were submitted to Government through the Military Board; but the one nearly finished in Lyon's Range, New China Bazar Street and Clive Street was especially recommended for sanction, and the chief Magistrate ordered its immediate commencement pending sanction; that it was sanctioned either last Tuesday week or the Council day before it, and the sanction forwarded the other day by the Military Board to the Conservency Department : the Deputy Governor rejected the remaining projects submitted with the exception of that for an aqueduct along Boitakhana, from Wellington Street to the Circulur Road, but suspended his sanction for that work until he should receive the estimate.

dacoity.—The treasure belonging to the Stud depôt at Buxar, has been attacked and carried off by a band of dacoits accompanied by a party of horse. The gang is understood to have amounted to about fifty or sixty men altogether; and the guard allotted for the protection of the treasure being very small, it made no resistance. The attack was quite unexpected, so much so that the sentry was disarmed, and the chookeedar who alone offered to oppose the party, was speared in the head, and disarmed. The dacoits, it appears, had been hovering aboutthe town of Buxar for the purpose of carrying off a large sum of money which a Mahajan expected from Patna, and of which the dacoits had received intimation; but, being disappointed in that, they attacked the stud treasure and carried off an iron chest containing twenty thousand rupees in cash, and about five thousand rupees in bank notes belonging to the stud; and about two thousand rupees worth of silver plate, the private property of Captain Thomas, in charge of the depôt, who had lodged the same in the treasury for greates

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