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affrays.-There are rumours in town of a serious

disfigured; he was conveyed to the hospital in a very

affray, attended with loss of life, in the neighbourhood of pitiable state. This accident was a first attributed

Sheerghootty on the Benares road, in which some Euro. pean soldiers are implicated. ... A collision has occurred at Kedgeree between some sailors of H.M.S. Victor and the Custom-house authorities; and the former were kept on shore in confinement during the night. Jack was rather “glorious” and pretty considerably pugnacious. The Custom-house officers acted, it is said, with much judgment, baving seized their refractory visitors, three in number, and bound them hard and fast in the tent, before they could obtain assistance from the rest of the boat's crew, who put off to the ship, in ignorance of the “durance-vile” of their most unfortunate, aud unwary IneSS-mates,

accident.—A dak boat with seventen packets on board, while rowing up to Hooghly on the 29th of Jan., capsized opposite to Bullopore by the violence of the bore. Ten of the packets ware recovered ; but no trace of the rest was discovered. It is said the native merchants have lost a good deal of money by this sad accident,

abolition of Persi AN.—The use of the Persian language in judical and revenue proceedings, is abolished in the Bengal division of this Presilency, by order of the Deputy Governor under the recent act. The measure is to be carried into effect gradually, but the change is to be completely effected by the 1st January next.

Melascholy accident.—One of those distreising accidents which it is but very little to say throw a gloom over the whole meeting, took place on the Race Course on the 31st of January ; they really make us wish at the moment that there were no such things as races to permit of the possibility of their occurling. A horse may be spared, but the highest gratification derived from racing is far too dearly purchased at the expense of a man's life.

After the start for the second heat for the Cup, a loose horse was observed galloping about. Absentee and Lieutenant went round the Course at tremendous speed, were neck and neck past the hospital, and rating it for the turn in, when the hoise, which had been gra dually making for that corner, and which some riders had vainly endeavoured to stop, rushed clean across the racers, and the whose three, with the (two) iders, were instantaneously on the ground. The horses recovered themselves, but Hardy, who was riding Lieutenant, never moved again. His appearance indicated some dreadful concussion of the brain, and the medical gentleman who first saw him, proudunced him at once dead

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to the injudicious management of the gunner serving the vent, but the wounded appearance of his thumb, must exonerate him from the censure justly attached to beglect of duty at his very responsible station.

sauqon.—The crops are finer in Saugor this season, than they have been for several years past.


Lucknow.—Advices from Lucknow, of the 26th January, state, that the late Hukeem Mehdee has been succeeded in his office of Minister of Oude, by Mowlavee Gholam Gbaya, sormerly a moonshee, on a salary uf twenty-five supees. Ahmed Ally Khan, nephew of the late Hukeem, still holds the appointment of General in the Oude service; but being rather on bad terms with the present minister, intend shortly to leave Lucknow for Futtehgurh ; but it is questionable whether the King will permit him to do so. The King is carrying on his economical measures, discharging the servants of the state, and clipping the salaries of those that are retained. Nawaub itowshnoodowleh, the ex-minister and his son, Souhan Ally Khan, are still confined to their houses, but fell confident of being reinstated. The former made an offer to his Majesty of 25 lacs of rupees for a re-appointment to the Premiership ; but Lucknow, the King thinks, has had too much of his ministerial measures already. Nawab Tuhower Jung seems to be enjoying himself. The Resident gave him the use of one of the King's palaces to reside in, with elephants, chobdals, &c. He has been to all the palaces, gardens and other places of public resort, and is said to iike the city and the people of Lucknow. On the 19th of January, the Resident introduced him in form to the King, who was surrounded by his principal nobility and gently. The King shewed him much civility and attention, and on his taking leave made valuable presents. Nawab Tuhower Jung, it is said, intends leaving the city shortly, with an intention of visiting the whole of Upper India. The King was so ill that he would not see any oue, unless ou urgent and pressing state business.

Latione.—lt is reported that the Maharajah received letters from Cabul, stating that Captain Burnes was endeavouring to persue Nawab Dost Alahomei Khan to make peace with Runjeet Sing. I he Maharajah heating the contents was quiet for a time, but aire, war is said that he would not make peace with Dost Manumed Khan unless h gave Peshawur as a Nuzuanah.

The Maharajah being desirous of getting obout one hundred European soldiers in his service, asked Mr. Cantell, how he was to procure them. Mr. Cantell said that the \laharajah could not entertain them without the sauction of the British Government, agreeable to the existing treaty.

A shooka was sent to the Kamdar of Derah Ismail Khan, ordering him not to be afraid of the Zemindars, but to endeavour to bring them to submissiou.

A Shooka was sent to Mirs Roop Lall, ordering him to go to Indpore Mlakhooval with two hundrad Sowars, and there decide impartially the case of Ruud Sing and Runjeet Song Loodhaua and if they do not act upon his uecision he should dispossess them of their Jagheer and report it to the Huzoor.

His Majesty received an urzee from the Ukbar Nuvees of Huzara, which stated that Ibrahim and Mahomed Khan Zemindar, of the districts skirting the Hills, are instigating the other Zemindars to keep up a disturbance.

An urzee from Savun Mull, Nazim of Multan, was received, the contents of which were tuat as Behram Khan, Muzaree, had formerly kept up a row in this district, it is now, by his Highness's kindness, brought into subjection. A shooka in reply was sent to him desiring him to give to the said Behram Khan, a valuable kheelut and send him to the presence ; when something would be done for his support.

An ursee from the Ukhbar Nuweers, of Cabul, was received, stating that Dost Mahoned Khan, the ruler of Cabul, has an intention of coming over to Peshawur. His Majesty said that when he will march against us, some sowars and artillery will be sent, who will prevent him from crossing the river Attock. Deena Nath represented that the Frenchmen of H is \lajesty's army were a great obstacle to his coming.

her At.-By the letters received from Hera', it appears, that the invincible forces of lran have marched from Mushed and encamped at the fort Kooryan, which is in the territory of the ruler of Heral, where both rulers had a great fight, and the ruler of Iran gained the day. He has established his thanah there. The Ruler of IIerat fought incredibly well, but being short of amunition gave up the field, and retreated into the for of Herat, to which the Persians have layed seige. It would be well for the Herat chief if he will negociate with them because he is not abie to escape, and they will ruin him.

KAfrist A.N.—The customs of the tribe of Kafree are quite different from those of Hindoos and Mussulmen; they are called Atish Purust, fire worshippers; their places of living are in the hills of Bejore, Teran, Budukhshan, &c. &c.; they earned their livelihood by cultivating those hills; and they were never subject to any people, but a few years ago the son of the Ruler of Cabul suddued them, consequently knowing that they were under subjection, they assembled in a body and hut their gates against him and he, has left their bounda. ies and pitched , is tents near a place called Bumean.

buopal.—The Government have at length enforced the Salic law in this country, and the Nuwab has been installed in security on his throne, in spite of the pertinacious efforts of the Begum to supplant him.


The carw of the Elizabeth –The crew of the wrecked ship Elizabeth, who had bell oved in a very obstreperous manner, after making free with the beer barrels on board, have heen reduced to obedience by the Assistant Collector without military aid, and they are to be sent up to Madras forthwith.

sale of the werck of The flizabetit.—The wreck of the Elizabeth was sold by public auction on the 2d of February, for the ridiculously low price of four hundred and fifty rupees. This was not from want of buyers, however, as there were many natives present prepared for the purchase; but the wreck lies so far out, and is so completely broken in pieces, that there is little prospect of any part of it being saved. The Wolf was lying off the wreck, making preparations to bring up the remainder of the spars, rigging, figure-head, &c. &c. which have been saved by the indefatiguable exertions of Capt.

hydrabad.—The sickness and consequent mortality among the European soldiers, have almost entirely disappeared, and the measures which Government have at length adopted will effectually prevent their recu, eace, for the barracks are undergoing alterations on such an extensive scale that they will in a few months assutue an appearance superior to any on this side of India."

chot era at AnNee.—Intelligence from Arnee of the 7th of January, states that cholera had ceased for seven or eight days previous, in Her Majesty's 63d regiment; but the disease was still very prevalent amongst the natives all around the station. Orders have been received by the officer commanding to encamp H. M. 63d, if the cholera should continue amongst them.

secundfr AbAD.—A private letter from Se under hal dated the 22d of January, states that the present col I season has been the most sickly ever known; cold, consis, and fevers were so prevalent that there was scarcely a house which had not a patient in it. No fatal cases, however, had occurred up to that time from the influenza which was raging. On the 15th January, a thermometer exposed in the garden early in the morning, fell to 50d. during the day it seldom rises above 72d in a closed room.

His Highness the Nizam left the city of Hyderabad on the 20th January, on an excursion to Injapoor, a place about 8 or 10 miles distant, accompanied by his Ameers, his Court, and some of his relatives.

Mut dow.—A sea cunny belonging to the Ludu Flora, lost his life on the 29th January, by being stabbed and otherwise wounded, under very distressing circumstances. A Coroner's inquest returned a verdict of wilful murder against the party who inflicted the wounds.

sale of company's Papen.—There was a sale of Compny's paper at the office of Messrs. Arbuthnot on the and of February, amounting to nearly three lakhs of rupees, belonging to the late Laudable Society. The attendance at the sale was very numerous both of natives 2d Europeans ; and the bonds fetched about 2 per cent. above the previous nominal rates. The highest premium of the loan of 1875 and 26 was 63 per cent.

on pits.-The orders have either been received by the last overland mail, or an intimation given that such are coming out, to sanction a continuation of full batta to the native troops stationed at Hyderabad, Nagpore and Jaulnah ; that Major Robison has been instructed to return to his duty, thus stamping with illegality the course pursued in his removal; that Captain Sprye, the Deputy Judge Advocate General, is to receive £500 as a com. pensation; that Captian Alexander, the Fort Adjutant, has been relieved from the heavy sum for which Sir Fre. derick Adam's first rendered him responsible; that Mr. Langley, late of the 3d L.C., is permitted to draw a Captain's pension or a special pension of £ 100 a year, and declared eligible for such official situations as that he was prevented continuing in.

execurios.--On the evening of the 27th of January, the sentence of death passed upon the private of the 14th regiment for shooting the subador-major, was carried into execution. There was no parade or show made but merely picquets from the two regiments under the Captain of the day to keep the peace and prevent the encroachment of the crowd, which was immense. The culprit, was brought from his place of confinement on a

Stanley and his crew.

|bandy drawn by buffaloes, and to the very last maintained

the most cool and determined obstimacy and doggedness of manner, declaring his innocence and calling the officers murderers. The act of lashing him to the gun was the work of a few seconds. The signal was immediately given by the officer commanding the artillery dropping his glove, and as instantly obeyed by the man with the port-fire, and the murderer was no more. On the day of his death he stated to an officer of his regiment, that his enemy was the former suabdar of his company ; from which it may be inferred that he intended to shoot this native officer, but the bung with which he was intoxicated misled him.

thugs IN MADRAs—A noted thug has been taken to Madras in custody, who states that about two hundred of his craft are quietly following their vocation in the town of Madras |

Dept.on ABLE loss of nu MAN life. — A short time since a party of about - xv convicts were on the march from the district of South Arcott to the Bangalore road in hinglequt to be enployed in repairing the roads, suddenly, and without any known cause, the whole party commenced an attack on the peons in charge, and a desperate affray ensued ; nine of the convicts were killed on the spot by the peons, about twelve men despe rately wounded ,and a number variously stated at thirty or forty escaped altogether. The occurrence took place about fifty miles from Malras, and it is not reported whether there was a military gaurd or whether the convicts were ironed in the usual manner.

MR. Russell.—The Honorable Mr. Russell has been splendidly feted at the Banqueting Room by the society of Madras.


The coxswander-1N-chief, -Report says that the Commander-in-Chief, Sir J. Keane, will go to the Cape by an early opportunity on sick certificate, His Excel. lency not having sufficiently recovered by his late voyage, to stand the fatigues of another court-martial campaign, which has already commenced with unusual briskness. An entertainment has been spoken of, or hinted at, as a tribute of respect to this able and excellent functionary.

count-MARTIAL.-A Court-martial was held on Brevet Colonel J. G. Baumgardt, at Bombay, for scandalous conduct, unbecoming the character of an officer and a gentleman, in the following instances, charged by Brigadier Slater.:

1st. In having, unknown to me, communicated in a letter to Major General Willshire, of Her Majesty's 2nd or Queen's Royals, commanding Poonah brigade and station, dated 1st July, 1837, that I had called on Lieutenant Cuyler, of that regiment then under arrest, and had privately listened to his reflections on the character of another officer of the same regiment, such statement being malicious, unfounded, and injurious to my character as his immediate commanding officer.

2d. In not having taken the means of contradict. ing or making known to me the malicious and unfound. ed report contained in his letter aforesaid, dated last July 1837, to Major General Willshire; although the falsehood of it had been made known to him, and he had been repeatedly recommended by the latter offi. cer to communicate the same to me.

3d. In falsely insinuating in a letter to Majo. General Willshire, dated 20th August 1837, that I was

aware of the injurious report in circulation against me, but that I had shewn no disposition or wish to institute any inquiry or take any notice of it.

The court having sound the prisoner guilty, adjudged him to be reprimanied in such manner as His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief may be pleased to direct.

court of ENQUIR Y on coxl MAN DEn low E. – The Court of enquiry on Commander Lowe of the Berence, has terminatel in the honorable acquittal of that oucer from all blame. So far from there having been any carelessness in the management of himself and the other officers, the utino-t vigilance was displayed by all on board. At the time the vessel struck, the presence of min of Captain Lowe prevented the accident from assuming a much more serious couplexion.

Assault AND Robbery.—A Frenchman living in Bombay was walking along with a warrant officer of the Artemise from the Apollo bunder to the Fort. They were followed from the builder by eight parsees, and, when they had got as far as the corner of Forbes-street, close to the office of Messrs. Jeejeebboy Dadabhoy and Co., one of the men laid hold of the former Frenchman, and made a grasp at his pocket. The other parsees surrounded the man, and when he saw his situation and felt himself seized, he raised an umbrella and struck the person who had hold of him. Upon this he was attacked by the whole party and knocked down. A small bag containing money sell out of his pocket, and four rupees which rolled out of it were snatched by one of the parsees. His companion interferel, for his defence and was also knocked down in the attempt, he too loosing several rupees. The parsees after this made off, finding that nothing further could be done quietly in the affair. The Frenchman, as well as they could, communicated to two police peons who were standing quietly looking on at a few yards distance from the scene of the scuffle, which had taken place, showed them how they had been treated, and pointed out where they had been attacked. The peons, however, remained where they were, and would not stir a foot to endeavour to secure the offenders.

exportation of salt far e of Duty.—It is said, that Government, has come to the resolution, pending a reference to the Government of India, of allowing all salt taken for exportation, to any port within the territories included under the Honourable Company's Charter, to be shipped free of duty, or in other words, on the same terms as before the introduction of the new law.

The behes ice.—The Berenice reached Bombay on the 24th of January, but not the harbour, having struck upon the south-west prong, in attempting to enter the port. The Berenice was standing towards the harbour about 7 P.M., her distance being at that time, about four. teen miles, and the night extremely dark. At this moment two lights were observable in the direction of the port, but which was the true one could not be ascer. tained, there being nothing to distinguish the one from he other. Upon the two lights being so discovered. Capt. Lowe directed the purser to go below and address a letter to the Superintendent of the Indian Navy as to the circumstance of such two lights being visible, and the impossibility of distinguishing the true one. Capt Lowe being extremely anxious to discharge his duty by landing the mail as early as possible, the

vessel continued to stand in until about 9 p.m., when the water suddenly shallowed to eight fathoms. An

order was instantly given to put her about, but before the next throw of the lead she bumped and upon going round took the rock and stuck fast. lt was soon discovered that she was on the south-west prong, but as far as could be ascertained she had sustained no damage from the concussion.

distafssing fine.—On the 22d of January last, the village of Khandalah took fire, and the whole of the native part of it was reduced ashes. The bungalows in the neighbourhood were not affected by the conflagration, but the distress which this said calanity must have inflicted upon the poor inhabitants of that delightful spot, will be very severely felt.

MARINE police.—The Government has nominated as committee composed partly of the principal merchants, to take into consideration the question of a marine police.

the chole R.A.—The cholera still prevails in Her Majesty's 63d regiment at Arnee. Lhe wards of the hospital are stated to be quite full, there being therein no less than eighty patients.


that the Shans of Monory, to the east of Ava, have refused to submit to the new King of Ava ; that His Ma. jesty, imputing this refusal to the mismanagement of the officer whom he had appointed as Governor-General over the Shans, had with his usual haste and recklessness of human life, ordered the said Governor-General, and six of his principal officers to be executed, and despatched a force under a Woondouk to coerce or cajole the Shans. The late Woongee of Rangoon, who had once before been confined and squeezed, has been again 'imprisoned. A Rangoon officer of the former Government has been executed for travelling through the country, and the chief of the lower chokey in the Rangoon | river, is ordered to be embowelled, because he claimed, as his hereditary right, the fees of office belonging to that chokey. The late King is on the river off Umerapoor a guarded by 500 men, and his son, the young prince, is without any followers... Menthaggee and the other ministers and officers of the late King, continue in prison.

Mr. Rlundell, the Commissioner of Moulmein, deputed Dr. Richardson to proceed to Bileng, the seat of the chief Burmese Governor in that quarter, and demand redress for the late murder and dacoities, in our territories. Dr. Richardson was treated in a more inhospitable and ungracious manner than what any British officers ever experienced before in this quarter. The petty officers of Martiban stopped him ; and when he at last reached the neighbourhood of Bilenge, he was met

by a party of soldiers, who would not allow him or his

A Singapore Free Press of the 4th of January, state that the Water Witch, from pilot the 13th of December, had arrived at Singapore on the 1st of January. The

followers to enter Bileng, and kept them outside under a strict guard. The Governor pretended not be a Bileng, and Dr. Richardson was obliged to return to

Dutch, it appears, had perfidiously captured the Boonjal, Moulmein without having se!" the Governor or accomchief, who had made such a stubborn resistance to their plished any of the objects of his mission, except cominroads into the interior of Sumatra, and had sent him to municating the demands of the Commissioner to a subBanda, the state prison of the Dutch in India. ordinate Burmese officer, who, of course, denied all knowledge of the parties that had committed the late murder and robberies.

Pirates.—The pirates have again commenced their depredations in the vicinity of Singapore. A raft, on which were seven persons, was attacked by these san

guinary wretches off Passers, a village situated a mile or two beyond the Red Cliffs on that Island. The pirates on their first approach called out for some tobacco, and being told there was none to give, discharged several blunderbusses at the raft and killed

The good people of Rangoon, now that the Commissioner has clearly proved that these late incursions into our territories were committed with the knowledge and at the instigation of the Governor of Bileng, pretend that that chief has turned rebel against he new

two of the people. The rest attempted to escape in sampans, four going in one, and only one in the the orders and wishes of his Majesty . It is however other. The latter was soon overtaken and murdered by sail, that the present governor of Bieng is a very old krisses, notwithstanding his earnest supplications for and confidetial personal friend of the present King's, mercy, which were heard by his companions, who were and that his son is in immediate attendance on his enabled, however, to reach the shore and conceal them- Majesty and in command of his body guard! selves in the jungles. All their property was plundered.

King of Ava, and that he has been acting contrary to

PERSIA. Akyab.-Letters have beeen received from Akyab,

- - - dated 12th instant. The steamer Erperiment arrived Letters received in town on the 18th instant, from there on that morning, and fired a salute, which was Persia, speak of the successes of the Shah in his expedi- answered from the more. At the instance of the medition. One or, two strong holds had, fallen, and it is scal officer of the station, a dispensary is about being supposed that the Shah is by this time before Heral. established at Akyab, where natives will receive medicine, and medical advice, or attendance gratis. A subscription had been raised for this humane purpose, and the worthy commissioner was, as usual, foremost with his purse. Surveying had been carried on at Akyab with some activity, and the impession seemed to be that, in the course of next year, a harbour wharf, a light-house, On the 12th January, a despatch-boat reached Ran- and sanatarium – now matters merely visionary, will goon in five days from the new capital, Umerapoora. be objects of reality. , Scarcely any sickness prevailed at The intelligence brought down was at first carefully Akyab by the latest dates. Those officers who had been concealed, but some of it at last transpired. It appears ill, had all recovered.


The following news has been received from Burmah.

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