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composition to be indispensable, to use a mixture of Scotch, Welsh, and Shropshire iron, the cost will be enhanced from £2 to £3 per ton, more than of Scotch or Welsh iron alone, run from the ore, had been employed. Mr. Stephenson proposed that 200 tons were to be delivered in March, and the whole to be delivered in Liverpool by the 30th June. He, or his assistant, was to be at liberty to inspect the work at all times; and every test was to be in the presence of one or other. . As Mr. Anderson had, by the middle of February, received only some of the tenders, expecting the remainder in the course of a few days, it is to be assumed that the completion of the work will be later than the date indicated by Mr. Stephenson. It was computed that the whole iron-work would weigh 900 tons. Mr. Anderson, in letter of 18th January, says, the F. would be from £8 to £10; and, in that of 14th February, that the mixture of the three qualities of iron would cost from fo to £3 extra : so that we may assume the cost, on delivery at Liverpool, will be £11,000. On this account a remittance of £6,000 had been placed in the Liverpool Bank, bearing 3 per cent, interest. We recently wrote to Mr. Anderson, that, an instalment of subscription being required to be paid upon 21st proximo, we would, by the first overland mail after that date, make a further remittance to him of +2,000 or £3,000. We may dismiss this part of our report by observing, (and we do so advisedly) that we deem your agents (for, although Mr. Anderson writes in his single name, he has been acting in constant communication with his associates, Mr. Arbuthno! and Speir) have throughout proceeded very judiciously, interrogating in the outset various practical and scieutific authorities; appealing to experience in different fields; adopting the alterations which such circumspect examination demanded ; and, in the sequel, yielding to no private influence, acknowledging no partiality, but securing to you the cheapest terms, by throwing the contract open to public competition :-and we cannot doubt that you will feel every satisfaction that those agents have thought proper, in the execution of their task, to resort to the guidance of a distinguished engineer. “Mr. George Stephenson” remarks, one eminent in science and practice in India, “ is a first rate engineer : in his hands you are perfectly safe.” In the course of our statement, we come now to direct your attention to the progress of warehousing operations, in the temporary and inferior accommodation it has been in our power to provide. The rent (we speak of its monthly product) at the period of the last meeting, had reached about 1,400 rupees ; afterwards it quickly increased to about 2,000 rupees: it then sell back to i,400 rupees; but soon began to rise, reaching now not less than 2,500 rupees, and likely to be 3,000 rupees by the end of the present month, o: manifesting a progressive increase, the more satisfactory, as it has prevail

over no inconsiderable withdrawal of merchandize for despatch into the interior, and for re-exportation, thereby shewing that the augmentation of your warehousing business, is by no means to be ascribed to any peculiar and temporary predicament of the market. The exigencies of the bonding trade even now compel us immediately to look out for more room. The range of dilapidated godowns on the north portion of these premises, may, it is expected, for a moderate sum, be put into such repair, as will serve, at least part of it, for the temporary reception of merchandize. We lately requested the Marine Board to allow us to occupy those godowns, for whatever rent may be proper in reference to their present condition, until the period arrives for paying to Government to the remaining part of the purchase-money : and the Board has in the most handsome and friendly Inanner accorded to our request. Additional and good accommodation being instantly required, we are in treaty for a fine and spacious godown in the immediate vicinage. We may shortly observe, that business seems now to be in the course of rapid extension ; that, when the channels of periodical communication are opened with the interior, we reckon on an extensive removal of wares; but, on the other hand, we know that, with the arrival af the cold weather, there will be a considerable influx of trade into the warehouse. The issue, we anticipate, will permit a dividend to be paid early in the ensuing year, even before your warehouse is erected, from operations, necessarily circumscribed, in the temporary, insufficient, and inferior godowns now occupied. It is perhaps superfluous to state to you, that such incipient thriving of the undertaking, with the very limited and discouraging means at our command, although beyond all question it augurs well, yet can be received as no just criterion, whereby to measure the magnitude of the trade that will flow into the warehouse when constructed or to appreciate the probabilities of the ultimate development and prosperity of the whole scheme. It is not for us, in making our report to indulge in the expression of sanguine anticipations, which might unconsciously be charged with some exaggeration; but this we are free to affirm, that, when the warehouse is completed, if it be so well occupied with trade, and the whole of such experience as we have yet been permitted to have, testifies emphatically that it will be so occupied, then it follows incontrovertibly, that the undertaking will yield you regular and ample returns.

F. MacNAchten. A. Colvin. J. Willis. J. W. J. Ouseley. Calcutta, May 19, 1838. J. Church. G. Dougal and J. Cullen were elected Directors. instead of Captain Ouseley and A. Colvin, who went out by rotation.— Hurkaru, May 25.

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ACADEMIC INSTITUTION.

A meeting of subscribers, called by the managers of the above charitable institution, was held at the Town-hall, on Thursday evening last. Baboo Joychunder Bose was called to the chair; he addressed the meeting in a very eloquent speech, stating the object they had assembled for, namely, an inquiry into the conduct of their secretary, against whom the managers had cause to entertain suspicion of improper practices, such as would rove ruinous to the institution. Several charges were aid against him, but, as none of them were backed by sufficient proof to satisfy the meeting of their existence, it is but justice to the accused to withhold them from the public for the present, . It was then resolved, that eight gentlemen be elected from amongst the subscribers to make a strict and impartial inquiry into the affair. Nineteen gentlemen were then named, out of whom, it was

the required number," eight.” The committes, are at the
close of the investigation of the charges, to lay their report,
before a general meeting to be called for that purpose.
Several gentlemen spoke on the occasion, to the same
effect as the chairman, to whom a vote of thanks was
given for his able conduct in the chair.
The meeting broke up at a rather late hour.
We, as impartial reporters, cannot conclude this with-
out remarking, that some young Hindoo gentlemen who
spoke, were a little too free in their use of calumnious
expressions to the accused, which could not be decorous
under any circumstances, much less at a public meeting.
Nor can we pass over unnoticed, the want of order
which now, and then prevailed. Our object is not to
discourage these youths, but to give them salutary ad-
vice, that they may behave with more propriety in future,

resolved, that David Hare, Esq., be requested to selected

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SUPREME COURT.

April 18, 1838.

(Before Sir Edward Ryan and a Petit Jury.)

Sheikh Abdoollah was tried for stealing from the office of Messrs. Cockerell and Co., some indigo, on the 16th of March, 1838.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty.

J. M. Dove, Esq., deposed, that the prisoner was a furash, in Messrs. Cockerell and Co.'s office, but had no access to the indigo godowns; but there was at that time some indigo in the compound, in some chests, to which the prisoner had access.

Here Mr. McCann produced the indigo, and Mr. Dove rocognized it to be the indigo stolen from Messrs. C C

Cockerell's house, marked D. D., C. C. for Coliah sactory, where this indigo has been manufactured ; and D. D. from David Dombal, the proprietor of that factory. All his indigo is invariably consigned to Messrs. Cockerell and Co. for sale; and one of the cakes is a part of the indigo which was submitted to them from a house in Java for sale. The raw silk and wax candles, deponent could not recognize; but added, that the prisoner had charge of wax candles in the office.

chain Sing, durwan of Messrs. Cockerell and Co., deposed to his having searched the prisoner at 9 o'clock r. M., when he was leaving Messrs. Cockerell and Co.'s office, and found on him some wax candles and three cakes of indigo, and then detained him in the office; and the prisoner, at 6 o'clock next morning, confessed that he had concealed some cakes of indigo in Neeloo Baboo's desk, and Kunniah Sing peon went with the prisoner to this desk and brought the indigo, and then deponent took the prisoner and the indigo to Mr. Dove, who ordered them to be taken to the police office.

Kunniah Sing confirmed this witness's testimony, as to the prisoner pointing out the stolen indigo concealed by him in Neeloo Baboo's desk.

Bhooroosee Ram, naib of the police thana, deposed to his having, by Mr. McCann's order, searched the pri. soner's house, and found there some indigo, raw silk, seventeen wax candles, some nails, two pairs of gloves, &c. in a wicker basket in the prisoner's presence.

Prisoner made no defence.

The judge then summed up the case, which he said is larceny, and detailed the evidence and the law in the case.

The jury, without retiring, found the prisoner guilty.

The judge then sentenced the prisoner to two years' imprisonment in the house of correction, with hard labour.

Nowcowrie coolee was tried for stealing a box, containing various articles, the property of Ajim, on the 10th of April, from his house in Mulungah.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty.

Ajim deposed, that the prisoner put up in his house for four days. Two .. persons live in his hut. Deponent had a trunk in his hut, which he rented from Ameerun, his landlady, who lived in another hut. This box contained articles, which partly belonged to him

and partly to his landlady, who had then kept these ever since her house was burnt. Some of the other articles in the box belonged to the other two men who lived with him. As the prisoner had no work, the other persons who lived in the hut when they went to work, desired him to look after their property. One day on their return from their work, they missed both the prisoner and the box, and after having searched for him some days, deponent found him in Colingah, with one of the stolen dhootees on his body, and asked him what he had doue with his trunk, when he denied all knowledge of it. Deponent then asked how came he to have his dhootee on him, and made him over to the Colingah thana peon. He next day he saw the box at the police office, where he found all the stolen property except the money and one dhvotee.

Rahimbux, the naib of Colingah thana, produced the box, which he found in the house of a woman named Chundermony, where the prisoner lived after he had absconded with the complainant's box from Mulungah.

The witness Chundermony, confirmed the deponent's depositions, and the prosecutrix Ameerun, the landlady, and the two persons who lived with the prosecutrix, identified the stolen property to be their property, and confirmed the statements already made in this case.

The prisoner merely said, that the box was not found in his house, but in that of Chundermony at Collingah, whereas he lived at the Chandney Choke. He had no witnesses.

The learned judge summed up the case, and the jury, without retiring returned a verdict of guilty.

The learned judge then sentenced the prisoner to two years' imprisonment in the house of correction, with hard labour.

George Lloyd and George Morgan, were tried for having, on the night of the 14th of March, 1838, stolen a musical snuffbox, from the person of William Tippin, in the Seebtollah lane, by force and violence.

The prisoners pleaded not guilty.

William Tippin deposed, that he is a pilot, and lives at Seebtollah lane. On Wednesday evening, the 14th March last, he went with Mr. Hatton, the gun-maker, to Mr. Williams's, at Gree Baboo's lane, and from thence he accompanied Mr. Hatton to his house at Cossitollah, where he took a glass of grog and left him at 12 o'clock at night. On passing Cook's livery stables, he met a country-born young man, who was accompanied by two Europeans, and who addressed him and said “how do you do Tippin Are you coming on board ship !” Deponent replied, “very well— no,” and then walked on without taking further notice of them. When deponent arrived at the Chandney Choke, he saw an European standing at a liquor shop, and an African at a sweetmeat shop. The African addressed deponent and said, “well, friend, are you not gone home yet 2" Deponent replied “ no,” and walked on. It was a moonlight night at the time when deponent arrived at the door of the house, these two persons who had followed him all the way from the Chandney Choke, rushed on him and knocked him down by tripping his heels. The European throttled him and o him down, and the other rifled deponent's pocket and took out his musical snuff-box from it. Mrs. Tippin, hearing the scuffle opened the blinds of the window

and called out and said “Tippin Tippin, what is the

matter?” Deponent, because he was throttled, could give] assisting in the assault, Mr. McMahon then sent for Mrs. no reply. Mrs. Tippin then came down, and when Rawlins, who informed him of Morgan's having left a the prisoners saw her coming with the servants to musical snuff-box there; and as another caffree named deponent's assistance, they left him and ran away. |Alexander was in custody, for having stolen a musical Deponent then got up and followed them and called snuff-box, deponent informed the magistrate of this

out to the chokeydars to stop the thieves. He pursued them as far as the thana, and there he abused

circumstances, and he desired him to bring the box which he did from Mrs. Rawlins. Deponent did, on

the thana people for having let the thieves follow and arresting the prisoner, say, that he was the greatest rob him, and then escape. They replied, that they did blackguard in Calcutta; this, he did, because he has not know that those men were robbers, until deponent heard repeated ccmplaints against him, and has seen

had informed them that they were so, consequently, they could not arrest them. Deponent, because his eyes were blinded by the tightness with which his throat was squeezed, could not recognize the persons who had robbed him again if he were to see them.

Rosa DeSilva, who lives with Mr. Tippin, corroborated his testimony as far as it related to her.

Buddeat Pummah, peon of Seebtollah thana, deposed, that he knows both the prisoners, who live within the beat of that thana, and that he had seen them pass his stand at 1 o'clock A.M., dressed as Mr. Tippin had described them to be, and shortly after they had passed him, Mr. Tippin came and complained of his having been robbed of a musical snuff-box by them.

Ishamut, peon of Seebtollah thana, confirmed the last witness's statement.

Boran, peon of Seebtollah thana, deposed to his having seen the prisoners following Mr. Tippin down the street, at the time this robbery is stated to have occurred.

Mary Anne Rawlins deposed, that in March last, she lived in Dhobyparrah lane. Deponent knows the prisoner Morgan; he came on the 10th of March last to deponent's house, with a musical snuff-box for sale, and asked 20 rupees for it, and at deponent's request he left it with her to have it valued, and about 10 minutes after this he returned and took the box away. At candlelight he, during deponent's absence, came with an European to her house, and when deponent, on her return, saw them enjoying themselves with a glass of beer, having brought two rupees of it, deponent asked them why they came there. They said to speak to deponent. Soon after this, they began to quarrel about 20 rupees, which the European taxed the African of having stolen from him, and the African called the European a liar. The Europaan then gave the African a slap in the face, and the African then beat him severely with a chair. The European then went and brought a police constable and had the African taken into custody. The African when taken to the police office, left the musical box on her table, and when Mr. McMahon heard of this box, he desired deponent to bring it to the police, and consequently returned to her house, and gave it to the charge of constable Ware. That European is not the prisoner at the Bar. Deponent is a married woman, and keeps a public house. When deponent first saw the musical snuff-box on that night, the prisoner Morgan was making it play and showing it to the European. Deponent cannot say who brought it on that occasion, but it was the same box which the prisoner Morgan had brought to her for sale at 5 o'clock P. M. of that day.

The deponent's durwan and khidmutgar confirmed his testimony.

John Weir, constable of the Colingah division, deposed, that he heard from a chookeydar of the riot in Anne Raw. lins's house, and when he arrived there, he saw a buggy with two gentlemen in it, assisting a person named Sheriff, the boatswain of a ship, who said that Morgan had assaulted him and broken his head,and robbed him of seven rupees eight annas. Morgan said that Sheriff had first struck him. Deponent, then took M organ into custody, and as Mrs. Rawlins was accused before the magistrate of

him repeatedly at the police-office in custody.

Here this deponent produced the box, which Mr. Tippin recognized to be his property, and knew it because it has “Boston State House" written on, and is slit slightly inside, and deponent has the key with him which fits it. He fitted it and treated the Court with a tune.

Lloyed in his defence said, that on the night on which the case is stated to have occurred, he was in bed at 10 o'clock, and never quitted it till next morning, and he left them to judge whether he is a thin dark man six feet high and of a dark complexion, as the prosecutor has stated the man who robbed him was.

Morgan, in his defence, admitted that he had been rambling in the quarter where the robbery was stated to have been occurred, but he never saw the prosecutor that night, and he is a perfect stranger to him. The rest of his defence related to his transaction at Mrs. Rawlins' house, in which he attempted to show, that the conduct of Mrs. Rawlins was malicious against him.

Lloyd called two female witnesses, one of whom was his mistress's mother, who swore that on the night in which, the robbery is stated to have occurred, Lloyd came home at gunfire, and went to bed at 10 o'clock P. M., and he did not go out again that night, as one of them, who is his mistress, slept in the same room with him, and bolted the door from inside. It appears that these women, when this prisoner was tried for robbing one Baker, were brought forward and deposed to an alibi in that case likewise. o

Here the learned judge summed up the case, and detailed the particulars of it, commenting on and explained the evidence both for and against the prosecu. tion. The jury could not agree and were locked up all night.

Apail. 19, 1838.

In the case Queen versus George Lloyd and George Morgan, for robbing W. Tippin, of a musical snuff box, the verdict was this morning given at the opening of the Court, of guilty against both the prisoners.

Just before the adjournment of the Court, at about five o'clock P. M., the judges ordered Lloyd and Morgan, to be brought up to receive their sentence. The judge, in commenting on their case, said, that this was not the first time they had appeared at this bar, and he blamed Lloyd in particular, for having suborned false witnesses to prove an alibi. He added that he was fully convinced that they had committed this crime. In conclusion, he said, that he could sentence them capitally or even to transportation for life, if he chose to do so, for this offence; but he would deal milder with them. He then sentenced George Lloyd to seven years' transportation to Van Diemen's Land, and George Morgan to seven years' transportation to the S. E. coast of Majtaban.

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Apnil 18, 1838. (Before Sir Edward Ryan and a Petit Jury.)

Henry Lemesle was tried for robbing from the person of Edward William Bowbear, one silver watch and two silver watch keys, on the 22d March, in Jaun Bazal road.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty. Edward William Bowbear stated, that he is an assistant in the Sudder Board of Revenue. Deponent lived at Warman's shop. On the night of the 22d March, deponent left the shop at half past 10 o'clock, in company with Jones, to go home, and the night was a dark one. When deponent arrived at the Jaun Bazar road he met the prisoner, who was a perfect stranger to him. After Captain and Mr. Jones had passed prisoner, Mr. Jones went to a neighbouring grain dealer's shop to light a segar, and deponent stood at the cross road waiting his return. Whilst thus standing, the prisoner came behind him, seized the ribbon of his watch, and jerked it out of his sob. Deponent then pursued prisoner who ran down the Jaun Bazar road, eastward, calling out stop thief. After deponent had pursued him about a quarter of a mile, a chokeydar came up and arrested the prisoner with the watch in his possession, and took the prisoner to the thana, from whence he was sent off to the police office. During the pursuit deponent never lost sight of the prisoner. Jones came up after this prisoner was in custody. The watch is a silver McCabe's watch, and had two keys attached to it. Prisoner when arrested, said the deponent had put the watch into his hands and had desired him to take him to the Cooly Bazar.

Cross-examined by Mr. Prinsep. The deponent had been drinking ; every one who is gentleman drinks a little. Deponent was there about three hours easting and drinking, but they were not flushed, and proceeded home from Warman's directly. Jones knew the prisoner when he was a boy—he is not a boy now. It was about 11 o'clock P. M. when this occurred.

Alfred Robert Jones, deposed, that he is a section writer in the Sudder Board of Revenue. Deponent knows Bowbear, the last witness, and went to dine with him on the 22d March, at Mr. Warman's. The rest of the witness's evidence was a direct confirmation of the testimony of Mr. Bowbear. In the latter part, as to the conversation between the prisoner and the chokeydar, the prisoner declared, that because he would not go with these two witnesses to the Cooly Bazar, they beat him and he ran away, and he said that the watch was his property.

Cross-examined by Mr. Prinsep. Deponent told Bowbear, that the prisoner is living in Dobeyparra Lane, where deponent resides. , Deponent has been living in the same neighbourhood for 1 I years, but was not on visit. ing terms with him. Deponent has heard that he prisoner is the son of a steward of a Governor-General. Does not know whether his father died worth property. Deponent quitted his school rather precipitately for good reasons; there were some suspicions against him. Deponent had gone that day to the Botanical Gardens, taking the requisites of nature with him, but there not being sufficient, he went consequently to Warman's, and took an additional supply, and then, after a walk, they returned and took a cool bottle of champaign and another of claret ; yet they were neither of them flushed. Deponent previous to being employed at the Sudder Revenue Board, was at Carr and Tagore's and was

discharged for absenting himself; he is not aware ss any ther motive. He was likewise employed by Mr. Frederick, and was discharged for having appropriated some of the articles in the shop, which were entrusted to his charge, to his own use. It is a very natural thing for a persou out of employ to take from another.

Buxoo, chokeydar of Toltullah thana, deposed to his having seen the prosecutor pursuing the prisoner, and calling out to stop the prisoner who had stolen his watch, and that he had arrested the prisoner.

Cross-examined. The prosecutor and his companions were not intoxicated, but their months smelt of liquor, as gentleman's mouths usually do at nights.

Owing to some neglect on the part of the police authorities, the naib, who had taken the prisoner and the watch to the police office, was not in attendance.

Mr. McCann produced the watch, and deponent identified it to be his by the No. (1837.)

Prisoner said that he was acquainted with Jones, and on the night this robbery is stated to have occurred he met Jones and Bowbear. The former asked him to treat him to a glass of grog, and when he refused, because the shops were shut, he beat him and wanted bim to get the shop opened, as Muddo Soodun Ghose and Guffor Khan, who passed them at the time, can testify. The rest of his defence was that he was a person above want and this was a conspiracy, and he impugned the character of Jones.

Muddo Soodun and Guffor both corroborated the prisoner's statement regarding what passed between him and the prisoner, and said that all the parties were partially intoxicated at the time they saw them together, on the cight of the 22d March last, in Jaun Bazar road.

Doorga. Sing, naib of the Toltullah thana, was then called, but his evidence elicited nothing beyond what had already been deposed.

John Brown Ward, a clerk in the commercial accountant's office, deposed, that he had known the prisoner for a long time, and gave him a good character for honesty. So did Mr. John Lucas and J. Minos; and they said that prisoner's family had money and honour, and were in affluent circumstances.

This closed the case for the defence. ~

The learned judge then summed up the case, detailing the evidence and commenting on it, and explaining the law on the case.

The jury, aster a short retirement, brought in a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was ordered to be discharged.

Thu Rsday, 19th APRIL 1838.

Dabee Sing and Dookul. Sing, were tried for having, on the night of the 16th April, robbed Golab Sing, a durwan in the employ of Baboo Rustomjee, of a trunk containing several articles of wearing apparel, 200 rupees in cash, and other articles.

The prisoners pleaded not guilty :

The articles were produced in Court by Mr. McCann, and the prosecutor recognized them to be a portion of the property stolen from his room.

The case for the prosecution is as follows.

The prosecutor and the two prisoners were all durwans in the employ of Baboo Rustomjee, at his garden house, and lived in one room. The Prosecutor had been

in the habit of absenting himself repeatedly from his duty. On the night on which this theft is stated to have occurred, the prosecutor's trunk was stolen from his room, and the prisoner, on his return early next morning, discovered his loss, and found the trunk in the Baboo's garden, rifled of its contents. He taxed the two prisoners with the theft, and desired them, if they had, as a matter of joke, removed his goods, to restore them to him. They denied that they were guilty of the crime laid to their charge. The prosecutor then informed his master of this theft, who likewise questioned the pri. soners, and before him they persisted in their denial of the crime. The Baboo then desired one of his sircars to bring a person who could perform the ordeal of making the suspected persons eat parched rice, the next day. When the prisoners heard of this, they came at midnight and confessed to the prosecutor that they had robbed him, and entreated him not to expose then publicly by making them undergo the threatened ordeal, and to forgive them, and they would restore him his property. The prosecutor replied, that if they would restore him all his property he would overlook their offence. They then restored him all with the exception o 40 rupees, which they both denied that they had stolen. This denial enraged the prosecutor, and he, next day, informed Baboo ltustomjee of whit had occurred, who sent for a chokeydar and forwarded in his custody the two prisoners, the trunk and the stolen property recovered to the police magistrate, who committed the two prisoners, and sent the case up for trial during the present 5ts-lons. The prisoners, in their defence, said, that the prosecutor had been leagued with a gang of coiners, and had repeatedly passed counterfeit coin in the Bazar. They auvised him to desist from such a nefarious practice, and, as he would not attend to their remonstrances, they went and complained against him to Mr. McCann, at the police office, and had seven of his colleagues in this mal-practice arrested. The prosecutor was then absent from the house of his employer, and could not be pointed out to the police functionaries, who apprehended his abbettors. They were the witnesses in that case, and five of the men who were arrested on that occasion were convicted and sentenced to the house of correction ; and although Ram Deen, the police naib, who had arrested these seven persons, had subsequently repeatedly seen Golab Sing; he never arrested him or the offence of which they had accused him. The prisoners, on that occasion received a reward from the police office, for having had these five persons convicted, and the prosecutor demanded a share of this booty, which they refused to give him ; he consequently vowed vengeance against them, and shortly after had them confined on the present indictment. They admitted that they had concealed the trunk and its contents to punish and expose the prosecutor, and to show that if he could not guard his own property, much less was he fitted to guard the property of his employer ; and after they had extorted a promise from him that he would not, in future, neglect his duty, they delivered up his trunk and its contents to him, which they had concealed in Baboo Rustomjee's molly's hut. In conclusion, they observed, that if they were inclined to rob, they, instead of robbing the complainant of his paltry effects, would have robbed their master of a considerable sum and absconded to their native country, where they would have lived all their lives comfortably on their booty. They said that this was a malicious conspiracy against them, hatched by the prosecutor, for having preferred the charge above stated at the police office against him, and not given him a portion of the sum given them for bringing the smuggling transaction to the knowledge of the police office. They called Mr. McCann and Ramdeen, who corroborated their assertions as to the passing of the counterfeit coin by the prosecutor, and they having brought this to the notice of the police magistrate, and got five men

convicted and punished; and that, because they had refused to give the prosecutor any portion of the money given them by the police office, the prosecutor had threatened them a month previous to his instituting this complaint against them. Mr. McCann gave Dobee Sing a very good character for honesty, and said that he had formerly been a naib of a police thana; and given perfect satisfaction to his employers; and Mr. George Aviet gave dookul Sing, a , like good character for honesty and activity, whilst he was in his service; and a police peon proved that the prosecutor had passed some counterfeit coin on him. This concluded their defence, and the judge then summed up the case, detailing the evidence and com: menting on it. The jury covicted both the prisoners of crime for which they were tried, but, in consideration of their having formerly borne very good characters, and this being their first offence of this kind, they recommended them to the merciful consideration of the CourtThe learned judge took the recommendation into consideration, and, after the verdict had been recorded, he, under all the circumstances of the case, sentenced both the prisoners to six months' confinement in the house of correction, with hard labor.—Hurkaru, April 30.

ADJOURNED INQUIRY OF LUNACY,

April 19, 1838.

(Before Messrs. Marnell and Leith, Barristers.)

1N THE MATTER of Joy KISSEN, A LUNATIC. The jury in this case gave in their verdict at about 9 o'clock, p.m., after having demanded and received their fees for their attendance. The verdict was, that the said Joykissen was of unsound mind, and had been so for these 12 years, and was therefore incapable of manag: ing his own affairs, and that his lunacy had been caused by violent anger at the conduct of his brother, Radakissen, who had forcibly prevented him from accompanying his mother on a pilgrimage to Bindabun.-Hurkaru, April 21.

April 20.

(Before Sir E. Ryan, and a Petit Jury.)

The judge on the opening of the Court, directed Mr. King, to have the eight prisoners against whom no true bills had been found, if there was no other charge against them, brought up and discharged. . Mr. King replied, that there were no other charges against them, and, that they were at the jail. The Chief Justice then ordered him to bring them up to-morrow to have them released.

Hurree, was indicted for inflicting, on the 27th of March, 1838, a severe wound on the throat of John Pereira, from the effects of which wound he died instantly, in Old Bow Bazar lane.

The prisoner pleaded not guilty.

Lydia Francisca deposed, that she was in, Mrs. Ogilvy's service as an . in the month of March last. Déponent is acquainted with the prisoner and has been his mistress these last eighteen months. Previous to her entering Mrs. Ogilvy's service, they lived together in a hired hut in Old Bow Bazar lane, the property of Mrs. Rosina. Deponent had a child named John Pereira, aged seven years. His father was a Christian and had been dead some time. The general conduct of the prisoner to the child was kind. Deponent was supported by the prisoner. Deponent went to service because she and the prisoner had contracted heavy debts, and the prisoner was out of service. Deponent during the time she was in Mrs, Ogilvy's employ, lest the child under the care

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