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Subject: [CORNISH] West Briton, Friday, July 23rd, 1841.
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 09:40:18 -0000


West Briton, Friday, July 23rd, 1841.

The following Given by the Agents of North and South Roskear Mines:- To the
Labourer who has reared the largest family, without receiving parochial
relief. £3, Henry SCADDON, Gwinear; second ditto, £2, William JENKIN,
Illogan; third ditto, £1, William CHINN, Phillack.

CORONATION FESTIVAL - On Monday last, the fourth annual tea drinking of
the Newlyn, Mousehole, and other fisherwomen, was celebrated in the
Corn-market, Penzance, when upwards of one hundred partook of tea and cake,
ample quantities of which were provided for the occasion. They proceeded
from the shop of Mr. John HARVEY, decorated with ribbons, &c., preceded by a
band of music, employed for the purpose, which struck up “God save the
Queen.” On entering the Corn-Exchange, there was a long table laid, at the
head of which stood a throne, decorated very tastefully with evergreens and
flowers. This was occupied by “the Queen,” in the person of one of the
Newlyn fisherwomen – a good looking woman, by the way – when her Majesty
desired her subjects to sit down and partake of the good things before them.
All being ready, about a dozen ladies stood behind their seats and waited on
them, whilst hundreds of inhabitants looked on in delight. His worship the
mayor was likewise present, and after tea was over, addressed the ladies of
the “cowal” very appropriately, when “her Majesty” (Sally BERRYMAN) rose and
said – “Ladies and gentlemen – We are assembled here for the fourth time, to
commemorate the Coronation of Her most gracious Majesty the Queen: it is
highly gratifying to look round and behold so large a number of individuals
as are here assembled upon this occasion – which is a proof of that high
respect the inhabitants of Penzance bear towards our Queen.” Ten being
over, the band was again in requisition, and continued to play some lively
airs. At length dancing was commenced, when several gentlemen, joined, who
appeared greatly to enjoy the fun, and kept it up with spirit for some time,
when the party separated highly pleased with the events of the evening.


VESSEL LOST - On Sunday se’nnight, the brig “Eliza” of St. Ives, CLARKE,
master, sunk near Lundy island. So suddenly did the vessel go down that it
was the difficulty the crew got the boat clear of her, and left with nothing
more than the clothes they had on. It blew a heavy gale at the time, and
death appeared almost certain to the hapless mariners, but about an hour
after, the brig “Susan” hove in sight, and having succeeded in getting them
on board, safely landed them at Appledore.

THE CENSUS - The present population of Lower St. Columb is 798 males, 883
females, total, 1681. In 1831 the population was 1,406, so that the
increase for the last ten years has been 275.

AN AWKWARD CUSTOMER - One day last week, Mr. J. TRENGOVE, of the Rising
Sun public-house, Truro, discovered a fine adder lying coiled under the
kitchen grate, where he appeared very comfortable. The intruder was,
however, very unceremoniously dispatched by a blow on the head with the
poker, without even enquiring into the object of his visit. It is not know
how the reptile obtained possession of so singular a retreat.

CAMBORNE PETTY SESSIONS - A correspondent informs us that the person
Thomas BOWDEN was fined for assaulting was Elizabeth KEMPE, of Penzance, and
not Eliza STICK, and, as stated in our last week’s paper; and that Daniel
CLIFT was not among the parties charged before the magistrates with being
concerned in the affair. Our information did not come from our authorized
agent.

TRURO POLICE - On Wednesday last, Joseph FRANCIS of Truro, shoemaker, was
charged with stealing five pairs of stockings, the property of John RAWLING,
retail brewer’ and Richard STAPLE, labourer, of Truro, and Mary Ann STAPLE,
his wife, were charged with having the stockings in their possession,
knowing them to have been stolen. They ere all three committed to take
their trial at the next assizes.

ELLENGLAZE MINE - FERRIS v. ATKINSON - Mr. STOKES and Mr. BENNALLACK for
plaintiff; Mr. HOCKIN and Mr. SIMMONS for defendant. In this case the jury
was empanelled to try two issues on the Equity side of the Court. The first
was to try a question of considerable importance, whether any custom of the
Stannaries existed by which, after a bona fide sale of a Mine with its ores,
materials and machinery, - the mine, materials, and machinery still remained
liable for satisfaction of debts contrasted by the original adventurers –
whether after one set of adventurers had sold a mine and materials, the
creditors of that old set of adventurers had a right to come on the mine and
materials, when in possession of a new set of adventurers for payment of
their claim. The second issue was whether there was fraud, bad faith, or
gross negligence on the part of the defendant, in the purchase of Ellenglaze
Mine, so as to render the purchase fraudulent and void, and whether the
defendant Atkinson had, at the time of his purchase of the mine, notice of
Ferris’s debt, or but for fraud or gross negligence on his part might have
had such notice. Mr. Stokes addressed the jury at considerable length, in
support of the affirmative of the first issue, in order to show the
reasonableness of the custom, and also that it was consistent with the
practice of the Court under former Vice-Wardens. Documentary evidence, from
the records of the Court, was put in and Mr. John TIPPET, formerly clerk to
the late Mr. John EDWARDS, secretary to the Vice-Warden, was examined as to
the practice of the Court, and as to the opinions of Mr. Vice-Warden VIVIAN,
and Mr. Vice-Warden THOMAS. On the second issue, evidence of many witness
was gone into at great length to show that the sale at which Atkinson, by
his agent Mr. ATTLEY, bought the mine of Mr. Henry Fowell STEPHENS, had not
been properly advertised in the Newspapers, nor made known by posting bills;
that it had been held in the parlour of a public-house at Cubert, instead of
on the mine, as had been announced in the few hand-bills that had been
printed, together with other circumstances connected with the sale and
transfer. With regard to the first issue, the Vice-Warden directed the jury
that there was “no evidence of any custom so wide as to say that the goods
of a buyer should be sold to pay the debts of a seller after a good valid
and honest sale;” and his Honour added that if he had had the same evidence
laid before him which had now been submitted to the jury, he should not have
troubled them to decide upon it. His Honour, in concluding his summing up,
said, whatever the result might be, he thought the issue notified in the
county would be exceedingly beneficial. It would teach mining creditors not
to be remiss in asserting their rights. It would also teach purchasers of
mines that they must take good care what they purchase, and that they must
look to the books of the mine. And this was for their own benefit: for
their purchase may be impeached, negated, and disputed, unless they had good
evidence not only of great caution in themselves, but also of due and
sufficient publication in the County. If these effects were produced, the
rights of the creditors would be supported, and the rights of mining
adventurers also. The jury, after some consultation, returned a verdict for
plaintiff on the second issue; and said there was no evidence to establish
the custom contended for in the first issue.

OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL AT MYLOR BRIDGE - A neat and commodious chapel for
the public worship of God amongst the Independents, was opened at this
place, on Thursday, the 15th instant. The Rev. Dr, COPE, of Penryn, read
the holy scriptures, and implored the blessing and presence of God on the
building and the services that were to be performed, that it might be
consecrated to the divine glory. The Rev. T. WILDBORE, who opened the first
Independent chapel there many years ago, preached in the afternoon, and the
Rev. W. MOORE, of Truro, in the evening. The chapel was crowded to excess.
Collections were made amounting to £7. 7s. Considering the size and
substantial nature of the building, which displays excellent workmanship
throughout, it is evident that great care and economy must have been
observed, when, from the statement of Dr. Cope, the whole expense of the
erection, &c., will not exceed £200.

PILCHARD FISHERY - Goran Haven – The pilchard fishery has commenced here,
and very favourably, the boats belonging to this place and Mevagissey,
having, for several nights past, taken from 300 to 2,000 a boat of
exceedingly fine fish. On Monday night it blew a heavy gale of wind, and
the boats were caught out. One of them, belonging to Mevagissey, last some
nets, but no further damage was sustained.

PENZANCE - Some of the driving boats here have been very successful,
having secured during the week as many as 600 hogsheads and upwards of fine
pilchards per boat.

LAUNCHES - On Monday last, a fine schooner, called the “Charlotte Ann,”
was launched from the building-yard of Messrs. SIMMONS and Co., Penzance,
intended for the foreign trade. She is of the burthen of about 90 tons,
and, from her appearance, is likely to be a fast sailer. She went off the
ways in good style, amid the acclamations of a numerous assemblage. On
Tuesday, the 20th instant, a very handsome schooner, of about 100 tons
burthen, the property of Mr. John HAWKEN, merchant, of Padstow, was launched
from the building-yard of Messrs. WITHELL and Co., shipbuilders, of that
town. This little vessel, for beauty of model and superior strength and
workmanship, has elicited the approbation of every beholder, and reflects a
great deal of credit on the builders. She was named the “Excel,” by
--BATEMAN, Esq., of London, whose present at an entertainment given at the
Commercial Hotel, added much to the conviviality on the occasion.






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