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From: "Julia Mosman" <>
Subject: [CORNISH] weekly newspaper,1 December 1845
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 01:41:04 -0500


1 DECEMBER 1843 NEWS

BODMIN LITERARY INSTITUTION - An institution, for literary and scientific
purposes, with a library, museum, and reading-rooms, has just been
established at Bodmin, MR. FREDERICK JAGO, being the secretary. MR. NORWAY
is to give the introductory address at the opening on Tuesday next, and in
order to add to the pleasures of the evening, music will be interspersed
under the direction of MR. LUTMAN, whose musical abilities are well known
and extensively appreciated. The institution starts with an excellent
course of lectures and with a good subscription list - two of the prime
essentials to a lasting prosperity.

LISKEARD INSTITUTION - On Tuesday se'nnight, a lecture on the history of the
lower classes in England was given by S. R. PATTISON, Esq., of Launceston.
The lecture conveyed much information and was listened to with great
interest by the audience, who unanimously accorded their thanks, which the
lecturer suitably acknowledged.

ST. AGNES MINERS' and MECHANICS' INSTITUTE On Friday evening last, MR. J.
T. OPIE delivered a lecture on Astronomy and Geology, which was listened to
with great attention, by a respectable audience.

LECTURE AT THE POLYTECHNIC HALL - On Tuesday evening last, CHARLES FOX,
Esq., delivered a lecture on the History of the 15th and 16th centuries.
After some very beautiful reflections on the condition of man during the
periods immediately preceding those under consideration, the lecturer
proceeded to review the condition of Europe in the early part of the 14th
century, and particularly described the peculiar order of the Templars.
Avignon, Niemes, and other cities of this period were pleasingly described.
The character and conduct of Pope Boniface, and some other Papal Pontifs
were dwelt on; and the extermination of the Knights Templars was a subject
upon which the lecturer made some very beautiful remarks. The surprising
characters who were found at this period in the monastic establishments were
noticed[covering Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi a nature lover
and St. Louis. Mr. Fox also covered the courts of judicature, chivalry, the
poetry of the Troubadours, and its influence upon Europe, the monkish
missionaries who penetrated into Tartary and China, and Petrarch and Dante,
"were the occasion of many exquisite reflections". He ended with the
devastation of the plague. The entire article occupied almost one entire
column, with the writer adding his poetic approval of the language and
thought presented by Mr. Fox..]

PILCHARD FISHERY - St. Ives - On Wednesday morning last, several shoals of
pilchards were seen in the bay, when the sean of HICHENS, BATTEN and Co.
shot, and enclosed about 700 hogsheads. The fishermen are on the alert, and
should the weather remain moderate, it was expected a large quantity would
be taken the following day. Some of the driving boats brought in from 2000
to 3000 fine herrings, which were sold for 2s.9d. per hundred, for the
Bristol market.

NEW RIVER STEAMER - A new vessel, 60 feet long, and 30 horse-power, is about
to be built at Calstock, to ply on the river Tamar. She is, we understand,
to be fitted in a very superior style, and to draw three feet of water only,
by which she will be able to reach the "Weir Head" with parties of pleasure,
&c.

THE MARCH OF IMPROVEMENT --We are glad to find that the ironmongers of Truro
have acted on the recommendation given by us in last week' paper, and have
agreed to close their shops at eight o'clock, except on market nights. This
is an example worthy of imitation, especially by the grocers, who keep their
shops open till a very late hour.

HORSE POISONING - A most atrocious case of revenge occurred last week, in
the parish of Crowan, where a small farmer, of the name of HAMAID,[Hammid?]
has had four horses poisoned with arsenic, three of which died, and a large
quantity of the poison has been found in their stomachs. Strong suspicion
having fallen on a man of the name of JONES, an apprehending warrant was
issued against him last Monday, to the general constables of the country,
and to the constables of St. Just, where he was at work in one of the St.
Just mines. He was seen by the constables of St. Just, but eluded them by
escaping by a back door from his house of residence. On the following
morning, however, at nine o'clock, he was seen in Crowan, the parish in
which his family resides, under Clowance Wall, walking in his miners dress,
towards the south, or the Helston road. A more atrocious case than this has
perhaps never been known in the annals of Cornwall, and we hope that the
authorities in every parish will be on the alert in bringing the guilty
party to answer before a court of justice the serious charge alleged against
him.

THE INCENDIARY FIRE AT ST. COLUMB - We stated in our last that on Monday
evening the 20th ult., about eight o'clock, a fire was discovered on the
premises in the occupation of MR. J. POLKINHORN, situated near the
Union-house, St. Columb. The property consisted of a mow of wheat and
another of oats, and the fire originated in the former, which was entirely
consumed, whilst the latter, being only three feet from it, shared the same
fate. Strong suspicion being entertained against a person named GEORGE
LIDDICOAT alias GREGOR, he was taken into custody; and on Thursday, the 23rd
ult., was taken before DR. CLEMENTs, when evidence was adduced against him,
from which it appears that the prisoner was once before prosecuted by Mr.
Polkinhorn for stealing some meat from his larder, and that on the day of
the fire he was refused more beer till he had paid the prosecutor for some
he had already had. It was also proved that he had made several
declarations of his intention to do Mr. Polkinhorn some secret injury, and
that he had given a boy, on the day of the fire, a penny to buy him some
Lucifer matches, after which he proceeded down the street in the direction
where the fire occurred shortly after. The prisoner was fully committed for
trial.

IMPOSTURE DETECTED - The impostor, HENRY WHITFORD, who, as we stated last
week, had levied contributions on the western parishes under the name of
BUTSON, for the pretended loss of a cow, has been apprehended by the
constable of Gwithian, taken before the REV. WM. HOCKIN, and committed by
that magistrate to two months' imprisonment, with hard labour, in the county
home of correction.

MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE - On the 13th ult, MR. JOHN TREGARTHA, a tenant
farmer, occupying the glebe of St. Allen, went to Penzance, as it is
supposed, on business, and put his horse into his brother's field at Madron,
but did not go into the house. The family supposed that he had gone into
town on business, and therefore his absence excited at first no alarm; but
as he did not return either the next or following day great anxiety was
excited and fears awakened for his safety. He was seen in Penzance on the
15th by two persons, but since that time nothing has been heard of him, and
all search has proved fruitless. Mr. TREGARTHA was engaged to a young lady
at St. Just, on whom, however, he had not called during this visit.

SUDDEN DEATH - MR. THOMAS COOMB, a clerk in the employ of Messrs. HARVEY and
CO., of Hayle, died under the following circumstances on the night of
Wednesday week: He drank an unusually large quantity of coffee with his
supper, and went to bed. Shortly after, he complained of great pain in his
chest, and before Mr. VAUDREY, surgeon, had arrived, the vital spark had
fled. As a post mortem examination was made, it is not known what
occasioned his death. Deceased has left a widow and a young family to
bewail the loss of a kind husband and an affectionate parent.





Julia Mosman, OPC for St.Austell,Charlestown, and Treverbyn
Website at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~staustell
W. Briton newspaper transcripts at
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wbritonad
Please visit the OPC website at http://cornwall-opc.org



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