The Russian Admiral, NACHIMOFF reported to have been killed by a ball in the forehead.
Lord Raglan’s remains have arrived at Malta
A Russian Sortie repulsed by the French, with considerable loss to the former, and to the latter 9 killed and 11 wounded,
JULY 16.—The Russians are repelled by the French. “Three times,’’ says the despatch of General Pellisier, “the Russians threw themselves upon our trenches with their usual shouts, and after each attempt, they were compelled to retreat by the steady fire & calm attitude of our soldiers, leaving behind them many of their slain upon the ground.”
General Sol, and 1,600 men leave France for the Crimea,
JULY 16.—Extraordinary Murder.—Two boys 10 years of age, and one of 7, are playing together near the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, when a dispute arises and the youngest is struck and knocked down with a piece of brick. While in a state of insensibility, the two older boys drag him to the canal and throw him in, when after a momentary struggle the poor little fellow sinks to the bottom.; The boys charged with the murder are in custody, awaiting their trial. “hard names at first, & threatening words, that are but noisey breath” May grow to clubs and naked swords, to murder and to death.”
JULY 17.—Earthquake.—News arrives of several shocks of earthquake in New Zealand, which commenced on the 23rd of January and have destroyed life and property to some extent. The town of Wellington has been raised by its agency two or three feet in perpendicular height.
JULY 18.—The Russians at Sebastopol, in a sortie are gallantly repulsed by the British, with only three casualties to the latter. The French also vigorously repel the enemy in an attack on the batteries of the Careening Harbour.
Death results to a young lady through an accidental fall from the cliff at Broadstairs.
JULY 20.— Conflagration.—News arrives to the effect that £480,000 worth of merchandise has been destroyed by a fire at Novogorod, in Russia. Turkish Loan.—a convention having been concluded between the Governments of France, England, & Turkey, by which the two former powers guarantee the payment of interest on £5,000,000 to be contracted by the latter, Lord Palmerston’s Cabinet submits the convention to the House of Commons for its sanction, which is only obtained by the narrow majority of three votes.[Shame on that peace-at-any-price faction who would at such a crisis endanger the Anglo-French Alliance, the success of the War, and the very existence of Turkey.] The Baltic. —Captain Vansitart, with the Magicienne, Arrogant, & Ruby, attack and silence a fort at Frederickshamm.
JULY 21—The floating battery Devastation launched last spring at Gherboury[Notes 1], is now ready to sail for the Baltic. Its greatest speed under steam is 4½ knots an hour, & its average speed 3¾ This result is considered the more satisfactory as the special construction of the vessel, the bottom of which is flat & the bow round, must lessen its speed. It is almost incredible that so enormous a mass, covered as it is all over with thick iron plates, and every gun of which weighs 9,330 lsb., should only draw 7½ feet of water.
JULY 22. A Monster English snake is found, dead, on a farm in the suburbs of Colchester, by a laborer named Willis, measuring 9 feet 5 inches in length, and 11 inches in girth at the thickest part. Its back is a darkish brown color with large black spots, and its belly of a yellowish cast, beautifully speckled. The head of the reptile is flat, and its formidable jaws, armed with two rows of teeth, appear to be capable of swallowing a good size young rabbit. Altogether, it is supposed to be the most extraordinary example of the snake species ever found in this country.
JULY 25.—Earthquake in France.—The whole of the east of France, from Valence to Metz is visited with oscillations of an earthquake.
JULY 26.—Lord Raglans Remains, enclosed in four coffins, after lying in state in the great hall, at Badminton House, near Bristol, are conveyed to their final resting place, in the family vault.
JULY 27.—Captain M'Clure, according to the “Times” of this date, is to receive £5,000 for his services in the Arctic Expedition, whilst a similar sum is to be distributed among the officers and crew.
JULY 28.—Navvy Riot, at Godalming, in Surrey, in the attempt to put down which, a police officer is beaten so severely as to cause his death.
JULY 30.—The New War projectile, by Captain Disney is experimented upon at Woolwich, with complete success. It consists in fitting shells with a bursting charge of powder and filling the rest of their space with a highly combustible fluid, which on exposure to the air ignites every thing with which it is brought into contact.
JULY 31.—The Marlborough steam-ship of 131 guns, is attempted to be launched, in presence of the Royal Family, and about 50,000 other spectators, but, to the astonishment of all, when having glided about two-thirds out of the shed, she is suddenly brought up as if checked by some mighty influence, and remains immovable, till midnight, when, by the exertions of 2,000 workmen, she is made to float, and safely secured in the harbour. This gigantic vessel is 245 feet long, 61 feet wide, 4,000 tons burthen, and 800 horse power; and yet, this mighty vessel is but a pigmy compared to the mammoth mercantile hull now building at Blackwall, whose tonnage is said to be 22,000.
AUG. 6.—The Floating Battery, LAVE, leaves France for the Black sea.
AUG.7.—The Baltic Fleet sail from Nargen and take up a position before Sweabourg.
AUG. 9.—Sweaborg is bombard by the Anglo-French fleet.
A SCENE IN THE CRIMEA.
Two young officers, lately stretched on a bed of sickness. under the same canvas, and scarcely expecting that either would recover pledged themselves that in case either should be restored to health, a sum of 10l. should be remitted to the Rev. John Hatchard, for charitable purposes. It pleased God that one should be taken, and the other left, & we have much pleasure in recording that the survivor has fulfilled the benevolent intention, and placed 10l. in the hands of the Rev. Vicar as a thank-offering to the Lord for restoration to health. —Plymoth(sic) Mail.
Another Hastings man, and one who had been drafted from his ship to serve with the Naval Brigade on shore, wrote on the 24th of August, as follows:- “We opened fire last Friday morning again at daylight, but have done no good except killing and wounding a lot of more men. One of the men belonging to my gun had a leg shot off, and there were two killed and ten wounded from the Rodney on the first day. I came in all right on Friday night, and went out again at 6 on Saturday evening. At about 11 I got a bit of a crack. The Russians fired a shell right into the muzzle of my gun. I saw it strike, but didn’t know it was a shell. In the confusion I thought it was a shot that struck her and bounded off again. We were just loaded with shell at the time and were running her out. After it struck I asked if anyone was hurt. They said No! Well, then, I said, ‘Out with her lads!’ and I had hardly got the words out of my mouth when the Russian shell exploded and blew the muzzle of my gun completely off about two feet, and at the same time ignited the shell the gun was loaded with and set it off. I being in the rear of her when she recoiled, the breach struck me in the belly and for a time knocked me speechless. As soon as I returned to consciousness they asked ‘Are you hurt?’ I replied ‘Not much’. The officer sent me to the camp hospital where the doctor kept me in bed for two days, and fomented me with hot water. I am now again pretty well, thank God. I came out of the doctor’s list yesterday, and am to go again to the trenches tomorrow morning. I can hardly tell you how I escaped being killed, for all my shipmates thought I was dead when they picked me up. All the Hastings chaps are well.”
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