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O'er deeds like these,

Listens, and smiles to hear the old man speak,
In storm and breeze,

While timid blushes lutter o'er her cheek.
Our flag has been unfuri'd ;

Maid of a simple heart, and uptaught age!
And we men-
The free men,

Whom toys could charm, and rudest tasks engage,
Can show them to the world.

Ah! little dreamt sbe then, from her would spring
It led our sons uodaunted,

A mighty people-prophet, sage, and King!
With earnest souls sublime,
To track the bounds of earthly space

Her memory treasured in each age and clime,
In every zone and clime.

Her gentle name to perish but with time!"
Throngh savage lands, death-haunted,
Where southern oceans roll;

From Chaldea the poem passes to Egypt, and thus the
Through swamps and deserts of the line, | author leaves the country of the Nile:-
Or ice-fields of the pole,
Wherever trade,

“ Egypt! the world's great nurse, we break the spell Or science bade

That binds us to thy ruins—fare thee well!
Discovery turn her prow,
That we men-

To roam far lands, which owed, perchance, to thee
The free men,

Their ancient pomp, we cross the western sea ;
May glory in it now."

Lands where power's foot-prints startle still the eye, The editor and publisher have succeeded in deserving for || And grandeur's wrecks in green oblivion lie ; the volume the success which we believe bas attended the For not ʼmid wastes, where springs, nor flower, nor blade, previous volumes of the series, and will, we hope, bo ex- Those ruins rise from woods of deepest shade; tended to the present “ Drawing-room Scrap Book.”

Shrines clothed with moss and pyramids with trees,

Where brooklets gush, and fragrance loads the breeze ; The Ruins of Many Lands. By Nicholas MICHELL. Cities that cover vales, and mountain heights, 1 Vol. London : William Tegg & Co.

Eternal stillness o'er their mouldering sites, We have read the second and enlarged edition of this || Their history lost, no legend of their fame,

Without a dweller and without a name." volume with sincere pleasure. It is evidently the highest poetical effort published in this country in its style for some

And he leaves the Nile and Egypt for that strange world past years. The title suggests the subject, and the latter of the west, where the ruins of great cities exist, while the allows a wide range for the imagination of the poet. In the

names of their builders have perished, and they have left purely imaginative styles he, however, seldom indulges.

on earth no memorial of their race, but the crumbling His verses, which flow on with remarkable sweetness, are

walls of their palacesrather descriptive and meditative. He seems to seck

“World! wrongly called the new, this olime was old and find pearls upon the graves of the old world. We When first the Spaniard came, in search of gold; propose some time so to notice the work as it deserres ; || Age after age its shadowy wings had spread, but the thought struck us that this is an admirable Christ- And man was born, and gathered to the dead; mas book, and that, by quoting a few passages, we might Cities arose, ruled, dwivdled to decay; readily spread the opinion. The first lines of the work Empires were formed, then darkly swept away; are copied under:

Race followed race, like cloud-shades o'er the field,

The stranger still to strangers doomed to yield, “Bright stream! whose wavelets flowed through Eden's

The last grand line that swayed these hills and waves, bowers,

Like Israel, wandered long 'mid wilds and cares, Watering its trees, and incense-breathing flowers,

Then, settling in their Canaan, cities reared, Soothing with murmurs Eve's enraptured ear,

Fair science wooed, a milder God revered,
And all her heavenly charms reflecting clear:

Til to invading Europe bowed their pride,
River! whose mountain-born and apid flood
Swept Shinar's plain, where sky-topped Babel stood,

And pomp, art, power, with Montezuma died."
Wound, like a huge snake glittering in the sun,
Through Earth's first city, mighty Babylon!

The Holy Land Restored. By the Rev. A. G. H. Hol-
And saw, along those wild and palmy banks,
The first dread conqueror range his blood-stained ranks!

lingsworth, M.A. London: Seeleys. All hail, Euphrates! stream of lioary time,

The natural mind clings to visible symbols, grasp3 Fair as majestic, sacred as sublime!”

most easily facts evident to the senses, and interprets And the poet proceeds to describe Babylon ; but we prefer old Jews adopted the same course, when they looked for

Revelation by its own gross and carthly tendencies. The to quote from a quieter scene :

Messiah in the person of a great warrior, which is not 'Twas bere the Hebrew, baltiog on the plain, followed by the ultra-Hebrewists amongst ourselves at Drew up by Haren's gate his camel train :

this day. Dr. Keith, of St. Cyrus, is one of the leading No stone marks now that perished city's pride, men in this class of Biblical interpreters. His prophetiBut still bursts forth the fountain's limpid tide; cal works have been extremely popular, and therefore Yes, by this well, perchance, Rebecca stood,

cannot be without attractive qualities; and yet their Her evening task to draw the crystal flood; Vision of beauty! fancy sees her now,

author is not rich in the ornaments of argument and reaHer downcast eyes and half-veiled modest brow;

soning. He asserts the Jews' title to a great part of Asia Her loose-twined girdle, and her robes of white,

Minor, under the grants contained in various texts of ScripHer long locks tinged by sunset's golden light.

ture quoted to support his views. Another class of ultraThe Hebrew craves his boon, and from the brink

Ilebrewists go farther than the establishment of a Jewish Of that bright well she gives his camel's drink;

einpire, and teach the appearance on this eartb of our Then, as he clasps the bracelets on her hands,

Lord himself, as its temporal head, reigning visildly at JeWith wondering look she views those sparkling bands,

rusalem, This class are indulged and entertained in

varions Evangelical bodies, under the plea that their error The Home and Colonial Library. London: John Murray. is on a non-essential subject. We heartily dissent from The 71st, 722, and 73d parts of this serial, which is that conclusion. Their error seems to us a most impor- 1 now closed, contain the Memoirs of the late Sir Thomas tant one, affecting deeply the heart and spirit of religion. Fowell Buxton. The work is a re-publication, previously The appearance of the chief and ruler over all principa- well known, but many admirers of the late baronet, who lities and powers in the heaven above or on the earth be- sympathised in his views and shared in his struggles, will neath, as a temporal king in Jerusalem, or anywhere elsedeem the neat volume, formed by these three parts, a in this world, would change the whole scope and tendency | great acquisition; and they are most appropriately inof religious belief, and render what we term "faith" acluded in a series of works designed for Home and the nonentity. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, || Colonies, because few legislators have been more concerned the evidence of things not seen," and could not exist | in Home and Colonial Reform than Sir Thomas Fowell along with the demonstration that these people advise their | Buxton. The series is closed with the life of Oliver followers to expect.

Goldsmith, Nos. 74 and 75.


The Home Politics of the month are barren of in-:; interfere with the movements of any association thar terest. The deputations from the National Financial, the freehold societies interfere already, except so far and Reform Association are progressing over the land, as that many artisans, having no use for freeholds, and explaining their schemes generally to large would prefer to have the power of accumulation in audiences. The English Freehold Associations are, || the funds. in the meantime, discharging both financial and poli- Two rival political bodies have been re-opened in tical duties. They are working the 40s. freehold clause Ireland ; one under the care of Mr. John O'Connell, advantageously. Their agitation will aid in reforming at the old place, for the former purpose--and the the working classes financially. If a 40s. freehold costs other, ostensibly directed by Mr. Charles Gavin Duffy, £30, and should bring nothing but a yote, it is better to against the Church, and for protection to labour, with have thirty pounds' worth of politics than thirty pounds' || an extension of the franchise. worth of gin. This description of franchise is confined The improvements expected in the position of the to England. It does not exist in Ireland, and it never Irish proceed slowly. The utmost discontent exists. existed in Scotland. Our legislators would have some in their counties; and the voters, greatly reduced in difficulty in refusing a demand for its extension to both numbers, now threaten to dispossess the present memcountries. We think, also, that they will experiencebers of their seats, on the earliest opportunity, and, some trouble in meeting an urgent request to apply the following the example of Cork, to bestow them on same principle to other descriptions of property that Protectionists. Actuated by acquaintance with the is, in this case, applied to land. Why should a right | existence of this feeling, and by some recent successes of voting be conferred on a landed, and withheld from || in England, the National Association for the Revival a funded qualification? A man with fifty pounds in of Protection are petitioning the Queen to dissolve the funds has more interest in the peace of the country, || Parliament. They might as well petition her Majesty and the stability of our institutions, than a man with to remove Lochnagar. The Queen is a constitutional fifty pounds absorbed in land.

monarch, and will follow the constitutional practice. The forty shillings freehold is meant in England to|The Ministry will resist these humble invitations to prove that the holder has a stake in the country. The walk out of office. They will keep their places until same value of property, in any other shape, not connected 1852, if they have any reason to suppose that the with the claimant's trade, not burdened with any debt, country party could now make up a majority. Our should confer the same privilege, since it affords the opinion is that a majority of Protectionists would same test. We have already argued that Life Insur- | not yet be returned, but that the majority against them ance policies should be held, after a number of premiums in the new Parliament would be greatly reduced. If have been paid, to be a means of qualification. All these they, however, be convinced that they could now obtain schemes should proceed upontheplain understanding that a majority in the Commons, they will bitterly repent there shall be no mortgaging, or borrowing, on property their old votes against triennial Parliaments. They used to qualify. All who are for finality will resist have also a ready way of obtaining their petition early any plan, however good or "feasible,” that makes any in the next session of Parliament. They can bring in change. All who oppose instalments will execrate a bill to repeal the Septennial Act. The Radical memthese projects, which commend themselves only to the bers must support that measure; and the Protectionpoliticians who, while they fear the adoption of universalists, after taking it through the Commons by the aid suffrage, feel that the working classes deserve to have of the extreme left, may easily secure its passage an attainable franchise; which may be thus in some through thc Peers. Parliament will be thus dissolved measure a certificate of sobriety, diligence, and accu- at the end of next session, and probably before Candlemulative habits. The interests of the country would mas. The great struggle will then commence, and the be greatly promoted by any alteration which would object of this petition will be readily gained. We' encourage economy. These plans would no farther deserve thanks from that party for suggesting a safe


line of tactics, and one consistent with their principles, || ment, after causing the death of 1,200 to 1,500 pirates. for they must now see the impolicy of the Septennial This battle or massacre is greatly blamed by some of Act. They could not so vigorously seek the dissolu- the London journals. We have no information from tion of the present Parliament if they had not seen the any quarter that would induce us to pass any distinct impolicy of seven years leases of majorities.

opinion on the topic. Piracy is a common crime in A smart agitation is threatened against the taxes | the Eastern Archipelago, and it must be destroyed. on knowledge, by an association formed in London. Pirates, by the law of nations, are liable to death. They direct their efforts against the duty on paper, But what information had these Indians regarding the the penny stamp on newspapers, and the tax on ad- | law of nations ? They were unacquainted with the vertisements. The duty on paper affects us more than works on that snbject. They may have no more rethe other two taxes, but the latter are unquestionably garded themselves as thieves than the border clans the great nuisances which should be first removed. when they rieved their neighbours' cattle. Still, the A tax on paper is not so directly obstructive to business | atrocities of eastern piracy cannot be allowed to conas either of the other two. We have received several tinue on account of the pirates' ignorance. Comnumbers of a very neat Halifax newspaper, published || merce must have freedom on the highway of nations ; daily, at one penny, and containing a large number of and the past character of Sir James Brookes prevents advertisements, which are inserted daily for £15 an-| the belief that he would wantonly shed blood. nually, of the length that would cost in our provincial papers at the rate of £60 annually—but of this sum the newspaper proprietor has to pay, and often to We wish to express our regret that, in the present advance, £22 10s. to the Stamp office. We need volume, one or two articles published in successive scarcely say that the 'Halifax journalist is better than Numbers are incomplete. We do not refer to "There parties following the same profession in this country. || and Back Again,” by Mr. St. John, which could not The low rate of insertion secures him many advertise- be completed in a single volume, but to some papers ments; and he lays out no money, runs no risk, but is of a minor character, able to afford that accommodation to the public of We shall endeavour, in future, to avoid a similar Nova Scotia which is refused in this country.

Rumours are current that the King of Prussia has We have made such arrangements as seemed withabdicated in favour of his nephew, the Prince of in our power, to combine instruction with light but Prussia. They may be true, for European crowns useful reading in our future numbers. are not at present in favour ; and abdication is a One gentleman, a contributor to the Magazine, has fashion into which kings are running. No reason is left this country for the north of Europe, with the assigned for his Prussian Majesty's retirement from intention of transmitting to us notes and sketches of public life.

winter life in the Baltic capitals. Austria protests against the meeting of the new In connection with some of our former contributors, German Parliament at Erfurt, on the 31st of January we have made, and are making, various similar arrangenext. Harsh notes are understood to have passed | nirents, calculated, we believe, to extend and increase between Berlin and Vienna on this subject. The the general usefulness of the Magazine. Prussian Cabinet insists on going forward with the We are passing through a period when political meeting, at which the Prussian Deputies will form | affairs, in connection with foreign countries, have more two-thirds of the Representatives. The meeting must interest than those of our own land; and an extensive be therefore that of a Parliament for Northern Ger-connection with literary men in different countries many; something different from a German Parliament. enables us, in referring occasionally to these transac

The differences between Russia and Turkey are sup- tions, at least to have the advantage of full and acposed to be arranged without the expulsion or the curate information. surrender of the Hungarian and Polish refugees. The A period of great, and it may be, of unforeseen English fleet entered the Dardanelles during the dis- changes, is approaching in our own land; and we cancussion, and facilitated a settlement, we presume, by || not doubt that they will tend, ultimately, to give the their presence. Some letters allege that quarrel | people more influence than they now possess, in the is not settled, but only postponed till spring, when the management of their own affairs, and that circumoccupation of the Danubian provinces will supersedestances are rendering them more competent to use adthe consideration of the fate of Kossuth and his friends. I vantageously that influence as it is obtained. The position of the French President becomes seri- We have taken care frequently to intimate that

He has dismissed the Odillon Barrot Ministry, we cannot make any use of manuscripts that reach us and chosen one of inferior men, but who will be more without the address of the writer, and yet we have a complacent to his plans. M. Thiers has been com- number sent to us in that position which are necespletely thrown out. Rumours prevailed that Louis sarily lost. In future we shall publish monthly a list Napoleon Bonaparte intended to strike for a crown. of publications and books forwarded to our address, The rumours are premature, and perhaps they do not as a means of intimating, in the most satisfactory manin any way correspond with his intentions.

ner, that they have been received. We are anxious From our eastern settlements the intelligence of the here to correct a date which, in reference to advertising, month is disagreeable. In Cephalonia, Mr. Ward has appears on our cover, namely, that advertisements for seen cause to hang up twenty persons, who dignified the January number will be received to the 26th. their proceedings with the title of rebellion, and were In consequence of an alteration in our arrangements in charged with great excesses. At Labuan, Rajah that respect, we are obliged to substitute Monday, the Brookes had attacked and destroyed a pirate settle- || 24th.




and unless the present proposals were agreed to, he did no. Business, in relation to the above undertakings, has been know what they were to do. He was glad to state that the very quiet during the month. Speculation in railway shares lebenture holders acquitted almost unanimously the direcis almost at an end, and none but those of first-class companies tors of all blame as to the way in which the money had been can obtain purchasers. Prices still keep depressed, though spent. The debenture holders, or at least some of them, there is an evident improvement as compared with the precel- ! said they had a hold upon the company by Act of Parliament; ing month. It is now pretty generally considered that we have and if their claims were not paid in full they could have reseen the worst; and as the effect of the Hudsonian cooking course to the reinedy which tie law allowed them. No system is gradually removed, we may expect a return to doubt, if all the debenture holders were to hold that language, something like fair prices. Of course, the restoration of the result would be ruin, even to themselves, for their prothe halcyon days of 1815 and 1846 is out of the question. perty would be lost by legal proceedings; but, on the other There have been but few meetings of companies in the past hand, the shareholders would be sorry to lose that which, month, and those, generally, of an unimportant character. with moderate prudence, might be made a valuable property. Below will be found all that happened of a material nature. He had no doubt that the line would pay the whole amount

DUNDEE, PERTH, AND ABERDEEN RAILWAY.— The half- of 6 per cent. for the proposed new shares of £468,000, as yearly meeting of this company was held in Dundee on Oc. any one might see by looking to the nelt revenue of the last tober 30th-Lord Kinnaird in:he chair.


Ile now moved that the report of the directors, with There had beeu a falling off in the passenger trafflcamount- the prospectus, be adopted, that the directors be empowered ing to £674, chiefly arising from the prevalence of cholera to take such mensures as may be necessary, and particularly in Dundee. The goods traffic showed an increase of £4,500 to apply to Parliament for powers to carry it into effect, and over the corresponding period of last year. The directors that a copy of these proceedings be sent to each shareholder, recommended a dividend at the rate of 3 per cent. per annum with a strong recommendation that they assent to the resofor the past half year. The report, after a short speech from lution. The resolution was put to the meeting, and unanithe Chairman, was unanimously carried.

mously agreed to. PRESTON AND LONGRIDGE RAILWAY. - The half-yearly AudIT OF RAILWAY ACCOUNTS-DELEGATE MEETING OF meeting of the shareholders of this company was held at DIRECTORS-LORD LONSDALE IN THE CHAIR.-Tbis meeting Preston on October 30th, when a dividend of 12s. 3d. per was held in London, November 8, to consider the best means share, clear of income-tax, was declared.

of securing a more efficient systein of auditing railway acYORK AND NORTH Midland Railway.-A special general counts. The meeting was very numerously attended. After meeting of the shareholders of this company was held at considerable discussion, it was proposed by Mr. Glyn that, York on October 31st. The business was to receive the in order to afford the proprietors of railways a more speedy third report of the Committee of Investigation, and to con- means of examination into the conduct of their respective sider the conduct of the Directors. A rather storiny discuss undertakings, it should be competent for any number of sion took place, which ended in the adoption of the recoin- proprietors holding stock or sharcs to the value paid up of mendation of the committee, against re-electing Mr. Meek not less than one-third of the total capital of the company, on the directory, by a large majority.

to appoint, within a month after any general meeting, two SHREWSBURY AND HEREFORD RAILWAY.-A general meet- of their number, for the purpose of making a special examiing of this company was held at Chester, on November 6th. nation into the accounts of the current half-year; and such From the report submitted, it appears that the company are auditors so specially appointed, together with the public acauthorised to raise £800,000 in 40,000 shares of £20 each. countant selected by thein, shall bave the same power of exThe number of shares on which a deposit of only £1 has amination in every respect as he has by the proposed and been paid, 34,799; the number on which the first call of £1 other acts granted to auditors appointed in the ordinary per share and the deposit bas been paid, 21,989; the amount course by a majority at general meetings. It was finally received on the second call of 43 per share, paid by instal- resolved ihat the resolutions be published, and transinitted ments, £6,263; the number of shares forfeited, 4,943; the to the secretary of every railway company, with a request number of shares not issued, 5,201; the number of shares that the opinion of the shareholders be taken upon them unclaimed, 146. It is proposed to construct the railway with whether for or against. a single line throughout; the estimate for which, with the DUNDEE AND ARBROATI RAILWAY.—The shareholders in necessary sidings and electric telegraph, and including the this line held a special meetiug in Dundee, on Nov. 10th. amount already expended, is, as stated in the last report, The report stated that the directors of the Dundee, Perth, £485,804; to reduce the share-capital to £450,000, whicb, and Aberdeen had represented to the directors of this comwith the usual borrowing powers, will make a total capital pany that they were unable, from the great depression in of £000,000; and to make the number of shares 15,000 of 410 railway property, and the dispute with ihe Caledonian, to eacb, instead of 40,000 of £20 each, thereby diminishing the continuo longer to pay the 8 per cent. stipulated in the liabilities of the registered shareholders to one-hali the pre- | agreement. They proposed that the guaranteed dividend sent amount.

for the lease of the line to be paid by the Perth Company The accounts from the formation of the company to the on the paid-up capital of the Arbroatu Company, instead of 30th of June last, show receipts by deposit on 34,799 shares, || being at the rate of 8 per cent., sliould be at the rate of 6 £34,799; on first call, £21,798; on second call, £3,362; total, | per cent. for five years from the date of the last dividend, £61.856. Expenditnre-Works, Shrewsbury station and and thereafter 7 per cent. per annum in perpetuity (free of bridge over Severn, £21,500; expenses of obtaining act, income-tax); with the condition that, if in any year there £25,884; balance, £6,874. Tho report was adopted.

should be a surplus of revenue from the Arbroaih line, after NEWCASTLE AND CARLISLE Railway.-An adjourned meet- paying such dividend and the necessary expenses, such suring of the shareholders of this company was held at Now. I plus should in the first place be wholly paid to the Arbroath castle-upon-Tyne on Nov. 7, to receive the report of the Company till the dividend amounted io 8 per cent.; and the proceedings of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway Com- surplus, if any, to be divided equally belween the two company, held at York, on the 25th of October. The following panies. report was submitted :-“ The directors reported that tbe SAMBRE AND MEUSE RAILWAY.—A special meeting of this York, Newcastle, and Berwick have made no proposal to company was held in London, Nov. 13. The chairman readopt the agreement entered into by Mr. Hudson for a lease gretied that the hopes which they bad entertained had been of the Newcastle and Carlisle, or to enter into any other disappointed. The traffic receipts averaged only £170 per arrangement under which the lines might continue to be week, and the expenses amounted to £210 per week. Up worked together. Mr. Hudson, who entered into an agree- to the present time they got nothing by working the line; ment for a Jease of the Newcastle and Carlisle line, which they had incurred a debt of £5,000, and they were adding will expire on the 1st of July, 1831, bas offered to this com- to that debt every week. Under these circumstances, Mr. pany the alternative of accepting a surrender of the existing Sheward, the managing director in Belgium, gave notice to agreement at the end of the current year, or of entering the Minister of Public Works that ihe company would into a treaty for an extended term. The directors recom- cease to work the line at the expiration of the twelve mend the acceptance of a surrender of the existing agree- months. When the company commenced to work the line, ment at the end of the current year. The report was certain expenses were 19,000f. ( £700) per month, but they adopted unanimously.

had been gradually reduced to 10,000f. (4400) per month. South Devon Railway.- A special meeting of this com- The £20,000 raised by the issue of preference shares had pany was beld at Exeter on Nov. 6th. The Chairman | been expended, and there was not one shilling left when said it would be idle to conceal from the shareholders that they opened the line for traffic. The iron works were out this meeting was likely to be decisive of the fate of the com- of vlast, and property which at the time the mouey was pany. Claims were pressing upon them from all quarters, lent was worth £100,000, is not now worth $10,000.





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The Chairman proposed a resolution to the effect that in Names of Railways. Paid. Prices. Nov.l. Prices. Nov.24, the present position of affairs it was inexpedient to continue Jan., Sheffield, and the working of the line, unless some arrangement be made Lincolnshire 100 0 0 20 to 23 16 to 18 with the Belgian Government, leading to a reasonable con


ww100 00 474 to 483 m 47 to 48 clusion that it would be worked at a profit.- The resolution Norfolk

100 0 0 24 to 27 22 to 25 was unanimously adopted.

North British 25 0 0 103 to 111m 104 to 114 South WALES Railwar. This company held an adjourned | North Staffordsbire. 17 10 0 91 to 94 95 to 9 meeting in London, on Nov. 14. 'The Chairmau informed the Oxford, Wor., and meeting that the South Wales intended to introduce two Wolverhainpton 50 0 0 10 to 12 0 to 11 bills in the next session of Parliament to amend their Acts, Scottish Central 25 0 0 17 to 18 14 to 16 to extend time for the purchase of lands and construction Shrewsbury and Bir. 12 0 0

4 to

5 4} to 44 of works, and to authorise certain deviations. With regard Shropshire Union... 6 10 0 > to 37 3 to 34 to the bills promoted by the Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, South Eastern 33 2 4 181 to 187

18 10 184 and Dublin and the Valo of Neath, the directors of the South Wales ... 13 0 0 15 to 17 16 to 17 South Wales could know nothing. He further remarked Shef., Roihrerham, that the proper time to discuss the merits of the bills would and Goole

16 10 0 144 to 14 16 to 154 be when tbey were submitted for the approval of the shars. York, Newcastle, and holders. A resolution for aljournment was then agreed to. Berwick

2 0 0 175 to 13

161 to 17 AMIENS AND BOULOGNE RAILWAY.---This company held a York and Nor. Mid. 50 00 194 to 20

181 to 18 special meeting in London on November 2011 M. C. L:2fiite in the chair. The object of the meeting was to obtain

ASSURANCE COMPANIES. certain concessions from ine French Governmcut, to which ENGINEERS', MASONIC, AND UNIVERSAL MUTUAL LIYE AS. they considered themselves fully entitled. East ANGLIAN RAILWAY. - A meeting of bondholders be

BURANCE COMPANY.--The directors of this company recently longing to this company was held in London on the 21st

entertained, at the Freemasons' Tavern, on Tuesday evening, the of November. The chairman stated that the amount of members and friends of this society. The chairman mentioned bonds now due was £62,000. On the 31st of December, that, since the formation of the society on the 7th of June, 1843, it £15,000 more would fall due. The gross receipts for had received 889 proposals for policies. Of these 75 had been traffic in the first half of the present year were £17,509 ; || dcclined, 54 were under consideration, and 700 had been cumfrom the 1st of July to the 11th of November the receipes pleted. Thc annual income of the society thus amounted to had been £14.240. The arerage receipts were about $720 a week; the actual working expenses were £120 a week,

16,237. leaving a balance of $300 a week, which was suiticient to

The following Insurance Companies are being wound up, under pay every bondbolder 5 per cent for his money. After some

the recent act:--Agricultural Cattle, London and Westminster discussion, a committee was appointed to protect the inte-Life, Tontine Life Assurance, York and London Assurance. rests of the bondholders, and to report to a future meeting Banks that are undergoing the same operation :- Isle of on the best course to be adopted.

Wight, Narylebone, North of England, Sheffield and Retford. WINDING UP.-Fifty-seven defunct railway companies are T: GRISIIAM LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY.-The First Annual in the course of being round up, under the operation of the Niecting of this society was held last month, at the office, 37, 04 railway and joint stock companies.

Applications to PARLIAMENT. - It appears that notices of Jury; William Taber, Esq., in the chair. The report submited application to Parliament in the ensuing session have been

stated that “The business transacted during the year is as follows:given for sixty railway bills. There are fivo nosices for Gross sum assured by 419 policies, being the number issued to new lines. The notices for amalgamations are the Cale. July 31, £149,160, producing an annual income of £5,615, 11s.. donian and Edinburgh and Glasgow; the Scottish Cen- Total amount of business transacted or submitted drine the tral with the London and North-Western, Lancasti:r || year:- Proposals made to the society for assurance ( and Carlisle, Caledonian and Edinburgh and Glasgow Companies; and the Edinburgh and Bathgate with the Edin-sideration (arnounting to £91,452), 229; declined (amounting to

in the asgregate to £339,724), 932; incomplete and audio meo burgh and Glasgow.

The following table will exhibit the range of prices in the 199,112), 254; accepted, and upon which the premiums este shares of the leading companies during the past month, as

been paid (cach policy averaging £356), 419. It will

, no douit, compared with original price of the shares :

be interesting to the shareholders and policy-holders to be

informed of the number of first-class lives assured relatively Names of Railways. Paid. Prices. Nov. 1. Prices.Nov.24.

to those upon which an increased premium is mrable Aberdeen 50 0 0 144 to 154. 12 to 14

Your Directors, therefore, furnish the following statemer! Birmin. and Oxford Junction 20 0 25 to 26 24 to 26

of each, viz. :--Policies issued at ordinary rates, the assurBirm. Wolver, and

ance being on first-class lives, 237; ditto, at increased rates, Dudley

10 0 0 14 to 15 14 to 15 the assurance being on lives supposed to be somewhat belon Birm. Wolver, and

the average, 18:2; making the total number of policies for te Stour Valley 13 14 0 10 to 101m 9 to 10 year (as above stated) 419.” From this statement it will be sæs Buckingliamsbire 17 10 0 15 to 10 151 to 16

that, had the Society's business been limited to what, in assť Caledonien 50 0 0 13 to 134 103 to 115

ance language, is termed first-class lives, its success, from the conChes. and Holyhead 50 0

10 to il mio

9 to 11 East Anglian

fidence placed in it by the public, wond still have been very 25 0


24 to 231

0 Eastern Counties.... 20 0

Og to 7. 07 to

great. The fact of between 100 and 1,000 proposals for insetEast Lancashire

0 135 to 144.. 12 to 13 auce having been made to the Society in the first year of its exisEast Lincoloshire 0 0 275 to 21. 274 to 234 tence is one which, if not altogether unparalleled, is a proof of rey Edin, and Glasgow 50

30 to 32 m 28 to 30 decided success; since only one or two instances can be foundGreat Northern 20

7 to Tatum 0 to 6 and those of recent date--which at all approach to such success, Great Southern and

The chairman stated that the sum invested, up to the 11th of Western (Ireland) 50 0 274 to 29... 30 to 32

October instant, was £15,051 8s., of which £2,029 16s. had G. N. of England 100 0 0 w207 to 212 210 to 215 Great Western 100 0

been repaid ; and, consequently, there was available for claus 0 02 to 64 55 to 56 Hull and Selby 50 0 0 91 to 96 92 to 94

under policies the sum of 912,121 12s., besides the premiums or Lancas. and York. 98 0 0 w 60 to 62

57 to 58 new assurances cflccted, which, as a matter of course, are accu. Leeds and Bradford 30 0

97 to 99 96 to 98 mulating daily. The report was unanimously adopted. Leeds and Thirsk 50 0

10 to 12 9 to 11 Scottisu AMICABLE SOCIETY.—This mutual and old estah Lon, and Blackwall 11 6 3 3to

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31 to 31 lished office has opened a London branch. The whole profits in Lon., Brighton, and

this oflice are divided amongst the assured. South Coast 100 0 0 721 to 73. 764 to 77

THE LIVERPOOL MARINE ASSURANCE COMPANY, it is in Lon. and Greenwich 12 15 4 9 to 10 9} to 10

derstood, will be dissolved. The paid-up capital, it appears, has Lon. and Nor. Wes. 100 0 0 ]51 to 1165.lll to 112 Lon. and Sou. Wes. 50 0 0 31 to 32 301 to 313 been entirely lost, together with an additional amount of about



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