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or inquest, was held, at which the gentleman, just mentioned, attended, and heard most of the circumstances above related confirmed by the depositions of four or five witnesses. Further proof was obtained on examination of the body of the deceased, which exhibited, in various parts, the marks of such violence as left no doubt as to the cause of her death. Besides the marks of many severe blows, the whole of the trunk was bruised and discoidured. The depositions of the witnesses were afterwards taken before the magistrates of the 24 Purgunnahs, and the prisoner stands committed to take his trial before the court of circuit, for the division of Calcutta. APRIL 25.-At length, after much longer delay than had been foreseen, arising from various unimportant objections, on the part of Runjeit Sing, all the conditions prescribed to that chieftain have been punctually fulfilled. The stipulated ground and the forts have been formally delivered up to the British troops, and which, with some additional works that are to be constructed, will be held as British posts in Sirhind, a measure which, at the same time that it extends security and protection to the people on the left bank of the Sutledge, must have a powerful effect in maintaining tranquillity on that frontier. The arrangments with Runjeit Sing having been thus satisfactory fulfilled, General St. Leger's army broke ground from Laudehannah, on the 4th current, and made one march ; but halted on the 5th.-In the course of a day or two the corps were expected to continue their march for the different frontier stations. APRIL 26.- Robert Bruce Keith Stewart underwent an examination before the magistrates of Calcutta. This unfortunate person was an officer in the navy, and for some time acted as commander of one of his majesty's sloops of war, in which situation he acquitted himself with honor.—Some time afterwards he became enamoured of a Miss Wilkinson, a young heiress of respectable connections: their passion was mutual, but ille friends of the
young lady opposed their intended union. The lovers therefore eloped, and were married at Gretna Green. Sir — Seal, a friend of the young lady, having broken into their apartments, and the husband apprehensive that his bride would be carried off, fired a pistol at the baronet, which wounded him in the arm. This offence having been made capital by an act, commonly called Lord Ellenborough's act, the party was indicted for the offence, on that act, convicted, and finally transported to New South Wales. During his confinement for several months in England, after being sentenced to transportation, he was never deserted for a moment by his wife, whose affection for her husband seemed to increase with the misery of his lot. She never quitted his cell till she was carried out for interment, having breathed her last in child-bed. After the examination of the prisoner by the magistrates, he was remanded to the guard-house, to await the further orders of government. The unfortunate case of this individual excited a general feeling in his favour. API: Il 29.-On Friday last, Sunkeree, the Hindoo lady who eloped some weeks ago from her husband, most unexpectedly made her appearance at the Police office, and endedvoured to turn the tables against her husband: she laid a petition before the magistrates, complaining of his cruelty and inconstancy. She alleged, that her clopement was occasioned by a dread of the severity of her husband's treatment; and denied, in a tone and mander that bespeak her high indignation, every charge of infidelity or incorrectness, which the malevolence of her husband had brought forward against her. In the mean time, she has been committed, until some further inquiries are made into the case. APRIL 39.-About a fortnight ago, a party of gentlemen went out from Kishenagur to hunt the wild boar;
but not meeting with any sport, one
of the number, (Mr. Kelso,) quitted his companions, and set out on his return home. He had proceeded but a short distance, when a boar was started
* and finding himself attacked by the hunters, took his course across the very road by which Mr. Kelso was returning. Mr. Kelso immediately gallopped up to the boar, with the intention of spearing him; but, just as he came within reach, his horse tripped and unfortunately fell. The shaft of his spear, at the same time, took the ground, while the point entered his side between the ribs and the haunch bone, and, by the violence of the fall, was driven completely through his body, the entire blade and part of the shaft issuing from the loin of the same side. At the same critical instant, he was charged by the boar, who ripped up the flesh of one of his arms (which he instinctively stretched out, with a view to ward him off) from the finger to the elbow, and would unquestionably have put him to death, had not his attention been diverted by another of the gentlemen, who providentially came up at the moment, and threw his spear a little way short of the spot, where Mr. Kelso lay. To add to the horrid circumstances of this accident, it was found impracticable to extract the weapon in any other way than by drawing its whole length through the wound. This was accordingly done, and Mr. Kelso was conveyed to Kishenagur. Notwithstanding the formidable appearance and dangerous course of the wound, it fortunately had not passed through any vital part, and the great flow of blood effectually contributed to prevent inflammation, without proceeding to such a height as to be itself a source of danger. Contrary to the apprehensions at first entertained, Mr. Kelso is considered to be in a fair way of recovery. -*o
BEN GA 1. Occurrences for May.
MAY 3d.—Some evenings ago, the rev. Dr. Ward and his family, on their passage down the river fiom Cawnpore, when opposite Neyserai, were overtaken by a severe squal) from the 1. orth west, by which the boat was overset, and himself and Mirs. Ward
escaped with the utmost difficulty, The approach of the squall was observed, but it set in so suddenly, that before the manjee could gain the shelter of the opposite bank, the boat was overset. Dr. Ward was thrown overboard, but by swimming he was fortunately enabled to reach the rudder, by which he held fast, till boats came off to their assistance, and carried the party on shore. Mrs. Ward, it is understood, was much bruised by the rolling of the trunks and baggage in the cabin. Having reached the shore, they experienced the most kind and hospitable reception from the natives of the village of Neyserai. May 4th.-It is proper to state, that the ground and forts surrendered by the rajah of Lahore, were never intended to be occupied by the British troops. They had been usurped by their late possessor, and are now re-possessed by their rightful owners, without having been retained for a moment by our troops. The station, now occupied by the British detachment, under colonel Ochterlony, was not in the occupation of the rajah of Lahore. General St. Leger's army broke ground on the 4th ultimo. They halted on the 5th, and have since continued their march towards their respective cantonments. His Majesty's 24th dragoons, and 17th regiment of infantry, march towards Muttra and Secundra. His majesty's 8th light dragoons, were ordered from Koondoh Ghaut, on the 1st ult. to Saharunpore, where they halted two days, and received orders to march to Cawnpore. On the 15th they reached Meerut; where the offi: cers of the regiment were entertained at head-quarters. The following is a view of the disposition of the corps lately in the field.
nel Hardyman, were to be disbanded, and the companies to march to the stations of their respective corps, on their arrival at Delhi, about the 25th ultimo. May 5.-On Sunday last, about half past 11 o'clock in the forenoon, a Budgerow set out from the shore, opposite the Mint, intending to cross the liver, but the boat had got only a few yards from the shore, when she ran again, t one of the mooring buoys, and instantly overset. The bore was still running, and being aided by a strong southerly wind, the boat quickly drifted up the river, with the bottom uppermost, till she came opposite the premises of Messrs. Harvey, Weatherall, and Co. where she brought up, across the stern moorings of the ship, Providence, captain Hugh Reed. It fortunately happened, that captain Reed was, at that moment, standing on the shore, a spectator of the passing event. He stepped into a dingy, and hurried off to give what assistance he could. Reaching the stern of his ship, he was suprized to find a man float up to the surface, from beneath the boat—the chief and second officers, gunners, and some others from the ship, had, by this time, got down by the stern, and laid hold of the man, who had just floated up. As soon as he had recovered his breath, and could speak, he gave notice that two ladies, and three or four servants were still below, in the Budjerow; upon which captain Reed and his officers instantly broke in the venetians of the boat, and the gunner thrust himself through the window, as far as he could reach, when one of the servants got hold of his legs and was drawn out. The gunner made a second attempt, in the same manner, but could discover nothing in the cabin, though his feet took a considerable range under water. He then, at the hazard of his life, dived, and entered througha window into the cabin, where he soon found one of the ladies, and brought her out. He again went down, and entered in the same manner; and after remaining such a length of time, that the bye-standers began to despair of his return, he appeared with the second lady, and brought her safely to the surface. The delay in his
return, arose from the lady having clung so firmly to one of the staunchions, in the cabin, that it required his utmost exertion, and some time, to effect her disengagement. The whole of the servan's lad been got out in the interval. Two gentlemen, who were on board the Budjerow, at the time she overset, had contrived to find their way out of the boat, and were picked up, without having sustained any material injury; and the Manjee and Dandies had made their way to the shore. Nothing, perhaps, but the circumstance of the boat having thwarted against the moorings of the Providence, with the prompt and decisive exertions by the officers of that ship, in their favour, could have rescued either the ladies, or the servants, from death; captain Reed, and his officers, deserve every praise, for their zeal and alacrity; and they must feel a lively satisfaction, in having been thus made, in the hands of Divine Providence, the immediate instruments of preserving several of their fellow-creatures from an untimely death. Mr. Peter Johnson, the gunner, who volunteered his services, at such imminent hazard of his life, is entitled to particular acknowledgment.
MAY 8th-The vice-admiralty court, after a few motions, relative to cases then pending, proceeded to the causes
of “ the King against the ship, Thetis.
The pleadings being closed, Sir Henry Russell proceeded to deliver judgment, in terms nearly to the following effect :
This is a suit, instituted by the commander of a king's ship, to obtain condemnation of a ship, formerly British property, which had been taken by a French cruiser, and carried into the Mauritius—there sold, under a sentence of condemnation, to a Danish subject; afterwards carried, under Danish colours, to Tranquebar—and finally transferred there, on the day of her arrival, to a British subject, the existence of hostilities, between B; itain and Denmark, being then kuown in India. That the ship in question was regularly condemned at the Mauritius, there is sufficiently clear evidence. An attempt, however, has been made, by the counsel for the original British underwriters of the ship, to draw a distinction between her subsequent transfer to a Dane, and the common cases of transference to a neutral, as affecting the right of postliminium. In the circumstances, of the transaction at the Isle of France, there are, indeed, very strong grounds of suspicion. But the consequences to which they point, are of so very serious a nature, that I should not think myself warranted, upon those grounds merely, in adopting the inference, which they suggest. But I conceive myself fully warranted in expressing the doubts, which they have raised in my mind, and in warning captain Richardson to abstain from practices, which might lead to an issue, much more serious than any loss of property—from practices, which, if proved against a man, who swears himself to be a British subject, would constitute the crime of a traitor. The question, started by the counsel for the underwriters, is, I believe, new in a court of law; it is not, however, new to my mind; for it presented itself very early in the course of my enquiries into these subjects. From what I have heard, I see no reason to alter the opinion which I originally formed. I tlink the sale of a prize-ship by one enemy to another, is a transfer equally complete towards divesting the title of the British owner, as a sale to a neutral, because, the word “ retaking,” according to every interpretation, refers exclusively to the same enemy. It is unnecessary that I should enter at length into the arguments suggested on behalf of the claimants: for my opinion is confined expressly to this—that a recapture can only be made from the eiletny who captures. The law, in regard to the restitution of captured property, had been gradually amended in favor of the British owner. Originally, the claim could not be set up, if the ship had been twenty-four hours in possession of the enemy. Then the arrival of the prize in port was made the boundary of the right of postliminium : and lastly, her condemnation and sale. But it never before was pretended, that after condemnation aud sale, a re-capture could be made,
and restitution demanded. I am of opinion, therefore, that the Thetis is Danish property, and a good prize. With respect to the claim of captain Richardson again, I not only disallow, but reprobate it. It is clear that such purchase, by a man swearing himself a British subject, was illegal and fraudulent. Am I, then, to be called upon to relieve a man from the charges, which he has incurred, in consequence of such a transaction ? But, it is said that the captain of the ship was ignorant of all this, and that his claim, therefore, is equally good as if the vessel had been legally purchased. Even supposing that I could believe this (which, considering that the captain of the ship is the brother and confidential agent of the owner, would not be very easy), I could not give him money to pay the crew of a Danish ship. The sale to Richardson, under the circumstances in which it was made, was not only a nullity, but a fraud. I dismiss, therefore, both claims, and adjudge the Thetis to the captors. On an application from the bar, the honorable the commissary further adjudged costs to the captors against captain Richardson, but refused to allow them against the other claiIna Ints. MAY 9.—It is somewhat remarkable that two of the most distinguished native princes of Hindoostan, namely
Runjeit Sing and Holkar, have each .
lost an eye. Some other coincidences, also, distinguish these chieftains. Both are rather under the middle age of life, of bold, enterprizing spirit, and possessing great personal bravery. Holkar met with the accident, which deprived him of his eye, in early life. Runjeit Sing, lost his eye by the small pox; a disease which has been remarked to be attended with great fatality in the Punjab. One advantage, which probably had not been foreseen, has arisen from the late march of the British army to the banks of the Sutledge, namely, the introduction of the practice of vaccination to the Punjab. The Singhs, the Sikhs, and the different people of that country, whose religious prejudices are far less inveterate, than in other parts
of Hindoostan, received the vaccine most gladly, gave every facility to its propagation, and have taken such precautions, as are likely to ensure the continuance, and extension, of this mild disease. From its favourable reception in the Punjab, we may soon expect to hear of its being introduced to Cashmere, and the adjoining countries. MAY 12th.-The latest accounts from the Cabul embassy came down to the 22d of March. At that date, the event of the war, in Cashmere, was still in suspense, and, consequently,the movements of the court remained also uncertain. The news, of the success of the rebels in Candahar, had been confirmed. It is stated in the Hindoostan newspapers, that the royal army had arrived in Cashmere, and had taken up a position near to one of the principal forts occupied by the rebels. Both armies, it is added, were ready to engage; but Soojah-ul-Moolk had made some conciliatory proposals to Mohammed Khan, the refractory Soobahdar, and had directed the vizier to refrain, in the mean time from hostilities. Mohammed's answer, at the date of these accounts, had not been 1eceived. It is said, from the same source, that many of the inhabitants of the invaded countryof Candahar, had deserted their fields, on the approach of the insurgents, and had sought the protection of Ekhwan Khan, a chieftain attached to the interests of the reigning family. The king of Persia, it is added,had declined to interfere, for the present, in the convulsions of Cabul. May 15th.-By late letters, from the West of India, it is said that his highness, the Peishwa, was at Gopurgaum, early in the present month, and proposed to proceed from thence, in the course of the ensuing week, on a visit to the celebrated caves of Ellora, in the Nizam's dominions; after which he would return to his capital. He was attended by colonel Close, and one or two of the other gentlemen attached to the residency. Gopergaum
is situated at the distance of about
110 miles from Poonah, and, being the place of his highness's nativity,
is regarded by him with peculiar partiality. Every thing was tranquis in that quarter of India. MAY 22.—Accounts from Cabul come down to so late a date as the 1st of April, at which period the British embassy still remained with the court, at Peshour ; and all the gentlemen attached to it were in the best health. The operations of the royal army, which marched some time ago against the rebels in Cashmere, had been generally successful; and it was supposed that the war, in that country, would speedily be brought to a conclusion. The Hindcostan newspapers state, that the vizier had defeated Mohammed Khan's party, and possessed himself of the fortress of Baramoollah, situated in the pass, through the mountains, on the great road leading from Cabul to