On Wednesday night the brig Mary and Betty, of this port, Thomas Lambert, master, burden 180 tons, with a cargo of corn, pigs, and sheep, on her voyage to Liverpool, was wrecked on the Ultarf, near Mockbegger. We are extremely concerned to add, that, of the crew and seven passengers, only three were saved. The Captain is among the number of those who perished.
A cask of gold, in American, British and Portuguese coin, worth between eleven and twelve thousand pounds, was saved from the wreck of the American brig Elizabeth and placed in the custody of the Rector of Wallasey, by whom it has been given up to Mr.Hughes of Liverpool, agent to Messrs.Thomas Wilson & Co. of London, the owners thereof.
Thomas Moore, of Moreton, labourer, was convicted at the Chester Assizes of stealing ropes from the wreck of the Mary and Betty, stranded on the Wallasey shore in October, 1820. and sentenced to death. It is hoped, that all those persons who have hitherto looked upon wrecking as a lawful trade, will learn from the sentence, that, by the law of the land, as well as the laws of humanity. It is considered a most atrocious crime. By the 26th of Geo.II. plundering a vessel in distress (whether wreck or no wreck) is felony without benefit of Clergy.
Friday, as Mrs Boode, of Mockbeggar Hall, was returning from Seacombe Ferry, the horse in her chise took fright, the vehicle was upset, and the Lady killed on the spot.
A boat will commence plying between Egremont Ferry and the Stair north side of the entrance into George's Basin, TO-MORROW (Saturday) the 1st of May. The owner of the Ferry authorises me to state that as soon as the Hero is completed she will also ply. When that takes place the terms for ferrying will be announced, and the Public may depend on the strictest attention to the regulations. At the commencement the boat will leave every hour, beginning at Eight on the morning, and running until dark in the evening.
The inhabitants of the parish of Wallasey, in token of their respect and gratitude for the services of their churchwarden, Mr.Henry Meadows, have subscribed a sum of money, which has been invested in plate, and was presented by a committee to him, at the Manor House, Poulton-cum-Seacombe, on Friday last. It consists of a handsome vase drinking cup and a coffee pot, on which are neatly engraved the following words : - "Presented by the parishioners of Wallasey, to Mr.Henry Meadows, in token of their respect for his firmness and perseverance in maintaining their right to manage their school estate, and for his upright independence as churchwarden for the year 1834.
Inquest before F.Thomas, Esq., Coroner ~ At New Brighton, on the body of Joseph Arnett, who was drowned through the upsetting of a boat on the River Mersey. The deceased and seven others left Liverpool in a small gig for Liscard, and as they were going along, one of the party struck a light with a lucifer match, when the rest all rushed to him to light their pipes, and the boat immediately capsized and 3 of them drowned. ~ At Wallasey, on the 12th, on the body of John Crellar, a boatman, cast on the shore of the Mersey. ~ On the 11th, on the body of Samuel Bennett, a child eight years, who was killed by a vicious bull at Wallasey. ~ Verdicts accordingly.
The sea wall will extend from Woodside Slip to Seacombe Slip, with a very slight inclination inwards to the entrance, and in a straight line from each slip respectively, the wall being nearly divided in two portions on each shore, and the longest on the Woodside shore. It has been ascertained that the foundations for the outer, and also for the dock walls, are, contrary to preconceived opinion, extremely favourable, and that not a pile will have to be driven. The only places which are soft to a considerable depth, are precisely those that are to be walled in, and very little excavation will be required. The outer harbour will have an open entrance of 302 feet in width; and the main dock will communicate with the harbour by double gates, or locks, extending westward into the pool, with a slight obtuse angle or elbow as far as the bridge at Poulton-cum-Seacombe. The outer harbour is intended to comprise of an area of 37 acres, and will have a depth at low water of spring tide of 12 feet. The inner dock, in its uninterrupted length from the outer harbour to the village of Poulton, will comprise a water surface , or float for vessels of all burthen's, of 30 acres, which added to the 37 acres in the half-tide basin, will give 67 acres of floating surface for shipping, or about 60 acres of accommodation more than all the Liverpool docks put together! The gates to this immense dock will be made sufficiently wide for the largest steamers afloat, or likely to be constructed. The margin of the pool will be appropriated by the various owners of the property of the wharfs, slips, warehouses, and sheds. There will be shipwrights' yards and graving docks adjacent; and there will also be a tunnel made under the town of Birkenhead, from the tunnel at Monk's Ferry to the margin of the docks. The cost of the contemplated construction is stated to be about £300,000; and one main consideration with regard to the undertaking is, that it is contemplated it will be accomplished without resorting to taxation. The whole of the works are intended to be constructed by the Commissioners of Birkenhead with funds raised on the credit of the undertaking. Whatever rates are received beyond what is necessary to pay the interest of the loans, and whatever funds arise from property acquired and disposed of, will be applied in reducing the principal of the debt until the works shall have been relieved from all incumbrances. If the time should ever arrive, and such a time is confidently anticipated by our Cheshire neighbours, when the works shall become free of rates, the cheapness of the dock accommodation of Liverpool cannot fail materially to advance the interests of the port, perhaps to a much greater extent than we can now form an supposition approaching to accuracy.
The youth, Charles Miller, of Seacombe, who, three weeks ago, so wantonly fired a loaded pistol at a little boy, whereby he lost the use of one eye, and was otherwise injured, was brought up before the sitting, magistrates, Sir E. Cust and Henry Winch, Esq., at the Wallasey Court House. on Tuesday last, when he was sentenced to pay £2 5s. 0d., and in default, to be imprisoned fourteen days in Knutsford Gaol.
On Wednesday a bill was printed to establish local boards of health at the following places :- Wakefield, Elland, Wallasey, Dudley, Barnsley, Dorchester, Brighton, and Welshpool. The elections at those places are to take place on the 28th of April next.
The return of the members of the new board, in the place of those gentlemen who retired by rotation, was made on Monday last. In the following two townships, in which there was no opposition, the members returned are - For Liscard : Messrs. W.H. Neville, H. Pooley, and T.B. Hughes. - Wallasey : Mr. W. Chambers. In Poulton-cum-Seacombe there was a contest, the candidates being Messr. J. Penny, J.Wilson, C.H. Hill, J. Byerley, and J. Singlehurst. The successful candidates were Mr. Penny, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Singlehurst.
Rev. R.D.Fowell, to the newly-consecrated Church of St. James, New Brighton, Wallasey, Cheshire.
A man named James Hodgkinson was found drowned in a pit at Sutton's Farm, Wallasey. It seems that the unfortunate man, who resided with his brother, at Heather Terrace, Claughton, was some time ago in an asylum. About two months since he was discharged as cured, but subsequently took to drink, and was attacked with delirium tremens. The medical man who attended him directed that his movements should be closely watched. He managed, however, to get out of the house on Tuesday morning, and made his way towards the Great Float, but was followed by his brother, who seized him as he was about to jump into the water near the Duke Street Bridge. He managed to extricate himself from his brother's grasp, and ran off and was lost sight of. Shortly afterwards his body was found in the pit, and, although restoratives were applied, life was found to be extinct.
Wallasey (including New Brighton) increased 4056, namely, from 10,273 to 14,779, the excess of births being 2016.
To The Editors Of The Liverpool Mercury.
Gentlemen, - in reference to a police report in today's Mercury of a case of gross imposition on the part of donkey and horse drivers at New Brighton, will you permit me, as a resident of that district, to say a few words? The bad language these people use, their rapacity, and the quarrelsome deposition that characterises them, often bring them into strong collision with the excursionists, and scenes are enacted that more resemble the events at Donnybrook fair than those of a peaceful watering hole - save that there is no fighting, as at Donnybrook, for "love and good humour", In some respect the horses and donkeys are an unmitigated nuisance. The great advantage of living in such a locality as Wallasey is that it has a splendid shore, where, under ordinary circumstances, families might really enjoy the healthy and bracing air for which it is famous. But the truth is, these donkeys and horses, goaded and tormented by their drivers, and doubly so by the majority of the persons who mount them, who know no more how ride on horseback than they know how box the compass, go rushing about the shore in the most reckless manner, so that persons walking have constantly to exercise all their skill to avoid being run over. As for ladies and children, they are excluded in this way from the enjoyment the sands would otherwise afford, and, of course, the locality suffers to a corresponding extent. Where proper order is kept, as at other watering places, I have nothing to say against the harmless trotter of donkeys; but the wild galloping among the people which is daily permitted at New Brighton is not creditable to the local authorities -
On Saturday the body of a woman, who is supposed to have met her death by unfair means, was found in a ditch between Leasowe and Moreton Station, Cheshire. An apron was twisted tightly round the neck. The deceased is supposed to have been a hawker.
This spacious building, which was erected by the Wallasey Social Club and Concert Hall Company, Limited, was offered by auction last evening by Mr. Thomas Whitehead, in pursuance of an order of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The building is situated in Manor Road, Liscard, and contains a large concert hall, billiard rooms, reading and dining rooms, luncheon bar, kitchens, and keeper's apartments, with extensive and well laid out grounds at the rear, the entire superficial area being about 6000 yards. We may state that the building, which cost about £7400, including furniture, billiard tables, etc., was opened on 1st January, 1875. For a few months the concern succeeded very well, and appeared to be highly appreciated by the residents of the district. Unfortunately, differences took place respecting the introduction of intoxicating liquors, some of the members being in favour of beer and other drinks being consumed on the premises, whilst other members were opposed to any violation of the articles of association, which prohibited the sale of drink. At meeting of the shareholders a resolution was carried in favour of introducing intoxicating drinks; but, upon the general body of shareholders being appealed to by the ballot, the resolution was not confirmed by the required majority. A question of law then arose upon the polling, litigation followed, and, as Mr. Ridhalgh, the builder of the hall, could not get the balance due him under his contract, he applied for an order to wind up the company. A Chancery order was accordingly granted, the result being that the concern was brought to the hammer last evening. The sale, which took place in the large concert hall in the building, attracted a considerable number of gentlemen, some of whom, it was said, represented those of the shareholders who wished intoxicating drinks to be sold on the premises, whilst others represented those who were in favour of the concern being conducted on teetotal principles. The building was offered with all the furniture, fittings, etc. The auctioneer having dilated at some length on the present and prospective value of the building and land attached, the bidding was proceeded with. The first bid was £3000, and to Mr. James Rogerson, of the Candia Works, who, we understand, acted on behalf of those of the shareholders favourable to the sale of intoxicating liquors on the premises.
On Wednesday evening the Wallasey Commissioners' Fire Brigade met for the purpose of having their annual dinner. The men met at the Water Tower (Liscard), and, under the charge of Mr. Barrett, late superintendent West of England Fire's Brigade (who is their drill instructor), marched to the Queen's Arms Hotel, where a capital dinner was served up by Mr. John Alltree, the proprietor. The chair was occupied by Superintendent Leather, the vice chair by Sergeant Blakely. After the usual loyal toasts had been given, some excellent songs and recitations followed, and a very pleasant evening was spent. the visitors included Mr. Samuel Alltree, Mr. Blaylock, and Mr. Anthony Dunderdale, of Liverpool. The fire brigade are volunteers, and are a fine body of men.
At half-past five o'clock yesterday morning, a joiner's shed belonging to Messrs. Crawley and Davies, builders, Charlotte Street, Egremont. was found to be on fire. The Wallasey fire brigade and some constables were soon on the spot, and they extinguished the conflagration. The shed, which was constructed of wood, was destroyed, as were also some sets of tools. The damage, which was estimated at about £100, is covered by insurance.
Last evening an alarming double collision occurred on the Mersey, whereby the lives of 200 passengers were placed in jeopardy. A Spanish steamer was proceeding up the Mersey, when she collided with the Wallasey ferry-boat Water Lily, lying at anchor off Egremont. The effect of this first collision was to snap her mooring chains, but no other damage was sustained. Then she collided with the steamer Electric, outward bound, with 200 passengers on board. Such was the force of the collision that the Electric had to be beached, her passengers being rescued.
Some discussion took place with reference to the closing by the Wirral Railway Company of a footpath leading from Wallasey to Bidston, the subject being brought before the meeting by a letter received from the Wallasey Local Board requesting the waywardens to join them in resisting the action of the company.
The chairman asked if the footpath was one which was really needed and used, because there were some footpaths which were better lost then found.
Mr. Trelawny depreciated going to law about a mere footpath.
Mr. Parkinson said the road was of no use at all, and led anywhere.
Mr. Robinson did not think it was of much good, and did not believe it was much used; it was a good courting road, he believed, but that was all (Laughter).
The Clerk reminded the meeting that if once they lost the footpath it was gone for ever, and they did not know what it might be useful for in days to come.
Mr. J. Davies denied that it was a public footpath at all. The path had been allowed to be altered from time to time, and at present there was no settled footpath there at all.
The Board decided unanimously to take no action in the matter.
The visitors to Cross's Menagerie at the New Brighton Palace had certainly enough excitement for their money on Saturday night last. Early in the evening, while yet there were large numbers of excursionists about the place, Madame Talzero, an intrepid wild-beast tamer, proceeded to the cage, in which are some splendid African lions, in order to put them through their usual performance. There is invariably attached to the gateway of every den containing performing brutes a smaller cage. Into this the tamer first steps, and after closing the outer door, as a public safeguard, opens the entrance to the cage proper and walks in amongst the beasts. Through the negligence of one of the keepers the smaller cage was not in its place on Saturday, and Madame Talzero resolved to do without it. But scarcely had she opened the iron gate when a full-grown lion jumped over her head, and, almost before it could be realised, was amongst the people. Then the lazy suddenly became sprightly, and corpulent persons who for years had not congratulated themselves upon their agility now did wonders. A few of the fortunate ones managed to slip through the door leading into the Palace or out on to the "ham and egg" promenade by the lower exit, whilst the remainder of the terror-stricken spectators crouched in promiscuous heaps in far off corners watching the movements of the king of the forest with a distinctively disagreeable fascination. But the noble beast, strange to say, was not eager to follow up his advantage, and appeared to be quite as much disconcerted at the sundry shrieks and howls of those who had paid for admission to see him as his beforetime admirers were to note his uncaged presence towering in their midst. At the sight of some keepers approaching the lion, which it seems is quite tame, ran into an unoccupied space, where it was detained for a few minutes until an empty cage was wheeled up to the spot, and into this it ran. Although it was announced that the lion was perfectly docile, some little time elapsed before the excitement subsided amargo those who had witnessed more than appeared in the programme.
An exciting and extraordinary scene was witnessed off the New Brighton shore on Thursday evening. Several hundred spectators had assembled at the pierhead and on the sands to see Tommy Burns, the champion bridge jumper and swimmer, leap into the river from the pier. This feat having been successfully accomplished, interest was centred in his aquatic feats. He had performed several movements, when he was observed to make a signal for help; and immediately afterwards great consternation was caused among the onlookers, who saw that he was holding deadly combat with a monster fish. A boat was immediately sent to his assistance; but in the meantime a desperate struggle was taking place. Burns showered vigorous blows upon the body of his assailant, and succeeded in keeping it at bay until the arrival of the boat. He was then handed a clasp knife, with which he quickly dispatched the dreaded creature by ripping it up. Burns, who was very much exhausted from his extraordinary adventure, was then brought to the shore, together with the fish; and he received quite an ovation from the anxious spectators. The fish was taken to the pier, where it was inspected with great interest by a large number of visitors. It is about 5 feet 4 inches in length, and has a formidable row of teeth. Professor Boston emphatically declares that it is a young shark, although many expressed the opinion that it was a dog fish. Burn's left arm is severely scored, the result of his desperate encounter; and he is to be congratulated upon overcoming so powerful an enemy with no worse injuries.
Mr.Henry Churton, county coroner, on the bodies of Hannah Adams and her six days old child. The deceased woman was the wife of Joseph Adams, a dock labourer, residing in Shakespeare Road, Seacombe, and since the Tuesday after her confinement, which took place a week on Sunday, she had not been, according to the evidence of her husband, in a perfect state of mind. The husband woke up about half-past eleven on Friday night and missed his wife and child from bed. He obtained the assistance of sound neighbours and the police, and a diligent search was made for the missing ones. The party continued their investigations all through the night, and at half-past seven on Saturday morning the husband saw his wife's body in a pit at the bottom of Geneva Road, Seacombe. He, with the aid of Constable Rowlands, recovered the body, and a couple of hours later Constable Sudlow, who was dragging in the same pit, also found the body of the infant. The jury, after a brief consultation, found that the mother destroyed the child's life by throwing it into the pit, and committed suicide herself while of temporarily unsound mind.
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