cornwall england newspaper
5 June 1846, Friday
TRURO GRAMMAR SCHOOL - We have very great satisfaction in learning that our townsman, MR.
JOHN KEMPE, who has recently commenced his residence at Oxford from this school, has just been
elected, from a large body of competitors, to a scholarship at Exeter College. It is the more creditable
to the successful candidate, as this scholarship is open to all the public schools, and to the University generally.
DUCHY OF CORNWALL - It appears by a parliamentary paper, that the gross revenue of the Duchy of
Cornwall, from the 1st of January to the 31st of December, 1845, amounted to GBP 44,166.11s.3d. Of
this sum a balance of GBP 5,474.8s.1 1/2d. remains in the hands of the Receiver General; the
remainder was disbursed. The salaries exceed GBP 8,000; the law charges were GBP 3,188.13s.3d;
repairs and permanent improvements, 4,583 imprest on the assessionable manors and commission,
GBP 2,105; paid as a loan to enable the council to complete purchase of lease of toll tin from CAPTAIN
CREASE for the benefit of the inheritance, GBP 7,838; payments to the trustees and treasurer of his
Royal Highness, the infant duke, GBP 11,035. The salary of the treasurer (H. TWISS, Esq.) is GBP 600 a
TRURO WHITSUN FAIR - Wednesday last, was the day of this annual scene of business and pleasure,
the former being cared for at the commencement of the day, and the latter absorbing all the rest.
The cattle fair was exceedingly well supplied, and good prices were maintained, fat cattle fetching
from 50s. to 56s. per cwt. There was a very good show of cows and calves, which sold at high prices;
high rates were also demanded for steers, of which there were not a great number in the fair. The
supply of sheep was also rather limited, 7d. per lb. being asked for fat ones; but the butchers were
not very eager to purchase at this rate, and consequently no great amount of business was done. In
the afternoon and evening, when pleasure and gaiety were all that were sought after, the streets
presented a very animated appearance, being crowded by thousands of people, chiefly from the
country, and all dressed out in their flaunting holiday attire. Every body appeared to be on the tiptoe
to see all that was to be seen, and a great deal there certainly was of the usual things exhibited at
fairs, such as dancing shows, wild beasts, dwarfs, wax work, Punch and Judy, and all those other odd
and comical things which people who go to fairs expect to see. Then there was also "Cheap John"
duly in his place at the corner of a street, vociferating with the whole strength of his lungs concerning
the cheapness of his wares, and the sacrifices he was making for other people's benefit. For the
most part of the time drums, tambourines, cymbals, flutes, bugles, and fiddles, kept up a most
deafening discord, which, united with the showmen's voices, and the shouts of approving urchins,
created a very powerful effect upon those who have an ear for the mixed music of such places.
Towards the evening there was an evident accumulation of buxom young ladies in white dresses,
who, in company with their loving swains, made a most determined attack upon the gingerbreads,
comfits, nuts, sugar-sticks, and all those nice sweets which so plentifully lined the whole of the
women's stalls in the streets, but which cannot be every day seen at Wheal this, that, or the other
place. Finally, as the "shades of evening" prevailed, and the showmen and sweetmeat women had
made their harvest, the landlords received those who were as yet unwilling to go home, and thus
closed the last Whitsun fair day.
RECEIVERSHIP OF TAXES - WILLIAM DRAPER, Esquire, receiving inspector of land and assessed taxes,
and of property and income tax, for the counties of Cornwall and Devon has been superannuated,
and the Lords of her Majesty's Treasury have given the appointment to JAMES MICHELL, Esquire,
Lemon-street, Truro. JOHN SYMONS, Esquire, of Manchester, succeeds MR. MICHELL, as assistant
inspector for the West of England district.
COOKE'S EQUESTRIANS - This celebrated troop of equestrians have been performing in the different
towns in the east of the country, and, on Wednesday next, are expected at Truro, where they will
arrive in a grand procession, Mr. W. COOKE driving ten in hand. The admirers of equestrian feats
will, no doubt, give them a cordial reception.
ST. GERMANS FAIR AND SHOW OF CATTLE - The show of stock at this fair on Thursday, the 28th ult.,
was abundant, and nearly the whole was sold at high prices,. Sheep out of their wool fetching 6d.
per lb., and some very fine South Downs, fed by MR. EWBANK, of Port Elliot, 6 1/2d. per lb. Beef
fetched from 54s. to 58s. per cwt., other cattle in proportion. Three silver cups were awarded at this
fair to the farmers producing the finest stock. The judges were MESSRS. LOBB, BAKER, and ESSERY,
who awarded the first prize to MR,. CHARLES EWBANK; the second prize to MR. HOSKINGS; and the
third to MR. DOIDGE. At the close of the fair, a large party of the yeomanry dined together at the
Elliot Arms, kept by MR. MITCHELL, who provided a sumptuous spread. CORYTON ROBERTS, of
Trevol, Esq., was in the chair, supported by W. ROBERTS, Esq., as Vice President. The day was
concluded much to the satisfaction of all present.
THE FALMOUTH OYSTER FISHERY - On Tuesday last, the fishermen of St. Mawes, gave a public
dinner to MR. BOYNE, for his services in protecting the fisheries in Falmouth Harbour, when about
sixty persons sat down to an excellent repast. MR. CORNISH and MR. NORWAY were present on the
occasion, and contributed much to the effect of the day, by their eloquent and suitable addresses.
The dredgers were highly sensible of the value of the recent regulations for the presentation of their
oysters, and the day passed off in the most pleasing harmony, and in heart-felt expressions and
manifestations of their grateful feelings to their guest.
FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT ON THE HAYLE RAILWAY - An accident occurred on the Hayle railway, on
Monday morning last, in consequence of which several persons received injuries. The train, which
left Hayle about eleven o'clock, was of unusual length, consisting of nine passenger carriages, with,
it is said, 287 passengers, who were chiefly going to attend the annual religious services at Gwennap
pit. On reaching the foot of the Angarrack inclined plane between Hayle and Camborne, three
carriages were detached from the rest of the train, and sent up the incline, with the engine which
had brought the train from Hayle. They reached the top in perfect safety, being taken up, in the
usual manner, by the assistance of a stationary engine at the head of the incline, and a descending
balance weight on another line of rails. It appears that the company's officials have never been in
the habit of drawing up this steep incline, (which is a gradient of 1 in 10) more than four carriages, or
three carriages and an engine at a time. In this instance, however, by some mistake or indiscretion of
those in charge of the remaining carriages at the bottom of the incline, the whole six were next
attached to the rope; in order to be drawn up by the stationary engine. They were brought up safely
to the very brow of the incline, the two front carriages, which were closed, being actually on the
level at the top. The descending weight had then reached the level of the bottom, so that nearly the
whole power necessary for bringing the train completely to the top, had now to be exerted by the
stationary engine. This is said to be a single-acting engine, and not so efficient for its purpose as
could be desired. It now failed to draw the train any further, and the carriages for a few minutes
stood still. The engineer again put the engine in action, with the view of exerting more power; but
instead of drawing slowly and continuously, it jerked several times, which caused a corresponding
jerk of the carriages on the incline. In consequence of this irregular motion, the large iron hook and
chains which connect the carriages, broke between the second and third; and the four last carriages,
or rather waggons, which were open and contained about 130 persons, began to descend the incline.
They at first did so very slowly, but the passengers were so alarmed that numbers of them jumped
out, and it is altogether in consequence of this that any of them sustained injuries. One man, named
TREVASKIS, of Hayle, assisted out his young wife in such a hurry that she fell, and received severe
injury to the base of the brain, scalp, &c., and she now lies at Hayle in a dangerous state, under the
care of DR. MILLETT. The husband, on afterwards jumping out, also fell down, and was much bruised.
Another female, named PHILLIPS, daughter of the Town Crier of Penzance, had her leg fractured; and
seven or eight persons were considerably bruised. Three men in the service of the company, who
had charge of the waggons, attempted to apply the breaks; two of them did so, but the other man
was knocked from his position by the people jumping out, and consequently the two breaks alone
were ineffectual in stopping the progress of the carriages. All of the passengers, however, who
remained in their seats, were perfectly safe, and when the carriages reached the bottom, they
travelled on, through the momentum they had previously acquired, to Hayle bridge, a distance of
nearly two miles, in about a minute. On their arrival, a man was found holding on by his hands to the
outside of one of the carriages, his feet dangling close to the wheels, and unhurt. The carriages were
afterwards brought back, and re-ascended the incline in safety. This is the first time that an accident
has happened to a passenger train at this incline, but we believe, that without any exception, all
those traffic carriages which have hitherto broken away have been smashed to atoms; and had not
the line been clear from obstruction in this case, the loss of life, &c., would have been frightful. In
consequence of the exaggerated reports in circulation respecting this accident, we thought it proper
to make personal inquiries, and have to acknowledge the readiness of the company's officials to
supply information, and their manifest anxiety that the public should be impartially acquainted with
the circumstances that led to the accident.
ALARMING FIRE - On Saturday evening last, about ten o'clock, a joiner's shop, at the back of the
Sheaf of Wheat public house in St. Ives, was discovered to be on fire. The fire bell was immediately
run, and in a short time some hundreds of persons were on the spot, and used every endeavour to
arrest the progress of the flames; but without effect. The fire having reached the public-house, in
less than an hour it was burnt down, with two adjoining houses on the west side. The premises of
MESSRS. ALLEN and BOWDEN on the east side were in great danger, and also the Wesleyan
Methodist chapel, and new school-rooms, which are directly opposite. The street in this part of the
town is, indeed, so very narrow, that had the wind been from the south instead of the eastward, the
flames, most likely, would have reached the chapel windows, and, in that case, a number of houses
must have been destroyed, there not being a fire engine in the town. Too much praise cannot be
given to the inhabitants generally, for their exertions in assisting to extinguish the fire. The men
employed in breaking in the roofs remained until the flames were around them; and their efforts
were, no doubt, the means of stopping the further progress of the flames. It is not known how the
fire originated; but under the joiner's shop was a piggery, belonging to the public-house, and it is
supposed some loose shavings were hanging through the broken floor, and accidentally caught fire.
No lives were lost on the occasion.
FATAL ACCIDENT - On Monday se'nnight, as a waggon heavily laden with castings for one of the
Caradon mines was going down the hill leading to the terminus of the railway, and it being necessary
to drag the wheel, a young man named RICHARD MARTIN, about 20 years of age, son of MR. MARTIN,
of St. Neot, and an apprentice to MR. MARK HOCKEN, smith, stepped forward from his shop door for
that purpose; his manual strength not being sufficient, he leaned his whole weight on the lever,
which is supposed to have had a flaw, for it broke, and the unfortunate youth fell, when the waggon
went over his breast, and crushed him to death in a moment.
CORONERS' INQUESTS - On Thursday, the 28th ult., an inquest was held before MR. GILBERT
HAMLEY, deputy Coroner, at Lezant, on view of the body of WM. RUSSELL. It appeared from the
evidence, that the deceased, who was a pensioner, lived by himself, in a very secluded place. About
a fortnight since he told his nearest neighbour that if ever he saw his window shutters closed, and his
door locked, to break open the door. After this he was never seen for ten days by any one; but on
Tuesday, a person finding the door locked, got a ladder to look into the bed room, when he
discovered Russell lying over a box; he went in and found him quite dead, with a great quantity of
blood proceeding from his mouth and nose; he had been dead apparently a week. His wife and son
were transported about four years ago for sheep stealing, since which time he could get no one to
live with him, and very few have ever since entered his house. He had a pension of nearly GBP 40 a
year, and about GBP 12 were found in his bed room. There was no doubt that he had ruptured a
blood vessel. Verdict, visitation of God.
On Monday last, MR. GILBERT HAMLEY held an inquest in the parish of Stokeclimsland, on view of
the body of JAMES WORTH. Deceased, in a very intoxicated state, went down by the river Tamar, on
Sunday evening, in order to go across to Lammerhooe mine. MR. TABB, who was in a boat on the
river, told him he was not in a fit state to go near the mine, and that he would fall down one of the
shafts. Mr. Tabb also begged him to go to bed for a short time, and said that another person had
gone to work in his place. Deceased then pulled off his waistcoat, and with an oath said he would go
across the river. He immediately jumped into the water, and never rose again; and although every
exertion was used by Mr. Tabb and some men in the boat to save him, they could not discover where
the body was for nearly twenty minutes. When taken out of the water he was quite dead. Several
witnesses stated that Mr. Tabb had done all he could to prevent the man from going near the water
in the drunken state he was in. Verdict, accidental death.
On the following day MR. GILBERT HAMLEY, held an inquest in the parish of Southhill, on view of the
body of BENJAMIN SPARKS, a lad who got out of his depth whilst bathing in a deep pool near the
Callington mines; and on Wednesday, in the parish of St. Austell, on view of the body of WILLIAM
HORE, who was killed by some earth falling on him in Wheal Rudy mine. Verdict, in each case,
The following inquests have been held by MR, HICHENS since our last report: On the 28th ultimo, at
Brea, in the parish of Camborne, on the body of THOMAS HENDRA, aged 80 years. The deceased was
found on the floor in the kitchen of his dwelling house on the morning of the 27th by a neighbour of
the name of JOHANNA TENBY, who had been requested to sleep at the deceased's house for the
purpose of attending to deceased and his wife, both of whom were very aged, in case they should
require any assistance. He was lying with his face downwards, and there was pretty much blood on
the floor, which Johanna Tenby at first though proceeded from the bursting of a blood vessel; but on
other persons being called in, and the deceased taken up, it was found that he had cut his throat. He
was alive when found, and lived some short time after; but was speechless, and apparently
senseless. Evidence was given of an impaired intellect, and the jury returned a verdict of suicide,
whilst laboring under temporary insanity.
On the following day, in the parish of St. Hilary, on the body of JOSEPH BAWDEN, the younger, aged
about thirteen years. The deceased was employed at the forty fathom level in Wheal Prosper mine,
in that parish, in blowing an air machine; and whilst at that level, on the 27th ultimo, pursuing his
employment, he received a blow on his head by means of a stone accidentally falling out of a whim
kibble as it was in the course of being pulled up, which so fractured his skull that he died on the same
day. Verdict, accidental death.
On the 20th ultimo, at Gwithian, on the body of MARY NANKIVELL, the wife of one JEREMIAH
NANKIVELL, who died suddenly on the 29th. The deceased's husband was a miner, and they had
lately come to reside at Gwithian, from Wadebridge. It was rumoured that the deceased's death was
occasioned by ill-usage on the part of her husband; but from the evidence of her sister it appeared
that [the deceased was labouring under......... ] for which she was attended by Mr. Vincent, of
Camborne, surgeon, and which the deceased told her sister had come on shortly after her
confinement, about two months ago; and as there was no appearance of ill-usage on the body, or any
evidence offered of the infliction of any, the jury returned a verdict of natural death.
On Tuesday last an inquest was held at the Guild Hall, Helston, before MR. HATCHARD, coroner, on
view of the body of a female child, called DOWNING, aged nine weeks, who was found dead in bed
on the previous night. It appeared that the family had gone to the fair, and left the house with no
one but the child in it. The neighbours had heard the child crying very much during the evening, but
being unable to gain admission to the house, they could not ascertain the cause. On the return of the
family, the child was found to be quite dead. Verdict, died by the visitation of God.
12 JUNE 1846
A FALSE ALARM - About nine o'clock on Monday evening, the inhabitants of Redruth were thrown
into a state of the utmost alarm, by a rush of people from the shoe market, within which HYLTON's
MENAGERIE was being exhibited. These people ran through the neighbourhood shouting to persons
to get out of the way, for that all the wild beasts had got loose, and were in course of devouring the
people that were about the booth. A correspondent, who happened to be in Redruth at the time,
tells us that having summoned up sufficient resolution to peep through the key-hole of the door of
the house at which he was stopping, and nothing having come through to molest him, though he
remained several moments looking out, he at length ventured to open the door - a little - only a
very little - just sufficient to allow him, with immense pressure of the nose upon the side wall - to
bring the tail of his eye to bear upon the flying crowd. By this means he ascertained that the beasts
had abandoned the pursuit, if they had ever undertaken it; and hoping that they had had enough to
eat without pressing their necessities on his particular notice, he valorously furnished himself with a
walking stick, and stepping out into the street, crept cautiously on toward the shoe market ,
occasionally taking post in a door-way for the purpose of reconnoitering. At length the crowd
appeared to take courage to face the enemy, and with the intrepidity which he had manifested from
the first moment of the alarm, our correspondent magnanimously rushed forward to witness the
conflict which appeared imminent. On inquiry of a party who were timidly listening, near the
gateway, in the mute anxiety of helplessness, our correspondent was informed that it was not ALL
the beasts which had escaped, but only the Hyenas, the Lion, and the Leopards! This was
encouraging. It was true these were the most formidable of the beasts; but it was lessening the
points from which danger was to be apprehended, and giving hope that the energies of the people
might not be wasted by diffusion. Pressing forward, therefore, within the precincts of the shoe
market, he continued his observations and inquiries. The wild beasts HAD been in a field within the
market, and, in the narrow passage which connects the two, a thick mass of human beings were to be
seen struggling with each other for the first passage through the opening; screaming, and crying, and
talking in every note within the compass of the human voice. Our correspondent prudently inquired
into the cause of all this tumult, before approaching too near to danger, from which there might be
no escape, and he was relieved from a great part of his apprehension, by the intelligence that the
lion was the only animal which had broken prison. It is true, that one man, trembling with affright,
assured him the lion was in among that crowd of people, "tearing av'em lemb from lemb," that he
himself had seen "one man dead, and that how many more was in the same state he kudden tell;"
but, some how, the people seemed very obstinately waiting their turn to be devoured, and as there
appeared to be enough to occupy the brute - splendid fellow as he is - without his lionship troubling
himself with any unwilling customers, our friend again pushed forward nearer to the awful scene,
and awful, certainly, in a small way, it was. A dense crowd of people were trampling upon, and
struggling with, each other, and screaming in all the fearful discord aforesaid. It is true that "Where's
me shoes?" - "Have any body seed a shoal?" - "Hast thee seed asa hat?" - "Wher't a fushing?" -
"Le'me alone" - "Git away" - "Where'r stanking" - were the prevailing exclamations; but it is also
true that one youth, who appeared to have broken out from some neighbouring "board," was
shouting valorously for a gun, positively declaring his determination to "shut en." Some danger
therefore appeared still to exist, and from the appearance of things, some serious mischief had
already occurred. Medical men were being called for, fainting women were being carried out of the
crowd, several people had been very much trampled on, and were lying about, and though no limbs
had been broken, the bruises and other injuries were in many cases sufficiently alarming. Pressing
through the now gradually thinning crowd, our informant ascertained that the Lion had ONLY got out
of his cage among the people in the booth, and that nobody outside had been injured. His bravery
and resolution increasing inversely with the danger, our informant took heart to approach the booth,
and ascertain the state of things from the persons who were quietly seated on the stage at the
entrance; and here was his passion for the marvelous doomed to a most dismal disappointment. All
the mischief had originated in a false alarm! The two hyenas had taken it into their foolish heads to
fight, and make a world of noise - the lion began to roar for company - the panthers chimed in with
the lion - the wolf with the panthers - the fox with the jackal - and the raccoons and the women
with the whole! The beasts frightened the women - the women frightened the men - the enclosure
was broken through - and in a few moments the immense crowd which had been viewing the beasts
rushed pell mell into the field, spreading the most terrible alarm among the thousands who
surrounded the booth, - every one of whom rushed, at once, towards the narrow outlet leading to
the market. A few children in the front fell, the advancing crowd came stumbling over these, and in a
few minutes the passage was completely blocked up; and danger, certainly, at one moment existed,
that the poor wretches who had fallen, would have been trampled to death. Unable to escape by
this passage, numbers found their way to the tops of neighbouring walls and houses, and it was at
this exciting crisis of the matter that our correspondent arrived on the ground. And now, however
much our correspondent might have desired something more exciting, we are happy to say that
there was never the least danger of the escape of a single beast, they all being as firmly secured as
we ever saw wild beasts to be, and that beyond a few severe bruises, and the destruction of portions
of the booth, nothing very serious resulted from the false alarm.
FOWEY - Persons holding town land in this borough, property given for charitable purposes by the
ancestors of J. T. TREFFRY, Esq., of Place House, have been called on to surrender their holdings, the
trustees having long ceased to exist, and the property being, it is said, improperly held. This
property has been in Chancery upwards of thirty years.
TYWARDREATH FRIENDLY SOCIETY - On Whit-Monday, the members of this society held their
annual meeting, at the Basset Arms, and after transacting the usual business they walked to church,
where an excellent sermon was preached by the REV. MR. HENDY. After divine service they
perambulated the village, carrying flags, and headed by a band of music; and on returning to the
Basset Arms, they partook of a good substantial dinner, provided by MR. STEPHEN RUNDELL. It is
pleasing to add that the day was spent in conviviality and brotherly love, and sixteen new members
were added to the society.
LISKEARD HARMONIC SOCIETY - The members of this society gave a concert at the Mayoralty House,
West Looe, on Monday, the 1st instant, to a select, but fashionable audience. The pieces selected
consisted of overtures, waltzes, quadrilles, glees, songs, &c., which went off tolerably well; but they
had a few faults. Too much loudness was a striking characteristic in the performances; and the
waltzes, were too long, so that attention began to tire, and conversation, as a consequence, ensued.
The songs were decidedly bad; but the glees went off in tolerably good style. We would advise the
members of this society to practice more pieces for their performances.
ECOLE ROYALE DES MINES DU PARIS - At the recent examinations at this institution, MR. J. ARTHUR
PHILLIPS, of this county, stood first in mineralogy, metallurgy, and theoretical and practical
SINGULAR OCCURRENCE - A cow, the property of MR. JOHN STEPHENS, carpenter, Bridgend, in the
parish of St. Winnow, produced three fine calves, on Sunday last, all of which, with the cow, are
ALARMING FIRE IN ST. MINVER - On Thursday, the 4th instant, about eleven o'clock in the forenoon,
a destructive fire broke out in the farm yard of MR. CHARLES LAWRY, at Treviga, and soon spread to
the oxen-house, (in which was a quantity of straw), underneath a barn and granary. The flames
shortly reached the floors above, and destroyed several bushels of barley, which could not be
removed in time to save it. The thrashing and winnowing machines were destroyed with these
buildings, and an old barn, used as a bullock's house, stable, and lumber-house, which contained a
quantity of straw, was also consumed, with several stacks of reed, and the mowstead in the mowhay.
About three waggon loads of wheat were saved from the destructive element in the mowhay, and
carried by the hands of numerous inhabitants, who had hastened to the sad scene, in safety to a
distant stack yard. [The fire could have spread to the house, as a stable with thatch roof stood
between it and the burning barn, but a part of the thatch roof was cut away and torn down.] Water
was fetched from a short distance in waggons and a cart drawn by hand, while many neighbouring
farmers busily engaged in handing water to those employed in extinguishing flames on the roof. Mr.
Lawry, who is highly respected by his fellow parishioners, at the time of the accident was at a shew
of cattle at Bodmin. He was awarded first prize for the best cart mare and colt. On Sunday morning,
the poor mare was found hung in the gate of the field, quite dead.
FIRE AT STICKER - About seven o'clock on Wednesday, the 3rd instant, the inhabitants of this village
were thrown into a great consternation by an alarm of fire., It was soon discovered that the
dwelling-house of JOHN BLIGHT, husbandman, was on fire. There was no supply of water close at
hand, but with the assistance of neighbours, the fire was, with great difficulty, subdued. By some
means the furze in the wood-corner had caught fire, and ELIZA BLIGHT, seeing the fire as she passed
the kitchen door, ran up stairs to the bed room and took out the two sleeping children. The greater
part of the house was burnt down, the furniture destroyed, while all the family's wearing apparel
was also burnt, besides some cash. We regret to learn that it is quite out of the poor man's power to
purchase the common necessaries of life without the assistance of a benevolent public.
SMUGGLING - On Tuesday last, NICHS. TREGIDGO, was brought before the magistrates of Falmouth
charged with smuggling. The day before Tregidgo was on board H.M.'s brig "Philomel," arrived that
morning from Monte Video, endeavouring to sell shoes, and whilst there one of the Customs
Officers, suspecting him, found on his person, upon searching, 1 1/4 lbs. of Cavendish tobacco. The
magistrates disposed of the case by fining Tregidgo 20s.
On Wednesday, a waterman named BENNETTS, was taken in his boat with four gallons of rum, a little
sugar, coffee, &c. He is remanded.
CAUTION TO DRIVERS OF MOOR-STONE CARRIAGES - On Thursday, the 4th instant, two men, named
RICHARDS and TREMAIN, appeared before the Justices, at Green Bank, Falmouth, and were fined
conjointly, in the mitigated penalty of twenty shillings and costs, for riding on a moorstone waggon,
draw by a team of ten horses, and for inattention to the prosecutor's request to make room, by which
the safety of his carriage was endangered. It is hoped that this example will not be lost upon the
owners and drivers of these carriages, whom careless and reckless conduct has really become
notorious. Often are to be met, a long string of horses - and then another - and then a third,
attached to an empty waggon, on which the drivers of all these are sitting, smoking their pipes, or at
dinner, while, probably, the first team is quite out of their sight. Indeed, it is quite a common
occurrence, for teams to take home the empty carriages, for a distance of two or three miles, while
the drivers remain behind, in the public houses, at all hours of the night. It seems a hard case that
these poor fellows are compelled to drag their weary limbs by the side of their empty carriages, but
the hardship can be easily remedied, simply by having a strong line, attached to the heads of the
leaders, and by showing a little more civility and attention on meeting other vehicles.
FATAL MINE ACCIDENT - On Wednesday, the 5th inst., a miner, named SAMUEL EVANS, a native of St.
Agnes, was killed at Ting Tang mine under the following singular circumstances: He was employed in
clearing up a shaft which had been partially filled in, on a floor several fathoms from the bottom. To
prevent accident in case of this giving way under his feet, he took the precaution of lashing himself
to a board firmly fixed in the shaft above his head, by means of a rope tied round his waist. He was
working four fathoms below the place to which he was fastened, and towards the evening, as he was
about to leave off, the kibble was lowered, and he got in for the purpose of being drawn to the
surface; but, unfortunately, through absence of mind, he forgot to cast of the lashing about his waist.
He was, therefore, drawn up the shaft, and did not discover the fatal error until got as far as the rope
would allow, when he called out to the parties at the surface to "hold fast," but they could not stop
in time; and, consequently, the poor fellow was drawn out of the kibble, and fell about eight
fathoms, by which he was so much injured that he died about four hours afterwards. He was about
25 years of age, and has left a wife and a child. On Thursday, the 4th instant, an inquest was held
before E. T. CARLYON, Esq., deputy coroner, when evidence was given to the same effect as above
stated; and the jury returned a verdict of "accidental death."
ACCIDENTS - JOHN BURN, employee of MR. BERRY, was at work removing some earth in a pit at
Gunnis Lake, when the ground collapsed in on him. Others were near, and hearing the fall, ran to the
spot; they could see his cap. They removed the earth, and he is now much injured.
At an inn at Mawnan, a shoemaker named ROW got in a scuffle; his foot was entangled in a chair, and
his ankle was dislocated. A consultation of surgeons decided that amputation was necessary, and on
Wednesday, Mr. Bullmore, of Falmouth, assisted by Mr. JOHN LAITY of Trerose, Mawnan, performed
On Tuesday se'nnight, as two young men by the name of BREWER, belonging to St. Columb, were
bathing in the sea at Mawgan Porth, they were carried by the waves into a deep pit, and being both
unable to swim, one of them drowned. The other narrowly escaped, rescued by the efforts of a man
named SMITH, also of St. Columb, who swam to Brewer with a rope, by which he was drawn to the
shore. The body of the other brother was shortly after taken up, but too late to restore animation.
On Saturday night last, a post-chaise belonging to MR. THOMAS GOLDING, of the Hotel, Callington,
was upset near Lumborn. The driver was thrown to the ground with such violence he did not live
above ten minutes after the accident. An inquest was held the next day; verdict, accidental death.
On Monday se'nnight, a boy belonging to the "Waterloo," RIDGE, master, fell into one of the holes
for running the copper ore through into a yard, at Morwellham, and was instantly killed. He had
fallen forty feet.
CORONERS' INQUEST - The following inquests have been held by W. HICHENS, Esq., coroner, since
the last report: On the 4th instant, at Pengunath[?], in the parish of St. Keverne, on the body of
JAMES TRIPCONEY, aged 78 years. The deceased, who was a farmer, whilst ploughing in one of his
fields on the 2nd instant, in the presence of a little boy, his grandson, who was driving the horses for
him, fell from behind the plough to the ground in a state of insensibility, and expired instantly.
Verdict, natural death.
On the 5th instant, in the parish of Breage, on the body of JOHN RUSSEL[?]. The deceased, who was a
miner, was employed on the 4th instant, at Trewaren [or Trewavas] mine, in that parish, in getting up
some materials, the mine having been lately stopped, when he slipped from the place where he was
standing, about eight fathoms from the surface, and fell a depth of twenty fathoms, whereby his
skull was so dreadfully fractured as to occasion immediate death. Verdict accordingly.
On the 6th instant, in the parish of St. Erth, on the body of JOHN DOBB SLEEP, aged about 24 years,
who was drowned on the preceding day whilst bathing in the sluicing pool of MESSRS. HARVEY and
Co., at Hayle Foundry in the said parish. Verdict, accidentally drowned.
On the 8th inst, on the body of STEPHEN BLIGHT, aged about 5 years. The deceased, on the 6th instant,
went to Carnbrea mines, in the parish of Illogan, with dinner to his father, who is a mine carpenter
there; and whilst waiting to return home with his father, strayed away from him, and after some
considerable search, was found dead under the coupling of a stamps machine, where it is supposed
he must have been dragged by means of some part of his clothes getting entangled with the
machinery. Verdict, accidental death.
On the same day, on the body of JOSIAH HARVEY, aged about 20 years, who was drowned at
Portreath on the 6th instant, whilst bathing. Verdict, accidentally drowned.
19 JUNE 1846, Friday
NOTICE - WHEREAS, a Notice has appeared in this paper signed "WILLIAM HOSKINS," relative to
an alleged purchase by him of the estate of Goonvrea and other lands, situate in the
parish of Saint Agnes, and requiring the tenants thereof to pay their rents to him. Now I
hereby give NOTICE, that the said lands are the property of WILLIAM BOOTH JOSEPH
PRICE CAMERON, Esquire, and that all rents and profits thereof must be paid to me, the
undersigned, JOHN GILBERT CHILCOTT, of Truro, Solicitor, who alone am authorized
to give receipts for the same.
Payments to any other person will not be allowed.
JOHN GILBERT CHILCOTT, Truro, Solicitor to the said Mr. Cameron.
Dated Truro, June 13, 1846
NOTICE - I, the undersigned, do hereby apologize, to MR. and MRS. DOWNING, for having
circulated an untrue report which got into public print, respecting the death of their
infant, on the night of Whit-Monday. The child did not cry as I stated.
JAMES THOMAS HELSTON, June 16, 1846
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tickets for passages to Cork and back. These Tickets being available for two months, will
afford passengers sufficient time to visit the far-famed Lakes of Killarney and the Scenery
of the South of Ireland, and return to Plymouth within the prescribed period, by either of
the Company's vessels.
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The Cork Steam Ship Company's splendid steamers, "SIRIUS," and "PREUSSISCHER
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For Southampton and London, Monday mornings, 8 o'clock. For London direct, Friday.
For Cork direct, Saturday mornings at Eight o'clock.
EXETER DISTRICT BANKRUPTCY COURT - On Thursday, the 11th instant, WM.
HOBBS, of Falmouth, seedsman, an insolvent, received his final order without
FOREIGN CATTLE - On Tuesday, a schooner belonging to MESSRS. LAKE, Falmouth,
discharged a cargo of French Cows and Calves, about thirty altogether. They are from
the neighbourhood of Gritnelle, and are very like English cattle. Many of them have been
disposed of by private contract, and realized good prices. A cargo like this arrived at
Penryn on Sunday last.
LESNEWTH AGRICULTURAL MEETING - On Wednesday last, this meeting took place
at Camelford, when the attendance was very numerous and respectable; but the show of
cattle was very limited, excepting sheep, which were of excellent quality. The prizes were
awarded as follows:
Best Bull, MR. JOHN PEARSE, of Halwill, Davidstow; second best, MR. ROBERT BRAY,
Best ram, MR. NICHOLAS WICKETT, of Advent; second best, MR. JAMES, of Lesnewth
Best stallion, MR. THOMAS SOLOMAN, Camelford; second best, MR. T. R. AVERY,
Best Boar, MR. THOMAS WARN, Lanteglos; second best, MR. THOMAS HONEY, St.
Juliet. [Juliot, actually}
There were six competitors at the ploughing match, which was in the same field with the
exhibition; and the first prize was awarded to MR. THOMAS HENWOOD, of St. Teath;
second ditto, to MR. ABEL BONE, of Advent. MR. JOHN PEARCE, of Halwill, lost a fine
boar, which died on the road to the meeting, from the heat of the weather. The dinner
was provided by MRS. METHERAL, of the Darlington Inn, and partaken of in the Town
Hall, by a crowded company, for which there was scarcely elbow room. T. R. AVERY,
Esq. of Boscastle, presided, and a liberal subscription was entered into for another year.
PEDESTRIANISM - On Saturday last, the distance between Plymouth and St. Stephens
Coombe in Branwell, which is forty-three miles, was performed by a young man named
RICHARD GOLDSWORTHY, a miner, of Coombe, in the parish of St. Stephens, in five
hundred and fifty-six minutes, thus averaging a mile in twelve minutes, or five miles an
EMIGRATION - The barque "Victoria," belonging to St. Ives, that sailed from Hayle early
in April, for Quebec, with passengers, arrived out to forty-one days, all well.
PETTY SESSIONS - At a petty sessions for the Tywardreath district, held at the
Porcupine Inn, on Monday last, several assaults and other cases were disposed of,
among which, was a charge of gross indecency against two miners, by a young woman.
The case having been proved, one of the scoundrels was fined GBP 2 and costs, and the
other GBP 3 and costs. Both fines were paid in one hour. A great many persons were
summoned for nonpayment of poor rates, all of whom were ordered to pay the same,
with the costs.
FALMOUTH GUILDHALL - On Tuesday, BENNETTS under went his examination on the
smuggling charge, which we gave last week. The indictment was confined to the spirit,
which was one gallon and a half, and the charge being proved, he was sentenced to six
months imprisonment, and to pay a fine of GBP 100. The quantity of sugar and coffee
was too insignificant to form part of the charge.
ACCIDENT - An accident of a serious nature occurred on Thursday, the 18th instant, in
Battershall's Court, Fairmantle-street, Truro. There is a large well in this court which has
not lately been made use of, but over which plank have been laid, with a cover to an
opening in the centre. A girl about thirteen years of age, named CATHERINE TRESTAIN,
was passing over these planks and stepped on the cover, when it being only connected
by a leather hinge, it gave way, and the girl was precipitated to the bottom of the well, a
depth of about twenty feet. Fortunately there was not more than about three feet of water
in the well, and as she fell on her feet she was uninjured, with the exception of being
somewhat frightened. As soon as possible assistance was procured, and by means of
ropes she was drawn up. Of course means will be taken to prevent the recurrence of
such an accident.
FATAL MINE ACCIDENT - On Wednesday last, a young man named WM. JOHNS, whilst
descending a shaft in Ruby mine, Wendron, slipped his footing from the ladder, and was
precipitated ten fathoms, falling across a "collar launder" near the twenty fathom level,
where he was found, and, after breathing once or twice only, he expired. The young man
was about twenty one years of age, and bore an excellent character; he worked with his
father, who was descending the shaft but a short distance behind.
On Saturday last, an inquest was held at Constantine, before JOHN CARLYON, Esq.,
coroner, on the body of ELIZABETH PENALUNA, aged seven years, who caught her
clothes on fire the preceding Wednesday, whilst helping herself to some potatoes which
were in a frying pan on the fire, and was so dreadfully burnt before the fire could be
extinguished, that she died in about forty-eight hours. Verdict, accidental death.
On Friday last, an inquest was held before EDWARD T. CARLYON, Esq., deputy coroner,
at St. Agnes, on the body of ISSAC NICHOLLS, aged 23 years, who died from injuries
received by the sudden explosion of gunpowder, whilst engaged in blasting a rock, in
Wheal Ellen mine. Verdict, accidental death.
An inquest was held at Lanivet, last week, on the body of the child that was found, as
stated in our last week's paper, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned against its
26 JUNE 1846, Friday
EXETER COURT OF BANKRUPTCY - In this court, on the 16th instant, MR. OSBORNE,
of Truro, obtained his certificate, MR. MOORE, who appeared for the assignees,
declining further opposition.
TREVARTH SCHOOL - The annual school meeting of this establishment was held at
the school room, on Thursday the 18th instant, when the following prizes were awarded
by the umpires: the REV. W. GILBEE, the REV. JOHN TUCKER, and J. T. TREGELLAS,
1st silver medal for recitation, J. HOWARD, London; 2nd ditto, W. TREGASKIS, St. Day;
3rd ditto, R. BEVAN, Redruth. Books were also presented for recitation to B.
MATTHEWS, St. Day; M. MIDDLETON, Newlyn; C. PEARCE, Redruth; J. BRAY, Redruth;
T. B. NICHOLLS, St. Day; and J. VIVIAN, Tuckingmill.
For general improvement during the half years, 1st prize, B. MATTHEWS, St. Day; 2nd
ditto, J. BARRAT, Littlebeside; 3rd ditto, J. WATERS, St. Day. Best Map, B. MATTHEWS,
St. Day. Best Penmanship, H. VERRAN, Devoran; 2nd ditto, J., BARRAT, Littlebeside; 3rd
ditto, J. MICHELL, Redruth. Best Ciphering book, M. Thomas, Perranwell; 2nd ditto, T.
MICHELL, Treviskey; 3rd ditto, J. WATERS, St. Day. Greatest improvement in
penmanship during the half year, J. VERRAN, Devoran, and W. EVANS, Llanelly. In
presenting the prizes to the successful candidate, the umpires expressed themselves
highly gratified with the very creditable manner in which the recitations had been
delivered, as well as with the improvement made by the pupils in their various studies.
CHANGE OF NAME - The Queen's [....] is pleased, by warrant under her Majesty's
Royal Signet, and Sign Manual, bearing date the 23rd day of May last, to grant unto
WILLIAM WOOLCOCK, of Stoke, in the parish of Stoke Damerell, in the county of Devon,
and unto his brother GEORGE WOOLCOCK, of Boconion House, in the parish of
Helland, in the county of Cornwall, Esq., now pro tempore residing at Buckland Terrace,
Plymouth, her Royal Licence and Authority that they and their issue may take, and
henceforth use, the surname of PYE, instead of that of Woolcock, and also bear the Arms
and distinctions of Pye.
THE "THAMES" STEAMER - Last week, the wreck of this unfortunate vessel was blown
up with gunpowder, since which the divers have succeeded in getting a great many
pieces of machinery. When the blast took place, large number of fishes floated on the
surface, being killed by the explosion.
DISASTERS AT SEA - On the 18th, the smack "Welcome Home," of Plymouth, laden
with coals from Wales, struck on a sunken rock near the Land's-end, and was assisted
into Whitsand bay, having the water over her cabin deck. After landing and disposing of
part of her cargo, the leaks were stopped and she proceeded to her destination. On
Friday last, the "Hendrika Jacoba," Breeland, Amsterdam, for Trieste, bore up for
Penzance, leaky, having struck a log of timber. The leaks were stopped, and she sailed
on Monday last.
MUTINY AT SEA - JOHN McKENZIE, a seaman belonging to the barque "Lavinia,"
CAPT HUGH SHANKS, was sent home by H. M.'s Consul at Rio Janeiro, on a charge of
mutiny at sea. The depositions were brought by the same vessel, but we have not been
able to ascertain the particulars. The remainder of the crew of the "Lavinia" were left at
Rio, to be sent home in other ships.
BURYAN ACADEMY - On Friday last, the quiet little church-town of Buryan was
enlivened by the meeting together of the children belonging to this establishment, which
is conducted by MR. JOHN BOASE, with the assistance of MRS. WEYMOUTH. Early in
the afternoon, a procession, with flags, was formed, headed by the town band, which was
engaged for the occasion; and after parading the different parts of the town, the children
walked to Bosanketh manor house, the seat of JOHN PERMEWAN, Esq. whose
patronage has recently been given to this [institution]; and that gentleman, with his
family, accompanied the procession back to a field near the town, where, by the liberal
provision of Mr. BOASE, the children received the treat of a plentiful supply of rich plums
each, and copious potations of "good souchong and hymns" with which play and fun
were the amusements of that [day]. There were many respectable families from
Penzance, and the neighbourhood round, who were invited, and for whose reception a
large booth was erected; and both [ladies?] and gentlemen present expressed
themselves much delighted with the arrangements. Towards the close of the day, just
when mirth and pleasure had acquired an ascendancy, the band very effectively played
up the soul stirring music of the polka, quadrille, and very soon, the votaries of
Terpsichore were on the move, and tripping fantastically on "Nature's emerald carpet."
Thus mirth and frolic reigned triumphantly; and with light heels and lighter hearts they
formed a flora dance from the field to the town. MR. NICHOLAS TREMEWAN and MRS.
WEYMOUTH (who upon this occasion was as young as her pupils) led the way, and upon
reaching that monument of Druid antiquity, the cross, which stands in the centre of the
town, they merrily danced around it. In conclusion, "God Save the Queen" was played
by the band, and hundreds of voices joined in the anthem.
CORONER'S INQUEST - On Monday last, an inquest was held at the Globe Inn, Fowey,
by MR. HAMLEY, on the body of ROBERT JAMESON, servant to A. ILLINGWORTH, Esq.
The deceased had been to the Commercial Inn, on Thursday last, where he harnessed a
horse, and put him to a phaeton. He then mounted the vehicle to drive down the street,
when the horse set off at a rapid pace, and coming in contact with the old Post Office
corner, the carriage was shivered to pieces, and the man was so much hurt that he died
on Sunday last. Verdict, accidental death.
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