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of certain printed sermons, numbered 1, 2, 3, and of the
documents annexed, declare their unanimous opinion
First, that as respects the preaching and publication,
or making known and public, the above sermons by the
venerable the Archdeacon of Taunton, within the
diocese of Bath and Wells, there are sufficient prima
facie grounds for instituting further proceedings.
Secondly, the commissioners, having carefully examined
the aforesaid sermons, and the charges specified in the
commission, declare their unanimous opinion that the
proposition of the venerable the Archdeacon, that to all
who come to the Lord's table, to those who eat and
drink worthily and to those who eat and drink
unworthily, the body and blood of Christ are given, and
that by all who come to the Lord's table, by those who
eat and drink worthily and by those who eat and drink
unworthily, the body and blood of Christ are received,
is directly contrary or repugnant to the doctrine of the
Church of England, and especially to the articles of
religion; and that the doctrines as set forth in the
aforesaid sermons, with reference to the real presence,
in the holy eucharist, are unsupported by the articles
taken in their literal and grammatical sense, are
contrary to the doctrines and teaching of the Church of
England, and have a very dangerous tendency. The
commissioners are therefore of opinion, secondly, that
there is sufficient prima facie ground for instituting
further proceedings. The commissioners at the same time
think it due to the venerable the Archdeacon to state,
that in the sermons under consideration he has expressed
his full assent and consent to the articles of religion;
and that he has ex animo condemned the doctrines of
the church of Rome, and particularly the Roman
doctrine of transubstantiation."

At the Middlesex Sessions, on the 9th, Frederick
Golden, a youth of eighteen, pleaded guilty to Picking a
Pocket. He is a known and convicted thief; and told
the committing magistrate that he had no means of
getting a livinghis father was in the navy, but he had
never seen him since he was a year and a half old.
Addressing the chairman of sessions, he said: I wish
you would send me into the navy, or abroad somewhere.
If you were to let me out, I should be hunted down,
because I am a thief. I would live honestly if I could:
but I cannot; and I must live somehow, and so I have
to thieve. I wish you would be so kind as to send me
out of the country. Mr. Witham said, in the former
war they sent all the rogues and vagabonds they could
into the navy; but they did not do so now. As to this
prisoner's request, he had no power to send him abroad
or into the navy. Prisoner: I hope you will, sir.
Mr. Witham: All I can do will be to sentence you to
fifteen years' transportation; but if I do so I am not at
all sure that they will send you out. Prisoner: I
hope you will be so kind as to do that, sir. Mr.
Witham; Well, then, the sentence upon you is that you
be transported beyond the seas for fifteen years: but
you must not make sure that you will be sent out.
Prisoner (walking away from the bar delighted):
Thank you, sir; thank you, sir!

NARRATIVE OF ACCIDENT AND
DISASTER.

A FATAL and distressing Accident happened at Leith.
A party had assembled in the house of an eminent
merchant, and while amusing themselves in the drawing-
room, at a late hour in the evening, two young gentlemen,
one of them the son of the host, commenced in dalliance
to fence with a couple of swords, when either by an
awkward thrust, or some accidental slip or push, the short
sword used by the latter entered his friend's side under
the right bowel, and inflicted a mortal wound. He lingered
for some days before he expired. The unfortunate
young man was also the son of a most respectable
merchant in Leith; he had only lately entered on business,
and gave high promise of becoming one of the foremost
mercantile men of the place.

On Saturday evening the 20th inst. four lads were
Drowned while Skating in St. James's Park. The ice,
where the accident happened, had been marked
"dangerous,'' but this did not prevent a rash crowd, among
whom were the unfortunate boys, from venturing upon
it. Their bodies were taken to the Westminster Hospital
and three of them were identified as being John
Linton, aged 15, of York-place, Southwark; George
Adwards, aged 16, of Wilsted-street, Somers-town;
and John Hutton, aged 14, of Penton-place, Walworth.

A fatal Railway Accident happened on the Eastern
Counties line on the 30th ult. at a place called Two-
mile-bottom near Thetford. A special cattle-train left
Norwich at ten minutes after nine at night, and was
shunted at Attleborough to allow the up mail to pass.
This latter having gone by, the cattle-train was allowed
to proceed after the lapse of the usual time. The mail
train came to a stand at Two-mile-bottom, in consequence
of the breaking of the gib of one of the connecting rods
of the engine. When the train was brought to a stand
Colman, the guard, went up to the engineman, who
told him to go back immediately and stop the advancing
train, as he should be three quarters of an hour before
he would be able to proceed. Colman appears to have
gone out and placed down two fog signals only at a
distance of 450 yards from the point of obstruction. He
next, it appears, went a few yards further back and
exhibited his hand lamp. In the meantime the special
cattle train passed him, and ran into the mail-train.
Burton the engine-driver of the mail-train was killed on
the spot. Mr. Meagher, an undertaker from London,
was so much injured that he died soon after. The Rev.
Mr. Hepsworth of Botesdale in Suffolk, had two ribs
broken and his head bruised, and several other persons
were hurt. An inquest has been held on the bodies,
and the following verdict returned—"That the deaths
of John Burton and Robert Meagher were caused by the
inefficiency of the Eastern Counties Company's rules, in
allowing a heavily-laden cattle-train to follow after the
mail-train at unlimited speed, without telegraphic
communication from the succeeding station,"—that is, a
notification from the station in advance that the first
train had passed it.

Another Railway Accident took place on the night of
the 3rd inst. on the Great Northern line, at a short
distance beyond the Leeds central station, to the train
which leaves that town at 6.25 P.M., and arrives at
Doncaster at 8.10 P.M. The train was passing over a crossing
on one of the viaducts, when the first carriage behind
the engine struck against the points, and was immediately
detached from the train by the breaking of the coupling
irons, and thrown over the viaduct, forty feet high. In
the carriage was the Recorder of Doncaster, Mr. R. Hall,
who was travelling to that town to preside at the sessions
on the following morning. His right leg and shoulder
were fractured, and he was very much bruised by the
fall of the carriage, which was smashed to pieces. There
were two or three other persons in the carriage, who
were also much injured. Mr. Hall was so much injured
that an order was forwarded to Doncaster to adjourn the
sessions for one month. The other part of the train
was after some delay despatched on its journey.

SOCIAL, SANITARY, AND MUNICIPAL
PROGRESS.

THERE  are four societies in London for employing
boys from the Ragged Schools as Shoeblacks, posted in
the streets. On Thursday evening, the 11th instant, all
the boys, more than 190 in number, were assembled at
a united tea-party in Exeter-hall, dressed in their
respective uniformsred, blue, yellow, and dark-blue.
The Earl of Shaftesbury presided, and expressed the
high satisfaction with which he regarded the rapid
progress of this movement. These societies were at once
educational, industrial, and reformatory, and they
exercised an influence, through some fifty ragged schools,
over a large and important, but hitherto neglected, class
of people. The first-formed society (the boys of which
wore a red uniform) had succeeded so well, and had
established its financial position so satisfactorily, as to
induce the formation of three other bodies, all conducted
on the same plan and for similar purposes. Thus, the
number of the shoeblacks in London had been doubled
during the last six months, and seven or eight other
towns had also begun to employ them. The earnings

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