STEAM SHIP “PRESIDENT.”
 
While at Thatcher’s Island, Cape Ann, Captain STURGIS, of the revenue cutter, Hamilton, was informed by the keeper of the lighthouse, that during the severe easterly gale, last October, a board, evidently part of a vessel, was drifted ashore, with the words, “Steam-ship President” cut upon it. The board was afterwards destroyed or lost; but from the description given, it seems not unlikely that it was part of that ill fated ship.
 
- New York Herald.
 

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GREEN HAMS.
 
On Friday an order was received in this town from the Commissioners of Customs, which reverses previous decisions, under which green hams imported in pickle have been, till now, charged only as pork. It is now decided that “all legs of pork thoroughly cured and imported in a state fit for drying and making hams,” are chargeable with the duty on hams; which is 14s. If foreign, and 3s 6d, if colonial, instead of 8s and 2s per cwt; so that this last decision makes a material difference to importers.
 
- Liverpool Courier.
 
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THE NEW IRISH MAIL
COACH CONTRACT.
 
Yesterday, (Sunday) evening being the time appointed for Mr. CROAL’s (the new contractor’s) coaches to commence running, Sackville Street and the approaches to the Post Office yard were densely crowded for upwards of an hour before nine o’clock, the usual time of departure of the mails.
 
A strong body of police, horse and foot, were stationed in Sackville-street and Princess-street, by which street the coaches enter the Post Office yard; police were also stationed in Henry Street, the place of exit. The steps of Nelson’s Pillar were crowded with spectators, as were also the windows of the different hotels and private houses in Sackville Street.
 
The crowd shouted and groaned as each coach came up to take its place in the yard, and also when they took their departure. Nothing further occurred. The ordinary number of coaches started. Each coach had its usual guard. Soon after the mails departed, the crowd dispersed quietly.
 
- Evening Mail.
 

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LENGTH OF A LAWYER’S BEARD.
 
In a Parliament of the Inner Temple 9as the meetings of benchers for business was called) held 5th May, , in the first and second year of the reign of William and Mary, there was a decree made that no fellow of the house should wear his beard above three weeks growth, upon pain of 20s. For future.
 

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A CLOTHIER OF THE OLDEN TIME.
 
COBBETT says that John WINSCOMBE, commonly called Jack of Newbury, was the most considerable clothier England ever had. He kept one hundred looms in his house, each managed by a man and a boy. He feasted King Henry VIII and his first Queen, Katherine, at his own house in Newbury, now divided into sixteen clothiers’ houses.
 
He built the church of Newbury from the pulpit westward to the tower. His biography was chronicled by Thomas DELONEY, in 1633.
 

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PRINCE ALBERT.
 
Prince Albert, by the desire of her Majesty, will hold a levee at St. James’s Palace, on Wednesday the 21st of June, when presentations to his Royal Highness will be considered equivqlent to presentations to the Queen.
 

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RICE STARCH.
 
A great improvement has been made in the manufacture of starch. By means of simple chemical process, rice is made to afford a starch far surpassing the ordinary kind made from wheat, in colour, strength, and the fine satin glaze which it imparts to linen. It is exclusively used in the royal laundry. Professor BRANDE speaks of it as an article of great purity.
 

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HOW TO PRODUCE SLEEP.
 

MACNISH often coaxed himself to sleep by repeating some well known rhyme half a dozen times; but Dr. ELLIOTSON says, having the hair combed is the best soporific. John PHILIPS, the poet, when a boy delighted to have his office performed for hours together, and Sir John RENNIE, the architect, was regularly put to sleep by having the back of his head combed, and rubbed with the palm of the hand.
 
- Medical Times.
 

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THE QUICKEST PASSAGE TO AMERICA
ON RECORD.
 
The Hibernia steamer, which arrived at Liverpool on Saturday, made the voyage home in the short space of nine days and ten hours, which is the quickest passage ever made by any of the Atlantic steamers; she is a newly built vessel.
 
The Columbia also made a very rapid passage, having occupied but nine days and twelve hours; and the quickest passage made by the Arcadia, one of the same line of steamers was accomplished in nine days and fifteen hours.
 

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A HINT TO MESMERISERS.
THE NORTHERN TIMES.
 
The Northern Times in noticing the existence of the Phreno-Mesmeric Mania states the following fact relative to the result of an experiment upon old women: -
 
“Two individuals acted as mesmerizers  in the first instance; but failing, a  third tried his hand, the consequence was, that the patient experienced a violent attack of catalepsy, and, resulting from that, epilepsy followed - the joint effects of which had nearly proved fatal. She lay in a very dangerous state for two hours and a half, but is now doing well. The curious part of this otherwise serious affair is, that she was recovered simply by blowing into her ears!”
 
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ASIATIC ANTIQUITIES.
 
The French papers announce the arrival at Havre, of the Expeditive, Capt. De GUESNET, having on board the objects collected by M. TEXIER in his scientific journey along the coast of Asia Minor. Amongst them an antique sarcophagus of great beauty is spoken of, and nearly the whole of the freize of the temple of Diana at Magnesia.
 
This temple, which was considered finer than that of Ephesus, was overturned by an earthquake in the earliest ages of Christianity. The four sides fell outwards, and one of them, coming on hard ground, was broken into pieces, and the other three sank in the ground to some depth, where the marble was perfectly preserved. It is these three sides, about seventy metres in length, which have now been recovered.
 

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CHATHAM, MONDAY.
 
On Sunday morning, the 28th ult., an official order arrived at the Commandant-office of the Chatham division for a certain number of Royal Marines to proceed to Ireland to strengthen the military force established in that country.
 
The following mustered on the parade ground this morning, Monday, at half past ten o’clock: - 3 lieutenants, 12 sergeants, 12 corporals, 3 drummers, and 238 rank and file. The above three companies are to be under the command of Captain CLENDEN.
 
The troops embarked during the day on board her Majesty’s steamer, Cyclops, lying off the dock yard, and proceeded forthwith to Plymouth, and thence to Ireland. The like number of men proceeded from the other three divisions.
 

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PIRATES.
 
From letters received at Lloyd’s from the agents at Mazanilla, dated April 6, and from New York on the 13th inst., it appears that a fisherman, arrived at the former port from Twelve League Keys, reported that a pirate had brought a hermaphrodite brig close into the Keys, on or about the 14th of March, and burnt her in the course of the night; and the Adelaide, Captain ADAMS, arrived at New York, previous to the 14th inst., from Matanzas, reported that a Spanish vessel arrived there about the 29th of April, which had been chased a whole day off the Bahama Banks by a piratical looking schooner.
 
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APPROACHING MARRIAGES AT THE
COLLEGIATE CHURCH.
 
We understand that the number of banns or “askings” published during divine service on Sunday morning last, was the largest ever before known, amounting to no fewer than two hundred and forty couples, or four hundred and eighty candidates for Hymen’s rites and bonds! This would seem to indicate the approach of better times amongst us. -
 
- Manchester Guardian.
 
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ROBBERIES IN THE
POST OFFICE.
 
There is some reason to believe that the noble Postmaster-General Lord LOWTHER, attributes the frequent and numerous frauds committed, in great measure to the extravagant habits and consequent pecuniary difficulties of the clerks and employees in that department; for a few days ago an order was issued that if the head of chief clerk, clerk in any department of the post office was known to have borrowed money of any subordinate, or vise versa, any junior clerk of his superior, he would render himself liable to immediate dismissal.
 
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SINGULAR FACT IN
NATURAL HISTORY.
 
A few days ago, a person at Butterworth, near this town, discovered a throstle’s nest in his garden hedge, containing four eggs, two of these he removed, and placed under a pigeon. Fourteen days afterwards, two young ones were hatched, and on the day following he took the young birds and placed them in the nest of the throstle, in which two other young chirpers had appeared, and the little absentees were well received by their original parents, to the astonishment of several proficient in ornithology.
 
- Manchester Herald.