LORD ASHLEY AND THE

LUNATIC QUESTION.

Lord ASHLEY last night added "another leaf to his chaplet," by his

beautiful and affecting address in behalf of those of our species whom Heaven has

afflicted by the privation of its most precious attribute. The subject is, as

his lordship well remarked, thought, "one of the deepest interest, yet one

from which the eye instinctively turns aside, as from a spectacle degrading to

human nature."

What object indeed, is there so melancholy and revolting as the ruin of

the human reason? This repulsive subject, however, as treated by a noble

member for Dorsetshire, deeply engaged the attention of the House of Commons last

night through a considerable portion of its sitting.

Now this attention could scarcely have been attained for such a subject

by any other man. We do not refer to the advantages of the noble lord's

manly spirit and demeanour - high genius, tempered by the soundest practical

common sense - but to the character which he has achieved by the exercise of

these noble qualities. It is thus that men like Lord ASHLEY go from "strength to

strength" because they have done much good, they are able to do much more - a

powerful encouragement to follow in their glorious path.

Whatever Lord ASHLEY undertakes, he will, sooner or later, accomplish. -

a short time factory bill included - because, in whatever he undertakes the

whole country will support him, for the country knows that all his

enterprizes are wise and just, and directed to the temporal and future being of his

fellow creatures. The spirit generally manifested in in the discussion of his

lordship's motion last night is proof of the influence of the noble lord's

character. We may assume from that spirit, that a great beneficial reform of the

system of treating lunatics is already certain. Lord ASHLEY has ensured that

reform by one speech.

-Herald of Wednesday.

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THE LATE ATTEMPT AT MURDER

IN THE SHOOTING GALLERY, HOLBORN.

From inquiries made on Tuesday, it appears that although Mr. SMITH

enjoyed a comparatively good rest on Sunday night, that he still continues in as

precarious a state as when he was first wounded.

The ball is not as yet extracted, and in consequence of its dangerous

position (the small of the back near the spine) they are compelled to leave the

ball to make its way by absorption or through poulticing.

Lord AUDLEY continues his attention to the wounded man without

intermission. His lordship's ill fated brother still perseveres in his sullen silence,

and will not give the least reason for his insane act.

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