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The Portfolio,

Comprising
I. THE FLOWERS OF LITERATURE. i1. THE SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES

III. THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART.
IV. THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN, AND DOMESTIC GUIDE.

V. THE MECHANICS' ORACLE.

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Contents.
An Account of the late Dreadful Accident Dánce of Death concluded.....

89 at Manchester

82
The Wife.

ib. The Inquest

83
The Last Judgment, o.

ib. Cause of the Accident.. 84 The Absent Mau

ib. ib. Americap Painters..

90 Fagitive Sketches.-The Cobbler' in his

No. III. Rembrandt Peale..... ib. Stall..!.

86
No. IV. Mr, Alston.......

ib. Der Freischutz..........

86
No. V. Ms. Morse..

ib. Invocation

87
No. VI. Mr. Sully.

ib. Casting the Balls

88
No. VII. Mr. Stewart

ib. Blessing of the Balls. ib. The Miseries of a Music Meeting.

91 Chorus of Demons, &c. ...... ib. Parody of a Poacher,

92 Vile Panning ......................... ib. Greenwich Hospital.

93 A Tavern Joke

ib, Biographical Sketches, Lady Fanshawe!: 95

Notices &c. ini
VOL. IV.

F

AN ACCOUNT OF THE

and of those who had escaped from the LATE DREADFUL ACCIDENT building, set bont rescuing those who AT MANCHESTER, had been involved in the fall, but whose

cries for assistance evinced that they By the fall of five Floors in a FIRE.

were still alive; two or three were seen PROOF Factory.

at the windows of the higher stories, We have this week the melancholy where the floors bad fallen; ladders duty of recording an accident more were immediately raised, and they were terrific in its nature, and more fatal and brought down in safety. Others were disastrous in its colisequences, than any taken from amongst the mass of rubbish which has occurred in this town since the which lay our the foor, consisting of inemorable fire of the Medlock Factory. bricks, slates, and fragments of machiOn Wednesday the 13th inst. the whole nery. Some of these had sustained little town was thrown into a state of intense injury; but the majority, as might be agitation, by a report that the fire-proof expected from the height of their fall, and faétory recently erected by Mr. Nathan the ponderous nature of the rulubish with Gough, near Oldfield Road, in Salford, which they were enveloped, had received had fallen down, and buried the whole, severe fractures and contusions. or nearly the whole of the work people The precise nature and extent of the in the ruins. As it was pretty extensively accident were now ascertained; and known that the factory in question, these, together with some observations though of considerable height and width, which we shall have to offer on the was unusually slight in its construction, Aubject, will be best understood by a the report received a general and ready reference to the plan which stands at the credence. Ou investigation, the truth, head of this article. though sufficiently lamentable, was not When those persons who were Bear so dreadful as had been at first repre- the surface of the wreck, had been extrisented. It appeared that only part of cated, as we have already mentioned, a each floor had fallen in, but the mischief, number of bands were procured, who however, was still extensive and fatal began to remove the rubbish with all enough to harrow up the feelings of possible despatch, in the hope of still those who witnessed its effects.

finding some, who, though covered with For a short time after the tremendous the ruins, might yet survive. In this crash which first announced the accident, hope they were not entirely disappointed. the cloud of dust which obscured the air, Two or three were found alive, though and the unwillingness of persons about severely injured. After all the rubbish to venture near the ruins lest the remain- · had been removed, persons who missed ing parts of the floors, or even the relatives were admitted into the yard; external walls of the building, should fall and most distressing scenes were exhiupon them,- prevented them for ascer. bited, wlien these recognized amongst taining the precise extent of the calamity. the mutilated and disfigured corpses, the At this moment, the scene in the neigh- remains of those whom they had so bourbood of the building was distressing anxiously sought. We were particularly beyond description. The number of struck with one old man, whose name persons employed in the factory was we understood to be Kay. He bad a about 200, chiefly young persons, many daughter, remarkable for her steady, of them residing in the neighbouring industrious, and economical habits,—who cottages; and the first announcement of bad saved (as we have been informed) the calamity brought all their relatives to from her wagers as a reeler, upwards of the spot. Wives and mothers were seen, £100. Hearing of the calamitous some shrieking and lamenting, others occurrence, he went to seek his daughter, running about in all directions, half and he found her a mangled corpse. We distracted, seeking and calling for their never saw distress more forcibly depicted husbands or their children, and many on the counteuance or in the gestures of a affecting scenes occurred, when the human being: connexions they sought met their view After the bodies were all dug out, a uninjured. Of course, on the first alarm, detachment of the Scotch Greys was all the work-people who had escaped obtained from the barracks ; and was uninjured immediately quitted the pre- very serviceable in keeping off the crowds mises; some of them, who worked in of people whom curiosity had drawn to the lower stories, leaping through the the spot, and who were far too numerous windows,

to be controlled by the police. As soon as the dust had cleared away, After the arrival of the military, the the more bardy of the persons who had bodies were all removed from the factory assembled on hearing of the accident, lodge, in which they were deposited when

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ACCIDENT AT MANCHESTER. found. They were arranged in a stable coroner to view the bodies, 17 in number, in the yard, in such a manner that the lying in the stable at the factory, and faces of all might be exposed to view, in which, of course, had not been disturbed order that such of them as had not yet since they were deposited there. On been claimed might be seen by their their return, the coroner proceeded to relations; and we believe they were all examine witnesses ; the first of whom identified in the course of the afternoon. was, Their names, ages, and residences, were James Henry, a mechanic, in the as follows:

service of Mr. Gough. He stated that JAMES GREAVES, Dixonstreet, aged 14 he was employed in the room No. 5, in RICHMALL GREAVES, aged 16, sister making machinery. About nine o'clock to the above.

on Wednesday morning, he was alarmed WILLIAM MKINZIE, Rowell's-court, Roor above him giving way. He, how

by bearing a noise, and by seeing the Bank Parade, aged 11. THOS. CLARKE, Hope-street, aged 13.

ever, made his escape and ran down ANN KAY, Oldfield-road, aged 34.

stairs. He could give no opinion as to SUSANNAH HAMILTON, Gravel-lane,

the cause of the accident, but stated that aged 18.

last summer he and other workmen were MARY MARTIN, Lombard-street, eating their dinners in the yard; and aged 16.

when they saw how much the walls bad ALICE HALLAM, 5, Back Park-street, settled, they said to each other that the aged 30.

factory was unsafe. They did not comMARY ORMES, Irwin's-court, Old- municate this opinion to Mr. Gough. field-road, aged 30, a stranger from

John Taylor, au overlooker in Rooms Derby ; no friends here.

No. 2. and b. was in the yard when the MARY ANN FORSTER, Davies-street, dous crash, and saw some of the windows

accident happened. He heard a tremenBroughton-road, aged 14. ELIZABETH WILSON, Silver-street,

break and Ay out. He did not know any aged 35.

thing more about the accident. The ELIZABETH SMITH, Muslinet-court, building was what is usually called fire Oldfield-road, aged 28.

.proof; the floors were formed of brick JANE ASHTOŃ, Scotland Bridge, covered with fags. There was only one

arches supported by iron beams, and aged 55. ELLEN ASHTON, 20, her daughter.

row of pillars in each room; many facCATHERINE SCHOFIELD, Windsor- tories had two rows. Bridge, aged 11.

Mr. Nathan Gough stated that the FRANCES SMITH, Booth street,aged 27 factory was erected by Messrs. Bellhouse ELIZABETH JONES, Union-street,

and Son, about March, 1823. . In his aged 17; a stranger from Holywell; breaking of one of the beams which sup,

opinion the accident was owing to the no friends here.

He had BETTY SMITH, Factory-lane, aged 60: ported the uppermost floor. she was found on the top of the

seen a beam which was very faulty, and engine-bouse.

which he supposed had caused the acci

dent. He could not be certain, for it was With regard to the number of persons not easy to distinguish one beam from wounded, we have not been able to pro- another; but the one he had mentioned cure any very satisfactory information ; was found lying on the top of the rubbish, but we have good reasons for concluding and therefore he supposed it must bave that they are by no means so numerous come from the top of the building, where 'as they have generally been said to be. the accident commenced. He had him. Probably they do not exceed a dozen, self seen most of the beams proved; but including some whose injuries are not of at the time when those of the uppermost â very serious nature. The following floor were put in, he was sick in bed, and are such as we have heard of:

therefore did not see them proved. The MARY DEWHIRST, aged 26.

building was six stories high, and 13 MARY HAY, aged 26.

yards wide: the walls were four bricks JOHN BECK.

thick in the foundation; three bricks to HANNAH WEAVER.

the top of the second story ; two and a GEO. RAWSON, and ELIAS FODEN. half to the top of the fourth ; and two to

the roof. He had observed settlings in THE INQUEST.

the walls, but nothing more than was At ten o'clock on Thursday morning, usual to such buildings. the coroner's jury assembled at the Angel One of the jorors expressed a wish to lon, in Whitecross Bank; and, after examine the factory; but the coroner having becu sworn, proceeded with the said it would not be safe.

Strangers were then ordered to retire; building, that this identical beam must the coroner and the jury remained in the have given way first, but it still remained room ; and, after a short deliberation, it to be shewn that the defective fragment was announced that they had returned a which we have already mentioned bad verdict of Accidentally killed by the formed part of this beam; and this was falling of a cotton factory."

on Thursday ascertained beyond the The coroner and the jury then went to shadow of a doubt. Immediately after Windsor Bridge, to view the body of the termination of the inquest, several Catherine Schofield, which, as we have gentlemen went to the factory, for the already stated, was taken home when it purpose of tracing the defective beam to was found.

its place. With this view, the projecting

part of the pillar on which one end of the CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.

beam had l'ested, was examined; and Very soon after the accident, a frag- upon it was found a fragment of iron evi. ment of a beam wbich had been removed dently broken from the end of that beam. from the surface of the rubbish on the After a good deal of searching amongst ground floor of the mil, and thrown in the rubbish beneath, the end of the beam to the yard, attracted the notice of several from which that piece had been broken, individuals, on account of the fractured was found; and, on comparing the fracpart exhibiting a flaw, which at that tures, they fitted exactly. The fracture point pervaded full one third of the sub. had taken place 8 feet 6 inches from the stance of the beam. From the mere in. wall, or about midway of the beam. spection of this Aaw, many persons did It has been stated, also, that the ends not scruple to attribute the accident en- of the beams were not put far enough into tirely to it; and it will be seen that Mr. the walls; and that they ought to have Gough, in his evidence on the inquest, been clamped to the wall. For all this stated á belief of this kitid. By many there is not the slightest foundation : not persons, however, the calamity was at one beam-end, from the top of the factory tributed to the giving way of the outer to the bottom, had slipped out of the wall; walls, which caused the ends of the beams and if they had been clamped, the only to slip out, and thus let down the arches. effect would have been to throw down This notion, which could not be enter. the walls : certainly it would not have tained for a moment by any intelligent saved the beams, or in any degree have person who examined the premises, we tended to lessen the calamity. have seen advanced in a Liverpool paper. If this had been the case, the brick-work

BALLAD. would have been but very little disturbed: (from the New Monthly Magazine.) it was obvious however to the most ca.

By J. F. Stuart, sual observer, that the beams had broken

When together we gazed on the pale moon that near the middle, whilst the ends were

rang'd, fixed in the wall; for they had evidently Like a bright bark, through oceans of sky, forced up the bricks immediately above I knew that her splendid career would be them with very great violence. In short,

And her cold smiles be shut from mine eye ; nothing but the breaking of the beams But Ellen, false Ellen, I never could deem could have produced the appearances That thy love was as short as ber light; which were exhibited. No doubt could That thy oaths were as clouded, thy smiles but

a dream, therefore be entertained, that one of the That lived only in darkness and night. beams had broken, and the adjoining

Oh Ellen! false Ellen! beam, being suddenly relieved from the pressure of the arch on one side, whilst I knew that the wave which together we brarid,

Was joint monarch of joy and of sorrow, ihat on the other side remained in full That the sail which to-day by the meek breeze force, and being forcibly acted upon by

was lav'd, the iron rod which connected it with the

Might be rent by the storm of to-morrow :

But Ellen, false Ellen, it once was my pride falling beam, had also given way. But To think thee more fuithful than these, it was important to learn which beam To swear that thy heart was more lijm

than the gave way the first; and that was ascer

- tide, tained in the following maimer':

And thy love more sincere than the breeze.

Oh Elleu ! false Ellen! Elas Foden, was standing on the arch next to those which fell, and about 17 feet But 'tis o'er, the bright vision is over at last, from the partition wall, when he saw the i find thee as íalse as an April blast, wall fall towards him, and a carding ma And though bright as the moon-beam, as cold. chine that was on the arch opposite fall Adieu, then, thou false ove, i flek o'er the seafrom him. These facts proved sufficiently that from the beam already allu- And as false as thy smiles are its calms’unto me,

Aud its storms as untrue as thy tear. ded to forming a principal support of the

Ob Ellen ! false Ellen!

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FUGITIVE SKETCHES.

85 FUGITIVE SKETCHES.

Abershaw, with a true and pathetic copy

of verses written on the occasion. By (Continued from page 69.) the time I had finished my survey, I An Original.

had also, by a few complimentary reNo. IV.

marks, ingratiated myself into the good BY WILMINGTON FLEMING.

graces of the proprieter; and this I have ever found to be the nearest way to the

bumao heart, whether its pursuits be A COBBLER IN HIS STALL.

directed to the collection of fossils, shells, and butterflies, or the more elaborate

and valuable articles of vertu. Tom In sooth he was a passing merry wight,

Jenkins (for that was his name) was a Full of old lays, and saws, and gibe, and jest, And old tradition of his neigb bourhood. short thickset kind of man, with a round The old admired his wit, nay, thought him wise, and cheerful physiognomy, and a small And to the sports of youth, his sanction gave Most due antbority.

twinkling eye, expressive of much quaint

humour and sagacity; he assured me BEHOLD me then, descended from the that he was upwards of threescore, and cheerful haunts of men, into a seeming pulled off his cap to show that time had den of night and chaos : at every step I not only scattered snow upon his temples, stumbled over an heap of old shoes, an but had stripped them of a wanton idle lapstone, or a bucket of water ; nor luxuriance of younger days; he added, was it until I was seated (with some dif- however, that he could still see to read ficulty) in an old arm chair, that creeked the Sunday paper without spectacles, beneath the services of a century at though he found it difficult to work least, that I considered myself free from without them---or more probably, he the annoyance of surrounding obstacles. considered them a necessary appendage I had not taken possession of my seat to the dignity of his profession. I could many minutes, when a large cat came not in my heart think of troubling my purring and rubbing herself against my new acquaintance so unseasonably, with legs, as if to solicit our further acquaint- out requesting him to take a draught of ance,---and a tame magpie most imper, ale, to which he thankfully assented, with tinently mounted on my shoulder, to ask & smirk of satisfaction; and a cry of

what's o'clock !" with a perfection of “Wife! wife!" brought his help-mate articulation which plainly denoted that from a recess I had not discovered before his tongue had been slit with a silver ---à quiet, decent-looking woman, who sixpence !---- What's o'clock?" he re- proceeded with a holiday jug, formed in an peated, and at that moment I discovered exact likeness of Toby Philpot, in quest no less than three of those celebrated of the cheerful beverage.--" A decentcalculators of time---termed Dutch clocks, looking woman, that of yours," said 1, ---ticking most accurately round the unconscious that on my remark hung a apartment. One was surmounted by the recollection of painful interest. " Ah, figure of a soldier on guard, that pre- sir!” he replied, “ decent enough, and septed arms regularly every hour; an- quiet for the matter of thatgo--too much other had a dance of milk-maids, on the so, indeed, latterly, for she was once a same principle; and the third was en- good, bustling, money-getting womari, riched with the figure and musical notes till she took it into her head to follow of the cuckoo! Even the very walls the new lights, as they are called. Ah! were replete with subjects of amusement sir, those new lights have darkened the or instruction, and many an obsolete and prospects of many a family! You must scarce work, from the press of Evans in know, sir,” he added, “ that a young Loug Lane, or Pitt of the Dials, were fellow used to hold forth on an old stool, to be found pasted most scientifically at day-light every Sunday morning, in over every breach in the plaster, in com- our Dials, and the devil of a lot of mispany with more modern productions chief he contrived to do among the old from the repositories of Catpach and women and children. My wife, among others. There was the Munster Tragedy, the rest, went to hear this Jackanapes--most whimsically placed by the side of and she came home crying about her poor Grimaldi's Typitywitchet,-,-" Margaret's soul--and her conscience.-just for all Ghost,”—and « Will you come to the the world as if she had committed a Bower -“A full and true account of a murder. The new light was the order of Wild Man,"—with the“ Pawnbroker's in the day---nothing went on but groaning Mourning".--and, for the edification of and hymn singing,---my shirt was left the curious, I was so fortunate as to dirty---and our bit

of meat boiled to rags. discover a very valuable black letter Well, sir ! I used to argue with her,--edition of the last dying specch of Jerry but í might as well talk to my last ;

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