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that of the public another, and yet both can be coConcert.-On Tuesday evening, May has been a right of enjoyment established by
existent in one and the same estate. Here there 20th, a spirited Concert took place
in the Na- long usage with the consent of our ancestors on both tional School Room, when a selection of above sides, a right which nas a cquired all the force of twenty glees, songs, choruses, &c. were sung by the following members of the Choir : Common Law of the Land. As a proof, I will
“Custom,” and as such, becomes engrafted on the Miss Baker, Miss Linsdell, Miss Uden, Miss quote the decisions of our ablest judges upon this Pollard, Miss Waller, Miss Harland, Miss matter ;-—" when a reasonable act once done, was Groombridge; Mr. Antram, Mr. Harris, Mr. found to be beneficial to the people, then did they Herbert, Mr. Whitehead, and Mr. Uden. use it, often, and by frequent repetition thereof, it Pianoforte-Miss Edlmann. Conductor - became a custom ; which being continued time out
l Mr. Griffiths. The Concert was commenced of mind without any interruption, it obtained the with two or three verses of “God Save the power of a law to bind the places, persons, and
things contained therein. All customs ought to Queen,” which was followed by a part song; have a reasonable commencement, be certain, and " See the Chariot at Hand," then a solo and
not ambiguous, have uninterrupted continuance, quartett,
« Ellen Bayne,” the solo was sung and not be against the King's prerogative ; these by the Antrams ; " Hark the Lark,” a glee; are incidents inseparable; yet a custom is not unthen a song by Mr. Harris, as “ Burns the reasonable for being injurious to private persons or
harger," which was rapturously received ; interests, so as it tends to the general advantage of "A Christmas Madrigal ;" then a duet, by the people; but if any custom be contrary to the Messrs. Antram and Harris, “ All's Well.” public good, or if it injures a multitude, and benefits Miss Baker then sung“Troubadour Enchant- only some certain persons, such custom is repugnant
to the law of Reason, and consequently void. (3 ing;”. (from Lurline,) and was encored, to which she responded again, and the chorus must admit that the time-honored enjoyment of
Salkeld 112—Davis—32—Dyer—60.) Every one from “ The Waits,” concluded the first part. Martin's Hill by the inhabitants of Bromley, as a The second part commenced with " May; favorite resort for the attainment of health, exercise, Day," a quartette, and was well executed, and recreation, has become a custom within the Mr. Griffiths taking the lead, followed by the rules above described, and as such a part of the “Gipsy's Tent," a solo and chorus, this called common Law of the Land, against which no indiforth a burst of applause, and was repeated ; vidual or private interest cap at this day prevail. then a song by Miss Linsdell, “Sweet Spirit, Our townsfolks therefore may set at defiance any (from Lurline,) which was well sung ; after attempt either of owner or occupier to interfere with which a part song, "Dawn of Day," a trio, their ancient usage ; but as my object is to prevent “ Winds Gently Whisper," and "The Blue any collision which may create feuds amongst neigh
I will endeavour to point out a mode by
wbich litigation may be avoided. Martin's Hill is
and grounds were sold by the Ecclesiastical Comand clergy of the neighbourhood present, so
prietor. Now a similar course might be adopted that the School room was filled. At the re
by our Town for the acquisition of this favored hearsal on the previous evening a general Hill, when the public right of the inhabitants would invitation was given to the poorer classes of be taken into consideration in valuing the freehold, the village, and the children of the above and assessing the amount of the purchase money, school to attend free of charge.
The present occupier of the Hill has no beneficial
interest whatever in the freebold, he is simply a MARTIN'S HILL.
tenant paying an anoual rent to his landlord, and Yr EDITOR,—The preservation of Martin's Hill his holding is subject to any ancient custom atas a public promenade and place of recreation for tached to the place; neither he, vor the owner, can the inhabisants of Bromley is undoubte ily, at the legally plough the field or exercise any act whatever, prezent moment, a subject of paramount importance which could interfere with this custom; but the to the welfare of the town; and altho’ much has been annual rent of £11, assumed to be payable during said and written on the subject it appears to me
the continuance of the surviving lives in the lease, that the "vexala questio" has not as yet been placed would be valued and apportioned to Mr. King as in its true light. The recent attempt at mystifica- his share of the purchase money. I do not suppose tion by claiming the Hill as "private property,
any obstacle will be thrown in the way of suck which the freehold undoubtedly is, is simply an ab.
an arrangement either by the Ecclesiastical Comsurdity. The right of an individual is one thing, missioners or by Mr. King, as neither the interests
of the church, or its lessee would be prejudicially northern counties, is used in the narrow cloths. affected by the sale.
The large Leicestershire and Lincolnshire sheep Having thus pointed out the “way,” let us next are clothed with long thick flakes proper for the consider the “means." There is very little doubt hosier's use; and every other kind is valuable but that the greater portion, if not the entire for more particular purposes. In the hedges, amount, of the purchase money, may be raised by the place of the hawthorn is supplied by the voluntary contributions; but should there be
any deficiency from this source, it might be supplied flowers of the hip, or dog-rose, the different hues from the £1666 stock funded for the benefit of this of which, from a deep crimson to a lightish blue, Parish on sale of the £40 rent-charge formerly and even pure white, form a very elegant variety payable out of the estate then belonging to Mr. of colour; and of some, the smell is peculiarly Dent. Here again I anticipate no difficulty on the fragrant. Some time after, the wood-bine, or part of the Poor Law Commissioners, as the annual honey-suckle begins to blow; and this united rental of £11 will be fully equivalent to the in- with the rose, gives to our hedges their highest terest derivable from that portion of capital to be fragrance and beauty. transferred from this stock and invested in the pur
The several kinds of corn come into ear and chase of Martin's Hill.
Such are “the ways and means " which to me flower this month ; as do likewise numerous seem applicable for the attainment of this desirable species of grass. In Europe, the principal kinds object; -not that the ancient custom so long and of corn are wheat, rye, barley, and oats: in Asia, uninterruptedly enjoyed by our fellow-townsmen rice is most cultivated : in Africa and the West can be defeated,- of that I have no fear ;-but I Indies, maize or Indian corn.
The grasses are recommend this course as a preventative against valuable for their leaves and stalks, or herbage, litigation, and as a safe-guard against legal chica- which are the principal food of all domestic nery, which, in these days of “cold-blooded utili- cattle. This cut down and dried is hay, the tarianism,” may be strained by the unscrupulous for winter provision of cattle in all the temperate upsetting all moral obligations, in the attempt to and northern climates. The early part of June foist upon the public an imaginary private right, is the beginning of hay harvest for the southern for the purpose of annihilating the benefit of future and middle parts of the kingdom. This is one generations.
Let the inhabitants of Bromley, therefore, lose of the most busy and agreeable of rural occupano time in calling a public meeting, and appoint a
tions—both sexes of all ages are engaged in it. deputation to wait upon the Ecclesiastical Com. The fragrance of the new mown hay, the gaiety missioners, to treat for the purchase of Martin's of all surrounding objects, and the genial warmth Hill; and, when once the price is fixed, there will of the weather, conspire to render it a season of be no difficulty in obtaining the neceesary funds by pleasure and delight. which the freehold may be secured in perpetuity for the benefit of the Town.
THE NIGHTINGALE. Trusting that theso observations may lead to some beneficial results.
An Anonymous Author Astonishes Admirers of I am, Mr. Editor,
Alliterative Ability, by the Subjoined Singularly Your very obedient Servant,
Surpassing sweet seraphic strains she sings,
Such soul subduing sounds so strangely soothing, NATURAL PHENOMENA OF JUNE.
She seems some saintly spirit sorrow smoothing. June, in this climate, is what the Grecian poets
WEATHER AND THE CROPS.-We are very happy in being represented May. It is the most lovely month
able to congratulate our readers upon the propitious weaof the year. Summer has commenced, and warm ther we have been enjoying lately, and the good appearance weather is established ; yet the heats rarely rise of the crops consequent thereon; the more especially as
the past two seasons have been rather unfavourablé to to excess, or interrupt the enjoyment of those vegetation. In looking over the Record of last rear's templeasures which the scenes of nature at this perature, we find that the thermometer fell to the freezing period afford. The trees are in their fullest dress, point on the 6th of May, whereas this year, although we
have had cold winds and cold wet nights, we heve had no and a profusion of flowers is everywhere scattered frost, the lowest range of the thermometer having been around. One of the earliest rural employments 36 dgs. or 4 dgs. above freezing, and at the end of April it of this month is the shearing of sheep; a busi- for the time of year. The continuous heavy rains which
rose, on one occasion, to 87, rather unusual temperature ness of much importance in various parts of the we experienced in the early part of the season, have got kingdom, where wool is one of the most valuable well into the ground, so that we are not likely to suffur
much from drought, and their beneficial infuence is eviproducts. England has for many ages been dently felt by the grass crops which promise plenty of celebrated for its breeds of sheep; which yield work for the baymakers bye and bye. There has been wool of various qualities, suited to different perhaps rather too much wet for the corn crops, which,
in some places begun to look a little bit yellow, but the branches of the woollen manufacture. The warm weather in May altered their appearance, and there downs of Dorsetshire and other southern and well-apples especially; and if all goes well many a tree
is every prospect of an average crop. Fruit also promises western counties, feed sheep, the fine short fleeces will require propping up to enable it to support its heavy of which are employed in making the best broad load ; strawberries also look remarkably well and are likely cloths. The coarser wool of Yorkshire and the counts, many of them having been nipped by the lato frosts
to be in early. Of the gooseberries we hear very bad ac
and in most places the trees have suffered severely from
To the Editor of the Bromley Record. the attacks of caterpillars, the larvæ of a moth called
SIR,-By informing the public the proper height sun (Abrases grossularista), but these in their turn having
blinds should be from the pavement, you will confer a favor been very much injured by the rains and thunderstorms, which considerably diminished their nnmbers, have not
on a great number of your neighbours, and especially on yours, &c.
SIX FEÉT. done so much damage in this neighbvurhood as is some
We are not able to answer the question, but the Police tines the case. Currants appear to be plentiful, and we have seen some plum trees witb plenty of fruit on them,
most likely can supply the information, and apply a
remedy.-ED. bat on the whole they seem to be a partial crop. Altho the weather has been so far favourable to the farm and garden crops, it has also been productive of a good crop
PETTY SESSIONS. e slugs which have been a great nuisance in most places,
BROMLEY-May 26th. for Mr. slog is an epicure, and will not dine off a tough old Present: C. L. WILSON, Esq., Col. Long, F. M. LEWIN, cabbage leaf, but prefers young seedlings which he devours R. BOYD, and W. WARING, Esqrs. as soon as they are out of the ground, and the frequent
Nimmo, Inspector of Police v. R. Green.-This was an rains, rendering useless the application of lime and soot,
information preferred at the instance of the Metropolitan his slimy majesty had pretty much his own way for some
Police, against Mr. Green, the landlord of the "Plough and time. The turnip fly was also very numerous and trouble
Harrow beer-shop, in the Parish of Bexley, for opening some in the early part of May and made great havoc among his house for the sale of beer, before one o'clock on Sunday, the early turnips and the young cabbage worts, which have
the 11th May. suffered more or less in most places. Put grumbling aside, Defendant pleaded not guilty. and let us have a look at the right side of the picture.
In support of the information, the Inspector called P.C, where the first thing that strikes us is the pretty English
267, R. who proved that on Sunday the 11th, he visited deMay or white-thorn, which, for a whole month has been
fendant's house, in plain clothes, and that he saw several regaling our optics and olfactory nerve, with its delicate
persons in the wash-house and some out-17 in all; three and fragrant blossoms, and further promises a good winter
pots were standing with the froth round them; but he saw store for the feathered choristers which have been singing
no beer drawn, nor any drunk. to us from among its branches. The holly too is flowering as we don't recollect to bave seen holly flower before, affor
Another Constable was called to confirm the last witness; ding a good prospect of red berries for next christmas de
but the Bench did not consider the case was proved, and corations. The black-thorn flowered so strong and kept in
the information was accordingly dismissed. dove so long that we should think there will be some
POUND BREACH AT BROMLEY.-William Hillon was sloes about next autuun ; and then how beautiful the la- charged with pound breach, at Bromley, on the 25th. burnums have been, and the guelder roses are perfect From the evidence of Sergeant Gray, it appeared that snow-ball trees. Nor have the fields been behind in floral some horses, belonging to the defendant, and others, who display, for the buttercups have very profusely distributed, are hawkers, had trespassed on the land of a Mr. Blinkhorn, and have been, we think, more than usually bright this a builder at Bexley, and had been impounded by him, and season. The same may be said of the cuckoo-flower or that subsequently the lock of the pound had been broken ladies smocky, and one or two others; and now there is a and the horses released. grand galaxy of fox-gloves, moneyworts, orchises, honey. Mr. Edward Dunn, the lessee of the Manor of Bromley, suckles, clematis, etc., etc., just ready to come out in their proved
the broken lock produced, to be his property, and Euramer dresses and increase the beauty of the fields and
the defendant was convicted in £2 and costs, hedges by their presence. But we must not forget the birds, -the nightingale, cuckoo, wryneck, etc, which have
MANOR OF CHISLEHURST.-TRESPASS IN PURSUIT OF been singing and chattering to us for some time past: but
GAME.- In this case Mr. William Cooper, of Perry Street, talking about birds, the best time to hear them is between
Chislehurst, was charged with having on the 30th April two and three o'clock in the morniag, just as it begins to
last, committed a trespass on Chislehurst Common, within get light, when they are all saying their prayers, and no
the Manor of Chislehurst, the property of the Lord of the one who has never heard them would credit the effect they
Manor, in pursuit of game. prodnce. The profound stillness of the soft twilight natur
Mr. Gibson appeared for the Complainant, and Mr. ally marks an impression on the mind, which is consider
Pearce, barrister for the Defendant. ably increased by listening to these little creatures “hum
On the case being called, Mr. Gibson stated he was inming their little orisons to morn."
structed to appear on behalf of Lord Sydney, the Lord of
the Manor of Chislehurst, within which the offence was THE “RECORD” AND THE “MERCURY."
committed. His Lordship's object for instituting the present We bave received several letters from correspondents
, proceedings was intended simply to shew the defendant
that he had no right to do the act complained of, and that shewing up the plagiarisms of our contemporary, and that if he was prepared to plead guilty to the charge laid in the although wearing the mask of the “ Bromley Mercury," he
information, he would be content
with a nominal fine. ís, neither more por less in substance than “ The Kent Times" ;-that in one instance he has suffered his identity client, said he could not consent as a charge of
To this course, however, Mr. Pearce, on the part of his to escape him by subscribing his editorial remarks “ED. K.
T." instead of keeping up his disguise by the initials “ Edagainst a young gentleman like Mr. Cooper, might at some B.M." Another tells 11s, that although his boast of numeri
future time be exceedingly prejudical, besides which he had cal quantity" of matter may be greater, the intrinsic
stated he would submit as a complete answer to the charge, quality" is not comparable to our own. Then again "Mira
and which, he trusted, would satisfy the Bench that there bile dictu” is very sarcastic, upon the want of scholarship commit the oflence imputed to bim.
was no intention whatever on the part of the defendant to evinced by “The Mercury" in referring to him as “Mirabile dicten," which, he says, can be no typographical error,
Mr. Gibson, on the part of the prosecution then proas two letters are substituted for one, and no such word as
ceeded to state the circumstances of the case, and called in * dicten" exists in Latin. Nay, more, that had he even
support thereof, a lad named Robert Clarke, who deposed consulted the boys' common spelling book, be would have
that on the day in question he saw the defendant on Chislefound the cogao nical phrase and its translation. AN
hurst Common, with three dogs, viz. a Spaniel, a Retriever, these remarks may be very true, and although we feel
and a Greyhound; that Mr. Cooper had a stick in his hand, grateful for the kindly interest taken by our correspondents and was hunting the furze with the dogs; that he told the in the exposure of these errors, still we beg to assure them dogs to lie in, a rabbit was put up; that defendant told the that we entertain no hostile feeling whatever against any dogs to go after it, they did so, and defendant too. one who enters the lists to tiit a lance against us; and The evidence of Clarke was confirmed in many particulars, that if, through life, they meet with no more formidable by George Norton, Lord Sydney's keeper, who stated that rival, than our friend, « The Mercury," they will have in speaking to the defendant he said, "I shall hunt the nothing to discompose the quietude of their pillow. All wa Common, when, and as often as I please.” can say to him, is :
Mr. George Golding, late steward to Lord Sydney was ** Let the gallid jade wince,
called to prove that the Common in question was within Our withers are unwrung.
the Manor of Chislehurst, and that Lord Sydney was the And in bidding him farewell, we only hope that the morn Lord of the Manor. of his fourth anniversary, should he live so long, may beam After hearing Mr. Pearce, and his witness, a gentleman upon him as cheurtully and is brilliantly as it now dood by the name of Weeten, for the defendant, the Bench, upon us.
after consideration, inflictul a penalty of 1s. and costs.
Mon, on Thursday the 19th of June,
kampen Wednesday 28th, between the Bromley WANTEDA A good General Servant
inents by 3 runs, with 5 wickets to spare. White Findin hopes of compensation from the Railway
COUNTY COURT.-May 10th.
SALE BY AUCTION.
sell by ditto 8.
In the case of HARRADINE 0. ELLIOTT, which was a claim for dilapidation. The Judge intimated, on looking 1862, at 12 o'clock, the neat Housenord at the particulars of the plaintiff's demand, that the matter FURNITURE and effects, upon the premises had much better be referred to some competent person, as it was quite impossible for him to go into so long an account; at Hayes, Kent, by order of Mrs Alp, who to this course Mr. Head, the defendant's attorney objected, unless it were referred to the Registrar of the Court: to this is removing, Catalogues may be had at course all parties agreed, and it was referred to the Registrar the neighbouring Inns, and of the Anction
defendant's attorney that possibly the reference would not be eer, Bromley, Kent. necessary, as it was likely an arrangement would be effected. The Court rose at an early hour.
N.B. The pleasantly situate House is to be Let. CRICKET. A match was played at Becken
and a Nursemaid. Beckenham youths. first and made 22 runs : Bromley then went in Bexley Villas, Freelands Road, Bromley. and made 67. Beckenham in their second innings made 66, making a total of 88 runs.
PETER NISBET, Bromley in their second innings scored 24, makruns, thus beating their oppo- Bromley and Beckenham Carrier,
up relurn sun Wednesday.
Companies, and to go to law with them he thinks Things to be remembered.
will be no use, begs to offer his services as Hall
Porter, in a good family. Should he be fortunate On the 2nd, opening of the new organ in enough to get a place where there is plenty of Hayes church, at 4 p.m.
and no work to do, it would not be 3rd, Lecture at the White Hart Hotel, by the his fault if he ever left it. Rev. J. McConnel Hussey.
P.S. Character as supplied by himself, is, that 12th, Sale of a Freehold Estate, by Mr G. B. a better looking man, might be, but a more Baxter, at the Bell Hotel, Bromley, at 6 pm. honester never was. For his numerous other 11th and 12, Chislehurst Fair.
good qualities, which he is too modest to mention, 19th, Sale of Household Furniture, at Hayes, he begs to refer enquirers, to everybody in by Mr Nettlefold, at twelve o'clock.
Bromley, Beckenham, Penge Common, Norwood, Sevenoaks RAILWAY. Trains leaving Victoria and Forest Hill. Station at 7.30 10.0 12.5 3.0 and 6.35 on week days, and 8.25 11.55 4.0 and 9.0 on Sundays, ROBERT COOPER, will meet the Sevenoaks Railway at St. Mary Cray, when the arrangements for opening the
MILLER, line are completed, which are at present uncertain. Passengers will have to change carriages CORN AND COAL MERCHANT, at St. Mary Cray.
Market Place, Bromley. GARDENING OPERATTONS FOR THE MONTH.
Plant out early celery, shade and water after planting; Dealer in Hay, Straw, Corn, Malt & Hops.
Hire-work done with Spring Vans,
By Contract or Otherwise.
On the 19th, at Chichester Lodge, Beckenham, the wife NO BE LET FURNISHED, on Brom of F. Chater, Esq., of a son.
On the 22nd, at Chislehurst, the wife of G. F. Denny, Esq., of a daughter,
TWO HOUSES with good gardens, coachMarriages.
houses, stabling, &c., with or without meaOn the 8th, at Chislehurst Church, by the Rev. Charles B. Taylor, M.A., rector of Otley, Suffolk, Mark
Wilks dow land and shooting. One containing
other, 3 sitting, 6 bed and dressing rooms. Deaths.
-Enquire of Wm. Pawley, Cooper's farm, On the 16th, at Hayes, Henry Oxley, 33 years coachman to Miss Traill, agod 58.
GERMAN DRIED YEAST.
DIRECTORY FOR BROMLEY | if any, being, that the tint deepens, and
and Neighbourhood will shortly be pub- the object for which the first blow was lished price SixPENCE-early application for struck farther from being accomplished copies should be made at the Bromley Record than when the quarrel commenced. Office, as a limited number only will be printed | Unqenchable hatred has taken posses.
sion of the contending parties, and TERMS FOR ADVERTISEMENTS.
nothing but extermination of the weaker A whole page . £1 0 0
appears likely to satisfy the stronger. 0 10 0 Quarter page 0 5 0
The position of the great armies, ac
cording to the latest accounts, may be To Correspondents.
compared with that of two bloodthirsty the cricket matches, as promised last months through non haustion caused by their late contests,
CRICKET.-We have not been able to give the scores of beasts unable to move, from the ex getting them in time. should be written out plainly, as they ought to appear in lying panting side by side, till they print.
N has been suggested to us, as the interest in crickeling is shall be sufficiently recovered to rebecoming so general, that the scores of all the malches in the commence their ferocious attacks on seghbourhood, printed in a book form, al the end of the sea
each other. This state of things accorson, bould be a greal desidera/um. We anticipate the cost world: emount in the aggregate to about 1d. perimatch 10 ding to the opinion of some writers is may member of the club of clubs who, may wish to be re
likely to continue during the summer presenled.
CHISLEHURST. We are not disposed to find fault with months. the decision of the magistrates, a small offence no doubt What has become of the Peace sohad been committed, and the smallest fiae was inflicted.
BIOLOGY. The "secret revealed,” by Mr Sheldon Chad- ciety ? Surely if ever their services are vick, omitted for want of space.
to be of any avail, now is the time for There has been no county court sitting the last month. The few unimportant petty session cases did not come to them to exercise their mediatory powhand till too late. This being our 50th number we shall probably have to give
ers in the cause of humanity, and presome account of our jubilee in the next. As that will vent further useless sacrifice of life. Becessarily occupy considerable space, we 'shall give four Puges extra next month.
The great powers of Europe have The publishing of our journal has been delayed in.conse- hitherto refrained from interfering, pro
Beckenham and Norwood branch line.
bably from the knowledge that to take
either side would only increase instead MOON'S CHANGES-JULY. First Quarter
4th day, at 10.51 after. of diminishing the existing calamity. Full Moon ..llth day, at 1.38 after.
STEAM PLOUGHS.-A variety of Last Quarter.
18th day, at 5.13 after. New Moon 26th day, at 9. 6 after. steam agricultural implements will again
be put on their trial at Farningham, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1st and 2nd inst., in connection with the agricultu
ral show in Battersea park. TUESDAY, JULY 1, 1862. ROYAL MARRIAGE.-The marriage
of the Princess Alice with Prince Louis CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA.
of Hesse will take place this day, July Civil War is an anomaly of terms 1st, at Osborne. The nuptials will be which we should like to hear explained. of a strictly private character. If we look to America for an explana
The International Exhibition contion we must come to the conclusion tinues to be the centre of attraction, that it means war of an unusually and although much larger than the savage nature, in which the ordinary Exhibition of 1851, it has lately been rules of warfare are disregarded. The inconveniently crowded;
crowded; this is in news from that part of the world has some measure accounted for by the lost none of its red hue; the difference, cheap excursion trains from all parts.
The Bromley Record.