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1830年澳门的信教华人造十字架被捕Seizure of Crosses.— It is reported that the governor sent a special envoy with a party of military, in a great hurry the other day, to Macao, who pounced upon a copper-smith who makes crosses, and who had been informed against by the Customhouse, because he refused to bribe them with a thousand dollars. In the 162d No. of the Peking Gazette, it appears that his Imperial Majesty has given a severe decision against some persons of the religion of Heaven's Lord, in whose possession some sacred books and crosses had been fuund. The offenders, Chang-ching-sben and others, professed to recant, but yet retained their books, crosses, and music. His Majesty therefore adds to the severity of the sentences pronounced by the criminal board. In all the empire there are alarmists who will consider this development of imperial feeling as a watchword for the persecution of native Christians ; and it, in all probability, had some influence on the governor's mind, in the case referred to above.—Canton R. May 2.
澳门赛马Macao Races.—The Macao races took place in May last: they were well attended by the beauty and fashion of Macao. The Tsoong, or Chinese magistrate of Macao, accepted of an invitation to take a seat on the ladies' stand, politely sent to him by the steward, and seemed to enter with much spirit into an amusement so novel to his countrymen. He made numerous enquiries respecting the breed of the horses, the countries from which they came, &c., which were readily explained to him in his own language by some European gentlemen present.
广州水灾 at Canton.—Owing to the high tides in the beginning of June, to a degree unprecedented in the memory of the oldest inhabitants, an inundation took place which overflowed the town, the houses being two and three feet under water, and the streets perfectly navigable by boats. The calamity in the interior is said to be very distressing. The silk districts have materially suffered, and it is imagined that no silk of the second crop will appear, and probably of the third. The paddy grounds have also been much injured. In the villages adjoining Canton, from 2,000 to 3,000 persons arc supposed to have perished, and a vast deal of property has been destroyed. In one vilInge not far distant, the waters encroached so rapidly upon tile place, that some of the inhabitants in ihe warmth of parental feeling, and in the distant hope of finding security for their beloved offspring, placed their children in large open jars and set them afloat, as the last resource of preservation. Some of them were picked up in the river near Canton, with labels attached describing the name and residence of the parent, and even with dollars accompany, ing them, to invite, or rather with the certainty of meeting, the care of the stranger.