In Batavia, on the 27th ult, very suddenly, Mr. Ebenezer BELDEN, aged 47
years, leaving a wife and large family of young children to deplore his loss.
Mr. BELDEN was a native of Connecticut; very respectable in his connections and standing, and in every respect a valuable and estimable citizen. To a noble and manly person, was joined in him a frank, generous, and honest mind, and a friendly and kind disposition, which greatly endeared him to his friends, and more especially to his family.
A NEW CANAL LOCK has lately been invented and exhibited at Wilksbarre, Pa, by Isaac A. CHAPMAN, upon an entirely new principle. It is so constructed says the Democrat, that by means of it, a boat may pass up and down from one level to another without any expenditure of water. A movable box is made to rise and fall in the Lock by means of water, admitted into it through a Syphon, and this water is returned again by the Syphon into the upper level of the Canal. As the box or movable Lock rises in the permanent Lock, the boat falls; and as the Lock falls, the boat rises. The inventor calls it the "Syphon Lock," and there appears to be no doubt in the minds of those who have seen its operation, that a canal provided with suck Locks, would require but little more water than would be sufficient to supply leakage, soakage, and evaporation. Should there be found no difficulty in the operation of this Lock, of which we believe there is no doubt, it is thought the quantity of water sufficient, would be so small, that a canal may be excavated and successfully used on almost any ground suitable for a rail road.