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NEWS IN BRIEF. I THE ADJUSTMENT OF PUBLIC WORK. I A Committee, of ik-iiieli Mr. P. Alden, M.P.. is chairman, has been appointed by the Trea y to inquire into means of regularis- ing the dc-mand for labour by adjusting the distribution of public work by Government Departments. THE BUILDING DISPUTE. I The London building employers are receiv- ing the support of' the National Federation, and there is a possibility of a national lock- out being declared. THE CONGREGATIONAL UNION. I The annual meetings of the Congrega- tional Union of England and Wales were opened at the City Temple on Monday. Principal Selbie in his presidential address discussed the attitude of the Churches to- wards political and social questions. IRISH APPEAL TO THE KING. I A petition from the Unionists of Leinster. Minister, and Connaught, emphasising the danger of civil war in Ireland, and praying that the Home Rule Bill may be referred to the people, has been addressed to the King. FIGHTING IN MEXICO. I r.-impieo is to have fallen into the hands of the rebels a ft or a fierce battle. President Wilson f'oli\ered an address on Monday at the fi"' nl "of seventeen marines and blue jack ^is V: U-d "?t Vera Cruz. WRIT AGAINST TUB "SUFFRAGETTE." I At a meeting of the*Women s Social and Political Union it was stated that a writ had I been issued against the printers of the Suf- fragette for the issue of .Tanuary 2nd. REYNARD'S RAID ON POULTRY. I Great havoc has been wrought in a poultry yard at WaM-ead. near Lindfield, by a fox or foxes. In one )!i'J)t there were kiHed 125 young chickens, twelve hen", an-d nineteen ducks. The dead birds were traced to a wood, about half a mile away, where a litter of fox cubs was discovered. SHAMROCK IV.'S LAUNCH DATE. I It is officially announced that the date of the launch of Sir Thomas Lipton's America Cup challenger. Shamrock IV., building at Gos- I port, will be Tuesday, May 26th. LADY AND A SMUGGLED DOG. I For smuggling ashore a small pet dog from the Calais steamer Mrs. Maxine Neisse, an American lady, was on Monday, at Dover, fined t5 and 2s. 6d. costs. MURDERER'S APPEAL DISMISSED. I The appeal of Alberto L/oelho, tne ronu- guese who murdered his wife on a vessel sail- ing from Buenos Ayres and who was sentenced to death at the Liverpool Assizes, was dis- missed on Monday. THE TROUBLESOME" SEX. I Judge Lui--li-Wibioit, K.C., said at Exeter County Court, on Monday, to a woman liti- gant who continually interrupted: "Madam, I run the risk. I know, of criticism from your sex when I say that they are the most troublesome people I have to deal with. Why can't voli women exercise the same amount of self-control in the witness-box as men have to do?" GIFTS FOR COASTGUARDS' WIDOWS. 11 To each of tile wiiiows wnose nuaimnun were frowned in the recent accident to a coastguard boat at the moufii of the River Ore the First Lord of the Admiralty has sent £ 5 from the Whitelaw Reid Memorial Fund. THE IRISH TRAIN ACCIDENT. I ? I I In his report on the xatai train sa-iutui m Ireland last year Major Pringle, of the Board of rrade, savs that there is ground for sus- picion that the engineiAcn had been indulg- ing unwisely, and that the facts are sufficient to prove that the driver was not in full pos- session of his faculties. SLANDEROUS WILLS. I During the hearing of a will case m we Probate Court, Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane expressed the opinion that a will should not be made the medium for libellous or slander- ous statements. In the will in question the testator had written things in his will about his wife, from whom he was separated. THE TIGHT SKIRT DOOMED. I According to the fashion correspondent of tile I Timp: in Paris, the day of the tight skirt is I done and that of the flowing skirt has dawned. GAMES AND TEMPERANCE. I No fewer than thirtv-six persons were charged with drunkenness at Middlesbrough on Monday. Chief Constable Riches said that that large number was probably due to the absence of outdoor games as attractions at the week end. LIVE CARTRIDGE IN A DUSTBIN. At Doncaster, Emma Lansdowne and Florence Wilcock, proprietors of a commer- cial hotel, have been fined 10s. 6d., including costs, for throwing nearly sixty live sportuia gun cartridges into a dustbin. Miss Wilcr^k stated that the cartridges were left at the hotel four years ago, and being unaware of the danger it was thotight that was the best way of getting rid of them. PHEASANT EGG ROBBERS. I Nearly 400 pheasant eggs which had been I placed under sitting hens on the Gresham I Hall estate, Norfolk, have been stolen. DEATH OF AN EX M.P. I Mr. Frederick Pennington, Liberal M.P. for Stockport from 1874 to 1885, died at his I house in Hyde Park-terrace, London, on Monday, aged niiiety-five years. THREE MONTHS WITH A BROKEN NECK. I At an inquest at Lowes on a man nameu Dittard, it was stated that he fell downstairs on Jaiiiiar3, 24th and broke his neck, but I lingered in hospital until Friday last. NEW MOTOR 'BUS TERROR. -i- I A motor-omnibus passing a jeweller s siiayp in St pnev-street, Llanelly, shook the building to such all extent on Monday that the window collapsed. heavy bronze clocks crashing through the plate-glass shelves on to watches and jewellery beneath, causing considerable damage. RIFLE RANGE SUICIDE. I A man, aged about thirty and respectably dressed, shot himself dead on Monday night with a revolver at the revolver and rifle range in Edgware-road, London. He was later identified as Edward Lincoln, of London- street, Paddington. STEADYING THE LABOUR SUPPLY. I A committee has been appointed by tne Treasury to consider what can be done to regularise the total demand for labour from year to year, and in different seasons, by adjusting the distribution of public work con- ducted or given out by Government depart- ments and local authorities. ACADEMY SMASHER FREE. I Committed for trial rust week, charged witn damaging Mr. Sargent's picture of Mr. Henry James at the Royal Academy, Mrs. Mary Wood has been released under the Cat and Mouse Act. MAXIMUM FINE INADEQUATE. I On the ground that "the maximum fine ot 40s. was inadequate and ridiculous," the Stratford magistrate on Monday sent to prison for a month Eric Bannerman, a Harrow traveller, for being drunk while in charge of a motor-car. BRITISH GUNNER KILLED. Killed by the explosion of the charge while oading a gun for a salute. Gunner H. Brown, of the cruiser Indomitable, was buried on Monday at Trieste (Austria).

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