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IHK FLEET RUNNING THE GAUNTLET…

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THE VICTORIA CROSB AND ALBERT…

THE TOWNELEY FAMILY.

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COLLIERY DISASTER IN SCOTLAND.

THE VALUE OF THE CLEOPATRA.

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THE CAT TAX.

BOAT RACE ON THE TYNE.

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THE LONDON TRAMWAYS COMPANY IN THE OOUXTT OOuaT.-An action was heard in the South- wark County Court to recover £5, paid to the de- fendants as a deposit. Mr. Washington appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Baxter for the defendant. Mr. Washington said the plaintiff, Whiteley, applied to the company to be taken en as one ef their conductors on the 8th of February, and was shown into a room where there were others waiting for similar employ- ment. He paid .£6 deposit upon being shown the duties of conductors. He signed the books handed to him, and took the rules home. Upon examining them he found they were of such a character that he could not agree to them, and immediately communi- cated with Mr. Burrell, the chief clerk, applying for the return of hia deposit, but that was refused, he being told that he must report himself to the yard. That he, by a further communication, refused to do, and asked for his money and the return of his lioense. Mr. Jacques, the manager, offered him. £4, but endorsed his license, entered service 8th February, 1878, discharged 12th February, 1878;" when, in fact, he had not served one day in the service of the com- pany. He therefore asked the Court to say that the plaintiff was entitled to the return of the .£6, because he never saw any regulations but those relating to the duties of conductors, and his attention was not drawn to the other clauses of the book. When he did read them after arriving at home on the same day he signed the agreement he immediately repudiated service. The plaintiff was called and proved the facts of the case. Mr. Baxter argued that by a recent decision of the Court of Queen's Bench the signing of the agree- ment was sufficient to entitle the defendant company to the service of the defendant and the retention of the deposit upon the certificate of the manager. His Honour gave judgment for the plaintiff, and said it was not right to ask an ignorant man like the plaintiff to sign an agreement like the one presented without drawing his attention to its most salient points. Mr. Baxter asked for a case for the consideration of the High Court of Justice. ThéOfudge said he should certainly not grant it. The case was one entirely of fact. THE MASONS' STRIKE.—A visit to the new Law Courts in the Strand and Oarey-street just now isould not impress any one with an idea that a great strike in the building trade was going on. There are now at these works nearly 300 masons, 210 of whom are foreigners. Ever since the month of January, the protection provided by the strike clause in a builder's contract has been ef no avail, and here the work has been going on as though no strike existed. There are over thirty fixers, English and German, at the work, and the western half of the main block is now riaing rapidly. TWo floors have already been built out of five. Something like 50,000 feet of atone is already dressed ready for setting, S8 that enough ma- terial for another two storeys is ready, and these can be added in a short apace of time. The eastern block is all but finished internally, whilat externally it only requires to hate the scaffold removed. This building waa to have been completed in three years, but it haa taken a trifle over that time to complete. The main block ahould be ready in Auguat, 1881, but owing to the strike this has been delayed six njontha, and will not be complete until 1882, although no further delaya are apprehended. The German workmen have once morecommeneed overtime, and they are now working until seven olelgek in the evening; this example is shortly to be followed by the English masons. As a proof of the disorganisation in the ranks of the party on strike, it may be men- tioned that a number of the best fixers on these works are men who have been out on strike and have come in again on the old terms. Since the Germans arrived in this country they have, it is said, made Sreat progress in the art of stone cutting and dressing, and about 150 of them receive the maxi- mum rate of wages, the others being paid on a graduating scale. The Strike Committee, on the other hand. assert that the local levies last week amounted to .£300 and that they have on their books about eighty firms who are paying the advance, and that they meditate ordering all their men in work to leave their occupation, and thua turn the atrike into what would be tantamount to a lock-out. It is, however. certain that funds are low, as for the past four weeks the rate of wages, which should be 18s. per week and an allowance for married men, has been 16s., I6s., loa., and last week 12s. per man. Although the masons in the provinces have by a large majority advised the men in London to go on with the struggle, they do not seem very ready to help them with funds to do so. TVuMsays mittens seem to have reached India, and the newspapers are full of praises of them. They give a finishing touch to a lady's dress." They have a certain character about them." They "have a quaint, prudish air, like the coalscuttle bonnets." They "have a language of their own." Opinion differs upon the mode in which mittens are to be worn; but it seems generally admitted that black mittens should not be worn over black gloves. Indeed, a fascinating dame at Madras, who adopted this style, and asked a bachelor how he liked her idea on the subject ef mittens, met with the retort, Madame, I do not like it at all. I should look as well in goloshes drawn over my dress shoes." DEATH IN THE HUNTING FIELD.—Mrs. William Crawshay was killed while following Lord Fitzhar- dinge's hounds. Immediately upon jumping over a hedge her head struck against the trunk of an apple tree, and her neck was broken. p

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EXTRAORDINARY DIYORCE CASE.

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A PRESTON WILL CASE.

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THE^QUEEN AT THE ROYAL TAPESTRY…

REMARKABLE BREACH OF PROMISE…

CHARGING AT FOOTBALL.

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