VISIT OF THE EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA TO POLA. The Vienna correspondent of the Daily News, writing on Monday, says: To-day at Pola the great naval manoeuvres com- menced in presence of the Empress and Crown Prince. The municipal and naval authorities had combined to decorate the town and the port. A line of masts with long waving flags reached from one end of the place to the other. At six o'clock in the morning a salute from all the forts and men-of-war announced the arrival of his Majesty, who was received at the station by the Governor, several admirals, and the Bishop of Rovigno. The Emperor and Crown Prince, who were loudly cheered by the crowds lining the streets, proceeded immediately to the exercise ground, where a review of the troops took place. The Emperor then visited Fort Verudelle, the iron tower of which, 1500 tons in weight, was turned in one minute. Afterwards his Majesty and the Crown Prince went on board the yacht Miramar, where they will remain during the manoeuvres.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. A heavy storm was experienced at Liverpool on Sunday morning, and 'hunderbolt fell at Everton, several cases of dam. fe being occasioned thereby. At Holy Trinity Church the lightning passed through the roof, tearing down the plaster and through the gallery floor, filling the building with a pale b-ue flame. The current passed between two boys, paralysing the arm of one and scorching the boot of the other. A scene of great panic ensued, most of the congregation rushed out, and the service was abruptly closed. The bell was rendered useless, and the coping-stone, weighing several hundredweights, were hurled some distance. A storm of great violence broke over Chester on Sunday, and lasted for two hours. Rain fell for an hour in torrents. The thunder was very loud and the lightning vivid. There was also a fall of hail, the hail being of great size, which thickly covered the streets. Great damage was done to fruit, but no loss oflife is reported. A heavy thunderstorm broke over Dover early on Saturday morning, lasting several hours, having travelled from the direction of France. Rain fell in torrents, and the flashes of lightning were extremely vivid and frequent. A violent thunderstorm broke over Canterbury and the neighbourhood at two o'clock on Saturday morning, and lasted a little over an hour. The lightning was remarkably vivid, and the flashes followed each other with extraordinary rapidity. The thunder was accompanied by heavy rain. During the storm the lightning struck a stable on the farm of Sir Brook Bridges, at Goodnestone, Wingham, which set the building on fire. A serious conflagration resulted and three valuable horses were burnt to death. A thunderstorm of unusual violence passed over Weardale and district on Saturday. The lightning struck the Wesleyan Chapel at Lane Head, and two men, named Featherstone and Reed, at work on the spire, were knocked down insensible, but recovered consciousness after some interval. At Burn Hope a house was struck and partially demolished, the inmates escaping uninjured. On Wednesday, in different parts of the country, severe thunderstorms occurred, accompanied by great loss of property, and in some instances of life. At Bilsborrow, near Preston, three cows were killed in the fields; a hall at Claughton was struck and slightly damaged, and further north, near Lancaster, a horse was killed.—Mr. Judson, farmer, of Kilton- in-Cleveland, was carting hay from one of his fields, assisted by three of his men, when all four were struck by lightning, and rendered temporarily blind. Mr. Judson was struck to his knees, and became insensible, but recovered after some little time.—During a terrific thunderstorm which swept over Rothwell and district, a man named James Hainsworth, an engine driver at the collieries, was struck dead by lightning whilst on his way home from work. Two other men who were with him were also struck and rendered in- sensible for several minutes.—A heavy thunderstorm broke over Leeds between five and six o'clock on Wed- nesday night. Hailstones of an extraordinary size fell, and there was also a severe downpour of rain, flooding the lower parts of the town to a depth of two or three feet. Two animals which were grazing in a field near Heather were struck by lightning and killed, while at the village of Kersley twelve sheep belonging to a farmer shared a similar fate. Several trees were wrecked, and chimney pots shattered. On Wednesday afternoon from four to half past five o'clock a heavy thunderstorm, accompanied by heavy rain, and some snow and hail, passed over Oldham and district. The lightning was extremely vivid, and two men whilst engaged working at the Royton Spinning Company's new lodge were instantly killed, whilst three or four others were injured.- At Retford on Wednesday afternoon a terrific storm was experienced. Thirty sheep, the property of a farmer named Twidale, at Upton, were killed whilst sheltering under a tree, and two cows, one at West Drayton and one at East Markham, were struck down whilst grazing in the field.
EPITOME OF NEWS. BRITISH AND FOREIGN. The Queen has been graciously pleased to accept from the Mayor of Winchester a medal which his Worship has had struck as a memento of the late cele- bration of the 700th anniversary of the Mayoralty of the city. The presentation was made through Viscount Eversley, High Steward of the City. The body of a woman named Margaret Conn has been found lying in a deep stream running between Mullinavat and Kilmacon, near Water ford. She was last seen alive on Monday night, when she left home with her husband and proceeded for Waterford in a van driven by a man named Dennis Mack. The husband of the woman and the driver of the van have been both arrested on suspicion. On Wednesday the Archbishop of Canterbury pre- sented the prizes gained by the successful students at the Medical College of St. Thomas's Hospital. On Wednesday the Duke of Cambridge inspected the Royal Military Asylum, Chelsea, and presented the prizes awarded to the boys who had distinguished themselves in study, music, and gymnastics during the year. In London, on Wednesday evening, a banquet was given at Willis's Rooms to the Marquis of Normanby on his return from his recent government of the Colony of Victoria. The chair was taken by the Earl of Kim- berley, and there was a large company, including several representatives of the colonies. A coroner's jury has returned a verdict of Suicide while temporarily insane," in the case of a young man named Phillip Manley, of 26, Bath-place, Caledonian- road, London, who drank a quantity of cyanide of potassium, because he feared he was going into con- sumption, and would never be a strong man. He left a most affectionate letter to his fiancee. Ten years hence a cattle king predicts Omaha, Nebraska, will be the cattle centre of America. Already cne of the finest abattcirs in the world is being built there, covering 400 acres of land, and at a cost of 750,000 dols. St. Louis has now the most complete yards, covering 600 acres, which were built in 1878 at a cost of 2,000,000 dols. The yards in Chicago are 320 acres in extent, and have already cost about 15,000,000 dols. A woman named Janet Wilson, residing near Glas- gow, has been accidentally poisoned by having had ad- ministered to her salts of sorrel in mistake for Epsom salts. It is stated that Mr. Phillip Callan, M.P., is returning to this country from the Argentine Republic with a valuable concession from the Government of the Re- public for emigration purposes. A female pedestrian who is walk'ng one thousand miles in a thousand hours, near Glasgow, has been con- sidered guilty of Sabbath desecration. The Lord Advo- cate has been communicated with. It is understood that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has practically given up all hope of proceeding with the Coinage Bill this Session. Martha Forsyth and Thomas Lewis, of Stansby, near Wrexham, have been fined 2s. 6d. each and costs for cruelty to three game cocks by inciting them to fight, their spurs having been trimmed and sharpened for the purpose. The relatives of the late Miss Houghton, a Dublin Quakeress, who in her will recently bequeathed j61000 to the Irish National party to be devoted to the work of obtaining independence for Ireland and separation from England, contested the will in the Dublin Probate Court on Tuesday, when the judge held that the bequest was void, the money not being devoted to a charitable object. The flooO therefore goes to the relatives. On Tuesday night a portion of the underground rail- way which is being made in Glasgow fell in with a crash at Little Hamilton-street. Happily eighteen men, who were engaged constructing the tunnel, were on the surface, having just had their evening meal, when the accident occurred, or assuredly they would all have been buried. The workmen were all ready to descend, but were waiting to receive orders from their foreman who was late. A singular case of forbidding the banns is reported from the village of Compton, near Salisbury. A couple was duly asked by the vicar on Sunday, when a woman stepped up, in presence of the congregation, and said, I forbid the banns." The rev. gentleman requested her to explain her reasons. She stated that the bride was her sister, and that she was partially paralysed. The vicar declined to take cognisance of the objection. Nearly 3000 colliers employed by the Low Moor Iron and Coal Company, having a large number of pits in the district between Bradford and Leeds, struck work on Wednesday against a reduction of wages averaging from 8 to 19 per cent., consequent on the firm reducing the price of coal. The whole of the pits are closed. The strike if continued will cause much inconvenience to local industries. The St. Petersburg Correspondent of The Times," telegraphing on Wednesday night, says: An old Russian officer of the name of Lusignan, claimant to the throne of Cyprus, has just been buried here. He died in great distress, aged 77, and was followed to the grave by a solitary mourner in the person of his son, who inherits the title of his father as King of Cyprus, Jerusalem, and Armenia." Mr. Bradlaugh, M.P., in addressing his constituents at Northampton on Wednesday evening declared that if the decision of the Court in the trial at bar went against him he should take the case to the Court of Appeal, and if necessary to the House of Lords, and he honestly believed he should win in the end. Concerning the ocean race from Queenstown to Sandy Hook, between the steamers Austral, Gallia, and Arizona, it is computed that quite B10,000 must have been betted. The Austral won, beating the Arizona by an hour and 28 minutes. On Wednesday a new wood-sheathed iron-built cruiser, the Alfonso d'Albupuerque, was launched from the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company's yard at Blackwall, for the service of the Portuguese Government. The ship is the tenth which has been constructed by the same establishment to the order of the King of Portugal. On Wednesday new colours were presented to the 3rd Battalion Welsh Fusiliers on Wrexham race-course by Mrs. Cornwallis West. On Wednesday Dr. Heath, physician, of Newcastle, and two ladies, one of whom was a patient, were badly injured in a carriage accident near Chester-le-Street. The horse bolted, and the carriage was overturned. Dr. Heath had several ribs broken, and both ladies were badly hurt, one of them so severely that she could not be removed to her home. Intelligence received in Dundee on Wednesday states that the Mary Stenhouse, of Liverpool, 1243 tons, from Dundee to Chittagong, had put into Mauritius on July 10, badly damaged. After leaving the Channel she experienced terrible weather, and four men were washed overboard and drowned, while two fell from aloft and were killed. On Wednesday afternoon Mr. W. Liddell, J.P., and Mrs. Liddell, while driving to their residence at Dona- cloney, near Largan, were fired at. It is believed that the outrage had connexion with some magisterial de- cisions given by Mr. Liddell. A public subscription has been opened in Amsterdam and Rotterdam for the benefit of the families of the un- fortunate crew of the Nisero, now held captive in Sumatra. Messrs. Hudig and Blockhuysen are taking a leading part in the movement. In London, on Wednesday, at the Guildhall Police- court, Edward Jollow, a farmer, of Tresoke, Davidstone, near Camelford, Cornwall, was fined E5 and three guineas costs for sending to market for sale two sides of a heifer which were unfit for human food. Mr. George Patrick Terrett, one of the inspectors of the Central Meat Market, said the meat was in two parcels marked offal," but was dressed as for human food. The Natal Witness" of June 7, says: From dif- ferent parts up country we hear of the wintry nature of the weather which has prevailed during the past two or three days. All the hills are coated with snow, and on the heights about Mooi River it was lying to the depth of three inches. A gentleman from the Harrison Camp quarter tells of having for the nonce renewed his youth, and indulged in a little snowballing. Mr. Folger, the Secretary of the United States Trea- sury, has given permission to Mr. Keene, the well- known owner of racehorses, to export to England with- out payment of duty the Ascot Cup which he won in 1882 with Foxhall. The cup has lain in the Custom House at New York since it was sent from England, Mr. Keene objecting to pay the 1000 dollars duty de- manded by the Customs authorities. On Wednesday the Mayor of Southampton presented to George Baker, a seaman, a silver medal, inscribed, sent by the French Government in recognition of his bravery in assisting to rescue the crew of Le Gustave, wrecked near Cherbourg in November last. The Archbishop of Canterbury has laid on the table of the House of Peers a bill to provide for the disunion of the sees of Gloucester and Bristol and the constitu- tion of a separate bishopric of Bristol. Twenty-six Vienna workmen of Bohemian nationality have just been arrested for holding secret meetings and being found in possession of letters and prints from America and other revolutionary centres. The Sultan has sent an autograph letter to the Emperor Francis Joseph, through Prince Windisch- gratz, thanking his Majesty for his splendid present of horses which the Prince had taken to Constantinople. The men, numbering nearly 400, employed at the Fair Oak Collieries, Rugeley, were paid off on Wednes- day, the pits being closed in consequence of the un- remunerative price of coal. The horses also were brought to the surface. The outlook in the trade is stated to be gloomy, and at several of the principal collieries in the district the men are working half-time. The boiler of the steam tug Coleman exploded on the Missouri River, near Boomville, on Monday night. The boat was torn to pieces, and six men were killed; the captain alone escaping. At Odessa a report is current in usually well- informed circles to the effect that the British Ambas- sador at St. Petersburg has notified to the Russian Government that if the threatened import duty on English coal entering Russia be carried into effect, a tax on Russian grain entering British ports will pro- bably be levied. In London last week 2458 births and 1508 deaths were registered. Allowing for increase of population, the births were 127 below, and the deaths exceeded by 5, the average numbers in the corresponding weeks of the last ten years. The annual death-rate from all causes, which had been 17'8 and 19-1 per 1000 in the two previous weeks, further rose to 19'6. Thirty per- sons died from small-pox. From the 1st of April to the 5th inst. the Exchequer receipts amounted to £20,839,159, as compared with £ 22,297,308 in the corresponding period of last year. The expenditure has been £ 23,561,759. On Saturday last the balance in the Bank of England was £ 1.216,150, and in the Bank of Ireland £ 700,862. The City Press states that one refreshment contractor has accepted terms for the supply to his firm of 30,000 baskets of strawberries daily for the next fortnight, which means a total of 360,000 baskets." A young man named Quincy, son of an evicted tenant at Knocknagree, has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment for having posted a boycotting notice threatening with death all persons who traded with two brothers named M'Cauliffe, coopers, who carry on busi- ness in the locality. At Ryde on Monday an inquest was held on the body of Mary Ann Maxwell, a domestic servant, who met her death by burning. On Saturday morning, in order to make the fire burn quicker, she poured upon it some paraffin oil. Flames suddenly leaped up, causing her to drop the jar containing the paraffin, and about a gallon of the oil thereupon caught fire. The girl was shockingly burned, and died on Saturday night. A ver- dict of Accidental death was returned. Great anxiety is felt with regard to the crop prospects in the Bombay Presidency owing to the want of rain. The Baku Gazette states that the Mollah Sadyk, the principal chief of all the Persian robber bands on the frontier, was killed on June 23, near Surrah, by Cossacks. The steamer Orcadia, returning from Kirkwall to North Isles of Orkney, on Saturday, from a volunteer review, with about 150 volunteer and civilian passengers, struck on Jack's Reef, Stronsay. The pastengers were landed by fishing-boats that were returning from her- ring fishing. The Board of Trade returns issued on Tuesday show that the imports for June decreased £7,686,379, and the exports decreased £1,385,768, compared with the similar month last year. The imports for the first six mcnths of the present year decreased JE18,204,301, and the exports decreased £1,345,732, as compared with the corresponding period of 1883. The yacht Kara arrived at Lerwick on Sunday even- ing from Jan Mayen Island with five bottle-noses, yielding five tuns of oiL George H. Wade, of New York issues a challenge to the world to swim any one for £ 200 a side and the title of Champion of the World, from one to ten miles. Elizabeth Goode, a married woman, residing in New- street, Wednesbury, went home drunk on Monday night, and during her husband's absence she went into a kitchen and fell across a sofa. She was found bleed- ing, and bled to death before medical aid could be ob- tained. The deceased had been a confirmed drunkard for 20 years. Death occurred to a hawker named Legrain in the Rue Levis, Paris, on Saturday, under extraordinary cir- cumstances. He had been ill, and fell into a state of coma, which his friends mistook for death. An under- taker was sent for and came with a coffin, but just as the man was about to be placed in it he opened his eyes and looked around him. The shock caused by the sight of the funeral preparations was so great that he was seized with delirium and expired a few hours later. It having come to the knowledge of the police at Hanley that explosives were secreted at the village of Bucknall, a search was made on Monday night which resulted in the discovery of a considerable quantity of gelatine, one of the most dangerous compounds of nitro- glycerine. The owner had absconded. Last week's receipts of cotton at all United States ports were 6000 bales; since 1st September, 4,786,000 bales. Week's exports to Great Britain, 13,000 bales ditto to Continent, 3000. Total since 1st September, 3,674,000 bales; stock at all ports, 336,000 bales; ditto interior ports, 29,000 bales. A six-storey lace warehouse at Nottingham belonging to the Midland Lace Company, and situate in the centre of the lace market, was discovered to be on fire two hours after the workpeople had left on Saturday. An adjoining warehouse, the property of Mr. Henry Clarke, also became ignited, and damage to the amount of 25,000 was done. On Saturday the Australian Eleven continued their innings in the cricket match with an Eleven of Eng- land at Huddersfield. Their first innings closed for 175, and following on they lost seven wickets in scoring 125, being 300 in an innings and seven wickets, as against 453 scored in the first innings by their opponents. The game was thus drawn. The Lord Chief Justice gave judgment on Saturday in the action brought by the Central News against the Eastern Telegraph Company and others for, as alleged, appropriating their message announcing the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, the jury not having awarded any damages. After some conversation with counsel on both sides, his lordship said he should give judgment for the defend- ants, and then the whole matter could be raised before the Divisional Cou:t. There will be an appeal from this decision. American crop advices are very favourable. The grain belt promises the largest harvest ever known, with a large surplus of wheat for exportation. A shoal of whales were seen in the vicinity of Stron- say, Orkney, the other day, when a large number of boats set off in pursuit of them. After an exciting hunt, the whole shoal, numbering 40, and averaging about 8ft. in length, were captured. Mr. Frank Merrivale, a medical student from Edin- burgh, was drowned en Saturday while bathing at Rowardenen, Loch Lomond. He was seized with cramp, and the efforts of his two companions to save him proved fruitless. A Paris telegram states that M. Combarieu, a well- known sculptor, who expected a prize for his Juvenal in the Salon, but only got an honourable mention, and found no purchaser, shot himself in despair in his studio, where his body was found in a state of decom- position. At a meeting of the Birmingham Trades Council on Saturday a resolution was passed to the effect that should the House of Lords reject the Franchise Bill steps should be taken to obtain a monster trades union demonstration. A large woollen mill, belonging to Messrs. Kenyon, at Bury, Lancashire, was burnt down on Saturday night. The damage, about £ 12,000, is believed to be covered by insurance. A New York telegram states that the visible supply of wheat on July 4 was 14,200,000 bushels, as against 14,900,000 bushels the previous week. Visible supply of Indian corn, 7,800,000 bushels, as against 8,500,000 bushels the previous week. The export clearances of wheat for Europe during last week amounted to 990,000 bushels; the export clearances of Indian corn for Europe during the week amounted to 740.000 bushels. Eleven British and ten foreign actual shipwrecks were reported during last week, making a total of 815 for the present year against 1015 at the same period last year, Four (British) were wrecked off the United Kingdom, including one by collision. One German vessel was lost with all hands, and a British vessel of 1000 tons was destroyed by fire. According to the latest information from the North- West Territory the Canadian crop prospects are very good. The Department of Agriculture officially esti- mates the yield of wheat at 0k million bushels, of which about 7,000,000 bushels will be available for export. The crops in the western sections of the Canadian Pacific Railway as far as the Rocky Moun- tains are declared to be fully equal to those on the more eastern portions of the line. John Evans and his wife were charged at Market- hill, Newry, on Saturday, with having murdered their child, whose body was found in the river with wounds on its head. Sergeant Elkin stated that on proceeding to the prisoner's house he saw blood stains on the wall and also on the male prisoner's trousers. They were returned for trial at Armagh Assizes. Paris advices state that the French cereal crops pre- sent generally a good appearance. The tone of the French wheat markets has not experienced much change. The offers made by farmers have continued restricted, but, on the other hand, the demand has been extremely moderate. At Marseilles there has been a slightly increased demand for wheat, and quotations have not varied. The large immigration this season to Canada has given rise to an interesting discussion as to the value of a good settler to tne country. Many of the best statistical authorities place it at -0200. In the United States the value was for some years put at 830 dols., and 1200 dols.; while in the Australian colonies each immigrant is estimated at being worth from j6250 to JE260. The weekly arrivals of live stock and fresh meat at Liverpool from the United States and Canada continue on a large scale, and there being a larger number of steamers conveying live stock and fresh meat last week than in the preceding week, the imports show an in- crease. The total supply amounted to 2801 cattle, 345 sheep, 7459 quarters of beef, 630 carcases of mutton, and 60 hogs. The producti, n of coal in France last year is officially returned at 20,887,092 tons, as compared with 20,046,796 tons in 1882, showing an increase of 820,296 tons last year. The production of lignites in France in 1883 was 559,107 tons, as compaird with 556,909 tons in 1882, showing an increase of 2199 tons last year. The additions to the Zoological Society's Gardens, Regent's-park, London, during last week, included an Indian wild dog from India, presented by Mr. T. A. Bulkeley; a brush-tailed kangaroo from New South Wales, presented by Mr. J. Abrahams; a white-collared mangabey from West Africa, presented by Mrs. Du Heaume; a black-eared marmoset from South-east Brazil, presented by Mrs. Spencer C. Stanhope; a Guianan tree porcupine; a rough fox from British Guiana, presented by Mr. G. H. Hawtayne, O.M.Z.S.; a laughing kingfisher from Australia, presented by Mrs. W. Moir; two chaplain crows from Persia, presented by Mr. B. T. Ffinch; a European pond tortoise, two spotted salamanders, European, presented by Mr. J. Satcherd; two Algerian tropidosaures, three rapid spine-foot lizards from North Africa, presented by Mr. W. C. Tait,O.M.Z.S.; an adorned ceratophyrsfromSouth America, presented by Captain Hairby; an orange- winged amazon from South America, a St. Thomas's conure from St. Thomas, W.I., a yellow conure from Guiana, two Passerine parrots from British Guiana, deposited; a Bengal vulture from India, two coScoroba swans from Chili, three turquoisine parrakeets from New South Wales, purchased; two black guillemots from Ireland, received in exchange; a hog deer, four Himalayan monauls, five Chilian pintails, five summer ducks, bred in the gardens. At the Surrey Sessions on Monday the Epsom Grand Stand Association appealed against their assessment, > which now stands at a little more than £10,000 per > annum. It was shown that last year the receipts ex- ceeded f26,000, and the magistrates dismissed the „ appeal. Robert Spratt, a costermonger, who, on Saturday night, in the Victoria Dock-road, London, exposed 68 tins of salmon for sale in a state unfit for the food of man, was on Monday charged with the offence at the West Ham Police-court, and sentenced by Mr Phillips to six weeks hard labour. Mr. Mundella, M.P., in opening a higher grade schoo- at Manchester, on Monday, pointed out chat one object tion to English elementary education thus far was thal it was too literary in its character. The object of form- ing higher grade schools was to impart a more scientific instruction, and to teach boys the dig-nity of labour both in themselves and in others. The whole of the workmen employed at the Dowlais Collieries, several thousands in number, have struck work. They claim an immediate increase in wages and the redress of certain grievances, but the employers decline to make the concessions demanded. A noticeable feature in connection with the working of the new Bankruptcy Act, so far as it has yet gone, is the great falling off in the total number of insolvencies. While the total number under the Act of 1869 during the year 1883 was 8,555, under the new Act it is only at the rate of about 3,000 per annum. A large brick building in course of erection in Sea- gate, Dundee, as a penny theatre, collapsed on Mondav morning. The gable fell out into the street, and crushed to death a horse harnessed to a van. The van was smashed, and the driver seriously injured. It is thought that the accident was caused by the side walls being too slight to support the heavy roof. lit Swansea local fishermen report thatthemackerel has induced a shoal of sharks to visit Swansea Bay. A shark measuring nearly five feet has just been landed from a fishing smack, having been caught in a mackerel sieve. j At a meeting of Sunderland shipowners on Monday, Mr. Storey, M.P., was unanimously thanked for the 'c energetic steps taken by him in the House of Commons in relation to the crew of the Nisero. Sir Saul Samuel, K.C.M.G., Agent-General for New South Wales, has been informed by telegram of the arrival in Sydney of the steamer Abergeldie, which sailed from Plymouth with emigrants in May last. The heat during last week in Berlin was intense, and was only occasionally interrupted by short thunder- storms of exceptional violence. While the Rev. Mr. Keith, minister of the Established Church of Lybster, near Wick, was out driving on Saturday afternoon, the horses took fright and ran away. The carriage was upset, and Mr. Keith was thrown out on the road and received injuries from the effects of which he died in a few hours. The explosion of a spirit lamp was followed by a fire at 24, Albert-terrace, Barnsbury-road, London, in a room occupied by lodgers. Henry Kennedy, aged 28, and Sarah Ann Kennedy, aged 26, were both severely burnt, and removed to an hospital. The woman shortly afterwards expired. Alderman O'Connor, a publican and a Nationalist,wa6 on Monday elected Lord Mayor of Dublin for the en- suing term by 34 votes to 13. The election expenses of Sir J. Whittaker Ellis, Bart., the newly-elected member for Mid-Surrey, amount to jE1179 8s. 9d. In addition to this sum there are his share of the returning officer's charges (£340;, and JE17 12s. 10d., Sir J. W. Ellis's personal expenses, making a total expenditure of kl537 Is. 7d. On Monday the steamship Normandy (Captain Hem- mings), one of the regular boats between Newhaven and Dieppe, accomplished the fastest passage on record, having only taken 3h. 31min. between the two pier- heads. It is stated that further levelations concerning the flogging of Indian coolies have been brought to light in Mauritius. A high official has reported that during the last ten years there have been over 500 cases of flogging in the Mauritius gaols that he thinks were not cases in which flogging should have been inflicted. A telegram leceived at Dundee on Monday, reports the arm al of the steamer Kara at Lerwick, bringing the intelligence that a boat belonging to the whaler Chieftain of Dundee, had been picked up in Greenland by a Norwegian whaler on June 2. The crew of five men had suffered severely, having been five days with- out food. No hopes are entertained of the safety of the crew of the remaining boat. The operatives of Lancashire have arranged to present Mr. Mundella, M.P., on the afternoon of the 2nd of August, at Manchester, with an address welcom- ing him to Lancashire. Afterwards a bust of the right hon. gentleman and a silver service will be presented in recognition of his constant and valuable efforts on behalf of factory-workers. The German Cuirassier band, which has been playing at the Health Exhibition, arrived at Windsor on Mon- day, and the men were entertained by the Queen. They were driven in one of her Majesty's brakes to Virginia Water, after which they inspected the Castle and other places of interest. They dined at the Castle before returning to London. The losses by fire in the United States during the half-year were nearly 54,000,000 dols., or 20 per cent, over the total for the first-half of 1883, and 9,000,000 dols. more than the highest return for any previous cor- responding half-year. A fiddle upon which Washington used to play is now in the possession of Colonel J. Washington, and an effort is being made to raise 1500 dols. to purchase it that it may be placed in Miss Custis's music room, at Mount Vernon, where are already the harpsichord pre- sented by the General to Miss Custis on her wedding day, and the flute upon which he used to accompany her. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales presided at a meeting of the executive committee of the Frere Memorial Fund at Marlborough House on Monday, when it was resolved tt Q,t Mr. T. Brock, A.R.A., be asked to execute a statue oi the late Sir Bartle Frere, and that the Metropolitan Board of Works should be asked to grant a site for the statue on the Embankment, near that of the late Sir James Outram. Intelligence received at St. Petersburg from the Caspian territory states that a virulent epidemic has broken out near Kerbalai, on the frontier of Persia, Turkey, and Russia. Precautionary measures have been taken to prevent the introduction of the disease into Russia. On Monday an inquest was held at Parkhurst Prison on the body of the Rev. John Selby Watson, convicted in 1872 of the murder of his wife at Stockwell, his sen- tence being commuted to penal servitude for life. Evidence showed that on the night of June 29 he fell out of his hammock, and sustained injuries from the j effects of which he died on Sunday morning. A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.
THE MARKETS. MARK.LANE. At Mark-Jane on Monday English wh-at ra intained late value, being in short supply, but foreign, of which arrivals have been fair, was barely so well supported. The stock returns show a diminution, but hardly to tbe extent that had been estimated. Off coast there have been further arrivals, and there are now upwards of thirty cargoes on the lists. In this position the tone is subdued, and the market is against sellers. The flour trade on the spot is very slow. Beans and peas remain without alteration. Maize quiet on the sp >t, and easier for arrival; 25s. 3d. accepted for Galatz, arrival at Gibraltar. There have been large arrivals of oats at Mark-lane and common qualities are again 3d. lower, at which there has been rather more doing. METROPOLITAN CATTLE MARKET. Grass fed cattle come to hand very prime, and there was a gooi collection of Herefords and runts and Lincolnshire shorthorns. The trade, nevertheless, was slow, and although 5s. Sd. was obtained in a few instances, it was hardly reached in the corrent trade. Of imported cattle there were 370, including Canadian at Es 2d. Danish at 4s 6d to 5s 2d, and Swedish at 4-t id. No quotable chnnge occurred in the sheep and lamb ttades. Choice small and m' aty wethers met a steady sale but coarse, fat qualities were very unsaleable. Ltmbs sold slowly, but at about previous value for prime. Calves further depressed, and difficult to sell at reduced rates. Best Herefords and rants, fs 6d; best shorthorns, 5s 41; second quality leasts, 5s to 5s 2d; inferior, 4s to 4s 8d; best Downs and htof-breds, 5s 8d to 6s Od; best long wools, 5s 6d to 5s 8d second qualities and ewes, 4s lOd to 5s 6d lambs, 6s to 7s 2d calves, 4s 6d to 6s pigs, 3s 6d to 4s 4d per 81b., unkini; the offal. Total supplies—beasts, 244 sheep and lambs, 9970 calTes, 280; pigs, 20. METROPOLITAN MEAT MARKET. Not much meat on offer, but barely as much wanted, and trade slow. Fore quarters of American-killed beef are dearer, at 2s Sd to 33 4d; and prime, bright town-killed beef in some cases brings Jd per Ib. more; but generally quotations are unaltered. Beef, prime, 4s Sd to 5s Od; middling, 4s Od to4s 4d; inferior, 3s Od to 3s Sd. Mutton, primP, 5s 4d to 6s Od middling, 4s 4d to 5s Od; inferior, 3s Od to 3s 8d Lamb, 6s Od to 6s 4d; foreign, 5s 8d to 6s. Veal, prime, 4s Sd to 5s 4d middling, 4s Od to 4s 4d; inferior, 3s Od to 3s 8d. Pork, prime, 3s lOd to 4s Od; middling, 3s 4d to 3s 8d; inferior, 2s 8d to 3s id per 81b. POULTRY AND GAME. Pigeons 6d to 8d; French ditto, Is to Is 2d; Surrey 5s to 6s 6d Sussex ditto, 3s to 4,s Essex ditto, Is 9d to r 2s 3d Boston ditto, 28 to 4s Irish ditto, Is 9d to 39; Aylesbury ducklings, 3s to 4s goslings, 5s to 6s turkey IL poidts, 4s to 6s; rabbits Is to Is 6d; and leverets, 3s ta 5s each. FISH. Short supplies, and brisk sale at firm rates. Turbot, 4s to 20s Od; brill, 2s to 5s Od; gurnet, Is 6d to 2s; red mullet, 4s Od each salmon, Scotch and Irish, Is 3d; grilse, lid: trout, Is; sturgeon, 8d; soles, Is 9d per ib.; eels, 16s per drift; mackerel, 5s to 10s per three score; dory, 12s; haddocks, 12s 6d; whiting, 10s plaice, 27s 6d per box; lobsters, Is ,6d to 3s; crabs, Is to 2s 6d each. POTATOES. There was a good supply of potatoes on sale. The- demand was moderate, as follows: Cherbourg, new, 6s t*- 7s; Jersey, 6s to 7s Malta, 58 to 6s Lisbon, 5s to 6s per cwt.
.ÃII" T IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT"" la the HotJSB OF LORDS, July?, there was & very large attendance of peers Qn both sides; the peeresses galleries were crowded; and the spaces at the foot of the throne and outside the bar, as weLl as the strangers gallery were fully occupied. The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Duke of Cambridge were on the cross benches. THE FRANCHISE BILL. Lord Kimberley rose to move the second read- ing of the iiejprcsentation of the People Bill. Having briefly stated the provisions of the bill, he explained the general results to be that the franchise was placed om the broad foundation of household quaE&oation—one which he hoped would wear for marny years. The measure would add two millions to the three millions of voters already on the franchise roll. The -number it would add in Ireland was 400,000. He admitted that at first sight this seemed to be an imminent and great danger; but the Govern- ment had had to determine what on the whole appeared to be the (path of safety. He was sorry to say that there was in Irelamd a large party violently hostile to the connection of the two countries and wishing to sever that connection, and he admitted that under this bill the number of those who supported Mr. Parnell in Parliament was likely to receive a considerable accession. Suchanaccession would show that the true feeling of Ire- land was not now represented in Parliament, where it would be better to have that feeling to deal with than it Was to encounterit elsewhere. The consideration however which weighed with him, was that, if Ireland were not included in the bill, the enemies in that country of the British connexion would receive the support of a large party in this country who were strongly devoted to the general extension of the franchise. Coming to the amendment of Lord Cairns, he asked whether the bill wasnot a ■" well considered and complete scheme for the extension of the franchise." Repeating pretty nearly Mr. Gladstone's sketch of the Redistribution Bill con- templated by the Government, he stated that they in- tended to introduce it next year if they i emained in office till that time, and the bill before their lordships was not to come into operation till January, 1886. He pointed out what appeared to him the dangers of an assembly like their lordship's House rejecting this measure at the present time, when revolutionary ideas Were making such formidable progress. Their bitterest eoemies were longing and praying that their lordships might throw the measure out; but he hoped they would not decide upon taking so perilous a step. Lord Cairns, in moving his amendment, combated the assertion of the Government that there never had been a complete scheme of reform such as the Opposition now required. That assertion, he contended, had no other foundation than the fact that different portions of the United Kingdom had been dealt with by dif- ferent bills, because each of those bills either contained a redistribution scheme in itself, or was accompanied by a measure of redistribution. He cited Lord Derby and Lord Hartington as authorities against the course taken by the Government in this instance. If the Government were prepared to accept an amendment that this bill should not come into operation sooner than their Redistribu- tion Bill, they had only to say so but as they had re- fused that amendment in the House of Commons, the Postponement to the Committee stage of such a reso- lution would be only to postpone the issue on the bill. lIe believed in the sincerity of Mr. Gladstone's pro- mise to bring in a Redistribution Bill next year, but circumstances might defeat his intention. He believed in the sincerity of the right hon. gentleman's promise to give the House of Commons a day for the Vote of Censure; but the day was not given, and Mr. Gladstone Was reported to have complimented his supporters on their good sense in bringing about that result. Having Pointed out that those political organizers who were masters of the situation might tell the Government that they were quite satisfied with the extension of the franchise without a Redistribution Bill, he said it .vas stated that their lordships were going against the country. They appealed to the country, and asked to be judged by the country. They had received a con- siderable quantity of advice and some menace. The latter had come mainly from one quarter, and, coming from that quarter, it was neither fitting nor constitu- tional. He asked their lordships to be neither deterred oy menace from supporting his amendment nor pro- voked by menace to support it if they did not think it Was one which the House ought to approve. He placed it before their lordships in the belief that it would meet with the approval of the great majority of their lordships, as he believed it would that of the country. The Duke of Argyll, in an earnest speech, called on the independent members of the House to support the second reading. While admitting that would be de- sirable to have a Redistribution Bill before them, he held that the effect of the Franchise Bill of itself must be to increase the power of the county voters. Judging from speeches made some time ago by two of the Radical members of the Cabinet, he felt sure that it Was not without difficulty the majority of the Govern- ment had succeeded in bringing forward so moderate a measure. He expressed his opinion that if the House rejected the measure because it was not accompanied by a Redistribution Bill, its action would be misunder- stood and misrepresented. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon objected that the present bill, without redistribution, would swamp the existing constituencies by a mass of voters of the lowest class, and argued that a House of Commons so elected would be most unlikely to agree to any fair measure of redistribution. The Earl of Jersey, while agreeing that the House would only be discharging its duty in taking care that a measure of a greviously one-sided character should n°t be passed, objected to the amendment, because it Was tantamount to the rejection of the bilL The Earl of Fife and the Earl of Powerscourt spoke in j^vour of the second reading, while Lord Balfour of *^leigh, Lord Torrington, and Earl Stanhope sup- 1?c amen<^ment- ^rlCowper hoped that the amendment would not be Insisted in, as its adoption would be highly unfor- u^te, if n0t dangerous. vy-v Marquis of Waterford protested against placing Political power in Ireland in the hands of those whose a» *^ea politics was hatred of England, and Owed that he had not the slightest confidence in y redistribution which Mr. Gladstone was likely to Propose. £ >rd Fitzgerald warned their lordships that the *°"*ble consequence of adopting the amendment ould be an agitation resembling in its incidents that wmch attended the last Reform Bill. The Earl of Dunraven, while favourable to the i ^tension of the franchise, regarded the passing of the without redistribution as fraught with danger. The Duke of Marlborough expressed surprise that so astute a tactician as the Marquis of Salisbury should attempt to precipitate a dissolution upon a bill of this kind; and after speeches from Earl Cadogan in support of the amendment, and the Earl of Morley in favour of the bill, the debate was adjourned on the motion of the ^1 of Carnarvon. Their lordships rose at five minutes past twelve 0 clock. NEW GUINEA. In the HOTJSE OF COMMONS, Mr. Ashley informed Mr. **• N. Fowler that, in reply to Lord Derby's circular ^espatch of the 3rd of May, the Australian Colonies had agreed to provide the sum of £ 15,000 necessary for |ne establishment on or near the Eastern coast of New ^ninea, of a High Commissioner or Deputy Com- missioner, with large powers and a sufficient staff to ^Jjable him to exercise protection, in the name of the ^neen, over those shores; and that, consequently, the Jfovernment would take immediate steps to cary out that object. THE HOUSE OF LORDS. Whfv, ^bouchere asked the First Lord of the Treasury n« u be would advise her Majesty to create such a mber °f peers as would render it more difficult than in+ Present for that House to throw our measures produced into this House by Liberal Ministers, gT? passed by this House by large majorities; y 4 whether he would submit to the apprecia- ble of this House and the country a measure wflch would insure that in future important bills, hich have received the assent of the representa- gg es of the people, would become law without unneces- delay. He wished also to ask whether it was not j .the knowledge of the right hon. gentleman that *"32 the House of Lords altered their intention of ^owiDg out a second time the Reform Bill brought in y the Ministry of the day as soon as the possibility of creation of Liberal peers was made necessary. Gladstone, in reply, said: The events of 1832 are ^att^rs of history on which I have no exclusive infor- mation The hon. member can put his own construc- S?? upon them, as can any other member of the House. W ith regard to the first part of the question, I do not r^k that anything has occurred which would justify Majesty's Government in answering any in- juries involving the supposition of advising wuu ^a"' t° create a great number of peers £ th the *iew of influencing the decision of rhe House of Lords. In respect to the second part 'he same answer will apply. We have no measures hich we are prepared to submit to the House for the Purpose of securing the passage elsewhere of bills which fcrf^ ?OU!e but I may say upon ^hat that I think the first duty of the House of Commons, with regard to giving greater efficiency for the conduct public business, is to consider what measnres may be A^uisite to promote its own efficiency, and instead of r^ng the beam out of; the eye of the House of Lords take the mote out of its own. Mr. Labouchere: Should it be necessary, i will re- Peat the first part of the question at the end of the week. The House went into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, and a number of votes were agreed to. The Elections (Hours of Polling) Bill was read a third time. The House adjourned at tweaty-five minutes to three.
THE FRANCHISE lULL REJECTED. In the HOUSE OF LORDS, July 8, Lord Carnarvon resumed the debate on the Representation of the People Bill. Having made a retrospect of the Reform Act of 1832 and its results, and of the Reform Act of 1867 and its consequences, and of the position taken up by himself when the latter measure was in progress, he announced that, though his own views remained un- changed, he was prepared to recognise the changed con- dition of affairs and accept an extension of the fran- chise but he would do so only on the condition that there was a fair distribution of the electoral power. That was what was asked for in the amendment before their lordships. The Opposition were told that by requir- ing it they were incurring the anger of the country. This was one of the strangest hallucinations that ever en- tered into the minds of any set of men. How could the Opposition incur the anger of the country by ask- ing the country for its opinion on this question ? The matter was in the hands of her Majesty's Government. Even then, at the eleventh hour, they could settle it by doing what would be, he believed, in conformity with the almost unanimous feelings of both sides of the House. The Opposition did not want to reject, shelve, or delay the passing of a measure of reform, but to insure for it that full and comprehensive treatment which it deserved, and on which they believed the integrity and prosperity of this realm depended. Lord Derby did not mean to follow Lord Carnarvon in his funeral oration over the grave of the bill. He asked the Opposition whether the people at large would believe that in carrying the amendment they did not mean to oppose an extension of the franchise. The people would judge not by words, but by acts. He be- lieved that in 99 cases out of 100 in the country recog- nized the revising powers oi that House, but there was just the one out of 100 cases in which they did not recognize it. Such cases had been the Irish Church and Land Bills. As to the question of redistribution, he admitted that a general election under the extended franchise without a redistribution would cause much confusion in our political arrangements, and they ought to do what they could to prevent it; but that inconvenience would be only temporary, whereas he held that to give either branch of the Legislature a retrospective power of preventing the operation of an Act of Parliament would be an uncon- stitutional proceeding. What the Government had done was to provide prospectively that the bill should not come into force till time had been given for the passing of a Redistribution Bill. He submitted to the Opposition that it would have been better for them to have agreed to the second reading and proposed their amendments in Committee, even though the Govern- ment might not have been able to accept them. For himself, though still in favour of having the franchise and redistribution dealt with simultaneously, the system of obstruction which had grown up in the House of Commons rendered it practically impossible to pass a Franchise Bill and a Redistribution Bill in the same session. Lord Brabourne regretted that the action of the Government compelled him to go into the lobby against them, and to close the door of the franchise against two millions of people. The Earl of Rosebery condoled with the noble lord on being always compelled to vote against the Government, and contended that it would have been impossible to carry a measure combining both redistribution and ex- tension of the franchise. The present bill he regarded as a measure alike of expediency and of the highest justice. The Duke of Rutland gave a vigorous support to the amendment; Lord Dalhousie addressed their lordships for the bill; Lord Ravensworth was strongly in favour of the amendment, and the Marquis of Huntly quite as warm in his support of the second reading. Lord Galloway made copious quotations from the speech de- livered by Mr. Gladstone in introducing the bill to show that the right hon. gentleman had adopted an in- consistent course in reference to redistribution. After some observations from Lord Camperdown and Lord Wemyss, The Archbishop of Canterbury said that while he should have wished that the bill was accompanied by a measure of redistribution, he felt bound to vote for the second reading. The Lord Chancellor maintained that the two mil- lions of men whom this bill would enfranchise would wish to have the vote, whatever might happen as to re- distribution. The distribution of electoral powers now in existence was that framed under the Reform Acts of 1832 and 1867, and he could not see what harm would ensue if, through any unforeseen circumstances, a general election occurred before the passing of a Redis- tribution Bill. The noble and learned lord concluded his speech by a solemn exhortation to their lordships not to favour the ill-advised proceeding of opposing the second reading by Lord Cairns's amendment, and thus compromise the character of the House. Lord Salisbury asked the House to rmember that there was no opposition to an extension of the fran- chise, the question being how political power was to be distributed so that the interests of all classes of electors should be protected. The question was whether the promise of the Government to bring in a Redistribu- tion Bill was a sufficient security. Nobody doubted the sincerity of the assurances given their lordships on that point; but for the last four years the Government had not been able to keep their promises. And, even supposing they succeeded in keeping their promise to bring in a Redistribution Bill, would they engage that the House of Lords should have a free hand in modi- fying that measure. The fact was, that if the Government agreed to put in the bill before their lordships a clause providing that it should not come into operation until a Redistribution Bill was passed the matter would be settled. If they did not, the responsibility of the rejection of the bill would rest on them. After a humorous commentary on some of the speeches in support of the bill, the noble lord observed that ex- pressious of indignation out of doors could be pro- duced to order. If a certain number of persons chose to assemble and take wholesome exercise in Hyde- park, their doing so would be no indication of the feel- ing of the constituencies. The Opposition was charged with wanting to bring about a dissolution. Apart from this question they had no wish to do so, for, in a party sense, things were going on charmingly for them; but in reference to this question, not only prudence, but justice, required that the people should be con- sulted. If there were an appeal to the people, the Opposition would not shrink from bowing to their will. Lord Granville contended that the Government had offered every reasonable security for the introduction of a Redistribution Bill, and, with the concurrence of his colleagues, he told their lordships that if the Govern- ment failed to introduce such a bill next year, they would be open to the grave charge of an absolute breach of faith. It was ten minutes past one o'clock when the ques- tion was put and preparations were made for a division. The scene was a splendid and exciting one. The body of the House was crowded with peers, and rarely have the peeresses' galleries presented so brilliant an appear- ance. They were filled with ladies most of whom were in evening dress, and the display of diamonds was extraor- dinary. The rrince of Wales, who had been on the cross benches, entered the space at the foot of the throne, and there watched the division. Members of the other House viewed it from their galleries, which were filled. Most of the peeresses present showed their interest in the proceedings by standing up and leaning across the gilt railing in front of their seats. At half-past one the numbers were announced, and it was found that the motion for the second reading had been rejected by 205 to 146. The amendment, with a veibal amendment suggested by Lord Dunraven, was then put as a sub- stantive motion and agreed to without a division. Their lordships rose at 25 minutes to two o'clock. In the HOUSE OF COMMONS the adjourned debate on the second reading of the London Government Bill was resumed by the Lord Mayor of London, who described the measure as one which nobody wanted, which had evoked no support throughout Jthe metropolis, and which, if passed, must take a very long time to discuss in committee. As the representative of the City he felt bound to oppose it by every means in his power, because it took away, without any cause shown, the ancient rights of the citizens, and because, while it could do no good, it might do a great deal of harm. The debate was continued by Sir S. Waterlow, Lord G. Hamilton, Mr. S. Buxtop, Mr. Boord, Mr. Lyulph Stanley, Sir J. W. Ellis, Mr. George Russell, Sir James M'Garel-Hogg, the Prime Minister later in the evening joining in the discussion, which was ultimately adjourned. Some other bills were forwarded a stage, and the House adjourned at 25 minutes to two o'clock.
RAILWAY RATES. In the HOUSE OF COMMONS, July 9, the adjourned debate was resumed on Sir B. Samuelson's New Standing Order, which proposes to give the Chambers of Com- merce and Agriculture, or other similar bodies repre- senting a particular trade or business a locus standi" before Committees on railway bills. Sir J. Pease warmly opposed it as injurious to the security of all railway shareholders, and predicted that if it were passed no company would hereafter apply for a bill to increase the accommodation which they gave to the public. Sir E. Watkin and others also opposed the Standing Order? as did Mr. Chamberlain, who pointed out that tshe Railway Bill went as far in this direction as was fair to railways. Sir M. Hicks-Beach, Mr. Paget, Colonel Makins, and others supported Sir B. Samuelson. Mr. Laing moved an amendment, which, however, he did not press, and, after a long discussion, the Standing Order was carried by 94 to 84. I TREE-PLANTING IN IRELAND. Mr. Harrington moved the second reading of the Trees Planting (Ireland) Bill, which vests in tenants for a statutory term the property in trees which they plant on their holdings in the same manner as it is enjoyed by tenants for ever, on condition that they register them. Mr. Marum and Mr. Villiers Stuart supported the bill, but Colonel King-Harman, opposed it, holding that few tenants would avail themselves of it for any bene- ficial purpose, and ridiculing the suggestion that it would promote the reafforesting of Ireland. Mr. M. Henry, Mr. Gibson, and Sir H. Bruce spoke, and Mr. Trevelyan, on the part of the Government, accepted the principle of the bill, reserving liberty to move amendments in committee. The bill was read a second time, and Dr. Lyons then moved the second reading of another bill on the same subject-the Waste Lands Afforestation (Ireland) Bill, but he had not concluded his speech when the hour for adjourning the debate arrived. Some other business was disposed of, and the House adjourned at five minutes to six o'clock.
DEATH FROM SUNSTROKE. On Wednesday Mr. George Collier, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Coach and Horses Tavern, Stoke Newington, on the body of William Robert Wright, aged 19 years. Mrs. Hannah Wright, 4, Smalley-road, stated that the deceased was her son, and was a bricklayer's apprentice. On Saturday morning he complained of pains in his head. He went out to work that day and had also been out all the previous day in the sun. When he came home at night he still complained of the pains, and the witness sent for a doctor, who came and prescribed for him, but he died almest immediately. Mr. Waghorn, surgeon, stated that when he was called to the de- ceased he found him suffering from sunstroke, and in a dying condition. He had since examined the body, and found that the actual cause of death was apoplexy of the heart, no doubt accelerated by the sunstroke. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the n-edical testimony.