MESSAGE T(j) PONDOLAND. i PANDO CHIEF IN TROUBLE AT SIGOAN. A Reuter's telegram from Cape Town, dated April 10, says :-A message has been sent to Rig-can, paramount chief of Pondoland, demand- ing an explanation of his conduct in ordering ithe chief8 not to obey the magistrates during Ibis absence in Cape Town.
WELSH COAL TRADE. METING OF THE SLIDING-SCALE COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Monmouthshire and South Wales Coalowners' Association was held on Saturday at the offices of the association, Park- place, Cardiff. Mr. William Evans presided. The principal business was the agreement entered into between the owners and the workmen's representatives at the Westminster Palace Hotel on the 27th of March for the con- tinuation of the existing sliding-scale agree- ment. It was reported to the association that the workmen in the general delegate meeting on the above-mentioned date had confirmed the agreement referred to. ihe associated owners were unanimous in also adopting the agreement entered into by the owners' representatives. The subject of the Bill introduced by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, having for its object the amendment of the Coal Mines Regulaion Act of 1887, was con- sidered, and a committee was appointed to protect the interests of the associated owners and to watch the Bill cn behalf of the colliery owners of South Wales generally. The result of the recent arbitration, when a settlement was arrived at in reference to special rules for adoption at the collieries of Eastern Glamor- ganshire under the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1887, was duly reported upon, and the award entered into by theumpire (his Honour Judge David Lewis) and the arbitrators (Sir William Thomas Lewis for the colliery owners, and Mr. John Batey for the Home Office) was duly confirmed and accepted. Under the award it is understood that the new rules will come into operation at all the col- lieries in the district named on July 1 next. A number of claims for indemnity for recent strikes at certain associated collieries were dealt with by the meeting. We understand that the sliding-scale joint committee will meet at the offices of the asso- ciation, Park-place, Cardiff, on Tuesday next, at ten o'clock, when probably both sides will report the adoption of the agreement entered into on the 27th of March, and the routine work of the committee will proceed as usual. MINERS' REPRESENTATIVES MEET. A meeting of the miners' representatives of the sliding-scale committee was held at the Hotel Metropole on Saturday. The whole of the representatives were present, viz. :—Mr. Abraham (in the chair), Messrs. David Morgan, T. D. Isaac, David Beynon, Thomas Richards, Alfred Onions, Thomas Davies, T. R. Thomas, J. Morgan, Isaac Edwards, Philip George, and the secretary (Mr. Lewis Miles). A discussion took place with reference to the notice given by the Powell-Dyffryn Company to the men em- played at the West Elliott Pit at New Tredegar, and Mr. Miles was requested to arrange for a meeting of the joint committee to take into con- sideration the dispute. The question of the re-distribution of seats on the Sliding-scale committee was considered, and, after a long discussion, during which the application of the hauliers for direct represen- tation upon the sliding-scale committee was carefully gone into, it was resolved that a re- commendation be made at the next general con- ference to create an additional seat, or allow one of the present seats to be given to each electoral district in turn, and that a haulier be returned as a direct representative for the time being of such electoral district. The districts would be furthemore advised to fall in with the scheme. It must be distinctly under- stood that such haulier, when elected, will be considered a general representative.
TEACHERS' UNION. THE QUESTION OF OLD AGE PEN- SIONS DISCUSSED AT NEWPORT. Meetings in connection with the Monmouth- shire District Union of the National Union of Teachers were held at Newport on Saturday, when Mr. T. J. Macnamara, editor of the "Schoolmaster" and vice-president of the I National Union, of Teachers, attended, and delivered addresses. A morning session was held at Stow-hill Board School (Girls'), and about 150 teachers from various centres in the county attended. Mr. R. L. Davies (Newport) occupied tlhe chair.—Mr. T. Harries, of Victoria Board School, was elected as the teachers' repre- tentative on the Monmouthshire Technical In- jrtrucfion Committee.—Two resolutions were passed—one protesting against the diminution of school board areas as allowed by the Parish Councils Act, and another in favour of raising the standard of admission to inter- mediate schools above the fourth elementary standard.—Mr. Macnamara spoke on Union problems of the hour, and made special refe- rences to the superannuation scheme.—In the afternoon a largely-attended public meeting was held at the Town-hall, the mayor (Alderman J. G. Sanders) presiding.—Mr. A. Morris (Newport) moved a resolution to the effect that the scheme contained in the report of the Departmental Committee on Superannuation of Teachers in Elementary Schools afforded a suitable basis for legislation, and trusting that Parliament would legislate on these lines during the present Bess ion.—MT. H. L. Hudson (Blaenavon) secon- ded.—Mr. Macnamara supported the motion. He claimed that the State, by the adoption of a council minute of March 11, 1847, and sub- sequently agreed to by Parliament, entered into an engagement to pension aged and incapaci- tated teachers. The cost to the country for the first year would be jB25,000, in five years JBT.00,000 a year, and in 35 years it would be half a million a year, and it would stay at that figure permanently.—Mr. Whitmell, who also supported the motion, threw out a hint to managers to be as generous as possible in pay- ing class teachers salaries, so that they might be able to contribute towards the cost of annuities. -The motion was also supported by Mr. W. H. Brown, Mr. T. Parry, and Mr. M. Wheeler, and was unanimously agreed to.—Votes of thanks concluded the proceedings.
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL. INTERESTING PARS. ABOUT IN- TERESTING PEOPLE. Sir William Harcourt is hard at work on the final details of his Budget. He rises at five in the morning, and gets three hours' work before breakfast. At a sale of rare books and manuscripts by Messrs. Sotheby, the author's manuscript of Gilbert White's "Natural History and An- tiquities of Selborne" was knocked down for JB294. Thursday nio-M will see the re-opening of the Haymarket Theatre with "John-a-Dreama," in which Mr, Tree, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Nutoombe Gould, Mr. Maurice, and Miss Steer will reappear, with Mrs. Tree as "Kate Cloud." One of the most amusing incidents of the debate on the Bill far regulating the sale of intoxicants in IrelandMiae escaped notice. It was Mr. William Redmond's description of himself as a man who was "more or less temperate." This is almost as good as the famous member of an Australian Parliament who electrified the House by proclaiming him- self "moderately moral." An mormousiy tall fellow is Prince Albert of Prussia, who was mistaken in the Commons lobby the other day for the Kaiser. The Prince is a nephew of the Kaiser Frederick. Whist is a favourite game with the Queen, jnd it is said, too, that many years' practice has rendered her am expert in this pastime. No book on whist is published that the Queen toes not read carefully, and her opinion as to its merits is of value, in the judgment of experts who know the game. The marble staircase of Doreheeter House, which the Ameer's son has taken for the sea- IOU, is supposed to be the finest in Europe, TO. tlhe Opera House in Paris- rhwe ie adso a chimney-piece in the dinitag- x*™ by Alfred Stevens which ranks among she finest examples of modern sculpture. The staircase of CadogaiO House, Chelsea, is also an exceedingly fine one, according to some quite as beautiful as that of Dorchester House. The Battenberg children, who are now on their way home fror* Oimiez, are quite used to travo/wng alone, exoept for the companionship of their governess. Ever when they travel with the yueen, they always occupy a sepa- rata saloon, and only .see their mother, the Princess Beatrice, at rare interftls-not even ajwaye at every atop. Prince Alexander is inclined to patronise hi, entourage, especially on his Continental journeys, by reman of a oesrfcain facility which b. possesses for conversing An the native tongue of France and Germany. The Prin. cese Ena, on the other hand, is more at. tracted b- the humours of Continental dress, and thinks all railway Iandisoapes fcaoue which do not possess « strong human interest in the foreground. .r
Bluejackets Landed. Nicaragua Refused to Comply with the Ultimatum, THE UNION JACK HOISTED. Natives of Corinto Muster in Force and Make an Attempt to Wreck the British Consulate, but Fail to do so. A Central News telegram from Colon on Sun- day says:—The Nicaraguan port of Corinto was occupied by a British naval force early yes- terday morning without opposition. The three days' notice given by Admiral Stephenson of his intention to land an armed force to compel compliance with the British demands ended at midnight on Friday. On the evening of that day the port commandant sent off to the British a telegram just received from his Government at Nicaragua. In this communication the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in dignified lan- guage, declared that the exercise of force of which Admiral Stephenson had given notice was contrary to all sound principles and right as between States and persons. A military occupation of Corinto by a. foreign force would be contrary to the sovereign rights of the Repub- lic and highly offensive to its national dignity and its independence as a State, and, therefore.. the Nicaraguan Government solemnly protested against it. In conclusion the Minister declared that his Government was willing, as it always had been, to refer the matters in dispute to arbitration, or to bring about a settlement of them in any other manner recognised by the laws of nations. Admiral Stephenson merely sent an acknowledgment of this communication by the bearer, and orders were given on the Royal Arthur, the Satellite, and the Wild Swan to prepare for landing part of their crews. The big guns were run out and trained upon the town. It had been reported to the Admiral that artillery had been sent from Managua to Corinto within the past three days, and it was thought just possible that the Bluejackets might have some fighting to do. As night fell the three warshipe became a blaze of light, and the Royal Arthur's great searchlights swept the sea front of Corinto. Considerable move- m' nt was observed ashore, and a.. large crowd was seen on the quay by the Custom House. At midnight the Crews of the three ships were called to quarters, and Captain Trench, on the Royal Arthur, Major Burrows, and other senior officers received their final instructions.' The lowering of boats, twenty altogether, was then commenced. Each had a machine gun in the bows. and officers and men, seamen, and Marines were fully armed as on active service. By half-past twelve the boats were on their way to shore. They main- tained a wide front, and proceeded slowly. The Royal Arthur's guns were fully manned, ready to shell the town at the first shot fired from the shore. One of the Royal Arthur's pinnaces was the first to reach the quay. Major Bu'r- rowes drew up- his Marines on the ouay, a small crowd of Americans and Europeans, including a New York newspaper correspondent, looking admiringly on, and then marched them to the Custom House. A strong force of Bluejackets, under Lieutenant Moggridge, moved off to the barracks adjoining the Custom House. Both buildings were occupied without resistance, and the British flag was at onoe hoisted. Patrols of Marines and Bluejackets were then sent through the town. Many of the citizens were in the street or at their windows, but there was no hostile demonstration of any kind. The couple of hundred Nicaraguan troops who formed the garrison of Corinto had retired early in the evening across the lagoon, with the small Krupp field guns. They are said to be under orders to resist any advance of the invaders inland. Admiral Stephenson will not move from Corinto, however, unless attacked. The Nioarguan Government officials accompanied the troops. Captain Trench is installed as Governor of Corinto in the offioers' quarters at the barracks. Up till last evening everything was perfectly quiet at Corinto, and the towns- people had shown no disposition to resent the intrusion of British sailors and soldiers. At eight o'clock last evening- H.M.S. Wild Swan left Corinto for San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua's second port. The telegraph station at Corinto had been moved some miles inland, and could not be used by Admiral Sbephenson to forward his dispatches to London. These are aboard the Wild Swan, but it is not certain whether the I telegraph office at San Juan del Sur will be I found open for business. NICARAGUA'S INTENTIONS. A Central News telegram from Washington on Saturday evening says :—Senor Guzman. the Nicaraguan Minister, this afterncon received a telegram from his Government at Managua, stating that the British admiral (Stephenson) had unwarrantably landed an armed force and occupied Corinto. The dispatch added that the Nicaraguan troops were withdrawn from Coiinto on Friday afternoon, and tEat no oppo- sition was offered to the British. Senor Guzman at once proceeded to the Department of State, and communicated to Mr. Gresham the not un- expected intelligence which he had received. So far Nicaragua has acted in complete disre- gard to the advice tendered to her by the United States, and the Government at Managua even now shows no disposition to listen to the counsels of moderation. A semi-official dispatch which reached here less than an hour ago declares positively that Nicaragua will absolutely refuse to pay one dollar of indemnity, or to give England any satisfaction whatsoever, so long as her forces remain on Nicaraguan soil. If this mood should continue, there is no knowing how long the British may occupy Corinto, and in this uncertainty there is embarrassment for the United States Govern- ment, and danger of complications. Efforts will be renewed, however, for bringing the dis- pute to all early conclusion through the good offices of the United States. It is hoped that the British Government, having demonstrated its strength, might be induced to stretch a. point or two in concession to Nicaraguan suscep- tibilities. Admiral Stephenson, it is under- stood, has completed the work entrusted to him, and will make no further move until Lord Kimberley sends him fresh instructions. The only immediate danger is thought to be that the Nicaraguan army, incited by its hotheaded officers, may make some foolhardy attempts upon Corinto. EXCITEMENT IN NICARAGUA. ATTEMPTED ATTACK UPON THE BRITISH CONSULATE. A Central News telegram from New York on Sunday says:—A dispatch from Managua to the "New York World" states that great ex- citement prevails there. On Friday a mob of excited patriots marched upon the British Con- sulate with the avowed intention of wrecking it, but they were prevented by a, strong force of polioe. The correspondent adds that the Nicaraguan Government is taking every possible measure to restrain the populace and to protect the British and other foreigners from the vio- lence of the mob. Further advices from Managua to-day atatie that the Nicaraguan Government still cherisheB the hope that England may re-open diplomatic discussion of the points at issue and will withdraw or modify her demands if it can be shown that Vice-Consul Hatch Was really guilty of the charges upon which he was arrested. Wifh this idea the Government has sent to London what are declared to be ample proofs of the vice-consul's guilt. These documents, it is said, include letters admittedly in the handwriting of Mr. Hatch in which he incited the Jamaicans against the Government of Nicaragua. Mean- while, in the continued hope of obtaining a com- promise, President Zelaya, bravely disregarding the popular clamour, steadily refused to take the extreme step of handing Mr. Gosiling, the British Minister, his passports. A later dispatch from "Pass Decaballose"' states that a plan to isolate the British at Corinto is being carefully earned oat." NICARAGUA'S REPLY. BOYCOTTING BRITISH TRADE. A Dalziel's telegram from New York on Sun- day says: —Advioes received here from Corinto state that the reply of the Nicaraguan Govern- ment to Rear-admiral Stephenson's ultimatum was delivered at seven o'clock on Saturday night, and is as follows:—"The Government of Nicaragua regrets its inability to comply with your wishes, arid there can be no doubt that justice bids us refuse to comply with the terms of your ultimatum. The Government of Nicaragua. considers the proposed method of carrying the ultimatum into effect contrary to all sound principles a.nd to the rights of indivi- duals, and in virtue thereof solemnly protest against the occupation of Corinto and against all acts of Jurisdiction your subordinates may exercise. We a.lso protest against the violent means which may be used to force Nicaragua to comply with the ultimatum as being contrary to the Sovereignty of the Republic, and highly offensive to its dignity and independence. We persist in proposing arbitration and the other means recognised by the laws of nations for the settlement of such questions in dispute." The Nicaraguans have burned the bridge across the lagoon, and Corinto is now completely isolated. The inhabitants who have not fled are already feeling the want of provisions. No supplies have bpou brought into the city since Thursday. '1 ue supply of fresh water is scant The native troops encamped at the lower end of the city, to the number of 1,500 or more, were largely reinforced last night. They have now retired to the mainland, where they are encampd. The Government of Nicaragua announce that San Juan del Eur will take the place of Corinto as the port of entry. H.M.S. announce that San Juan del Sur will take the day late in the evening, ostensibly for the pur- pose of forwarding dispatches to Lord Kimber- ley. General Zelaya announced his intention of sending the British representative his pass- ports to-morrow. A proclamation by General Zelaya to the following effect has been issued —"Any goods landed at Corinto will be looked upon as smuggled goods, even though duties be paid. British goods brought into the interior will be seized. Thie right to import such goods into the country is hereby annulled, and such goods are not to be landed at any Nicara- guan port." THE ANTI-ENGLISH FEELING. A Reuter's telegram from New York on Sun- day says —According to the Corinto correspon- dent of the "New York World," the public feeling against President Zelaya is intense. He is accused of duping ihis own people, and of trying to deceive the United States. The Government are making strenaous efforts to prevent anti-British demonstrations in the capital and a!t Leon. Urgent representations are being made to President Zelaya to hand Mr. Gosling, the British Minister, his passports. The excited state of feeling prevailing in Managua is shown by a dispatch, which states that a great crowd of the inhabitants assembled on Friday, end, proceeding in a body to the Government House, demanded that the Govern- ment should refuse to comply with the ulti- matum, and resent the insult on their country. They then paraded the streets, shouting "Hur- rah for free Nicaragua and for the Americans "Down with the English!" "Death tc, the tyrants." Passing the British Consulate ihe mob attempted to tear down the escutcheon, but they were frustrated by a foreo of 50 police, who threatened to use thpir revolvers if the crowd did not desist from their attempt. Mem- bers of all classes of the community are entreat- ing the authorities to furnish them with arms, in, order that they may go to Corinto and fight in deferce of their country. At a public meet- ing which was held telegrams were despatched to other towns urging the inhabitants to join in resistance on the part of the whole country. NICARAGUA OBSTINATE. The "New York Herald" publishes a tele- gram from a special correspondent at Corinto stating that, taking advantage of the present uneasiness throughout the Republic of Nicara- gua, due to the landing of British forces, and their occupation of Corinto. the opposition party are making an attempt to overthrow the present administration by force of arms. The Govern- ment. having knowledge of this, are adopting measures to suppress them. Senor Cabez, as Governor of Mosquito territory, has been re- called, but he refused to surrender except to force. The newly-appointed Governor, Senor Duerte, leaves on Monday with a forcet to sugdue Cabezas. Business in Corinto is paralysed. The Custom House and Post Office are still closed, but foreigners hope the Govern ment >v~ill soon come to terms. It is rumoured that Nicaragua's action was prompted by the advice of Senor Gusman, Nicaraguan Minister at Washington. Further advices from Managua state that the Nicaraguan Government still cherishes the hope that England may re-open diplomatic discussion of the points at issue, and will withdraw or modify her terms, if it can be shown Mr. Hatch, vice-consul, is really guilty of the charges upon which lie was arrested. Wit.h this idea, the Government has sent to London what declared to be ample proofs of the vice-consul's guilt. These docu- ments include letters, which are said to be admittedly the handwriting of Mr. Hatch, in which he incited Jamaicans against Nicaragua. A semi-official dispatch, which reached Washing- ton on Saturday, declares positively Nicaragua will absolutely refuse to pay one. dollar in- demnity. or give England any satisfaction what- soever, so long as the British force remains on Nicaragua soil. If this attitude is main- tained, there is no telling how long the British occupation may con- tinue. Another dispatch from Corinto states that the President ordered no Pacific mail steamers shall call at the port. Robberies have been committed, and the inhabitants remain in dread of further outrages, as there is no polioe force. Nicaraguan Government is about to send a protest to Rear-admiral Stephenson to the effect that he will be held responsible for any outrages or losses sustained by the inhabi- tants..
CHITRALi EXPEDITION. GENERAL GATACBE IS PUSHING ONWARDS. A Central News telegram from Ouzara on Sunday says: —General Gatacre has made much better progress during the last two days. After crossing several swollen streams with much difficulty. he reached the foot of the great Lowari Pass on Thursday. Nothing could be seen of the enemy, and the Goorkhas, who reconnoitred the pass, found it deserted. There was much snow in the pass, and the track could not be seen. For a considerable way up much snow-cutting was necessary. General Gatacre decided to cross in several detach- ments. The first to start were 300 men of the East Kent. They found it stiff going, but reached the summit without casualties. The transport animals gave much trouble to get up the ammunition and commissariat. The mules struggled to the top fully loaded. The other animals were sent up with only half loads, and did better. As the animals reached the top of the pass they were turned loose and left to shift for themselves. This they did very well. Some had to be helped by ropes, but most of them made their way down the snow road at a smart pace. A few slipped and rolled over and over for hundreds of yards before they fetched up against something solid. The Buffs bivouacked well on the northern side of the pass. Early yesterday the second half of the battalion and the Goorkhas crossed the pass with comparative ease. The re- mainder of the flying column remain here for the present, as General Gatacre does not ex- pect to encounter opposition, and supplies are wanted. ALL WELL AT CHITRAL. A Central News telegram from Simla. on Saturday says —A further dispatch from Dr. Robertson has been received here in which he enters in some detail into the services rendered during the siege by the various officers who were shut up with him. Special tribute is paid to Captain Colin Campbell, of the Central India Horse, who was in military command of the little garrison. Captain Campbell was badly wounded in the reconnaissance of March 3. but refused to lay up. Surgeon Whit- church frequently urged him to give the wound a chance by resting, but he refused. He re- tained oommand throughout, and worked inces- santly, encouraging the men and devising new schemes of defence. Dr. Robertson confirms the report of the conspicuous gallantry displayed by Surgeon Whitchurch in carrying Captain Baird out of action. The captain was mortally wounded, but Surgeon Whitchuroh would not abandon him, although running serious danger of capture by the enemy. The gallant deed was performed under a heavy fire at close quarters. HONOURS FOR COLONEL KELLY, The Central News understands that Colonel Kelly has been recommended for K.C.B. and brevet rank of major-general. CAPTURE OF SHER AFZAL. Sher Afzal, the Chitrali Prince and sup- corter of Umra Khan, who besieged Chitral until Colonel Kelly's relief froce arrived, Was brought :n on Saturday evening with his brothers and some 300 followers- The prisoners were placed m safe confinement. Eighty-one rifles were taken from them. The Khan of Dir rendered great assistajr.ee to the British in the capture of fugitives. More prisoners are expected to be brought in shortly. Lieu- tenant Robertson, intelligense offirer, while re- connoitring on the bank of Panjora River, was* attacked and slightly wounded in the hand and head.
CHINA AND JAPAN. FRANCE AND ENGLAND'S POLICY IN THE EAST. A Reuter's telegram from Paris on Sunday says:—The "Matin" this morning expresses the belief that there we surprises in store for France in connection with Lord Kimberley's policy in the Far East, ana that they will pro- bably be of a pleasant character. THE PEACE TREATY. A Reuter's telegram from New York on Sunday says:—The "New York World" pub- lishes the following telegram from Tokio: — "The Japanese are amazed a.t the aggressive combination against the peace treaty. The Cabinet are deliberating upon this new phase of the situation." WILL JAPAN REVISE THE TREATY ? A Reuter's telegram from Paris on Saturday say a:—A report is current on the Bourse tha4 the Japanese Government has agreed to revise the peace treaty as desired by the intervening Powers.
4 sub-committee of the property and markets committee met on Saturday morning in the Town-clerk's office at the Town hall, Cardiff, to consider the proceedings to be taken in the action brought by Lord Bute against the corporation with regard to the River Taff.
Bursting of a Reservoir APPALLING CATASTROPHE IN FRANCE. People, Animals, and Houses Washed Away, and Whole Hamlets Obliterated. For a distance of ten miles the district of the Vosges near Bousey was on Saturday devastated by the bursting of the dam of a large supply reservoir used to feed an impor- tant canal. Latest returns place the loss of life at 100, while the damage to property is enormous. Below will be found details of the catastrophe: — Dalziel's Paris correspondent telegraphs: —A terrible catastrophe, resulting in a fear- ful loss of life, occurred on Saturday morn- ing at Bousey, alose to Epinal, in the Vosges. through the bursting of a dam enalosing over seven million cubic yards of water. The accident happened with appalling suddenness, and within a few moments houses, hamlets, and villages were swept away, and the peaceful valley was a terrible ycene of death and devastation. The occur- rence was totally unexpected, the walls burst- ing without a moment's warning, and before the unhappy people could attempt to fly for safety a heavy volume of water was upon them, and they were carried away with irresistible velocity. The dam in question was constructed in 1879, and took five years to complete. It forms an immense reservoir for the anal de l'Est, and contained over seven million cubic yards of water. The wall which burst was 60ft. in height and almost 60ft. thick at the base, which was carried underground to a depth of 27ft., the foundation consisting of solid sandstone. The reservoir has been full since 1890, and has never given the slightest indication of weak- ness. Shortly after five o'clock on Saturday morning, however, the wall gave way and an enormous mass of water poured out." The little hamlet of Bousey was overwhelmed in a moment, and already 40 out of its 67 inhabitants are known to have perished. Continuing its mad course, the torrent swept through Aviere, Uxeguey, and Sanchey, destroying everything in its path. Houses, people, and cattle were whirled into the vortex, while hundreds of yards of railway, together with several bridges, were carried to the river at the extreme end of the valley. The destruction of property is enormous, while for the present it is quite impossible to correctly estimate the number of lives lost. Up to the time of telegraphing 38 bodies had been recovered, but the total is sure to be considerably added to before the work of rescue is concluded. THE WORK OF RESCUE. Directly the news of the disaster became known the officials of the department took immediate measures to render assistance to the victims, and relief parties were organised and sent out. The Prefect of the vosges himself directed the operations, a telegram from the Minister of the Interior having ordered him to spare no efforts to prevent fur- ther loss of life and damage to property. Experts are, already examining what remains of the dam with a view to explaining the causa of the accident. FRIGHTFUL DEATH-ROLL. A later telegram from Dalziel gives addi- tional particulars showing that the hainlet of Bousey itself has completely disappeared. Not a vestige of it remains, and the country for miles around is flooded several feet deep with water. The River Moselle, which runs along the bottom of the Valley of Aviere, has been converted into a rushing torrent, and is everywhere overflowing its banks. Hundreds of head of cattle have been drowned, and fresh bodies of human beings are being continually washed up. Eight persons were drowned at Chatel and Nomexy, although these two villages are quite fifteen kilometres distant from Bouzey. Twenty-three people are reported dead at Uxeguey, and every moment adds to the total of the drowned. Altogether, it is believed that at least 100 persons have perished, while most of those who succeeded in escaping with their lives have lost all their property. The majority of them saved nothing beyond the olothes they had on. Their houses and barns have been swept away, and their fields and gardens are several feet under water. The Canal de l'Est has run dry for a considerable dis- tance in consequence of the bursting of the storage reservoir. It is estimated that the damage to property amounts to five millions of francs. It is said that M. Felix Faure intends to start at once for the scene of the disaster in order to personally supervise the measures for the relief of the sufferers. DESCRIPTION OF THE CATAS- TROPHE. A Reuter's telegram from Epinal, says: — Had the water been able to spread over any great extent of level country, -he disaster would not have been so serious as the flooding of the surrounding' country would have been gradual. But the Epinal region is almost mountainous, and the waber, hemmed in on either side by high hills, tore down the narrow valley, into which it poured in a huge wave, carrying away houses, farm build- ings, bridges, trees, and even whole planta- tions, and finally emptying itself into the Moselle at Nomexey and Chatel. Along the whole of the valley thus swiept by the inunda- tion, a distance of nearly ten miles, the damage done was enormous, but, owing to the great extent of the country affected, the full dimen- sions of the calamity cannot yet be ascer- tained. In some places houses were swept bodily from their foundations and carried down to lowier levels, at others the rush of water caused them to collapse on the spot. The villages of Boueey, situated directly below the reservoir, has been completely destroyed, together with a large fish-breeding establish- ment situated almost on the banks of the re- servoir. Not a house in the place is left standing. Rushing on down the valley from Bousey, the torrent of water inundated the villages of Les Forges, Uxegney, Darnieulles, Budegney, Domeure, and a number of hamlets, and finally, at the northern end of the valley, the village of Nomexey.,where the flood poured into the Moselle. At Les Forges, a place of 1,400 inhabitants, only a few houses remain; at Uxegney, a village of 600 inhabitants, the loss of life was especially great, no less than 23 having been drowned. At Darnieulles, the next village, with 600 inhabitants, every build- ing has been swept away. At Nomexey, too, a number of inhabitants perished, although this village is situated at the extreme northern end of the desolated valley at the spot where the Aviere pours into the Moselle, and is dis- tant nearly ten miles from the broken dam. The rush of water was so sudden that many were caught before they could reach either higher ground or get into upper storeys of houses which were flooded to a depth of more than 6ft. SCENES OF DESOLATION. The whole of the Aviere Vaflley presents a scene of utter desolation. The roads are strewn with debris deposited by water and with bodies of dead cattle. At Domerre seventeen houses have been destroyed, 25 of the inhabitants being drowned. At Oncourt three houses have collapsed, while one life has been lost. According to later information from Uxegney, seventeen persons are missing and sixteen houses have been carried away. DISTRESS AMONGST THE SURVIVORS. Great distress prevails. Numbers of small farmers are ruined, hundreds of people are homeless, and, owing to the early hour at which the catastrophe occurred, many have lost even their clothes, having escaped in their night garments, without having had time to dress themselves. Many of the inhabi- tants, too, are in actual want of food, all pro- visions in their villages having been either washed away or spoiled. The railway between Epinal and Chaumont is interrupted at Dar- nieulles, and the line between here and Narco is also flooded and quite impassable. The total damage is roughly estimated at over 50,000,000f. (two millions sterling). A DEATH-ROLL OF 100. A Reuter's telegram from Epinal on Sun- day says: —The list of fatalities now exceeds a hundred. The representatives of the Government sent from Paris by the Ministries of the Interior and Public Works arrived this morning: Many persons are still missing, and it is not known whether they also are among the victims. ? DISTRIBUTION OF STATE RELIEF. A Router's telegram from Paris on Sunday says :—M. Dupuy Dutemps, Minister of Public Works, arrived at Toulon this morning on a. visit to his son. He will leave this evening for Epinal. M. Leygues, Minister of the Interior, also leaves this evening for that place, in order to take further relief to the victims. In addi- tion to the sum of 3,000f. already sent by him, ho will distribute a further S.OOOf., out of 'ih* funds of his department, and a further contribution of l,000f. from President Faure. Madame Furtado Heine has presented 20,000f. to the sufferers. ANOTHER ACCOUNT. A GREATLY INCREASED DEATH- ROLL. A Central News telegram from Paris says — The earlier report; of the Bousey disaste-, akiming as they were, g-ave but an imperfect idea of the magnitude of the disaster. The loss of life is now believed to have been quite. 100, and the damage to property is estimated at between 40,000,000f. and 50,000,000f. The disaster has many points of resemblance to the great catastrophe in Peiuieylvania some years ago. The first effect of the collapse of the great reservoir dyke was to pour a huge mass of water into the canal, which, indeed, was already connected with the reservoir, and the sudden rise burst the canal banks. Several miles of canal were soon drained dry, and the water, uniting with that from the reservoir, rushed down the valley hi one vast torrent, v/lnch carried everything before it, until it rtp.ohed the River Moselle, twelve miles from Bousey. Few people were about, owing to the early hour, and the first warning received by the majority of the villagers was the terrific roar of the torrent a.s it ap- proached. But even this enabled many people to scramble out of their houses and make for the hillsides. Most of the fugitives were but flimsily clad, and they suffered much from the keen morning air. The course of the aqueous avalanche can be traced only too plainly for over nine miles by the wreckage of houses and the bodies of drowned animals. In the whole of its course not one bridge was able to with- stand it. All were swept away, and it is doubtful if a single building resisted the full force of-the torrent. On the fringe, so to speak, a good many houses escaped with comparatively slight damage, and these gave shelter to the thousands of homeless sufferers. The village of Bousey has practically ceased to exist, for it was struck by the torrent when at its wildest. Portions of the chief village tavern have been found in the Moselle, eleven miles distant, and the village may be said to have been strewn along the full length of the valley. At Uxe- guey three-fourths of the houses were swept away, and 30 persons perished. At Nomexy, ten miles from the Bouzey end of the valley, a dozen houses were destroyed and as many people drowned, although the force of the torrent when it reached that village had lost some of its strength. At Darnieulles only a. few houses on the higher slopes of the hills have escaped undamaged. Most of the buildings were wrenched from their fourdations and carried down the valley in the forefront of the torrent. For several miles the swiftly moving wreckage acted at times like battering rams against build- ings which for a moment looked as though they might withstand the flood. No human being caught by the torrent stood the smallest chance of escape. The most powerful swimmer could not help himself; the strong and the weak were equally doomed. Most of the bodies were badly knocked about; probably as many were killed by the whirling wreckage as were drowned in the flood. Liberal State help or a national subscription or both will be re- quired if the distress caused by this disaster is to be adequately coped with. Thousands of acres of growing crops and hundreds of valu- able cattle have been destroyed, a.s well as house property and personal effects. It is esti- mated that 200 formerly prosperous families have been suddenly reduced to utter destitu- tion. The bare construction of roads, bridges. and railway tracks will cost hundreds of thousands of francs. A Central News telegram on Sunday says — All the neighbouring towns have sent help in a generous measure to the sufferers, and the President of the Republic and several Ministers have despatched special representatives to the scene, with sufficient funds to relieve the imme- diate necessities of the victims. The material damage done by the torrent may prove to be rather less than the early estimates, but, un- happily, the loss of life will prove to be great. As the exploring parties proceed with their work in the devastated valley they constantly find additional corpses, and the Procureur of the Republic of Epinal, who is showing most praiseworthy activity in this sad business, is of opinion that the death-roll will aggregate at least 127. At what was once the village of Domevres, for instance, 32 bodies have been found, although it was at first hoped that the poor people had escaped. These bodies, some of them sadly disfigured, were buried to-day, amid touching scenes of public sorrow, in several other villages the victims were interred to day. The survivors do not seem to have recovered from their terror, and most of them are wandering hopelessly about their ruined homesteads. It was at five o'clock in the morning that the dam burst, according to a resident in the district. A noise like thunder accompanied the giving way cf the banks, and the sound was heard TpoM than six miles away. An avalanche of water poured with irresistible force from the reservoir to the Aviere Valley, reaching as fa.r as Darneuilles. At the last-named place a mill factory was carried away, and also a portion of the railway station. The appearance ..)f the district after some portion oi the flood had found an outlet was that of a huge swamp, with here and there the wreckage from the houses and bridges demolished. Bousey Lake, once a nretty piece of water, now presents the appear- ance of a ghastly hole 150 yards wide. Mud has lieen left by the retiring flood upwards of a foot deep in many places, and soldiers are still diligently searching in this morass for the bodies of the victims of the calamity. The ouestion as to what the disaster may be attri- buted is being extensively discussed, but at nresent no definite statement can be made. It is, however, asserted that at the moment of bursting the water in the reservoir was abo^e its normal level, and, further, that the form of the wall forming the dam, which was straight, instead of presenting a convex or angular sur- face to tho force of the water, is responsible for the burst. Several inhabitants of Epinal say that the da.m was cracked years ago, but no trustworthy evidence on this point can be ob- tained. CAUSE OF THE DISASTER. A Reuter's telegram from Paris says:—It appears that the inhabitants of the village of of Bonsey and surrounding country were warned some years ago that the dam of the reservoir was not safe, and tnat they should be prepared for emergency. That people were conscious of possible danger is shown by the fact that the hands at the factory at Epinal, on hearing the roar of the torrent, immediately exclaimed, "The Bonsey dam has given way." The rupture of the embankment is attributed to the faulty design. The cfnef Government engi- neer of the district in charge of the work when the dam was built came into severe conflict with his colleagues, owing to his insisting upon the execution of his plan, in accordance with which the embankment was quite straight throughout its entire length, instead of being curved, as usual. It is to this want of curva- ture that the disaster is believed to be primarily due. The reservoir was, however, faulty in other respects, for when it was finished and water let in for the first time, it was found that repairs were necessary before the operation of filling could be completed. The reservoir has an area of a million square metres and a total capacity of seven minion cubic metres. Water is derived from the Moselle above Remiremont. In 1880 extensive repairs were done to the dam, costing more than l,000,000f. Four years later a large fissure appeared, which was immediately filled in with a covering of concrete. In the following year the supply con- duit broke above the Rousey, with the result that the highroad from Epinal to Remiremont was carried away for a distance of twenty metres, and two factories and several houses were destroyed. Nobody, however, was hurt. In 1892 a second accident ocourred. near Epinal. It is stated that during the last two years the dam has yielded considerably to the pressure of water, and a bend about a metre in depth was found. The disaster, it is thought, may have been partly due to the insufficient watch- fulness of the enspecting engineer for the reser- voir. having been ill for the past fort-night Indignation is. expressed that the people were not made aware, of their, great (ranger when the first fissure appeared, and that facilities were not given them to leave the region. The loss of life at Demevre, where 37 persons perished, would have been greater if the village school- master
TILL ROBBERIES. ? ARREST OF THE SUSPECTED THIEF AT CARDIFF. For some time past 'the Cardiff police have been icceiving information of till robberies which have taken place, more especially in the bars of several public-houses in the town. As a consequence, the licensed victuallers of Cardiff whose premises are situated in certain thoroughfares have reoeived warning from the head-cccstable (Mr. MoKenzie) to be on their guard. On Saturday last Mr. William Graf- fvrder, proprietor of the Bute Hotel, Bute- road, informed the police that a robbery had been committed on his premises,, the till in the bar having been relieved of about 16s., and several articles of value taken from the upstairs apartments in the house. Acting on a descrip- tion of a man who was suspected of the theft, Detective Scott on Saturday afternoon suc- ceeded in capturing in Bute-street a person who gave the name of Charles Stenner, On searching Stenner the detective found some of the missing property, and at once took his cap- tive to the police-station.# This (Monday) morningihe will be brought up a.t Cardiff Police- court and charged with the theft.
At the monthly meeting of the Monmouth Rural District Council on Saturday Mr. S. C. Bosanquffc was re-elected chairman for the en- suing year and Mr. John Davis vice-chairman. It W3f:C unanimously agreed to advertise for a medK:nl officer of health for the district a.t a salary of £3.5 per annum. The clerk laid on the table the estimates for tha half-Mar. I
OSCAR WILDE CASE, The Trial at the Old Bailey The trial of Oscar Wilde and Alfred Taylor was resumed on Saturday at the Central Crimi- nal Court (before Mr. Justice Charles and a common jury). When the jury answered to their names, there was a much smaller atten- dance of the public than on Friday. Thu prisoners took their teats in the dock at half past ten, and Sir Edward Clarke, on be- half of Wilde, iesuited the cro&s-examination of Alfred Wood. The witness said it was after he told Wilde in 1392 that he wished to get away from the persons with whom, up to that time, he was associated, that Wilde gave him the money with which he went to America. He returned in 1894 ill, and had not yet fully recovered. May I take it that you have been into em- ployment since?—Yes. He received £ 175 altogether from the man. Allan. He got employment in America with a chance of leading a decent life, but he re- turned and got associated with these people again. Witness wrote the name of the place where he was last employed. His work was that of a junior ckrk. He did not remember when he left the situation. He had money left him by his father. The learned counsel next addressed questions to Wood on the subject of the letters of Wilde to Lord A. Douglas. At the time he was sup- posed to have given up the letters, there was one remaining which was not given up. It was in the possession of Allan, and never came back into his own possession. He knew that par- ticular letter was copied. He was the worse for drink, when he first accompanied Wilde to Tite-street, Chelsea. He had visited Charles Parker at Camera-square, since his return from America. Purker might have introduced him to the landlady as his brother. Re-examined by Mr. Gill, Wood said Wilde was the first man with whom he ever committed indecency. He was irst introduced to Taylor by a gentleman whose name had not been men- tioned in this case. He found the letters in the pockets of some clothes given to him by Lord Alfred Douglas at Oxford. Thomas Price, waiter, 10 and 11, St. James's- place, proved Wilde's occupancy of rooms at that address. Wilde was visited there by Taylor, Parker, Atkins, Scarfe, and other young men. Wilde did not often sleep at St. James's- piace. Cross-examined: Wilde had books a.nd papers there, and his suite of rooms was near the street. Frederick Atkins deposed that he knew both prisoners. A gentleman introduced him to Taylor, and Taylor introduced him to Wilde at the Cafe Florence. At dinner Wilde kissed til- waiter. Wilde invited witness to go to Paris as his private secretary, and he accepted. He again described the visit to the hairdresser's, where Wilde and the operator conversed in French, and witness's hair was curled. (Laugh- ter.) Wilde asked him not to visit the Moulin Rovge. He went. (Laughter.) His Lordship: Have you 'told us all he said? Atkins: Wilde said, "Don't go to those women, they'll ruin you." Wilde said this on sever.-tl occasions. The following morning Wilde came into wit- ness's bedroom allld made a. proposal to him. On returning from Paris, Wilde gave him a. silver cigarette case. He visited Wilde at Tite- street in response to a letter. On going to Tite- street he handed Wilde the letter, because it contained a postscript that he was to bring it with him. On his giving the letter to Wilde, prisoner remarked, "Don't say anything about going to Paris." He knew a youth named Mavor. Had hie any nicknames?—Yes, "Jenny." Cross-examined by Sir E. Clarke He at first undeistood that ho was going to Par's with a gertleman, but, as he could not cross over at the time arranged, Wilde, who was going to Paris, took him. Has any act of indecency ever taken pla«e between you and Wilde?—No, he was certain. He returned from Paris with Wilde, He had assisted Burton as a bookmaker's clerk since Christmas, 1891. Witness had also acted as a comedian. Have you and Burton been jointly engaged in the business of blackmailing?—I don't re- member. (Laughter.) What other names have you gone by?—Fred Denny. Has Burton got money from men on the ground that they committed indecent acts with you?—No. Have you ever gone out into the streets in woman's dress?—No. Sir Edward handed a slip of paper to Atkins, accompanying it by the question, "Do you know the name written there?"—Atkins: No. Do you know anything about a Birmingham gentleman ?—No. Did a Birmingham gentleman go with you on thu 9th of June, 1891, to rooms occupied by you in Tachbrook-street? Did Burton come into the room very shortly afterwards, and did you and Burton, between you, get a large sum of money from this gentleman?—No. You swear nothing of the kind took place?— I swear it. Had "Denis J. Burton" taken the rooms in laenbrook-street for you?—No; he took them for himself. Did you, on the 9th of June, 1891 meet the gc-ntleman whose name I have written down at the Criterion?—No. Did not the gentleman go with you to the rooms in Tachbrook-street from the Criterion, and did not Burton come in and demand money, and threaten to have him locked up?—No. Did you take the gentleman's watch and chain, and give it tp Burton?—No. And were you and Burton taken to Rochester- street Police-station, and did you there give up the watch and chain?—No. You say nothing of the kind happeued?— No. Have you occupied rooms in Pimlico?—Yes. Did you, in August, 1892, dress up as a. woman, and take a gentleman to your rooms in Pimlico?—I never dressed as a woman in my life. Did not Burton find you in bed with a gentle- man, and did he not get from the gentleman a cheque for £ 200?—Not to my knowledge. Did you and Burton, about two years ago, extort a large sum of money from two American gentlemen at the Hotel Victoria, Northumber- land-avenue?—No; I have never been there. Did you and Burton attempt to blackmail a gentleman at Gaze's Hotel, Nice?—No. And was there a quarrel between you and Burton ?—There might have been a little row. Burton was known in the betting-ring as "Watson," and witness was called "Fred." Cross-examined by Mr. Grain: He was a.t Scarborough about a year ago, fulfilling a sing- ing engagement at the Aqoarium there. He heard the name of a foreign count, whose yacht was in the bay. He did not know the count. He did not obtain nearly JB500 from this foreign nobleman, neither did Burton, to his knowledge. He did not, while living in Buckingham Palace-road, steal a pocket-book belonging to an old City gentleman, and then go to his office and threaten to expose the con- tents of the book unless he received a certain sum of money. Mrs. Applegate, of Osnaburgh-street, deposed to visits of Taylor and Wilde to Atkins at that additss. Sidney Mavor, who described himself as hold- ing a partnership in the City, was next called, and examined by Mr. Gill. He was intro- duced to Taylor at a thieatre, and stayed with him at Little College-street. He slept with Taylor on more than one occasion. He was introduced to Wilde at a. dinner at. Kettner's. Wilde sent him a cigarette case. He stayed at the Albemarle Hotel with Wilde on one occa- sion. He took a bag to the hotel, l«cause, liv- ing at North Kensington, he thought it would be impossible to gat home. Wilde had wished him to dine at the Albemarle, and he replied by telegram. Their bedrooms adjoined. What took place between you that night?— Nothing. How did you addres each other?—I called'him Mr. Oscar Wilde, and he addressed me as Sidney. Is there not a nickname by whioh you are called?—No. Further examined, witness said he was of no occupation 9It the time of his visits to Little College-street. He lent Taylor money. By Sir Edward Clarke: Nothing improper ever took place between himself and Wilde. The drainer at which he was introduced to Wilde was given by a. gentleman of very good social position. Mr. Gill: Was the gentleman who gave the dinner a gentleman about your own age?— Yes. And you had seen him at Little College- street?—Yes. Did you understand that the occasion of the dinner was the first meeting of Taylor and WildeY-Yeø. Edward Shelley, an assistant to a Vigo-street firm of publishers, who acted for Wilde in 1891, was the next witness. Shelley described Wildes professed interest in his literary studies and his acceptance of an invitation to dinner a.t the Albemarle. When asked to tell the jury what afterwards took place in Wilde's bedroom. he pathetically appealed to counsel to read it, and spare him the shame of repeating it. His Lordship referred to his own copy of Shelley's deposition, and Mr. Avory continued the examination by informing the witness that it would be necessary to answer unpleasant questions. Shelley then deposed to several acts of in- decenoy, repeating several times the observa- tion that he did not know what Wilde was when he accepted the invitation to dinner. "You are asked to answer the questions," sharply interposed Sir Edward Clarke. "I am doing so to the best of my ability." Shelley tremulously replied. He declined the invita- r,io.n. «t W X1- 'P-;<di.ton. and while at Cromer destroyed his letters and pre- sentation books, and wrote him a letter declining to hav-e, anything further to do with a man "of his morality." The court adjourned for luncheon. Examined by Sir E. Clarke: He wrote a letter to Wilde in the spring of 1893, saying, "1 have suffered more from my acquaintance- ship with you than you are ever likely to know of. Further than this he did not remember the exa-ct terms of the letter, but he accused Wilde of being an immoral man. Why did you go to dine with Wilde at the Albemarle the fame night?—I was only eigh- teen he was a man of 39, and I tried to think the best of him. Why did you go again?—Because I suppose I was a young fool. Mr. Wilde has never given you money as the price of that sin?—No. But you had appealed to him. and he had befriended you in other ways?—Yes. Had it occurred to you before the second occasion that it was a sin?—Yes, I expressed admiration for Mr. Wilde's "Intentions" and his "Lady Windermere's Fan." He was hav- ing his works re-published. My friendly rela- tions with Wilde continued up to the time I wrote him a letter in 1893. I did not know that at the time I was invited to Cromer. Wilde was staying there with his wife and family. Indecency was suggested at the Savoy Hotel in March, 1893. Sir Edward Clarke put to witness certain letters which he had written to Wilde after the alleged occurrences. Shelley replied then, although Wilde had not expressed sorrow for what had happened, his subsequent behaviour implied it. His resignation of his position in the offices of the publishing firm was brought about through his friendship with Wilde. Witness had little money troubles. His father had told him to leave his house because he knew that he had become acquainted with the prisoner. Sir Edward quoted other letters written in 1894, in which witness addressed Wilde as "Dear Oscar," and asked him for a loan as he was at home eating the bitter bread of charity. He also asked that Oscar might use his influence by getting him into a publishing or newspaper office. In one of these letters he called his former employer, Mr. John Lane, "a viper," but that was because his (Shelley's) mind was dis- ordered. When did your mind thoroughly recover it- self, if it has ever done so?—October of last year. Has it remained sound ever einoe? (Laughter.)—I think so. Sir Edward: I am sorry to hear a laugh, my lord. Mr. Justioe Charles There is nothing what- ever to justify it. Shelley, further cross-examined, said he was, in January of this year, arrested for an assault upon his father, whose age was 40. He could not have been of sound mind at the time. He wrote a letter to Wilde asking him to find bail, but his father withdrew the proceedings, and he called on Wilde, telling him hie did not require assistance. When the examination of Shelley was con- cluded, Sir Edward Clarkt asked that Atkins might be re-called, and at the same time handed a document to the bench. His Lordship thereupon warned Atkins to be careful how he answered the questions addressed to him. Atkins then admitted that in June, 1891, he and Burton were taken to Rochester-row Police- station charged with "hitting" a gentleman, he (Atkins) had taken to Tachbrook-street from 'the Alhamb--a Theatre. Was the statement made at the police-station that you and the gentleman had been in bed together?—Ye-3. ■ And that Burton had caugh't you?—Yes. Two hours ago you swore that you had never been in custody at all on any charge of this kind. Why did you tell these lies?—Because I did mot remember it. (Sensation.) ANOTHER ADJOURNMENT. Mr. Mathews, a former partner of Mr. Lane in the publishing house, Vigo-street, Mr. V Qgel, proprietor of the Albemarle Hotel, Mr. Claridge, assistant to a firm of jewellers, and Charles Robinaon, book-keepeir at the Savoy Hotel, having been briefly examined. Thie court adjourned until eleven o'clock to- day (Monday).
JABEZ BALFOUR. THE TARTAR PRINCE REARING HOME. A Dress Association correspondent tele- graphed on Saturday: — Lloyd's has this morning received a message from Lisbon, datied Saturday, 9.50 a.m., announcing that the steamer Tartar Prince, with Jabez Balfour on board, has passed Peniche, on the Portuguese coast. THE ARRIVAL AT BEUNOS AYRES. The arrival of Jabez Balfour at Buenos Ayres from Salta is fully described in the Buenos Ayres "Standard" of the 6th inst., which reached Southampton by mail on Saturday. The account is as follows: —The event of yester- day was the arrival of Jabez Balfour. Con- siderable anxiety was evinced by the British community, some thousands of whom rushed to the central station to see the famous prisoner on his arrival. A squad of blues and a commissary were also there to meet him, but they were all disappointed, as Balfour was slipped out of the train at Retiro, and was safely in the penitentiary at 11.30 a.m. At all the stations on the way there was a crowd to greet him. At Tucuman a rush was made for the car to view the prisoner, but the police kept the peeple back, and they then hosted Balfour to relieve their feelings. At Cordoba the same thing occurred. When the train pulled up at Reitiro Station, Mr. Consul Bridgett, several members of the Diplomatic corps, and other gentlemen were gathered on the platform. When Balfour entered the prison he threw himself into a chair in the reception- room and sighed heavily. He refused to let a reporter come near him, but Miss Freeman was more communicative, and told the reporter the prisoner was much depressed and scarcely spoke a word all the way from Salta. Mr Gastrell, her Majesty's Vice-Consul was at the penitentiary door soon after the arrival of the famous prisoner, and on being told all was right withdrew. Mr. Gastrell paid all the travelling expenses of Balfour and Miss Freeman, the Salta Commissary and the Blues.
SHIPPING PIASTERS. STEAMER SUNK AND THREE LIVES LOST. I The Press Association Sunderland correspon- dent states that late on Friday night, near the Longstone, off the Northumberland coast, the steamer Lady Eleanor, belonging to the Lamb- ton fleet, of Sunderland, was in collision with the Iona, which runs between Leith and Lon- don. The Lady Eleanor sank, and three lives were lost. Those drowned were William Todd, steward; Mr. Anderson, chief engineer; and a fireman. The remainder of the crew were landed at Hartlepool by the Iona. THE WRECK IN THE CHANNEL. The vessel which foundered during last week on the South Devon coast has been identified by Messrs. Henderson and Bell, representing the owners, as the three-masted screw steamship Marie, of London, 580 tons. Messrs. Hender- son and Bell visited Plymouth on Saturday, and were able to recognise the only one of the seven bodies remaining unburied as that of Joseph O'Riley, second engineer. It is sup- posed that during the heavy weather in the Channel in the early part of last week the Marie was endeavouring to make for Plymouth, when sne struck a- sunken rock. Another theory is that she collided with a derelict, for whioh during the past ten days the Traveller, a special service vessel, has been searching. WRECK AT THE CAPE. A Reuter's telegram from Cape Town, dated 'ii 8ays '—During a heavy fog at eight oclock on Saturday morning the ship Gundrennen, from Chittagong, bound for Dundee, was wrecked on the Struis Point. A heavy sea was running, and within half an hour the ship was completely broken up, and disap- Twenty-five of the crew, who took to the boats, have not been heard of since, and it is feared that they have been lost. The re- mainder of the crew-James Gill, seaman, and two apprentices, named Shtarn and Christiansen respectivelY-reached the shore on the deck- house. LOSS OF A CARDIFF-LADEN BOAT. By the Royal Mail steamer Danube there have arrived at Southampton the chief officer and a number o the members of the crew of the steamer Dunkeld, of London, which was lost on a voyage from Cardiff to Buenos Ayres. She sailed from Cardiff on February 23, but was wrecked near Monte Video on March 25. Touching on a. sunken rock she at once commenced to fill, and in eight hours had sunk. The crew were picked up by the French steamer Portena, of Havre, which took them to Buenos Ayree, whence the British Con- sul sent them home. LANDING OF A SHIPWRECKED CREW. The West Indian mail steamer landed at Dartmouth on Sunday the captain and crew, nine all told, of the Russian schooner Hadwick, which foundered on the 15th inst. in the Atlantic.
Lynne Webber, haulier with Mr. Edwards, "The Bridge Grocer," got off, at the Brigend Police-court on Saturday, by paying £1 for working a horse which the police stated was in an unfit condition. Mr. Ivor Jones, son of the late Mr. J. P. Jones, and Mr. Stanley Milner (pupils of Messrs. J. P. Jones, Richards, and Budgen, architects, Cardiff) have been successful in passing their examination as probationers for membership of the Royal Institute of Archi- tects. It is noteworthy that the only two can- didates who went up from Cardiff were accepted. didates who went up from Cardiff were accepted.
TURF TALK. Pithy Pars for Sporting Readers. GOSSIP OF TO-DAY'S EVENTS Bob Niglitingall, who was so badly injured by the falling of Golden Ring, left Manchester for Epsom on Saturday. He was accompanied by his mother, who hag nursed him through his illness. The young horseman still feels the effects of his mishap, and will not ride for some time. Only two years ago 'King Charles won the City and Suburban by a head from Windgall. On Saturday Tie was competing in a trumpery hunters' fiat race. Temper ha-s brought him down to this level. When the property of the late Alec Taylor, "The King" was nob the most docile animal 'in training. but after changing hands he went completely to the bad, and his bolting in the Northumberland Plate cost the public a lot of money. Major Joicey bought him on purpose to win the "Pitmen's Derby." Mr. John Corlett hears that a petition is about to' be presented to the Jockey Club in favour of Charles Wood. No instructions have yet been reoeived at Kingsclero as to whether the colt Le Var shall be started in the Two Thousand Guineas next Wednesday or not, and that nothing definite will be settled until the arrival in England from Mon'te Carlo of Sir Frederick Johnstone, the owner of the "dark" son of Isonomy and St. Marguerite. Verdant Green, who was recently sent from Newmarket to Weever's place at Bourton-on- the-Hill, has returned 'to his old training quarters, and joined J. H. Cannon's string of jumpers, which are located at Lordship Farm. Nothing from John Porter's stable will run for the Two Thousand Guineas, in which case Mornington Cannon will be relieved to ride Laveno. Curzon was well backed for the Derby on Saturday. There appears, however, to be noth- ing in the way of a commission for Caiman's representative, and the money laid out seems to emanate from followers of the stable, who have had a good win over Reminder. Lord Durham's horse Son o' Mine is very much fancied at Newmarket for the Kempton Park Jubilee Handicap, which bids fair to be a very heavy betting raoe. Son o' Mine did remarkably well the other day in a fast gallop over seven furlongs with Plutocrat, and it does not seem possible for Ravensbury to give him 231b. and El Diablo 81b., considering tha.t twelve months ago he was regarded as a Derby horse. Son o' Mine has undergone an excellent preparation, and in another fortnight he will be thoroughly fit to run. Ravensbury is one of the most improved horses at Newmarket, but most good judges there art of the opinion that Captain Machell's steed lacks the dash which is essential in a mile race. Ravensbury is not a good beginner, -and his best form has been seen over much longer dis- tances. He was three times beaten hollow last autumn when running over mile courses by La Fleche, Medic-is, and Matchbox respectively. The following is a list of the winning jockeys on the flat, compiled from March 25 to April 26:- Mounts. Lost. Won. Cannon, M. 107 81 26 Loates, T 107 86 21 Loates, S. 91 74 17 Allsopp. F. 92 80 12 Bradford, W. 82 71 11 Watts, J. 35 25 10 Madden, O. 29 .<. 22 7 Rickaby. F 51 44 7 Finlay, F. 48 42 6 Brown, G 52 46 6 To-day's Racingi SHEFFIELD AND ROTHERHAM HUNT MEETING. PROGRAMME FOR THIS DAY. Horses marked (a) have arrived. 2.20 — The WENTWORTH STEEPLE. CHASE PLATE of 40 sovs. Two miles. aMr J Craig's Duckwing, aged, 12st 81b Mr A H Laidlay's Horton, aged, 12st 81b aMr Vyner's Malchus, 5yrs. list 121b aMr F B Wilkinson's Cinnamon, 5yrs, list 121b aMr F Piatt's Royal Douglas, 5yrs, list- 71b Mr Thornewill's Maid of Yerton, 6yrs, list 51b Mr Crichton's Brave Chance, aged, list,51b Mr C J Gibson's Grecian Agnes, aged, list 51b aMr H M'Micking's Botanist, aged, list 51b Lord E Manners's Oakport, aged, list 51b aMT H. Monnet, jun.'s, Indian Empire, 6yrs, list 51b Mr Winters's Con Amore, 5yrs, list 31b aMr R Riley's Whitewynd, 4yrs, lOst 71b 2.50 — A SELLING STEEPLECHASE PLATE of 40 sovs. Two miles. aMr J G Elsey's Miriam, aged, 12st aMr Platt's Persuasion, aged, list 91b a*Mr B Goodall's Careless, aged, list 91b aMr C Kemp's Jaquenetta, 5yrs, list 91b aMr H Sidney's Bluestone II., 4yrs, lOst 91b *Entered by telegram. 3.21 — The ROTHERHAM HANDICAP HURDLE RACE PLATE of 80 sove. Two miles. aMr Ward's Norvdl, 6yrs, 12st 71b aMr Craig's Duckwing. aged, list 101b aMr Robson's Cestus, 6yrs, list 101b Lord Shrewsbury's Lady Erne, 5yrs, ll«t 21b Mr Murphy's Irish Melody, 6yrs, list aMr Piatt's Royal Douglas, 5yrs, lOst 91b aMr Elsey's Tip Cat, 6yrs, lOst- 91b Mr Riley's Beaulieu II., 5yrs, lOst 71b aMr Jolliffe's Holy Bird, 4yrs, lOst 41b aMr Cerne's Guardian, aged, lOst 31b Mr Mason's Chater, 6yrs, lOst 31b 3.S5-The BARNBY MAiDEN HURDLE RACE PLATE of 40 sovs. Two mileB. I aMr Jardine's Canning, 5vrs, list 61b aMr Jolliffe's Golden Heart, 5yr8) list 61b Mr Tinsley's Schubert. 5yrs, list 61b aMr Vyner's Upsilon, 5yrs, list 61b aMr Firth's Reaction, aged, list 51b aMr Robson's Baurgh, 4yrs, list 31b aMr Sidney's Cunning Boy, 5yrs, list lib aMr Leng's Jaquenetta, 5yrs, list lib aMr Platt'g Princess Tool, 4yrs, lOst 101b Mr Croft's Parian, 4yrs, lOst 101b 4.30-The WEST RIDING HALF-BRED STEEPLECHASE PLATE of 40 sovs. About three miles. aMr Fenwick's Oxton, aged, 13st 21b aMr Winter's Mount Armstrong, aged, 13st 21b Mr James's Pilgrim, aged, 12st 101b Mr James's Finchy, aged, 12st 101b Mr Robson'e Costello, 5yrs, 12st 41b Mr Crompton's Sillybody, 6vrs, 12st aMr Elsey's Long and Likely, oyrs, list 41b aMr Wilkinson's Goldseeker, 4yrs, lOst) on" Mr Berry's Royal Gordon, 4yrs. lOst A SELLING NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE PLATE did not fill.
SPORTING PROPHECIES. I NEWMARKET. Two Thousand Guineas.—Sportsman—Raconteur. Sporting Life-Raconteur. Field—Raconteur. Land and Wats.-—Raconteur. Sporting Times—Sir Visto or Laveno. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette-Sir Vislo. One Thousand Guineas.—Sportsman—Float. Sport- ing ife—FIo&t. Field-Float. Land and Water- Float. Sporting Times—Floats Licensed Victuallers' Ga?et.te—Flcat. Hastings Plate. —Sportsman—Speedwell or Duke of Westminster's selected. Sporting Life—Keelson. Field—Cayenne. Land and Water-Keelson. Sport- ing Times—Keelson. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette- Keelson. Visitors' Welter Handicap.—Sportsman—Conces- sional. Sporting Life-Gnrdonald. Field—Shemer or Flore. Land and Wcter—Musciputa. Sporting Times -High or Low or Mr. Dartmoor's selected. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette—Cardonal d or Rudder. First Spring Two-Yeat-Old Stakes.—Sportsman- Perfect Drf':?m. Sporting Life—Perfect Dream. Field —Perfect Dream. Land and Water-Perfect Dream. Sporting Times-Perfect Dream. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette—Perfect Drctrn. A Maiden Pla.te.-Sportsman-Loek and Key or Golf Ball. Sporting Life—Lock and Key. Field- Lock and Key. Land and Water-Look and Key. Sporting Times-Lock and Key. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette—Lock and Key. Two Thousand Guineas Trial Plate. -Sportsman- Drogo or Legal Tender Sporting Life-Drogo. Field -Drogo. Land and Water-Drogo. Sporting Times -Drogo or The Nipper. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette -Di ogo or Esmond. A Selling Plate.—Sportsman—Bags or Grip Fast filly. Sporting Life-Rags. Field-Rags. Land and Water—R.M.D. Sporting Life-Rags or Grip Fast fidy, Licensed Victuallers' Gazette—Parmyp or Watch Tower. All-aged Plate.—Sportsman—Watch Tower. Sport- ing Lire—Watch Tower. I. nd and -Water—Lady Marie. Sporting Times—Watch Tower or Sauteuse II. Heath High-weight Handicap.—Sportsman—Grig. Sporting Life—Patna. Field—Grip or Patna. I*nd and Water—Patna. Sporting Times—Patna. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette—Bouquet II. or Patna. Scccnd Welter, -Sportsnian-Splendciir. Sporting Life-Mogul. Field-Ventilator or Bragget. Land and Water—Mogul. Sporting Times—Millennium. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette—Meilekh or Mogul. Wilbrahain Plate. -Sportsuien-Gulisten or Glisten. Sporting Life—Gulistan. Reld—Last Tryst. Land and Water—St. Mary colt. Sporting Tinies-St. Mary colt or Mr. Rothschild's selected. Licensed Victual- lers' Gazette—Mr. Miller's representative or Courtier. Plate of 400 Sovs—Sportsman—Freak. Sporting Life-Lord. Drummond. Field-St. Mary colt or Lord Drummond. Land and Watet-Freek or Lord Drum- mond. Sporting Times—Freak or Lord Drummond. Lioenacd Victuallers' Gazette-Freak. Peel Handicap. —Sportsman—Pomade Divine. Sport- ing Life—Dancing Bells. Field—Potboy or Pomade Divine. and and Water -Fltlre Up. Sporting Tuaft Plutocrat or Bragget. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette —Potboy. Chippenham Stakes. -Sportbman-Mc-N-eil. Sporting iiig Life—Water Meadow. Field—McNeil. Land and Water—McNeil. Sporting Times—McNeil. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette-C'.olden Blaze. Newmarket Two-Year-Old Plate.—Sportsman—St. Mary colt. Sporting Life—St. Mary colt. Field—St. Mary colt. Land and Water—St. Mary colt. Sport- ing Times—St. Mary colt. Licensed Victuallers* Gazette—St. Mary colt or Miss Muffet. Ely Plate.—Sportsman—Chasseur. Spcrting Life- Chasseur. Fidd-Chasscur. Land and Water—Chas- seur. Sporting nmes-Chasseur. Licensed Victual- lers' Gazette—Government or Chasseur. Mtrch Stakes.—Sportsman—Best Man. Sporting Life—Best Man. Field—Best Man. Land and Water —Best Man. Sporting Times—Best Man. Licensed Victuallers' Gazette—B<*t Man. Brinkley Plate.—Sportsman—Bentworth w lkree. Sporting Life-Marco. Ficld-Bcntworth. Land and Water—Marco. Sporting Times—Marco or CkrringfcOB. May Plate.—Sportsman—Harp d'Or. Sporting Life -Montank. Field—Tryst. Land and Water-Festa. Spcrting Times-Festa.
RACING IN FRANCE. PARIS, SUNDAY. The following are the results of to-day's races Prix de Lena-Morning. 1 Jouvencelle, 2; Str- rouilles, 3. Prix de Suresnes-Gingenibre, 1 Inquietude, 2. POULE D'ESSAI DES POULICHES (French One Thousand) of 1,200 sovs, for three-year-old fillies, to carry 8st 111b. One mile. Andree 1 Kasbah 2 Pietra Mala 3 POULE D'ESSAI DES POULAINS (French Two Thousand) of 1,200 sovs, for three-year-old colts. One mile. Launay 1 Derviche III 2 Le Sagittaire 3 Prix de I/Esperance— Courbepine, 1; Numa, 2 Effendi II., 3. Prix de Rainbow—Pomard, 1; Lutin, 2; Beau. jolais, 3.
THE ITALIAN DERBY. A Reuter's telegram from Rome on Sunday says Splendid weather favoured the Italian Derby here to-day. The King and Queen and most of the leading authorities and a vast concourse of spectators attended the race. The Grand Prize was won by Oranzer di Modigliani.
SATURDAY'S LONDON BETTING. KEMPTON PARK JUBILEE HANDICAP. (Run Saturday, May 11. Distance, one mile.) 8 to 1 agst El Diablo, 6yrs, 7st 121b, t 100 to 12 — Ravensburv, 5yrs, 8st 131b, t 12 to 1 — Grey Leg, 4yrs, 8st 21b, t 12 to 1 — Stowmaxket, 4yrs, 7st 121b. t 12 to 1 — Son a' Mine, 4yrs, 7st 41b, t. 14 to 1 — Dornroschen, 5yrs, 7st 71b, 16 to 1 — Fealar, 5yrs, 6st 61b, t 16 to 1 — Court Ball, 4yrs, 7st 21b, t 16 to 1 — Euclid, 6yrs, 8st 91b, t 20 to 1 — Skirpenbeck. 4yrs, 7st, t 20 to t — The Lombard, 3yrs, 7st 51b, t 20 to 1 — Vietor Wild, 5yrs, 8It 41b, t & e 25 to 1 — Indian Queen, 4yrs, 7st 81b, t 40 to 1 — Dr Talmage, 3yrs, 6st 71b, t Two THOUSAND GUINEAS. (RunWednesday. May 1. Distance, 1 mile 11 yards.) 11 to 8 on Raconteur, laid &w 6 to 1 agst Sir Visto, t 6 to 1 — Speedwell, o 100 to 12 — Laveno, t 12 to 1 — The Lombard, t THE DERBY. Run Wednesday, May 29. About 1 mile 4 furlengs.) 2 to 1 agst Raconteur, t 11 to 1 — Le Var, t 33 to 1 — Curzon, t 40 to 1 — The Lombard, t
OFFICIAL SCitATCHINGS. The "Sportsman" has been officially informed by Messrs. Weatherby of the following scratching*: Jubilee Stakes, Kempton—Maundj' Money. Visitors' Plate, Newmarket—Shemer and Dargaa. Two Thousand Guineas, Newmarket—Scotland. Ont Thousand Guineu-La Douce. Netherley Handicap, Carlible-Kendaie. Wtrrall engagements—lord Lieutenant, The Nun, Tamarick. and Botanist. All engagements this year—Hobnob. All engagements in Mr William Cooper's name- Colt by Hampton-Nettle. All engagements—Bay colt by Testator—Flonda (2yrs), Dover, and Oalaia.
Royal Buck having become cast in his box, was thus prevented fulfilling his engagement in the Grand International Steeplechase on Saturday after- noon. In reference to the objection lodged on Friday at Sandown Park by G Brown to Seguidilla colt, we may state that the stewards dismissed the complaint as frivolous, and intend bringing the conduct of Browa to the notice of the stewards of the Jockey; Club, being of opinion that his riding in the race was unfair. Robert Nightingall was sufficiently recovered from the effects of his accident at New Barns on Easter Tuesday to be able to make the iourney from Man- chester to his home at Epsom on Saturday afternoon.
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SATURDAY'S FOOTBALL. "WELSH ATHLETE" COMMENTS ON THiE PLAY. At least one of the exhibitions seen on the Harlequins' ground at Roath on Saturday did nothing towards raising the status of Association football in South Wales. I refer to the game in which Builth defeated the Rogerstone men. I understand Rogerstone have experienced con- siderable difficulty in obtaining fixtures with other South Wales clubs. If their play is usually of the style shown on Saturday, I can quite understand the disinclination of other tesms to give them fixtures. They were simply wrangling or wanting to fight throughout the whole of the game, and every spectator present must have been immensely pleased when the referee brought the match to an abrupt conclu- sion. I may say, too, that I do lot exonerate the referee entirely from blame in this matter. He was palpably weak, and time after time allowed disgraceful proceedings, such as the use of fists and deliberate kicking on the pact of the Rogerstone men, to pass unheeded. Had he taken a firm stand, and sent off the first offender, matters might have been better. As it was, the whole affair was a brutal farce. The game between Rhayader and Newport was of a much batter class. That is, so far as cup ties go. In finals of this sort, where so much is at stake, one has to make allowances (by reason of the anxiety of the players to secure a verdict). Scientific play in nineteen cases out of every twenty is entirely out of the ques- j tion. The kiok-and-rush game is the style ot-> play invariably adopted. Such, indeed, was the case in this match. Rhayader won, and on the closing fifteen minutes' play deserved to do so. Taking the game as a whole, however, Newport appear to me to have experienced very bad luck. Several times their shots struck the uprights, and a great many openings were pre- sented to their forwards that, had better judgment been used in their front line, ought to have resulted in a score. At least two of the Rhayader goals were lucky. The first was from a nice bit of individual work on the part of their right centre, who was allowed to shoot without being (materially worried by the Newport de- fence. The second was & very soft shot, which the Newport goalkeeper apparently made no attempt to stop. PONTYPRIDD V. LLWYNTPIA. The tinal encounter for League honours between Llwvnypia and Pontypridd was played on tb« ground of the' latter. The teams were —Pontypridd: Back, Alun Morgan; three-quarter backs, Barnard, J. Mor. gan, L. Morgan, and D. X'Gregor; half backs, Christ, mas Jones and D. L. Davies, forwards, Ernest George (captain), Walter Davies, T. Bryant, T. Powell, J. W. James, J. Grabb, Sam Thomas, and Seth Jones. Llwvnypia ■ Back, Hadridge; three-quarter backs, Rosser Evans, B. Phillips Tom Williams, and J. Edmunds half backs, J. ThomM and Andrew Powell; f oi wards, Daniel (captain), William Williams, HelUngs, Mills, Coombes, Royall, Beynon, and Atkins. Referee, Mr. A J. Davies, Cardiff. Ernest George started from Treforesrt end against a strong wind, and imme- diately Williams sent the oval across the home line, Alun Morgan conceding a minor. The game was then carried on at a hot pace. After some open play in mid, field Jack Morgan got possession, and as he was being collared transferred to Jones, who crossed amid great cheering. The place kick failed. Llwvnypia next pressed, and after several determined efforts to cross, Tom Williams got pos- session and did the trick in the corner. W. Williams converted. After Alun Morgan had stopped Phillips lust beneath the cross-bar the ball was sent to the other 25, where Hadridge got possession and after a short run crossed between the uprights. The oval was sent over the bar, but the major point was not ililowed, as one of the home forwards touched the ball before it crossed. Half-time was shortly after- wards called, the score reading:—LIwynypia, one eosil and one try; Pontypridd, one try. In the second nail notliine was swed but minors. the final result read- ing —Llwynypia, one goal and one try; Pontpridd, one try and three minors.
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