The Week's Amusements WHAT LOCAL CATERERS HAVE PROVIDED. A Popular Melo-drama the Attraction at the Cardiff Theatre Royal. One of the characteristics in the management of the Theatre Royal at Cardiff by Mr. Edward Fletcher is the manner in which he arranges his programme. Comedy, opera, (Tama, and melo- drama alternate with pleasing1 /ariety, and this week we have a play which "omes under the lact category. A Lion's Heartis repre- sented here for tha first time, but when it is stated that the author is the writer of The Grip of Iron it may be imagined that the plot is not only very well conceived, but admirably worked out. It abounds in strong situations, and never from the rise of the curtain in the first act to the close of the fourth is the interest of the audience allowed to flag. The principal scenes are laid in the island of New Caledonia, ■where a French officer, 'Colonel Robert de Ville- fort," who is the aristocratic villain of the piece, is governor, and takes advantage of his posi- tion in order to obtain possession of Marion Lürrimer," the wife of a Devonshire farmer, who is wrong-fully acoused of a crime. He brings to his assistance an outlaw, named "Pierre Rizardo," who has become what he is by the unfaithfulness of his wife. It is only in order to revenue himself upon the betrayer that he consents to assist thd colonel, but when he eventually finds that the vouiisr convict whom he is pledged to hand over to "Colonel de Villefort" is his own daughter, and the whole connection between "Gaspard Dobre," a former valet of "Ville- fort" and the "Colonel" is explained, the intri- cacies of the plot are thoroughly cleared up. Messrs. Dottridge and Longdon's company is good all round, and the piece, which is splen- dlcu.y staged, was well received in every part of the house. Mr. Fred Marston as "Rizardo" and Mr. J. Milne Taylor as the "Governor" were perfect representatives of the characters they portrayed. Mr. Charles H. Longdon as "Gaspard Dobre" has a very difficult part to perform, but accomplishes it with very great credit to himself. "Bessie Lorrimer" (Miss Dolly Dottridge) and "Jack Bealby" (Mr. C. A. Russell) introduce a good deal of humour into the piece, and, what is more, they do it weil. Yet some of the scenes are as pathetic as anything which has been produced on the Cardiff stage. GRAND THEATRE, CARDIFF. Large houses are now the order of the day at the Grand Theatre, Cardiff, and the pro- duction of "Little Christopher Columbus" by Mr. W. Greet'a well-known company on Monday night was witnessed by a numerous and appreciative audience. Burlesques and oomio operas always prove a draw at Cardiff, and for the reason, we suppose, that the bright music, fanciful costumes, gorgeous scenic effects, and catohy songs of this species of theatrical business are such a pleasant relaxation after a close atten- tion to business during the day. Little Christopher Columbus" is one of the most successful of our modern burlesque operas, a statement which we are sure will be readily credited aven by those who have not seen it T/Len we mention that it is the handiwork of OVJr. G. R. Sims and Mr. Cecil Raleigh. It has an intelligible plot, is chockful of humorous sallies and smart witticisms, and contains some vtry taking lyrics. The company is a w(-ll- seleeted one. Miss Lilian Stanley was charm- ing and vivacious in the title role, and two of her songs, "Lazily y drowsily and "Hcney, Hcrcy," won well-deserved encores. Miss .Alice Percival appeared as the heroine, "Gui- nevere," and became quite a favourite, while Miss May Fisher was bright and winsome in the character of "Pepite." The fun of the piece, however, really centred around the antics of "0 Hooligan," a private detective (imperso- nated by Mr. Walter Lonnen), and "The Second Mr3 Block" (portrayed with quite feminine resourcefulness by Mr. E. T. Steyne). "O'Hooli- Ean's succession of disguises created roars of ;ugl.ter, and bis passages with "Mrs. Block the Second" were irresistibly funny. The other characters were all in able hands—and they did no- lack in variety of nationality— while the chorus was an excellent one. A quar- tette cf dancing girls gave an exceedingly clever Terpsichore »n performance, while the mari)- r.ette courtship by Miss May Fisher and Leon Roche was one of the gems of tha burlesque. The costumes were very effective, and tho brilliant colours of the dresses blended with those of the rich scenic settings, the "tout ensemble" frequently making, in the blaze of the variegated limelights, an entrancing pic- ture. The burlesque is replete with comical incidents, the libretto has been smartly written and is quite up to date, and we have no hesita- tion in recommending pleasure-seekers to pay a visit to Mr. Clarence Sounos's popular opera. house this week. THE EMPIRES. CARDIFF. The crowds which filled the Cardiff Empire at both performances on Monday evening had the closure of witnessing an entertainment even more brimful than usual of those novelties anl attractions that the Cardiff public nev.r look forward to in vam from Mr. Oswald Stoll. The turns which received tokens of the most marked approval from the audience were those given by Frank Folloy and the Harvey Boys, and the Sisters Grace and Sybil Arundale. The Boys, after their clever exposition of the fistio art. were greeted by quite a Mtorm of applause, which did not cease until they answered the call by tightirg just, one round more. The Sifters Arundale, by their graceful dancing and charming singing, soon installed themselves verv warm favourites, and deservedly so, for their turn, as a whole, was an extremely clever rrm. Ernest Trowbridge, character vocalist, Walter Tilbery, comedian, Flo Morton, serio- comedy songstress and dancer, and Joxe and Johnny, contortionists, were all successful in training for themselves the plaudits of the house, and, in conclusion, a good word must ba said of Bicklev and Barron. who "took down" the biood-and-thunder drama in a very clever little sketch. SWANSEA. The magnetic influence which the name of Miss Florrie Gallimore possesses was once more evidenced at the Swansea Empire on Monday evening, when large audiences assembled to welcome the popular artiste, whose songs were, as usual, received. with great enthusiasm. In addition to Miss Gallimore, the following artistes contributed turns :-The Brady-Johnson Combination, in a sketch entitled "Little Bull Pup"; Nan Twibell. serio-comic; Frank Coyne, character vocalist; Griffin and Langan, eccentric comedians; and Kate Chard and Deene Brand, vocalists. THE PANOPTIC ON, CARDIFF. Those who visited the Cardiff Panopticon on Monday in the expectation of seeing something very much out of the common could hardly have gone away disappointed after witnessing the Dante Brothers in the exposition of their power over tire and electrioity. The flames not only seemed to be powerless to injure the brothers, but the latter appeared to be able to call forth fire and electricity by a simple touch of their hands. In fact, everything—even their own persons-was turned to fire by their magic power. This sensational exhibition is supple- mented by turns given by the Brothers Hadley, comedians; Mr. George Bastow, vocalist, and Kelly Foster, ventriloquist. "LA TOSCA" AT THE NEW THEATRE, SWANSEA. The brilliant tragedy "La Tosca," by Vic- torien Sardou. which created such a .ensation yhen produced, with Madame Sarah Bernhardt in the title role, at the Lyceum, is being put, on at the New Theatre, Swansea, this week by Miss Mina Legh and a splendid company, by arrangement with Messrs. J. B. Bancroft and M. L. Mayer. The play is of a very high class, full of exquisite scenes, and good writing, and the house which assembled on Monday night gave evident tokens that the coming nights of Miss Legh's 3tay are going to be the suc- cess the production deserves. Miss Legh her- self is pronounced to be one of the most beau- tiful women on the stage, and she is certainly a superb actress. The cast includes, besides Miss Legh, Mr. Gordon Craig, Mr. Hubert ,F Evelyn. Mr. Leonard Calvert, Mr. Arthur Leinster, Mr. Mark Miles, Mr. Cha-s. Combe. Mis3 Lucy Wilson, Miss Nellie Boyd, and Miss Florence Olli. Mr. Gordon Craig, son of the talented Lyceum actress Miss Ellen Terry, plays the part of "Baron Searpia" with great power, and the culminating scene between him and Miss Legh in the third act was very fine. The "Baron" extracts a confession from her hy applying the tort ore to her lover in an adjoining chamber, and the distress of the scene heightens when her confession condemns all three to death. Eventually her final re- venge on tho "Baron" is splendidly worked out, and a fine play ends in a most striking marrer.
WELSH COAL TRADE. IMPORTANT CONTRACTS FOR CARDIFF FIRMS. The Tredegar Iron and Coal Company (Limited) have booked the following contracts -The Great Northern Railway of Ireland, Midland and Great Western Railway of Ireland, and Dublin, Wicklow, and Wex- ford Railways, an aggregate of 150,000 tons; and Messrs. D. Radford and Co. have secured the Great Southern and Western Railway of Ireland contract for 60,000 tons for coals not named. The prices have not yet transpired.
DISESTABLISHMENT. PROPOSAL TO DIVIDE THE GOVERNMENT BILL. Notice has now been given of ten different instructions on going into Committee on the Welsh Church Disestablishment Bill. One of these, in the name of Mr. Griffith-Boscawen, will propose that the Bill be divided into two parts, one with reference to Disestablishment and the other with reference to Disendowment. Several of the instructions will be ruled out of order. The amendments already notified number no fewer than 378. in addition to eight new clauses, and occupy 29 pages of the notice- paper. It is expected that the Bill will occupy close on a month. DEFENCE MEETINGS IN ST. DAVID'S DIOCESE. Very successful meetings have been held during the past week at St. Nicolas, Swansea, the Rev. E. J. Wolfe presiding, the subject being, "The Church of England in Pre -Reforma- tion Days"; and at Llanvillo, the Rev. D. Lewis presiding, the subject discoursed upon being, "The Ancient British Church Prior to Augus- tine, 597 A.D." The above were illustrated by a beautiful series of lantern slides, and were much appreciated. A meeting was also held at Talybont, at which Captain d ones-Williams took the chair, and delivered a very appropriate in- troductory speech. Mr. Amos followed with a somewhat exhaustive analysis and exposition of the "Welsh Church Spoliation Bill," showing that it was bad both in principle and construc- tion, and altogether in principle unfair, unjust, and dishonest. The Rev. D. Thomas (Ystal- yfera) gave a capital address in Welsh at this meeting, in which the rector (the Rev. J. Price) also took part.
—mm—— i ELECTION NEWS. MR. BEYNON HARRIS AND THE GOWEm. DIVISION. Mr. Beynon Harris, of Cardiff, in reply to a Swansea press representative, has said that overtures had been made to him to stand for the Gower Division in opposition to Mr. Randell, and "more improbable things had happened than that he would stand." EAST LEEDS. Both candidates addressed final meetings on Monday night. The Hon. E. Blake, M.P., was one of the speakers in support of Mr. Lenty, the Liberal candidate. The publicans, it is stated, are not altogether satisfied with Mr. Power, and will not support him in a body, as anticipated.
A SWANSEA SEAMAN'S DEATH. The "Pacific Coast Seamen's Journal" brings i charge of brutality against the mate of the Romoke, which arrived at New York on the 13th ult., stating that he was responsible for the death of Edwin Davies, a seaman, of the Mumbles. Davies was threatened by the mate whilst in the mizen top, and losing his head, feH to the deck and was killed. In a-ieih^r case the mate refused to step the lower- ing of a bale of cotton when a sailor, named Baker, was in danger, and Baker was struck by it and fell overboard, but was rescued.
I CARDIFF MORTALITY RETURNS. The following return shows the number of deaths from zymotic diseases, Ac., within the borough of Cardiff for the week ending Satur- day last:— Small-pox 0 Measles 2 Scarlet fever 1 Diphtheria 0 Whooping cough 0 Typhoid fever 0 Diarrhoea and dysentery 0 Cholera 0 Influenza 0 Other causes 35 The total number of deaths was 38, of whom 23 were males and 15 females. The ages of these are classified as follows Uiider one year 10 Over one and under sixty 18 Sixty years and upwards 10 The number of births during the week were— males, 53 females, 45 total, 98.
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Yesterday's Parliament THE GOVERNMENT APPEAL FOR MORE TIME. Mr. Chamberlain Calls it a Burlesque of Parliamentary Pro- cedure. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. The Speaker took the chair at 3.5. PETITIONS AGAINST THE WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT BILL. Sir G. O. MORGAN (L., Denbigh), from Llanefydd, Rhos, &c. Sir E. Reed (L., Car- diff), from the inhabitants of the parish of St. John the Baptist, Cardiff. CHELSEA WATER BILL. Before the questions were reached some dis- cussion took place on a motion by Mr. JAMES STUART (L., Shoreditch, Hox- ton), who proposed that the Chelsea Water Bill should be referred to the Committee on the London Water (Transfer) Bills. Mr. SHAW-LEFEVRE (President of the Local Government Board), in answer to Mr. Walter Long (C., Liverpool), expressed the opinion that the Bill would not be delayed by this course. Mr. KIMBER (C., Wandsworth) strongly opposed the motion, which, he said, gave a good illustration of the strategy of the London County Council. It meant referring to a committee appointed to consider the question' of the transfer of two water companies to the London County Cuncil a Bill which only had for its object the construc- tion of another main. By such a course the works would be delayed and the ratepayers irri- tated. On a division, the motion was carried by 163 to 129. TIME CRIBBING IN FACTORIES. Mr. ASQUITH (Home Secretary), in reply to Sir Charles Dilke (L., Forest of Dean), said he was informed by the chief inspector of fac- tories that the practice of "time cribbing" had not increased. Whether the services of the police could be further utilised in assisting the irspectorB in putting a stop to the system was a matter for consideration. THE LOSS ON PRESS TELEGRAMS. Mr. BYLES (L., Yorks, Shipley) asked whether the loss on press messages had ever been substantiated, and whether a Committee in 1876 reported that the alleged losses had not been proved. Mr. ARNOLD MORLEY (Postmaster- General): I am aware of the report of the De- partmental Committee. The statement I made to the House as to the loss was made on infor- mation supplied to me by the department. The figures upon which the estimate was made have not been published. I have stated that I would receive a deputation if the press would abide bv the result and undertake not to oppose legislation for a revision of the charges if it is shown that there is a loss. I also showed that a a-reat department like the Post Office cannot afford to disregard commercial principles. INSPECTION OF PRISONS. Mr. ALPHEUS MORTON (L., Peterborough) asked the Home Secretary whether, in con- sidering the report of the Departmental Com- mittee on the Prison System of the Country, he would consider the advisability of empower- ing the local authorities in each district to make frequent and regular inspections of the prisons in their respective districts. Mr. ASQUITH (Home Secretary) said the suggestion was one which would receive careful con sdder at ion. NO REINFORCEMENTS FOR HONG KONG. Sir E. GREY (Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs), in answer to Sir E. Ashmead-Bartlett, said there was no intention of sending British troops to Hong Kong or Siam. NICARAGUA. Sir E. GREY, replying to Colonel Howard Vinoent (C., Sheffield), said the Nicaraguan Government had not yet complied with the demand of the British Government. There would be no neglect of British trade interests in Nicaragua. THE CASE OF DR. HERTZ. The ATTORNEY-GENERAL, in answer to Mr. J. W'. Lowther (C., Isle of Thanet), said the hearing at Bournemouth of the Question whether Dr. Hertz should be extradited could be made possible by an amendment of the Ex- tradition Act, and a Bill for that purpose will, without delay, be introduced in another place. NEW MEMBERS. Viscount Valentia (C.), the new member for Oxford, and Mr. R. T. Gurdon (L. U.). the new member for Mid-Norfolk, took the oath and signed the roll, amid loud Opposition cheers. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS. APPROPRIATION" OF PRIVATE RIGHTS. STATEMENT BY SIR WILLIAM HARCOURT- Sir WILLIAM HARCOURT (Chancellor of the Exchequer) moved that for the remainder .)f the session Government business should have priority on Tuesdays, and that on Fridays the House should meet at two o'clock. In making the same motion that he made last year three weeks earlier in the session, he did not think it necessary to repeat the reasons he then gave, and under the Standing Orders the Govern- ment had at their disposal for the transaction of their business only eight days in each month, and in the time allotted to them had to transact the financial business connected with the Budget, to deal with the Estimates in Supply, to pass such administrative measures as were re- quired, and, lastly, that there were the contro- versial and political Bills of the Government to be carried through, and that with far more debate than in former times was considered sufficient. Within his recollection the debate on the Address was usually disposed of in a couple of sittings, but now ten or fourteen days were considered to be a moderate period. Then. too, the practice had grown of discussing Government Bills on theii- first reading, though private members were allowed to introduce their Bills without a word of explanation. The House was eleven days in Supply before the end of the financial year. During the last three years more time had been given to these votes than in any previous three years under similar cir- cumstances. He mentioned this to show that year by year the time at the disposal of the Government was entrenched upon, and that it more and more became necessary that, as the session proceeded, the Government should have more time placed at their disposal. For these reasons he respectfully asked the House to give the Government facilities which they received last year at an earlier period. The House had experience of the result of the concession and the indulgence which was given to the Govern- ment last year. What was that experience? As to the result of the time placed at the dis- posal of the Government they had independent and unexpected testimony from the right hon. gentleman the member for West Birmingham, who had testified that in the history of legis- lation for the past twenty-years no Parliament had done so much as the present Parliament in the same amount of time. He hoped, therefore, the Government would on this occasion have the support of the right hon. gentleman. (Cheers.) It was his duty—the Government having obtained the time asked for—to state on the 18th of July last year, on the third reading of the Budget, the measures which he hoped and expected would, in the time then before them, be passed by the House. He painfully remem- bered the derision with which that enumeration was received when he read it. The right hon. gentleman opposite (Mr. Balfour) assured him that they could not get through the list before the end of November, and Mr. Chamberlain criticised rather strongly the enumeration of measures) which he (the Chancellor of the Exchequer) then made, and a motion for the adjournment of the House was made on the 19th of July for the purpose of discussing his statement. He had always observed that there was a disposition in the independent quarters of the House to despond as to the amount of business the House could transact when it was disposed to be businesslike. As a matter of fact. the business which he enumerated was transacted before the end of August, and not only that, but six or eight measures besides were passed. That showed that one ought not to be despondent as to the business the House could undertake—and he was naturally a san- guine man—therefore, lie was encouraged in the view that the House could do more than was sometimes fancied the House could accomplish. Mr. SETON-KARR (C., St. Helen's), who had given notice to move an amendment that the House, under the special circumstances of the present session, declined to give additional facilities for the discussion of Government measures, said the Chancellor of the Exchequer had not given the slightest intimation of how he proposed to use the additional time for which he was asking, and he opposed the resolution on the grounds that it was a premature, un- necessary, and unjust curtailment of the rights of private members, and that the additional time asked for by the Government was not intended to be used for practical legislation, but was to be squandered upon a sham elec- tioneering programme. (Cheers.) Private members made good use of their time, and, though there might be reason for reducing it by one night a week, it ought not to be taken away altogether, especially for the purpose of pushing forward measures which were admit- tedly non-practical and delusive. He did not propose to move his amendment, as the Speaker pointed out to him that it was only an ex- panded negative, and he should, therefore, content himself by saying "No" to their un- fair, unjust, and unnecessary proposal of the Government. (Hear, hear.) Mr. CHAMBERLAIN (L.U., Birming- ham, W.) said the Chancellor of the Exchequer had claimed his support upon a quotation from a speech of his which, taken from its context, did not bear the interpretation that had been put upon it. The passage referred to had been many times cited by supporters of the present Ministry and circulated to millions through their organs, without, as it seemed; having had any favourable effect upon the fortunes of the Government. (Laughter, and "Hear, hear.") What he said was that, as far as he knew, no Government in recent times had passed through the House of Commons so many measures of the first class—(Minis- terial cheers)—but that did not go so far as to say anything in favour of the character of the measures or the means by which they were passed. (Opposition cheers.) The means by which they were passed were dis- creditable to the Government and to the party. (Cheers.) Was it a testimony to the success of a Government that by means of the gag and the closure they had forced through more measures tihan any previous Government? Other Governments had endeavoured to per- suade, but they had endeavoured to coerce. (Cheers.) He was not convinced that the Government had made good use of their pre- vious opportunities. This resolution was only a pendant to a resolution passed some time ago, under which the Government had obtained an abnormal and altogether exceptional portion of the time of the House. He was not a defender of the rights of private members so long as the business was so arranged that that in which the House took the least inte- rest came to the front, and if private members who supported the Government would give effect to their own opinions they would prevent this motion being carried. But almost inva- riably on these occasions there was a plaintive wail from private members, but they voted all the same for the curtailment of their rights. (Hear, hear.) They had reason to complain not only that the Government had in previous sessions taken the whole time of the House, but that they had postponed Supply until so late in the session that it was impossible to obtain adequate discussion of the Estimates or to secure an adequate attendance of members. The position of the Government towards the House was now entirely different from what it was in former times. Former Governments were obliged to consult the minority and to make concessions, but the Government now brought in Bills and passed them line by line and word by word without accepting any amendments. That being so, it was not in human nature that the Opposition should not defend themselves by any weapons in their hands. (Hear, hear.) He had also another reason for opposing this motion. The Chan- cellor of the Exchequer asked for practically the whole time of the House, not to pass measures of a practical and non-con tea tio\M character, but of the most contentious and highlv party kind. and to do this by smaller majorities than Bills of similar importance had ever before been forced through the House Moreover, the Government had them- selves declared that these Bills had no chance of becoming law during the present session— (hear, hear)-and they were Bills which the country had not sanctioned, and which they did not approve. (Hear, hear.) He was not inclined to give the Government for thii pur- pose time which might be much better employed. (Hear, hear.) This was oertainly not a proud Government. They had suffered humiliation after humiliation without manifesting any of the ordinary feelings of humanity. (Laughter.) They had confidence in themselves and their diminishing majority, but they had no confi- dence in the people to whom they must even- tvally appeal. If they liked to cling to office without power that was their affair, but it was not for the House to assist them in this burlesque of Parliamentary procedure, or in wasting time on Bills which were not wanted fnd which would not pass. (Cheers.) Mr. GIBSON BOWLES (C., King's Lynn) said that he would not object to the motion if it was intended to forward the financial busi- ness of the country or to secure the adequate consideration of the Estimates; but that was not the purpose for which the Government were seek- ing to take the whole time of the House. Their object was to force through that House measures which they knew would never pass the other branch of the Legislature. Mr. E. J. C. MORTON supported the motion. Mr T. W. RUSSELL (L. 1 J., Antrim) could not vote against the motion because he felt that to do so would be equivalent to giving a vote against the Irish Land Bill. Mr. LABOUCHERE (L., Northampton) said that he had melancholy amusement in listening to their discussions, in which the same things were always said by the Govern- ment, on the one side, and by the Opposition, on the other. (Laughter.) The reasons given by Mr. Chamberlain for voting against the resolu- tion were extraordinary, for he intimated that the precedent would be used by a Unionist Government; but he was not alarmed by that, because Tory Governments were not very favourable to legislation. (Laughter and "Hear, hear.") The right hon. gentleman voted for the second reading of the Welsh Disestablishment Bill, and then would not give the Government time to pass it, presumably because he desired that his Conservative friends should have the opportunity of crushing the vote he had given. (Hear, hear.) He was surprised to hear the right hon. gentleman say that the country was with the Opposition. That was mere c!ap-trap. Ha had used it a hundred times himself when 'the Conserva- tive Government were in power, though he did not know which party would get in next. (Laughter.) And he was surprised to bear so great a man ar, the member for West Birming- ham condescending to follow his example. (Re- lieved laughter.) Two nights a week were not at this pe-kxl sufficient, for Government business, and, having regard to the desire of Ministers to legislate on so many subjects, he was thankful to them for having left Friday evenings to private members. (Hear, hear.) Mr. BALFOUR (C., Manchester, E.) had not got sympathy with private merrbers, and, with regard to the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer's description of himself as the humble servant of the House, he did not know to whom the epithet of humility less obviously applied. (Laughter, and "Hear, hear.") The way in which the Govern uient could best satisfy the legitimate demands of private members was not so much by leaving them a certain number of nights in the week as by giving them oppor- tunities for discussing questions in Committee of Srpply. (Hear, hear.) The temptation was almost irresistible for a Government to defer the great bulk of the votes in Supply to a period of the session when members were too tired to spend much time over them, but he had never known a Government who had deferred Supply to so late a period of the session as the present Government had done. (Hear, hear.) He did not think that the time demoted to private members was always well spent. What was wanted was not so much an opportunity of ventilating the crotchets of private members as of criticising the adminis- trative action of the Government, and of that opportunity the House had been deprived by the manner in which m the Government bad postponed Supply during the present session. (Hear, hear.) He should vote against the motion, because he re- garded the whole proceedings of the Govern- ment during the present session as not baing ui dertaken in a serious spirit by serious poli- ticians or for any legitimate object. (Hear, hearJ The whole thing was an elaborate practical joke, and, therefore, like practical joke? ii^ .general, it should not be unduly pro- longed. (Laughter.) The policy of the Government, as they all knew, was directed to what was called filling up the cun." (Laughter.) That had a cheerful and convivial sound—(laughter)—and he was quite ready to treat it in that way, but it was not legislative work for which they might fairly be asked to sacrifice their private convenience or pull the labouring oar. They ought to be al'owed to come down to the House more or leas at their ease and give such atten- tion to the proposals of the Government as might be offered during the limits of an ordi- narv session. ("Hear, hear," and laughter.) He had no objection to the Government bringing forward their proposals by way of advertising their good intentions with a view to some elec- tioneering process—(laughter)—nor did he ob- ject to these proposals being discussed on the second reading. But this proceeding could be carried out with far less labour than the Government proposed to bestow upon it. They could not revolutionise the institutions of the country with majorities ranging between otie and 30. They might as -well try to carry on a campaign with a stage army from Drury La.ie Theatre. (Laughter.) Ho had no doubt every Minister who brought in a Bill believed it to be a measure for permanentlv alleviating the condition of the country. For instance, he bad no doubt that the Home Secretary be- lieved that the best wav to promote religion was to rob a Church. (Laughter.) But. then, Ministers knew quite well that their mEa, sures could not be pressed to a successful issue because they had brought forward a revolutionarv programme without the force to carry it. (Hear. hear.) Under these circum- stances, it would be absurd to give them the time of the House in a manner and to an extent which would quadruple the labour of the House without any hope of a successful result. Every object which the Government really had in view could be attained within the time which the Standing Orders now placed at, their disposal. (Cheers.) At twenty minuftes to seven o'clock the House divided, and the numbers were— For the resolution 252 Against 230 Majority for the Government 22 The announcement of the numbers was re- ceived with loud Ministerial cheers.
FOR SAILORS' FRIENDS. FOREIGN ARRIVALS AND MOVE- MENTS OF LOCAL VESSELS. FOREIGN ARRIVALS AND MOVEMENTS OF LOCAL VESSELS. Eskasoni left Havre for Cardiff 28th. S. W. Kelly passed Gibraltar for Maryport 28th. G. E. Wood left Oette for Oran 29th. Dewgland arrived Hamburg from Sulina 29th. Moonstone arrived Pemambuco 27th. Topaze arrived River Plate 27th. Forest arrived TenelTfie 28th. I.a Barrouere arrived Oporto 27th. Ninian Stuart arrived Sebastopol 27th. (Swentland left Bilbao for Cardiff 27th. Lonsrueil arrived St. Naz^ire 29th. Oardepce left Catania for Lisbon 27th. I'ontypridd arrived Swansea 27th. lavernock arrived Sebastopol 28th. Westergate left St. Nazaire for Bilbao 29th. Barry arrived Alexandria 27th. Rcehefort arrived Newport 28th. Mutthew Bedlington left Constantinople for Novoros- sisk 26th. Dora lefo Newport News for Hamburg 26th. Thordisa. arrived Hamburg from Odessa 26th. Eric left Odessa for Antwerp 26tli. Darent arrived St. Malo from Barrv 28th. Elteubina arrived Briton Ferrv 29th. Rapid left Lisbon for Huelva 27tb. Rhyl arrived La Roc-hell" 28th. Restoimel left Lisbon for Pe) trth 26th. Mark Lane arrived Constantinople 23rd. Redruth left. Brake for Cardiff 28th. RamilUes ai rived Mente Video 28th. Irorcpolis left Bergen for Blyth 29th. K;ng's Cross arrived Odessa '28th. Cvmmrodorion arrived La Rochelle from Cardiff 27th. Riodwen left Odessa for Bergen 27th. Cairo, cf Cardiff, passed Gibraltar for Glasgow 28th. Watlington arrived Las Palmas from Cardiff 26th. FIT-is arrive 1 Tagi-nrog frcm Kertch 26th. Owalia arrived Benisaf 29th. Jane arrived St. Nazaire 28th. Larpool left Bordeaux for Cardiff 30th. Wellfield arrived Taganrog from Kertch 25th.
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The Local Veto Bill, NATIONAL MEETING OF THE LICENSING TRADE. Denounced by a Government Supporter as the Poor Man's Coercion Bill. [FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.! LONDON, Monday. If the voice of Wales was not raised at the meeting to-day of the brewers' delegates who assembled at the St. James's-hall to protest against the Local Veto Bill, the requirements and experiences of the Principality were alluded to in no uncertain tone by delegates from other parts of the United Kingdom. Mr. R. Hughes, the chairman of the Cardiff Conservative Work- ing Men's Club, was announced on the posters as the spokesman of Wales, and, judging from the sympathetic applause which greeted any reference to the exceptional legislation under which the Welsh people laboured, Mr. Hughes would have had a reception which would have rivalled that of the popular North Country delegate, Mr. Riley Smith. For some reason or other, Mr. Hughes was unable to travel to town, and sent instead the following telegram — "Much regret inability to attend to support No. 2 Resolution. It would be peculiarly interesting to me, after having taken Mr. Lloyd- George round the Cardiff clubs on Sunday, the 21st, after which he expressed himself as being- depressed in mind." Sad to say, the name of Mr. Lloyd-George was received in perfect silence. The Apostle of Temperance is evidently an unknown figure in British brewing circles. The only inkling of his personality is that contained in the descrip- tion of his state of mind after a tour round the clubs, and the happy allusion caused much laughter in the meeting. Wales was not, however, unrepresented. Mr. J. M. Gerhold was a prominent figure. Mr. F. Phillips, of Newport, could be descried, and several other local gentlemen, whose faces were familiar, but whose names could not be ascertained, were dotted about the building. Their cheers punctuated every reference to Wales or the Welsh Sunday Closing Act. Mr. Buxton's brief mention of the Welsh Prohibi- tion Bill, Mr. Charles Walker's apt comparison of the views of different members cf the Govern- ment on the subject of compensation, and Mr. Riley Smith's descriptions of the shebeen-ridden character of certain parts of the Principality were all enthusiastically greeted. It is to be regretted, however, that the meet- ing was not put into fuller possession of this evil. Bogus clubs are to the brewers as holy water is to the Evil One, and a faithful descrip- tion of club life in Cardiff would have opened the eyes of the brewers to the dangers which threaten the country if Sir William Harcourt's -called Sir Veto Harcourt on the bills-measure is ever carried. The sentiments of the meeting on this subject were fully shown during Captain Fenwick's forcible address. Captain Fenwick is one of the Gladstonian members for Durham, but a firm opponent of this proposed legislation. The burden of his speech he gave in a couplet: No pubs, No clubs. The Local Veto Bill was class legislation, he said, in its worst form, and if the State were going to place in the hands of a bare majority the power to suppress public-houses the same measure should be meted out to the keepers of clubs. Most enthusiastic did the meeting get over this expression of opinion, and it was some time before their feelings were subdued. Mr. Walker followed this up by pointing out that. whilst Mr. Asquith intended to grant compensation to the Welsh clergy in his Welsh Disestablishment Bill, Sir William Harcourt refused any compensation whatever to the pub- licans, and this caused a similar outburst. Enthusiasm, in fact, marked the entire pro- ceedings. From the moment the organist played the first few bars of "Rule, Britannia," at the outset this could be noticed. The crowded house took up the refrain, and sang it lustily until the chairman and the principal speakers entered the halL Needless to say that the resolutions of protest and determination were carried unanimously. It only remains to be said that if the energy of the brewers during the coming months excels their enthusiasm, the supnorters of the Local Veto Bill will have a warm time at the coming election.
BILLS IN PARLIAMENT. The examiners met at the House of Commons on Monday for the purpose of receiving proofs If compliance with the Standing Orders. Among the Bills which passed this stage, and which were ordered to be reported for second reading, was the Electric Lighting Provisional Orders (No. 3) Bill, which confirms certain orders made by the Board of Trade relating to Pontypool. In the House of Commons on Monday the Fisbguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours (Steam Vessels) Bill was read a second time. ^——■—
WRECK OF SWANSEA TUGBOAT. The divers succeeded on Monday afternoon in reaching and inspecting the wreck of the Swansea, tugboat Wasp off the Mixen Sands, and their evidence will be given in due course.
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Notes from London. ALL THE GOSSIP OF TOWN AND CLUBS. The Government's Latest Majority—The Factories Bill-One Man One Vote. Thft Government majority of 22 was obtained by the abstention of the Parnellite nine and the transfer of Mr. T. W. Russell's vote to the Government. If Mr. Russell had voted with his party and tha' Parnellite nine had come up to the scratch, the Govern- ment majority would have been eleven, r three fewer than they are entitled to by the rules of the game. This implies three Minis- terialist abstentions. Some of the Parnelntes were about the House, but none of them entered the Chamber during the debata. Before the division a caricature which Sir Frank Lockwood bed been sketching was thrown across the table by the Chancellor, and handed up and down the Front Oppositi on Bench, where it excited much amusement. THE FACTORIES BILL. The Grand Committee on Trade, over which Mr. Stuart Wortley was appointed to preside, and to which the Factories Bill is referred, will hold its first sitting on Tuesday next week, and will thenceforth sit twice a week. It was to have sat first on Thursday in this week, but, as amendments are rolling in, it was thought better to delay till next week. ONE MAN ONE VOTE. The announcement that a One Man One Vote Bill is to be introduced in the House to-morrow is held to signify that the Local Veto Bill is abandoned also, that the Govern- ment are about to make a desperate effort at gerrymandering, in view of the approaching general election. If Ministers have aban- doned the Veto Bill, their decision was, no doubt, quickened' by the enthusiastic meeting of delegates at St. James's-hall this afternoon. The enthusiasm of the meeting gave warning of the formidable organisation against the Bill. Some of the features were the rousing speeches by Captain Fenwick, one of the Gladstonian members for Durham County, and Mr. Riley Smith, whom evervone thought ought to be in Parliament. His speech created a great furore. WARWICK AND LEAMINGTON. News from Warwick and Leamington is not quite as comforting as cne might have expected. Two perils now menace the success of the Unionist candidate. One peril is the possible appearance in the field of a second Liberal Unionist candidate. This would be fatal to the cause. It is hoped that wiser counsels will prevail, and that, having patched up their quarrel with the Tories, Liberal Unionists will not begin quarrelling among themselves. A second peril is the stubborn attitude of a large section of Tory working men. These good fellows are Tory by conviction; they cannot be made to see that a Liberal, by any Unionist name, smells as sweet as a Tory. If a second Liberal Unionist did not. however, arise to split the vote, it is thought even the staunchest Tory workman will be brought into line to vote. It is suggested that the best way of treating local differences at Leamington would be for Mr. Alfred Lyttelton to take down his cricket- ing tools and give his future constituents an over or two to show them that he is gointr to play on his own bat. That would probably settle the question. PREPARING FOR THE FRAV. In view of the fact that Mr. Alfred Lyttelton has been selected by both wings of the Unionist party at Leamington, the strength of the Tory headquarters will be employed in the contest as far as is neces- sary. Speakers and workers will be sent down, and it is quite possible that a Tory agent will take chief command of the elec- toral forces. The way being thus cleared the Irish Unionist Alliance, working on in- dependent lines, mil also go into action. Mr. Farquharson, the London agent, who was a leader and organiser in the splendid victories of Horncastle, Brigg, and Mid- Norfolk, has gone down to Leamington to- day to take command of such workers who have been silently gathering there. ARRIVAL OF NEW MEMBERS. The House having been well whipped on both sides, and a narrow division having been generally boomed, there was an air of excited anticipation, which, in the light of future events, proved to be quite unnecessary, as it turned out tha,t the Government was in no peril. The first incident was the first appearance of Mr. Chamberlain since the Easter recess. He came in beflowered and debonair, self-satisfied, not to say triumphant, and his followers gave him a pleasant little cheer of welcome. Mr. Balfour had come in earlier. Sprawling comfortably in his usual place, he smiled concurrence with the welcome to the Unionist leader. A second incident was when new members took their seats. Mr. O'Kelly, the elect of Wicklow, did not come up, but we had Lord Valentia, the Oxford Tory, and Mr. Gurdon, the Nor- folk Unionist. The cheers were loudest for Mr. Gurdon, his seat being a gain from the enemy. Mr. Gurdon has a striking resem- j blance to Mr. Jesse Collings, but on a smaller scale. He has also the bonhomie of the right hon. member for Bordesley, and be was so friendly disposed that when the clerk at the table held out his hand for the return of the writ, instead of handing him the document he shook him heartily by the hand. THE LEADERS IN A HAPPY MOOD. Quite persuasive and caressing, as Mr. Gibson Bowies described it was the speech of the Chancellor in moving the resolution to take the whole time of the House. The Chancellor is always happy on these occa- sions. His affectionate "Come, ducky, and be killed," is almost too alluring to be resisted. Mr. Chamberlain had a hearty reception when he backed up the Opposi- j tion. His best hits were at the close of his speech, when he twitted members with knowing that they were in a minority in the country. "What a humiliiition for proud men!" said he, but, he shrewdly added, "This is not a proud Government." Mr. Balfour was in his happiest and merriest mood. The whole House was with him when he gaily rallied Ministers on their proposal to plough the sand all the session as being a practical joke, but not distinguished by the brevity that ought to be the soul of wit. "If we are to play, let us play," cried Mr. Balfour, in a burst of merry abandon. "The phrase. 'Filling up the cup,' has a genial, convivial
Luck of Leckwith Hill. t The road to Dinas Powis over Leckwith Hill is not the best in the neighbourhood of Cardiff, from a cyclist's point of view. I rode over it oneo, and I am likely to forget the experience in a hurry. No, I did not break the record, but I stood a good chance of breaking my neck. What, happened? Well, I'll tell you. The first summer we spent in Cardiff my wife's health seemed to break up; I don't know whether it was the change from the balmy air of her village home in Kent to the keen sea-borne air of Glamorgan, or the worry of moving and the snapping of frieno.-» pbips that caused it. but, at any rate, in the fall of the summer the doctor advised a change of scene and complete res-t. Well, at that time I was what you may term financi- ally embarrassed, and a. vacation in Kent waa out of the question, so when our c-hief clerk, knowing something of my circumstances, invited me to send my wife over to his house a.t Dinas Powis for a couple of weeks, at a merely nominal expense, I very gladly accepted the old gentleman's kmdly offer, and my wife was soon instated in "hjs rural residence under the matronly care of Mrs. Hadle.'jj, whose gentle ministrations soon restored her to convalescence and wooed the truant flush of health back to her erstwhile pallid cheek. Of course, during In my wife's stay I spent many pleasant evenings at Dinas Powis, going down with Mr. Hadley after office hours, playing a game of che-ss, which he generally won, and catching the 10.11 Vacate; but on the occasion^ to which I refer I was invited to spend the Sunday there. and, ignorant of the switchback condition of the road, I eleoted to ride oVer on my machine instead of going down by train. It was a lovely morning and as I crossed the aoromon at leisuraly pace I was charmed with the beauty of the scenery which met my gaze at the outset of my journey: away to the left, blue in the morning haze. rose Penarth Head, from which in a semi-cirele swept the wooded hill radiant, in autumn tints, dropping sharply to the righ* over Ely. where it seemed to merge into the graceful undulations which culminated in the Garth Mountain, that reared its treeless summit like a grim sentinel a.t the mouth of th.. llhondda Vale. In a few minutes, having crossed the quaint bridge over the Ely River and passed the white-wa.lled farmhouse that nestled at the foot of the hill, I faced the abrupt rise which, as I was'bent on pleasure, bade me dismount. I did so, and, side by side, my "bike" and I slowly com- menced the ascent. I am not a good hill- 4|HJkberj on wfceeds, augllad I kaowa that aMOb obstacles as these lay 'twixt me and my desti- nation I should oertainly have chosen some easier means of locomotion. However, it was too late now, so I resolutely "padded the hoof," realising the truth of the adage, "fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Half- way up I paused for breath and the view that lay beneath amply repaid me for the exertion of climbincr. The river swept in graceful curves past the bridge, round the foot of the hill, and on to the channel, where stately craft lay anchored in the Roads or were speeding outwards carrying the mineral wealth of the port to distant climes. The table-land beyond the river was bordered by the town, its erratic sky-line ac. centuated by the towers of the castle, St. John's, and a, host of other spires, which led the eye on to the background formed by the distant hills, where, away to the nor-nor-west, Castle Coch stood out. its red-capped towers forming a pleasant break in their verdant surroundings. At the top of the hill I mounted again and was soonsopeeding past the russet-It hatched cottai^s and the diminutive church which form the nucleus of the village of Leokwith. The day was still young, so I saw no one in the village, but the blue smoke curling from the chimneys betokened that tho household duties had commenced within. I don't know that I am given to over-much sentiment, but, having surmounted the rising ground through the village, on the level stretch at the top there was such a delightful stillness, only broken by the feathered denizens of the, woodside, and a sense of freshness in the air that seemed to permeate my whole being, giving me a feelin" of peace with all the world and a joy and pleasure in living which one does not often experience in the worry of business and the competitive struggle of town and city existence but as the road dipped down in the hollow dividing the copse my dreams of universal peace were dispelled, and I was brought back to the grim realities of life with a startling abruptness. A couple of hundred yards ahead, in the centre ot the roadway, two men were locked in a fierce struggle; slowly they swayed to and fro, bringing every muscle into play. They seemed evenly matched for brute strength, and, failing to secure any ad- vantage in their respective positions, they sud- denly broke away as if by mutual impulse, and were as suddenly gripped together again; in the change an advantage seemed to have been gained by the taller of the two, who, stooping suddenly, by some trick of wrestling and almost superhuman strength, lifted his opponent and hurled him clean over his shoulder to the earth. At this moment a third actor appeared upon the scene, a youngster in tattered Lck>tluoj^ with disjieyeiled ,hair_ and jswarth^ complexion; he staggered under the weight of a huge stone, which the victor in the struggle, now kneeling upon his recumbent foe, took from him, and, lifting it with both hands high in the air, I shudder to think what might. have resulted had there been no help at hand. I am not blessed with a large amount of courage, nor am I physically a modern Samson, but in the excitement which the scene enacted before me had aroused I forgot that; almost uncon- sciouslv I covered the short distance that in- tervened, and, springing from my machine, I delivered a blow with full force on the spot where I thought it would be most useful with such good effect tha.t the would-be murderer fell over partially stunned, dropping the rock in dangerous proximity to the head of his pros- trate foe. who, relieved of the weight, quickly struggled to his feet and, with my assistance and a pair of handcuffs, pinioned his prisoner, for I now perceived that the relative positions of the two men were those of gamekeeper and poacher, and, if the evidence of the rabbits scattered on the road might be taken, the swarthy gypsy had been captured "in flagranti delicto." After securing his prisoner, the keeper ex- pressed regret that we had not held the youngster, who, he feared, would carry the news to the encampment down the road and "bring them 'pikeys' down like a zwarm av 'ornets." However, his fears on that score were soon set at rest by the timely arrival of a milk- cart, which was soon requisitioned, and with roughly-expressed but earnest thanks for my assistance, he drove off to the police-station in the adjacent village of Llandough, with his prisoner, aoowling but harmless, safely en- sconced in the bottom of the cart, whilst I continued my journey ruminating on the changing scenes of life kinetoscopic in the rapidity of their presentment. I had covered about a mile of the undulating track at an easy pace, when a bend of the road brought me in view of a collection of squalid hovels dignified by the name of an encampment; a few donkeys were hobbled, browsing on the roadside; and round a fire a party of picturesque-looking vaga- bonds were listening excitedly to the young urchin whom I had previously been acquainted with; the moment I turned the bend he caught sight of me, and shouted something in a strange jargon, which immediately directed the attention of the motley orew towards my humble self. Guessing the purport of his ex- clamation, I put on a spurt, and it was well that I did so, for the crowd rushed yelling after me, and a volley of imprecations and other more substantial missiles hurtled round my devoted head, but, fortunately, the aim was too hurried, so I escaped unhurt, and, coming down over the hill at a risky pace, I joroaseii the bridge 4iiat sigsaned the and leisurely mounting the road, bordered with stately bpech and elm trees, which leads up to the village, I was soon seated with my friends enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, at which home- cured bacon, new-laid eggs, and oream figpred largely, and for which my adventurous ride had engendered a keen appetite. It was a magnificent day, one of autumn's best, and in the afternoon my winsome wife took me for what she termed 1: _r "favourite walk," and 1 must own in that respect I admire her taste. We left the road at the bridge and followed the millstream p^st ita pretty foam-white cas- cade, and into the pleasant pasture lands, ver- dant with latter-math, where stand the ruins of Dinas Powis Castle, whose walls onoe re- echoed to the martial cries of the mail-clad Nor- mans, but now resound with the querulous ories of a colony of jackdaws who occupy every crack and crevice in the time-worn battlements. Here the path merged into a broad carriage-drive through Cwm George, where Nature seemed to have lavished her autumn colouring with a prodigal hand. At the base of the rocks, which here towered to an immense height, we rested a\"hile, and as we gazed up at their awe- ii spiring crags, festooned with hardy tendrils and stunted trees that seemed to flourish wherever foothold could be found, we amused ot-rselves by trying to guess what secret force Nature had used to upheave the miles of arable, pasture, and wood land now lying be- tv een the broad channel and those mighty rocks against which in primeval times the sea must have rippled in gentle waveleta or dashed in fierce foam-flecked billows as though impa- tient of restraint as she hollowed her course through the Cwm, whose sloping sides are now clothed with graceful birch, gnarled oak, hardy beech. and stately elm trees, which have flourished there from time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary. Happy in the companionship of my wife, I had quite forgotten the unpleasant incidents of the morning, but as we strolled back to the village they were recalled vividly to mind by an exclamation, "Look, Jack, at that little fellow there, now he's gone! Didn't he look pic- turesque?" Perhaps he did, but I was not appreciative enough just then to admire him. His attitude of espionage started a train of curious fancies of a rather disturbing nature, and my wife Tallied me later on my altered mood. I had not told her of my morning adventure, as I knew it-would hftve startled her and been in no way helpful to her conva- lesence, so I explained mythoughtful mood by referring to the nearness of our hour of parting, and she—welt/she believed it. The evening in Hadley's parlour, with agree- able conversation and mudic, fctoth rocal and. instrumental, was very pleasant, or would have been. but the tanned face of that young tatterdemalion worried me, and when the hour of starting homeward arrived I was glad to find the moon had not risen, and the night was dark as Erebus. Climbing the hill which faced me as soon as the millstream was crossed, I took the precaution of blowing out my lamp, but when I arrived at the scene of the morning's bivouao I found that the gypsies, true to their nomadic instincts, had struck their tents and flitted. I must confess the sight of the empty camping-ground lifted a cloud from my mind, and, laughing at what I now called my foolish fancies, I rode on with a light heart. I had proceeded about half a mile, when, re-calling to mind the stringent rules of the road for cyclists, I turned aside into a gateway which stood back from the roadside, intending to light both my lamp and my pipe, for I had not had the heart to enjoy a smoke for hours. I stood watching the lights of Penarth twinkling like leng lines of stars away to the right, and beyond them the revolving light on the Flat Holmes, while I primed my pipe; I was on the point of striking a light when the sound of an approaching vehicle gave me pause; it stopped; I could not see the occupants of tfhe cdnveyance, but I could hear them con- versing in low tones, and what I heard made me crouch low by the gate; they were gypsies, their lad had shadowed me all day; I was the individual they were waiting for; and from what I could glean from their hellish jargon their deliberate intention was to throw my machine and myself into a quarry adjacent to the road, by which it would be surmised that I had in the darkness met my death by mis- advtnture, no suspicion attaching to them, as they would be far on the road, their camp having broken up in the morning. "And now, Eph, thee turn the mare's head up the gate- way we'll get down and wait for the swine, and gad help un!" New was the moment for action. The mare's head was swung round, and as she came towards me a sudden thought flashed on my brain, and-, immediately acting upon it, I ignited the fusee I held in my hand, and pressed the Haming end against her quivering nostrils. With a scream of pain the poor brute reared up and backed wildly on to the road, crashing into the hedge and ditch on the other side, while I ran out my machine, climbed into the saddle, and, greeted with a yell of savage hatred, sterted on my ride for life. Fortunately, for a snort distance the road was fairly level, so, while the mare was being got under control, I had a start that gave me a little encourage- ment, but in a few minutes I had toooutend with a difficult hill1 managed to ride out its full length, but was fairly winded as I passed a railed enclosure, which I have since learned was a reservoir; here the road proved a little easier, and I welcomed it, for, hard behind me, I could hear the rattle of the vehicle and the dull thud of the blows which were rained on the mare's flanks and quarters as she pressed up the hill, scarcely two hundred yards separating us. Pfttiag on my best pace, as far as I dared in the rough road. and uncertain light, I managed to increase my lead a trifle till I came to the scene of the morning's scuffle, but here between tiho woodts, it was so dark that a lr.ose rein would have been disastrous to me on the steep, yet those reckless devils came dcwi: the incline yelling and flogging with a fierce brutality that told me plainly what to expect if I got into their hands. Rising from 'the hollow I strained every muscle, till it seemed as if nature could no further go, yet I could not shake them off; they were gain- ing. I could hear the laboured breathing or panting of the mare, for hardly fifty yards divided us when I topped the hill. On my right was the precipitous quarry where my friends purposed depositing my wreckage, bu't as I had a fairly easy run ahead of me till I reached the Leckwith Hill I had strong hopes of disappointing them. This hope stinned to give me renewed vigour, and I cjime down the gentle incline, or series of inclines, through the sleeping village in rare foim, putting on a grand spurt as I pasted the church, hoping to acquirb sufficient momen- tum to enable me to surmount the laist short pitch without much exertion; that spurt. settled it It might have been a stone or a rut-I don't knOiw-but as I swung round the bend at the foot of the rise I came down with a crash; no bones were broken, fortunately, go, staggering to my feet, too dazed to mount-, I climbed the steep and stood for a moment or two to get wind and steady myself, for I knew what lay before me— I remembered my climb of the morning. Once over this hill I should be on the Wei, a-nd that meant security, but to ride down into tile dense blackness was, to put it mildly, rather risky, yet I had no alternative; so as my pursuers turned the bend I mounted, and, with something very suggestive of a prayw on my lip", com- menced-the d'^ent. At the top the de 'matron was gentle and I easily contra1 led the ma-hine »i*h 'he pedals, but the roar: soon changed, each moment my speed was increasing, and, to make matters still worse, a rut jolted my foot from the pedal, and in the darkness, anil my consequent nervousness, I was unable to replace it. As 'the machine seemed to leap forward I gripped the brake lever, it yielded without resistance it was useless in rnv fall it hava been anagjjed. In a. moment I felt a cold sweat burst from every pore as I realised the danger of my position; the ground seemed to fall from under me, ths machine fairly flew over the uneven surface, and in a fit of hypnotic paralysis I held cn to the bar, wondering, in a dreamy fashion, wha.t would happen when I rcached the white stone wall whioh lay directly across the foot of the hill, where the road turned at an angla so acute thai to negotiate it at my speed was an abso- lut) impossibility. Then occurred a strange thing, a.nd to it I feel sure I owe the fact of my living to-day; you can call it what vou like-imagination, halluoination. anything, that doesn't matter, but as I flew down the hill I noticed on tha white roadway the figure of a woman. Instinctively, I touched the bell, and as its warning note ring out she stepped directly in my path, and, lifting her head, I saw the whi'te face of my wife, her eyes dilated with tprror. A cry of agoay was strangled in my throat as I swerved, to the right to avoid striking her, and then—crash! both machine ar.,1 I turned a complete somersault over the hedge into 'ths field which slopes down to the river. I lost count here for a bit, a minute or two, perhaps, and then I found myself half- smoothered in a deep bed of faded leaves which the playful breezes had kindly whirled into a hollow for my reception—"it's an ill wind," &c." For a short space I lay, trying to collect my senses, and from the hard road below rose the soft jingle of harness ohraris, yetting more nii sical as it died away, and I knew the race was over. Of course, the apparijtion wa« nothing, but the wife, who was asleep at tha time at D;nas Powis, said she awoke with a scream, having dreamed that she saw me in peril; but, of course, that may have been merely a coincidence, yet in my position—be- tween the devil and the deep, (Jeep sea-with the Romany behind and the stone wq.M in front, I like to think of my narrow escape as the Luck of Leckwith Hill.—S.L. -?-?-
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a sound. Then let us live up to it, and be convivial and jovial," said lie. Mr. Secretary Asquith, who was to have followed Mr. Balfour, was apparently frightened off by this piquant description of one who believed that the way to strengthen a Church was to rob it. The House, therefore, went to a division under the exhilarating influence of Mr. Balfour's racy speech, and the Govern- ment got a majority of 22, the Parnellitts standing out. MRS. PATRICK CAMPBKLL. Mrs. Patrick Campbell occupies at this moment a position that the most ambi- tious actress might desire. Since 1891 she has rushed to the front so successfully that at this time two of our most leading mana- gers ha^e been in friendly contention for her services. Mr. Beerbohm Tree had first com- mand, and intended to open with her in ■'Jolin-a-Dreams" at the Haymarket on Satur- day. As Mrs. Campbell was, however, doing so well as "The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith" at the Garrick, Mr. Beerbohm Tree generously forebore interrupting the run of that piece, and he put off "John-a-Dreams" till next Thursday, when Mrs. Tree will take up the missing part. Besides this distinction, Mrs. Patrick Campbell shares with Madame Patti the honour of having her portrait in the ¡ "Theatre" for May. She is represented as "Mrs. Ebbsmith" in evening dress. THE WEDDING SCENE. The Rev. "Father" Black, who, with the Duke of Newcastle as sponsor, interrupted a fashionable wedding with a protest against the marriage of a divorced person, is one of the best known ecclesiastics of the Highest Church pattern. He derives his "Father" as a member of the famous preaching order of Cowley St. John, near Oxford. Of the Order the famous Father Betison was superior, and Father Luke Rivinrton was one of .he earliest members. "Father" Black had somn service as a missionary in India. I have not heard him preach, but some people who have tell me they cannot understand whence he derives his pulpit popularity. The protest, now offered is understood to be the visible outpouring of the indignation of the extreme High Church party against the marriage of divorced persons.
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