AN IMPORTANT DECISION. An appeal case of great importance to all members of Friendly Societies was heard by the Lords Justices on Saturday, and their judg- ment reverses that of Mr. Justice Mathew in a lower Court. The plaintiff was the daughter of a working man named William May, and the defendants were the executors of his will. In 1889 the testator, acting under the roles of the Royal Liver Society, nominated the plaintiff to receive from the society the sum of £100 at his death, and directed her to provide for his inter- ment. In 1895 he made a will, under which, after paying his debts and funeral expenses, the defendants were directed to divide the residue equally among his grandchildren. May died in the following year, and soon after the defend- ants claimed the JEiOO from the society, but their claim was opposed by the plaintiff. Tn time the plaintiff issued a writ against the society to recover the money, and the society interpleaded, and paid the money into Court. Mr Justice Mathew tried the case in the first instance. By Section 15 of the Friendly Societies Act, 1875, a member of a society may nominate in writing any person to whom any moneys payable by the society on the death of such member—not exceeding £100-shall be paid at his decease. Should the member wish to revoke or vary such nomination it would have to be done in writing. The question in this case was whether the will revoked the nomination. Mr. [Justice Mathew held that the executors under the will became entitled to all the pro- perty of the deceased, subject to the payment of his debts, and decided that the nomination had been revoked. On Saturday the Lords Justices took exception to this view, and held that revocation by will was not provided by the statute. As there had been no revocation, then the nomination stood, and the sum assured formed no part of the testamentary assets of the deceased. The law on this subject is now clear, that the sum insured will become payable to the nominee by the society on simple proof of death. It is immaterial to the society whether there has been a will or not. Members will be relieved to learn that prompt payments must in future be made to the nominees. In this case the plaintiff became entitled to the money at the end of 186, but had to wait nearly two years for payment. Had the judg- ment of Mr Justice Mathew been allowed to stand, the same might have happened to many other people, but this, after the judgment given on Saturday, will now be impossible.
SWANSEA POLICE COURT. SATURDAY. TBefore Dr. J. G. Hall, W. Walters, B. Evans, L. A. H. Thomas and R. Woolacott, Esqrs.1 A LIGHT DAY FOR THE MAGISTRATES.— Saturday is never a very heavy day at the court for the local magistrates, but this was a particularly light one, the only business being a case of drunkeness in which the defendant John Williams, collier, of Tynyrheol, was fined 15s., and some summonses against parents for neglect- ing to contribute towards the maintenance of their children at the Swansea Truants' School. MONDAY. [Before the Worshipful Mayor (Mr. J. Aeron Thomas), J. C. Fowler (Stipendiary), S. Goldberg, H. Watkins, Joseph Rosser, Esqrs.l INEBRIATION.—Thomas Thomas, labourer, 8, Francis terrace, made his 14th appearance on a charge of being drunk and disorderly on Saturday. Fined 10s. and costs.—Henry Davies, Neath Abbey, Elizabeth Standing, of ill-fame, 26, Greenhill-street, were each fined 10s. for similar offences. OBSTRUCTION.—Wm. Sanders, hawker, 46, Garden-street, for causing an obstruction in High-street, by allowing an handtruck to remain on the roadway for an hour, was fined 15s. and costs or seven days. A HEAVY PENALTY.-John Tulk, 140, Pen- villia-road, was charged with a breach of the Swine Fever (movement) Order by making a false declaration. Mr. Lawrence Richards prosecuted on behalf of the police. The case was proved, and a fine of £2 and coats A4 9s. 6d. in all-was inflicted. A SWANSEA PUBLICAN AND HIS WIFE.— D. Loughor Thomas, late landlord of the Albion Inn, Neison-street, was summoned by his wife for j persistent cruelty. Mr. J. Viner Leeder appear- | ed for the complainant. It appeared from the evidence that defendant was in the habit of I getting intoxicated, when he would use horrible threats towards his wife and ill u-e her. On the last occasion, the day she left him, he put her out of the house. sayintr that he was afraid her blood would be on his hands if she did not go. Mrs. Thomas stated that she bad not returned to her husband as she was too much afraid of him. Annie Court, a servant at the hotel, stated that on the night of the 12th October, she heard Mrs. Thomas screamingmurder" in her bedroom. She ran into the room and saw defendant holding his wife by the throat. Witness pulled him away, whereupon complainant ran into her (witness's) room. She followed and they barricaded the door. Defendant was outside all night threat- ning her, shouting that he would put Mrs. Thomas a corpse before the morning if he could only get at her. The Bench held that persistent cruelty was made out so made a separation order defendant to pay his wife 7s. per week.—Defend- ant was aiso charged with drunkenness on his own premises. The charge having been proven, the Stiperdiary imposed a fine of 10s. and costs, adding that he wished to say that he and his brother magistrates thought it was a grievous breach of his responsibilities as landlord. Capt. Colquhoun informed the Stipendiary that defend- ant had since been forced to give up his license by the owners of the hotel. by the owners of the hotel. TUESDAY. I [Before J. Coke Fowler (Stipendiary), Griffith Daviee and F. Bradford, Esqrs.J DRUNKENNESS.—Margaret Davies, a married woman, of 5, Old-road, Neath Abbey, was charged I with being drunk and disorderly in Rutland- street on the 7th inst. P.C. Gammon proved the I case, and a fine of 7s. 6d., or five days in default was imposed.—For drunkenness, Ann Thomas, widow, Middle-road, Cwmbwrla, who sobbed pro- I fusely and pleaded in extenuation of penalty I that the cause of her drunkenness was vexation, and Richard Jones, 9, William-street, were fined 5s. and 10s. respectively. THE SWANSEA GUARDIANS AND RUNAWAY FATHERS.—CASE DISMISSED.—Robert Williams, printer, Rutland-street, was summoned for non- maintenance of his wife and child, now charge- able to the Swansea Union. Mr. C. B. Jenkin* appeared for the Guardians, and Mr. Henry Thompson (Messrs. Andrew and Thompson) de- fended. It was alleged for the prosecution that the husband had been separated from his wife for some time, and up to nine weeks ago he was pay- ing1 her a certain amount per week. But at this time he stopped paying her anything, and even- tually she was forced to enter the Workhouse with her little girl, aged four years.—By Mr Thompson She admitted that her husband had left her beeau-e she was too much addicted to drink. Defendant stated that he resided at 66. Argyle-street, and had been in the employ of Mr Howel Watkins, printer, Rutland-street, for 8 years. He was married in 1891. In consequence of his wife's drunken habits, in July, 1897, they separated by mutual agreement, he to pay her 9s. per week. His wife went to lodge with a Mr. and Mrs. Toms, 18, Victoria-terrace, and about the beginning of August, in consequence of a statement made to him by Mr. Toms, he ceased paying complainant anything, acting under legal advice. He had repeatedly asked for the little girl, as he thought his wife was not a fit per-on to have the charge of her. He had taken the child once, bllt had been forced to give hpr back to prevent a breach of the peace.—Mr. and Mrs. Toms deposed to finding complainant in positions which raised the presumption of adultery.-After a short retirement, the Stipendiary said the evi- dence had raised such a presumption of miscon- duct on the part of the wife that they felt bound to dismiss the summons. ASSAULTS.—Julia Kelly, married, 24, Lower Oxford-street, was summoned by her daughter, Mary Julia Merchant, for aaBault. There was a cross-summons. Mr. Ivor Evans was for Mrs. Merchant and Mr. Valentine Jones for Kelly. The latter was fined 10s and jEl 3s. 6d. costs. The case against the daughter was dismissed. PARENTAL NEGLIGENCE AGAIN. — A BAD CASE.—William Pugh and his wife Elizabeth, residing at Evans-court, Orchard-street, were, jointly charged with wilfully neglecting their f three children. Annie, aged 13, Margaret, 8 and Alice, 6 years. Mr. J. V. Leeder appeared for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It appeared from the evi- dence of Inspector Pearce, who paid visits to the home, that the children were kept in a very bad condition, being poorly clad and very dirty, and altogether in a terrible state. The house was extremely filthy, and there was no furniture. I The parties were very often drunk. so that the bad condition of the house and children could not be put down to lack of means. They had been before the magistrates previously on a similar charge, and the leniency with which they had then been served seemed to have had little or no effect. The children were pretty well nourished, but the Inspector accounted for that by stating that they were frequently in the Workhouse. The children, however, in his opinion, were suffering from their filthy and neglected condition. The man ap- peared to be lazy as he did not try to get work. The mother had been almost every third week lately before the magiotrates for drunkenness. The Stipendiary said the evidence was very clear that the children had been neglected, and that defendants had given way to drink. He was glad, however, that the children had not been starved. Both defendants were sentenced lto three months' imorisonment. WEDNESDAY. [Before Dr. J. G. Hall and E. Forester, Esq.] DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—David Francis, labourer, of Vaughan's lodging-house, Strand, charged with being drunk and disorderly in St. Helen's-road on the 8th inst., was fined 5s. and costs, or, in default, seven days' imprisonment. A NARROW ESCAPE.—Bridget Thomas and Susannah Williams, two unfortunates, were charged with stealing and receiving fro™ a Norwegian named Higgum £ 7 in gold and two foreign coins. Prosecutor did not put in an ap- pearance, so the prisoners were discharged. COUNTY BUSINESS. AFFILIATION.—Thomas Morris, a collier, of Seven Sisters, was summoned by Emma. Jones, a single woman, residing at Clydach Buildings, Llangyfelacb, to shew cause why, &c. The paternity was admitted, and the usual order with costs made.
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COCKETT PARISH COUNCIL. A meeting of the Cockett Parish Council was held on Monday last, when the following members were pres nt—Messrs. C. H. Perkins (chairman), Thomas Williams, David Lewis, Jones, D. E. Hopkins, Geo. Jones. H. John, J. Davies Bevan, T. B. Williams, and J. T. Martvn (bon. clerk). FIBE EXTINGUISHING APPLIANCES.—THE provision of storage accommodation was brought forward, and com- mittees were formed from each ward with instructions to report at the next °f lhe Council. ROAD IMPROVEMENTS. Mr. G-. J0nes called attention to the state of the roads In the Wannarlwydd Ward, especially that near h .K'[l> a'm a resolution w>.s passed requesting the Llangyfelach Rural District Council to have the matter attended to at once. DISQUALIFICATION OF MEMBEK.—Mr. Ben Thomas, one of the members for the Forestfach Ward, having been absent six consecutive months, the Clerk pointed out that unless Mr. Thomas could show a just reason for his absence, the seat would have to be declared vacant. _Ou the motion of Perkins (chairman), seconded by Mr. Thomas Williams, it was resolved—" That the Clerk write Mr. Thomas pointing out that his continued absence rendered the seat vacant, but that before tilling the vacancy the Council were desirous of knowing whether or not it is Mr. Thomas's intention to continue a member of the said Council." COCKETT WATER 8UPPI,Y.The Chairman commented on the delay occasioned in the erection of the new pumping engine at 8ketty by the Llangyfelach Rural District Council, and the unnecessary expense in con- sequence. After a lengthy discussion, the following resolution was passed—" That the attention of this Council having been called to the recent absence of an adequate water supply at Sketty, except that obtained from the Borough of. Swansea, and that, as the necessity of a pumping engine of increased power was fully recognised by the Llangyfelach Rural District Council four months ago, and that the said engine was to be purchased and erected forthwith, and seeing that the said engine has not yet been erected and that the delay is likely to occasion a heavy addition to the rates we, the Parish Council of Cockett, in the Interest of the ratepayers of the parish, hereny direct the attention of the Llangyfelach Rural District Council to the de'ay. and request that the matter be attended to at once." This was all the business of importance.
THE REAL TRAITOR TO FRANCE, THE PERNICIOUS INFLUENCE OF THE DAILY NEWSPAPER. In the November number of the National Review, a writer has something to say on the pernicious influence of the daily press. The French," says the writer, are prone to ascribe their disasters to treachery, yet their worst and most dangerous traitor is never recognised. It is the popular daily newspaper of Paris we say popular advisedly, meaning news- papers that have the widest circulation. There are good newspapers which struggle obscurely; but they have none of °the 'absinthe' of popular journals. We are apparently on the brink of war, and the French people neither desire the war, nor have they the remotest conception as to the circumstances of its origin. War comes on them because they have been misled and befooled by their newspapers. What chance has a people which is served by newspapers such as the Petit Journal, t'littrallsigeaitt, the Libre Parole, the Eclair, the Patrie, the hiberte, and the Echo de Paris? These news- papers are the daily press of France. It is these which demand circulation, and are devoured and assimilated by the nation. The Petit Journal has a circulation of over a million. The I'lntransigeant and the Libre Parole circulate daily some quarter of a million copies each of their lies and venom. It must be remembered that these newspapers monopolise all the channels of information. All that the bulk of Frenchmen know of current events is derived from them. We have witnessed the campaign of calumny they have recently been engaged in over the Dreyfus case. What sort of morality or fair- ness can be expected from such organs in treating international disputes ? The Libre Parole's contribution to a pacific solution in the present crisis is to say England will invariably retreat if she has to face the point of the sword.' No English journalist could pen such a passage. It is the wont of superior persons to dismiss these newspapers as Boulevard rags.' MISLEADING THE FRENCH MASSES. "This does not dispose of the fact that they are the sole medium of communication between the French masses and the outer world. The French people dwell in a fastness of ignorance. All that they know of the Fashoda question has been derived from these rags.' There is, of course, a better French press, with a more limited circulation, repre- sented by such papers as the Figaro, the Journal des Debats, the Temps, and the Matin; but these papers all rail at England and represent her as a greedy and perfidious nation. They seize every occasion to make bad blood between the two countries. In any international disputes they do not give us a chance of being heard. The Temps is as bad as any of them, and it is much given to quoting Sir Charles Dilke and Mr. Labouchere as powerful exponents of English opinion. Perhaps the most moderately expressed critic of our conduct in the French press is the ex- Deputy Francis Charmes; he writes regularly in the Revue des Deux Mondcs. He dealt with the Fashoda question in the last number, and vaunts the spirit of conciliation with which France has treated England in Egypt, Madagascar, and Tunis-always concessions, he says, and « tout vt-ix He asserts in defence of the Marchand mission, that it originated in 1893, at a time when England gave no sign of intending to recover the Soudan for Egypt, and this is the best defence that can be made of it; but after Sir Edward Grey's warning the circumstances were altered. A clear notice was given, and still the Marchand expedition was encouraged to proceed, and further transport material was supplied. However, lest this excuse should be insufficient, he vindicates the right of remaining at Fashoda on the ground of anterior conquest.
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M [PUBLISHED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT.' MARVELS AND MYSTERIES. BY RICHARD MARSH, Author of "The Beetle: A Mystery," "Ihe Crime and the Criminal, The Datchet Diamonds," &c., &c. [COPYRIGHT.] POURQUOIPAS. CHAPTER L But, madame, I do not understand you I" "It is a my»iery!" A mysiery. Air. Fletcher felt that the word in- adequately described the situation. Do you to nay—I hardly know whether to take you seriousiy -tb.a.t you have been having a converatlün w h—a horse' That is to say, with my husband—with Ernest." I thought you said chat he wa", dead" "It is oertiun. Did I not see hinl die? I will mow you the bed upon which we laid him out. 1J. I not shed upon hit. corpse my tears What would you have?" "Then how about the- conversation t" "It u metempsychOtiL8." Mr. Fletcher began to be amused. Metempsychosis?" It is a theory of which I know but Bttle. Is it an article of faith with which Monsieur is acquainted?" "Not much—personally." "I? I am Catholic. Ernest? He wae I know not what: These men Never shall I forget my feelings :when:when I suggested sending for a prietst; he saiu thai. It was not worth while to trouble the good man, for when he died his soul would pass into a horse. "A horse?" "A horse! He even named the hone I It is in- ered.ble!" Mr. Fletcher thought it was—almost. Moiweur must know that my husband—he is dead, what does it matter?—was not to me a giood husband. I did my best to bring him to a sense of what was right, of what was proper; but, after all, it is little that a wife can do. is it not so? He had his litrle fortune, I had mine. Puffbefore I knew H, his was gone. Do not ask me how. He would have went mme with it; I said no. He was a great horse- man. He used to keep horses to run at races, and to sell—that was his business the hotel was mine—and among them was the famous Pourquoipas—all the jrorld has heard of Ponrquoipas." All the world might have done. Mr. Fletcher had not. He eaid so. Monsieur has not heard of Pourquoipas! It is extraordinary! He is the greatest trotting horse in the world. It is little I know of these things, but I do know that Pourquoipas is indeed a marvel. He was my horse, as indeed, when you have the truth, were all the others. Judge then of my surprise when, as I told monsieur, I said to Ernest, Shall I eend for a priest?' he replied, Of what use? I die my soul will pass into Pourquoipas.' What nonsense are you talking?' I demanded. Agnes, he said, have often accused me of having no re- ligion. I hav a religion. I believe in the doctrine of metempeychosis.' What horror is that? I cried. It is the doctrine of transmigration of souls. I am now about to die. I believe that when I am dead my ei will pass into the body of Pourquoipas. It is as 1 say. who live longest will see He looked at me with his glassy eyes. He turned over on his side. Before I knew it he was dead. Those were nice last words for a wife to hear from a husband as he was entering the grave. "I said nothing to anyone. I was too much whaxned. The day before yesterday he was buried. y<t*rdiay morning I entered the stable to see that all ./a« well. I was looking at Pourquoipas. I was ondering what I should do with him. He is en- tered for half-a-dozen rnd what do I know ot eating?—ajid suddenly Pourquoipas turned and l<M>ked at me. Aznes,' he said, 'good-day.' Mon- str'ur, it was my husband's voice. I fell to the ground. They found me in a. fit. They carried me to tuo house. Oh. mon Dieu The lady applied her handkerchief to her eye Apparently the wept. "Tion't you think it possible," suggested Mr. }letcher. mildly, tl you were the victim of de; J1-on !t, Possible. When I returned to consciousness,^ 1 i&id to myself, 'It is I am no fool—I!' The I thought of it. the more I said to myself it wan III trk'k tny fancy played mc. Last nigut when 1 wert o bed this idea was clearly presented to my 8llUd" Madame Peltier paused. She glanced round ilia roerr. with what was very like a glance of appre- ^^I.Ioaieur, last night I had no doubt upon lie matter This morning I found, pinned to my A of paper, on which were written the word*, to the stable.' They were in my liusbam. > handwriting. I have the piece of paper in my pocker. rummaged in a pocket, which seemed as re- for the variety of its contents as any school- tr -y o r uld possibiv have been. Finally she pro- dki< ed a 'crap of paper. This she placed ujxui a flourish which was essentially dramatic. T'tjerv it ie. Monsieur may see it for himself." It wo* t quajter-sheft of dirty notepaper, on which Wis '.vritten, in a cramped French handwriting, the w >rds. "Come to the stable." T: is my husband's handwriting; there are a hun hvd persons who can swear to it. I said, It is ano',her trick.' But, in spite of myself, I went to the stable. Scarcely had I put my foot inside the door, t.>J.An Pourquoipas looked round to me. with this remark: 4 You my wife, it is as I said. "Did vou have another fit "WouÎd that I had It was not aU he said, not fcy a great deal. He advised me to commit suicide. In order to join him in the bosom of Pourquoi- dually; but in effect. He desired, the vagabond 'hat I should ruin myself- "e said that I was to send all the horses, and a sum of money- ah whs; » sum I-to an address at Morlaix. I was to xsk )•> TJestions as to their de-t;nation. I was to di>v»iss them from my mind as though they had never b<> Mr Fle,her rose from his seat. "S don't mean that he said all that? J is the truth. All the horses and ten thousand fnr, —j;1 to be sent to a man at Morlaix, of uuom I h i never heard. It would be my ruin. As well commit suicide ft once. "This gets interesting. He said that it I did not do it, he would haunt me by day and by night. He would make my Ufa a burden." He would make me wish that I was never born." "Seriously, madame. are you quite sure that you Were not again the victim of your own imagination?" "I have no imagination I Know not what it is. When I hear a thing. I hear a. thmg; and when I hear mv husband's voire I know it. Monsieur may rest assured of that. Besides, there is the paner." There was the paper. But lr. Fletcher did not Bee that there was much in that. Oddly enough, he had been routing ot materials for an article on Breton superst<ri0 > when he stumbled on this find at Plestin. He J ifrwii!in in the place half-a-dozen hours, when ady of his hotel, "La Boule d'Or," thrust °n him h., confidence. She said—he had never had such. an aocusation hurled at him before—that m looked so sympathetic." _Q_ On the shore he found the stables. They built within a stone's throw of the sea. Outward;, they had not the appearance of a typical training stable—of a training-stable, that is, as it is known in England. A lank, knock-kneed individual lounging in front of the door, who was the typical English jockey as he is found in fifth-rate racing establishments in foreign parts." Him Mr. Fletcher accosted. (tot some decent horses, I hear." The jockey looked him up and down. '"They've got four legs—most on 'em." Mr. Fletcher knew that the speaker had already ffead his inmost soul, and was aware that his equine knowledge extended no further than the capability of being able to draw a distinction between a horse and an ass. Four good legs some of them, I understand." Ii About as good as yours and mine." Mr. Fletcher felt that this language, in one in the position of the speaker, was out of place. "Can I have a peep at them?" There's no law again' it, as I knows on." The stable door was open. Mr. Fletcher entered. The jockey slouched in after him. The arrange- ments were primitive, but the building was of con- siderable size, and some eight or nine animals were in the boxes. tt "Which is Pourquoipas? That is Pourquoipas." On Mr. Fletcher moving towards the animal indicated, the jockey was moved to further eloquence. "He is a. orse, he is." Pause. "He is a. 'orse." Another pause. 'There I ain't no trotter like him, not in Europe there ain't. I ought to know." Pause. AI)Ct .,says. so-" Pause. "That 'orse can do his mile in^pe of two- eleven." The speaker glanced at Mr. Fletcher, as if challenging contradiction. But as that gentleman was unaware of there being anything remarkable in a horse doing his mile inside of two-eleven, ids countenance was blank. Yes, and inside of two-ten, if he's fairly on the job." Again a look in the nature of a challenge. Still Bo reply. In possible disgust the jockey did what Mr. Fletcher was hoping he would do-he turned On his heels and left the stable. He seemed to see nothing surprising in leaving a perfect stranger to examine the stud at his leisure. Mr. Fletcher was content, however, to confine his attention to one member of the stud—to Pour- quoipas. So you're Pourquoipas, are you? I don't know much about the genus trotting horse, but if you're a fair example of the rest of your tribe, you're not a handsome famil.v. Rig, orawVv-lpesry look to me more lifce a, cart-Horse gone wrong than any other kind of quadruped I've seen!" Pour- q ;f)ipas looked round with sullen eyes, as though ht "ented these observations of a too candid critic. A nice sort of man the late Pelties must have been to have wished to transfer his soul to such a tlrng of beauty as yourself." The creature made a movement with his hinC legs, which caused Mr. Fletcher to nimbly step aside. Now. then, whose toes are you trying to stej upon? A pretty mean sort of scamp your mastej must have been." There ensued an interval of silence. Mr. Fletcher stared at the horse, and the horse at him. It was a stare, perhaps, of mutual admiration. "Fat English pig:" It was these words, spoken in French, which broke that interval of silence. Mr. Fletcher started back in so much hiiste as to come into sudden and un- expected contact with the stable wall. It seemed that this flattering address proceeded from Pourquoipas 1 For some seconds he gazed at the animal with an astonishment which was altogether unequivocal. "I m not surprised that it frightened the woman! The thing was uncommonly well done. ow, my ventriloquial friend, where are you?" Echo answered where. Mr. Fletcher treated Pourquoipas with very little ceremony. He drove him from side to side of his box, so that no corner of it was hidden. He peered into his manger; he routed among the straw he looked up at the ceil- ing he examined the other boxes—there was nothing there but horses. He returned to stare at Pourquoipas and the more he stared the more the wonder grew. Blockhead." The same voice and again it seemed to proceed from Pourquoipas. So there was something in it after all. I thought the woman was romancing. Well, this is something new in travellers' tales. I wonaer, my friend, just where you are?' While he wondered the voice went on: You think, you English, that you are wise. Bah! You are a nation of fools! Go back to your land of fogs there you will be more at home than here." Is that all?" asked Mr. Fletcher, when the voice was still. It seemed that it was. All efforts on his part to provoke a continuation of the conversation proved futile. His language was not exactly choice, his allusions were not entirely civil; but nothing he could say had any effect upon the quadruped, or upon the gentleman behind the scenes who had en- dowed the quadruped, pro tem., with the faculty of speech. If the seance is concluded, I suppose I'd better go. As he left the stable he told himself: Unless I am mistaken, our friend the jockey has a finger in this pie." When he got into the open air the first thing he saw was the jockey, walking beside a horse which a lad was exercising on the sands a good three- quarters of a mile away. Later on, Mr. Fletcher, having rêturned to the hotel for dinner, noticed, above the mantelpiece of the salle-a-manger, the picture of a man. The portrait was in oils, and life-size. The man was leaning over a table, staring the spectator in the face. It was in the modern style of French seusa- tion-the man seemed actually alive! But, in its I way, it was distinctly a work of art. Mr. Fletcher asked the Breton maid, who brought in his soup, who the original was? It is the patron—the husband of Madame. It is & good likeness. But, for me, I do not like it. Whenever I look at it I think that he is going to leap at me across the table." The idea was not inapt; he did look as though he were about to spring. he a little man?" "But a dwarf. That is how he was so good a rider." The face in the picture was not an evil face. It seemed to Mr. Fletcher that it was rather the face of a fool than a knave. But about the whole portrait there was a curious appearance of life—one momen- tarily expected the man to spring. That night Mr. Fletcher was aroused from his first sleep by a tapping at his bedroom door. At first—as we are apt to do—he wondered what it was that had disturbed his slumber. Tap, tap, tap! As he listened, there came a further tapping at the panel of the door. He started up in bed. "Who's there?" Open, monsieur, for the love of Heaven." It was a woman's voice. "Is that you, madame?" Open, monsieur. I pray you, open." What's the matter?" Slipping into a pair of trousers, Mr. Fletcher went to see. Outside the door was Madame Peltier in a costume of the most amazing scantiness. She had a lighted candle in her hand. Without waiting for an invitation, pushing past the gentle- man, she entered his room. Putting her candle on the table, herself she placed upon a chair. Mr. Fletcher felt that this behaviour of his landlady's I required an explanation, even in the wilds of Cotes du ord May I ask, madame, what is wrong?" Now that she had gained admittance, the lady t appeared to be in a state of speechless agitation it was plain that there wa" something wrong. j Ernest f' she gasped. Ernest! I have seen him." Ernest?" For a. momeat the name conveyed no significance to Mr. Flotcher'i bewildered brain. You mean your husband?" "My husband! I have seen hie ghost!" His ghoot?" Mr. Fletcher was becoming conscious that there might be more excitement in tihe country than in the town. I have seen his ghost: oh, mon Dieu! I was asleep. Suddenly I avvuke. Some one was leaning over me, having a tight hold of my arm. It was Ernest. Oh, mon Dieu You were dreaming." DreamS^?! I wish I had been dreaming. Is that a dream?" The lady pulled up the sleeve of her single garment. An ugly bruise slwjwed on the skin of her plump, white arm. Hrnest was a little man, but he had a wri.-?t like steel. That is where he gripped me. Is that a dream?" "How do you know it. was your husba.nd?" I not know my husband? He whispered in my ear—oh, the horror You see, my wife, it is as I said. I was too frightened to speak. I will haunt you by day and night, until you do my bidding. Then he began apun about the horses and the ten thousand francs which I am to send to a. Monsieur Queiquechose at Morlaix—just as I heard it, every word, from Pourquoipas. It will be my ruin While the lady sobbed, Mr. Fletcher, in his UD- stockinged feet. paced to and fro. It strikes me that there is some plot on foot to deprive you of your property. Do you know any- thing about that jockey of your." Sam Tucker? He is a fool, and a knave. What then?" "Do you think him capable of originating an elaborate scheme of robbery?" caPa^e anything he is always robbing m" TU that to do with my husband?" I hat, at present, is more than I can tell you. Of course, the ghostly visitation was a trick." Is that a trick?" P0^11'6^ to the bruise upon her arm. "That is part of the trick. But I will talk the ma tier over with you m the morning, and we will see what can be done. You had better return to your room. You a.re hardlv likely to receive another visit from that very versatile husband of yours to- night." I would not return to my room—not for ten thousand horse- and a million francs." Then you had better go to your maid. I sup- per that vou hardly propose remaining The lady went to her maid. Immediately on her departure, the gentleman turned into bed. But he could not sleep: he turned, and tossed, and tumbled; the lady's visit had banished slumber. Pourquoipas, the words which had fallen—or which had seemed to fall—from the creature's lips, the fdy's storv—half-a-dozen things were jumbled together in his mind. erhaps some twentv minutes or half an hour had elapsed since the lady" had gone. He was Iving on his left side, with his face turned towards the wall. His eyes were closed, in the forlorn hope that sleep would come upon them unawares. But as he lay, and no sleep came, and, instead, phantoms of thought persisted in chasing each other across his brain, in weariness of spirit he opened them to look out upon the world. As he did so, he was surprised to see that a htfht a faint light—was shining on the wall. Hi, firt impression Was that it was Jater than he had imagined, and that the first glimmerings of day- light were finding their way into the room. Some- thing, however, in the colou: of the light suggested that it certainly wa." not daylight. And. as he lay in a sort of drowsy stupor hw eyes still fixed on the I dimly-illuminated wall, he began to fear that that absurd woman had returned, to outrage the pro- prieties and to seek shelter from he.r fears. "Confound her! If ^P^ething like an hotel, I never knew one vet • lalk about travellers hotel, I never knew one yet in lalk about travellers be;ng taken in and done for This he muttered beneath his breath. Then he turned lazily in bed, intending, with as much polite- ness as circumstances would perml, to caH down execrations on his hostess. But he did not call down execrations on his hostess, because Jus hostess wis not there.. When he turned in bed he perceived that the room was lighted but from what source there was na evidence to show. The light was, so to speak, enough to cast the room in shadow just enough to make things visible, and yet not plain. It was dim and a ghostly light. While Mr. Fletcher was wondering to what uneeQ friend he was indebted for this genteel illumination, all at once his eyes fell upon a man who was stand- ing on the other side of the table, leaning over the Board. He could have sworn that he was not there when he first had tnrned, a second ago, for his glance had travelled all round the room, in search of his landlady, and he had seen that it wat; empty. Yet it was equally certain that now the man there, uniess, that is, he was the victim of an hallucination. When one is awake and in one's right mind, one does not, as a general rule, see things which are non- existent; and now he saw that man. He was a very little man, if that was any con. solation. and he was a curiously-looking little maxi. As he leaned across the table, big aiititude oonveyed an odd. and slightly uncanny impression of his being about to spring. There was silence. The visitor IY1'H" nn rpmark. Vr. FWfhor n his narl- mul* none. The man was a stranger to Tiim, and yet— where had he-een him before? Suddenly he remem- bered-in the picture over the mantel-piece in the salle-a-manger. He wa- the patron—the husband of Madame! Either the artist had caught, in a mar- vellous and prophetic manner, his sitter's pose, or the sitter had caug-ht the artist's inspiration. Mr. Fletcher saw the picture reproduced before his eyes, as in the portrait—the little man looked as though he were going to leap at him across the table! Monsieur, a little of your attention." The visitor oponed the ball of voice was the voice which had seemed to proceed from Pourquoipas. T "You are an Englishman? very good. Confine yourself to your own affairs. Return to your own country." The visitor's manner was distinotlv aoid. As te listened, Mr. Fletcher became very certain that the man in front of him was neither a. spectre of his own imagination, nor a visitant from shadowland. You hear? I '-1-, return to your own country." Mr. Fletcher heard, and, as he heard, he sat up in bed and contemplated the speaker at his leisure. "You're a nice young man, upon my word!" This form of reply seemed to take the visitor aback. He seemed to think that he had not created q, sum- cient impression. Yell do not know who I am?" yes, I do-thanks." ( You think I am alive?" I_don t think you are." "Yery good. Try and see." The speaker raised his hand, with a little mocking gesture. But I warn you to take care. Above all, I warn you not to meddle in affairs which are no concern of yours. Go away from here, or-YOll will regret it." "I assure you, honestly, that I shall not regret it, if remaining here will afford me an opportunity of having frequent interviews with you. You are the sort of man, I should say, who improve- ui-uii acquaintance." "You laugh at me ? Well, you will not laugh lon.ir! I warn you to go away from here before to- morrow night, or you will be sorry." "Sorry': Not at all! You little brute!" As Mr. Fletcher uttered this last exclamation, springing out of bed, he bounded towards the little man behind the table. He moved with great agil- ity, but if he exm-C'ted to t'ke the other by sur- prise, he failed. No sooner did his feet touch the floor than the mysterious light vanished, and, de- spite his haste, all that he succeeded in doing was to come in violent contact with the table. Some strongish language escaped hi* lips as, in the pitchy darkness, he went rushing round the table. He succeeded in reaching the other side of It; he also succeeded, when he reached it, in finding nothing! there. "Where are you, you hound? No voice replied. He stood a moment, listening. There was not a sound. I know you're somewhere in the room. Only wait until I lay my hands on you!" Even as he spoke someone laid a hand on him, lightly, on his arm. And a voice—a well-known voicc-oherYed Good night, dear friend—until to-morrow!" Mr. Fletcher sprang round with an agility which was really marvellous, grasping wildly at the speaker. He grasped, however,* nothing but the air. M hen he realised that there was nothing there to grasp, Mr. Fletcher's language was quite unprint- able. At last he lit the candle. By its glimmer he examined the room—there was nothing but the room to examine. All traces of his visitor had dis- appeared. Nor could he find anything which went to show the means by which that disappearance had been effected. The door was locked, so was the window. "Where has the little beggar gone? It strikes me that this is quite a model thing in hotels. It dates from before the flood; and I'll stake a pound it's honeycombed with sliding doors and secret parages, like the hotels used to be in the good old-fashioned tales of my boyhood." As he came to this conclusion he returned to the table behind which the little man had stood. His eye- fell upon a piece of paper which was lying in its centre. "What is that? I didn't notice anything there when I lit the candle." It was a quarter-sheet of diity notepaper—own brother to the scrap which Madame had shown him. It contained two words, written in the same cramped handwriting us the words upon her piece "Until to-morrow." "That's odd. How came that there' There can be no doubt that the thing's well done." He thought so when, having put out the candle and returned into bed, on laying his head on the pillow, his cheek came into contact with another scrap of paper. "What the He sprang out of bed as though a serpent had stung him. With hands which actually trembled he once more caused light to shine upon the scene. He bore the candle to the bed-sure enough there was a piece of paper on the pillow. "How in thunder did that get there?" As gingerly as though it were some precious—or, perhaps, some (leadlv—thing, he picked it up be- tween his finger and his thumb. It was the third of the series—another dirty quarter-sheet. And on it, in the old, familiar hand, was this excellent ad- vice Do not meddle with the affairs of others." The advice was exceUent: there could be no doubt of that. But still Mr. Fletcher felt that its ex- cellence did not sufficiently account for its presence pn his pillow. This time when he returned into efcu he did not put the candle out. He left it burn- ing. Sleep has been compared to a woman, "uncertain, coy, and hard to please." When we seek for slumber it eludes us; when we least expect it, behold, it comes! It came to Mr. Fletcher then. Hardly was he once more between the sheets before he was sleeping softly as a child. I (Tc be Concluded.)
COMMERCIAL FAILURES. According to Gazette, the number of failure* iu England and Walea gazetted during the week ending Nov. I). was t54. The number in correspond- ing week of last year was 158, showing a decrease of 4. The failures were distributed amongst the following trades, and for comparison we give the number in the corresponding week of 1897;—Builders, Building Ma- terials, :43-18; Chemists and Drysalters, a-1; China, Glass, Eartheuware, °:-1: Confectionery, Toys, Fancy 600111, 6-3; Com, Coals, Mineral*, 7—7; Draperj Clothing Textures, 2.-18, Farmers, 4-13; Furniture, Upholstery, 2-7; Horses, Vehicles, 1-5; Jeweller), Watches, 2—0; Leather, 7-8 Metals, 8—3; Papel, Printing, Ac.. 4-1; Provisions, 33—33 Wines, Spiritl, Beer, Tobacco*, 7-17; Miscellaneous, 28-18. Totalt, 154 153 The aggregate totals for 42 weeks, 1897 and 1898 6541; ior 1897, SUO. The Dumber f bills of sale In England and Walu "tfstered at the Queen's Bench *or week ending Not. 5 was 128. The number in the corresponding week of last year was 1*6. The totals for the portion of the year to Nov. 5, are bills of sale registered for England and Wales, 5811, a decrease of Ml, and bills of sale r*-regi«tered 464, an increase 01 18; the re- ceiving ordeTi gazetted number 3642, an increase of 166, and the registered deeds of arrangement 289. a decrease of 36.
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THE ROYAL JUBILEE METAL EXCHANGE (INCORPORATED). There was a large and representative gathering on 'Change on 1 uesday atternoon. Enquiries were numerous, and there was ccDsiderable ani- mation throughout the afternoon. Business was decidedly improving. There were present Messrs. "Wm. Williams (Maesygwernen), J. ». Wrigkt Miowerton), F. F. (Maesygwernen), J. ». Wrigkt Miowerton), F F Card (Briton Ferry), D. Lewis (CForsetncny, rr. Clement (Beaufort), G. H. (Gurncs Co.), George Rowe (Worcester and Forest Works), W. Davis (Ebbw Vale Co.). t. Neville (Llaneilv), Joseph Maybery (Llanellyl, E. R. and J. H. Thomas (Llanelly), Roger tieck (Gowerton), C. Wright (Gowerton), George Sims (G.W.R.), W. Bright (Fairwood), Evan Danes (Port Talbot), J. Bangham (Barrow Co.), Be van, D. Rnssell (Clydach), W. Lean, Joseph Harrop (Grovesend), J. R. Lester (Carmarthen), E. Breffit (Cardiff), Thoa. Lowndes. F. K. Clegg and F. S. Parker (F. S. Saunderi; and Co.), G- H. Adams (Wolver. hampton), R- W- ^olfree (TreWt), W. A. Baxter (Birmingham), F. Smith (L.N.W.R.), W. H. Francis, E. P. Jones'H-V. Witts (J. Watsor. and Co.), T. W- Jone8> c- K- and H. M. Peel, Griffith Thomas (Court Herbert), Geo. Smith (Clyne), C. G. J. Corfield (Dillwyn and Co.), W..K. <Qmek, R. Rosser (Cil- 1 friw) J. R. Watson, E. Ball, J>. jone8 Powell, J. H. Strick, Tbojnas Davies (Cambria), Daniel Williams (LigLueli),), T. R. W. Mason, H. Chalk I (T. Ford and CO-), H. B- Mainwaring (Llanelly), Lewis Jenkins (Briton terry), G. H. White (Pon. tardulais), Philip RlChard, S. Stevens, T. Slmm, W. Griffiths. D. Evans (Morriston), E. Roberts, T. Gwynne (Briton ierryj Capt. Jenkins, Bertie Morris, J. T. Davies (Blaenavon Co.), R. H. Sampson (Pontarduiais), L. E. Trickey (G.W.R ), M. J. Roctie (S.C.), J. fhomas (Liangennech), D. Bevan (Morlais), VV. ItL. Protheroe (Llanelly), — Williams (Raven), .Harold Perkins, &e. The pig iron market has fluctuated 'i I cl. to 2d. per ton leaving off that much to the good on the week, but while the war cloud and political un- certainties continue there will not be much change though probably the market will experience slight ups and downs. The shipments show a slight decrease, wnich has augmented the stocks somewhat, but there is no falling off in deliveries for home consumption. The finished iron and steel market remains firm, showing a further ad. vance ir. prices. All the Bessemer works are fully employed upon rails and tin bars, while the Siemens works are turning out a full complement of tin bars. The price of the latter is affected by the advance in pig iron and raw material. The whole of the tinplates received from the works has been shipped, ?o that the stocks are practi- cally unaltered. The price of block tin remains unaltered, but shows an advance over a continu- ous period of S20 per ton, making about 6d. to 7d. per box extra cost in the manufacture. This, together with the higher value of tin bars, far ex- ceeds any advance that has taken place in the price of plates in the meanwhile. It was stated on 'Change to-day that tinplates cannot be manu- factured at anything like the selling price. Spel- ter shows a further advance of 58. per ton on the week, while lead remains practically unaltered. Pie tBON.—eHMKow warrants, 4911 8d, 49s Bid, and 49a 7id, cash buvera. MIDDLKSBBO'—»o. 3, 48a 7id. prompt; other numbers In proportion. HKMATITK.—Warrants, 60s 6d and 56a 8d,Ior mixed numbers, f.o.b. Cumberland, according to brand. WKLSH BARS, A:6 7a 6d. Angles. &c., at usual extra*, l^r7»ToV:-ee 15s to £ 6 17. 6d, (.o.t. at work. STBKL KAILB—Heavy aections, £ 4 los to *>* ■l'»6d light do.. 4S5 10s Od to £ 5 16s Od, f.o.t.; «'««pera, angle., channels, *c.. according to section and speclQca- tlOQ. SIKBL SHEETS.— £ 6 15« Od to £ 6 I7s the usual extras (or the higher gauges. BHSSKMKR STKKL.—'i'iuplate bars, £ 4 128 6d. SIKMKHB' TIN-PLATS BARS.—ile.t, *& 12S 6d. All delivered in the district; nett cash. TfK.pr.ATM.—Makers' quotation, for Bessemer steel coke, 10s 3d to 10. 6d Siemen.' (coke fiul«h). log 6d to 101 9d terne., per double box, 28 by 20 C.. 18s 6d, 19s Od to 21s 6d best charcoal, lis 3d to 12s 9d; finished black plate, £ 8 to £ 6 10»-' £ 7 to £ 7 10s per ton, according to wasters 6d to Is per box less than prime.. Odd sizes usual extras. 4.11 delivered iu ^iuce ot Wale. Dock, Swansea; cash, less 3 and 1 per ceu't. The Swansea Harbour Trustee, have furui.nea the loUotinroS&al return of tiu-plates reoe.ved froin the works. .hipped,and in stock I Week ending i*.twee*. Nov. 5, l»«8. I Boxes. Boxes. Boxes. oj kQQ #, a. 36,514 •• 39,550 STil, ^'812 43.V36 (54,3 U 170,'e6« •• 170.779 109,51(5 rnppJIB.—Chili bar». £ 55 3s aa_io too as »u. BLOCK TIN, £ 83 TO *'8 A »PV> HPELTKB £ 2415s, per lelsgraui received on Change. Liln-English, 10» od £ iA. AHHBACITI COAL.—Ue»t oig veiu, selected for m.i«™ m.rnoses 14s Od to 14s 6d second quality, do lX 6d to 13s 0d; ordinary large, according to quality and .election. Us 0d to 11. tni; ..nail rubb.y calm, per ton. according to position of stem. All delivered f.o.b. Swansea, cash 30 days, less ^4 per cent. STKAX COALS.—Large, lie Od to 11s 3d second quality do., 10. od to 10. 6d.; buukers, according to quality, 7s 9d to 8s 3d; small, 4s 6d to 6s 9u per ton, delivered f.o.b. Swansea,cash 30 days, less percent. BITUMISOUSCOALS.—Large (No. 31thoudda^, lis 6J io 12s 6d; large (Ho. 2 Rboudda), 9s Oi to lOi od per ton, delivered f.o.b. Swansea, cash 30 days, less 2j per cent. COKH.-Bast foundry, 198 to 21s Od furnace, 158 OJ to 168 6d per ton, f.o.b. rtwa^aea, cash 40 days, less lit per cent. PATKNT FuEL. US 6d to 111 9d. IRON Ougs.Tafna(per Naylor, Betkooli and Co.) 14s Od Rubio 14s 6d per ton ex-«hip cash, 30 days. PiTwooo.—18s 6d to 19s Od per ton. into trucks, nett, coati 30 dave.