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"CHAPERONES."

Improvemsnt of Gower Ponies.

Snub for Winston Churchill,…

"FEAR THE WORST."

Japan's Finances Healthy.

HOW ENGLAND HELPED JAPAN.

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HOW ENGLAND HELPED JAPAN. Secret History of the Purchased Warships. The "Globe" of Tuesday published the fol- lowing :—Many different versions iave been lately published of the circumstances attend- ing the recent purchave of two battleships from Chili by -he British Government, but the undermentioned account of the nejotia- tions may be taken as being stricdy authen- tic. When the two ships, Constitution and Libcrtad, first came into the open market, the British Government was approached by the agents entrusted with thfir sale with a view to their purchase. The offer, however, was declined foi various reasons, notably, on &c- count of their acquisition interfering with the Admiralty's shipbuilding programme. For the same reason Japan likewise declined ( to buy them. The progress of events in the 1 Far East, however caused the latter Govern- 1 ment to reconsider their decision, Ind nego- 1 tiations for their purchase we're begun. The A Japanese Government, however, did not show 1 suihcient readiness to bring the bargain to a < conclusion, and stipulated that payment for the ships should be made in instalments I covering a considerable period. While those 1 negotiations were proceeding the Russian Government suddenly made a firm offer for the ships, amonnting to J31,800,000, to be paid in cash within 24 hoars. The occasion was extremely critical. The acquisition of these fine ships by Russia would have seri- ously interfered with the balance of naval power in the Far East, and woild have Hn- stituted a serious menace to our ally. "At this psychological moment," adds the "Globe," "our Government acted with statesmanlike decision and promptitude, and to the intense relief of Japan they were im- mediately acquired for the British Navy."

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Swansea Assessments; Litigation…

Morriston Quoiters* Annual…

,-SWANSEA EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGE.{

English Ex-M.P.'s Queer Death.

End of "John of Cowers

Swansea Salisbury Money Club.

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- ANTHRACITE TRUST PROSPECTUS,

WHAT SAYS BILL ADAMS?

MESSRS VIVIAN'S CAPITAL

Executed at Nineteen. !

Garrison Tragedy at Sheerness.

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---THAT FAMOUS DOCK,

i CHRISTMASTIDE.

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Cwmbwrla Character's Tragic…

IFISCAL MEETING IN BRYNMELIlf

Dumping on a Big Scale.

|Sudden Death in the Market.

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