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SWANSEA DISTRICT.

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LLANDILO. -

WEDDING BELLS AT PONTARDAWE.

SLIPPED ON THE ICE POND.

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IAMERICAN TINNED MEATS. !

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DEATH OF MRS. RODERICK, LLWYNBERLLAN.

A CURE FOR ASTHMA.

NEATH LICENSING DAY,

HAVE YOU INDIGESTION ?

DEPOSITING ASHES IN A LANE

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PARLIAMENT OPENS.

- THE KING'S rjtECH.

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THE KING'S rjtECH. PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW. SESSION. MINISTERS AND THE HOUSE OF LORDS. IRISH DOMESTIC LITIGATION. LICENSING REFORM: CRIMINAL APPEAL. Tis Majesty's speech to Parliament was as follows:— My Lords and Gentlemen,— I am happy to say that my rela- tions with Foreign Powers continue to be friendly, and I have no occasion to add to the full statement which was laid before you in December, reciting a number of satisfactory agreements recently concluded. The earthquake at Kingston adds one more to the series of calamities which Jamaica. and my other colonies in the West Indies have experienced. I regret the de- plorable loss of life and destruction of pro- perty in an important city, and I have seen with satisfaction that the emergency has been met by the Governor and his offi- cers with courage and devotion, and by the people with self-control. The occasion has called forth many proofs of practical good- will from all parts of my Empire, and I recognise with sincere gratitude the sym- pathy shown by the people of the United States of America, and the assistance promptly offered by their Naval author- ities. The first visit of an Amir of Afghanistan to my Indian dominions for more than twenty years, and his active survey of the leading features in Indian life, have been to me and, as I understand, to '-he Amir himself, a. source of much gratification, as tending to promote that right feeling which is even more important than formal com- pacts. In India, while firmly guarding the strength and unity of executive power un- impaired, I look forward to a steadiast ef- fort to provide means of widening the base of peace, order, and good government among the vast populations committed to my charge. Gentlemen of the House of Commons,—, Estimates of the national expendi- ture for the forthrnni'Mrr Prinnm' yep- -;]1 in due course be laid before you. They have been framed with the object of effect- ing economies consistent with the efficient maintenance of the public service. My Lords and Gentlemen,— Serious questions affecting the working of our Parliamentary system hav.i arisen from unfortunate differences between the two Houses. My ministers have this important subject under consideration, with a view to a solution of the difficulty. A measure of Licensing Reform will be introduced, with the object of effectively diminishing the erils which result from the sale and use of intoxicating Iiquoxrs under present conditions. A proposal will be laid befoM you for more clearly defining the functions of the military forces of the Crown, both regular and auxiliary, and for the improveinejlt of their organisation. Bills will be introduced deaing with the holding and valuation of land in Scotland. Your attention will be called to measures for further associating the people of Ireland with the management of their domestic affairs, and for otherwise improving the system of government in its administrative and financial aspects. Proposals will also be submitted for ef- fecting a Teform of University education in Ireland, whereby I trust that the difficulties which have so long retarded the (develop- ment of higher education in that country may be removed. You will also be invited to consider pro. posals for the establishment of a court oi criminal appeal; for regulating the hours of labour m mines; for the amendment of the patent laws; for improving the Law re- lating to the valuation of property in Eng.- land and Wales; for enabling women to serve on local bodies; for amending the law affecting small holdings in England a.nd Wales; and for the better housing of the people. I commend all your arduous labours to. the continued blessings of Almighty God,

WOOLWICH SHAKEN.

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