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NEWS IN BRIEF. a A.Dalziel's telegram from Rome on Saturday says:—The death is announced to-day of Cardinal Ledochowski at Lucerne, where he has been dangerously ill for some time past. On Friday a small vertical boiler, used for driving a cutting machine at Messrs. Cochrane's- ironworks, Dudley, exploded and injured six men, two so seriously that their lives are despaired of. A fatal fire occurred on Sunday in Jubilee- street, Whitecliapel, London, in a house occu- pied by several lodgers. A child named Edward Slat-ern, aged three and a half years, was burnt to death. A Dalziel's telegram from New York says: — A telegram from Austin, Texas, says that a terrible conflagration is raging in the lower part of the town, and that property amounting to over one million dollars in value has already been destroyed. The Press Association learns that the Princess of Wales, together with the Princesses Victoria and Maud of Wales, will, at the special invita- tion of the Czar and Czarina, leave London on Tuesday next for Russia to be present at the wedding of the Grand Duchess Xinia, which takes place on August 6. Thomas Maple, belonging to Birmingham, was remanded at Liverpool Police-court on Fri- day for attempting to pass base coin. Prisoner offered a spurious half-crown when purchasing some tobacco, and when told it was bad he ran away, but was captured. He had 29 bad half-crowns on him James Francis Hellay, 34, was at Leeds Assizes on Friday fined z625 for unlawfully detaining a letter. Accused, the postmaster at Tadcaster, had delayed the transmission of a letter containing a cheque, being a remittance to the Postmaster-General, to get time to cover the payment. The West Sussex County Council at Horsham on Friday passed bye-laws dealing with acts of indecency and fixing a penalty not exceeding £ 5 in the case of any person in a public place or highway singing or reciting any pro- fane or indecent song or ballad or using profane or obscene language. Mr. Joseph Thomson, the African explorer, is under medical orders to go back to the Cape. Mr. Thomson has been living during the sum- mer at his native village in Scotland, and he was on his way to act as groomsman to his friend, Mr. J. M. Barrie, when African fever seized him en route, and he had to lie up at Edinburgh. Patrick Andrew Tulip, a medical student, 24 years of age, residing at 10, Cromwell-street, Edinburgh, was-found dead in bed on Friday. A bottle containing prussic acid was found at the bed-side and it was evident that deceased had partaken of the poison. No reason can be assigned for the act. Deceased was well con- nected. A Iteuter's telegram from Paris on Friday says :-In consequence of a violent article at- tacking M. Deschanel, published on Thursday by M. Clemenceau in the Justice, a duel with swords was fought this morning between the two politicia.ns at Boulogne. At the second engage- ment M. Deschanel was wounded in the righ cheek. John Burton, 64, hawker, belonging to Sheffield, was arrested in Glasgow on Friday on suspicion of causing the death of Catherine Campbell or Stewart, with whom he cohabited, at 31, Lyon-street, Glasgow. Deceased, who is alleged to be a female ex-convict, was found dead in bed bearing marks of recent kicks or other violence. The Bishop of Marlborough on Saturday consecrated St. Peter's Church, Staines, erected at the sole expense of Sir Edward Clarke, from the designs of Mr. Prynne, of Plymouth, and capable of accommodating 700 worshippers. The cost of the church is expected to reach £ 10.000, and the endowment was £ 6,000. In addition, Lady Clarke gave the altar and altar furniture. A Central News telegram from New York on Friday says: The severe drain on the gold reserves in this country is becoming more accentuated. It is announced that to-day's and to-morrow's steamers will carry the substantial total of 5,000,000dols. of gold to Europe. This withdrawal will bring the reserves down to 58,500,000dols., which is the lowest point on record. Patrick Lixford, son of a Kirkintilloch barber, died on Friday from sliockir" injuries sustained on Tuesday. While playing on the wall of the Orchard Burying Ground, lie slipped and fell on to spiked railings below. Four spikes entered his body, the abdomen and right lung being pierced). The lad's grandmother witnessed the accident, and lifted him off the spikes. The misfeasance summons against the direc- tors and certain officers of the London General 'n Bank was further heard before Justice Williams on Friday. Defendants are accused of pay- ing dividends when there were no funds pro- perly available, and of making improper advances, chiefly to the Balfour group of com- panies.—Mr. Layton, one of the directors, said he objected to loans to the Balfour companies, and asked his co-directors to limit these loans. He then had no reasou to doubt Jabez Balfour's integrity. On Friday, at Lloyd's, the deputy-chair- man of Lloyd's, on behalf of the underwriters interested in the Trafalgar, presented to Mr. William Shotton a, set of navigation instru- ments and a sum of about £ 250. Mr. Shotton, whilst an apprentice on board the Trafalgar, navigated that vessel successfully from Batavia to her destination, Melbourne, in the latter part of last year, after the death from fever of the capt,ain and other navigating officers. Mr. Shotton has already received Lloyd's medal for meritorious services. The Congress of the British Institute of Public Health was resumed at King's College on Friday, when a conference was held on the subject of the housing of the working classes. The Bishop of London pre- sided, and on the motion of Cardi- nal Vaughan, a resolution was carried that while provision of block dwellings is being made in London and other large towns every effort should be made to increase the number of cottage dwellings in the suburbs, especially in connection with the railways system. At Westminster County-court on Saturday an order was made committing the Rev. Mr. Evans, a South Shields clergyman, to prison failing payment within a month of £ 2 2s. for an atlas supplied by Messrs. Bacon, London pub- lishers. Accordidg to the Clergy List defen- dant's income was X540 per annum, but he wrote stating that the net income was only £ 200.—The Judge, in making the commitment order, said a man with an income of only £ 200 should not have ordered such an expensive book. In the Queen's Bench Division on Saturday t,he case of Queen v. Silverlock was heard. Silverlock advertised for a housekeeper in the Midlands and obtained C5 from an applicant for a situation. The case was tried at Worcester- shire Quarter Sessions, where it was objected that the indictment was bad as no definite per- son was named as the person to whom the false pretences was made. There was also an objec- tion to the identification of the handwriting by the solicitors.—The judges on Saturday affirmed the sentence of twelve months' hard labour. A Manchester paper having lately pub- lished a statement that at a recent private conference of Unionists Mr. Chamberlain dealt at length with the estrange- ment between Gladstoniaris and Liberal Unionists, and pointed to a. possibility of recon- ciliation, Mr. Wild, the president of the Hey- wood Liberal Unionist Association, called the right hon. gentleman's attention to the state- ment, and has received the following reply :— The statement referred to is absolutely in- accurate, and there is not the slightest founda- tion for it." A Dalziel's telegram from Toulon on Friday says :—The large forest fire on the hill district round Sixtours is still raging. Over 2,000 troops have been called out to extinguish the flames, which threatened to destroy several mountain batteries erected on the side of the hill. Great trouble was experienced in pre- serving the battery at Peyras, mounting four- teen guns, and with a magazine full of powder but by the hurried erection of a bank of sand the soldiers managed to keep the flames off, but it was necessary for them to make preparations for fighting the flames all night. A remarkable tcene occurred on Thursday afternoon at the close of the ceremony at St. Clement Dane's Church in the Strand, where Sm Hon. Mr.,Smith was married to Lady Esther Gore, when Lord Salisbury left the chsrch to walk to his carriage, which for convenience had been stationed outside the Temple Station on the Embankment. His lordship had not proceeded far across the Strand towards Arun- del-street when the crowd recognised and closed round his lordship, waving their hate and' handkerchiefs and cheering him. He was im- mediately escorted by a sergeant of police at, a quick pace down Arundel-street, the crowd cheering him into his carriage. Lord Salis- bury frequently bowed his acknowledgments. At the Old Bailey on Monday, Susannah Kaezu, acquitted on Saturday of complicity in the Shaftesburv-avenue murdar. was charged with stealing property belosging to Mrs. Rasch. the victim of that tragedy. The Crown Counsel said he proposed to offer no evidence, and the Judge directed the mturn of a verdict of not guilty. This was done, and prisoner was discharged. A Rome Renter's telegraca on Saturday says —The trial of the directors 4>f the Banca Romana and other persons connected with that insti- tution was concluded to-day. All the accused were acquitted. fhe trial of the persons who are alleged to have been concerned in the fobstraction of docu- ments connected with the trial will be begun immediately. Among those who will figure in the prelimiuary inquiry are Signor Telzani, formerly CMef of the Rome Police; Signor Mainetti, inspector of police; Judge Capdilo, Signor GioSitti, the ex-Premier, and Signor Roasno, formerly Under-Secretary of State for the Interior.