FALL OF A THEATRE. The front wall of a penny theatre, recently erected in Dundee, gave way on Monday. and tell with a terrible crash. A hoi se W'k., killed by the debris, and a labourer so seriously hurt that he had to be removed to the hospital. Seven men on the roof escaped by leaping onto the adjoining building. The theatre was crowded on Saturday night, and there would have been a frightful catastrophe if the accident had happened at night.
ACCIDENT TO A DOMINION LINER. The steamer Sarnia, of the Dominion Line, from Quebec to Liverpool, with a general cargo, mails, and 70 passengers, went ashore at eleven o'clock on Monday morning during a dense fog on the Ushet Point, Ratblin Island. All the passengers were rescued by the tug Lord Eglin and landed safely at Ballyeastle, County Antrim. The Sarnia has ten feet of water in her hold, and the water is still rising, but it is believed the vessel can be got off provided the weather remains calm.
fIlE STRANDING OF THE SARNIA. Further details respecting the stranding of the Sarnia state that a dense fog suddenly came on as he was entering Church Bay. The captain, who was on the bridge, gave orders to slacken speed, out in a few minutes the vessel struck. On the fog lifting, it was seen that she had gone aground on the rocks on Rathlin Island. Boats were im- mediately lowered, and just as the first one was filled the tug Lord Elgin, of Glasgow, which had been lying in Church Bay, came to the assistance of the Sarnia. She took the passengers and their luggage on board, and conveyed them to Bally- castle, wnerd Mr. Black, Dominion Line agent, re- ceived. tnem, and made every provision for their ■wants. I e passengers state that Captain Gibson and h13 0 cei2,,Q^ everything in their power for their safety. he Sarnia is fast by her bows, her stern floating in twenty fathoms.
ARREST OF A SUPPOSED DYNA- MITARD. 14 3 At the Hanley Police Court on Monday momin« an Englishman, named Joseph Gratton, was re- manded on a charge of having in his possession dynamite cartridges, a number of caps, and a yard and a half of fuze for an unlawful purpose. The oriaoner who is a suspicious character, having oT*n in gaol no fewer than 26 times during the last twenty years, has resided in a disused railway carriage at Ford Green. The local the prisoner's cabin on Saturday afternoon, and questioned him as to whether he had any ynami about. Prisoner denied that he had, but, being in- formed that the place would have to be searched, produced a number of caps, and subsequently handed the officer a few dynamite cartridges, and upon a cupboard being searched 22 others were discovered. Prisoner gives no account of the dynamite other than tuat it came from Yorkshire, i
A LAD DROWNED AT LLANDILO. Our Llandilo correspondent, telegraphing on Tuesday, says:—Between six and seven o'clock this evening a young lad, aged eleven, named Harry Leith, son of Mr. Leith, New-road, was drowned in the River Towey, some distance above the town station.
A CENTENARIAN AT ABERYSTWITH. Margaret Morris, an out-door pauper at Taliesin, I near Aberystwith, has just attained her 107th year. She has been a recipient of parish relief for about 60 years. Considering her advanced age, she is remarkably hale, and her mental faculties are good. She is well known to tourists in Wales.
THE DEPRESSION IN THE SHIPPING TRADE. At a meeting at Hull on Tuesday respecting the shipping interests of the Humber ports it was re- solved in consequence of the depression in the shipping trade, to meet the Engineers' Associa- tions with a view to a reduction of wages. In the event of the associations not agreeing to a reduc- tion a general lay up of steamers will take place.
A TERRIBLE POLITICAL TRAGEDY. From Kentucky comes the news of a terrible political tragedy. A double duel, the result of a quarrel arising out of political differences, took place between Lucien and William Perry on the one side, arid Colonel Britton and William Oakley on the other. Rifles were the chosen weapons, and five shots were allowed on each side, so that a fatal result was not surprising. William Peivy, who fought with Mr. Oakley, killed his opponent, while Lucien shot Colonel Britton three times, wounding him mortally. No one has been arrested.
SMALL-POX IN LONDON. At the meeting of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, held on Saturday afternoon, the returns as to smail-pox and fever patients under treatment in the hospitals under the management of the board were read. The small-pox returns showed an in- crease of 67 over the figures of the previous fort- night. For the fortnight 533 patients had been admitted into the hospital direct from parishe.s and unions; 623 had been admitted from other hospitals of the board; 73 patients had died; 394 patients had been discharged cured, and there was a total number remaining under treatment of 1,378 patients, as against 1,311 in the previous fortnight.
SIR JOHN ASTLEY'S HANSOM. In the Queen's Bench Division on Tuesday Thomas Allen, a vanman, sued Sir John Astley for damages for injuries sustained in a collision which occurred between the plaintiff's van and a cab owned by the defendant. it appeared that the defendant owned a hansom cab, which, when he did not use, he sent his groom out with to ply for hire. On the 5th of July, last year, the groom left the cab opposite the Bachelors' Club, Park-lane. The horse ran away, and, the cab coming into collision with the plaintiff's van, plaintiff was thrown out, receiving severe injuries. The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff, damages JE125.
A PROCLAIMED NATIONALIST' MEETING IN IRELAND, THE CROWD CHARGED BY THE POLICE. The National League meeting at Rathkeale on Sunday was proclaimed, but the organisers drove to Bailingarry, and, although followed by the police, succeeded in holding three meetings. On returning to Rathkeale they were met by a large crowd, whom the police, however, charged and dis- persed. Several persons were severely injured in the charge. A Belfast correspondent telegraphs that in consequence of the excited state of feeling in Ulster with regard to the July 12th Orange Celebration, the authorities have ordered large forces of constabulary to proceed from the southern, northern, and western counties to various parts in Ulster for special duty.
THE SUPPOSED MURDER OF A LADY AT PLYMOUTH. ATTEMPT TO RE-OPEN THE INVESTIGATION. Mr. Hugh Shortland, who was charged a few months ago with being concerned in the death of his wife, a young lady whom he had clandestinely married, and who was found drowned in a pond under mysterious circumstances, has written to the Plymouth Mercury a long letter giving the result of the investigation which he says he has deemed it due to himself as husband to carry on. He says he has been confirmed in his opinion that his wife did not come to her death by accident or by suicide. By the opinion of medical experts whom he has consulted he is persuaded that a most accom- plished, depraved, and audacious murder, of the blackest and vilest villany, has been committed. He holds that an evanescent vegetable poison may have been admi- nistered, by way of perfume or otherwise, to the brain through the nostrils, and contends that this may have been done whilst asleep. He suggests tnat the body may have lain in the grotto adjoining the pond and then been glided in. He has proceeded to London to lay the circumstances before the Home Secretary with a view to the re- opening of the inquest.
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THE PROPOSED NEW FREE ¡- LIBRARY AT SWANSEA. Subject to the approval of the Science and Art Department, and of the Swansea Corporation, a joint committee of the Free Library Committee and the Property Committee have selected the design submitted bv 11 Utile Dulci" (Mr. Holton, of Dewsbury), provided the design can be carried out for £ 10,000.
THE LOAD-LINE COMMITTEE. The Lead-Line Committee has adjourned till the 15th of July, when it will meet to consider the draft report to be presented by the chairman, Sir E. J. Reed. In this report the strengthening of the Marine Department of the Board of Trade is strongly recommended. It is stated that one of the great questions which will be fought out at the next meeting of the Committee is whether the load-line tables drawn up by Lloyd's or the Board of Trade shall be adopted.
THE FATE OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING BILL. The Morning Post says:—Having allowed nearly the whole session to pass without referring the Merchant Shipping Bill either to a Select Com- mittee or to the Standing Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Navigation, it is now proposed to withdraw the measure and relegate the whole sub- ject to that remarkably tedious and frequently un- satisfactory tribunal. a Royal Commission. Mean- time, the President of the Board of Trade wishes it to be known that he does not modify a single fact or figure with reference to his charges against the general body of shipowners, who are invited by the right hon. gentleman to open a rebutting case before the Commissioners.
THE PRINCE OF WALES AND ARTISANS' DWELLINGS. On Tuesday afternoon the Prince of Wales, who was accompanied by the Princess of Wales and her three daughters, opened Sandringham Buildings, Soho, an extensive block erected by the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company for the accommoda- tion of the working classes. Raplying to an ad- dress which detailed the work achieved by the company in providing dwellings for the industrial classes, the Prince of Wales said he had been much occupied for some time past with the question of the improvement of the homes of the poor, and was deeply impressed with the necessity which existed for ameliorating the sanitary condition of those houses. His Royal Highness especially urged the importance of avoiding the evil of overcrowding.
THE FRERE MEMORIAL FUND. The Prince of Wales presided at a meeting of the Executive Committee at Marlborough House on Monday, when there were present Sir Richard Temple, Bart., G.C.S.I.; Sir T. D. Acland, Bart., M.P.; Right Hon. H. C. Raikes, M.P.; Sir Francis Sandford, K C.B.; Lieutenant-General S. Dighton Probvn, V.C., K.C.S.I.; Sir Frederick Leighton, P.R.A.; Sir George Birdwood, Colonel Sir Herbert Sandford, R.A.; Captain C. Mills, C.M.G.; Mr. D. C. Boulder, Mr. J. D. Framjee, and Mr. Edward Hayward, secretary. At this meeting it was re- solved that Mr. Thomas Brock, A.R.A., be asked to execute a statue of the late Sir Bartle Frere, and that the Metropolitan Board of Works should be asked to' grant a site for the statue on the Em- bankment near that of the late Sir James Outraoi.
LEVEE BY THE PRINCE OF WALES. The Prince of Wales, by command of her Majesty, held a levee at St. James's Palace on Monday. The following local gentlemen were amongst those pre- sented to his Royal Highness:—Mr. Richard Davies, M.P., on appointment as Lord-Lieutenant of the county of Anglesea, by the First Lord of the Trea- sury Lieutenant George Elliot A. Pyle, of the 3rd Brigade Northern Division Royal Artillery, pre- sented by the Adjutant-General, Lord Wolseley; Captain Edward Pryce Jones, Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, by Lieutenant-Colortel Sir W. G. Wil- liams, Bart.; Mr. Robert D. Pryce, on appointment as Lord-Lieutenant for the county of Merioneth, by the First Lord of the Treasury; and Captain Nicholas Robinson, Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, by Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William G. Williams, Bart. Sir George Elliot and Dr. Pyle also attended the levee.
THE PRINCE OF WALES ON RAIL- WAY SERVANTS' FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. The Prince of Wales presided at the ninth triennial festival of the Railway Guards' Universal Friendly Society, at Willis's-rooms, London, on Saturday, and delivered a speech in which he traced the advantages accruing to railway servants by participating in the benefits offered by such socie- ties. In responding to the toast of his health his Royal Highness took the opportunity on that the first public occasion on which lie had presided since the death of the Duke of Albany to express in the name of the Queen and all the members of the Royal family their thanks for the kind sympathy which had been shown to them in the sorrow which they had experienced. He felt sure that to receive sympathy in what was sad and support in what was agreeable would do much to heip him through the duties of life which it might be uis lot to peiiorm.
ACCIDENT TO LORD DENBIGH. At Bow-street Police Court on Friday week Ed. Dwill, a cabman, was charged with being drunk and damaging a brougham belonging to the Earl of Deobigtk On Thursday week Lord Denbigh and Lord Feilding and Lady Clare Feilding were proceeding through the Mall, in front of Bucking- ham Palace, when the defendant's cab, which was being driven in an opposite direction, came into collision with Lord Denbigh's brougham, which turned completely over on its side. The coachman and footman were thrown under the brougham, and the coachman was severely bruised on his arm. It was with great difficulty that the occupants of the brougham were extricated by Sergeant Sudbury and Detective Drew. The defendant being drunk the officers took him into custody. He had hitherto borne a good character. Lord Feilding said that as this was the case lie did not desire to unduly press the charge. —Mr. Flowers tined the defendant 40s., with the alternative of a month's imprisonment.
FIRE ON BJARD AN IRONCLAD. A correspondent at Chester telegraphs:—An exciting incident took place on board H.M.S. De- fence, the guardship at Holyhead, but temporarily with the Channel Fleet. When cruising off Heli- goland the Hercules went a short distance away tor gun practice, and as she returned the signal Prepare to anchor was made. At that moment some commotion was caused in the fleet by the fire-bell of the Defence vigorously ringing, denoting that the ship was on fire. Fire was found among a quantity of cotton waste used for cleaning the engines in the engineer's storeroom, which had been incautiously placed too close to the boilers. The pumps were manned by the ship's company with perfect cool- ness as if -for drill, and after half an hour's pump- ing the fire was extinguished, but not before Samuel Dunn, leading stoker, had been badly burned about the hands and arms. The damage to the defence was not serious.
THE ASSESSMENT OF EPSOM GRAND STAND. At the Surrey Sessions on Monday Mr. Jelf, Q.C., appeared to support an order of the General Assessment Sessions of Epsom Union, raising the poor rate assessment of the Grand Stand on Epsom Racecourse from X4,100 to X10,200 per annum. Against this order the Epsom Grand Stand Associa- tion appealed. Evidence was called in supportof the order, from which it appeared that the gross receipts of the appellants for 1883 exceeded £26,000, and it was contended that the rating authorities had made a liberal reduction in tixing the net annual rateable value at £ 10,200. On the other hand, witnesses were called by the appel- lants. who stated that the income from the Grand Stand was precarious and uncertain, and the net value, after making due allowance for ground rent, interest on capital outlay, and other expenses, was 15,000 odd. The Bench affirmed the order of the Assessment Sessions, and dismissed the appeal with costs.
EXPLOSION OF A RAILWAY ENGINE. ONE PERSON KILLED AND OTHERS INJURED. On Saturday afternoon, at half-past four, as a mineral train was leaving Balloch Station, at the foot of Loch Lomond, on the North British Rail- way, the boiler of the engine suddenly burst, throwing both the driver and stoker some distance, and so severely injuring a gentleman named Jack that he expired shortly afterwards. One side of the station was completely wrecked, and a young man named William Livingstone, who was standing on the platform, was struck on the head by a piece of metal and rendered senseless. The 1st Dum- barton Volunteers, who were being inspected in a field in proximity to the station, immediately pro- ceeded to the scene to assist in clearing the debris, and the Ambulance Corps, under the superinten- dence of Dr. M'Kie, rendered valuable aid to the injured. The driver, Andrew Paterson, of Balloch, was badly injured, but is reported to be progres- sing favourably; and the stoker, John Dempster, although not seriously hurt, received some bad scalds. The report of the explosion was heard at a great distance, and caused considerable excite- ment.
THE MANCHESTER lillIP CANAL. It is stated that Parliament is likely to be asked to postpone the Manchester Ship Canal inquiry until next session, on the ground that there is not sufficient time left for an adequate investigation of the scheme by the Select Committee of the House of Commons. Phis need not render nugatory the proceedings which have taken place in tile House of Lords, inasmuch as the Houses have power by mutual agreement to order such postpone- ment. This was done at the time of the dissolution of 1880, when it was agreed that all private Bills then in progress should be merely suspended until Parliament met again. Unless such a course is taken, the pro- moters of the Ship Canal Bill will be defeated by the mere efflux of time, The case occupied 41 sit- tings of five hours each before the Lords' Com- mittee, which is equal to something like 50 days in the Commons, where Committees usually sit only four hours a day, and as it is doubtful whether there are 25 working days left of the session it is l obvious that, in face of the determined resistance to be offered by Liverpool, there would be no chance of the Bill becoming law this session. J
NEATH HARBOUR BILL. I In the House of Commons on Tuesday this Bill, which has already passed the House of Lords, came before the unopposed Committee, presided over by the Chairman of Ways and Means.—In reply to the Chairman, Mr. Bell, the agent for the promoters, said that there had been a good many alterations made in the Bill to meet the views of the Board of Trade; but they had been carefully made.—Mr. Chandos Leigh (the Speaker's counsel) said he had gone carefully through them, and was satisfied they carried out what was intended.— The Bill then passed the Committee stage, and was ordered to be reported.
FUNERAL OF MR. WALTER DALTON. On Friday week, at 11.30, Mr. Dalton, whose sudden death at Cardiff we noticed in our Wednes- day's issue, was buried at Brompton Cemetery. The funeral was a strictly private one, only the immediate relatives and such members of his circuit as were able to attend being present. Amongst those present we noticed the Rev. Arthur Dalton, or Brighton, brother, and Mr. Arthur Spencer, brother-in-law, of the deceased the circuit being represented by the following barris- ters :-lessrs. B. F. Williams, Howell Jeffreys, David Lewis, William Evans, Walter North, and T. W. Lewis. But for the suddenness of the event, rendering it impossible for due notice of the time and place of the funeral being given to all the members, the circuit would have been represented by a much larger number, for no member of the circuit was more esteemed by his comrades than the deceased. Several beautiful wreaths were placed on the coffin, amongst them one sent by the Scuth Wales Bar.
TEMPERANCE DEMONSTRATION IN THE CRYSTAL PALACE. The various temperance organisations held their annual festival at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday. A meeting was held in the theatre, at which the principal speaker was Sir Wilfrid Lawson, M.P. The hon. baronet jocularly referred to an acci- dental delay to his train, and said he thought Air. Warton must be a director of the line, for he (Sir Wilfrid) had been most effectually blocked that day. Sir Wilfrid went on to say that what the Legislature had done for the temperance cause was to send out 180,000 people to sell drink while the tem- perance advocates were trying to persuade people not to buy it. He urged upon them the necessity of redoubling their exertions against the drinking evil. The Maori King was present, and spoke through his interpreter, declaring his adherence to the Blue Ribbon movement. Resolutions were passed favouring Sunday Closing and other re- strictions upon the liquor traffic.
THE OGMORE DOCK AND RAILWAY. A FALSE REPORT. On Monday there was published in the South Wales Daily News a report to the effect that the contract for the construction of the Ogmore Dock had been taken. The statement was received with very great caution, and the general impression, taking into consideration all the circumstances, was that it was untrue. From inquiries which our correspondent has made, we are in a position to state that, although matters are apparently progressing satisfactorily, there is no foundation for the report that the contract has been taken. The vagueness of the information contained in the report referred to induced the townspeople, with few exceptions, to discredit it. It was considered somewhat strange that neither the name of the contractor nor the amount of the contract was mentioned.
SCUTTLING AT MANCHESTER. The serious nuisance known as "scuttling," which was thought to have been suppressed by the heavy sentences passed upon offenders some time ago, has again broken out in Ancoats, a manu- facturing district of Manchester. Several young men and girls were brought before the city jus- tices on Monday charged with having wantonly assaulted and stabbed persons in the streets on Saturday afternoon and evening. The injured persons were attended to in the Ancoats Hospital. One who was stabbed in the back—the knife penetrating to his lungs-is detained there as an in-patient; and two others were described as having suffered a good deal from loss of blood. The offenders in the more serious cases were re- mandect; one young man was summarily com- mitted for six weeks, and a girl for one month, with hard labour.
SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CRILDREI. A meeting took place on Tuesday at the London Mansion House with the object of forming a London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Alderman Cotton presided. The Earl of Shaftesbury, in moving a resolution in favour of forming such a society, said it would deal with aggravated assaults, neglect, begging, vagrancy, immorality, baby farming-, employment of children in theatres, and the horrible tortures inflicted in training them as acrobats and gymnasts. Its operations will be confined to London alone, but he hoped the example of London would soon be followed all over the country. Mr. S. Smith, M.P., in secondiftg, said Liverpool had tested the useful- ness of such a society and found it of the greatest possible value. London and the country generally had been far too long in dealing with one of the worst sores in our social system. The Earl of Aberdeen, Cardinal Manning, and others sup- ported the proposal, which was carried unani- mously.
THE FORTHCOMING MARRIAGE OF THE HEIR TO THE WYNNSTAY ESTATES. Active preparations are being made in various parts of Wales and Shropshire to celebrate in a befitting manner the marriage of the heir to the Wynnstay Estates, Mr. Herbert L. Watkin Williams-Wyiin, of Cefn, St. Asaph, with his cousin, Miss Williams-Wynn, daughter of Sir Watkin Wiliiruns-Wynn, Bart., M.P. Already reports have been published of meetings held at Wrexham and Oswestry, when it was resolved to raise subscriptions to defray the cost of suitable festivities, and similar meetings have since been held at Ruabon, Llangollen, Llansilin, and other places. Strong representative committees were appointed at each meeting, and already a large amount has been subscribed. The precise form which the rejoicings shall take has not yet been definitely settled, except at Oswestry, from which borough an illuminated address will be presented to the bride; and the poor of the town and dis- trict, together with the school children, &c., will have suitable treats provided for them. The exact date upon which the marriage will be celebrated is not yet known. but we have reason to believe it will take place in the last week of August.
EXTRAORDINARY ASSAULT IN A COU la-HOUSE. A GENTLEMAN SENT TO HARD LABOUR. At the Enfield Petty Sessions on Monday Ethelred Osborne, of 3, Portland-road, West Green- road, Tottenham, was charged with being drunk and riotous in the Court-house, Enfield, and, fur- ther, with assaulting John Purdey, clerk to the justices.—Mr. Purdey stated that on the previous Monday afternoon, about three o'clock, after the sitting of the court, the prisoner came to the Court-house, apparently the worse for liquor. He had been summoned by the Great Eastern Railway Company for travelling in a superior class carriage to that for which he had paid his fare, and been ordered to pay 10s. and costs. Prisoner was very abusive, and after a brief conversation with prisoner witness left his office in the hope that prisoner would go away, but he did not, and when witness came out of the magistrate's room prisoner met him at the door, and gave him a very heavy blow in the mouth, causing it to bleed and some of his teeth to become loose. He thought he should have lost several, but the assault had not resulted as bad as that. Prisoner used terrible language, and witness felt constrained to give him into custody. A gentleman here stepped forward and said lie was prisoner's brother. He could not justify his conduct in any way, but wished to in- form the bench that he had had great trouble lately and been very ill. As to the charge of drunken- ness, his brother had assured him that he had not expended more than sixpence in drink up to the time lie was taken into custody. His brother was connected with one of the largest firms in the City of London, and overwhelming evidence of general good character could be produced. Mr. Bowles said the bench considered the assault a very serious matter, and the sentence of the Court was that prisoner go to the House of Correction for six weeks. The brother: It will be his ruin. In- flict a fine, and I will pay it, even if it is £100. The Bench refused to alter their decision. ===================
THE INDECENT ASSAULT BY LORD' ST. LEONARDS. THE SENTENCE. At the Central Criminal Court on Saturday morning Lord St. Leonards, who was convicted at the May Sessions of an indecent assault upon a servant girl, was brought up for judgment.— Mr. E. Clarke, Q.C., addressed the court in miti- gation of punislilnent, and reminded the court that the defendant had already been in custody since the 7th of May, and that the jury had acquitted him upon the more serious portion of the charge. The defendant had already suffered most seriously by having to undergo the degradation of a public trial in that court upon a charge of such a description, and he had received a lesson that would be a warning to him for the rest of his life. This being the case, Mr. Clarke said he hoped that his lordship would pass a sentence that would have the effect of at once releasing the defendant from prison.—Mr. Keith Frith, who appeared for the prosecution, said that those he represented had no desire to press the case harshly against the defen- dant.—The Recorder said he could not help feeling that the defendant had already suffered very severe punishment, and he had made up his mind as to what should be dono before he heard the remarks of Mr. Clarke. He thought justice would be satisfied by his ordering the de- fendant to be imprisoned for seven weeks from the date of his conviction. The Central News "states that Lord St.Leonards was released on Saturday almost immediately after the Recorder had passed sentence. It was the inten- tion of the judge that he should be detained until Monday, but as lie was convicted on Monday, May 19, and as it is impossible to have eight Mondays in seven weeks, and as, furthermore, it was illegal to release a prisoner on a Sunday, the governor of Newate Prison had no option but to release his lordship forthwith. Lord St. Leonards lost no time in driving off in a cab with M-Jookyor to the wL&ces of his solicitor. •,
A PRESTON ROMANCE. I About 30 years ago a young man and woman were married at the Parish Church, Preston, so it is stated, but shortly after they separated, both being out of work. The husband enlisted in the army, yet only for a short time, after which he "proceeded" to Australia to seek "fresh woods and pastures new," his better half" remaining in town and following the humble occupation of a charwoman. Still, the more strange portion of the affair is that the other day a gentleman, hand- somely attired, put up at the Victoria Hotel, and after the lapse of perhaps half an hour despatched a messenger to make inquiries respectine- a woman whom he once knew to be his wife. The search, though puzzling at the commencement, proved successful, the querist returning with words which afforded the greatest pleasure to the gentleman at the hotel. The fact is that his wife had been discovered occupied at her work in a lane adjoining that stretch of greensward called The Marsh; yet that it was true she could not even imagine. However, an interview between the two was arranged, when the elderly gentleman de- clared himself to be her husband. At first, the lady declined to entertain such an idea; but sub- sequent conversation, and presents of an auriferous description, convinced her that she stood in the presence of her long-lost husband. The pair have since left Preston, to take up their abode in Belfast.
GROCERS' LADS IN TROUBLE AT MERTHYR. At Merthyr on Saturday David Edwards, an apprentice with Mr. John Thomas, grocer. Brecon- road, was brought up before the Stipendiary Magistrate charged with stealing JE12 8s., moneys belonging to his employer. Mr. W. Simons prose- cuted. Prosecutor was examined, and it appeared that for some time be had missed money from the till. Prisoner was suspected, and upon being arrested by Police-Sergeant Caleb Davies he ad- mitted the theft, and implicated another lad. Pleading guilty, prisoner was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment.—Ludovick Jenkins, formerly an assistant with Messrs. Lewis and Bound, grocers, Victoria-street, was charged with receiving the moneys stolen by the previous prisoner. The lad Mwards was placed in the witness box, and alleged that he was prompted to commit the theft by Jenkins, with whom he had agreed to go to America. He stole JE8 8s. on one Saturday £3 on the following Saturday, and £1 on the succeeding Thursday. All the money he handed to the prisoner, who purchased two passes to America. The passes were produced in court. Jenkins, who has lately .been residing at Carmar- then, upon being arrested at that place by Police- Constable Davies, admitted receiving the money, hut denied all knowledge of its having been stolen. Prisoner was committed for trial. Mr. Simons appeared to prosecute, and Mr. Walters, Carmar- then, defended.
SENSATIONAL SLANDER CASE. This action, which lasted the whole day, was tried at Oxford on Saturday (before Mr. Baron Pollock and a special jury). Captain Pt-eston,of the Abbey, Abingdon, sued Mr. Henry de Windt and his wife, of Kingston House, near Abingdon, for £200 for damages arising out of slander, libel, and assault, and there was a counter claim for assault, damages JE500. The trial excited some interest on account of the position of the parties.—Mr. Matthews, Q.C., was for the plaintiff, and the defendants were represented by Mr; Jelf, Q.C.—It seemed that a squabble arose in a railway carriage during a journey from Paddington to Abingdon on the 13th of May respecting a large number of parcels belonging to Mrs. de Windt, which were lying on the seats. At Reading the lady alighted, and complained of having been grossly insulted by Captain Preston, whose name she had twice inef- fectually tried to obtain. The inspector took his name and address, and the words uttered on the platform respecting the "gross insult" formed the slander complained of. On the 16th of May Captain Preston received a letter at his house (through Mr. Russell, formerly of the 5th Lancers), written by Mr. de Windt, in which he asked for an ample apology, and added, "Any comments of mine on the behaviour of a gentleman (p) who would insult two unprotected ladies would be super- fluous," and this constituted the libel. Captain Preston declined to apologise, and, while ex- plaining the matter to the defendant in his (Cap- tain Preston's) library, he received a blow on the breast from him. In a struggle which followed Mr. de Windt had his finger broken.—Mr. Jelf sub- mitted that the words uttered on the platform were not objectionable, and that there had been no publication" of the libel in the letter, as only Captain Preston had seen it.-His lordship con- curred, and the jury had only to devote their atten- tion to the consideration of the assaults. In the end they found a verdict for Captain Preston for £50 with costs, and a verdict against Mr. de Windt on the counter claim.—Judgment was entered for the defendant on the counts for slander and libel, with costs.
THE DUBLIN SCANDAL. VERDICT FOR THE DEFENDANT. On Saturday the libel action of Cornwall v. O'Brien, M.P., was continued in Dublin. A fashion- ably-dressed young man, named Alfred M'Kernan, deposed he had bpen a clerk in the Munster Bank for the last sixteen years. He was first introduced to Mr. Cornwall in 1876, at a friend's house. He then gave evidence which admitted his own com- plicity in the offence charged in the libel against Mr. Cornwall. Meiklejohn frequently had drunk with him, and only on Thursday night Meiklejohn and Chance were drinking with him. Evidence was given as to the handwriting of a letter charging O'Brien with concocting evidence with the aid of Meiklejohn. The case closed for both parties, and the court adjourned. The hearing of the action was resumed in Dublin on Monday morning before Mr. Justice O'Brien and a special jury. A gentleman named Charles Fitzgerald rose at the opening of the court to m ike a statement. The judge cau- tioned him against doing so, and said that if he disobeyed the warning he would punish him severely for contempt of court. His lordship ordered him to sit down, and, as he did not do so, Fitzgerald was removed by the police. Mr. O'liiordan, Q.C., then addressed the jury for the defence. Mr. Munroe, Q.C., replied for the plain- tiff. The libels in United Ireland ha.d brought shame and sorrow to many a home, and he advised the first person whose character was agaiu impugned in that publication to take the law into his own hands and horse- whip Mr. O'Brien, M.P., the editor.—Mr. Justice O'Brien, in charging the jury, said undoubtedly the defence of justification in regard to the second article complained of, and which charged the plaintiff with the commission ot criminal offences, had failed; but the question as to the indecent practices imputed in the first pub- lication was one entirely for the jury. The main and important question they had to consider was that with reference to the aifiount of damages the plaintiff was entitled to, if any- Still lie would not withdraw any of the issues from the jury, and hoped they wouid perform their duty without pre- judice or partiality, political, personal, or social. The plaintiff was of high social rank, and was in the most eminent station; but what was more precious than all the other things he possessed—his honour—was now at stake. If the jury believed him to be a person who dishonoured his own years, and rank, and station, debauched others, who in their turn cor- rupted their fellows, and so spread this foul and terrible vice, then indeed they could allow no consideration of the consequences to Mr. Cornwall to prevent them from coming to a true verdict.— The jury retired at five minutes to six o'clock, and at 25 minutes to eight o'clock returned into court with a verdict for the defendant, rinding that the pleas of justification had been sustained in each in- stance. On the counter claim they found for the defendant. The result was received with loud and prolonged cheering. Mr. Cornwall is an Englishman of good family, and has been fcr 45 years in the service of the post-office. His position as secretary of the Dublin Department was worth over £1,000 a year, and it is expected he will now lose this as well as the superannuation allowance to which he was entitled. In view of the reports which are being so in- dustriously spread of an intention to arrest Mr Cornwall, the "Central News" Dublin correspon- dent is authorised to say there is no truth whatever in the rumours. The Freeman's Journal, commenting on the caso, says the crushing completeness of the verdict will be accepted with a certain sense of relief by all classes. It was felt that a moral leprosy had been introduced, and that a man was required who would meet odium and face possible ruin that the foul thing might cease. For months, if not years, the authorities must have been acquainted with the unspeakable horrors, and are to a certain extent participes enminis by the efforts made, not to detect, but to screen the criminals. It will be impossible to convince the people of Ireland that the reason Lord Spencer and Mr. Trevelyan did not prosecute was doubt of their guilt. The Daily Express complains that the authorities did not, for the sake of public morality, undertake the investigation of the charge in a most searching and unsparing manner. Mr. O'Brien is stated to have declared to his Parliamentary colleagues befoie the late trial com- menced that if he failed to make out his case he would never return to Parliament, and never write a line for the Irish press again. The fact that a number of persons have fled from the country to escape the consequences of the threatened disclosures is undeniable. The Irish members will take Mr. Cornwall's counsel to task in the House of Commons for the language used on Monday. The verdict in Cornwall v. O'Brien was cele- brated in Cork on Tuesday night by several bands playing national airs, followed by several thousand persons, some carrying blazing tar barrels and others lighted torches. ° Arrived at the rooms of the National League, they were addressed by pro- minent members of the organisation. They were told, as the moral result of the verdict, Lord Lieutenant Spencer and Chief-Secretary Trevelyan must resign the government of Ireland, and that a little more determined resistance and co-operation on the part of the Irish people would root out Dublin Castle and leave the government of the country in their own hands.
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THE FATAL ACCIDENT -AT LLAN- I DYSSUL. FUNERAL OF THE VICTIMS. The funeral of the late Mr. John Jones, solicitor, and Miss Edith Howell, who were killed in the lamentable carriage accident of last Wednesday, took place at the Memorial Unitarian Chapel, Llwynrhydowen, on Monday. The ceremony was a public one, and, in addition to the relatives of the deceased, it was most numerously attended by sorrowing friends, many of whom had come long distances to pay a last tribute of respect to the departed. The different conveyances which followed the funeral certege could hardly have been less than one hundred, but their occupants did not constitute one half of those who attended. Amongst those present we noticed Judge B. T. Williams, Q.C.; Mr. H. P. Charles, registrar of Neath County Court; Mr. Thomas Williams, solicitor; and Mr. Harris, of Neath; Messrs. J. Aeron Thomas, Lawrence Richards, and Monger, solicitors, of Swansea; and Messrs. D. Morgan and Lockyer, of Swansea Mr. Rowland Lewis, solicitor, Merthyr Tydfil i Messrs. Charles Lloyd, of Waunifor; John Lloyd, of Gilfachwen; T. Davies, of Vardre; W. Jones, of Llwyngroes; and Captain Taylor, of Blaendyffryn Rev. D. L. Evans, formerly of Carmarthen College; Rev. W. G. Jenkins, vicar of Llandyssul Rev. John Williams, vicar of Llangeler; and Rev. James Jones, vicar of Llanfihangel-ar-arth. From many who were unavoidably absent kind letters were received, ex- pressing their sorrow at their inability to attend, notably from Judga." Beresford. Others sent offerings in the shaped of most ''peautiful wreaths and crosses to place on the coffins, including one from Mr. and Mrs. Pujgh, of Abermaid. The ministers who officiated were the Rev. W. James, B.A., the Rev. Thomas Thomas, the Rev. T. Lloyd Jones (of Liverpool), and the Rev. John Davies. We are glad to be able to state that Mrs. Jones, though still confined to her bed, and the two little boys are progressing favourably towards recovery. At the Neath County Court on Tuesday, after the judgment summonses had been disposed of, Mr. John Plews, as the senior advocate practising in the court, said that this being the first court held since the death of Mr. John Jones, with whom he was connected, he thought it would not be an inappropriate time to refer to the sad event. He was quite sure that he was expressing the feelings of all his brother practitioners in offering to his widow and family their deep sympathy in their distress. Speaking of Mr. Jones in his con- nection with that court, he could say that he was always courteous, affable, and obliging so far as he could be consistently with his duties as regis- trar of the court, and endeavoured to discharge the duties which devolved upon him with care and attention to the fullest extent, and he was quite sure that his brother practitioners there would fully endorse what he said, and tender to his family their deepest sympathy in the loss they had sustained.—Mr. Abel Thomas said that, on behalf of himself and all other members of the South Wales circuit who practised in the courts of which Mr. Jones had been registrar, he was sure he could say they all agreed with the remarks which had fallen from Mr. Plews. His honour. Judge Beresford, said he quite en- dorsed every word that Mr. Plews and Mr. Thomas had said. Mr. Jones was the first to hold out the hand of friendship to him when he held the first court in that district. From that time down to the calamity which occurred the other day they had been exceilent friends. He was quite sure Mr. Plews' remarks as to the way in which Mr. Jones discharged his duties as registrar of that court were not exaggerated.
SERIOUS FIRE AT PENARTH. !A RAILWAY TRAIN AND CARRIAGE SHED DESTROYED. DAMAGES ABOUT £ 7,000. A fire of a rather extraordinary and destructive character occurred early on Monday morning in the carriage sited of the Taff Vale Railway Com- pany at Penarth Station. The shed, or the remnants of it, stands about a hundred yards beyond the platform, and contains two lines of rails, accommodating ten carriages. It is about 150ft. in length, and has an entrance from the station end, the other end being walled in. In its original state it somewhat resembled in con- struction the new engine shed in Cathays, the only difference, with the exception of its inferior size, being that it was roofed with tiles instead of glass. It was built about five years ago, and was so constructed that it could be locked up, the Board of Directors having become con- vinced of the necessity of placing their property under lock and key. As Mr. Harry Fisher, the manager, remarked on inspecting the ruins on Monday afternoon, it has taught him a lesson on the subject of enclosed sheds. Nothing but ruins remain. Everything burnable was burnt to a cinder, and all that now meets the eye is a phantom train and the charred walls. The fire commenced somewhere between two o'clock and half-past on Monday morning. After the arrival of the train from Cardiff at eleven o'clock on Saturday night it was shunted into the shed, and the huge gate at the entrance locked. There were no signs of fire then, either about the train or in the shed. Nor was anything seen up to two o'clock on Monday morning, when it was passed by a coastguardsman and a police- officer. About half an hour later, how- ever, it was in flames from end to end, Information was sent to Inspector King by the station-master, and in half an hour or so the manual arrived. It is understood that the in- spector and the station-master were present, to- gether with a brigade of twelve firemen, and that about eight o'clock in the morning-the flames were got under." So reads the police report, of about 80 words. Owing to the reticencer or ignorance of chose who are generally supposed, as a matter of duty, to know s )mething about such an event, our reporter was unable to gather any very definito information, being told just as much as he could see, that a fire had taken place, and asked to draw his own conclusions." Under the shadow of the manager's presence, however, he succeeded in eliciting the information that when the brigade did arrive the shed was like a furnace, the whole of the ten carriages beitig ablaze. A good supply of water was obtained from a pool near the entrance gitte, but it was not of the slightest effect until the flames had died, when it was useful in stopping the smouldering. The roof fell in when the fire was at its highest, crushing the girders of the carriages, and adding to the con- fused appearance of the ruins. There is nothing but conjecture as to the origin of the fire. The damage is estimated at about £ 7,000.
SUICIDE IN A WATER CASK AT SWANSEA. A shocking suicide case of drowning, resulting from the effect of drink, occurred at Swansea early on Monday morning, the deceased being a shipper named Daniel Williams, 56 years of age, residing at 27, Waun Wen-terrace. Police-Constable Payne reports that he was called to the above-named house at half-past six in the morning, and there found in the kitchen the deceased, who was lying dead on the floor. Williams's wife told the con- stable that her husband had been drinking very heavily on Friday and Saturday last, in conse- quence of which she had had cross words with him. The deceased went to bed in the lodger's room on Saturday night, and refused to have any- thing to eat on Sunday, or to get out of bed. The little boy, twelve years of age, took him a drink of water at eleven o'clock on Sunday night, and Mrs. Williams retired to rest shortly afterwards. At six o'clock that morning she went to the room where her husband was and called him, but received no reply. Upon entering the room she found he was not there, and after searching the house for some time without finding her husband she proceeded to the backyard, where, to her horror, she saw him in a cask of water, his head and body being in the water and his feet in the air. The poor women ran to the door and called two men who were near, named Alexander Black and John Bowen, both of whom, at the re- quest of Mrs. Williams, went to her backyard and pulled her husband out of the water. He was quite dead, and had apparently been in the cask an hour or two. It is supposed that the deceased committed suicide whilst labouring under the influence of liquor.
THE CASE OF SHOOTING A WOMAN AT PENARTH. At the Penarth Petty Sessions on Monday (be- fore Messrs. J. S. Corbett, J. Fry, and Dr. Edwards) John Stone was chargea witn shooting Minnie Owen with intent to do her grievous bodily harm at a shooting gallery at Penarth. The evidence S reported last week was again gone through. Minnie Owen was on Monday able to appear, and her evidence was in every respect similar to that given by the other witnesses. Prisoner said he did not know that the gun was loaded. He thought there was only a cap on it. He had been drinking heavily since six o'clock in the morning, and that was what led him to do it. The complainant said previous to his shooting her he slapped her two or three times with his open hand on the face. Ser- geant Pickwick said that prisoner appeared to be sober at the time, although he had,doubtless been taking some drink throughout the day. Prisoner was committed to take his trial at the assizes.
THE vVELSH SUNDAY CLOSING ACT. INCREASE OF DRUNKENNESS. On Monday, during the hearing of a case of Sunday drunkenness at the Wrexham Borough Police Court, the Mayor (Mr. J. B. Murless) asked whether there was not some way of putting a stop to the unlicensed sale of drink on the Sunday.— Inspector Lindsay said the police did their best, but it was very difficult to know how to prevent the illicit sale.—The Mayor said drunkenness on the Sunday had trebled since the new Act came into force.—Inspector Lindsay said there was a great deal of drunkenness in a certain part of the town on the previous day and nearly half the people he saw were drunk.—Mr. John Jones (a magistrate) said he know there was a house which was notorious where this Sunday drinking was carried on, but such was the system of spies and watchers and relays, and so on, that it was utterly impossible to get at it.—Mr. T. C. Jones (another magistrate): The last case of Sunday drinking we had before us was a licensed house.—Mr. John Jones: And this is a licensed house I am speak- ing of.
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I EXTRAORDINARY ASSAULT CASE I AT CARDIFF. A BARBER ATTACKED BY A DOCTOR. SCENES IN COURT. Dr. Peter Walsh was summoned before the Car- diff Stipendiary on Wednesday for assaulting Mr. David Thomas, hairdresser, 185, Bute-road. Mr. Belcher appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Morgan Rees for the defendant. When the case was called on the defendant was absent, but during the complainant's evidence he entered the court in a rather excited state, and walked into the dock. He was informed by the stipendiary that there was no necessity for him to go in the dock unless he wishecL-Dr. Walsh: I came here as a prisoner, and I'm going to stay where I am.—The Stipendiary: Just as you please.— The complainant then proceeded with his evidence. On Friday, the 27th of June, he said he went to the shop of Mr. Jones, chemist, and there met Dr. Walsh. After some conversation Mr. Jones invited him upstairs to a game of billiards, the doctor being also asked to go up at the same time to witness the play. After they had been playing for some time Mr. Jones was called down to the shop. Directly he had left the room Dr. Walsh shut the door, and walking up to the complainant in an excited state asked him what he meant by insulting his daughter, a girl fourteen years of age, who had been in the habit of going to the com- plainant's shop to have her hair dressed. The complainant replied that it was a base lie that he had ever insulted the girl, and the defendant then struck him a violent blow on the left eye, which knocked him senseless to the ground. On re- covering consciousness lie was aware that the de- fendant was kicking him. lie got up, and just then Mr. Jones entered.—Cross-examined by Mr. Rees,the complainant denied thathe had ever offered to take Dr. Walsh's daughter to the Philharmonic, or given her tickets. He also denied that he ever put his arm round her waist when she was in his shop, or attempted to take liberties with her. Neither did he whistle after the girl in the street.—Dr. Walsh • Lttdy, if you please, not girl.—The Stipendiary I must ask you to keep quiet. If you want anything to be said you had better go and sit by your solicitor and instruct. —Dr. Walsh at first refused to leave the dock, but on the persuasion of a friend walked round to Mr. Rees, and took a seat at the solicitors' table.—In re-examination by Mr. Belcher, the complainant said the defendant's daughter had never gone to his shop alone; and that there was always an assistant in the shop.—Mr. J. T. Jones, the chemist, said that when he left the billiard-room to go down stairs the complainant had no mark on him. When he returned Mr. Thomas had a bruise on the eye, and also complained of having been kicked by the defendant.—During Mr. Belcher's exami- nation of the witness, the defendant asked, in a loud tone Why are you allowed to talk and I am not?"—The Stipendiary: You must be quiet, sir, or I'll order you out of court.—Dr. Walsh (loudly) I want justice.—The Stipendiary: I shall remand the case, and keep you in custody, unless you keep quiet.—Dr. Walsh: All I want is justice. Put the girl in the box, and let her tell the truth.—Mr. Rees pro- ceeded to address the court for the defendant. He did not deny the assault, but submitted that it was not of so serious a character as the complainant had represented it to be. He repeated the allegations as to the assault on the defendant's daughter, and pleaded them as a moral justification for the assault.—The Stipendiary: You charge the complainant with a criminal offence for which lie might have been indicted. Why was no action taken ?—Mr. Rees: The de- fendant was not told of it until the day of the assault.—The Stipendiary: Then I will adjourn the case until Friday week.—It is understood that a criminal information will then be laid against Mr. Thomas.
ACTION AGAINST THE NEWPORT SCREW STEAMBOAT COMPANY. A JUDGE'S OPINION OF THE COMPANY. At Bristol County Court on Wednesday (before the Judge, Mr. W.J. Metcalfe, Q.C.) an action was brought by James George against the Newport Screw Steamboat Company to recover Ll 14s. 6d., the value of thirteen casks sent by him from Newport. Mr. Tonkin, solicitor, Bristol, appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. Mitchell, the agent of the company, defended. The plaintiff stated that he was in Newport on the 13th of June, and went to the premises of the defendants. He took 60 casks and seven dozen firkins. On the next day (Satur- day) he went to the premises again, but could not put 34 casks and fifteen firkins on board, as the Welsh Prince had gone on a trip from Newport to Weston-super-Mare. He was told that he should have the casks in Bristol on Monday morn- ing, the 16th of June; and he said it was important, as he wanted to get on to Swansea. He attended at Batliurst Basin, Bristol, on the 16th of June, and he found that his goods were on board; but the steamer went away on an excursion to Weston without landing his casks.-The Judge said he did not see the defendants contracted to send the casks by the Welsh Prince steamer; they might have other boats.—The witness, continuing, said that on the 17th of June he attended at Bathurst Basin, and found his casks were there, but the Welsh Prince was gone. He was handed a note which purported that there were 193 casks. He called the attention of an official to the fact that there were only 180 casks landed, and received a note with the explanation that possibly there might be some of the casks at Newport. Replying to Mn William Mitchell, the agent for the company at Bristol, the plaintiff said he did not state that the firkins only cost him 3d. each. He would be glad to give 16s. a dozen now if he could get firkins for that price. Re-examined: The casks were worth double the price which he had put down in the plaint note.—This was the case for the plaintiff.— Mr. Mitchell, in defence, said that lie was at New- port when the first consignment of casks was handed in. A clerk made a note of the number of casks then received. Afterwards other casks were brought to the wharf, but he was not there when the second lot were handed over. The casks were not tallied in Newport.—The Judge: But how do you know that? You were not there.—Mr. Mitchell: Our custom is, when the boat arrives to make out a notice of the consignment. Before the casks were out of the ship notice was given to the plaintiff. When they came to tally the casks his foreman found only 180 casks, and a lot of loose staves. The first notice was amended, as thirteen casks were found short on arrival at Bristol. The plaintiff signed far the 180 casks and the loose staves.—By Mr. Tonkin: He could not say whether the boat had the casks on board on the loth of June. On that date the Welsh Prince was adver- tiaed to proceed to Weston-super-Mare on an excur- sion, but she did not arrive from Wales untii the time advertised for the excursion—11.30 a.m.—The Judge: So there was no time to unload the steamer.—The Witness: No. The foreman in the employ of the Newport Steamship Company at Bristo) said that when the Welsh Prince arrived at Bathurst Basin the plaintiff was there waiting for the casks. There was no time to unload them be- fore the excursion, and they were not taken cut until the next morning, when notice was given Mr. George. Thirteen casks were missing, and plaintiff signed for the number handed over and the loose staves.—The Judge: I cannot understand how the defendants could have come to defend such an action as this. The company had no right to send the casks off with the excursion party and have them smashed up.—Mr. Mitchell: The second load of casks was never tallied in Newport.—The Judge: I am sorry you give your company such a bad character.— Mr. Mitchell: We do not hold ourselves respon- sible for what the manifest" says, but for what we sign for.—The Judge But the company's own manifest is the strongest evidence that the casks were on board.—Mr. Mitchell: The manifest was made out in the office, and the casks could not have been tallied in Newport. I maintain that the claim is unjust and monstrous.—The Judge: I think the conduct of the company is monstrous; it undertakes to carry merchandise, and then goes on an excursion with the goods.—In giving judgment for the plaintiff for the full amount, the Judge expressed surprise at a respec- table company behaving in the way they had, and he was astonished at their fighting a case which was perfectly unanswerable.
IMPORTANT CASG UNDIlt THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT AT CARDIFF. At the Cardiff Police Court on Wednesday (be- fore the stipendiary, Mr. R. O. Jones) Arthur Cowie, a seaman, was summoned under the Mer- chant Shipping Act for disobeying the lawful commands of his captain. Mr. Vacheil prose- cuted, and the defendant was represented by Mr. Handcock. Mr. Vachell explained that nearly the whole of the crew were interested in the case, and that this was only a test case, the remainder con- senting to abide by the stipendiary's decision. He did not ask for a penalty, but simply for an ex- pression of opinion, as the point raised was rather a peculiar one. The defendant and the other sailors signed articles about two months ago to serve within certain latitudes for a period not exceeding twelve months, the crew to be discharged at a final port of discharge in the United Kingdom. The vessel" had traded for two months, and had put into Cardiff for bunker coal. The crew then wanted to leave the vessel, and re- fused to proceed to sea, contending that they had a right to ask for discharges, as they had arrived at a port of discharge in the United Kingdom. The captain on the other hand contended that Cardiff was not a port of discharge, and that the men were bound to serve for twelve months. What the captain asked, therefore, was that the men should be ordered to resume duty.—Mr. Handcock submitted that the agreement was not for a specified period of twelve months, but for any period not exceed- ing twelve months. The men had served in accordance with the agreement, and having put into Cardiff they held that they had a right to be discharged. Cardiff, he contended, was a final port of discharge, though the vessel had discharged nothing. There had been a compliance with the articles, and the vessel came back to England, and now the captain wanted them to go and trade again.—The Stipendiary: I think they must go. I don't think Cardiff is a final port of discharge- Mr. Vachell: Then after that expression of opinion I will ask your worship to simply postpone judg- ment.—The Stipendiary concurred.
THE USE OF THE KNIFE AT CARDIFF. A young man 22 years of age, named Ponal Quhan, living at 5, Albert-street, Cardiff, and em- ployed as a labourer at the Docks, was admitted to the Glamorganshire Infirmary on Saturday night suffering from a stab in the right thigh, which he had received in the Custom House Hotel, Bute-street. It seems that a dispute occurred in the bar between some Italians and Englishmen. Quhan got mixed up in a scuffle, and whilst trying to get clear received a stab in the thigh from one of the Italians, who escaped detection. He was removed to the Infirmary as stated.
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CARDIFF BOARD OF GUARDIANS. ¡- ARREARS OF RATES. The usual weekly meeting of the Cardiff guardians was held on Saturday. Mr. O. H. Jones presided. The master of the Workhouse reported that there had been during the week 41 admis- sions and 51 discharges, leaving 477, an increase of 64 on the corresponding week of 1883. The superintendent of the Ely Schools reported the number of children in that institution to be 220, an increase of nine. The Schools' Visiting Com- mittee recommended that the application of Catherine Sullivan to have her three children, who are Roman Catholics, sent from the schools to the Cottage Homes, Treforest, and there main- tained at the expense of the guardians, should not be granted.—The committee's recommendation was adopted on the motion of Mr. Plain, seconded by Mr. Bassett.—The Local Government Board having authorised the expenditure of JE750 in altering. the refuge at the Workhouse, and L300 in providing a soft water tank, the Board re- solved to take steps for borrowing the money. —The Finance Committee reported that there were large arrears of rates in the parishes of St. John and St. Mary, and recommended the board to re- quest the collectors to attend with their books at the next meeting of the committee in order to see if some means of getting in the arrears could not be devised.—Mr. C. Evans moved the adoption of the report.—Mr. Beavan, in seconding the motion, said the board should try to bring indirect pressure to bear upon the collectors since they could not con- trol them directly. It was something monstrous to find that at the end of May there were recover- able arrears in St. John's amounting to £81719". 2d., and in St. Mary's amounting to £1,896 6s. I'd. 2 The committee found that in April and May a very small sum was collected, although the officers must have known they were just on the eve of a new rate. The fact was that on those ratepayers who would pay a double burden was imposed. He thought the board ought to bring pressure to bear upon the collectors with the view of seeing who were the defaulters in this matter. (Hear, hear.) The time had now come when they should speak out. With such large amounts as were in arrear, there must either be a large number of defaulters or a few owing heavy sums. He hoped the board would see its way to comply with the recommendation of the committee, and ask the overseers to direct the collectors to produce their books at the next Finance Committee meet- ing. He was told the board had no power at all over the overseers, but at any rate they could make this request. In his opinion the collectors' books should be produced before the Finance Committee every quarter. The committee had no knowledge whatever of the amount considered to be irre- coverable. Possibly a large proportion of the rate had been struck out as being irrecoverable.—Mr. Ramsdale heartily supported the motion. He reminded Mr. Beavan that a return of the amounts irrecoverable was made every half-year. The last was made in March. He was glad to see that the arrears at the end of May were only L27 in Roath and about Y,60 in Canton. The board had no power at all-he had this authoritatively—over overseers or assistant overseers so long as they brought in the amounts asked for by the board in their precepts, but they had power over the collectors appointed by them- selves. Except in the parish of St. John, where there were overseers and an assistant overseer, the board had power over the collection of the rates. He hoped the recommendation of the Finance Committee would answer its purpose.—Mr. Hern remarked that the overseers had their own busi- ness to attend to, and could not devote much time to public business.—The Chairman thought one reason why the rates were not collected closer was that the overseers were naturally reluctant to summon people, and, therefore, let them run on longer than they ought to.—Dr. Lewis supported the resolution.—Mr. Plain said the overseers ought not to be blamed. The appointment was thrust upon them, and they could not get out of it without paying a penalty.— Colonel Davies observed that the overseers were elected by the vestry, and if they (the overseers) were delinquents, the vestry had the remedy.— The motion was carried unanimously.—The Clerk read a letter from Dr. Horder, one of the public vaccinators, suggesting that facilities should be offered to working men for being re-vaccinated, and asking to be allowed to vaccinate men of that class at his surgery on Wednesday evenings from six to eight o'clock.—The Board gave the required permission, and also ordered Mr. Watkins, the vaccinating officer, to take all the necessary steps for securing the vaccination of every child.—The Chairman said a letter had been received from Miss Jenner, complaining of what was said about her at the last meeting, and demanding an apology. If the board wished it he would read the letter.— Colonel Davies moved that the letter be laid on the table.—Mr. Ramsdale seconded the motion, which was agreed to nem. eon.-Tliis concluded the busi- ness.
ANOTHER SHEBEEN-KEEPER CONVICTED AT CARDIFF. At the Cardiff Police Court, on Monday (before the stipendiary, Mr. R. O. Jones), Emma Jones was charged with illegally selling beer on the 8th ult. Mr. Morgan Rees appeared for the prosecution Mr. Belcher for the defendant. Police-Constable Isaac Morgan went to the defendant's house, 33, Sandon-place, about 9.40 on the morning of Sunday, the 8th of June, accompanied by two men he met in the street, and on going to the kitchen saw three men drinking pints of beer. Witness called for three pints, and was served by the defendant, who drew the beer from a cask. He paid 9d. Four women went in, each with a jug, and had a quart of beer each, paying the defendant. Witness left the house, but returned again about a quarter to two in the afternoon, and asked for beer. The defendant said, "No, you had some this morning," and struck him in the eye with her list.-In answer to Mr. Belcher, the witness admitted having told the de- fendant that he and his companions had come a long journey on the road, and that they were thirsty. He had been in the Cardiff force about a fortnight, and this was the first business that had been put in his hands.—The constable's evidence was corroborated by the man Stone.—Inspector Harris, who made a second visit, said he found two nine-gallon casks of beer.—Mr. Belcher, for the defence, submitted that the evidence was nothing more than evidence of accomplices. The police were aiders and abettors in the crime, and if it was a case of felony or misdemeanour, no court in the world would receive the evidence without corroboration in material particulars. He was quite sure the court did not approve of that kind of tactics being adopted in order to make crime, and asked his worship to say that the officer and the men had been as much guilty of com- mitting an offence as the woman, and that, there- fore, their evidence was not receivable without corroboration. A new policeman was engaged, and the very first duty that he was put to perform was to go and act, if not speak, a lie. He contended that that was demoralising to the whole force of the town and ought not to be encouraged. The young policeman might next week have to give evidence in a case which in- volved the liberty of a subject, and yet his first lesson was to lie. What was to prevent him drawing the line?—The Stipendiary considered the case proved, and fined the defendant JE5 and costs.
THE WAR TELEGRAM DISPUTE. The case of the Central News v. the Eastern Telegraph Company and Others came on on Satur- day (before the Lord Chief Justice of England) for further consideration on the findings of the jury at the trial, which recently took place before his lordship and a special jury in the Queen's Bench Division. The defendants are the Eastern Tele- graph Company and the Exchange Telegraph Company, with which are coupled the names of Sir James Anderson, managing director of the Eastern Telegraph Company, and also at the time in question a director of the Exchange Telegraph Company, and Mr. Benjamin Smith, the chief officer of the former company at Alexandria. The action was brought against these companies and their representatives above- named individually to recover £10,000, in con- sequence, as alleged, of the Eastern Telegraph Company having divulged to the Exchange Tele- graph Company the contents of a telegram intrusted to their care at Kassassin by Mr. Bur- leigh, the special correspondent of the Central News" in Egypt during the late war, announcing the fall of Tel-el-Kebir, whereby the Exchange Company were enabled to publish the first intel- ligence of the battle in this country, to the detri- ment of the plaintiffs. The substantial defence was that the news in question was not purloined from the Burleigh telegram, but was gathered from a telegram transmitted by Sir C. Wilson from Kassassin to Sir E. Malet at Alexandria, to whom Mr. Benjamin Smith, who was then on board the Eastern Telegraph Com- pany's ship John Pender, at once sent it off, and, having copied it. sent it as a service message by the company's wire, vid Malta and Marseilles, and thence to Sir James Anderson, the managing director of the company in London, who then transmitted it to the Exchange Telegraph Company, which had no correspondent at the front. The trial extended over several days, and in the result the jury, in answer to questions put to them by Lord Coleridge, found:—Firstly, that Sir Charles Wilson did indirectly make use of the Burleigh message; and, secondly, that the Eastern Telegraph Company had not divulged the Burleigh message to the Exchange Telegraph Company. On these findings his lordship reserved judgment, and the matter now came on for argument.—On the case being called the Lord Chief Justice, addressing Mr. Murphy, Q.C., for the plaintiffs, said I did not give judgment because on the finding of the jury they would not award damages, for they found there was no divulgence of the telegram to be delivered to the plaintiffs. I was very anxious that the jury should assess the damages, if any. It seems to me that the finding of the jury put you out of court, and I think the best thing I can do is to give judgment for the defendants, and leave you to move before the Divisional Court. His lordship accordingly gave judgment for the defen- dants. The decision will be appealed against.
PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. Lord Aberdare presided at the sixtieth annual meeting of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, held at St. James's-hall, London, on Monday, and there were also present Lord and Lady Wolseley, Lord and Lady Aberdeen, Baroness Burdett-Coutts, &c. The report showed that 4,618 convictions were obtained last year, being an increase of 137. Baroness Burdett-Coutts distributed medals presented by the Queen, and Lady Wolseley presented prizes offered by the society for essays written by teachers and scholars on cruelty to animals.
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THE DIOCESE OF BANGOR. We are authorised to state that the Canonryj Residentiary of Bangor, vacant by the appointment^ of Canon Lewis to the Deanery, has been conferred by the Bishop of Bangor on his examining chaplain, the Rev. John Pryce, M.A., rector of Trefdraeth, Anglesea. Mr. Pryce graduated at Oxford in classical honours in 1851. He served his first curacy under the late Archdeacon White, of Dolgelly. In 1856 he was appointed by the Right Hon. Lord Penrhyn to the important post 01 incumbent of the populous quarry district of Glanogwen. His energy and success among the quarrymen attracted the attention of Bishop Campbell, who, soon after coming to the Diocese ot Bangor, promoted him to be junior vicar of his cathedral city. During the sixteen years Mr. Pryce was at Bangor he succeeded in raising funds for the cWDpletion of the Church of St. Mary, and for the building of the Bangor National Schools, and of the mission chapel and schoolroom at Glasyn- fryn. On leaving Bangor in 1880 for the Rectory of Trefdraeth Mr. Pryce was presented with a pursa of 120 guineas and a valuable portrait of himself in oils. In 1881 the bishop made Mr. Pryce his examining chaplain. For twenty years Mr. Pryca was hon. secretary to the Bangor Diocesan Board of Education, and we find his name gratefully men. tioned in the committee's report for last year a9 the one who mainly originated and organised the efficient system of diocesan inspection now in operation in the Diocese of Bangor. Mr. Pryce still continues to be hon. secretary of the Bangor Church Building Society and of the Bangor Diocesan Conference. During this time Mr. Pryce has also been much engaged in literary work. For several years he was associated with the eminent Welsh scholar, the Rev. Morris Willfams (" Nicander "), in revising the text of the Welsh1 Bible, a work which required much care and scholar- ship, and which was mostsuccessfully accomplished. In 1874 he published a short history of the Early Church for the especial use of schoolmasters andi candidates for holy orders. In 1876 he gained at the Wrexham National Eisteddfod the prize for the best essay on The Ancient British Church." This work, when enlarged and published by Messrs. Longmans, was spoken of by the Saturday Review in a very long and favourable notice as the best production of the kind which the Eisteddfod had been the means of eliciting since the time when Mr. Thomas Stephens sketched for it the outlines of his work on The Literature of the Kymry. The book was also favourably reviewed in both French and German quarterlies, and is now con- sidered a standard work on this particular subject. We find the name of Mr. Pryce among the Fellows of the Royal Historical Society, and also on the lisC of the members of the Cymmrodorion Society. In audition to this, Mr. Pryce is an eloquent extem- pore preacher in both Welsh and English, and has long taken a prominent part in all important movements in the diocese. He married a daughter of the late Canon Rowland Williams, rector of Ysceifiog, and the sister of the distinguished fellow and tutor of that name of King's College, Cam- bridge, sometime Vice-Principal cf St. David's College, Lampeter.
SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. JAMES BUCKLEY, OF PENYFAI. On Monday afternoon Mrs. James Buckley, widow of the late Mr. James Buckley, of Penyfai, Llanellv, and Castell-Gorvod, St. Clears, died rather suddenly at the former residence, in her 73rd year. Mrs. Buckley was apparently in her usual good state of health on Sunday, but late in the evening she was seized with a fit, to which, or its effects, she succumbed about four o'clock on Monday afternoon. There remain four sons and four daughters to mourn her loss, viz., Messrs. Joshua W. Buckley; James Buckley, J.P., Brynr caerau; H. C. Buckley, M.D.; and W. J. Buckley; and Mrs. W. Roderick, Wellfield; Mrs. Morgan Morgan, Cardiff Mrs. Dr. J. A. J. Timmins, Carmarthen and Mrs. Howell Jeffreys.
DEATH OF A Cl-LEBRATED REFORMER. Mr. George Alfred Walker, M.R.C.S., L.A.C., &c., well-known as "Graveyard" Walker, died OP Sunday in his 75th year, at his country seat at Barmouth, North Wales, where he has lived ir retirement for many years. To within the last t few months he was remarkably hale and well, but' latterly he suffered from congestion of the lungs- and on Sunday he was seized with a paralytic stroke, and shortly afterwards expired. Dr Walker rendered signal service to his country as ? medical reformer, more particularly in the crusade for the abolition of intramural interments. In 1840 he gave evidence for several days before a Select Committee on the health of towns in the House of Commons on the sanitary condition of London' and its churchyards. He was the author of Gatherings from Graveyards,' The Graveyards of London," Interments and Disinterments," and other works.
ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALISM AT PENARTH. OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL. In the month of September, 1882, the Rev. Jason C. Jenkyns, at the urgent request of many of tha leading Congregationalists of South Wales, went to Penarth in order to see what steps could be taken for the establishment of a Church at that place. For some years previous the matter had been' talked over by the South Wales Congregational Suciety. At the Congregational Union held at Cardiff in 1879 the local committee voted the sum of £80 for that object. Upon the strength of this vote, the late Rev. J. Waite, B.A., with one or two of his men, took a piece of ground for the purpose of erect- ing a chapel; but eventually the land was given up, and no definite action was taken until Mr. Jenkyn's visit to Penarth. The success which attended his efforts was greater than the most sanguine had anticipated. The first service was conducted in Andrews's old hall on Sunday morning, September 3,1882. Services were held in that place regularly till the end of October when the new hall was taken, where the services have been held since. From the progress which had been made, and from the interest taken in the cause, it was considered advisable that a Church should be formed. The Church has gradually in- creased, but the great disadvantage of having no proper place of worship was felt, and some few months ago it was resolved to erect an iron chapel to be used as a schoolroom as well. A site was procured in Windsor-road, and tenders were at once sought. As the arrangements for this work were advancing it was felt that a school- room separate from the chapel would for many- reasons be a great improvement, and it was' ultimately decided to erect a stone schoolroom with an iron chapel above it. The tender of Mr. Samuel Lewis, Cardiff, was accepted for the school- room, and for the chapel that of Mr. Kectf London. The cost will amount altogether to about £900. The chapel and the schoolroom will each seat about 460 persons. The opening services were held on Sunday, when the' Rev. W. Watkiss, of Wood-street Chapel, Cardiff- preached in the morning; the Rev. J. Wright,! Wesleyan minister, Penarth, in the afternoon and' the Rev. G. Thomas, Llandaff-road, Canton, in the evening. At each service there was a good congregation. Special meetings and services will be continued each Wednesday and Sunday tnroughout the month.
A CARDIFF PREACHER ON GAMBLING. The Rev. G. Kennedy delivered an address to large congregation in the Public-hall, Cardiff, oo Sunday afternoon, on the subject of gamblig, which he said was as old as human nature. UnlIke some things, however, it could not be said to iln- prove with age, but, on the other hand, became more ugly and despicable every day. It permeated all ranks of society, from the shoeblack, who played pitch and toss, to the nobles of the Ia.n who risked their fortunes on the roulette table oi racecourse. And not only was that the case aD. 6 Continent, where there were recognised gambling institutions, but in England, where every effort had been made by the Legislature to suppress it It was irrepressible, for when put down in ont place or form it only broke out afresh in another with unimpaired vigour. There were those who defended it, and who asked why it was wrong. Was it necessary to explain ? Did not the count- less suicides, the ruined fortunes, and shattered reputations supply a sufficient reason ? It ruined health and everything else, and was also a great source of crime. Young men, pale with excitement, were to be seen waiting for the posting of races where they knew to find the results in the pubhc streets, and on losing were often prompted by. their passion to rob their masters' tills and commlC other crimes. Was not that wrong ? The practic0 was degrading to all, and productive of other vicious liabits, spoiling many a good nature, bringing its votaries to certain ruin.
MEETING OF COLLIERS AT MOUNTAIN ASH. A STRANGE GRIEVANCE. On Monday evening, at the Allen's Arms, MoUrr tain Ash, a meeting of the men employed at Messr Nixon's Mountain Ash Collieries was held, unde the presidency of Mr. R. Badham, to take into con; sideration notices they had received to the effeCn that not more than from six to ten would be allowed to accompany persons home had met with accidents in the collieries, and th those found guilty of disobeying this order woucr.. be summoned for a breach of contra It appeared from the remarks of various speakers At the meeting th; ngt strong feeling existed amongst the men agai complying with the notices, and the follow' resolution was unanimously passed:—" Tha a.iti deputation be appointed from this meeting to upon the manager asking him to withdraw tb9 notices at once." Up to the time of writing reply of the manager had not transpired. T"S b
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MISCELLANEOUS NEWS. ACCORD IXG to present arrangements, the Queen will leave Windsor for Osborne on the 18 th inst. MR. DAVID JONES, who has been the publisher of the Saturday Review since it was first started, has just died, in the 75th year of his age. Three men are in custody at Liverpool charged with causing dangerous injuries to a married woman by kicking and trampling on her. The woman's depositions were taken on Monday. The Rev. William Arnold, M.A, Oxford, has resigned the vicarage of Chepstow. The patronage of the living is iQ hands of tlie Simeon Trustees. A large woollen mill belonging to Messrs. Kenyon, at Bury, Lancashire, was burned down on Saturday night. The damage, about Y.12,000, is believed to be covered by insurance. DURING the month of June 57 British' sailing ships and ton steamers were reported to the Board of Trade to have been lost. With the former 111 persons perished, and with the latter six. In all, 117 lives were lost. Mr. Frank Merrivale, a medical student, from Edinburgh, was drowned on Saturday while bathing at Rowardenen, Loch Lomond. He was seized with cramp, and the efforts of his two com- panions to save him proved fruitless. The Rev. John Selly Watson, convicted in 1872 of the murder of his wife, and sentenced to penal servitude for life, died of erysipelas in Parkhurst Prison, Isle of Wight, on Sunday morning, in his eightieth year. On Monday afternoon Alderman O'Connor, pub- lican and Nationalist, was elected as Lord Iayor of Dublin for the ensuing year. He received 34 votes, against thirteen obtained by his opponent, Mr. Brereton, Conservative. A bloodhound arrived in Middlesborough on Monday evening, and will be taken to the Albert Park in the hope that it in;iy be able to trace the murderer of the little girl, Alary Cooper. The Board of Trade Returns issued on Tuesday show that the value of the imports into the United Kingdom during the past mtonth was t29,053,UUU, against £ 36,750 000 during June last year and the exports during the month amounted to 416,649,000, against Y,20,034,000 last year. The Revenue returns from the 1st of April to the 5th of July are:—Receipts, £ 20.839,159; expenditure, £ 23,561,759; balances, £ 1,917,012. In the corresponding period last year the receipts were 422,297X8 expenditure, 126,691,188 balances, £ 1,714,954. Wis regret to announce the death on Sunday afternoon, in Belgrave-square, London, of Vis- countess Halifax. Her ladyship, who was the fifth daughter of the second Earl Grey, was born in 1807, and married in 1829 the first Viscount Halifax, then Sir Charles Wood, A MOVEMENT has been on foot for some time to establish a society for the promotion of the study of geography with special reference to commerce, and a private meeting to further the scheme is to be held by permission of the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House on Tuesday, the 15th inst. A Daily News telegram from Paris, dated Sunday night, says M. Combarieu, a well-known sculptor. who expected a prize for his Juvenal in the Salon, but only got an honourable mention, and found no purchaser, shot himself in despair in his studio, where his body was found in a state of uecomposi- tion. On Saturday the mortality returns presented to the Dartford Poor-Law Guardians registered the death, at the age of 104 years, of the widow of Captain Hanson, who was lost at the wreck of an English sloop of war off Newhaven in January, 1800, from which year the deceased has been receiving a pension from the Government. The Local Marine Board, Liverpool, on Monday held an inquiry into a charge of drunkenness against Capt. Edgar Bell, master of the steamer Hercules, while on a voyage to the West Coast of Africa, and suspended his certificate for three months, declining, at the same time, to grant him ft mate's certificate. The steamer Milford, of and for Milford, Captain Pearn, from Waterford, when off Hazelbeach on Saturday morning ran down a boat containing three men, one of whom was, unfortunately, drowned. The occupants of the boat are said to have been under the influence of drink when the accident occurred. Messrs. Wontner and Sons, Mr. Irving Bishop's solicitors, write to say that they have applied to the Director of Public Prosecutions for his fiat to prosecute Mr. Labouchera for alleged libels upon Mr. Irving Bishop in Truth. The Public Prosecutor aas declined to move in the matter, and a civil ac- tion has, therefore, been commenced against Mr. Labouchere. The Royal Commissioners on the Housing of the Poqr, which has now concluded its inquiry so far is the urban communities of England and Wales ire concerned, on Tuesday commenced similar in- vestigations with regard to the evils of overcrowd- ing in rural districts. The Echo says :—At the close of his fine speech Dn the Franchise Bill in the Lords on Monday night -and just after an eloquent passage—the Duke of Argyll sat upon the glass of water from which he fiad been drinking. His Grace broke the glass, but iuatained no personal injury. At Pontefract on Monday Joseph Whituker, for rixteen years secretary of the St. George's Lodge ')f Oddfellows, Manchester Unity, was charged with embezzlement ard L-ystematic falsification of books and balance-sheets. After five hours' hear- ing, the case was adjourned for examination of the books by an accountant. The Farmer of Monday says: The market is vpry ipatbetic. Quotations are scarcely altered, but ausiness done is small and discouraging for most irticles. English wheat picked over is slowly taken at currencies. Foreign wheat is occasion- illv, but not quotably, cheaper to buy. Flour neglected at old rates. Barley, beans, and peas are steady at former quotations. Oats are 6d. cheaper for low-priced Russians. Maize is slow at late reductions; character of trade very feeble. At the International Amateur Athletic meeting »t Birmingham, on Monday, Wood, of London, beat Waldron, of America, in the 120 yards scratch race by half a yard; in the half mile race L. E. Myers, of America, beat three English opponents, accom- plishing the distance in Imin. 55 2-5th sees., being » fifth of a second better than record in the mile scratch nee Snook, of Birmingham, beat Fredericks, of America, by 30 yards. The secretary of the British Temperance League, the Rev. Charles Henry Collyns, M.A., died at Sheffield on Tuesday morning from the effects of an abscess on the right lung. The rev. gentleman had been ill for some weeks. He passed a dis- tinguished University career at Oxford, and was for several years head master of a school at Bath, and subsequently of a grammar school at Wirks- worth. The announcement of the sudden death of Lieutenant Dutton, R.N.R., master of the Allan Royal Mail steamer Sardinian, at Montreal, will be read with regret by both Englishmen and Cana- dians. Captain Dutton was the commodore of the Allan Fleet, and was held in high esteem as a skilful and careful navigator of the Atlantic. He had been in the service of the Allan Company for many years. At Crewe on Tuesday evening a child in West- street was struck by lightning and killed instan- taneously. A man named Wheatley, working in the cemetery at Coventry, was struck by lightning and removed insensible, but is expected to recover. Several places in the city were al<o struck, and some houses and buildings were flooded by the heavy rain that fell. Letters were received at Dundee on Tuesday reporting that the ship Mary Stenhouse, of Liver- pool, from Shields to Chittagong with a cargo of coals, put into the Mauritius on the 10th of June with the loss of six men and considerable damage. The vessel experienced heavy weather after leaving the Channel, during which four men were washed overboard, and two fell from aloft and were killed. Part of the crew were shipped at Dundee and part at Shields.
THE BREACH OF PROMISE ACTION AGAINST LORD GARMOYLE. Messrs. Bolton and Mote write stating that the judges have determined not to try any more special jury cases during the present. sittings, so that this case will have to stand over until the end of October or the beginning of November. The delay is unfortunate, as in another day the case would have been on the paper for hearing. A correspondent writes.—" At Mr. D'Oyly Carte's party last week Miss Fortescue stated most empha- tically that there was not an atom of truth in the World's announcement that she had withdrawn from the breach of promise action which she has brought against Lord Garmoyle. The fact, she said, was precisely the contrary."
SIIAM FIGHT AT ALDERSHOT. The troops at Aldershot on Tuesday morning, under the superintendence of Sir Archibald Alison, took part in a sham fight on the Fox Hills, about live miles from the camp. The southern force, under Major-General Smart, had five batteries of artillery, two regiments of cavalry, and seven battalions of infantry. The defending force, under Major-General Fielding, consisted of lour batteries of artillery, one regiment of cavalry, and five battalions "of infantry. The troops were under arms from three to ten o'clock. Including the militia battalions, there were on parade about 7,000 men, 2,000 horses, and 54 guns.
DEMONSTRATION OF DURHAM MINERS. Tho annual demonstration of Durham miners took place on Saturday on Durham Racecourse, and was largely attended. Mr. John Morley, M.P., in addressing the meeting, said that the House of Lords would neither reform itself nor let the House of Commons do so. lie advocated an agitation to ensure the preservation of the Franchise Bill in the same shape it lert the House of Commons. Mr. Burt, M.P., and Mr. Bradlaugh also spoke, and a resolution was adopted expressing the hope that the Government would not dissolve Parliament until the Franchise Bill had been put in operation. Proposals for restricting the output of coal and advising amendments to the existing Mines Acts were adopted.
THE CHUuCII DEFENCE INSTITU- TION. ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Church Defence In- stitution was held on Monday at the National Society's rooms, London, the Karl of Powis pre- siding. There was a warm debate on the question of marriage with a deceased wife's sister, in the course of which the Rev. Dr. Lee urged that all members of the council who supported the Bill should be removed from that body. A motion affirming that the proposed change of the law of marriage would violate the tables of affinity was carried. A discussion also took place upon the state of the Church in Wales.
ATTEMPT TO MURDER A SWEET- HEART. SUICIDE OF THE MURDERER. On Tuesday afternoon Count William Totka, a German gentleman, committed suicide in Dublin by shooting himself with a revolver. It appears he was lodging with a Mrs. Inglish, to whose daughter he was engaged to be married. Some days since they quarrelled, and on Tuesday he sent for her when he was in bed. Immediately on her making her appearance he seized her, and, placing the muzzle of a revolver close to her back, fired. The girl turned and the shot whistled by her. Totka then at once turned his weapon upon him- self, and lodged two bullets in his lungs. He lingered for a couple of hours and then died. He refused to see any clergyman, and expressed great regret that he had not killed himself immediately.
WRECK OF A DUNDEE WHALER. The arrival, a few days ago, on the north coast of Iceland of two boats belonging to the Dundee wha'r Chieftain is reported. All on board the first boat were alive, but exhausted. In the second there was ouly one man alive, and the body of one of the crew. The feet of the survivor were frostbitten, and it was thought they would have to be amputated. The crew of the first boat stated that four boats, each with a crew of five men, put out for whale-hunting off Greenland. A dense fog came on. and one of the boats was sent back to the ship with a whale. The other three meanwhile remained fast to another whale, and having killed the animal they made in the direc- tion of the ship, but after two days' search they were unable to find her, owing to the fog. All made for Iceland. Nothing is known of the ship or the third boat, but it is feared they were lost on the ice. Only six out of a crew of about 30 have reached land.