The Tiger's Awakening. BY FRED G. IIT-TNAE. 0 A THRILLING STORY OF ADVENTURE. I CHAPTER V. AN EVENING AT THE PALACE. ",tad now behold the young Scotsman and wife amidst the roaring, life-teeming of Earn Shri Omra's capital—be gazing *b«ad with serious, thoughtful eyes; she •^fning with eager, curious glances to right left. The bazaar especially, with its of untold voices and its traffic that on, ever-changing as a kaleidoscope, to her a source of constant interest. it was a jeweller's or silk merchant's that attracted her attention; now some -ueInaker or coppersmith, working away "nder a dirty striped awning that leaned f5ain3t the smoke-blackened walls of a marble ^Qiple or palace; now a naked, aah-smeared squatting at a street corner in a per- Jf^ly rigid attitude, or a blind old beggar "pasting out his alms bowl with piteous anon some nautch girls jostling against yelling bhisti (water carrier) or vendor of balancing an unsteady tray *Pon his turbaned head. Now she and her would ride aside to allow passage to tonga drawn by cebu oxen, or to a string Of 8eemingly over-loaded camels, or to a see- ^wing mountain of an elephant that rolled lesser traffic aside as the ocean steamer the waves of the sea. Occasionally our Jfiends met some Thakoor (noble) with a fol- ding of sowars, shimmering with silk and ■«teel and gold, or else a troop of the Maha- rajah's red-turbaned bodyguard, prancing *ith unconcealed contempt through the crowd, and staring with hostile looks *^the Europeans in passing. when, after a while, the girl began to feel fa.tigned, she and her husband diverted their towards the eyer-open gates of the ■Residency, where Hector paid a visit to the *}ck bed of his friend the secretary, while re^ed on the shaded stoop that over- looked the compound. After partaking with of a tiffin "a deux"—the crusty doctor J^Oiainmg invisible—the Scotsman said good- ie to the invalid, whereupon he and his remounted their animals and set out the Sacred Tank beyond the city, to view i^e famous purple fishes that gave Pritnagar Ij8 chief importance in the eyes of all devout Hindus. By the time they got back to town sun was getting low in the sky; so, with- tarrying by the way, they rode straight to the palace gates. The sentriep here on j^y had evidently already received their instructions, for a non-commissioned officer at once stepped forward, making a profound ^bJisance, and seized the bridle of the planter's horse. The other men of the guard *ell back, and the havildar led the Europeans through the resounding archway on to a £ *eat red, sanded courtyard, half filled with Altering soldiers, bustling courtiers, syces, 2na.houts, and countless other servants. ^bove the sea of heads our friends saw the white facade of the splendid marble that had sheltered untold generations Potentates, Hindu and Mohammedan alike. touch of the latter had left the most |*>^3picuous traces. The palace, once entirely "lilt in the Hindu style, had gradually been inverted into a veritable masterpiece of ^do-Saracenic architecture, than which not finer specimen could be found in the whole of the Deccan. To the rear of the palace proper, with its pilasters and niches and bal- conies and carved atone balustrades, its won- derful filigree open work and multi-coloured ^laid patterns, the huge, but graceful, cupola the palace-mosque climbed like a golden Pineapple into the pale blue ether, and thus stamped the whole with the hall-mark of The eye-aching white and gold of the UQlldings-the living, throbbing turquoise below, the blood-red court, with its ^owds of gorgeously-arrayed humanity, flash- 111 £ weapons, banners, elephants, and arched- bested, plumed steeds—all this presented a Combination of vivid, glowing life and colour which a (Jerome or a Verestchagin would revelled. But even as Flora sat gazing in •dniiration upon this brilliant picture, the treen-clad Chobdar (court usher), with his &olden wand, was seen parting the throng, and presently made his bow before the viBi. J^rs, whom he invited to dismount. Hector ~»d often been the Maharajah's guest in the bld-en days, and was familiar with all these 8Cenes; but not so his young wife, who took in everything with the greatest curiosity and pleasure. For a moment, to be sure, she drew Closer to her husband as the sentries in the horseshoe portico flashed their cruel- poking tulwars in salute; but Hector's self- ^eseeaed carriage quickly re-aeaured her. jJia fore-finger touched the rim of his topi dignified response, his grey hunter's eyes Meanwhile flitting from one to the other with Peculiarly attentive look. There was a vast v difference between these men and the soldiers lounging outside in the court. The former a Promiscuous lot of condottieri, and kad, apparently, been recruited from every corner of India, their numbers including, besides the proud Rajputs, who officered them, Mahrattas, Ghoorkhas, JatB, and Dograe, Bajaris" Sikhs, and Nairs from the Extreme south. Their armament showed as ^Uch variety as there were races—tulwars, wo ads words, scimitars, yataghans, lances, wields, battle-axes, flintlock and matchlock Martini, Snider, and Remington rifles. These were the ordinary troops of Pritnagar, *nd a very different type from those that ,-nd a very different type from those that Warded the palace gate. For this was a task that the Maharajah did not care to entrust to anyone but his own Prastorian Guard of which was carefully composed of picked marksmen from Afghanistan and the hills around the Khyber Pass. These I fellows, one more wild and truculent-looking than the other, carried splendid Lee-Metford ines. Hector himself possessed not a finer Weapon of precision, although, as an ardent of Nimrod, he always made a point of investing in the latest improvements in the *ay of "shooting irons." None of these guards had ever looked upon the Maharajah's Sogresi friend with much favour, even in the old days; but the looks with which they now Pleasured him as he and his wife passed inside ^ere bo frankly hostile and malevolent that Hector could not help noticing the circum- stance. But in other respects the sentries' "ehaviour was polite enough; so that the Scotsman dismissed the half-formed idea of •complaining formally to the ruler. Still, he Pondered whether the servants reflected their toaster's frame of mind, and whether their ^narked hostility was the outcome of a hint from "above." Nevertheless, his face showed nought but calm self-confidence as, preceded by the Chobdar, he conducted Flora into the dewan-i-khae (hall of audience). This apart- Bient^-a huge, domed octagon, with alabaster walls inlaid with geometrical designs of tur- TUoiae, agate, and mother-of-pearl—was crammed with a perfect tulip-bed of nobles, jourtiers, and officers in gorgeous costumes; but, heedless of this vast issembly, the eyee cf the visitors looked straight ahead in a Btare of amazement. For there, at the far end of the hall, re* '-<g among soft cushions on a throne of i, beaten silver, eat their friend, Ran "'a, B.A., his left oand holding his • ■ sword, whilst his right arm lay ca iross the neck of an enormous rc At first Flora, tineaey, but dete to show the white feather, walked brave show of un- concern; but J d she encountered the great greer e monster cat and lIaw the huge w iid bare in a snarl, Bhe changed c :d aer steps began to falter. Hector pow^ jwallowing his own tInoomfortable sen mm. quietly drew her arm through f .end tc-o. her up to the dais, *ifch eyes flrn" .1 upon the Maharajah. "Welcome— times welcome! So triad you ha*- )mmenced the Prince, rising from", h' r.I releasing the tiger's golden colla • c\U ,i his hand. "Excuse • < larajah." responded Heetor in II ',t." accorded ill with the other's cor; .< g, "but before I thank you for ne I shall feel much obliged to will be good enough to have that moved from here. My wife iw e~- ned to the presence of each dan'?ir(.M 0" "Oh, ce n all means! I must really apologise r vr- thoughtlessness," and, turning r--T Lrtendants, the Maharajah signed t( ake the beast away. "Not that th, v faintest need for alarm," he eon 1 -lingly as he shook hands inth ? i v aans. HRoti is the best- maaiK* s kind and as tame as a fox- terrier ri' dat he invited them to be eeatef "He ( be." commented the Scots- man, osfcically, "for just now he imiU* fd species to perfection." "Y i -f plained Ram Shri Omra, turn- ing v.. I v. r ithan apologetic shrug, "it's all anr parcel of this wretched mum- mer 'is I am obliged to take a rehic- tanl .'•sitt- V U remember what I told. you on Manchuria about barbaric ep'< :^ir fttvi 60 forth? I assure you I have no v iTi !?■ "f tigers, but the tame tiger has be of Pritnagar court from time in: :;vmt r ind I am expected to follow in n": Hihcrv Dotsteps in this matter, as in o v fire? a* they say in romantic It "?'(- itioi of disgnst with his surround- ? r.i lowarer, long since begun to jar 'ip'i.i r:1 t's Berves, and upon being thus co.vij.iif she made haste to change the r-il- d t vhich he Maharajah, in M" • ■• erceivel. He had guffi. 1 ;tcitly accept the rebuke. v:>r. "lust be ired out and hi > <r:~y y —r g ride," ie remarked, r ,n:. y.) .• v, iv ng a signo his attendan', p-ii- ■t: u. conduct you to the dining- r •• lie f'rscended fron the dais, ■ i p, (/ cihis arm to he young En1. wot, stter a heeitifeing glance he. look it and aoompanied hf -9- an adjoining hall, followed by Hector and the principal men of the Maharajah's suite, consisting of his grey-bearded Wazir (Prime Minister), some of his Thakoors, and a. dozen Rajput officers of high rank. The planter, happening to glance over his shoulder, looked straight into the eyes of the possessor of the square chin and the fierce moustaches, whom the Prince had called by the name of Govind Lal-the man whom Hector had seen in the carriage at Bhundawal! The Rajput evi- dently stood high in the Maharajah's favour, and bore himself like a recognised favourite. The glance which he flung at the European in reply to the latter's look spoke, of haughty defiance-no attempt now of evading Hector's gaze! A certain dark suspicion that had taken root in our friend's heart grew four- fold intensified in that short exchange of glances. More than ever did he believe that the mysterious man on the footboard of the railway carriage was identical with Ram Shri Omra's favourite; and, if this was really the case, what was he to think of the master who, presumably, had employed him as a spy? But this was no time for threshing the matter out. and all Hector could do under the cir- cumstances was to stifle his emotions, what- ever their nature, and to pretend that nothing was wrong. Only the Prince and his guesits sat down to table; the suite remained standing round in attitudes of easy attention. The Maha- rajah, being a Mohammedan, excused himself from joining them in their meal, and sat, instead, discoursing volubly. The young wife did not fail to notice that the dinner, which consisted of at least fifty different dishes, was served upon gold by attendants dressed in liveries of pale green satin, and that the wallahs, who went the round from time to time. sprinkling the diners with ottar of roses, wore electric-blue silk, with stars of gold embroidered upon their breasts. The scene was certainly most picturesque one— the stalwart, serious Britisher in his khaki riding suit and tall, spurred boots; the beau- tiful, fresh-complexioned girl in her tight- fitting habit of white pique; and the Mahar rajah, with his Italian complexion and black Velasquez beard set off by his plumed, bejewelled turban and his kaftan of helio- trope silk, stiff with gold embroidery and flashing with inserted gems. The setting of this central picture—consisting of the atten- dant semi-circle of nobles and officers, each glittering like a Quetzal bird-was likewise most effective. In short, so far as the spec- tacular part of the entertainment was oon- TItiIfIIV I "The tall, dark figure silhouettcdl against the moon-whitened door." -1 cerned, you could not have surpassed it if you had ransacked both hemispheres for materiel. you had ransacked both hemispheres for materiel. The Maharajah seemed to be in capital spirits, and kept chatting away with that brilliancy that had secured him the entree to so many English drawing-rooms in times gone by. Imagine Haroon-al-Rashid discus- sing in faultless Anglo-Saxon such varied and ultra-modern topics as the Henley result, the relationship of Gaelic to Sanskrit, Wagner's "Ring der Nibelungen," and the latest book of the most sensational female writer in England, and you will have a portrait of this ruler as he struck the fancy of his European guests! Perhaps his conversation exhibited a stronger exotic flavour than hitherto; but, if so, this was merely in keeping with his general Orientalisation, nor did either of his listeners seem to notice anything out of the way. For the rest, Ram Shri Omra found himself com- pelled to sustain the burden of conversation well-nigh alone, for Flora felt worried on her husband's account, and, therefore, only answered in monosyllables, whilst Hector, more preoccupied than was his wont, scarcely once opened his mouth. Dinner over, Flora w.wd have fain retired, for she felt really fatigued with her long ride, besides which she was desirous of questioning her husband as to the reason of his silence. The Maharajah, however, represented to her that there was to be a regular entertainment in honour of his guests, followed by fireworks; and, as Hector, in answer to his wife's look of inquiry, merely gave a shrug, she con- sented to be conducted back to the audience hall. This had in the meantime been lighted up; the throne had been removed, and in its place stood three soft velvet lounges. Ram Shri Omra led his fair partner to the one in the middle, and then seated himself on the couch to the left, Hector taking the seat on her right. The old Wazir, Govind Lai, and the remainder of the suite grouped them- selves behind the trio. whilst the crowd of courtiers and officers of minor rank squatted on the carpets that had been spread out for the purpose in the background and along the walls. The Maharajah, having obtained the lady's permission to smoke, ordered his hookah to be brought for himself and a box of cheroots for the young planter. Then he clapped his hands and the entertainment began. It was the first of its kind that Flora bad ever witnessed. Small wonder, them, that she gradually shook off her feeling of depres- sion and watched the various performances with increasing interest. The Nautchnis (dancing girls)—lithe, graceful, bronze-hued creatures, all gleaming with soft silks and gauzes, and jingling (if so rude an illustra- tion may be permitted) like an abajo of Spanish sumpter mules—were succeeded by a troupe of jugglers, whose tricks fairly staggered the English girl, so innocent of the ways of the East. A tall, grave-looking man (in whom Hector thought he recognised Tippoo the Nair, whose ohild he had saved from-the buffaloes earlier in the day) flung a rope end into the air, where it remained, as if caught by some invisible hand; then a boy (it was, indeed, the saiue youngster!) began climbing up the rope, and presently vanished from sight, having seemingly melted into thin air. Thereupon the man below exclaimed something and held out his hands, and, in (reply, down came a large pineapple from nowhere, and was deftly caught by the juggler; then a peach, a melon, a bunch of grapes. Finally, the boy re-appeared in mid- air, and came sliding down to the ground, nimbly as a monkey. His father calmly gathered up the rope, and, after a long and expressive gaze at Hector, retired and made way for some other performer, who astonished the spectators (and the English, girl in Parti- cular) by burying a mango seed in a handful of soil, and then, before their very eyes, growing therefrom a perfect, though diminu- tive, specimen of a mango tree, which was duly handed, round for inspection.* This wizard was succeeded by another, whose juggling feats would have turned Oinquevalli green with envy; by some performing dogs and monkeys; and then again by Tippoo's little boy, who delighted and enthralled Flora by an exceedingly clever exhibition of rope walking. Last of all came the tarn of the. Sapwallah (snake charmer)—the identical old Macchiavelli face whom our friends had seen before. Dumping down his basket in the middle of the floor, he squatted in front of it and commenced playing a shrill and un- melodious tune upon his toumril or reed pipe. Presently a flat head with gleaming eyes and a puffed-out neck appeared above the basket's edge, and then a great speckled cobra glided to the ground, followed by another, and yet another, until a full dozen of these dangerous serpents were undulating on the red-and-white tiled floor in front of the musician- It was a most uncanny sight, and caused the English- woman to squirm uneasily upon her seat; but the old sapwallah knew his trade. He changed his three-note tune to a long, low, vibrating whistle in the same key, and as he did so the cobras, rearing up to their full length, glided towards him, and one by one twined themselves round his legs and arms and neck, until the man's figure was almost hidden behind a moving maze of glittering, scaly forms. Still playing, he raised himself upon his feet and stood facing the Maharajah and his guests, terrible as Red Kali herself, under his poison-charged load of life. Loud applause greeted his performance, where- upon, crouching down again, he once more changed his tune. At the same time, an assistant placed a huge bowl of buffaloes' milk close beside the basket, and one by one the cobras disengaged themselves and wriggled towards the irresistible bait, from which they began to drink with avidity. When all had drunk themselves into a state of semi-stupor, the charmer stepped forward, laid his reed pipe aside, and, picking up the snakes as if they had been so many lengths of rope, re-placed them in their basket and- covered them up. "Thank Heaven that nothing has hap- pened!" sighed Flora when all was over. "I do detest those creepy, crawly things; I have been quite ill with suspense." "In that case, I owe you an apology for having permitted this item to be introduced at all," responded Ram Shri Omra politely. "I thought, however, that you would like to see a sapwallah at work, as you had never seen one before." "Oh," said Flora quickly, "it was very inte- resting, indeed, and I thank you very much for all the amusements you have provided for us this evening. But with your permis- sion, Maharajah, I should be glad now to withdraw." No Frenchman could have excelled the Maharajah's bow. "By all means, if it is your wish. All that remains is the fireworks, and those you can view from your own window. Good-night to you, my dear Mrs. Cameron, and pleasant dreams! I am charmed to have been privileged to act as your host. Good-night, Cameron, old chap. See you at Chota Hazri in the morning!" CHAPTER VI. FLORA'S DREAM. A fat eunuch preceded Hector and his wife up the broad white marble staircase and along a splendid alabaster gallery-a long, gleaming vista of sculptured columns sup- porting noble Moorish arches, through which the moonlight poured in a flood of bluish silver. At the end of this colonnade the man threw open a door, and, with a. bow, stood aside to let them enter, whereupon he with- drew. The apartment, which was sparsely lighted by a hanging lamp of dull crimson glaes, proved upon inspection to be a sump- tuously-furnished bedroom overlooking an artificial lake flanked by two of the palace wings. The young English wife examined with delight the walls, all covered with beau- tiful, fantastic designs of flowers, birds, and arabesques, standing out in blue and green and scarlet bas-relief from the gold-coloured ground; and the rich furniture, especially the charpoy (bedstead), which was carved out of Amboyna wood and inlaid with patterns of ivory and mother-of-pearl "Look! There go the fireworks," said Hector, as, with a hissing, rushing sound, a rocket sprang up into the dark-blue velvet sky, where it burst into a shower of dazzling sparks. They knelt upon the divan that stood in the window recess, and, leaning on the marble balustrade, watched the pyro- technic display. Rockets, wheels, and foun- tains of fire were succeeded by more elaborate items. There were representatives of temples, palaces, and cities in various glowing colours; and, ftnally, to crown it all, a. great, fierce battle raged and surged among the clouds, the. effect being enhanced by the reflection in the tank below. This fight brought the display to a close. The crowds of spectators who had assembled at the windows and in the open galleries ,speedily dispersed, and all was still once more. For a while husband and wife eat by the window with hands interlaced, conveTBing together in an undertone and gazing out upon the shining cupolas and minarets and sugar- loaf pagodas that reared their heads above the dirk palace wing on the opposite side of the tank. Presently they retired to rest; the crimson lamplight died, and glorious moonlit Silence reigned supreme. A gentle breeze whispered now and again among the palm fronds; occasionally a night bird would flit through the air in soundless flight, or some fish would leap from the water in a. curve of silver, falling ba-ck into its native element with a faint splash; but otherwise the still- ness remained unbroken. An hour passed like this—two hours. In the chamber where Hector and his wife lay slumbering nothing could be heard save the deep, long-drawn breathing of the sleepers. The moonlight, pouring in unchecked through the open window, threw into bold relief the strong, manly features of the young Scotsman and the flawless cameo-profile of the girl beside him. Here, as outside, dwelt a sublime calm. Suddenly an inky shadow fell across the carved stone fretwork of the window balus- trade, and slowly-very, very slowly-a tur- baned head climbed into view until its bearded chin rested upon the marble. Two black eyes, glowing like live coals, looked in at the unconscious sleepers; then an arm slid stealthily over the balustrade, and a supple, dark-clad body followed with a serpen- tine writhe. Next moment the midnight visitor had thrown a leg across the railing and stepped upon the divan, whence he noise- lesaly descended to the floor. And now, with his band upon the hilt of his yataghan, he bent over the slumbering planter, nodded; once or twice, and then stole cat-like to Flora's side. Greedily his eyes devoured her calm, beautiful features, surrounded by a. T)reading glory of hair. His lips twitched, a id his breath came in hissing gusts. She w Is wrapped in a, profound sleep, peaceful aa any child's. Her lips were slightly parted, and just showed a pearly gleam of small, white teeth, and her bosom gently rose and fell under the white cambric. Lower and lower he bent, until his face almost touched hers; and as he did so the girl stirred slightly in her sleep, and a troubled expression crept over her countenance. The intruder instantly drew back to the foot of the bed, but the girl, beyond uttering a long, low moan, made no further sign. Straightening himself up, the stranger now gazed upon the sleeping man, and an expression almost demoniacal in its intensity appeared in his dark eyes, while his brown, nervous fingers twisted themselve* more ttghfly than ever round the hilt of hie weapon. From one to the other he looked, his handsome face dis- figured by the raging devils within him. Once the shimmering blade half emerged from its purple velvet sheath; but just then Flora. stirred and flung her arms above her head, and the intruder once more tip-toed on his bare feet to her side to drink in her beauty in a long, burning gaze. But the girl's repose must have been thoroughly disturbed, for her face showed an expression of strained anxiety that swiftly deepened into abject terror. Her breast commenced to heave vehemently, and her hands moved jerkily upon the pillow. The nocturnal visitor had barely time to drop full length upon the Persian rug on which he stood before a sha-rp cry burst suddenly from Flora's lips, and the girl awoke and sat up, with panic written in her great blue eyes. "What is the matter?" exclaimed Hector, startled into instant wakefulness, and taking her hand, which was trembling like an aspen leaf. The listener beside the bed edged further into the shade, and softly drew hia yataghan from the sheath. "Oh, Hector, I have had ench an awful dream! panted the young wife, cuddling into her husband's strong, protective arms and looking round her with quick, nervous glances. He stroked her wavy hair soothingly. **A nightmare—is that what it is, lassie? Never mind, you'll be feeling better in a minute. Try to forget all about it." "But I cannot—it was all so terribly vivid," wailed Flora, shuddering anew. "The smallest 1 detail seems to have burnt itself upon my memory. I cannot shake off the clinging horror of that dream." "Is it so bad as all that? Come, tell me all about it, dear; it may somewhat ease your mind." "First of all I dreamt that I had gone for a walk by myself and lost my way in the jungle. After a while I heard a rustling in the thicket, and presently I realised, with a shock, that it was a tiger, who was coming directly my way. I stood frozen to the spot, overcome with terror; but the beast, instead of crouching for a spring, walked up to me, purring and with his tail up like a tame cat. Rubbing his great whiskered head against my head, he looked up in my face, for all the world as if he wanted me to play with him." "I think," interrupted Hector, with a dark frown, "that the Maharajah's uncouth pet is responsible for this extraordinary dream of yours." "The worst is still to come," continued the girl, drawing his arm closer round her. "I was anxious, of course, to get rid of the animal, and tried various means of sending it away; but no, the tiger kept cloee to me, even after I had regained the use of my limbs and was moving on. There he was, fawning upon me as much as ever, and even trying to lick my face from time to time. At last, annoyed by his persistence, I stopped short and told him angrily to go away; but. instead of doing so, he æ.t down like a dog upon his haunches and grinned in my face. Yes, grinned; and at the same time his tiger's face changed and assumed a human expression. Horror-struck, I tried to flee; but what I saw fascinated me beyond the possi- bility of stirring a single step. Every instant the features of the monster grew more and more man-like, till suddenly I recognised that new, but still grinning, face—it was that of our host the Maharajah!" Saying which she gave a violent shudder and hid her face in her husband's breast. "Certainly, a nightmare if ever there was one," commented Hector, moodily. "I'm not surprised at your waking after that. But come, my love, forget all about it. Try and go to sleept" "I cannot, Hector, I cannot," moaned the girl, still shivering in his arms. "I should dream of that horror again. No, no; I would rather lie awake till morning." "Very well, then. Let us get up and sit by the window for a. spell. The night is calm and lovely, and there in the East you can see the first streak of dawn. In a couple of hours the sun will be up; so do try to forget what you have dreamt." He got up and donned some clothing, while Flora followed his example. It was a good thing for the hidden intruder that he had in the meantime moved entirely under the bed, else he would surely have been discovered at this juncture. As it was, the girl's small, bare feet touched the rug within six inches of his hand. She was, however, totally unconscious of anyone's presence save her own and Hector's, and, having thrown a light shawl over her shoulders, joined her husband at the window, whence they watched the blue and silver glories of the moonlit Indian night. Slowly—very slowly—the hidden man edged back from under the bed, until he once more lay full length upon the rug. Then softly, softly, moving half an inch at a time, he raised himself upon his knees and stole a glance across the bed at the pair seated in the window recess. Still, they were wrapt in silent acontemplatkm of the fairy landscape without, and the young man's hand was caressing his wife's. With eyesi that caught and reflected the moonlight like small helio- graphs, the stranger raised himself upon hia feet, and, moving soundlessly, made a step towards the door; ano-ther step, and a third. and he reached it, still unnoticed, and, glancing finally over his shoulder, placed his hand upon the bolt. The risk of discovery was now greater than ever. Had either of the two Europeans chanced to turn their head, they must infallibly have seen the tall, dark figure silhouetted against the moon- whitened door. But it almost seemed as if Nature herself were smiling upon his designs, for just then a puff of wind caused the palms outside to rustle and sigh, while in the dis- tance the plaintive howling of a jackal broke upon the night. This combination of sounds made just enough noise to drown the faint rasping of the bolt as the intruder gently drew back and turned the handle of the door. Next moment he was gone, and "Where does this draught come from?'1 queried Flora, looking round. "Why, Hector, the door is open f" "So it is, by Jove!" exclaimed the young man, jerking from his seat and bounding towards the door and out into the corridor. But not a soul was to be seen. Right and left, above and below, his keen grey eyes roved in vain. A bat come flitting through one of the Moorish arches, and zigzagged for a few minutes inside tne colonnade; but beyond that there was no sign of life anywhere. "I could have vowed that you bolted the door when we went to bed," said Flora. anxiously, as he came back into the room with a stern, pale face; "in fact, I remember distinctly—you specially got up to do so." "I know I did." remarked her husband grimly, pitting his hand under the pillow and drawing forth the Army revolver, without which he never travelled. "Stay where you are, Flora. I am going to have a look round the room." He struck a match, and looked under the bed, and then walked round to the side where his wife had lain. The first match had gone out; he now struck another, and stooped to explore the black shade there. Immediately he started back with a sup- pressed cry; then he stooped again and hurriedly picked up something that had lain upon the rug—the purple velvet siheath of a yataghan, encrusted with enormous rubies. Hector knew it at once, for he had often seen it in the waistband of its owner—of Ram Shri Omra himself! (To be continued.)
MISS MATILDA DODS. HEREFORDSHIRE WOMAN'S REMARKABLE CAREER. Matilda Rees Dods (51), cookery lecturer, pleaded guilty to obtaining credit to the extent of upwards of £20 while an .undis- charged bankrupt.—Mr. Mr. Ifficklethwaite, for the prosecution, which was taken by the bankruptcy authorities, said the prisoner was a lady of considerable ability and vario-ns attainments. As long ago as 1888 she founded the Midland Institute, where she paid a rent of £100 a year, and in 1893 she was engaged by a committee of ptrsons at a salary of J680 a year at Bath-road, Birmingham. She even- 1 tually went bankrupt, the deficiency being upwards of £4,001. and the assets were only sufficient to pay 4&d- in the jE. She was next in Russia at a cookery establishment at a salary of -E20 a, month. In 1902 she commenced 1 lecturing in different placets for Messrs. Rich- mond, of Warrington, whilst subsequently she ] was employed as a housekeeper. Ultimately she started a school at Leominster at a I rental of £42 a year. It was opened by the M.P. for the division, and the lord-lieutenant. > She then obtained goods from tradesmen 5 withou tdisclosing her previous bankruptcy, 4 and succeeded in running liabilities up to J about £ 600.—Prisoner was eenten«ed to a ( month's imprisonment m the first division. j
HUMAN WRECK AT BRECON. REMARKABLE STRUGGLE IN A POLICE CELL. At the Brecon Borough Police-court on Mon- day James Caird, described ae a brass moulder, of London, was charged with being drunk and incapable on Saturday.—Police- sergeant Hard said that about midnight on Saturday he fotmd the prisoner lying on his back on the pavement in Ship-street. From his appearance witness thought there was something seriously the matter with him. A 1 stretcher had to be obtained, and on it the Prisoner was conveyed to the police-station, struggling all the way. In the cells he tried to stick a pin into his own eye, and threatened j to commit suicide. Dr. O'Neill also said prisoner when in the ] cells behaved in a most violent manner. He Dr. O'Neill also said prisoner when in the] cells behaved in a most violent manner. He tore up his coat and blanket, and said he would hang himself. Witness advised the J police to handcuff him, and eventually had to inject a dose of morphia, which had the! ( effect of calming him. Prisoner was in a < very weak condition, which was due to exces- sive drinking and want of food. He told < witness he had had no food for over a week, and had walked that day twenty-five miles from Treharris. Prisoner was fined 10a. and costs, and the money, sot being fortiuxx&fiag he wtBt betow.
MR-ALFRED DAVIES' CONSTITUENTS. LIVELY LIBERAL MEETING AT CARMARTHEN. In July last a meeting of the joint council of the executive committees of the Liberal Associations of Llanelly and Carmarthen was held at Llaneliy to consider the party repre- sentation of the boroughs. It will be remem- bered that feeling ran very high at that meeting, and that, ultimately, a resolution was passed that no votta be then taken on the question of the adoption or otherwise of Mr. Alfred Davies (the sitting member) as the party's candidate at the next election. Subsequently, a recommendation came from the Llaneliy executive to the effect that a meet- ing of the joint council be convened to select a candidate, as provided by the rules of the associations, and, as a consequence of that resolution, an advertisement was inserted in the local Liberal newspapers inviting nomina- tions of candidates. As the next step, a meeting of the joint council was held on Saturday evening last at the Tabernacle Schoolroom, Carmarthen, to receive the nominations and to select a candi- date. Thsre were 70 members of the council present, 44 out of a possible 60 from Llanelly, and 26 out of a possible 31 from Carmarthen; and, as it is the custom for the president of the association of the town in which the meet- ing is held to preside, the chair was taken by Principal Evans (Presbyterian College). Hfc was supported by Mr. John Clement (presi- dent of the Llaneliy association) and by the A. Fuller Mills and Mr. William David (the secretaries of the Carmarthen and Llanelly associations respectively). The meet- ing, which was held with closed doors, lasted for nearly three hours, and it is described on all hands as the most heated yet held in the boroughs. The chairman's task of keeping the excited members in order, especially after the fiery and recriminatory utterances of some of the speakers, was an unenviable one, and the dramatic ending of the meeting plainly indi- cates the high feeling which prevails within the Liberal ranks with regard to the selec- tion of the next candidate. The Chairman, having explained the object of the meeting, announced that nomination papers in favour of Mr. Alfred Davies and Mr. Tom Terrell, K.C., had been received from both towns, whereupon The Rev. Joseph Harry (Carmarthen) pro- posed a resolution recommending Mr. Alfred Davies to the Liberal Association of each town. The rev. gentleman's speech was fre- quently interrupted by hostile demonstra- tions. Mr. W. Benjamin Jones (Llanelly) seconded. Then followed a series of speeches in favour of an amendment, proposed by Mr. Tom Hughes, J.P. (Llaneliy), and seconded by Mr. T. Williams (Temple, Llanelly), that the meet- ing be adjourned in order to give an oppor- tunity to Mr. Alfred Davies and Mr. Terrell to address the associations, and that the taking of the ballot be postponed until such addresses had been delivered. Mr. Beaumont Thomas, J.P. (Brynceirau Castle), in supporting the amendment, referred to a. letter which Mr. Alfred Davies had written to an elector, to the effect that, during his representation of Llanelly the seat had cost him £4,000. The speaker desired an opportunity to question Mr. Alfred Davies on this point, upon a public platform, for the sake of the credit of the constituency and of the member per- sonally. He said he could not vote again for Mr. Alfred Davies until this matter had been thoroughly cleared up. This speech caused not a little sensation. Support to the amendment was also given by Mr. R. Guest, Mr. Bramwell Jones, the Rev. T. Phillips, and others from Llanelly. The chairman was asked to give his ruling us to whether it was possible, under the rules, to take the final ballot that evening, seeing that each of the candidates must give a pledge to the joint council to abide by the result of the ballot before their names were submitted. It was pointed out that Mr. Alfred Davies had stated that "he would fight the constituency against the world," and that, therefore, he might not be willing to pledge himself to abide by the result of the ballot. After a deal of argumentative and heateo speaking, the Chairman ruled that the meet- ing had been called to select a candidate, and that the amendment, as proposed, was out of order, seeing that, according to the rules, the candidates could not address the associa- tions before they had addressed the executive committees. Mr. Tom Hughes then altered his amend- ment to harmonise with this ruling, to the effect that an adjournment be agreed to, in order that the two nominees should address the executive committees. It was argued that it was unfair to rush the matter and to force the names to a ballot without hearing the views of the two gentlemen on the important questions now agitating the country. The Rev. A. Fuller Mills delivered a trenchant speech, which raised the feeling of the meeting to a high pitch. He spoke un- mincingly of the "bleeding of the candidate" which had been heard so mach of in the constituency. The Rev. E. U. Thomas followed in a con- ciliatory spirit, and partly succeeded in smoothing down the raffled feelings of the Llanelly members, who resented a serious charge made by Mr. Mills. Ultimately, Mr. Hughes's amendment was put before the meeting and received con- siderable support from a very influential section. The Chairman announced that the amendment was lost, and was going to put the resolution of the Rev. Joseph Harry to the meeting when Mr. R. Guest rose and pro- tested against the rushing off the matter to a finality in face of the weighty arguments which had been adduced at the meeting against such a course. Simultaneously about 25 members, hailing from both' towns, rose and left the room abruptly, amidst the utmost confusion and excitement. Several well-known opponent? to Mr. Alfred Davies's candidature, however, still remained behind. There was no serious attempt on the part of any subsequent speaker except Mr. W. Benjamin Jones to press the question to a ballot. On the contrary, the Rev. T. Johns (Capel Als.) and others pointed out that the gentlemen who had left the room were most influential men and thorough Liberals, and that, in order to avoid a split in the party, it was advisable to postpone the taking of the ballot and to adjourn the meeting till Satur- day, 31st inst., when the sitting could be resumed at Lianelly. This course was ultimately adopted, the hope being expressed that the members who had left the room would attend as in the past. During the course of the proceedings several influential Lianelly gentlemen openly stated that it was very generally felt in that town that, if Mr. Alfred Davies was selected, he would not be able to retain the seat. The situation is complicated by the fact that the Llaneliy Labour and Trades Council —a body which wields large voting power- has stated that it will not accept Mr. Alfred Davies under any conditions, but that it is prepared to meet the Liberal Association in fixing upon a candidate who would be equally acceptable to Libs and Labs. It is rumoured that, if Mr. Alfred Davies is finally selected, Sir John Jones Jenkins is prepared to fight him ap an Independent Liberal candidate.
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BRISTOL FORGERY CHARGE. A WELSH TRAVELLER COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. At Bristol on Monday (before Mr. Edward Parsons) Percy George Buck was charged with forging the endorsements on three cheques for £2 18., £1 7s. Bd., and £4 3s. 3d., and with that he, being servant to Mr. Hor- wood. embezzled and sto16 the three cheques, the property of his master. Alternatively he was charged with that, he being partner in the business, in like manner did steal the cheques. There was a further charge that he, being partner and servant, did embezzle- two other sums. Mr. E. J. Watson prosecuted. Prisoner had been engaged as a traveller in the South Wales district, and in conse- quence of certain occurrences a warrant was issued for his when he was staying at a Bridgend h left, and was subse- quently arrest V. < >n.—In answer to the charge the pr t 'ved his defence.—He was committe tv, is trial at the next quarter eeseio v as refused.
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RATING CASE AT PORT TALBOT. APPLICATION AGAINST THE DOCK COMPANY. The Port Talbot justices—Messrs D. R. David (chairman), J. M. Smith, Lewis Lewis, and Howel John—were occupied some hours yesterday in hearing an application made by the overseers of the parish of Margam for distress warrants in respect of rates against the Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company. Mr. S. T. Evans, K.C., M.P. (instructed by Messrs. Cuthbertson and Powell), appea.red for the overseers, ["Ld Mr. Rhys Williams (instructed by Messrs. Hicks, Davies, and Hunt, London), represented the respondents. At the outset Mr. Williams asked the jus- tices to grant an adjournment, inasmuch aa the matter was sub-jucLce, and would be brought before the court of quarter sessions on Tuesday. The present valuation list was made in 1900, and two rates were made, one in April and the other in October, 1901. Against these rates the company appealed to quarter sessions, but without being tried the matter was referred to arbitration, and Mr. Boydell Houghton, the arbitrator, who gave his award in August of this year, reduced the assessment from £10.000 odd to £3,000 odd. That award had not been enrolled and made an order of the court, and the company were going on Tuesday to quarter sessions with the view of getting it done. Section 22 of the Act of 1862 said. in effect, that where an assessment was reduced the valuation list should be altered accordingly, but that had not been done. He wanted to get the award enrolled so that he might be able to come to the justices and say, I have my award, and the valuation list is in excess of that which has been held by the court." He, therefore, asked the bench for an adjournment pending the decision of the court of quarter sessions. Mr. S. T. Evans, in opposing the applica- tion. said that Mr. Boydell Houghton's award referred to the rates of 1901. The subsequent rates were entirely different things. The rates of 1901 may have been too high. but, as a matter of fact, he believed that the earn- ings of the company had increased very con- siderably since then. The maj rity of the justices declined to grant an adjournment. Mr. Evans then placed before the court the indebtedness of the company according to the rates made:—April, 1902, £177 12s. lad.; October, 1902, JE178 14s. 4d.; April, 1903, £565; totalling £921 7s. 2d. The overseers gave credit to the company for £461 5s., which left the net amount due of J5460 2s. 2d. James M'Coan, assistant-overseer and rate- collector for the parish of Margam, gave evi- dence bearing out counsel's statement, and said the rates were based upon the ratable value of £5,620. The company had been in occupation of their undertaking during the period covered by the rates. He had demanded the rates, which now totalled £ 921 7s. 2d. Cross-examined: He produced the rate-book, but could not say definitely when the rates were published. The Clerk: The law provides that the pro- duction of the rate-book is prima facie evi- dence of the making and publication of the rate. Mr. Evans (to Mr. Williams): You can prove the contrary or not. This gentleman says it was duly published, and that is all. Mr. Williams: Before the magistrates can make an order, you have to prove that the rate is properly made. Mr. S. T. Evans: You have given no notice t' produce. Mr, Williams: You have got to prove it, you know. Mr. S. T. Evans: Indeed I have not. Mr. Williams: You have not got the notice of publication here. Proceeding, learned counsel quoted the case of Veeson and the overseers of Derby, and argued that the publi- cation was essential to the validity of the rate, and the case of the King and Newcombe, where the Lord Chief Justice held that the authorities were much too strong to allow them to consider that the publication was not essential to the validity of the rate. Mr. S. T. Evans admitted that publi- cation was necessary, but added that the section said that the production of the rate- book was prima facie evidence that the rate was duly published. After urther legal argument, witness M'Coan said he published the notices on the Church doors of St. Theodore, St. Mary's, of the Chapel at Ease, and the office of the assistant-overseer's office. He did not do it all personally. Sometimes he posted them to the sexton. In further cross-examination he said that the valuation list had not been amended since the award. Mr. Williams said it would be very eatis- factory if they could see the rate and ascer- tain whether it was in accordance with the valuation list. To witness: You have not got it here? The Chairman: The magistrates are of opinion that everything is right. But if you wish to have the list you had better send for it. Mr. Gandy (clerk to the assessment com- mittee) intimated that he could not produce it. Mr. S. T. Evans: You had better proceed. Mr. Williams: I am trying to proceed. Mr. S. T. Evans (testily): Now, then, I don't produce it, and you can go on. The Chairman: The court will be adjourned for half an hour for lunch, and in the mean- time the book must be produced. After the adjournment Mr. Williams asked that he might go up to the Aberavon Court, inasmuch aa Mr. Powell had said that be was going there to get an order in his (Mr. Wil- liams's) absence. Mr. Edward Powell: And I knew at the time that Mr. D. E. Jones (the magistrates' clerk here) had made other arrangements. Mr. S. T. Evans was surprised at Mr. Wil- liams' lack of the sense of humour. Mr. Williams then proceeded to cross-exa- mine witness M'Coan respecting the total amount of £921 7s. 2d. claimed by the over- seers, and asked the witness whether, under the award, the assessment had not been very materially reduced. M'Coan said it had, but he would not bind him- self to figures. Witness (proceeding) said that the company was still rated at £5,650, and that he had not given the com- pany credit for the £461 5s. paid by them. Distress warrants were sought for the full amount, £921 7s. 2d. In re-examination wit- ness said that the rates were properly made and duly published. Later on witness again gave the names of the churches upon which the notices of rates had been published. Mr. Williams: Are those all the churches in the parishes? Witness: Yes, as far as I am aware. The Clerk: Do you suggest another P Mr. Williams: Yes; one at Bryn. The Chairman: Bat that church was n<Jt, built at the time. Mr. Williams: It was consecrated in May 1902. Learned counsel then asked for an adjourn- ment. Mr. S. T. Evans said that out of deference to the bench, who desired that the valuation list should be produced, Mr. Gandy had gone to fetch it. He wished, however, to make his position perfectly clear. The bench had no authority whatever to order the production of the book, and as far as he was concerned it did not matter whether the valuation list was there or not. There was no appeal against the valuation list, and the objections had been withdrawn. He did not kn >w whether Mr. Williams had followed him or not, but in his opening statement he mentioned that the £ 460 odd would be refunded to the company, the overseers being perfectly willing to give them credit for that amount as against the J&921 odd. This case had gone on for two or three hours longer than it oug-ht to have, and he now asked that the distress warrants should be issued. The Clerk remarked that Mr. Gandy had not come ba-ck. Mr. Rhys Williams: I am not in the least surprised at that! Mr S. T. Evans asked the bench whether they were going to adjudicate, and Mr. Wil- liams replied that he did not imagine that they would do such a thing. Mr. S. T. Evans said that the bench were bound to make an order. Mr. Williams: Of course, they are not to adjudicate upon it until they have heard my case. The Chairman: We adjourned the court for the production of this book. It has not been produced, and the justices see no alternative but to adjourn the case until some day which will be convenient. Mr. S. T. Evans asked the bench to state a case, and Mr. Rhys Williams laughed, and afterwards remarked apologetically that he was wrong to laugh, and should not have done so. Mr. S. T. Evans: It is a question of being very vulgar and very rude. Mr. Rhys Williams: I could not help laugh- ing, but I knew I was wrong to do 80. The Bench then intimated they would state a case when they had heard it altogether. Mr. S. T. Evans: You refuse it nnw? Then we shall have to deeide as to whether we shall have to apply for a mandamus or not. The same course was adopted by the county justices in the matter of the overseer of Baglan (Higher), for whom Mr. Edward Powell appeared, and by the borough justices (Mr. John M. Smith and Alderman Williams), in connection with the action brought by the overseers of the parish of Aberavon (who were also legally represented by Mr. Edward Powell) against the company, for whom Mr. Rhys Williams appeared throughout.
SWANSEA DIVORCE ACTIONS. Two divorce actions have recently been filed acd Writs served at Swansea, in both cases the wives being the petitioners. In the former case the defendant is a licensed victualler, and in the latter, in which the writ was served on Saturday, the wife of an official of a local company is the petitioner. £
PICTURE PUZZLE SOLUTIONS. .£20,000 TO BE WON BY COM- PETITORY SUGGESTED BY AN OXFORD HJL This week we give more Roiutions of the picture puzzles which are attracting so much attention. NEWS OF THE WORLD. 66, Warner: 67, Leslie 68, Majendie; (9, Pemberton; 70, Adeane. HOME CIRCLE & HEARTSEASE. First Prize £300; £180 in Other Awards. 217. Ivychurch; 218. Foxfield-; 219, Kirk Bride; 220, Portion.; 221, Letter; 222, HorD- castle. LONDON* MAGAZINE. 69. Black Heart and White Heart; 70, Max Adeler; 71, Bernard Capes; 72, Star Gazexa; 73. The Convict; 74, The Mark of Cain. SHEFFIELD WEEKLY NEWS. 43, Victor; 44, Pinetone; 45, Hardy; 4S, Miller; 47, Hammerlow; 48, Gin; 49, Bright;, 50, Brandon; 51, Bridge. 52, Hattersley. SMART NOVELS. 5, Walleend; 6, Selkirk; 7. Lytham; Montrose. CHRISTIAN HERALD. 103, Raleigh; 104, Seth; 105, SeptnMM-; 18S, Oswald; 107, Humphrey; 108, Dorothy. COMiC LIFE. 19, Cu ester; 20, Plymouth; 21, Inverness; 22, Maachesler; 23, Woroester; 24, Lonuloa- derry.—Aa tide—ChieeL ANSWERS. First Prize ef £1000 and £520 in Other Awards. 293, Beibin; 294, Rainwater; 295, Moees; 296* Bangs; 297, Pace; 29i. Scanea; 299, Armour; 300, Levey. HOME CHAT. First Prize £500; JEHO in Other Awards. 227, Woodgate; 228, Ball's Cross; 229, Kella; 230, Orpington; 231, Cowbit; 232, Star Crass. FOOTBALL CHAT. 1. HolcLslock; 2, M'Ka,y; 3, Sands; 4, Campbell; 5, Bates; 6. Ptgg; 7, Chase; 8, Schumacher; 9, Winter; 10, Gardener; 11, Wynne; 12, Ware. PEARSON'S WEEKLY, £5 a wefck for Life and £1000 Cash down. 229, Topsham; 230, Staple Hill; 231, Cork (alternative: Bungay—Bung-cork, ay-yes, certainly), 232, Harrogate; 233, Wellfield; 234, Aldermaston. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. 31. King; 32, Laxey: 33, Wolves; 34, Hay. wood; 35, Leicester; 36, Manday; 37, Mal)- Chester; 38, Wrexham; 39.. Long; 40, Mtkid* atone, PICTORIAL MAGAZINE. 1, Donkey; 2. Manatee j 3, Gazelle; 4, Cheeta; 5. Bear; 6, Hare; 7, Mandrill; 8, Shrew; 9. Puma; 10, Cavy; 11, Llama; 12, Hyaeaa. .PEOPLE'S FRIEND. First Week.-1, Balfour; 2, ChamberlaiJl; 3. Morley; 4, Cainpbell-Ba-nnerman; 5, A-"iu :.u Ót Wyndham. Second Week.-1. Roberts; 2, Kitchener; 3, White; 4, Buller; 5, Baden-Powell; 6, Wolseley. Third Week.-1, Rosebery; 2, Spencer; 3, Anglesey; 4, Portsmouth; Ii. Crewe; 6, Cam- perdown. Fourth Week.-1, Doyle; 2, Weyman; 3, Barrow; 4 Crockett; 5. Sarjeant; 6, F&ithfal. Fifth Week.—1, Mansfield; Hay; 3, Cripps; 4, Long; 5, Bannerman; 6, Rolleston. FORGET-ME-NOT. First Prize £500 and .£1 SO in Other Awards. 217. Agneta; 218, Boadicea; 219. Swanhilda: 220. Portia; 221, Menella; 222, Elaine. PENNY ILLUSTRATED PAPER.' 1.—She awoke with a start. No noise fayt aroused her; it waa simply the result of a. nervo'^ s;iasm. 2.—She parted the branches and peered through. It was so etill ehe could hear the bell ring. 3.—He got in front of the trolley, brmshed close to on:- of the ladies, lifted his hat— apologised— 4.—Fred Verlan was carefully and anxiously) comparing the writing on the foolscap with that of the letter. Back numbers of the "Weekly Mail" cam alwaya be obtained from the publisher. 1Q,tà8 Cardiff Office.
PENTRE HAULIERS' cc LARK." THREE WORKMEN SERIOUSLY INJURED. At Tetrad Police-court on Monday Jno. Lloyd Jones and Benjamin Thomas, hauliers, em- ployed at the Tynybedw Colliery, Pentre, Were charged with doing grievous bodily harm to three workmen—James Willey, David Thomaa, and David Morgan—by pouring oil into a. fire. Thomas Evans, a night overman at the same colliery, said that about 4.30 on the morning of the 16th he eaw a huge flame coming from the chimney of the banksman's lodge, which was situated only a few yards from the pit's mouth. He visited the lodge, and round that Willey had been badly burnt about the face, and the other two were also badly burnt. Witness accused the defendants of pouring train oil down the chimney, and in answer they admitted their guilt, and said they did not mean to do any harm. Dr. Reardon stated tha.t the three men were unable to attend the court that day, and Thomas and Willey would be unable to leave the house for a fortnight. Willey's injuries consisted of several burns on the right half of the face, forehead, nose, and portion of the left cheek. The patient was in great pain. Morgan's hands were burnt, and his forehead was scorched. David Thomas was burnt badly on the hands, and the superficial ekia was entirely destroyed. Inspector Williams said that when be charged defendants, Jones replied that he did not empty the oil into the chimney. He said his partner wanted a bit of fun, and sug- gested throwing tar down the chimney of the lodge. He admitted helping to get the oil and handing it to his partner, who got on the roof and emptied the contents of the bucket into the fire. They ran away when they saw the flames come through the chim.Jley. Thomas admitted emptying the oil into the fire, bttt said "he only did it for a. lark," and was sorry that the men were eo badly injured. Superintendent Cole applied for an adjourn- ment of the cnse, and the Magistrates remanded defendants for three weeks, bail being allowed.
RAILWAY TRAIN INCIDENT. ALLEGED ASSAULT ON A SWANSEA LADY. At Llandafif Police-court on ilomiay William Lee, a collier, of David-street, Blaen- garw, was charged with committing an indecent assault upon a young lady, Alice Thompson, of St. Helen's-road, Swansea, in 811 Great Western Railway carriage, on the 3rd of October, and, further, under the bye-laws of the company, with interfering with the comfort, of a passenger.—Mr. Arthur Vacheil prosecuted, on behalf of the company, and from his statement it appeared that Miss Thompson was a passenger from Swansea to Newport %y the train leaving the former station at 8.65. She travelled in a third class compartment, and was alone from Port Talbot to Bridgend. At Bridgend the prisoner entered the compartment, and sat opposite her. A few minutes later he behaved im- properly to her, and, pushing hiai off, she pulled the communication cord. He told her he was very eorry, and repeated this remark to the guard, who came to the compartment as soon as the tra-in stopped. He was taken from the joarriage, and later, when charged by one of the company's inspectors, be said, "I am very sorry; I was drunk."—Prosecutrix substantiated this statement, and evidence was also given by the guard, George Pither, who said prisoner, when taken from the carriage, was Bitting up. apparently asleep, and seemed to be somewhat under the influence of drink.—Prisoner, hi the witness- box, said he was very sorry for anything that had happened, but he knew nothing out the affair. He was drunk v. hen he 8tar" V:" Blaengarw.—He waa committed for •• x at the quarter sessions at Swansea.
BIG CONSIGNMENT OF OOT^- The largest consignment cf silver coin ,J brought to England by one vessel was la) j at Plymouth on Monday from the Hanit American Company's Deutschland on arrival from New York. It consisted o cases cf Mexican dollars, weighing in about 64 toiis. and is worth over £ 160,000. was forwarded to London by train, and be melted down and re-coined.
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