WORKMEN'S NOTES. i REPLY TO SIR HIRAM 15.1 MAXIM. I By WILLIAM BRACE. [Vice-president of the South Wales: Miners' Federation.] Sir Hiram S. Maxim has a nature as ¡ hard as the metal out of which his guns are made. It is, therefore, hopeless to expect from him either courtesy or con- sideration. When he emphasises the fact that he did not make the world I breathe a prayer of thankfulness, for, judging his creative instinct by his doctrines, it would be a world of death and sorrow, without peace, joy, or hope, that would be the result of his handiwork. He may call seers such as John Buskin what he likes, but this nation, with all its short- comings, would, I verily believe, pro-! nounce that John Ruskin was a more valuable asset to the commonwealth than even Sir Hiram Maxim, whose thoughts dwell so lovingly upon dividends, and who considers that the be-all of human exist- ence is profit-earning. When he says that the soul is no factor, instead of proving he is right it simply demonstrates that, with all his ability, he is entirely ignorant of the make-up of human nature. If it would not be harrowing his feelings too much, I should like to present him with a quotation from this great writer and thinker. '"If the servant were an engine of which the motive power was steam, magnetism, gravitation, or any other agent of calculable force," Sir Hiram Maxim's views might be well founded, but as the workman is a creature "whose motive power is a soul, the force of this very peculiar agent as an unknown quantity enters into the political economists' equations without their knowledge and falsifies every one of their results. Incentives to work. The largest quantity of work will not be done by this curious engine for pay or under pressure, or by help of any kind of fuel which may be supplied by the chal- dron. It will be done only when the motive force, that is to say, the will or spirit of the creature, is brought to its greatest strength by its own proper fuel, namely, by the affections." This is as true as the hills. An employer may endeavour to get work done by his employes by watching them and keeping them alwavs on tho move. But does he succeed? I venture to affirm that when workmen are trusted instead of watched they will do infinitely more and better work. Like begets like. Watch workmen, and they will watch you. It may be true to say that some workmen will skulk if not looked after. Is that surprising? The surprise would be if they did not ¡ Under the industrial system practised by some employers. I am far from saying that workmen are all angels; but will Sir Hiram Maxim contend that the industrial system he stands for does not breed in the minds of the workmen that spirit of distrust which is the foundation of the difficulties which he so bc'dly argues are caused by the innate dis .onesty of the working classes? Let him ponder over this problem again and a little more seriously in the light of this proposition. There are many cases where old family servants who had been treated as human beings clung to those families after days of adversity had come upon them, without hope of fee or reward. The same spirit is possessed by the human race to-day, possibly latent more than active but that is in consequence of the mercenary indus- trial system of the age championed by Sir Hiram Maxim and those who think with him. Ruskin's Wealth. The offensive remark that Ruskin frit- tered away his father's money and that he did not make much himself is beneath eontempt. Ruskin was a genius who dedicated his life to teaching a higher standard of morality to this nation and the world. Had he directed his rich talents to money-making he would, doubt- less, have made a fortune. I would ask who is the truer friend to the nation and humanity—the man who makes a huge pile of money through exploiting and sweating the lass fortunate of his fellows, or he, like the noble Britisher Ruskin, who, although dying comparatively poor, left behind him tie ter&WSv&* £ ^pure^ ii^ high-thinking and aSulmg love for his fellow-creatures. Riches are a power like that of electri- city, acting only through inequalities or negations of itself. The force of the guinea you have in your pocket depends wholly on the default of a guinea in your neigh-1 bour's pocket. If he did not want it it would be of no use to you." "Labour Boss"—British and American. Sir Hiram seems to enjoy him-1 self hugely when referring to Trades Unions and the" labour boss." This is such an Americanism that I am moved to ask with bated breath if the great man himself is not an American. How our members must have smiled at the state- ment that they are deprived of their man- hood by being dragooned by their leaders into the Union! Such a wild charge! proves without a shadow of doubt that, | whatever else Sir Hiram Maxim does know, he knows nothing of the constitu- j tion of British Trades Unions, although, he has the assumption of much know- ledge. A British labour leader has no power other than to advise or recommend. He can take no action without instruc- tions from the members 0: his society. To say that the Trades Unions are respon- sible for the present dearth of profitable trade" is simple nonsense, and were it not made by one who poses as an authority would not be worth a moment's notice. Everyone who has given the slightest thought to this question, and who possesses the faintest knowledge of economic science, has no difficulty in cor- rectly diagnosing the chief cause of the present wave of trade depression. The war in South Africa, which, doubtless, meant profitable business for Sir Hiram Maxim, could not mean profitable busi- ness for this nation..€250,000,000 was expended upon that campaign, and if Sir Hiram Maxim thinks that even a wealthy country like Britain can spend this enor- mous sum of money in an unproductive ■undertaking without the trade and com- rasree of that country being severely handicapped, then I am afraid that he is merely a child in these matters. It is all very well to gird at Trades Unions and labour leaders as being responsible for this or that, but the greatest danger to the country lies in men of the type of Sir Hiram Maxim, whose love of wealth iha-8 become the passion of their lives, and who cannot see danger to the common- wealth so long as their own individual interest is served. Plutocracy-a Public Danger. Wealth, which in these days means power, in the hands of peopite whose only thought night alId day is how to aocumu- late mere, although possessing abundance, presents a dairger which will require most careful watching by our statesmen, regardless of party politics, if the welfare of the nation as a whole is to be safe- guardad, To such persons Trades Unions and their leaders are_, anathema maranat&a," because they" give check to their devouring ambition. Studying Sir Hiram Maxim's onslaught with this belief to guide me, the vigour of his attack causes me no astonishment, for it is part of his policy to try to enrage public opinion against the workers and their leaders, upon the principle that attacking others is the best defence for himself and his kind. May I repeat again, as a concludipg sentenoe, that I marvel if the British workers were what Sir Hiram Maxim would have the public believe they are that so much foreign capital should be invested in undertakings controlled and worked by British brains and labour. Sir Hiram requests me to name the firms. Will he deny that this statement is the fact? If he will, I shall be glad to supply him with a list —not that he requires proof, for he must be aware of what is common knowledge; and, therefore, for him to declare by way of answer that he knows that foreign jnoney is entrusted to British bankers and merchants without conceding that it is entrusted to British labour is a shuffling reply.
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DISAPPOINTED LADY. BRINGS AST ACTION FOR BREACH OF PROMISE. In the King's Bench. Division, Dublin (before the Lord Chief Baron and. a special jury), the txise of Ellie Gorry v. Laurence JLajuire cacie on for hearing. It was an action by Miss Gorry, of liallybodeu, County West-meath, to .recover £1,000 from the defendant, who is a merchant at Hardyke- atreet, Athione, for aiHeged breach of pro- mise of marriage. Miss Gorry, the plaintiff, was called and examined by Mr. Chambers. She had known the defendant for a.bout ten years, and they had always been friends and neighbours. T'lie defendant's brother, John .Maguire, was mar- ried to plaintiff's Stiater. Dotecdant was a wine and spirit merchant in Athione; that was about eight mi'es horn where plaintiff lived. Defendant was in tthe haibit of coming to her mother's house. In January, 1904, ahe heard about the defendant's wanting to marry her. On a Sunday about that time he came to nt1l" house. Wai3 anything said about his marrying you?—My mother, my brother, John Ma- guire, his wife, and I w>e>re present. They sat down at the table, and John Maguire said:—"As we a.re all hene together, we might as well taJk about this thing we were talking about during the week—this match between Ellie and Laurence—axe you all satisfied?" My mother said "Yes," and my brother said Yes." John Maguire said, I suppose Ellie is satÍ1Jfieå?" I aaid nothing, but my sister, who is married to John Maguire. spoke u.p, and sadd, Silence gives consent." Was anything eke said ?—Lararenoe Maguire said: "If you give me and Ellie JE.400 or £50J we won't be vexed." Witness said defendant took papers out of his pocket saying that he had up to £900 to £1,000 m the bank in shares. After that day he came to her house every Sunday a.nd treated her as engaged. They went for walk& and cycle rides together, a.nd defendant, taJked a.bo<u.t the wedding, and sadd when they were married he would get a pony and trap, and they would go en their honeymoon to Dublin. On the 12t<h of October, 1904, they arranged that the marriage was to take place on the 9th of November. Defendant theu boughi a wedding-ring and bracelet. He kept the ring, ajid gave plaintiff the bracelet. Mr. Chambers: Did he buy anything eJse? Witness: He ordered cards a.t Holy's to send away pieces of the bride csake. Mr. Chambers: The bride oake arrived?— Yes. Do you remember the morning of the 9th of November, the day the wedding was to take place?—Yes, the wedding was to take place at nine o'clock. Had you made arrangements in the way of getting drees, and so forth?—Yes. Who were in your house that morning?— My mother, my two brothers, John Maguire a.J.d his wife, my cousin, Mies O'Rourke, and two other cousins, a. man named Dal ton, who ww to be the beet man, and Mi-s Winifred Marsh, who was to be bridemaid. Had the carriage actually come tbat was to bring you to the church?—Yes. Do you remember the defendant arriving at your houee?—Yes; he came about a quarter to nine. Had he a co4iversiaitionj with your 11lO4t.her? —Yes; my mother and he had a conversa- tion, ajid I was present. Tell us what occurred between your mother and him?—He -and I and my mother and my brother were in the pariour. My mother took out a bunch of notes in her hand and handed them to Laurence Maguire, and said, "I ha.ve not as much money as I thought I had; 1 have only £100." She handed the money into Maguire's hajid. He counted it, put it back on the table, and said, "That won't do. I won't do with less than £ 200." My mother said, "I didn't promise you £200." He said, "Then there must be some mistake. I marie it quite clear to John that the money was to be £200," Witness here explained to the jury that "John" was the defendant's brother. Continuing her evi- dence, witness stated that defendant then said, "Call in John." John was called in, proceeded witness, and my brother said, "John, do you remember I going over to your houae and telling you we would not be able to ma.ke £200?" John Maguire said, "Yon were never speaking to me about Ellie's fortnne," and he then said to my mother, "You did promise £ ZOO and now you are breaking your promise." Laurence Maguire said, "Just leave things now as they are, and IH go ba»ck to Athione." He was going for the door when my brother said, "Don't go, Laurence; I'll get the rest of the money for you in the morning sooner than make a show of my sister." John Maguire said, "Oh, I Laurence, don't go, and I'll get the money for- you." Laurence Magrtire said, "No, it won't do," and he went away. Bt*7*epiy"to"iurt?alnr I tions, ahe said she never promised 1256, and he never mentioned the matter to her. She never knew it was promised on her behalf. John Maguire's wife had once spoken of the JE200 to her, a.nd said her mother promised to give £200 to Laurence Maguire. Witness said she wondered at her mother doing that, ae she knew &he was not a.ble to give £200. In the course of her replies to the cross- examination of the Solicitor-General, plain- tiff said tha/t defendant commenced to court her in 1S03, and she got engaged to him in 1904. She had written him two letters, and had got one letter from him since they were engaged. The Solicitor-General: The defendant used never to be with you except, on Sunday; he was ntat an ardent sweetheart? (Laughter.) Mr. Gbaniibers: He was an ardent grocer for six days in the week—(laughter)—aaid a sweetheart on the seventh. (Benewed laughter.) The Solicitor-General: Every Sunday was not much for an engaged man. (Laughter.) Some Sundays he did not turn up e/t all?— Very few Sundays. He was not there every Sunday ?—Uhle83 of a. wet Sunday. (Laughter.) His love wae so hot, that he couldn't stand rain. (Laughfter.) Your people thought he wae a very good match?—I don't know; i thought all along he was marrying me for myself, and not for my money. Replying to questions as to the presents and the wedding cake, plaintiff said_ she sent him back the wedding oake, but she had the presents. (Laughter.) The Solicitor-General The wedding oake he had got himself; it was in his own line. (Laughter.) You sent him back his wedding cake and a writ—(laughter)—and you kept the presents (Laughter.) "I am happy," added counsel, "to see that you are not heart-broken; you are not a bit more heart-broken than you llook I'm sure." daughter.) Witness, in further replies, said that Lan- rence Maguire never made any suggestion to her about money. In re-ex&mination by Mr. Chambers, ehe eaid that on the trip to Gal way defendant did net stay in the same house with her. I Mrs. Gorry, mother of the plaintiff, was then examined. The Solicitor-General, opening the case for the defendant, said there never was a more prosaic or commercial breadh of promise of marriage than this one. There was not a shred of sentiment or romanoe in it—no love, no poetry. The defendant wanted a house- keeper, thinking he would be safer with a wite than with anyone else. There never had been any oourtang between them. A bargain was made, and, having been made, the plain- tiff's family should ha.ve stuck to it. It would be proved that the mother of the (plaintiff made a positive premise to give a £200 fortune with Ellie, and that she broke the contract. This case was a pure matter of money, and after they had heard the evidence for the defence he had little doubt t what the result would be. The court then adjourned.
WARRANT FOR ,610,049. L HOLDORN TOWN-CLERK'S ALLEGED t DEFALCATIONS. ——- At Bow-street on Monday Mr. Henry Cor- bett Jones, until recently town-clerk of the borough of Holborn, was summoned to appear before Mr. Ma.rsh.a.m for failing to pay to the treasurer of the council the sum of £ 10,M9, being the amount certified to be due from him upon a surcharge made at the district audit on January 2J last. Defendant did not appear. It was intimated that the object of the proceedings was to obtain a warrant to levy a distress on his estate for recovery of the sum mentioned—The Magiat trate said he did not think he ought to adjourn the summons, and after formal evi- dence bad been given he issued a distress warrant for the recovery of the money.
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LAMPETER GHOST. » SOLICITOR'S REMARKABLE STORY. [BY OUR SPECIAL COR-RBSPON-DENTJ The go-ahead little town of Lampeter ha.s been widely known as a centre of learning ever since Bishop Burgess established St. David's College there, and it has now become notorious as the abiding-place of one of the most lively, tantalising spooks that ever failed to rest contented with its lot. Bank House is sa.id to be one of the oldest houses in Lampeter. It was, as its name implies, once occupied as a bank, and before that as an inn. Mr. H. W. Howell, the present occupant, is a solicitor, registrar of the Lam- peter County-court, cierk of the Teify Fishery Board, Ac.; is of county stock, and is held in the highest esteem and respect by all his fellow-townsmen, without excep- tion. Mrs. Howell, fours sons, and the ser- vants complete the household. I met Mr. Ilowell, and he very kindly agreed to relate his experiences if I joined him after eleven p.m. in his "doggery," as he calls his smoking-room. Accompanied by a solicitor friend. I kept the appointment pun-etua-iiy. and the reader shall have Mr. Howell's narrative in almost his own words. Mr. Howell remarked, as a prelude, tha-t he used to be an absolute sceptic about ghoste, table-rapping, and all such non- sense and rubbish. But," he added, now that this thing has come into my house, my whole ideas on the subject have been altered, because I have seen and heard Ii it mysslf." THE GHOST IN ANGER. Mr. Howell explained that Jack was his eleven-year-old -on, who is the most prominent figure in the mysteries, a.nd then continued:- My wife has for a long period persisted in repeating that she had heard the tramping I of feet and other sounds in the garret, and now the servant girl won't sleep their for the world. I pooh poo'ned the whole thing, but- about a fortnight ago I was sitting up late when, about midnight, I heard Jane, the ser- vant, shouting. She was sitting up with Jack, j in his bedroom, because he had influenza. I called out, Wha,t the deuce is the matter with you, Jane?' and she replied, 'Oh, mas-1 ter, there is something very funny knocking j in this old wall.' I went up and I thoiight I heard a knock like this (rapping the wall with his knuckles). There are rats there, very likely,' I said, and you need not be afraid, because this is an old house, and there are rats scampering right through it. Hav- ing returned I sat down for about a quarter of an hour when I bead another knock or two, and then followed the astounding part of it. I rapped on the wall, and said. 'Come out, old chap, let's have a look at you.' This was said in a sarcastic way, and in derision, and before I oame to the last word I heard a terrific noise near the water-closet. It was exactly as if they had. got into a rage and resented my remark, and as if they would break the door. The noise was tremendous. I was frightened, of bourse, but ran straight up, but the noise ceased pretty nearly before I got to the top of the stairs. Well, I returned and took up my petper to read, not caring whether I went to bed at all, and between four and five o'clock tnere wa3 another alarm. I went upstairs again with a rush, and saw Jane coming out of the room crying like a child. I said, 'Jane, what is the matter?' and she replied, Oh, master, master, there is something in this old house that I can't make out. Indeed, I cannot stop here.' I then went with Jane into my wife's room and told her of the occur- THE HAUNTED HOUSE AT LAMPETER. The ghost is eaid to chiefly occupy the room above the doorway. rence, and we three proceeded to Jack's room, where Hughie, my eldest boy, joined us, and, sure enough, the rapping commenced again. It was exactly as if there were two rappers. I was simply flabbergasted. We stayed there for about half-an-hour, and the same old thing was going on the whole time. This was during the recent cold snap; so I said I would wait no longer, and my wife and I went to bed. The next morning Jane told me that the noise had continued until daylight. My wife decided to take Jack to sleep in the nursery on the following night, but the noise followed him there, and my wife and I had to get up. There was Jane in the middle of the bed with a light, staring with terror in her eyes, and Jack was lying down in a piti- able state and little Dicky on the other side. COULD "RAP" "BILL BAILEY." "Just after we got into the nursery I said, Let me see whether it will answer now,' and I knocked once, to which there was an instant response. I tried it again and again, up to 20, 30, and 40, and I will take my solemn oath it answered each time without a single mistake. It was not the echo, because it did not start rapping until I had finished. I then said, That is counting enough for nie. Hang it all, I'll try it with a song,' so I rapped 'Say au revcrir' on the wall!" Mr. Howell showed us how be kept time and measure with his knuckles, and then con- tinued, "What do you think? The moment I had finished it went through the whole tune quite oorreotly. The children were enjoying this a.s long ae I was there with them. and Hughie said, 'I'll give it "Bill Bailey,"and Jack told iqe that the answer was ail right. The noises then stopped for about a week, The noises then stopped for about a, week, and I removed Jack into a camp bedstead in my dressing-room. One night I was just fall- ing off to sleep when he called out, Paddy, there's the noise.' I struck a light and sat up in my bed, which was within arm's reach of Jack's camp bed. He then cried, Ch. daddy, the bed is beginning to move- I said, Don't talk nonsense." Well look your- self,' he said, and as I stood watching the movable top part of his little bed kept moving and banging against the wall behind. This was a bit too thick, but I watched, and, after a short time, I noticed the vibration increasing, until at last it was going like lightning. Th.e noise was fearful This was Sunday moroing, when all the neighbours heard-it from the street and from the house opposite tiae road. At laet I gQt into a. rage, and shouted, 'Hang the thing; confound the thing,' and at the same time took hold of it. As soon as I Let go it went worse than ever. I was strong enough to hold it quiet; it could not get the better of me, but I could feel the force squirming to get loose In a little while afterwards I noticed the lower end of the bed begining to quiver d it aii went on until daylight. About twenty people came up that Sunday morning to see it. They coolly walked into my bedroom, if you please! On another occasion I took Phil, my olerk, up, when Jjtck Was in bed, and we then heard the rapping in response to ours," "Could you hear knocks when Jack not in the room? tCT^L,hawkiTCked when was not to k "he sound was not so perfect. >, beefnn ft&d four times, and che rapping has followed him INVESTIGATION The ghost is not only becoming notorious, it is also bremning to claim most h,?hl5;^™0t;^ amongst its acquaintances, the latest ad<3ition 1>eirlg the Bishop of Swansea, *ho visited Mr_ Ho1Teil'a house art seven a.m. on Saturday. iP com- pany with Professor Harris of St- David's College, and TVs were asked int.-) the dining-room, a" 5 conversation elicited the inter- esting information that on the pre-nous) morning Mias Lloyd had been most successful [ in "drawing the spirit"—jf auch a phra-se is allowable aJHd obtaining accurate replied to questions as to her age the number of; names she bore, and so' on. Presently another lady and gentleman were ushered into the room, na.mely, Miss Mair, of the Lampcter Girls' Intermediate School, and Mr. Eastman, a London artist, who was oi a visit to the collegiate town. The conver- sation beoa<mo animated, for the two latest! arrivals were able to speak mo t enthusnaeti- j cally of previous experiences of spiritualistic j manifestations. ALL READY! Further deliberation was cut short by the appearand* of Jane, who ann >unoed that everything was in readiness np^taire. We were •even mysticists say ther* are latent potentialities in the number Sev-m, there a7"° *-a word A b ra>ca/iab rfe, and sso th/3 company had every reason to be elated with premonitions of success. Jane led the vain, and, at the top of the first flight of staire, in the bedroom to the left wa were by Mrs. How«u. Mr. Howe i wsui abed rlA in his own room, having, as is has wont, only gone to court sleep an hour ot eo before our arrival. The blinds were drawn, and the grey darkneiss was dismissed with the aid of a lamp. In the middle of the room was an ordinary-sized iron bedstead, occupied by one of Mrs. Howell's four boys—Dicky, I presumed —whitet in a corner, close up to the two walls, was the box-sofa referred to by Mr. Howell on the previous evening, and on this was Ja-ek, the eleven year old medium, covered with bedclothes, head only in view. Standing in the room was Hughie, the four- toen-year-old oldest son, and istalking about the floor was the family cat, seemingly oblivious of anything uncanny. The bishop, who is well known to Jacky as the Vicar of Lampeter, wished him Good morning," and the little lad, as wids-awake as Punch, re- turned the salutation readily, but in a. way which showed that he has, unfortunately, an impediment in his speech. Mrs. Howell in. formed us that the spirit had ra,pped two or three times tha,t morning, and we waited developments. Presently Jack was asked to -t,s. -43 tap the wall near his couch, and he un- covered his right haad in order to do eo, but there was no response. Patience was not a strained virtue, and we waited silently. Mrs. Howell assured us that the spirit would be sure to come, and Jack rapped a/gain. Miss Lloyd rapped the wall on the identioal spot where she said the replies came from on the previous morn- ing; Mr. pritohard nit the hcllow-sounding box-sofa," where he said he had had a response during a previous visit all in vain. r At last, Mr E-astniau ventured the suggestion that ♦here might be a sceptic in the room, of tbat there mipht be too many in the r-om It WJog the experience of some spiritualists, he said, that the spirit would not respond under such circumstances. There was, therefore, nothing for it but to try coaxing measures, and the visitors all returned downstairs, Mrs. Howell promising to call us up asain if the manifestat-ions appeared We had hardly reached the din- ing-room when Hughie ran down beaming with the intelligence that "it had come." There wao a.n easer prooession of seven upstairs aga.in. and Mrs. Howell informed us that the rapping had commenced. "Let me take the liprht out mamma; perhaps it will stay paid Hughie, and taking the light out of the room, he placed it on the landing outside. It was almost too good to be true and everyone was on the tiptoe of fever-ifih'p\-necta-tion. But disappointment had a^ tracked our steps, and never a rap greeted our ears- 1 ry it now Jack," kuA Mrs. Howel-i and Jack tapped, but it was a useless effort. ''Pctr"haf3^ -T'1 hea,r there- trv a.t the back behind your head, the mothl- aslfed> alul Ja-ck did so> with the btaik r«»"■ Thi, ™ i»d«d. d„. armointine and Mr. Eastman again suggested t'hat IS the resort of reducing the number of onlookers had once successful, it might be a.^ain tried, and we (the visitors) again the room, with the exception of Mr. Eastman him^lf, who remained standing over Jack In order to sa™ m-vse f the trouble of running upstairs again when those left inside were able to report progress, 1 remained by ^self on the landing outsvde, the bishop and others disappearing down- StAftcr a spell of quietness Mr. Eastman commenced to entreat the spirit to assert ^elf-hiVwords were plainly audible to me. "Good spirit, have you anything to tell us? he asked, adding "If so, knock twelve times." Silence followed, and then came the sound oi twelv? distinct raps This was success!. I almost prevailed upon myself to return into the room at all hazards, but fearing lest my presence would break the connecting link, I contented Illysclf with listening to a most interesting and astounding "conTeraatioin." "Now ask," I heard Mr. Eastman say to the boy, "Does it make any difference to you, good spirit, if there are a lot of people in the room? If so, knock ton times; if not, knock fifteen times." With the utmost promptitude ten distinct rappings followed one another. Several other question*, I-,t a general character followed, an-i e: Soh time rappings ensued to the number indicated by the questioner. This -o vei-y interesting and mystical, and J desire to enter the room and participate in the ghostly acquain- tanceship increased, but prudenoe prevailed, ¡' and the spell wm allowed to remain unbroken. AN AMUSING "CONVERSATION." Then came a question from Mr. Eastman which opened up great possibilities. "Would you like to talk to the bishop? If so, knock I seventeen times." Immediately there sounded the oorrect number of rape, and there was a general movement in tbe room, Mr. Eastman saying to Hughie. "Bun down to the bishop. Tell him to come up alone," r Out came Hughie. Ho rushed dov;nstair3 and returned with his lordship into the bedroom, Mr. Eastman then resumed ha3 qu-s- tions. "Is there any secret- a.bout this house? If so, knock seven times; if not, three timed." Taere was an instant response of seven raps. Seven i8. alwr 3,11, a charmed number! "18 the secret about money-5 If so, knock twelve times; i £ not eight times. f^welve raps of the wall followed. Now luiock the number of people you would like to be present when the money L3 found," continued Mr- Eastman, and four raps came in response. That is just the number it gave yester- day," Mrs. Howell was heard to remark. Mr. Eastman: If any of the four are in this room knock three times." Response: Three knocks. Is the biahop o»«? ^Ycs (according to the number of raps asked for). I Is Jane to bo Is Mr. Howell ?' — And HI-3. llow.eI1. And Jack? "—YeJ- Then the four ar° to be the bu&oP, Mr. and Mrs. Howell afld J-k P said Mr. 'East- man to his any, and then continued questioning. MONEY rHE "Is it in the roof?"-Ko r^eponee. "Is it in the chiJPn,ey? "It was in the chimney yesterday, too," said Mrs. Howell. Mr. EaetcLs.n "W1^ it make any difference if there is a mason present with the four to take the chimney down? "Will this money ^ve to be found by the four people alooo? Yes; I After this revelation the reeponsea were feeble, and at times there was no rapping at all. About this time Miss Lloyd and others I came up the stairs, and I went into the bed- room with them. V™ b^hoV and Mr. Last- man wore sitting close to Jacks couch, wait- ing eagerly for further answers. It was very annoying to find ail manifestations ceased when one into room- Mrs- Howell said that perhape the spirit was tired. "Are you very tired? asked Mr. Eastman, and three knocks to signify Yen «ere heard. This *as the first raPPm? which took place while I oa, in the room. and good fortune seemed to s";Tli'e on my mission again. "Did the knocking J'ou did y«s*erday tire you very mncli?" r. East-man asked again, and "Yes" was rapped back. -Is there anyone else in the room you would like to speak to this was a decided "No." followed by Mr. East- man s Question to Your hand was not there thdn, waff it- On. no, no, indeed, said Jack. This was the only expression of doubt which Mr. Lastmau let fall through- out the whole time. There were no further rappings—the spirit could not be coaxed, so that there wall no opportunity afforded EM to be near the couch when tho sounds were to he 11 card. We were assured that the spirit hAd gone. and we separated. Professor Harris having gone previously The bishop maintained a discreet silence when approached for his views on the phenomena-he would not com- mit himself to any opinion. The shaking of beds and ohairs, and the noisy bombardment of the walls we not privileged to see oi bear. P-nd we c.ould not wait any longer IT is a peculiar coincidence that Jack must be I 3ar before anything will take place. As Mrs Howell remarked, "Little Jack is such a sood medium, and th-. powers possessed by him n^t be a source 01 delight to the Lad. perhaps the mystery "auld C€,JU:9 if the lad were placed in th<- ordinary bed with his brother in the mi idle of the room. It is peculiar that the rappi^, 18 always most pronounced when be is ly:Ur under the clothes by himself- At :'I,y n,or^: ing's experience w;^ bifrhiy nteraeting, and if a poor mortal ir»ay be pardoned for ven- turing to prophecy in c'oUP-e°^'11 an occult subject, it the Bank House sF^t will be,ore long get go tired that it wiii not trouble to worry
A TRIP TO EPSOM. o SAD ADVENTURES OF A HANSOM CABBY, The adventures of a merry day at the Oaks last summer were told to Mr. Justice Jelf ajid a jury in the Law Courts, London, wheal a. oabman sued a publican for false imprison- ment. Mr. Harding is tihe name of the cabman-, and Mr. Tarbard the publican. The latter gentleman and his wife, who keep 1 a nice little "public" in Church-row, Hammersmith, encaged Harding to drive them to Epsom on Oaks day at a, charge of 25s. and half the stable money. According to the tale of Mr. Oliver (counsel for the plaintiff) the party started off merrily to Epscni in a hansom, weU-loaded with pro- visions. They called at various places on the way-first at Richmond to waiter their sallant steed and liquor up themselves; secondly, at Ilook, and so on. Arrived at Epsom, Mr. and Mrs. Tarbard trolled off to the course to enjoy the racing; and Bill, the trusty cabman, put up himself and his vehicle at the Derby Stables, where he was told 10 wait patiently for the holiday- makers' return. In addition to being left in charge of the OJh, Bill also had: 2 mackintoshes. 1 boa. 1 umbrella,. 1 hamper. 1 jar of liquid refreshment. -1 '1. 1. _1 "1 (: ;nt know what, ume we boaii ue lrmik, • a<md Mr. Tarbard, but while you are waiting you may help yourself to some of the con- tents of the hamper and the jar." RiJI obeyed these injunctions to the letter and to the spirit, and waited patiently all day for hiis fares. But they never turned up. The last vohdole had gone—but no Mr. and Mrs. Tarbard. Mr. Harding became anxious, for he had no money to pa-y for the stable hire. This sad fact he communicated to the manager of the estateLMimerat who suggested that William should hand him something out of the oa.b as a sort of guarantee of good faith. The Jidre was five shillings, and the manager suggested that the umbrella would do as a 'hostage unltil William could eend om the money next day. William agreed; handed over the umbrella, and drove his hansom back to London. Soon, after he got to Hammersmith Mr. Tar- kfcrd himself arrived, and, finding thiat the "'ttbrolla was missing at oaioe carted off Mr. Warding to the police-station and charged him With stealing the thing! He was locked up in cells for two hours pending inquiries and arrival bail. day he was discluarged. The umbrella was redeemed from its temporary etand at Epsom, and the trouble was over except for th.) oafoby, whose injured feelings and incar- cetratiion lcd him to take this action against has fare. The ease was adjourned.
MELAMPUS COURT MARTIAL. TWO OFFICERS^TcT BE SEVERELY REPRIMANDED. Tho Naval court maa-tia.1 wliioh opened on Monday for the trial of Commander E. G. GamOle, commanding hie Majesty's ship M ampus, ««<i Navigating Lieutenant Sidney Robinson for hazarding their ship at kings- town was resumed a.t I^rtsmouth on Tuee- day. The Commander stated in his defence that the set of the tide was abnormal on the morning in question. After consulting the tide tables and charts, he anticipated slack wa.ter a.t seven, but the current did not set from the northward until between eight and nine. He appreciated the PTOInM, manner in which the officers and men carried out his orders when the ship struck. Lieutenant Robinson said be calculated that the tide should have turned at, seven, the caJdilation being based upon tide tables and charts. Prisoners bore excellent certificates and navi gation certificates. Tho court found the charge proved, and both were ordered to be aeverety reprimanded, Lieutenant Robinson to be also dismissed his ship.
A WOMAN IN THE PILLORY. Everybody knows that the stocks and the pillory and the whipping-post and the CfK-king-t-tool' have been practically abolished, put out of use, in England, for ever eo many years. Yet only recently a. London business arm reowived from Kiddermineter a. letter in rhich occurs this peculiar sentence:—To lilrck KrAalriniy r« ABiiT used to eit with my feet straight out, alraKr to move." That sounds very like a complaint of oCe who had been a long time locked up in 1 stocks. "It was summer-time, and I uood th be led out to ft in the sunlight, where I hax- to remain uDlti: someone came to take me. home again,' is the next sentence. These sad- soruiiimg phrases are taken from a written Blataraent tfrs. Margaret Susanna Price, a widow, living at back 11, Bock- terrace, Bewdley-street, Kidderminster, on ISorember l, 1904. The two sentences quoted give only a glimpse of wha.t she endured. She wiis not in tho old-fashioned stocks, but she was in the pillory—in the pillory of disease, suffering from a complication of a»uts rheu- matism, dropsy, and indigestion, or general stomach troubles, She was eighteen mouths, Rh-e says, tn this pillory of affliction, and when doctors had failed to relieve her, and she was "given up as incurable," she turned for aid to ';1, remedy that her own mother had used years before—the well-known, long-tried Mother 0eigel's Syrup. The illness, which she describes in great detail, and whioh included sick dizziress, ioes of appetite, nervous irritation, and severe constipation, seized her three years ago. "For many years, gbe says, "I had suffered from time to lime with rheumatism, bat from this attack I never expected to recovt r. It caane on with loss of appetite and PUDS in the stomach after eating. The constipation, the dizziness, the frequent and violent sick head- aches, and the nervousness made me f ael ae though I was going mad; but the rheuma- tism was the grand affliction! Aaid it grew worse daily until the pain penetrated every part of my body." It was then that she had to be helped in and out of doors, like am infarnt or a oripple, to sit m the sunlight. "After using only two bottles of you,. wonderful remedy, Mother S^igei's Syrup, I waa able to get up and dress without assistance. I steadily improved then, and when I had taken only five bottles of the Syrup I found ruyaeJ* completely restored to health and as well as I ever was in. my life." The whole statement wa-s affirmed o«n Novem- ber 1, before George W. Weston, a, Oommis- eioner for Oaths, at Kidderminster. w235 t
MYTHICAL MILLION. "I fear that the story turn out to be a myth said Mr. S. H. Preston, the well- known next-of-kin agesnt, to a reporter, alluding t.) the report of the discovery at Margate of a will, dated 1795, referring to Property worth upwards of a million pounds. The testator was described as Jacob G4»by, some of whose descendants are fetill living in the lale of Tha.net. "The name of Gisby does not appear in the official Li«t« of unclaimed funds in Chancery," Mr. Preston added. "Nothing is said in the report from Margate as to Mr. Giaby's estate ever having been the subject of litigation, but if any Chancery suit was instituted with reference to his property, a.nd any funds now remain in court to the credit of the action, such dormant funds would, in all probability, be indexed under the title of the Chancery action. "I have also carefully searched my own private records, which extend back to 1700, btLt found nothing relating to the case." A Margate correspondent, who has investi- gated the story, confirms the vie*v that the alleged wii; ib purely nu'thical. The docu- ment, which was found behind a picture by a Mrs. Horn, was in reality an old lease. When discovered some months ago it was submitted to a, solicitor in town, who, dLs- oeming its character told i-8 finder that it was valueless except as jam-jar covero.
SMART BUSINESS WOMAN. Sent to pay a bill of X30 with four £5 notes and £10 m gold, a. labourer got drunk on the monjey. When he was charged at Ncrth London Police-court with stealing Cs of it, Mrs. Emma Duffell, a widow, said ah* wa £ the manager€se oi the 207, Upper-atneet. A cabman entered the hoUv* a.nd called for a. drink. He brought in the prisoner, who fare for drink, and pressed, for his ™ Pullills out several bank.no^ gave the aabman oae. jje at the tiRlo dropped a piece of on which "^nveV^ E She asKed the prisoner to hand over remainder of the notes and what money h ««ke^d'SS i? Th.,
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IMPERIAL GRANT: APPOINT- MENT OF A COMMITTEE. We are officially informed that the Treasury, ha,ving agreed to make a contri- bution from public funds towards the cost of establishing and maintain-iiig a national museum and a national library in Wales, the Lord President of the Council has appointed Lord Balfour of Burleigh, K.T. (chairman), the Earl of Jersey. G.C.B., G.C.M.G., and Lord Justice Cozens-Hardy, a committee of the Privy Council, to consider and determine the following points:- U) me place at which each of the two institutions should be established, having special regard to the amount of support which is offered both to the original founda- tion and to the future maintenance of the institutions by the local authorities and inhabitants of the several plaoes which may be suggested; (2) The probable cost of erecting and of ma,inta,ining the institutions; (3) The contributions which may be expected from local sources either in land, money, or buildings towards the above-men- tioned OOSt; (4) The constitution of the trust or govern- ing body which should be appointed to manage the institution if established. The decision of the Government is the result of the efforts made by the people of Wales, both through their representatives in Parliament and by deputations, to voice the needs of the Principality on the subject of establishing a national library and museum. The committee now appointed is just the kind of step which the Government ought to take in order to ascertain the conditions which obtain in Wales and the differences of opinion which exist among leading Welsh- men who are intereeted in the matter. The ecope of the inquiry will enable the Commis- sioners to collect evidence from all available sources, and they will thus be in a position to judge for themselves of the questions on which it is difficult for Welshmen themselves to come to any agreement. It will be observed tha.t prominence is given to the amount of assistance which will be given locally towards the estabhshroent and mai.ntena.noe of the proposed institutions, and in that respect a good opportunity is afforded to Cardiff to prove that it is sincere in its desire to become the locale of the National Library and Museum. THE COMMITTEE. Lord Balfour of Burleigh, the chairman of the Committee, ia no stranger to Wales. As chairman of the Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the operation of the Sunday Closing Act he visited several centres in Wales, and came into touch with a large number of prominent and representa- tive \Velslimea. jje hag acted on several important RoYal Commissions, often as chair- man. As far back as 1874 he wae a member of the factory Commission; four years later he was appointed a member of the Endowed Institutions (Scotland) Commission; he was chairman of the Educational Endowments Commission in 1382-9; chairman of the Welsh Sunday Closing Commission, in 1889; chair- man of the Metropolitan Wa-ter Supply Com- mission, in 1893-4: chairman of the Ratine Commission, in 18%; and chairman of the I Royal Commission on Food Supply in Time of War, in 1903. He wa,3 Parliamentary Secre tary to the Board of Trade from 1889 to 1892, and when the present Government came into office Lord Balfour was made Secretary for Scotland, a poet he relinquished when Mr Chamberlain's fiscal proposals were put for- ward. The Earl of Jersey is ateo well acquainted with Wales, for a large portion of the 19,400 acres he owns are in Glamorgan, chiefly around Swansea. Lord Jerosy was chairman of the Light Railways Commission in 1896. previous to that he was Paymaster-General in 1889-90, and Governor-General of New South Wales in 1890-3. His lordship ifi sixty years of age, just four years Lord Balfour's senior. Lord Justice Gozems-Hardy, tho third mem- ber of the Committee, lias been a. lord justice since 1901. He is sixty-five. He was called to the Bar in 1862, and ha.d a. great reputation as a Chancery lawyer. Ha was mad* a Q.C. in 1862, a-nd elccted a bencher o~ Lincoln's Inn in 1885. As Mr. Cozens-Hardy sat in Parliament for North Norfolk, and one of the many Liberals who were dr: m into the Conservative party by 'Mr. Gladstone's Home Rule Bill.
CARDIFF'S STRONG CLAIMS It is generally felt that the keenest com- petition for the 1)oS"ø-ceion of the national library will be between Cardiff, &wa:n;?ia, and Aberystwyth. go far as Oardiff Ls concerned, much will depend upon the effort the corpora- tion will make in reffpeot QIf. the site, build- ing, and up-keej>. Another -point which will will be the niKveus in the way n^cks ami MSS, which a town can provide. It is claimed tbat- Oardiff:pw3e«ajes at presaent the finest public collection of bvwks of reference in Wales, some 80,000 volumes, a number of which are of aknofft pricelees value. It is understood that the corporation would be prepared to hand over to the trustees of the national library this valuable collection in the evenit of Oardiff being fixed upon as the j ipcale of that institution. An other valuable < collection is comprised in the Salisbury ) library at the university college, which I wV>uld probably be handed over under similar > conditions. Although Cardiff will be able to put for- ward a strong case for the establishment of the National Library there, a. very much stronger one can lie advanced in favour of the National Museum being located in the town. There must be a nucleus for a National Museiim, aod Cardiff possesses by far the largest collection of specimens in Wales. It is stated that during the last ten years the committee have received and purchased four times as many specimens as all the other Welsh .institutions of the S8,me character put together. It is. we believe, the only museum in the Vrincipality which is supported by 4 municipal rate and which has a profceeictnal curator. The oommittee possess a site of between and three acres in Gathaye Park, with room for extension, The corporation, it is understood, are prepared to convey the site and any buildings that may be upon it. together with the collection of specimens, to the trusted of a National Museum at Oar- diff. In the opinion of experte, about £ 40,000 would be required for a national institution In the first instance, but the np-k £ ep it is difficult to estimate. When a. National Museum is once founded antiquities and other article of interest will be contributed by people who. would not care to send them to a municipal or private institution, and thus the ooHectfr?n would rapidly increase. There is no doubt that what will count most in the final decision will be a suitable nucleus for a national collet tion. It is incredible that a national grant will ever be made to found a. c>lIor>ion. As Mr. Ward, tbe curator at Cardiff, lias already pointed out. "A museum collects does not suddenly spring into existence by > grant <>? money or stroke of a pen. Suppose a spacious build- ing is provided and am aumual grant made, it would be years before a. ooUootioo. suffi- ciently large could be accumulated to wa.rra,nt its opening as a museum Whether the Cardiff 00],00tion would be deemed an elitible nuclei^ I » not pre- pared to say, but it is f&r ,nd away the best in Wales, and it is sitn»t?d in the largest and most accessible town, £ »nd a town which ha* a marked Metropolitan character."
PUSHI THE CLAIMS OF SWANSEA. The question of pushing Swins€A'R claims to be the location of the proposed National Library or Museum, or both, f-as considerably advanced on Tuesday. Å jIleeting of the council of the Royal Institution of South Wales was held on Tuesday t'iening, at which the offer of the Government was discussed. It was fully recognised that Swansea ought to make a big bid for the eitu,t-tion of the pro- posed museum, and a resolution was paseed x. ij that the claitfs of the town should be pressed for all the? are worth by the authorities, and that the institution ¡ I would render every assistance. bably be brought forward. During Tuesday tbe following telegram was received by the town-clerk °f Swa-nsca from Sir John Llewelyn:—- Sir John Llewelyn:—- Please inform mayor, and make known in the proper quarter, that if the Welsh National Library or or both, can b? secured for Swansea I will contribute £ 1,000.—-SIR JOHN LLEW'^YN. i This announcement to art the ball has been received with great J'PProval by the townspeople, and it ig hoped that, though ths ratepayers groan under considerable burdens, and cannot be txpect^ to helP through the rates, the town will yet make &good fight for the honour of the museum The claims of Swansea are Kc,ally believed to bo pa.ramount, because Swan* is still an essentiauy WeUsh town; and af¡.,h?ugh it has not the population of Oardiff, 1 18 Welsh in eentirncntand aspirations, ind situated nearer to uhe g^ purely Tdistricts. It haS an important museum and Welch library at the Royal InstitutPn of z)outh I J1" Edition to the one ,at tl.e Free public Library. Many other cliinQs '-re also put forward-which were strong iosi ed on i (4.t the previoUs fight for the location of the South Wale« College.. j IMPORTANT SUGGESTION. Colonel Morgan, vice-president (f the Royal institution of ^th Wal«*. made an impjr-! taut 6ugeestion our repr^ltiuivs On' \y" showed how a funQ of £ 25,030 coiUd be immediately found for the beneut 1 of Swansea. The council of the l-oyal Insli. ] tatton are fully prepared to thrvw la tb" c < lot with the proposed national museum. The buildings in which they are located are let to them in. perpetuity by tho corporation. They are on a most valuable. site, but one now become unsuited for a museum. If the corpora-tion would only withdraw their stipu- lation that the eite should not be sold it could probably be disposed of for about £ 25,000. This the council would, it is fully believed, hand over to the national museum, which could be established elsov.'here--pos- sibly in the Victoria Park. Colonel Morgan said: We could do nothing with the Swansea Council in the past. They would not listen to the proposal. We are very slow in Swansea. If we put our shoulders to the wheel we could make a good case and make a big bid for the insti- tution. OFFER BY SIR GRIFFITH THOMAS. At Swansea Council meeting Wednesday the town-clerk read the resolution of the Royal Institution of South Wales, offering co-opera- tion with the council. He also announced that, in addition to the offer 01 £ 1,000 from Sir John Llewellyn, Sir Griffith Thomas had aiso oifered £ 1,000 if the museum was estab- lished in Swansea. Mr. R. Martin moved, and Mr. Harris seconded a vote of thanks to both gentle- men, and an assurance of co-operation to the Royal Institution; also the appointment of a. committee to immediately deal with the matter of Swansea's claims. This was carried unanimously, high hopes being expressed of success.
ABERYSTWYTH. A STRONG BID FOR THE NATIONAL LIBRARY. A public meeting, convened by the college authorities and town c^^lIlcil and presided over by Sir John Williams, was held -it Aberystwyth last December, at which it was decided to make a systematic canvass of tho town and district for subscriptions towards the cost of erecting a proper building for the housing o.f the Wel^h library at the college, with the vi&w of its bein'g eventually recognised as the national library. The Welsh library at Aberystwyth was origi- iamted by a committee formed at the Moid National Eisteddfod in 1873, with the object of establishing at the college a national library for Wales by the collection of rare books aid manuscripts in the Welsh language and in other languages where they relate to Wales and its people. Its development, however, is mainly due to the labours of a large and representative Welsh Library Committee, formed in 1396. The college authorities on their part have done their utmost to enrich and increase the col- lection, and the valuable collections formed by the late Eev. Owen Jones, B.A., and the Rev. Walter Davies ("Gwallter Mechain") have been purchased out of the college funds. An admirable site on the Cogerddan land has been acquired for the erection of a perma- nent library building, and is offered free of oost by Lord Rondel, president of the college. Persons interested in the library have prO" mised to enrich it with their collections of Welsh books and MSS. Sir John Williams and Mr. J. H. Davies (Cwrtmawr) are amongst those who have definitely promised to givo their collections to the library. Sir John has acquired the Sherborne Castle collection of Welsh aqd Corniah books and manuseriptg and the Peniarth collection of manuscripts, which will eventually become the property of the Library. In the event of the Aberystwyth Library being recognised as the national llibrary, the college authorities have resolved that it ahall be held as a, national trust for the benefit of the Welsh people, subject only to the condition that it is to be loca.ted and to remain at Aberystwith. The following have consented to act as trusteea of tho library:—Lord Kenyon, Lord Rendel, Lord Tredegar, Mr. David Davies (Plas Dinam), Mr. Henry Owen, and Mr. W. R. M. Wynne. The subscriptions already collected amount to £ 2,600. exclusive of the cost of the site, which is estimated at £2,500. The estimated coet of the building and site is £ 20,COO. NEWPORT'S CLAIMS. On the minutes of the free library com-, mittee being submitted for approval nt New- port Town Council on Tuesday, Mr. Clifford- Phillips asked if the chair can was g.)ing to' make a bid for the national museum at New- port. I The Chairman paid the matter would bet brought before the committee.
) SAILORS' SPREE AT CARDIFF ATTACK ON THE POLICE: A WOMAN'S PLUCK. Two seafaring men, named Eli Thomas (28) and Edward M'Gowau .27), «pen,t a gay time in Cardiff on Monday, but their pleasures, as ia She way with suoh plea8ur<.s, last.ed o ily for a. season. The pair engaged a venerable cab* man, who drove them about the town and ita environs from half-piaat onoe- uuul seve* w« °,f goine fj° lJ"i SandoB, Tha t was the begin- none of trouble, and the ride about town uniahed up at the Merthyr and D-cwlais Hotel, B^to-terrace, where a. wrangle with the cab- man, as to the fare he was entitled to, led to further trouble. A seriee of clLaa-gea a lag out of the oodlisdou that followed between the two sailors and three police officers caine on Tuesday before the magistrates at Ca-=di:f Police-court. M Gowa-u appoured with. a. black eye, which, it was alleged, was given, to-him by a woman named Norah Cox, who bravely assisted the police, who werfl assaulted brutally and with, unceremonious indignity, for Police-sergeant John Da-vies, besides being kiclied in the head, had his helmet kicked off the top of it The two men were formally charged with assaulting Poiice-eergeant John Davies. M" Go wan was further in trouble for assault- ing Poljce-conatable I^asher. and Thomas waS eaid to have ahjo damaged a pane of glaaa at the central police-station. Police-sergeant Davies eaid thaL at ten minutes past ecven ho was called to the Merthyr and Dowiaia, when the dispute with the cabman wae in full swing. Both prisoners Attacked witness savagely. M'Qo-.vau kicked him about the body and on the head, and hi9 helmet was eeiit flying. Several hvtitander^ came to the sergeant's afe^istai.ce, 'includin? Norah Cox, who va.j responsible for M Gowaji'a black eye. Police-eonatable John Pug.sley corroborated, and 1 olice-constable Lusher, who was n- oa-iled, &aid M Gowan hit a piece out of !4 finger. itr. Carcw, landlord of the llerthyr and Dowlais, gave evidence, showing that he inter- vened between the sergeant and his artraiiaat^i I and blew the sergeant's \vak=tl« further it&SMLa.nce. According to Court-oHiMr Sergeant Georga EVans. Thomait had been up before sixteen times for assaulting the police. The etiier man represented himself to be a firemaU from Manchester. Thomas was committed for two months, and M'Gowan to six weeks' imprisonment.
BORACIC ACID IN MILK, IMPORTANT PROSECUTION AT LLAVU.w AtLlaadaff ou Monday Kessrs. Cox and tto.nB, dairymen, Cardiff, were gummoued foi selling adulterated milk on December i0. Mr. PorsdiKe apptfei-ed to defend. Inspector William Nott stated that the analyst's certificate showed -at the milk Purchased by him at Llaudaff from a youth named Mailes, in the employ of Mectrs. Cox, contaujed b>racic acid in the proportion of 1^1 gfa; ne to tiie gallon. Quosjioned by Mr. ^orsdike, the iuspector that, ^essrs. Cox's miik had been tested regulariy once a year, but there had never been any prerioua oomplaint. MJ-r,F'yryd!ke•' Cox supply the Llan- aalr Pohce-station, do- they not? Inspector Not:: Yes, they do Mr. 1-orsdike next, stated that he had warranties from tbo farmers who supplied milk to Messrs. Cox, certifying that their milk was free from all preservatives. Un- fortunately, he could not U.3e those warran- ties as a defence, b'xja.uae the man Propter, who brought the milk from ihe (treat Wes- tern Railway station, couid uot say from which particular farmer it came He could only state that it came from one of two men. named Seeley or Baker. The advocate observed that a large number of medical men were of opinion that boraaic acid in fimai. quantities W:t.8 not injurious to I a/iia xi<i couid not a^c-erui.iii Mi?, thei-e had previously been a prosecution iu Glamor- "an in reepect of a, lctwser ri-ypcrtic)ai of 13j grains of acid to the galloT, so thM altogether it was a. C:k"'6 of extreme hardship on Mesirs. Cox. Henry Proeser and William "Miules gave evi- dence as to the reception <:1: d dispoeai of the inilk. Mr. William James Cox, a partner in the firm, said he made a regular aaalytis of th3 milk coining in from the farms. Ho took » sample of the milk which Mail3a took out of the yard, and r (J1Vul it f:¡ I' above the Agri- cultural Board's standard. It was a, perfect milk 80 far as its milk Qualities were con- cerned. Witness said he did not look for boraoic aoid, as they had no appliances for the punwse. In their own business they ne7er u&ecL pr-e^ervati^s. Colonel Woods, in giving ;he decision of the bench, said it ',vas absolutely nectary that the puoac shoiud be suppled with pure milk. In this particular case there had bean au admixture of hora.-nc acid, hat by whom had m •• 11 r" technical t-Ilu, full W» UM jMsJ-USoi SS.Swn lh" 4Q3. a.nd C'.o3ts
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