London to Manchester. MR WHITE'S EFFORT FAILS. Stopped 68 Milts Short of Goal, AEROPLANE WRECKED. -The young English aviator, Mr Grahame *^hite, experienced ill-fortune in his attempt to win the £ 10,000 prize offered 1906 by the Daily Mail for a flight pm London to Manchester. He started from Park Royal at 5 a.m. on Saturday, a spot just outside Lichfield, a tot^l distance of 113 miles, in two flights, 9.3o, leaving a further distance of 68 lniles without another break to be accom- Plished by 5.15 on Sunday morning in order to win the prize. He was prevented by bad weather from Completing the distance on Saturday j^ening, but had hopes of ascending ffefore daybreak and of reaching his goal In time. The weather, which through- out had been very trying, became worse, ind the wind was so high on Sunday morn- that Mr Grahame White at an early "our decided to abandon his further flight. Be had, aa stated, accomplished two-thirds of his journey, when the high wind and a defect In the engine of his biplane necessitated de- cent at Hademore four miles south of Lich- field. The defect was remedied, and Mr White Waited till evening for the wind to abate. Later determined to continue his flight at day- break on Sunday, but as the wind had not sub- s'ded he very reluctantly had to abandon the attempt. ,ilr Grahame White has made by far the flight across country on record, and this judder unfavourable conditions. In every way ■oc flight was superior to the cross-country iu France, because no country is cut up England is into small fields, divided by high "edges, and interspersed with a profusion of CoPpices, streams, canats, and ditches. A week "Mr Grahame White's flight would have •een a cross-country record for distance, but *&ere distance counts for little in view of the dangers and difficulties he encountered. Mr Grahame White's feat surpassed the P°uut de Lambert's great flight round the Eiffel last October, and it even puts into the *hade Bleriot's audacious cross-Channel flight. The first part of his journey was over a Lon- don district that is one huge hive of railway *Hles and depots, factories, and habitations, Jjfcd those who saw him, including many who nave seen the greatest of the French aviators who saw Latham flying in a gale at Black- Pool, who have seen men fly nearly a mile high 4ud for hours at a stretch, were anxious for his lafety. The lines of his flight were as follow :— a.m. Park Royal 5. 0 Start Wembley. 5.20 miles Watford 5.35 18 miles Berkhainstead 6. 0 28 miles Wolverton..i. 6.35 53 miles Northampton 7.15 60tniles Rugby 7.30 83 miles Nuneaton 8.50 97 miles Atherstone 9. 8 102 miles Tamworth 9.15 110 miles Lichfield. 9.30 117 miles During Sunday evening the aeroplane was ««own over by a heavy gust and considerably damaged.
Frenchman's Triumph. ENGLISHMAN'S HARD LUCK. f ^The great aerial race from London to Man- has been flown and won by M. Paulhan, leaving Hendon on Wednesday evening, leaving Hendon on Wednesday evening, P^ched Manchester at 5.30 on Thursday morn- and thus secured the prize of £ 10,000 by the proprietors of the Daily *•' He made one stop, at Lichfield. Grahame-White, the British competitor, "ho left the Metropolis after the French Aeronaut, stopped at Roades on Wednesday Leaving there on Thursday morning, he Polesworth, where he descended. JW. Paulhan resumed his flight from Lich- neld-dlTmiieg) 4.9 on Thursday morning, •nd arrived at Manchester (186 miles) at 5.30. ■Mr Graham e^Whi te continued his journey Roade (60 miles) at 2.50 a.m but de- llcended at Polesworth (107 miles), near Tam- worth, between 4 and 4.30. been achieved a feat unparalleled factory of .aviation, and while, none will the heartiest congratulati ons rj.m. the victor, Grahame-Wbite will be with on having been jobbed of the glory and prize by the caprice of sate. Deducting the stop at Trent Valley as 236 Iftinutes, the average speed was almost 47 miles hour. The speed between Stafford and Manchester was almost 60 miles an hour.
Paulhan's Restart. INCIDENTS ON THE WAY. The French aviator was called at 2.30 a.m. rJJ-d took some breakfast at the George Hotel, whence he motored to the Trent Valley Sta- "on. He arrived there soon after three o'clock. 114 the dawn Paulhan and Mr Farman pre- Sight aeroP^ane *or resumPtion of the Notwithstanding the early hour, crowds of assembled, the road for a long distance lined with motor cars. The Frenchman a generously hearty reception, although was an evident disappointment that M \7hite, for whom occasional cheers were give! not appeared. Madame Paulhan was o 7re scene with another lady, and several time r?e assisted in pulling her husband's aer< Wane straight. .Punctually at 4 o'clock Paulhan took his sot 2 the aeroplane, and the engine was star«d 4.9 amid the enthusiastic cheers of tbse ambled. (The aeroplane ascended, and Pauian ^cled round by Freeford Park and F«len J^ood to take his bearings. Then rising Higher -he Ile made direct for Kugeley and StaSordf. "he 142fthine was working splendidly, and -he was perfect in every respect, e&c&ng hekeenest admiration from the crowd.' The special train, with Madame Paulhan *d railway officials, started simultaneously **th the aeroplane from Trent Valley g&ation. Mile a Minute., .A magnificent view of Paulftan war( Stained as he passed over Norto f P*}dge at about 4.45. He flew a# a gre> •Rht, a.nd his speed was wonderful. J5 S^ered the distance from Stafford to Norio, fridge—Ave miles—in as many minutes. -e ^«sed Norton Bridge quite three-quarters in front of the special eipress t»in -Which was accompanying him on the between Norton Bridge and Standrtn he sl*ed little to enable the train to oveake fcim. .Spectators describe the sight as one n<cr to forgotten, and they were well rej^d for risen early to watch for the vrepid ".1&tor. Goal Reached The arrival of M. Paulhan at DidstrY, was ^tiiessed by nearly a thousand peoe, many Of whom had waited for a few htrs- At •bout five o'clock news came that t' aviator ^as on his way, and excitement rarilgh when J^tew minutes before 5.30 the dang fiying- San came into view in the directs Parrs ^*ood. Instead of dropping straift into the which skirts the roadway fitkin a few Jards of the new Burnage St^on. on the **ondon and North-Western pilway Com- line, Paulhan flew on for aother quar- of a mile or so in the directif Lady burn ^d then making a wide ca«ie down J*actly at half-past five with swoop in the middle of the field which bhad previously elaosen for his descent. The crowd gave him a b^ty cheer as he and a tremendous no3 was created by blowing of motor horns, great part of the ttowd" having come.to the sjt by motor-car. Paulhan's Paulhan was evidently leased with the re- accorded him, an with the success of Pis flight. He seemed fcthe moment beside ^^iinself with joy. Therf^ere loud cries for a speech, but Paulhan si'Ply remarked that it *>ad been very cold, anc ne could not be pre- vailed upon to accede tc-he demand. Accompanied by thos<>f his friends who had this time gathered 'uod, and followed by cheering crowd, he,nde his way to Burnage Station, where a speaJ train was waiting to convey him to Manchter. This train had beer^ attendance, upon him ■•ttoughout his journ »the route of which was Prar>.ira.viy identical nth that of the London ^d North-Western Railway Company's line fr.Q1J1 London to Machoster. On the station ptform the crowd almost fobbed him in the anxiety to shake him by "Oe hand. He stilledkied to respond tp cries tar a speech. He iwed and smiled," and cried i o-,Ut at the top of IJ voice, Merci, merci P* acknowledgemit of his cordial welcome. wThe aviator ai his party, including Mr farman, then warded th £ train, and within minutes fra the time the aeroplane *%hted Paulhar bis wife, and friends were on their way tc London-road Station, Man- ter, whereon arrival they proceeded to "06 Queen's Paul an on His Flight. After luncHg -on Thursday M. Paulhan gave fin intervidwi a number of Pressmen. He 8a.i.d the mostrying part of the flight was the t^riod that oming between Crewe and Man- c«ester. I metthe gale which arose later," he added, ai- a freshening wind catching my to^chine oJllhe left, side, from the rear, forced tne constaily off the railway line, while I rose a.l1d fell cotinually in the varying currents. "°nietim';I dropped as much as 30 feet, the Machine ;eraing to go almost from under me. V Iwi-tuot prompted to make the effort ''IUS wee because I heard that Mr Graham"- White was fhmkmF of making the attempt," he Went on;" I ha élong had it in my mind, after I wa9 9,1 Blakpool. I..s\irveyed the dis- trict around Manchester only fogs prevented me from statting <n the trip. When I was at Sandown last November, and even when I was in New Torfc I had the London to Man- chester flightf or £ 10,000 in my mind. It was because of ths right that I shortened my visit to American". M. Paulhanwa.s asked to what he attributed his success, bu the answer came from a friend, who said it )<as due to three things—the machine, the'potor, and the man. The feat could hotiave been accomplished with- out that comblation," the admirer said, and M. Paulhan adied :— The feat, I think, was much more difficnlt than the cross-^annel flight. All day yester- day I was waibig to take advantage of a favourable win. I received weather, reports three times, as; had been doing for a week, from Manchestf, Birmingham, and Wolver- hampton, infornng me as to the speed and direction of the 'ind. I shall proably return to France to- morrow, as I hve several engagements to appear at Contirntal aviation meetings. I shall not, howevf, devote myself permanently to exhibition Mag or to contests for prizes, but intend to trjfco improve flying machines and to make use of the experience I have gained." M. Paulhan It Manchester for London at 4.10. A great crwd cheered him heartily on his departure.
TIME-TBLE OF WINNER. Wednsday's Record, Place. Miles. Time. Start Hendol — 5.22 Watford. 18 5.52 Berkhamstec. 28 6. 5 Leighton Bujdrd 41 6.20 Bletchley 47 6.27 Wolverton 53 6.35 Rugby 83 7.20 Lichaeld. 117 8,10 descends Tht.såay':S Flight. Place. Miles. Time. Lichfield. i 117 4. 9 ascends Stafford 134 4A5 Manchester 186 5t30 vim igiolooo. M. PAULHAN. p>to by London News Agency. p;.to by London News Agency.
Mr Vhite's Effort. ..t In a mess^ describng the resumption of Mr Graham-White's flight' from Roade, 60 miles north,' London, at 2:50 on Thursday lay morning, ttPress Associatipn's correspondent, said »The i°°n was shining brightly when Mr GrahamWhite, after a respite of close on seven hourfesumed his flight at Roade from London toanchester- A great ^wd had assembled to witness the ascent deste the unusually early hour which had been aected in the hope of making amends for the deY Of the previous day, and with the object of aching up M. Paulhan before he had recodlenced flying. « The leaJ_taking between Mr White and his mother i8 most affectionate. The ascent was deligtfnUy smooth. f Forced to Descend. I Mr ohame-White, descended at Grendon, about our miles from Tamworth, at 4.13. e came doWn in a field abut- ting < the Londoia,, and North-Western Railwa and within sight of Grendon Hall, the resided of Sir George Chetwynd. Mir White decide to alight on account of the wind, whicl^d increased feince he left Rugby. It is statetf^at the aeroplane twisted round three timesefOTe reaching the earth. Oniepping out of his machine the axeonaut m^difor Polesworth, a mile distant, and in the <^tre of this old-world village met his and other felatives. jj^wsr ,&ad 4^b»9^rj?ach othw ^ad^ afl«jionatel r exchanged kisses. Mrs White ,at oncpalled tot village twtcber to prepare sor food, which was cooked at the house of a jghbouring collier. Fght Resumed Thursday Evening he Press Association's Tamworth corres- pident telegraphed on Thursday White re- gaed his flight from Grendon at 5.2 this fining, and passed Tamworth at 5.15 p.m. He 4 not remain up long, however, finding it scessafy to drop again at Hademore Crossmg j 5.20 p.m. owing to a heavy storm. The tUivas was broken but Mr White himself was .ninjured. Another message descriptive of the .second flight says :—White's aeroplane had remained in the field- at Grindon since the morning. Rain fell from noon till 4 o'clock, but afterwards the dowftpour ceased, and the wind calming preparations were made by the aviator for resuming his journey. When he arrived on the field he was loudly cheered by a large crowd, and he stated his intention of attempting to go right through to Manchester. After taking his seat, and bidding his mother, sister, and other friends good-bye, he called out, Let the engine go 1" and the macltihe, running along sharply for 50 yards, rose splendidly in the direction of Rugby. Malang a circle, WThite headed for Tamworth, but met with a strong wind, which nearly preyed too much for him, as the machine hesled, ovjfr considerably. Mr C. GRAHAME*-WHITE. Photo by Lafayette. By the |narvellous manipulation of his. aero- plane he brought it to a level, and making a great sweep went off, in the direction of Tam- worth. He passed over that place successfully, but ivas going wide of the raflway, and a few minutes later news arrived that the phicky II, viator had'come down at Hademore, near Lichfield, where he descended on Saturday. Abandoned for the Present. ¡ After leaving Polesworth Mr White had en- countered a severe storm.. He descended at 5.20 p.m. in a field opposite the one in which his machine was damaged in the gale on Snn- found that his aeroplane was somewhat iamaged, the canvas on the cellular being torn. A.t 6.55 p.m. he rose again, and moved the aeroplane to a field near Trent Valley station, descending at 7.10. In consequence of the unfavourable weather Mr White has decided to abandon his flight for the present. The aeroplane is being dis- manttedand packed into trucks at Trent Valley station for removal to London.
« BETTER MAN HAS WON." White, Congratulates His R-Ival., Mr White sent the following telegram to Paulhan I take earliest opportunity of offering, you my heartiest congratulations on your splendid performance. Better man has won. ToM. Farman, Mr White wiredVery many thanks for all your kindness and atten- tion. Hope at any rate to reach Manchester on your machine.
LATHAM'S SUCCESS. ijon. C. S. Rolls's Good Flight. Nice, Saturday.-The feature of the flying meeting here to-day was the comvetition over a course starting from the aviation ground and extending over Cap Ferrat and back again to Nice, for which prizes of 20,000 francs, 10,000 francs, and 5,000 francs were offered for the three fastest flights. The conditions were that each aviator, to qualify for a prize, had to cover the course without coming to the ground. Hubert Latham on an Antoinette monoplane was easily the fastest, covering the course in less than 17 minutes. Despite the difficulties of the course, no accident, occurred, and the Hon. C. S. Rolls was one of the aviators to successfully make the journey. The times of the various competitors were as follow Latham, Antoinette monoplane, ^16min. 46 3-5sec.. v Duray, Farman biplane, 18min. 36sec. Van den Bern, Farman biplane, 19min. 582.5sec. Effimoff, Farman biplane, 20min. 21 2-55ec.. Chavez, Farman biplane, 20min. 25sec. Rolls, Wright biplane, 20min. 58 3-5sec. Later in the day the aviators made further flights over the course from Nice to Cap Ferrat and back, which measures 12 kilometres each way. The Hon. C. S. Rolls got in a bad wind streak in the actual race, and finished sixth, but he now so improved his time over the first attempt that he secured second place with 18m. 24 2-5sec. Metrot covered the course in 23m. 42 3-5sec. De Reimsdyck, on a Curtiss biplane, fell into the sea during his attempt to fly between the two places, but he was rescued without being injured.—Reuter. Mr Latham in the Sea. M. Latham made a third attempt to fly from Niee to Antibes, but owing to the stopping of the motor the aeroplane fell into the sea near Antibes. Me Latham was rescued unhurt. After covering ODcè the course to Antibes and back Mr Latham turned round without alighting and started off again doing 54 kilo- metres over sea thus establishing a record. It was after this that he made the attempt which ended in his' immersion.—Reuter.
RECORD BY MR ROLLS. Nice, Sunday.—The aviation meeting to-day was marked by sensational flights. Magnificent flights were made vto Antibes and back, a dis- tance of 27 kilometres (19 miles). The best performance was that of the Hon. C. S. Rolls, who flew three times to Antibes and back without stopping. After the second flight he established a world-wide record for the longest sea-flight, the distance being 78 kilo- metres (43f miles). Fifty-two and a half kilo- metres of the distance were covered without a stop. Mr Rolls gained the second prize of £40, given by the town of Amibos, and also a fourth prize for the total aggregate distance.—Central News. FLIGHT OVER PARIS. Paris, Saturday.—The well-known aviator, M. Dubonnent, left Draveil, near Javisy, in his aeroplane at 3.25, and after flying over Paris he continued his route by the Champs Elysees and the Avenue Bois de Boulogne, following the course of the Seine. Afterwards he directed his machine towards Meudon, the time then being 4 o'clock.—Central News.
A Lady's Attowance. SEQUEL TO TWO ESTABLISHMENTS. Before Mr Justice Darling and a special jury on Wednesday was an action by Mrs M. Hands, a married woman, against Mr Charles Florance Young to recover £103, alleged to be due under the covenant of a deed, dated February 2nd, 1905. The plaintiff alternatively claimed the same sum under an oral agreement. The defendant denied the making of the in- denture, alternatively that the same was made for an illegal consideration, that the same was destroyed and never acted upon, and, with re- gard to the oral agreement, he denied that it was made. Mr Shearman, in opening, said the nature of the action was really that Mrs Sands lived with Mr Young as his mistress for a consider- able number of years. During the time that they were living together they went before a well-known solicitor, and a deed was prepared. They thought of separating, and the defendant wished to make her an allowance. Accordingly a deed was entered into whereby the plaintiff should have £300 a year for life. The defendant said the deed was waste paper, because it was tainted by an immorial consideration. Mrs Sands was a mar- ried woman, but she was separated from her husband. She had gone on the stage, and in 1900 she met the defendant, who was a mar- ried man. and he suggested a second establish- ment with her as his mistress. He was the owner of racehorses. They lived together for some years. Although the deed was entered into in 1906 they did not finally separate till 1909. Counsel proceeded to point' out to the jury that they might gather the terms that existed between the parties by the following letter from the defendant in January, 1905, viz.:— My own darling girl,—Sorry could not meet you to-day. I have some bad news for you. It is impossible for me, as things are at present, to give you your £500 a year. I my- self took £ 1,000 less last year, and it must be leas next year if the Radicals get in. Fondest love my darling.—Ever yours, Charlie. His Lordship What waa the business t Mr Shearman He was a brewer. Continuing, counsel said the parties were very much attached to each other, and in a letter the defendant wrote Mrs Sands he said the deed was given for no other reason than my great, friendship for you." The parties con- tinued to live together after the execution of the deed, but in 1906 the defendant suggested that the deed should b? destroyed. Mrs Sands got it from her solicitor and handed it to Mr IGr Sill said the deed -bad been destapyed. Mr Shearman said the deed was hanued over by his client under a promise that he would continue the £300 a year to her. In 1909 the parties separated. The further hearing was adfourned. A settlement was reached in the case on Thursday. A consultation took place between counsel and plaintiff, with the result that the action was settled. Counsel said defendant would make proper provision for the lady.
Wales at the R.A. PRINCIPALITY IN EVIDENCE. Wales, apart from the productions of its one Royal Academician (Mr Goscombe John), finds its best representation this year at the exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, which will be opened to the public on Monday next, in the pictures sent in by Mr Christopher Williams, the young London-Welsh painter, who comes from Maesteg, in Glamorganshire. Within the last few years Mr Williams has rapidly come to the front, and he rarely fails to be well represented at each year's Academy. His principal picture this year has for its sub- ject" Ceridwen." the witch, who, according to Sir John Rhys, is to this day regarded as the patroness of Welsh bards, and bardism, and it is characteristic of Mr Williams' intense feeling of Nationalism that the work appears in the catalogue under the name-title only without any attempt to explain its meaning or to de- scribe the story to the inside world of art or to the outside Philistine. The tragic figure of Ceridwen, seated by her broken cauldron, and clad in heavy crimson robe, rivets the atten- tion and impresses the onlooker with the un- spoken tragedy of her sad and sinister life. It. is a great picture, full of vivid imagination, admirably, expressed. Mr Christopher .Williams' second contribution is a striking portrait of the Right Hon. Sir Alfred Lyall, "K.C.B., the well-known Indian scholar and writer. Amongst the other portraits exhibited we find in the third gallery an excellent likeness of Sir Griffith Thomas, of Swansea, painted by Mr J. Seymour Lucas, R.A., and presented to Sir Griffith by the Swansea Harbour Trustees on the occasion of the opening of the King's Dock in November last year. Mr Williain Laewellyn exhibits a life-like portrait of Mr Frederick Whinny, ex-president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a dignified rather than charming representation of the Countess of Mar and Kellie. Mr Frank Daniell sends a pretty picture of Gwen, daughter of Mr Robert J. Daniel, and Mr Gilbert Rogers a characteristic Celtic face of the dark type, Miss Marie Jones. Mr Oswald Birley has a portrait of Mr Codrington' Craw- shay, in hunting kit, a presentation "from a few friends who learn with great regret that ill-health compels him to give up The Sport of Kings,' which he loves so well." The same artist has a most delightful picture of Mrs Alfred Mopd, the wife of the member for Swansea. Sir Philip Burne- Jones has admirably reproduced the pose and character of Sir Walter Gilbey, and Mr Hugh de T. Glazebook exhibits a more formal but not less life-like presentment of Mr Lewis Haslam, the member for the Monmouth Boroughs. The First Labour Knight. A picture that will attract many by its bril- liant colouring and-.happy presentment of an interesting occasion is Mr W. Hatherell's representation of H.M. the King Knighting Alderman William e. Cross- man, Lord Mayor of Cardiff, July 13th, 1907." The portraits, which are ex- cellent, include many well-known Cardiffians, including Sir W. Thomas Lewis, the Hon. Ivor Guest, Sir AJfred Thomas, Mr B. Francis Wil- liams, K.C., Mr J. L. Wheatley, and many others. His Majesty the King is in this picture much more happily portrayed than in some of the other performances on the Academy walls this year. Miss Margaret Lindsay Williams, of Barry, h., a very effective Dives and Lazarus," a subject that seems to have had a special attraction for this year's exhibitors.
CARDIFF LETTERS DELIVERY. Commencing with Monday next several chaliges will be made in the hours of collection and delivery of letters in Cardiff, the most important being a new collection from the letter boxes of all town sub-post oftiCe6 and branch offices throughout Cardiff at midnight, and letters posted up to that time will connect with the first delivery the following morning • throughout South Wales and in Newport. The collection from street letter boxes now made at 5 a.m. will cease, except from the boxes at the branch offices at Bute Docks, Queen-street, Canton. Bute-street, and Roath, which will continue as at present. The last delivery in Cardiff will commence at 6.45 p.m. instead of at 7.15 p.m., and letters intended for that delivery can be posted in the suburbs up to 4 p.m., in the central area of the town 5 p.m., and at the head Post Office in Westgate-street up to 6 p.m.
BROTHERS JONES. A movement is on foot at Hengoed district for raising subscriptions to defray the cost of the defence of the brothers Jones.
BURGLARIN BEDROOM TREFOREST WIFE'S FRIGHT. Capture (Effort Restrained. THE MEMORY OF A TRAGEDY. About 3.45 on Thursday morning the School House, Hawthorne, near Treforest. the residence of Mr David Davies, the schoolmaster, was en- tered, and the burglar, who was seen by Mrs Davies, got away. Subsequent search showed that the articles missing include a lady's gold watch. two lady's rings. one dress ring, two gold bangles, a signet ring, and five shillings in silver and one shilling in copper. Fur cool effrontery and daring the burglary cannot be surpassed. The intruder, a com- paratively young man of medium build, was observed in the bedroom occupied by Mr and Mrs Davies shortly before 4 o'clock. Mrs Davies was awakened by the noise.but was so frightened at seeing a man at the foot of the bed that she was fearful of giving the alarm to her husband. The burglar, as if he was conscious of his movements being scrutinised, carried out his work of rifling the pockets of the clothing that hung from the bed-rail with his face turned in an opposite direction to the bed. He did not appear in the least perturbed, and walked out of the room ouite coolly, carrying with him a number of articles of clothing. On the burglar quitting the room Mrs Davies aroused her husband and informed him that there was a man in the house, but she pre- vented her husband leaving the bedroom lest some ill might befall him. Questioned as to thA attitude she adopted, Mrs Davies remarked, Immediately I saw the man in the room the Pentre murder flashed across my mind. I thought it was better to allow the burglar to have the articles than that any disaster should befall my hus- band or myself." After leaving the bedroom and carrying away with him articles valued at about JE20 the burglar was not in a hurry to leave the premises, for he later visited the pantry, aad regaled himself with a good meal. Mr Davies saw the burglar in the kitchen, but owing to the fears of his wife, he did not make an effort to capture him himself. Eventually, after a stay of about half an hour on the premises, the burglar made his escape through the window by which he had previously effected an en- trance. v The Pentre murder occurred about six years ago. A foreigner named Lange entered the Bridgend Hotel, Pentre, and the landlord, the late Mr Jones, was stabbed to death when tackling him.
Kidnapped Heiress. AMERICAN'S SENSATIONAL DEATH. Milan, Wednesday.—Little doubt now lingers in the mind of the local authorities that the mystery of Miss Reid conceals a foul crime. A startling development of the case occurred last night, says the Chronicle correspon- dent, when the young lady's body was identi- fied, by the wife of the Roman Prince Rospig- liosi as that of her cousin. Princess Rospigliosi says the victim's name is not Stella but Ethel Reid, the daughter of a wealthy New York merchant. Two pf her sisters who are married and live in that city have, been communicated with. Ethel enjoyed a monthly allowance of JE160. All- her financial and business correspondence since she came to Italy has passed through Banca Commerciale, one of the principal Italian bankinginstituttocs. It appears from documents found in the young lady's belongings that Miss Ethel was about to inherit a big windfall, and informa- tion in the possession of the police inclines them to the following theory. Emissaries from the .United States invited her aboard a mysterious American yacht, which first made its appearance in the Gulf of Naples in the early part of the month. Once safely kidnapped on the yacht on the evening of April 20th, she was kept there in an almost nude state with the idea of making escape im- possible. She ate absolutelv nothing, as the autopsy showed, and at dawn, in the hope of fleeing from her captors, she stole on deck and threw herself into the sea. Her disappearance being noticed some hours later a motor lnunch, containing three men, was lowered from the yacht and scoured the wide area of the bay in trace of her, without success. Immediately, however, that the first rumours of the discovery of the corpse got abroad, the yacht weighed anchor and quickly abandoned the littoral.
WELSH APPOINTMENTS. In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Rem asked the President of the Local Govertla meat Board how many of the new appoint- ments to be made in connection with the Poor Law administration would relate to Wales, and whether Welsh-speaking candidates from the Principality would receive a proper pre- ference. Mr Burns I am not at present making any fresh appointments, but I can assure my hon. friend that in connection with any Welsh ap- pointments the question of language will not be overlooked. Mr Rees asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether a due proportion of the appointments to be created under the Inland Revenue Depart- ment to deal with the valuation of land under the land takes of the Finance Bill, would be allotted to Welsh-speaking candidates from Wales. Mr Hobhause replied that the Board of Inland Revenue will take into account all relevant circumstances, including the one to which his hon. friend referred. Further asked by Mr Rees whether any sum would be allocated to Wales out of the £200,000 set aside as a grant to be paid last year to the Development Fund, Mr Hobhouse said it was not proposed that there should be any alloca- tion of the development fund in fixed propor- tions to the several parts of the United King- dom.
"LIVES OF SOME IMPORT." Mr J. B. Walford, district coroner, held an inquest at Tredegar onWednesday on the body of John Richard Williams (10) who was killed on Saturday by being run over by some trucks on the mineral line of the Tredegar Company. The lad accompanied his sister, who was driv- ing a milk cart. A railway train moving slowly collided with the cart and Benjamin Jones, a collier, who was an eye-witness, said he immediately ran to stop the engine, which, was at the other end of the train, 104 yards away. He heard a shout and ran back, and saw the boy lying on the roadway with his arm cut off and lying about three yards from him. The lad was picked up and taken to the hospital, where he died. It was explained that the engine was at the rear end of the train, because there was no siding to allow it to get to the other end. In reply to the Coroner, MrT. Morgan, traffic manager, said there was a great difficulty in putting a siding on the tip, which was loose ground. The Coroner But lives are of some import ? —Witness; Yes, and we consider lives as much as possible. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death," adding a recommendation that the engine be placed in front of the trucks on all occasions.
BAD DEBTS AND CARD PLAYING. The first meeting of creditors of Louis Gold- blatt, draper, James-street, Ebbw Vale, was held at Newport. The gross liabilities were given at JEL397, and the deficiency at £1.280. Large family and bad debts" (said debtor) were the reasons of his failure. He ad- mitted he had lost a little by card-playing, bat could not say how much. The only books of account he kept were round books, written in Hebrew. He said he lost £900 by a fire at his shop, and the insurance company only paid him t500 and £50 expenses. He sold the busi- ness six months ago for JE180. Debtor said he had spent JE312 on household expenses since April 2nd, 1909. The Official Receiver remains trustee.
r PE^RS IN PA6EANT. Lord Howard de Walden will take the part of the Black Prince in the scene entitled, The Age of Chivalry," which is to be one of the spectacles in the Festival of Empire at the Crystal Palace. Princess Loewenstein, a daughter of Lord Mexborough, is to represent Lady Coventry in a scene which shows the re- ceipt of the news of the capture of Quebec and the death of Wolfe and Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham. Sir Simeon Stuart, Bart., will assume the role of King Henry V. on his re- turn from Agincourt, and Viscount Hill has agreed to play the part of his ancestor, Lord Hill, in the scene, The End of the Great War." Viscount Hill will wear the sword and cockade of his illustrious ancestor.
GELLIGAER TANGLE. Bogus Entry Charges. AMAZING SALARIES STORY. Another stage in the Police Court proceed- ings against the two brothers, John and Albert Jones, formerly clerk and surveyor respec- tively to the Gelligaer Parish Council, was reached at Caerphilly on Thursday. The accused men were again brought handcuffed from Cardiff Prison, and when they made their appearance before Messrs C. H. James, E. W. M. Corbett, and W. Prosser they looked very much older than when they were last before the Court. John Jones, although described as being 42, looked like an old man by reason of his whitened hair and short growth of white beard. His younger brother, Albert, by reason of the growth of beard and the rigour of the prison diet, looked a very different man from what he did when first arrested. Mr Ivor Bowen (instructed by Messrs Lewis Morgan and Box, Cardiff), again appeared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, and Mr Lovat Fraser (instructed by Messrs D. W. Jones and Co.. Merthyr Tydfil) again ap- peared for the defence. The evidence first taken was that of Mr J. H. Davies, chief clerk at the London and Pro- vincial Bank, Merthyr Tydfil, who pro- duced certified copies of the various banking accounts of the Parish Council and over- seers during the period involved in the. investigations, and also the private accounts of the accused men. Witness under examination by Mr Ivor Bowen said that a cheque for £709 3s 4d was paid to the credit of John Jones's private account on February 24th. 1905. out of the overseers' account. A cheque for jE689 3s 4d was paid on February 24th, 1905, out of the overseers' account to the credit of Albert E. Jones's private account. Mr Ivor Bowen explained that these cheques were highly important, much more important than he thought they would be. They had got the majority of the cheques—there being only two missing—and the prosecution alleged that the cheques would show that they were drawn up by both men. In one case Albert Jones signed himself as Assistant Overseer for a large amount. Mr D. M. Probert, Local Government Board auditor, spoke to the audit he made, and pro- duced a number of cheques which he received from Mr John Jones. Mr Davies, of the London and Provincial Bank, recalled, proceeded to deal with the accounts of the Parish Council, and stating how cheques were drawn and by whom they were signed. Mr Bowen So that a cheque for £ 600.and a cheque for JE300, making £900, went to A. E. Jones f—Yes, sir. Proceeding, witness said the cheque for JE300 was not countersigned at all; it was paid out of the poor rate account, on what purported to be in respect of commission. Mr Ivor Bowen then referred to a cheque for £300. He said that the prosecution alleged that this cheque was embezzled. Counsel took the witness through various cross entries, and Mr Davies said that they left the overseers' account precisely as it'was, £300 having been withdrawn. Alleged Bogus Entries. Mr Bowen said that these entries were bogus and false, fictitious and fraudulent entries. The secretary of a Cardiff firm proved the payment to his firm of a cheque for £9 12s 6d on the 1st March, 1907, drawn on the account of the Overseers of the Poor, in payment for goods supplied on the order of Mr John Jones, in 1905. The goods for which the account charged were :—Clark's .food warmer, 3s 7d two boxes of candles, Is 5d one fish kettle, 4s 3d one egg beater, 5d one hand limer, 5s 9d one fish slice, Is Id six boxes of Clark's night lights, 4s 3d one iron taucepan, 2s 6d one steamer, Is 9d one St. Bernard's kennel, £2 17s 6d one flue brush, lOd one sweep's brush, Is 2d one galvanised pump. £3 12 6d knife, spoon, fork and ring in case, 18s 3d (including engravings); 10 queen's pudding basins, 17s 3d. This account amounted to £9 12s 6d, and the cheque received was in pay- ment for it. I Record Denied. Mr Win. Hammond, checkweigher, Tirphil, stated that he attended under subpoena. He was a member of the Parish Council in the year 1904, and continued until 1907, missing only three meetings. Mr Lovat Fraser: Excellent man. (Laughter.) —Witness Quite right. The witness spoke to being presentat a meet- ing held on the 20th February, 1905. and after hearing counsel read the minute in the minute book assigning to A. E. Jones a salary of JE605 Is for the period between 20th February and March 31st, 1905, and to John Jones a salary of £ 96010s in respect to the same period, witness said that such a resolution was never passed, nor was it resolved to give A. E. Jones £ 575 for the half-year ending 30th September, l9(fe. "file minute was not a true or honest c' account of what passed at the meeting. Mr Bow«n: Did yoti know in the year J.90&. thaf any such salaries as appear in the minute were being paid to either of these two men 1— No. Witness added that he was? present at the next meeting of the Council, and the minutes entered in the book as having been passed on February 20th were not read. Before the meet- ing of February 20th he received a typewritten copy of a resolution, and it provided that the salary of Albert Jones be increased to £350 and that JE60 be added to the salary of John Jones. The chairman. Mr James Davies, informed the meeting that this was what Mr Cox, the Local Government Board auditor, recommended, and this was what, in fact, they passed. Witness said he objected to even this resolution being passed. He protested, and moved an amendment. Nothing was said at the meeting about giving John Jones JE960 10s,and there was nothing pro- posed or said that he should have a lump sum of any amount, and nothing was said about Albert Edward Jones getting the sum of £605. There was nothing said either about A. E. Jones having £575. What was passed was that John Jones, should have C60 clerk to the Parish Council. John Jones was present as clerk of the Parish Council in February and IMarch, 1905. Refused to Sign Blank Cheque. Witness knew nothing of the payments made to John Jones on October 29th, 1906, of £50, as clerk to the Burial Board October 27th, 1907, £100, as back salary for five years as clerk to the Burial Board (as a matter of fact there was no cemetery and no burial board); nor of JE120 on March 25th, 1907, for salary as clerk to the Parish Council. Witness said he had never signed a cheque in blank. Mr Bowen Were you ever asked to sign a cheque in blank ?—On one occasion Mr John Jones asked me. Witness added he refused to sign, and John Jones explained that he might want a cheque before next meeting. He knew nothing of the cheques for JE709 3s 4d paid to John Jones on February 24th, 1907, and JE689 to A. E. Jones on the same date. Mr Hammond, proceeding, said that until the audit he never knew that A. E. Jones claimed £2,01610s lid as commission on plans for cemeteries. Story of the DisoJosure. I Witness had nc) knowledge of the payment of JE589 Is 3d drawn by John Jones between August 2nd, 1906, and the 31st March, 1907. He did not know, nor did the Council know, that this amount included JE70 for a new valua- tion list with which they had nothing what- ever to do, and he knew nothing of payments of one guinea each to Rees Thomas, John Roberts, and James Davies for attending a special Committee of Investigation. on April 13th, 1907. Neither did he know that it in- cluded the sum of £811Ss 2d paid by John Jonefe for deputations. The state of things pre- vailing in the parish was brought to light in 1906 by a statement by the clerk of the Merthyr Guardians as to the huge expenditure in the parish of Gelligaer. The resolutions with regard to the huge salaries were never laid before the Council. The Rev. Harri Edwards, Baptist minister, Bargoed, a former member of the Parish Council, said he was present throughout the meeting of the Council on the 20th .February, 1905, and the minutes entered on the minute book awarding the large sums of money to the defendants were never read and were never passed, and there was no decision to give John Jones £960 and Albert Jones £605 for five weeks' work. This minute was not read out at the following meeting. What was actually passed was a resolution referred to by the pre- vious witness as having the approval of the late Mr Cox. He never suspected anything wrong until a Press report appeared in July, 1906, reporting a meeting of the Merthyr Board of Guardians. The Question of Salaries. Witness said on the 18th February, 190T7, the whole question of salaries came up, and witness was suprised when the fact was revealed that the two defendants had received during 1905 between them the sum of £2,314 4s 9d. Witness said he knew, nothing of all the cheques re- ferred to during the day. He had never sighed any blank chequs," and had no knowledge that the finances of the parish were being conducted in the manner disclosed. He and Mr Ham- mond were in a minority on the Council with regard to the sifting of the financial affairs. Mr Ivor Bowen then applied for an adjourn- ment for a week. Mr Fraser again applied for bail, but the chairman intimated that they would not de- part from their previous decision not to grant it.
POSTMAN'S PtCTURE "HUNG." A postman has attained the distinction of having a picture hung on the line at Bur- lington House for the forthcoming Royal Aca- demy Exhibition. Mr Samuel H. Hancock is the first man in the postal service to achieve this honour. In his working hours—5 a.m. to 2 p.m.—he delivers letters in the E.C. district, and when he is off duty he paints pictures in the studio conservatory at his home in Dudley- road, Ilford. Ever since, as a schoolboy, he took his paint-box into Epping Forest to make water-colour sketches, he has been devoted to art. Three years ago Mr Hancock held an exhibition of his pictures in thf> Dore Gallery. The Princess of Wales visited himitherc, and bought a painting, On the Windy Side," a study of hills outside Aldershot.
"Keep off the Roads," SKETTY MOTOR CAR FATALITY. COUNTY CORONER'S BICTUM. At the inquest held by Mr T. H. Glynn Price, county Coroner, on Isabella Curwen (3), the daughter of Robert Curwen, labourer, who was killed by being run over by a motor-car in Dilhvyn-road, Sketty, on Monday, Thomas Beale, an eye-witness of the accident, said the chid, who was on the path by herself, turned and ran in front of the motor-car. The driver swerved the car and drew up in about half its length. The car had been going slowly. Mr Basil Valentin, of Langland, Mumbles, the driver and owner of the car, said the pace he was driving at was from five to six miles an hour. The child went off the pavement and then doubled back. If she had kep' her course he would have avoided her. He desired to ex- press publicly to the parents his distress and regret at the sad accident, and would make the burden of the funeral expenses, etc., as easy 805 possible. Mr S. Andrews, on behalf of the Welsh Auto- mobile Club, asked the Coroner to take the opportunty of warning all parents to do their best to keep children off the road, or to be careful of the traffic. The majority of the acci- dents occurred through people stepping off the pavements into the road. The Coroner said he agreed with Mr Andrews, and added that he had great difficulty in driving a horse and avoid running over children. The traffic was increasing in speed and quantity, and roads were not now safe for children, and certainly not safe for them to play in. They were hardly safe for grown up people who stood about in groups. Councillor Tunbridge asked whether the Coroner could send a representative to the District and County Councils with reference to the roads. The one over which Mr Valentin was driving at the turning down to Mumbles, he said, was most awkward and dangerous. The Coroner said he was a member of the District Council and he would mention the matter. These recommendations were added as a rider to the verdict of Accidental death which was returned.
Killed at Level Crossing. A TREDEGAR TRAGEDY. At Tredegar on Saturday afternoon a ter- rible accident occurred which resulted in the death of a lad and serious injury to his sister. The names of the children are Christina Wil- liams (15), and Richard John Williams (10), daughter and son of Mr John Williams, Nanty- bwch. They were driving a milk cart belong- ing to their grandfather, Mr R. C. Marston, of Garddu Farm, Nantybwch, through Rawlinson- terrace. The Tredegar Company's mineral line runs at right angles across the bottom of the street down Glyn-terrace. As the children were driving the cart over the rails some loaded trucks were being quietly shunted down this line. The cart was caught by the trucks and pushed in front of them for a short distance and then overturned. The vehicle was smashed, but the horse escaped without in- jury. The children were, however, seriously injured. One arm of the lad was com- pletely severed, and was lying some distance from the body. The girl also sustained shock- ing injuries. They were taken into an adjoining house, and Dr. Wade was quickly on the spot. The lad was conveyed to the hospital by Mr David Rees, grocer, but ex- pired on the way. The injured girl was also taken to the hospital later by members of the ambulance brigade. At the hospital the girl underwent ampu- tation of one arm. It was found she had also sustained serious internal injuries, and at the time of writing she was in a very critical con- dition. It ap-^ars that this was the first occasion that aie lad had accompanied his sister oh her milk rounds.
Self-Chosen Lord Mayor. ELECTION DECLARED VOID. In the Dublin King's Bench Division on Wed- nesday the Court of three Judges declared the election of the Lord Mayor of Cork for the current year invalid. The case was brought by Richard Sisk against Thomas Donovaji, the present Lord Mayor of Cork. Mr Sisk claimed ho was legally chosen Mayor by a majority of the City Council, and that Mr Donovan as chairman of the meeting improperly declared himself elected. On the first poll the voting was—Donovan 16, Sisk 15, O'Shea 13. Two Cork candidates did not vote. The town clerk, in taking the second poll, forgot Mr O'Shea was no longer a. candidate, and omitted, to call his name. On the second poll the voting was—Donovan 22, Si^k 21. DonovaW aeclafed himself elected. Mr Sisk demanded a fresh poll, and the town clerk advised that Mr O'Shea was entitled to vote, but Mr Donovan said he had great plea- sure in declaring himself elected. The Bench unanimously declared the election invalid, and made a conditional order, granting costs against Donovan.
FIGHT WITH A TURKEY. i A story of an extraordinary encounter between a man and a turkey came to light Tuesday from North Staffordshire. A well- known Hanley artist, who prefers to remain anonymous, is the principal figure in the story, and he states that during the last week-end be was sketching some ruins in a field not far the Potteries, when a full-grown turkey ap- proached. Finding the bird's attentions un- welcome, he endeavoured to frighten it away, whereupon the bird suddenly made a vicious attack upon him, shooting its beak into his face in a dangerous manner. Taken off his guard, he retreated, and the bird proceeded to demolish his sketch, after- wards resuming the combat, which lasted fully fifteen minutes. Snake-like darts of the bird's head, made with lightning rapidity, brought the turkey's beak unpleasantly near the artist's eyes, and though he rained kicks on his feathered assailant they took no effect whatever. All his attempts to get to close close quarters and seize it by the neck were unavailing, and it was not until the artist was thoroughly exhaausted that his cries for help brought a party of golfers and farm-hands to the scene, and the turkey was driven to flight.
RUBBISH" WORTH..£3,200. A few days ago a pearl necklace worth JE3,200 was stolen from the Marquise de L., who is visiting Paris, and is staying in a hotel in the Rue de la Paix. The police investigations brought to light the fact that the thief was a messenger boy, age 15. On being arrested, the boy confessed that he took the necklace one day when he delivered some shoes to the Mar- quise, but he added that his mother found it in his pocket. He told her that he bought it, and the good woman scolded him for spending his tips on such rubbish On being questioned by the magistrate the mother said that she gave it to her little step- daughter, who went to school with the neck- lace round her neck. I thought the whole thing was not worth sixpence," said the little girl's mother. As the necklace was too large Co; her, her mother took some of the pearls out, which she put in her work-basket amongst buttons, needles, and threads.
WORLD'S-PEACE PROPOSAL Mr Carnegie was the principal speaker at the opening at Washington on Tuesday of the new Bureau of the American Republic, which is in- tended to cultivate better relations between the United States and the Southern Republics. He declared that a close and intimate relation- ship between the northern and southern parts of the American continent should greatly assist the cause of universal peace. Mr Carnegie, re- ferring to the continual talk of strained rela- tions between Great Britain and Germany, which would be such a menace to international peace, declared that England and Germany should be forced to submit their trouble to a tribual, so as to avoid disturbing the peace of the world by their present race in the construc- tion of Dreadnoughts and armaments.
LOCKED GOVERNOR IN CELL Before the Recorder at the Cehtral Criminal Court on Tuesday Frederick Lane and Robert Ladleigh, commission agents, pleaded guilty to receiving goods, the proceeds of certain bur- glaries at Willesden Green and at Bow. They were also indicted for being habitual criminals, but that they denied. Detective-Inspector Pike said that when he 'saw the accused in prison and served them with the usual notice that they were accused of being the associate of thieves, Lane replied, "Associate of thieves ? Who am I to associate with—the Prime Minis- ter?" (Laughter.) Another police-officer mentioned that Lane once escaped from Glou- cester Prison after having locked the governor in a cell. The Recorder sentenced prisoners to 20 months* imprisonment with hard labour.
CIGARETTES BANNED. The smoking of cigarettes by all ranks throughout the command is prohibited at all times when under arms or on fatigue duty." This order was issued on Tuesday by Lieuten ant-General Sir H. C. Smith-Dorrien, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief the Aldershot Command, one of the largest and most impor- tant in the kingdom. It means the prohibition of cigarette smoking when on duty of any kind by both officers and men, and marks a step in the determined attempts that are being made by the authorities to check the growing habit of cigarette smoking in the Army. To the rank and file of the Army this order comes as a surprise.
[ Mrs Skinner, whose death in her 107th year has occurred at Langton, near Tunbridge Wells, leaves 200 descendants.
Undischarged Bankrupt ALLEGED CONCEALMENT. At Swansea on Wednesday a number ol chargcs were preferred by 'the Directoi of Public Prosecutions (on the report of the Official Receiver at Swansea) against a Tonypandy grocer, Evan Henry Thomast formerly of the Mumbles, for obtaining credit for several sums of over jE20 without disclosing the fact that he was an undischarged bankrupt. The items in question were JE22 118 8d, JE26 9s 3d, £7625 6d, £27 7s, and JE76 5s Id. Mr Edward Harris prosecuted, and Mr Leysou defended. Mr Harris alleged that defendant openec business at Pontypridd as an egg and buttei merchant, and in 1890 compounded with hie creditors, his liabilities being £240, and the dividend lOd in the JE. In 1902 be opened at Cardiff, where he had several branch shops. In 1903 he was adjudicated a bankrupt at Cardiff, with liabilities of £290, the creditors receiving nothing. In February, 1907, at the Mumbles, be opened business at the Roof Gardens Hotel Cafe as the Welsh Produce Company and as Evan Thomas. He opened an account at the Metropolitan Bank at Swansea, and arranged loans, but, it was alleged, never disclosed the fact of his being an undischarged bankrupt. He succeeded, said counsel, in getting John Lewis to become a guarantor for over SO, never mentioning the previous bankruptcy, while he had admitted in his bankruptty examination that he had never disclosed to the manager of the bank that he was an undis- charged bankrupt. Evidence was given as to the prey' >us bankruptcies, and it was stated that the defendant had not received his discharge. The defendant, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for trial at the Assizes, bail being allowed. The next case was that of incurring a debt of £3818s 4d with the British Automatic Aerated Company. In this case the defendant had stated in his examination that he had told the traveller of the company that he wa8 an undischarged bankrupt. This Mr Herriott, the traveller, now denied. Defendant, who denied the charge, was committed for trial on this charge also. The next. case was the incurring of a debt of jE27 Ts to the Cobden Flour Mills, Wrex- ham. Mr Herbert Wilkins, traveller for the firm, denied defendant's statement that he had informed him of his prior failure. In this case, again, defendant waa committed for trial, as he was also in a similar case charging him with obtaining credit for £22 lis 8d from Messrs Paynton and Co., of Birmingham.
He is the Man." VIOTIM'8 WIDOW EMPHATIC. At the Town Hall, Alnmouth, on Thursday., Coroner (Mr Percy) resumed the inquest upon the body of John James Nisbet, colliery clerk, who was found shot in a third-class railway carriage between Newcastle and Alnmouth on Friday, March 18th, while conveying a hag of money with which to pay the workmen at Hobswood Colliery. The mam Dickman, who has already been committed for trial by the magistrates, travelled to Alnmouth in charge of warders from Newcastle Prison. Mrs Nisbet repeated her former evidence, and was afterwards questioned by Mr Pearce for the prosecution. His first question was—As you were speaking to your husband, did you notice whether thers was anyone in the compartment t Witness Yes, a man. One or more ?—One. Have you seen anyone since that date who resembled that man T—Yes. What is his name ?—Dickman, I think is his name. The Coroner Can you point him out here ? Mrs Nisbet pointed to Dickman, who was sitting near her, and said Yes, he is there." The Coroner Do you feel certain he is the man you saw in the carriage ?—Yes, quite certain. The Coroner Quite certain ? Mrs Nisbet (emphatically): Yes, quite certain that he is the man. The Coroner You have no doubt about it t —No, I have no doubt whatever. Mrs Nisbet, who was much affected, was then allowed to leave the Court. Several witnesses deposed to seeing Nisbet and the accused together on Newcastle station platform before the departure of the train. Superintendent Weddell, of the Northumber- land County Police, gave evidence that he arrested Dickman at Newcastle police station and charged him with the wilful murder of John Innes Nisbet while in a railway carriage between Newcastle and Morpeth on March 18th. Prisoner denied the charge. Witness added that the accused had not accounted as to how beobtained the JE17 in gold found in his possession. The jury, after an absence of 40 minutes returned a unanimous verdict of Wilful, murder,"
SNOW FROM CHAPEL ROOF. Interesting Mountain Ash Case, At Mountain Ash County Court on Wednes- day, before Judge Bryn Roberts.Joseph Lewis. postmaster, Penrhwceibyr, sued the trustees of the Bethesda English Baptist Chapel Penrhwceibyr, for jE3, being damage caused by snow from the roof of the defendants* chapel falling upon a greenhouse owned by the plaintiff. Snow, it appeared, had often fallen from the chapel roof on to plaintiff's garden and greenhouse. The defendants had refused to put uP, a guard, contending they were not liable. For the defence it was urged that the fall of snow was an act of God." His Honour But it fell on the plaintiff's bouse through your act, by the erection of this high building, which diverted the snow to their property. Judgment was given for the amount claimed with costs.
DR. ROBINSON'S PROPOSAL Councillor Dr. James Robinson will submit it proposal at the next meeting of Cardiff Corpo- ration Health Committee (of which he is chairman) that a municipal dispensary for consumptives be established. The annual cost is estimated at about £200. Glasgow and other large industrial centres have already estab- lished similar institutions, which a"e said to be doing valuable work. The need of a municipal dispensary for consumptives," said Dr. Robinson to one of our representatives on Thursday. is only too painfully apparent on every Lan-1. Consump- tion is an insidious disease, and the extent of its ravages even in Cardiff has been dwelt upon in the'South Wales Daily News,' which has also urged the necessity of greater efforts being made to cope with the white scourra. Well, I believe a municipal dispensary would do much in this direction, and 1 am confident that my colleagues on the Council will support the proposal. A doctor and a nurse would be engaged, and they would, of course, visit the homes of consumptives and prescribe for and advise them."
"HOMAN TORPEDO." Alberto Braglia, who figured among the world's champion gymuasts, and as winner of Olympic races at Athens in 1906, and at Lon- don in 1908, met with a terrible accident on Sunday night at the Modena Theatre, Milan, where he was performing the dangerous feat known as the human torpedo." Braglia mis- judged the distance in leapmg from the down- rushing car, and, missing the trapeze, was dashed with terrific force on the stage in a state of unconsciousness. The body was such a mass of wounds that the surgeons despair of saving him. There was a stampede of the hor" rifled public from the theatre.
SNOW IN WALES. A severe snowstorm swept throughout North Wales during Thursday morning, with occa- sional recurrences throughout the day. The depth of snow on the uplands was several inches. Coming so unusrally late in the sea- son and following a spell of exceptionally mild weather, the storm seriously endangered the flocks, particularly young lambs on upland farms. Fortunately the fall was not followed by a high wind, otherwise drifts would have formed and much mortality among the flocks would have been unavoidable.
INTERFERED IN A QUARREL A driver in the Royal Field Artillery, Thomat Shaw, who is stationed at Newport, was brought up at the local court on a charge of assaulting Wm. Bailey, of Eveswell-street. Mr Lyndon Cooper defended. It appeared from" the evidence thatron Easter Monday defendant saw a big and little man fighting. The little man was on the ground, and he picked him up out of kindness. Subsequently the prose- cutor, who was watching t he fight, rushed in at defendant, who, seeing that prosecutor ap- peared determined to have a fight, said he struck him, knocking him down. Prosecutor got up again, made, it was alleged, another rush at defendant, and tried to trip him up. Defendant then struck him again. Prosecutor was taken to a doctor, and it was found he warf suffering from a fractured skull. The case was dismissed.
SWANSEA MANUFACTURER'S WILL Mr Henry Howard, 16, Dillwyn-street, Swan- sea, boot and shoe manufacturer, who died on the 24th February last, left estate of the gross value of £2,437 6s lOd, with net personalty £1,86917s 10d, and probate of his will, dated 28th March, 1907, has been granted to his son, Mr William Henry Howard, Swansea. The testator left £100 to his son, John Webber Howard, £100 to his daughter, Alice Jennipher Howard, and the residue of his estate to his son William Henry Howard.
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LA MILO" AT OLD BAtLEY. In a smartly-cut costume, with white furs k and the latest model in hats, Pansy Eggena (known on the music-hall stage as La Milo) ap- peared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday. Along with Ferdinand Eggena and Percy Holland Easton, an engineer, of Euston-road, she was indicted on charges of fraud. All three defendants pleaded not guilty. Mr Horace Avory said they were charged with obtaining jewellery to the value of about £9,000 by false pretences from a Mr Wood, jeweller, of Brook-street, Hanover-square. With regard to the man Eggena the jury, he thought/would find little difficulty in coming to the conclusion that he obtained the jewellery by false pretences. In regard to the other two defendants, the jury would, he subimtted, also come to the ( <•,i-lusion that they were parties to the fraud. MJvi lonce was then taken and the hearing was adjourned.