'Buller' Staciden Charged ACCUSED ATTEMPTS SUICIDE. WELSH EX-INTERNATIONAL'S CAREER. A terrible tragedy has marred the Christmas festivities at Dewsbury, a young wife having been murdered and the husband having attempted suicide. The man concerned is Wm. James Wood Stadden, and he is very well known among Welsh circles as the once- famous Cardiff football playei and Welsh Inter- national Stadden—or Buller" Stadden as he was ^familiarly known—kept a grocer's shop with an at 17, Waketield-road. Dewsburv, £ nd liv0d there with his wife .tad five children, the ddest of whom in not moie than 12 years of age. It is supposed that Mrs Stadden was strangled in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and that afterwards her husband tried to end his life by cutting his throat. Failing to accomplish this object he walked to the police station and confessed he had mur- dered his wife. Surrendered to the Polica. The story related by the police is that about six o'clock 011 Wednesday morning Stadden, looking very dejected, wa'ked into the station and said J o! (meaning the constable on "duty), ( have come to give myself up. I have done it." "Done what?" was the reply. Stadden then handed the officer the key of his house, and pointed in thedirection of his home. His face at that time was covered with blood, and investigation showed that he had two wounds in the throat. Assistance was obtained, and while the oiiicers were bandaging the wounds Stadden exclaimed, I have killed my wife." He was conveyed to the Dewsbury In- firmary, and at seven o'clock on Wednesday flight was reported to be in an extremely critical condition and had not regained con- sciousness. 0 Discovery of the Body. A sorrowful sight awaited the police when they entered Stadden's house. They first went into the living room immediately behind the shop. Hereon the heartluug was a quantity of blood, and near by wa lying a butcher's knife. Going upstairs they entered Stadden's bedroom on the second storey. Stretched out full length on the floor at the foot of the bed was Mrs Staciden, whose Chris- tian name was Edith, and whose age was 38 y.-ars. was in her nightdress and was lying on her back with her arms close to he ■ Side. The body was quite cold, and it was evident she had been dead a few hours. There Was a mark on each side of her throat, and the carpet round about her was slightly dis- arranged. These circmustances the officers naturally concluded point to the woman been strangled after a struggle. Bhe could not, however, have made much ,noisc, for sleeping in the house were also the five children, and iu a bedroom on the third storey was a lodger named Evans—also a Welsh football player. These had not been awakened when the police arrived. The lodger retired to bed about 11 o'clock onTuesday night, and when the police knocked at his door he re- plied. "All right," thinking someone iu the house was knocking him up in the ordinary course. In the room where Mrs S'taddcn was found there was blood on one of the pillows. The door knob of the bedroom was also smeared with blood, while the kitchen door knob was in a similar condition. It is thought that after Mrs Stadden's death the husband went down Into the kitchen and having cut his own throat returned to the bedroom and lay on the bed. Later, however, he seems to have got up, gone down to the kitchen and subsequently to have silently left the house. The precise time thi.3 occurred is not known, but it is evident he did not go straight to the police s1.:1tion, for just about si o'clock yester- day morning Stadden was seen by a friend walking in the direction of the market. He must therefore have walked past the Town Ball and across the Market-Dlace. Stadden is spoken of as a good husband and a kind father, and had the reputation of being a hard worker,not only assisting in the manage- ment of the shop, but being employed most of the day at a rag warehouse. He accompanied his wife to Crown Flatts on Christmas Day to Bee the match between Dewsbury and Wake- field Trinifiy. and they seemed to bo on the happiest terms. He had played Santa, Claus right fatherly the previous night by filling his children's stockings with good things. Amongst other gifts he put into those stockings were three Prayer Books, in which Stadden had written A present from father." Lodger Heard no Sound. In the course of an interview Evans, the Siodger, said he did not hear of the tragic affair- Lpntil a policeman knocked at bis bedroom and temporised him of what had occurred. The police- man had dillicuky in ilncLnj: him, as be had to enter his bedroom by different steps from those which Stadden and his wife used, and he slept at the top of the building. Evans heard nothing during the night fxcept at 12.30, (when he noticed an unusual sound,but took no (notice of it as it was Christmas time. | After Stadden returned from the football \natch he remained in the shop until 10 o'clock. His wife returned home half an hour later. The live children were taken to the house of deceased's brother a short distance from the No one appears to know any re^ason why the crime should have been committed, but oniei Constable Shore informed a Tress representa- tive yesterday afternoon that he had every reason to believe that he will be aùJe to put iiuch evidence forward at the coroner s inquest as will throw some light on the motive ol the crime. A sudden fit of jealousy is thought to have been the cause. It is scarcely likely that Stadden will re- cover. It has been found accessary to insert a silver tube in his throat to facilitate breathing.
STADDEN'S CAREER. A Star in Local Football. Old Stager writes :—The news of the arrest of Stadden will be received with a shock by Welsh footballers generally, for he was for years one of the most prominent and popular figures in the game in the Principality. Particularly will the news create surprised regret in Cardiff, for Stadden was* one of the makers of the famous reputation of the City dub. He may be stid to share with the late Gwyn, of Swansea, the honour of having been a pioneer in the modern style of half-back play- Some of his performances will ever be associ- ated with the early triumprus of the national game in Wales. He it was who in 188S was the initiator of a movement which led to the Principality's first victory over Scotland. The game was at New- port, and for three-parts of it Scotland had quite outclassed in skill and overwhelmed in strength the comparatively smaller Welshmen. Our gre it chance came. By orthodox method success was impossible. But Stadden brought into play a feature which he had used with great success in his club, and threw a Jong pass to Prvce Jenkins, the present Dr. Jenkins, who has done so much for the London Welsh Club. Jenkins took the pass splendidly on the run, and scored the only try of the match. Another Memorable International. Another time when Stadden rendered con- spicuous servicee to Wales was in 1890. Thi match was against England and at Dewsbury. It was a. miserable day—heavy going and foot- hold extremely difficult. In this game, too, but one score was made, and that was a try which Stadden secured hv resourcefulness of high degree. He dapped the ball from a line out and the score came in a flash This Dews hurv match it was that led to his throwing in his lot with the then famous Yorkshire club. These were not Stadden's only appearances for Wales, for he played his first match against Ireland at Cardiff as far back as 1884. He appeared against England and Scotland in 1886. tig inst Ireland in 1887. against Scot- land in 1888, and against England and Scotland in 1890. He also played both for Wales and Cardiff in the matches against the ew Zea. landers, as far back as '88. Stadden-Jarmsui Partnership. His first time to figure in a Cardiff team was in 1882, and that year he scored one try for the club. In that year the club had tried no fewer than 18 half backs, includ ng W. E. Jarman» who afterwards became Stadden's regular part- ner, and the combination between this pair has only been equalled by two other pairs in Wales—the brClUlcrs James and Owen and Jones ot Swansea Individually neither man was truly eat, but as a couple their understanding was a revelation in those early days. la this aiid the next season Mr H. J. Simpson was the captain, and he was a great believer in the two men before their happy association had borne fruit. In 1884—85 Stadden made three trios and dropped a goal for Cardiff, and in the next year— Hancock's Remarkable Season— a great. deal of the success was due to Stadden and Jarman. They were clever opening-makers jor the four three-quarters—then an innova- tion—but each was a brilliant opportunist, as is evidenced by the fact that Jarman scored 10 ti..ne5 and ::3ta.dden nine. This year closed Stadden's connection with the Cardii; Club and probably began the series of happenings in Yorkshire football which many years afterwards led to the professionalising of its prominent. club3 and the formation of the Northern Union. For some years after leaving Cardiff Stadden ran a billiard saloon at Dewsbury, and Buller," as he was called, was reputed to be making money fast." Most Cardiifians will be surprised to find him described as a grocer and provision dealer. Stadden played half-back for Dewsbury in its most prosperous days, but passed out of public ken about ten years ago. As a member of committee, however, he never lost his interest in football. A Cardiff Boy. Stadden was a Cardiff boy. Like Jarman, he lived in Canton. His mother was a widow for manv years before he played for Cardiff. He worked at the Ely Paper Mills for a while. and then for Mr John Gibson, the builder, and was engaged in the erection of the grand ttand on the Cardiff Football Ground.. I
Snow and Gale. AN AWFUL CHRISTMAS NIGHT. Blizzard in Scotland. Wrecks and Casualties. A snowstorm of unusual severity swept over the country on Christmas night, and early on Wednesday morning snow lay at depths vary- ing from a few inches to several feet. The downfall began in the Metropolitan district about midnight, and continued without cessation for soveral hours, so that when day broke there was a layer of between three and four inches in the streets, which greatly impeded the early traffic. Fortunately, a rapid thaw bet in, and as the day advanced the snow disappeared from the roads and sidewaiKs. At Sandringham the snow drifts were six feet deep on Wednesday moruing, and as it was still falling at II o'clock the liing s shooting was rendered impossible. Throughout West Yorkshire the fall was very heavy, there being two fect of snow ill the streets of Leeds. In South Staffordshire and East Worcester snow lay to a depth of three or four inches. except in exposed places, where there were heavy drifts, and the railway service was Large gangs of men had to be employed to clear the streets of Leicester, and snow lay thick allover the county, rendering tramo difficult. fit tu The fall at Bristol was the first for the season, and was succeeded by a clear sky and a CTn Norfolk and Suffolk the storm was of great violence, there being 8 inches of snow at Yarmouth, where shipping was at a standstill. Skating matches in the Lincolnshire tens had to be abandoned owing to the mantle of snow on the ice, and in North Essex the roads were blocked by drifts.. Hertfordshire was covered with 7 inches of snow, and a fresh fall took place on Wednesday mThehgeaviest fall of recent years occurred in the Upper Tbames Valley, where the storm lasted three hours, leaving the country enve. loped in 7 inches of snow. terrific snowstorm raged from 9 p.m. to o a.m. in North Staffordshire covering the ground to the extent of between -Mt. and 4ft. By.^ all vehicular traffic was s uspe nded at e wcastie underdone, and was not wholly resumed untl. noon on Wednesday. Trains were also delayed flurinc? the snowstorm- A Leeds telegram says the snowstorm in the WestKiding was the most severe experienced Sr seven years- In many places the snow was 8ft. deep. 'Snow again fell in Leeds on W ednes- day night. Storm Causes Double Fatality. :rft flip storm in Cahir last nigtit, Ourmg the s^rm 30 and 32, met with their deat.hs by the falling of a wall f/j .Tfn to the roof of the deceased s crashed do n tparfcof;it falling through rthe bec^oom Several large stones fell into the bedr ^hercQQ ,ay the two sleepers, smashing it to matchwood and killing two. T,1P debr;s then smashed tmough tue floor ot The aeDr.s wi kitchen below carrying the £ fl »,Uhe too will. it. The 'body of Alice Raleigl! who discovered by the po ice l hWlv recognisable. There were two other occupants in the house one of whom received slight injuries to her right cheek.
ASHORE ON THE GOODWiNS. Barry-Bound Ship's Plight. A thriUin" story of a Christmas shipwreck on the^dread^TGoodwin Sands was told to our ^amsgate V Captain l^Eansens w Wedne9(Jay by crew, w^landai at P His ship the local and Bro^tairSo^d from Biga to was thcJ;f!f t'i ber she had had an eventful Barry with 1 bai weather, as may voyage, having met™ t that she be judged from the bald s R.ga WAtTo,Sockonthe aftJrnoon of Christmas D^v ^Sr running into a thick fog, a severe snowstorm wL encountered, and the wind in- creased to a full gale. It was qmte ^P^ble in such furious weather to make out even the most familiar lights or landmarks and ti e Regia, groping helplessly along, ultimately drove right on to the Goodwins. • She soon heeled over so dangerously that it became necessary to cut away the mainmast, and this vork, always hazardous, was earned out despite the great waves which constantly dashed over the doomed shípMeantíme the storm increased in fury, and matters were further complicated hy blinding blasts of snow and sleet, which continued for several hours. The cold was so intense that several of the crew, all hardy Norsemen or sturdy Fins, were utterly unable to carry out the master s orders. The horrors and dangers of the situation were farther increased by the deck Q argo of wood getting loose and washing from end to end of the vessel, rendering all movement aboard extremely perilous from that cause alone. For hours the waves practically made a clean sweep of the deck and the water and spray froze upon the bodies of the sailors. The mate (Aslackson) had sustained a severe wound in the face as the masts and rigging went by the board, and others of the crew as time wore on showed signs of collapse, with the result that the captain finally determined to take the desperate course of leaving the wreck in the ship's two boats. It seemed almost cer- tain death to venture upon the storm tossed sea in open boats, but it was almost equally fatal to remain on board the Regi which might commence to break up at any moment. The boats were accordingly got out with infinite difficulty and ever present peril, and the injured and more exhausted men having first been safely got on board the little craft cast off. Snow was still falling heavily, and the sea. extremely rough, and Captain Eanseris and his men passed through a frightful experience before they were able to make out the lights of the East Goodwin light vessel—a truly welcome ciclit which the suffering castaways bailed with a feeble cheer. The poor fellows, however, still had two hours'hard pullingbefore.they actually succeeded in reaching the light vessel and climbing on board of it. Meantime the Ramsgate tug Aid and the life- boats Ramsgate and Broadstairs had put • to the lihtsh;p in response to signals. The Ramsgate boat took off seven men and the Broadstairs boat five, and returned safely to haihour. All the shipwrecked mariners were landed in a state of great physical distress. One man was so ill that he had to be removed without delay to the local Seamen's Infirmary, while the others were cared for at the Sailors' HThe Regia, when her crew left her, was fast breaking up. She belonged to Messrs Hommer- n and Son. One man died of exposJne and exhaustion on board the wreck. Five Perishing Men Rescued. The "edruth schooner Ringleader was nbservec n distress in East Bay, Dungeness, a blinding storm of snow earlv on Wed- 'morning, and tbe Dungeness lifeboat afis £ ?bfat went to her assistance. The fiqhermen reached the schooner first, and took 5! th^woffive before she foundered. They ti^nSently transferred to the lifeboat, ™lS £ d £ an exhausted condition. Flares of Distress. n • thc fierce storm flares of distress were uunng Goodwins, which proved to be ketch Treloar, which was tht, P ym anchor. The ketch cleared the dragging j-,efore the tug rcacbed her. TnotWS schooner was reported ashore on Wednesday morning and at Dover other ship- riASD^l stat^l that the ketch Tre- bA £ of &*tow. from London for Ply. n* i „_t sicnals of distress in the Downs mouth, burnt Mg D#>aJ boatmRn boardcdhcr as. on Tuesda^gW h there was a heavv wT They^lipped anchor ;md tock Cambrian, of Aberystwyth, dragged her anchor during a north easterly irale on Wednesday a tern oon. and is close to sh0j.'e She heistcd a flag in the rigging, and Deal boatmen boarded her. The vessel is still in thc Downs riding to both anchors, and will probably go to Dver. Pr°^te™t5eV^aa,st»teithat the ketch Tohn Kees of Plymouth, from London for PenLm e put in there on Wednesday morning with lo.-s Of mainsail ahd jib and making water. Some of the^argo, cement, may be damaged. Ashore on the Longnose. The Girl of the Period which trades between Shields and Ram"gat.e, with coals, went ashore on the Longnose on Christmas night. The Broad«tairs a.nd Margate lifeboats put off to her assistance, and the crew were rescued. The vessel is a complete wreck. Blizzard in Scotland. Following the intense frost of Christmas Day a great blizzard swept generally over Scotland on Wednesday. Along the eastern and western seaboards the weather was of the fiercest, and across the Moray Firth a. perfect tornado swept. At Buckw. one of the fishing villages, horses were blown back, and men and women thrown about the streets and hurt. A man on a cycle was bodily lifted and pinned against a building. The sea rose to a great height, and a blind- ing blizzard came along with great fury. All along the eastern coast the weather was of the same wild nature. Along the Ayrshire seaboard they had vi )lent weather and very heavy snow. In Cantyre the roads were blocked, the mail coach ran into a deep drift, and with great difficulty was got out. The post runner at Southend was snowed up in the Isle of Bute. Robert Maclle, a farmer at Lower Ettrlck, was caught in the storm and succumbed to the cold. He was in, his usual health when he set out. The highland roads are blocked, and the telegraph service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and the North is entirely cut off.
TRAINS IN THE STORM. Ploughing Through Drifts. Deep though the fall of snow has been in every part of the country, none of the principal railway systems would seem to have sustained anv appreciable damage. Trams generally ran a. little behind time, but were not later than usual on a Bank Holiday. The" Flying Scotchman" arr ved at King's Cross on Wednes- day morning only 25 minutes late, having ploughed its way in some places through drifts of snow quite 15in. in depth. At the other great Metropolitan termini the same reports of good running were made. Local trains, how- ever, never quite recovered the disorganisation which the snow of the morning caused. On the electric system, between Hammersmith and Aldgate, the early trains had to be drawn by steam locomotives, the snow preventing the electric motors from picking up the current. After a few trips by this method the electric service was reverted to.
RECORDS BROKEN IN WALES. All weather records of the past 15 years have been easily eclipsed by the remarkable snow- storm which visited North Wales Christmas night, and continued with unabated severity on Wednesday. Denbighshire is covered with snow to a depth of six inches, but. snow drifts on the hillside are several feet in depth The upland roads are blocked, and farmers m the Merionethshire moun. tains must have suffered severely through the loss of sheep. Railway travelling has been impeded, and vehicular traffic by road s ex- tremely difficult, while hunting and football are impossible in Denbighshire. Seven Degrees at Cardiff. Seven degrees of frost were registered at Roath, Park on Wednesday r ight. Fatal Slip on the Snow. A man named Sweet while sweeping snow at Bristol to-day slipped and fell on the back of his head, and was killed. Mid-Glamorgan's Valleys. There was a considerable snowstorm in the Mid-G'am irgan Valleys lost night, and the surrounding hills this morni g were dazzlingiy white. At Gilfach Goch the snow commenced to fall early in the evening, and it was accom- panied bv a very hard frost. The roads were soon in such a dangerous state that vehicles could not negotiate the steep hilis in the neigh- bourhood. and the wagonettes plying from Tonyrefail and Gilfach Goch had to be stopped. considerably inconveniencing the holiday- makers. One WHgonette had to be abandoned at the top of a hit!. as it wae round impossible for the b- TRP to drag it in either direction. Snow ::g in fell in the Mid-Glamorgan Valley? thE, morning, and there was every pros- pect of a good spell of wintry conditions. Work for Unemployed. Snow has again fallen Tvily in Leicester and the district during the night, and traffic is much interrupted in the streets. The authori- ties have found work for largo gargs of unem- ployed in clearing the roads, but the fall com- ing so soon after that of yesterday has in- creased the difficulty. Vehicles have to be drawn by three horses to šet along. Ireland's White Mantie. Reports received in Belfast this morning from all parts of Ulster show that during the night severe snowstorms ragerj. and that in manv districts snow is several feet deep. Traffic bv road has been practically suspended all over the province. The English and Scotch steamers are all arriving at Belfast several hours late. Thunder, Lighting and Snow. I East Yorkshire was visited early this morn- ing by a very heavy storm of thunder and j lightning, which lasted for nearly two hours. Snow also fell, and a high wind caused a per- fect blizzard. A Bangor messnge states A heavy snow- storm is raging in Anglesey, greatly delaying both railway ana steamer service. The blizzard continues in Norfolk and Suf- folk, and at Yarmouth this morning it was accompanied by thunder and lightning. Neath Man's Mishap. There was a heavy fall of snow in the Neath district, during last. night, and the ground being hard with frost every flake remained. This morning the roads were in a very slippery con- dition, and horses and pedestrians got about with difficulty. Mr Isaiah Jenkins, overman at the Marine Collierv, in the Avon Valley, and whose home is at Pen fare, Neath, was proceeding this morn- ing to his work on horseback, as usual, when the animal slipped on the Ivy Tower Hill. The rider was dismounted, and the horse rolling on him he sustained a double fracture of the right leg. MrJenkins broke the same leg a few months ago. Merthyr Beautiful! Snow fell heavily at Merthyr on Christmas night and also last night, and a keen frost followed. The hills in the neighbourhood were beautiful in this morning's glorious sunshine. Telegraphic Delay. The snowstorm has done considerable dam- age to the telegraph wires. In the North several wires are down. and the Post office announce to-day heavy telegraphic delay on telegrams to the north of Jbngiand and Scot- land. Lively Scene at Football Match. Remarkable scenes were witnessed during, and after, the football match at Stamford Bridge betwefen Fulbam and Chelsea yesterday. The large crowd were in a lively mood, and snowballed the police on duty inside the arena. Tbe Surrey rhymester, Craig, was similarly pelted, and had to beat a hasty retreat. During the interval there was a battle-royal be- tween the spectators on the terraces and those near the railings, and the intervention of the police led to the crowd making targets of the formerV helmets. the conclusion of the match the disappointed Fulham supporter^ stormed the motor omnibuses and their occu- pants with snowballs, and driver?, conductors, and passengers had a lively, if dangerous, time of it. Storming parties took possession of the top of the omnibuses, and belaboured the crowd with bullets of hard snow. A good deal of rough horseplay was indulged in, and those who had the temerity to wear" bowler hats soon had them knocked off. One or two windows were broken, and personal injuries of a more or less serious nature were inflicted. Wheat Ship Ashore. The steamer which went aground near St. Margaret's last evening was the Belfast steamer Ormley, bound for Hull with between six and seven thousand tons of wheat on board. Three Dover tugs proceeded to the scene to day. and made an attempt to tow her off, but without success. Another attempt will be made next tide. Ferryboat in a Blizzard. Yacht's Timely Rescue. A Helensburgh correspondent telegraphs :— The Roseneath ferryboat, with nine passengers on board, had a narrow escape in a blizxard which prevailed for hours over the Gareloch last night. It was found impossible to reach the landing-stage, and the boat, half-filled with water, was several times nearly swamped. For- tunately the care-taker of the yacht Mina noticed the situation of the ferryboat, and with difficulty got all the passengers on board he yacht.
WINTRY CONDITIONS ABROAD. New Yerk's Cold Wave. New York is now in the grip of a cold wave, which has been responsible already for several deaths and many cases of illness from exposure. Commander Peary's ship, the Roosevelt, with the crew who went with him to the Farthest North, dropped anchor off New York on Mon- day night. Some of the crew whom I saw, says a Daily Telegraph correspondent, appeared to be shivering and their teeth chat- tering, yet these men had experienced 60deg. below zero. Later on I learnt that some of the crew, who never knew cold or cough in the Arctic regions, have been sneezing and wheez- ing ever since their return to more tem- perate climes. Overflowing Rivers in Spain. Madrid, Wednesday.—Telegrams from the Ordera, near Barcelona, report that the river has overflowed its banks, and that much damage has been done. The village adjoining Tordera is completely cut off. Communication by the road from Madrid to the French frontier is inter- rupted. There is also a break on the railwav line.—Renter. Heavy Snowfalls in France. Paris. Wednesday.—Heavy falls of snow are reported from many parts of France, particu- larly from the Jura, the Ardennes. and the Chalons districts. Communication by road is interrupted and the trains are delayed. Reuter. Toboganning in the Streets. A Helensburgh correspondent states that the anowstorm has provided ideal conditions for tobogganing, and certain streets in the town have been set apart for this sport. Large num- bers of people, both young and old, are in. dulging in the pastime. A blizzard of snow swept over Sheernes3 and Nortli-east Kent on Wednesday, falling to a depth of live inches in till o hours. The Longtown Cumberland coursing meeting has had to be abandoned because of a heavy fall of snow in the district. On Christmas night .snow fell at Blaengarw to a depth of a couple of inches. A heavy blizzard swept over Aberystwyth on Wednesday. Snow fell at Llanelly at 7.30 on Tuesday even- ing. During a fearful storm on Wednesday three vessels were seen in distress off Aldeburgh and the lifeboat was launched. One of the vessels, the schooner Alfred, of Plymouth, went ashore at Orfordness. but. the crew was saved. The vessel will probably become a total wreck. Nearly 2.000 men were employed in clearing snow off the Liverpool streets. The fall of snow on Wednesday averaged six inches, most of which was cleared off the streets by means of salt and then swept into the sewers by the evening. A steamer is ashore at Hope Point, between Kingstown and St. Marg iret's Bay. An attempt to tow the vessel off proved unavailing. The name of the steamer has not been ascertained.
At a meeting of the Cardigan Borough Bench of magistrates on Monday, those present being Messrs E. Bowen (mayor), Wm. Woodward. O. B. Evans, F. C. Roberts, and T. H. Williams, the tirst Monday in February was fixed for the annual Licensing Sessions.
AVON GORGE HORROR. 4- Leap from Clifton Bridge. CARDIFF MAN'S AWFUL FATE. The body of a man in whose pocket there were papers bearing the name F. White, 61, Treharris-street-, Roath, Cardiff, was picked up at 1 o'clock on Thursday in Hotwells-road, Bristol. The body was frightfully battered and almost unrecognisable. The man had fallen apparently from the Clifton Suspension Bridge on the rocks in the Gorge ol the Avon. Amongst the articles found in the pocket was a Christmas card directed to "Mr F. White 61. Trebarris-street, Roath, Cardiff-" The card had been posted in Cardiff, and on the back of it was written :— May God help you all to bear your troubles. —Your broken-hearted brother, Fred. Tell A not 10 grieve. In his fall deceased struck one of the guard wires of the electric tramway, and the wire gave way beneath his weight. This broke the force of the fall. Neverthe- less, he came to the ground with a sickening thud, and sustained shocking injuries. His head struck the ground first, and was fearfully battered, rendering identification,apart from the papers in his p )cket. almost 'impossible. Deceased was smartly dressed, wearing a navy blue suir. There was found in his pocket a Suspension Bridge toll ticket. Our Bristol representative writes :—On Thursday an official of the Clifton Rock Rail- way at the Hotwells, Bristol, was horrified to man falling through space from the eicin ity f. v e Suspension Bridge above. He evident;; r fallen from off the bridge itself or from the r-ar and on to the roadway. A crowd of people gathered, and found the un- fortunate man lying in a pool of blood. His injuries were of a terrible nature. The man wore clothes and a cap, and was about 40 years old, A tramca.r was passing at the time of the fal and the Conductor who was in charge of the car says he heard somtone exclaim, There's a man come over the bridge." Look- ing up he saw the man falling from the bridge on to the roadway, with the result already stated. The body WM removed to the Mor- tuary, Bristol, where it awaits identification.
"pr -w- Lady Auctioneer. LIVELY DOINGS ON THE HAYES. HUSTLED BY CHAGRINED BUYERS. Ladies gentlemen, I am going to give a eolxplr* quids away this evening." This, accord-r.g a youth named Albert John Lewis, w&s opening speech of a. lady auctioneer in the i.-ayes Market on Boxing Day. Tlll auctioneer, by name Mary Ball, was sfcarttittig on a bos, and offering cheap jewellery lor sale, and it is alleged that she played an old- fashioned trick on some of the members of her audience. First of all, according to Lewis, she held up a white metal aibert and asked a shilling for it, adding, I wili give the xnoney back as a re- No one responded, and then she held up a fountain pen and said," I am going to give these away as samples. Will any gentleman give me two shillings for this, and I will give you your money back, as free as the air you breathe, as free as the ground you walk on." Lewis gave her two shillings for a pen, but the lady did not offer to refund the money. In- stead, she gave him two collar-studs, and afterwards got down off her box. Lewis tried to get round her stall for his money, when the lady's husband and another man pushed him back. She herself crossed the road and Lewis followed her &•d asked for his two shillings, whereupon she struck him across the face, and said, Go and drown yourself." She was about to enter a public-house when Lewis caught her by the arm. A crowd assembled, and a constable coming up Lewis told him the lady bad" done him out of two shilings, whereupon she was arrested. The foregoing allegations were made'by Lewis at the Cardiff Police Court on Thursday, when the lady auctioneer was brought up on three charges of stealing money by means of a trick, the victims being three youths named Albert John Lewis, Daniel James Phillips, and Emrys Watkins, visitors from the hills." Prisoner (to Lewis) Didn't I promise you a present ? Lewis: You promised to give us our two shillings back. Prisoner No I promised you a present, fwd I gave ycu one. f hav^tyod on the Hayes for 13 years, and I never promised anyone to give them their money back. Wasn't I knocked about, and didn't I lose my hat and my shawl ? Lewis Yes, you were pushed about, but I didn't touch you, although you struck me three times. Similar evidence to the foregoing was given by Phillips and Watkins, like Lowis, parted with two shillings for a fountain pen, relying on the woman's promise to refund the money. Tho Stipendiary (to Phillips): Were you sent there by anybody ? Witness: No, sir I was passing by and I heard there was a lady auctioneer, so I went to see her. P.C. Hudson, who arrested prisoner, said when charged at the Police Station, she said the lads bought the pens, which were good value. Husband Takes Responsibility. Prisoner plea ed not guilty to all three charges, and called her husband, Frederick Ball, who said that. if prisoner had committed any irregularity it was by his instructions, and therefore he was responsible. The Stipendiary I want you to understand what you are saving. You need not answer the question and inci iminate yourself—although you have already done that—but do you say that what your wife did was by your instruc- tions ?—Witness Yes, with regard to selling. Did you direct her as to what she was to say?—Yes. Then you take upon yourself the responsi- bility of everything she said and did ?—Yes. We have been selling there for nearly twenty years, I should think, and we have always sold in the same way. The Stipendiary committed prisoner for trial at the Quarter Sessions and admitted her to bail in her own recognisances of £10, and her husband's of a like sum.
RAILWAY CRASH. Collision on Great Central. Two passenger trains came into violent collision on Wednesday, between Glossop and Dinting, on the Great Central Railway. The impact was very severe and several passengers were injured. Happily however, there was no loss of life. The first two carriage of the on- coming train were telescoped, and four passengers were hurt. Helpers from Dinting, Glossop. and Manchester were impeded in reaching the scene of the accident by the snow which had fallen heavily during the night. Few of the passengers received serious injury. Ben Bowden, landlord of a Glossop hotelJiad his legs fractured Jesse Dye, Glossop, was hurt in the spine. Mrs Howard, of Glossop, was cut about the forehead. Joseph Brough, of Dukiafield. is suffering from shock. The other injured passengers were able to proceed to their homes unaided, but the four named were taken either to the hospital or their residences by ambulance and motor car.
FOUND IN THE CANAL. Cardiff Woman's Fate. An inquest was held at Cardiff on Thursday by Mr E. B. Reece on the body of Honorah Collins (59), of No. 1. Aberystwyth •street;, whose body was found in the Glamorgan Canal on Sun. day afternoon. Corneiius Collins, son of the deceased, stated that he last saw his mother on the Sunday morning. He thought be heard her go upstairs and called out to her^nquiring about his break- fast. He received no reply, and then his brother informed him that she bad gone ou. Deceased had not been well tor gome time, anu bad had a cough and suffered from pains in the head. But no matter how bad she was she wouid not have a doctor. He had never beard her threaten to take her life. Mrs Ellen Guy, of 50, OrdeH-street, stated that on Friday and Saturday Mrs Collins com- plained of ill-health, after which P-C- Tasker gav evidence as to the recovery of the body Irom the canal near the Hayes Bridge. Dr. J. J. Buist said death was duo to drown- ing, and there were no marks of injury on the body. A verdict of Found drownad was re- turned.
PRIZE FIGHT THAT DID NOT COME OFF. Before the Porth magistrates on Thursday appeared the participants in a prize fight which was arranged to have taken place on the Llanwonno mountain on Monday morning last but which was frustrated by the port-h police. The defendants were William Henry Gregory, Ynyshir and Thomas Price, principals Samuel Thomas, Ynyshir, and Thomas James Gregory, Porth, seconders and James Coles, Ynvshir, stakeholder. P.C. Mitchell, Ynyshir, deposed that tne police surprised about 300 persons, who had congregated on the mountain side.forming a ricg around the principals. Upon seeing the police the crowd ran in all directions, but subse- quently the defendants were arrested and charged with participating in a prize fight. William Henry Gregory replied, I admit. I was there," and Price said, "I admit 1 was there, and was willing to tight." Coles had a purse containing £10, which he admitted was the stake for the fight. The Bench bound all defendants over in the sum of £5, and ordered them to pay cost*.
Penrhiwceiber Affray. MAN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED. A serious stabbing affair took place late on Christmas night at the residence of James Young, 5, Pentv/yn-avenue, Matthewstown, Penrhiwceiber. The family were cele- brating Christmas Day and in the company- were a lodger, named John Davies, and George Teague, of 14 Homerton-street, Matthewstown. From some unexplained cause a quarrel arose between Teague and Davies, when the latter, it is alleged suddenly drew a clasp knife, and making a lunge at Teague stabbed him in the abdomen, inflicting a terrible gash. Medical aid was at once summoned and Dr. Jamison (assistant to Alderman Dr. R. \V. Jones), who is located at Ynysboeth, im- mediately attended to the unfortunate man's injuries. It was found that Teague had reecived a wound which required ten stiches. He lost a large quantity of blood and had it not been for two local ambulance men (Messrs Matthews and Jenkins), who were residing close by, who did their utmost to stop the flow of blood until the doctor arrived. Tcaguc no doubt would have died. He still lies in a very weak condition. Davies is about 56 years of age. He was arrested at the Lee Hotel, Penrhiw- ceiber, by P.C. David Charles, and conveyed to the police station. Teague. who is about 56 years of age, was reported this morning to be in a precarious condition.
DAVIES AT POLICE COURT. John Davies. an old man lodging at 5, Pen. twvn-avenuc, Tyntetown, Penrhiwceiber, was brought up in custody on remand at Merthyr Police Court to-day on a charge of cutting and wounding George Teague a.t Penllwyn-avenue on Christmas Day. The police applied for a remand until Wed- nesday next, a medical C'crtifirat" big pro. duced that Teague was unfit to appear The remand wa« granted, Davies saying .1at he knew nothing ut all about the until the next morning, when he was told about it. The police evidence snowed that when brought to the pahce station Davies was very drunk.
Grave Naval Outlook. THE PORTSMOUTH AFFAIR. Mr Fred T. Jane writes in the Daily Chronicle King Log has been replaced by King Stork at Portsmouth Naval Barracks, and unless there is some very plain speaking indeed, we are on the eve of trouble, besides which the recent riots will be child's play. The causes of the original trouble arc still obscure, but there is no doubt that the new rulers came with a fixed idea—that discipline in the bar- racks was in a bad way. They may or may not also hare held the view that in the recent riots the bluejackets got very near to active sympathy. The new commodore brings a reputation with him for doing certain things as a captain that captains do not usually do. For instance, he is said alwava to have told off men himself, instead of leaving it to the commander, and to have carried this rule to the barracks with him. It may seem a. little thing, but the men do not like it. To some it implies things that, if not in any way meant, are yet believed to be meant. One peculiarity of the commodore is alleged to be in going the rounds at 1 o'clock in the morning, and this, so far as I can gather, set some discontent simmering. His visit to the canteen on Sunday is a breach of a species of etiquette, which demands that in their hours of leisure the men shall not be interfered with. The commander was, of course, quite within his rights, but the action was tactless. The barrack system is at best a very bad thing indeed. It is copied from the Russian navy, to which one would scarcely look for lessons on efficiency. Discipline that is natural on shipboard is irksome on shore, and there is not the slightest doubt that tact of a supreme order is essential for the avoidance of trouble. On Monday afternoon the men were ;i.t work instead of enjoying the time-honoured Christmas Eve routine. It is not the best taste to say that this is another instance of want of tact, but good taste must go by the board when one sees grave trouble beating up. I may claim to know the lower deck of the Navy tolerably intimately. And in the gravest possible manner I would say that the system of making things hot all round, of treating men as possible mutineers, is the way to create a mutiny. The whole situation at the Naval Barracks is now a mine likely to explode at any moment. At present all arms are locked up, lest there should be a "mutiny." Marines are under arms. fin board every ship in har- bour there is a standby patrol. We cannot continue like that; we might as well be in Russia. One thing only can be done. The barracks must be cleared altogether, and the officers andmeaput into some of the ships now lying in the dockyard. Then things can start afresh. This is the only solution. Once more I repeat, things cannot go on as now without the seads of terrible trouble being sown. I have tried to review the situation fairly, without fear or- favour, and with full knowledge of the gravity of the problem with which I am dealing. Something must be done, and done at once. Much Discontent. A Portsmouth correspondent telegraphs that no further developments took place on Tues- day at Portsmouth Naval Barracks, the usual Christmas routine having been observed. The men remaining in barracks were regaled with Christmas fare, and the quarter? were visited during the forenoon by csecutivo officers, but though no hostile demonstrations occurred, much discontent is said to prevail at the dis- ciplinary methods introduced by the new officers, and it is fiWl felt necessary to take special precautions to cope with any disturb- ances that. might occur. Efforts have been made by the commodore to restore a better feeling by the issue of a conciliatory memo- randum, but this has scarcely as yet had the desired effect. Commodore's Memorandum. Commodore Galloway's general memorandum was issued under Tuesday's date to every room and mess in the Royal Naval Barracks, and the fall text is as follows :— Roval Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, 0; December 25th, 1906. The commodore observed with some satis- faction a considerable improvement in the personal appearance, alertness, and general smartness of his new comrades. and feels the most perfect confidence in their man- liness to assist him and Commander Sinclair in the task of making Portsmouth Naval Barracks the first naval depot of the civilised world in the same way as the recent battleships he has had the happiness to command. The commodore addresses not only all the chief and petty officers but every man without exception, as he well knows that among so-called bad characters there are many who have only made a slip or two, or perhaps have a spice of the devil in them, but whom he would be only too glad to have with him when hard blows are being dealt The commodore finally points out that he considers evev individual under his command as being specially under his protection, and therefore to be shielded from injustice. He has no effeminate partiality for one body of men more than another. The whole object of our existence is to defend the country, and therefore he considers nothing but the pre- paration for war. That is the touchstone of all his acts, and be the man bluejacket, stoker, or marine, he regards them all with an equal eye as warriors.—(Signed) Galloway, Commo- dor-e. Hopes arc. entertained that the i"sul1 of this will remove any misunderstanding that that has been causrd, and. it is also authori- tatively stated that. there is no intention of using àny harsh disciplinary methods, and that a wrong construction has been plaoed on the speech made by CommanderSincliir to the men on parade, which was in no sense intended as a threat. The man who was sentenced to 42 days for coughing in the commander's presence was not arrested by that officer's orders, but by a petty officr who noticed his conduct, and his case was not disposed of without long and careful investigation. He offered no defence, but the men sitting near him were called by the court, three bearing witness against him.
Racial Conflict. BLOODY MISSISSIPPI MELEE. Memphis (Tennessee), Wednesday.—There has been a racial conflict to-day in Kimpser, County Mississippi, as the result of which, at a moderate estimate. 15 persons, nearly all negroes, have been killed. The disturbance began on Sunday night with a fight between some negroes, who were travelling by train to Wahalak. The con- ductor of the train intervened, but was stabbed by one of the negroes, whereupon he drew a revolver and shot his assailant. The Governor has ordered more Militia to the scene.— Reuter. New York, Wednesday.—The Jackson (Mississippi) correspondent of the World says since the withdrawal of the troops from there yesterday afternoon a race riot has taken place, nine negroes and two white men being killed, while one white man was badly wounded.—Central News.
Villages Overwhelmed. FATAL AND DISASTROUS FLOODS. Smyrna, Sunday.—In consequence of the torrential rains the rivers have overflowed their banks and flooded the Magnesia and Aidin Valleys, causing widespread damage. Several villages have been completely destroyed, en- tailing considerable loss of life.Reuter,
1 MILLION LETTERS. AT CARDIFF P.O. IN ONE DAY. Record Christmas Pressure. Nine years ago, when the palatial building. of the new Cardiff Post Office were opened in Westgate-street, it was anticipated that ample provision had been made for any increase that might take place within the ensuing 50 years. Yet, so great was the rush of work during the present Yuletide that from floor to basement every inch of room was utilised, and with a little additional pressure it would have been necessary to seek additional premises. "It's the worst Cilristrnas we have ever had," remarked a leading official of the Cardiff Post Oflice to a South Wales Daily Neivs representative on Wednesday. By worst he meant busiest." The crush, especially on Christmas Eve," he continued, was terrible, and the public ought to be ashamed of themselves for putting off their Christmas posting so labe." In justification of the statement as to the great increase of Christmas work, comparison was made bel ween the parcels traffic of the 1905 Christmas and that of the week that has gone by. In 1905, from the evening of Dec. ISth to the morning of Dec 26th inclusive, 41,491 parcels were delivered from Cardiff Post Office. For the corresponding period in 1906, the total has been 43,787, an increase in parcels delivered alone of 2,296, or 5.55 per cent. Hut this does not dispose eren of the parcels traffic. for there had to be dealt with at least nn equal number of parcels posted in Cardiff for delivery in other towns, and another 43 0C3 jr so of parcels forwarded "—i.e.. parcels posted in other towns and handled in the Cardiff Post Office as they parsed through to their destination. Thus, during the week under review, at least 150,000 Parcels were dealt with by the staff at the Cardiff head- quarters. Letters, Christmas cards, &c., showed a similar increase. Thanks to the installation at Cardiff of the Columbian electric stamping machine it is possible to get almost at the actual number of letters de- livered in Cardiff on Christmas Day. This machine, which is worked by electric power, is capable of stamping 600 letters or cards per minute. It was at work incessantly, stamping Cardiff-addressed letters from 10 a.m. on Monday to 5 a.m. on Christmas Day, and during those cigh-ecn hours it dealt with 648,COO letters. An equal number was posted in Cardiff for other towns, and about 120,000 letters passed through the Cardilf Post Office from and to other towns, making a total of 1,416,000 letters and cards dealt with at Cardiff on that one day. Ordinarily, the number dealt with is 1,250,000 per week. The Cardiff head office staff, including aU departments, comprises a little over one thou- sand men and women. For the Christmas traffic about 1?0 additional men had to be en- gaged from outside. Auxiliary postmen num- bered 80. The 110 local postmen were, many of them, engaged from midnight on Christmas Eve until the earl7 hours of Christmas morn- ing in preparing the letters for delivery, aud for this purpose they had to uso the extensive cellarage. So great was the crush of work that from the 23rd to the 25th many members of the staff were at work for 16 hours at a stretch and 1,520 meals were supplied on the premises. The completeness of the arrangements made by Mr Spenceley and his staff commands admira tion. Nothing could have exceeded the efficiency with which the work was performed, and the hard-worked staff merits the heartiest thanks of the public.
Mail Train Sensation. e MISHAP NEAR KIDWELLY. Fireman Falls Off the Engine. o A sensational mail train incident is reported from Kidwelly, a town eight mile:; cast of Car- marthen, on the Great Western Railway main line. Last nigl.t, as the up mail, which is due out of Neyland at 6.30, was approaching Kid- welly Station, the fireman fell off the engine and sustained considerable injuries, including a scalp wound and bruises on the arm and hip The driver of the engine, although he did not observe his comrade fall, his attenti: n being at the time focusscd on the Kidwelly Station lights in the distance, quickly discovered that his fireman was missing, and decided to pull up the train at Kidwelly Station, althougii the train is not scheduled to stop there. He reported the mishap to the station officials, and a party proceeded down the track in search of the missing man. They had not proceeded far before they met the fireman, making his way slowly towards the station, Evidently in considerable pain. The fireman was assisted into the station, but upon examination it was found that his injuries, apart from shock, were comparatively super- ficial, and the down train being then due he boarded it and proceeded to his home at Ney- land. The fireman's place on the mail train was filled at an intermediate station on the journey to Cardiff.
PICKPOCKET IN MARKET, Cardiff Girl Sentenced. KGzia. Payne was chargpd at Cardiff on Thursday with stealing a purse containing abou Ss from the person of Marv Jane Pedicr at Cardiff Market on December 22nd, 190S. Mr Harold Lloyd defended. Prosecutrix said she went out shopping on the 22nd, having Ss in a purse in a handbag, which was closed and carried on the wi ist. She was accompanied by her husband. At 9.30 p.m. she was amoijg-t a crowd near the penny bazaar in the market. While there Detective Harris touched her on the shoulder, and then she saw that her handbag was open and her purse gone. Prisoner was in the crowd, and was arrested by Detective Harris. The latter said he had prisoner under obser- vation from 7-30 to 9 30 p.m on the night in question, and he described her movements among crowds of people ill the lleighbourhool of the Hayes and the markets during that time. Coming to the subject of the charge, he said he saw prisoner go up to the side of prose- cutrix, open the hand-hag with her right hand, and hurry away. Witness spoke to the prose- cutrix and caught hold of prisoner, who said, Let me go. I've got nothing." Detective- Inspector Davev then came up and witness said to him She has dropped something." Prisoner answered, I did not Jet me go." Ethel Lyon, manageress at the penny uazaar, said shortly after the arrest of prisoner she saw a man pick up a purse near the spot where prisoner stood. Prisoner pleaded guilty, and Mr Lloyd on her behalf pointed out she was only 21 years of age, and this was the first time she had been in that position. Up to a couple of years ago she was in respectable service. The only thing th.s lapse could be put down to was that she had given way to drink. She was the daughter of respectable parents, her father being a shoe- maker in the town, and was desiroas of making a fresh start. She was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment in the second division.
HOLIDAY RAILWAY TRAFFIC. Approximate Returns at Cardiff. rhe following table shows the approximate number of passengers dealt with at the Great I Western. Taff Vale, and Rhymney stations at Cardiff durine the Christmas holidays Dec. 24. Boxing Day. Great Western 15.000 Taff Valc 6,000 8,000 Rhymney 3,500 —6,000 Totals 24,50-0 29 OCK) The. figures for Christmas Lvc arc nothing liKe so heavy a'; hor. often been the case, this being doc to the fact that so many people started for their holidays on the Satarday. The latter day was far and away the busiest at the Great" Western station, as on that day something like 20.000 passengers were dealt, with. many of these book ng for long distances, either to London or the North. So far ap the Taft and Rhvmner aro concerned, the Boxing Day returns are some- what smaller than in fcome previous years. On Boxing Day large numbers of people travelled on the Great Western Railway to Newport, to witness the match at Newport between the South Africans and Monmouthshire. On all the lines the parcel and goods traffic has been unusually heavy.
A THOUSAND PITIES." Cardiff Coroner & Guardless Fires At an inquest at Cardiff on Thursday on the four year old son of Mr and Mrs J. Emersbn, of Herbert-street, who died at the Infir- mary as the result of burns sustained on 31 ou- day, the fathei- said t-here. was no guard on the fire. and the deceased was lett in the care of an eider brother while his mother went on an errand. The older boy went to the door as he thought there was a caller, and on returning met the deceased enveloped in Haines in the lobby. A neighbour named George Blackler, attracted by tbe scrcams, wrapped a sack round the child and extinguished tbe flames, after- wards removing deceased to the Infirmary. Dr. Spencer W atkins said the boy was burned about the arms, legs. and chest, and died the same evening. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death," the coronw (MrE. B. Reece) comment ing on the absence of a fireguard. He said it was a thousand pities parents did not think of it and provide the guards. There was great negligence in leaving chlidren in a room where there was a fire without sufficient protection. Blackler's prompt action was commended by the jury.
The following advertisement appeared in an American paper :—J. R. Fuller, dealer in soft and hard coal, icecream, wood, lirne. cement, perfumery, nails, putty, spectacles, and horse- radish, chocolate, caramels, and tar-roofing.gas- fitting and undertaking in all its branches, hides, tallow, and Maple syrup, fmo gold, jewellery, silver-ware, and salt, glue, codfish, and gent's neckwear, undertaker and confec- tioner diseases of horses and children a speciality.
20 HOURS ENTOMBED Cage Mishapat Gorseinon Owing to the cage getting caught in tho sheaves, six men employed in the Cefnarda Colliery, Goreeinon, have had the unplea- sant experience of entombed for several hours-tbrce for 20 hours. It appears that on Wednesday the cage got over-wound, and as a result became fast in the sheaves, and so broke the head gear. Three of the men were rescued in the after- noon, hut the others were not extricated till eat-ly this morning, having been en- tombed for 20 hours. None of them was the worse for his experience, but the las three brought to bank were ia some danger owing to the water rising rapidly.
Cardiffians Wrecked. LIFEBOAT RESCUES 20 MEN. On Christmas night the large Newcastle steamer Hazeldene, bound from a Spanish port to Glasgow, struck on the Log Rock at. Cioaghey, co. Down, and in a few minntes filled with water. A most exciting rescue was effected by the Cloughey lifeboat crew, who with great heroism took off the crew of 20. This is the ninth vessel wrecked in this neighbourhood recently. Mr Fred Clode, of Cyfarthfa-street, Roath. received a telegram on Wednesday from bis son Charles, a fiieinan on board the s.s. Hazel- dene.stating that the vessel had stranded off the coast of Ireland, but that all the crew were saved. The flaxeldene is owned by Messrs Morel and Crocker the captain has his home in Cardiff, and the chief officer, Mr Crocker. is a brother to one of the owners. Amongst the crew, several of whom are Cardiffians, is Ed. forgan, a fireman, and a friend of Fred Clode.
_!lilT" SET ON AT CARDIFF DOCKS. Irishman's Allegation. Before the Cardiff Stipendiary on Thursday Wm. Chas. Davies (22) and George Thomas (18) were chaged with robbery with violence from the person of John O'Brien in Bt uart-street on Christmas night. Mr Harold Lloyd appeared for Thomas. Prosecutor, a marine fireman, said he met the prisoners in Stuart-street at midnight, and they stopped him. Davies asked him, What ship ?" and without further remark struck him in the face. Thomas then put his hand in his pocket and took out his money. Both prisoners afterwards beat him senseless. He lost 16., and two discharges. Afterwards a. constable came up and the prisoners were fol- lowed and caught. P.C.Arthur.Df the ButeDocks police, said he heard shouts of Police I Police I'm robbid," in Stuart-street, and on going there saw the prosecutor, his face covered with blood, and the prisoners standing accused the prisoner of having assaulted and robbed him. Mr Harold Lloyd questioned the witnesses with a view to showing chat it was a case of mistaken identity, but they were posi- tive that the prisoners were the men. Another Docks constable and P.C. Price, of the city force, also gave evidence, the last named stating that when prisoners were handed over to him he searched them and found 4s 5d on one and 3s 4J on the o her. The prisoners were committed for trial at the Assizes, and admitted to boil, each in his own recognisances of £10 and one surety of £10.
INWANTATYER. Home, Wednesday.—Poor little sister-?, aged six, eight, 10. and 14 respectively, yesterday morning went to rcccive tbe:r fat!,cZ"¡ ChI ist- mas greetings in the parlour of the convent, orphanage kept by the Dauehtcrs of Charity at Taranto. The cbillren were playing around their parent with childish delight when the io- human monster suddenly drew a dagger and plunged it into the breast of his eldest daughter Felice tta. The poor child fled in terror along the clois- ters, pursued by her infuriated fattier, who m- flicted fresh wounds each time he caught up with her. Felicetta managed to push open the door of the convent cbapei, where she sank at the foot of the high altar, where a priest was celebrating a festival Mass. Sister Gabbriella. the Supe-t ioress. heroically hurled herself upon the assassin, and with the aid of other nuns managed to hold him till some soldiers and a, naval officer, who were summoned from out- side, came and carried off the wretch to the guardhouse. The unhappy Felicetta. when removed to a. hospital, was found to have been stabbed in 22 places. She succumbed to her injuries later in the day.—" Daily Chronicle
STOLE FOR 'XMAS DINNER. A pitiable little story of Christmas misery waa disclosed at East Ham Police Court on Thurs- day. when Joseph Bentley, aged 36. a decorator. of Telhani-road. East Ham, was charged with stealing a piece of bacon, valued at Is. Christmas Eve, as Bentley parsed Liptons. shop iu High-street, East Ham, be snatched a piece of bacon from a slab and ran away with it. Constable Donohuc. who had seen tho. theft, chased and caught Bentley and took him to the police station. It is quite correct," said Bentley when charged there. My children are witboufr food, and I took it." The defendant now pleaded that he had been out of work for seven weeks, and he had six young children at home who were almost starving. He took the bacon, lie added, to provide his children with a meal on Christmas Day. Constable Donohue informed the Bench that his inquiries showed that the story told by Bentley was true. The defendant was thereupon discharged un- der the First Offenders Act.
CRUELTY TO HORSES. At Merth yr on Thursday E. Evans was charged with cruelly ill-treating a hotse bv working it in an unfit state, and bocreil Jones, Dowlais, wa.s charged with cruising thn animal to be worked. Inspector Barrett, of the R.S.P.C.A.. said the horse was old and debilitated, anri quite unfit for work. Evans was fined 20s and costs, and Jones and costs. William Welsh was also charged with work- ing a horse in an unfit state oa December 15th. and Howell Jones was again brought up for causing the horse to be worked. P.C. Hunter said he found Welsh riding a very o d horse in Market-street, Dowlais. It was very lame, and both hind fetlocks were very much s'wollen. and there were wounds under the collar. Inspector Barrett said the horse ought to have been de. stroyed six months ago. Welsh was fined 203 and costs, and Jones JE3 and costs.
AMBASSADOR TO U.S.A. Mr Bryce Admits Appointment. The Press Association's Aberdeen correspon- dent telegraphs Thc first definite news of Mr B:yce's selection as British Ambassador at Washington reached here nil Wednesday, when a letter was received from the right hon. gentleman stating that his appointment to the American Embassy will compel him to give up his scat for South Aberdeen. The executive of the Aberdeen Liberfll Association will meet on Saturday to consider the situation. Unionist- in I In- division havn been very active during the past few days, and Mr Ronald McXe ll. who fought West Aber deen at the General Election, has agreed to contest the seat on their behalf. There is also every prospect of a Labour candidate being put forward.
WOMAN AND BURGLARS. A Handy Revolver. A sensational a ft an: was reported to the Bel. fast police on Monday. It appears that early ou Monday morning four men entered the house of Miss McDonald, \ork-road, evidently with the intention of committing a burglary. The woman, who resides alone, endeavoured to raise an alarm, when one of the men threatened her life. She immediately procured a revolver, and fired, one of the shots taking effect. The burglars speedily made off, taking the wounded comrade with thm. No arrests no to the present have been made.
BOAT CAPSIZED. Sapper Drowned at Pembroke Dock A sapper named Cooper, belonging to the 35th Company of Royal Engineers, stationed at Pennar Cut. Pembroke Dock. was acciden- tally drowned on Monday evening in the Pem- broke river through the capsizing of a boati A companion who could swim saved himself.
The old boys have decided to form an asso- ciation, and have elected Priai ipal Tre ot Owen president, Mr W. A. BeauUnd *ice-chair« man, Mr W. B- Martin treasurer, and Messrs D. V. Johnston an I D. J. Morris hon. secre- taries. I t is propo"el to hold an annual dinnet each Easter and frequent reunions.
DEATH. BRAIN.—On December 25th, at Clyde Villa, Xew. port-road, Smanniii Brain, age 173. Dearly beloved and deeply regretted. Friends please accept thif the only intimation.
BARNSTAPLE PUPIL TEACHERS7, jt) CENTEE. WANTED, as soon as possible aftrr the H-riot-ruB Holiday*, a LADY PKf^CJPA L ior rhr abovn C-nrrp Candidate* nimt be able to teach Mathsmati^ an as ait the otb-r form subject*. e"' Salary cnmmcncin¡:: at £ lln par annum. Application forms rr.ay be obtained from the under, sicusd, and applications should reach me not l»t« than January 11th. Dated this 21st Deccmbfr. 1905. J GEORGE W, P. BROH-y. SeereUiy. 18976, The Sqrarc,, liiraBtar»X