Charlie Holt's Sacrifice. BY DOROTHY BAIRD. Author of By the Path of the Storm," Audrey's Old Man," &c., &c. There is no fun in you t6-day, Marcia I shall go home-" The words were spoken with a playful affec- tation of petulance, and suiting the action to the words, the young man rose from his very comfortable garden chair, and made as if he would hurry away. Marria Graham laughed, but not very mirthfully. Don't be so absurd," she said. You must stay and help me with those stupid people who are corning to tennis later on." Charlie Holt sauntered back to her, and stood with his hands in his pockets looking down at her critically. She was very pale, for her, and her face bore a strained, worn expres- sion as if she were suffering. You aren't exactly gay, are you ?" he said. f Are you ill ?" No-no," she answered hurriedly. I am -,mte all right, I am indeed." He sat down on the rustic seat beside her, 8tilllooking anxiously into her face. Then something's happened-something more than usually detesrtable, and it worries yoo-" Her fine, straightforward blue eyes dropped before his gaze- Yes," she said quietly. Then, I think you might tell me. Marcia," burst out Charlie impetuously. We've been such friends, and I've told you all the beastly things that ever happened to me. and you've helped me such a jolly lot, I'd like to help you a bit in exchange." Marcia had turned away her head, and it was along time before she spoke. Charlie fidgetted uncomfortably. It must be something pretty bad, our Marcia would have spoken long ago. .She was a girl who generally went straight to the point, without any beating about the bush. Yes," she said at last. it's nothing that you can help me in-it only affects me, and I shall have to battle through somehow. But Fou'll have to know—everybody will know and would rather tell you myself, though it isn't easy to tell anyone." Her full red lips, usually is firmly pressed to- gether were trembling pitifully and tears were brimming in her eyes. She was so obvi- ously one of those strong self-reliant women who seem sent into the world to bear other people's burdens, soothe other people's way in life, that it was doubly disconcerting to find her In distress of her own. Charlie felt himself tmcomfortably unequal to the situatiou. M Oll. don't-I say don't," he murmured dis- tressfully. I can't bear to see you like that. Buck up What the deuce can have upset 'you like this ?" Marcia smiled. She was fast regaining control of herself, and she did not mean to give way •gain. I saw Mi Cranley this morning," she said, speaking very calmly—so calmly, indeed, that the boy had very little idea of the effort it cost her to do so. And our engagement is at an end." Charlie looked at her for some minutes in open-mouthed astonishment. Marcia's engage- ment had been proverbial for its happiness, its suitability. She and Philip Cranley had been so completely devoted to one another. The breach seemed inexplicable. Your engagement at an end he repeated Stupidly. Why ?" Oh, the usual thing," replied Marcia Casually. 14 Mutual consent." Her tone was bitter, and Charlie had seen too mnch of her distress to be deceived. That won't do, Marcia," he said. Please tell me the real reason. If I am to be your triend-the sort of friend you are to me, I think I deserve that you should trust me, and "Confide in me." I can't tell you any more, Charlie, dear. Don't ask me." Her voice was full of uncontrollable pain. Charlie got up and walked a few paces off. For few minutes he stood lost in thought, then he came back and sat beside her again. Marcia, you must forgive me for asking, and you must answer for the sake of the friend- ship, the confidence, the affection between us. Did Philip throw you over because of me ?" Marcia hesitated. She never meant Charlie to Y' <úW what her saving friendship for him ha-' cost her. She sh- ank from telling him n, but his gaze, b attitude, his affection d-f -V nded a -jtraightforward answer. It was pex aps, only fair that e should have one. 44 j'hilip misunderstands—our friendship," she said slowly. a'n Charlie began pacing backwards and for. wards on the edge of the velvety lawn. It was unjust, intolerable, that Marcia, who had been an angel to him Marcia who had dragged him out ot the most awkward fix, the most serious entanglement ot his life, should suffer like this for his sake. Was Philip blind that he could not see that the girl loved him with all the force of her strong, passionate nature, and that the friendship and affection she accorded to Charlie and to boys like unto him, were but crumbs of sympathy from a nature deep in ..n all-absorbing passion, were outcomes of the eternal motherhood in her, nobly seeking to jesve those whose moments of weakness led them into paths of folly and destruction ? Charlie knew it, had learned it in the early stages of their friendship, when full of grati tede, and a new reverence for womanhood, he had fallen, as he believed, violently in love with her. Her calm, strong fiiendship had soon put him right. Now the mire and pitfalls of his former days were put way, cleansed out of his life by the companionship and confidence of a good woman. He looked back in as. tonishment and loathing to the days when he had fallen an easy prey to any designing woman, and had wasted his substance in riot- ous living. He had been a young iool then, and he remembered the day when she had aksed for an introduction as the turning point in his life. Now he was sane, elevated morally and physically. He was getting on in the world, morever. he was in love, sincerely, honestly in Jove with a girl nearer his own age, and more suitable in every way than Marcia Graham, who had so mercilessly, yet so kindly, laughed away his boyish infatuation. The love was his secret at present. He had not even told Marcia about it yet. He had meant to con- fide in her that very afternoon, but now, per- haps, he had better not do so. In rendering him fit to make love to a girl like Dora McQueen, she had wrecked her own life. It would be pitiful, weak, heartless, to flaunt his happiness in her face. But now what could he say to her ? How express the grief, and shame, and compunction which had taken possession of him ? He felt himself so utterly unworthy of all that she had done for him. Marcia, Marcia," he cried, standing still in front of her. What can I say to you ? I can't bear that you should have this to face. You made me ashamed enough of myself in the past, but I am down in the very dust now. I shall n ever-" 44 Don't Charlie, don't. The thing cannot be helped. It is irrevocable. Even if it were not, I couldn't have acted differently during the past months." 44 Marcia, you are an angel," cried the boy Impetuously, but the words choked in his throat. There was silence for a moment, and then Charlie's anger and resentment got the upper hand of him. The dunderhead I" he cried. The blind Idiot Can't he see that you are just friends with me ? Can't he understand that but for ^rou I should be in the mire now ? Can't 44 Bush said Mircia. Be reasonable. Remember how much we have been together the past few weeks. Put yourself in Philip's place, and try to think what you would have felt if you had seen your promised wife con- tinually going about with another man." 44 I am only a boy," protested Charlie with the air of one who thinks himself a man. 44 Not too youthful to imagine yourself in flove with me," laughed Marcia. 44 Oh, Marcia, don't joke," cried the lad in despair. Couldn't he trust you ? Doesn't he see that but for you that horrible Mrs Trawler would have ruined me, body and aooL" "J hopehe would understand," replied Marcia softiv. I have been open with him all along. But one must allow for a natural Jealousy- Love can't always be reasonable. Philip thinks he has found out that I have grown fond of you over this business. He is not the man to marry a woman if he thinks øome other fellow has a. share of her affections. And I am fond of you, you know, Charlie." 44 Fond of me Yes fond of me in the same way as you're fond of that silly little Maggie Bennett whom you saved from being married to an ogre! If Philip thinks your heart isn't large enough to hold all these small fry as well as himself, he's jolly well mistaken. It's down- right selfish and ungenerous of him to expect you to shut in your sympathies 44 Hush said Marcia again. You must remember that our friendship has looked like a violent flirtation all the time. I quite see that I ought to give more consideration to what is due to him. We often put him in a very awk- ward position. You can't expect a man to put up with all that. It isn't reasonable." 44 A man ought to put up with anything for yevu, Marcia." But Marcia would not listen. It is all over and done," she said. And talking will not mend matters. And, Charlie, I regret nothing, nothing but the fact that I have neglected, joined, and hurt him." Charlie could stand no more. I'm goiug," be said. I can't stay and play tennis and make myself agreeable to all those people with that beastly affair worrying me. I shall have to get used to it before I can face the com- munity again." 44 Well, then, good-bye," said Marcia, hold- ing out her hand. Get quickly used to the I Inevitable, and then come and see me again. iloball need cheering in these davs," she added. Charlie strode away, white nd mute, con-, 1 fronted by a problem more momentous than any which he had ever before encountered. From the first he had fully made up his mind that Marcia must not sacrifice herself like that. The estrangement must be patched up, the en- gagement must be renewed. The whole position at present was disgusting and loathsome to him, and be felt he should brealc his heart if it continued. No, it must be remedied, but how—all, how ? He turned away from the town when he emerged from the gateway of the Graham's honse, and for an hour or more he strode the leafy lanes and flowery meadows trying to deaden uncomfortable emotions by physical action. But at last he came to a halt in the depths of a cool and shady wood, a,nd flung himself down on the grass. Thoughts that had remained in abeyance while he was walk- ing now arose and confronted him and would not be put aside. Here he must think his problem out. His brain was clearer now, and he could think more lucidly, able to put aside the misery of realising Marcia's grief in order to review the matter clearly. How could he hope to convince Philip Cranley that Marcia's love was his, whole and undivided, that her happiness was inseparably bound up in his ? No words of his would avail. If Philip had not believed Marcia he would certainly give no credence to Charlie's tale. It was by actions and actions alone that the thing could be proved and the lie given to Philip s suspicion. Suppose he, Charlie, went straight to Dora McQueen and asked her to be his wife. His engagement would surely be proof positive that no love existed betweeen him and Marcia. But then, he could not do that. Up to a day or two ago he had not been in a position to offer himself to Dora. He had been brought up by an uncle, who, enraged at his folly and dissi- pation in the early part of the year, had cut him off with a shilling and forbidden all further communication with him. Until he had re- ceived an offer of the a gency to Lord Maxwell's estates he knew he should not be justified in paying attention to a girl in her position, and the offer had only come a week ago. He was convinced that Dora's heart was as yet untouched. Proposal at the end of a few days' limited courtship would be reckoned an impertinence; allowing for the fact that she would probably regard Charlie's friendship with Marcia in the same way that Philip regarded it, she might almost consider his declaration as an insult. That way out was impossible. It was true that he might stay and carry on his courtship with Dora at his leisure, as he had at first intended, but in that case he would still be thrown a good deal in Marcia's way. Philip would have time to brood over his wrongs, and would read into each of their casual meetings a meaning sinister to Marcia. Also, the boy shrank from seeing her often. There could be none of the old camaraderie between them if he had to pause at every turn to think how this or that would look in the eyes of Philip Cranley. That plan would not do. What then remained ? Nothing save flight. The boy's miserable face paled again as he thought of what it meant. It meant giving up a friendship that had been so dear as to save him from himself it meant giving up a love which he knew to be honest and sincere, the first that had really held him and drawn out all that was good in him. In leaving the place he would say good-bye, a last good-bye, to Marcia and to Dora. Also in refusing Lord Maxwell's offer, he would fling away his one chance of doing well in the world. What probability was there of his obtaining lucrative employment as a stra.ngerin a strange place? He had no capital, his breach with his uncle was final and irre- vocable. He had idled away his time both at Marlborough and Oxford. His education would be of no use to him. What remained ? No- thing but that refuge for cast-off black sheep- the Army. He had talked wildly of enlisting in the old days when things went especially ill with him. But to talk recklessly of it then, when his life seemed a hopeless and worthless tangle, was quite a different thing to con- sidering it seriously now, when everything was going smoothly and his life bade fair to be a success. Calmly and dispassionately he thought it all out. He would ruin his career. He had no particular gift for the Army, and even if solid hard work brought him promotion, even a commission in time, the time lay so far ahead that it was hardly worth while to reckon with it at all. It would mean complete and utter separation from every friend he had, from all who had known him in his former life, from the two girls be loved best in the world. But on the other band, he was quite free to act as he chose. He had no parents who would grieve for him, no one depending on him. Marcia would grieve if she knew, but he intend- ed her to know nothing more than that he had. left the place suddenly, leaving no clue behind him. Dora would think nothing of it, except, perhaps, to wonder Tng-nely what had happened to the young man who sometimes made himself so agreeable. No, his life was his own, to make or mar, as he liked, and he was going to mar it. Yes, it came to that. Having once hit upon a. reasonable plan for demonstrating to Philip Cranley that Marcia was perfectly heart-whole as far n.s he was concerned. Charlie never dreamed of putting it from him. It must be carried out—and at once. It was ruining his life, as he very well knew, but Marcia had cheerfully risked ruining her happiness for him, and he would not lag behind her in generosity. Directly he had thought out his plans he rose, and set his face towards the town. He made a wide detour to avoid passing the Graham's house. He could not bear to meet Marcia again. She would see that all was not well with him, and she would make it harder for him to go. But, Dora—yes, he thought he might see her again, and wish her good-bve. He found her sitting out in the garden, quietly enjoying the coolness which came with the twilight, together with the rest of the family. They thought him quiet and pre- occupied, not so merry as usual. The merciful gloom' bid his face, and they did not see the expression with which he gazed upon the girl, trying to imprint the picture of her sweet fea. tures upon his memory for all time. The occu- pation was absorbing, and made him a dull com- panion. They were almost relieved when he rose to go. Shall we see you at the Graham's picnic on I Thursday ?" asked Mrs McQueen as she shook hands. 44 No-I think not," he answered hurriedly. 44 I—I have another engagement." Then for one single, precious instant he held in his grasp the slim fingers of the girl he loved, and so he went away. 44 How funny of him to turn up at this time and to be so-so quiet and queer," commented Mrs McQueen as they watched his tall figure disappear in the gloom. 44 Perhaps he has quarrelled with Marcia," suggested Dora meekly. 44 And high time, too snorted her mother- "The way they have been carrying on is simply disgraceful. I wonder Mr Cranley puts up with it. The cancelling of Marcia's engagement was not yet public property. That night Charlie wrote three letters-one to Lord Maxwell courteously refusing his offer one to his uncle, curtly apprising him of the fact that be was going away and would trouble his;relative no more and one to Philip Cranley. The last cost,him much anxious thought, and he wrote manty copies before he penned any thing to his satisfaction. 111 I am gciing away (it ran) in the ardent hope that my absence will help you to realise that Marcia. cares, and has cared, for no other man but you. I shall drop out of her life, and yours, completely and easily. Some day, when you have made her happy once more. will you tell her that I will always keep straight, and that I will do nothing to disgrace the life she so generously risked all to save. If you can, will you ask her to think well of me ? He spent the night sorting, packing, destroy- ing. He took with him only the barest neces- sities and a few odds and ends to remind him of happier days. When all was done there was still an hour before he must start for his train. And then, with the sad grey dawn creeping into the room, he faced and passed the darkest hour of his misery. His window commanded a good view of the towruand as the growing light gave shape and distinctness to familiar objects he looked to them lovingly in a perfect agony of farewell. He had been so happy in this bright little Midland town, and it held so much that was dear. For a, brief time his whole being rose in protest. He would not go, he could not—could not bear to do what he had planned to do-it was too much—more than he could endure. Then, quickly regaining mastery of himself he pulled down the blind and sat down, with features wan and drawn, and watched the lagging hands of the clock till they pointed to the hour for action. It waS-some months before Philip, bumbled imploring, brought happinness back to Marcia. In those months he had watched her narrowly, learning, as was inevitable, more of the com- plete nobility of her character, the wideness of her sympathies, the wholeness of her love for him. He was an upright, honourable man, too conscientious to do anything until he was convinced that he was doing what was right but when once he felt assured he had been in the wrong, he was generous enough to own it and to plead forgiveness. And so, amid tears and explanations, and prayers for pardon, Marcia came into her own again, feeling that if anything, their love had been deepened, their trust strengthened by the bteach. She was trying to tell Philip some- thing of this one day, when he showed her Charlie's letter. 44 We owe it to him," he said quietly. He held her close as she read it, and soon he could feel that she was quivering with sobs. We must find him and make up," she said, brokenly. 44 We owe him a debt that we can never pay." But they never found him. Charlie had enlisted in a distant, town under an assumed I name, and at that very time was learning his drills in the dreary barrack square. How he hated it all, save for the comfort of hoping for Marcia's happiness and when he saw the announcement of her wedding in the paper and knew his sacrifice had not been in vain, he was almost content. Years afterwards Marcia was reading the morning paper when suddenly she gave a little cry. 44 What is it ?" asked her husband, looking up. Her eyes were full of tears, and she could not sneak but she pointed to a paragraph relating to a minor war which had recently been brought to a successful close. We regret to announce (it ran) the death of Col Howe, V.C., D.S.O., by whom the cam- paign has been s ) admirably conducted, and who has bronrjht it to so glorious an issue. He was on his way home when a low fever caused by his injuries and the hardships he has undergone laid him low, It is well known that the gallant officer rose from the ranks and held a distinguished record for valour. From papers found after his death it is found that his real name was Holt, and that he was the nephew of the late Gordon Holt, Esq., of Elderknowe Hall. Whatever may have been his reasons for hiding his name in the past, his record is such that we do not hesitate to publish it now. He was unmarried and had no near relations, but he was universally beloved by officers and men alike, and his death removes an upright and honourable gentleman from the Army. 44 How fine exclaimed Philip, but his voice trembled. Marcia looked up with brimming eyes. 44 I am glad to know," she whispered, brokenly. It removes the only cloud- And Philip, clasping her hand, understood.
I The Park Mile, LABOUR M.P.'S CHARACTERISATION. Mr T. F. Richards, M.P., at Newport. Mr T. F. Richards, Labour member for Wolverhampton, speaking at Newport on Sunday, under the auspices of the I.L.P., re- ferred to Lord Tredegar's percentage for traffic passing over the Park Mile, and asked how much longer this was going to continue. It had been going on for 30 years. Further, said the speaker. Lord Tredegar, in consequence of the large amount of land he owned in the colliery districts, compelled the colliery owners to send 50 per cent. of their coal to Newport, and the speaker considered no individual ought to have private rights enabling him to wield such enormous power. The speaker described the manner in which he would make big landlords 44 disgorge their land. 44 Before you are ten years older," lie said to the crowd, you will see landlords sending abroad travellers with samples of land for sale." (Laughter.) As to the Bonse of Lords, he said." they are not such mugs as we think them, and they know a trick or two." This was in respect to the House passing the Trades Disputes Bill "becanse they could not help it." An attack upon Mr Balfour followed, and a statement that the Labour party meant to make the House of Commons a workshop. They had already doubled its work. Mr Richards con- cluded by saying Socialists were the only people who endeavoured to carry out the 44 Sermon on the Mount," and he challenged his Christian friends to refute this. Speaking in the evening, Mr Richards, again referring to the Park mile, said it was 14 legalised robbery," and be would like Lord Tredegar to know that was his opinion. Inci- dentally, he referred to the speed of railway travelling in South Wales, and said if anything was calculated to send him to the asylum it was this. They needed a competitive line in every valley to get a decent service. Next Session, said Mr Richards, the Labour party would try the Liberal Government and see what they were made of by bringing in a measure for the nationalisation of railways. Japan had effected this change, and there was no difficulty about doing it in England.
TO INDICT MR CHAMBERLAIN. A young man asked Mr Fen wick at Bow- street Police Court on Saturday to grant him an indictment against Mr Joseph Chamber- lain, who, he said, had used his influence 44 as a Cabinet Minister" to prevent his realising proper market prices for certain works of art "by old masters, of which he was possessed to the value of some thousands of pounds. The applicant went on to make a long ramb- ling statement which was altogether unintel- ligible, and Mr Fenwick directed him to make his complaint in writing. The applicant was supplied with writing materials, and at the end of about three hours he had written many foolscap sheets which bristled with legal terms, but which were just as unintelligible as his verbal statement. He made mysterious allusions to Windsor Castle and to a relative who had died through being persuaded to change her diet. He added that he was an expert picture dealer living in Graham-road, Wimbledon, and on handing over his statement to a warrant officer he exclaimed in an off-handed manner, If you want to know anything more they promised to make me Prime Minister, but they did not do so. Of course, I don't blame Mr Chamberlain for that. That is a matter I shall have to settle ith the State." The applicant was removed later to the Workhouse Infirmary to be examined by the doctor.
WEST DOWN BYE-ELECTION. Unionist Victory. The result of Friday's polling in the West Down Election was declared on Saturday as follows:— Lord A. Hill (C.) 3,702 Mr A.. Beattie (L.) 2,918 Conservative majority.. 784 In 1906 Mr H. Liddell (C) was returned un- opposed. Previous results in the constituency have been :— 1885. ) 1892 and 1895. Lord A. Hill (C), unop. I Lord A. Hill (C), unop. 11898 (bye-election) & 1900. ) Captain A. Hill (C), unop. 1886. 1905 (bye-election). Lord A. H, C 6589 H. Liddell C 4035 ,U Liddell (, J. B. McHugh .N 1199 j A. Beattie .L 3015 Con. maj 53901 Con. maj 1021 The new member, who returns to the House of Commons after an absence of nine years, is heir-presumptive to the Marauis of Down- shire. The youngest son of the fourth Marquis, he was born in 1846. After two years in the Life Guards he took to politics, and was for some time a Whip of the Unionist party. He is a Privy Councillor, and in 1885-92 and 1895-98 filled the post of Comptroller to the Household.
GUN ACCIDENT. Youth Shot at Killay. A colliery haulier, named David Harry (11), of Waunariwydd, has been admitted into the Swansea Hospital suffering from the effects of having been shot in the abdomen. He says that on Friday night he was proceeding to his work at the Commercial Colliery, Killay, when he heard a report, and found that he had been shot in the abdomen. He was at the time pro- ceeding across a field, and in an adjoining field he saw some men who had a gun with them. Their explanation is that the gun went off accidentally. They at once took Harry to the Hospital, where his condition is not regarded as dangerous. It is stated that two men named W Braylev and Alfred Connock were out with an air-gun, and Connock was about to aim at a target set up in the middle of a field when the gun went off unexpectedly as Harry was walking about 300 yards off.
APPENDICITIS OPERATIONS. Some interesting facts in regard to the pro- gress that has been made in the treatment of appendicitis were given at the inquest at Southwark on Saturday on the body of John Last (39). a labourer, of Peckham, who died in Guy's Hospital on Wednesday, whilst under the influence of an anaesthetic. Dr. Arthur Frederick Hertz said that up to fifteen years ago the disease from which deceased was suffering was invariably fatal, but now patients could be operated upon, and in the majority of cases the operations were successful in saving the patient's life. There were-65 cases in the hospitals last year, and 45 of the patients recovered. That was an indica- tion that patients now suffering from the disease were given a good chance of recovery. The operation was the only thing that could be done in deceased's case The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.
FOUND AT COW AND SNUFFERS. At an occasional Court of tbeLlandatI Petty Sessions, held at the offices of the Clerk at Cardiff, before Mr Tudor Crawshay, John Griffiths, labourer, of no fixed abode, was re- manded until to-day on a charge of steal- ing 5s in silver from the till of the Heath- cock Hotel, Llandaff. The prisoner was in the hotel, and the landlady left the bar for a moment. On returning she found-that the^>ri- soner had gone, and that 5s was missing from the till. Prisoner had wet clothes on, and the marks of these were visible on the counter. The police were informed, and P.C. George went off on his bicycle, and within a quarter of an hour arrested Griffiths, who was drinking at the Cow and Snuffers Inn, Llandaff North.
JUMPED INTO THE CANAL. Elderly Woman Rescued at Cardiff. Yesterday afternoon between 4 and 5' o'clock an old woman jumped into the Glamorganshire Canal near the Hayes Bridge, Cardiff. Some boys, named J. Hewitt, 37,Have- lock street, and Thomas McCree, 98, Cyfarthfa- street, saw her go in, and they at once called for assistance, and succeeded in getting the woman out. She seemed little the worse, and was able to walk to the police station, whither she was taken by P.C No. 5 (Williams). She j stated that her name was Harriet Lock, and that she was the wife of James Lock, who resided at Caerau, near Ely. She is about 60 yea,r- 1 in feeble health.
King Edward Home. HIS MAJESTY IN RADIANT HEALTH. I A huge crowd gave King Edward a most loyal greeting at the Victoria Station of the Chatham and South-Eastern Railway on Sat- urday evening, on his return from his holiday abroad. Admission to Victoria Station was by special ticket only, but railway employees and others who had somehow managed to squeeze in to catch a of a most popular monarch, brought the gathering up to very substantial proportions. Even the girders of the roof held venturesome folk, and the cheers were liter- ally enthusiastic from floor to ceiling. The King's journey from Marienbad, where he went on August 13th last, was direct to Calais, Dover, and then London. He left Marienbad shortly after 5 on Friday afternoon, dining, sleeping, and breakfasting on the train. At Calais the turbine steamer Empress, specially chartered, em barked his Maiesty on Saturday afternoon, lie landed at Dover at five minutes to 4 after a splendid voyage across the Channel in splendid sunshiny weather, occupying 50 minutes. The King was travelling as a private indi- vidual, and there was therefore no military display or ceremonial of any kind. The Marquis of Camden, Lord Lieutenant of Kent, was at Dover to formally receive him, but the reception resolved itself practicallv into a friendly round of handshaking. Cheer after cheer was raised, and his Majesty, bronzed and radiant with health, beamed pleasantlv on all around, and lifted his hat in salutation. It was eight minutes past 4 when the special left for London, and the syrens of many engines hooted out a welcome as the train slowly wound its way out from Dover. It wanted just four minutes to 6 as the train steamed into Victoria station. In the portion of the platform barricaded off for the reception—an island of red baize—stood the German and Austrian Charged d'affaires (a compliment resulting on the King's visit to their monarchs), and Sir Alexander Bruce (acting Chief Commissioner of Police). With them the King, stepping briskly from his saloon, shook hands. His Majesty was wear- ing a blue lounge suit with A brown bowler hat. which stood out in remarkable contrast to the sober black coats and silk hats of the reception party. His manner was very cheery. Accompanied by General Sir Stanley Clarke, Major Ponsonby, and the Hon. Sidney Greville, who formed his suite during his Continental tour, the King entered the waiting Royal carriage, and was driven, without escort to Buckingham Palace, where he was received by Lord Knollys, Sir E. Ewart, and other members of the household. Shortly afterwards the King was visited by the Duchess of Albany. Before leaving King's-cross this afternoon for Rufford Abbey, the King will hold a Council, and receive the homage ot the new Bishop of Newcastle. Leaving Ruhurd on the 16th, and going to Tuichan for a week's visit, his Majestv will reach Balmoral on the 23rd.
THE ARCTIC MYSTERY. Reported Safety of the Missing Men The anxiety created by the publication of a telegram announcing a disaster to the Anglo- American Polar expedition is allayed by a message published in a London evening paper, Some days ago it was announced that the Duchess of Bedford, the exploring party's vessel, had been lost off Alaska, and it was feared that Captain Mikkelsen. Mr Liffingwcll, American geologist, and another member of the expedition had also been lost. The paper claims to have received definite intelligence to the effect that these members are undoubtedly safe. A cablegram from a member of the party, transmitted from Gibbon, in far-off Alaska, was, it is said, received in England on Satur- day. The message, which consisted of nine words, indicated that the ice trip had been safely accomplished, and that Captain Ejuar Mikkelsen, the leader, was safe. Captain Mikkelsen, who has already made three trips to the Far North, was selected by the Royal Geographical Society of London to head the present expedition. The last news heard was a message from Athabasca Landing reporting the loss near Fort Anxious of the Duchess of Bedford. It seems Captain Mik- kelsen, Mr Liffingwell, the American geolo- gist, and another member of the expedition left the ship in February with sixty days' pro- visions, in search of supposed land to the north, and at the time of the vessel's loss had been gone seventy days, and no news had been received from them. One of their dog teams had, however, returned, and it was generally considered that the party would never be heard from again. Victoria, B.C., Saturday.—Advices received here give reason to believe that the Arctic exploration vessel Duchess of Bedford has been lost. Anxiety is entertained for the fate of Captain Mikkelsen, Mr Lffiingwell, geolo- gist of the expedition, and one other member, believed to be either Dr. Howe or Mr Dit- levsen. The party started on a sledge trip to the north-west in February last to endeavour by sounding to locate the continental shelf. One dog has returned to camp, but there are no tidings of the explorers.—Reuter.
COALING OF FLEETS. The "Full Bunker" Rule. The Hague, September 7th.-The creation of a Naval Prize Court before an agreement has been arrived at for the constitution of a naval code, which such a Prize Court must adminis- ter, raises some very difficult questions, which the proceedings in the Third and Fourth Com- missions yesterday and to-day have brought into clear relief. The committee adopted yes- terday a proposal giving to every belligerent fleet the legal rights to fill its bunkers with coal in every neutral port at which it calls, pro- vided that such port is 1,000 miles distant from the last port of call in the same neutral terri- tory. This practically converts the British Em- pire into one vast coaling station for every bel- ligerent fleet. The British delegates still main- tain the present rule limiting the supply to the minimum quantity of coal necessary to enable the fleet to reach the next port. The committee at first approved this principle by eight votes to four, and then inconsistently voted for full bunkers every 1,000 miles by ten to three. It ought not to be the business of a Peace Conference to convert neutrals into bottle-holders, or rather bunker-fillers, for belligerents. England, Japan, and Spain voted against this rule. Germany, Russia, and Austria led the majority. If no rule is passed the Court in which the majority of Continental Powers will interpret the law, will be against the English view. England is willing to make concessions on the transformation of merchant ships into cruisers on the high seas, but not to give everything and take nothing.—" Tribune."
A WARM TIME IN STORE." Socialist M. P. & 11 Broken Bottles." Mr Victor Grayson, M.P., speaking at Slaithwaite on Saturday, replied to the criti- cisms of his broken bottle speech, and said that when he went to Belfast, at some incon- venience, he had found the workers on the point of despair and nearly giving way before the dastardly intimidation of the Government and Lord Mayor. He had used whatever force he bad to keep the people fighting their fight, and told them to stand firm until they had won. He* had been charged by the Press with inciting, but the people of Belfast would not have known of his Huddersfield speech if the Press had not taken the news to them. The Socialists were only just beginning, and if anybody had been upset by what had hap- pened up to now there was a warm time in store for them. They had had enough of quiet. gentlemanly talk. Strike Leader's Wild Talk. Mr Jim Larkin, described as the organiser of the Belfast strike, addressing open-air meetings at.Huddersfield on Sunday, said the Liberal Government were responsible for the deliberate murder of two Belfast workers. If anyone was to blame it was Mr Birrell, who was the biggest humbug who had sat in the seat, of the Irish Secretary. The Conservative was an honest ignorant man, but the Liberal was an intelli- gent hypocrite-
UNION OF JOURNALISTS. South Wales and Monmouthshire Branch At the quarterly meeting of the South WaJes and Monmouthshire Branch of the National Union of Journalists held atSwanseaon Satur- day evening it was unanimously resolved to form a sub-branch for Swansea and West Wales on the lines of the sub-branches already existing in other parts of South Wales, consti- tuting the South Wales and Monmouthshire Branch. Thirty-three new members were elected. A vote of condolence was passed with the relatives of the late Mr K. B. Reece, of Cardiff, several speakers referring in feeling terms to the unfailing kindness and courtesy which always characterised the late coroner's deal- ings with- the members of the Press.
SIR FORTESCUE FLANNERY. A Petroleum Delegate. Bukharest, Sunday.—The official opening of the International Petroleum Congress took place to-day. The Premier and Minister of Lands welcomed the foreign delegates. Several speeches were made, the speakers including the British delegate, Sir Fortescue Flannery. In the afternoon members of the Congress visited the International Petroleum Products Exhibi- tion. Reuter.
A boy named Brinley Lewis, aged 6 years, living with his parents at 41, Vaughan-street, Dowlais, while playing near Gellifaelog Bridge, Dowlais, on Friday, fell down the steep bank of Morlais brook into the water, a fall of 38 feet. He sustained a large scalp wound, and is in a serious condition through concussion of the brain. He is under the charge of Dr. H. Lewis-Hughes. J.P. iiome weeks ago a woman was found drowned nearly in the same spot.
Railwaymen's Demands THE ALL-GRADES MOVEMENT. Barry Men's Support, On Sunday afternoon the Hippodrome, Barry Dock, was crowded with railwaymen on the occasion of a demonstration in support of the all-grades movement of the A.K. R.S. Mr J. A. Keliv, of the Barry Labour Representa- tion Committee, presided, and appealed to railway workers in the present crisis to work shoulder to shoulder for the right which had been granted to all other classes of labcu- that of the recognition of their Trade Union officials. In Germany, with one exxception, the conditions and wages of the workers were worse than in England. The solitary excep- tion was the railway service, German railway- men being weli treated and better paid. There the railways were nearly all State owned. Mr J. R. Thomas, organising secretary, Amalgamated Society of liailway Servants, said he was not going to deal with the question from a local point of view, for the relationship between the Barry Railway servants and their manager was of the very best, and he had always found the general manager ready to grant him an interview on anyquestion. (Hear, hear.) They were not, however, considering tna personal relationship between the society and the manager that afternoon, but the manager being on the Railway Companies Association was on the opposite side to the A.S.R.S. in the tight that was now going on, and although many of the speeches matte up and down the country might have been entirely foreign to the feelings and sentiments of the local manager, yet the fact remained that loyalty to railway organisations demanded that managers should fight the A.S.R.S., and it was on the ground of loyalty to the men's Union that he asked for an emphatic answer to the position laid down by their employer. (Hear, hear.) To the demand of the Birmingham conference that the railwaymen's Union should be treated in the same manner as other Trade Unions, by recognising their representatives in disputes, the railway companies had returned the unani- mous reply that they were always ready to hear the men's grievances, but they could recognise no third party. This position, he submitted, was illogical, as even the Barry Railway, Ly engaging legal advisers in their police court cases and Parliamentary Bills, called in the help of a. third party, and spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in this way. Even railway directors in their colliery disputes had to recognise the miners' Trade Union representatives in disputes; yet they refused to do this in railway matters. Mr Baldwin, the chairman of the Great Western Railway, who was also one of the largest employers of labour in the North of Eng- land, in his own private business recognised a third party in the person of Mr John Hodge, of the Steel Smelters' Union and Mr Sam Fay, of the Great Central Railway, one of the officials who had sent the stereotyped reply refusing to recognise a third party, some time ago called in Mr George Barnes, M.P., in an engineers'dispute (Laughter). Mr Howell Williams proposed the following resolution, which was unanimously passed That this meeting of Barry railway workers, representing 90 per cent of all grades in the service, regret the refusal of the railway com- panies to recognise the principle of collective bargaining through the officials of our organi- sation, and we hereby call upon the Execu- tive Committee to take immediate steps to enforce the demands, and accept no compro- mise which destroys the principle of official recognition. CARDIFF, BARRY, & PENARTH TIPPERS A largely-attended meeting of tippers, plate- layers, traffic men, and others concerned In the all grades movement of the A.S.R.S. was held in the basement of the Cory Hall on Sun- day night, Mr W. Prescott (Cardiff No. 4 Branch) presiding. The meeting was convened under the auspices of the Cardiff No. 4, Barry Central, and Penarth branches, and had in view the organisation of the tippers in these ports. A resolution was moved to exclude the Press, but it was defeated by a. large majority, several members saying the A.S.R.S. had nothing to fear from publicity. The following resolution, moved by Mr G. B. Smith, and seconded by Mr C. White, was carried unani- mously ;—" That this meeting, representing the tippers, platelayers, and the various grades employed under the Cardiff, Penarth, and Barry Railway Companies, consider the time has arrived when an improvement should be made in our conditions of service. Further, we cali upon those who have not joined the A.S.R.S. to do so at once, and thereby render us their practical support, as only by united action can we hope to succeed in our demands." Those who spoke in favour of the motion were Messrs James Graham, W. H. Tugwell, Griffiths (Newport), Edward Morgan, H. Murrell, and J. Littleficld. Churoh Parade at Penarth. The Penarth branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants held their annual church parade on Sunday. A procession was formed at the clu broom, C-ogan, and the prin- cipal streets were paraded, a collection being taken en route in aid of the society s orphan fund. SubsequentlyDivine service was held at the Stanwell-road Baptist Church, the preacher being the Rev. Albert Law.
ENGINE-HOUSE FATALITY. A Shocking Death. Dr. Macartney, Dean Forest coroner, con- ducted an inquiry on Saturday into the cause of death of Sidney Arthur Beddis (39), which occurred at Lightmoor Colliery on Thursday, under circumstances detailed below. Deceased, who leaves a widow and three children, and resided at the Raggett, Littiedean, was a fore- man at Lightmoor Colliery, and it was part of his duty to oil the winding-engine, of which his brother, William Beddis, had charge. At 11.15 that morning deceased entered the engine-room, and took up his stand as usual, waiting for the engine to stop. William Beddis (who was the only witness called) was in such a position that he could not see deceased. A second later, noticing something wrong, he immediately pulled up, and was horrified to find his brother lying dead on the floor. His head was terribiy injured, and he was quite dead. Replying to Mr J. S. Martin, inspector of mines, witness declared that deceased, to his knowledge, bad never attempted to oil the engine whilst in motion, and he could not say if he had tried to do so on that occasion. They allowed six seconds for oiling, which was ample time. No one had complained on that score. There were only two places to oil. Mr 3fartin suggested that two minutes should be allowed for doing this particular work, and that the greatest possible care should be exercised preventing anyone starting until the engine was dead." There was no evidence to show that deceased was actually oiling the engine at the time. A verdict of "Accidental death" was re- turned.
SHOP ASSISTANTS' UNION. South Wales District Meeting. The quarterly meeting of the South Wales District Council of the National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks was held on Sunday at the Central Hotel, Cardiff, Mr Charles Green, president, in the chair. A considerable number of dele- gates mustered, representing nearly 2.000 members. The atmosphere of the meeting showed that the present is regarded as an im- portant period in the history of the Union. It is still complained that there is a want of sym- pathy on the part of the general public, and that considerable ignorance and prejudice exist among a large number of shop assis- tants, as well as of public men and employers. Employers otherwise favourable to trade Unionism throw obstacles in the way of the organisation of their own employees. But it was felt that the education of public opinion would soon clear the way so as to put a stop to cases of victimisation and other practices. The next annual delegate meeting will be held next Easter ,at Cardiff. There is to be an autumn campaign organised by the whole of South Wales, also to be held in Cardiff, when Dr. Clifford and Mr Shackleton, M.P., will, it is hoped, attend. The sum of S2 6s 6d was collected towards the Kentish Town strike fund.
CARDIFF MUSICIANS. Organisation Movement. Mr. J. D. Williams, general secretary, ad- dressed the Cardiff branch of the Amalga- mated Society of Musicians at Cardiff on Sunday night. Mr T. Sanson, pre- sident .of the local organisation. pre- sided. Mr Williams urged the necessity of local musicians demanding a minimum. If a band, he said, was not worth the minimum rate fixed by the branch then it was not fit for the public park. What had been done in other towns could be done in Cardiff. A member sug- gested that in Cardiff they were not strong enough to'make the demand. Mr Williams replied that if there were only two they could have it. An organised two were better than a disorganised 20. The respect paid a musician by a manager was in proportion to the amount paid him. He asked musicians to join the Union with an unselfish desire and not expect the penny-in-the-slot result immediately.
NATIONAL UNION OF CLERKS. A Cardiff Branch. A branch of the National Union of Clerks has been established at Cardiff, and to arouse enthusiasm in the new organisation a meet- ing was held on Saturday evening in the Odd- fellows' Hall. The attendance, however, was small. Mr S. Fisher, J.P. (Coaltrimmers) pre- s ded, and Mr E. C. Reed, the local secrefcarv, in a v gorous speech contrasted the wages and working conditions of clerks with those of skilled workers, and said the reason skilled workers were paid so much better was that thevi long ago recognised the advantages of combination. Mr F. Elvin (general secretary) explained the aims of the Union, which, he said, was not a Socialistic organisation. The clerk, like other sections of the community, must seek by combination and mutual help what it was impossible fox him to obtain by individual effort.
Ambulance Teams. RHONDDA CORPS INSPECTED. Great progress has been made in ambulance efficiency among colliery workers in the Rhondda, and at the second annual inspection held at Pontypridd on Saturday the number on parade nearly doubled that of last year. The members of the two corps, Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach. under the command of Chief-Superintendents Tom Davies and Tal. E. Richards, NI.E.. marched to the Vnysyngharad Ground, headed by the Great. Western Colliery Band. Here the various squads were put through stretcher drillby the chief-superinten- dents, oninstructions from the inspecting officer, Surgeon-Colonel Cureton. V.D.. M.D. The corps represented were :—Treherbert, Aber- gorky, Pentre and Tynybedw. Ton. Ystrad. Llwynypia, and Clydach Yale (Rhondda Fawr division). Mardy, Great Western Colliery, and Porth (Rhondda "ach division!. Colonel Cure- ton expressed himself highly pleased with the smart appearance of the men in their uniform, and the efficiency they attained in their drill. He said he should like to see a deeper interest taken in the St. John ambulance movement by certain employers and managers of Rhondda collieries, as it would be to their advantage— besides being bumanitarian-t.o have men qualified to render first aid in the collieries, where so many accidents occurred. Among the other officers of the Rhondda division pre- sent. were :-Dr. Gabe Jones, hon. surgeon, Clydach Yale Dr R. D. Campbell, Ton Dr. Wallace. Mardy Dr. Cochrane, Porth Stores Superintendent Rees Jones and Supterinten- dent Secretary T. O. Osmond, Treherbert. MONMOUTHSHIRE CUP. At the annual meeting of the Newport and Monmouthshire Ambulance Cup Committee, held on Sunday, Mr W. Bath Cl-ever presiding, it was reported that the fifth competition for the Sir Joseph Lawrence Cup had resulted in a victory for Dock-street Locomotive. New- port. Much credit was due to Blaina for their work of organisation in connection with the competition, the standard of which was not quite up to past years. Eleven teams com- peted. the winners getting 87 points, and Blaina coming second with ö3 points. Tredegar No. 2 beat Tredegar No. 1 by a point with 82. Mr A. J. Sinclair (Newport's ehief constable), who is the treasurer, reported a credit balance of £ 3 18s 5d, the total income being iE35 14s lOd. Dowlais Brigade. On Saturday District Superintendent Jesse- man, of Newport, inspected the new metnbmj^ of the Dowlais Brigade in the Dowlais SchooT- yard. and expressed himself highly pleased. Chief Surgeon Dr. H. Lewis-Hughes, J.P.. and other officers were present at the inspection.
I Ammanford Horse Show. Ammanford 17th annual horse show was held on Saturday. There was a large attendance, and the show in all respects was a great suc- cess. The president was Mr Delme Davies- Evans, Penvlan, and the secretarial duties were performed by Mr D. V. Davies, The Park, Ammanford. The judges were Mr J. F. Ricketts, Talgarth Mr T. Nicholas, Port Talbot and Mr W. S. Miller, Brecon. Awards Brood mare with foal at foot (carter)—1, Thos. Davies, Nantgaredie; 2, John Perkins. Llandilo. Suckling colt or filly (carter)—1, John Perkins; 2, Kees Lewis, Llangadock. Brood mare with foal at foot (carter)-l, John Perkins: 2, Thomas Thomas, Pontar- dulais. Suckling colt or tilly (carter)—1, John Perkins 2, Thomas Evans, Pontardulais. Yearling colt or filly (carter)—1, David Joseph, Bynea 2, John Per- him. Two-year-old gelding or filly icarter}—B. Roberts, Pontardulais. Mare or gelding, any age (carter)—1, Bees Perkins 2. John Perkins, Closglas. Brood mare, collier, with foal at foot—1, Thomas Lewis, Llandilo 2, G. Griffiths, Llandilo. Suckling colt or filly, collier—1, B..Roberts, Pontardulais 2, David Evans, Llanedy. Mare or gelding, any age, collier, not over 15 hands hih-l, John Hopkins, Llandebie, Lil 2, Thomas Beynon, Penmaen, Gower. Suckling colt or filly, got by Cowin Emperor—1, David Evans, LlaDedv; 2, William Thomas. Llandebie. Brood mare, hackney, with foal at foot-I. J. and T. Mathias, Pontardulais, Hornfoot; 2. R. A. Falconer, Abergwili, Amman Empress. Suckling colt or filly, hackney-I, J. and T. Mathias, Middleton Relish 2, R. A. Falconer. Yearling colt or filly, hackney—1, Thomas Thomas, Pontardulais; 2, William Morrig, Ammanford, Amman Gordon. Two year old gelding or tilly, hackney—1, David Harris. Dyflryn Stores, Amman Emperor; 2, William Thomas and Sons, Bryncoch, Lady Daisy. Mare or gelding any age, hackney-I, R. A. Falconer. Amman Empress 2, D. and J. Jones, Coedadam, Dacre's Model. Brood mare, cob, with foal at foot—1 and 2, John Hopkins, Llan- debie, Itiss May's and Pollyawsom. Suckling colt or lillv. cob-I, John Thomas. Llandebie 2, John Hop kins. Yearling colt or filly, cob—1, Johi) Hopkins, Penlan Laddie; 2, Ben Morris, Pontyberem, Tosv Two year old gelding or filly, cob—1. Thomas Davies. Castell Hywel; 2. J. and T. Mathias. Mare or gelding any age, colr-I, John Jones, Llandilo, Lady Lofty; 2, D. Davies, Cilrhedyn. Park Empress. Suckling colt or filly, got by Royal Post—1, W. Morris, Old Cross Inn Hotel 2, David Morgan, Newfound- land. Brood mare pony, with foal at foot—1, Roderick James, Tycanol 2, H. W. Davies, Heolfawr. Suckling colt or filly pony-I. H. W. Davies, Heolfawr 2, Henry Davies, Blaencib, Liandilo. Brood mare pony, with foal at fooT-l. Rees Edwards, ew Plough, Lian- dilo 2, Davia Jones. Suckling coltor filly pony—1, Rees Edwards, -New Plough, Llandiio 2. Oavid Jones. Yearling coit or filly )> ny—David Jones, Cross Hands 2, William Jones. Pontyherem. Two year old gelding or filly peny—], Samuel Williams, Pontar- ) dulais 2, Thomas, J. Workman, Porthvrhyd. i^are or gelding, any age, pony~i. Roderick Jaine&. Tycanol; 2, John Jones, Cwmcai.han. M ing, any age pony-?, _T.ee s towards, Llandiio 2, Thomas J. V. orKman. Porihyrhyri.
THE TINPLATE BOOM. Expansion of Exports. The Board of Trade return of the export of tinplate indicate no pause in the boom which commenced a year ago. For the eight months ended July, the exports amounted to 247,951 tons, representing a value of £3,976,191. as against 240,458 tons in the corresponding eight months of last year, with a value of £ 3,152,588. An increased value in favour of the present return of no less than iE823,603 is therefore shown. QUANTITIES. Month ended Eight months 31st Aug. ending 31st Aug. 1906. 1907. 1906. 1907. Russia 65.. 402 1,334 4.261 Germany. 2,960 3,443 21,499 27,463 Netherlands 2,204 2,146 18,203 19,486 Belgium 1,085 538 8,609 5,403 France. 2,625 2,017 17,486 18,465 Portugal 902.. 517 6,420 7,316 United States of America 5,124 5,646 34,434 44,133 British E. Indies 4,070 3,464 32,417 35,837 Australia 1,429 1,355 11,3S6 9,434 Canada 1,812 1,903 9,378 13,511 OJber countries.. 11,307 10,303 79,312 88,645 Total 33,584 31,741 ..240,458 ..274,951 VALUE. S. Rnssla 894.. 5,609 15,937 54,361 Germany 40,575 55.946 ..292,491 394,911 Netherlands 29,607 33,337 ..244,694 296,813 Belgium 14,389 8,161 ..114,893 78,957 France 33,244 30,740 ..22.8,339.. 26.200 Portogal IL425 7,518.. 80,915 103,292 United States of America 69,222 77,622 ..442,531 619,244 BritinhEast Indies 53,145 53,049 ..438,542 556,559 Australia 18,936 21,015 ..144,368 139,296 Canada 22,217 26,156 ..123,858 181,333 Other countries..M3,887 ..152,328..1,026,019 ..1,283.165 Total 437.531 471,510 3,152^8i 3,976,191 Black Plate for Tinning. QUANTITIES. Month. Bight, Months ended 31st Aug. ended 31st Aug. 1905. 1907. 1905. 1907. Russia. 791 1,681 E.532 9,860 Germany 1,538 1.126 9.741 11,022 Belgium 331.. 257 4,178 3,70i United States of America 14.. 5 17.. 131 Other countries 2,997 2,850 19,49-3 23,351 Total 5,671 5.919 41,891 48,070 VALUE. Russia 7.757 16,961 83,551 ..103,222 Germany 15,530 11.508 96,032 ..111,19, Belgium 4,09T 3,319 47,859 44,505 United States of America 121 47 147 1,167 Other Countries 28,681 30,282 ..191,147 ..245,356 Total 56,186 .,62,117 ..418,736 ..505,444
TUMBLE FLOWER SHOW, Tumble Aowpt show and sports were held on Saturday. There was a large entry in class I. and the principal winners were :-P. C. Guthrie, Martin L. Rees, Robinson, W. Edwards, J. Charles, Mrs Henry, W. G. Rees, L. Treharne, W. Jones, Daniel Evans, David Gealy, Lav, Tanner W. Evans. Classes II. and III.— W. Edwards. Robinson, T. Richards, D. Gealy, Moses Morgan, Mainwaring, T. Roberts, D. Thomas, Miss Hughes, Mrs Stephens. Boys' obstacle race—H. Jones. Cross Hands. 120 yards flat race-Tom Jones, Tumble. Race for boys under 16—W. J. Thomas. Slow bicycle race—Haydn Jones. Cross Hands. 220 yards flat race—Dan Davies, Tumble. Old men's race—W. Davies. Penvgroes- Half-mile bicycle race—Jno. Jones, Tumble. Obstacle race—Willie Jones, Cross Hands. Climbing e--W. Boucher. Wheelbarrow race—J. Henry. Boys race (under 13)-Alquin Jones. The Penygroes Silver Band was in attendance during the afternoon. «
COMPLIMENTARY DINNER TO SIR W. CROSSMAN, To commemorate the honour conferred upon him by the King, a complimentary dinner was given to Sir William Crossman, J.P., Lord Mayor of Cardiff, by the Cardiff District of the Operative Stonemasons' Society, of which he is secretary, at the Central Hotel on Saturday evening. Air Hockey presided over a large attendance, and the Lord Mayor was present, wearing his chain of office. The toast of Our Guest was spoken to by Messrs Philip Jones. J. Collins, and A. Lewis, all of whom made complimentary references to Sir William, and was honoured with great enthusiasm. An excellent musical programme was gone through in the course of the evening.
The Barry Railway Company who some time ago sought an arrangement with the Barry District Council for a supply of water from their mains, up to 2,500,000 gallons per quarter, have now offered terms which have been recommended for acceptance by the Council at its next meeting on Tuesday. The terms are 6d per 1.000 galJ ons for watoer supplied over 2,000,000 gallons, the Council not to be compelled to supply more than 40,000 gallons per day, an increased price to be paid in the event of the water being softened.
More Work, Less Talk," HINT TO GLAMORGAN COUNCIL At a meeting of the Pontypridd Evening Continuation Schools Committee on Saturday a letter was read from Mr Mansel Franklen, clerk to the County Council, suggesting co- ordination and consolidation of the evening classes, the multiplication of which, it was stated, constituted a serious menace to effici- ency and added unnecessarily to the cost. It was also intimated that the county authority reserved to itself the right of closing any par- ticular school in the course of the session. Several of the members took strong exceo- tion to Mr Franklen's letter. Councillor Moses Jones said that owing to the cheeseparing policy of the County Committee education was being hampered in the locality, though efforts bad been made in the district with a view to creating a record in the forthcoming session. Councillor T. J. Thomas urged that it was of the greatest importance that as many pupils as possible should be induced to attend the evening classes, but men who had been work- ing hard during the day could not walk long distances in order to attend classes in the even- ing. If the County Council did more work and talked less about co-ordination and con- solidation it would he far better for education. Alderman W. R. Davies stated that it was the settled policy of the County Council to dele- gate as much power as possible to urban areas, and with this end in view a small committee had been appointed to deal with this matter and confer with urban authorities. No resolution was passed, but it was the unanimous opinion of those present that the local authority were in a position to deal with the question of evening classes much more efficiently than the county authority.
GOOD TEMPLARY. ENGLISH GRAND LODGE OF WALES. Public Meeting at Cardiff. A public meeting in connection with the English Grand Lodge of Wales was held on Saturday night at the Cory Hall. under the presidency of Mr A. H. X. Reddaway. A telegram was read from Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P., who had been announced to occupy the chair, apologising for his absence, and wishing success to the meetings. The Rev. J. Glyn Davies, Newport, dealt with the question of Licensing reform. He pointed out that it was the business of temperance men and women to see that the mischief wrought by the last Licensing Act was un- done.The brewers had seen the the red light of the awakening of the democracy, and the pro- gress of enlightenment, and the general trend lorward throughout the country. Let the Temperance party therefore see to it, and unite to terminate the vested interest created by the last Act. He would be thankful if the Government, did nothing next Session except that. (Hear, hear.) They should also demand that the opportunities and the hours for the sale of intoxicants should be curtailed in everv passible way, demand early closing through- out the country, and the abolition of the grocers' licence. Clubs, too. had become formidable rivals of the churches and of the English home." nd they should demand that the great political parties should cleanse themselves of this miserable thing. He hoped the- Government would deal strongly and effectively with clubs, so that their influence for mischief should be completely cut off, and it behoved the Temperance party to see that their demand for a solid, united, progressive temperance policy was put into operation. (Hear, hear.) Short speeches were also delivered by the Irish delegates present at the annual session and other,, and the members of the Cardiff Blue Ribbon Choir supplied the musical pro- gramme. Cory Hall Meeting. On Sunday afternoon, in splendid weather, the members met in Cathays Park outside the City Hall, and, headed by the Splott Temper- ance Band, marched in procession to the Cory Hall. There were I.O.G.T. representatives from Denbighshire, Monmouthshire, and East Glamorganshire, a contingent of members of the British Women's Temperance Association, and of the Sons of Temperance and Recha- bites and U.C T League. At the Cory Hail there was a good attend- ance. Mr Samuel Fisher, president of the Cardiff Trades' Council, presided, and was supported by Mr S. Stanton (Chief Lodge Agent). Mr J. F. Pickford (District Chief Tem- plar), Mr A. H. N. Reddaway. Mr G. F. Evans (secretary of the Reception Committee), Coun- cillor John Stanford, of Wrexham, Mi- T. S. Jones, D.C.. Mr James Padfield (one of the original members of the Order in Wales, he having jomed it in April, 1871). Mr J. Lile represented the N.C.T.L., and Mr Edward James the Band of Hope Union. The Chair- man, in his address, said he had just returnotd from th.- Trade I nion Congress at. Bath, and one of the finest meetings of the whole series, outside the Co rjgress proper, was th e temperar meeting. A great temperance fellow^jj, been formed amongst Trade Cnior officials up ^:id down the country, and he .as glad to be able to toil them tn5* sr.rv r men r~ th." i..v» vmeni- were in this fellowship. He thought it was a good sign..Bear, hear » Mr S. Stanton, who delivered an outline of the Good Templar movement, and others addressed the meeting. In the evening at the same hall another well. attended meeting was held, under the presi- dency of Mr Charles Sandev. Addresses were delivered by the chairman and the Rev. McCaudless, Belfast. Addresses on Templarv and Temperance were also delivered on Sunday afternoon at the meeting of the Conway-road Christian Brother- hood bv the 'Rev. Mr McCaudless and Mr Mitchell, both of Belfast.
RECORD TRADE. Britain's Amazing Prosperity. The Board of Trade returns for the month of August were issued on Saturday. The total imports were £ 49-296.585 as against A8,889,137 in 1906 and £ 46,856,729 in 1905. an increase of E407,448 over 1906 and of £ 2.459,856 on 1905. The exports amounted to £ 37,355.044 com- pared with 133,492,614 in 1906 and X29,517,&36 in 1905, an increa.se of £ 3.862,430 over those of 1906 and ot £ 7,837.208 over those of 1905. For the eight months ended August 31st the total imports amounted to 6429,850,513. which is an increase of £ 31,848.351 over the imports for the cot-responding eight months in 1906. The exports for the same period amounted to £ 284.124.844, which is an increase of £ 36,595,752 over the exports for the similar period in 1906. The following are some of the principal in- crease* in exports :—Food, drink and tobacco, £ 379.027 coal. coke, and manufactured fuel. 1927,627 articles wholly or mainly manu- factured, cotton. 1576.152 iron and steel, and manufactures thereof. 1415,785 wool, £ 322,898 miscellaneous, £ 303,073.
EXPRESS AND TROLLEY. THRILLING INCIDENT AT NEATH. A young man named Griffith Palmer, em- ployed at the Great Western Railway refresh. ment rooms, Neath, had a wonderful escape from death on Saturday. Palmer had col- lected a number of empty boxes, and having placed them on a railway trolley, was in the act of crossing the lino from the down to the up platform when the up-London express came dashing along. The express passes through Neath at high speed, and before Palmer had time to get clear the front part of the engine caught the trolley and scattered the boxes in every direction. 'Fortunately the handle which Palmer held snapped, and he was pitched across the rafts holding it, in his hands. His injuries are slight, although he received some deep cuts.
CHARLES PEACE'S PISTOL A pistol believed to have been used in the murder of Police-Constable Cook at Manches- ter in 1876 has been found (according to the Manchester Evening Chronicle "). Peace confessed to the murder when awaiting execu- tion for another crime in 1879. At the time of the murder, and when William Habron was tried and sentenced to death. a rigorous search was made for the weapon, several clav-pits ditches being pumped dry. but without suc- cess. Recently building operations have been in progress at the spot, and on Friday in drain- ing a ditch some labourers came across a pistol covered with rust and choked with crusted clay. It is a single barrel, apparently fired with a percussion cap. outwardly octagonal. and with a fairly heavy stock. It has plainly been a weapon of some service and value, traces remaining which show that all the metal work was originally silver plated.
SEA UON IN TRAWLER'S NET. The North Sea is just now infested with big fish following the herrings. Recent captures in- cluded a whale, king fish, and numerous sharks. Trawlers report that a considerable number of seals have arrived at the fishing grounds. At Grimsby the trawler Castor landed a fine specimen of the set lion, which was caught in the nets during fishing operations. It was sold for 8s. A herring boat on Friday landed at Scarborough, as the result of one night's operations, 120 cran of herrings, which sold for £150.
THE CANACS OF MARS. Messages from the observatory station at Flagstaff, Arizona, where recently observations were taken of the planet Mars, state that the photographs of the observations have been completed, and they corroborate the visual observations made by Professor Lowell as to. the seasonal changes and their effect on the Martian canals. The photographs are held to prove that these waterways are dependent on the melting of the snow caps of the planet, and Professor Lowell explains that the cracks ob- servable could not open and shut according to the season in all latitudes without solar insula- tion.