FIREDAMP FLASH. Explosion at Onllwyn. FOUR MEN BADLY BURNT. Early on Monday morning a severe explo- sion oi firedamp occurred at the Dulais C,olliery, Oollwya, near Neath, and caused severe injury to four men- The pit, which is a new one, employing about 200 men, is owned- by Messrs Richard Hodgens and Co.. of Swansea. At about 4 a.m a party of; repairers, num- bering about a dozen, was going round with the fireman, who had found an accumulation of gas. They were engaged in erecting brattice barriers to disperse the gas when there came. a sudden flash of fire. Most of the men escaped with little or no injury, and the fireman was unscathed. The four less fortunate workmen were Walter Herbert (29). lodging at Neath. Wm. Morris (27), of Seven Sisters. Patrick Morris (48), father of the above. Henry Birch (56), of Seven Sisters. All bad severe burns about the face. arms, and legs, the elder Morris being the most seriously hurt of the four. The forte of the ex- plosion was nob great, and did not extend beyond the section where t.be y were engaged. No damage was done to the colliery. First aid was rendered by Drs. Edwards and Armstrong, Seven Sisters, every possible com- fort being provided for the sufferers, who were placed in a brake and. accompanied by fellow-workmen, were conveyed to Swansea Hospital. Last night they were reported to be making satisfactory progress. Another work- man named William James received slight burns. but not serious enough to warrant his removal to the hospital- Walter Herbert, who is a stranger to the village. descended the colliery for the first time on Sunday evening, it being his first workday there. The occurrence created considerable alarm in the district, which is scattered between Seven Sisters and Colbren, where a rumour was circulated that miners had been killed. The probable cause of the explosion is a sudden accumulation of gas after Saturday and Sunday's cessation of work. Mr Richard Hodgens informed our Swansea representative that the accident was due to firedamp. In an interview Mr Jones, the manager, said that, so far, the cause of the ignition of the gas was quite a mystery. He was, however, going to make a. thorough investigation. This was the first serious accident that had ever taken place there.
EXTERMINATION OF RATS. Experiments in Glamorganshire. Tho Glamorganshire Chamber of Agriculture recently directed experiments to be made to test the claims put forward by the Ratin Laboratory, London, with regard to a new bacteriological preparation as an absolutely effective means for destroying rats. no matter how large the area, how difficult the condi- tions, or how heavily infest ed. At the same time Ratin, it is said, is only fatal to rats, mice, and voles (field mice and water rats). and harmless to all other animals. The places selected by the Chamber for an experiment were Pentrebane and Penhefyd. Afterwards The Greenwood was added because Colonel Forrest had on a, previous occasion applied TLatin vw-ithout, in his opinion, producing ap- parent satisfactory results- At Penhefyd the rats were confined to the bir-n (which formed t practically thp only sourer' of infestation), and the experiment here was a comparatively easy one, and completed satisfactorily in a very short time, but at The Greenwood and Pentre- bane the infestation was almost, uniformly spread over a, considerable area, a, number of buildings, banks, wood stacks. &c.. being in- fested by npLts, and it was found that even in the day time, after an application of Ratin had been made, practically the whole of the Ratin put down, amounting to several hun- dreds of teaspoonfuls wrapped up in pieces of paper, had been eaten or carried away by the rats. Although at each of the experimental places Ratin was put about freely and in such q, way that other animals could get at it, (,here has been no complaint of poultry or pigs or other farm animals having died or suffered in consequence of having eaten it. The state- ment by the Ratin Laboratory that no incon- venience arises from rats dying under floors or behind walls has not been disproved on either of the experimental stations. Though a very considerable number of rats were found dead or dv'ng, and though it may be assumed that in add. uon to those that were seen a large num- ber died in out-of-the-way places, there has been no stench or inconvenience of any kind reported. The cost of the three experi- ments has been low having regard to the fact that before the application the three places w heavily infested, that the number of rats was enormously reduced after each applica- tic i, and the places av now free from rats, ana that there is a c, nsquent total absence of damage. Tt repor of Mr H. G. Alexander, secretary to the Glamorgan Chamber of Agri- culture, on the experiments is accompanied by independent reports from Mr Robert Forrest, Colonel Forrest, and Mr Edward Akers testi- fying to the satisfactory character of the experiments.
CONSTABLE'S NOTE-BOOK. There was an interesting little incident at Merthyr on Monday during the hearing of a sum- mons against Frank Adams for supplying drink to a drunken person at the White Hart Inn, Quaker's Yard. Sergeant Jones said that he found a man named Harris drunk in the house, and saw him go staggering home. Police-constable Davies corroborated Ser- geant Jones in such a way that Mr Charles (for the defence) asked him where he learnt his story, and demanded the production of the note he admitted having made. The constable replied that he would not produce it unless ordered to do so. Superintendent Gill said that he would not allow the constable to pro- duce it to Mr Charles, since it had not been used by the constable to help him in his evidence. There was an .imatcd conversation between the six magistrates on the bench, and in the end the Chairman (Mr John Plews) said that Mr Charles was entitled to see the note. "Then let me see it," said Mr Charles. The constable hesitated until Superintendent Gill said that since the chair- man had ordered the production of the note it must be produced. P.C. Davieswas producing the book when Mr Matthew Truran, the second senior magistrate, said quietly, but with emphasis, that the majority of the Bench were -.)f opinion that, Mr Charles was not entitled to ieo, the note. The note-book was then put back into the constable's pocket. In the end defen- dant was fined 40s and costs, although he and two witnesses denied that, the man the police found upon the premises was drank. Harris was afterwards fined for being drank on licensed premises.
CITY BANKER'S DEATH. Mr Edgar Lubbock Found Lifeless in Bed Mr Lubbock. deputy-governor of the Bank of England, was found dead in bed on Monday morning, at 18. Hans-court, Kensington. His death is believed to have been due to heart failure. Three days ago Mr Lubbock com- plained of feeling ill and took to bed, but it was not thought that his condition was dangerous. It was shortly before breakfast when his valet went to call him, to go for his customary morning ride, that it was discovered he had died during the night. Mr Lubbock, who was born in 1847, was the youngest of the band of brothers of whom Lord Avebury is the eldest, being the eighth son of the late Sir John Lubbock. Educated at Eton, he passed first in honours in the final examina- tion for his admission as a solicitor, obtaining the Clifford's-inn prize in 1872. He also took the LL.B. of London University, passing first in honours, and obtaining a scholarship. He was elected a director of the Bank of England in 1890, and appointed deputy-governor on April 9 of this year.
SHOP WINDOW DISPLAY Carried Home by a Pentre Man. George Hockaday, Pentre, an ex-Army man, was brought up on remand at Ystrad Police Court on Monday charged with stealing 44 pairs of boots, value i34 13s, on the night of the 1st of June. P.S. James said he visited the prisoner's premises and found boots and slippers to the value of E9 13s. The remainder of the missing articles had not yet been re- covered. When charged prisoner said he was ("oing home late at night drunk, and saw the window at the shop of Thomas James broken. Ite took the goods home with the intention of returning them. Albert Whiting, manager for Eastman's, Limited, said he saw prisoner going home with a sack defendant was very much under the influence of drink and fell re- peatedly. Mr Dan W, Jones, who defended, leaded that whilst in India with his regi- ment some years ago defendant wa; afflicted with sunstroke, and his brother was looking after him. Prisoner was sentenced to two months' hard labour.
WIFE'S CHASTITY IMPUGNED. At Newport on Monday Garrat Mahoney, Emlyn-street, was summoned by his wife for desertion. Defendant alleged that his wile left him and misconducted herself with Alfred Tutton, a coal dealer. Sirs Finn, landlady of the house in which the party lived, said that Tutton called twice at her house, and leaving his trolley outside went and stayed with defen- dant's wife for two hours. On another occa- sion he stayed one hour. Tutton said he called to collect a debt, and denied the charge made against him. The Bench said they did not consider there had been any misconduct. An order of separation was made, defendant to pay his wife Ss a week
Mr Jeffrey Jones, county councillor for Liajidrindod Wells, has resigned his seat as a member of the Radnorshire County Council.
FATAL PANIC AT NEWMARKET. Numbers Seriously Burned. The upsetting of a cinematograph apparatus in the Town llaJI, Newmarket, on Saturday night and the fire which followed caused a terrible panic inside the crowded hall. A large audience filled the building to witness the show, and when at half-time it was inti- mated on the screen that there would be an interval a number of people made a rush for the doors. The cinematograph appa- ratus was in front of the doors, and in getting out in the darkness some of the people upset it. The lamp at once caught the film, and the hall was brightly lit up with the sudden burst of flame. The audience, of whom by far the larger part had remained in the hall, were in a. terrible position. They were crowded up in front of the screen, and the blazing cinemato- graoh was in front of the only means of escape. They could do nothing to save themselves, and for some minutes it looked as though all inside must be burned or suffocated. The fire alarm was quickly given, and the cinematograph operator did all he could to. extinguish the flames. He seized one pile of burning film and dragged it outside. When the fire hose was connected the flame was qtuckiy got under, and the imprisoned people were able to escape. The water poured on the fire seemed to redouble the fumes given off, and several people were quite overpowered by the poisonous gases. Others who happened to be near the cinematograph when the fire burst out were badly burned, some of them being almost unrecognisable. Several of the victims had to be taken to hospital, where one of them died on Sunday. The victim is a young married woman named Starling. She died from burns about the body incurred during the fire. Her clothing was 'n burned to cinders- Clara Ashbv, domestic servant, suffered terrible burns, being practically blinded and another girl, Martha Draffin, was also seri- ously injured, the condition of both last even- ing being considered so serious that fatal results are feared. Henry Jellis, a promising light-weight jockey, belonging to Tom Jennings's training estab- lishment, is also detained in the hospital with hands burned. His condition is fairly satis- factory. It is believed quite 300 persons are suffering from burns, bruises, and shock, and the doctors have attended cases all over the town. Many had their wounds dressed at the hospital and were discharged. After the fire had been extinguished the mad rush to leave the hall continued, and a police sergeant and a constable sa.ved many people from serious injury bv dragging fainting and hysterical women and cilildren out of the door and handing them to the crowd outside, while other helpers resued the imprisoned through windows or openings made elsewhere. Many left portions of their apparel behind them in their anxiety, and the police after- wards found a quantity of jewellery, most of which has since been claimed.
TOWN HALL A DEATH TRAP. With the full facts available it appears mar- vellous that anyone escaped a live; from the Town Hall. Newmarket, on Saturday night during the panic, which resulted from the tire which broke out on the cinematograph appara- tus used. It is certainly largely due to the exertions of the captain of the Newmarket Fire Brigade, the manager and operator of the exhibition. Police-Sergeant Graham. Constable Bright, and others that the toll of lives did not reach terrible proportions- One doctor has been called to 60 cases, but these are principally for minor burns, abrasions of the skin, and shock. At the inquest on Mrs Starling yesterday afternoon her husband said he was quite close to the cinematograph in the Town Hall on Saturday night. The apparatus was fixed on boxes within a foot or two of the exit'. He thought a film became ignited accidentally while the operator was changing it. Flames shot up, and a cry of Fire was raised, causing a rush to the exit. Witness attempted to get his wife out, but one of the two exit doors was closed. Witness's wife was pushed on the blazing apparatus, while he was swept out. Two minutes later his wife appeared and he took her to the nearest hos- pital. He thought the apparatus so unsafe that a little wind would have blown it over. Mr Ernest Tyson, surgeon, staLed Mrs Star- ling died from shock, being a mass of burns from head to foot. The inquiry was adjourned till Wednesday next.
THE INNOCENT ABROAD. Liverpudlian's Drunken Spree. A case which caused the magistrate to be mildly sarcastic came up at North London Police Court on Monday, where Richard Parry, aged 67, printer, gi ving his address at Walthamstow, was charged with being drunk and incapable in the street. On Saturday night the prisoner was found in a helpless con- dition at St. Paul's-road, Islington, and at the station a doctor's attendance was necessary. The prisoner now pleaded guilty, and said he had no money to pay a fine because he had been robbed of all. He met a man who asked him to have a drink, and told him that if he took too much he (the man) would see him home. But the man left him, taking with him his (prisonpr's) purse, which contained X4 in money and hislreturn ticket to Liverpool. Mr Fordham Having come from a little place like Liverpool, you don't know the ways of the world, and especially of London. (Laughter). Of course you, coming from Liverpool, had never tasted drink, and did not know the effect it would have upon you and you innocently believed the kind man in London who said he would take care of you and see you home if the drink overcame you. (Laughter). It,is really too bad of him. But, you will have to pay 2s 6d and 7s 6d doctor's fee incurred. The Prisoner I have no money, and shall have to walk back to Liverpool. Mr Fordham In default of paying the fine you will have to go to gaol for seven days.
TRAM-CAR DRIVER BLAMED, Kingston Coach and Car Accident. The resumed inquest on Stephen George Cox, 46, horse breaker, of no fixed abode, who was killed in the collision at Kingston-on-Thames, between the electric tram-car and a Dorking coach on August 30th. was held on Monday, Thomas Tagg, the driver of the coach, said he had had several narrow escapes this season at the corner where the accident occurred. The tram-car was undoubtedly going too fast, and although he did all he could an accident was unavoidable. He estimated the pace of the car at from 12 to 15 miles an hour. Patrick John Lynch, driver of the tram-car, in his evidence, however, said his speed at the time of the accident was only six-and-a-half to seven miles an honr. He considered the accident would have been avoided if the. coach driver had kept to his proper side and applied his brakes. The coacb rame around the corner at eight miles and hour. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, and added, We find that the tram- car driver wa.s entirely to blame for the accident which caused the death of Cox."
KING TO VISIT BRISTOL. The Opening of the New Dock. The King will pay a visit to Bristol late in the spring of next year, when his Majesty is to open the Royal Edward Dock at Avonrnouth. This dock has been constructed by the Cor- poration of Bristol at a cost of nearly four millions. The foundation stone was laid with an elaborate ceremonial in March, 1902, by the Prince of Wales, who was accompanied by the Princess, and they were the guests of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort at Badminton Park. The last Sovereign visit to Bristol took place in November, 1899, when Queen Victoria went, down from London to open the new Convales- cent Home. The King (then Prince of Wales) passed throuch Bristol in January, 1884. when he paid a three days' visit to the late Sir Philip and Lady Miles at Leigh Court. His Majesty also visited Bristol in September, 1871, when he was present at the June Race Meeting over the new course on the late Sir Greville Smyth's estate at Knowle. The King was then the guest of the late Lord and Lady Fitzhardinge at Berkeley Castle.
CARDIFF WHARF INCIDENT. W. Barry (22), was charged at Cardiff on Monday with stealing El 2s 6d from the person of Ab. Dooraman, with violence at the East Wharf on Sundy even- ing. Prosecutor, who gave his evid- ence through an interpreter, said that he met two girls. The latter were in court and ap- peared to be not more than fourteen years old, one of them being still in short frocks. Prose- cutor went with the girls to the East Wharf, where prisoner came on the scene. Being frightened prosecutor gave him half a crown, but this did not satisfy prisoner who struck prosecutor three times about the head, knocked him down and took a sovereign from his waistcoat pocket. While prosecutor was being assaulted tho. girls ran away.—When arrested in bed prisoner said, I know nothing about it." Prisoner was committed to take his trial at the next Assizes.
PIT CAGE FATALITY. Fusion of Electric Cable. A verdict of accidental death was returned at an inquest at Seaham Harbour on Monday on the bodies of two men killed at. Dawdon Colliery on Friday night through the electric cable breaking at the top of the shaft and fall- ing down. Expert evidence showed that the breakage was caused by a fusion which was liable to occur despite every precaution. The cable was examined every day and nothing found wrong. Lord and Lady Ixmdonderry on Monday visited the two injured men in the hospital and the other two injured ao their homes, as well as the widows of the victims.
Wedding Day Hoax. LONDON TRADESMEN VICTIMISED. Nearly a century after its happening the great Berners-street hoax has been imitated. This time the joke has been pla,yed on the other side- of the water, the occasion being the day set apart for the wedding of a resident in Abbey-street, Bcrmondsey, London. He had barely come downstairs on Saturday morning when there was an impatient knock at the front door. Opening it. the expectant Benedick was started to see a sad-faced under- taker on the doorstep. He was still more startled wh^n the under- taker explained that he had come, as requested, to measure the deceased for her coffin. What deceased ?" the resident exclaimed. Your, deceased mother-in-law, sir. You did not mention her name in your message," the undertaker replied. With great difficulty the undertaker was in. duced to accept the message as a hoax, and the perturbed Abbey-street resident returned to his breakfast to puzzle out how the mistake had occurred. But scarcely had he resumed his meal when he was again called to the front door, where a provision dealer wanted to know who was going to pay for the side of bacon cut into rashers that had been ordered. The resident denied that he had ever given such an order, but the indignant tradesman was able to produce one bearing the correct name and address, though not in the correct handwriting. Before the matter could be cleared up a brewer's dray laden with barrels of beer pulled up at the front gate. 11 Here's the beer you ordered for your wed- ding," the drayman called out, where shall I put, it ?" In vain protests were made that no order had been given. The arrival of two tons of coal from King's Cross daring the discussion complicated the situation, wihch was not improved when taxi- mos and motor-cars began to arrive, filling up the street. Three or four piano carts turned into the street and drove as near to the house as they could, while the man in charge added to the worries of the unfortunate victim of some practical jokers by asking where the instru- ments were to be put. A conductor of a, well-known "band came to arrange the time and programme for the music on the lawn," and a representative of a large firm of marquee purveyors arrived in hot haste to make measurements for the tent to be erected and the carpets to be laid, pro- ducing the following letter as the reason for his appearance :— Gentlemen,—I should be glad if you could arrange to have a marquee capable of accom- modating 25 fixed on the lawn of my house as above on Saturday, the 7th inst. I am getting married on Sunday. It is proposed to have the lunch al fresco- I want a very neat canvas. and, if possible, if it could be arranged, a carpet spread over the grass. If you could arrange for your men to be at my house between two and four o'clock I shall then be at home to super- vise the work." Long before the hour arranged for the mar- riage it was evident that the ceremony must be postponed. The house was besieged by too many indignant tradespeople for the happy couple to commence their life of unity.
INDIANS TO THE RESCUE. Shipwrecked Crew's Adventures. The crew of the Glasgow ship Glencairn, wrecked at, Cape Sa.n Paulo, off Terra Del Fuego, on July 22nd. were landed at, Liverpool on Monday by the Facifir. steamer Orita. Captain Nichol and the crew of 20, together with the captain's wife and the wife of the steward, had a very trying experience. The ship went ashore in a fog, and one of the life- boats capsized. causing the death of two sea- men named Morley and Schmidt. The weather was bitter, and the shipwrecked party made wood fires and erected tents until they were informed by a, tcibe of Indians that a British missionary was stationed some miles away. They succeeded in getting into com- munication with him. Horses were found for the two ladies, and the men walked 25 miles to the mission settlement. The remainder of the overland journey was made by the whole of the company mounted on horseback. On reaching Punta Arenas they were hospitably treated, thanks to the good offices of the Bri- tish Consr' through whose agency they were shipped to íverpool by the Orita..
LOST ON THE MOUNTAINS. Mr Bernard Shaw's Adventure. Mr Bernard Shaw, who was staying at Llan- bedr, Merionethshire, on Sunday proceeded for a ramble towards Rhinog Pawr, situate in the vicinity of the Roman steps. Before starting he had arranged to leave a note giving par- ticulars of his whereabouts on a certain part of the steps for the benefit of his friends, who intended following him. The note was found, and Mr Shaw's friends proceeded in the direc- tion indicated. No trace of Mr Shaw, however, could be found, and as night came without any sign of his return parties were organised, who throughout the night searched the district to no purpose. On Monday morning Mr Shaw reached Dolgelly via Trawsfynydd in a fatigued condition. It appears that he had lost his way on the hillside, and spent the night in traversing mountains and dales.
A HARD WINTER. Mr Hugh Clements, of Newton House, Dul- wich, writes:—I have considered the tidal action of the moon and sun, and its effect upon temperature up to the end of next March, and find the cold will be excessively and continu- ously severe from the 12th November to the end of January, with shorter breaks of colder weather round 23rd October, 6th November, loth to 13th February, and 22nd and 26th to 6th March. These predictions are based upon the same principle as that by which I at the latter end of June forecasted the 23rd of July and 20th of August as very cold days. The coldest days of J uly and August, the 10th and 23rd and the 7th and 20tb respectively, occurred exactly when the ariel maximum tide reached its extreme northern limit at Iceland, where during the summer there was an almost con- tinuous anti-cyclone, due to the same tidal action.
WAGES BY WEIGHT. Home Office Committee. The Home Secretary has appointed a Com- mittee. to inquire and report what would be the best means of securing to persons employed in lime and cement works and chalk quarries who are paid by weight, or by measurement the means of ascertaining the correctness of the wages they receive. The committee is constituted as follows :— Messrs E. F, G. Hatch, chairman J. N. Bell (of the National Amalgamated Union of Labour), Alfred Brooks (Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers), J- E. Harstbn (one of H-M. inspectors of factories), and J. Lloyd Mor- gan, K.C., M P. Correspondence may be addressed to the secretary. Mr A. Maxwell, of the Home Office.
CHOKED BY CRAB APPLE. An inquest was held at Ynysybwl on Saturday (before Mr R. J. Rhys) on the body of Mary Gwendoline Llewellyn (13), Llechwan Farm. It was stated that deceased, with her sister, went to a wood near the house and gathered crab apples. While eating the fruit a piece stuck in her throat, and her sister essayed to convey her to Dr. Morgan's surgery, but failed. Some neighbours, however, carried the girl to the surgery, where she expired in a few minutes. Dr. Morgan attributed death to suffocation, and a verdict was returned ac. cordingly.
GENIUS AND ALCOHOL. Sir James Chrichton-Browne, writing to the Throne," says :—" I desire to speak of total abstainers with the utmost respect. There are amongst them men of marked ability; they are, as a body, animated by the highest and most benevolent principles, but they are natually sober-minded and sober-sided and comparatively exempt from those nervous tea- sions and strains that shorten life, apart alto- gether from any excessive indulgence in alcohol. Dr. Madden has shown in his tables that eminent mathematicians, dwelling on the clear cold heights of intellect, have an average duration of life of 75 years, while the poets, down in the heated atmosphere of imagination, have an average of 57 years only. The moral philosophers live to 70, the dramatists to only to 62. Genius of any kind has rarely been associated with total abstinence.
"THE PROVERBIAL BLACK SHEEP." Llanedy Parents' Fear. At Llanelly Police Court on Monday William Jones, Forest, IAanedy, applied for sureties of the peace against his son, Daniel Jones, Forest, Llanedy. Mr J. Lewis Phillips, who appealed for the applicant, said defendant was very violent, and the aged couple wanted to be in a position to have him turned out if he again returned home. The father would say that defendant frequently ran after him with a knife or poker, and many of the neigh- bours had been threatened in the same way. Defendant was a common danger to everyone, and his outbursts were not altogether due to drink. The other children were all well behaved, but defendant was the proverbial black sheep of the family. Defendant, who was absent, was bound over to be of good behaviour for 12 months.
A very pleasant gathering took place -at the Globe Hotel, Caerphilly, on Monday evening, when Mr John I). Hughes. Rhosynfa, Caer- pliillv, secretary of the Caerphilly Castle Ris- teddfod. and also secretary of the Caerphilly Free Churches CounriJ. was presented with a handsome marble clock and bronze, sub- scribed for by his many friends on the occa- sion uriage.
Arctic Explorers Safe. AN INTERESTING LETTER. New York. Monday. The American Geographical Society has received a message from Vilhjalmur Stefanssou, the ethnographer of the MikkeLsen expedition, dated from Eagle exp City. Alaska, which is a place on the Upper Yukon river. The message reads Expedi- tion all safe. (Signed) Stefansson." It is sup. posed to have been forwarded by messenger from Herschel Island to Eagle City.—Reuter. In a letter dated September 4,1906. to Sir Clements Markham. from which the Daily Telegraph" gives some extracts, the explorer savs We reached Point Barrow (on the. north coast of Alaska) the 15th cf August. It was more than four days before the first of the shut-in whalers made their appearance. We can see them at work in the ice to the east of us. It is only a stretch of about 15 miles which prevents us from going cast, but the pack is on the outside and keeps us in. and the perma- nent northerly and easterly winds have caused the water to fall so much that the grounded ice will not be permitted to float out. We have made four attempts to break through, but with no success. The captains on all the escaped whalers advised us not to try again. T am very sorry that we have happened to strike a, year like this. The whaJers declare that they have not seen similar conditions for over 20 years. It is so much the more aggravating as there is open water to Banks Land. Next, fall I will, with one man. start out on the ice. in true north, for about 120 miles. Then due east about 100 miles, and down to the coast. If there is anything about the rumours of land. seen' to the north of Alaska and in about that vicinity—the tides, too, indicate it strongly—supposing J am able to make it. I will be able to see land at least for 25 miles on each side of my course." The Airship Expedition. Christiania, Monday.—The Morgenblad publishes the following telegram from Tromsoe: Members of the Norwegian polar expedi- tion, under Captain Isacksen, arrived here yesterday evening from the north, accompanied by Mr J. V. Burn-Murdoch, engineer attached to Dr. Bruce's Spitzbergen expedition, which left Edinburgh in May last. Dr. Bruce was to have returned with Captain Lack:en, but he proceeded north instead of coming south. and the ship searched five days for him, but in vain. It is expected that Dr. Bruce will ultimately come back to Tromsoe in a whaler." According to news received here. Mr Well- man had, up to August 26th, made no ascent with his airship from his station in Spitz- bergen. After that date northerly winds, accompanied by snow and fog, prevailed. rendering an ascent impossible, a.nd it was decided that, if the weather did not improve before September 5tb, the attempt to reach the Pole by balloon should be abandoned until next year. Mr Well man is expected to arrive here at the end of the month on board the steamer Fri t-h.i of. -Router.
Newfoundland Fisheries. oJ if COLONY SACRIFICED." Outburst of Resentment. St. John's (Newfoundland), Monday-—The exact terms of the fisheries modus vivendi with the United States are not known here, but it is believed here, that the agreement is substantially a repetition of last year's arrangement, as according to trustworthy in- formation from an official source, the British Government. however favourable to the Colonial contention, is unwilling to create friction with the United States by supporting Newfoundland. The Evening Telegram," the provin- cial Government organ, declares that the Colony has again been sacri- ficed. The Government, it, says, resisted the modus vivendi in every way, but it has been overridden and the arrengementxnade regard- less of its protests, against its advice. and despite its counter proposals. The newspaper declares it to be extraordinary that the old modus vivendi should have been renewed, especially after the Colony's protests last year and the assurance made by Mr Churchill in the House of Commons that it was for one season only. The journal advocates the use of every constitutional weapon to resist the enforce- ment of the modus vivendi, and urges the en- forcing of local laws declaring that if the modus vivendi is found to conflict with them the Imperial Government must get, out of the difficulty as best it can. Sir Robert Bond, Premier, is at present absent from St. John's, and the other Ministers now here decline to make any statement with regard to the agree- ment. -Reut--r.
PRISONER'S LEAP OVERBOARD. Fishguard-Rosslare Boat Tragedy. On Sunday morning, as the Great Western Company's turbine steamer St. David was nearing Fishguard harbour, a man jumped overboard and was drowned. He was in charge of a London detective from the Albany-street Police Station, who was taking him to London on a charge of sheep-stealing. The officer in charge of the prisoner James Osborne was a police-sergeant of the S Divi- sion of the Metropolitan Police. Osborne was arrested in Ireland on an alleged theft of 35 sheep on the 25th of July in the S Division of the Metropolitan police area. Prisoner was standing on the upper deck when the detective turned aside to speak to someone. Prisoner immediately mounted the small iron capstan and threw himself over the bulwark. The man was left well astern before the steamer could be brought to. The searchlight was set to work, and a lighted buoy thrown over- board, but without avail. A Cardiff passenger stated to an interviewer that the affair happened at about 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, when the steamer was about five miles off Fishguard. Their progress had already been delayed two hours owing to the density of the fog, and the engines were hardly moving. He had noticed two men walking the deck near by. one of whom had his arms and hands concealed behind a mackintosh cape. The passengers were not aware of the fact that one was a police officer and tho other a handcuffed prisoner until after the affair occurred-
PONTYPRIDD COUNTY COURT. y A New Trial. At Pontypridd County Court on Monday. before Judge Bryn Roberts, a new trial, which was granted to Llewelyn John at the last sitting of the Court. was proceeded with. The applicant demurred to a judgment made against him for il3 10s a,rising out of a. loan granted to him by the South Wales Loan and Finance Company, Pontypridd. Mr D- Rees (Messrs W. R. Davies a.nd Co.) represented the debtor, and Mr Hugh Jones (instructed by Messrs T. W. Lewis and Crockett) for the company. The sureties to the loan were John Llewelyn, foreman carpenter. Newport-road. Cardiff, father-in-law to the borrower, and the respective wives of both men. His Honour made an order of 5s a week against the two male defendants only. Telephone Claims. The National Telephone Company sued George Snape, Pontypridd, for B3, the annual rental of a telephone instrument. Mr A. T. James (Messrs Morgan, Bruce, and Nicholas) represented the company, and the defendant did not answer to his name. Mr James sub- mitted that the action was taken on an ordin- ary agreement entitling the company to dis- connect the line in case rental was in default. At the same time, they were entitled to re- recover rents until the end of the ensuing year. Judgment was entered for the plaintiffs. The same company made a, claim against W. Clement Hinckley, Queen's Hotel, Pontypridd, for S4 Jos for rent, Mr James again appearing for the plaintiff, and Mr \V. Spickett (Messrs Spickett and Sons) defending. The defence was that the company were indebted to Mr Hinck- ley for the rental of a telephone pole on premises in his occupation. Judgment was entered for the plaintiffs on their claim, and against this 10s per annum was allowed as a set off while the pole was used, the advocates acting for the parties to settle the amount.
LOST THE TRAIN HOME. At Swansea. Police Court on Mondav Arthur Matthews, labourer, of Griffith-street, Sketty, was summoned for travelling without a ticket on the Great Western Railway. Mr Smith, who prosecuted, said defendant had used an excur- sion ticket from Porthcawl to Swansea, which was only Available on the previous day. De- fendant said he went to Porthcawl to receive his medal for long service in the Volunteers, and lost the train home. When he found the ticket was out of date he wanted to pay the full fare, but was not allowed to do so. A fine of 10s inclusive was imposed.
KOREAN ATROCITIES. The Korean insurgents are now abandoning organised resistance. Their aim is to destroy the railways and telegraphs and murder un- armed Japanese. They have already killed 17 in the most savage manner and with the most cruel tortures, women and men mutilat-ing the corpses shockingly.
REALISED OVER £ 1,200. Sheep Sale at Abergavenny. Messrs Straker and Sons held their second annual sale of stock ewes and rams at the Abergavenny stock market on Monday. There was a large entry and prices were high. realis- ing far more tl aD last year. Consignments were received frr the flocies of Lord (ilanusk, I Mr D. A. Thorn; M.P., and other well-known I breeders. The as of a particularly sound and rel class, and the sale realised over-a > J
DEATH OF THE VICTIM. Very Mysterious Affair. Venice. Sunday.—Count Kamarovsky died this morning. Naumoff, who shot Count Kamarovsky. has been subjected to a lengthy examination. It appears that the three men seen loitering out- side the count's residence on the day before the crime was committed, were three members of the Russian Secret Police. who had b,n instructed by the count to watch his house.— Reuter. The Italian newspapers state that the affair was a love tragedy. Naumoff having fallen in love with the. countess before her marriage, which he tried to prevent It is also stated that by her husband's death the countess is entitled to half-a-million roubles, the count having assured his life for that amount for her benefit.—Central News. Most Mysterious." Rome, Sunday.—The newspapers still devote considerable space to the assassination of Count Kamarowsky. The crime is regarded as having a. double significance. As regards Naumoff. it is believed that it was the outcome of jealousy concerning Madame Tarnowski, but behind this there would seem to have been a plot to which Naumoff was merely the tool. Tile whole affair remains most mysterious. Madame Tarnowski is said to be the second or third cousin of Count Kamarowski. She stayed for some time at Venice during last summer, and was at the same hotel as Niiimnff. She is stated to be married, but separated from her husband. Naumoff, who is in prbon at Venice, is most depressed, and is frequently in tears. His parents are expected at Venice from Orel this evening, aud they will be sub- jected to a judicial examination. The police are also watching a person who was expected and has now arrived in Venice. This person is known to have had relations with some of the persons concerned in the crime, and may there- fore be able to supply valuable information.- Reuter.
COUNTESS AND LOVER ARRESTED. Vienna. )Ionday.-The Vienna police have arrested Countess Marie Tarnovska in connec- tion with the mysterious murder of Count Kamarovsky at Venice. A Russian lawyer named Prilukoff is also under arrest. Prilukoff has told to the police a sensational story with regard to the tragedy. He says that he and the countess were in love, and that it was arranged between them that Naumoff should be incited to murder the count. When the countess had received the half-million roubles which the victim had settled on her by his life insurance, policy she was to have married Prilukoff. The Vienna police learned of the affair- owing to the fact that the plot was hatched in a Vienna hotel—Central News. Vienna, Monday.—The latest details of the ) confessions made by the lawyer Prililk-off and the Countess Tarnowski regarding the plot to murder Count Kamarowski reveal a diabolical conspiracy, carried out with fiendish cunning. Both prisoners stoutly maintained their inno- cence until informed of the death of their victim. Prilukoff says that he first met the woman in Moscow in 1903. hn she consulted him regarding divorce proceedings. He became infatuated with her. lavished all his money upon her. and incurred debts to gratify her luxury. He was finally forced to See the country, and met the countess in 1906 in Berlin, where she was staying with an old acquaint- ance. Count Ka,marowski. who had fallen in love with her. It wa early this year in Venice that the countess first suggested the idea of inducing the count to insure his life in her favour and then getting rid of him. Tloq details of the plot were completed later in Vienna. The count duly insured his life, and Prilukoff ascertained from the company that the policy would be valid in the event of the count being murdered. Prilukoff took extraordinary pre- eautions to avoid detection in his share of the crime. He engaged private detectives to accompany him to Vienna, to watch over the count's safety. He hoped to see the count murdered and M. Naumoff arrested, thus leaving him free to marry the Countess Tar- nowski and to enjoy the count-'s fortune. Exactly how Naumoff. another of the countess's lovers, was induced to take the part of murderer is not yet clear. The discovery of the details of the plot is due to the vigilante of the Vienna police, who have made a full in. vestigation and found damaging evidence against both prisoners. The Countess Tar- nowski's confession differs in certain particu- lars from Prilukofifs. She throws the main guilt upon Prilukoff, but admits she knew his plans.-Reutex.
Afterdamp Blast. TWENTY-SEVEN MINERS KILLED. San Antonio (Texas), Saturday.—According to advices from Coahuila (Texas), a fire broke out in the Esperanzas mines, caused by an ex plosion of firedamp. Twenty seven were killed and many were injured .-Reuter.
MEASLES AT ABERSYCHAN. Threatened Renewal of Typhoid Epidemic. Councillor Morgan Lewis, J.P., presided at the monthly meeting of the Abersychan Dis- trict Council on Monday. Dr. J. W. Mulligan, medical officcr, reported that general sickness in the district was above the average. Measles had been very prevalent in the central ward, which necessitated the closing of the schools for a fortnight. Three cases of scarlet fever and four cases of typhoid fever had been notified during August. A letter was read from the Local Government Board asking for a detailed report, on the threatened renewal of the typhoid epidemic at Abersychan, and it was decided to forward them a copy of the medical officer's report for August. Mr R. Harrison, the sanitary inspec- tor, reported that he had recently inspected 70 dairies, farms and cowsheds in the district, and found in the majority of cases that they did not come within any reasonable limit of the bye-laws. It was decided to serve all defaulters with a notice to comply with the bye-laws, and that an advertisement he issued requiring all purveyors of milk to he registered forthwith.
CYCLES OUTSIDE LIBRARY. .TohnHowells ^27)) was charged at Cardiff on Saturday with stealing a bicycle, the property of Philip Cleverley.from outside the Free Library the previous evening. A boy who saw prisoner take the bicycle away said he was drunk. The Bench came to the conclusion that prisoner took the bicycle in a drunken freak and dis- charged him with a caution to leave the drink alone- At the same court Harald RouselJ. a youth, was charged with stealing a bicycle, valifed at 14 the property of Thomas John Sains- bury, from outside the Roath' branch Library, Newport-read, the previous evening. Prose- cutor said he left the bicycle while he went in the reading-room, and a little later he met the youth riding it in Newport-road He did not think prisoner intended to steal it, for he remained in the vicinity, and said, I am glad T have found you. I found the bike on the tram lines." The Bench gave the youth the benefit of the doubt and discharged him.
WAYLAID ON THE MOUNTAIN. Cardiff Traveller Robbed. On Friday night, between 8 and 9 o'clock, a Cardiff commercial traveller named J. Finch, residing at 140, King's-road, Canton, informed the county police inspector at Caerphilly that shortly before 8 o'clock, while crossing the mountain, he had been attacked by a nawv and robbed of JEll 14s 8d. From further inquiries we learn that Mr Finch,who had been cycling, stated that while riding along the road on the mountain, a man suddenly darted out of the hedge, rushed at I him,threw him off his bicycle, and tore his coat pocket, in which was the money, and went off with it.
SHORT-LIVED FREEDOM. Among the batch of convicts set at liberty t, m o,- under the Home Secretary's special release order was Henry Williams, a painter, 25 years of age. A man said to be the same individual was in the dock at Greenwich Police Court on Satur- day charged with attempting to break and enter the dwelling-house, 38, Reservoir-road, Brockley. When arrested prisoner said, All right; I m fairly caught. I'm single-handed." After- wards he said, I had a mate, but he's gone." Committed to South London Sessions.
FOWL-STEALING AT MAESTEG. On Saturday at Bridgend Police Court Mary Gibson, Tonna-road. Nantyffyllon. Macsteg, was fined E2 for stealing several fowls belong- ing to Timothy McCarthy, Maes teg. Wiiliam Purnell, labourer, LJetty Brongu, near Maes- teg, was charged with stealing fowls belonging to Howell JEvans, stationmaster. Lletty Brongu, and Miriam Jones, his landlady, was charged with receiving them. Mr T. J- Hughes represented Mrs .Tones, arid asked that she might be dealt with under the First Offenders Act. Powell was fined X2, and Mrs Jones iEl, and bound over.
A meeting of locomotive enginemen and firemen wi,, held at Roggiett on Sunday, vhen addresses were deliverer! by Mr A. Fox, Leeds, general secretary of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, and Mr R. i Atkinson, Liverpool.
I Trelewis Sensation. 0. COLLIER'S AMAZING DEATH. Coroner & North Wales Witnesses An inquest was held at the Pontnewydd Hotel, Trelewis, on Monday, by Mr R. J- Rhys (the coroner) on the body of Owen Thomas, a native of North Wales. Evidence.was given in Welsh by the widow that deceased was 50 years of age and worked as a, labourer at the Trelewis Colliery. He was taken ill in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and a medical man was called in. Dr. Dunbar produced a common hairpin. to which was attached about 10 inches of string. He said that when first seen deceased was in an unconscious state. From the dis- covery of the string an operation was per- formed upon the urethra, and a hairpin was discovered. He thought that considerable forde must have been used, and attributed death to shock and bleeding of the bladder in the attempt to withdraw the hairpin. A brother of the deceased was called, who gave his evidence in a most guarded manner. Deceased did not recover sulliciently tD give any account of the affair. The immediate cause of death was shock. Deceased must have suffered terrible agony. Mrs Thomas, recalled. said she knew nothing of the affair. Her husband had never com- plained to her, They had been married 14 years, but, there were no children of the mar- riage When deceased awoke on Wednesday morning he was shivering like i-ileaf. Her brother-in-law lived in the same house, but he knew nothing of what, had been described. A iuror informed the Coroner that deceased had been complaining for some time. The Coroner sent for the brother-in-law. David E Lloyd, who said he had lodged with his sister for a fewmont-hs. He saw his brother- in-law in bed on the Wednesday morning. The Coroner Do you know anything about this affair ?—Witness He may have swallowed thp hairpin when a, ehild-wh; knows ? Dr Dunbar: The hairpin could not have been in the body more than 48 hours—any time between six and 48 hours. The Coroner, in summing up, remarked that his experience of North Wales people was that a team of wild horses could not draw the truth from them if they did not wish to give it. He added that the case was the most extraordinary that he. as a coroner, had ever conducted an inquiry into. A verdict, in accordance with the medical evidence was returned. -n-
MINERS FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA MR NESBITT'S QUEST. A Pilgrimage to Bridgend. The announcement which has been made in the newspapers that a Mr R. H. Nesbitt. of British Columbia, had come over to South Wales to engage a number of miners for the Crow's Nest Pass Coal Company. Ltd.. and that he was making Bridgend his headquarters, has evidently attracted considerable attention. Bridgend on Saturday evening and throughout Monday was the objective of quite a pilgrimage of colliers from various parts of South Wales some arriving by train, some on bicycles, others on foot.. Several of the men also brought their wives with them, the women evi- dently wanting to know something really definite about the prospects of miners in Canada before allowing their better halves to decide on emigration. The men who arrived on Saturday found that Mr Nesbitt had left the town for the week-end. and was staying in Carmarthen (where he has relatives), but that he was expected to return either on Sunday night or Monday morning. On Monday morning the pilgrimage of colliers to the house where Mr Nesbitt is staging was resumed in increased numbers. Miners, some of them with their wives, arrived from the Rhondda Valley and Mid-Glamorgan, and other parts of South Wales by almost every train, but found. however, that Mr Nesbitt had not yet returned from Carmar- then. Thrice during the day-morning. after- noon. and evening—our representative called at Mr Nesbitt's address only to find that that gentleman was still absent. On each occasion our representative saw- groups of colliers, clothed in their Sunday best, walking im- patiently up and down the road expectant of the arrival at any moment of Mr Nesbitt. The lady of the house where Mr Nesbitt is staying at Bridgend was kept busy answering callers in quest of news regarding mining em- ployment in British Columbia. and numerous letters for Mr Nesbitt kept arriving by every post. The miners who wrote for an appointment before making a journey to Bridgend acted wisely, as events proved, and perhaps it would be well if all others who want to see Mr Nesbitt would follow their example before journeying to Bridgend- "I-, understand 4,bat, Mr Nesbitt contemplates holding a m<H y,g at Bridgend shortly at which he will addrt miners who think of emigrating as to the prospects at Crow s Nest Pa.s. it would Iv qui. sufficient if those who write to him address L. letters to Mr R II. Nesbitt, ;1pnt for the Crow's Nest Pass Coal Co-. Ltd., Bridgend.' An amusing Bequest has reached Superintendent John Davies from a collier at Abordare—a request for the address of the recruiting scr- geant of the British Columbia Mines."
AUDACIOUS BURGLAR. Pembrokeshire Sensation. A sensational affair is reported from Amroth. Miss Elizabeth Thomas, a native of Swansea, was left in charge of the rectory at Amroth during the absence of the vicar and his family on holiday. One evening last week Miss Thomas carefully locked the doors and fastened all the windows before going to bed. Some time later she was awakened by a noise downstairs, and very pluckily descended. In the hall she was confronted by a man. She began to scream Murder," but desisted when told that unless she did he would kill her. He demanded food, which she supplied him, and he casually branished a knife picked up from the dining-room table with a signficantgesture. Afterwards he wanted her to show him to a bed upstairs, but she refused, and ulti- mately he went to sleep on a sofa in the hall. Miss Thomas was afraid to attempt an escape, as the rectory is an isolated building and the nearest cottage quite 200 yards away. With the dawn the man awoke, and extorted a pledge from the sorely-tried woman that nothing would be said regarding the night's occurrences. But as soon as daylight came she ran from the house and raised an alarm. Later a man answering to her description of the unwelcome visitor was arrested, and he will be brought before the magistrates on Thursday.
"FEVER BOXES." Mr James Winstone's Indictment. At a meeting of the Abersychan District Council on Monday Mr James Winstone moved that the Council take immediate steps to earry out the provisions of the Housing of the Working Classes Act by erecting a sufficient number of suitable houses in each warp. He said there were persons in the district who were engaged in buying up slum property and getting their living by extracting extortionate rents from the people. He also had ample evidence to prove that some of these houses were not fit for human habitation, and were nothing more than fever boxes. In neglecting to deal with this question efficiently the Council were aiding and abetting those people who were trading in slum property. Mr W. C. Watkins seconded the motion. Mr F. Davies moved as an amendment that no action be taken in the matter, and in seconding Mr S. Parry declared that during the last two years 384 houses had been erected in the district. The motion was defeated by nine votes to five.
BAKERS' EXHIBITION. Local Successes. Large numbers visited the Confectioners' and Bakers' Exhibition at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, on Monday. The following were amongst the awards :— Block cakes.—Fruit or cherry—1, J. Daniel, Aberavon. Seed or plain—1, J. Daniel. Ditto to sell at 6d-1, C. W. Morgan, Pontypridd 2, J. Daniel. Madeira and seed pound cakes—1, J. Daniel. Luncheon cakes to sell at 8d—2, J. E. Ellis, Port Talbot; 3, J. Daniel. To sell at 6d—1, J. Daniel. Mr Daniel also took two special prizes of Sio 10s each for 6d and 8d cakes. Ordinary wheatmeal tin loaf-3, H. Evans, Cardiff. Run honey in jars-4, J. Boyes, Queen's Head Hotel, Cardiff.
GLAMORGAN COUNTY OFFICES. The Glamorgan Standing Joint Committee on Monday formally approved of the convey- ance of the site selected in Cathays Park for the erection of county offices, and having con- sidered returns from all the departments of the County Council as to the accommodation re- quired, they directed that provision be made for a suitable hall for Council meetings, and appointed a sub-committee to prepare a con- solidated scheme. lr R. S. Griffiths, archi- tect, Tonypandy, was asked to place his ser- vices at the disposal of the sub-committee, and it was directed that in the first instance the plans should be considered on the basis of post- poning the transfer of the police headquarters to the new site, but that the possibility of this transfer be borne in mind in considering the erection of the new building.
At a meeting of the Gelligaer District Council on Monday night a letter was read from a newspaper correspondent requesting the Council to alter their date of meeting, as it clashed with another engagement- The re- presentative of the South Wales Daily News." who was present at thp meeting, said he did not associate himself with the applica- tion. The clerk said it was the most extra- ordinary request he bad ever heard of. The letter was ordered to lie on thp. table.
Bankruptcy Tangle. $ CWMDARE BUTCHER'S AFFAIRS "I Do Not Remember." At Aberdare Bankruptcy Court, on Monday Jame,c. Thomas. butcher. Cvmdare. attended for his adjourned examination, the debtor being represented by Mr W. D Phillipa, solicitor. Aberdare, and Mr Walters, a late partner, by Mr R. T. Leyshon. of Neath Before proceeding with the case Mr Phillips said the examination was adjourned on the previous occasion on the application of Mr W. Thomas, who then represented Mr Walters.. and owing to Mr Walters declining to act upon the advice of his solicitor (lr Thomas) that gentleman had withdrawn from the case.-Mr Leyshon I do not know what thi. has to do with the case. I am here to represent Mr Walters—The Registrar (Mr Rees -Williams): I cannot go into that matter.—Mr W. D. PhiUips: I think it only right to inform you of it. as it was on the application of Mr Thomas that the adjournment was granted. Since the last examination Mr Walters, too, has threat- ened my client, the debtor. with personal ? violence—The Registrar said be could not deal with that. It was a, matter for another court.—Mr Phillips It amounts to a con- tempt of court.— Mr Leyshon Not unless it took place in court. In answer te the Official Receiver, debtor confirmed the answer given at the last Court that he owed no money to Mr W. B. Jenkins, i of Carmarthen. He had seen Mr Jenkins at Cwmdarc in 1906. but he never asked him for ? money, only lor an order. He said that < as between him and Mr Waiters there; had never heen kept a proper account. ] Mr Walters used to take out as much as £3 or 4 £4 worth of meat on a Friday and Saturday evening, and only bring in £1' 10s or £1. He did not know whether he used to sell it too low or not.—The Official Receiver. Do you mean to say you do not know how he disposed of it ? -Debtor: No. -ir.-Official Receiver: How old are you ?—Debtor I am 29. sir.-Official Receiver; You have had some experience of «. the business, and do you mean to tell the Court you do not know what he did with the money ?—Debtor No. sir. I do not at all- 1 That was how he went on. I was leaving him alone. Debtor was then asked about a letter from j Mr M. Davies. of Pontardawe. asking for some money, and debtor said he knew nothing of that letter- He could not say whether he ever saw the letter befor-?.-Offi -a Receiver Yon ci I p sent it me with your papers -Debtor: I know nothing about it.—Debtor maintained this on the letter being shown him, and the only answer he could give to numerous ques- 3 tions wa,, I do not know," or I do not. remember." Debtor was then ejcamined by Mr Leyshon as j to the suggestion made against his late part- ner, and he admitted that he was indebted to j his partner when the partnership was dis-i solved, and that he had paid some £ 20 of it. J He denied having ever been in partnership ç with his brother at Swansea, He was not aware that bis brother said so. and had pleaded. infancy. His brother was now about 22 years of age. He could not, say who was trading with his brother as Thomas Brothers. He was j never served by the bailiffs as Thomas >' Brothers. He denied that he still owed a lot of money in reference to debts incurred at Swansea- Ultimately, on the application of the Official .< Receiver, the examination was adjourned sine die, the Registrar stating that the replies of the debtor were most, unsatisfactory. He had 4 not tried to disclose the state of his affairs-
Fell Into a Linle-Kiln. CARDIFF SEAMAN'S AWFUL PLIGHT., Peter McCann. a seaman, died at Cardiff Workhouse, on Sunday night as the result of burns sustained in a limekiln, into which he fell 1 while asleep. Early on Saturday morning de- i ceased was found near the Penartb-road toll- gate in a serious condition suffering from i burns about the head and body, and he was v promptly removed by P.C. No well to the t Union. It seems that on Fridaynight McCann went to the lime-kilns to sleep, and during the night was awakened to find that he had fallen into one of the kilns. It was with difficolly that he extricated himself from his periloin, position, in which he was being slowly burned alive. At the inquest on Monday it was stated j that death was due to shock, consequent upon the burns, and a verdict to that effect warn returned.
THE ENGLISH GRAND LODGE OF WALES. î I Official Reception at Cardiff. The meetings in connection witn the VM61rft '•and Lodg>* of Wales I.O.G.T.N ^ere con- .cZ. the Corv Hall. Cardiff, on Monday, the afternoon beinr devote^ *0 thf work o# the National Juvenile Temple Council, over which Pro. CounciJlor J. Stanford. G-S-J.W., j Wrexham, presided. Tin1 treasurer report I showed a good balance in hand. A deputation was received from the East Glamorgan Dis- trict Lodge welcoming the N atioual Juvenile Council. The address was read and presented to the president by Mr Robert Emery. The attention of the Council was called to the faefr that rum flavoured and liquor chocolates were being sold, and the matter was referred to the committee for further inquiry. The foDowinjf officers were elected President, Councillor J. Stanford vice-president, Miss L. Jenkinso- Cadoxton: secretary. Miss Edith Williams. Ruabon treasurer, Mr J. Hocking, Maesteg chaplain. Mr Robert Emery. Cardiff. An official welcome to the Grand Lodge was ■ given at the Cery Hall in the evening, the meeting being presided over by Bro. J. P. Pickford. D.C.T.. Penarth. who was supported on the platform by the executive of the East Glamorgan- district and by the Grand Lodge officers. A popular programme of music was gone through. The presentation of addresses of welcome which had been left until a some. what late hour was a long ceremony, one dele- gation after another, on behalf of their re- spective associations, addressing words of wel- come to the Chief Templar (Mr E. Jones), of Welshpool. Bro. McKinnon, on behalf of the Sons of, Temperance, spoke of the remarkable work which had been done by that league of tern- j perance workers during the few years it had been in existence, and the movement had no#' only spread among commercial travellers, but v they in their turn tried to influence their customers. (Hear, hear.) Bro. C F. Watkins. speaking on behalf of the Recha-bites, said tha.t many of the prominent' men in both societies held leading positions with the Rechabites and the Good Templars. Mr A. A. Brian welcomed the Grand Lodge on behalf of the Cardiff Temperance and Bands, of Hope Union Mr E. Griffiths. on behalf of the Swansea Total Abstinence Society; Mrs John Evans (Eglwysba-ch). and Mrs George, lies on behalf of the B.W.T.A., and the R J. Tertius Phillips on behalf of the Unit Kingdom Alliance. The Chief Templar complimented the socie-, ties represented upon the work they had don^ and urged them all to greater co-operation anA unity.
RUN DOWN OFF LUNBY. On Monday the crew of the schooner Spit- i fire, bound fiom Pontl'Abbe for Bristol withaf cargo of potatoes, were landed at Swansea. They report that when off Lundy in a den*^ fog on Sunday their vessel was run down by the ss. Sandhurst, outward bound from Cardiff, with coal. The schooner sank almost inune. diately, but the crew were rescued by the Sandhurst and brought on to Swansea. The crew of the Spitfire, which was a -an boat of 74 tons, consisted of Captain David and four others, all being natives of Jersey. They report that a few minutes after the iro- pact the Spitfire went down stem first. The crew had been able to lower a boat, into which they had got, without, however, saving any of their belongings. The Sandhurst stood by, and when the fog lifted took the crew of the Spitfire on board, subsequently transferring, them to a tug. which brought them on to Swansea. A sailor and a ship's boy were below* at the time of the collision, and as the bunk Ù). which the former slept was within a foot ait where the vessel was struck, he had a narrows escape. The boy says he was awakened by finding his bunk full of water, and he wa* floated up on deck.
TOO ILL TO ATTEND COURT. Otun Anderson, the Swedish seaman ee- manded in custody last week on a charge of cutting and wounding a coloured man narnea. J oscph Allen, was brought up at Barry Court ou, Monday. Mr Alfred Jackson appeared for the. prosecution, and Mr T. P. Prichard defended. Dr. W. Lloyd Edwards informed the court that Allen was still too ill to attend the courtt and a further remand until Friday wa-ordero&
AT THE HEATH COCK INN. John Griffiths. no fixed abode, was at Llandaft on Monday sentenced to one month's imprison- ment for stealing 5s from the till at the Heafclj Cock Inn. Llandaff, on Friday last. Prisoner walked into the bar and while the wife of the landlord entered the kitchen Griffiths took the money and cleared off before she returned/ Prisoner pleaded that he was under the in* fluence of drink.
DRANK SALTS OF LEMON. Merthyr Volunteer's Life in Danger Thomas Watkins. collier, 37. Gilfach Cynoik. Tvrynrodyn, Merthyr. drank salts of lemon og Monday evening, but prompt discovery antf, prompt treatment by Dr. Dillon savedni5 life. Walters, who i" a Volunteer, kept salts oi lemon for cleaning his uniform. Watkins found unconscious by two men who enteretf- the house, and they dragged him outdde. ank t sent for a doctor.-