GREAT TEMPERANCE MEETING. Bishop of London's Plea. Earl of Crewe and Suffragettes] In continuance of the London United cam- paign in favour of the Licensing Bill, a de- monstration took, place in the AIbert ilall on Saturday that for size and influence has rarely equalled. The great building was packed "U overflowing, persons of all religions and Political views coming together to give their 8Upport to the Government in furthering the Measure. The Bishop of London presided. On his immediate right was the Earl of Crewe (Secre- of State for the Colonies), and on his Mr Arthur Henderson, M.P. (chairman of Labour party). Others present were the of Kensington, Sir T. P. Whittaker, Rev. J. Scott Lidgett, Lord O'Hagan, Countess of Carlisle, Lord Shuttleworth, rd Aberdare, Lord Eversley, the Bishop of 5?°lutnbia, and about forty members of Par- liament. The Bishop of London, who was given a fcffcat reception, said his belief was that the Church ought not to be tied to any political Party. What they should back was measures not parties, and it was because he believed Licensing Bill was good for the people that he stood there. The first fact in favour of the Bill was the enormous annual drink bill of England, which amounted to £ 166,425,CKX), and -as a disgrace to the country. It worked out at 78 3d per family-even counting wise tee- totalers such as himself. His second point was the evil result of this upon the country. He had been asked by the licensed victuallers of Westminster to substantiate his statement about the number of drunken and half-drunken he took out of the public-houses during his *?cent midnight march. Well, seeing was be- lieving, and when he knew that he could have in any mission hall in the poqr parts of ^Ondon as great a number as he picked out at Westminster, he was there to say as Bishop of £ >ndon, 1 will stand by any Government *hat will try and deal with this question." W-oud cheers.) GIGANTIC EVIL. It Was undeniable that a gigantic evil re- ed to be remedied, and scarcely any sac- rifice would be too great which would result in a marked diminution of this national degrada- *°n. His third point was that a decrease in hcences would mean a decrease in drunken- fcess. If it were not so, he should like to ask -hy the majority report of the Commission C) the subject advocated a speedy and con- siderable reduction of licences, (Hear, hear.) His fourth point was that whatever Govern- ment tried to remedy this evil did it with life in its hands, and it was because, he believed, that this Government had taken its hfe in its hands over this question that he felt it his duty to stand by it over this matter. There were those who said there was no temperance in this Bill. How could such an Recusation be made when it was remembered that the Bill decreased licences by 30.000, that it provided for a time limit, that it was *n favour of shorter hours on Sunday, that JJonmouthshire was to go with Wales, and that the bona-flde humbug was to be dealt th at last ? At the same time he did not think the Bill Perfect. He should line to see the provisions to clubs strengthened. His experience in East London was that bogus clubs were a Again, he was not going to stand his diocese being left out of the Sunday closing Movement. (Cheers.) Was this Bill funda- mentally unjust ? If was he would not back it p. What they were doing by this Bill was to lave the manhood of the Ration. (Cheers.) SUFFRAGISTS MAKE A SCENE. The Earl of Crewe said the measure was heing exposed to a torrent of misrepresenta- tIOn. They were told in bringing in the Bill that they were carrying on a course of robbery and confiscation. They were not altogether Unused to those charges, but they left them absolutely cold. At this point a woman in the gallery shouted, Why don't you give us votes, then ?" There J^ere cries of Throw her out," and howls of indignation from all parts of the hall. After a time the lady was removed. Lord Crewe, continuing his speech, said I deal once and for all with this interrup- tion. I say this—if votes for women are going to be used in hampering social reforms such as this I for one don't care how long their grant 18 delayed. His lordship went on to discuss the details of the Bill; and said the Government made no attack upon property. If there were provisions au the Bill which would do injustice, which Would deprive anybody of anything to which they were legally or morally entitled, he could Bay on behalf of the Prime Minister and his Colleagues that they would be ready to amend the Bill in that respect. There was again more confusion, caused by £ lady in the gallery shouting, Let women liave votes to help you." The interrupter was < Icinoved anndst the hisses of the assemblage. V Lord Crewe concluded by saying We arc going to stand to our guns I believe we have on our side the best elements of the nation, trtthout distinction of class, creed, or party. The Bishop of Kensington moved a resolu- tion welcoming the Licensing Bill as a great Jneasure of temperance reform, and hoping the Bill might be passed with as'little delay 88 possible. Mr J. Allen Baker, M.P., seconded the resolution. Speaking in support, Sir T. P. Whittaker, .P" said the money spent on drink in this country would be sufficient to give the people free railways, free trams, and free gas. Once this was realised, people would see what a jbain this drink bill was on the resources of the nation. The resolution was carried with enthusiasm.
MASS MEETING AT NEWPORT. THE VICAR ON COL. GASKELL'S SPEECH. Under the auspices of the Newport Licens- ing Campaign Committee a mass meeting was held on Saturday night at the Temperance Hal, the principal speaker being Mr T. H. Sloan, M.P. Col. Sir Ivor Herbert, Bart., M.P., who presided over-a large gathering, Said they were not met as representing any Section or party in the country-(applause)- hut as citizens. The Rev. D. H. Griffiths, vicar of St. Woolos, Newport, moved a resolution welcoming the Licensing Biil, especially the clauses applying to Wales and Monmouthshire. He said he had particular pleasure in moving the resolu-\ tion, because some of the leading features and Principles of the Bill had been for the last 25 years advocated by the Church of England Temperance Society. (Applause.) The Bill Vas first and foremost in its main issues social and moral. (Applause.) Referring to the Statement of Col. Gaskell, Cardiff, in regard to the gift of £8,000 to the Newport Hospital by his company for the securing of a certain licence in Newport, he said the colonel had not done the supporters of the Bill any harm, but had given them a leg up. (Applause.) He had enabled the public to understand what they were contending for, namely, that the taonopoly value was great, and that this be- longed not to the individual but to the State. (Applause.) He desired to thank Alderman Mordev for the excellent letter he had sent to the Press dealing with this satement of Col. Gaskell. There were three great sources of evil—drunkenness, impurity, and gambling but of the three the first was the worst, and Overshadowed the others. He stood for the Bill because he believed it made for the pro- gress and betterment of the people. The Rev. J. Glyn Davies seconded the tesolution, and said an indication of the feeling Of the country in support of the Bill was illus- trated by their platform that night, with a Soman Catholic, an Irish Unionist, an Anglican clergyman, and a Nonconformist minister. This was a sign of the times on this question. (Applause.) Mr T. H. Sloan, M.P., said this struggle was nothing less than vested interest against humanity, and without any apologies to any Party he gave his support to humanity. (Ap- plause.) One unique effect of the Bill had been that it had made everyone a temperance Reformer. Even the hon. member who moved the rejection of the Bill did so as a "temper- Ance reformer." (Laughter and applause.) It Was said that with this Bill the workingman's heer would go up. He did not mind if it did, for it had been "going doWIl" long enough. (Laughter.) If the House of Lords tore up the Hill after passing through the House of Com- taons, then it would be for the country to settle With them. It was to be a fight to the finish, and righteousness was on their side. This Government had tackled one of the greatest tod gravest questions of the age, and had 8taked their very life on the issue. He would father see them wrecked, and his himself an fcx-M.P., in the effort to' elevate humanity than ride into Parliament on a barrel of beer. CApplause.) The resolution was carried unanimously, and on the motion of Mr W. L. Goldsworthy the an and speakers were thanked.
TRIALTOF A PROPHET." British Official's Murderer Hanged Cairo, Sunday.—The trial of Abdel Kader, the self-styled prophet of the Blue Nile .Pro- vince, was held at Kamlin on the 8th inst. before the Mudirs Court, which was presided over by Mr Peacock, civil judge. Prisoner Was found guilty of the murder of Mr Scott Moncrieff, deputy-inspector of the province, and of waging war against the Sudan Govern- ment, and was sentenced to death. The Court also ordered the forfeiture of the prophet's property. Abdel Kader was executed to-day at the Itlarket village of his tribe caller1 Hallowin. The trial of the remainder of the prisoners bnplicated begins to-morrow.-Reuter.
CAUGHT BY PROPELLER. Paris, Monday.—A telegram to the Petit Journal from Toulon reports as the destroyer Sarabaeanc was entering the harbour there Yesterday her propeller fouled a line attached to the net which was being drawn ashore by fishermen. Several of the men were swept off their leet and violently dashed against some jagged rocks, two of them being so severely Injured that they ttrf cwveyed to hos- pital.—Reute#,
Terrible Vendetta. FIVE DEATHS AFTER REJECTED SUIT. Odessa, Monday.—Details have reached here of a terrible affair at Elizabethpol, in the Cau- causus. It appears that a young Armenian fell in love with a Circassian girl, whose parents, however, firmly refused to allow the couple to marry. For some time he edeavoured to overcome their disapprobation, but matters came to a crisis when the young fellow was driven from the girl's house and forbidden to enter it again. In a frenzy of rage and despair, the unhappy man committed suicide. Then began a ven- detta between the members of the two families. Determined to avenge her brother's death, TJsun Tutu, a sister of the dead lover, hired a man, who killed .the girl's brother. Her revenge, however, did not stop at this. She prepared some icecream, mixed with arsenic, and sent a man to sell it to Sotikh, the girl's father. Sotikh and five of his relatives partook of the icecream, and two of them expired in great y within a couple of hours, while the re- maining four were taken seriously ill. Sotikh's eldest sons, suspecting Usun Tutu, made his way to her house, and finding her in the street outside fired three times, with the result that the girl fell, terribly injured. The girl's rela- tives, seeing that her injuries were of a dan- gerous nature, proceeded to remove her with- out delay to the local hospital, and by an extraordinary coincidence they arrived there at the same moment as Sotikh's family were conveying their poisoned relatives into the in- stitution. A pitched battle began, 'and for some time revolvers and swords were used indiscrimi- nately, a large number of persons being in- jured. The police, drawing their swords, inter- vened, and put the combatants to flight, after making several arrests. Usun Tutu has now succumbed to her in- juries.—Central .News.
Pengam Divorce Case. A DEAD CO-RESPONDENT. Mr Justice Bargrave Deane, sitting on Mon- day in the Divorce Division, had before him the undefended petition of Mr John Newton, a saddler, of Pengam, Monmouthshire, for dis- solution of marriage on the ground of the adultery of his wife, Christina Mary (nee Vin- cent), with Mr Charles Cheshire, who, it was stated, had died since these proceedings had been instituted. Mrs Newton was said to be now living at Cyfarthfa-street, Cardiff. In ac- cordance with an application to the Court, Cheshire's name had been struck out of the list. Mr Le Bas, counsel for the petitioner, ex- plained that the marriage took place on the 8th October, 1896, at the parish church of St. James, Taunton, Somersetshire. Mr and Mrs Newton afterwards lived together in Wood- street, Cardiff, and there was one child of the marriage. In 1898 the respondent's mother came to live with them, and as a result there were quarrels. In that year husband and wife separated, but in 1901 they again came to- gether. There were two or three more separa- tion, and reconciliations, the final separation taking place in June, 1905. On the 23rd August of that year the wife obtained an order from the justices adjudging her husband guilty of desertion, and she was granted an allowance of 8s a week. Shortly after that they again re- sumed cohabitation at Cardiff. Ultimately he was obliged to leave her owing to her drinking habits. Although, added counsel, the magis- trates' order was of no use, Mr Newton still continued to pay his wife the allowance. The petitioner was called in support of counsel's statement, after which Mr Oxley, a private detective, of Cardiff, gave evidence as to watching the late Mr Cheshire and seeing him go to the house in Cyfarthfa-street, Cardiff, where Mrs Newton was staying. His Lordship granted the petitioner a decree nisi with custody of the child of the marriage.
CARDIFF CORPORATION. PARKS COMMITTEE. Corporation Bowling Trophy. The Chairman of the Cardiff Parks Com- mittee (Councillor J. Chappell) at their meeting on Monday expressed regret that at a meeting which he was unable to attend the committee had decided to charge one penny per hour for the use of the new bowling green in Roath Park. They could not afford to lay down bowling greens at a cost of jE180 to £200 and make such a small charge. They were not getting the revenue from their greens that they were in other towns.—Councillor Jabez Jones The fact is, we have been too am- bitious, and have copied the best gfeens to be found in other parts of he country.—It was decided to leave the matter as it stood until next year. The Town Clerk reported that, in his opinion, the proposal was in order to give a trophy for competition at the Corporation bowling greens. — Councillor J. Mander said they had given a trophy for competition at the Baths, and it had been the means of enormously increasing the interest in swimming. Now they wanted to encourage bowling, and he moved that they provide a trophy or prizes of the value of 20 guineas, and in the event of their being surcharged let the committee put their hands in their pockets.— Councillor A. Sessions seconded, and the reso- lution was carried, subject to conditions as to ownership of a trophy if decided upon. Roath Lake Bathing. The Committee .passed plans, submitted by the City Engineer, for bathing boxes and staging at Roath lake. Mr Harpur was instructed to proceed with the work at once, by sections, so that bathers should not be unduly interfered with in the meantime. Baseball in the Parks. Messrs E. D. Bea.ble(cha,irman) andL. Lewis (treasurer), representing the Welsh Baseball Association, waited upon the Committee with a view to obtain better facilities for playing baseball in the public parks. They pointed out that at present the general public encroached upon the playing pitch to such an extent as to interfere with the game, and visiting teams complained strongly of this. The Chairman (Councillor Chappell) promised that the committee would consider the question, to see whether such regulations could be adopted as would prevent the public from interfering with the players. It was cer- tainly a serious complaint, and the public, in their own interests, ought to keep well, clear of the playing pitch. The new by-laws governing the parks would probably help to solve the problem, and he moved that the town clerk be asked to push forward their preparation. This was agreed to.
Friendly Societies' Criticism. An important conference of delegates from the whole of the Midland Counties of the lodges of the Manchester Unity was held at the Grand Hotel, Leicester, on Saturday. Provincial Grand Master E. H. Bailey opened a discussion on State pensions and their probable influence on Friendly Societies. He said the concern of thrift societies was not with the broad aspects of the Government scheme of pensions, but with its probable influence on the future progress and prosperity of Friendly Societies. He greatly feared that the Government ,scheme of pen- sions as submitted to Parliament by the Prime Minister would seriously injure the future prosperity of Friendly Societies by fixing the income limit so low for the receipt of a pen- sion. The danger was that the practice of thrift would be discouraged, and that a premium would be placed upon thriftlessness. The industrious man or woman, who, by living a thrifty and industrious life, had made some small provision for old age, would be debarred from participating in the bounty of the State, while the man or woman who thriftlessly spent his or her earnings weekly would be sub- sidised. He was convinced that the Govern- ment had not realised the danger involved to the thrifty institutions of the country in fixing so low an income limit as 10s per week. He urged that united action be taken by the Friendly Societies to induce the Government to relax their restriction as to income, so as to exclude any provision or benefit received from a Friendly Society. A resolution to this effect was carried unanimously.
Liberal M.P.'sand Paupers. Mr Cathcart Wason presided on Monday evening over a small preliminary meeting of Liberal members of Parliament who object to Poor Law relief being a bar against the grant of old age pensions. The members present were Messrs N. Lamont, J. S. Ainsworth, Harry Nuttall, R. Lehmann, E. N. Bennett, F. N. Rogers, A. L. Lever, and E. J. Soares. It was agreed that the following petition to the Prime Minister should be sent along with a covering letter to all Liberal members of Par- liament for signature :—" We, the undersigned Liberal members of Parliament, are seriously concerned on behalf of those aged persons at present in receipt o indoor or outdoor relief who by the Government proposals will be ex- cluded from the benefit of the old age pension fund. and we respectfully urge the Govern- ment to give their most favourable considera- tion to a modification of their scheme in this respect."
AUSTRALIA AND LOYALTY. Sydney, Sunday.—Cardinal Moran, Catholic Primate of Australia, in the course of a speech here referred to the recent statement of Cardinal Logue that Australia was inclining towards absolute rebellion." Only fools, said Cardinal Moran, could be disloyal in Auotralia, which had the most perfect freedom its citizens could desire. If Australia were dissociated from the Empire it was quite possible they would have not a friendly visit from the American Fleet but ° from R-onkn*
Sculptor—Murder Trial. AN ITALIAN SENSATION. Naples, Monday.—The trial of Signor Ciffariello, the well-known Italian sculptor, which is now proceeding here, promises to be one of the most sensational in the criminal annals of the country. The accused is charged with murdering his wife in their bedroom at a Naples Hotel nearly three years ago, the proverbial delays of Italian law having deferred the opening of the trial until Friday last, Signor Ciffariello in 1904 made the acquaint- ance of a popular singer who went by the name of Maria de Eirowne, and falling madly in love with her persuaded her to become his wife. He was at the zenith o[ his professional success at the time, but rapidly as he amassed money his wife spent it with equal rapidity, and as she retained many of the Bohemian habits and friends of her past career, her husband led anything but a happy life, and-was consumed with jealousy of her numerous lovers. His love. however, was so great that he was prepared to tolerate anything, and the most extraordinary statements will be put forward by witnesses at the trial as to the complete domination exercised over him by Signora Ciffariello. Eventually the pair took apartments at a hotel here, and before long the husband was roused to fury by the discovery that some of his wife's admirers Iyere staying in the same building. There were several angry scenes between them, but the sculptor invariably gave way. On the night of the tragedy they had a parti- cularly bitter quarrel, but peace was at last temporarily made and they retired to theiu room. Here, however, the dispute recom- menced, and it culminated tragically at five o'clock in the morning, when the two literally fought a duel with revolvers, in the course of which the husband shot his wife dead. Overcome immediately with remorse he rushed to the window and would have thrown himself out, but the hotel servants, drawn by the sounds of the shots, broke into the room and secured him. Signor Ciffariello still protests the deepest love for his dead wife, and some of the most illustrious artists, writers and savants in Italy will be called during the week to testify to the provocation he received. The trial is hardly likely to finish before Saturday.—Central News.
LLANELLY TRAGEDY. INQUEST NARRATIVES. On Saturday afternoon Mr W. W. Brodie, deputy coroner, conducted the first inquest held at Llanelly since his appointment. The inquiry was relative to the tragic fate of the Rev. Elias Davies, pastor of Siloah Congre- gational Chapel, Llanelly, who was killed on a level crossing on Friday. Mr Brodie, before taking the evidence, said the late Mr Davies had been of great value to the town and his denomination. Mr Kydd, of the Mynydd Mawr Railway Company, desired to express the company's sympathy with the relatives in their bereavement. Mr Saunders (of the firm of Messrs Randell, Saunders, and Randell) represented the deceased gentleman's relatives; Mr D. G. Rees watched the proceedings on behalf of the Railway Servants' Society and others. Mr Morris Morris, Ferndale, gave evidence of identification, and said the de- ceased gentleman's eyesight was good when he wore his glasses, and his hearing was not de- fective. Dr. H. H. Roberts said death was due to shock caused by internal injuries. John Edwards, watchman in the employ of the Mynydd Mawr Railway Co., said he was stationed at the Old Castle crossing, and his duties were to close and open the large gates and also to turn the points. There were two 1ines running parallel, the Mvnydd Mawr and the Stradey. At 11.15 on Friday morning he heard an engine whistling from the Sandy side, and he proceeded to open the gates. The engine was 200 yards away, travelling at about six or seven miles an hour. The next thing to attract his attention was the deceased, who was about 20 yards away, coming from the office of the Old t as tie: Tinplate Works. Wit- ness said he raised his hands and shouted, Stand back Mr Davies continued to ad- vance, and witness kept on shouting until the buffer of the engine struck him. Deceased had his face towards the ground. Deceased got on to the line through a gap two yards wide in the fencing, apart from the gates. If the fen- cing had been in proper repair deceased could have got on to the line through the wicket gates alongside the big gates. It was not usual to lock the wicket gates. William Jenkins, engine driver, said he sounded the whistle in order to inform the crossing keeper that he wanted to get up to the high level. The gates were opened imme- diately, and the crossing was clear. When within 20 yards of the crossing the guard shouted Blow the whistle." Witness said he blew the whistle at once, and looked out. The guard shouted again, Look out there," and witness applied the slow brake. After travel- ling 20 yards the engine stopped. He was not aware that the engine had struck anyone until it was brought to a standstill, and then he saw deceased on the ground. Win. Hutt, guard, said he shouted, but deceased did not appear to hear. Josiah Evans, engine driver at the Old Castle Works, said he saw deceased leaving the office connected with the works and making for the crossing, with his face towards the ground, as if his mind was preoccupied. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death," attaching blame to no one. A rider was added requesting the Mynydd Mawr Rail- way Company to close the gap in the fencing and repair the wicket gate.
HOPPERS' DEMONSTRATION. Scenes in Trafalgar-square. A great demonstration, organised by the London and Provincial Hop Growers' and Workers' Protection League, toot place in Trafalgar-square on Saturday for the purpose of demanding an import duty of 40s per cwt. on all imported hops. Hop growers, factors, piciters, and people engaged in the allied trades poured into the Metropolis by special trains. Kent, Sussex, Hants, Worcester, and Hereford sent large contingents, whilst pickers resident in East and South London joined in the movement. Starting from various rallying* centres the different sections gathered as a whole on the Embankment, and thence, favoured by fine weather, with banners in .hand. binds playing, and flags flying, they marched in processional order to Trafalgar- square. It was a huge procession numbering many thousands, and the tail-end of it had not reached the square—which was then nearly quite full—when the speaking began. Artificial hops were to b seen everywhere-decora.ting carts, carried aloft on poles, and decorating buttonholes. The banners bore the following among other devices :— To save ourselves from ruin this dumping let us stop By a 40s duty on every foreign hop." "Don't cry Back to the land,'but keep those on who are there." "The delegates of #the Rcb ^rl s bridge dis- trict demand that their industry shall be saved. English hops for English Hope on, hope-ever." The allied industry Barclays strongly favours English hops for English b -cr." Maidstone—40s or the workhouse." And shall hops picked by Chinamen Mate England's hop trade die ? Here's 50,000 Kentish men Will know the reason why." On some vans hop measuring baskets were draped with crepe there was also the repre- sentation of a skull and cross bones with the inscription, "In loving memory/of the hop gardens of England." The following resolution was put from the various platforms about the same time and adopted with enthusiasm :— That this great meeting of delegates and representatives of all classes connected with the English hop industry views with conster- nation the continuous and alarming reduction of the English hop acreage and the ruin of an industry of great national importance. It calls upon the Goverrunent without delay to take steps not only to prevent any further re- duction, but to help to reinstate the acreage which has already been grubbed by adopting the remedy of an import duty of 40s per cwt upon all imported foreign hops, which is so unanimously demanded by the industry. This meetine wishes to impress upon the Govern- ment the fact that the hop industry maintains the greatest proportionate amount of labour on the land, and urges that sympathetic treat- ment be given to those workers from London and other large towns who annually obtain remunerative employment and a most health- ful change for themsel ves and their children in the hop gardens of England. Further, that this resolution should be forwarded to the Select Committee, the members of the Govern- ment, and the leaders of the Opposition in both Houses of Parliament." The resolution haying been adopted, the vast audience sang a verse of Rule, Britannia." which was followed by God Save the King." Finally, a verse of Auld Lang Syne was sung.
CARDIFF GUARDIANS. Old Workmen and Relief, Following on some observations made re- cently at the Cardiff Guardians meeting rela- tive to the increased amount of out-relief now being paid in the Barry district, the Rev. Canon Buckley made a short explanation at Saturday's board meeting. The relief (the rev. gentleman stated) had increasad by JE12 4s over the corresponding period last year, and there were 26 new cases. Th investigation had been very carefully made, and the committee could not see their way to recommend a dis- continuance in any instance, because the relief was needed chiefly for men and their wives and families, the former being no longer able- bodied, were, he added, unemployed in conse- quence of the Compensation Act. He was satisfied that there had been no lavish distri- bution of relief, or indiscrimination. The Guardians accepted the resignation of the Rev. Father B. Gibbon, O.S.B., of St. Mary's, Canton, who is going to St. Peter's, Liverpool. It was reported that whereas hist year there were 720 persons in the Cardiff Workhouse ¡-, were now 878—or an increase of 158.
Desperate Burglar. THREE PEOPLE INJURED. At about 10 o'clock on Saturday night Mr James Sherman, retired maanufacturer, living at Darenth-road, Stamford Hill, returned to his house with his wife and found the door open and the place in confusion. Proceeding upstairs Mr Sherman encountered a young man on the landing, who struck him a terrific blow on the head with a jemmy. The man also injured Mrs Sherman, and leaving both husband and wife senseless rushed into the street. A number of people were attracted by the noise, and several followed the man, who took refuge in a garden. A coachman named Wingatc entered the garden, and was attacked by the man, but the latter was dragged out into the road, where he fought vigorously until the police arrived. The man will to-day be charged with attempted murder and burglary. Mr Sher- man's wounds are serious, and he is stated to be in a critical condition, and Mrs Sherman's hand was badly hurt, while Wingate was also injured.
Prehistoric Skeletons. DISCOVERY AT IFTON QUARRIES. The site of this discovery and the remains found about aweek ago by the quarrymen em- ployed by the Ifton Limestone Company, Severn Tunnel Junction, were examined by Mr John Ward at the request of that company a few days ago. He reports that the skeletons lay upon the surface of a natural shelf of rock, about seven feet long, and from two to three feet wide, which formed the bottom of a natural recess in the rock in the side of a steep slope. The quarrymen discovered them in the process of strip- ping away the turf and superficial soil with a view to extending their quarrying operations. From the weathered condition of the rock immediately above it was evident that some time in the past the recess was open to the air, and formed, in fact, a sort of small rock shelter." The manager, who takes a, great interest in the discovery, states that about the front were many stones, which appeared to him to have been a sort of rough walling in front of the recess. But apparently both walling and skeletons were in a tumbled about state, probably due to falls of earth from above. There are remains of five or six skeletons, and the more perfect skulls, although some- what fresh looking, have a very distinct pre historic look. They are of the long form or dolichocephalic, and have the ill filled appear- ance often noticed in these skulls; and the teeth are remarkably ground down—another prehistoric feature. The skull of apparently a woman is singularly small and somewhat rugged, and this tends to confirm the conclu- sion, for the disproportion of the sexes has often been reported in early burials. One of the thigh bones has a rough, pilaster-like ridge, and one of the shin bones a marked tendency to the flattening known as platy- cnemism. Altogether, the discovery points to a pre- historic burial, or rather burials. Early man in the vicinity of the spot observed the recess and appropriated it for sepulchral purposes, and, as usual, roughly walled up the front to form a chamber. Such cave and recess burials are frequently found in rocky districts, and many have been found in the Peak of Derbyshire. Beyond this it is impossible to go further, except that according to the quarrymen the heads pointed roughly to the north-east, and from the narrowness of the ledge it is evident that the bodies were laid on their sides in the contracted attitude-knees and arms drawn up —usual in prehistoric interments. As nothing in the shape of pottery or implements was found with them, it is impossible to suggest at what stage of prehistoric time the burials were made. But it is important that the measure- ments and other particulars of the skulls and other bones should be placed upon permanent record.
THE TRUE PATRIOT. Address by President Rossevelt. Washington, Saturday.—The General Con- ference of the Methodist Episcopal Church to- day listened to an address by President Roose- velt. After an eloquent tribute to the great part played by the Methodist Church in America, the President alluding to the evils brought about by modern conditions, said it would be both unmanly and unfair to become faint-hearted or despairing about the nation's future. Clear-eyed and far-sighted men must feel a confident assurance that in the struggle with evil the nation would win, and the cen- tury which had just opened would see great triumph for the American people. The surest way to achieve that triumph was to refuse to bind themselves to what was evil in th complex play of the many forces interacting in the upbuilding of America's social structure. The true patriot," the President declared, is that man who, without losing faith in the good, does his best to com- bat evil." Continuing, the President, enlarged upon the importance of building up the spiritual side of national character, without which the material amounted to nothing. He said Most of all we need the essential qualities that in their sum make up the good man and the good woman most of all we need that fine and healthy family life, the lack of which makes any seeming material prosperity but a glitter- ing sham." In the course of a glowing tribute to womanhood, the President said We ad- mire a good man, but we admire a góod woman more; we believe in her more. The birth pangs make all men debtors of all women. No being has a greater title to respect than the mother who bears and rears plenty of healthy chil- dren. The President concluded by appealing to his hearers to strive to make the qualities that made the right type of family life the typical qualities of American citizenship.—Reuter.
KING & QUEEN AT ALDERSHOT. A Fatal Crush. The King and Queen left Buckingham Palace on Monday morning on a visit to Aldershot, where their Majesties witnessed extensive field operations. Their Majesties travelled .by special train from Waterloo Station. The King wore a field marshal's uniform, while the Queen was attired in a light summer frock, with a heliotrope hat. Troops to the number of a.bout 30,000 were engaged in the manoeuvres, which were favourea by fine weather. Their Majesties saw a supposed invasion of England by a hostile force, and gallant efforts by those engaged in defending our shores. Everything was done on a war scale. Umpires were present to see that the conditions of the conflict were observed. During a march past the crowding was so great that a man named Keeble, of Aldershot, was knocked down and so crushed that he died. After lunching with the officers the King and Queen inspected a number of military institutions. Her Majesty went to the hospital devoted to soldiers' wives and children, and she and the King visited Corunna Barracksto- gether. His Majesty also went to the field stores to see the mobilisation and equipment, thence to the supply depot and the mechanical transport depot, where there was a parade of military motors. Prior to returning to town their Majesties took tea at Government House.
ART SENSATION IN AMERICA. Alleged Wholesale Forgery. New York, Saturday.—William Clausen, one of the best-known picture dealers in New York, alter a night in gaol was released on a 5,000 dollars bail this afternoon. Clausen is accused by Mr William T. Evans, a weall hy art patron and chairman of the Art Committee of the Lotos Club, of selling imita- tions as the works of noted American artists. The charges have caused a big stir in the art world. The prosecutor says that he has be- tween 40 and 50 pictures bearing forge, signa- tures. which have been sold within a few years for about 100,000 dollars. Owners of paintings purporting to be signe 1 by the artists whose names are said to have been fraudulently signed are making investi- gations in prder to ascertain whether their treasures are genuine or not. New York, Sunday.—Mr William T: Evans, chairman of the Art Committee of the Lotos Club, giving evidence yesterday against Wm. Clausen, whom he charges with selling him as genuine imitations of works of celebrated artists, declared fully 40 of these faked pictures had been sold within the past five years at an aggregate price of over 100,000 dollar.—Central News.
CASTAWAYS RESCUED. Sixty Days on Desert Island. Wellington, Saturday.—H.M. cruiser Pe- gasus has arrived at Lyttelton with 22 castaways of the French barque Pre- sident Felix Faure. It appears that the men left their ship in the lifeboat which was smashed to pieces by the breakers. All got ashore safely, and on the island on which they were cast up they found a stores depot established by the New Zealand Govern- ment. The food in this depot, supplemented by birds. which they were able to shoot, en- abled the men to subsist for 60 days before the Pegasus arrived, but they suffered considerably from exposure. Captain Noel, of the Felix Faure, has expressed his gratitude at the hos- pitality extended to him and his crew by the Pegasus and the New Zealand authorities. The President Felix iFaure was a barque of 2,651 tons. She left New Caledonia for Havre on February 16th.Heuter.
Mrs Kneath, butcher, of Three Crosses. Gower, is suffering from a fracture of the wrist and injuries to the face and eyes, as the result of a trap accident near Sketty, on Saturday I evening, her horse .stumbling and throwing out the occupants.
Leap in Front of Engine. WOMAN ATTEMPTS TO FOLLOW A remarkable tragedy occurred on Monday at Horsham Station, a busy point on the London and Brighton main line. As the Brighton express, laden with passen- gers returning from a week-end holiday steamed into the station a man who had been standing with three companions upon the platform suddenly left them, and to their horror sprang in front of the engine of the train. For a moment the other men on the plat- form were too surprised to take any action, and just as they recovered from their fright the next act in the drama occurred. A woman who had been in the group talking to the man, screamed and rushed to the edge of the platform and attempted to spring upon the metals. Her friends, however, managed to grasp her clothing and pulled her back just as the train dashed by. The man meanwhile had laid down across the metals, and although the brakes were applied in response to the shouts of those in the station the driver was unable to pull up in time. The engine and several coaches ran over the prostrate body of the man, death being instantaneous. He is about 35 years of age and well-dressed. Nothing is known that in any way throws any light on the drama, nor can it be said yet whether the man and the woman were in any way related.
Llanelly Harbour. NORTH DOCK SLUICING PROPOSAL To Reduce Cost of Dredging. At .the monthly meeting of the Llanelly Harbour Trust on Monday, Mr William Rees moved that the superintendent invite tenders for the repairing of the North Dock entrance platform, the culverts to remain unaltered for the present. The Chairman (Mr W. B. Jones), said the motion would involve capital expendi- ture, and it would have to be considered first of all by the Joint Committee. Mr William Rees said the primary object was to permit sluicing from the North Dock with a view to reducing the enormous expense of dredging. One half the gross receipts at the dock had been swallowed up by dredging, about £2,500 being spent annually. There was a consensus of opinion that excellent results could be attained by scouring. The Chairman said the motion did not mention sluicing. Mr D. R. Edmunds suggested that the motion shouuld be amended as follows That this Trust is of opinion that the time has arrived when we should instruct the super- intendent to obtain tenders for the repairing of the North Dock entrance platform (the culverts to remain unaltered for the present), and that application be made forthwith to the Joint Committee for their sanction to spend the necessary money." 1\11' Rees accepd the amended motion, which was carried. Pilotage Question—A Scene. Mr Wm. Rees inquired whether there was any report from the sub-committee with regard to the pilotage system. Mr Jno. Waters said several meetings had been held, but he was sorry to say they bad all been abortive. He thought the sub-committee should be dis- banded, and the matter be taken up by the whole trust. Captain Dd. Thomas had to fand a lot of impudence from the pilots, and it was rather rough that a member who was trying to do his level best for the ratepayers should be thus insulted. They could not expect better trade at Llanelly until the pilotage system be greatly improved. It seemed to me that they were in thi hands of the pilots. Mr Nathan Griffiths said it woukl be more honourable if this question were raised at the Pilotage Committee with the pilots present than hitting below the belt in their absence. He held no brief for the pilots The Chairman (interrupting) All that was asked for in this matter was the report of the sub-committee, and he bas given that report. Mr Griffiths But a serious charge has been made against the pilots. They have been charged with being negligent in their duty. Mr Waters I haven't charged them with being negligent. Mr Griffiths In effect you did. Every complaint made against the pilots has been investigated, and it has been found in each case that the captain of the boat was to blame, and not the pilots. (Cries of "No.") Mr Griffiths Look at the record. The pilots can defend themselves without making an underhanded attacK upon any- one The Chairman I must call you to order, Mr Griffiths. Captain D. Thomas Allow me to say one word in reply to Mr Griffiths. The Chairman I am not going to allow the dis- cussion to proceed any further. Captain Thomas I should like to say a word. (Cries of Oader," and Chair.") Mr D. R. Edmunds appealed to the members to support the chair. Captain Thomas (indignantly) I am only defending myself, and I defy Mr Griffiths or any of the pilots to say that I ever hit below the belt. I don't carry two faces I only carry one. (Laughter.) The Chairman I rule that the discussion is now closed. Water Bill. The minutes of the Law Committee dealing with the Llanelly Rural Council and the Burry Port Urban Council's Water Bill came up for adoption. Replying to a question,theClerk said it was incorrect to say that the Urban Council were going to pay the Trust's costs. The Council were going to the expense of briefing counsel and engaging witnesses, and these would speak on behalf of the Trust as well.— The Chairman So far as I understand it the Council are using this Trust as a handle. (Cries of" Order.") Mr John John said that if th Bill did not pass the Burry Port Council would probably have to pay the whole of the costs.— Mr Nathan Griffiths So that instead of the Urban Council making a catspaw of this Trust the Rural Council is making a catspaw of the Burry Port Council.—The Chairman I don't think it is right that such insinuations should be made .—Mr Griffiths But you made the insinuation first of all.—The Chairman: I referred to Mr John's statment that if the Bill failed Burry Port would have to pay the whole of th costs. There is nothing of the sort in it. —Mr Griffiths Burry Port will be greatly re- lieved to know that.—The Chairman They know it, I assure you.
BAND OF HOPE BAZAAR. The Welsh Stalls. The Welsh stalls representing North and South Wales respectively, at the National Bazaar held on Monday afternoon at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, in aid of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union, directed by Lady Magdalen Williams-Bulkeley and Lady Brynmor Jones, were eminently successful. The ladies named were assisted by a large number of Welsh ladies, and the stalls were heaped with Welsh goods, provided by the generosity of, amongst others, the Duchess of Beaufort, Lady Wimborne, Lady Eva Wyndhani Quin, Lady Newnes, Lady Aberdare, Mrs Mackintosh of Mackintosh, Mrs John Duncan, Penarth; Mrs Wvnford Phiiipps, Mrs Arthur Williams, Bridgend the Misses Lewis, Merthyr Mrs Cresswell, Dowlais Mrs Gwynne Hughes, Llandilo Mrs D. II. Evans, Mrs Austin Jenkins, &c. Amongst those present at the Band of Hope Bazaar, and who took an active interest in the work of the Welsh stalls, were Lady Edwards and Miss Myfanwy Edwards, Mr and Mrs Herbert Lewis, Mr and Mrs Herbert Roberts, Mrs Llewelyn Williams, and Masters C. David and Trevor, the two young sons of Mr and Mrs Herbert Roberts, of Bryngwenault were among those who presented purses to the Duchess of Albany, who graciously opened the bazaar.
CRINOLINE IN WEST END. For a £100 wager Miss Millie Payne, the well-known comedienne, started on Friday from Shepherd's Bush Empire to do an after- noon's shopping in her great-grandmother's crinoline. After creating the greatest sensa- tion in Regent-street for many a long day, and completely mystifying the policemen by her eccentric costume, she won the wager, which she will hand to charities. A crowd followed Miss Payne down Regent-street, but the hoop of her crinolene prevented her from being crushed. She carried a lorgnette. Her cos- tume was of the orthodox Early Victorian pattern, with high-crowned bonnet and ring- lets.
TEN BY LICENSING CASE DISMISSED. Police Evidence Criticised. At Tenby Police Court on Monday Ernest Charles Collins, licensee of the White Hart Hotel, Tenby, was summoned for permitting drunkenness on his premises on April 14th. P.C. James Reessaid that a few minutes before 11 p.m. he saw a man named Benjamin Laurence pass by the front door of the hotel and fall down on the pavement outside. He spoke to the landlord, who said that Laurence had only had one glass of beer in the house. In cross-examination by Mr Stokes, witness said he did not see P.C. Johns at all at the place, but when he was re-examined by P.S. Thomas he corrected the statement, saying he met Johns outside the White; Hart. The chairman (Mr Lewis) It is a very care- less witness. It is very much against his evi- dence. P.C. Johns gave evidence that while standing in the street about 9.30, he heard Laurence and other men talking in the White Hart, and he repeated the conversation. This led the chairman to ask whether the police were instructed to stand outside houses and listen to what was going on inside. The witness said he was only there casually, and was not sent to listen to what was going on inside the house. The Chairman It is not evidence I like at all. The defendant stated that Laurence entered the house drunk, arid, was not served. Hc- denied that Laurence was in his house at 9.30. Witnesses were called to say that Laurence was not served when he entered the house. A majority of the bench decided to dismiss the case.
"Heartless Case." CARMARTHENSHIRE GIRL'S STORY. Commercial Traveller's Letters. At Carmarthen Borough Police Court yesterday Lawrence Arthur Smalley, a com- mercial traveller, was summoned by J emima Bridgette Maude Davies, a neatly dressed young lady, to show cause, etc. Defendant did not put in an appearance. Mr James John, solicitor, Carmarthen, who appeared for the applicant, said he be- lieved their Worships would come to the con- clusion that this was one of the most heartless cases that had ever come before them. It ap- peared that his client had been working for some nine years at a stocking factory, and in June, 1905, went to lodge at a place called Disgwylfa, where the defendant also went to lodge in a fortnight's time. An acquaintance- ship sprung up between the parties, and from that time on to 1907 defendant used to take the applicant out for walks. On the 13th July, 1906, when they were down at the riverside between Llandilo and Golden Grove,defendant attempted familiarities with her, and threat- enedthat unless she would allow him he would kill her, adding that Arthur and Bridgette would be no longer. On October 14th, 1905, defendant handed her a Bible and Common Prayer Book, and also this letter :— To My Dear Bridgette.—In presenting you, my dear girl, with these most holy of books, as a token of the purest love, I hope they will help you to keep in mind the giver of them, and it is my most earnest wish that by a constant perusal of their holy contents you may become wise unto salvation. I trust the time is not far distant when it will be permis- sible to inscribe your name in them.—With all my heart's best love to you, I remain, your most loving and devoted friend. Arthur." The defendant, continued Mr John, had sent upwards of 100 letters and 135 picture postcards to the applicant. In May, 1906, defendant gave applicant money to buy a ring which he had fancied for her in one of the shop windows of Llandilo, and in his letter of the 18th of that month he said :— To My Darling Girl, Bridgette Maude.— Well, my darling, it is in my power to express on paper the untold pleasure your letter gave me this morning. It is a beautiful letter, and I thank you, my sweet girl, from my inner- most heart for your kind words of sympathy and the ten-fold assurance of vour deep and lasting love for your boy, Arthur. Yes, my dear, some day I tope and trust we shall smile at the trials we are passing through, and that we shall be happy as one." Defendant then asked him to meet her at Derwydd-road, and proceeded I am enclosing you JE3 for the ring. Bring the ring with you, and your boy will place it on your finger, my darling one. Get the one you fancied—the one with three diamonds in it, if it will suit you.—I remain for ever and ever, yours. Arthur." Mr John said that at defendant's request applicant went to Carmarthen and agreed to pay 10s a week for her lodgings. In a letter he wrote to her subsequently, he said, If I could only be with you, sweet one, we should manage well enough, and then he as happy as two doves, and we must hope further that the happy union will be very soon." Subsequently the defendant gave her another ring and other presents. The advocate asked for a substantial order against the defendant. Applicant supported her advocate's state- ment. The child was born on the 10th April, 1907. Defendant offered to settle the case for £35, but she declined his offer. She remained in lodgings at Carmarthen for 13 weeks at defendant's request, and paid 12s 6d a week, which defendant had not repaid her as promised. The defendant was a traveller on commission for a Manchester firm of condi- ment makers, and earned between JE8 and £9 a week. In reply to Mr John. applicant stated that she had discovered that since the birth of her child the defendant had got married to another lady. The Bench made an order for 5s a week and allowed the applicant jE15 incidental expenses and one guinea advocate's fee.
CENSURED BY THE REGISTRAR. Mrs Amelia Fine, furniture dealer, Whit- combe-street, Aberdare, came up for her ad- journed examination at Aberdare Bankruptcy Court on Monday. She had been ordered to prepare cash and goods accounts, but had not done so-, and she now said that she could not, as she could not write. She was severely addressed by the Registrar, Mr Rees Williams, who told her that unless she did so she would be committed to prison she had been carry- ing on business, and had contracted heavy debts, and had parted with all her goods now she was trying to get out of preparing her accounts. Unless she at once did so she would get into trouble, for the Official Receiver would apply for her committal, and if she did not try to comply with the order of the Court she would be sent to gaol. Debtor was examined as to how the lease of her house and the adjoining house had been disposed of, a.nd the examination was ad- journed, debtor being again warned that if the accounts were not filed she would be com- mitted to prison.
MONEYLENDING TRANSACTIONS. Alleged Extortionate Interest. Mr Thomas Lewis, of the Wern Farm, Cwm- taff, who was represented by Mr W. W. Mere- dyth. of Merthyr. attended for public examina- tion. He had returned his gross liabilities as JE960 15s estimated to Tank, JE920 15s assets, less JE40 distrainable rent, £132 10s, leaving a deficiency of £788 5s. Debtor admitted that he had omitted a large number of creditors from his list. A list of these omissions, amounting in all to between £170 and £180, was read, and debtor admitted that this was true, and that his deficiency should be increased to that extent. He had also omitted to include two bills due to Lloyds Bank at Aberdare, one for JE63 borrowed by him, his father being his security, and another for JE75, which his father had borrowed, and which he (the debtor) signed as security for his father. They had been doing that all along. Debtor said he never had receipts from anyone except the money- lenders. He had dealings with them for seven years. He admitted that the farm was cheap enough, and he could make a tidy living there if it was not for the heavy amounts he owed to the moneylenders and the extortionate interest charged, running in many cases to 150 per cent. The average rate of interest which he paid was 80 per cent. He gave instances of the amounts which he paid in interest and repayments to money-lenders in Merthyr, Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea, and elsewhere. His transactions were mainly with Jews, and when he got behind in his repay- ments they used to recommend him to go to another to borrow in order to repay them. That was how it was going on all the time. He did not file before, but continued to contract debts, as he hoped that things would improve. He had experienced two very bad seasons. His daughter died of diphtheria, and owing to that he had been unable for six weeks to supply the milk for the workhouse at Merthyr. Eventually, the exam- ination was adjourned, debtor to amend his accounts, and also to make out a complete list of the amounts he had borrowed from moneylenders and the interest paid thereon, the debtor having alleged that he used to pay in interest on money borrowed over £100 a year. Sale of Pawn Tickets Albert James Pritchard, a former licensee, attended for adjourned examination. This had been adjourned to enable the debtor to obtain the name and address of a party to whom he had sold two pawn tickets for a watch and chain and a gold ring. The debtor said he had been unable to find the name and address of the party in question, and the examination was again adjourned.
SIR HOVmD^iNCENTS WILL. Public Trustee as Executor. The estate of the late Sir Howard Vincent, M.P., has been sworn at £64,269 net, and pro- bate has been granted to the Public Trustee, concerning whom the following reference was made by the testator :—" I appoint the Public Trustee (which office I succeeded in creating after 21 years of constant Parliamentary effort) to be the trustee and executor of my will." The bulk of the property is left to his widow and daughters, and among special bequests is one of 100 guineas to the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, to be applied for any pnblic purpose, but preferably for the institu- tion of some annual medal or reward for the most meritorious act in connection with the detection of crime by the Crminal Investiga- tion Department, which he founded. He left £100 each to the Lord Mayor and Corporation of Sheffield and to the Cutlers' Company for any public purpose, and £50 each to the philan- thropic funds of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the Queen's Westminster Volunteers. His col- lection of medals awarded since 1600 for British wars is to be offered to the Speaker for the Library of the House of Commons and his engravings" of distinguished Conservatives to the Carlton Club.
SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSE. Glamorgan Syllabus. The Education Committee of the Glamorgan Connty Council have issued the syllabus of the summer school, 1908, which will tiike the form of a holiday course in educational handwork, nature study and drill at the Barry County School during August, under the direction of Mr A. Sutcliffe. Ten subjects have been selected this year, and they will be kindergar- ten, nature study, brush drawing, blackboard drawing, clay modelling, wood carving, card- board modelling, woodwork, metal work and Swedish drill. Fifty scholarships of £3 each to cover fees and railway fares arc offered by the County Council to students from the adminis trative arca,and further scholarships are offered by other centres. At the close of the course there will be an exhibition of the work done. and examinations will be conducted. Full information relative to the classes is given in the syllabus, which also contains the reports of the Board of Education inspectors upon the work done during the last two years, as well as some excellent photographs showing specimens.
House of Commons. SPEAKER'S REMINISCENCES. Professor Masterman's third lecture on the place of the House of Commons in national history was given on Saturday in the Royal Gallery of the Palace of Westminster. Mr J. W. Lowther, the Speaker, presided over a very large attendance. The Speaker said that as a very old member of the House he believed he had heard the maiden speech of every member of the pre- sent Government. The House appeared to him in three respects to be a very singular assembly. First of all we must never forget that that was the electoral chamber of the nation. In America. France, and other countries there was a body specially constituted for the pur- pose of choosing their President, and when they had selected their President their function was ended and then they disappeared. The House of Commons was not only the parent of its Prime Minister and the Government, but it was also the critic of the Government. it might indeed become its accuser, its judge and its executioner, and in that respect it differed from the other electoral chambers he had men- tioned. The next point was that the House of Com- mons was above all things an educating medium. It was the means through which the country was educated on certain topics. It was the place of all places where grievances might be brought forward, ventilated, can- vassed, discussed, and re-discussed and finally, if accepted, a remedy was found or it was pushed on one side as not deserving remedy, or, what was most usually the case, a com- promise was arrived at. (Laughter.) The House was also the executive and the legislative body of the nation. In that capacity many people no doubt thought that its work was very slowly accomplished, but it must be remembered that in the House of Commons the nation had a body which, when it had once taken a step in a particular direction, it was very hard for that body or for the nation to reverse that step or to go in another direc- tion. He was most constantly struck with the extraordinary continuity of the body over which he had the honour to preside. To this day the King's consent to Acts of Parliament was given in old Norman French, which sounded rather astounding, considering it was an English King who was speaking to English peers and English commoners. The astonish- ment did not cease there, and many people would be surprised to hear that all formal com- munications between the House of Commons and the House of Lords were carried on to this day in old Norman French. Mr Lowther confessed that it was to him a matter of the deepest interest that it should be so. He would very much regret to think that the old for were changed for the reason that they con- veyed everything they wanted to convey, and it presrved the continuity of the ancient assembly, and showed that they still main- tained the old forms which were in existence hundreds of years ago. tt had been said that. it was a wonder the House of Commons did its work as well as it did considering the character of the assembly. If we considered the amount of homogeneity that there was among the 670 members chosen from all parts of the King- dom, from every class different in interest, in wealth, in education, in the lives which they led, in the views they took of politics, and then if we also reflected upon the manner in which they were chosen generally at a period of great electoral excitement, then it we thought of the stupendous task which they carried out —how they governed interests not only in this Kingdom but our dependencies and colonies, with their clashing interests and varying creeds, the marvel was that the House of Com- mons was able to do it all. (Applause.) Professor Masterman described how the government of this country had changed since the 17th century from government by repre- sentative institutions to responsible govern- ment. It was in the 17th century that the "naming" of a member of the House was introduced by the peaker. The first member was Sir William Carnaby, who was talking loudly in a corner of the House to several other members. About that time we read that members frequented taverns and bowling greens, and it was ordained that the Speaker should not take the chair unless there werc 40 members in the House. The custom has re- mained in force ever since. We read also that a member went up to the Speaker, put out his tongue, and popped his mouth with his finger in orn." (Laughter.) Another member stood close to the Speaker's Chair, and cried Bo in the Speaker's ear, much to the great terror and affrightment of the Speaker and the House." (Renewed laughter.)
THE MIDDLESBROUGH CRIME. Rumoured Confession Denied. On Monday at Middlesbrough Albert Ernest Howroyd(23), moulders' labourer, was charged with the murder of Laura Hughes, or Colley, who was found dead in a nude condition on & couch on the night of May 9th. Prisoner smiled as he took his place in the dock. At the opening of the proceedings the chief constable gave an emphatic denial to the rumour that a man named George Henry Holmes had confessed to the crime. The first witness was Frederick Hughes, husband of the murdered woman, who said his wife left him about three and a half years ago, and he had not lived with her since. The man Holmes referred to by the chief constable gave evidence. He said he hadJived on and off with the deceased woman for about two years. On May 9th they were together for the greater part of the day and night, and visited various public-houses. Prisoner joined them and stood drinks. At closing time they set off for the woman's house together, but witness left them on the way. Afterwards he returned, and found the house locked back and front. He returned at 11.40, when the front door was open, and on walking in he found the woman dead on the sofa. He em- phatically denied that he had confessed to the crime or that he had married the woman. Deceased woman's next door neighbour stated that at about 11 o'clock she saw de- ceased and a man enter the former's house. Later she heard noises as of glass breaking. Holmes came up and knocked at the door, but nobody opened it and he went away. Twenty minutes afterwards a man came out of the house and went away. Alexander Forrest, coal hawker, said he saw deceased and a man approaching the back of the woman's house about 11.10, and half an hour after he saw the same man come out of the house with no boot on the right foot. After further evidence prisoner was remanded.
ADRIFT IN THE CHANNEL Cardiff Lads' Peril. On the arrival of the three-masted schootier Sunbeam, of Rnncorn. at the West Bute Dotftt on Monday morning the master reported having picked up two boys in a boat off Penarth on Sunday afternoon. It appears that the boys, whose parents live at the Docks, and who were 12 and 14 years old respectively, left the pier-head early on Sunday morning in a punt belonging to the Cardiff tug Active on a trip to Penarth. Row- ing on an ebbing tide. they made the trip to Penarth without accident, and spent some hours ashore, but on their return they were caught in a current and drifted far out into the Channel. About half-past 5 in the afternoon the boat was discovered by the crew of the Sunbeam drifting rapidly southwards. The master put out his boat, and succeeded in reaching the boys and in rescuing them from their perilous plicrht. The lads, who were in an exhausted condi- tion, spent the night on board the Sunbeam, and on their arrival in the West Dock on Monday morning were placed in charge of their anxious parents.
DROVVNED IN A FIT. At the Police Station, Devynnock, on Mon- day an inquest was held by Dr. W. R. Jones (coroner) touching the death of David Jenkins (33), tiler and plasterer, and a former member of the Sennybridge Company of the Brecon- shire Volunteers. The evidence showed that deceased, who resided at Devynnock, went fishing shortly after 10 in the morning on Saturday, and that at 2.30 in the afternoon liis dead body was recovered from the Senny, a tributary of the River Usk, near Devynnock. The body was face downwards in about nine inches of water, and the head rested between two large stones. Deceased's rod and line and a bag containing three trout were found a few yards higher up the stream. Deceased, who had for some years suffered badly from fits, was a Rechabite. The jury found that Deceased was accidentally drowned whilst in an epileptic fit."
WEDDING DAY TRAGEDY. An inquest was held at Goole on Friday on the body of Arthur Thornton, a young ship- yard employe, whose body was recovered from the docks. Thornton had been missing since Easter Sunday, the day on which he was to have been married to Miss Maggie Lewis, of Goole. The young woman stated that Thorn- ton was in her company the whole of Good Friday and the following day, and was in good spirits when he left her. She never saw him again, and on a waking in the morning she found a flag at her home at half-mast. On the young man's body was found a wedding-ring. The jury returned a verdict of Found drowned."
AN EAST END WORKER. The Rev. Gco. Hooper, of Bellingdon-road United Methodist Church. London, who on Sunday conducted anniversary services at Newport-road Church, Cardiff, is a preacher of uncommon gifts. Besides his pastoral work, Mr Hooper is a keen politician, taking a great interest in all social and industrial matters. For five years he laboured in the: East End of London, becoming thoroughly conversant-with the troubles of the poorer workpr"s in the Metropolis. In a very effective manner he put his religion into practice* three years ago. when by his own effort a sum of £16,000 was raised for the alleviation of distress. Thí. (Monday) evening the rev. gentleman will leD ture at the Methodist Church on his expers ences in East London.