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A CRIMINALS' BILL. ..

BATH AND WEST SHOW.

PASsiOfTToR STAMPS.

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LAND FOR THE MANY. .

TUG MASTER'S WIFE.

SANCTUARY PLUNDERED.

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w-'.r= Fifty Years Ago. .

Bombs in India. .

NEW LIBERAL WHIP.

OBITUARY.

BOYS' BRtQADE.

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Welcome to England,

ROYAL BANQUET.

Britain's Distinguished Guest,

CITY'S WELCOME.

DEPARTURE OF FRENCH PRESIDENT-

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m affi-TTrnif.jin, u .itr — firi llllliw,^ Opera Gala Night. SCENE AT COVENT GARDEN, Command Performance for th< King and His Guest. A DREAM OF BEAUTY. Covent Garden Opera House presented a I brilliant spectacle last night, when by Royal command a gala performance was given in honour of President Fallieres.. Seen from theroyal box the theatre was a veritable bower of roses. The curtain was framed in a mass of pa,le pink roses, with fes- toons, most artistically arranged, depending from the top. Round the three 4-ows of boxes were displayed row after row of pink roses, with festoons hanging between the Royal tier and the one above it. The roses were set on a green background of trellis work. On the face of the boxes in the fourth row were disposed wreaths of darker-coloured roses, and beneath the Royal box—a vast apartment made by turning six ordinary boxes into one— the roses were of a deep crimson. Above the centre of theproscenium arch was a large crown, and beneath it the tetter E in white flowers, encircled by a wreath of roses, and outside the frame of the curtain were rows of deep crimson roses. The Royal box was in white and gold, draped over the front with purple velvet edged with goid lace, and the whole lined with orchids. The box, which was occupied by the Maharajah of Nepa,l and his suite, con- sisted of two boxes on the Royal tier converted into one. and it bore no special decoration. But beneath the large box to the left of the _L Royal box, which was for the Ministers, and consisted of four boxes converted into one, appeared the flags of Great Brtain and France intertwined, and joined together by a shield in red, white, and blue, with the letters R. F. in yellow. The flags were most artistically de- signed in flowers of the colour of the actual emblems. In the Royal box white and gold chairs were placed for the distinguished visitors, pictures hung upon the walls, and Louis Quatorze mirrors disposed tastefully in the corners. Madame Melba. The King and Queen, with the Prince and Princess of Wales, met M. FaUieres at the Opera House at 9.30. The performance con- sisted of the first act of Bizet's I Pescatori di Perle and Act II. (the garden scene) of Gounod's Faust." The following is the caste :— < I PESCATORI DI PERLE. Bv Bizet. Act I. Leila Mme. Tetrazzini. Nadir Mr John McCormack. Zurga Signor Sammarco Nuraba-d Signor Marcoux. FAUST. Gdunod. Act II. (Garden Scene). Marguerite. Mme. Melba. Siebel Miss Hatchard. Martha Mme. Edna Thornton. Faust Signor Zenatello. Metistofele. M. Marcoux. Conductor.sigDor Campanmi. The members of the Royal family and the French President supped at the Opera House during the interval, and remained till the fail of the curtain at 11.15. They were loudly cheered as they drove away just before half- past eleven to the strains of the Marseillaise. followed by the British National Anthem. The whole performan is a brilliant success,

Shipyard Settlement. "

CO-OPERATIVE CONGRESS.

FRENCH RAILWAY ACCIDENT.

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