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,SUPPOSED SUICIDE AT WHITSTABLE.

SUPPOSED WIFE MURDER.

j BRUTAL MURDER NEAR LINCOLN.

THE RESULTS OF DRINK

FATAL AFFRAY WITII POACHERS.

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ELOPEMEN? WITH A GROOM.

MR. W. WOODALL, M.P., A" MACCLESFIELD.

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MR. W. WOODALL, M.P., A" MACCLESFIELD. Speaking recently at the annual meeting of the School of Art, Macclesfield, Mr. W. Woodall, M.P., member of the Royal Commission on Technical Education, said, referring to the English silk trade and the fact that this country imported from Europe itself, exclusive of what came from China and the East, silk manufactures of the annual value of twelve millions sterling, that no one would challenge the assertion that the relative position of our silk trade, as compared with that of the Conti- nent, was humiliating, and the more unsatis- factory, because silk manufacturers could not plead, as might their neighbours in Yorkshire and the Potteries, that they were handicapped by Protectionist tariffs. Referring to the silk- pro.lucing countries on the Continent, he said that at one place alone, Crefield, the trade in silk goods and velvets was estimated at over two millions a year- about the annual value of all our exports of such articles. They heard much of long hours of labour and low wages of the workmen in France, Italy, and Germany, and of the intermittent work and low diet which made the Lyons weavers the prey of ill health and of political anarchy, but this was only one part of the truth. The employers most competent to judge declared to him that in the main the value of the work done for a given wage there was not much more than in England. He asked them to look at other considerations, and amongst the agencies at work must be regarded the action of the Chambers of Com- merce there, of voluntary societies of various kinds act- ing in co-operation with the Stlte, and with the munici- palities, animated by a spirit at once commercial and benevolent, and applying themselves equally to the comfort and culture of the workmen, to the develop- ment of improved methods of manufacture, and the extension of trade. Everywhere the duty of increasing the skill of those engaged in manufactures, whether as superintendent, designers, or har.d workmen, appeared to be paramount, and schools of every variety for technical education were maintained by the State at a cost which would startle most Englishmen. He pointed to Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Saxony, Wurtembnrg, and other German States, where, besides a splendid system of primary instruction, there were secondary and special technical schools, and, what appeared to be a natural result, manufactures flourished often under unfavourable conditions. What seemed most needed in districts like Macclesfield and Leek was a state of things of this kind, and he hoped that the time would come when. with increasing intelligence, it would be determined that what was for the common good should be efficiently done at the common charge. Mr. T. Hughes, Q.C., also took part in 1 proceedings.

DEATH THROUGH DESTITUTION.

COLLIERY EXPLOSION IN WALES.

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JSTATE OF IRELAND.

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