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-=- LDCAL AND GENERAL NEWS. A boiler explosion occurred on board the steamer Allam while it was being towed in the Scheldt ou Thursday. Seven men were killed and two more injured. The Rev Tiiouias b'ov.'er, D.D., president of tiio Corpus Christi College, was on Iliuis- day elected ,rioo-chancellor of the Oxford "Univ jrsit yon the nomination of Lord Salis- bury, A-, Blackburn, a wine merchant, named Charles Smith, was fined 1:50 and costs for extracting spirits from the wood of a num- ber of casks. The second reading of the Seats for Shop Assi stants (^jotland) Biil was negatived without a division in the House of Lords on 'JLiiarsclay. It is stated that Mrs Barrow Williams, wite of the Rev H. Barrow NVilitams, Messrs E. i acrp and Nv U. YY uliams, will contest the seat on Conway Board of Guardians vacant through the resignation of the Rev Peri^ »%^iiams.. The locust pest is assuming considerable proportions in Spain. Tne tertile district of Serena, in J^strtanadura, ia,, been in- vaded by these insects, and the railway line between Almorchon and Daiii.ez is covered WltJl them for a distance of over ten miles. The Upper Rouse of the Convocation of York, on Thursday, received the report of the Committee on lasting Communion. The report condemned the making of fasting obligatory. Both Houses passed resolutions disapproving of the issue of seven-day news- papers. About 80,000 excursionists visited Black- pool on Saturday to take part in the annual demonstration of Lancashire and Cheshire miners. Two mass meetings were held, at which resolutions were passed congratulating the Government on passing the compensa- tion act, and in favour of the payment of aiembers of Parliament. It was stated that during the year 60,000 Welsh miners had bee-u received into the Federation, M-rs Samuel Wade, of Stanningly, who had been blind for thirty years, was recent- ly admitted to the Leeds Infirmary, and an operation for cataract has completely re- stored her sight. In an interview on Fri- day, the woman, who is nearly seventy years old, said that everything seemed strange. New buildings had sprung up, and she recognised neither Stanningly nor Leeds. She had buried' two sons without seeiag them. Her daughter was twenty- one when she first saw her. A painful sensation was created at Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham, on Sunday night, by the sudden death of Roland Oliver, one of the best-known singers belonging to the Mohawk Minstrels, who were giving a concert before 3000 people. After singing, "Blow, blow, thou wintry wind, Oliver was proceeding to leave the platform, when he staggered, and a minute later xplred. Advice from Apia, dated April 27th, states that Mataafa, under the pressure of threat5 of immediate hostilities from the British and American naval commanders, has agreed to an armistice pending the arrival of the Joint High Commission, and to withdraw beyond a certain line. The German Consul de- clined to join his British and American col- leagues in a proclamation to the natives re- garding the Commission. The following communication has been addressed to Mr R. Harris Jones, Ruthin, the conductor of the party which was in- vited to sing before H.R.H. the Prince of Wales last Wednesday:—"Ruthin Castle, 5th May, 1899. Dear Sir,—We shall be ob- liged if you will express our thanks to the fine choir you were good enough to bring on Wednesday evening to sing before H.R.H. the Prince of He was much struck with the excellence of the performance. I hope Mr Maldwyn Humphreys will have the success he deserves.—I am, yours truly, W. Cornwallis West." At thfemonthly meeting of the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn District Council on Tuesday, the Finance Committee submitted an estimate Of the receipts and expenditure for the cur- rent year, from which it appeared that the total amount required for the current year would be £ 10,360. The revenue, apart from the rate, was Pllll. The assessable value of the district was estimated at E42,000, the net produce of a penny rate being £ 165, and that of a rate of 5s 6d in the £ being given as £ 10,890. The estimate was accepted, and it was decided to lay a rate of 5s 6d in. the R. The chief topic of conversation at Llan- gollen is the resignation of the Rev Henry Jones, the late rector of the parish. Many reasons are stated for his taking this ex- treme step, but at present nothing authentic is known. He has not officiated for the last two Sundays, and the congregation cannot understand why he ha's resigned his living so suddenly. He is a comparatively young man, high in favour with the Bishop of St. Asaph, and was for some time vicar choral at St. Asaph Cathedral. At Doleelley Petty Sessions, on Tuesday, William Jones, postmaster, Aberangell, was charged on remand with having on the 20th April last, stolen a letter containing 12s worth of stamps;; further with having, on the 18th of March last, stolen a parcel con- taining three baby's socks; and also, with having on different times between 1895 and 1899, kept letters and circulars undelivered contrary to regulations. The prisoner pleaded not guilty to all counts, and reserved his defence. He was committed to take bis trial at the next assizes to be held at Dolgelley in June, bail being accepted, him- self in £ 100 and two sureties in £ 50 each. The masters builders of Wolverhampton have declined the services of the Mayor as mediator in then" dispute with their labourers for an advance of wages. The Bolton magistrates on ThursdayfinAd a hawker, named Thomas Parkinson, zC57 and coats, or six months' hard labour, for selling methylated spirits as whisky. From Pretoria it is reported that most important modifications of the franchise law in favour of the TJitlanders will be sub- mitted to the Volksraad during the coming week, and the Government are negotiating with the Dynamite Company with a view to :substantially altering the contract. Intimation was received at Manchester on Friday that Thomas Reed, who was sentenced to death at the recent assizes for the murder of a man named James Monks, had been reprieved with the view to the com- mutation of his sentence to one of penal servitude for life. A large deputation, organised by the Navy League, waited on Thursday, on Mr Gosc'ien and Mr Ritchie at the Board of Trade. The increasing proportion of foreigners in the mercantile marine was pointed out, and it was urged that the Government should sup- ply trinin ships, and the maritime county councils and other bodies might supply funds for scholarships for training sailors. Ir. Ritchie disclaimed any apprehension in the minds of the Admiralty or the Government as to the efficiency of the Navy or the supply of sufficient men. He absolutely declined to take to :he House of Commons the scheme of the deputation by which the State should set up additional training snips for the mercantile marine, and then give the ship- owners a yearly sum to take the lads. As to the employment of foreign .sailors, he was opposed to any interference in the ship- owners' business. As to the general pen- sion fund for sailors, he could not bold out much hope chat the Government would move .on the lines suggested. The M'Gill University, Montreal, has con- ferred the degree of LL.D. on Mr Rudyard Kipling. Sir David Stewart h is been adopted by some wards to oppose Mr Bryce at the next election for Aberdeer. in the Unionist inter- est. It appears that, -inder the will of the late Baroness Hirsh a t Jtal of £ 1,870,000 has been bequeathed to twenty-four organisations in Paris, New Yorl;, London, and other cities. The funeral of the Duke of Beaufort took place at Badminton en Friday, in the pre- sence of an r^sembly which was representa- tive of almost every class with whom his lordship v as brought into contact. The Rev Dr Kellogg, an American Pres- byterian mission celebrity, has been killed thk-ouga falling over a precipice while cycl- ing in the Himalayas. The estate of the late Sir Henry Delves Brough'ton, Bart., Doddington Park, Nant- S^vich, has been valued at £ 166, 46, includ- ing personal estate of the net value of £ 167^871. At the annual meeting of the Council of the Free Churches of North' Wales, held at Corwen, Dr Owen Davies, of Carnarvon, re- ferred at considerable length to difficulties which the aBptiste denominations tteeMofh A farmer, named Thomas Bibby, was burned to death on Saturday morning in the stable at his farm, at the village of Church- stoke, near Montgomery. The cause of the fire is not known. At a meeting of the Conservators of the River Dee fishery district, held at Chester on Saturday under the presidency of the Duke of Westminster, is was reported that on the Dee, as on so many other rivers, the salmon fishing season has been an exceeding- ly poor one. A settlement has been effected of tne dispute between the Cambrian Railways Companys and their enginemen and firemen. The company have agreed to reduce the working hours from twelve to ten per day, and the -men have given way on theother points which were In dispute. The International Congress on Comniore- ial Education was brought to a close at Venice on Monday. One of the resolutions passed was in favaur of an international system of translation being adopted, by mercantile firms. The next congress will meet in Paris on August 6th, 1900. Mr Herbert Lewis, M.P., in a letter to a correspondent on the subject of seven-days journalism, denounces tne new departure, which he predicts will be attended unless it is speedily checked, with the most injurious results to journalist-g news agents, and the public. The results of the general examination held on March 14th, under the auspices of the North Wales Baptists Sunday School Union, was announced on Saturday. It appeal's that the schools in the Wrexham and Rhos districts have attained the highest position throughout Wales as regards the number of entries and the results attained. A Parliamentary paper giving the corre- spondence between the Colonial Office and the Australian Colonies and Canada on the subject of the Pacific cable has been published. ft contains the offer of the Imperial Government, which is to pay au annual subsidy of five-eighteenths of any deficiency, the payment, however, not to exceed £ 20,000 the'Canadian and Australian Governments to construct the cable and maintain it. At Monday's meeting of the Royal Com- mission on Licensing, the discussion turned chiefly on the clauses relating to Ireland. The majority express the opinion that the separation of the trade in intoxicating liquors from ether businesses cannot bo en- forced except in the case of new licences. It was decided by a majority to substitute nine o'clock for ten o'clock as the hour for closing on Saturday nights. The delibera- tions of the Commissions concluded on Tues- day. i Sir Herbert S. Naylor-Leyland, who was elected member of Parliament for the South- port Division last August, when a vacancy was caused by the appointment of Mr Cur- zon (now Lord Curzon of Kedleston) to the Viceroyalty of India, died in London, on Sunday. Ever since the election Sir Her- bert who was a Liberal, had been in poor health, and spent part of the winter abroad. On his return hopes were entertained for a time of his recovery, but he gradually sank under the effects of his malady-tubercular laryngitis. He was only 35 years of age, and had been unable to take his seat in Parlia- ment. Principal H. R. Reichel has selected from a large number of the existing MSS. a volume of discourses by his father, the late Bishop of Meath, delivered during the lifetime of that prelate upon various occasions in diff- erent parts of the kingdom. The volume is brieflv entitled "Sermons," and contains a short prefatory memoir of the Bishop. It deals largely also with that period in Ire- land dating from the passing of the Dises- tablishment Act in 1870, when party feel- ing between the Churches were running high and when the Darwinian theories were set- ting theologies and scientists at variance Messrs MacMillan and Co. will publish' the volume very shortly.. Extraordinary scenes were witnessed in the French Chamber of Deputies on Mon- djv afternoon, when a violent personal at- tack was made 111 his absence onM. Delcasse, the Foreign Minister, by M. Lazies, who wound up his denunciation by shouting, "This man, Delcasse has cheeks which do not blush under a blow." Shbuts of pro- test arose from nearly all parts of the Chamber, and on the call of the Premier, M. Dupuy, a resolution was passed censuring M. La ides, and the order of the day pure and simple was agreed to by 444 votes to 67. When M. Delcasse aft«rward| jtttered the House he was received ifith great cheering,, Subsequently in tie lobbies, there wete violent disputations, during which M. Mille- voye and M. Chenavaz nearly came to blows, and ultimately decided to fight a, duel. At the annual meeting of the Briti h and Foreign Bible Society in Exeter Hall, London.on Friday, Sir T. Fowell Buxton Bart, G.C.M.G., presided, and was sup- ported by the Lord Bishop of Hereford, Sir John Kennaway, Bart, M.P., Sir George Willliams. Mr Samuel Smith, M.P.. Mr Jas. Round, M.P., Dr Newman Hall, and a strong platform of clergy and ministers. The speakers included Bishop Mitchinson. Rev Dr Barrett of Norwich, The Dean of St. Da- vid's, Rev T. S. Wynkoop of Allahabad. Rev R. O. Walker of Madrid, and Rev E. J. Stobo of Quebec. The report showed a re- cord circulation of 4,479,000 copies of Scrip- ture last year. Sinoe its foundation in 1805 the Society has issued 160 millions coj^s. The "Dravcd," the organ of the Welsh people in Patagonia, announces the death of the Rev Abraham Matthews, minister of e Moriah and Tairhelygen Congregational ciiurches and' the editor of the "Dravod," which took place at the beginning of last month after an illness of only a fortnight. Mr Matthews, who was a native of Mont- gomeryshire, commenced preaching at the Sam-nali independent Church, Cemmaes. He was ordained to the ministry in the year 1859 after a course of training at the Bala Independent College. He held the pastor- ate of Llwydcoed Church, Aberdare, r seven years. In the spring of the year 1865 he went out to Patagonia as a member of I the first party of Welsh colonists. About five years ago he visited this country and spent some time in the Principality preach- ing and lecturing on Patagonia. He render- ed valuable services as an evangelist to his fellow-countrymen in South America,

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