Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

23 articles on this Page



OUR LONDON LETTER. (Protn Our London Correspondent.} The:e is one aspect of the Czar's peat, proposals which I have not seen referred "to at present. It is assumed that, supposing any arrangement were made between the Powers, it would, for the first period, be that the armies and navies should be kept at their present footing, and that after- wards they should be reduced pro rata. What has not been noticed is that this ex- periment, in the event of any rupture, would be most to the disadvantage of Russia, who depends on numbers more than quality for her defence. She has her millions of stalwart men who will fight to the death, but so far as expertness in shooting and skill in modern methods is concerned she is behind several of the other Powers. On the other hand, it is quiwconceivable that the Russian Govern- ment would be very glad of a peace scheme, in view of tke probable alliance between English and American naval forces in the East. The appearance of America as a force in international politics has raised new problems. I hear that some of the West End managers are beginning to exercise their minds upon the problem of the coming theatrical season in the metropolis, so far as it may be affected by the absence of the Prince of Wales. Some of the playhouses need have no fears on this score, as the Royal box is within comfortable reach of the street level. The new arrangements at Ber Majesty's, for instance, are in this respect faultless. Other favourite houses, hojwever, involve an awkward ascent, and the present hope is that if his Royal High- ness be not sufficiently recovered by the time the season begins he will consent to visit these houses, and arrange for the party of blue-jackets who have been drilled for that purpose on the Osborne to carry -him up and down stairs in a portable chair. It is too early to discuss usefully the course that the injury to his knee is likely to have taken by the end of the year, but there is a strong impression in influential medical circles that the authorised reports have been raiher more sanguine than the facts would warrant. The action which is being taken by the Southall School Board in coping with a diphtheria epidemic of long standing is worthy of commendation by other local authorities. The disease is not traceable either to the drainage, the water, or the milk supply, and it has been decided that in future every school child shall be examined twice a week, and each case properly isolated. By this method the Southall people got rid of scarlet fever a few months ago, and the same course should be efficacious here, The whole Question of the waywardness of zymotic isease is somewhat of a mystery. It is understood that Mr. Harmsworth's next enterprise will be a Sunday paper, to be run by a staff entirely separate from those of his morning and evening papers. It will be issued as soon as conveniently can be dene after the occupation of the new building in Carmelite-street has been accomplished. Mr. Harmsworth believes there is still an opening for a good issue on Sunday, which shall have special features, and be as interesting as the American Sunday papers, but without their extravagance. It must be remembered, however, that the number of persons, other than the artisan class, who care to buy a Sunday paper, is limited, and a new circulation can be created only very gradually. A good story reaches me in regard to the travels of the Premier and the,Marchioness of Salisbury through the Vosges. Despite the intense desire of the Marquis for privacy his presence at Contrexeville has, of course, been talked of, even among the humbler classes, through a wide district, l' h and though the peasants were quite un- aware of his identity they were quite prepared to hear of his passing through their locality. A few days .ago a minor military German official, who guards one of the obscurer passes, was surprised by the arrival of a lady and gentleman on bicycles. They had evidently taken the remoter road to avoid a steep ascent, but the official, who was quite unused to visits of this sort, was astonished at their appear- ance. He demanded their passports, and not having seen one for a long time, he eyed it curiously. Suddenly his eye fell on the signature "Salisbury," and jumping to the conclusion that it betokened the possessor to be the Premier of Great Britain, he did not read any farther, but with profuse apologies bade the visitors go on. -The report which has to be made, in accordance with rules, to Berlin contains the startling information that the Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury have crossed the frontier on bicycles. It has not yet dawned upon him that the signature referred simply to the granting of the pass- port. I understand that Mr. Hooley is to be asked at his next examination to give a denial to a story which is going the rounds of the clubs as to his presentation of Com- munion-plate to St. Paul's. The allegation is that when he and Mr. Rucker, who had had a number of financial transactions together, were closing their common accounts, Mr. Rucker found he was debited with ;C2,600--balf share of the cost of the St. Paul's Communion-plate. "What is this ?" asked the latter gentleman. "Oh, that is for the plate we gave to St. Paul's "We?" demanded Mr. Rucker. "Oh, yes," the imperturbable Mr. Hooley is re- ported to have said, "I gave it, but we were jointly interested. It was for our benefit, you know." Mr. Hooley will be ask3d, in the interest of the clergy of St. Paul's, to say that this ingenious circum- stantial tale has no foundation in fact. It has not, I think, been noticed that should the highest hopes of Mrs. Druce be xealised, and her son become Duke of Portland, the present holder of the title will still retain a seat in the House of Lords. He is there by a double right-his second title being that of Baron Bolsover, which was conferred, in 1880, on his step- mother, and to which he succeeded by special remainder. Moreover, his half- brothers Lord Henry and Lord William Bentinek-would not lose their rank as ducal descendants, for it was given them by Royal warrant when their brother suc- ceeded to,the peerage, and does not depend merely on birth. The settlement of the Welsh coal dispute is a matter of great importance to Londoners whether or not they burn coal. 9 There has within the past few months 1 been a great increase in the nuisance caused by noxious fumes from factory chimneys, and whenever any complaint is made the answer is given—that it is caused by the necessity of using cheaper coal. It is important that these supplies of cheap coal should be ended before the foggy days begin, or, at any rate, that the excuse should be done away with. The matter also affects the smaller consumers, who are told by the retailers that in con- sequence of the strike coal is dearer, and promptly get an extra penny or two a hundredweight from them. The English salmon fishing season, which closed with the advent of St. Partridge, has been one of the worst of recent years. Proprietors of fisheries have I been big losers, many having barely paid expenses, and in the reaches of the Severn below Gloucester, generally so prolific, not a single salmon of more than average weight been netted during the season juat closed.











IAn Operi Letter of Advice.




Railway Accident at TafPs…


[No title]