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.
Portly THURSDAY.—Before the Stipendiary (Mr J. Ignatius Williams) and Mr Thomas Jones. Obadiah Williams, collier, Penygraig, was chat being drunk and disorderly on the 17th iv at Penygraig. P.C. Rees gave evidence but defe. ndant did not appear, a warrant being issued for his apprehension. John Ball, a lad, and Margaret Jones, mar- ried, Dinas, » vere charged with removing pigs without a licencx 1 OD the 18th idt. P.S. Meads gave evidence. TL ie woman, who had authorised the lad to remove Â l he pig was fined lOs, while he was discharged. Elizabeth Edwards, aA 'i1 elderly woman, re- siding at Tonypandy, sumizv one(* Alice Smith, of the same place for assault, ,Tliis case was but another of those resulting from' women's quar- rels- In reply to the Stipendxat,v'> prosecutrix said this was the first fight she fca d liad since she had been "upon the land of the liYi:"g-" The dekndant did not appear, and when asked whether she knew anything about her, pm,eou trix replied, "I suppose she's upon the land of the living." A cross-summons had been taka out, but both cases were dismissed. Thomas Jones, collier, Ynyshir, and Evan Evans, chimney sweep, Porth, were charged with committing a breach of the peace on the 22nd ult., and were ordered to pay the costs. John Morgan, collier, rate of Ynyshir, but now a private in the Welsh Fusilier regiment, stationed at Wrexham, was ordered to pay 3s per week towards the maintenance of the ille- gitimate child of Lydia Jones, single woman, residing at Crmmer. The defendant had practi- cally admitted the paternity by forwarding to the complainant various sums of money in re- spect of the child. Edward Lewis, collier, Penygraig. was fined 2s for stealing ooal from the Penygraig House .9 Coal Colliery on the 20th ult. P.C. Rees proved the case. P.S. Markham proved a similar case against Ihomas Rogers, collier, Penygraig, who was seen conveying the coal from the Nantgwyn Naval Colliery on the morning of the 30th ult. A fine of 5s was inflicted. Mary Davies, married woman, residing at 42 High street, Cymmer, summoned a neighbour named Elizabeth Williams for stealing a fowl valued at 3s. On the previous Sunday evening the fowl was missed from the prosecutrix's pre- mises, and the defendant was s-een upon one of the following mornings chasing the fowl. In- spector Gill searched the defendant's premises, and discovered the lost fowl there. She said she did not know the rightful owner of the bird, and did not intend keeping it. The Bench did not consider the case had been clearly made out. The defendant had had, however, the benefit of a few eggs, and they now desired her to contri- 11 bute 10s towards defraying the cost of the pro- ceedings-
Uantrisant. FRIDAY.—Before Mr Godfrey L. Clark, Mr Evan John, and Ms Sam Evans. John Casely, collier, Longrow, Llantrisant, was summoned for riding a bicycle on the foot- path between Llantwit and Church Village on the 22nd ult. P.C. Solomon, who proved the case, said the road was better for riding than the footpath, and he had received a lot of com- plaints respecting cyclists riding on the foot- path. A fine of 5s was imposed. Thomas Foster, green-grocer, Llantrisallt, was summoned by an old woman, named Mary Mar- tin, for assault. Complainant stated that on the 25th July the defendant washed his trap near her premises ,and the water ran down to her house. She asked Foster to desist, but the latter threw two buckets of water over her, drenched her "to the skin." Thomas Davies bore out this statement ,and added that defen- dant tofd the woman, "I'ir drown you if you interfere with my business." He then threw the water over the side of the trap in such a way as to allow it to go all over the complainant .De- fendant said that Mrs Martin had attempted to pull the bucket out of his hand, and when she failed, picked up àõig stone to throw at him, and also called him a "blackguard," "which," added Foster, "r want her to prove." He de- nied throwing water over complainant, but in washing the cart a few drops might have reached her. Evidence in support of this statement was given by James Clay. Moses Basened, and Mor- fydd Martin, and defendant was ordered to pay 10s towards the costs. William Langford, collier, Llantrisant, was summoned for assaulting Sarah Evans, on the 26th ult. Complainant said that defendant came to her house and quarrelled with her hus- band about a hat, which he alleged was his, and a scuffle ensued, in which her husband fell to the ground, with Langford on top' of him. Wit- ness went to pick her husband up. and Langford struck her, so that she "had fire in her eye." Defendant's wife then came and took him away. Defendant averred that the hat was his, and he had failed to get it back. When he (defendant) was underneath on the ground it was alright, but when Evans got under, Mrs Evans came to his assistance. Evans was strik- ing out to him (defendant), and Mrs Evans in stooping down was given a blow by her husband, but which was intended for him. The case was dismissed. In leaving, defendant alsked the Bench how he could get possession of the hat, and was told to put Evans in the County Court. Frederick Charles Beach, Pontyclun, was sum- moned by Arabella Jones, Llantrisant, to shew cause, etc. Defendant did not appear. Com- plainant stated that on the 24-th December she had a child, of which the defendant was the father, and towards whose support he had not paid anything. Defendant had been keeping company with her for eight or nine months, and had promised to marry her. Evidence was given by complainant's mother and others, and an order for 3s 6d a week and costs was made.
Caerphilly. TUESDAY.—Before Mr Edward Edwards, and Dr Maurice G. Evans William Rees, labourer, Aberdare, was sum moned by Margaret Lewis, Llanfabon, to show cause, etc. Complainant stated that, a female child was born to her on March 22nd, of which the defendant was the father, and he had paid her 22 and the doctor's charges. Defendant admitted the paternity, but stated that since last November he had been on strike am: had not worked much since. His tarnings were only a guinea a week. An order for 3s 6d a week was made, with the usual costs, Henry James Wag staff, collier, Llanbradach, was summoned by Charlotte Gardener, a single woman of Llanbradach, for an affiliation order. Complainant said she was the mother of a fe- male child, of which the defendant was the father. Mary Ellen Young, sister of the last witness, said defendant was in the house when the child was born, and expressed his regret that the child was not a boy. (Laughter). He admit- ted the paternity, and had only given the com- plainant fourpence and two tins of milk since the birth. Defendant did not appear, and an order for 3s 6d per week and costs was made. John Hancock, driver] Newbridge, was sum- moned for driving without lights on the 15th August. As the defendant did not put in an appearance a warrant for his arrest was issued.
BIG JEWELLERY ROBBERY. I A big robiery of jewellery from a lirrq in ^crtbampton-square, Clerbenwell, has led to the "nest of Arthur Russell, fortY-AY. clerk, of Jariisle-roadj Brighton, who wafl Apprehended at • "V h. me, and afterwards chargidat Clerkenwell vith receiving the stolen goods. The victims of he robbery are Messrs. Ayres and Sons, jewel ts and diamond polishers. Something ike £2,000 in jewels and plate disappeared from lie house. It is suggested that the robbery was r. n jttfd by a son of Russell, who used to be employed as a clerk by Messrs. Ayres. The firm ;ot a hint that something was wrong in the niddle of last July, when the lad received on ichalf of his employers a ring for which he eave ;he customer a receipt. Subsequently" hen the ustomer called with the receipt the ring be found. The firm then overhauled the ;tock and found nineteen articles, valued at E900, missing. The police have not yet arrested :he younger Russell. His father, who admitted pawning the property, was remanded in rustody.
A MURDEROUS ASSAULT. Further evidence of the fact that the reign of terror in South London is not yet ended, not- withstanding the elaborate police arrangements which have been made for the protection of the public, has just been forcibly proved. When the officer in control of the mortuary of St. George the Martyr, Soutliwark, was passing through Angel-court, Long-lane, on his way to the death chamber, he was suddenly confronted by two burly roughs, one of whom struck him in the face with a lighted cigar. His nose was burnt severely. The second ruffian then attacked him savagely, felling him to the ground, where- upon the pair kicked him unmercifully until he lust consciousness. On recovering he found that his assailants had disappeared. The assault is supposed to have been the result of the officer's conduct in connection with the Red Cross-court murder. It seems to have been premeditated, too, for while it was in progress two women guarded the entrance to the court.
A STORY OF PROFLIGACY. The very painful case in which "Bessie," otherwise ElIizabeth Ann Conway, seventeen, described as a general servant, of York-place, Baker-street, was charged with assaulting her sister, Agnes Conway, has again come before Mr. Curtis Bennett at Marylebone Police-court. At the same time John Neil, twenty-seven, an instructor in physical culture, of the same address, was charged with inciting "Bessie." to commit the offence. Neil was also charged with a woman named Marian E iby, of the same address, and described as of independent means, on a warrant with procuring Margaret Ellis Conway, aged eighteen.—Mr. Williamson, who conducted the case for the Public Prosecutor, said that so far from the man Neil being an instructor in physical culture, he had for a long time been living on the proceeds of immorality. The girl Maggie told a terrible story of profligacy, and how she was forced to frequent PiccadiUy at night by Neil and Braby, to whom she had gone as servant. It appeared from her statement that Neil and Braby took all the money away from her. From the beginning of June to August they took away between £30 and £40. As to the question of assault with which the sister was charged, the witness, Maggie, said that on August 23rd whilst out in Piccadilly her sister Agnes met her with the woman Braby and asked her to give up the life she was leading. It was alleged by this witness that after she had left the prisoners' house Neil called at her father's, and incited her sister Bessie to attack with hat-pins her sister Agnes, who had been instrumental in getting her to give up the life. —The case was again adjourned.
BURIED TREASURE ON THE CORNISH CO^ST. A correspondent tells a curious story of vast treasure which it is said lies under the sea in the Lizard district. Every, now. and then, he declares, Spanish dollars more or less battered are found on the beach to the back of Gunwalloe Church, about five miles from the Lizard Head. In 1784 a galleon was wrecked on the spot, having on board, it is alleged, seventeen miltibn dollars, besides bars of gold, which were to be deposited in London for safety during the un- settled state of national affairs in Spain. The greater part of this vast wealth is still buried deep between the sands and rocks where the vessel went to pieces, not far out from the cliff. At ebb tide the water is about six feet deep, but owing to the exposed character of the coast, and the fury of the broad Atlantic waves, the sea has never been smooth sufficiently long to give those a chance who have at different times gone to considerable expense and labour to recover the sunken treasure. From time to time hundreds of dollars have been picked :uj), and only about a fortmght ago Mr. J. Toy, ironfounder, of Helston, found one. On one occasion, a few years since, Mr. Toy found so many that the fact was reported to the Board of Trade, and a share of the spoil was handed over to the Government. Scores of coins have also been found in the fissures midway up the cliffs, where they had been washed by the waves in a gale. A quarter of a century ago Mr. Toy was One of a company who sank a shaft from the top of the cliff through the rock below ,'high water mark, and iiear which the treasure is believed to be lying, the idea being that after a storm or heavy ground swell the buried specie, or a large portion of it, would be driven into the hole by the action of the waves. But before the work was completed the sea broke in and the shaft had to be abandoned. Other pians to recover the specie have similarly failed.
WHY HE WAS CALLED DOCTOR." A young man of respectable appearance, who gave his name as Doctor Talbot, twenty-six, and his (ccupation as that of a weaver, was charged, before Mr. Fenwick, at Southwark Police-court, with travelling on the London and South Western Railway without paying his fare.—The clerk (Mr. Coates) Is Doctor Talbot your right name ?-The prisoner: Yes, my Christian name is Doctor.—Collector Lee said he found the prisoner in a third class carriage at Vauxhall, and was told by him that he had travelled from lapton, and had paid lOd. for a ticket, but had lost it. There was no Clapton on that line, and Le asked the prisoner if he meant Clapham, which the prisoner answered in the affirmative, i,ut maintained that he gave lOd. for his ticket, whsraas the fare from Clapham Junction would ■nly be 3d.—Sergeant Heron, of the company's notice; said the prisoner gave his address as 3, u-een-street New-lane, Oswartwistle, Lanca- but obstinately refused to explain where Ie got'into the train. or to give any account of imself beyond stating that he had been out of work three weeks.—Mr Fenwick: Is the man juite right in his head?—Sergeant Heron: I ion't know; I could get nothing out of him.- :r. Fenwick directed that a doctor should ex- mine the prisoner's mental condition, and he -vas put back, for that purpose.-Dr. Evans, iivisional surgeon, subsequently gave evidence i liat Talbot was perfectly sane. When asked why M' was c-,illed "Doctor," he stated that he was iie seventh son of a seventh son, and that there- lore, according to a Lancashire superstition, •ie possessed healing powers. This superstition, Or Evans added, prevailed in various parts )f the country, but was not shared by members of his profession. (Laughter.)—Mr. Fenwick tined the prisoner 10s., or seven days.
SUICIDE AFTER ATTEMPTED MURDER. A Newport (Isle of Wight) telegram says that an aged labourer, named Walter Holland, of Gurnard, near Cowes, made a murderous assault on his wife with a razor, and then fatally cut his own throat. The wife, who was severely cut uLuui. the UauUs, escape J.
PONTYPRIDD SCHOOL BOARD, LACK OF ACCOMMODATION AT COEfl- PENMAEN. H.M. INSPECTOR'S REPORTS. THE DEPARTMENT AND VACCINATION. TEACHERS' RESIGNATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS. STAFFING OF SCHOOLS. OVERSEERS CONGRATULATED. The fortnightly meeting of the Pontypridd School Board was held on Tuesday, when Mr Jesses Richards (chairman) presided. There were present Rev Joehua Thomas, ROT J. R. Jones, Rev Lloyd Davies, Father McManus, Messrs Thomas Thomas, Phillip Jones, D. W. Thomas, J. W. John, W. Jones-Powell, with the oierk (Mr D. Milton Jones). The Clerk explained that during the vacation he had applied for a supplemental loan of El,loo for additions to the 'Cilfynydd girls' school, and the Department had sanctioned the loan the repayments to be spread over a period of 30 years. The Board approved of the Clerk's action. The London School Board forwarded a memo- rial respecting training college accommodation and asked the Board to forward a similar memo- rial to the Education Department. The Clerk explained that this matter had already been dealt with at the last meeting, when he was instructed to write to the local members of Parliament on the subject. A reply to this effect was ordered to be sent to the Lon- don School" Board. The headmistress of Coedpenmaen Girls' school wrole complaining of the overcrowded state of her school,- and suggesting that tha Board should hire a convenient vestry as a tem- porary arrangement. The Clerk explained that the average attend- ance at this school was 207, whereas accommo- dation for only 266 was provided. The Chairman: Something must be done. The Clerk: I read the Government report before the holidays, and they said if something were not done there would be .0 grant next year. Mr Phillip Jones: Is there any land to extend the premises? The Clerk: I wrote to the Llanover trustees, and received a reply saying the matter would have attention,, and subsequently Colonel Lyne wrote saying he would report to his co-trustees, but nothing has been heard since. You thought the terms of the Bassett estate too expensive. Rev Joshua Thomas thought some temporary arrangement should be made; the weather being so warm, the children suffered greatly from this overcrowding. Mr J. W. John: I was at the school yesterday, and I thought it was something cruel for the children. The Clerk: You can't hire temporary pre- mises until the Department approve of them. The Chairman: If Colonel Lyne were to reply to-day saying the land for extension was avail- Yi able something would still have to be done. The Clerk: If you got Colonel Lyme's consertt to-morrow you would want temporary accommo- dation for twelve months. The Chairman proposed that Colonel Lyne be written to asking him to reply to the former letter to the Board. Rev Joshua Thomas se- conded. and this was agreed bo, The Chairman: Would it not be better to take this vestry ior temporary accommodation until we make other arrangenientsp The -Clerk explained that there was room for 58 more scholars in the Infants' school, and on the motion of Mr Phillip Jones, seconded by Rev J. R. Jones, it was decided to utilise this space temporarily. The use of the Coedpenmaen Board School was allowed on one night a week to the Coed- penmaen Relief Committee for the purpose of holding rehearsals of "Joseph," which was in- tended to be given at the Tewll Hall in aid ot the debt incurred by this committee. The Education Department wrote declining to sanction the appointment of an assistant teacher until she had been properly vaccinated. The Chairman: They are determined to carry out tie Vaccination Laws. Mr J. W. John: What abeut. the conscience clause ? The Clerk: I have disregarded that entirely, and have written to tell this teacher that unless she is vaccinated the Board will have no alter- native but to ask her to resign, and she came in to-day and said she would have it done to- morrow. (Laughter). It was decided to allow the teachers at the Deaf and Dumb school to learn wood work at the Science and Art Classes at the expense of the Board. The Pontvprfdd Board of Guardians wrote saying that the Local Government Board oe- clined to allow them te pay for the schooling of a little deaf and dumb girl as she was over 16 years of age. The School Board decided to bear the expense. The Clerk said that during the holidays hp received a wire from the district auditor wifti regard to the £2f paid' to Mr Spickett for elec- tion expenses, which had been surcharged to Mr James Richards and Rev Joshua Thomas. The wile asked if Mr Spickett had paid in the money, and i? not "we must take proceedings against Mfiars Richards and Thomas." (Loud laugh- ter). He (the olerk) had wired back to Mr Di't-y, and the matter was now at an end. Regarding the Deaf and Dumb school. IT X. Inspector reported: "This school has been car- ried on in a satisfactory manner during the past year, and the children show proficiency in the various subjects of instruction." The highest grant was earned. H.M. Inspector reported concerning the Mill Street Evening Continuation School: "This school has been conducted with great energy and success by a very capable staff. The curriculum is very varied, and all the subjects are taught in a rational manner. The written work is very praiseworthy." The highest, grant was earned. The report of H.M. Inspector on Mill Street school was received, in which he said: "Boys' School.—Owing to its overcrowded state the school was not seen under favourable condi- tions. This difficulty has now been removed. and it is hoped that some matters of discipline, such as answering out of turn and whispering will be attended to. The first class subject will require careful attention during the coming year. The thorough efficiency of the school is well maintained despite the difficulties under which the instruction is given." "Girls' School.—This school, considered as a whole, and after making one allowance for the serious overcrowding to which it has been sub- jected for a considerable portion of the year. is in a thorough state of efficiency. Arithmetic may, perhaps, be taught on better lines, but the reading and recitation deserve special praise." I "Infants' School.-This school is improving, and the discipline now appears to be satisfac- tory. Tie character of the instruction is de- cidedly good "Bspw Rtoard temporary infants1 school.— There are several good points about the teach- ing in this school, and the mistress deserves much credit for the success which she obtains in these unsuitable premises. It is hoped that the new school will soon be ready for oocupation." The Clerk remarked that the report on the last named school was one of the best they had ever had. The accommodation of the Boys', Girls, and Berw road temporary Infants' departents is at present insufficient for the average attendance. This should be at once remedied, or the grant next year will be endangered. My Lords under- stand that the overcrowding will be relived by the opening of the new Lan Wood Board School. which is now nearly ready ,and on this under- standing they have directed payment of the annual grant for the past year." The highest grants were earned. When the Board was formed three years ago, eight of the departments did not receive the highest grant. This year every department, with the new ones, has received the maximum possible grant. The resignations of the following teachers were received: Miss Clara Forrest, Tabernacle; Miss Sarah Lewis, Treforest; William Henry Han- cock; Miss Cassie Jenkins, Miss Lydia Packer, and Mrs M. Price. Hawthorne. Rev J. R. Jones asked if Mrs Price's resigna- tion had been received in consequence 06 the Board's resolution with regard to married teach- ers. The Clerk replied in the negative. The Chairman thought the Board should re- oognise the services of Mrs Price. He proposed that they should write to her expressing the re- guet the Board felt on receiving her resignation after her lengthy service under the Board. She was one of the best teachers they possessed, and he desired that their thanks should be tendered to her for faithful and efficient service. This was agreed to. Miss Kate Davies1, Cilfynydd, was appointed a certificated assistant under the Board, and Mr Albert Clarridge, Coedpenmaen, was appointed an assistant at Mill street school. When considering these appointments Mr J. W. John drew a comparison between the number of seholars each teacher under the Board had to teach, and the number taken by teachers in the County School. In the former each assist- ant was responsible for 50 scholars as against 30 in the County School. In order to give scholars in the elementary schools the same facilities as those in the higher schools, he gave notice of motion to reconsider the present staffing system at the next meeting. The list of the successful candidates at the July made its appearance, and from it was seen that of the four suc- cessful boys two were from the County School, and of the eleven successful girls seven had been taught at the same school, the remainder being from the Board Schools. Complaints were made by some of the mem- bers that the Board School children were not given the same facilities for learning to pass this examination, and suggestions were made for centralising the seventh standards at the new Lan Wood school. Ultimately the matter was deferred. The Clerk reported that, the last precept had been paid in. a-nd this drew forth from the Chairman congratulations to Mr Joseph David, the assistant overseer, for the manner in which he had collected the rates under the present un- favourable circumstances. The whole of the rate had been got in, and the Board's thanks were due to the overseers for the excellent way in which they had conducted tTieir business.
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EXPLOSION AT A POWDER MILL. FOUR WOMEN TERRIBLY INJURED. A dreadful accident occurred at the works of the Cotton Powder Company (Limited I;, '!ate at Uplees, Faversham, on Friday iilofning. in ori0 of the sheds used for the manufacture of (■>< fusee, and four women employed therein v j grievously injured. The wooden building v is blown to pieces, and the four women were livni'd in the dibris. A number of hands were at e set to work to extricate them. The injured persons are Mrs. Boodle, the forewoman; Harriet Seager, Charlotte Rickard, and Emma Martin The explosion occurred between seven and eight o'clock in the morning. When the unfortunate persons were extricated, it was found that all four were terribly injured. Their sufferings were acute, and after their injun.-s had been temporarily dressed they were all removed in conveyances to the Faversham Cottage Hospital. The faces and hands of the women are severely burnt. All four are blill(l" -I' and it is doubtful whether the sight of more than two eyes out of the eight will be saved. The i. irl Martin, besides being blinded, has a lafrge piece of her back blown away, while another one Rickard, has one hand blown off. The two others have sustained bad laceration. Martin is in a very critical condition.
WILLS AND BEQUESTS. The will and three codicils of Mr. George Frederick Muntz, D.L., J.P., of Umbers lade Park, Knowle, near Birmingham, who died on June 8th, have been proved at the Birmingham District Registry, the gross value of the estate amounting to LI,017,653, and the net value of the personal estate to 4856,799. The testator be- queaths 410, 000, upon trust, to apply the income first in keeping in repair the Baptist Church at Umberslade, known as Christ Church, and the schools connected therewith, and next in augmentation of the stipend of the minister or pastor. The will of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Benjamin Alfred Dobson, Mayor of Bolton, V.D., J.P., Knight Legion of Honour, of Doffcockers, near Bolton, Lancashire, who died on March 4tli, has been proved at the Manchester District Registry, the gross value of the estate being iE240,134, and the net personal estate £ 209,354. The will of Mr. Jonathan Pearson, of LanS- downe-crescent, Notting Hill, who died on June 15th at Cotherstone, Yorkshire, has been proved, the gross value of the estate amounting to 947,571, and the net personal to £ 34,504. The will of Mr. Richard Hoyle Hardman, of Cliffe Tower, Rawtenstall, woollen warehouse- man, who died on February 20th,has been proved, the gross value of the estate amounting to £ 46,498, and the net personal to £ 38,852. The will of Mr. Frederick William Anderton. of Warwick, and formerly of Bolton Royd, Brad- ford, has been proved, the value of the estate being £ 33,962. The will of Mr. Robert Allen, of Rockfield, Brocco Bank, cutlerv manufacturer and merchant, who died on June 3rd, has been proved at the Wakefield District Registry, the value of the estate being £ 24,823. The will of the Right Rev. Charles Richard Alford, D,D., formerly Bishop of Victoria, Hong Kong, and late of Wilbury-road, West Brighton, who died on June 13th at Tunbridge Wells, has been proved, the value of the estate being £ 12,853. The will of Mr. Frederic Cruden Baines, of Alexandria, Egypt, merchant, who died on June 28th, has been proved in London, the value of the estate in England being £ 2,225. The testator bequeaths £ 10,000tothe'Royal National Lifeboat Institution; £ 1,000 to his housekeeper, Emma Shanks, for her kind and courageous nursing of him through the cholera; and liberal legacies to his brother, nephews, godchildren, director of his office at Alexandria, and executors and trustees. The residue of his real and personal estate is to be distributed by his trustees among such charities and in such proportions as they in their discretion shall think proper. The will, with a codicil, of Mr. Francis Henry Harrison, formerly of Rio de Janeiro and of Glasgow, and late of The Hall, Bushey, Herts, who died on June 26th. has been proved, the value of the estate being £ 22,512. The will of Major-General Henry Lambert Fulke Oreville, R.A., of Queen Anne's-mansions, Westminster, who died on July 5th, has been proved, the value of the estate being £ 5,830. The will and codicil of Mr. Robert Milnes, of the firm of Messrs. Burgoynes, Milnes and Co., solicitors, Oxford-street, of South Collingham, Notts, and 17pper Tulse Hill, who dit cn June 27th at Bonar Bridge, Sutherlandshire, have been proved, the gross value of the estate being L5,339, and of the net personal £ 2,923. The will, as contained in writing marked A and B, of Mrs. Anna Harriet Brassey. widow of Mr. Henry Arthur Brassey, of Preston Hal Aylesford, Kent, of Grosvenor-square, who ci. d on July 15th. has been proved, the gross value of the estate amounting to £5,900.-11,¡¡stratcJ LølWfrl4 .í,
Ystrad MONDAY.—Before the Stipendiary (Mr J. Ig- natius Williams), Messrs T. P. Jenkins, E. H. Davies, D. W. Davies, and Rhys Griffiths. Thomas Cole, haulier, Tynewydd, was sum- moned by his wife, Margaret Cole, for non- maintenance. Complainant. said her husband had left her about two months ago without cause. She had several times ueen to him, but could get no sort of an answer. Evidence was given by complainant's mother. Defendant alleged that the latter had caused all the bother between him and his wife, whom he had asked on three occasions to come back to him.—Mrs Cole, mother of the defendant, stated that her son paid 3s 6d a week towards his child, and had a home ready for his wife to come back. The Bench advised the defendant to prepare a comfortable home for his wife, whom he should induce to come back, and live apart from their respective mothers. In the meantime he would have to contribute seven shillings a week to- wards the maintenance of his wife. 1 Gwilym Edwards, collier, Ton, Pentre, was summoned by his wife, Ann Edwards, Peny- graig, for using threats towards her on the 28th August. Several witnesses were called, to whom the defendant put innumerable questions, and ultimately he was bound over in two sureties ot IC20 each, and ordered to pay costs, with the alternative of three months' imprisonment. Suzannah Sheppard, Trealaw, was bound over in the sum of jS5 and ordered to pay the costs for threatening Sephonah Lewis, Trealaw, on the 31st August. David Bond, John Vaughan, colliers, Pentre, and William Fry, and Thomas Jones, colliers, Gelli, were summoned for committing a breach of the peace on the 27th August, and were each ordered to pay the costs. William Davies, collier, Cwmparc, and Wm. Davies, collier, Ystrad, were each fined 5s for committing a nuiganoe on the 27th and 23rd August respectively. James Colwill, collier, Treherbert, was sum- moned for keeping a dog without a licence, and was ordered to pay 7s 6d and costs. A similar penalty was imposed upon David -I-- Thomas, collier, Blaencwm, for a like offence. The following persons were fined for being drm. lk and disorderly on various dates: -John Jones, collier, Pandy, 10s; William G. Escott, collier, .Treherbert, 15s; William Bond, collier, Gelli, 5s;' William Llewelyn, collier, Ystrad, 10s- Thoma,3 Richards, collier, Ystrad, 5s; while a warrant was' issued for the arrest of Catherine Lancaster, Blae, uclydach. Thomas John, <vollier> Ystrad, was fined 15s. for feemg drunk art,.1 refusing to quit licensed premises on the 27th A' ugust. Catherine Williams, and Jane Taylor, Gelli, were summoned for- being drunk on li- censed premises on the 23rd ifit- As the former did not appear a warrant for .her arrest was issued, whilst Mrs Taylfcr was finea 5s. Joseph Reading, pedlar, Pontypridd,was fined 5s for hawking without a licence on the 3rd inst. Sarah A. Beynon, marriecT, Treorky, was sum- moned for stealing coal, value two shillings, the property of Messrs Burnyeat Brown and" Co., and was ordered to pay five shillings towards the costs. MOJlgan Southway, collier, Ystrad, was charged with stealing four planks, value 23 6d., the property of Messrs D. Davies and Sons, Ferndale; with stealing planks, value 2s, the property of Mr David Jones, Ystrad; with breaking and entering two lodges on Bodringallt siding with intent to steal; and with stealing eight elm planks, the property of Messrs Cory and Co., Gelli. For each of the first three offences he was fined 15s, the last charge against him being dismissed. Daniel Thomas, collier, Ystrad, was charged with stealing eight elm planks, the property oi Cory and Co., on the 31st May, and was fined 15s: and Daniel Southway, master haulier, Ton, Pcntre, who was charged with receiving the planks, knowing them to have been stolen, was also fined 15s.
Railway Accident at TafPs Well. A little girl named Elizabeth Warren, aged 13 years, met with a serious accident at Tail's Well on Saturday. She was walking with her brother's dinner alongside the railroad which runs to the Pentyrch Tin Works, when she was caught by the coupling of a coal truck. She was dragged on to the line, and one of the wheels went partly over the child's left leg, A serious incised wound and a fracture was the result. Dr Risely attended to the girl at Taff's Well, and she was subsequently sent to the Cardiff Infirmary, where she lies in a serious state. The death of the little girl, Elizabeth Warren, of New Houses, Walnut Tree; who was run over on a railway siding near Pentyrch on Satur- day, with fatal results, formed the subject of a coroner's inquiry, conducted by Mr E. B. Reece at the Town Hall, Cardiff, on Tuesday evening. Deceased was admitted to the Infirmary on Sat- urday afternoon, and succumbed on Monday to injuries which were described by the assistant house surgeon (Dr J. S. Barnes) as consisting principally of a compound fracture of the left thigh, the patient also being in a condition of collapse. According to the driver of the engine (William Tupper), who is also an experienced shunter, he was engaged in shunting a couple of wagons from the main line on to the siding leading to the Pentyrch Tin Works, and was travelling at the rate of between three and four miles an hour. The engine and a number of trucks were going up the main line and the other two trucks up the siding, a coupling chain stretching across from one to the other. De- ceased was in the fork formed by the junction of the two lines about 12ft. distant, this way being used as a short cut. Seeing the child was in danger, he called to her, and reversed the engine, but before the "rope runner" could un- hitch the chain, the latter had struck her on the siding, where she got under the guard chain of the axle-box. The wheel, however, did not pass over her. Mr Percy Firbank, sub-agent of Messrs Price and Wills, the lessees of the line, stated that no special precautions had been taken to prevent people trespassing on the line. A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.
ROBBING A STEAMER'S MAILS. At Bow-street, on Friday, William Jago, first )fficer of the White Star liner Britannic, and John Kynaston, third officer of the vessel, were charged with being concerned together in steal- ing from the. mails on board the steamer a number of letters, one containing forty United States bond coupons, and another American greenbacks, valued at 1,500dol. Mr. Osborne, who tirOseeuted on behalf of the Postmaster-General, said Jago, who had been seventeen years in the j-ervice of the White Star Company, had entered 1Du.? • *ea £ ue with Kynaston for the purpose of r°bping the mail. He described the manner in which Kynaston, using Jago's key, entered the mail-room on three occasions, each time taking away a bag of letters, which he brought to Jago. omy m tlie tbird bag, containing regis- tered letters, that 'they found the money and bons which they appropriated. Kynaston received from Jago twenty of the stolen bonds, JTeJ\the steamer reached New York he attempted to cash them, with the resujt that he Tnd Thereupon Jago left the Britannic mine T° COU°TRY under an assumed e Lucania, but was arrested at Queenstown. Kynaston, since his arrest, had written out a full confession, from which, and from other evidence, it would appear that he had acted throughout at Jago's instigation. several witnesses having been examined, the prisoners were remanded.
Though I speak but one language," said the physician, I am familiar with many tongues." Lawyer (fiercely): "Sre you telling the truth?" Badgered witness (wearily): "As much as you'll let me." Mother: "Why my little girl doesn't seem very well; what's the matter?" Little Girl: "Oh. mamma, I've got such a headache in my lap." Husband: "You sharpened your lead pencil lasl night, didn't you?" Wife: "How did you know?" Husband: "I have just been trying to shave myself."
MIXED TRIBUNALS IN EGYPT: REPORTED ANGLO -GERMAN AGREEMENT. Th« Foreign Office is (says the London oorre- Sfjondent of the Leeds Jfrrc'uiy) engage u»-* diplomatic task which is hardly less moments for the future of our dealings with Ecrvpt than the war against the Khalifa itself. Next February the international agreement with regard to mixed tribunals will come to an o^d. It was first entered into for five years in }S:6 and has been renewed periodically ever since: This court has hampered our attempts to use Egyptian money for the good of Egypt. Russia and France have baulked every effort to amend the agreement. Italy has been the only Power to support us, and the hone3t broker at Berlin not only held aloof but persuaded the rest of the Powers to remain neutral. Since Parliament rose there have been frequent paragraphs in the papers to the effect that Count Hatzfeldt has been received in interviews at the Foreign Office by Mr. Balfour. It is believed that these conversations have had almost exclusive relation to the question which will have to be settled betwen now and February as to the composition and powers of the mixed tribunals. I understand that an agreement has been almost come to with Germany, under which that Power will support the British view; and as she will bring Austria at least in her train, there would be a chance of Egypt getting at last the full measure of the benefit of our oocupation. Of course the Kaiser's Government, if it does come into line with ourselves, will want compensation else- where; but it would pay us just now to offer a fair price for any help towards getting rid f the tribunals.
TERRIBLE WALK TO DEATH. An inquest was held at Grantham on Friday upon the body of ■James Cruickshank, commer- cial! traveller, who was killed on the railway near Corby, on August 21st. He was travelling with others by the midnight mail from King's Cross to the north, and one of his companions awoke to see him stepping out of the swiftly-running train into the darkness without. The communication cord was pulled, but the train ran on for eight miles without stopping. It was shewn in the evidence that the deceased was a somnambulist. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death adding a rider stating that the present system of communication between passengers and train officials is of no advantage to passengers, and that a tram should be stopped as soon as the cord is pulled.
LADY CYCLIST KILLED. A shocking bicycle accident has occurred at Bromley, resulting in the death of Miss Alice Grant, aged eighteen, of Brownhill-road, Catford. She was riding with a friend along Bromley-road, Southend, and when opposite the Upper Mill attempted to pass between a trap standing by the side of the road and a brewer's dray. She fell under the latter, both off-wheels passing over her. When extracted she was quite dead. She was of a nervous temperament, and a novice at cycling. The machine was com- pletely smashed.
LORD CARNARVON AND HIS MOTOR-CAR. At the Borough Police-court at Newbury. on Friday, there were two summonses against Lord Carnarvon, which alleged (1) that while pro- ceeding along the highway with his motor-car last Monday he drove the machine at a greater speed than twelve miles an hour, and (2) that he did not stop the car on the signal of!-a local resident who was driving a horse. Lord Car- narvon, being in Staffordshire, could not attend' but his solicitor said there was a good defence and he asked for an adjournment of the case, which was granted.
TYPHOON IN FORMOSA. The mail steamer Empress of China, which has arrived at Vancouver from the East, brings news of a terrible typhoon which for three days raged over the island of Formosa. At the city of Taipeh seven hundred and seven houses were entirely destroyed and three hundred and ninety-five badly damaged. Nineteen persons were killed.