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EPITOME OF NEWS. 0. The Reichstag has repealed the laws prohibiting the association of workmen. Eiiza. Blackham was chocked during A fh. vomiting at Lower Gornal, Staffordshire. The Miners' Conciliation Board have conceded the miners' request for an advance of five per cent. wages. The owners of the ss. Almond Branch, of Sunderland, were awarded £ 2.500 for salvage services to the ss. Daybreak, of West Hartlepool. The death is announced of Ir. T. Shute- Roberston, Assistftnt-Senrdary of the Scotch Education Department, Whitehall. Count Tolstoi has remitted £1.00!), the proceeds of his literary labours, to be distributed among the Donkhoboitsoi now settled near Winnipeg. The Duke and Duchess of Marlborough have taken the Earl of Warwick's house in Stable Yard, St. James's Palace, for two years. The Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry, who has been very unwell during her stay in London, has left Hamilton Place for Plas Machynlleth, her seat in Montgomeryshire. American machinery (a Laffan cablegram from New York states) will be used to erect an electric plant at Rugby. The equipment will cost 2,500.000 dollars. The Rev. W. A. Carter, formerly minister of the Congregational Chapel at Huyton, has been accepted as a candidate for Holy Orders in the diocese of Liverpool. The Government has placed large orders for cordite with the Stowmarket Explosives Company, Limited. The company's works will be run for some time day and night. The Bishop of London has re-opened the parish church of Stepney, St. Dunstan's which for the past nine months has been closed for the purpose of entire renovation. The Aberdeen Line, steaming between London and Australia, via Capetown, have decided to make Plymouth a port of call on both the home- ward and outward passages. The Duchess of Marlborough, accompanied by .he Duchess of Sutherland, will shortly open a bazaar in the town-hall, Stoke-on-Trent, in aid of sever dressing parochial objects. Th. '>')inefc cri-.is at Adelaide has been re- news 1". Solomon having resigned in conse- que-.H • of an adverse vote. A new Cabinet is being formed by the Hon. F. W. Holder. Mr. Walter C. Double, solicitor, fell from the fourth storey of 32, Longford Road, Earl's Court, was impaled on the area railings, and killed on the spot. William Henry Mathews, head porter at Hamp- stead Workhouse, went out without leave one day recently, and has not yet returned. His relatives are concerned. Considerable anxiety prevails at Ply mouth con- cerning the safety of the steamer Saltram, which was last heard of on October th, when she passed Delaware breakwater bound for Havana. The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry has loft Montagu House. Whitehall, for Petworth House, Sussex, on a visit to Lord and Lady Leconfield. Princess Louise and the Marquess of Lorne. who are now at Kensington Palace, will spend the Christmas holidays at Osborne with the Queen. A Norwegian sailor recently died in a Cardiff hospital. In the lining of his coat was found the sum of Q120, and a letter directing that the money should be handed over to the funds of the new Seamen's Hospital recently opened there. The German Emperor will entertain a large and distinguished shooting party at the Gohrde pre- serves on the loth and 16th inst. This week his Majesty is the guest of the reigning Prince zu Schaumbnrg-Lippe at Buckeburg. As the result of the slander suit brought by Ir. C. H. Abbott, playwright, formerly editor of Judy, against Dr. F. O. Carr, the musical com- poser, the former obtained P-200 damages, with costs. The health of the Queen of Norway and Sweden is giving cause for serious anxiety. Her Majes ty has been in a most critical state of health for a number of years, and has lately been a complete invalid. The two men who broke into and robbed Sir Frederick Pollock's house at Hindhead have been sentenced at Surrey Assizes to four years penal servitude and six months respectively. They were arrested wearing Sir Frederick's apparel. The Moderate party of the London School Board have agreed to nominate the Hon. F. Thpsiger, son of Lord Chelmsford, to fill the vacancy in the representation of Chelsea on the Board, caused by the death of lr. Huggett. Mr. C. E. Osborn, for many years secretary to the People's Palace, and now secretary to the affiliated clubs at the Thames Ironworks, has been presented by the Palace staff with a gold watch and chain. i A farm labourer named M'Lean has been arrested at County Derry on a charge of murder- ing a man named Devlin, over eighty years of age, by kicking him in a most brutal manner about the head and chest. The Queen has sent a cheque for EIO to Mr. A. A. Somerville, of Eton College, as a donation to the Windsor and Eton branch of the Navy League, of which he is secretary, towards the maintenance of a training barge on the Thames at Windsor, for boys. The Prince of Wales has sent a signed photo- graph of himself to the Grand Master of the Virginian Freemasons in recognition of the in- vitation to take part in the Masonic ceremonies at Mount Vernon, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Washington's death. The Governor of Shantung has been dismissed on account of his inability to deal with the anti- missionary troubles which have been rife through- out the province recently. Yuanshiska, late com- mander of the foreign-drilled brigade,of Hsiaochanj has been appointed. At the resumed inquest on the body of Albert John Barnes, twenty-two, lately an engineer at the Metropolitan Electric Supply Company, Acton Lane, tho jury found that there had been negligence on the part of the company in not pro- tecting the machinery. Mr. Consul C. C. Morgan writes to the Foreign Office that English visitors intending to winter in Rome should hasten to secure apartments because there will probably be a great, rush for them. 11)00 is Holy Year for the Church of Rome, and pilgrims from all parts of the world will flock there to pay their homage to the Holy Father. Great interest has been manifested at Shields in the arrival of the overdue Liverpool barque, Craig Mullen, which had as 10llg as eight months to come from Australia. The vessel was hove to for four weeks off the Cnpe of Good Hope through a succession of hurricanes, and she was later obliged to call at St. Helena for stores, her pro- visions being exhausted. L '8;=:;Zy

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