-R_- OUR LONDON LETTER.. fFmm Our Special Correspondent.J Though the first stage of the Budget is over, the Government are only at the begin- ning of the battle. All that has been done yet is to adopt the resolutions. The real fight will come upon the Finance Bill, which will be presented when Parliament re- assembles after Whitsuntide. There can be. no doubt that members of the House of Com- mons m-ay lock forward to several months of hard work, for if the Budget is to be passed without resort to the guillotine, there is not much iD liiy or the session coming to an end October. Though most members won1 a t sit late and long than have ¡ another session, the prospect of not- I being 1 until October does not arenae any v L > luus.asm. In order to mitigate the i it cf sitting all t-hrotigli. sirai"1 "n%, the Government are making an ♦ to give- some of their sr:.p- poi-1"' 1 1 1 iy in August on conditv n t>"t they r to the [fuiu-e for S<:pteI?) b"T, whit i 's will remain during August n be r.eli"vcc1 in their turn. Care will be taken by H,? ins that the Government majority is not endangered. There was very general disappointment at the refusal of the Dean of Westminster to give permission for the interment of the ashes of Mr. Meredith in the Abbey. No reason has been given, though it is stated that the Dean is of opinion that Victorian literature is already fully represented in the national Valhalla. Probably the Dean never expressed any such opinion. If he had done so he would have laid himself open to the re- tort that there are possibly others better able to give a final judgment upon such a point- It has always been understood that the Dean is guided in these matters to a large extent by considerations of the space which is fit ill available within the Abbey, and in this con- nection it should be noticed that the ashes of the great writer were enclosed in a small urn, and not in a coffin. The test for the honour of burial in the Abbey in these days is high, and rightly so, but even so Mere- dith's life and work surmount it triumph- antly. It does certainly seem as if in a mat- ter of this kind there ought to be some appeal from the decision of a single clergyman, how- ever eminent. Quite a commotion has been created by the action of Mrs. Asquith in inviting her friends to view a display of French frocks and milli- nery at 10, Downing-street, the official resi- dence of the Prime Minister, a week or two ago. Mrs. Asquith, as Mrs. Asquith, is, of course, free to do as she pleases; but Mrs. Asquith, as the wife of the Premier, say those who have protested against her action, is quite a different personage, and ought not to accord a semi-official patronage to foreigners while British tradespeople are in want "of all the advertisement they can get. And that she should have arranged the function in the very house provided by the nation as the residence of the Prime Minister! There's the rub And so there has been quite a lot of fat in the fire. Mrs. Asquith's letter pub- lished the other day should do something to correct the impression that there was any- thing of an elaborate nature about the "exhibition." It was, it appears, just a friendly cup of tea and a few frocks for the inspection of private friends. The- news- papers did the rest. Within the charmed circle of knights of the most illustrious Order of St. Patrick there seems to have been recently some dis- turbance of the harmony, and the fact that the latest recruit, the Earl of Granard, was invested with the Insignia of the Order at Buckingham Palace instead of Dublin Castle, has given rise to a crop of rumours. The ceremony of investiture has almost in- variably been carried out in Ireland, and the King himself was invested there, as was also the Prince of Wales. Lately, however, there has been some trouble. In the case of one recent investiture there was something very like a boycotting of the ceremony by some members of the Order, and' it is stated that some of those whose duty it is to play a Iead- ing part refused to act. in the investiture of Lord Pirrie, so that the ceremony had to be performed privately. It is whispered that the difficulty has its origin in personal dif- ferencev and, perhaps, the mysterious affair of the Dublin State jewels may have some- thing to do with it. The Censor has been at it again, and has made dramatists more thirsty than ever for his blood. He has banned a play by Mr. Bernard Shaw, "The Showing-up of Blanco Posnet," which was to have been produced at a series of matinees by the Afternoon Theatre at His Majesty's. Mr. Redford is pretty well used by this time to having un- kind things, said about him, and he is, un- doubtedly, in for another dose, for the pro- duction of this play had been looked forward to with eager anticipation. In consideration of the disappointment which he has caused to the public it would be a graceful act on the part of Mr. Redford to arrange a public de- bate with Mr. Shaw, in which he should show why he thinks Mr. Blanco Posnet should not be shown up, and Mr. Shaw should defend his play, and incidentally show what a com- pletely illogical and impossible person the Censor is. It would be worth listening to, and would probably prove even more enter- taining than the play. It is a reproach often thrown at political and municipal parties that they constantly disregard their election pledges. That re- proach, at any rate, cannot be levelled at the Moderate majority of the London County Council. They declared that if they were elected to power they would do a great many things, and they are busily carrying out their promises as quickly as they conveniently can. Those unfortunate steamboats came under the ban of their displeasure; the ser- vjee was stopped, and the boats arq beans It i Tt-ie Works Department was ra,other -j > 1 ion for which they had no love at all; j ] 1 i f cen it up and sold the plant, f (1,1it:eJ to accept the legacy of the • nes which had been recom- k 1 b;* their Progressive predecessors, I i tney have now determined to sell the freehold of 'and on which the houses were to 111 1 r brill. Whatever may be thought freehold of The Iand on which the houses were to 111 1 r brill. Whatever may be thought to 1 m or unwisdom of all these t! jl1 s UL ^derates are only carrying out i iv i -> given them by the electors, and I,. t v %«• si •> ^d that they are not a party of t> i. pc merely. Perhaps the electors had Hot ( realised what was to happen, but t t is lookout. A. E. M. í :?
J "DISHONESTY" OF THE LAITY. "Unfortunately there are a great many I curates who do not get what their labour is worth," said the Bishop of Barking, at the annual meeting on Tuesday of the Curates' Aug- mentation Fund, and added that there were four or five times more men waiting to receive benefits from the fund than there was money to pay them. In moving the adoption of the report, Canon I Horsley said he had read it with disgust and indignation, especially where it referred to the "generosity" of the laity. In his opinion it should be "dishonesty." The laity were a sponging lot. They would should be "dishonesty." The laity were a sponging lot. They would i borrow 5s. from their vicar just as readily as they would call him. names behind his back.
BALLOON DERBY The result of the International balloon race from Hurlingham on Saturday was announced officially on Tuesday as follows: Banshee (Mr. John Dunville), 1; Satellite, (Major Sir A. Bannerman, Bart.), 2; Mercury (Hon. C. S. Rolls), 3; and Vivienne (Mr. G. Brewer), 4. The committee of the Aero Club were com- pelled to uphold the protest against the Ziegler, (Germany), which landed nearest the specified1 destination, in accordance with the rules of the International Federation.
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1 EPITOME N? NEWS. .t. An Admiralty wr* s:tvcm at Ipswich is I approaching eoinph: ■' General Sir Johr scs« ir=p«-«ted the 1st Life Guards at Wi r- "Peace is a great :• •% • o r and it is so easily procurable.' .;a(0 V At a Battersea. in •;>.?.said she had never heard of the Lu Ilaidane ha.- •• n f °;at the Yeo- manry be armed v c K ■■■ M. Paul Tissriiii- cas ;> Wilbur Wright's pupils, ir ff'rht a4 .i'au, with a Wright aeroplane Two Brahmin Sfl" b. sentenced at Bombav to six r nerf for importing ..(.)■ x-htsik from y It was announ- I >mpany of Territorials had Yorkshire, in 1'111" n Forty in on and -fir: ■ ■- "<! to rescue a motor-car which uito «i3v izvav at Dart- in h "A really good -ea l;c thing' on I'M Vv.. ',m i .•••• soi.itij.ark Li Court. I 1 lollowillf ".V-r.ill a Yar- J liioi'.l h newspaper:—y-n any rersrjai -ucdcj-fake j to teach English ia Vairaou'.h! j Battlements and fiaiiua of ths ijreat hall of I Hampton Court Pa-acc -ire boing restored. Burglars have stolen a great quantity of jev, f .,cry from the shop of a Darlington pawn- broker. •Messrs. McKerraw's corn mills at Liverpool have been gutted by five. Thousands of sacks of flour were destroyed. While trying to op a runaway pony and cart at Leicester bamnei Garrett was struck by one of the shafts and killed. Mr MeKenna has promised a deputation that the advantages of the i'yue i'o-r ravta docks shall be fully considercJ b? iiit AJi.aiiaity Board. "Very few persons are capable of doing any- thing more- than taking a subordinate part in business," Judge Will's asserted at Southwark. A Colchester laborcer, whose sou injured his eye while playing tipcat, was fined 21 ,d coats for neglecting to take the child to the hospital. Lord Selbourne has satisfactorily adjusted the European and na ive alpealsaginst the par- tition of Swaziland. The fmal survey will now proceed. j It is stated in Italian parliamentary circles that the Naval Construction Bill will be amended to increase the effective strength of the warships to be laid down. I As the result of a fight with another inmate of Medway Worklionsa., Chatham, George Floyd was knocked down, it is alleged, and died shortly afterwards. "In a matter of this kind I prefer the evi- dence of a policoinan to that of a Cardinal," said the Irish Secretary in the House of Com- mons when questioned about I-Yaycottiiig., Mark Shawcross was remanded at Manchester, charged with the murder of Mrs. Ramsbottom, who was found strangled in a field at Gorton. "I understand that the only comfortable place in the New Bailey is the dock," said Mr. Carl Hentschel at the Court of Common Council, in a discussion as to the ventilating of the 'build- ing. Stouppe Maginnis, the Belfast ex-rate col- lector, who was arrested at Manchester, has been further remanded on a charge of falsifying the Corporation books. Blink Bonny, belonging to Mr. Thomas Glen- cross, took the first prize of £10 in the jumping fences event at Merthyr (Glamorgan) May Day show and horse parade. For obtaining sums from f20 to £ 25 from women under pretence of giving them lucrative employment, John Russell, a builder, was at Old Bailey sentenced to 18 months' hard labour. Lord Roberts has written to Ascot, Post Office to thank the postmaster and staff for the excellent way they coped with the extra postal and telegraphic work necessitated by the cele- bration- of his gold-ell wedding. The entire fortune of the late Air. H. H. Rogers, the oil magnate, is estimated at £ 12,000,000. He was insured for which sum will be paid to his widow. Mark Shawcross was remanded at Manchester, charged with the murder of Ramsbottom, I who was found strangled in a field at Gorton. j "1 understand that the only comfortable place in the New Bailey is the dock," said Mr. Carl Hentschel at the Court of Common Council, in a discussion as to the ventilating of the build- ing. Stouppe Maginnis, the Belfast ex-rate col- lector, who was arrested t Manchester, has been further remanded on a charge of falsifying the Corporation books. Blink Bonny, belonging to Mr. Thomas Glen- cross, took the first prize of £10 in the jumping fences event at Merthyr (Glamorgan) May Day show.and horse parade. For obtaining sums from £:0 to £25 from women under pretence of giving them lucrative employment, John Russell, a builder, was at Old B-ailey sentenced to 18 months' hard labour. Lord Roberts has written to Aseoi Post Office to thank the postmaster and staff for the excellent way they coped with the extra postal and telegraphic work necessitat-ed by the cele- bration of his golden wedding. The entire fortune of the late Mr. H. H. Rogers, the oil magnate, is estimated at £ 12,000,000. He was insure'd for £22,000, which sum will be paid to his widow. A woman, returning from High Cross Camp, near Newport, Monmouth, discovered a mail hanging from an oak tree bv the roadside. He was identified as Alfred Searles, a native of Bristol. Sixty thousand people were present in St. Peter's, Rome, for the canonisation of Clement Hoffbauer, a German of the Redemptionist Order, and Joseph Oriol, of the secular clergy of Barcelona. Opening a Tuberculosis Exhibition in Dublin, the Countess of Aberdeen said the mortality rate of tuberculosis diseases in Ireland in 1908 was down one decimal point. Through one of the sheer-legs of a crane at the new electric lighting station at Westminster giving way, a man fell down the scaffolding in front of the building and fractured his skull. The estimated population of New South Wales at the end of March was 1,614,517, as com- pared with 1,605,009 at the end of 1908. The net imigration from the United Kingdom was 1,811. Mr. Justice Parker held that the term "slip- on coat" may be used by any maker. It was first used by "af novelist early in the nineteenth century to denote, a cloak worn in the High- lands. • "M
f SUICIDE'S LAST MESSAGE. I A strange letter to his wife was read at the inquest on Tuesday on Mr. II. P. Emslie, a ¡ commercial traveller, who was found dead on a j i sofa at his house at Longmead-road, Tooting, j I with a bottle containing prussic acid by his I side. The jury returned a verdict of suicide. iThe letter ran :— j "I am heartbroken to think that I repre- j seuted the old asbestos company for twenty- j live years and helped to build up the business j | as it is now, and then to be cast into the j | gutter like a sucked-out orange. j I "My head is in a whirl, but I know not what to do. To think to drag yon down to the gutter. That to me is horrible. You are better I without me. My race is run. I am no good in this world. My time is past." Mr. Giles, secretary to Bell's Asbestos Com- pany, said that Emslie was in their service for twenty-four years. He did not help to build up the business, and was not dismissed on the ground of age.
SCENE IN POLICE COURT. I Uncomplimentary epithets and a bowler hat were hurled at a K.C. in the Sheffield Police- court on Tuesday Mr. Muir Wilson, the in- dependent Unioniet candidate at the recent Attercliffe election, summoned for alleg-ed, assault Mr. King Farlow, the official Conserva- tive candidate. The allegation was that when returning from the Town 'Hall on the night of the declaration of the poll Mr. Farlow called Mr. Wilson offen- sive names, and struck and damaged his hat. i Mr. Wilson gave evidence, and when being cross-examined by Mr. Elliott, K.C., for the de- fence, threw at the learned counsel the hat alleged to have been damaged. Later Mr. Wilson and counsel entered into a wordy warfare. Mr. Wilson called counsel a fool, cad, and scoundrel, and left the box abruptly amid great confusion. Eventually the magistrates dismissed the case. and ordered Mr. Wilson to pay costs.
FISHING BOAT DISASTER. Off Yarmouth on Tuesday, in full view of guests breakfasting at the hotels on the front, a small fishing boat, containing three men, cap- sized. Some of the promenaders on the Britannia Pier could see the crew struggling in the water. The Coastgmirdsmen instantly fired signals for the lifeboat, and the John Burch was run out and launched in four and a half minutes. Breasting the surf, she sailed to the spot where the boat was last. seen, but the fishermen had then disappeared. Some wreckage was passed, but it was obvious that the men had perished, their boat being engulfed between two huge waves. The wrecked boat is said to be the Henry, which generally carried two hands, and engaged in shrimping, but on Tuesday she was out trawl- ing. The Henry was owned by Mr. John Green. j —— =
GLASGOW FLAT MURDER. The Scottish Office announced on Tuesday night that a reprieve had been granted to Oscar Slater, "the man with the twisted nose," who was sentenced to death by Lord Guthrie at Edin- burgh on May 7 for the brutal murder of the aged lady, Miss Gilchrist, in her flat in Glasgow. Upon his removal to the cell after the death sentence had been passed Slater is alleged to have said to some detectives, "Look here, I am not the only guilty man, there are others as bad as me." He subsequently denied making this statement, saying that what he did say was, "After I am dead the guilty, party will be found." In company with the prison doctor, the Governor on Tuesday entered the condemned cell in which Slater has been confined since his removal from Edinburgh, and informed the pri- soner that he had been respited. Slater collapsed on hearing the news.
M. Georges Clemenceau—no relation to the French Premier—was arrested for shooting at the bronze lions in the Place de la Nation, in Paris. During a marriage service at Budapest the bride was so overcome with emotion that on opening her lips to give her assent her false thfell out., „ ,/t
"INSURE." MR. C.IIURCRlL.L'S "MAGIC WORD." "If I had i said Mr. Winston i ChurcžÜIl in a | i the Free Trade Hall, Ma" j ^'e", on 1 "I would write the1 wot '1 L sur* o t 'i cf pvery e. 'tage, b <' (' i )r sacrifices tiich "LÜaH and not beyond the i i <.1 ii i man in r+'gulaf k o seenrcd againflt C" i tin. re would j.rnash then uj Tie U u <) •> indeed. that the fut'.co of > r ti yoM t h-dd •5iiu:r, d i-i the s "a n -r in ") v < <rv kr:—; ;y :■ ih<3- ( l :>rv w'Bit! v. rong in ei l ■ :on cou'h ;i, 'fo\hv tri.I he maintained that w.n trae.' T'• .• was iuconcis't?II. a m ory system of old ag<- and p, ein.utorf system of insurr.rjce uivriii .nit, I:r M. T.u • •xidi- ti The I'act thai r. I "IT old aj'o. were secured made a ■n.'d;rr ci. ,'r ;eret: -lY fcrra of insin-airc w-g; had asked to make ciilerdalier-j. rraid it wsr r-j ex- aggeration to 'say tlifd the rarrs o £ ir. ■, 'dity insurance to cover ,i man t'iJ he was seventy werGin mnny they would be to cover him till. <:ea:is. was a. prodigious fact, by the discovery of which people made gigantic fortunes. A FORTUNE FOR JOHN BULL. Why, asked Mr. Churchill, should they not make this gigantic fortune for John Bull. Tliifr proposal meant that there was a new class of insurance business possible; that the field of insurance was far more open to the poorest people than it was before. He believed it was well within their power before this Parliament. was over to establish throughout the land » mighty system of national insurance, which would nourish in its bosom all the existing agencies and embrace, in its scope all sorts and conditions of men.
PROFESSIONAL M A RAT HON. About 40,GOO persons were at the Stadium on Saturday when, with Lcrd Lonsdale as referee, a professional athletic meeting was held. Chief interest centred in the Marathon race, over the Olympic course, from Windsor to the Stadium. A Jap and about 250 yards of the track had to be covered by the corapditors after entering the Stadium, in order to com- plete the distance of 26 miles 686 yards. The result was a triumph for England, as although J. Keywood, the most fancied Britisher, who finished third in last year's race, broke down at about fifteen miles, and the second favourite on the English side, in A. Crudnigton, who last year finished fourth, trod on a stone, twisted hie ankle, and -had to retire, C. W. Gardiner, a member of a fine athletic family, of his brothers being well known amateur runners, came to the rescue, and, taking the lead soon' after passing through. Pinner, retained it to the end. His tiifc-a was 2h. 53min. 23 l-hsee. r About twenty men ermpleted the hrying journey under-3 £ hours. The names of the first seven were as follow — C. W. Gardiner (Eng- land), 1; Hector Labry (France), 2; F. Morris (England), 3; A. Neveu (Belgium), 4; J. Gun- trip (England), 5; Victor hi ouok (France), 6; and A. Johnson (Engla-di. 1. Most important of events on the Stadium track was the m 1 > This was won by F. Millot • 1 .i-aiin. 45 i-"•see. At ten miles A. > h > M.i'd) led Miilot. by nearly a lap, but was shurajr aii: wards seized with sunstroke, and retired, iraving Millot to finish alone.
RACE BETWEEN DIRIGIBLES. The two German military airships which are daily undertaking trips engaged en Saturday evening in the first race cr- dirigible balloons ever held. At a quarter past five the Gross II. and Parseval II., after preliminary manoeuvr- ing, were aligned, over the Tcgel rifle butts, and a race was decided on to convpai ative speeds, a stack of chimneys on the far side of the Tempelhof parade ground, about six miles distant, being taken as a turning point. Major Gross, the inventor of the Gross air- ship. acted as starter. The Gross II., under Major Sperling, got away first, while the start of the Parseval II., under Captain George, was delayed. The result was declared a dead heat, as both airships made the same time, namely, fifteen minutes to the turn and fifteen back.
TEACHERS AND MARRIAGE. The statement that the employment of mar- ried female teachers in London schools is to be curtailed is causing much consternation among the married teachers and those about to be* married. In the hopes that the Council will not make a regulation retrospective, many marri.tges are' being hurried on to take place during the summer holidays, especially these where both. brid-3 and bridegroom are teachers. A very large percentage of ['en<ale teachei«• ia F idott are'ar;Tent Suffr. and these p lar'ly resent the^probab'-i-v of their oceupei :)2Íng lost should they venture to marry. 1:1. 11\IJIIINf_
EARL SUMMONED FOR TWOPENCE Lord De La Warr was summoned by a taxi- cabman at Westminster on Saturday for two- pence. His defence ihai the had taken a longer way than he need hay" ,k e. The summons was tttemisNcd, and Lord Do, La Warr was awarded, £ 2 ZB. -costs. A witness said that' the combination cJ the time and distance arrangement sometimes oc-' casioned varying charges. "Well do I know it," said Mr. wlio tried the case. "One night it registers eight- pence, and the very next night, over exaccij the same route, J. find it Is. 2d."
A factory Mock occupied by several manufac- turing firms in Akron, Ohio, was practically destroyed by, fire. A nulhber of factory girls had narrow escapes. The loss is estimated at 1,000, OOOdols. The Middlesbrough steamer Teviot collided off Gravesend with the Liverpool steamship Nyanga lying at anchor. Both the vessels were, extensively damaged. The Teviot afterwards ran into the barge Iolanthe bound for Rochester With coal. r, A man i Moscpw, named Nestoroff celebrated his hundredth birthday by smoking a cigarette for the firBt tiihe-in his life. He died half a# hour' late*« w ■'