H.M.S. CLIO OVERDUE. It is reported from Hong Kong that H.M. Clio, bound from Shanghai to Hong Kong, is six days overdue. r It is feared that the vessel encountered the recent typhoon in the Formosa, Channel. In- coming steamers report that the Clio was sheltering in the Haitan Straits, near Fu- Chau, recently. The weather was very bad, with the baro- f meter as low as 28.60, and it is improbable that Commander Borretfc, the officer in charge of the Clio, who is known to be a g-ood sailor, tok any unnecessary risks. b The breakdown of the cables and land lines to Fu-Chau in consequence of the storm may explain the delay in the receipt of further news.
BRISTOL'S BOY BURGLAR. In the artisan district of Bedminster, one of the most densely populated localities in Bristol, there have been a large number of burglaries recently The police have been specially active, and as a result, on Tuesday HaroM Ar'hur Wrley, a^ed le), a well-dressed youth, whose parents live in the neighbourhood, was arrested on two charges of burglary. He was remanded by the magistrate tfter foi-inal evidence had been given. The police said that Willey, though so young, was an expert burglar. The allegations against him v of )r«;-g ary on September 7 at the shop of Mr. Albert Lovell, in Herbert- si i-cot, and scaling 14s., a purse, tobacco pouch, and revolver; and also burglary on September 15 at ihe shop of Mr. Arthur Henry Heath, West-street, and stealing £ H0 in gold, a silver watcli, and fii'v packets of chocolate. The premis.s in both cases were entered late at night, the families being in residence and the intruder got clear away.
i SUICID; IN SIGHT OF A CROWD. Between ten and eleven o'clock on Tuesday ,morning, when the streets of London were crowded y'i'.l tratac, a poorly-clad, middle-aged i man mounted 1 he. Hoi born induct parapet ar.d I threw himself head foremost into Farrmgdon- sireet, 40ft. below. The man was kiilcd in- stantly, and in his fall narrowly escaped strik- ing two'women who were standing close to the kerb. In the dead man's possession were found a large number of documents, including a cheque-book, from which the last cheque had been drawn. Various letters beaiing- an address in th Citv, and other documents, were also discovered. These led to the identification of 1 he body later in the day as that of Wilfred Eeppel ilonnywell. a- song writer. He was 43 years of age, and is saia to be the son of a clergyman
IIPRSEW111PPED]EL 1S OWN HOUSE At Cierkenwell Police Court on Tuesday the of how a man came to be horsewhipped in his own house was told. According to the evidence, a Mrs. Brand, of Holloway-road, found herself locked out,on re- aiming "home from a music-hail. Her companion, Charles Johnson, it was stated, forced his way into the dining-room, and keeping the husband covered with a re- volver (unloaded) beat him with a whip. The magistrate said that the assault could not be justified, "He iiued Johnson 40s. and X3 costs.
-+--++- MOTOR BOAT ABLAZE. Just off Falmonth on Sunday Lieutenant W. H. A'Beckett, son of the late contributor Ù "Punch," had au exciting experience. He was attending to the mechanism of his motor-boat when suddenly there was an out- burst of flame, which caused him< to fall over- board. lIe managed to get into the boat again, and with his man made for the shore, in the hope of sinking the boat in shallow water ai|d saving her from destruction. The flames had too great a hold, however, and when about half a mile from the shore the two occupants were compelled to jump overboard. The accident was witnessed by a passing Vessel, and a rescue effected. The motor-boat broke up and sank.
FUN AND FANCY. | Do you like waltzing ?" asked a girl of j her partner at a ball. "I am charmed by it!" "Then why have you not learned how to do it?" Unsuccessful Sportsman (to gamekeeper) "When I was in Australia I shefo the biggest kangaroo the natives said they'd ever seen. Gamekeeper: "Hindeed, sir! What was you &-haimin' at ? "1 never give to beggars on the road1," re- marked a young man to a tramp who had asked him for help. "If you'll oblige me with yer name and address, sir, I'll call on yer was the retort. "Ma," exclaimed a boy to his mother, ""may I play make-b'lieve that I'm enter- tainin' another little boy? "Certainly, dear!" replied the parent. "Then gimme some cake for him! said the little chap. "Do you know, dear," said a lady to her husband, who was lamentably "close-fisted," "last night I had such a delightful dream! I dreamt you gave me a five-pound note." "Splendid!" exclaimed her spouse amiably. "Yrm may keep it, dear I Louie: "Uncle, what's chagrin?" Uncle: "Well, it's what a stout man feels when he runs his hardest, and jumps on a. tram-car that doesn't start for half-an-hour." "I appear to have made something of an impression on that man over there," re- marked a young lady at a wedding-party. "He has been looking at me ever since I arrived." "If you mean that one with a black mous- tache, he's the detective engaged to look after the presents!" said a friend. i "What's the difference between vision and I sight?" asked a man; and this is how the question was answered by a friend: "See those two girls across the street?" "Yea." "Well, the pretty one I would call a vision, but the other one—she's a sight!" "At last," said the ambitious young novel- ist, "I have written something that I think will be accepted by the first magazine it is sent to." "What ie it?" his friend asked. *'A cheque for a year's subscriptions." sent to." "What ie it?" his friend asked. A cheque for a year's subscriptions." Mistress: "Why, Bridget, it seems to me II you want very large wages for one who has had so little experience." Bridget: "Sure, ) mum, ain't it harder for me when I don't I know how? ———— Stubb: "Yes, the fancy gardener has I named his special radish after his wife." ¡ Penn: "Rather a compliment. Did he say why he did so?" Stubb: "Yes. He said they never agree wtth him." j Mother: "Where is that lovely ring your Aunt Mary gat you, Nettie?" Small Nettie: "I lost it." Mother: "I might have known it. Did you ever have anything you didn't lose?" Small Nettie: "Yes, mamma. I never lost my appetiter" Suett, the famous actor, was one day alight- ing from a coach after a long journey in the pouring rain, when a gentleman, who had come to meet him, asked "Are you Suett? The immediate answer was, "No, I'm drip- ping A Northampton schoolmaster has received the following note from a pupil's mother: r "Honoured Sir,—Johnny can't come to school to-day. Yesterday another boy threw a stone into his eye, and he can't see out of it. Will you see into it?" My mission in life," said the satirist, is to put the dunce cap on the heads of other people." Be careful," replied his friend. that you don't catch cold." j i ) Fortune-Teller: "I see by your hand you'll die when you're twenty seven." Willie: But, my dear woman, I'm twenty- .nine now." Fortune-Teller: "Why, my good man, you should liave been dead two years. You're living under fa-se pretences! There's just one thing I wanted to say to you," began Mrs. Acid to her husband. "Only one, M'ria?" queried he, solicitously. "Aren't you feeling well?" First Passenger (at suburban station): I 'I wonder why we are making such a long stop at this station?" Second (a traveller of ex- I perience) "I presume it is because no one happens to be trying to catch the trai^' First Suburbanite "I see they have taken the 7 a.m. train off this line. Do you miss it?" Second Suburbanite: "Oh, rothing like the 7 a.m. train off this line. Do you miss it?" Second Suburbanite: "Oh, rothing like aa much as I used to miss it when it was on." I They were talking about the strenuous life of the Suffragettes. "Most people," remarked the thoughtful thinker, "take lite seriously." "Well, there's no reason why they should not," rejoined the matter-of-fact person. "Taking life is a serious matter." Bessie: "Oh, Mabel! I am in an awful dilemma. I've quarrelled with Harry, and he wants me to send his ring back." Mabel: "That is too bad!" Bessie: 'That isn't the point. I've forgotten which is his ring Little Girl: "My mamma is awful strict. Is yours?" Little Boy: "Orful!" Little Girl: "But she lets you go anywhere you want to, and-?" Little Boy: "Oh, alia ain't strict with me." Little Girl: "Then who is she strict with?" Little Boy: "Pa." "I tell you," said one man to another as they emerged from the corridor of a concert hall, "I envy that fellow who was singing." "Envy him!" echoed the other. "Well, if I were going to envy a singer I'd select somebody with a better voice. His was about the poorest I ever heard." "It's not his voice I envy, man," was* the reply; ".it's his tremen- dous courage!" A man had sat for some time in a restau- rant, looking thoughtfully at his glass of melting ice-cream. At last he left his chair and made his way to the proprietor. "I see you announce that you make your own iee- cream," he said; -in a confidential tone. "I do, sir," said the proprietor. "Well," said the man, "would you permit me to give you a little advice? I won't charge you a farthing,^ and it'll be money in your pocket.' "CHad to hear it, I'm sure! What ie the sugges- J tion?" said the proprietor. "Get somebody else to make it!" replied the customer.
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*tm,rn I BUDGET BULL'S-EYES. (FROM THE BUDGET LEAGUE.) The Dukes have been at it again. This iime it is that distinguished pair the Duke of Rutland and the Duke of Devon- Shire. Needless to say, t1 ese two young ftlen express their political views with all the delicacy of phrase one would expect frorii noblemen who are so offended at the language of Mr. Lloyd-George's speech at Ximehoiise. w Let us consider some of the phrases used By these two Dukes. The Government were ,described as "a pirate crew of political Tatterdemalions." Mr. Winston Churchill I 'Was elegantly depicted as a wild and 'fcrutal Socialist." Mr. Asquith was laughed At because lie is liable to the brutal and Unprovoked assaults of hysterical women. I' "'There are ducal manners for you! By a curious turn of fate Mr. Lloyd- •Creorge on Monday met all these wild and lirling words with a soft answer. There | 'Was nothing new in 'fr. l,loyd-George's ncessioll to the rural landlords on the In- come-Tax. The concession had been fore- shadowed in the Budget speech and an- nounced months before, but it will bring out more clearly than anything else the absurdity of much of the opposition to the budget. Lord Rosebery, for instance, spoke as if Budget were going to ruin all the rural Lords in the country, and yet it is; pro- doable »i. at when they emerge on the fother Side of the stream the rural landlords will II "discover that they have positively gained '"°y the changes in taxation. I For look at the matter in detail. The I ^ural landlords are exempted from the *and taxes. Under the death duties they 3?ay an increase well under a million a an increase well under a million a and that mainly on the larger es- tates the small estates stay very much I sphere they were. Meanwhile, here they are receiving a -Concession on the Income-Tax which will Amount to nearly half a million a year. In Addition to that, they receive E200,000 a year under the Development Fund, be- sides E600,000 a year under the motor taxes, which will be spent on rural roads. I ? If the rural landlords look the matter in lihe face they will find that the Budget is •^Itnost as great a boon to them as it is to people at large. We are afraid that the secret of the mat- is that the opposition to the Budget is *teing manoeuvred by the Tariff Reformers, £ ho wish at any cost to defwat a Free- *rade -Budget. The Tariff Reform noble- men, if we are rightly informed, are leagued together under a pledge to vote Against the Budget at all costs. It is no use ■^gttijig against them; one can see their every Sunday—and a very un-Sab- spirit it is—in the columns of the j 08e» ier We can tell from reading that that their attitude does not admit ,tp.e, possibility of compromise. They do not ili h to defeat the Budget bccause they be- it is bad; they wish to defeat it be- Wse tJiey know it is so good. ib Another line of opposition comes from !Ve Urban landowners, who are terrified at prospect, of losing their increment. *s the frxnik opposition of a vested in- Jt is a fight between private and Tjplic advantage. We must expect oppo- ,0i^U in that quarter, because it would re- -S?1 a very enlightened man to see the j,? 0lri of handing over a part of these roan ihcrements "to the cities that have '^ated them. But there the justice of the ytter is so obvious that even the Tory Rubers for some of the great towns have n a r('luctance 1° f'gbt the proposal. *f€at cities like London, Liverpool, and .r^nche8ter are not going to oppose a pro- ^.al which they have advocated consist- for many years without respect of '.UtMy' That is" the reason wh>T 3 ou ,iiear so "Com these land taxes nowadays in Tory *llft '0Ve £ sy- The cue now is to put the ^6 on the death duties. opinion is now practically .^fueled to the principle of death duties, -thety, see men inheriting savings which *6a.r ^ave done nothing to create, and they -jk 1Se that this privilege of inheritance is to the existence of society and to the fLration which society affords the in- '-focfi a' They therefore consider it per- right that the heirs should pay some- £ fot their advantages. i Past week has been spent very "W* y ?n the Income-Tax. It has not •ft 2* Possible for the Opposition to put up ak fight against the Government's In- f%L»f~?ax proposals. After all, Mr. Bal- ^Uat w had to recognise that some money ■IJjg t be got from somewhere, and early in S on e budget he conceded that ftccpl11es Were ^air subjects for taxation. He ^le super-tex, and therefore the I V6m ^as passed to the distinction be- 11 earried and unearned increment. speaking, the Government's •taf emerge as .thoroughly sound and is for the good of the n' •&§ that the earners should be let re lightly than the non-earners. ll t^d°V £ f esPecially is this the case with re" tbet fto ,earners of small incomes, and, ocyrt elJG,. the Government have fixed a it0tri p', natural graduation mounting up ^>000 Vin-the on earnec* incomes under ;s' in the £ on earned incomes be- u ^2,000 and £ 3,000, Is. 2d. in the £ <Uhewarnec* incomes up to £ 3,000, and 6d. I 'tax on incomes over £ 5,000. V j one provision of the Budget on Jtae(.: ,"r,ax which has been accepted by Parties, and is, perhaps, J is u,t«P(>Puiar thing in tile whole bill. n at 18 now known as- the kids',
hIR" ASQUITH'S SPEECH 10 REPLY TO LORD ROSEBERY. PEERS OR PEOPLE? Vie are in the thick of the autumn speech- making campaign. A week ago England was list: ning to the voice of Lord Rosebery de- nouncing tiie Budget in no uncertain terms. The reply from the promoters point of view was not long delayed, and on Friday night, before 9,000 men, in iiijgley Hall, Birmingham, Mr. Asquith defended the Budget proposals of his party. The Prime Minister, who was supported by over sixty notable M.P.'s, spoke for upwards of an hour. At the outset he ou: Lewd the Government's policy, then he to Lord Rosebery, chal- lenged Mr. Balfour to declare for Tariff Reform, a, 'ci, on the question of the rumours that the House of Lords would reject the Budget, de- clared that such a course would mean nothing less than a revolution. They were there, he said, not for a rhetorical exhibition, but to de- clare the fixed resolve that the interests of the State must be met by an equitable distribution of taxation; and that in the settling both the measure and the incidence of that burden the freely-chosen representatives of the people should have the final and determining voice. The so-called laud taxes were not land taxes at all—they were merely taxes upon added values due to social causes. The right hou. gentleman doubted if Lord Rosebery appre- hended what the land taxes really were. THE CASE FOR AGRICULTURE. He declared that the owner of agricultural land would be better off as regards taxes under the Budget than lie was at present. Yet that was the industry Lord Rosebery told them was being taxed out of existence. The distinction between land and other forms of property, so far from being the revolutionary paradox of the latter-day Socialist, was of almost venerable antiquity, and had become a scientific common- place. The proposed land taxes were just because they taxed property which had up to now escaped scot free they were politic because they would bring in a growingly productive revenue they were socially expedient because they would lead to putting land in the market which was now withheld, would dissipate over- crowding, and lay a better foundation for civic and urban life. Then the speaker referred to Mr. Gladstone amid tremendous cheering. All Lord Rosebery's epithets and prophecies were applied to Mr. Gladstone's succession duty in 1853, he said, but they had all beeh falsified by events. DEATH DUTIES. They were asked to believe that an increase of the death duties from 5 to fit per cent. on the average would shake the foundations of national prosperity. Lord Roseberv had offered them no alternative, but when Mr. Balfcur spoke in that hall next week, he said, he would have to come out and declare himself either for or against food taxation. The right hon. gentleman then referred to the House of Lords and the sugg; stions that they would reject or amend the Bud-ret proposals. The rejection or mutilation of the Budget by the Lords, he said, would be the most formid- able resolution since the days of the Long Par- Jiament. In matters of finance the Lords were impotent and the Commons supreme. Amend- I merit or rejection by the Ho us a of Lords was equally out of the question. The rejection by the House of Lords vvou'dmean, as Mr. Balfour had said, the bringing of the whole of the execu- tive machinery of the country to a standstill. It would mean financial and administrative chaos—a chaos which it wa-s no business of his that night, and which he trusted would be no part cf his business hereafter—to demonstrate and to make plain. THE CONSEQUENCES OF REJECTION. Then he brought his speech to a close with the words- There stands the matter, gentlemen. Is this issue going to be raised? If it is, it carries with it in all its train consequences which it- would be a bold man to forecast or forsee. That way revolution lies, and if it is going to be seriously threatened, involving, as I ven- ture to predict it will, issues far wider, far deeper than the mere right of the House of I Lords to meddle with finance. I say for you and for me, I say for the Liberal Party that we represent, that we are not only ready, but anxious, that we are not only anxious, but eager to take up the challenge. (Loud and prolonged cheers.) During the speech an overflow audience of 3.000 men had been listening at Curzon Hall to Dr. Macnamara, Colonel Seely. and others, and the Prime Minister spoke briefiv to them, after- wards returning to Bingley Hall to reply to the vote of thanks.
"PECULIAR PEOPLE." At an inquest held on Monday at South- end on Mrs. Bundock, aged fifty-two, a member of the "Peculiar People," the medi- cal evidence showed that death was due to internal obetructipn. She had declined to see a doctor. The jury returned a verdct in accordance: with the medical evidence, and the coroner (Mr. C. E. Lewis) said those who had at- tended the woman during her illness were morally responsible for her death. lie Was, confident himself that if an operation had been performed the woman's life would have been prolonged, if not saved.
At North London Walter James Bowles, pro- vision dealer, of Balls-pond, was discharged on a charge ofmisappropríaMn £ 600 belonging to a client. It wes stated that other charges were to be preferred, the amount involved being over £3,500., A gold' ring which WM lost in Poole Harbour by a Mr. Andrews, of the Seaman's Mission, whilst boatiflg, hsrs beeh recovered by a dredger working near the spot.
| VOTES FOR MEN. At the City of London Revision Court Hie Bar- rister decided Ilia-* if a person let his house fur- nished for a pciiod, whilst he vas away for his holiday8, he disqualified lik: for a vote, seeing that for a time he relinquished control of the premises. The Conservative Agent; Then if I let my place for a month to go to the seaside I lose my vote? The Barrister: If you went away without let- ting your house,' I 'should say you resided in Loudon, al: non;h. you were pacing a visit to the seaside. What matters is whether you part viih the cof.vol of your house. If you let your house furnished you part with the control of it, and you HO longer live in the house. B A-TH-KOOX QUALIFICATION. Ammo- the claims at Woolwich was one in res- pect of a bed-room and bath-room at Pium- s '1d, rihe rai e-coll».ctor said he had been told that the applicant had the exclusive use of the Le, l) tH ho could hardly swallow it. The Barrister: What about J the other occu- pants? Does he farm it out? The Rate-collector: Probably they go to the seaside. The Barrister said that a bath-room was a or. lion. As 1he lodger lied exclusive use of the ba"ii-i-ccri he was sorrv for the land- lady. App.ica-j> c'.1 aimed last year, without the bath-room, aed had his claim disallowed. He had added the Uuh-room to make -himself secure. 'ihe Labour agent- said that the applicant c-ould not have occupied the bath-room for 1120 cj; ■ yiug peirod, and the claim was dis- allowed. -+'
OUR CROWDED PlllfSONS. 11 I' The annual report of the Commissioners for Prisons for 100S-9, just issued, states that the average number in custody in local prisons for the year was 18.023. The highest total was 20,22i>, reaehed in December last. These high numbers remained continuous throughout the year, and caused in consequence a great strain oil the cell accommodation at the p:\isons. During' the year 205,C81 people found their way to "prison—an increase of 9,448 on the I previous year. "1. numbers remain, high and keep pace with the growth of population," says the Com- missioners, "the qu-rs-ion of providing more accommodation must arise in the near future." Unemployment is said by 1he Commissioners I' to be the principal cause of the growth in the number of commitment's to prison: "We cannot," they say, "ignore the grave warnings of the report of ihe Poor-law Com- missioners as to the effect of what they call the 'new problem of chronic tinder-employment.' "If, as stated, it is not only chronic but in- creasing rapidly, we must be prepared for. an increase of those minor offences believed to be directly or indirectly the consequence of unem- ploymcnt." 'ihe net earnings of prisoners showed an in- crease of nearly £ 20,000 during the past year, The average annual earnings amounts to X13 2s., as against J?12 IQh. 2d. in the preceding year. During the year sixteen children were born in Holloway Prison.