EPITOME OF NEWS. ■ 0' M. K. Seip, Norwegian Minister of PuhHo Instruction, has died at Christiania. I' Fruit and blossom are to be seen side by side on an apple tree at Uffculine, Devon. ¡ Considerable progress has been made towards the completion of Truro Cathedral. Hackney Borough Council has taken out over 7,000 summonses against persons who have failed to pay their rates during the past quarter. Sir Percy Girouard, the new Governor of the Ea.st African Protectorate, has arrived at Mombasa and been presented with an address by the city. M. Bleriot was entertained to dinner by the French colony in London at Prime's Restau- rant. Lieutenant the Hon. 11. Scarlett, Royal Horse Artillery, has been appointed aide-de- camp to Sir H. MaeGregor, Governor-elect of Queensland. Alderman Chas. Willis (Liberal) has accepted the unanimous invitation of the Rochester lown Council to become mayor for the fourth con- secutive year. A cricket match was played at Nottingham between 23 Crimean and Indian Mutiny veterans and 12 ladies- "When I called at a house to inquire about a slaim," said a canvasser at the Norwood Re- vision Court, "I saw a man who was at the wash-tub." ZepJiani&h Edwards, a Crimean veteran, has died at Litton, Somerset, at the age of 77. West Ham guardians decided to buy a boy scout's outfit for a ladhey had boarded out. The King has approved of the appointment of George Harry Biair Kenriek to be a King s Counsel.. Captain Charles Villiers Tbbetson, formerly of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, has been appointed cons-able of Lancashire at a commencing salary of Xi,oo a year. Thomas Hurling-on, a Mexborough joiner, who was charged at Doncaster with atleiaptirg to coffiatic saicid, on dle day iixed for his wed- ding, was discharged. I As leaving work at Wythemoor ^-Colliery, West Cum'berland, John Gibson, a drifter, was fatally crushed between the .ascending cage and the wall. Harry Cooper, a costermongcr, was sentenced at the Old Bailey to two years' hard labour for stabbing a coloured comedian in Bed Lion- I street, London. At Dudley the foii-cdation-ston-P of a new high school for girls, to cost nearly £ 24,000, was laid by 1he Hon. Mrs. John Ward (nee Miss Whiic- law Reid). With a cargo of iron ore the steamship Woel- wich, of London, grounded in Fleetwood Har- bour. Tugs got her free, after wJbich she was docked. On Saturday, September 25111, the Lord Mayor of London will lay the foundation stone of the new building of St. Mary's Hospital for Women and Chlldrenat Plaistow. Arrangements are being made to approach the Middlesex County Council with a view to the introduction of halfpenny tram fares at Wood Green. An inmate of the London County CoTmcil Epileptic Colony., Epsom, has made his escape, I' and so far all attempts to find him have failed. At Somerton Ernest Seal, 19, labourer, of Compton Dundon, was sentenced to three I months' hard Labour for inaimin calf with a knife. g The British destroyer Zulu, when launched at Hebburn-on-Tyiie, crossed the river and collided I with the jetty, doing considerable damage. Mr. Gorlitz, of Wellington, New Zealand, I who sued Kubelik, the violinist, at Dunedin, for £ ;i,000 for faimre to fulfil a contract for an Australasias tour, was awarded £ 1,250 damages. As a result of a shortage of labourers, far- mers in Western Canada are offering 16s. a day and board for men to assist in the harvest. 1 • White Mr. Charles Robson, the Hampshire county cricketer, and his family were away his house, "The Rest," Southampton, was ran- sacked by burglars. Mr. George Cawston, hon. treasurer of Tun- bridge Wells Farmers' Club, was thrown out of a motor-car and killed in a collision with a van. Brighton Town Council have decided to ask for powers to acquire land at Holliitgbury Park to extend the nine-hole golf course to an eight course. British hop consumption, states the report of Messrs. Gascoyne and Co., hop merchants, Wor- cester, is about 550,000 ewt-, aiid this year's I crop is 225,000 cwt. | The Ontario Government's silver mine near Cobalt has been sold for 113,111 dollars. A royalty of 10 per cent, on the grols proceeds of ore sales is one of the conditions of the trans- action. action. Poplar guardians have decided to send a man I who is suffering from chronic rheumatism to the Royal Mineral Water Hospita at Bath to take a I course of treatment. Prince Edward of Wales hae returned to re- sume his studies at the Naval College, aoeom- panied by Mr. Spencer, the Lord Chamberlain's j son. ) Lieutenant Shackleton will distribute the prizes at the opening of tlie Middlesex Hospital j Medical School's winter session 011 October L j The Admiralty announces the promotion of Captain R. J. Johnston Stewart to the rank of rear-admiral, and the retirement of Rear- Admiral J. L. Marx. It has been suggested that railway officiate in Japan shall wear swords as a protest against the swords carried by Japanese policemen. I Through a subsidence of the roadway close to Holborn-circus, London, the wooden blocks bulged out in two places, forming a mound fix inches above the level of the road. Sir Douglas Powell, Major Du Maurier, and Dr. Lloyd and Mr. Beringer, the well-known musicians, are passengers on board the Norman, which has just sailed for England from Cape- 1 town. j- j Mr. Harriman's will has been made know-n. The late financier leaves everything to his wife. No restrictions are made, and there is no in- dication as to the value of the estate, which is j estimated at between 50 and 125 million dollars. At Sheerness a picket boat belonging to the battleship Implacable was seriously damaged is* collision with the Sheerness depot pinnace, which was doing the night rounds. Tu a wood known as Chazey Clamp, midway between Reading and Mapledurham, a. man was found with his throat cut. He died before the arri.alof the doctor and the police. At Kirkham a stylishly attired woman, named Lydia Mootague, was fined £ 10 and costs, upon two summonses charging her with pretending to tell fortunes by crystal gsxing. I
OUR LONDON LETTER. lb.- [From Our Special Coi-,t-espondent.) The 150th anniversary of the conquest of Quobcc by General Wolfe, was one of those occasions which no self-respecting Briton could allow to pass unobserved. Perhaps there was a touch of remorse among those who assembled at the dinner over which Sir George White, the Ladysmilh hero, presided, for certainly the memory of Wolfe has been sadly neglected since the day whers the young k ,\i laid down his life on the Plains of Abraham. It has not been sufficiently real's'd how much he did for England, and for that British Empire which in his day was hardly thought of, when he smashed the opposing forces, and won Canada for us. The point was referred to by Sir George Wolfe, a member of the gallant soldier's family, who also said that the campaign, short and de- cisive, sprang from the brain of a young man who had nothing but his abilities to recommend liim.. He might have added that even these abilities were not always dis- played to the best advantage, for Wolfe, it is said, was somewhat given to boasting, as his friends regarded it, although as a matter of fact he was always ready to back up his boasts by actions. The proposal is on foot to erect a statue to his memory in his native village of Wcsterham, and I trust it will be realised. A penny subscription from the boys of England would put the fund on a substantial basis. Many old play-goers will regret to bear that the Kcndals are about to retire from the stage into private life. For more than a g nci-ation they have delighted London and provincial audiences with a series of pkvys which have proved that the stage can be made to pay on a highly moral level, and their wifhdrawal from the -footlights will be tlie withdrawal of an influence that has in- vawtit-iy made for good. It has been pointed out ;hat of late their appearances in London lLve been few and far between, and that tlity have shared the fate of Irving, Ellen Terry, and Sir Jehn Hare, in having to rely for support mainly on provincial audiences. To all of which one can only reply that London has suffered while the provinces have gained. At the sittings of the Commission to enquire into the working of the Stage Censorship, a great deal was said by various witnesses in favour of the existing arrange- ment. But it would be hard, however, to justify the predicament in which Mr. Philip Yorke now finds himself. He undertook to give a series of promenade concerts at Ald- wych Theatre, and spent a large sum of money in advertising the fact. But every- thing seemed ready, and music lovers were putting their hands into their pockets to find the necessary admission money when the Lord Chamberlain interfered. He pointed out to Mr. Yorke that the theatre was not licensed for promenade concerts, and that he (the Lord Chamberlain) had no power to grant such a licence. That power rested with the London County Council, to whom Mr. Yorke should apply. But time is short, and getting a license from the London County Council is not so easy as getting a packet of sweets from an automatic machine. Certain formalities have to be observed, and it is quite within the bounds of possibility that certain structural alterations may have to be made before the Council authorises the holding of the concerts. Was such a ridicu- lous situation ever known? It has nothing to. do with the Censor, but it is an excellent illustration of the absurd restrictions an<t obstacles a London manager finds in his path when he sets out to entertain the public. Mr. Sydney Perks, F.S.A., the City Sur- veyor, is to be congratulated on the dis- covery of two early fifteenth century win- dows in the London Guildhall. Such a trea- sure, so antiquaries declare, has not been disclosed for centuries. The windows are in the walls close to the ancient figures of Gog I and Magog, and evidently formed part of the Guildhall when the present building was put up in the early years of the fifteenth century. But, as every Londoner ought to know, the Guildhall has suffered much from fire, and perhaps more from the hand of the "re- storer," and it was this gentleman who saw fit to cover up the windows with lath and plaster, and to fill up the space in front of them with brickwork and cement. However, it is satisfying to know that they have again been disclosed to view. One of them still .contains the ancient iron fastenings, and most of the glass, certainly a, hundred years old, through which our ancestors peeped out into the Guildhall yard. The other is in far less perfect condition, for the glass, lead- work, and some of the stonework has dis- appeared, but sufficient remains to indicate the orginal appearance of the building. The two windows, I am told, are all that remain of the windows which originally stood in the Guildhall, and are probably those which were glazed out of some of the money left by Dick Whittington. Long may they be pre- served. A few weeks ago the "Quiver" asked the pointed question whether England was be- coming less Christian, and a variety of opinions was obtained on that important point. Among others the view was expressed that the week-end habit, by encouraging travelling on Sundays, was helping towards the non-observance of Sunday which many preachers deplored. I. now learn that the lamer Circle railway is proposing to do some- ttùngin that direction. Hitherto, for long years, there has been what may be call.ed. Church service suspension, between the hours of eleven in the morning and one in the afternoon, the opinion being that the public did not wish ito travel between those hours. But they do, as the company has come ;to Yecogiiiae. London life is getting busief, e*«it on Sundays, and to meet the condition of affairs the Inner Circle propose to run a continuous ten-minutes service I throughout the Sunday morning. On the II Out-or Circle this system has long prevailed; the only wonder is that the other Circle, which is very keen after dividends, has not done likewise before now. There was a distinct gloom in both Cham- bers of Parliament when it became known that Lord Twccdmouth had passed away. Those members who know all the ins and outs of public life were fully aware of the serious nature of his lordship's illness, although they did not expect his demise at an age when most men should be reasonably expecting to I enjoy a little leisure. Lord Tweedmouth, in fact, never recovered from the heavy blow he received when he was compelled to retire i from the office of First Lord of the Ad- miralty. He was an able and conscientious from the office of First Lord of the Ad- miralty. He was an able and conscientious worker, and admired as much by his fric-iids as by his foes. Perhaps this faculty of friendship his undoing, for it led the Kaiser to write a letter to him in which the condition of the British navy was discussed, and Lord Tweedmouth to reply in an equally frank and candid manner. "This will never do," Mr. Asquith seems to have said, after the style of a famous exemplar, and so Lord I Tweedmouth was deposed, ostensibly that the I representative of the Admiralty might be in the House of Commons. But everybody knew why he had gone, although few imagined that Ms final departure would take place so soon. E. H. R.
BOY'S TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE. I A startling story of the lashing of a boy to a rail on the line near Ashton Moss, and his narrow escape from death under the wheels of a train, was told at Ashton-under-Lyne on Monday, when two boys—Wm. Smethurst and Jas. Oldham—were charged with assault- ing another lad named Richard Jones. On Sunday afternoon the defendants 'I chased and caught complainant, binding his hands behind his back with stout cords. Jones was then led to the railway line, strug- gling violently. He was secured to a rail, but just before the final knots were tied the rumble of a train was heard. It had ap- proached within a few yards before the cord could be removed from the rail, and Jones pulled on to the grass at the side in a faint- ing condition. Despite his collapsed state, his tormentor once more tied him down to the rail, this time leaving him. Before long, however, he Was discovered, and liberated. When the defendants were asked what made them do this, Smethurst replied that it was only a bit of fun. The Chairman of the magistrates regretted that the lads were too old to be birched, and I' in fining each 5s. 6d., and costs, said he hoped their parents would punish them.
CRIMINAL LAZINESS. Summoned at Tottenham for neglecting his children, Archibald Depau, of Suffolk place, West Green, was described as the laziest man in the world." Mr. Windsor, for the N. q. P.C.C., said on several occasions when the Society's inscector had vi-ited him the defendant was in bed. He not only refused to work. but he lay in bed all day, leaving his wife and family to support themselves as best they could. In fact, Mr. Windsor said he thought that, If possible, the defendant would gefc someone else to breath for him. Defendant's wife told the magistrate that her husband lay in bed for weeks at a time. On one I occasion she lifted him and the bed he was in in order to make him leave it. An inspector of the N.S.P.C.C. stated that the defendant told him that before he would go out and look for work he should want a new set of teeth and his hair dyed. Sentence of six months' hard labour was passed I I, upon defendant.
MUTINOUS CONVICT. At Portland on Monday Principal Warder Binning was injured while in charge of the quarry gang. One of the men refused to work and used abusive language. He was ordered to fall out, but he continued his insolence, and when Binning tried to handcuff him there was a fierce struggle. Binning was knocked down and fell over the bank into the quarry fifteen feet below. He was taken on a stretcher to the prison, where it was found that his leg was broken in two placeer and that he was suffering fromr severe injury to the skull. The mutinous convict was overpowered by other warders and placed in the cells, where he will await his trial.
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I FIRE CARRYING CAT. On Monday morning a remarkable discovery was made at Liverpool. A party of salvage firemen engaged in a cotton warehouse which oa Sunday night was the scene of a slight outbreak of fire, noticed that several bricks had been, removed from the wall, and a further examination revealed a live cat, with a long string attached to its tail, upon which were the remains of some charred material that had evidently been saturated with inflammable liquid. The theory of the police is that the cat was deliberately sent into the warehouse where the cotton was stored, the artificial [ tail having been lighted beforehand. The prompt suppression of the fire on Sunday night no doubt saved the cat's life. The discovery confirms the police in the belief that the numerous cotton fires of the past few months have been the work of in- cendiaries, for the discovery of whom they have offered a reward of £ 500. The cat is being tended carefully in the hope that they may be able to trace the owner.
Poplar guardians have decided to send a. man who is suffering from chronic rheumatism to the Royal Mineral Water Hospital at Bath to take a course of treatment. Prince Edward of Wales has returned to re- sume his studies at the Naval College, accom- panied by Mr. Lord Chamberlain's eon. Lieutenant ShaeJcleton will distribute the prizes at the openrttg of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School's winter session on October 1. The Admiralty announces the promotion of Captain R. J. Johnston Stewart to the rank of rear-admiral, and the retirement of Rear- Admiral J. L- Marc.
THE REV. R. J. CAMPBELL. A JOINT PASTORATE. Important arrangements affecting the future of the City Temple and the King's Weigh House Church were decided L1 OIl on Monday night at a meeting of the church and congregation at King's Weigh Heuse Church. It was unanimously decided that the Rev. R. J. Campbell, of the City Temple, and the Rev. Iv W. Lewis, of Grafton-square Congregational Church, Clapham, should be appointed joint pastors of the King's Weigh House Church, Mr. Lewis to be mainly re- sponsible for the Sunday services and Mr. Campbell to conduct a week evening service. The hope was expressed that Mr. Campbell might see his way occasionally to take a Sun- day service. The institutional buildings, with the ex- ception of the church lecture-hall, will bo placed at the disposal of Mr. Campbell for such purposes as he may from time to time determine, subject to the approval pf the Church Committee. The League of Progres- sive Thought and Social Service (of which Mr. Campbell is president and with which Mr. Lewis is actively associated) will at once occupy the premises. For the purpose of carrying out this arrangement Mr. Campbell will reside in the parsonage house and take a personal interest in the affairs of the church.
ARMY ORGANISATION, A Special Army Order was issued on Mon- day night cancelling No. 233 of 1906 and pro- mulgating certain instructions instead. It announces that in future the General Staff will be drawn from the officers of the Army who may be considered most likely to prove capable of forming a school of progressive military thought. At bonne and in the Colonies appointments to the General Staff will be made by the Secretary of State on the recommendation of the Chief of the General Staff. Such appoint- ments will be submitted to the King for his Majesty's approval. In India such appointments will be made by the Commander-in-Chief in India under Indian Army Regulations. For the efficient performance of General Staff duties special aptitude and extensive and varied military knowledge are required, including a knowledge of the principles of the administration and maintenance of the Army in peace and war. With a view to ensuring the possession of the necessary military knowledge, officers for employment on the General Staff will, as a rule, be chosen from those who have graduated at the Staff Col- lege, or who haie proved their ability and qualifications on the staff in the field.
WAS IT THE WARATAH? It is reported that the Sunderland steamer Harlow, when about 180 miles from Durban, passed a large steamer on fire, on July 27. The Harlow's captain was unable to make out tne name of the steamer, which was finally destroyed by an explosion. This brief report was sent to Messrs. Lund, the owners of the Waratah, from Manila, on the arrival at that port of the Harlow, which had come from Newport News. The suggestion is that the burning vessel was the missing Waratah. Though there is a bare possibility that the vessel may have been the Waratah, its owners, Messrs. Lund, consider that the chances are that it is not. They point out that the Waratah, which had then only just left Durban, was spoken by the Clan Mac- intyre at nine o'clock on that morning, and it is hardly likely that, had the Waratah been on fire, nothing should have been seen of it. Another argument against the suggestion that the burning ship was the Waratah is found in the fact that her cargo was not of A combustible nature, consisting largely of car- cases of frozen meat and flour.
WORKMEN CRUSHED TO DEATH. At Salford on Monday evening four work- men were crushed to death in a shocking accident. While a number of men were hoisting a moulding-box weighing between eight and ten tons at the foundary of Messrs. George Leek and Sons, Limited, Hope-street, some- thing broke and the box fell. Four' of the workmen who were pulling the endless chain by which the mould was lifted were caught by the falling box and terribly mangled. The box was raised by another crane, and the men conveyed with all possible speed to the Salford Royal Hospital. On arrival it- wae found that two of the men—Catlow and Dutton—were dead. The others died half an hour iater. Their nam<es are: John Dutton, aged 27, foreman, Seedley; Robert Catlow, aged 51, labourer, Salford; Thomas Dim- low, aged 19, labourer. Salford; James Henry Leek, aged 31, moulder, Seedley. Dutton had been a soldier, and a week ago he took his father's place at the works, the latter finding his, employment becoming too arduous for him..
CONFERENCE OF WORLD'S PRESS. At Lincoln's Inn Hall, London, on Mon- day, delegates from all over the world at- tended the opening of the conference of the International Association of the Press. Lord Burnham, speaking in' French, said that the conference pointed to the growing spirit of brotherhood and fellowship which overstepped ttie boundary of nationality. Herr Wilhelm Singer (Vienna), who ex- pressed the thanks of the foreign visitors for the welcome given them, referred to the King as a man who had shown that he wanted to bring peace to the whole world, and added that in the name of the conference he gave his homage to the King and Queen and to the wholf British people.
At an inquest held at Islington concerning the sudden death of Clara to we, a married woman, it was stated that deceased's livo was the largest known in the doctor's eo ience. It weighed 90 ounces, thenofmal weight being 45 ounces. While Signor Caruso was, by invitation of the officers of the damaged torpedo dcftrover Gipsy, inspecting the vessel in Belfast graving dock a schoolboy, was pushed over-the dock wall, and lies in a precarious con- dition .lu hospital. Fi res levied on motorists' by the magistrates of bteyning, Sussex, Amounted in 1907 to £ 398, in 1908 to £ 513. ahd in the first eight mon ths, of this vear to £ 450, the money being devotod.ttv the county fund.