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EPITOME OF NEWS. » A public attorney in Germany recieves about E',50 a year, and a minister of justice £1,800 a year. After thirty-one years* service the highest ht- come obtainable by an elementary teacher in Berlin is Z212 a year. The population of the British Empire compt-ises about 22 per CPllt. of the entire population of the world. Before a sailor in the Nary can be put in cells or sent to prison he must be reported medically fit to undergo the punishment. The peace strength of the German Army is approximately 619,000 oMcerg and men, 111,000 horses, and 3.300 field-gong and howitzers. The oldest library in the world is that of the Vatican. It was founded by the Emperor Augustus. Vienna bas&"Silence Club," the members of which spend the evening together without talk- ing. In the event of war Japan could place an army of upwards of a quarter of a million in the field. In 1859 there were no railways in Queensland now there are 3,560 miles of State owned railways. One of the curiosities of the Isle of Maho, in the Indian Ocean, is a chapel built of coral. Fifty years ago Queensland had only 3,253 acres under cultivation; while to-day she has about 600,000. Japanese gorereigng form as unbroken dynasty since 660 B.C., and the pcesent emperor it the 12] tCt of hil race. Only thirty years ago Japanese soldierg wore huge grotesque iron-mask tietmets in order to frighten the enemy. At the Royal dockyards there are three slipS adapted far the construction of battleships of the improved Dreadnought type. Officers in th« Navy who arte too particular about keeping their shi(M spotlessly clean are referred to as the spit arid polish school." Though there are no mere than 100,000 people in the Enfield police sub-division, there ha-ii not been a single charge of drunkenness for six days. The Prince of Wales has forwarded £ 100 as a Christinas gift to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral, towards a fund for the restoration of i the fabric. William Snelling, a farm bailiff, of Stanningfield, died in Bury St. Edmunds Hospital from blood- poisoning, the result of baring been bitten by a rat. The American Consul at Malaga states that burglars and safe-blowers are unknown in Southern Spain, and that he can offer no encouragement to American aafe-makerg to attempt the.building up of a trade there. On the arrival of the Cunard liner Mauretania at Liverpool it was stated that on Christmas-eve I Mr. J. W. de Kayo, a passenger, dressed as Santa Clans, presented each child on board with a box of confections and a new sovereign, and each mother with a new half-sovereign. The gunboat Spey, which is employed as diving instructional tender to the depot tthtp Pembroke: 0 was taken into dry dock at Sheeroess for damage below the water-line to be repaired. It is thought that she struck aome on | The scheme to construct, docks at St. Just, in Falmouth Harbour, sufficiently large to berth ocean-going liners bag advanced another stage, a Bill having been lodged in Parliament to obtain i powers for the prosecution of experimental gound-j inga and borings. It ig estimated that the docks would cost £ 500,000. The Odessa Municipal Council, which has a reactionary majority, has decided to remove Count Witte's name from the town as a protest against his action as promoter.1 the constitutional rigime in Russia. The Czar. has ratified the decision of the municipal council. • > Sir Pieter Bam, senior msmber fot Capetown, has arrived in London in connection with the work of the South African National Union. The King has sent eongratnlattione to Joseph Walton, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire; the oldest miner in England, who has retired after seventy years'service. The Canadian Northern Railway Company have purchased two vessels in addition to the Cairo and the Hetiopolis for a new service between Liverpool and Canada. Innocents'-day was celebrated by a special service at Westminster Abbey. Children, many of whom travelled from the province*, formed a con- siderable part of the congregation. The Lord Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Lord Lieutenant, t^e Duke of Fife, has plaeed the name of Sir Kdfrard. W. Ftthiao on the Commission of the Peace for the county of London. The War Office authorities have granted a week- ly pension of five shillings to Mrs. Snow, widow of Gunner Snow, of the 4th LondoaBrigade Royal Field Artillery, who was killed in a motor-car accident on Salisbury Plain in August. The Queen has gent £100 to the Church Army and £ 10 each to the Distregsed Gentlefolk's Aid Association and the Omnibus Men's Saperanhuar tion Fund. Mr. Patrick Justin WByrn-e, an Irish journalist and one of the pioneers of the Home Bale move- ment, has died at his regidence. Lord Kitchener will be the guegt of the State during his visit to Sidney. A public banquet will be given in his honour and he will bold a reception at Parliament House. Nothing haa been heard of the German gteatner Capur since the left Hamburg for Genoa on De- cember 1 with a crew of twenty-three, and she has now been given up ag lost. Another section, of the railway on the Cape-fco- Cairo route, consisting of 120 mila of Use between Khartum and Wad Medani, on the Rico Mile, will be opened shortly. Authorising the City of Paris to contract a loan of £ 36,000,000 for the imbellisbmeni and the sanitary inprovement of the capital, a Bill passed the French Chamber by 368 votes to 33. Twenty-eight villager* were killed at Viana, in Navarre (Spain), by a landslide diso to. beavy rains. The crops in the Canary Islands are threatened by drought, gays the same telegram from Madrid. Several members of the Belgian royal household were appointed by the King to the Royal Vie- torian Order on the occaaion of the visit of the Duke of Connaught to Bruggels to represent his Majesty at the funeral of King Leopold. In addition to threepence, balance of a eab fare, for which the was summoned, Ifn. Kemp, 349, Oxford-street, Loimdon, was at Guildhall ordWed to pay costs amounting to 81.. 6cL, to eover among other thingg the cabman'g loss of time. In view of the forthcoming Imperial visit to St. Petersburg, the Prefect of Poliee hag issued stringent orders imposing a fine of SSW, or three I months' imprisonment, on persons arriving in St. Peterbburg who do not immediately notify the police of their arrival and their identity.
SANTA CLAUS TRAGEDY. A pathetic story is reported from Hull, where a eeven-year-old girl, Minnie Shanks,1 has died from burns caused through her clothing catch- ing fire. It appears that her twin-brother, on going I <)ii go downstairs, found his toy-gun lying on the kitchen floor broken. He began to cry, but Minnie, with cheering words, picked up the gun and held it up the chimney, asking Santa. Claus to bring her brother another one. In a moment the child was enveloped in flames —her clothing having come into contact with the fire-arid, in spite of the iefforts of her mother to save her by wrapping her in a coat, ghe died shortly after.
LAW GUARANTEE'S LOSSES. At a meeting of the creditors of the Latr Guarantee Trust* and Accident Society, M. W; B. Peat, one of the liquidators, who pre- i sided, stated that the whole of the paid-up capital of the society, £ 1,125,000, was lost, and probably, in order to liquidate its affairs, ft further call of £ 1 per share would be neces- sary. The total losfies of the society w £ 1,564,000, which amount comprised losses. partly, ascertained and partly estimated. Th4 JS1 a share call had a face value of, 4200,000. After a long discussion, voting by_ writing was taken on three resolutions. The firsfc stated that it was nndesirabic to appoint any further liquidators; the second that a conji mittee of creditors should be appointed; and ? the third that application to appoint dile- more liquidators be made to the Court, v r.r The Chairman announced that the. result off the voting would be communicated t*> Court. W 'J' ■■i'l iifni
r OUR LONDON LETTER. I [From Our Special Correspondent.] Saturday, the 15th inst., will be the first polling-day, and a dozen or so of contests in London will be decided on that date. No doubt the Government, in fixing- the date of the Dissolution for the 10th, were not above securing what tactical advantage they could. They believe, rightly or wrongly, that a Saturday poll is mofit favourable to them, and they want London and the great Lancashire constituencies to give a lead to the country. What kind of a lead they w\!¡ give remains to be seen. but tlio Govern- ment, being forced to fight, hps chcscn the day for beginning the battle. It the same in 1906, for Sir Henry Campbcll-Ban- nerman's Ministry had taken ollice before the Dissolution. Saturday then was the real opening day of the polling. There was, it is true, one election on the Fr:day, that at I Ipswich, but there 11313 always been sor.t< doubt whether that polling was strictly legal. Anyhow, it was the Saturday elections that gave the lead to the country, and the Government are nursing the hope that his- tory may be repeated. There are, indications that the contest in London will be one of the most strenuous ever known. Candidates and speakers are putting in an immense amount of work, and pil open-air meetings are being held at nearly every street corner every night. The open- air speaker it-, made, not born. Only by long practice can the difficulties attending the making of a political speech from a van be overcome. The man who attempts to work off a set and stylish oration is lost. What he has to do is not so much to make a speech as to keep his end up in a brisk and animated conversation with the voices" in the cr8wd. To succeed he must have a pleasant manner, an imperturbable temper, a gift of repartee, and any amount of facts and figures on the I tip of his tongue. And if he cannot answer i an awkward question effectively he needs to be able to turn; the laugh against his oppo- nent somehow or other. Perorations, flag- wagging, and beating the big drum are at a. discount in this election. Facts and figures are the things that tell, and a speaker must submit to having the thread of hia argument broken by questions as to the number of un- employed in Germany or America, the value of manufactured goods imported into this country, the effect of a tax upon wheat, and a number of other things; while there is generally in the crowd a drunken man who keeps up a running commentary, hostile or friendly, but always sufficiently embarras- sing. An exhibition of pictures of extraordi- nary interest is expected to set all London talking shortly when the excitement of the General Election is oyer. The pictures, which are the work, of a Danish artist, Mr. which are the work, of a Danish artist, Mr. Aare Bertelsen, will be shown in the Map t. Room of the Royal Geographical Society. They were painted hundreds of miles further north than any artist had ever been before, and it is claimed that they aN the first re- cords of what Arctic colourings are really I, like. Mr. Bertelsen was one of two artifits t who were members of the ill-fated Denmark expedition, the story of which is one of the tragedies of exploration. The expedition was conducted by Mylius Ericsen, who, with a German naval officer named Hagen, were separated from their companions by the breaking of the ice and were starved to death. They had handed the records of the expedition to an Eskimo, under whose dead body they were Afterwards found. The Eskimo ahso had died of starvation, but he had kept a diary in his own language in which wr recorded the deaths of the Euro- peans and his own terrible sufferings. m i., Bertelsen's pictures were painted in Peary Land, some of them being executed as far north as 83deg. The artist worked with his brush projecting through, a hole in his fur mittens, and the cold was so intense that his colours had to be mixed with benzine. Here is a case for sympathy indeed! The judges are overworked, and they declare that | only bv the appointment of more judges can their hard case be remedied. The judges work, according to the Lord Chancellor, five hours a day in five days of the week. Fancy 'a twenty-five hour working week! And this sort of penal servitude goes on for thirty-five and a-nalf or thirty-six weeks in the year, SO that Lite poor judges only get a miserable six- teen and -L a-half weeks as an apology for a holiday. Suppose this truly awful state of affairs prevailed among the members of any trade union—what a tremendous fuss would. be made about sweating and that sort of thing! But there is no trade union to .take up the cause of the. judges. Hard-working and honest, they are a comparatively small section of the community, and so nobody cares. The IoqM Chancellor is particularly cynical nnd hard-hearted. He even goes so far as to suggest that the jug should sit on Saturday as a regular thing, and so work off the arrears of business: Three hours on. Saturday,, he says, would be nearly the, Equivalent of the two extra judges asked for. He also hints that it might not be a bad, idea 'if they worked a little overtime. Fancy ,overtime at the end of a five-hour day! No wonder the judges are indignant. An interesting departure is to be made by the Post Office in London. It is a combina- tion postal and telephone service, by which anybody without the London postal are. wishing to send a message to a correspon- dent in London may send it by post to the Central Telegraph Office, London, whence it will be despatched to the addressee by telephone, provided he is a subscriber. There is, as everybody knows, no postal de- livery in London on Sundays, and the new system is designed to meet the requirements ,of those whose business is urgent. There are no doubt bases in which the absence of Suftdaj delivfif is iuwuTeuieut, but generally it is regarded as a boon and a blessing. The postal-telephone id-ea will be very limited in operation, as only those who are "on the telephone 'will be able to re- ceive messages. In mercy to the addressees, it is to be hoped that those sending the messages will state a reasonable time for delivery, as otherwise the postal authorities will ring a peal on the telephone bell at the unearthly hour of eight-thirty on a Sunday morning. One of the most substantial and interest- ing memorials of the Wcsleyan Twentieth Century Fund will be +he Church House which is now being bi; a upon the site of the old Westminster Aquarium. The Wes- leyans may well be grateful that the acquire- ment and utilisation cf the extremely valu- able site was in the hands of a business man like Sir Robert Perks. Originally the site cost £ 335,000, art of it was sold for £ 100,000, and, besides the portic-n on which the Church House 5a being built, there re- mains an area of about 23 000 feet to be let for building purposes. When this is dis- posed of, it is anticipated that the trustees will acquire the Church House site without cost, and will derive a considerable revenue in addition from rente. The building will be one of which the denomination may be proud. One of its features will be a large hall, to seat 8,000 persons, which will be principally used for Sunday services con- ducted by leading Wesleyan preachers. A. E. M.
CAT, KITTEN AND CANARY RESCUED. At an inquiry held at the Caxton Hall, the rescue of the crew and their three pets-a cat, a kitten, and a canary—from a sinking ship were described. The inquiry concerned the foundering of the sailing-ship Levenbank, of Glasgow, in the North Atlantic. The ship, bound from Bilbao to Cardiff, was caught in a heavy gale. She became dismasted, and the falling spars pierced the hull. Another ship being sighted, the crew abandoned the sinking craft. i They took with them the cat, the kitten, and the canary, and one of the first things the cat did on being taken aboard the other ship was to bite one of the passengers. The inquiry was adjourned. •,
BURGLAR'S HOT RECEPTION. According tc the story told at Bristol, the house in York-terrace, Clifton, occupied by I Miss Williams, is one which burglars will be wise to avoid. A man named Charles Nicholls was remanded on a charge of breaking into it. was remanded on a charge of breaking into it. j Waking early one morning, Miss Williams saw a masked man standing by her bedside. She rang the bell, a maidservant came up, and the two women tackled the intruder. They battered him about the head with a water-can until he cried for mercy. Then they let him out and he escaped, but was later arrested in London on another charge.
IN THE LINE QF FIRE. On the arrival at Ipswich, the crew of t Colchester trading steamer, the Quaysider, de- scribed an amazing experience in the North Sea.' About six o'clock in the morning the ship was off Walton-on-the-Naze, with all the regulation lights showing. Suddenly Captain Kent, who was on the bridge, saw the lights of a warship some distance away, and a moment later the I warship's searchlight was thrown on the water j across the course the Quaysider was taking. It showed a itarget a short distance away on the gtarboard bow. Th captaiJlof the trading steamer at once concluded the searchlight was only used to draw his attention to it. Almost immediately, however, shots were hurtling through the air, twelve being fired in the space of five minutes. The steamer was practically in the direct line of fire, and all on board were terrified, espe- cially when a shot went through the air close over the captain's head, causing hiin to descend hurriedly from the bridge. The firing ceased as suddenly as it had begun, and the warship loomed up; alongside the Quaysider. A curt question elicited fact that no damage had been done, and the nian-o'-war steamed away before the captain of the Quiysider could ascertain its name. '—
NO NEW YEAR HONOURS. i It is officially announced that there will be no list of political honours issued by the Premier this New Year. I Formerly there were two lists annually, one on the occasion of the KingVBirthday and the other at the commencement of the New Year. The actuti^ birthday (November d) is too near to the New Year, and when it was decided to issue the birthday list at--the official reception in June, it was also found, convenient ,to issue the latter list on the astral birthday instead of on December 31. Thus there have been two lists in the past year, one on June 26 and the other on Novem- ber's. Except for isolated honours no New Year list Î8 to be looked for in the future. In regard to dissolution honours, of which, according to precedent, there will be some, nothing will be done until the Dissolution is an accomplished fact.
At the annual meeting of the Commercial Travellers' Benevolent Institution an increased revenue of £ 601 was reported. Primroses are plentiful at Llangoed (Anglesey), and blackberries just about to colour have been picked at Llanllechid, near 9-r.
NO DAMAGES FOR INJURIES. In the City of London Court on Monday, Messrs. Pickfords (Limited),, carriers, were sued by John D. Lewis, a boy eight years old, and his father, a labourer, for; « £ 1,000 damages for terrible personal injuries suf- fered by him through being knocked down by one of the defendants' motor delivery lorries. On July 12 the boy was crossing the road in Webber-street, Southsvark, 0\1 his way tc the County Council school, when the defen- dants' motor-lorry knocked him down. He was so terribly injured that upon his re- moval to Guy's Hospital Sir Alfred Fripp thought he must die. The base of the skull was fractured, recov-ery from which wae very rare. He had concussion of the brain, broke the drum of the ear, knocked out several teeth, and his intellect was sow affected. Defendants called evidence to show that the boy stepped out into the road in front of their lorry without looking where he was going, and that he would after six months* rest be quite recovered from the injuries, which it was admitted had been very serious, but for which they wcr<> not responsible. The jury found for the defendants, and gave their fees to the unfortunate boy. 1,
CHURCH CONGREGATION STRIKE. At Emmanuel Churchy Preston, extra- ordinary scenes occurred on Sunday owing to the congregation's indignation at the living being given to a Manchester clergyman, in- stead of to the Rev. W. J. Hull, who has acted as curate-in-charge, but whose ap- pointment was ended last week. A local clergyman conducted the services, and both in the morning and evening the bulk of the congregation lose and left he church as he entered the pulp t. Demonstrations were held outside by several hundred people, and Councillor Joy* a churchwarden, who does not igree with the majority of the" congregation on t.ie question, had to, be escorted home by the police. co-
PERILS OF NIGER TO NILE JOURNEY Perils by swamp and sudd in a remarkable journey from the Niger to the Nile were,isit, with by Dr. Karl Kumm, who has returned to England on the conclusion of his adventurous African explorations. D'r. Kumm, who is the head of the Soudan United Mission, started oa his great journey, the main object of which was a tour of inspection of the field of operations, in the autumn of 1908. But apart from mission enterprise, Dr. Kumm is well qualified himself to deal with the1 various problems of explora- tion. and when, on the completion of his purely missionary work, he found himself 900 miles in the heprt of Africa, he determined to push 011 through little-known and entirely unexplored regions, with the ultimate object of reaching the, Nile. Ploughing through swamps threo feet deep, the sufferings of his transport animale were so great that the beasts either died or had to be abandoned. Starvation, too, stared the travellers in the face, and Dr. Kuma having distributed his personal food among hi. starving people, the expedition 'Was ultimately j- reduced to living an leaves and even on boiled leather. < «. "■ «
PATHETIC FAREWELL LETTER. A respectably-dressed man, about thirty years of age, was observed walking up and down the towpath of the River Lea, at Lower Clapton. Later his dead body was recovered from the water near Stannard's boathouse. In his pocket was found a letter, addressed to a woman at Poplar, in the following terms: Dear -Cannot live any longer. Life unbearable, go I am ending my unhappy" lif. in the rivef. I have tried hard to get well, as you know, but to no good. I don't want you to let this worry you, but take it as calm as you can. My insurance is paid-right up. and don't go to much expense. I know when I am gone I will have a littlo peace—more than I am having now. Don't think too hard of me, as I think it is for the best. So good-bye.—From your unfortunate brother, P.1S.—Kiss and the baby for My last thoughts are of ——
ART. i..FINDAV- :V^D -—— v< n Art circles generally are greatly intereet-ea the discovery of &,picture which has been cattt- logued by Messrs. Christie as being <bj •. Leonardo da Vinci.. It was purchased for a few, shillings forty years ago at a sale of the collection from a country seat, and- mitil recerifclf w&s covered with a coating of some substance resembling; tar. Although the painting contains what i». r known as a perfect -Umbrian background, t1íe-' main figure is that -bf a young man resembling1 in all particulars the picture "St. John in the Wilderness," by Leonardo, recorded as having been stolen from a. Ciatine chapel in Italy jo early as the fifteenth century. .— ♦
The death has oecurredat Shoreham, Bngeear, < of Mr. Walter William Welling, who was popular in Masonic circles in Suggex, and for May voon was a member of the Brighton Btawd of Guardians. The disappearance on Christmas day of LtG from Sligo Cathedral sacristy has been investigated and James Reid, a well-known Irish cycling champion, being remanded charged with tbettOMf. t