CUR LONDON LETTER. [From Our Special Correspondent.] There is plenty of excitement Westminster way just now. Every day-almvst every hour of the day--brings fresh rumours, and nobody seems to know what is likely to hap- pen next. According to some people, the Government cannot last out the debate on the Address, and we are told that there must be another General Election in April or May, but certainly not later than June. A complete Session is the estimate of others. Mr. Keir Hardie giv" this Parliament two years, and others see no reason why it should not last out three or four. No doubt the next few weeks will make many thin«rs clear. We shall leal'n' what exactly is the Irish attitude, what Labour wants, and whether these two sections of the Ministerialist majority can be counted upon to support Mr. Asquith's Ad- ministration or not. The opposition of either might rCflult in the defeat of the Gov- ernment, and another appeal to the country woald follow. The House of Commons is not 80 fastidious in the days as it used to be in the matter of dress. There wa« a time when the appear- ance of a member in any other style of coat and hat than the regulation frock and top- per caused quite a sensation, and I remem- ber well how the foundations of the Consti- tution were endangered when Mr. Keir Hardie turned up in a tweed suit and a deer- stalker cap. Even Mr. John Burns's bowler was regarded with much misgiving. Recent years have witnessed a more serious falling away, and it is consoling to know that in the matter of dress the new Parliament is con- sidered by those who ought to know to be an improvement upon Its pre- decessor. Labour members in the last House of Commons, one paper seems to think, paid less attention to than to their Parlia- mentary duties, and their lamentable ex- ample was followed by others who ought to have known better. Reading such stuff, one might almost imagine that the Labour mem- bers went down to the House in corduroys or dungaree overalls. As a matter of fact, most members of the party have been very careful not to make themselves in any way peculiar, and certainly cannot be distinguished by their drera from members of the two great parties. There must be a lot of new members of Parliament just now who are troubled in mind about their maiden speeches: After all, the House of Commons is a "talking shop," and though there is generally a great deal more talking than real business, yet without the talking there would be no business done at alL There is no doubt that constituents thint a greatal more of their member if he makes an occasional speech in the House than if he site throughout the Session and never opens his mouth. There are many gentlemen -who have been in the House of Commons for yarswho qualification for membership in Our Dumb, Friends' League is undeniable. All new members, however, have serious thoughts about inaking a speech. They think they will never be easy until they have made it, and it im only when they come to realise- that they will be much more uneasy if they do, that they give up the idea, consoling themselves with the reflectwo that they also serve who only sit and vote. The question of lunches for women has. been receiving a good deal of attention lately, and it is regarded by some people of being of at least is much importance as that :other question of votes for women. The sub- ject came up at the meeting of members of the Association of Shorthand Writefs and Typists, who heartily condemned the habit of making a midday meal off a bun and a cup of tea, or something equally nourishing and in- digestible. There can be no doubt that the matter is an important one for many young women engaged in business houses. On 18111all salaries, they are compelled to econo- t miee somewhere, and would rather deny I themselves a satisfying meal than a new hiifc- leather. It probably does nobody any, liarøa to go without a meal once in a while, but to go on day after day with nothing but a sand- wich and a glass of milk between the morn- ing and evening meals,as^ifi&any young women do,„is simple foolishness; and must result I sooner Or later in to health. Om6 speaker declaredj«< tJf4t the dèpJØÍsi froua i which she suffered in former days was dee to a lorip course of fourpemnv lunches, sad she liiW' probably right. It is true that many peopM1 suffer depression from eating too mtidh, but them, its, happly,, mkediuni, and tfcafc Jwbat the bjuwness girl should aim at. There are still three months before the opening of the great Festival of Empire at the Crystal Palace, but Already some of the best seats for witnessing what seems likely to be the most wonderful pageant seen in thie country during the present revival have bee* taken. A notable feature will be the Pageaift of London, for which thousands of actors Or* being trained. The Festival of Empire it, however, to be much more than a pageant. All parts of the Empire are co-operating in it, and the general result will be sometlaiikg in the nature of a great Imperial exhibition. In the Palace ittfelf will fee set apart special courts for each Dominion, with sections for the display of industries, inventions, ^pd • works of art. The festival will begin op 23, and though July 16 has been Mlg- tested for its termination, it is .likely to Oda- tinue into September. Mr, Thomas Beeeham'n season of grand opera at Coven t Garden has had a magniii- cent start, and rarely has there been such a scene of enthusiasm in the great theatre as that which followed the fall of the-curtain an that much-discussed opera, "Elektra" on Saturday night. The columns of print which have appeared about Herr Richard Straum a raMMrkable work served ae "all sx«elle«t *#» vertiseincjit, and every .scat was taken days villi the exception cf those in the gal- lery, to secure which musical enthusiasts and poonle attracted wholly by curiosity waited patiently for hours until the doors were opened. Herr S.trauss's music is not of a kmd to be. easily understood, of the multi- tude, and even tlu critics disagree about it with much hr-:i v'.incss. Not long ago a work of -.is was played at a concert hall in London, and the "notices" of it which appeared in the papers next day made interesting read- ing. To one critic it had appealed as some- thing hardly less than divine, while another was supremely disgusted, and declared that it was not music at all. There is no doubt that Strauss is something of a shock to ears which have been accustomed to the simplicity and melodiousness of Gluck, Handel, and Mozart. Many stories are told of this most modern of composers. It is said that one day during a rehearsal at Berlin of one of his operas he left his tseat and commanded the conductor to make the orchestra play louder as he had two or three times distinctly heard the singers! There is no doubt, however, that the first performance in London of "Elektra' was an enormous success. A. E. M.
IlvrITAL ON FIRE. FINE RESCUE WORK. C! u"»at damage was done at a hospital frre i.:v- zpcol, but, fortunately, no one was in- The 11 h:toe broke out in the Maids' sVrou^h a gaslight catching. some win- v -iuinK. The building was constructed c > f wood, and the flames, which were ■ v n 'P'. breeze, spread with great V. Home being attacked. ■ ,.e people were in bed, and they had to piaf-es of safety in very scanty ■v-Li-- Valuable assistance was rendered ;vmeii. r r at the Dingle car ehed saw the with L?! f a dozen drivers ard con- r-n, to the scene. Fearing that the ;V !I would be caught, they child patients in blankets and < to houses in the vicinity, and tp :r- • of the hospital. of 1h(' tire jmay be judged from xt a haystack one hundred yards v alight, whilst buildings at a, 1 vec were played on by the firc- "he 'h'■•»< By a great effort, the v to the mails' and nurses' 'thes-s places were absolutely ••v the 'sVeVfou walV standing. There 'i-vd <1 )>ati'ents in the hos- f from diphtheria, scarlet fever, fortunately, all escaped unhurt, I lilt
A WIFE IN CHAINS. I :s :'yviv,*n chemist named Parat, who was i»i trouble'"for ill-twating his wife, <(rre«fed in curious circumstances. | cl,; "f the detective" aervice, M. 'I -riard. s: < vinied bv a doctor and a lock- j .mill:, vifirr;1 '"•he c'hemist's establishment. •' out. M. Halliard passed through R", ea'tled out. Mme. Parat's voice D." ..•« in reply. the dcor! cri-ed the official. 1 c ifinot!" was the reply. III am -:haii:ed j Th" r was broken open, and the woman whs so.> s<-nt-(l on a chair with an iron collar j -rour.'d Iter r.rok. Two chsins were attached 10 this ce-Usir. one of which was padlocked to .red and the oth-r to a hook in a wardrobe. I rise, but could not take a. I aTiv direction.' t The chains were filed through, but it was found i?nivv>jhV to open the collar, which to o r»:dlocked with a secret lock. The woman Md magistrate that her husband before roii?g o' t alwsivs closed and barred the win- and <1 her up. "She was married in 1W0. and his cor duct to jealomy, l'arfit was taken into custody. <0
t JEWISH aSE. Miss Eliyalieth Mendoza was awarded £ 30 dami'g-s in l<r bleach, of promise case before Mr. JustiitM T^f in the Kmg'« Bench division. The respondent was Jacob Cohen. Miss Mrnd^za's case ww that she was twice em- g jvged to him,, and that be refused, to parry her. o-n-c of his renotniss being, sh« IM his paretic had promised him flbD if he wqald marry some one else. The defendant that it Avai Miss | £ endoza who "bwke enWgemcnt.. ^he jury hanng ^warded dam*g«», judpaeml Was entered with eosts.
MYSTEBIOPS FATAL EXPLOSIONI., At the inqueft at the Loyal Naval Hospital, Harilar, on George William Bugden, a pen- iioned artificer, who succumbed to injuries re- ceived from a boiler tube giboard the Fisguard training ship for hoy artificers, at Portsmouth, a verdict of "Accidental death." but there was no evidence to ohow the catutc of the tube bureting, was returned. Engineer-Lieutenant Oliver, who had made an investigation, said that one of the elements of the boiler was overheated, owing to a defi- ciency of water, and that the buret pipe was discovered by a water test. The tubee were cleaned iii. gecember, and wore in good condi- tion. He explained that in each element a boiler plug of lead was provided, which in case of overheating Yíouldwelt and act as a warn- ing, but in this case the tube was found intact atrer the accident. I; The coroner commented on the singularity at this fact, and expressed the hoge that in a further inquiry which was to be made by the naval authoritift thio circumstrf&ce would ro- ceive attention. —'
8n*d#rl#»d has dseided to honour tk» memory 0# the Councillor Thomas gnmmer- bell, ex-M.P. for the U»w*,a«d to -onte, the great public work dene by him, by •reetiag a »e«ument over hijs grave, aad by the endow- ment of two scholarships at Saudexlaud Tech- nieal College. The aim is to secure a fand of •ne thonaand guineas. Mr. Samuel Stevens, for many years Chief Constable of Nottiugham, has died at Bourne- mouth. The Archbishop of Canterbury has accepted the presidency of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons lExtension Fund. i Major Southwell Greville, an Indian Mutiny fccro, died at St. Leonards, where he had re- lor twf»tj-iv« years.
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"EmoiireoiHSwsr' | I Niels Nielsen, the oldest man in Denmark, lias ii-jii at +llC age of lG'J. A six-penny-half penny bazaar facing Staines- road, Hounslow, has boon burnt down. The death is announced at Niton, Isle of Wight, of John Macallan Swan, R.A., the famous animal painter. Peter Frederick Rose was remanded at Bow- ecrcct en a ciiaige of stealing a knife from the apartments of Lord Knollys, in St. James' Palace. Shipments of narcissi and other spring Powers from the Scilly Islands to Covent Garden and other large markets have now reached nearly fifty tons weekly. The Secretary of State for India notifies that, so far as is known at present, there will be no vacancies in the veterinary department during the present year. Mr. Edward Collins, of Tollesbnrv, Essex, has caught a lobster weighing lOlbs. in the River Blackwater. l'orty boy scouts formed a guard of honour at the wedding of Mr. W. E. Munro and Miss Nellie Wiike at All Hallows Church, London Wall. Earl Fortescue has sold to a Londoner his estate of 5,000 acres at Tattershall, Lincoln- shire, and the historic castle built in the six- teenth century by Cromwell, the Lord High Treasurer. While a bullock was being driven from the Ipswich cattle market it jumped into the River Orwell, which was at high tide, and swam to the oilier side. It was stated during the hearing of an action a.t the Haverhill County-court that the church lower there had been pulled down and the mate- rial used for repairing roads. Sir Gorge White, chairman of the Bristol Tramways Company, told the shareholders that he had ordered several aeroplanes for experi- ments, -a red he was optimistic enough to believe that before long there would be a carrying busi- ness in the air. A man who gave himself up to the police at Coiwtantrne explained that he had escar- d from the convict settlement in French Guiana in order to see his mother, and that, as he had accomplished his aim. he was now willing to return to penal servitude. The ceremony of confirming the election of bishops of the Southern Province in the Church of St. Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, which was aban- doned in 19(H in consequence of the disorder attending the confirmation of the present Bishop of London, has been restored by the Archbishop of Canterbury. By 30 votes to 28 Camberwell Borough Council have decided not to allow the baths to be used for boxing exhibitions. At Newark, John Lane, a carpenter, was fined 15 or a month's imprisonment for making a false representation as to birth to obtain an old-age pension. Viscount 'Ridley, presiding at the annual feneral court of governors of the Charirg Cross [ospital, said the hospital had paid its way during the past year. The Rev. F. E. Robinson, of Fair Holme, Wokingham, an enthusiastic bellringer, has died at the age of seventy-seven. He achieved a record in bellringing by ringing 1,250 peals. Tetanus supervening on a gunshot wound caused the death in Croydon Hospital of John: Underwood, a gardener, of South Godstone, whose gun discharged by his slipping on a stone. ive -Lame all round," was the description given of a horse for working which Ferrari Dominic, an Italian, of Marcus-street, West Ham, was fined 12 and costs at East Ham Police Court. Word hae reached Berlin that Prince Tsai Tao, youngest brother of the Regent of China, will shortly arrive in Germany for a thorough course of study of aerial navigation. In the pockets of a thirteen-year-old Arbroath boy found crying in the streets of Glasgow were an electric lamp and >630. He left home to start upon the career of a highwayman, but wa« ;»eot feack to his parents. •jC^lcmel Claude Reignier Conder, R.E., who carried out many important geographical sur- veys throughout the world on behalf of the British Government, including the survey of Palestine, died at Cheltenham at the age of sixty-one. The death has occurred of Dr. J. Alexander Brown, of Bromley (Kent), a well-known Bap- tist preacher. In order to deal with the large number of Jewish women applicants, a Yiddish-speaking woman clerk has been appointed to the White- chapel Labour Exchange. J At the meeting of members of the London Chamber of Commerce, it was decided to ask the council to sanction the formation of an Anglo- German section, with the object of improving relations with Germany generally. The King has granted the Aero Club of tbt United Kingdom the privilege of using the pre- fix "Rpyal 'y in the name of the club. Four miners were injured at thie North Seaton Colliery Pit, Northumberland, through the breaking of an endless chain. 9 Arthur, Ellie, a dealer in works of art, was committed for trial at Bow-street on a charge of 4btainit)g a cheque by false pretences from the late Mr. Dickens, a collector of old china. Workmen engaged at brickworks at Briatol rmissed their foreman, Henry Veale, and as -'ii3 result of a search found him in a burning lime- kiln. He died after removal. :) Princess Juliana of the Netherlands pro- gresses favourably. She drives in the environs of the capital every morning", weather permit- ting, looks strong and healthy, add steadily in- creases in weight. j' if- Mr. and Mrs. Dineage, who celebrated their diamond wedding at Wa|sall, received a tele- gram from Lord Knoliyir conveying the King's congratulations. Mr7 Dineage, whose father served with the.Wh,-kifies at Waterloo, is a, native of Southampton and' is seventy-seven years of agev his wife being one year younger. A verdict of "Accidental death" was re- tuciiey at the inquest at Hunstanton on Mr. H. iG. Ward, a barrister, and secretary of \he golf' club, who fell seventy feet from the cliff. At BoW-street Police-court. Sir Albert de Rutfen presented Defective-,sergeant Joslin with a cheque for X10 as a reward for the bravery displayed by him at the Clapham Junction fkre., Colchester Guardians have been informed by the Canadian Emigration Office that two boys who were sent out from .that union hare sated- < £ 140 between them, and have applied for grants of land in the Far West. The High Wycombe Watch Commit has condemned the reading of the Riot Act during th'e recent election disturbance, and reported to the tc.wn council the evidence of persons who testify to the "savage and brutal" conduct of Some policeiaeu.