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The members of the National Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators, who number nearly 8,000, have voted in favour of the eight-hours day. Sir Isaac Holden, baronet, died suddenly on Friday at his residence, near Keighley, in his ninety-first year. The deceased who ended his parliamentary life in 1895, is succeeded to the title by Mr. Angus Holden, Liberal member for Buckrose division. On Saturday two legs and an arm, supposed to belong to the mutilated body of a young woman found yesterday, were discovered in the Forth of Clyde canal, Glasgow. A black stocking and high-heeled boot were on one leg. It is supposed the body has been about a fort- night in the water. It has not yet been identified. It having become known that the Glasgow and West of Scotland lithographers will join in a demand for a 48 hours week, the Glasgow and District Master Lithographers' Association on Thursday issued a manifesto on the subject. The manifesto suggests that. as the men's intention is to attack Glasgow first, the masters should form a federation to resist the demand in a body. DEATH BEFORE CROSS-EXAMINATION. — An extraordinary explanation of a suicide was given in the Birmingham Coroner's Court, on Wednesday afternoon. The deceased, an elderly man, named Boddington, was a painter, and his employer was the defendant in a civil action at the assizes. The former, who had been subpeened as a witness, had a dread that under cross-examination his memory would fail him. On the day the action was expected to come on he hung himself to a beam in the works of which he was manager.—A verdict of Suicide while temporarily insane' was returned. FLINTSHIRE MAN CHARGED WITH MAN- SLAUGHTER. — At Rochester, on Saturday, Llewellyn Davies, mate of the ship Margaret Hobby, was charged with the manslaughter of Robert Bethell, one of the ship's company. The men fought after returning to the vessel from a carousal on shore, and deceased fell, striking his head against an iron bolt which projected from the side of the ship, and he was picked up dead. Davies was discharged, and a remarkable scene then occurred. The prisoner and his relatives, who had travelled up from Flintshire, burst into tears, and his sister, sobbing con- vulsively, threw her arms round his neck and embraced him, while the spectators in court testified their approval of the decision by applause, which was with difficulty suppressed. THE DOOM OF THE SPARROW.—Miss E. A. Ormerod, F.E.S., has just written a little pamphlet about the house sparrow and his con- nection with the agricultural interest. The result of a mass of accumulated evidence as to the foodstuffs most common with the passer domesticus' is an emphatic verdict against the little, but apparently by no means innocent, bird. It is said that 75 per cent. of the food of a sparrow that has reached an age of discretion and discrimination is corn of some kind. More- over, he drives off various insectivorous and therefore more useful birds. In some of the American States legislation has been invoked, and Miss Ormerod urges similar action in this country. The amount of damage caused by the sparrow she estimates at between £1,000,000 and £2,000,000 a year. WIVES AND MONEY-LENDERS.—In a case heard at Whitechapel County Court, on Wed- nesday, application was made by an ex- policeman named Hay den to have a judgment set aside which had been obtained against him by the Phoenix Loan Company on a promissory note for money lent.—Hajden denied that the signature to the note was his. At Judge Bacon's request he signed his name three times in court, and the signatures were of quite a different character from that on the promissory note. He said he knew nothing about the matter, and told an extraordinary tale. It appeared that his wife and another woman went to the loan office to borrow £5. They were told that it would be necessary for their husbands to sign the note. Subsequently they attended with two men. who represented them- selves as the husbands, and forged their respective names. A widow was also induced to sign as surety. It had been discovered that the man who signed for Hayden had since died in London Hospital. After these proceedings began Hayden's wife absconded, and he did not know her whereabouts. The manager of the loan office admitted that the man who signed the note as Hayden was not the present defendant.—Judge Bacon said that the judg- ment must be set aside. The loan office had been the victim of a very pretty conspiracy. DANGERS OF SAFETY MATCHES.—A curious action for personal injuries was heard at the Bromley County Court on Wednesday, when a Miss Claxton, of Beckenham, sued a grocer named Booth, of the same place, for £50 damages for injuries sustained through the ignition of a box of safety' matches, warranted to strike only on the box.' The matches were purchased from defendant's shop in April last, and when plaintiff was in the act of opening a box the matches suddenly ignited, inflicting such injuries that for six weeks she was incapacitated from carrying on her business. The matches, some of which were produced in court, were of Swedish make, of the' Windmill' brand, and were supplied to the defendant by Messrs. Bryant and May, it being explained on that firm's behalf that they did occasionally supply foreign matches in this way, but only to oblige a customer.'—For the defence it was urged that the term safety matches' was merely a trade designation, and implied no legal warranty.—His Honour held, however, that. safety matches' had come to be generally considered as matches striking only on the box, and therefore as being safe in that respect. The way in which these matches had ignited was quite inconsistent with such a description. He gave judgment for £21 10s., with costs on the scale between. £20 and JB50.