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THIS DAY'S TELEGRAMS. AN INCORRIGIBLE GAOL BIRD. William Cooper, aged 32, who has spent 24 years in prison for various offences, WPS, at the Old Bailey, to-day, sentenced to four years' penal servitude for stealing two gold bracelets. THE 'POLISH PRINCE' IN TROUBLE. At Westminster Police Court, to-day, a foreigner, who has been passing as a Polish prince and a French count, was committed for trial charged with defrauding hotel keepers and tradesmen. The accused was arrested at the Hotel Belgravia. A THAMES PIER ADRIFT. During high tide, on the Thames, this morning, the pier at Westminster Bridge used for steamboat traffic broke from its moorings and sank. The lightermen on duty were rescued with great difficulty. SLEEPING IN A LOCKED BEDROOM. FATAL WARNING. At East Grinstead, this morning, fire broke out at the residence known as The Hermitage, and the occupier, Mrs. J. W. Field, an American lady, was suffocated. Deceased, who was in the habit of being locked in her bedroom at night, was found dead by her servant. DEATH OF A TOWN CLERK. Mr. Herbert Bramley, Town Clerk of Sheffield, died at Brussels yesterday, while on holidays. A BIG RISE IN WAGES. The Press Association says the report of the Labour Department of the Board of Trade on changes in wages and hours of labour shews that the nett result of the changes recorded in 1396 was a rise of wages amounting in the aggregate to nearly E27,000 weekly. This was chiefly accounted for by the general rise of wages in the engineering and shipbuilding trades, though the increase was shared more or less by all important groups. This increase in wages was equivalent to an average advance of 10id. per week in the wages of 607,654 workpeople affected last year. There was a reduction of the hours of labour amounting in the aggregate to 78,533 per week. NEW FIELD FOR BRITISH TRADE. The autumnal meeting of the Chambers of Commons opened at Middlesbro to-day. Sir Stafford Northcote, M.P., presided, and his most important reference was to a projected Govern- ment inquiry into the possibility of extending British trade with South and Central America. The meeting subsequently unanimously agreed to co-operate with the Government in this matter, the details to be arranged with the Board of Trade. OUR FOREIGN RIVALS IN TRADE. MR. CHAMBERLAIN'S INVESTIGATION. IMPORTANT RESULTS. The Press Association states that Mr. Chamberlain in November, 1895, issued a despatch to the governors of the colonies with the object of ascertaining the extent to which the generally alleged displacement of British by foreign goods was really taking place in the Colonial markets, and to-day a Blue Book is issued, giving replies from every quarter. The general conclusions to be drawn from these are that in the best classes of goods and in the capacity to put the best possible article in the market the British manufacturer is still supreme. There are exceptions to this rule, chiefly in the case of machinery and tools of certain patterns, and in favour of the United States. A great portion of the general Colonial market is not a market for the best class of goods, and the returns shew that it is here where the foreign manufacturer is coming in. The danger is that a certain proportion of the better class trade may be diverted to the foreign competitor in cheap goods. THE INDIAN FRONTIER RISINGS. FORT CAPTURED BY THE ENEMY. On Sunday night an overwhelming body of the enemy attacked the Saragari post on the Samana range, which was held by 21 men of the 36th Sikhs. They held out for over six hours, when the enemy effected an entrance by escalade and captured the post. It is feared that all the garrison were killed.

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