ALL BUT WHITE jGLOVIR AT f CAERLEON. There was a narrow escape of white gloves at the Caerleon police-court on Thursday week. Four magistrates were present, amongst them being the veteran Mr. John Lawrence, who has taken up his residence in the neighbourhood. Half a dozen gentlemen in blue were also present awaiting the unexpected; and a haadfnl of spec- tators gazed listlessly at the ceiling. Israel Wil- liams, a young man from Cwmbran, leant upon the of the defendants' stand, turned his hat around, and in answer to the queries of the Court laid he was not drunk, but had -taken a drop too much. This admission was after Officers Lewis and Keylock had given evidence that he was found in the Oakneld Inn in an intoxicated •tate.—The Clerk pointed out the inconsistency of the two statements, but Israel persisted that he was not drunk.—The Bench, not being able to appreciate the difference in defendant's mind. de- cided that the drop too much must cost 10s. The decision seemed to take Israel quite by surprise, for he still hangover the rail, and it was not until the clerk had explained that he wanted 10s that Israel swung himself off the defendants' stand to find the wherewith.—Mr JoshuaEvans, an ex- Itatiünmaster at Lower Pontnewydd, now took the stand, and explained to the court that it was his first experience of the position. The occasion of his visit were some threats which Mr Evans was .alleged to have used toward Martha Hal- combe, a neighbour. Mrs Halcombe stated that Mr Evans cast reflections upon hercharacter,and expressed the intention of blowing out her brains with a pistol, wnich she said he hadwith him at the time.—Mrs Brooks, another neighbour how- ever, turned the tables by stating that Mrs Hal- oonibe attacked Mr. Evans with a poker .De- fendant's wife and daughter described a senes -of acts of annoyance to which Mrs Halcombe had .subjected them. Both ladies had a slight alter- cation in court, which evidently led to the Bench declaring that both parties were to blame, and that justice would be met by a division of costs between them. This ended the business, and the magistrates proceeded to felicitate aach other upon the apparent improvement in the mor- ality of the district, as evidenced by the brevity of the court.
PONTYPOOL V. ABERSYCHAN. This, the last match of the season, was played at the Recreation Grounds, Pontypool Road, on Saturday last, and ended in an easy victory for the home team. Scores ABERSYCHAN. C. Morgan, c. Wheeler b T. Hopkins.. 10 J. Price, b M. Hopkins 4 A. Stockden. run out 6 W. Evans, b M. Hopkins. 1 T. Smari, c Wheeler, b T. Hopkins 5 S. Witchell, run out 2 H. Lewis, run out 0 J. Small, b M. Hopkins 9 F. Bengefleld, not out E. Penny, c M. Hopkins, b T. Hopkins 1 J. Rvans, b M. Hopkins 1 Extras 8 Total 44 PONTYPOOL. M. Hopkins, b Bengefield 26 H. Wheeler, b Stockden 8 W. Symonds, c Lewis, b Stockden 2 Sergt.-Instr. Rich, not out 8 A. Saxon, not out 3 Extras. 3 Total (for 3 wickets) 50 T. Hopkins, S. Jenkins, P. Clarke, I. Auckland, H. Hopkins, and T. Morgan to bat.
PRISON COMMISSIONERS' REPORT. The report of the Commissioners of Prisons for the year ended March, 1891. shows that the number of prisoners received during the year in the local prisons of England and Wales under sentence of the ordinary Courts was 140,632, be- sides 1,526 soldiers and sailors sentenced by court martial. There were also 8,401 persons imprisoned as debtors, or on civil process, making a total of 150,559. The corresponding figures for the preceding year were :—Convicted by ordinary Courts, 145,268; court-martial, 1,243; debtors' and civil process, 8,926'; total, 155,437.The population of the prisons on the 31st March, 1891, was 12,814, against 10,833 in the corresponding period of 1878, when the first report was issued after the prisons had been transferred to the Govern- ment..
AN ISLAND RETREAT FOR TWO BROTHERS. A lonely and hitherto uninhabited island, off the north coast of Cornwall, is shortly to become the abode of a gentleman whose only companion in his seclusion will be his brother. The island is only two hundred and fifty yards long and sixty broad, is about two miles off the mainland, and about three miles west of the entrance to Padstow Harbour. It is locally known as the "Gulland," from it being the habitat of large numbers of seagulls, and is the property of Mr. C. G. Prideaux-Brune, Prideaux-place, Padstow. Being quite exposed to the full fury of the Atlantic gales and tremendous ground seas, it is only in -very exceptionally fine weather that a safe land- ing can be effected on it. The young gentleman, who has decided to become somewhat of a recluse, is a sn of the late General Smyth, Commander of the Western District, and it was only very re- cently, wlien sailing by "Gulland" in his yacht, that ne conceived the strange idea that he would take up his residence there. He has obtained twenty-one years' lease on reasonable terms from the lessor, and has entrusted Messrs William Hen wood and Son, Paistow, with an order at once to construct a wooden house, 22ft. by 15ft., similar to a deck cabin. As soon as the parts of the house are fitted they will be taken to the island, with an ample supply of provisions, &c., on the first favourable day, and fixed, so that the occupant may become "monarch of all he surveys' before wintry weather sets in. Already men are actively at work blasting the rocks, so as to get a proper foundation for the house.
MEMORIAL WINDOWS AT NEWPORT. A. memoriallwindow has recently been unveiled in St Woolos Church by Mr Daniel Whitehouse, tin-plate manufacturer, of the Gaer and Aber- carn, to the memory of his wife, who died in the autumn of last year. The subject represented is that of the Saviour in the Temple hearing the doctors and asking them questions. The figure of the child-Saviour occupies the central light, and the other figures, including the Virgin and Joseph, and the arcading of one of tne outer courts of the Temple, the other lights. In the background is the pediment of what may be termed the Beautiful Porch" of the main building. The circular arches surmounting the chief lights also contain decorative and figure treatment. The general design is by Mr. J. P. Seddon, diocesan architect, Cardiff, and the composition of the figures is by Mr Seddon's daughter, Miss Maud Seddon the painting on the glass being the work of Mr. H. Murray, one of Mr Seddon s pupils. The window is the work of Messrs Belbam and Sons, Buckingham Palace-road, London. A memorial slab executed in solid glass mosaic, inserted in a panel within a stone bolder at the base of the window, bears the inscription, "To the glory of God. and in loving memory of Hannah, wife of Daniel Whitehouse, of the Gaer, who died Aug. 31, 1890."—Mrs R. Bond, of Scudamore, Goldtops, has also caused a memorial window to be erected in St. Mark's Church, Goldtops, in memory of her lately deceased husband.
EXTENSIVE FRAUDS BY A CASHIER. At the Central Criminal Court, on Thursday week, George Thorpe (52), pleaded guilty to eiii"- bezzing money belonging to the firm of Sir Henry Peek and Co. Prisoner was chief cashier of the firm, in whose employ he had been for 35 years. In December year he suddenly absconded, and rp01! a p.: reel of securities being examined it was discovered that a large portion of them had been stolen. Further enquiries revealed the fact that for a number of years prisoner had system- atically defrauded the firm. By means of bogus accounts he had obtained no less than £4,000. It was also shewn that be had falsified the books of the firm, and that he had destroyed a number of the books. Defalcations to the extent of £ 15,000 had been discovered already, but it was alleged that twice that amount would not cover the total sum taken. Sir Henry Peek had been exceedingly generous to the prisoner, and besides paying him a salary of JE600 per annum had in the last ten years made him presents amounting to Mr Bodkin appealed to the co rt for leniency. The Recorder said it was an exceed- ingly bad case, and sentenced the prisoner to ten years' penal servitude.
MR. FOLEY, M.P., AND HIS WIFE. At a meeting of the guardians of the Wands- worth and Clapham Union on Thursday week a letter was read from Messrs Washington and Co., the solicitors acting for fr. P. J. Foley, M.P., with regard to the maintenance of his wife, who is an inmate of the Lancaster Asylum, and char- feable to the rates. It will be remembered that Irs. Foley has been chargeable to the rates for the past ten years, and that at the last meeting of the board Mr. Foley attended and refused to offer anything towards the support of his wife. The letter rom Messrs. Washington stated that Mr. Foley was not bound, either legally or mor- ally, to 'support such a woman.' He had no wish, however, to burden ratepayers with the future maintenance of one who was still, though in name only, his wife. He was willing, therefore, to pay the cost of her maintenance, not as an amount which ought legallv to be paid, but as a gift to relieve the rates. Upon this the board unanim- ously Resolved, in pursuance of the resolution passed at their last meeting, to accept the offer of Mr. Foley's solicitor, and an order was made that he pay the sum of 12s. 3d. per week towards his wife s maintenance, r.r.cl, further, that he sign the ordinary agreement to that effect.
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ATHLETICS. Br "ENVHUSIAST." [Secretaries of football clubs and others who have in- formation ofi sports are requested ro send same by Tues- iay morning in e<<,c^ -week.] The Pontypool Cricket Club brought their reason to a conclusion on Saturday last by in- flicting a decisive defeat upon iiber-ychan. I was unable to be present, but am informed that the home team were greatly superior all round. Abersychan batted first, and put together 44 runs, C. Morgan being top-scorer at 10. The others did little against the good, bowlmg of M. and T. Hopkins, who secured 4 and 3 wickets respectively. The fielding of the homesters was also good, no less than three men being run out. Pontypool started batting with M. Hopkins and H. Wheeler. The first-named at once com- menced to hit, and in a very short time rattled up 25 runs. Wheeler batted carefully, and kept his wicket up whilst Hopkins made the majority of his runs. After losing Hopkins, Wheeler and Symonds, Sergt. instructor Rich and Saxon passed tiieir opponents' score without further loss, and ih* homesters won by 6 wickets and 6 ruii&a ift-ing conclusion to a very successful season. .i The number of matches played during the season amouuted to 26, of which 16 were played by the Saturday team, and 10 by the Thursday team. The following were the results :-Satur- day team, 10 won, 2 drawn, and 4 lost; Thurs- day team, 5 won, 4 drawn, and 1 lost. This shews a totiil of 15 wins against 5 defeats—cer- tainly a vast improvement on last season. If there is one man more than another who deserves praise for his excellent all round play, it is Arthur Saxon. A first-rate bowler, a good bats- man, and an excellent fielder, he has been of im- mense service to the Club, not only to the Satur- day team, which for the greater portion of the season he captained, but to the Thursday team as well. Out of a total of 26 matches, he only failed to take part in 3. Tom Hopkins, S. Owens, P. Clarke, and G. Jones, of the Saturday team, and H. Bird, E. C. Daniel, and D. R. Mor- gan, of the Thursday team, also deserve special mention. I have not had an official list of the averages supplied to me; but a glance at the score book (which, by the way, has not been Icept as it Should have been) shows that the members named above have been the most useful. As far as I can gather, the batting averages of the regular players are as'follows:- Matches Total Most in Aver- played. runs. an innings. age. tE. C.Daniel 10 U3 30 16;14 SA Saxon .••••••• 274 D3 1447 IHiMrd 11 101 24 12*62 M.Hopkins 7 78 26 1V14 S Owens 11 O Saxon 7 48 18 6'85 w.JS," I » « «« P. Clarke 12 72 18 6'0 G. Jones 11 £ 4 1^ 2 *J1 T. Hopkins 15 87 lb o 8 D. R. Morgan 9 44 13 4 83 JP. J. Osborne 16 60 lo 4 bl H. Wheeler. 9 41 14 4 oo SW. Svmonds 13 50 11 416 tC. T.Lowe 13 30 7 W. Hopkins 7 19 £ 71 *R. Oakes 8 16 5 28 X not out three times. t not out twice. UOT, out once. § Not out four times. I will no: guarantee that the above figures are absolutely correct, but as far as my information goes they are quite right. As I said before, the score book lias not been kept properly, and it has caused a lot of bother to arrive at tne above conclusion. The bowling averages have not been kept at all-principally on account of the scorer having been a young lad. I hope this will be rectified next season. There is not the slightest doubt that Saxon has been the most destructive bowler during the season. He has taken by far the greater number of wickets, and I regret his analyses have not been kept. Next to him Tom Hopkins, D. R. Morgan, and Morgan Hopkins were very useful, although the last-named did not join the team until towards the close of the season. Taking all things into consideration, the club have every reason to feel satisfied upon their record during the last season. It is many years since a cricket club in Pontypool shewed such consistently good form, and I have every reason to believe that the experience gained this year will go far towards making the club such as to be respected in the cricket world for many miles around. I have heard it stated that the club are endeavouring to arrange for a field in the direc- tion of the Catholic Schools for next season. If they can only obtain the one I refer to, I certainly think it will be better for all the members. They could then easily g?t a bit of batting practice of an evening—a luxury which is at present denied them in consequence of the recreation grounds from the town. I know for a fact that many members of the club have not handled a bat from one Saturday to the other, in consequence of the grounds being so far away. Is it any wonder that some of the averages are low? Football is now becoming the all-absorbing topic, fCnd the happy hunting grounds of the various football clubs in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, are once more resounding with the yells of thousands of enthusiasts. Local football has not yet been played in earnest. Some few practice games have, I believe, been contested, but I have not yet seen the announce- ment of the first match. The prospects of local teams are quite rosy. The champions of last year, the White Stars," are resplendent in brand new caps. and if all reports are true they intend to do their utmost to uphold their reputation. I understand their fixture card contains the names of some very much better clubs than last year, and I also hear that they have one or two new members from whom good things are expected. I wish them every success. Abersychan, I am told, is to have a strong club this year. They will be reinforced by one or two good players from Pontypool (who, for reasons of their own, select the neighbouring town) and it is anticipated that they will be somewhere in the running when the calculations for thu -,cal championships are totted up. Pontypool has been rather slow in coming to the scratch, but it may be taken for granted that we shall have a club this year, and in all proba- bility a good one too. The captain and some others are doing their utmost to make things hum, and I hope shortly to be in a position to announce a team which will rather startle those who fancied that good old Ponty was not going to be in it. I understand that not only will the team consist of good players, but gentle- manly players also. I have heard the names of certain gentlemen in the town mentioned as probable members of the club, and I do not hesitate to say that if they don the war paint, we shall have a club which would be a credit to any town. I am glad to say that an energetic secretary has been secured in the person of Mr. E. J. Fox, and I hope and believe that although handicapped by starting to work when other secretaries have pretty well finished, he will be found "all there." Some half-dozen members of the club, headed by Capt. Bird, had a club run from the Crown Hotel to the Recreation Grounds and back on Monday evening, and although the weather was inclement, did the journey in very short time. I hear another run is to take place this week, in addition to the practice game on Thursday. Go in, Ponty. I have had nQ information as to the prospects of Blaenavon, Cwmbran, and otner numerous teams in the district. I take this opportunity of asking the secretarieaof all local clubs to send me their fixture cards and any information anent t'jcir respective clubs, at the earliest possible date. Notes on matches which cannot be per- sonally attended will be made use of, and should reach me by Tuesday morning in each week at the latest. The Pontypool Bicycle Club intend to hold a lantern procession through the town onThursday, Oct. 8th. All the members will ride in fancy cos- tume, and unattached cyclists are invited to take part. I think the idea is a good one, and one which will prove interesting to the townspeople, but if the club take my advice they will appoint say two cyclists to have a collection box each, for the purpose of receiving contributions from those who chose to contribute towards the club funds. An advertisement in another column will give full information as to the procession. Whilst I am on the Bicyole Club, I regret to bear that it is likely the club will shortly lose their secretary, i behove Mr. Millard antici- pates leaving the town, and if he does I am sure it will be to the regret of all who know him. A more hard-working and popular secretary the club are not likely to get. I have frequently come in contact with him, and can bear testi- mony to the ability and earnestness with winch he has undertaken his duties. The office of secretary has been no sinecure, as anyone who has seen the oaass of correspondence, &c., can testify.. I trust Mr. Millard may yet be able to remain in the town, and. if he does I feel sure that it rests entirely w as to whether he will be secretary next year again.
CRICKET. CHRISTCHURCH V. MAMHILAD.—This match svas played on the ground of the former on Saturday week, and ended in a victory for Mamhilad. Scores :-Christchurch Welsh,1-1 White, 1-6: Waldron, 3-4 Morgan 2-0 Tapson. )-4; Bartlett, 0.:0; Collett, 1-0; Higgs, 2-6; Brown, 0-1 Adams, 2-0 Dean, 0-6 extras, 1-2; total, 13-30. Jfamhilad: H. Williams, 0; Cooke,1: Messenger, 17 Rowlands, 0 A. M. Williams, 3; Davis, 1 Morgan, 9-1 Gething, 4; Thomas, 1-5 (iiot out) Bancks, 1 Parry, 2 extras, 2-1 total, 41-6 (for 1 wicket).,
FOOTBALL. PONTNEWYDD BLACK WATCH v. CROESY- CEILIOG.-The above match was played on the ground of the former on Saturday last. Pont- newydd several times had hard lines in not scoring. They had, however, decidedly the best of tae game as the score shows. Pontnewydd, 1 try, 8 minors to nil. Referee: Mr. Geo. Slade. TALYWAIN UNITED V. PENYRHEOL.-This match was played on Saturday last, on the ground of the former, before a large number of spectators. The ball was kicked ofi at 4.30 by the home team, the visitors playing very pluckily for some time, but the home team seemed to have their own way, and when the game was finished Talywain stood 3 tries 7 minors to nil. We should mention that White, Harris, and Ashman played well for the home team. It being only the first game for the club this season we expect to see some good play from them in future. There was some capital play shewn by some of the visitors whose names were not ascertained. The game was brought off without any ill-feeling on the part of the players or spectators. The Abersychan Albions' Football Club have a few open dates, and they would be, glad to arrange fixtures with local teams. All commu- nications to be addressed to W. D. Lewis, hon. sec., 37, High-street, Abersychan.
THE HOUSEBREAKING AT BASSALLEG. At Newport county police-court on Saturday, Herbert Berrel, a twenty-year-old ne'er-do-well, was charged with breaking into the resilience of Wm. Perrot, Cwm Cottage, Cefn, and also into that of Edward Dowdeswell, Bassalleg. On Thurs- day, the 10th inst., Mrs Perrot saw prisoner at the cottage. He came from the direction of New- Eort, and asked for a glass of water. She gave im the water, and after he had gone out into the road she went upstairs, took a florin from a box in which she liladiabout A:6 in gold and silver, re- locked the box, and left the cottage, securing the front door and gate. When she got outside she saw prisoner standing 20 or 30 yards from the gate. Prisoner walked in front of her towards the canal, and she passed Richard Gardner, a lodger at her house, who was breaking stones at the roadside. She left prisoner standing by a stile near the canal. As she passed she asked pris- oner whether he wanted a job, and he said he did, and had not done any work for a fortnight. When she returned from Rogerstone at five o'clock she noticed that the gate was closed in a different way, and that the fiower in the lower window bad been disarranged and broken. She went upstairs at once, and saw that all the money had been taken, everything in the room being ran- sacked. She did not think prisoner could have heard her go upstairs, or handle the money, as he stood in the road outside the gate. From the footmarks outside the window, entrance to the house had clearly :been effected by opening it. She suspected prisoner because the lodger told her that the loose chap returned down the road after she had left.—Richard Cardner, an elderly man, lodging at Cwm Cottage but residing at 24, Henry-atreet, Marshes-road, Newport, said prisoner' returned down the road after Mrs Perrot left, but he could not see the cottage from where he was working. A man named George Cherrett came up the road and sat down near him, and whilst he was there talking prisoner repassed after an interval of half-an-hour Witness did not apeak to prisoner, but he said to Cherrett, "There's a curious man goile down there he'll neither speak nor look.' Cherrett was also called.—Supt. Bosanquet said he arrested prisoner the same evening in Dock-street, and found on him 2s 9!d, a door key, a white-handled table knife, and two pieces of calico. He said he did not commit the robbery, and gave an address in Fothergill-street, Newport, where he said he had had tea, but this statement was false.—The second case was also gone into. Mr Dowdeswell's house was left for a week, and it was entered and ransacked. Annie Dowdeswell, wife of the pro- secutor, who is stationmaster at the Great West- ern Railway Station at Bassalleg, identified the two pieces of calico found in prisoner's possession as poftion of her child's night-dress. Five Lion shillings, 25 fourpenny pieces, and other articles were missed from the house, every drawer of which had been broken.—Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was committed for trial at the next quarter sessions.
SHOCKING CASE. On Monday afternoon Mr Alfred Hodgkinson deputy-coroner for North-east London, held an inquest at the Shoreditch Town-hall on the body of Hannah Hacker, aged 51, the wife of a stock- broker, and lately residing at 122, Mansfield- street.—John Mannis, a chairmaker, deposed that the deceased had lived with him for some time. She was separated from her husband, who made her an allowance. Witness only knew that her husband's name was, Henry Hacker he did not know where he resided. Deceased was greatly addicted to drink, and had suffered in health in consequence. Witness did not know that the deceased took anything beyond some medicine that the doctor prescribed for her on Thursday. She went to bed on that day about 10 p.m., and about a quarter to five next morning witness was aroused by hearing the deceased make a strange noise, and he then found her dead. Witness attribbuted her death to her excessive drinking.— Mary Ann Branch, the landlady, deposed that the deceased and Mannis had lodged in her house for two and a half years, during which time the de- ceased had hardly ever been sober. Witness con- sidered her an habitual drunkard.—Dr Regan stated that death was due to syncope consequent upon the deceased's intemperate habits, and the jury returned a verdict to that effect.
ASSAULTING A CLERGYMAN AT HEOLFACH. At Ystrad police-court on Monday, Sidney Pavey, a collier at Heolfacbt was brought up in custody charged wiih assaulting the Rev. T. H Williams, curate of the Church of England, at Heolfach, on the 12th ult. The evidence went to show that, while the rev. gentleman was proceed- ing along the highway, tne defendant, who ap- peared to have been drinking, addressed some very filtbyremarks to him. Complainant remon- strated, and defendant went up to him in a threatening,attitude. A scuffle ensued, in the course of which complainant was struck on the ride of the face. The charge was not pressed, Mr. Williaias expressing the. opinion that the blow was not intentionally given.—The Bench Ldminsistered a severe reprimand to defendant, ind let him off lightly with a fine of 20s. only.
PROHIBITION & TEMPERANCE NOTES. (FR03f JC SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) i CARDINAL MANNING has added another to his very plain utterances .on the drink question. On Sunday last, a pastoral letter,waS read at the services of all the Catholic churches in the diocese of Westminster, in which the Cardinal strongly urged too necessity of forming, in con- nection with each mission and parochial district in his diocese, a juvenile branch of the Catholic Total Abstinence League of the Cross. Car- dinal Manning eloquently pleads cause of the children, whose first habits, he points out, will, as a rule, "govern their whole life after, even to their death-beds." "On whom," he asks, do their early habits depend ?" and he answers, chiefly and supremely to their parents: the habits of children are formed to a great extent in the first years, before as yet they are respon- sible There are families in which the happiness of parents is wrecked by the intem- perance of a son, and sometimes even of a daughter. Who gave them the first taste of in- toxicating drink out of which has sprung the feverish thirst and the governing passion of in- temperance ? If the fathers and mothers of this generation had been trained up without so much as the taste of intoxicating drink, the homes of to-day would be happy in Temperance, parental authority, and filial affection." THE Cardinal, thongh addressing his own co- religionists, gives advice that may well be taken and acted upon by all parents. He points out that if the children of to-day are trained up in Temperance, the homes and parents of the next generation will be such as he points out, and for these and other reasons he earnestly calls on fathers and mothers to bring up their children without the temptation or even the taste of any intoxicating drink. Prevention is better than cure. Keep them from the taste, and you will guard them from the temptation. Give to your children the leave and liberty to refuse all in- toxicating drink." THE discussion in the Daily Telegraph on The Slavery of Drink has come to an end. It has been a vastly more practical discussion than many that occur at what is called" The silly season," and has given opportunity for many sound and true deliverances on many points connected with drink and Temperance. It has also called forth a column of Mustard and Cress" from "Dagonet" in the Referee- which same "Mustard and Cress" must surely have been meant to be taken with a little salt. Some of "Dagonet's" contentions are reason- able enough—such as the importance and the value of wholesome counteractive agencies but why should the Temperance party be held to blame for the lack of such ? It may. be true that no Temperance drink has yet been invented which satisfies "Dagonet's" views of what is palatable and wholesome but then total ab- stainers have precious little need of substitutes for alcoholics, and if drinkers of alcoholics will adopt the simpler practice of the total abstainer their cravings in that direction will cease. But what is to be said of a writer who gravely asserts that "a man is just as likely to murder his wife or to take his own life after too much pastry as he is after too much brandy," and who clenches this by the bold assertion that dozens of men have gone to the gallows who would have lived to a green old had they been temperate in the matter of eating." "Dagonet" must surely have been impelled to these monstrous sophisms by a bad attack of that dyspepsia which he himself attributes to an inordinate fondness for tea and tarts. 1 THE well-known objection on the part of licensing magistrates to the location of drink- shops: near their own residence's, led Mr. J. H. Raper, some years ago, to offer a reward of a sovereign to anyone who should discover a case of a licence granted by a magistrate for premises next his own house. The oirer has been repeated many times, but is still unclaimed. From Louis- ville, Kentucky, comes a striking illustration of a like objection—this time not on the part of licensing justices, but on that of makers and sellers of strong drink. Mr. J. R. Westburne. of Louisville, is the editor of the Wine and Spirit Bulletin of that city. He is a thrifty man, and prudent in his investments. He is just now engaged in booming a pretty suburb, named Warwichville, after a prominent brand of Ameri- can whiskey. Among the purchasers of sites in the new town are many of the boomer's friends "in. the trade," and it appears likely to become a settlement oL wealthy, olstillers and liquor- dealers. But n.1I not to be a whiskey-selling villagh, dear, no. The projectors of the town believe in drink shops near the homes of other people, but not near the houses where they live themselves. Heace the deeds of every lot contain a prohibition clause, and without doubt Prohibition will prohibit." THE State of Iowa has had ten years or so of prohibition. The Democratic party is trying to discredit the law and get it repealed, and the cry of that party is that prohibition has killed Iowa. Professor Hill, of Iowa, who addressed meetings latety in Scotland and in London, told t- very different tale, and all appeals to facts or figuikss confirin his statements as to the position and prosperity of the State. The detailed census statement shows an increase of population in the Sast decade of nearly 18 per cent., while the irect effect of prohibition verms liquor selling <5onld not be more plainly shewn than is done in an Iowa newspaper, the Red Oak Independent, which says Des Moines is the most prosperous fcity in Iowa, and is the-city in which prohibition is best enforced. Dubuque, Davenport, Bur- lington, and Council Bluffs are the cities which odiee rivalled Des Moines for the honour ae metropolis of the State. Now, none of them is half so large as the capital city and all of them are dead and unenterprising. In these towns the law was defied and the liquor traffic ran riot. There are some significant conclusions to be drawn from the foregoing facts. They go a long way towards disproving the statement that pro- hibition has killed Iowa cities. The appearances are rather that free whisky had killed them." INVESTIGATIONS in other directions show, that as compared with the other forty odd States of the Union, Iowa stands first-in proportion of people able to read in smallest percentage of illiteracy in total production of corn in pro- duction of corn and grains per capital; in total number of swine in total number of milch cows in production of butter in factories in clip of wool per sheep in total production of potatoes and per acre. Second, only in total railway mileage in production of oats in yield per acre of hay in cattle and live stock in farms. Third, only in total value of farm products; in horses and milch cows. Fifth, in school houses and teachers employed (this, however, without regard to the size of the State in pro- portion Iowa ranks first). Sixth, in total out- put in tons of coal; and in total value of farms. "Tenth, in population. Twelfth, in area. Nine- teenth, in regard to State tax. Thirty-first; in State and local indebtedness, but the State has no debt and thirty-seventh in number of pri- sons in proportion to population. That is how prohibition has killed the State. IN the New Zealand House of Representatives, on July 23, the second reading was carried by 31 votes to 28, of a Bill, promoted by the New Zea- land Alliance, led by Sir)William Fox, the ex- premier, for amendment of the licensing laws of the colony. Among other things, the Bill pro- vides that all adults, both male and female, shall have a. vote at local option polls that no intoxi- cants shall be sold at railway stations and that no license of any kind be granted in any special licensing district until a poll of ratepayers has been taken. The main principle of the Bill is to give the people of the colony power to say at the ballot box, how many licenses shall be issued, orwhetherianyatall in anypartlCulardistrict; and whenever the voters decide, either upon a reduc- tion of the number of licenses, or for entire prohibition, the licensing authority is bound to give effect to the decision. In the course of the debate one member favoured compensation, another wished the question taken up by the Governmen t but on the whole the debate and the vote indicate the marked progress which the question is making in New Zealand.
ANOTHER JACKSON CASE. William Jackson (24), describing himself as a labourer, of Well-street, Hackney, was charged at the Novth London police-court on Saturday, with stealing on the 14th inst. £2, the money of his wife, Alice Jackson, a coffee-house keeper of Well-street, Hackney.—Mr. C. V. Young appeared for the prosecution.—Mrs Jackson said the prisoner had frequently assaulted and left her. She did not wish to live with the prisoner, but he would continue to come and annoy her. As he would not work, she had to keep him. She had purchased the coffee house out of her own money, and the defendant had no right whatever to any share in the profits of the busi- ness. Last Monday he left her house, and took with him her pocket-book, which contained two sovereigns. He returned that morning (Saturday), annoyed her by walking up and down, and en- deavoured to force his way into the house. On the advice of her solicitor she gave him into custody for stealing her money.—Mr. Fenwick thought that the chardfe of felony oould not be sustained, and be discharged the accused.—Mr. Young said he should Iikig the magistrate to express the opinion that the police should protect I his client in the pursuit of her business.—Mr. Fenwick: Has she a separation?—-Mr. Young: No; but some magistrates have not required, since the celebrated Jackson case, that there should be a legal separation. They have held that a man cannot compel has wife to allow him to live with her, I think this case in some respects very like tcelebrated case I have mentioned.—Mr. Fenwick: The case did not decide that a man should not live with his wife. In my opinion, all that the Jackson case decided was that a man must not seize a wife with whom he was at variance and lock her up. It is also my opinion that, unless there has been a legal separ- ation, a wife has no legal right to shut her house against her husband.—Mrs. Jackson left the court evidently very much dissatisfied with the magistrate's decision.
A PAWNBROKER'S LIABILITIES. t. At the Worship-street Police Court on Mon- day, Mr. Herbert Attenborough. pawnbroker, of Bethnal-green-road. appeared to a summons for not delivering a cloak, the property of Mary Lepley, pledged with him.—Tiie complainant, a widow, proved pawning the cloak at the defen- dant s shop on August 10 for 2s. 6d., which was all she asked. On September 5 she went to re- deem it, but the defendant then told her that he had had a fire in the pledge-room, and her cloak was burnt. He offered her 7!d. as compensation, but subsequently raised the offer to Is. The cloak, she added, cost her 16s. 6d. (she produced the bill) and she valued it at 12s.—The defen- dant said that pawnbrokers who had goods de- troyed by fire were protected by the 27th section of their Act of Parliament from liability beyond 25 per cent. of the value, and the value was to be accounted the amount of the loan on the article. —Mr. Bushby said he had made himself ac- I quainted with the section, and found in it the most extraordinary words he had ever seen in any statute. The pawnbroker, by the section, was liable to pay the value of the pledge "after deducting the amount of the loan and profit." But then the section went on to say that the II value was to be the amount of the loan and profit, and 25 per cent. on the amount of the loan." The pawnbroker was therefore entitled to say that the half-crown advanced and the profit, or interest, Id, was the value," and was to deduct the loan and profits from the value— in other words, to take 2s. 7d. from 2s. 7d. No- thing remained.—" There never was such a piece of verbal jugglery introduced into an Act of Parliament before," said Mr. Bushby. It was perfect trash, and he would have been glad to have heard from some one acquainted with the passing of the Act whether the words which allowed the deduction of the loan and profit trom the value of the article, and at the same time declared the value to be the amount of the loan and profit, were part of the original draft, or whether they had slipped in during some of the botching when tho Bill was in committee.— The defendant said that the solicitor to the trade thought that the section was clear, and that it was not necessary he should attend.—Mr. Bushby added that the pawnbroker was only liable for 25 per cent. in addition, which in this case was 7!d., and he had no alternative but to dismiss the summons.—The defendant said that pawn- brokers insured on the same computation, so that they had no interest in cutting down the a™?u,n £ He gave the complainant the 7 £ d., but added 2s. 6d. gratuitously.
HE WINKED AT THE CORONER. Jurymen in South Surrey summoned to attend the coroner's court are, as a recent incident shews, placed in a curious? optical dilemma. If they stare hard at the coroner without moving a muscle 6f the eyelids, he may, naturally enough, regard them as rude while if they wink they render themselves liable to reprimand, if not to imprisonment for contempt of court. A jury- man, who had made two or three interruptions in u course a witness's evidence, asked if he could make a statement. The coroner replied in the negative, pointing out that the duty of a juryman was to listen, having in addition the privilege of asking questions at the conclusion of each witness's examination. Thereupon did the juryman wink knowingly," a very natural movement, since to wink" unknowingly "would have indicated a defect in the gentleman's ner- vous system. The coroner, however, took of- fence at the operation, and addressing the wmkist," isaid severely, U Y u need not wink m that manner, because I shall commit you for contempt of court in a very short time if I see anything of that sort again. You have inter- rupted me more than once." It is popularly considered that a wink is as good as a nod; at Guildford it must now be considered as good as contempt of court.
SOUTH WALES AND MONMOUTH- SHIRE TRUANT SCHOOL. A meeting of the committee of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Truant School was held on Monday at the Board-room of the Merthyr Work- house, under the presidency of Alderman Thomas Williams, J.P. there were also present Mr. R. H.Rhys, J.P., Mr. P. D. Williams (Aberystruth), Mr. W. W. Phillips (Llanwonno), Mr. Dauncey (Bedwellty), and Mr. Stephens (secretary). The gentlemen appointed to examine the plans for the new building presented a report in which they regarded those of Mr. W. H. Dashwood-Caple, Cardiff, as the most suitable, subject to some alterations as to the structure. The committee wished these plans to be amended as suggested with a view to the reduction of the cost, and will further consider the same at their next meeting.
BANKRUPTCY AFTER DIVORCE. Aubrey deVere Beauclerk, the respondent in the recent divorce of Beauclerk v. Beauclerk, had a receiving order made against him in bank- ruptcy on Monday, he being described as "late of 107, Queen's Gate,Kensington,present address unknown, gentleman." All the proceedings are by substituted service.
SHOOTING EXTRAORDINARB. A Dublin correspondent telegraphs that while shooting recently over Mr. Parnell's estate Mr. Harrison, M.P., shot himself and singed Mr. Red- mond's hair, the latter having a narrow escape. Mr. Harrison's injures were hot serious.
EXTRAORDINARY DEATH OF A DIRECTOR. Mr. John Clayton, managing director of the firm of Clayton and Co., woollen manufacturers, of Millbrook, Navan, and Dublin, went out boating with his two nieces on the River Blackwater, at Navan, on Saturday evening. The young ladies landed, leaving him in the boat alone, and subse- quently he was found dead, his legs caught in the seat of the boat and his head and shoulders under water.
COLLIERY FIREMEN'S HOURS.—-At a special meeting of the Durham Miners' Association held on Monday it was decided to take steps to bring about an eight hours' working day for all fire-, men employed at the mines in the country. The same meeting voted £100 towards the London carpenters' and joiners' strike. LADY LEGISLATORS.—According to the Mel- bourne correspondent of the Times, Sir George wey proposes a Legislative Chamber for New Zealand composed entirely of women, which "would replace the present Upper House, and would perhaps have its veto powers limited. AN ARISTOCRATIC HOTEL SWINDLER.—At Chester on ^onday,Francis John Smythe, M.D., Andrew's-square, Edinburgh, alias Sir Wil- liam Scott, Bart., Sir George West, and Sir R. Xiison, Bart., was charged with feloniously ut- tering a forged cheque to the manager of the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester. Mr. Fenwick, chief constable, applied for a rusher remand, to which I tne prisoner objected on the ground that he had already pleaded guilty. The Mayor said there were other charges to be preferred, and prisoner was remanded for a week. 'Editor of the Medical Annual speaks in the highest terms of COCOA as a beverage and a food or invalids, on account of its absolute purity, high quality, and great solu- bility, and counsels the medical profession to remember, in recommending Cocoa, that the name Ladbury" on any packet is a guarantee of -8U
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MEMORIAL LODGE ANNIVERSARY- DINNER AT PONTYPOOL. The second anniversary of the above lodge was held at the Three Cranes Hotel, Pontypool, an Monday evening last. About 50 members md friends sat down to a capital dinner pro- vided by Host and Hostess Titley in the club- room, which was very prettily decorated for the occasion. After the removal of the cloth the chair was taken by Mr. W. Williams, Globe Hotel, who was supported by Mr. E. Rogers, Mr. 0. Lewis, ind Mr. S. Hissett. The vice-chair was occupied by Mr. J. Moseley, who was supported by Mr. Preece and Mr. J. Howells. The Chairman proposed the customary loyal toasts, and eulogised the Queen in her conduct as head of the grandest and most flourishing empire in the whole world. He hoped, he said, that the Heir Apparent would take a lesson from his mother, and that they would hear less preaching in the pulpit and less talk in the news- papers in regard to his future actions. The toast was drunk with musical honours. In proposing the next toast, that of ''The Army, Navy, and Reserve Force.s," the Chairman said they kept up the honour and dignity of this country. They had done their duty in the past, and if they were required in the future they would not be found wanting. He was very pleased to think that they had had for a number of years reserve forces to back up the Army and Navy, and they worked voluntarily to keep up the honour of the nation, and if they were called to go into action, they would no doubt be quite as competent as the regular army. (Hear, hear.) With the toast he would couple the name of an old member of the lodge, viz., Sergeant Price. Mr. W. H. Farr next sang Seventy-two in good style. Sergeant Price, in responding, said he knew very little of the two first arms of the service. They all knew what he knew, viz., that they had done their duty, and there was no question about it that if they were called upon they would do it again. As to the arm of the service to which he 'belonged for 26 years, he took it they were com- Sosed of the same material as the Army and iavy, and would no doubt uphold the honour of the country. The Vice-Chairman said the next toast had been placed in his hands, viz., The Town and Trade of Pontypool." In the course of a lengthy address, the speaker referred to the architectural aspect of the town, and said that he thought that after a bit they would be on a level with towns like Cardiff and Chicago. He hoped, however, that their buildings would not be erected of timber, but of sound stone and mortar, so that if the services of their Fire Brigade should ever be required they would have less difficulty in extinguishing the fire than they would have if the buildings were composed of wood. He thought they were all very well satisfied indeed with regard to the architectural aspect of the town. They had in their imme- diate neighbourhood, some splendid buildings, which were not only a credit to the architect and builder, but to the town itself. In the near future they were to have a magnificent building. It had hung fire for some time, but he was happy to say that the public spirit of men in the town, such as Mr. Edward Jones and Mr. David Williams and others, gave such an impetus to the scheme that it was on the point of being carried out. He referred to the. Hanbury Assembly Rooms. (Applause.) They had all felt the difficulty in times past of not having a room sufficiently large to bring a company of even second-rate quality to the town to give an entertainment. They could all understand that if a company of theatricals for instance, were to come to the town—that was a company of any standing at all—they required a building in which they could seat a sufficient number of people to recoup them for the amuse- ment they rendered according to their position and standing in the country as artistes. Ponty- pool had not been able to supply these wants hitherto, but after a while he hoped that the Hanbury Assembly Rooms would seat at least 1,000 people, and he hoped that all those who were interested in the Hanbury Assembly. Rooms would endeavour to increase the size so that it would not only seat 1,000 but 1,200 people. He had endeavoured to raise his voice, being a small shareholder in the concern, for the purpose of extending the accommodation of that hall, by having side galleries etc., and he' hoped it would be carried,out. As.regarded the trade, the tin trdde had been a trifle under a cloud lately. They all knew that the works in the neighbourhood had agreed a short time ago —that was, the masters agreed—tofstopj working for a month, with the hope of reducing the stock in the country, so that prices might be maintained. They all knew that if the supply was greater than the demand prices must go down. Therefore it was necessary something should be done to keep prices up as far as they possibly could. The coal traeta was dependent m a great measure on the industries of the other trades. If the iron and tin trades were lagging, the coal trade must of necessity be slack also. The demand had not been so great because of the stoppage of the tin trade, but yet prices had kept up remarkably well. Generally speaking he thought the town of Pontypool had had its fair share of good prices during the last few months, and everyone should be well satisfied with its present condition. He hoped that in the future masters and men would work har- moniously together and see that their interests were one, and that they would work rather as a united body than as if they had separate interests. (Hear, hear.) He coupled with the toast the name of their chairman, Mr. Williams. Mr. McCutcheon here played n couple of whistle solos, for which he was applauded. In responding to the toast, the chairman said he was very pleased that their worthy vice had relieved him of saying a lot. He always liked to have a good supporter in the vice-chair because he was not fond of public speaking. The vice- chair had told them a good deal which he could endorse, yet he had left one loop-hole for him. He did not say anything with regard to their future market. (Hear, hear.) That was settled after a great deal of- moaning and groaning for half a century. As a member of the Local Board, he had fought hard with the rest of the members, in convincing the rate-payers that it was necessary to provide funds for it. These things they had done, and they would not only have their Hanbury Assembly Rooms, but they would also have an assembly room over the market, which the working classes could use when they did not want to sell anything in the market. (Applause.) Instead of the people from the country coming with their goods in winter and standing out in the rain, they would have a market where they could assemble and make things comfortable for them. (Hear, hear.) They were moving with the times, and they could see the Board were doing their best, and he the speaker thanked them very cordially for the warm manner in which they had received the toast. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Z. Stewart next rendered Poor old Joe," in good style, and in response to an encore gave a capital rendering of "The Friar of Orders Grey." Mr. Hissett proposed the toast of the evening viz., The Memorial Lodge." He said he had been called on many times during that evening to propose or respond to toasts, but he had managed to wriggle out of them. They had, however, now fairly cornered him, and, looking at the importance of the toast, he might say it was with very great pleasure he rose to give it. (Hear, hear.) If there was one object more than another which deserved support, especially that of the working classes, it was a lodge of that character, to which a man might contribute- and have help in time of trouble. (Hear, hear.), With the toast he begged to couple the names of two old members—Mr. John Howells and Mr. Oliver Lewis. The toast was cordially drunk, after which Mr. Egerton sang A hunting we will go.' Mr. Howells said he felt glad to see that their lodge was in a good position. That was the second anniversary they had held, and he must say they were indebted to the brethren for bringing it to its present condition. It was well known by some of them that they were a society some years ago; but in consequence of poor trade their ledge went down, and a great num- ber of their members left. They had something like seven or eight lodges in the Pontypool dis- trict, but they were left with three—one at Llan- tarnam, one at Cwmbran, and one at the Mon- tague, Pontypool. They got to that degree that they could not support their district, and their district broke up. They had a little instruction from the district to which they belonged to break up their lodge and start a new one. This they had done, and he could tell them that at the present time he felt proud to think that they had now something like 40 members, although the lodge had been opened only two years, and he hoped each one would do his best to get another. Their secretary was unavoidably absent, othe wise they would have the financial statement. However, they were doing very well, and he hoped* they would do better than they had done. He was No. 1 in the lodge, .and he hoped to see many more members within 12 months. (Ap- plause.) Mr. Lewis also responded, and said the lodge had so far been very successful. ypy had every lodge night an average of four ov o members for the last few months. He was sure that each brother had worked his hardest, and could do IÍG more than he had done. He hoped that meeting would prove boneficial to the lodge, and that every young man like himself would look forward to what a lodge was. (Hear, hear,) When a man was in health he had friends, but when the time of sickness came, it was hard to find them. He would advise everyone to join a lodge, and have something coming in when they wanted it. Mr. W. H. Farr again favoured the company with a song, after which The Chairman said he was very pleased to see members of other societies present that evening. He begged to propose the toast of Kindred Societies, and coupled with it the name of 1ib Davies, Market-street. The toast was well received, after which, Mr. Davies returned thanks, humorously remarking that he had heard a good deal about the tin trade and coal trade, but nothing about the pig trade, or the butcher trade. He hoped they would see all their businesses prosper, in eluding Mr. Burton's greengrocery. (Laughter.) The tdast of the Host and Hostess" wafc proposed by the vice-chairman, who comph mented them upon their excellent catering. The remaining toasts were The Chairman,* Vice-chairman," and The Press" all at which having been duly acknowledged, the pro- ceedings terminated with the singing of Aula Lang Syne and the National Anthem.
SOUTH WALES AND MONMOUTH- SHIRE COALOWNERS" ASSOCIATION. The members of this association held a meeting at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, on Monday, Sir W. T. Lewis in the chair.—The notices given by the workmen at Messrs. Nixon's Navigation and the, Werfa Collieries were considered, and it was da- cided that in the event of a stoppage the com- panies should receive the support of the associa- tion. Consideration was also given to the noticed which had been tc-Tiir -cd by the enginemen, stokers, and outside fitters at the whole of the Dowlais Company's collieries, and it was resolved to accord the utmost support to the company in their action. Arrangements were made for evidence to be furnished by the association to the Royal Commission on Labour as to explosions in coad mines from coal dust. At the conclusion of the coalowners' business a meeting of the joint committee of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Institute of Engineers and of the association took place. Further arrangements were made for the erection of the new institute in Park-place, the contract for which has, we understand, been let to Messrs. William Thomas and Co., Bute Docks.
SOUTH WALES AND MONMOUTH"* SHIRE SLIDING-SCALE COMMITTEE. A meeting of the sliding-scale committee of South Wales and Monmouthshire colliery pro- prietors and workmen's representatives was held at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, on Monday, under the presidency of Sir William T. Lewis. The committee took into consideration the disputes at the Werfa and Tewgoed Collieries, and, after hearing evidence on both sides, decided that further reference should be made to the colliery proprietors and workmen to enable them to attempt a settlement.
MILLIONAIRES' CHILDREN WATCHED BY DETECTIVES. A plot (says Dalziel) has just been discovered in New York for the kidnapping of the children of Mr. George Gould, son of Mr: Jay Gould. Tha case is in the hands of Police-inspector Byrnes and of Pinkerton's detectives. The children are attended by officers in plain clothes whenever they leave the house. It is stated that the same gang of scoundrels contemplates the kidnapping of the children of several other New York miflidnaires.
ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A SEAMAN. An Austrian seaman named Lazero was found on Saturday morning stabbed in the throat and injured on the head on board the schooner Alpha. A coloured seaman named Thompson, who was accused of the crime; escaped from the vessel. The police searched in various directions, and §ot trace of the prisoner near some brickworks, ut he could not be found during the dav'i search, which was continued unremittingly. Late at night men with torches again searched about the brickworks, and one with a torch entered the flue of a large chimney. On looking up a man was seen inside at the top of the cnitnney. Thompson, finding that he was dis- covered, got out at the top of the chimney, jumped on to a bank, and ran into the fields, but he waS captured and locked up. Lazero is in tL oritieal state, « -«,
THE TROUBLES OF A GIRL WIFE. A ytmng-looking girl, who stated that she was nearly nineteen years of age, asked Mr. Dickin- eon, at the Thames police-court, on Saturday, to grant her a separation from her husband, who had been knocking her about. In answer the magistrate's questions, applicant said that she had been married a year and seven monhs, and had one child. Her husband came home when he liked and stayed away when he felt so inclined, and often kept her without money and food. After being married seven months he seriously assaulted her, for which offence he was sentenced to 21 days hard labour. She was willing to keep herself, and was afraid to live with him. Mr. Dickinson granted her a sum- mons against the husband.
THE GREAT POSTAL ROBBERIES. RHODES AND HIS LOVE-SUITS. The chiefs of the Post Office departments state that a number of officers have been engaged early and late in tracing to whom the numerous post-office orders and cheques found on Rhodes (the prisoner convicted at the Old Bailey) be- longed. In all cases where they could they have sent them direct to the persons for whom they were intended. Where they have not been able to do that they have returned the cheques to the banks for the various amounts to be placed to the credit of the senders. Owing to the extent of the robberies it has involved a large amount of correspondence. If there are any persons who should have received money, and have not, in consequence of these robberies, every facility will be given them at the chief office to trace the money. Though Rhodes had £20,000 worth of valuables in his possession, he had, up to the time of t,his arrest, only realised about £249. Some part of this money went in horse-racing and betting, whilst another part of the money was spent even less creditably. He professed an engagement to a young lady to whom he gave a diamond ring and promised marriage. As the ring was bought with somei of the proceeds of the robbery a judge's order was obtained for that to + ?1-ven UP- .The young lady is greatly affected at his unenviable position but it appears that there are about twelve other girls who are mourning the loss of his affections.
THE BACCARAT GROUP IN WAX. The Tranby Croft party have now attained the height of notoriety. They have been model- led in wax, and may now be seen in a Glasgow waxworks, proprietor's establishment, side by side with malefactors, freaks of nature, and other choice companions. The group is represented sitting round the baccarat table, which has been chalked ror the game, and each player has in m>nt or him a few counters. The Prince of Wales, as banker, is at the head of the table. Immediately to his left is Lord Coventry, while Mrs. Lycett Green is seated beside Sir William Gordon Cumming, whose left hand is placed, over a counter near the chalk line. At the foot of the table the croupier is intently Watcir ii'J the game, as is also Mrs. Wilson, who is repre- sented with a frown on her brow, as if she had lust made an unwelcome discovery. Lord Somerset is deeply studying the cards he holds in hand, and Mr. Arthur Wilson is looking straight across the table at Sir William, evidently watching every move.
¡ Tvr ^h.ildren- — A man named I <7 I werQ convicted at the Jilt OUo^ Petty sessions, on Saturday, ■fw jn ^treating and neglecting two children, by the male prisoner's first wife i to three months imprisonment labour. The prosecution was insti- tcutedltby the Society for the Prevention of rue y to Children. SALVATIONISTS AT EASTBOURNE.1There was Renewal on Sunday, in Eastbourne, of the dis- turbanceg arising out of thte playi.ng of bands in tne town. The Salvationists adopted different tactics, and distributed themselves in various districts. This unexpected movement caused considerable additional trouble to the police, and served rather to increase public indignation. There were several C6D:Ricts between the Salva- tionists and the public. The police had consi- derable difficulty 10, separating the combatants, and in protecting the Salvationists to their citadel. Two bandsmen bad their heads cut and entered that building with blood on t' faces. I
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