DISASTROUS FIRE AT LLANDAFF. Shortly before half-past one on Tuesday morning a fire was discovered on the premises known as the Old Red Lion Hotel, Llandaff. Police-constable Phillips, on going out of the police-station about that time, noticed that the roof of the house was on fire, and immediately went for assistance. Police- constable 127 (Davies) and Mr. Burness, who were close at hand, went at once to the house, and suc- ceeded in getting the furniture out of the dining- room. In the meantime the intelligence had been conveyed to the fire-engine station at Cardiff, and shortly afterwards a manual engine arrived, under the direction of Superintendent Price and Engineer Jenkins. The roof had fallen in, however, and it was evident that the whole of the premises must be destroyed. The only available supply of water was from the stream just below the cathedral, and it bad to be pumped up the hill from that spot. Mr C. Newman, the occupier of the house, and his niece were awakened by the smell of burning, but they had no difficulty in making their escape from the building. The efforts of the brigade were directed towards the adjoining property, and the furniture of Mr. J. V. Charley, who resides next door, had to be removed. All attempts to save the goods of Mr Newman, however, proved fruitless, and in two hours after the discovery was first made the whole place, with its contents, had been totally consumed. The origin of the fire is unknown. The damage, however, is covered by insurance. The Red Lion was formerly tenanted by Mr. Richard 'Williams, and was the largest hotel in the city. Previous to the Sunday Closing Act coming into operation it was much frequented by people visiting the cathedral, but in August, 1884, the landlord was, unfortunately, convicted of permitting drunkenness. The result was that when the re- newal of the licence was asked for the following inonth the application was refused. Shortly after- wards it was utilised for the Llandaff Ladies* College, and ultimately as a private dwelling-house This is only the second fire in Llandaff for sixteen years.
LONDON WELSH FOOTBALL CLUB. The annual general meeting of the above club was held at Anderton's Hotel, Fleet-street, London, E.C., on Thursday evening last. There was a numerous attendance, and the proceedings were most enthusiastic throughout. Officers for the en- suing season were elected as follows :—First Fifteen -captain, R. L. Thomas vice-captain, A. C. Davies; Second Fifteen -captain, M. Jenkins; vice- captain, A. Smith. The retiring secretary informed the meeting that fixtures had been arranged with both universities and most of the leading Metro- politan and Welsh Rugby teams for the coming season, and that some twenty matches had already been fixed for the second team. Intending member are requested to communicate with the hon. secre- tary, Mr. D. J. Jones, Charing Cross Hospital, Strand, W.C., who will be happy to supply any information required.
THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND THE "I JOURNALIST. The case of the Queen v. Bridge came before Justices Smith and Day in the Queen's Bench Division on Monday, on a rule to show cause why Mr Bridge, Metropolitan police magistrate, should not hear and determine an application by Mr George Edward Simms, journalist, for a summons for assault against the Duke of Cambridge and In. spector Robinson, on the occasion of the recent re- view of the fire brigade. Mr Polland appeared for the magistrate, Mr Abinger for the applicant, and Sir Charles Russell held a watching brief for the Duke of Cambridge. Their lordships held that the magistrate had already heard and determined Mr Simms' complaint, and that there was consequently no ground for a mandamus.
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ACCIDENT TO A CLEVEDON TRAIN. On Saturday evening the train due at Clevedon at 7.15 p.m. met with a disaster on leaving Yatton station. The train had only proceeded about 20 yards when, on reaching the points, the two first carriages left the line. The engine, which had fortunately only attained a slow rate, was soon brought to a standstill, though not before some damage was done to the permanent way and to the carriages. The other carriages remained on the rails, aad their occupants were unaware of the mishap until a crowd assembled. Fortunately only two passengers were in the front carriage, and beyond the fright no one was hurt. It appears that the points were not properly fixed. Mr Barber, the station-master, was quickly on the spot, and had the passengers, with very little delay, conveyed to Clevedon by a special train.
A DISQUALIFIED WELSH MAYOR. A curious difficulty has occurred at Ruthin. Colonel Cornwallis West, M.P., of Ruthin Castle, is mayor, and one of the councillors has discovered that, owing to his absence from Ruthin for two consecutive months, he has disqualified himself for office. Precedents were searched, and it was found that this was the case. Colonel West was communicated with, as the corporation had decided to present an address to the Queen during the forthcoming visit, and difficulty arose as to the mayor presenting it. Colonel West replied, saying it was quite possible he had been absent for two months on Parliamentary business, and that if the council wished he would resign. It was thereupon decided to give notice according to law that the mayoralty is vacant. The corporation will probably formally re-elect Colonel West.
A SHIP ON FIRE IN THE CHANNEL. A collision, took place in the Channel, off the Needles, on Saturday night, in a violent gale, be- tween the Lufra, a barque belonging to Tasmania, which was bound to that place, and the Norwegian barque Bondevinnin, of Krageroe, bound to Milford Haven. The Lufra had on board a large quantity of gunpowder, which she took in at Gravesend on Friday. The vessels appear to have kept in each Other's company down the Channel, and during the storm on Saturday night the Lufra struck the Norwegian craft on the starboard quarter. The blow was so heavy that it crushed through the timbers half-way across the deck, smashing, amongst other things, the binnacle. The oil in the binnacle lamp exploded, and set fire to the afterpart of the ship. Owing to the high sea the vessel began to fill at once, and the crew of ten hands took to their boats. The vessel sank in about twenty minutes. The crew of the Lufra, alarmed lest the fire should spread to their ship and explode the gunpowder, also took to their boats-nineteen persons in all. The boats of both craft kept together for some time, but the high seas caused them to ship a great deal of water; and when those who were rescued were picked up, the water in the boats was nearly up to the thwarts. The captain and some of the crew of the Lufra returned to that vessel; but the other boats were missed in the darkness, and the men, including four of the Lufra's crew, and ten men belonging to the Norwegian barque, were picked up by a passing vessel and brought to Deal. One of the Lufra's boats, containing three men, passed the rescuing ship, and was lost in the darkness.
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In the United States the law exempts a poor man's only pig from being siezed for debt. A story is told of a poor fellow who owned a remarkably fat hog, and who was in debt to a rich man. One day, the creditor, meeting the debtor, said "You need another pig; let me send you a nice little one." The poor man was surprised k, Why, I owe you for the hog I've got now," he stammered. Never mind, you need another, and I'll send it." And he did, and the little pig was put in the pen by the side of the fat one. In less than an hour the constable came and attached the fat hog and took it away, and thus the law and the rich man were (Satisfied,
A NATURALISTS NOTES I' AROUND TENBY. THE BIRDS OF THE STACK ROCKS. PART II. Next to the Guillemot, the most abundant species on the Stack Rocks are the Razor-bills (Alca tor da), locally known as "Eligugs," while in some districts they go by the more appropriate name of hatchet-bills." These birds belong to the same genus as the now extinct Great Auk (Alca impennis). In colour the Razor-bill closely resembles the Guillemot, except that in the former the brownish black of the head, back and wings,is of a darker obade-but the bill will at once identify the bird, being sharp and flat like a razor or hatchet, thus differing totally from that of the Guillemot as described last week; besides the difference in shape, the bill of the Razor-bill is crossed with a transverse white bar passing across both mandibles, and a narrow white line also passes from the top of the upper mandible to the eye. The feathers on the head and neck of this species, and also on those of Guillemot, are so small and beautifully arranged as to present, even on close examination, the appearance of velvet. These birds breed in similar situations to the Guillemot, but more isolated from one another; indeed, they are too vicious to suffer very close contact with a neighbour. Only one egg is laid. In shape it is somewhat shorter than that of the last-named species and the smaller end is blunter and more rounded. The ground colour is nearly always white—very rarely of a faint greenish blue tint—blotched, spotted, or streaked with various shades of brown or black, the marking often taking the form of a dark broad zone round the larger end. Sometimes the colouring is suffused all over the egg, which is then of a beautiful chocolate brown; occasionally pure white eggs are met with Many persons, even collectors, are often puzzled to separate the eggs of these two birds. Besides the difference in shape already mentioned, there is an infallible test by which blown eggs may be at once identified. If the egg of a Guillemot-one with a white or yellowish ground colour-is held to the light in such a position that the inside can be seen through the hole from which the contents have been ejected, it will be seen that the mem- brane covering the inside of the shell is of a yellowish white colour. An egg of the Razor-bill viewed in the same way will be found to have the inside membrane green, though the outside shell is white or cream colour. Of course those Guillemot's eggs which are of a distinct green will appear of that colour from the inside also, but the Razor- bill's eggs are not found with the same bright green outside—it being the white eggs of the two' species which are so confusing. Like the Guille- mot, this bird lays several times if its eggs are taken, and like that bird takes all its food, which consists of fish, under water; but unlike the Guillemot, which only carries one fish at a time to its young or partner, the Razor-bill will take ten, twelve or even more small herrings every trip. Next in numbers is the Kittiwake Gull (Rissa tridactyra) These pretty lively little gulls nest on the lower ledges and generally in the most in- accessible parts of the rocks. Unlike the two previous species, these birds make a nest of sea- weed and a few grass stems, in which are deposited usually three eggs; these vary in their ground Colouring, being of various shades of brown and buff, sometimes pale blue, blotched and spotted, or lined with different shades of chocolate brown. This species is the latest in nesting, it being generally the middle of June when the bulk of the eggs are laid, about four weeks being required for hatching. The adult Kittiwake, in breeding plumage, has the whole of the head, neck, tail and under parts pure white, back and wings French grey-the latter tipped with black-feet and legs black. The young are covered with yellowish brown down, marked with black spots. The Kittiwake does not dive i8 pursuit of its food, but like other gulls takes it on the surface, or from the shore during the recess of the tide. ( To be continued.) AMPHIBIAN. .IS.
THE AUTUMN MANOEUVRES. AN ATTACK TO BE MADE ON THE BRISTOL CHANNEL PORTS, We have reason to believe, says the Western Mail, that during the forthcoming autumn manoeu- vres, which commence on the 3rd of August, and will continue for a period of several weeks, an attack will be made by a portion of Her Majesty's fleet on some of the ports in the Bristol Channel. Major Thornley, the officer commanding the Severn Volunteer Division of Royal Engineers, has re- ceived an official communication warning him to take the necessary measures to resist such an at- tack, should it be made, and he has called a special parade of his corps for Monday evening next in order that detailed arrangements for defence may be made. In his communication to Major Thornley the officer commanding Royal Engineers says the object of the attack is to test the rapidity with which the local force can assemble to repel an attempted landing, and to ascertain how quickly, after intelligence has been received at headquarters that the enemy seemed likely to attack any par- ticular point on the coast, the troops in its imme- diate vicinity can be got under arms and in a position to act.
HOLLOWAY'S PILLS. — Health or Wealth. — No sane person would hesitate an instant in the choice between these two conditions. Now is the season to secure the former either by restoring or confirm- ing it. These Pills expel all impurities from the system which fogs, foul vapours, and variable temperatures engender during winter; this medicine also acts most wholesomely upon the skin by dis- gorging the liver of its accumulated bile, and by exciting the kidneys to more energetic action it increases the appetite for food and strengthens the digestive process. The stomach and liver, with which most disorders originate, are fully under the control of these regenerative Pills, which act very kindly yet more efficiently on the tendereat bowels.
At Blackburn a juvenile housebreaker named Frederick Sefton, aged 13, has been charged with entering the residence of a magistrate )and stealing a cheque for JE64, which he abstracted from a letter The prisoner was sentenced to 14 days' imprison- ment. I Worcester is in a state of great excitement over the disappearance of the Rev. C. C; Carroll, minor canon, and rector of St. Martin's, He left Wor- cester some weeks since without apprising his wife or friends, and nothing has since been ascertained regarding him. There is also considerable anxiety concerning a young Worcester schoolmistress, who disappeared about the same time. At the Maidstone Assizes Francis Henry Parsons, journalist, proprietor of Toby, has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment for a libel upon three young ladies of Strood. In passing sentence, Jus- tice Charles said he could only express his feelings by sending Parsons to goal, as it would be idle to impose a fine. The Liverpool representatives of the Mutual Re- serve Fund Life Association of New York, acting on cable instructions received from headquarters, have paid over to Mrs. May brick's solicitors a sum of f200 on account of the insurance on the life of the late Mr. James Maybrick. This, it is explained, is in pursuance of the usual policy of the company to grant advances in cases of necessity, and they have decided to make no exception in Mrs. Maybrick's case. The value has been swcrn at JE40,504, of the per- sonal estate of the late Mr. Charles Hay-Stewart, West India merchant and shipowner, who died at Brighton in May. At Limerick Assizes the libel action of Mr M. Harris, M.P., against Sir John Arnott, for having published in the Irish Times that the plaintiff was an Invincible, has been concluded. The jury found for the plaintiff, with JE1,000 damages. An English gentleman, having no connection with Armagh, has written to say that he will adopt the little girl, Arabella Neil, whose father and mother were killed in the recent collision, and who was so seriously injured herself that her thigh had to be amputated. She is still in the county infirmary and does not know that she is an orphan. Local Examinations in Music will in future be undertaken by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Masic, acting in conjunction for that purpose, under the presidency of the Prince of Wales. The regulations will be published as soon as the new arrangements are completed. It is expected that the syllabus will be ready by January 1st, and that the Examinations will be held in the Autumn of 1890. The total cost of the County Council elections in England and Wales, chargeable on the county rate, was one hundred and thirty-one thousand eight hun- dred and eighteen pounds sixteen shillings and elevenpence, of which twelve thousand four hun- dred and fifty-three pounds thirteen shillings and fivepence was for the County of London. The Bishop of Rochester, writing to Mr J. F. Field, Warden of the Great Account of St. Saviour's, Southwark, says that the Provisional Committee for the restoration of that church may rely on all the assistance he can possibly give them, whether in sympathy, money, or time, towards making the church worthy in all respects of be the cathedral of the future for London south of the Thames. "With me," adds the Bishop, "as with you, it has long been a beautiful dream, and it must be a dream no longer. It is officially announced that it is the intention of Mr Balfour, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, to visit Edinburgh, and to deliver a political address, in November. An influential and representative Committee of Unionists from all parts of Scotland is in course of formation to carry out the arrange- ments for a National demonstration in support of the Government and of the policy of which Mr. Balfour is the exponent. The value has been sworn at f 60,054 15s. 6d., of the personal estate of the late Mr. Clement Francis Wedgwood, of Etruria and Barlaston, Staffordshire, manufacturer of earthenware, who died on the 24th of January last, and of whose will, made in 1879, with codicils made in 1888, the executors are his wife, his brother-in-law, and his son, Mr Francis Hamilton Wedgwood. The testator nominates his said son to his share in the partnership business of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, and the residue of his estate he leaves as to one-third to his wife for life and her appointment, and as to the remaining two- thirds to his children in the proportion of three pounds to each son for two pounds to each daughter. The Prince of Wales has appointed Viscount Valentia Grand Master of the Freemasons of the province of Berks and Oxfordshire. The Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and family left Arlington-street for Hatfield on Saturday afternoon. The Duchess of Westminster laid the foundation- stone of the Church of the Holy Innocents at Hammersmith on Saturday. Colonel J. C. Murray, R.A., has been appointed Commanding Royal Artillery Officer on the Staff at Limerick. Mr Leo Maxse has been adopted as the Unionist candidate for the Clitheroe Division of Lancashire. The Queen has been pleased, on the recom- mendation of the Secretary for Scotland, to appoint Professor A. C. Bradley, of University College, Liverpool, to be Professor of English Language and Literature in the University of Glasgow, in the room of Professor Nichol, resigned. Earl Russell appealed on Saturday to the Middlesex Magistrates, Mr Littler, Q.C., presiding, against a conviction by Mr W. A. Mitchison and Mr John Ashby, for unlawfully navigating a steam launch at a speed and in a manner to damage the banks of the Thames. The court affirmed the conviction. A new line of railway, connecting Freshwater, Yarmouth, and the western part of the Isle of Wight with Newport, the central town, was opened for public traffic on Saturday. It is contemplated at a later period to carry the line on to Totland Bay. The Taff Vale Railway Bill, which has already passed the House of Lords, came before Mr Cam- pion, one of the examiners of the House of Commons, on Monday, after first reading, for proof of com- pliance with the standing orders. There was no opposition at this stage, and the necessary for- malities having been observed, the bill was ordered to be reported for second reading. Intelligence has been received of the death of Mr Thomas Irwin Barstow, who for many years was one of the presiding magistrates at the Clerken- well police-court. The deceased, who expired on Sunday at his residence at Elstree, resigned his position only last April owing to failing health.
MONKTON PRIORY CHURCH, PEMBROKE. The further restoration of the church is being proceeded with rapidly, and the opening services are fixed for Tuesday, August, 13th. Mr K. McAlpin is the contractor, and has entrusted the stone work of the windows to Mr John Phillips, Pembroke-Dock, who has on a previous occasion executed similar work very satisfactorily. The ■work does not interfere with the services. The fine old church was well filled on Sunday evening, and the Rev. D. Bowen, Vicar, at the close of his sermon, embraced the occasion to refer to the work, past and present. He said that for nine years the Restoration committee and" himself had laboured in the work, which had so far been most successful. They had never for one single moment wavered. They were engaged in rescuing God's House of Prayer which for years had been desecrated, and God's blessing had been upon them and ere long he hoped to see the whole of it res- tored to God's service. For 366 years the part they had in hand now had remained without a roof open to the storm and the birds of the air, but God had put it into the hearts of many to restore it to the worship and glory of God. There was much talk of disendowment in the present day, but there had been disendowment in the past, and Monkton p had suffered more than any other church in the district. He would appeal then to all before him to give what they could to help to, restore, that House of Prayer, where in the ages that were past thousands had assembled to worship the same God to whose glory and service they were now anxious to restore it.
CAPTAIN MURRELL AGAIN HONOURED. Captain Hamilton Murrell, K.D., of the steamer Missouri, has jbeen entertained to dinner by the Danish Consul-General at his residence in London, when he was presented with a magnificent silver centre piece on behalf of the merchants of Copen- hagen, in recognition of saving the lives of so many of their countrymen from the ill-fated steamer Datomark last April. Among the company were the Danish Ambassador (Count de Falbe), the Attache of the Danish Legation, the Attache of the Norwegian Legation. Messrs. Ericson and Neilson, of the Atlantic Telegraph Company, and about 40 other prominent Scandinavians.