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NEWS IN BRIEF. It is stated that on the occation of the opening of Parliament the King will attend is State at Westminster, and that the programme will be very much on the lines, so far as present indications go, of that observed at the opening of Parliament at the beginning of the year. The State coach will again be employed, and it is probable that the shcrt route then followed will be adhered to on the 16th prox. The funeral of the late Major General F Hammersley, who was known throughout the Army as the Father of Army Gymnastics," took place on Friday afterneen at Ash, when the whole of the members of the Aldershot Gymnastic Staff were present, with Colonel G M Fox, Inspector of Army Gymnasia. The deceased officer was for many years the head of the Army School of Gymnasia at Aldershot, and was in his 78th year. He leaves a widow, a son Major Hammersley—and two daughters. On the occasion of Old Etonians at Calcutta, under the Viceroy's presidency, on Christmas-eve, the Lord Mayor telegraphed to Lord Curzon, Floreat Etona," to which his Excellency returned the laconic reply Florebit," Official trials were made at Marseilles on Satur- day in the holds of the steamer Djemma of a new method of killing rats in ships by the use of carbonic acid in a liquid state. The trials were carried out in the presence of the chief engineer of the Messageries Maritimes Company and under the direction of two doctors belonging to the Marseilles Sanitary Service. The result was satis- factory both as regards the efficency and the simplicity of the process. The Miners employed at the Halkyn Lead Min«, in Flintshire, who have been out on strike for the past twelve weeks, have decided to accept the reduction of 10 per cent in wages proposed by the directors in consequence of the fall in the prices of lead ore, and work is to be resumed. The Mikasa, the largest battleship afloat, left Barrow on Friday for Portsmouth to undergo her steam trials. This magnificent vessel has been built by Vickers, Maxim & Co. for the JapaneEe Government. At the present moment she is probably the mest powerful fighting ship in the world. At the Denbighshire Quarter Sessions, to be held at Rutbin, the following new magistrates will qualify :—The Hon Laurence Brodrick, 7, Cadogan Gardens, London; Mr Thomas Parry, Llys Aled, Colwyn Bay; and Mr Edward Evans, Park, Llan- rhaiadr-yn-Mochnant. Dean Bradley stated on Friday that West- minster Abbey would be closed to the nublic immediately after Easter, in order that the prepara- tions for the Coronation service shall be proceeded with. The Abbey will remain closed until the con- clusion of the ceremoaies. The Liverpool branch of the Navy League has received a donation of £10 towards the Sea training Home for Poor Boys from the Prince of Wales, who congratulates the League on the work done in training the boys for the:navy. The chairman of the Worcestershire Quarter Session* on Monday held that the use of a gummed slip round the cork of a bottle would not comply with the law prohibitihg children being served with intoxicants except in sealed vessels." A committee of the Bench was appointed to confer with a committee of the licensed trade on the question.

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