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NEWS IN BRIEF. The first international match of the Rugby season was played at Blackheath on Saturday, when Wales defeated England by a penalty goal and two tries to a placed goal and a try. Mr Justice Kennedy left town on Monday for the South Wales Circuit, and on Tuesday opened the Commission of Assize at Haverfordwest. The Royal Naval School has received a sub- scription of £ 50 from the King, who is the patron of the institution. Sir William Macdonald has given a donation of £25,000 for the teaching of domestic science to girls on Ontario schools. The breach of promise case, Knight v the Duke of Manchester," withdrawn from the list of causes for trial. An annual subscription of fifty guineas has been received at the Bank of England from the Princess of Wales for King Edward's Hospital Fund for London. Mr G F Rowe, a member of the London Stock Exchange, has been adopted as the Liberal candidate for Hampstead. The death took place on Saturday of John Briggs one of the most famous cricketers in the history of the game. I According to an official return, there were last year 949 seperate accidents in the coal mines of the United Kingdom, causing 1,095 deaths. Mr Leonard Courtney has declined to become the Liberal candidate for tLe Bodmin division of Cornwall. The death is announced, in his sixty-ninth year, of Mr James James (lago ab Ieuan), of Aberdare, the composer of the music of Hen WJad fy Nhadau," the words of which were written by his father, the late Mr Evan James. Mr Arthur Roberts was sued on Monday in the King's Bench Division by Miss Loftus foran alleged breach of contract, and a verdict for £250 damages was given against him. The question at issue in the case was whether it was not really the plaintiff herself who put an end to the contract. The estimate of the cost of constructing an electric railway between Brighton and London, is in round figures, £ ,338,403. It is proposed to spend £330,000 on stations, while no less a sum than JE2,408,720 is to be spent on tunnels. The cost of the line is jestimated at about £7,310 per mile. Mr William Thomas, of Bootle, who some years ago purchased the library of the Rev Dr Owen Thomas for £1,7GOand presented it to Bala College bad just offered to build a public hall at Llan. rliyddad-biis native place-at a cost of £ 2,000. IIIAt a meeting of members of the Oswestry Liberal Club on Friday night, Mr Philip II Min- shall presiding, on the motion of Councillor S Parry Jones, seconded by Mr C P Gasquoine, the follow. ing resolution was unanimously adopted That this meeting welcomes the return of Lord Rosebery to political life and his declaration that he is pre. pared to devote his best energies to the interests of the nation, and believes that the policy advocated at Chesterfield, if adopted, would secure honour- able peace in South Africa." The Central News says: Mr Thomas Lotigh, M.P., had arranged to address his constituents at the Public Hall of the West Islington (London) Baths on the 22nd inst., and Mr Lloyd-George was to speak there on the same occasion. The Town Clerk, however, has now written to the secretary of the Liberal Association stating that the arrange- ments for the use of the Public Hall on that occasion must now be considered as cancelled. Thereat important discovery of hematite iron ore made in the Furness district for many years past hs been notified at the Roanhead mines. On the shores of the Duddon Estuary, at a depth of 90 feet from the surface, a valuable deposit of rich ore has been pierced to the depth of 60 feet, and the bottom has not bern reached. It is an extensive deposit of the best quality of ore, and gives indica- tions that a large body of metal underlies the Dudden Estuary,



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