PROGRESSIVES PROTEST. (" Times Second Edition Telegram.) Cape Town, Friday.—Al a meeting of the Progressive members of the Cape Parliament to-day, at which 48 were present, a resolution was unanimously adopted deprecating the &.t. tempts made to enconrlloge the Gcwernment of the Transvaal to continue their resistance to the just demands of her Majesty's Government, and assur- ing the latter of tha strongest support of their policy, which the Progressives regard an cal- culated to promote the permanent and best in- terests of the whole of South Africa.
ATTITUDE OF THE FREE STATE. BAAD STILL SITTING IN SECRET. (Central News Telegram.) Bloemfontein, Saturday.—It is expected that the debate in the Raad on the question of the Free State course of action in case of war between England and the Transvaal will not be concluded until Tuesday next. The debate is being con- ducted in absolute secrecy. Mr Kock, a member the Transvaal Executive, and Mr Van Alphen, the Boer Postmaster-General, have arrived here on a visit to President Steyn. There is a very general feeling here that war is practically assured, because the Free State Raad is certain to decide to throw in its lot with the Transvaal. Consequently hundreds of men. women, and children are leaving the town for safer districts. The Free State Executive has caused to be published certain telegrams sent to the Transvaal Government in 1884 by the then High Commis- sioner respecting the Anglo-Transvaal Conven- tion concluded in that year. In one of these telegrams the High Commissioner is represented as having declared that the Transvaal would be accorded the same complete internal independ- ence as that which was enjoyed by the Orange Free State.
ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS START FROM CAIRO. (Renter's Telegram.) Alexandria, Sunday.—The transport Avoca, which left the Royal Albert Docks on the 13th instant with the 2nd Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment on board, arrived here yesterday evening 14 hourB before she was due. All being in readiness for the embarkation of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (830) for South Africa, the Avoca will sail at 6 this evening direct for Natal.
TROOPS FROM INDIA. (Renter's Telegram.) Bombay, Saturday.—The 2nd Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders and the remainder of the 19th Hussars sailed at noon to-day for South Africa aboard transports Palitana, SIren, and Warova. Calcutta, Sunday.—The transport India left here at 10 o'clock this morning with a further de- tachment of troops for South Africa. The men looked cheerful and received an enthusiastic send- off. —Reuter.
RECRUITING IN NATAL. (Central News Telegram.) Pietermaritzburg. Friday Night.—Recruiting for the Imperial Light Horse is actively proceed- ing. The results so far have been entirely suc- cessful. A report has been received hare to-night as to the probable arrest of certain journalists and many Uitlanders at Johannesburg.
MORE OFFICERS SAIL. SCENES AT WATERLOO STATION. The Press Association says :—The departure platform at Waterloo Station was again a scene of great bustle and excitement on Saturday, when the two special trains conveying passengers to Southampton for embarkation on the Union steamship Norman were preparing to start. The platform was itrewn with uniform cases and other military impedimenta, and a glance at the passengers and those who assembled to see them off was sufficient to show that the military ele- raent was very strong, although mufti was worn in all instances. The soldier passengers were officers selected for service in Natal, and the
SPRINKLING OF WAR CORRES- PONDENTS ] seems to suggeist that active operations were re- ] garded as extremely probable. Among the correspondents was the veteran Mr Melton Prior. The most notable among the officers was Major- < General J. D. French, who goes out to command ( the cavalry brigade. A saloon was reserved for 1 the General and Major D. Haig, his brigade I major, and Lieutenant Milbanke, his A.D.C. j Among the other passengers were the officers whose names have already been published. Most < of the above left by the first train, and there was a good deal of silent demonstration as they de- parted, but no cheering. ] The Press Association adds that an officer who was present to see General French off was heard to remark in bidding good-bye to a war corres- pondent, I think fighting may not come about after all, but in any case good luck to you." By a coincidence Commissioner and Mrs Kilbey, of the Salvation Army, travelled by the same train, and proceed by the Norman tosuccsed as commander-in-chief in South Africa.. The Army had organised a special send-off for them, and some 500 Salvationists were present at Waterloo to wish thsnj bou voyage. i Tha following additional officers left South- ampton for South Africa by the Union Company's steamer Norman :—Captain Lord Douglas J. C. ComptOD, 9th Lancers; Captain the Hon. Claude Willoughby, 9th Lancers; Lieut. Colonel E. B. Applebee, A.O.C.; Major P. W. A.A. Milton, Yorkshire Light Infantry Captain E. FitzG. M. Wood, Devonshire Regiment; Captain J. Russell, R.A„ Captain Shackerley, Captain H. C. Richards, Lieutenant Johnstone, 60th Rifles. RUMOURS OF AN ARMY CORPS GOING OUT. Lest statements published on Saturday morn- ing as to the extent of the British force for South Africa should be construed as indicating the immediate despatch cf an Army Corps, the Press Association has authority to repeat unequivo- cally that no new orders for the sending of forces to the Cape have been given as the result of Friday's Cabinet Council. The term Army Corps is a somewhat vague one, and not capable of exact numerical definition. It implies a force including substantial representa- tion of all arms—a complete army in itself, The size of such a corps in relation to theBritiah Army would probably not fall below Zo,000 as a minimum, and the maximum would be large enough to bring the total force in South Africa up to the figure named—50,000 men. Such a corps will undoubtedly ultimately be called into requisition, and It is not far from the mark to say that the War Office have made and are making preparations on this basis. The newspaper reports would almost certainly be justified in the event of war, proving inevitable, but it may be repeated that no additional troops have been ordered to move as the result of Friday's Cabinet Council, and none are likely to he so ordered till after the next Cabinet Council at the earliest. 70,000 MEN TO BE EMPLOYED. An Aldershot telegram says:—Thirty men of I the Army Service Corps have joined from out stations to prepare foe South Africa. To-day (Monday) a number of men from the infantry 'battalions will be examined for service as bakers and butchers. About 30 transport companies will be required. The Army Medical Corps will furnish six bearer companies and six field hospitals for the fighting line, two of each for the cavalry division and a field hospital for reserve troops. The strength of the Army Corps will be much above that laid down in establishments, and with troops now in Natal will number 70,000 men. Three batteries leave for Liverpool to-day (Monday) and sail on Tuesday. The guns were put on the rails on Sunday morning, and every- I' thiag is in readiness.
A LARGE IMPERIAL FORCE WANTED. (Press Association Special Telegram.) ¡ Cape Town, Saturday.—Some uneasiness is felt BsynpextaEBOf the Imperial Government regarding the cablegram despatched yesterday, and it is thought probable that the further, despatch of troops may be temporarily delayed. It is urged that the only solution of the present intolerable tension, whether peaceful or warlike, depends on the presence of 'a large Imperial force in South Africa. Indeed, not a few believe the chances of a peaceful solution to be greater if the. despatch of troops is continued.
ENGLAND AND DELAGOA BAY. THE RUMOURED ACQUISITION. The Press Association ia informed by the Por- tuguese Minister in London that there is no truth "in the statement published in the Pioneer of India, that negotiations have been concluded by Great Britain for taking possession of Delagoa Bay. It is persistency reported in the City, however, that the British Government will lease Delagoa Bay from the Portuguese Government from October 1st for a term of years, and that the interviews which Mr Balfour had on Friday with Lord Rothschild previous to the Cabinet Council were connected with the project. Lourenco, Marqaes, Sunday.—The Governor of Lourenco Marques states he has no information confirming, the report that Portugal had leased Delagoa Bay to Great Britain.—Reuter.
UNEASINESS AT JOHANNESBURG. (Renter's Telegram.) Johannesburg, Friday.—The feeling of un- easiness is unaltered. More windows were broken yesterday evening, and barricading is proceeding. The body of a highwayman, who "as shot on Saturday, has been discovered and buried in a plantation. A man who is stated to be the ringleader of the band has been arrested; The Town Council have asked a number of officials to take three months' leave on half-pay.
A STREAM OF REFUGEES. (Reuter's Telegram.) Durban, Friday.—Over 1,100 refugees have arrived here from Johannesburg during the last 48 hours, and a further large batch is expected to-night. The Corporation and the Ladies' Relief Committee are doing their utmost to pro vide for distressed women and children. Men are working day and night on the railway fitting up trucks for the conveyance of troops. The railway s already prepared to convey 2,000 daily.
EFFECT ON THE MINING INDUSTRY. BOER GOVERNMENT CIRCULAR. (Central News Telegram.) Johannesburg, Saturday.—With a view to secure, if possible, the uninterrupted working of • the gold mines in the event of war, the Pretoria Executive has issued a circular to all mine managers asking for suggestions as to how that end could be best secured, and assuring them of the sincere desire of the Government to co- operate with them in safeguarding the most important industry in the country. But, how- ever well meant, this action cornea too late. Most of the working miners will have left the Transvaal by the end of this month, and nearly all-if not ill-the mines have already stopped working owing to the impossibility of obtaining skiUed European labour. There was an important dis- cussion on this subject at a special meeting of the Chamber of Mines yesterday. Mr Schumacher said the report that martial law would be pro- claimed at an early date had done great harm all over the Rand, and, more than anything else, had scared the miners away from the mines. The companies connected with his firm had, he said, done all that they could to retain these men by offering them special inducements, but the exodus continued practically unabated. He added that one result of the confiscation clause in the new Mines Regulation Bill had been to depress values all round 5 to 30 per cent. Mr Brakhan ex- pressed the opinion that Mr Schumacher had exaggerated the effect of the confiscation clause and of the martial law rumours. (Central News Telegram.) Johannesburg, via; Pietermaritzburg, Friday Night. —The Chamber of Mines has resolved to make an emphatic protest against the confisca- tion -cla-use added by the Transvaal Government to the Gold Law. Mr Brakham said the clause was the cause of the great alarm not only throughout South Africa, but among European investors in the Rand gold mines. It would be regarded as an unjustifiable measure. He thought the Chamber should approach the Consuls in the Transvaal to ensure the protection of the interests of the European investors.
THE SUZERAINTY QUESTION. (Press Association Special Telegram.) Pretoria, Friday.—The following old official correspondence is published in the local papers as having a bearing on the present political situation :— British Residency, Transvaal State, Pretoria, March, 1884.-Sir,-I have the honour to forward for your Honour's information and that of the Transvaal Government a copy of a telegram re- ceived by me this day from the Acting High Commissioner, notifying the signing of a new Convention and giviug as fully as was possible by cable an outline of its main provisions.—I have, &c. (signed), George Hudson, British Resident. His Honour the Acting President of the Trans- vaal, Pretoria." The High Commissioner. Cape Town, to the British Resident. Pretoria^February 28tb,—Please inform the Transvaal Government that I have re- ceived the following from the Secretary of State -(Begins) 27th February. A Convention was signed to-day. A new south-western boundary as proposed following the trade road in the British Protctorate country outside the Transvaal has been established with the delegates' consent. They promise to appoint a border commissioner inside the Transvaal co-operating with ours out- side, Mr Mackenzie, the British Resident. The debt is reduced to a quarter of a million sterlihg. There will be the same complete independence in the Transvaal as in the Orange Free State. The conduct and control of diplomatic intercourse with foreign Governments is conceded. The Queen's final approval of treaties is reserved. The delegates appear well satisfied, and a cordial feel- ing exists between the two Governments. You may make the above known.' The same correspondence is also published in English and Dutch by the Bloemfontein Friend of the People.
DEMONSTRATION IN TRAFALGAR- SQUARE. FRIENDS OF PEACE HOWLED DOWN. DISGRACEFUL ROWDYISM. The Trafalgar-square demonstration ou Sunday, intended as a protest of the man and women off London against British policy in the Transvaal, nded in a complete fiasco. It is estimated that between 30,000 and 40,000 people were present, bat the organisers of the meeting were in a hope- less minority, and none of the speakers had the remotest chance of obtaining a hearing. Fully n hour before the proceedings were announced. ;0 commence a considerable crowd had gathered >n the square, and large bodies of mounted and inmounted police were assembled in various approaches. An inoident which occurred early in afternoon clearly indicated the temper of the jrowd. A young fellow, said to be a Boer, was surrounded by a hooting mob, and forced to seek the protection of mounted police, who escorted him to Old Scotland Yard. As soon as the speakers appeared on the plinth of the Nelson Column they were greeted with angrygdemonstra- Lions and were pelted with apples, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and other extraordinary mis- siles, evidently obtained from the barrows of enterprising costers, who seemed to be doing a thriving trade. The organisers of the meeting brought on the platform a large red flag, the onfnrling of which was the signal for loud groans, cries of Traitors," and cheers for Chamberlain. several small Union Jacks tied to walking sticks were held up in the crowd, and were frantically cheered. Several of the chairmen attempted to open the proceedings, but their voices were drowned in the strains of the National Anthem intermingled with Soldiers of the Queen and other patriotic songs. The most hostile demon- stration was in front of the plinth on the north side of the column, from which Mr Frank Watkins, a member of the Transvaal V olksraad, was announced to speak. Dr. G. B. Clark, M.P., who was one of the principal organisers of the demonstration, attempted to address a compara- tively quiet section of the crowd on the west side, but was only able to utter a protest against the way in which the discussion was being rendered impossible wnen an apple was thrown from the centre of the audience, and passed just over the hon. gentleman's shoulder. After this several pennies were thrown, and a box of matches was amongst other missiles which reached the column, but fell for the most part harmlessly on the stone platform. On the oast side a gentleman persisted in con- tinuing his address in spite of hostile demonstra- tions, and warming to his subject shook his fist at the interrupters. Almost immediately a forest of walking sticks waa raised in the air, and it was noticeable that many of these were silver-mounted, indicating that the owners were of a comparatively well-to-do class. Indeed, the crowd altogether was better dressed than the usual Sunday afternoon demonstration produces. At some of the platforms an attempt was made to put a. resolution pro forma, but it was not successful, anddn less than half an hour the idea of holding a meeting bad been abandoned. The would-be speakers, however, were compelled to remain on the platforms a considerable time before it was safe for them to leave even with the strong escort cf police which assembled to con- duct them to a place of safety. Altogether, about 30 arrests were made by the police. The Press Association states that at a meeting on Sunday evening of the pro- moters of the afternoon's demonstration in Trafalgar square, London, the following resolution was passed That in consequence" of the organised interruption to the anti-war,. demonstration in Trafalgar-square, fomented by a section of the Yellow and Ptock-jobbing Press; the Transvaal Committee retolvec to hold a public meetingi in one of the largest Metro- politan halls at an early date."
PROTEST FROM STOCKTON. A public meeting a.t Stockton-on-Tees on Sunday night adopted a resolution urging the Government to resortfto arbitration for the settle- ment of the Transvaal question. The borouh!; member, Alderman J. Samuel, wrote that Mr Chamberlain's claim to suzerainty could not be sustained, as, whether for good or evil, that power was omitted in the Convention of 1884. Ho thought the question should be settled on the1 lines spggwfcxl by Si* j
FRENCH ADVICE TO GREAT BRITAIN. (Renter's Telegram.) Paris, Saturday.—In an article on the Trans- vaal crisis the Journal says :-Only one hope is left of maintaining peace in South Africa, and that is, in view of the very firm attitude of the Transvaal Boers and the Orange Free State, and after the warnings and remonstrances which Cape Afrikanders have not spared Mr Chamber- lain,that Great Britain will draw back and conde- scend to be satisfied with what the majority of the Engliah newspapers proclaimed to be unac- ceptable. The Gaulois observes :-Were it not for divisions in Europe we should not be on the verge of seeing half of Africa invaded by Great Britain. All of England's adversaries should unite to solve the present question. The state of constantly increasing pacification on the Conti- nent would make this possible, although it is not probable.
A WELSH LIBERAL PROTEST At the annual meeting at Festiniog of the Merionethshire Liberal Association a resolution was adopted in favour of settling the Transvaal dispute by peaceable means, and without en- croaching upon the independence of the Repub- lic." During the diecussion the Rev. Gywynoro Davies drew attention to the remarkable silence of Welsh Nonconformists on the merits of the question, and deplored the Jingo spirit exhibited by some of the Welsh members. Mr Owen M. Edwards, M.P., also touched upon the subject in his address, describing the Jameson Raid as the most disgraceful episode in the history of this country, and declaring that if England had at that time with one voice declared its abhorrence of the deed the present difficulties with the Trans- vall would probably not have arisen. He thought they should protest most strongly against the\vay iu'whick the Tro,usva.,al Republic was being treated by this country.
STAMP MARKET AND THE CRISIS. The prospect of a war in the Transvaal has had a significantly disordering effect in the stamp market. A corner has been formed in Trans- vaal and Orange Free State stamps, and the price considerably advanced in anticipation of the issues of possible war.
AMERICAN FREEMASONS. INVITATION TO THE PRINCE OF WALES. New York, Sunday.—The Grand Master of the Freemasons of Virginia has addressed an invitation to the Priuce and Princess of Wales to attend the 600th anniversary of the foundation of the lodge. fLe atc,,r.
GAS EXPLOSION AT A CONCERT. TWELVE PERSONS INJURED. Amsterdam, Sunday.—At Ensehede, neai the Prussian frontier, last night, a gas explosion occurred in a concert hall. Twelve persons were injured, several seriously.—Renter.
EXCURSION TRAIN COLLIDES. SIX PASSENGERS KILLED. New York, Sundity.-A, collision has occurred between an excursion train and a freight train near Florence, Colorado. Six excursionists, were killed and a number injured --Reuter.
GOLF CLUB HOUSE BURNT DOWN. SERIOUS DAMAGE; NARROW ESCAPE OF INMATES.^ Formby Golf Club House, nine miles from Liverpool, was destroyed by fire early on Sunday. The house contained the club sets of 215 members from Yorkshire, Cheshire, and Lauca- shire. The total loss is from £ 7,000 to £ 8,000 and covered by insurance. In addition to a billiard ocand club room the house contained a bedroom accommodating those residing on the premises, nine in all, who had only time to escape before the flames took possession of the buildings.
TO-DAVrt i- OJtiBCASl" <"?M ENGLAND, S.W.. ANi) kOUl''B WALES. Issued at 8 o'clock lash night. Wind backing to the southward and increasing in force, with rain. Generl,lol.-<.Jha.ngea.ble weather is still probable withEusts of wind at times, and rain. Wamings.-The south cone is up in 0, 1, 6 and 9. &ENERAL FORECASTS. The fallowing forecasts were prepared lastJiigbt at the Meteorological Office at eight o'clock:— DurrroCTS- 0. Scotland, N.v 1, Scotland, E. 2. England, N.E. f South westerly to north- ■ JJBugland, E. V. westerly winds, change- 4. Mid. Counties., able rain at times. 5. Eng. S. (Lon. and Channel) .,) & 6. Scotland, W. 5 7. England, N.W., I <fc North Wales.. Wind backing to the eouth- 8. England, S.W.. V ward and increasing in South Wales I force, with rain. 9. Ireland, N I 10. Ireland, S
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A STRANGE STORY. PRESIDENT FAVOURED ACQUITTAL. Paris, Sunday.—The Petit Bleu confirms the statement that the two officers who voted against the condemnation of M. Dreyfue were Colonel Jonaust and Major de Breon. Accord- ing to a. statement made-by a high functionary of the department of the Ville et Vilaine, Colonel Jouaust's reason for curtailing the evidence of some witnesses at the Dreyfus trial was that he was convinced of the innocence of the accused and believed that his subordinates shared his opinion. After the vote had been taken by the judges Colonel Jouaust strongly insisted on ex- tenuating circumstances being admitted.— Reuter.
DREYFUS'S HEALTH. Vienna, Saturday.—A Zurich telegram states that Mathieu Dreyfus has hited rooms in an establishment for neuropathies, near Constance, where it is understood his brother Alfred is to be put under treatment.—Central News.
A THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY OFFERED. Vancouver, Saturday.—Mr Jackson, a theatrcal manager, has cabled to Captain Dreyfus an offer of a thousand dollars a day for a year's lecture tour through the United States and Europe. He has not yet received a reply.-Laffan.
THE RAILWAY TRAGEDY NEAR CHEPSTOW. A DRUNKEN EXCURSIONIST'S CONFESSION. Mr M. F. Carter, coroner, held an inquiry at the Stroat Inn, Tidenham,iuto the circumstances attending the death of William Gale (53), of 27, William-street, Marylebone, London, whose dead body, badly cut about the head, was found on Tuesday morning on the railway about three miles from Chepstow. The evidence showed that deceased and a.man named James Morris, who lived with deceased, went to Cardiff by excursion train and left Cardiff for the return journey at 11.30 on Monday week. Neither of them was sober, and both went to sleep in the train. Morris spoke to deceased at Newport, but did not know whether he was asleep. On arriving at Westbonrae Park Morris missed his companion, and waited there for another train to see if deceased came by that; but as he did not he went on to Paddington, and made inquiries of the police. Morris did not see deceased at Gloucester he was half asleep, and thought deceased might have got out at some intermediate statioa. There was no quarrel, he stated, between deceased and himself. At Glou- cester Morris noticed that the window of the com- partment on the platform side was down. The guard of the train, who examined the doors at Lydney, found them all fastened The Coroner remarked that had Morris been sober his con- duct would have been simply disgraceful. The jury found that the cause of death was fracture of the skull, and that deceased was found dead on the railway under circumstances which were unknown.
AN EISTEDDFODIC DISPUTE THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AND THE FESTINIOG COMMITTEE. A dispute has arisen between the National Eisteddfod Aasociation and the committee of last year's National Eisteddfod, held at Festiniog, in reference to the amount of £ 100 promised by the association as a contribu- tion towards the prizes of the Eisteddfod. The amount was published in the list of subscriptions as being the contribu- tion of the National Eistendfod Association towards the Eisteddfod, anci the members of the association were allowed to select their own sub- jects and fix the amount of the prize in each department, but only L35 of the amount was awarded, the remaining JE65 being the total of the prizes withheld in the competitions selected by the members of the association. The Festiniog committee claimed the total amount promised, but the association refused to contribute more than jL35, the amount of the prizes awarded. Now, when the time has come for dividing the Eisteddfod surplus, the Festiniog Committee decline to hand over to the National Eisteddfod Association half of the profits which is claimed by the association towards its fund. Thus in re- fusing to contribute the F,65 the National Eia. teddfod loses about £200.
BOND AND KRUGER. CHARGES BY MR RHODES. SENSATION IN THE CAPE PARLIAMENT. FREE STATE BAAD. STILL IN SECRET SESSION. MILITARY MOVEMENTS. inti-jingo CRUSADE. TRAFALGAR-SQUARE MEETING. BROKEN UP BY THE WAR PARTY. CAPE PROGRESSIVES DIVIDED. (From Oar Own Correspondent.) Cape Town, Sunday.—Mr Innes has refused to fan the Rhodesite caucus endorsing Sir A. tfilner's policy notwithstanding the enormous Pteaaare brought to bear on him. Several other •Progressives have also refused to join. Loid Salisbury's nephew is reported to have Entirely altered his since inquiring into Matters here personally. Several members of Parliament and prominent colonists assure dIle that life in Africa will be impossible for them .a.fter a war, and that they will go to Australia. I believe that Sir A. Milner hinted at the iQeatiou of suzerainty over the Free State when Bloemfontein, and that President Steyn "gnificantly replied, Change the subject, please." The best authorities on the subject state that should the Basutos attack the Orange Free State while the latter is assisting the Transvaal the colonists adjoining the Free State will un- doubtedly defend it against the blacks. The Press Association is informed that the despatch to the Government of the South African Republic, drawn up at Friday's Cabinet Council, was sent off from the Colonial Office to Sir Alfred Milner in the evening, and will be delivered at Pretoria in the course of a day or two. The text of this despatch will be published after advice has been received of its delivery, as was done on the last occasion. An Exchange correspondent's telegram states th&'t Mr Joseph Chamberlain, M.P., left. Euaton ..t 10.25 on Saturday for Birmingham.
THE SUMMONING OF PARLIAMENT. So far as can be ascertained the question of summoning Parliament to meet this winter is one upon which the Governmment has arrived at no definite decision up to the present, although ths trend of events may possibly dictate such a course.
MOVEMENTS OF BURGHERS. KRUGER AND JOUBERT PACIFIC. (Central News Telegram.) Johannesburg, Saturday Afternoon.—The Free State commandants who have been at Pretoria for several days past in connection with the Coun- cil of War have now returned home. Moat of the Transvaal commandants who came to the capital for the same purpose have returned to their respeetrve'.districte with full instructions how to act in cases of emergency. The Executive has authorised a denial to be given to the report that the burghers on the Natal border intended to make raids into British terri- tory. Official denials are also given to the reports that the Transvaal Government had sought the in- tervention of European Powers, and that a, com- munication had been addressed to her Majesty's Government protesting against the movements of British troops on the frontier. xc: is Persistently rumoured that if the burghers tha Raad should continue to oppose the paci- j lcy of President Kruger and Commandant U r^' 'bese two gentlemen will adopt an inde- tiona' COttrsei involving probably their reaigna-
THE TRANSVAAL WEAKENING. (Central News Telegram.) Pietermaritzburg, Friday, 10 p.m.—Private despatches received here indicate that the Trans vaal Government is weakening. The view is grow-. lnR in diplomatic circles here that Pretoria intends acceding to the British proposals.
BOERS AND THEIR CAPE FRIENDS. SUPPLYING THEM WITH ARMS. (" Morning Post Telegram.) Johannesburg, Thursday (via Newcastle, Natal, Saturday),—It is declared that an understanding exists at Pretoria that the Cape Government will at the last moment say that it intends to support the Transvaal against a policy to which it has always been opposed, There is absolutely no doubt that the Boers lore sending arms into the Cape Colony. The Boers will probably make a move on the Western border before the bulk of the British reinforcements arrive. There is not much chance, however, of their effecting any particularly brilliant achievements as the officers are quite incapable of handling 30,000 men. The officers and men of the Artillery, in par ticular, are hopelessly ignorant of their duties. Three emissaries from Bloemfontein visited Pretoria yesterday in order to discuss a modus Pognandi with the Transvaal commandants. There are fresh rumours of arrests abroad. A list which has come into my possession in- cludes four journalists, namely, Messrs O'Flaherty and Ferrand, of the Transvaal Leader staff, and Messrs Lyons and Mitchell, of the Johannes- burg Star. I find there, also, the names of Mr Douglas Forster, the president of the South African League, Mr St. John Carr, secretary of the Uit- lander Council and chief secretary of the South African League, and 36 other Uitlanders. Some of these marked men have already left Johannesburg. President Steyn's reply to Sir Alfred MUner's despatch is regarded in a very serious light. It is held that if his views are tolerated there Will be an end of British paramoontcy in South Africa.
SCENE IN THE CAPE PARLIAMENT. lata RHODES ACCUSES BOND OF TREASON. (Central News Telegram.) Cape Town, Friday, 11.15 pjn-There was an extraordinary scene in the House of Asembly to night during the debate on the Registration of Parliamentary Voters Bill. Much angry party feeling was shown, and the recriminations were of exceptional warmth. Mr Cecil Rhodes, who has hitherto publicly deprecated the possibility of hostilities with the Transvaal, repeated the statement that he has already given utter- ance to, to the effect that several members of the House had accepted money for electioneering purpoBeR from the Transvaal Government, with which," he added, England is now on the verge of war." The statement created a great impression in the House. Later OD. speaking on the same BIll, he pointedly indicated that some members were practically guilty of treason. There were others, < he said, who were supporters of the present Ministerial party who lived entirely on offal and were nothing more than political scavengers." lIe called upon Mr Schreiner, the Premier, to hold these members in check.
THE TRANSVAAL GRATEFUL. (Press Association Special Telegram.) Pretoria, Saturday.—The Volksstem conveys to President Steyn and Mr Fischer the thanks of the whole Republic for their services to the Trans- vaal. The Chairman of the Raad yesterday stated that the Riad might adjourn at any moment.
OPINION IN DIPLOMATIC CIRCLES. A SUFFICIENT REASON FOR WAR. The Press Association learns that in diplomatic circle3 it is considered ultra vires for the Trans- vaal and the Orange Fres States to have concluded an alliance against Great Britain, and that this alone would justify military action in the event of these States persisting in their present attitude. It is known that President Steyn favours the fusion of the two Republics, and he would probably be a candidate for the succession to Mr Kruger, whose retirement is regarded as a possible solution of the present crisis.
BRITISH MILITARY PREPARATIONS. TROOPS ON THE ORANGE RIVER. (Renter's Telegram). Kimberley, Friday.—Half a battalion of the Lancashire Regiment and 150 Sappers have been stationed on the Orange River..
ENTRENCHED CAMPS AT LAING'S NEK A.ND MAJUBA. (Central News Telegram.) Pietermaritzburg, Saturday.—Preparations are proceeding actively for forming a strongly entrenched camp near Laing's Nek and Majuba Hill, on the site of Geneial Colley's camp, from which he marched to disaster. The move is intended to checkmate the Boer concentration at and near Volksrust. With two armed forces so near to each other it is feared that an unto- ward incident may happen at any moment. The new railway station at Mount Prospect, designed to facilitate the movement of troops into the Transvaal from Natal, will in all pro- bability be completed by Monday next. Durban, Saturday.—Extensive preparations are being made here for the reception of the troopa from India and their conveyance up country immediately on their arrival.
MATABELELAND PREPARED. (Press Association Special Telegram.) Cape Town, Saturday, 11.30 a.m.—A telegram to the South African News from Buluwayo states that the forts throughout Matabeleland are fully equipped, manned, and provisioned, and that all have Maxims, while 200 police remain in camp ready to move on the shortest notice. The force is thoroughly supplied with horses, and many more animals in good condition are available. Constant patrolling is kept up, artillery is plentiful, and there are large reserves of ammu- nition. There is no sign of unrest among the natives, but frequent demonstrations of the preparedness of the police are considered wise precautions, and produce a fealing of confidence. Buluwayo itself is well stocked with provisions.
"SHALL I SLAY MY BROTHER BOER ?" MR STEAD'S PAMPHLET. Mr Stead is about to issue a forcible appeal to the better mind of England. He opens in charac- teristic vein with the pertinent remark Before the word is given to suspend the Ten Commandments and let loose Hell in South Africa I venture to address a personal appeal to the-conscience of my fellow-countrymen." His appeal (says the Daily Chronicle) is not merely a magnificent piece of political polemic, but a brilliant summary of the past history of the Transvaal and the present tangled negotiations, with an able and closely-reasoned examination of the political situation. One of the most striking chapters is that in which he deals with Mr Chamberlain's connection with the matter. He introduces his subject thus It is well calculated to give pause to those who are wildly clamouring for war against the Transvaal to know that the man who leads them on was only three years ago profoundly convinced of the immorality, the impolicy, not to say the criminality, of the course which they are adopting. It is not necessal y to go back to the speeches of Mr Chamberlain when the member for Birming- ham was regarded as one of the bright and shining lights of the Radical party. The passages to which I would call the careful attention of my readers are taken without exception from the public utterances made by Mr Chamberlain when he was Secretary of State for the Colonies in the present Administration. None of them date back further than the beginning of 1896. In these speeches we find laid down with characteristic precision and emphasis principles of South African policy which ran directly counter to the course the war party is at present pursuing." Mr Stead then proceeds to give a most remark- able series of quotations from speeches delivered by the Colonial Secretary within the last few years On February 14th, 1896, Mr Chamberlain said We are constantly reminded of the fact that our Dutch fellow-citizens are in a majority in j South Africa, and I think I may say for myself as for my predecessor, that we are prepared to go as'far as Dutch sentiment will support us. It is a very serious thing, a matter involving moat serious considerations, if we are asked to go to war in opposition to the Dutch sentime'nt." Then follow other quotations and pertinent points. points.
PROTECTION OF AMERICAN INTERESTS. Washington, Sunday.—Some weeks ago Mr Hay instructed the United States Consular representatives in South Africa t? protect Ameri- can interests in their respective localities, and to protest against any infringement of personal liberties. This would over attempts to impress American citizens. Nothing has been heard from South Africa on the subject, and it is assumed that uo case has arisen warranting a report.—Reuter.
MAJOR ENGLISH ON THE FRONTIER. Major F. P. English, who was for some time adjutant of the 3rd V.B. Welsh, and who during his residence in Cardiff made a host of friends, is now second in command of his regiment, 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who are at present in camp on the Natal frontier by the Buffalo river, between Utrecht and Laing's Nek. In the event of war breaking out the Dublin Fusiliers are certain to be in the thick of it, and Major English will have opportunities of distinguishing himself in active service.
THE PLAGUE. FRESH CASES AT ALEXANDRIA. Cairo, Sunday.—After Alexandria had been free from plague for about th,ee weeks two fresh cases, one of which proved fatal, occurred in the city yesterday.-Reuter.
LETTER FROM LADY HENRY SOMERSET. Lady Henry Somerset, president of the World's Women's Christian Temperance Union, has addressed the following letter to Madame Dreyfus Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Sept. 21. Madame,—In the name of the World's Women's Christian Temperance Union, a society which has a membership of over half a million women in all parts of the world, I have been instructed as president to tender to you most heartfelt and profound sympathy. The sufferings you have undergone, the torture of suspense, the agony of protracted anxiety have appealed to the heart of every woman. Your courage and devotion have given them an inspiring example. We pray that God may bless you and your loved ones, and that the sympathy of thousands may in some measure compensate for the injuries you have suffered. We ask you therefore to receive, madame, in the name of our great society, our sincere desire that justice may be done and happiness may be restored to vou and yours. (Signed) ISABEL SOMERSET, President. u Madame Dreyfus."
PHILIPPINES WAR. AMERICAN TRAIN BLOWN UP. New York, Saturday.—Telegraphic despatches from Manila report that the rebels yesterday succeeded in blowing up a military train two miles north of Calulut. There were 25 Americans and 20 native workmen on the train. The Ameri- cans had three killed and ten wounded. Eight native workmen were killed. The rebels after- wards looted the train and escaped before rein- forcements arrived.—Central News. THE CHINESE EXCLUDED. Washington, Saturday Morning.—The Cabinet has decided to enforce the exclusion of the Chinese from the Philippines. A strong suspi- cion is entertained that they have been aiding the rebels.—Central News.
NORWEGIAN SAILORS FIGHT. A MATE STABBED TO DEATH. A sensational tragedy occurred on board the Norwegian steamer Ragni, lying at the Tyne. Dock. Shields, on Saturday night. Chief Mate Holstadt and some others of the crew came to the dockside, and wanted to be put aboard. The night watchman, a man named Larsen, paying no attention, the mate reminded him of his duty. A quarrel took place, and the mate fell with a dreadful wound over the heart. He died in ten minntes. The stewardess had witnessed the quarrel, an i in her fright leaped overboard, but was rescued. Larsen has been arrested.
AUSTRIAN CABINET RESIGNS. Vienna, Saturday.—A Cabinet Council was held at nine o'clock this morning, at which Minis- ters decided to resign in a body. At 10 o'clock Count Flouen, the Premier, igas received in audi- ence by the Emperor, and tendered his Majesty the resignation of the whole Cabiuet.-Rcuter.
THE AMERICA CUP. I New York, Saturday.—Those in charge of the Shamrock have apparently been convinced that their policy up to the present time has proved a mistake and has resulted in a serious waste of time. To-day, instead of the usual Saturday holi- day, the crew has been at work since dawn with, the activity of beavers. After strengthening the bobstay the largest racing mainsail was hoisted, and the Shamrock started out at 11.30 from the Scotland lightship. The wind was a twelve mile an hour north-easter, and the course 15 miles southward and return. While the Shamrock was on a. broad reach during tho southward run an interesting com- parison was furnished by a two-masted fishing schooner which was carrying its greatest possible amount of working sails. The Shamroc!i|was then carrying an additional mainsail, a big reaching staysail, and a full jib topsail. Considering that she was thus carrying a complete racing rig, her efforts to work out of the schooner's lee were surprisingly slow. This was the first opportunity that has been given to compare her speed with another boat, and the result encourages the theory that sailing alone often appears decep- tively speedy. The Shamrock rounded the msrk at 12.58. The wind veered to the east. On the homeward run her lee sails were frequently awash. Before the start oat the Lucania passed and signalled Success." The Erin flagged back Thanks in reply. Lmr.-The Shamrock finished at 2.10 p.m., having done 25 miles in 2h. 20min., half of which was taken up in the homeward reach. This makes an average spaed of ten and a half knots an hour. The wind averaged 13 and a half miles an hour. It is generally believed that Mr Fife purposely restrained her speed on the return sail.—-Laffan. FINE PERFORMANCE BY THE SHAMROCK. (Press Association Special Tolc^iivm.) New York, Saturday.—The fact of the Sham- rock not having fully availed herself of yester- day's smooth sea and strong wind originated the report that she was unfit or had had a mishap, but it was stated that there was nothing the matter with her, and that she was simply being exhibited to Sir Thomas's friends. After the Shamrock had gone five miles it was found that the bobstay was stretching, and was in danger of carrying away, so Mr Fife ordered the sail to be taken off and the yacht to be towed into the Horseshoe, when the bobstay and rigging we?e taken off for repairs. The damage was trifling. The yacht will go out to-day. When the Shamrock's tag Lawrence came to New York yesterday her coal and water firemen struck, and she had to be replaced by the tug Adelaide. The latter, however, broke down after logging three and a halt miles of the course. New York, Saturday, Later.—The strike on board the Lawrence was soon adjusted, and the men returned to doty and towed out the Sham- rock. The outward-bound Lucania signalled Success" as she passed the yacht. The weather was clear and there was a good breeze. Mr Fife evidently intended to give the Shamrock a thorough test. There is no truth in the story that the races will be started from Newport or that they will begin at dawn. The start willg be off Sandy Hook and the course will be kept clear. The Columbia went out to-day tor a series of short spins in u. moderately strong breeze. There was an easterly breeze yesterday, which made the water lumpy. The Shamrock had one of her most satisfactory trial spins, and developed some amazing qualities, and if the course and conditions on the racing days are similar to those of yesterday the chances are that the Columbia will have the race of her life. Not much beating to windward was done, but with the wind abeam the Shamrock covered 15 miles from Scotland Lightship to a mark off Elberon in 68 minutes 30 seconds. It was universally conceded that this was a fine performance. The Press tug gradually dropped astern, though steaming at 11 knots. The Shamrock stood up very straight. The reach back to the lightship was made in 71 minutes 50 seconds against the tide, the average speed out and back being 12.93 knots an hour. In the reach out the sheets kept rather flat, and coold have been eased at least six feet more than thej were, and the yacht looked as though she were not being driven for all she was worth. In a subsequent test, running and beating to windward, the Sham- rock did not show quite so well, but taken alto- gether the performance was a fine one, and Sir Thomas Lipton and others interested in the yacht are enthusiastic about it. The set of sails on the Columbia is now almost perfect, and Mr Iselin is much satisfied with them.
STARVATION AT PYLE. FOUND DYING ON THE ROADSIDE. A man having the appearance of a sailor was found on the road at Pyle on Saturday in an un- conscious state. Police-constable Shears^ took charge of him, and summoning medical aid the man was removed to the Workhouse, bat did not recover consciousness. It was a case of starva- tion.
BRISTOL PLASTERERS' STRIKE. The whole of the plasterers of Bristol struck work on Saturday. The masters refuse their demand for an increase of a halfpenny per hour. The masters, under the new rules, ask six months, notice of a demand fcor an ineretwe cf • WWW. f
LADY'S BODY FOUND. MURDERED AND MUTILATED. TWO CABMEN ARRESTED. EXTRAORDINARY STATEMENT. About 8 o'clock on Sunday morning the dead and terribly mutilated body of a woman was found in a hay store attached to some stables in Derby square, Douglas, Isle of Man. The woman has been identified as a Mrs Gallsworthy, widow, of Leeds. Two Douglas men who had been seen in her company have been arrested. Another correspondent says:—It appears that the lady was driven on Saturday to a local hotel by two cabmen, who alternately rode inside the carriage, and that the lady was driven back to the stable at midnight by a driver named Corlett. The latter states that deceased represented to him that she would be unable to enter her lodg- ings at such an hour, and accordingly he made her a hay bed and left her in the stable for the night, .The police found bloodstains on the lady's underclothing and also in the carriage. In the afternoon her identity was established by Mr Prpnklin, the proprietor of the Strand Inn, who informed the police. She was of good family, and possessed an income of .£360 a year.
THE NAVAL SCANDAL. NO TRACE OF THE MISSING SIGNAL BOOKS. A Portsmouth correspondent telegraphing on Sunday night says :—Active inquiries continue to be made as to the missing naval signal books st Portsmouth, and it is stated one man has been detained on suspicion. The codes are not of that highly confidential character which they were -originally stated to have been. It is thought in some quarters they may have been thrown over- board out of spite, but divers have failed to trace them. Rear-Admit al Aldrech, superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard, is conducting the inquiry.
MORE TROUBLE IN SAMOA. NATIVES STILL DISSATISFIED. The Central News learns that official repre- sentations have been received from Samoa that new trouble has broken out in those islands. It has been found that the system of administration laid down by the tbree Governments concerned, namely, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States, has not worked with that smoothness and harmony which the Governments anticipated. It was thought that when they had reduced the fighting factions in Samoa to something like order a few months ago the Government by the Commissioners nominated by the three Powers would soon result in complete pacification and in putting an end to the rival struggles of Mataafa and MaJietoa for the Kingship. The new regime has proved disappointing, and the Cabinets of Berlin, Waqhington, :and London are to consider the whole question anew.
LEEDS POLICE SCANDAL. MAGISTERIAL PROCEEDINGS. At Leeds Police Court on Saturday two former constables in the City force, named -Lawson and Gath, were remanded charged with an alleged offence under the Criminal Law Amendment Act upon Martha Duck, aged 14. Duck and another girl, aged 17, ran away from their homes at Dews- bury, and going to Leeds were subsequently found oythe prisoneis and another constable named Taylor, in a house of ill-fame. The officers, instead of reporting the finding of the girls to the chief constable, it is alleged, took ad- vantage of the girls. The matter came to the knowledge of the Watch Committee, and three officers, upon the case being investigated, were dismissed from the force. Warrants were issued and the two prisoners were arrested early on Satur- day morning. Taylor, it is said, has decamped. Lawson has been in the force some years, the other two having had between one and a half and two years' service.
FATAL LAMP ACCIDENT. A DISTINGUISHED OFFICER'S DEATH. An inquest was held on Saturday at Denwisk, near Alnwick, on the body of Colonel Alfred Grey, and the jury found the unfortunate officer died from shock and internal oongestion as the result of injuries sustained through the acci- dental explosion of au oil lamp which he endea- voured to blow out in his smoking-room before retiring. The deceased gentleman was the youngest son of the late Bishop of Hereford, and was closely related to Earl Grey and Sir Edward Grey, M.P. He was father of Captain Raleigh Grey, who was identified with the Jameson raid. The late colonel held the Crimean medal with the Sebastopol bar and Turkish medal. He was formerly adjutant of the Northumberland Fusiliers for many years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and was respected locally.
YELLOW FEVER. DISEASE SPREADING IN THE STATES. New York, Sunday.—Forty fresh cases got yel- low fever and three deaths are reported from I Kef West. The weather is favourable to the spread c the disease. One fresh case and no deaths is reported from New Orleans.-Reuter.
A FISHING SMACK FOUNDERS. The disabled trawler Annie King arrived at Yarmouth on Saturday and the skipper report that in Friday's gale he saw a smack whose name was not made out founder during the storm. He was however unable to render assistance. It is supposed that the lost vessel was a Yar- mouth or Lowestoft boat, which would have six hands aboard. The Ramsgate smack Idessa has arrived in harbour with the crew of tour hands of Lbe Yar- mouth ketch Arlington aboard. The rescued men belong to Great Yarmouth. Their vessel sprang a leak while in the North Sea, and the rescue was effected on Friday about 20 mi (en from Lowestoft. It may be that the vessel seen to founder by the Annie King was the Allington after she had been abandoned, as both accounts refer to the same locality.
LABOUR RIOT IN SPAIN. Madrid, Sunday.—A serious disturbance occurred at Ferrol last night. A crowd of 4,000 workmen engaged at the arsenal attacked the Town Hall, throwing showers of stones. The police and civil guard turned out to disperse the mob. Eleven guards and some civilians were struck and badly hurt by the stones before the disorder was suppressed.—Central News.
DEATH OF AN EMINENT ENGINEER. Mr Edward Case, civil 'engineer, died at Dym- church, Kent, on Saturday. He had a great name in the engineering world owing to his system of groyning forsea defence, which he successfully adopted at Romney Marsh.
THE LOW NILE. Cairo. Sunday Evening.—Colonel Sir F. Wingate will leave for the Soudan to-night, i Lieutenant-Colonel Le Gallais remains here. The loss of revenue arising from the low state of the Nile is estimated at about £150000.
AN IRISH DISASTER. Intelligence received at Skibbereen on Satur- day sta-te.3 that a fishing yawl has been found on the rocks in Dunmaras Bay with two dead bodies on board. Tha remaining four men Me missing.
A ROYAL BETROTHAL. Athens, Sunday.—According to the Airopolis, th3 betrothal of Prince Nicholas of Greece to Princess Xenie of Montenegro will shortly be wmmnced -Reuter.
REVOLVER ACCIDENT. At Morecambe on Sunday morning two young men named Oldfield and Ledger were examining a revolver. when it went off. The bullet, entered Oldfield's brain, and he is not expected to recover. The young men were close friends.
PLAYING FOOTBALL WITH SKULLS. On Saturday a further discovery of human remains w&s made in Clerkenwell, making the third within the past ten days. Later in the day a number of children were found playing football with human skulls in St. John's-square.
SUDDEN DEATH AT NEWPORT. On Sunday morning Margaret Harnett (59), widow, who resided at 9, Proiheroe's-row, was found dead in bed. The deceased retired just before 11 o'clock on Saturday night, and then ap- peared to be in good health. At 7.30 on Sunday she asked her daughter, who slept with her. to fetch her some water. The daughter went down- stairs for the purpose, and on returning fomid that her mother was dead.
A LADY SMUGGLER. At Harwich on Saturday a well-dressed woman, who stated her name was Margaret Good, and her address St. John's Wood, London, was charged with smuggling one and a quarter pound of cigars. At Parkeston on Saturday morning the Custom House officials said accused declared a few cigars but on being searched cigars were found concealed in her hat, under her arms, and in her dress pocket. Defendant said she was told by an agent at Autwerp that she could take a few cigars home. The Bench fined her the single value, duty and costs, amounting ft £ l 10a7d. value, duty and costs, amounting tg Al gh bt'WM
TINPLATE TRADE. STEEL SMELTER MILLMEN. DELEGATE MEETING AT SWANSEA. On Saturday at the Bird-in-Hand, Swansea, a meeting was held of delegates of the tinplate millmen connected with the Steel Smelters' Union. A workman was elected chairman, and Mr John Hodge, the general secretary of the Union, was present. A report was received from a committee on the make question." A restriction of make was advocated, and the matter was allowed to stand over. The various branches had been con- sidering the advisability of appointing check- waighers, and it was decided that the matter be left to the men themselves. A committee was drafted to draw up a wage list at big mills, and present it to employers. With regard to allowing sheets for waste in mills, explanation was given of what transpired at the Conciliation Board, and in this connection Mr J. Hodge delivered a telling speech. He said the sheetage question to the tin millmen was just what the pit weight question was to the steel smelter. They had as steel smelters obtained pit weight, and he saw no reason why the tin millman should grant more than the box. He had ascertained that previous to 1874 no sheets were allowed. He noticed also that no reference to the allowance of sheets for waste was made in the list of 1874. He assumed that shortly after the list came into force some employer took sheets, and because he did so another took them also, and that then it became a custom, but it was an evil custom, not based on right. The employers ought to grant to the men now 112 sheet box whiih by the list of 1874 they were entitled to. This would trean some 3 to 4 per cent. advance to the men, and iu his opinion the men were fully entitled to that. It was ultimately decided that the list of 1874 be insisted upon.— The question of six hours shift was discussed and opinions expressed favouring a demand for an eight hours day.-A resolution approving of weekly pays was unanimously agreed to. THREATENED REVOLT OF ANNEALERS. The list of 1874 as formerly drawn up gave the annealers 12s to 14s per box. This by representa- tives of the old Union and the employers was brought down to 10s 6d per 100 boxes. The list of 1874 as arranged by the Conciliation Board is to become operative trom October 1st, but the annealers, finding that the employers are con- templating carrying it out with its amendment of 10s 6d per 100 boxes for annealing, are pre- paring to force the situation. With this object a meeting was held at Morriston at which repre- sentatives from Cwmbwrla, Cwmfelin, Beau- fort, Worcester, Upper Forest, k oxhole, Morriston, Midland, Glauvrafon, Players, Glantawe, Pontardawe, Ynysmeudwy, and Ystalyfera Works were present. It was decided that notices be presented on October 1st. The men at the werks named are members of the Dockers' Union, The officials of that union had no knowledge of the meeting, nor have they up to now given sanction for the presentation of notices. If the annealers strike other departments of the works will be brought to a standstill. TINPLATERS' WEEKLY PAYS. On Saturday a meeting of tinplate millmen of Cwmfelin Works was held at the Pentre, Swansea. Mr John Millard, vice-president of the Smelters' Union, referred to the Cwmfelin branch as the largest branch of tinplate millmen connected with the Steel Smelters' Union. Mr John Hodge, referring to weekly pays, said he had heard it stated that there were clerical difficulties in the way, but that was no answer to their claim for a just principle. It was just as well for employers to look this difficulty squarely in the face, for the men were determined to get weekly pays and payment on Friday night. (Cheers.) CONCILIATION BOARD MEETING POSTPONED. At the request of Messrs Wignall and Orbell, of the Dockers' Union. who wish to be present o.t the funeral of Mr T. McCarthy in London on Tuesday, the meeting of the Tinplate Conciliation Board, which was down for that day, haa been postponed.
STEEL WORKERS' WAGES. ADJUSTING THE STANDARD. For two days the joint committee of the steel makers and steel workers' of South Wales sat at the Swansea Exchange Buildings under the presidency of Mr Eccles, Briton Ferry. The other representatives of the employers were Mr George Rowe, Upper Forest; Mr Coli, ton Bond, South Wales Mr Harrop, Gorseinon and Mr Frank Gilbertson, Pontardawe Works and Mr T. W. Jones, the masters' secretary. Representing the men were —Mr John, Hodge, general secretary Messrs T. Scott Jones and J. Bridle, Upper Forest and R. Morgan and W. Clement, Trimsaran Works. The various meetings held have resulted in the establishing of standard wages almost throughout the melting shops and mills. There are but two classes of men whose wages are not arranged, the men at mills of over 100 tons capacity and the pit workmen. On Saturday a delegation of seven pitmen attended the joint committee, and expressed the determination of the pit men not to accept the wages offered. These men claim 9d per ton, whilat they are offered 6d per ton. Employers suggested referring the matter in dispute to arbitration, but the repre- sentatives of the men refused to agree to this without consulting their constituents, The difference with regard to prices at mills of over 100 tons capacity is of a trifling nature, and is likely to be arranged. The standard, as arranged, shows Do alteration in the wages of steel smelters, who will continue to be paid—first hand, Is per ton; second hand, 9i: and third bond, 6d per ton. In some few caaes small redactions will be offected in others substantial advances of wages have been conceded. But the steelworkers generally will benefit by the arrangement, which will give them the long contended for pit weight. Some discussion took place on the men's claim for a percentage advance. This was deferred to a future meeting. It is known that some employers are strongly opposed to granting percentage advances, contending that the new wage standard will arive good wages for work done.
LICENSING SESSIONS. BRIDGEND ADJOURNED MEETING. These adjourned Sessione were held on Satur- day at Bridgend befuie Mr R. W. Llewellyn and a foil bench of magistrates. The application of Mr William Powell for a new hotel, to be called the West Cliff Hotel, which was adjourned from the previous Session in order that certain alterations might be made in the pla.ns wa.s first considered. Mr Lambert, the architect, now produced amended plans and the Bench having examined them and heard Mr S. T. Evans (instructed by Mr E. T. David) in support of the application, they decided to grant it provided a piece of land, which was now intended to be used for bailding villas upon, should be acquired by the applicant for the pur- poses of the hotel. Some minor alterations in the details of the plans were suggested and imme- diately carried out. The adjourned application for a licence in respect to the Marine Hotel at the Bame place was also granted subject to some ventilating shafts and other small alterations being effected by the architect (ír Carter, of Cardiff). Mr T. J. Hughes appeared in support of this application. Mr Rhys Williams (instructed by Mr W. R. Randall) submitted plans of alterations on the existing Dunraven Hotel in the same place, but did not formally apply for a. provisional licence, as it was proposed to build within the existing licensed area, but in order to safeguard the appli- cation he submitted the plans so that he might obtain the views of the Bench. The Bench considered Lhe proposed alterations and improvements, and expressed themselves satlwfiei. with them. Mr E. M. Lynton was the architect, and he stated that he had purchased the interest in this hotel, and was bound to complete the alterations before August next. a -A WJUN-tt IIL;E.NUE. Mr Scale applied, on behaJf of John Hopkin, Pontvcymmer, chemist, for a wine licence, so that the applicant could sell medicated wines. He pointed out that the Bench had no option in the matter provided they were satisfied with the character of the applicant and the house. For- mal evidence having been given Mr W. R. Ran- dall said he appeared to oppose on behalf of the owner (Mr Blandy Jenkins) as applicant was com- mitting a breach of the covenants in his lease by applying for this licence, but as this was a matter the justices could not deal with the remedy must be sought elsewhere. The application was then granted.
THE BALA COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS. The Revs. William M. Griffiths, M.A., of Dtrffryn Ardndwy, and John Rogers, B.A., of B Llandwrogg, the examiners of the candi- dates for the Bala scolarships of the Theological College of the Calvinistic Methodists, have just issued the list of successful candidates, which is as follows :-1, J. Edward Hughes, Gerrigydrindion; 2. Edward J. Jones, Disgwylfa Arvon 3, Albert E. Davies, Llangoilen 4, Simon C. Evans, Nefyn 5, J. Elias Hughes, Ty Croes, Anglesey 6, J. W. Jones, Rhosgadfan Arvon 7. Thomas I Davies, Bootle, Liverpool. The scholarships are of the vaJue of 110 per annum for three year3, and they can be held in one of the three Colleges of the University of Wales.
FEDERATION OF WELSH GROCERS. A movement is on foot to federate existing Grocers' Associations in South Wales in order to more effectively guard the interests of the trade, and to impress trade views on Parliamentary and other public representatives. A conference has been called for October 19th at Pontypridd to discuss the proposed Federation.
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COURT AND PERSONAL. BALMORAL, Saturday. The Queen went out yesterday morning accom pauied by Hereditary Prince and Princess Hohenlohe. In the afternoon her Majesty drove out, attended by the Hon. Harriet Phipps and Hon. Susaiv Baring. The Prince of Wales took leave of the Queen after luncheon, and left for Mar Lodge, attended by Sir Stanley Clarke. Lord James of Hereford had the honour of dining with the Queen and Royal Family. BALMORAL Sunday. The Queen went out yesterday morning, accompanied by their Royal Highnesses Princess Henry of Battenberg and the Hereditary Prinoeas of Hohenlohe. In the afternoon her Majesty drove with Prin- cess Henry and Princess Hohenlohe. Princess Margaret of Connaught, with Madame De Morinni in attendance, dined with the Queen. The Very Rev. Dr. McGregor, of Tron Church, Edinburgh, has arrived at Balmoral, and with Lord James of Hereford had the honour of dining with the Queen and Royal Family. Princess Victoria of Wales left King's Cross at 8.15 on Sunday night for Scotland, cn a, visit to the Duke and Duchess of Fife at Max Lodge. The Hon. Stephen Coleridge is now convales- cent, and will go shortly to the South Coast for change of air. The Prince of Wales left Balmoral after luncheon on iSaturday, and drove to Mar Lodge, where he was received by the Duke and Duchess of Fife and house party, the Fife Highlanders on the estate forming a guard of honour. Several deel: drives have been arrauged for the ensuing week. Captain Charles Campbell, C.B., D.S.O., and Sir Edward Chichester, Bart., C.M.G., have been appointed Naval Aides-de-camp to the Queen.
THE SEAMEN'S STRIKE. INCREASED WAGES PAID. Saturday saw the conclusion of the third week of the struggle between ths shipowners of the United Kingdom and the Skilors' and Fireman's Union, which the latter ha vie inaugurated for the purpose cf obtaining higher wages for men employed in the mercantile marine. Although nothing very exciting has so far occurred in London or at any of the principal seaports, with the exception perhaps of the Tyne, the efforts of the Union have met with a fair amount of sac- cess. The mell's officials assert that a very large proportion of the principal shipowners have con- ceded increased wages ranging from 5s to 15s per month, and that those owoeis who have refused to grant advances have been put to an expense of many thousand of pounds in consequenoe of their ships having been detained in the docks until men from the Continental ports had been secured. Mr E. Catheray, the general secretary of the Union, states that the agitation has considerably im- proved the position of the men working in the weekly coal vessels belonging to the Tyne. The owners of some 200 colliers have increased the wages of able seamen and firemen to 32s Sd per week—an advance of Is 2d, and they have further signed agreements for six months' continual em- ployment, which means that the men will not be paid off in the event of the boats having to wait for their cargoes, in whicn case they would lose two or three days pay each voyage. Similar increases have been granted in the caao of coasting vessels engaged in other trades. Mr Cuthbert Laws, the secretary of the Ship- ping Federation, stated that a brisk agitation was being carried ou in London, Liverpool, New- castle, aad Shields, but so far it had not resulted in any material inconvenience. The depot ships of the Federation now lying at Greeuhithe and Shields had a good supply of men on board in readiness to be placed on any steamer requiring to make up a full crew.
LATE LORD ABERDARE'S NURSE. At Cardiff Cemetery on Saturday the remains of the late Nurse Batt were laid to rest. She was the favourite nurse of the late Lord Aberdare, whom she tended with respectful and untiring devotion during the protracted illness of the statesman at Duffryn. Lord Aberdaxe never forgot his old nurse-who, indeed, was not old in the ordinary sense, for she was bat 43 when she died-and in subsequent letters to her frequently declared that he owed his recovery and the pro- longation of his life to a ripe age to her skill and constant kindliness. Nurse Batt was fated to succumb to an insidious ailment which she con- tracted from one of her patients. She bore: her sufferings with Christian fortitude and resign&- _'t: tion, ana passea away on ixiesaay last at tneresi- dence of her brother-in-law, Mr John Smurth- waite. Messrs Stone Brothers, 5, Working-street carried out the funeral arrangements with charac teristic tactfulness and efficient smoothness.
EXCITING SCENE IN TENBY BAY. LOSS OF A SAILING BOAT. On Saturday afternoon, while a sailing moo was in progress, the leading boat, Helene, sailed by the owner, Mr George Goodridge, shifted her ballast and sank outside the Woolhous6 fteacon. Fortunately, the j four occupants were good swimmers, and five minutes later they were on board the second boat. The loss to Mr Good- ridge is serious, as the boat WM new, valued at .£80, and his only means of obtaining a, liveli- hood. -7-
JUMPINGTINTO THE CANAL. ALLEGED ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT CARDIFF. On Sunday evening about 8 o'clock P.O. Puddy (42A) was on duty at the lower end of Sf. Mary-street when he heard c:ies proceeding frony the Glamorgan CanaL He went to the spot and found a woman struggling in the water. He auo- ceeded in getting her out, and she was taken to the Central Police Station aud charged with attempting to commit suicide. It appears that her name is Susan Copeland, aged 29, and that whe is the wife or Thomas Copeland, living at 14, Duffryn-street. Her attempt on her life is alleged to have been due to unpleasantness with her husband. She will be brought up &t the Cardiff Police Court to-day.
A NEW LABOUR ORGAN. Speaking at a great labour demonstration al Drayton on Saturday Mr Tom Mann "need that arrangements had been coxa- • ed for issuing on October 27th a weekly DefPI- i :v)lor for the Socialist and Trades Union move- ment, to be edited by himself &nd Mr Beu Tiliett, to be called Tlte Eritith Socialist News. Tht capitalists and employers, he said, had their newspapers by the thousand: and why should the thirty millions of workers not htve their news- papers ?
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