11 ■■11 ■■11 'I-. — .— ■■■ I. — »»■ NOTES ON NEWS. That the Labour Exchanges Bill has passed Ato second reading without a division is a fairlv LABOUR EXCHANGES BILL. I good indication that all parties in the House of Commons are so far favourable to the prin- ciple of the- measure as to be willing to give it a trial. Points of detail remain, of course, to be settled, and no doubt there will be administrative difficulties encountered when the Bill passes into law, but on the whole the measure should be able to do a good deal of what its supporters hope for it. It will not bring the millennium; it does not even stniii at the source of the unemployment evil; its operations will be solely in the direction of organising the labour market so that the unemployment which exists, and which will continue to exist even when the new law is fully operative, may be dealt with in a systematic and sensible manner. Mr. Churchill put the matter very well when he said the object of the exchanges would be to find men for jobs and jobs for men. Anybody who has studied only superficially the problem of unemployment! will know that a great deal of useful work may be done by that sort of organisation. There is considerable reserve of casual labour in every industrial centre, which is called up when trade is brisk and goes back into the reserve when work talis off. It frequently happens, however, that when there is no work for the reserve in one part of the country men are wanted in another. Under present conditions the unem- ployed men have no means of finding out where work is to be obtained, and so iose their chanctt of getting employment. The Exchanges, properly conducted, will supply the information, and, when necessary, -,vill also provide appli- cants with the means of travelling to the place where the work is. The result should be to bring about gradually a decasuaiisation of labour, and to clear the way for a determined attempt to deal with the ivhole problem. Some idea of the variety of matters which come within the administration of the Local CHILDBED* IN WOPKHOUSES. Government Board may be gained from a glance at the topics touched upon in the discussion which took place in the House of Commons a few nignts ago upon the vote for the salaries and expenses of the department. Children in workhouses, unemployed women, workless men, vaccination, the adulteration of food, tubercu- losis, infantile mortality, the cultivation of waste land, and afforestation were some of them, and the list could be very much extended. The tremendous importance of these things surely justifies the opinion that the Local Government Board should be placed upon a level with the other great departments of State. If the Board of Trade is to be promoted, certainly the Local Government Board ought to get a step also. Perhaps the most interesting of the subjects dealt with in the course of a dis- cursive debate was that of the maintenance of children in workhouses." For some years past the removal of the little ones from these hope- less institutions has been proceeding gradually, but there are still many who have no other home. Plenty of objections may be urged against cottage homes and scattered homes, but they are at least much to be preferred to work- houses as nurseries for future citizens. This question of the children is one of the most difficult cf the many problems connected with the Poor Law. There are few people who find anything good to say about basaars, notwithstanding their THE ONLY WAY. popularity with the authori- ties of all kinds of institutions as a ready means of raising money to pay debts and pro- vide the sinews of war. They seem, however, as Bishop Stubbs has written in reply to a letter from one of his clerqy, to be the only means of raising money. The Bishop admits with sorrow that they are not the best way, but so long as the elements of gambling by raffles and such like things and the stimulus of personal competitions are eliminated," he does not go so far as to forbid them. It is to be feared that while institutions are in need of j money, bazaars will continue to flourish until a great change takes place in our poor human j nature. If people would only give direct to deserving objects the money which they give now in a roundabout way by purchasing useless articles at bazaars the whole problem would be solved. They will not do that, however; they wAnt something for their money, and so they permit themselves to be wheedled into buying sofa-cushions and teapot-cosies which they do not really need, paying an extravagant price j for them, and consoling themselves with the j reflection that they are suffering in a good cause. It should comfort nervous people to know It should comfort nervous people to know that there are about three hundred and fifty READY, AYE READY! British ships on a war tooting just now in British waters. The naval manoeuvres have begun and there is mimic j warfare in the North Sea. After all that has been said and written about the Navy lately, there is a grain of comfort to be found in the fact that the number of vessels engaged is greater than has ever taken part in any previous manoeuvres. It is re- assuring also to know that the mobilisation at the naval ports was carried out with remarkable expedition and with complete success. This is claimed by naval experts as a triumph for the new system of nucleus crews, of which an ex- planation may be given for the benefit of the uninitiated. Under this system every vessel fit for service has the principal part of her crew all the year round, and when the order for mobilisa- tion goes forth, the balance of the men go on board from the depots, and the ships are at once read t; for service. In the old days the reserve ships had no crews at all, and had to be manned when occasion arose by men and officers who had to spend much time in getting used to the ships, and who sometimes found, after the vessels got to sea, that they were a long way from being fit for service. The advantages of the present system if war broke out in bad earnest will be obvious to everybody. It is undoubtedly true that the approaching State visit of the Czar of Russia to this country COMING OF THE CZAR. is not regarded with enthusi- astic approval. There are those who say that the hos- pitality of the nation ought 11 not to be extended to the Czar, and even those who favour the visit are probably actuated more by motives of policy than of respect for the system of government of which he is the head. And it is the motives or policy which generally rule in these cases. Great Britain and Russia are friendly Powers, and there exists between them a diplomatic under- standing or agreement. It was only reached after many years of mutual suspicion and thinly-veiled enmity, and it is inconceivable that that understanding should be imperilled by an ungracious refusal on the part of one of the "high contracting parties" to receive a visit from the Imperial representative of the other. True, opinions differ as to the wisdom of having entered into the understanding, but it is an accomplished fact, and it would cer- tainly seem to imply the observance of civility, at least. Such an outburst as that of one of the Labour members in the House of Commons the other night ir" therefore, much to be re- gretted. There are times when it is wiser not to express private opinions, and this was one or those times.
NINE SHOPS ABLAZE. A most destructive fire broke out on Mon- day afternoon in the market square at Brom- ley, Kent. Two large business premises and two cottages were burned out, the rear portions of seven other business premises and one cottage were damaged, and three horses, one dog, and over one hundred birds were roasted to death. Nine shops were involved, including a corn and hay merchants, burned out; furniture warehouse, burned out; naturalist, rear por- tion burned; cigar stores, rear portion burned; drug stores, burned at the back; boot maker's, burned at the rear; naturalist and seedman, burned at the hack; hosier's, burned at the back toy stores, burned at the back The fire broke out shortly after three o'clock in the engine-room of Messrs. Cooper's, hav and corn merchants, and within five minutes the huge hay and straw shed of the firm was a mass of roaring flames. Unavailing efforts were made to reach two horses in the stables, and the animals were roasted in their stalls. Another horse, harnessed to a van in the yard, shared the same fate. Mr. Dell made heroic efforts to remove the birds, which were kept in two aviaries at the back of his shop. One large cage was dragged out, but on returning for the second, which contained over a hundred linnets, larks, blackbirds, thrushes, and canaries, he had only time to seize three of four of the birds when the flames burst through a partition and enveloped the remainder. There were also exciting scenes at another shop, where a number of dogs and other animals were housed at the back. One after another the dogs, on being released from their chains, darted into the street, howling m their fright, but one, a terrier, before he could be released, was caught by the flames. The total damage is estimated at about tell thousand pounds.
LORD ROSEBERY AND THE BUDGET Lord Rosebery has written a letter to the Press, in which he says that the Budget is a social and political revolution of the first magnitude. Without concerning himself as to the merits of the revolution, Lord Rose- bery says: The feature of the case which impresses me most is this. It will be effected, if it is effected, without the participation of the country, without the country, indeed, having the least pretence of a voice in the matter. It will be carried out over the heads of the people by a majority in the House of Commons, without the faintest desire or attempt to ascertain "the views of the people on the vast changes projected. British citizens will have no more control over them than if they were Tartars or Lapps." The letter goes on-: "So that boasted free- dom of our Constitution has really come to this, that the most sweeping changes may be carried out by a Ministry of great numerical backing in the House of Commons without the nation having, or ever having had, or hoping to have, a voice in the matter before it is decided." "Surely the country must begin to see," says Lord Rosebery, that there are vast flaws in the Constitution, and that the abso- lute rule of a party in power differs very little from the absolute rule of an individual, which is what we used to call despotism?"
zC750 DAMAGES FOR A BOY. In the King's Bench Division, on Monday, £ 750 damages were awarded by the jury to Frank Cunningham, 16 years of age, of Kil- burn, who, through his father, sued the Lon- don General Omnibus Company for damages for personal injuries. They also awarded the father £50 special damages for medical and other expenses incurred. The lad was cycling along Edgware-road in June, 1907, when one of the defendant com- pany's motor-omnibuses emerged from a garage, and travelled in front of him. The z, boy rode close behind the vehicle, which, he alleged, suddenly turned at right angles into a side road. A wheel of the omnibus went close to the kerb, causing the boy to be thrown off his machine, and afterwards passed over his legs, one of which had to be amputated. ■
DEATH OF EX-LORD MAYOR. Sir Andrew Lusk, Bart., who started life as the son of an Ayrshire farmer, died in London on Monday at the ripe old age of ninety-eight. He succeeded in Grcenock as a shipowner and merchant, and when he came to Lcnrh;'i at the age of thirty-five the same good for- tune attended lll business ventures. He once was Liberal M.P. for Finsbury, but quitted that party before the Home Rule controversy. In I860 he was elected sheriff, and in 1873 he became Lord Mayor of London, in which capacity it fell to his lot to welcome Lord Wolseley on his return from Ashantee, to raise a large relief fund for the famine-stricken sufferers in Bengal, and to greet the Czar on a visit to the City.
VALUABLE PENNIES. Some remarkable examples of Anglo-Saxon coinage were offered for sale in London on Mon- day. at the disposal of the well-known Rashleigh collection. A sum of £ 1,437 was realised for 124 lots, no less than £ 449 being paid for two rare silver pennies of Wiglaf, King of Mercia, while a penny of Eegberht was sold for £153, and one of Eadvald, of East Anglia, for £52. The collection belonged to Mr. Evelyn W. Rashleigh, of Stoketon, Saltash, Cornwall, and is said to have occupied 120 years in its forma- tion.
CAR BETWEEN TWO TRAMS. As a motor-car belonging to the Auckland Motor Company, of Westminster, was close to Queen's-road Station, Battersea, on Monday, it -was caught between two tramway-cars going in opposite, directions. L The back part of the motor-car was badly damaged, and a passenger who was riding-in the body of the car was slightly injured on the hand. The rear portion of one tramway-car was de- railed. two passengers being slightly hurt oy broken glass.
MOTORIST SENT TO PRISON. Sentence of one month's imprisonment on each of three charges Was passed at Chertsey on Monday upon William Chandler, of Read- ing, who was convicted of driving a motor-car • whilst drunk at Egliam on June 9, and assault- ing George Ruffle, a baker, and Police-constable St reek. A builder named Gillett was knocked over and seriously injured whilst cycling by defendant's motor. Accused contended that he was drugged whilst in a public-house at Ascot. For dangerous driving Chandler was fined ~5.
Damage estimated at £ 30,000 was done by a fire which partly destroyed Bank Bottom Woollen Mill, Marsien, near Huddersficld. Several pictures bv Rubens have been burned in « fire which destroyed the church at Mori- alme, Namur. The lose is put at £ 8,000. The Dover Education Committee propo-ses to reduce the salaries of teachers all round. Another batch of aliens have been rejected by the Southampton Immigration Board.
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ACROBATIC CHIEFS. Throughout the entire world there is no more solemn or dignified being than an Arab, and, therefore, it is surprising that any of fliem should ever think of standing on camels. Moreover, those who do so are cot professional acrobats, but Arab chiefs. To Britons such a sight may seem rather grotesque, but the Arabs themselves see no- thing unusual in it. Custom requires that during certain ceremonies the chief men of wü tribe shall stand erect on their camels, and these nomad children of the desert will doubtless continue to observe this old custom as long as their tribal regime continues. Fortunately, their camels are well trained, and the Arabs themselves are excellent riders, so that they find it quite easy to re- tain their difficult position for an indefinite period.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, Science, which is continually correcting popular ideas of things, "has upset ar other cherished idea. It is now shown that the term "struck by lightning" is really incorrect when applied to those killed or injured in thunderstorms. it is not the forked flashes from above that strike the victims of the storm. What happens is this: When a thundercloud charged with positive electricity hangs over a particular locality, the earth and the objects beneath the cloud become charged with nega- tive electricity. When the overcharged cloud begins, so to speak, to vent its force in lightning flashes, the negative current from the earth below rushes up to join the positive cloud current. So violent is the force it exerts that in pass- ing through animate objects—animals and human beings—the shock is often sufficient to cause death. It is, therefore, not the light- ning overhead that kills, but the ground cur- rent from below.
ACCIDENT TO BOY JOCKEY. A nasty accident occurred during the last da., of the Ascot races to the boy jockey' Frank Wootton, who is only, sixteen years of age. Happily it was not as serious as the circum- stances suggested it would be. Shortly after the start for the High-Weight Stakes Wootton collided with one of the other riders, and was shot on to the horse's neck. He very adroitly got back into the saddle, but be- came unbalanced. By grasping one of the ot-hel jcckeys he was able to keep on the horse foi another few yards. He then fell, and was dragged along till he released his hold of the reins and a passing horse kicked him on the back of the head. Dr. Lacey was quickly on the courge. On examination it was found that the boy waa suffering from concussion, but it was not be- lieved the injuries were of a very serious cha- racter.. Wootton was badly bruised about the face, both eyes being discoloured, but the doctor stated that he would probably be all right again in about ten days. The King, who was present at Ascot, made irquiries regarding the jockey's injuries, and expressed a wish to be kept informed as to the lad's progress.
MOTOR TOUR ON FIVE SHILLINGS A remarkable story of the motoring adven- tures of a youth of 19 was told at Llahdudno, when Clement Bevan, of Montgomery, was charged with unlawfully obtaining credit from Charles Binzhof, manager of the Neville Hydro. Deputy Chief Constable Rees said that on the 4th inst. the accused hired a motor-car at Car- diff, and was driven into Birmingham. He dis- missed the car there, and hired another, and arrived at Llandudno on the 7th inst. At the Neville Hydro on that day he had a lady with him, and engaged rooms for himself, wife, and chauffeur. After leaving the hydro accused travelled to Rhyl, hired another motor-car there, and motored to Blackpool, where he put up at the Marine Hotel, and then went to the Hotel Metropole. He hired another motor, and was on the point of being driven off when the police arrested him. The prosecutor said accused had asked for his best rooms for three weeks. No one Raw him depart, and he left his wife there, saying ha was going out to bathe. The lady and chauf- feur left shortly after. Inspector Owen said Bevan told him that ha was only worth 5s. and a few coppers in the whole world. The accused was committed for trial.
At West Hartlepool, a fine of three guineas, and costs, was imposed upon Henry Purdon for making false representations for the purpose of obtaining an old age pension. His Majesty the King has conferred upon Captain David Nairne Welch, R.N., C.V.O., the honour of knighthood, and invested him with the insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
) CHILD BETTING AGENT. A girl of fifteen years appeared before Mr. jPlowden at Marylebone, charged with loitering in the street for betting purposes. Her father also attended, under the provisions of the Children Act. The girl had been seen to go to ferious houses in North-West London and de- liver letters. When a' constable arrested her the girl fainted. Subsequently she said her J father had sent her on the errands. In her bag the police found money, betting slips, and books of betting rules. Addressing the girl, Mr. Plowden said she had done nothing wrong-simply been obedient to her father, and she could go away. Turning to her father, the magistrate told him he occu- pied a very different position. Evidently a. book- maker by profession, he had hit upon the idea of employing his little girl to do his betting for him. But in thus seeking to evade one law he fell full tilt against another, and his last state was worse than his first. There was now an Act the Children Act — which protected children against their own parents when acting as their agents in breaking the law, and allowed magistrates to fine the parents for the children's j doings and let the children go free. He there- fore fined the father £ 10.
MISSING FOR TWO YEARS. A young man named Edward Loughnanee, of Barrisoleigh, who has been missing for the last two years, has been discovered under strange circumstances concealed in a house in Limekiln- lane, Thurles. His mother had given up all hopes of seeing him again, as she believed him to be dead. I When he disappeared he was in business in Liverpool. The mother received an anonymous letter, telling her that her son was lacked up I in a certain house in Thurles that he was in a helpless condition, having no clothes; and that it would be necessary for her to bring the police with her to obtain his release. Mrs. Loughnanee went to the house accom- panied by two policemen, but the occupants denied that her son was there. The police in- sisted on searching the place, and discovered the young man in a back room. He was in a very emaciated condition, and unable to give any account of himself. The police were in- formed that he had been confined there for the past two years, and was never out of doors. It is believed that the young man's mind is deranged.
WITHOUT VISIBLE SUPPORT. There is a plant in Chili, and a similar one in Japan, called the "flower of the air." It is so-called because it appears to have no root, and is never fixed to the earth. It twines round a dry tree or sterile rock. Each shoot produces two or three flew,ers like a lily, white, transparent, and odoriferous. It is capable of being transported six or seven hundred miles; and it vegetates as it travels, suspended on a twig.
COSTLY FISHES. The most beautiful and costly fishes in the world come from China, and the rarest and most expensive of all is the brush-tail gold- fish. Specimens of these have sold for as high as £ 140 each, and in Europe the prices range from = £ 50 to £ 100. The bt-ush-tdil gold- fishes so small that a five shilling piece will cover it, and probably there is no living thing of its size and weight that is worth so much money.
WITH SAD RESULTS. Thousands of robins may often be seen lying about in a state of quite hopeless in- toxication in Florida. The cause of it all is to be found in the berries of a plant called the Pride of China. They are called mad-berries, and the robins rot them, with deplorable results, for they fall down literally drunk. It is, of course, useless to think of starting a blue-ribbon society amongst these poor birds.
A major and eight privates belonging to the Platte Division of the American Army have permitted themselves to be inoculated with a new typhoid fever serum in order to test its efficacy. The Islington council's librarian estimates that of 75,234 persons who used the reading- rooms between May 10 and June 5 17,650 went specially to consult the "Situations vacant" advertisements. Is the crayfish a fish? Damenery Simmance was summoned at Bow-street, London, for selling fresh-water flsh-crayfish-during the I close season. Defendant said the definition of a fish was "an animal that lives in water and dies out of water." The crayfish would live for two months out of water. The magistrate im- I posed a nne of 10s. and costs, pointing out that the High Court had decided that a crayfish was a fish.
TERRITORIAL COLOURS. PRESENTATION BY THE KING. An impressive. and picturesque ceremony took place at Windsor on Saturday when tha King presented colours to 108 units of the Territorial Army which have reached 75 per cent. of the full strength. His Majesty, who was in the uniform of a Field-Marshal, was accompanied by the Queen, and grouped around them were the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Vic- toria, and Prince and Princess Christian, the Duke and Duchess of Connauglit, little Princess Mary of Wales, and the two little Princes, Henry and John. Bishop Taylor Smith, Chaplain-General of the Forces, and his assistant clergy, per- formed the solemn ceremony of consecration, and the blessing of God was asked for the colours which were to be symbols of faith and loyalty. The King then presented the colours. The colour parties advanced towards the Royal canopy. Two officers one by one stepped forward with the flags and dipped them to- wards the Sovereign, who laid his hand upon them, and quickly they were handed to the flag officers of the regiment. When all the colours had been presented Colonel Bingham, of the Life Guards, ordered "Men, salute your colours!" All the soldiers of the Territorial Army there present then gave their first salute to the standards of their regiments. The historic ceremony concluded with the Royal salute, and cheers for the King, which were given with caitliusiasm., The colours presented re- presented a money value of over C6,000, the average cost of each silken colour being £ 30. In the evening in nearly every district of London, as well as in the provincial centres, there were special parades of Territorial battalions to receive from- the units sent to Windsor the colours presented by the King, and much enthusiasm prevailed.
MUNICIPAL TRADING PROFITS. A striking feature of the Home Office Return on Municipal Trading, dealing with Scottish cities, is provided by Glasgow. The statistics are those of 1906, and it is shown that the capital value of various municipal undertakings amounted to IP 0 £ 12,838,000, from which an income of E2,232,000 was derived. The prices of gas and electric light are so deter- mined as to make these undertakings self-support- ing. In the four years ending 1906 the Glasgow Tramways, after the payment of EIIO,000 to the "common good," left surpluses amounting to £ 331,000, which have been either carried to a special depreciation fund or to reserve funds. The only municipal undertaking which requires assistance from the rates (with the exception a sum of £ 1,100 for a small scheme of working-class dwellings) is that of baths and washhouses, on behalf of which zE14,374 was paid from the police rates in 1906. It is pointed out that in flying the charges for baths and washhouses the Town Council made them so low as to come within the reach of the poorest class of citizens, "so that, while there is an apparent financial loss, there is also a gain to the health of the city which,cannoli be expressed in figures."
BOY'S HEROISM f Robert Rice, a sixteen-year-old Belfast lad, was the hero of a striking incident at Car- rickfergus on Friday. Rice, who holds the certificate and medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society, was cycling to Whitehead when his attention was %ttracted "by- the peculiar movements of a man in a small boat a quarter of a mile off. the lauding. Suddenly the boatman lost an oar, and leaning over the, side tto pick it up fell into the water. Throwing his bicycl-e to the side of the road, Rice quickly stripped off his clothing, and swam out to him. No sooner was ,he within arm's lepgth.- than the helpless man. elut'ehed wildly" at his rescuer, gripping Ride around -the- shoulders; 1 A real life and death struggle now began, but the lad, releasing himself quickly, dragged his burden some, fifty yards by the third method of rescue (arms tinder). After his quarter-mile swim, the work was terribly labourious, but the plucky rescuer managed to pull his man to the shore. A crowd had collected by this time, and several cyclists assisted to resuscitate the un- conscious man, while Rice quietly dressed himself, and resumed his journey, after having been half an hour in a cold and some- what choppy sea.
JUSTE THUNDER. Thunderstorms were reported from various districts on Sunday-practically, the first of the summer. Following oppressive heat two violent storms reached. Peterborough from opposite directions, but although the thunder was heavy no damage was reported. The corn crops in the Fens are too strongly set up to have suffered from the deluging rain, which will greatly benefit the pastures and roots.. A series of severe thunderstorms, accom- panied by vivid lightning and heavy falls of rain and hail, passed over Huddersfield and Colne and Holme Yalleys. The hailstones I were particularly large, and did considerable damage to growing crops. One heavy clap r of thunder broke several windows in the Gis- trict of Lindley, where the roof of a building was blown off by the force of the wind. o In another part of Lindley two houses were struck by lightning. In one house the cur- rent passed through a bedroom in which a woman was lying ill attended by a nurse. Both received a serious shock when the crash occurred, and the room was partially wrecked. .>
TWO MARVELLOUS ESCAPES. Two extraordinary cases of children falling from high cliffs in Devon and the Isle of Wight and escaping serious injury occurred on Saturday. A littla girl named Palmer, aged eight years, while picking flowers at Budleigh Salterton, fell over the cliffs to the beach below, a distance of a hundred feet. She was picked up by fishermen, who took her home, where it was found that she had sustained no injuries, but was suffering from- shock. A fourteen-year-old boy. named Donald Lashmar, one of a, family, of ten boys belong- ing to Cowes, is making a wonderful recovery in hospital from injuries to the head sus- tained by a fall of 150 feet from the top of Ventncr cliffs. The lad when picked up soon regained con- sciousness, and declined to be put "under chloroform while a doctor stitched up his severe scalp wounds..
LIVERPOOL OUTRAGES. A German named Harry Rudolf !Voight was arrested by the Liverpool police early on Saturday morning and charged later in the day with the attempted murder of Annie Parkinson on Friday night. This was the seventh of a series of attacks on women which has been terrorising the city during the past week. The police received informa- tion which led them to search at the north end of the city, and in Bootle, two miles I away from the district in which the outrages were committed, Voight was arrested. o When searched he said, "You will find no instrument on me," but a knife was taken from his pocket. Voight was remanded by the stipendiary z, magistrate.
NEWS IN BRIEF. J.. Tragedies and Disasters* Joseph Banks was found dead on Saturday at the foot of the cliff at Black Rock, Brigh- ton. It is believed that he fell from the top of the cliff 250 feet above. Early on Sunday—his :fifty-sixth birthday —William Rampton, a guard on the London and South-Western Railway, was found dead on the line, near Chertsey, having been Tun over by a train. Swallowing a farthing caused the death of Ellen Conroy, age two, of Canning Town, on whom an inquest was held on Saturday. While on police duty, Gunner George Wil- liam Horsfall was found hanged in an empty cell in the Royal Artillery guard-room at Colchester. Depressed through worrying over trifles, Mr. Alfred Richards, an auctioneer, of Gordon-square, Euston-road, shot himself in his smoke-room, it was stated at the' inquest on Saturday. While engaged with the commander among the plant at the new Admiralty wire- less station at Humberstone, near Grimsby, Michael Malone inadvertently seized a live cable. His arm and one side of his body were instantly charred, and he died in great agony. Two young men, Matthew Warner and Ernest Wall, were buried alive by a fall of roof at Stockingford Colliery, Warwickshire, on Friday night. Ten tons of debris had to be removed before the bodies were recovered. While playing golf at Helensburgh, Mr. Walter Lamont, a Ceylon tea-planter, dropped dead. Elizabeth Baldwin was knocked down and killed by a motor-car bearing four Imperial Press delegates in Oldham-road, Manchester. During a friendly' fight between two pugilists at an athletic club in Birkenhead, one of the men—a half-caste named Thomas Victor Crooks-fell out of the ring and sus- tained fatal injuries. Accidents. Early on Sunday morning a woman, about forty years of age, was found in Maygood- street, Barnsbury-road, with a wound in the shoulder, and unable to give any account of her injury. Damage to the extent of 607,000 was done by a fire which originated in a Coatbridge drapery establishment. A serious fire occurred at the electric station, Newport Docks, on, Sunday after- noon. The damage is roughly estimated at £ 6,000. Becoming restive at Canal Bank, Camber- well, on Saturday, a horse attached to a cart fell into the canal, and, being held beneath the water by the cart, was drowned. While r Lieutenant Riding-Master T. Sin- field was competing in a. jumping contest at the Army Service Corps sports on Woolwich- common his horse fell at a fence and rolled over him. He was removed to the hospital suffering from concussion of the brain. 0 Told in the Courts. Mr. C.. H. Moordoff, a' solicitor and ex- town councillor, of Appleby, was sentenced at Westmorland Assizes on Saturday to three years' penal servitude for misappropriating* XI,200, trust funds. At Pufleet fair a policeman was attacked by several gipsies armed with axes and spades. One of the men was committed for trial on Saturday. At an inquest at Rochester on the body of Miss Florence Grierson, twenty-three, who was knocked down by a lady cyclist and killed, a verdict of accidental death was re- turned. Two Russian Jews, Abraham Diamond and Joe Gilbert, pleaded guilty on Saturday, at Nottingham Assizes, to breaking into the branch post office in the lace market. Dia- mond was sentenced to three years' penal servitude, and Gilbert to fifteen months' im- prisonment. Judgment having been given against him in the City of London Court, a debtor said he -had. no goods, but the plaintiff might have his four feodless children. While cases of robbery from gas meters were being tried at Greenwich it was stated that the South Metropolitan Gas Company last year was robbed of over one thousand pounds; in coin from automatic meters, and? lost an equal sum in damage to meters. Eighty per cent. of the robberies were from empty houses. At Kent Assizes Miss Helena Learner, of Bromley, was awarded a farthing damages in an action for breach of promise of marriage brought against Henry Alfred Balding, & professional footballer, engaged last season z;1 ne, with the Crystal Palace team. A verdict of "Manslaughter" was re- turned against Henry Tubbs, chauffeur to Sir Alex Rendel, at a Guildford inquest on Mr. T. Stephenson, who was thrown from his ti-ap in collision with a motor-car driven by Tubbs. At an inquest held at Battersea a man, when asked his daughter's name, replied: "I'm sure I can't tell you." Patrick Malloy, who had confessed to the murder of a woman in Tabard-street, and subsequently denied it, was discharged by the Tower-bridge magistrate. A charge of making false representation in claiming a pension was dismissed against Henry Hughes, an aged resident, at Chat- ham. He told the pension officer that he had no income. It was found that his wife owned several cottages; these, however, were fully mortgaged, and the income was returned aa nil. The World of Sport. The British Motor Boat Club promoted a race meeting at Erith on Saturday. At Woking, on Saturday, the annual golf match by singles and foursomes between teams representing the Bar and the House of Commons resulted in favour of the Bar by 8. .points to 6. They won the singles by 5 matches to 4, and the foursomes by 3 matches to 2. —" Percy Smallwood, the Welsh runner, on Saturday established a new world's record at Jeanette (Penn.) for 10 miles, covering the distance in 50min. 22sec. This beats Shrtibb's record by 18sec. Divesting himself of his tunic and rolling up his sleeves, the Duke of Devonshire took part in a tug-of-war at Yeomanry sports in Qhatsworth Park on Saturday. His side lost, but he was one of the few who were not sent over. Fishing tickets are to be'issued to mem- bers of the Metropolitan Water Board who wish to fish in their reservoirs. Jabez Wolffe, training for his contemplated attack on the Channel crossing, swam from Worthing to Brighton in 4hrs. 5Omins. Lord Egerton of Tatton has declined to re- ceive a deputation from the Manchester sec- tion of the Cyclists' Touring Club with refer- ence to granting facilities for refreshments at Rostherne. Mr. Pierpont Morgan has presented the Pekin Palace Dog Association with a chal- lenge cup, value 100 guineas. Music and the Drama Miss Constance Collier has been specially engaged to play several. leading parts during the Shakespeare festival at His Majesty's. Mies Maud Allan has been engaged for ) series of performances in America at a fee of £ 25,000. It is stated that the contract stipu- lates for fifty performances and guarantee. £ 500 for each. Mr. George Alexander, the actor-manager, has just celebrated his fiftv-first birthday. Mr. Ivan Lloyd-Powell, who made his debut at the Bechstein Hall as a pianist, is a young Welshman. At ten years of age he ) studied with Mr. Marmaduke Barton at the Royal College of Music. While there he gained the open scholarship of that institu- tion for piano, as well as winning the Hay- wood, Lonsdale scholarship and Hopkinson. gold medal.