OUR LONDON LETTER. fFrom Our Special CorrespmdenAj Ever since Mr. Lloyd George introduced his Budget it has been darkly rumoured that a "split" would take place in the Liberal Party on the question of the land taxes. There are many wealthy landowners who are also Liberals, and, in common with the rest of humanity, they are not brimming over with eagerness to be taxed. Within the past few days the announcement was made that the disaffected members had formed a Cave," and would oppose the taxes on unde- veloped land for all they rrere worth. The little band includes men of weight and influ- ence, and it is evident that if they care to push matters to extremes they may be able to make things exceedingly unpleasant- for the Government. They have had an interview with the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer and stated their views. The answer, as might have been expected, was to the effect that, while being willing to con- sider amendments in detail, the Government definitely declined to throw overboard any of their main proposals for the valuation and taxation of land. The "Cave" will not take any further action for the present beyond moving amendments to the Finance Bill, but it is understood that they will decline to fall into line with the rest of the Ministerialists. It is a long time since Society had such a "lion as Lieutenant Shacldeton, who, being modest, as all brave men should be, must find the "lionising" which he is now undergoing rather a severe trial. No Society function is complete without this man of the moment, and distinguished hostesses are eagerly suing for the honour of having him as a guest at their parties. Learned societies are making much of him-and truly he deserves it. Ban- quets innumerable are given in his honour, all sorts of kickshaws are offered up at his hrine, and the poor man is expected to eat a whole lot of things which possibly may not agree with him. He told an interviewer the other day that when he and his companions were away in the "awful solitudes which sen- tinel the Pole," subsisting on a very plain -diet and not too much of it, they often talked of the meals they would have when they got back to London. The vision has materialised, in good truth. It is a good thing that Lieu- tenant Shackleton has youth and good diges- tion on his side. It takes a brave man to do what he has done in the Antarctic, but he may be excused if he comes to the conclusion that to act fully up to the part of a Society idol is a much more fearsome business. I remember a Drury Lane pantomime years ago, in which poor Dan Leno and Herbert Campbell, anticipating events, went sailing over London in an airship. They were not quite sure of their whereabouts, and after Dan had issued the command to his crew, "Back water!" and the ship had been stopped, he looked over the side, and announced, "Yes, it's London; the streets are up." They have been up a good many times since, and the season for the annual re- pairing orgies will soon be here again. It will Jaegin early next month in the city of West- minster, and will go on until some time in October. Most of the work will be done in the West-end after "everybody" has left town. In this part of London, at least, some regard is being paid to the convenience of the public, and the Westminster Council, re- -cognising that even after "everybody" has gone away there will still be a good many people left, has made inquiries as to the most suitable dates for upsetting the arrange- ments of the different streets. Would that other Councils would do likewise' A week or two back I referred to the great naval pageant which Londoners and visitors will have the opportunity of witnessing next month, when a considerable proportion of the vessels at present engaged in the manoeuvres will be berthed in the Thames, the forty-mile line of warships extending from Southend to the Houses of Parliament. The details of the official programme in connection with this remarkable naval display have now been completed, and it is clear that jio effort will b- e Spared by the Admiralty and the City Corporation to make the affair a memorable vent. There will be over a hundred vessels representing the various types in the Navy, and an opportunity will be afforded of view- ing at close quarters some of the finest, vessels of our first line of defence. It is an -opportunity of which Londoners will cer- tainly take full advantage, and it cannot fail •to attract crowds of visitors from the pro- vinces. The City Corporation will spend thousands of pounds in connection with the visit. There have been some extraordinary ques- tions asked in Parliament at one time and another, but one which was placed upon the paper by Mr. Leverton Harris the other day is certainly deserving of a niche in the museum of Parliamentary curiosities. It bore upon the question of what are and what are not minerals within the meaning of the clause of the Finance Act dealing with that subject. "Which of the following sub- stances," Mr. Harris asks, "are to be con- sidered minerals," and goes on to enumerate eighty-seven of them, nearly all of them entirely unknown to ordinary people, and all with names of fearful and wonderful con- struction. One was inclined at first to com- pliment Mr. Harris upon his erudition and industry, until one noticed that all the minerals in this formidable list have names beginning with the initial letter of the alphabet. It appears, therefore, that the hon. member is only at the beginning of his sub. ject. As there are about twelve thousand different kinds of minerals, he has plenty of scope for further questions. Some 'time during the present year, prob- ably in the autumn, it is hoped to complete arrangements for the stone-laying of the Central Young Men's Christian Association headquarters in Tottenham Court-road. The new building will provide accommodation for a large number of young men, who will be able to obtain all the advantages of a well-ordered club, while for a comparatively small sum they will be able to secure excellent quarters. A number of educational and other classes will be established to afford the advantages of a business college or technical institution. The committee are anxious to make it easy for the young man to improve his technical knowledge, and at any rate to give him as good a chance as his German contemporary. The social and recreative side, as well as the religious, will not be overlooked. Gymnasia and provllsion for games are a part of the scheme, but whilst the Y.M.C.A. is essen- tially a religious organisation, there will be no attempt to confine the social and educa- tional benefits of the new headquarters to those who are members of the association. About P.83,000 is needed to complete the cost of the building. A. E. M.
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THE LODGER'S LULLABY. Jinks: "I thought you told me when I en. gaged these rooms that they were perfectly quiet. Why, I couldn't sleep a wink for the noise at the motor garage down below." Landlady: "That wasn't a motor garage, sir. It was my husband asleep in the next room to yours."
M DOG DISPUTE. Before Mr. Justice Lawrance and a special jury on Monday a verdict of £ 5 damages was returned against Mrs. Mack, a widow, who keeps "a bOardingestablishment for dogs." j The plaintiff was Mrs. Dora Dennis, of Uck- field, Sussex, a breeder of pedigree dogs. The action was for alleged slander. A prize Pomeranian, Adonis of Offiey, was sold to a Mrs. Cummings by plaintiff for £ 70, and a puppy, which plaintiff valued at £ 20. At the London Pomeranian Show Mrs. Cum- tnings exhibited Adonis of Offiey, but failed to 1 get a. prize. i Mrs. Mack, said Mrs. Cummings, giving evi- dence, referred to witness's dog's failure, and isaid, "What can you expect with Mr. Dennis j gtewarding?" She also inspected the dog, and advised witness to be very careful in dealing ;with "people of this sort." Defendant denied having used the words com- plained of.
Over E700 was subscribed for the victims of the 1Tottenham Anarchist outrage, according to the final accounts. Of this sum £100 was contributed by the Royal Bounty Fund, EIOO by the Carnegie Hero Fund, .£40 by the Walthamstow fund and £ 418 was raised by the public subscription in Tot- tenhain.
BRITISH SHIP SHELLED I CZAR AND KAISER MEET. A sensational incident has occurred in the Gulf f Finland where the meeting between the Czar ..nd the Emperor William took place on Thurs- day. As a British cargo steamer was passing Pitkae- passe Bay, where the Russian Imperial squadron was lying, a torpedo boat fired on the steamer, first a blank charge, and then two shells. The shots penetrated five bulkheads, destroyed a boiler, and wounded an engineer in the leg. The disabled cargo vessel is the Newcastle-on- Tyne steamer Woodburn. It is presumed that the unfortunate incident arose out of the precautions taken to guard the Czar's yacht. On the arrival of the Hohenzollern, the German Emperor's yacht, at Bjorko the Tsar immediately went on board, and remained for half an hour The Emperor William shortly afterwards returned the visit on board the Standart. The meeting of the monarchs was of the most cordial character, the two Emperors hissing each other, repeatedlv. A version of the firing on the British steamer from Russian official sources states that the vessel, bound for England with a cargo of tim- ber, was steaming in the channel where the Imperial squadron was lying, and, on account of an offence against prescribed regulations, was signalled to heave to. As the order was not obeyed the guardship first fired three blank charges and then four live shells.
A MAN OF RESOURCE. "Did you tell that young man of yours that I'm going to turn the gas off at the meter precisely at ten every night ?" "Yes, pa!" "Well, what did he say about that?" "He said he'd come at a quarter-past I"
RAILWAY TRAGEDY. On Saturday night a shocking accident oc- curred on the London and North Western line, at Peasley Cross, St. Helens. A girl named Lois Smart, of Lunts Heath, Farn- worth, going to catch a train, was knocked down by an engine and cut in two, while her brother, John Thomas Smart, aged 28, who had accompanied her to see her off, was also knocked down, and had both legs cut off.
OLDEST OF THE HUMAN RAOE. About a year ago a human skeleton was dis- covered in a cavern in the Dordogne, South-Wes France, belonging to a very distant period. Whes discovered the skull was much damaged, but the parts of the skeleton have since been put to- gether, and it is now thought that the remains are those of a young man between 16 and 18 years of age. The jaws are protruding, the skull markedly I receding, the nose would seem to have been broad and flattened, and the nostrils directed mainly forwards, all these features being very ape-like The cavern where the remains were found is at Le Moustier, and the name Homo Mousteriensis is proposed for the specimen. An age of 400,OOC years is assigned to the deposit, which belongs to a late interglacial epoch. This would make the fossil young man'of Le Moustier the oldest of the human race yet known.
A TERRIBLE INSULT. The Old Lady: "I told Mrs. Twidde to send her boy to you and you'd find him a j position in your business." The Old Man: "Well, she sent him, but he didn't get a job. She sent a note to say she didn't care where the boy worked, if it was only for a mere pittance.' Fancy the impu- dence of the woman referring to me as a mere pittance.'
T The institute of France has divided the Osiris aviation prize of < £ 4,000 between M. Bleriot, the aviator, and M. Voisin, the constructor of ceroplanes, for their contributions to the pro- gress of aviation. The Prince of Wales will take the chair at a banquet which the council of the National Rifle Association is giving at Prince's Restaurant on July 8 to celebrate the jubilee of the associa. tion. To commemorate the passing through Irlam of the King and Queen on July 6th after reviewing the Territorials at Worsley Mr. George Thomas, of Irlam Hall, near Manchester, is giving a re- creation ground, to the urban district of Irlam. For a fourteenth century Psalter, beautifully illuminated, £ 700 was paid at Christie's. Richard Rodmore, a Crimean veteran, has died at Swindon, aged 76 years. The Beecham Orchestra has been engaged to tour the United States' next year. Hull has been selected as the meeting place of the next triennial meeting of the Druids in 1911. Permission to arrange tea-parties from time to time to brighten the lives of the pupils in the poorer districts is given in a revised code of regulations for managers of schools, passed by the London County Council Education Com- mittee. After colliding in a dense fog with an un- known steamship, the fate of which is a mystery, the Hungaifan steamship Kossuth Ferencz, with over fifty thousand pounds worth of wheat on board, has gone ashore on the Scroby Sand, off Great Yarmouth.
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MR. BIRRELL AND HENRY cI. j Mr. Birrell unveiled a memorial cross in For- bury Gardens, Reading, to King Henry I., the founder of Reading Abbey. The cross is the gift of Dr. Jamieson B. Hurry, of Reading, and consists of silver grey Cornish granite, and rises to a. height of 20ft. A civic reception awaited; Mr. Birrell, a large company having assembled at the invitation of the mayor. Mr. Birrell said the body of the great king was laid to rest in Reading Abbey with every, circumstance of pomp and glory. Henry I. was a great figure, one of the most interesting In the fascinating pages of English history. The problems which agitated his mind during hi9 long and difficult reign were very much the same as those that troubled us to-day. The great abbey and church, which stood unchal- lenged and unchallengeable, had for years been visited by kings. Bishops had been 4consecrote4l in it, and Parliaments and councils held there.
Elizabeth Perry, aged sixty, has been sentenced to death at Warwick Assizes for the murder of IJ girl at Aston by performing an illegal operatioP, but was recommended to mercy on account of her. age. The condition of pens and ink provided for tbP, use of the public in post offices has been a frequent cause of complaint. The Postmaster-General ha.S now issued an order that nibs and ink renewed with sufficent frequency, and that penlt and ink bottles shall ho lu.nf, ,,1"$Ln. KEATING your Furs, Blankets, etc., when you put them away. It kills MOTH and will not hurt your things. Follow directions with every tin, and see that everything is quite dry. Sold all over the world. Tins, 3d., 6d., and Is. ;1 NEW SIZE. Id While reaching to pick up a penny he nad, dropped, a fourteen-year-old errand boy named Wood was caught in the machinery at a printing works at Northfleet, and killed uistantly. Distinction between thrift and parsimony, examples of wasteful and economic expenditure, tJio clearness of cheap things, the value of method, and the principles of compound interest are among the heads under which it is proposed to teach thrift to the children of the London elementary ischools.
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X17 TO PAY GAS BILL, Mr. Stephen Bennett was awarded zCl7 damages at Lambeth County-court against Mr. W. Frampton and Mr. B. W. Sheffield, in an action for the obstruction of ancient lights through the erection of certain premises by the defendants off Peckliam Rye. The plaintiff stated that in consequence 'of the obstruction he had to light the gas in his parlour two or three hours earlier each day than formerly. 1iIJr 1;<r.
WATER ON THE BATTLEFIELD. Among the wreaths placed on the grave of Field- Marshal Sir F. Haines, who has been buried at Brompton Cemetery, is one bearing the simple inscription "From the bugler at Alma who gave you a drink of water on the battlefield, and who you remembered forty-four years after, when he was overtaken by misfortune." j
When the Primitive Methodist Conference was opened at Southport two ministerial candidates for the presidency. withdrew, and Sir William Hartley was unanimously elected. He is the first lay president in the Connexion for forty years. In negotiating an obstacle at Woolwich mili- tary sports, Lieutenant Riding-Master Sinfold was crushed underneath his horse, and was re- moved to the hospital with concussion of the brain. During a meeting of the National Federation of Blastfurnacemen at Middlesbrough the president said that the outlook was much brighter than it was twelve months ago.
MURDER VERDICT APPEAL. The story of a murderous attack upon an elderly woman on a Welsh mountain was given before the Court of Criminal Appeal, com- posed of the Lord Chief Justice and Justices Jelf and A. T. Lawrence, when the appeal of John Edmunds against a sentence of death was dismissed. Counsel on prisoner's behalf s-aid the man was found guilty at Monmouth Assizes of the wilful murder of Cecilia Harris. The woman lived alone on the mountain side, and prisoner at- tacked her, shot her in the mouth, violently assaulted her, and cut her throat. She crawled for three-quarters of a mile to a farmhouse, where she was medically treated. She then re- covered, and gave evidence against the prisoner in the police court, the charge against him being one of malicious wounding. A short time after- wards she died, and the prisoner was charged with wilful murder and was found guilty. Counsel contended that the medical evidence upon which the prisoner was found guilty of the capital charge did not sufficiently establish the fact that death occurred directly or indirectly as a result of his acts. The Court dismissed the appeal.
RELIGIOUS RIOTS. A serious religious disturbance occurred in Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, and fifty people were arrested. A Roman Catholic anniversary procession was to be held in con- nection with St. Joseph's parish, and on Saturday an announcement was made that a counter demonstration would be held in the same neighbourhood. The police apparently anticipated trouble, and, in addition to an enlarged staff, a re- serve supply of forty mounted men under the Deputy Head Constable, and fully 500 foot constables were stationed inside the Hay Market. The Roman Catholic procession was timed J to start at three o'clock, but an hour before that time a band of Orangemen paraded Juvenal street, where they encountered several of the opposite party. In a moment I the district was in an uproar. The Orange- men drew the swords, pokers, and other weapons which they were carrying, and their opponents responded with sticks, bricks, and stones. Mounted men charged the mob imme- diately, scattering them in all directions, but the crowd replied with a shower of stones, which were hurled unceasingly at the police. Reinforcements were called out, and a num- ber of charges were made by the mounted men. A number of houses were wrecked, windows and the framework of doors were smashed, and in one case a house was set on fire. Many of the people who were arrested were injured, in addition to about a dozen police- men. .1
CHALLENGE TO A DUEL. An extraordinary scene, culminating in a challenge, occurred at Friday's meeting of the I Dublin Corporation. The Lord Mayor referred to the disgraceful scenes at the previous meeting, when free fights were indulged in, and warned the offenders against a repetition of their conduct. This gave rise to further disorder. Alderman Kelly said the Lord Mayor ought to be ashamed of himself, and that he had never previously heard such an attack on the Council. "I'll defend my honour with my life," de- clared Mr. O'Carroll. Subsequentiy the Lord Mayor asked Mr. O'Carroll to leave, and the latter refused. As a motion to adjourn the Council was car- ried, Mr. O'Carroll shouted a challenge to a member of the Council to meet him anywhere he liked, and to name his own weapons.
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BALLOON FALLS 2,400 FEET A fatal balloon accident has occurred at St. Petersburg. Three members of the Russian Aero Club, one of them accompanied by his wife, made an ascent in a balloon belonging to the Army Ballooning Division, and all went well until an altitude of over 2,400 feet was reached. The gas bag then split, a long rent being made. The balloon rapidly deflated, and in two minutes the car was dashed to the. ground. M. Palitzin was killed, while Captain Korbe, who was in charge, sustained & broken leg, Madame Palitzin was also seriously in- jured, but the fourth occupant escaped prac- tically unscathed.
Two burglars sentenced at Carlisle were de- clared to have stolen a horse at Cheshire nd driven it 200 miles in two days, committing burglaries on the way. Among the awards made by the committee of the Royal Humane Society was that of a medal to Mr. Allan McFarquhar, clerk, Aber- deen, for bravery. A boy had fallen into the Dee, and the rising tide carried him up a sewer. McFarquhar swam up the sewer after him, and 1 at fearful risk to himself brought the little fellow out unconscious
LADY MISSIONARY MURDERED, A mysterious murder, came to light on Saturday in New York in the room of a Chinaman above a Chinose restaurant in the Tenderloin district, when the body of a young woman, subsequently identified as that of Elsie, the granddaughter of the famous General Franz Siegel, was found in a steamer-trunk tied up with ropes. The mur- 'I der was probably committed a week ago. The young woman, who was interested in I missionary work among the Chinese, had been missing for a fortnight. The girl was ¡ twenty years of age. The police have sent a message to an official at Colon (Panama) to stop a party of China- men who left here for Vancouver a week ago. They have discovered that the Chinaman who is alleged to have murdered Miss Siegel started for that place on June 11. The building where the body was found is a resort of Chinese, with whom Miss Siegel and her mother, Mrs. Paul Siegel, had been engaged in missionary efforts, endeavouring to make Christian converts. The room was occupied by William L. Leon, or Leong Sing, for whom the police of New York and Wash- ington are looking. Letters were found indi- cating friendly relations between Miss Elsie I and Leon. The autopsy showed that Miss Elsie Siegel was asphyxiated and probably poisoned. On Monday Leon Ling was arrested at Sche- nectady on suspicion of having murdered Miss Elsie Siegel. He denies all knowledge of the crime, but says that he left New York nine days ago-that is, a couple of days after the date on which it is assumed the crime was committed. A Chinaman who recently shared a room with Leon Ling has also been arrested at West Gal- way. He is suspected of having some knowledge of the crime, and will be held as a witness. It is now ascertained that jealousy was the cause of the murder, a number of endearing letters having been written by the girl to Chu- Gain, the proprietor of one of the chief native restaurants. Chu-Gain has been arrested, and is being held as an important witness..
RAILWAY AGREEMENT. A Parliamentary White Paper was issued on Saturday containing the heads of a pro- posed pooling agreement between the London and North Western, Midland, and Lanca- shire and Yorkshire Railway Companies. The proposed agreement states that the re- ceipts of the three companies from (a) com- petitive traffic of all descriptions exclusive of qoal class and mails; and (h) alltraffic in the coal class (excluding waggon, hire), are to be pooled and divided from the 1st day of January, 1909, on the basis of actual carry- ings (subject to the same deductions), during the year 1907. Other clauses in the proposed agreement provide that "each of the three companies shall afford to the others all due and reason- able facilities for interchange of all traffic, :whether divisible under this agreement or not, so as to give the public the benefit of the best route," and that arrangements be "made as soon as possible' "with a view to securing the most economical methods of working combined with the best facilities to the public." It is further agreed that at a suitable time Parliamentary powers are to be applied for "to enter into a more extended arrangement to embrace traffic not now dealt with and carry out the fullest working arrangements possible."
EXPRESS DERAILED. A serious railway mishap occurred on Sun- day morning near Highbridge (Somerset), a Plymouth express leaving the rails and passengers having remarkàble escapee. As the line was under repair, it was neces- sary for the up train to travel some distance on the down line, and the accident hap- pened when the express was taking the points. The engine was wrecked, the driver and fireman narrowly escaping injury. Two coaches were smashed, one being flung across the permanent way. A passenger who travelled in the coach next the engine states that he was flung vio- lently forward, and immediately afterwards sustained an even greater shock, as the engine in jumping the metals struck a goods train. The train- was not travelling at more than twenty-five, miles an hour, and the driver did his best to pull up. None of the passengers was seriously hurt.
FUNERAL STOPPED, At Hull on Saturday the funeral of a schoolboy named Thomas Bentley was stopped n order that an inquest might be held on the deceased. According to the police report the boy was struck at school. He afterwards complained of pains in the head, and, becoming delirious, he died. At the inquest Dr. Barker said that death was due to acute tuberculosis and meningitis, and had not been caused by a blow. The headmistress of the school and a teacher denied that the boy had been struck on the head, but the father repeated that the lad had complained, and had showed him a bloodstained handkerchief, saying that his nose had bled. The jury returned a verdict that death was due to natural causes, and the teacher was exonerated.
NEW PORT OF CALL. Holyhead on Sunday became a port of call for Atlantic liners, when the White Star liner Cedric landed some 200 passengers, who were at once entrained for London, Liver- pool, or Manchester. After calling at Qiieenstown the Cedric proceeded direct to Holyhead, arriving about noon. The arrange- ment was vastly appreciated by those who were in a hurry. By the new plan passengers to London and beyond saved some eighteen hours. The cledric would probably have been held up at Liverpool bar by a dead low tide at the time of her arrival there. The mails also were landed—which meant a saving of several hours.