r ,NAVAL DISASTER. BRITISH CRUISER RAMMED. EXCITING RESCUES. The Admiralty issued on Sunday the roi-I lowing statement: "Wilson line steamer Sappho, of Hull, "Was in collision with his Majesty's second- class cruiser Sappho, last night, in a dense ,fog off Dungeness "Merehant steamer uninjured, and pro- deeded on her voyage. No Uvea lost, nor anyone injured. y oe "Damage to his Majesty's ship Sappho necessitated her being grounded; in Dover Harbour. Salvage operations have com- menced, and no difficulty is anticipated in floating her." This unadorned official statement covers a. markable story of disaster, seamanship^ aoid heroism. cruiser, which belongs to the Speciaf Reserve, and is attached to the Home Fleet, left Portsmouth at six o'clock on Saturday nioraing to- take part in the manoeuvres. With a crew of over 270 hands, many of whom were Royal Naval Reserve men, she pan into a very thick fog on Saturday night. Her syren was kept going continuously, and the ship was making very slow progress in the neighbourhood of Dungeness Point when suddenly a big vessel loomed up out of the fog alarmingly close. It is stated that noth- ing could then have averted the colli- sion, and the vessel, crashed into the cruiser on the port side. This was about half-past i nine o'clock, and all the men not on watch had turned.into their hammocks. The cruiser was struck in a vital part- near.the engine-room, a big breach being: made below the water-line in the stokehold, into which water rapidly- poured. An alarm was immediately sounded throughout the warship. The men were piped to quarters, the collision doors were closed and collision mats placed in position over the breach. The coolness and pluck displayed by the crew were worthy of the Br itish Navy. They were as cool as if they wre on parade in harbour, instead of on a sinking ship, walled round with a thick veil of fog. Orders were obeyed with smartness and alacrity, and the discipline wasmagnifi- C.,n + The ship's, peril was extreme, as it was soon apparent that the water was gaining .ith great rapidity, and the vessel was threatening to sink. The waiter had" almost immediately flooded the engine-room and extinguished the fires, so that the cruiser was quite helpless. To make matters worse, there Was no steam power for the dynamos, and the electric light all over the ship went out, leaving the -crttiser in darkness. She was also t unable to "UtMise her wireless' telegraphy apparatus in p order to summon assistance, owing to the <1vpamos becoming inoperative. In the conditions it was decided by Commander ChHstiivn that the men should take tS the boats. They were mustered on deck, life- belts were served out, and the men were, ordered to enter the boats. Perfect order and discipline were again shown in carrying; out this order. The boats remained along- lSid.ertllie sinking vessel. THE WOMEN OF DUNGENESS. In the meantime the firing of the cruiser^ distress guns had been heard at -Dungehess, where lileboatmen and coastguards turned1 out most praiseworthy promptitude to Ianneh--the two local lifeboats. Many of the regular < life boatmen were away at sea, but volunteers took their places. From the life- boat houses to the point at which the boats "Could be launched is some distance across the beach, and dragging the heavy craft over:! 18 an exhausting task even for men. The- oqlen of Dungeness pluckily, took their a.longsi<l<! the, IllçnUl the arduous It was. greatly due to their aid that the /ifeboats were able to get away so Promptly to the aid of. the sinking .cruiser. In the fog and darkness the only thing to guide the lifeboats -to the position of the damaged cruiser was the continued firing 'of the minute gun, and, although a very keen look out was kept, the lifeboats were close hpon the Sappho before they caught sight of her. She was, very deep in the water, and appeared in such a condition that she Bright founder at any .moment. Most of the cruiser's crew were in the ship's boats, as. a to&tter of precaution. "V e By means of the lifeboats, the bo'afe of the bruiser, and steam launches, about 200 of the crew were landed safely at Dungeness, the, Remainder being left in their boats alongside the cruiser, some of the officers remaining on 'board that vessel. u THE CRUISER SAVED. A message from Dungeness to Dover for tugs resulted in three being sent. The Sappho had sunk to the level with her top range of portholes and close to the decks lvlxen, they arrived, and there appeared very little prospect of saving her. A1 hawser was put aboard- the sinking ship, jand the tugs commenced to tow her towards Dover. The cruiser was undoubtedly saved from founder- ing by the arrival of the tug Lady Crun- afili, which put on board powerful salvage Plant, pumping 800 tons of water an hour. Captain Lambert lashed his tug alongside the Jinking cruiser for pumping purposes, whilst r18-* other two tugs towed. Seamen stood by e Lady Crundall to cut the ropes in case 1. cruiser's bulkhead should hurst and cause l to sink. j. *■' was a tedious process, but Dover was a°hed in safety at last,' the" cruiser taking ground on th# east side of the Prince of ales' Pier, and not far from the shore. The ,c^age to the cruiser was of a very peculiar «aracter. Above the water-line scarcely Anything was perceptible except an indenta- Ion of the plates where the steamer had Pa ntly struck a glancing blow, but when the divers were sent down it was found there "as an extensive, breach entirely below the ^ater-line, extending 8ft. in depth and 4ft. in Mdth. It is a curious coincidence that the vessel s "ich collided with the Sappho bore the name, being the Wilson liner Sappho. 0ne, was but slightly damaged, and .proceeded yage. BOAT'S CREW PICKED UP. '1'' Crew 0l,g^ it was at first reported that all the 9f the Sappho had been safely landed at incorrect, for a boat's crew for 16 Master-at-Arms remained unaccounted UE.ti] Monday evening, when a large steam- Flamborough Head that she had ^OarH "S3X complement of the cruiser on tjj > having picked them up in the Channel. Carets Procoedod °h her course north-
Leicester John William Watts, rate col- Co who was brought back from,. Bilbao, was n, :^tnitted for trial on charges of embezzling °°rough rates, the defalcations totalling £ 1,100. t, Tlus death is recorded of Mr. Simon Conyers of Danby, Yorkshire. Deceased, who 32, claimed the Earldom of Wilts, created in 1397. Prof. M. J. M. Hill, H.A., D.Sc., F.R.S., as been elected vice-chancellor of the Univer- ly of London for the year 1909-10. Lambeth (London) Guardians have decided to V«iov<3 all the babies from the workhouse to a 1118 at Norwood. 'the National Canine Defence League has now l^red 850,000 signatures to a petition to tr^arntent in support of a Bill exempting dogs vivisection. egg has been found in a, liHwJJ8 r'est at Crowborough, Sussex, the mother first11 aying apparently laid her egg in the nest ^hd then surrendered it to the robin. ^es W. Morse, the American "Ice King, ,a"s sent to prison in November last, has flowed out on bail of 125,000 dollars. .(;j"
ARTILLERYMAN'S SUICIDE. The story of a. love tragedy was told at the inquest, at. Walthamstow on Henry Clarke, aged 28, a Reservist of the Royal Field Artillery, who, after firing at his sweetheart, turned the revolver Upon'himself. The young woman-is Miss Dulieu, and the tragedy took place at her house at Renburg- road, Walthamstow. Miss Dulieu said that she had been engaged to Clarke, but had broken it off. He wanted her to become engaged to him again. She went to see him every Monday. The coroner said that the extraordinary thing was that the young woman kept visiting Clarke when she was engaged to another man. A verdict of "Suicide was returned.
AIRSHIP STOPPED BY POLICE. An airship was seen in London the other day, and was stopped by a policeman. At the time it was safely secured to a vehicle, and was being conveyed across London Bridge. The bulky load was noticed by watchful Con- stable Read, who made the driver pull up. The airship was protruding-14ft. 6rn: over the back of the vehicle, and the officer told the driver that he would be summoned, for allowing it to do so. At the City Summons Court the driver was fined 2s. 6d. and 3s. costs. Mr. Monckton (the clerk) asked if the airship was an advertisement. The Defendant: No, a real airship.
MIXERS' WAGES. The conference called by the Miners' Federa- tion of Great Britain to consider what is to be done to meet the requirements of the Eight Hours' Act, resolved that the president and the secretary of the Federation and Mr. Smillie assist the miners' representatives of South Wales in their endeavours to arrive at an amicable settlement of their dispute. Should they fail to arrive at a final settlement another special conference of the Federation will be called. It was decided to make an effort to arrange for a joint meeting of represenstatives of the coalowners and the Federation to consider general questions arising out of the Mines Regu- lation (Eight Hours) Act before the end of the present month. The conference confirmed the resolution j passed on May 6, 1909, declining to accept any reduction of wages demanded by the coalowners consequent on the coming into operation of the Act, and affirming that, in the event of a dis- trict being attacked on the wages question or the extension of the working1 hours from eight to nine under the 60 hours clause, a national conference should be called to decide what defensive action is to be taken.
-972,000 WILL. The Probate Court action over the will of Mrs. Margaret Orr, the aged Croydon lady, whose estate amounted to £ 72,000, came to an abrupt termination. The plaintiffs were Mr. Matthew Henry, Mr.; James H. Randall, and Mr. Joseph Wright, and the defendant was Mr. Henry Taylor, nephew of the testatrix, who contested the will and a codicil on the ground that they were not duly executed, and that testatrix was not of sound mind at the time the will and: codicil were executed. Mr. Rufus Isaacs, for plaintiffs, stated that the case, had been settled. The will, would stand, but the codicil would go. The result would be an intestacy. Both Mr. Isaacs and Sir Edward Clarke (for defendant) declared that nothing whatever was imputed against Mr. Wright, the solicitor's managing clerk, who benefited under the will. Judgment was given accordingly.
DAMAGES FOR A SIGNALMAN. An action for wrongful dismissal and libel brought by Signalman Godfrey Jones against the Great Central Railway Company was tried at York Assizes before Mr. Justice Bucknill. The jury, after deliberating for an hour and a half, found that the plaintiff had been wrong- fully dismissed and that he was not dismissed for booking incorrect time. They also found that he was offered a fort- night's wages in lieu of notice, and awarded two weeks' wages as damages on that issue. They found the libel not true in substance or in fact, and that the company were actuated by malice, and awarded the plaintiff £ 50; damages on that issue. A stay of execution was granted pending an appeal.
It was stated at the meeting of the Great Har- wood Council that the council's fire engine could not attend a fire brigade demonstration, as it had been condemned, but that the men, some of whom were wearing uniforms seventeen years old, rode in a waggonette painted and altered so as to re- present a hose tender. The Working Colonies Committee of the Central Unemployed Body reports the continu- ous receipt of applications frornfarmers in Eng- land for farm hands. Lord Victor William Paget, of the Royal Horse Guards, was fined LP-5 and costs at Mort- lake for driving a motor-car at the rate of 27 miles an hour. :> A Japanese colour print, "Monkey Bridge by Moonlight," by tliroshige, was sold for £ 92 at the Happer sale at Sotheby's.
HASTES OF GUNNERY. Sir Andrew Noble, who has just been awarded the Albert Medal of the Society of Arts in recognition of his researches into the nature and action of explosives, is chairman of the great firm of Armstrong, Whitworth, and Co., and what he does not know about big guns is not knowledge. Sir Andrew was born seventy-seven years ago. The Army was his chosen career, and it was in the Royal Artillery that he began to study guns. He studied to excellent purpose, and in 1859 he was Assistant-Inspector of Artillery. In 1860 he entered into partnership with the late Lord Armstrong. One of Sir Andrew's most j ingenious inventions is the chronoscope, which can measure the speed of a shot at different parts of the bore of the gun. -:0:-
A TRIUMPH OF HEREDITY. J A very remarkable feature of the Cambridge Classical Tripos is the triumph of heredity in the case of Mr. James Ramsay Montagu Butler, who is one of the four Senior Classics. In 1855 his father, Dr. H. Montagu Butler, Master of Trinity, was Senior Classic, and in 1887 his mother, who was Miss A. F. Ramsay, was not only Senior Classic, but beat all the I men of her year. Mr. James Butler entered Trinity College with a Scholarship from Har- row, and has been carry- I ing off prizes ever since. j At the Union, too, he has had brilliant success. I He stood for the Com- ¡' mittee in the Easter Term last year and came out third. In the two following terms he was at the top. Then he became Secretary, and, this term, Vice-President. He is an oarsman as well as a student. o
THE AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN. There are few better all-round cricketers than Montague Alfred Noble, the captain of the Australian team now visiting England. He is a fine bat, a useful bowler, and a splendid field. But he would be worth his place as captain only. He would have made a successful general if he had gone into the Army. He knows his men, and their oppo- nets, too, for this is his fourth visit to this I country. Noble is a dentist when he is at home, and- in his leisure moments he has been known to sing, and even to play his own accompaniments. He hails from New South Wales, and is a genial soul, though he looks stern enough on the field sometimes. His initials have gained for him the nickname of i a ry. An.,i. 0:
A METHODIST KNIGHT. In choosing Sir William P. Hartley as President of the Conference this year, the Primitive Methodists are honouring one of their most dis- tinguished members, and one who has shown his love for his church and its work by many generous benefactions. Sir Wm. Hartley is a self-made man. He finished his schooldays at fourteen years of age, and began work in a shop kept by his mother. He was by turns salesman and traveller, and when he had learned about all there was to know in the business he started him- self as a manufacturer at Bootle. Thirty years ago he was doing well, IMKI he made a compact with his wife that they would always give a tenth of their income to religious and charitable objects. He is a millionaire to-day, but the com- pact is being faithfully kept. o
A MILLIONAIRE WHIP. The day of stage-coaches departed long ago, and the driving of four-in-hands is nowadays confined principally to millionaires. Except on the Brighton Road, the brisk gallop of the flying team and the cheery toot of the guard's horn have given place to rush and dust of the car. On the road from London to Brighton, however, the coach still runs daily, and Mr. A. G. Vanderbilt, an American millionaire, and one of the world's most noted whips, is attempting to revive the ancient glory of "the road." If any further proof were needed of Mr. Vander- bilt's enthusiasm for the sport and the joy which he feels in holding the reins and controlling a spirited team, it may be found in the fact that he was the victor the other day in the Coaching Marathon," an event which took place in connection with the International Horse Show. — o:
BRITISH MUSEUM DIRECTOR. Sir Edward Maunde Thompson has resigned his appointment as Director and Principal Librarian of the British Museum, which he had held for forty-eight years. In that time he had done a great deal to make the famous institution a model of its kind. Sir Edward was born in Jamaica in 1840, but he was educated at Rugby and Oxford. As a young man -of twenty-one he "w^ts appointed an assistant in the British Museum, and in 1878 became Keeper of the MSS. and Egerton Librarian. Promotion to the post of Principal Librarian came in 1888. Sir Edward is a member of various learned societies at home and abroad, and he has a long list of publications to his credit. o
THE LAST WRANGLER. Mr. P. J. Daniell, who has won the distin- guisned honour of being the last Senior Wrangler of Cambridge, is only twenty years of age, having been born in January 1889. He began his educa- tion at Cambridge House School, Birmingham, and gained a scholarship which took him to King Edward's School. There he soon gave proof of brilliant ability. Prizes fell to him, amongst them the Albert Mathematical prize, and the Benson Exhibition, awarded to the most distinguished scholar of the year. In December, 1906, a year before the usual age, he obtained a Major scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and he also took his Tripos in his second year, instead of in the third, which is usual. Mr. Daniell is an athlete as well as a student. I
Mr. Henry Foyster, one of the principal tradesmen in Worthing, has been found dead with his throat cut in an outhouse behind his shop. It was decided by the L.C.C. Education Com- mittee that facilities should be granted for parties of Russian teachers, who are expected during the present month and in July, to visit; the Council's typical schools. Hector Watson, a petty officer, fell from the foremast of the battleship Bellerophon prior to the Home Fleet leaving Portsmouth and died while being removed to the Haslar Naval Hos- pital.
RECOVERED AFTER 150 YEARS. After lying at the bottom of the sea undis- turbed for a century and a half, one of the guna of H.M.S. Ramillies, which was wrecked near Bolt Tail on the south coast of Devon, has been recovered. In March last the French steam trawlei L'Aigle was wrecked in a gale close under Bolt Tail. Salvage operations are at present in pro- gress upon her, and while engaged in salving the boilers of L'Aigle a diver discovered beneath the sunken trawler the remains of an oldei vessel. Investigation proved these remains tc be undoubtedly those of the Ramillies, whose loss with over 700 lives was one of the greatest disasters in time of peace in the annals of the British Navy. This was on February 15, 1760 It was decided to salve one of the guns, and this has been successfully accomplished. One side of the weapon has been worn awaj with the action of pebbles and shingle washed over it by the tide to such an extent that at the muzzle the thickness of iron is very little, and for its whole length the metal has the appear- ance of being gradually filed away. In contrast to this, the top part of the gun shows not the slightest sign of wear. Its per- fect preservation is due to the fact that it was embedded in sand and shingle, which formed a complete protection.
A LOVER OF ANIMALS. By his will the late Dr. Bell Taylor, of Not- tingham, the eminent oculist, left £ 5,000 each to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivi- section, the London Anti-Vivisection Society, the British Committee of the International Federation for the Abolition of the State Regu- lation- of Vice, the National Anti-Vaccination League, and the Royal Society for the Preven- tion of Cruelty to Animals. j The gift to the last-named is conditional on the society within three years (or such extended period as the executors may allow) procuring the passing of an Act limiting the load which any horse or other animal may be compelled to draw to a weight bearing a certain proportion to the weight of the animal. In the event of the condition not being fulfilled, the legacy shall fall into residue for distribution among the other four societies named in equal shares. The testator also directed that all his animals and birds should be kept in comfort for so long as they shall live.
INQUEST IN A GARDEN. A dramatic story was told at an inquest at Colchester on Trooper Wise, 8th Hussars, soldier-servant to General Allenby, C.B., com- manding the 4th Cavalry Brigade. Evidence was given that Wise had been courting two young women-one at Brocken- hurst, Hants, and one near Colchester. On ) Thursday night a report was heard, and Wisg was found lying on the floor of his bedroom with a revolver under him, The general was aroused, and sent for the police. In Wise's box several love-letters were found from a girl at Brockenhurst. In one she threat- ened to expose him to his other sweetheart. A verdict of "Suicide during temporary in- sanity" was returned. Owing to the heat the inquest was held in General Allenby's garden.
CORK STRIKE RIOTS, Serious disturbances are reported from Cork owing to the strike of dockers and railwaymen, and the police have been compelled to use their batons. A merchant's lorry carrying goods from Patrick Quay was interfered with by the strikers, and the driver was struck with lumps of coal. The police at once intervened, and, the strikers offering resistance, a baton charge was ordered. Several people were injured and conveyed to the hospital. More trouble occurred at Victoria, on the opposite side of the River Lee. Here the Workers' Union men were attacked by a crowd of Irish Transport Union men, A severe con- flict ensued, and another baton charge was ordered. Several people were conveyed to infirmaries suffering from scalp wounds.
A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Afflicted by sudden dementia, Mrs. Harriet Long, wife of a Perry Barr (Staffordshire) dis- trict councillor, drew a razor across her hus- band's throat as he lay asleep in bed. Fortunately, Mr. Long was awake in time, and he snatched the razor from, his wife's grasp, thus saving himself from almost certain death while his attention was momentarily diverted, however, she regained possession of the razor and cut her own throat so badly that she expired a few minutes later. Mr. Long is not dangerously injured. j
DRAMATIST'S SUICIDE. Mr. St. John Hankin, the well-known author and dramatist, has committed suicide at Llandrindod Wells under peculiarly dis- tressing circumstances. Suffering from nervous breakdown, he went to the pretty little Welsh spa to try the effi- cacy of the waters. Mr. Hankia was missed from his hotel, and later his body was found in a picturesque pool at a spot called "the Lovers' Leap." a ± Giving evidence at the inquest on Satur- day, Mrs. Hankin stated that her husband was 39 years of age, and was a dramatist. He left his home at Campden, Gloucestershire, for Llandrindod Wells on Saturday, June 5, and on the same day she went to London. He wrote to her nearly every day. Having received a telegram saying her hus- band was missing, she went to Llandrindod, and on arrival at the hotel she found a letter awaiting her in his bedroom. In the course of the letter he said he was wretchedly de- pressed on account of his failing health, and finished with "Always, my dear, your Joving husband." A postcript contained the following sen- tenee "I have found a lovely pool in the river, and at the bottom I hope to find rest." | Mrs. Hankin said she knew of no reason why he had done what he had. All his affairs were going on well. Her husband had always held the belief that a man was perfectly justi- fied in taking his lif- if he felt that he was in any way liable to become a burden to the community. Inspector Jones said he dragged the river, and early on Friday morning discovered Mr. Hankin's body in about 12ft. of water near "Lovers' Leap," Llandrindod Wells. He had two straps around his neck, to which were attached a pair of 71b. dumb-bells. The jury returned a vei'dict of "Suicide whilst temporarily insane."
A telegram from Jefferson City states that the Governor of Missouri has signed a measure passed by both Houses of the State Legislature prohibiting the marriage of American residents in that State with Chinese or Jananooa M. Lucien Buonaparte Wyse, formerly an officer in the French navy, and known as the originator of the idea of a Panama Canal-for the construction of which he obtained a conces- sion from the Governments of Colombia and the United States-has died at Toulon at the age of 66. The churchyard at Lyme Regis is fast being swallowed up by the sea, and the inhabitants are in fear for the safety of the church. Plots of land at Woldingham and Farning- ham, which were formerly designed as mobilisa- tion centres, have been sold at the instance of the War Office. State barges are things of the past. It is announced that H.M. tug Robust will convey the Lord Mayor of London to the Dreadnought on the opcar-i-la of the visit of the fleets to the Thames.
PARLIAMENTARY PARS BUDGET IN COMMITTEE. THE LAND CLAUSES. Most of the Parliamentary proceedings with regard to the Budget up to now have been merely preliminary sparring, compared with the task upon which the Government have now entered. The real work upon the Finance Bill opens with the beginning of the Committee stage, and everybody concerned is in for an arduous time. Never has there been a Budget which has aroused such enthusiasm amongst its friends and such bitter opposition amongst its enemies. The latter are not strong in numbers in the House of Commons, compared with the former, but that fact will not prevent them from opposing Mr. Lloyd George's Bill by every means in their power. It is in the division lobby that their comparative weakness will be evident, for the Government has ample strength in the House of Commons to enable them to carry the Finance Bill through by substantial majorities, even if the small "cave" of Liberals should push things to the extremity by voting consist- ently against it. MANY AMENDMENTS. The determined attitude taken up by the Opposition may be judged from the fact that there have been put down 109 pages of amend- ments to the Finance Bill, so that, whatever the result may be, we are pretty sure of one thing, and that is plenty of talk. The talk began on a point of order raised by Mr. Bowles, the mem- ber for Norwood, who inherits much of the ability of his father, Mr. "Tommy Bowles, who represented King's Lynn before the General Election. The point of order was connected with the clauses on land which deal with land or interest in land, a much larger question than land pure and simple, which is all that is men- tioned in the resolutions on which the Finance Bill is based. The Speaker, however, ruled that the word "land must be held to cover every interest in land. Mr. Lloyd George and his fellow-Ministers breathed more freely after this, for if Mr. Bowles had carried his point there must have been considerable delay while the necessary amendment was made to the resolu- tion. — THE INCREMENT DUTY. A few other little matters having been dis- posed of, the Speaker left the chair, and the House went into Committee under the chair- manship of Mr. Emmott. Clause I. of the Bill was discussed. It is as follows Subject to the j provisions of this part of this Act, there shall be charged, levied, and paid on the increment value of any land a duty, called increment value duty, at the rate of £ 1 for, every full £ 5 of that value, and the duty, or a proportionate part thereof, shall become due: (a,) On the occasion of any transfer or sale of the land or any interest in the land, or the grant of any lease (not being a lease for a term. of years less than seven years) of the land; j and (b) On the occasion of the death of any per- son dying after the commencement of this Act, where the land or any interest in the land is comprised in the property passing on the death of the deceased within the meaning of Sections 1 and 2 of the Finance Act, 1894, as amended by any subsequent enactment; and (c) Where the land or any interest in the land is held by any body corporate or by any body unincorporated as "defined by Section 12 of the Customs and Inland Revenue Act, 1885, on such periodical occasions as are provided in this Act; and on each of those occasions the duty, or pro- portionate part,of the duty, due, so far as it has not been paid, on any previous occasion, shall be collected in accordance with the provisions of this Act." A SPEECH THAT FAILED. An amendment for the postponement of the Clause was moved by Mr. Meysey-Thompson, who was under the impression that he was at liberty in making his speech to argue against the proposed tax. 'All a mistake, he was in- formed; he must speak to his motion. "I do i not quite understand," said Mr. Meysey-Thomp- ( son. "Must I only speak to the postponement? Of course. "But," said the astonished member, "what am I to say then?" Amid cries of "Move, move from his own party and derisive laughter from the Ministerialists,, Mr. Mevsey- Thompson at last said, "I beg to move," and so got the business started. ON THE WAR-PATH. There followed him Earl Winterton, who made a reputation as Viscount Turnour and is living up to it, and Mr. Walter Long, returned with renewed health and vigour from a sojourn in South Africa. Next came Mr. Lloyd George, hoping for reasonable discussion, and seeing no reason for bitterness; seeing, least of all, no reason whatever for the postponement of the Clause. Mr. Balfour joined the fray. He for one had never wished to introduce bitterness into the debates of the House, either in office or out of it, he said. If Mr. Lloyd George looked back on his own record with full severity of conscience, he might feel some qualms of con- science in that respect. A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE. Mr. Balfour was in favour of the postpone- ment of the Clause until they got to the valua- tion clauses. These Clauses, he declared, should have formed a separate measure, and a very serious constitutional issue might be raised on the propriety of including them in the Finance Bill. It had always been held that the question of land valuation was a separate problem, and everybody felt that they could not deal effec- tively with rates and taxes until they had valua- tion. The Government was proposing in the Finance Bill to impose taxation which had no meaning, which was impracticable, and was scarcely even intelligible until the Valuation Bill which was embodied in the measure received discussion. LAND AND THE LORDS. ■ If the Commons and the Lords come to logger- heads over the Budget, it will certainly be the land taxation proposals which are chieflv re- sponsible, though doubtless there are other things in the Bill to which their lordships object. Their possible action in connection with the Bill when it reaches their House is interest- ing matter for speculation. There are those who see in Mr. Balfour's speech and his reference to H a constitutional issue" an indication that the Lords will at any rate lay hands, more or less violently, upon the land clauses. If so, the fat would be in the fire, for the Commons would not agree to having the Bill "amended" by the Lords, whose constitutional right to interfere in such a matter is, indeed, denied. Is Lord Rosebery's letter another indication of what the Lords will do? He says that the Budget is j a revolution which, if it is effected, will be effected without the country having the least pretence of a voice in the matter. "It will be carried over the heads of the people," he says, and British citizens will have nothing more to do with it than if they were Tartars or Lapps. It will be seen that Lord Rosebery carefully says "if it is effected." It is easy to see that he thinks there is "much virtue in an if." GOVERNMENT MAJORITIES. The amendment was defeated, as were also others, by large majorities, some amounting to more than two hundred. The Opposition argued that the time allowed for making the valuation of lands was insufficient. An enormous fraction of the population was in- terested, said Mr. Balfour, and they would be expected to value their property in thirty days It was grotesque, he declared people were to be taxed, which was bad enough, and they were also to be made to pay the cost of valuation, and fined if the valuation were not accurate. The more he considered this portion of the Bill, the more convinced Mr. Balfour was that the Government did not want it to pass. Mr. Bal- four gave the House the interesting information that in England and Wales, excluding London, ) there are 700,000 landowners. Mr. Lloyd George replied. The valuation proposals, he said, were not before them just now they could be dis- cussed later on but, with regard to the other matters, the demands which the Government was making had been made in every Bill of th& kind throughout the Empire.
BURIED IN A JAR. Mr. Weatherley Phipson, barrister-at-law, who died on the 19th May last, leaving estate of the gross value of P.18,722, directed in his will that £ 300 should be expended in the disposal of his remains. His body was to be burnt or cremated, and the ashes placed in a glass or earthenware jar. A porcelaii* vase was then to be made of sufficient gize, to contain this jar, and was to bear a suit- able inscription recording his name and his death. A site was then to be chosen in some cemetery of convenient access, and & vault was to be built thereon of great strength and solidity, and large enough to contain at least six vases similar to that above mentioned* and a suitable inscription was to be placed on the exterior. When these operations were complete the glass jar was to be placed within the vase, and the lid of the vase put on with a strong cement, in order to exclude the air, and the vase was then to be deposited in that vault, and to remain there for ever.
WIRELESS DEATH An inquest was held on Monday at the Admiralty wireless station, Humberstone, near Grimsby, on Michael Cooney, 35. chief electrician, a native of Kilcock, co. Wexford,, who succumbed to injuries sustained at the station. Captain Willis, commandant in charge, stated that by an Admiralty order neither the coroner nor the jury would be permitted to inspect the transmitting room where the accident happened. They had been making final preparations for sending messages during the North Sea manoeuvres. He and deceased were standing ready to begin when the switchboard operator said he thought certain appliances were out of order. Without saying anything Cooney at once opened the transmitting room door. Witness. shouted to hiin. but the noise was great, and witness believed Cooney never heard him. He received the shock, but almost immedi- ately after the switchboard operator broke the current, and the witness dragged out Cooney, who was badly injured. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," and exonerated the staff from any blame.
A LIVERPOOL MYSTERY. After seventeen months the Liverpool police have arrested a man whom they charge with the murder of the little girl named Madge Kirby—& murder which has become known in Liverpool as- the cellar crime. The man gave the name of Alfred Z, Noakes, and on Monday he was remanded at the police-court after evidence of arrest had been given. Noakes is 27 years of age, and is stated to hail from one of the Colonies. The child was missed in January, 1908. She was playing with some other children in a gar- den attached to a reservoir near her home when she was invited by a man to go with him to buy some sweets. She went. with him, and disap- peared, all ef)rts to trace her being unsuccess- ful. In ArC ist last her body was found in a sack in the cellar of an unoccupied house in Great Newman-street, half a mile from her home. On Friday night, while Detective Barnett was in Great Newman-street he noticed Noakes scribbling in chalk on the walls of the house and cellar steps near where the remains were fcund, the scribble invariably taking the form of the initials "M. K." The officer arrested the man, and when he was charged with the crime he made no reply.
LADY'S TEPvBIBLE ORDEAL. After a terrible ordeal in a wood, Miss Camp- bell-Corry, a young woman, has been found in a semi-conscious state near a village close to Tunbridge Wells. For some time past Miss Campbell-Corry had been staying at a hotel at Crowborough with her mother. She went for a walk in the lovely and thicklv-wooded district, and, as she did not return by nightfall, an alarm was raised. Throughout the night a search party of vil- lagers, numbering about thirty, scoured the countryside, but it was not until Monday, after the lady had been missing for three days and nights, that their efforts were rewarded with C, success. Miss Campbell-Corry was discovered in a. forest near Hartfield, several miles away, lying in an exhausted state, and it was apparent that- she had suffered considerably from exposure and want of food while wandering through the mazes of wooded country.
STRANGE COINCIDENCES. Thomas John Mackenney, a Staines waterman, having put off in his boat to re- cover a body floating in the Thames, was shocked on reaching it to find that it was his own son, a man of 43, who had been missing for some days. Another remarkable drowning coincidence is revealed in a fatality which occurred at Norwich. By a collision with a motor-launch, a boat containing four people was capsized on Monday, and one of the occupants, a girl named Everitt, was drowned. Mr. Daniel Redgrave, a commercial traveller, witnessed the accident. At the time he saw the girl's body brought ashore his own son, Leonard, was drowned in a well a few miles away. Two boys who had lowered him down the chain, so that he could get some ferns, found the weight too much and let go the winch, with the result that Redgrave fell 60ft. into the water.
CHAUFFEUR COMMITTED. A charge of manslaughter was preferred at Woking on Monday against Harry Arthur Tubb, of Charlwood, chauffeur to Sir Alexander Rendel, of Reigate. Prisoner's driving on June 1 at Ockham is alleged to have caused the death of Thomas Henry Stephenson, of Guildford. Prisoner was committed for trial. Mr. Rowe said the case for the Treasury was that accused, without putting on his brakes, tried to pass between deceased's trap, which he overtook, and a brewer's van. The car struck the trap, causing deceased to be pitched out. Accused stated there was grease on his brakes, which failed to act, but there was inde- pendent evidence that up to the moment of the collision the car never slackened speed, while immediately after it drew up in a few yards, although going at a speed estimated by witnesses at twenty miles an hour. Prisoner reserved his defence.
L 9 Thomas Keys, greengrocer, of Kirkby, Notts, was fined £ 1 at Nottingham for terrifying rail- way passengers by producing a knife, and sav- ing, "I am going to kill somebody. I have been in a lunatic asylum seven months." Mr. Lloyd George states, in reply to an inquiry from the Adams Manufacturing Com- pany, that "the proposed licences for motor- cars are to supersede the existing carriage taxes, and are not to be charged in addition to them." The Army Council has approved of the old colours of the let Battalion Leicestershire Regi- ment (17th Foot) being placed in the parish church at Leicester. The Cromer District Council has reversed its decision and has now agreed to accept an offer of a drinking fountain as a memorial to the late Clement Scott. At Castleford John Perry, miner, was sen- tenced to six months' hard labour for embez- zling 34, the moneys of the Hemswcrth Collieries Check-Weight Fund, of which he was treasurer.
GIRL FOUND MURDERED. ALLEGED CONFESSION. A terrible discovery has been made at Hen. don, the body of a little girl, named Annie Lydia Fletcher, aged six years, being found with wounds in the throat, floating in the Rivei Brent. The child had been missing from her home at Willesden-green, London, for threo. days, her movements remaining a mystery after she left her little brother outside the school gates. The suspicions of the police were aroused by the manner and appearance of a tramp wander- ing along the Hendon road. He was watched, and eventually arrested as a loiterer, and taken to Willesden-green Police-station. Blood-stains were seen on his clothing, and he was asked to explain the cause. The man replied that he had "something to confess," and afterwards, it is alleged, said he had killed a little girl. He directed the police to a brook in which he had thrown the body. After a brief search a child's body was found in the stream. The 'child's clothing was torn while there were five punctured wounds in the throat, apparently in- flicted with a pocket-knife. It is stated that the man's name is John Westwood, or Burgess, and his age is given as twenty. It is reported that when the deceased girl went to school the boy above mentioned, being the senior, had to go into the building by a different entrance to that which the girl used, and when she saw the boy had entered the school she turned round and ran away. On Saturday, Frederick Burgess, otherwise Westwood, aged twenty, a labourer, of Prospect road, Child's-hill, N.W., was brought before the magistrates. Detective-Inspector Pike said the discovery of the body was brought about through a written confession which the prisoner signed. There were found severe wounds in the throat and a. number of knife stabs about the body. When charged with the wilful murder of the child, prisoner said: "I choked her with a piece of my mnmer; then stabbed her. I laid my coat under her because the grass was wet, and the blood on my coat was from her." Prisoner was remanded to Edgware Ses- sions,