LADIES. A WARNING TO YOUNG LADIES. A verdict of death from tight lacing is, perhaps, still to be sought among the curiosities of law. But a Birmingham jury have come near it in a verdict of Death from pressure round the waist." The victim was a poor servant-girl who died after a fright, and her death was attributed by the medical witnesses to the fact that she was too tightly belted to enable her to stand the weur and tear of any sudden emotion. She was a notorious tight lacer; her collar fitted so closely that it was impossible to loosen it at the critical moment; and under her stays she wore a belt so remorselessly buckled as to prevent the free circulation of the blood. The Coroner expressed a wish to have a statement of the normal size of her waist in the interests of social science, or, as he put it, as a warning to other young ladies who are accustomed to tight lacing. In the old waxwork shows there used to stand a figure of a young woman who fell a victim to the impious practice of sewing on iI. Sunday. She pricked her finger with the needle, and perished of the wound. If it exists to-day, this might be replaced with advantage by an effigy of this unhappy servant-girl in her habit as she died. AMERICAN ADVICE. On receiving a proposal—"You ought to take it kind, looking down hill, with an expreshun about half tickled and half scart. After the pop is over, if yore lavver wants tew kiss you, I don't think I would say yes or no, but let the thing kind ov take its own course." UNLIKE HER SEX. Considerable excitement was caused at Ilfra- combe Station the other morning, prior to the departure of the 10.10 train, by the appearance of a man in a somewhat excited condition on the platform peering into the faces of several ladies. Presently he caught hold of a lady round the waist and pulled her by main force in the direction of the Brannton-road. After considerable difficulty he reached the road in front of St. Brannock's. Here the resistance of the lady and her cries attracted the attention of several of the residents, and k number of persons assembled round the struggling pair. In answer to expostulations, the gentleman said the lady was his runaway wife, and he waS trying to get her to Braunton. As the distance was eight miles, it did not, however, appear likely that he would succeed, more especially considering the progress that had already been made. Shortly afterwards a constable appeared upon the scene, and by dint of force liberated the wife, who quickly jumped into a cab and drove off at a rapid pace. The disconsolate husband at once commenced to renew the search, and went to one of the magistrates for aid, bat as yet his efforts have not been attended with success. It appears that the parties, who are well known at Braunton, were married about two years ago, and went to Ilfracombe for their honeymoon. The course of true love, how- ever, in this respect did not run smoothly, for the parties fell out on the eve of their wedding day. It is stated that they sat up all night, but towards morning the weary husband fell asleep, and the lady, taking advantage of his slumbers, left the house, and had not been heard of until last week, when she visited her mother's grave. The husband traced her to Ilfracombe, with the result above stated.
DO RABBITS CLIMB TREES? Do rabbits climb trees? may sound a strange question in the ears of a thorough cockney, but to us, the more favoured followers of Diana, no new or extraordinary change in bunny's habits is insinuated. It was but yesterday, while strolling along the b&nks of the Teify, that I observed a nl rabbit perched in a black thorn tree at the water's edge some six or seven feet from the ground. Whether he had got Eiffel Tower on the brain, or was contemplating the same dark deed as Tit- Willow in the Mikado, I know not; but anyhow, if he had ascended on self-destruction bent, my advent must have changed his intentions; for band over hand (I beg his pardon, paw over paw) he descended, and, winking at me with both eyes, walked away. Such being the nature of the beast, it:alwaya strikes me as funny, that the damaged fir tops which are now put down tj the innocent squirrel's account are not tacked on to the plunder- ing rabbit's list of iniquities. THE AMERICAN PRIZE FISH STORY. The New York Evening World recently offered a prize for the best fish story, and Mr J. L. Gunckel, of Toledo, Ohio, won the prize with this yarn I was in a boat off Edgewater on Ten Mile Creek, a tributary to Lake Erie, fishing for perch. Near the wild rice on the opposite side of the stream, I noticed every now and then the spalch of a large fish; and, thinking there might be a hungry pike feeding, I changed my tackle, and hooked a 5 inch perch securely behind the dorsal fin, and made a cast. A heavy strike, the reel spun, and a second followed. The movement of the fish ceased and a trembling sensation in the line and rod was experienced, which moved to the centre of the stream, and a regular shaking ensued, resembling a terrier worrying a rat. I gave a jerk; no effect; the sensation continued the more savagely; it felt very heavy. Gradually I hauled in, and when within a few feet of my boat I saw the trouble. A 9 lb. pike had a savage hold of the head of the perch, a 7 lb. dog-fish a firm hold of the tail, and the hook remained in its original position between the heads of the two fish who were struggling for the perch, and this coutinued after I landed them, and neither would let go the bait. The two large fish were caught without the hook touching either. A TEIFY FISH. On Wednesday, 24th inst., a fine salmon of 491bs. was caught at the Cardigan bar. Probably this is the largest Teify fish on record. The water in the upper reaches is miserably low, hardly sufficient to cover the back of such a monster had he succeeded in running the gauntlet of the nets.
FIGHT WITH A BOA-CONSTRICTOR. A curious incident was reported from Oke Popo, West Africa. A boy went to bathe in a pond. When missed, search was made for the little fellow by his mother, who finally difoovered the dead body of her son in the pond, and on each side of the body was a boa-constrictor of prodigious length. The poor woman was unable to regain the remains of her child, and a number of natives came up on hearing her screams. A desperate struggle then ensued between the boas and the natives. The natives could not extricate the corpse from the reptiles until both of them were killed.
THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD Exhibited his powers last week in a private room at the Aquarium, before a company of gentlemen who had been specially invited, preparatory to an engagement he has contracted to fulfil at the well- known Westminster house of entertainment, commencing from Monday next. He performs under the name of Samson, and is of German, American extraction, is 30 years of age, and weighs 1701b. Unlike other performers of feats of strength on the stage, he does not go in for lifting or carry- ing enormous weights, but depends mainly on his extraordinary power of developing his muscles wherever they may be required. His achievements yesterday to the last degree remarkable. Passing from the bending of a gas pipe, which he after- wards straightened out by hammering it on his left fore arm, he proceeded to show the muscular p ower of his chest. Taking eighteen lengths of picture wire, each containing eight strands, he tied them round his chest, and by a violent effort of ex- pansion broke the whole bundle. Samson also showed his visitors other feats—such as snapping heavy steel curb chain rings by swelling his biceps which measure 194 inches over which they were placed, and breaking up the remaining portions between his fingers. The exhibition is, in fact, one that must be seen to be believed in. All that was done was performed in a small room; the materials used by the strong man being in every case examined by those present before he dealt with them. This new addition to strength- wonders, who has for some time been performing in America, is 5 feet 8 inches in height, measures 40 inches round the chest, and is symmetrically t built. ————————
THE UNEMPLOYED IN EAST LONDON.—At a time when much thought is being given to this matter a practical suggestion may be of service. Last year more than X.300,000 worth of foreign matches were purchased by inconsiderate consumers in the country, to the great injury of our own working people, so true is it that evil is wrought by want of thought, as well as want of heart-" If all oJn- flumers would purchase Bryant and May's matches that firm would be enabled to pay JE1,000 a week more in wages.
MISCELLANEOUS. Among the obituary notices of an Ohio paper we find the following:—"Mr William Jones of Malta township, aged 83, passed peacefully away, on Tuesday last, from single blessedness to matrimonial bliss, after a short but sudden attack by Alice Blossom, a blooming widow of 35." AN EXPERIENCE IN ELECTRICAL EXE- CUTION. That high-tension currents will not always kill, but will act upon the consciousness in various unknown ways, seems an idea which grows in im- portance as the attempt to introduce execution by electricity continues to be made. Mr H. M. Stevens, of Boston, U.S., has just practically been executed, and does not believe electricity can properly execute a criminal. He slipped while examining an electric light plant, threw out his hands, and caught the brushes of a dynamo, re- ceiving the currentiat 1500 volts. He was knocked senseless, dropped off by his own weight, and had two doctors at work on his body which was cold, stiff, and pulseless, and for three hours he remain- ed unconscious. This, he explains now, was be- cause the shock charged him and he was full of electricity, and insulated." An attendant sug- gested potting him to earth on damp ground to let the charge run out." This was done, and Mr Stevens rapidly recovered and returned to business though he is still sensitive when thunderstorms are in the air. The idea seems to be that the effect of a dangerous shock might be counteracted by immediately putting the subject to earth and dis- charging hira.-Etectrical Engineer. SKULLS FRACTURED BY HAILSTONES. News has just been received here of an extra- ordinary phenomenon which occurred a few days ago at Villafranca, Piedmont. The peasants were engaged in the fields taking in the harvest when suddenly a dull, rolling sound was heard, and the sky became as black as ink. There was no thunder or lighting, but a few hailstones of enormous size fell, some penetrating into the ground, and others rebounding to a distance of several yards. This preliminary shower ceasod for several minute.4, during which the peasants crept under the carts and hayricks in their neighbourhood. Some, however, were uuable to nod any shelter, and when the storm was over they were in a pitiable con- dition, with the blood flowing from their numerous wounds. A boy of fifteen and a girl of eleven had their skulls fractured, and expired a few houijs afterwards. More than a hundred persons were- badly hurt; The weight of some of these monster hailstones is estimated at 21b. The crops have been totally destroyed, many of the trees have been wrecked, and the roofs of houses and cottages considerably damaged. A FIDDLE BEWITCHED. One adventure of Bottesini's should be remembered. He was playing one night at Antwery, and there was a full room, and considerable cariosity for his turn to begin. He took his place beside his colossal double bass, and commenced his variations. The public were electrified-and so was the player. No one who knows the double-bass could say of the instrument that it was squeaky and shrieky. It has its faults, but at least shrillness is not one of them. The sounds came forth that evening piercing and pathetic. The p!ayer looked terrified; his instrument saemed bewitched, and the sounds continued even when the bow was not drawn across the strings. For a moment Bottesini faltered, and then plunging his hand into the internal cavities of his big instrument, be drew it back very hurriedly- He introduced it again very carefully, and took out and held up to the room a cat. The enter- tainment did not end there. There were kittens to follow. SOME CURIOUS NEGRO BURIAL CUSTOMS. The Washington correspondent of the Cleveland Leader writes:—While strolling a little way out- side the city limits near the head of Eighteenth Street, I noticed two carriages filled with coloured people entering an enclosure. I saw that it was a cemetery, and followed. A stalwart negro took from one of the carriages a small coffin, and, with the ceremony of a short simple prayer, it was deposited in the earth. Just before leaving, a woman, whom I judged to be bereaved mother, laid upon the mound two or three infant's toys. Looking about among the large number of graves of children, 1 observed this practice to be very general. Some were literally covered with play- things. There were nursing-bottles, rattle-boxes, tin horses and waggons, "Noah's arks," sets of dishes, marbles, tops, china cops and saucers, slates,lpicture-books in endless number and variety. Many of them had apparently lain there for years, articles of perishable nature having been almost destroyed by sun and storm. There were very few children's graves which had not something of this kind upon them. Upon inquiry I was told that custom is almost universal among the coloured people in the South. The sentiment that prompts this readily suggests itself; but it is not quite so easy to understand another thing which I noticed. Upon fully half the small graves, lying or standing, partly buried in the earth, were medicine bottles of every size and shape. Some were nearly full, and all contained more or less of the medicine which had no doubt been used in the effort to ward off the visit of death. The usual number of these on each grave was from one to three, but on one I counted eight. The placing of these bottles is certainly a singular conceit. Just why they do it is not clear. I was impelled by curiosity to inquire of two or three negroes about it; but they seemed no better able to explain it than I was. One old woman, who was loitering about the cemetery, said in answer to my question :—" I kain't tell ye why, mister, but dey allers do it. When 1 was a chile, 1 libed down in ole Virginny, an' it was jes' de same dar. I d'no, but mebbe dey t'inks de medisum '11 he'p de chil'em arter dey's buried; but I do nt see no good in it nohow." ALLEGED FORGERY OF A WILL. In the Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Divi- sion of the High Court of Jnstice last week Mr Justice Butt and a special jury had before them the case of Gelder v. Kenn and others.—The plaintiff, the son of a niece of the deceased, Mr. William Kenn, propounded the draft contents of an alleged lost will purporting to have been executed on the 17th October, 1888, The defendants, the widow, and the brothers and sisters of the deceased, opposed probate, and pleaded that such will was never made or signed, and if so it was destroyed with the intention of revoking it. It was also alleged that it was forgery.—Mr Bayford, Q.C., and Mr Bargrave Deane appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr Lockwood, Q.C., and Mr Middleton for the defendants.—The deceased had been a licensed vic- tualler, and he left property amounting to about £ 6000. He lived first of all at the Blackamoor's Head, Barnsley, with his wife, who died in 1879 He afterwards gave up the publichouse and practically retired. The bulk of his property was freehold. He was greatly attached to the plaintiff, who lived with him, and treated him as a son, making him his confidental man, in addition to which, it was stated, he always told him that at his his death he would be provided for. Shortly after the decease of his wife he male a will by which he left the bulk of his property to the plaintiff, with remainder to his children. In April, 1881, he again married, but it was admitted that he and hi3 second wife did not live happily together. After a time the plaintiff pointed out to his uncle that the mere fact of his marrying again revoked any previous win. It was not, however, until August, 1888, that he thought of making another will. He had in his possession a book entitled A Guide to the Law," which ho set to work to study, and after his death, which took place last January, at the age of 72, it was found that the passage relating to a will being nullified by reason of a second marriage was considerably thumbed, while on the opposite page were marks of scratches apparently from a nail. On the 13th October last he met a man named Jaques, who had been a solicitor's clerk, who drew the will in question from the instructions of the deceased. The will was on similar lines to the former one, the difference being between the life interest and the fee simple of the property. After the death of the deceased the will was not forthcoming, and an advertisement appeared in a Barnsley newspaper, offering .£10 reward for any information concerning it. Jaques then produced the draft contents of the will, which the defendant now propounded. The circumstances detailed as to alleged execution of the will of October, 1888, were somewhat peculiar. The first witness exam- ined on the point was Mr John Jaqiies, of Barnsley, who deposed that be was a solicitor's clerk out of employment now." He admitted having had considerable practice in making wills. He knew the deceased, and had spoken to him on the subject of his will. On the 13th of October last he met the deceased in Shore-lane, Barnsley, when he told him that his second marriage nullified his former will. The deceased then said that he would have another made, and witness took a piece of paper out of his pocket and wrote down the instructions in pencil, from dictation, on the top of a wall. Had not now got the piece of paper, it having disappeared somewhere or other.' He afterwards prepared a draft from it, which was subsequently engrossed. There was an inter- lineation in the will giving the second wife two houses. The will was attested by witness and a man named Johnson.-In cross-examination by Mr Lockwood, Q.C., the witness said that to a great extent he was now living on the charity of friends. He hoped he was earning something by giving evidence in this case. Do you live in hopes?— Certainly. (Laughter.) I snppose you expect your fee. (Renewed laughter.) I know what I shall get; but what will you ?-I don't know. Of course your brief is marked. (Laughter.) At any rate, I hope to get the J610 reward.—Cross- examination continued: There was no ariange- ment made in writing or words. Recently he was in the workhouse to get renovated." (Laaghter.) Had three times been convicted for drunkenness. The first time was for sleeping out." The Judge asked the meaning of this, whereupon the witness, amidst laughter, said that he was charged under the Vagrant Act as a rogue and a vagabond. Cross-examination continued-He was often asked to make wills, as he did them cheap. (Laughter.) He wrote out the instructions on a piece of paper on a wall in the lane. Johnson was a commercial traveller.. There was a policy of insurance on the life of witness, in which he now had no interest Questioned as to the reason, he explained, amidst loud laughter, that he was sold by public action," being put up by a Mr Lancaster. His age and all that" were put down in a catalogue. Being asked if he was an "asset" in connection with some bankruptcy proceedings, he admitted having parted with his policy to Mr Canter, to whom he owed money. He furt her said that if he got any money out of this case he would stick to it" and pay nobody. (Laughter.) The will was not engrossed on parchment, "not likely," but on paper. When he heard that the deceased's will could not be found, he did not talk about the matter, as it would be a breach of professional etiquette. (Laughter.) Mr Benjamin Canter, a retired pensioner of the Church' of England Fire and Life Institution, President of a local branch of the Church of England Working Men's Society, and a member of a choir, said that he had been a monev lender, but ceased to be no this t«n VMH ago. The witness then gave evidence as to the circumstances attending the preparation and execution of the will in question.-In cross-examin- ation, he admitted having traded in his daughter's name. Had been in the money lending business. The witness offered tc lend Mr Lockwood, the CKQssiraxamiBing counsel, money if he had it.—Mr Lockwood: Ob, I would not come to you, although I want it badly. (Laughter.) Being further ques- tioned he said that the banking account was kept in his daughter's name. He would give Jaques a character for honesty and truthfulness, but be was intemperate and lazy. Jacques might owe him .£20, but he would sell his interest to anybody in Court for 20s. (Laughter.)—Mr Samuel Johnson, I commercial traveller, the attesting witness, also gave evidence in support of the case for the plaintiff, as also did Mr J. Gray, solicitor, of Barnsley—Mr W. H. Gelder, the plaintiff, having given testimony as to his relations with the deceased, the Court adjourned. ESCAPE FROM HOSPITAL OF "THE WOMAN CAT." The "Woman Cat "-La Femme-chat- who has just escape from the Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, forms a frequent topic of sensational talk and con- jecture just now. It appears that last week a good looking and apparently healthy girl of 15 was taken to the hospital by her friends. She was ex- amined by Dr. Parinaud, and while he was looking at her eyes she suddenly went on all fours, her features became distorted, her eyes glared, and, imitating the mewing of a cat, she endeavoured to bite the persons who were standing near her. After having acted for several moments in this manner, the patient began to lick her hands, and then gradually returned to her senses. When under ex- amination by Dr. Charcot the girl had another at- tack of her malady, which is called galeanthropic hysterique, and she bit the eminent surgeon severely in the leg. Dr. Charcot had hopes of curing the patient, but she has suddenly dis- appeared from the Salpetriere, and is now wander- ing at large through Paris. SHIPWRECKED SAILORS IN STRANGE COMPANY. The crew, numbering thirty-five, of the steamer Fijian, which when on a voyage from Melbourne to the New Hebrides struck on the island of Tanna, bad an anxious time before they were rescued by the steamer Tenterden. The natives, who are de. scribed as fierce-looking and exceedingly blood- thirsty, plundered the vessel, and for several days and nights kept the shipwrecked people, who had taken refuge on the island, in a continual state of terror. As usual, the seamen appear to have been unprovided with firearms. A CARNAGE OF CATS. A terrible carnage of cats has been organized at Corbeil, not far from Paris. Two persons living in the town were bitten by a local tabby," which was declared rabid by a veterinary surgeon, whereupon the destruction of the town pussies en masse was decreed by the inhabitants. It is to be hoped, however, that the good people who have organized the massacre will be brought to their senses before they pave the way for a plague of rats ar.d mice, a contingency to which their present wild and extraordinary conduct would seem to point. THE CAVE DWELLERS OF NORTHERN MEXICO. It is stated that Lieutenant Sehwatka has re- ported the discovery of a large tribe of cave- dwellers in the unexplored regions of Northern Mexico. Their abodes are exactly like the old, abandoned cliff-dwellings of Arizon and New Mexico. So wild and timid were the inmates that it was hardly possible to get near them. Upon the approach of white people they usuallyfly to their caves or cliffs by means of notched sticks placed against the face of the cliffs. They can also ascend perpendieular cliffs without the use of these sticks if there are the slightest crevices for their fingers and toefl. A number of children, playing in a deep canon, were interrupted, and immediately fled to the low brush and rocks and could not be found, biding as completely as young quail. These cliff- dwellers are usually tall, lean, and well formed, their skin being very blackish-red, much nearer the colour of the negro than the copper-coloured Indian of the United States. They are said to be sun-worshippers.
ROUND THE WORLD.—X. The Governor of a Colony is always ad- dressed as c. His Excellency," and the title is most appropriate in the case of the present Governor of Tasmania j for Sir Robert Hamilton excels not only in his public and official capacity, but in many other directions. He is an excellent fisherman in fresh and salt water. The largest salmon ever caught in the Colony was caught by him. It weighed over 291bs., and was shown at the Melbourne Exhibition of this year. He owns a sailing boat, which he sails himself with the skill of a practised waterman. And the extension harbour of Hobart offers peculiar opportunities for this mode of recreation, not only because there is ample scope, but because a certain wind comes with marvellous regularity at a certain time every day, blows its accustomed blow, and then goes down. Often we had the pleasure of a sail with his Excellency, and had got to look upon this sea breeze as an old friend. If, perchance, we drew too much on this friendship, and over-reached ourselves (as happened once), the acquaintance was unceri- moniously dropped, and we were left to our own resources, and had to row ourselves home. Doubtless this fact tended to quicken the per- ceptions of those concerned. Indeed, such was the accuracy of judgment attained that the duration of this breeze was usually timed to a nicety. We used to fish for flatheads and cod. The former is an extraordinary fish, and true to its name. There is some good river fishing at New Norfolk, a short run by train from Hobart. The trout there grows to an enor- mous size. We caught several varying from two to eight pounds. But the quality of the fish is not equal to our own. The trumpeter is perhaps the best fish they have, but even its flavour will not compare with that of our salmon or sole. Great efforts are being made to stock the rivers with English and all kinds of fish. For this purpose Oere are salmon ponds at New Norfolk, where large quantities of young fish of all sorts have been brought, and are carefully fed every day. These preserving ponds are a sight to see. The man in charge would catch for us any fish we wished to see, and after cursory examination put him back again. The Californian trout struck us as being one of the most prettily marked fish we ever saw. Another favourite place for fishing is Brown's river. We went there one day and tried (but with only partial success) to take some of the Inaem (perch) we saw moving lazily up the river. The bait usea was craw nsh. x>ut the most buccessful this day was Master Gavin Hamilton, a young gentleman of seven or eight summeis. He was in pursuit of "jolly tails," a small fish about twice the size of a minnow. The jolly tail is always lively and ready for the bait, and gives very good fun to the child fisher- man. Fishing is practically the only sport available. There is very little shooting, even if we had been in the season for it. auails being the only game. Kangaroos are getting rare, but they are still to be found in certain parts. But kangaroo shooting is rough sport, and only open to the strong and active. All that now remain are found only in the roughest place, amongst jagged, precipitous, and inaccessible rocks. But we must talk of something else than sport. Before we leave the Colony we shall in our next letter say something about the ways of the Tasmanians, a word about the Church, and a word about the State.
TRADE REPORT. There are few better means of gauging the extent-or, to speak more accurately, the volume —of the trade of the country than the railway returns. Within the next couple of weeks all the railways will have declared their half-yearly divi- dends, and it is perfectly certain that, generally speaking, the dividends will show a substantial advance over that of last year, which, in its turn, showed a marked advance over 1887. The increase in receipts has been very large, and as there has been little or no alteration in rates-at all events, no advance-it is evident that the receipts must form an almost perfect measure of the volume of trade. Increased volume does not always mean increased profit to the capitalist, but it nearly always means in- creased labour, and consequently a larger distri- bution of money amongst the wage-earning classes, who form the bulk of the community. The steady and uniform expansion in the amount of the carrying trades of this country, not only by land, but also by water, is a sure proof of the advantages that have accrued to the country from the firm, wise, and truly liberal policy o the present Unionist administration. We cannot report any change of importance in the staple trades of this district. Tinplates con- tinue flat; for even with but a fortnight's con- sumption lying in stock at the various ports, the coming increase in the power of production quite neutralizes the advantages that makers would otherwise get from an advancing demand. But buyers can forecast with the greatest nicety the advent and extent of the increase in the make- when the new mills, now in course of erection, come into operation—that they are able to com- pletely master the situation. The production still, unfortunately for the employers, keeps merrily bounding along, and the employed are reaping the whole of the advantage. Pig iron, steel, and coal remain firm, with the prospect of a future advance in the prices of the two former articles Tin and copper remain pretty stationary, subject to the daily fluctuations of the gamblers of the metal exchange. CARDIFF.—The arrivals of the past week have been above the average, and the imports have also been good, especially of iron ore. The coal and coke shipments for the week amounted to 163,289 tons, and the imports to 31,131 tons. The number of arrivals was 162, showing a registered tonnage of 84,317. The vessels now in dock number 212, the tonnage being 126,634. The coal trade has been brisk in almost all departments, the latest quotations being-best qualities steam coal, from 13s. to 14s good dry coals, 12s. 3d. to 12s. 6d. best Monmouthshire, lis. 6d. small stream, 6s. 9d. House coal sales have been somewhat limited, but prices remain unaltered. No. 3 Rhoudda is firmly quoted at lis. 6d., and small of the same quality was scarce at 9s. 6d. The patent fuel market continues healthy, the best brands being quoted at lis. 6d. The stocks of pitwood have been somewhat heavy, but 17s. 6d. was firmly demanded. Coke remains unaltered, the prices being 17s. for furnace and 18s. 6d. for foundry. The iron and steel trades of the district are in a flourishing condition. All manufacturers are full of orders for some time to come, and there is difficulty in obtaining prompt delivery. There is a slight falling off in the staple trade of tinplate-making on account of the prices of raw material continually advancing, while tinplate remains almost stationary. The prices quoted are—ship-plates, 27 2s. 6d. per ton Bessemer steel tin-plate bars, 1:5 to 25 5s.; Siemens's quality, jEo 7s, 6d. spelter, 219 15s. ore firm at old prices. BAR]IOW-Illq-FUR .NESS. -The upward tendency of the hematite pig-iron trade is still marked, and as the demand during the past few weeks has been gradually. improving prices have advanced pro rata, and are to-day quoted at 51s. 6d. per ton net f.o.b. for mixed numbers of Bessemer iron, and at 49s. 9d. for No. 3 forge and foundry y qualities. Stocks have been prevented from accumulating by the heavy deliveries, which are being made both by rail and by sea. The steel trade is exceptionally well off for orders and rails, as well as steel ship.building material, are in brisk request, in large output, and have been largely sold forward. The price of rails is steady at 24 15s. per ton for heavy sections, but the tendency is towards higher prices. Shipbuilders and engineers have a prospect of brisk work for two or three years to come. Iron ore is very firm at from 10s. 6d. to 13s. per ton. Coal and coke are stronger, and prices are advancing. Sw ANSEA. -The imports for the past week amount to 12,620 tons and the exports to 46,119 tons-total trade, 58,739 tons, compared with 61,543 tons in the previous week and 58,858 tons in the corresponding week of last year. The shipments of coal were 30,577 tons, patent fuel 8,838 tons, and general merchandise 6,704 tons. The shipments of tinplate in the week amount to 59,741 boxes and receipts from works to 54,555 boxes. Stocks in the dock Warehouses and vans this day stand at 128,144 boxes, compared with 133,330 boxes this day week and 65,628 boxes at the corresponding date of last year. Steamers are due to load for New York, Montreal, Phila- delphia, Baltimore, Hamburg, Nantes, and London. Makers of tin-plate are holding out firmly for their full quotations, and buyers have to pay these prices where orders are pressing. Heavy shipments will be made here next week if the tonnage due comes promptly to hand. Copper is fairly steady. Spelter continues remarkably strong at 219 15s. to £19 17s. 6d.
JUDGES OF TEA., continue as strongly as ever to show their keen appreciation of that well known speciality HORNIMAN'S PURE TEA. "Always good alike," really means superior uniform quality, which never varies, so that each consumer knows with positive certainty, that he or she always obtains the very best article, and naturally therefore rejects others which neither please the palate nor suit the purse. For ten pence, a half pound packet of Horniman's Pure Tea, can be had of the Agents advertised in this locality. Supplied only in packets, never loose, at London fixed prices. Please notice the trade mark label is affixed to each genuine packet. List of Agents in this locality:— —Carmarthen, E. J. Williams, Chemist, 7, Guildhall-square; J. H. Smith and Co., 19, Queen-street; and J. B. Richards, Druggist, 16, Lammas-street. Llanelly, Rees, Book-seller, Llandilo, Lewis, Compton House. Swansea, Evans, Chemist; Jones, Chemist. Parlby, Chemist. Kid- welly, Davids, Tea Dealer. Pembroke Dock, Tucker, Commericial-row. Merthyr, Stephens, I Chemists, High-street. Burry Port, Badger, Sta- tioner.
MARRIAGE OF MISS JONES-PARRY AND MR. WOOD. Not so long ago the public, at the invitation of Mrs Mona Caird, were discussing the question as to whether or not marriage was a failure, and yet to-day we are as busy marrying and giving in marriage as our forefathers were thousands of years ago. Two marriages took place last Satur- day, one of national importance, the other, we venture to think, of interest to most of our readers. On the 27th of July, at St. James, Paddington, was solemnized the union between Miss Ellen Beatrice Jones-Parry, second daughter of Capt. and Mrs Jones-Parry, of Tyllwyd, Cardiganshire, and Mr Henry James Theodore Wood, of 10, Pembridge Gardens, only son of the late James Templeton Wood, who for some- time resided at Dolhaidd, Newcastle Emlyn. By a strange fortuity the parents of the bride were married many years ago in the same church. In spite of many forebodings Queen's weather pre- vailed, and the ceremony took place amidst smiles and sunshine. At 2.30 punctually the bride, accompanied by her father, reached the Church, and was met at the entrance by her four brides- maids, Miss Blanche and Gladys- Jones-Parry, Miss Bourne and Miss Beauchamp-and Master Cosby Oakes, one of the sweetest little pages that could have been manufactured for such a happy occasion. He was dressed in white satin, slashed and lined with primrose, and wore a lovely posy of primrose pansies, which matched his costume to a marvel. At the west end of the aisle the bridal party was met by the Rev. E. Henry Smith, Fellow and late Dean of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a surpliced choir. A hymn having been sung the procession, headed by the officiating clergyman and choir, proceeded up the central aisle to the space in front of the altar. There the ceremony was performed, Capt. Jones-Parry placing his daughter's hand in that of the celebrant. The bride and bridegroom then advanced to the altar rail where, after the exhortative Gounod's Meditation" was superbly sung by Madame Lorenzi to a violin and organ accompaniment. After the blessing the party adjourned to the vestry, whilst another anthem was being sung. The register was signed by the newly married couple, and attested by Mrs Wood, the mother of the bridegroom, by Capt. and Mrs Jones-Parry, Sir Alexander Wood, and others. The bridal party then re-formed, and the brides- maidg were joined by the best men, namely, Mr R. A. Streatfield, Mr Farquhar, Mr Thresher. Captain Brenchley, of Glaneirw, was unfortunately unavoidably detained on military duty. The whole, together with over 100 guests, adjourned to No. 10, Gloucester Place, Hyde Park, where refreshments were provided by Messrs Searcy, of Connaught Place. The rooms, which were very spacious, were tastefully decorated with ferns and flowers, many the gift of Mrs Davies-Evans, of Highmead. After light refreshment the bride retired to change her costume, and was warmly greeted on her re-appearance in a lovely dress of Russian blue vignogue and moire, soft vest of Vieux rose, and bonnet of Vieux rose to match. They proceeded to Canterbury eiti-oitte for Switzer- land and Tyrol. The bride's wedding dress was rich, bodice and train of white poult de soie, with pout of mousseline de soie. Her Brussels lace veil was fastened with a pearl and diamond pin, the gift of her godmother, Mrs Meredith. Her other ornaments were pearl and diamond bracelets, the gift of the bridegroom and his aunt, Mrs Moon. A very handsome pearl pendant, the gift of Capt. Jones-Parry's Carmarthenshire tenantry, was suspended to a fine gold chain around her neck— and her h -pot, the gift of the bridegroom, was composed ul choice exotics. The bridesmaids looked singularly picturesque in costumes of pale heliotrope soft silk, fastened at the waist by silver clasps with entwined monograms of the bride and bridegroom, the gift of the latter. Hats of Tuscan straw, trimmed with shade sweet peas. Bouquets of white sweet peas only tied with heliotrope satin ribbon. Miss Jones-Parry, of Tyllwyd, who did not act as a bridesmaid, wore a magnificent robe of white poplin, trimmed with silver passementerie. The dresses of the guests were exceedingly handsome, but a description of any would be invidious. The list of presents annexed proves how great an interest was taken in the union, by the numerous friends of the young couple and their parents. 0 BRIDE'S PRESENTS. Travelling bag, Mrs Richard; teapot and pre- serve dish, Mrs Herring, Llaine Farm; silver button hook, Mrs Tyler, Mount Gernos; bedroom slippers, Miss Helen Wishart; desert dishes, servants at Tyllwyd; silver ramequin cases, Mrs Lewis, Penlan Farm; flower bowl, Mrs Phillips, Bronial, and Miss Jones, Lyngroes; glove sachet, Miss Jones-Parry handkerchief ditto, Mrs Jones- Parry; gotd and turquoise ring, Miss Jones-Parry (Norwood); chair back, Miss Mitford; opera glasses, Mr Charles Jones-Parry; old china jug and basin, Mrs Jones, Parcllyn; old china jug, Bet Jones, Aberporth; mantel border, Mrs Davies, Glantivy silver apostle spoons, Mrs Filzwilliams; early tea set, Tyllwyd labourers and neighbours; silver glove button hook, Mr Edwardes, Bronial; brass handled scissors, Mr Jones, bailiff, Tyllwyd; jewel case, Mrs Lewis, Llysnewydd; glove and handkerchief case, Mrs Bowen Summers; afternoon tea cloth, Miss Lewes, Llanllear; gold bangle, Miss Hilton; photo case, Miss Hilton; fans, Mrs Maxwell; silver candlesticks, Mrs Colby; diamond pendant, gold bracelet, Mrs Wood; antique bell, Mr F Vaughan; Benares tray, Mrs F Vaughan; Indian vases, Mrs Howell, Pantgwyn; claret jug, Mr Abel Davies; vases, Mrs Arden; cache pot, Mr Owen Jones; silver backed clothes brush, Mra T. P. Jones-Parry; scent bottle, Miss Gladys Jones- Parry fish slice and fork, Miss Williams, of Treferri farm; biscuit box, Miss Williams; silver breakfast cruet, Mrs Williams, Treferri; silver shoe lift, Mrs Brenchley; silver sugar dredger, Mrs Lloyd Phillips; photo album, Mrs Rhys Lloyd; pearl brooch, Mrs Vaughan Pryse; silver napkin ring, Messrs Brenchley; cache pot, Mrs Jones Bowles; waste paper basket, Tyllwyd neighbours; plash framed mirrors, Miss Griffith, Cardigan 1 flower vase, Mrs Cuningham; flower basket, Miss Anne Philippe, Gorsllwyd; cream, sugar, and tea set, Mr Joshua Davies; bedroom candle stiek, Miss M Jones; filagree silver brooch, Angelo Menardi; photo frame, Miss it Summers; fan, Mrs Oakes; afternoon tea table, Mrs Griffith, Llwynderris; bellows, Miss Rhys Lloyd; sardine box, Miss Underhill; "middlemarch," Mrs Jones, Cardiff; set of hot water jugs, Mrs Evans; set of flower baskets, Miss S Prosser; afternoon tea set, Mrs Thomas, Plas; biscuit box, Mrs Lewes, Llanllear; silver button hook, Miss Griffith, Glenmore; paper weight, Miss Maude Griffith; Moonstone brooch. Mrs Closfield; Turquoise brooch and pins, Miss James; silver backed clothes brush, Mrs W 0 Brigstocke; fan, Mrs Crawley; antique silver box, Miss Shapter; silver scent bottle, the Misses Gibson; nightdress satchet, Miss Kerr; silver vinaigrette, Mrs and Mr H Kerr; pearl pendant, Carmarthenshire tenants; pearl and diamond bracelet, Mrs Moon; cream jug, Miss Watson; Woreester china candlestick, Mrs Vaughan; Worcester china mug, Mr H Vaughan; silver rimmed magnifier, Mrs Shapter; antique silver muffineer, Archdeacon Crawley; art wood table, Mrs Strong; antique pottery jar, Mrs Ricardo; silver scent bottle, Major and Mrs Price Lewes night dress satchet, Mrs Newland; tea set and tray, Lady Pryse; table flower vases, Mrs Colby, Pantyderri; potpourri jar, hand screens, Mr and Mrs Tate; silver mirror, Mr and Mrs Aspinall; cheque, Miss Lewes; silver salt cellars, Mrs Jones, Penlan; china ornaments, Mrs Webley-Parry; Prayer Book, Mr H J T Wood; Satviati vase, Mrs Milne; vases, Mrs Evans, Cwm; table ornaments, Miss M James; ditto, Mr C James; tea set, Miss, Miss B, and Miss S Jones-Parry; work basket, Turquoise ring, filagree silver ornaments, Mrs Jones-Parry; pearl star, Mrs Meredith; gold brooch, Mrs Tate; clock, Miss Nesta Lloyd; scent bottle, Sir Marteine and Lady Lloyd; gold necklet, Mrs Jenkins; photo frame, Miss Pryse-Pryse; card ease and purse in ebony and silver, Mrs Mark James silver and ivory paper knife, Mrs Lloyd, Coedmore; cheque, Capt. Jones-Parry; hand bag, Mrs North; "The changed cross," Miss Wishart; three fold hand painted screen, Mrs Davies-Evans; handkerchief satchet, Miss Meredith; Oriental flower stand, Mrs Hughes, Altlwyd; pearl and diamond bracelet, Mr Wood; bread fork, Mrs Jones-Parry, Aberdernant; silver salt cellars, Mr Lloyd, Coedmore rocking chair, Miss M Jones; pair of silver lamps, Capt. Vaughan, Brynog; tea cosy, Miss Vaughan, Brynog; pair of vases, Mrs Brigstocke; silver bowl, Mr and Mrs Lloyd, Tregaron; poems of Milton, Scott, and Shake- speare, Mr C Crawley; cheque, Capt. Lang, R.N. BRIDEGROOM'S PRESENTS. Jug and goblets. Miss Viola Joy; picture, Mr Joy; silver pencil and pen, Mrs Price; photograph frame, Parker, Jane (servants); silver cream jug, Nellie, Alice, Sarah (servants); screen, Mrs Cros- field; flower pot, Mrs Aspinall; cheque, Mr R. Brocklebank. junr.; silver salver, Mrs Zwilchen- bart; silver teapot, Mrs Macgregor; afternoon tea stand, Mrs Bourne; silver cigarette case, Mr R. W. Bourne; claret jug, Mr and the Hon. Mrs Wood; Japanese screen, Mr and Mrs Maxwell; silver sugar basin, Mr and MrsBunbury; silver bowl, Mr and Mrs Macgregor; cheque, Mrs Aspinall; vases, Mr and Mrs Powell; piano candlesticks, Mr W. Benson; silver and furniture, Mrs J. J. Wood; silver salt cellars; Mr and Mra Belcher; silver cigarette case, Miss M. Belcher; spoons, Mrs Martin; stationery case, Sir A. and Lady Taylor • table, Mrs Wood; candlesticks, Miss Moon' filigree brooch, Angelo Menardi (guide); five o'clock tea and sugar stand, Mrs M. Martin •' bowl and stand, Mrs Irvine; asparagus dish and tongs, Rev. W. H. Wood; gong, Mr and Mrs T. Brockle- bank; salad bowl and spoons, Mr W. H, Tirley; walking stick, Mr G. M. Griffith glass flower bowl', Ann basket, Ellen; candlesticks, Mr F. Maxwell; fitted Gladstone, Mr R. O. Moon; paper knife, Mr and Mrs Gibson; silver muffineers, Miss Beau- champ; grape scissors, Mr R. A. Streatfield; goblets, Mrs and Miss H. Belcher; Salviati vase, Mr T. G. Millar; china vase, Mr and Mra W. Wood; cheque, Mr Brocklebank; travelling clock, Mr and Mrs Blake; carvers, Mr and Mrs Hughes; piano, a friend; Indian boll, Mr and MrsGraddaa; moonstone pin, Mrs Prichard; proof etching, Mr E. Moon cigarette case, Mr M. W. Rooorsi "iann candlestick, Rev W. Farquhar; ivory paper knife, etc., Mrs North; lamp, Mrs Bolden; glass orna- ments, Mr and Mrs W. A. Benson; silver candle- shades, Mr C. Martin Swire; silver muffineer, Mr G. Pares; cartridge magazine, Col, Beauchamp; book, Mr Henry Aspinall; lamps, Miss Swire; screen, Sir A. and Lady Wood; mirror, Mrs and Miss T. Moon; flower stand, Mrs and Miss Margaret Bourne; table, Mr T. H. Bourne; blot- ting book, Mr Jack Bourne; pearl stads, Capt. and Mrs Parry; silver photo frame, Rev W. and Mrs Kerr; silver muffineers, Mr and Mrs W. Swire; revolving book case, Mrs Beauchamp china ink- stand, Mrs Wrigley; silver sauce bowl, Mrs Moon cheque, Mr Arnold Moon; spirit stand, Mr F. S. Cooper; cheese dish, Mr F. Underhay; salad bowl, Mr Richard Brocklebank; grandfather's clock, Sir Richard Moon; silver pepper muffineers, Mr and Mrs Roberts; pocket aneroid, Mr and Mrs Ray writing case, Capt. and Mrs Pbipps; cheque, Rev T. H. Pilkington; carving knives and forks, Mr Henry Smith; old ivory chessmen, Miss Hender- son; silver and wood paper knife, Mr Edwards; ivory and silver paper knife, Mr H. Lottie; silver and oak tray, Mr E. B. Tresber; china jug, Mr E. Lawrence; Chippendale chair, Miss Wood; Cairo table, Rev W. Macgregor; silver and ebony candle. stick, Mr J. Swire; glass ornaments, Rev. H. Smith; silver muffineer, Mr E. C. Ransome; ivory and silver paper knife, Mr and Mrs Noot.
THE ROYAL WEDDING. On Saturday, at mid-day, in the chapel of Buckingham Palace, the Princess Louise was married to the Duke of Fife. The natural ugli- ness of the building was completely masked by a mass of flowers. Festoons of roses hung from pillar to pillar, the altar was covered with flowers and gold plate, outside the Communion rails rose pyramids of flowers, composed of a vase of hydrangeas and foliage, from which sprang white lilies surmounted by purple and white blossoms the pulpit was filled with palms, and the lower part of the walls, seats, and floor, were upholstered in crimson. The guests arrived early, and settled at once into their allotted places. At a quarter to twelve the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, Dean of the Chapels Royal, the Dean of Windsor, Her Majesty's private chaplain, the Prince of Wales' chaplain, and the Rev. T. Teignmouth Shore, entered in precession. After a few moments of patient waiting Handel's "Occasional March" sounded from the organ, the audience rose to its feet, and the Royal procession appeared, led by Lord Arthur Hill, Comptroller of the Household, and the Earl of Radnor, Treasurer of the House- hold. Her Majesty, who appeared to be in the best of spirits, was dressed in black brocade, and wore on her head a cap, surmounted by a small diamond crown. The Princess of Wales wore a dress of a delicate tint of silver grey. The Royal party seated themselves in a semi-circle, partly enclos- ing the space to be occupied by the wedding party. The Vice-Chancellor then summoned the Duke of Fife, who entered with Mr Horace Farquhar, the best man, and after a deep bow to the Queen, took his place to the right of the altar rails. Next came the Princess Louise at the head of the bridal procession—ushered in by the Vice Chamberlain and the Lord Steward, and leaning upon the arm of the Prince of Wales. The Princess wore a dress of white satin, with a high Medici collar, and with a profusion of costly lace and orange flowers, and carrying a bouquet of the same. The bridesmaids, who wore dresses of soft pink and knots of roses in their hair, came in the following order :-H. R.B. the Princess Maud of Wales, H R. H. the Princess Victoria of Wales, H. H. the Princess Louise of Schleswig- Holstein, H.H. the Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, the Countess Feodore Gleichen, H.S.H. the Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, the Countess Victoria Gleichen, the Countess Helena Gleichen. The bride and bridegroom having taken their places at the altar rails, the marriage service was read throughout by the Archbishop in an im- pressive manner. The Prince gave the bride away. As soon as the service was over, and the newly-wedded pair had turned from the altar the Queen advanced and kissed the Princess in the most affectionate manner, and shook hands with the Duke of Fife. The Princess Louise then kissed the Princess, her mother. All being now over, the procession re-formed in inverted order, and to the strains of the Wedding March pro- ceeded to the lower drawing room, where the formal act of signing the register took place. Thus ended a ceremony that will live in the memories of those who witnessed it. They will remember that though all the accessories were gorgeous, yet the marriage was bat a simple marriage of true affection, such a marriage as may lead us to trust that real happiness may be the result. The space in front of Buckingham Palace and the Mall, as far as Marlborough House, were crowded from an early hour. About 10 o'clock a slight shower fell, but soon passed away, and the remainder of the day was fine though cloudy. The route between the Palace and Marlborough House was kept by police, who maintained order with great discretion and good temper. A detachment of Coldstream Guards formed a guard of honour inside the Palace. A field officer's escort of the 2nd Life Guards accompanied the Princess of Wales and the wedding party, the Horse Guards providing the escort for the Prince of Wales and the Princess Louise. At twenty minutes to three o'clock the Queen was seen to step on to the balcony above the central archway of the Palace, where she stood for some minutes acknowledging the cheers of the people who crowded the open space in front of the railings. Then appeared the escort of Horse Guards* followed by the carriage of the Duke of Fife, in which were seated the newly-wedded pair. The enthusiasm ot the dense crowd was unbounded- loud and continuous were the cheers that rent the air, and most cordial was the reception given to the illustrious couple along the route of the procession which, passing up Constitution Hill, returned to Marlborough House by Piccadilly and St. James street. A reception was held by the Prince and Princess of Wales, which was numerously attended. About half-past four the gates were thrown open, and to the strains of Auld Lang Syne," amidst volleys of rice and the cheers of the crowd, the Duke and Duchess of Fife appeared in an open carriage, drawn by four horses, with postillions, and started to spend the honeymoon at Sheen House, bearing with them the hearty good wishes of all England. Itfhas been remarked that the Princess Louise bore no less than three different titles on her wedding day. Before marriage she was Princess Louise of Wales; after it she was Countess of «e and later in the day (she became Duchess of Fife.
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