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HOME AND FOREIGN NEWS. It is announced that nearly 100 candidates have entered their names for scholarships to bo competed for in July at the Boyal Holloway College, Egham. Mr Parnell was entertained at a banquet at the Westminster Palace Hotel on Saturday evening by the Irish Parliamentary party, in celebration of his 44th birthday. Mr W. Crawford, Gladstonian M.P. for Mid- Durham, died on Monday morning. The deceased was secretary to the Durham Miners' Association and of the Miners' National Union. A storm of thunder and lightning of extraordi. nary violence has occurred at Vancebnrg, Ken- tucky. During its progress a man and his wife and son were struck by lightning and instantly killed. The attendance at the Plymouth Show was good for a meeting in the South-West of England, but it fell considerably below that of any one of the four previous Exhibitions. A riot occurred at the Leeds Gasworks on Tues- day morning owing to the police conveying new hands into the works. Two hundred police fought with a huge mob of locked-out men and friends. The new hands ultimately abandoned work and came out. Professor Walton, the American professional back swimmer, is staying at Folkestone for the pur- pose of getting into training with a view to at- tempting the feat of swimming across the Chaunel between Folkestone and Boulogne, a distance of about 28 miles. 0 It is stated that the country which it is pro- posed to open up to trade in Africa, as described by Mr Stanley, consists of 26,900 square miles of sweet water, and possessing about 1,200 miles of fertile and populous shores, inhabited by 12,000,000 people. A three hours' drive with a snake was (according to the Graphic) taken recently by a lady in Ceylon. On getting out of her carriage she moved the cushion to find somethiug which had slipped down, and to her horror discovered a huge cobra coiled op underneath. Had not the creature been in a semi- torpid condition she could not have escaped alive. At Highgate Petty Sessions on Monday Mr Price, the solicitor of Cardiff who is on remand for neglecting to pay arrears of maintenance fees to his wife, was further remauded for a wnek to allow an arrangement to be completed by .which Mrs Price will be able to get an adequate allowance from the defendant's trustee. The second race between William O'Connor, American champion sculler, and James Stanbury, of Now S)uth Wales, arranged in consequence of O'Connor claiming a foul in last Monday's match, took place ou Monday on the Paramatta River, O'Connor led for three-quarters of a mile, when Stanbury drew up level, and finished eight lengths ahead. As illustrating the large number of applicants for clerical positions of all sorts in the Colonies, it is noteworthy that no fewer than 134 applications were received by the South Melbourne City Council for the position of office assistant, at a salary of £ 100 a year. A deserter, who has arrived on the frontier, states that the Khalifa, hearing that the Egyptians purposed advancing to Dongola, has instructed the Emir of Darfour to collect five thousand men and to advance to U rber. Another force is to be sent to Omdurman. The Khalifa has promised to pro- vide arms and ammunition and rations. A Parliamentary return is issued showing the number of public-houses that have a certificate from licensing justices, but whose owners in respect to whom the certificates have been granted have not applied to the Excise for an Excise license. The numbers are—England 354, Scotland 8, and Ireland 30. Major Panitza was shot on Saturday morning in the military oairp. u-ar Sofia. Major Markoff, the Public Pi •oseouu i, aud all the troops in camp were present. The Major himself tie! the bandage round his eyes, and just before tho order to fire was given cried Long live Bulgaria." He was killed on the spot by a volley from twenty-one soldiers. An extraordinary wedding has just taken place in West Virginia. The bridegroom had celebrated his 101st birthday, and the bride had reached the respectable age of 83; the gentleman who led this bride to the altar was 81. The only bridesmaid was comparatively youthful, being only 75 years of age —26 years younger than the bridegroom. One of the most serious fires which have taken place for years at Swansea broke out at the Swan- sea Joinery Company's establishment in the Upper Strand early on Tuesday morning. The sheds were burned down, and much damage was also done to the house of Mr James Thorne, haulier, and to his carts, &c. The damage is estimated at XI,OOC). The investigations of the accountants into the affairs of the Union Bnildiug Society, Belfast, show that the defalcations amount to about £ 30,000. Glen, the late secretary, whose warehouse in Cor- poration-street is of almost colossal dimensions, has been liberated on 410,000 bail until Saturday. when the case will be fully gone into. A meeting of shareholders will be held, when the society a affairs will be fully explained, and a decision arrived at as to its future policy. On Sunday afternoon Mr Piney Reade, aged 20, eldest son of Mr Henry Lister Keade, magistrate for Congleton and deputy.clerk of assizes for the North Wales and Chester Circuit, was drowned in Bonley Reservoir, a few miles from Congleton, while bathing with several companions. The deceased was seized with cramp, and sank before assistance could reach him. He was a lieutenant in the 5th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers. Justices Denman and Charles on Monday had before them the case of Beale v. Labouchere, being an application to commit Mr Arthur Labouchere, of Hooton Levitt Hall, near Sheffield, for contempt of court in having set a pack of hounds at a solicitor's clerk named Beale, who went to serve a writ upon him. Beale escaped from the hounds, but injured his back in doing so and had since suffered from sleeplessness and nervousness.—At the conclusion of the case their lordships sai 1 it did not appear that defendant intended any serious misohief to Mr Beale, but it was clear he had committed a con- tempt. He would be fined X100 and costs. A circular is being sent out calling a meeting of the Cardiff infirmary committee for Tuesday, 8th July, with the view of considering the purchase of the old infirmary buildings by and for the Uni- versity College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. The governors of the itifirmii-y will be asked to approve of a lease of the college premises to the council of the college at a rent of L400 a year for 21 years, terminable at their option in seven or fourteen years, with option to purchase at £ 13,000. Women are emancipating themselves at a fast pace in the University of London. At the M.A. examination in classics there were fifteen candi- dates, eleven young gentlemen and four young ladies. Twelve have passed, including all the young ladies. Then three of the young ladies, Miss Violet Selby, Miss Edith L. Johns, and Miss Mariau Sherratt, have taken the first, second, and third places respectively. Nor is this all, for two of the young men have had to consider themselves lucky —and happy—in being bracketed with Miss Mary Pearson in the fifth place. If the worker half are going to be smitten at this rate the pro- phecy of Mr Havelock Ellis, that women shall rule the State, must be approaching its fulfilment. A great Conservative and Unionist demonstra- tion was held on Saturday at the Crystal Palace. A mass meeting was held in the central transept. The members of the Cabinet present were the Lord Chancellor, Mr Balfour, Mr Goschen, Lord Knut&ford and Mr Stanhope. In j-eply to a vote of confidence in Her Majesty's Ministers, Mr Bal- four contended that the result of the recent agita- tioq which had taken place within the last few weeks in regard to the compensation clauses of the Local Taxation Bill had been to throw back the cause of temperance for twenty years. The opposi- tion to these clauses had not only been factious, but factitious. He did not regard the agitation aa im- portant, and said that while the Government were accused of mismanaging Parliamentary business, so they were never accused of mismanag- ing the business of the empire. He claimed that the Government, during their period of office, had carried out all the promises upon which they had been returned. Mr Chaplin, as president of the Boayd of Agri- culture, on Monday received a deputation from the Yorkshire College, Leeds, on the subject of agri- cultural education.—The Marquess of Ripon," in introducing the deputation, asked the Govern- ment to grant ,£4,00 annually for the payment of a professor of agriculture in the college.—Other gentlemen having spoken, Mr Chaplin, replying, said that there was no work in connection with his department which excited such an amount of public interest as agri- cultural education. Its promotion by tate aid was a new experience, and they must proceed cautiously. More had been done by private enter- prise in this country than in any other to carry it out. He could not give them a definite answer immediately, the department having received several applications, and as the funds at his dis- posal were limited, he must consider the question as a whole before giving a decision. The deputa- tion then withdrew.