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THE OLD CHINA CASE.

FAMILY OF POACHERS:

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FAMILY OF POACHERS: 10 CHILDREN WHO ACTED AS SCOUTS. A picture of a strange Scottish family figures in the report just issued of the investi- gation undertaken for the Royal Commission on Poor Law by Dr. Parsons, of Fulham Workhouse, assisted by Miss M. Longman and Miss M. Phillips, into the condition of children in receipt of poor relief in Scotland. The family consisted of ten illegitimate children belonging to a woman who was tact- fully described by the local inspector aa a widow by repute. The children are de- scribed as of wild gipsy type, and the mother d6 a robust, curly-haired woman with a violent and stormy temper. One of her daughters is married, but she and her hus- band and three children s-till share the maternal home—the upper floor of a rickety cabin in Lanarkshire, consisting of two small and very poorly-furnished rooms. The rest of the family—two big boys of twenty-three and twenty, a girl of eighteen, and five young ones —all crowd in here. Their late father pursued the casual em- ployment of general labourer in the daylight, but in the dark the skilled occupation of a very capable poacher. In this his large family was of great assistance, for they might be scattered far and wide to give the alarm. The house, too, on the outskirts of the town, could send the glow of a warning light far over the valley. Altogether, adds the report, he was a suc- cessful man, and was never caught. His eldest son, ostensibly a terra-cotta worker, has followed in his father's steps, but with less success, and already has been twice in gaol. The income of the family is uncertain, but at times very plentiful.

DORSET ELECTION PETITION.

DEVIL'S ISLE PRISONER. I

MINISTER'S DAUGHTER'S DEATH

ICOLLIERY CATASTROPHF,

ITEMS OF NEWS.

JEWISH MEMORIAL PRAYER.

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INFLAMED SORES & SCABS.

FLYING MAN KILLED.

FOUR KILLED ON RAILWAY.

SMUGGLED SACCHARINE.

HAUNTED BY CHILD'S CRY.

ARRIVAL OF DUKE OF CONNAUGHT.

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EXCITING SCENES AT DOVER.

.1STORM-SWEPT CAMP.

DEATH OF SIR WILLIAM HUGGINS.

DANCING IN PRIVATE HOTELS.

POST OFFICE ARRANGEMENTS.

MISS FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE.

NAVAL AND MILITARY TOURNAMENT.

THE LOSS OF THE THISTLEMORE