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THE OLD CHINA CASE.

FAMILY OF POACHERS:

DORSET ELECTION PETITION.

DEVIL'S ISLE PRISONER. I

MINISTER'S DAUGHTER'S DEATH

ICOLLIERY CATASTROPHF,

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ITEMS OF NEWS. THE PUBLIC MOURNING. A supplement to the iondc", Gutdie contains a notice by the Earl Marshal to the effect that after June 17th it will not be desired or ex- pected that the public should appear in deep mourning, but that half mourning should be worn until July 29th THE KING AND MISS NIGHTINGALE. The King sent a telegram of congratulation to Miss Florence Nightingale on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday on Thursday. NEW DIRECTOR OF COLONIAL AUDIT. Mr. A. E. Stephenson, of the Exchequer and Audit Department, has been appointed Director of Coloniai Audit in the Colonial Audit Depart- ment, which has recently been constituted. DEATH OF SIR WILLIAM HUGGINS. Sir William Huggins, the eminent astronomer, has dted at a nursing home at Clapham Com- mon, where he had been removed from his resi- dence at Upper Tulse Hill to undergo an opera- tion. He was born in 1824, and, notwithstand- ing his eighty-six years, continued to work up to the time of his illness. THE ARMY PAGEANT. The King having expressed a desire that the Army Pageant shall be in no way postponed, it will be held, according to arrangement, in the grounds of Fulham Palace from June 20th to July 2nd next. OXFORD UNIVERSITY. Mr. A. Godley. Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College, has been elected to the office of Publio Orator, vacant by the resignation of Dr. Merry, Rector of Lincoln College. NEW STEAMSHIPS. The Allan Line Company have invited tenders ior two steamers, each of over 20,000 tons burthen, for their passenger service between Liverpool and Canada. l A FAMILY OF SUICIDES. At the inquest on Thomas Gridley, a South London labourer, who committed suicide whilst of unsound mind, after having killed his infant daughter, it was stated that his brother and younger sister had also taken their own lives. THE AMERICAN NAVY. The American Battleship Fleet will, accord- [ ing to present arrangements, visit the Mediter- ranean next autumn, and will cruise there for six weeks or two months. LORD GLADSTONE. The public welcome at Capetown to Lord Gladstone, the Governor-General of United South Africa, has been postponed until after the funeral of King Edward. TRADE UNION LEVIES. In the Chancery Division fr. Justice Parker has granted an injunction restraining the United Pattern Makers' Astociation from making compulsory levies or applying funds ob- tained by such levies for Parliamentary pur- poses. The case was Worthy v. the Association. LIVED UNDER SIX SOVIEREIGNS. Mrs. Strowger, of Portmadoc, was present at the proclamation ceremony at Portmadoc on Wednesday. Aged ninety-three, she was born in the reign of King George III., and has therefor# lived under six Sovereigns. £1.500 LIBEL DAMAGESt Damages amounting to fl.500 have been awarded in the Law Courts in a libel action brought by the Electrophot Company, of Gray's Inn-Toad, against the Star Newspaper Company, Limited. HEAVY SNOW IN FRANCE. Snow has fallen in south-west France continu- ously for twelve hours, and many of the roads are almost impassable. A keen frost has de- stroyed the vines and crops in many districts. AT WORK AT NINETY-ONE. The Rev. L. C. Wood, who has been Vicar of Singleton, near Blackpool. for sixty-four years, and who celebrated his ninety-first birthday the other day, 6till works 'hard in his parish, 1 preaches regularly, presides at many meeting.. and attends public functions. AMERICAN BANKER ACQUITTED. Mr. F. Auguetus Heinze hae been acquitted of the charge of misapplying the funds of the New York Mercantile and National Bank, at which he was once president, and also of over- certification of the chequee of Meurs. Otto Heinze and Co. EIGHT STUDENTS DROWNED. A sad accident is reported from Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, where a party of students, girla and boys, were drowned while rowing on a large pond. Eight lives were lost. LONDON'S FIRST LADY SURGEON. Having passed the required examinations, Miss D. R. C. Patell, who recently became the first woman licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, has been admitted the first female member of the Royal College of Surgeons. A SPLIT LEG. Damages amounting to JB6 6s. have been ) awarded to a cyclist at the Clerkenwell County j Court for injuries to his leg, which was split in several places in a street accident. Fortunately for him it was a wooden leg. FIVE SAILORS KILLED. A Wilbelmsha-von message states that five German bluejackets have been killed and one has been severely injured by an explosion which occurred during mine-laying experiments in the roadstead. EX-INSPECTOR CHARGED. 1 At the Reigate Bench Ernest Henry Rowe, late local taxation inspector at Redhill under the Surrey County Council, piteaded guilty to the charge of converting to his own use a cheque for jBll 15s. 6d. He was bound over under the Probationers Act. 100,000,000.000 TO 1. Padre Alfani, director of the Ximenee Obser- vatory, declared in a lecture at Florence that the chances of Halley's comet doing any dam- age to the earth were 1:00,000.000,000 to 1. KING GEORGE PROCLAIMED IN INDIA. King George was proclaimed at Simla on Thursday. The ceremony was attended by Lord Minto, Sir Louis Dane, and General Sir O'Moore Creagh. NATIONAL MOURNING IN CANADA. May 20th has been proclaimed as a day of national mourning in Canada. THIRTEEN LIVES LOST. Thirteen persons have been drowned through the sinking of the steamboat City of Saltillo, in the Mississippi River. The boat v»s carried by the current against a rock. Seven of the vic- tims were passengers. MR CHAMBERLAIN'S HEALTH.- Mr. Austen Chamberlain, in reply' to a tele- gram, states that there is no foundation for cer- tain alarmist rumours current respecting the health of Mr. Joseph Chamberlain. LIGHTNING DESTROYS VILLA( «S. The lightning which accompanied remarkable storms in Galicia on Wednesday set several villages on fire. Two hundred hous ss were de- stroyed at Przemyslany, and 2,000 people are homeless. BIG WAREHOUSE FIRE. A fixe at the warehouse in Fann -street, Gos- well-road, London, rented by Messrs. Smith, Messenger, and Co., hat and cap manufacturers, and M. Wood and Co., account, book manu- facturers. did damage which has bean unofficially estimated at £ 10,000. ALDEBURGH CENTENARIAN. Mr. Robert Jay, who was formerly a shephezd, and farm labourer, has just oeiebrated his 100th birthday at Aldeburgh. I Among those who called to congratulate-him was the lady Mayor, Mrs. Garrett Anderson. OLD CHINA CONVICTION QUASHED. The conviction of Arthur Thomas Ellis, in what hae come to be known as the Old china case," has been quashed by the Criminal Court of Appeal. It may be remembered that Ellis was oonvicted of obtaining money by false pre- tences from the late Mr. C. J. Dickins. The reasons for the judgment will be given next SUSPENDED FROM THE BANISTER. Mr. Thomas Edward Woodhead, rixty-nive, for over twenty years a school attendance officer at Todmorden, was found hanging from tb* stairs banister by a piece of stout cord. ALTERATIONS IN THE LITURGY. An official announcement has been issued directing, by order of the King in Council, that in the Liturgy there be inserted in all the prayers, litanies, and collects for the King, instead of the word Edward," the word George," in the prayers for the Royal Family, instead of the words Our gracious Queen Alexandra, George Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales," the words Our gracious Queen Mary, Alexandra. the Queen- Mother, Edward Duke of Cornwall."

JEWISH MEMORIAL PRAYER.

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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