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fFROM CITY CORRESPONDENTS. A TEBRIFIC explosion of gas occurred shortly after «x o'clock the other night at Waterloo House, a large drapery establishment in Pall Mall East. Ilie report was heard for a long distance, and Several rumours were freely circulated, amongst then, being that a dynamite outrage hae occurred, *nd that the Carlton Club had been blown up. A large body of police was soon on the spot, and a num- ber of fire-engines speedily in attendance, but there Was Uuppily no fire to subdue, and the damage was Olaigily confined to the breakage of a large quantity and. injury to the outdoor-wearing apparel of tli#numerous young women employed in the es- tablisliment Fragments of the plate-glass windows blown right across the street, but no one ap- pears to have been injured, with the exception of a Young woman who sustained a slight cut from the falling glass. THE latest scheme of General Booth's for raising lunds is one of a unique and ingenious character. The new undertaking has been designated the "Salvation Army Property League," tor which the Ibares wiil be available in a few days. It is pro- Posed to enrol not less than 20,000 members, to be Called shareholders, at a minimum contribution of Is. Tijis will produce £4,000 a year, besides which the General anticipates that large sums will be con- tinually added to the fund by gifts and legacies. The money thus raised is to he devoted to the pur- ellaBe of new barracks and halls. The league will purchase halls and barracks for divisional corps, and will stand in relation of landlord to the corps. for instance, a corps wanting a barracks will have tojraise one:s.ixth of the entire cost, and the league *811 find the remainder and build the place, and in tRe dase of a budding which ha 1 cost them £ 1,000 tbjjy are to charge the corps a weekly rental of 30s. ^remlxfers are informed that every penny paid will It representative, as the money will be repaid, and lttain spent "hi providing other barracks. THEFTS of railway passengers' luggage are fa\ too common and it is evident that there is some- thing very defective in the present system with regard to luggage conveyed by railways. Under 8Xisting arrangements it is by no means difficult for skilful thief to walk off with a bag or portmanteau from the platform of a station, amid the confusion that always prevails after the arrival of a heavily Uden train at its destination. Nor is it the thief --Ito prowls about stations and makes this class of jobbery his specia/ite that passengers have to fear. Jlailway employes are themselves not always ^maculate. In fact, four railway servants—three Porters and a brakesman—have been charged at Crewe with a series of thefts from the London and ^ortli-"Western Railway Company. It was stated that the company had received complaints of numer- ous robberies from passengers' luggage while in transit over their railway. One Witness, whose Portmanteau had been detained for three days at Crewe, deposed that when he receive^ it about six {ftineas' worth of property had been abstracted. Two of the prisoners, one of whom admitted his Suilt, were committed for trial, and the charges ftgainst the other two were postponed. THERE have been many silly, inconsiderate, and ^Ven cruel hoaxes indulged in at one time or other, hut really that which formed the subject of a pro- secution the other day, under the Post Office Act of 1884, seems to merit as strong condemnation on all these grounds as any of which we have ever heard. It appears that a commercial traveller, Mr. Cooke, *ho was in the habit of visiting a restaurant in the pity, burnt his hand with too hot a plate while tak- :trig luncheon there one day, and was a good deal Annoyed at a mishap for which we may perhaps 44sunie he was not entirim to blame. But however that may have been, the course subsequently pur- 'Ued by the landlord of the tavern was as extra- ordinary. it was illegal.. He sent off, .or caused to H Sent pff, a telegram in the name of somebody fclse, and In it he stated to the wife of the commer- «ia.l traveller, Mrs. Cooke, that her husband had Severely burnt his hand, and has been obliged to go to a hospital, or words to that effect. Beyond this he asked her to come at once to the tavern, presum- ably to get further information respecting her jUsband's condition; but when the alarmed and ?Stressed lady applied at the address given the pldlord would not see the victim of liis monstrous •loax. Subsequently she found, of course, that the telegram was a fictitious one. The landlord had by that time had his laugh; but there comes a Reckoning when the banquet's o'er," and then, we have the assurance of Gay, "men smile no more." ^*he sender of the telegram had, under the provi- sions of the Act already referred to, rendered him- letf liable to a penally of ten pounds, or he might have been committed for trial, and in the event of Conviction could be sentenced to twelve months' "ard labour. The offender has been fined five Pounds, and he has reason to congratulate himself that a more severe view of his conduct was Dot taken. THOUGH a committee was appointed in February last to inquire into the administration and organisa- tion of the Metropolitan Police, it was not found expedient that any meeting of the members should take place till May, and most of the investigations have bee^ carried on much more recently than then. The inquiry has, however, led to the suggestion of several unquestionable improvements, among the most important of which, having reference to the circumstances under which the Secretary of State found it necessary to appoint the committee, is the recommendation to increase the number 01 JbounUd police, a course which in the interim has £ een to» «alig*t extent- adopted. It will surprise •o who has paid much attention to the condi- tion and operations of the police for some years past to find, as was pointed out by the D'sturbances Committee in February, that there is a lack of a Sufflcicnt number of officers of 14 superior rank and education. "The time has long gone by w ben, tbe, force was eohsMdred to be efficient enough if it Could detect crime, secure the punishment of offenders, and protect the public against the attacks of a few ruffians. The very last resource in case Of riotous gatherings should be the military. We therefore depend as a rule upon the police to clear the streets at such tttiffiie Vfi?a for maintain order. But to expect them to do this without having been trained to. act in perfect combination and under the control of a sufficient number of competent officers, would be manifestly unfair. Sir Charles Warren is of course a member of the committee Whose report, just issued, is occupying our attention, fcis "early rides," about which something W!ls heard soon after his appointment »s Chief Com- missioned at Great Scotland-yard, have no doubt Stf*r"ce to him in grasp the details of the organisation he has. been tailed upon to control, lie certainly seems to> have •hown much latitude in aseerUmmg.t p nature ,,f the duties, his has to perforin, 4oubt4oily made known to the coinmvttec the co.i- elusions he lias arrival at—one of which, y it Way, is that the number of men under his eommai « •bould be increased. That question, however, uai Dot to be dealt wittfby the committee, and, ther.. tore the members of it have simply recorded the police-stations which have long been obvious to 4Ia. A further, extension of what is called "the *»olice telegraph system is suggested, though con- Iderable improvement in it was made after the "iota of February last. On the whole the report is Satisfactory, for it must bevCaafessed that the oil Organisation cannot be reformed in all its short- comings at a jump. A great stride towards the Accomplishment of this object will have been made Sheathe intended blow againatao much "centrali- tation" at Great Scotland-yard takes effect.

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THE MAINTENANCE OF LUNATICS.

DROWNED AT BATTERSEA.

WRECK OF A BRITISH VESSEL.;

THE SECOND-CLASS TELEGRAPH…

THE CHARGES AGAINST THE ORDNANCE…

ANOTHERMILFTARY~EXPEDITION.…

.FATAIi PARAFFIN LAMP ACCIDENT.…

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rHE HOME: USEFUL AND SUGGESTIVE.

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--..,.., CRYING FALSE NEW&

THE BOSTON MYSTERY.I

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION…

CHARGE OF STEALING A CHEQUE.

THE JOYS OF MARRIAGE.

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ITEMS OF INTEREST.

FACTS AND FANCIES.

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