■. 1 [XtL EIGHTS KESIBVSD.] }_JjS E S S A;^i BY £ EMILIE SEAKCHFIELB, AUTHOBOF va_ r k "V "p.- T? < "SKOWDBOP." ETC., ETC. £ 'c. (Continued from our last.) *•!—>, o.~cry right," and her voice was sadder than before. \V ell, dear, to begin with, I came to you so soon as I heard, through a chance friend, that Rob was ill, for hi:" letter made me anxious for you both but it w;^ not till I had reached the ? station in your village that I knew that he was dead. Of course, I thought then of you only, and, dear, you remember, perhaps, that I scarce liked the idea of your coming here still, when I found you bent upon it, I thought and trusted that Pro. vidence wari so arranging matters that I might be, perhaps, permitted to iind means of convincing this Sybil Wood row that her accusations were antirely false, so far as Rob was concerned." She pau-od. I hoarsely murmured, Go on," And. Tessa proceeded. 4' In that hope I listened • for all chance gossip, for I knew she had been making secret inquiries about in the neighbou hoou—all I feared was that some rumour reach your ears but yet, with sftc by you always, I scarce thought it probable, *nd, indeed, I fancied, t)O, thrt by this time she mi!!ht huve gi .-tjii it all up as useless. The first thing of any Importance v. hich I discovered, how- Jpv^r, wa-5 that the man lodging here is a detective, *8ent by her to sift out, if possible, everything con- -necU, with tins affray," 'But why a detective ?" I asked. "Why did not iiiss Woodrow throw he matter into the hands "bt the county police, and have done?" t'^v-ausc, de;r, they did their beat at the first, and faihyj and because, too, Bob being deai; she cannot bring his body to justice and because, dea she is a malicious woman who But, "Dora, you could scarce have understood the I letter I b,he you," and picking it up from off the -floor she pointed to one sentence written therein :— J "I had known Miss Woodrpw slightly in Lon- don, and in B-, during my friendly intercourse "WiU¡ her b: the; she was thrown daily in my way. ■A little misunthn-.jtanding arose at last between Sh. Woodrow and myself, which wa', as I may as well say at once, respecting his sister. I do not, Jjowover, fed myself at liberty to explain further, tut you will holieve me, Tessa, that I was quite Ylbkizii..o.s.3 ia the affair, although, after that, our iriendship cooled considerably." Do not your eyes read that for what it must liave been-site loved him, darling, and he did Aliofc love her in? return; and now, my dearest, "strange as it may appear to you, she owes his wife grudge, and will sift the matter thoroughly, in order to overwhelm you with shame and anguish." ( I moaned feebly, and clung fast to Tessa. Now, listen to me, Dora. Rob is not what she "Would make him out to be to the world, and I think that I am in the way to prove it. That woman over the way struck me forcibly the very first time I saw her. I said to myself that she had something to do with this, my secret. I knew it, and felt it even to my very finger-tips, and I am sure of it now—as sure as though I had all the threads of evidence safe in my own keeping. Bit bit I have gathered her history, I have, as you know, listened to all her chance gossip but not till nurse told us the other night did I know that site gave out to having a son in Australia. I told, the detective, but he only smiled, and said that he Ixad known it all along. Do you believe in presen- timents, Dora ? Tessa was highly excited by this time, and her. grey eyes fairly flashed upon me. %i I do, and I am sure, too, that if that son can only tie found or traced, the mystery will be cleared. He was a waiter at the very hotel at which Rob and I Dr. Woodrow were staying at the time of the com- mittal of the murder since then he has entirely disappeared—g<<! e to Australia of course, anù-" she stopped, for she was out of breath with her long, excited speceh. And you think he is the guilty man ? I said. That is my opinion, and the detective's as well. Now, no one knows exactly of his whereabouts. "The detective has tried his mother over and over but she is shrewd and silent upon the matter, and no letter has reached her since We have sus- pected him, for—but, Dora, we must not mention this to any one else-he has met the postman daily in the fields outside the village, and bribed him into letting him examine his bag every morn- jug- Perhaps she will tell, if I go and beg her for Uob's sake," and I sprang up, as though to carry Say plan into execution at once. Hush, Dora, you do not know what you are say- ing. Our friend, the detective, says that he has a flight clue, too slight and unimportant to repeat «ven to me, but if we can raise money sufficient to pny for one of his comrades to go to Australia, Jhe thinks that they will not fail to tind their man." He must be found," I said earnestly; "and Hob must be cleared at all risks." Yes." So we two sat holding each other's hands, and .gazing into the mysterious future we both found vw hearts grow brave with the necessity. I have some mon jy," Tessa at length said. **I sold some of my trinkets the first time I went to B-, and some again to-day but I believe the man I sold them to cheated me-any way, I Jkare not sufficient even now to pay for such a journey as that. Besides, it has cost me a great 4Ieal already, in the shape of fees and bribes to one and another at B- and elsewhere for informa- tion they have given me. I did not know what to do, Don, bat come to you—can you help me ? 2 looked up wonderingly. She appeared so worn and ill in the grey, evening light—there were positively lines about her mouth and on her Sitherto smooth, white brow—she looked old and tttnckea. She was suffering even its myself, and I ttaM lip my lips to kiss her. As they touched hers, 4a low, hysterical sob burst forth from her bosom, vd I strained her to me. Yon have done and feorne too mnch," I said, soothingly. Too much, lloar Tessa, for your delicate state of health." No, not too much." I looked at her inquire wiy- She was perfectly calm now, and I felt 1IDt she had something more to say. >, It cost her a struggle to speak the word* hover- ing upon her lips; I saw it in the changefwi ex- pression of her face., I loved Rob." The words were simple and quiet; but, oh, the Tight which then burst full upon me and here I must say that naught but admiration for this -oman. who, it appeared, had somewhat of a prior damn upon my husband, filled my soul. Oh, Ifeasa I exclaimed, and he married me. Me, -who am a silly, empty-headed child compared with yoa«—you, who could have advised him in this matter, for with you by his side to have confided matter, for with you by his side to have confided in, he would, perhaps, have been yet alive—alive to clear his name. Oh, why'did he marry me ? To have once more had Rob in the land of the living I would have given up to Tessa the joy-crown -.f my love—but she was speaking Dora, my sister, it was to be. Rob never loved me in the way I loved him, and you were infinitely more suited to him than I could ever have been." U You would have been more to him than I ever was. U I fear I spoke bitterly then. Not so, darling, you filled up his life, and I COuld not have done more." And so we sat on, one alike In mind and purpose. 51; seemed, too, thab our very hearts became knit to- gether on that calm, midsummer evening. CHAPTER VII. We disposed of all our little articles of finery the "Whole of Tessa's ornaments went, with the excep- tion of her watch, and one or two rings which I forced her to kect>. So the detective at hist sailed for Australia, with such scraps of infom-ation as IForbes (the Ht.hr .dry man) could give him and now I think it is high time that I should give my readers an insight into the matter us it really atood. Before Rob married me he lived in London, as I ttve beforesaid, then he was manager of a City Bank, aiDd. after 14 left, was transferred c<:ly h one of uheir country branch houses. But while in London he somehow became acquainted with a young sur- geon—not very intimate, as young men sometimes are, still sufficiently so as 1!0 admit of his accom- panying Dr. Woodrow to his home, and there he first met the woman I have before mentioned, Sybil Woodrow. Dr. Woodrow and his sister were AS one may say, standing alone in the world, as I was also Hob till he met with me, which I think must in part have accounted for his regard for them. Thinking over my married life, however, 1 and collecting together such stray remarks as I had heard him make in reference to these friends of his. I cannot think that the feeling lie bore them amounted to anything like 1we; but with Rob's letter before me I can see plainly enough that, in all probability, Sybil Woodrow loved him. In 'accordance with this letter, I distinctlyremem- bered Rob's telling me that he had spent the autumn before the winter in which he had met me, at B but I was too glad in my new life with him to enquire aught respecting his past, and so the circumstance had entirely passed from my mintl. till recalled in so painful a manner that I would even now fain fling my pen aside and have done with it for ever. Yet why should I h estate ? Why should I keep silence ? Rob was innocent !—I knew it then, and I know it now and, beside3, there is yet another cause why I should go on, for she whose memory is like that of an angel to no must be spoken of— her lire, her de-xtli demands the completion of my work—and so as a small, loving tribute to her dear name I proceed. The W-jodivws, too, had chosen B for their holiday station, and, as it appeared, Rob and they had been often together, until a mis- understanding arose between them. I give you now an extract from the li Chronicle which will throw at 'east a I;1.tie light unon the matter :— Mvsuv,nious Df.s.vi'i-Aii.YNCK.—Great commo- tion has been caused in this town during the last few days, respecting *;hu disappearance of a medi- cal gentleman. All proc. aing to discover traces of his whereabouts arc, however, strictly private, so that for theproponb no lumes will appear. It ia, nevertheless, suspected that the missing man met 'I with a violent death in the autumn of i, Tho police, it is said (and perhaps the fact is remem- bered hy some), took up the case in a feeble way at the time, but nothing was then discovered. Why the a'ikir is beingagain brought forward after so long a time is known only at present to the friends of the unfortunate gentleman, and will, doubtless, ere Ion' e hid before the public." The ab jvo actually appeared In the columns of the paper I have named, only a day or so after my arrival at Holm ,by: later on there was another ac- count, which was as follows :— With regard to the mysterious murder (wo no longer hesitate in denouncing it as such) committed in our neighbourhood, a few facts have oozed out which may be interesting to the public. The medi- cal gentleman before mentioned, who, with hi3 sister, had taken up his abode at the Bath Arms,' was last seen alive by some of the waiters at the hotel as he descended the steps of the house, with a view to taking his usual early walk on the sands, which at that hour of the day arc almost deserted. A little later, his sister also went out, and upon her return the servants remember her to have been strangely absent in manner, Towards evening we understand her to have sought an interview with the proprietress of the establishment, wherein sho is said to have stated that her brother had left her for a few days alone, but that she intended staying on till his return. latter inquiries were made through the police, as his disappearance was not understood, and foul play began to bo sus- pected, but with no result, save that the object of their search seemed to be as completely beyond their reach as though centuries had rolled since the time when first he was missed. We have no doubt as tothetruth of the above facts, and wetrust next week to be able to give a fuller account. It may, how. ever, be as well to add that one of the waiters also went away in a strange manner at the very same time, taking nothing at all with him in the shape of wearing apparel. No suspicion is attached to the man himself, but may he not be kept purposely in the background, either by tho murderer himself or some one of his friends ? Next week the public again gloated over tho fol- lowing Private information assures us that there i3 no MURDE!;T!I after all, but a MCRDEUKSS, in the case of the B inysfery. Some even go so far as to point the finger of retribution at the sister of the unfortunate man. We ourselves think of it as being more probably an AKKAIRE DU COCUK,' and as such, must necessarily involve another of the fair sex, instead of the one hinted at. Some say that her disturb" i ways and looks, her restless wanderings, &c., were evidences either of guilt itself, or guilty knowledge. If she believed her brother only to be as she had stated, meroly gone away for a few days, there sun ly was no need for all these signs of un- easiness—nevertheless, we do not beliu. o rumour in this instance." Again Nothhig new relating to our town mystery has come to light. Detectives are at work, and as it is the sister of the murdered man who is stirring in the matter, the tongue of scandal, is silent." The first twoof these accounts bear evidence to the facts as they stood, but I need scarcely say that the last two were mere suppositions in lieu of real in- formation. Rob's Istter, too, did not tell much, for from some cause his ideas had been written in a confused way. Thus in one place he spoke of there being "a murdered man," and then again of some one being alive, and there being no murder at all but throughout the whole his one cry was, I I I (in& innocent, hut have only my own tcord to say so!" After the mentioning of the quarrel with Dr. Woodrow, no names had occurred in his letter. What, oh what, did it all mean ? Tessa told me all she had discovered, and I in turn commit the same to you. Taking up the thread where the B- Chronicle let it slip, I, therefore, resume the tangled narrative. Sybil Woodrow had gone, as was said, to join her brother, and had consequently turned in the direction he always took in the course of his morning rambles, along the eastern clilf, towards a spot where a gradual descent brought her down upon the sands. It was a lovely walk, •which, perhaps, accounted for her and her brother's choice of it during their 3tay. One solitary figure was in sight as she gazed in the distance from her elevated position, and he appeared as though stoop- ing down to collect shells or sea-weed which had been washed up. Her brother was making a col- lection of the former, and she at once supposed it was he whom she saw. Once or twice she lost eight of him as tha points of the cli Ifcrossed her view, but when at last she began to desccnd tho gentle slope, ahe was greatly surprised to see, notr her brother, but Rob advanced to meet her. He Seemed, so she afftrnted, to be out of breathy and wild and terrified in maimer, and wheu she asked him if ho had seen her brother/he told her that ho had been commissioned by him to say that busi- ness compelled him to leave her tot" awhile. In reply to her-inquiries as to the nature of the busi- ness, and the probable length of his stay, he had seemed at a loss for an answer, but strongly advised her to stay on at the U Bath Arms the time ;-he and her brother had at the first intended, and then, in the case of his not having returned, to go back to London at once. Because of tlio coolness which had arisen between them, they parted there on the sands, but once or twice after, during Miss Wood row's staymB———,tLey.-tuc:.and Rob each time inquired anxiously if she had heard anything of the doctor. The answer was afwajw-44 o,• for from that day to the time I am speaking of, no trace of him had been discovered, iliws Woudrow made a little stir contrary to Rob's ausr^estion, who always told her that her brother would turn up some day, and I think, to do her justice, th..t although she felt anxious, she in part believed hi- words. I have said that they were without friends, but if so they had at least, the tiling which stands in geocl stead. Not tluit tney weie rich still, each of the two was in a way independent, and now Sybil was doably provided for. Oh, how I longed for wealth just then It seemed that we should never gain our purpose, for if this Australian scheme failed us, Tessa and I had no'other resource, for I did ni t think it right to beggar wu- child, depriving him of home and education, tr,r the sake .f the dead. I could not see my way clear. That there had been a murder there was not 1,;¡e least Uoubc, for Tessa had Mcen the body which had been dug out of ti e sands on the day of her last visit to B the day when she had a'd unwillit.gly taken me into her confidence. It could not, of euurse, be reco Tisis el, couid not be ewiseiy examined, and as she < had sever soen Dr. \Voodro>v, it mattered T-o l.e O ">* °"r np',d.
SOUTH WALES LIBERAL FEDERA- TION. ARRANGEMENTS OF ANNUAL MEETINGS. :< I' I The annual meetings of the South Wales Liberal Federation will be held at Swansea on Monday, the 18th inst. There will be all day con ference in the great Albert Hall. The sub- ject for discussion in the morning will be "Coer- cion in Ireland," the Report of the Education Commission," The Liberal Party and the Working Classes," and the Welsh National Movement. In the afternoon the election of officers, and the appointment of honorary Welsh secretary, the adoption of the report will take place, and an important discussion on Local Government in Wales will be opened, in which several members of Parliament, provisional chairman of county councils, county aldermen and councillors have promised to take part. The Right. Hon. James Stanfield, M.P., will attend the conference, and it is expected that he will close the debate. At request of Mr T. E. Ellis, M.P., the discussion will be thrown open to Liberal councillors in North Wales, several of whom have already pro- mised to attend. The Rev D. Saunders, D.D., will preside at the morning conference. In the evening a great public demonstration will be held, Sir Hussey Vivian Bart., M.P., will preside, and will be sup- ported by Welsh members of parliament, the Right Hon. James Stansfield will deliver an im- portant address, bearing on Welsh questions and the future of Local Government. The success of the meetings has already been assured. I
THE SOUTH WALES COAL PROPOSED ADVANCE ly WAGES. IMPORTANT MEETINGS OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYED. On Friday afternoon, at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, a meeting of the sliding-scale joint com- mitiee was held, there being present On the owners' side, Sir W. T. Lewis (in the chair), and Messrs A. Hood, E. Jones, E. P. Martin, C. B. Holland, W. Thomas, and W. Gascoigne Dalziel (secretary) and the workmen's side Mr W. Abra- ham, M.P. (in the vice-chair), Messrs P. Jones, T. Griffiths, Isaac Evans, M. Weeks, D. Jones, and Lewis Miles (secretary). The committee considered the subjects of disputes now pending at the Dinas Isha, Holly Bush, and Abercarn Collieries, and after hearing evidence for both sides in each instance arrived at a settlement. I'liOi'OSKll AbvAScK IX WAGES. Following the above meeting the members of the Monmouthshire and South Wales Collieries' Association met, presided over by Mr. F. Brown. There were present besides Sir W. T. Lewis, Messrs James Lewis, J. Colquhoum, Edward Jones, and Evan Lewis, Colonel Grey, Messrs H. j Kirkliouse, William Evans, E. M. Hann, W. D. 'i White, T. H. Bailey, E. 0. Jones, C. Evans, R. Bedlington. R. Cory, C. Cory, Thomas Evans, B. Bratt, A. G. Ogilvie, E. P. Martin, Henry Martin," A. Hood, E. H. Watts, H. Watts, William Thomas, W. W. Hood, John Williams, Edward Edwards, T. H. Deaken, P. Williams, C. B. Holland, J. M. Akers, G. Wilkinson, William Evans, E. Lewis, A. Lawrence, Treliarne Rees, Llewellyn Evans, Thomas Latch, H. Morice, W. Simons (solicitor), and W. G. Dalziel (secre- tary.) The principal object was to receive a deputation from the workmen's representatives on the sub- ject of an appeal for a further advance in wages at the associated collieiies. A conference had been held in the iterin between the representatives of the workmen and the owners' side of the slid- ing-scale committee. Having regard to the im- portance of the subject, the matter, however, was brrught under the notice of the general body of associated owners. The deputation on Friday consisted of the following gentlemen :— Sliding-scale representatives, Mrssrs William ¡ Abraham, M.P., P. Jones, Isaac Evans,M. Weeks, Thomas Griffiths, Daniel Jones, and Lewis Miles, secretary Additional workmen's representatives, Messrs John Lewis, Aberdare John Johnson, Aberdare W. Whiteombe, Mountoin Ash John Thomas, Garw Valley William Phillips, Ystrad; John Jones, Merthyr David Hughes, Neatli William Roberts, Porth Fred Davis, Caerphilly; A Onions, Abercarn Thomas Richards, Ebbw Yale; Thomas Da. vies, Gelligaer, and James Kent, Llwyhpia. The deputation was ably -i»tro4uoed by Mr W. Abraham ('Mabon "), M.P., wlio appealed for a further advance in wages, in addition to the 5 per cent. advance granted on the 1st of November last. He was supported in the appeal by Messrs Whitecombe, Onions, J. Evans, J. Kent, and P. Jones. After a very long discussion on the subject and full consideration hav ng been given it by the associated owners, the deputation were informed that, inasmuch as tha nccountants' report on the audit of the sliding-scala for the four-monthly period ending the Slut of December last was ex- pected to be received in about a fortnight the associated ov;ners considered the appeal should renmin in abeyance pending the result of that audit. j.ne appeal was made in a friendly spirit by the workmen's representatives, and every desire was evinced, both by employers and workmen, to preserve the friendly feeling which now ex- isted. The workmen afterwards held a private meet- ing to discuss the position. A PK.SDINO BISFCTH. The collieries owned by the United Anthracite C >mp»ny having been admitted into the associa- tion, the dispute pending at the Cwmaman Col- liery was referred to the sliding-scale committee for settlement.
MIRACULOUS viselipy, OF A BOY AT DINAS COH.IKRY A FALL OF NINETY FEET. On Saturday evening a boy named John Morris, of 178, Concrete Houses, Dinas, fell down a "drop pit in Dinas Colliery. The boy fell to the bottom, a distance of 30 yards. He was soon found and conveyed home. Mr Evan Da vies, surgeon, attended, and after a careful examina- tion found that not a single fracture had taken place, and, although the boy is badly shaken, good hopes are entertained of his recovery.
GLAMOBCAS COUNTY COLHCIL THE VACANCY IN POISTH WARD. An influential deputation waited upon Mr David Jenkins (of the firm of Jenkins and Sons) on Tuesdav, invited him to become a candidate. Mr Jenkins, after thanking the deputation, said that he was not eligible as the firm had several lar.^e county contracts in hand. He has had a very larsje experience in county work, and would ba a valuable acquisition to the council.
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PONTYPRIDD LOCAL BOARD. The fortnightly meeting of the above Board was held at their Offices, Pontypridd, on Thursday last, when there were present:—Messrs D. Levshon, J. James, D. Rowland, G. J. Penn, H. T. Wales, and R. T. Richards. Mr D. Leyshon was voted to preside. THE TRAMWAY COMPANY TO BE AGAIN PROSECUTED. Mr Wales brought forward the question of the condition of the Rhondda Road. He said that owing to the neglect of the tramway company to place their portion in repair between Pontypridd and the end of the local board district, the road was in a most disgraceful state. It was decided to again take steps to prosecute the tramway company. Mr J. Sprague (deputy clerk) read the memorial drafted for presentation to the clerk of the peace, who was asked to lay it before the county council at its meeting that day, in favour of holding the meetings at Pontypridd. Mr Penn thought the memorial had been well drafted, and hoped it would be successful. APPLICATIONS FOR LIGHT. A letter was read from the residents of houses on the Tramroad Side complaining of insufficient light since the removal of the lamp near Mr Goodman's shop. The Surveyor (Mr E. Rees) said the lamp at present placed there gave a very good light over the road, but it was darker than before at the place indicated. Mr James suggested that a committee had better be called to see the place when there was no moon- light. Mr E. C. Spickett and Mr Daniel Thomas waited upon the Board as deputation on behalf of the inhabitants of Pwllgwaun with reference to the lighting of that district, and of the road from the Tramroad to the Morning Star. Mr Spickett said he understood that the Mari- time Company were going to be supplied with gas, and at present it was proposed to lav mains .through Grover Street, but it seemed to him that if the Board could be induced to place lamps lead- ing from the Tramroad to the Morning Star, the mains could be laid that way just as conveniently, and he believed the gas company would fall in with the proposal. Mr James Which is the largest road ? Mr Spickett: 0, the one by Pwllgwaun, but if you will permit the manager of the gas company to come in, he can explain whether the gas com- pany would be likely to adopt the proposed arrange- ment in supplying the Maritime. We are paying, as ratepayers in the neighbourhood of Pwllgwaun, end that portion of the parish of Llantrisant, about .£400 a year, and beyond about £1 I don't think the Board has spent any money there. All the money expended there has been about £30 I spent myself. I have been contemplating with alarm the level crossing. Mr Herdson now entered the room, and said that both the engineer and secretary of the com- pany sympathised with the Board, and if a reasonable number of lamps were put up, he be- lieved the directors would be induced to adopt the proposed arrangements as to the mains. The Chairman said Mr Spickett and Mr Thomas would see that the Board was anxious to do what they could in the matter, but they could not make auy iinal arrangement until they knew what the gas company were prepared to do. The deputation then withdrew. nilEAK DRIVERS AND THE RHONDDA ROAD. J A deputation of eight break-drivers plying be- tween Pontypridd and Porth then waited upon the Board to complain of the road owing to the tram rails beiug higher than the surface of the thorough- fare. The Chairman said the Board had decided that day to take steps towards bringing about a remedy. Mr Wales had very forcibly put the matter before them, and they had resolved to take further action against the company. The spokesman of the deputation (Mr Lucas) said they had come there in order to do what they could to strengthen the hands of the board in the matter, but they felt strongly that something should be done, for it was a matter of bread and cheese to them. There were two or three present who had met with accidents, and one of them had been smashed to atoms. Mr Penn: Was he killed? Mr Lucas: No, sir; his break was smashed. Mr Penn O, I thought you said he was smashed to atoms. The Deputy Clerk suggested to those who had met with any accident since the 19th of December last to call at Mr Grover's office to give particu- lars of the damage sustained, so as to be able to go into court od Wednesday week. The Chairman Might I suggest that some of I you had better insure yourselves for the sake of yourselves and families, because I am afraid that the the tramway company are not going io pay. (Laughter.) Mr Lucas: With loss of trade and everything, I do not know how we are going to do it. (Laugh- ter.) The deputation then retired. THE ALLEGED ENCROACHMENT NEAR PWLLGWAUN. Messrs James and Rowland presented their re- port of a visit they had paid to the neighbourhood of Pwllgwaun with reference to the alleged en- croachment upon the road by Mr Spicket, who had planted trees on the roadside. Mr James said all Mr Spickett had done was pntting a fence to protect the trees, and there was still 22ft. of roadway, while the planting of the trees was a great improvement to the appearance of the road. CAN THE TRAMWAYS BB STOPPED ? Mr Wales: Supposing we fail to recover damages from the tramway company, could we get a magis- trates order to stop the running of cars ? Mr Sprague: I should think that only the Board of Trade could do that. Mr Wales: But there was something said about it at the police court on Wednesday. The deputy clerk: What was suggested then was an injunction, which would be a very expensive process. Mr Wales: 0, don't let us plunge to deeply into law, else we will get ourselves in chancery, per- haps. (Laughter.) SCBTBYOR'8 REPORT. The Surveyor then read his usual report; and submitted plans of various new buildings, which were passed. ,'c.
ROB B r N GAT I L J, AT PON TVi'KIDI). At Pontypridd police-court, on Wednesday last Gwilym R. Williams, carpenter, Pontypridd, was charged with stealing 3/- from a till at the Ivor Arms, Pontypridd, on the 25th inst. Mrs Rowlands, the landlady, said the prisoner came to the Ivor Arms on Friday. He was in the bar drinking about four o'clock in the evening. She left the bar for a few minutes. On her return she nr issed 3/-from the till. The prisoner was the orlv man in the bar at the time. F.S. Macdonald apprehended ihe prisoner at 8 p.m. On his way to the police station the prisoner tried to drop something from his hand. As soon as his hand was caught he placed it in his pocket. in that pouket at the police station two shillings were found leOS). The sergeant examined a chair in the bar, and found footprints on it, and found the prisoner's boot prints to correspond with the mark on the chair, so that he seemed to have gone over the counter into the bar, unlocked the drawer, and relocked it. The key was on a table in the bar. One month's hard labour, or to pay 20/ The money was paid.
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ALLEGED MURDER. Henry Edward Halliday, (Igell '25, Clarence Villa, Dollingk.011 Road, London Road, Reading, de- scribed as a saloon waiter, was charged at Bow Street Police Court, with the wilful murder of Susan Connorton by shooting her with a revolver. Police-consliible Edwards, lilli E, said that at about live minutes pas I; eiglit lie was in the Strand, about o<) yards west of Northumberland Street.. He heard the report of firearms in that street, lie went there and met the prisoner ab the top of the street, lie suddenly stopped on seeing witness, went there and met the prisoner ab the top of the street, He suddenly stopped on seeing witness, lie had a revolver in his right hand. Witness seized the prisoner's hand and pointed the revolver to the ground. The prisoner said, "Be careful; there are live chambers loaded." Witness said, "Civeittome." Uo did so, and said, "I have shotawouian. Prav come down and see to her.- IwasputtingthoteveronwhonibaccidentaHy went olf and shob her." Witness saw a woman leaning against the wall of the Northumberland Hotel, and another constable went to her and took her to the hospital, while the prisoner was conveyed to the station. Mr. Bridge Did he say anything more ? Witness No. After the woman's death ha .waa charged by Detective sergeant Gatheui. Mr. Bridge What did he say ? Witness He said, Is the woman dead ?" Inspector Thorne, of the E division, deposed that he was at the police-station when tho prisoner was taken there. The revolver was produced by the last witness, and upon examining it witness found that it was loadel1 in five chambers, and the sixtt) contained the case of a cartridge which had been fired. Dr. P. X. da Costa, house surgeon at the Charing Cross Hospital, said the deceased was in a state of collapse when he saw her. She had a bullet wound in the back. The buttet had parsed to the froub of the body, and an operation was performed. It was extracted. The woman lied of hemorrhage. Inspector Newport stated that the husband was too ill to attend to give formal evidence in identifi- cation of tho body. Air. Bridge said that could be done on the next occilsion. Mr. John Malleth, chief assistanb clerk to the Metropolitan Asylums Board, deposed that he was jusb outside the buffet of the Northumberland Hotel at eight o'clock on the nighb in question wheu he heard a pistol shot. He went down the sLreeb, and met the prisoner. Mr. Bridge Walking or running? Witness Walking quickly-not; running. A constable-the firsb witness—came up ami said, "Have you done this ?" and detained him. Wit- ness saw a woman leaning against the wall, and making a tremendous noise." Witness under- stood the prisoner to say in reply to the constable, "I suppose I musb have done it." The prisoner said he had no question to ask, and was remanded.
MAKING A MISTAKE. Ab the Dartford Petty Sessions, Thomas Wood, 3f Broken Hill, was summoned for using a traction 9ngiuo without havint; a license for the use of the iaine. Police-constable Barnes stated that he saw 3ne of the defendant's engines in Farninghani drawing two waggons, loaded with stone, which was being taken to the convalescent home, Swanley J unction. Witness took the number of the engine, which was 2,140. The defendant produced before the Court two licenses for traction engines, which were numbered 3,448 Uld 3,232, and said that one was for the engine whose number theconstabte had Laken but by his own mistake, when applying for the license, the number of it was nob made to jorrespoud with the number on the engine. The chairman (Mr. T. Bevait) said the defendant had acted in an unbusinesslike way in making such a mistake, and he would be fined 10s. and costs.
THE FINSBURY PARK MURDER. At Dalsbon Police Court, Charles Turner, de. scribed as a general dealer, of 3, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, was cliargel on remand before Mr. Bros, with having been concerned with another nan not in custody in murdering Thomas Williams, by -ttnci.iog him with a revolver, on the of January. There have been two remands tvith a view t < giving tlio police an opportunity of arresting II." other man, whoso name iH variously ■riven as iiarrett. Kick-, lmd Styles: but. notwith- standing every oilbrh on the part of 'In; ant liorii.ies, the ilia/I has not. been dis'overe I. — Mr. Horace Avory opijsned theeasu for the prosecution. II" said that Tiirii jr anil his wife Were the occupiers of the hoti-fo in Clifton Terrace. Prior to the JDth of Januaiy, another m m who wa", still at large was brought into tin- 11onsr*( and it. woidd be for the jury to tloci io w hether this man was not; brought into the house for the express purpose of com- mitting tlio oiiiiui^vs which subsequently fol- towod. Ayi'un.fWuutn" mi ne I Harnett, of the 1l1It'rl. ,:1. also resided ill the house, and had boarded with the Turners; but on the I ">t.h Decern tier 1. .lec«ased man Williams came to reside with ISarnett, ami thenceforward she took her .meals with him. This led to fro jjient. quarrels, and on several occasions the friends threatened to shoot Williams. On the UJth, after Williams and Baruett had retired to bed, Turner and the other men came upstairs and litil-ib ol)oti the door of the back room., where an old wyuiaii name I Laws was sleeping with the permission of Barnett, and, according to. her statement, they threw her down- stairs. Williams left, his bed to see what was the uiatter^ and he then saw two nieui standing on the landing, each with a revolver in his hand. Afl^tr some remarks the prisoner said to the other man "Charley, shoot him," mid immediately the other man tired. Williams felt that he wasshob, and lie ran to the Window and cried "Police!" As no OttecAnte. he t'm into the st reet, and was theji taken to the hospital by a policemait. He died on the following evening.—Charlotte Barnett, a woman with whom the deceased IIM«1 lived, gave evidence bearing out counsel's it -After some further evidence the prisoner WM again remanded.
,I, h fortune/telung. At the Leeds Borough Police Court, before Mr. James Walker and Alderman Sir Edwin Gauul., Margnret Rohan, of York Street, was charged with "pretending to tell foi tunes."—Selina Griffiths, a yuung woman engaged it- general tervant ab 37, Virginia Road, said "he had frequently seen the prisoner, wh«» first cauie to the house its Virginia no as an umbrella mender, and afterwards to Usil forluwes." One evening she On me to the back door, prosecutrix being iilone in the kitchen. Pri- poner asked t.- be aflbwed to luukat. lier hntid, and then toll her that she (fK-o*0tfittrix) Intd relatives ttbrttadwhont she had not 1t8éu for many years, and that site was also expecting a marriage in her fiwnily coon. She told pro<ecut rix several other .things, atid then informed her that the would to quiro something from her to bury under a marble slab." In answer itt) |»rosecntrix, she said a hand- kerchief would not be large enough, and suggested a dies*. 1'1'I,fl6C\I(.t'i X: broul,ht; ('re." fm' hOl' !ill look at., and on seeing it she .i.1 *he would take it away and bring it buck on the followii^; night, explaining that shocontd not. return it the same evening because she had to read the stats at twelve o'clock. Shef«rt)terb<)hjpnwccntti\<h:tt she would require some silver to put into the pocket., an 1 agreed to take a brooch containing a jubib-e two «i<iUii<g pi«!t:e, the prosecutrix not having any silver iiionoy. She also obtained ail apron cover the dress, ami then went away. She did not. return on the following night, as »he promised, and prosecutrix did not see her again until she had been taken into custody. — Detective Easbv spoke to arresting the prisoner in York Street.. She was identified at Lite Town Hall by tho prosecutrix, and wheu chai g»-d w*ith I lie tliefto she made 110 reply. He had searched for the stolen propel ty, but. had not been able to recover it. l Yoseciiti ix said the dress was wm th 2os. It was new, ami she had only Worn it once. Prisoner faiil it. was entirely t-liti (wall fR,llL. She told her to call when lu-r liii.~l.rt-8* was out, at church. — I'liisouer, who had been convicted four- teen times for fortune-telling, a* well as for other otleiices, was "'1I11t.ell<:t:'ii to thrco months' imprison* meut with hard labour, the ( hairman remarking that .-lie was a complete pest, lo society.
CoVmel North and his party will depart for Val. i paiaiso shortly. The statement that change* fn tin; !'VencIi Mini-try were impending i-< -aid to by Cou ii ""d. It. is hclicvt-.d l.o be cei tain that M. I'orotilluit, Minister of Justice, will resign, and that, f^rioin diiiurcuces of opinion have aiisen between i\J. dtf Frcyciuct, Minister of Wat, itud hid colleagues.
THE SITUATION IN FRANCE. PARIS. The Government is making secret: inquiries into- the organisation of the Patriotic League. Umlep the cover of gymnastic societies and rifle associa. tions the Derouledisbs have a perfecb arsenal of arms at their disposal. They could really equip and mobilise 100,000 men at shorb notice, and if General Boulanger ever wishes to try his hand at violence lie will have no difficulty in finding- an army of young and vigorous soldiers. Ib is amusing bo see how shocked M. Floquet is when he speaks of this army of sedition, which costs nothing to keep together, and which) may now upset him and the Republic too.- When tho French Premier was Prefect of the Seine he was quite hysterical in his en-, thusiasm ab the firsb review of bhe schoolboy; batbalions. The lads of eigttb years ago are now men and Patriotic Leaguers. It was easy to sea that the arming and drilling of high-spirited youths would be likdy to form the nucleus of a revolution- ary army. There would, of course, be no difficulty in finding officers incHno-t to gamble their chancea- of promotion upon those of the General. In bhisj senso, a coup d'etat is quite possible, although. General Boulanger need only play a waiting game. The talk about extreme measures is becoming- languid. The daily thunder of M. Joseph Reillach., is becoming commonplace, and in a few days in will be looked upon as in bad taste. The groups known as the Radical Left is now twitted witi* being a nursery of Boulangisbs. All sorts of Ministries are talked about, including one in whicl" M. Jules Simon would be President of the Council,, and the corpulent but most efficienb General Saussier, Minister of War. M. Waldeck Rouaseaik is also mentioned as a coming Minister PARTS. ». M. Floqueb,"in receiving the bureau of tho Left,, declared that he had thought of resigning, bub had given ifp the idea owing to the int rigues and at tacks of his opponents. He would therefore go.- to the Chamber and give a full explanation, and ask for a vote of confidence. In continuation tho- Premier said that he was prepared bo ajt energeti- cally. He would introduce a Bill increasing the.. stringency of Article 87 of the penal cllde provid-- ing for the repression of attacks upon t,ho consti- tution and public laws, as well as a Bill for modifications of the Press Law ai'ecting the ■ posting of placards and colportage. With regard. to tho proposal for the dissolution of tho Leagno- of Patriots, M. Flo pieb ex pressell his opinion, that such a step would be useless, as it would not! prevent its memberd from forming a fresh league. The Premier further declared that ho would not. make the in trod uction of the Bill for io establish- ing the scrubiii d'arrondissemenb dependent upon, the result of M. do Jouvencel's interpellation, but would introduce the measure immediately OIK ascending the Tribune. BERLI*; Commenting upon General Boulanger's electiorij.. the Notional, Zeifimf/ says tiiat-iio special signi- ficance is ascribed to it in leading circles in this city, it being held that the General's success will in no way alfeel, the political situation. "Tho vitality of the French Republic," adds the journal, is by no means regarded as jeopardised by the Paris ctucbion, and there is a decided di-inctinatiou to view events in that city in a tragic light. The prospects of European peace continue to be con- sidered as highly satisfactory. -+-
THE AUSTRALASIAN FEDERAL COUNCIL." HOJSAHT. In a sitting of the Australasian Federal Council bills were in trod need dealing with the pearl fisheries in Western Australia and the status of joint-stock companies. Select committees were appointed Lc. remodel the Constitution of the Council, with 11:' view t.o increasing the number of its members, anJ¡ to tiritft all address to tho Queen iurefeience to the situation in the Pacific, and notably at Samoa.. The Hon. Duncam Gillies, Premier of Victoria, moved an address to the Queen for the investment, of trust funds in Colonial securibies.
THE SUEZ CANAL. ROME. A (Jroen-book compri-ing 10<; documents rela- tive t'i I lie Suel (anal Con> entioii lias bed I dis- tributed t.o the monibeis of the Chamber. The 11 oi-■ 1111 e 111 s, which contain nothing that is, nob. alr -ady known, show 111:11. England ami Italy acted in complete accord during the negotiations..
i: The Ojji'iitl Journal, publishes tho text of tho- treaty recently ratified by the Powers relative tQ- l.lie neutralisation of the Sue/. Canal. A cations have yet. been made. Great indignation is expressed ill New Yorlc. with respoct to the treatment- of Air. O'Brien. A telegram fioin North Smiiercoats reports llwta." inail steamer has gone ashore in Gramthorp Haven. The old Panama Canal Company has been, formally dissolved by the commercial Tribunal of the Mr. John O'Connor Power, ex-M.P., has jusb leturned to London from the United States, where*- lie lias been residing for several mouths. The Australian papers are somewhat indignant over the begging propensities of some of their- bishops who were in England last summer. Professor Vambery says the I'i?lzes Constantinople-' correspondent, has bail several interviews with the Sultan. Tho Queen has been pleased to approve the- appointment of Col. Guinness to thecommuud of tha^ bord Regimental District at Relfact. A Sim Francisco Court granted a divorce last week within less than twenty-four hours after thft> application had be-ju tiled; It is stated that the total subscriptions to LI\o,. new issue of t he I'nnama Canal shares amount to- about 0,'XM' shares. The latest accounts from the Castle of Lao, represent tlttt condition of the Kisig of Holland o4. more satisfactory than for some days past. A Pesth telegram says there is no nee I to discus*- the succession question, as the Prngmatie SMnctiott" makes provision for aircoiicelvabte contingencies. The Portuguese Parliament halt been prorogued' until the oth of April in consequence or the J. orderly scene* which have recently taken p.ace. It is announced on authority that President: Cleveland, at the expiration of his term of otnee" will to.-side in New York, where he will prautica- law. At a public meeting held in Hull, the Mayor* presiding, A resolution was adopted urging the National Telephonic Company to extend their ty stent into Hull. The police have decided that the injuriesOf M<at" Ei,-UlIFW;tt-t Cot)loer, a he* pi bit I nurse, of Pbiladt>lphitt# who alleged she had been astMitlMtd iw the Whifce~- cha|iel fashion. wore self-indicted. It is said that Patfci has promised to give 0, farewell concert on Thursday, February :!S, at tho Albert Hall. PatM leaves London on the following morning, ami sails for Bordeaux on Mniuli 1. The official returns show that the Mauitobaii revenue for the past financial year amounted to J ,740,448 dols., and the expenditure to 1)58,871 dols. The agitation against the opium traffic is aboub, to bo renewed by the Society of Friends. A representative meeting hs. jultt appointed a ootn- inibtee to bring the subject before other churches. The dea<th is announced of William Chappell oik. tho Welsh hills, near Rhymuoy, at bhe a< £ e of 102; years. The deceased who possessed all Tiis faeul. ties to the last, was employed as a miner for sixty years. Lord De Freyne has offered his tenants 6s. i«. the pound reduction on non-judicial and 3d. on, judicial rents, and undertakes also bo pay all expenses. These terms have been accepted with, great satisfaction. Chicago aiid St. Pawl have a-train service thato is a little ahead of anything yet provided in thi* sectiott of the universe. Vestibuled trains, lighted by electricity and steam-heated) seem to be aboub. perfection. This is how William Jjickson and his wife, of Jorsey City, Now Jersey, treated their son, Thoy tied him to a beam, permitting, his feet bo oai ely touch the floor, and left him in thab condition without food for many hours. Flora Rohr, a girl who had been engaged to tha son of Mrs. Johnson, of Fayette, Missouri, de- veloped a terrible tempor. When Mrs. Johnson endeavoured to break otf the engagement, she ub" once shot hef dead, ulld then ended her own life. It is "seini-oiffcially announced thab an English" naval officer lias been deprived of his command for improperly seizing and searching a French vessel outside thQ blockade territory on Lho El;}slf, African coaeh., —-