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I IEVENTS OF THE WEEK.

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EVENTS OF THE WEEK. There is some prospect that the Norfolk Holbein will yet be saved for the nation. The death is announced, as the result, of a cycling accident, of the Rev. E. E. Tippet, Baptist minister of Totnes. Mr. P. A. McHugh. M.P. for North Sligo, who had been lying ill in a private hospital at Dublin, died on Monday. A thrilling story of two explorers being en- tombed for forty hours in an underground cavern comes from West Yorkshire. Lively correspondence has passed between the Earl of Denbigh and the Vicar of Monk's Kirby on the subject of Sunday amusements. Large slum areas on the Duchy of Corn- wall's Larabeth estate are being re-modelled. Up-to-date flats are being built, to bo let at low rents. An address on the influence of Darwin on religions progress was delivered .in connection with Unitarian ..CcnicrpAcp at ,$ssexHaU:. on Tuosuav night. • ..■ The Raffle .of the Yafii wis refought oj £ Salisbury _Plain on .MonjJaj^ i,QJX3Q Regulai^, and Territorials being engage*}. "TJia- figKt^ which ialted five hours, enddCuo the RecTinvading army. Two six-year-old girjw were drowned in a. brickyard pond at Cieethorpes on Monday. The brother of one of the girls, nine years old, made plucky efforts to save them, and nearly lost his own life. At the Co-operative Congress at Newcastle- on-Tyne, a resolution was carried adopting a minimum wage scheme for co-operative em- ployees. this being 24s. weekly for males at 21. and 17s. for females. Mr. E. Williams E. Nicholson, of the Bod- leian Library, Oxford, announces in the "Times" the discover at Pentre Foeias, Den- bighshire, of "the last Llywelyn's tombstone," of which he givea a description. The Rev. G. ShLLdweIl Keen, Rector of Northstoke, near Bith, against, whom a decree nisi was granted in the Divorce Court week, ha-3 been suspended bv the Bishop. Consistory Court proceedings will be taken. A case of leprosy was reported on Tuesday at Cardiff, tho victim being a. Chinaman lodging in one of the Bute-street boarding houses. The leper was admitted to the Sea- men's Hospital and immediately isolated, pending further action by tho sanitary auth- ority. Sir Thomas Lipton pays he is prepared to mako another bid for the America Cup under equitable circumstances. "If the Americans want. sport." added Sir Thomas, "I am pared to give it them. It is the ambition of my life, the apple of my eye, to bring the Cup back to the Old Country, and when it comes I shall be happy." The late Mr. Joseph Shipley, a Gatesheaicl solicitor, has left a valuable collection of oil paintings, numbering about 2..500, condition- ally to Newcastle or Gateshead, and failing both the pictures are to be offered successive- ly to the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the South Kensington Museum. The testator also left about £150,000 to charities. The triennial conference of the Associated Iron and Steel Workers of Great Britain was opened at Birmingham en Tuesday. The re- port showed an increase in the membership of 150 compared with the last conference, and aji addition to the funds of £6,000. Mr. W. Ancott (Wednesbury) was re-elected president, and Mr. J. Cox (Darlington) general secre- tary. There are 65 delegates present. The quinquennial conference of the Ration- al Friendly Society, which has met at the Y.M.C.A. Lecture Hall. Cardiff, this week. ha.s a membership of 123,993, and total funds of £596.841, which shows an increase of £112,113 isince the last meeting. Mr. H. H. Drake, Cardiff, in his presidential address on Mondav. referred to old-age pensions, saying he failed to see that they should retard numerical progress or make individuals less anxious to provide against sickness or acci- dent. Every vear 400.000 tons of soap, to the value of £8.000,000 or £ 10,.000,000, is wasted in the sewere, according to Dr. J. Grossman, of Manchester, who described to the Chemists' Congress on Monday a new method of recov- ering this waste from sewage sludge. By his process, Dr. Grossman calculates a profit of £2.500 a year for a town of 100,000 inhabit- ants, the residue of the sludge after the ex- traction of the fatty substances being of con- siderable value also. So interested were the German debates that two asked permission to visit Oldham, where Dr. Grossman's trial plant is now in operation. Mr. Lloyd George opened new golf links at Pwllheli on Tuesday. Previous to play, there was a gathering at the Clubhouse, when the president presented the Chancellor with a scroll of life membership in a silver casket. Speaking at a luncheon subsequently, Mr. Lloyd George said a debt was due to Mr. Balfour and other statesmen for popularising olf, which was a. game conducing to a better. healthier, and saner life. Subsequently, the Chancellor of the Exchequer drove to the village of Llanvstumdwy, wh-ero he was pre- sented by oJd schoolmates at the Llanvstum- dwy Church School and his contemporaries in the parish in his early days with an album containing appropriate pictures and an ad- dress. I The Scottish Coalowners' Association ing at Glasgow on Monday afternoon decided to withdraw from the Conciliation Board, and to take steps to enforce the proposed reduc- tion of miners' wage?. Nearly 80,000 miners I are involved. The Conciliation Board had failed to agree upon the owners' claim for a reduction of wages by per cent., and the miners' representatives had insisted on main- taining the minimum of 6s. per day, rejecting the proposal to appoint a neutral chairman. Tho ooalowners on Monday decided that the miners' action gave them no alternative but to give notice terminationg the Conciliation j Board. They also decided that the state of trade rendered a substantial reduction of miners' wages imperative. The Great Western Railway Company's vessel, "St. Andrew" (Capt Burnnand) con. veyed close upon 900 excursionists to Douglas (Isle of Man) from Fishguard on Monday LTl connection with the excursion from South Wales. The turbine steamer, which is the company's latest and most powerful addition to the fleet of four. completed the journey of 157 miles in exactly 5 hours 59 minutes, in hazy weather, but smooth sea. Mr. C. Irvine Davidson, chief of the steamship department, was aboard, and so successful was the initial trip that the company contemplate repeating the experiment monthly during the summer, leaving Fishguard earjy on Saturday, and al. lowing a full day at Douglas. The excursion was limited, several hundred being unable to obtain tickets. The Grand Master (Bro. Ben Kilvington, of York), in his inaugural address on Mon- day at the Bradford Conference of the Man- chester Unity of Oddfellows, dealt largely with State insurance of invalidity, and pro- tested against the proposal to set up a Staie- aided, compulsory, and iniquitous form of competition with the voluntary thrift move- ment. He trusted before tnis scheme was foisted on an unwilling people, those respon- sible for it would take into their confidence the leaders of the Friendly Society move- ment. A letter from Mr. Lloyd George was read, stating that in whatever legislation for insurance waij adopted, care must be taken to safeguard the interests of the great Friend- ly Societies, and that no proposal would be tolerable which would inflict damage on those organizations. A Paris scientist, Professor Leon le Ner- veille, has been inquiring why women marry. He secured from 282 girls between the ages of 16 and 20, in various countries, a state- ment as to the reasons they desired marriage and on the replies of the women he bases his statement that girls of this age want to get married and that love plays no part m their desire. Only two even mentioned love as a reason for desiring marriage. ,,1 w^nty- six wanted to get married in order that they might have greater freedom and go un, chaperoned, eight desired to mairry because then they would be able to amuse themselves. 17 because their husbands would give tnem an opportunity to travel, 106 because they would have their own homes. 11 wanted to escape their homes, three looked forward to having a family of their own. others were not clear as to why they wanted to get mArried.. —

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