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EVENTS OF THE WEEK. Another German aeronaut has bn killed in the fall of his balloon. The French aviator Le B!on was killed at San Sebastian on Saturday. Great excitement prevails in Peru and Ecuador, and a war is beliovsd to be immi- nent. The need of a hostel for British emigrants in Liverpool is emphasised by 4 Salvation Army official. Another body was found at Swansea docks on Saturday, making the third within eight days. The features were beyond recognition. The King has sent a message of congratula- tion to Mrs. Hannah Jones, of Llandyssul, on the celebration of her 100th birthday. A verdict of "Found drowned" was re- turned by the jury at the inquest on the Rev. Thomas Law, secreta.ry of the National Free Church Council. Mr. Morgan Stuart Williams, of St. Donat's Castle, Llantwit-Msior. Cardiff, and of Aber- pergwm, Neath. has left estate of the gross value of £ 231,683 6s. 4d. Lieutenant-Colonel von Donop, in his re- port to the Board of Trade, attributes Lie accident to the Brighton express at Stoat's Nest to a shifting wheel of one of the coaches. At the Electric Blasting Company's works Trafalgar, Dean Forest, Frank Phelps, 21, single, of C:nderford, was blown to pieces on Monday whilst mixing a composition for ex- plosives. A sensation has been causad by the statement that a signature has been discovered on the I Velasquez Venus in ths National Gallery, which cost £45,000, casting doubts upon its authenticity. In reply to a question in the. House of Commons on Monday, Mr. Asquith said it was propof;ed-to include the Agricultural Rates Act in the schedule of the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill. Many questions were addressed to the Premier in the Commons on Monday in re- gard to the intentions of the Government re- lating to the Budget. "Wait and 500," was Mr. Asquith's answer. The Liverpool four-masted ship Kate Thomas was run into and sunk off Land's End on Monday moming, Eighteen or nine- teen lives were lost, and the solo survivor was John Nelson, of Birkenhead, an appren- tice. A sensation was caused in the parish church of Poole on Sunday by a. man forbidding the banns which the rector had read out. He was a father who objected to a proposed marriage of his daughter, and he and his wife gave their reasons to an official. Mr. John Redmond, M.P., speaking at Tip- perary, said that all other questions were as regarded Ireland trivial bv comparison with the question of the Veto. The Budget difficulties could be settled, and the policy pursued by him regarding it was justified., Works on the Fforestfach Garden Village on the outskirts of Swansea, has now beiyun. and on Saturday at th opening ceremony the Mayor (Alderman D. Matthew?) and the Vicar of Swansea (Rev. W. Talbot Rice) planted trees in celebration of the interesting event. As showing the prosperity of the Welsh tin- plate trade, a new eight mill works is to be put up at Llanelly by Messrs. Richard Thomas a.nd Co., Limited, who are the largest manufac- turers of tinplate in the country. Messrs. Richard Thomas have already nearly 30 mills running in Llanellv. and they control 70 mills in South Wales. The new works will afford employment for 400 hand.-v The text of the new prison rule, by which suffragettes are exprrtfced to benefit, is now issued. It provides that- there may by ameli- oration in the prson conditions in respect of the wearing of prison clothing, bathing, hair- cutting, cleaning of cells, employment, exer- cise, books, and otherwise: but that it shall not be greater than that granted under the rules for offenders of the first division. The Swansea Distress Committee have re- ceived a further payment of B250 towards the cost of employing unskilled labour on the widening of the road and improvement of the land adjoining the Common at Plasmral. Mr. A. Mond, M.P., the borough member, has largely interested himself in the matter, and has persistently put the case before the President of the Local Government Board. There were remarkable scenes at Cramling- ton, Northumberland, on Saturday, when, in consequence of the miners' Rtrike the ponies were brought up from *six colleries. The con- dition of many of the animals was pitiful. Sojne could scarcely walk, through the long period of inactivity, while many-j-unaccus- toipsd to sunlight—were unable to see. Some had to be shot, and the nit-lads, recognising the animals were deeply affected. The Postmaster-General has returned to Mr. W. Long, of Milstead, Sittingbourne, with apologies for non-delivery, a letter which Mr. Long posted at the village post offioe 24 years ago. It was a letter to his brother, then in the Royal Artillery, stationed at Alder- shot, conveying birthday congratulations. Somehow it cot hung up in the box, and was npt discovered until the box was de- molished to make room for a new one. No fewer than 75 North American Indians arrived on board the White Star Liner Oceanic at Plymouth on Saturday, having crossed tbe Atlantic to take part in the Brussels Exhibi- tion. The party includes two famous Red- skins—Red Shirt, 80 years of age, and Little Red Horse (82), who were among the braves the,t overwhelmed and massacred General Custer and his foroa 34' years ago, not a single man escaping. Red Shirt was one of the hostile chiefs. A return was isued on Monday of the deaths in England and Wales in 1908, upon which a coroner's jury returned a verdict of "Death from starvation, accelerated by priva- tion." It includes 125 deaths, of which fifty- two occurred in the administrative county of London and seventy-three in the provinces. In two cases death was due solely to starva- tion. In most of the other cases death was due to disease consequent upon or accelerated by want or exposure. For several years past the Birmingham Cor- poration Gas Committee have been able to re- lieve the rates with a portion of their profits. The Tramway Committee this year hope to be able to contribute a sum of about £ 25,000 to the relief of the rates. The accounts have not been finally settled, but it is expected that the re- ceipts have increased by £ 12,000. The commit- tee made various important concessions to their employees, and these have increased the wages bill £ 9,000 per annum. On Tuesday the Staffordshire ironmasters re- ported that in view of the near approach of the April iron trade quarterly meeting they were faced with a difficult situation owing to the dear fuel position. Furnace cokes have ad- vanoed to 18s. 6d. and 19s. for the best sorts, and blast furnace coal to 10s. and lis. Fur- ther increases are expected, and ironmasters hesitate to book forward contracts for iron, not knowing what their cost might be. On Tuesday Northampton forge pig iron touched 50s., Derbyshire pig iron 51s., and South Staffordshire forge iron 48s. 6d. to 49s.



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