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NEWS IN BRIEF. I V.\L VISIT TO OLYMPIA. I Th Km; and Que€!? visited the ITorsv Show at Olympia on Monday, when Russia won eutrii?h? the King Edward VII. Cnp. FRENCH MINISTERIAL CRISIS. I -? I M. Ribot has accepted J'res:oont J oin- care's invitation to undertake the task of I forming the new French Cabinet. ARMS FOR MEXICAN REBELS. t General Huerta has -ordered his gunboats not to molect the Airfcr?e."n steamer which carrying war material. for he Constitution- alists at Tanipico. The. threatened crisis is thus avoided. PANAMA CANAL TEST. I A test was made on Monday in the Panama Canal. of the electrical towing gear, a steamship of 4.000 tons being taken through the Gatun locks. BALKAN RIVALRIES. I Greece is continuing her efforts to strengthen her navy by the purchase of battleships abroad. The forced migration of Greeks from Asia Minor is causing much excitement in Athens. .INDIAN GRIEVANCES. I Genenl Smuts moved the second reading I of the Indians Rel:er Bill on Monday in the Sonth African Parliament. A NILE VALLEY POMPEII. I The Hev. r."r"r slyee, in a lecture on the latest i-es.i's of exploration in the Nile Valley, reported the finding of an African Pompeii and Egyptian fireplaces 3,000 years old. FISHING FLEET DISASTER. I Many lives have been lost in a disaster to I a fishing fleet of forty boats off the New I Brunswick coast. TRADE UNIONIST EVICTED. I Walter Chambers, one of the workmen on Lord Lilford's estate in Northamptonshire, who were dismissed for refusing to give up their membership of the Rural Workers' Union, was on Monday evicted from his cot- tage at Thorpe by order of the county court. NAVAL AVIATOR'S FUNERAL. I Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux, Commander- in-Chief at Portsmouth, and 600 officers, bluejackets, and marines were present on Monday at the funeral at Haslar, Hamp- shire, of Lieutenant T. S. Cresswell, killed in the naval waterplane accident. FROST IN ISLE OF WIGHT. I An early morning frost in the Isle of Wight I wag succeeded on Mcndav by a thunderstorm, I with rain, hail, and vivid lightning. LIGHTNING RINGS TELEPHONES. I Heavy thunderstorms, with great downfalls of hail and rain, passed over Caterham Valley district on Monday afternoon. Many people complained of slight shocks from the light- ning, which also set telephone bells ringing. FREE TRAM TICKETS FOR BLIND. I It has been decided by the Nottingham Town I Council to grant free tram tickets to the I necessitous blind. KILLED BY A BULL. I An elderly man named William Croad was killed by a young bull while leading it through the Portsmouth streets on Monday to the Royal Agricultural Show. DEATH OF A TRADE UNION J.P. I Mr. Reuben Davis, J.P.. a widely-known trade unionist, and formerly leader of the lace workers, died on Monday in Nottingham at the age of seventy-three. CRUISER TERRIBLE TO BE SOLD. I H.M.S. cruiser Terrible. the guns from which were landed by Sir Percy Scott, then her captain, and helped to save Ladysmith, is about to be sold out of the Navy. BEYOND THE LAW. I No man-made law can ever stop a woman's tongue," said the Willesden magis- trate, in refusing to grant a man a summons against a woman neighbour. MELODRAMA IN BRIEF. I Pierre Mathieu, a Paris .waiter, having won £ 1^20 at the races, abandoned his situation, became intoxicated, and, falling downstairs on returning home, killed himself the same night. FIRST SHOT IN SEBASTOPOL. I The death is announced of Thomas Sim- monds. aged eighty-eight, of Portsmouth, who was formerly, in the Royal Marine Artillery, and claimed that he fired the first shot at the siege of Sebastopol. SPRING CLEANING ST. PAUL'S. u Many persons stood outside St. Paul's Cathedral on Monday watching workmen high up at the base of the gilded cross on top of the dome, washing a year's accumulation of London grime frdm the gilt. DEATH IN CHURCH. An inquest was held on Monday on John Harris Pringle, agt-d seventy-two, of Globe- road, E., who died suddenly from heart disease during the service at the Congrega- tional Church, Approach-road, Victoria Park. ASHORE AFTER LAUNCH. After the steamer Chadkari had been launched in a gale on Monday from the yard of Messrs. Ramage and Ferguson at Leitli, she drifted away from the. tugs in attendance and drove ashore at Newhaven. £ 3,600 LEFT BY CHIMNEY-SWEEPER. Estate valued at £ 3.652 4s. 7d. was left by Mr. W. Relleen, chimney-sweeper, of Old Queen-street, Westminster. PAYMENT BY FARTHINGS. Six halfpenny stamps and three farthings were oftered on account by a defendant charged at Willesden on Monday with not paying his railway fare. DUKE ENTERTAINS 9,000 CHILDREN. Over 9.000 schoolchildren were entertained at Welbeck Abbey on Monday by the Duke and Duchess of Portland, in celebration of the coming of age of the Marquess of Titchfield. SOCIETY'S £ 900.000 FUND. The combined funds of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers are officially returned at £ 977',8S8. MR. KIPLiNG UNWILLING. Mr. Rndyard Kipling, it is stated, has de- clined "an invitation to contest the Bordesley Division of Birmingham as successor to Mr. Jesse Collings. AIRMAN LOST AT SEA. It is reported from Tunics that no news has been received of the airman Lieutenant Jolain, who left Sofax on Saturday for jGabes, and he appears to have been lost at sea. PRISON FOR PAINTING MONUMENT. For defacing with red paint the Emperor Frederick's monument in Charlottenburg during,-the Socialists' "red week," three, men were sentenced at Berlin on Monday to eighteen months' and a fourth to twelve months' imprisonment. HEAVY FALL OF SNOW. At Immenstadt, Bavaria, heavy snow is reported. In some places the snow lies several feet deep. Such a fall in June is unprecedented. WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY RESEARCH. The establishment of a national committee for research in wireless and ordinary tele- graphy and in telephony, and of a national research laboratory, is recommended by the committee appointed by the Postmaster- General to deal with the subject.

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