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NEWS IN BRIEF. I FUNERAL OF MR. CHAMBERLAIN. I The funeral of Mr. Chamberlain took place, on Monday at Key Hill Cemetery, Birming- ham. A memorial service was held at St. Margaret's, Westminster. MR. CROSLAND ACQUITTED. I At the Central Criminal Court on Monday Mr. T. W. H. Crosland was acquitted of the charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by attempting to bring a false criminal charge against Mr. Robert Ross. new RECOIC )I;:n. I The Killg has appointed Mr. George Rhodes, K.C., to be Recorder of Oldham, in I place of the late Mr. A. G. Steel, K.C. FORMER CLERK OF THE HOUSE. I The death has taken place in London of Sir Charles Forster, Bart., of Lysways Hall, near Lichfield, who from 1863 to 1892 was Clerk of the House- of Commons. He is succeeded in the Baronetcy by his brother, Mr. F. Villiers Forster. of Longdon Grange. BANKRUPT AT TWENTY-TWO. I At the London Bankruptcy Court, on Mon- day. Lord Edward Fitzgerald, who is twenty- two. consented ro be adjudged bankrupt in order that a settlement might be set aside and his liabilities paid in full. NEW BRITISH CRUISER. I Messrs. Beard ore, of Dalmuir, launched on Monday the :ij{ht armoured cruiser Incon- stant for the British Navy. The naming cere- mony was performed by Princess Louise of Battenberg. COVENT GARDEN DEAL. I It is announced that Sir Joseph Beecham has bought the Covent Garden estate, and that Mr. A. L. Ormrod is associated with him in the purchase. < HUERTA RE-ELECTED. I General Huerta has obtained his re-elec- tion as President of Mexico. The state of public affairs in the Republic is not likely to be affected by the step. £ 90,000 FOR LINER VICTIMS. I So far about has been collected for I the Empress of Ireland relief fund. OPERATION ON COLIN BELL. I The operation on Colin Bell, the Austra- lian heavy-weight boxer, 'has been performed, Rnd the boxer's condition is, it is stated, con- sidered satisfactory. ANOTHER DERVISH RAID. I The Somaliland Mullah is reported to be I advancing upon Burac. Native troops have been requisitioned from Adeti. MADMAN'S DEATH IN RIVER. I After stabbing another patient and an at- tendant with a knife which he snatched from the latter's hand, r. madman named John Flynn broke out of Gransha Asylum, near Derry. Pursued three miles to Carlisle Bridge, DefTy, he jumped into the. River foyle and was drowned. FATAL MOTOR-CAR SMASH. Travelling along Kent-road, Dartford, on Monday, a motor-ear belonging to Mr. Gun- ning, of Erith, Kent, crashed into the closed gates of Messrs. J. N. E. Hall and Co.'s motor works and killed F. Riden, a pattern maker, who was standing inside the gates. PIGS AS .M:ILK THIEVES. I A red poll cow 011 a farm at Bodham, Nor- folk, recently fell off mysteriously in her milk yield. Thieves were suspected, and on a watch being kept two promising pigs were found busily milking the cow. FRENCH AIRMAN KILLED. I While flying at Saumur 011 Monday, the I airman L?agneux fell into the River Loire  and was killed. WEAVERt TO SENATOR. Mr. James Schofield, one of the s""Tl.atnnl for Natal, was formerly a weaver at Ramt7 bottom, near Bury. SUNSHINE AND HEALTH. I L. -Á.1L..J.L tl. The medical officer of Middlesbrough, in reporting on certain houses on the north side of the borough, scheduled a number as insanitary because they did not receive th* direct rays of the sun. FATAL SUNSTROKE AT SEA. Isabel Quigley, an American woman, who was landed in an unconscious condition suffering 'from sunstroke from the Anchor liner Caledonia on Monday, died in London- derry infirmary without recovering consciousness. AFTER FIFTY-NINE YEARS. I Mr. Richard F. Barker, a man of eighty- one, has arrived at Hull to visit his brother John, whom he has not seen for fifty-nine years. Despite this. Mr. John Barker, who is eighty-five, recognised his brother at once. Mr. Richard Barker, who is a ship's captain, fought through the 'American Civil War. ESTATE OF TWO AND A-HALF MILLIONS. An additional inventory has heen filed in respect of the estate of Mr. Peter Coats, of Whitney Court, Whitney-on-Wye, Hereford, a director of the fa mons cotton combine and of J. and P. Coats (Limited), by which the total value of the personal estate has been raised to £ 2,562,0881 THE LATE MR. II.' L. ROSCOE. I As the result of a post-mortem ^examina- I tion made on Mr. H. L. Roseoe, the London I solicitor whose body was found in the Thames near Taplow, the cause of d4atb has been ascertained to be due to heart failure and a lesion of the heart muscle. A PICKETING OFFENCE. I Mr. Hall Clarke, in tlit Old-street Police- court. London, on Monday, held that it was an offence under the Hackney Carriage Act for a picket to carry a placard outside the p?Oifises where a strike was in ptogress, al- though when the Act was passed such an offence was not contemplated. He would not. however, convict the defendant, but crd.ned him to pay 'police costs. DEATH OF MR. JOHN LYLE. I Me. John Lyle, of Weybridge, head of the great London sugar, refining firm of Abram Lyle and Sons, has died at the age of fifty- two. He was a strong Liberal in politics. FATAL FUN WITH A GUN. I Joseph Lewis, a farmer, of Aghalee, near Lurgan, while on his way to shoot crows, pre- sented his gun for fun at some boys, not knowing that it was loaded. The gun went off and a thirteen year old lad named Thomas Hill, who was hit, died almost immediately. THREE YEARS FOR RECEIVER. I At Birmingham Charter Sessions on Mon- day. William Holland, sixty-five, a cycle worker, was sentenced to three years' penal servitude for receiving stolen goods. MORE AGRICULTURAL WORKERS. I A striking feature of a census return just issued, dealing with the occupations and in- dustries of the nation, is that there has been an increase of G!)Aí5 in the number of males employed in agriculture, compared with a deoline in each census since 1851. SLEDGE HAMMER BURGLARS. I A daring robbery has occurred at the Cxlvncoed Collieries, near Llanelly. The side wall of the office was torn down and a large safe, weighing about four hundredweight, was removed on rollers to the yard, where it was broken to pieces by a sledge-Lammer ano a sum of .(':71) stolen.

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