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SATURDAY, JULY 11, 1914. Topical…

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SATURDAY, JULY 11, 1914. Topical Tattle. Just a word with reference to the Ports-' mouth trip from Led bury on Saturday, July 18tb. It is now definitely stated that the King will visit Portsmouth on July 18th to inspect the Fleet, which will then be assembled in home waters. The First, Second and Third Fleets and all flotillas will be assembled, which means the largest assembly of battleships ever seen in home waters, and about 400 veB<» Is will be present. In addition no lesB tù.Áu 20 water- planes are to be included in the muster. Tickets for the trip are now selling fast, and it is imperative that all who contemplate travelling by the trip should at once secure their ticket. I would call attention to the letter, the first portion of which appears in this 'issue from an old Ledbury boy in North Queensland. The communication is well worth reading and both this week's and future instalments can be relied upon as an exact recital of life in this far-off colony. ip There seems to be a good deal of spade work necessary before the provisions of the Mental Deficieny Act are fully realised, as note the discussion at the Guardians' meeting on Tuesday. The Act no doubt has its good points, but there is much in its provisions that requires watching, and especially by pareute. The busy season at the local Police Court has commenced, and already we have had a couple of burglary charges investigated. There is no doubt our local force of police have a very busy time at this season of the year, and it says much for the efficiency of our Superintendent and his staff of men that the recent burglaries have not resulted in the perpetrators getting off scot free. I notice out Redmarley way they are begin- ning to get ready for the great day of the year for several parishes round there—the Flower Show on August Bank Holiday at Down House. I am glad to hear that Mr Kirby, the indefatigable hon. secretary, is back again at his post after his recent illness. In his absence Mr W A Trotter has dis- charged the secretarial duties. The sports' schedules are now out. The Guards' Camp at Bromsberrow from August 25 to September 9 next will be certainly the biggest thing in military camps we have had in this district. The camp will consist of the 4th. (Guards) Brigade, 2nd Batt. Grenadier Guards, 2nd, and 3rd.Batts. Coldstream Guards, 1st Batt, Irish Guards, 17th Battery Royal Artillery and 11 Com- panies of the R. A. S. C. The total number of men in camp will be about 3,000, who will be conveyed by a number of special trains to Dymocfc, and march to Bromsberrow Court, which is farmed by Mr A Dyer, and where the camp will be situate. The bands of the various regiments will be in camp. I learn on excellent authority that there is every prospect of a troop of Boy Scoots being formed in Ledbury. One or two gentlemen interested have the matter in hand, and next week I hope to be in a position to give more definite informatioc. The probable Scoutmaster is a townsman who is well known for his interest in all manly sports and athletics, and being no mean gymnast himself be appears to be marked out as just the man for the position. It is hoped to get the troop formed very shortly, so that the Scouts may act as messengers during the forthcoming Army manoeuvres in the district. A party of five residents in South Here- fordshire, four Liberals and one member of the Labour Party, are this week touring Ireland, from Dublin to Belfast, and at the conclusion of the tour will submit a report on the Home Rule question. One of the delegation is Mr A Rudall, of Ledbury, a member of the Labour Party, and next week we hope to give an article from bis pen describing bis experiences. The itinerary covered by the party is as follows :—Monday, Dublin to Mullingar, then to Longford Tuesday, Longford to Sligo; Wednesday, Sligo to Inniskillen Thursday, Inniekilleu to Belfast. They leave Belfast for Liverpool on Saturday. ♦ Mr Rudall's article will embrace a sketcl. of the tour with personal impressions. The party of which Mr Rudall is a member numbers in all 27, and represents South Herefordshire, West Hartlepool, Grantham, and Huddersfield. Another party of 30 from Scotland left there on Monday for a different route. Mr T D Morgan is in charge of the South Herefordshire party. Apropos of the passing of Mr J. ¡RPpL Chamberlain a Birmingham postman u¡.>d to tell a good story of the time whmi Ms Cham berlain and Mr Austen Chamberlain were both in the Cabinet together. Their letters were sent in the special official bag, and the guard who transferred them to the postmen at Birmingham shcuted as he threw the bags down, Tbree for the old man and one for the nipper." I I TATTLER. ——<——————————

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