ELECTION L\ SUIT. ACTION AG AIX ST Mil. HAYES FISHEIi WITHDRAWN. MAJOR ADAM PAYS COSTS. A settlement was roached on Tuesday in the action brought by Major W. A. Adam against Mr. W. Hayes Fisher, M.P. for Fulham. The case was opeiwd before Mr. Justice Dading .aud a special jury in the Khig's Bench Division on Monday. Major Adam, who formerly represented Woolwich in the Conservative interest, complained of a letter written by Mr. Hayes Fisher in his capacity as organiser of the Metropolitan constituen- cies. It was published in t\\c> local papers, and contained a pusif.ge to the eITed that after the election in December, 1910, certain, information was conveyed to me (the defendant), which led me to believe that it was improbable that Major Adam woukl re- gain the scat which he had lost in Woolwich." The picas of imvilege and fair comment, and Mr. Hayes Fi-.h«r said the letter did not bear the defamatory mean- ing all cue d. Mr. McCall. K.C., and Mr. Fraser were counsel for the plaintiff Mr. F. E. Smith, K.C.. and Mr. Spence for the defendant. Before the proceedings were resumed on Tuesday counsel saw. his Lordship in his private room. On returning into court, Mr. Smith said the ease involved an allegation that the defendant was actuated by feelings of malice, and it was due to Mr. Hayes Fisher, as a man of honour, a Member of Parliament, and a Privy Councillor, that a clear and de- finite statement should be made. The defen- dant was called upon in the position he held to advise whether, in hie judgment, the Central Conservative Office would be well advised to continue to support Major Adam at Woolwich. He did so honestly, and upon certain information of Major Adam having offended local Roman Catholics by voting against the alteration in the Accession Oath; that his controversy with the War Office had alienated the Army Vote in the constituency, and also that his financial position was such that he could not apparently bear the expense of a contest. Tlie,e were the only circum- stances before Mr. Hayes Fisher, and con- sidered by him. and he knew nothing what- ever of the" rnmours" of which the plaintiff complained. The charge, counsel continued, that the de- fendant was actuated by feelings of malice was a grave ore. There was not a shadow of foundation for it, and had Mr. Hayes Fisher been given the opportunity he would have de- nied it on oath. Nor was there any ground whatever for the sucraestion made bv Maior Adam, under cross-examination, against Mr. Dawson, chairman of the party at Woolwich. Mr. McCall said Major Adam desired to withdraw that suggestion himself. Mr. MeCall made a statement withdrawing the action and the charge of malice against Mr. Hayes Fisher, the plaintiff agreeing to pay the defendant's costs, and said he hoped the end of this litigation would lead to better re- lations between the plaintiff and the defendant and the organisation that the defendant re- presented. His Lordship said that if the action had proceeded he would probably have with- drawn it from the jury, [1:1 the grounds that the occasion was privileged, and that there was no evidence whatever of express malice.
LORD MAYOR S DIFFICULT TASK. MARQUESS OF BUTE'S CARDIFF BEQUEST. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, in accordance with the terms of a bequest made by the late Marquess of Bute, is now engaged in one of the most difficult ta-k, of his year of offic-e- namely, selecting a bride most worthy of the dowry of £30, ",hidi is the annual value of the legacy. The iate Lord Eute-father of the present Marquees—established the dowry in. commemoration of his own silver wedding, which was celebrated in the m-Hlieeval tow-era of Cardiff Castle, where he first took his bride after the marriage in London. The late Marquess delegated the ta-k of selecting the bride each year to the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, and the right of nomination of brides is restricted to members of the Cor poration. Nominations have been proceeding since the early days of March, and the Lord Mayor will announce his eho-ice tcwarcl6 the elId of the week. The Lord Mayor's choice> is unfettered, and there is no appeal. The late Lord Bute named oniy one factor for the Lord Mayor's guidance, that the gift should be bestowed on a worthy spinster of the poorer class who e ma-rriaare. without the aid of the dowry, would be delayed. After the marriage, which is to take place 4ritliin a month of the award of the dowry, tfie brid-e and bridegroom repair to the Lord Mayor's parlour in the City Hal!, where the chief magistrate—again in accord with the terms of the bequest—reads to the party the narra- tive in St. John's Gospel of the marriage in Cana of Galilee.
TWO MISSING GIRLS. TIRED OF LIFE'S MONOTONY. The Birmingham police are searching for two girls. Frances Gazcy and Beatrice H azell, each fifteen years of age, and em- ployed at a Birmingham pinafore factory, who disappeared from their homes at Saltley a fortnight ago. Gnzey left the following letter to her family: I have gone away by myself-with no man, I mean. I cannot stay here, do the same work, same play, same everything. Please don't send the 'tees.' I have not gone far, but still I don't think you will find me. Please, father, take care of mother, it is the last time I shall ask a favour of you."
RESIGNATIONS IN INDIA. It was stated in the Lobby of the House of Commons on Monday night, says the Daily T'l i/raph, that a message of an ominous character had been received by the Prime Minister from Lord Hardinge. The Viceroy bi(I reported that a large number of resigna- tions in the British Army in India will take pl J ce unless the Government makes its pCace with the Army instead of permitting Minis- ters to drive it into rebellion.
'ACQUITTAL ON A CHARGE OF FRAUD. before Judge Atherlev Jones Egbert Gran- 'Vii:" James, secretary, and Ernest Evan Standing, agent, both on bail, pleaded 'not fniity, at the Old Bailey, on Monday, to a chn rge of conspiring to obtain by false pre- tei ices from Jean Juvenet certain deeds and £ 600 No evidence being offered by the prose- cution the jury found the accused not guilty, and they were discharged.
A PRACTICAL LESSON. Ju,kt as the Botley (Hampshire) Parish Council was discussing the necessity of pro- Tiding proper fire appliances for tho parish, II it alarm of fire was raised, and the conflagra- ticln resulted in the destruction of a rick of oats of the value of £00. Only buckds of T/flter were available for extinguishing purposes.
FIFTY TONS OF NEGATIVES. Several railway vans were required to move over half a million of negatives, weighing over fifty tons. from the premises of Messrs. Byrne. photographers, of Richmond, Surrey, who have sold their business. The negatives, which represented the work of a century, in- cluded portraits of Royal personages through- out Europe.
PENALTY FOR NOT KNOWING GERMAN. While a workman employed in building a fort near Metz was gathering firewood in an adjoining forest, says a Paris despatch, he was challenged by a sentry. As the workman did not understand German he did not obey the sentry, who thereupon shot him dead.
Quilp's place of residence on Tower Hill, described in The Old Curiosity Shop," ii, owing to its condemnation 9,§ unsafe, now being demolished.
ARMY CANTEEN CASE. DEFENDANTS' SERVICE RECORDS. CASE FOR PROSECUTION CLOSED. Sir John Dickinson resumed the hearing on Thaneday at Bow-street, London, of the sum- monses against officers and civilians in what ia known as the canteen case. Brigadier-General Long, who at the last hearing gave evidence as to the Army regula- tions, particularly in regard to canteen man- agement, was cross-examined by Mr. C. F. Gill, K. C. (for Cansfield). He said quarter- masters had no official duty of any kind with regard to canteens. Mr. Gill thereupon sought to ascertain whether they could, if they pleased, give a good deal of assistance in regard to the supervision of canteens, but General Long could not see how they could give any more assistance than other officers of a regiment. A clerk at the War Office produced records from that department relating to the services of the various military defendants. In answer to Mr. T. M. Heily, K.C. (for Colonel Whit- aker), v. itness said the record in regard to Colonel Whitaker contained an entry that while in command of the troops at Crete he received the thanks of the War Office and a medal for saving life. There was no black mark against Colonel Whitaker in the whole of his military career. Counsel on behalf of the other military de- fendants questioned witnesses as to details of the Army careers of their clients, and Mr. Wild mentioned that Armstrong, who had thirty-seven years' service to his credit, had never, apart from leave, been absent from duty for a day, "except when kept hanging about over this case." Joseph Webb, a naval pensioner, said he became manager of the south-western district for Liptons Limited, towards the end of 1908. Early in 1909 he saw the defendant Kelly at Devon port, and handed him £ 2 which he had received from Sawyer. In December of the same year he handed Kelly a k5 note. That also he had received from Sawyer. Cross-examined by Mr. Wild, witness ad- mitted that quartermasters ha-d assisted him in carrying out his duties. He added: "We could not possibly do our work without the' assistance of quartermasters, especially in camp and manoeuvre work." Asked in what .way such officers could be of assistance, wit- ness said that when a battalion went under canvas or on manoeuvres the canteen manager as a rule took only half the canteen staff. In consequence he had often to appeal to the quartermaster for help on arriving and after- wards. MORE ABOUT COMMISSIONS. At the re.sumed hearing on Friday, Mr. James Bovter, of Southend, examined by Mr. Travers Humphreys, said that he entered the employ of Lipton (Ltd.) in March, 100-5, and in the following November he was sent to Malta to succeed James Ross Ness (one of the absent defendants) as man- ager for the company there. In addition to a salary of £ 300 a year, the witness was paid a commission of 21 per cent. on the business done, and this commission, under instructions received from the chief office in London, had to be paid away to quartermasters and sergeants-major. The witness added that he left Malta in 1908, and was afterwards em- ployed at Linton's chief office in London. In December of that year he sent a sum of £10 to Captain, then Sergeant Major, Quarell, one of the defendants. The witness was a-sked aboat slims of money sent to officers on the instructions of Mr. Minto, head of Lipton's military department, but Mr. C. F. Gill objected to the question. The witness produced a book which, he said, he found behind a #afe one day while re- moving from one place to another. There were entries in Ness's handwriting which appeared to be a. record of monthly commis- sions paid by Liptons and another firm who were entered as S. and W." Paul Albert Audibert. living at Fullnani, said he entered the employment of Lipton, Limited, in 1901. He was first emnloved as bookkeeper at Malta, and succeeded the last witness as manager there. HD had never seen any cheques or money paid to Colonel Whitaker, and had never discussed the ques- tion of pl.,m(,lIt with Captain Qnarell or Lieutenant Mitchell. Owen Williams, chartered accountant, of O,v, -,cii Al?il liiiii??, Ironnionger-lano, said tint the book which the witne-s Boyter found behind a safe at Malta covered the period from May, 1903, to December. 1904. The entries related to pay- menLsmade monthly with the exception of September. 1904. The commissions entered as having been received from Lipton. Limited, amounted to £ 3,576' 9s. 9d., an average for the nineteen 4s. 9d. per month, and £ 2.258 a year. This closed the case for the prosecution, and Mr. Muir asked for the committal of all the military defendants (with the exception of Colonel Whitaker). for conspiring with Minto. Cansfield. and others to commit offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1906, and with certain specified cases cf obtaining and agreeing to accept gift; and considera- tions as inducements and rewards for showing favour and for forbearing to show disfavour to Lipton, Limited, in relation to the affairs and business of the Crown. With regard to Colonel Whitaker, inas- much as the offence alleged against him took place before the eomincr into operation of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the charges against him were framed at common law. The civilian defendants, including Minto, who was absent, were charged with conspir- acy at common law to induce certain Army officers to do certain acts in violation of their official duty, in consideration of money paid to them for that purpose,-and also with con- spiracy to commit offenccs against the Pre- vention of Corruption Act, 1906. Mr. Gill said he understood that it would be convenient to the court if counsel for the defence were to make their submissions at the next hearing. The case was then adjourned until Thurs- day for the .speeches of counsel.
I' .rtf Cll'mLll 'L,. ??. ￼ ?" ^Bfi&titi, amj/(Jf; This little girl had coughed from births yet Veno's cured her. 2.1y child was three years old, and had been delicate from birth, when I first gave her Veno's. She had a dreadful cough and wheezing, an-d was so fseble and wasted that it was though!, she eouTd not live. She.ate hardly anything, and seemed rapidly sinking in decline. There was every appearance of consumption—night sweats, wasting, and per- sistent cough. But I was advised at last to give her Veno's, and can honestly say that in .,amazingly short time she "was entirely cured." Mrs. Campbell, 10, Jxibilcc-sircct, North-rocd, Brighton. Awarded Grand Prix and Geid Medai, intsr^p.tionai Health Exhibition, Paris, 1910. SI _B ?of Coughs and Colds, El Pronchittz, Asthma, 2 I In'Ruerza, Catarrh, and all Chsct and Lung Per EotUj). Troubles in old or young. Larjcr ;i es Thi surest and speediest remedy tin &. 2/9 known. MEWS \GHTAlI ?COUeH?URE
THE BOAT HACE. CAMBRIDGE WINS EASILY. OXFORD'S DISAPPOINTING DISPLAY. Cambridge Won By 42 Leigihs in 2omin. 28sec. The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race of 1914 was rowed on Saturday over the usual Putney to Mor4lake course. From the spec- tator's point of view it was a most disappoint- ing race. The crews were level for a quarter of a minute; aiLer that Cambridge forged steadily ahead." and increased their lead all the way to the fi'iish. Both crews got off well ann rowed S3 strokes in the first minute, slowing down to 33, and before long h 89. The boats ran level for a very few sirnkes. and after that Cambridge gained steadily. Up to Hammer- smith the two crews rowed almost stroke for stroke. Cambridge reached Craven Steps in 2min. 7sec., half a length to the good, the Mile Post in 4inin 4 sec., 1* Jength to the good; and Hammersmith Bridge in 7min. 22sec. with a lead of 21 lengths. All this time Mr. Pitman was pushing his crew along de- terminedly at a slow stroke. He and all the men in the Oxford boat were working hard individually and swinging fairly long, but, according to the Time* critic, their work was independent, and they failed to get the pace on the boat that their individual efforts war- ranted. Mr. Tower had stroked Cambridge excellently, as he did throughont the race, rowing sufficiently fast to increase his lead gradually, but not attempting to press the men behind him or force them out of their natural pace. After Hammersmith the conditions changed. The wind was first across the river and then against the crews. It made no difference to the character of the race. Oxford dropped to twenty-nine, and rowed harder than ever, but with a deadness and a. want of cohesion that were obviously fatal to pace. They never looked likely to gain on Cambridge, who, in fact, were slowly increasing their lead, though they had dropped the stroke to twenty-eight. Cambridge reached Chiswick Steps in 12min. 5sec., three and a-half lengths ahead. From this point onwards Mr. Pitman made desperate efforts to recover the lost distance, but even so, with the wind now dead ahead though only moderate in strength, could not get a faster stroke than twenty-nine out of his men; they responded gallantly as individuals, but not as a crew. The race had been to all intents and purposes over for the last two miles. Eight men cannot beat a crew, and Cambridge had proved themselves a. crew in the truest sense. Although they had slowed to twenty-seven they reached Barnes Bridge with a lead of quite four lengths in 16min. 52see. After Barnes Mr. Pitman raised his stroke to thirty-one and subsequently to thirty-three, but made very little, if any, impression" on the leaders. Mr. Tower quickened slightly, to keep his full advantage, and Cambridge reached the winning-post 4 lengths ahead in 20min. 23sec. The crews for the race were as follow: OXFORD. R. W. Fletcher (Eion and Ballio)) ("bow) 11 9A 2. B. Burdckin Cheltenham anil New College) 12 Si a. "H. K Ward (New South and New College) 12 9 4. *E. D. Tlorsfall (Eton and Magdalen) 12 6 5. J. B. Kinclers'ey ;Oiifion and Exeter) 12 9 6. "A. F. n Wiggin, ¡F.toD nd ew CoHeKe) 12 12? 6. '?A. F. Tjtherinton (Hadley and Queen's). 12 91 *F. A. H. Pitman (Eton and New College) (stroke) 11 134 H. B. Wells (Winchester nnrl Mngdalen) (cox) 9 0 CAMBRIDGE. D.I.Day Eeptonand L:idy Marg.ireP (bow) 11 6 2. *S E. lwirn (Ru?l»y aad Trinity Hall). 1113+ S. P. C. Livingston (Vancouver and'Jesus) 13 6* 4. J. A. Ritson (Rugby nnd 1st Trinity 13 7 5. K. G. Garneit (St. Paul's and lt Trinity; 13 12 6. C. S CI irk (Bedford and Pembroke 13 1 7. *C. E V. Buxton (Eton and 3i'(l Ti i.uti 12 2 cG. E. Tower I Etan and 3rd Trinity) (siioke) 11 12 *L. E. Ridley (Eastbourne and Jesus; (cox) 8 81 An Old Blue.
FORMER WINNERS. Vear fiacG. Winner. T?n.e. Won by 1529 iiei'ey Oxford. jl.4min SOsec ^easily. 114111iii 10see 11 niin. 1830 West minster to Putn Cambridge';iGmin !lmin. 1839 Westminster to Put),Cambridge .'nmin lm. 45s. 1840 Westminster to Pntn.Cambridge iMniin isOscc ? lnth. 1841 Westminster to Put!Cambridge iiniin ,'JOseu lm. 4s. 1842 Westminster to Putn'Oxford. 3?min 4RMC )3sec. 1815 Putney to Mortiako IlcaHJbl"iJe' :j1llin 30sec 3"sec. 184C4 Mortluke to Putney Cambridge 1;;ll11ill 5see 2 lengths 1848 Putney to Mortlake Cambridge '2'2min easily. 1841> Putney to 'Mortlake Oxford. foul foul. 1852 Putney to Mcrtlake Oxford.?lmin3'!sec"27MC. 1?64 Putney to Mortialic Oxford.. 25min 29sec illstrokM 1850 Mortlake to Putney Cambridge 25niin Msec i length. 14,57ti l'iitiiev t,) ')xf<.r().?min35sec35itec. If58 ¡l'utnc:, tc Mortlake Cambridge '?Imin 23aec 22qec. 18M) Putney to ?!<.rt?ke !n?ford. ?4)Hh] msec 'Cm. sank ]?60 Putney to Mortlake Cambridge _;(mm> 1 length. 1861 t'ntneyto?i?t't?he Uxt'?rd. ??ruin?Psec 4Ssee. 1862 Putney to Mortlake Oxford 24min Jlsec ;30sec. ]8?3 Mortlake to Putney Oxford Mminfsec '43MC. 1864 Putney to Mortice lox'ford.. ?nun40sec26Mc. l?65 Putney to MorHake Oxford. 21nun 21t>ec '4 lengthi 1866 PuttieytoMort?ke Oxford. 25min 35see "2 lengths 1867 PutneytoMort?kc lOxf(ird.. 22YTiii) 4(1.,3ec i leti,,4th 1868 Putney to Mortlake Oxford. 2,?n?iii 56?ee 3length$ 1S69 Pat??yto'.rorth?e IOXford"" ¡:WlI1in 5scc 13 Jength. 1870 Putney 10 M.<rtb«ke Cambridge 22min 4sec ? fen?th 1871 l'iitiiey to ti??ke Cambr'd^e 1:!3min 5ee ;flength 1172 Pt?tneyto?orU?ke Cambridge 21min 15sec 12 lengths 18731 PutneytoMorthtk' !Ca)n))nd?e ??n'ngf'MC SUtn?tht 1871 Putney to Mortlake Cambridge 22min 35aec ,3 leugths 187 PntneytoMort)&ke Oxford. 22min 2*ec 30 sees 1 g,6 Putney to Mortlake Cambridge 20mh> 20see 15 )ength< 1F.77 Puineyto?onia.ke Dead beat -!4miii 6Asee 1878 Putney to Mortlake 12see 37 sees. 1879 Pu?tevtoXort?o Cap)brid?e ?fm)nl'«ec3?en?t.bt 1880 PutMytoMortl?a ?Oxford 12]miii 2"?sec 3Uen?tht 1881 Putney to MorlUke Oxford 2??m 5L-ee 2lengths 1881 Putucy to Mor'J?I<e Oxford. ?O))t!? l2ee 16 length. 1S82 Putney to Mortlake Oxford 21 rniti 18;ee 3 lengths 1883 !Pntneyto?)ortlake Oxford 12]min )8.ec ￼ Jengtht 1884 j Putney to Mortlake (,anibridge 21miu 3 lengths It?85 Putney to MorU&ke '1°.>:(01'1. 2:miu GUsec 3 lengths 1886 ?P?tucytoHortI?ke Chn)bt'idge22Qtm2P<sec? length. 1867 I'utney to Mortlake (Cambridge 20min 52MC ? lengths 1883 Putney to Mortlake 'Cambridge 20min 48sec 16 1erigth 18Bn Putney to :\[ortla.kc)Camùridge,20m!1l 14sec,2llength. Ptitne?- to 20mi n 14see !I length 1890 Putnev to Mortlake.Oxford 22min 3sec jl length 1801 Putney to M.'TtM?Oxford.?hnin <8sec? length 1892 Pitrcy to MortlakelOxford lOimn Stsec2?en?tht 1893 .Putney to Mortlake Oxford ,18min 47see2Jlengths 1S94 Putney to Mortlake Oxford. 121iiiin 39s?c 3ilengths 1895 Putney to 1896 j Putney to MortlakeiOxford Cumin Ispe i* length 1897 | Putney tc MortlakeiOxford 19min 12sec 2^lengths 1898 Pnttwy t'J Mo>t lake Oxford 22niin 15sec 300vds. 1S99 Putney to Mortlake Cambridge 21inin 4see :3ilengths 19CO Putney to Mortlake Cain bridge. 13min 47sec!'201engt bs 1901 Putney to Mortlake Oxford 22niiu 31sec.2-5th Igth 1PC2 Putney to Mortlake Cambridge 19min 9sec '5 lengths 19,??,' II>utIJPY to Mnrtlnk*!Cambridge: 19min 35sec'6 lengths 1904 Putney to Mortlake Cambridge 2imin 37sec 4?)<'nsth* 1905 Pl]"C? to Moi tiako.Oxford ;20min 35«ec|3 lengths 19W P" t, 1('Y to Nf,rt liko?C 19iiiiii 24?c3?en?th< 1907 Putney to M-.rUakp C?mbri?pZOtmn 26scc,4?fngth' 1900 t'utney to MorUake Cambridge 19min I9,cc;8?iejigtho 190? Putney to Mo: t.lake,Oxford lmil1 &0scc??enstht 1910 Putney to MortlakeiOxford |20min 14 cc?3;lenvths 1911 Putney to Mor11Rkl"OxforrJ.1<3min 29s?c'2?!<'n?t.h* 1912 Putney to Mortlake Oxford !22min 56CC¡6 length. 1813 Putney to Mortlake.Oxfo-d 20min 53*ee J lengths 1914 Putney to Mortlake Cii-nl-)ridge 20iiiin 23iec14ilengt'hs N.B.—Tn addition to the above, the Universities have contended together five times at Henley Regatta in the same heat, for the CMnJ Challenge Cup, and the following tabls shews the winners on those occasions — Year. L-ate Winner. Time Won by 1S45 Juno 7 Cambridge 8m. ;108.. 2 length.. 5 £ 47 June 17 Oxford. 8m. 4s. 2 lengths. Oxford 7m. 45s. 6 lengths. 1853 June 11 Oxford m. 3s. 11 feet. 1855 June 25 Cambridge 6.11. 32s. 21 lengths. Also at tho Thames National Regatta on June 22, 1844, Ox: ford beat Cambridge. The first University race rowed in outriggers. t The first, raeo '111 which t.ither University rowed in the pre- sent style of eights without keels; also the fint time either rowed with round oars. Both used the same kind of oars and boats. t Both crews used sliding seats for the first tiinj. I Cambridge lost a rowlock so .n after starling.
SEVERAL INJURED BY STAND COLLAPSE. An alarming accident occurred during the boat-race on Saturday afternoon, when a stage collaps-ed and several people were in- jured. About 200 spectators were crowded on an old barge which had been, converted into a .stand and was moored nenr the shore just opposite Hammersmith Vicarage, about 300 yards above Hammersmith Bridge. Just after the boats had passed this point the planks which formed the staging over the hold of the l)arg< collapsed, and a large number of people fell to the bottom of the hold. About a dozen were injured more or less seri'ously, principally about the legs. They were got out with all possible speed, and first-aid was rendered by policemen. Five men were taken to the West London Hospital, where three of them, named Storey, H :<phinsoj), end Peal, were detained, the other iro being discharged after medical attention.
Mr. James Dermont Daly has been ap- pointed chief clerk of the Department of Agri- culture and Technical Instruction for Irel&nd. I
NEWS IN A NUTSHELL. Sir H. von Herkomer, the famous artist, haa died at Budleigh Salter ton, Devon. Two new Acts, relating to bankruptcy and to the mentally defective, came into force on April 1st. For the Fiscal year the actual revenue totalled kl98,242,897, and the realised surplus is L749,928, A strong movement towards conciliation and a settlement of the Ulster question by consent has been started in the House of Commons. Sir Edward Grey, in the House of Commons on Tuesday, put forward suggestions for a federal solution of the Home Rule questic n, and made a conditional offer of an early dis- solution. Major Adam's libel action against Mr. W. Hayes Fisher, M.P., has been settled, all charges being withdrawn, and the plaintiff to pay the defendant's costs. Captain A. J. P. Anneslev has been granted a divorce with £ 200 damages against the re- apondent, Captain J. F. E. Tate. A new farm has been established in Surrey to train girls for work in Canada. The late Mr. John Gilbert Crompton, the nonagenarian banker, left an estate of £ 617,566. The engineering department of the Thames Ironworks at Greenwich is to be reopened. Anthrax in a virulent, form has broken out in three different parts of North Shropshire. An attempt to set fire to Durham North- road Station is believed to be the work of suffragettes. Chief Inspector Percival, of the Liverpool police, has been appointed Chief Constable of Wigan. General Sir Mowbray Thomson, who was feighty-two on Wednesday, served during the Indian Mutiny, being wounded four times. Three cases of smallpox occurred among the crew during the voyage of the steamer Mom- bassa to Plymouth from Calcutta. A confirmation service was conducted by the Bishop of London at Harrow School on Tues- day, when eighty-nine boys were confirmed. A proposal to set up a Ministry of Labour is included in the Prevention of Unemploy- ment Bill, introduced by Mr. Keir Hardie. BeAls were rung and a royal salute fired at Windsor on Tuesday in honour of the four- teenth birthday of Pri.nce Henry, the King's third -on, who is now at Eton. Dr. Effie M. D. Craig, resident medical officer of the Eastern Dispensary, Bath, has been appointed woman assistant medical oNcer 01 Health for Birmingham. At the Johannisthal Aerodrome on Tuesday afternoon Herr Linnekogel, on a Rumpler monoplane, set up a world's altitude record for flight without a passenger. He reached a height of 20,800ft. The author of the song God Save Ire- land," Mr. T. D. Sullivan, who was a Nationalist M.P. from 1880 to 1900, died on Tuesday in Dublin. At Ipswich, Mrs. Wade was cutting with a knife a golf ball her boy brought home, when it suddenly burst, and injured her eye. It is officially announced that the movement to secure a week's closing at Easter of Lanca- shire mills using American cotton has failed.. Nearly £ 755,389 was paid in benefit to mem- bers of the Hearts of Oak Benefit Society last year, and the membership increased by 43,f\r»9. A new record has been established by the as. Imperator on he.r homeward run from New York to Southampton, the speed averaging 23J knots. At the annual meeting of the Royal Mer- chant Seamen's Orphanage, it was stated that it had received 3,244 children during the past eighty-fiix years. In order that really practical housewifery lessons may be given to girls at the Northern Polytechnic, Islington, it is proposed to build a flat at a cost of £1,100. Mr. and Mrs. Martin, of Talaton, Devon, who have just celebrated their golden wedL ding, have three sons and ten daughters, forty- five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Ilford Golf Club has suffered a serious loss ,'I 'I '11 by the disappearance ot three silver cnanenge cups, whiclf were stolen at night from the clubhouse on the links in Wanstead Park-road. A convict at Princetown, who was sen- tenced by the vkuting justices to thirty-six strokes and other punishment for kicking a medical officer and assaulting two warders, was birched on Tuesday. He refused food for some days, and had to be forcibly fed. A council meeting of the Central and Asso- ciated Chambers of Agriculture at Westmin- ster on Tuesday criticised the methods of the Board of Agriculture in stamping out swine fever as "a complete and absolute failure, which has cost nearly £ 500,000 in six years." Mr. Pelletier, the Canadian Postmaster- General, has announced that the cheap postal rate granted to British magazines which wu inaugurated three years ago will be discon- tinued, the British authorities not having re- ciprocated by sharing the cost of the concession. Four member of a band of robbers who have violated seventy-eight tombs in, a Paria oemetery in three months have been arrested. At Friedirichshaven on Tuesday the Zep- ipelin No. 8 attained a height of 9,200ft., beat- ing all airship heitght records. Hysteria is the medical diagnosis, says Renter, of 272 cases of mysterious illness among women factory workers in St. Petersburg. Jonathan Lock died at Plymouth on Tues- day, aged 101. Alderman 'Ernest Todd, barrister and for- mer Mayor of Hampstead, died suddenly on Tuesday. Mr. Reginald F. Wright, of Bedford, states that he saw a cuckoo on the golf links on Monday. Collections by the Salvation Army during Self- Denial Week" amounted to £71,359 17s. 9d., over P.4,000 more than last year. A new and faint comet, the first of thia year, has been discovered by the German astronomer Professor Kritzinger. It rises soon after 10 p.m., and is fairly well placed for observation during the early hours of the morning. A bill constituting a body of trustees to acquire the Crystal Palace and manage it as a public resort, which has already passed' the House of Commons, was passed on Tuesday by a Committee of the House of Lords. The death has occurred at Northampton at the age of eighty-two of Jacob Abraham, be- lieved to be the first professional cricketer Northampton produced. He was from 1856 to 1868 coach to Exeter College, Oxford. He was four times married and his widow has lost four husbands. Sir John Aird, head of the famous firm of contractors, has purchased the Brandon Park estate from Mr. Almeric Paget, M.P. for Cambridge. Mr. W. F. G. Laurie, a passenger from Calcutta, died from syncope during the voy- age of the steamer Mombassa, which reached Plymouth on Tuesday. Mr. Harold Baker states, in answer to a question by Mr. Hunt, M.P., that 94,150 men now serving in the French Army enlisted as volunteers before reaching the military age. An application for the London elementary schools to be closed on May 1st, "Labour- Day," has been refused by the London County Council Elementary Education Committee. Mr. Henry Russell, of Hersham, Surrey, who has just celebrated his eighty-first birth- day, is believed to be the only survivor of the East India Company's Army, in which he served all through the Mutiny, M. Somari, an architect, was killed, and Dr. Cometti was severely injured, on Monday in a motor-car accident near Lugano. The chauffeur suddenly applied the brake, the cai skidded, and 4weiit over a precipice. Othei occupants of the car escaped with bruises. At a sale of rare porcelain at Christie's on Tuesday, 2,000 guineas was paid for a pair ot Chinese famille-rose beakers, 19in. high, and of the Kien-Nung period. The centres are de- licately enamelled with baskets of flowers or, white ground with ruby petal-shaped panel! round the border. Dr. Mawson, the Antarctic explorer, has been married at Melbourne to Miss Delprat the daughter of a mineowner, whom he wooec by "wireless" while in the Antarctic.
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LORD MURRAY AND HIS ACCUSERS. OPENING OF THE DEFENCE. The HotisQ of Lord", Committee which is inquiring into the charges against Lord Murray continued its sitting on Monday, Lord Halsbury presiding. Mr. Upjohn intimated that the case agarmst Lord Murray had closed, and Mr. Shearman (Lord Murray's counsel) said: I suggest that, except as regards one charge which is entirely new, and made on no evidence at all, all the evidence has been available to every- body before the Committee was appointed, and nearly a year ago. Lord Murray must be judged by the knowledge that he had at the moment when he did any particular act, and as regarded every act that he did he had already given an adequate explanation before the Committee through his brother, and sub- sequently before their Lordships sitting in a full House. There was a suggestion that some preference was given to Lord Murray, but there was not the smallest evidence that anybody in the City had the least idea. that Lord Murray or Sir. Lloyd George had any interest in these shares except in so far as they chose to make the disclosure themselves." Mr. Shearman said he asked the Commit- tee to believe that Lord Murray did nothing dishonourable! in any way. Proceeding, counsel, said there, was another charge which had caused creai astonishment and great annoyance to hclient, and that wa.s that Lord Murray used his personal position in order to stifle discussion.
KILLED BY A COW. Mr. A. Bruce, a retired farmer, ot btanton, near Bury St. Edmunds, has died from in- juries inflicted by a cow. The animal had strayed into his garden, nnd as he was drivi. ng I it out it turned, knocked him down, and trampled upon him.
FIRE AT LAMBETH PALACE. A slight fire broke out early on Thursday morning in Lambeth Palace. The fire brigade were quickly 011 the scene, and the fire was soon got under. Very little damage was done,
BRAVE SEAMEN DROWNED. The French fishing schooner Jeanne d Arc and the Glasgow steamer Victoria collided off the Lizard on Saturday night. In trying to launch a boat to rescue the Frenchmen two of the Victoria's crew were drowned, and Graham McLean, chief officer, was badly in- jured. The Frenchmen saved themselves in their own boat and were landed by the Vic- toria at Falmouth.
SWALLOWED A RADIUM TUBE. A verdict of death from misadventure was returned at an inquest at Preston on Satur- day on a local tradesman's wife who died some time after an operation for the removal of a radium cylinder which she swallowed whilst undergoing treatment for deafness. The operation was successful, but the patient died from the effects of a hypodermic injec- tion of hyoscine and atropine given before the operation.
ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION. The assassination of Senor Santos Zelaya, the ex-President of Nicaragua, was attempted at Barcelona on Sunday by a Nicaraguan named Rosas, who fired several times at Senor Zelaya. None of the shots took effect, and the ex-President escaped without a wound. His assailant was arrested.
FIGHT AGAINST A TROPICAL FOE. Mr. Wickliffe, director of the International Health Commission, has left London for Egypt, Ceylon, and the Malay States, on a campaign against ankylostomiasis (hookworm disease), which causes much suffering and loefl of life throughout Great Britain's tropical Colonies. RARE BIRDS IN RICHMOND PARK. A pair of rare members of the great family of diving birds, crested grebes, have just re- turned from their winter habitat to breed on the larger of Penn Ponds, Richmond Park. THE PRINCE OF WALES. The Prince of Wales will return to Magda- len College, Oxford, after the Easter vaca- tion, and will remain there until the end ol the Trinity term in July.
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