A taxi-cab driver, fined X3 at Harrow for being drunk, said he had driven 200,000 miles without doing a shilling's worth of dama ge. Captain Frederick Warden, who died at Bath, aged eighty, was an Indian Mutiny veteran.
OUR LONDON LETTER. j (From Our Special Correspondent.] To most people it would never occur that dining at a restaurant or a hotel would be economical as compared with dining at home. This, however, is the explanation given of the remarkable boom which restau- rants and hotels in the West-End have been enjoying for some time past. "It is all due to war economy," say the managers, glee- fully rubbing their hands. Many people, it appears, have moved into smaller houses and are managing with fewer servants. This, of course, makes home entertaining difficult, and so, when the hospitably inclined want to have a friend or two to dinner, they in- vite them to a restaurant. It saves a lot of trouble and money. Whatever the explana- tion, the boom is evident enough, for at the best restaurants one is never sure of getting a table unless it has been booked in advance. A great number of the diners, of course, are officers home on leave from the Front, and it is easy enough to see how much they ap- preciate the luxury and gaiety of a West- End restaurant after months in Flanders. A considerable number of members of the House of Commons are on service with the Forces. Some of those with the Army have returned to an old love, while others had never until the outbreak of war worn a uniform cf any kind. All of them are, no doubt, good soldiers, but some people are saying sarcastic things about their being easily spared from military duties when any discussion is to take place in Parliament upon a subject in which they are interested. It need scarcely be said that the sarcastic things are said by members representing the opposite view to that supported for the time being by the Service members. Thus, when the munitions controversy was acute, and we had "voices from the trenches" in the House, there were people who said that this sort of thing ought not to be allowed. Then • Mr. Churchill, after three, months at the Front, came home and attacked the adminis- tration of his successor at the Admiralty, whereupon those who had never liked Mr. Churchill asked, "How is it that he, a soldier, can get leave when he likes and come here to kick up a row?" And now those who are opposed to the extension of compulsory service are wanting to know if it is quite the thing for Army officers to be released from their military duties for a week or more in order that they may have an opportunity of speaking and voting in the House of Commons. But, of course, it is a matter for their commanding officers to decide. There is joy among the great and in- glorious company of "deadheads." Theatre- goers—those who pay for their seats—are to be taxed, but "deadheads," or theatre-goers who do not pay for their seats, are to escape. The duty, as the Solicitor-General pointed out, i6 to be levied cn payments for admission, and, therefore, will not be chargeable on the "deadhead," nor on the proprietor who is "kind enough to give him a ticket." Theatrical managers are rather inclined to speak contemptuously of the "deadhead in public, but they would not really be without him for anything. Be- sides, there are very useful and necessary people among deadheads." There are. for instance, dramatic critics and journalists, who keep the public informed upon matters of vital importance, such as the cut and style of the morning-coats worr by popular actor-managers. Oh, decidedly the "dead- head is indispensable, and must not be taxed. A few years ago it was always the "penny dreadful" which was blamed when boys went wrong. Xow it is the cinema, and several judges and magistrates lately have been saying hard things about "pictures" and the undesirable things learned by the • rising generation as a consequence of visit- ing the picture theatres. This kind of thing is easy enough to say, but very difficult to prove, and probably the cinemas are not re- sponsible for a tithe of the iniquity laid to their charge. There will, however, be hearty approval of the decision of the London County Council to grant licenses to cinema theatres only on condition that no films are displayed likely to be subversive of public morality, and that certain types of films should not be shown to children. The banned films include those showing details of thefts and burglaries and scenes of crime and horror. Personally, I cannot understand why films of this sort should be considered attractive even by adults; but it is a matter of taste, and while the demand continues the supply will be unfailing. There is every reason, however, why they should not be shown to children, and it is satisfactory to know that the proprietors of the cinemas have co-operated with the Council in the mattef, and are anxious to carry out their wishes. As is well known, all the banks now em- ploy women clerks. Banks are generally regarded as very conservative institutions, and it is pretty certain that they would not have opened their doors to the conquering feminine if they had not been compelled to do so. The girls, it seems, have done very well, and even old fogies of bank managers, accountants, and chief cashiers grudgingly admit that they do almost as well as the men, and that some of them have fairly good heads for figures. Some of the new clerks have not been content with the per- formance of mere routine duties; they have gone in for studying the science of banking and learning the innermost secrets of the profession. There are examinations for ambitious young bank clerks who wish to rise, an J many of the women clerks have studied hard and sat for these examinations with excellent results. Out of twenty-two candidates who obtained eighty per cent. of marks at one of the most important of these examinations, four were women, and one of them was actually at the top of the list. There may yet be a woman Governor of the Bank of England! It is expected that steps will be taken -very shortly to expunge the names of the -enemy dukes, the Duke of Cumberland and the Duke of Albany, from the roll of British peers. The former, it is understood, is in very poor health, and has been living in retirement since war broke out, though his eon, the Duke of Brunswick and the Kaiser's son-in-law, has been with the German armies from the beginning, and is said to have acted like a Prussian in French and Belgian chateaux. The Duke of Albany has also been actively engaged. It is satisfac- torv to have the assurance that we are not paying pensions to t hese German princes, but there is no reason why they should con- tinue to be British peers, though they are hardly likely in any case ever to attempt to take their seats in the House of Lords. A.. E. M. I
The Portuguese Cabinet, as a result of pressure by the President of the Republic, is to remain in office. an, agreement having been reached regarding the terms of the amnesty to the dictators in a former Minis- try. Colonel Claude Willoughby, brother of Lord Middleton, has been appointed a Groom-in-Waiting to the King in place of Sir W alter Campbell, who becomes an Extra Groom. East and West Cowea have divided 91,100 for the relief of rates from the profits on the ferry across the River Medina during the past year, when 1,519,206 passengers and «).660 vehicles were carried.
I SIR ROGER CASEMENT. CAPTURED IN ATTEMPT TO LAND ARMS IN IRELAND. I GERMAN AUXILIARY SUNK. I Ireland has been the scene of one of the biggest sensations of the war-an attempt by the Germans to land arms and ammuni- tion. A German ship was sunk, and a number of prisoners taken, including Sir Roger Casement. The announcement was made by the Secre- tary of tho Admiralty on Monday night as follows:— During the period between p.m. April 20 and p.m. April 21, an attempt to land arms and ammunition in Ireland was made by a vessel in the guise of a neutral merchant ship, but in reality a German auxiliary, in conjunction with a German submarine. "The auxiliary sank, and a number of pri- soners were made, amongst whom was Sir Roger Casement." I PENSIONER AND RENEGADE. I Sir Roger Casement, who is in his fifty- second year, entered the diplomatic service as a Consul in 1895. After filling various Consular posts he was employed during the war in South Africa at Cape Town on special service. In 1900 he was transferred to the Congo State, and his name became familiar to the public as the author of an important report to the Foreign Office on the condi- tions prevailing in the Congo. In 1905 he was appointed Consul in South America, and investigated in that capacity the Putu- mayo atrocities. In August, 1913, he retired on pension. About the time of the outbreak of war, Sir Roger Casement went to America, and an Irish newspaper published from him a letter in which he said:- "Let Irish men and Irish boys stay in Ireland. Their duty is clear before God and before man. We as a people have no quarrel with the German people. Germany has never wronged Ireland, and we owe her more than one debt of gratitude." The Irish Nationalist Party and also the United Irish League in America immediately Repudiated Sir Roger Casement, and it was stated authoritatively that he had not the least right or title to speak in the name of the Irish Nationalists. Afterwards he managed to reach Berlin, and the following statement was issued through an official Cerman agency:— "The Irish leader, Sir Roger Casement, who is in Germany, has purposely gone to the Foreign Office to declare solemnly that .11 the Irish, both at home and abroad, will undoubtedly work to assist the victory of the Central Empires, as in their opinion this would mean the destruction of the yoke which for so many centuries the British have hid upon Ireland. "The Secretary of State, after having re- ported this to the Chancellor and having taken his instructions, has issued an official declaration by which Germany pledges her- self to do nothing injurious to Ireland or to the way in which she wishes her institutions to be established. The declaration adds that in case of Germany landing troops they would not come as conquerors but as fight- ing forces animated by the best good-will to- wards Ireland and the Irish people." In Berlin Sir Roger Casement has been reported to have been active in attempts to undermine the loyalty of the Irish. He is said to have interviewed Irish prisoners, and tried to persuade them to forswear their loyalty to the King and to fight against this country. It was at one time reported from Berlin that a plot had been discovered to murder him, it being alleged that his manservant had been bribed with a thousand dollars to kill him. Some days ago it was reported that he had been arrested in Germany on a charge not specified. This was probably a false report, spread for the purpose of cover- ing the design to land in Ireland.
ZEPPELIN RAID. I -— ——- THREE AIRSHIPS OVER EASTERN I COUNTIES. The Secretary of the War Office made the following announcement at two a.m. on Tuesday "Three Zeppelins are reported to have come in from seawards over the Eastern Counties to-night. "Two crossed the coast of Norfolk shortly before half-past ten, and another followed at about eleven o'clock. "A few incendiary bombs have been dropped up to the time of the issue of this communique." GERMAN AIRPLANE OVER DOVER. I The Secretary of the War Office made the following announcement on Monday:— "At 11.45 a.m. [to-day] a hostile airplane appeared over Dover from the east and circled over the town at a height estimated to be 6,000 feet. "Anti-aircraft guns at once came into action. The hostile machine was driven off. No bembs were dropped."
PRESENTATION TO HERTS V.C. I A large crowd assembled in the grounds of Hertford Castle on Monday on the occa- sion of the public presentation to Corporal A. Burt, of the 1st Herts Regiment, in com- memoration of his gaining the Victoria Cross for an act of gallantry in France. He was met at the entrance of the castle by the Mayor (Councillor R. P. M. Lacey) and Corporation, accompanied by the Mar- quis of Salisbury, High Steward of the borough, Lord Desborough, and many other prominent town and county residents. On the castle terrace the, Mayor handed Cor- poral Burt a gold watch and chain, £ 150, and a framed illuminated address, all of which were subscribed for by the towns- people of Hertford. I Corporal Burt gained his distinction by placing his foot upon the fuse of a minen- werfer bomb which was thrown into his trench, and wrenching it away before it ex- ploded, afterwards throwing the innocuous bomb back over the parapet. This plucky act saved the lives of not only himself, but many of his comrades.
THE VICEROYS RETURN. I Viscount Hardinge, ox-Viceroy of India, arrived at Folkestone Harbour on Saturday afternoon, and was accorded an official re- ception. The Mayor, addressin g the ex- Viceroy, said: => "I am requested by Lord Harris to meet you to-day, and, in the name of the county of Kent, to give you a hearty welcome on your return to England. May I be allowed to offer my congratulations on your safe return after your successful administration during your term of office for the welfare and happiness of the people of India." Lord Hardinge, in reply, thanked the Mayor and the members of the Corporation for their kindness in coming to meet him, and extending to him that very hearty wel- come. Kent had not been out of his thoughts for a single day during his sojourn in India. 0
DESERTER'S WEDDING DAY. I A man charged at Birmingham on Mon- day with being a deserter from the Royal Engineers since December told the magi- strates that he had arranged to be married during the day. He was committed to await an escort, but the Bench gave him permission to go to church for the wedding, instructing the officer who effected his arrest to accompany him.
SUNK WITHOUT WARNING. ———- ———- CREW IN OPEN BOATS IN A GALE. The survivors of the London steamer Chic have reached their homes in South Shields, where the majority of them reside. Their statements, contributed to the "Shields Daily Gazette," furnish evidence of the callousness of the officers of the German sub- marine which sank the vessel. The crew were left to their fate in open boats in a heavy south-westerly gale and strong sea. The Chic, which carried twenty-five hands, had been absent from the United Kingdom for three months, originally sailing from South Shields for Gibraltar and afterwards trading to America. She finally loaded paper pulp from the United States for Manchester. When forty milec, south-west of the Fast- net, the periscope of a submarine was seen about two miles distant from the ship. The submarine emerged till half the conning tower was visible out of the water, and fired four shots in quick succession at the Chic. The first took no effect, the second damaged the "break" of the forecastle head, and the third broke the barrels of the windlass, damaging also the bulwarks and the fasten- ings of the cargo, causing some of the latter to be lost overboard. The fourth shot fell short. After a few minutes the attack Ceased and the submarine disappeared, to reappear about three-quarters of a mile astern of the vessel. By this time preparations had been made for the crew to leave the ship. One of the engineers returned to the engine-room to ascertain whether the steamer was making water, but reported everything all right. No signals whatever had been made from the submarine up to this time, and none of her crew were visible. The lifeboat of the Chic was swung in the davits and lowered into the water, but was caught by a heavy sea, carrying away the forward tackle and capsizing the boat, one of the seamen, named Creighton, being thrown into the water. Lifebuoys were thrown to him, but he failed to reach them and was drowned. Part of the crew got into the lifeboat, which was attached to the ship by a line. Still no warning was given from the submarine that the vessel was to be sunk. The submarine appeared to be a large craft, almost the length of the Chic herself, the hull being painted black, with no distinguishing mark. and she appeared to have two periscopes, painted yellow. The master, Captain Murchie, with the officers and part of the crew, remained on board the Chic until a torpedo was fired from the submarine, about ten minutes after the first fusillade had ceased, the submarine having meantime altered her position to abeam of the vowel on the weather side. The torpedo struck the vessel, causing a heav y explosion, and the submarine immediately dived and was scon no more. The vessel at once began to sink, and the officers and remainder of the crew- put off in the gig. The lifeboat was nearly swamped bv the tremendous upheaval of water ac, the vessel was sinking, and narrowlv escaped being stove in by being dashed against the steamer's side. The car- penter becjime entangled in the rope connect- ing the lifeboat with the ship, and had a narrow escape from strangulation. The wind and sea were rapidly increasing, and the master ordered sea anchors to be put out. The two boats drifted in company for four hours, but at four o'clock the same after- noon were nearly swamped by a heavy sea breaking on board. The crew had to bale in- cessantly. During a heavy rainstorm, about seven o'clock in the evening, the boats be- came separated. The lifeboat, in charge of the carpenter, with seventeen hands on board, was picked up twenty-four hours later, but, up to the present, no news has been received of the gig which, in addition to the captain, contained the chief and second officers, the chief engineer, the cook, two seamen, and two Belgian firemen. 0.
NEW CANTEEN COUNCIL The Army Canteen Council has been re- constituted as follows:— Chairman, Major-General Lord Chevles- more. Vice-chahrman, Major-General F. W. B. Landon, Chief Inspector of Quarter- master-Generals Services, War Office. Mr. H. T. Baker, Liberal M.P. for Accring- ton; Mr. Samuel Bostock, chairman of the governors of the Agricultural Organi- sation Society; Mr. Walter Leaf, deputy- chairman of the London County and West- minster Bank; Captain Gordon Leith; Sir William Lever, Bt.; Mr. G. E. May, secre- tary of the Prudential Assurance Com- pany; Captain Frank Towle, and Lieut.- Colonel W. K. Venning, Assistant-Adju- tant-General, War Office. Military representatives of the various com- mands, and all inspectors of Quartermaster- General's Services.
REGULATING MEETINGS I A supplement of the "London Gazette" contains an important addition to the Defence of the Realm Act regulations rela- tive to disorderly public meetings. The following regulation has been added: Where there is reason to apprehend that the holding of a meeting in a public place will give rise to grave disorder and will thereby cause undue demands to be made upon the police or military forces, it shall be lawful for a Secretary of State or for any mayor, magistrate, or chief officer of police who is duly authorised for the purpose by a Secretary of State, or for two or more of such persons so authorised, to make an order prohibiting the holding of the meeting; and if a meeting is held or attempted to be held in contravention of any such prohibition it shall be lawful to take such steps as may be necessary to disperse the meeting or prevent the holding thereof.
OBJECTOR FED AS ABSENTEE. I At Acton Police-court Perceval Carter charged as an absentee undor the Mi starv Service Act. Mr. Hoi ford Knight (bar- rister), for the accused, said he had been found to be a conscientious objector both by the local and the appellate Tribunals. He claimed, therefore, to be a person outside the provisions of the Statute, and coin- plained that the relief provided for the con- scientious objector had been withheld from him. The defendant, as an aggrieved citizen, thought the protection of that Court, being charged under an Act from which he claimed to be exempted. The Bench fined the defendant 40s., and ordered him to be handed over to the mili- tary. Counsel intimated that as the case raised a grave question with regard to the liberty of the subject, tae Bench would probably be asked to state a case.
LINER AND SUBMARINE. I The Admiralty have expressed their ad- miration of the skill of Commander Chitten- den in saving the Pacific liner Duendes after » two hours' encounter with a German sub- marine. The company has awarded a hun- dred guineas to Captain Chittenden, JE50 to Chief Officer Blacklock,' £ 25 to Cadet Bin- nion, and £ 10 each to the quartermasters who steered the ship. From further informa- tion to hand it seems that Binnion saw the flash from the first shot fired by the sub- marine. lie instantly called to everyone to lie down. They did so, and the missile passed harmlessly overhead. The fifth shot damaged the Marconi room, but not the operator, who restored the communication.
N.C.C. AND TRENCH DIGGING. I Mr. Tennant, replying to a question by Mr. Snowden in the House of Commons, said that conscientious objectors in non-com- batant corps would not be employed to dig trenches under enemy fire. Hon. Members: Why? Mr. Thorne: They would run away.
The Hull trawler Elf King has made a world's record for her catch of fish, which realised £ 3,670, or about JE200 more than the same vessel's previous record. A Hull woman who was before the court on a charge of neglecting her children has given birth to triplets in Hull prison. One of the babies has since died.
I DRESS OF THE DAY. I I X SMART COSTUME. I In spite of the innumerable coats and skirts of what one might call the semi- tailored type which fill so many of the shops and showrooms in the West-End of London. the very best and most exclusive tailors are showing numerous models of the most severely plain tailored type. These, need- less to say, are intended for country wear or for very serviceable morning use in town. They are delightfully trim and neat, always look good style, and have the very great merit of never going out of fashion, hence their appeal to the woman. who must care- fully study economy. These costumes are carried out in various materials, such as serge 3 light suitings, covert coating, home- spun, cheviot, and gabardine Tha very attractive model shown in our sketch was carried out in covert coating of a rather I [Refer to X 695.] I greenish tone, but it would look well made up in any of the other materials. The coat fastens straight down the front with service- able buttons. Plain revers and a notched collar turn back from the pointed opening at the neck, all of which are outlined by a row of machine-stitching. A plain stitched band of the material holds the coat in at the natural waist-line and fastens in front. A serviceable patch pocket is placed on each side of the front just on the line of the bust, and a similar pocket is arranged on either hip. All these pockets close with a buttoned flap and all are neatly machined. The sleeves are perfectly plain and are made without cuffs, being simply machined at the wrist and ornamented by buttons up the back of the arm. The skirt is short and ia comfortably wide, without being exagge- rated so. It has a seam down the middle of both front and back, both of which seams are machined down either side, fits closely over the hips, and flares nicely towards the bottom. I A CHARMING NIGHTIE. I The chilly evenings of late April and I early Mav offer many opportunities for fine I "needleworking," and there are few among I us who have not still in hand a dozen or I [Refer to X 696.J I more little bits of work which we have vowed we will "get through with" before the warm weather sets in. If the making of a pretty set of summer nighties is among the tasks which we have resolved upon doing, there can be no daintier and more fit- ting model to work from than the one here •hown. The Empire bodice in the model is cut from all-over embroidery in an English open design, and the skirt of the gown is in the delightfully soft fabric called taran- tulle. If the nightie is desired to be very Cirt-icularly dainty the bodice might be shioned of the plain material, and em- broidered by hand in one of the very charm- ing design purchasable from any good fancywork shop. The effect is really charm- ing, and the embroidery does not take verv long if one is clever at such work. The neck of the nightie is trimmed with narrow washing lace, set on to the garment with a tiny open beading. It takes very little longer to insert the beading than to put the lace straight on to the material, and the appearance of the nightdress is so much en- hanced by the addition of the beading that it is well worth the little extra time in- volved. Small slots aTe cut below the top edge of the gown and are either button holed or finely and firmly whipped. Ribbon is threaded through these slots and tied in a smart bow in front. The Empire bodice is gathered at the high waistline and set into a broad band of slotted embroidery, the full- ness of the skirt being gathered and set to the lower edge of the embroidery band. The the lower e ?ado of the same material as the fcodice, and are finished at the wrist with turn-back cuffs of plain material trimmed with lace and beading. Paper patterns can be supplied, price 6id. When ordering; please quote number, en. close remittance, and address to Mies Lisle, 8, La Belle Sauvage, London, E.C.
IAg the result of the quinquennial valua- J tion, the rateable value of Islington has de- 1 creased by £75,389.
HUMOUR OF THE WEEK. I I I RETRIBUTION. I An attack of German measles prevented a I conscientious objector appearing before the I London appeal tribunal. SECCOTINE FOR COWS. I In the King's Bench Divisional Court a farmer appealed against a conviction for selling milk deficient in milk fat. It was alleged that he had not used proper care in feeding his cows, and had tried to get quan- tity without regard to quality. Mr. Justice Darling: There is nothing in the statute to say how cows are to be fed. (Laughter.) I have heard it said of legisla- tion that the large quantity passed accounts for its poor quality. (Laughter.) It will come to this presently, that a farmer will' have to keep a chemist. He will say, "The grass is very wet this morning; wo must give the cows a dose of something dry- (laughter)—say, seccotine." (Renewed laughter.) I SHAVING FORBIDDEN. I Claiming exemption at Stepney Military Tribunal, on the ground of conscience, a young man stated that he belonged to the tribe of Cohen, the laws of which forbade him to be in the presence of dead bodies, or in any way to assist in the taking of human life. A Jewish member of the tribunal elicited from the applicant the declaration that he observed all the laws of the Cohanim, and thereupon it was pointed out to him that among the first laws of the code was one which forbade shaving. The member added that apparently the applicant had shaved that morning. (Laughter.) I THE DIFFERENCE. I Talking on the subject of indigestion, Mr. Rockefeller tells us that he "always storr; eating while he is still hungry." Lots of people, Mr. Rockefeller, do that—but not from choice (says the "New York Puck"). I A NEAR THING. I An amusing story direct from the trenches was told by Major A. E. Winnington- Barnes. at the annual meeting of the Actors' Association. The most cheery people, he said, were the actors, of whom he had nine- teen in his battalion. His own servant was a clog dancer, and one day a shell hit the dug-out, or rather went on one side of it. .D.icii they had extricated themselves from the mud and slush the clog dancer came up with a smiling face and said, "A little bit more to the right, sir, and you would have played Romeo on one leg." (Laughter.) I A VERBATIM REPORT. J The reporters of a certain provincial town, having been criticised for their method of reporting the speeches at the council's meet- ings, retaliated by giving the speech of one of the members exactly as it was spoken. When the councillor looked for his speech next morning it read as follows:— "The reporters—ought not to—the re- porters ought not to be the ones to judge of what is important-not to say what should be left out-but-the members can only judge of what is important. As I—as my speeches—as the reports—as what I say is reported sometimes, no one-nobody can understand from the reports—what it is— what I mean. So—it strikes me-it has struck me certain matters—things that appear of no importance-are sometimes left out—omitted. The reporters—the papers— points are reported I mean-to make a brief statement what the paper thinks of interest is reported." A SPORTING OFFER. The chaplain of a fashionable church undertook the duty of collecting for a wounded soldiers' fund. Among the people he approached was a wealthy and jovial sportsman. "ADd what are you giving yourself, par- son?" asked the sportsman. "All I can afford," was the reply; "can I put you down for the same?" "Hardly," laughed the other; "but I'll make you a sporting offer. I'll give you fifty pounds if you agree to hand over the entire collection at your service next Sun- day morning." "Agreed," said the chaplain, and the sportsman's money was duly handed over. "Perhaps I may as well tell you," con- tinued the chaplain, as he pocketed the ten "fivers" and handed the donor a receipt, "that next Sunday morning I'm preaching at the prison." PICKINGS FROM "PUNCH." The recent Zeppelin raids hale not been without their advantages. In a spirit of emulation an ambitious hen at Acton has laid an egg weighing 5Joz. Germany has addressed a Note to the United States explaining that the Sussex could not possibly have been torpedoed for the reason that the submarine commander who sank the vessel had no difficulty in drawing a picture of her which closely xe- sembled a -totally different ship. "In twenty years' time," says Mr. Pemberton Billing, "the aeroplane will bring about universal peace." This state- ment will come as a distinct shock to many who imagined that with Mr. Billing at Westminster it might be expected to achieve this desirable result in about twenty days. "BURY MARRIED MEN AND LORD DERBY." I Provincial Paper. A tempting solution of the Government's problem, but perhaps a little too mediaeval for these times. "No, while it is a crime to spend money extravagantly on dress, it is just as em- phatically one to abstain from it alto- gather."—"Daily Chronicle." If the "Daily Chronicle" says so, we accept it There is no paper for whose judgment we have a more profound regard. "OUR YOUNGEST GENERAL. I He was educated at Glasgow University and Gottingen University, and entered the army in 1716."—"Bangalore Daily Post." Our Indian contemporary is misinformed. Several of our Generals are younger than that. Eighteen tailors from Leeds have been arrested a.t Dublin as deserters from the Army. As nine tailors make a man this is a net gain of two recruits. QUIPS FROM "LONDON OPINION." I The match strike did not worry us so much as the matches which refuse to strike. Curates are said to be getting scarcer. The Army, no doubt, is diminishing the surplice supply. Naval schoolmasters are to wear a narrow strip of blue on their cuff. To show that they belong to the blue-water school? The Liquor Control Board has discovered a secret imitation of bottled beer. It re- mains to be seen whether the public will want it to be an open secret. There is a plan for keeping hens in Hyde Park. This will ensure Park lain eggs for Park Lane people. The pallid eligibles who are hiding in re- served occupations might be put down as our White Starred Line. Hun journalists are right in sneering at Marconi's wonderful new wireless inven- tions. Herr Wolff remains unrivalled in this respect.
Three members of Gorleston No. 1 Life- boat crew have received awards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, in re- cognition of gallant services in connection with the saving of three of the crew of the schooner Dart in March last.
Dry all crusts of bread in the oven, 1-( them, and store in a tin for raspings. To polish the steel portions of a kitchen stove apply a mixture of whitening and' olive oil. To cut butter in small even squares for the table, use a coarse wet thread, as this leaves no ragged edges. Before chopping suet, sprinkle it with little ground rice or flour. This prevents it; from sticking to the knife. To remove a fish bone which has stuck im the throat suck a piece of lemon. T b,& lemon juice will dislodge the bone immedi- ately. If starch, moistened with a little warm water, is applied to a bruise immediately after the accident, it will prevent the flesh from discolouring. To take spots off serges and similar fabrics put a teaspoonful of quillaia bark into a pint of boiling water and let it stand till next day. Pour off, strain, and bottle. A. little of this applied with a clean rag to tweeds and serges acts like magic. If you find onions indigestible, put them,, after peeling, into a basin of boiling water- to which ordinary washing soda has been, added in the proportion of one teaspoonful to a quart. Let stand for ten minutes, then drain, and cook in any way you like. When cane seats become slack, sponge both sides of the cane with hot soapsuds to- which a handful of salt has been added, stand in the open air, and when nearly dry cover with a cloth and iron with a hot iron. Th3 seats will be as good as new. ——- -—— To CLEAN PAINT AND VARNISH. Add one tablespoonful of salts of tartar to half a bucketful of warm water. Wash the paint with a clean rag dipped in this, using no soap, and It will remove every speck of dirt. Rinse in clean warm water and dry with a chamois. This is a painter's recipe,. and a very good one. I FLOORBOARDS. It is not always necessary to Te-stam floor- boards round a room. Paraffin will freshen them and darken them. Try that. And the cheapest stain is permanganate crystals dis- solved in water. Threepennyworth would do a whole room. Any shade can be obtained, from very light brown up to dark mahogany,, according to the dilution of the stain. I MENDING GLASS. Dissolve half an ounce of isinglass in a small wineglassful of spirits of wine, melting it by gentle heat. Paint the clean broken. edges with this mixture, and, after joining them, put them to dry in a cool place. White enamel, carefully and sparingly used, maked- a satisfactory joining I GAS MANTLES. When an inverted mantle gets black, re- move it carefully and rub all the black off the ring with a spent match. Wipe all the black from the burner and replace the mantle. Reduce the gas slightly at the regu- lator you will get a better light and save- your mantle. ECONOMY IN COAL. Procure home fireclay in the moist state,, then spread it over the lower bars of tho grate upon which the coal rests. The clay will then form a solid mass as hard as stone, and when thoroughly heated will throw a great heat into the room. If there is a tolerably good draught in the fireplace it will not be very much interfered with, and a mass of clay may be introduced sufficiently large to till half the grate; if kept away from the front bars, so as to allow coals to fall down in front, the clav cannot be seen, when the fire is lighted. For this reason it is a contrivance far superior to "cheeks," false bottoms, etc., which are so unsightly, and diminish the heat of the fire. This clay- contrivance, on the contrary, reduces the con- sumption of coals to about one-half without any loss of heat. Combustion goes on more slowly from the draught being checked, and one-half of the fire is a heated mass which- cannot burn away. This will be found a good mode of dealing with large and old- fashioned grates. SOME USEFUL RECIPES. BOSTON WONDERS.—Mix together four ounces of flour and a saltspoonful of salt. Beat an egg till it is very frothy, and then slowly stir into it sufficient flour to make a stiff but not crumbling paste. Turn the, paste on a floured board, and knead it for a few minutes. Then roll out as thin as a sheet of notepaper, stamp into rounds the size of the top of a tumbler, and fry these, a few at a time, in smoking hot fat, then lift out, drain on paper, dust with sugar, and t-erve. QUAKER OATS PUDDING.-This pudding is generally a great favourite with children. Put a good layer of Quaker oats, or rolled oats will do equally well, at the bottom of a dish. The proportion to the milk will be about four handfuls to about one and a half pints. Sweeten according to taste, pour in. the milk, and place in a moderate oven for about one hour. Oats that have been cooked before will take rather less time. If less sugar is used in the cooking, it can be served with treacle or sugar at table. A CHEAP CAKE.-Put one cupful of water, one cupful of Demerara. sugar, one-third of a cupful of lard, two cupfuls of stoned raisins, a pinch each of ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, a teaspoonful of vinegar, and a pinch of salt, into a sauce- pan, and boil for three minutes, then lc-o to cool. When cold, stir in a teaspoonful of carbonate of soda, dissolved in a little warm water, add two cupfuls of flour and hrlf a. teaspoonful of baking powder. Form in a loaf and bake in a slow oven. SAVOURY BATTER.—Take one and a half pints of milk, half a pint of water. one pound of flour, two eggs, half a pound Ot meat, two onions, a few sweet herbs, or sage, two ounces of dripping, a saltspoonful" of salt. Mix the flour and salt together, adlt the eggs one at a time, and half the milk and water, stirring steadily. Beat well, then- add the remainder of the milk and water,, and let it stand for one hour. Cut the meat in pieces, chop the onion, and put both inIv a pan with a. pint of cold water and a htïJrr salt; bring slowly to the boil, and cook gently for half an hour. Strain off the gravy, and add the meat and onion to the batter, with the herbs. Pour the mixture- into a baking-tin or piedish in which the- dripping has been melted, and bake in a hot oven for about three-quarters of an hour. COFFEE ROLLS.-Take one pound of flour,, two ounces each of lard and margarine, two tablesponfuls of sugar, two tablespoonfuls of ground coffee. Work the lard and inargari. n-& into the flour, then mix all the oiJAgredientø together with half a pint of milk. Roll out rather thin, and cut into squares, then roll into rolls, sprinkle with sugar, and bake in a quick oven. ApPLE DumPLINGS.-Choose a good cook- ing apple for each dumpling. Pl and corgo, it. Make a thin pastry crust with drippirg. and flour (three ounces of dropping to half a pound of flour) Roll the paste out, and cut it into rounds. Put an apple on each round of pastry, damp the edges of the pastrv with cold water, draw up into » dumpling, and bake in a quick oven.
The death has occurred of Colonel Davies. Sewell. He was for over fifty years ani officer of the City of London Corporation, a. clerk for a long period of a number of City of London guilds, and a well-known officer in the old Volunteer Force. Five London constables, Drabble and Dew (Kensington), Hughes (Brixton), Carptmter- (Shored itch), and Kemp (East Greenwich) have each received JE10 and the Carnegie certificate of merit for bravery in saying;. life.