THE STRANDING OF THE S.S. ADAM SMITH. The steamer Adam Smith, London and Kir- kaldy line, which went ashore recently on the mcks near Kiikaldy, is fast breaking up. The cargo has been secured, but no hopes are enter- tained of slaving the ship. A heavy sea is re- !> irted running in the vicinity. r
THE UXBRIDGE CONVICT. Mrs Gibbons, of Uxbridge, has been removed from Newgate to ClerkenweU House of Deten- tion.
ANOTHER CABINET COUNCIL A Cabinet Council was heid in at noon to-dav, at which ail the Ministers Q;_ Charles present, except Earl Spencer ana a Dill.. ft wA Ijeen es^ed ti.ot have returned to London before this chateau in France.
THE SUPPOSED FENIAN AT dud LEY. The man Schemister Fennelly, arrested at Dud- Ie on suspicion of complicity in the dynamite outrages, was liberated this morning, it being dis- covered that he was not the person wanted, al- though somewhat resembling him.
SUPPOSED LOSS OF A STEAMER AND ALL HANDS. [SPECIAL TELEGRAM.] The steamship Escombrcra, of Havre, left Benisaf on the 11th December with a cargo of iron-ore for Maryport, and, as she has not been seen or heard of since, it is feared she has foun- dered whilst encountering one of those terrific gales which prevailed about the middle of Decem- ber. The steamer belonged to the Soeiete Française des Steamers de L'Orient, of which Messrs Poingdestre, Mesnier, and Cie are the managers.
THE MURDER OF A SAILOR AT LIVERPOOL. At the Liverpool police-court to-day, Arthur Kavanah, John Tagerart,and James M'Namara were again remanded on the charge of causing the death of a Norwegian seaman named Jannsen. The prisoners are powerful fellows of the corner man class. Evidence was given as to the prisoners attacking the deceased, butting him, knocking him down, kicking him, and beating him over the head with a belt buckle and an empty ginger- beer bottle till he was insensible. When taken to the hospital he was dead.
AN AMER ICAN-LINER ASHORE. I It is reported in Dungarvan this morning that 1 an American liner has been driven ashore at Helvick Head,county Waterford. Helvick Head is on the passage between Queenstown and Liver pool, and the coast thereabouts is extremely rocky and dangerous, so that much anxiety if felt for the safety of the crew and passengers. There is an efficient lifeboat and coastguard station near the head. later telegram says :—The vessel reported ashore on the coast of County Waterford proved lo be the Bristol steamer William, from Bristol 'or Cork. She has now reached Dungarvan with ittle damage. 1
JEWISH RIOTS IN RUSSIA. I [REUTEH'S TELEGRAM.] I BERLIN, Saturday.—Intelligence "from Odessa, published at St. Petersburg,states that a short time ago about one thousand Jews attempted to make a demonstration in front of the Odessa police-court with the object of rescuing four of their co-religionists. The police were insulted, and the military had to be sent for and received orders to tire on the rioters. The Jews thereupon dispersed. Many of them were arrested. A similar demonstration took place at Ananjoff. At Kiscbnieff a police officer was insulted by the Jews, to whom a warning- has been issued by the authorities. More than a thousand students have been readmitted to the Kieff University.
ENGLAND AND RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. TREUTER'S TELEOP-AM-1 ST. PETERSBURG, Saturday, IBE semi-othcuu Journal de St. Petersburg, of to-day, commenting upon a letter from Paris recently published by a London morning paper with regard to the policy of Russia in Central Asia, complains of the wronnr interpretation placed by the English press upon the proceedings of Russia, which are most natural, and says the view-, expressed by English journals almost directly defeat their own object. They create a belief in the existence of an antagonism which has no raison d'etre, and are therefore mis- leading. If English prestige in India suffers, the fault will be with the English press in present- ing every act of Russia as aggressive. With regard to the difficulties of the delimitation of the frontier of Afghanistan they will be overcome if the same rules and goodwill are observed which puided the previous understanding between the Governments. At all events Herat, as a part of I Afghanistan, cannot be the object of any Russian design.
THE COLLISION AT ST. PAUL'S JUNCTION. An inquest was held in-day by Dr. Darnford Thomas, at the Royal Free Hospital, on the body of Robert Benjamin Davis, the fireman who died from injuries sustained in the collision on the Midland Railway at St. Paul's Junction on Mon- day last. Mr Beale appeared for the Midland Railway, and Mr Nettleship for the Great Eastern Railway. Walter Hodges, driver of the Midland tr.tin, desposed to having started his train from Moorgate-street to South Tottenham about six v, clock on Monday night. On leaving King's Cross he aw a red light in the tunnel, and slackened apood. Leaving the tunnel he saw a white lg t ou the signal, and another below, :;M:U w ic e concluded that he was to proceed. it' he ha seen another red light he would have stopped. *eao the junction the train cauiu into collision with » Great Eastern train. So far az he knew the signal was in proper working order. ,1, Wm. Ray, signalman, St, PaulVjunction| said he signalled "Danger" to tue Midia,n(j train in order that the Great Eastern train might pass. The first red lights should have been shown in the tunue!, and outside about six o'clock. The fitters informed him that the gas in the sigu^j^ jumping, and he gave them lamps to put in. John Nicholson, gastitter, said he aud another gastitter went to the signal to place the lamps- As he ascended the ladder the gas went out. He at once endeavoured to put in the lamp, and found it too large, the signalmen having given him the wrong lamp. The result was that at the moment w.iert the Midland train appeared, he was holding t11P. white light outside the signal, and his col- held another below. 'T were of opinion death resulted from in/J >'■' e?i ved in the collision at the time when th» were defective, and retumed a verdict of Accidental death."
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THIS DAY'S FOOTBALLI Ba, Great Match at Swansea. I ENGLAND V. WALES. sj, i 30 p.m.—A drizzling rain com- menced to fall at Swansea about half- past ten this toornmg, and promises to con- tinue through tfae afternoon. The Swan- sea Football Ground, about the hardness of which complaint3 have recently been made, is thus in better playitJ £ condition. The town is full of football players and those interested in football, who are arriving in large numbers by every train. All the members of the English team have now arrived. Tristram, of Oxford University, plays back instead of Sample. The International Football Match, England v. W ales, which has been looked forward to with great interest for some time past, took place on the Swansea ground this afternoon in the presence of a vast concourse of spectators. Special trains were run from most of the towns in South Wales, and these were largely taken advantage of. A slight drizzle feU intermittently at the outset, but the rain had no effect upon the enthusiasm of the spectators, whose demonstrations throughout were of the most excitable nature. England kicked off shortly after 2.30, playing against the wind, and some loose and fast play immediately ensued, the game being well con- tested. After this, W. H. Gwynne kicked the ball near to the English quarters amid loud ap- plause, and a scrimmage followed. The play was then moved to the centre of the ground, from which Teggin skilfully dribbled the ball into the Welsh quarters, and there followed a scrimmage in the Welsh 25. After some other play Payne passed the ball to Ryalls, who obtained a try on behalf of England amid some applause. Hancock made a good run, and I some lively play followed, in the course of which Wales made England act on the defensive. After a good kick from Gwynue there was some smart play on the part of Tristram and Hancock. Some loose play then sent the leather into English quarters, where there was a scrimmage. A splendid run was made into the Welsh quarters -by Wade, but he was collared and the ball passed to L. C. Thomas, who took it back. Later on the English team compelled Wales to act on the defensive for some time, and the home team were made to touch down. Tristam, one of the English players, was afterwards made to touch down in self-defence. At the call of half time the game stood—One try and one touch down for England, and one touch down for Wales. In the second half Taylor kicked off. Wade replied into touch, and the ball soon got into the Welsh territory. Payne collared the ball and made a splendid run, and was nearly over the line when he was collared. Taylor replied with an equally good run into English territory. After some play in the neutral territory, Gwynne passed to Taylor, Taylor to Jordan, and Jordan got a try for Wales. Some loose play took place and the Englishmen forced Wales into their quarters. Hawcridge had a run and Teggin followed up and got a try. The place kick by Rot her ham failed. Some loose scrimmages in neutral ground, which occupied about six minutes, after which Haw- cridge got a try for England at a very difficult angle. After some further play Hawcridge tried to drop a goal and failed, and Wales had to touch down. A scrimmage then occurred on the goal line. Payne then made a run, and Kinders- ley got a try. Payne made the place-kick, and scored a goal. Jordan collared the ball in neutral territory and made a try, and Gould kicked a goal off it. The English- men theh by some fast play got the ball within a few yards of the Welsh goal line, and some loose scrimmages followed close to the Welsh goal line. Wade got over, and secured a try for England. Payne took the place-kick and failed. Then there was some fast play in neutral ground. On time being called, England stood the victors by one goal and four tries against one gaol one try. The following were the teams :-England —(Back) C. H. Sample (Cambridge University and Durham), E 84 three-quarter backs, J. Hawcridge (Bradford), G. C. Wade (Oxford University)E 83, 84, A. E. Stoddard (Blackheath); half-backs, A. Rotherhain (Oxford University) E 83, 84, J. H. Pavne (Broughton), E. 82, 83 forwards, E. T. Gurdon, captain (Richmond), E. 79 80 81, 82, 83, and 84. G. Gurdon (Rich- mond), E. 80, 81, ez, 83, and 84 R- Kindersley (Oxford University and Exeter) E. 83, 84 E. D. Court (Blackheath), A. Teggin (Broughton Rangers), F. Moss (Broughton), H. J. Ryalls (Broughton), Kemble (Liverpool), G. Har- rison (Hull), E. 80, 81, and 82. —TTrtefs-Back, A. J. Gould (Newport); three-quarter backs, F. E Hancock (Cardih) 1. 84, C. J. Taylor (Rua- bon), E. S. 1. 8, H. M. Jordan (Newport and United Hospitals); half backs, C. H. Newman (Aewpoi't and Durham) (captain), E. 81, 83, and 84, S. 83 and 84, 1. 82, W. H. Gwynn (Swansea), S. and 1. 84 forwards, T. Clapp (Newport). E. 83 and 84, S. 83 and 84, R. Gould (Newport MI. 82 and 84 T. B. Jones (Newport), E. 83 S. 83 and 84; R. Lyne (New- port), E. 83 and 84, S. 83 and 84 S. Golds- worthy (Swansea), 1. 84 E. S. Richards (Swan- sea), L. C. Thomas (Cardiff), E. Rowlands (Lampeter), J. S. Smith (Caj'diff), E. 84, I. 84. E. England, I. Ireland, S. Scotland. it will be seen that seven are from Newport, three from Cardiff, three from Swansea, one from Lampeter, and one from Ruaboti. Results of Previous Matches 1881, at Blackheath, England won by eight goals and five tries. 1882, at Swansea, England won by two goals and four tries. 18d3, at Leeds, England won by one goal and two tries to one goal. Great Western Excelsior v. Taff Vale Wanderers. A match between these clubs was played at the Sophia Gardens-field ou Saturday afternoon* At half-time the former had gained a goal and a tuuchdown to nil. I Canton 2nd XV. v. Roath 2nd XV. At a match played between these clubs on Sat- urday afternoon, at the Sophia Gardens Field, the loriner at half time had gained two touchdowns to one touchdown of their opponents.
SERIOUS FIRE AT KIRKALDY. A disastrous fire broke out late last night at the extensive cabinet works of Messrs Pringle and Co., Kirkaldy. The fire was got under this morning, The damage done is estimated at several thousands of pounds.
THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEAR- I ANCE. r radford, oZ Wiugrave-street, Cumber* whose niyuterious, disappearance excited si much enquiry, Was yesterday found in Walworth- road, and mduced to go home. This morning he jumped from the bedroom window, impaling his foot on the uu ing, and injuring his head. He now lies in a dying condition.
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The Health of Mr Gladstone. The Press Association say :—" Sir Andrew Clarke paid a long visit to Mr Gladstone this morning, arriving in Downing-street at nine o'clock, and not leaving until twenty minutes to ten. He says Mr Gladstone was in his bed-roora, the Premier not having risen. During the visit a telegram was written out, and sent to Hawarden, who has received news of the right hon. gentleman's health after each visit of the doctor. Sir Andrew left word with the office keeper, that in answer to the many enquiries which are being made and are likely to be made in the course of the day, that he might say Mr Gladstone had had a somewhat better night. The Premier rose at lO.after having breakfasted in bed, and seemed a little less worn than during the last few mornings, although last night's sleep was not thoroughly satisfactory. He will attend the Cabinet Council to be held at noon, and will leave Euston for Hawarden by the 2.46 train. It is understood that he will then take the absolute rest which the doctor has enjoined.
The Earthquakes in Spain CONTINUATION OF THE SHOCKS Terrible Distress. GRANADA, Friday.-Granada is in a state of complete panic, the repeated earthquake shocks having convinced the populace that their great city may at any moment be laid in ruins. Every man, woman, and child who can get get away is doing so, and the exodus is indeed assuming even terrifying proportions. The railways are par- tially blocked, but every departing train is crowded to suffocation with well-to-do fugitives Those left behind are parading the streets headed by the clergy, carrying sacred images and crosses, and crying aloud to God and the Virgin for mercy and protection. Dreadful news is reach- ing us almost hourly of the state of affairs at Alhama, 24 miles from this city. Frequent shocks were experienced there all through yes- terday and during .the n;ght, completing the ruin of the town. Scores, if not hundreds, of bodies lie beneath the ruins, and the survivors have fled panic-stricken. MADRID, Friday, 1 p.m.—A Cabinet Council was held this morning, under the presidence of King Alfonso, at which decrees were signed for the opening of a national subscription in aid of the sufferers by the earthquake, authorizing the Minister of Finance to apply to the Cortes to vote a credit of £ 5,000, in order to augment the National Calamity Fund, and remitting the land and property tax in the case of the buildings destroyed. The decrees, which will appear in to-morrow's official gazette, were read in to-day's sitting of the Chamber of Deputies, and met with general approval. A motion was unanimously agreed to, declaring that the Chamber bad heard with deep regret of the great calamity in the southern provinces, and would co-operate with the Government in all measures which it might adopt for affording aid to the sufferers. ("REUTER'S TELEGRAM. 1 I MADRID, Friday, 10.45 a.m.—Fresh, shocks of earthquake were felt yesterday evening at Nerja, Algarrobo, and Malaga. The panic continues. A number of towns and villages are completely destroyed and deserted. The population are en- camped in the fields, and at some places sleep in railway carriages. A royal decree directing the opening of a national subscription in aid of the sufferers from the earthquake is expected to be signed to-day. It is stated that foreign subscrip- tion lists will probably be opened by the Spanish ambassadors and consuls abroad. The amount of one day's pay, which all public employes will be invited to contribute to the national subscription fund, is estimated to produce about 240,000.
THE FRENCHANDMADAGASCAR. Another Battle with the Hovas. Defeat of the Natives. [REUTER'S TELEGRAM. 1 TAMATAVE, Dec. 20.-Two French war vessels have arrived here from France with provisions. A Frencil detachment recently landed at Volk- uiar, and attacked the Hovas position, which was carried. The Hovas lost 200 men. The French loss was five killed and wounded. ["STANDARD" TELEGRAM.] TAMATAVE, December 20th.—The town of Vohemar has been occupied by the French, who also, in conjunction with a force of friendly Sakalavas, surrounded and attacked the Hovas in their position at some little distance to the south of Vohemar. The French and their allies surrounded the posi- tion on the night unobserved by the Hovas, who kept a careless watch. The assault was made at sunrise, and the French report says 250 Hovas were killed and taken prisoners. Two guns were also captured. The total number of Hovas in the entrenchments is not given. but it is probable that all save the few taken prisoners wera shot down. The French loss is reported trifling. The Saka- lavas were commanded by the King of Nossi Mitsiou on the West Coast.' He marched across the country with his following to assist the French.
THE CONDEMNED IRISHMAN. I [SPECIAL TELEGRAM 1 It is understood to-day that the Lord Lieutenant has decided to allow the law to take its course in the case of Michael Downey, who will be hanged at Galway on the 16th inst. for the murder of a man named Moylan, with whose wife he was improperly intimate. The murdered man returned from America suddenly, and the guilty pair then treacherously shot him, the woman afterwards giving Queen's evidence.
MR W. E. FORSTER ON GERMAN COLONISATION. Mr W.E. Forster writes expressing the hope that the Government is nowtakinginto account the new fact with which they ha vetodeal, viz., the determina tion of Germany not only to form colonies but to take possession of territories before such colonies are formed. It is, he says, still possible for Eng- lish and colonial statesmen, and for the leaders of public opinion, so to use these colonial aspirations and intentions of Germany as to strengthen the ties between Australia and England. There is a rumour, moreover, that France is on the point of annexing the New Hebrides for the purpose of forming another convict colony. This, says Mr Forster, I cannot believe. I expect that within a few days there will be an official announcement-that this rumour is unfounded. With regard to South Africa a German isettle- ment in Zululand would greatly increase the diffi- culties we have brought on ourselves. First by the conquest of the Zulus, and then by our refusal to acknowledge the responsibilities we thereby incurred but we have also difficulties with the Transvaal Boers, and thoy would be greatly in- creased if Germany obtained possession of anypart of the Coast of Zululand which would give her con- trol over the outlet from the Transvaal to the sea. This is so evident that we cannot suppose that a practical statesman like Prince Bismarck would complain against our ministry or consider it an unfavourable act if they guard agrainst such a contingency.
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Death of a Surrey Hermit. A GENTLEMAN DYING LIKE A BEGGAR. I The Body Eaten by Rats. I Last evening Mr Percy Morrison, coroner, held an inquiry at the Tally Ho, Caterham, Surrey, regarding the death of Mr Henry J ohn Keith, an independent gentleman and landowner, who was found dead under very extraordinary circir stances at his residence, Dalkeith, Caterhan.- comrnon, on Tuesday last, having probably died on the previous Saturday. The coroner and jury proceeded to view the body, which lay at the deceased gentleman's residence, a large house standing in its own grounds about 200 yards from the Banstead-road. Externally the premises presented a very dilapidated appearance, many of the windows having been replaced by pieces of boarding, and the brickwork showing signs of decay. When the officer had removed the padlock which fastened the front door an extraordinary spectacle met the gaze of those present. The hall was literally strewn with every imaginable kind of rubbish, and the appearance oE the lower rooms was beyond description. The walls, which had long since been divested of their paper, were covered with cobwebs from top to bottom, and the ceilings were as black as coal. Broken furniture filled each apartment, and the mirrors and pier glasses were indis- tinguishable, owing to the dust of years with which they were covered. In one of these rooms lay the body, which had been gnawed by rats. Upstairs a similar scene was witnessed—furni- ture, clothing, books, newspapers, bottles, and packets of documents lying about covered with dust. It was stated that not a soul save the deceased had entered the house since Mrs Keith died there 17 years ago, and the deceased lady's wardrobe, containing silk dresses, &c., was yester- day inspected by the jury. Near it stood Mr Keith's bed, the clothing of which was filthy to a degree. Mrs Keith was handsome and accom- plished, and her husband's mind, it is stated, became effected when she died. The story elicited at the inquest was as follows George Coleman, a solicitor's clerk, of 4, Great James-street, Bedford-row, London, said he had known the deceased about 16 years. He was independent. His age was 81 on July 31st. Witness last saw him alive about a fort- night ago, when he was in London, and seemed in his usual good health. He was a man of eccentric habits, and witness had never been to his house. It was his own residence, and his letters were always addressed: "H. J. Keith, Esq., Caterham-common." He was frequently in London. George Charman, an old man, living near the deceased's house. said he had worked for Mr Keith for the last seven years, and was in the habit of making purchases for him. He was uever in the house, and had no idea of its condi- tion. He last saw his master alive on Saturday morning, when he fetched him a pennyworth of milk, four pork chops, and half a gallon of ale. Later on witness got him two newspapers. The deceased then said, "You won't want, to see me> again to-day I think I am going out. Witness took his milk as usual on Sun- day and Monday, and was unable to make him hear. Thinking he had not returned, witness tooK no notice, but getting no reply when he knocked on Tuesday morning he procured assist- ance, and bursting open the back door found Mr ? j k j"? mouth, nose, and left hand had been gnawed by rats. He was wearing a nightsmrt and a red nightcap. The bedding- was composed of old sacks, coats, and other cloth- ing, all very ragged. The Coroner; Was the bedding clein ?-I\T(), sir. Witness, continuin,, said the deceased seemed better on Saturday than he had been for some time. He had complained of a cold. By the Jury Witness used to fetch his coals in a wheelbarrow, and the deceased carried them in- doors. Mr Keith read a good deal. Henry Aspin, landlord of the Tally Ho Inn, described the position of the body when he saw it in company with the last witness. It was covered with dirt from head to foot. The sheet, night- shirt, and nightcap were black. William danies Webster, coroner's officer, said the bedroom door was fastened with a chain and bolt, and Was more secure than all the others. On a board over the bed were an old gold watch, stopped at ten minutes to seven, and two half- crowns. Three pork chops and a portion of another were also found, and the deceased had consumed about half of the ale Mr Charman had purchased for him on Saturday. Witness described the interior of the house as a complete wreck, and said it was in exactly the same condi- tion when he peeped in twelve years ago. Dr Cxeorge J. Eadv, of Caterham, stated that the deceased had been dead about two days when he saw the body. He had evidently gone to bed comfortably on Saturday night, because the ex- tinguishei was over the candle. He apparently died in hls sleep. Rats or mice had been gnawing: the body. The internal organs were well nourishing, and the cause of death was apoplexy. The condition of the house had not accelerated the death. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence, that the deceased was found dead.
THE PENISTONE COLLISION. I Upon enquiry on Friday evening, it was ascertained tnat all the injured passengers at Sheffield were progressing favourably, except Mr Win. Harrison, manufacturer Mr George Templeton, razor forger and Mrs Mary Hall, all of Sheffield. These three are in a critical state. Mr Harrison had one leg amputated, and it is feared wdl lose the other. The wagon which caused the accident belongs to the Shireoaks Colliery. Two officials of the Sheffield Corpora- tion, Mr Fenton and Mr Curtors, narrowly escaped. They were in one of the carriages struck by the wagon, and within a few inches of the compartment which was crushed to atoms. Another Death. I Another passenger injured in the railway col- lision at Penistone died to-day, namely, Mr Har- rison, of Sharrow, Sheffield, who was lying at the Sheffield Infirmary. Walker, the man taken to the Wentworth Arms, Penistone, is progressing favourably, and the rest of the injured at Sheffield are doing well. Major Marindin opened a Government inquiry to-day at Penistone Station, when evidence was given by the driver and other railway servants who were with the train at the time of the col lision.
CARDIFF BOARD OF GUARDIANS. Large Increase of Paupers. The weekly meeting of the guardians was held on Saturday, Dr 1 aine in the chair. There were also present—Mr 0. H. Jones (vice-chairman), Messrs K. O. Jones, T. W. Jacobs, J. A. le Boulanger, E. T. lerrier, J. Williams, J. Phillips, Major Lee, T. Williams, E. Heine, E. E. Roberts, F. J. Beavan, Rees Enoch, J. Ramsdale, W. B. Gibbs, T. Harbottle, D. Edmonds, D. Richards, J. T. i'arry, Edward Thomas, and Titus Liewell vii The Master of the Workhouse reported that during the week 39 paupers had been admitted, and 31 discharged, leaving 613 in the ii(,use, aii jn, crease of 101 on the corresponding week of last year. The Master of the Workhouse referred to the treat given by the mayoress to the inmates on Wednesday, and the guardians directed that their bj6,t thanks be senc to the mayoress for her kindness to the inmates, who also desired that their grateful thanks should he returned to her aiso.—Thf Master of the Ely Schools reported the number of children at that institution to be 222, an in- crease of 7 on the corresponding1 week of last year. The measles epidemic was rapidly subsiding. No death from that disease had occurred. The nurse, who had been temporarily engaged, now sent in her charge for attendance at the school.-Tlie Chairman moved that the usual amount paid to a settled nurse be paid to her, and attributed the rapid decrease in the disease to her careful and skilful treatment.—The claim was ordered to be paid.—This was all the public business.
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MONEY MARKET. I Latest Prices To-day. Lomo, 1.20 p.m. Money is in moderate request, at about 4 per cent., and first-class bills are taken at 4 per cent. discount. Very little business ii doing-,On the Stock .Ex- change, and prices are without material change. Consols are dull at 99 to 99k for money and the present account ISev.1 rnd Reduced, 99k to 99^ In the Foreign Market Yt)tiLilis are rather easier. Unified, 63 to 63^ Preference, S7Š to 87§ Daira Loan, 62 to Gi; Tribute un- changed 1871 Loan, 6S to. 654, Russian remain firm do. 1873's 96! to 96; p, tuguese about 47 ex div.; Italians, 96 to 96k ex :iv.; Spanish, 58i to 58-7 ex div. Mexican, 19g to 191 4 2 4 Home Railway" mark a fall in Brighton Defei-red, it 103 South Eastern Deferred is alio easier, at 100 to IOO3 Easterns, 672 to 68 North British, about 97 North Easterns, 156gto 156ii Districts are firm at 60 to 60. Americans continue very firm. Readings, 9| to 10; Heading General, 73-g to 74-; Louisvilles, 27 £ to 27i Union Pacihcs, 43k to 48 Central ditto, 35i to 36i; Milwaukee, 75 to 76: V, ;Lbasli Pre- 4 2 ference, 13i to 14 Trunks firm, Ordinary, 9g to 4 8 9g First Preference, 75 to 75 Seconds, 46i to 8 2 4 a 46; Thirds, 21 f to 211; Guaranteed Stock, about 72. Mexican Railways remain at 33 to 34 First Preference, 89 to 89g Seconds, 48 to 485. 2 Hudson's Bay shares remain at 23J to 23i. Rio Tinto Mines firm, at 12 to 12. Mason Barry's, 84 to 8g. 4 Brighton Railway yesterday's passenger traffic, £ 60 increase. To-day's Times money article says The value of money has fallen away more decidedly to-day. The large Banks have reduced the charge for loans until to-morrow to 4 per cent., while elsewhere money could be obtained at 4. Three months' bills are also easier, transactions having been effected at a shade over 4. Home Government Securities opened un- changed, but subsequently prices advanced about 1-16. Consols closed at 99g for money 99 to 99k for the 5th inst. and 991 to 99-for Feb- ruary 3rd. The Colonial Market opened dull, but New Zealand recovered before the close. Home Railways were irregular. Brighton De- ferred fell t."
TO-DAY'S MARKETS. CORN. GLOUCESTER, Saturday—Better tone prevailed in the trade for English wheat, and prices were fully 2g quarter higher. Foreign wheat met steadv, though not active, sale at Is to 2s per qr advance. Grinding barley and maize very firm. Oats unaltered. AVeatii. r'dry PRODUCE. LODO. Saturday.—.Sugar—quiet, but steady mar- ket, and prices nominally unchanged. Beetroot quoted 10s 3.1 prompt. Coffee—nothing doing. Tea- the regular public sales will be "clrl next week. Rice inactive. Cotton market steady. Jute extremely quiet. Tallow—v.c., spot, 41s 6d. Rape oil, 26s 3d. Linseed ml, 20s 3d to 20s 6d. Turpentine, 24s id. Petroleum, bill to 7id. SUGAR. GLASGOW, Saturday.—Market opens quietly. Only a moderate business done, at the closini; prices of last year. The official report states :-<-Mar vet opens quietly, and at previous prices. Any business trans- acted is small to sell any quantity less money would require to be taken. DEAD MEAT. LONDON, Saturday.—The market is still well supplied with meat, and trade very dull, pork being particularly bad. The following are the quotations :-Beef, 3s to 4s lfid prime Scotch do.. 4s IDd to &.s. Mutton, 3s 4d to 5s 4d. Veal, 4s to 5s 2d. Large pork, 2s 3d to 3s 8d; small do., 3s 8d to 4s per 8 lbs.
TO-DAY'S SHIPPING. Lloyds' Casualty Telegrams. The French steamer Suez ami the British steamer Boskenna Bay have been in collision at Havre. The former is leaking; damag* to the latter ;1:1knowl1, The British shi■> -Monrovia, from Hamburg for Liver- pool, is aground near Hamburg. The American ship Melrose and the British barque London have b in collision at San Francisco. Both were slightly da aased. The schooner Kessie, with a cargo of copper ore, got aground near Poinbrey. but afterwards floated, though much damaged. A New York cablegram states that a steamer. sup- posed to be the Stella, f'm Charleston for Sebastopol, or the Cella, from Shields for Philadelphia, was spoken ou the 29th December, in lat. 46 N, long. 41 W, with engines disabled. 1_- CARDIFF—ARRIVALS. ROATH BASIN—Jan. 2. Harefield ss, 618, Boulogne, light ROATH BASIN-Jall. 3. Bretwakla ss, 1902, Liverpool, light Acton ss, 1065, Cor' light Norah, 50, iiridgwater. light EAST BUT: DOCK—Jan. 2. Mayo ss, 1294, Gars ton, light Fairfield ss, 1000, London, l ght Cybele ss. 818, L ndon, lisrht Sir Bevis ss, 556, Portsmouth, light Amelia, 37, Barry, light Kdith, 68, West Dock, lisht Ann, 58, Bristol, bricks KAST I'.UTE DOCK—Jan. 3. Rebecca, 753. H iviv. Willast Summer R Mead, 983. Havre, ballast Nort, 549, Arendal, mining timber Alleghany ss, 1496, Rotterdam, light Nicolo Vagiiano 836, Liverpool, light Klisa Marie, 59. Marans, beans Margaret C:ya:il. )VL,s,i, ilLii,E -i)ocii-Jan. 2. Albatross, 344, Bristol, ballast Ihna, 437, Arendal, mining timber Brothers, 83, Barry, light Sarah, 64, Bristol, inaiz WEST BUTE DocK-Jan. 3. Muineau. 98. L',ldent, nitwnod Eclaireur, 189, Kocheiort, pitwood
HEAVY FAILURE AT MAN- CHESTER. A heavy failure is announced the Manchester trade. H. Turner and Co., calico printers, of Manchester and Hayfield, have issued a circular calling their creditors together for the considera- tion of their affairs. The liabilities are estimated at £ 75,000, a portion of which are secured. The assets are considerable, and a favourable realiza- tion is expected. The meeting of creditors will be held on Wednesday next.
DISASTERS AT SEA. Collision in the Channel. Two large sailing vessels, both bound for the Channel, came into violent collision on Thursday night, and both received such damage that but for the calmness of the sea they would have sunk at once. The Norwegian barque Vesta was from Philadelphia to Dunkirk with paraffin. The German barquentine Asia was from Corinth, America, with logwood. They collided 15 miles west of Start .Point under circumstances concern- ing which contradictory repoits are given, but both being cut down to the water's edge and ap- parently sinking, a fishing vessel lay by them, and by exercise of much care they were kept afloat until a steam-tug took them in tow and brought them into harbour, where they were grounded to avoid sinking. WRECK nx THE PEARL ROCK. Letters from Gibraltar dated Christmas Day record three serious casualties, arising from the unprotected state of the Pearl Rock, off Gibraltar, on which H.M.S. Agincourt was so nearly lost some years ago. The station barqua Palerovo went ashore there lately, followed by the British steamer Carrie, which ran on the rock at mid-day, and quickly sank and the third disaster, which occnrred at Christmas, was the steamer Redesdale, of North Shields, v., Ith coals, which went down within half-an-hour in deep water, her crew happily being rescued. She was from Alexandria to Sharpness. This dangerous reef, which lies directIN, in the fairway, is not marked by a bell buoy. A warning signal pro- bably would have drawn the atter-tiozi of those on watch to the danger. The rock is, however, in Spanish water. The steamer impress of Dundee has also been in trouble, and arrived at Gibraltar with her bowsprit gone, her bows stove in, and her fore compartment full, having been in collision with the German barque Havila. She is now dis- charging her cargo (wine), preparatory to repairing charging her cargo (wine), preparatory to repairing damages. The master of the schooner Pictou, of Carnar- rru, 8t. Johns, Newfoundland, reports .<■■■■ tjg encountered a hUrl ;cane, by which her derb? wtsre swept of everything movable, and the aft deck filled wr.h water.
TO-DA Y'SPOLlCE. I CARDIFF. I NON-MAINTENANCE.—At the police-court to-day. before Alderman Jones, David Sherwood, a col- lier, was charged by Mr Pritihard, the warrant officer of the Cardiff Guardians, with leaving his wife and family chargeable to the Cardiff Union. As the defendant promised to provide for his family in the future the case was adjourned for a fortnight to enable him to carry out his inten- tion. THE FALSELY-CALLED REIGN OF TERROR.— Mary Ann Kemp, a young woman IS years of age, was charged with being a disorderly prosti- tute in Bute-terrace on the 2nd imt.. P. C. Waters saw the defendant about nine o'clock on Friday night in Bute-terrace. She was dancing, cursing, and swearing. A large crowd had assembled to witness her performance. He asked her to go away several times, but she refused, and said that she would rather be locked up than go. He then took her into custody.—Defendant aid her father resided at Canton, and it appeared that she was the daughter of a respectable man. She believed her father would receive her back, although she had been living in houses in Peel-street and other places of bad repute for 18 months.—The bench directed that she should be sent back to her parents.—In consequence of four robberies having been committed in brothels in Homfray-street during the past week, the Head-constable has during the past week, the Head-constable has issued a special order to the police, with a view of bring-ing- some of the occupiers of these houses before the magistrates. VIOLENT ASSAULTS.—Mary Shea, a woman against whom there are several previous convic- tions, was charged on a warrant with assaulting and wounding an old man named Daniel Murray, on the 15th June.—Complainant stated that he lived in Halkett-street. On the morning of the 15th June the defendant and others broke open the door of his house, wounding him in four or live places.—As only one magistrate was on the bench prisoner was remanded till Monday. I NEWPORT (COUNTY). I A FOOTBALL MATCH AT CHRISTCHURCH.—At the above police-court to-day, William J. Edden, landlord of the Cross Hands Inn, Christchurch, was summoned for being drunk himself, and also with permitting drunkenness 011 his licensed premises, on Boxing Day. A football match drew a great con- course to the locality of defendant's house, and Superintendent Gurney and P.C. Willmott, attracted by the tumult of noisy doings, visited the defendant's house, and found a lot of people in the house in various stages of drunken- ness. Defendant himself, who was being assisted by a waiter, was described as being staggering drunk." Defendant now asked Captain Gurney whether he had never made a mistake—an in- ferential way of admitting bis own laches. The bench fined defendant 20s and Charles Harris, George Harris, Robert Davis, and Edward Wil- liams. who were found drunk in the house, were each mulcted in 5s.
ANOTHER CHARGE AGAINST MR EVERETT, AUCTIONEER. I Claim by the District Auditor. At the Newport county police-court, to-day, before Messrs L. A. Homfray, T. Beynon, and R. F. Woollett, magistrates, George before Messrs L. A. Homfray, T. Beynon, and R. F. Woollett, magistrates, George E. Everett, lately carrying on business at Cardiff and Newport as an auctioneer, and about whose bankruptcy so much was puo- lished at the time, was summoned for not paying L75 12s 8d to the treasurer of the Henllis and Rogerstone School Board. Mr Llanwarne, solicitor, Hereford, said he was instructed by Mr Roberts, the district auditor, who had taken these proceedings, to ask the magistrates for an order for payment of the money, which Mr Roberts had certified was due from Mr Everett forthehalf-yeareijdingSept.,1883. The solicito rsaid he understood there was some dis- pute as to a portion of the money, but that was a matter be could not go into, as the auditor's certi- ficate was conclusive. Still, there was no desire to make the defendant pay more than was due from him. The proper course to adopt was for defendant to apply to the Local Government Board claiming such remission as was his due. Mr Llanwarne asked the bench to grant a warrant of distress against the defendant for the amount named in the summons. Mr C. R. Lyne, solicitor, who appeared for the defendant, explained that his client, who at the time he was clerk to the Henllis School Board also carried on business as an auctioneer, unfortu- nately became bankrupt, and all his papers and vouchers were handed to the trustee appointed under the bankruptcy proceediiigs. £15 was due to defendant as salary and £ 15 7s for payments made. The money due was thus reduced to £4-3, and he was instructed to say that when the accounts were settled, a cheque would be forth- coming for the balance. Mr Llanwarne said he had an objection to come down to Newport a second time, and ultimately put in the auditor's certificate as formal proof of his case. He asked on this for the granting of a distress warrant. Mr Homfray If our clerk advises us to adjourn the case that an amicable settlement may be come to, I think we shall. Mr Llanwarne said that an immediate order would be the cheapest course. Mr Homfray We will do the cheapest thing-" this day week. Mr Lyne produced a telegram from Mr Brewer, chairman of the school board, that a meeting had been called for Monday next, at which the claims of the defendant would he dealt with. Mr Homfray: I have every confidence that Mr Lyne's promise will be substantiated. Case adjourned accordingly for a week.
LORD JERSEY ON THE HOUSE I OF PEERS. The annual Druids dinner at Oxford took place in the Town-hall on Thursday night, about 400 being present, including Lord Jersey, Sir G. K. Rickards, the principal of St. Mary-hall, Mr C. A. Fyffe, and Mr A. W. Hall, candidates for the representation of the city, and others. Sir GEO. RICKARDS proposed "The House of Lords." cl Lord JERSEY, in response, said they heard a great deal at one time of mending or ending the House of Lords. He owned that he was not of a destructive turn of mind. What would they think of a man who, fancying that a good machine did not work quite to his liking, smashed it (Hear, hear.) It was quite possible that some re- forms, or rather improvements, might be effected which would give increased usefulness to the House of Lords, and add to its dignity in the eyes of the country. He believed that a second chamber exercising its powers with caution would be of great importance in any well- organized constitution, and that it must not be dependent on the will of the minister of the day. There was only one class of politicians who claimed the monopoly of justice and wisdom, and its claim rested solely on self-assertion, and was universally believed. These men were eager to sweep away everything and everybody except themselves. (Hear, hear.) He hoped that, strengthened in its position, and supported by the judgment of the people, the House of Lords would long continue to discharge its duties carefully, honourably, and for the benefit of their common country. (Applause.)
VOLUNTEER PRIZE DISTRIBU- TION BY MRS GLADSTONE. I The annual distribution of prizes t, the Hawarden Rifle Volunteers took place on Friday evening In the National School-room, the presentations being made by Mrs Gladstone. The volunteers assembled at their head-quarters and marched to the school-room, which was n°atiy decorated with flags ana evergreens. The men presented arms upon the arrival of Mrs Glad- stone, who was accompanied by Mr W. H. Glad- stone, and the band played a lively air. Mrs Gladstone, in presenting the prizes, addressed a few encouraging words to each of the successful competitors, and Mr W. "H. Gladstone afterwards spoke upon the importance the voiunteer movement. Mrs Gladstone promised a prize for next year.
Mr Augustus Rivers Thompson, Lieutenant- Governor of Bengal, and Mr Charles Grant, Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department, are gazetted Knights Com manders of the Order of the Star of India, and Mr Henry William Primrose, late private secre- tary to the Marquis of Rlpon, is gazetted com- panion of the same order. In consequence of the great success that has attended the visit of Mr Lonsdale to Cardiff, he has decided to stay a short t:me. Judging from the testimonials that from time to time appear in our advertisement columns, his appliances are equal to what Mr Lonsdale claims them to be, and doubtless further and substantial support will be given to him.
SPORTING ITEMS. There are 54 clubs affiliated with the National Amateur Lacrosse Association of Canada. The association was reorganised on May 4, 1876. Indians are now reckoned as professionals. At a meeting held at the Albert Club, on Thurs- day evening, the sMi of £ 675 2s 8d was handed Tiver to the widow Ie, Captain Webb, the unfor- tunate swimmer, thai amount being the result ot a public subscription raised for the support o! herself and children, together with the interest which had accrued since the money had been invested. The lease of Shrewsbury racecourse from the Racecourse Company to Messrs Frail expires in February, and as there is a prospect of the meet- ing" being discontinued, a memorial, signed by a large number oi the inhabitants, has beeH sent to the mayor, requesting him to call a public meeting for the purpose of taking such steps in the matter as may be desirable. The meeting is fixed for Thursday next. King Archibong has been privately disposed of, and has left Jones's team, at Epsom, for Golding's, at Newmarket. There was a »e\ere frost at Newmarket on Thursday. A similar state of things prevailed at Epsom, Chiiton, Lewes, and Middleham. The Aston Villa team travelled north and barded the famous Queen's Park in their own den at Glasgow oil Tnursday. The home team won by four goals to three. The Hackney Stud Book Society will hold its first annual show at the Royal Agricultural Hall on March 3rd and 4th, for hackney, cob, and pony stallions and mares. It is rumoured that Mr Waring has been asked by the agent of an American breeder to put a price on Robert the Devil, but it is said that he has declined to do 80. Fulmen, that disappointing horse, has com- menced walking exercise, and it is probable that he will in a short time go in for more active work in view of the spring handicaps. The death is announced of Mr A. H. Baily, the proprietor of the popular sporting magazine which owes its title to his name. Mr Baily died at his residence on Wednesday evening. The National Skating Association has issued an official bulletin. Should the frost hold, there will be skating a Ziugy Fen, Grantchester, in a few days, where tne championship contest will be the first fixture. On Tuesday the Duke of Roxburghe, Sir G. Waldie Griffith, Bart., of Hendersyde-park; the Hon. E. Ma joribanks, M.P. Captain Hot- liam, and Mr James Moffat shot over the Floors Castle policy, ana killed 457 head of game. The New York Yacht Oluo have received challenges from Sir Richard Sutton, Bar; and trom Lieut. W. Henn to defend the trophy won some time ago by the yacht America. Sir it. Sutton will compete with the Genesta, aud Lieut. Henn with the Galatea. There is talk in New York of getting up a pugilists' organisation, which will have for its object the protection of boxers' interests. Those WHO have taken up the project will endeavour to get boxing matches recognised as a legitimate branch of athletic sports. A sporting correspondent writes Turf imbroglios seem t,) be cropping up nowadays with painful irequency. If I am notsadiy mismiormed, there is one en the tapis new tnat niay involve serious complications to the person or persons who will be called upon lor an explanation of a matter i which, in the eyes of tue supreme powers, to re- quired to be cleared up." At the commencement of proceedings at Thurs- day's town council meeting at Brighton thej Mayor referred to the proposed purchase of thef county cricket ground at Hove. His Worship- remarked that he. was probably not going beyonir his province in saying that there was an appeal to the town of Brighton to obtain in this district a county cricket ground. He thought the com- mitcee had hardly done so much as other men might have done in making the case known to the inhabitants. But be took this opportunity of calling the attention of householders to the fact that if they wi-hed to retain the county cricket ground in Brighton now was the time to send in their gifts.
MARRIED IN HASTE AT CARDIFF A short time since a domestic servant residing at Cardiff, who had Ions: past her "teens," called at the residence of a Baptist minister, well-known here and nearly all over the principality, and of whose church she was a member, informed him of her intention to get married before the year closed, and wished him to perform the ceremony. The fact that it was leap year, had, amid the multitude of his ministerial engagements and domestic duties, escaped his notice, and the request at first appeared somewhat strange, as such information is usually imparted by the gentleman. He, however, recovered himself in 8r moment, and, of course, expressed his willingness, and was about to offer her his congratulations, when it occurred to him from her manner that they might be premature but just before the close of the year the lady again called on him, and she now spoke of the approaching marriage with more confidence. She produced a licence to save the delay of the usual 21 days' notice. The registrar of marriages for the district had been informed, and he would be at the chapel at 11.30 on the following morn- ing. There was 110 time to spare, the last day of the year was at hand. Accordingly, on this day the minister appeared in front of his chapel, which is situated at the eastern end of Cardiff.: There was the registrar with his book and the ink bottle in his pocket, but neither bride nor bride- groom were there. In a few minutes the lady appeared, leading apparently rather reluctantly a young man by the hand, but in her hurry she had forgotten to inform the chapel-keeper, and at 11.45 a.m. the doors were still closed, and the wedding party, consisting of bride, bridegroom,. minister, and registrar, remained outside. No- thing daunted, the lady, whose determination of character everyone will admire, started off at a brisk run to the house of the chapel-keeper for tne keys, leaving her future husband in the charge of the minister, with a look to indicate that he was' not to let the gentleman slip from bis custody. In five minutes stie returned with the chapel-keeper and the keys. The doors were opened, the registrar looked at his watch and exclaimed, It is now 11.50 the register must be signed in less than ten minutes or no marriage can take place," The poor woman looked to her pastor for sympathy. Were all her efforts to be baulked? Leap year would not come again for another four years. He being a good Christian young man grasped the position tho year was on its last stroke. He walked briskly up to the communion rails, and, turning to the man, said, Wilt thou have this woman for thy wedded wife ?" and he replied rather faintly, Yes." He put the same question to the woman, only reversing the words wife, etc., to which she replied quickly" Yes." "Now go and sign the register." This was done, and the registrar closed the book as the hands pointed to 12. She dived her hand into her pocket, pulled out some money, with whicd she paid the registrar, the minister, and the chapel-keeper. In taking out the loose silver she aiso drew the ring from her pocket, which she placed on her own fingerj and they left the chapel man and wife together, but separated immediately afterwards.
I DR. PRICE'S CREMATION CASE. The notorious Welsh Druid, Dr. Price, is ap- parently as enthusiastic as ever for the cause of cremation. His latest performance has been to cremate a favourite bull, called by the pet name e, Morgan Apis. The whole ceremony lasted I nine hours it caused the greatest excitement throughout the neighbourhood, and the field in which the sacrifice was performed was crowded with spectators, many having come several miles to witness so peculiar an event. The pro- ceedings appear to have passed off quietly, though they were necessarily of a somewhat revolting character. Dr, Price has done some good service to the cause of cremation—notably by furnishing the occasion for a judicial declaration of its legality but in future he would do well to carry 11 out his experiments under shelter, and apart from the gaze of the profane itutitude. -Pall Afall Gazette.
I POLITICAL ITEMS. Writing to a correspondent with regard to the existing agricultural depression, Sir J. Lubbock, Bart., M.P., expresses sympathy with the state of things. At the same time," adds Sir John, I am disposed to doubt whether the adoption of free trade generally by America could benefit our manufacturers, as it would enable them to com- pete with us in other markets, which they cannot now do effectively. Mr Somerville, the Conservative candidate for Glasgow, replying to Mr Bright's letter of Wed- nesday. reiterating his criticism of the former utterances concerning himself, siys he merely stated facts. He considered it right that as the corn-law agitation was conducted upon philan- thropic motives, that the fact that it affected Mr Bright should be known. He did not say Air Bright did his best to ruin British farmers, but he maintained that the legislation in which Mr Bright took a prominent part had ruiusd the British farmer,