LONDON LETTER. l SPECIALI. Y WIRED. j [BY OUR GAXLKRY CORRESPONDENT.] LOXDOX, Tuesday Night. Mr Chamberlain's visit to Ipswich to- morrow, v/iiau the gathering of the National Liberal Federation will be held amongst the constituents of a personal friend and a poli- tical associate of tho President of the Board of Trade, ig looked forward to with much interest. There can be little doubt that the general impression of Mr Cham- berlain. that, when he speak?, he says something worth listening to, rests upon a very substantial basis. Bir- mingham is proud of the daring duckling immortalised in a cartoon in Punch not very long ago, nor is the pride of the hardware capital in its distinauished citizen at all unreasonable. Witlun four years of his entering the I- ou --o of Commons he was a Cabinet Minister, an experience which falls to few represtntatives of the people, and his public utterances are now considered of so much importance that wherever he goes he is followed by an army of reporters. Sir Charles Duke's action at the meeting of the Chelsea Liberal Council last night has been much talked of by politicians to-day. Two lithographed resolutions had been pre- pared for acceptance by the council, but the motion in favour of the second ballot was not on the agenda paper. It was brought forward in the jalmpe of all amendment by Mr R. B. BretL, M. P. for Falmouth, private secretary to the Marquis of xiartmgtoii, and eldest son of the Master of the Rolls, himself formerly a Conservative member for Helstou in Cornwall, and seconded by Sir Charles Diike. Tho reports of the proceedings in the London papers are exceedingly brief, being in fact summarily dismissed in a paragraph. I believe the truth is that the President o" the Local Government Beard cares very little for public speaking or to how small an extent he is reported. Since the sentence of four months' im- prisonmeut for libel was passed upon Mr Edmund Yates in April last, rite question has often been asked, what has become of it 1 It was known that Mr Yates was spending a considerable part of his time in Paris, and that he had not yet made the acquaintance of the Governor of Holloway Prison. The inquiry had been answered to-day in the arguments before the Court of Appeal, presided over by the Master of the Rolls, who to those present certainly seemed to lean decidedly against the appellant. For all that, now that thvo.>- quarters of a year have elapsed since the sentence was passed by Lord Coleridge and two of his colleagues in the Queen's Beach, the punishment is looked upon as greatly exceeding the offence, especially when it is remembered that the prison regulations are now very much more severe than they were only a few years ago. The power of the Prcs has not often been so clearly exemplified in affecting the de- cision of a public body as in the case of the Commissioners of Sewers to-day. A pro- posal lias to be brought before them for con- structing sub-way^ for foot passengeriC, so as to relieve the busy streets in the immediate neighbourhood of the Mansion House, the Royal Exchange, and the Bank of England. No one who has witnessed the nervousness of timid pedastrians, anxious in the middle of the day and early afternoon to g>>l from the Mansion House to the Bank, running the gauntlet of the tragic uf King William-street, Lombard-street, Comhill, and Threaaneedld-street, will doubt the value of the proposed, subways. The London papers strongly supported the suggestion, and b^v/iug t) the general expression of public opinion, the commissioners have Unanmiouoiy assented to the scheme. A member of the family of Gore-Langton has so long and SI. often represented one of the divisions of Somerset that the farmers of that Conservative county will receive the intelligence of Mr William Stephen Gore- Langfon's intended resignation with some surprise. The -lion. gentleman, who is not yet 40, has issued an address announcing that he shall resign his seat at the beginning of the session. His father sat for West L) Sojt^;r;ei from 1851 to 1856, and from 1863 to 1866, and the present member has sat for iilid Somerset seven years. The consti- tuency is ir e which the Liberals will not now contest, for although the Franchise Act is unon the statute book, it cannot come into operation for Rnothcr twelve months. I The earlier reception given to Lord Rose- bory's circular to the peers has not been varied by subsequent developments. For ivasons ciiiefiy of a personal character, the peers have declined to accept the leaderslup "f the young earl in this matter. If Lord Salisbury, Earl Granville, or some other of the elders of the House had undertaken the business, it would Ihave been different. I;ut whe. Lord Roseoery offers himself to lake the lead, he is regarded by noble lords as David was looked upon by his big brothers when he proposed to go forth and give battle to the giant. But though Lord Rosebery has been snubbed in his attempt to form a mixed 11 party on the question, he is not the kind of man to abandon an undertaking because at the outset he has suffered repulse. His idea was that a majority of the peers were, like himself, secretly convinced of the in- nvitableness, if not of the desirability or the necessity, of reforming of House of Lords. When he had brought forward the subject in the form of a resolution, Lord Salisbury and Earl Granville, for once united, had chaffed him out of court. Having tried both ways, and most ucterly failed in the private application, Lord Rosebery will next session return to the subject, conscious in the strength that a man leading a forlorn hope in either House of Parliament possesses when he has behind him the support of public opi- nion. In connection with this question, I have been looking over the roll of the present House of Peers, and am surprised to find how modern is the personnel of this "ancient institution." There are, excluding royal princes, bishops, judges, and represen- tative peers, 485 peers of the realm heritors li that "old nobility" for the preservation of which Lord John Manners pleaded with pathetic energy. How many of these, does the average reader suppose, have held a peerage in their family for more than 85 years'! Exactly the odd 185. Not less than 300 of the peerages now existent have been created witnin the present century. Within the last ten years Mr Disraeli and Mr Glad- stone have between them made 70 peers. Some of these, notably Lord Brabourne, have been loudest in their indignant protest against laying rough hands upon an institu- tion which had its germs of lue in the time of William the Conqueror, and which struggled at Runnymede with King John.
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I THE BETROTHAL OF PRINCESS BEATRICE. 1 I PORTRAITS OF THE ROYAL PAIR. [ FROM A SKETCH IN 0-anc Illo'-omJ. The Cuitrt Circular of December 30th an- nounced that-" The Queen ga.ve her consent yesterday to the engagement of Princes;; Beatrice to Prince Henry of Battenberg, tbird son of Prince Alexander of Hesse." The betrothal has created some interest, but, to tell the truth, not much enthusiasm. There is a kind of feljDg- that the Battenberg family have obtained sufficient advantages from this country without anvay its last princess. However, that is doubtless a momentary feeling which will wear off upon better acquaintance with the young prince. There will, of course, be an application to Parliament next session to make provision for, the young couple, who, it is stipulated, shall" reside in England. A peculiarity about the wedding will be that it will make Prircess Beatrice sister-in-law to her own niece. Prin- cess Aiice's daughter, it will be remembered, married the brother of Prince Henry of Batten- berg, who thus becomes closely allied to the English Royal Family, one having married the daughter and the other the granddaughter of the Queen. There is no one eligible for the elder brother, Prince Louis, to marry, and be must needs be content with the enviable post m the British navy which he has held for so many years. A f,v happy couple, whoso portraits we give to-day, will be read with some interest. Princess Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore was bom 14th April, 1357. and is the youngest child or her Majesty. Princess Louise left home to be married nearly 11 years ago, in March. 1371. Prin-ess Beatrice was then It years of age, but such has been the constant companionship between mother and daughter, that although the latter has not long en- tered the state of womanhood, the Queen, iu the loiter which she wrote to her people expressing the thanks for the sympathy shown to her when an attempt was made upon her life by Maclean, s&oke of Princess Beatrice as^ her beloved chili. The Princess was los, than live years old when her father died, and since then seven of the Queen's children have been married and two have followed the Prince Consort to the tomb. In all these changes Princess Beatrice has been the daily soiace of her mother, and as there is no n2ce.sity for the Royal couple to live out of England, her Majesty not unnaturally wishes that the la*; of her children to be man-led shall still be with her. Much thin satire !3, however, been expended over the announcement that the. Queen's consent to tho betrothal of r. Princess Beatrice was given on condition that her ¡ iloyal Highness should continue to reside with her Majesty. The idea of a bridegroom taking up his quarters with a mother-in-law has been subjected to some obvious ridicule. But looking at the constant companionship between the Queen and her youngest child, the stipulation which her Majesty has made does not appear so unreasonable after all. The Princes of Battenberg take their title from a town of that namc, containing about a thousand inhabitants, in the Grand Duchy of Hesic- Durrastadt. Prince Henry Maurice of Batten- berg, who has just become engaged to the Princess Beatrice, was born October 5th, 1358, and is a lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of Prussian Hussars of the Rhine. He is a cousin of the reigning Grand Duke of Hesse, the husband of the late Princess Alice, being son of Prince Alexander, who, in 1851,married Prince-s Julie of Batteriberg. Five children arc the is.sue of this marriage four sons and a daughter. The eldest child is the dpi-gnter, Princess Marie, who in 1871 was married to the Count d'Erbach Schonberg next comes Prince Louis, a lieutenant in the British Navy, who is married to Princess Victoria of Hesse, Princess Alice's daughter then Prince ^Alexander of Bulgaria, then Prince. Henry, the bridegroom elect, and lastly Prince Francis Joseph, a lieutenant in the Hessian Guards.
COAL AND IRON EXPORTS. [BT CHEVIOT.] The. annual returns of coal, &c.—so interesting tSouth Wales people—are now out. What business has been done therein can now be This I propose to do very briefly. Taking "King Coal" first, the figures for Cardiff are :— Tons. —Foreign trade 6,967,01 i 3- „ „ 6,7ol,4fc .• Increase 205,o.; Tliiq is at the. rate of 3 per cent., and not bad for a time of depressed trade. Had it not been for the access which the sister port of NewDor4 has obtained into the Rhondda Valley by means of the Caerphilly and Newport Junction Railway it is probable that the increase would have been more. This assumption is apparently justified by a glance at the return for that port:— Tons. 1884—Coal exported foreignwise 1,7 :1,512 „ „ -1,531,453 Increase HO,0b9 This is at the rate of 8 per cent., and very encouraging, m such hard times, for the iNew- ;n su(, portonians. What is the actual total that Cardiff has trun- dled over her coal-tips or otherwise shipped during lat year according to Browne's Export List ?" It may be put as follows TOIlS. Coal—to reign wise 6.2^7,013 roastwj.se 9oO,Q32 Coke—foreign •; 32,162 Patent fuel—ioveign I.b,0o6 TV,)- 8,155,673 kto. 1383: ^91^ Trer,ase 163,730 We have no return yet or the bunker coal shipped. In 1333 is reached nearly a million tons exported, and it is estimated at another quarter of a million, or thereabouts, for coasters, tugs, &c. That will increase the smpment to nearly 9g 2 millions of tons, which is about one-fifth of the whole quantity shipped in the United Kingdom, including bunkers," coke, and patent fuel. The total at Newport was Tons. Coal—foreisnwise coastwise Coke 3,468 Patsnt fuel Total, 1S84 2,755,520 Ditto, 18J3 Increase 1:3,933 So tht Newport seems to be increasing all aion0 the line, so far as fuel is concerned. It is useful to compare the other gveat coal port of the North. At Newcastle the shipments were: Tons. 1884-Co,al-foreignwise ^.621,500 1 coastwise 2,944,960 Total, 1884 7,565,160 Ditto, 1SS3 7,453,4.75 Increase 72,684 The Cardiff similar shipments, as seen above, were 7,947,445 tons, so that she keeps ahead of her Tyneside competitor. A little glance at the iron shipments, and their exit. The local shipments were:— 1833. 1884. Decrease. Newport tons 187,694 108,572 79 122 Cardiff. 108,510 83,199 25,311 Total. 295,204 191.771 104,433 This is rather a depressing result, considering the immense value of the trade. But such a con- dition has occurred before, and let us hope that "the turn of the tide" has set in. In a Cardiff paper, dated 3rd August, 1366, under an article headed The Iron Trade of Cardiff and Sonth Wales," the writer says Orders for manu- factured iron of all kinds are so scarce that it is with difficulty that some of the larger works can carry on. The sudden and extreme paucity of business is considered to be quite unprecedented in the experience of the district." As a counter- blast read the following, extracted from the Cardiff Times of 18th October, 1879:—" THE Risa rx TRON-. Wolverhampton, Tuesday.—IRON mer- chants report that they are being pulled out of their warehouses; customers, they say, are doubling and trebling their former orders. Manufacturers and merchants are receiving com- munications from the Scotch iron founders, declining to; accept offers at their last issued price lists." Messrs Boiling and Lowe, of London, in their recent circular on the iron trade, conclude by saying: "We believe the British iron and steel industries will gradually improve. It is from India and Australia they will receive their first support. Taking the value of Glasgow warrants as the barometer of the trade, the price to-day (December, 1884) is 42s 3d, and holders willing to sell for delivery three months hence at 428 5d, thus confirming our views," V-rily, as the wise man said, what has been will be, and there is nothing new under the sun. I remember, about ten years ago, the late Mr Menelaus, in giving evidence in the Crown-court at Cardiff, enunciated very desponding views as to the future of the iron trade of this country. Well, whatever the profits may have been, it is evident that the "quantities" have increased. The quantities of ironstone and iron ore produced in the United Kingdom and imported -were:- Produced. Imported. Total. In 1874 14,844,936. 1,009,141. 15,854,077 tons ,,1633 17,383,046.3,5B1,074.20,964,119 I This is an increase or over 30 per cent, in the period, and I submit affords a hope that what, has been will be once again.
-n_ THE HIGHER-GRADE SCHOOL, I CARDIFF. The Higher Grade School, Ten Acrc-Md, Car- diff, was opened without ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, the formal and official inauguration of the establishment being postponed till the restora- tion to health of Mr Mundella. A number of gentlemen were conducted through the building by Mr Seward, one of the architects. Amongst those who made all inspection being Mr Lewis Williams,* chairman of the school board, the Revs. Vincent Saulez, C. J. Thompson, and G. A. Jones, Messrs J. Cory, J. Gunn, T. Rees, and Dr. Edwards, members of the board D. Rees, thn clerk to the board; Councillor W. Sanders, Mr T. H. Stephens, Mr John Duncan, Mr Sonley Johnstone, Mr Waugh, the head-master of the school, &c. The scnolars are to be enrolled on Wednesday, and work will be commenced at the school on the following Monday.
BARBAROUS CRUELTY TO A H0R&E AT MOUNTAIN ASH. Hair the Tongue Missing. At the Aberdare police-court, on Tuesday, Joseph .Tones, an old man, engaged as a haulier at the Powell Duffryn Company's Lower Duffryn Colliery, was summoned tor cruelly iUtreating a horse belonging to his employers. Mr Linton (Messrs Linton and Kenshole) appeared on behalf of the company to prose,-ute.-IL was shown that whilst the horse wisirawin, an empty tram, on the 1st iust., the defendant strade the animal a heavy blow under the chin with a sprag. Some time afterwards it was noticed that the horse did not eat the food or drink th, water pro- vided for it, and, upon examination, Mr Joseph Temple, the company's veterinary surgeon, Discovered about three or four inches of the top of the tongue wanting, the poor brute having evi- dently bitten the missing portion off at the time the blow was administered. Defendant admitted to Mr iSehemiah Phillips, the manager of the colliery, that he had hie the horse with a sprjg on the leg, but denied having struck it in the manner alleged. He t) P.C. Stevens that he was fined J32 13s for cruelty to a horse whilst he was working at Messrs Nixon's Navigation Colliery some few years ago. The defence set up was that the horse was of vicious disposition, and that the injury was occasioned I by its knocking its head a :xi :t o %v collar'' when in a fractious humour. The bench declined to accept this theory, and imposed a fine of £ 3 and costs, or two months' imprisonment. The total penalty amounted to L5 5a 6d. After the defen- dant had been removed to the cells, his wife applied to the magistrates to grant time for pay- ment, but to this they refused to accede.
THE CROFTERS' REVOLT. Action of the Landowners. A number of Highland landed proprietors, who are to attend a conference to consider the recom- mendations of the Home Secretary, arrived in Inverness on Tuesday night. The Marquis of Stafford, the eldest son of the Duke of Suther- land, wiil, it is believe, preside. Pour resolu- tions will bo submitted, and these will, it is understood, embody the nature and extent of the concessions the proprietors are prepared to make to crofter population with a view to settling the existing differences.
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THE DiSESTABLISHMENT | MOVEMENT.. Important Conference in London.! Tho Hon. E. Lyulph Stanley, M.P., presided on Tuesday evening at a conference of the on Tuesday evening at a conference of the Liberation Society, in Loud in. He j-aid that diin=:r; t;10 b.st five or six years the principles of the society had remained in the background^ but the time had now come for action. It Wus their duty not to be timid or hesitr.ting, but to insist that, this great question I ion should occupy a prominent place in the Liberal programme. He hoped they would a de- termined appea.l to the new forces who were about to be brought within the pale of the con- stitution. He regarded the six millions now de- voted to the Established Church as national property, and it should be applied to local purposes of public utility. Resolutions were rl, carried urging the supporters of the society to secure candidates who would be most likely to jn-oiuO'S their aims. -A
THE PERILS OF PARAFFIN. Explosion at an Oil Works. Destruction of an Hotel. A most alarming explosion occurred in the "Walkinshaw Oil Works, two miles west of Paisley, on Tuesday night, a paraffin oil re- finery bcmg. blown up, and two men injured, one very seriously. The refinerv is 80 feet long and 10 feet wide, and is built in three sections, the section in which the explosion occurred con- t,iinidg four tanks of crude oil, and being separated from the refined oil room by the engine-room. A clockmaker named Pollock was engaged in cleaning a clock in the crude oil room, and a nian named Robert Jean procured a light ncl held It up. Instantly the light caught the vapours floating above, and a terrific explosion ensued. The roof was blown off, and the tanks were instantly in a blaze. Dean was so severely scorched on tha hands and head that his removal to Paisley Infirmary was considered necessary, but Pollock was able to walk home. By this time a couple of tanks containing- 10,000 gallons of crude oil, and built alongside the refinery, had caught fire, and the aspect of affairs was alarming in the extreme. At midnight the fire was still burning, pnd other tanks were in serious danger of ex- ploding. The reflection of the fire was seen in Greenock and Glasgow. The Marine Hotel, one of the largest in Peel, Isle of Man, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday ir night, in consequence of the upsetting of a paraffin lamp. The building was gutted in an hour, there being a strong wind and no lire-extinguishing apparatus.
THE ATTACK ON A FENIAN I TRAITOR. Precautions at the Hospital. I [KEUTER S TELEG RABI, I NEW YORK, Tuesday.—The hospital bed in I which Phelan lies is guarded as a precaution against a possible attack, and all delicacies sent to him are examined. The dynamiters continue to assert that Phelan is a traitor. The Press Association's Edinburgh correspon- dent says Phelan visited the city in the spring of 1833, but being known to the chief constable as a suspect, was closely watched. A detective followed him to Newcastle and Hull, and by this means an amount of information was obtained for use in connection with the trial of the Glasgow dynamitards. A Sheffield telegram states that the landlady or the Salisbury Hotel, who is now resident in Sheffield, remembers Phelan staying eight days in her hotel. He knew he was watched by the police, notwithstanding which he openly avowed himself an agent of Kossa, and frequently had interviews with Kearney.
THE SAD DEATH OF A YOUNG LADY. Inquest and Verdict. At the coroner's inquest held at Carthaniartha, Callington on Tuesday it was elicited that Miss Lilian Collier was shot by her father's double- barreled sporting gun, which she had taken from the parlour, where it was illy kept, to her studio, where she locked in. It was ex- plained that possibly she intended to paint the gun, and that she locked the door to secure quiet. Her mother heard the discharge of firs- .1 arms, and called assistance, and a coachman came 'j and broke in the door. Miss Lilian, it was stated, had been engaged, but no wedding day had been fixed, and the engagement had been recently in abeyance. Her father states that for some months deceased had been ailing mentally- She was recently under medical treatment in Plymouth. The coroner and jury were highly sympathetic with the family, and returned a verdict of Accidental death in the absence of direct evidence as to lier having fired the gun herself. The muzzle had rested just below the heart, and when fired was horizontal to the body.
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DORA'S HERO. At precisely nine minutes past four, on a sunny afternoon in June, Mr John Appleby ascended the steps of his boarding-house, the residence of the widow Dillingham. There was nothing very extraordinary in this fact alone, for, except on two occasions, Mr Appleby had ascended the same steps at precisely the same moment every week- day afternoon for the past five years. But as Mr Appleby ascended the steps on this particular afternoon he saw, framed in the sitting- room, a vision so surprising as to invest the occa- sion for him with extraordinary interest and to cause him considerable perturba- tion as he searched for his latch-key; for Mr Appleby was a batchelor of extreme modesty and diffidence, and it was with no little nervousness that he became suddenly aware that he was the object of attention from a pair of very beautiful blue eyes, whose possessor, a young girl and a stranger, sat in the window with Laura Dilling- ham. Some visitor of Laura's, I presume," he thought. I wonder if it is the Miss Bartlett whom she told me she expected ?" Mr Appleby went straight to his room and r". mained there until the dinner bell rang. With his hair brushed with unusual care, and bis neck- tie adjusted with extraordinary pains, he then descended the stairs. When half-way to the dining-rcom, his mind misgave him that his collar was not perhaps strictly conuns il faui, and he returned to change it. This made him late at table, and it was a positive trial to his diffident nature when he entered the dining-room and found the family seated, with the inexpressible blue eyes of the stranger directly upon him as he took his chair. "Mr Appleby—Miss Dora Bartlett," said Laura. Mr Appleby bowed and blushed. Tin't it s'Ien(licl, Mr Applet).y ?,, continued Laura. Dora is going to spend a whole month with us. We'll have no end of fun, and, Mr Appleby, I'm going to engage you in advance to help us to entertain h r." Mr Appleby drew a Ion? breath and said he would. Miss Dora Bavtlett's blue eyes looked up at him from over the edge of her teacup with an amused expression, and Mr Appleby dropped his spoon, and felt rather awkward and nervous. Tom Dilling- ham, who at his own special request, had procured lus seat to be changed eo that he could sit next to the visitor, observed that as he was to have a horse he would expect Miss Bartlett to order him to take her wherever she wished to go. Mr Appleby offered no suggestion, but in his own mind considered Tom a presumptuous and rather disagreeable feilow. As the meal progressed, Mr Appleby regained something of his accustomed compo-ure. His occasional glances across the table showed him that Miss Dora Bartlett had a very p-evant and winning smile, considerable colour, a rich mass of sunny blonde hair, and that she was altogether a very attracting aud fascinating sort of person, She bad an irresistible way, also, of drawing con- versation out of everybody, even out of Mr Appleby, and before the meal was over that gentleman found himself, to his great astonish- ment, carrying on quite it glib and lively chat I something that he had never before been known to do during hisfi ve years' residence in the house. I say," said Tom to his sister that evening, when he obtained an opportunity of sneaking to her alone, Appleby seems quite fascinated, doesn't he T But it was not Appleby alone who was fasci- nated, as became evident within the next few Tom's horse and carriage arrived in due season, giving him chances for tetca-tetcs with the new- comer, and it soon became apparent to all ob- servers that Mr Tom Dillingham wsss faliiog rapidly over head and ears in lovs with Miss Dora Bartlett. Mr Appleby, too, began to astonish the neigh- bours by coming home m hour earlier in the afternoons. Lawn tennis began to have an attraction for him, and lie even condescended on one memorable evening to personate a comic character in an acted charade. It's PO funny said Laura to her friend one night, after they had retired to their own room to prepare for bed. "Here is poor, bashful Sir Appleby, who scarcely ever opened his mouth before you came, transformed into another being, You seem to have fairly electrified him, Dora." Dora let loose her wealth of hair as she stood before the glass and laughed. He is strange," she said. j I don't care," said Laura, "I like him. lIe is not very brilliant perhaps, but he doesn't tell all he knows. He's just the kind of man to make a good husband." "Husband!" exclaimed Dora—"him! Oli, dear nie Well, it's all a matter of taste. If ever I get married, which I never, never, never shall, I shall look out for a hero. But I shall never find him, Laura," concluded Dora with a sigh. Such men are too scarce." Nevertheless, Miss Dora Bartlett found Mr Appleby a very convenient refuge, sometimes, from Tom Dillingham's too effusive attentions. She did not dislike him, and being something of a flirt, she found it a pleasant amusement to play one of these gentlemen against the other. There- fore it was with no little chagrin that Mr Dilling- ham saw Mr Appleby return on the morning of the proposed picnic, with a very stylish horse and waggonette, and a flower in his button-hole, and learned from Miss Bartlett, almost at the same moment, that she was to be Mr Appleby's guest for the day. It might have been a merry party, if Tom bad been better natured and had not persisted in driv- ing so unconscipnably slow. The Bodwin girls and Joe Thompson and the Telfords—ail neigh- botir.ivere to meet the party at the Crossland," but got tired and drove on with Mr Appleby and Dora, so that by the time Tom and his sister arrived at the Grove, the gentlemen had already selected a spot for luncheon and had built a fire and picketed their horses; while the girls had doffed their wraps, and began to make themselves quite at home. "It's a perfect shame," -,iai(I-Laura to Dora; H we might have kept up with you as well as not, but Tom was sulky because you didn't ride with him, and he would not drive faster than a walk, in spite of all that I could say. It's too bad Leave him to me," said Dora, quietly. I'll soon bring him to a sense of his duty." She went over to him and placed her hand on his shoulder; a little, whita soft hand, whose touch was to Tom DilliDgbam like a thrill from a mild electric battery. Mr Appleby has just asked me to go with him to the top of the cliff," she said. I want to go, but I want you to come with me. Will you?" There was a significant, though slight, emphasis on the" you "which went well with the intent look that flashed out cf the beautiful eyes. Tom was too far gone to be imperious to either, and he succumbed at once. I would go to the end of the world," he said, impulsively, "if you asked it." Miss Bartlett blushed and looked down. I haven't asked it," she said. Mr Appleby is wait- ing, so come." It was Tom's turn to look triumphantly at Appleby now, and the latter's turn to glower at Tom. As for Miss Dora she seemed entirely ob- livious of the truculent feelings of either of the gentlemen, but tripped merrily up the hill, accept- ing assistance from both, and chatting with which- ever happened to be nearest to her side. The summit of the cliff, when reached, was certainly a beautiful spot and well worth the toil of climbing to it. Miss Bartlett clutched the coat sleeves of both gentlemen as she leaned over the precipice and gazed timidly down into the gulf. What a beautiful scene!" exclaimed Mr Appleby. Lovely said Miss Dora, holding his arm a little tighter, and leaning over a little farther, but it makes me dizzy." Mr Dillingham observed that it was perfectly charming. But just at this moment, when Mis Bartlett s hands were both engaged in grasping the gentle- men's arms, and when both the gentlemen was in such a consequent state of bliss that they were oblivious of all else, there came up a sudden gust of wind which took Miss Bartlett's hat from her head, and after earring it out over the abyss, ana holding it suspended for a moment m «u.u deposited it finally on the extreme tip of a very tender sapling that extended horizontally from the face of the cliff. « U J.I Miss Bartlett sprang back, and putting both hands to her blonde tresses, screamed. My hat. The gentleman looked from Mis3 Dora, in her pretty distress, to the hat, and from tue hat back to Miss Dora again. JUT. What a misfortune exclaimed Mr Appleby, "Can't you get it for me?" asked Miss Bartlett, piteously. Impossible! It would be as mucn as one's life is worth." Miss Bartlett pouted her red lip. As I sup- posed," she thought. He is a coward." But Dillingham stepped to the edge, and without hesitation placed her foot on the swaying branch. 1, I will try to reach it," he said. Fool "exclaimed Mr Appleby, springing forward and seizing him by the arm. Aro you mad ?" But Tom's weight was already on the saplin)1;. It beat beneath him there was a crash, a fall of loose stones, a cioud of dust from the broken roots, and in another instant there passed before Dora's terrified gaze a vision of hat and tree going down into the gulf, and Tom Dillingham hanging over the precipice, sustained only by Mr Apple- by's strong grasp. In another instant Tom was hauled up upon the rock, looking rather bewildered. Miss Bartlett gave him both her hands effusively. Mr Dillingham, you are a hero," she said. Mr Appleby turned away disgusted. He is an idiot," he thought, but did not say it. "Sorry that your hat is gone, but I suppose it can't be helped," replied Tom, with a gratified look. "Thanks, Appleby." Poor Mr Appleby The picnic was quite spoiled for him, for thereafter Miss Bartlett took scarcely more notice of him than if he were the table-cloth or one of the bottles that held the beer. Miss Bartlett was, however, a lady. She did not mean to be rude to Mr Appleby. She was piqued at his refusal to climb for her hat, and gratified by Tom's readiness to risk his life for the same unworthy object, simply because it was hers. With her youthful notions there was something very heroic and admirable to her in Tom's daring attempt, and something very contemptible and cowardly in Appleby's hesitation. Yet she had a secret misgiving that even the Black Prince would have looked a little ridiculous in tumbling over a cliff after a woman's bonnet, and being dragged up again on terrafirma by his rival, delapidated and dirt-begrimmed and that after all, Mr Appleby had, of the two, displayed the most common sense. With this little twinge of conscience, Miss Dora resolved to make it up with Mr Appleby on the way home. Therefore when his horse was har- nessed, and he stood holding the reins as if a little doubtful whether she intended to return home with him or with Dillingham, she came to him and placing her hand on his arin-the same little hand which had worked so potent a spell on Tom that inorninz-said. Oh, Mr Appleby, won't you drive me around by the old mill ? I know it's farther, but it is so much pleasanter that way and if we drive fast we can get home just as soon as the others. And please may I drive? Mr Appleby felt himself transformed. The alacrity with which he assented and fairly leaped into the carriage would have astonished Leonard himself. Miss Bartlett gathered up the reins, and with a wicked glance at Tom, who had not yet loaded up his tea-kettle and baskets, gave the horse a smart; cut with the whip, and was out of sight iii the benci oi the road before any of the others had started. If Miss Bartlett had. snubbed Mr Appleby, she seemed determined now to efface that from his recollection. She never talked to him with so much animation, and never seemed so satisfied with his company as now. She laughed and made Mr Appleby laugh. She joked and made Mr Appleby joke, though he was not remarkable as a joker, Her cheeks giowed, her eyes sparkled, her dimples came a.nd went, and when at last she suddenly turned to him and asked him—yes, actually asked him, Mr Appleby—if he wouldn't please t:e his handkerchief around her head, be- cause the night air was getting cool, and she had no hat, Mr Appleby was wholly unable to realise whether ho stood on his feet or his head, or whether he had any head at all. I can't tie it myself," said Miss Bartlett, and do the driving too." Mr Appleby suggested that she should by no means relinquish the reins. The horse was skit- tish and might run. Of course he could do the tying. She turned her face toward nan and raised ner chin. Mr Appleby produced the handkerchief, and slowly and carehilly adjusted it. Then he brought the ends together a little below the full, red mouth, and—wed, he never knew how he came to do it, but when the knot was tied, he suddenly threw his arms about her and kissed her directly upon her lips. The immediate result was to Mr Appleby absolutely dreadful. Miss Bartlett threw herself away from him and turned pale as deaub. Then siie turned re I to the tips of her ears, her lips quivered for an instant, and dropping the reins, she burst into a paroxysm of Bobbing. It Mr Appleby bad had a bottle of pru :sic acid about him he would probably have immediately swallowed it. Overwhelmed with remorse ne wildly sought her to forgive him. Miss Bartlett gained her composure at last, and in her most freezing tones, said :— Drive me home at once, if you please." At leai-b let us go round by the mill, as we proposed. It is scarcely further now," pleaded Mr Applebv. When I suggested it," replied his companion, I supuosed I was in the company of a, gentle- man. I have discovered my mistake. You will be kind enough to take me home by the quickest possibls way." Mr Appleby gave the horse a savage lash with I the whip, and as suddenly reined him in. They were almost upon a railway crossing, and as he pulled up the shrill whistle of the locomotive was heard around the curve. In the road before them, and almost upon the track, were two bare-footed children, evidently careless of the approaching train. Mr Appleby flung himself out of the car- riage with a shout, and sprang upon the foremost child, a little girl of three, who had paused, be- vildsred, between the rails. All this Dora noted in an instant. Her next confused impression was #of an awful roar as the train dashed by, a cloud' of smoke and cinders that blinded her, a terrible scream from the elder child, and a vision of Mr Appleby rolling over and over in the dust and smoke and confusion with the little one in his arms—and then her horse backed the carriage into the bushes, and she sat -k r r,. down upon the seat and covered her face with her bauds. When she looked up, Mr Appleby was standing by the wheel, with his clothing torn and covered with dust, and with the blood streaming from an ugly cut in his cheek. I thought you were killed," she said. "1 am not much hurt," he replied gravely. But I shall be obliged to borrow back my hand- kerchiei, I am afraid." Instantly Miss Bartlett produced her own, and leaning over to him, bound it about his wound. The Mr Appleby led the horse into the road once' more, and climbing stiffly into the carriage, re- sumed the reins.. Not a word was spoken by either during the remainder of the ride, until the foot of the hill below the Dillingham residence was reached, but Mr Appleby, glancing at Dora from time to time in the midst of his own meditations, observed that she was crying softly to herself nearly all the way. When the horses began to climb the hill, Dora first broke the silence Mr Appleby," she said, looking up at him with her lovely eyes dim with tears, I was offended with you be,-ause-because you kissed me." I was a madman," began Mr Appleby, but Dora put up her hands to stop him. If you would kiss me now," she said, I would consider that you had done mean honour." It was a very long hill, and the horse was doubt- less very tired, for he came to a halt a great many times that night before reaching the top and it was quite dark when Mr Appleby's horse stoppea at last before the gate, so that the nothing of the tender manner inr.i1lhe i;ttie gentleman lifted Miss Bartlett out, or of the little lingering caress which she save him went into the house. T <c wu.r(i «For goodness' sake," said Laura, wher3 have you been ? I concluded you had met that hero whom you are looking-for, and had run away with him, as you promised. "I did," said Dora. And what was his name, p ay « Mr John Appleby, my future husband."
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YANKEE YARNS. My dere frens," said a coloured preacher in a small town in Georgia, we tanks you dis eben- in' fur five dollars, seventy-five cents, an' one button. De man who put de button in de hat sent it away in a good cause, but he loses an ole fren, fur it am a gresay button, Now I'se not a rich man, fur I'se a poor ma.n, but I kin jist give dat man one dollar who'll cum up an' git his button." There was deep silence for a while, and no one went up to get tne button. I tlur you to cum up an' git de button. None uv yott'.i a- comin' Well, I'se afeard you neber see your oie fren no more. It's a west button. My west's all full uv buttons, an' no regular place fur it. But I tells you what I does; I'll take dat button home an have my wife sew it on somewhar whar you kin all see it. Den when you coitici to church you always sees your old fren again. But now I tell,, you de man as put dat button in de hat he no gentleman. He better git converted rite away. He thort be got rid uv dat button, but he neber more mistaken in his life. Dat button bound to folllow him all tru dis world, an' wh?n lie git down to de bank uv Jordan de button sure to he rite smart after him, an' when he git 'cross de ribber on de udder side, look out, fur de button he dar, before him SHE SAVED HIM. Darling," she whispered as she stood behind the chair and rubbed the bald spot on his head in the gentlest manner, why this gloom to-night J" "Effie," he replied in a broken voice, "ufe you prepared to hear bad ne.va ?" Yes-no no What can it be?" I am short on pork, and the next ten days may witness my financial ruin." Oh, no! no I can save you-yes, I can save vou ?" "How 2" "Til at once issuo cards and invitations for our wooden wedding, which is only seven days away, We'll invite 600 of our friends, each of whom will be bound to send a present. Next day you can sell the whole business to some grocer and secure enough cash to carry you through. Hold on for eight days longer, Kichard,, and we'll be long -on pork and short on rolling pin, and potato mashers." OH, ABRAHAM On the night previous to the meeting of the Con- vention of Chicago, Mr Lincoln did not get home until eleven o'clock at night. In the morning Mrs laincoln, who was of a most amiable dispo- sition, remonstrated with her good man at breaktast. She kindly, but firmly informed him that; politics were leading him into bad habits- keeping late hours and drinking at the rum- shops i that sno did not like it—she had to sit and keep the children up; and—"Now, Abra- ham, let me tell you that to-night I will go to bed at ten o'clock. If you come before that hour, well and good; if not, I will not get up and let you in." Ten o'clock came that night, and, true to her word, Mrs Lincoln went to bed with her children. About an hour later Mr Lincoln knocked at the door. He knocked once, twice, and even three times, before an upper window was raised and the nignt-cap of a f3male looked out. Who is there?" "Me." Y on know what I told you, Abraham?" "Yes but, wife, I have got something very particular to tell you. Let me in," "I don't, want to hear. It ii some po- litical stuff." Wife, it is very important. There is a telegraphic despatch, and I have been nomi nated for the Presidency." "Oh, Abraham, this is awful! Now I know you have been drinking. I only suspeetcd it before and you may just go and sleep where you ,,¡ot your liquor and down descended the window with a slam. True enough, the next day confirmed the news that the best anecdote teller of the village had really been nominated to rule over millions. THE SOUP-STONE. A woman on tne outskirts oi Denver was the victim the other day of a tramp's practical joke. The incident happened in this wise. About the middle of the aUernoon the tramp put in an ap- pearance and asked politely if he could be per-' initted to cook for himself a plate of soup. I have the ingredients with me," he said, displaying a cobbble-stone about the siza of an apple. The woman very naturally looked at him in surprise. "You can't makft soup out of that rock, can you?" she inquired, in surprise. Oh, yes, ma- dam This is wha;t we call a soup-stone." Well, I should like to see you do it;" and she forthwith made up a fire in the stove, and the tramp com- menced operations. He filled the stove-pan with water, and after it commenced to boil, very carefully deposited the stone in it. "I shall have to tro'uble you for a little seasoning," be said; and the woman hastened to get him an onion, a piece of meat, and a tomato. These were carefully cut up and put in to boil along with the stone. In a short time a delicious plate of soup was prepared. The woman tasted it, and was delighted with the flavour. The feHow sat down and ate, and his hostess immediately added what was necessary to make a substantial meal. When he left he said that he could get plenty of soup- stones on his way, and that he would leave that one with her as an evidence of how sincerely he appreciated her kindness. She was firmly con- vinced that she had come into possession of a treasure. That night she told her husband of the circumstance. He listened to the recital, and ehen inquired, Don't you think the meat and tha onion and the tomato would have made a very good plate of soup without the rock ?" Gradually the trick began te dawn upon her; and, if you want to make that woman mad, you have only to ask her for the loan of her soup-stone.-Bock-y Mountain News. A FRAUD. Mr Sala, in his' recent book America fievisited, tells us of one of the most originial of many origi- nal personages whom he met on the cars." The train was passing through the Rocky Mountains, and a tourist from Rhode Island complained bitterly of the peaceful air which reigned around in a district where he had expected to be con- fronted by all Borts of savage sights and sounds. Where are your buffalera ?" he exclaimed. Per- haps you'll tell me that them cows is buffalers. They ain't. Where are your prarie dogs ? They ain't dogs, to begin with; they're squirrels. Where are your grislies? You might have imported a few grislies to keep up the name of your railroad. Where are your herds of antelopes scudding be- fore the advancing train? Nary an antelope have you got fer to scud. Rocky Mountains, air? They ain't rocky at all; they're as flat as my hand. Where are your savage, gorges ? 1 can t see none. Where are your wild Injuns. Do you call them loafing tramps in dirty blankets In- juns?" At another time, pointing sternly to a descriptive and apparently somewhat imaginative guide-book, he would say to the English traveller, as though holding him responsible for tho provok- ing serenity of the land, "Where are your coyotes, sir? 111 trouble you for a pack of wolves as makes the night hideous with their howiing. Did anything howl last night, sir, except the wlQd Where are your pumas and your cou- gars. Show 'em tome. There is nothing in it. It's as easy as going from Jersey City to Phila- delphia, and the whole thing's a fraud." Mr Sala did not like to increase the irritation of a disappointed tourist by pointing out to him that the object kept in view by the directors of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railway was, in fact, to make the two thousand miles journey from Omaha to San Francisco as easy as the one from Jersey to Philadelphia. THE LAW ALL ON BOTH SIDES. Mr Lawyer, I want to ask you a question," said a countryman with a bandage about his head to one of our most honorable lawyers. "Yes/sir take a seat. What is the nature of the case ? Waal, ef you wer a huntin' on yotir naber s premises an' he'd tell you to git off ur he'd knock you off, and you wouldn't go, and then he'd try to knock you off, could ye bring suit agin' him for try in' to knock you off?" The lawyer then looked at the bandage around the man's head and replied in an emphatic way: Most assuredly; and collect heavy damasres." Waal, then, I reckon I won fc do nothin' more about it." „ "Why, why not, my f *ou could cer- tainly get heavy damage9* -the law is all on your Sit"i reckon not, mister. You jisfc now said the law was the other way. How's that ? I probably misunderstood the Ca<?^yell) the feller come in my orchard and was shootin' rabbits when I ordered him off but he wouldn't go. So I went at it to knock him off, but I g°t the worst of it, as he can see. I reckon be must be one of these"ere boxin' fellers." Ah, ahem Yes just so. That puts the case in another light. Of course you can sue him for trespass and assault and battery." Waal, I reckon I won't do 110 more in the matter, as you said he can also bring suit agin' me and collect heavy damages. No, hold on. Don't go. i: (In' 1"8 got the law all on your side." So has the other feller. Gøod day, sir. Kentucky State Journal. Printed and Published by the Proprietors, DAVID DUXCAN t SONS, at their Steam Printing Works, 75 and 76. St. Mary-street, and Wcstsate-strees in the town of Cardiff in the County of GlamerfW