OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT. Every year, as the time has come round for the opening of the Royal Academy, there have been murmurs in art circles as to the system of managing affairs at Burlington House; but it is a long time since Parliament was asked to con- sider the subject. The notice paper of the House of Lords, however, has this week had quite a formidable string of suggestions upon it, these being drawn from reports of a Select Committee which sat in 1836, and a Royal Commission which inquired into it in 1863. Some of these recommendations especially affect artists, but all of them are of interest to art lovers and it is to be noted that certain among them have already been attempted to be met by the Academicians. The one of 1S63, for instance, to the effect that the Academicians and Associates then existing should send four works as of right and never more, and that Associates thenceforward elected should send no work as a right, and never more than four, has been revived very lately by the Academy itself, and something has been done to meet it. That, of course, is largely a matter for artists to consider; but the general public will be more interested to know that both in 1836 and 1863 it was recommended that, while the charge for admission, should continue to be a shilling, it might be raised on Mondays, but that Satur- day should be a free day. One fancies it will be some time before this last portion is acted upon. Those who wish the field of women's work extended will be interested to know that since female clerks were introduced into the Money Order Department of the General Post Office, they have shown themselves so com- petent for the duties to be there dis- charged, that there has been no hesita- tion on the part of the authorities in increasing by degrees the proportion of such members of the staff. Some of the work for which they have to be responsible nowadays is admittedly of a more conplicated nature than that formerly entrusted to them but the results are stated to have fully justified the experiment, and the female clerks are being rewarded for this success by comparatively rapid advancement. About half the work of the Money Order Department is now being performed, indeed, by women, the diminu- tion of the male staff being principally effected by means of transfers to other departments of the Post Office. This, perhaps, is not a very cheerful outlook for the male clerk of the future but no one is likely to deny that, if there is one branch of work which is likely to be suited to women, it is just such clerical employment as that provided by the authorities of the General Post Office. Tens of thousands of candidates for positions in the Government service have heard, and many have seen, the somewhat dingy and old- fashioned building between Parliament-street and the Thames Embankment, in which the Civil Service Commissioners so long had their headquarters. But that gloomy edifice in Cannon-row is now a thing of the past, for within the last two or three weeks it has been demolished, in order to make room for a new block of Government buildings facing New Scotland Yard. The Civil Service Commission has accordingly to take up its residence where, and Burlington House is marked out as the place of its future perma- nent home. That will involve depriving some of our greatest learned societies" of their old-accustomed rooms for lec- tures and, although they will, of course, be able to obtain accommodation elsewhere, they will lack the full flavour of Burlington House. The future of that famous block of "buildings, indeed, is one of the pro- blems that will have to be settled in connection with the establishment of the new teaching University of London; and more than one institution will be somewhat disturbed in con- sequence. Londoners of middle age and long memory have been greatly interested this week in the proposed co option to the London School Board of Miss Maude Lawrence, a daughter of the late Lord Lawrence, who was the first- Chairman of that body. The vacancy was caused by the resignation of a lady member for Westminster; and there is something especially pleasing, as well as signifi- cant, in this fashion of celebrating the great services John Lawrence of the Punjaub ren- dered to the cause of elementary education in London by becoming the Chairman of its first School Board. No one in the autumn of 1870 dreamt of the enormous work that lay before that body, and not even the keenest educa- tional enthusiast dared to hope that it would accomplish anything like the amount it has done. The streets of London to-day, far from perfect as they are, cannot be compared with those of thirty years ago; and, although we continue to be a very long way from the educational ideal of Germany and Switzerland and the United States, the late Lord Lawrence did much to bring the capital to the point in this particular it has now reached. There is an extension in London just now of the idea that public servants of various kinds should wear a uniform. The Trinity House pilot is henceforward to do so, his uniform being of naval cut and hue, with gold lace and buttons; and, as is bring pointed out, ,r travellers by sea will henceforward be spared the spectacle of a personage weaaing an incon- gruous chimney-pot hat coming on board to take temporary command. The idea, however, is now going a step further, for it is being pro- posed that the London County Council should provide a uniform for the drivers and conduc- tors of the tramcars and omnibuses in its posses- sion. There is something to be said for the idea, and there is little to be sentimental that can be urged against it, seeing that railway officials have always worn a distinctive garb. But it is not to be forgotten that the driver of a London omnibus loves to display a top-hat, which would seem somewhat absurd on the head of the driver of a tram-car; and that, if the change is to be made, this particular tradition may demand to be respected. I Business men are specially concerned in the resolve the Government have just taken to ap- point, as an experiment, two or three commer- cial agents at foreign inland commercial centres of importance. The sole duty of these agents will be to watch and report upon the extent and progress of trade in the specified districts and upon the opportunities presented for developing British trade interests. Cham- bers of Commerce throughout the country are accordingly being invited to make suggestions as to the localities in which the proposed agencies can be established to the best advan- tage, and these suggestions should be of value. It is not to be forgotten that of late years the Government has made more than one step in the direction of assisting traders with information in various forms. Not only has the Board of Trade done much in this way, but the Commercial Department of the Foreign Office is constantly circulating intel- ligence concerning tenders that are being asked for in various countries, and which our manu- facturers and merchants might otherwise fail to see. The old idea was that any Government interference must of necessity be a hindrance to trade but in the directions indicated there 2an he little doubt as to it being a help. R. j
INTELLIGENCE has been received in Constantinople of the murder by Kurds of Father Hazar Vartabed, Superior of the Armenian Monastery of Surpaghpirk at Sasaun. SIR REDVBRS BULLEB has been appointed Chair- man of the Special Committee to consider the desir- ability of changing the method of inflicting military ounishments..
I NEWS NOTES, CABINET MAKING is by no means one of the easiest of the arts in France. So fickle is public opinion that the tenure of statesmanly office is always brief and uncertain; and small wonder that many of the men of highest ability and probity across the Channel steer as clear of controversial politics as they can. M. Loubet, the President, has experienced great difficulty in persuading any acceptable person to accept the Premiership, and we shall probably not have long to wait for another Ministerial crisis in Paris. THE Peace Conference has got on very well with its discussion on the arbitration scheme laid before it; and as these lines are penned it looks likely that a permanent bureau of inter- national conciliation will be established at The Hague. Should this be so the world will have reason to be thankful to the Czar for his Eironicon, for a good beginning will have been made in the practical movement for the usher- ing in of the Millennium. IN the second of the so-called test" matches between England and Australia, the Antipo- dean cricketers won with ridiculous ease on an absolutely perfect wicket, losing none of their batsmen in their second innings ere victory had been achieved. It was, of course, a fine England team, and had each of the chosen played up to expectation and achieved their averages, the home team would not have been beaten. Neither in the time possible for play during three days (if of extended hours) would they have won, under the level conditions that obtained as to pitch; for the present visiting team is too great to be got out twice by our available talent from Thursday to Saturday on a wicket just like those they usually play on when at home. But we expected the Englanders to do far better than they did in batting; we were not surprised to see the Australians scoring heavily with no fast bowler of high calibre against them. If Archie Maclaren — who showed as fine batting as any man in the match-had not been so bold as to face all risks and walk first to the wicket without having seen from behind Jones's form with the ball in England's opening innings things might have gone much otherwise, for his prompt dismissal laid the foundation of a strange rot," the effects of which the homesters never recovered from. Had the captain on Thursday batted anything like as well as under less likely circumstances on Saturday there would have been almost cer- tainly a draw. But of all the sad things of tongue or of pen the saddest are these, it might have been." Shrewsbury, Gunn, Brown, and Abel are all suggested now as men who ought to have been in the team. All these are usually good for a stand under any happening, but who would have dreamt before- hand of leaving out the worst failure-as it turned out-in the team ? His name was Ranjitsinhji! Is any one of Englan d's un- chosen to be reckoned on to transcend the Indian ? The Australians played all round with unblemished brilliance, and they deserved their triumph, the biggest ever scored on Eng- lish soil by any Antipodeans. SPAIN is financially in a parlous way. She has perforce to stop paying off her national debt, she has reduced the interest on her in- ternal debt, and she imposes heavy new taxa- tion. She is paying dearly for her fiery ardour for war. THERE is sore trouble in the Transvaal out- look still; for the burghers are stubbornly back- ing up Kruger in his resistance of British interference with the affairs of the Boer Republic. Her Majesty's Govern- ment, and particularly Mr. Chamberlain, will require to proceed most astutely in order to procure proper treatment for the Uitlanders without loss of British dignity. "Oom" Paul *3 deep indeed, and the Boers will not give way one hair's breadth if they can avoid it. And he knows that England would do almost any- thing rather than go to actual war with the South African Republic. Not that this country —despite "Majuba Hill "-is at all afraid of the Boers, but because a war against white men with whom we are so associated would at this time of day be terrible to contemplate, and utterly repugnant to the feelings of the great bulk of the nation. THE fall of the barometer last week end, followed by welcome rain, though of un- sufficing volume, must have been gratefully noted by all concerned in land culture. We have had more than enough of continuous drought, and the water companies have grown naturally very anxious concerning their sup- plies. For a plenitude of "soft refreshing rain the face of the country will be very much the better.
BRITISH YACHT SEIZED. The British yacht Firefly has been seized at Arcachon with 5000 rifles of foreign make on board, probably destined for Spain. The rifles were chasse- pots, of the 1866 pattern, which are no longer con- sidered contraband of war in France. The only offence chargeable against the captain of the vessel, therefore. is the omission to declare the rifles.
THE RETURN OF DREYFUS. The Echo de Paris says it learns on good authority '■hat the new trial of Captain Dreyfus will begin on July 17, and that Colonel Jouart will act as Presi- dent of the Court. The trial will not take place in the ordinary court room at the Rennes barracks, as that will be too small, but in a large hall in the com- missariat department which adjoins the military prison. The cell which Dreyfus is to occupy can be made to communicate with the hall by piercing a doorway through the wall, and it is understood this will be done, so as to enable the accused to enter and leave the court without having to appear before the public. I BABOS 8 RELEASE. It is stated that President Loubet has definitely resolved to set Baron de Christiaci free upon the occasion of the National Fete on the 14th of next month, so that he will have undergone a short month's imprisonment for his folly instead of the four years awarded him by the court.
A RAILWAY car fitted with a hydraulic jack has been introduced by a Brooklyn company. The car is lifted by this jack off the rails of the crossings and put on another track where there is no connection by switches. THE widow of Senator Leland Stanford, the great railroad magnate, and former Governor of California, has just conveyed the bulk of her fortune to the Leland Standford University (U.S.A.). CALLIS, the Pebmarsh murderer, has just died at Broadmoor. Three years ago he killed his mother's bailiff and carried the head on a tray round the farm. THE Czar has given directions that a sum of money shall be set aside annually from the Budget surplus in order to form a fund of 2,000,000 marks with which land may gradually be acquired for the Finnish oeasants.
1 THE FIRST ENGLISHMAN TO BE I I OURED io.F TUBERCULAR CONSUMPTION. I A LADY 8 BENEFICBNCB. I Mr. John, Giles Rogers. (From a photo- graph by Chenhall, Tavistock.) Within a gun- shot of the Drake memo- rial at Tavi- stock are monume n tal stone worts, where works a young man, twenty seven years of age, who is as active as any of his fellow- toilers. Yet no more than a year ago he lay in a help- less and hope- less condition in bed, having been d i s- charged from the Tavistock Cottage Hos- pital as incurable. Interviewed by a representative of the Tavistock Gazette, he made the following state- ment My name is John Giles Rogers, and I am a monumental mason. I was taken seriously ill at the age of 24. A diseased bone in the foot was tho commencement of my illness, which was general tuberculosis. I went to the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital, Plymouth, where I remained under treatment for six weeks. At the end of the six weeks I came out of the hospital, although my foot was not thoroughly healed. I went to work, and continued at my avocation by dint of great effort for three months. In the meantime I bad been gradually losing flesh, my appetite was gone, I grew weaker every day, and at last was confined to my bed, suffering from general and increasing de- bility. There I remained for seven weeks, and then I was admitted to the Tavistock Cottage Hospital, where I stayed for three months. I was treated there with the greatest kindness, and I be- lieve that every effort was made to improve my health, but without avail, and I was discharged as incurable, with tuberculosis. My friends were informed that nothing more could be done for me, and that I had not long to live. I had a severe pain in the back, was short of breath, and could only crawl along. I never ex- pected to go to work again, and everyone knew that I had the fatal tubercular form of consumption. The weakness of the spine and general debility in- creased to such an extent that I had to remain in bed again, and this time I thought that it was all up with me. One day, while glancing at the paper in bed, I read of a case of consumption, which was stated to have been cured by Dr. Williams' pink pills for pale people. A lady had kindly promised to do anything she could for me, so I sent the paper by my wife to this lady, who after reading the article, gave her money to purchase a box of the pills. I took one after each principal meal—three a day-and after five days I was able to get out of bed. The pills produced an invigorating effect and thoroughly braced me up. Two days later I was walking about the town. I took five boxes of Dr. Williams' pink pills altogether, and kept gaining strength. That was 10 months ago. Since then I have never lost an hour, but have regularly worked from seven a.m. to six p.m.—10 hours a day. I have a good appetite, and am per- fectly well." The case of Mr. Rogers is remakable, as he is the first man in England to be cured of tubercular con- sumption-hitherto regarded as incurable. The other form of consumption (marked by blood-spit- ting and night sweats) has many times been cured by Dr. Williams' pink pills, which act directly on the Wood. Our blood is at once the cleanser and the food-carrier of the human body. It carries off impurities that need to be eliminated, but when itself diseased maycause all sorts of disorders. Dr. Williams' :pink pills have the power not only of making new blood, but also of removing disease from the old blood. Lack of blood is the direct cause of physical and functional weakness, head- aches, palpitations at the heart, and painful breathlessness after exertion, backaches, cold feet, and the general wretchedness of delicate people. The special troubles of girls in their development nearly always arise from anaemia; in popular language, from too little blood;" and Dr. Williams' pink pills cure all the consequences of that lack in a manner often spoken of as miraculous. They are also praised by all classes of people, from the lowest to the highest in the land, for the way in which they have cared paralysis, locomotor ataxy, rheumatism, and sciatica. They are genuine only with the full name, Dr. Williams pink pills for pale people, and are sold by chemists, and by Dr. Williams' Medicine Company, Holborn-viaduct, London, at two and ninepence a box. Pills sold loose or from glass jars are not Dr. Williams' pink pills accept them only in the pink closed wrapp" as above described.
I CLERICAL IMPROVIDENCE. I ) Prebendary Webb-Peploe told a remarkable story anent clerical improvidence at the annual meeting of the Curates' Augmentation Fund. He once had a curate, not at South Kensington, but at a place in the country, an elderly man, who announced that he was about to marry a young wife. He wished to take pupils, and as Mr. Webb-Peploe bad a commodious vicarage which he did not himself occupy, the house was taken as part of the stipend. It subsequently transpired that this excellent curate had been pre- viously married and had 12 children. In the course of time this number was doubled, and amid general laughter, in which Mr. Webb-Peploe heartily joined, the narrator stated that his curate eventually became chaplain to a lunatic asylum, a post for which, as Mr. Webb-Peploe stated, he seemed eminently fitted. While admitting that it was im- poseible to avoid laughing at these deplorable cir- cumstances, Mr. Webb-Peploe urged that his friend was quite justified in marrying as often as he found opportunity if he deemed it to be his privilege, and added that he had a firm belief that God would pro- vide for his children, no matter how many. This reckless parson was held up as an eminently pious I man, who rose at four a.m. and spent three hours in prayer, but it is scarcely likely (the Morning Post considers) that such a narrative would go very far I towards inducing the laity to increase the funds of the Curates' Augmentation Society.
MR. SLIMPUKSE Wha—what did your father say when you told him we were engaged to be married ?" Miss Beauty: "He was most kind. He said if you would call for him to-morrow with a carriage—I think he said your carriage—he would go with you to look at any double-fronted house you think of buying for me to live in." FIFTY-FIVE more Danish servants have been ex- pelled from Northern Schleswig of late because their employers have taken part in Danish meetings. THE Prison Commissioners have ordered the dis- continuance of all enamelled iron ware for the cooking of the prisoners' food, as it has been found unsuitable for the purpose. IT is reported from New York that a trust is in course of formation embracing all the beer breweries in the country. A billion dollars will be required to perfer.t the scheme. "GREAT Fleas have little Fleas Upon their backs to bite 'em; And little Fleas have lesser Fleas, And so ad infinitum." liowELL's Biglow Papers." Kill the lot by using EKATIMG'S POWDER. MANY Londoners who go abroad or make long trips in search of scenery have no idea of what there is to see within a radius of 25 miles round thl ir homes, for, although the metropolis and all provin- cial towns are increasing enormously, there are still spots exempt from building operations. It would, too, says the Saturday, be a matter for regret if, like the varnishing of violins on the old recipe, the driv- ing of four horses in coachmanlike style should become a lost art, as it probably would be were the commercial side of the road to be lost sight of. Some of the old coachmen have lived long enough to im- part to younger men the niceties of their art, and these again hand on the old traditions to their dis- ciples, and teach them to avoid those" ungainly clawings," which were not unknown even in the old days.
THE TRANSVAAL. BURGHERS STAND FIRM. A meeting of 4000 burghers was held on Saturday at Paardekraal. General Joubert, in opening the pro- ceedings, said they were willing to shed their biood for their country. However, they were not going to make a declaration of war, but to approve, for the sake of peace, what the President had done at Bloem- fontein. Mr. Wolmarans, member of the Execu- tive Council, said that by Sir A. Milner's pro- posals strangers could come and undermine the in- dependence of the country. Mr. Schalk Burger said they strongly denied that her Majesty's Government bad any right to interfere in their internal affairs, but in the interest of peace they discussed the fran- chise. He could see no reason for war. Mr. Kock. a member of the Executive Council, said that in Eng- land the people were treated like dumb animals in the Transvaal the voice of the people was the voice of the King. He would not grant another I hair more than the President's proposals. A resolution was passed approving these proposals, and declaring them as liberal and far-reaching as the meeting could possibly consent to. The Timei Johannesburg correspondent says that Mr. Cham- berlain's despatch in reply to the petition has made a very favourable impression as a masterly statement Of the case, and as showing a determination to secure speedy and effective settlement. The draft Fran- chise Law is practically identical with the Bloemfon- tein proposals, and the general convictiou is that it has been so framed as to exclude genuine Uit- landers. A SERIOUS EXODUS. All the leaders of the Progressive party in Cape Colony strongly support Sir A. Milner. Mr. Hofmeyr and Mr. Schreiner decline to publish their views. Mr. Rose-Innes says that. President Kruger's pro- posals are inadequate, and that he should be urged to make further concessions. The Times Johannesburg correspondent says th it. the meeting of burghers held in that town List week-end was not composed of genuine Boers, but of Hollanders and those dependent on the Government. A serious exodus of the natives working in the mines, who are alarmed by prospects of war, has begun.
MONTE CARLO COMPLETE. English visitors to Monte Carlo will be glad to find that Messrs. Benoist and Fourault, of the Princes' Restaurant, Piccadilly, have provided for their com- fort at this fashionable Mediterranean resort. The Restaurant which they and their friends have opened has already been patronised by members of many European Royal families, and by the most distin- guished men and women of all countries who have lately been sojourning there, including the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge. Taken as a busi- ness enterprise, it may be regarded favourably, because the Piccadilly concern, under the same management, has been steadily paying 10 per cent. ever since it com- menced, and this year the profit will probably be sufficient to pay 20 per cent; but what will interest the great majority of travellers is the fact that a centre of refined comfort, such as they have learned to appreciate in Piccadilly, has been established in Monte Carlo. The Company now forming to exploit this intends to increase and improve its accommodation by building a new hotel capable of receiving four hundred guc~.o. "The Hermitage Hotel and Restaurant" is the title adopted.
AN ELECTION ANNULLED. I Judge Drummond, after a nine days' hearing, gava judgment on Saturday in the Bandon (Ireland) Elec- tion petition, arising out of the County Council election. He declared the election void, and con- demned Walsh, the successful candidate, in all costs. By this judgment Walsh will be mulcted in over JElOOO. The judge reported Walsh for committing corrupt-on, bribery, and treating.
TWENTY-FIVE HORSES BURNT TO DEATH. A disastrous fire, attended by the loss of 25 horses, occurred in London on Saturday at the premises of Messrs. Young Brothers, hay and straw salesmen, Crinan-street, York-road, King's-cross. The out- break was discovered about half-past two in a two-storey building leading into Crinan-street, and used as a stable and store. In the former, which was on the second floor, were 26 horses, 20 of which belonged to Mr. Young, and the remainder to the London Omnibus Company, who occupy the adjoining pre- mises. The fire extended with extraordinary rapidity' and a few minutes after the alarm was given the building was enveloped in flames and the burning hay gave off a dense smoke. Above the roar of the 6re could be heard- the heart-piercing cries and furious stamping of the terrified horses. Some of Messrs. Young's men living near made several gallant attempts to rescue the poor animals, and succeeded in getting one down the gangway. But when they returned the flames spread across the doorway, and drove the screaming horses back, and the men had to leave them to their fate. Some of the horses we no doubt suffocated by the dense smoke, but others were literally roasted to death, as the flames rushed up through a ventilating hole in the centre of the floor, converting it into an oven. The fire was not got under till eight o'clock. The building was gutted, and the roof fell in.
FREAKS OF A TORNADO. I The tornado played extraordinary pranks at New Richmond, Wisconsin, a few days ago. A horse was blown into a church steeple and wedged between the bell and the wall and killed. Another horse was blown from its stall through a closed stable door and upon a heap of debris 10ft. high, where it wax found dead, but the stable sustained very little damage. Two currents of wind passing in opposite directions caught a ledger. The leaves were torn bodily from the binding and carried about a mile to the south of the town, while the cover was blown as far in the other direction. ='==
ELEVEN MINERS KILLED. I The latest despatches from Cape Breton state that the total number of killed by the recent explosion in the Caledonia Mine is 11. Amongst the dead is the underground manager, Mr. Thomas Johnston. The men of the night shift had nearly all left the pit, and reported that there was a smell of burning wood. Mr. Johnston, the manager, immediately started for the mine. Going down the slope he met 10 men, the last of those coming up to the surface. These he urged to return with him in order in ascertain the cause of the fire and attempt to extinguish it. They pushed their way along, and, though they observed smoke, apprehended no catas- trophe. Mr. Johnston opened a door, and was suddenly met by a rush of gas, which was ignited by the lamps carried by the party. A terrific explosion followed, and all the eleven men were instantly killed. Relief parties who went down afterwards were almost suffocated by the gas and smoke, but there was no more deaths. The smoke in the mine is now diminish- ing. It was subsequently ascertained that the fire was due to spontaneous combustion in a heap of debris, whence it spread to the woodwork, and gas was generated. The fire is confined to the timbering and it is expected that operations will be resumed in six weeks. The fire is now being, at tacked by a stream of water from the pumps. The Common Stock of the Dominion Coal Company declined three points on the news of the disaster. Fire damp is very rare in the Cape Breton mines, only two instances in which fatal results followed being known in the history of the collieries.
THE Lords ot the Admiralty nave awarded the Naval Pension of;265 a year, vacant in consequence of the death of Captain G. H. Clarke, to Captain H. E. Crozier. TUEKE is a probability that Major Marchand will be asked by the Royal Geographical Society to visit London and deliver a lecture on bis travels in Africa
w_- ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW. w Although the Royal Agmrftusval Society's Show opened partially on Saturday, it was not until Mon- day that Maidstone was the centre of attraction to the English farmer. Among the live stock exhibited in the beautiful M#e-park were no fewer than 11 different exhibits from the Queen, 13 from the Prince of Wales, and one from the Duke of York. Hel Majesty took premier honours for Clydesdale stallions foaled in her Jubilee year; but in the class for shorthorn bulls calved in 1897 she had to take third place to one of her loyal subjects, Mr. George Harrison, of Darlington. For shorthorn bulls calved in 1898 her Majesty captured the second prize, the championship going to Mr. Deane Willis, of Codford, Wilts. The Queen's shorthorn heifer Feodora received a highly com- mended at the hands of the judges, but in the class for shorthorn heifers calved in 1898 she beat the Prince of Wales and took leading honours. In the class for Hereford bulls calved in 1897 her Majesty again led, with the Earl of Coventry follow- ing with second and third honours; but for 1898 bulls of the same breed the judges' recognition con- sisted of a reserve and a highly commended." A Hereford cow in milk, however, again secured her Majesty a first; and her other exhibits were among the reserved and highly commended." The Prince, while not completely successful with his sheep, secured some premier awards in other sections, notably a first in the class for shire stallions foaled in 1898, Lord Wantage and Lord Rothschild following him with second and third honours. His Royal Highness was not so fortunate in the class for shorthorn bulls, taking only second. Sir J. Blundell Maple, M.P., once more held his own with shire horses, taking two firsts and a third and, as was perhaps to be expected, Sir Cuthbert Quilter, M.P., and Mr. A. J. Smith again showed the way with Suffolk stallions, the latter taking first and the former second prize for stallions foaled in 1898. Among the other distinguished exhibitors was the Earl of Derby, who took championship honours for a Sussex heifer calved in 1897; Lord Amherst of Hackney, who secured a first in the class for red- polled heifers calved in 1897; and Earl Cadogan, who got a reserve and a highly commended in the class for Jersey bulls. The Prince of Wales and a distinguished party visited the show on Tuesday. During the week preceding the show there had been trials proceeding of hopwashers, and the prize was on Saturday awarded to Messrs. Drake and Fletcher, of the Kentish Engineering Works, Maid- stone. Kent, the hop county, naturally took a deep interest in this competition, and during the trials the judges were accompanied by a numerous com- pany of those connected with hop growing. Messrs. Drake and Fletchers' machine strikes one at first as being somewhat complicated, but this idea is dispelled when it is seen in actual work. The successful machine has a capacity of 75 gallons, will spray any width and in any desired direction, with any quality of spray from the finest mist to a copious shower. The second prize went to W. Lambert and Co., Weald, of Kent Engineering Works, Horsmonden, for an excellent type of machine, and the competition was an exceedingly close one. Among the miscellaneous prizes which were awarded may be mentioned the produce depart- ment, poultry, &c. First prizes for game birds went to W. H. Lewis, Glamorgan; C. W. Wilson, Cumberland; and A. K. Shepherd, Bellingham. In dorkings Hy. Meredith, Lincoln; Herbert Reeves, Emsworth; Hon. Florence Amherst, Bran- don and O. E. Cresswell, Hereford, were successful. Winners in brahmas included G. W. Henshall, Buckingham; and G. Partington, Lysham; whilst in Langshans J. Coe, Desborough; and M. G. Good- smith, Horndean, were first prize winners, Mr. Part- ington also taking four firsts for orpingtons. J. W. Thomas, Forest Fach, came out first in French fowls, whilst in Aylesbury ducks Fredk. Read, Aston Clinton; and R. S. Williamson, Hednesford, were the successful ones. Abbott Bros., Thuxton; and W. Bygott, Ulceby, \were victors in geese. Produce winners were Charles Hayes, Frome; C. Combe, Cobhart-park; Lord Rothschild and H. Tucker, Trowbridge. Perry and cider winners were Henry Hardiman, Burford; and D. Phelps, Glou- cester. Honours in hops went to T. L. Walker,Wor- cester; and P. and C. Seward, Petersfield. O. Roberts, Tarporley, Cheshire; and Mrs. Barney, Maidstone, were first in pressed fruits and vegetables. First in hives and honey appliances, J. Lee and Son, W.C., and for honey iiself R. W. Patten, G. Wells, and Miss Gayton-all well-known exhibitors. Among the agricultural implements were some very up-to-date appliances shown by all the best farms in the country. An inspection of the different stands was at once convincing of the perfection to which science has brought the various implements used in farming. Messrs. Lankester and Company had on exhibi- tion a grand collection of sheaf binders, reapers, mowers, hay makers and loaders, ploughs, grinding machines, &c. H. R. Griffin and Company had also a splendid lot of implements, all their own manu- facture. A number of most useful and well-made farm requisities were shown by Mr. John Bellamy, London, including wrought iron and galvanised tanks, cylinders, corn-bins, cattle troughs, &c. —all made of the same material. Some of the smartest turn-outs ever seen were exhibited by Charles S. Windover and Co., Royal Carriage Works, Huntingdon, London, and elsewhere. The photons, four-wheel dog-carts, Ralli cars, and landaus were as stylish as anything seen in the parks in the height of the season. The beauty of the grounds was greatly enhanced by the handsome stands of Messrs. Sutton and Messrs. Carter, the well-known seed-growers. The beautiful grouping of flowers, plants, vegetables, &c., presented a most charming and refreshing scene.
DEATH OF MR. ASOROFT. M.P. We regret to announce the death of Mr. Ascroft, M.P. for Oldham, one of the most assiduous and indefatigable members of the House of Commons, whose business capacity was of great service in com- mittees and in unravelling intricate details. He had been suffering from acute pneumonia at his residence in Croydon, and for two or three days his life hung in the balance. On Sunday evening his strength was exhausted, and death came on Monday afternoon, to the deep regret of all who knew him. He was only 52 years of age, and after being admitted as a solicitor frequently acted with acceptance in trade disputes. The recent Money- Lending Commission was really due to his ruthless exposure of the lower class of extortionists, who lay traps for the unwary, and it was largely through him that a notorious member of the fraternity was forced to make his obeisance at the Bar of the House. Mr. Ascroft was returned to Parliament for the first time at the last general election, when he led in a double Unionist victory, the borough having pre- viously been represented by Liberals. The figures were: Ascroft, 13,085, and Oswald, 12,465; while the two defeated Liberals were Mr. Lee, 12,249, and Sir J. T. Hibbert, 12,092. Mr. Ascroft, who married a daughter of the late Mr. G. Barlow, of Oldham, was very popular in the borough he represented, and his death at a comparatively early age will be sin- cerely mourned.
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A FAMOUS ACTRESS IN HER RETIREMENT. Mary Anderson lives at Court Farm, an old. fashioned farmhouse, all gables and warm colours, in the picturesque little village of Broadwy, near the sleepy old town of Worcester, says M.A.P. She re- tired from the stage 10 years ago, at the height of her success, and in the full bloom of her woman- hood. She was only thirty, yet she shook from her feet, once and for all, the dust of public life, with all its intoxicating triumphs. and for the last ten years she had led a life rich with quiet happiness. Here is her own estimate of the bliss in which she now lives and moves: My life lacks nothing now," she said recently to an old friend. I have everything I want or could wish for. I am contented and happy, and nothing could ever tempt me to enter public life again. You would understand it all if you had once been with us for a time at Court Farm. We lead my ideal existence. The place is just isolated and inaccessible enough to make it restful. The people know nothing of the rush and hurry and high pressure of life. Our house is a low rambling, vine-covered little old place, and everything about it is as quaint as possible. It was built over 300 years ago, and though, of course, it has been renovated, yet the low ceilings and big antique fireplaces are just the same. I know you would delight in the fireplace I have in my dining- room and my old china, and I have a collection worth looking at now." One of Mary Anderson's most intimate friends, and one who frequently shares the rest and quiet of Court Farm with her, is Marie Corelli. Several of Marie Corelli's novels have been thought out in Mary Anderson's rose garden. She stays for weeks at a time in the quaint old English house, and is re- farded, even by the baby, as one of the family, lary Anderson's next-door neighbour is a sweet song writer, Maud Valerie White. These three gifted women spend many pleasant hours together. They are all fond of walking, and take long tramps over the sweet-smelling English moors. For walking, Mary Anderson wears a short bicycle skirt; but she does not cycle. She started to learn, but her mis- haps were so many that she gave it up in despair. She rides horseback, and both she and Mr. Navarro are very fond of driving.
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STORY OF A SUPPOSED RAPHAEL. It having been announced in Paris that M. Pes- chard, the Police Commissary of the district of the Bank of France, possesses a real Raphael, a representa- tive of the Gaulois interviewed him on the subject. Here is the Police Commissary's story of the- Raphael, which we take from our French contem-- porary: "One day I received from my father-in-law a panel-for it is a question of a panel and not a canvas—representing the Virgin holding in her arms the infant Jesus, My father-in-law died without offering any explanation about the panel and I placed it above the mantelpiece, where one of my friends, an amateur in art, noticed it one day. My friend carefully brushed the dust from it, and then declared to me that I possessed a work of value—a- Raphael. Some time later I saw in an illustrated journal an exact reproduction of my picture, taken, from a work of Raphael in the National Gallery at London. I went to London, where I learned that, the Virgin attributed to Raphael was only a repro- duction of the work of the master. Where is the original of this work ? Nobody has been able to tell me. Is it in my hands ? I am inclined to think so. Connoiseurs to whom I have shown my pic- ture say it is a Raphael, but, of course, I am not yet certain that it is so." M. Peschard has had numerous offers for his possession, but he declines to part with it.
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I THE KAISER AND COWES WEEK. According to the Skipper, the announcement that the German Emperor intends to visit Cowes during the regatta week in August, is, to say the least of it, premature. So far the official arrangements only extend to his Majesty's annual trip to the fjords of Norway. On the morning following the regatta in ne Bay of Lubeck, which takes place on Sunday, July 2, the Hohenzollern, with the Emperor and his 3tiite on board, leaves for Norway. During the past few years this trip has been extended over about four weeks. Of course, his Imperial Majesty might curtail it. which would probably have to be done in order to be &t Cowes for the opening of the re- gatta week.
AURiFT 1H THE NORTH SEA. A Grimsby correspondent states that on her arrival in port on Sunday morning the Grimsby trawler Temperance reported the loss of four of her crew. The men put off in a boat on Saturday evening to attend to some cod lines, and a thick fog coming on they became separated from their craft. They had no light with them and nothing in the boat. The incident occurred about 20 miles off Spurn Head. There is the possibility that they may be picked up by a passing trawler, but at present their fate is unknown.
POPULAR AND UNPOPULAR SERVICE. Lady Knightley looks upon the servant question as a most curious puzzle, for, as she explained to a Marvin a^ Leader interviewer, numbers of girls insist on picking and choosing the particular branch of domestic service in which they will engage. Take, for instance, last year's record of the Girl's Friendly Society," said her ladyship. There were 337 cooks applied for, but only 20 girls offered themselves for these appointments, but when under-housemaids were required 82 girls were eager to secure the 28 vacan- cies we had on our books. Seventy-five parlour- maids were wanted, but only 26 could be found who were willing to take up the work, and no more than 24 girls offered themselves for the 171 vacancies for house and parlourmaids. Then, again, with sewing-maids, as many as 99 were in competi- tion for the 17 places that became vacant. It's so strange," added Lady Knightley, that there should be all this difference in the popularity of the various branches of domestic service. But then, when I think of poor shop girls of every class standing for Buch long hours, I'm more bewildered than ever why a comfortable employment like good service is left. so empty. But until girls see for themselves that a good home, good living, and not too much work are preferable to tedious drudgery, poor health, and often a shiftless kind of home, you may as well nreaoh to the winds for all the good it does."
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I TRAMP bHOT BY RABBITERS. An unknown man, supposed to be a tramp, died in Portsmouth Hospital on Saturday of gunshot wounds sustained under singular circumstances* Deceased was sleeping behind a hedge, and it is pre- sumed that he was accidentally shot by some men who were working" the other side of the hedge while rabbiting. They presumably were ignorant of the occurrence. It has been discovered that one of the party responsible is a private of the Rifle Brigade, who is now in custody charged with having been in possession of a rifle not of the service pattern.
THE female Samson of Texas is Miss Jennie Ko bi- son, a coloured woman, of Burleson County. Her age is 22 years, and her weight is 4471b. Her strength is equal to that of five ordinary men. An, insolent tramp abused her mistress one day, and Jennie was summoned. She grabbed him by the collar of his coat and the seat of his trousers and whirled him over a fence.