CURRENT SPORT. id* to The four first-class cricket matches unlinishedon f8 Saturday had all to be left drawn. That between "j Oxford and Cambridge at Lord's was characterised ™ by heavy scoring all through, and although the Dark Slues declared their second innings closed at 219 for -J' six wickets, there was at no time much prospect of a P definite result being arrived at. The closing "I stages, which were noteworthy for some excel- lent batting by Messrs. H. C. Pilkington, R. E. Foster, L. J. Moon, and J. Stanning, were* exceed- ingly well patronised, the weather holding fine until ai the finish. The full scores were, Oxford, 503 and s( 219 (declared); Cambridge, 392 and 186 for two. o At Scarborough, where Hirst scored a brilliant 155, 11 Yorkshire had much the better of a drawn game with f Notts, while at Manchester, Lancashire had the better 11 of the argument with Sussex, Mr. A. Eccles (63) *j playing a bright innings for the home county. Although Surrey declared at 522 for eight wickets, Cl against Leicestershire, at the Oval, the Midlanders creditably saved the game, scoring 270 in their second innings. Lockwood did not increase his overnight a score of 165. <:> w 0 The Royal Northern Yacht Club's annual regatta, 11 which was commenced on Saturday at Rothersay, 7 provided the most interesting sport of any of the Clyde 11 fixtures. There was a hard breeze from the north- west, and Khama, after a splendid display, won the big handicap easily from Caress and Brynhild. In 1 r, the race for Twenties, Senga beat Penitent by five minutes. n a Some very good racing was seen at the Royal f, Southampton Yacht Club's regatta on Saturday. In b the 36 feet class Sakuntala, the new Cowes boat, was first. Cuckoo won in the 20 feet class. Gadflly n the one-design-class, and Speedwell in the 18 feet class. The Reyal Corinthians had a race in two divisions from Port Victoria to Ramsgate. In the race for 0 boats exceeding ten tons Doreen won from Gull, P while Freya won the race for smaller craft. The Welsh Championships Lawn Tennis Meeting was concluded at Newport on Saturday with the d following results: Gentlemen's Open Singles (Welsh Championship): Final and championship round: S. H. Smith (holder) beat E. R. Allen (6—8, 9—7, fj—0, 7—5). Ladies' Open Singles (Welsh Cham- j' pior.ship): Final and championship round: Miss J1 Hill beat Miss Parr (5—7, 6—4, 6—2). Gentle- (■ men's Singles (Wales and Monmouth): Final round: F. H. Dauncey beat J. A. Jones (6-3, 6-1, 6-4). ° g The Kent County Championship Lawn Tennis ? meeting was concluded at the Manor Way, Black- 2 heath, on Saturday. Results: Gentlemen's Kent 1 County Championship: Final and championship P round F. W. Payne (holder) beat S. Rivers (6-2, fi 6—4, 5—7, 6—4. Ladies' Kent County Champion- ( ship: Championship round: Miss C. M. Wilson c (holder) beat Mrs. Waring (challenger) (6-2, &—4). In a golf match at Garden City, New York, on a Saturday, Walter Travis defeated Findlay Douglas ( by two up. The former thus secures the amateur cl championship for the United States. ti Mr. A. J. Robertson, Press Gallery (scratch), last year's Parliamentary Golf Handicap winner, beat w Mr. J. B. Hotham, House of Lords (handicap 9) at c the third meeting in the semi-final round of the Par- liamentary Handicap at Mitcham. Their two previous contest were halved. In the final of 36 ft holes, he will give five strokes in each 18 holes to 0 Mr. H. Seton Karr, M.P. (six). w J 0' R. H. Baker, the professional champion jumper of America, accomplished some extraordinary per- formances at Grimsby sports on Saturday. In the high iiirnp he cleared the wonderful height of 6ft. 7|in.—thus beating his own world's record by three-quarters of an inch. He also cleared 82ft. 9in. in six successive long jumps—thereby eclipsing his own previous world's best by 2ft. 4Jin. His last jump measured 16ft. 4in. The all-comers' competition for the M.C.C. gold challenge tennis racquets was brought to a conclusion at Lord's on Saturday, when J. B. Gribble beat A. W. Beauclerk in the final round by three sets to love, the score being 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. Gribble next plays Sir Edward Grey, Bart, M.P., the holder of the silver prize, and the winner will have the right to challenge Eustace H. Miles for the gold racquet. After Saturday's championship meeting at Stam- ford-bridge, the British Empire must (says the Dailv Chronicle) give best to the United States in the matter of short-distance running. If we still had a Bradley or a Downer at their best among our sprinters, and a Bredin or a Tindall among our quarter-milers, things might be different; but Americans are having their day, and we congratulate our cousins on their undoubted superiority, ard await the time, which must come, sooner or later, when more men of the class men- tioned !tbo\ e have been developed. It would, how- ever, have taken something more than a first-class man to have beaten Alvin Charles Kraenzlein on Saturday. His manner of clearing the obstacles is unique. There is nothing like the evidence of jump- ing which is prominent in other hurdlers; he literally runs over the hurdles, taking them in his stride. His time, 15 2-5sec., is world's record for a grass track. He has done 15 l-5sec. on cinders in i i America. Kraenzlein repeated his American performance of winning the long-jumping, as well as the hurdling championship. His 22ft. lO!in. was rather dis- appointing, but it should be remembered that a strong cross wind prevailed. Such a wind bothers jumpers even more than runners. Kraenzlein has done 24ft. 4?tin. M. W. Long, who secured the quarter-mile, is a splendidly built athlete. Under more favourable conditions he would have got very close to the British amateur record of 48|-sec. A. F. Duffy, Who won the 100 yards, looks anything but a champion sprinter. In build, he is the very opposite of Long, but re- markable smartness in getting off the mark and very quick strides enabled him to get home in lOsec., just as he had done in the United States championship. At hammer-throwing and high- jumping, J. J. Flanagan and J. K. Baxter, were, in their respective events, a class above their opponents. Baxter's style of jumping is grotesque but effective. If beaten in the sprints and field events, English athletes have the gratification of know- ing that in distance races they retain their supremacy The half-mile, mile, four miles, steeplechase, and walk were kept in the Old Country. A. E. Tysoe's perfect judgment enabled him to beat J. F. Cregan, of Princeton, by five yards in the final of the half; and in the other distance events the Americans were out- classed, although A. Grant, the United States cham- pion, managed to gain a place in the mile. The first of the Gentlemen and Players matches was commenced at Kennington Oval on Monday, and provided a feature in the brilliant batting of bit 'fi!°r- Professionals, who carried his bat through the innings, and at the close had scored a brilliant 153 out of 302. The Gentlemen on going in fared badly, as by the close of the first day's play four w.cke s had oeen secured for only 54 runs. At Worcester on Monday, the home county lost the toss, and Lancashire, in first/made 425 for the loss of seven wickets before the close of play. ryldesley batted in good style for a fine 142, whilst Mr. A. Eccles in two hours and 20 minutes compiled 86 not out. With C. B. Fry in their team, Sussex were at full strength at Sheffield on Monday. Batting first, Killiek and Ranjitsinhji displayed good form, but despite their efforts the Sussex total only reached 232. Yorkshire before nightfall had obtained 141 for three wickets, Wain- wright and Brown, sen., both failing. Against the Minor Counties, at Lord's, the M.C.C. recorded 412 runs in four and a-half hours, Captain Wynyard being top scorer with Some hard hitting by Mr. G. F. Vernon, old Middlesex amateur, and Mr. A. F. Somerset., caused 83 runs to be added in the quick time of 25 minutes. During the innings, Tomlin, of AorthumberUnd, wa8 no-balled for throwing. At Nottingham, the West Indians had a long day in the field on Monday, Notts subscribing 343 for four wickets. W. Gunn (161) and Iremonger (101) com- pletely mastered the Colonial bowling. Mr. N. P. Druce, the old Cantab, assisted his University against. Liverpool and District on Monday, and recorded a brilliant score of 124; the Light Blues having much the better of the day's play. The Players had on Tuesday evening obtained a icided advantage over the Gentlemen at Kenning- n Oval, as, at the close of play, with a wicket to .11, they were 340 runs on. On the Amateurs inings being resumed, the aide was out for 205, Dr. T. G. Grace being top scorer with 58. With a lead 97 on the first innings, the Players then scored 1: 13 for nine wickets, towards which Hayward com- led a brilliant 94. Playing for M.C.C. and Ground ;ainst Minor Counties, at Lord's, Mr. A. E. Stoddart w :ored on Tuesday 136 in the second innings. The n ounties were on Wednesday morning 464 runs be- t] ind, and had nine wickets to fall. Lancashire, ri iding 50 for their last three wickets to their overnight n :ore, brought their innings against Worcestershire S a Tuesday, at Worcester, to 475, A. Eccles obtain- 1< ig three figures for the first time this season. They t( ibseqtiently disposed of Worcestershire for 179, and v i tho follow-on had by Tuesday nightfall secured e: ve wickets for 92, the home county then requiring t< )4 to avert a single innings defeat. The Oxford tptain, R. E. Foster, completed his 1000 runs fot it ie season, and was top scorer for his side with 50 I orkshire did so well at Sheffield that they were VI ble to declare their first innings at 489 for nine r ickets. Ernest Smith (116), Hirst (71), and Rhodes w 79) batted in great style, and the latter pair dis- c lissed five Sussex batsmen for 25, leaving the 1 isitors 232 to get on Wednesday to avoid a single t, inings defeat. At Liverpool the Cantabs gained an t ght wickets victory over the local team. For the n light Blues Day scored 153, and Dowson in all took h 3 wickets for 172. For the Liverpool team Garnett t as top scorer with 97. The West Indians had t othing to look forward to on Wednesday but defeat ( t the hands of Notts, as, with only five wickets to g ill, they required on Tuesday evening 292 to avert e eing beaten in a single innings. 1
6 THEFT BY A BANK MANAGER. g I)avict J)uncan Lamb, 24, formerly manager of the lossley-hill branch of the Bank of Liverpool, was n Saturday charged on remand before the Liver- I lool stipendiary with having forged cheques at Man- a hester and Warrington totbe amount of over £ 2000. c fr. C. E. Stevens, who appeared for the Bank of c Liverpool, said that up to then the police had con- v ucted the prosecution, and with such success that t be bank had recovered about 90 per cent. of the ioney they at one time thought ttliey would lose. c fe understood the prisoner would plead guilty r 3 having stolen £ 150. In couSfce of business v e obtained from the Sefton-park branch £ 200 a E150 in gold and £ 50 in silver) ostensibly a or the ordinary functions of the bank, but c nly the £50 was placed in the bank safe, the £ 150 z oing into his own pocket. To balance this he t btained a cheque in the name of a customer who c iad called to pay in a small amount to her account, t ?he prisoner folded a cheque over at the foot of a a iaying-in slip and got the customer to sign the c beque while believing it to be a paying-in slip. A c ew days later, when the prisoner was away, the i 12stomer called to draw out some money, and her ttention being called to the debit of £1.50 she repudi- t ted it. Pending investigation the prisoner disappeared, s nd, there being other suspicious matters, the bank r ook steps to have him arrested. Circumstances in egard to the prisoner's health and mental condition in- s uced the bank to listen to appeals for leniency, and ( bey were content to leave the matter entirely in the t :ands of the magistrate on the charge of CI50, j without investigating other matters, the former r barge being withdrawn. The prisoner having for e nally pleaded guilty to stealing the £ 150, Mr £ jeslie Scott made a strong appeal on his behalf and 1 sked the magistrate to deal with him as a first Sender, saying that his elder brother and mother ( rould endeavour to give him a fresh start in a new i ountry. The magistrate directed that the prisoner hould be bound over to be of good behaviour for 2 months and to come up for judgment if called j ipon within that period, stating that he owed this sniency entirely to the action of those who had been t lis employers.
CHARITABLE BEQUESTS. < The late Miss Emily Francis Dalton, of Leicester. bus left about P.18,000 to Leicester charaties, and t £23,000 to other charitable institutions. The } Gordon Boys' Home receives a legacy of £ 10,000 and is made residuary legatee of Misa Dalton's property, which is valued at upwards of £ 80,000. ( I
SPOONBILLS ON BREYDON WATER. The annual visitation of these fine birds has pro- bably come to an end for 1900 with the dejDarture of the solitary individual that till the last few days has frequented the mud-flats of the famous piece of water behind the town of Yarmouth, forming the estuary of the "three rivers "-the Bure, the Yare, and the Waveney. The fact that spoonbills come, year after year, to the neighbourhood of their old nesting places, and to their old feeding grounds, is of great interest, as it seems to show desire to re-establish colonies destroyed more than 200 years ago. Then these birds were shot by fowlers for their "handsomeness," as Sir Thomas Browne has left it on record, not for their meat." This perse- cution drove them, as a nesting species, from their two haunts on the River Yare-one near Bucken- ham Ferry, about seven miles from Norwich; and the other at Reedham, nine miles from Yarmouth. The general northward movement of these birds from Africa begins in March; some stay to breed in Spain, but the main body passes on, some to the breeding grounds in Holland and others to those iR the Valley of the Danube. It is from Holland that the stragglers find their way to East Anglia in the spring and summer of each succeeding year, and in all probability the restric- tion of the area of the breeding grounds by the drainage works at the Hoster Meer and Naarder Meer, not very far from Amsterdam, has not a little to do with these periodical visits. Birds seeking new breeding grounds should be protected in ever possi- ble way. In 1884 Seebohm pointed out that, despite the Protection Act, most of the visitors fell victims to the insatiable desire to possess British-killed specimens of rare birds. A good deal has been done since then, notably in the way of educating public opinion, and the employment of paid watchers by private individuals and Natural History and Bird Protection Societies, so that many of the birds undoubtedly escape. But while the penalty for killing a rare bird is only a small fine, the payment of which inflicts no punishment on the real offender who prompts the gunner to kill the speci- men, the protection is not as complete as it might be. Many Norfolk naturalists advocate the addition to the Wild Birds Protection Act of a forfeit clause over and above the fine, by which any bird killed in close time should be handed over to the National Collection at South Kensington, or to some local institution. No collector would shoot, or pay a gunner to sboot, rare visitors if he knew that, in addition to being fined, he would lose the speci- men, to secure which the law had been broken and the fine incurred.
THE QUEEN AND A SOLDIER I FAMILY. It having been brought to the notice of the Quevn that Mrs. Mooring, of Abingdod, has five sons in the army, Sir Fleetwood Edwards has written stating that her Majesty is much gratified and enclosing JE4 as a mark of her Majesty's appreciation of this interesting record. Two of the Moorings were with the artillery at Colenso and a third was in Lady- smith.
FLOODS IN NEW SOUTH WALES. Owing to terrific gales on the coast and heavy j rains throughout the colony (says a Sydney message) the rivers have flooded the lowlands. The Hawkes- bury Valley is submerged, and there are great floods round Goullburn. Families have been rescued from trees and the tops of houses in boats. There have been unparalleled snowstorms in the Blue Mountainr Two trains have been snowed up and the tra' blocked.
POLICE-SERGEANT STRINGER, of the Surrey Con- stabulary, stationed at Ripley, was badly injured by a party of gipsies late on Saturday night. He had arrested a gipsy woman in a publichouse, and when leaving it was set on by three men, who beat him with sticks and kicked him about the head and face, rendering him unconscious. He is now in a critical condition. A man who attempted to assist him re- ceived serious injuries. SIR GERALD STRICKLAND, Chief Secretary to the Government of Malta and Lady Edeline Strickland have arrived at Sizergh Castle. Westmorland, for the summer.
IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT, n — ti HOUSE OF LORDS.—JULY 9. I si AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION. mi.- t> i i. i r\ i._ la jLiie xvujai usstruu was given uy w a Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Bill. ,"Y"'f"!n'l "r.'In. I'll "I T,1 1_ I n J :1: I JUWIU VJUU UJ. ULlA ODACU UC;J..L..U.QJICi15ù'y 0 uuvciuiuouv v hether any recommendations of the Fry Com- s lission would be carried into effect in addition to Sl lose already adopted; and what were the principal d ecommendations of that Commission which could 11 ot, be carried into effect without fresh legislation, tl peaking on behalf of the Irish landlords the noble )rd said it was their belief that effect could be given 3 a considerable number of those recommendations a ,'ithout any legislation whatever. He proceeded to w xplain some of these and to point out the advantages a i be gained by adopting them. u Lord Ashbourne, in the course of a long reply, said n had never been suggested that the report of the t] ry Commission should be accepted as a new gospel, p without question or challenge, and that all the v ecommendations should be acted upon at once. It a ras obvious, indeed, that the report was one to be II onsidered, examined, and treated with respect, b :he duty of the Land Commissioners, therefore, was a o adopt such of the recommendations as they 0 bought proper and not those which did not corn- ti [lend themselves to their fair judgment. They 0 iad, in fact, adopted a great many recommenda- s ions of the very highest importance. As regards a he definition of fair rent proposed by the Fry t Commission, it was clear that, after the decisions j iven in the Law Courts, it could not be adopted J xcept under the pressure of an Act of Parliament, t he purchase system in Ireland was working igorously, hopefully, and in a way which gave t round for the expectation that it would continue to t ;row and to prosper. c 1 MILITARY MANOEUVRES BILL. T T J „ J 11, „ O I. QLNLO FNM C ijuiu jjiuiinciu tto&eu iuo kicuiClewy ui HVJ 1 Ui. Var why no notice was given to owners of lands c tffected by the Military Manoeuvres Bill previous to ir during the passage of the bill through the House a >f Lords. He also called attention to the injury c trhich would be inflicted in some cases by the opera- v ion of the bill. Lord Lansdowne replied that most of the land- t owners who were affected by the measure did not egard it in the hostile and uncompromising spirit vhich the noble lord had exhibited. As to the c illeged iniquity of the bill, he was not prepared to e sserc thatit might notrequireamendmentinmatter of r ietail. He was sorry, indeed, that attention was not c lalled to the details in this House, but there could 1 Je no doubt that the principle of the bill was a sound 8 )ne. That principle was that power should be given 1 o the War Office to use certain portions of land for i. few days in the year for the purpose of carrying s >n military manoeuvres. There was, of course, a B compensation clause, which had been drawn in the uost liberal manner. x Lord Kimberley thought the bill ought to have t )een of a more temporary character. It was a very ,trong measure to take permanent possession of J )rivate property every year for a public purpose. t Lord Morley understood that a decision had been 8 irrived at that the standing orders of the House of Commons had not been complied with in respect to J his bill. He concurred in the opinion which had ust been expressed by the leader of the Opposition. Che taking away of private rights without the (lightest intimation as to what the War Office was oing to do appeared to him to be a very high- landed and unjust proceeding. The Diocesan Registration Bill passed through Committee, and several other measures were ad- ranced a stage. P HOUSE OF COMMONS. 11 JAFAN S WORK IN CHINA. T Mr. JsroaricK statea, in answer to a question, tnat r he Japanese Government were prepared to send c vithout delay reinforcements to bring up their troops i in China to 20,000. This announcement was re- 1 -eived with cheers. Being interrogated by Sir H. t Dampbell-Bannerman as to the situation at Pekin, 1 be said he inferred from the accounts received e hrough native sources that the resistance of the I Legations to the attacks made on them had greatly a mpressed the assailants. He added that there were grounds for hoping that Prince Ching, the late head )f the Yamen, was exercising his influence to pro- ject the Legations against Prince TuaD and the Boxers." t i IRISH TITHE. mi T_:„U ..Lli\j UVUI:IIUl:il.artJJ.V1..I. UJ. LoLl\j .L1.U:U.1 .LHsIJO Bill was resumed in Committee on the third clause, which proposes to enact that in future tithe pay- ments shall vary in proportion to the variation in ? judicial rents. Mr. Dillon moved an amendment which would have confined the operation of the clause to tithe rent-charge issuing out of hereditaments of which the rents had been judicially fixed. He argued that the benefit which the bill would confer ought not to extend to owners whose rents had not been reduced, and he observed incidentally that he half expected the Government would withdraw the bill after the rebuff which they had experienced in the House of Lords, when the landlords of Ireland exposed them to a humiliating defeat. Mr. Gerald Balfour resisted the amendment because, in his opinion, it was wrong in principle and would operate unfairly, and he once more com- bated the assumption that the reason why the Government proposed to make tithe payments vari- able was because rents had been judicially reduced. Mr. E. Robertson insisted that the Chief Secre- tary's denial that the reduction of rents had induced the Government to introduce the bill could not be re- conciled with statements made by the Duke of Devon- shire in the Upper House. Of the standard of valuation for tithe payments which the clause set up he strongly disapproved, because it was artificial and arbitrary. The amendment was also supported by Mr. MacNeill, Mr. Flynn, Mr. T. P. O'Connor, Mr. Hemphill, and Mr. Doogan, and, there being signs that the discussion would be protracted, the closure was moved, and carried by 179 votes against 106. The amendment was then negatived by a majority of 72. Hf- T\m J. J 51. c ",lft,U. JIXR. llöX proposed to om r, lrUlll TWO TIOUOO the sub-section providing for a further revision of tithes at the end of 15 years and at subsequent periods, his object being to safeguard the Irish Church Fund against future loss. Mr. Gerald Bal- four, in resisting the amendment, declared that for a generation at least the fund would remain in a position to meet all the charges upon it, including the charge for the Agricultural Department. At the end of that time another arrangement could be made, should it be necessary. The amendment was negatived by 139 votes against 76. A proposal by the Nationalist members to allow tithes payable to lay impropriators to be withdrawn from the operation of the new standard of variation, the argument being that the bill would affect the interests of these tithe-owners injuriously, drew from the Chief Secretary the caustic remark that it was a new role for Irish representatives on tha Opposition side of the House to champion the rights of pro- perty. Mr. Moulton characterised the right hon. gentleman's reply as flippant, and asserted that the bill would interfere with vested interests in a way which would not be tolerated in this country. The Attorney-General for Ireland, replying to the hon. member's arguments, twitted him with having shown a blank ignorance of the Irish tithe question, and then recapitulated the reasons which had influenced the Government in applying the same standard of variation to lay and ecclesiastical tithes. The amendment was rejected after further discussion by a majority of 86. ATI* 0" JrJ R"l tA"J..Ö" n':¡ tW«f. Fh", /IIIAAflAn that clause o stand part of the bill be now put," at which there were cries of "Coercion" from the Nationalists. The motion having been carried by 197 votes against 101, the clause was agreed to by 201 votes against IU2. The remaining clauses having been agreed to, not without opposition, the bill was reported to the House without amtndment. HOUSE OF LORDS.—JULY 10. ROUTINE BUSINESS. Jine Koyai assent was given by Commission to the Naval Reserve (Mobilisation) Act and a consider- able number ot public and private Acts which had been agreed to by both Houses of Parliament. The Charitable Loans (Ireland) Bill and the Town Councils (Scotland) Bill were read a second time; and the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Bill and the Land Registry (New Buildings) Bill were read a third time and passed. HOUSE OF COMMONS. "U T> THE WOUNDED INQUIRY COMMISSION. mr. joairour, in answer to mi. xmrdett-Uouys, lid he hoped to be in a position shortly to state the ames of the two gentlemen who would be added to ie commission of inquiry on the treatment of the ck and wounded in South Africa; but the choice H f additional commissioners, he intimated, was not matter admitting of very speedy settlement. COMPANIES BILL. P A proposal by Mr. Ritchie to allow the Standing S, Committee on Trade, which is charged with the con- Itl ideration of the Companies Bill, to extend its r( ittings beyond the usual hours, led to considerable Cc iscussion, which resulted in an agreement empower- 114 ig the Committee to proceed with its work during s( ie sittings of the House. w AGRICULTURAL HOLDINGS. Pi The report stage of the Agricultural Holdings Bill, tr s amended, was then entered upon, and proposals w 'hich had been debated in the Grand Committee h nd rejected were brought forward again and sub- f( litted co the final verdict of the House. The first h ew clause which appeared upon the paper stood in he name of Mr. Channing, and provided that com- lensation for disturbance should be given to tenants rhen they were compelled to quit their holdings by ny capricious action on the part of their land- )rds. Mr. Long declined to accept the clause v ecause it would introduce into the law of England ri principle which he believed to be vicious. The 0 bject of landowners was to encourage their tenants P o remain in occupation, and if capricious evictions 0 ccurred they were very rare. The clause, he in- w isted, would increase enormously the difficulties of s rbitrators under the Act and would open the door ti o undesirable litigation. After discussion, in which t) jord H. Cecil, Mr. Lloyd Morgan, Mr. Herbert ri toberts, and others took part, the clause was nega- sl ived by 207 votes against 111. A clause moved by Mr. Gordon, who asked that he improvements of crofters in counties to which he Crofters' Holdings Acts did not apply should be ompensated for, although the sanction of the land- ord to the improvements might not have been C obtained, was also negatived on a division, the 11 najority against it being 73. 0 On the first clause of the bill, which provides that tenant on leaving his holding shall be entitled to tl ompensation for improvements which he has effected w vith the consent of the landlord. Mr. Buchanan moved an amendment with the li )bject of relieving the tenant from the necessity of iOHiplying with the conditions laid down in the bill, r, lis view being that a tenant ought to be entitled to g compensation for all improvements tending to inlmnce the value of a farm. The amendment was 'esisted bv Mr. Long, who maintained that it would lislocate the bill and place the tenant in a worse )osition than he would be in under the clause as it toed. Ninety-one members voted for the amend- h nent and 170 against. C Sir C. Welby asked the Government, to accept an s amendment declaring that in estimating the value of s my improvement mentioned in the first schedule to s he bill what was justly due to the inherent capabili- ies of the soil ought not to be taken into account to ,he advantage of the tenant. The words which he c )roposed were inserted, he explained, into the 11 Agricultural Holdings Act of 1883 at the instance of a he present Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr. Long m said that this proviso was unnecessary and might be mischievous, but it was supported by Lord Percy, £ Lord Willoughby de Eresby, Lord H. Cecil, and iome other Unionist members. In the division P lobby, however, the mover of the amendment secured )nly 24 votes, while 186 were recorded against him. == ti
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON If AGRICULTURE. The Tntftrnftf.ional Cnnorpoan nn A eravo A E ;rand closing banquet in Paris on Saturday even- I ng, all the foreign delegates being present. M. l Heline, after thanking the foreign delegates for t heir assistance, expressed the hope that the Ex- libition would bring about the general disarmament if passions which was desired by all peoples. M. Fean Dupny, Minister of Agriculture, proposed the ( lealth of the foreign delegates and of the heads of he States represented by them, and expressed the [ lope tha.t foreign agriculturists would follow the ixample set by the agriculturists of La Belle j j France." The meeting broke up amid cheers for i igriculture and the country's guests.
ORGAN GRINDERS' BANKER. j ,¿r.L.V"J.")& 'UUI, ty.lV D\I("'vÇõ\.f" l.I.I.i("' JICf nn:,= va>lI.A'Ci1. IVI. he organ grinders' at Dover, complained at the Police-court there on Saturday of being robbed by mother Italian of over £::37. and a warrant was is- lied for the man's arrest.. He went, it was stated, to I Rossi's Iiouso with a story thfit his brother had been z -tfracked and the organ smashed. Cossi went out t,, nvestigate the matter, and returned to find his ce II lOX gone. [
PAUL JQNES'S MEDAL. VVniie exaulillliig vliv WIHOUIB UI » uuesi, po-rt UL !ihe effects of an aged widow who died recently at Philadelphia, U.S.A., an interesting item was dis- covered (says the Chronicle) in the shape of the impressions on a piece of brown wax of both sides of the gold medal that was voted by Congress to the renowned Paul Jones, in acknowledgment of his services while in charge of an expedition fitted out by the revolted Colonists. With his fleet Jones crossed the Atlantic, and in 1778 captured a war vessel in Belfast Lough, and two others off Flam- borough Head. The gold medal was said to have been in Paul Jones's possession when he died in Paris in 1792, but there is no record as to what became of it afterwards. !=T=
THE SCIENCE OF SMILING AND I LAUGHING. A « A- 1 1 l: n n__ AH Aujouufl-u ^luicasur lias utwii suieutiuuaiiy studying the smile and laugh, which he finds the same all over the world (says the Lady's Pictorial). In every race smiling and laughing express the same thing-the one signifying pleasure and friendliness, the other a sense of humour. One may smile and smile and be a villian, however, but the hearty laugh can never be assumed. As an indication of charac- ter, therefore, the laugh is of considerable value. Smiles are obviously not worth much, for Professor Dearborn declares that those which are purest a" those of infants, imbeciles, and savages!
A COMPRESSED air tram engme on the line from Versailles to Louvre on Sunday afternoon tempo- rarily left ndar the Place de le Concorde four cars it was pulling while it went to get its air supply renewed. After the engine had left these ran down the incline on to the Seise embankment, and under the Alex- ander III. bridge dashed into an electric tramcar from the Trocadero. Seven passengers weJeieligbtly il1.igmd.
THE WAR ANb THE WOUNDED. ANOTHER WITNESS FROM THE FRONT. The Hon. Arthur Stanlev. M.P.. who. with thu I [on. George and the Hon. Algernon Stanley has just iturned from the front, stated on Sunday to a Press cj ssociation representative that as regarded the hos- ital accommodation for the sick and wounded in outh Africa, the requirements had been under-esti- m lated from the beginning. This question very much esembled the manner in which the War Office had L, onducted the whole war. Having started with in- dequate provision, they had practically been 4. ^rambling to try and catch things up ever since. He •as glad to see that a Commission had been ap- p ointed to investigate the question. There had been emendous difficulties to overcome, practically the hole of the supplies having to be carried by single j ne. It was obvious, too, that the effective fighting arce must take precedence in war to such matters as bE ospital equipment. = L
VILLAGERS' SUMMARY » VENGEANCE. A n ortfQft^inQinT inoidenf i. Veston, near Bath. A woman, whose husband had T ecently died, was convicted in the police-court, and in returning home she was serenaded by over 300 n jeople. As she declined their invitations to come nit, stones were thrown at the window, the curtains r: vere set on fire, and after a struggle, during which he hit a man on the head with a poker, a rope was P ied round her waist, and she was dragged from he house and trotted through the village with a „ nob behind her. The crowd dveked her in a tream, and then the curate of the parish came on he scene and rescued the woman. D: 0;
A CATHEDRAL ON FIRE. Q A i 4- „<• I u-i. mo ui vac VUU .1u. mo p* jLUUiptbl I,¡UWt11- VI \1110' — Cathedral at Salamca the other evening, and threaten- ng to spread to the nave. Both the lower storeys 11 d the tower were destroyed, and the bells fell down. The authorities and the firemen, aided by many of he inhabitants, did their best to subdue the fire, vhich is believed to have been caused by the care- ti essness of a smoker. There has been no loss of ife. The fire was fortunately extinguished before it ^1 ■cached the nave, but two storeys of the tower were f] rutted. P
HEROES OF THE WAR. s s iitjs Kuaa tiuruBiA ciiossjsa. The Queen has hwm craciniiKlr nlenoof? f-r. airrnifv —- r o-— ler intention to confer the decoration of the Victoria Dross on the undermentioned officers, non-commis- iioned officer, and trooper whose claims have been t submitted for her Majesty's approval, for their con- pictious bravery in South Africa r Captain Ernest Beckwith Towse, of the Gordon I Highlanders. On Dec. 11, 1899, at Magersfontein, g Captain Towse was brought to notice by his Com- nanding Officer for his gallantry and devotion in issisting the late Colonel Downman, when mortally t vounded, in the retirement, and endeavouring, when J ;lose up to the front of the firing line, to carry ] Colonel Downman on his back; but finding this not ] jossible, Captain Towse supported him till joined )y Colour-Sergeant Nelson and Lance-Corporal Elodgson. j On April 30, 1900, Captain Towse, with 12 men, .ook up a position on the top of Mount Thaba, far Lway from support. A force of about 150 Boers < attempted to seize the same plateau, neither party ] Lppearing to see the other until they were but 100 ] 7ards apart. Some of the Boers then got to within < 10 yards of Captain Towse and his party, and called t ipon him to surrender. He at once caused his men ] o open fire and remained firing himself until < ieverely wounded (both eyes shattered), succeeding n driving off the Boers. The gallantry of this i ifficer in vigorously attacking the enemy (for he not ] )nly fired, but charged forward) saved the situation, < lotwithstanding the numerical superiority of the Boers. j Captain Charles Fitzclarence, of the Royal ] Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).—On October 14, 1899, Captain FitzClarence went with his .quadron of the Protectorate Regiment, consisting of f )nly partially-trained men, who had never been in i iction, to the assistance of an armoured train which jad gone out from Mafeking. The enemy were in greatly superior numbers, and the squad- ron was for a time surrounded, and it looked as if nothing could save them from j )eing shot down. Captain FitzClarence, however, )y his personal coolness and courage inspired the ( greatest confidence in his men, and, by his bold and sfficient handling of them, not only succeeded in re- t ieving the armoured train, but inflicted a heavy de- i 'eat on the Boers, who lost 50 killed and a large ( lumber wounded, his own losses being two killed and L5 wounded. The moral effect of this blow bad a rery important bearing on subsequent encounters I with the Boers. J On October 27. 1899. Cant,ain FitzCMarenrR 1",(1 Viin squadron from Mafeking across the open, and made a night attack with the bayonet on one of the enemy's trenches. A hand-to-hand fight took place in the ¡ trench, while a heavy fire was concentrated on it from the rear. The enemy was driven out with heavy loss. Captain FitzClarence was the first man into the position and accounted for four of the enemy with his sword. The British lost eix killed and nine wounded. Captain FitzClarence was himself slightly wounded. With reference to these twc actions, Major-General Baden-Powell states that had this officer not shown an extraordinary spirit and fearlessness the attacks would have been failures, and we should have suffered heavy loss both in men and prestige. On December 26, 1899, during the action at Game Tree, near Mafeking, Captain Fitz- Clarence again distinguished himself by his coolness and courage, and was again wounded (severely through both legs). T,¡POItp,llant. (now Cantain") Sir John P- MilKnnlro Bart., 10th Hussars. On January 5, 1900, during a reconnaissance near Colesberg, Sir John Milbanke, when retiring under fire with a small patrol of the 10th Hussars, notwithstanding the fact that he had just been severely wounded in the thigh, rode back to the assistance of one of the men whose pony was exhausted, and who was under fire from some Boers who had dismounted. Sir John Milbanke took the man on his own horse under a most galling fire and t brought him safely back to camp. Sergeant H. It. Ilartineau, of the Protectorate J Regiment. On December 26, 1899, during the fight at Game Tree, near Mafeking, when the order to retire had been given, Sergeant .Martineau stopped and picked up Corporal Le Camp, who had been struck down about 10 yards from the Boer trenches, and half dragged, half carried, him towards a bush about 150 yards from the trenches. In doing this Ser- geant Martineau was wounded in the side, but paid no attention to it, and proceeded to stanch and bandage the wounds ot his comrade, whom he, afterwards, assisted to retire. The firing while they were retiring was very heavy, and Sergeat Martineau was again wounded. When shot the second time he was absolutely exhausted from supporting his com- rade, and sank down unable to proceed further. He received three wounds, one of which necessitated the amputation of his arm near the shoulder. Trooper H. E. Ramsden, of the Protectorate Regi- ment. On December 26, 1899, during the fight at Game Tree, near Mafeking, after the order to retire was given, Trooper H. E. Ramsden picked up his brother, Trooper A. E. Ramsden, who had been shot through both legs and was lying about 10 yards from the Boer trenches, and carried him about 600 or 800 yards under a heavy fire (putting him down from time to time for a rest) till they met some men who helped to carry him to a place of safety.
THIS GREAT DOCK JflJtUS. /"kTTT T» A «TTWT-»I>l?rk "D/^TkTTta "PAT7WD. v. v. A 4-4-1 ç lQfl f Trintimo nf the irreat, dock fire have now been recovered. c- The health officers of Hoboken fear that there are still many comses amongst the piles and debris of the piers, and dread an epidemic from their pre- sence. It is proposed to dynamite the wreckage so thoroughly as at once to clear it awa).
EPITOME OF NEWS. I OVBR £ 10,000,000 sterling is spent every year in larity in the United Kingdom. IN the United States there are 57 frog farms. Two pounds of beef are consumed to one of utton in this country. TJIFRE are 20,000,000 tons of coals brought into ondon every year. THE average age of widowers when re-marrying is 2. of widows 31. THE money order system has been extended to ormosa and the Pescadores Islands. Tirp cemeteries around London cover 2000 re, and the land they occupy represents a capital 5 £ 20,000,000. THE sanguinary tramcar strike in St. Louis has n settled satisfactorily to employers and men. THE P.O. underground telegraph wire between ondon and Birmingham has just been completed at cost of £ 150,000. A MOTOR-CAR journey of 340 miles, from Moscow ) Novgorod, has been made in less than 12 hours. TIIE German Emperor has dismissed General von iebert. Governor of German East Africa, owing to is differences with the former head of the Colonial iffice. THE issue of Sheffield Three per Cent. Corporation tock has been subscribed and allotted at an average rice of £95 14s. 5d., the minimum price of issue eing £ 95 10s. THE Rev. Edmund H. Fellows, Precentor of ristol Cathedral, has accepted a minor canonry at t. George's Chapel, Windsor. THE appointment of the Marchioness of Breadal- ine as Lady of Grace in the Order of the Hospital f St. John of Jerusalem has been sanctioned by the :neen. MR. W. D. RAWLINS, Q.C., has been elected a lencher of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's-inn, 1 succession to the late Mr. Elton, Q.C. THE Duke of Connaught will visit Londonderry )wards the end of this month, in connection with ie formal opening and manning of the new forts at ie entrance to Lough Swilly. THE Duke of Cambridge intends to oppose the jrthcoming application of the British Electric Trac- on Company for powers to construct a tramway rom Kingston Vale to Esher. GENERAL JAMONT, Commander-in-Chief of the 'rench Army, has resigned, owing, as he says, to the ttitude of General Delanne regarding the changes iade in the staff of certain bureaux of the General taff. HERR FRIEDRICH SIEMENS, of Dresden, & brother )f the late Werner von Siemens, has been elected lonorary Doctor of Engineering, for his great :ervices in regard to cremation and technical inven- ions, by the Polytechnic Academy at Dresden. To accelerate as much as possible the export of Iberian agricultural produce to England, the Russian Minister of Commerce has arranged for a ipecial series of fast trains to convey the produce 'rom Irkutsk to Riga. ADVICES from Serai, on the Turco-Persian fron. ;ier, give news of a serious raid by a body of armed Persian Kurds under the command of Timour Khan, who is reputed to enjoy the protection of Russia. In an encounter with Ottoman troops, rimour Khan and his two nephews were killed. LORD HYLTON has left Merstham House, his place in Surrey, for a series of years, and will reside at A.mmerdown Park, the family seat in Somersetshire. immerdown, which is between Bath and Wells, in the picturesque Mendip district, is a stately Italian bouse, with a richly wooded deer park, four miles round. The grounds contain a large fountain, in five ;iers, which was made for George IV., who bad in- tended to place it in the garden of the Brighton Pavilion, but he changed his mind and presented it ;0 the late Mr. Jolliffe. MR. ROBERT YERBUEGII is just now in Paris, attend- ing the Agricultural Congress on behalf of the National Agricultural Union. The Organisation Committee of the Congress, of which M. Meline is a member have elected him a Vice-President in recog- nition of his having done so much work in the British Parliament on behalf of agriculture. The compli- ment is as graceful as it is well-deserved. HENRIK IBSEN intends, should his health permit, bo pay a visit in September to Orkney and Shetland, where, according to a Northern contemporary, several relatives of his reside. A long-cherished purpose of M. Ferdinand Brunetiere is likely to be realised in the autumn, as the eminent French critic means to spend a holiday in Scotland then. He will make some investigations, we hear, regarding the in- luence of classical French writers on the literature )f the Northern Kingdom. TIIE telenhone is one of the latest media of the thief. A Cork co-operative store has lately lost £ 27 in this way. The thief, personating & lawyer friend of the manager, asked him over the telephone whether he could cash a cheque, and received an as- surance in the affirmative. A well-dressed man shortly afterwards arrived, and producing a cheque needless to say, a spurious one, in the solicitor's name, received the amount stated. YET further details of the wonderful discovetief in the Island of Crete are now reported by one of the excavators, who is returning. The discovered palace is that of Minos, and apart from the wonder of the architecture itself, the details of ornament show an altogether unexpected finish and are indicative of a high state of civilisation. The ladies are described as dressed with great elaboration, and their hair is waved and curled at if they had just stepped out of a Parisian coiffure establishment." Truly there is nothing new under the sun THE enrichment of the collegiate church of Sem- pringham in Lincolnshire by a finely-carved porch over the doorway draws attention to this church, which has always" been of peculiar interest to archaeo- logists. It was the home of the Gilbertine order of monks and nuns, and dates from the third decade of the twelfth century. It was a flourishing monastic establishment up to the period of the dissolution, holding steadfastly to the rule designed for it by St Gilbert, a mixture of the Benedictine and Austinian codes. Since the dissolution it has been in the hands of men who have cared for the fabric. It has been spared from ruin and decay by the unsparing efforts of these men, of whom Dr. Wrenford, the present vicar, is a worthy successor. MR. G. BETTESWORTII PIGGOTT, who has just been appointed Acting Assistant Judge at Zanzibar, is a member of the Middle Temple, where he was called to the Bar in 1888. This is not Mr. Piggott's first judicial appointment, young though he is. In 1897 he went out to British Central Africa as judicial officer and vice-consul, and in that not over-attrac- tive region he spent nearly three years. On his return to England a few months ago he resumed his practice at the London Sessions, which again, how- ever, he will now exchange for the duty of ad- ministering what the Prayer Book terms "in- different justice in a corner of the Dark Continent. A CORRESPONDENT suggests that the monument to the everlasting independence of the Transvaal, which the burghers erected at Paardskraal, might well be pulled down now. It is hideous in itself, and it is associated in the mind of every Uitlander with arro- gance and oppression. It was from the balcony which runs round it that Mr. Kruger addressed the inhabi- tants of the Transvaal in 1892 as Friends, burghers, robbers, and murderers." the two latter epithets being intended for any Uitlander present. Being of stone, of which there are few houses in Krugersdorp, the material might be put to good use in erecting a small hospital, under which guise it would remove a bone of contention between Britisher and Boer, and be of good service to both. THE most notable of American historians at pre- sent is Mr. John Fiske, whom Professor Marshall S. Snow calls the brainiest man turned out of Har- vard during 50 years. He is now 58, is 6ft. high, and, in spite of his weight of 3001b., is said to be "as active as a kitten." His habits, as described by him- self, are decidedly peculiar, for he always sits in a draught when he can find one, wears the thinnest of clothes he can get in winter and summer, and prefers 'o work in a cold room. He works during a con- siderable portion of the 24 hours, and it makes no difference to him whether the time be night or day. He eats only when he is hungry, rarely takes coffee or wine, but he drinks two or three quarts of beer a day, and smokes a pipe all the time he is at work. PAWNBROKERS take some curious pledges, but it is not often that they are offered one from another world. A London suburban pawnshop, however, ex- hibits in its window as an unredeemed pledge a mag- nificent aerolite, a mass of fused metal that fell as it were from Heaven to provide a poor man with his beer. A ticket bears the statement that it was brought from the Arctic regions by a sailor. THE Hon. Sidney Greville has succeeded Captain Holford as Equerry in Waiting to the Prince of Walea Tn" Duke of York has consented to be theh et the Seeiety of Yorkshiremen in Londpv,
ft. n FATAL FIRE. n 'H' I ] A tatai nre occurred at lJincoin on oaturciay light. Shortly after midnight the shop of Mr. H. H. Press, draper and hosier, was discovered to be in Sanies by a policeman on the beat. Mr. Press, who is a commercial traveller, was not. at home., but Mrs. Press and her child and a neighbour's child, Martha Swanston, were asleep on the premises, which are situated in High-street. Mrs. Press seems to have discovered the fire simultaneously with the police, and, seizing her child, aroused the sleeping girl, and told her bo follow. Instead of doing this the girl appears to have crawled under the bed. The whole house was soon in flames. Detective-sergeant Young and Sergeant A.vison attempted a rescue from a ladder. Young ot in through the window into the bedroom, where ',he girl was. and, though the room was on fire and the fumes almost suffocating, he succeeded in finding the child under the bed and reaching the window with her. He got on to the ladder but was then so exhausted that he had to be assisted to the ground. The child was still alive, and, first aid having been rendered, she was. under medical advice, removed to ihe hospital where she died on Sunday morning. The fire evidently began in the front shop, where there was an inflammable stock, but the actual cause is unknown.
PRINCESS AND THE CATS. -r» ■ „ -\r: • tt i jrrmcess v ictuna ui ouaieswig-noistein aunng nei visit to the Sheen House Garden fete with Princess Christian was particularly interested in the cat sec- tion. By her special desire Mr. Louis Wain, the cat artist, was presented by Lady Reid and Mrs. Stannard Robinson, and her Royal Highness was pleased to accept a set of the artist's humorous cat drawings to commemorate the occasion of her be- Btowing her patronage on the National Cat Club. The Princess, who is very fond of cats, conversed for some time with the artist about them.
Trm bishops and clergy were entertained by the Lord Mayor of London at the Mansion House on Wednesday night. The Archbishop of Canterbury. in replying to the toast of the evening, said that, the blood of the martvrs in China would, as elsewhere, prove the seed of the Church. PROFKSSOR MCCALL ANDERSON. Professor of Clini- cal Medicine in the University of Glasgow, has been appointed to the vacant chair of System&tic Medicine in the BWBe Unirersifcy,