CURRENT SPORT. I THE INTE, R-TARSITY SPORTS. No more decisive victory has ever been recorded in the inter-'Varsity Sports than that scored by the Cantabs at Queen's Club, Kensington, on Saturday. Of the 10 events on the programme the Light Blues actually won eight, the only two con- tests falling to Oxford being the hurdle race and the long jump. Unfortunately the weather was bad, rain falling heavily throughout the greater part of the after- noon, and this, coupled with the one-sided cha- racter of the contest, considerably damped the enthusiasm of the spectators. The Prince and Princess of Wales paid their promised visit, view- ing the proceedings from one of the windows in the club-house. They were accompanied by the young Princes Edward and Albert of York and Prince Charles of Denmark, and showed the greatest interest in the various contests. Notwithstanding the unfavourable conditions, some excellent performances were accomplished, and on a fast track one or two records would prob- ably have been beaten. As it was, G. R. Garnier equalled the previous best time in the hurdle race, and R. W. Barclay ran a very fast quarter-mile after making nearly all his own running. Garnier's hurdle-racing capacity is evidently an inherited gift, for his father and elder brother before him were both equally expert at the game. Barclay also won the hundred yards after a great race with his fellow-Cantab, J. Churchill, and another double event was secured by H. A. Leeke, who took both the weight and hammer- throwing competitions. In the latter event he threw farther than anyone since the famous G. H. Hales, who, however, was in those days allowed an unlimited run. The great disappointment, from an Oxford point of view, was the poor form shown by E. L. Gay-Roberts, who competed in both the mile and three mile races. He was confidently expected to win one if not both of these events, but in the shorter race he failed completely to make any sort of a show against H. W. Gregson, and in the three miles he retired from the track after going a very short distance. The last finish of the day was witnessed in the half-mile. For fully three-fourths of the journey the competitors were all together, and it was not until the final straight was reached that Holding, the hope of the Dark Blues, was able to get away from his rivals, with Wilson, the Cantab, in close attendance. One hundred yards from home Hold- ing must have had a lead of fuliy four yards, but gradually the Light Blue got upon terms, and wearing his opponent down amid a scene of great excitement gained a thoroughly well-deserved victory in the last few strides by a little over a yard. The pluck and determination shown by both run- ners in the desperate struggle was deserving of the highest praise., LACROSSE. Stockport, the northern flag holders, played Woodford, the southern flag holders, in the annual match for the English club championship and Iroquois Cup at Didsbury, on Saturday. Stock- port again won the cup, which they have held since 1897, by beating their opponents, after a keen struggle, by nine goals to five. Midway through the second half, the scores were level at five goals each, but Stockport stayed the better and, adding four points, won as stated. CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING. For the first time in the history of cross-country running an international race took place on Satur- day at Hamilton-park, Glasgow, among teams re- presenting respectively England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. England had a magnificent set out, including most of the men who ran so finely in the recent National Championship, and, as might have been expected, won very easily. As a matter of fact they had six men home in the first seven, Daly, of Ireland, by finishing third, break- ing the sequence. That wonderful runner, A. Shrubb, the holder of so many championships, once more finished at the head of the field, cover- ing the eight miles in 46min. 22 3-5sec. Edwards, of Manchester, his nearest opponent, was 300 yards behind, with Daly another 80 yards farther off. Daly made a race of it for a couple of miles, but the English crack then drew away and was never afterwards approached. IRELAND V. WALES AT "SOCCER." Ireland and Wales had played such geod, Association football against their great opponents in England and Scotland that their own match at Belfast on Saturday aroused far more interest of a general character than is commonly given to the fixture. Ireland were the more keen on winning the match for the reason of their great victory over Scotland in the previous week, and with the more representative team they pulled through by two goals to none, a record that equalled that of the Glasgow match, and secured under conditions, so far as the ground was con- cerned, not dissimilar. The Irishmen not only developed a splendid attack, but were very sound in defence, and the half-back work, as might be as- sumed, was good. The Welshmen did well enough up to the interval, but the halves were subsequently often at fault. Boyle, of the Sheffield United, captained Ireland, and winning the toss, he decided that his side should play with the wind at their backs. Ireland forced the game at starting, and their individual rushes were quick and clever. Meredith was dangerous to the Irish defence once or twice; but the run of the game was for the home side, and the Welsh goalkeeper had all his work cut out to save severaljhard shots. One of the best things was seen when Mercer put in a shot that Evans just punched away, and Ireland, in spite of their pressure, had not scored when -Is were changed. Then came the delay by the storm, and when the game was renewed it was nearly five o'clock. Against the wind Ireland were hard pressed at first; but when the teams had settled down again the game of the .home players was much more successful. The wing forwards were too quick for the Welsh halves, and after many attacks Goodall got a beautiful shot past Evans. Wales werefnearly equalising once or twice, but in the closing moments of the match Ireland scored again, and won the game as above stated by two goals to nil. THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland, holding the first and second places in the League Cham- pionship, both won their matches on Saturday, the former beating Stoke and the latter West Brom- wich Albion. As Sunderland have played three matches less than their most dangerous rivals, their chances of the championship look very bright. Bolton Wanderers are in great form at present, and they scored another victory by defeating Bury by one goal to none. Middles- brough beat Notts Forest by two goals to none, and they are now safe to avoid relegation to the second division. Derby County were not at full strength, Bloomer, A. Goodall, and Morris being away, but they made a good fight against Everton and were only beaten by one goal to none, after an exciting match. The results of the matches were: Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Grimsby Town, at Wolverhampton, by three goals to none; Newcastle United beat Aston Villa, at Newcastle, by two goals to one; Middlesbrough beat Notts Forest, at Middlesbrough, by two goals to none; Sheffield United beat Liverpool, at Liver- pool, I by four to two; Notts County beat Black- burn Rovers, at Nottingham, by four goals to none Sunderland beat West Bromwich Albion, at West Bromwich, by three goals to none; Bolton Wanderers beat Bury, at Bolton, by one goal to none; Everton beat Derby County, at Derby, by one goal to none; Sheffield Wednesday beat Stoke, at Sheffield, by one goal to none. THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE. The most important match in the Southern League last Saturday was that between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading. Reading were beaten by two goals to none; and, as, no)v four points behind Southampton, who beat Watford by three goals to one, there seems but little hope of their heading the list at the end of the season. The results of the matches were Tottenham Hotspur beat Reading, at Tottenham, by two goals to none; Bristol Rovers beat Millwall, at BrIstol, by one goal to none; Southampton beat Watford, at Watford, by three goals to one; Queen s Park Rangers beat Brentford, at Brentford, by two. foals to none, Portsmouth beat Kettering, at 'ortsmouth, by four goals to two; Northampton beat Wellingborough, at Northampton, by one goal to none; West Ham United beat Luton, at Canning Town, by four goals to one. The match between New Brompton and Swindon, at Swin- don, ended in a draw, both sides having scored one goal. OTHER "SOCCER" GAMES. The final tie of the Amateur Cup between Oxford City and Stockton, at Reading, ended in a pointless draw. In the South-Eastern Counties Championship, Middlesex beat Surrey, at Guildford, by two goals to one. For the Arthur Dunn Memorial Cup final Old Salopians and Old Carthusians met on the Crystal Palace ground and played a draw of two goals each on Saturday. It was an interesting and well- contested tussle, though necessitating another meeting for the decision of the holdership of the trophy. RUGGER GAMES. Newport fully maintained their great "rugger" reputation at the Rectory-field, Blackheath, on Saturday, and after a fine display of football beat Blackheath for the second time this season by three goals and two tries to nothing. Unfortunately the wind rose to half a gale, and heavy rain began to fall an hour before the start. These were the con- ditions all through the first half, during which the visitors had to face both wind and rain. If it had not been for this, judging from the course of the game in the second half, during which the weather improved greatly, Newport would have won by a bigger margin. Against the wind and rain the Newport forwards kept the game close, and there were very few passing bouts. One fine movement, however, yielded a score. It was started by Lloyd, who ran clear, and gave Llewellyn a fine opening, of which he made the fullest use. Lloyd failed at goal. Blackheath made some good forward rushes, and were fre- quently dangerous, Whetham and Skrimshire both having drops at goal. On crossing over, however, the issue was never in doubt. Thanks to the fine play of Lloyd at half-back and the excellent com- bination of the whole side, tries were scored by Gould (two), E. Thomas, and Jenkins. Lloyd con- verted three of the four tries. The outstanding feature of the match, apart from the unison with which the Newport backs and forwards worked together, was the play of Lloyd at half-back. In the semi-final round of the Midland Counties Cup Leicester beat Nuneaton by six goals and seven tries to one goal and two tries, and Rugby beat Handsworth by five tries to nil. Among other Rugger results were: Cardiff beat Swansea, Devonport Albion beat Exeter, North- ampton beat Richmond, London Welsh beat Rosslyn Park, Lennox beat Old Merchant Taylors 1; Cheltenham and Gloucester drew. MONDAY'S MATCHES. There was a big crowd to see the game at Liverpool on Monday evening between Sunder- land and the locals in the First Division of the League Championship. The heavy wind was against good football. Sunderland were a goal ahead at the interval, but in the second period Liverpool got level, and the end was a draw at one goal all. Derby County had their full Cup team at Bramall-lane, Sheffield, to play against the United on Monday evening, but there were only a couple of thousand people at the match. The United led by two goals at half-time. Derby played a great game in the second period, but were beaten by three goals to two. On Monday, at Birmingham, Aston Villa led against Notts County by one goal into the second half, and then, owing to a great storm coming on, the referee decided that the match should be abandoned. In the Second Division of the League on Monday Preston North End beat Manchester United by one goal to none at Manchester, Burslem Port Vale beat Burnley by three goals to one at Burslem. Lincoln City beat Bristol City by two goals to none at Bristol. In the semi-final tie for the Lincolnshire Cup at Gainsborough, on Monday, Grimsby beat Gainsborough Trinity by two goals to one. At Tottenham, on Monday, Tottenham Hotspur beat Queen's Park Rangers by three goals to none. TUESDAY'S SOCCER." In the Southern League Competition on Tuesday at Northampton there was a drawn match between Northampton and Queen's Park Rangers, the score being one goal each. Reading on their own ground beat Southampton in the Western League by two goals to one.
CZAR'S MANIFESTO. HUGE REMISSION OF TAXES. The peasant relief measures definitely outlined by the Czar in his recent manifesto have already been adopted, and about P.11,500,000, representing arrears of taxes, have been cancelled, and over £ 3,000,000, which were overdue to the district authorities, have been taken over by the Central Government at St. Petersburg. Other measures are expected to follow shortly.
HOME FROM INDIA. RETURN OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CONNAUGHT. The Duke and Duchess of Connaught landed At Portsmouth on the morning of March 27th, from the battleship Renown, on their return from India, where they had attended the Delhi Durbar. The Mayor and the Corporation went on board the warship and presented an address of welcome, which his Royal Highness suitably acknowledged. The royal party left in a special for London. The Duke and Duchess were received at Victoria Station with a royal salute by the guard of honour consisting of a hundred men of the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, with the regimental band. Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by their daughters, Princess Margaret and Princess Vic- toria Patricia, and by the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles of Denmark. The Duke shook hands with the members of the Head- quarters Staff and of the Home District. A large number of distinguished personages, civil and military, had assembled on the platform (No. 4), from which the general public were excluded. After the greetings were over the Duke, accom- panied by the Prince of Wales, proceeded to the opposite platform and inspected the guard of honour, the band of the Grenadiers meanwhile playing a march. The royal party later entered the carriages, which were in waiting, and drove from the station, the guard of honour again saluting and the band playing the National Anthem. The Duke and Duchess were heartily cheered as they proceeded to Clarence House.
A strong programme has been arranged for the Hereford Triennial Musical Festival, which will be held at Hereford, in September next. Among the works selected for production are Mr. Cole- ridge Taylor's Calvary and Dr. Elgar's Dream of Gerontius." At a meeting of the Stewards, the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire (Mr. Ark- wright) announced that he had secured the patronage of the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Prince and Princess Christian. Mr. Hanbury, M.P. (President of the Board of Agriculture), speaking at Devizes on Monday, said the sooner the Report of the Royal Commission on Local Taxation was considered by the Government the better. He could not pledge his colleagues, but lie believed that rural districts would not suffer eventually. As regarded making the Agri- cultural Rating Act permanent, or otherwise, the salvation of the country lay in putting the whole system of rating on a more permanent and sounder and a more equitable basis than at present. Local authorities should see that under the new Educa- tion Act the kind of education was given which was calculated to train children for rural life.
TKE LATE SIR HECTOR I MACDONALD. THE GENERAL'S REMAINS REMOVED TO SCOTLAND. I The body of Sir Hector MacDonald was brought from Paris by some of his relatives on Saturday night, arriving in London early on Sunday morning. It was conveyed to King's Cross Railway Station, whence it was carried by the 8.45 train in the evening to Edinburgh, with the view of interment at the Dean Cemetery. The remains were quietly conveyed from the Gare St. Lazare, Paris, via the Newhaven- Dieppe route. In order that the wishes of the relatives that strict privacy might be observed should be complied with, it was not officially in- timated whether the body would be detrained at the Victoria or London-bridge Stations of the London Brighton and South-Coast Railway. At Victoria about a score of Scotsmen, unofficially representing the Highland Society, had gathered to meet the remains of the deceased general, but they were doomed to disappointment, for on the arrival of the train the guard intimated that, in accordance with the usual custom, the train bad been divided at Croydon, and that the body and relatives were in that portion of the train that proceeded to London Bridge. At the latter station no one had the least idea of anything unusual, and when the ordinary lug- gage had been dealt with a number of porters were requisitioned to remove a huge case. It was in this case that the coffin containing the body of the late general was enclosed. On ascer- taining the nature of their task ten porters rever- ently bore their burden to the station-yard, where it was deposited in an ordinary closed parcel- van belonging to the company. The deceased's relatives, who had accompanied the corpse from Paris, entered a four-wheeler, and the two vehicles were driven to King's-cross. The secretary of the Gaelic societies in Lon- don, becoming aware during Sunday of the pres- ence of the body at King's Cross, summoned representatives of the clans, and at eight o'clock in the evening the departure platform was thronged with Caledonians, angry for the most part at the secrecy observed and the slight which they declared had been cast upon the memory of the late general. At half-past eight the brake containing the body was attached to the 8.45 express, and imme- diately a crowd filed past.. gazing through the windows and necessitating police control. The coffin still remained enclosed in its pack- ing case, but had now many wreaths upon it, and more were added from minute to minute, includ- ing one from the Scottish clans in London. Ten minutes before the departure Lady MacDonald and the other relatives, accompanied by Lady Jeune, visited the brake before takinjj their seats in the train. The widow was much affected, and Mr. William MacDonald also needed the arm of a friend. Every head was bared until the train had de- parted, and as the guard's whistle sounded Piper McLean, of Inverness, played the lament, "Flowers of the Forest." The weird notes of the piper and the sudden hush among the people created an impressive scene. "Poor Hector!" was the remark heard on every side, and many women left the station in tears. Among those who travelled north with the train were Lady MacDonald and her son, Mr. William and Mr. James MacDonald, Mr. P. Morrison, and Mr. William Grant, the latter representing the Highland societies in London. THE MACDONALD MARRIAGE. The late Sir Hector Idacdonald's marriage was, it is stated, somewhat romantic. It was in the spring of 1882 that "Fighting Mac" began a courtship in Edinburgh when be was a subaltern in the Gordon Highlanders. His fiancee was Christina MacDonald Duncan, whose father was a, teacher, and afterwards a shipowner, residing in Perth. She was then at school, and MacDonald visited at her father's house. By 1884 marriage had been talked of between them, and any opposition on the part of the father was merely on the ground that she was too young. In May of that year MacDonald wished for a secret marriage, and the following month Miss Duncan consented, as his regiment had been ordered to the South of England. At the marriage the contracting parties were the only persons present in the room, and even in his love affairs the brisk, emphatic, and ready nature of the general was apparent. Taking out the Bible, we are told that he askttd Miss Duncan to swear, and she, repeating after'him, said, "I solemnly swear and declare that I take you, Hec- tor Archibald MacDonald, to be Any husband, to love, honour, and obey, so help me God." The young officer, so the narrative continues, in similar words took her for his wife, and the com- pact was sealed by both of them kissing the sacred book. At that time he asked her not to reveal the marriage. The union, of which there was one son, had a sequel in the outer house of the Court of Session on Tuesday, July 17, 1894, when proof was led in an action for a declarator of marriage before Lord Stormont Darting, at the instance of Christina MacDonald Duncan or MacDonald against Hector Archibald Mac- Donald, a decree being granted. I THE FUNERAL. I The remains of General Sir Hector Macdonald arrived at Edinburgh at five minutes to six on the morning of Monday. A number of gentlemen were in waiting at the station, and quite 200 people were on the platform when the train drew up. The coffin was conveyed from the train to the hearse, and was covered with wreaths of white and violet flowers, mostly tied with ribbons of various tartans. The crowd remained respectfully uncovered till the remains were deposited in the hearse, and the wreaths and bouquets of flowers laid beside the coffin. Most of the floral tributes were tied with ribbons of various tartans. The cortege then drove off to the cemetery. The hearse was a plain canopied vehicle drawn by two horses. In the carriage immediately following were Lady Macdonald, who was closely veiled, and her son. Four other mourning coaches came after- wards. Several of those who were anxious to attend the funeral were unable to obtain carriages, and they ran the whole of the two miles which lay between the station and the cemetery. The crowd again uncovered as the cortege passed out of the station at 6.10, and the gathering then dispersed in silence and in gloom, everyone feeling how different would have been the scene had the circumstances been otherwise. Leaving Waverley Station the procession passed into Princes-street, where a few people were about, these hurrying to business all unconscious of the identity of the dead. The somewhat unusual spectacle of a funeral at such an early hour, how- ever, arrested attention, and as the procession of nine vehicles went by at a brisk speed there was many a look of curiosity. The place of burial is situated in the north- western outskirts of Edinburgh, and 20 minutes' travelling brought the procession to the gates. About 100 persons had congregated in the vicinity, but the cemetery officials, presumably acting under orders, closed the great gates immediately after the coffin had been borne within, and among those shut out were several Pressmen. Six men who had served under the dead General carried the corpse to the grave. The Rev. Dr. White, of St. George's United Free Church, read a portion of the 130th Psalm, and the passage in Romans commencing "Oh, death, where is thy sting ?" The benediction which followed closed the service, Lady Macdonald being evidently deeply affected. The coffin-which bore the inscription Major-Gen. Hector Macdonald. Born 1854. Died 25th March, 1903"—was lowered to its resting-place, and the mourners slowly and sadly dispersed THOUSANDS VISIT THE GENERAL'S GRAVE. All day long on Tuesday Scotsmen made their way to Dean Cemetery to pay their repects to the remains of General Sir Hector MacDonald. The pilgrimage formed an unceasing pro- cession of men and women by the flower- covered mound which marked the resting- place. Many Highland soldiers were to be seen in the crowd. Innumerable wreaths were added to the pile. An exquisite tribute composed of Scotch thistles and choice flowers was deposited on behalf of the Caledonian Society of Australia, and another wreath was sent by the London Ross, Cromarty, and Sutherland Association. WAR OFFICE'S OFFERED HONOUR. An authoritative statement was issued on Tues- day by Lady MacDonald's solicitors in Edinburgh to the effect that the War Office offered a gun- carriage for the funeral of the late Sir Hector MacDonald, but Lady MacDonald declined the offer, as she wished the funeral to be strictly private. General Sir A. Hunter, Commanding the Scottish District, offered to attend with his staff, but this was also declined. Lady MacDonald states that the greatest kindness was extended to her by the War Office. PROPOSED MEMORIAL. I The following announcement is also published by Lady MacDonald's solicitors: Having been offered subscriptions from various sources for the erection of a memorial to the late General Sir Hector ^MacDonald, K.C.B., we have consulted Lady MacDonald and the deceased's only son on the subject, and are desired to say that they would wish that any such memorial be erected at his grave in the Dean Cemetery here. Its site in the cemetery is a good one, and unused ground on either side of the grave can be secured if need be. The agent of the Bank of Scotland, 103, George-street, Edinburgh, will receive subscriptions, and we shall arrange that lists of those received will be published in the Edinburgh and Glasgow newspapers." THE WILL. I The will of the late General was made in Bombay. He had written informing his wife of this, and that he had left everything to her. I
NATION'S REVENUE. I INCREASE OVER ESTIMATES NEARLY £ 9,000,000 The Treasury returns which were issued on Tuesday night show that the country's income for the financial year just ended is nearly E9,000,000 more than was anticipated by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his 1902 Budget. The total revenue of the United Kingdom for the twelve months ending on March 31 amounted to 9161,199,780, as against 9152,601,637 for the pre- vious "year, being a nett increase of £ 8,598,143, and an increase of £ 8,764,780 on the estimated revenue of E152,435,000. The chief items of in- crease are: Customs £ 3,446,847 Property and income tax 4,000,000 Excise 620,268 Stamps 400,000 Post Office 450,000 Telegraph service 140,000 House duty 50,000 On the other hand, there is a decrease of E432,671 in estate, &c., duties, and of E164,667 under the heading miscellaneous." Only once in the past fifteen years has the Chancellor of the Exchequer fallen so wide of the mark in estimating the nation's revenue. On two occasions, in 1893 and 1894, the Exchequer receipts were over- estimated, but in every other year, from 1887, the actual receipts exceed the estimates by, in most instances, millions, the nearest approach to the present surplus being in 1900, when the revenue yielded ES,682,905 more than was expected offi- cially. The long-suffering taxpayer will find a small amount of consolation in knowing that the extra penny placed on his income by a solicitous Chancellor was not justified by the recently-pub- lished returns.
MILITARY RIOT. I SOLDIERS SHOT DOWN AT PRETORIA. I There was a brawl in the artillery barracks at Pretoria on Saturday night. A corporal of the Leinster Regiment was taken to the guard-room. His comrades attempted to rescue him, and, rush- ing to the barrack-room, obtained their rifles and took up their position on the balcony. The fall- in" was sounded, and orders were given for these men to be arrested. They defended themselves, and fired down upon the arresting party, of whom 18 were wounded, Twenty-two men were placed under arrest. The 2nd Battalion of the Leinster Regiment, whose men have behaved so riotously, has a good record of war services. It was raised in 1853 as the 3rd Bombay European Regiment, and, with the Central India Field Force, fought through the Indian Mutiny. Among the important phases of that war in which it shared were the siege and cap- ture of Rathghur, the action of Baroda, the capture of Garracota, the battle of Betwa, and the siege and capture of Gwalior. In 1862 it became the 109th (Bombay Infantry) Regiment, and after service at Aden went to India in 1877. Four years later it became the 2nd Battalion of the Prince of Wales' Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians), and as such was stationed in turn in Ireland, England, Malta, Bermuda, Halifax (N.S.), Jamaica, and Barbados, prior to going to the South African War in 1901.
INDIAN RAILWAYS. I Lord George Hamilton, Secretary for India, received on Monday a deputation representing holders of stock in East Indian railways, who complained that their property had been much depreciated by the action of the Indian Govern- ment in taking over the Great Indian Peninsula Railway at the annuity value rather than the exchange quotation on which the price is based, and who expressed apprehension that a similar policy would be pursued in regard to the acquisition of other Indian railway undertakings. Lord George Hamilton, in reply, entered into detailed explana- tions in order to show that there had been no unfair treatment of stockholders in the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, and added that the Indian Government would not take advantage of any power it possessed to depreciate in any way the stock of any railway of which it might wish to take possession, and would interpret every contract to which it was a party in a broad spirit and according to the intention of that contract.
GUNPOWDER WORKS EXPLOSION. I TWO LIVES LOST. I A terrible explosion occurred at five o'clock on Monday evening in the glazing house of the exten- sive gunpowder works at Sedgwick, in Westmore- land. The accident caused the instact death of two of the employes and injuries to four others. The names of the two men killed are Shaw and Newton, and these injured were Pilling, Glasgow, Sharpe, and Benson. Trees in the neighbourhood were uprooted and windows were smashed at Sedgwick village. At Kendal the shock was like a slight earthquake.
FOR REST OR RECREATION. I The Rev. Robert Wilson, of St. John, New Brunswick, points out in "Chambers's Journal* that to the man seeking rest or recreation New- foundland offers rare inducements "The coast scenery is grand, with a beautiful intermingling in many places of the softer scenes of the quiet glen or the wooded vale; while in the interior there are many places where reigns a quiet beauty and loveliness in glen or grassy mead seldom surpassed elsewhere. The lakes and rivers abound with trout, salmon, and wildfowl, and herds of the noble caribou roam through the forests and over the plains. Along the line cf the railway is a veritable paradise for the sports- man with rod or gun, and for the artist with brush or camera the field is very inviting." In addition to all this, it should be added that the people are hospitable. Why, then, should not some holiday-seekers this summer try Newfound-
Here is a story of one of Lord Curzon's boyish ambitions. When he was appointed to the Vice- royalty of India the news created some surprise, but in receiving congratulations from his fellow- countrymen before his departure he stated that the office was one to which he had aspired while still at school. From the time he first knew that the Government House at Calcutta was a replica of his ancestral home, Kedleston Hall, near Derby, he determined to occupy it as Governor-General of India. When the old East India Company decided to erect a palace iL Cal- cutta for the residence of the Viceroy they in- spected all the stately homes of England in search of a model. The palm was awarded to Kedleston Hall, and the Governor-General's house at Cal- cutta was accordingly built in facsimile of it.
I IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. THE ADEN HINTERLAND. Replying to a question in the House of Lords on March 30, the Marquis of Lansdowne made a statement about the dispute with Turkey over the Aden hinterland. He confirmed the with- drawal of the Ottoman troops from the territory of the protected tribes, and said that the work of delimitation was now actually proceeding. The Government intended that the resulting boundary should be respected. He was not at present prepared to lay papers, as their publica- tion might revive "the acuter stages of the dis- cussion." Their lordships afterwards adjourned till April 27. MARCONIGRAMS. In the House of Commons, on March 30, Mr. Austen Chamberlain informed Sir J. Leng that he was prepared to give the Marconi Company facilities for the transmission of telegrams to and from Poldhu station, on proof that they were in a position to deal satisfactorily with the business handed to them. NORTH AFRICA. Viscount Cranborne told Mr. W. Redmond that no undertaking had been come to with France and Italy in reference to spheres of influence in North Africa. LIQUOR LICENSES. Questioned by Mr. Horner with regard to compensation for the suppression of liquor licenses, the Prime Minister said he could at present make no announcement. NAVY ESTIMATES. The House went into Committee on the Navy Estimates, considering the Vote for works, buildings, and repairs. Mr. Pretyman gave explanations on various points raised, and the Vote was agreed to. On the Victualling and Clothing Vote, Mr. Arnold-Forster stated that the recommendations of the Victualling Com- mittee would be adopted in their entirety on October 1 next. On a given day the whole Fleet would receive a new scale of rations and the character of the food would be improved. A motion to reduce the Vote was rejected, and the Vote was agreed to. ARMY ESTIMATES. The Committee later took up the Army Estimates, and on the vote of £ 4,830,000 for war- like stores there was a miscellaneous discussion upon a variety of topics, including the abandon- ment of the use of the lance, the equipment of officers' quarters, the disuse of mountain batteries except in India, and the inexpediency of having guns of different calibres for the artillery. Lord Stanley stated that General Sir Ian Hamilton had recommended strongly the aboli- tion of the lance, on the ground that this weapon was not suited for dismounted work, and his opinion was shared by Lord Roberts. Mr. Brodrick explained that it was impossible to provide all at once guns of similar calibre for every part of the Empire. The desirability of having such guns was, however, recognised by the War Office. The batteries of quick-firing guns obtained from Gepmany had given great satisfaction, as he had stated on a former occasion but it was hoped that a better gun still would be manufactured in this country. Experiments were being made, and as soon as the experts decided to recommend a new gun it would be adopted. THE WAR SECRETARY'S PROTEST. In a further reply Mr. Brodrick, who had been pressed by Sir C. Dilke, Mr. C. Hobhouse, Major Seely, and other members to make a more definite pronouncement as to the intentions of the Department, ridiculed the idea that the Government could select a quick-firing gun for the Army independently of the experts. All they could do was to urge their advisers to recommend a weapon. In the circumstances it was impossible to give a pledge that new guns would be supplied in a short time. A change would be effected as soon as the experts should deem that advisable. Lord H. Cecil having observed that the critics of the right hon. gentleman's policy feared that he was trying to save money on artillery in order to spend it on battalions, Mr. Brodrick protested warmly against this imputation. A motion for the reduction of the Vote was negatived on a division by a majority of 129 as against 51, and shortly afterwards the Vote was agreed to. On the vote of £1,545,000 :for Chelsea and Kilmainham Hospitals, Lord Stanley gave the Committee information as to the pensions granted to the wounded in the war and to the widows and children of the men who were killed. LICENSING AND THE JUSTICES. In the House of Commons on March 31, Sir W, Hart Dyke gave notice of a bill to restrict the Justices from refusing to renew or transfer licenses solely on the ground that they are not re- quired until an equitable scheme of compensation has been enacted. LONDON EDUCATION BILL. Mr. Balfour intimated that the London Educa- tion Bill would be brought in on April 7, and thut on the following day the House would adjourn fur Easter. ADULTERATED BUTTER. The afternoon sitting was occupied in discussing the Adulterated Butter Bill, the rejection of which was moved by Mr. Kearley. Mr. Hanbury desired to put an end to fraud and adulteration, and thought the bill might be made even more stringent. Mr. Kearley ultimately withdrew his motion, and the bill was read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Trade. THAMES EMBANKMENT TRAMS.—LOST BY ONE VOTE. At the evening sitting of the Commons on the 31st. ult. Sir F. Banbury moved an instruction to the committee on the County Council Tramways Bill to omit the clause for a tramway along the Embankment, from Waterloo-bridge to Westmin- ster and across Westminster-bridge, and this was carried by 134 to 133. PAYMENT OF MEMBERS. Mr. Crooks brought on his motion in favour of the payment ot members, and of throwing the ex- penses of elections on public funds. This was seconded by Mr. Broadhurst, and supported by Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman. Earl Percy op- posed it, and the motion was talked out.
OCCUPATION OF SOKOTO. FLIGHT OF THE SULTAN AFTER FEEBLB RESISTANCE. Mr. Chamberlain read out on Monday in the House of Commons the following telegram, dated Sokoto, March 19, received from Sir Frederick Lugard: Sokoto occupied March 15, after feeble re- sistance. Sultan and chiefs fled. I arrived this morning. Hope to effect full settlement early. Waseri and Sultan's brother returned to-day with many followers. I am breaking up expeditionary force. General Kemball leaves for Zungeru day after to-morrow. Lagos and South Nigeria force re- turning home. All well. Boundary Commissioners here." Sir Frederick Lugard did not state how many men the force despatched from Kano to Sokoto consisted of, but the force which occupied Kano consisted of 839 men of all ranks. Mr. Chamberlain observed that this was a most important expedition, and it had been admirably carried out. The Earl of Onslow, in a telegram of congratu- lation to the High Commissioner on the occupation of Kano, conveyed the felicitations of Mr. Cham- berlain to Colonel Morland's force on the operations which had" released a large population from tyran- nical oppression." It will be remembered that Lord Onslow had previously blamed Sir F. Lugard for acting with- out giving notice of his plans to the Colonial Office.
Queen Alexandra has given Z1000 to the London Hospital Quinquennial Appeal. The Colombian Minister to Great Britain and Germany has returned to London from Berlin, accompanied by Senora Gutierrez-Ponce and their daughters;
I THE KING AND QUEEN. ——— I HIS MAJESTY'S TRIP TO PORTUGAL. I STORM BOUND AT PORTSMOUTH. The King left London on Monday for Ports- mouth, and embarked on the yacht Victoria and Albert, on which he proceeds to Lisbon. Owing, however, to the boisterous character of the weather his Majesty postponed sailing until the wind should moderate. His Majesty, on leaving Buckingham Palace on Monday, was in the undress uniform of an admiral, and was accompanied by the Marquis de Soveral, Portuguese Minister, and attended by the Hon. Charles Hardinge, Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Acting Minister Plenipotentiary Major General Sir Stanley Clarke, Captain the Hon. Seymour Fortescue, Captain F. Ponsonby, Sir Francis Laking, and M. de Martino. The Prince of Wales, also in naval uniform, accompanied the King to Victoria Sta- tion, where he took leave of his Majesty. Portsmouth was reached at ten minutes past five, and as the train drew in his Majesty was seen standing at the window of the royal saloon with his hand at the salute. His uniform was hidden by a long naval overcoat. The King was received by Admiral Sir C. F. Hotham, Naval Commander- in-Chief, and then Major-General Montgomerie, as Acting Lieutenant Governor of Portsmouth, handed his Majesty the great keys of the garrison and the parade state of all the troops therein. After an inspection of the guards of honour the King went on board the yacht, where a consulta- tion was held on the advisability of sailing. It was then blowing heavily, and shortly afterwards his Majesty gave orders that the yacht should lie at her moorings during the night in the hope that the gale may moderate by morning. I THE QUEEN'S DEPARTURE. The Queen left Victoria Station at half-past nine on Monday morning on her journey to Copen- hagen. Wearing a black dress, with black toque and sable boa, her Majesty drove from Buckingham Palace in a carriage without escort. The King, the Prince of Wales, and Prince Charles of Denmark, accompanied her Majesty to the station, the King and the Prince of Wales to bid her good- bye, and Prince Charles to accompany her to Copenhagen. When the Queen had stepped into the saloon his Majesty and the Prince of Wales entered and took farewell. The Earl and Countess de Grey and Lady Juliet Lowther accompany the Queen on a portion of the journey, and the Hon. Charlotte Knollys and the Hon. Sidney Greville go to Copen- hagen, where they will be in attendance. Her Majesty arrived at Calais at half-past twelve after a rough passage from Dover, during which the seas frequently broke over the vessel. After luncheon the Queen proceeded to Brussels, and thence the journey was resumed to Copen- hagen. I ROYAL VISIT TO IRELAND. I SUMMER TOUR OF THE KING AND QUEEN. The King and Queen have announced their in- tention of visiting Ireland in July or August of the present year. The announcement was made on Monday night, on the authority of Mr. George Wyndham, the Secretary of State for Ireland. Their Majesties will be the guests of the Lord Lieutenant and Countess Dudley. Their Majesties will not merely stay in Dublin, but will make trips to various parts of the country. In all probability the King will have the Royal yacht in Irish waters, and will make short journeys round the coast. The news of the intended Royal visit was speedily circulated in Dublin on Monday evening, and was received by all classes with the intensest pleasure. On every hand, and from every quarter, Unionist and Nationalist, Catholic and Protestant, were to be heard expressions of the heartiest satisfaction. The universal opinion was that Ireland was never in a happier frame of mind than now to receive their Majesties, and that ia whatever place they include in their tour they are assured of a cordial welcome from every class and creed. The King and Queen-then Prince and Princess of Wales-first visited Ireland together in 1868, when they were present at Punchestown races, and the King was installed a Knight of St. Patrick. Three years later his Majesty again visited the country, accompanied by the Duke of Connaught, Princess Louise, and the Marquis of Lome. His third visit was in 1885, when he laid the founda- tion stone of the new Science and Art Museum and National Library at Dublin. The late Queen Victoria went to Ireland twice— in 1849 and 1900. I THE SCOTCH VISIT. The Lord Provost and the committee of the Edinburgh Town Council met on Monday to dis- cuss the arrangements for the visit of the King and Queen to that city in May. Their Majesties will be asked to open the new Fever Hospital and the aew pavilions in the Royal Infirmary, and to accept an address from the corporation and receive the keys of the city. The Glasgow Town Council on Monday passed a resolution expressing gratifica- tion at the proposed visit of their Majesties to that sit*, J THE KING'S VOYAGE TO LISBON. His Majesty's yacht, the Victoria and Albert, with the King on board, left Portsmouth Harbour at 10 minutes to nine on the morning of the 31st ult., salutes being fired from the Garrison Battery and the warships in harbour, which were also manned. During the night the gale had abated, and the voyage to > Lisbon was commenced in favourable weather. As the Royal yacht left the harbour the squadron at Spithead fired a salute, and the two cruisers which form the escort fol- lowed in the wake of the Victoria and Albert as she steamed past Cowes into open water. It was at first expected that the yacht would put into Plymouth, but a signal was made that the King was proceeding direct to Lisbon.
I FLOODS AND WRECKS. I MILES OF LAND UNDER WATER IN IRELAND. The gale blowing on Monday was very general all over the country, although it was felt at its greatest severity in Ireland, where considerable damage was done. In co. Derry nearly 15,000 acres of land were under water surrounding Limavady Junction. Two large openings have been made in seabank along Lough Foyle, and the inflowing tides are doing great havoc to adjoining farms and the railway. None of the land, it is con- jectured, can be reclaimed, and the damage now is enormous, many farmers being rendered home- less. Two more serious breaches have occurred in the seawall at the foot of Kirkley Slopes,' near Lowestoft. The damage has arises at the portion of the wall which was unprotected by groynes. Further south, opposite Pakefield Green, portions of the cliffs have crumbled away, and the Lord Nelson beerhouse, on the Green, has been vacated, it being considered that the house is doomed. Many casualties to shipping in the North Sea and Bristol Channel are reported, and the ports and harbours were full on Monday night of storm-bound vessels of every description. The Norwegian barque Lovisa, of Dram, was wrecked, and sunk off Havera Island, eight miles south of Scalloway, during the violent south-westerly gale on Sunday, which had pre- viously dismasted her. Ten of the crew were saved and four were lost.
GROWING THEIR OWN FUEL.-The coal famine in America is setting brains to work to find a sub- stitute for the missing fuel, and one which shall be available in that day when the mines of the earth give forth no more coal. A Chicago scientist has laid before the chiefs of the Agricultural Experiment Department at Washington a scheme whereby every holder of land shall grow his own fuel. The suggestion is that the leaves and stalks of plants and crops should be compressed and chemically treated. The residaal products of the whole grain crop of the United States, including corn, wheat, oats, barley, and rye, would supply 200,000,000 tons of potential fuel per annum. This, when properly treated it is said, would be in caloric powder in the proportion of artificial fuel to fourteen tons of bituminous coal.
SOMALILAND. t THE BRITISH FLYING COLUMN. In connection with the Somali War, a telegram despatched from Badwein, in the Haud Desert, on Tuesday of last week says the march from Damot across the waterless desert of Colonel Plunkett's flying column, escorting a convoy of camels and transport for General Manning, is practically accomplished. No opposition was encountered. The general advance of the Galkayu, Damot, and Bohotle Columns against Galadi began on Satur- day. The Mullah is at Dao Ali, 80 miles north of the position taken by the Abyssinian Column.