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I CURRENT TOPICS. I KING EDWARD VISITING IN EUROPE. King Edward's tour in Southern Europe is an example of those international courtesies which not only foster a good understanding between host and guest, but serve in several ways to promote the peace of Europe. It is not in the least likely that Britain, her ancient ally Portugal, and her informal ally Italy, will be found on the side of aggressive war, but much is to be gained from a rapprochement between those Powers whose main purpose in arming is to defend themselves. At Lisbon, King Edward met with a most enthusiastic reception, such as Portugal owed to the Sovereign of a State which has, on more than one occasion, fought to pre- serve the independence of the Portuguese. When his Majesty visits Rome, he i sure to be received with quite equal cordiality, and no doubt his presence in the Italian capital will help to increase the good feel- ing which subsists already between two nations that have many interests in common, and may some day be even more closely allied than they are at present. HELIGOLAND. When Heligoland was ceded to Germany, in 1890, under the Anglo-German agree- ment respecting Africa and Zanzibar, Lord Salisbury was blamed for making a poor bargain, but. so far as Heligoland is con- cerned, it seems we did not give away a very valuable consideration. Eight hundred years ago the island, which is situated in the North Sea, about 35 miles from the mouth of the Elbe, was 5 times its present size, which is not more than 2 miles in circumference, and it is constantly crumb- ling away. As recent falls of land are likely to affect the fortifications, an exam- ination was made with the result that the geologists have come to the conclusion that no human power or skill can avert the complete disappearance of the island. This doubtless will be regarded in Germany as a fresh grievance against perfidious Albion, as the late Prince Bismarck, or his countrymen, did not contemplate that Heligoland was going to fall into the sea. THE DIOCESE OF LINCOLN. The Bishop of Lincoln can scarcely be said to have exaggerated the hardships endured by many of the clergy in his Diocese, and there is some force in his remark that portions of the Diocese are not favourable to a man who is in delicate health, particularly when, at the same time, he is not sufficiently supplied with the necessaries of life. There is a story in the biography of one of the Bishops which illustrates amusingly the difficulties ex- perienced by some of the clergy in the fen district, The vicar of a parish which was in the winter almost insulated, resorted to the very simple remedy of closing his 0 church during the most rainy months of the year. This fact was reported to the Bishop who promptly called upon him for an ex- planation. The Vicar replied that during the the time that the Church was closed it was surrounded by water, and, he added "Even Satan himself could not get at my j parishioners in the winter; but I promise your lordship to be well before him in the spring," I THB TIMES COMPETITION. ) It would be absurd to suppose that The Times in offering valuable prizes for its new competition, is animated by mere philan- $brophy j indeed it is made pretty clear in the pamphlet, which has been distributed liberally, that the object is to sell more copies of some volumes in which that powerful journal is interested. But none I the less some acknowledgment should be I made of the service which The Times is rendering to the public it! introducing a new ana higher class of competition to those who have become tired of the adver- tisements of contests which are by no means free from the element of chance. It would therefore appear that The Times has suc- ceeded in doing that which Caesar once I congratulated himself upon accomplishing when he served an interest of his own in rendering a service to the State. Perhaps on some other occasion The Timen may be able to do something for the King's English, which is treated in these days n with so little respect, An offer of valuable prizes for essays written in the most exact English would afford encouragement to an art which seems to be in danger of being lost. THE FIREARMS' BILL. I The Bill which has been introduced by Mr Helme to regulate the sale of firearms, and read a second time, seems to be to some extent on the lines of the Pistols' Bill, which was before Parliament seven years ago, but was said to have failed of passage because it went too far, and proposed legislation which some people described as "grandmotherly." The principal object of Mr Helme's Bill is to ensure that anybod}' purchasing firearms shall first produce his licence, and that a record may be kept of the transaction which will, if necessary, identify the purchaser of the particular weapon. The reform is such a simple one and would have such useful results that it is difficult to understand why legislation to that end was not enacted many years ago, although one knows that non-party measures, however valuable, have very little chance of being passed, and have to be brought up year after year, before Parlia- ment will consider them seriously. Then, when they are at length enacted, every- body asks why they were not passed long ago, as many people have asked about the Criminal Evidence Act, 1898, which enabled accused persons to give evidence. When Mr Helme's Bill finds its way eventually on to the Statute Book, it is to be hoped the Inland Kevenue department, will look sharply after the purchasers of air guns, and so called toy-pistols, by which quite as much mischief is caused as by ordinary guns and pistols. PEOPLE WHO PAY INCOME TAX TWICE. Mr Boland certainly had justice on his side when he asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to relieve those people who have to pay income tax twice on the same money, firstly in Australia, and secondly at home. This is a grievance of which people who obtain their income from Australian sources complain very bitterly, but they are not alone in suffering this hardship, which is present in the case of people deriving their income from other possessions of the Crown. An income tax of Is 3d in the £ is bad enough, but the case is much worse when still more is deducted from every £ received by a person resident in this country who has property in the Colonies. In many instances the taxpayers are widows, and others with an income which is only sufficient to live upon, and there have been some cases in which the double impost has compelled people to go and live in the Colony. That is ao much the better for the Colonies, but it means less money spent in Britain.

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The King at Gibraltar I

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A Shipping Disaster.

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