TOWN TOPICS. (From Our London Correspondent.) The City is preparing to give a right Roy a; 'he welcome to. King Alfonso of Spain when be visits this country early in June as the guesC of King Edward. The forthcoming visit was made the occasion of a special meeting of the Court of Common Council, when the Chief Commoner (Mr. T. H. Ellis) made a speech full of historic interest. He reminded those present that King Alfonso was the youngest of European Monarchs, and also that His Majesty had the distinction of being proclaimed King at his birth. The Chief Commoner referred further to the historical and domestic ties which bound the two nations, and to the fact that the Court of Common Council adopted saveral years ago a resolution expressive of its admiration of the character of the young King's father. He concluded by moving that His Majesty should be invited to accept an address of welcome in a gold box, and to partake of the hospitality of the City at a luncheon to follow the presenta- tion. The motion was unanimously adopted. The programme on the occasion of King Alfonso's visit will, I understand, follow closely on the lines of the arrangements which were made in connection with the reception and entertainment of President Loubet, the King of Italy, and the King of Portugal. The pre- sentation of the address in a gold box will take place in the Library of the Guildhall, where a large number of distinguished guests will be received by the Chief Magistrate in full civic state. The dejeuner will take place afterwards in the Great Hall. The King has altered his plans regarding his Continental visit, and will not proceed to Copenhagen along with the Queen, unless by so doing he can be of service in bringing about peace in the East. It is his intention to spend his brief holiday in cruising about the Mediterranean, but he will be in daily communication with land and in constant touch with current events. The condition of the port of London has long been exercising the minds of engineers and ship-owners. Many heroic measures, involving enormous expenditure, have been proposed, but the most practical scheme is a comparatively modest one. This new scheme, which has received the sanction of the Thames Con- servancy Board, provides for the construction of a huge system of wharfage. When com- pleted the wharf will be able to deal with six million tons of goods in a year. No feiver than twenty ships three hundred feet long and drawing any depth of water up to thirty feet will be able to lie alongside at one time, while a hundred barges can be in attendance to have cargo transferred to them. The wharf runs across a bend in the river for six thousand six hundred feet in all, and at one end there is ample space for the construc- tion of a graving dock, which will be made after the wharf has been constructed. A low embankment wall will be constructed, and on what is the sheltered side of the river a wharf will be thrown across the bend, the frontage being one hundred and forty feet beyond the line of low tide. Between the embankment and wharf, therefore, there will be a great area of sheltered water, in which barges can be loaded from vessels, long armed cranes on the wharf lifting goods straight out of the holds of the ship on the river side and depositing them in the barges on the land side. The promoters have obtained the powers for which they have been asking; they have ample area of land at command, and they believe that they will be able to do something to solve the probkto of the port of London. If the Stock Exchange may be accepted as a barometer—and it has generally proved a pretty reliable one—peace in the East is not far off. The money market is decidedly easier, and the position altogether is cheerful. Whether Russia recognises the futility of prolonging the war or not, it is certain that the financial world does, and the refusal of further aid must make the Russian Government realise its position. Russia really requires peace very urgently in order to attend to her internal affairs, and Japan is quite willing to listen to peace over- tures provided they give solid guarantees for the future and reasonable compensation for the sacrifices she has made. Not only the two com- batants, but the whole civilised world will be the gainers by the cessation of hostilities, and the return of these two Powers to quiet indus- trial pursuits. The Stock Exchange believes that the end is already in sight. Immediately after Easter there will be a large number of society weddings, and the number this year will be greater than usual owing to the fact that, as Easter Day falls on the 23rd, there are only six clear days before the month of May opens-a month in which no young lady who seeks future happiness would dream of getting married. Among the weddings which will take place during these few days are those of Captain J. H. Crawford and Lady Gertrude Molyneux, sister of the Earl of Sefton; Lord Herbert Scott, D.S.O., son of the Duke of Buccleuch, and Miss Marie Edwards; the Earl of Malmesbury and the Hon. Dorothy Calthorpe, daughter of Lord and Lady Cal- thorpe; Captain Francis Farquhar, D.S.O., only son of Sir Henry Farquhar, Bart., and Lady Evelyn Hely-Hutchinson, sister of the Earl of Donoughmore; Sir Isambard Owen, Principal of the Armstrong College, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and Miss Ethel Holland Thomas; and the Hon. J. R. Stopford, son of Viscount Stopford and grandson of the Earl of Courtown, and Miss Cicely Birch, daughter of Viscountess Barring- ton. The Ranelagh Club, Barn Elms, which is the original home of the historic Kit-cat Club, is being redecorated for the approaching season. The stabling accommodation is being consider- ably augmented, so that something like two hundred and fifty polo ponies can be put up. An attractive programme for the season has been arranged, including polo matches with all the best-known teams. The Ladies' Annual Golf Tournament will be played on the 12th and 13th of the present month, and the Parliamentary golf match on the 15th. The Pony Gymkixaua and Ladies' Spt tts are fixed for the first Saturday in June, and on the 17th June there will be ladies' driving competi- tions, with musical ride and pushball by the 21st Lancers, and on the final Saturday in that very busy month the Horse and Polo Pony Show will be held. On Saturday, July 1, members of the Ladies' Automobile dub will engage in an automobile gymkhana; the croquet' tournament will commence on Monday, July 3; and on the 8th of that month, when the finals are to take place, there are to be draghound races. The Pony Gymkhana and the Polo Pony Races are set down for fol- lowing Saturdays, namely, July 15 and 22 respectively. The dates for the visits of the Four-in-Hand and Coaching Clubs and the date on which the military massed bands will play will be announced later on. Should there be a sufficient number of stage coaches on the road a meeting of them will be arranged in July, T.
Th- father of a young man who had been 7 married had occasion to send a faithful samewhfllt blunt old servant to his son's "house, some miles distant, on business. On his return, anxious to hear the old man's opinion of the lady, he said: "Well, you saw the bride, Thomas?" "Yes, master, I saw the bride." ""She's a wealthy lady, Thomas." "Yes, ■ydSEor verv wealthy, I suppose." "Well, and ■what's your opinion, Thomas?" «i think she's a right bonnie lady to talk to, as well as being rich and clever; but, master, said the old man,, confidentially, "if beauty's a sin, she won't have that to answer fota."
I NORTH SEA BILL. lOVER £40,000 KNOCKED OFF ORIGINAL CLAIMS I OF HULL FISHERMEN. The claims of the Hull fishermen in connection with the North Sea affair amounted to £ 101,748. The actual amount assessed and paid, irrespective of law costs, was £ 57,942, the redactions therefore amounting to over £ 40,000. According to the report of the Board of Trade Commissioners, the principal items were: Nature of Claim. Claimed. Assessed. Loss by death of relative EIO,670 JE5800 Wounds by gunfire 17,472 6700 Loss of earnings and wages due to detention (absence of ship from fishing-ground for repair &c.) 86;:» 172 Physical indisposition after ex- posure to unusual danger and loss of earning power, due to shock 1110 1110 Diminution in catch, loss on sales, loss of freight, loss of services of skipper killed, increased management ex- penses due to unprecedented nature of the incident 38,476 17,783 I
SIR CHARLES HARTOPP'S DIVORCE I SUIT. I THE CASE UNDEFENDED BY LADY HARTOPP AND EARL COWLEY. That unhappy marriage which led in November, 1902, to the divorce sensation known as the Hartopp case has at last been dissolved, as far the decree nisi is concerned. Sir Charles Edward Cradock Hartopp was on Monday granted by the president of the Divorce Court a decree against his wife, Millicent Florence Eleanor, Lady Hartopp, daughter of Mr. C. H. Wilson, the great Hull shipowner and M.P., and costs against the earl co-respondent, Henry Arthur Mornington Wellesley, Earl Cowley. No defence was offered to Sir Charles's accusations. What happened was very different from what occurred in 1902. On that occasion a counter petition was filed, and there was a fight which lasted three weeks-to end fruitlessly in both petitions being dismissed. On Monday the case occupied but an hour of the Court's time, and then the President said: The facts are plain, there will be a decree." The task of Mr. Duke, K.C., counsel for Sir Charles Hartopp, was simple. He had merely to prove the case formally. Fresh evidence, of course, had to be called, and before Mr. Duke proceeded to tell this new story he recalled the circumstances of the previous case. How Lady Hartopp had disagreed with her husband about what friends she should be allowed to have of the opposite sex. How she had retired in dudgeon to a hunting-lodge at Gaddesby, near Melton Mowbray. How she was visited here after hunting by Lord Cowley, who had a place in the neighbourhood. How Lord Cowley was regarded by servants as the master" of Lady Hartopp's cottage. How, finally, Sir Charles Hartopp, failing to prove his case, after stating that his wife had offered him E20,000 to allow her to divorce him, had to pay several thou- sand pounds costs to the earl's representatives. Mr. Duke's new story began with a remarkable incident. After the Hartopp action, he said, Sir Charles Hartopp wrote to his wife, and made her an offer to let bygones be bygones." "Let us accept the verdict of the jury," the baronet had written. But Lady Hartopp refused in a peremptory manner. During the next year her husband made a discovery explaining her refusal. He found that both his wife and the earl had been in town at a time when members of the smart set" are usually far away. In the autumn Lady Hartopp stayed at her father's house in Grosvenor-square, the Wilson family being away, and the earl was also in London. So Sir Charles Hartopp set detectives to work, who watched both the house in Grosvenor-square and Lord Cowley's house in South Audley-street, when the next autumn came round. On the night of October 5 the men watching outside Lord Cowley's house-the house was closed," that is to say, there were only one or two servants in charge-made the following notes: .Lady Hartopp drove up in a cab shortly after 11 p.m., and was let into the house, being evidently expected. A few minutes later Earl Cowley walked up. Lady Hartopp, who was staying at her father's "closed" house in Grosvenor square, drove home after midnight. Similar observations were made on succeeding nights. The detectives watched the South Audley- street house, which was usually in darkness save for lights in the caretaker's quarters, and marked the comings and goings of Lord Cowley and Lady Hartopp. The former usually left his motor- brougham some distance from the house-to avoid being noticed, the watchers surmised. An ex- citing incident of the shadowing was described in the witness-box by one of the detectives. This man once said to the earl: It is all right, Lord Cowley, you are known." The earl then jumped out of the cab he was in, and rushed at the detective, remarking, "I will give you some- thing." The detective escaped, and the went into his club. Sir Charles Hartopp's evidence lasted a very little while. He was just long enough in the witness-box to allow the audience-it was a very different audience from that of two and a half years ago-to notice that he was as smartly dressed and debonair as ever. He told the Court how he had tried to effect a reconciliation. Besides Sir Charles no other celebrities of the Hartopp case" were in Court. Costs were given against the co-respondent.
140 KILLED IN TRIBAL WAR. J The Elder Dempster liner Sokoto, which has arrived in Liverpool from West Africa, reports fighting in Liberia, in which 140 combatants were killed. Natives of Cess Town, who came off from the shore in canoes, informed Captain Lobb that the men of the Picaninny Mess, about seven miles away, had made an attack on their town, in which 60 men and 80 women were killed. The natives of Cess Town were preparing to return the attack when the Sokoto left.
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Th-e famous French "Tichborne" case of Casa Riera has just reached, after twelve months, the end of its first, or civil stage, and) the Marquis d-e Casa y Riera has been declared to be the real son of his father, and not a palmed-off sub- stitute, as the blacksmith claimant alleged. It has been a costly business, involving roving commissions of search through Spain and France. The second, or criminal stage, in which the Marquia pro&ef!utes the imp.oster who has involved him in so much stress, is now about to begin, and before aJl is over probably another twelve months will haveelapsed.
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KING ALFONSO'S COMING CONSORT. A CONFIDENT STATEMENT. About a week ago the Daily Mirror" announced that negotiations for a marriage were proceeding between the King of Spain and Princess Patricia of Connaught. Our contemporary now says that it is enabled to authoritatively state that the arrangements for this interesting alliance have been satisfactorily completed. It was generally thought that the match was settled a few weeks ago, when the Duke of Connaught paid the young King a visit at Madrid. This belief (continues the "Daily Mirror") has proved correct. King Edward's consent was obtained, and all that remained to be done was to obtain a special dis- pensation from the Pope, on account of the difference in religion of the King and the Princess. It was for this purpose, we are told, that on Monday the Duke and Duchess of Connaught paid a visit to the Pope at the Vatican, and received his consent as head of the Church, and his blessing on the proposed union. The "Daily Mirror" is informed on very high authority that one stipulation has been made. Princess Patricia of Connaught will never be forced, or even asked, to change her religion. In this matter she will have perfect freedom; while any children of the marriage will be brought up, the sons according to the father's faith, and the daughters according to the belief of the English Church, of which, of course, Princess Patricia is a member. It is thought probable that no official announce- ment will be made until nearer the time that King Alfonso is due to pay his visit to England, and it may possibly be delayed until after that event. In the meantime the idea of the marriage has been warmly received both in this country as well as in Spain, where English people are very popular. Princess Patricia of Connaught is the second daughter and youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, and a niece of the King. She was born on St. Patrick's Day, 1883, and is two months younger than the King of Spain.
GERMANY AND MOROCCO. The Tangier correspondent of The Times" gives the substance of the statements made by the German Emperor in his conversation with the i Sultan's representatives at Tangier on Friday of last week. He said he had come expressly to Tangier to assert that he would maintain the absolute equality of German economic and commercial rights in Morocco, and would not allow any other Power to obtain preferential advantages. The Sultan was the free Sovereign of a free country, and Germany would insist on always carrying on her affairs direct with him, and would never allow the intermediary of any other Power. The present was an unfavourable time for the introduction of reforms on European lines, and all reforms should be founded on Islamic law and tradition. What Morocco required was only peace and quiet, and he (would find means later of making his opinions known to the Maghzen on questions of detail. The Emperor added that he had made these views quite clear in a conversation he had just held with the French Charge d'Affaires. 1
KILLED BY A LION. I The sad circumstances of the death in India of Major Carnegy, the popular Political Officer of the Viceroy, during a lion-hunt in the Gir Forest, make a vivid story. The hunt, states the Pioneer Mail," was organised by Lord Lamington, and the dead officer knew the district per- haps better than any other Britisher. The Major went with the seeond party, his companions being Captain Foljambe and Mr. Du Boulay. They first shot and wounded a lion and a lioness, which disappeared in the forest. The huntsmen followed them up, and as they were going up a slope the lioness appeared, and was about to spring at a red-bearded shikari when Major Carnegy shot and brought her down. Mean- while the wounded lion had made good his escape. When the party had proceeded a mile there was suddenly a slight coughing roar to the left, and the lion appeared charging, it is thought, straight at the major. Captain Foljambe saw the lion and then saw a cloud of dust with forms struggling within it. Mr. Du Boulay, hurrying across, saw moving forms, then a helmet lying on the ground, and then a sahib on the ground who had been seized by the lion. He dashed straight up to the lion when he realised what had happened, and fired into the region of its heart at point-blank range. It rolled back dead in an instant, but as it did so, a native with a gun fired a shot into the lion's hind-quarters, another with a clubbed rifle struck it on the head, and a third struck it on the head with a sword. Mr. Du Boulay spoke to Major Carnegy, but he did not answer, and the nature of his injuries left no doubt that death must have been instantaneous. The lion that killed him measured eleven feet to the tip of the tail, and was the biggest animal killed in the shoot.
After serving as a Volunteer through the South African war and escaping from the clutches of the Boers, the Rev. F. H. Powell has just accepted the living of Holy Trinity, Blackpool. > The epidemic of cerebro-spinal meningitis has assumed alarming proportions in New York. People are being seized with the mysterious disease in the streets. Nearly 200 deaths took place last week. While trying to save a boy who fell into the river near Northampton, on Monday, John Vaugham, a boatman, was gripped round the neck and drowned. His wife witnessed the tragedy. Mr. E. F. Benson, the author of "Dodo," who was the guest of the Authors' Club in London on Monday night, humorously characterised novel writing as a dog's life. As soon as one trick was learned the writer had to set about learning another.
[ RAPID BALLOON JOURNEY. j The Challenge Cup offered by the French Aero Club for the fastest balloon journey has i been Won. by Comte de la Vaulx, who left, Saint Cloud in the balloon "Sylphe" on Saturday at five p.m., and touched ground on Monday at one p.m. at Pretosch-on-the-EIbe, between Ber- lin and Leipsig, a distance of over 621 miles. The cup was previously in possession of M. David, of Nantes, who had covered a distance of 1495 miles.
LIFE ON SIXPENCE A WEEK. 1. Six shillings was all that Theodore de Main I earned as an auxiliary postman. The Post Office authorities only employed him on the under- standing that he had other resources. But in this he had deceived them, and, arrested for stealing a letter containing a postal order, he pleaded that the temptation had been too great. He had to pay the landlord 5s. 6d. a week, and had only 6d. left to keep his wife and six chil- dren. The Recorder at the Old Bailey on Mon- day took a, merciful view of the case and libe- rated him.
THE SCOTTISH CHURCH DIFFICULTY. The "Gla.sgow Herald" .states that the report of the Royal Commission is completed, and will shortly be presented to Parliament. It is under- stood that the recommendations of the Commis- sioners are not so favourable to the Free Church as that body anticipated. The Com- missioners point out the inability of the suc- cessful litigants, by their own confession, to make adequate use of the whole of the Church properties and trust funds, .and will advise. Par- liament to transfer these properties' and funds, to the Crown, and to appoint an Executive Com- mislsion with full powers to deal with individual trusts, a-a well as with individual congregational properties.
DIPLOMATISI'S NARROW ESCAPE. Mr. White, the late American Ambassador in Berlin, has (according to the New York corres- pondent of the "Standard") escaped death on the Newhaven Railway by only a fraction of an inch. A train running in the opposite direction smashed a heavy double plate-glass window in the Pull- man car in which he was seated, and the fr;a.g- ments cut hie hat in two. just above the top of his head. Several other passengers were slightly injured., r
THE DEPTFORD MURDER. I At Greenwich, on Monday, Alfred andi Albert Stratton were remanded charged with being concerned in the murder of Thomas ,and Ann Farrow, at Deptford, on March 27. Only evi- dence of arrest was given.
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I ARMY COMMISSIONS. I I ONE-YEAR CADETS FROM SANDHURST. I I When the cadets from the Royal Military Col- lege at Sandhurst finish their encampment on Salisbury Plain in July, they will (says the "Standard") be commissioned direct into the a.rmy, owing to the shortage of officers in the service. Under this arrangement a large num- ber of cadets with only twelve months' service at the college will be commissioned. This drafting of cadets to the regiment with less than the two years' study necessary for the proper train- ing of a cadet is not regarded as. a desirable happening, but nothing better can be done to cope with the demands of the army. The en- largement of Sandhurst has come to be an im- perative necessity, and is regarded as the proper solution for the paucity of officers. Owing to the premature commissioning of cadets, the num- bel's to be admitted to the college a.t the next entrance examination will be correspondingly increased.
BELGIAN HEIR PRESUMPTIVE. I REPORTED NARROW ESCAPE. I An Ostend correspondent reports that whilst Prince Albert, the Heir Presumptive to the Belgian throne, was returning by train to Brussels from Antwerp, after the launch of the new Dover-Os.tend turbine steamer, the carriage window was smashed near Schaerbeek station, and the Royal party had a, narrow escape from the missile and flying glass. It was at first re- ported that a bullet had been fired at the Prince, but the police now state that it was a stone which was thrown at the window. The matter is being investigated.
[NATIONAL PROVIDENT INSTITUTION. At the 69th annual meeting of this beneficent institution recently held in London under the pre- sidency of the Hon. Vicary Gibbs, only about 60 of its 27,000 members attended. This in itself sgeaks volumes for the confidence the members have in the directors and staff, and of their satis- faction with the report and accounts, which were unanimously adopted. The inflow of new business was well maintained, and the policy-holders were again reminded of their interest as members of a mutual society in recommending it to others, and in introducing pushing men as agents in places where the office is not represented or not adequately so. Considering the sound position of the office and the advantages it confers on its members, the work of its agents should be comparatively easy and very profitable. As usual, we find evidences of economy in management, a favourable mortality experience arising from a careful selection of lives and a large increase in the accumulated fund, which now amounts to over £ 6,000,000. An improved rate of interest on these funds is also reported. Hitherto the office has granted Whole Life and Endowment Assurances, with profits, but it is now prepared to consider proposals for all kinds of life assurance, both with and without profits, and to transact every form of annuity business, as well as to purchase reversions.. The meeting terminated after re-electing tna retiring directors, Sir Peter Spokes and the Master of Elibank, M.P., and confirming the election of the Right Hon. Lord Sandhurst as a director.
The Princess Cleinentine of Belgium is a lady whose matrimonial affairs seem to have quite an extraordinary interest for foreign journalists. The rumour of her intended marriage to Prince Victor Napoleon has seemingly, after being in- cessantly brought up and denied, given place to an evenl more interesting one to the effect that she is to become the wife of the King of Saxony. The ex-Queen, his mother, is said to have been in Brussels to ask the permission of the King of the Belgians to the alliance. Much comment has been caused in Dundee by j the discovery in that city of the wealth of an old j woman who for some time past has been ob- j taining relief from various charitable institu- j tions and church organisations. She has left a i bask deposit amounting to several hundreds of pounds. Not being satisfied with the pension j from her former employers, she was successful in obtaining parochial relief. She lived a life I of great seclusion., and nothing ofbr private. affairs was known.
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Russia's Dreadful State I BOMB FACTORY IN ST. PETERSBURG. j The St. Petersburg police have arrested a band of revolutionary conspirators seizing at the same time a number of incriminating docu- ments. For some time past the police have noticed two sleigh-drivers and a messenger on a. bicycle who frequently followed the carriages of official personages. By means of close shadow- ing they discovered the whole band, consisting of 12 men, all of whom, it has been ascertained, arrived in St. Petersburg on the same day. The arrests were made so suddenly that only in one instance was any opposition offered, one of the band firing his revolver, but without any effect, The names of four of the prisoners are Ivanof- skaya, Covantieva, Savinkova, and Barikova. The remaining eight have not yet been identi- fied. At the residence of Covantieva an ex- plosives laboratory was discovered, with a com- plete apparatus, for the manufacture of bombs, besides a llUmlber of papers relating to the activity of the Anarchist movement in Russia. An examination of those papers shows that the conspirators were sent from Switzerland, whence the movement is directed. One of the men was arrested during a sitting of the Council of Ministers at the building known as the Palace of the Imperial Council, outside which, disguised as a coachman, he was driving an empty first-class carriage to and fro. This man was afterwards discovered to be a student, and it was thought that he was awaiting a confederate, with a view to some attempt on one or more of the Ministers. The police consider that they have made an important capture. BOMB OUTRAGE AT LODZ. A telephone message from Lodz states that the Commissioner of Police for the Second District, M. Szalbalowicz, was seriously injured by a bomb which was thrown at him in the street at 1.30 on Saturday afternoon. WILD SCENE IN A THEATRE. According to an offi cial announcement, a scene of great disorder occurred at the Saratoff city theatre on the occasion of a lecture on cholera, which was given there to an audience of 2,000 people. The official report says that two bar- risters tried to address the gathering on the political questions of the hour, but were pre- vented from doing so by the police, who sent for two companies of infantry. Until the arrival of the troops, however, the revolutionary element had control of the situa- tion. Revolutionary proclamations were thrown from the galleries into the body of the theatre, and incendiary speeches were made. The crowd then left the theatre and marched through the streets singing the "Marseillaise." The troops sent against them drew up in front of them and barred the way, whereupon five revolver shots were fired from the midst of the demonstrators, but without effect. Thirty-nine rioters were arrested, and numer- ous revolutionary pamphlets and proclamations were found. The men arrested have been charged with violating the "obligatory regula- tions" of the Governor. TREPOFF'S ADVANCE. It is reported, says the "Eeho de Paris," that M. Buliguine, Minister of the Interior, will be replaced by General Trepoff, Governor-General of St. Petersburg. INCENDIARY WORKMEN. The "'Matin" states that the buildings at Sevastopol belonging to the Russian Steam Navi- gation Company have been fired by workmen who had been discharged from the company's service. Considerable damage was done. FEMALE PLOTTERS. Two of the female prisoners arrested in con- nection with the alLeged terrorist conspiracy Ivanovskaya and Leovantieva, are (according to a St. Petersburg message) of good family. A sister of the former is married to the well-known writer Kovalenko, while an uncle of the latter occupies a high official position, and is an ardent reactionary. Leovantieva was, arrested at a hairdresser's shop juet as she was about to have her hair dressed prior to going to the theatre. An agent of the Secret Police drove with her straight to her elegant flat a.t the far end of the Nevsky Prospekt, near the Alexander Convent, where an explosives laboratory and a store of bombs was discovered. Thenoe she was taken to the Hotel Palais Royal, where some of the others were atrresied, and a further stock of bombs was found. The police are now en- deavouring to obtain further information as to the conspirators' organisation. It is unlikely that any of the twelve prisoners will ever be seen or heard of again. GRAftD DUKE'S ASSASSIN. The murderer of the Grand Duke Sergius, who still refuses to give his name, is to be tried as an assassin and a vagabond. The Court will be composed of five Senators, while the prosecution will be in the hands of M. Shegeovitoff, of the Cassation Department. MAXIM GORKY AT MOSCOW. The authorities have given Maxim Gorky per- mission to leave Riga on account of the un- satisfactory state of his health, and he has left there for Moscow. THE WARSAW TERROR. Late on Monday night a policeman was stabbed while, on duty "at Warsaw. His assailant escaped. The chief of police has ordered all dealers in firearms to deposit their supplies in Government strong rooms for the present.
IF THERE'S, TROUBLE IN THE KITCHEN, THERE'S WojiRi" IN THE HOUSE. Then don't have trouble, but see that your Cook has plenty of Keating's Powder and uses it. Sprinkle it on the floor at night, and sweep up the dead Beetles in the morn- ing. Sold everywhere. Tins only, 3d., 6d., & Is. Bellows ffull) 9d. Miss Augusta Bellingham, the young fiancee of Lord Bute, is having her portrait painted by M. Carolus Duran. She is staying in ROllie with Mrs. Aspinall, and as a fervent "follower of the ancient religion greatly enjoys the Eternal City. Her only sister is a, nun. Miss Belling- haan herself is just a pretty Irish girl, very accomplished, and fond of an out-of-door life. American trains travel 900,000,000 miles and English trains 400,000,000 miles during a single year. With a train mileage less than half that of the American roads, the English roads in 1903 hauled twice as many passengers, con- ducted their business on one-tenth the trackage, and in doing so killed but one-tenth as many people and injured less than one-tenth as manv.
I BEWARE OF JUGGLERS. 1 Sir Hiram Maxim, in a letter dated from Niea to the Paris Herald," tells of a misfortune that befell him at a local hotel, where he is staying, owing to his too great faith in the u.bilities .of a juggler. A few nights ago," he sa) a, a con- jurer, known on the Riviera as Professor Ben Alibey, appeared at the hotel. He asked that someone should give him a watch; what he wished to do was to smash the watch and return it intact t to the owner. :1 very foolishly handed him mine, which wag a very high-priced one, and had been especially made for me in Switzerland. The first part of the experiment succeeded admirably, but the last part was a total failure notwithstand- ing all the professor's skill, the watch persisted in remaining in a smashed condition, and is still a smashed and worthless watch. Moral: If yoa have a valuable watch, don't lend it to a juggler.
I CURIOUS TOWN-NAMES. I The names of certain towns in Missouri have, w at least, the merit of originalty. Here are some ij of them: Lick Skillet, Arnica, Possum Trot, II Biblegrove, Black Jack, Braggadocio, Bueyrus, jfl Belgique, Corcyra, Cowskin, Cyclone, Doe RUB, ■ Dogwood, Grubville, Koshkonong, Lone Star, '9 Owl Creek, Pure Air, Protem, Prohibition, Prairie |9 Lick, Rocky Comfort, Roubidoux, Schlicht, w Seventy-six, Solo, Splitlog, Tralaloo, Turnback, j> Twelvemile and Low Wossie. Tennessee shares the honours," as it were, with these Barefoot, Botts, Leap Year, Chimney Top, Chuckaluck, Halt Pone,Hanging Limb,'Ipe, Marrowbone,Mouse Tail, Opossum, Parch Corn, Peanut, Rip Shin, Sweet Lips, Tom Brown, U Bet, Yum Yum, Buzzard Roost, Fits, Mashmead, Peeled Chestnut, Shoo 1 Fly, Skull Bone, Snail Lope, Tiger Tail and i Wahoo. i
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I SEX AND THE CENSUS. Mr. J. Holt Schooling, in a digest of the lately published General Report upon the Census of 1901 which he contributes to the" Windsor Magazine gives among other things some of the sex-facts in regard to England and Wales. In 1901 there were 1068 females to every 1000 males-a female excess of 1,070,617. But, taking into the account the number of males temporarily absent (soldiers, sailors, &c.), and so getting at the population belonging to England and Wales, the result is only 1050 females per 1000 males, or a female excess of 793,420. The proportion of females to males in England and Wales was 1057 per 1000 males in 1801. After fluctuations during 1801-1851, the proportion of females to males has risen continuously since 1851, the proportion of females to males in 1891 and in 1901 being the highest on record (1064 per 1000 males in 1891, and 1068 in 1901).
With the melody of a revival hymn on his lips John Hughes, of Rhos, was instantly killed by the fall of roof in the Vauxhall Collieries, Buabon. There are twice as many able-bodied adults and children receiving relief in Manchester as at this time last year. A rook is reported to have seized a young chicken at Fewston, in Harrogate, and carried it away to its nest.
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A BIG REGATTA. A Cowes correspondent says that a regatta of international character is being arranged to take place at San Sebastian, Spain, in August next. The prizes include a cup given by the King of Spain. among the events will be one for yachts of from forty to one hundred tons, and, besides a valuable cup offered for this race, there will be added money amounting to E700 to be awarded in other prizes. In matches for smaller yachts money, in addition to the chief prize, will be provided in amounts totalling over E2000. King Alfonso is taking a great interest in the success of the regatta.
I ADVENTURES OF A GUINEA. A Spade guinea in the possession of a resident at Hatfield has recently had a strange adventure. By sorpe mischance its owner paid it away as a halfpenny to a local publican, who, imagining it to be a bad coin, fastened it securely to his counter as a warning to evil-doers. After a week's diligent searching it was found there by its former possessor, who lost no time in recovering his treasure by means of a hammer and chisel.
Seen ransacking the pockets of coats oolong. ing to men in the Royall Engineers BaTra. Aldershot, a bulbar made a dlash for liberty. He was chased by about 50 nten—most of whom did) nofc stop to d,raw-but.got away, only to be arnest.ed later to Londtoa by a local seigeeaSw i H'e_hafr beau