Parliamentary. I In the Honse of Commons on Wednesday an assurance was given by Mr Balfour that -the Aliens Bill would bo introduced during the week in which the adjournment for the Easter recess is to take place. The vote of £10,101,000 for Army pay was agreed to. There had previously been defeated, by a majority of thirty-one, a motion for the reduction of the vote, pro- posed by Mr MacCrae, with the view of calling attention to the Government pro- posals with reference to the Auxiliary forces. Speaking on this amendment Mr Balfour repudiated the idea that, towards the Volun- teer force the Government was inclined to adopt an unsympathetic or over-critical at- titude, and, later, Mr Arnold-Forater gave a detailed statement of the advantages which it was intended to concede to the Yolunteers. On Thursday, in the House of Commons, in reply to questions relative to the defeat of Mr Loder, at Brighton, said it was usual that the Junior Lord of the Treasury should be a member of the House, although there was no constitutional reason why it should be so. Mr Gladstone was Secretary 'for the for the Colonies for six or seven months while out of the House and unable to obtain a seat in it, he having been defeated on accepting office. Mr Lloyd George asked whether Mr Balfour was still of opinion that his Ministry continued to retain the ceufidence of the country- In reply, jIr Balfour stated that the opinion of the country could only be judged at a general election.
Football. I USK V PESTARTH RESERVES. I This match was played:at Penarth on Saturday last, in fine weather and before a goodly number of spectators. Usk took a weakened team, and their late arrival at Penarth, enabled them to play only a quarter of an hour each half. Iu the initial half the Uskites pressed hard and Harold Morgan scored an unconverted try, which was the only difference between the teams at half time. In the second half, Penarth pressed and scored a try, and the result was a draw. The game was a fast one throughout.
Monmouthshire C.C. Fixture for 1905. June 2nd and 3rd.-Glamorgan Away June 26th and 27th.—Berkshire Away July 12th and 13th. -Cornwall. -Home July 17th and 18th.—Berkshire Home July 19th and 20th.-M.C.C Home July 28th and 29th.-Devoiishire Home August 11th and 12th.-Devoiishire ..Away August 14th and 15th.-Cornwall Away August 18th and 19 th. -Glamorgan. Home I
USK. PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. Before R. RICXABDS, Esq. (in the chair), H. HUMPHREYS. ESQ., J. T. DAVIns, Esq., and F. JBNNIWGS, Esq. TBAKSFXB.—The licence of the Lamb and Flag beerhouse, Usk, was transferred from Richard JEtheridge to Henry Woodley, of Cardiff. RATRI.-A.ir T. Rees was granted summonses against defaulting ratepayers in the parish of Llan. Sevipw,
CWMBEAN. POLICE COURT, MONDAY. Before F. J. MITCHELL, Esq., AND E. H. CBAWSHAT, Esq. j TRESPASS AND POACHING.—Joan Power, a young labourer, was charged with trespassing in pursuit of conies on land in the occupation of Mr J. F. Stark (farmer), Llantarnaoa, on the 19th November, Defendant had been away since the offence, and wad recently arrested. Another charge was preferred against him* iu conjunction, with two other young men named Smith and Burroughs, under the Poaching Preventiou Act, on the same day.—The Bench fined Power 25s, And Smith, and Burroughs 78 6d each. 1
MONMOUTU, POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. Before the MAXoa AND H. BAILEY, Esq. DESTRUCTION q? CLOTHING.—John Smith, 45, a stranger, was charged with destroying his clothing while in the casual ward.—Frank White, industrial trainer, said that when he took prisoner his breakfast he found him with a blanket wrapped round him and his own clothing torn into small bits. Prisoner told witness he did it to get better clothes.—Sentenced to 14 days' hard labour. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. UNNATURAL MOTHERS. I Ellen Arnold, 26, wife of Thomas Arnold, labourer, Chippenham-terrace, was summoned for neglecting her three children.—Inspector Sparkes, P.S. Barnie, and Dr W. Percival Miles described a cruel and horrible state of affairs. Defendant was sentenced to 28 days' imprisonment, with hard labour. Elizabeth Hughes, widow, Clifford's Court, was summoned for a similar offence respecting her five children. She was sentenced to six weeks' hard labour, the children to be sent to the work. house.
NEWPORT. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. NEGLECTING TO MAINTAIN HIS CHILDREN. Wallace R. Jones, a foreman tailor, was brought up in custody charged with neglecting to maintain his two children, chargeable to the Newport Union. He was arrested at Nuneaton, where he had taken a situation. He told P.O. Caldicott that he had been out of a situation for six months, and that he and his wife had pledged everything they had. He tried to get the children into the work- house at Plymouth, but failed. Mr J. H. Griffiths, warrant officer of the guardians, said the prisoner had been working at his trade in Plymouth for several years, but on March 7th he left Plymouth for London with the two children in his company. At Bristol he sent the child ren-Vi olet. aged thirteen, and Percy, aged eight—to Newport, with a letter addressed to their uncle, Mr H. E Morgan, of 6, Bolton-road, a railway clerk, stating that he had been out of work for six months, and he now committed the children to his (their uncle's) care, and that he could send them to the workhouse if he chose. The defendant bad never lived in Newport and it was not to be expected that the guardians of the Newport Union would keep his children. Mr Morgan stated that he was the trustee of the children, and save the prisoner L20 after the death of his first wife, but within twelve months he was begging for mojre money. Prisoner said he had had nothing to eat for some days. The Bench fined him JM, or a month's imprison- ment, with hard labour.
Monmouthshire Meeting. I 1.30-—The BEAUFORT HURDLE RACE of 40 sove., for four year olds aDd upwards winners extra. Two miles. Col. H T Fenwick's Belle of Knockany, 6, 6.10 Dwyer 1 Mr H Ingram's Venezia, 4, 10.2..Mr A Gordon 2 Mr R Downey's Commander, a, 10. 7.. F Parker 3 Also ran-Quick Stream and Taboo. Betting—11 to 8 on Belle of Knockany, 3 to 1 agst Venezia, 4 to 1 agst Quick Stream, 6 to 1 agst Taboo, and 10 to I agst Commander. Won by half a length; six lengths divided second and third. 2 15-—The DRYBRIDGE SELLING HURDLE RACE of 40 sovs, for four year olds and upwards winner to be sold for 50 sovs. Two miles. Mr Longworth's Spatchcock, a, 12.0, Mr Hastings 1 Mr Dunn's Margaret, 5, 11.6 G Oates 2 Mr W Hobbs's Away West, 6,11.10, MrBillyeald 3 Also ran-Atibling, Consistent, Benign, and Paul II. Betting—2 to 1 agst Spatchcock, 5 to 2 agst Away West, 3 to 1 agst Margaret, 6 to 1 each agst Ashling and Consistent, and 10 to 1 agst any other. Won by a length and a half; a head divided second and third. There was no bid for the winner. 2.50.—The AGINCOURT HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE of 60 sovs, for four year olds and upwards winners eTtra. Two miles. Mr S F Gilbert's Merry Monk II, a, 12.6 Mr A Wood 1 Col. M Lindsay's Holmpatrick, a, 10.4 Mr 0 Anthony 2 Bettinr-11 to 10 on Merry Monk II, who finished alone. Holmpatrick fell. 3.25.-The HENDRE HURrLE RACE of 40 sovs, for four year olds and upwards; winners extra. Two miles. Mr J W Phillipp's Golden Goblet, 6, 11.10 Mr I Anthony 1 Mr W Bird's Geneseo, 5, 11,3 .Owner 2 Mr T A Huband's Solace, 5, 10.7.G Morgan 3 Betting-3 to I on Golden Goblet, 3 to 1 agat Solace, and 10 to 1 agst Geneseo. Won by fifteen lengths; a bad third. 4.0.-The CAMP STEEPLECHASE of 60 sovs, for four year olds and upwards. Two miles. Mr Frank Brady's St Marco, 4, 10.7.E Brady I Mr W Hobbs's Kilgrogan, a, 10.7..Mr Billyeald 2 Capt M'Laren's Chef, a, 11.4 W Dwyer 3 Betting-6 to 4 on Kilgrogan, 2 to 1 agst Chef, and 3 to 1 agat St Marco. Won by three lengths; four lengths separated second and third. The TROY SELLING STEEPLECHASE did not fill.
BUILDS OF THE TISSUES, r7ft MHftite* more nutritious than milk. PLASION 1/- Cookery Book post free for two stamps— Flasrru/n, Farrin^dqn-strfet, London, E.O,
I Markets. I PONTTPOOTI SPFEMO FAtth-The first of the two spring fairs annually promoted by the Pontypool Council was held on Monday, and, having regard to the bad weather, the attendance was very satisfactory. The horse trade was very quiet, only some of the best animals changing hands. Heavy cart horses were scarce, the best of these selling at J635. Small carters, which wete fairly plentiful, ran from £25 to J635 each. Hackneys fetched from 116 to £ 25, and ponies XO to £ 14. There was an average supply of pigs, but they were rather small on the whole. Pigs with litters averaged X7 to £ 10, porkers 9s 6d per score, and weaners 20a to 22s each. The Board of Agriculture's restriction on sheep affected the sheep trade, there being not a single flock on sale. Cattle sold at reasonable prices-two-year-olds averaged JE12 each, yearlings from 98 to £10, and cows and calves fetched 114 to JE15. USK, CATTLE, Monday.—Iu consequence of its being fair day at Pontypool, and also Usk Races, there was a poor attendance and supply at the usual bi-mont;hly market to-day. Prices :-Be8t quality beef 6d to 6id per lb, seconds Did to 6d heavy-weight wethers 8d to 8id, light-weight ditto 9id, ewe 6d to 7d; veal 8|d to 9d; cows and calves L12 to £16, yearlings X6 to SIO, strong stores 35s to 45s, three months old 20a to 23s, weaners 12s to 189 each, heavy-weight porkers 8a 6d to 9s per score, light ditto 9s to 93 6d, baconers 8s 6d. CHBPSTOW, CATTLE, Tuesday.—There was a good trade in beef and mutton at advanced prices. Quotations :—Best beef 7d per lb, second quality 6d to 6ld, bulls 5id, calves 9d to lOd; prime mutton fetched 9d per Ib and sometimes more, lamb Is, Store cattle made late rates. Fat and store pigs dear-nice weight baconers 9a 6d per score, porkers about 10s. NEWPORT, CORN, Wednesday.—Wheat is reported to have had a change in buyers' favour— 3d per quarter cheaper on the week. Other articles of grain were unchanged. Flour (fines), 25s per sack. Business was very inactive, and there was only a small attendance. NEWPORT, CATTLE, Wednesday.—A plentiful supply of sheep, lambs, and calves was on offer here to-day, but there was rather a limited supply of cattle, and an average number of pigs. The large attendance went to make the auction bidding spirited, and business generally was brisk. Quotations :-Best beef 6td per lb, inferior qualities 6d to 6id, cows 5d to 6-id best wether 2 mutton 9d, ewe 7d to 7|d, lamb lid to Is veal :f 8d to 9!d; pigs-porkers 10s, baconers 8s per score. NEWPORT, CHEBSB, Wednesday.—At the cheese market here to-day the good supply was equal to the demand, and there was an average attendance. Quotations :-Cheddars 68s to 60a per cwt., Caerphillys 40s to 48s, fancy dairies 49s to 52s, Derbys 56s to 66s, and truckles 58s to 60s.
I WALKING ROUND THE GLOBE. I This is a world in which a good many strange things happen, and among the rest we know that at any given time there are always several people engaged in walking round the globe. Various motives impel to the undertaking of this feat. Sometimes it is a wager, as in the case of an American athlete who recently arrived in London after walking 54,000 miles, and wearing out 168 pairs of boots. The stake was Y,1,000 which the pedestrian failed to secure, even though he satisfied the preliminary conditions by starting penniless, attired only in a news- paper suit, which seems to be a somewhat inadequate equipment for such a formidable enterprise, In other cases the motive is a pure love of adventure, a desire on the part of the athlete to see the world, and to be able to say that he has walked round it. To the ordinary person such results seem scarcely to justify the expenditure of from seven to ten years of a man's life, but then it is of no use for A to attempt to under- stand the ambitions of B, or to tell B when he is satisfied that he has made a bad in- vestment of his time and labour.
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LONDON FOGS. The superintendent of one of the London cemeteries, pointing this week to his glass houses, said, I have scarcely anything there that cannot contend against cold, but with such fogs as we have bad I can do nothing, and, if my flowers die in. such weather, is it any matter for wonder that people die also ?" A good many other people have found the London fogs danger- ous, and only a few days ago a meeting was held at the Haymarket Theatre to consider whether something could not be done to make them less harmful. The Duke of Fife, who presided, said that if Loudon had to be enveloped occasionally in fog, there was, at any rate, no reason why it should be enveloped in such black ones, loaded with deleterious matter. This is a very important aspect of the question, which certainly merits attention, not only for the sake of London's public buildings, but for the preservation of human life.
Reported Cure of Cancer. An increasing interest has been mani- fested in the statement which first appeared in the Lancet that the treatment of cancer with violet leaves had been followed by the recovery of the patient. The general attitude of the medical profes- sion towards ,cures suggested by laymen is not a friendly one, but in this case the matter was reported by a medical man with some of the highest academic qualifications. Dr. Wm. Gordon, physician to the Devon and Exeter Hospital. In order that no- body's suceptibilities might be wounded, the notes were preceded by a heading which was in effect "Alleged recovery from al- 0 y leged cancer." That, it will be seen, is just about as cautious a description of the occurrence as could be framed by the most sceptical writer, seeing that it doubts both the existence of cancer, and the cure, and seems to suggest that if the patient really did recover from cancer, the recovery was not due to the treatment. It has been stated on distinguished authority that there have been some few recoveries from cancer which cannot be explained, but in this instance there is very strong evidence that the patient suffered from cancer, that he was treated with a decoction PREPARED FROM VIOLET LEAVES, and that he recovered. Many medical critics have, no doubt, remarked that the evidence that the man had cancer is not complete, and that if he had had cancer and recovered the case may still be an il- lustration of the old fallacy, post hoc ergo propter hoc. Dr. Gordon himself says that the case" proves nothing, because the growth was not cut out so as to afford microscopic evidence," but we cannot be quite sure whether or not this remark is a concession to professional opinion, and in any event it seems pretty clear that he him- self is satisfied that the case was one of cancer of the tongue, as he diagnosed it on November 8th. One sister" he states, "is said to have died from cancer," and another person was reported to be suffering from the same disease. The patient saw four surgeons, all men well qualified to judge of such a case from extensive experience in consulting work," and all four diagnosed cancer. Immediate and extensive operation was recommended, but the man refused this treatment, and took his own case in hand. He took a handful of violet leaves, poured over them a pint of boiling water, and left them to soak for 24 hcurs. Half of the liquid he drank, during the next 24 hours, and the remainder he used for fomentations, which he applied outside the neck "for 2 hours every night. The doctor apparently lost sight of the case for a time, but on January 23rd, the man came to him, shewing an extraordinary change for the better, and, the treatment having been continued meanwhile, there was by February 20th, very little to be seen of the malady. Dr. Gordon adds:— Personally I am now advising the trial of this violet remedy in all cases of undoubted cancer, which are inoperable, and I will in due course publish the results." This looks very much like a case of recovery from cancer, but there still remains the objection that the recovery may not have been due to the violet leaves. On this point we have the statement of Dr. Gordon that except the violet treatment, absolutely
NO OTHER REMEDY had been used." There is further confir- mation from other quarters, because several people have written to the Press affirming that they know of similar cases, and it is stated that, in consequence of reports which had reached her, the late Miss Frances Power Cobbe had large beds of violets grown in her gardens, and gave the leaves to all applicants who required them for cancer invalids. At Dover, a lady, who is stated to have recovered entirely, made a decoction of fresh violet leaves. She took a wine glassful every few hours, and applied cotton wool steeped in the hot liquor over the seat of the disease. An examination of the evidence points to the conclusion that the subject is at any rate worthy of inquiry, and it is gratifying to know that at least one medical man is bestowing attention upon it. Many patients are trying the treatment on their own account, but, in order that hope may not be cherished vainly, it is well to point out that, even if the use of the violet leaves has succeeded in some cases it does not follow that it will be efficacious in all. It may further be said that if any other cancer patient recovers after applying the treatment it is to be hoped he will make the facts known, either through the Press or to the medical man whom he consulted in the first instance. At present the chief difficulty, at any rate in the Metropolis, is that of obtaining a sufficient supply of violet leaves and' roots, for which nursery men say everybody is asking."
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The Brighton Election I Polling took place at Brighton on Wed- nesday. Result:— Mr E. A. Villiers (L.). 8,209 Mr Gerald Loder (C.). 7,392 Majority. 817 This is the loss of a seat to the Govern- ment.
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TRBFTS IN COURT.—A lady attended the Belfast Sammocs-oourt on Wednesday to pay a fine on behalf of a relative who Shad been convicted of oyclinar on the footpath. When the case was called the lady found that her purse had been stolen while ahe was sitting in court. All persons in the public gallery were searched, but no trace of the purse oould be found. Twenty police were within 5 feet of the spot where the larceny was effected. There have been quite a number of similar thefts in oourt, and on Wednesday a solicitor said he would come to court in future in a diving drags.
The King and Queen. ■ The King left London on Thursday morning for Marseilles, where he will join the Queen on board the Victoria and Albert and proceed for a cruise in the Mediterranean. At Pierrefitte the King was joined by President Loubet and the British Ambassador, by whom he was accompanied to Paris.
The Earthquake in India. I Telegraphing from Lahore on Wednes- day, the Exchange Telegraph Company says :— The earthquake appears to have shaken the whole of Upper India, sensational re- ports coming from all parts. The hill station at Dharmsala was completely des- troyed, and numerous other buildings were levelled to the ground. The women and children are now sleep- ing in the open air, and their discomfort is being accentuated by the cold weather, a keen frost prevailing. Food is unprocur- able, and there is great distress. Z5 The native quarter of the city has been obliterated, and the whole of the population buried beneath the ruins. In the Euro- pean quarter most of the houses were completely wrecked. The present disaster is the most terrible that has happened in India within living memory. In Lahore seventy natives were killed and many injured. The Mohammedan inhabitants are parad- ing the streets weeping, and offering up fervent prayers with full ceremonial rites.
The Bishop of Llandatf's Fund. The annual report and statement of accounts for the year ended February 1st, has just been published and affords gloomy reading. The Council regret that they have had to refuse all applications for new grants in aid of the stipends of the curates, and they will have to make con- siderable reductions in those already existing. They fear that unless the annual:income is soon substantially increased the fund t will cease to exist. Building grants will now have to be greatly diminished.
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I FACTS AND FANCIES. I THB water buffalo is the Philippines beast -of burden. THEBE are said to be no fewer than 800 million- aires in New York. THB most costly tomb in existence is that which was erected to the memory of Mohammed. COCOANUT shells make excellent fuel, especially as fire lighters, the enormous amount of oil they contain causing them to take fire at once. THEB* is no part of the world which has such a sinister record for wrecks as the Black Sea. In some years they have averaged more than one a day; in one year being 425, and the smallest 134. About 50 per cent. of these vessels became total wrecks, all the crews being lost. ABYSSINIAN LEGENDS. I There is in "The Open Court an interesting paper on a volume concerning the languages, literature, and history of Abyssinia. The volume contains the legend of the Queen of Sheba, or "The Queen of the South," which literally agrees with the Abyssinian term, "Etiye Azeb." "The Queen of the South was a Tigre girl who was destined to be sacrificed to the dragon that in the age of fable infested the country. She was tied to a tree, but while she awaited her fate seven saints rescued her. The seven saints fought the dragon, and one of them smote him with the cross so that he died. The girl returned to the village, and the villagers made her queen, and she chose a girl like herself as prime minister. But it happened that some blood of the dragon had trickled on her foot, and her foot had turned into an ass's heel. Having heard much of the wisdom of Solomon, she decided to visit him to be cured of her infirmity.
Usk Post Office. I Postmistress, Mrs. Creese. Letter Box cleared for despatch at the P.O., Bridge Street:—Week Days, 9.40 am., 12.58, 5.15 (North Mail), and 7.50 p.m.; Sundays, 7.50 p.m. At Castle Parade Pillar Box, 9.30 a.m., 12.45 and 5.5 p.m., week days only.
Commons Sit all Night. The House of Commons has had an all night sitting, and at half-past- eight proceedings still continued. The discussion was on the Army Estimates, various clauses being vigorously contested. The billeting- of soldiers, recruiting, the flogging5 of military prisoners, all formed. the subject of the debate and amendments, in which Mr Lloyd George, Major Seely, Mr Keir" Hardie, and some Irish members took prominent parts. Mr Arnold Forster often moved the closure, the Government usually having a majority of between forty and fifty. Discussion on the Army Bill ended at 9.10. It was then reported to the- House, which adjourned at 9.15.
Alarming Fire in the Strand. An alarming fire broke out at the Temple Restaurant, Strand,, this morning; nine barmaids were rescued and conveyed to the firemen's shelter. The Temple Chambers 1 and Lloyd's Bank were also damaged.
I Snowfall in Norfolk. Four inches of snow have fallert, in Norfolk, there was also a con- siderable fall in London.
The Earthquake in India. Calcutta, Friday. Eighty per cent of the people at Dharmsala were injured by the- earthquake.
Earthquake Shock in Jamaica.. New York, Friday. A despatch from Jamaica reports earthquake shocks in St. Chris- topher, Dominica, Antigua, and. Gaudeloupe. The shocks were not severe enough to cause serious damage.
Trade Improvement. Trade returns for March show" that Imports increased 9291,038., Exports increased £ 3,819,027. For the quarter imports ros& 2788,000, and exports over fr millions, compared with last year.
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Colonel Courtenay Morgan in South Monmouthshire. Under the auspices of the:South Monmouthshire Conservative Association, a public meeting was held at Penalt on Wednesday, under the chairman- ship of Mr W. C. A. Williams. Amongst those present were Lieut.-Col Courtenay Morgan, Capt H. D. Waters, iMr L. Foster Stedman, and Mr F. Bobbs. The Chairman having spoken in favour of a change in the country's fiscal policy, Colonel Morgan said that the tactics of the Liberals were those of obstructionists. The policy of the Unionist Government for the past twenty years had been one of progress and reform, and its foreign policy was the best this country had ever seen. He advocated the abolition of flee imports in order to get fair trade, and deprecated the dump. mg of pauper aliens into the country. He was in favour of binding more closely still the Colonies to the Mother Country. Mi L. F. Stedman also gave an able address.