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I INTERESTING ITEMS. I The Duke of Devonshire has become a vice- president of the Decimal Association. John Augustus McHenry, 84, was danger- ously burned by a fire in Newington-butts. James Rowe, 25, single, of Hillington-strest, Walworth, hanged himself in the back garden., "There ought to be a law against any man playing golf before he is 35," said Professor Allbut at Leeds. The German Emperor arrived at Swinemunde on his return from his cruise in Northern waters. The Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland and Lady Aberdeen arrived at Banbridge from Dublin on a three days' visit to Ulster. The Princess of Wales left Marlborough House for Frogmore. She will stay there with her children for the next few weeks. The British Mediterranean fleet, with the ex- ception of H.M. battleship Formidable, sailed from Gibraltar for Malta. Official reports show that the net total loss of insurance companies through the San Fran- cisco disaster was £ 33,000,000. At the next meeting of the Greenwich Borough Council a scheme to purify the sewers by the introduction of ozone will be discussed. Colonel F. R. C. Carleton, late Durham Light Infantry, was married at Norbury, Derby- shire, to Miss Alice Diana Clowes, daughter of the late Mr. S. W. Clowes, M.P. There was a brilliant display of flowers, parti- cularly carnations, at the fortnightly show of the Royal Horticultural Society, at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster. A conference representative of the command- officers of volunteers at the War Office dis- cussed with Mr. Haldane and the Army Coun- cil matters relating to the Volunteer Force. A meeting between King Edward and Kaiser Wilhelm has now been definitely arranged. It will take place in Germany during the autumn. The resignation, owing to ill-health, of Prof. John Wortley Axe, M.R.C.V.S., the chief veterinary officer for the county, was accepted I at a meeting of the Surrey County Council. A verdict of "Accidental death" was re- turned at the Salford inquest on Alfred Hall and William White, who were killed through an explosion at Pendleton Colliery, the deepest pit in England. A young farmer named Mullins, aged 37, has been found dead in his bed near Wexford. He had been lying dead about four days. For the parts they played in the Singer sew- ing-machine frauds Samuel Cohen and William Mackie were each sentenced to 18 months', and John Robertson to 12 months' hard labour at the Leeds Assizes. The New South Wales autumn and winter lambing amounting to 10,376,000. It is calcu- lated that at the end of the year the sheep in New South Wales will number between 45 and 46 millions—the highest number since 1896. A fortnight ago Elizabeth Jane Richardson, who had recently returned from Australia to Wolverhampton, died suddenly. The jury found that she had poisoned herself with ammo- niated mercury. It appears that her married life had been unhappy. The Turkish Government does not altogether encourage tourists. Guide-books bearing upon any part of the Turkish Empire are seized when found in the baggage of persons arriving from f abroad. They may, however, be secured again through the medium of a diplomatic representa- tive. "Death by misadventure" was the verdict at the Rochester inquest on John Alexander Sullivan, 28, employed at the Chattenden Ex- plosives Works. He kept some powder in a tin, and upon trying to open it he jarred the box. The powder exploded, and he received fatal injuries. In Inverness-shire and Caithness-shire good average bags of grouse are anticipated. The Duke of Connaught, with a large party, visited the Austrian Exhibition at Earl's-court. For killing cats and selling them as hares, two women in Meissen (Germany) have been fined 15s. each. The Labourers (Ireland) Bill was read a third time and passed in the House of Lords. This was the Bill on which the Government were defeated. For assaulting a girl, aged 13 years, Daniel Leary, a British ship's fireman, has been sen- tenced to 16 years' penal servitude at CODen- hazen. Mr. Francis, the magistrate at the Lambeth Police-court, was called on to decide whether or not pigeons are "noisy animals," by a man who said his sleep was disturbed by his neighbour's birds. He was told to get others to join in the complaint, when the case will be dfecided. The Bishop of Sodor and Man, speaking at the prize day ceremonies at King William's College, Douglas, said that he valued military training, and looked back with pleasure to the time he was a Volunteer at Cambridge. Four members of his university squad, he said, were now bishops. The South Wales Colliers' Association de- manded an advance of 5 per cent. in colliers' wages at a meeting at Cardiff. A young woman named Barrow was thrown from her bicycle beneath the wheels of a farm waggon at Dorking, and severely injured. The treasurers of the Middlesex Hospital have received £1,0050 from Mrs. Arthur Busk to endow a bed in perpetuity in the cancer wards of that institution. Lieutenant General Sir Neville Lyttelton, chief of the general staff, will direct an impor- tant staff ride in Wales from September 3 to B. Only senior officers of the general staff will attend. The medical superintendent of the St. Pan- eras Workhouse stated at an inquest on a pauper ninety years old that another inmate of the workhouse had reached the age of 104. A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned at the Holborn Coroner's Court on Grace Evelyn Maud Ball, Annie Fraser, and Maud Ethel Ball, the victims of the fire at Tower- street. The chairman of the Strand Board of Guar- dians said at the meeting that 60 of the board's old pupils were serving in naval and military bands. Three had become army bandmasters, and one had gained a commission. The King has received an address on the work of the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society during the last twenty-five years, signed by the Dukes of Fife, Devonshire, and Portland, and the Earls of Pembroke, Leven, and Melville, and Sandwich, and the Bishop of London, and has given a donation of one hundred guineas in aid of the Forward Movement" of the society. I suppose, nowadays, a great deal of busi- ness is done by telephone," remarked Judge Lumley Smith in the City of London Court. "It frequently leads to disputes. I wish people would write instead of telephoning." A couple were married at Crayford Parish Church, who were both deaf and dumb. The officiating clergyman pointed to the lines in the marriage service with his finger as he read them, and the bridegroom signified his assent by an inclination of the bead and the bride by making a guttural sound. i Susan Butler, aged seventy-two, known as "The Diamond Duchess" on account of her" fondness for diamonds in her earlier days, was sent for trial from Tower-bridge on a charge of helping a man to steal luggage at Waterloo Station. At one time, said a detective, the woman was an expert pickpocket, and "worked" the cross-Channel boats. Since the late rains hundreds of roach and jack have been found floating helpless or life- less in the river Stort at Bishop's Stortford. One lad removed sixty dying roach of fine size with a landing net. It is believed locally that the fish have been pOIsened by disinfectants used in the street gullies, and by the exudations from motor-cars.