I GLADSTONE MEMORIAL. f The new residence for students using the St, DeinioFs Library, at Havsarden, and built as a memorial to Mr. stone by his sons and daughters, was dedicated by the Bishop of St. Asaph. It-forms an eastern wing of the hand- some Gothic building of the library itself, and has- been constructed at an expenditure of £ 10,000, the cost of the entire scheme having been, roughly, V,60,000, of which C40,000 was devoted to it by Mr. Gladstone himself. In founding St. Deiniol's Library the main design of Mr. Gladstone was the effective pro- motion of Divine learning," but he recognised that Divine learning, in order to reacn its fullest efficiency, ought to be associated with the various branches of human knowledge, espe- cially with history and philosophy," and the library was accordingly formed on the widest basis. He personally transferred his books to a temporary iron building near the church, and afterwards arranged them on the shelves with his own hands and according to his own plan of classification. Nearly 30,000 volumes were re- moved to their new home, and many of them are additionally valuable to the student by the fact that they possess Mr. Gladstone's marginal annotations.
GUN TRAGEDY AT RICHMOND. I A tragic affair occurred at Slough on Satur- day afternoon, when a labourer named Harry Stanley shot his (sister, a girl aged nine. The IStanleys reside in a wretched little house in The Grove, at Chalvey, on the outskirts of the town. Two sisters, Alice Maud Mary, 16, and Jennie Jane, the deceased, were having dinner when their elder brother entered the house with his gun. He laid the weapon down and joined his sisters at dinner. According to the state- ment of the elder girl, shortly after dinner her brother picked up his gun as he was leaving the house, but it went off, and she saw her little sister fall. The elder girl ran to her uncle, who found on arrival that the little girl was quite dead. The shot had entered her right jaw and parsed through behind the ear. Meanwhile Stanley had gone for a doctor, but being unable to find one went to the police- station. Sergeant Field and Police-constable Holland visited the house, and found there a small naturalist's gun, with the exploded cart- ridge still in the barrel. Stanley was taken into custody pending inquiries. Stanley, who has been a soldier, was sen- tenced to 21 days' hard labour on November 19 for being drunk and disorderly. On that occa- sion his father stated that he threatened to shoot him with a gun, and that he took it from f seek police assistance. The father has several times come into conflict with ik*3 ?°+, e' a,Ic^ only recently threatened to shoot the constable who was giving evidence against him. Young Stanley declares that the incident on Saturday was a pure accident.
St. John's Hospital, Morden-hill, Lewisham, has received a gift of £ 109 2s. 3d. from a Lewis- ham business house. The sum represents the number of pennies paid by visitors entering a Christmas bazaar. An inquest was held at "3 £ Tdersliot oil a gunner of the Royal Horse Artillery named Strange, who died in hospital from a broken neck, re- ceived in an accident at the artillery sports last August.
FOR SUNDAY OBSERVANCE. J A message to the nation, calling for the more general observance of Sunday, has been issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Roman Catholic Archbfshop of Westminster, and the Rev. J. Scott-Lidgett (president of the National Council of the Evangelical Free Churches). The message, which is dated New Year's Day, states: "It is not merely that one day's rest in seven contributes vastly to the physical and mental efficiency of men, women, and children, and tends to make our home life more truly what English home life ought to be. There is more than this. Under the sacred sanction which attaches to the Lord's Day, it is intended that all should have opportunity, in the worship of Almighty God, to escape from the grip of ordinary cares and occupations into regions of higher thought and nobler aspiration. We are convinced that on adequate and reasonable Sunday observance depends in no small measure the possibility of promoting in England the deeper, the more sacred, and the more enduring interests of our common life." The message is the outcome of the "Sunday" National Observance Movement, which aims at the co-ordination of all the social and religious forces of the country, in efforts to bring. home to the people of the Empire the duties and obligations of Sunday observance. The orga- nisers of the movement hold that grave perils— industrial and social, as well -as religious—will inevitably attend the increasing disregard and secularisation of Sunday. It is proposed to hold a special Lenten mission in March next.
SCENE AT A SKATING RINK. I The story of a scene at Prince's Skating Rink was told at Westminster, when Rees Herbert James, 26, was, on a warrant, charged with threatening the life of Ruth Jack Cole, daughter of Mr. Alan Cole, C.B. It was said bv Mr. Hughes Onslow, for the prosecution, that defen- dant, ever since he left Eton, had oceii a source of great trouble to his family. He was formerly engaged to Miss Cole, but she broke off the engagement. Stibsequently to this he threatened to shoot her, and on Christmas Eve sent her a telegram saying that he intended to keep his word to the bitterest end. The prosecutrix described the incident at Prince's Skating Rink. Defendant, she said, "threatened to shoot me if I got engaged to anyone else. It was in a little room off the skating rink. He called me in, saying that he wanted to speak to me particularly. He wished me to renew our engagement, and when I re- fused he said he would swear that if I got engaged to another he would shoot me. He would not let me leave the room, but, fortu- nately, a clerk came in. I slipped out, but was followed about the place, and had to hide my- self until a friend got me out by the back way. I have been in fear ever since." Mr. Gl-ocker: Did the defendant not tell you that if you got engaged to another man he would tell that man of the relations that existed be- tween you and him? Prosecutrix said he had been telling the most awful lies about her, and there was not the slightest vestige of truth in the allegations made by defendant. James was remanded in custody for a week.
MR. KEIR HARDIE AND "C.B." In a New Year message to the readers of the "Labour Leader Mr. Keir Hardie, M.P., ex- presses satisfaction with the work of the Labour party in the past Session of the House of Com- mons. The party, he says, has more than come up to expectations." Referring to the Liberals, Mr." Hardie says I hav-g a profound distrust of party newspaper eulogies of Ministers or coming men; but in common fairness I must say that Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman has ] earned, and fully deserves, all the praise which » is being heaped upon him. He seems to be mellowing with age, and to be really desirous of effecting some useful social legislation. Of one thing at least I have convinced myself, that f where the Liberal performance falls short of 1 its promise, the blame will not rest wTith j C.B.' c .B.,
I RECORD IN TRADE. During the year which has just closed British trade has surpassed all previous records. Never before has our trade reached the £ 1.000,000,000, but this year the total is £ 1,068,824,Kf2, made up as follows: Imports £ 607,988,000 Exports. 375,673,000 Re-exports 85,163,000 Total £ 1,068,824,000 This compares with £973,000,000 attained for 1905, £ 922.000,000 for 1904., and £ 903,000,000 for 1903. It will be seen, therefore, that im- port-s and exports alone are only seventeen mil- lions short of a thousand millions, and are ten millions in excess of last year's total, including re-exports. Imports have increased as com- pared with 1905 by nearly forty-three millions, or 7.6 per cent., while in exports there nas been an expansion of over forty-five and three- quarter millions, or close on 14 per cent. Re- exports have risen nearly seven and a half mil- lions, or 9.5 per cent. This is the tenth successive year in which British exports have shown an increase. It has been a phenomenal decade. In 1905 the in- crease in exports of £ 30.000,000 was the greatest ever known. Now we have another increase on that of over £ 46,000,000. There has been during the year an extraordinary growth in the exports of iron and iron manu- factures. The total of P-40,000,000 is fully eight millions sterling over that of the previous year, and nearly ten millions in excess of any year before 1905, except 1900, when prices were in- flated. Even in 1900, when the total value of the iron exports was £ 31,623,353, the total quantity was 3,446,752 tons, as compared with 4,600,000 tons last year. Coal went abroad in 1906 in growing quanti- ties, the total for the year being 58,000,000 tons, nearly 9,000,000 more than in any previous year. The cotton trade is still booming. Our imports of raw cotton were the largest on record—18,000,000cwt. Of this we re-exported 2,200,000cwt., leaving 15,800,000cwt. for manu- facture in this country. Of this some 12,700,000 cwt. was exported in the manufactured state, bringing £39,250,000, or Y-8,000,000 more than in the previous year. A satisfactory point in I the year's trade is that it has not been swollen by larger imports of food supplies.
RECTOR'S TRAGIC DEATH. The Rev. T. H. Le Boeuf, the venerable rector of the historic Abbey of Croyland (or Crowland), near Spalding, Lincolnshire, died under tragic cir- cumstances during service on Sunday merning. Mr. Le Boeuf had been in poor health for several years, and on more than one occasion collapsed in church, necessitating the abrupt closing of the ser- vice. He was in rather better health than usual on Sunday morning, and proceeded to the abbey with the intention of preaching the sermon. The first part of the service was being taken by I the Rev. W. C. Pritchard, curate, the rector sitting on one of the choir seats. It was noticed, just as the first prayer was reached, that something was amiss with Mr. Le Boeuf. He had a slight attack of coughing, and blood was seen to be coming from his mouth. One of the members of the choir went to his assistance, and was only just in time to save him from falling from his seat. He never spoke again, and died within five minutes. Death was due to hemorrhage. Mr, Le Boeuf was born on October 17, 1835. He loved the old abbey, and its restoration will be a permanent monument to his persistent care.
L.C.C. TRAM MONEY STOLEN. -—— A daring robbery was carried out in tho small hours of Monday morning at the tramway depot of the London County Council in Paul- street, near the City-road, E.C., gold and silver to the value of about £ 1,000 being stolen. The depot, which was taken over by the Council some two years ago from the North Metropoli- tan Tramways Company, is the centre at which the money taken on the Northern system is deposited by the conductors each day. It is a building which consists of several floors, com- I prising offices and st-ock-rooms, in which the tickets, time-sheets and other papers are kept. In the basement, the approach to which is by a staircase from the interior of the building only, is w^hat is called a strong room. This is a well-built compartment, having thick brick sides, and being erected against the wall with a strong iron door. The day porter arrived at six a.m., and found nothing at first sight unusual about the place. The door of the strong room was locked, as is customary, and it was only when the tramway officials arrived later and went into the base- ment to get the usual change for the conductors that the strong room was found to be in a state of confusion. The previous day's takings had been put in boxes, so far as the gold and silver was concerned, the coppers being left in large bags on the floor. It was soon seen how an. entry had been effected to the strong room. On one side a large hole had been made in the w ail by the removal of bricks, and the burglar, or burglars, had evidently found it possible to put an arm through this hole and abstract the money. While the discriminating thief took away bags of silver amounting in value to £820, and over £ 150 in gold, he left behind the "hüle of the coppers.
I A STRANGE EXPERIMENT. A wealthy young man named Leandro Im- prota, after taking refreshment at a Naples cafe, called for pen and ink, and wrote a number cf notes and letters. He then quietly took out a. small revolver and shot himself in the breast- One of the letters found in his pocket runs: "To the Curious Public.—In this century it :s impossible voluntarily to leave this world with- out great efforts being made on the part of newspapers and curious people to discover the. cause of the deed. In my case I wished to study metempsychosis at close quarters. Is that sot a fine idea? So much has been written on the subject, and it pleases me to discover instead of talking. So I determined to die and see whether I shall be reborn in the form of some animal. It would be delightful to return to this world as a lion or a rat. This is why I wanted to die. Addio." Improta is in hospital in a critical conditiOD",
I FOOTBALL PLAYER'S PLIGHT. A football player's hard plight was disclosed on Monday by a case at Accrillgton, in which Samuel McAllister, a w-ell-known footballer, of Motherwell, pleaded guilty to stealing a pair cf boots from a shop-door. McAllister arranged to sign on for Burnley at 50s. a week. Burnley however, found that he was a registered 14GYijiisby Town player, and that Grimsbv re- fused to part with him for less than £ 30." No arrangement was reached, and McAllister was in sore straits. He was penniless, and seeking an engagement in Accrington he com- mitted the theft. Defendant stated that the only money he received at Burnley was 15s. His wife was in delicate health and his landlady had threatened to turn them into the streets. The magistrates took a lenient view, and fined him 10s., which was at once paid by sympathisers in court. v f •
FAMOUS CRICKETER DEAD, j Mr. W. W. Read, whose death took place on Sunday night at his residence, Colwarth-road, Addiscombe-park, was undoubtedly one of the greatest bailsmen that have ever played cricket for Surrey. Born on November 23, 1855, Mr. Walter Read was fifty-one years old at the time of his death. Having earned a great reputation in local cricket at iieigafce, he was given his first trial for Surrey in 1873, playing at the Oval against Yorkshire, when it was at once seen that he was a player of extreme promise. He was perhaps at his best from 1886 to 1888 inclusive, when his consistency in scoring cen- turies wa-s almost equal to that shown by the great W. G." at an earlier period. Beyond doubt, however, the innings of Mr Read's life was his memorable 117 for England against Australia at the Oval in 1884. Mr. W. W. Read's highest score in first-class cricket was 338 for Surrey against Oxford Uni- versity at the Oval in 1888. In 1887 he made in successive matches for Surrey two scores of over two hundred-247 against Lancashire at Old Trafford and 244 not out against Cam- bridge University at the Oval. He appeared twelve times in this country for England against Australia, but the only century he made was the fambus one referred to above. He also twice visited Australia, and in 1887-8, when a member of Mr. G. F. Vernon's team, came out first in batting, with an average of 65. As a fieldsman he was almost as good a point as E. M. Grace, being possessed of a wonder- fully safe pair of hands and an unerring intuition as to the angle at which the ball would leave the bat. Though never a great bowler, Mr. Read was at times very useful with his lobs, forming as they did a great contrast to the swift deliveries of Sharp, Lohmann, and Richardson.
CHASED BY ARMED LUNATIC. The Rev. E. Carr, of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Batley Carr, had an exciting adventure with an armed madman at Staincliff Workhouse, where his choir had been entertain- ing the patients in the infirmary. When the concert was over Father Carr was asked if he would assist in putting the strait-jacket on a patient who had become unmanageable in a fit of madness. He consented, and proceeded to the surgery, where the patient, a powerful young man of 24, was in charge of several nurses. The patient became very violent, and, releasing himself, ran to a drawer, from which he took a table-knife, and made a dash at the priest. Father Carr ran into one of the wards, followed by the lunatic, and thence into a cor- ridor, where he locked the door upon his pur- suer. After waiting for some time for the clergy- man to reappear, the lunatic got into the work- house grounds, where he attacked one of the officials, and made his escape into the Stai.n- eliff-road. Here he stopped a tramcar. He had by that time thrown away the table-knife, but his only covering was a shirt, and the passengers were naturally startled. The conductor allowed the man to travel at the back of the car and paid the fare himself, being uader the impression that the man belonged to Heckmondwike, and that it would be better to place him in safe custody there than allow him to prowl about the roads in such a condition. On the arrival of the tram at Heckmondwike the police took charge of him, and conveyed him back to the workhouse infirmary.
A PARTLY BURNED WILL. An inquest was held on Monday at Bromley on the body of Henry Grinstead, aged sixty- five, who was found lying dead in his house 6hotthrh the heart, and with a double- barrelled gun between his legs. Before taking his own life Grinstead destroyed several favour- ite dogs. On the kitchen table was found a. will partly burned, in which Grinstead be- queathed all his property to a girl named Daisy Minnie Clively, who had been in the habit of coming in for two hours a day to cook his meals and clean the house. Lately he had been e ^eavily. The jury returned a verdict of Suicide while labouring under temporary mental derangement."
GOLD FROM THE SEA. I The recent storms have washed up in Llan. dudno Bay numerous coins, and dozens of men and boys with lanterns are to be seen in pur- suit of treasure after nightfall. One man has picked up five half-sovereigns, and numerous silver and copper coins have been found. The recovery of a George III. shilling and a number of fourpenny bits, blackened by the action of the salt water, has suggested the idea that the storms have broken up an old wreck. Coun- cillor Roger Dawson is one of the lucky finders of the washed-up treasure.
Mr. Walter Slaughter and Mr. Bevmour Hicks will produce, next Christmas, an original version of "Cinderella, the great feature of which will be that the company will consist entirely of children, to the number of about 200. The production will be at a West End Theatre. Stating that he could serve his country better than by twiddling his thumbs in the stifling atmosphere of a court-room, Captain Thomas David Hughes, of Bodlondeb, Anglesey, wrote objecting to be summoned, as a grand juryman, and tlit- justices, after laughing at his humoui, fined him £ 5. "Please convey their Majesties' thanks to the crippled children, and tell them how much the King and Queen appreciate their good_wishee, runs the reply to the New Year's greetings sent by a thousand poor crippled children, who were entertained in the Town Hall at Birmingham. William Perry, an elderly man, was sitting with some. trierids in a public-house at Burton- on-Trent, and he jokingly. gave the order for his coffin, .whenever it might ba required, to one of the party, who was an undertaker. As he left the place he slipped on the snow and fell, receiving injuries from which he died. For the fourth time in succession the City Aldermen held a maiden quarter session at the London Guildhall, there being no criminal business. The trophy tax was made, the first since 1903. This is a survival of the tax for the upkeep of the train-bands. It is now levied for the Militia, and amounts to a halfpenny rate once in four years. A well-known local boxer, Tom Pashley, gave two Hull policeman a lively time ejecting him from his lodgings. After 15 minutes' fighting one of the policeman drew his truncheon and gave Pashley a wound on the head that had to be stitched up at the infirmary. The policeman -was fined Tor the .assault. In railway accidents in America, during the year ended June 30 last 4,295 lives were lost, as compared with 3,793, 3,787, and 3,554 re- spectively in the three preceding years.' While the steamship Inanda, of the Aberdeen Line, was crossing the Bay of Biscay, a carrier Pigeon marked round the leg R.P., E.E., 1906, t}223, flew on board and was secured. On the way home for dinner a shunter named MOlyneaux, eiiiployed at London-road goods yard, Manchester, was killed on the railway near Ardwick. He leaves a widow, and two young children. The Rev. Vernon Musgrave, Hon. Canon of Winchester, and rector of Hascombc, near CJodalming, who died on October 8 last, left estate valued at E79,916 gross. Captain Sir George Warrender, Bart., C.B., M.V.O., R.N., has been appointed Commander- in-Chief on the East Indies Station, vice Vice- Admiral Edmund S. Poe, K.C.V.O. The clerk of the Central Criminal Court, Mr. 11. K. Avory, who has been in indifferent health for some time, ha)s left London for Egypt on leave of absence. Burglars who broke into a Rochester trades- man's bedroom and stole a cashbox containing i £ 30 used an electric lamp obtained in an earlier burglary at the Conservative Club.
ANOTHER BUDGET WINDFALL. The first millionaire estate upon which duties have been paid is that of Mr. Johann Carl Ludwig Loeffler, generally known as Ludwig Loeffler, a naturalised British subject, of The Abbey, Campden-hill-road, Kensington, engi- neer, and a prominent financier. He had large interests in the West Australian markets, was a director of the Oroya-Brownhill Gold Mining Company, the Oroya Black Range Company, and several other concerns, and had large hold- ings in the Great Fingall and various deep lead concerns, and in Messrs. Siemens Brothers and Co. (Limited). He died at Achenkirch, Tyrol, on November 17 last, aged 75 years, leaving property which has now been returned as of the gross value of Y.1,505,004, including personalty of the net value of £ 1,314,013. From this estate the Exchequer benefits to the extent of £ 150,000.
I Z. TI-IE INFLUENZA MARCH." The Grand Duke Michael of Russia and the Countess Torby, who are staying at Keele Hall, Stafford, attended a concert given in aid of the Keele Cricket Club. His Imperial Highness not only gave his patronage to the concert, but for the first time in public in this part of the world himself sat down at a pianoforte to entertain the company. Eight years ago, while laid up on the Continent with an attack of influ.enza, the Grand Duke passed the time by composing a piece of music in the form of a march. The composition is tuneful, is written on approved lines, and so well answers the purpose intended by its composer that it has been orchestrated for and played by military bands in Germany. The music was printed at Wiesbaden, and is entitled "The Influenza March." At the close of the Grand Duke's performance there were demands for an encore.
STORY OF A LONG-LOST WILL. From Swansea Valley comes the story of the finding of the long-lost will of the late Mr. G. E. Cookson, of Gotham, Essex. Mr. Cookson, who was the owner of considerable estate in London and the suburbs, at Grays, and near Ingleston, in Essex, died suddenly in 1894, and although every search was made for a will it could not be found. His intestacy was ultimately presumed and administration was granted of his estate. Being an only son, his freehold estates were claimed by and passed to a cousin. Recently, in the course of alterations at one af the colleges at Cambridge, where Mr. Cook- bon graduated, the will was found wedged at the oack of a cupboard, where it had doubtless been for over thirty years. It was in a fair state of preservation, and showed that after devising his freehold estates to hie mother for life, he, after her decease, devised the whole to his three fellow-colleagues and intimate friends, Mr. T. E. Hewitt, of Baringford, Cumberland; Mr. C. S. Napier, of Foslingay, Hampshire, and Mr. G. J. Morgan, of Gellygein, Swansea Valley. If this story. is confirmed the newly-found docu- ment necessarily gets aside the administration and devolution of the estate.
NOT FIT TO LIVE." You are not fit to live, and I hope you will i get the longest term of imprisonment the law can give," was the comment of the Barnsley coroner in addressing a miner named Ford, in reference to the death of one of whose children an inquest was being held. It was stated that, while intoxicated, Ford threatened to behead his eldest daughter, aged thirteen. Terrified, she leaped from the window, and died son after- ward.Another child took a similar leap, but I alighted on the ground safely. The jury, after heating the medical evidence, decided that death was due to heart failure, probably ac- celerated by fright. The coroner said he had no doubt whatever that the father was morally. responsible for the death of his daughter.
LONDON'S LOW DEATH RATE. The outstanding feature of the report of the Medical Officer of Health of the County of London for 1905 is the remarkable diminution in the number of deaths. The rate of deaths per thousand was 15.1, the lowest recorded in London^ since the institution of civil registra- uon. it was lower than that of Paris, Berlin, StooM^f r§' Vierma' Rome, Copenhagen, btoekholm and New York. 8 • ° £ deaths occurring at each age, compared with L had the dpflth lc^ would have occurred ?ER! BEE" 1Q RS4. saving during the year of rnSv of 7W^fresentlnS a gain to the com- munity of 757,016 years of life capital. Of the London boroughs Shoreditch had the highest Jf'i Hampstead the lowest, J Ti °irth"rate and marriage-rate, like the death-rate, created records. The birth-rate was 27.1, against 27.9 in 1904, and the marriage rate" 16.9 against 17 in 1904. marnage
MAGISTRATE ON NEW ACT. The new Secret Commissions Act was the sub- ject of a serious warning by the magistrate at the West London Police Court. Frank Hamil- ton, a milk carrier, was summoned for assault- ing Robert Batleman, a milk carrier employed by a rival dairyman, and Batleman stated that he was distributing Christmas boxes At the time to his master's customers, and that ^Hamilton was jealous because he had none to distribute. "You know it is illegal now to give Christmas boxes," said the magistrate, "and if you do it again you will render yourself liable to a severe penalty." "I was only acting for my master," Batleman replied. "1 know, but you Must be careful in future," the magistrate said. Hamilton was bound over to keep the peace.
Denying that his children were ill-fed, a father, charged at Bingley with neglect, de- clared that he would weigh them against any children of their age in the town. For selling beer without a licence on Decem- ber 17, Richard Plumb, a ganger, was ordered by the Bacup Bench to pay S,20 and costs, or In default to go to prison for one month. Putting into Halifax with his ship's cargo on fire, the captain of the British steamer Cairn- torr reported that the outbreak had been kept 10 check for four days with steam from the main boilers. At St. Margaret's Westrninster, Miss Mar- garet Muir-Mackenzie, eldest daughter of Sir Kenneth Muir-Mackenzie, K,C.B., K.C., was married to Mr. Donald Post.
A TERRIBLE HOMECOMING. I A double tragedy as enacted in Richmond on Saturday afternoon, a woman, named Elizabeth Marchant, taking her own life and that of her youngest child. The husband and father, Ernest Marchant, a foreman road sweeper in the employ of the town council, returned with bis week's wages to his home, a flat in Dancer- rti., at 2.30 in the afternoon, and was surprised to see that the blinds were drawn down. Going in at the back door he found his elder child, Ernest George, lying in a perambulator, in the kitchen, apparently just awakening. He hurried to the bedroom, and there found his wife hanging by a piece of string from the door. He cut the string, and then found thG other child, Harold, but four months old, lying in a bath in the scullery face downward in about three inches of water. Marchant rushed out of the house and called in some neighbours. The elder child was taken from the perambu- lator, and then it was found that a piece of linen had been tied round its neck, but not tightly enough to cause death. Mr. Marchant can give no explanation of his wife's terrible deed. They have lived together happily, having recently moved into their flat from Alexandra-road, Richmond, where they lived with his mother. The dead woman was 33 years of age. An envelope was found on the kitchen mantelpiece, the following words being scribbled in pencil, in the deceased woman's writing: "God bless my dear husband." Mrs. Marchant's father, her mother, and her father's sister all committed suicide. Hitherto she has shown no symptoms of madness, al- though she worried a good deal about the health of her babies, of whom she was passionately fond.
STRANGE SHOOTING OUTRAGE. I A singular shooting case has occurred at Walmer. The affair took place at Beachlands House, opposite Deal Castle, and the victim is a Mr. Gould, who had recently become a resi- dent. His assailant's name has not transpired, but he is described as middle-aged, of medium height, with grey hair, and of gentlemanly ap- pearance. He arrived at Deal on Saturday and went to the Royal Hotel. From there he took a cab to Beachlands and went inside, telling the C, cabman to wait. Shots were heard almost im- mediately afterwards, and the man came running out hatless, and ordered the cabman to drive to Walmer Station, which the cabman did. It is stated that five shots from a revolver were fired at Mr. Gould, three of which hit him, and that his condition is very serious. His assailant left his silk hat and stick behind. He dis- charged the cab outside the Station Hotel, Walmer, and entered the hotel by the back way. He saw Mr. Minter, the proprietor, and asked for brandy and permission to write a letter, which was granted. Mr. Minter was only away two minutes, but on his return the man had disappeared, leaving a bundle of envelopes. He was then wearing a check cap. He arrived on Walmer Station just before the 4.12 train left, and took a ticket for Folkestone Central, also having a bag labelled. In the meantime the police had learnt Df the occurrence, and telephoned a description Df the man wanted to Dover and other places. The man had a remarkably narrow escape from airest at Dover. A police officer met the train, and seeing a, ma-n who answered the description, asked him where he had booked from. Mar- gate Sands," was the reply. The ticket col- lector was requested to verify this statement, and the ticket produced was Margate Sands to Folkestone. As he appeared quite collected, the officer was thro'wn off the scent. Later it became certain that the man had tricked the police at Folkestone. A man named Patrick Edward Trainer was arrested in London on Monday. He is a traveller for a Manchester firm, and is a mar- ried man living at Tecldington. It is stated that a woman is concerned in the matter. Trainer was arrested at a newspaper shop in the Waterloo-road, near the station. He was in the habit of having letters addressed here be- cause he left Teddington before the first post. When arrested he made no attempt to escape. Trainer's wife and family have been occupying apartments at Folkestone for some time past, and in the intervals of his travelling duties Trainer has stayed with them there. He reached Folkestone on Saturday afternoon, and went to an hotel, where he had a meal. He then hired a cab and drove to Sandgate Station, where he ca-ught the 6.45 train for London.
DEATH OF SIR HENRY DE BATHE. I Sir Henry Perceval de Bathe, who had been suffering from bronchitis, died on Saturday evening, at his residence, Wood End, near Chichester, in the eighty-fourth year of his age. Sir Henry was fourth, baronet, and was born in 1823. "He was educated at Eton, and obtained a commission in the Scots Fusiliers. He served with his regiment in the campaign in the Crimea, from November 17, 1854, at the jege and fall of Sebastopol, was mentioned in despatches, and received the medal with clasp, the Turkish medal, and the fifth class of the Medjidie. He became colonel by brevet in November, 1854, and was subsequently Colonel- Commandant of the Scots Guards. Reaching the rank of Major-General in Mareli, 1868, he was in command of the Northern District from JuW 1874, till March, 1878, being promoted to be Lieutenant-General in October, 1876. On New Year's Day, 1879, he obtained the full rank of General, and in April, 1883, was placed, on the retired list. He suc- ceeded his father in the baronetcy in 1870. On the celebration of his Majesty's birthday in 1905 he was nominated a K.C.B. He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, Hugo Gerald, who was born in 1871, and in 1899 married Mrs. Langtry.
"A PERSON OF IMPORTANCE." Mary Lloyd, a well-dressed, attractive-look- ing young woman, who had posed as a person of importance, was placed on trial at Maidstone Assizes charged with a series of thefts from Tunbridge Wells tradesmen. The stolen articles included an oil-painting, a lady's costume, a sable fur, hand-mirror, and other wearing ap- parel and toilet requisites. For the prosecu- tion it was not contended that Lloyd, who pleaded guilty, tried to get a living by stealing, but whenever she saw anything she liked she simply took it. After stealing the oil-painting she erased the name of the artist, and substi- tuted her own name. One witness, who had taken some interest in the girl, said she was subject to strange variableness of mind, and he thought she might be suffering from some men- tal weakness. Dr. Hoar, prison medical officer, was not of this opinion, and thought that all she had done had been for her own glorification, and to make herself of greater importance in the world than she otherwise would be. She had the chance of going to a home, but refused to stay there because she said there were so many common I people there. She told the medical officer that she was related to several people of title. Her parents are poor, but respectable, people. Lloyd was sentenced to three months' imprison- ment. Had she consented to go to the home she would not have had to appear at the ses- sions.
SHOT BY HIS BROTHER. I The quiet little village of Buttsbury, near Billericay, Essex, not far from the scene of the recent Basildon murder, has been shocked by another terrible tragedy. Frederick Attridge, aged 15, of Perry-street, Buttsbury, who is em- ployed as a farm hand at Hannikan's farm, took his little brother Bertie, aged 12, with him on returning to the farm after dinner. Arriving at the farm the two boys went into a stable, behind the door of which John Collard, a horseman, living at the farm, had left a loaded muzzle-loader single barrel gun. Frederick, according to his own statement, picked up the gun, examined it, and showed it to his brother, who was standing on the threshold bf the door in front of him. The elder boy had his hand on the stock, with the barrel pointing towards his brother's face. Sud- denly his fingers slipped round to the trigger, and immediately the gun went off, shooting the ip younger brother full in the face, and killing him instantly. The frightened lad immediately ran off to the house of Mr. Collard, who, arriving on the scene, found the younger boy lying on the floor quite dead, with terrible injuries. There is no doubt that the terrible affair was a pure acci- dent, as the boys, who live with their parents, have always been most affectionate. The gun is a kind of converted rifle, probably used for shooting rabbits.
Miss Blank savs she's crazy over art. I "Her paintings look it." Young Doctor (watching his only patient, his tailor's son, go by the wifldow): "How that youngster does grow!" Servant (sarcastically): Yes, .sir, our practice is certainly getting big- ger." Dr. F. W. Vernon, of eigh-on-Se8, Essex, whose name was recently placed on the Com- mission of the Peace for the "County, is not will- f ing to take up the position. The name of Mr. j John Osborne has been submitted for inclusion j instead. j Lord Llangattock has sent a cheque to pro- j yido spectacles for 137 children in one of the j Walworth groups of elementary schools, who have been declared to need them for the pursuit I of their compulsory studies.
THINGS THOUGHTFUL. i Rise! for the day is passing, And you lie dreaming on The others have buckled their armour, And forth to the fight are gone: A place in the ranks awaits you, Each man has some part to play; The Past and the Future are nothing, In the face of the stern To-day. —Adelaide A. Procter. Some people are never content with their lot, let what will happen. Clouds aud darkness are over their heads, alike whether it rain or shine. To them every incident is an accident, and every accident a calamity. Even when they have their own way they like it no better than your way, and, indeed, consider their most voluntary acts as matters of compulsion. We saw a striking illus- tration the other day of the infirmity we speak of in the conduct of a child about three years old. He was crying because his mother had shut the par- lour door. Poor thing," said a neighbour, com- passionately, "you have shut the child out." It's all the same to him," said the mother; he would cry if I called him in and then shut the door. It's a peculiarity of that boy, that if he is left rather suddenly on either side of a door, he considers himself wronged, and rebels accordingly." There are older children who take the same view of things. We must persuade men that they are better than they are if we wish to draw from them all the good of which they are capable, said Napoleon. In the army you must assure cowards that they are heroes if you wish to make them so. One must act as though men already possessed the virtues with which one wishes to inspire them. The only happiness a brave man ever troubled himself with asking much about was happiness enough to get his work done. What a charm there is in good temper (remarks a writer in the Christian Globe"). Nothing can supply its deficiency—not wealth, learning, station, nor beauty. It is tone and temper that makes life joyous or miserable, that renders home happy, or otherwise. Good temper hath charms to banish grief, turn tears to smiles, make dulness gay, and spread gladness everywhere. Good temper is a source of much happiness to its possessor, and contributes greatly to the making and retaining of true friendship. It springs from a genial and benevolent heart, and flows as a refreshing stream, giving pleasure and brightness to all with whom it comes in contact. It is as oil to machinery—it prevents friction. It turns discord into harmony, and eases the jolts of life considerably, causing things to run smoothly and pleasantly. It is a valuable acquisition of a social character, is graceful and attractive. It makes home life joyous and happy. As an investment it offers many advantages, and by culture and attention may be largely developed and perfected. It is, from every point of view, a most desirable acquire- ment, and in all walks of life forms an important factor tending to success. It promotes a healthy vigour of mind and body, and its magnetic charm is influential in bringing a wealth of friends, and securing other pleasing rewards, which brighten life and make it happy and enjoyable. It meets you with a smile at morn, It lulls you to repose A flower for peer and peasant born, Ac everlasting rose." Life is not mere living. It is worship-it is the surrender of the soul to God and the power to see the face of God and it is service-it is to feel that, when we die, whether praised or blamed, whether honoured or ignored, whether wealthy or destitute, we have done something to make the world we came to better end happier, we have tried to cast upon the waters some seed which, long after we are dead, may still bring forth its flowers of Paradise. The seed dies, but the harvest lives. Sacrifice is always fruitful, and there is nothing fruitful else, Out of the suffering comes the serious mind; out of the salvation, the grate- ful heart; out of the endurance, the fortitude out of the deliverance, the faith. The bread of life is love; the salt of life is work the sweetness of life, poetry; the water of life, faith. There is not in human nature a more odious disposition than a proneness to contempt, which is a mixture of pride and ill-nature. Nor is there any which more certainly denotes a bad mind, for in a good and benign temper there can be no room for this sensation. That which constitutes an object of contempt to the malevolent, becomes the object of other passions to a worthy and good-natured man; for in such a person, wickedness and vice must raise hatred and abhorrence, and weakness and folly musfc be sure to excite compassion; so -iat he will find no object of his contempt in all the actions of men. If we were only sure That years of silent love are not in vain— Though time should fail to render life more sweet By friendship's joy-new strength our love would gain To know that somewhere it will grow complete, And evermore endure. Life is too short for love. We need eternity's uncrowded day For time and strength to fathom the vast deep Of earth's abyss while on this earth we stay, A few sweet friendships waken-then comes Bleep, And unknown life above. This thought I cling to fast, tn spite of doubts: all who have strengthened me- Whose eyes have once enthralled my soul, whose hands Have once clasped mine in secret sympathy- Those I shall know, when all creation stands Before God's Throne at last. —Sir Galahad. No company depends so much upon what we bring to it as our own. Solitude blesses when we bless, and curses when we curse. If we are noble, it gives us back our life's integrity, iridescent with the divine glory; if we have been pure, its quiet breezes chasten our purity and whisper peace. If we have been mean, it searches out our meanness and strips us naked. The night shineth as the day, and in vain we try to hide ourselves. There is in the silence a forecast of wrath to come. Tact may be defined as saying the right thing and leaving unsaid the wrong one (and of the two the latter is the most important); also of doing the right thing in the right way, and of not doing it in the wrong way. Tact is twin sister to charm, and sometimes it is very difficult to distinguish which twin is which. Charm, broadly speaking, may be considered as the art of pleasing. There can be no charm without tact. There can be no charm without conversation. No one ever heard of a charming woman who was dumb. At the sal!:e time, tact in listening is as supreme an art as in that of talking. Only a royal duchess, like the old Duchess de Maine in Louis XV.'s time, could say she liked society because everybody listened to her and she need not listen to anybody. We must not only cultivate our friends, but our own power of friendship we must preserve it with care, tend it and water it, so to speak. Boast not thyself of to-morrow," is, s&id Dean Goulburn, a precept which is perhaps the most arduous of all God's precepts to fulfil in spirit and in truth. Surely it is not to be fulfilled by the mere use of the words, Please God, or by the letters D.V., but by a deep inner consciousness that the future is wrapped in utter uncertainty and that even the cycle of the present day em- braces more time than we have any right to calcu- late upon. God requires my services day by day, and will graciously recompense me day by day. if I am true to Him; and lead me day by day. and give me the support of a day in its day.
— v After puzzling over the contents of a written, report of one of their medical officers, a member of the Tiverton Board of Guardians (composed mainly of farmers) protested against such hiero- glyphics and crytograms. He hoped the doctors would try to write plainer during the new year. Mr. Chiappini, the South African representa- tive of the South African Products Exhibition, sails from Cape Town on January 23, bringing with him to England the walking-stick and the fan of ostrich feathers which are to be pre- sented to the King and Queen respectively from their subjects in South Africa.