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NEWS OF THE WORLD. 1 ■ T Rochdale Socialists have decided to run a candidate for the borough at the general i election. Tho death occurred at New Brighton on S'rnday of Alderman Joseph Ball, who was "Lord Mayor of Liverpool last year. Europeans are leaving the towns on the Morocco coast in very large numbers, and about 1,000 refugees have arrive at Gibraltar. Sitting as vacation judge, Mr. Justioe Pickford on Wednesday made absolute the decree nisi granted in thirty-three divorce suiis. An attempt has been made to blow up Glena- hira Lodge, on Lord Arshtown's estate in Co. Waterford. A bomb was exploded under Lord Ashtown's bedroom window. A correspondent writing to the "Times" on the subjoct of the Monte Car!o tragedy raises the question whether this "plague t-pot" of Europe should not be ended. Five wills were proved on Wednesday for estates aggregating £ 1,523,387. Of these and other wills proved during the day the Treasury will receive £ 200,000 in death duties. The Progre«3sive-Socialists confess that the London County Council steamboat service has been a failure. Its future will be considered at the close of the present treason. Several members of the Police Commission are obtaining first-hand ovklence by paying sur- prise visits to police stations and mingling with crowds to watch police methods. Mr. William Goodman, of Boston, U.S.A., lias consumed 2,920 quarts of water during the last twelve montlis. He has abstained from beer, tea. coffee, and all other liquids in order to cure himself of indigestion. King Edward arrived at Caesel on Wednes- day, where he was welcomed by the Emperor William. Their Majesties drove to the Castle of Wilhelmshohe, where, in the evening, a banquet was given by the Kaiser. A trramcar came into collision with a hoarse in Nottingham on Wednesday, and wrecked it, throwing the coffin, which contained the body of a child, into the street. Several of the mourners' carriages narrowly escaped being wrecked. The Rev. James Dixon, vicar of Willesden, announces in his "Parish Magazine" that he will be unable to keep a staff of clergy in future. Last year he had to raise E200 on his life assur- ance to pay the salaries of his curates, and this year he has no means of obtaining the money at all. Calmly and bravely Mrs. Leslie James, of Rhodes Willis, a native of Sunderland, met her fato on Wednesday—her forty-first birthday-- when. in Cardiff Gaol, she was lianged for the murder of a baby given into her charge for adoption, the executioners being t.he brothers Pierpont, Motor cycles and part,; continue to be im- ported in large quantities (says the Motor Cycle"), E58,000 worth of complete machines and parts having been imported during the first seven months of 1907. The exports of British machines for t.he same period amounted to ;630.777- an increase of £ 9,770 in two yeara. A Church Army official, walking in West London, was beeought for help by an aged couple, of whom the man bore the legend, "Totally blind," while the woman led him by the hand. The following day, in another part of London, the same officer again encountered the couple. This time the woman was "blind," and her companion acted as guide. Presiding at the meeting of the South Metro- politan Gas Company at Cannon-street. Hotel on Wednesday. Sir George Livesey eaid that, by wiping out the coal duty Mr. Asquith had reduced the tax, not on the Briton, but on the foreigner. It seems to me to be suicidal for England to deplete itself of its capital," he declared. "When our coal is done, England is done, and as our ooal gets dearer it become harder for every one in England to live." Mr. Asquith explains an income-tax puzzle in Wednesday's Parliamentary papery which is im- portant for rectors, teachers, etc., who have official bouses. Where, he says, the annual value of the house forms part of the income, tax will be 9d. in the pound, and where "an employe is required to reside in a particular house as part of the duties of his office and for the purposes of that office," in accordance with a legal decision the tax will be at the 16. rate. Undeterred by the action of the Home Secre- tary, who declined to advise his Majesty to grant the application of the Urban Council at Milton- next-Sittingbourne to rename that town Milton Royal, the Council are now seeking to adopt the appellation of Milton Regis. To this pro- posal the Home Office offers no objection. The Council's chief object is to free their town from the indignity of being described "next Sitting- bourne." Some interesting particulars of the revenue and expenditure of the Transvaal are given in the White-paper issued by the- Colonial Office on Wednesday night, relating the 25,000,000 loan. The estimated revenue for 1907-8 is E4,469,000 and the estimated expenditure £ 4,520,000, leaving a deficit of £ 51.000 It is stated that the administration has in oouree- of contempla- tion new sources of revenue, such as the amend- ment of the death duties. The St. Petersburg correspondent of the "Tribune" says: ahe Ministry of Commu- nications instructed the Chief Inspector of Railways, M. Gorchakof, some time ago, to examine the accounts of the Siberian line, and he has now made his report, in which he states that he has discovered frauds involving more than £ 1,000,000 in the trannport branch alone. In the other branohes he declares that the defalcations are beyond calculation. A Transatlantic wireless telegraph service will be opened by the Marconi Company in Septem- ber. Messages will be transmitted from the station at Clifton, Ireland, to Cape Breton, Canada, and the rates will be 5d. a word, plus land cf targes. The Prerw rate will be 2J. a word, plus land charges. Both are little more than half present cable rates. Messages for wireless transmission may be handed in at any post offioe, addressed in the ordinary way. At Wandsworth on Tuesday morning Richard Brinkley was executed for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Beck, at Croydon, by poisoning them. Brinklev placed pruesie acid in a bottle of atout with the intention, it was submitted at the trial, to murder a young man Parker. and Mr. and Mrs. Beck partook of some of the stout. with fatal result. Pierpoint was the executioner, and when the bolt was drawn death was instantaneous. So far as was ascertained, Brinkley made no confession. Brinkley, in a letter written on Monday to his solicitor, de- clared his innocence and described his own fate as murder. Sir William Henry Hornby shewed two hundred and fifty visitors from Blackburn over the Houses of Parliament on Monday and he expects many more during the week. The hon.. Baronet long ago established the kindly custom of paying this attention to any of his constituents who, when holiday-making in London, are desirous of receiv- ing it, subject, however, to the continuance of Parliamentary sittings during the Blackburn holi- days. This has not occurred till the present session for some time. Sir W. H. Hornby's kind- ness in this respect hns always, if numbers are any criterion, been greatly appreciated. During one holiday week a few years ago fully a thousand Blackburn folk went over the Palace of West- minster under his guidance, and he thinks it not unlikely that this figure may l>e\ipproached during the present week.











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