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I N'VS uf e i. WuriLU.


I N'VS uf e i. WuriLU. From the commencement of the New Year Greenwich time has been adopted officially throughout Spain, the hours being numbered 0110 to twenty-four. Higimees UJM Duke c?t Y.)rk Lht- been o r)ti;k t ftofei Atuuira; n the British LNavy. Mr. Punch (to Lord Roberts): "Weil done, indeed, sir! You have had a tough job in South Africa; but Heaven help you when you get into the War Office!" Major Cuignet has been acquitted by a Frenqh military court of the charge of breach of discip- line, but has been sentenced by the Minister of War to sixty days' detention in a fortress. Five railway porters employed at Rugby Station were each sentenced at the Warwick Quarter Sessions, on Tuesday, to three years' penal ser- vitude for stealing goods valued at JB200 while they were in course of transit. An old lady named Mrs. Elizabeth Wilmot, of Kirkby, Laythorpe, Seaford, on Tuesday celebrated her hundred and first birthday, and there is also living at Moulton Chapel, near Spalding, Mrs. Ann Kingston, who is in her hundred and second year. During the momentary absence of the wife of a Birmingham tobacconist named Smith, a sum of JE205 was stolen from the shop. The money was being tied up to be sent to the bank, and the woman had gone into an adjoining room for a piece of string. The premises of Mr. Richards, jeweller, Wex- ford, were broken into on New Year's Eve, and property to the value of L4,000 stolen. A man has been arrested, with most of the valuables in his possession, and he is believed to be a member of a gang of burglars who are "working" Dublin. General Sir Andrew Clarke, Agent-General for Victoria, has received a telegraphic despatch from his Government to the effect that the Inland Penny Postage Act has passed, and that it will come into force in the Colony on the 1st of April next. Tuesday night's "Gazette" contained the an- nouncement of the Queen's intention to confer the Victoria Cross on Brevet Major Halliday, of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, and Mr. B. J. D. Guy, midshipman of her Majesty's ship Barfleur, for distinguished services in China. The Queen's New Year gifts were presented on Tuesday to the poor of New Windsor, Holy Trinity and Ciewer. The royal alms,which consisted of meat and coal, were allotted among nine hundred and fourteen recipients. The Royal bounty amounted in value to about JB200. Her Majesty also gave £100 to the Royal Clothing Club. Col. the Hon. W. Le Poer Trench, speaking at a meeting of the Rural District Council at Slough, on Tuesday, said he had employed a lady water diviner, who had found two or three lots of water on his estate. He intimated that he could recom- mend her to property-owners who had a difficulty in finding water. An alarming accident occurred on Tuesday on the Dudley Electric Tramway. A car while going at full speed down a steep gradient left the metals, swerved round, struck and broke a pole, knocked down part of a wall, and was only prevented from toppling over by coiiiing against another pole. The car was crowded with passengers, of whom five were injured. The overhead wires were brought down, and the traffic suspended for some hours. The attention of her Majesty having been drawn to the case of a labouring man .named John Carter, living at East Garston, in South Berk- shire, who has six sons in the Army, Sir Fleet- wood Edwards has forwarded £ 3 to Mr. Mount, the member for that division, to hand to Carter: "As a mark of the Queen's appreciation of this interesting record in the hope that it may be of some temporary assistance to him." Peter Regan, a notorious "organiser" of the United Irish League in county Mayo, was ar- rested on Tuesday in Ballinrobe for the non- payment of the fine of JS55 which was imposed upon him some time ago by the Ballinrobe magis- trates, with the alternative of 22 months' im- prisonment with hard labour, for sitting as chair- man of the Ballinrobe District Council after he had been disqualified. He was taken to Castlebar Gaol. The Examinations Board of the National Union of Teachers have had under consideration the re- cent modifications and simplifications authorised by the French Minister of Education, and have decided that, at all examinations conducted by the Board, candidates will be permitted to answer in accordance with the new provisions. It is hoped that the abolition of many archaic usages and illogical exceptions, which proved stumbling blocks to foreigners, will have the effect of stimu- lating the study of the language, especially in commercial and continuation schools. James Bergin, who was executed last week, at Liverpool, for the murder of his sweetheart, left a final request that a wreath should be placed on his victim's grave. It was to bear the following inscription, which he penned the day before his execution: -"This wreath is from Jim Bergin to his dear sweetheart Maggie Morrison, whom to live without he could not do. So he offered up not only her life, but also his own, at the shrine of the Goddess of Love. God is Love, therefore Love is God, who any waters cannot quench nor death destroy. Amen." The Incorporated Society of Musicians on Tues- day opened its annual conference at Llandudno. Dr. E. Prout, of Dublin University, who presided, read a paper on the proper balance of chorus and orchestra, in which he denounced the modern practice at great festivals of swamping the in- struments with a huge chorus. This, he said, was done to pander to the public taste for sen- sationalism, and he thought the remedy was to limit the size of the chorus for all works given with orchestral accompaniment.—Mr. J. M. Rogan, bandmaster of the Coldstream Guards, read an interesting paper on martial music and military bands.—It was decided to hold next year's conference in London. At Marlborough-street Police Court, on Tues- day, when the assistant gaoler Scott called out "Ernest Cole," a person looking like a well- dressed woman stepped into the dock and gravely faced Mr. Denman, the presiding magistrate. No one would have imagined that the prisoner, who was attired in a black fur-trimmed winter mantle, large black feathered hat and veil, and carried a muff and neat hand-bag, was a man. It was alleged that the prisoner was a suspected person loitering in Oxford-street presumably for the pur- pose of committing a felony. Detective Gittens, D Division, deposed that while in company with Detective Dyer, he saw the prisoner in Oxford- street on Monday evening. The prisoner was be- having like a disorderly female. He went up to the prisoner, and told him that he believed him to be a man. The prisoner endeavoured to escape by jumping on to an omnibus. He was, however, caught and taken into custody. Mr. Denman re- manded the prisoner for inquiries, as it was men- tioned that it was believed he had been previously convicted. With the current number of "Punch," the familiar pencil of Sir John Tenniel disappears from its pages. The famous cartoonist is eighty years of age, and for half a century his classic outlines have been a great artistic possession. During the greater part of that time he has occu- pied a position, as humorist and historian, which no other artist save John Leech has ever ap- proached. His work has lain in a splendid period, and his unequalled opportunities have been used with astonishing vigour and resource. The contemporary political history of the world has been his main theme, and there is hardly an event of real moment, affecting either the wel- fare of his own country or the destinies of others, to which his pencil has not alluded. In the treat- ment alike of great matters and of some intimate personal peculiarity, like Disraeli's curl or Mr. Gladstone's collars, he has been equally happy, and his work has been invariably free from any trace of the "cheap" or the vulgar. Much that he has done has become historic, such, for in- stance, as the "Dropping the Pilot," the German Emperor's dismissal of Bismarck, and the "Pas de Deux" of Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Salis- bury at the period of the Berlin Conference. The firmness and dignity of Sir John Tenniel's artistic style, his happy characterisation, and graceful touch, formed a combination which we can hardly hope to see matched yet awhile. Such work, stamped with genius as it was, must ever be rare indeed.


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