FRANCE ANDGRE/frj BRITAtN. ? ANOTHER SPEECH BY lift E. MONSON. [ I GRACEFUL WORDS OF I PEACE. A Renter < telegfram from Paris on Tuesday av: -At a meeting of too Young Men's Cbristian Association yesterday Sir Edmund Monson, the president, made a speech, in which he expre^d his profound conviction that France would Ulllte with Great Britain and America to further the progress of civilisa- tion. He was glad to have an opportunity of expressing his sympathy for France, where ho entered upon his diplomatic career, and he was happy to foe able to boar witness to the feelings of cordiality which were shown towards Eng- land in Paris. He hoped that by Christmas there would be no longer a question cf war bet ween the two nation*.
THE DREYFUS SCANDALS- GENERAL liOISDEFFRK BEFORE THE COrRT OF CASSATION. PROBABLE DEMAND FOR PIC- QUARTS RELEASE. A Renter's telegram from Paris <,n Tuesday na.v.H: — The Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation, continuing itj inquiry regarding the demand for the revision of tho Dreyfus trial, to-day Leard the evidence of General 1)3 Boi. deffre, the former chief of the general staff of the Army. In the course of his interview with Madame Henry to-d;.y Maitro l'lozer, chief of tho Bar. designated Maitre Auffray to act as her counsel in her action against M. Reinach for libelling ii-r late husband. A Reuter's telegram Trom Paris on Tuesday says —The "Matin" is informed that, if the miittary authorities do not titke the initiative in provisionally releasing Colonel Picquart, Maitre Labori will at once lay a formal request for the release of his client before the Chamber. It is stated also that tie question of demand- ing the provisional release of Colonel Picquart w.n discussed in the criminal section of the Court of Cassation yesterday. The "Jour" says the members of the Court of Cassation yesterday discussed the legal means of obtain- ing possession of the sccret dossier. Vfdlle. Banget appeals for money for Madame Henry in her action against M. Joseph Reinach. MAJOR ESTEBHAZTS DESIRE. A Renter's telegram from Paris on Tuesday s,tyqt -The "Libre Parole" publishes a letter from Major Esterha:;y to M. Mazenu. the first president of the Court of Cassation, in which he says he is ready, provided lie is granted a Rafe confinrt. to appear before the criminal chamber, and to bo confronted with all the witnesses who have already been heard or who are to be heard, and to give an explanation on all points concerning himself. He refers to all the charges brought against him, and declares that he wishes to defend the honour of his name and of his children, and also the honour of a dear man. Henry, with whom, he adds, he not disposed to share a. culpability which does not exist either for the one or the ether of them, I lWEI. BETWEEN DEPUTIES. A 1.enter s telegram from Par? on Tuesday *ays: As a "It of a heated altercation in yesterdays sitting of the Chamber of Depnti? M. Antide Bo;er ard M. Paul Deroulede fought duel with pistols at i-ine o'clock this morning at the .Tour de Vi lebon. Two shots were ex- *h;«n?refl withoni revolt
-= THE SIJDN EGYPT A Renter's telegram from Port Said on Tnes- I -lav says:—The Sirdar arrived here to-day and proceeded to Cairo. A Heater's Integrum from Cairo on Tuesday fays:—Lord Kitchener arrived here to-day, and was met by the Miniser of War, Mr. Rennell Rodd. Colonel Sir Francis Wingute, Coione. Satin Pasha. Sir Klwin Palmer, and many other persons. The reception was, however, qui to unofficial. Rumour i busy with the. statement that Lord Kitchener of Khartoum will succeed Lord Cromer in Egypt, Everyone will remember how Lord Salishury in the City dwelt on Lord Kitchener's remarkable financial ability. He is apparently as great a finanvier io an organiser of vioto.y.
SHELL EXPLOSION AT CROXSTADT. NINE SOLDIERS KILLED AND OTHERS INJURED. A Reuter s telegram from St. Petersburg on Tuesday øays: -A shell exploded yesterday while being loaded in one of the chambers of Fort Constantine at Cronstadt. Nine soldiers ""ero killed on the spot and three officers wounded, one of them severely, by the effects of the explosion. Seven soldiers were also badly injured.
MISSIONARIES IN CHINA The Central News says:-One of the mis,ion.1 anes of the Church Missionary Society, writing from Mien Cheo on October 10th. pe.lks of the anti-foreign feeling in that part of China, and Kiys"I am thankful to tell you that the fifteenth of the Chinese moon passed without any disturbance at Chenta. All continues qniet here, although some of the disaffected put up a large placiril against foreigners in this city on Saturday." I; i, explain d that the fifteenth of the Chinese moon was lookell forward to with peculiar apprehension, as any smouldering fire was likely to burst ont oil that day.
INDIAN FRONTIER. THE MAD FAKIR'S FLIGHT. A Renter's telegram from Calcutta on Tues- day say*:—It is rumoured that the Mad Fakir has taken refuge in Pitai. The Nawab of Dir meanwhile mair.'ains a strong watch at the border 1>ot",
CAPFJ TO CAIRO RAILWAY. MR. CECIL RHODF: RETURNING WITH PLANS. The "St. James's Gazette" states that Mr. ,1 Rhodes will leave Cape Town for this ..untry, on board the Briton, shortly, and will be accompanied by I)r. Rutberfoord Harris. Mr. Rhodes will bring with him complete and detailed surveys of the first section of 200 miles of the railway which will run from Bulnwayo to Lake Tan¡;.tllyika, and which will in timo form the trunk line for communication between Cupe Town and Cairo. \s was announced in the "Western Mail," ii- Briton sailed for England last week with Rutherfoord Harris on board.
MINE EXPLOSION IN AMERICA. FIVE Pt;I:HúS KILLED AND 25 KNTOMBED. A be lter's telegram from New York on Tues- dt.v saysAccording to dispatch from l'oteau, Indian territory, an explosion has i curred in a mine near hat place. Five per- sons were killed and 25 imprisoned by falling ir:,ris, and. at the mine is on fire. -It is feared u -t the latter will perish. A Renter's telegram from New York on Tuesday, later, snysAccording to a later dispatch from Poteau, only two persons were killed in the mine explosion there, and they lire helleved to have been the only persons in the workings at the time.
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GERMANY AND ENGLAND.! COMMON COMMERCIAL INTERESTS A Reuter's telegram from Vienna on Tues- day says -The semi-official "Frcmdenblatt," commenting to-day upon Mr. Chamberlain's Wakefield speech, says: There are some points of contact between Britain and Germany in various parts of the world. Germany, in view of the growing requirements of her export trade, has a great interest in the maintenance of China's independence and of good order in Egypt and in the whole Nile Valley. There is naturally no question of an alliance, for (very Englishman can see that Germany wi!! never n:e her Army for the pro- tection of India In case of emergency. Moreover. Germany rightly attaches great importance to her relations with Russia. There are. however, without doubt, interests which are common to Great Britain and Germany. Austria-Hungary hails with satisfaction the rapprochement arrived at. which can only be of favourable significance for international policy. A Reuter s telegram from Bcilin on Tuesday says:—According to the "¡"rdsinnigc Zeitung." Herr Richter, in tli) course of his speech in the Reichstag yesterday, referred to the rela- tions between Germany and Great Britain, and to Mr, Chamberlain's recent delaratbn at Wakefield that there was no part of the globe in which Hri"ijh and German interests con- tl-ctcd in any ieriois way. Herr Richter rejo:ccd that this was the case, as it corre- sponded with the view which he had always represented regarding the relations between (ôermany and Grcat Britain. If the re- lations between the two countries had become closer, and the effects of the telegram to l'resjcient Krutor had passed away, they iilso hoped that the nego- tiations for a treaty of commerce with Great Britain had made good progress, ar.d that, as soon a, nonsiNe. a definitive treaty wojld be EUhstituted for the provisional arrangement. With regard to the Delagoa Hay agreement it was desirable that the treaty should be made public at an early date. A Reuter s telegram from Berlin on Tuesday says:—According to 80me of the newspapers, the Emperor William, on the occasion of the reception by him<e:f and the Empress of the President and Vice-pr?idcnt of the Reichstag, said In the course of his remarks on the general political situation that Germany stood on a good footing with Great Britain, without her Triendly relations with other Great Powers being thereby called in question.
THE GERMAN REICHSTAG. A Reuter's telegram from Berlin on Tuesday says:—Tho Reichstag to-day continued the debate upon the estimates. Herr Bassermann, a National Liberal, referring to the sugar qutstion, aid his party must reject any ono- de.i reduction of bounties in Germany. As re::ard;l the Lippo-Detmoid question, the party did not think that the Federal Council was incompetent to deal with it. Alluding next tf) tilti Anarchist propaganda, the speaker expressed the opinion that efforts should be made to repress Anarchism by energetic police action. Touching upon German relations with America, he s:dd that what was desired was a vigorous defence of German interests in regard to that country. Adverting, in conclusion, to .he German Emperor's visit to the East, Herr Bassermann taid ho did not wish to see its results minimised.
AMERICA AND Ct- BA. A Reuter's telegram from Washington on Tuesday says: -President M'Kinley has desig- nated General Brooke as Military Governor of Cuba, As holder of this new post. General Brooke will control all the branches of mili- tary and civil administration in the island, while each province will have a military go\ernor, who will receive his instructions from General Brooke.
ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT TRAIN WRECKING. A daring attempt at train wrecking was made on the North-Eastorn Railway at Cam- hois, Northumberland, on Tuesday morning. The driver of the train felt his engine jerk. On jumping off he found that it had run over three pieces of wood, about Oft. long each, and in front of the engine he found two large pieces across the rails. Fortunately, no serious casualty occurred. This is the second attempt at train wrecking in the district, but no arrest has yet be-c'n made.
LOSS OF THE CLAN DRUM- MOND. ARRIVAL OF THE SURVIVORS AT LIVERPOOL. The Pacific steamer Orcana arrival at Liver- pool on Tuesday, having on board the sur- vivors of tho Clan Drummond. which recently foundered during a terrific gale in the Bay of Biscay. They included several of the European officers of that vessel and a number of the Lascar crew. The captain. his son, several officers, and many of the crew were drowned. Great secrecy was maintained as to the djsas. ter, only very meagre details being available. It was elicited that the crew of the Can Drum- mcud had been fighting the galo and heavy seas for some hours, when a tremendous wave struck tho vessel sheer abreast, stoving in the main hatch, through which the water poured in a torrent, which carried everything before it. As the vessel seemed about to founder thc boats were got out, and at the same time the Lamport and Holt steamer Holbein came close un. The captain of the Clan Drummond was b.nng hauled on to the Holbein, when some L:I. who were fighting like demons to save them selves, grasped the rope, and he was pulled back into ihe water and drowned. The fourth c 111 cor reached the Holbein in safety, hat at the same moment a tremendous sea I broke over her. which swept him with it, and he was lost. Several Europeans among the crew wens drowned by being dragged down by the frantic Lascars by sheer force A MALAYS THRILLING STORY. the Press Association Liverpool correspon- dent, telegraphing later, says one of the sur- vivors of the Clan Drummond. a Malay, has, through an interpreter, made the following statement "The sea was running almost as high as any bnilding which I can see about me, and the ,hil) was knocked about like a cork. Suddenly one tremendous sea came upon us while we were lying in the trough of the waves. The sea was like the side of a mountain, and fell on the deck with a crash that was terrific. The hatches and decks were smashed in, and the water roared into the hold. Then most of my fellow-Malays prayed, and many of them, in the midst of their cries for protection, were swept away into the great waves. The English officer* all worked like devils. Seme cf the Malays who are dead were swamped in their boats, and their shrieks could be heard over the great wind. It was the most terrible weather that I have ever known."
——— CANNIBALISM IN AFRICA. A Router's telegram from Antwerp on Tues- day says:—The steamer I.eopoldville. which arrived here to-day from West Africa, reports that four Belgian commercial agents have been killed and eaten by natives on the Upper Ubanghi. Ex-Major Lothaire has started, with 30.i men. t0 punish the cannibals.
I MANSLAUGHTER IX A BOAT. At Leeds Assizes on Tuesday Peter Keeling, 31, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Joseph Croft at Shipley, and wits sentenced to ten years' pen.1 servitude.
I WINTER IN KLONDYKE. A man ranied llalverson, who has arrived at Tacoma from Dawson City, says:—"This pro- mises to be the worst winter in the Yukon for years, A thousand people are now tramping between Dawson City and Chilcoot Pass, many of whom are short of provisions, and will die on the trail. Severe storms in tho interior have already been experienced."
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SIR W. HARCOURTS 1 BACK UP. I MANIFESTO ON THE PARTY LEADERSHIP. I,IPETE r, Olt WILL NOT COMPETE FOR THE POSITION, MR. JOHN MORLEY SPEAKS STRAIGHT OUT. THE FEELING IN LONDON. BLANK DISMAY OF LORD ROSEBERYS PARTY. The Central News says:—The following im- portant correspondence has passed between Sir "om, Ih'comt and Mr. John Morley, and we are requested to give publicity to it:- SIR WILLIAM HARCOURTS LETTER. My dear John Morley,-1 am informed that discussions ar, being raided, or proposed to be raised, in rcfercnc-s to the future leadership of the Liberal party. It seems to be supposed that this is a question upon which I ought to feel a great personal interest and some anxiety. So far as it affects myself, I feel no anxiety on this matter. My record is clear and my resolution is fixed to undertake no respon- sibility rnd to occupy no position the duties of which it is made impossible for me to fulfil. There aro people who appear to consider that the ollleo of a leader is one which effers such inducements is would inspire an ambition to be oursi ed by all means and at any sacrifice. You, at least, are no*, so unacquainted with the realities of public aTairs as to suffer under such r. delusion The protracted labour, the constant anxiety, and the heavy responsibility of that situation are such as no man of sense or hrniur will undergo r xcept under a high sentiirent of public dnty. For myself, the part that I have played in public life has been KGvc.-ned by t very plain and simple sense of obligation. In the later years of Mr. Glad- stone's political life, both in Government pml Opposition, he was good enough, with the con- currence of my colleagues, to commission me to render him a necessary, however inadequate, assistance in order to lighten his labours in the burdensomo work of the House of Commons and elsewhere. When tho time so disastrous for the Liberal party arrived, at which he took his final leavo as its responsible chief, there ",ere many considerations which wouid have led me to desire relief from the burdens of office, I determined not to yield to such temptations for two principal reasons-first, because I did not choose that it should be thought that I was governed by personal feel- ing; and, secondly, because, in the face of a vast deficit caused by the necessary increase of naval expenditure for national defence, I thought it my duty to remain at my post as Chancellor of the Exchequer in order to estab. lish the public finances upon a just and ade- quate basis ill the Budget of 1894, which was then imminent. The task was not a promising one in the presence 01 the powerful opposition by which it was encountered. Nevertheless, I felt it would have been cowardly to shirk from the risks and the labour which it imposed, ami I resolved, somewhat reluctantly, to continue to discharge as leader of the liouue of Commons such duties as seemed to me to be most conducive to the interests of the Liberal party, which for thirty years of Parliamentary life it has been my constant object to sustain. At the meeting of the party, called jointly by Lord Rosebery dnd myself on the retirement of Mr. Gladstone, we set forth at the Foreign Office our entire adherence to the principles and the policy which he had bequeathed to us. The late Government fought together through the sessions of 1894 and 1695 under circumstances of unexampled difficulty, with a narrow and precarious majority, the battle of Liberal principles, not, I am glad to remember, without some signal successes. After the great defeat of 1895, in which you all suffered in eommol1. there were not wanting again strong temptations to any who desired only their own comfort and freedom from toil and responsibility to abandon a defeated army to its fate. That was not a course which recom- mended itself to you or to me. We rallied the broken ranks, and took our places again in the van of the Liberal fight. Even with our attenuated lincs. we inflicted upon the over. whelming majority of the Government a remarkable defeat on the Education Bill of 1896. Our successes were due to the loyalty and united action of the Liberal party in support of tho'e who led their forces. It is only when such a spirit prevails that anything can be accomplished by a political party, whether in the days of its good or its evil fortune. A party rent by sectional disputes and personal interests is one which no man can consent to lead, either with credit to himself or advantage to the country. You and my other colleagues know well the desire I have ever felt and the efforts I have made to secure unity of action in the promotion of the common cause, to reconcile differences of opinion where they might arise, and to consult the sent,iments and the feelings of those with whom it was my duty and my satisfaction to act. In this spirit of cordial co-operation, which I grate- fully acknowledge, we have ever since the dis- solution carried on the work of the party. It has been whispered by men who neither know nor care to know the truth that I have allowed personal considerations to influence public action. No man knows better than yourself the falsehood of these unworthy insinuations. If personal proscriptions have been insisted upon as a ground for refusal of common action in the general cause, they have not pro- ceeded from me, In my opinion such pre- tensions are intolerable, and I, in common with my colleagues, have always refused to recognise them. I am not, and I shall not, consent to be a candidate for any contested position. I shall be no party to such degradation of the tone of public life in this country. I have been content, to the best of my ability, in any situation which fell to my lot, to do my duty to the party which it has been my pride and my pleasure to serve. If I have arrived at the conclusion that I can best discharge that duty in an independent position in the House of Commons, you will, I feel sure. agree that a disputed leadership, beset by distracted sections and conflicting interests, is an impos- sible situation, and that a release from vain and onerous i obligations will come to me as i a welcome relief. I should be glad if you will make this letter known at once in such maimer as you think fit. in order to remove any misapprehension as to my personal senti- ments and position.—Yours very sincerely, W. V. HARCOURT. MR. JOHN MORLEY 8 REPLY. 57, Elm Park-gardens, December 10, 1898. My dear Ilarcourt,—I have read your letter with the concern naturally arising from the gravity of its contents. I cannot feel the sinal.est surprise that at last you have found it impossible to keep silence in a situation that may well have become intolerable to you. For many months past I have often wondered at your steadfast reserve and self-command under the provocation of those" unworthy insinuations" to which you refer, and whivh if you had ever thought it worth while, you oould at any moment have blown to atoms. Apart from considerations of self-respect and personal honour in any individual case, nobody on either side of politics can think it good for the oredit of public life in this country or for the character and repute of its public men that a situation should be prolonged in which the leadership of what has been, and will be again, a great and powerful party should be treated in a way so demoralising both to the leaders and to the led. All who value the traditions that have made English public life the healthiest in tho world will be glad that you have determined, go far as you are concerned, that these proceedings shall now come to an end. Nobody who has any real knowledffft of the circumstances either does or can suppose that at a single point since Mr. Gladstone's retirement in 1894 you were actuated by any other motives than those of genuine public spirit and unselfish leal for the interests of the party, If at that critical moment you had declined to go on as the leader of the House of Commons and Chan- cellor of the Exchequer, none of us would have had any right to complain. It was luoky for the Liberal party that you did go on. If you had thrown up the Exchequer, as merely personal feeling might not unwarrant- ably have induced you to do, the country would have lost the most important contribu- tion made to financial legislation for many a long year. The greatest of our legislative suc- cesses ItS a party and an Administration was your success. As for events since 1896, the thing speaks for itself. Anybody who know-i party history, and who also knows the condi- tion of our party after the election three years and a half ago, will agree that no leader of Opposition—not Peel after 1832, nor Disraeli in 1848 and onwards—ever undertook a more discouraging and difficult task than was laid upon you in 1895. The labour and the strain of such a post in such circumstances can only be known to those who have lived at close quarters to it, and there is, to my mind, something odiozis-I can find no other word-in toiling a man who strenuously faced all this, who has stuck manfully to the ship instead of keeping snug in harbour because seas were rough and skies dark, that his position in his party is to be incessantly made matter of formal contest and personal challenge. I remember that when you sur- rendered tha leadership of the House before the elections of 1895 your last words in that capacity were something about it being the (hief ambition of every man who has taken part in the noble conflicts of Parliamentary iife. whether in majority or minority, to stand well in the House of Commons. We who sit there can see for ourselves how, leader of a minority as you are, you stand with both sides of the present House, politically hostile as the majority in it may be. I know well enough, as you say, that there have been whispers about your singling out this personage or that as men with whom you would not co-operate. I also know how baseless these stories are, how precisely the reverse of truth they are, how certain it :s to anybody in correct posses- sion of the facts that it was not from you, at any rate, that attempts at proscription, as you call it. have proceeded. You and I have not always agreed on every point of tactics or of policy since you have been the working leader of the Liberal party. For Government and Opposition alike the times have been difficult and perplexing, and diversity of view on sudden issue was not on either side of the House nnnatural. But I am confident that every colleague we have who has shared our party counsels since the disaster of 1895 will join mo in recognising the patience, the persistency, and the skill with which you have laboured to reconcile such differences of opinion as arose and to promote unity of action among us. We are now to dismiss all this from our minds fos- no other reason that I know of than that you have not been able to work political miracles and to achieve party impossibilities. On the contrary, I for one feel bound to say how entirely I sympathise with the feelmgs that have drawn this letter from you. It has, doubtless not been written with- out long and careful deliberation, and I believe that I thall be doing what you desire in making it public without unnecessary delay.—Yours sincerely, JOHN MORLEY. OPINION IN LONDON- I The Central News, telegriphing later, says: -Two views are talten of Sir W. Harcourt's letter in the political circles which its con- tents have reached to-night. By one set of critics it is interpreted as a mere threat, and by others as imposing upon the Liberal party the absolute necessity of rallying to a man upon the right hon, gentleman or accepting bis retirement. The friends of Lord Rosebery are sirnfily dismayed at a step which, by its promptitude and firmness, is eminently cal- culated to produce a reaction in favour of Sir William Harcourt. The effect of the letter upon the Birmingham conference is awaited with peculiar curiosity. Sir William Har. court, say his friends, as well as the friends of Lord Rosebery, is too astute a tactician not to have written with that conference distinctly in his mind. His epistle or manifesto, for so the epistle to Mr, Morley has been almost generally called, is calculated to paralyse dis- cussion of the Nottingham resolution. It has certainly come in appropriate proximity to that discussion. His silence was calculated upon, and his retirement was not anticipated. In short, it is declared that Sir William Harcourt's action has driven the Liberal mal- contents into a corner, and has. at the same time, imposed upon the main body of the Opposition the duty of either accepting his leadership unmurmuring'.y or preparing to lose his services altogether. At the Liberal clubs it is not believed the party would be prepared to face an alternative like the latter. Of course, as Sir William has left his letter, he may, if he please, treat it as the last word. But it imposes duties upon the Liberal party which it must meet at once, and that is to declare its allegiance to Sir William Harcourt or go to pieces upon the question of its leader. The dilemma is generally recognised to-night, and it is good-humouredly declared to be a clever stratagem of Sir William's. The drift of independent testimony is in favour of leaving things as they are. The Press Association, telegraphing at mid- night, says:—Whilst resigning his position as the leader of the Liberal party in the House of Commons, Sir William Harcourt has 110 in- tention of retiring from Parliament. He will retain his seat as member for West Monmouth- shire, and it is probable that he will continue to attend the House of Commons next ses- sion, although as a private member, and no longer in an official capacity. There is good reason to believe that the present decision of the right hon. gentleman has not been sud- denly arrived at, but is the outcome, as Mr, Morley assumes, of long and careful delibera- tion. The step now taken by him will neces- sarily give increased interest and importance to the conference of the National Liberal Federation which is to be held on Friday at Birmingham. The exact post from which Sir William Harcourt now withdraws is that of leader of the present Opposition in the House of Commons, an office which is obviously not open to Lord Rosebery, whose name has been prominently put forward in recent controversy. Nevertheless, the resigna- tion of Sir William Harcourt must necessarily have some bearing upon the wider question of the ieadership of the party as a whole which, it is understood, is likely to come before the Birmingham Conference. Those who know Sir William intimately state that his desire is to avoid causing any embarrassment to his former colleagues and supporters in their choice of an Opposition leader for the repre- sentative Chamber. That selection is likely to be made shortly before the opening of next session at a meeting of the Liberal members of the House of Commons; and, so far as can be learned to-night from such Liberal members and leading politicians as happen to be in town, it seems to be thought not unlikely that Mr. Asquith may be invited to assume the posi- tion now vacated by Sir William Harcourt. I TERMS OF THE NOTTINGHAM RESOLUTION. The agenda paper for the meeting of the general committee of the National Liberal Federation to be held at Birmingham next iriday was posted to all accredited delegates on Tuesday. The resolution of which the Nottingham Liberal Association has given notice is as follows:—"That in the opinion of this meeting the question of the leadership of the Liberal party should be taken into imme- diate consideration." MR. LABOUCHERLyS OPINION. Mr Laboucherc, speaking at the Manchester Reform Club on Tuesday night, said the soldiers of -.be Liberal party ere ppoiltng for a tight. It was the Liberal leaders who were afraid to I move. They were i a rickety boat intriguing who was to be cap t ain, and afraid of moving except together for fear the rotten, water-logged tub in which thv4 wero doing nothing: would go down If he country wanted thoroughly good democratic legislation, they must improve I the legislative machine. MR, ATHERLEY JONES ON THE I SITUATION. Speaking at Chatham on Tuesday night, Mr. Atherley Jones. M. P., deplored the present position of the Liberal party, which he con- sidered was due to petty jealousies, which rend even the Front Benches of the House of Com- mons. It was a calamity that the party had no one strong man to whom to look for guid- ance -ind encouragement. The party was numerically weak, without a leador, and with- out a consistent policy calculated to appeal to the sentiments of the people. But for Home Rule the Liberals would have been in power now. A thorough and honest policy was wanted.
DRUCE BURIAL MYSTERY. MORE OBSTACLES RAISED. At the eleventh hour M?.Druce has received a very decided check. Just when her oppo- nenta eeme(1 to have given in, and left thdei way clear for an early exhumation, comes the announcement that the London Cemetery com-\ pany, who control the Hjhgate Cemetery, have received an Int!mation from the Home Office to the effect that the Secretary of State is advised by the Litw Officers of the Crown that no Interference with the contents of the vault can legaly take placs without the licence of the Secretary of State. This statement is made on the authority of Messre. Baker, Blaker, and Hawes, the Cemetery Company's solicitors, who further affirm that the faculty when issued, cannot be acted upon without the consent of the owner of the vault. Acting upon their solicitors' advice, the London Ceme- tery Company will remain quite neutral in the matter. The opening of the vault will take Place, therefore, when (1) the owner of the vault has given his written consent, and (2) a licence has been granted by the Secretary of State. T w' Drnce can obtain both these, the coffin and itj contents will rema.in indellnitely undisturbed. co,itcnt3 will remain OWNER OPPOSED TO OPENING THE VAULT. I 1 1 ,?- ￼ correspondent saw Mr. Her. bert Druce, the owner of the Druce vault, on ruesday He resolutely defined to discuss the "e. The Central News, however, l1ndrstand8 th,t he i? opposed to the vault )?injt opened. On the other hand, Mrs. Druce hts declared her intention of continuing her efforts. and if needs be, take her case to the House of Lords,
ROUGEMONTASALECTURER A NOISY SCENE AT HIS DEBUT AT BRIGHTON. M. Louis de Rougeniont appeared in the Dome at Brighton on Monday evening in the character of a public lecturer. The Chairman (Mr. George Davcnell, an Australian journalist) exp.ained that he filled that position because he believed M. De Rougemont's oath against the mere assertion of prejudiced persona The Dome was less than half filled, but the lecturer had a good-natured reception from tlio-e that came to listen to him. "It is said," the lec- turer remarked, "that my name is not Do iiougemont but Grin. I have never said that I had not used that name. On the contrary I came from New Zealand by the name of Grin, and for very good reasons. When a man is placed as I .was he is not likely to u^e his own true name." The audience were treated to a "scene" before they separated. A gentleman named Alexander Ogden, who stated that he was a magistrate in New South Wales, mounted the platform and denounced M. D Hougemont as Grin, and said he had known him well in connection with the invention of a diving- dress. A Voice from the Audience: Are you pre- pared to make a statutory declaration? Mr. Ogden: Yes, as a magistrate, I am; but who cares to spend money to try and prove that what this man has said is true? You cannot get any satisfaction out of a declara- tion, which is a mere form of words. In the course of the confusion which fol- lowed somebody in the hall suggested a pro- secution. The Lecturer: This gentleman has made a charge. Of course, charges of this kind are very hard to refute. I am simply waiting for Australian proofs. This man I have never met before, and I don't believe he has ever spent sixpence on the dress. I know only one man who did, and it is not him. Mr, Ognen said he would tell them what he was prepared to do. He would meet Grin, not De Rougemont, 111 that hall, each to pay half the expenses, the whole of the proceeds to be handed over to a charity, and he would prove that the lecturer was a polished liar and defrauder of the public in England. (Hisses and cheers.) Grin was trying to drive a sham into their heads. The Lecturer: I am very glad he said he was an honest man. I'll not contradict him. When it is necessary for a man to say so it is to me an act of guiltiness. (Laughter and his''es.) I have never <en him before, and I don't believe he has ever seen me. He has seen my portrait, as many of you have. (Laughter.) The meeting then broke up in confusion.
MURDER OF A PARAMOUR. DALEY HANGED AT MAIDSTONE. I SCENE ON THE SCAFFOLD. Thomas Daley. a labourer, was executed at Maidstone on Tuesday morning for murdering Sarah Ann Penfold, at Chatham, on June 4. On the night of that date the parties returned to their house and quarrelled. Heavy blows were heard by the neighbours, and tha woman's voice, exclaiming, "Don't Tom. You will kill me." Finally there was a crash, suc- ceeded by moans. The next morning prisoner told the neighbours he believed Penfold was dead. Search was made, and the woman was found in her room lying across a chair, nude and quite dead. Her body was shockingly diiflgured, a' a blostf ;e::i 1 by. Daley walked firmly to the scaffold, preceded by the deputy-sheriff, chaplain, and governor, and attended by the warders. He was calm and collected, and submitted without demur to the adjustment of the noose. The execution was then carried out with the utmost expedi- tion by Billington. Death must have been instantaneous, as there was not a single twinge of the rope. Daley, although of a nervous, ex. citable temperament, gave no trouble to the gaol officials after his condemnation. He showed ;iOCi:S t:\ Holy Communion, B;ei I was not pressed on him. He joined heartily in the chapel services, ahd at a short service held by the chaplain in the presence of the execu- tioner and his assistant Daley himself started the hymn, "For ever with the Lord." He fully admitted he was the cause of the woman's death, but strenuously denied all through that be iied any weapon, or that he purposely killed her. He thought of her kindly while in prison, and -.me,l to have more concern for her future than his own. Daley confessed his preference for a speedy death rather than lingering imprisonment. His firm walk to the ?eaffold betokened no fear, and on the death- ? trap he showed the same indifference to his fate, which WM signified to the public by the running up of the black flag. Wedical evidence was given at the subsequent inquest that death took place immediately the drop fell.
THE MURDER OF A BAKER, j ACCUSED FALLS ASLEEP DURING THE TRIAL. At the Old Bailey on Tuesday the trial Was began (hefore Mr, Justice Hawkins) of Johann Schneider. alias Richard Mandelkow alias Montague, a Polish buttoner, who is indicted for the murder of a journeyman baker, named Conrad Burnett. who had succeeded him as assistant to a baker at Regent's Park. Accused is alleged to have disposed of the body In the bakehouse oven, and afterwards to have mur- derously attacked the proprietor, Mr. Ross, as the latter was examining the furnace. Robbery is assigned as the cause for the tragedy, for Schneider when arrested was wearing his victim's watch and chain. Counsel for the Crown suggested that a. plea of insanity might be set up. but he submitted that the <Me presented many significant features, all of which Wlre quite consistent with the perfect siuyty of the accused. Mr. Ross gave evidence in support I of the prosecution, and the trial was adfourned During the proceedings the accused fell asleep.
ALLEGED MURDER BY A SISTER. At Worship-street Police-court, London, on Tuesday, Kate Marshall, a. whip-maker, was committed for trial charged with the murder of her sister.
HEAVY BETTING FINE. I At the London Mansion House on Tuesday- Evan Cameron was flned £100 for keeping rooms I for the purposes of betting.
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WOES OF CARDIFF RADICALS. EXECUTIVE MEETING LAST I NIGHT. STRONG OPPOSITION TO ALD. WAKERLEY, WESLEYANS TRIUMPHANT- ￼ LEICESTER EXMAYOR TO SPEAK AGAIN. Among other subjects, the question of the party candidature came before the Cardiff Radical Executive on Tuesday night. When this matter came under review our reporter was asked to withdraw, but as two representa- tives of another daily paper were permitted to remain we do not feel under obligation to regard the meeting as a private one. We append the official report, and some additional information gleaned after the meeting. OFFICIAL REPORT. A meeting of the executive of the Liberal party in Cardiff was held on Tuesday night at the Central Office3 in Queen-street Mr. Robert Bird presided. The proceedings were privately conducted, and at the close Mr. All- good (Liberal agent), gave to the press an official viva voce report. The question of the selection of a Radical candidate was discussed, but the decision arrived at wa-s formal and tentative. A resolution was submitted that Alderman Wakerle.v be invited to address a meeting of the Liberal Association with a view to his candidature. This WIts agreed to, Alderman Wakerley, in fact, being practically the only candidate before the meeting. Fur- ther, it was resolved to support the unsecta- riau school board candidates, and this (accord- ing to Mr. Allgood) was the end of the official report. WHAT REALLY OCCURRED | An official report is a very unsatisfactory indox to the tone and spirit of a meeting, so we considered it a duty to the large number of Radicals who read the "Western Mail" to securo further particulars. The attendance was a fairly large one for all executive meeting, and the company pre- sent was representative of the Liberal party in the town. One thing was palpable, however. and that was that the Wesleyan section had been very carefully whipped up. Alderman Sanders, for instance, attended after many months of absence. In opening the President (Mr. Bird) delivered a long address carefully reviewing the whole position. It was quite time, he said, that a candidate should bo selected. The executive had felt this for a long time past, but the great difficulty had been to get a suitable ca/Jdidateither an outside man who was strong enough to carry the consti- tuency or a local man who would not arouse feelings of jealousy. Various names had been suggested. Mr. John Cory's name had been brought before the executive, but for some reason or other did not meet with any great support. It was certainly not looked upon with general favour. Then Mr. D, A, Thomas, M.P., had been spoken of as the strongest man they could get, and that gentleman was asked to attend a meeting of the executive. Air. Thomas did so, but his answer to the question as to whether he would stand if selected was an unfavourable one. Mr. Thomas was perfectly frank. He said that the inducements offered were not sufficient to make him give up guch a safe Liberal seat as he had at Merthyr. Per- sonally, he (the chairman) regretted this deci- sion. Then they had had Alderman Waker- ley amongst them. That gentleman had already addressed a meeting in the town, and they had nad some opportunity of forming an estimate as to his suitability. He (tbe chair. man) wished it to be distinctly known that there was absolutely no truth in the statement ;11 tho "Western Mail" that Mr. Wakerley was 1Jeing forced upon the constituency by the Weseyan body. Enumerating Alderman Wakerloy's many qualifications, Mr. Bird men- tioned that he had never in his life drank any- thing stronger than "pure water and tea." In conclusion, he moved that Alderman Waker- ley should lie afiked to address a meeting of the Liberal Association with a view to his adoption as candidate. Tho president's speech was received with mixed feelings. Alderman Wakerley's name was applauded, but not more so than the name of Mr. D, A. Thomas-in fact, it is an open question as to which reference aroused the most enthusiasm. Mr. John Cory's name was received with dead silence. It was noticeable that Atr. Bird made no allusion of any kind to Mr, Rus=ell Rea, who at one time was flaunted as a most excellent Liberal candidate. This is significant in view of the statements which hav^ been made-no doubt, orronlously--to the effect that feelings of jealousy exist between Mr. Bird and Mr. Sidney Robinson. When Mr, Rea's name was brought before the constituency Mr. Bird was abroad in search of health, and during his absence Afr. Robinson acted as president. After Mr. Bird's speech it was suggested that the whole matter should be postponed until after the school board contest, as the selec- tion of a candidate that night might arouse hitter feelings and serious divisions and splits in the Liberal camp. (This was said with an eye on the Roman Catholic element.) The'suggestion, however, was not very well received, and after a time the president's motion was seconded by a South Ward elector. A lengthy and refreshingly out-spoken dis- cussion ensued. It was manifest at the commencement that the opposition to Alderm-,tri W-alserley was of a strong and forcible character, and the sub- sequent speeches showed that the cream of the fighting force was agaimt him. The opinion was expressed that it was only common cour- tesy to Alderman Wakerley to extend him an invitation, and the president made it clear that those who voted in favour of Alderman Wakerley being asked to address the associa tion would still reserve the right to them- selves to oppose his adoption as a candidate. A very large number of speeches were delivered. Among1 those who supported Alderman Wakerley were Alderman Sanders (Wesleyan), Jlf. Lewis Williams (Weileyan), Mr. John Bur- gess. Mr. W. Roberts, and Mr. David Shepherd (W'esloyan). Among thoso who opposed him were Alder- man David Jones (Baptist), Councillor Edward Thomas (Baptist), Councillor Allen, Councillor Mildon (Calvinistic Methodist), Mr. T. L. Powe-1, Mr. Samuel Fisher (of the Coaltrimmers' Union), and Mr, JI, Read ("gouth Wales Daily News"). It wa.3, no doubt, a mere accident that Alder- man Wakerley's supporters were all, on nearly all, W esloyans, and that his opponents were all Baptists, Congregationalists, Calvinistic Metho- dists, See, Principal Edwards (of the Baptist College) asked several questions, und then abstained from voting one way or the other. There were also differences of opinion. One gentleman got up and said that he supported Alderman Wakerley on behalf of a certain ward; two other gentlemen from the same ward immediately roso and flatly contradioted this statement. Eventually a vote was taken, and the presi- dent's motion was carried by two to one. The President then asked when Alderman Wakerley should be invited to attend. For a time there was no answer, but even- tually one gentleman suggested the 1st of April. This aroused roars of laughter, but was not, agreed to, nothing definite on the point being arrived at. Even the school board question was not allowed to pass without acrimonious discus- sion. A proposition was made that a joint election committee should be formed, to consist of ten members of the executive, six members of the Cardiff Nonconformist Council, five mem- bers of the Cardiff Trades' Counc'I, and two mem- hen of the Cardiff Liberal Association. This gave rive to a good deal of feeling, it being thought that it was the intention of the Nonconformist Council to try and run the election themselves. The opinion was expressed that the council t had already done enough self-advertising, and that their amateur efforts in electioneering could only end in a complete fiasco. Ulti-1 mately the proposition that they should par. ticipate in the management of the election was rejected by an overwhelming majority, and a resolution was afterwards subitted an¡11 carried, without opposition, that the ?ont,,t should be fought on strictly political lines, and that the whole organisation and work of the campaign should be carried on solely from the offices of the Cardiff Liheral Association under the charge of Mr. Allgood, the Libera) agent.
DEATH OF SIR THOMAS STOREY. The C ?ittril News Lancaster correspondent te'eeraphs that Sir Thomas Storey died on Tuesday morning at Lancaster, aged 73, Sir Thomas Storey was director and chairman of Messrs. Storey Brothers and Co., oil-cloth manufacturers, and was connected with many other industrial enterprises. He had been mayor of Lancaster four times, and had con- tested the divisions of 1.?lh Lancafhire and Lancaster. He gave to Lancaster the great Storey Institute, as well as a. free library and reading rooms.
A HEARTLESS LOVER. I At the Leeds Assizss on Monday Herbert Wil. liarp Calvjr, 27. clerk, was indicted for abduct- ing Gertrude Towlson, aji unmarried girl under the age of 18 years, at Huddergfield, on Octo- ber 16 last.—The prisoner, who said he intended to marry the girl, was found guilty and sea- tenced to six mouthal imprisonment.
REFORMS COMMENCED AT DOWLAIS. LORD WIMBORNES INTENTIONS. We are able to-day to confirm the statement which appeared in the "Western Mai!" of Tues- rlay regarding Lord Wimborne's intention to I'onyert the old DowJais Houe Into it family re.iidpn<'o once more, and to carry out certain beneficent schemes for the benefit of the work- people. It will be recollected by the older residents of Dowlais early in the period of what, may he called "the trustee age" of the Dowlaiu Company, the late Mr. G T, Clark converted the old residence of the Guests, where the founders of the family lived, and whence they exercised their paternal care of the colony of their workpeople, into offices, and thereforth there was no place found for residence for the owners of the works and estate. This "age" died with the death of Mr. (i. T. Clark a year ago, and the "owner's age has succeeded, with the result that Dow. lais House is w be immediately reconverted, it being ordered that the new offices shall be ready on March 1. With regard to the "At Home which Lady Wimborne gives on Thurs- day night, to which some 150 townspeople are invited, in addition to 200 of the works' isuiff, the number of acceptances are very large, and a record gathering is anticipated. The estab lishment of a nurses' institute by La ay Wirn- borne has, it is understood, taken material form. The staff of nurses who will assist the medical corps attached to the works will he temporarily located in a house pending the building of properly equipped premises near to the DowJais Company's surgery in Hi¡h."treet,
CARDIFF ENTERPRISE AT SWANSEA. 1R. SOLOMON ANDREWS ORXA-I MENTS THE TOWN. I Mr, Solomon Andrews has now taken Swan- sea in hand, and intends pursuing th-era the policy he h.us made known in Cardiff and in Pwllheli and other places. For many yearn a fine old building has stood idle in the very busi- ness heart of Swansea—splendidly situated at the I'omer of Temple-street and Goat-street. The building ;s the old Swansea Theatre Royal. a houe which has historic associations, and where most cf the celebrated actors of a by- gone generation have played. In time, when the New Theatre in Wind-street was erected by Mr. Melville, the old Royal was closed. and re- mained so for a score of years and mere. It was leased of recent years by a syndicate, and re-decorated, and opened for a short time as a theatre again, but in a feiv months was shut up, and has remained shut since. A message came to us on Tuesday that Mr. Solomon Andrews, of Cardiff, had stepped in with a sperit of enterprise peculiar to Cardiff. and bought up the theatre. "What for?" That was the question our man asked Mr. Andrews, whom he captured when the message came. Mr. Andrews laughed loud and Jong. "Well it beats me how you do got hold of things!" he said. "I only heard of it myself to-day." "Then it ia true?" "Oh, yes, The bargain lias just been ratified. I have leased the theatre from the Swansea Corporation for 99 years-practicallv bought it, you See. P "What for?" "For busine9ö premises." "Your own business?" "Never mind that. Business premises, I say. I shall construct upon the site a building and business premises second to none in Swansea, of a first-class order, fireproof, and an orna- ment to the town. The site of the build;ng is 136ft. by 38ft. Mr. Andrews was down on Saturday on a visit of inspection.
COMPENSATION ACT AND FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. VIEWS OF THE DEPUTY-GRAND MASTER. Speaking to our Llanelly reporter, Mr. Thomas Hughes, J.P., Deputy-Grand Master of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, explained that that Unity made provision 4gaimt acci- dents by special means. When a member was totally disabled as the result of an acci- dent the case wm brought before the district delegate*. Sitting a8 a body, they woul.l con- sider the merits of the c?L?e, and if they were of opinion that it was a deserving one they would onler a special levy of tiixpeu? per member to be made in the district. That would amount to close upon £100, and several grants of that amount had been made in the L:LU6.ly district from time to time, "But the Government has now stepped in, and seen that compensation is nuide?" said the reporter. "I don't think that ought to make any dif- ference," replied Mr. Hughes. "I contend that the member of a Friendly Society should have the privilege of receiving the accident levy apart, and distinct from any compensation granted by the Legislature. Of course, in cases where the accident does not involve total disablement the member can claim sick pay." "You don't think, then, that the passing of the Compensation Act ought to alter the rules of Friendly Societies in respect of accidents?" "I do not. I don't see that there is any reason for making any change. My idea is that the member of a Friendly Society deserves it all, if only for his thrift in becoming asso- ciated with such an organisation. I look upon it as a special privilege to be enjoyed by members of Friendly Societies."
THE CANADIAN FARMER. SIR OWEN SCOURFIELD AND THE "WESTERN MAIL." Sir Owen Scourfield, who presided at the fat stock dinner on Tuesday at Haverfordwest, in response to the toast of the pre-ident of the society, which he is, expressed his pleasure at what the proposer (Mr. J. Fisher) had said of him as a landlord, because those of them who had read last Friday's "Western Mail" j might have thought him a hard landlord. In that paper there W:\8 a picture of Mr. Peter James, who had just returned from Canada, and who said he used to be on his (the speaker's) estate, and left because he was over. rented. The "Western Mail" representative appeared to be much taken up by him, but he (Sir Owen, should rather say he was taken in by hi in. (Laughter.) Mr- James bad set up as a man of straw; he certainly was a man of straw, because he used to be a thakher-- (langhter)-and a very good one. But when he (the speaker) inquired one day for hiin to thatch a house he found he had gone to seek his fortune in the New World. Mr. James had hardly any land off him, and if he had it was the lease of some small fields, the rent of which was not a very hard one. (Applause.)
SUPERSESSION OF THE HORSE. MOTOR WAGONS FOR SCAVENGING PURPOSES. Some months ago the health committee of the Cardiff Corporation appointed a sub-com- mittee to investigate the capabilities and suitability of motor wagons for scavenging pur. púeg, The gentlemen appointed were Alder-, man 'r, W. Jacobs, and Messrs. T. Andrews, W. H. Allen. W. Harpur (borough engineer), and J. Woosey (superintendent). After a lengthy inquiry tt report has been compiled, and this was submitted to a meeting of the health com- mittee on Tuesday. The sub-committee state that up to the present time there does not appear to be.3. suitable machine electrically driven for the carriage of heavy loads, although for the carriage of light loads such machines have certainly been brought to a considerable state of perfection. Two kind. Of steam-driven were inspected, but the rtt:t:r: i not favourably imprem?d by either of the8e vehicles, which were at that time unsurpassed. The corporations of Leicester and Wolvcrhamp- j ton have issued advel'tl.emenh for motor-vaji?? for similar purposes, but no practical resultb have been achieved. A suitable motor vehicle should carry not less than four tons, and it should be made as light, strong, and durable as possible. Moreover, the machines should be as silent as possible, as all the removal of house refuse at Cardiff waa done at night time. A sum amounting in all to £.225 had been offered at Liverpool for the best motor wagon 8uitahj(> for these purposes, but only four machines competed, and these were inspected by the sub- ¡ committee. They were much impressed with the great improvement which has been made in motor wagons during the past twelve months. although they have not yet ¡n ahle to find a machine which meets all their require, ments for scavenging purposes. They believe, h-ever, that, with the continuation of im- pmvernents such m haTe taken place in the manufacture of motor wagons d uring the p-t year, the time i. not far distant when a machine suitable for the requirements of the corporation will be placed on the market Having that in view, the committee -i',l con- tinne to watch any improvements made, and report when a snitable Tra?hine is obtainable.
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WALES DAY BY DAY Sir William Harcourt has had to do a lot of retiring the last few years, A Milford Haven tradesman drowned a littep of fine kittens the other day "because they wcra born blind"! When the late Sir William Jotnner retired from practice, his house at Brook-street was taken by Sir John Williams. There is a stump of a tree near Aherhaideo, Kenfig Hill, from which two trees are growing- one an oak and the other an ah, Gaelic is looking up Postcards with the words "Host-cjird" and "Address only on this ido" printed in the (jaelic language are now sent out from Ireland, There Is courage in the Calvinistic Metho« dist monthly meeting of Liverpool. This body has decided to receive no new member who ill not a pledged total abstainer. It WIUI announced in the London par this week that. Mr. Abel Thomas, M.P., and others "were amongst the nobi ity and gentry at t.o- day's church parade in Hyde Park," When Aberystwith folk write to their friends in the Welsh Metropolis, they write the address "Cardiff, South Wales." Cardiff contains one. tenth of the whole population of Wales—Ab«r» jstwith included. A woman who was so helplessly drunk that s he had to be taken on an ambulauoe to the Cardiff Police-station pleaded with the magis- trates that she had gone to the station quietly. She wa-, discharged. Seeing how well Mr. Alfred Thomae manages the Welsh Radical party in the House of Com. mons, what is there to say against the notion of making hm Ie Ider of the whole Radical party in the Lower House? Mr. Thomas llllis. Chief Opposition Whip, will return to town this week from a round of visits in the counLTy. He proceeds next week to the Mediterranean, returning shortly before tho opening of Parliament. Probably the oldest Welsh Calvinistic Metho- dist in South Wales is Mrs. Morgan, late of Pyle Shop, of Pyle, Mrs. Morgan is 91 years of age, and now lives with her daughter at the Grove Farm. The old lady walks up and down the stairs with astonishing hri,ku<Js¡; There is a sad lack of originality in Wales. All, or nearly all, the papers which contained biographical sketches of the late Principal M. D. Jones borrowed their facts and much ot their matter from a sketch which appeared in the "Christian Globe," by Dr. Pan Jones, some years ago, "They must not expect 10 secure an ideal candidate in every respect," said the Prophet l), A. Thomas to a Cardiff Radical audience on Monday night. And io, on Tuesday night the Radical executive gave Alderman Wakerley their blessing, and atked him to come down and talk to the Radical Thousand. One of the proposals which will come befors the new school board at Cardiff is that the board set one of the schools aside for the exclu- sive use of unvaccinatcd children. Parents who have taken and are taking precautions against small-pox are naturally very sternly opposed to allowing their children to attend a school w()hiell may be half full of little ones 8pedally set aside by cruel and ignorant parents to contract an awful disease and spread it. WANTED immediately, an eminent States- man to take charge of a leaderless political party. A Premiership among the probable perquisites, but applicant-, if appointed, must be prepared to put up with flouts and jeers and eaves and revolts and disloyalty and intrigue. A permanency offered to satisfac- tory person (if he can hold it).—Apply, stating Qualifications and enclosing verified tests of endurance, to X. O. Tick, National Liberal Club. "Chester Ci-cwtll." the latest novel from the pen of Naunton Covertside, has gripped the critics. The reviewer of the "Dm dee Courier" says the story is one "full of interest through- out, and pervaded by a high moral tone, which is none the less effective that it i. not uuduly obtrusive." The "Scotsman" savs —"The inci- dents are in a degree beyond the probable, the characters are natural and well defined, and the story, as a whole, if intricate, is told in such a way that the wri,er always commands attention." An Irish carter in Cardiff had occasion last week to deliver goods in Roath, and it was part of his duty to secure the signature of the receiver. On this occasion there was a diffi- culty presented. The householder could not find pen or pencil, so file intimated that the carter should inform his employer of the cir- cumstances. The carter did not are to tikei back such a message, and, light dawning upon him, he exclaimed, "Tell you what, ma'am! If you will please write a note, ma'am, that you can't find nothing to write with I "illleave the good, There may not be much grammar in a letter lately received by a Monmouthshire school attendance officer, but it contains a bottomless pit full of pathos. The letter came from the Tumble, Govilon, and it Wa as follows: — "Snr,please we hav not got bootes for the children to ware, the stopag frow the tumear the strike hav bean the cose of it we hav a plide to Mr. Lowis the liven ofsr he toul in that thare ware to ineny this quorter a pline for bootes for us to wate a litle longer and do the best wee coed my wages wieh i do get is not arly nuf to sur port us as i cant get bootes for Hear i will send hear reglear if the wetbear will be fine." These poor people may not be able to spell, but they can and do suffer. When it is considered how much work the club eases entail on the police the wonder is not that one minute-book has been mislaid, but that many are not lost. Club after club, sometimes three or four together, each fur- nishes a separate set of books, which the police have to read, and examine, and compare, and verify, and generally audit. To make it abso- lutely safe that not a single book shall be lost we propose that as soon as a Bet from a newly, raided club arrives at the police-station a suf- ficient number of the heaviest policemen should be toid off for special duty, i.e., each to sit on one book till it is required in the police-station; any policeman who gets up before the day of hearing to be immediately dismissed. A formal vote of thanks was accorded to the Almighty at a Calvinistic Methodist chapel In Ynysybwl on Sunday night. It seems that a local public man. who is a prominent member of the Church, had written to a well-known gentleman in North Wales for a subscription towards the chapel debt. The gentleman written to sent a very substantial sum. amount- ing to three figures, but desired his identity to be kept secret. When the announcement of the donation was made a brother in the Church proposed a vote of thonks to the local public man for writing to the donor, and coupled with it thanks to the generous donor himself. The seconder of this motion .aid he felt very grateful to Mr. for writing and for thinking of writing, grateful alto to the donor for giving so generously, and thankful to the Almighty fur prompting the one to write and the other to give. In conclusion, he sug- gested that his remarks should be embraced in the vote of thanks. The amended motion was declared unanimously agreed tD, after" show of hand." This is probably the tlrot vote of thanks to God ever pas cd by show of hand. Ko >ks don't mind the fog and rall1 They are "the only birds that deem to penetrate the leaden November mist for the purpose of traffic, and are not afraid of patrolling a long distance day after day, are the patient, labo- rious black policemen of the air." sav> a writer in "Nature Notes," "who, as food fails them inland, at that time of the year mike excursions to the tea, and work away on the shore in the yielding oore, often seeming to be so tired on the return journey that they can scarcely, after many halts, top the last hill and drop into the rookery trees, I saw lately, near Pyle Station. South Glamorganshire, a very large camp of rooks, evidently at their nr-t halt, about a mile from the sand, oil a green knoll, receiving straggler*. About three acres of ground was black with them, and lively enough, and they appeared to be sorting themselves with military precision (the corvorum exercitus of Virgil) into two grand squadrons, one for Margam, on the west, and the other for Tythegston. on the north-east, each about four miles distant. They were all resting, crops full and body tired: fortuu* could not hurt them, for they had dined.' 4