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I The Day's Gossip. I Leader Office, Wcdnesdmjt. Prafeisor Arnold, of Bangor, had some straight things to say on the matter of the currency, at the Metal Exchange on Tuesday afternoon, and so has the Cun- liffe Committee, which has been consider- ing the currency problems. In their final report they consider that the foreign exchanges can only be restored by a deflation of the t fcwollen credit system of the country and I by the re-establishment as soon as possible of a froe market for gold in Lon- don, and they point out thait the nominal convertibility of the Treasury note into gold is of little or no value for purposes or international finance, for it is main- tained by prohibiting the export of gold. I (ioverniiieret borrowing must cease, and in I particuJar the system of borowing by overdrafts on the Bank of England, main- tained foi an indefinite period. So much for what the Government can do to re- store our financia-, position. The task I assigned to the general public is the in- crease, of production and a dra<ic re- straint on pereorthl expenditure. "Science as She is Spoke." I The following bit of scientific lucidity has been culled by a correspondent from a report of discussions by members of the Royal Astronomical Society on the theory of relativity. We offer no prizes for an interpretation The members were in- formed, amongst other things, that- So far as there was any distinction between space and time in external nature, it was simply that particles of matter were one-dimensial tracks in a iour-dimension continuum, and the ex- tended dimension was time, the proper time for the particle. The Constable of the Tower. I xx, seems passing strange that The' Yeomen of the Guard should be per- formed at Swansea this week by a com- pany of brilliant amateurs when "the very scene in which the chief incidents in the comic opera. are set is brought into prominence by reason of the death of Sir Evelyn Wood, which has ren- dered vacant one of the most romantic ap- pointments in the gift of the Crown,- that of the Constables-hip of the Tower. It is, of course, a purely decorative post, gating from the days when that ancient stronghold was a residence of the Kings of England, and magnificent is hardly the word for the uniform. The appoint- ment has always been held by distin- guished soldiers, and I am told that rumour has it that'Lord Haig is to suc- ceed Sir Evelyn. Fisher and Baruch. I Lord Fisher's writings hare revived the J discussion that received great promin- ence some time ago when Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch advised young writers to go to the Bible for their English. One man (says the 'Evening News") has declared Lord Fisher's works to be the most English piece of writing since The Pilgrim's Progress.' In a letter to the I -Times" on Friday, Lord Fisher quoted Baruch, a friend of Jeremiah, as if old Baruch was the chap living next door," as'one well-known writing man expressed it. I suppose," said one inquisitive gentleman of the trade of words to Lord Fiher. "youre no better than the rest of us~~J°u have to verify your quota- tions?" Verify!" exclaimed the Ad- miral in his ringing vouilg voice. L ';>rify? IV-h y P Well, old Baruch, What. about him?" "I hadn't to look up Baruch. He said wliit: tie'liad to sav six hundred years before the Christian ) era. That's given us time to learn it off hy heart, hasn't it?" j R.L.S. Discoveries. I ews of the discovery of some addi- [I tional passages of Woir of Hermiston may raise the hopes of Stevensonians ac. tsays a correspondent in the "Morning! l'Orlt "),% to the possibility of there yet I coming to light some fragments of the I many novels and stories R. L. S. planned I but never wrote. There was, for instance, Sophia Scarlett." a South Sea yarn, which he set aside to write Weir," and I vthe entirely-planned love story—every- one will think it dreadfully improper, I'm airai(I-calle(i Canc)lllnili.' also in- other love story, not improper, called "The Rising Sun." But, if choice were given, the MS. most would wish to recover I would be that of Jerry Abershaw: A | Tale of Putney Heath." terry* Aber- I shaw '—oh. what a title," he wrote to I Henley. "'tJerry Abershaw'! Damn it, sir, it's a poem. liork you how the hoofs ring! Is tiiis a blacksmith's? j Xo, it's a wayside inn. Jerry Abershaw! j It was a clear, frosty night, not one hun- dred miles from Putney, etc. Jerry Abershaw! Jerrv Abershaw •» I t The O.P." Riots. I One hundred :md ten years ago to Tues- day saw the end of one of the most re- l1irkabl episodes in English theatrical history—the famous V.P. riots at Covent Oar den, when John Kemble re-opened the tiie.,It r(-ref)i,,ilt after its total destruction 1>y fire on September 18th, 1809. He an- nounced that the enormous expense to which the management had been put liecessitated an increase in charges for ad- mission to the boxes and tht- pit. The announcement caused a great outcry among playgoers, who suspected Kemble of profiteering, and on the opening night "spmo hundreds of the malcontents filled the pit and created such a disturbance I that, the play could not proceed. all ap-' ttottiM to reason being met with the cry w O.P. for Old Prices," until the curtain had to be rung dowb. Niglit alter night the scene was repeated, a great part of the audience shouting, hooting, singing, and dancing the O. P. dance," until the curtain fell, and the quarrel spread beyond the theatre to the columns of "ffvery newspaper and the bar of every tavern. After a week Kemble tried to o-,onie to terms and have the question re- ferred to a committee, but some attempts at arhitration failed, and the amazing scenes continued with unabated violence, fUld to the heavy loss of the theatre, until JJecembor 15th, when Kemble had to sur- render, and peace with the old prices was restored. The Latest Dance. I Tli4, latest dance to become the rage in New York is the Rocker Waltz," which i* said to have been imported from Lpn- den. Last year the Shimmy" and Cheek Charming" dances were all the rage. This season the Rocker Waltz is the dance that has captured the town. They say it is one of the most benlltiful dances in\cnted, and gives to the waltz what it lacked to compete with the Fox Trot and One Step, nameiy, variation, wnething to relieve the monotony of sameness and added life in the form of I new steps. I Mince-Pies. I ¡ The six:el] produced by the preparation of Christmas pastry is already in the air, and I have been privileged iust to.taste various hostesses' mince pies. the sur- vival of an ancient and popular Gfiristmas dish. In Queen Elizabeth's days they were called "iiii-.iolik-d pies," and they haY also been styled H shrid pves." They were formerly made of ne_3eS ton?ue?, chickens, sugar, currants,, l?mon and orange peel, with various ?iccs. The crust was ?hton?. in the 'form of a coffin, in in?tnr:on of .the Manger where th [nf:mt nlJ'r \.?s ]ii?, and the in;;re'.li»nU Supposed to refer to the 4J. ?ut the wise UleD '?.

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