FOOTBALL. COMBINATION. DRUIDS v. WREXHAM. The annna' visit of the Wrexham team to Rnabon TC e ld Friday morning was looked forward to with OJ! OiUDtcr<t. A strong wind blew across the ground, ?a? nd .lientific exhibition was almost out of the aD -tion The Drnids kicked off and rushed to the .joeat'o half..A ?? ?g?;Qst the viaiton was cleared. ?jnor ? ?? ?? opening. but Evana saved easily. 1"D<r bad an opmn, but Evana saved easily. ^fr>ra' right wing comveyed the leather to the vfe, Jnd bnt the wind carried the ball behind. The » 'euta again attacked, bnt no danger resulted. DC.r rnshed np at a critical moment and cleared RC."L.- 'd f d d. "'lr h?'t the Druids forced an unproductive corner. r ^tha and Grainger now treked along, followed by ¡;r.1ce bnt they continued in possession until A. H?hM effected a fine clearance. A foul waa ngrJd the viaitore close in, but after some dangerous aW'e;iD front of the Druids' goal, a corner was forced, tni.b ? f well placed, bnt was safely dealt with by the b°'ar hfc?. The Ancients worked their way to the Oil tnd %heii K. Jones was penaliBed for oS-aide. ,.??].Lffectcd aeoiornn the length of the field, ?'?"? ?p?rt-d at the finish, be worked the leather n'r' Th? home team were again attacking, but the ú\C ld b d H 1"*3- defence coul d not bo penetrated, Harrison, I;UN*Klll aud Blew showing fine tactics. Ponntney "d Gordon took the sphere to the home goal, and hL, defence gave a corner, which wa3 sent J, hind Spencer, on the home ri?ht. raced away, h° tw? fouled. The free-kick enp?bled the Druids to t uh but Evans was not troubled. The visiting I fVwiiig now carried the attack to the home end, W h r<- Griffiths forced a corner. The ball was qnickly in Jbu visitors' half, when J. Daviea was pulled np fr .?j inínn""meut of the ct-atde rule. They, how- p. LLiiiuinued the attack, and Evans saved smartly t L!??r- Continuing the attack, Povah in saving tiÎ:Lli tbc leather, but Evans caught and tbre? ont. r?t?thd. ?"o waa in great form, tricked his -ic^uv"uts. aTU* ?itb on!y the cugtodian to beat shot ¡.r" ?r?c<? handa. Grainger met the retnrn, and ?..? accurately, but Jones headed over. The I ?;? t ??' '??' at??'ked. and the viaitora' defence ..??remnr!<nhivs?nnd. Gordon was in a good '?uLn when the baJl was passed to him by Robin- ??!) He raced away, and tried a 10nK shot. Grair> £ er was Gp, and headed into the net, and thus tilt, (ipt-iled the account. This aronatd the home tdWI, and a strong attack ended in Evans rilU'.ii out Itud clearing. The Ancients were again att'acking ciout) it], Evans saving again finely. A C0N' .-R WR1-. however, forced, and in the course of a hot ptilcli on the Wrexham goal Harrison was w'ndt-i. The visitors now took up the running, \li!t the Ancients fell off considerably. Gordon rac-;l uvvar, ami at once forced a corner. A sharp attack endued, but the home defence was sorely taseii. A. JJu?hes finely cleared, bnt the visitors tait'. M.-i" in po.esiou, and Gordon sent in a long huh ssot, which I'ryce failed to stop, and thus \Vrvihani Hccured goal No. 2 amid cheers from tn.ir supporters. The second half opened well in fAVf .r of the Prnida, but they were driven back, and (iriiii'hn worked the ball behind. A foul against Jon looked well for the Ancients, but Robinson avt-rted dniiger. The home forwards now exhibited fir a combination, and Evans kicked out cleverly from H. Jones. After J. Daviea had shot wide, EV&:l jjiiTed from BuILr. T. Davies was now seen to avi'.iuuagi?, and served his forwards in rare style, br. tbu could make no impression. Povah and aittic)ngli hard pressed, proved stalwart d-f..u>:s. The visitors had a turn, but A. Huizhes v.(l and J. Price shot over. Potts, Spencer, and Hrntr took the ball to the other end, and, after a Ft rit'r of ihort passes in front of the visitors' goal, W I iiiiei poplit:d the ball past Evana amid great enthn-iusni, and it was not long before the equalising szo,ii wa icored. Th- n both teams played with re- ntwcit vigour, but the Ancients combined better. Till lr attack at tbis juncture; was very scientific, and iht-v ag:iii. swarmed round the visitors' goal, and i'.r.'ler cleverly pet the Druids on the right side. 'lei* uisbeiirteued the visitors, who played dis- ;"1!lttllly. individual efforts being capital, but their combination v»as now very ragged, and before call of time J. 1) ivies registered the fonrth goal for them. The Druids won by fonr goals to two. Teams :— Druiii^ PryL-e. tjoal C. Thomas and A. Hughes, hacks T. Daves. J. Price, and C. Potts, half-backs K. Jonas, W. Daviea, J. Davies, W. Butler, and Sjifuoer, forwards. Wrtxham Evans, goal; Povah aid Blew, backs Rot :ii £ (jii. Harrison, and Rogers, half-backs IViuutev, Gou'.eu, Jones, Griffiths, and Grainger, fortv.irds. K. frret-, Mr R. Roberts, Crewe. BAM.UK v. NI:\vrow. Played on Monday at in delightful weather, before the largest gate u: the season, Final—Bangor six, Newtown nil. LI.M'II'NO SWIFTS v. TBANMERB ROTEBS.—The game cii. ci 1:1 a dtaw, no goals being scored. <
I WELSH ASSOCIATION CUP. I FINAL TIE. DUUIDS v. ABERYSTWYTH. I The final tie for the Welsh Association Football Cno oil Monday (Bank Holiday) at New- n'vi. between the Druids (holders) and Aberystwyth, hrfore nbont 3 OCO spectat-Dra. The Druids won the to- and elected to play with the sun and a strong wind at thtir backs. Play started at a great pace, the Diuiils opening the attack in the first few minute. It vas evident that the Aberystwyth defence had their work cut out, but they responded admirably. On several occasions their forwards brck- ;wiv. find made dangerous visits to the Druids' qiwrters. The Druids failed to make use of their chances, and wild ahota were put in by Butler and other". Alter Spencer had shot over the bar, Rooae cleared from a dangerous rush on the Aberystwyth ¡ goaL Story, Green, and James now put in some good work, and the latter scored with a magnificent snc)z after forty minutes' play. The Druids, led on by Sj en-er. again taxed their opponents' defence, but rLu-M kept his charge intact up to the interval. Un resuming the Drnids went away with a rush, fcnt Janies and Green running down the Aberystwyth left forced a corner, and as a result Green added a sccivnd goal. The Druids struggled hard to reduce the lend. Waiter Davies shot into Rooae's hands, the Ab«.-rys:wyih custodian saving in a marvellous manlier with three of his opponents upon him. Another sringiu; what waa sent in by J. Davies, but without effect. Then came Story's turn. and running th^ whole length of the field he beat Thomas, and scored a third goal for Aberystwyth. The Druids rr-arriinged their team, and Ouarlie Thoma.s went forward, bnt aU efforts were unavailing, and they were hopelessly defeated. Roose, Parry, and Edwards gave a grand exhibition in the Aberystwyth defence, and were e-qnal to all attacks. Final result-Aber- :• -:v.y;i;. 3 goals; Druids, nil.
CHESTER AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. BESCLTS UP TO DATB. Goali. Pld. Won. Lost. Dna. For. Agst. Pts }iarjg<»r« 16 15 0 1. 61 11 31 Wruham Victoria.. 15 13 2. 0 59 20 28 ^Vistti :i I'aLcere 18 9 6 3 35 26 20 IT 16 31 57 11 Che-it* r St. Mar* «. 14 3 8 3 21 19 9 Cft«=*.ir Locus. 14 3. I 3 14 21 9 13 1 5 7 17 48 9 15 3 10 2 S 24 Wanderers 13 1 10 2 6 32 2 liav( with drawn, ajtd thsir matches Mure bseu fron, the list. Tw,. psints deducted for playing an ineligble man. WHF.XHAM VICTORIA V. CHBSTBR Locos.-Thie II match was played at Chester on Good Friday. As on the previon* Saturday the Locos had beaten the I I>ewi;ju Rangers (the champions of the Laagu9) in a charity cau tie cn neutral ground, and as the Vies Lrt: running well for second place, the result was that a large crowd assembled in expectation of a good The high wind which, however, blew from ,a] to goal went a long way towards spoiling the k.'a;iie. The CestriaDs won the tOBII, and naturally elected to play with the wind at their backs. It was noticed that the Vies had adopted the wise plan of pi,tying four half-backs and four forwards in this I half. E, Jone? being ou the right wing by himself ?n i HiiliugtOD ftHiD? half back. Mathiaa w&a earl? cai!(,d úpoa to c1u.r hie goal, and the Vica' defenders hud an exceedingly busy time. The home forwards were, hGwev6r, driTen back, bnt were soon thronging I roumi the Vica' goal again, and Mathias in making a •apiul save was psnalised for carrying the ball. The fret kick availed the home team nothing, as Mathias via- applauded for a magnificent sare. The visiting left made a great efort to get away, but the" ind greatly aisisied the homesters, and the ball was returned down the field, the visiting defence being again tesied for some time, but the railway men could not get through. Five minutes before half time W. Davies, for the Vies, passed the ball out to E. Jones, who tricked the back, and made a dash for the Chester goal, causing the goalkeeper (who had come down the field to help hits aide to score) to beat a hao! retreat. Jones shot splendidly, the ball sinking the cross-bar, and rebounding into play, where F. Williamn secured and placed a beautiful goal. Half-time arrired with the Vice leading by c,legoal to none. Playing with the wind in the second portion, the visitors monopolised the play, I.er great pressure a second goal was obtained from a corner. Although playing on the Locos' ground the Vies had many supporters anion* tb. crowd, and they were frequently applauded for fine wcrk. Ther pressed nearly all through the half, and Mftthi&i did not hue to tonch tha ball in this portion, all tho rest of the playera having shots at the Cheater goal, but although many were well direc;ed,no further scoring took place, Coppack, the home govlkeeper, playing very well. The Vies had a large number of corners. Final-Wrexham Victoria, two goals Chester Locos, none. WKKXIIAM VICTORIA V. SANDVCEOFI.—Played at Wrexham on Saturday. The game opened even, both iderf exhibiting good play. Sandycroft put in seme flne vnrk, aDd hod hard lines, Mathias being early called upon. Play then veered round, and the Vies bad a looK in, but the visiting defence sent them tc) the right-al-out. Aiter Mathiaa had saved aeverai times, Sandycroft drew first blood—a very good goal. They did not hold the lead for long, as Billington raced away, and drew level with a high shot. The home right wing put in another good run directly after, and E. Jonea crossed the ball over to F. William", that player giving the Vica the lead. The visiters were by no means disheartened, and plaved up weil, bu: they could not add to their score. The home team were, however, more fortunate, as, after ^li-jhi. pressnre, they notched a third point. No fnrther scoring took place up to half-time, when the ics led by three goals to one. The second portion opened with pressing by the homesters, and the siting defence was kept busv. The home halves played well, and as a result E. Jones got away and centred, and F. Williams shot the fourth goal for hia side. A fifth point was obtained directly after. Play then became quiet, neither aide making any great xc-rtions. The visiting forwards at length got &Way, and they succeeded in scoring, but the point was disallowed for off-side. The Vies were, how ever, more successful, as, after a spell of pressure, the sixth and last goal fell to them. The game after this became very deadly, and when the referee's I whistle sounded for time," the score was-Victoria, six goals; Sandycroft, one goal. I
I DENBIGHSHIRE AND DISTRICT I LEAGUE: WREXHAM RESERVE V. ELLESMBRE RAK»EIIS.—This match was played at Ellesmere on Monday, and as much depended on the result, owing to Wrexham and Chirk fighting neck and neck for the championship of the League, considerable interest was evinced in the contest. As play only lasted an honr it is probable the game will have to be replayed. Final-Ellesmere one, Wrexham nil.
I WELSH INTER-LEAGUE MATCH. I The Inter-Leagne match promoted by the Den- bighshire League, who selected the best players from the various clubs forming the League, took place on Saturday at Ruabon. The South opened with a brisk attack on the North goal, but the Northern team changed the venue, and after some even play, the North pressed, and F. Thomas had a shot. Some effective passing by the South forwards followed, but the Northern defence was too strong, and two corners were forced in quick succession, but the Southern custodian saved well. The North was still attacking and sent wide from a corner. Evans opened the account for the North the South team ran the sphere to the other end, but it was sent wide. The South now held their own, but the Northern division had an opening, cud Berrington added a second goal. The Southern men ran to the other end and shot recklessly, and at half-time the North were two goals ahead. The second half proved very interesting, the ganse being very even and well contested. The North put on three more goals, whilst the Sonth scored twice. The North thus won by five goals to two.
OTHER MATCHES. I WREXHAM v. EVERTON. I This friendly fixture on the Wrexham Raceconrse, on Monday, was very well patronised, and amongst those present was an unuanaily large number of ladies. A strong wind prevailed, and it blew in gusts towards the town, rendering anything like scientific play entirely ont of the question. The Wrexham side was unusually weak, whilst Everton, om the other hand, were very well represented. The teams lined out in the following order Wrexham Evans, goal Povah and Ponntney, backs Rognra, Robinson, and R Jones, half-backs W. Jcneq, Griffiths, Jones, Gordon, and Harrison, forwards. Everton Bryne. goal Gordon and Molyneux, backs Murphey, Green, and Elliott, half-backs Roach, Dawson, Gray, Chadwick, and Gee, for- wards. Mr Evans, of Wrexham, was the referee. Jones started the ball for Wrexham, and after a, few minutes of midfield play the home left wing broke away, but were repulsed before becoming dangerous. Then the sphere was sent into the Wrexham half, and Roach tried for the goal, but the wind carried the ball ontside. The leather travelled quickly from end to end, and after several exchanges, W. Jones put in a pretty centre, but the Everton backs were equel to the occasion. Wrexham still maintained the agressive, and a hot fnsilade took place on the visitors' stronghold. Rogers put in an accurate shot, but the wind carried it so that it rose up in tbe air, and then dropped within e, few inches of the goal. This was certainly bard lines for Rogers. Wrexham were only repulsed for a short time. They renewed the attack, and W. Jones, Griffiths, and Jones rnshed down in fine style. The ball was banged into the net jnst after the whistle had gone for off-side. This brought relief to Everton, who next invaded the Wrexham half. Shooting was moat difficult, and the combination was not good, so that a shoit time afterwards Gordon and Jones broke looae and ran dowa the field nicely. The wind carried the ball away from their toes, and Mo!yneux thus gaining possession, had no difficulty in returaing the pigskin up the field. Some good work was next" displayed by Harrison, who called upon the Everton custodian to save. W. Jones, however, got possession, and was in a splendid position for scoring when he shot badly. From the goal-kick the visitors at onse made tracks for the Wrexham fortress. They were checked in mid-field, but eventually they got forward, and called upon Evans to save. Griffiths was applauded for a good run down tbe left, and Byrne had to stop a good shot. The ball was returned a few seconds later, and the shot from the centre forward bad to be aaved at the cost of a corner. This was futile, and mid-field play followed. Wrexham found it easy to maintain an aggressive attitude in consequence of the strong wind which prevailed, although correct shooting was practically impossible. After the game had been in progress about half an hour, Harrison sent in a beaatifai centre, and Jonea, the cencre forward, rushed up and landed the leather into the net in tine style, scoring with a. shot which gave Byrne no chance. Wrexham continued to hover, around the Everton goal, and some clever passing was displayed on the right. The ontside man was robbed, and the pigskin qcickly travelled to the other end. Roach and Dawson were upset by Pountney when they were threatening, and the ball went out of play. The wind seemed to gather force as the after- noon wore on, and Jones securin g the sphere had a shot at the goal. A corner resulted, but the kick, when taken, fell short of tbe goal, and Gordon passed the ball up the field. Towards half-time Jones again secured tbe sphere, and caused Byrne to make one of the beat saves of the afternoon. When the whistle Bounded for half-time the score was- WKKXHAM 1 y EV!:UTOX 0 Play on resumption was rather dull, as the game, in consequence of the high wind, resolved itself into more or leas of a scramble. Although changing ends, and thus having to face the breeze, Wrexham seemed to have the best of the game. For fifteen minutes play was of an even character, but at the end of that time Evans stopped a good shot. Grav was after- wards conspicuous for the vibitore, and he passed to Dawson. The latter shot a little outside. Wrexham were forced to concede a corner, but this turned out futile. Towards the finish Everton made strenuous attempts to equalise, and the centre forward and left wing taxed the home defence rather severely. Time, however, arrived with the score the same as at half- time, namely- WREXHA!tI I EVERTON. 0 FOR THE WELSH HOSPITAL. An interesting match took place between teams representing the Albion Hotel and the IPairfield Tavern in aid of the Welsh Hospital Fund on Good Friday morning, on Salisbury Park, Wrexham, before a meagre number of spectators, says a correspondent. It is a pity that matches in aid of such a good cause are not better appreciated. The Albion having won the to. played Pvrl 'iated. The v ith ii,, i,d, and scored five goals in the first half (Heywood two, J. W. Davies two, and Heath one from a penalty), to the Fairfield's duck." It was expected that Fair- field (which was the much heavier team) would pile on some goals in the second half, but it was not their luck, the Albion again notching one point through Heywood. Thus ended a pleasant and amnsing game :—Albion six, Fairfield none. Dyke, Cafferty, and especially Fletcher played a fine game for the loses, whilst Hnghes, Williams, Heywood, and Davies did likewise for the winners.
Agriculture. ARTIFICIAL RATIONS FOtf SHEEP AND I CATTLE. The latest volume of the Transactions of the High- land and Agricultural Society contains an account of recent sheep-feeding experiments from which some useful lessons may be drawn. The object of the trial was to compare the value of certain common artificial feeding staffs when used in conjunction with tnrnips, and the materials tested were (1) maize, (2) oata, (3) a mixture of equal parts oats, dried dis- tillery grains, and linseed cake, (4) dried distillery graius, and (5) linseed cake. A sixth pen were fed with turnips only. The results were well marked Clearly the most economical ration was the dried distillery grains. This food was the cheapest, and yet gave the largest increase in live weight. The mixed ration was a moderate second, with the maize a very close third, the linseed cake fourth, and the oats far in the rear, and only just a trifle better than the lot getting roots alone. Perhaps the most notable fact is the failure of the oats. Obviously the return obtained was wholly inadequate to justify the use of the crop for thia purpose. Maize gave a very good account of itseif, as, while only third as judged by weight of increase, it produced the beat quality carcases, and preserved the best state of health in the animals employed in the experiment, the maize- fed lot being the only one of the six in which no loss occurred. Extended triila of what may be called an unofficial kind—trials, that is, unconnected with anv special agricnltnral college or experiment station-have lately been made for the purpose of testing against each other various calf meals er milk substitutes. According to the Farmer and StochbrtcdtT there is a concensus of opinion in favour of the following pre- paration:—Finely ground linseed 8 lbs., barleymeal 13 lbs., wheat meal 14 lbs- carbonate of soda 3 ozrs. This shonld be mized with a little cold water, so as to make it of a thick creamy consistence, and the boil- ing water added, stirred for a few minutes, and given when now-milk warm. By finely-ground linseed is meant the fine linseed meal formerly BORI for poultic- ing, but since superseded by crushed aeeda which contain the oil. We do not want the oil in this case, as young calves cannot emulsify it in the stomach and intestines, and failing to do that it would cause scouring. Wheatmeal, of course, means whole wheat not flonr. This mixture answers well without the carbonate of soda, but with it there are fewer reports of scouring, and we give the soda credit of preventing that acidity which is often the forerunner of dfeit. Where the distressful malady persistentlv recurs (and it does on some lands) the amount eft Boda. may be doubled for a while.
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General News. For the second year in succession tho Yarmouth Corporation hai been unable to obtain P- sir-gle tender for the hire of the mixed bathing site c. the beach. Seyeral canal boatmen ware rciii-- iiic I at IS.irton- on-Trent on Monday on a charge of wounding with firearms five children, who, they alleged, lii--cl tnrowll atones at them. The Rev. Professor Roberta, formerly principal of Regent's Park Baptist Collet, died on Mood«y ar. his residence, Beachborongh Villas, Folk->ne. In 1892 he was president of the Bal)tist Union. About fifty acres of land near Kilcr?Kga.n h",ve been sold by the Margnig of Lome to the Wa.r Ot?sf v ith a view to the defences of the Clyde. A fort, mounted with powerful guns, will be erected on the land. James Trott was on Monday committed totlie Liverpool Assizes for trial charged with stealing JES10, the moneys of the Bank of Liverpool, from tha Liverpool branch of the Bank of Eng;and, Castle- street, on February 25ch. Returns of the ferry traffic on the Mersev tLi *is Eastertide as compared with last show tbe effect of the bad weather expertenced this year. For the four days Friday to Monday there was a decrease in the number of passengers carried by the WalUsov ferry boats of over 42,000, and at WooJside i4,S47 fewer passengers passed tbe turnstiles. The attempt of the Ontario Government to extirpate the pest known as the Sin Jose scale by destroying infested trtes has been a failure, writes an OnL-io correspondent. NumOers of orchards have been ruined by motives of party favouritism and prejudice, thooi: of opponents o: the Government suffering severely. The publicans in the West Cheshire district are making » serious effort to abolish the system of long pull, or three half-pints for a pint. At Ll meeting of retail licence holders of Crewe. N antwlch and dis- trict, a resolution was unanimously passed empha- tically condemning the serving of long pull inside or out, and strongly urging upou every member of the; trade the necessity of immediately stopping l. An inquest was held at Buxton on Tuosd&y relative to the deaths of George and John Bills, brothers, aged respectively IS and 20, who weie killed on Easter Sunday through being thrown from a brake- less tandem cycle while riding dowuhiil. The dealer from whom the deceased hired tbe machine said it was the custom to have no btakes on tandeina. The jury added to their verdict of Accidentally killed" a rider strongly recommending the Home Secretary to make brake3 compnisory. A shocking fatality was witnessed on RaraFgate sands soon after mid-day on Monday within sight of a typical holiday gathering. The sky suddenly darkened, and there was a brief storm with a single, but very loud, peal of thunder. Annie Friena, a Ramsgate girl, aged fifteen, was si:uel; by the light- ning accompanying the thundc-r as she stood oa the breakwater, and fell into the sea. A gentleman named Abbott recovered the dead body, and stated that when she was struck the girl aeerped to be enveloped in flame. In all parts of London, and especially in the Eastern aud Southern districts, a more than usually large nnmber of weddings occurred on Snnda.y. Easter hunday ia a highly popular marriage-day among tbe coster community, and numerous wedding scenes were to be witnessed in Whitechapel, the Borough, Walworth, and Westminster. The happy couple in one case were driven away from Christ Church in a smart brougham drawn by a pair of greys, and were followed by more than forty other vehicles, donkey barrows, traps, gigs, cart's, and vans. According to the report for 1S09 of the St. Pancras, London, electrical undertaking, not only has the concern not cost the ratepayers a penny, hat it has earned during the past nine years a net profit of over £ 30,000, and might, it is estimated, be sold to-day to £ 1,000,000 premium. The vestrymen who originally supported the retention of the electric snpply in the pariah by the local representative authority express no little pride ft this magnificent asset, which they will transfer to their successors, the new borough council, over whom, as first mayor it is expected Sir Blundell Maple, M.P., will preside. Following out an old custom, an Easter game of football between sailors and colliers took place at Workington on the Cloffocka, the event bringing thousands of people into the town from surrounding districts. The scene of the struggle was a large piece of flat waste land, bounded on two sides by railways, on a third by the River Derwent, and on the other by the slums of the town. At the outset of the game the ball was thrown from the bridge over the beck intersecting the Cloffocks, and after many hours of excited struggling in mud and water the ball was worked by the sailors to their goal on the harbour. Much good humour prevailed, and the football was Done the less enjoyable because played on unorthodox lines. Edinburgh University has for the first time in its annals placed a woman's name upon the roll of honorary graduates. Miss Eleanor Ormerod is the lady thus hononred. The university conferred upon her, at the spring graduation ceremonial last Satur- day, its Boctorate in Laws. This distinguished lady's investigations, Professor Sir Ludovic Grant said, in presenting her, have been chiefly directed towards the discovery of methods for the prevention of the ravages of those insects which are injurious to orchard, field, and forest. Her labours have been crowned with such success that she is entitled to be hailed as the protectress of agriculture-a beneficent Demeter of the nineteenth century." The Ameer, in an autograph letter to a trusted servant, which he permitted to be passed on to the Civil and Military Gazette," Lahore, complains that now when Afghaniatan is overwhelmed on all sides," the British Government does not seem to take any interest, and that whenever he has suggested some check upon Russian aggression since the de- limitation of the Russo-Afghan frontier, he has had no response from the Government of India except the suggestion that Afghanistan should convent to the construction of railways and telegraphs within her territories—which is impossible from the Afghan point of view. He concludes by informing his powerful ally the Government of India that the present it a time for deeds, not for talk." The thirtj-first annual confereace of the National Union of Teachers wis opened at York on Monday, Mr Marshall Jackman presiding. The Lord Mayor of York welcomed the delegates, and afterwards Mr Marihall Jackman delivered his presidential address, in which he pleaded for a reasonable security of tennre for teachers. He said they did not ask for fixity of tenure what they claimed was that, as public servants in public schools, their tenure of office iihoulcl depend on the fulfilment of their school duties, and not be terminated fer matters entirely extraneous to their school work. Let the Education Department add to the form of agreement which Sir John Gorst placed in the Code a clause that no teacher shoald be dismissed without a reasonable assigned cause. An exciting scene was witnessed at a fire which I broke out on Sunday morning in a house at Deganwv, occupied by Mr W. E. Bottomley, late of London and formerly of Birmingham. Mr Bottomlev's son and a nephew jumped from the second floor wind ow, the former straining his back and the latter breaking his arm. Another of the inmates, a Mr Powell, aged sixty-five, climbed from an npper window to the roof, and after remaining on the slates until they became hot was aaaisted down. Mr Bottomley himself was found lying unconscious on the floor of one of the bedrooms, and is suffering from shock and smoke poisoning. The fire started in the dining-room, and the floors and contents of three entertaining-rooms and five bedrooms were destroyed, including a piano, an organ, and valuable pictures. The family had been in reMdence only three weeks, and most of the iurniture WII new.
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Wales aud tho Border, j On Easter Monday Tiitrht Sor'/Fri»nt-Tn*tnctor F. Bradley, of the 2nd V.B. itov- Welah FnsiiierR, and n.ttaohed to the H.,lywe;; ('ot.npany, tlied suddenly. Dt-c^ased ha..1 seen servico in Bnrrarth, for which he hold the medal. He Iti-'Lve.-s a. widow'a.nj two voung I children. Mr Price-Davies. of IT^n-'lin^i.ty, Xjeed*. who died on December 12;h, b gnt;>«<3 propertv of th* value of over £..000 to the University of Walen on trust to forird open scholarships, to be called the Price- Daviea Scholarships." "1 to be tenable at either Bt-ugor cr Aberystwyth College. On Tuesday the c*'ninaf of :IIe of Sfr FJ>tiry M'Laron, eldest son of Mr C. 3. M Lwn, M.P.. was celebrated with great tclut at Bodn»nt Hall. Denbigh- "hire. The tenani farmers of the Flintshire, Prestatvn, nnd Denbighshire e<s',ate diaed in the new ,Irawing room, & m&Rrifieent Florentine apartment, decorated with tapestry. The heir was presented with a silver loving cap and a marble clock, and his health was proposed by the two oldest on the estate. At night the festivities concluded with a firework display. The F.llpsmere Old Po\ dinner took place on Monday night nt the Great Western Hotel, Birming- ham. where-. a fair number sat down to an excellent repset. After -race the following tor.sts were snb- mittfd and drunk with much heartiness The Qiteert," Chnrch and Rtate," Present Headmaster and Stff," Forni-r Master?," The School." In the course of the br.-aeche;i mention was made of the several "old boys now serving Queen and country in South Africa. Me«s»ges were received wishing prosperity to all from the present headmaster, and ai-I) from his predecessor*. The annual report of Dr. Kenyon, medical officer of health for Chester, shows that the births in that rity drj.-Hj the past year had been 1 045, and the death-j 767, givintr a death rate of 20-25 as compared with 21 64 in 1898. The improvement was due to a eiin-ini-;bpd mort.%IitT above the age of twenty-fire vears. Tho principal influence tending to keep up the death-rats had beau the continued prevalence during the first two quarters of the. year of meastes and whooping cough, and during the whole year, but chicf] in the firllt two quarters, of influenza. Deaths from infections diseases had been comparatively few. The sanitary condition of the courts had been greatly im proved. The death took place at Cefn Mawr, near Holvwell, on Tuesday, of Mr Adam Eyton, J.P., late of Plas TJanerchy mcr. and senior partner of the firm of the North Wales Lead Manufacturing Co.. having works at Llanerchymor and St. George's Wharf, Liverpool. The deceased was seventy-six years of age, and was a justice of the Peace for the conntv and borough of Filnt, and was Mayor of Flint in 1852 and 1853. He nsarried the Bister of the late Squire Ashwin, of Britforten Manor, Devon, who survives him, and by whom he had three sons and three daughters, all of whom survive. The funeral of the deceased takes place at Mostyn to-morrow. The half-yearly meeting of the Conrt of Governors of tho University College of North Wales was held on Wednesday, at Chester. Lord Kenron presided. On the motion of Mr Hryn Roberts. M P., the Court rxjjrGssetl its condolence with the family of the late Principal Edwards, and it" appreciation of his public I services. An important discussion took place upon a I pronosnl which ca.me from an education conference at Festiniog in favour of the establishment at of a department of mining. The Conrt adopted a resolution expressing sympathy witti the proposal, and authorising a conference to be convened of representatives of the quarry, mining, and metallurgical industries aud of the technical instruction authorities of North Wales. Mr Trevor Owen afterwards drew the attention of the Court to the question of a modern language scholarship faud. Arrangements for the forthcoming exhibition in connection with the Walsh Industries Association are proceeding apace. A strong local committee has been appointed, with Mr Ernest Trnbshaw, J.P.. D.L., as chairman, and Mr W. H. Morgan as secretary. This committee works in co-operation with the central committee of the Association, and between them a very attractive schedule of prizes bas been drawn np. It should be underatoood at the outset that the competitions are not open to the whole of Wales, but are confined to residents in the counties of Carmarthen, Cardigan, Flint, Denbigh, Pembroke, Glamorgan, and Carnarvon. The schedule for the Llanelly Exhibition is a great im- provement upon those of previous exhibitions. The list of subjects has been conaiderably added to. the prize money amounting to the splendid total of XISO. Last year, only S36 was offered at the Aberystwyth exhibition. Prizes are offered in the following sections :—Textile fabrics, needlework, fancy work, knitting, crochet work. wood carving and turning, carpentry, fretwork, photography, oil and water colour painting, basket work, clog and boot making, dairy produce, honey, bread, etc., pottery, iron and brass work, tiaware, soap, and miscellaneous goods. Special mention should be made of the series of competitions open to school children. This is an entirely new departure which promises to prove very attractive. The competitions include penmanship, needlework, and drawing. The exhibition is to be held at the spacious Market Hall. on Wednesday and Thursday, September 19th and 20.h. Schedules of prizes may be obtained from the following branch secretaries :—Carnarvonshire Colonel Hngh S. Gongh, Caer Rhuin, Talyeefn Cardiganshire Mrs Harford, Falcondale, Lampeter Flintshire Mrs Yates, Plas-y-Llan, Nannerch Denbighshire Miss Mainwaring, Gallfaenan, Trefnant Pembrokeshire Mrs Bowen, Llwyngwair, Crymmych Glamorgan- shire Mrs Bush, Bryn Asaph. Romilly-road, Cardiff; Carmarthenshire Mrs Gwynne Hughes, Tregib, Dandiln, or from the exhibition secretary, I Mr W. H. Morgan, Tyr'fran, L,anelly.
RAILWAY DEVELOPMENTS IN EAST DENBIGHSHIRE. Considerable progress has been made with the new passenger line which is being constructed between Wrexham and Rhosllanerchrugog by the Great Western Railway Company, the cost of which is estimated at about £ 50,000. Four bridges have already been erected, and large gangs of men, together with a steam navvy, are now engaged in close proximity to the site upon which the now station will be erected at Rhos. Another station will also be built, midway between Rhos and Wrexham. Immediately after the completion of the line the Great Western Company have intimated their intention of extending the line in the direction ::J£ Cefn Mawr, so that it may join the Llangollen and Bala branch. The doubling of the line between Ruabon and Llangollen Junction has been com- pleted, at a cost of £ 50,000. The sidings at Trevor have been increased, aud at Llangollen goods junction extensive alterations have been made for tha ennvpniannp nf foods traffic, and a siding balf a mile long has been constructed to hold excurbion carriages. I
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Pulpit and Pew. The Rev. Thomas L!oyd. vicar of Abergele, has been appointed vicar of Rhyl. Dr. Talmage, the celebrated American divine, i3 expected to laud on our shores this week, and liis coming is regarded with much interest in the religions world. He is to preach in Cavendish Chapel, Man- chester, next Sunday morning, and he will also occupy pulpits in the principal cities of Great Britain and on the Continent. He will be a promient figure in London during the forthcoming May meetings, hut his visit to the Metropolis will awaken feelings other than those which are aroused in the minda of persous who know the man as a minister. Dr. Talmage has songht and has been promised an interview with Lord George Hamilton to discuss the possibility of accept- ing help from America, for the unfortunate fa.mine stricken inhabitants of India, ani the whole British nation, irrespective of party or creed, will await with much concern the outcome of the conference. Mr Kensit on Sanday addressed to the Bishop of London a letter in which he said I have again to draw your attention to illegalities goinst on in your diocese. This morning I attended St. Ethelburga's for the purpose of making my Easter Communion. Dr. Cobb, who holds your licence, was the officiating clergyman. During the recital of the Litany an acoylte was busy in lighting twenty-two candles upon the holy table. We then had a processional around the church, Dr. Cobb being robed in scarlet cassock, laced trimmed surplice, and a cope. A cross and banners were also carried. Before the consecration prajer Dr. Cobbe had water brought him at the table to Wiish his hands and three aervera attended him. going through all sorts of prostrations, their heads nearly touching the ground. Dr. Cobb bowed to the consecration. With my wife I presented myself to communicate, and we were offered wafers.' With- out any noise or loud protestation we asked for bread r in accordance with the rubric, but this Dr. Cobb re- fused, and we had to leave without communicating. Now, my lord, I ask your serious attention. Are loyal Churchmen to be debarred from Holy Com- munion at the caprice of such men as Dr. Cobb ? You know full well that I abominate public protests, but I ask what are we to do while your lordships preserve a policy of m&Bterly inactivity ?
MILITIA CAMP ON SALISBURY PLAIN. Three brigades of militia will assemble on Salisbnry Plain between May 7 and 14. The regiments repre- sented will be the Royal Irish, Royal Inniskiliing Fusilierq, R-jypl Irish Fusiliers Lsiuster Regiment, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Gloucestershire Regiment, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infautry. Northampton- shire Regiment, Royal Fasiliers, R ival Munster Fusiliers, Lincolnshire Regiment, and East Surrey Regiment.
MORE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE FRONT. A draft bas been ordered for the front to fill the Tftcanciea which may occar in the active service com- pany of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers now in South Africa. The draft will consist of one officer, a sergeant, a corporal, a bugler, and seventeen privates. It is stated that in all probability Lieutenant H. Atherley Jonea, of the 2nd Y.B., will be the officer in command. The only two Wrexham men in the com- pany will beD. Davies and R. F. Davies, brothers, of Rhoaddu. The other men drawn from the 1st Bat- talion, whoae headquarters are in Wrexham, are J. R. Jones, Llangollsn H. Knight, Ruabon Corporal T. Evans, Gresford H. Emmanuel, Denbigh E. Rog.ira, Ruthin, and T. Simmons, Gwersylit. The 2nd Battalion will send an ofifcer, sergeant, bugler, and seven men, whilst the 3rd Battalion will provide fonr men. The draft is expected to mobilise at the Wrexham Barracks very shortly, and it will probably leave for the front on or ahout the lit of May, after having been eqaipped at Wrexham.
OUTPOST DUTY AT CEFN PARK There was a good muster of Volunteers of the A and B Companies of the 1st V.B.R. W.F. at the battalion's headquarters in Crispin-lane, Wrexham, at two p.m. on Saturday. In response to the orders, the men turned up in serges and field ca.pe, but without belts and side-arms. Riies were served ont, and the Volunteers were marched to the Hightown Barracks. They were also joined by men from the Gresfordand Gwersylit Companies. Togsther with the soldiers from the Barracks they proceeded daring the after- noon to Cefn Park, tho seat of Sir Roger Palmer, ar.d the eurrounding district. When the column arrived at its destination the men were scattered abont the country for oatpoat duty, and some very good work was done, and practical iniatraction given by those in command. The Volunteers of A and B Companies of the 1st V.B. attended a lecture in the Drill Shed on scontingon Thursday evening, so that they were somewhat prepared for Saturday's demon- stration.
SIR W. WILLIAMS WYNN AND THE MONTGOMERYSHIRE YEOMEN. A meeting convened by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, colonel commanding the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, was held at Welshpool on Monday, in furtherance of the scheme for filling up the gaps in the ranks occasioned by the departure of so many to join the Imperial squadrons at present serving in South Africa. Sir Watkin said the present state of the country made it necessary that additional men should serve for home defence. Lord Wolseley had laid special stress upon the necessity for filling up all vacancies, and the Government had advanced the grant for volunteers training this year considerably. We in this country so far avoided the trouble of com- pulsory service, but he felt perfectly certain that unless a large number of volunteers came forward, conscription in some form or other would have to be resorted to. Lieutenant-colonels, commanding officers, all who had the opportunity, should do their utmost to induce young men to help the country through the present crisis. This year the yeemanry would go into camp for 28 days, and the Government had offered a bonus of JE5 to every trooper who remained under canvas for at least a fortnight and made himself efficient in drill and musketry in that period. In addition to this X5, there would be the nsual 7s a day, and every one would be allowed eight days' leave, or more when, in the opinion of the officers it is really needed. He reckoned that each man should be able to make a clear profit of £7 to £9 out of what, he thought, they would find a. pleasur- able outing. He wanted close upon one hundred men. Colonel Hutchins proposed a vote of thanks to Sir Watkin, which was carried.
EPPS'S COCOA.—GRATEFUL AND COMFORTING.—' By a thorough knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion and nutrition and by a careful applioation of the fine properties of nell- selected COCOA, Mr Epps has provided for our break- fast and snDDer a delicatelv flavonred beverage which may save us many heavy doctors' bills. It is by the judicious nse of such articles of diet that a constitu- tion may be gradually built ap until strong enough to resist every tendency to disease. We may escape many a fatal shaft by keeping ourselves well fortified with pure blood and a properly nourished frame." -Civil Service Gazette.—Made simply with boiling water er milk.-Sold only in packets and ponnd tins, by Grocers, labelled—JAMES Epps A Co., LTD., Homoeopathic Chemists, London." 434 "LINSEED COMPOUND" (Trade Mark) gives Expect'"tItion without strain 9jd, 13Jd. Sold by Chemists only. SJMBITI OF SUCCKM.—Ellis Davies know Tea anft try te satisfy individual tastes at whatever trouble. People fuickly appreciate effort.-14, Regent-aireet, Wraxhan. 301 f Forty people were summoned at Birkenhead, on Tuesday, for keeping unlioenaed dog*.
Views upon Many Subjects. One of the effects of the Queen's visit to Ireland is (the Paris correspondent of the Daily N-eirs writes) the greatly reduced number of wealthy English arriving in Paris for the Easter holidays. It appear* tney go to Dublin instead. I have just heard of a French gentleman who wished to go there this week being prevented by the impossibility of securing a bedroom in any of the leading hotels. All were fall, and expected to remain so for some days, Amid all the aadness of the South African war it is pleasing to notice the mutual recognition and even glorification of heroic enemies. President Kruger had noble words for the brave General Wauchope. Lord Roberts rendered homage and praise to the memory of General Joubert, and now the Fritnd of the Frre State, a sort of official journal of Lord Roberts, pays a high tribute to Colonel Villebois- Mareuil. We may add that it was by the order of Lord Methuen that the French flag was placed on the colonel's coffin.Figaro, Paris. The New York correspondent of the London Mornim) Leader states that Mrs Langtry complains bitterly of the effects of the war on the reception of English actors in America. In describing the ill- succees of her American performance of The II Degenerates" she said:—" My error was in believing the English newspaper talk of America's pro-British sentimeats. IW= by reciting the Absent Minded Beggar.' That was my undoing America. is violently against Britain over the South African war. I was snubbed merely for being an Englishwomam." Doctorll who take their own medicine might rea- sonably be supposed to inspire confidence. A Parisian practitioner has not been so fortunate. One of his patients objected to some medicine he had ordered, saying it smelt strange. Oh, there is nothing the matter with it," said the doctor; see, I will drink a spoonful of it myself," and, aniting the action to the word, he swallowed some of the stuff. The patient, however, was certainly not convinced, for the doctor immediately fell prostrate, and assistance had to be sent for. He was, it seems poisoned, but fortunately after a time recovered. He then bronght an action against the druggist who made up the prescription. A jury has decided in his fa.onr, bnt he has only had £ 29 as damages, considering, as the court said, that the prescription was rather carelessly written in pencil, and that there was no occasion for him to drink the medicine himself. Clearly it is French law that the medicine is for patients and not for doctors. The Spion Kop despatches have necessarily caused an unpleasant feeling here. Every general blames every other general. General Buller censures Sir Charles Warren's dispositions. Sir Charles Warren plead* that he was forced te the direct attack on Spion Kop by want of supplies for the longer move- ment. General Buller danieB this, and excuses Colonel Thorneycroft for ordering the evacuation of the summit while Lord Roberts impartially reproves all these three commanders. Siuggishnens and want of initiative are specially blamed in Sir R. Buller. The trouble is felt here to have arisen largely ont of the divergence of authority which has marked the campaign. Everyone knows that ene section of the high commands was dealt out from tie War Oiice, and that the other section was con- stituted without reference to that authority, and indeed without its knowledge. A department deprived of power in this position, an army whose Commander-iu- C hief is re g osition, an 1%rrny whose Commander-in-Chief is reduced to a cipher, can hardly expect to prosper. Now, of coarse, we have the essentially uniiied and i ndispatable authority of Lord Roberts. In official circles, states the .UaMc?M?f Evening Xews, there is no concealment of the fact that the Prince of Wales received a distinct warning that it wonld not be safe for him to attend the opening of the Paris Exhibition. It may, in fact, be stated at once—writes a reporter on the most excellent authority—that the French Government waa placed in rather an awkward predicament in the matter, and that there is every reason to suppose that President Loubet and his colleagues were relieved when they knew that his Royal Highness had not accepted the invitation which was by courtesy extended to him. From what can be gathered, it is understood that the Prince will not visit Paris for some time. It may be well to state, without any desire to be considered alarmist, that the Prince, like other members of the Royal family, has been the recipient of several threateiaing letters of the most virulent and diabolical character. Some of them bear continental post- marks, and some are posted in the metropolis. They have all passed into the hands of the Intelligence Department, the officials of which have, of course, place3 the usual methods they have at their disposal in tracing the authors or supposed authors of such Missives. As they are all of an anonymous character this has been a very difficalt matter, but information gathered since the Brussels incident shows con- clusively that there is a serious concerted plot in existence aiming at members of the British Royal family. Its source is believed to have been discovered, and wily agent] are acting accordingly.
HIGHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. The Board of Education has laid upon the table of both Houses of Parliament, their scheme with reference to higher elementary education. It takes the form of a minute of the Code, and is expected to meet recent controversy by aidinc the work of higher grade schools. Hitherto such schools have not been recognised by the Education Depart- ment, and difficulties have arisen as to whether sehool boards were entitled to expend public rates in teach- ing advanced subjects not provided for by the Code. The Government, in addition to a block grant for ordinary elementary schools, now propose to offer special granta upon a liberal scale for what will be officially described as higher elementary schools. There are already about seventy such schools in existence. The curriculum of each higher elementary school is to be for a period of four years, and at the end of the first, second, and third years the scholars will be examined. As children will not be allowed to remain in the higher elementary schools after they are fifteen years of age, it is expected that they will in most casea seek admission at the age of eleven or twelve years. The first and second year Will provide a superior elementary education, corresponding to the 6th and 7th standards, with some additions, whilst the two succeeding years will be utilised more especially for elementary science or preparatory train- ing suitaLle for commercial life. In view of the bearing of the new minute upon the education code controversy, a press representative has obtained the following statement on the subject from Mr Yoxall, M.P.—" The higher elementary school established under the authority of the minute will not be an organised science school, nor a school of science and art, nor a higher grade school, as these have hitherto been understood. It will not necessarily replace or oust such schools. It will be a new kind of higher primary school, coming between the ordinary elementary and the organised science schools. Voluntary school managers will find it difficult to adopt the minute, and transform their schools in such a way as to secure them from loss. Schoola boards may doubt whether the extension of power which the minute gives them will compensate for the financial reduction of the 'block grant' in certain of the existing board schools. At the same time the school boarda and voluntary school managers also will be free to set up an exceedingly useful kind of continuation day school in places where higher grade and sc'ence schools have not existed hitherto. The minute leaves the position of organised science schools wholly un-touched. and it affords no grant for the teaching of specific subjects in the upper classes of ordinary elementary schools. There are two defects in the minute which will expose it to criticism from voluntary managers at least as much as from school boards. I suspect that the Govern- ment's tsoubles in the matter of the new code are not wholly removed by the issue of this minute, valuable as it it in itaelf and for its own purpose."
I For Leismre Nomaiate. I After to-morrow (said the Liverpool Courier on Tuesday) the halfpenny vermilion postage stamps of I the United Kingdom will cease to be issued from Bt. Martin's-le-Grand. According to the circular recently sent out by the Postmaster-General to the post- } masters throughout the country, the new halfpenny- green stamp should be on sale to-morrow, although in local London and in provincial and rural offices the postmasters will continue to sell the vermilion until their existing stock is exhausted. This is not the first occasion on which our British halfpenny stamp has been printed in green. In 1880 the half- penny stamp, in design not unlike the present ver- milion, was issued in a green tint. The change which takes effect to-morrow is the result of a resolution of the Postal Union that all stamps which pay a halfpenny-or its equivalent in the postal charges of all nations-shoald be coloured green, thus securing simplicity and uniformity in the interests of the public and of officials in all the countries within the Union. We do not know whether anybody is anxious to travel by train at the rate of 200 miles an hour; n,ost of us would much rather not; but a railway Ips b. =n invented upon which, it is claimed, such "sp»edu Me possible and safe. The great hindrance to "reed in a common railway is gravitation locomotiw gi)t .d most of their time and burn vast quantities jf .j-xl in overcoming it, and it has always been re-egm .»d that if you could find a road which should lUll down hill in both directions the business of running exp'3s trains would be graatly simplified. Uny Adcler tolls of a remarkable invention for improving n.ig* upon canals which was based upon this truth. Hoeing that the snrface of the ettual could not be made --a inclined plane down which the boats should slide by virtue of gravity alone, the inventor proposed th.it, the water being level, the bottom of the boats sho'cl be built on an inclined plane. A kiad of rail* -y which is described in the Railway for Ar il is not quite so r-imple as this, but it in designed :o achieve the same end. We read The perman .it way is laid upon girders of any required length, jointed together and supported on h'.dranlj^ rii.-iu. These rams are terminal points of sections, wbioh can be successively raised to a slight gradient "y hydraulic power. There is thus produced a continui^;l.s gradient, causing the carriages to trarel at an e,, r- increasing sneed, and, according to tne patantoe, vehicles acquire a velocity hitherto unthought (t." The tilting of the rails by the rams ia controlled h 'n the train, and you can tilt the line uphill to Fif. p yourself when you have had enough of the" nnthoiv:-1- of-velocity." The inventor has made and a large working inodel-a very beaatifai ODf, if .,e may jadge from the photographs—so that til. re seems to be no doubt that, mechanically, his ext)edi. I,t is practicable. But he has yet to prove that lift g the road up and down with a train on it is a chest r way of making the train go than hauiine it with a. locomotive. In an interesting article in M.A.F., entitled TLie House of Commons as a Club." Mr T. P. 0 Can" Jr describes the arrangements of the H;¡us6 us foilo-vs There are altogether three dining-rooms. In liie centre dining-room-called the Strangers R-iom you can bring in guests, and there you occasi jna'iy see a fairly large dinner party. The third room is called the Irish Room. because many Irish membe rs dine there; as a matter of fact, however, nearly 's many, if not more of the Irishmen dine in "e Strangers' Room. There is one tabie there which is filled with Irishmen at six o ciojk un m-mt evening a for some of the Irishmen carry to Lonion i*e customs of provincial Ireland, and take their m Hia at an early and unfashionable honr. Thn ten is the first room. Any member of to dine in this room, as in any other cftheth ;ij rooms, and some private members do dme th- re habitually. But, as a rule, this room is left to le official members of the House. IL will BE judged h -w much this is the case from the fact that, though I have been more than twenty years in the. House. I have only dined in this room once. In this first room there is a Ions. oval-ahaped table, and at this table dine every evening the members of the Cabinet. I need scarcely say that no private member would think of taking a seat at this table, for he would he acting as an eavesdropper on conversations which are intended to be private. Ministers there go over their speeches which have been delivered, or those which they may have to deliver, or discuss the prospects and plans of the night; in short, are en- gaged in conversation as essentially private as if it were at their own dinner tabled. Accordingly, tiiey are always left severely alone at this table. Whcct members have once held office, they nearly always dine in this room. Ex-Ministers accordingly are rarely found elsewhere. I have seen Mr John Morley occasionally dine in the Irish Room but. as a rule, he dines out of the House when he is out of office. So does Sir William Harcourt, except on a Budget night, when be has to hang around the House, watching over the death duties, lest the sacrilegious hand of the Tory should inttrfere with his pet off- spring. It is significant of the detached position he occupies in the Ministry that Sir John Gorst never by any chance dines in the First Room. He is always to be found at a special table in the Irish Room-a table at which he is nearlv alwavs the only Conservative present. I From the industrial point of view the greatest gains of the great engineers' strike in Great Britain in 1891; 98 were the determination of the freedom of employment in the engine-shops. a-id the recovery bv the employers of the management of their own works. This last was a much more important gain than the casual observer may suppose. Practically, the con- trol of output had fallen into the hands of the trades unions, and the vigilance of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers' spies, or "shop stewards," rendered the most conscientious foremen and the most energetic managers powerless to obtain better results than the society officals chose to allow. There was perpe-ual interference with non-uuion labour, with industrious apprentices, with machine-tenders who dared to look after more than one machine at a time, however sim- ple it might be, with machine men rash enough to do a hand's tern apart from their machines, and with the general routine of the shop. All this came to an end. The master again became master in fact as well as in name, and though he respects his men's union, he will not allow the union to come aoy more between him and his employl's. There was a settlement, too, of the long standing and much-vexed question about the working of machine tools. Two thinga had long been contended for by the Amalgamated Society of Engineers-that machine tools should be worked excHsivelv by their members. or by members of some other society of skilled workmen; and that machines should be rated to pay a certain fixed wage, irrespective of the capacity of the operator. The emplovers can train unskilled men, and even boys, to tend many of the modern and improved kinds of machine-tools in use. and they can obtain most excellent results from such operators. Moreover, they have, as a rule, plenty of employment more befitting the ability of a skilled mechanic than the mere watching and tending of an automatic machine. To pay the wage of a skilled artisan for the work of a labourer is an extravagance that the industry cannot aifford. The same kinds of machine-tools are used in the United States in Germany, in France, and in Belgium, and in those countries the machines not only run several houra more per week than in Great Britain, but a machine man will, in those countries, attend to two, or four, or six machines for less wages than an Amalgamated Society of Engineers' man required for attending to only one machine in Great Britain. If he attempted to handle more than one he was "warned," fined, and if persistent, expelled by his society. All this was put on a satisfactory basis.—Lauis Ca.ssier, in Casaier's Magazine for April. IMPERIAL BRITAIN. A "call to arms" was sounded once, from famous London town, And carried on a generous gale, it travelled up and down, Throughout the shires it quickly went, beyond the Tweed it sped, The Berwyn ranee it hastened o'er, and played round Snowdon s head; Then on its coarse with added speed it crossed the Irish Sea, Where Erin's sons already stood to prove their loyalty. The Scotchmen heard it in the North, the Irish in the West, The Welshman in his mountain home plainly heard the rest, And ready at their country's call, united heart and hand, The English, Irish, Welah and Scotch, set sail for Afric's land. For there, a subtle scheming foe, had struck at Britain's might, And in their Boerieh arrogance had challenged us to fight, So men of Britain sally forth to far off Table Bay. Down in the southern hemisphere, six thousand miles away. Alas! before the sea is crossed, disasters grave befal The little force already there, the garrisons so small. Too Gaul and Teuton laugh with glee, and mock our misery, For jealous thoughts had seized their minds, and hence, their levity. • • • ♦ 4 f But listen what the wild sea winds are wafting o'er the foam To the homeland from the Colonies We come we come we come The children of the empire, thev are readv for the fray, n_- They'll do and die for the Fatherland, a debt of love to pay. For Briton's with an empire grand, had giedied mother earth And where the Union Jack unfurls, there Freedom has its birth. And so from ice-bound Canada, and India's tropic land, And far away Australia, and Ceylon's scented strand, And Malta, and New Zealand, and Taaaian's land as well; There comes the swelling chorus grand, we come! we come alia well. And Ocean's isles take up the strains, while capes and headlands roar, Which carried on the hurricane, increases more and more Until the world stands still to hear, the grand fall harmony, The anthem of Imperial power, the song of liberty: • • • i Let Gaul and Teuton now beware, and carb their jealonsy For the British Lion and the cubs, stand reacfe for their prey. W. BAKKBR,
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