A YOUNG IRISHMAN'S ESCAPADE. James Patriok O'Donovan, a young Irish fireman, from County Cork, who returned from a voyage some four days ago, and left his vessel in Penarth Roads, is to have a spell ashore, for the Newport Borough Magistrates at their sitting to-day decreed that he should be sent to Ufak for two months. O'Donovan, who according to his own accounb had been drinking so hard since he put foot ashore that he became a lunatic, came up to Newport, created a scene in Commercial-road, and when Officer Thomas (36) arrested him he threw himself on the ground, kicked the officer on the legs, in the chest, and once caught him under the chin. Assistance was speedily to hand, however, and the fireman was safely lodged in the cells.
BRISTOL MANUFACTURER COMMITTED. At Birmingham PolioelCourt on'Tuesday Edwin Gouph, warehouseman, was charged with stealing cycle fittings and three gold-plated watches from bis employer, Felix Chapman, cycle fittings manufacturer, Birmingham; and William Chivers, cycle inanufacbureti Castle street, Bristol, was charged with receiving goods with guilty knowledge. Gougb pleaded guilty, and stated that be had been led to steal the articles by Chivers. though was sentenced to two! months' imprisonment, and then gave evidence ae-iinst Chivers, who was committed to the bail being allowed.
The Prince andPrincess of Wales have fixed Saturday, May 22nd, for the opening of the Blackwall TunnH.
A Cilfynydd Collier's Strange Conduct, VIOLENT SRUGGLE WITH A YOUNG LADY. WANTED TO ACT LIKE "JACK THE I RIPPER." At the Pontypridd Police Court to-day-before the Stipendiary, Dr. Hunter, and Mr James Roberts-Morris Trow, collier, Cilfynydd, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and also with three cases ot assault. P.O. Lewis, Pontshonnorton, said that last Monday night he saw a crowd in Coedpenmaen- road round the defendant, who was ravmg in drink. The people were detaining him, and when the constable endeavoured to take him into custody he got very violent, and kicked him on the leg. He also kicked a man named Lot, who assisted the constable. He was eventually taken to the. police station, and on the way he was very abusive. Witness .added that earlier intho evening defendant assaulted a young lady in a house. Miss Lloyd, a smartly attired and prepossessing young lady, said that when she was going up Coedpenmaen-road the defendanb shouted alter her. he turned round, and seeing that he was drunk, she ran on and rushed into the house of a Mrs lliompsou, where she was going on business. The defendant followed her lpko the house, aud three women who were in the kitchen got so frighten because of hia appearance and strange conduct that they rushed out of the house. As Miss Lloyd followed them the defendanb caught hold of her. Astruggle eusued between them in the kitchen and aleo iu the passage, and when when she got to the door her asfailant again caught her and threw her violently on the road and fell upon her. He, however, had no chance to further assault her, for the women pulled him off, tearing his coat whilst doing so. Mrs Thompson corro- borated, and said that a vielenb struggle took place in the kitchen between the defendant and the young iady, who was severely treated by him. The defendant offered no explanation for his conduct but said, whilst assaulting Miss L'oyd, that he was going to act like Jack the Ripper." The defendant, a strong, muscular man, who appeared in the box minus a coat and with his shirt aleeveii turned up, told the Bench that he did not remember anything of the assault. Tbo last thing he did remember was being, earlier in the day, in company with two men and two women in a public-house, where he felt convinced he was drugged, for he had no recollection of what transpired afterwards. Previous convictions were recorded against him, and the Stipendiiay iti reprimanding him for his foolish conduct send the defendant to gaol for two months with hard labour. This punishment was totally unexpected hy the defendant, who gave one long whistle before leaving the box. As he descended the steps he thanked Loe for his kindness."
Terrible Disaster in I Cornwall. COLLAPSE: OF VIADUCT SCAFFOLDING. I Twelve Men Killed. I Ab half-past 11 on Tuesday morning, oy the collapse of some scaffolding at the Coldrenick Viaduct, just outside Menheniot Station on the CurnwAll gtilway, 12 men were precipitated 150 feet to the ground. Elevcn of the poor fellows were killed outright and the 12ch died in an hour, the services of Dr. Dobbyu, of Liskeard, who was soon on the spob, being of no avail. Two other men who were on the scaffold had a miraculous escape by catching at projecting timber work and ropes. Some of the men In falling struck wires and were terribly mutilated, while others bad their heads telescoped into their bodies. The scene of the disaster is one of the viaducts crossing the valleys which form so picturesque a feature of the Cuw:¡;¡h Railway. In its eastern section extensive works are in progress all along the line in connection with the doubling of the metals and the improvement of the bridges. The following is the list of the killed James Rowe, Liakeard, married Wm. Rundle, Menheniot, single l1. Honey, Liskeard, married Richard Hams, Doubleboi*, married John Rundle, Menheniot, single C. Haley, Menheniot, single Wm. Knight, Liskeard, married S. Bray, Liskeard, married T. H. Stephens, Liskeard, married; W. Ede, Liskeard, singlp; Ernest Westaway, Losbwithiel, single George Hares, Sc. German's, married and nine children. The work ab the viaduct was being carried out by the Great Western Railway, and the whole of the deceased men were under control of the company's engineering department. At the time the accident occurred the ineii were engaged in fittinc an iron girder into place and the platform suddenly gave way without I moment's warning.
LLANDAFF CLUb. The annual meeting of tho members of tl, Llaud^ffheIdTljM0n1^ T'1W Lord Bishop of .blaudaff presided, and there was a go.>d attend- ayacaof bonorary aud ordinary members. The report of the committee for the year 1896, .viiieh was read by the hon. secretary (Mr VV E Bsavan), showed that there were 2Q honorary and 70 ordinary members, a decrease of 13 on'u.e preceding year. The income amounted to £ 42 5s 2d, and tho balauce at the end of tho vm m favour of the club was £ 1 8* 8:1. y 1U The Vicar moved the adoption of the roDort uiging that an effort should bH made to increase the number of member*. He suggested the conversion of the adjoining building into a gymnasium.—Mr W. Evans, vice-chairman of the Pariah Council, secouded the proposition which was carried. A vote of thanks to the retiring committee having been passed, and the new committee etooteo, Mr JONAS WATSON proposed a vote of thanks to biiB Hi shop. His LORDSHIP said he regarded such institu- bions as most useful for the young men of a FoThiVr i,Marrleu h,e should attend to their homes, but a club which offered so many advantages to young «mn should be well «im- ported by them. His Lordship added that he would itive four more volumes to the library. A musical entertainment followed,
ALLEGED BLACKMAILING. At the Old Bailey to-day Morris B. Jacobs, an editor, Julius Jacobs and James H. Farmer. solicitors, were severally indicted for threatening to publish and proposing to abstain from publish. ing certain matters and things concerning Marcus Bebro with intent to extort a large sum of money from him. There was also a charge of conspiracy to commit the alleged offence. Mr Gill, having opened the case, called evidence in support of the charge. [FBOCEKDINO.]
GOLF ACCIDENT. I Last evening Alfred Dent, under-footroan, employed by Sir Roger Palmer, Bart., Cefn Park, Wrexham, was admitted into the Wrexham Infirmary suffering from a fracture of the forehead. It seems that Dent was playing golf, when a fellow-player hit him on the forehead with a club. Dent remained unconscious for hours, and lies in a critical condition.
The Bridgend Poaching] ff i Affray. fi r RE-TRIAL THIS DAY, 11 11 1 he Press Heperts. APPLICATION FOR POSTPONEMEN-L As stated in our later edition yeaterday,4the jury at the Glamorgan Assizes who had to trtthe four prisoners charged with night poaching at Coity, and with assault with intent to mnrder, failed to arrive at a decision, and his Lordship signifiad his intention of having the case tried again to-day. Before the Court rose yesterday Mr S. T. Evans, who defended the prisoners, made an unsuccessful attempt to get the re-rial postponed until next Assizes. On Justice LAwrauoe taking bis-seat on the bench this morning Mr S. T. Evans, M.P., rose and said My Lord, on account of what has appeared in the Press this morning as to what was said yes- terday with reference to-this case, I must make another application for the retrial to be post- poned. The references appear in the local news- papers read by the gentlemen of the jury. His Lordship You don't suppose anything said by the local Press would have any effect on the jury ? t Mr S. T. Evans I have handed a copy of the > newspapers to the Clerk of Arraigns. I At this point the Hon. Stephen Coleridge, (Clerk of Arraigns) handed a copy of the Sout/i Wales Daily News to his Lordship, who carefru^y locked it through. Mr S. T. Evans There is a precedent a recenb case at Brecon, which in case of newsgptper observations was postponed. Hi* Lordship (perusing the paper) WbAwe are tho comments ? Mr S. T. Evans At the- close of your Lordship. His Lordship I see no observationsvuiade by the South Walts. Datly News. This is taierely a report of what took place. Mr S. T. Evans But is'it correct ? 11 am told that the worst observation, is iu the Daily News, and does not appear in the other Jocai morning newspaper. His Lordship This report appearsJto me to be correct. Do you mean the observation, "It is" monstrous ?" Mr S. T. Evans Yes, my Lord. His Lordship: Weil, it was?aaid. I said it because I thought tc mcnstrous tbab one man should set himself against 11. Mr S. T. Evans There was aniassumptios that he was one way. His Lordship I said not-hiug: about his being one way or the other. I meant that it was monstrous that one man should ho!d out like that. You sometimes meet> with one man that is cleverer than his foliowe. There is no expression of opinion. Mr S. T. Evans: Of course, all prisoners are entitled to as fair and impartial atria! as possible and therefore 1 submit that no harm can be done if it is adjourned to the next Assizes, and injustice may be done if it is tried now. His Lordship What, .because I shall try the case ? Mr S. T. Evans Oh, certainly not, my Lord. I nfv cr intended to hint such a thing. His Lordship: Well, that was the logical assumption. Mr S. T. Evans I beg your Lordship's pardon if I suggested any suclxthlug. I a*k, sir, that the trial be postponed. His Lordship We bavo all the witnasses here. I think we bad better go ou with the case. CASE REOPENED. The case was theu reopened by Mr Arthur Lewi?, who prosecuted, and the police constable Siiillum was the first witness called. Evidence for the prosecution similar to that given yesterday was adduced by P.C. Shillum, Foster, the head gamekeeper, and Cope, under gamekeeper to the Earl of Dunraven David Roberts, carpenter Benjamin Lloyd, cashier Dr. Thomas Jones, and P.C. Alfred Thomas. Subsequently Mr Arthur Lewis addressed the the jnry, and Mr S. T. Evans, for the defence, having called the witnesses that 2ppoared on thab day, delivered a spirited address to the juty. The close of his speech was greeted with applause from the gallery, and his Lordship sternly remarked that if that did not immediately cease he would have the court cleared. His Lordship then summed up, and at 3 >5 the jury without rettring brought in a verdict of guilty on both couuby. I The Sentences. Miller and Hu&kins were sent to hard labour fi": 18 calendar months and Mmon and Gould for 15 calendar months. Prisoners then left the dock, and as they were escorted below waved their hands to several young women friends in the gallery, who warmly ve'.urced the greeting^
THE CABINET. Mr Chamberlain's Illness. The Cabinet met ab the Foreign Office at 1 o'olock this afternoon. AU the Ministers wero present except Lord Cadogan and Mr Chamber. lain is better. He is out of bed, but will not be allowed downstairs for a day or two.
I TO-DAYS MONEY. I [SPECIAL TELEGRAM.] %T(I9R EMI4NS». b, OPINBSJ, !].?• a,u. -Tlie _gent-ral fortniebtiy settlement on the Stock Exchange began this morning, and is cngfJgiug the chief attention of dealers, and pricss show rathor better tendency in the absence of any fresh disquieting political news. ^Consols firm, bn- ing xz better. Foreign Bondp firm, at to advance in many instances on purchases to covor recent sales—Brazilian, French 31, per Cent?., and Turkish Converted, to Jotvor. Home Railways quiet hw changes of Ys to evenly divided. With few "x C*P- i lions American Railways rule firm Lake Shore 1 Iiighpr a few others to Reading and New York Central lowt.r. Mexican Railways wcxk at to decline on poor trnffic, showing -01,800 increase. Grand Irunlc Stocks steady. Mining Shares irregular, without much change De Beers lower! Bueuos Ayreg Gold Premium decliutd 1.0 207% per cent. Lisbon Gold Premium has risen to 41 pc-r cetit. R NOON.—Consols weak at decline on sales. Foreign Bonds unaltered, home Railways firm at to advance in few instances; Great Eastern lower. American and Grand Trunk Railways dull at an occasional to decline. Mexican Railway First Preference flit, being lower. Mining Shares very fht on sa,o,.R- Ferreira, lower; Brown Reef, most other?, to 1.5 P.m.-A very moderate business doing in the Discount Market at ljj per oent. for three bilis. Snort loaus in hmited demand at 1 to 1% pl. cent. At the public tallow sales inferior sorts sold 6.1 lower, otherwise no change ■ mutton, 20j to 18s beef, 13s 6d to 17s. Vieuna Bourse quiet Paris steady. Siwz Canal traffic receipts yesterday were 130,000 franc, 1.10 P.M.—Consols strong, being higher on purchases. Foreign Bonds firril oa better tendency on Paris Bourse Spanish in demand at advance several other, to better Peruvian Stocks weak ab i (ieclitie. Home Railway? dull on sales—Brigutou Deferred, lower few others, \/t to American Railways dull at an occasional to decline. Mining Shares irregular—R,eittont,ein, lower other changes of h to evenly baianced. Bombay Exchange, 1* 3%d; Calcutta, 1* 3 13-32,1 Shanghai, 2-; Singapore, 2. lj-J l. CLOSING, 2.30 P.M.—Stock IMarkets quiet. Couso's lower. Italian and Spanish Bonds weak at decline. Home Railways sedy-Grea" Western and Midland better. Americau 4 Railways dull at occasional to decline. Mining !:h*res inactive without much change Great Boulder lower. Bar iSilver lower, at 29}i.J. Rio Exchange lower at %19-32d. Berlin ana Frankfort Bourses weak. Paris quiet- cheque,