BRIDEGROOM'S SUICIDE. MARTYR TO MORPHIA HABIT VERDICT OF FELO DE SE. Mr. Wellington held an inquest at West- minster, London, on the body of Mr. George Davis, of Kansas City, who was discovered dead at a West End hotel with an artery cf one of his arms severed. Mrs. Mercedes Snyder Davis, the widow, stated that her husband was a rancher. They wtic married on August 6, and were spend- ing a holiday in England. She knew when she married that her husband had tuber- culosis and heart trouble. She knew he was constantly using morphia. He tried to break himself of the habit, but said he suf- fered untold agonies, and felt so wretched anc1 sleepless that he was obliged to take to it again. On Thursday, returning to the hotel after visiting the British Museum, she knocked at the door, giving the "prearranged tap." She could get no answer, and it was found that the door was locked. It was opened subsequently, and on entering she saw her husband lying dead. She herself then fainted. The Coroner: Have you ever heard him threaten to commit suicide?—I have heard him remade that, rather than die of a linger- ing diseased such as tuberculosis, he would take his own life. The Coroner: IV ern the relations between you happy?—Yes, we were as happy as it is possible for two people to be. It was mentioned that when a request for payment of the account was sent to Mr. Davis he stated that he was too ill to attend to it. Following 011 that Dr. Haslip was called in on Wednesday afternoon by the manager of the hotel. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Davis seemed pleased at hie visit, and were very reticent. The doctor prescribed, and promised to call again, but the patient said he did not think a second visit would be necessary. Next day, however, the doctor called a eecond time. and then found him dead. He was lying in bed, with his left elbow resting on a hand basin, which was on the bed, and which contained from two to three pints of blood. A razor was beside him, together with a pair of scissors and a hand mirror. "while under the pillow was a hypodermic eyringe. On the left forearm was a gush about two inches Ions, which had severed the main artery and a number of smaller blood vessels. The Coroner read several letters which had been left by the deceased. The first 6tated To whom it may concern. Since Sunday p.m.. at four o'clock I have injected over 360 grains of morphine into my body, and the only effect it had was to make me a little drowsy and somewhat nauseated. I also drank a bottle of laudanum, and in- jected about an ounce of 10 per cent. solu- tion of cocaine. Previous to that time I had a daily habit of three grains of mor- phia (hypodermic). It simply would not kill me, no matter what the size of the dose. This is true, so help n.e God. I could not keep it up any longer. GEORGE A. DAVIS. A further letter read thus: — Dearest Girl,—I am writing this while you are sleeping, to say one last word of good- bye and love. I have realised for some time that I cannot live any longer, and that there is little hope of my ultimate recovery to good health, and so have decided to go on to my next existence. You know, dear, that my love for you has been the strongest and holiest devotion that has ever come into my life, and it is the one thing which makes it hardest for me to leave. I know that I should only become a burden and source of unhappinees to you, and so have decided to go on. Try to remember only my great love for you, and forget all my shortcomings. My heart ia too full to write more now. I am on the edge of my next life, and my only thought is of you and my love for you. If I had not been fated to this miserable habit and existence, I might have lived long and made you happy." You had all my love, and my prayer is that you will yet have a peaceful and happy life. I believe that by taking this step I am saving you much misery. With my heart's love.—Remember me as your loving husband, GEORGE. The jury, after having first announced a, Terdict of "Suicide," eventually returned a verdict of Felo de se."
JEALOUSY AND CRIME. ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SUICIDE AT PRESTON. A sensational tragedy occurred at Preston late on Tuesday night, when Arthur Aston, licensee of the Old Legs of Man Hotel. Fisher- gate, shot his wife with a revolver and after- warda shot himself. Both were taken to the infirmary. The husband died during the after- noon, and the wife lies in a precarious con- dition. Jealousy is believed to be the motive for the attack. Another account cays:—Early in the evening Mrs. Aston. wife of Arthur Aston, landlord of the Old Legs of Man. went to the house of a friend named Roberts, and was joined shortly afterwards by her husband, who asked Mrs. Roberts to go out and make a small pur- chase. When Mrs. Roberts returned she was horrified to see Aston and his wife lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen. Aston had a bullet wound in the back of his head, and his wife had similar wounds in the jaw and over the right eye, but was con- scious. A revolver with three chambers dis- charged lay beside Aston. It is stated that Mrs. Aston when first dis- covered exclaimed, He did it." It is also reported that the origin of the tragedy is jealousy.
LUNATICS AT DEATH GRIPS. SHOCKING AFFAIR AT AN IRISH ASYLUM. An extraordinary occurrence, resulting in the death of an inmate of the Cork District Lunatic Asylum, is reported. At 1.30 on Wed- nesday morning a disturbance was heard in the sleeping apartment occupied by two male inmates, and the attendants on entering found one of them, named Swanton, being kept down in his bed by the other inmate. There were evidences of a struggle, and Swanton was bleeding profusely about the head. His skull was found to be fractured, and he died shortly after being removed to hospital
SCHOOLMASTER FINED. 'At Greenwich Police-court Edward Morgan, assistant master at the Hazeltine-road County Council School, Lower Sydenham, was sum- moned for assaulting Frederick George Finch, aged eleven, of Porthcawl-road. Mr. A. A. Thomas defended, on behalf of the National Union of Teachers. The boy said that the defendant gave him thirteen "whacks" because some berries which he had in his pocket fell out on the floor through a hole. The boy's mother said that the boy came home crying, and she found several weals on his body. The defen- dant produced a written authority from the headmaster to inflict slight punishment, cor- poral or other, for school offences. The boy on this occasion was very inattentive, and the witness gave him two light blows on the hand. The lad afterwards took some haws from his pocket, ate some, and threw some on the floor. The witness then put him across his knee, and gave him four 'light Strokes. Mr. Kettle said it waa a cruel thing to beat a boy of eleven as the defendant had appa- rently done. Masters who ill-treated little children wanted a lesson. Schoolmasters and schoolmistresses should try to gain the affec- tion of their pupils. Beating them like that would only make them wilful and obstinate. The defendant said he had 65 pupils in the class; the neighbourhood was a very rough one. Two boys said that the defendant gave the boy about four light strokes. Mr. Kettle fined the defendant 10s. and 2s. costs. Mr. Thomas asked the magistrate to increase the fine, so that he could appeal. Mr. Kettle said he had treated the case as an ordinary assault. He declined to increase the penalty.
POLICE-COURT DIVORCE. Amongst the applicants to Mr. Hopkins at Lambeth Police-court was a young woman oarrying an infant in her arms. She stepped briskly forward and exclaimed, "A separa- tion, please." "Why ? queried Mr. Hopkins. "Yesterday," said the applicant, "my husband stopped away from work and came home the worse for drink." Bat," interposed the magistrate, "women don't get separations for that sort of thing." We came to blows." I oo-n grant you a summons for assault." 3fr. Hopkins eaia, but no one can grant you t, separation while you are living together." The applicant declined to take t.be sum- in one for assault, and left the court looking dejected.
KING SOLOMOWS GOLD MTNJ9S. Mr. Justice Warrington on Wednesday, on the application of the debenture-holders, appointed a receiver in the matter of the Xing Solomon's Gold Mines (Limited). The company did not appear, and it was stated that the gold mines, which were situate in Coolgardie, were in jeopardy, owing to the fact that no one representing the company mas.no*? peon iyqpwfr
ELOPEMENT STORY. FEARED SUICIDE OF A YOUNG FEARED SUICIDE OF A YOUNG COUPLE. A romantic elopement story comes from Charleroi, a Belgian town, some 35 miles from Brussels. The couple are of one age, both being nineteen years. The young man is Charles Robert, a student, the son of respect- able and well-to-do parents, and the lady Miss Bertha Poinboeuf, the daughter of a highly- placed Government official holding a public office at Charleroi. For quite a long time the pair have been passionately devoted to one another. They lived quiet, happy lives, and seemed untroubled by worldly cares, lost in BERTHE POINBOEUF. I the depths of an ardent love. Robert was assiduous in his studies and appeared anxious to improve his position in life. Recently, however, he failed to pass an impor- tant examination. His father took him to task about it. As a result the young fellow called oil his lady love, and induced her to join him in an elopement. They have been missing over a month. To get any trace of their movements has been difficult, but the Continental police found that a short time since they arrived in England. Only two or three days ago the parents heard from the runaway couple, but the news took the form of a laconic and melancholy message. It was the one word "Adieu." with their signa- tures, and it is feared that, overcome with grief at the precipitation of their act, they have an intention to commit suicide. Their parents, however, are hoping that they may be saved from the recklessness that despair has brought and be restored to them. Charles Robert is 5ft. 7in. in height. He has an oval face, a fresh com- plexion, dark hair and eyes, and a slight I black moustache. At the time of his depar- ture he was wearing a black suit, a Panama hat, and a brown waterproof. He speaks CHABLES ROBERT. i— English, French, and German, and would have no difficulty in piloting his lady love in those countries. The girl is an inch or so shorter, has an oval face, rosy cheeks, chest- nut-coloured hair, greyish-blue eyes, and very good teeth. She was dressed in a grey- coloured costume with black stripes. The top part of her bodice was of black and white silk. with an overlay of lacework. Any information should be at once communicated to Detective-inspector Sexton, at New Scot- land Yard.
REJECTED LOVERS REVENGE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF TWO WOMEN. A sensation waa created in the neighbour- hood of Cheetham Hill, Manchester, shortly after eight o'clock on Friday by a mur- derous attack upon a, young married woman named Glover and her mother, Mrs. Coneter- dine, by a man who is said to have been a rejected sweetheart of Mrs. Glover. Shortly after the husband had left for work the front door was opened in response to a knock, and a man rushed in with an open penknife and attacked Mrs. Glover about the throat and face, cutting her throat from ear to ear and severing the windpipe. Mrs. Consterdine went to her daughter's assistance, and was similarly attacked, sus- taining injuries to the neck and head. The assailant then decamped, and has not yet been arrested. The women were removed to the infirmary. A fatal result is not expected in either case. SUICIDE OF THE SUPPOSED ASSAILANT. The man who has been identified as Edward Chippendale, 36, plumber, of Harpurhey, who was wanted by the police in connection with the murderous attack made upon Mrs. Glover and her mother, Mrs. Ann Constantine, attempted to jump into the River Ouee at York on Saturday, but was prevented by a policeman. He then stated that he had swallowed spirits of salts. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from the effects of the poison. Both women are going on fairly well. Jealousy is the motive.
AGREED TO DIE TOGETHER. CHARGE OF MURDERING A WOMAN AT LIVERPOOL. At Liverpool on Tuesday Allan Muir (29), described as a ship's steward, was charged with the wilful murder of Isabella McKenzie and with attempted :>"icide. The woman, a stewardess, belonging to Glasgow, was living apart from her husband. Prisoner is also said to be married. A fortnight ago the woman was found dead a.nd Muir unconscious in a room they occupied at a Liverpool temperance hotel. On recovering, prisoner was charged with kill- ing the woman, and replied, "I did not; we both agreed to die together. She went out and bought the stuff, and we both took equal amounts." he was remanded.
SET UPON BY FOUR MEN. A MIDLAND COUNTY ROBBERY CASE. A bad cafe of robbery with violence is reported from Birmingham. About one o'clock on Monday morning Harry fiandland, of Handsworth, was going home along Lan- caster-street, when four men of the loafing class set upon him and beat him severely, as well as robbed him of a parcel he was carry- ing and all hio other possessions. The cries of Sandland attracted two policemen, but the assailants ran off with their booty. They were all (hased and afterwai-ds arrested. Sandland was taken to the general hospital, where hi3 injuries were attended to.
TRICKS OF THE BEGGING TRADE. Some hundreds of professional beggars have been cleared off the streets of the West-end by the police during the last few months, and sevew more were brought up before Mr. Denman at Marlborough-street on Saturday. Many of these beggars are interesting types, in perfect order, exciting pity by their poor but artistic appearance. Others wear coats that have evidently been cut and torn purposely, and from which all buttons have been removed, hairpins, pieces of wire, or string forming the fastenings. Many tremble violently, as if they are suffering from para,lyis agitans, but in the dock stand bolt upright, and show no signs of discaec. Mr. Nelson, the court missionary, inter- viewed the youngest of Saturday's batch of seven with the view of finding him some employment, and the others were eentencedi to terms of imprisonment ranging from one iagg -to tore* weeto.
BRITISH DESTROYER LOST. SUNK DURING FULL-SPEED TRIALS. The following announcement has been made by the Admiralty: — The Secretary of the Admiralty regrets to announce that a telegram has been received from the Mediterranean Station reporting the loss of the torpedo-boat des- troyer Chamois off Cape Papas, Gulf of Patras. on the 26th inst., happily without loss of life. The following were, however, injured:—Edward Snell, leading stoker, No. 155,699, dangerously scalded; Charles Tarrant, stoker. No. 282,230, slightly wounded. From the reports received it appears that whilst the Chamois was carrying out a full- speed trial one of her screw blades came off, piercing her bottom, and causing her to sink in about 30 fathoms. A cablegram announcing the loss of the destroyer has aJso been received by Mr. J. Chamberlain, of Cheltenham, from his son, Lieutenant Trevor R. Chamberlain, of the Chamois. The Chamois is described in the Navy List as a twin-screw torpedo-boat destroyer of 360 tons. and as tender to the Leander on the Mediterranean Station. She was built at Jarrow in 1896. Her complement was sixty men. The destroyer was commanded by Lieutenant and Commander Sydney H. Ten- n ison.
COLLISION OFF START POINT. CARDIFF TRADER RUNS DOWN A KETCH. The Brixham trawler Floweret arrived at Brixham on Tuesday evening and reported that the Brixham fishing ketch. Lyra had been run down by the steamer Heathbank, of London, bound for Cardiff, and had foundered imme. diately, with her orew of four-Walter Fur- neaux (skipper and owner), Samuel Tucker (second hand), and Giles and Tucker (appren- tices). Efforts were made by the Heath- bank and Floweret to rescue the men, but \he only one picked up was Samuel Tucker. who was in an unconscious condition. He was taken on board the Heathbank, and artificial respiration was resorted to, but without success, and the man's dead body was con- veyed to Brixham on the Floweret. He and Furneaux were married men, and Tucker leaves a large family. The apprentice Giles was ordered to proceed to sea by the local magistrates on Wednesday last, after attempting to run away. Another report says five men were drowned. The Lyra, was run down off Start Point at nine o'clock on Tuesday morning by the steamer Heathbank, of London, bound to Cardiff The Lyra was lying to. and the weather was fine and clear. The steamer struck her with great force, and she sank immediately with all five hands on board. The Heathbank at once launched a boat, but only succeeded in picking up Tucker. He was taken on board, and all efforts made to restore him, but without avail. The names of the drowned men are:—Waiter Furneaux (skipper). Samuel Tucker (second hand), Wil- liam Giles (third hand), Edward Tucker (cook), and J. Hill (on a pleasure trip).
CARDIFF STEAMER LOST. Lloyd's agent at the Dardanelles tele- graphs: The British steamer Caucasian reported on Wednesday morning that the British steamer Craiglee. from Achtari for Man- chester foundered on the 25th inst. in lat. 36.37 N., long. 17.55 E. Crew saved, and will ba landed at Constantinople. The Craiglee was a steamer of 1,921 tons gross register, and owned by the Snowdon Steamship Company (Limited), Cardiff (Messrs. C. Radcliffe and Co. managers). She was built at Campbel- town in 1889. ANOTHER STEAMER LOST. Lloyd's agent at St. John's. Newfoundland, cables as follows:—Steamer Loyalist total loss, Freshwater Cove, Trepassey Bay; crew landed. The Loyalist was a steel screw steamer of 2,294 tons gross, built in 1891, and was owned by Messrs. Furness. Witby," and Co. (Limited), of West Hartlepool.
ST. HELENS MYSTERY.. REMARKABLE EVIDENCE: AN UNNATURAL MOTHER. Joseph and Ellen Burndred, husband and wife, were again remanded at St. Helens on Wednesday on a charge of murdering, by arsenical poisoning, their adopted daughter, Sarah Ann Jones. In resuming the inquest on the bodies of the girl Jones and Joseph Buradred, aged three months, the Coroner said he was of opinion that there was not sufficient evidence to send the male prisoner for trial.—The analyst informed the jury that he found no trace of arsenic in the body of Joseph Burn- dred, and the jury returned a verdict of Death from debility from birth." In the girl Jones the analyst found a large quantity of arsenic. Practically every tissue examined contained arsenic. Dr. O'Keefe said that he had attended three of Burndred's children, who suffered from gastritis and convulsions. They all died suddenly, and when the last of the three died, in 1899, he was struck with Mrs. Buyn- dred's manner. When he gave her th3 certificate she appeared to be quite jubilant, and laughed. The inquest was adjourned.
FALSE LOVER PENALISED. Dark and delicate, and modestly dressed in black, Miss Frances Homes, 25, appealed to a jury at Worcester for damages against the man who had failed to keep his promise to marry her. The defendant was John Jones, a boot, finisher, employed at Oxford, and he was said to earn from £200 to £25a a year, besides hav- ing independent means. He had represented to the plaintiff's mother that he had shares worth £1,000. Miss Homoo, who is a dressmaker, living at Vernon Park, Worcester, was awarded £100 damages. The story told in court was a sad one, and it was in trembling tones that the young lady related it. She met Jones at Malvern a year ago, she said,, and from time to time he pressed her to marry him. Eventually she consented, and last Easter he went to stay at her house, and there took advantage of her. He then persuaded her to give up her work. sell her sewing machine, and spend her resources in furnishing a. house. May was the month fixed for the wedding, and Jones went away, ostensibly to buy fur- niture, but he did not keep his promise to marry, and in August he wrote to her as follows: — I shall be at Malvern. You can meet me there, as I am ashamed of you anywhere else. When the writ was served on him he said, "I expected this." He did not appear in court or offer any defence, and beyond the girl's formal statement the jury required only evi- dence cf his means.
THE PRINCESS'S FLIGHT. Herr Joseph Weitzer, a Vienna restaurant keeper, who took an active part in arrang- ing the night of the Princess Louise from Elister, has arrived in Paris, and gives an interesting ac-oount of the m-eans employed to secure communication with the Princess. To prevent the sister of the proprietor of the hotel where the Princess wae staying spying on the Princess's movements at critical times, Herr Weitzer kept her amused for hours by singing Viennese love songs to. her. Princess Louise's waiter, who acted as intermediary in her correspondence with Count Mattachicb, had arranged an inge- nious system tn facilitate the delivery of letters. If the Princess ordered soup, it was a sign to the waiter that a letter for the Count to the waiter that a letter for the Count wias to be found in a fashion journal placed on a sideboard. If, ou the other hand, the waiter asked if she would take coffee, the Princess! knew that a letter from Count Mattachicb lay in the same place. Herr Weitzer has handed the Princess, on behalf of a certain wealthy friend, a very considerable sum of money to defray the expenses of her stay in Paris.
AT DEATH'S DOOR. AN EXAMPLE OF THE HEALING POWER OF SEAWEED. Mrs. Lee, 53, New land-street. West Lincoln, writes:—"I have been suffering for over eighteen months with a weak heart and stomach and kidney disease. I had taken all sorts of medicine. My neighbours all thought I was going to die—I thought so myself, for I never expected to live to be 54. For my present healthy condition I have to thank Veno's Seaweed Tonic, it has been worth more than gold to me. I feal it my duty to recommend it, for I was for months and could not keep anything on my stomach; nnw I can eat anything, .and my friends are ail asking what it is that has done me so much good; I tell them Verio's Seaweed Tonic." Veno's Seaweed Tonic is now the great popular medicine for stomach, liver, kidney, and blood diseases. Cares permanently. No return. You feel better immediately. 1J14 and 2/9, at Ofoeoaiete everywhere. d1
PUBLICANS PROSECUTED. VIGILANCE OF THE POLICE IN CARMARTHENSHIRE. At Llanfihangel-ar-arth Petty-sessions on Wednesday a batch of summonses under the Licensing Acts were heard. Thomas Thomas, Cwmcylilig, Lianllwni; Charles Meadows, Taliaris; and George Meadows, Taliaris, were each fined 2s. 6d. and costs for being unlawfully on the premises of the New Inn, Llanfihangel, on Sunday, the 11th inst. Later, the landlord, Daniel Evans, was summoned for keeping his premises open for the sale of liquor.—Police- constable Johns said that he saw the three previous defendants in the house, along with many strangers.—The Bench inflicted a fine of 10s. and coats. Evan Jenkins, landlord of the Beehive Inn, Pencader, wae summoned for keeping open his licensed premises on the 31st of July last. Mr. Wallace Jones, solicitor, Pencader, defended.—Police-constable Johns on his way to church saw two men come away from the ba,ck-door of the inn, wiping their mouths. His suspicions aroused, he interviewed the landlord, who denied having served the men. In cross-examination it came out that the men would have to pass a pump in walking past the public-house.—The Bench *dismissel the case. Evan Saunders Jacob, Glendale, Pencader. was summoned for being on the premises of the Blosaom Lodge Inn on Sunday, the 11th inst. Mr. Wallace Jones defended. The evidence went to show that when Police- constable Johns visited the house in the evening the landlord said that Jacob had oome far enough, but Jacob said that he had been invited there by a labourer, named John Evans, Resolven, near Neath.—Defen- dant's evidence was borne out by several wit- nesses, and the Bench dismissed the case. John Davies, of the Wilke's Head Hotel, Llandyssul. through his solicitor (Mr. Evans), admitted a charge of drunkenness.—Police- sergeant Morgan said that was defendant's fourth appearance.—Mr. Evans said that defendant was under twelve months' notice to leave the hotel, which notice would be up in a week.—Fined £1 and coats.
THE HOUSING QUESTION. PLANS AND ESTIMATES ADOPTED AT ABERAVON. A special meeting of the highways commit- tee of Aberavon Town Council was held on Wednesday for the purpose of considering plans and estimates prepared by the surveyor for erecting 24 houses under the Artisans' Dwellings Act. Councillor Aaron James pre- sided.—The Surveyor reported that the housing committee decided to recommend that 24 houses be built of a similar class to the houses built in Arthur-street. The site on which it was proposed to build the houses was the Corporation Field. The area of this land was three acres, and was bought by the corporation in 1900 for £ 1,200. It was originally intended to erect 59 houses, but this number was now reduced to 24, consisting of-on the ground floor, parlour, kitchen, scullery, pantry, and w.c., and on the chamber floor, three bedrooms. It was proposed to erect the 24 houses as a continuation of Wellington-street—twelve on each side-with 17ft. frontage and 24ft. depth. The estimated cost was—land, £ 357 6s. 7d.; road sewers and water supply, £ 416; 24 houses at £ 160 each, E3,840; making a total outlay of L4,613 6s. 7d. The estimated annual chargee were placed at £ 356 lis. 6d. The estimated receipts, at 25s. per month per house, was £ 390 per year. On a rental of 6s. 3d. per week there waa estimated an annual profit of JS33 8s. 6d. It was resolved that bathrooms be included for each house at a cost not exceeding £ 5 each. The estimates, with this addition, were adopted.
MIXED BATHING AT BARRY. MINISTERS AND PUBLIC MEN'S APPROVAL. At the monthly meeting of the Barry Dis- trict Council Licensing Committee held on Wednesday the Rev. Ben. Evans presided.— On the question of mixed bathing at Whit- more Bay the Clerk (Mr. T. B. Ifordoff) submitted a list of questions which he intended asking the authorities of other towns as to the success or otherwise of mixed bathing.— The Chairman (the Rev. B. Evans) said that since the matter had been raised by this council he bad received a, perfect deluge of letters of approval from ministers of the Gospel, town councillors, and others, many of whom were of opinion that mixed bathing would prove a great boon to families coming to Barry. He (Mr,, Evans) felt that mixed bathing, under proper conditions, would tend to elevate rather than lower the morality of the town.—Dr. P. J. O'Donnell said that Whit- more Bay lent itself naturally to mixed bath- ing, and all the members of the council would admit this unless they were very prejudiced. —The committee approved of the list of ques- tions submitted by the clerk.
LATE ALD. DAVID MORGAN. A very interesting function was performed at the Aberdare Free Library on Monday, when a bust of the late Alderman David Morgan (miners' agent for the Aberdare Dis- trict for many years) was unveiled. The ('PUlrP1V of llnyenlr7 'r, apnr-q:tcl::r ?r>r- formed by Mrs. Edwards, Bute HoteL treasurer to the local branch of the Miners' Federation. Subsequently a meeting was held at the Memorial-hall, over which Mr. ide John Prowle presided. After a few eulogistic words from the chairman. Mr. Tom Richards addressed the meeting, and said the life of the late miners' agent was one to be honoured and emulated. There was no man in the history of the South Wales coalfield more misjudged than David Morgan. The fact was that he even advocated the prosecu- tion of steps which were more moderate than those the men themselves were prepared to adopt.
BREAKING THE SWORD. PICTURESQUE CEREMONY AT THE CELTIC CONGRESS. The concluding meeting of the Celtic Con- gress at Gourin, in Brittany, was marked by a most quaint and interesting ceremony. The platform was draped with the escutcheons of Brittany, Wales, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and Cornwall, and strewn with heather and ferns. At the back Was a portrait of Queen Anne of Brittany and a large white cross. After numerous songs in the Breton dialect and a recital in Welsh by Mrs. Mosher, the Bardess of Tramore, and others, the Marquis L Estourbeillon. who presided, announced that the time had come to renew the ancient ceremony carried out by their Celtic forefathers when the various branches of the great Celtic race had been obliged to separate. The ancient Celtic broadsword was then broken in several pieces, and a piece was carried away by each branch of the race. The Druid Berthon, of Paris, holding his por- tion of the blade, advanced to the Mayor of Carnarvon, and, speaking in the Breton language, said, "Brother, why art thou here?" To which the mayor replied in Welsh, hold- ing the hilt of the sword, "I am here, 0 brother, to re-unite the fragments of the ancient Celtic sword as a symbol of the future re-union of the Celtic race." The Druid then turned towards the Breton bard who held the portion of the sword belonging to the Bretons-, and put the Fame question, receiving the same reply. The Druid then placed the pieces of the sword together to make it a complete weapon, and it was decorated with white, blue, and green ribbons, which are the Eruidical colours. The Mayor of Carnarvon then made a speech in Welsh. Dear brothers and sisters of in Welsh. Dear brothers and sisters of Brittany." he said, "I bring you the sincere good wishes of our brethren in Wales, who are enthusiastic in their desire to preserve their national character." Tremendous applause greeted this utterance. and the delegates then solemnly joined hands and stood for a few momenta in deep silenoc
CARDIFF STREET FRACAS. MAN SENT FOR TRIAL TO THE SESSIONS. A case which has several times been before the Cardiff bench lately, occupied the atten- I tion of MæsrB. J. Howard and T. H. Stephens 011 Wednesday. William Fenton, eighteen, of Hiil's-terrace, who was defended by Mr. Harold Lloyd, was charged with striking 1 John Ring in the face, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. The case had been adjourned in order to secure the attendance of the prosecutor. Ring, who lives- at 46, Planet-street, stated that on the 6th inst. he saw prisoner and two men walking in Bridge-street, about six o'clock. He (prosecutor) walked down Bute- street with a man named Arthur Jones, and near Tredegar-street prisoner threatened to give witness a punch. He went into a. tobacconist's shop and bought cigarettes, and just after he had left, someone—he did not know who—came up behind him and struck him in the jaw. He became unconscious, and when he came to his senses he was in the infirmary, where he remained until Tues- day. To Mr. Lloyd prosecutor said there was absolutely no provocation. He and prisoner had never quarrelled, and on this evening no words passed between them. How many times have you been convicted? —I don't know. How old are you?—Eighteen. Did you start when' you were eleven, and have you been constantly going to prison ever since?—Not constantly. Mr. Lloyd, looking at the court records. Have you been convicted twenty times?—I cannot tell'. Well, I will give yoti fifteen, if you like?— I don't keep any record like that. Mr. Lloyd: There's a whole list of them hero. Having put specific convictions to the prosecutor, he obtained his admission of two terms of three months for felony, and one of two months for burglary, while Mr. Lloyd stated there were others recorded for all classes of offences. Prosecutor stoutly denied that there had been any quarrel and subsequent arrange- ment to fight. Arthur Jones told a similar story. He said it was prisoner who struck Ring. It was a bard blow on the face straight out from in front." Ring fell, and two policemen came up, one of whom took the prisoner into custody, while the other took Ring to the infirmary in a cab. v Police-constable Charles Payne said that shortly after seven o'clock his attention was drawn to a noise behind him, and on the ground he saw the prosecutor lying Uncon- scious. The prisoner was standing by him, a,nd he charged him with assaulting Ring. Prisoner replied "He hit me first. I don't care what you say, he had no business to call me the names he did." Dr. Brownlee, house surgeon at Cardiff Infirmary, stated that Ring was suffering from severe concussion of the brain. When admitted he was semi-conscious, and had a swelling over the cheek-bone and a cnt about two inches long on the back of the head. Prisoner was committed to the quarter sessions, the oharg-e being reduced to one of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
SCENE AT A LLANDOUGH INN BRUTAL ASSAULT BY A COGAN LABOURER. A case which created general interest was heard (before Colonel Thornley and Mr. J. W. Pyman) at Penarth Police-court on Wednes- day. It was one in which Edwin Parsons, labourer, Windsor-road, Cogan (who appeared with his head in bandages) charged George Davies, another labourer, of Cogan, with doing grievous bodily harm. Mr. J. H. Parsons, solicitor, Cardiff, ap- peared for the prosecution. The story of Parsons was to the effect that on Saturday night, the 24th inst., he went into the Merry Harriers Hotel, Llandough. about 10.50. and called for a drink. Defen- dant was there when witness went in. but left the bar. About eleven o'clock Parsons left the hotel, but as soon as he put his foot outside Davies sprang upcn him and knocked him down. Both fell to the ground, but defendant re-gained his footing first and kicked Parsons severely about the head a number of times. Eventually, Mr. Clode, of the hotel, separated the men, and took Par- sons to Cogan, where Police-constable Jones (189) was informed of the occurrence. Prose- cutor was then taken to Dr. Stewart. Reginald Clode, son of the landlord of the Merry Harriers Hotel, said he saw Davies bending over Parsons and hitting him. He did not see any kicking. Witness added that Davies was in the hotel from 8.30 till the time he went out. The Bench intimated that they would reduce the case to one of common assault. Dr. F. R. Stewart, Penarth, said he examined the prosecutor about 1-30 on Sun- day morning, the 25th inst.. and found a cut 1 Jin. long over the left eye and a wound Jin. long below the left eye, both of which he stitched. The left eye was swollen up and shut, being very bloodshot inside. There were abrasions on the right side of the face and on the top of the head. lips were also swollen and bleeding. In reply to the bench, witness said the wounds could have been caused by a kick or by the fkt. but the injuries to the left eye probably by a kick. Defendant: Could it have been caused by falling about?—Yes. Mr. J. W. Morris (the justices' clerk): By what I can see he must have had a good many fills. Mr. J. H. Jones (to the doctor): If he sus- tained these injuries by falling he would be a perfect acrobat, would he not? (Laughter.)—Oh, yes. Asked if he had anything to say, Davies appealed for a chance, as he was a married man with four children and chief supporter of his mother. He could not make out the affair, because prosecutor and he had always been the best of friends. The Bench thought it was a most aggra- vated and unprovoked assault, and fined the defendant £5, or a month's imprisonment, with hard labour.
UNHAPPY MARRIED LIFE. CARDIFF BARMAN AND HIS WIFE. At Cardiff on Wednesday Ann Green, living at Wyeverne-road, Cathays, summoned her husband, Henry Green, for persistent cruelty. She stated that she left him a fortnight ago, as she could not bear his tyranny any longer. Complainant stated that ever since they were married, three years ago, her husband had been cruel to her. He had blacked both her eyes, and told her to go on the streets for a living.—Mr. Morgan Reas, who appeared for the defence, cross-examined Mrs. Green, who stated that her husband had assaulted her every night since they were married. Mr. Bees: Did you threaten to kill Green's mother?—No, I did not. Haven't you been continually drunk?—No. Didn't your own mother turn you out in consequence of your conduct?—No. Mr. Morgan Bees put it to the bench that complainant's story was practically uncorro- borated. Defendant, who denied the offence, com- plained that when he was employed as barman at Fulton's, Working-street, his wife came to the bar constantly under the influence of drink, and used threatening and bad language towards him, the result of which was that his employers objected, and he had to leave—with a good character. Mr. Stephens suggested a consultation, and the case was then adjourned.
NEWPORT LADY'S FAILURE. The first meeting of creditors of Annie Mackintosh, described as of Arlington House, 138, Stow Hill, Newport, and of Ashley Col- lege, Wiclcham-road, Brockley, Kent, pro- prietress of ladies' schools, wife of William Mackintosh, was held on Wednesday at the Official Receiver's, Newport. The gross lia- bilities were set down at £2,686 3s. 5d., the snm expected to rank for dividend £1,941 4s. 5d.. and assets £1,037, leaving a deficiency of £854 4s. 5d. The bankrupt at her preli- minary examination explained that she had been in business as proprietress of ladies' schools for about 22 years. In May, 1903, she purchased Arlington House School, Newport, for £866. She agreed on the 5th of May. 1903, to purchase Ashby Cottage. Brockley, for She attributed her insolvency to her income being insuffi- cient to pay the expenses of carrying on the schools. Her total income from Ashby Cottage amounted to about £1,950. but her expenses were about £2.000. Her total income from Arlington House Schools, Newport, was about £1,232, and her expenses about £1.18. whilst her drawings for house and personal expenses during the past year amounted to about £250. At the end of a long meeting Mr. Charles E. Parsons was appointed trustee, with a com- mittee of inspection.
THE REV. CEITHO DAVIES. The numerous friends of the Rev. Geitho Davies, Abercarn, will bo glad to learn that after undergoing an operation for appendi- ¡ citis at the hands of the eminent London surgeon, Mr. Percy Dean, of Harley-street. he is doing well. His brother, the Rev. Gwynoro Davies, of Barmouth, on calling at the Ixmdon Hospital on Wednesday afternoon was allowed to him for a few moments. The patient must remain in hospital for at least another month.
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"OLD HEIDELBERG." AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, CARDIFF. Old Heidelberg," Mr. George Alexander's great St. James's success, will be presented on Monday next at the Theatre Royal by Mr. Mouillot's London company. The company selected for the presentation cf Old Heidel- berg is of exceptional merit, and includes Mr. George P. Tully, Mr. Clifford Bov.-n, and Miss Irene Lavington. "Old Heidelberg" is a romantic com-ady, full of human interest, and was an enormous success at the St. James's, London. In the first act we see Karl, a nervous, depressed young man, utterly ignorant of the Miss IREXE LAVINGTON. I joys of youth, tutored by Dr. Juttner, a warm- blooded human being with a heart of gold, but a poor substitute for companions of his own age. When it is "decided that Karl shall finish his education at HeidellJergld Heidel- berg, where- all is youthful and joyful—the decision means little to Karl, but his old tutor, once a student there, hears it with glee. Karl and his tutor proceed to Heidelberg, and Karl meets Kathie. who serves beer to the students, and falls in love with her. Karl's love affair progresces favourably, until one day a messenger arrives to summon him to Karls- burg to nuderta-ke the Regency, as his ancle Mr. GEORGE F. TULLY. I is dying. Karl at first refuses to leave his love and liberty, but eventually bids farewell to Kathie, promising to return. After a while we find Karl at Karlsbnrg, a ruler of State, but ever and a.non a, longing creeps over him to return to his dear old Heidelberg a.nd free- dom. In the last act. we find Karl again at Heidelberg, one of the students—for a day. Karl meets Kathie, and- the story ends with a dramatic finale. The scenic and stage effects will be an exact replica of the St. James's production. •
ATTACKED IN A COAL PIT. At Abertillery on Wednesday (before Mr. E. J. Williams and other justices) Francis Beach, collier, of Abertillery, was brought up in custody charged with, wounding and doing' grievous bodily harm to his stepson, John Thomas Hoddlcy, aged nineteen, a collier, living at The Vartefr The incident is alleged to have occurred iI, the Cwmtillery Colliery on September 20 Prisoner pleaded guilty. Air. W. J. Everett, Pontypool, prosecuted, on behalf of the complainant and the colliery company. Complainant said that on the day in ques- tion he was in his working place at the colliery talking to another man, when the prisoner came up with a mandril in his hand and aimed a blow at him. Witness hap- pened to have a mandril in his band at the time. and partly parried the full force of the blow. Witness showed the justices a mark on the back of his head said to have been caused by the blow. There had been no ill-feeling between himself and his step- father. In reply to prisoner witness denied that he had been teasing him. Dr. Mackintosh said that the wound in the head was li-n. to 2in. long, and penetrated to the hone. Police-constable Rich, who received the prisoner into custody, said that when charged prisoner said he was sorry, but complainant had been worrying him a good deal. The Justices told prisoner that he had com- mitted a cowardly assault on his stepson, and he would have to go to gaol for two months with hard labour. On hearing the sentence prisoner's wife became hysterical, and had to be removed.
MISSING WATER BAILIE* INCREASED SUSPICION OF FOuL PLAY. The paragraph headed "Burry tery," has aroused the worst .n. aa to the caure of the strange ry n2a.' pearance of the Carmartheu Bay Board's superintendent of water James Evans, of Abergwili. The deecrip which Captain Proctor, of the steaffl Deansgate, has given of the body saw near the Fairway Euoy in (. Bay, corresponds in every particular j3 the appearance of the missing man, and hoped that the body referred to will recovered. Pronounced decomposition also make it difficult to ascertain torily whether any foul play can buted in the matter. It is now fairly that Superintendent Evans was seen to the banks of -the Loughor river on .j, inst., and that river flows into Carniart Bay. Before leaving Burry Port Cap Proctor supplemented his original staWSLif with the information that the body was n ing face downwards, and that he distin noticed a wound on the back of the head, of the ears being bashed in. The discovery the body at any moment may provide elusive evidence of foal play.
YOUNG MANS STRANGE DISAP- PEARANCE FROM BARRY..g Up till a lalo hour on Monday ni?'1' police had received no information as 1° whereabouts of Mr. Richard H. Richards, 26. son of Mr. Alban Richards, builder, Pc" Rhondda, who has been missing from for more than a week. Until a few ago he lived with his parents at. TynewT Barry Dock, and it has been asCer'altjje that one day last week he was seen l11 jj Yale of "Glamorgan and that he made » at the Kemys Tynte Temperance h 1I: Rhooee, where he was served with 1 ^o( Although a diligent search has been 111 him up and down the Yale, no tidings h .j. been gleaned as to his whereabouts, »D is feared that some ill has befallen had a few pounds in his possession whe left home, and no reason can be giv.en if his disappearance. The greatest anxiety felt by the family.
LLANELLY TEETOTALERS. MR. ALFRED DAVIES IN Al* ANXIOUS MOOD. a A crowded temperance meeting was ^eld^ Capel A-Is, LLtnelly, on )Vednesday evenil.)g, Alfred Davies, M.P., presiding.—The referred to hie recent visit to America, hoped that many Llanelly people would make the same journey. They must, ever, come back so as to vote for him next election. (Laughter.)—Mr. Will CT°Zci M.P., delivered a rousing address and attar^ the licensing proposals of the GoverlIme. The Prime Minister on one occasion stated. the House of Commons that there was a°^et single member who at some time or otj had not found alcohol doing him some g Such a remark from the Prime Minister calculated to have a very harmful inflae t<) upon the people of the country. In re^T^iffg strong drink, the country was severely to-day because of the drink train
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USING BAD LANGUAGE- Richard Price, a smartly-dressed man, was summoned at Cardiff on day for using bad language in St. *• street on the 19th inst. tll.4t Mr. Morgan Rees, who defended, said th 1J6 the police persecuted Price, and that t whole story was a fabricat.;on. Price said that the constable followed home and preferred a charge of using language against him. He (Price) had s nothing of ah objectionable nature to ,,111 body. Thomas Price, a friend, and no relation Ot prisoner, corroborated his evidence. Sarah Price also upheld prisoner's evideø; Prisoner was fined 20s. and costs, or to teen days' imprisonment.
WELSH OFFICER'S DEATH IN IV-IDO .0.1 Advices from India bring further partl lara of the death of Second-lieutenant B- Lascelles, son of Mr. J. Lascelles, of PenDialJ, which waa recently reported by cableg* i It appears that the deceased went to the shore to shoot curlew. He shot a bird, flt, fell into the water and was drifting °.^e when Mr. Lascellee, although warned by Its native handyman that it was d'%ng eq$ waded out to recover it. He sank and never seen again.
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