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iBIRTHS,MARRIAGES,& DEATHS. BIRTHS. .BUSH.—Oct. 20, the wife of Mr Alfred Buzh, of Gnoll Park-road, Neath, of a daughter. ;DENT.—On Oct. 20th, at 27, Burnaby-street, the widow of the late Thomas Dent, fm-maceman at Fownes Forge, of a daughter. 919 sJSVANS —Oct. 21th, the wite of H. T. Evans, coal merchant, 3, Trevethick-street, of a daughter. 296 STEWARD.—At 30, Kenyon-street, Fulham, Lon- don, 21st inst., the wife of Mr C. Steward, daugh- ter of John White, passenger guard Tall Vale, Cardiff, of a son. ^THOMAS.—On Oct. 27th the wife of W. Thomas, Clifton, of a daughter. 557 'JONES.—On October 20th, at 1, The Square. Tirphil, the wife of J. Jones, Grocer, of a daughter. 813 MARRIAGES. VA VIES-ACE.October 27th. at Charles-street Congregational Church, by Rev. John Williamson, M.A., Lewis Davies, of Pontypool, to Annie Eliza- beth, eldest daughter of the late Thomas Ace, 22. Plasturton-avenue, Cardiff. IIOLLAND-HARRIES.-On September 28th. at Cape Town, by special licence, J. B. Holland, Middelbnrfz, Transvaal, late of Pontypridd, to May E. Harries, eldest daughter of James Harries, Lansdowne-road, Cardiff. 405 JONES-ROWLAND.-Oct. 20th, at Wesley Chapel, Castleton, Cardiff, by the Rev. Henry Adams, superintendent of the Newport Circuit, assisted by Rev. H. J. Harris, Orchard-place Baptist Church, Neath (brother-in-law of, the bride), Wil- liam Jones, Penypeel, to Clara, daughter of Mr Charles Rowland, The Pandy. both of St. Mellon's. POWELL—LLOYD.—On October 21st. at Cwmgiedd Chattel, Ystradgynlais, by the Rev. Wm. Griffiths, Ap Lleyshcn," H. J. Powell, Waterloo House, Ystalvfera. to M. A. Llovd, Commerce House. 935 BOWLEDGE—DANCY.—<0n October 21st, at St. Margaret's. Roath, Sydney, eldest son of David Rowledge, builder, Cardiff, to Lena, daughter of Thomas Dancy, master rigger, Cardin. 949 WILLIAMS—LEWIS.—October 21st. at St. David's Presbyterian Chapel, Pontypridd, by the Revs. W. J. Williams, Hirwain, and John M. Davies. B.A., Pentre, Walter Williams, Lloyd's House, Pentre, to May, only daughter of the late David Hopkin and Margaret Lewis, Trecynon, Aberdare. 877 l DEATHS. rBARTLETT.-On the 24th inst.. at 86, Dian a-street, Roath, Maria Bartlett. in her 47th year. BARTON.—On the 24th in-t., suddenly, at his resi- dence, Maesgwyn, Neath, Joseph Barton, aged 64. DAVID.—At 96, Woodville-road, Cathays. Cardiff. on the 21st inst., Thomas David, the beloved husband of Margaret David, aged 64. DAVIES.—On October 23rd. at 51. Ruby-street, Roath, Edward Lee Davies, the beloved husband of Mary Davies. DAYSON.—On October 22nd, at York House, Ebbw Vale. Hannah, the beloved wife of William Day- son, aged 69 years. GOMER.—September 27th, at Mian-Mir, India, of acute dysentery, Herbert Thomas Gomer. beloved son of late Henry Gomer, mason. Cardiff. 632 HODGSON.—October 23rd. 133, Commercial-street, Newport, John Hodeson, civil engineer, age 64. JENKINS.—On October 23rd, 1903, at Glenview, West End, Cowbridge, Lydia, the beloved wife of I E. D. Jenkins, aged 55 years. aONFS.-On the 17th inst., at Maerdy, William Jones, of 38. Coburn-street, Cathays, Cardiff. JONES.—On the 20th October, Thomas Jones, 147, Trehafod-road, Hafod. LADD-DAVIES.—On the 22nd inst. (very suddenly) at 7, Priory-street, Cardigan, Thomas Ladd- Davies, Corn and Provision Merchant. LLEWELYN.-Oil Sunday, the 18th inst., at Pantysgawen, Margaret, the beloved wife of Jen- kin Llewelyn, aged 75 years. MARTIN.-On the 20th, at 17, Eisteddfod-street, after a long and n".inful illness, Thomas Martin, the beloved husband oi Emma Martin. MORGAN.—October 20th, at 18. "Fortmanmoor-road, Stephano, the dearly beloved husband of Caroline Morgan, and son of the late J. B. Morgan, Reporter, MORRIS.-October 20th, Mrs C. Morris, beloved wifeot Rev. James Morris, C.M. minister, Peny- raig. OLIVER.—October 21st, at 57, Holmesdale-street, Grange town, Catherine, the dearly beloved wife of John Oliver, after a long and painful illness. 17 PARTRIDGE.—On October 20th, of apoplexy, at Brook, Laugharne, St. Clear s, George Partridge, in his 77th year. Requiescat in Pace. 929 PARKER.—On 22nd inst., at 26. Havelocn-street, Cardiff, Mary, the beloved wife of Thomas Parker, aged 56 years. PETHERBRIDGE.—At Bristol, 24th Oct., Sarah, late of 16, Whitchurch-road, Cardiff, beloved mother of William and R. Petherbridge. Deeply' mourned. 202 RICHARDS.—October 22nd, at 36, Upper Kincraig- street, Roath, Edith Maud, dearly beloved child uf James and Florence Richards, aged five years. SPABKES.—October 22nd, at 141, Moorland-road. Charles Sparkes, Inspector Mason, for many years under Bute Docks Co. THOMAS.—On the 21st inst., Mary, widow of William Thomas, late of Pentyrch Village, aged 73 years. B.-October 26th, 1903. at Gwernygae Farm, Peterstone super-Ely, Edward Thomas, aged 65 years. 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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 190S. I ST. MARTIN'S SUMMER. The weather has scarcely improved in its extraordinary behaviour. The almost un- interrupted downpour has resulted in the inevitable floods,1 and if the deluge con- tinues much longer there will be precious little land visible. The gales and rain storms of the past few weeks are a strange comment on the prophecies of a hot September," an Indian Summer," and a summery October." Surely, there has been sufficient stupidity displayed in this prophecy business to silence the prophets for evermore. How the British race has hoped against hope during the present year. We longed and waited for the spell of Summer which came not. Then we buoyed ourselves up with the promise I. or the prospect of a gentle and balmy Autumn. Worse than evee Still un- daunted, we hoped and waited for some- thing like seasonable weather from Octo- j her. And we have had it, and no mistake, for October has been a greater damper than all the rest of the months of the year. We may as well be optimistic and wait in calm expectation, for next Summer and Spring, determined to enjoy an early holi- day, when the sun deigns to shine upon us again. There is some cause for satisfac- tion, even in the present conditions. We have not suffered from the evils of Summer sickness and epidemics peculiar to the hot weather. There has been no water famine to worry the people of South Wales; but perhaps this has not been altogether a blessing, for it has enabled dilatory local governing bodies to postpone the day of securing a proper water supply. And there I are other reasons why the present wet season has not been altogether a loss, even considering the trials and tribulations of the farmers. Why, we have broken all the records in rainfall, and is this not some- thing for congratulation ? We may utter with pride, Thank goodness, it has never • been worse," an then pose as Spartans for coming through it alive and in good spirits If we have not had our Indian Summer, we are passing through St. Martin's Summer now. St. Luke's is past, and All Hallows' Summer will end with November's appearance. This is the time when we look for the quiet of the dying year—the period when the mists are on the hills and the last of the golden and russet leaves are lying on the ground fast disappearing in decay. It is an impressive time, for poets and dreamers and intelligent observers of nature in all her varying moods, and especially beautiful is the time of All Hallows' Summer in South Wales, among the hills. The bracken is still golden, and little traces of heather bloom may be found. In field and hedgerow there is plenty to attract attention, and as the sea mists and land fogs creep up and obscure everything we are pleased to secure the peace of the long evenings. The flowers of the Summer and the early Autumn are past and gone, but modern Chrysanthemum culture has pro- vided the poorest of us with wonderful blooms for these dull days, aad it is a very poor gardener who cannot raise the blooms for himself from these hardy plants which brave all the elements and seem to defy everything but a sharp frost. It is all a matter of temperament, of observation, of thought, whether we note the changes of the year and the beautiful Creation around us, but it adds immensely to the pleasure of life when once we have learned just a little in Nature's wondertul Book, and can pass one season without regret and the pleasurable anticipation of watching the tftifolding beauties of the next. The Nature Study of the Elementary schools should increase the people's knowledge of the wonderful workings of Nature, and there are many children in the schools to-day who will be given a valuable pos- session in the power to appreciate Life in all its varied manifestations throughout the seasons and from year to year as a result of the teaching which is now being given. We must not forge c that this is the time of mists and fogs, of early twilight and long evenings, the time of ghosts and goblins and fairies—and there is a strong belief in fairies and pixies in Wales to-day, though it is generally denied. Wales is not far behind Scottish tradition, with the ghosts and spirits and fairy elves during the period of All Hallow's. It is on All Hallow's Eve that they are seen, if at all. Here and there the old practices of divin- ing many things will be observed, but like many customs handed down from the past, All Hallows is not believed in to day. -=
There is no keeping pace with Mr Cham- berlain's amazing reasoning. Only one thing is certain. He wants a mandate to tax the jifeople's food and to hit back at the foreigner with Protective taxeB. Speakers and writers and economists are getting tired of showing the economic fallacies into which he plunges so readily. But, then, he has done with figures, and only asks the country to accept his reading of the state of things. It matters not what the Government inquiry proves or the authenticated figures of British trade show. We are going to the dogs—Mr Chamberlain says so. There is the last word. The only way to prevent it and to save the country from ruin is to tax food and put up taxes against the foreigner. Mr Chamberlain declares it so. The only way to improve the condition of the work- ing man is to make food and all neces- saries of life dearer. Mr Chamberlain says that also. That food will be dearer, as all articles of necessity under Protection, is certain. That work will be scarcer is also certain. But this is Mr Chamberlain's way of increasing work and wages. He is not so positive about the wages going up, but he expects the working oaan to take his word. In one speech he appeals to the interests of the employers, and hits out against the humanitacian Acts of Parlia- ment for safeguarding the English working man, and says one reason for Germany's prosperity is tbnt she is free from such interferences. Then he poses as the friend of the working man, and wants to save him from the machinations of the Trade Union leaders, who are against taxed food and dearer commodities. Really, Mr Chamberlain is getting into such a bewil- dering mass of contradictory statements, facts, figures, and arguments, posing first as the friend of the Colonies, then of the employers of labour, then again of the workers, that the average individual might well ask what does it all mean, and where are we. The big landlords, the DaKes, the Earls, and Marquises and ttitled ladies are Mr Chamberlain's supporters on the platform. These would profit from Protection, but it is a. little odd to read Mr Ch?.mbsrlaip aQ 4:'h friend of the working man and denouncing their leaders for opposing his desire to make food dearer. It is an amazing campaign.
Whilst Llanelly has reached a serious deadlock with her Dock scheme, Pwllheli goes ahead satisfactorily with the Harbour project. The stone-laying ceremony this week, which was made the occasion for the presentation of the Freedom of Pwllheli to Mr Ritchie and Mr Lloyd George, marks an important period in the history of this rising district and town. The work has commenced under the most promising con- ditions, and it is the sincere hope of all Wales that the enterprise will meet with a well-deserved success. At the banquet held after the stone-laying ceremony Mr J. E. Greaves, the Lord-Lieutenant of Car- narvonshire, and a prominent Unionist, speaking of the trade of Pwllheli, declared that he hoped that the day may be far distant-I hope the day may never dawn —when a senseless and selfish tariff wall shall lay waste its wharves ani ware- j houses and starve its stevedores."
South Wales interests are securing attention from the whole country. We have commented with pleasure on the signs of progress which Swansea has been r, able to show in recent years, and have recorded with no small satisfaction the satisfactory state of her trade as disclosed by recent figures. This month Swansea, her town, and her trade and her business men are the subject of an article in the pages of that up-to-date and modern journal, The Magazine of Com- merce." We are also enabled to give par- ticulars of the progress which Newport is making. Newport up to Date will be a very different Newport from the town whose interests slumbered so long. The Dock Extension scheme which is being pushed forward should place Newport in a favourable position amongst the Bristol Channel ports, and it bespeaks an in- creased trade and prosperity in which the whole of the district must share.
Barry is impregnated with the modern spirit and the latest ideas. This is just what we expect from Barry, but many readers were scarcely prepared to find Barry as the leader in the promotion of a Women's Club. This is a twentieth I century innovation indeed, and we sin- cerely trust that the members will realise their ideal, which is high. The Twen- tieth Century Club for Women at Barry will be a meeting-place for all that is most earnest and vigorous and progressive among the women of Barry," and women who are determined to improve their powers and use their ability for the development of their fellow-women and for the town of Barry will be welcomed.
IRON FROM SAND. The latest marvel in the way of inventions is the new process of extracting iron from sand, which, if as successful as it promises to boo will entirely revolutionise the iron trade, and divert a great deal of it to the Colonies. The inventor of the process is a Mr Ronse, and he is now ex- perimenting at Messrs Martin's foundry in Lambeth. The idea is simplicity itself. A certain kind of sand, found chiefly in the Colonies, con- tains iron,and this Mr Rouse proposes to separate by the use of a magn,-t. In bis macbino. t'he sand is first emptied into the hopper A, which passes into the separator B, which contains a The Mr^n^ic Apparatus and its Versatile Inventor, Mr Rou3e. magnetic arrangement which separates and catches the particles of iron. ren the quartz sand is blown out at the opening C by a strong current of air,which is forced through by the fan D, the iron falling out at the flue E by its own weight. Then it is placed in the mixer F and treated with binding fluid till it is a stiff paste, after which it is moulded into briquettes. These are either dried for smelting into pig iron or passed direct into a blast furnace and melted at once. It is caicilated by this means and proce3s to save from fifteen to twenty shillings a ton.
MISS HICKMAN. D.10VE WITH A FOREIGNER." Cabman's Story. It is staled by a correspondent that the police at Somers Town were oo Friday informed by a cabman that he drove a lady, whom he thought was Miss Hickman, from Gray's Inn-road on the Saturday in question. He alleges that she was accompanied by a. gentleman of foreign appear- ance, and together they drove from place to place, one of them being to her home in Court- field-gardens, Kensington. Here she alighted, produced a latch-key, and opened the door. She was gone but a little while before she rejoined the gentleman in the cab and drove away. The police are reported to be making investigations.
THE ALDERSHOT MURDER. Prisoner's DamagingStatement. At Aldershot on Monday the bearing of the charge against Privates Dan bar and Brown, Royal Scots Fusiliers, and prisoner Cowdery, for the murder of Esther Atkins, was resumed. statement by Cowdery to the police was read. In thts statement Cowdery state he saw one of the soldiers attacking Atkins. The boots found cut up in the barracks were identified as a pair sold to the woman. It was explained that deceased was in the habit of carrying her money in her stockings, and in a snuff-box inside her corset. Her clotbing (pro- duced) was torn to ribbons. Dr. Stevenson, Home Office analyst, deposed to finding blood stains on prisoners' clotfnng. Prisoners were committed for trial.
GALE ON THE DEVON COAST. Cardiff Bound Steamer Ashore. A heavy gale sprang up on the Devon coast on Saturday aternooa, the wind from the south blowing with hurricane force. In the height of the storm the large steamer Isle of Lewis, of Newcastle, from Antwero to Cardiff, in ballast, parted her cables in Plymouth Sound, where she was sheltering from the gale, and drifted on to a reef of rocks in JennycliBc Bay on the eastern shore of the Sound. The lifeboat was launched and went to her assistance, while the coastguard at Mount I Batten, with the rocket apparatus, threw a life- line on board from the cliffs. The crew, however, declined to land, being in no immediate danger. Three tuga also went to the vessel's assistance, and at high tide made several attempts to tow her off, but without success. The steamer lies fast on the reeks and is likely to become a total wreck. During the storm a boat belonging to a Ply- mouth pilot cutter, after putting a pilot on board I a Dutch brigantine in the Sound, was swamped by the tempestaons waves. One of the two men i n her, a pilot named Charles Sheldron, was washed I overboard and drowned. The other occupant. George Williams, was rescued in an exhausted condition.- A telegram last night from Plymouth says all efforts to get off the sceimer Isle of Lewis have proved ineffectual.
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POLITICAL CRIME IN LONDON. j The Murderer at Large. Nnnbead-pcrove, Nnnhead, London, a typical road of the poorer class of suburban residences; was on Monday night the scene of a. murder, which has all the appearance of being an important link in a series of deep-laid crimes directed against the j head officials of passive Armenian revolutionary societies. M. SogateS Sagouni, the murdered man, was president of the Armenian Refugee Society in London, and during the last few days had been on a visit to Switzerland, where he | had been called to conduct the work and settle) the private affairs of a confrere, who quite re- cently was the victim of an assassin's knife. M. i Sagouni arrived in London on Monday morning, I and proceeded at once to his lodgings at 29, I Nnnhead-grove, which he had occupied for nearly > two years. He complained of sickness, and re- mained indoors for several hours. Early in the afternoon, however, deceased walked to the offices of the society at Peckham Rye, and returned about 8 o'clock, at which hour he usually took dinner. As he entered the low wicket gate a man dressed in a hand felt hat and dark snit rushed across the road and tired point blank at his victim. The bullet passed between the arm and body without doing more than ripping the deceased man's sleeve. Before he could tarn, however, two more bullets had been discharged, one entering the small of the back and the other the right arm. Sagouni then managed to draw a revolver, which he invariably carried in his hip pocket, but as he turned upon his assailant a fourth shot was fired, and this entered his body in the region of the heart. Sagouni fell to the ground, while the assassin made for Nonhead-hill, which is flanked onone side by the cemetery and on the other by a steep grass bank, to which easy access can be obtained over a low wooden fence, and beyond this the open country in the direction of Catford. So fierce had been'the onslaught and so rapidly did the assailant make for the open fields that he obtained a good start before an alarm was raised.althongh many people heard the shots and two boys were within a dozen yards of the Kate where the crime was committed. M. Sagonni managed to rise to his knees, and dragged himself up to the half- dozen steps to the door, where, a.s soon as it was opened by one of the alarmed occupants of the house, he fell into the hall in an unconscious condition. On the arrival of the police the in- jured man was conveyed to the Infismary in Hasill street, where he excired without regain- ing consciousness just before midnight. The murderer as he made off threw the revolver into an aajoining garden, and also left a felt hat. Both these articles are of the greatest import- ance, inasmuch as they were purchased in jNew York. THE VICTIM'S CAREER. A representative of the Press Association who visited the house early Tuesday morning and in- spected the bedtoom and clothing of the de. ceased, including a bullet-seared overcoat, says it is clear that M. Sagouni was a man of refine- ment. His books, papers, and clothing all bear witness to this. He ha,10ccllpied the same apart- ments, a small front bedroom on the first floor, for the last 20 months, tie ha3 very few callers, and everything in his mode of life indicated that be was heart and soul devoted to the cause of the Armenian refugees. He was 37 years of age, and bad spent the early part of his life as a mining engineer in the Caucasus, where he accumulated considerable wealth and retired. From that time he devoted his life to the reo lief of his oppressed countrymen, but owing to the vigorous crusade in Russia and Turkey against rich Armenians who supported revolutionary parties, he visited Switzerland, Belgium, and other countries, finally settling in London and inaugurating the society which has its headquarters at Peckham. Although this organisation is described as revolutionary in principle, its members are pledged to offer no violent opposition to misrule in their eountry, and it is thought that it is this passive attitude which has brought down upon M. Sagonni and the leaders of kindred institutions in other countries the vengeance of the more advanced Armenian revolutionists. MOTIVE OF THE CRIME. At the present time a convention of passive American revolutionists is being held in London, and it is thought that this opportunity has been chosen as a favourable one for disposing of some of the principal leaders, who, it is alleged by the advanced section, have devoted funds to charit- able objects which might have been applied to violent remedies for Armenian grievances. M. Sagouni, had he been less fatigued by his journey, would probably have met his death earlier in the day, all he bad intended calling upon several of the delegates of the convention, who are residing in WaTlington-road, Lordsbip- lane. This appears to have been known to his assailant, for a man answering the description of the murderer waited for several hoars during the afternoon at the corner of Warlington road. His foreign appearance and apparent anxiety attracted some of the tenants, who just before dusk saw two men approach him, and after an animated conversation the three departed together in the direction of Nunbead. It is assumed that these two men had been supplying the third with information, and finding M. Sagouni remained at his office, warned the assassin, who immediately proceeded to take up his stand outside the doomed man's lodgings. WHAT A BOY SAW. One of the two eye-witnesses of the tragedy, a boy named Harold Ferris, says :— I was: in Nunhead-grove last night, about 9 o'clock, when another boy whom I knew pointed to a man on the opposite side of the road, and told me be had seen him there quite two hours. He had hardly got the words out of bis month when the man walked rapidly across as if to speak to as. but jast as he reached the pavement he turned suddenly round and faced another man walking in the same direction, and who had just entered the gate of No. 29. At that moment there was a loud report, and the man inside the gate put his hand out as if he had received a shock. Befoie he could look behind him two more shots were fired. He then turned round and said something which we could not understand. and received a fourth shot in the body. The man on the pavement, who was small and darn, ran off as fast as he could, but he slipped on the wet stones, and his hat fell off. He left the hat, and throwing a pistol into the next garden, disappeared, and I went for a police- man." Mr Winslow, son of the landlady of the bouse, states that M. Sagouni frequently said advanced Armenians were determined to exterminate the passive party.
STATEMENT OF DYING MAN. The Press Association, in a later message, says it appears from further inquiries that M. Sagouni, when he had been carried into his bedroom and partially disrobed, regained con- scioasness. and through an interpreter, one of the other occapants of the house, said :— As I entered the sate I was shot twice in the back by a man who I did not know. I tried to draw my revolver, bat felt too faint, and he fired at me again. I don't know more except that they have been following me for a long time. I know they have." When deceased was taken to the Infirmary he was guite unconscious, and expired about 11.30, the cause of death being internal hemorrhage. MURDERER AT LARGE. The official description of tho missing man states that be is abont five feet two inches in height, dark monatache, bronzed complexion, long hair, and wears a cutaway coal. • The police ire making inquiries,bat np to noon no arrest had been made. The murderer is described as a short dark man, with black moustache. THIRD OF A SERIES. A Central News reporter learns that this is the third of a series of crimes that have recently taken place in the ranks of the Armenian Revolutionary Society. The mur- dered man had just returned from Switzerland, where he ha 1 visited M. Nazarbek, whose life had been attempted. On the return journey M. Sagonni noticed that he was shadowed from Dieppe by a man with a black moustache. The police are firmly convinced that this is the murderer. There are two sections of the Ar- menian "arty, and M. Sagonni's party had accused their rivals of collecting 20,000 dollars in the United States and putting it in their own pockets, instead of using it to emancipate Armenia. The charge was first made in Boston by the editor of Young Armenia" newspaper, and his life was attempted soon after the de- ceased came from New York 22 months ago. THE MURDERER'S FLIGHT- A sensational turn has been given to the murder. When the murderer left Nunhead-grove he was seen to run "op a steep slope between the Cemetery and the extension of the N nnhead Waterworks. Beyond lie London playing fields on the left and the golf links on the right. Then there is a wide expanse of open country with a pathway, leading direct to Brockley. On this pathway a man answering the description of the assassin, accompanied by a tall man, unmistak- ably a foreigner, was seen by Mrs Taife, a resi- dent of Nunhead. The men were hurrying along at an unusual pace. The shorter of the two was wearing a long fawn dest coat and dark plaid cap. They were talking rapidly in a foreign tongue. Towards ten o'clock they were seen in Brockley, walking towards Greenwich. Subse- quently men auswering the same description were observed on the causeway leading to the river. Their attire and general appearance were the subject of comment among the watermen. Just before dusk a vessel had anchored close to the spot where the foreigners were seen. By 11 o'clock it had mysteriously disappeared. On inquiry last night at the offices of the Armenian Society, it was stated that a gentleman who accompanied M. Sagouni from Switzerland saw a man at the corner of Nunhead-grove a minute before the murder answering the description of one of the fugitives seen at Brockley and Greenwich. ANARCHIST LEADER AND THE ASSASSIN Several revolutionary clubs were visited during the early hours of Wednesday morning, both in Sobo and in the East End. The description of the fugitive is so meagre, however, that the police have little to guide them in their invests gations. In conversation with a representative of the Press Association one of the leaders of the French group of Anarchists in Iiondon said I have no knowledge of the plot arranged by the Alfarists to dispose of M. Sagouni. The society has little in common with us, and their violence is directed principally against those of their own countrymen, who object to and interfere with their advanced methods; whereas our policy is more of an international character. Out pro- paganda is not the outcome of vengeance, but a simple desire to rid the world of tyrants. The Alfarists profess to be fighting in the interests of oppressed Armenia, but we know that more money is spent in tracking down the passive members of the rival organisation than in furthering the interests of their country. They have agents in ali the capitals of Europe who are ostensibly collecting money for the cause, but who are actually engaged for the most part in defeating the work of and exterminating their rivals. If only the two factions could be reunited it would be one of the moat perfectly organised forces in the world, for the Armenian is a born plotter, and is far more resourceful in the work of a secret society than the reformer of any other country. As regards offering sanctuary to the fugitive in the present case, we certainly should were he to seek it. As I have already said, we have nothing in common with the work of the Alfarists, but we have a sympathetic interest in their desire to remove the drones of civiliaa- tion. Personally I should imagine that M. Sagouni's assailant is a man well acquainted with London. It is far from probable that the man who followed deceased actually fired the revolver. Had M. Sagouni been alone for one moment in the train this "shadower would have despatched him. The Alfarist is too clever to murder a man out- side his own house when he knows that the vic- tim's companions willp robably be able to pub- lish his description. No you will always find at least two of them co-operating. The man who shadowed the deceased lost his chance, and u fresh man came on the scene in London, and was covered by the former, who would assuredly be waiting with a change of hat and coat. NO ARREST. No arrest had been made up to a late hour on Wednesday night in connection with the murder of M. Sagatel Sagouni, president of the Armenian Refugee Society in London, at Nunhead on Moiy|ay night. The detectives in charge of the case are acting on tha assumption that the assassin is still in the Metropolis, and a most vigorous search is being made in the various foreign colonies in London.
THE INQUEST. Verdict-" Wilful Murder." Mr G. P. Wyatt, coroner for Camberwell Divi- sion, on Wednesday conducted the inquest into the circumstances of the death of M. Sagatiel Sagouni. ALn Armenian, who said he had been ia London only six weeks and was a member of the Hunt- chakist Society, was the first witness. What is the object of this society ?" asked J the Coroner. To free my land from the Turkish rule," witness replied. The offices of the society in Peckham Rye was witness's home. Deceased was president of the I society, and witness had known him only during tho time he was in London. Deceased never told witness that he feared anything or anyone, and witness wa.s ignorant as to whether Sagouni was usually armed. Witness last saw him on Monday afternoon at the offices. News of the assassination was brought by ? lady to the society's offices. WitDess at once went to deceased's house. He was lying on the bed, and prompted by a police officer witness translated questions to him. Asked whether anybody had ] 3hot him, Sagouni replied, Yes, somebody shot me in the dark." Asked who did it, Sagonni replied. A man who wore no overcoat, but only a jacket. He had a black moustache or whiskers." Witness continued that Sagouni had been watched by a man on board the boat which brought Sagouni from Dieppe to Newhaven. Witness asked Sagonni in his last momenta whether he thought it was this man who had shot him. His description was that of a stout man, with a dark monstache, and although Sagouni could not offer an opinion the Armenian Society thought the man on the boat and the man who assassinated their president was the same. They had no proof of this, but only sus- picion. Deceased lived mostly in Russia, where he was a mining engineer, and his home was at Baku. A juryman asked whether deceased had ever said he had a quarrel with aoyone. Witness re- plied he had not. Was deceased in Switzerland?" asked a juryman, "on the society's business" ? The society heard (replied witness) that the former editor of their central organ had been attacked in Switzerland by a knife stab in the back. The assailant was a thick man with a black moustache. The society sent two of their members from England, of whom Sagonni was one, to investigate and report on this matter. That was Sagouni's mission to Switzerland. Sagouni had nothing to do with the, collection of money. The Coroner asked whether there had been some disagreement between members of the, society or dissension such as caused the forma- tion of a rival society. Witness's reply was inaudible. The last question of the Coroner was-Did you gather from deceased that it was a foreigner, and not an Englishman, who shot him ? Witness From the description of the man, 1 think he was a foreigner. His hat was made in the United States. Vincent Lamb, 11, Nunhead-grove, testified to hearing firing in the Grove. He helped to carry Sagouni indoors. He saw nothing of the shooting. Herbert Catchpole said he heard reports in the Grove about 10 minutes past 8. Going to the spot, he saw a man running away. He did not notice anybody else about-the place. The man who ran away was about 5ft. 7in. high, and wore a,n overcoat. He noticed this by the light of a lamp. A iuryman euquired why did he (witness) not stop the man who was running away. The Coroner (to the juryman): Why didn't yon Witness (laughing): There were four shots, and I concluded there might be at least one more left in the revolver. Mr Henry Smith, 29, Nunhead grove, said de- ceased had Jived in this house for a year and ten months. He never spoke about bis society. He was not often awlrY. The tragic affair of Monday night took place at 8.25. Witness and his wife, alarmed by shot-firing went into the front room, and saw a man firing, a shot at M. Sagonni. The assassin held the gate open with his right hand, and fired with the left hand, crouching down the while. He bad no doubt the assassin was a foreigner. A police officer said that the revolver which was found had five chambers empty and one loaded. The revolver was quite new, and required to be cocked after each ehot. Medical evidence showed that there were two wonnds in the back, one in the chest, and two in the abdomen. The jury retarned a verdict of Wilful murder against some person or persons un. known."
THE VENDETTA. The history of the events which have led up to the tragic death of M. Sagonni is one of engross- ing interest It reveals a vendetta. as cruel and n.3 remorseless as any that is known in that land of the vendetta—Corsica. It is a compli- cated story, but these are the essentials of it. In 1887 a society was formed with the object of re- medying the grievances of the Armenians against Turkey. In 1890 this society started in their in- terests a newspaper, which was edited by M. Nazarbek. Some time afterwards followed the rising in Constantinople, when thousands of Turkish soldiers were killed, and as a result the Armenian revolutionists were inspired to further efforts in their canse. The organisation of which Nazarbek and Sagonni were leading members was known a The Huntchakisti," from the name of their newspaper, the Huntchak," which was edited by M. Nazarbek. There are five members of the executive committee of this society in London, and they entirely disclaim the designation of Armenian Refugee Society which has been fathered upon them. A Daily Chronicle re- presentative saw several of the leaders of the movement, and while they were deeply sorrowful over the tragic death of their colleague, they quite cheerfully recognised that the same fate might await any one of their number who should be elected to fill his place. M. Sagouni was the president of the executive committee, and in that sense was The Controlling Head of the whole organisation in Europe and America. The Iluntchakisti" had for its object the release of the Armenian people from the oppression of Turkey, and it began its active work in Athens. When the Graeco-Turkish war, broke out Turkey made representations to Greece, the result of which was that the society was expelled from the capital of Greece. They then came to London, and selected Shepherd's Bush as their headquarters. From there they migrated some two years ago to Peckham, and there they are still located in modest rooms on Peckham-rye. It was there that our representa- tivo found some half-dozen of M. Sagonni's col- leagues, and learned from their lins something of the history of the movement with wtrch they have been associated. It has ramifications every- where in the United States and throughout Europe, and in many of the capitals of the old and the new worlds there have been several at- tempts at ontrages like that which has just shocked London. The assault on M. Nazarbek at Lausanne has already been described. It was prompted by the opposition society, known as the Alfaristi," which takes its name from its founder and leader. The Huntchakisti," on the other band, takes its title from no man, and being interpreted means simply The Alarm Bell." The society advocates peaceful measures of reform, and, while not opposed to war, prefers peaceful agita- tion on the lines of social legislation, 111. Sagouni was practically the head of the whole concern, and could control the movements of the body in Great Britain, in the United States, and in Russia, where every Armenian belongs to their society and not one to the opposition organisa- tion. Dissension, however, broke out in the ranks of the Alfarists, and when some of them enrolled in the Huntchakisti they fell under grave sus- picion of treachery. They came to London, and Alfari, who was with them, endeavoured to secure election ns president of the whole organisation. In this he was unsuccessful, and when he and his followers left England they neglected to take with them their papers and documents. These were confiscated by the mem- bers of the Huntchakisti, and were made the basis of accusations of misappropriation to per- sonal use of funds which were intended for the good of the cause. Other Victims. It is the rivalry between these two bodies which bM led to a ruthleas vendetta against L the members of the Huntchakisti. The leader of the opposition organisation, Alfari, was sus- pected of being a secret agent of the Turkish Government. When M. Nazarbek threatened to publish an account of Alfari's relations with the Sultan's officials a war of revenge seems to have been organised, and victims of the Alfarists were found in America, Russia, and elsewhere. At Odessa two men were killed some time ago, one belonging to each of the rival societies, but this was the result more of a personal Quarrel than of the political vendetta which has been established between the two societies. M. Sagouni's friends admit that the casualties have not all been on their side. Two Alfarists. they say, have already mysteriously disappeared in Russia, although the committee assert that their body have had no band in their disappear- ance. The leader of the Alfarists was himself shot at four times in Venice last year, and the vendetta since the final split has been carried on with intense and diabolical ferocity. How Revolutionaries are Shadowed. A leader who is identified with al! the political agitations against Turkey, both in Europe and Asia, in an interview with a London Express representative, suggested that the crime was of Russian origin. "The Armenian body in London," he said. is composed of two factions—the revolutionaries on the one hand, and the more peaceably disposed agitatocs on the other. The violent faction—the more ignorant —is inspired by Russian men and money, whose policy it is to show the world that Armenians are turbulent and unfit to rule. Believe me, Turkey is the more passive agent of the two. The quieter faction is the enemy of the extremists, and is usually the sect that does the best work for Armenia Sagouni was one of the latter. Wherever a foreign influence had estab- lished control over an organisation—and I they are always trying—the real patriots work in secret and perform only perfunc- tory business in committee. If ordinary means fail to bring their hands upon the table, so to speak, the foreign influence releases its pre33ure, and then it is every man for himself. Sagonni knew it. He meant to have got in the Srst shot. Any political agent opposing the Armenian movement could easi'y find a tool to work with. A rough brute can be found in any city willivg to do such work for pay. He does his task without knowing his employer. We are shadowed to-day in this frea London of vours by three agencies—Russian, Austrian, and Turkish. I have two such men on either side of my lodging. We know one another and pass the time of day. We each have our business to do. watch me, and I give them as little opportunity to know my affairs as I can. I cannot keep a servant, for they would bribe any such with lavish gold, and my papers I keep at a bank. To- night I send a messenger aoroad. He will be followed to the ends of the world. I go abroad myself. My opponent takes his hat off to me in the hall of my first hotel. That is a cam- paign of menace. If I work in secret, then I am in danger. Yes, 1 occasionally ask the protec- tion of Scotland Yard."
MEXICAN PRESIDENT FIRED AT. Prince Waylaid and Stabbed. New York, Wednesday.—A despatch from Mexico City states that a man named Toscano yesterday fired five shots from a revolver at Presi. dent Diaz. None of the bullets struck the President. Toscano is a noted criminal, and has just been r&leased after serving a term of imprisonment for murder_ Central News. Mexico, Wednesday.—The following despatch has been received from Gaanagnato (Mexico) An attempt was made on the life of President Diaz while he was on his way to attend the State Government festivities yesterday. A man named Tcmcan, who was recently released after serving a term of imprisonment for homicide, fired five shots at the street car which was conveying the President. A member of the President's staff wrenched the revolver out of the hand of the would-be assassin and caught him. The Presi- dent remained calm. His escape was loudly cheered by the crowd.-Reuter. Washington, Wednesday.- Mr Clayton, United States Ambassador in the city of Mexico, has informed the State Department that the reported attempt on the life of President Diaz is unfounded.- Reuter. Attempt on a Goverhor-General. Tiflis, Tuesday Evening.—A murderous attack was made here to-day upon Prince Galitzin, Governor General of the Caucasus. As his Excellency, accompanied by his wife, was return- ing at 4 o'clock this afternoon from a drive in the environs of the town, three natives rushed upon his carriage. One of the men made several stabs with a dagger at the Governor's head, while the others attempted to drag him out of the vehicle. The Cossack in attendance upon the Prince immediately threw himself upon the assailants, and in a hand-to-band fight which ensued the carriage drove off and the criminals escaped in a deep ravine, pursued by the police man and a number of people. Meanwhile mounted Cossacks from the town bad hastened to the scene, and began to chase the would be assassins, who fled from one bash to another. The Cossacks fired, killing one of the men, mortally wounding another, and inflicting severe injury on the third. I On Prince Galitzin's wounds being examined it was found that be had been stabbed in two places in the head and also wounded in the left hand. The injury to the head was of a superficial character, a fact apparently due to the thickness of the cap which the Governor was wearing and which was pierced by dagger strokes. After having his wounds dressed the Prince attended a reception of the I leading citizens.—Renter. The two men who were seriou»ly injured suc- cumbed to their injnries. The attempt upon the cumbed to their injuries. The attempt upon the Governor's life produced a feeling of profound indignation among the inhabitants; as he has been very popular owing to the interest taken by him in the welfare of the people. The theatrical performances have been suspended.—Reuter.
RUSSIAN TRAIN EXPLOSION. Four Killed Many Injured. St. Petersborg, Wednesday.—A frightful ex- plosion occurred on Monday evening in a train from Odessa which had drawn up in Schmermka Station. One of the carriages was completely wrecked, and scarcely anyone in it escaped serious injury. Altogetner 58 persons were injured, of whom four have since died. The con- dition of 19 of the surviving injured is regarded as critical. Jast before the explosion occurred a man was noticed in a fourth class compartment carefully nursing a bag. It is believed that this bag was full of explosives, which were either wilfully or accidentally ignited. The man referred to was torn in pieces by the terrific force of the explosion.—Central News. St. Petersburg, Wednesday Evening.—It has been proved that the disaster to the Odessa train at Shmerinka station was dne to the ex- plosion of a bag of smokeless powder which was being smuggled into Kieff by a passenger. This man, who was killed in the explosion, has not yet been identified. Another bag of smokeless powder, weighing a pound and a half, has been found in the booking office at Sbmerinka station. The number of dead is now eleven. News.
A VETERAN MAIL-BOAT. The White Star steamer Germanic, which has ust completed her last voyage as an Atlantic mail steamer, is. in many respects one of the most remarkable mail steamers in the world. She was launched in July, 1874, and made her first voyage with the mails from Liverpool to New York before the end of that year. When bhe was new, she and her sister ship, the Britannic, which has had a history almost as remarkable as her own, were the two largest ocean steamers in the world, excepting the Great Eastern. And the Great Eastern did not really count, for long before, in the year 1361, she had run her last voyage as a pr^'crscr «r.c! was coldly as 1P,'3"n:-c: ?' "r.r1 was ern1.ê:'1 coldly a5 The Germanic. I a cable-laying vessel. The Germanic has survived in active service as a mail steamer to see two vessels of her own line, the Celtic and the Cedric, each mora than four times her own tonnage. Two months hence still another steamer, the Baltic, will be launched for the White Star Line, with a tonnage five times greater than that of the Germanic. Such is the increase of the tonnage of the largest ocean steamers in a little less than 30 years. The Germanic, the Britannic, and the City of Berlin maintained the position of the swiftest ocean steamers in the yeara be- tween 1875 and 1879, with an average ocean speed of about 16 knots, but after June, 1879, when the Guion steamer Arizona beat the best passage of the Germanic, that steamer had no further place in the contest for speed on the Atlantic. A ■ia*1 u-
THE AUTUMN ASSIZES, Tiie London Gazette contains the follow- ing :—Days and places appointed for holding the Autumn Assizes, 1903. Oxford Circuit.—Mr Justice Bigham. Wednes- day, November 18, at Gloucester; Saturday, November 21, at Monmonth and Wednesday, November 25. at Hereford. South Wales Circuit.—Mr Justice Bruce. Wednesday, November 11, at Carmarthen Tues- day, November 17, at Brecon and Friday, November 20, at Cardiff.
The work of erecting in Victoria Park, Swan- sea, the monument in memory of the Swansea heroes who fell in the war is now proceeding expeditiously. All the Forest of Dean stone work is in position and ready for the Dames, inscription, Arc,
A BETTER OUTLOOK. Negotiations Still Proceeding. v Reuter's Agency understands that the situation as regards Russia and Japan has undergone no material alteration. The negotiations between the two countries continue, and the longer that is the case the more remote become the chances of war. It is true that preparations are being actively pushed forward on both sides, but this must not necessarily be interpreted as pointing to the probability of war. No information (significantly adds Reuter) is obtainable on this side as to the precise nature of the negotiations, but it is declared that Japan, in conducting them, will have m view the interests of all the countries concerned in the Far East, and that she will not be deterred by Russia from obtaining what she considers to be her due. Should matters be pushed to extremes Japan has well considered her position and capabilities, and does not fear the consequences of war, but such a denouement is not looked for from the present negotiations. Another Conference. Tokio, Monday.—Baron Von Rosen, Russian Minister, to-day had an interview with Baron Konuira, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs. Cabinet Ministers have again conferred, but so far there appears to be no change in the sitna tiop.-Retiter. Russian Admission of Illegality. Tokio, Monday.—According to further details received here Mr Hagiwara, secretary of the Japanese Legation at Seoul, who is now in the Yalu Valley on a tour of inspection, was pre- vented from landing at Yongampho by armed Russians, but the illegality of this proceeding was admitted by the Russian Minister at Seoul, who accordingly sent requisite instructions to Yongampho. The Japanese Secretary reports that Press tele- grams from the Yalu are greatly exaggerated. It is reported from Seoul that the Russian shores of the Tuman river are being extensively patrolled by Russian troops. -Press Association Special Telegram. Nothing to Warrant Alarm. Tokio. Monday.—In the course of an interview which I had with him to-day, Count Katsura, the Prepiier, expressed deep regret that sensational and baseless news, mostly taken from the columns ot the Japanese yellow Press, should be telegraphed to Europe with reference to the dip- lomatic situation. The Premier remarked. The Japanese Government is pursaing the negotia- tions with Russia in strict accordanc3 with the spirit of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, which aims at the preservation of peace and of the status quo. It is only fair to presume that Russia is actuated by the same peaceful spirit as that in which the dual alliance was extended to the Far East. I therefore fail to see why the present negotiations should not lead to mutually satis- factory results. In any case there is nothing in the present situation to warrant any alaim.- Press Association Special Telegram.
DEMAND FOR CARDIFF COALS. LIST OF VESSELS FIXED." Below we give a list of the vessels known to have been already chartered for the Far East, with their freights, cargoes, and particular des- tinations. It will be seen that they number over 20, and that the cargoes amount in the aggre- gate to nearly 110,000 tons. Some of the charterers named are still in the market for Japan. with a number of options for discharge at Port Arthur, &c., and one or two of them were in treaty on Monday for new fixtures. During the past few days the insurance premiums have gone up considerably on account of war risks, and on Monday morning it was reported on the Cardiff Exchange that Lloyd's underwriters were asking for a 25 per cent. premium. The following details have been compiled from a number of freight lists, dating back to October 17th, giving name of vessel: charterers, freight, cargo tonaage. and destination St. Kilda, W. J. Pirie and Co.. 20e, 4.000 tons, Japan. Dragoman, Moxey, Savon, and Co., 20s, 4,000 tons, Japan, op. Shanghai, or Hong Kong. Ras Bera, J. V. Valletta and Co., 22a 6d, 5,000 tons, Port Arthur. Alderney, Rull, Blyth, and Co., 20s 6d, 4.500 tons, Japan. Min. Hull, Blytb, and Co.. 21s, 4,200 tOQB, Japan. Hawick Hall, Hall, Blyth, and Co., 200,5,300 tons, Japan. Newton Hall, Hull, Blytb- and Co., 20s, 6,000 tons, Japan. Samara, Moxey, Savon, and Co., 20s, 4,000 tons, Japan. Cyrus, Pirie and Co., 20s, 4,500 tons, Japan. Benarty, Pirie and Co., 20s, 5,000 tons. Port Arthur. Volga, British Admiralty, 17e, 6,300 tons, Hong Kong. Gloamin, British Admiralty, 18s, 5,000 toofli Hong Kong. Radley, Hull, Blyth, and Co., 23s 6d and 26s, 5,000 tons, Port Arthur, option Vladivostok. Holt liner, 21s Gd, 3,000 tons. Japan. Beatrice/Hull, Blytb, and Co., 20s, 5,000 tons, Japan. Bernicia, Hull, Blytb, and Co., 23s 6d and 26s, 5,000 tons, Japan, option Vladivostock. Goodwin, Wright Bros., 20s, 6,300 tons, Japan. Barton, Wright Bros., 20s, 4,300 tons, Japan. Baron Balfour, Os. 5,500 tons, Hong Kong, option Shanghai, option Japan. Kish, 20a, 6,000 tons, Japan. MM'iston, Cory Bros, and Co., 21s, 24s, or 26s, 5.000 tons, Japan, option Port Artbar, option Vladivostock. Breechley, Hull. Blyth, and Co., 3s 6d or 26s, 5,500 tons, Port Arthur, option Vladivostock. We understand that the Ras Bera and the Benarty were chartered direct for Port Arthur for the Russian Ambassador. As to the origin of the other fixtures it is conjectured that at least nine or ten of them are for the Japanese Government. It is difficult to obtain any authoritative confirmation of this, bnt we under- stand that a London representative of the Japan Government has been in communication with one of the merchants named in the above list in an unofficial capacity. Some of the cargoes, no donbt, are purely speculative, but it is thought that they cannot be many, as the market for best Cardiff coals in the Far East is very limited, and it is regarded as doubtful that speculation is responsible for the majority of vessels chartered. Another vessel of about 5,000 tons was fixed yesterday afternoon for Port Arthur with the option of discharge at Vladivostock.
LABOURER'S SUDDEN MADNESS Murderous Attacks. A determined attempt on the life of his wife was made. on Tuesday morning by an elderly labourer named Reynolds, of Little Melton, near Norwich. The neighbours, hearing the breaking of glass and screams, rushed into the house, and: found the woman in an unconscious condition, bleeding from six severe wounds in the head. Reynolds ran upstairs, where a little boy lay dying, and a neighbour followed just in time to prevent him from cutting the child's throat with a shepherd's knife. A desperate struggle ensued, but Reynolds was eventually disarmed. He remarked, I wish you had let md do it," adding that whilst chopping sticks something came over him, and he took the chopper and attacked his wife as she lay in bed. The injured woman is in a critical condition. Murder and Suicide at Nottingham. An inquest held at Nottingham on Tuesday upon the bodies of Henry Smedley, a tinman, aged 60, and his son Frank, a boy of 14. who wait murdered on Sunday morning by his father, who afterwards committed suicide, disclosed evidence that the unfortunate man had of late shown signs of mental weakness, imagining his family wished to place him under restraint. lie had threatened his wife and the child, saying h would do for both of them. The jury found That Smedley cor-mitted murder, and that he was ot unsound mind at the time."
BYE-ELECTION RESULTS. lrWest Belfast. The result of Friday's polling in the West Division of Belfast, consequent upon Mr Arnold Forster's appointment as Secretary for War, wat declared on Saturday as follows Arnold Forster (L.U.) 3,912 Patrick Dempsey (Nat.) 3,671 241 Previous elections bavc resulted as follow:— 1885. I 1892 J. H. Haslett (C) 3,778 H. O, Arnold-Fors- T. Sexton (N) 3,743 ter (I. U) 4,261 T. Sexton (A P) 3,«TC Con. majority. 35 —- 1886. Unionist maj'ty. 839 T. Sexton (N) 3,832 1895 & 1900. J. H. Haslett (C) 3,729 H. O. Arnold-Forster (X* U) unopposed. Nat. majority 103 West Houghton Division Lord Stanley was re-elected unopposed to-day for the V* est Houghton Division of: Lanoashire. flifl TWdabip is the new Postmaster-General.
ROW ON A STEAMER. A Passenger's Disappearance. New York, Tuesdav.-On the arrival of thir liner Noordland at Philadelphia last evening she reported that a steerage passenger, Thos. Hall, of,, Manchester, disappeared during the voyage. Hal* had been playing cards with fellow-passengers ofr Friday night, when there was a row owing to ont of the men charging the other with cheating. Hall rushed up on deck, and a splash was heare,, It is not known whether he fell overboard c, threw himcelf into the sea.-Central News.
I John Evans (53), collier, of Quaker's LoW, tb»"North Pit, Treharris, on Taesday, sustain" fractured hip joints through being jammed 68 1 tween a post and a tram, the bona haviv suddenly started.