THE SULTANA REFORMS. ar' Mulish' ^cnday.—The Petit Temps to day a telegram from Constantinople ^Dr ^mmec'iate!y the new Russian Note Iccojj^nted the Sultan issued an Ir9de framed to a decision of the Council of Minis- ter. 8 ^rac*a orders the enforcement in PtoVj .'a of reforms not hitherto executed, the 8tm !°n of the necessary money for the recon- ofteflort °f houses destroyed, the repatriation Slitj "Sees, 'he proper treatment of those who t'3e stlPP'y funds for the payment of th in t'le vil°yet3' t^3e P01811'1 of brigands suppression of brigandage, the trial of "'eHo a soldiers guilty of excesses, the com- ot n of the reorganisation of the gendarmerie 6 V1'a-Vets with the assistance of four ari officers engaged by the Imperial Govern- the adoption of necessary measures to tbeir edthat the Royal Guards properly carry out tt uties, the acceleration of the trials of tttay a ltnd brigands so that their detention feot6n°-t be unnecessarily prolonged, and the *ef0 ctl.on of those persons who having taken 3?UjPe 'o Bulgaria were prepared to return to htg and lay down their arms. A Commission tQ\>i .en appointed at Monastir to carry out tbe 810ns of this Irade.—Reuter.
CANADA'S DEFENCES. Lord Dundonald's Martial Speech, Monday. — Major-General the Earl of ^48 commanding the Militia in Canada, itijjj Resent together with a large number of ^ry officers at an inaugural luncheon at the Waa>an Club to day. Lord Dundonald de- ■fice working' out of the scheme announced by Sir Frederick Borden, Minister of in the Dominion House of Commons, Vij?eteasing the Militia to a hundred thousand, "'eel establit»hing a system of training, and that there were still important links 'W wkicb money could only supply to equip t^0nRhlyand utilise to the best possible advan- tl,e splendid lighting material of the >[on. ^Onif ar* °* Dandonald added No man la of the name who having witnessed the loo^ation of war knowingly humbugs his iQj/p'ymen with a false sense of security. To 51, toand respect in the international councils *e must be the knowledge that behind all \lI.ment anèl conciliation are tbe rifles of an &U QrRan'9ed and patriotic people. Lord "donald's remarks were enthusiastically ^'Ved.—Renter.
CECIL RHODES'S ESTATE. £70.000 SUCCESSION DUTY. c cpe Town, Saturday.—The trustees of Mr sq Rhodos's estate have just paid £ 70,000 as •lb 188)011 dt»ty,at the rate of 5 per cent. Another ljto8tantipl instalment will be paid in a short e> The Government has been pressing for 'Blent.—Laffan. The German Schofarship. t'ie ^aves Anglophobia were running O^estin Germany during the Boer War, a ^lesentative meeting of the fighting corps and Ij^chensehaften at the universities of Germany tbat it would be inconsistent with the and honour of any German student to Oar.- t*le ^xf°r^ scholarships founded by Mr Rhodes, of which live were allotted to the :Ina.tion of the Kaiser. But since then the academic youth has had lime to reflect folly of snch a resolution. We are now »that the Emperor's nomination has been £ acquiesced in by five students, among are coun(; Talleyrand, a descendant of g^poleon's great diplomatist, and Herr von ljj*?Weinitz, a son of the late German Ambas- ™0t at St. Petersbure.
ARRESTED IN CAIRO. 111 80n Claude WelJer (23), described as a gentle- of Park place, St. James's, was remanded tlt Bow-street on Monday charged with he, having been entrusted by Mar- JjT^t Murphy with £ 3,000 to purchase in the Bonanza Gold Mining Com- vJhy, converted the same to his own nse. SSj'as further charged with obtaining credit for by fraud. It was stated that accused was Jested at Cairo while a passenger under Mother name. He said the Bonanza shares were mentioned, and that the money was lent to
ALGERIA AND MOROCCO. French Precautions. ti Monday.—The Petit Parisian pnb- I the following dispatch from Sidi Bel r«bes: -The situation beyond the Morocco has become so disquieting as to neces- vi the despatch of the whole garrison of to the neighbouring post of Adjeroud. ?• *ifle company from the gai rison of Themceu 1*8 also received orders to leave. It is not known what object the troops have been sent, but report is spreading that the theatre of con- t>lct between the Sultan's troops and those of the has changed, and is moving nearer 'Seria.—Renter.
VIOLENT HURRICANE. Wreck of a Vessel off Brest. Brest, Monday.—A violent hurricane swept Brest to-day. The mainmast of the French ^■ttleship Massena was struck by lightning, and wireless telegraphy apparatus was damaged. three masted ship Savoyard, of St. Malo, ^ok off Plovan, in the Bay of Audierne. The t £ which had a crew of 31, was frcm La f*°chelle, with a cargo of salt. Four men, a ™°taan, and the captain were drowned. One man injured.—Reuter. .Lisbon, Monday Evening.—Terribly tempes- tuous weather is raging right along the Portu- coast, and a tremendous sea is running. Sr^eral trading ships have been wrecked near j*P°rto, with, it is feared, some loss of life, and I rumoured at that port that a warship has °Qndered at sea.—Reuter.
FIRE DAMP EXPLOSION. Swansea-Laden Steamer Damaged. Dunkirk, Tuesday.—An explosion of fire damp :C:11rred on the Danish steamer Olans Ollsen, from Swansea to ^Copenhagen with a cargo f coal, and much damage was done. Two sailors Sl1stained injuries, and were subsequently con- ned to the hospital here. The steamer is now yinR in the roadstead.—Reuter. _+-
SHIPPING DISASTER. 36 LIVES LOST. A Lloyd's telegram from Penmarcb, Finieterre, Db. Monday afternoon states that the three-masted hessel Savoyard, of St. Malo, laden with salt, has been lost. Thirty-one of the crew, four ^oinen, and the captain's wife, were lost.
WRECKED LAUREL BRANCH. Salvage Operations. Salvage operations at the wreck of the Nantilns steamer Laurel Branch have begun well, and a considerable quantity of ore, as woU as tin, Silver, and copper, has been landed 350 bales of J'ool have been recovered in a damaged condition. jhe principal interest is cocoa, insured for about *40,000, of which news has not yet been received. I understand (writes the marine insurance correspondent of the Timea ") that as this cOcoa. is shipped in the natural husk it can stand Rood deal of immersion in water without in_i*y. Salvage charges on the South American coast have hitherto been so high that underwriters ?ve not derived much benefit from the work j'ufc in this case the remuneration is to be left determination after the work has bean done."
MARSDEN MOOR MURDER. JE300 Reward. The West Riding of Yorkshire police authori- tIes ha;e circulated a notice offering .£300 regard I ll) any per;;on who will give information which lead to the apprehension and conviction of ,Ia) murderer or murderers of the two game- lepers who were found shot on September 10th "Il the desolate moorlands above Marsden, near I HcdderBfield.
GIPSIES AND STROLLING PLAYERS. Beautiful Women Abducted. Madrid, Snnday.—A stirring story of romance ^•flaes from Paiencia. a Spanish town of con- siderable importance. On the occasion of the ¡ *Qiaual fair the town was visited by a troop of ^wisaian strolling placers, who caught on #ith the people. They numbered 20 in ail, wore dresses, rode in six great wagons, dresses, rode in six great wagons, aad among the female members were some of exceptional beautv. At the fair was also en- a band of Hungarian gipsies, who envied prosperity of the Russians. The other night ntragarians fell upon the Russians while latter were sleeping, bound them, and robbed ••"eiTi of all their money and valuables, and c&fried off two of the most beautiful of the JVoinen. When the leader of the Russian troop to the authorities to cotnplaii) of the out- he was not understood, and when finally eatare of the charge was made out and the e. sought to arrest the Hungarians the latter t'\ disappeared, leaving no trace behind. The 'JjOsaians are now looking for the gipsies, whom have sworn to annihilate if they can only them.—London '• Express.
Mullah's Men Bombarded ITALIAN CRUISER'S ACTION. Enemy Driven Out of lllig, Rome, Sunday.—Advices from Somaliland state that the cruiser Lombardia yesterday arrived offlllig, and bombarded the place, which has been held by the Mullah's forces for the past two months. The enemy were driven out of the town, and several were killed. The Lombardia afterwards landed a detachments of troops. It is the intention of the authorities to fortify lllig. —Central News. Rome; Saturday.—The following telegram has been received here from Aden Some boats belonging to the Italian cruiser Ijombardia, which is a present in lllig waters, were fired upon by a band of the Mullah's followers, who bad takenup positions in the ravines along the coast. Two natives on board one of the boats were wounded. The Lombardia bombarded the band, forcing it to retire towards the interior. "Obbia is safe. No news has been received from Bona- dir. "Reuter. Aden. Sunday.—The Italian cruiser Lom- bardia having attempted to land a force at Illig the Mullah's followers fired qn the boats from the shore, wounding two najtive sailors and damaging the boats. The party was unable to land. The Lombardia, after shelling the enemy, returned to Aden.-Reuter Rome, Sunday.—Newspapers publish the fol- lowing details of the bombardment of Illig The Italian cruisers Lombardia and Coatit arrived at lllig on the 12th mat Six boats were launched from the Lombardia, and approached the shore, but were received with volleys of rifle (ire. On the 15th the Lombardia shelled the shore. The Giornale de Natia says that the Mullah is concentrating his efforts upon Italian Somaliland. After referring to the Anglo-Italian agreement, in virtue of which Italy had allowed Great Britain to attack the Mullah from Italian territory, the journal concludes by asking whether the bombardment by the Lombardia will suffice to guarantee the safety of Italy's possessions, and by recalling the fact that the British bad promised to safeguard Italian terri- tory. The Tribuna says that the Mullah is receiving assistance from sea. He bad, the journal adds, endeavoured to secure a footing on the coast in order to be able to obtain supplies, and to this end had despatched a body of his followers to Illig to take possession of that place. -Reuter.
THE LADY ELECTIONEERER. The first batch of the fiscal" elections has passed off without any disaster to the Govern- ment, though in some cases the majorities have been reduced. Whether this is directly due to the fiscal question or not is a moot point, and is being hotly argued by partisans on both sides. In politics it is always easy enough to produce pros and cons, according to the views of the in- dividual, and the only fact which is important for general purposes is that Mr Lyttelton, a pronounced follower of Mr Chamberlain, almost in the Chamberlain country, and Mr Arnold totster, the new Secretary of State for War.have teen rc elected, while Lord Stanley, the new Right Hon. A. Lyttelton and his wife, to whose efforts he largely owes hia Re-election. Re-election. Postmaster-General, wa unopposed in the West Houghton division. In the two former cases both the candidates were unfortunately ill, and had to Sght mainly by proxy. IYlr Arnold Forster was unable to make any appearance at all in West Belfast, and is only now able to be about again in a quiet way, owing to an accident incurred whilst riding, which was not so much dangerous as extremely painful. At Leamington Mr Alfred Lyttelton was able to make one or two speeches, but was for the main part confined to his room, and the fi-hting of the election devolved upon his clever and plucky wife. She did ber part nobly, and the new Colonial Secretary milst feel that he has to thank her for a great ueal. Mrs Alfred Lyttelton, who is a cousin of the present Premier, while her husband is a relative of the late Mr Gladstone, on his mother's side, has won a great name for herself throughout the country by her electioneering fight, and will, in future, be classed with the beautiful Duchess of Gordon, who raised the Gordon Highlanders, the beauti- ful Duchess of Devonshire, who bribed with 'kisses, and the late Mrs Brand, who died this year under sach sad circnmstances, who gang her husband into Parliament.
THE £ 30,000 BURGLARY. Seldom does such a sensational robbery occur, or one exciting such public interest and police chagrin, as that which was perpetrated at Messrs Knight, Frank, and Rutley s auction rooms, 9, Conduit-street, London, W., when j eweIlery to the value of about XZO,000 was stolen. Several firms had placed collections of valuables in the hands of these auctioneers for sale, and these were on view to intending purchasers, so that no difficulty would have been experienced by either an individual thief or an organised gang in mak- ing themselves fully acquainted with the interior of the premises and the whereabouts of the jewels. It is -thought that upon the auction The Front and Back of 9, Conduit-3irest, W. The Skylight and Passage by which the Escape was Effected are Shown in the Back View. I galleries being closed the thief or thieves were left in the building: where they had managed to conceal themselves during the afternoon. In that event they would not have experienced much difficulty in gaining admittance to tbe office con- taining the safe in which the valuables were stored. That the safe itself was opened with a key is evident, for there was not the slightest sign of the lock having been forced. Once in possession of the jewels the delinquents appar- ently made their way on tc:tbe roof through the skylight of the auction gallery, a pane of glass in which was found removed, and thence along the roof to the back. It was then an easy matter to descend into the lane leading into an adjoin- ing street.
RUN DOWN OFF DOVER. Tug Sinks a Sailer. Details of a disastrous collision in the Channel resulting in the sinking of the full-rigged ship Orontes, belonging to Aberdeen, were obtained by our Dover correspondent on Saturday. The Orontes, which is a ship of 1,383 tons, owned by Messrs Thompson and Co. of Aberdeen, was on a voyage from Chili to Ostend with a full cargo of nitrate. When in the Straits of Dover between Calais and Dunkirk on Friday the vessel was in collision with the tug Oceana, and was so badly damaged that she foundered very quickly. For- tunately the Goole steamer Federation, bound from Goole to Calais, was in the vicinity at the time of the disaster, and she succeeded in saving all the Orontes's crew, whom she landed at Calais. Some of the crew bad very narrow escapes.
CHILD MURDER AND SUICIDE. Father's Shocking Deed. A terrible crime was committed at Notting- ham yesterday by Henry Smedley, a tinman,j aged 6C, who attacked his son Frank, aged 14, with a table-knife whilst in the boy's bedroom. He inflictcd a deep gash in the boy's throat, from which death resulted in a few minutes. He afterwards cut his own throat and succumbed almost immediately, the discovery of the bodies being made by the wife, the only other occu- pant of the house, who at the time was engaged in domestic duties downstairs. No motive is assignable for the crime, but it is said the man has behaved strangely of late.
NEW YORK TUBE DISASTER. Ten Workmen Killed. Now Yort. Sunday.-A cave-in occurred in the new Rapid Transit tunnel in 195th-street, Broadway, last night during blasting operations. Many thousand tons of rock fell, killing ten workmen, the raaiggity of whom were ltftlipwo.- Reuter. f
Sensational Trial. POLISH COUNTESS AND CHILD. Alleged Fraudulent Heir. Berlin, Monday.—A sensational trial began here to-day, when the Polish Countess Wesierska Kurlecka, was brought up on a charge of present- ing a malo child as the supposititious heir to the estate of Wroblewo. The husband of the Countess, a midwife, named Osowska, a maid- servant, Knoska, aged 78, and another servant were charged with her as accessories. The accused lady, whose age is 57. maintains that she gave birth to a male child at Berlin six years ago. No one was present at the birth, with the exception of the midwife. Previously Countess Kurlecka had borne her husband four daughters, the youngest 16 years before the alleged birth of the son. The latter is claimed by the wife of a railway pointsman as her illegitimate son by an Austrian officer. She asserts that she afterwards sold him to the midwife implicated in the case, who is alleged to have presented him in turn to the Countess. In a former trial the Court found in favour of the Countess, since when Polish magnates have been growing increasingly suspicious, owing to the mysterious nature of the child's birth, a secret visit of the Countess to Paris, and the absolute want of medical testimony as to the condition of the Countess before the alleged birth and after. The Countess is of distinguished appearance, with white hair. She admits having lived on bad terms with her husband, who is aged fifty-seven. In the course of t,he day's proceedings, the Countess, who pleaded not guilty, could give no coherent account of th6 birth, or any satisfactory reason for leaving her estate and having her ac- couchement in Berlin, or for afterwards refusing to permit the family physician, who had been summoned to Berhn, to examine either her or the child, although the physician desired to do so in order to allay the doubts he entertained as to the genuineness of the accouchement. In the evidence it was shown that the Countess had been in pecuniary difficulties for years. Over 250 witnesses were called. They were mostly Polish peasant women, with oabies in their arms, unable to speak a word of German.— Reuter. -u_-
AMERICA'S MONEY-MADNESS. Shady Methods of Trusts. The secret methods of trust promoters have been disclosed by one of their own number, and these disclosures make a very unpleasant addi- tion to the history of American finance. Mr D. Le Loy Dresser, who has described him- self as a banker, in the course of judicial proceed- ings, has told a story of transactions of such an immoral nature that there seems every ground for the Morning Post's special correspondent at Washington declaring that a "majority of the trusts will collapse like a house of cards in time of stress." The United States has reached the end of its tether for the time being," he says. "It has been reckless, improvident, extravagant it has been a victim of money madness, and in its delirium has believed that it alone held the key to riches." After remembering by way of preface that the chief object of the trust promoter is alleged to be to induce the ignorant and innocent public to purchase worthless trust shares, the trust pro- moter being paid for his services in shares, which he sells at the first opportunity, because he knows that they have little value, there is no difficulty in realising the full import of Mr Dresser's story. In bare outline it was that Mr Dresser, as a banker, essayed to finance the Shipbuilding I Trust, which is of course juite distinct from Mr Morgan's Atlantic Combine," and eventually this trust was formed. At that time Charles M. Schwab was president of the Billion Dollar M. Schwab was president of the Billion Dollar Steel Trust, which makes armour plate. Schwab heard that a rival to bis ateel concern—viz., the Bethlehem Works—was for sale, and he bought it for £1,440,000. But in his capacity of trnst promoter Mr Schwab only bought to sell, and looking round for a likely custutnfer he hit upon the Shipbuild- ing Trust. They were perfectly willing to buy, but would Mr Schwab take shipbuilding bonds in payment ? This did not stand in the way of Mr Schwab making a deal. In less than no time he had sold bis property tor £2,000,000 in bonds, £2,000,000 in preferred stock, and £2,000.000 in common stock total face value of £6,000.000 for what had cost £1,440.000. But Mr Schwab got something more even than his bonds and his stock. Mr Schwab and Mr J. Pierpont Morgan, the progenitor and guardian angel of the Steel Trust, had a joint interest in this Bethlehem deal. Schwab told the shipbuilding people that he would have to give £1,000,000 of hia £6,000,000 of stock to Mr Morgan, the reason for this not being clearly stated, but the supposition being that Mr Morgan had furnished the cash, or at least a part of it, to buy the Bethlehem works. Mr Schwab and Mr Morgan not only got their bonds and stock, but also got an agreement from Dresser and Nixon—Nixon being the president of the Shipbuilding Trust-—that not a single share of stock owned by any of the other insiders or promoters should be sold until the Schwab-Morcan stock had been unloaded on the public. It is proper to add that tbe house of Messrs J. P. Morgan and Co. issued a statement deny- ing that it had anything to do with the financing of the Shipbuilding Trust, but the denial is regarded as technical. Sensational Runs on Banks. St. Louis, Tuesday.—As a result of disquieting rumours a run has started on the Mississippi Valley Trust Company, one of the largest of such institutions in the United States. The liabilities of the company, including deposit capital, surplus and undivided profits, are about 25,500,000 dollars. Depositors received their money as fast as they poured in. The second vice-pn-sident said he did not fear a run and that the bank was perfectly safe. Mr Francis, ex-Governor of the State, and president of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, who is a direc- tor of the Trust, addressed the crowd. He said he hoped they would do nothing to cause dis- credit to the city and its institutions. The eyes of the world were on St. Louis. He declared that a disinterested committee bad recently failed to find anything to cause apprehension as to the stability of the institution, which was able to pay all wanting money. Subsequently a run was started on the Mercan- tile Trust Company, with a deposit capital and surplus liabilities amounting to about 10,000,000 dollars. The officials of the company mingled with tbe crowd, assuring everybody that their deposits would speedily be paid. The run spread to the Lincoln Trust 00., of which the deposits, stock and surplus liabilities are 6,000,000 dollars. The money was paid out as fast as it was de- manded. The president said that the run was due to rumours printed in out-of-town papers concern- ing the stability of the St. Louis Trust Com- panies. The savings departments of the three trust companies concerned are alone affected. St. Louis (Later).—The directors of the Mer- cantile Trust Co., representing several million dollars, have signed an agreement stating that they guaranteed the payment of all deposits to .the extent of their own individual fortunes, know- ing the affairs of the company to be safe and sound.—Reuter. Money Tightness in South Africa. Cape Town, Tuesday.— As many rumours have been current of commercial disasters I have made inquiries of bankers and other responsible persons, who all say that the situation is sound n the whole. There is great tightness of money owing to overstocking of stores, lash specula- tion, the cessation of military imports of specie, and worst of all the calamitous drought, which has only broken in cases of the last day or two, but no serious breakdown of general credit is anticipated. It cannot be reiterated too often that reief turns mostly on obtaining a supply of labour for the mines.—Press Association Special Telegram.
CANADA'S DISAPPOINTMENT. Striking Speech by Sir W. Laurier. The Alaska award gave rise to a startling debate in the Canadian Parliament on Friday, which concluded, according to the Ottawa cor- respondent of the Standard," with some re, markable utterances by the Premier, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Mr Borden, the Iieader of the Opposition, blamed the Government for having no umpire on the Tribunal, and said that Canada should have withdrawn the moment the nature of tho Tribunal was made known. Canada. should have had three Canadians on the Commission instead of two, Sir Wilfrid Lanrier, in reply, regretted that Mr Borden had so little confidence in the Chief Justice of England but, for his part, he would wait until Lord Alverstone's reasoned opinion was received. It might be that the Government bad made a mistake in accepting the Chief Justice of England, instead of insisting on the appointment of three Canadians but he. however, refused to associate himself with any such idea until Lord Averstone'e opinion was before them. He (Sir W. Laurier) had always thought that Canada's claim was beyond doubt, but there was an argument on the other side. The Premier went on to say that he was sorry he could not give Parliament all the corres- pondence with Great Britain, but next Session, no matter what protest might come from abroad, it woula be presented. He regretted that Canada had no treaty-making powers. Otherwise Canada's political relations with Great Britain were satisfactory. Sir Wilfrid Laurier concluded his speech by suggesting the construction of an all-Canadian railway to Yukon. The speech has been well received. Renter's report of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's speech is as follows They might have made a mis- take in sunposing that Canada's interests were safe in the hands of the Lord Chief Justice of England, in a matter involving a judicial deci- sion. They would not believe it until they had Lord Alverstone's reasoned opinion. Had Canada refused to proceed after the treaty was signed by,the King the result would have been that the Afnerican Sag would have flown over all the disputed territory, or bey would have had to fight for their rights. But the United States had not got all they contended for, while Canada had got the best part of the contention."
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The Proposed Dock Extension at Newport, I On Tuesday the directors of the Alexandra Newport and South Wales) Dock Company met in London and went into the plans for the pio- posed extension of the company's undertaking. Mr Macauley was present, and at the close in- formed our representative that the directors had decided to go on with the Parliamentary Bill to ) I extend tLc dccl: -vi '.L; lines luiilca'.ccl in these columns. The above sketch plan shows what is now pro- posed to be done. The dock extension will be shoe-shaped, and 43 acres in extent. The reser- voir will be 19 acres, and the new timber float 17 acres, making 36 acres as stated. The other details are the same as given on Tuesday and on August 31st last.
AN ACT OF GOD." ROAD SUBSIDENCE Nr. lLANDEFEILOG Llanelly Motorist's Claim. At the meeting of the Carmarthenshire County Council on Wednesday at the Shire Hall, Car- marthen, Mr J. W. Gwynne-Hughes, Tregvb, presiding. Mr W. J. Maybery, Llanelly, sent in a claim for X74 17s Got for damages to his motor- car, caused by the subsidence of tha main road near Llandefeilog Hill on the 17th inst. The surveyor (Mr C. H. Mounsey) said he did not know of the subsidence until tbe 21st inst. It was caused by watel from the adjoining fields completely lifting the road. The thoroughfare had now been closed. He did not consider that the accident was due to anything but an act of God. Mr John Johns, Parcethyn, said he knew the surveyor had received similar letters, and he moved that the clerk (Mr J. W. Nicholas) reply that the Council were sorry for what had hap- pened, but that the circumstances were dua to the weather, for which the Council could not beheld responsible, as it was an act of God. Dr. R. L. Thomas, St. Clear's, seconded the motion, which was adopted.
LANGUAGE OF THE COURTS. Protest at Newport. There were two cases at Newport on Wednesday where women appeared to answer summonses for using obscene language. There were a number of women and children in the court, and the language of the gutter was repeated in their presence. At a later period the Rev. IIarry Abraham asked, in the interest of decency and morality,that some- thing should be done to prevent the repetition of such language in the court. The offence inside the court was often worse than the offence out- side. He had seen women blush with shame at the language which they were compelled to hear at the court. Mr A. J. Stevens said that it was difficult for the Bench to adjudicate unless what was said was repeated, It was just as objection- able to the Bench as it was to those having business at the court to hear such language, Mr Abraham said that the practice at other courts was to have the language in such cases written and handed to the Bench, and then given to the defendant. The Mayor said that the Bench de- sired to keep the court as decent as possible. Mr Abraham replied that is often most indecent.
FORGERY ALLEGED, Cardiff Man Charged in -Devonshire. At South Molton Borough Police Court on Wednesday Edwin George Williams, of Cardiff, was charged on remand with falsely representing himself as organising secretary of the Commer- cial and Retail Trade Protection Association, of Cardiff, London, etc., thereby obtaining from a South Molton tradesman, namea Howe, the sum of two guineas, with intent to defraud. Another charge against prisoner was of forging the en- dorsement of a cheque amounting to £ 7 14s in the name of William Nott Howe, with intent to de- fraud. The prosecuting solicitor asked for a further remand until Tuesday next, and that bail be increased to two sureties in S.200 each, instead of XIOO, as the cases were more serious than anticipated. Prisoner was accordingly remanded until Tuesday next, and removed in custody.
TWO LONE GIRLS. Ask Cardiff Magistrates for Help. A couple of good-looking girl", one :\8 and the other 19, asked the magistrates at Cardiff on Wednesday to assist them. Until recently they were in domestic service, but they had left, and gradually drifted to Mary Ann-street. from which place they desired to escape. The Mayor spoke kindly to them, giving sound advice. The eldest, whose parents are dead, was placed in charge of the Salvation Army, and the other was sent home to her mother, who lives in a small town in the Ogmore Valley.
MARINE FIREMAN'S EXPERIENCE. Ernest Pollard and Charles Brown, labourers, of 10, Dock-parade, were charged on remand at Newport on Wednesday with assaulting and robb- ing Patrick Connor,marine fireman. Connor's story waa that on Thursday last he was paid off at Sharpness, and went on to Newport, where he fell in with prisoners, whom he treated. Connor agreed to accompany the men home, but on turn- ing into South Market-street he was knocked down, and some papers rel&ting to 20 houses, which he owned in Sydney, Australia, two pounds in gold, and a bottle of whisky were taken from him. Prosecutor shouted for help, and the pri- soners ran away. Other evidence showed that prcsecutor was drunk at the time. Prisoners denied the assault or robbery, but Pollard stated that he took the bottle of whisky from Connor because he was going to strike him with it. The Bench discharged Brown, but found Pollard, who had been before the Court on 26 previous occasions, guilty of stealing the whisky, and was fined 21s, or a month's imprisonment. j
A CARDIFF AFFILIATION CASE. At Cardiff on Tuesday (before the Deputy- Stipendiary, Mr E. Milner Jones) George Charles Launcelot Shapland, a married gentleman, of independent means, living in Richmond-road, was summoned by a fashionably-dressed young woman named Hilda Williamson to show cause, &c. Mr Harold M. Lloyd, who appeared for the complainant, stated that she had lived in Eclipse-street, and in September, 1902, was de. livered of a female child, of which the defendant was the father, Defendant, some twelva months ago, entered into an arrangement to pay the complainant 4s a week, but there was a sum of X2 8s now due, which was the cause of these proceedings. Complainant, in her evidence, stated that she saw the defendant on Saturday last and he then asked her to settle. The defen- dant/did not appear. The Deputy-Stipendiary trad6 an order of 4s a week and all costs.
PONY'S PACES AT NEWPORT. William Reginald Rees, the tenant of a small holding at Biahton, was represented by his wife at Wednesday's Newport Police Court in answer to a summons for furious driving. Rees drove into Maindee on Thursday last. and on the return journey tbe pony-was frightened by an engine, and ran away. Rees did not appear to try to pull the pony up, and it dashed along Chepstow- road at a faster rate than the police officer had I seen a horse travel before. Near Victoria- avenue the trap almost collided with a tramcar, and children going home from school narrowly escaped being run over. Some distance further on Rees was thrown out of the trap, and had bis ace badly bruised. Defendant was fined 21s.
WOMAN'S ARM FRACTURED. Cruel Assault at Mountain Ash. At Mountain Ash Police Court on Wednesday Maria James charged Alfred Price for doing her grievous bodily harm on September 1st. Mr W.J. Shipton appeared for prosecutrix, and Mr Gwilym Jones for defendant. The charge was reduced to one of common assault. Mr Shipton said defendant was beating his wife when Mrs James, who was passing the house at the time, told him to desist, whereupon he gave her a blow, fracturing her arm. She had been confined to her house for three weeks in consequence. A fine of £ 5 was imposed, £ 3 to go to Mrs James, or one month's imprisonment. — -r —i
ALLEGED RAILWAY 1 HEFTS AT BARRY. Frank Rees (26), of 17, Burlingtcn-street Barry, a store-keeper at the docks, was arrested early on Wednesday by Dock Constable Edwards at that place, when attempting to enter a rail- way goods van. After the arrest prisoner's house was searched, and some goods alleged to have been stolen were discovered. Prisoner was brought up and remanded until Friday, when be will appear at the Police Court.
Mr Sidney Forcov, 'machinist, of 133, Wood- vilie-road, Cardiff, died with painful suddenness on Monday afternoon. He returned home ap- parently in his usual health, and took some firewood into the garden. On returning to the house immediately afterwards he fell down dead. Dr. Morris, Ctwys-road, was sent for, and it is eMed be attzibates dwtb to heart duettee. I
j MOTOR-CAR AND TRAP COLLIDE I I Cardiff Engineer Fined at Newport. I At Newport on Satnrday Richard Clay, elec- tLÍcal engineer, of 21, Oakfield-street, Cardiff, ap- peared to answer a summons for furiously driving a motor-car so as to endanger the lives of pas- sengers on the Caerleon road on the 10th ult. Mr George David, solicitor, of Cardiff, defended. is, wife of Arthur Harris Blacksmith's Farm, Llandegweth,stated that she was driving in a trap from Newport on Saturday, the 10th inst.. in company with Mrs Thomas, of the Buildings Farm, Llandegweth. When near the St. Julian's Inn the horse became restive at the approach of Inn the horse became restive at the approach of a motor car, which was being driven at a fnrious rate, Ib,nd backed a little, and the car struck the right wheel of the cart. Witness was j thrown into the roadway, the shafts of the trap were broken, and the horse ran away. The defendant did not offer any assistance, and witness and Mrs Thomas had to walk home. James Geen said that the motor-car travelled James Geen said that the motor-car travelled down the St. Julian's hill at a furious pace, and collided with the trap near the bottom of the opposite incline. Witness held up his band to stop the car, but the car did not stop Wil- liam Heywood Millar, accountant at Lloyd's Bank, Newport, who witnessed the accident, said that the motor-car was travelling three times as fast as a horse could gallop. Defendant, his brother, Mrs Clay, and the other occupants of the car, gave evidence to the effect that the car travelled down the incline at the rate of eight or nine miles per hour, and that on seeing that the horse was restive the car was slowed down. The collision was due to the horse backing into the motor-car, but the impact was so slight that Mrs Clay said that she did not feel the effect of it. The Bench held the case proved, and fined defen- dant 50s, including costs. r
THE NEWEST IN RAILWAYS. New York, which is usually the pioneer nowa- days in all forms of locomotion, is once more about to show the way with an entirely new type of railway. It is to be a railway without trains or stoppages, to take the place of the ordinary underground methods. It is, in a word, to be worked on a system of moving platforms which t will never stop. Beside the stationary platform I at which you enter or get off will run another platform at the rate of three miles an hour beyond it will be another moving at six miles an hour and beyond that yet another, provided with comfortable seats, moving at nine miles an hour. Thus by this graduated process it will be easy for any passenger to step from one plat- form to another without difficulty or fear of | falling, getting on or alighting at whatever point suits be3t. The platforms will iun with- The New Amciicau Moving Platform Railway. out stopping for twelve hours,and will be capable of carrying 70,000 persons in the hour and 840.000 in the day. The cars are joined in such a way as to present a continuous line of flooring without any intervening space. The great advan- tage is that passengers need not waste a second in waiting for a train to como in, but can get on at once and get off as soon as their destination is reached. Mr Cornelius Vanderbilt is keenly interested financially in the scheme, which will involve the outlay of two millions. If it is a success we are certain to have it over heie ere long.
BOUND TO NEWPORT. Steamer Nearly Founders. The steamship Flaudria, of Ghent, bound to Newport with potatoes, struck the Runnelstone, near Land's End, yesterday morning. She appeared to be on the point of sinking, and although a terrific sea was running the crew took to the boats. They were rescued by the St. Patrick (?), of Dublin, outward bound from Swansea, and the ship, though in a sinking con- dition, was taken in tow by the St. Patrick, which succeeded, after nearly a whole day's struggle, in getting her to Newlyn, near Pen- zance.
TRANSFERRING A LICENCE. Curious Police Objection. An application was made by Thomas Henry Fletcher, licensee of the Horse and'Jockey Inn, Pontymoile, at the Pontypool Police Court on Saturday for the temporary transfer of the licence to his son, William Henry Fletcher. Mr W. Everett, solicitor, appeared for applicant. Super- intendent James offered objection on the ground that the ?on was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence inasmuch as be had been convicted in 1902 for aiding and abetting in furious driving, and for an assault in the same year. Mr Everett expressed surprise at the objection, and observed that the assault charge was one in which Fletcher had been found guilty of using more force than was necessary in ejecting a person from the house. In the furious driving case he bad acted as referee in a trotting match, and •inch a trivial offence should not stain his character. The Bench, after retiring to con sider their decision, granted the transfer. ->
THRASHED HIS BOY WITH A ROPE. David Jenkins, a widower. timberman by occupation, livingat Commercial-street, Taly- wain, near Pontlypwl: was charged at Pontypool on Saturday with assaulting his niae-year old son by thrashing him with a rope on the 8th inst. Mr W. Everett prosecuted on behalf of the N.S.P.C.C., instructed by Inspector Sparkes. The little lad, in giving evidence, said his father put him across his knee early in tha morning, when he only had his shirt on, and thrashed him with a piece of rope. Dr. Mulligan stated he found the boy severely bruised on his back, across the loins, and down the buttocks. The skin was not broken, but he thought the little fellow must have been caused considerable pa.in. and that the chastisement was beyond what was fair and reasonable. Ann Morris, the boy's grandmother, said the lad had complained to her that he was too sore to sit down. Defendant ad- mitted thrashing the boy, and expressed sorrow. He was fined 40s.
CONSTABLE AND MILITIAMAN. Hostile Crowd at Pentre. GwilymLewis and Benjamin Ayres. two young Militiumen, were charged at Pontypridd on Wednesday with having deserted their regiment. Avres was also summoned for assaulting the police. P.S. Morris and P.C. James made in- quiries respecting the defendants at Pentre on Monday evening, and upon finding them the first- named arrested Lewis. Ayres ran away, the constable foHowing him. The latter gamed upon him, and when he was nearly overtaking him Ayres suddenly stooped and held the con- stable by the legs. In the struggle which fol- lowed James said he was kicked all over the body, and the crowd which gathered was hostile and assisted the prisoner. Ayres was committed to two months' hard labour, and Lewis was handed over to a military escort.
NORTH WALIAN'S MISFORTUNES. The first meeting was held on Wednesday at the office of Mr W. L. Daniel, official receiver, Merthyr, of the creditors of Thoma3 George, labourer, 12, Bryntaf, Aberfan, Merthyr Vale. The statement of affairs showed the gross liabilities amounted to R112 2s 2d, and the deficiency to iE97 198 2d. The cause of failure alleged by the debtor were as follow :— My earnings when at Corris were not sufficient to enable me to pay my way, and I therefore re- moved to South Wales in the hope of earning better wages,but hate been prevented from doing so by occasional periods of ill-health illness off a.nd on for several years of my first wife, which necessitated my losing work to attend to her, and AKao,tibe i"owtb of my second wife." .z
Welsh Miner Emigrants. I) INQUIRY AT PHILADELPHIA. An Alleged Conspiracy. New York, Saturdav.—The investigations which are now being conducted by the State officials at Philadelphia into the illegal impor- tation of Welsh coai miners are reported to have resulted in the discovery of a conspiracy by colliery owners and other large employers of labour to svade the Contract Labour Law. One coal and iron company i-- Io have brought into Pennsylvania no fewer than 500 workmen since the begim.ing of this year, and it is suggested that this could not have been done without col- lusion with the officials of the Immigration Department at various ports. The matter is now before the Trade Union leaders, and action will, it is promised, lie taken by the American Federa- tion of Labour with a view to ensuring that the offenders are brought to justice. Globo" Telegram. State Officials Charged With Bribery. New York, Saturday.—An official investigation is at present being held at Washington into allegations of bribery against officers of the Federal Department of Labour and Commerce, which may throw bome much needed light on the operations of the Contract Labour Law. At Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the manager of a large industrial establishment is at present awaiting trial on a charge of libelling members of the Immigration Department. An officer ot the department went to arrest a man said to have been imported in violation of the Contract Labour Law, when the defendant publicly made allegations of bribery and corruption, which, by order of the Washington authorities, are now to be judically investigated. In Massachusetts proceedings for violation of the same law are pending against a number of cotton spinners. It is evident, therefore, that there is a widespread discosition, at any rate, to attempt to evacle the law as to the im- portation of alien labour. The Labour leaders are confident that there is not only the disposi- tion but the money and the organisation to import alien lnbour in defiance to the law and to the detriment of the American workmen.—" Globe" Telegram. EMIGRATION INDUCEMENTS ILLEGAL. Mr D. T. Phillips. United States Consul at Cardiff, has received a letter from the U.S.A. Consul at Liverpool stating that the latter's attention had been called to advertisements in certain South Wales newspapers holding out in- ducements to miners, blacksmiths, and other workmen and artizans to emigrate to the United States. Under Section 6 and 7 of the Emigra- tion Laws all persons who emigrate under such inducements are liable to deportation. It is not iuoprobable, the writer adds, that this system of inducing emigration is part of the scheme which it is charged exists for organised violation of the contract labour laws of the United States, and he has notified he steamship companies at Liverpool of this violation of the law.
LIFE INSURANCE. Important Case at Llanelly At the Llanelly County Court on Tuesday (before Judge Bishop) Wm. Henry Bowen, Union Inn, Felmfoel, sued the Royal Liver Friendly Society, Liverpool, for tne return of money paid, amounting to zEI5 7s, on his own behalf, and as personal representative of the late Mrs Ellen Bowea. Mr J. Lewis Phillips appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr T. R. Ludford defended. The case was that plaintiff's mother imrs Ellen Bowen) insured her mother-in-law fMrs Hannah Bowen) in the society in August, 1897. In January last Mrs Ellen Bowen died, and her son (the plaintiff) was approached by the company's agent and advised to continue paying the pre- miums. Upon the death of the person insured he was informed that he could not et the money without the consent of the' insured's husband, who refused to sign his consent. JamesiJenkins, Aberamman, said the proposal form was in his writing, and the cross marked thereon was the signature of Wm. Bowen, plaintiff's father, and was placed there by him (witness). Wm. Henry Bowen sa.id that Mrs Hannah Bowen's husband would consent to sign if he would expend the money on a monument for the grave, which he could not do at present. He had only paid JE1 5s since the death of his mother. Mr Ludford said that the company did not attempt to wriggle out of their obligations. They had contended all along that until Mrs Hannah Bowen's husband signed they could not pay the money. The piaintiff, who had an interest of iEl 5s, sought to recover kl5 7s. His mother the company did not recognise at all, but his father. Wm. Bowen, the husband of the insured, being the next of kin, could recover, and therefore, in addition to having to pay the S18, thecompany would also have to pay the premiums if his Honour went against tbe;n. The principle was of great im- porta-nce. His Honour intimated thàt he would find against the company, and give leave to appeal, but after further argument he decided to take time to consider his judgment, which he reserved until next court.
SWAN8EA COUNTY COURT. Alleged Malingering. At Swansea County Court on Tuesday, before his Honour Judge Gwilym Williams, the hearing was resumed of an action brought by Henry Joseph Davies, a checker, against the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Co., under the Work- men's Compensation ^.ct, with regard to a strain of the back alleged to have been sustained while in the company's service. On the previous day evidence was given that the applicant was malingering, and the judge decided to bear Dr. Jabez Thomas, the official medical referee, before giving his decision. Yesterdav, after hear- ing Dr. Thoma3, the judge gave judgment for the defendants. Maintenance of a Child. W. J. Hilston, of 678, Neath-road, Llansamlet, sued W. Clement, of the Bird in Hand, High street, Swansea, for X8 12s, alleged to be due, with respect to the maintenance of defendant's child. Mr Powell, Neath, was for plaintiff, and Mr Stobo Andrews for the defence. For the plaintiff it was stated plaintiff agreed to take the child for 4s a week, in consequence of defendant's wife having poisoned her hand. iEl 10a had been paid. and the claim was for the balance. For the defendant it was denied thtlt any such arrange- ment was entered into, and it was alleged that it was at plaintiff's wish that the baby was left with her. Further, defendant's wife paid about 2s a week for laundry, milk and clothing being also furnished. Plaintiff's daughter was ill and she desired that the child should remain with her. His Honour found for the defendant. Claim Under a Bond. Charles Mitchell, foreman builder, of Rhyd- dings Park-road, was sued by the Gresham Pub- lishing Company in respect of a bond he had entered into in regard to the appointment of a collector, named J. J. Crocker. Mr Meager (for the plaintiffs) said defendant had signed his name as surety to the extent of £50 for Crocker on Crocker's appointment to act as collector for plaintiffs. It was now alleged that there were deficiencies amounting to X47 129, money col- lected from 165 persons, and this defendant was called on to make good under his bond. To prove all these cases would necessitate the calling of the whole 165 persons, and to avoid this he prcposed to prove.one or two cases, and then ask for a declaration of liability and an inquiry as to the amount due. George Mclnnes, local manager to plaintifis, spoke to certain sums being received by Crocker which had not been accounted for. Mr Rowlands (for the defendant; submitted that as the guarantor was not informed of the deficiency till four months after Crocker was dismissed he was discharged of his liability. The judge decided that the matter was one for investigation, and said the inquiry would come back to him for decision. i
I CARMARTHEN BOROUGHS. FURTHER COMPLICATIONS. Major E. R. Jones as Candidate. The secretary of the Llanelly Trades and Labour Council received a letter yesterday from Major E. R. Jones, editor of the "Shipping World," ex-American Consul at Cardiff, and ex-M.P. for the Carmarthen Boroughs, accepting an invitation to contest the constituency in the Labour interest at the next General Election. The Trades Council is running counter to the Liberal Association, because the latter when approached by them would not consent to give them a voice in the selection of a candidate. Major Jones was not nominated as a Liberal candidate, and next Satarday the Joint Liberal Council will meet at Llanelly to decide on the rival claims of Mr Alfred Davies, M.P., the sitting member, and Mr T. Terrell. K,C. The last meeting ended abruptly on account of several Liberals leaving the room as a protest against not allowing Mr Terrell an opportunity to address the electors, With Sir John Jones Jenkins mentioned as a possible Independent Liberal candidate, and the probable advent of a Tory candidate, matters are getting very com- plicated in the Carmarthen Boroughs. __n
MYSTERY OF A GIRL. Found in a Gravel Pit. Violet Burnpstead (15), domestic servant, who I disappeared from her situation at Bury St. Edmunds a week ago, was found on Sunday under extraordinary circumstances. She went to I a village four miles away, and after that all trace of her was lost until a gamekeeper found her in a gravel jut in an exhausted condition. At first she deniOTT her identity, but altimately admitted it. The story the girl told was in. coherent, and she was removed to the Infirmary.
MR DEVLIN, M.P., AT NEWPORT, Under the auspices of the Robert Emmet I Branch (Newport) of the United Irish Leagne, Mr Joseph Devlin, M.P Kilkenny, general secretary of the United Irish League, addressed a meeting of Irishmen at the League Hall, New- port, OIl Tuesday evening. Alderman T. Canning presided. A resolution of confidence in the Irish Parliamentary party was carried. Mr Devlin said the Irish Parliamentary party was not only a Nationalist party, but it was also a Labour party. As to Irish national self-government the ¡ people of Ireland would not rest satisfied until it f was attained.
DUMPING IN SOUTH WALES. BIG CONTRACTS ~F0R FOREIGN BARS. 50,000 Tons Sold in Two Days. During the past week or two agents have been busy placing contracts in South Wales for German tinplate bars. These were offered at from 85s to 82s 6d per ton c.i f., against British bars at about 87s 6d. Some of the-e bars are to be delivered in the Monmouthshire district, and some in the neigh- bourhood of Swansea and Llanelly-in all several thousand tons. But there is at the present moment in South Wales a representative of the firm of Merton and Co., Ltd., of London, British agents of the American Steel Trust, and he has offered surplus American bars at even lower prices. It is less than a week since he started from London on his mission, and it is stated he has already secured offers for contracts for over 100,000 tons, half the quantity being for delivery to works betwteen Newport and Llanelly. The prices are understood to vary slightly in accord- ance with the quantities taken. It is reported that where the quantity to be accepted is great offers have been accepted at as low a sum as 80s, though the general price is about 81s to 8Ls 6d. The price is for delivery c.i.f., which is equal to from 2s to 2s 6d per ton, but payment is to be net against 30 days allowed by British steelmakers. The agent will remain in South Wales a few more days, and it is believed that before he leaves the sales will reach 100,000 tons for South Wales alone. The news has caused much excitement in the local metal trade. The purchasers are not confined to makers 'who have no steel works, for amongst the buyers are tinplate makers who have steel works of their own. The deliveries are to commence in January.
AGRICULTURE AND TARIFFS. Monmouthshire Approval. A general meeting of the Monmouthshire Chamber of Agriculture was held at the Beanfort Hotel, Chepstow, on Tuesday. Mr John Jeff- reys, Raglan, president, was in the chair, and there was a large attendance. It was resolved to print and circulate the scale adopted at the last meeting for the giving of com- pensation under the Agricultural Holdings Act. Mr Godfrey Leys. Chepstow, in introducing the question of preferential tariffs, said it was very much to be regretted that the proposals of Mr Chamberlain could not be discussed from the business point of view, and not from the party point of view. He thought that if Free Trade was to continue it must be universal. He fally conceded that it was a serious matter to tax the food of the people, but Mr Chamberlain's oppon- ents forgot that he proposed to take off other taxes, and that if his scheme was adopted the poor man would be better off than he was at present. The scheme would be of a great advan- tage to agriculture if it brought back into culti- vation for corn growing the two million acres of land in England which bad gone out of cultiva- tion. Such a scheme would result in bringing back to the rural districts part of the population which had migrated to the towns. Letters were read from Major Stacey, Mr R. Stratton, and Mr C. D. Phillips, who were un- able to attend. Mr Stratton wrote that he supported Mr Chamberlain's proposals be- cause he thought they were calculated to improve the general condition of all classes of the com- munity and in every way to promote the general nrosperity, strength, and unity of the Empire. Major Cyril Stacey was in entire accord with Mr Chamberlain's policy. In his letter Mr C. D. Phillips said that from his experience in manu- facturing and agricultural concerns he was con- vinced that a decided alteration was bonnd to tike place in the fiscal policy if the country was going to make progress or even to maintain its position. The present system was wholly in favour of the foreigner. What was going to happen when the foreigner had succeeded in closing British fac- tories by the process of supplying manufactured articles at a less cost than they could be made in this country ? Mr J. W. Stanton said that the question should be well thought over from every side. Mr L. C. Wrigley supported Mr Chamberlain's scheme, and said the question affected not only landlords, but all agriculturists. Mr Henry Rymer held that a change in the fiscal policy would benefit the whole country. Mr Henry Williams said that it was necessary to move with caution. They coald not but feel that the temper of the people was against any taxes upon food or raw material. It was a ques- tion that they should put before the labourers, for at present the ruial labourers held strong views m one direction. Mr Williams suggested that the Chambershould pass aresolntion approv- ing an inquiry being held into the fiscal changes proposed by Mr Chamberlain. Sir William Marling said that he looked with favour upon the proposals of Mr Chamberlain, but they should not overlook the fact that his proposals were being opposed by men of the standing of the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Goschen. It was necessary that they should encourage the growth of wheat in Canada, and in that connection nothing more unfortunate had ever been done than to allow Mr Ritchie to take the shilling duty off corn, for by that duty they might have given a preference to Canada without any injury to the consumer. Mr Henry Clay moved a resolution approving an mquiry into the fiscal changes proposed by Mr Chamberlain. Mr A. G. Burchart-Ashton seconded. He said that he was a Free Trader in principle, but a long experience in foreign countries led him to feel the necessity of having something by which we could hit back when countries unfairly taxed our goods. The Chamber unanimously passed ^the resolution. Colonel Philip A. Smith introduced a discus- sion on Mr Jesse Collings's Land Bill for Eng- land. which he said was unnecessary. The scheme of the Bill was unworkable, and was one under which the tenant would be 47 years in pur- chasing a seven-eighths interest in his farm, and then at the end of that period would be subjected to a perpetual rentat of one-eighth of the annual value of his holding. Mr Henry Williams taid that in the perpetual rent charge he saw the toin end of the wedge of the nationalisation of the land. He, however, thought that the Bill ought to be further con. sidered by the Chamber. A resolution to the effect tlit., the Bill was un- necessary was passed. -n_
TAFF'S WELL TRAGEDY. PICKETT BEF0RE~THE MAGISTRATES. At Llandaff on Monday (before Dr. Taylor, in the chair, Sir J. Gunn, and Mr E. David) Harry Pickett, alias Sawyer, was charged on remand with wounding with intent John Herbert, barge* man, at Taff's Well, on Wednesday night last. Prisoner, who appeared to be somewhat pale, was represented by Mr W. W. Edmunds. The statement made by Sergeant Canton, of Taff's Well, before Mr David Duacan at the. office of Mr Charles Evans (clerk to the Llandaff justices) on Thursday was read over, and then Superintendent Giddings asked for a remand. Mr Edmunds applied for bail. He said pri- soner was a respectable man, and prior to this very little was known about him. He had a complete answer to the charge, and as Herbert was now out of danger the course of justice would not be defeated by liberating accused on bail. In reply to the Bench, Supt. Giddings said that Herbert was somewhat better, and was able to speak on Sunday, but it was not likely he would be able to attend at court within three weeks. The application for bail was rsfused, and prisoner was remanded for a week.
A DOWLAIS CHILD'S DEATH. n:I. 4.u„ I_A"' uitiliiubut,ob tu uic iinjueai. At an inquest held at Clarence Hotel, Dow- lais, on Tuesday evening, as to the cause ot death of an infant of six weeks old, son ot Samuel and Elizabeth May Jones,- 108, ifor- street, Dowlais, found dead in bed early on Sunday morning, the mother stated that she found the baby dead on her arm about 1.30 a.m. There were in bed besides herself and the child a little girl, aged 5 years, and her husband. First of all the witness said that she had not been ont at aJl on Saturday night, but being pressed said that sbe was out a bit, and left her younger sister to look after the baby. She acknowledged that she and her husband quarrelled, but denied that he struck her or that the child fell out of her arms. Two other witnesses (neighbours) testified to the quarrel, and one (Mrs Jennings) said that she took the child from the little girl's arms into her own horse and warmed it, as it was cold. Both witnesses said that the mother and father were drunk, the woman being the worse of the two. Mr Emlyn Davies, flannel merchant, living at No. 10, Ifor-street, opposite, said that he saw the man strike his wife twice, the second time striking her down, and the baby rolled out of her arms. This statement waa denied by the husband. The Coroner (Mr R. J. Rhys) adjourned the inquest until to-day for the doctor to make a further examination of the body of the child.
PWLLHELI MURDER CHARGE. Prisoner Unable to Plead. At Carnarvonshire Assizes on londay W. D. Evans, veterinary surgeon, indicted for the murder of his wife near Pwllheli, was found to be incapable of pleadju. and was ordered to be de- tained during his Majesty's pleasure.
ROBBED A SLOT-METER AT NEWPORT. At Newport on Wednesday two youths named Cornelius Dowd, of 1, Rudry street, and William Miles, of 6, Rudry-street, appeared to answer a charge of damaging a gas meter and stealing and receiving 9s 6d in coppers. The house, 1, Rudry-street, was vacant for a few boars oc Thursday last, and in that interval Dowt: assisted Miles to get over the back wall. MiI then went into the house, smashed the box of the meter, and took out the money, which he afterwards said amonnted to but 4s, and gave Dowd a shilling out of it. Dowd, who had been convicted on previous occasions, was sentenced to one month's imprisonment, and Miles cautioned and discharged.
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