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Parliament House Aflame. CALAMITY IN TURKEY. Budget and Other Documents Burned. Constantinople, Wednestay.—A fire broke out this morning in Chiragan Palace, m which the Turkish Parliament meets. The fire destroyed a large part of the build- h»2 The outbreak was the result of an acci- dent. The Chamber of Deputies was practically entirelv consumed. Later —The Chiragan Palace has been en- tirelv destroyed. The material loss is very Berious, as the building cost 4,000,000 Turkish pounds. The fire originated at a point be- tween the private apartments reserved for the use of the Sultan, and the Chamber of Deputies. It is believed that the conflagration was due to a defective heating apparatus, although suggestions are afoot that it was the work of a reactionary agent. Fanned by a strong wind, the frames spread rapidly, the ornamental woodwork, with which the whole of the interior of the building was decorated, providing abundant and highly- infiammable material. Very little of the furni- ture and but few of the documents were saved. Salvage work was effected by sailors of the Embassy stationaires, especially those of the Russian and American vessels, who were the first to arrive on the scene, and worked splen- didly. Practically an the archives of the Chamber of Deputies, including a number of important Bills in course of examination by the various Committees and the Budget Estimates for 1910-11. were burnt. The destruction of thePa.lace iafnothing short of a national calamity, and the disaster will produce a certain dislocation of Parliamentary business owing to the loss of the papers and the necessity for obtaining new premises. The event has produced a deep impression on the public, and the superstitious Oriental mind is ipclined to regard it as an evil omen for the new Cabinet. Thousands witnessed the conflagration from the housetops of Stamboul and other points of vantage, and were pro- foundly moved by the sight. The foreign Am- bassadors have expressed to Refaat Pasha, Minister for Foreign Affairs, their sympathy with the Turkish nation in their great loss. it is.rumonred that the Session will be continued at Tashkishla Barracks, which will be remem- bered as the scene of the stubborn resistance offered to Salonika troops in Aprijl last, when they were subduing the mutinous garrison- Fortunately, owing to the Armenian and Greek festival, the Chamber was not sitting at the time of the outbreak.—Renter.
Crosland Libel Case. BANKING ACCOUNT TO BE SEARCHED. SENSATIONAL ALLEGATIONS. The libel case which the Hon. H. F. W. Manners-Button is bringing against Mr T. W. H. Crosland, the wefl-knewn journalist and author, was mentioned on Wednesday in the Common Serjeant's Court,atthe Old Bailey. Mr Valetta, on behalf of the defendant, applied for an order for the inspection of the banking account of the prosecutor and to take certain entries. In supporting his application counsel read the following affidavit which bad been made by Mr Crosland that day :— 1. That I was present and surrendered at the Central Criminal Court on the 29th day of November, 1909, when an order was made that the trial should stand adjourned until the February-Sessions. This order was made to enable me, if possible, to obtain the attendance of one Maggie Dopoetva material witness in my behalf. 2. Since the hearing of the apjaicawon tfbove referred to, I have used my best endea- vours to obtain the attendance of the said Xaggie Dapont, but have so far failed. I.have aØó unsuccessfully taken steps to "trace.the present whereabouts of her lathee. J. The evidence af"thesaidMSf!#ie Dwpowfc fywH her father is, I am advised, material to my easf, rn order to suppw, the plea. of justifica- tion, and affirmatively prove certain admissions that have beem made tayme by the prosecutor, prinr to the institution of, tliese proceedings, and, failing tfoeir attendance, it as of the utmost importance-that I sbotdd be in a position to adduce otber evidence in suppertof tfee same facts. Alleged Admissions. 44 4. The admissions made to me by the prosecutor, and which admissions have been Repeated upon aeseeral occasions, are that he ftfce proseeutor)=son»e-few yeaas ago procured from a school the said Maggie Dupoct, then a yOung girl under the age of 15 years, aad iftiat Jtbis procuration wasobtained,by the assistance Mone Baodemont, whohassince been deported Under the Aliens Act, for whose services in the procuration of the Baid Maggie Dupont he (the (prosecutor) paid by cheefoe a sum of £ 30. And under a tbreat pwt forward by the girl's fether he (the prosecutor) also paid through Arthur Newton to the father a sum of £.1.000. 44 5. The prosecutor hasaiso stated to mcthat he is theowner of a house in Soho which he Recovered was used as a brothel, and that Sxon this-fact coming to his knowledge he-(tbe ^jsecutoc^caHsed the rent-of «uch house to be iaised. "6. The prosecutor banks and.has always banked with Messrs DruBomond, 49, Charing Cross London, S.W., and I am advised that mder the existing circumstances it is essential that I should have inspection of the prosecu- tor's banking account, and liberty to obtain therefrom such extracts as relate to the pay- ments made to the said Baademont, asolso all Bavments to the said Arthur Newton or to Messrs Arthur Newton and Company, relating to the circumstances hereinbefore, deposed to, 8IIso attch of the credits in the prosecutor's banking account asare identified with the pay- ment of rent for the said house in Soho. After some explanation, the Common Serjeant made the order for the inspection of Hiebanking- accoont'referred to. ^—i^———■
A DARiNG SUFFRAGETTE. SPEECH IN A LION'S DEft The exploits of other suffragettes were on fnesday eclipsed by Mrs Mary Alice Lloyd, of Bolton, who advocated "votes for women from a lions' cage at Bostock's Jungle, Man- chester. She entered into an agreement to de- liver a speech entirely at-buer own risk, and de- clared that she was-only actuated by a desire to.fortber the causeof the enfranchisement of women. Mcs Lloyd was introduced by Mr Harry Tudor, the manager, who said she was a gtcanger to hmi when she made the proposal to enter t-he cage. There were six: £ ae^ie«s in the cage wtncfi Iioyd entered in -company with the turner. gbe-made a-shoct speech advocating the suf- frage, and it was amusing to watch the effect d. her remarks upon the-nons. Two hung their heads very drowsily and ap- feo almost go tosleep. Another seemed rather iicklcd,an expression approaching a grin form- ing upon his features. Another was very restless, and showed a considerable degree of irritation. The attitude of one of the other lions suggested a hint to tlie lady to clear out, as he repeatedly glanced at the door.
INQUESTS AT CARDIFF. FaH and Paralysis. At a.n inquest at Cardiff on Wednesday an Elizabeth Rattenbury (63), widow of Richard Rattenbury, boot and shoe salesman, it was etatedthat three years ago deceased slipped downstairs, and, although she was able to do domestic work. she was permanently injured. Eventually she was taken to the Workhouse, Buffering from paralysis. Dr. Herbert Price stated that death was due to paralysis, acceler- ated by the accident, and a verdict to that effect was returned. Cook's Fatal Burns. An inquest was also held on Bernard Oliver, aged 58, ship's cook, who died in the Work- house. It appeared from the evidence that some months ago, while cooking in the house in which he lived in Frederick-street, he burned his face. He declined to have a doctor. Ultimately he became so bad that Mr Wil- liams, the relieving officer, removed him to the Workhouse in a cab. After hearing the evidence of Dr. Herbert Price, resident medi- cal officer of the Union, the jury returned a verdict of Death from heart disease acceler- ated by the burns deceased had accidentally received."
SW ANSEA LICENCES. Justices' Review Area. The Swansea justices have decided to con- tinue their second review of the licensed houses of the borough. The area to be dealt with this year will be from a point starting from the Royal' Institution, York-street, Fisher-street, St. Mary-street. Wassail-square, Thomas-street to Oystermouth-road, and back to the Rcfyal Institution. The committee will consist of the Mayor and Messrs J. W. Jones, John Roberts, D. C. Jones, W. Thomas. D. Roberts, J. H. Rawlings. J. Wignaii, F. Edwards. R. L. Sails, Sriffith Davies, O. Walters, W. Williams, W. J. Rees. and F. Rocke. Mr John Roberts will 1 fc* the chairman.
THRILLIHG SHtPWREGK SCENE. Many Lives Lost. Rome, Wednesday.—A message received to- night from Pratica, a small seaside town close to Rome, states briefly that a large steamer, the name of which has not been ascertained, has been wrecked close to the shore during a violent gale. Twenty-four people are reported to have been drowned, and rescue-work is impossible owing to the- high seas. Many bodies have already been washed up, while at the time the message was despatched living persons could be seen fighting a hopeless battle for life in the waves. The captain has been saved, but is seriously hurt.—Central News.
SEA-SWEPT SCHOONER. Master Washed Overboard Off St. Govan's. The schooner Jessie put into Tenby on Wednesday, when the mate reported the death of. the captain, Hubert Robert Gimmer, woo was washed overboard off St. Govan's Head early that morning. The same sea threw down another of the crew. injuring his legs, smashed the boat, and did other damago. Gimmer was at the helm at the time and was wearing a life- belt, with line attached, but upon haofmg in the belt the line parted and the captain was lost. It was Gimmee's first voyage on the Jessie, of which he had j Wt. become part- owner. He resided at Wood^ie Farm, near Saundersfoot. The vessel was bound to Boirrv Porl,with pitwood-from Dungarvan.
INQUEST ON A PRISONER. Witness's Strange Evidence. > Some remarkable statements, which, how- ever. were uncorroborated, were made bv a prisoner on Wedesday at an inquest held by Mr C. L. Drew, at H.M. Prison Wermwood Scrubbs, respecting the death of Frederick Wheeler (47), a carman, of no fixed abude, who was serving a sentence of three months for deserting his children. On Saturday night the deceased complained: of illness and next morning was removed to the prison hospital, suffering from pneumonia, .from which he died a few hours later. Arthur Pickard, a crippled prisoner, stated that while he was taking exercise last Sunday morningi he saw the deceased being taken to the hospital in a manner which he (witness) considered shameful." Deceased was being dragged along by two prisoners who did not seem to have enough.streogth to hold him up, and Wheeler, who looked very bad, was scarcely able to get along. A warder was walk- ing behind. Witness considered that Wheeler ought to have been taken to the hospital on an ambulance. Witness also stated that another prisoner, who was a cleaner in the hospital, said that the deceased when brooght in was put to bed in- a cell and the door closed on him. Closely questioned by the Coroner, witness modified his statements--to the effect that the 1 deceased was not being dragged, but was-being supported by the two prisoners he previously mentioned, and was in a-drooping position. Warder Charles Henry Payne said he asked the deceased if he could waak across the ward to the hospital, and the man replied in the affirmative. There was only one other pri- soner with deceased, and he was carrying de- ceased's kit. Witness was positive that de- ceased was not being dragged. Henry Madelin, the cleaner referred to, denied that he had made the statement which Pickard attributed, to him. Pickard, however maintained what be had said te becorreet, but admitted that he might have made a mistake with regard to the. two prisoners-helping deceased. Dr. Paton, medical officer of Hie prison, stated that the death was due to heart failure from pneumonia. He thought deceased was able to go across ifoe yard to the hospital with- out an ambulance. Witness did not think that the heart fsitare was accelerated by the de- i ceased waUrmg acroea the yard. No fltfher pffcKtnft'S that fctthottgh deceased walked slowly as if in pain, he did not seem to need ■support. It transpired that the man who carried his-kit whs discharged that morning and after some comments on this pomt from the jory, • Mr Lethbrtftge, the Governor of the Prison, 1; said that had he known what Pickard was going j to say in evidence he weald-have de- :hained fche«jan. After the Coroner, in smmmng up1, had re- marked that Pickard's -language was exagger- ated. The jury retm-ned a verdict o( Death fzom mafcuraJ causes."
WORLD'S RECORD. M. PAULHAN'S~LATEST FLIGHT. Los Angelos, Wednesday.— I will go twice as far some day," declared M. Paulhan, step- ping out of his aeroplane, nonchalantly, and lightmg a cigar, yesterday afternoon, at the conclusion of his flight in a heavy wind, from the aviation field to Arcadia and back, a dis- tance of 474 miles. Then the crowd swept-away the barriers in their enthusiasm, and carried the Frenchman shoulder high across the field. His performance-had been a most remarkable one. Just when the crowd was beginaing to think the heavy wind >rould spoil the day's sport. M. Paulbansudd-enty rose far afield, and beating against the gale circled the grand stand. Then, with the wind behind him, he dashed .swiftly in the direction of Arcadia, dis- tant 23 miles. Beneath him raced motor cycles and automobiles, in one of which was Madame Paulhan. weeping and praying. From the aviation field the aviator, through glasses, could be seen mounting higher and higher as-if his objective were the snowcapped peaks of Sierra Madres, with which he was apparently almost on a level. Then he was lost in a haze. When he arrived over Arcadia be circled the racecourse, passed over the town, and then started to return' against the-wind, at-a high elevation. Meanwbue ■ the greatest suspense was felt in the aviation field. Suddenly a shout announced that M. Paulhan had been sighted at a lofty altitude, considerably out- side the outward courseirom which the wind had carried him. He came on, however, almost as swiftly as I he went out, having struck a milder current far up, and soon gracefully swept over the field and gently settled down, amid tremendous cheering. His altitude averaged 1,000 .to<2,00& ieet, the highest bemg &.130. Altogether he took 1 hoar aad.3<minutes, r H's flight. establishes a world's recorxk Jteafcur.
LEOPARD IN A HOUSE. Indian Family Obliged to Tak*fafuge-in a Twnpfa. A correspondent-writes to a LnekiKW paper, says-the" Daily Telegraph :— A before sunrise on December 8th, at Ahlabailhut, at Ajodhya, a leopard entered the house of a pujari.' The mans little daughter, who saw the animal, fled to her father, and told him what she had-seen. The pujan, with his family and ehiM, ran into the nearest temple, the door of which he closed from inside, shooting at the top of his voice for help. This brought a large number of monkeys, as well as the inhabitants residrng in the neighbourhood. The leopard-came out of the house, sorrounded by monkeys*an<lcliinbed on to a branch of a shady tamarind tiee. Information was at once sent to Mr Maho- med Azim Khan, Deputy Collector, whose camp was at a short distance from the Ghat. The Deputy Collector immediately pro- ceeded to the spot with his gun, and making his way through the large crowd of people fired at the leopard, which dropped dead. It aMa- sured 6ft. 9iIL"
SUFFRAGETTE A HOSEPIPE. Damages Against Justices. Judge Parry at Manchester on Wednesday gave damages to the amount of 40s against the de- fendants in the case known as the Strangeways Gaol hosepipe affair, brought against certain visiting justices by Miss E. W. Davison, a suffragette. The charge was one of assault by turning on the water-hose and directing a violent stream of water on her, and the defenee was that the assault waa reasonable and necessary.. The Jtidge decided that the justices acted in good faith, but that they had no right, dutv, or power to deal with the matter, and so could not justify the assault, and that the hose-pipe was used to prevent injury to the plaintiff in the breaking down of the door and not from any ulterior motive. The damages, therefore, should be nominal.
CUNARD CO.'S NEW COM- MODORE. The Cunard Co. have appointed Captain Turner, of the Lusitania, to succeed Captain Pritchard, the retired commodore, as com- mander of theMauretftnia, and Captain Charles, has been appointed to the Lusitania, while Captain Warr, of the Campania, becomes the commodore. Captain Turner started his career as deck boy, and joined the Cunard Co. 32 years ago.
WELSH COUNTRY HOMES. XIV.-Pictan Castle. (CONTINUED). ADDITIONS BY LORD MILFORD. Description of the Interior. Our last article traced the story of Picton Castle—the most magnificent baronial castle in West Wales, from its founda-tion in Norman days to the latter part of the 18th century. The seventlt baronet, Sir Richard Phihpps, was created Lord Milford in 1766. He lived a 1- PICTGN CASTLE FROM THE S.E., AS IT IS TO-DAY. long and busy life, much of which was devoted to the public weal, but he also added very extensively to the home of his ancestors, and it is this side of his life work that more-closely concerns us-here. -The Additions of Lord Mifford. It was in about the year 1800 that Lord Mil- ford, finding the accommodation provided by the castle unequal to the scale of hospitality which he kept up, decided upon extensive additions to the fabric. These he made at the western end, on to which he built two palatial apartments—a drawing-room and a dining-room on the ground floor, with bedrooms on an equally elaborate scale above. He also added a fine staircase occupying the space in the new building nearest to the original fabric. It is matter for considerable regret, however, that Lord Milford did not make his additions in a etyle of external architecture more nearly assimilating to the older fabric. This remark also applies to considerable alterations made by him to the eastern end, from which the old PlCTON-CAfiTLE PROM THE N.E. EARLY IN THE LAST CENTURY S3BGWING THE CLASSICAL PORCH. rrurwiwu portcullised entrance, with its moat and draw- bridge, were removed and replaced by a square portico supported on Grecian columns. The moat was filled up, and its place taken by a raised terrace, flanked on either side by stone parapets. The latter remain to this day, but the square portico was removed and was replaced by a circular Nor- man doorway during the era of the second x j w I!1or,d '1bout 70 years ago. The first Lord Milford died without issue in 1823, and under his will the castle passed to Richard Bulkely Phihpps Grant, who assumed the name of Philipps, and was created Baron Milford, of Picton Castle, in 1847. He died without issue ten years later, and the cast,le and estates passed to his half-brother, the Rev. James Henry Alexander Gwyther, vicar of St. Mary s, Haverfordwest, who also bv Royal license assumed the name of Philipps. He died without male issue, and liis daughter, Mary Phtlippa, married Mr Charles Edward Gre<4 Fisher, who in 1876 sissumed by Royal license the name of Philipps—in accordance with the testamentary injunction of his father-in-law. and was subsequently created a baronet in 1887. The Present Owners. Sir Charles E. G. Philipps, who is the present owner of this lordly domain, maintains in every way its great reputation of the past. Sir Char!ep aha Lady Philipps are both notable figures hi West Wales, taking a prac- tical interest both in the affairs of the county as a whole and of the immediate district of which Picton Castle is the natural centre. Picton presents a very notable example of the manner in which a Norman castle may. without despoiling its original features, be adapted to modern ideas of comfort. What strikes the visitor more than anything else is the existence side by side of baronial magni- ficence and modern comfort and cosy homeli- ness.. A day spent at Picton Castle in the com- pany of Sir Charles and Lady Philipps is an experience not soon to be forgotten. The entrance, which is at the eastern end. leads into a low pitched hall, from the left of which a doorway opens into a cosy apartment, which is Sir diaries' library. The shape of this room is that of many others in the castle. for it is semi-circular, or nearly so, and consists of the interior of the south-eastern bastion. A glance round this apartment betrays the thickness of the walls, for the window recesses are nine feet deep. Everywhere at Picton these fine old Norman walls remain. and: they vary from about eight feet to eleven feet through. Oppo- site to this room. to the,rigit hand on enter- mg is the smoking-room, which occupies the north-eastern bastion. The Great Hall. Far and away the largest apartment in the castle is the Great Hall, which occupies its full width, and which is flanked by a bastion at Pach corner. It is a room of noble pro- portions, of great width and height, and. is ht on either side by loftv windows, into which have been introduced all the Arms of the fL. *r™*ory °f which is thhs illustrated at a glance. One of our illustrations shows the western extremity of the Great Hall, and gives an idea 'of the general character of its decorations. Both here and in other rooms on the ground floor there are very beautiful white marble mantelpieces, which were brought from Italy by Sir John Philipps about two centuries ago. The walls of the Great Hall, which are richly moulded, are of cream white, and against these the numerous family portraits in their heavy frames are seen to the best possible effect. A graceful winding staircase at the sdiith-eastern corner of the hall leads to the spacious music gallery, out of which a doorway leads to the family chapel, of which more anon. Passing out of the western end of the Great Hall a doorway on the left leads to the Turret drawing-roorn, which occupies the south- western bastion, and which is decorated dain- tily in a scheme of cream and gill;. Opposite this room, and occupying the north-western bastion, is the Morning Room. The Western, or Newer Portitn. Beyond the western end of the Great Hall you enter the newer portion of Picton Castle, J which was added by Lord Milford rather more than a century ago. The ground floor is almost entirely occupied by -the dining-room and drawing-room, while the-staircase extends the full height. The drawing-room, which is on the southern side of the -newer end of the castle, is very tastefully decorated, a good deal of this work having been carried out during the past two or three decades. The mural embellishments, which are of White, inclnde some exquisite mouldings, and into I the centre of some of thfe panels portraits of famous ancestors of the family have been effectively inserted. From one of these panels that notable 17th century figure. Sir Erasmus Philipps, looks down upon you. It is a con- temporary portrait, and a glance at it reveals a man of strong character and firm will—which indeed he was-for not only did he playa leading part in administrative affairs under the Commonwealth, but he also did much by his shrewdness in building up the fortunes of his family. Near the handsome marble rnantel- piece in this fine apartment is a large stuffed j owl, which has an '.especial interest as having been brought from the polar regions by Sir Leopold McCHntock in 1842. Among themany excellent pictures on the walls is to be noted a fine example of the Dutch artist Teniers. Magnificent mahogany doors con- nect the drawing-room and the dining- room. which is of the same size and fine pro- portions as the former room, and which contains a portrait of Lady Milford, the first wife of the second Lord Milford, who was a famous Court, beauty of her day. Other fine portraits in-zlude one of the present baronet in his uniform as Honorary Colonel of the Pembrokeshire Imperial Yeomanry. Some Curious Bedrooms. As we ascend the fine staircase -which -was part of the additions made by Lord Milford, we ask Sir Charles whether any family ghosts still 'haunt the purlieus of the castle, but with a smile and a shake of the head the popu- lar fraronet observes, No, there are not you see- where people are living corrtinuoosly, ghosts don't thrive Above the Great Hall a. long corridor occu- pies the northern side, and off this are several bedrooms, two at least of which deserve espe- cial note because of the peculiar structure of the interior. In each of these the bed -which "is at the end of the room next the corridor, is placed between two substantial walls, the extremities of which project into the bed- room to the foot of the bed. The space between these walls is only just sufficient to allow the bed to go in without leaving any room to get into it, and entrance to the bed can only be obtained by entering a door which is placed in the Hide wall near the head of th"e bed. There would appear to be little doubt that this curious arrangement was made for purposes of defence for after getting into bed the door in the side wall could be closed from the inside. This, in the event of a sudden raid, would prevent any possibility of attack upon the occupant of the room from behind, for the intruder could have to come roiind to the foot of the bed. where its occupant would at least have an opportunity of meeting his foe face to'face. Such a possibility in these days may raise a smile, but in medieval days such a contingency was by no means remote. It was for the same reason that in the Great Halls of the baronial castles the lord and his guests sat as a rule only upon one side of the long cross table on the dais. The fact was—and circumstances were such that they did not fail to appreciate it—that by sitting with a stout wall behind them the risks of having a dagger driven unawares into their back were reduced go a minimum. The Private Cfiapel. The descent of a narrow-winding staircase leads through another entrance to the music gaBery at the western end of the Great Hall. and off the corner of this two or three steps lead to Lady Philipps' boudoir, a very dain- tily decorated apartment in cream and gilt, and containing some good pictures, which nclude a fine century-old- pastel drawing of thefixet Lady Milford. The family chapel opens out at the eastern end of the music gallery, and occupies the space irmnediately ever the entrance hall and porch. It )&a beau- tifullittle chapel, and has been slightly altered and materiaDy-improved by the present baro- net. The vestry contains pictures of three bishops. which were presented to Sir Charles Philipps by the Bwhop of St. David's. A notable object in the chapel is a little organ of the 18th century date, the keyboard of which is of a very unnsoal type, the naturafcs being black and the flat,and sharps white—exactly the opposite to the conventional arrangement. Down to ttie Dungeons No account of Picton Castle would be com- re plete without a mention of the huge cellars h-low the fortress, for a visit to these at once impresses one in a striking manned with the extraordinary solidity and* maasive character of the masonry. Here you may still see the grooves in which of old time the heavy port- cullis, which was about nine feet wide, worked. Especially interesting also are therfoundationB of the great bastions, or towers, which rest upon massive low-pitched arches which spring from the edges and meei, in the centre. Here, too, are the the dungeons, now lit with electric light—but, as Sir Charles remarked with a dash o*f irony, They didn't have such luxuries in the old days. you know It may be noted that up till ten or twelve years ago Picton relied entirely for its light upon oil lamps. The introduction, however, of electric light, the plant for which is driven by two 12J horse power oil engines. made such a difference in the temperature of the building that it was found necessary to introduce a complete system of hot water heating throughout the castle, an innovation which has added very materially to the comfort of the interior. In these modern and luxurious days when the requirements of our ideals of domestic architecture have undergone such, vast changes from those which existed when the walls of proud Picton were first raised, the family may well take pride in the fact that whilo-fron, time to time additions and alter- ations have been made to bring it into line with modern ideals, almost the.- whole of the original fabric remains. So good is the ancient Norman masonry that after eight hundred years of usage by man and the relentless, elements, it still conveys the impression that nothing short of an earthquake could remove it. Next Week-Cein ltably. # INTERIOR OP THE GREAT TLAJ.T_.TITK WESTERN j £ ND.
ROYAL BETROTHAL. ment.is< £ aade42iis-ffian]Btg of the betrothal of Prm^saCtaBeotma, youngest daughter of the late King to Prince. Napoleon, son of Prince liamleon Bonaparte and Princess Mane do^ndc. The^n^amage will be cele- brated at BraasefeT»ecst Xovembcr.
YACHT WRECKED. New Yoric, Wednesday.—rhwrng a. heavy storm this morning the- schooner Mist IL went ashore on the beach at Atlantic City, New Jersey, and it is feared will become a total wreck. The yacht was owned by Mr Harold Benny, of the-New York Yacht dob, who at the time-was onboard with a party, but all those on thevessel were safely got off. -Central News.
At Abendare John JDavies, of no-fixed-abode, was fined 208 for stealing a pot of jam &om Masre-PagUela-shop a^Abeidare. I
—————————— PREY TO WOLVES. A Vienaa-corssspoiideDt states that Baron Otto Orbon, an aged TTmipu^inn magnate, h<m been teen to death by a pock of woTves. The wolves gawe>-eiia8e to the baron while be was riding on his estate, and his hozse becoming fnenaaed throw him. Be was 70~yeus*oId.
NEW YOlK EMeAREMEMT. New York, Wednesday.—The ik aanouaoed of Marjorie, daughter ofMr George Gould, to Mr Anthony J. Diesel, junior. Iteutar.
FLOOD6 IN NEW SOUTH WALES. Sydney, Wednesday.—Floods in the northern districts haye caused widespread devastatim. Stock, houses, and crops have been destroyed, and many townships have been practically wrecked. Nine fatalities are reported. A relief fund has been opened.—I&eotec.
FATAL FLRE SCENES. Three Girls Killed. „ Philldelphia, Wednesday.—In jumping from the windows of a clothingfaetory which was burned hero this morning three girls were joMed- amd 12 others received injuries necessi- tating their conveyance to hospital. Many other girls are reported to have been burned to death in the building.—Renter. New York. Wednesday.-Telegrams to the evening papers state thata dangerous fuebroke out to-day at a large blousemaking factory at Philadelphia. Some hundreds of girls were at work in the factory at the time of the outbreak and so-rapid was the spread of the flames that the escape of a considerable number of them was cut off. Forty of the girls are reported to have been burnt to death and others injured. Central News.
William Wallace, who was charged at Neath with stealing a pair of boots from outside the shop of Messrs Stead and Simpson, New-street »eatk,-was sentenced to 21 days' hard labour.
'Lloyd George at Falmouth THE DAILY MAIL STORY. Rumoured Criminal Prosecution. It will be remembered that on the occasion of Mr Lloyd George's recent visit to Falmouth the Daily Mail" published an account of his recep- tion. in which it was alleged that he was assailed at Penryn and at Falmouth by a hostile crowd, and that he was escorted from Falmouth Rail- way Station between two policemen. The story, as the Chantellor showed in his speech next day, was, as reported by us, en- tirely untrue. We. Western Daily Mercury," understand that since the denial of the story inquiries have been pursued and a sensational surprise is likely to result. A well-known ex-member of Parliament for one of the London constituencies is expected to be charged at the Mansion House in London with having committed a fraud on the news- paper in question.
MYSTERIOUS FALL INTO DOCK. Swansea Coaltrimmer's Fate. A well-known Swansea coaltrimmer. Henrv Robins, lost his life on Tuesday night under distressing circumstances at the Prince of Wales Dock. Deceased, who was 40 years of age, resided at Balaclava-street, St. Thomas, and had left home for his work about 9 p.m. on the steamship Richard Power. After working until about midnight he went ashore, apparently to fetch candles. He did not return, and his mates becoming anxious gave information to the police, who at once used grappling irons. Their search resulted in the discovery of the body about 5 a.m. on Wednesday. How he got into the water is a mystery, but it is sup- posed that he must have fallen over the side of the ship or missed his footing whilst tryftlg to get on board. He leaves a widow and six chil- dren.
DAMAGED BY FLOOD. Western Valleys Sewerage. At a meeting of the Western Valleys Sewerage Board at Newport on Wednesiday the resident engineer (Mr J. F. Jupp) reported that floods had carried away strips of land near the sew- age works, and damage to the main trunk sewer was threatened at Wattsville, Cwmtillery, Cross Keys, and Ebbw Vale. The bad weather had also interfered with the construction work in the Sirhowy Valley, but during the past four weeks they had laid 1,448 yards of sewer. He also reported that he had studied the Barry Railway and Abertillery Water Board Bills, which would be promoted in Parliament during the next Session, and he was of opinion that they mtght affect the sewage undertaking. He therefore suggested that they take steps to get protective clauses in both these Bills.
NEW SEA LORD." Captain Charles Edward Madden, C.V.O., has been appointed fourth Sea Lord of the Admiralty, in place of Vice-Admiral Sir Alfred in Leigh Winslow, who is shortly to resume the chief command of the China Station. Captain Charles Madden, though high up in the list of officers of his rank. is only 47 years of age, and entered the Navy in 1875" He took part in the Egyptian War of 1882, served with distinc- I Captain C. E. Madden, O.V.O. tion in command of thel,orpedo craft in the Mediterranean, and was captain Of the armoured cruiser Good Hope, and flag captain to Admiral Sir Wilmot H. Fawkes when that vessel conveyed Mr Chamberlain to South Africa. Captain Madden afterwards acted as Naval Assistant successively to the First Sea Lord and to the Controller of the Navy, and for some time past has been private secretary to the First Lord. His position not infrequently leads to a seat on the Board. -L.
THE NEW TURKISH PREMIER. The new Turkish Grand Vizier, Hakki Bey, who has succeeded Hilmi Pasha, was the Turkish Ambassador at Rome. He laid great stress upon the conditions which governed his acceptance of the office, and before leaving Rome desired to be quite certain of the fact that the majority of the Chamber would Hakki Bey. I support his Cabinet. The solution of "the Ministerial crisis was a laborious business, ,and the new Grand Vizier has completed his Cabinet, but unless the Cabinet is homo- geneous with the probability of a long life, Hakki Bey will probably prefer to return to Rome.
SERIES OF FINES. ■" V A tCardiff on W ednesday,at the instance of Mr J. Fox, from the office of the Registrar-General of Friendly Societies, London, the British Mutual Collecting Society and Hector R. Hol- man, the secretary,were summoned for neglect- ing to give notice to the Registrar-General of a change of address, and for failing to furnish the annual return of the society (two summonses). The London and Cardiff Collecting Society and Hector R. Holman. secretary, were also summoned for failing to give notict-jof a change of address. In each four cases the secretary was fined il. including costs, the cases against the societies being withdrawn. Hector R. Holman, Herbert Stimpson. and William Harry, officers of the London and Cardiff Society, were summoned for sending false returns to the Registrar-General. Mr W. B. Francis, for the defence, pleaded that it was more ignorance than anything that the offence had been committed. Fines of jE5, including costs, were inflicted.
ABERAMAN ASSAULT. At Aberdare on Wednesday Patrick Miller was charged with being drunk and assaulting P.S. Angus and P.C. Jones at Aberaman, on Saturday night. The evidence of Sergeant Evans was to the effect that he was obliged to take the defendant into custody, whereupon the latter kicked him severely in the chest and and on the knee, struck him several blows bit his hand severely. P.C. Jones said that he was hit in the mouth several times. De- fendant was ordered to pay 10s and costa for being drunk, and JE5, or one month, for the assault.
FORTUNE TELLING. Gipsy Sentenced at Ammanford. At Ammanford on Saturday Prudence Price a gipsy, for fortune telling, was/sentenced to one month's imprisonment.
WELSH GLEANINGS. News and Views in Lighter Vein. In fiftT years the parish of Llanhilleth had increased its popldation from 900 to 7,000. Welshmen all over the world will join in wishing the Chancellor of the Exchequer ^au y^ajppy retums day." This is his Tfth birthday. The composer of the successful reouiem in memory of the late Mr M. O.JonSThe? bert, was Mr D. T. Evans, Dowlais. It is pro- 11,6 work Dowlais on- Good Friday. Theatre BoyaJ. Cadoxton, has been y he- rector' «nd has been con- rr, a spa?,ous mission hall to seat over two. There are a large lecture hall and class- rooms below. Three ladies, all octogenarians, have passed away at Builth Wells this week. viz., Miss Gunter, Brecon-road, aged 80 Miss Elizabeth Thomas. Victoria House, aged 85 and another lady. considerably over 80, at Alltmawr. Builth Wells. Even college professors delight in a bit of electioneering. Professor Henry Jones has had considerable experience of it during the present contest, and this is what he says It is only during my vacation that I could indulge in a political debauch. I did enjoy it." The Welshman can only express his feelings adequately in the vernacular. This was illus- trated at a political meeting recently in North Monmouthshire, where Welsh is never heard a.t public meetings. Reference was being made to Mr Lloyd George and his Budget, when 08e admirer broke out in a spasm of enthusiasm, O'r Cymro Glam ag e." This time seventy-five years ago a general election was in progress. Sir John Guest. M.P., was opposed in the Rhondda by Mr Bruce Pryce. The former polled in Dowlais 108 votes, in Merthvr 164, and in Aberdare 87. In Dowlais Bruce Price failed to get'a single vote, but secured 67 in Merthvr and 68 in Aberdare. The Iron King," as Mr Guest was often called, was always a Free Trader. Llewelyn Bren, the lord of Miskin and Sen- ghenydd, was a typical Welsh chieftain of the 14th century, and his intimate knowledge of Welsh law made him indispensable to the Clares, lords of Glamorgan. He won the entire and unstinted confidence qf young Gilbert de Clare, advising hjm in the "administration of the confused and heterogeneous mass of Welsh and Norman English laws and customs. There is living in Cardiff one who in his younger days had a unique experience as a musician. W hen a lad, be was placed in a chair in a big function in Birmingham, and played the Welsh harp and the comet before Queen Victoria. He was lifted into the chair by Mr Dan Godfrey, whose band was present. Subsequently he forsook the musical profession for that of an engineer. The Welsh Gazette declares that a Cardi- gan squire and his agent went round his tenants the other day to remind them of the rent audit and at the same time took advan" tage of the opportunity to canvass for voteSy One honest old farmer replied Yes, we wir- bring you the rent, but the vote must go to th/ ballot box." The present election has given us many as interesting scene, but could any be more rey markable of its kind than the following, whev three veterans, field marshals in former cam4 paigns, the one a nonagenarian, the second &f7 octogenarian, and the third just a septuagen" arian, in the persons of the Revs. Wiilianp Jones. Thomas Levi, and Job White, Abeix ystwyth. addressed & meeting at Llanbadam a few nights back ? The Rev. William Jones, Aberystwyth, ha( just celebrated his 90th birthday. The oldest of Caivinistic Methodist ministers in South Wales in years, he fis yet the junior to twa others in length of ordination, for,whilst tie was not ordained till 1860, the Rev. Georgw Williams, Llysbran, Pembrokeshire, and the Rev. Thomas Uvi, Aberystwyth, precede him in their length of service as ordained ministers, being ordained respectively in the years 1851 and 1857. Another contemporary ordained in 1860 is the Rev. Evan Phillips, Newcastle Emlyn. The Rev. D. M. Rees, the well-known Welsh missionary of Madagascar, in an article in th( current number of the" Geninen" on "Auffydk lonvleb Pymru i:r Genhadaeth Dram or '(th« Unfaithfulness of Wales to Foreign Missions), states that the collection, sof the four leading Nonconformist denominations in Wales, viz< the Congregationals, the Calvinistic Method dists, the Baptists, and the Wesleyan Metho- dists, last year towards Foreign. Missions, amounted to £22,190 Os 41 d. This works out at follows The Baptists collected lOd permem. ber annually the Calvinistic Methodists lid per member the Congregationalists Is 2d per member and the Wesleyan Methodists 3s 5d per member. The somewhat unusual spectacle of a Cabinet Minister pushing his motor car might have been witnessed the other evening. Mr McKenna, First Lord of the Admiralty, and the popular Liberal candidate for North Monmouthshire, was proceeding to a meeting at Pantygasseg. situated at the mountain top, overlooking Pontypool. Something went wrong with the driving gear. and the right hon. gentleman and his party got out and pushed the car for some distance, after whiCh It was able to proceed un- aided. The meeting—a most enthusiastic one —was reached in good time. -0- A young lady was standing in the tramcar tht other night because every seat was occupied Are you a suffragette ?" inquired a grey-haired old gentleman from Cathays. No," replied the lady with some surprise. Then please take my seat ?" he said as he rose and bowed politely. Immediately a lady with a grinv face sitting on the other side got to her feet anO' with a fighting look said, I am a suffragette, sir. and I'm proud of it. I mean to stand for my rights." The polite old gentleman sat in the vacant seat, and with a smile replied, That's right, madam stand up for your rights I'll sit." > Nearly every nation lays claim to the dis- covery of the original of the story on which Rip Van Winkle is based. There are countle different versions of the story in Welsh mythology, but Irving was probably indebted < for his famous tale to the Hartz Mountains in Germany and for his inspiration from Grimme. The legend occurs in Greek mythology, where Epimenides, the poet. slumbers for 47 years, while the Gaelic and Teutonic versions arc welt known. The vitality of the myth excites one's wonder when it is found both in Japan and China. In the election for the Glamorganshire Boroughs in 1818 Lord James Stuart waf opposed by the sheriff of the county, Mr L. W. Dillwyh. Penllergaer. The latter had to with- draw. hence the following notice in the Cambrian :— Boroughs Going A-Begging for a Repre- sentative. Cardiff and the other boronghs of Glamor, ganshire, with a very large majority of Inde- pendent voters, are obliged to crouch to t he House of Bute owing to the Ministry having refused to supersede Mr Dillwyn, one of the candidates, from his office of sheriff of Glamorganshire. The day of election is fixed for Monday, the 22nd inst., at Cardiff, when it is hoped rather than expected that a poll will be de- manded and the Boroughs rescued from wf thraldom worse than Egyptian bondage. The agent of the Tory candidate stood out- outside a meeting room at a South Wales town the other night pulling a long face and in- viting a local Liberal to condole with hint, when there appeared on the scene a hornev- handed son of tQil," who remarked Excuse me. gentlemen, but what is going on inside the Hall 1" The election agent, hoping, to secure an additional member to the hoped- for audience, excitedly exclaimed. Lord ——— is holding a meeting join." No; no;" was the reply, "I am not going" in; I'm all right, "I am going to vott for him." By jove. you're just the man we want; go in. go in" urged the agent. No, thank you," he re- plied, walking slowly and disconsolately away, and remarking, as he departed. I don't know why he waste his time holding meetings I aw going to vote for him, but as far as I can fini out I'm the only man in the town who i% Collapse of the agent. Many can remember the days of plurality o livings in the Church of England. Wales especially provided notorious instances. Old Cardiffians will recall the time, now over 4Q years since, that Parson Evans was vicar of. Leckwith cum Llan dough. Penarth. Cogan, and Lavernock. As a matter of fact he was the vicar of five parishes, and drew a good irffcome from the combination, sufficient, indeed. to live in good stvie. and leave a fortune of over £16.000. It followed, of course, that he could not be in five parishes at one time; hence some of the churches frequently went without services. In later years Parsou Evans's son Charles preached at Penarth anc Lavernock. Lckewitli and LlandoUgh are stilly one parish, the others being separated Another notable case was that of Canol Morgan, who acted as vicar of Roath and St Mary's, and drew a fine stipend. He preached at Roath once a month. 1