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RATING CONTRASTS. SOME CARDIFF EXAMPLES. Remarkable Instances. In a lectare on a Some Absurdities of Local jlattog," delivered before the Cardiff League of Young Liberals on Tuesday, Mr E. McHugh made some remarkable contrasts. He gave Illustrations at the enormous prices paid for land when it waa used for public purposes, and bow little was contributed by the owners whilst they were withholding it from use. H took the frontage length of the Cardiff Castle waD as a standard of comparison it was &450 feet long, and there was a ratable value of EM, but behind the wall there were lZ1 acres. Prom the corner of Kingsway along the north side of Queen-street to Park-place WM approximately 1,150 feet, and the ratable Value was £ 13,88110s. The south side of Queen- sh-w t from St. John's-square to No. 94, Queen- street, waa also approximately 1,150 feet, and the ratable value was £ 13,435 10s. Starting from the corner of Castle-street-and proceeding along High-street and St. Mary-street to the vicinity of the Royal Hotel was approximately 1,150 feet, and the ratable value was £ 18,544. The ratable value of the south side of Duke- afreet, the east side of High-street, the north fide of Church-street, and the west side of St. John's-square was £16,104, and the total area 10^363 square yards. Castla and Business Premises. As showing the difference in the terms meted not to a ground rent collector as compared with business men, the lecturer pointed out I that if the land occupied by the castle and ground was assessed for rates on the basisyof the business plot mentioned, the Most Hon. the Marquis would figure on the rate book as possessing in his private grounds a ratable value of £ 901,824, instead of £ 924. Literally 11 next door," in the colloquial language of the illustrious Lloyd George, bang up against the Castle wall," there was a plot of land once covered by old-fashioned buildings, now con- certed into shops, with an area of 3,204 square yards and a frontage to Duke-street of 362 lest or thereabouts. The ratable value of the phot of land was 93,5U, or about a guinea per square yard as compared with 9-25ths of a penny per square yard ratable value of the private grounds. The business man paid 50 times as much per square ivach as the other paid per square foot. Mr W. A. Meyrick presided, and there was a fairly large attendance. There will be no TBeeting of the League next week on account L, vt the municipal elections, but the series will be continue i as usual the following week.
Suffrage Divisions. am RUNCIMAN ON THE DIFFICULTIES. Mr Bunciman at Dewsbury on Tuesday re- aeaved a deputation of suffragettes from various parts of the West Biding. He said,the move- ment was supported by Mr Haldane, Sir Bdward Grey, and himself. Mr Asquith was a strong opponent. There was some division of opinion on the Opposition Front Bench. Mr Aasten Chamberlain and Mr Walter Long were against granting the franchise to women, exld Mr Balfour, Lord Hugh Cecil, and others were in favour of it. It followed they could not possibly have their Bill taken up as a Govern- ment measure. The only way was to let the House of Commons express its own view inde- pendent of the Government. He did not think there was the least possibility of facilities teeing given this winter. Woman's suffrage involved one of the greatest constitutional changes, and should be fully discussed at every slage in the House of Commons.
OVERBALANCED HIMSELF. An inquest was held at Abertillery on Tuesday on Benjamin James (51), Alma-street, Aber- tfllerv. who died on Friday morning from | injuries received whilst working as a rider in the Cwmtillery Pit on August 15th. The evidence showed that deceased, who was riding at the back of a journey of trams, was putting his whistle into his pocket after giving a signal when, he fell on to the rails. The jury returned t of Accidental death."
IN THE EARLY HOURS. When Inspector Burke was on duty; in Queen-street, Cardiff, In the early hours of on Monday he stopped a lad named Richard Handle, who was wheeviag a cycle, and asked trim where he got it from. The lad replied that be stole it in Gloucester. At the Police Court later (before Mr David Duncan and Mr J. Callaghan) the boy was remanded until Thurs- day.
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GORSE HALL CRIME I SECOND TRIAL FOR MURDER. Mark Wilde Arraigned. PAINFUL ORDEAL FOR THE WIDOW. Nearly a year after the perpetration of the Gorse HaD murder, which involved the death of Mr George Harry Storrs, a wealthy SfcaJy- bridge contractor, at his residence, Gorse Hall, near Dukenfield, on November 1st of last year. a second man has been pat on triaJ charged with the capital offence. It will be recalled that in March last an ex-artillery "van named Ooroelins Howard, was acquitted at Chester Assizes on the same charge, having proved an alibi. The mystery took a sensational turn in August last, when another ex-soldier named Mark Wilde (28), whose home is at Stalybndgge, was arrested, and after a preliminary trial at Dukmfield Police Court, remitted to the Assizes also on the charge of murdering Mr Storrs. The trial of two men at different times on the same capital charge is almost unprecedented in the history of our criminal jurisprudence—hence the enormous interest which this new develop- ment of the tragedy has created in Cheshire and the surrounding counties. Mr Justice Horridge took MB seat at half-past 10. Mr B. Francis-Williams, and Mr. Ellis Griffith, M.P, (instructed by Mr Seward Pearce, from the Public Presen- tor's Department) prosecuted, and Mr E. T. Telson, a coloured barrister (instructed by Mr W. S. Chambers, of Deniton) defended Wilde. Prisoner stepped smartly into the dock when his name was called, and stood to attention in a soldierlike manner. In reply to the-chaxge he pleaded not guilty." The RivotvwChtt. Mr Francis-Williams, in opening the-eaae for the Crown, recalled the circumstances of the crime. Mr he said, was a tall, powerful man of 49, and, so far as was known, had no enemies. On the night of the lsb of November a man entered the kitchen at Gorse Hall, and after making his way to the dining-room and ex- claiming Now I have got you," stabbed Mr Storrs in 15 places. His assailant dropped a pistol which, counsel said, would be identified as belonging to prisoner. Proceeding to refer to Cornelius Howard, counsel said that at the time of Wilde's arrest there was a great simi- larity between Cornelius Howard and the man who now stood at the bar. The similarity was more striking when Howard was arrested, as since then he had pdt on flesh. There could be no doubt some person of the likeness of Howard and Wilde had committed the murder, and that one of them had proved an aJibi. The description i;iveTi by witnesses of Mr Storrs1 assailant at the previous trial was that he had a saOow complexion, light hair, slight moustache, was iightly built, and dressed in bark clothes, dark cap, a.cd muffler. It would be established that prisoner, on the night of the murder, was so dressed. Counsel then went on to say that in June last a knife was taken from prisoner, and on being asked to acount for his movements on the night of November 1st. he said after going to Ashton Hippodrome just before nine o'clock at night, he had a fight with a man outside the Blue Bell public house. He further said he told his mother so when he got home, and she washed the blood from his clothes, which :sot there on account of that fight. Prisoner ad- mitted he had two revolvers, but said since the Gorse Hall murder he had broken them up, and thrown them away, because he thought that if anybody saw them they would think he had something to do with that murder. The revolver found at Gorse Hall, counsel con- tinued, would be identified by three witnesses as ha vin g been in the possession of prisoner-while he was in the Worcestershire Regiment. If the jury reHed upon that evidence it was con- clusive in this case. Servants and Assailant The domestic servants at Gorse Hall at the time of the murder were the first witnesses. They shortly recappitalated what took place on the night of November 1st, a story which has now been told five times m a public court. Miss Evans, the cook, said she saw the as- sailant's face at Rnntsford Prison in August last. She picked prisoner out from among 13 men, and now stated that he was very like the man she saw at Gorse Hall on the night of the murder, but could not be positive he was the man. Cross-examined by Mr Nelson, witness re- membered a window being smashed at Gorse Hall on September 10th, it was thought by armed burglars. Mr Storrs had suspected that a discharged gardener was the armed burglar. Mr Nelson Have you every told anybody previously that when Mr Storrs' assailant passed through the kitchen you said to him, Oh, Worrall, how you frightened me ? Witness, emphatically shaking her head, Oh, no." Re-examined Worral was a coachman for four or five years at Gorse Hall. She never thought Worral was Mr Storrs' assailant. Worrail was 50 years of age. and was nothing like the man who attacked Mr Storrs. In her opinion prisoner seemed more like the man than Howard did. Mary Eliza Cooper, housemaid at Gorse Hall, gave similar evidence. She heard a man say to the previous witness, Not a word, or I will shoot." There was a revolver in the man's hand. Witness then went to Worrall's house. This witness also picked Wilde out at Knuts- ford gaol. Wilde was more like the man she saw at Gorse Hall than Howard. In reply to Mr Nelson witness said that on September 10th when the window was smashed she heard something like the report of firearms, but she had not heard a discussion as to who it was who attacked the premises. She only saw Mr Storrs' assialant on the night of the murder as he passed her quickly. Re-examined When she identified Howard she had some hesitation because he had no moustache, and was taller than she thought the man was. Mrs Stores Breaks Dewn. Mrs Storrs, widow of the murdered man, went into the witness box. She was dressed in deep mourning, and was accommo- dated with a seat. She stall appeared to be ,in indifferent health, and spoke in low emotiohal tones. Counsel briefly took her through the details of the tragic night. After she saw the man had a pistol she went upstairs to get a shillelagh. Mrs Storrs was being examined on this point when she completely broke down. A smelling bottle and a glass of water ware handed to her and she quickly recovered. I would have struck the man," witnesscon tinued in a broken voice, "only I was frightened I would strike my husband." Mr Francis Williams: Do you see the man at the bar. Is he like the man you saw on November 1st ? He is like him. In cross-examination Mr Nelson was pressing Mrs Storrs to repeat the words she used at the police court with regard to the incident of the )0th September, when she appealed to the Judge against the questions. She asked that the statement she gave to the Deputy Chief Constable should be produced. The Judge said he could not help her. She then again completely broke down, and restoratives were applied by Dr. Willcox. Her examination afterwards concluded. Human Bltod Stains. At this stage the evidence of Dr. Willcox, the Home Office analyst, was interposed. He had found mammalian blood stains on the coat and on the lining of the sleeve. He had sub- mitted one of the stains to the new serum test,and had obtained a positive indication that it was human blood. The stains were some months old, or longer. The hearing was then adjourned. Prisoner's Revolver. OfThe first witness on Tuesday was Corporal Fowler (Worcestershire Regiment), who said he had known prisoner since 1892. He first saw a revolver in Wildes' possession at Malta, in 1906. In the three following years he had seen Wilde in the possession of the revolver several times, and had seen him take it to pieces on several occasions. Did you ever talk with him about it ?—Yes, he asked me where he could get the spring mended. Witness added that in September, 1908. he had the revolver in his hand, and had fired shots with it on several oecasions. Shown a revolver found at Gorse Hall, wit- ness said he identified it as the revolver he had seen in the possession of prisoner when he fired in on these occasions. The spring did not work properly. How do you identify it now ?" asked Mr Griffith.—Because the extractor spring which works the trigger is broken, and the name on the revolver is the American Bullock." There are several indentations on the left hand side. The knob of the ram rod is missing, and the ram rod is bent at the end. There is also a ring in the butt. The Judge Are you quite sure this is the revolver you saw in prisoner's possession in Malta ?—Quite sure. Cross-examined by Mr Nelson There were 500 men in the regiment at the time, and of that number about 300 had revolvers, many of which he had seen. Mr Nelson Are you a man who never makes mistakes ?—Everybody makes mistakes at times. Do you know a. man named Clarkson ?—Yes, he was in my regiment. Do you remember while you were in the Bar- badoas arresting a man for being drunk, and that after a trial you had to apologise and say you had made a mistake ?—That is not true, I swear it. In re-examination, witness said that most of the revolvers he saw in the possession of other soldiers in his regiment were six- chambered, and none of them had rings on them. Witness and Wilde had been great friends while in the regiment, and continued so up till the time they parted. Witness picked out the revolver produced from among several others when identifying it. Explained to the Jury, At the invitation of the Judge, witness then went over to the jury-box, and, in the presence of his lordship and counsel, minutely explained the construction and working of the weapon to the jury. This examination seemed to afford some amusement to the prisoner, who smiled while it was goihg on. The next witness was also an ex-private of the Worcestershire Regiment intheperson of Geo. Henry Higley, now a porter on the L. and N.W. line. He said he had known Wilde for over five years, and had several times seen a revolver in Wilde's possession—first in Ja- maica, and also in Malta. Witness had had the revolver in his hand, and had seen Wilde take it to pieces. Mr Williams Did you ever do anything to the revolver there ?—I just messed about it. What do you mean by messed about ?— I held the pieces. Mr Williams then handed to prisoner the re- volver found at Gorse Hall. In reply to a question witness said, That is the revolver which I have seen prisoner take to pieces."— Mr Williams How do yoa identify it ?—Wit- ness pointed to the revolver, and was proceed- ing to say that there was an indentation on the left side of it, when Mr Nelson asked that witness should describe the revolver without looking at it. His Lordship Certainly. Witness laid the revolver down, and said he identified it on account of the indentation on the left side of the barrel. The ramrod was bent, the he-ad of the ramrod was missing the spring was broken and he recognised it by its general appearance. Counsel then invited wit- ness to examine the revolver and he said it had all these characteristics. Mr Silson: Are the marks by which you identified the revolver the marks which you noticed on the occasion when you helped him to take it to pieces ?—The marks are iust the same as they were then. The prisoner*pointed out most of the marks by which I identify it. Witness had seen a police notice of the revol- ver but not till after he was questioned about it by the police. Tbe Crown then called expert evidence with regard to the revolver. James Bolton, a young fellow, then went into the witness-box, and said on the night of June 20th( this year, while he was walking in Early Bank Wood-road, Dim kin field, with his young lady, he met Wilde, who had a knife in his possession. Witness took it fom him and handed it to the police. Mr Nelson argued this evidence was not ad- missible. The further hearing was adjourned. On Wednesday Inspector Pierce was ques- tioned by Mr Griffiths, junior counsel for the Crown, about the fight prisoner said he had had on the night of the murder. Have you made inquiries to discover whether there was a fight on November 1st ? His Lordship I was anticipating that ques- tion, and I think it unsafe to admit it in that form. Mr Francis Williams My Lord, I will not press it, although if I may say so respectfully, it is arguable. Witness's Indeoision. In reply to Mr Nelson (prisoner's counsel), witness said he had also obtained a statement from prisoner's mother. Had Wilde any chance of communi-ting with his mother after he made his statement ? —None whatever. That is clear ?—Yes. In reply to further questions by Mr Nelson, witness said prisoner also told him he had had two revolvers, and as his mother had grumbled about his having them in the house he threw the parts away. Another reason for throwing them away he gavewas that if they were found in the house people might think he had some- thing to do with the murder. Mr Nelson then questioned witness about a conversation witness had with prisoner's father in the presence of prisoner's family about the revolver. Witness denied that he heard any remarks made by prisoner's sisters. Mr Nelson You have a convenient memory. Mr Francis Williams That is a very im- proper observation. The Judge Any remarks yoU. have to make, Mr Nelson, you must make to the jury. A remark like that is not justified. Judge and Police-Inspector. In reply to other questions by Mr Nelson, [ witness stated that he found the trousers, the cartridge, and cut bullets in the prisoner's house on account-of information given him by prisoner. The Judge Why did you not say that in exaraination-in-chief, you knewthe importance of that evidence, you know you are an experi- enced man in these cases ? Inspector Pierce I certainly knew the im- portance of it, my Lord, and I gave it at the police court, and it is down on the deposi- tions. The Judge The depositions are not before the jury. It is an important point that the finding of these things was due to prisoner telling you honestly about it. Mr Francis Williams said perhaps witness was not responsible for the form of the ques- tions put in his examinations in chief. Mr Ellis Griffitty (junior Crown counsel) who had put the questions to witness in the exami- tion-in-chief, said he had known of that evi- dence all the time, and it was fair to witness to say that his evidence might have been due to the way he (Mr Griffith) put the questions. His Lordship I think it right that I should call the attention of the jury to that. Several jurymen nodded assent to his Lord- ship's remark. Mr Neilson (to witness): During the time you were getting up this case has prisoner always been ready and willing to give you any information you have asked him for ?—Yes. Inspector Brewster and Police-Constable Edmunds, of the Dukmfield police, described the journey they made with prisoner to the canal and river Taime, where prisoner showed them where he had thrown away the pieces of the revolvers he had destroyed. Dr. Williams (recalled) said he thought the weapon with which Mr Storrs was killed was at least 5in. long, because one stab penetrated through the left arm into the chest. The knife would thus have to penetrate a distance. of in. to4in. Prisoner's Mather Called. Counsel for the Crown then put Emma Wilde, the mother of the prisoner, into the witness-box. She is a middle-aged woman, respectably dressed in black velvet, and wear- ing spectacles. She said about 9 o'clock on tha date of the murder prisoner came home and told her he had had a scrap at Ashton with a man. He had a scratch over his left eye, and blood was trickling down his face, where he had a mole. Next morning, on examining pri- soner's clothes, she saw a spot of blood on his muffler, and when he came down to breakfast she noticed blood on the elbow of his shirt. On her advice, he took the shirt off, and she washed it next day. Cross-examined by Mr Nelson It was ten o'clock as near as she could tell, when her son came home on the night of November 1st. There was not much blood on his face. The muffler was a red and white one. Witness in reply to further questions said on the night of September 10th, when the incident of the window breaking took place at Gorse Hall her son was at home. When her son came home from the Army he had two revolvers, which were placed on the mantelpiece. She frequently told him to get rid of them, as she did not like them. Neither of these revolvers were like the one Inspector Pearce showed to her. Mark's revolver had no ring on it. Shown the knife produced in court, she said it was not prisoner's knife. Mrs Wilde, at the close of the cross-exami- nation, produced a piece of the barrel of a revolver which, she said, she found in her son's khaki trousers last Wednesday. The Judge pointed out that it was a six- chambered revolver, whereas the revotver found at Gorse Hall was five-chambered. In re-examination, Mr Williams asked the permission of the Judge to read the signed statement previously given by Mrs Wilde, but the Judge said he was not prepared to treat her as a hostile witness. Cornelius Howard then went into the wit- ness box and stated he had been tried and acquitted at Chester Assizes of the murder of Mr Storrs. He had put on thirty pounds weight since he was arrested. In reply to the Judge, Howard said he had put on most of that weight Whfle he was waiting for trial.
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THE DEFENCE. Prisoner in the Witness Box. At a quarter past four Mr Nelson opened the defence by immediately putting prisoner into the witness box. He said he had served in the Army for nearly seven years abroad. He left the Army in 1909 ou a pension of Is a day. Since then he had lived with his parents and had been working. Witness proceeded to bear out his mother's evidenceasto his movements on the night of 10th September. Mr Nelson Were you anywhere near Gorse Hall on the night of 10th September ?—No. Coming to the 1st of November witness said he drew his pension that day and gave his mother a sovereign out of it. Proceeding to give an account of his move- ments on that night he repeated in detail the statement he gave to the police which has been produced in evidence. witness described in detail the fight he had with the man at the Blue BelL The case was adjourned.
Avalanches of Rocks. CLOUD-BURST DEVASTATION. GHASTLY SPECTACLES IN STREETS. Naples, Tuesday, 3.5 p.m.—The latest reports from the districts affected by the recent cloud-burst show that although some places have suffered severely, the damage on the whole is not so great as was at firstfeared. Earlier reports stated that Casanrieciola and a large part ofPortd'Ischia had been destroyed, but it now appears that about a score of houses in Casamicciola have been completely wrecked, and others, together with the electric lighting works, have been badly damaged. Ten persons at Pacco Ameno have been drowned. Ischia itself suffered very little, but the first reports as to the havoc wrought along the coast in the vicinity of Amaift are unfortu- nately confirmed. The little fishing villages of Cetara, Najori, and Minori were the princi- pal victims. The stream running through Cetara rose above its banks and poured a mass of mud and debris into the little town. The streets afterwards presented a horrible spec- tacle, being literally strewn with dead and iniured.—Renter. All Houses in a Street Collapsed. Salerno, Tuesday.—Signor Sacchi, Minister of Public Works, has arrived, and left onboard a tug to visit the Amalfi coast. At Amalfi two persons have heen killed. At Majori Salerno all the houses in a street have collapsed, and there are twenty persons killed. The provincial road .from Positano to Salerno is broken, and several bridges are down.—Reutor. Casamicciola, Tuesday.—The storm has wrought great havoc in the surrounding country and especially in the town of Ischia and the villages of Barano, orco, and Lacco Ameno. There are twelve dead at Oasa- micciola and three at Lacco Ameno.—Renter. Avalanches of Rocks. Rome. Tuesday.—It is reported that at Cetara in the province of Salerno, one of the communes most severely visited by the cyclone, there were about 200 victims. Fourteen bodies have up to the present been extricated from the ruins.—Renter. Rome, Tuesday.—Prom this morning's news it seems clear that the bulk of the damage on the island of Ischia was caused by avalanches of rocks, which had been loosed by the torren- tial rain. Similar phenomena were produced on the shores of the Gulf of Salerno, the small town of Cetara having been partly destroyed by a landslide. It is feared that in this instance also the loss of life will prove to have been con- siderables—Central News. Many Corpses in the Sea. Rome, Tuesday.—The greatest catastrophe of those which have resulted from the cyclonic visitation in the neighbourhood of the Bay of Naples is that reported from Cetara, a town of 2,000 inhabitants, which has been entirely destroyed, many people being engulfed in the ruins of their homes. Soldiers, who have already done gallant work in rescue, are still pursuing their efforts. Many corpses, both of human beings ard animals, are to be seen in the sea. The town of Amalfi was also damaged badly, and 15 deaths are reported. From Marori 20 deaths are reported, and from Minori four. The sea fronts have been completely transformed, immense masses of material having been flung into gigantic heaps, forming new peninsulas in miniature and islands. Four cyclonic outbreaks occurred at one time, each having the fierce character of an American tornado.—Central News. Worst Reports Verified. Naples, Tuesday.—Signor Sacchi, Minister of Public Works, who has visited Cetara, shows that if anything the accounts hitherto received have minimised the extent of the disaster. Two- thirds of the district have been swept by water, and about 200 have perished.—Renter. Naples, Wednesday. — Military and civil engineers are working hard to make good the damage done hy the cloud burst in Ischia. The worst havoc has been wrought by land slips. The King landed on the island to-day and made a close investigation of the devastated area. Press accounts give an appalling picture of disaster at Cetara, the upper part of which was swept by ragingtorrenta, bringing in their track aa. avalanche of stones. The loss of life at Cetara is said to exceed 200, and it is even feared the complete death roll will reach 300. The immediate cause of the disaster-was the overflow of a stream passing through Cetara which was swollen to an almost incredible extent by water from the hills. The number of persons injured is small, and is out of all pro- portion to the number killed. The injured have been removed to Salerno. At Amalfi 12 persons perished. At Minori four lives were lost, but Majori fared almost as badly as Cetara, and 50 of its inhabitants are believed to have perished.—Renter.
MR JOSEPH PRICE, ABERTILLERY. Mr Joseph Price, of Clytha-place. Aber- tillery, a member of the King-street Baptist Church, an active Oddfellow, and a trustee of the Prince Aibert Lodge, Six Bells, who died on the 15th August last, aged 72 years, left estate of the gross vaJue of JE10489 Os lOd with net personalty £9,4651419 lid, and probate of his will, dated 31st March, 1909, has been granted to his daughter, Mrs Harriet Ann Williams, wife of Mr Edgar Williams, of Clytha-place, aforesaid. The testator left JE156 per annum to his son Aneurin, and gave him the option of residing in any one of the testator's houses during his life, and he left the residue of his estate upon trust for his daughter Harriet Ann Williams for life, with remainder to her children Gertrude May and Raymond Price Williams.
£10 TO BETHEL CHAPEL, HIRWAIN. Mr David Daniel Davies,, of 145, Henry- street, Tonypandy, who died on the 4th Sep- tember last, left estate of the gross value of £2,198 lis 5d, with net personalty £2,155 8s 8d. Probate of his will, March, 1905, has been granted to Mr John Jones Pughe, of Pontypridd, solicitor, his brother Mr John Thomas Davies of Hirwain, and Mr Samuel Jones, of Hirwain. The testator left £10 to the Bethel Chapel, Hirwain, £2Q to Jane Williams, and the residue of his estate he left upon trust for his wife for life with remainder to his brothers John Thomas Davies and Thomas Davies, his nieces Mary Ann Richards, Elizabeth Reynolds, Hannah Morgan, and Maggie Morgan, his nephews Tom, Job, and William Morgan, and his brothers-in-law John, James, and Samuel Jones.
ALL TO HIS WIFE. Mr Edmund Lewis, ,of the Star Hotel, Dinas Powis, licensed victualler, also in business as a carman, coal merchant, and quarry proprietor, who died on the 15th August last, aged 49 years, left estate of the gross value of £5,856 3s Id, of which the net personaJty has been sworn at lid. Probate of his will, dated 6th May, 1904, has been granted to his widow, Mrs Mary Ann Lewis, of the Star Hotel, Dinas Powis, the sole executrix. The testator left all of his property to his wife during widowhood with remainder to his children in equal Shares
SLEEPING ON RAGS. Primitive Haverfordwest House. At the Haverfordwest Town Council on Tuesday evening the Sanitary Committee re- commended that a closing order be served under the Housing and Town Planning Act in respect of a house adjoining the Quay steps, occupied by Bartholomew Whelton, an old man. The Town Clerk mentioned that the Town Council could now make a closing order themselves. Dr. Brigstoke reported that the house referred to had no door fastener, no window, the floor was partly earthen, it had no sanitary convenience, the walls were v dila- pidated, aitd the house was altogether unfit for habitation. It was a one room tenement, and the occupier was found lying on a heap of rags. The committee's recommendation was adopted.
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SWANSEA'S DEBT. Over Two Millions. THE UNDERTAKINGS THAT PAY. How the Money is Soent. It is the custom of the elective auditors of the borough of Swansea to issue on the eve of the municipal election their annual report on the finances of the borough. This year's report was issued yesterday by Messrs A. B. Davies and Trevor Evans (the auditors), who deal exhaustively with the finances of the town. Much of this has been already made public in the accountant's report. The total debt of the borough is now put at £ 2,417,869, of which there has been expended on remunerative undertakings, such as water works ( £ 1,093,548), markets ( £ 49,898), electric lighting ( £ 165,563), workmen's dwellings (927,091), and other undertakings, absorbing altogether £ 1,630,033, the balance going on what are classified as un- rem.unerative undertakings, such as street im- provements, libraries, parks, sanitary works, and lunatic asylums, besides 150,000 paid to the Harbour Trust in lieu of all future bridge tolls. During the year E71,210 was paid for in- terest on these loans and £31.471 set aside for redemption of the loans. The total amount set aside as sinking fund for the redemption of loans amounts. to £384,516, thus reducing the net debt of the borough to £ 2,033^93. The ratable value of the borough was in March £ 541,821, as against M7,247 in the previous yeaz. The Housing Scheme Deficiency, At the end of March there were five sets of properties erected under the Housing of the Working Classes Act at a total cost of £ 27,091. The income, amounts to JE701 7s 9d, while the expenditure (for rates, ground rents, and re- pairs amounted to JE372 19s 9d, to which must be added iM Igs 2d interest on loan for one year, £215 Os 4d, sinking fund, thus leaving a deficiency on the revenue account of L815 lls 6d to March last. The bulk of these items of JE928 19s 2d and £ 215 Os 4d was in respect of capital expended during construction. Electrlo Lighting Profit. Attention is drawn to the fact that the capital expenditure on electric lighting has been increased by ES,439 and that there is now an accumulated profit of E5,260 3s Id. It is well, say the auditors, that this sum should be kept in hand to meet any extraordinary renewals, etc., which many arise at any moment. The parks have cost £ 4,908* while the receipts from games were EM 14s 9d. Municipal elections cost E777 19s Id, including E330 15s 3d the cost of the Morriston election petition. The total amount spent on the pur- chase of properties in Cattle-street and Col- lege-street for street-widening purposes is EMJM 2s 3d. The market receipts from I tons were n,057 8s lid, and the expenditure £ 2,850 19s 3d, leaving a net profit of £ 4,206 9s 8d, as against £ 4,249 10s lOd for toe previous year. The amount paid for interest and sink- ing fund amounts to £ 1,467, thus reducing the net profit to EZ,739 9s 3d. The slaughter-house profits were E563 12s 3d. Under the hrfidmg of "general" the report says certain property in Prospect-place reverted to the Corporation, and the lesees paid EU3 for accrued dilapidations. The pro- perties were advertised at the stupendous cost of JEIM 6s 6d, and no tenants were forthcoming. Alterations had been made to the properties, which are now occupied by the estate agent .and medical officer of health. During the year L397 6s Id was expended by the members of the Corporation in deputations on various occasions to London Cray, and other places.
Bath and West Show, CARDIFF MEETING INNOVATIONS. At a meeting of the Bath and West and Southern Counties Agricultural Society at Bristol the following new members were elected :-Messrs E. Carre, Itton Court, Chep- stow (life); J. W. lieynon, Cardiff D. Buck, Little Mill, Pontypool; J. Butler, Newport; W. R. Carfield, Chepstow E. Davies, New- port C. O. Liddell, Chepstow Lieut.-Col. Courtpnay Morgan, Tredegar Park. It was agreed that a nature study exhibition be held in connection with the society's Cardiff meet- ing similar to those of previous years, and that "Group B be confined to exhibits contri- buted by schools in Wales and the counties of Monmouth, Gloucester, Somerset, and Here- ford, and that the other groups embracing colleges and societies be opened without restriction as to locality. It was also resolved to add classes for Welsh black cattle and Devon long-wooged, Cotswold, and Exmoor sheep, the age of the exhibits in Welsh black cattle classes to be dated from December 1st. It was further resolved to have a forestry exhibition at Cardiff, and to give spraying and pruning demonstrations. A communication was read from the Glamorgan Beekeepers' Association suggesting that there should be a Bee Section in connection with the Cardiff show, and, on the motion of Mr J. D. Allen, seconded by Colonel Chester-Master, a grant of iUO was made to the association towards the cost of providing beekeeping demonstra- tions*
BLAINA HEADMASTERSHIP. Certificated Assistants Aggrieved. GreMindignation is felt amongst the certifi- cated teachers in the Nantyglo and Blaina dis- trict at the action of the local group of school managers in connection with the projected appointment of a headmaster for the new Bournville Mixed School at Blaina. The local managers have submitted a short list of three names to the Monmouthshire Education Com- mittee. On Wednesday the certificated assistants in the district, considering they have a grievance, held a meeting at Maynard's Restaurant to protest against the action of the local mana- gers, and it was decided to send a protest to the County Education Authority. Soon after the meeting one of those present skid that the assistants felt that the action of. the local managers was a slight upon the profession.
TERRIFIED BY FIREWORKS. Hemty Millar, Frederick Flegust, and Percy Evans, youths, were summoned at Aberga- venny on Wednesday for letting off fireworks in Old Monmouth -road on Sunday, October 23rd. Evidence was given that the defendants placed fireworks under the doors of several houses at midnight, to the annoyance of the occupants. P.C. Baker said that one old lady had been seriously ill ever since. Annie Turner, one of the residents, gave a dramatic description of what happened. She said that about midnight she heard, while in bed, several crashes in the houses downstairs, and the house seemed to blaze. Then came a terrific crash on top of the house. She thought the house was going to come down. She could not go downstairs for smoke. Defendants, who had no excuse to offer, were fined JB1 and costs each, or one month.
"TEMPTATION TO STEAL" The bench at Penartb has expressed the opinion that the practice of hanging goods out- side shops was nothing more nor less than a temptation to people to steal. The remarks were occasioned owing to a labourer, Walter Bendon, being charged with the theft of a pair of boots from outside the shop of Mr J. D. Matthews, Glebe-street, Penarth. P.C. Daniel said that when he arrested the defendant he was under the influence of drink. The Bench placed defendant under the Probation Act for 12 months.
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LIFE OF DISRAELI. l Early Days. FIRST VOLUME OF NEW WORK. ENTRY INTO PUBllO LIFE. The first volume of Mr William Flavelle Monypenny's Life of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield" is just published by Mr John Murray. It deals with the period from 1804 to 1837—from the birth of Disraeli to the time of his election to Parliament for Maidstone,breaking off on the eve of the meet- ing of Parliament in that year. Mr Monypenny, in his preface, says that the main source of his biography is the great mass of papers bequeathed by Lord Beacons- field to the late Lord Rowton, and now in the keeping of the trustees of the Beaconsfield Estate. Ancestry. In relation to the ancestry of the Disraeli family, Mr Monypenny says of the father, M Isaac D'lsraeli's works, especially the Curiosities, still have their readers, but his reputation has hardly rested at the level to which it rose during his life It is as the father of his son that he now mainly interests us, and as a capital influence in the formation of that son's mind and character. If we bear in memory the lineaments of the father as drawn by the son, we shall catch in the son himself many a suggestion of heredity, even when the contrast between the two scenes is sharpest. D'Israeli the elder lived through one of the most stirring periods in the history of the world, yet in all his correspondence there is hardly an allusion to passing events. Not the sort of man, one would say, whose son was likely to become Prime Minister of England, but we shall find as we proceed in the son himself something of the same ten- dency to aloofness and isolation, and many of the habits of -the student recluse not eradir cated, though held in subordination by what was strenuous and enterprising in his charac- ter and genius." School Days. Describing Disraeli's schooldays, Mr Mony- penny suggests that Vivian Grey and CoTitarini Fleming contain autobiographi- cal touches. The three years passed in the solicitor's office in Old Jewry as an articled clerk, in which Disraeli's experience, as he wrote, gave me great facility with my pen and no inconsiderable knowledge of human nature." On the social side reference is made to the U glimpses into a greater world which the dinner parties of John Murray afforded to the young Disraeli. Mr Monypenny says :— Vivian Grey, we are. told, when at the age of nineteen he emerged from the seclusion of his study, and began to mingle in society, was an elegant lively lad, with just enough of dandyism to preserve him from committing gaocheries, and with the devil of a tongue," and at a similar stage of his career the young Disraeli, we may suppose, was much the same. The dandyism, at all events, was already visible. The travels on the Continent which followed this period are described largely in Disraeli's letters to his sister, supplemented by extracts from his diary. The abandonment of the law as a profession introduces a chapter entitled Financeand Journalism," in which Disraeli's unfortunate speculations on the Stock Exchange and his association with The Representative are described. Malignant Abuse. Of Vivian Grey," Mr Monypenny says :— Disraeli was never easily discouraged. His 21st birthday, which he celebrated on the 21st December, 1826. a few days after the crash in the city, must have been gloomy enough but, foiled in his practical ambition, he turned again to literature and within four months had pro- duced a book which became the talk of Lon- don and won for him celebrity or notoriety in a measure that few secure when they have barely crossed the threshold of manhood." The Ftir created by the revelation of the name of tbe author of Vivian Grey after its well preserved anonymity in the first instance is described by the present biographer as Disraeli's first taste of the malignant abuse which was to be showered upon him all through his life and against which experience was to make him proof." Amusing Letter. An amusing letter, which calls for quotation, begins the chapter on Disraeli's tour in Italy in 1826. Accepting the invitation of the Aus- tins to accompany them on the tour, Disraeli wrote to Benjamin Austin :— According to your advice I have perused your note with attention and considered your offer with care, and, as the man says who is going to be hired, I think the situation will suit.' It ill befits any man to dilate on his own excellence, but I may perhaps be allowed to observe that my various, not to say in- numerable, accomplishments are not altogether unknown to you and as for my moral capaci- ties, why, I have a good character from my last place, which I left on account of the dis- appearance of the silver spoons. I defy, also, anyone to declare that I am not sober and honest, except when I am entrusted with the key of the wine cellar, when, I must candidly confess, I have an ugly habit of stealing the claret, getting drunk, and kissing the maids. Nevertheless I have no doubt but that we shall agree very well. Yon certainly could not come to a person better fitted for ordering a dinner, and as to casting up accounts if there's any- thing in the world I excel in that's the very one—and, as I have got into the habit of never attending to the shillings and pence becaase they make my head ache, I generally detect the atibergiste in a super charge." The tour in the East is described in letters full of the deepest interest from Disraeli to his father, to his sister, to Edward Lytton BuJwer, and Benjamin Austin. Entry into Politics. In a chapter entitJed" Entry into Pol tics," Mr Monypenny has the following passage describing the opening of the High Wycombe contest:—" Tales are still told in Wycombe of that famous first speech from the portico of the Red Lion. The youthful orator was now at the height of his dandyism, and his curls and ruffles played no small part in the elec- tion. Standing on the top of the porch beside the figure of the lion, with his pale face set off by masses of jet-black hair, and his person plenteously adorned with lace and cambric, he must have seemed to the spectators better fitted to his role of fashionable novelist than for that of strenuous politician. Great, then, was their surprise when the popinjay, as the hostile newspaper called him, began to poor forth a torrent of eloquence with tremendous energy of action, and in a voice that carried far along the High-street. He had an instinct for the dramatic effects which held the atten- tion of the mob. When the poll is declared, I shall be there,' he exclaimed, according to a Wycombe tradition, pointing to the head of the lion, 'and my opponent will be there,' pointing to the tail. By the admission even of the opposite party the speech was a com- plete success, and his popularity with the crowd was thenceforth assured." Financial Anxiety. Mr Monypenny quotes the brief note, signed Dizzy," in which was announced the result of the Maidstone electron of 1837, and con- cludes the present volume by quoting the fol- lowing extract from the mutilated diary :— Nov. 12th, 1837. To-morrow I leave Bradenham to take my seat in Parliament, Le., on the 15th. I have passed these three months since my election chiefly in Bucks, and in a run of desultory political reading, though chiefly on Ireland. Attended several political dinners in my county to which I limit myself spoke often and well —at Newport Pagnell, where th ere was great enthusiasm, and Great Marlow. After the Quarter Sessions, the 17th of October, went to Woolbeding, Lady Caroline Mayse's, where I passed a week. Returned to Bradenham that I might pass ten quiet days. My health wonderfully renovated were it not for the anxiety my state of affairs causes me I should laugh at the illness. My life for the past year has been very temperate my nervous system consequently much stronger. I am now as one leaving a secure haven for an unknown sea. What will the next twelve months produce ?
Land for Schools. "£2,700 AN ACRE AT NEATH." At a meeting of the Neath Group of School Managers on Wednesday, Mr W. Howell, J.P., presiding, a communication was received from Mr Hopkin L. Pritchard (Gower), agent to the Baglan Estate, in response to an application fot land at the back of Grove-lane, Pen- rhiewtyn, Neath, for the purpose of school extension. Mr Pritchard quoted £45 per annum for half an acre of land for a lease of 999 years, with an attached condition that the managers should pay their contribution towards the cost of any future roads. The Chairman pointed out that at thirty years' purchase this worked out at £2,700 per acre, and if the contingent road cost were added the price would probably be £ 3,000— surely a record price. The managers refused to entertain the terms and instructed the surveyor to make inquiries with reference to a possible site on the Eagles- bush Estate and to prepare a scheme for the •xtension of the existing buildings at Herbert- road.
DECLINE OF THE SERVANT. An article on the Problem of Domestic Ser- vice in Nash's Magazine for November points out that between 1881 and 190] the popu- lation increased 25.2 per cent., but the number of female indoor servants only 8.2 per cent. Among female indoor servants in the age group 15-20 there was actually between the same dates a decrease amounting to 7.3 per cent., while the number of females living at these ages increased by 28.1 per cent. That is to say, in 1901 a smaller proportion of women were em- ployed in domestic service than in 1881, and the decrease was most marked at the ages When the new recruits should naturally be en- tering that occupation.
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