SENTENCES REDUCED. ) f THE CHARLESWQRTK CASE. The sentences ON Violet Charlesworth and I "fter mother were reduced from five years to thrc years' ppAal servitude at Derby Assizes I kif>'K Friday, Mr- Justice Darling said the prisoners were *tfcavie £ fid on two charges in one indictment— ^Conspiracy to defraud and obtaining money by .false pretences. The sentence lie passed was •tfimplv upon the indictment- for false pretences, ./jbeeau'se an indictment for conspiracy would nnot justify a sentence of penal servitude, but ^nly a sentence of two years' imprisonment, as no judge would think of ordering a per- ,son to undergo imprisonment after being in nal servitude, or vice versa, and as two such sentences could not possibly be served eon- tfttrreatly, he had awarded no punishment for ,tll(- conspiracy. j One reason why he had reconsidered the I Mut.et)et was that it was the maximum for false pretences, and it ocurred to him there were circumstances in the ease which rendered it Inadvisable to inflict the maximum punishment. Violet Charlesworth might have gone into fife# ysntness-box and given evidence on oath, .♦ml had she denied the charges would un- jdowbtrdly have committed perjury. He desired ■When he could to recognise as an ameliorating circumstance the fact that a prisoner did not .mmit wilful perjury. Atwther matter that induced him to reflect vJSpOH the sentence was that Violet Charles- ..øtdC conviction was largely due to the fact ihftt iti bankruptcy she did tell the truth I .♦boui- a. great many matters, and so enabled to be given of acts necessary to convict Wiik regard to her mother, he should pass fiftiiie sentence. It had come to his kitow- J ,fet1t;c that she was suffering from a grave ill- j jIW, and although she would, of course, pass t*r time in the infirmary, in all the circum- .4Us,nce* he did not feel inclined to make a JjfHllterenltlation against her. 'I
FIGHT ON THE RIVER. -BAILIFFS AND POACHERS. ,'There has been a serious encounter between „,4gjghfc water bailiffs and sixteen men, believed j to be salmon poachers, on the River Lee, near -R!dH:Ojkt' The Wry is that the bailiffs, who were In I launch, had seized some drift nets on f/be Kiwshforooke side of the river, when four growmg boats put off from the opposite shore. ■When* within ten or fifteen yards of the fishery IA'UW'h the men in the boats are stated to have .,eommneed firing revolvers at the bailiffs. The fatter returned the fire, and for some minutes perfect fusillade was kept up. A number of assailants are stated to have jfeeen pounded, and the men rowed hastily ;Aw"v, The police were informed, and a young :imart named Fahy, who had in his possession a -,rtvi,jiver and bullets, was arrested. He was up at the Petty Sessions on Saturday, jttad charged with riotous and unlawful as- .vjNnobly. The magistrate refused to return jk?cused' for trial on the riotous charge, but on ,,h# charge of unlawful assembly he was bcund I .yer to keep the peace for twelve months. After the encounter two men were admitted ;J# Cork Union Hospital, one suffering from .it bullet, wound in the thigh and the ether a \:j¡vUt wound in the wrist. I
MAKING WAR IMPOSSIBLE. Aa extraordinary discovery, which, it is claimed, would make war impossible, is an- ROBOted by "The News of the World," which, I jhowtvrr, does not guarantee all that is stated regarding it. "Without moving from this room," said the ^discoverer to the interviewer, "I could destroy „jerety living thing you see in the street below." And he spoke he pointed to the mysterious jMehiini«m that lay close to his hand. "Nobody -would know," he went on, "who had thus hur- ried an these people into eternity." Thi. mysterious, this deadly, agency has tKMf. eayc" the paper, been offered to the fefiiieh (government. If it is all that is claimed far it t, discovery places in the hands of the | .flOariMrHiBenfc a weapon which, by its very Jpoteuey, would make an end of war. Doctors who give the high frequency elec- treatment have found it a source of I /ytweitre and deadly disease in themselves, up incurable nervous trouble. The in- I ,teittor, therefore, experimented till he was able ,to isolate a ray which might paralyse armies." ituall animals subjected to it staggered and By a mechanical device the ray was j ..dimmed on a horse four miles away, and the JbeMfc immediately dropped down dead. It is .claimed that the distance might have on doubled m¡ trebled, and that the fate of the might have been thc. fate of an army h*4' this eecret device been employed r 9U it' — — ——
MOTHERS FAREWELL LETTER. A verdict of "Suicide while temporarily in- was returned at Wandsworth on Satur- t>B the'body of Mr*. Florence Nightingale flkf?«d fifty-four, widow of a Mincing- ispe u. merchant, who was found by her son, Sdward Maclean, aged sixtees, dead in bed at botwte in Werber-road, Putney. Death wae the regalt of asphyxiation, which Mrs. Maclean bad brought about by leaving on the gas in her Wtoom, some otyavige letters were left by the de- 1, The coroner said the letters in question 4rot»ld be shown to the jury. Mrs. Malean "MNt., II, own darling children,—Nothing but J the sacrifice of my life will free you from jxrrM#utk>n, cruel and awful, by the agents „ "f a u)"t cruel and wicked woman. Do «.ot grieve, my darlings. Just to think that at last I have found peace, and there frill he thctee, I trust, who will be good and Had to you. Good-bye, my'darliiigr, ..4tour mother took her life. May God watch J jrvvr you both and keep you both pure and meitfA i* the dying wish of your persecuted— jwraw*.
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"STARVED BY KINDNESS." The kindness of feiends was stated at nn inquest on Monday to have contributed to 111*' death of William Wells, aged twenty- eight, a machinist, lately living at Green- wich. Wells, it appeared, was engaged to a young lady named Ellen King, of East Greenwich. Miss King said that on Novem- ber 14 she saw him as usual, and they had a few words, which appeared to upset him. He did not threaten suicide, though he said In did not care where he went. She after- wards heard that he had taken poison on her doorstep, where she found him. She spoke to him, and lie said,' "For goodness sake let me die." The deceased was upset owing to the death of his mother some time previous. Dr. Wiggins stated that Wells had taken spirit& of salts. An operation was performed, and he made progress, but some oc his friends, who had been allowed to visit him, had given him food, which upset everything that had been done. "In fact," said the doctor, "he died of starvation from kindness. He was given food which he was unable to assimilate." The jury returned a verdict of Suicide during temporary insanity.v
"CHASING HIS SHADOW." "So far from being a person who has been badly treated, I think he has received every consideration," said Mr. Francis at West- minster Police-court on Monday, in the case of Arthur Carder, ani ex-'busdriver, who had complained that he had been detained while Mne in Cane-hill Asylum and was released by order of Mr. Herbert Gladstone. Investigations have shown that Carder'e I statement was untrue. Although he was re- leased from Cane-hill Asylum last October, it was not by order ef fche Home Secretary, but because his menftal condition had con- siderably improved. Subsequently, as he was destitue, every effort had been made by the aeylum authorities to obtain a cabdriver's license for him. He got one, but the following day said he had lost it. While inquiries were being made on the telephone he disappeared from the oflice, and the next heard of him was that he was in custody. A detective said that on the day prisoner was removed he was seen, chasing his own shadow round a cab-yard. As he had been in custody a week, Carder, who had been charged with obtaining food fraudulently at Chelsea, was released.
FATAL TAXI-CAB SKID. A verdict of "Manslaughter" was re- turned at the Coroner's Court, Lough- borough Junction, on Monday, against Ed- ward Faley, driver of the taxi-cab which killed Mortimer Kent, a London County Council employee, by running, him down while he Was repairing the roadway in Brix- ton-road. Faley was sent for trial. In his evidence Faley said that in the darkness just before the accident he saw lights in the roadway and tried to steer his car off the traek, but his front hear tyre burst. The car skidded with a front skid. He was travelling at ten or twelve miles an hour. He saw the deceased in front of him, but he could hot ease up dead on the spot. He had no control over tihe car whatever. The accident was due to the punctured tyre. To their verdict the jury added a rider that the lamps used by the Cpunty Council during road repairs at night time should be raised above the level of the FOOtds eo ae to give better warning to drivers. eO, "I"
YOUNG SCHOOLMASTER'S FATE. An inquest was held at Sonning, near Read- ing, on Saturday, concerning the death of David John Lewis, the young Reading school- master, who disappeared from his rooms on January 25. His body found in the Thames how he got into the Water i a mys- tery. His brother, a solicitor's clerk, said that the schoolmaster had been "one of the most level-headed voung- men." Lewis had had a most distinguished univer- sity career, and had gained an M.A. degree at the University of Wales before leaving school. On the day of his disappearance he had pre- pared his work for the next day. A verdict of "Found drowned was returned.
PATHETIC FAREWELL LETTER. "I am not fit to be alive or fit to die," wrote Mrs. Emma Nealor, a lady of inde- pendent means, aged 61, before committing suicide by throwing herself from the window of a nursing home at South Kensington. The letter contiIiued I thought when I got back to England I should be better, but it is not to be. I feel no stronger than when I came here six weeks ago. No one seems to be able to do anything for me. All the money is going, with no result. It means Ruin! Ruin!! Ruin! The daughter at the inque$Jr said her father lived at Brighton, and was known as Captain Nealor, as lie had been a captain in the volunteers. Her mother was a very temperate woman, but had occasionally taken drugs. She had been in the nursing home for seven weeks suffering from nervous breakdown. Deceased had been separated from her husband for seven years, and worried about her son. There waA no ground for financial worry. It was a delusion. A verdict of Suicide whilst temporarily insane" was returned.
A lUNCH OF BOSES A Nantwich shoemaker, Mr. Geo. Robin- eon, has had an unexpected windfall of JB120.. Twelve years ago Mr. Robinson, them a journeyman shoemaker, met outside Nant- wich an invalid lady and a nurse. He was carrying a bunch of rases, and the lady re- marked am he passed what lovely roses they were. Robinson turned, and asked her if she would like some. The lady said that she would be very grateful, and added, that she wanted some roses to put on her mother's grave. Robinson thereupon handed her the bunch. The lady inquired his name and address, and this week-end the incident had a surpris- ing sequel. A solicitor from Llandudno came over to Nantwich and informed the shoe- roaner that Miss Parramour, of Craigvdon, Llandudno, had died, and in her will there was a legacy of £ 120 to "George Robinson, 78, London-road, Nantwich."
TEA TABLE TALK. 4Jo The Duchess of Bedford is one of our besi iadv skaters on artificial ice. It is estimated that London's laundries use j Btore than 750 tons of soap a week. Queen Alexandra's favourite recreation is music that of her only unmarried daughter, Princess Victoria, is skating. Lady Charles Beresford collects ball pro- grammes as a hobby, specially favouring those painted by hand or designed by lady artists. Bright-hued scarves knitted of silk and finished with a fringe of tassels are the' latest things that occupy the amateur needlewoman. They are very warm and ornamental. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, who is 91, a skilled artist, has promised to design a mas- sive Argyll Challenge Shield." to be com- peted for annually at a Highland gathering pipers' contest. < The latest advertising innovation amongst country drapers is a free omnibus service for customers. The two-horse vehicles run several times an hour, and no gratuities are allowed to driver or conductor. • • Sister Eiiza, the senior member of the All Saints' Sisterhood, who died recently at St. Saviour's Hospital, Regent's Park, at the age of seventy-five, began her nursing career at Brighton at the age of seventeen, and just after the battle of Sedan went with a band of nurses ti the French battlefields, and was awarded the Iron Cross by the grandfather of the present German Emperor for her valuable services in oonnection with ambulance work. In 1874 she started the St. Agnes Hospital, of which she was head for seventeen years, and then went to St. Saviour's Hospital. » < The girl who possesses the charm of being entertaining will always make the best wife. A man may tire of a woman whose attraction* are based on a fair complexion, a small, white hand, or lustrous eyes. In the long run it is not charm of person but charm of presence that tells. The husband of a plain woman once said that she had amply atoned for any defect in physical beauty by the fact that she had never ceased to be entertaining. The woman who makes the way of life bright and smooth by her gifts of mind will never lose the affection and respect of her husband. < Many society women are the owners of jewels worth the proverbial King's ransom. Perhaps the largest collections belong to the Duchess of Portland and the Duchess of Marlborough, but Viscountess Iveagh is the possessor of one of the most valuable necklaces in England. Her pearls are worth over Y.70,000, and took Lord Iveagh a long time to collect. Lady Rothschild, the Countess of Dudley, the Countess of Annes- ley, and Lady Denman all own most beautiful pearls. The Duchess of Roxburghe and the Marchioness of Dufferin both have a large num- ber of turquoises. The old-fashioned amethyst has of late come much into prominence, and is now considered by many to be the jewel of the moment. » A suggestion has been put forward in France that all women over thirty should be addressed whether they are married or single. It has been generally well received by the fair sex, partly, no doubt, because spinsters would thereby be spared the necessity of adver- tising to the world their condition of single- blessedness. But a famous French journalist has detected a difficulty—the question of age As he humorously points out, on meeting an unmarried lady who looked to be about thirty, one could not say Modame-I think, or is it Mademoiselle?" In otner words, if the new system were adopted, the use of the word Madame" by a stranger would imply a reflec- tion on a lady's age, which would be intolerable. • • No Royal lady is fonder of outdoor recreations than the Queen of the Netherlands. When a young girl Her Majesty derired immense enjoy- ment from driving a team consisting of six ponies; and driving is still the recreation that pleases hei most. Queen Helena of Italy will exhibit two paint. ings at the International Art Exhibition at Venice in the coming spring. Her Majesty, who is an enthusiastic devotee of the brush, is busily employed on these pictures under the direction of the notable Neapolitan artist, Giuseppe Casciaro, who goes daily to give the Queen lessons at the Quirinal Palace. It is stated that the Queen will exhibit under an assumed name. • • Bruised or broken blossoms lose much of their fragrance, and the wives and daughters of the flower farmers of the Riviera are very ex- pert at carrying the flowers to the scent fac- tories, balanced on their heads in huge trays. « • • w Mrs. Helen Gould is one of the wealthiest wrtmen in the world, her income amoanting to about LOOO a day. It is said that she is prob- ably the. only woman of her tiipe and rank in the United mates who hall never allowed irine or' ppirits to be served at her tabl^. She is o»e of the most philanthropic of women, and re- ceives many curious requests, among them being applications for trousseaux, houses, pianos, old elothes, sewing machines, watehef, Bibles, a monument to a parent, a set of false teeth, and a passage to England. According to custom, the too of King Al- fonso's sister was. an how after his birth, pre- sented to the Ministers on a magnificent silver CAKES AND PUDDINGS.—No. 22. Lant recip* was for a plain Gimgsr- bread more suitable for the children. Thia week We are giving a richer and rather mora expensive one, which will be appreciated by tho adult*. RICH GINGERBREAD. 1 packet of Cakeoma. Half a teaspoonful of Ground Ginger. Half a teaepoonful of Mixed Sjtice. 4 OZll. of Butter or Lard. 4 ou. of Raisins (optional). 4 ozs. of Lemon Peel (optionfel). 2 Egg* 31, table*poo^ifu!* of Syrup. 2 tablespoonfuJ* of Milk. Mbthop. Mix the Giager and Spiee with the Cakeoma and rub the butter or lard in very faa, th" add the raisins and lemon peel. Beat up tfc* eggs and add them with the" milk ahd syrup (which should be warmed). Mix well and bake' in a rather cool oven. Next week a Vstlencia Cike recipe. Cakeoma is sold only in 31d. packets by j Grocers and Stores everywhere.
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