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OUR LP-NPC-N, LETTER. I fyi-om 0.1" Special Correspondent.} j i Nobody has heard a whisper in regard i-y 'I' what, has taken place b> the Prime M;i'.is;cr s room, where the conference of party leaders is taking place en ilie Veto question. The secrets are being so well kevt. that nobody can say Whether the Council of Eight has to business in earnest, or whether the Pri j Minister and Mr. Balfour, with their eol-| leacucs. are still .discussing preliminary's. and Isvii; down tines np.>n which the Co;?-! ferenec shall proceed. int-n^ e?-« t j both parties are more than a IitUe ann(, ¡ at being kept in the dark. They are o- that. the leaders will come to an agreement ¡ which will fail to commend itself to the rank and tile. Many questions have bee", j asked about it in the Houe, but the au*ums! ones have not succeeded in gaining much ni- formation. Several meetings of the (, "11 ¡ fere nee have been held, bait the > under diseu«slon are so important that settlement is not considered likely to Aw. agreed upon for months. I There is once again a Prince of Wales, title having been conferred upon the Apparent- by the King oil his sixteenth bmlr j day. The Prince has not waited so long S«- the title as his father did, for h-ts p-o 1- Maicsfv was known •omplv as Duke. o» <n wall from January to November- 1901. 'ihc:< is a. popular id- a that the eldest- son vt' in reigning Monarch must, be Prince of V. a'es because nf that fact. That; however, is not the case: Duke of Cornwall is the hered* title, while that of Prince of Wales is con ferred at the pleasure of the King. King Edward VII. was horn Duke of Comv-ali. and was created Prince of Wales within a month, by Queen Victoria. The new Prince of Wales, as most, people know, has been In; some time a Cadet at the Osborne Nav. College, and as a King must be an | man. be will soon have to leave the Navy, j for which lie a strong liking, in onler hi go through a military training. Wireless telegraphy has been put into operation during the past few days with the i object of ascertaining if a man suspected of having committed it murder was 011 board one of the liners crossing the Atlantic, Th s recalls the interesting story of the capture of Franz Miiller, who murdered Mr. Briggs on the North London Railway and created a great sensation nearly half a century a-ro. Miiller disappeared, but it was soon li.K-i covered that he was on his way to America in a sailing ship. There was no "wireless" in those days, nor was there any cable laid on the bed of the Atlantic. But there were steamers, and the late Inspector Tanner, of Scotland Yard, took his passage in one of these. Accompanied by two witnesses to identity, he met Miiller when the murderer landed at New York. It was a very un- pleasant surprise, for Miiller thought he had; got clear away. He was not, perhaps, quite so astounded as William Tawell, the Quaker murderer, who was arrested in the forties at J Paddington on arriving from Slough. The electric telegraph had been the means of his capture, and he was the first criminal to be apprehended by its use. There is nothing particularly interesting about the first Honours List of the new reign. Eyeryhody knew that there would be several peerages; indeed, a day or two be- fore the announcements were made it was freely rumoured that there were to be a dozen—the first instalment, somebody said, of the five hundred required to put the two parties in the House of Lords upon some- thing like an equality. The peerages in the List number only seven, which does not go very far in that direction. They have all been conferred, as" is the case with most peerages, upon very rich men who have worked hard for the party in power, and, what is perhaps more important, contri- buted very largely to the party funds. Titles. some simple people still think, cannot be purchased in this country. Probably, if a multi-millionaire were to write a letter to the Prime Minister, saying, "Kindly for- ward the patent of a barony by return. I enclose cheque for fifty thousand pounds," he would be informed that peerages were not for sale. But if he subscribed regularly for a few years in substantial instalments, and identified himself prominently with political work. lie. would get his reward for "distin- guished service to the country" when the opportunity arrived. There is a certain fascination about the idea of "Paris in London," which is animat- ing the promoters of ax enterprise which is to result in the establishment of a Palace of French Arts and Industries upon the Ald- wych site. so long an eyesore to passers in the Strand. A miniature Paris is to arise there in the heart of London. It will neces- sarily be a Paris more or less influenced and modified by London manners. If the ideals of the promoters are realised, it will be a wel- come addition to the attractions of the town. The buildings to be erected are estimated to cost, more than a million of money. A special feature will be a semi-circular row of shops occupied by the principal Parisian modistes and milliners, as well as the leading We-st- end firms. The commercial side of the enter- prise will predominate, but there is to be a strong social side, too, witk a first-class club or rendezvous for the French colony in London, and the leading traders in France who have business which brings them fre- quently to England. There will be also a permanent exhibition of French arts and in- dustries, and a bijou theatre where famous French actors and actresses will regularly appeal' in successful plays. Not the least charming part of Paris in Loudon will be a cafe-restaurant, where people will be able to eat and drink under the shelter of trees. like real boulevardiers. Work will he commenced in October, and the inaugural ceremony is expected to take place some time in 1913. An interesting cxpetir^cttf is to be tried m (,fl.1\necti:>n with the Post Office Savings Be* 11k, In his speech upon the Estimates; the Postmaster-General gave some particu- lars »>f a scheme of home safes, which it is hoped will encourage habits of thrift. Savings bank depositors may have the money-boxes in their homes, and drop coins in from time to time. They will not be able to o'icii the boxes if they wish to do so, as the Post Office people win keep the keys. Short of smashing the safes there is no means by which coins. baring- once been dropped in, can he extracted. As soon as the boxes are fairly full they must -lie to ihe Post Office 1 • be emptied, and the<m»t of the deposit i wo! tie credited with the amount. One of the objects of the scheme is to lighten the work of the officials," a great deal of their time being at present taken up in entering tirtv amounts in depositors' bank hooks. Apart from it ii,ill probably result in a consider- able increase in the amount deposited in the bank, as coins w'n be dropped into the boxes which otherwise would not he saved at all. The idea is not original, the system having been for some time working on the Continent and in the United States, while it is also in existence to some extent m the trustee savings banks in this country. A. E. M.