—B—Oft THE THAMES MYSTERY. The Central News says that a few days ago a stranger arrived at the village of Tipton St John, Devonshire, who gave the name of John Fairclough, and said he came from London. As the man closely answered the description of the paramour of Elizabeth Jackson, circulated by the metropolitan police, Sergeant Pope, of the Devonshire constabu- lary communicated with Scotland Yard, and Inspector Tunbridge, of the Criminal Investigation Department, proceeded on Friday to Tipton St John. Fairclough expressed himself as perfectly willing to proceed to London and to give any in- formation in his power. He stated that he became acquainted with Jackson last August, but he had heard nothing about her death. He voluntarily accompanied Inspector Tunbridge to London, and will give evidence at the adjourned inquest on Tuesday. There is no charge against Fairclough, and of course he is not in custody. It is not expected that he will be able to throw much light upon the mystery.
"Oh, Tommy, that was abominable in you to eat your sister's share of the cake." "Why," said Tommy, "didn't you tell me, ma, that I was always to take her part."
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A NATURALIST'S NOTES AROUND TENBY. THE PINK-LIPPED SNAIL. (HELIX PISANA) Every one, even the most casual observer of nature, must have noticed the immense numbers of snails which swarm on many parts of the Bur- rows and cling to every available leaf and grass stem on the cliff in front of the Esplanade. They are all, or nearly all, individuals of the above named species-a shell which is so local in its distribution that. its only obtainable in two or three other places within the United Kingdom, and nowhere in the same abundance as at Tenby. In form this shell is subglobular, slightly com- pressed above, convex below, rather solid and opique, ground colour yellowish white, beanti- fully marked with brown spiral bands (there being sometimes as many as 15 or 16 on the last whorl), more or less marked with short oblique transverse streaks of the same colour, which gives a speckled appearance to the upper part of the shell; mouth forming three-fourths of a circle, interior some- times pink or blush-colour, and furnished with a slight rib which is either pale yellowish, white, or pink; the latter colour is said to be deeper and brighter in specimens which are exposed to the sun. Draparnaud says that this colour is more perceptible in the shells of those individuals which have been kept a long time without food, or after their death. Specimens often occur of various shades of yellowish white, sometimes quite white, the latter being the var. alba. Most snails during the day-time seek some kind of shelter from the sun, but Helix Pisana may be seen adhering to the stalks and leaves of grass in the most open situations, and exposed to the full blaze of the summer sun. On the approach of winter they bury themselves in the sandy soil at the roots of grass, &c. This species seems to be very partial to paper as an article of diet; a piece placed in their haunts is soon covered with hungry mollusks, and if confined in a paper lined box, the lining quickly disappears. Helix Pisana and many other members of this genus are very tenacious of life, and will live for a very long time without food. The writer has some Helices which were sent from the South of Spain in the autumn of 1887, and which a few weeks ago were alive and well. though they h-ul been closely con- fined in a small wooden box without any kind of food for nearly two years A more remarkable case has been related by Dr Baird. who says a specimen of the Desert Snail (Ii. desertorwmwas fixed to a tablet in the British Mu-eum on the 25tb of March, 1846, and on March 7th, 1850, it was observed that it must have come out of its shell in the interval, as the paper bad b. en dis- coloured apparently in its attempt to !el away, but finding escape impossible had again retired, closing its aperture with the usual glistening film; this led to its immersion in tepid water and i.ar- vellous recovery. So that on March !3 h, 1850, after nearly four years fast, it was alive and flourishing As before remarked, H. Pisana is very local in its distribution, and from some un- accountable reason does not seem to thrive in other localities though the soil and herbage is the same. They extend in lessening numbers to Giltar Head, and a few occur at Sandtap Bay, Caldy Island formerly there was a small colony at Coppitt Hall, near Saundersfoot, but these have now I believe died out. Although the extensive range of sandhills beyond Pendine appear in every respect similar to those at Ten by, not a single Helix Pisana can be found. The late Dr. Jeffreys twice tried unsuccessfully to introduce this species on the sandhills near Swansea, and several lots I sent a friend in the North did not long survive the change. AMPHIBIAN.
.> ALMOST BURIED ALIVE. A St. Leonard's correspondent telegraphs:— About a. week ago the wife of a well-known trades- man in St. Leonard's fell ill, and on Monday night last the doctor gave his opinion that she could not live through the next day. On Tuesday morning at ten o'clock the doctor pronounced his patient dead, the nurse who was in attendance confirming the opinion. The intimation of death naturally created great distress among the friends of the woman, who was laid out in grave clothes, washed, and prepared for burial, and, being a Roman Catholic, a crucifix was placed in her hand as she lay on her bier. When it was announced that the woman was dying a priest was sent for, but he could not attend. as he was out of town at the time. About a quarter to ten on Tuesday night, the nurse entered the room without a light for the purpose of getting something which she knew where to find. Whilst in the darkened chamber she was startled to hear a alight cry proceeding from the bed where the body lay, and she rushed from the room in a terrible fright. The widower, hearing the scream of fright, rushed into the chamber with a light, and was astonished to find that his wife had raised herself up in the bed on her elbow. She faintly uttered the words, "Where am I?" and again relapsed into a heavy sleep. The opportunity was seized of changing the shroud for proper habili- ments, and in about an hour and a half she woke again perfectly conscious. Next morning she was told of what had occurred, but was quite ignorant of everything that had passed, thinking she had only had a long sleep. She is now doing well, and it is hoped she will soon be restored to health and strength. The doctor describes the case as the most remarkable he has ever met with in his expe- rience.
THE THAMES MYSTERY. The inquest was resumed at Battersea on Mon- day as to the death of Elizabeth Jackson, whose mutilated remains were found in various parts of the Thames early last month. In opening the proceedings, the coroner commented at some length on the fact of the discovery of Fairclough, the paramour of the deceased, having been announced by the press, and he complained that all through the case the evidence had been anticipated by the newspapers.—John Fairclough, in answer to the coroner, then said he was a millstone dresser, of no fixed abode. He spoke to becoming acquainted with the deceased towards the end of last Septem- ber, after she had been living with a man whom she called "Charlie." She afterwards accompanied witness to various parts of the country, subse- quently returning to London and staying at Mill- wall until the 20th of April last. On that day he left, with the intention of going to Croydon, but the deceased would not accompany him. She said she would go to her mother. Witness did not leave her any money, as he had none. Witness then de- tailed his travels in the country, eventually arriv- ing at Ottery St. Mary, Devon, last Wednesday. There he was met by Detective-Inspector Ton- bridge, who brought him to London. He had heard nothing of the remains being discovered. He had heard Jackson, who was enceinte, say that she would be glad to get rid of the child, but he was not aware that she knew anyone to whom to go for that purpose. Witness remonstrated with her. He identified the skirt produced as having been worn by the deceased, but he could not re- cognise the ulster.-At this stage the inquiry was adjourned until the 25th inst.
VALUABLE "FIND" BY A PONTYPRIDD MINISTER. The Rev. J. R. Jones, pastor of the Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church, Pontypridd, in returning from a preaching tour in North Wales last week, stopped at Chester, and put up at an hotel. On going out for a walk he saw a bag on the road, and picking it up found it to contained £ 300 in gold. A policeman was sent for, and Mr Jones left the bag of money in his hands, saying he was obliged to go away by a train which left soon afterwards. The constable very soon found the owner of the bag, who hastened to the station to thank Mr Jones for the restoration of the money.
GREAT FIRE IN LONDON. On Friday afternoon a fire broke out in tl,u Russia Dock, Surrey Commercial Docks, and, fanned by a brisk breeze, it quickly assumed immense proportions. The fire was accompanied by dense masses of black smoke, and at one time the flames extended in an unbroken line from 200ft. to 300ft. long. A strong force of the fire brigade was soon at work, but the heat of the flames and the density of the smoke rendered their operations difficult and dangerous. The fire continued to burn fiercely until three hours had elapsed, despite the united efforts of twenty brigade steamers, two steam floats, and the two manuals belonging to the dock company. From that hour the firemen got control of the main conflagration, and prevented its further extension. An area of timber sheds and stacks 280ft. by 150ft. was entirely destroyed, together with seven heavily-laden barges. The damage is estimated at over £ 60,000.
APPROACHING IRISH LIBEL ACTIONS. The "Press Association" says :-The defendant's application to change the venue in the case of Biggar against the Evening News from Manchester to London came before the Master of the Rolls on Monday, and was dismissed with costs. The venue accordingly remains at Manchester. It has been arranged that the action of Mr Wm. O'Brien, M.P., against Lord Salisbury shall be taken on the 22nd instant at Manchester.
FORTHCOMING FASHIONABLE MARRIAGE. A marriage has been arranged to take place towards the end of the present month between Captain H. E. M. Lindsay, R.A., the third son of Colonel Lindsay, the chief constable of Glamorgan- shire, and Miss Thomas, the eldest daughter of the late Mr G. W. G. Thomas, the Heath, Cardiff. The banns were published at Holy Trinity Church, where the marriage will take place by the Rev Henry Thomas at the morning service on Sunday. Both Captain Lindsay and his affianced bride are held in very great respect by all who know them.
"Papa," said little Johnny, "the paper says, ''the people at large think so. What does it mean by the people at large ? Those not in goal," replied his sage papa.
GENERAL NEWS. Lord Charles Beresford presided on Saturday at the annual inspection of the Wcirxpitt training ship of the Marine Society. He said that out of the sixty-one thousand boys who had passed out of the Warspite training ship. twenty-seven thousand had been drafted hto the Royal Navy, and, as an officer of the Royal Navy, he said they were very glad to have those boys. The Council of the National Union of Conserva- tive Associations has accepted the invitation of the Nottingham Association, to hold the annual Con- ference of the Union in that town in November. The meeting will be attended by either Lord Salis- bury or Mr. Balfour. Lord Dartmouthjs President of the Union for the year. The Hon. John Norquay, ex-Premier of Manitoba, is reported by Reuter to have died suddenly of heart disease, at his residence in Winnipeg, on Friday uigut. lae d«soeaaed was forty-seven years of age. A fire broke out shortly before seven o'clock on Sunday night at 103, Great Dover-street, Borough, upon the extensive premises of Messrs. W. H. and F. Croker, builders. Six great buildings, of two and three floors each, used as workshops, stables, engine and boiler houses, offices, and stores, became involved with great rapidity, ultimately eighteen steamers were set to work as they arrived. The firemen were busily engaged up to eleven o'clock on Sunday night. By that time Messrs. Croker's premises were entirely destroyed, and the premises of Messrs. Bonsey, corn merchants, had been greatly damaged. Other serious damages are also recorded. Great activity prevails in view of the approaching Review and Manoeuvres of the Fleet. Special moorings are now being laid down in Osborne Bay for the accommodation of the German men-of-war which will accompany the Imperial yacht Bohen- zollern. The Queen will view the inspection of the Fleet from Osborne, the German Emperor being accompanied by the Prince of Wales. The Fleet at Spithead will disperse early on the morning of Tuesday, the 6th of August, for the respective stations of the squadrons. Sixteen shipwrecks, of which nine were foreign- owned vessels, were reported last week. A foreign sailer was announced lost with all p3rsons on board. Two British sailers sunk by collision. Total number of collision cases for week 19, of which nine took place off the British Isles. A shocking accident occurred at Sheffield on Sunday morning in connection with a wedding. A young man, named Fielding, was married at All Saints' Church to a Miss Potter. Her mother, ac- companied by a neighbour, were hastening to the home of the newly-married couple, to welcome them and when near the house Mrs. Potter fell, and ex- pired. The bridal party reached the door as the corpse of the mother was being carried in. The will of the Marquess of Ely, of Kearsney Abbey, Kent Loftus Hall, Wexford and Ely Lodge, Fermanagh, has been proved, the value of his personal estate being sworn at f 52,327 7s. 4d. The Duchess of Westminster will give a ball, to meet the Prince and Princess of Wales, at Grosvenor House, on the 22nd inst. The value of the personal estate of the late Mr. Thomas Tennant, of Blenheim-terrace, Leeds, has been sworn at £ 155,840. The match for the lawn tennis championship of All England was played at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon, in the presence of several thousands of spectators, between the Brothers Renshaw. William Renshaw won the first two sets Ernest won the third, but in the succeeding sets William played very brilliantly, and won the championship by three sets to one. At Liverpool on Monday Daniel Edwards, painter, was charged with the attempted murder of Ellen Rowson, a woman with whom he cohabited. While drunk he asked for supper. She replied that it was too late, whereupon he cut her throat and then his own. Her wound was very dangerous, and confined her to the hospital for months. She now kissed the prisoner, and said it was the result of an accident. Prisoner was committed for trial. In the Queen's Bench Division on Monday, Justices Day and Smith directed that the argu- ments on the rule nisi requiring Mr Bridge, metro- politan magistrate, to show cause in the matter of summons against the Duke of Cambridge, be heard on the first motion day after Monday next. The Central News learns that a marriage has been arranged between Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice, brother of the Marquis of Lansdowne, and Miss Fitzgerald, an American lady, who is an accom- plished oriental scholar. At a mass meeting of wrought nail workers, be- longing to the East Worcestershire and Stafford- shire districts, held at Halesowen on Monday, a general strike was declared, the operatives claiming an advance of wages ranging from ten to fifteen per cent. About 15,000 operatives are concerned. A serious accident befel a man named William Cousins, 50 years of age, while following his occu- pation as miner in the Blaenycwm Tunnel of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway on Saturday, Cousins was engaged in blasting, and fired several shots simultaneously. One of the shots, however, failed, and when Cousins approached to see what! was the matter, it exploded, inflicting severe in- juries on his head and face. On Saturday afternoon Thomas Evans, 17 years of age, succumbed to injuries received whilst em- ployed with his uncle in a stall at Blaenycwm Colliery on June 29th. Deceased, it appears, was filling coal into a tram, when a large stone fell upon him from the roof. Nathaniel Currah was charged at Lambeth on Monday, with the wilful murder of George Thomas Gorin, known as Letine, outside the Canterbury Music-hall, under circumstances already well known. Mr Gill prosecuted for the Treasury, and Mr Clewer defended the prisoner. Currah seemed perfectly composed and gazed about the court, turning occasionally towards counsel however, especially when his daughter's name was mentioned. Mrs Gorin was present, and appeared much affected. Her evidence was of the same character as that which she gave before the coroner. Beatrice Currah, she said, was most kindly treated, and never made any complaint whilst attached to the Letine troupe. Other witnesses were called, and gave evidence identical with that which they gave at the inquest. Ultimately the prisoner was re- manded for a week. The late Lord Stowell, who went to see every ex- hibition, provided it did not cost more than a shilling once presented himself at the door of a show where a spake of some more or less guady colour was on view. But the sight of so good a customer was too much for the conscience of the showman, who ex- claimed, "My lord, I will not deceive you It's only the old snake with a new coat of paint!
LIST OF VISITORS, t F VISITORS. Adlam, Mrs, senr., Worcester 2 Lome houses Adlam, Mr, junr. and Mrs, Worcester.2 Lorne houses Bowyer, E Esq, London Bridge house Bowyer, the Misses Birdge house Brougliton, j. L. Eaq, Mrs and the Missesj 43, Katon Square Bosemount Bell, Mrs 2 Castle square Bourne, Mr, Mrs and Miss, Bicknor lGunfort Barnett, Mr, Bicknor, Gloucestershire 1 Gunfort Bradbury, Mr and Mrs Ralph, Knutsford 2 Bellevue Bairn, Miss Gypsie, Metheringham Belgrade house Craven, F Esq, Mrs and family, Bradford 1 Lexden terrace Carter, Miss, London 3 South cliff street Coward, Mrs and family, Bath 6 Bellevue Christie, C W Esq and Mrs, Bonvilstone, Glamorgan- shire Worcester house Copinger, Mrs and the Misses, Cork.North cliff house Copinger, R J Esq, Cork North cliff house Crane, Mrs and family, Oakhampton Hall, Worcester- shire North cliff house Dewing. Mr and Mrs 16 Norton Dewing, Mr Alfred, New Zealand 16 Norton Driver, Mr, Mrs and Miss, Bath Charlton house Davies, Miss, Wylde Green, Birmingham.Alma cottage Edwards, Mrs and the Misses, Cheltenham 7 High street Edwards, Mr, Cheltenham 7 High street Eglinton, Miss, Shepton Mallet Belgrave house Evans, Miss, Newport. 6 Esplanade Fox, Miss B, Leigh Woods, Clifton.Cumberland house Fox, Miss F, Leigh Woods, Clifton.Cumberland house Fairfoot, Mrs, Harrogate 1 Kent house Green, Major, Mrs and family, Poulton Hall, Cheshire 36 Victoria street Green, Mr and Mrs Fred, Tunbridge Wells 4 Croft terrace Gunton, Mrs, Thorpe., Norwich St Agatha's house Gumbrell, Mrs, Dorking St Agatha's house Graham, Mrs James 4 St Julian terrace Hague, Major, Mrs and the Misses E and M, London Rebleen house Hooper, W H Esq, London 13 Norton Hannam, Thos. Esq, and Mrs, Retford, Nottingham Belgrave house Ham, Rev T C, Mrs and Master, Cardiff 6 Bellevue Houghton, Miss, Tnnbridge Wells.St Agatha's house Jones, Mrs, Llanwrtyd Wells South Wales house Jones, Mrs Thomas and family, Llanelly 3 Rock terr Kipping, Mrs, Upper Sydenham St Agatha's house Kenward, Mrs, Hastings Elsdale house Lenke, Mrs and family, Edgbaston Ivy cottage Malcolm, Colonel, M.P., and the Hon Mrs, Hastings Lavallin house Miller, Rev G Dempster and Mrs, Cheltenham Belgrave house Mathias, Mr, Mrs and family, Neath 8 Bellevue Morgan, the Misses, Tegfynydd 1 Croft terrace Moxhay, the Misses, Reading 7 Esplanade Naish, Mrs H and fam ly, Bristol 6 Bellevue Peel, A J Esq Mrs and family St Julian house Phillipps, Miss, Clevedon 18 Norton Palmer, Mr and Mrs, Haverfordwest Bellevue house Peacock, Rev R, Mrs and family, Huntley, Gloucester Kent house Reid, Miss Annie, Coppenhall Rectory, Crewe 5 Bellevue Roberts, Mrs Pender and Miss, Cornwall 20 Victoria street Roberts, W E Esq, Ilfracombe 20 Victoria street Robin, Rev Canon and Mrs, Woodchurch, Cheshire 13 Norton Reid, Rev Cawley and Mrs, Coppenhall Rectory, Crewe 5 Bellevue Rae, Rev Edward, Mrs and family, Birkenhead Croft cottage Russell, Mrs and family, Wylde Green, Birmingham Alma cottage Swayne, Mr and Mrs J L, Brecon Somerset house Stevenson, Mr and Mrs, Edinburgh 3 Bellevue Smith, Miss, Haverfordwest 5 Rocky park Stokes, Mrs and maid, London Melrose house Stuart, Miss, Dulwich St Agatha's house Stuart, C Esq, London St Agatha's house Salmon, Miss, Shepton Mallet Belgrave house Sutton, H Esq, Mrs and family, Reading.7 Esplanade Sutton, Rev Edwin, Mrs and family, Bishop Auckland 7 Esplanade Tibbert, Miss, Manchester 2 Ivy cottages Thomas, J E Esq, Harrogate 1 Kent house Turner, Mr and Mrs Maynard, Bishopsworth, Somer- setshire Beaufort house Trower, Mrs J C, Brecon Somerset house Turner, Rev S and Miss M C, Denby, near Derby 1 St Catherine's terrace Webster, Mr and Mrs Baron, 21 Victoria street Whitworth, Miss, Heakhfield, Littleborough Vine cottage Walby, Mrs and Miss, London 3 South cliff street Wilkinson, Henry, Esq and Mrs, Bayswater 2 Olive buildings West, Mr and Mrs, London 6 Bellevue Walters, Mrs and child, London.2 Primrose cottages Whatton, Mr and Mrs 6 Bellevue Williams, C J Esq and Mrs, Edgbaston.Cawdor house Williams, W Esq and Miss, Edgbaston.Cawdor house Williams, Mr and Mrs, Tredegar South Wales house Willams, Miss A J, Tredegar South Wales house Woosnam, Mr Bowen, Mrs and family, Builth 6 Esplanade Walker, Mrs Spencer and family, Bishopton, Stratford- on-Avon 4 St Julian terrace
MR. RUSKIN ON WALES. At the Borth (Cardiganshire) Eisteddfod, the President of the evening meeting (Mr Bonsall) said he was visiting the English Lake district a short time ago, when he met an Englishman whom he was sure the audience all knew-Mr Ruskin-and asked him a question about the Welsh- language, whether he thought it would be better for Wales that the Welsh language should gradually die out and English be used instead of it, and Mr Ruskin replied, "God forbid The Welsh language is the language of music. There is no genius about the English language. The Scotch have got all the poetry, the Irish all the wit, and how the devil we got Shakspeare I don't know." (Cheers.) Mr Bonsall then read the following letter which he had received from Mr Ruskin :—"Brantwood, Coniston, Lancashire, 26th June, 1889. Dear Mr Bonsall,- My delight is increased by your telling me that anything I said of your lovely country seems to you worth repeating from your seat of most honourable presidency. My respect for its ancient and heroic nationality is, indeed, limitless; and well could I wish for my England's own sake that beyond the Severn the modes of life, the lauguage, the music, and the hearts of the people she once oppressed so cruelly might remain for ever in forgiveness, as your stones of Aberystwith are wrought by the cruel sea to their fairest colours. Remember me always, in all sincerity, yours, JOHN RUSKIN. Henry Bonsall, Esq." --0,
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