I "MONTE CARLO" WELLS. CLOSE OF THE TRIAL FOR FRAUD. VERDICT AND SENTENCE. The trial of Charles Wells on charges of ob- taining money by false pretences from Miss Catherine Mary Phillimore, the Hon. Cosby Trench, and other persons, was resumed at the Old Bailoy on Tuesday, before Mr Justice Haw- kins, The Treasury was represented by Mr C. F. Gill, Mr Bodkin, and Mr Guy Stephenson and the prisoner by Mr Abinger and Mr Turrell. Walter Mynns, an electrical engineer, was called, and, in reply to Mr Abinger, said I live at Feckham. I know the prisoner. I met him a. few years ago at Erith, and went on board the Isabella, and I went afterwards, at the end of last year, to Liverpool, to do some electrical work on board the Palais Royal. I took the Isabella several times up and down the river, and found that the consumption of fuel was very small. We used from 3cwt, to 4cwt. going to Gravesend and back. I took the Ituna to Gravesend on one occasion, and, although it was a smaller boat, it consumed three or four times as much coal. Richard Micheau, an engine-driver, said that he was driver of the Isabella, the engines of which were of peculiar construction, and there was a considerable diminution in the consumption of fuel. M. Henri Jarloux, of Marseilles, an agent, said that he knew the prisoner, who was his brother- in-law. He had had transactions with him in relation to machines. Weils was engaged in engineering in Marseilles. He invented a steam regulator, which he sold to the company by whom he was engaged. He left Marseilles in 1879. The witness also spoke to other inventions patented by Wells. Mr Abinger, in addressing the ]ury for the prisoner, said that the first question for them to consider' was who was the man with whom they had to deal, and he had called evidence which gave them a sketch of what he was in the past up to the present time. It had been shown that for many years he was an engineer in France and that his inventions dated back os far as 1866, and up to the present day his life had been spent in in venting. All that it was material for him to show was that he was a bona-fide inventor, and that he had sbown clearly by the evidence. The foundation of the case for the prosecution was that the prisoner was not an inventor, but a sham, but the evidence had not supported that C Mr Gil), replying upon the whole case reviewed the evidence, and in reference to the complaints as to the numerous documents introduced into the proceedings, said that the case for the Crown depended entirely upon correspondence, because, from first to last, Miss Phillimore never came in contact with \Vells, The prisoner had no doubt considerable inventive powers, but bis mechanical ingenuity was not directed to the benefit of man- kind, but to the getting of money by fraudulent representations, with the intention of applying it to his own purposes. Mr Justice Hawkins, in summing up, said that an indictment containing 23 charges, with an immense mass of documentary evidence, was calculated to embarrass, not merely the jury, not merely the judge, but the prisoner also, who had to meet each of the charges. There could be no doubt that the offences, if proved, were of a serious character, because, in substance, the charge made against prisoner was that he had been engaged in a series of gigantic frauds, that under the colour of being an engineer and an inventor he had obtained by fraudulent representa- tion large sums of money, amounting in all to about £30,000. The whole of the money ad- vanced, it might be taken, had been lost, but it was not a question whether a loss had been sus- tained or not. The question was whether the people concerned had been induced to part with their money by fraud on the part of the prisoner, that fraud consisting in a false representation of existing facts which he knew to be untrue and which he published with intent to defraud. If those matters were made out to the satisfaction of the jury, then the prisoner was guilty., but if not, then "he was entitled to an acquittal. The jury, after a minute's deliberation, found prisoner g'uilty on all the counts except those referring to Dr White, and the counts which were abandoned. Mr Gill, for the prosecution, said the prisoner left Paris in 1885, he having been charged with fraud and tried in his absence from France. Mr Justice Hawkins said prisoner had been found guilty, on most clear evidence, of a fraud of a very cruel nature, and part of a very wide scheme. It was incredible how people could part with such large sums of money. He believed that Misd Phillimore had acted with the best motives, and that prisoner had traded on her good nature until he robbed her of over £18,800. Justice would not be met if he did not pass a sentence of eight years' penal servitude. ——I
MR GLADSTONE. CONDITION OF THE VETERAN PREMIER. DISTINGUISHED CALLERS AT DOWNING-STREET. Mr Gladstone continues to improve, but no one is allowed to see him. Among those who called or sent to inquire yesterday were the Queen, Mr Balfour, Lord Salisbury, Lord Randolph Churchill, Viscount Curzon, Mr Justice Mathew, Lord Thring, Marquis of Breadalbane, and Arch- deacon Farrar. Sir Andrew Clark visited Mr Gladstone at 9.30 yesterday morning, and reported that his distin- guished patient was doing well. Mr Gladstone had slept well during the night, and hIs appetite was good. The cold was much better, and there were no symptoms of influenza. Under these cir- cumstances, Sir Andrew thought an official bulletin unnecessary. The Premier's diet is con- fined to light, nutritious food, and it is believed, providing his present rate of progress is maintained, that he will shortly be quite well again. Since, however, he has been especially warned against overwork, a danger to which Mr Gladstone's nervous energetic temperament often inclines him, it has been arranged that only most pressing matters shall be submitted to him, questions of less importance either being transacted by other Ministers or reserved. The Premier sleeps in h:s little dressing room, and is being zealously nursed by Mrs Gladstone and Miss Gladstone. There have been many callers at No. 10, Downing-street. and scores of inquiries have been received by post or telegraph. At noon the Queen sent a telegram, to which a reply was despatched by Mrs Gladstone. Amongst those who have called in person on Tuesday were Lady Salisbury, Mr A. J. Balfour, the Speaker, Lord Randolph Churchill, Mr Arnold Morley, Sir Walter Foster, Lord Ripon, Mr Mundella, Mr John Dillon, Mr Shaw Lefevre, Mr James Bryce, Mr Justice and Lady Mathew, Sir George and Lady Trevelyan, Lord Rosebery, Mr Causton, the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, the Solicitor-General for Scotland, Sir Fred. Leigh ton, etc. At 6.30 last evening it was reported that Mr Gladstone was still progressing favourably. On inquiring at ten o'clock on Tuesday evening we were informed that Mr Gladstone's condition was quite satisfactory, and it was expected that he would be well enough to leave his room on the morrow.
LORD SALISBURY INDIS- POSED. The Press Association states that Lord Salisbury is rather unwell, and has been confined to his residence for two days. Though betteron Tuesday, his Lordship will not, acting upon the advice of his medical man, leave the house.
POLITICAL NOTES. Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Viscount Gormans- town to be Governor of Tasmania in succession to Sir R. G. C. Hamilton, K.C.B. The Attorney-General and Sir Richard Webster will leave London for Paris in a few days to attend the Behring Sea Arbitration Com- mission. They expect to be absent on and off for five weeks. The Press Association states that the Duke of Argyll has just completed a small volume on Irish Nationalism, an Appeal to History." The work will be published, probably before Easter, by Mr Murray. The London Gazette last night announces that the Queen has been pleased to appoint Sir Arthur Hunter Palmer, President of the Legislative Council, to be Lieutenant-Governor of Queens- land and its dependencies. The Royal Commission to inquire into the con- dition of the aged poor met again on Tuesday, under the chairmanship of Lord Aberdare. The Prince of Wales was again present, and showed by the many questions he put to witnesses that he is taking a very keen and sympathetic interest in the subject. The witnesses were Mr Joseph Cox, Guardian of Shoreditch, who concluded his evidence; Mr J. H. Allen, Guardian of St. Pancras Rev L. R. Phelps, Guardian of Oxford and member of the Charity Organisation Society and Mr Gage Phelps, Guardian of St. Saviour's. The Commission meets again to-day (Wednesday).
BASIS OF REPRESENTATION. A return prepared by Mr John Morley has been issued giving the basis of the proposed represen- tation in the Legislative Council and in the House of Commons under the Home Rule Bill. Ulster, according to the census of 1881, had a population of 1,346,700, the total rateable valuation in the same year being £3,712,317, while the registered electorate in 1892 was 226,987, and it is proposed to allow the province 13 councillors and 23 members of Parliament. Leinster with a popula- tion of 918,044, a rateable value of £3,960,012, and an electorate of 150,981, will have 14 council- lors and 16 Parliamentary representatives, Connaught, with a population of 124,774, a rateable value of £1,435,761, and an electorate of 114,547, is to have five councillors and 13 mem- berk Munster, whose population is given as 1,075,121) rateable value £3,142,210, and electo- rate 168,255, is apportioned 11 councillors and 18 members and the boroughs of Dublin, Belfast, and Cork, with a population of 640,111, rateable value £1,783,296, and electorate 79,818, to have five councillors and 10 members.
ANOTHER RIDICULOUS STORY. The Rev J. S. Green, Rector of Killigordon, Donegal, speaking at a Unionist meeting at Castle- fin on Monday night, said that last week he was in a house in the district where a young woman was nractising with a revolver. Two other ladies said thev were now able to shoot crows with rifles. If they could shoot crows they could shoot a uiIKffe ruffian if he attacked them. They trusted in Providence, but kept their powder dry. Tbe remarks were cheered.
SYNOD OF THE IRISH PROTESTANT CHURCH. At a meeting of the General Synod of the Protestant Church in Ireland, held in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon, the Lord Primate who presided, said the Home Rule Bill was called one for" the better government of Ireland," but it would far better be entitled a Bill for the subversion of the Protestant faith." The measure would bar Drogress in Ireland—social, moral, and comrner- ciaJ-for many years to come. It would suppress the right of civil and religious liberty, and make existence intolerable to the Pro- testant congregations in the South and West of Ireland. Further, it would violate the rights of property, private, public, and even corporate; and it would set up in three provinces of Ireland Roman Catholic ascendenov.—lhe Bishop of Derry, in moving a resolution de- nouncing Home Rule said the Bill stunk of whiskey for the snake bite of national bank- ruptcy was to be doctored by doses of national drunkenness.-The Duke of Leinster seconded the resolution, which was passed unanimously.
CARDIFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. PRESIDENTIAL DINNER. On Tuesday Mr E. R. Moxey. the retiring President of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, entertained the members of the Council of the Chamber to dinner at the Exchange. The com- pany in addition to Mr Moxey, included Messrs L Wood (vice-president), John Moore (vice- president), C. A. Hey wood (vice president), John Cory (chairman of the Shipowners Association), and the following Council members:-Count De Lucovich, Col. Guthrie, Captain Ponsonby, and Messrs J: B, Ferrier, E. Handcock, junr., C. E. Stailybrass, J. H. Wilson, Philip Turnbull, W. J. Trounce (auditor), W. WilliaiKS (treasurer), T. H. Stephens (solicitor), and W. R. Hawkins (secretary). The after dinner proceedings were of a purely private character, the only toast sub- mitted being that of the host for the day.
The Local Veto Bill, if passed." says Dr Wilberforce, Bishop of Newcastle, "will fall ih many places as a dead letter. Every English- man cannot be made a teetotaler, either by legislation or persuasion." When Baby had rash, we rubbed on Vmolia; When she was a Child, she cried for Vinolia When she became Miss, she clung to Vinolia When she had children, she gave them Vinolia. Vinolia, Is 9d Powder, Is 9d Premier V Soap, 4d Munday's Liver Pills act direct upon the Liver; they contain no mercury, are suitable for all ages and climates, and without doubt are the best pill for bilousness, liver coinnlaints, and indigestion tsold in boxes Is, 2s 6d, and 4s 6d, post free, by te proprietor, J Munday. Chemist. 1. High-street, Cardiij W
HOUSE OF COMMONS—TUESDAY. As compared with yesterday, there was :1 con- siderable falling off in the attendance of hon. members when the Speaker took the chair at ten minutes past two this afternoon. The questions showed a considerable diminution in numbers, having dropped to forty-six. THE DEPUTY-SURVEYORSHIP OF DEAN FOREST. Mr HANBUKY I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether a. successor has been ap- pointed to Sir James Campbell, the present deputy-surveyor of Dean Forest, whether the duties of the office are to manage the surface estate (including timber, quarries, railway roads, •tramways, etc.) of the Crown in the Forest of Dean, and whether a barrister-at-law has been nominated to the post in preference to the prac- tical surveyors who were applicants for it. Sir J. T. HIBBKKT said the succession to Sir James Campbell has been nominated, and was subject to the control of the Commissioners of Woods and Forese, who had the management of all surface rights of the Crown, including quarries, etc., in the Forest of Dean. The gentleman in question was a barrister, and, having had con- siderable experience in estate management, was unusually well qualified for the post be would occupy. LOCAL PETITION. Mr C. F. Egerton Allen presented a petition 'from the inhabitants of Narberth town and dis- trict in favour of the right of women to elect, and to be elected, to parish district councils. PROTESTANTS IN IRELAND. Mr MoEi-ET, in reply to a question by Colonel Howard Vincent, stated that, according to the census of 1891, the number of persons returned as Roman Catholics in the provinces of Leinster, Munster, and Connaught was 2,802,448, and of all other persuasions 282,488, or about 10 per cent. The latter number included 1,497 Jews, 191 unspecified cases, 124 unknown, and 331 cases in which the information was refused. It also included the Protestant population of the cities of Dublin and Cork. The total population of Ulster was 1,692,814, of whom 744,859 were returned as Roman Catholics. THE LEAD PENCIL QUESTION. Mr JAMES WILLIAM LOWTHER, who was re- ceived with derisive cheers, asked the Secretary to the Treasury what was the number of lead pencils annually supplied to the various public departments of the State, what proportion of such pencils was derived from home and what from foreign manufacturers, and the average price. Mr MACFARLANE asked what was the number of pieces of indiarubber used annually, their dimensions and weight. (Laughter.) Mr FLYNN asked what number of steel pens were used. (Laughter.) Sir J. HIBBERT said he could not answer the two latter questions at a moment's notice. (Laughter.) The number of ordinary blacklead pencils bought by the Stationery Office was 80,000 gross at a Pso orders were given except to firms having offices in England. There were no instructions that pur- chases should be limited to articles made in this country and it was considered immaterial where they were made. Many German pencils at 4s 6d a gross were used, and it was not found possible to get English-made pencils suitable for the pur- pose at that price. THE CONVICTION OF A LONDON COUNTY COUNCILLOR. Mr H. H. FOWLER, in answer to Mr Thornton. said a person who had been convicted of felony and sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour appeared under the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act to be disqualified from holding the office of County Councillor. The question was a legal one, and in the case of Frederick Henderson the County Council of London would undoubtedly obtain legal advice. The Local Government Board were not concerned in the matter. THE REINFORCEMENTS IN EGYPT. Mr CAMPBELL-BANNKRMAN, in answer to Mr Gihson Bowles, stated that the contribution of £87,000, arranged to be made by Egypt for the coining year was fixed before it was found neces- sary to send additional troops to that country. What the excess force would be it was impossible at present to say. SOLDIERS AT POLITICAL MEETINGS. i Mr CAMFBKLL-BANNERMAN, in reply to Mr Kearley, said he was not disposed to make any modification in the regulations which at present prohibited soldiers of all ranks from attending any political gathering in uniform. THE CHANNEL TUNNEL. Mr T. H. BOLTON gave notice of his intention to move the rejection of this Bill. (Hear, hear.) BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS. Mr FRANCIS STEVENSON asked the First Lord of the Treasury whether he was now able to name a day for the introduction of the Parish and District Councils Bill. Mr MOKLEY, who replied, said a statement with regard to business would be made on Thursday. Mr T. W. RUSSELL asked whether the Govern- ment would support the Welsh Veto Bill which was down for to-morrow, or if its provisions were covered by the Veto Bill of the Govern- ment. Sir W. HARCOURT said a statement on the sub- ject would be made when the Bill came on. (Nationalist cheers.) Sir JULIAN GOLDSMID asked whether the right hon. gentleman could give the House any infor- mation at all about the Bill. He bad no desire to hamper the Government in thus pressing them on the subject. Mr T. HEALY And will the right hon. gentle- man also make a few supplementary remarks about the other 120 private bills which are down on the paper ? (Laughter.) Sir WILLIAM HARCOURT refused to accede to the hon. baronet's request. THE HOME RULE BILL. Mr SEXTON gave notice that he should call attention to the intimidation that was being generally employed in Ireland to induce or compel tenants, employes, and other persons in a depen- dent position to sign petitions against the Govern- ment of Ireland Bill. (Nationalist cheers.) He would ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether in the meantime he would be willing to receive any evidence on the subject. Mr MORLEY Of course I cannot refuse to if any is laid before me. Mr BARTLEY Will the right lion, gentleman receive evidence on both sides'! (Opposition cheers.) Mr MORLEY did not reply. SUPPLY. The House then went into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Supplementary Estimates. On the vote for the Mint there was some discus- sion with regard to the new coinage, in the course of which The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER ex- plained that initials referring to the Empress of India had been placed upon tbe coins because they circulated beyond the United Kingdom. The right hon. gentleman also said the new coins were a great improvement on the jubilee coinage, but he did not think them entirely satisfactory, especially with negard to the head of the sovereign. After some further consideration the vote was agreed to. On the vote for £36,500 for stationery and printing, Mr LABOUOHERE urged that it was desirable to reduce the prices of Blue Books and other Government publications. Colonel HOWARD VINCENT complained of the large contracts for paper given by the Stationery ♦Office to foreign tirms. He moved the reduction of the vote by £1,000. Mr J. LOWTHER said that the vote involved a distinct breach of a resolution of that House 4 which required the Government to take care that contracts shall only be given to firms paying Trades Union wages. How could that be done when contracts for the supply of paper were given to foreign manufacturers ? (Hear, hear.) Sir J. HlBBiiRT contended that the resolution in question did not apply to a contract for the supply of a commodity like paper. Mr JAS. L. LOWTHER said that in his opinion if contracts for paper had been entered into without regard to the resolution in question a breach of an order of that House had been dis- tinctly committed. The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER said that the resolution in question had no reference to the purchase of goods. Did the hon. members really mean to say that it was forbidden to purchase any articles manufactured abroad ? Did they I desire that foreign Governments should lay down a similar rule with regard to the purchase of goods manufactured in England ? He must say I that he thought it very objectionable that the Protectionist views of the hon. members should be pressed upon the House at that moment, when it was necessary that the Army and Navy Esti- mates should be passed before the end of the week. (Hear, hear.) Mr BARRON moved the closure, but no notice was taken of the motion. Mr CHAMBERLAIN trusted that the amendment ¡ would not be pressed now that a distinct answer had been obtained from the Government. Lord RANDOLPH CHURCHILL protested against the idea that a resolution passed by one House of Commons was binding upon a succeeding House. After some remarks from Mr A. C. MORTON, 'I he amendment was withdrawn, and the vote was agreed to. On the vote of £7,120 for law charges in Eng- land, Mr HANBURY objected to the establishing of a new legal department under the law officer of the Crown. He moved to reduce the item for law officers' salaries by J3500. Lord RANDOLPH CHURCHILL rose, when V Mr T. HEALY moved that the question be now put. The CHAIRMAN said that he should call on the noble lord, but the time for reporting progress — 10 minutes to seven o'clock—had then arrived. Progress was then reported. MISC ELLANEOUS, The Post Office (Acquisition of Sites) Bill- passed through Committee, and was read a third time nrJ J>assed, The Municipal Corporations (1882) Amendment Bill was read a third time and passed. AN EXPLANATION FROM MR CONYBEARE. Mr CONYBEARE explained that he was not in his place on the previous day when a letter of his was brought before the House, because he was in Liverpool:it the time, and had no knowledge that his letter had been published. The sitting was suspended at seven o'clock. EVENING SITTING. The Speaker took the chair again at nine o'clock. Mr BURNIE, who had on the paper a motion relating to railway rates and charges, said he was unable to proceed with it because a similar motion had already been made during the present Session. Mr BROOKEIELD then called attention to the report of tbe Select Committee on the Hop Industry, and moved that in the opinion of the House it was necessary that the recommendation of the Select Committee on the Hop Industry should be carried out without any further delay. The honourable member was proceeding with his remarks when The House was counted out (only 37 members being present) at a quarter-past nine o'clock.
THE LOCAL VETO BILL. MEETING OF THE TRADE IN LONDON. DENUNCIATION OF THE GOVERN- MENT PROPOSALS. [PRESS ASSOCIATION TELEGRAM.] LONDON, Tuesday. A great meeting of all sections of the licensed trade from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, was held to-day in St. James's Hall, to protest against the principle of Local Option. Mr Money Wigram pre- sided, and amongst those present were Lord Burton, Viscount Bury, the Marquis of Carmarthen, M.P., Sir F. Seager Hunt, M.P., Mr W. H. Long, M.P., Mr W. Bromley, Davenport, M.P., Mr J. A. Gardner, M.P., Mr J. H. Stock, M.P., MrC. R. Haig, Mr Charles Walker, London Mr .James Wigan, and Mr P. J. Lennox, of Ireland. The CHAIRMAN said the Government proposed, for the first time in history, to delegate its own supreme legislating authority to local majorities, and to destroy the cherished idea of every Englishman, that the first duty of every Govern- ment was to protect the liberty of the subject and the interests of commerce and Of property. (Cheers.) This crisis was forced upon the trade, and was not of their own seeking. The members of the trade always had been and always would be ready to assist in making and carrying out any necessary improvement in the licensing laws. (Cheers.) They did not wish to attach themselves as a trade to any particular political party, but they refused to believe that the people of England would wish a principle of confiscation to be adopted towards the trade. Lord BURTON, who was received with cheers, moved the following resolution :— That this mass meeting of all sections of the licensed trade from England. Scotland, Ireland, and Wales emphatically protests against the principle of so-called Local Option being applied to their trade, whereby in districts where it is adopted they have o ily ruin to contemplate, and even in districts where it is not so adopted, but may be at. some future time, they can only carry on business in doubt and in- security. He said he thought that the danger had at last been brought home to the general body of the trade, and that they now realised their position. They saw it was neck or nothing. (Cheers.) He was pretty sure that in the future sectional jealousy would disappear, and they would all worktogetheras oneman—(cheers)—wholesale and retail, town and country, in defeneeoftheirhearths, their hemes, their wives, and their little children. (Loud cheers.) The worst feature of this shameful Bill was the unblushing injustice and barefaced spoliation which it proposed to carry out, The effect of it would be to intensify the evils already complained of, and to multiply the drinking clubs and shebeens. Why was this drastic catchpenny—this gerryrendering Bill—brought in? (A voice; To catch votes.) Of course, but what votes ? He honestly and firmly believed that the Bill had been brought in to satisfy the INonconformist conscience, to pander to hypocritical selfrighteousness—(cheers)—and the sham respectability of certain classes of people. (Renewed cheers.) It was not demanded by the working classes. He gave their opponents credit for a stroke of genius in excluding Ireland from the operations of the Bill. (Laughter.) Waa it not enough to make men weep to see a Government who seemed bent on destroying what they called the drink traffic in this country making the basis of their own financial system of the new Ireland one of the inviolability of whisky. (Cheers.) Sir F. SEAGKR HUNT, M.P., in seconding the resolution, expressed his concurrence with every- thing that ha.d falien from Lord Burton, and went on to say that the present Government had shown itself to be one of spoliation. (Cheers.) Mr WALTER H. LONG, M.P., who supported the resolution, said lie hoped to have an oppor- tunity in another place of discussing the details of the measure—(loud cheers)—and of exposing the hypocrisy of those men who, for their own political objects, tra.ded upon the sentimental natures and in some cases the pious desires of people who trusted them, not knowing the broken reeds upon which they were depending. The resolution was then put and carried with loud acclamation. Mr J. HENRY BUXTON moved the second resolu- tion, which was as follows :— That tins meeting is of opinion that the Liquor Traffic (Local Control) Bill is not conducive to the promotion of temperance, and is dishonest and unjust, amI if passed inr.o law it will deprive a trade licensed and regulated bv the State of its property and means of livelihood without reconisin the claims (sanctioned by immemorial custom and by assessment for taxation) to just. and equitable compensation. Mr HAIG (chairman of the Wine and Spirit Association), seconded the resolution, which was adopted with enthusiasm. Mr JAMKS WIGAN (chairman of the Country Brewers' Association), moved— That this meeting pledges itself, in the interests of its fellow-traders and the public at large. to employ every legitimate means in its power to bring about the defeat of this measure. The resolutions having been heartily adopted, some complimentary votes of thanks were passed, and the meeting at St. James's-hall terminated. The same resolutions were submitted at an overflow meeting at the Trocadero, where Sir Reginald Harrison, M.P., and the Hon. George Allsopp were imancMt the speakers. At a meeting held on Monday night at the Pearl-street Baptist Chapel, Cardiff, by the Roath Haste to the Rescue Lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templars, presided over by Bro. C. F. Clarke, the following resolu- tion was submitted by Bro. W. Morgan, seconded by Bro. Newman, and supported by Bros. Priest and Phillips, and carried unanimously:— That this lodge heartily approves of the Local Veto Bill of the Government, introduced to the House by Sir William Harcourt, and withont committing itself to every detail wishes to express approval of the measure, and heartily pledges itself to use every legitimate effort for the purpose of having the same placed upon the statute book of the nation, and also that a copy of this resolution be forwarded t > the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, Sir William Harcourt, Sir E. J. Reed, and the other members of the East Glamorgan Division of the County of Glamorgan and the local Press.
ELECTION INTELLIGENCE. BANFFSHIRE. The election campaign in Banffshire practically closed last night. Sir W. Wedderburn continued his visit to the Highlands, while Mr Grant addressed six meetings in the lower part of the county. There will be a heavy poll. During the eleven days the campaign has lasted each candi- date has addressed over thirty meetings. The organisation of whiskey distillery interests, of which Banff is one of the greatest centres in Scot- land, has issued an appeal to vote for Mr Grant, the Unionist, who objects to the provisions of the Government Lical Veto Bill. Mr Grant, Unionist candidate for Banffshire, has received the following telegrams from Mr Balfour and Mr Chamberlain :— House of Commons, March 13tli. Wish you every success in arduous struggle in which you are engaged, and trust that at this critical juncture no effort will be spared to promote your return. ARTHTR JAMES BALFOUR. House of Commons, March 13tb. I trust your efforts in sunport of the Unionist cause will bo successful. Your plucky fight is being watched with great interest here. Hone Banffshire will return a member to support the Union. JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN.
THE HOWARD DE WALDEN CASE. FIRE AT MISS CROOK'S. Early on Tuesday morning a the was discovered to have broken out at the dressmaking establish- ment at Wolverhampton of Miss Crook, one of the witnesses last week in the celebrated Howard de Walden divorce suit. Miss Crook herself was not at home, the house being in charge of Mr Holwell, the gentleman who is engaged to be married to her. No great damage was done.
THE MISSING WHITE STAR LINER. The White Star liner Teutonic, which arrived at Quwnstown on Tuesday night, reports that although a long southerly course was taken and special look-out was kept, no trace of the missing Narouic was seen.
THE UNIVERSITY BOAT RACE. Tuesday's practice was of a very unimportant character, the work being almost entirely done on short pieces. Cambridge from a skiff, went up to the Crab Lree, and then worked up to Chiswick, and rowed from the ferry to Mortlake. Oxford had a number of shor* bursts, and at no time J J LNUCH over three minutes. This con- cluded the day s work. The race will take place on the 22nd inst. Those who wish to see the race this year will have a splendid opportunity of doing so, the Great Western Railway Company havir g decided to run to London Ii. cheap day excursiQIl on Tuesday night, March 21st, and Wednesday morning, March 22nd, from Carmarthen, Llanelly, Swansea, Neath, Cardiff, Newport, and other stations. Further particulars will be found in our advertisement oolumns.
BARRY AND CADOXTON LOCAL BOARD BILL. THE -ACQUISITION OF THE GAS AND WATER UNDERTAKINGS. The Barry and Cadoxton Local Board Bill came before a Select Committee of the House of Commons on Tuesday. Mr Roby presided, and there were present Sir James Kitson, Sir George Chesney, and Mr Mddmay. The object of the Bill is to authorise the Local Beard to acquire the undertakings of the Gas and Water Com- panies, and Mr Pembroke Stephens and Air BaggaHa- appeared for the promoters (the B^RY and Cadoxton Local B >ard), and the opponents of the Bill were represented bv Mr CRINIK O O and Mr Robson, Q.C. W 1 Mr Pembroke Stephens explained that the Barry district was one which had sprung up of late years. By the census ot 1881 the population was 496. It was then a mere village on the sea- shore. In 1891 the population bad risen to 12 671 and in the present year it was estimated at con- siderably over 14,000. In 1886 the ratable value amounted to £2,220, in 1887 it had grown" to £ 10,S49, in 1888 to 15,400, in 1839 to £17,600, in in 1891 to £114,400, in 1892 to £127,000, and in the preseut year, as nearly as could be made out, to £132,000, so that whether they took population or ratable value, the growth of the district bad been excellent, and the increase in the number of houses told the same story. In 1884 there were 80 houses in the dis- trict. last year 2,500, and this year it was calcu- lated there were about 3,400 houses. Under any head whatever the rise was simply unprece- dented. In recent years the opinion had grown up, and been more and more accepted by the public, that the management of certain matters, such as water, should be entrusted to the local authorities and taken out of private hands. For this reason—that since the passing of the Public Health Act, the duty had been laid upon the local authority of seeing that all the houses in the district had a proper supply "of water. Of course there was machinery to enforce this requirement now, but it was obvious that the power of supply should be in the hands of the local authority. The Local Board for Barry and Cadoxton was formed in 1888. but before that the Barry Dock Company had obtained its Act in 1884, authorising it to execute certain works in the district, and very soon after- wards—viz., 1886—the Gas and Company was formed, and procured an Act for gas and water purposes. In 1889 the company CJME to Parliament for new and different powers, and in that Bill the company inserted a clause-a voluntary, not a compulsory clause—enabling them to sell and enabling the Local Board to buy on terms, and distinctly recognising the principle of purchase. The Local Board at that time was not in the position it is now to go into the matter, and it petitioned a Government Bill. Under the Act of 1886 the Gas and Water Com- pany was authorised to raise £36,000 share capital and £9,000 borrowing power". By the Bill of 1889 they were authorised to raise £32,000 share capital and £8,000 borrowing powers, in all a share and loan capital of £85,000. In 1891 the company seemed to have considered that they were getting near the end of their resources, and in 1892 they introduced a Bill for conferring further powers upon them to enable them to extend their operations. The reason for that Bill as given by the directors in their report was that the business was increasing and that they were extending their mains to Cadoxton and other portions of the district, enabling them to supply new houses with gas and water, and to provide a better supply for the purposes of public lighting. Mr Stephens said that when the company was promoting its Bill in 1892 a considerable amount of correspon- dence took place between the Local Board, the solicitors of the Gas and Water Company, and the officials of the company. The solicitors seemed to have recognised the existence of the desire and the possibility of purchase, but the officials acted in a very prevaricating way. In reply to a letter from the solicitors, the clerk to the Local Board wrote that the Parliamentary Committee of the Local Board would be prepared to recom- mend the Board to apply for the insertion of a clause giving the Board power to purchase the whole undertaking by arbitration, the Board paying the cost. On the 10th February, 1892, the engineer of the company wrote regretting that the company could not accede to the wish of the Local Board because the Bill had been deposited. That was really no difficulty, said Mr Stephens, because the Board had offered to defray the entire cost of the proceedings before the Standing Orders Committee. Then followed a letter on behalf of the company, asking how the Local Board justified its departure from a resolution arrived at in 1888. There wai no suggestion that there was anything harsh or unusual in the Board being prepared to take over the undertaking in 1892 and not in 1888 because in the latter year the main drainage system was incomplete. The Local Board then summoned a meeting of ratepayers, who cordially approved of the action taken by the Board. Mr Stephens added that the company were manufacturing gas on lands which they were prohibited from using by their own Act of 1886, and the company was liable to an injunction tor doing what they were prohibited from doing by their own Act. The company was also in default as regarded the separate accounts which they were required by Act of Parliament to keep, and he argued that if ever there was a company ready for transfer according to all ordinary precedents this company wa. Mr J. C. Meggi tt, an alderman of the County Council, said he had been a member of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board since its formation. During the last ten years Barry had developed into an exceedingly active commercial place. Barry had, however, suffered severely from an m. adequate supply of water—in 1887 there was something like a water panic—and considerable extensions were required in the interests of the town, which the Local Board would be prepared to undertake. Since the present Bill had been introduced the locality had petitioned in its?- favour. In cross-examination by Mr Robson, the witness, said he agreed with the opening statement of h Stephens that the water companies had always. been willing to sell their undertakings. At tht meeting of ratepayers he was reported to haw, spoken in a contrary sense, but he must have been imsreported. Of course, in that speech he meant they were not anxious to sell except ore their own terms. In its earliest stages the Gas and Water Company had great difficulty with itlt systen', and he remembered that 1887 was one of the driest years within living memory. During the great drought they sank wells ani gave the inhabitants a free supply, but refused to p:iy the T cost of the water carts. Up to 1889 the company was in difficulties with regard to sources of supply. It was a hilly district, and the roads were poor, but notwithstanding these and many other difficulties, the Local Board thought the. requirements of the district would increase and the Gas and Water Company would turn outsell. At present the rate of Barry was Is 6d in the B, and there was an indebtedness of something like £50,000, but he did not hear it stated at the meeting of ratepayers by Mr Lewis Lewis that if they acquired the gas and water undertakings the rate would go up to 5:3 in the The company had agreed to the purchase of the undertakings by agreement. Mr Geo. Thomas, an architect and surveyor at Cardiff, said he was a member of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board chairman of the Public Works committee of that body. He had long known the district of Barry, and had noticed its surprising development. At the present time the company was not supplying either gas or water on the sides of the Local Board area. At the present time there was an apprehension in the district of a recurrence of the dearth of water of 1887, and there was a verV strong feeling in the district in favour of the Local Board possess- ing the powers of supply, and it was felt that it was a question of now or never, because if the company got increased borrowing powers the purchase price would run np to beyond what the Local Board could give. It was felt that the undertakings could be bought cheaper now than when they had been developed, but that was not the reason why they asked for unique powers. I Their application was based on public policy. Major-General Lee (retired major-general) said besides belonging to many pubjic bodies in I Glamorgan, he was a member of the Barry Local Board, and most thoroably concurred in all that I had baen said by previous witnesses with reard to the gas and water undertakings. The only ctiffernce between the company and the Loc»I I Board was that the former desired a clas& enabling them to sell, and the Local BOARD required a clause desiring them to sell. Mr Joseph Charles Pardoe, surveyor t the I Local Board, said that portions of the company's works had been constructed on unautilOrised laaids. He agreed with the evidence of the pre- vious witnesses. At this stage the Committee adjourned till to- day (Wednesday).
SEVERE FIGHTING ON THE INDIAN FRONTIER. GREAT LOSS OF LIFE. NUMEROUS BRITISH CASUALTIES. CALCUTTA, Tuesday.—Herr Durand, British agent at Gilgit, telegraphs that severe fighting as occurred atChilas, which was lately occupied by tlH; British. The rebellious tribesmen made a determined attack upon the fort, but were re- pulsed with a loss of 150 to 200 men. The British losses were also severe, among the killed being Major Atherell Daniel, of the 1st Punjaub Infantry, who was shot through the heart while attacking an entrenched village. Three native officers were killed, and one native officer and 23 men severely wounded. Lieut. Frederick James Moberly, 37th Bengal Native Infantry, and five men were slightly wounded. t The enemy fled after their defeat, and no further attack is anticipated. The British agent adds that he sent forward reinforcements, and there is no cause for anxiety. The despatch does not Ulention who the enemy were, or by whom they were led, but it is assumed that the trouble is the outcome of a fresh gathering or the tribesmen of the district —Renter.
THE PANAMA SCANDALS. PAKIS, Tuesday Evening.—The meeting of the Senate to-day was attended by an unusually Urge number of members in anticipation of a debate on the Soinoury affair adp. possible impeachment of the Govern- nktit. At the opening of the proceedings i-t looked as though the general expectation w'Ould be disappointed, for M. Mons declined to Proceed with the interpellation inspecting iladame Cottu and Soinoury, of which he had Riven notice, but M. Halgan promptly fathered it to the extent of calling upon the two ex- ^inistersof the Interior to say what they knew of the lady's statement respecting the alleged existence 2t a list of 104 deputies said to be compromised in the Panama scandals. I M. Loubet, who was Minister in the last Cabinet, in reply, said ^at such a list never existed. For the rest, *>ekn ew that Madame Cottu asked Soinoury t(¡ receive her, but he simply referred her to the I Minister of Justice, and that ended the matter as fr as he was concerned. M. Cunstans, the strong man," who claims to have saved France frftm Boulanger, also replied briefly to the effect tba,t he never heard of the alleged list. After a few words from the Prime Minister the Senate, by 209 to 56, adopted an order of the day "Xpressliig confidence in the Government. At the resumption of the Panama corruption ^al, to-day, M. Barbous, the eminent counsel, explained of certain statements in the Chamber yesterday which were calculated to prejudice his ^ients. M. Constans gave evidence denying \dame Cottu's statements. M. Sansleroy gave P4ticultirs of his fortune, intended to 3b(¡w that he was a poorer man than Hen he entered upon a political life. H Bonaparte Wyse, engineer, the original com- missionaire of the Panama Canal project, deposed a.to the surveys made by him, and this closed tb. main part of the case.—Advocate Boulley hen began his address to the court on behalf of be Panama shareholders, and had not concluded wben the court adjourned for the day. -Central NeIlJS,
ENGLAND AND EGYPT. AIRO, Tuesday.—The vernacular journal OCtad which is widely read in native circles here, Polishes to-day a violent and insulting attack on th$g0glish, and on all Egyptians who approve f the BrItish or other European officials in tho C01ntry- The Government have repeatedly wned the proprIetor of this paper on account ofthe violent Anglophobe tone of the articles Polished by it, and as late as yesterday the °$eial journal contained a warning to that effect. Thb proprietor in question, a native named Ninl, was condemned as a partisan of Arabi Pha after the revolt. He escaped, however, 1\lIq lived as a fugitive in Egypt. He was finally eriStured by the authorities, and pardoned by the lntt Khedive Tewfik Pasha.— Renter.
INFLUENZA IN VIENNA. IJCSNA, Tuesday Night.—The influenza shows t\s of once mm becoming epidemic in this Cltt, Several well-known people have already b, prostrated by the disease, and to-night P*t anxiety is felt for one of its latest victims, H*r Johann Strauss, the prolific composer of dllllce rousic. HIs condition is regarded as most e, on account of his age, he having been born f 1825, in Vienna. His friends appear to be l°Sg bop". win« cbiefly the acute form the disease has assumed since the first #y4otoWs vvere noted Yesterday. -'Oentral Nem_
COTWEKY DISASTER IN AMERICA. r-¡tw Tuesday. A colliery explosion hw»oo«^M,SLteF1?,7- Nine men are reBlfted to have been led and many others inj d _fl,e1lter. fe.
-=- STOPPAGE OF AN AMERICAN yow, IWW.-The Tr„„ BaW Company at Atchison, 0f which ex- Sel\lJlgaIls s, c,ba:rmII, suspended payment to-^jth liabilities of §>300,OOP. Central tfews. ===-
Tqt; BLACKBURN MURDER. \nae ^llls' open't,!? the Liverpool Assies on^day. sald thef CaleTnder contained thrv lurder charges from Liverpool alone. Th? ,vere 74 cases against 39 two y*% fl(ro. Referring to the nmrder of a chj Zt Blackburn by his assistant, aged 15, he ls.i there appeared to be conclusive evii^that death was caused either by direct violnce r by a. fall. He was mclined to credit the^g confession, that it was done in a fit of tef\r.
WIFE MURDER. A sford Assizes, on Tuesday, Jas. Inker- (38), was indicted for the murder of bisi^ Gray3, on February 7th. The prisoner an^Jd had lived a very unhappy lite, and lask^^fbe n'an was SBntto P™ for assaulting hisVr On the date named Wilmot went to the Sfe. Vhis wife was lodging and fired several inflicting wounds which soon re- suit?at \w. Evidence was given to prove fftta'!?'red from hereditary insanity, and KV sUthe iury founC! tuat WaS of unsound Ateiy committed the crime. The prf. soSwardered to be detained during her
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THE BOILERMAKERS' STRIKE. VESSELS BLOCKED AT CARDIFF AND NEWPORT. PROBABLE EXTENSION. No attempt having been made on the part of the Dowlais, Ebbw Vale, and Blaenavon Iron Companies to treat with the employees who have been on strike for many weeks, owing to the refusal of the employers to advance their wages to a living rate," the members of the Boilermakers' Society have carried into effect the procedure indicated in the notice issued by them a month since. This notice reads as follows :— IMPORTANT NOTICE from the Journeymen Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders of the South Wales District to the Master Boilermakers, Engineers, Ship Repairers, Dry Dock owners, and Shipowners of South Wales and Monmouthshire. Gentlemen,—For a period of five months a number of our fellow-workmen have been out on strike at Dowlais for an increase oi wages, the rates hitherto paid by the Dowlais Company, viz., from 2s 4d to 2s 9d per day, be- ing totally inadequate to meet the cost of decent living, and in no way representIng the return received by the company in the form of labour. During all this trying time we have refrained fiom everything calculated to embitter the dispute between the Company ami their workmen, hoping against hope that seme reasonable offer woul i be forthcoming. Letters on our behalf have been written more than once request- ing an interview, and in reply received a curt refusal we have offered to refer the question either to conciliation or to arbitration, but our appeal has fallen upon deaf ears and, finally, we offered to accept whatever rate of wages nnght be named by an employer of labour, to be selected out of three named by us, by the manager of the Dowlais Company, but this too partial proposal had no better success than he precexlin01 ones. The failure of all our efforts to arrive at trms of settlement oy conciliatory methods leaves us no alternative in order to secure for our fellow-workmen a reasonable and adequate remuneration for their labour, but to take, most unwillingly, the measures we now indicate. We therefore g,ve notice that on and after the 13th day of March, 1893, we will not work, use, or manipu- late any iron or steel plates or angles manufactured by the Dowlais Company. Neither will we execute repairs on any vessel or vessels engaged in carrying iron ore to these shore* for the said Company until the wages question at Dowlais is satisfactorily settled This latter sentence applies also to vessels carrvimt iron ore for the Blaenavon and Ebbw Vale (inmtai iM ™ be.h. above-mentioned workmen! Cardiff, Feb. 11th, 1895. jp Fox At Cardiff on the 13th two vessels, contami;1 cargoes of ore consigned to Dowlais, and needing repairs—the John Byng and the St. Aubin—were boycotted, and on Tuesday similar action was taken with regard to the Ursula at Newport, and one of the ships of the Briton Line at Cardiff. The action of the officials in ordering this course was approved by the Executive for the district on Monday night, and confirmed on luesday evening by the members in mass ireet- ing at the Gladstone-hall.
ADJUDICATIONS7~&C. [FRQl TUESDAY NIGHT'S LONDON GAZETTE."] PARTNERSHIPS DISSOLVED. Thomas, Morgan, and Hughes, at Pontycymmer ^yamorganshire, drapers and outfitters. T. Morgan Lewis Lewis and Michael Davies, trading as Lewis ^ewis and Davies, at Cadoxton-juxta-Barry, Glamor- ganshire auctioneers, valuers, accountants, auditors and1 estate agents. Phin- U' Maclaren, and L. A. Bell, trading as Phillips, Newes and Co., at Dafen Tin-plate Works A «I?NE5,LJR' bar ilon and tin-plate manufacturers Pri^T y; ,K- A 1!urton> K- J- New, and W. T W at r '^ni' ,rfidlII*7 as Sharpley, New, and Pritchard! general drapers, dressmakers, mercers and milliners. E. J. New retires. mercers, Oeor RECEIVING ORDERS. SWs Corfield, Jhnygraig-terrace, Port Tennant, TT' "a"sea, accountant. ovemarfnrS1'1"1'?.-4, Trealaw- Glamorganshire, Geof™ i?' formerly colliery proprietor. street hriM^i"' lately trading Oakley- Edward K! L,)rTei' G,an«e. Cardiff, grocer both MountqVn nireet' lra:'int? •New Inn-square, VTocm Glamorganshire, blacksmith. MEETINGS AND DATES OF PUBLIC Richard W Fv EXA}IiNATION'S- Ash, and' Tni! (/0I1™ercial-street, Mountain butcher Fir^r ir, *6- ^pcocl1' neav Aberdare, the Official March 21st, at 2 p,m" at tion, March tbyr" Public examina- hall, Ab. rdare a"m'' at Temperance- Bridgend Jrrt?2 G^ord-street, Pontycymmer, near 3 p.m., at th« Am ,b,Tr.st meeting, March 24th, examination At)rr,CImWRf!:eiver's. Cardiff; public ^Cardiff P Hth, 10 a.m., at the Town-hall, Tydfil, draner' °r," ^5>wei', .'I hornas-street, Merthyr the Official Kecpii^ March 21st, noon, at tion, April examina- > p.m., at the Court House, Merthyr Daniel HOPKINF^N E OF DIVIDENDS. Aberdare, and Dean-street, payable March 20th ^TK Ui(lend 4s 6fl in lhe £ I>. Viney, be, Chea ,siHP °?"ees of the Trustee, J. George Cokiuhn. Pi fle\Lond°n- Her Majesty^ G^j Pplk;P'ace. Cardiff, now in manager. Fir«t di'videiid pi io -coal contractors' March 18th, at the Trusteed h?, £ Payable Cardiff. es Office, 31, Queen-street, off. vH°SecSn'd0i„rShd 9aSdiff- relieving at u,e Official Receive^f J\l iff'^ 9d' Rees Morgan Rees ,lf Ddu, Ahertillery, employment. First anlfiil- fc> "ow out of percent, interest in the £ n™\VJdend' 20s> and 4 the Official Receiver's, MertEy^1(fmMarch 21 st- at E<WD Brown, Mountain Ash, blacksmith w Dm-square, Gs'fea7n6,.s.ss't'' •-«< c„. T aJd Cbve-street, Cardiff, ircce^61 Gl'anSe, Cardiff, Swansea, Port Tennan}, J
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CATHOLICS AND HOME RULE. The Press Association learns that an extensive mevement will at once be started to promote a monster petition against Home Rule, to be signed exclusively by Roman Catholic.Union*ite of bo h sexes all over Ireland, ine petition will he accompanied by an address to their flJow- Roman Catholics in Ireland, signed by a large number of leading Irish Catholics. The petition vvi express unshaken al egiance and devotion to the Crown and Constitution, and the belief that the establishment in Ireland of a separate Legis- lature and Executive, in the manner proposed, would be prejudice to the Catholic religion, and disastrous to the best interests of Ireland. A grandson of Daniel O'Connell has signed the petition.
HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY. The Lord Chancellor took his seat on the wool- sack at a quarter past four o'clock. NEW PEER. Earl Beauchamp took the oath and subscribed the roll on his succession to the title. THE EDUCATION CODE. Lord NORTON inquired how many days the Education Code had already been laid on the table without being printed and circulated, and what information would be given of rules to be laid down as to the qualification to be required from teachers of drawing in elementary schools ? The Earl of KIMBKRLKY said the Code was laid formally on the table on the 27th of February, and he would see if the distribution of it couid be accelerated. He agreed that Parliament ought to have ample time for its consideration. No special qualification in drawing was r quired for teachers in elementary schools, and no provi- sion in that respect would be found in the Code. The House adjourned at 25 minutes past five o'clock.
GREAT FIRE AT BOOTLE. A fire broke out on Monday evening at the cotton stores occupied by Messrs Townsend, TVoolJey and Company. Atlantic Warehouses. Bootle. and continued on Tuesday mornilie- with renewed violence, a second warehouse being inflames, The wall of one ware- house fell on the line of the Midland Rail- woy near the Docks Goods Station, completely blocking it. The second warehouse, likethefirst, was stocked with cotton, and it is believed the damage will reach £100,000, The Liverpool Fire Bri- I gade were in attendance.
THE WELSH VETO BILL. WELSH MEMBERS AND THE GOVERN. MENT. [FROM ODR LONDON WELSH CORRESPONDENT.] LONDON, Tuesday. The Welsh Parliamentary party met this after- noon in Committes-rconi No. 7 to make ar- rangements for the discussion on the second reading of the Welsh Local Veto Bill on Wednesday. Mr Stuart Rendel occupied the chair, and there were present Sir George Osborne Morgan, Messrs Rathbone, Lloyd George, Thomas Ellis, Rees Davies, Samuel Evans, Egerton Allen, BurmV, Randell, Herbert l ewis, Bryu Roberts, Arthur Williams, and Major Jones. It was stated that the Govern- ment would support the Bill, and issue the cus- tomary whip on its behalf. Major Jones, with Sir Wilfrid Lawson, saw Mr John Morley in his private room on the subject of the Bill. It is expected that at least one member of the Government will spea for the Bill, and amongst the Welsh speakers will bo Mr Lloyd George and Mr Frank Edwards, and probably other members. On Thursday next, at noon, Mr Herbert Gardner, M.P., has consented to receive a depu- tation representing the three Welsh National Colleges, at the Agricultural Department Offices in St. James's-square, when the claims of the colleges for a. further grant in aid of agricultural teaching will be pressed upon the Government. A meet- ing has been arranged for Monday next at Mr Stuart Rendel's house in Carlton-gardens, for the purpose of arranging for a deputation to the First Lord of tbe Treasury and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to forward the claims of the College at Aberystwyth to a grant in aid of the Building Fund. The lobbies this afternoon were full of temper- ance people and publicans interested in the Local Veto BiPs. A large number of the representatives of the liquor traffic interest from the Aberdare and Merthyr Valleys were taken in charge by the junior member for Merthyr who, in a convenient corner of one of the rooms of the House, held a long conference on the subject of the Welsh and the Government Bills. What transpired I am not in a position to say, but it is very unlikely that Mr Pritchard Morgan will vote against his colleagues on the question of the Local Veto to-morrow afternoon. The interests of the Welsh teetotallers in Major Jones' Bill are well looked after in the lobbies and in temperance circles by Mr David Daniel, the active and successful agent of the United Kingdom Alliance in North Wales. Major Jones this evening presented to the House threa formidable petitions from publicans and others residents of Llanelly, against the Local Veto Bill, the second reading of which he is to propose to-morrow afternoon at the request of the Welsh party.
TEMPERANCE MEASURES IN CONFLICT. The Press Association states that among the Temperance Party in Parliament there is some soreness of feeling with regard to the apparent rivalry of the Welsh Local Veto Bill and the Intoxicating' Liquor (Ireland) Bill for priority to-day (Wednesday). The Welsh Bill stands as first order, and unsuccessful efforts were made in some quarters to induce its promoters to with draw it on the ground that the Principality is included in the Local Veto Bill of the Government, whereas no provision is made in that general measure for Ireland, and if the Welsh Bill were out of the way the Irish one, as second order, would come to the fromt with an assurance that its second reading would be carried, as was the case last year, by a large majority. The Welsh members, however, refuse to give way, and al- though they profess willingness to shorten tho debate on their own Bill in order to leave time for the Irish measure, this is generally felt to be impracticable, and indeed beyond their power. Amongst the Welsh members themselves there was some disappointment that the Govern- ment had not issued a whip in favour of their BilL The explanation given in the first instAice was simply the fact that the Govern- ment had themselves introduced a Bill on the same subject including Wales. Mr Rowland Jones, the mover of the Bill, had an interview yesterday afternoon with Mr Marjoribanks, the chief Liberal whip, who said that, although it was not usual to send out circulars about Private Members' Bills, yet he would in this case issue a reminder to Liberal members. This promise, which is considered equivalent to a whip, was reported to a meeting of Welsh members in the afternoon, when some arrangements were made with a view to the debate and division. It is not expected that any opportunity can now be found this Session for effectively proceeding with the Irish Bill.
ANCESTRY OF THE WELSH NATION. LECTURE BY PROFESSOR JOHN RHYS. The chemical lecture-room at the University College, Cardiff, on Tuesday night was occupied to its full extent by an audience of students and others, who had assembled to hear Professor John Rhys, the well-known professor of Celtic at Oxford, lecture on the ancestry of the Welsh nation. In the unavoidable absence of the principal and his deputy, the chair was occupied by Professor Powel, The eminent Celtist met with a very hearty reception on risiÐg to deliver his lecture. Professor Ruys began by tracing the Celts to the great family of nations termed Aryan, Indo- European, Indo-Germanic, or Indo-Celric—for all these-names have been applied to that family. The preference is now given to the shortest of them—Aryan. So far the matter looks quite simple but the moment one begins to enter into details one has to meet. varlolts complications arising out of the fact that language is not I synonymous with race. Take, for instance, the people of Cornwall, who formerly spoke a. Celtic language nearly akin to the Welsh of Glamorgan, but they have given up their Celtic language for Englisn, and that without any serious modi- fication of race, for it is not known that Cornwall has ever been largely taken possession of by Englishmen. Here, then, we have in Cornwall a people which is English in speech, but other than English in point of race. In the'case of the Aryan family of nations as a whole this sort of distinction becomes a serious difficulty, giving rise to much speculation among the students of language and race. Linguistically speak- ing, the Aryan family embraces the following nations:—in Europe, Celts, Teu- tons (including the English), Italians, Greeks, Letto-Slaves, and Albanians; and in Asia, Armenians, Persians, and some of the Hindus. But ethnologists will not admit that these nations are all of the same race, so we are forced to suppose that the Aryan race has spread its language among non-Aryan peoples by con- quest or otherwise. Then comes the question, which of the peoples speaking Aryan languages is most purely Aryan? And to this various answers have been given. Perhaps the prepon- derance of opinion is in favour of the notion that the original Aryan was a tall, blue-eyed, light- haired sort of person, so that he is sometimes thought to have come from Scandinavia. Another opinion, however, has recently been advanced by Canon Isaac Taylor. In any case, the latest authorities incline to the view that the Aryan race had its origin as such in Europe rather than in Asia. This is a question as to our race, our Aryan ancestry, and not of the origin of man so the question of the position of the Garden of Eden was not raised by the lecturer, as he did not consider that it was directly involved. To como to the narrower question of the Celts, the lecturer spoke of them first in the linguistic sense, treating them all as Aryans in the matter I of speech. He then remarked how the Celts of the present day differ among themselves in language just as an Enghshman does from & German. 'There are, he said, two groups of languages in use among the Celts, namely, those of the Bl ython, or descendants of the Ancient Britons, and those of the Gwyddyl or the Goidels. The Brythonic languages were the Welsh, old Cornish (extinct now rather more than a century) and Breton, in the,north-west of France." The difference between these Brythonie idioms he described as comparatively small. Th" Goidelic group of languages embraces the Gaelic dialects, namely, Irish Gaphc, or Irish, Manx Gaelic, or Manx or Scotch Gaelic. These differ also com- parativelyflittle among themselves. But the difference between the one group and the other is very great, so great in fact that it is Inferred that the people who introduced Goidelic and Brythonic respectively to the British Islands came here separately and possibly at widely different dates. The lecturer thought that it was the Goidelsorthelinguisticancestors oftheGaelsof Ireland, Man, and Scotland that came first; but he thought not even the Goidels found these islands devoid of human inhabitants. These last, he thought, were represented by the Picts of history. Thus we have three strata—first, the Aborigines, who were non-Aryans; secondly, the Goidels, or the first Aryans invaders; and thirdty, the Brythons, or the people who intro- duced the language, which is now Welsh. The Goidels had, he thought, conquered the southern half of Britain before any of them crossed the Irish Sea to occupy Ireland. Later than the Goidels came the Brythons or tho Ancient Britons, and they, in their turn, seemed to have conquered Southern Britain from the Goidels probably between 300 and 100 B.C. The lecturer, with the aid of Caesar's statements traced them back to the Belgic portion of ancient Gaul, namely, that bounded by the Seine and the Rhine, with the tributaries the Marne and the Moselle. He then showed at some length how I place-names went to prove this to have been the last continental home of the people who intioduced to Britain the Gaulish dia- lect, v.uich, in the course of ages I has become the language of the Kymry. w The professor was warmly cheered at the con- clusion of his address, for which he was enthusi- astically thanked, on the motion of Professor Vaughan, seconded by the Rev Canon Thompson
THE BARCELONA TRAGEDY. MR WILLIE'S CONDITION. RETURN OF MR J. ARTHUR JONES TO CARDIFF. WILLIE VISITED IN PRISON. As the result of an interview with Mr John Arthur Jones, Cardiff, who has just returned from Barcelona, we are enabled to-day to give some important supplementary details bearing on the lamentable tragedy at Barcelona, in which Senor Jose Bofill lost his life. Mr Jones, who has been in Barcelona for several arrived in Cardiff from London last night, having lift the Spanish port on his homeward jourw4 on Thursday afternoon. Shortly after his arrival he was called upon at his residence in Newport-road by a representative of the South Wales Daily News, whom he courteously permitted to interview him on the lamentable affair that has plunged Barcelona in mourning and has excited a vibrating thrill of sympathy in commercial circles at Cardiff. It will be remembered that Mr J. A. Jones left the Welsh Metropolis fcr Barcelona on the very day on which the lamentable occurrence took place in the Spanish town, viz., on Thursday evening, the 23rd ultimo. Mr Jones, who is the manager of Messrs Watts, Ward and office at Cardiff, had made all necessary arrangements for proceeding to Spain before the receipt of the melancholy intelligence of the tragedy, the visit having been arranged on purely business grounds, though arising to some extent from curious incoherencies in telegrams despatched to Cardiff by Mr Samuel Willie, the Barcelona representa- tive of the firm. Of course the news of the ragedy accelerated Mr Jones's departure and he was joined in London by Mr George Willie (from Messrs Cory Brothers and Co.), a brother of the unhappy man who now was so tragically situated. Mr Jones arrived at Barcelona on Monday, the 27th ult, and remained there until Thursday last. This stay enables him to speak with authority on the ead occurrence. One of his first acts on arriving at the Spanish port was to call at the office of the Bofills and to proffer sympathy in the distress- ing calamity which had overtaken the pro- prietors. From the relatives of the unfortunate victim, and from all connected with the office, Mr Jones received every consideration, and he speaks warmly of the flowing courtesy which was shown to him during his brief residence in the town. Meanwhile be received daily from Mr George Willie intelligence of the condition of that gentleman's brother, who was incarcerated in one of the public prisons on the charge of murder. Mr Jones, au the succeeding Saturday, paid a personal visit to the prison. He was accompanied thither by Mr G. Willie and by Miss Willie, a, sister of the prisoner, who was also engaged a.t Messrs Watts, Ward and Co. 's office at Barcelona, and who resided with him. The interview was a most painful one for all concerned. Samuel Willie gave Mr Jones a glance of glad recognition, grasped him fervidly by the hand, and then completely broke down. He talked freely of the crime, and expressed the greatest contrition and remorse. He assured Mr Jones that there was no possible motive for it; that his relations with the Bofills had always been cordial; that he was himself amazed and stupefied by the thought of what he had been guilty. In a tremulous voice he added, "It must have been done in a moment of mad- ness." Mr Jones, who was profoundly moved by the interview, is emphatic as to the absence of motive, and equally so in the declaration that poor Willie at the time must of necessity have been wholly irresponsible for his actions. There could be no possible motive," he remarked to our representative. From first to last Willie had maintained friendly relations with the Messrs Bofill. Of course we were competitors in business, but all the same there was the most cordial relationship on both sides. The poor fellow must have been quite out of his mind. Our firm had entire confidence in him, and the suggestions that have been made in the Press in the endeavour to establish motive a.re absolutely untrue." In subsequent conversation it was ascertained that for some time prior to the tragedy Willie had been a great sufferer from insomnia and that he is an emotional and highly-strung man. Asked as to his physical condition, Mr Jones replied that the prisoner appeared to be in fair physical health, though his countenance wore a. haggard expression. It appears that Willie is lodged in a common-room in the pnsou in company with other untried prisoners. Ho was not attired in prison dress and wore bis ordinary clothing. He is allowed to sea visitors, and is daily waited upon by his brother a.nd sister. It is permissible to provide untried prisoners with food, and in pursuance of this rule Willie is daily supplied by his friends. As far as Mr Jones could see, the prisoner was receiving the greatest attention possible in the sad circumstances. The British consul, Mr Macpherson, has actively interested himself on behalf of Willie. For his defence at the forthcoming trial the services of Senor Vallas Ribot, a famous advocate, have been secured. Senor Ribot, by the way, is an active Republican. Mr Jones, in the course of his conversation remarked that the tragic death of Senor Jose Bofill had created a profound sensation in the city. This was not to be wondered at when it was recollected that he was a merchant of influential position and high character, and had been actively associated with the civic life of the town. On the Saturday following the tragedy several masses were said for the departed in tho city churches. Mr Jones himself was present at the first mass in the Church of Merced, which was thronged from end to end. The Rofill firm enjoys A lofty reputation at Barcelona, added Mr Jones, "and deservedly so." How did they receive me ? Wei), I may say with most marked consideration. I can only speak in the highest terms of the courtesy which they showed to me. The relatives of the deceased gentleman are as much at a loss as I am to account for the commission of the crime. Indeed everyone with whom I come into contact agrees that it was the result of some temporary aberration of mind. Bear in mind that Willie is a man of singular uprightness of character-the very last man in the world one would associate with a distressing affair like this." Shortly before his departure from Barcelona, Mr Jones paid a visit to the office of the Bofills] but, on this occasion, just missed seeing- the principal. This gentleman, it will be remem- bered, was also attacked by Willie, but, more fortunate than his brother, in his case the buUet did not penetrate the flesh, glinling off after piercing the vest. From this gentleman, who thus narrowly escaped with his life, Mr Jones received every mark of attention and re- spect. Mr George Willie remains at Barcelona for some days; but it is not likely that he will stay until the trial begins, a month or so tience.
A SEPARATE COMMISSION FOR NEATH. The London Gazette on Tuesdaynighfe contained the following "Her Majesty has been pleased to direct the issue of a separate Commission of the Peace for the borough of Neath, in the county of Glamorgan.—Home Office, Whitehall, March 8th 1893.
THE COTTON TRADE DISPUTE The card and blowing-room operatives met in Manchester on Tuesday, and stated their willing- ness to accept a reduction of 2% per cent, in wages unconditionally, but they announced they were as firm as ever in opposition to a 5 per cent. reduction, and would make no further concession.
SEQUEL TO THE STRAND ELECTION A receiving order was made in the London Bankruptcy Court on I uesday against DrRichaitl Gatteridge, who unsuccessfully contested the- Strand DIVIsIOn a.gamst Mr l<'recterick Smith the death of the., ltter's f"l4er.
PONTYPRIDD LOCAL BOARD (GAS) BILL. This is a Bill to authorise the Pontypridd Local Board to purchase the undertaking of the Ponty- pridd Gaslight and Coke Company. It came on Tuesday afteitjoon as an unopposed measure before 'the Eari of Morley, chairman of Com- mittees in the House of I/ords.— Mr Htnry Llewellyn Grover, clerk to tha Local Board, and Mr Thomas, Jvewbi^ging, having given the usual formal proofs, tbe Eai'I of Mc/rley said that before passing the Bill through' the committee stage he should like to have indejiendent valuation of the structural portion the works. There appeared to him to be a veiy great disproportion between the capital and th e income of the com- pany and the amount proposed to be paid for the undertaking.—The Parliamentary Agent asked whether, if that point w<;re held over the Bill might be allowed to go on?—Lord Moley said he was willing to that course, but he would hke to have some inde- pendent structural valuation of the works.— Mr Newbigging said the qn antity of gas made in a YEAR amounted to 40,OOO.GOO, and the averatre capital expended on gas undertakings was J3624 per Imlhan, so that it was only necessary to calcu- late £ 624 by 40.—-Lord Morley said it was too NRE^S he «B 0 \°A SEF$E AT 0MCE- AS TIRNE DID N6T nlnd'en? SH?NLD. to havs an inde- AJIN roved VA}UATLO,N H« absolutely HEDIDNNTT^ 1 U AS STOOd.— without u C0Uld aSSent £ o the Bil1 he hpitmi report, and tljerefore it would until ff to adjourn the consideration of the Bill untIl after Easter,-The Parliamentary Agent asked whether it was suited that the Local tGovernment Board should appoint an indepen- dent person to report V—Loro Morley Yes a proper person who has knowledge and skill in such matters.—-The Parliamentary Agent: The commercial valuation would a.lso have to be taken commercial valuation would a.lso have to be taken into consideration?—Lord Morley said that would Jpk C0"sidwed when he ra ;eired the report.— j-'iste- WAS^?cw3ingly a djgurnaiS until after