T I i » « CURRENT SPORT. i Last week's cricket at Brighton resulted in Sussex drawing with Gloucestershire .^d tjeatiqg Somerset —results 6n[ the^ surface most satisfactory ,to ;tbe TSoritherp county—tut considering they were <pMy sav«l fto\a defeat Vg r^in poainqt tne jint-named. vrjaife agflftnst notinerret they Only just scraped home by one wiqket afterbaying all the best of the luck and play for tfiree ihningfe, it cannot be said that they covered themselves with glory. They certainly ought t'p hate defeated^ Sopaec^et with greater, ease/ 'as the visitors had the worst ofthe,. wicket, and only succeeded in putting Sussex in to make 101 when the flitch was at its beit. Yet, following'one or two early geome7d that the home batsmen lost their 'heads, and it was,only the plucky but fortunate stand of Parris and Tate for the last partnership that got them home. Now, however, that they haver-won a ,miatch-t.hey, never -gained a single victory Ofa tb3 Move ground last season—perhaps they may a do -better. f u o .1 e » ■ i The Oxford crieketers have done very well in their trial matches at home, winning three ont of- five, losing one, and drawing one. They beat .jL, J. ..Webbe's Eleven, Somerset, andjthe M.C.C, Were beaten by Surrey,.and had mnch the best of a drawn game with the Philadelphians. The team, judged bv performances,, is stronger. than it seemed likely to be at the start of therseason, the fielding beingbrilliant. As to the batting, there is reason for the Dark Blues to feel hopeful, if the weather on the occasion of the University match should be fine and the wicket hard. The chief run-getters in the eleven, however, play forward so much, that, according to the Surrey men and others who have met them, they are not likely to be dangerous on a pitch affected by rain. Opinions seem to be divided as to whether Eccles or Cbampain iathe better batsman. As regards the Cambridge EleFen, no.. i>nnouin!i""f^ baa yet Deen made, but there can scarcely be more than two places open. From the first N. E. Druce has had a much easier task, than Bardswell in making up his eleven, and now that Frank Mitchell is in. residence, he has eeven old Blues at his command. It is pretty safe to assume that they will all play against Oxford, and one cannot, doubt that a place will be given to De Zoete, the left-handed medium pace bowler, who has-been so consistently successful in ther trial games. It has been hinted that Cambridge's batting is not so strong as it was last year, but Druce him- self is in wonderful form, Burnup and Hi. BT. Mariott have made some good scores, and in.both matches last week -imitchell was successful. With Jessop, Shine, De Zoete, and C. E. M. Wilson in the team, the bowling is probably quite up to the average of University cricket. The fact of their being beater by Lancashire pn a bad wicket must not be allowed to tell too much against the Philadelphians, though a seven .wiGkets' defeat in the second engagement of their tour is not likely to add to the attractiveness of their matches. Without, however, for moment wishing to deprecate them, one cannot but regard it as significant that Lan- cashire, in entering upon the match, dispensed with the services of Mold and Albert -Ward. In no county match would Lancashire have voluntarily playpd without their fast bowler, and the fact. of. their, doing so on this occasion cprtainly indicates that they did not think they had at all a bieavy task in hand. It is a little early yet to express a positive opinion about the Philadelphians, but the view is cejtajnly gaining ground that in matching themselves against, our leading counties they have rather over- estimated their strength. There Was a brilliant gathering at Stamford-bridge on Saturday, wb'An her Majesty s Civil Service^held their 34th annual meeting,'amongst those present being the Marquis and Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, who at the conclusion of the sports distributed the valuable prizes. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup, presented for the first time to the competitor having the largest aggregate of points, could,not be awarded, as five tied with equal points.. Â. S. Tur);" M. K., Forrester, E. M. Smith, BT, E. Hardy,'and H. Landes. The programme, which nnrhbered 20, events, was expeditiously, got through,, and great interest was evinced irj-fche doings of the athletes, all the items being keenly contested. The 120 Yards Strapgers' Handicap final produt$e4 A fine race, Woodyatt, wbo ,won from scratch iiv t4. fine time of 12 £ sec.u only gating home by inches. H. N. Coltart*shewed a fine turn of sp&ed in the 120 Yards Strangers' Hurdle Handicap, a" although owing 15yd., he won his heat and the j fflin in 18 4-5sec. and 18 2-5sec. respectively. The Open Quarter-Mile Handicap" was secured by H. F. Tash, who, with'a start of 13yd., got" home in 50 4-5sep.1 The 24 hours professional race, commenced at the Crystal Palace on Friday evening of last week, finished on Saturday in a victory for G. A. Patter- fon, the well-tnoiln London cyclist, whose previous best performance was in riding second to (3. 'C. Fdntaine for the Carwardine Cup at Putney in 1æ5L Off- Saturday-he covered 502 miles 28 yards, aid so "established a fresh record for England, while en- 9 route he made world's records from 260 to 290' miles. He may, however, be' accounted fortunate to win, as M. Cordang, the Dutch champion, wjio rede second to Rivierre th 'the t'ans^Bbrdeaux road race, led from 110 miles, and beat C. Huret's world's record from 126 -miles to 222 milei inclusive, When unluckily he touched-the wheel of his pacer's marine and came over. Bp waA unfortunately found to have sustained. a compound fracture of the ankleiabd will probably be unable to race again this season. This paved the way for the victory of Patterson, who covered 288 miles 460 yards in 12 hours. The wibner went. on from that point with the race in band, but fell behind world's record after 290 miles. P. R. Goodwin's leeordof 476 mile«i 1762 yard* in the Cuca Cup race in 1896 was, however, equaled with over an honr to spare, and,Tn the end he completed 502 miles odd as stated. A. Ford, of Coventry,! was second with 444 miles 1180 yards; A. Lewis, of Wales, third, with 404 miles; and F. W. Barnes, jfourth, with 342 miles 485 yards. u, l The two famous track racers A Downer and ,Y-.C. Bredin met for .the.. third time this summer in a professional match for money, the distance being over a quarter of a mile, of -which the runners Were respectively amateur chapipiona of Scotland and England lastyeaRf Ja-tbe previppp contests Downer won the;, first at 400 yards, for £100, and the second at a quarteNnile for a similar stake,' but Bredin was satisfied that hejiid not give, his best running at 440 yards, andever since has beenanxioue to ineet th%,Scotchman -again. The raoe on, Saturday ok place, at. the invitation of the West- of Scotland A,C., at Hampden-park, Glasgow, the Executive offer- ing £ 75for the winner and £ 35for theloser. Tbe.aftair, created the greatest interest; and some 8000 or$000 spectators were present.^At the pistol fire:Dofcaer rushed off in front arid led by three^r four yards in the first 50, while, try as he^wojild^ Bredin did not gain an inch until half the distance was completed, Wtfeti Dowfter nearly Yell ovfer—something apparently going wrong with hi& knee. Before he was fairly fntb his Stride agafA Bredin hid"drawn level, and so the Scotchman, after struggling on in difficulties for dearly another 100 yards, collapsed and. Tell on the, path. Bredin then went on and won at his leisure ib 61 1.5ste. /) (..nc 1 The professional tennis handicap which for some time past frtts been in course of progress at Prinpe's Club, Knigbtíibridge ended in a victory for Peter Latham, --bf 'Queen'a Club, who holds the champion- ship of the worlds Läthamwas at scratch, and his opponent in the filial was C. Fairs, of Prince's, who received 15 and a bisque start. The two players Rave niet twice previously this season, Fairs when in meeipt of 15 and 2 bisques being the wintier, and Lathalrintbe second occasion only cohceding 15 and 1: 4,igrpje—turning the tables next time. On gbtdt-day Lathafa wob again with flcore^ of13 gariltei fco 3; J* to>4, 3 to 6, and 8 to 6, or 3 sets to 1. Fairs played ftp am}, after winning the thirtl set, made a^greatnufarnggle before he was beateri rir the fourth. On Saturday the Solent boats had a day's racing at-gouthsea for by the popular Boyal Portsmouth Corintman Tacbt Glub. Bright sun- shine and a nice Wiling breeze from1 the eastward made the day an enjoyable one, in the 36-foot class Mr. John Grettoh'a Emerald was again the winner whilst Carol followed up her successes amongst ther30-foOteni, Triangle taking first honours in the match for 24-foot boats. The German Em- peror's Meteor has left Southampton in tp\^ for Cuxhaven. A tennis match between Sir Edward Grey and Peter Latham, tbe champion, resulted at Lords Ground, in Lppdon, on Mqnday in an easy win for the latter. -■ 1 Five first-clase Cricket fixtures v^eVe commenced on Monday, four of them being in the County Champion- ship competition; whilst the Light Blues commenced their last home mtftch, their opponents being the 'Philadelphians. The Americans fared tihdly at the harids of the Cambridge-attack, and but for the ex- cellent stand of A. M. Wood, would have made a. very sorry show. As it was, the batsman named Was re sponsible for 73 of the 149 registered. The home side did practlcally what they liked with the Phitadelphian bowling, the Cambridge captain; Mr. 'N. F. Druce, being especially to the front at nightfall with 107 net-out of a total of 268 for three wickets. Burnup, Mitchell,1 and Jfessop also rendered valuable assistance, the latter being particularly vigorous. Of the county fixtures, Surrey met Somerset at the Oval, and had the worst of Monday's play, as the visitors, who were in possession the greater part of the day, put together 349; whilst Surrey lost one wicket for 32. On the visiting side, it was a noticeable feature that only one batsman failed to reach double figures, and although R. C. N. P-alai ret's 58 was the top score, four of the side ex- ceeded 40 runs. At Lord's, Middlesex and Notts were opposed, and a somewhat tedious day's play was witnessed, 12 wickets fallipg for an aggregate of 251 runs. Aided chiefly by Shrewsbury and Gunn, wlir, contributed" 30 and 41 respectively, Notts succeeded in totalling 202. whilst the Metropolitans lost the services of Hayfrian and Stoddart for 49. At Derby the Peakites met Yorkshire, and here again two batsmen were responsible for the majority of the runs Scored, Datidson not out 90) and Chatterton (77) being the chief contributors in the home total of 234. Yorkshire started none too well, and when stumps were drawn on Monday night had lost Jackson's wicket for 42 runs. Warwickshire and Kent opened their Birmingham engagements the visitors, who w,ere-H represented, Keeping their fldld the whole of Monday, and putting together 285, Mason, Livesey, and Alec Hearne being responsible for more than half the runs. Dr. W. G. Grace, who is taking practically a county team for a short tour in Ireland, made his first century this season against an eleven of Dublin University on Monday, the Champion contributing 121 (after three lives) out of 2.95. The Students fared badly, and lost six wickets for 40 runs before play ceased. The match does not count as a first- class fixture.
OUR JUBILEE GUESTS. COLONIAL PREMIER'S VISIT TO LIVERPOOL.—STRIKING SPEECH BY THE DUKB OF DEVONSHIRE. All the Colonial Premiers now in England for the Jubilee Celebrations, with the Duke of Devonshire, as president of the British Empire League, and a dis- tinguished company, journeyed on Saturday from London to Liverpool, where they were received as guests of the Chamber of Commerce. After the re- ception by the Lord Mayor at Lime-street station, at which bOllquet were presented by the Lady Mayoress the wives and daughters of the colonial statesmen, the party was conducted to St. George's Hall, which was thronged by a representative and fashionable audience of both sexes. Great enthusiasm pre- vailed.. The Duke of Devonshire, addressing the assembly; (emiq.ed his audience that a few years ago there was in existence an Imperial Federation League. Its object was to advocate and to form a scheme for a closer political connectionv between the United Kingdom and its colonies, by which the colonies should be admitted to a part in imperial administration,, while they,, in return, should contribute in some form to the support of the national burdens. He was far from say- ing that such an idea was beyond the pos- sibility of practical realisation, but as far, as we could see at present the time "had not yet arrived and whenever it did arriie the object which, the Imperial Federation League set itself to accomplish must be the work of men holding more responsible positions* and of force more powerful than could be called into existence by any private association, how- eyer, eipinentj or pariotic., This British Empire League had been founded as the successor of the Imperial Federation League upon the principle pf a complete elimination of any attempt at the present time to bring about any political or organic changc in our relations, and ii' inscribed the illustrious name,, _Qf tbo Queen a« a paron. of, the league^ and the names of the Prince of Wales and tiio Jtvjal family.as vice-patrons. There was never a time at any period of our history when our colonies and our dependencies filled alarger place in the thoughts of the people and of their political leaders. Something, be thought, was in the air, something which was growing into a great irre- sistible force, which was speaking to the minds; and heutsrof the people, and which told them that they wejre citizens of agreater State than that which was contained jm their little islands of the I)orth-we.t, of Europe. At one time a very different state of public -opin)on exisled in this country, due, he thought, to the influence of the Manchester School," the leaders of which were men so distinguished as Mr. Cohden apd Mr. Bright, and feo admiration of the, United States—a^aduijratiqi? admirable in itself, but at that I time somewhat exaggerated. We were at that time fcoltj to look forward with complacency to the time when the colonies, having grown to maturity, would peace- fully, and without friction or anger on their side, cease to be united with the mother country, and jet. up for themselves. aa:.inqependent republics on the model of the United States. He believed, and had always believed, that Free Trade was the best and the wisest jjtplicy for this country; but the world had not become the commercial paradise which, was predicted in the early days of Free Trade opinion. We had learnt by painful experience that neither old nor new markets were being thrown open to us by the influence of Free Trade alone; that we must search out new markets for ourselves,' and must neglect no opportunity either of expand- ing or of consolidating our. colonial ..possessions. There were none,, or .very few, flow who looked at the example of the United States as the inevitable or necessary result of colonising energy, or who' did not ilook forward with anticipations of pride and exultation to the possible creation in the future, not only of a Canadian Dominion, bat of &4 Australian Dominion, of a West Indian Dominion, and of an African Dominion, all which, perhaps, might rival the United States themselves in extent, in power, and in prosperity—dominions which, in- stead of becoming sepaiate and independent States, might yet remain portions of one undivided British Empire. In Canada they had recently seen a step taken, and, as they believed, a long step, in the direction of closer Commercial connec- tion with the mother country. They saw in that' a proof of the desire of Canadian statesmen, backed by the Canadian people, to add to the strength which they bad gained through the wise measure-of federation, and to render the. bonds which united us together more close, and, as he hoped, more permanent. It had been said that the lessons of history taught us that democracy was in- conipatible With empire. c We were all agreed that WD nsd'aa einpire, and equally'agreed thai, we meant to keep it. We were about to present to the world a Spectacle of a nation- Imperial, but at- the same time free. On rigung,to second a vote of thanks to the duke, Sir G. Turner (Premier of Victoria) was the object Of a striking demonstration of welcome, the cheering which greeted him being again apd again renewed. He declared that if ever the colonies left the Empire it would not be the fault of the Colonics.' The Hon B., J. Seddon, Premier of New Zealand, supported' the resolution. Mr. Latirier was persistently palled fat by the audience, and at last briefly replied. The visitors-were then driven to the Town Hall, where several hundreds of. the citizens attended a reception beld, by the Lord Mayor. (Alderman T. Hughes), and 'n the evening a grand banquet waa hoid. AT EDINBURGH. The colonial premiers arrived in Edinburgh earlv on Monday morning from Crewe, where they had been the guests of Lord Orawe, and, in spite of the ppuritig rain, visited the principal sights of the city. At a luncheon given by tne Lord Provost speeches were made by Mr. Laurier and Sir George Turner, and later on a visit was paid to the Forth-bridge. A ball was given by the corporation in the evening. v
BiR EDMUND MONSON and Lady Monson have given a dinner of 60 covers to the diplomatic body in Paris. M. Itanotaux sat, on the right of Lady Monson, and the Papal Nuncio on her left. Baroness Mohrdiineini wal 'seated on the Ambassador's left, and the Duchess of Mandas on his Excellency's right. "sts included Baron de Mohrenheim, Count Collates*'Mariister, Muiitr Bey, the Duke of JUanaas, General Horace Porter. An rf others.
THE, DIAMOND JUBILEE. 'J" REGULATIONS FOR THE GREAT PROCESSION. The Throwing official notice ha* teen issued by the Metropolitan Police: DIAMOND JUBILEE OF Tl.M. THE QtTEEN. Procession to St. Pdiil's Cathedral on Tuesday, on June '12, 1897. The fallowing Traffic Ecgulations will be enforced, by the police LINE OP ROUTE. OF TtOyAE PEOCM8ION. 1 From Buckingham Palace, by Constitutional], Piccadilly, St. James's-street, Tall-mall, Trafatgar- ] iquate (North side). Duncannon-street. Strand, Fleet- street, and Ludgate-hill, to St. Paul's Cathedral. j After the. ceremony the procession will return by way of the south side of St. Paul's-churchyard to Cbeapside, the Mansion House, King William-street,. London-bridge, Borough High-street, Borough-road, St. George's-circns, WestminatM-bridge-road, West- minster-bridge, Bridge-street, Parli*ment-street, Whitehall, the Horse Guards, arid the centre Mall to Buckingham F-kslicbe. NO CARRIAGES—WITH lexcepnolfs. No carriage will be allowed to pad into the City of London after 8.30 a.m., with the following excep- tions: Carriages conveying guests of her Majesty the Queen to the west front of St. Paul's Cathedral. Carriages of persons occupying seats jin the stands within the railing of St. Paul's Cathedral, viz.p the Deans' Stand, the Corporation Stand, and the Livery Companies' Stand. Carriages of Aldermen for St. Paul's Cathedi^al or the Mansion House. t Carriages of persons invited to the Mansion House. These carriages are to approach the City either'by way of Oxford-street and Holborn, or by way or the Victor ia-embantwM* A. Those proceeding by the Embankment will ap- proach by way of Victoria-street, Great Geprge- street, and Bridge-street, Westiriinster, but will not be allowed to pass after ten a.m., nor unless ticket* of invitation for the above-mentioned places are pro- duced in Great George-street. Carriages proceeding by Holbom will be stopped at the City boundai Y- at ten a.m. f Vehicular traffic on the line of route of the proeps- sion between Hyde-park-corner and Fleet-street at 7.30 a.m. At Bridge-street, Parliament-street, Whitehall, at 7.30 a.m., and on the South side of the Thames pt 8.30 a.m. Vehicular traffic will also be stopped at the hours above-mentioned in all streets leàdiqg to the line of route. ) Vehicular traffic will be stopped at Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, and Westminster-bridges at 7.30 a.m., and foot traffic at 9.30 a.m. Traffic, will also be stopped at Hungerford Foot-bridge at j 9.30 a.m. Lambeth-bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic at" 10 a.m., and to foot traffic at noon. All t^affie (foot and vehicular) will be stopped at London-; pp-, bridge at midnight, June 21. "No person will be allowed to take up a position on any of these bridges. F9R PERSONS ON FOOT. V" Persons on foot may pass on the line between Hyde-park-corner apd Fleet-street np to 9 a.m.pro* viaed1 they produce tickets for feat's at houses or stands. Carriages may pass along that part of th<j route of the procession between London-bridge (south side) and the Horse Guards by way of Westminster- bridge, Bridge-street, Pafliameht-street, and White- hall \lp to 10 a.rta., and foot-passengers with tickets up to'10.30 aim. Suggestiotas to' holders of tickets at some of the principal stands follow. After the hours mentioned carriages will nqtoo allowed to pass along any part of the route, nor fddt-i passengers be permitted to remain on the carriage- way. GENERAL TRAFFIC. Vehicular traffic (except carriagea' with CoMpaQy proceeding to St. Paul's Cathedral or to houses and stands On the line of route) will be stopped or diverted at the following places at the times stated, and may be stopped or diverted at any other place where it may be considered necessary c: r AFTER., TIM PROCESSION.. After the processiori has passed along that part of the route between Hyde-park-corner and the City,, traffic for private carriages and engaged cAbs going to houses and stands only will b permItted as Man as possible after the military have been witbdrawo. Ou Lhe south micw, of the river all traffic witt-be opened as soon as practicable after the processiori has passed and the troops have marched off. General tiraffic north and south will be stoppelt-, it three p.m., but will only be permJttedbj the Follow- ing routes: 'I 1. From and tb Waterloo-bridge by way of ^Vel- lington-street and Bow-street to Long Acre. j 2. From and to Westminster-bridge by way of Bridge-street, Parliament-street, Whitehall, ftixd St. Martin s-plafee to Charing-cross-ro&d, &c. HORSE GUARDS PARADE RESECTED*. The.Horse Giiards' Parade between Storey's -Gate and the Mall, facing the Duke of York's Steps will be closed at 6 a.m., and will be kept clear for the forma-, tion of the procession of Colonial troops, and no person will be allowed thereon until the procesbioni has passed into the Mall, And the Military have taken, op their positions on the line. WHERE PEDESTRIANS CAN GO. Foot passengers will be Allowed to cross the line of route-of the procession at the following points, so long as it can safely be permitted Piccadilly, at Hamilton-place. Piccadilly, at Berkeley-street and Green-park. Pall-Mall,-at Marl borough-yard. The Mall, at Marlborough-yard. Haymarkefc and Cockspur-street. West Strand, at Villiers-street and Agar-street. The Strand, at Savoy-etreet and Bllrleigh-street. The -Strand, at Arundel-street.. Borough High-street, at St. Thomas's-street. Borough High-street, at Trinity-street and Great Suffolk-street. Borough-road, at Southwark-bridge-road. Westminster-bridge-road, at Waterloo-road. Westminster-bridge-road, at St. George's-road'and Tower-street. Weetminster-bridge-road, at Kennington^-road and Oakley-street. Westminster-bridge-road, at York-road and Lam- beth Palace-road. Parliament-street, at Parliament-square. NO PORTABLE STANDS. 5 No vehicle or person on horseback will be allowed to take up a position in any street or thoroughfare within 100 yards of, the line of route of the proces- sion. No chairs, stools, forms, boxes, or other articles that may be used as portable stands, shall be deposited or used on, or within 100 yards of the line of route of the procession, and the police are hereby directed to remove any such .articles used in contra- yention of this regulation. REHEARSAL AT ST. PAUL'S. fhe Jubilee service at St. Paul's was partially IFp;, hearsed on Monday evening in the presence of an enormous concourse of people. All the musical por- tion of the ceremony was gone through under, the direction of Dr. Martin, the cathebral organist, and the special choir of 550 acquitted themselves satis- factorily. MASONIC ADDRESS. The Prince of Wales, as Grand Master of Free- masons in England, presided on Monday at the Albert Hall at Kensington over a meeting of about 7000 members of lodges in all parts of the kingdom, as well as India and the Golonies, called for the pur- pose of agreeing upon a Diamond Jubilee Address to be presented to her Majesty.' The Prince, in opening the proceedings, referred to the great inorease in the number of freemasons since they met 10 years ago to congratulate the Queen upon completing the 50th year of her reign. He did not believe, he said, that so large a gathering of the craft bad ever been held before, and probably it would never be repeated. The address was moved by the Duke of Connaught and carried with great enthusiasm. It was mentioned that during this year the Order had voted £ 15,000 for charitable purposes. AMERICANS AND THE JUBILEE. The Society, consisting of the descendants of men who, by service on the battle field or in administra- tion under the authority of Great Britain, laid the feundation of the United States, is sending to Queen Victoria a set of congratulatory resolutions on the completion of the 60th year of her reign. The docu- ments, which form the finest specimen of the engrosser's art ever produced here, will be presented by General Grubb, Commander of the famous City Troop of Philadelphia. The Standing Committee ef the Diocese of New York has requested Bishop Ellfeon Copem-of South Carolina, who is acting for Bishop Potter duririg the 0 9 a latter's absence in England, to set forth a form of prayer, to oe used in all episoopal churches in the Diocese of New York, in order to commemorate the Queen'a reign. The foHowing ifl the prayer: CI 0 Almighty and Everlasting God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, we praise Thy name for the memorable years of the reign of Th, servant, Victoria, the good and ever faithful Queen of Great Britain. Keep her, we beseech Thee, under the protection of Thy good Providence, sustain her in the cares of her great.< office, grant her health, prosperity, and long life to 4ead her nation in the way of righteousness. May all things be so ordered and settled by her endeavours upon the best and surest foundation that peace and happiness, truth and justice, 'religion and piety may be established in Great Britain for all generations, through Jesas Christ, our Lord. Amen., THE PRINCESS OF WALES AND THE 'OUTCASTS. On Monday a meeting of representatives of the various local committees of London who Are engaged ih the administration of the Princess of Wales's Dinner Fttnd was held at the Mansion House. The Lord Mayor, who presided, said when they originally met they thought they would have a considerable surplus after providing for all who were contem- plated in the scheme, but now, owing to the increase in the: estimated number in nearly every district, and to the inclusion of otftfying districts, such as Wood green, Tottenham, Edmonton, Barking, Leyton, and Chtirlton, they would require every Ejnny they had received, 'even teckoning Mr. ipton's munificent contribution, and fts much more as the public would entrust them witb. They were grateful to the Australian pastoralists for their gift of meat, and to the other dohors who had sent such useful contributions as condensed milk, tinned mutton, coffee extract, lemonade, and other things. In all over 300,000 persona would be provided with a meal on Jubilee Diy. That numfeer, he. considered* was more than amply representative of the class—' the outcast and destitute poor-for whom the Prin- pleaded. It was desirable to be known that no more coula be ibcfbdetJ, aa^ that JK> furtber ^ranU <jould be made under any consideration, as the fund would not adtnit of it. In the course of a conversation which ensued, a suggestion to give the local com- mittees latitude of discretion as to the day of the meal was strongly dissented from, and the Lord Mayor said, while it was highly desirable that the meal should be provided all over London on the same day—June 24-he was not aware that they had any power to do more than recommend to the com- mittees that course. It was stated that, in all the districts, the Board schools and other large buildings would be utilised for the holding of the meals. The Lady Mayoress suggested that a glass of beer might safely be given with the meal, and threw out the hint to the committees. A general wish was expressed that the Princess of Wales might be able to visit of- the dinners to see how her kindly suggestion was being carried out. The Lord Mayor undertook to make a representation to that effect to ier Royal Highness.
THE BATTLE OF THE KILTS. Some time ago the members of one of the public Boards of Dundei seriously perplexed with regard to the question of a suitable uniform for- an official, finally, in despair, resolved-,to give him a cap, although t,hej» were some dissentients who were of opinion thai a cap, by itself, hardly constituted a' uniform. The same question of a niform for a public official has lately (remarks; the Pall Mall Gazette) been exercising the minds of the town i councillors ;of Inverness, and great has been the discussion. The official to be clothed was the town officer, and the chief question came to be, was he to have a kilt ? Strange to say, the proposal to clothe him in the garb of old Gaul," as it is termed in Scottish >sopg, xmet with strenuous opposition— showing a most remarkable state of matters to be existing in the so-called capital of the Highlands. In the end the proposal was only carried by eight votes lo six Those who supported the kilt did so, of COtarse, on grounds of sentiment — on patriotic grounds—but the arguments of those who opposed it were vaerd7 transparent quibbles. For instance, one town councillor asked, "What "about the li inate P" 'As if thé" kilt could not tie worn, by a'Highlander, anywhere, from Greenland's icy motintains to India's coral Btrand!" J Besides, ;he suggestion that the climate in the'heart of the Highlands wAs such as to make highland jtfrb unsuitable wbk in wretchedly bad tafite. Then! the Provost doggedly observed that the officer -"codld not clean windows in a kilt." But he gttve no reason why. Perhaps of course he meaut that it fouid be derogatory to "ihe kilt. Whatever the reason, could not the officer clean the windows in mufti, or could not "the council provide him with a garti suitable for cleaning Windows? Or, for that matter; could the cdnncil Dot rfpaife ii tofficer the cleaning bf the wi"bdo*B -Ultbgether ? In the-end, happily, the Provost's objebtions and others of the like nature'were, if not answered, swept away by the food of patriotic sentiment. And so Inverness, it tlas been 'observed,' "shows to the world that the heart of the Highlands beats true to the glory of the t and the pride of the present" ¿ t
I rr BKINK IN AMERICA. The following ifgures dhow the consumption per head of the population of strong drinks—spirits and wines—in the U- ni t, ed'States in the last five years: < t j Spirito, Wines, A c, L. gallons, gallons. 18^2 i 1'50 .m. H 1893 1-51 '48 1894 .¡. 133 '31 1895 1-12 -28 1896 1-00 -26 The decline of 61 hundredths in the us* of spirits from 1893 to 1896 mearis a decrease of 36,000,000 gallons, or more than one-third of the total con- sumption an 1893. The decline of 22 hundredths in the use of wines in the same period meanrf a decrease of 16,400,000 gallons, or nearly half the total for 1893. Spirits declined 18 hundredths in 1894, 21 hundredths in 1895, and 12 hundredths in 1896. The drop in wines, which are in general drunk by the very prosperous only is, still more significant. The decrease of 17 hundredths in 1894 shows that at one stroke the hard times cut off all but the rich and the prodigal. Hence the fall of only three hundredthii in 1895 and of only two hundredths in 1896.
RING BETTING, The summonses taken out by the Commissioner of Police against three bookmakers for using certain rings at Hurst-park race course on April 24, for the purpose or betting, were on Monday before the magistrates at Kingston-onrTbamea Police officer:? having given evidence in support of the cases, counsel reserved their .defence, and the defendants were com- mitted for trial at too Surrey Quarter Sessions, bail being allowed. „
FATALifY :TO AOENJmAL. We regret, tn state that General Robert Walter Macleod Fraser died under very painful circum- stances on bSnnday afternoon. He was, crossing Edgware-road, and when in the act of passing behind a, vehicle got in front of an omnibus. Before the driver could pull up General Fraser was knocked down, and both., wheels, passed over him. When picked up. he was found to be dead. The body. was removed to Paddington Mortuary. General Fraser, who lived at. 12, Norfolk-crescent, Hyde-park, was ,in his 82nd year. lie was a son of the late Colonel Fraser, and took part in quelling the Coorg..insurrection in 1836, He was. also present daring the ^Kaffir campaign of 1846-47. He was placed on th«t, retired list in 1881, and became colonel ot,the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1891; of the Royal Irish Regiment in J895, and of the Royal Warwick- shire Regiment from 1895.
c' A suzjxct in which the ueen is reaUy" well versea is-that of farming. :Prince Consort was quite a prac- tical farmer, and devoted much time to the Royal Farm at Windsor and elsewhere, interesting himself in particular in the breed of cattle, and the Queen learned a good deal from him. The Duke of York is at present paying attentiork--to the same subject. CAPTAIN STERDRUP, whose name is so familiar to the readers of Dr. Nansen's Farthest North," is not, it appears, satisfied with his adventures in the Arctic regions. It is stated in Chriatiania that he intends to take the Fram upon another voyage next year. He will winter at Smith's Sound, oh the West Coast of Greenland, thence proceed, as Nansen and Johansen did, by sledges towards the unknown North. The sledge party will not, however, be limited to two person*, but is, apparently, meant to consist of a coaaidera&te number, m perhaps, the Pole will be reached after all
1 INDIAN DISASTER. C WARI LT ATTACK OW ortt TROOPS.—MANY KTLLKD AND WOCNDTO. On Friday monhng of Jaat Week news was received in London, and since corroborated from official voiircep, that a treacherous attaek had been made on the Indian forces on the Afghan border tt Maizar. The assailants were a band of Waziris. The Indian force attacked was the escort of the political agent at Tochi, Mr. Gee, consisting of 300 native Indian troops. Three. British officers were killed, and three severely wounded. One native officer and 21 men were killed, and 24 wounded. The Waziris followed the Indian force four njiles. An expedition will be fitted out, and it is expected if tbe Waziris show fight, the task of subduing tbeni will be difficult, for the forced retreat of the Indian force is regarded as a bad blow to their prestige, and may have the effect of causing a rising of the hill tribes. While encamped under some treee at Maizar. in order to rest his men and take tiffin, Mr. Gee was attacked in a most cowardly and treacherous manner by a large body of Wastrin. The attack was quite unexpected, as among the hill tribes the honr selected for an assault is usually before dawn. Our troops were forced -to retreat, and were pnr- sued for some four miles by the Waziris, who only drew off when the Indian forces were reinforced from Datta Kbel. The casualties on onr side were unfortunately very heavy. Killed: Lieutenant-Colonel Bunny, of 1st Sikh Infantry. I Captain J. F. Browne, No. 6 Bombay Mountain Battery. ) Lieutenant H. A. Cruickshank, No. 6 Bombay Mountain Battery. Wounded: Lieutenant Seton Browne, 1st Punjab Infantry. Surgeon-Captain Cassidy, 1st Sikh Infantry. Lieutenant A. J. M. Higgineon, 1st Sikhs. All badly. One natite officer and 21 men were killed, and 24 men wounded. Colonel Bunny was one of the moat distinguished and popular men on the Indian frontier, and his death will be widely regretted. Captaip Browne was a. son of the late Sir James Browne. He served with the Hazara expedition in 1888, and with the Manipur expedition in 1881, in command of the A Division of the Bengal Mountain Battery, and was an excellent officer. It was at first thought that Mr. Gee himself bad been killed or wounded, but news from Simla states that he is well. It may be remembered that Mr. Casson, of the Bengal -Civil Service, who preceded Mr. Gee, was attached last year by a fanatic and stabbed in the liver, but though the knife went through his body he escaped with his life. An expedition will be fitted out from Rawal Pindi to chastise these rebels, behind whom is the Mullah Powindah, a frontier fanatic. It is expected that some severe fighting will take place, and another Chitral will be enacted. Unfortunately, the great frontier general, Sir William Lockhart, is at present in Germany, where he is spending his leave, and Sir Power Palmer, the general commanding the frontier forces, is on leave in England. OUR FOBCBS IN THE VICINITY. In an interview with an officer of the Indian Army just returned, the Daily Mail representative ascer- tained that the forces in the vicinity at present are 700 men, a few guns, and a squadron of cavalry at Datta Khel Fort, of which the massacred party would, probably form part, and similar forces at Miran Shah and Edic. Between this district and Simla a light line of telegraphic communication exists, but it has probably been cut, as in previous instances of this nature the first warning has often been the cut- ting of the communication, IS THB AMEER PLOTTING? Anglo-Indians are inquiring of each other whether the Ameer is behind the catastrophe. It may be remembered that last year the Ameerassumi-d the title of the Light of Islam. At that time Mullah Powindah formed part of a deputation of Waziris to congratulate him. It will not be forgotten that after, the Chitral campaign our enemy, Umra Khan, was received with honours at Cabul, and it was rumoured that he was to be made governor of Kafiristan. ABOUT THB MULLAH. The Mullah Powindah, Who is believed to be at the bottom of the attack, is a tall, Jewish-looking Waziri with long greasy curls reaching to the shoulders, a fanatic of the most intense description, and pos- sessed of great influence with the frontier tribes in geperal aince bia attack upon Colonel Turner's camp at Wano in 1894. The Waziris claim that attack- as a victory, and there can be no doubt that the result of the Mullah's recent exploit will be to make him rank with Umra Khan ff Jaridol, our opponent in the Chitral campaign. After Wano efforts were made to capture him. He has for a long time been trying to stir up the tribes, but it was thought by the authorities that he would- not be successful, and comparatively little attention Was paid to him. It was hoped that the effect of the Cbitral campaign would be sufficient to quell any agitation among the tribes in the immediate future. TOCHI GABRISONS TO BK BBINF0RCED. Orders have been issued for the immediate rein forcemeat of the garrisons in the Tochi Valley, where tbe attack on the British force was made laBt week by Waziris.. A CAREFULLY-PLANNED AFFAIR. The following is a Connected story of the affair in the Tochi Valley, furnished by the Times correspon- dent at Simla: Mr. Gee, Political Officer, was received, on his arrival at the village of Maizar, south of Sberani, by the headman of the local tribes, whose attitude was most friendly. With a small escort of cavalry he visited Dqtoi, six miles away. Nothing occurred to arouse suspicion. On his return, Sadda Khan, the headman of Sherani, provided food for the British officers and the Mahomedan sepoys in the escort. This hospi- tality must have thrown the party off their guard, as the Pa^hans usually respect the.lives of men who are their guests. Just as lunch was over a heavy fire was suddenly opened frqm the walls of the numerous small towers which guard the village. The range was so short that all six military officen, upon whom the fire was at first concentrated, were shot down almost at once. Mr. Gee alone escaped being hit. The signal shot for this treacherous attack was fired "by a mafik named Alambe, who, .with Sadda Khan, had shown the greatest friendliness. In a few moments the troops were enclosed in a circle of fire, some 500 of the tribesmen, who had been awaiting the signal, joining in the attack. No detailed report from the wounded officers has yet been received, but it appears plain that the troops were so situated that no defensive position could be taken up, as they were in the open while their assailants were sheltered by walls and other cover. A retirement, therefore, towards Sherani took place, the tribesmen being reinforced on the way until about 1000 men were engaged in harassing the party, encumbered with dead and wounded. For a distance of four miles to Sherani sharp fighting took place. Beyond that village more tribesmen were seen coming over the hills to the north of the Tochi river with the intention of cutting off the retreat, but they retired when the reinforcements sent by Captain Cooper from Datta-khel appeared. The troops did not reach the post till eleven at night, nine hours after the first attack was made. Most of our losses occurred at Maizar, when the tribesmen had all the advantage of a surprise on their side, and fired into clusters of men. The Waziris are said to have lost 50 killed and a large number wounded, including four mullahs or priests, who weie present exciting the fanatic tribesmen. It is certain that the treachery was carefully planned. The visit to Maizar was to have taken place on Wednesday of last week but heavy raih delayed tbe march for a day, thus giving the Waziris a chance of gathering. The headmen who professed such friendliness made no effort to check the attack, thus proving their complicity. No further demonstration of hostility has occurred. The tribesmen sent a message for help to the mullah Powindah, who headed the Waziri rising three years ago, but the mullah declined to assist them. They will probably make for Afghan territory on the appearance of the punitive column. Southern Waziristan is quiet, but the precaution, has been taken to reinforce the posts between Tonk and Wano. Lieutenant Seton Browne, with a Oeehwoond in the thigh, and Surgeon-Captain Cassidy, with a wound in the knee, are doing well. Lieutenant Higginson has a severe wound in the left arm, which is inflamed. All the native wounded are pregtwswg" favoiirablv. except two.
XJS.KJtti.BLE DISASTER. IIXCURSION TRAIN WKBCKBD IN BHROPSBIU. — THI PERSONS KILLED AND XAKT INJURED. The railway disaster to Sunday school excursionists, which occurred in Shropshire on the Cambrian line, near Welshampton Station, on Friday night of last week will be long remembered for the terrible human sacrifice and suffering which it has produced, and the many appalling circumstances by which it was attended. Ten lives have been lost, 17 other persons are in hospitals seriously injured, the lives of a few of these being despaired of, and a number of additional persons have been sent to their homes slightly injured. TUB DEATH ROLL is as follows: Mrs. Ellen Mills, Queen-street, Royton. Elizabeth Ledger, 2, Union-street, Royton. Jas. Heywood, Shaw-road, Royton. Frank Harvey, Rochdale-road, Royton. John Fish, Middleton-road, Royton. Thomas Holt, Market-street, Royton. George Wolstenhulme Piecer, Church street, Boyton. Frank Mills, Sandy-lane, Royton. Harry Green, Spencer-street, Rovton. 1. Irvine, 44, Middleton-road, Royton. The last-named succumbed to his injuries in Osweetry Cottage Hospital early in the morning. The injured detained in hospitals are: At Wbitehurch Cottage Hospital: Miss Butterworth, Church-street, Royton, double fracture of leg and concussion of the brain. Mrs. Lee, 73, High Barn-street, Royton, severely cut. George Barns, 6, Birkencroft-terrace, Royton, broken leg. James Green, Higher Barn-street, Royton, spine injured. Miss Butterworth, it is feared, cannot survive her injuries. In Oswestry Cottage Hospital Albert Taylor, 19, spinner, Rochdale-road, Royton, icalp wounds, dislocation of shoulder, and fracture of right leg. Harry Low, 15, Shiloh, Royton, scalp wound. Robt. Heywood, 17 (a brother of the Heywood killed), 63, Shaw-road, Royton, injuries to spine. Thomas.Crosaland, a young man, 30, Ethel-street, Royton, contusions. Zadock, Chester, 20, St. Paul's-street, Royton, frac- ture of left arm and bruises. Arthur Scholes, 68, Church-street, Royton, frac- ture of right leg, injury to jaw, bruises and con- tusions. John Biggs, Clifton-terrace, Bailey-street,Oswestry, Cambrian Railway employé, amputation of both legs, bruises, and contusions about body and face condi- tion very critical. D. E. Mawson, of Low-moor, Yorkshire, railway guard, scalp and face contusions. Francis Etchell, aged 27, 13, Oldham-road, Royton, scalp wound and fracture of left leg. Emma Lockyer, 22, Radcliffe street, Royton, bruised spine and contusions. Annie Houghton, aged 17,16, Jones-street, Royton, fracture of left thigh. Wm. Stott, spinner, 13, Oldham-road, Royton, scalp and face contusions. Maria Etbelsage, 63, widow, 13, Oldham-road, Royton, scalp wound, bruises and contusions, frac- ture of ribs. The following, whose injuries were felight, were dis- charged from the hospital, after having been medically attended: Robert Rees, Middleton road, Royton Henry Hewitt, and Eli Clough, both of Royton; and two un- known persons. The ill-fated train to which this appalling disaster eccurred was CARRYING MEMBERS of St. Paul's Sunday School, belonging to one of the dissenting bodies at Royton, a manufacturing Lanca- shire town, which is a couple of miles from Oldham. The majority of the passengers were therefore young men and women, with elderly relatives. It was their annual day of pleasure. They had left their homes very early for the Welsh coast, and had spent a long and delightful day-from eight a.m. till six p.m.—by the sea at Barmouth, a little town under the shadow ef Cader Idril, in Merionethshire. Although the excursion was organised by the Lancashire and York- shire Railway Company, all the rolling stock, except one light van in front, belonged to the Cambrian Railway Company, over whose line the excursionist* had to travel. There were two engines and 13 carriages. The train left Barmouth on the return journey at six o'clock, filled with a laughing, singing, jocund crowd, and Oswestry was reached at 9.40. There it was shunted into a siding to await the arrival of the overdue down train from Ellesmere, the next station beyond, and to clear the line, which is a single one, worked on the tablet system, for the up mail. This plan was altered when the line had become clear, and the excursionist train was despatched in front of the mail. Consequently it ran at a good speed through Ellsmere and then through Welshampton Station. Three hundred yards beyond Welshampton the heavily-freighted train was wrecked. The calamity came with awful swiftness. Most of the carriages left the rails; they. crashed together with terrw force, and in an instant all was chaos and havoc and suffering in the midst of darknessi The engines sped along for more than one hundred yards; the light Lancashire and Yorkshire van which followed the engines had snapped its coupling* and become derailed, and the great momentum of the heavier Cambrian rolling stock behind caused each one to crash upon those in front with tremendous force. There was a roar like a peal of thunder as the front and centre carriages, ploughing up the sandy permanent way, were telescoped, and SMASHED INTO MATCHWOOD by the rear coaches, which suffered least; and then, in a couple of moments, all were at a standstill in a heap of ruins, with so many of their occupants dead or dangerously injured. The foremost carriages were thrown to the right, the next were turned over to the left, and some rolled into an adjoining field, and were split into fragments. The most disastrous effects were in the centre of the train, and here the killed were chiefly found. Ail that remained on the permanent way of some of tire coaches were the bogie wheels, which were embedded in the ground. Information of the disaster was received at Oswestry about a quarter past eleven, and a special breakdown train left within half an hour with two doctors. Other medical assistance was immediately procured from the neighbourhood. A few of the suffering people moaned and screamed continuously. The majority endured their anguish patiently, and there were numerous touching display* of unselfishness, amounting almost to heroism. One frail young girl, lying beneath a heavy piece of iron, smiled as the rescuers approached her, and said gently, "Go and see to the others. I am all right. I have only a broken leg." When she was extricated, -and removed to the Cottage Hospital, it was found that she had a fractured thigh as well as a broken leg. A young man. who was accompanied by his sweetheart, said to her, "I am going," and embracing her tenderly, died in her arms. In one of the completely wrecked coaches in the middle of the train a compartment was found full of dead and wounded men. One poor fellow, from his place of imprisonment, called to his rescuers, II Pull me out. My mates are here. There is one OB top of me and another beneath me." Another man, who was in the centre of the impact, said he saw four of his fellow-excursionists beneath the overturned carriages. He tried to release them from their terrible position, and M he caught hold of them their feet or hands fell off. A stalwart yonng fellow of tough fibre, Thomas Crossland, who was badly pinned beneath heavy wreckage, took lighted candle from one of the rescuers, held it without a tremor of the nerves, and by the light thu* given, and by verbal instructions, assisted in ni» rescue, which occupied about four hours, At first the doctors had to work almost in darkness, but when bonfires, made from the debris of the train, were well alight, they could see almost as clearly as in daytime. Ambulance corps from Oswestry and Whitchurch rendered most valuable help. They had to work in a scene of the wildest confusion, and were to work in a scene of the wildest confusion, and were beset by excursionists making repeated and anxious inquiries as to THB FATS or THMIR nIBNDS. THB FATS or THUS ntTBNDS. AM the result of steady and persistent labour, the wreckage was all clewed away by eight o'clock on Sunday morning, with the exception of the front coach and the Lancashire and Yorkshire brake van, which was left for examination by the Board of Trade inspectors. The scene of the accident lies just half-w»y between Oswestry (the principal station on the Cam- brian line) and Whitchurch-junction (where tbe Stem joins the London and North-Western line;. 6 Cambrian Railway Company ha* hitherto nad_ •omplete immunity from accidents provwf MMencere travelling by it* trsi-