INDIA'S TROUBLES. GENERAL BLOOD'S ADVANCE UP THE SWAT VALLEY. Sir Bindon Blood arrived at the camp at Minganra on August 20, having marched from Landakai to Gulagai two days earlier. The Miangulus fled to the hills, and subsequently communicated with the Poli t i oh 1 Agent. The Jirgas, or councils of headmen of the Tillages, as far as Mingalwar, have tendered their submission, and are bringing in arms and stan- dards in token of their sincerity. A few shots were fired into camp on the night of August 19, but, a message was sent to the village elders, on which the snipping ceased. The two towers of Minganra were blown up on the morning of August 20. No hostile gathering has been met or heard of since the fight at Landakai. All the Bonarwals have returned to Bonar. The mad fakir was in the fight at Landakai. He is said to have gone to the Pir Bale Ziarat, in Buner. A reconnaissance was made to Manglaor from Chakdara on August 22 by the Guides, with two guns, and the 24th Punjab Infantry. The Mianguls are reported to have fled to Mahabar Mountains. Bonorwals who have come in report that they sus- tained great losses at Landakai, and that the effect of the 12-pounder guns was demoralising. On August 22 a column was marched along the Swat country. The more thoroughly to impress upoa the tribes the severe lesson taught them in the fight- ing of the past month the force was ordered to quarter itself upon the valley for three days. The Afridis still make no sign. According to all appear- ance the bands which were reported to be gathering amoag the heights skirting the Khyber Pass have dis- persed to their villages. ATTACKS BY THE AFRIDIS. The Afridis, after much hesitation, have at last obeyed the promptings of the Akah-khel Mullah. They mustered their fighting men on Saturday, marched upon the Khaibar on Snnday, and appeared before Ali Mesjid Fort early on Monday morning. This they must have attacked, as firing was heard in that direction. Later in the day large number.- streamed down into the Khaibar itself and attacked Fort Maude, held by a detachment of the Khaibar Rifles, numbering probably 40 to 50 men. This is a small post strongly built of stone overlooking the road, about four miles from Jamrud. It is some dietance within the pass itself. At three o'clock on Monday afternoon K Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery, the 4tb Dragoon Guards, and four companies of British infantry moved from Jamrud to cover Fort Maude, if this should prove practicable. As to the strength of General Elles's force in and about Peshawar is 11,000, including 36 guns and 18 squadrons of cavalry, the great object is to induce the Afridis to leave the hills and venture into the open, but it is feared that they may cling to the various spurs which run out towards Jamrud and Peshawar in the west and south-west. This may delay their dispersal, and they may prove troublesome by demonstrations against the Kuki-khel villages lying near the hills. They are said to be moving in two parties, one down the Khaibar, the other more to the south. Their entrance into the Peshawar Valley by the Bara route is blocked by the force at Fort Bara. It is much to be regretted that the Afridis have been influenced by fanatical Mullahs, as they furnish admirable soldiers to the native army, and the punishment which they are now certain to receive if they continue hostilities will be severe, as General Elles's force is large and perfectly equipped. The Kohat border is reported sti'l quiet, as the Orakzais have not moved, but in view of their rising No. 3 Field Battery, the Royal Irish Regiment, the 12th Bengal Infantry, and No. 4 company of the Bombay Sappers have been sent from Rawal Pindi to Kohat. Everything is quiet on the Mohmand border. The following communique was issued on Monday night: A reply has been promptly sent by the Ameer to a letter in which the Government of India called attention to information received by them that Afghan subjects had joined the Hadda Mullah. The Ameer distinctly denies the truth of the reports that soldiers of the Afghan regular army had joined the Mullah. He solemnly and per- sonally engages on behalf of the Sipah Salar, General Gholam Haidar, and the regular army, that no such hostility will ever be committed by ihem. He alleges that, as regards the tribesmen, if they joined at all they must have done so secretly, for they would not have dared to go openly for fear of him. lie attributes the disturbances to the action of the Mullahs, especially the Hadda Mullah, who have in former years excited risings against him in bis own country, and he denounces their conduct." This is a most important pronouncement, and, if published broadcast on the frontier, may have a great effect on the tribesmen, whose action is thus dis- credited at Cabul. The following telegrams from the Viceroy have been received at the India Office: Peshawar.—Fighting is reported to be going on at Ali Keejid between Afridis and levy garrison." Aug. 23, Peshawar.—General officer commanding Peshawar reports that Afridis attacked Ali Mesjid this morning and were attacking Fort Maude at 10.30. Their line one and a-half mile long. Another body moving towards Kadam. All Afridi tribes are said to have joined." Report from Sadda Post, August 21.-Hamlet near Balesh-khel attacked on night of August 20. Two villagers wounded and one killed. Otherwise all quiet at Kuram on that date." "August 21.-Small column sent to* Manglaor, from which place reconnoissance pushed up valley to Gulibagh and towards Kotkai Pass. No firing. Health of troops very good. Force will probably return to Burikot to-day." Malakand. --General officer commanding reports 20th that shots were fired into camp during night. Villagers turned out and pursued snipers.' A large quantity of arms being brought in. Towers were de- stroyed. Supplies being provided gratis. Submission appears complete. Health of troops good. Wounded doing well." A force, consisting of two squadrons of cavalry, two guns, and a battalion of infantry, under Colonel Adams, was despatched from Mingaora on Sunday morning to reconnoitre as far as possible up the Swat river. The road presented great difficulties. The only practicable route in one part of the valley lay across a high pass over steep and jagged rocks. The force reached Manglaor, one of the principal villages in the Upper Swat Valley, and halted there while the cavalry pushed on to Gulibagh, at the junction of the Arnawai and the northern portion of the Swat falley. The force returned to camp the same evening, having been 14 hours out. From informa- tion which they derived from villagers, the tribes appear to have lost heavily during the recent action at Landikai, and, a large contingent having come from Buner, the tribes in that district have received a salu- tary lesson. The termination of the present expedition is un- known as yet, but its sphere of action is not likely to be confined to the Swat Valley.
PENRHYN QUARRY DISPUTE. TERMS Of SETTLEMENT ACCEPTED BY THE MEN. The long and determined struggle between Lord Penrhyn and his workmen has come to an end at last. The terms, which had been agreed to by Mr. Young, his lordship's agent, were submitted to a mass meeting of the men on Saturday night and accepted after a somewhat stormy discussion. The terms are That in the first instance grievances shall be eubmitted by the person or persons to the local manager. If not satisfied with this decision the grievance may be submitted to the chief manager either personally or by deputation appointed in such manner as the workmen may deem advisable, This point is one to which the men have attached the greatest importance, and its concession is practi- cally the concession of the right of combination. If the men are dissatisfied with the result of submitting their grievances under the preceding clause they are now empowered to submit them again to the chief manager by a deputation, con- sisting of six employes selected from the whole body of the workmen, and not from the classes or crews particularly aggrieved as under the first clause. In all cases of importance an appeal may be made to Lord Penrhyn either by individuals or by deputation. Monthly bargains are to be given without delay. The letting of contracts is to be left in the hands of the management, who are to engage all persons employed thereon, and to see that each receives his just rate of wages. Quarrymen are to be paid an average wage of 5a. 6d. per day bad rock meD," 4s. 7d. per day; and labourers, 3s. 7d. per day as long as trade permits. All the late employes are to be re-admitted in a body as far as practicable, and the remainder as work can be arranged for them, time being allowed for those now working at a distance. The terms are signed by Mr. Young on behalf of Lord Penrhyn, and by Messrs. W. H. Williams, Robert Davies, and Henry Jones on behalf of the men.
IN Denmark the postmen often have very long routes in the country regions, and are obliged to walk or ride many miles a day in all kinds of weather but undesirable as such positions would seem to be, they are eagerly sought after, and, of all men, by consumptives who want to get well. It has been proved that the work is life-saving, for despite the hardships and the exposure to wind and rain and •now, almost all the invalids who adopt the life iecome robust and hearty.
GiiEi.UK AND TURKEY. THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. The Ambassadors of the European Powers held a meeting at Constantinople on Saturday morning. There was to have been another peace conference at Tophaneh the same afternoon, but it was postponed, as some of the Ambassadors were still without instructions. Lord Salisbury maintains his views on the question of the evacuation of Thessaly, while Germany threatens to withdraw from the Concert if Article VI. of the Treaty is not accepted in the form proposed. The International Military and Judicial Commis- sion has (according to a Canea message) been consti- tuted as follows MM. Van der Brock (France), president; Hellstron (Russia), Hoch (Germany), Armezzi (Italy), Gaisford (Great Britain), Rappel (Austria). All the above are naval officers. The admirals have published the reasons for the appoint- ment of this commission. They declare that the Powers, to whom the Sultan has entrusted the care of Crete, cannot tolerate any opposition to their work. The measure taken is justified by the absence of legally-constituted judicial powers offering the necessary guarantee for dealing in an expeditious manner with persons guilty of crimes. The natives who may be arrested will be handed over to the local authorities, save in the cases of crimes or offences calculated to endanger public security or in cases of insults offered to the International troops. In con- clusion, the admirals declare that their object in taking severe measures with agitators is to maintain comparative tranquillity. BOMBS DISCOVERED IX A HOUSE RAIDED BY POLICE. The police have made a raid on a house at Pera and arrested two Armenians. Two bombs were dis- covered on the premises. The arrested men ad- mitted that they belonged to the Trochak section of the Revolutionary party, and that they intended to commit outrages at the Russian and German Em- bassies. The Ambassadors have received a circular letter from the Armenian Dashnakzutium Com- mittee almost identical with the one received by them last year, declaring that the Armenians are becoming tired of waiting, and that they have re- solved to take action. Immediately after the bomb explosion last week the Armenian Patriarch went to the palace to beg that nothing should be done to the prejudice of innocent Armenians, and was informed that the Sultan had given the most stringent command that no innocent Armenians should be touched, at the same time declaring that he would hold all provincial governors responsible for any criminal demonstration on the part of the Mussulmans. It seems that the three Armenians arrested—one being a Russo-Armenian—for complicity in the ex- plosions belong to the Trochak group, and are attached to a new revolutionary committee formed at Varna. This same committee lately sent a letter to the Patriarch accusing him of being a tool of the Government, and threatening to blow up his residence at Pera, as woll as the Patriarchate. The arrests of Turks have recommenced, and it has been much remarked that this has been especially the case since the return to Constantinople of Murad Bey, one of the leaders of the Young Turkish party, who has been occupied in giving interviews t. Turkish newspapers, in which he set forth that he went abroad solely for the purpose of satisfying his ardent devotion to the interest of the Sultan and of Islam, and paralysing the attacks of the European Press against the Ottoman Government and nation. ANOTHER PROPOSAL FROM LORD SALISBURY. Lord Salisbury has made a further proposal to the Powers, having invited them to devise means whereby Greece may be placed in a position herself to guarantee that a sufficient sum shall be forthcoming annually to pay the interest on a loan to be raised to discharge the indemnity. The suggestion is that a control should be established over so much of the Hellenic revenues as may suffice to yield the interest. The proposal is said to be engaging the attention of the Powers. M. Hanotaux, replying to Lord Salisbury, has declared that while he agrees with his lordship's views on the question of Article VI.-pro- vidingfor progressive evacuation according to the payment of instalments of the indemnity—the occu- pation of Larissa and Volo is of less importance than the conclusion of peace. The Times Athens correspondent says that much anxiety prevails in Greece because of the hitch in the negotiations. From Crete an emigration movement among the Mussulmans at Candia is reported. It is announced also that Lieutenant Ollivant, of the Ses/orths, has died at Candia of typhoid fever.
SUZERAINTY IN TRANSVAAL REPUDIATED IN A VOLKSRAAD DEBATE. The speech of Mr. Chamberlain in the House of Commons on August 4, in which he said that he knew no precedent for the proposal to submit differences regarding a convention between a suzerain and subordinate power to foreign arbitration, has formed the subject of a somewhat heated debate in the Transvaal Volksraad. Mr. Barend Vor- ster, member of the Volksraad for Zoutspan- berg, on Friday of last week brought forward a motion asking the Government for information with reference to Mr. Chamberlain's statement. Other members, who spoke strongly, supported the motion, declaring that there was no such thing as British suzerainty over the Transvaal. That had already been made clear by the Convention of 1884. Others thought that not too much impor- tance was to be attached to newspaper reports. One member said he gave Mr. Chamberlain credit for more sense than to make such a statement. The discussion, during which Mr. Wolmarans declared thaJt no British suzerainty existed as regarded the Transvaal, was finally ad- journed. This statement considering the position held by Mr. Wolmarans, has evoked considerable comment in Capetown, and has tended to create a feeling of disquietude in financial circles. A large meeting of burghers has been held at Krugersdorp to consider Mr. Chamberlains statement. Field Cornet Vilisen urged that Mr. Chamberlain had no right to refuse to apply to the Transvaal a principle which bad been adopted and approved by Great Britain. Resolutions were carried condemning Mr. Chamberlain's speech M being not only unfair but misleading. A resolution was also passed advising the Volksraad favourably to consider the Industrial Commission's report. CANDIDATES FOR THE TRANSVAAL PRESIDENCY. A requisition to Mr Kruger asking him to allow himself to be nominated for re-election as President, is being signed. General Joubert will also be a can- didate. At a meeting of the. Johannesburg Chamber of Mines, the chairman said he considered the tone of the Industrial Commissions report as satisfactory, in the sense that it officially admitted that the mining industry had grievances which rnugt be removed He expressed a hope that the Government would grant the Committee s fin 'ngs as a first instalment all that the report advocated. The Second Raad has been warmly debating certain stand scandals at Johannesburg, where officials are alleged to have converted claim licences into stand licences. Three members of the Matabole police force have been sentenced to death for the murder of a portion of Graham's party.
THE ENGINEERING DISPUTE. FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND MEN HAVE SOW CEASED WORK. The Amalgamated Soriet7 of Engineers on Satur- day announced that Messrs Patterson and Cooper, electrical engineers, of Highbury, had conceded the eight hours' day, bringing up the number of firms who have yielded themensterm8 to 210, emploving 15,600 men. /he fifth weeks distribution of strike pay amounted to £ 33,000, and the official figures of the number of men now out is. Engineers, 19,000 • allied workers, 12, (X>0, 9000; labourers, 5000 total, 45,000. From the> provinces the news is that the employers are s ill strong jn their deter- mination to hold out, and farther lock-outs are at Burnley, Leeds, and on the Clyde. At the Southw^k Police-court a brass-founder named Gilbert, of Walworth, was sentenced bv Mr. Fenwick to 21 days imprisonment for assaulting a man who continued at worx, the magistrate remark- ing he intended to stop terrorism,
THE engagement is announced of Captain the hon. Arthur Hay, third son of the 18th Earl of Erroll and of the Dowager Countess of Frroll, of Kew Cottage, Kew, a Lady of the Bedc amber to her Majesty, to Miss Hermione Schenley, youngest daughter of the late Mr. E. W. Schenley, of the Rifle Brigade, and Mrs. Schenley, of Pittsburgh, U.S.A. Captain Hay, who was born in 185J, was formerly lieutenant 1st Battalion Scots Guards, and served in the Egyptian Campaign, 1882, for his services in which he was awarded the medal with r-lllp and bronze star. Hp. also served in Burmah, 1 (medal), and was ap- pointed captain 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in 1894. PRINCE Eui WHA KOON, second heir to the throne of Korea, who is touring in America, ostensibly for his own pleasure and information, ig described as a gentle, cultured, youth, fond of afternoon teas, and appreciative of the attentions of the society of the Western land. He wears a shirt of mail beneath his 19th-century haberdashery, and when he walks abroad men sworn to die in his service walk before and behind. The Prince is at present the guest of the Korean Embassy at Washington, and does not desire to return to his native land till peace has been thoroughly eatabliah
THE COLLISION BUL'WJBES WARSHIPS. The naval authorities at Devonport were engaged until late on Saturday arranging the details of a court- martial in connection with the collision between the Thrasher and Phaeton, in the Channel, on Thursday night, by which both vessels were damaged, and a petty officer was drowned. It is understood that at least two men will be tried. After the court-martial the Sparrowhawk will be conveyed to the Pacific by the Phaeton. Most of the damaged fittings of the Thrasher have been removed, and in her dismantled state the vessel evidences the narrow escape which she had of foundering. The Phaeton's defects are more serious than was at first stated, several deck fittings being damaged, besides the splitting of the bowsprit.
THE MILITARY MANOEUVRES, BATTLE AT TUJfXEL nltL. The southern army under Major-General Bengough, which had encamped at Frensham during the pre- ceding night, on Saturday morning advanced towards Ash and Normandy. The force comprised No. 1 and 2 columns and the detached force. After inflicting a severe defeat on a detached force of the enemy they had not been disturbed, and were now moving against the main body of the northern force, which, it had been reported, bad fallen back through Normandy and Worplesdon. General Bengough was instructed to push on to the Fox Hills, and, it possible, to secure the passages of the Basing- stoke Canal between Frimley-green and Brook- wood Station. Leaving Frensbam at 6.30 a.iii. the southern force, covered by cavalry patrols, advanced by Tilford in two columns. Colonel Fethersfonhaugh, with the 2nd Liverpool Regt., 1st South Staffordshire Regt., 2nd Devonshire Regt., two machine guns, and a battery of field artillery, after leaving Tilford moved to the left by Frensham, Hale, and Wharf-bridge, whilst the main body, under General Bengough, pushed forward in a direct line by Tougham and Ash. In rear of the main column was the baggage-train, guarded by the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Major- General the Hon. Reginald Talbot commanded a northern force, which was at 7.15 a.m. on Romping Down. His force comprised the 6th Dragoon Guards, three batteries of artillery (two horse and one field), Royal Marines, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, 1st Manchester Regt., 4th King's Royal Ritles, 1st Border Regt.. 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, and the Cowshot Militia Brigade. General Talbot was informed that the main body of his army was falling back towards Woking and Chobham and would be clear of the canal by noon. He was instructed to hold the Fox Hills and cover the passages of the canal. The northern commander sent three squadrons of cavalry forward scouting in different directions, with orders to afterwards concentrate on Stamford- common and protect his left flank. His infantry was formed into three brigades, one at Ricochet- hill, with outposts on the southern spurs of the Fox Hills, one at Crown Prince Wood, whilst his other brigade was by Tunnel-hill. One battery of artillery occupied Surprise-hill, his two remaining batteries being at Normandy-hill Fort. As the southern column moved along the Ash road the battery on Surprise- bill opened fire. The southern infantry, however, coming forward the northern battery withdrew to Bridge-hill. In the meantime Colonel Fetherston- haugh attacked the northern right flank. General Talbot had, however, received information of this movement, and, reinforcing his right, was able to successfully resist it. On gaining the high ground south of the Fox Hill the southern commander despatched Major-General Barnard with the 2nd Royal West Surrey Regiment, 2nd Lincolnshire, 2nd Somersetshire Light Infantry, and 2nd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, to attack the left flank of the enemy by Longhill Bot- tom on to Scragley and Emperor's-hill. With the 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment, 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers, 3rd King's Royal Rifles, General Bengough moved across Stoney-hill, sup- ported by his artillery, which was in action on Stonoy and Surprise hills. The 2nd Gordon High- landers, 4th King's Royal Rifles, and Border Regi- ment resisted the southerners' advance for some time, but eventually had to beat a hasty retreat. The northern artillery also withdrew, one battery to Tunnel-hill and two batteries to Flag-staff-hill. General Talbot was now attacked on all sides, and was withdrawing from Tunnel-hill when the cease fire" sounded. FIGIIT FOR TIJE POPPY lIrLTS. Jn the course of a few dais' mancpuvres a geneia] plays many parts. This at least has been the ex- perience of General Bengough, who on Saturday led the southern army as it pushed the northerners hack a'ong the ridges of the Fox-hills, and on Monday led the latter army himself. For the purposes of the day, Bengough took over General Talbot's force, and in his camp at Bulls- water received orders from his imaginary main body at Woking to cover a concentration of that force at Essthlimpstead. This was to be done by a retire- ment from the Fox-hills by way of Oldean-comraon to the Poppy-hills, south of the Roman road which runs by Broadmoor Asylum, where he could com- mand a wide stretch of country and seriously impede the advance of the southerners. The orders issued to the latter were to follow the retirement of the northerners and to prevent, or at any rate delay, his concentration. To effect this, General Barnard was given the assistance of the Aldershot force, which, commanded by General Gatacre, of Chitral fame, was supposed to be quartered in Farnbani. Marching by way of Farnborough, General Gatacre joined hands with the Normandy-common force, and together they went forward to crush General Ben- gough. Barnard attacked from the eastward, and was soon in touch with Bengough's rearguard, which, mainly composed of the militia battalions, showed a decided disinclination to be forced back, and, indeed, hung too tenaciously to the ridge of Turf-hill. When they left that position they seemed more loth than ever to quit the pine-clad crest of the saddleback, and so hot was their fire that long before the fight was over they bad exhausted all their ammunition. With his guns on the top of the Poppy-hills, Bengough covered the re- tirement of his nfantry, and with those battalions he had with him made a strong entrenched position in a half-circle about the crest. Gatacre's force went round by the Staff College and Broadmoor-bottom, and endeavoured to outflank the defence, but his advance was delayed, and he was not able to get his thrust in early enough to have any serious effect on the northern force. Over such a rough and various country it was dif- ficult to gain a very concrete idea of what the various columns were doing, and next to impossible to watch any particular arm. The cavalry regiments worked well, and their scouting was intelligently done, and seems to have improved exceedingly of late, but the militia did not keep up to the reputation they made last year. The Duke of Connaught, as on other days, was everywhere, and his criticism at the conclusion of the day showed more than ever that he knows how things should be done, and that he has the soldierly knowledge that his appearance betokens. Of the result of the battle little can be said, but owing per- haps to the delay suffered by the southern army General Bengough was enabled to carry out the role assigned to him, and thus the honours should rest with the northerners. Both forces encamped in the vicinity of their battle-ground.
GOLLl'S EXECUTION. GoIIi spent the night before his execution at Bayonne in a cell onposite the chapel, which he had refused to enter. He slept but little. At eight o'clock in the morning he took a cup of chocolate, and two hours later a basin of beef-tea. At seven minutes to eleven Golli mounted the scaffold with a firm step. He then put on the black robe and bonnet, placing the cross on the latter at the back of his head, showing all the while great calmness. After looking round at the persons who were present, he said that be would like to speak. On being told that he might do so. Golli pronounced in a loud tone the word Gerrainal." He then sat down on the executioner's bench, main- taining his calm demeanour, while the executioner adjusted the iron band round his neck. Again, when the executioner wanted to cover his face, according to usage, he told him not to do so. Then the garotte was tightened round Golli s neck and he war strangled. The body was exposed until six in the evening, when it was buried. All the spectators of the scene were struck by the fortitude shown by the condemned man.
JOAQUIN MILLER has been prevailed upon by 80 San Francisco newspaper to go to Klondike as its correspondent, to describe the life at the new gold- fields. The .lFLnee of gold-hunting is as old as the Argonauts and as new as Bret Harte, nor it tbe.re an/ reason to suppose that its romance is ex- hausted. A GREAT meeting has been held at Rouen by the Norman cotton spinners. The object was to agree upon steps to deal with the crisis in the cotton manufactures; 700,000 spinning jennies were repre- sented. M. Richard Waddmgton took the chair. The resolutions passed were to restrict production. PRiscx MAX OF SAXONY, who is a priest of the German Catholic Church in London, is expected at Dresden, where he will spend a short time at the house of his father, Prince George, From there he will go f. Eichstatt to prepare for the examination for the degree of Doctor of Divinity. It is said in Saxon Court circles that be wishes to enter the Capuchin Order, but that there are objections to this step. .11
X Li FJ CLKKKS IN CONKERKNCK. A largely-attended conference of the District Centres' representatives of the Postal Telegraph Clerks' Association was held on Sunday at Liverpool, delegates being present from all parts of the United Kingdom. The proceedings, which were of a most enthusiastic character, were very prolonged. It was re- solved at the outset, in view of the recent attitude of the Department, that the proceedings should be conducted in camera. Many matters of vital im- portance to the telegraphic staff, some of which have arisen out of the present agitation, and others which led to the agitation, were discussed at considerable length. As a result of the discussion it was decided to take a ballot of all the members of the association on the question of a levy to raise funds to enable the executive to carry on the agitation with energy. It was resolved that the agitation among members of Parliament should be developed and extended, with a view to enlisting the sympathies of members in the objects of the association, so that they might endeavour to obtain for civil ser- vants the recognition of trades union rights of com- bination and representation. A considerable time was spent in discussing the arbitrary action of the Department towards the Newcastle telegraphists, and it was resolved unanimously and enthusiastically that the men so harshly dealt with should be com- pensated from the funds of the association. The conference then had a prolonged discussion as to the ways and means of improving and perfecting the organisation of the telegraphist forces.
THE ROYAL VISIT TO IRELAND. DUKE AND OOCHESS OF YORK AT LEOPARDSTOWN. After a sufficiency of public functions for the earlier part of their visit to Ireland at any rate, the Duke and Duchess of York on Saturday had a change of experience, and went a-racing to Leopardstown. Unfortunately Ireland is just now giving the English visitors an unplea- sant idea of what she can do in the way f weather, which this afternoon reached the very acme of fickleness, occasional bursts of sunshine every now and again giving place to perfect deluges of rain. To deal with the events of the day in the order of their occurrence, it has to be recorded that the Vice-regal and Royal party left the Vice- regal Lodge shortly after noon for the purpose of proceeding to Leopardstown by road, the Lord- Lieutenant (Lord Cadogan) and Lady Cadogan occupying the first open carriage (for of course the Viceroy takes precedence of all but the Sovereign), and the Duke and Duchess of York, with their equerries, being seated in the second. Each vehicle was drawn by four hand- some dark brown steeds, with postillions and outriders, while a couple of members of the Royal Irish Constabulary led the way, and a small body of Hussars served as a military escort. The Duchess of York looked charming in a grey-green gown of poplin, with heliotrope vest, while her taste- ful toque was mainly of the latter colour. It is now almost superfluous to say taat the progress of the party through the streetr evoked many warm and cordial greetings. The kiudly disposition of the populace, at any rate 10 far as the capital is con- cerned, has now been placed beyond dispute. Heartily they were cheered through the streets, and passing by Donnybrook the Royal procession reached Leopardstown, which, as most people know, is a splendidly situated and appointed race-course about seven miles from Dublin. The course was reached shortly before the first race, and the Duke and Duchess met with an enthusiastic welcome as they drove to the Vice-regal stand. Their Royal High- nesses were received with a salute from a detachment of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who mounted guard, after which the National Anthem was played, and the parties alighted, all hats being raised, and the cheer- ing continued. The distinguished guests having all come out on the balcony, the bell was rung for the first race. The party remained nearly to the end of the programme, and saw all the races but one. The Two-Year-Old Plate of 200 sovs. was won by the Vice- roy's Cranbourne Chase, and there could be no better evidence of the popularity of his Excellency than that afforded by the tumult of cheering which followed the success of his horse. The Vice-regal and Royal party took their departure shortly before five o'clock, the return journey being marked by further scenes of enthusiasm. A QPIRT SUNDAY. On Sunday their Royal Highnesses visited the Lord Chancellor and Lady Ashbourne at Howth Castle. The party, which included the Viceroy and Lady Cadogan, and Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar, were loudly cheered as they drove through the streets. On reaching Howth they attended church, where the sermon was preached by the Archbishop of Dublin. At the close of the service the party pro- ceeded on foot to the Castle, and in the afternoon the Duke and Duchess returned to Dublin. AGAIN AT I.BOFARD8TOWN. Again, save for the weather, which has been grey and somewhat boisterous, it is a pleasure to record that the State visit of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York to Ireland has been ac- companied for yet another day by hearty demonstra- tions of loyalty and affection. Moreover, as time goes on, Dublin seems more gay and crowded than ever. On Tuesday the great horse show opened, and visitors came crowding in from every part of Ireland, and from England and Scotland and Wales also. For the horse show is the pleasant saturnalia of the horse-loving society of Ireland, aod it may be suspected that even that small section of Irish society which conceals in its breast indifference to the noble animal seizes the oppor- tunity of the horse show as a great social festival. The Duke and Duchess of York, however, could not visit the horse show on Tuesday, for they were engaged to pay a ceremonial visit to Bray. More- over, the day of the judging is not the best day upon which to see such an exhibition as the Dublin show, in which the hunters and the jumping are the prin- cipal matters of interest. On Monday their Royal Highnesses paid a second visit to Leopardstown Races. It was precisely a quarter past twelve when the Royal and the Vice- regal party started from the Lodge, and their depar- ture was a pleasant spectacle. Bits of colour and niovernent-humars for escort, the delicate dresses of illustrious ladies (for the weather seemed hopeful at the moment), the Lord-Lieutenant's magnificent black horses with their light blue ribands, and the helmets of the Metropolitan Police, with their silver ornaments and black horsehair plumes- made a brave show as the corttge swept round the crescent of the approach and out through the Phoenix- park and by the banks of the Liffey into Dublin. The Duchess of York wore a dress of mauve trimmed with lace and a toqKe in which mauve predominated. Lady Cudogan's dress was of a light-brown shade, and Princess Henry of Pless was in grey trimmed with silver and wore a dainty grey hat adorned with ostrich plumes. The route followed was identical with that which had been chosen on Saturday, and the volume of the crowds and their cordial applause were the same as ever. Ar- rived at Leopardstown, their Royal Highnesses found a scene of far greater brilliance than that which had been presented to their eyes on Satur- day. Naturally enough, many visitors from the country had come to the conclusion that a week of saturnalia, with the horse show and a day at Leopardstown thrown in, was enough. Some of them were of opinion on Monday evening that the day at Leopardstown might have been left out with advantage, for the racing turned out very badlv tor backers and very well for the loud-voiced gentlemen. Be that as it may, the crowd was very ry great, and by rail alone several thousands more than on Saturday found their way to the course. Present also were Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar, Prince Henry of Pless, the Marquis and Mar- chioness of Dufferin and Ava, M. de Soveral, Portuguese Minister, Lord and Lady Lurgan, Lady Eva Dugdale, the Earl of Coventry, the Duchess (If, Abercorn and Lady Alexandra Hamilton, the Earl and Countess of Mayo, Lord and Ladv Langford, the Hon. Norah Downey, Lady Kath- leen Cole, the Hon. Derek Keppel, Sir Donald Mackenzie Wallace, Sir N. Kingscote, Mr. Algernon Peel, and Mr. Victor Corkran, and a very large number of illustrious persons besides. On this occasion the distinguished visitors did not have the pleasure of seeing any horse belonging to the Lord Lieutenant win i. yace, for the outsiders persisted in coming to the fore, illustrating for the millionth time the fallibility of hqiuan judgment in regard to horseflesh. Great pleasure, however, was given to the spectators by the fact that the Duke and Duchess of York were not, only plainly visible on the balcony of the pavilion, but also walked for some time in the pretty paddock behind the grand stand. They showed much interest in the three-year-old Lowly, who, how- ever, failed to realise the hopes that had been based upon her. Almost at the moment of departure came a sharp shower and a general putting on of cloaks and closing of carriages but it was not for long, and the Royal party was able to drive away to Dublin, amidst loud roars of cheers, in open carriages. In Dublin they halted to take tea at Lord Iveagh's magnificent house in Stepben's-green, and again received a tremendous cheer both as they reached Lord Iveagh's and later, as they passed through the streets on their way to the Lodge.
A DISCOVERY has bee* made in a house in Cator- street, Peckham, which seems to point to ,he rotn- mittal of a murder of a most brutal descript on. The victim is a woman passing under the name of Francis, who was found dead in her room with her bead bat- tered in. Suspicion was directed against, the man with whom she lived, who was missing, an. t of whom the tfclice have issued description.
THE KING OF SIAM. DEPARTURE FROM LONDON. King Chulalongkorn of Siam left England on Saturday for Berlin, accompanied by his son, Prince Svaste, and his half brother, Prince Mahis, and attended by the Marquis Visuddha, Secretary of the Siamese Legation, acting as Charge d'Affairs, in the absence of the Siamese Minister. His Majesty drove from the Siamese Legation to Charing-cross about 20 to eleven, where a special train was in waiting. To prevent any inconvenience to the King and his friends, the siding was partitioned off from the rest of the station, the only persons admitted to the enclosure in addition to the Royal travellers and Legation staff being a few privileged individuals and the representatives of the Press. A crimson cloth was laid along the platform against which the Royal carriages were drawn up, and the necessary arrange- ments for the comfort and convenience of his Majesty and suite were ably carried out under the superintendence of Mr. G. Abbot, the station-master. The King was in ordinary English morning dress, and wore a soft felt hat. His Majesty looked well, and for some minutes was engaged in animated conversation with his relatives and friends. The Royal train was composed of three saloon carriages and two luggage vans, the central saloon being reserved for the King and his immediate attendants, the other two being occupied by the re- mainder of the suite. Just before entering his carriage the King shook hands very warmly with iiir. Verney and other members of the Legation, and as the train moved out of the station a few minutes before eleven, although there was no cheering the whole of the spectators, without exception, gave his Majesty a farewell salute by deferentially raising their hats. The Marquis Visuddha, Secretary at the Siamese Legation, and Lord Bagot, who succeeded Lord Harris as Lord-in-Waiting upon the King, accompanied his Majesty to Dover, where several thousand persons assembled to witness the Royal departure. The new Belgian mail packet Princess Clementine was placed entirely at the ser- vice of his Majesty and suite, who was cheered heartily as they went on board. The King was evi- dently much pleased. The boat left for Ostend shortly before one o'clock. All the younger branches of the King's family will return to Taplow Court for a short holiday, during which the King is desirous that they should have some experience of English home-life, and will then proceed to school to com- plete their studies in this country. The King, after his stay in Germany, intends to visit Holland and Belgium. The King reached Cologne on Sunday morning.
A VILLAGE TRAGEDY. DESPERATE STRUGGLE WITH A MADMAN. An extraordinary affair was investigated by Mr H. C. Gaches, coroner for the northern district of Huntingdonshire, at a amaIl hamlet of 120 inhabi- tants, named Chesterton, near Peterborough, on Saturday night. The inquest was upon the body of an agricultural labourer named Samuel Hulatt, aged 72, the circumstances under which he died being tragic in the extreme. Hulatt's son, named Arthur, aged 23, was taken with a fit in the harvest field the previous Monday, and his conduct since had been very strange. Samuel Hulatt, the deceased, who had been visiting his son at Gainsborough, returned home on the Wednesday ill, and took to bis bed and became gradually worse. When the family had retired to bed on the Friday, the son Arthur seems to have been seized with frenzy. He escaped from his bedroom in almost a nude condition, and was followed by his mother, whom be struck a violent blow. An uncle, who has lost his left arm, went to Mrs. Hulatt's assist- ance, whereupon Arthur turned his fury upon him and attempted to cut his throat with a table- knife. The uncle, who had only his nightshirt on, escaped with slight injuries to his throat and hands, and hid himself in a straw stack. Arthur seems to have then returned to the house armed with the dummy hook arm belonging to his uncle, and made his way to the bedroom where his father was lying ill, with a neighbour named Mr*. Carter attending him. Hearing the son mounting the stairs Mrs. Carter became alarmed, and secured the latch of the door by means of a spoen and piece of stick. Being thus frustrated in his intention, Arthur seems to have armed himself with some heavy instm ment, for he returned, and partly battered in the door, striking Mrs. Carter a heavy blow, and he also aimed a blow at the father, which Mrs. Carter warded jff and succeeded in wrenching the dummy arm away. The madman made a third attempt to enter the room, whereupon Mrs. Carter fled. Dr. Pridie, of Wansford, who happened to be in the village, was summoned, and on approaching the house the madman attacked him. After a desperates struggle the doctor succeeded in pinning the man to the ground, and with the assistance of the rector's son, Mr. W. Gandy, held him down until further assis- tance arrived. In the meantime another son named Thomas Henry Hulatt, a machinist, residing at Gainsborough, who bad been telegraphed for to see his father, arrived, and found the body of his father lying outside the cottage door, with a wound at the rear of his head. At the inquest Dr. Pridie, who had attended the deceased for acute diar- rhoea, stated that on making a post-mortem examination, he found a scalp wound two inches long extending to the skull, but the brain was not injured. He was of opinion that death was caused by acute diarrhoea, accelerated by a blow or fall. In the absence of any evidence to show how the injuries were received, the jury returned a verdict in accord- ance with the doctor's evidence. Three of the wit- nesses who gave evidence showed signs of injury. The man Arthur was so violent when arrested that it was found necessary to strap him to a sheep tray. He was conveyed to Norman Cross lock-up, his con- duct being such as to leave no doubt that his mind is deranged.
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES. Many people have only through the Klondike rush been brought to look upon Canada as a fruitful field for the production of gold. It is, nevertheless, an incontrovertible fact that for years past gold mining has been carried on with remarkable success in the province of Ontario amid surroundings of a posi- tively delightful character. The Western Ontario Goldfields are in acreage the largest known, while the average value per ton stamps them as among the richest in existence. Few goldfields in the world can compare with them in the matter of cost of production, means of transport, and accessibility, and yet there is only one mine in these vast fields which is known to the English market. This is Ontario Limited," where, according to Mr. Breidenbach, the manager of the famous Mikado" mine, there lie 812,500 tons of productive ore worth £ 2,430,000. Here is indeed a field for British mining enterprise. The miners are under British laws, administered by an enlightened Government anxious to foster the industry. Skilled white labour is at hand. No Kaffirs or coolies or neigroes need be employed. Water and timber are both plentiful, and provisions are cheap, while the district is only ten days' journey fiom Liverpool. In this locality ore giving one hundred ounces to the ton has been found, and yet we Britishers so little regard our own colonies that the 5s. sharos of "Ontario Limited," with an issued capital of only £ 401000, are ntglected, und can be bought for half-a-crown.
WHAT MR. MADDISON, M.P., THINKS OF THE I.L.P. Mr. Fred Maddison, M.P., addressed an open-air meeting at South Tottenham on Sunday, and referred to the part the Independent Labour party took in the contest at Sheffield. Men such as some of the leaders of the Independent Labour party were abso- lutelv devoid of common honesty, and were beneath con- tempt. Its members were the men who accused J. Wilson of Durham, H. Broadhurst, and J. H. Wilson of being political blacklegs, because they supported Wilson against Tom Mann at Halifax. The I.L.P. said, Here is Tom Mann, the immaculate Tom Mann, the man of principle." He (the speaker) hoped, for the sake of the engineers, that Mann would remain on the Cotitinent, so that he could not interfere in their great struggle. The I.L.P. canvassed against him, and tried its best to prevent the return of one who had been a trades unionist for years, and who was still in possession of his ticket. It was theirs to lie, to calumniate, and to misrepresent. Mr. Maddison was frequently interrupted by members of the I.L.P. during his speech.
IT is rumoured that Lord Penzance is about to retire from the Arches Court. His lordship has held this judgeship for over 22 years. Born in 1816, he is now in the 81st year of his age. For some time past he has been in a weak state of health. The name of Sir W. Phillimore is mentioned as his probable suc- cessor, but in well-informed circles it is believed that the post will be first offered to Sir Arthur Charles, who recently resigned his judgeship in the High Court. TUB will of Edmond de Goncourt has been sus- tained in the French law courts, and the Goncourt Academy will accordingly in due course be formally constituted. An anecdote is told that, shortly before his death, Goncourt met at dinner M. Raymond Poincare, the French advocate, who disonssed with him his intention of abandoning politics to devote himself entirely to his practice. "What!" cried Goncourt, "avocasser, avocasser-that will be a nice way of spending your time By the irony of fate, it was M. Poincar6 who contended in the courts, and contended successfully, for the validity of Goncourt's will and the literary scheme it embodies.
MAD; TNT XiV.i: M A NTY. A report from our Co-i-ul in Merlin on the traflp of Germany, received at the Koreign Otfi,v "11 j, ,:n and just published as a Furlinmen'nrv ii |cr. ('0',1 some facts of interest on mantle .imkiucr in and England. The report r h r>MI t<> stuffs used in mantle making we can Te-t,f, i,, n ere sing interest in the Enjjli^lj markt-i,). u,e i-a- n for which is that certain articles such cuv.-ri r. escimos, and such cloths whose excellence d. ^r,:>Li upon special wool mixture and fine rI}eill! ""t. ,w exported by Germany, and will probably cuntiNnn to be exported. Not only has German over-production (the result of the high protective duties) led manu- facturers to export, often at unremunerative prices but the facilities of intercourse between the two countries have caused much mantle cloth to be im- ported into England from Germany. Then, too, on account of tbe immigration of Polish Jews, London mantle makers are able to obtain labour at a lowness of price hitherto unprecedented. Notwithstanding this, the English market is still an important one fur German mantle makers, although less important than it formerly was. One reason for this decline is the improvement in the home fabrication, another is the fashion in capes," which are easily made, and which are produced in great quantities in London, Man- chester, and other large towns, cheaper than they can be made in Germany. Then, too, the English market has become entirely independent of the German manufacturers in an article of great import- ance—viz., the fabrication of sporting and travelling costumes, which are made in England, particularly in London, of excellent quality and at cheap prices. The business with England has altogether altered. I Formerly, the principal businose was done from Berlin in cheap articles, but for the last few years middle and better class goods only have been ex ported. The numbers as to quantities may there- fore show a decrease, but it may be seen that the actual business remains at its former height, when it is known that Berlin sends mantles to England annually for 20,000,000 marks ( £ 1,000,000). The Berlin mantle manu- facture divides itself into two parts. One part deals especially with the wholesale houses of London, Manchester, and Glasgow, the other exclusively with the English retail houses. Certain Berlin firms send as many as six travellers to England to sell Berlin mantles. It is estimated that the Berlin wholesale trade supplies mantles to England for 14,000,000 marks, and that the business with retail houses amounts to 6,000,<100 maiks. The large amount of business done by Berlin houses is the result of the continual introduction of novelties, and the frequent visiting of English markets. As an instance of this it may be mentioned that there are Berlin firms who send an agent to London every fortnight. This per- severing energy of the Berlin manufacturers has been crowned with success, in spite of home competition, and in spite of the fact that Paris has made great efforts to force a way for herself on the English market. The report adds that the import of English plush into Germany has lately declined. This is owing to the fact that the English Lister plushes have gone out of fashion, and the silk plushes used in fur- niture, upholstery, and similar branches are made in Germany (Crefeld). The introduction of German plush is gradually but surely increasing, and not the least of the reasons seems to be that German houses, anxious to increase their profits, no longer push their wares by means of agents, but establish branch houtes in England.
HOPE FOR THE AGRICULTURIST. Dismissing such items as the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis and our annual rainfall during the last 20 years, the chief subject of interest contained in the appendix to the final report of the Royal Cam. mission on Agriculture is that treated by Sir R. Giffen. In the course of an interesting statement Sir Robert discusses the real agricultural development of the last 20 years," and after the usual array of figures he says It is evident that the distinguish- ing characteristic of agricultural production and consumption in the last 20 years has been the growth of the production and consumption of beef, mutton, and pork, and that in this lies the explana- tion of the slower relative growth of cereals, and the great decline in the price of cereals. The latter have been subjected to a new indirect competition of a most formidable kind. They have not been benefited by the large growth of a richer and richer population as they might have been expected before- hand to have done. The increased wealth has gone to the purchase of meat, and a meat-eating popula- tion consumes less cereals than a population eating less meat would do, although the meat-eating popula- tion generally has the larger power of consumption. I believe these figures would be strengthened if we took into nccount the growth of the production and consumption of sugar, and perhaps other articles, such as rice. It. is considered, however, that the facts as to meat, besides being the most striking, are the most N interesting for the future of agriculture. It may be assumed that the growth of the production of dairy produce corresponds to some extent to the growth of the numbers of cattle, but I have not been able to go into this point." In conclusion, Sir Robert is of opinion that the future p lerally is not without hope for the agricul- turist, wuen the statistics and general history of the last 20 years are looked at broadly. But some points, such as the probable increase of the consumption of meat, are necessarily most speculative, while it is for agricultural experts to form opinions on such points as an increased supply of meat through an improve- ment of the breed of live stock in countries where there is much room for improvement.
CURIOUS CUSTOMS. Interesting details connected with the trade of Adis Abbaba, Abyssinia, have been compiled by Mr. Rennell Rodd, and issued as an official paper. He states that the products exported from this part of the country are gold, ivory, civet, wax, and coffee. The market for the two former is largely controlled by the Emperor Menelik, who receives his tribute in this form. This partial monopoly and the competition of merchants importing goods from the coast to ob- tain gold to send back have driven up the value, and gold has nearly doubled in price since last year. Simi- larly, ivory, which could once be obtained by enter- prising merchants at the rate of a tusk for a percus- sion musket, is now sold at from SOdol. to lOOdol., the ferasla of 401b., and its price is expected to rise still further. Gold is said to be collected with very great labour in the low lying countries, where the climate is unhealthy and unsuitable to Europeans. Nearly the whole of this export goes to India. Dealing with weights and currencies, Mr. Rodd adds that it is remarkable that the prestige of the Emperor Menelik has not suc- ceeded in popularising the new dollar stamp with his head. It is only worth four-fifths of the old-estab- lished coin in the open market. The only stnull change for the dollar consists either of rifle cartridges or of pieces of rock-salt some eight inches long, taper- ing to either end, and about two inches broad in the thickest part. Cartridges have come into use as small change of recent years, but they are easily tampered with, charcoal being substituted for the powder, and are therefore an unsatisfactory medium of exchange. That Abyssinia is advancing to the European stan- dard of civilisation is proved by the number of razors bought annually from France. On the other hand one regrets to learn that women do all the local carrying work" in King Menelik's prospering country. A number of interesting tables which appear in Mr. Rodd's report are due to the zeal of Lord Edward J Cecil.
CHOLERA IN LONDON. Since January last, when cholera cases occurre i on board the Nubia, no single case or suspected case had been reported to the Local Government Board until the recent one at Bethnal-green. In answer to inquiries made at the Local Government Board the other afternoon Sir R. T. Thorne, chief of the medical department, made the following official statement: The bacteriological examinations made at the instance of the London County Council in the fatal case of alleged cholera in Bethnal- J green are entirely negative in their results, but the view that the case was not one of Asiatic cholera is fully confirmed." In an article on the same subject the Lancet says The case was one of English cholera, a disease which is not so un- common in the summer as many people think, and the bacteriological examinations which have been made quite confirms this view. The recent very hot weather has given rise to a large amount of diarrhoea, and during the month of July the deaths in London from this cause were 99 above the average, while the returns for the first two weeks of August show 575 and 621 deaths from this cause. With the return of cooler weather the diarrhoea death-rate will probably decrease, and at present no uneasiness need be felt an regards an outbreak of .Asiatic cholera."
"DIDN'T I tell you that if you went swimming again I would punish you ?" asked the stern father. "I didn't forget," replied Johnnie, whose hair was dripping, but I can't swim a stroke." THE fat man mopped his brow and made a few re- marks about the weather that would not look well in print. The thin man looked at him and laughed. Oh, it's well enough for a little skinny like you tc laugh," exclaimed the fat man. "You haven't enough flesh to make you feel the heat, while I Oh, you have no kick coming," retorted the thin man ? You ought to be grateful for this weather." "Grateful roared the fac man. Yea, sir; grate- ful," repeated the thin man. "You'll fimd it the best of training for the hereafter." And the worst of it was that the fat man was too fat to catch the thin man.
FUN AND FANCY. a Timtn is a henpecked man who complains bitterly of his wife's treatment of him. He says he would apply for a divorce, only she won't let him. A CURIOUS contretemps occurred at church the- other day at an English watering-place. Ati,r an elaborate service, at which a Colonial bishop >:>■ *;•- t.ed, the bishop and clergy retired for a moment to r> ange their vestments preliminary to the sermon whi,- his lordship was to preach. When they returned the church was empty the congregation bad dLup--rsed, for they thought all was over. Miss ANTIQUE I don't care for men in fact, r,e already etid No to seven of them." Miss Comuly: Indeed What were they selling You are a nice sort of fellow, you am," said a counsel to a witness. I'd say the same of you, air, only I'm on my oath," was the reply. BHJGS How is your wife, old fellow ? J heard •he was indisposed." Higgs Ob, she (!an't ,.rn- pkin." J3iggs:" Dear me, is she BS bad /1S "I AM going to do something in the literal v lino which will take better than Scottish dialec' re- marked Mr. Trenchant Penn. What is it ?" I am going to write a story in baby talk." L THE Sunday-school class was singing "I want to be an angel." Why don't you sing louder, Bu" ?" asked the teacher. "rmsingingaaloudasltt-el," explained Bobby. HFit father is not what you would call a well- read man," said one long-haired poet to an, her. No. His library consists of only two booki but they suffice." What are they?" Bank-book and cheque-book." air, kneel," cried a lord-in-waiting to ft country mayor, who had been given an audience by George III. for the purpose of reading nii But the mayor went on reading quite cnl nly« Kneel, sir, kneel," again cried the lora-iti-wn ting. I can't," said the mayor, stopping his reading, tnd turning to the angry courtier; don't you see I have got a wooden leg ?" MISTER," said the guest, nervously, "I want. to ask you a question. Isn't it a fact that my room is haunted?" It is," said the clerk; but I i-ida't ouppose you would mind it. The old man is per- fect!y harmless." The old man?" Yes. Cbs ghost you heard is the old fellow who built mi the business. He can't rest easy because it goes on just as well as ever it did, now that he is gone." "I HOPE I see you well ?" he said, fluently, to the old farmer leaning on his hoe. I hope yoli do," was the unexpected answer; "but if you don't see me well, young man, put on specs." FIRST LAWYER Baggs was in that train when the accident occurred. He showed remarkable presence of mind." Second Lawyer: ?" First Lawver: "Within ten minutes after the collision he had himself retained to bring a dozen damage suits against the company." BARCI,EY WYCKOFF:" So your uncle was 88 years old when he died. Did he retain full possess n of his faculties ?" Pelbam Parker I-er-r,-mUy, couldn't say. The will hasn't been read yet." MR. BLURT: "That man has a future before hitu.* Miss Pert: "Has, eh? Well, it would be very unusual were it behind him, wouldn't it?" DR. FORD May I ask, why this refusal ?" Miss Millions: Certainly, doctor. You know my sifter married a lawyer, so if I expect to get any of p ipa's money I must marry a lawyer also." DID you ever try to learn the bicycle, Captain Barnacles?" Do you think," roared the old sailor, that I would be found aboard a craft that had its rudder in front ?" TKACHER: "Now, leather comes from the cow, and wool from the sheep, and wool is made into clutb. and cloth into coats. Now, what is your coat made of-yours, Tommy?" Tommy (with besltation): Out o'fevther's." CUSTOMS OFFICER (after searching trunk): I thought you said you had only wearing apparel ? What Rre these ?" (pointing to some bottlrs of brandy). Tourist: Oh, they are only my night- caps!" SCENE: German art-gallery. Peasant woman (noticing an artist copying one of the old masters): Why do they paint this picture twice ?" Her Hus- band "Why, that's quite plain. When the new picture is done, they bang that on the wall and throw the old one away." MRS. NKXDOOR: I haven't seen your parents for ever so long." Little Fannie: "Mamma has got scarlet fever, and cannot come out." Mrs. Nexdour "And what has your papa got?" Little Fannie: He's got six months, and he can't come out, either." Tiiii members of a village choir had among their number a very erratic singer, who sometimes would sing bass, sometimes tenor, and sometimes alto, jtist as it suited his inclination. This was not agreeable to one of his confreres, who, at the close of a service, at which the changes had been more than usually prolific, thus admonished him Look 'ere, if yer gann to sing bass, sing bass, or if yer gaun to t-ing tenor, sing tenor, but let's have nae shandygaff." SIIB Did you see my new hat at the theatre last night ?" He: I didn't see anything else." ARTHUR They say, dear, that people who live together get to looking alike." Kate: Then yoo must consider my refusal as final." YOUNG BRIDE: "I didn't accept Tom the first time he proposed." Miss Ryval (slightly envious): "I know you didn't." Young Bride How do vott know ?" Miss Ryval: You weren't there." DID you tell that young man not to call here any more ?" asked Mabel's father, severely. N—no." Why not ?" I didn't think it was necessary. I don't see how he could call any more now. He calls seven times a week." You say that you were discharged from your former place for being too industrious?" Yes, ma'am." "That's very strange What did you do?" u I went down into the cellar one day, ma'am, and dusted the old wine-bottles." COUNSEL: What is your age, madam ?" Witness I only know from what I've been told, and you just told me that hearsay evidence was not valid in court.'» THE man who travels a 1000 miles in a 1000 hours may be tolerably quick-footed, but be is nothing to the woman who keeps up with the fashions. ONE fine Sunday morning a tourist arrived at a kirk in Argvleshire, intending to enter for the English service as soon as the Gaelic was over. Is the Gaelic service over?" he inquired of the beadle No, but it will not be fery long." So the tourist strolled on into the churchyard, where the tomb- stones lay deep in the long grass. By-and-bye he was recalled by the shouts of the beadle, who stood at the v' door waving to him. But is the Gaelic service over?" be asked once more. "Oh, ay, it will be over But I have not seen the congregation. Which way did it go?" The beadle directed his attention to a solitary figure slowly wending his way up the hill, and said, That's him TEACHER (severely): Tommy Grubb, come here. Why haven't you learnt your geography lesson ?" Tommy 'Cause the papers say there's going to be a change in the map of Europe." MRS. MANN (meeting her former servant): "Ah, Mary, I suppose you are getting better wages at your new place?" Mary: No, ma'am. I'm working fo< nothing, now I'm married." SUPPOSE," suggested the teacher, that you take < piece of beefsteak and cut it into halves, then cat the halves into quarters, the quarters into eighths, and the eighths into sixteenths, into what could the sixteenths be cut ?" Hash," responded Tommy, whose mother kept a boarding-house. And the class in fractions was dismissed. THE number of men who are disappointed in love doesn't compare with the number who are dil- appointed in marriage. WIFB Do you really love me more and more every day ?" Husband Yes, darling, for you do not play the piano nearly as much as yon used to." Miss GUISHINGTON Do you not find Dr. Small- talk entertaining ? He is such a mimic." Miss Sherrington (who detests the doctor): I have often noticed that the doctor takes people off cleverly." PARSON JOHNSON (entering hurriedly): "Goodness me, deacon !-goodness me I c'd heah yo' an' yo'r wife fightin' an' yellin' way down to de cbuch." Deacon Jackson Speak easy, parson-speak easy I Dar's an undesirable suitor in the pahlor courtin' our darter, Melindy, an' we're tryin' to scare him off; dat's all. We're tryin' to gait him disgusted wif de family he'll fink Mehndy takes aftah hu mudder." HE was pressing, but she hesitated. She had hsd some experience, and was inclined to be cautious. 41 You will be mine! he exclaimed. Say you will consent to make me the happiest of mortals!" She thought it sounded a good deal as if it bad been memorised from a love story, but she let that pass. "Can you afford to marry?" she asked. He looked startled. I m sure I don't know," be answered, CI How is your father fixed ?" 11 FLEE she cried. You mean fly, don't you ?" Never mind what insect I mean. Just run. Pa's coming. THE COURT: "What makes yon think this man was drunk ?" Policeman Because he couldn't tell me the make of his bicycle." DAWKINS I was a great friend of your late husband. Have you any little thing of his you could me havo to remind me of him ?" Disconsolate Widow What's the matter with me ?" AN amusing story is told of how the late Lorcl Fitzgerald discomfited a Treasury official who wae sent over from England to complain of the excessire expenditure for coals in the Lord Chief justicogp Court, Dublin. His lordship received the man, anct listened gravely and formally, while the official explained his errand and enlarged upon the impor- tance of economy in the matter of fuel. When he had finished Lord Fitzgerald rang the bell, and, when the servant appeared, said, Tell Mary that the mas has come about the eoals."