t ■— ————— IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. l HOUSE OF LORDS.—MARCH 20. MAJOR MACDONALD'S EXl'EDITION. The Earl of Camperdown asked, with reference ta recent events in Uganda, whether Major Macdonald'i expedition had finally terminated, and whether hia report would be presented to Parliament when received. So far as the official papers relating tc the expedition were concerned they terminated tha history with the revolt of the Soudanese, and he desired to know if the Government had furthei information an to the progress that was subsequently made with the object of the expedition. The Marquis of Salisbury replied that the main object of the expedition was to ascertain the frontiei thaI, had been agreed upon some time ago as to the Italian sphere of influence and our own. They thought it important that they should know how far the British sphere of influence extended. That wai not the only object. There were rumours at the time of designs upon the Upper Nile which appear- ances did not altogether falsify, and which made the Govprnment. anxious to establish our military power upon Home of the stations of the Upper Nile. Unfor- tunately that branch of the expedition came to an untimely eirti by the mutiny of the Soudanese. It had been thought that the mutiny involved special blame to Major Macdonald, but if the noble lord had studied what had gone on in the neighbour- ing Congo Free State, he would see how difficult it was to avoid mutiny among coloured troops. Th6 knowledge uf successful mutiny there incited our Soudanese to rise in their turn. The mutiny so diminished Major Macdonald's force that it was thought wise not to prosecute the original enterpClse to its fn 11 xtent. A con- siderable portion of Major Macdonald's troops with other troops under Major Martyr, made an expedition from the highest quarters of the Nile down the river bank. but the expedition was not wholly successful. He pushed forward, and as his discretion was of course very wide the Government did not know exactly whether he would return at once or not. The information they had was of a very imperfect character, owing to the want of direct communication, hut when they received the papers they would have great pleasure in laying them upon the table of the House. The Partridge Shooting (Ireland) Bill was read a third time, and the House adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS. NEW WRIT FOR HARROW. On the motion of Sir W. Walrond, a new writ was ordered to be issued for the election of a member to serve for the Harrow Division of the county of Mid- dlesex, in the room of Mr William Ambrose, who has accepted a Mastership in Lunacy. SOUTHERN RAILWAYS AMALGAMATION. On tho motion of Sir W. Walrond, Mr. Banbury, Mr. Griffith Boscawen. Mr. Channing, Lord E. Fitzmaurice, and Lord Stanley were nominated members of the Hybrid Committee on the South- Eastern and London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Companies Bill, with four to be added by the Com- mittee of Selection. ROBBERIES IN LONDON. Mr. Jesse Collings, replying to Sir H. Vincent, ttated that tho value of the property stolen in the tity of London in the year 1897 was £186,270 12s. lOd., of which £3.3,155 6s. 3d. was recovered. ]n 1898 the figures were £15,020 and £259. Sir H. Vincent gave notice that he would at the (rtrliest. opportunity call attention to the small pro- V>rti<»n of property recovered to that stolen. TUB PEACE CONFERENCE. Mr. P. Stanhope asked the Under Foreign Secre- Ary whether he could make any announcement as to the names of the British representatives at the approaehing Peace Conference at the Hague, and whether her Majesty's Government would take the intiative of laying before the Peace Conference a scheme for establishing a permanent system of inter- national arbitration. Mr. Brodrick said that no announcement could be made as to the choice of British Pleni- potentiaries until the formal meeting of the con- ference and the date had been settled. It would be inconvenient to give any undertaking as to the proposals to be brought forward at the Conference on behalf of the British Government but the Government would be ready to use their best efforts to promote the principle of recourse to arbitration and mediation for the prevention of war. ITALIAN DEMANDS ON CHINA. Mr. Broderick, in reply to Mr. Yerburgh, said the Goyernment: had not yet received the text of the Italian demands on China, but they understood that they did not include the islands of Chusan. which were subject to treaty engagements between England and China. They were limited to the eastern slope of [the province towards the sea, which in no way came within the Yang-tse Valley. Mr. Dillon asked the Under Foreign Secretary whether, before making a demand for a coaling station and sphere of influence in China, the Italian Government consulted the British Government; and if they did, what advice they received from the British Government. Mr. Brodrick said that the Italian Government intimated to her Majesty's Government a desire to obtain a coaling station and sphere of influence in China previous to making their demands on the Chinese Government. The advice tendered by her Majesty's Government was that the matter should be treated diplomatically, and there should be no em- ployment of force. Mr. Dillon asked the Under Foreign Secretary whether the British Minister at Pekin was pressing the claims of Italy on the Chinese Government. Mr. Brodrick said that her Majesty's Minister at Pekin was instructed on the 25th of February to support the demands of Italy. The Italian Govern- ment had within the last few days withdrawn their Minister and requested the British Minister to represent them. There bad been no action taken since that time. Sir E. Ashmead-Bartlett asked the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether he could give the House any information as to the agreement between the Powers regarding China. Mr. Brodrick said he was not in a position to make any statement on the subject. No general agreement between the Powers interested in China was in contemplation. LONDON GOVERNMENT BILL. Mr. A. Balfour, in moving that on Wednesday Government business have precedence, said if the second reading of the London Government Bill was not to be thrust too near to the Easter holidays, it was necessary that they should begin the discussion on the second reading on Wednesday. Mr. Buchanan, in opposing the motion, declared there was no reason for taking another private members' night. Mr. Lough urged that more time should be given for the consideration of the London Government Bill. The House divided, and the motion was carried by 196 against 96. The House then went into Committee of Supply with Mr. J. W. Lowtber in the chair. On the vote of Sir E. A. Barttett initiated a discussion on the grievances of Non-Boer or Uitlander population of the Transvaal. Mr. Chamberlain, in replying, said, granting that every word Sir Â. Bart.lett said was true, did he want the Government, to present an ultimatum and to go to war with the Transvaal? If so, whom did he represent ? He regretted that, the grievances of the l'it.landers had been increased rather than diminished, and the last promises of President Kruger appeared to him entirely illusory. He saw no advance towards a remedv. He believed that a Municipality given to the people of Johannesburg would be a real reform. and would remove nine out of ten of the grievances of the Uitlander population. He doubted whether this was the proper time to make a friendly sugges- tion to the Transvaal Government, although the con- ditiun of things there constituted a- reul danger, The Government were watching things keenly. THE OPEN DOOR IN CHINA. Yr. Joseph Walton drew attention to the recent Bin* Book on affairs in China. He contended that Jill" open door in China was closed. He believed that Ijehind the Belgian Syndicate, which got the Pekin and Hankow railway concession, were the <iovernm«*iit» of Russia and France, and that con- stituted a IJIOt serious danger to our interest in the great Yangtze Valley in the future. He reminded 1 he House that England was the pioneer in opening up China to trade, and now other Powers got prefe- rential rights, and even the Yangtse Valley. was being invaded to our disadvantage. He asked her Majesty's Government to make up their minds to a consistent policy to be pursued. He moved to reduce the Foreign Office vote by £100.. Sir Charles Dilke desired to ask a question about the spheres of influence mentioned in the Blue Book. What he wanted to know was whether there had been any negotiations with France with regard to the division of the province of Yunan. or whether that province waa included in our Yangtse Valley sphere. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT. Mr. Brodrick. ien reply, sard he was struck with the unanimity of the house in favour of an ultra- forward POh1:Y in China. Every extreme of progress had been suggested. As to the Pekin Hankow Railway concession which Mr. Walton said ought to be cancelled, he said it waa impossible in. China to carry on affairs in the way Mr. Waltoa suggested. We must not show too much jealousy of foreign Powers. Why was it assumed that pledges given to foreign Powers respecting spheres of influence were valid, while tlw » nveo to England about the Yusdlt I Valley were not valid? The Chinese Government pledged themselves not to alienate Yunan. What we ought to know was that what was given to one Power could not be given to the exclusion of privi- leges at any future time. With whom where we to deal so long as there was an established Government in China? The policy of at- tacking every Government and refusing everything to every other Government was absolutely un- tenable. Her Majesty's Government had not faltered in a single instance in any proposal they had made. There was considerable reason to believe that the railways conceded would be made if British investors were willing to advance the money. In our negotiations with Russia her Majesty's Government were not without hope that an understanding might be come to. In the mean- time her Majesty's Government stood by their declared policy maintaining our sphere and opening up China to general trade. Our policy would be advantageous to China, would respect the rights of othpr onions, and would entitle the Government to gratitud Mr. J. Walton withdraw his reduction. Mr. A. Balfour appealed to the House to bring the debate to a close soon. Mr. H. Lewis rose to complain of a child's treat- ment at the Flint school, when Mr. A. Balfour moved the closure. The House divided For the closure 136; against 33. The Committee next divided with the following re- sult For the vote 136; against 32. Progress was then reported.
THE TELEPHONE AT CHRISTIANA. The City Council of Christiana owns a portion of the shares of the local telephone system, and is repre- sented on the Board of the Company, by three town councillors, one of whom is a director, the other two members of the managing council. The Municipality exerts great influence on the policy of the company, which is to provide the best possible means of com- munication, at the lowest rates commensurate with the payment of a fair dividend to the shareholders. The Town Council's share of the capital is contributed out of the rates, but as a return of 5! per cent. interest is obtained on it, the ratepayers have no cause for discontent. Great efforts have been Made by the Norwegian Parliament to swallow up the undertaking, but the various telephone com- panies and municipalities of Norway formed them- selves into a Defence Association, and, after several years struggle, the Government has given up the idea of taking over the telephone supply of towns. The tariff in Christiania is £4 8s. lid. There is no charge for erection or for the instruments. The population of Christiania is 151,000, and there are 7000 subscribers to the telephone there.
"NOT OF THEIR SET." We know now what exclusiveness is. The Leader's New York correspondent says that at a lecture by Ian McLaren," in the Chickering Hall, two ladies, who are Vanderbilt connections, openly and sarcas- tically commented on the cut of the lecturer's hair. Mrs. Burton Harrison, whose life aim is to induce New York's aristocracy to adopt the English custom of fraternising with artists,, authors, aad- profes- sionals publicly expressed annoyance at the incident, declaring ber life's efforts hopeless. Before his ill- ness she endeavoured to organise a swell reception for Mr. Kipling, but the grand dames uniformly objected as he was not of their set."
KIPLING IN THE EIGHTIES. Mr. John Holker, a cotfoii weaver, who went out to Dharwal, about 50 miles from Lahore, in 1883, has returned home to Kirkham, and has made an inter- esting statement to a Lanca,hire Daily Post inter- viewer about the Kiplings. He says: Mr. Rudyard Kipling was quite ayoung man when I first knew him —about 21 or 22. He was a man of slight frame, but very active. Even then he wore spectacles, I remem- ber. He did not impress one as being of a reflective, 8tudious turn of mind. On the contrary, he was brimful of the most boisterous spirits, and laughed and joked his way through the day. It is said that he js cold, reserved, and dis- tant in his manner now. If that is so, the Rudyard Kipling of to-day is the very antithesis of the blithe- some. high-spirited lad I knew 15 years ago in the Punjab. Eventually he went to Allahabad—I forget in what year-and joined the staff of the 'Pioneer.' At that time he had no reputation in literature. He was not known except as the son of his father. Here in England, we know Mr. Kipling, sen., only as the father of his son. The first I saw of Plain Tales from the Hills was when they appeared in book form. At first they circulated only amongst Mr. Kipling's circle of friends, who bought the tales not for any literary merit they might possess, but because readers were able to locate most of the characters depicted. All his tales, I have learned, have as their basis real fact, and the figures that live in them are those of men and women, not of mind creation, but who are, or have been. People in India to-day can tell you every man, woman, child, and place he describe; in his 'Plain Tales and other Indian stories, Mul- vaney, Ortheris, and Learoyd are living men, as surely as you or I."
PETITION TO THE CZAR. A petition to the Czar appealing to his love of peace as described in the Rescript, and urging him to permit the return to the Trans-Caucasin provinces of the Armenian refugees recently forced by his edict to return under the yoke of the Sultan's Government, is in course of signature in London.
A LEARNED BAKER. A working baker has just convinced the savants of Paris that there is no royal road to learning. He has been awarded the diploma of the Ecole du Louve for successful thesis on the Bock of Daniel. It fell to M. Ledrian, professor of the Ecole du Louvre, and M. Oppert. member of the institute, to examine the thesis, and they and others had to confess that the baker's knowledge of Hebrew was profound and accurate. So brilliant, indeed, is the thesis, that an effort will be made to interest the State in its publica- tion. M. Galle, the name of this scholar in humble life has ceased to make rolls he has become a corrector for the Imperie Nationale.
THE Paris papers are telling an interesting story of a newly-elected member of the French Senate. M. Bassinet, like many of his colleagues, is a self-made man, and began life as a journeyman mason. In that capacity he was employed to renovate the sculp- tural facade of the Luxembourg Palace, when the architect, noting his skill and industry, said to him by way of encouragement, "Why, you couldn't be making a better job of it if it were your own house." The young workman smiled, and is said to have i answered, ''One never knows what the future may bring forth." He had at the time no political aspira- tions, but all the same he now sits as Senator in the building he helped to adorn. NEARLY all the women who are prominent to-day in literature began to write original compositions of some kind oranother as soon as they could hold a pen. Mrs. Meade has produced over 100 works of fiction, and is still a lady in her prime. Mrs. Hodgson Burnett began her literary career in earnest at the early age of fifteen. Reverses had come to her family by reason of the Lancashire cotton famine, and she was anxious to help the family funds. Edna Lyall began to write stories when she was about nine years old. She wrote, as she says, for the joy of writing," and because she could not resist the craving to describe the beloved heroes and heroines who filled her young imagination. SIR WILLIAM TURNER, the distinguished anatomist., who will most likely be the next occupant of the British Association chair, is a scientist whom the Universities and learned societies have delighted to honour. He has held offices innumerable, and written largely on his own special subjects. He is one of the founders and editors of the Journal of Anatomy and Physiology. A volunteer from the beginninl of the movement, he retired with the honorary rank °f ^tenant-Colonel after holding a commission for thirty years in the Queen's Rifles, Royal Scots. THE Department of Science and Art have re- ceived, through the Foreign Office, a communication from the Director of the Commercial Museum, Philadelphia, calling attention to a University Com- mercial Cong,pos and Exposition to be held there, under its auspices, during the autumn of the present vear. The Congress will be presided over by the President of the United States at the opening session, on October 10, and all nations will have an oppor- tunity of being represented, and having a voiesralftd vote in its deliberations, through duly accredited de- legates sent by the various Governments and com- mercial organisations. APPARENTLY the race of servants who are content to pass their lives in one situation is not wholiv, extinct even now, since Anna Maria Grant, who wi the other day at the age of 87, had been for 71 years in the service of the same family. A few years ago there lived a Miss Fenton, between Warwick and Leamington, and we believe that when she died it was found that only one of her four servants had been in her service for less than 40 years. Her butler, who predeceased her by a year or two, at the age of 86, had been in her service and in that of her family, without a break, from hia boyhood
A LONDON MYSTERY. Was the body discovered on March 3, at No. 8, Whitfield-street, Tottenham-court-road, London, that of Mrs. Briesnieck, described as a fortune teller, or of another woman? The problem is now occupying the attention of the authorities, and some remarkable facts have been disclosed, which may result shortly in the exhumation of the mysterioue individual concerning whose death an inquest wae opened on March 8. It will be recollected that tht doctors gave evidence that the deceased had been suf- focated, and ever since the police have been search- ing for the murderer, who was alleged to be a young man passing as the husband of Mrs. Briesnieck. In establishing the identity of the deceased it is true that the usual procedure was adopted. A number of persons saw the body in the mortuary, and special importance attaches to the statement of Minnie Gransow, who was for some time in the service of Mr. and Mrs. Briesnieck. She has made an affidavit swearing that she failed to recognise the remains, and a German lady, who desires to withhold her name, has sworn that while she murmured assent" on the point of the identity when inside the mori tuary, yet on reaching home and thinking the matter over she came to the opinion that she had made a mistake. Mrs. Briesnieck was a short and thin woman, while the dead woman was tall and stout. Both women say that it was impossible to identify the features owing to the changes fol- lowing death, while each appears agreed on the point that the deceased was possessed of clothing which the fortune-teller," who was a dressy person, would not have worn. The question of whether fortune- telling was not the cloak for another business of a nefarious character has also been raised on sworn testimony that Mrs. Briesnieck had advertised "to give advice and assistance in female ailments," and had confessed that she had made much money by performing illegal operations in Berlin." There is the authority of an affidavit also for stating that she had been warned against resuming such operatioms in England, and had been told of the punishment she would incur. A Daily Telegraph representative called on Sunday afternoon upon Mr, Swart, the landlord of the house in Whitfield street where the Briesniecks lodged. Since the news of the tragedy his lodgers have been leaving fast, and he has every reason from a business point of view for desiring the subject to be forgotten. Mr. Swart, while admitting that he was one of those who identified the body at the mortuary as that of his late tenant, said he had since become convinced ;j that the gravest doubt must exist on the point. "When the body," he said, "was discovered, we were all so shocked that our minds were for the moment upset. We all took it for granted that '1 Mrs. Briesnieck had been killed, and when we went to the mortuary we expected to see her remains for certain. That was the reason, per- haps, we didn't look so closely as we might have done. You could not go by the face very much at that time. The chief thing which has in- fluenced me is the statement of the mortuary- keeper, who says that the body of the dead woman measured 5ft. Sin., whereas I am positive that Mrs. Briesnieck was no taller than my wife, who is 5ft. lin. The police asked my wife to try on the dress found on the body, and it trailed 4in. or 5in. on the floor. The bodice worn by the dead lady measured 2in. less round the waist than another bodice which we knew belonged to Mrs. Briesnieck. I did not know all this, of course, when I was called to identify the remains in the mortuary. Another thing which has weighed with me is that the most valuable articles of Mrs. Briesnieck's attire have disappeared, and it has struck me as curious that the husband, supposing he had murdered his wife, should have taken away these things with him. Mrs. Briesmieck, again, wore rings, but the dead woman had none. Neither my wife nor friends ever imagined for one moment that the fortune teller was enceinte, but the doctors state that the murdered woman had been so for up- wards of four months." "Surely you must have recognised the woman when you saw her body on the bed in your house ?" No," replied Mr. Swart. She was huddled up and covered. I only bad glimpses, the first being through the keyhole. When I was in the room with the remains the doctor told me to go out." On the day when the tragedy was reported, and after the removal of the remains, the two rooms occupied by the Briesniecks were officially sealed by the police. It was not until Saturday that the wax was broken, and yesterday afternoon our representa- tive was allowed to inspect them. Both are on the second floor, one being used apparently as a kitchen and living room, the other being a bed- room. They were both comfortably but cheaply furnished. On looking through the keyhole de- signated by the landlord it was obvious that only a very small section of the bed upon which the body was found could be seen. In the kitchen there was a gas stove, and close by a quantity of cigar ash. We think," said Mr. Swart, who was now joined by his wife, "that when the mysterious woman was found to be dead Mr. and Mrs. Briesnieck sat out in this room for a considerable time maturing their plans for escape. I don't think the thought entered the mind of either that the body would be taken by those who found it as that of Mrs. Briesnieck. If that had been their idea they could have adopted measures to bear out the hallucinations, but they did not. On the contrary, they left behind clothing which did not belong to them, but to tljJe dead woman; and they sent me a post-card, signed Briesnieck und IVau. Do you know whether they carried on an illegal business?" We never suspected it for a moment," said Mr. Swart; and we had no evidence of that. Men, women, and girls came here, but we thought they wanted their fortunes told. The couple seemed quiet and respectable, and naturally we did not trouble very much about their private business." So far the medical report as to the result of the examination of the victim's stomach has not been published, and meantime the police are endeavouring to ascertain who the dead woman might be if not Mrs. Briesnieck. TWO ARRESTS IN BERLTN. A baker named Metz, and a female companion named Brieseneck, have been arrested in Berlin on the charge of being concerned in the murder of a woman named Brieseneck in London. Both the prisoners allege that they went to Germany because they had performed an illegal operation in London upon a woman who died from the effects of the treatment she received. It is now proved beyond doubt that the body found at 8. Whitfield-street, Tottenham-court-road, on the 3rd inst., was not that of the alleged fortune-teller who went by the name of Mrs. Brieseneck, but that of another woman, said to be of German extraction, and whose identity, up to the present, has not been clearly established. On Sunday afternoon the man Briesenick was taken into custody, as above stated, in Berlin, and shortly afterwards the woman, who passed as his wife, was arrested in an adjacent dwelling. Here she had been living under an as- sumed name. The joint arrests were effected by the Berlin police. The accused persons were conveyed, in due course, before the Commissary of Police, and, it is stated, admitted that they fled from London to Berlin because they had performed an operation on a woman who subsequently died. It is also stated that they have divulged the name of the deceased woman, but on this matter the police officials are very reticent. It may be remarked, however, that the statement of the accused person as regards the cause of death is wholly at variance with the medical evidence given at the opening of the inquest, which was to the effect that the woman had died of suffocation. Mr. De Swart, the landlord of the house in which the accused persons lodged, has stated that though he recognised the body at the mortuary as Mrs. Brieseneck, he had grave doubts on the subject. But in a measure he took everything for granted. It was not (until the day after the inquest that his suspicions were aroused. A friend went into his house and informed him that she had seen an adver- tisement in a London German newspaper, inserted by the woman Brieseneck, seeking a situation as mid- wife, giving the address as 8, Whitfield-street. Tottenham-court-road." This assertion caused him to reflect still further upon the matter, as he felt doubt, by the length of the corpse he had viewed, the long dresses he discovered in the room, and the fact that the supposed deceased person was not so tall as his wife, who is only a trifle over 5ft.he communicated with the authorities at Scotland- yrd. The police then made further inquiry and fuller examination, their views, in the end, thoroughly coinciding with those of Mr. De Swart in every detail. Acting on the slight clue of a postcard from "Brieseneck und Frau," posted at Charing- cross to the'r late landlord, and also the suggestion "■»t neither of the suspects could speaks any lan- guage but German, information was wired to the German officials, and promptly acted upon. The name of the man is Fritz Metz, and by trade bit is a baker. The woman, Augusta Briesenick, lived with her husband for several years in the Prince Strauss. Berlin, where she was married, but sep&rated from him about three Tears ago.
1T>K Lord Mayor of London presided on Saturday ever the annual distribution of medals and diplomas gained in tbe stndy of the French language in English public 8ch6t>ls. The French Ambassador was present i and spoke. M. LOCKIEOY'S statement in presenting the French Jjaval Estimates was criticised in a hostile spirit in the Cnamter on Saturday. The Republican nary and that of Great Britain were compared, in which the superiority of the letter was admitted with chagrin.
CURRENT SPORT. The laPt of the season's International hockey matches took place at Newport on Saturday, when England met Wales in fine weather, and in the oresence of a good crowd of spectators. The Eng- lish team was as selected, but Wales were without their captain, G. Reed, of Swansea, who was unahle to play through illness. The vacancy was filled by H. Hughes (Rhyl). Wales made a bad start, and early had to defend, and. although they broke away occasionally, England had much the best of matters. Solbe finished up a hot attack with a goal for Eng- land, and before the interval another point was added by P. R. Earnshaw. The Welshmen snowed up better in the second half, but were soon forced back, and ultimately, after Roberts had saved in marvellous fashion repeatedly, Solbe dribbled down and scored again for England, who won by three goals to none. A match at racquets between R. H. de Montmo- rency and R. A. Williams, at Queen's Club, was played on Saturday, to decide which should be the Dark Blue's first string on March 30 and April 1. A well-contested game ended in a win for Williams by three gaiues to two. Captain W. C. Hedley and Captain S. H. Sheppard met F. W. A. Rattigan and L. F. Andrews, at Queen's Club, on Saturday, in the preliminary round fortheracquefsjamateurchampion- ship doubles. A close and interesting game re- sulted in a win for Hedley and Sheppard by four games to three. Scores: 15—4,11—15, 15-4, 15 -1, 10-15, 17-18, 15-7. The first open cycling event of the season took place at Herne-hill on Saturday, when the Southern Cycling Club held its annual Six Hours' Amateur Race. Eight tandem teams and five single riders started, and of these four tandems and three singles finished, G. W. and J. H. Bishop, Monkhouse and Siandbrook, and Akers and Clarke alternately led for the first half of the journey, bi t in the fourth hour Dudden and Hayson went tf, the front and were never afterwards passed. The Akers-Clarke tandem came to grief in the 95th mil's, Akers sustaining a fractured collar-bone. Final scores: C. B. Haysorn and W. B. Dudden (Polytechnic C.C.), 141 miles, 1260 yards. G. W. and J. H. Bishop (Th-imes Ironworks), 140 miles, 550 yards. P. Monkhouse and H. Stanrlbrook (Falcon C.C.), 135 miles, 750 yards. F. T. Burgess (Chiswick DisOict C.C.), 125 miles, 1000 yards. Eight a-side played in the House of Commons v. Ranelagh golf match on the Ranelagh Club's course on Saturday, the House of Commons winning by 11 holes to seven. Mr. Guy Pym, M.P., showed excel- lent form, going round in 75 strokes, and beating that strong player, Mr. Montrose Cloete, Esq., by a hole. Mr. Arthur Balfour played a good game, although his putting was rather weak on the home- ward journey. He was defeated by Sir William Russell, Bart., by a put on the last green. Mr. J. Leslie Wankl^h, M.P., was strong on the greens, but finished two down to Mr. F. B. Maddison. Mr. J. Penn, M.P.. missed several easy puts, and lost by three holes to Mr. Onslow Traherne. Mr. Faithfull BonK. M.P., after being five down at the turn, only lost to Mr. H. P. Mundey by one hole. In the final of the Southern Lacrosse Flags at Richmond on Saturday, the West London Club gained a very creditable win over Surbiton by eight goals to three, but it was anybody's game nntil well into the second half. Although there was only one goal between the teams at the interval, West London lead- ing by three to two, the first half was not very inte- resting, close checking on defence being the chief feature instead of the dashing attack usually associated with matches between Surbiton and West London. In the second half there was far more spirit about the play, and although the losers only put on one point to West London's five, they had quite theii snare of the game, repeatedly work- ing the hall down, but they failed in front of goal, I while West London used their opportunities to far greater advantage. The winning defence played a stronger game than when they last met Surbitcm, and Brown at point and Lupton at cover were very successful, while Rawson saved splendidly, particu- larly in the second half. Jones was away from attack, but Frazer and Lavy at first and second home were at their best, and Lees also played well. For Surbiton, Batters by at cover-point was the pick of the defence, and A. Clarke and Byers were also good, while N. Sergeant's goalkeeping was a fine exhibition; of the attacks Pugh and Burd were form. z X ju. The Welsh (Association) Football Eleven, which opposed Scotland at Wrexham on Saturday, was not greatly weakened by the necessity for finding substi- tutes for three of the originally-selected team, so that Scotland's 6—0 victory cannot be attributed to these changes. The game was very well contested in he first.half, but even then it was evident that the Scots were the better lot. After the change-over their superiority was very marked, the forwards carrying all before them. It is quite clear that the Scottish native eleven is a very strong one, both in attack and defence and, when it comes to be strengthened further by the inclusion of the best of the Anglo- Scots, there should be little to choose between it and the undoubtedly formidable English team. The latter meet on Monday, at Bristol, a slightly stronger Welsh eleven than that which was defeated on Satur- day at Wrexham, and it will he interesting to com- pare the results of the two matches. With but two modifications the Scottish team of last Saturday will play agrinst Ireland next Saturday; but it will not be until after the Scottish International trial match, Native Scots v. Anglo-Scots," that we shall know the exact composition of the eleven to oppose Eng- land on April 8. The semi-final round of the Association Football Cup competition proved an enormous attraction on Saturday, and produced two very fine games. Stoke's only chance of defeating Derby County lay in the possibility of the latter being weakened by the sus- pension of Archie Goodall, and in the adoption of a strong game from the outset, with a view to getting a lead in the first half. Paterson, Goodall's substi- tute, played a good game, however; and though Stoke led off in great style, and kept up the pressure right through the first half, the Derby de- fence was too much for them, and half-time arrived with the score at one goal all. This prac- tically meant the defeat of Stoke, as the superior form of Derby County was bound to tell as the game progressed. It did so, and Stoke were beaten by three,, goals to one. The other tie, Liverpool v. Sheffield United, at Nottingham, was one of the finest, semi-finals ever seen. Any advantage possessed by Liverpool in the way of combination was counter- balanced by the very fine work of the Sheffield half- backs, who certainly saved the game for their side. Play all through was fast, hard, clever, and very even; and great credit is due to the Sheffield men for the spirit and determination which enabled them to play a drawn game (2—2) against what is just now the best team in the League. For the London Senior Cup there was a fine game At Leyton on Saturday between Old Carthusians and London Caledonians. Play was very fast and excit- ing, the Old Boys showing the better form, but being met by vigorous and determined play on the part of the Scots right up to the call of time. In the end the Old Carthusians ran out victors by two goals to one, and thus regained possession of the Cup, which they lost last year, after having won it in 1895, 1896, and 1897. In the League games, the unexpected severe defeat of Everton by Bury (3-1) tends to put Everton out of the running for the Championship while the fact that Aston Villa could only draw against Blackburn Hovers (0-0) caused the Villa's lead from Liverpool to be again reduced. As was the case a week eatlier at Blackheath, the International Rugby game at Cardiff, on Saturday, was marred by an accident which robbed one of the sides of one of its mest important members. The loss of Bancroft was, however, of more moment to Wales than was that of Simpson to Scotland. The Welsh captain had shown that his incomparable skill at full hack was not diminished, and there is not much doubt that having to play without his aid, personally and as captain, turned tne balance of an even game against Wales. The man taken from the scrum to replace him was amongst the most powerful of the pack; but although he fielded well at full back, his kicking was of the elementary variety. The game, won by Ireland by a try to nothing, was fairly open and quite interest- ing. Irish forwards showed their usual skill in dribbling, and followed up with great speed. In plain shoving they were not so good as the Welshmen, perhaps because two or three of them were inclined to wing. The Irish halves did much good work, and Magee was about the most brilliant man, in attack, on the field; but their three- quarters were much better in defence than in attack. Butler, at full back, played very creditably. Lloyd was the better of the Welsh halyes, and Nicholls much the best of the three-quarters. The famous Cardiff centre played one of his best games, and, had the openings he made been properly used, Ire- land would not to-day be undisputed champions, without the least flaw in their record for the year. Although Blackheath did not take a specially strong team to Glasgow, they managed to win by two tries to one. after a forward pme- very fair performance against the West of Scotland. The Northern Union played the first round of their Cup ties. The principal clubs amongst those defeated are Manningham, Wakefield Trinity, Halifax, Brainley, Stockport, Tyldesley, and Liversedge. The win of Hull Kingston Rovers against Manningham was the best of the day. Gloucester defeated Bristol by three tries to a goal, not a great victory on their relative form. In town Lennox and Marlborough Nomads played a good game to a level draiir, nnd W7ickham Park played up fairly against Old Le jsians. The English Association Football eleven easily beat Wales at Bristol on Monday by four goals to none. It might have been 12 or more had not the Welsh Association found in S. Jones, of the Druids, a keeper of such merit as to worthily fill the position usually occupied by Trainer, of Preston North End. The Welsh full-backs, too, were very good. But for all this the match was disappointing, and if the pick of England's footballers are not going to strive their best against even moderate opponents, it would be well (as the Times thinks) that the Football Associa- tion should revert to the old policy of making their matches with Ireland and Wales simply trials for the greater fixture with Scotland. The object of the Association in going away from the old regime was simply to bring combination into their side, for this can only be properly secured by an acquaintance by the men with each other's football. It must have been palpable to any one with only an elementary knowledge of the game that on Monday the English team, knowing their superiority in skill in every branch of the play, took periods for trifling with the Welshmen. Much of their foot- work, their passing and dribbling, was excellent to watch, but their form as a whole was lacking in sting; and when Scotland come to be met in three weeks' time at Birmingham the Englishmen will have to play very differently if they wish to obtain success. While England were playing so often leisurely yesterday the Welshmen were throwing great energy and courage into a game that was almost hopeless for them before the kick-off. In Associa- tion football class, as in most games, will prevail. So, in spite of Sam Jones (in goal)--who had a dozen shots to save where Robinson, of England, had one-of the sturdy Welsh full backs, and the pace of Meredith and Morris on the wings, Wales were always in a losing fight. In the first half the best football was seen. The Englishman put in several fine pieces of work, and the whole forward line seemed to appreciate exactly each other's play. The halves were very good, Needham, Crabtree, and Frank Foreman all putting in strong and skilful work; but neither Thickett nor Williams was in the best form. Both men not only repeatedly miskicked, but often at the first attempt missed their opponents. Now and then their tackling was severe and their kicking huge, but altogether their game lacked consistency. The Welshmen were utterly outclassed when it came to skilful footwork, and they were fortunate to escape so lightly as four goals to none. Wales laboured under the dis- advantage on Monday, as they usually labour in their Association internationals, of not being able to command the whole of their best players. Wales had to radically alter their side at the last minute, four changes being made from the original selection. Had they had their full strength they might have at least given the Englishmen a harder game. Need- ham. and Bloomer each got a goal late in the first half for England. The play that led up to Needham's arose from a penalty kick against the Welsh goalkeeper for running beyond the regulation distance when holding the ball, and G. O. Smith, taking the kick, made an opening for Needham, who lofted the ball, and it just dropped into the net. The second goal Bloomer scored from practically a scrimmage, and immediately after Jones had saved a long side shot from Athersmith. Eng- land, who led by two to none at half-time, went very strongly in the first quarter of an hour of the second period, during which, from a long side shot by Athersmith. Fred Forman scored the third goal. Then came a long spell of dulness, but eventually England again renewed their energy, and Bloomer got the fourth goal. Except that there was a trifle too much keenness in the wind from the north, it was a glorious day for the game, of which there were seven or eight thou- sand spectators. The match was played on the Bed- minster ground, the choice of which led to some little complaint from the county executive, who thought that the Association should have handed over to them the whole arrangements for the game.
« NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION. The annual meeting of this institution was held on Saturday at St. Martin's Town Hall, in London. Lord Derby presided, and in opening the proceed- ings referred to the death of the late president, the Duke of Northumberland, and to the acceptance of the presidency in his place by the Prince of Wales. He stated that the society's fleet of lifeboats now numbered 294, and 682 lives had been saved by lifeboats during the year. The receipts for 1898 had been E71,084 in subscriptions, donations, dividends, and collections, and 937,541 in legacies, while the expenditure has been £ 83,958. Mr. W. F. Smith, M.P., Lord Stanley, M.P.. Sir L. McIver, M.P., Admiral Sir John Daliyuipie-Hay, and others subsequently spoke.
THE LATE LORD HERSCHELL. ARRIVAL OF THE REMAINS. fhe Talbot, cruiser, Capain G. A. Primrose, arrived at Spithead on Sunday evening with the body of Lord Herschell on board. She was taken into Portsmouth Harbour next morning, where she was berthed alongside the south railway jetty. The Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth, Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, on Sunday issued the pro- gramme to be observed on the landing of the body of Lord Herschell. The time of the ceremony was fixed for half-past one. The funeral-guard consisted of 100 men f;rom the Excellent, gunnery school, and 100 marines drawn from the general depot. The coffin was carried by bluejackets from the ship to the train, which was drawn up abreast of the vessel. HE BOOT" LAKPET). The coffin vas landed at about half-past two on Monday afternoon. On the jetty the guard of honour was drawn up, along with the Royal Marine Band, close to the large gangway, draped with black cloth, that connected the ship with the shore. The coffin was borne from its resting place to the upper deck, where the entire ship's company was drawn up, while the Ensign and Union Jack were at half-mast. All the other men-of-war in the harbour also flew flags at half-mast. Eight petty officers carried the remains of the noble lord over the gangway to the car, the band playing Chopin's beautiful funeral march as they did so while the flagship fired 20 minute guns. The representatives of the family, with Admiral Sir M. Culme-Seymour, Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth, the captain and officers of the cruiser, and other naval and military officers present watched the proceedings. The coffin was placed in the rail- way car that was awaiting it, and which was then drawn over the lines to the Harbour Station, where it was attached to the train leaving for London at 2.50. ARRIVAL IN LONDON. On arrival at Victoria Station, the coffin was con- veyed to the deceased's residence in Grosvenur- gardens, and placed in the large dining-room.
BY an explosion at the ammunition factory at Bourges three soldiers have been killed and three others were seriously injured. THE deputation of 500 Finns who journeyed to St. Petersburg to see the Czar have been peremptorily ordered to return home. 0 AT Leeds Assizes a firm of easy terms piano- forte sellers failed in a libel action in which Truth, aa represented bv Mr. Labouchere, was defendant. TIIE Parisian ladies are now carrying the fashion for dressing their dogs to a most extravagant extent. The most fashionable dogs' dressmaker and tailor has a shop in the Galeri D'Orleans, where com- fortable cushions are arranged before large mirrors, on which the dog stands while having its clothes tried on. Even ball costumes are supplied, as well as going out attire dust cloaks being common, and sporting costumes made like hunting coats are to lie had. It is. also a fad to provide pet dogs with night, shirts, prettily embroidered: and even pocket handkerchiefs.. A SANATORIUM forconsumptives has for years been in existence in Nordrach, in north-western Germany. The windows of the houses are kept open night and day; from some of them, indeed. the sashes have been removed. Thus, sleeping or waking, the in- mates are always breathing the finest outdoor air. Srtt DONALD MACKENZIE WALLACE, who% to edit the supplement to the" Encyclopaedia Britannica," is the foreign editor of the Times, and a great authority on I Eastern questions. e has travelled extensively in. and written on, Russia and Egypt, and for several ,,y years acted as private secretary to the Viceroy of India. Tnz furs, real laces, and enormously expensive hand-embroideries which are and have been in vogue for the past four or five seasons (remarks the Sketch) have greatly increased the average expenditure on clothes. On boots, gloves, lingerie, and all the small but indispensable daintiness of the toilette, very large sums are necessarily spent; and when it comes to morning, afternoon, evening driving, golfing, skating, bicycling, and other outfits some idea of the sum total required by a well-turned-out woman may be arrived at. The days of beauty unadorned and sweet simplicity are veritably days of the past.
HOME HINTS. CHARLOTTJII PUDDING.—Well butter a pie dish, and thickly cover it with moist sugar. Cut some rather thin slices of bread and butter, cut off the crust, and line the prepared pie-dish cover the lottom of the dish with picked strawberries, crushed, a layer of sugar, then more bread and butter. Repent this until the dish is quite full, pet a weight on the top, and let it stand for an hour to soak then beat two whole eggs with half a pint of milk. Pour over the bread and fruit, and bake in a hot oven for half an hour. Whip the whites of two eggs on a plate with a knife until a stiff froth, mix in lightly two table- spoonfuls of white sugar, cover the top of the baked charlotte with the mixture, let it stand in the oven with the door open until crisp and a goldsn brown, and serve either hot or cold. To CURE AN OX TONGUE.-Well wash the tongue and dry it thoroughly, lay it in a deep dish. Make a pickle with a teacupful of moist sugar' half a teacupful of salt, as much saltpetre as will lie on a shilling, a teaspoonful of pepper and a little ground allspice. Mix these Ingredients well together, and well rub them into the tongue, rubbing and turning it every day for a week then put a tablespoonful of the brine from the tongue in a saucepan of boiling water, just enough to cover the tongue, and some onions and carrots, cover close, bring to the boil, then simmer for two hours and a half, Take out the tongue, skin it, and cut away some of the root. Glaze with the yolk of an egg beaten with a little waterand salt; put in the oven to set the glaze, and serve with boiled broad beans and bacon. POTTED HAM.—The remains of the ham left on the bone, that cannot be cut in neat pieces, is best used up in this way. Take equal quantities of fat and lean ham free from gristle; chop this very fine, and put it in a basin with a little pepper and a teaspoonful of made mustard. Work this well up together in the basin, making it as smooth as possible; if you have a mincing-machine and a wire sieve, you can make it to perfection by passing it through the machine first, then through the wire sieve, with a wooden spoon. Have ready some shallow pots, quite dry, press the meat in quite firm, not more than three parts full melt some butter and pour over the potted meat, tie some white paper over, and store in a cool dry place. How TO FRY.-The secrets of good frying are: 1. The fat must be sufficiently deep. 2. The fat must be sufficiently hot to make a piece of bread turn colour directly it is thrown in, In fact, the fat should smoke. 3. When anything is floured before it is fried, it must not be floured till t1.e last moment before it is plunged into the fat. 4. When anything is fried that has been egg-and-bread-crumbed, it is best to egg-and-bread-crumb it some little time before it is fried. 5. Shut the kitchen door, and open the window a little way at the top so as to avoid making the whole house smell like a fried-fish shop. This is really a very important practical point which should never be forgotten. PEASE PUDDING.—Take one quart of split peas. Soak them overnight in some cold water. Those that float are bad, and should be thrown away. Tie the peas up in a cloth, leaving room for them to swell. Boil till tender—about two hours or more. Take them out; rub them though a colander or, better still, a wire sieve; mix in a couple of ounces of butter or dripping, and add some pepper and salt. Stir it well up. Flour the cloth, Tie it up again, and boil it for half an hour or an hour longer then turn it out, shape it as liked, and serve it with boiled pork, boiled bacon, boiled beef, &c. To make the pease pudding richer, one or two eggs can be added to it after it has been sent through the colander or sieve. The remains of cold potatoes can also be added. CIIINE OF PORR.-The chine of pork is that part of the pig which is taken from the spine between the shoulders. It is often sent to table with turkey, and should be salted for three or four days before it is cooked. There is a good deal more of fat than lean in it. To boil it, put in plenty of water, let it boil slowly, skim thoroughly, and serve garnished with any kind of greens. It is as often roasted as boiled. When roasted, the skin should be scored before it is put down to the fire. Make a sauce by frying two or three sliced onions in butter till they are lightly browned. Pour off the oil, and add a cupful of good gravy with a teaspoonful of mixed mustard, a dessert- spoonful of vinegar, a pinch of salt, and a large lump of sugar. Boil this, and pour it into the dish. Time to boil, half an hour to the pound after it begins to boil to roast, 20 minutes to the pound. POTATO PIE.-POtatO pie is generally made from the remains of cold meat and potatoes, baked in the oven. Sometimes the pie is covered with a paste, sometimes the top layer is potatoes. Thin slices of onion mixed with the potatoes are a great improve- ment. The potatoes, as much as possible, should be kept moist with fat. in breaking up the cold meat bone to make stock for graijy for the pie, take care of whatever marrow there is, and add it to the potatoes. Small pieces of suet or dripping can also be placed on the top of the potatoes. One nice way of using up the remains of paste when there is not enough to cover the pie is to line the edges of the pie-dish only, and pile up the potatoes in the middle. Never let any meat be at the top. There should always be enough stock to keep the meat moist. The potatoes can soak up the grease and get browned. Chopped parsley may be added to the pie as well as ketchup. Add plenty of black pepper. SPINACH PVDDING.-Pick the stems from lib. of fresh spinach, well wash it in several waters, put it in a saucepan with a teacupful of boiling wfiter, two lumps of loaf-sugar, a pinch of soda and salt; cover close, and boil until soft, then drain well, pressing out every drop of water. Melt a good lump of butter, as large as the bowl cf a dessertspoon, in a suucepan with a tablespoonful of flour, a little grated nutmeg, well seasoned with pepper and salt; stir in a teacup- ful of milk, and boil briskly for five minutes. Chop the spinach on the board quite fine, mix it with the sauce, with one whole egg, beating 'it up well and lightly. Well butter a small pie-dish, put in the spinach mixture, and bake in a hot oven for half an hour; serve quickly. CURRIED FISH.-Plaice, large whiting, and haddock are best for curry. Well wash the fish, cut off the head and fins, and put them into a saucepan, just covered with cold water, with one onion, a few sprigs of parsley, and a little peeper and salt. Let them boil for twenty minutes. Cut up the fish in neat joints and lay them in a well buttered fryi.ig- pan. As soon as the heads are boiled, strain the water from them over the fish in the frying-pan put a piece of buttered paper over the fish, cover with a plate, and boil gently for twenty-five minutes put a piece of butter, as large as a walnut, in a saucepan, with a dessertspoonful of flour, and a dessertspoonful of curry-powder; let these brown slightly over the fire, then pour the boiling water from the fish, a little at a time, stirring it as smooth as possible, with pepper and salt to taste, one onion, chopped fine) and a teaspoonful of finely-chopped parsley. Let the same boil for five minutes, pour it over the fish in the pan, letting it boil, with the fish, for another ten minutes, moving the pan gently to prevent its burning. Take out the slices of fish on a hot flat dish, pour the currv-sauce over, with a border of nicely-boiled rice round the fish, and serve as hot as possible. MUTTON PUDDING.—This can be made with cold meat, or with uncooked mutton. Make a nice dough, with three ounces of dripping chopped with six ,our ounces of flour on the paste-board. Mix it with a little salt and quite cold water. Line a pudding- basin with the paste, with a thick layer of finely- chopped parsley, onion, and a little finely-powdered lemon-thyme. Cut the mutton in rather thick slices, if it is cold meat; if uncooked, rather thinner. Fill the basin, season well with pepper and salt, and a dessertspoonful of flour; pour over a teacupful of boiling-water, cover with the paste, tie a pudding- cloth over the top, and boil the pudding one hour and a half. If uncooked meat is used, boil for quite two hours and a half. HARE Fir.Ski,n the hare, cut it into convenient- sized joints, season these with pepper and two pounded cloves, and fry them in hot butter for ten or fifteen minutes, then put them aside to cool. Pound the liver in a mortar with four ounces of bacon, a shallot finely minced, a teaspoonful of parsley, a teaspoonful of thyme, and half a teaspoon- ful of pepper. Whilst pounding add the blood till the forcemeat is of the proper consistency, or, if blood is not liked, a glass of port or the yolk of an egg may be substituted. The head, trimmings, and inferior parts may be stewed for gravy, with the same seasoning which would be used for jugged hare. Line the edge of a pie-dish with good crust, arrange the hare and the forcemeat inside it in alternate layers, coyer the whole with thin slices of bacon, and pour over it half a pint 6f the gravy, to which has been added a teaspoonful of red currant jelly, and, if liked, a glass of port. Bake in a good oven and serve hot. Time, an hour and a half. STUFFED AND BAKED PIKK,— Sijale and clean the fish thoroughly, fill the paunch with some ordinary veal stuffing, and sew up the fish. Bake in the oven. Baste with a little butter and its liquor as often as possible. When done, make this liquor into some sauce for the fish by adding a little gravy, lemon- juice, cayenne pepper, and a teaspoonful of anchovy sance. MANCHESTER PODDING.—Make a nice crust with either dripping or butter, line a pie-dish with the paste, bring it well over the edge of the dish spread over this paste a thick layer of raspberry or green- gage jam, put two tablespoonfuls of ilour in a basin, break in t^o vrhole eggs, and with three parls of a ggo, Eint of milk mix the eggs and flour to a smooth atter, stirring briskly. Pour this batter oyer the jam in the pie-dish, and at once put the pudding into a hot oven, to bake for half an hour.
AMERICAN HUMOUR. A NEW ENGLAND school teacher preserves among her treasures the composition of a former pupil, a boy of 12. It has its pathetic side, as the meagre- ness of the boy's life may be conjectured, from hit words. The subject given was Anticipation. De you enjoy it as much as realisation ?" Dictionaries were diligently consulted, and the general vote placed anticipation on a high plane of delight. Not so wrote the solemn-faced boy of 12. "Anticipation is when you think about things beforehand. If having you teeth out, that isn't much fun; and if it's Sunday-school picnics, you can't help worrying about the weather. Realisation is when the things you've thought about beforehand happen. Having your teeth out is a little worse than thinking about fiuriday-school picnics would be nice if it didn't rain, but when it rains they put them off arid then the day they have them. geuerally you can't go." WILLIE was exceedingly fond of chicken. I could eat a whole one at any time!P he often declared. Not long ago papa took him on a short ocean trip. Some- how the food didn'f taste as it did at home, for, although Willie didn't wish to admit it, he was sea- sick: However, the second day out, Willie went to the table with papa, feeling quite like himself again. What will, you have this morning, my boy?" asked Pipa as he banded Willie the menu card. "I think 11 have some Digby chicken," replied Willie, his eye quickly catching at the word chicken." Papa Say'anything, but his eyes twinkled merrily Willie gave his order. When the waiter set Willie's plate before him the little fellow looked disappointed enough. In place of the crisp, brown chicken what do you suppose there was ? One lone, little smoked herring. "Digby chicken "being only another name for it, that's all. „ UNCLR DAtf recently purchased a miniature print- ing press for his young nephew, a present on the day he became six years old. The boy was delighted, and being exceedingly fond of his uncle thought he wquld. print him some cards. "I'll print some cards for you, so when you go to see people they will know who you are," he told his uucle. The urfcle was over- jbyed at this mark of affection, but wondered if Willie would not forget all about it. Not so Willie. The next evening he came into the room, his hands full of printed cards; and laying them down before his unele exclaimed, I printed every one of my cards for ycu." The fond uncle picked them up and examined them. The boy had dutifully done his work of love, and on each card was neatly inscribed his name, Uncle Dan." A LITTLE girl, who had just entered school, jubil- antly announced to her father that she had beaten all the girls above her in the arithmetic class and gone to the top. That was clever of you," said he, encouragingly. "How was it?" "Well, you see, the teacher asked the girl at the head how much was 8 and 5, and she didn't know, and saicl 12, and the next girl said nine, and the next one said 11, and the next one said 14. Such silly answers t Then the teacher asked me, and I said 13, and she told me to go to the top. 'Course it was 13." That was nice," said the father. I didn't think you could add so well. How did you know it was 18 Why, I guessed it. Nobody said 13." BLANK'S wife is one of the women who occasionally take the platform to advocate some reform move-- ment. Blank was accosted by a fellow-citizen the other night, who said I heard your wife lecture. Her power of diction is wonderful." Yes, fair., But it's nothing compared to her power of contra- diction. That's where-she knocks spots off all rivals:" WB?- BEFORE he went away for a month's vacation with, rural relatives this Detroit youth was JJJ^able lily. A fading crease in his trousers was*J^^Hlfe his nervous system. He made or rejiM^A toilet at every opportunity, carrying a ^i^ £ in one pocket, a powder puff in another aad a comb in a third. A hair out of in his moustache was most annoying, he never- ventured out without gloves and he avoided the sun as though his complexion was that of a society belle. In everything he was too proper and too fastidious for words. Now he is back with bronzed face and hands, has a good, hearty laugh, eats like a hunter, and has ceased to be shocked by the average run of humanity that he encounters. It was rich," he tells in a jolly way, in refresh- ing contrast to his former pernickety style of conversation. I reachedtthe depot with a dress suit (Muie, a valise and a pair njiie latest patent leathere tWt I had to carry in a separate package. There was Uncle Jake in a worn suit that never touched him and a hat held over from the- civil war. After he had wrung my hand numb he mounted a long-haired horse and told me- to climb up behind. Road'jj^ough,' he explained. and it's too dinged cold to bring a team.' £ blushed like a lighthouse, but we rode right through the town, me with the grip in one hand, the case in the other and my shoes over my back like a peddler1* pack. I came out of the first party with my hair in my eyes, my moustache at half mast, and my clothee looking as though I had slept in them, but we had no end of fun. It wasn't long till I was tearing around in cowhide boots with my cousins, could have a big time socially without looking as though I had just come out of a band box, talked like an educated white man with horse sense, and began to- enjoy life. It was the best thing that ever hap- pened." ONE Detroiterjwho used to be a revenue officer in the south, and who assisted in the confiscation of many an illicit still, has numerous entertaining experiences to relate* Among them is this one: There was one moonshiner that deQed all efforts to put him out of business. We knew That he was dis- tilling the 'dew' right along, and he knew that wo knew it, but he baffled all our efforts to secure con- victing evidence. He was a shrewd, determined old Scotchman, head and shoulders above the average mountaineer in intelligence. After he had driven m& to my wits' ends, I thought of the minister of the little Scotch Presbyterian church, in the nearest village, for our man was a regular attendant. More than that, he was strictly honest in all his dealings with his neighbours and came a good deal nearer living up to the golden rule than does many & man who never saw a still of any kind. He would certainly listen to the minister, and that worthy at once agreed to render such assistance as he could. Well ?' was my sole inquiry when I met my advocate after he had seen his parishioner. 'Not well,' answered the minister, with a sigh. I pointed out the sin of his law-breaking in the strongest language, but he would only say: You mauna ask me to gie't up, for it supports the gude wife and bairns. My father and his father afore him made a drappie and I dinna see muckle harm in't. Nae bodie make better, and under nae circumstances do I permit swearin' or foul language aboot the still." I have no doubt, he is making moonshine yet.' MARGARET," exclaimed Mr. Cleaver at the break- fast-table the other morning, I'm tired of paying gas bills for that young man of yours. He comes here at eight o'clock and sits there in the parlour with yon until midnight with the gas going full blast the whole time. But it won't happen again. I shall take down the fixtures to-day." And the old man in his anger did. Margaret was much put out and when the youth called as usual that evening she met him at the door with tears in her eyes. George," she sobbed, papa is mad the way you stay here at night, and he's gone and taken all the gas fixtures out of the- parlour." And she fell upon his shoulder. But she felt better when he took her in his arms and said: By Jove! that was thoughtful of the old man, wasn't it ?" "CURlSTIXE." The young man's soul was in his voice. "Christine!" he repeated, "listen to Me t- I ought not to, Mr. Spoonamore. You don't know-—" You are going to say I don't know you well enough. We have been acquaintances only & few months. What does that wiguny ? When a man loses his heart at first sight does he need t&: wait I ought not to let you go on this way, Mr. Spoonamore— too late for thbt. I've got started, and a steam brake couldn't stop me now. I've been bottled up too long already! You've got- to listen to me, if y9,>can\ even be a sister—what are you laughing at?" "You think you know me, do vou, Ur. Spoon-" Could I know you any better in a thousand years? 0 Christine "That's it!" she broke in, with a peal of laughter. You, are not talking to me at all, Mr. Spoonamore. This is my twin sister." All the way home—fer which he started shortly afterward—young Spoona- moore, with a hopelessly puzzled look on his face,. was trying to figure out how that could possibly be. THERE is often something luminous about a child^s definition. Every American will agree with the little lad in a board school in England who in an examina- tion on Scrinture subjects gave an original answer to the question, What can you tell me about Moses 1" Please, sir, he was a gentleman," replied the little fellow. A gentleman!" repeated the inspector, "What do you mean by that?" "Please, sir, when the daughters of Jethro went to the well to draw water, the shepherds came and drove them away, and Moses helped the daughters of Jethro, and said to the shepherds, 'Ladies first, please, gentlemen. MIKE," said Plodding Pete, did you ever hear about transmigration ?" p. But I don't take any stock in it." I 'spose it a too good to be true. But I like to t'ink about it. Jes imagine an' disciverin' dat you've turned into a brewery, fuU 0' pipe lines an' machinery to keep de beverage con- stantly fresh 1" ] Tins orchard picture is a peach," exclaimed the | enthusiastic staidio^visitor. But I intended it for ah apple orchard," said the artist, plaintively, THERE'S a new theory that music makes people ricious." "No; it is imitation music that makes i people viciotie." I