BUTHIN. CHORAL FESTIVAL.—The annual choral festival of church choirs comprised in the Deanery of Dyffryn Clwyd is being held at St Peter's Church to-day. WEDDIN A wedding ia which much local interest was centred was solemnized at Al- trincham on Thursday, when Mr J H Edwards, Clwyd-street, Ruthin, was united in matrimony to Mi S3 Jackson, of Altrincham. The went was of special interest, iu as much as it was a double wedding, a brother of the bride being married at the same time. A full report of the interesting event will be given in our next issue. LLANBEDR CHURCH.—Mr J J Williams, late of W ell-street, and now of Barrow-in-Furness, and a soloist in Barrow Parish Church, on his recent visit here, rendered the recit and solo, If with all your hearts (Elijah), at Llan- bedr church at last Sunday's service. His richness of voice of full tone, perfect enuncia- tion and artistic rendering, mark him out for other success in his future career. SeXDAY SCHOOL MF-ETIN.G, The annual meetings in connoction with the Welsh Wesleyan Sunday Schools in the Ruthin Circuit were held in the Wesleyan chapel, Ruthin, yesterday, when there was a large attendance both of young scholars and adults. The scholars were catechized in the subjects set down for study, and despite the unfavour- able weather, the meetings were of a most successful character. CALVINISTIC METHODISE.—The monthly meet- ings of the Calvinistic Methodist Bodies in the Vale of Clwyd are to be held at the Tabernacle Chapel, Ruthin, next Wednesday and Thurs- day. Preaching meetings will be held com- mencing on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday evening. On Thursday the business cf the denominations will be transacted, and en Thursday afternoon there will be a special service for young people. THE PROPOSED SANATORIUM AT LLAXBEDR HALL.—It has now been definitely arranged that Llanbedr Hall, near Ruthin, is to be con- verted into a sanatorium for the treatment at consumptive patients. Tenders were invited a short time ago by Messrs Se&rle and Hayes, architects, Paternoster House, London, E.C., for the building werk necessary for the con- version of the hall into a sanatorium, and the following were received Barton, London, £ 1577 Mr Daniels, Ruthin, £ 1105 Messrs Parker Bros, London, £ 983. The last named tender was accepted. DUKE OF WESTMINSTER DEER SHOOTING.— The Duke of Westminster has rented the Duke -of Sutherland's deer-forests of Lochmore, (?lendhu, and Glen Coul, in Sutherlandshire. These are all parts of the vast forest of Reay, which was leased by the late Duke for more than forty years. There is a very large lodge at Lochmore, which is surrounded by grand scenery- The forest of Stack, which is also a division of Reay, is in the hands of the executors of the late Duke of Westminster, who have again sublet the Ben Hee and Cory Rinloch shootings, at the head of Loch Shin, te Mr E Sanderson.
RUTHIN CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB. BOWLING AND BILLIARDS. The first handicap of the season in con- nection with the above Club is nearing completion. Four capital prizes have been offered as follows :-lst, set of bowls and jack, ty the esteemed president, Mr George Blezard 2nd, box of cigars, by Mr Theodore J Rouw 3rd, set of carvers, by Mr R Beech 4th, silver-mounted walking stick, by a member of the Committee. The following are the results up-to-date:— R Beech (receives 3) 11 v W T Brocklehurst (4) 5 B Parry (scr.) 11 v Geo. Edwards (4). 4 J Williams, sen. (2) walk over. J E Morris (2) 11 v R Aldrich (2) 10 R Warrior (scr.) walk over. R Roberts (2) 3 v H Forder (scr.) 11 T H Rigby (scr.) walk over. George Brocklehurst (scr.) walk orer. J Atkinson walk over. W Williams (scr ) 11 y R 0 Jones (scr.) 7 W Pattinson (scr.) 11 v J LI Roberts (2) 4 W B'klehurst (scr.) 7 v C Aldrich (scr.) 11 F Woellam (scr.). 7 v \V Hann (ser.) 11 J E Roberts (scr.) walk over. .1es. Jenkins (2) 9 v J Williams, jun. (3) 11 B Griffiths walk over. Alun H Williams (2) 11 v Theodore RQUW (scr) 6 J Fisk (4) walk over. W G Hodgson (2) walk over. W Parry (3) walk over. H E Joyce (2) walk over. SECOND ROUND. Watkin Williams.. 6 R Warrior 11 P Jones 11 W Parrv. 6 J Williams (junr) I IG Brocklehurst 9 B Griffiths 11 H Forder 10 J Williams (senr) 11 R Beech 8 J E Morris 11 Alun Williams 10 W G Hodgson 11 J Atkinson 9 E Parry 11 W Pattinson 7 J E Roberts 11 W Hann. 6 C Aldrich 11 J Fisk 7 HE Joyce walk over. THIRD ROUND. B Griffiths 11 B Parry 9 W G Hodgson 11 P Jones 7 R Warrior 11 J E Roberts 6 C Aldrich 11 JWilliama (senior).. 3 E Morris 10 John Williains 11 H E Joyce a bye. The draw for the fourth round, which is to e finished by the end of this week, is as ollows B Griffiths v HE Joyce C Aldrich v W G Hodgson R Warrior v John Williams The next competition on the Green will be for the handsome prizes kindly presented bv Mrs Naylor Ley land, and the competition will commence on Monday next. We regret to hear that the Australian Bowling Team find themselves unable to pav a visit to the Denbigh Green, as it was hoped they would be able to da. The Secretary of the Australian Team, Mr Cuddon, in announc- ing this fact, hopes that in the return match on the other side of the globe he may have the pleasure of welcoming some of the Denbigh bowlers. Mr R H Tothill. secretary of the Ruthin Constitutional Club, has received a communi- cation from Mr E C Price, secretary of the J.npeual Bowling Association, inviting the yowling Club which is affiliated to the Aasoci- jfcion to send representatives to the second annual meeting of the Association, which Is to -e held at 57, Moorgate-street, London, on -Monday, June 24th. fite!A in London in connection wca the Australian team, in which the Ruthin t-iub is ta be represented by Mr R H Tothill, have; been postponed until July.
RGrHI POLICE COURT. MONDAY..—Before the Rev Chancellor Bulkeley Jones (chairman', the Mayor (Dr J Medwyn Hughes), and Mr Stanley Weyman. C, A TECHNICAL OFFENCE. D Williams, Llangynhafal, was sum- Z,yn moned for not dipping thirty-two sheep, which had been brought from Merioneth- shire, in the presenco of a veterinary surgeon or other inspector of the local autliority within five days of the arrival of the sheep. Police-constable Jones, stationed at Llanrnaiadr, said on Thursday, May Kith, he called on defendant to arrange about the dipping of the iiame sheep which he had removed from Merionethshire De- fendant said if he came there by 10 o'clock next morning he would be ready. When witness went there the following day at the time stated he found defendant had finished dipping the sheep. He asked him why he had done so in the absence of a police ollicer and he replied that he had had a man with him and he did not think it necessary to wait for the policeman. Defendant said he was not aware that it was necessary to dip the sheep in the presence of a policema.n. He was willing 1 to dip them again in the presence ,t the policeman, but he thought it would harm the sheep. Police-constable Jones said defendant did not offer to dip the sheep a second time. The Chairman said they were willing to believe that the defendant had acted in ignorance and under the circumstances they would let him off by the payment of the costs (7s 6d). He would remind him, however, that in the eyes of the law, this offence was a very serious one, and it was within their power to inilict a fine of t5 for each animal. DRIVING WITHOUT REINS. Charles Jones, Maesannod, Gyffylliog, was summoned for driving a horse without reins. He pleaded guilty. Police-constable George Jones said he was on duty in Rhewl and saw defeadant driving a horse and cart without reins. When accosted he gave the name of Edward Humphreys, Pen-y-coed, Bontuchel. Defendant was fined 5s and costs, and the chairman said the fine would not have been so much if he had not given a false name. Hugh Lloyd, Pant Glas Isa, Llanynys, was summoned for a similar offence. He pleaded guilty, and on the evidence of Police-constable George Jones was lined 2s 6d and costs.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCES AT RUTHIN. ARE THE PARENTS TO BLAME ? Several cases of irregular attendance by scholars at elementary schools, which were heard at Ruthin Police Court on Monday, go to prove-the contention that in many instances the parents and not the children are to blame for the latters' absence from school. At the previous court a batch of cases was heard, and two or three of them were adjourned in order that the boys might be brought before the bench, the mothers stating that they did their best to send them to school, but that they system- atically played truant. This action by the magistrates had the marvellous and immedi- ate effect of causing the boys to attend school with the most commendable regu- larity! By this simple plan incorigible truants were at once transformed into the most regular attenders! That this sudden change was not due to any action on the part of the boys was amply evident, and it was equally clear that the fear of a penalty had aroused their parents and brought them to do their duty to the children by sending them to school instead of encourag- ing them in staying away. Mr R P Phillips, school attendance officer, prosecuted on behalf of the Ruthin School Board, and Mr Ezra Roberts, clerk to the Board, was also present. The first case was that of Robert Roberta, Crispin Yard, for child Gabriel. When the case was previously before the Court it was stated that the child had only attended 16 times out of 48. Since then the school had been open 30 times and the child had been present 2G times. The Bench imposed a fine of 2s Cd and 5a 6d costs, and the chairman, Rev Chan- cellor Bulkeley Jones, stated that it was quite clear that the statement made on the previous occasion that the boy would not go to school was not true. He pointed out that the Magistrates had the power to send boys who would not attend school to an industrial school, and compel the parents to pay towards its maintenance there, and this they would have to do if parents came there and said they could not get their children to school. In future the boy would have to go to school regularly, and if he came there again they might send him to an industrial school. Susannah Jones, Lon Fawr, was sum- moned in respect of her child, Robert John. In this case the attendances previous to the last court had been 21 out of 48, but since then the boy had been present on every occasion the school was open-30 times. A fine of 2s 6d and 5s Gd costs was also imposed in this case, and similar remarks were made by the Chairman. John Jones, 18, Borthyn, for child Margaret Ellen. This case was adjourned from the last court in order that the parents might have an opportunity of pro- ducing a birth certificate, as it was stated the child was over 13. Mr Ezra Roberts said that even if the parents could prove the child was over 13, she would not be released from school attendance until she was It, as the parents could be summoned under another Act which made that provision. The certificate of birth was not pro- duced, and the Bench thereupon imposed a fine of 2s 6d and 58 6d costs. Mary Edwards, Humphreys'-yard, for child Robert Edwards. In this case the boy had only attended 16 times out of 48, but since the previous court had been present the full number of times. A fine of 2s 6d and 5s 6d costs was also imposed in this case.
MAIL COACH ATTACHED. A despatch irom Philippeville, Algeria, states that the mail coach from St. Charles to Jammapes has been attacked by a large body of natives, who fired upon the passengers, among whom were four Europeans. The driver was severely wounded in the shoulder, whee a priest had his cassock pierced by a bullet. A detachment of gendarmes has been sent, but hitherto without result, in pursuit of the marauders, whose object is said to have been to strip native horse dealers who were going to market.
THE MURDER OF A GERMAN OFFICER. The discussion following the trial and acquittal of three soldiers charged with the murder of an officer named Captain Krosigk continues with great persistence, as all sorts of rumours ara current regarding the murdered officer's brutality. The National Zeitung publishes a document stating that one of the men acquitted isS £ Prel'eJf S'' S" refc&S to release him 10 spite of the verdict. The Socialists have already threatened to brin- thl matter up in the Reichstag. °
THE NEW INDIAN PROVINCE. A Simla message says that the new frontier province boundaries include Hazara, Peshawar, and Kohat intact, and the trans-Indus portions of Bannu, except the Isakhel Tahsil, and of t)era Ismail Khan except a piece of the Kasrant Baluch country. The Punjab will make a new district including Mianwali, out of the Cis Indul portions of Bannu and Dera Ismail, retaining the Commissioner of Derajat as Commissioner of Multan. The financial questions are now being worked out. °
A VIKING DRINKING CUP. At Haroldswick, Uist, Shetland, there has been found a Viking drinking cup made from a vertebra of a whale, and in a good state of pre- servation. It was found in what seemed to be a sea-king's grave below the cliffs, among bone* —human, horse, and dog. The ancient Viking hero was buried along with his horse, dogT ahd cup, and the relic, no doubt, dates back t. r the landing of Harold Harfager 1,000 years ago,
SAWDUST CAKE FRAUD. An ingenious fraud, which seems to have even amused some of its victims, has been reported to the Bradford police. A girl of sixteen or seventeen, having ascertained that there is no one in a house in a working-class street, proceeds next door and inquires the name of the absent neighbour. Having heard the name, she artfully pretends to recall it, and, producing from a basket a fancy cake, sold by confectioners at all prices from 6d. to 2s. 6d., she says that the absent neighbour has ordered it to be brought up from their shop and left if she was not in. She innocently remarks that she dare not leave it without the money, and the charge is Is. 6d. Several people have paid this, only to find that the story and the cake are alike concocted, for the cake is found to be composed inside of sawdust.
HORRIBLE STREET SCENE. In the main street near Cardiff Docks, on Monday night, a Spanish sailor named Kolosky committed suicide under sensational circum- stances. The man was evidently suffering from delirium tremens, and his conduct attracted a large crowd. Suddenly he drew a poniard, and thrusting it into his throat, pulled the weapon from side to side. Several men rushed towards him, but lie made repeated thrusts with the weapon at those who attempted to disarm him. Then running a short distance lie again plunged the dagger into his throat. A man who closed with him was slightly cut. Kolosky had inflicted fatal wounds upon himself, and he died in a few minutes.
—^ FORMATION OF A RIFLE CLUB AT RUTHIN. We are pleased to see that rifle practice is to be stimulated in Ruthin by the forma- tion of a Rifle Club in connection with the "G" Company 1st V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The rules of the club have already been drawn up, and are as follows (I). Any member of the Company may join the Rifle Club on payment of a fee of 2s, to be paid before the competitions commence. (2). Ex-Volunteers may join on payment of an entrance fee of 3s 6d. Rifles and ammunition provided free. (3). Civilians may become members of the Rifle Club at a fee of 10s 6d. (4). Each member shall pay Gd as pool for each competition he shall take part in. (5). Handicapping shall commence as and from the first competition as follows 1st prize winner, 7 points 2nd, 5 points 3rd, 3 points; such handicapping to remain in force throughout the season. (6). Firing shall be as follows :—7 rounds at 200 yards and 7 at 500 yards; any, military position. One sighting shot per man will be allowed at each range. (7). All members not firing shall be 15 yards in rear of the members for the time firing. (8). Service rifles only will be allowed for firing. (U). All intending competitors shall cause their names to be given in before four o'clock on the day of competition. (10). Each rifle shall be properly cleaned and examined previous to being taken from the range. (11). One competition shall be held in the months of June, July, and August, and two in the month of September, making five competitions in all; the dates of such competitions to be left to the officers commanding. (12). The amount of prizes to be com- peted for to be settled by the competitors present at each competition. (13). No challenge to the butts can be made unless a fee of Gd be deposited. (14). No pull-oil will be allowed according to regulations. Any competitor acting j contrary to this rule will be disqualified. (15). Any member of the Rifle Club not complying with any of the above rules will J be disqualified, j
LETTER FROM A RUTHIN MAN AT THE FRONT. Mr R Erans, Prior-street, Ruthin, has received the following letter from his son, Private "Jim" Evans, of the Grenadier Guards, who is still on service in South Africa:— Royal Engineers' Camp, Harrismith, Orange River Colony. Dear father and mother,—Just a line or two to let you know that I am still enjoying good health, I have not received a letter from you for three weeks, but there was a mail in yesterday. As I am stationed so far away, and no arrangements are made for the delivery of my letters, I have to wait until Sunday before I can go over to make inquiries. I am unable to go over on week- days as it is 5 o'clock before we leave off work, then we have a check parade at 6 o'clock, so that the best part of the evening is gone. I know of no news of any importance at present, but there are plenty of rumours circulated about when we are returning home. Some say we are returning next month, others say in July, but some have given up all hopes of coming for several months yet. I have been working at the hospital for several days, and to see some of the poor chaps is awful. They just look like living skeletons. There have been several deaths in our Battalion since we returned here. One of them was a Sergeant in my Company named J Thomas, from Holywell. He was a very nice chap, and we used to get on well together. He always used to bring me the "Flintshire Advertiscr" to have a look for any local news. Poor fellow; he died at Standerton after we left and had only been in hospital for a few days. I'm very pleased that I have been able to keep out so far. It is getting very cold here at night now, and we have to break the ice off the water in the morning to have a wash. I've got rather a bad cold at present, but that's nothing in this country, as the weather changes so much. It's as hot as the hottest day in summer during the day and freezing at night, but on this job I have no need to be out at night, as we do no guards, having every night in bed. I hope to hear from you soon, and, better still, hope to be soon at home with you. With love to all, I remain, your loving son, Jnr. P.S.—You will very likely know the date of our return before I shall know myself.
— iu ■ ST. ASAPH. OTHER ST ASAPH NEWS on page 3. CATHEDRAL SERVICE LIST.-Sunday, June 16:—11.0: Mattins; service, Tours in F; anthem, Blessing, glory and honour" (Bach). 3.30: Evensong service, Tours in F anthem, Lead, kindly Light" (Stainer). 6.15: Even- song; chants and hymns. Thursday, June 20:-11.30: Mattins service, Kempton in B flat; anthem, He that shall endwre" (Mendelssohn). Saturday:-3.15: Evensong; service, Walmsley in D minor anthem, Sing praises (Gounod). RETURN OF YEOMANRY.—The annual train- ing of the Denbighshire Yeomanry terminated on Saturday last, the men having thoroughly enjoyed themselves during their stay of eighteen days in the beautiful grounds of Wynnstay, Ruabon. The Officer Commanding (Captain Buddicombe), when addressing the men before their dismissal, 'hoped that by <iext year every man would do his beat to get recruits to bring the regiment up to its full strength of 450 men. There is no reason why this should not be done if pay gees for anything. Each man gets 5s a day during the period of training. A number of men were recruited this year from St Asaph, and they looked extremely well is their new uniform of khaki with red facings.
BRASS FINISHING—A TRADE THAT KILLS.— The Cheshire Echo reports an affair at 14, Wycliffe-street, Heaton Norris, the residence of Mr. Heyvrood, a brass finisher, twenty-nine years old, who mentioned in the most casual manner that his own father, who worked at the same trade, had died of it at thirty-two. He had apparently been on the same road himself, for, six months ago (he said), I was good for nothing, my appetite was gone, and I had a bad cough -my chest was quite hollcw. The doctors sounded me and told me my lungs were affected-they ordered cod-liver oil, but ia spite of it I wasted to a mere skeleton. I felt sure I was dying. But (continued Mr. Heywood) "I owe my life to Dr. Williams' pink pills for pale people after a few boxes I began to put on flesh, lost my cough, and am better now than I ever was in my life. They stoppeol the wasting caused by consumption. I am stronger than before my illnes;, and am at work again without ill effect." The strengthening effect of Dr. Williams' pink pills and the new blood and life they give acceunt for such cures as the above. Not only consumption, but St. Vitus' dance, fits, rheu- matism, anaemia, and other disorders have been cured by them they cost two and nine- pence a box, but they cure. Substitutes cure nothing.
A BRIDE'S DISAPPEARANCE. It is stated that efforts are being made to trace the whereabouts of Miss Lily Kate Shore, a girl J** tm)n missin« since May 18th. On that day she left Clapham JunrHnw by the 11.40 train for Gillinghamin but though her luggage arrived at its destination* she has not since been seen bv herbends' According to a porter, she returned to Clanham Junction on the evening of the 18th. Miss Shore was of fair complex,en, had fair hair dark eves tend was about 5ft. 6in in hpi^hf •wearing a black tailor-mad. S'tum whiu I
LADY CAPTURES A BURGLAR. j" Another burglar, described as "a big, burly fellow," has been captured by a lady. Miss Hall, of Wood-green, returning home on Saturday night found a parcel of clothing, value £ 5 10s., carefully tied up for removal, lying in the hall, and James Fergusson coming out of the sitting- room with a "jimmy" in his hand. She seized him by the coat and asked him what right he had in the house. He replied: "I've done nothing; let me go." The lady, however, declined to release her prisoner, called for assistance, and Fergusson was duly secured, He is now on < remand from the Enfield Police-court.
EXPLOSION ON A DESTROYER. A serious engine-room explosion occurred on Monday night on the torpedo-boat destroyer Daring at Portsmouth. The tuba of the water- tube boiler blew out, and a stoker named Reed was killed. The chief stoker, Paffett, and Stokers Parks, Gammon, and Elliott were injured. The Daring had been engaged in some routine duties in the Solent during the day, and was returning to Portsmouth Harbour between ten and eleven o'clock, when a Thornycroft boiler tube blew out, filling the stokehole with steam and scalding all the occupants. Stoker Reed died before he could be removed, while Chief- Stoker Paffett and Stokers E. Park, George Elliott, and E. Gammon received terrible scalds. They are now lying in a critical condition in Haslar Hospital.
CROMER'S NEW PIER. Cromer—Queen of East Anglian watering-places -has just added another to its many attractions as a watering-place, a new pier, built at a cost of £100,000, having been substituted for the quaint old jetty which formerly served excur- sionists by sea at the Norfolk resort. Its natural charm of situation and it:f immediate vicinity to Poppyland have given Cromer a very large measure of popularity,although its distance from large centres of population has to some extent kept it more select than many of the other East Anglian resorts. By way of inaugurating the new pier the Great Eastern Railway Company conveyed a large party from London by special train on Saturday, and the journey of one hundred and forty miles was accomplished in the record time of 2hrs. 42min. Cromer can also be reached by another route, worked by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, and by this service the thickly-populated area not tapped by the Great Eastern system will share in the increased facilities in the future for visit- ing Cromer. Lord Claud Hamilton formally opened the pier in the presence of a large com- pany, including Lord de Ramsey (Great Northern Railway), Mr. J. F. S. Gooday (Great Eastern Railway), and Mr. H. Broadhurst, M.P. The new erection is 500ft. long and 40ft. broad, with bays extending to 60ft., the head expanding to a width of 112ft.
DAMAGES FOR PLAGUE OF RATS. Judge Percy Gye has just given an important decision in the Isle of Wight County-court with regard to the law as affecting the deposit of town refuse. A fanner living near Newport, Isle of Wight, complained that owing to a neighbouring agriculturist allowing the deposit and accumulation to an unreasonable extent of town refuse on his land myriads of rats had been harboured, with the result that they over- ran the property on the adjoining farm and destroyed large quantities of growing oats, cabbage plants, mangolds, and turnips, doing damage to the extent of £ 50.—The defence was that as there was no ownership of or control over the rats there could be no liability for any damage done by them; but his Honour held otherwise, stating that the accumulation of the refuse to a larger extent than was necessary for agricultural purposes produced rats in extra- ordinary numbers, and, therefore, there was liability for the damage done. He granted an injunction restraining this unreasonable deposit of refuse, and awarded £35 damages, with costs on the higher scale.—Leave to appeal was given.
THE SPITALFIELDS MURDER. At Stepney, on Tuesday, Mr. Wynne Baxter, coroner, resumed his inquiry into the circum- stances attending the death of Mary Ann Austin, aged twenty-eight years, the wife of a stoker, who was stabbed in a common lodging-house No. 35, Dorset-street, Spitalfields, and died in the London Hospital from the effects of her injuries. William Austin, the husband of the deceased, stands remanded from the Worship- street Police-court charged with the murder.— Arthur James Goss said he was a porter at the London Hospital. On Sunday, May 26th. about 9.30, he was on duty at the front gate, when a four-wheeled cab drove up with a man and a woman inside. The former jumped out, and witness asked him what was the matter, and he replied: "A stabbing case." Witness spoke to I the woman, asking where she was stabbed, and she told him. The woman was then taken to the receiving room, and witness told Sister Jacka that it was a stabbing case and she in- formed Dr. Hilliard. Sullivan was called into court, and the witness identified him as the man who brought the deceased to the hospital. Mary Hendry, Ford's-place, Battersea, said she hnd known Austin, the husband of the deceased, since May 23rd. About 7.30 in the morning of that day she saw him walking up and down in front of her house with a little girl about six years old. He asked her to mind the child for the day, as he had a day's work. She ag-reed, and he promised to pay her Is. Bd. that even in"! At 4.30 he came back, and then asked witness if she could take the child altogether, as he had nowhere for her to stay. Witness said she would give him an answer on Saturday, after she had • consulted her husband. Witness next saw Ili, t on Friday morning, between nine and ten o'clock, to ask about the child, as witness had consented to keep it until the Saturday. He told her that he had a wife, and that she drank very much, and that he could not live with her. lIe f did not say where she was or when he had last •, seen her. He also said he had another little girl, and that she was iri an infirmary. He took his little girl out for a walk on the Saturday (the day before the murder), and in the afternoon I made iurther arrangements with the witness l about his child. Austin called azain between I NVU: ° 'DOCK the next morning (Sunday), and it was arranged that they should St -n AUwln Sh0ulfl see her ™ce a [ Tlln'r w", C°r0n0n. he" did 3'ou see him again ?-Witness. Between ten and eleven ► o clock on Monday morning, and again after two a the" six o'clock. Witness added that on the Wednesday an account of 1 the murder appeared in the newspapers, and Austin said that the description appeared to be that of his wife. He said he should make in- 1 quiries; and he did so, with the result that his a impression was confirmed. t Your witnesses having given evidence as to r set ing Austin in Battersea on Saturday night and e Sunday morning, Dr. Franklin Oliver, divisional f ] surgoon of police, stated that he was present at is the post-mortem examination of the deceased. 0 He had also heard the evidence given by Dr. a Ridge, and agreed with him as to the cause of v death. • « Some further evidence having been given, the r inquest wa.* again adjourned. v d
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THE WEEK AT WESTMINSTER.1 The resumption of business after the Whitsun- tide recess was not remarkable for anything startling in the way of discussion. To put it mildly, in fact, the first day's proceedings were dull. There was a touch of colour to start with, when Mr. J. A. Pease took the oath and his seat for the Saffron Walden division of Essex, in the room of the Hon. Armine Wodehouse, deceased. The hon. gentleman, who was introduced by Sir Weetman Pearson and Sir Joseph Pease, was warmly cheered—and not from the Opposition only-on his return to the Chamber. He was followed by the Hon. Evelyn Ormsby-Gore, who was introduced by Mr. Wyndham and Sir A. Acland Hood, and took his seat for the Oswestry division of Shropshire, in the place of the late Mr. Stanley Leighton. Mr. Gore got a good reception from the Ministerial side of the House. BUSINESS. After this little preliminary had been <*ot through Mr. Ha 1 lour, iu answer to Mr Chaplin said he could not make anv definite statement either as to the Pure Beer Bill or any other matter till Tuesday, when lie proposed to ask the House for further facilities for the despatch of Govern- ment business. He added that he would have to ask for the whole of Tuesdays during the remainder of. tne session, an arrangement which was now generally recognised. This statement, especially the last sentence, drew forth ironical cheers from the Opposition, but the House had to rest satisfied with his statement. Supply folbwed questions, and on the vote of £ 15,977,000 Mr. Dillon moved reduction by a million to call attention to the conduct of the shipowners, who, he said, had exhibited their patriotism by cornering the Government and getting big prices for transport from them. He declared that the amount demanded indicated that the Government was looking forward to another year of war on the same scale as last year, and he inferred that they were preparing to send out another force of 100,000 men. Mr. "Tommy" Bowles thought it looked rather like it, and then the conversation, for that was what it really was, veered off to a condemnation of the transports and the Yeomanry Committee, and other things, including the Government. ill r. Brodrick replied, and (loiended the transport. arrangements warmly. He thought the House had before it perhaps the most eloquent testimony to the service which had been performed iu the fact that the Government had embarked and conveyed over 300,000 men without, lie thought. the loss of a single life, and 260,000 animals, in the course of the past eighteen months, and that only two I Dr three instances could be brought forward in K'.iU'h there was any question of the way in which the service had been performed. With "e^ml to the cost of transport for the present year, it was impossible to make more than an lpproximate estimate, but hon. members, he bought, must have overlooked the necessity for ) wringing the troops home. j SOUTH AFRICAN REMOUNTS. The subject of the purchase of horses for the ront next came up, and Sir Blundell Maple, of Tottenham Court-road, brought a serious charge gainst the officers deputed to buy horses in lungary. He declared that there had been a remendous amount of corruption in connection herewith, and not only condemned the horses, ,t,t offered to lend the Government his own rainers to help in the next selection. Several i eoinanry officers condemned the horses, and ,ord Stanley defended the Government, refusing o believe the allegations. There was more talk in the same subject, but an assurance was given nat the charges should be investigated. By- nd-bye, when everyone was tired out, the vote ,agsed by 175 to 37. i 1 FRIDAY'S SITfING. I Friday was, if possible, duller than Thursday "here was a little relief when Mr. Brodrick .nnounced that the story of a Boer atrocity at he battle of Vlakfontein was untrue, but it was 1 ather a weary House which listened as he 1 xchanged recriminations with the extreme ) tadicals as to which side told the most lies. fcxt Mr. Balfour had a bout with Mr. Bowles < vor the Gibraltar Commission, and Mr. Bowlefr nnounced that he was going to make a row j rhen the time came. Mr. Balfour was facetious. There is no salary my friend can move to 4 educe," be said, but he looked rather chagrined I rhen he learnt that Mr. Bowles had already put I awn a Question on the subiect. Bv-aad-bve the House had a dose of Scotch over rnc payment of the Income-tax, at the hands of Mr. Caldwell. It was not exciting. THE SUGAR DUTY. The Chancellor of the Exchequer made an im- portant alteration in the operation of the sugar duty on Monday, the alteration be' ig inspired by representations from the trade. ± hey were of a purely technical character, but were interest- ing as shewing the tendency to place as much of the burden of taxation as possible on the foreigner. For the purposes of his resolution Sir Michael explained that among the extracts from sugar which were classed with molasses some contained 80 per cent. of sweetening matter. A duty of no more than 2s. a hundred- weight on articles of that class would result in a very considerable loss to the revenue, and would give the foreign producer a preference to the extent of 9d. a hundredweight. On the other hand, there was a kind of molasses of very poor quality, largely used in making food for cattle, which contained a comparatively small percentage of sweetening matter, and 2s. was too high a rate of duty upon it. His proposal was that on molasses and articles which could not be dealt with by the polariscope, containing 70 per cent. or more of sweetening matter, 2s. 9d. a hundred- weight should be charged. If they contained less than 70 per cent., and more than 50, 2s. would be the duty. Articles containing not more than 50 per cent. would pay Is. a hundredweight. vir. Labouchere had au evening all to himself win ii the Civil List came up for discussion on the House going into Committee. As the minority who produced a report on the subject, he felt it incumbent upon him to move solemnly an amendment on each of the separate recom- mendations which, as the minority of the Com- mittee, lie saw fit to make. First, he raised the point that Crown lands and hereditary revenues belonged to the Sovereign as head of the State, and not in his personal capacity. Mr. Balfour said he had no doubt at all that the Crown lands did belong to the Crown. Nothing was to be gained by discussing the point, as no question could arise until a Sovereign declined to renounce the hereditary revenues. Mr. Labouchere's amendment was rejected by 309 to 67. Then Mr. Labouchere went on to prote3t against the up- keep of Balmoral and Sandringham coming out of the Civil List, and got the support of Mr. Keir Hardie, who wanted the sum for the per- sonal use of the Queen paid direct to 111-1 Majesty. This got even less supporters than the previous amendment, and another designed to omit the grants of Z20,000 and glo,000 respec- tively to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York took his minority still lower. Eventually the bill was reported without a division. There was more opposition to the Demise of the Crown Bill, the history of which is 80 curious, but it got through by 199 to 109. GOVEBNMENT BUSINESS. Mr. Balfour might have been pardoned for feeling sore at the meagre support given him by his own party when he moved the usual motion appropriating the time of private members for the rest of the session to the use of the Govern- ment. His statement was, taken all round, just what one likes to hear Mr. Balfour say, because he can do it better than any man in the House. It was a mild philosophical utterance, foreshadowing «il W0-k-' b\,t ?ntirely free from any of i). artling originalities which arouse violent opposition. The Government business was not excessive, he said. There were four bills in the Government programme—the Rating Bill, the Education Bill, tlie Factory Bill, and one which would probably be introduced by Sir John Gorst on the subject of the dismissal of teachers in elementary schools. In order, however, to get these through, it was necessary to make the usual appropriation of the time of private members. The Leader of the House was not hard on the private member, however, for he announced that, although the Government could not see its way to take up the Sale of Intoxicating Liquor to Ciiildren Bill or the Beer Bill themselves, they would give them every facility possible, and there would be motions put down for their reference to Grand Committee—an advantage which was fully appreciated by the House as a whole, and appeared to meet with g'eiinr^ *ppre- hntion. It was disappointing to the xirtider ct ) the House, therefore, in the face of this pretty general satisfaction that the Government only mustered 144 to 111 in the division on his motion, and the Opposition were, of course, slated at the small majority. SCOTCH EDUCATION II.L. The School Attendance (Scotland) Bill was the :hief attraction of the early pari of Wednesday's sitting, it coming up for discussion as amended f tiy the Standing Committee. Mr. Ilenshaw t moevd an amendment to cunrmur- vo T" managers of Voluntary schools the power whic they now possess of granting exemption cer- tificates, and which the bill transfers to the School Board. Mr. Maxwell seconded the amend- ment. This amendment was defeated, as was also one to limit the age to thirteen instead ot fourteen, as proposed by the bill. The resG of the afternoon was taken up by the Mines (Ei<*ht Hours) Bill. There was a deal ot I opposition, and they only got a vote on one 4Lmendment when the House adjourned.
THE BOEII WAP, THE SITUATION. T" NDewed activity in Cape Colony, quelled for the moment by the crushing defeat of the Boers who captured the Jamestown garrison, has not yet been thoroughly checked. Commandant; Malan, with a comparatively small commando, has crossed the railway near Molteno, and is pursued by Colonel Crewe with a mobile column. It is not stated in what direction Malan is making, but there is no doubt that he hopes to effect a junction with other commandos whoso presence is known of in the district. General French, who is now at Middelburtr. is arranging a plan to clear the Boer commandos out of the colony. Information of a successful attack by Colonel Scobell on a Boer laager near Barkly East (Cape Colony) on Friday night shews that everything possible is being done to keep down the Cape raid. Colonel Scobell mauled the enemy very badly, capturing twenty men and much of the loot taken from Jamestown, the commando being apparently the same as that which succeeded in overpowering that small garrison. Colonel Wyndham had a successful engagement with Van Reenen, south-east of Steynsburg. A curious light is thrown on the manner in which war news is sent home by the correspondents at the front by a denial from Lord Kitchener that Commandant Beyers has been surprised. An elaborate account of the "surprise of that leader and the killing and capture of a number of his men was telegraphed home a few days ago, but it now turns out to have been purely fictitious. It appears that a fight of some kind did take place in the neighbourhood, as Kitchener's ^couts, who wero alleged to have effected the surprise, lost seven men killed and eigliteen wounded in the locality of Pienaar's River on June 1st and 2nd. Perhaps the necessity of sending home something about this fight wa3 responsible for the elaborate tale we read. On Tuesday a report came to hand from a correspondent at Pretoria that the Boers under Louis Botha, were entrenched in force near Ermelo, and that Delarey was moving from the Western Transvaal to join the Commandant- General. From Brussels also came information that a conference of Boer Generals had lately taken place near Ermelo at which it was decided to continue the resistance vigorously. This report was evidently inspired from Kriiger quarters. The ex-President is at The Hague, and is reported to be trying to induce certain states- men to demand the intervention of the Arbitra- tion Court which meets there in a few days. COMMANDO SURRENDERS. Lord Kitchener on Tuesday sent news that Commandant Van Rensburg and his commando had surrendered at Pietersburg. One hundred armed men had come in: there are others follow- ing. From the numbers mentioned, however, it is evident that the whole of the commando which has been engaged in harassing the troops in the Northern Transvaal for sorao time has not surrendered. Possibly many of the burghers have gone to their homes or have joined other bodies of the enemy in the same district. CLEARING THE ORANGE COLONY. A correspondent sends an interesting account of the work done by General Rundle, with General Campbell's and Colonel Hartley's columns, which returned to Harrismith on Mon- day, after traversing the mountainous district situated in the triangle between Ficksburg, Bethlehem, and Witzies Hoek during the past seven weeks. The following are some of the results of their operations Fifty-three Boers were killed or wounded; 7,000 tons of grain and forage; were taken or destroyed; 228 waggons and carts. 1,400 head of cattle, 7,100 sheep and 1,450 horses were brought in; all the mills in the district were blown up, ovens, ploughs, and other implements for the preparation of food-stuffs being broken 8,300 rounds of rifle ammunition, 101 shells, and 25 rifles were taken; and 260 women and children were brought in. Our total casualties were five officers and eight men kiMed, fortv wounded, and five missing. During their march the columns met with continual opposition from Prinsloo's Rautenhach's, and other commandos. WARNING TO OATH-BREAKERS. A telegram from Pretoria says: Four sur- rendered burghers, who took the aatli of neutrality, attempted to escape on Sunday night and lejoin their commando. Three were captured on Monday and tried by court-martial, with the result that two were sentenced to be shot and one was made a prisoner of war. The death sentences were carried out on Tuesday morning. This is a stern warning to surrendered Boers. A MONTH'S WORK. Lord Kitchener reported on Monday that the number of Boers killed, prisoners, and surron- dered during May was 2.640 men. From June 1st to 9th we have killed 26. wounded 4, prisoners 409, surrendered 33. Riiles 651, ammunition 115,550 rounds, waggons 120, horses 4,000. DELAREY'S PRISONERS. The following telegram from the General of Coimnu. ications, Capetown, was issued by the War Office on Monday Information has been received from Rusten- burg to the effect that Lieutenant Willyams, Imperial Yeomanry, and six men, corps un- known, are unwounded prisoners. Boers say they will keep Lieutenant Willyam3, but the men will probably be sent to Mafeking. j PRETORIA OPTIMISTIC. Wiring from Pretoria, a correspondsnt says: The number of surrenders in all districts shews a steady increase. The acceleration is probably caused by the intense cold. Twenty degrees of frost were registered on the veld last week. The duration of the war will depend on the number of Boers sufficiently well clad to with- stand the severity of the winter. Delarey's burghers are reported to be well dressed, but the Orange Coluny Boers arc miserably provided. The satisfactory progress of operations to date I seems to justify Pretoria's optimism. THE ALLEGED BOER ATROCITIES. The reported shooting in cold blood of an officer and a non-commissioned officer of the 28th Field Battery at Vlakfontein because they refused to shew the Boers the working of tha captured guns-a report sent by severll corre- spondents-is now proved to be destitute of fo iiiidation. Mr. Brodrick, questioned about the matter in the House of Commons on Friday by Colonel Arthur Lee. said he was glad to say the report was unfounded, Lord Kitchener having made inquiries among all the wounded and ascer- tained that there was no foundation whatever for it. Lord Kitchener had also informed him that he had asked Reuter's correspondent for his authority for the statement. Mr. Brodrick added that he thought it extremely desirable that reports which were false should not be published rill either side, but ho would point out that reports of a very damaging character, without the slightest foundation, had been published and circulated on the other side. INCORRECT WAR NEWS. Mr. Brodrick stated in the House of Commons nn Monday that Lord Kitchener was consider. ing the circumstances under which incorrect telegrams had recently been sent from South ca. The censor was not responsible for tho accuracy of all that passed through his hands, ,JUt he was responsible that nothing should be elegraphed to this country which was likely to jive information to the enemy. As to the dearth news;, 'there had been no with-holding of !jd<- nation from the House. It wu obvious he r(V°rts of the generals were summaries Wrf wiiieb took place, and those summaries lad been duly published. It was impossible to illow a mass of correspondents to accompany lie troops. LORD METHUEN. A Sydney message says that the returned South Australian Bushmen, prior to disbanding, ;ir- brwarding to the War Oilieo a tribute to Lord dethuen, eulogising his personal solicitude he welfare of his men and his uobihtv ati(i 'allautry as a coniina-ndor, iA*