To Assist the Farmer. Attempted Revival of English Agriculture. The Great-Western Railway, says the "Daily xpress, ,is preparing a scheme for the benefit inflSm formers which, should have no mean Tience upon a revival of English agriculture. Up to the present time the' man with a /small 0 doig has found it more than difficult to get a,ir profit for his produce. The middleman and *n an'd bought his fruit, vegetables, airy produce for paltry prices out of all proportion to the profits he mate's; for himself the, big markets of ithe towns. 11, many 4zases, inore?over, the ,?imall producer is Passed by even 'by the middleman, Who deals with farmers on a larger scale, and b?uys en?or- nlc)u,s The qu,antities of for6i, prod!tzce forrn,er has ther,fore,; been p,laceld at a cotn-plvte di99-'d'?vanta'ge, for there is, no orgaitis?ed system? ,by which the, producer can gdL into direct con- n'ec,ti?,o,n wi,th the, consumer. Not only this, but until qu,?t,e recently, whe,it the Great-Western Railway r-ev.4?se?d its ra,?es? for th,e 'Conve?'ar??c,e of farm a!nd dla?,ry produce, the Small f,arm,er living at thirty or forty miles from a' big itckwn hias had to pay far more, for the ?tarr-iacre c?F s?l-rlall qu,anti'Li,es to? th?e market than if he -had,- sent a heavy load from oi-ib, end of e kmgdom to the other. a» 8 ra-'way- have- hitherto given no encour- agement to senders of "small packages for com- batively short distances. Easy Facility. The Great Western Railway's, new scheme will 'IOW provide every fae'l?i'ty Tor the conveyance 'Df farin? and,,d?airy ptodluce at c:hic-ap rates andi aA ,?n.y d?i-sta-ne-e ,dire?c?t to ffie consumer. iNf,oreov,er, the offi,cials of this gre?at ra;-ilr%vay are going to enorm?ous e.?x-pense, and tro,ulb-le to lor- thLo?Fe connet'tin,z iii-ii??s between consu,m,ler alld producer wli:ch are at present lack,,in-g in our co,ininer,ial organ-I s)at'on ,c:, Spc lal commt,- "Viisiitin?,m many issioners, ar l'Icul,t,ural cen,tres ii Englan(I "?,?o ob?tair?, tihe, es, aind ad,?dt?resses of those farmers, d?a:iry- r"e", an?d o-wn,ers of small -hollddn;gs ivho d,es:ro bell;efiit Ithe ,,dheme, with patti?'cu?llars oT e'ki,n,d aad qu?alit,ircy of prciduice they are -?ble Ply. circular, with a fori-R of ap,pl,icatio?n Lo? be 11?e'd an sent to the railway, -i?s beling dis- li,te ro dta!st In all farrr,?lngandi garden?iii'?g str, t, a, great numbers, are being returned, el reqtiired informia?tion, and eVincin,,7 eral d'esire of the small agric'ultur,?.sts to ail, e" ad?NIanltXge,s, of the, new syste,,m. or abo-u,t Dec,em?ber 15;?h ne,)ae all these .2laMI's, addresses, an(! p,art-;Ic,u!lars -will be col- ,.Iecte!ai b -d Pt,iivtec, -Y 't?ile 'Great Wes?te?rn R?a;llwaly, an th III the form of a pai-nphl.e,t, whlic?b, will be s.e,, nit oiat to hundreds of ?chougands of Ollseb?ol-,d,r's in -the great :c?itie- l?t will be a great liat?ion?al ?exper?im?ent. t I'?Ot truel vh?tat there exisits? a large, cla-ss of dw ellers who will welc:cr?-ne, th-,e op,p,ortu- f 'tai?n,ng regular sup?pl,Lles of fresh vege- fruiit, e, s, aiid all? ki,,Tds of dairy, farm ?arde,,l pro u,e s?trai?gh't from t?he, country? fact that, inhabitants of b,,ig cities find 'Sil Ilext to a??,nT)ossil;ble to get eggs that are albov5 ?P"?,iO'I, and :fruit with thet first blooni still 'ra-gra,lt Is .upon, it? tble to expect thiat w,"t,.h the ab It unrea,son. a,b"?'?tiOll of the, m,d,61,e,m?an, producers ,Vill I)e 4t'e to sell at a hi"gher, and consumers to bui- 114wer, price than now is poss,i;ble,? A Great Experiment. cannot answer the?se qu?estioiis at thF?, 'Pre'serit t'?iline," said dii o?ffi;cial of 'The Gre?at Railway to an "Express" representa- ,ve. our scheme, will be the means of p?uttling a test case t 11 o the public. Tt d?epends enlel*rely PO'll the energies of the sm,all farmer and, upoii the c t O,rn,rrllolll sense of the tc)fwn: hou?se-hold-er as the fa-cil-ities we offer are taken ad- if tj 13u-' we are firmly convinced that, le scheme su,cce,ed,,3, up?on l'It?s? n-ier,its, t.i,,ere be the opportun,ily of i.ncre?ased busin,-ss hl,dr,d, Til s of people I*n rural d,ils-tric:t,s." faillo,wing is, the Great Western Railway" rates for cre?am ch,e,ese, eggs, 1-ioTiey, fl I gaowers, seeds, fruit, ve,evablcs, fresh m&4t, d 11 ead pcultry and dead rabbits, in,,clusive, very to ihe 'purchaser W*,thai'n the, com- ordinary free cartage ,b-ou?n,dary. 871b. 91b. l(?lb 1211) 141b 1611) 171b to 30. (1 s d F; d B (I s (I s (I s d ..0 f) 0 6.C 6. 6.0 6. 0 (; 0 6 () 6 0 6 .0 6. 0 6 0 6. 0 6. 0 6 '()0.0 0 6. 0 6.0 7.0 0 8 0 6 0 6 6.o 7 S.o 9.o 1() 010 0 li? 2W.. 0 6 0 8 0 9 010 0 11 1 0 1 0 Above IV., 191b. 211b. 121?lb. 221b. 231b. 24]b. 241b. 7JD to' e" 11 d 8 d s d 8 d s d s (I d 30..0 6.0 6 0 6. 0 6.0- 6 11 6 p I b 50 loo. 0 6 0 6 0 6. 0 6.0 6.0 6 2 0 o 8 0 1).o 9.0 9. 0 9 0 oI 1 1 0.l O.l 0. 1 0 1 2? 1 2 1 3 I S. 1 3 ,be "'I' I)e seen that 24!bs. of produce may e t f or ?lly distance up to, thirty m-Ies? for a iliv,red at the purchaser's 'hio-use. IS, it s lou?l be? noted, is I(Ywer thai-.L? the, par- cels el'iver rates. 1 kt s- is a consliderable amount when fo Sl r, jOf si-nall items. I' would incluide, vace, the bufter, el.9s,, ch,eese,, fruit, Sii les, a,nd p;oul'try. needed f;or the weekly ly, of oderate, household. s a very small slim to? pay for the fro, of lavdng this stock of food fresh Ord' t e?c-()Unt..ry, and the, profits? which would anarily ()Ul 9() into the iiiidd;lelrnan' po?cke?t saved for the, man Affito is ro,perly p e",?,b.led'to have them, s(y that he, m;ght well be to 1"-ay the, cost of c?arr-?iage'himLself, (Dr ,C e h' e)t?t .?S P?i?,e -to, the purch!a?s-er, so that the: iTt? rd -e,d' lot, be (,,ru:inbled at. 'ers l?'Poss:?ble, .)f co? ?' tha,,t some hoixseho'ld- t.lay urse O?c Clare to, send an. order for good?. Person Rild wbc,,S,l whom they may know nothing, may not be of the bei?;t Test of Bo 'rhe na-Fides. e?,'er, t-NVeste?rn Railway Company will, lia,illt to a c,ertain, exten;t the bon?a-fid?e.9 "a?te s arid adid?resses. on their 14st, ,ind pri- Sp., ,,forma ?etor"; tibrl wi?ll be suliypl,ie.,d? by local an- er- 'h w,'lll en,abl,& thi,*Is list to serve to ext as 'a gu'arantee of honesty, and t, a" conli?an?, however, that t s" Of ?the, s,clh,me deipends a good, deal t an?d c-qrelfulne,,ss with t10,e !Sclv who wish to benefit by it adapt r's 10 n.- .dl? -'Or s"rlall d?t,Aons. It will be, i-i 'e- tt el re P,r'od,ucers to keep ab?reas't ec' 'U,,rerneiits, f 0; the?? p,ublir-, and ,av iiee?d?s Of Ih ,k* eir own? produce, in l?g, land pr.e lar ?co"Lll,li par?,iig for sale. ge ',nY the,?n:s,elve;s ?ir,- constructin, .17.'di Z-O(Jds veh?,cles fitteld withl,an ??p-pli'll?e for -,uppor-ting th alid keep, it e water- ts an?p, ('11 well ?ibc>ve, ,'hie 3f I "h Th?i3 will per-n?it a a, Ir to ass, thr<)u??,11. An experiment by -a greait railway company so carefully thought out, and promising to be of such real benefit to the public is deserving of all praise. h will be informing to note whether the agri- cultural ,communiity is sufficiently alive to its own interests to meet thesse proposals half-way. On the face of it, the .scheme seems full of hope for the future prosperity of a class that is a present figlhlting against many difficulties ana disadvantages.
The Education Crisis. Delaying the Appointed Day. FOLLOWING on the notification recently received i Flintshire, the Board of Education published in the London. Gazette" orders futher postponing the day for bringing the Education Act into operation by the following Councils :— Councils of Counties Denbigh, Flint. Council of a County Borough Cardiff. Council of a Borough Darlington Council of an Urban District Llanellv. In respect of all the above-named councils the 1st January next had been fixed as the appointed day. The day now named is the 1st February, or such later day or days as the board may for any such other purpose or provision for any such counccil hereafter appoint." In Southport there is to be a postponement from January i to March I. In the case of the following councils the appointed day is postponed from 1st January to 1st April next, 01 such later day as may hereafter be appointed Coflncils of Counties Anglesey, Cardigan Monmouth, Pembroke. Councils of County Boroughs Newport, Preston, Swansea. Councils of Urban Districts: Abertillery, Edmon- ton, Merthyr Tydvil. 4
Cutting Army Expenses. Volunteer Pay Reduced. THE statement that considerable reductions will be made in the Armv Estimates now in preparation is strongly reaffirmed by The Army and Navy Gazette," even in the teeth of denials possibly officially inspired." The order has gone round to cut down expenses and use the knife unsparingly, says the Gazette." There will be a distinct diminution in the amount voted as pay to the Militia and Volunteers. The pay of individuals actually on the strength will not be interfered with, but there will be no dummies on paper this year," It is understood that re-armament—the con- version of guns and rifles-will be proceeded with slowly, and the laying in of stores will he reduced to its lowest terms. Economy will also be strictly applied in the matter of higher training, and "it is pretty certain that there will be no Army manoeuvres next year."
Madame Patti's American Tour. Living in a Pullman Car. MADAME PATTI, at one recent concert at Phila- delphia, received the sum of C,1,420, which I should imagine constitutes a record." At any rate it comes to over £250 a song, which after all is not a bad fee even for the distinguished lady, who:ad- mittedly is the greatest prima donna of her gen- eration. The sum is made up of the £1,000 which Madame Patti is guaranteed for every concert, and half of the ^840 overplus, the receipts from tickets being 9,200 dollars, or roughly ^2,840. Before the farewell tour is over, Mr Grau hopes that even this enormous sum will be exceded. There has during the tour, so far, been only one hitch, namely, at a concert which Mr Robert Grau sold out to another firm, Her fee was not forth- coming in advance, so Mm. Patti declined to sing, a determination which speedily brought the cash. Some fuss has been made of the incident by the telegraphists, but in the land of the Almighty Dollar it was fully understood, and completely appreciated. The party, including Madame Patti, her husband Baron Cederstrom, Mrs Baird, her companion, and some others, are living in the Craig-y-Nos" Pullman car, which as been fitted up luxuriously for them, with drawing, dining, and sleeping room accommodation, kitchens, and so forth. Indeed, they quite regard it as temporarily their home. ♦ '■
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The Charge Against Llanrwst } Solicitors. Reported Attempt to Escape of David Jones. THE New York correspondent of the "Daily Telegraph" says: "White two British detectives were taking David Jones, alias Robert Powell, who is 'accused' of embezzling1 60,000 dollars, away on the steamer Teutonic, at moon., on Wed- nesday, J.as.t week, the prisoner attempted to escape. Extradition .papers had. been issued' for his return, to England, and) he was on board! the Teutonic, but not handcuffed', when the managed to ■ elude the New York police inspector and three, detectives on 'the. pier at the time the steamer was to leave Knowing it would be impossible for him to pass down. the. gangway .without being recog- nised b,3, the four, Jones, went to the steward, Cameron, and toldl hiim it was worth 500 dollars i' he? co g-,t him ashore. (?lameron pteten,d;eid ul:d: to fall in. with, the plan., and walked Jones, ,along the promenade dedi: off to the shore side, where She turned the p,riis,oner over' .to Captain M:'Kins- try, commander of the ship. 'Meanwhile two of the British detectives were running around the ship in t'he endeavour to find Jones. The captain sent the: purser and stewardi to search for the detectives. Tihey placed handcuffs on Jones, explaining that it wa's their intention to give him as much freedom las' possible, a.s they never suspected, he would attempt to escape be- cause he voluntarily algreed to return to Eng- land. Ün Thursday Mr W. P. Roberts, isolicitor, of Llanrwst, was again remanded for .a week oil charges arising out of the alleged; misuse of trust funds, and. was admitted to bail as before. It is understood that at the end of hrs. TB- mand, tire court will definitely decide when the cases against Mr Roberts and1 this partner, Mr David Jones, who 'has just been arrested in New York, will be proceeded witlh, the, in,ten- tion being to submit the whole of the evidenca to the justices in time for them to sendl the cases to the Denbighshire Assizes for trial to- wards the end of January in the event of a prima facie case being made out.
Holyhead Sensation. Madman at Large. THE feelings of terror occasioned by the famous Spring Heeled Jack" were nothing to the great fright which exists in the western part of the Isle of Anglesey among women and children through the startling behaviour of supposed madmen who go abroad by night, In and around Holyhead the madman has leaped out on women from all sorts of unexpected places, and has created such fright that women are afraid to go out after dark unless under a strong escort, and those left alone indoors are on tenterhooks of anxiety. In the latest instances the madman sprang on to a woman's back and then vanished, Bands of young men, wtth staves and lanterns, have searched the streets and country roads and fields at night, almost always without result. On one occasion a band came on the supoosed madman, but after an exciting chase the man escaped. The police have made untiring efforts. Intense excitement was caused by a report that the madnun was in one of the Holyhead streets. A large crowd collected and threatened to lynch the stranger, who was saved by the interposition of a man to whom he gave a satisfactory explanation of his doings. The real miscreant is described as tall, fair, and good-looking, wearing a light coat and noiseless shoes. He is very agile and fleet of foot.
After= Dinner Stories. By Famous Authors. One "D" Good Enough. THERE was a Methodist preacher named Tod, who some time ago, had a certain vogue and a de- served reputation He was finally persuaded to accept a foreign mission, and there succumbed to fever. One time when he was in London he called upon Dr. Joseph Parker (who, by the way, told me the story), and in the course of conversa- tion the doctor said to him, How is it you spell your name with one d' ? Now, I know a lot of Todds, and they all spell their names with two d's '-T-o-d-d." Well," replied the old man, who had a high, squeaky vuice," I know, Dr Parker. that there are Tods and Todds. Some spell it with one d' and somd with two. But you musl; remember that God spells his name with one d,' and what is good enough for Him is good enough for David Tod." Getting There Quickly. The modern rage for getting there quickly was strikingly exemplified the other day at a cer- tain women's prayer meeting. One of the sisters, who is very much intere4ted in the Women's Christian Temperance Un'on, the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, the Women's Home Missionary Society, and the Women's Educa- tional and Industrial Union, prayed fervently, with a charming certainty that she would be un- derstood "0 Lord, bless W.C.T.A., the W.F.MS, the W H M.S., auJ the W.E. and I.U." A Prayerful Husband and the Bread. A Scotch woman who had a very religious hus- band, who ins sted upon the whole family starting the day with prayers, was at the breakfast table one morning when her husband's prayer was longer drawn out than usual. A suspicious smell of overdue biscuits was wafted slowly from the kitchen. She wriggled and twisted and thought of her biscuits, and at last, when her husband started off on a new tack, to which there seemed no end, she startled the good man by saying, Cut it short, John, I've bread in the oven. Smell it! The Innocent Boy. A barrister was defending a boy who had been arrested for participating in a burglary. The proof against him was a bat found on the premises which the police declared was the boy's. He had squeezed through a little window, they said, to open the door and let the burglars in, and his hat had dropped off as he got through. It had rolled away, and he had not been able to find it. Sydney drew a pathetic picture of the poor boy's widowed mother waiting for her son to leave the court without a stain upon his char- acter. He declared that thousands of hats of a imilar afcyle were sold in Ireland daily, and sworn by little boys, and it would be infamous to convict the innocent lad and send him to herd with felons on such paltry evidence, The
eloquence of counsel moved the jury to tears. They immediately acquitted the prisoner. Now, go home to your mother, my poor boy, said Sydney; "she'll be beside herself with grief at what may be happening to you. Go home." But the boy didn't move; he leant over and wispered to his counsel in a voice audible all over the court, Say, giva me that hat back will yer ? This is a Funny One. A leader of an orchestra, turning in his seat' howled to a bandsman, Blow, d-- you, blow! Blow louder Blow bawled the purple per- former "blow yourself und be dambt It vas fery easy to say Blow louder,' but vhere in der devil's name vas de vind to come from ? Such a reflection as this might have still further troubled the brain of the sleepless Jew, Mr Abey Solomons, who lay tossing in bed. Vy can't you keep quiet ? asked Mrs Solomons. Moses' bill comes doo morrer," was the answer, and 1 havn't got a penny to meet it with, and I can't sleep a vink." "then get up like a man," said Mrs Solomons, and go across and tell Mr Moses that you can't meet his bill. Don't keep tossing and struggling here." Solomons arose. It was midnight, and wet. He knocked hard on M ises' door. Up went the window and out came a head. Who's there at this hour ? bawled a thick voice. "Me—Abey Solomons. I've come to tell you that I can't sleep a vink." Wnat's that to me?" shrieked the enraged head up above. "Your bill falls doo morrer I know it," was shouted "and I've come to tell yer," whined Solomons, that I can't sleep a vink be- cause I haven't got a half-a-crown to meet your bill with." Go to the devil, YOll and your bill," roared Moses. Now I can't sleep a vink A Wreck on Tour. Speaking of a good raconteur reminds Mr G. R. Sims of a very funny anecdote. A friend of mine, an eminent tragedian, who was always ffeted and feasted when on tour, was a splendid story teller. Oce day the company after a rehearsal were dis- cussing the eminent one's merits. The principal comedian, who had been at a supper at the Arts Club the previous evening where the chief had been telling stories, exclaimed, Nobody can deny that he is a raconteur." There was a little lady in the company who was known as The Tele- phone." She carried tales. One day she quarrelled with the low comedian about some stage business, and the chief decided in the low comedian's favour. Then the little lady fired up. You take his part she cried hysterically to the tragedian "but you wouldn't if you knew how he speaks of you behind your back. He tells everybody that you are a wreck on tour! An Irish Bull. A supreme bull recorded by Miss Edgwortb, and made by an Irish sailor, who was carrying the body of an English medsmate at the battle of Trafalgar. He was carrying the Englishman, who had been severely wounded in the leg, down to the cockpit, when a cannon- ball took off the head of the wounded man so neatly that his bearer did not know what had happened. Presently an officer, seeing the Irishman carrying a headless trunk, cried with a volley of curses,' Where the are you taking that thing t,¡?' Sure. I was takin' him down to the cockpit, sor, to have his wound looked afther.' Why, his head's off, you infernal idiot! Paddy threw down the headles body, looked at it in speechless reproach for a moment, and then said sadly, 4 An' he tould me 'twas his leg! The Corpse from Downstairs. Here ta an after-dinner story that might have been told at the dinner held to commemorate the starting of a new journal devoted to the under- taking trade. It is the custom in Spain to send the departed to the undertaker's immediately. The body remains in its coffin in a special room, "olativei and friends, until the open to the r funeral takes place. Wnen a Spaniard dies he is generally arrayed in full evening dress before being put into his casket. A glass lid is laid lightly on the top in order that friends and re- Jatives may take a last look. One day a casket containing a gentleman in evening dress was brought to the establishment of a leading under- taker in Madrid, and placed in a special room. That evening the undertaker gave a grand ball in honour of his daughter's betrothal. About eleven o'oiook a distinguished-looking man entered the ball-room. He was rather pale, but very band- some. The undertaker didn't know him, and wondered who invited hm. The new arrival asked the daughter of the house to dance. After the dance was over the undertaker went up to him and said, You will excuse me, sir, but may I ask you if you are here with an invitation ? Oh, no," was the reply I was brought here by mistake. I suppose they thought I was dead, but I wasn't. I'm the corpse from downstairs I" »