OUR LONDON LETTER. I [From Our Special Correspondent.] I London. From time to time a little impatience hnv I been shown bv some sections of the com. munity in awaiting- the Government's an. nouncement of the details of their Recon- I struction schemes. As a matter of fact only experts understand the huge volume of ■wor k that has to be undertaken in the pre- paration of some of these schemes. Dr. Addison, for instance, has been engaged for quite twelve months on the details of the pbll for setting up a Ministry of Health. Now thut the Bill is in print, one sees how widely spread are its ramifications. Matters concerned with health have been hitherto within the scope of the Local Government Board, the War Otlice, the Admiralty, the National Health Commission, the Ministry of Education, and several other depart- ments. A host ci powers have to be trans- ferred, and in the course of process the Local Government Board and the National Health Commission will disappear. As Health Minister, Dr. Addison will have to deal with the most varied assortment of problems and people—with $demics and defective school children, with impure milk and lunatics, with sanitation and disabled soldiers, with slums and expectant mothers. He has already drafted a housing Bill, with proposals for acquiring the ftind thus needed, and he arranged some time ago with the Ministry of Munitions to make the material for the houses. He is a very busy man, but he is going to be busier, for this is r. real thing-thl. beginning of Recon- struction. COAX I Never has the report of any Commission in these islands been awaited with more interest and anxiety than that of Mr. Jus- tice Sankey's Coal Commission. At one time, it will be remembered, the crisis in connection with the miners' demands was so acute that it appeared unlikely that any steps taken by the Government or the House of Commons could save the country from a lamentable conflict and a terrible coal famine. Then, in the nick of time, the faithful way in which the Prime Minister depicted the gravity of the situation, com- bined with some patriotic advice from a few of the prominent men in the ranks of labour, served to bring about an armisticc. during which negotiations for peace couJd be discussed under the Coal Commission s auspices. Will satisfactory peoce terms emerge from*" this discussion? The question is occupying the minds of all of us. The favourable signs are the known qualities of some of the Commissioners; the spirit, of geaerou.% concession which is believed to be possessed by more than. one of the em- ,pk>y«rs'representatives, .while the names of Air. Sidney Webb and Mr. Smillie suggest that reasonableness and a genuine watch after a. just settlement are not absent from the efforts put forward on the men's side. THE LIKUTEXANT DISAPPEARS. It has been a matter of discussion with many people as to what was going to happen to the title of Lieutenant when its owner returned from the Army to civil life. If its retention were going to become the practice, its hourly employment in offices, business houses, or even shops would sound at first strange and, later, ridiculous. It was called to mind that in the days before the war. which cound now so far off, the old Army did not recognise the rank of Lieu- tenant. He was always Mr., and his visit- ing card bore "Mr." with the name' of his regiment following his own name. When the "loots" of the new Army began to marry and beget children, the subsequent notice in the papers invariably gave their rank un- less the people had service connections and knew the custom. If I am not mistaken, the old custom is going to be reverted to, a course dictated by the commonsense of the "Loots" themselves. Chancing to be at a reception the other evening when a number of them were present, I noticed that one and all gave their names to the Master of the Ceremonies for announcement as Mr. So- and-So. THE IMMORTAL ONE. At seventy-one venrs of age Ellen Terrv, the immortal of the English stage, is to reappear on the boards in the part of the nurse in "Romeo and Juliet." What memories of the spacious davs of Irving and the Lyceum does not her name evoke? Sure, J there never was, on our stage "a4s*-4east, an actress who possCosed a voice more tuneful. To-dav when one spea ks of Ellen Terry. Chelsea inevitably jumps to the mind, for it is there that she lives—Chelsea, which resembles no other part of London, as no other part of London resembles Chelsea. Here the ar.ist-man and woman--still reigns supreme and lives the artist life. Here he has his own restaurants, which are like no other restaurants in London-, modest and Bohemian to a degree. The owners know their patrons, and the patrons know each other. If the latter have money tfif" pay; if they have no money it goes Oil the slate. They perambulate the street., without hit. and can be met carrying- to their studios the modest necessaries ior a supper. On the crowded pavements of the busv King's-road one may meet them in twos and threes, and one experiences a foLock to tind that the artist of the long hair, the velvet coat, and the butterfly tie still exists in the flesh. It is in one of these modest and homely restaurants, which I have attempted to describe, that the "Fair Ellen." to give her Ahe name by which she •was known behind the footlights, may often be found at dinner. The stranger, who may be a guest, will start with surprise to see in such humble surroundings one who is s:) world-famous. But he will know her at once. Age cannot dim EHOH Terry. That she should prefer to dine thus is but an evidence of how deeply the Bohemian spirit is implanted in the artistic nature. Be- tween art and artificialitv there can be no affinity. L NCESORED CELEBRITIKS. One of the most striking books cf the season is "Uricensored Celebrities," by E T. Raymond. Who he is no one seems to know, and efforts to discover his identity are unavailing. That he is a master of the pen stands confessed by his work; that his reading, both in history and the classics, is wide, Is attested by his ready and apposite quotations. His original work appeared in a weekly magazine called "Everyman." Mr. Raymond handles his "CÆlcbrities." I who arc on both sides of politics, with se* eritv. He is frankness personified, and attLlough one cannot agree with all his esti- J mates yet one must admit he is a pleasant and witty writer. The book is reminiscent of another similar work, "Eminent Vic- torians," by Lytton Strachey, a kiusman of the editor of the "Spectator.' But it lacks the depth-it does not aspire to it, indeed- of the wonderful "kdehed that Mr. Strachey gives us. Mr. Strachey may have shotk?i some of us by his portrayal of CarAinal blnmg aLd (?-n?ral Gordon, but one can- not deny that he interested us. His article on Florence Nightingale, moreover, came as a shock to many who learned for the first time how little t-hev really knew of a sub- ject on which they had hitherto rather prided themselves. The only regrettable feature of the book is its title. Everyone to-day professes to despise the Victorians. and all their works. To be invited to read about four eminent men of that contemned period is felt by many to be needlessly try- ing. This feeling, it is to feared, must have prevented many from reoeiving great plea- sure as well as knowledge, j
INFLUENZA AMONG SHEEP. I An illness among sheep in Westmorland I has been diagnosed as influenza by Mr. Mallock, the county council veterinary in- s pector. He says that during thirty years' experience of sheep ailments he has never I met with anything of the kind before. When attacked the sheep become dull and ¡ listless, with slight cough and high tem- perature. Later the cough becomes worse and breathing more difficult until the vic- tim collapses from heart failure. Several flocks are affected, and many deaths have occurred
ARMY LANGUAGE. I "I have come to the conclusion, after a close study of the psychology of swearing" in the Army, that 99 per cent. of it is meaning- less, said the Rev. D-avid Pughe, of Leeds. preaching at Whitefield's Brotherhood meeting. Mr. Pughe, who joined the Royal Marine Engineers 11 as a private and rose to the rank of sergeant in six weeks, said some people cul- tivated the adjectival habit, and never used one word where ten could be found. His ex- perience in the Army convinced him that a man might have a dirty tongue but a clean heart. —
THE RED FLAG AT BOW STREET j Sentence of five months' imprisonment in the second division was pasied at Bow-street on Saturday on David Ramsay, thirty-four, pat- tern-maker, of Leicester, for having delivered a speech likely to cause sedition at Croydon on I January 26. When sentence was passed a number of men in court rushed up to the dock. shook hands with Ramsay, and cries of "Cheer up and "Good-bye, David!" were raised, followed by the singing of "For he's a jolly good fellow." The crowd afterwards left the court singing verses of "The Red Flag."
TOO MUCH CHLOROFORM. I At an inquest at St. Pancras on Saturday 011 Fanny Bull, nineteen, of Clerkenwell, who died during an operation at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, Miss Scarborough, the house surgeon, said she administered foui drachms of chloroform. She noticed after the operation had begun that the girl was only slightly under the influence of the anaesthetic, so it was decided to give more. In so doing she (Miss Scarborough) must have pressed toe heavily Oil the apparatus, causing an esca pe oi liquid chloroform. That no doubt caused in- stant death owing to the girl inhaling the chloroform. Dr. Spilsbury said death, which had been in- stantaneous, was due to the liquid, chjoroform entering the air passages and lungs. A verdict of "Death, by misadventure" was returned.
C.O. AGAIN SENTENCED. I Mr. Maurice Rowntree, son of the late Mr. Joshua Rowntree, an ex-M.P. for Scar- borough, and member of one of the best- known Quaker families in the country, has been sentenced to another two years' hard labour. He had just completed, in Hull Gaol, a term of imprisonment as a conscientious ob- jector to military service, and was re-court- martialled. Mr. Rowntree is one of 194 C.O.'s re-sen- tenced since the armistice was sig-ied. There are 1,293 still in prison.
SOLICITORS LAST LETTER. /1 Hearing that the Public Prosecutor was to apply for a warrant against him in refer- ence to trust funds, Henry George Barrett, solicitor, of Upper Bedford-place, W., poisoned himself at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. Formerly lie had a lucrative business. rhe suicide had evidently been contemplated for some time, for in a letter to the coroner, dated last June, he wrote: "If you cannot live honourably, die bravely." A verdict of suicide while temporarily in. sane was return-ed at the inquest.
THE AUSTRALIAN WAY. I An Australian soldier, charged at the Old Bailey with robbery with violence, was said to have been convicted in Australia of "ill fame." A detective explained that, this was similar to a conviction in England foi 'loitering." If a person was found in Aus- tralia loitering in the streets, and had no work, the police arrested him, and he had to explain why he wa? doing no work. Sir A. Bo?anquet (the judge): A very sensible law. In this country we .provide loiterers with money as out-of-work pay.
EARLY RAILWAY TICKETS. I The earliest railway tickets differed en- tirely from thoctc now in use. The booking clerk had a volume, the pages of which were divided down the centre by a perforated line; the outside half of each page was again divided into slips about 4in. long by 1-Jin. in width, on each of which was printed the name of the issuing station; spaces were provided in which the clerk had to write the destination, passenger's name, date of issue, and the time the train was due to depart. One of these slips, duly filled in, was de- tached from the book and handed over to each would-be pa.ssenger in exchange for his fare. The traveller having thus obtained his ticket, was passed on to the guard d the train in which he desired to travel. This official was provided with a kind of way-bill, on which he entered particulars of all his passengers in much the same way that a. parcel is served nowadays.
DIFFICULT OF ACCESS. I The most historic and sacred site in the I "I a Peninsula is Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Law. Perched on the j precipitous slopes of this mountain, some 5,012 feet -hove sea-level, stands the famous Monastery of St. Catherine. Until quite rcrently the visitor had to enter its precincts b-, meang of a primitive lift. Seated in a wooden chair, the visitor was pulled up to the main door by means of a rope. This novel and rather venturesome means of en- trance and exit owed its origin to the pre- valence of robbers in earlier days. Unless the inmates lowered the rope and chair and drew up the visitor, it was practically im- possible* to gain admittance, thus safeguard- ing those within from risk of robbery and violence.
The London County Council census of homeless persons shows that on the night of February 14 only eight actually homeless persons were counted, compared with 540 in February 1914, and 2,700 in 1910. Colonel A. Thorney, coroner for Hull, has held his 8,000th inquest. Colonel Thorney was appointed coroner in 1887, and hIS father and grandfather held the office pre- viouslv over a period of sixty, years. Lance-Corporal A. Wilkinson, V.C., was oriented by the Leigh mill operatives with £ 90* in War Bonds and a gold albert with a gold medal. The total value of the presents from the Leigh citizens was more than .£700.
CLUB WINDOW. Colonel House is said to be a novelist. President Wilson's adviser has nevei directly admitted it, but he its generally supposed to be the author of "Philip Dru: Administrator," a novel which was pub- lished in 1912. The subtitle of the book is "A Story of To-morrow, 1920-1935." Mr. E. G, Hemmerde, K.C., M.P., keeps himself fit for his duties at the Law Courts and as Recorder of Liverpool by golf and sculling1; he was the winner of the Diamond Sculls in 1900. He has won famg as a dramatist. Under the pseudonym of "Ed- ward Denby" he wrote the play, "A Maid of Honour," and incollaboration with Mr. A. E. W. Mason he produced "The Butter- fly on the Wheel." His other plays include "The Crucible" (in collaboration with Mr. F. Neilson), "A Cardinal's Romance," and "Proud Maisie." t Sir James Barrie was attending a re- hearsal of one of his plays, accompanied by a friend, at which a lively discussion arose "between two of the "star" actresses as to the possession of the centre of the stage. While the manager poured oil upon the troubled water, Barrie sat carelessly swing- ing his feet from the rail of a box. "Good Lord, Barrie!" exclaimed the friend. "This will ruin your play! Why didn't you settle the matter yourself? You could if you only would." Barrie shook his head gravely, but with a merry twinkle in his eye. "io, Bill," he replied; "the Lord made only one man who could ever manage the sun anf. tho moon, and you remember even he let the stars alone." to The most dramatic moment in Mr. Charles M. Schwab's career was when the late J. Pierpont Morgan had arranged for the taking over of the Carnegie Steel Company by the United States Steel Corporation. He found that the trust would be obliged to carry out a contract which Mr. Carnegie had made with Mr. Schwab to pay him a minimum cf one million dollars a year salary. Mr. Morgan was in a quandary, as the maximum salary paid by the steel trust was 100,000 dollars a year. So Mr. Morgan called Schwab, explained the quandary, and asked him what to do. "This," instantly said Schwab as he reached out and took the contract from Mr. Morgan, and tore it up! It cleared up the whole situation. When Mr. Morgan told Mr. Carnegie, the latter sent Mr. Schwab a bundle of bonds equal to Lie full amount of the unexpired contract. # Most people believe that the Germans coined the word "Fatherland." But Isaac D'feraeli, in 1824, claimed that he "intro- duced it into the language, and," he said, "I have lived to see it adopted by Lord Byron, by Mr. Southey, and even a lady has given it to a song." And then he added that he got it while living in the Nether- lands from a book of "Vaderlandsche His- toric" —the history of Fatherland. # # Major-General Currie, who commanded the Canadians in France, was a real estato agent in Victoria, British Columbia, before the war. He had, however, always been in- terested in soldiering, which was his hobby. He was one of the first Canadians to be granted a commission. He sailed for Eng- land with the original Canadian Expedi- tionary Force as Colonel of artillery, and put in some hard training on Salisbury Plain. Arrived in France he quickly earned promotion, first to Brigadier-General and then to Major-General. Tie set the seal on his reputation as a gallant and successful commander at the second battle of Ypres, when he led the First Canadian Brigade. Subsequently he was given command of a division, and earned fresh distinction. When General Sir William Robertson had become a sergeant-major, and was recom- mended for a commission, he had to do some practical work before his superiors during the examination. It was at Dublin Bar- racks, and he was ordered to take charge of some troops of the 4th Dragoon Guards, and to put them through their pacings. In re- ply to a difficult order the adjutant and the sergeant-major of the regiment went to their places, but these were on the wrong flank of the regiment, as acting from that particular base. The colonel smiled, think- ing he would have something to say both to the "base" and the candidate for a com- mission at the same time. Robertson de- tected the error at once, however, and so did not give the command for the troops to move, on which the colonel called out rather testily: "Now, then, sergeant-major, get on. Give the word!" "I will, sir, as soon as the base is in the right position! was his reply. "Oh, hang it!" ejaculated the colonel, laughing heartily, "if you can put my adjutant and regimental sergeant-major in their places, that is good enough for ¥Ie! I don't need to see any more. You'll do!" » General Plumer's chief claim to fame, be- fore he went with the British Army- to France, was the part he took in the relief of Mafeking. He was on the northern border of the Transvaal, 350 miles from the be- sieged town. Getting news that Colonel (now General Sir Bryan) Mahon was ad- vancing to relieve the garrison from the south, Plumer cut himself off from his btise and marched to meet him with a mixed force of Canadians, Australians, and South Africans. The Colonials covered the dis- tance in record time. It was a near thing, for they had eaten their last ration on the very afternoon when his scouts heliographed baok the news that they h?.d got in touch with Mahon's skirmishers. Next morning the two main bodies joined up, and 'together they broke through into Mafeking. After- wards Plumer was promoted to* the com- mønd of a brigade. < When Lord Pirrie, the shipping magnate, was about to stirt earning his living, his mother, a widow, gave him a little book in which she had written words of counsel: "You have your own way to make. It de- pends on your own exertions whether you starve or not." The little book is the thing Lord Pirrie most treasures in the world. As a working boy, earning a few shillings a week; as the ocean king, dealing in mil- lions, the maxims written in that book have guided him. "It is the result of everyday experience," his mother wrote, "that steady attention to matters of detail lies at the root of human progress, and that diligence is, above all, the mother of good luck. Ac- curacy is also of much importance, and an invariable mark of good training in a man— accuracy in observation, speech, and tran- saction of affairs. What is done in business must be well done, for it is better to ac- complish perfectly a small amount of work than to half do ten times as much. A wise man used to say: Stay a little that we may make an end the sooner.' < A well-known politician went, by invita- tion, with others to visit the Grand Fleet. He was conducted on board a battleship and received by the captain. "Where's the admiral?" asked the CA, PP. "On board the flagship," replied the captain. "Isn't this the flagship?" "No, sir." "How is it," ex.. claimed the M.P., "that I-me-I-am asked on board a mere battleship and not a flagship?" "Well, you see," said the cap- flagshi 'V the ,d-irat and I tossed to see who would entertain you, and I lost!"
OTHER MEN'S MINDS. I What we want ia houses.—Mayor of Is. lington ) i THE FARM LABOURER. I The farm labourer must to a larger extent > become a prof! t-sharer.-Lozd Ernie. I OUR MISTAKE. I In England we are not so progressive ne I we think we are.—Mr. J. H. Anderson. PROFITEERING. I The Government is making from 20 to 30 per cent. profit on sugar, meat, and other staple articles.—Lord Wimborne. SHAKESPEARE AND GERMANS. I Shakespeare called Germans "drunken beasts," which does not augur well for the future peace of Germany if he is going to make his spiritual homo there.—Mr. Henry Arthur Jones. WHAT WE WANT. I What we want now are honest politics and honest politicians.—Mr. Philip Snowden. PROFIT-SHARING. I Workers must pass from wage-earning to I profit-sharin-Father Bernard Vaugkan. I THE COURT OF LIES. I The amount of perjury committed in the Divorce Court is a scandal to our civilisa- tion.—Mr. Justice Darling. TWO KINDS OF ENGLISH. I In England the language that we teach is I not the language that is spoken, not even by the best people.—Mr. H. E. Palmer. THE ROAD TO FORTUNE. I It was once said that the fairest prospect in all Scotland was the road out of it. Con- temporary evidence seems to show that this is true to some extent in Wales.—Lord Birkenhead. FORTUNATELY. I Fortunately the mass of the people are I full of common sense.-Nir. W. A. Appleton. I THE MIDDLE CLASSES. I No class lias shown better resourcefulness than the middle classes during the war.- Mr: Kennedy Jones, M.P. WHERE THE BRAINS ARE. I The working-class movement can furnish clearer brains than the capitalist class.- I Mr. Neil McLean, M.P. ALL LABOUR MEMBERS. I I will not allow anybody to speak in an I exclusive way for Labour. The House as a whole represents Labour.—Mr. Churchill. THE COMING DAY. I The day is coming when they are going to I burn down the slums, and, I trust, hang the owners.—Councillor Delderfield. WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. I When you look at the map of the world and realise how much we might have taken as compared with what we have actually got, you cannot but be amazed at the mode- ration of our ancœtors.-Sir Sidney Low. I THE INFLUENZA MYSTERY. I Speaking as a layman, and for this country only, I think one of the reasons why we know so little about influenza, and why we are practically groping irf the dark, has been our neglect to foster a proper re- searc h movement.-Sir Kingsley Wood, M.P. THE LITTLE NATIONS. I There is a real danger of the little nations emulating the faults of the great empires. There is a tendency to expand beyond the limits of their race, to annex territories not their own. They are inclined to look across and desire to occupy the territory of people of a different language and tradition. The very desire of annexation and expansion is begininng to possess them. That is the most fatal error any people, great or small, can possess.—Mr. Lloyd George. RAILWAY NATIONALISATION. I A Cabinet Minister says that nationalisa- tion is intended. We have the matter under constant observation to protect our share- hold,ers.-Viscotint Churchill. A HINT. I If the clergy spent more time in expound- ing the Bible, instead of imitating the lead- ing articles of the day, and giving their opinions on subjects of popular interest, it would be far better.—Lord Hugh Cecil. WOMEN ROAD-HOGS. I Some of the worst offenders are women drivers. They cling to the crown of the road with a persistence worthy of a better cause. Next to the woman driver in dis- regard for others comes the man who drives his own car. The most considerate driver is the professional chauffeur.-Mr. S. L. Ben- susan, EDUCATION IN THE ARMY. I The war has to a very large extent altered the nation's conception of what an Army is and can be. We have at least been able to show that it is possible, even in the midst of lighting, and still more after fighting, though still on active service, for educa- tional training to be made to go hand-in- hand with military training, to show that the more educated a man is the more quickly and more efficiently he can be trained, to show that the old idea of train- ing a man to be a soldier and a soldier only must at any rate be reconsidered in the future in the light of the experience gained in this war.—Colonel Lord Gorell. 1. SECURITY FOR FARMERS. I If jrightly encouraged by stability and security of tenure, agriculture will prove one of the nation's greatest assets. In- security undermines the confidence necessary to good farming, and is the parent of bad farming, and will lead headlong to land nationalisation, to which security of tenure, which will never harm the good landowner, is the alternative.—Mr. T. Powell Davies. THE HOPE OF THE WORLD. I If America were at this juncture to fail the world, what would come of it? I do not mean any disrespect to any other great people when I say that America is the hope of the world. And if she does not justify that hope, the results are unthinkable. Men will be thrown back upon the bitterness of disappointment not only but the bitterness of despair.—President Wilson.
THINGS THOUGHTFUL • In every part and corner of life, to lose oneself is to be gainer! to forget oneself ia to be happy.—R. L. Stevenson. Never bear more than one trouble at a time; some people bear three kinds-all they ever had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.—Lord Avebury. THE ONLY WAY. "If it is right, there is no other way Brave words to speak, and braver still to live; A flag to guide the battle of each day, A motto that will peace and courage give. "If it is right, there is no other way!" Wise words that clear the tangles from the brain; Pleasure may whisper, doubt may urge delay, And self may argue, but it speaks in vain. "If it is right, there is no other way!" This is the voice of Pod, the call of truth; Happy the man who hears ic to obey, And follows upward, onward, from his youth. ONLY FAIR. There is a custom in Norway, it is said, by which every man who cuts down a tree plants two in its stead. Should anyone treat the world less generously than this? Every day we take some blessing from life—food or clothing, inspiration or ambi- tion, a cheer or a laugh. What good things We deprive the world of, then, let us do our best to replace in kind and generous degree, twice ovr. if possible, in equal measure certainly, but always freely and whole- leartediy. We shall thus become not rob- bers. but benefactors. One ought to deter- mine to try to put back into life quite as [ much good as one gets out of it. Indeed, many n thoughtful person goes even further than this. Yet, even so, we shall still be debtors to life, for despite all the hardships it leads us into, it brings us every happiness that we enjoy. The one thing we have no power to buy, either for ourselves or for others, is happi- ness. We must create it if we wish to pos- sess or to bestow it. Son of immortal seed! high-destined man! Know thy dread gift-a creature, yet a cause; Each mind in its own centre, and it draws Home to itself, and moulds in its thought's span All outward things, the vassals of its will. —Newman. Brooding over temptation gives it addi- tional power. The only jewel which will not decay is knowledge.—John Alfred Langford. AN EASY ROLE. Many there are to-day who sit in the seat of the scorner. It is easy to mark the fail- ings of others, and the temptation is fre- quent to make conversational capital out of their foibles. This is bad enough, but worse is it to allow oneself so to dwell on the seamy side of life as to lose all faith in the salvability of human nature, to abandon the effort to ameliorate conditions in society, and to give oneself over to a course cynicism whose blatant cry is, Who shall show ua any good? It is bad enough to be bad; it is positively wicked to mock at those who are good. The way to help others to be- come better is to recognise the wprth al- ready in them, and to let them know that it is appreciated. It is true that often the course of human progress is discouragingly slow, but that is no reason for despairing altogether of such progress, or for any rail- ing at imperfect saints on the part of unre- pentant sinners. It is well to value people for what they are, without expecting perfection.—Mary Lamb. ————————— — The faultfinder finds few faults greater than his faultfinding. BE CHEERFUL. Don't go through the world with a glocmy face, 'Tis better to wear a smile: No matter what duty each day may bring, Be cheery, it's well worth while! It will help you on in the years to come, And will not your progress bar; For the fellow who growls is oft passed o'er, But the fellow who laughs go far. For the ring of a hearty laugh may cheer, You never know where 'twill end; It may help to brighten some dreary soul, It may win for you a friend. It may nerve a fellow fast losing hope, A life it may make or mar; Soon left in the race is a frowning face, But the fellow who laughs goes far. It is idleness that creates impossibilities; j and when men care not to do a thing, they shelter themselves under a persuasion that it canaot be done.—South. What is a great love of books? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past times.— John Bright. The true springs of all human action are generally those which fools will not see, which wise men will not mention.—Charles Kingsley. Judge mildly the tasked world; and disin- cline To brand it, for it bears a heavy pack. —George Meredith. Men who look on nature and their fellow- men and cry that all is dark and gloomy, are in the right; but the sombre colours are reflections from their own jaundiced eyes and- hearts. The real hues are delicate, and require a clearer vision.-Chares Dickens. REAL GIVING. Rings and other jewels are not gift. but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a por- tion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me. Therefore, the poet brings his poem; the shepherd his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a gem; the sailor, coral and shells; the painter, his picture; the girl, a hand- kerchief of her own sewing. This is right and pleasing.—Emerson. Make thyself such as thou teachest others to be. A man, self-subdued, may subdue others; but the way is hard.—Theophile Marzials. x A PUZZLE. Everything in the world is of some use, but it would puzzle a doctor of divinity, or a philosopher, or the wisest owl in our steeple, to tell the good of idleness, that seems to me to be an ill wind that blows nobody any good.—C. Spurgeon. Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
z EPITOME OF NEWS. Air-raid shelters at Dover cost 96,000. Demobilisation of the W.R.A F s has begun. v Next year hop growers will be allowed their 1914 acreage. Lord Dunraven's cigarette factory at Adare, Limerick, has been burnt down. Public-houses at Dover close at 8 p.m., and the Control Board have refused to ex- tend the hour. I Lieut.-Commander G. F. Parsons, of H.M.S. Nigella, was killed hv fallina into a dock at Portsmouth. 0 I Mr. G. Locker-Lampson, M.P., i9 ap- pointed chairman of the Advisory Com- mittee on the Welfare of the Blind" ) Viscountess Hood has died from double pneumonia following influenza, aged thirty- i seven. The Food Controller has decided that beet trade disputes shall be referred to- area com- mittees composed of equal numbers of licensed victuallers and brewers. i Captain Alexander Simpson, who has died, aged eighty-four, at Stirling, was the I last survivor of the expedition sent to the j Arctic by Lady Franklin in 1857 to search i for Sir John Franklin. | Mr. George Scarlett, joint master of the Taunton Vale Harriers, dropped dead while • hunting at Hatch Beauchamp. It was stated at a meeting of protest against the proposed closing of the Royai Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey that during the war the number of hands j increased from 900 to 5,000. "Armistice Victory" is the name of a j child who was christened at Marazion j (Cornwall) Wesleyan Church. f Bermondsey has received three German i j trench mortars as war trophies, and they are temporarily housed in the corridor of the town hall. Aroused at midnight by the furious bark- j | ing of his dogs, a Presbyterian minister at II Strabane went outside, and found a house on fire a short distance away. It is officially announced that the exemp- tion of children from school attendance for employment in agricultural work, which was allowed during the war, is now to cease. After giving an imitation in the water of I a motor boat, Gerald Sidney Connelly, aged nineteen, an officer's steward, disappeared, and was drowned in the swimming bath at Chatham Barracks. "Cologne Post" is to be the name of the new daily journal on the Rhine for the benefit of our Army of Occupation. When four boys appeared at Preston Police-court for playing "banker" in the street on" a Sunday, it was stated that their respective earnings were 35s. (aged fifteen), 19s. 6d. (thirteen), 17s. 6d. (fifteen), and 9s. (thirteen). Old parish registers show that within a mile of the house of Miss Jane Marten, who died recently at Wigton, Cumberland, aged 102, lived two other centenarians, and another inhabitant who lived to the age of ninety-nine. Four boys, aged from nine to ten, whc had been to a cinema performance where a train wreck was depicted, placed a wood and iron lever on the railway at Lytham, and were ordered to receive three strokei with the birch. Two members of the Sissinghurst (Kent) Vermin Killing Club have killed 1,583 mice in t h ree days' El Citib have kill-?d 1,583 mice in three days' corn threshing on one farm. During boring operations connected with the dock extensions at Blackwall a workman threw a light into some tubing. There was an explosion and a mass of flame, caused, it was said at an inquest, by marsh gas, and Henry Humphries received injuries which proved fatal. A meeting of M.P.s decided to set up a committee to watc the interests of 0 Hot- men t-holders, and r. C. W. Bowerman was elected chairman, with Sir Kingsley Wood and Majof W. 0- Prescott secretaries. It was also decided to send a deputation to the President of the Board of Agriculture. More than 10,50o civilian alien enemies have been repatriated since the armistice. Addressing faritifrs pt GuiMford. tn-d Ernie (Mr. Protli-ro) said fiat T,e thonsrht farmers could --ely on the Government taking "step to brclong tT-n ¡;h:"H the C-rin Production Act £ ives rrlit foreign com- petition in certain articles." Torquay Corporation pppr^ved of ft housing scheme involving an expenditure of mor. than ..f'70 .000. Monev orders can be sent to Murmansk and Archangel for payment at British Army post offices theJe. Prince Leopold of Bavaria, recently ar- rested at Munich, has fled to the Tyrol, where ql.,3<) is the ex-King -of Bavaria. Riding hom on his motor cycle, Albert Thomas, aged twenty-two, of Brynammon, near Swansea, dashed into a wall and was killed, but a friend who was riding on the back of the Machine jumped clear and es- caped injury- Two pieces of gelignite which were taken home by Ernt Arthur Harrison, of Fine- don, were accidentally put on the fire and exploded, wrecking the house. Harrison was fined the maximum penalty—2s.—for having been in unlawful possession of the I explosive. I'-
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