TLLL RIGHTS RESERVED.] PENSION PROBLEMS: HOW TO SOLVE THEM. By AN EXPERT. I The Problem of Unemployment-Back Up the Premier's Lead The Motto foi Industrial Life To-day—Regarding tht Settlement of Accounts and the Remit- tance of the War Gratuity-More About the Bonus. FREE ADVICE TO OUR READERS. While the country is getting into its in. dustrial stride there is bound to be some unemployment. It was to meet this state of thing's that the Government devised the Out-of-Work Donation policy. Its abuse by a few dishonest men and women is a small evil compared with the misery which would havo arisen had no such provision been maoe. This question of finding work for disabled and demobilised men is uppermost in one's mind just now. "Just as the disabled man went forth to battle to fight for his country's cause," said Mr. Lloyd George, "he desires now to re- sume his place m the ranks of industry and to make his contribution to building a better Britain. The State will provide in- dustrial training to fit a man for work if he cannot resume his old vocation, but the first step is obviously with employers of labour, wherever possible, to reinstate their old workmen, and to use their services for their own and the country's good in employ- ment suitable to their strength and capacity." Upon all employers there liea a heavy moral obligation to-day, for they should make it their duty, as they should esteem it their privilege, to think of their business in relation to the number of disabled men they can set to work. It needs hard think- ing, and I am sure there is the requisite goodwill. In the last resort, public opinion is the strongest power in the country, and public opinion must back up the Prime Minister's lead. Neither this Government nor any Government can ever make a brand-new set of conditions in a few weeks. Inasmuch as every claim cannot be at- tended to simultaneously—and there is a limit to the capacity of existing staffs- there is bound to be what the expectant re- cipients consider unnecessary delay in the settlement of accounts and the remittance of war gratuity for widows and dependents. It should, however, be remembered that the War gratuity forms part of a deceased sol- dier's estate and is not necessarily payable to his widow and dependents. Every Catie has to be inquired into, and as this means the re-opening of some 700,000 estates, the distribution must in any event take a con- siderable time. In a previous letter I pointed out that every officer, non-commissioned officer, and 'man (with a few minor exceptions) who was in the Army on May 1 last, is entitled to the full bonus as from that date. It should be further noted that before issue can be made for any period before May 1, it is necessary that certificates of eligibility should be rendered by the commanding offi- cer to the Ann)" agents or paymasters, wJio have no power to make any payment in the absence of certificates. Any man who con- siders he is eligible for the bonus for any date before May 1 should apply to his com- manding officer. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. 1 R. B., Hasleraere.-If you are, as imagine, a pensioner, apply through your War Pensions Committee for assistance from the King's Fund, giving name, number, rank, regiment, date of husband's death, %nd reason for application. Get their c address from the Post Office if you don't know it. R. W. G., -Den.on.-Am now able to in- form you that there is no mention of the award attached to the Military Medal, with or without bar. A. H., Tenterden.—Nothing under the regulations, as I read them. It is just possible something might be done under the King's Fund, though they generally confine the help they extend to widows and children. Ask the secretary of the Local chil d ren. Ask the ?, War Peneioias Committee for a form. E. H. L. J,, Soutl-iiiiiister.-Claim should oe made to the Civil Liabilities Committee. Address of the Commissioner for your dis- trict and application form-which the man himself must execute—can be obtained at the post office. The King's Fund is now principally confined to assisting the widows and orphans of disabled and deceased officers and men. Application for help in this direction should be made to the Local War Pensions Committee. P. G. Kilburn.—According to my reading 4f the regulations, allowance cannot be made to a disabled man in receipt of a pen- sion on behalf of a step-brother or step- sister. Cases of special hardship of a tem- fxarary .nature can be con-sidered by the Local War Pensions Committee. If, how- aver., you can show that your pension, plus anv other allowance and your average earn- ings, are together less than your pre-war earnings, you can claim an alternative pen- sion baaed on your pre-war earnings. In many cases such claims have been substan- tiated to the financial benefit of applicants. The alternative pension is only payable from the date of application, which is made through a man's War Pensions Committee. As to issue of badges, etc., to men who are entiitled to rthem, delays are bound to occur just now owing to the vastly increased amount of work which demobilisation has brought about. H. L., Tenterden.—Under Article 18 (2) of the Royal Warrant: "Where there was an affiliation order in force on acooxent of a rhild at the time of a soldier's death, or where there is proof that the soldier was the father, a pension up to 6s. Sd. mav be given*" up to the age of 16. Fttrfbermore, the Special Grants Committee may make grant. special allowances, or supplementary allowasses for children under their regula- tions where it can be shown that these are justified on any each grounds as depen- dency, special hardship, or education. Specific application should be made by the grandmother to the secretary of the Local War Pensions Committee. The latter refu- tation is lor exceptionttjl cases. Our Pensions Expert is anxious to assiei sailors and soldiers and their wives and de- pendents illl dealing with intrio-acies of the War Pensions System. Address y.our queries to "Pensions Ex- pert," c/o Editor of this paper. All essen. tial facts should be stated as briefly as pos- sible, such a name, number, rank, regi- ment of soldier, name and rating of sailor, particulars of families and separation al. lowance and (in inquiries concerning civil liabilities) pre-war or pre-enLsiment in- come, present or war income, and full lia- bilities. Do not send any documenta, birtb •ej-tificates, or discharge papers, etc. Will correspondents please make a poim of sending their regimental number, rank, JHHe; g.n<J regiment?'
THINGS THOUGHTFUL I Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.—Marcus Aurelius. That Love which broods over humanity casts a veil of merciful oblivion over sorrow that is beyond bearing and diffuses with the radiance of remembered happiness the vista of the years. The value of the emotions depends on the character and the intellect of the man whom they animate. Our business is to see that they do not prompt us to evil through our lack of character, or to foolishness through our lack of brains. Character and mind both should direct and control our emotions. Letters are the one strong link that keep the affections of those abroad riveted to home. The links are golden, but they are firm as steel. —" ■ I Shall we not take the ebb who had the flow? Life was our friend. Now, if it be our foe- Dear, though it spoil and break usi-need we care What is to come? Let the great winds their worst and wildest blow, Or the gold weather round us mellow slow: We have fulfilled ourselves, and we can dare And we can conquer, though we may not share In the rich quiet of the afterglow What is to come. —W. E. Henley. The narrow-minded can find sin in every normal act of life.—Louise Heilgera. I THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING NATION. I We English-speaking nations are by chance, as it were, the ballast of the future. It is absolutely necessary that we should remain united. The comradeship we now feel must and surely shall abide. For un- less we work together, and in no selfish and exclusive spirit, good-bye to civilisation! It will vanish like the dew off grass. The betterment not only of the British nations and America, but of all mankind, is and must be our object.—John Galsworthy. In the school-satchel are the keys of to- rr.orrow. Who yrasps the child grasp s the futitrc,-Francis Thompson. There is a new horizon for enward-looking men. We are so constituted that our hopes are i immeasurable, like stars, and the time of joy is prolonged until the time of life.— R. L. Stevenson. I LOVE. Give praise, 0 fellow man, unto the strong, But pity to the weak who suffer wrong; Forget not, while the victors mount the throne, The vanquished ones who go their ways alone. To these let prayers, or praise, or pity fall, But give, 0 fellow man, your love to all: Forget not that in earth or heaven above No life can e'er be blest that hath not love. Lucile Rutland. Of all combats, the sorest is to conquer ourselves.-A'Kempis. I SACRIFICES. We should remember that what we can sacrifices are for the most part bargains. We renounce something we would have liked to keep, but we do it for the sake of some- thing we hold more valuable still. We may give up pleasure or benefit for duty's sake, but we do it because we consider peace of mind or worth of charactex more desirable than the price we pay for it. Liberal education without a foundation in religion is not merely defective, it is im- possible. The promise breaker makes himself a bankrupt. lie who gives a pledge gives something of himself, and he who does not honour his own word cannot expect it to be honoured by others. I WISDOM'S LAW. If I am weak, and you are strong, Why then, why then, To you the braver deeds belong; And 60, again, t If you have gifts and I have none, If I have shade, and you have sun, 'Tis yours with freer hand -to live, 'Tis yours with truer grace to give, Than I, who, giftless, sunless, stand, With barren life and hand. 'Tis wisdom's law, the perfect code. By love inspired; Of him on whom much is bestowed, Is much required. The tuneful throat is bid to sing, The oak must reign the forest's king, The rustling stream the wheel must move. The heated steel its strength muet prove, 'Tis given unto eagle eyes, To pierce the mid-day skies. A.on. There are few lives that, ultimately, pain has not touched with glory. Kindly feelings, quick sympathies, and gentle manners, joined with true self-re- spect, form the ba6is of that gentleman- liness which is so naturally admired and coveted. I RECONCILIATION. I Word over all, beautiful as the sky, Beautiful that war and all its deeds of car- nage must in time be utterly lost, That the hands of the sisters, Death and Night incessantly softly wash again. and ever again, this eoiFd world; For my enemy is dead, a man divine aa myself is dead, I look where he lies whitefaced and still in the coffiti-I draw near, Bend down and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin. .0 —Walt Whitman. Politics without religion lacks foundation; but religion without politics lacks quite half ita content. Christianity is the leaven, but so also is politics the lump. Difficultie-s are meant to rouse, not to dis- courage.—William Channing. We live in ail unfinished world. We find it with forest unbroken, its fields un- ploughed, its mises unopened, and all its forces untamed. Man must sink his axe into the forest and must first invent and fashion the axe. The Love that no power can destroy Turns loA into gain; And my soul shall soar upward to Joy Qn the pinions of Pain.
CLUB WINDOW. I- I When the King and Queen paid then long-deferred visit to Burlington House their Majesties spent some time before Sii Edward Poynter's picture' of King Edward in his coronation robes. The royal party in. cluded Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, Princess Louise (Duchess of Argyll), and Princess Helena Victoria. » No doubt the great attachment wjiich exists between Mr. Lloyd George and his daughter Megan explains her early pre- cociousness in regard to politics. As a child of seven—she is now nineteen--&ho busied herself in her father's elections. It was in the days when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer that Megan made a remark which has caused Mr. Lloyd George many a chuckle. They were walking through St. lames's Park one day at a time when a new Budget was being discussed, and in answer to a juvenile request for money the Premier had to admit, after feeling in his pocket, that he had none. "Then put on another penny, father," retorted Megan. The royal guests at the "Women's Ball," held at the Albert Hall, included the Princess Royal, Princess Maud, and Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught. Princess Antoine Bibeeco (nee Miss Elizabeth Asquith), Lady Diana Manners, Lady Bon- ham Carter, and Lady Lavery taok part in the Floral Dance. Many of the larger shops in the West-End devoted a great deal of window space to the display of gowns specially designed for the ball. The majority of them were carried out in the most brilliant colours, and in some cases had elaborate floral head-dresses. A new Guards' Club is shortly to be started in the Grosvenor-square district of London. The officers of a certain brigade are interesting themselves in the scheme, and an old-established hostelry has been acquired for the clubhouse. It will be a very exclusive affair, and already the list of members (including royalty) is complete. It is stated that the Blarney Stone in- scription is to be recut, as it is getting so dim. It reads: "Cormach MacCarthy: fortis me fieri facit, A.D. 1449." It is interesting to recall the tradition about the stone, which is to the effect that when the Spaniards were urging the Irish chieftains to harass the English, one, Cormach M'Dermod Carthy, who held the castle, had concluded an armistice with the Lord Presi- dent on condition of surrendering it to an English garrison. Carthy put off his lord- ship day after day with fair promises and false pretexts, until the latter became the laughingstock of his acquaintances, and the former's honeyed and delusive speeches were stamped with the title of Blarney. # # There is a penalty attached to Fame- most of us feel it at times!—but according to President Wilson, who hates fuss and the limelight, he is regarded as a "national exhibit." "People come from all parts to see me," he says, "to impress their views upon me, and to give me advice. I listen to all and profit as far as possible. But some day I shall be free." All of the President's friends are agreed that he is a humouiist. He is full of epigrams, of which the following selection will no doubt prove of interest:— "The way to stop financial joy-riding is to arreiJt the chauffeur, not the auto- mobile." "A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks—mostly sits." "I gave up the law because I found 1 could not be an honest lawyer and a poli- tician at the same time." "It is always dangerous for a man to have the floor entirely to himself." "You do not settle things quickly by taking what seems to be the quickest way to settle them." "No novel is worth the loss of an hour's sleepr t The Rev. William Ewing, in his book "From Gallipoli to Baghdad," tells an amusing story, illustrating the good fellow- ship existing between our officers and their men. The reverend gentleman accompanied Colonel Boswell, of the Ayrshire Yeomanry, to the sector held by hit3 men. At the junction of several trenches he hailed a smiling-faced youngster as follows: "Hallo, Allison, what's wrong? You're rather white about the gills." "Ay, sir, I hae just washed masel' was the reply, spoken in all serious- ness; followed by loud laughter along the hollow ways from men who knew how com- pletely a good wash alters the aspect of the trench dweller. As is generally known, a boatswain in the Royal Navy keeps a tight and jealous hold over the innumerable articles which come under his charge, and spends half his life- time waging war against superior officers who endeavour to supply their naval needs by surreptitious raids upon his storeroom. One day, when the King paid a visit of in- spection to the fleet, says the author of "Naval Intelligence," a bos'n was asked: "Are you coming across to see His Majesty this time?" alluding to the march past, which was to take place in another ship. "No, sir. answered the bos'n; "he looked hard enough at me the last time, as if he wanted to pinch some of my stores." Sir Robert Hadfield is one of the olearest thinkers of the day, and one of the stauncheidi supporters of the principle of co- partnership. He believes that you obtain the best work by allowing the worker to reap soomie direct benefit from his industry. When I wae a boy in Sheffield," he said recently, to illustrate his point, we used to have a day once in every fortnight we called Mark Holiday. Every Monday after- noon before being dismissed for lunoh our total number of marks during the preced- ing fortnight was announced, and those who had gained 60 marks out of a. possible 130 were given the afternoon off. I have often wondered if the Mark Holiday idea could not be applied just as successfully to industry." Dr. Broomé, of Northern Church, Toronto, tells a neat 'story of a Welshman, who was a fine bass, and who dreamt that he was in heaven and, of course, in the choir. But even he had not imagined what a fine voice he had. There were millions of sopranos, contraltos, and tenors, but he was the only bass present. During a chorus, Gabriel, who was conducting, waved a hand to the Welsh- man, and whispered, "Not quite so much bass, please." Mark Twain met Mr. Chauncev Depctw at dinner one evening, while the former's "Joan of Arc" was being published serially. Mark thought he would hke to find out what people thought of it, so he said to Mr. Depew: "I don't suppose you ever read novels, do you, Depew T" "Oh, yes, I love them," answered Depew. "I don't suppose you're following that anonymous lulvel, Joan of .Arc,' in Harper's,' are you?" asked Twain. "I certainly am. Reading every line of it," answered Depew. "Well, what do you think of it? Think it is any good?" asked Twain. "Well," answered Depew, who, unknown to Mark, knew the authorship, "that's hardly a fair question aut,hc,r,sbip, "Wllv'?" a?kcd Twain. "You Bee, Mark," answered Dtpew in a whisper, "I wrote the darne d thing myself and am trying to keep it quiet."
FUN AND FANCY. I "I thought you said she was pretty?" "i said she was as pretty as she could be." Snooks, having accepted a cigar from Tukes, was wearing a disgusted expression, "What's the matter with it?" asked Tukcs. "I have just given a shilling for two of them." Yes," replied Snooks, "but my i luck's out; you got the ten-penny one Old lady, rather deaf: "Are you any re- lation to Mr. Brown?" Visitor: "I am Mr. Brown." Old Lady: "Ah, then, that ex- plains the extraordinary re semblance." "Oh, Jack, whit shall I do?" "Why, what's up?" "Miss Tollem saw you kiss me." "Never mind, dear. I'll settle Miss Tellem." "Oh, how can you ?" "I'll kiss i her and let you see us." Grocer: "Did that cheese I sold you do for your whole family?" Customer: V ery ncariy. The doctor is calling yet." Mrs. Jinks: My husband was a confirmed smoker when I married him, but to-day he never smokes." Mrs. Binks: "Good! To break off a lifetime habit like that requires a strong will." Mrs. Jinks: "Well, that's what I've got!" "You say you haven't anything to be thankful for?" said the clergyman to one of his parishioners. Why, look at your neighbour, Spdffley, he has just lost his wife by influenza." "Well." said the other sharply, "I'm not SpifHey!" Smith: "Aftor trying for ten long years, I have at last convinced my wife that I am perfect." Brown: "Are you sure of it?" Smith: "Of course I am. It was only this morning that she said I was a perfect idiot. "How did the accident happen?" "He got run over when he stopped in the middle of the roid to read a safety first' notice on a bus." Jack: "Now, after I ask your father for your hand, the next question will be, How are we going to live?" Jill: "Don't worry. Jack. If you live through that interview you can live through anything." "Mabel, you might give that young man of yours a message when he comes this even- ing." "Yes, father." "Tell him that we've no objection to his running up our gas bill, but we'd rather he didn't take the morning paper with him when he leaves!" Mrs. Russell: What is your husband's average income, Mrs. Harper?" Mrs. Harper: Oh, about midnight." Little Freddie was told by the nurse one morning that the stork had visited the house during the night and left him a little baby sister, and asked if he were going to see her. "I don't care nothin' about the baby," said Freddie, but I'd like to see the stork." "A man should be true to his colours." "But suppose he has the blues?" Peggy: "There is something very touch- ing about the attraction of the flame for the moth." Betty: "It isn't half so sad- dening as the attraction for the moth of your best furs." "Did your wife hear you last night?" "Yes; but she wouldn't listen." "I always told you he was a fair-weather friend." "I guess that's right. As eoon as he heard I was under a cloud he came after an umbrella I once borrowed from him." "Ah, John," observed the dying squire to his chauffeur, "I am going on a longer journey than you ever drove me—a much longer journey." "Never mind, sir, it's downhill all the way," was the chauffeur's sympathetic rejoinder. District Visitor (to mother of large family, some of whom have measles): "I hope you isolate the sick ones?" "Oh, yes, miss. Them as have it is at one end of the bed, an' them aa haven't it is at the other!" She: "The man I marry must be bold, but not audacious; handsome as Apollo, yet industrious as Vulcan; wise as Solomon, but 'meek as Moses—a man all women would court, yet devoted to only the one woman." He: "How lucky we met!" "No, sir," said Mr. Meekton, warmly, "no man would dare to say I am henpecked." "Why not?" asked a near relation, with a tinge of sarcasm in his voice. "Because if he did, I'd tell Henrietta of him." Miss Passe (giving a dinner): "This wins is over forty years old." Idiot (thought- lessly): "Bottle it yourself?" Farmer Ilaye: "That Jones boy who used to work for you wants me to give him a job. Is he steady?" Farmer Seede: "Well, if he was any steadier he'd be motionless." "Alas!" confessed the penitent man, "in a moment of weakness I stole a cartload of brass fittings." "In a moment of weakness!" exclaimed the judge. "Goodness, man, what would you have taken if you had. yielded in a moment when you felt strong?" Botanist: "This, Miss Little, is the tobacco plant." Miss Littler "How interest- ing And when does it begin to bear cigarettes ?" "You had better get some camphor balls; the moths are in that wardrobe already," said Newwed to Angelina. "But, dearest, I never could throw straight, so what's the use," she replied. "How did your daughter pass her exami- nation?" asked one mother of another. "Pass!" was the answer. "She didn't pass at all. Perhaps you wouldn't believe it, but they asked that girl about things that hap- pened long before she was born!" Young Husband: "Now you've achieved something. These are exactly like the cakee mv mother used to make. How did you do it?" Young Wife: "I used margarine in- stead of butter, eggs a month old, I put alum in the flour, and added plenty of water to the milk." "How did you get those chickens the officers found in your possession?" sternly asked the magistrate. "I—I—I raised 'em, y'r honour," stammered the prisoner. "Tell me the truth." "That's the truth, y'r honour. I reached down through a hole in the roof." Golf Enthusiast: "What is your handi- cap, Mr. Peck." Peck (sotto voce) ;"8-8h- )e's coming "I hr. ve a reprieve for you from the Home ifecret:iy," said the governor of the prison to the callous murderer. "Ah," replied the I latter, "no noose is good news, as the pro- 1I verb eays."
INDIA AND BOLSHEVISM. I STRANGE STATEMENT BV AMEER OF I AFûH NIST AN. It is reported that there is increased activity on the Khost border from Miram- shah-iii Tochi Valley, thirty miles west of Bannu. On May 24 a tribal force near Galanai (thirteen miles north-west of Shab- kadar, in Mohmand country) believed to be composed mainly of Afghan tribesmen from Kunar, was very effectively bombed and scattered northwards. Jelalabad was again effectively bombed, and large portions of the military part of the town are reported to. be burnt out. POWDER FACTORY BOMBED. I On May 24 our aeroplanes bombed the powder factory and fort in Kabul. A large explosion was observed. Up to that date the tribal situation on the North-West Frontier was reported to be improving. "THE GRATITUDE OF THE WORLD." I Fresh evidence of the Bolshevist sympa- thies of the present regime in Afghanistan is afforded by striking wireless messages transmitted to Moscow by the Bolshevists at Tashkent on the -20th inst. announcing the receipt of two letters from Kabul, dated April 7, and addressed to the "President of the Russian Republic." In one of these the Ameer declared that Russia, by raising the standard of Bol- shevism, had earned the gratitude of the whole world.
THE #DOLE SCANDAL. I Should a man with a motor-cycle and side-car attend a Labour Exchange for his out-of-ernployment pay, his wife at the same time being in receipt of a good income and enjoying the benefit of motor trips with this out-of-work husband? This summarises a question put by Mr. Perring in the House of Commons. Mr. Wardle said it would certainly be a case for investigation. In asking Mr. H. Bleasby, the chairman of the Hampstead magistrates, to sign an unemployment certificate, a smartly-dressed girl clerk said she had registered at the Employment Exchange, but had not tried for a situation elsewhere. Mr. Bleasby: Why not, when there are thousands of advertisements in the papers asking for women of all kinds. We refuse to sign the certificate at present. Three girls, aged 17, were fined 40s. at Margate for obtaining adult unemployment pay by stating that they were over 18.
"THEY'VE STRUCK OIL!" ( "THEY'VE STRUCK OIL!" I Good news comes from Derbyshire. It Is reported that the oil-boring operations on behalf of the Government near Chesterfield have been partly successful, oil having been struck at the Hardstoft well. It is not yet ascertained whether the oil is an isolated pocket or whether it exists in commercial quantities. In making the official announce- ment Mr. Victor L. Conaghan, the Ameri- can superintendent in charge of the drilling, said: "It is a goxl showing, but it is noth- ing to shout about." The staff is working night and day. In the Chesterfield district there are seven wells, and Hardstoft well is said to have a depth of between 3,000 and 3,500ft. It will be remembered that the boring was begun after long negotiations between Lord Cowdray and the Government in Oc- tober last year. So far it has borne out the belief of Lord Cowdray that geological conditions justified extensive and persistent search.
FORTUNES FOR COAL MINERS. I There is much food for thought when con- sidering the wage earned by the collier at the North Celynen Colliery at Abercarn, near Newport. Publication of the facta has just been nÍac. and naturally caused considerable in- terest. Inquiries show that the colliery is so easy to work that the men can earn practically what they like; that the coal has only to be "tickled" to bring it down, after which the men have simply to load the trams and send it to the surface. The man who was reported as having earned £ 1,000 a year actually received rather more, and stories are now told of another who paid income tax on X950. One man declared that the largest wage he had "received in four and a half months was < £ 4 Is. 2d. for Eye days, during which he cut 12 tons 5 cwt. of coal. In nine weeks out of thirteen he did not earn the mini- mum, and his wages had to be brought up to it by allowances. On the other hand, a colliery proprietor stated that there were hundreds of colliers in South Wales earning X400 a year, another adding that if they would only apply themselves to the work it was easy for many men to earn £ 10 a. week
MORE PAY FOR POLICE. I Dealing with the serious situation exist- ing in the police force, the Home Secretary, in reply to Mr. Wallace, said a feeling of unrest did exist among the Metropolitan Police, partly due to outside influences and partly due to genuine grievances. It had been decided to grant a substantial increase in pay, improve the conditions of service, and to place the Police Provident Associa- tion on a sound financial basis. While the police were not a military force, they were not an industrial body, and could not be organised on industrial lines. The Police Union would not be recog- nised. This announcement by the Govern- ment in regard to pay may allay the situa- tion. The Lord Mayor has addressed a letter to the Commissioner of the City Police, a copy of which has been placed in the hands of every member of the force, in which he appeals to the men, of whom the citizens are justly proud, not to withdraw them- selves from duty
TWO KILLED IN WATERPLANE SMASH. At an Atlantic City air meeting, Mr. Beryl Kendick, pilot of a Curti6s flying- boat, and a passenger, Mr. James Bew, boat, killed in the presence of hundreds of spectators. About 600 feet above the water Mr. Kendick's machine went into a nose- dive, from which he was unable to extricate it. Just before it struck it turned over, and the pilot and passenger were crushed under the motor.
The San Fernando, 18,000 tons, the largest oil tank steamship, has been launched at Newcastle by Messrs. Arm- strong, Whitworth and Co. Thirty-two rooks fell dead at Milton Bryant, Beds. Grain they had swallowed was found to contain strychnine, traced by the police to a wheat dressing. Girl to Magistrate: Will you please sign my application for continued unemploy- ment allowance as I can get no work?— I Magistrate: What? A great strong girl like you? Certainly not.
EPITOME OF NEWS. Villa is again on the war path. Edmonton is to have municipal brick- works. No women are working on WalthamstoW' trams now. Paramount Chief Griffith (Basutos) is t4. visit King George. Our net debt to the United States is- £ 810,400,000. Last week 192 Australian soldiers married English girls. An eight hours day on London omnibuses is being introduced gradually. Since the armistice there have been fatal accidents to 374 officers and 848 other ranks in the Air Force. Scottish East Coast fishermen refuse to continue herring fishing at the present un- remunerative prices, and 15,000 people art idle. A strike of smokers is suggested by the French Smokers' Defence League as a pro- test against the increased price of tobacco. Mr. Alfred King, a well-known yacht master, has been drowned at Brightlingsea. The Orient express via the Simplon tunnel will now carry mails for Jugo-Slavia,. Serbia, Rumania, and the Levant. Captain James, R.A.F., has arrived at Boston (U.S.) from Atlantic City, flying a Sopwith-Camel machine at 115 miles an hour. The Australian Federal Government's control of corn sacks during the war re- sulted in a profit of tloo,OOO, which is to bet returned to the farmers. Last month Australia shipped 435,000 cases of apples to Great Britain. Newcastle will not allow part of the Town Moor to be used as an aerodrome. Lord Fortescue has presented medals of the O.B.E. to several members of the Devonport Dockyard Salvage Corps. The necessity for excusing children from school attendance for agricultural work no longer exists, and no more exemptions should be granted, states the Board of Education. H.M.S. Australia was accorded an enthu- siastic reception on its arrival at Free- mantle (W.A.). Letters to Constantinople should take ten. to eighteen days, states the Postmaster- General. South Wales Clubs Union has acquired a brewery costing < £ 20,000 to ensure a supply of beer. Sir William Watson Cheyne, Bart., K.C.M.G., is to be his Majesty's Lieutenant for Orkney and Shetland. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is ask- ing for powers to issue a loan. Mrs. Botha launched at Greenock the 29 knots light cruiser Durban. The Malcolm, a 40-knot flotilla leader, was launched at Birkenhead. A four-engined Handley Page machine, piloted by Major Darley, which left Madrid for London. made a forced landing near Biarritz. Private Wilmont Burchell Neasou, who objected to trial by the Kinmel court- martial, has established an alibi and has been acquitted on the charge of mutiny. A Bill to remove the disqualification of clergymen as members of Parliament has been presented by Lieut.-Colonel Alan Bur- goyne. Six were killed and 20 injured in the strike rioting at Lima (Peru). The crowds in Callao did some looting and burning. At Lichfield, John Steventon Holland, a farmer, was fined £ 20 and ti ve guineas special costs for selling milk containing 21 per cent. of added water. A thirteen-year-old boy, named Frederick Savage, who said he came from Philadelphia. to England as a stowaway, was remanded at Wallasey (Cheshire) on a charge of theft. The Prince of Wales has consented to be- come president of the R.S.P.C.A. The Danish Lower Chamber has passed a Bill admitting women to holy orders. Dover Town Council have passed a reso- lution, with one dissentient, in favour of the construction of the Channel tunnel. The British Minister at Athens, Earl Granville, and Lady Granville are on their way to England on board a Greek de- stroyer. Worthing Town Council has decided to purchase the pier undertaking from the existing company for X18,446 as the site for a winter pavilion. Considerable destruction was wrought among the rhcdodendrons in the Sidmouth Plantation, Richmond Park, by a fire, the cause of which has not been traced. A wireless message from Petrograd re- ports that the railwaymen at Baku have come out on strike, and that all communica- tion between Tiflis and Baku is interrupted. The death is announced of Mr. Robert Bacon, who was U.S. Ambassador in France 1909-1912. Robert Chambers, who has died at the age of 80, was the last survivor of tha famous rowing crew which visited Canada. in 1871. Thomas Francis, of Fcllinfoed, Llanelly, was found hanging from a tree by a piece of electric cable. He was the first from the village to enlist when war broke out. American gooseberry mildew has broken out in Sussex. Mavence forts are being demolished by the French. A 146-ounce silver cup owned by Lord Denbigh was sold for 26s. an ounce at Christie's. Mr. Alfred Johnson, captain of the Rams- gate Fire Brigade, has been presented with the King's Medal. Missing from Greenock since the middle- of Mav, a 14-vear-old boy named Mc- Donough, has been found at Walton-on- Thames. Canada has budgeted X6,000,000 for State shinbuildinar. Money for rebuilding Rheims Cathedral will be collected by stamps all over the world, states the Swedish Red Cross. There is no immediate prospect of a cettlement of the strike of the crews of the Cowes steamer service. The Council of the Football Association are to discuss a resolution parsed by the Gloucestershire Football Association appeal- ing for rigid adherence to the former attif tude of refusing to recognise Sunday foot- ball. Restrictions on the import of slate pencils are to be removed. London University Senate has decided to institute a Ph.D. degree. George Callow 30, ex-soldier, died at th., cricket nets in Victoria Park, Hackney. Mr. Kennedy Jones will be chairman ot the committee on the London traffic scandal; It is officially stated thalt the miners' de- mand for an alteration of the income tax limit to < £ 250 would cost from 16 to 20 millions. Thirty .Baghdad stamps, over-printed foi; the British occupation, were sold for < £ 335v Messrs. Harland and Wolff have launched in Belfast the Bibby liner Yorkshire, of 10,500 tons, which will be used in the Fat* Eastern passenger trade.