AN EPIDEMIC OF OUTLAWRY CARS STOLEN, BOOKING OFFICE RIFLED, BIG THEFT OF SILKS. BIZARRE "WILD WEST" HOLD=UPS. A most remnrkaUe ev-ide-ue of outlawry has occurred in London during the past week-end. Masks, motor-cars, and arms have been employed by these modern ban- dits in their raids, all of which have been characterised by llie upmost audacity, and crimes hftve been swiftly, silently, and suc- cessfully committed bv mcJhr-ds that con- form most exactly wioh the highest tradi- tions upheld by "Wild West" desperadoes. Motor-cacs have been stolen, railway station booking officer have been rifled, lld huge quantities of textiles hare been appropriated by a ga--W, which seemingly intends to stop at the proverbial nothing. WELL-ORGANISED GANG. It is said thot the daring gang of armed men are- undoubtedly dangerous experts. It is estimated that up to the present they have secured booty, mostly cloth, to the total value of over = £ 4.).00>. It is provable that cine step towards checking them will be the provision cf a number of armed motor-cyclist patrols. Other measures will be of a different character, as it is believed that the gangs at work possess not only a fleet cf 4aok cars, bat also an extensive spy system. OFF WITH THE CAR. One oi the latest exploits was the theft of a motor from the Kenley Aerodrome, where Corponl Grigty. of the R.A.F., saw a man quietiv get into a six-seater Crossley car belonging to the R.A.F. Grigsbv rushed to the nearest car, but Was delayed in starting the engine. How- ever, by "luck he followed the road taken by the other car. Grigsby drove into Purley, picked up a policeman, and when' on the main rottd into Croydon saw the stolen car fchead of him. He spuHed, and overtaking the Crossley in the narrow High-street at Croydon, got in front, and pulled up so sharply that the driver of the stolen car was compelled to stop at Friends-road corner. Seeing the trap, these two meu bolted down a side street, climbed over a i.rick wall into a private garden and escaped. The driver of the car, who stumbled in getting Cut of the Crossley, also ni aet,- a dash to escape. lIe ran down Fell-road, passed the police station, and doubled back into the High-street. By this time a hue and cry had l>ceti raised, and the man was -finally stopped by Police-constable Ablott in Surrey-street. At the poiice-ftatirn the arrested man, jSrbo woto the 1914 ribbon, gave an address wn Bermondsey Army discharge papers yere fc-nnd on him. lie is believed to have virved in the R.A .S.C. Four men were charged at Bromley. ikent, with being: concerned in stealing and receiving a Studebaker car. valued at £ 400; belonging to the headquarters staff R.A.S.C. TWO ARMED ATROCITIES. In the tirst instance two armed men raided ti«a District Railway booking office at Boston Manor Station, between Acton and Hounslow, and left with the day's takings. The men, carefully watching their oppor- tunity in the dark, knocked at the booking office, and when the boy in charge, Ernest Brown (15), appeared, covered him with their revolvers and aoked where the mousy was kept. Having taken the whole of the takings, about t'lG, they deca-inped. THREATS TO SHOOT. The second robbery was tllat at Pearson's, Ltd., Seven Sisters-road, Tottenham, when a number of men, stated to have been armed, got a,w-,iv with about £ 200 worth oi silk and other material used for pyjama- making. Early one morning five men drove up in -» motor-e-ar u¡J.d forced an entry into the front of the shop, breaking a plate-glasa window in doing fi0, The man are stated to liave posted sen- tries at the cuid of the street. Presently a girl came along the street and stopped opposite the shop. A man crossed to her and used threatening ¡<lIl-' guas'e. She was too frightened to do any- thing. She believed she saw a revolver in the hands of one of the men. A Mr. Roberts, who Uvea a few doors away, also eaw the gang from his window. They threatened him and told him to keep inside. lie then wont to the back of the building, where he found two men on guard and saw three others further down. Ha stated that they threatened to slKC.t him if he did not go back. HOW TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM. Important progress has been made by the police in the direction of discovering the system underlying some of the crimes com- the new motor bandits. Ti? mitted SbLy etch understands the T*l'c "Dailv :? -Lt(-,h undürsball-; 'he al1thoritíe ￼ consider the only way to deal successfully with those up-to-date gangs is to provide the police with light, cars. A number will probably be in readiness at certain points in the metropolis, so that motor bandits can be purged without loss of time. Police officers picked out for duty with these care would i), armed with revolvers iox use in emergency. A point which, is holding tho attention of the authorities ie the possession of revol- vers by eo manv men of the criminal type. During the war large numbers of revol- vers were brought int-o this country by sol- diers from the Western front as sou- venirs," end changed Lands at fluctuating rates.
PREMIER GOES TO FRANCE. I The Prime Minister and Mrs. Lloyd George are ependlng their holiday in Brit- tany. A few friends who arc with the Premier i-nelude, Sir George Riddell, Sir Hamar and Ladv' Greenwood, Sir Eric Geddes, Captain Guest, and 1h. Sheppard.
LADY CYCLIST KILLED. A sad cafe is reported from StanweH, where Miss Lottie Harmour, cycling home, having met her fiance, collided with a steam wagon laden with cement, fell beneath it, and vw killed. The accident occurred within 100 yards of Miss Iiarrnour's home at Eghara.
REDHILL STATION RAIDED. A THIRD RAILWAY OUTRAGE. And yet another daring station rol)btry- this time at Redhill Station, when over £50 in Treasury notes was stolen. The robbery occurred during the brief ab- sence of the booking clerk. The thief or thieves were not seen, and it is believed that a long stick was used to secure the notes. The clerk only left the booking office, which is on the down platform, for three or four minutes during the afternoon. The door, which shuts with a spring catch, was firmly closed when he went out. Later in the evening, when counting the monev, the clerk discovered that XZO in Treasury notes was missing.
I BDYIN A BATH. AGED HOUSEKEEPER'S STRANGE DEATH. And vet another tragedy in which, on his own statement, an ex-soldier is implicated. Jehu George Prickett (30), an ex-«oldier, gave himself up to tho police at Greenwich in connection with the death of 3Ir". Pris- ciila Bacon (OS), his father's housekeeper. When Prickett's father returned to his house in Blagdon-road, Lewisham, after work he heard the sound of running water, and found the woman lying dead in the bath, which was full cf water. Mrs. Bacon was fully dres-sed. There was a wound on the back of her head.
A BURGLARS MISTAKE. Burglars who had attempted to break into a house at Wormholt-road. Shepherd's ;11"0 a liou?c-, at AV(,r. Eush. tnade the mistake of adjourning to Police-constable Hearne's house in Ay cliff e- The constable went downstairs and iouno one cf the men in the kitchen. A struggle ensued, Mr?. Hearne hctphi? her husband th d k cr. The strLi-Il"? I l?-,ste d t with a poker. The struggle I?i?ted a ?out au hallr. and the arrival of the policeman's little daughter with his truncheon gave him an advantage which resulted in the intruder, bra bed and bleeding, being taken to the police-station.
HER ENEMY—DEATH. I A tragic accident occurred at Maidstone, where a motor-lorry knocked down and killed Mary Ann Smith, 48, who was on her way to the station to go to the seaside. Mrs. Smith pushed Mier two children into a doorway, and both escaped. At the inquest the driver atatcd that in turning a corner the steering-wheel jammed and the lorry ran towards the pavement. He tried to put on the brakes, hut his foot slipped on to the accelerator and the lorry leapt forward. He had had no previous ex- perience with a heavy motor-lorry.
BOY'S ORGY AT SEASIDE. j A boy of 15, who stole .£150 in notes from a chest of drawers in his father's bedroom, -was remanded at Old-street Children's Court in order to be sent to a reformatory. The boy, George Wilhemly, of Waley-street, Steoney, pleaded guilty. It was stated that when the theft was dis- covered the father went to Sonthend, where he found the lad at work. With the excep- tion of os. 8d.. all the money had been spent in less than a fortnight.
MINER'S WIFE'S WASTE. I Mrs. Ada Lawrence, who was fined J65 for throwing 41b. of bread into a swill tub at Walsall, is a miner's wife, and said it was dirty bread her husband had brought home. The magistrate remarked that the woman's husband was on strike, and it was a serious thing when strikers were going about ^asking for help that the wife of one of them should be wasting bread.
"A DANGEROUS SCOUNDREL." I A sentence of IS months' imprisonment was passed at the London Sessions oil Edgar Frank Douglas Smith, on the charge of obtaining £ '300 from Mrs. Yera Cubitt and X70 from James Oswald Hartley by false pretences. The judge described de- fendant as a "plausible and very dangerous scound rel." Defendant obtained the money on the pre- tence that he was an American jockey who had been retained by a Captain Lowther." He wept bitterly as he was assisted from the dock. — ■ — I
AUDACIOUS BURGLARS. I The shop of Mr. G. C. Hardwick, at Burton-on-Trent, was closed for the half- day holiday. When Mr. Hardwick re- turned he found that thieves had cut a hole in the roof large enough for a man to squeeze through, and that jewellery had been taken, including watches, bangles, lockets, and brooches The thieves had entered an empty shop npxt door and, going upstairs, had cut a hole in the floor.
HEAVY BLOWS AT BOLSHEVISTS. I KIEFF, "THE MOTHER OF RUSSIAN CITIES," OCCUPIED. ARCHDUKE JOSEPH RESIGNS Good news continues to corno from the Russian front, where, day by d.1Y, Bol- shevist cities are falling. tolluviing Odessa, Riea ("the mother ut Russian cities") is said to have been occupied by the Anti-Red troops. One city is to the north and the other to ilie south of tnc Ukraine in SouthWest Rus-ia. According to information from another sourca, the whole of Podolia and large parts of Volhynia (also in South-West Russia) an d, the Government of KiefT have bxn taken from the Soviet troops by Petlura's and the West Ukranian armies, which are approaching the River Dnieper. In Budapest the Pretender—the Archduke Joseph—and the Friedrieh Cabinet of Hun- gary are reported to have resigned. This last piecrv of information will greatly assist matters in ratifying the Peace treaty.
I 'BUS OVERTURNS. TWENTY INJURED PASSENGERS REMOVED TO INFIRMARY. Following the fatal tram accident ab St. Pancras comes the news of a serious omni. bus disaster in which twenty persons were injured. A London motor-'bus travelling in Willes- den-lane, N.W., overturned. The vehicle v/as fully loaded, and of the twenty pas- sengers who had to receive medical treat- ment at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, for more or less serious injuries, three had to be detained, i.e., Israel Shooman, aged ten, of 12, Chichester-street, Paddington; Edith Cobb, aged twenty-four, of Deacon- road, Willesden; Nellio Double, aged thirty, of 13, Dewsbury-road, Dollis-hill, N.W. The omnibus was running from Willesden to Old Ford, and it overturned at the junction of Willesdcn-lane and the A veil up, feronderibiiry.
BOY SCOUT MURDER. VERDICT OF GUILTY AGAINST IRISH MILITARY. A verdict of "Wilful murder" against the military Nya, returned at the inquest on the Boy Scout Murphy, who was shot during a raid by night on his father's house at Ennis- tymon, Co. Clare. At the time the raid was believed to be tho work of Sinn Feine-rs, but a bullet after- wards found in the house was proved to have been fired from a military rifle. Mr. Mara, the District Inspector, made an application for an adjournment, in view of the allegations made against the mili- tary. Mr. P. Lynch, K.C., who appeared for the relatives, strongly opposed the application, and the coroner decided to continue the inquiry. When the jury, after five minutes' ab- sence, returned the verdict, there was a great sensation in court.
LEAVES NO HEIR. Lord Rathmore. who has died at Gre-enore flfter a short illness, was M.P. for Dublin University for 25 years from 1870 to 1895, and hekl several Government offices. As long ago as 1868 he was Law Adviser to the Irish Government, and later became successively Solicitor-General for Ireland, Paymaster- General, and First Commissioner of Work-5, the latter office under Lord Salisbury's Ministry. lio- was a son of the third Lord Plunket, and became Lord Rathmore in 1895. There ie no heir.
I THE MILITARY WAY. I TROOPS REFUSE TO EMBARK, ALLEG- ING VIOLATION OF PLEDGES. Southampton has had a mild excitement through toe refusal of troops to sail for Franca. Two hundred, men, most of them belongs ing to West Country and Midland regi- ments, refused to embark, their grievance being that thoy thought they were being sent to distant theatres. Practically all the malcontents enlisted under the Derby scheme and have served in Franco. Some of them have two wound stripes. They contend that their present orders are a violation of the War Minister's pledge. They refused to listen to their officers and the Mayor, whose assurance that if they returned to camp no action would be taken against them received no support. I The men took possession of a park, and were watched by a sympathetic crowd through tho railings.
I HELPING THE DISABLED. I ALLOWANCES DURING TRAINING. Sir R. Horne, Minister of Labour, in an interview at Glasgow, said he had made arrangements for partly disabled men un. dergoing training to receive during theii training the full pension allowance given 1;( the entirely disabled soldier. In addition, whero it is necessary for a in-an to live away from his home and family he will receive 17s. 6d. per we-ok for sub- sistence. The Government recognised that th< chances of the disabled soldier obtaining work are less than those of the able-bodied man and had decided to extend tho second period of unemployment donation in his cu.e from thirteen weeks to twenty. Sir Robert also said them i" to be a ce-m- j paign to induce employers to give employ- ment to a reoeonablo percentage to partly disabled men. The Labour Ministry had reached an amount of agree-litnt with em- ployers and trade unions which gave the greatest hope for success. I TRAINING THE MEN. There are now 50 disabled men in train- ing at the Enham Village Centre, near An- dover. Medical treatment, physical and mental, forms part of the daily programme, and bowls, croquet, and billiards follow. i After aibout a month's probation each man is advised as to his future occupation and plaoed under a definito training scheme.
CHASING BANDITS. AMERICAN EXPEDITION ENTERS MEXICO. I TWO AIRMEN CAPTURED. The search for the Mexican bandits who captured two American aviators continues. A message from Texas states that the American punitivo expedition encamped on the mountains after 36 hours' riding in rain and high winds. Two suspects have been captured, but it is not believed that the leader of the bandits has been caught, as this man, named Jesus- renteria, is described as possessing only one hand and one foot. Touch is being maintained -with the American forces by aviators from Presidio, we a flying field baee for the expedition has been established.
INTO THE DEPTHS. I BREAKING ROPE PRECIPITATES I MOUNTAINEERING PARTY. News is to hand of an exciting accident which occurred to a mountaineering party in the Haute Savoie. A party of tourists, whilst attempting to reach the summit of the Avaudruz, near Samoens, were all precipitated into the abyss below, through the breaking of the connecting rope. M. Lutro, a former Governor of Algeria, who was one of the party, waa afterwards discovered suffering from serious injuries to the shoulder.
GOLIATH AEROBUS FOUND. Messages from West Africa state that p.fter having been given up as lost the French Goliath aerohus, which set out on a journey from Paris to Dakar (West Africa), has been found. at the negro village of Kayor, 50 miles north of its destination. A damaged propeller was the cause of her forced landing. The passengers and crew are safe and sound.
NURSE CAVELL'S DENOUNCER. The trial of Quien, the man who Is accused of denouncing Edith Cavell to the German Secret Service, is proceeding in Paris.
TRAMWAY SEASON TICKETS. There is small prospect of the public de- mand for tramcar reason-tickets receiving any conaider?tioti for some weeks, says the "Daily Graphic." The members of the London County Council, who alone have power to authorise such a step. are at pre- sent taking holiday.
Hamburg hank clerks who are on strike have accepted the decision of the arbitra- tors. The Canadian Press Association has in- itiated an Imperial Press Conference to be held in Canada next year. Henry Looker, 36, a collier, was killed, and his mate, Thomas Williams, injured by a fall of roof at Garngech Colliery, near Swansea. Sir Reginald Tower, Minister Plenipoten- tiary to the Argentine Republic, has left Buenos Ayres for England.
THE TR\M TUSSLE. FURTHER STRIKE MOVE THREATENED. Additional labour troubles are now to to found among the tramway workers and co- operative employees. A serious situation has arisen among the trafficmen of the tramways of the L rited Kingdom, a deadlock having occurred in the negotiations between the Transport Workers' Federation and local and private municipal concerns. Recently the Federation presented an application for an all-round increase in wages for tramway workers, a request that the war wag uhouid be nierged into per- manent wages and that the qualifying period for the nia.xirr.um payment cf the additional 12s. weekly should be limited to six months. There was a further applica- tion for an advance of 6s. to youths ,:der 18 years of age. A definite reply, after a joint conference, was received from the employers pract ealiy refusing the men's demands. CO-OPERATOR S. The questions at issue between the co- operative societies in the North of England and 30,611,0 of their employees were con- sidered dt a joint meeting of the disputants in Manchester. Annoyed by the General Beard's notices urging members to purchase extra supplies of provisions before the lock-out of em- ployees, 55 employees at the Preston Indus- trial Co-operative Societies' thirty-eighth branch stores and central department, struck work. The society has 40,000 members, and con- siderable privations are feared During the week-end conferences were held; also the Co-operators are said to have now settled their differences.
TACKLING THE HOUSING PROBLEM The Ministry of Health is getting a hustle on, and over 70 London dwellings have been ear-marked for flats. The 'tonvereion of houses into flats and hostels as a temporary housing measure thus begun has progressed in real earnest, and in several cases the work of refitment is nearly completed. There has teen very little opposition. Of new housing schemes submitted to the Health Ministry the total number is 4,172, comprising about 43,000 acres, sufficient for the erection of some 430,000 houses. Plans for more than 14,000 houses have been ap- proved, and work on buildipg has been begun by local authorities on about 6,500.
LEATHER FASHIONS. NEW FEMININE CRAZE THAT WILI INCREASE THE COST OF LEATHER. It is reported that leather is being used considerably tor hats and the trimming oj Tweed costumes in Paris. Kid also plays all important part in even- ing gowns. Dyed in pale shades it is being used for skirts, while bands of it decorate the corsage. For motoring and flying leather garment are naturally indispensable, but in thest times of wond shortage it seems wholly un- necessary that such a commodity should b( used frivolously.
PRAYING AGAINST BOXING. The Nonconformist ministers at Llanelly have held prayer meetings in protest against the boxing contests in the Market Hall at the same hour. The boxing was, however, well patronised.
A ship's fireinzin named Peter Donnelly was drowned at Southampton when trying to swim out to a small boat in a choppy eea. At a Lambeth inquest it was stated that George Albert Pearson, eight, of Steel- works-road, Battersea, died from coma, due to the excessive heat. Lieut. Maurice Arthur Brind, two other officers, and 13 survivors of the crew of the Gentian, lost in the Baltic while mine- sweeping, were at a court-martial at Chatham acquitted of negligence.
EX=KAISERS WINDFALL I PROPOSAL TO GRANT fS,500,1,100 FOR CIVIL LIST LOSSES. I HOUSE-HUNTING AT DOORN. I Continental ad vices state that a Bill, sutv rnitted at the last sitting of the Prussian Cabinet by the Finance Minister, lierr Svdekum, for tho handing over of 170 mil- iiori marks (, £ 3,500,000j to the ex-Kaiser as a total settlement for what the paper terms "the Civil List he lost by forced abdica- tion. Nearly all the Ministers approved the Bill, aid the only reason why' no final de- cision w. reached was the opposition of Kerr Braun. Minister of Agriculture. A representative of the "Matin" has visited et Dor-ru, the chateau which the e. Eaiser is desirous of buying. Wilheim was down at the place last week, ar.d oftVred oijO.GOO lforins for it. Doom is a wooded region with many aristocratic chateaux much frequented in summer.
SOLDIERS MAD LEAP. I CANADIAN'S DETERMINED EFFORT I TO AVOID ARREST. An exciting chase was witnessed through London streets followed by a Canadian sol- dier's wild leap from a -ccond-lloor window. The hero of tho episode was a private •named Le Booty, who was arrested by a military patrol at the corner of Bedford- street. Before he could be taken into cus- tody lie struck one of his would-be captors and" darted across tho road, by an A.P.M. and two military policemen. He ram down Savoy-hill, entered No. 2, Savoy-mansions, which arp at present used as an office by the War Department. When he reached a. window he found himself faced with a 30ft. drop. Just before the escort arrived he leaped, Lut slipped on reaching the gi-onnd, and injured himself so badly that lie had to be taken in an ambulance to the Eiidell-strcct Military Hospital.
BLINDED BY GOLF BALL. Durfetf a. golf tournament at St. Augus- tine's links, Ebbsfleet, Tnanet, a ball struck George Castle, of Rarasgate, the chauffeur of a passing car, iu the eye. The injury was so serious that Castle', eye liad to be removed.
Dr. A. C. Parsons, a malaria specialist, is inquiring into tho presence of the malady in Eoisejc, particularly in the marshy dis- tricts around Tilbui-y aild Maldon. The Army Council announce that appli- cations for deferment of rppatriation on educatl. training, or medical grounds, will not be granted beyond December 31, 1313. September 7 is to be observed as a day of thanksgiving in France fc-r the Marne \ic- tory of 1914.. tC A fire in a field of cut barley in Hadding- tonshire was subdued only by ploughing up I I ? plotighiii., up the land. Maidstone Tramway5 Committee has de- clined toreplace the presentwomen con- ductors by the
ROASTED TO DEATH. TERRIBLE FATE OF WORKMAN IN CLTLERY FACTORY. A terrible tragedy was that which occurred at a Sheffield cutlery factory, where a spark set fire to some xylonite dust. and the front of the three-storey building was soon a mass of flam (v.. All the employees but one, Benjamin Wildsmith, managed to escape. He is sup- posed to have gone back with a fire extin- guisher in an endeavour to put out the flames. When he reached the staircase it was burning, but he mounted to a window at the rear. To the horror of the a«?«nb^ed crowd Wildsmith became wedged in the window- frame, from which he could not free him- self. Attempts to release him failed, and he was gradually roasted to death as the flames closed round him from all sides.
GLOBE-TROTTING GIRLS. I ——— PRETTY CANADIANS TO VISIT 1 BATTLEFIELDS OF PRANCE. Six young, charming, and typically Cana- dian girls, winners of a competition set by a Halifax (Nova Scotia) newspaper, have landed at Liverpool en ronte for France. 'I'he' v are on a visit to England, Scotlund, and much of the Continent as they can manage to see in the next four weeks. "We had a dandy timo in the Northern States before we .started owing to delay in sailing," said a member of the party. She thought Liverpool crowds extraordinary, j Her native "town" in Nova Sootia has a population of 150. The battlefields of France. a-nd Flanders are the main objective of the tour. Most of the vi-:itor" have someone detir to them among the fallen. -—————————————————-
THROWN OVER ESPLANADE. In connection with the sensation caused in Brighton by the news of the dead body of Alfred Rolfo boing found on the lower esplanade, two sailors, who are alleged to I have been concerned in the tragedy, have been detained. It appears that -i quarrel arose between some sailors and Rolfe, and as a result Rolfe was flung over tJi<? top of the verandah on the upper e?ph??ade at the foot of West- street, to the lower esplanade. He fell a distance of 30ft. on to the 6tones, and was killed outright. Puolfe, who was about twewty-three year of age, was the son of a fish salesman, and well-known in the town.
I HOW HE SAVED S20. Discovering his cottage on fire, a Llanelly man darted through the flames, pulled up the hearth, and saved twenty sovereigns.
Orders have been received from the Ad- miralty to stop work on the naval airship station at Ballyquirk, near Killeagh. County Cork. About 400 men are at work at present, the carpenters being on strike. Aged 16, James Barlow, a soldier of the Lancashire Fusiliers, stole a bicycle out- side a Wevbridge shop and rode to Bury. Lanes, to see his grandmother, since dead. At Chc-rtEcy he was bound over for twelve months.
BIRDMEN HONOURED. I AWARDS TO CREW OF R34 FOR DISTINGUISHED AVIATION SERVICES. I O.B.E. FOR MAJOR SCOTT. Awards to the officers and crew of the air. whip R34 in recognition of their distinguished services to aviation in making the success- ful voyago to America and back are an- nounced, and are as follows :—- Commander cf the Order cf the British Empire: Major George Herbert Scott, A .I .C., R.A.F., Commander of the R34. Air Force Cress: Colonel (A./Brig.- General) Edward Maitland Maitiand, C.M.G., D.S.Q.; Captain (A./Major) Gilbert (jeorgc Herbert Cooke, D.S.C.; Lieutenant Guy Harris: Second-Lieutenant John Dur- ham Shotter. Air Force Medal: Flight-Sergeant William Rrsc Gent; Sergeant-Major H. Walter Foljert Mayes, D.S.M.; Flight-Sergeant Walter James Robinson; Flight-Sergeant Reginald William Ripley: Flight-Sergeant Norman Albert Scull; Sergeant Herbert Murray Watson, D.S.M.
V.C. WHO" MADE GOOD." In the early days of the war George Onions enlisted in the Army, and was soon promoted lieutenant in a famous regiment. Some little time later, however, he was mixed up in a disturbance in a Wesst End restaurant, and was court-martiallcd and cashiered. Immediately he joined the Devonshire Regiment as a private. He was maJe a lance-corporal, and on August 22, 1018, south of Achiet-le-Petit, he saw, and seized, his opportunity to "make good." While endeavouring to re-establish commu- nication with a battalion, Onions discovered a large force of Germans approaching. He opened fire, and although wounded he even- tuaUy succeeded in capturing 200 of the eneniy. For this he received the V.C. It is now announced that, as an act of grace in recognition of valuable services, he is re- stored to officer's rank.
————————— J FURS IN THE STREET. I A heap of furs, worth nearly YI,Ct)D, found in a Birmingham street, was said to he the booty of which a gang were baulked bv two young women. "Miss Molly Methurst told the Stipendiary that, after hearing a smash of glass, they were joined by a man, who threatened to "et a dog on them if they did not go 3,way. She identified a young carpenter, now charged with being concerned in the rob- bery, as the man in question.
Continuation of the system of State man- agement of public-houses in Carlisle is urged by the Carlisle Advisory Committee of the Liquor Control Board. The late Professor Milnes's world-famous earthquake observatory at Shide, Isle of Wight. hA. closed down, the house and grounds being for sale. A slaughterman employed by the Food Ministry was fiiic-d 121,) for stealing mutton at Exeter. It was stated that he earned £ 8 to £ 0 a week, did private slaughtering, and owned a public-house.
I BOY'S HEAD CUT OFF. I GRUESOME EXPERIENCE OF GIRL AGED THIRTEEN. A terrible tragedy is reported .from Sun- derland, where a verdict of wilful murder was returned at the inquest on the child who is alleged to have been murdered by his step-father, Johu George Turnbull, ship- yard worker, in the presence of three other ttenchildron. The eldest of these, a girl aged thirteen, described how Turnbull turned "little Tommy" round and round as he cut the head off. "He di.d not lay tho hc-;i,.(1 down gently when it was off," she said. "He dashed it down against the fender." After Turnbull had been taken out of court the girl went into hysterics, screaming, "He will come back he will come back. Don't let him get me."
I A WIFE'S DEVOTION. CORNISH WOMAN'S SPLENDID HEROISM. A splendid instance of a wife's devotion ha* been demonstrated at St. Ives, Corn- wall, where a woman's dying thought for her husband, a blinded and paralysed es- sailor, led to her death. The victims, named Pollard, lived in a cottage near the shore, and when the wife returned from a visit to the: beach with her two children, she found a lamp overturned and the kitchen in flames. Rushing upstairs through dense smoke she reached her husband and dragged him to a third storey window. 0 Before a ladder could be brought Mr. and Mrs. Pollard were overcome. When the fire- men entered they found both bodies. The wife was clasping the husband as though to shield him from harm.
THOUSANDS OF CAKES. Lowestoft gave a big welcome-home party to 3,500 returned sailors, soldiers, nnd air- I men, who were entertained to a dinner in which figured 1,5001b. of beef, 1,5001b. of turbot, üOOlb. cf ham, and thousands of pastries.
KING AND CENTENARIAN. Mrs. Spurgeon, aunt of the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the famous preacher, has celebrated her hundredth birthday at her home, Anerley, London. A message of congratulation was sent to her by the King.
CHESS CHAMPIONS. In the Hastings Chess Tournament Capa- blanca defeated Dr. Olland. Scott won a very fine game against Michell. Sir George Thomas and Kostich agreed to a draw.
Mr. William Henry Webb, late master of Hawarden Grammar School, has died at St. Albans, at the age of 72. A case of rabies ha? been confirmed in Essex, bringing the total to 235. Mr. Mark Napier, the fourth son of the ten th Lord Napier and Ettrick and chair- man of Reuter's Agency, has died at Inver- ness. A pit boy in a South Staffordshire col- liery was found dead in the min-c in a kneeling position with his head wedgod be- tween the roof and a wooden bar. Fulham Guardians are protesting against boys of fifteen years of age from the West London district schools being sent to India as band boys by the War Office.
GERMAN BULLY TO j BE TRIED. FRANCE DEMANDS EXTRADITION OF GENERAL VON GRAVENITZ. I TERRORS OF LILLE. News which will be received with the lireliest satisfaction is that to hand from Paris, and to the effect that the extradition of General von Heinrich and General von Gi-Avenitz, the German Governors of Lille, during the occupation, and of Captain Him- mel, the German Chief of Police, is de- manded by M. Perny, the present local Chief of Police. M. Perny's report alleges murder and violence ajgainet these man, and asks that they should be tried at Lille. The report is being sent bo the Peace Conference. In those days of terror it is said that women were arrested for going across the road to visit a neighbour without their identity cards. No one was allowed to lock a house door, and Germans could enter at any timo to bully and commit excesses. Careful record of all outrages was kept by the Lille loyalists.
TO TUNNEL THE SOLENT. I A new rival to the Channel Tunnel (as- an enterprise in engineering) is the proposed Solent Tunnel, by which a train journey frevn the Isle of Wight to Waterloo could be made without change of carriage. The Itile of Wight Chamber of Commerce has decided to ask Sir Godfrey Baring, chairman of the Isle of Wight County Coun- cil", to convene a meeting of local authori- ties and representative bodies with the idea of presenting an address to the Minister of Ways and Communications, and also to seek the assistance of Major-General §eely, M.P., and Sir Douglas Hall, M.P. for the island.
PEARLS IN THE THAMES. .I While playing on the beach at Allhalloww, at the mouth of the Thames, a little boy picked up a large mussel, from which his father extracted four pearls. Two are black and perfectly spherical, and two white. All four 'are very small, the largest fceing about the size of the head of a large pin.
SOCIETY WEDDING CANCELLED. I It is announced that the m?rria?e ■ arranged between Lord Carnegie and the I Hon. Anne Thesiger "will not take place." j
In Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire, a 21i>. 14oz. roflch has been caught. It was 171in. long. War honours O'ained by residents of the village of Hatch End, Middlesex, include two CAM.G.s, two D.s.O.e, one K.B.E., two C.B.E.s, one MjC. and bar, nine M £ .s, one D.C.M., two M.Me, one M.B.E., and seven Mons Stars Police-Constable Tom Moore, who has just retired from the Metropolitan Force alter 27 years' service in the V Division, is a talented draughtsman, and has prepared useful plans for the courts in many crimi- nal cases.
CONQUEST OF THE AIR. SERVICE OPENED BETWEEN ENGLAND AND ThE CONTINENT. I PARIS AND BACK IN S| HOURS. The airway to the Continent is now open, and tie rapid strides made by aviation ex- perts during the past few months have made it comparative'y safe to assert that the com- mercial possibilities of aerial passenger and freight transport in the immediate future are assured. One of the first international air expresses has made the there and back—London- Paris trip in 5 hours 35 minutes. Leav- ing Hounslow at 9.10 a.m., the "Airco 4A, with a cargo of goods, arrived at Paris at 11.25 a.m. The aeroplane left the French capital at 12.15 p.m., and reached its Eng- lish depot at 2.45 p.m.; the journey was thus performed strictly to schedule time. A 'plane of the Handley Page Co. made a test trip to Paris with eleven passengers. I THE JOURNEY. 4A was piloted by Lieutenant Lawford, who, with a passenger, carried a full load, including a number of daily newspapers, a cowsigment of leather from a London firm to a firm in Paris, several brace of grouse, and, what will be more appreciated in Paris than anything else, many jars of Devonshire cream, which is unobtainable in the French capital. On the return trip, which took two and a half hours, a parcel of newspapers for the .Lord Mayor was brought to London. Airco 4A is the machine used by Mr. Bonar Law and General Seely on their frequent trips across the Channel. I GOOD PILOTS. The passenger service of the Aircraft Transport and Travel Company was started from Hounslow with four passengers, who left for Paris in the Airco 16, piloted by Major Cyril Patteson. The whole of the pilots engaged upon the service have been demobilised from the R.A.F. Communication Squadron, which ran between London and Paris in the latter days of the war and during the Peace Conference. It is estimated that the mails may be car- ried at 2. 6d. per loz. letter. The times of starting and arrival of the Aircraft, Transport and Travel Service from Hounslow to Le Bourget, and v ice versa., I will be identical, viz., 12.30 and 2.45 p.m. A sea-plane carrying passengers from Southampton to Holland landed on nams- gate sands, being short of petrol. A ROUND TRIP. A twin-engined Handley-Page, flying from London to Brussels, was piloted by Captain W. H. N. Shakespeare, M.C., who had his breakfast in Amsterdam, fleiv to Brussels, lunched, and then returned to Cricklewcod in the late afternoon to tea. BY AIR TO TORONTO. A feature of the New York-Toronto-and- back aerial Derby was that one of the machines carried an invitation from Presi- dent Wilson to the Prince of Wales to visit the United States. The pilot was to await the Prince's reply and return with it to the President: At the same time as the American com- petitors ascended from Mineola (Long Island) seventeen machines left Toronto for New York and back. The Toronto competi- tors were started by the Prince of Wales. PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. A newspaper correspondent who Macte a journey from Paris to London writes in the "Daily Mail":— "I am wonderfully impressed by the ease of the journey. I called at the office of the American Express Company, bought my ticket, and I was soon at the Le Bourgec aerodrome. There were no formalities. liad I anything to declare? No.' Would I take a luncheon basket? —'Please.' I donned a flying helmet, and on the stroke of 12.30 I was away. "We rise to 5,000ft., and the speed reaches 100 miles an hour. 1 eat some sandwiches, drink a bottle of beer, and smoke a cigar— and there is the Channel beneath us. I must drop the bottle into it. It is very rough, the pilot dives skilfully between the clouds, and steadies the machine in the wind-g" usts. Never are we out of sight of land. The white cliffs of Dover arc before us, and from coast to coast I note it take,, just ten minutes. I make a few notes, take a photograph or two, and we are ever Hounslow. Here I just answer a few ques- tions, sgn my name, and the journey is over. An official of the Aircraft Transport and Travel Company said: "We could han booked the accommodation five times over, and are already booked up well into Sep- tember."
BOY IN CHAINS. I AMAZING STORY OF INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL LIFE. An amazing story was told at Bath when the case was heard of Frederick Green (13), an Ilford boy at the Prior Park Industrial School, who was recently found wandering in Bath with a dog-chain on his right auk I; At Bath Police-court, G. L. Harding, the superintendent of the school, who IV ZI, charged with ill-treatment and assault, wrs fined = £ 10; Rosenthal, the gardener, wss sentenced to one month's imprisonment, and White, the manual instructor, was fined £2. I Gaston Reynard, the school tailor, was dis- charged. I HISSES FROM THE PUBLIC. In evidence Green said that after being hrought back when he first escaped Us boots ond stockings were taken off, and he was made to walk along a road covered with sharp stones. He was afterwards clothed in a suit of coloured patches. Next morning he was chained by the leg.? to the kitchen table, and Harding struck him en the head and about the body with a rolling-pin. Mr. Wiltshire, defending, cross-examined Green, and on telling him not to smile at people in the public gallery was hissed. Counsel asked Green what he would say if evidence was called to prove that there was no rolling-pin in the school. Green answered briskly, "Call them liars"! A police-sergeant said Green, after one of his escapes, was black and blue with bruises on his arms and shoulders. He had &ores on his ankles.
I THE OLD HOME AGAIN. I SUBMERGED VILLAGE RLIS VISIBLE, Owing to the prolonged drought, the water in Lake Vyrnwy—Liverpool's large Welsh reservoir—has fallen to such a low level that the ruins of the old village, of Llanwddyn, which was slibmergM whel the lake was created thirty years ago, are plainly visible. Many of the older residents of the sur- rounding district, who recall the disappear ance of the old village of Llanwddyn, are i cow visiting the lake to see the ruims. r-oiv visiting- the lake to se-o the ru in's.
WHAT MOST GIRLS REMEMBER. A remarkable case of ignorance or obsti- nacy was heard at the Yarmouth Police Court, when a young woman said that she was married last year, but coli-d not tell the date or month. The husband when appealed to was equally ignorant, and the woman's mother gave the month as September, but could not tell the date.
BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL INJURED. The Bishop of Liverpool and Mrs. Cha- vasse were cut and bruised in a motor-car accident near Windermere, their car being in collision with two other cars. Miss ChavasvSe and the chauffeur were 1€SS seriously hurt.