I EGYPTIAN FINANCE. I [■' TIMES TELEGRAM. 1 ALEXANDRIA, Friday.—Unless a financial settlement be arrived at quickly it is probable that the Egyptian Government will not have funds sufficient to meet administrative expenses after March.
At Lincoln, on Friday, the Rev. Lewis Kirby, J curate of Branston, was fined JS20 for an aggra- 1 vated assault on a little girl, daughter of a parishioner. A Norwegian sailor named Jonsone met with his death under brutal circumstances at an early hour on,Friday morning, in a low part oj I Liverpool. He quarrelled with a man named Taggart, who butted him and knocked him down. Another man named Kavanagh came to Taggart's aid, and, taking off his belt, beat Jonsone about the head with the buckle till he became insensible, and when taken to the hospital he was dead. The two men and another named McNamara were arrested.
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TOPICS OF THE DAY. The Home Secretary has intimated that he has advised the commutation of the sen- tence passed upon Mrs Gibbons to one of penal servitude for life. No one could quar- rel with this decision if it were admitted that Mrs Gibbons took her husband's life, but this is not admitted and it is obvious that if she is innocent, a terrible wrong is inflicted upon her in condemning her even to penal servitude. What is wanted, if justice is to be done, is a re-hearing of the case, but that, we fear, is out of the question. According to the London correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, the marriage of Princess Beatrice to Prince Henry of Bat- tenburg will not take place until the begin- ning of next summer, and that St. George's Chapel, Windsor, will be chosen by her Majesty for the ceremony. 'The Queen will, prior to that event, probably pay a short visit to Mentone, possibly- in the month of April. Lord Rosebery, it is reported, has received fourteen letters from Peers in answer to his circular upon the reform of the House of Lords. Among them are letters from Lord Denman and Lord Stratheden and Campbell. These letters, it is said, will not be published. We should be glad to have them, but Lords Denman and Stratheden and Campbell, without their letters, supply a good standing argument for the abolition of hereditary right to legislate. The new Bishop of Ripon (Dr Carpenter) has expressed his willingness to follow the precedent set by the Bishop of St. Alban's in dedicating a cemetery, in lieu of conse- crating it, in a strictly legal way. The Bis- hop has informed the Burial Board of Mos- ley, Yorkshire, that he is willing, if the vicar think well, to dedicate, instead of con- secrate, the Church of England portion of the new cemetery. The vicar had promised to abide by the Bishop's decision in the matter. There is to be but one chapel, and that is to be on the ground intended for Nonconformists. Mr Sydney Robjohns, secretary of the Liberation Society, after having personally investigated the case, fully confirms our statement that the Marquis of Salisbury, while pretending to comply with the appeal of the Hatfield Wesleyans, has mocked them by offering to lease them a site nearly a mile away, outside the town, on the borders of the next parish. Mr Hugh Price Hughes's new journal, the Methodist Times, which, in outward appear- ance, is almost an exact copy of the Pall Mall Gazette, opens with promise. Its editor, in a prefatory article, says Many de- voted Christians have failed to realise that it is our supreme duty not merely to save our own souls, but to establish the Kingdom of God upon earth. A Christianity which does not interest itself in politics, literature, science, and art is a very imperfect Chris- tianity. Above all, we must do our utmost to promote the social welfare of the people." According to a local paper the estates com- mittee and town-clerk of Basingstoke have been instructed to inquire into an alleged encroachment on public land by Lord Bolton and Alderman Portsmouth. The latter declares than he and Lord Bolton are only acting on their rights, but it is stated that the land had been used as a playground, and that when an attempt was made to enclose it eighteen years ago the fence was used as materials for a bonfire on Guy Fawkes night. A return issued this week states that the estimated population of England and Wales in the middle of 1884 was 27,132,449; of Scotland, 3,866,521; and of Ireland, 4,962,570. It also states that if Parliamen- tary representation went by numbers, Eng- land and Wales would have 496'451; Scot- land, 70*704; and Ireland, 90*801. The decimals are given as 658 members cannot be allotted according to strict arithmetical proportions. Another return gives the increased popu- lation of the towns enlarged by the fifth schedule of the Seats Bill. Ashton-under- Lyne rises to 43,480 Blackburn, to 104,014; Bolton, to 108,963 Manchester, to 422,954; Oldham, to 152,513 Preston, to 103,270 and Stalybridge, to 42,863. It is worthy of note that four judges are in the year 1885 actively pursuing their judicial labours after attaining the age of four-score years, the oldest of them, of course, being Vice-Chancellor Bacon, who is in his eigthy-seventh year. From this it would appear not only that the arduous work of the Bench is consistent with longevity, but that, as in the case of Vice- Chancellor Bacon, the duties may be per- formed in spite of such natural ailments of old age as deafness, defective sight, and in- audibility of voice. A Boer is reported to have written to his father a letter in which the following passage appears :Ptpa, I have got here in the land of Goshen seventeen farms, and I have again entered upon another war for another farm, and hope that the Lord will hold His protecting hand over us and protect us from the bullets of the enemy." This Boer not only aggrandises monstrously, but prays the Lord to assist his work. Mr Saville Clarke has written a melan- choly poem about the New Year, in which he laments the time when- At the council boards of Europe we were listened to witbjdread, And our Navy biddefiancs to a foreign army's tread. Surely our Navy may go on bidding defiance to "a foreign army's tread," just as the foreign army may bid defiance to a navy at sea. This sort of defiance is quite safe and harmless, though rather stupid, perhaps. General Grant is reported to have ar- ranged satisfactorily with his creditors, but his personal effects, gifts, trophies, relics, &c., will be given up to Mr Vanderbilt." This is, indeed, ungracious on the part of the great millionaire. General Grant won the trophies, the gifts were to him, the relics recall all the great deeds of his life; but what are they to Vanderbilt? Mere carcases, we should say, with the soul gone. It is as if a successful soap-boiler in England bought Victoria Crosses and military medals from old soldiers, and wore them.
WE have this morning to chronicle another outrage supposed to have been committed by the agency of dynamite, the scene of attack being again in a London rail way tunnel. For- tunately no lives have been sacrificed, and the personal injuries sustained by the passengers in a train going through the tunnel when the explosion took place are but slight. But this immunity from injury to human life was not the intention of the dastardly per- petrator, who will be disappointed this morning when he learns the result of his diabolical scheme. It is not at all likely that any discovery will be made giving a clue to the scoundrel who is supposed to have dropped the explosive substance from a train, but no time should now be lost in publish- ing the E5, 000 reward which the Corporation of London voted on the occasion of the last outrage at London Bridge. The public will indignantly demand the reason why the reward has not been published ere this, and there seems to be some ground for the belief that the police authorities are averse to the offer of large rewards in such cases. But as their investigations end in nothing being discovered the reward had better be tried, otherwise we can form no estimate of its efficacy in bringing the Fenians to justice. FINDING that the members of the Bedwas School Board are not to be cajoled into tak- ing over the Maesycwmmer and Bedwas Schools on a lease for 21 years, the Aldsworth Charity Governors, hitherto the managers of those schools, have abated their terms. At a meeting of the governors on Thursday afternoon it was agreed to offer the school board an absolute transfer of the schools at the end of the 12 months if the board could, during that period, raise a sum thatwoulden- able them to pay any liabilities that might come in, in connection with the management. The school board afterwards held a meeting, at which the terms of the Charity Governors were accepted, and in order to pay the j3190 due to the teachers of the schools, a voluntary rate is to be "levied on the parish. There are no doubt many people in the parish who will say that the Aldsworth Charity Governors, finding they could not carry on the schools without getting into debt, should have so informed the parishioners at the commencement of their financial difficulties. There will also probably be others who will object to pay the:" voluntary rate," knowing that a school board rate is sure to follow. It seems pretty, plain that the antipathy of. the Church majority of the gover- nors have caused a complication, which will raise more difficulty before the matter is finally settled. However according to the terms of the agreement, it behoves the school board to raise the amount required in some way or other before the end of twelve months otherwise the board, after putting the schools in a state of efficiency by the aid of moneys obtained by compulsory school board rates, may have to hand over the schools to the governors, and be no better off than now.
THE TENURE OF DWELLING- HOUSES ABROAD. A parliamentary paper was issued on Friday, containing reports by her Majesty's representa- tives abroad on the'system of tenure of dwelling- houses in the countries in which they reside. On April 24th Earl Granville addressed a circular to her Majesty's representatives requesting them to furnish reports of this character, and appending a paper containing queries embodying the prin- cipal points upon which his lordship stated it was desired to obtain information for the use of the House of Commons. *-The principal queries were:—Whether dwelling- houses are generally freehold or leasehold whether the system of Jetting land on long i i prevails to any extent whether property is sold in small lots, so aa to enable persons to build houses thereon, and if so, whether sold unconditionally or subject to the reservation of a rent or other periodical payment and the duration of such reservation whether the leases contain power for landlords to re- enter and resume possession of property in case the rent or other periodical payment is not paid; and generally stating the restrictions attending covenents or agreements in relation to dwelling- houses. The paper issued contains reports from Austria Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, I Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and several other countries.
:Ð THE SWANSEA UNITED BOROUGHS. Liberal Conference at Neath. The Pubiic Meeting. A conference of Liberals of the Swame., United Boroughs took place at the Town-hall, Neath, on Friday night, for tne purpose of discussing the Redistribution Bill, in. so far as it affects the district. Mr Davies, the ex-mayor of Neath, presided at the conference, the proceedings of which were private, and amongst those present there were, on behalf of the Swansea Liberal Association, Mr Hartland; on behalf of Aberavon, Mr Daniel and Mr John Jones (mayor), as well as three or four other prominent members' of the Liberal party at Aberavon. On behalf of Neath, Mr W. T. Lewis, secretary of the Neath Liberal Associa- tion Mr Brynmor Jones, Mr Pomeroy, Mr Taliesin Davies, the Rev. R. Roberts, and others. It is understood that the question of Liberal organization in the second or eastern division of the Swansea Boroughs was discussed at length, and it was decided by resolution to form a Federal Association. A discussion took place upon the scheme cf the Swansea Town Council for the division of the boroughs, but no decision was arrived at with respect thereto, it being con- sidered that each pa r'. of the borough should take separate action.
I THE PUBLIC MEETING. I ADDRESS BY MR F. A. YEO. In the evening a public meeting was held, when Mr Davies again presided, and amongst those present there were Mr F. A. Yeo (a pro- bable candidate for the second seat given to Swansea), Mr Brynmor Jones, Mr Hartland, Mr Lewis, the Secretary of the Neath Liberal Association, and Mr Poineroy. The attendance of the public was large, and considerable enthu- siasm was manifested throughout the pro- ceedings. The Chairman, after opening the meeting with a brief speech, called upon Mr F. A. YEO, who moved This meeting desires to express its satisfaction at the passing of tile Franchise Bill, and its entire conti- dence in the Government. He said that the contest carried on during the past autumn between the peers and the people had ended in a manner very satisfactory to all Liberals, and justified the resolution which he had read. During that period there were demonstra- tions, remarkable not only for the large numbers which attended them, but also for the enthusiasm manifested, and for the peaceable and orderly manner in which they were conducted. But he trusted that although a settlement had been ar- rived at, they would not forget the past. He trusted that the offences of the past twelve months would not be obliterated from their memories. that they would not forget and forgive the offences of the hereditory chamber. (Applause.) He hoped they would not rest satisfied until the obstructive power of the House of Lords had been curtailed, until the second chamber, if we must have one, was brought more in harmony with the spirit of the times. The House of Lords should be more in sympathy with the people, and he be- lieved to that end it should be made more of a representative character. He was in favour or electoral districts as nearly as possible equal, so that all electors should have the same weight as nearly as possible in passing the laws which we all had to obey. If. we had equal electorial districts, or approximately equal districts we must have one-member constituencies. He knew there was a danger in connection with that, viz., that it would encourage too many candidates to come out. That was the peculiar danger to which it appeared they, as Liberals, were. iable. It was feared that there would rise differences of opinion, and that thus the Tories would step in, but there was a complete cure for this danger. The plan which had been recommended, and which he believed was thoroughly effective, was called a system of the second ballot." By that, no member could be elected unless he had a clear majority of the votes polled on the day of election. For instance, assuming three candidates were trying for one seat,if the one who polled the highest number of votes had not more than the other two combined,then they must go to the poll again. The on who had the smallest number of votes was excluded, and the otner two fought it out between themselves. He vos quite sure that under this system no Tory cimM by any possibility get in through the disunion of the Liberals, for the simple reason that the Tory Wuuid have to fight his strongest opponent beforo he finally won. Need he gay that when it came to the final battle all Liberals would join to a an? Referring to the disestablishment question, he held that Wales had done a great deal to bring it within the sphere of practical politics. The voice of Mr Dillwyn—(cheers)—had been raised against the evils of the Irish Church, and he was a con- sistent opponent of establishment, but we heard of some Liberals who were averse to allowing this question to come forward at the present moment, They said it would cause disunion in the Liberal ranks, and that there were lots of sound represen- tatives on other questions who would hesitate to promote this. That (said the speaker) was a matter for the consideration of whom it might concern it would not concern him and those who thought with him. They knew that Wales would find no difficulty in getting suitable men—(ap- plause)—as representatives, men who were sound on all questions, and especially sound on this question of disestablishment. If Eno-lish consti- tuencies lagged behind, Wales must take tfcelead, and then depend upon it, ere long the others would follow. if there was any question which Liberals shoul&inost strenuously and earnestly advocate, it was the important question of full religious liberty, of perfect religious equality, and that was a principle which doomed to speedy ex- tinction all National Church establishments, but especially those Church establishments which were not national. (Cheers.) Mr POMEROY seconded the resolution, which was carried unanimously and amid much enthu- siasm. Mr BRYNMOR JONES moved This meeting approves of the principles of tha Re- distribution of Seats Bill, and urges on the new con- stituencies in this neighbourhood to spare no efforts to secure the return of earnest Liberal members. (Cheers.) In the course of his remarks he pre- dicted the downfall of the House of Lords, and likened the recent protests of the indignant people to the writing on the .uall at the feast of Bel- shazzar. He advocated such changes in our county government as to make it thoroughly demo- cratic—(applause); and after speaking m favour of disestablishment, went on to allude to the in- equalities subsisting between class and class- with misery on one side and luxury on the other. He would be a bold man who would place any limit on the questions to come before the Reformed Parliament. They as Liberals, were fully aware that millions suffered still, and they asked—What could the old cures do ? It was felt that even the remedies propounded by Liberal Governments were ineffectual to remove many of the ills from which people suffered, and there- fore any new cures might tind a ready acceptance. (Cheers.) Mr SIDNEY HARTLAND (Swansea), who seconded the resolution, severely condemned the land laws and the game laws. In conclusion, he called upon his hearers to sink local differences and choose the man who would best represent their interests on the whole. The resolution was put to the meeting and carried unanimously. On the motion of Mr LEWIS, a vote of thanks was passed to Messrs Yeo, B. Jones, Hartland, and others for their addresses, and a vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the proceed- ings. MR YEO RESOLVES TO CONTEST SWANSEA. In the course of conversation at the conclusion of the meeting, Mr Yeo informed our representa- tive that he intended to put up for one of the Swansea seats. TJpon it being remarked that the adoption of the division scheme of the Swansea Town Council would bo favourable to his candida- ture, be replied thatitwasnotyetsettled as to which district Mr Dillwyn would contest, and that he was as likely to go in for the one as the other. Mr Dillwyn, as it was pointed out, occupies such a high place in popular esteem as to render the selection of a particular district immaterial to him, his return being sure anywhere in or around Swansea. THE RHONDDA PARLIAMENTARY DIVISION. In response to a circular issued, signed by Mr Richards, Tonypandy, and Mr W. Morris, Treorky, a public meeting was held in the school- room of Bethesda Welsh Independent Chapel, on Friday afternoon, for the purpose of taking steps for the formation of a Liberal Association for that district, and making such arrangements as might be deemed desirable in view of the district becoming a parliamentary division. A large number of representati ve attended. The Rev. Mr Morris, Ton, was appointed chairman, and Mr Howells, superintendent of Ystrad School Board, was appointed secretary pro tern. After a brief speech from Mr Morris, Treorky, explain- ing the object of the meeting, The following resolutions were proposed, seconded, and unanimously adopted, viz. :— 1. That a Liberal Association be formed for the parish of Ystradyfodwg." 2. "That the parish be divided into five districts, viz., Treher- bert, Treorky,Ystrad,Tonypandy, and Ferndale." 3. Ttitt a Liberal Three hundred be elected. 4. That the conveners of the present meeting be requested to write to each district to convene a public meeting in each for the purpose of electing sixty representatives towards the three hundred." 5. That the following seven be chosen to form an executive, viz., Mr Flower, for Treherbert Mr Jones (Cwinpark), for Treorky Mr Morris (Bethesda), Mr Daniel Davies (cashier, Ocean Collieries), and Mr Howels, for Ystrad Mr D. Davies, for Tonypandy and Mr Jones, for Ferndale. Mr Richards and Mr Morris (Treorky), to be ex officio members." 6. That a general meeting of representati ves be held at the Bethesda Schoolroom, Ton, on Tuesday, the 20th inst, at half-past six o'clock. 7. That the meeting is strongly of opinion that this parliamentary division of the county be called Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, and that the secretary be instructed to write to the representatives of the district who are appointed to attend at Bridgend, to request them to urge this upon the commissioner. A LABOUR CANDIDATE FOR THE RHONDDA. The Abergorky colliers (900) held a mass meet- ing on Friday, at the Stag Hotel. Treorky, at i in, which they enthusiastically approved of a working- class candidate for the Rhondda, Valley at the next election, and selected Mr Abraham (Mabon), the district agent, for the post. It was stated that Mr Burt, M.P., held an agent's office in the North, and that the fact did not trench on his parliamentary duty, and it was opined Mabon could do likewise.
I THE FRENCHANDMADAGASCAR. I Another Battle with the Hovas. I I Defeat of the Natives. I [REUTER'S TELEGRAM. 1 I TAMATAVE, Dec. 20.—Two French war vessels have arrived here from France with provisions. A French detachment recently landed at Volk- mar, and attacked the Hovas position, which was carried. The Hovas lost 200 men. The French loss was five killed and wounded.
I SERVIA- AND BULGARIA. I [ _LILEUTBR'S_ TELEGRAM. I I BERLIN, Friday.—With reference to the state- ment from Belgrade recently published in Vienna, that a mission agent in Sofia had caused the failure of the negociations between Servia and Bulgaria, the Semi-OSicial Journal de St. Petersburg to-day declares that the Russian Government and its representatives in Sofia and Belgrade have never given any other advice to Bulgaria than to seek an equitable settlement of pending difficulties with Servia by con- ciliatory means. That journal hopes that this result will be attained, and thinks that it should have been regarded as affecting the interest of both countries too deeply to have been made the theme of fantastic newspaper conjectures.
I THE BISMARCK NATIONAL FUND I I Letter from the Chancellor. I [REUTER'S TELEGRAM.] ELEEEFELD, Fridny.-The Imperial Chancellor, in a letter dated the 29th ult., acknowledg- ing a subscription from the city of 20,146 marks 5pf. to the Bismarck Fund, thanks the donors, and says that he regards the numerous and unanimous manifesta- tions of sympathy extended to him as evidence that the German nation perceives the danger of majorities, which are only united in opposition, and fall to pieces as soon as they are called upon to form or support a Government. Prince Bis- marck, in conclusion, announces that ha will make a proposal regarding the disposal of th fund, the application of which for providing the credit rejected by the Reichstag he regards as imprac- ticable.
VOLUNTEER PRIZE DISTRIBU- TION BY MRS GLADSTONE. The annual distribution of prizes to the Hawarden Rifle Volunteers took place on Friday evening in the Boys' National School-room, the presentations being made by Mrs Gladstone. The volunteers assembled at their head-quarters and marched to the school-room, which was neatly decorated with flags and evergreens. The men presented arms upon the arrival ok Mrs Glad- stone, who was accompanied by Mr W. H. Glad- stone, and the band played a lively air. Mrs Gladstone, in presenting the prizes, addressed a few encouraging words to each of the successful competitors, and Mr W. H. Gladstone afterwards spoke upon the importance of the volunteer movement. Mrs Gladstone promised a prize for next year.
THE PENISTONE COLLISION. Upon enquiry on Friday evening, it was ascertained that all the injured passengers at Sheffield were progressing favourably, except Mr Wm. Harrison, manufacturer; Mr George Templeton, razor forger and Mrs Mary Hall, all of Sheffield. These three are in a critical state. Mr Harrison had one leg amputated, and it is feared will lose the other. The wagon which caused the accident belongs to the Shireoaks Colliery. Two officials of the Sheffield Corpora- tion, Mr Fenton and Mr Curtors, narrowly escaped. They were in one of the carriages struck by the wagon, and within a few inches of the compartment which was crushed to atoms. A Sheffield lady, with two children, ten minutes before the accident, exchanged from a Liverpool compartment to the rearoof the train. The carriage they had quitted was completely wrecked. The excursion train was fitted through- out with Smith's vacuum brake, to which is attri- buted the celerity with which it was stopped. At the inquest, Mr Underdown, general manager, expressed on behalf of the company deep regret at the accident,and the sympathy of the directors with the sufferers and their relatives. He assured the jury that all required information should be placed at their disposal.
LORD JERSEY ON THE HOUSE I OF PEERS. I The annual Druids dinner at Oxford took place in the Town-hall on Thursday night, about 400 being present, including Lord Jersey, Sir G. K. Rickards, the principal of St. Mary-hall, Mr C. A. Fyffe, and Mr A. W. Hall, candidates for the representation of the city, and others. Sir GEO. RICKARDS proposed The House of Lords." Lord JERSEY, in response, said they heard a great deal at one time of mending or ending the House of Lords. He owned that he was not of a destructive turn of mind. What would they think of a man who, fancying that a good machine did not work quite to his liking, smashed it ? (Hear, hear.) It was quite possible that some re- forms, or rather improvements, might be effected which would give increased usefulness to the House of Lords, and add to its dignity in the eyes of the country. He believed that a second chamber exercising its powers with caution would be of great importance in any well- organized constitution, and that it must not be dependent on the will of the minister of the day. There was only one class of politicians who claimed the monopoly of justice and wisdom, and its claim rested solely on self-assertion, and was universally believed. These men were eager to sweep away everything and everybody except themselves. (Hear, hear.) He hoped that, strengthened in its position, and supported by the judgment of the people, the House of Lords would long continue to discharge its duties carefully, honourably, and for the benefit of their common country. (Applause.)
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THE ATTEMPTED DOUBLE MURDER AT CHISWICK. I Extraordinary Details. The later details which have come to hand have to a very great extent cleared up the mystery which at first surrounded the finding of Emily Redston and her two youthful charges in the Thames near Chiswick on Wednesday night. The girl, it would seem, has been for about six weeks in the employ of Mr H. A. Pritchard, of 93, Percy-road, Shepherd's-bush. Quite recently Mr and Mrs Weir, who are related to Mrs Pritchard, returned from America with their four children, and have since been staying at Percy-road. It was on the lives of Amy and Maud Weir, aged respectively five and seven years, that the attempt was made. Mrs Pritchard describes Redston as a sullen and self-willed, though willing and honest ffirl. From first to last she had professed to be very fonet of tile two children. She was of a very excitable temperament, and obstinate, but her sanity was never from the first doubted by the inmates of the house. Nothing occurred on Wednesday in the household that will account for her subsequent action. There was not the slightest approach to a quarrel of any kind. The only thing that did pass between her and her mistress in the course of the morhing was that when she proposed to clean out a certain room she was told it was too late, and would have to be done on the following day. This caused her to sulk a little, but by noon she appeared to have recoved her cheerfulness, and worked away in the kitchen while the children were playing with their toys. THE GIRL'S CQSDCGT IN THE HODSE. bnortly alter one o'clock Mrs Pritchard and Mrs Weir, who were the only other inmates lefr^in the house, went out shopping, and the girl's behaviour became most extraordi- nary. She dressed the two children and sent them outside in the street to wait for her, while she returned to the house to get ready herself for a walk. This was entirely asrainst orders. Back in the house, her actions seem to have been those of a mad woman. She closed the street door, and then played havoc all round. In the hall she tore down the paintings and pictures from the wall in the kitchen she smashed a large quan- tity of china and crockeryware, while the con- tents of a plum-pudding were scattered over the scullery. Not content with this, she tore up a portion of the carpeting on the staircase, rolled up a mat and stutied it down a watercloset, and in the sitting-room dashed the bronzes orna- menting the mantelpiece on the ground, scattered about the papers which she found in a desk, and threw over a large inkstand. In addition she tore to shreds the cotton gar- ment which she had been wearing during the morning, placed the box containing her clothes and belongings in the cellar, and, with a view probably to concealing her actions, hung up a sheet in front of the kitchen window. The work of destruction seems only to have occupied her, in her ungovernable fury, a few minutes,for in a very shore time she rejoined the children who were waiting for her outside, and then, according to Amy Weir, she looked about the same as usual. Neither of the children apparently had he. rd any sounds proceeding from the house, and both were unconscious of what had taken place. Mr and Mrs Pritchard both think the girl had no intention of returning, for she had not taken the latch-kev with her. THE CONSTERNATION OF THE PARENTS. It WiiS aoout a quarter to six when the two ladies returned to Percy-road, and Mrs Weir then saw hor husband with his two boys already peeing up and down. He at once explained that he bad found the house locked up. The bell was again rung, and the hall door tried, but no response being forthcoming, Mr Weir made his way to the rear of the house, and clambering over a fence succeeded in gaining admission. On entering, look where he would, nothing but a scene of havoc met his gaze. In addition to the de.taiis above furnished, it may be mentioned that all the pro- visions in the larder had been scattered over the floor of the scullery. The police were at once communicated with, and the house carefully searched, for it was feared first of all that burglars had broken in and thatthegirland thetwo children had been killed, and their bodies hidden. While the search was still progressing intelligence arrived that Emily Redston and both children had been rescued from drowning in the Thames. On hearing the news the parents at once went to Maynard's boathouse. The connecting link between the time when the trio left Percy-road for their walk and the period when they were rescued from the waters of the Thames is sup- plied by Amy Weir, an interesting and pretty child seven years of age. The poor little victim of a mercileoS attendant when seen by the writer had apparently in great measure recovered from the effects of her immersion on the previous after- noon. She was sitting up in bed, with a smile upon her face, and without hesitation gave the following account of what occurred after the party left home. LITTLE AMY'S ACCOUNT. -1 I After mamma had gone out Uiinily dressed us, and took us to the gate, and told us to walk up and down the road. She told us not to mind walking up and down, and that she would not be lonsr, as she was going to fix her shoes on. Then she closed the gate, and went back to the house. She came out dressed in a few minutes. I did not hear any noise while she was in the house. We walked down the river a long way, and then we went into the gardens at Kew, and looked at the plants and flowers in the glass houses. After that we returned to the river side, and walked along the bank. She was chatting with us, and I did not notice anything unusual in her manner. We had passed under the bridge (the railway bridge), sister and I walking in front, when she said, 'I can't go home 0 any more, because I broke all the dishes with the poker.' Wa walked a little further, and then she pointed to two men, and said, They are robbers, and I am going to thro w you in the water.' Then she caught me by the hand and threw me into the water. I struggled on to the bank, and called out for mamma.. After I fell in the water I do not remember any more. I immediately s:mk. I did not see Emily throw Maud into the river."—Maud, a child of five, who only speaks indistinctly, and is recovering more slowly than her sister from the effects of her involuntary cold bath, also positively as- serts that sheVwas forced into the river by the servant girl. THE BOATMEN'S NARRATIVE., Wm. Barnham and Wm. Hudnott, the men employed at Maynard's boat-bouse, who were mainly instrumental in saving the lives of the children, have supplied the following particulars of the rescue :—It was between half-past four and twenty minutes to five when we met in front of the boat-house. At that time it was getting quite dark the gloom was settling heavily over the river, and it was impossible almost to discern the other bank. The river at this point is about 150 yards wide at high tide. Soarcely bad we met when we heard screams, like those of children, coming from the Surrey shore, and piteous cries of Mamma," and Don't, don't," Then there was a momentary silence, followed by a splash in the water as of a falling body. Both of us at once came to the conclusion that foul play was going on, and we rushed to a skiff, launched her, and rowed with all possible speed in the direction whence the sounds had come. Sud- denly, when a few yards from the shore, we noticed a ripple of the water, and immediately afterwards saw something black. We caught hold of it, and then found it to be a woman in a black dress. She must have been in seven or eight feet of water. Hudnott pulled her into the boat, but it was a risky task with so light a skiff, and we had a narrow escape from going over. A yard or two further down the scream we could just distinguish a white object in the water, and pulling up to it found it to be a little child in a white jacket. Hudnott got her on board, while Barnham handled the oars and steered the boat. Then we were pulling back, when suddenly, a little higher up the stream and just off a creek, we saw another black object in the water, and this we found to be the body of the eldest child. It was by the merest accident we came across her. All three were in deep water, faces downwards, and in a few seconds more would have disappeared from sight. They were floating down with the tide, which was running out very fast. At first we thought all three were dead. We shouted out for assistance from the other shore, and shortly after Mr Maynard and his two sons came over in another boat and helped me to get them across to the boathouse. From the time we heard the splash till we arrived on the scene fully three or four minutes must have elapsed. It-is a miracle how they lasted so long in that cold water. We ourselves were almost numbed Nlth cold before we reached the shore. When we got them ashora we found the woman's limbs so ngxd that we had to cut her clothes away from them. All three for a considerable time remained in an unconscious state. I
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APPROACHING MARRIAGE OF THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM. To-day'sp/orrtingr Post is authorised to announce that a marriage has been arranged between the Duke of Buckingham and Chando3, and Miss Graham Montgomery, eldest daughter of Sir Gra,ham and Lady Montgomery, Stobo Castle, Peebleshire.
-= MARTINI-HENRI RIFLES FOR VOLUNTEERS. An official memorandum states that the Secre- tary for War, with the concurrence of the Com- mandet-in-Chief. has decided to withdraw the Snider from the Engineer and Rifle Volunteers, and issue the Martini-Henri in lieu. It is hoped the entire service will be furnished by the 31st March.
ENGLAND'S EXTERNAL RELATIONS. To-day s Times says:—" The crisis is becoming 8 serious and the complications with which this country is beset in different parts of the world are so menacing, that the incapacity displayed by the Cabinet in its external relations is becoming ia. national danger. Much is forgiven to men who have a reputation, but in the face of continual and glaring proofs of failure to conduct the most ordinary affairs, the country may speedily be driven to the conclusion that there wouH at least be no harm in trying what can be done by persons with less high sounding names. Once before there was a ministry of all the talents which conspicuously failed to carry on the national business, and whatever the powers of the men who now compose the Government, they are collectively cursed with an infirmity of will and a blindness to facts which are rapidly involving the country in difficulties and dangers such as the most powerful state may shrink from encounter- ing. Every one will regret to learn that Mr Glad: stone's health is suffering from the strain imposed upon him, and none can deny his right to the repose enjoined by his physician. At the present time the affairs of the country requires more than usual physical and mental vigour for their direction, and, as Mr Gladstone has been accustomed to find these qualities for the whole Cabinet, it is not wonderful that his diminished capacity for work is disastrously felt in every department. [" TIMES TELEGRAM. I BERLIN, Friday.—An evening journal pretends to have heard from a well-informed quarter that the Imperia! Government has already given orders for hoisting the German flpg in the Bay of St Luoia; that a lively communication is at present taking place on the subject between the Cabinets of London and Berlin; and that Ger- many is determined to assert the priority of her claims to the territory in question. The second item in the above statement may, I think, be accepted as true.
THE NILE EXPEDITION. Letter from Gordon. ["STANDARD" TELEGRAM.] KORTI, Friday.—General liuller expresses. distinct opinion that the boats will be able to reach Khartoum in two months ?i\mi here. While giving this opinion, the general added:—General Earle is still bere, making every preparation for the advance of the column. It i. probable that the last regiment of the division will be here by the 23rd inst. Col. Vandeleur, commanding the Royal Sussex Regiment, has been ordered to select 400 of his men for the march across the desert to Metemneh. The best shots in the regiment are to be chosen for the service. The men are to take kits for two months only. ["DAILY TELEGRAPH" TELEGRAM.] KORTI, Friday.—It is now rumoured that while a portion of the troops will follow the Nile to Berber Lord Wolseley's column will await them at Ma/temneh. Major Flood, with a troop and a half of the 19th Hussars, will proceed to Metemneh to-morrow. The rest of the hussars will follow the desert rout. The Standard's special correspondent, tele- graphing from Korti on Thursday night, says I have seen the message sent by General Gordon. It is a tiny scrap of paper no largei than a postage stamp, and could be easily con- cealed, however strictly its bearer was searched. I hve had a. talk with the man who brought it to-day. General "ordan is a great smoker, and it is satisfactory to learn that be is amply pro- vided with tobacco. He had a personal interview with the messenger before the man set out and when he left him offered him a cigarette. The messenger says that General Gordon has two palaces at Khartoum, and that he has a gun in position on the flat roof of each of them. At sunrise daily he mounts to the yoof and makes a careful survey of the whole country with his telescope, and marks any changes that may have taken place in the enemy's position. If nothing unusual has hap- pened, and there are no signs of any movement on the part of the Mahdi's men, he retires into his quarters and sleeps the greater part of the day. quarters and sleeps the greater part of the day. He rises before sunset, and after darkness lias set in he starts for the ramparts, which he per- I ambulates all night, seeing that the sentries are all properly posted and on the alert, and cheering the troops by his conversation and example. Colonel Kitson, with five boats with men'of the Black Watch, arrived to-day. Some boats, with a detachment of the Essex Regiment, and others with a portion of the Duke of Corn- wall's Regiment, have also arrived. The bulk of these three regiments will probably be here by the end of the week. All are pushing forward at their best rate of speed, and the news of the starting of the Staffordshire Regiment up the river will, of course, add greatly to then eagerness to reach the front. The Royal Irish Regiment is now the only corps which has not passed Dal on its way up. Provisions come in steadily here from the sur- rounding country, and I believe that the supplies which we obtain are sufficient for the support of all the troops in this camp without trenching upon the supplies which have been brought up in the boats. Nothing has so far occurred which will alter the plan of the campaign as at present laid down. No definite information has as yet reached head- quarters with reference to the strength of the enemy at Metemneh. It is supposed that the place is occupied by a detachment of the Mahdi's dervish army. The troops arriving in the boats present an absolutely ludicrous aplearance In their torn and ragged garments whose condition testifies to the utter unsuitability of the clothes served out to our soldiers for » h*rd camPaign. There is literally not » sotm garment in the whole column which resembles I'alstaffs ragged regiment rather than a body of British troops. The Tartan tre)*,s ot ,he Slack Watch have been patched sac^s» vv^h native cloth from the b*r8' A EVEN Porfcl°ns of biscuit tins have seWD T u° the triers to repair the "ear and tear made by rowing. What the ap- pearance of the troops will be by the time t'i»e expedition has finished its work we cannot even i contemplate. I