LONDON LETTER. I a ^SPECIALLY WIRED. J I [V OTP. 'JAT.T.E,(}mF.sPo:s'D¡;;N'r.l Loxnox, Sunday Night. TLI- imp romftous weather rendered the fiiiier-,tt a clieerte- core- I heavy with rain, was borne aC.i)s:1 Fulham Churchyard as the last :nt><> ol respect was heing paid to the memory of tUo deceased prelate. Notwith- standing tho unfavourable atmospheric con- ditions, however, a numerous assemblage (,-auierod at the ^rave sides, including the i I i),.i of Manchester, Lichfield, and Uinoii, and several colonial pre- lates. The burial service was con- ducted by t h, A fehbishop of Canterbury and the bishop uf Bedford, who is really tne smiVa^'an Bishop for East London, to whom J 'r..);ukson assigned a great part of the routine episcopal work in that populous part of the capital. Fulham Palace, the late bishop's residence, adjoins the church- yard, so that, the mournful procession was a v.-allnng one. Happily for the comfort of those who had come to witness the obsequies, t he service was not unduly prolonged, and they were not called upon to protract their siay on the saturated earth, in the face of a bitterly cold wind. One of the members to disappear from the House of Commons at the closing of the present Parliament will be Alderman Sir Iloberi. Carden, who is eighty-three. Barn- staple, which returned the venerable city kni ght, is to cease to have an independent political existence, and Sir Robert's Liberal colleague. Lord Lymington, contest the South.. Molton division of Davo:i. The Earl of Portsmouth, his lord-hip's father, is one of the most popular noblemen in that pleasant shire, and has been far more stedfast to his political prin- ciples than the noble owner of Ca3tle Hill, Earl Fortescue, the Ibclical Lord Ebrington of a generation ago, and the very attenuated Liberal of to-day. -<- Mr Charles Pclham Villiers is a fortunate man. Ho has had a statue erected to him in his rifetSfie, and has witnessed the com- pletion of the 50th year of his representa tion of the same constituency. Mr Dis- raeli once described his membership for the county of Buckingham as having extended over a period marked by the passing away of a generation of men, while Mr Villiers has beaten this by twenty years. The subject mentioned by Sir Edmund Hay Currie in the letter which he sent yes- terday to Mr Nathan Robinson, who, like himself, is a member of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, will occupy the attention of that body at its next meeting. The alleged ill-treatment of small-pox patients at the' convalescent camp at Darenth has been denied, or, at all events, the statements have been explained away, and Sir Edmund Currie now objects to Mr Robinson as a member of the Darenth Committee, making public as a vestryman charges against a board of which he is a member, and which, if they existed, would render him liable to public censure. With such matters as this, however, the public have nothing to do, but there is little doubt that a much more searching inquiry will yet be made. On Tuesday, according to present arrange- ments, the technical point raised on behalf of Mr Edmund Yates will come on for hear- ing. It will be remembered that some months ago, in the case of Lonsdale versus the TVfJiM, Mr Yates was convicted of libel, I and in a very savage speech sentenced by Lord Coleridge to four months' imprison- ment. The conviction was at once chal- lenged upon a point of law. In the News- paper Libel Act the good work of Mr Hutchinson, late member for Halifax, it was stipulated that no action of the kind levelled against Mr Yates could be taken, unless the assent of the Attorney General were first obtain' This was obviously designed to frustr.vp those fussy and malicious actions with which newspapers are constantly pestered. The i act was overlooked by Lord Lonsdale's ad- visers, and the necessary consent was not obtained prior to the action being heard. It seems an extraordinary thing that with a dictum thus peremptorily laid down within narrow lines, the case could, in the circumstances, have been heard at all. But everybody, including the judges, seems to have forgotten it. Now that it has been recalled, there appears no alternative but that the conviction should be quashed. It is said that of the five judges two are distinctly in favour of taking that course, and the other three are doubt- less open to conviction. The sentence and the speech in which it was conveyed were regarded at the time as not altogether free from vindictiveness, and every one will be glad if the whole busings falls through. Miss Fortescue has confirmed the estimate formed of her character by all that was made known in court in the breach of pro- mise case. She might have retired from the stage on the £ 10,000 awarded her by the jury, but she preferred to earn her living as before. Of her fortune she settled f,6,000 upon her mother, and went back to the stage. After her provincial tour she will return to London, acting here during z, the season. In September she sails for the United States, intending to remain there playing in all the principal cities over a term of six or eight months. One singular result of the Winter Exhibi- tion of the old masters is that it very fre- quently prepares great surprises for the owners of pictures. Most of the old col- lections were made a hundred or a hundred and fifty years ago. Neither art nor artists were then fashionable. Noblemen laid in pictures just as they laid in wine, only they were pretty good judges of what filled their cellars, but they filled their galleries with less certainty. The portraits were always genuine, but most Venuseswere by Titian and most white horses were by Wouvermans. The canvases hung undisturbed upon the walls, and when ampler knowledge came, it was neither good taste nor good policy to be wiser than one's ancestors. But the modern art critic is very learned indeed, and has his doubts upon most things, except his own capability. He has seen galleries, read books, and is not to be imposed upon. The result s that many poor picture owners have got rude surprises. On critics' day the critics have it all their own way in the gallery. They hold inquests on certain of the pic- tures, hear the evidence of one another, and come out then with wonderfully unani- mous verdicts. There is no one to con- tradict them, and once a thing appears in print there is no one who can contradict them. The Lippi is certainly a Botticelli, the Vinci a Luino, the Luino a Cesede da Sesto, and the general tendency of the critics is to reduce rents."
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THE WELSH FOOTBALL TEAM. Lø E. M. ROWLANDS S. GOLDSWORTHY E. S. RICHARDS (Lampeter). (Swansea). (Swansea). L. C. THOMAS H. S. LYNE T. J. S. CLAPP J. S. SMITH R. GOULD T. B. JONES (Cardiff). (Newport). (Newport). (Cardiff). (Newport). w A°r™-ri\.Tr< v-vr H. M JORDAN C. J. TAYLOR W. H. GWYNN C. H. NEWMAN A. J. GOULD F. E. HANCOCK A. DUNCAN (Newport). (Ruabon). (Swansea). (Captain, Newport). (Newport). (Cardiff). (Umpire, Cardiff). We publish this morning a sketch-taken from a photograph by Messrs Dando and Sons, Newport—of the team that repre- sented Wales in the match versus England, at Swansea, on Saturday, January 3rd. Of the entire team no less than ten had pre- viously taken part in international contests, these being the captain, C. H. Newman, who played against England in 1881, '83, and '84, and against Ireland in '82 W. H. Gwynn, against England, Scotland, and Ireland in '84; C. J. Taylor, against Eng- land, Scotland, and Ireland, in '84; F. E. Hancock, against Ireland in '84; T. J. S. Clapp, against England in '83 and '84, and Scotland '83 and '84; It Gould, against Ireland, '82 and '84 T. B. Jones, against Enpland, '83, and Scotland, '83 L and '84; H. S. Lyne, against England '83 and '84, Scotland '83 and '84, and Ireland '84 S. Goldsworthy, against Ire- land '84 and J. S. Smith, against England 8.1, and Ireland '84. The others are all well-known exponents of the game. A. J. Gould is probably, now that Barlow has departed, the best full back in Wales, and in the match at Swansea fully justified his selection. He runs and tackles well, while in dropping goals from the field he has lately exhibited some start- ling performances. F. E. Hancock (three-quarter back) i3 another sterling player. Previous to settling in Cardiff he captained the Somer-sct county team. He j can show a rare turn of speed at times, and passes unselfishly when pressed. His strongest, point, however, is his dodging. He frequently threads his way through a crowd and gains a lot of ground where many a man would come to grief before getting a yard. C. J. Taylor (three-quarter) who has the honour of serving her Majesty as an officer on board H.M. S. Marlborough, is about the best kick in the team. He pos- sesses that invaluable knack of being able to bring off his kicks with the utmost precision even when menaced by a host of opponents. If he has one fault it is that he kicks too much and pays too little attention to running. H. M. Jordan (three-quarter baçk) is. said to be the smallest man who ever played in a contest of so great importance. He is a first- rate sprinter and requires a lot of stopping when fairly under weigh. He formerly played for Newport, but latterly, having gone up to London to study at one of the hospitals there, he has been thought worthy of representing the United Hospitals-a fact clearly demonstrating his ability. C. H. Newman (half back and captain) is a "rand player in the best sense of the word. Under his captaincy in bygone days New- port attained a high position in the football world. Mr Newman subsequently entered the Church, and removed to a new sphere, his duties lying in Durham. He passes most unselfishly, and although no "great guns" as a runner, occasionally developes a. sur- prising pace when he secures possession. At half-back he has very few equals, not only in Wales,but throughout the entire kingdom. W. H. Gwynn (half-back) astonished everyone in the English match at Leeds last year by the brilliancy of his play. He, too, passes uuselfishly, and when fit and well is a dangerous customer behind the scrum." The others, who play in the forward division, are as capable a lot almost as could be found anywhere. All were adjudged fit to play against Scotland on Saturday, with the exception of H. S. Lyne, E. S. Richards, and E. M. Rowlands. Of the umpire, Mr A. Duncan, it need only be said he possesses an intimate knowledge of the game, and his decisions, if they do not always please everybody-and the foot- ball umpire has yet to arise.of whom the reverse can be stated—are at least impartial and free from local bias or prejudice.
FOOTBALL. ——<<———_ Scotland v. Wales. The first Rugby international match of the Scottish season was played at Particlc, Glasgow, on Saturday. Some changes took place in both teams. J. P. Veitch did not play, and his place at back in the Scotch team Nvas taken by R. Har- rower, of the London Scottish. Some doubt existed as to whether the celebrated Oxonian, A. n. G. Asher, would be present, as he was observed to be lame when playing for the Fettesian Lor- Ottomans against the Glasgow Academicals on Thursday. He, however, took his place in the tiam. J. B. Brown, Glasgow ACademicals owing to domestic affliction, had to resign his pi ice, which was occupied by J. Martland (In- stitution). Only one alteration is .recorded iu the Welsh team. J. S. Smith did not play, and E. W. Alexander, of Brecon, occupied the vacant post. Shortly after the advertised time both teams appeared on the ground, and were received with cheers. The turf was wretched in the extreme, being quite soft in some parts, but the players did their best to make the game interesting, and in this respect succeeded wonderfully. The number of specta- tors at the start did not amount to many hun- dreds, but long after the kick off they were pouring in, and the number on the field and those cutside could not bo fewer than 3,000. Scotland had the incline, and though they pressed Wales most of the time, the latter played a grand defensive game. Soon after the start Berry had a place kick from a free catch by one of the Scotch forwards, but he failed in his efforts. The game consisted chiefly of scrimmages, but on occa- sions there were some very fine pieces of play shown on both sides. The Scotch forwards gradually forced the Welsh back, but they could not get over. Once or twice Don Wanchope nearly succeeded in gaining a try, but he was held by the Welsh backs. The Scotch compelled their opponents to touch down once > in the first half, but no other advantage fell to either side. "On change of ends the game still continued of a give and take character; the hold- ing all round was good and the quarter backs had great difficulty in making any ground. In- deed it was impossible to do so, as before many yards had been traversed they were sure to be held. A long drop by Stephens caused the Welshmen to touch down, and still the battle went on and no definite point could be gained. At length the Scotch team had to give way back, and the ball going over their goal line they also had to touch down. These minor points were the only incidents of a very good game, which, there- fore, ended in a draw. The state of the weather and the greasy condition of the ball was much against good play. For the Scotch, MacLagan, Stephen, and G. Maitland played best, and Reid, R. Maitland, Jamieson, Robb, and Tod worked- hard in the scrimmage. On the Welsh side, Gould played a sound game at back, his drops being of great service. Jordan was decidedly tne most effective of the three- quarter backs. He tackled well, and was cool in all he had to do. One of his drop-kicks only just missed the Scotch cross-bar. Taylor kicked well, but he played his own goal in danger on more than one occasion. Newman, at half back, was generally very smart at his work, but Gwynne scarcely displayed the same degree of ability. All the forwards played well; they stopped well, and had, if anything, the best of it in the scrim- mages. Altogether, the match may be considered to reflect high credit on the Welshmen, who, away from home, held their own with such powerful opponents. SIDES :-Scotland-R. Harrower (London Scot- tish back), W.E. Maclagan (London Scottish), A. F. Stephen (West of Scotland), and G. Maitland (Edinburgh Institution) three-quarter backs A. R. Don Wanchope (Fettesian Lorettonians), and A. G. G. Asher (Oxford University) half-backs G. Reid (Edinburgh Academicals), Dr. Tod (Wat- soniana), R. Maitland (Edinburgh Institution), T. Ainslie (Edinburgh Institution), J. Ja- mieson (West of Scotland), C. W. Berry Oxford University), W. A. Peterkin (Edinburgh University), J. Mitchell (West of Scotland), mlca 8 and G. H. Robb (Glasgow Academicals). forwards. Wales-A. J. Gould, (Newport), back F. E. Hancock (Cardiff), C. G. Taylor (Ruabon), and H. M. Jordan (Newport), three- quarter backs; C. H. Newman (Newport), and W. H. Gwynn (Swansea), half-backs J. S. Clapp (Newport), R. Gould (Newport), B. Jones (Newport), A. F. Hill icardiff), W. H. Thomas (Llandovery), [D. Morgan (Swansea), S. Golds- worthy (Swansea), L. C. Thomas (Cardiff), and E. P. Alexander (Brecon), forwards. The umpires were Messrs Alexander Duncan (Cardiff), and Mr Cross, president of the Scottish Union referee, G. Rowland Hill, hon. sec. English Rugby Union. In the evening the two teams dined together at the George Hotel, Mr M. Cross presiding. CORK T NEWPORT. These teams met at Newport on Saturday. The home team kicked off against a strong wind, but soon pressed the visitors' territory. A chance of a drop-kick was lost by one of the Newport half- backs through the siipperiness of the ground, but the pressure was relieved by a splendid kick, and play for a fpw minutes was in neutral ground. The Newportonians, amongst whom were several new and promising players, would not ba denied, and the visitors had to submit to a touch- down. Almost immediately after re-starting the ball was sent into the Cork terri- tory, and from a line-up near the goal-line Briggs caught it and rushed over the line, scoring a try. Macdaniel, however, failed, the position being difficult. C. Jordan was the next to dis- tinguish himself. He got the ball within a minute or two after it was started afresh, and would not be denied, although another man was uponjhim as he scored the try. The major point, again entrusted to Macdaniel, was not made, although this time the position was slightly easier. Some loose play followed, but the visitors could not get beyond the centre of the field, owing to the capital work of the Newport forwards. C. ttord an and T. Lewis put in a capital dribble, but the visitors' back stopped it within ten yards of the line. This was unavailing, and the visitors had to submit to another touch down. Play continued thereafter to be dpcidedly in Newport's favour, and another touch was scored by them. Almost immediately after ends were changed, a third try was scored for Newport, who won the match by four tries and eight touches to nil. Throughout the game the winners' territory was never seriously threatened. CARDIFF RANGERS V. HEARTS OF OAK F.C. (NEWPORT). -These teams met for the first time on Saturday at the Sophia Gardens Field. The home team played only five of their first team besides being two men short. The visitors played one short. Matthews, by a good run, conveyed the ball to neutral ground, where a lot of scrimmaging took place. Mahoney and H. E. Thomas made a capital dribble down the field, and this advantage being maintained, the visitors soon had to save by touching down. The visiting captain (C. Prescott) about this time dribbled the ball over the line un- opposed. A unanimous appeal for off-side was after- wards disallowed by the referee. No gaol resulted from the place. T. 0. Lewis and Edwards indulged in some dropping, the ultimate result of which was to take tno leather into the visitors territory. A scrimmage ensued in close proximity to their A scrimmage ensued in close proximity to their goal line, but nothing more than a touch-in-goal resulted. After a series of scrimmages in the centre, the visiting forwards carried the ball into the home quarters, where it remained for some time. Attey made a determined effort to get round his opponents, but was pushed into touch after covering a little ground. No other noticeable item occurred up to the time when hostilities ceased. The game thus ended in a draw. Score Rangers, one try and a few minor points Hearts of Oak F. C., one try, reading slightly in favour of the home team. Teams Cardiff Bangers Back, T. O. Lewis; three-quarter backs, F. W. Jones, George Matthews, and G. Attey half-backs, W. Powell and H. K, Thomas; forwards, J. Mahoney, J. Arman, W. C. Williams, H. J. Priest, J. still- man, J. V. Arman, and T. Morgan. Hearts of Oak F. C.: Back, W. Edwards three-quarter backs, George Turner, J. Jordan, and T. Wells, half-backs, J. Harrington. J. Parker, and C. Prescott; forwards, S. Rees, T. Edwards, A. Thomas, T. Horton, W. Butler, C. Lippiatt, and P. Brute. Umpires Messrs F. Arman and J. Parkes. Referee Mr W. H. Morgan. CARDIFF 2ND. XV. v. CHEPSTOW.—On Satur- day a match was played between 14 of the Car- diff second fifteen and 13 of the Chepstow Club. There was a strong sou'-wester," accompanied by heavy rain, blowing up from across the Severn, which made it impossible to play a good game. The local men kicked off, and although they had some excellent men in the team they were com- pelled to act on the defensive almost throughout the game, which ended in a victory for the Welsnmen by 15 points to nil. CARDIFF HARLEQUINS v. BRISTOL ABABS.— This match was to have been played on Saturday at Clifton, but although the Harlequins journeyed to Clifton in the most wretched weather, only ,five of the larabs' team turned up. No game, therefore, resulted. SWANSEA V. CARMARTHEN.—These teams met on the Carmarthen ground on Saturday afternoon,, I and played a tight game in shocking weather. The teams were --Swansea Back, J. Rosser three-quarter backs, Bishop, Oolquhoun, and D. Bowen (captain); half-backs, Reed and Walter Jones; forwards, Ball, Betts, W. Bowen, Humphreys, Meredith, Williams, Payne, and one other. Carmarthen Back, Williams three- quarter backs, J. Gwynne, Milne, and R L. Norton half-backs, J. S. Thomas, D, P. Morgan (captain), and E. W. Davies forwards, Walter .Tones, Joshua, T. O. Edwards, Hindes, D. Smith, D. Lloyd, J. Lloyd, and D. Davies. The wind was high throughout the game. In the first half Swansea had to contend with this drawback, and also a rising ground, so that soon after they started the leather their own territory was made the scene of the struggle, and it was continued there almost without intermission- Two touches down were rapidly scored by Carmarthen, and these were followed by a try, obtained by Walter Jones. The place kick was a. difficult one, and the ball did not rise. Playing well together, the home team still kept their place in the Swansea half, and secured three touches down further before half-time was called. When ends were changed the visitors made up to some extent their lost ground, though not before they had been severely pressed. They at length got two touches down, and followed up by placing e a try to their credit, through the instrumentality of Walter Jones. The place kick failed. Though the match was continued with great spirit, nothing further was scored, and Carmarthen was left the. winner by a try and five touches down to a try and two touches down.
RETURN OF THE CHANNEL SQUADRON. Collision in Plymouth Sound. Narrow Escape of H.M.S.Agincourt On Saturday morning, at seven o'clock pre- cisely, the two ships of the western division of the Channel Sauadron, consisting of the Agincourt, the flagship of Rear-Admiral W. H. White, second in command, and the Achilles, slipped from their buoys in Plymouth Sound, and proceeded to join the eastern division, composed of the Northumberland, temporary flagship of Vice-Admiral De Horsey, Commander-in-Chief the Sultan and the Neptune, which were seen off the port, bearing S.W. course. The Agincourt took the lead to carry ouc the orders of formation, viz., columns of divisions, line ahead. No sooner had the western division entered Cawsand Bay than a signal was hoisted for the Northumberland to proceed to the previous anchorage. The eastern division having experienced the full force of Fri- day night's gale, and the admiral having conse- quently, as he announced subsequently by signal, to make the sound as a place of shelter. The Agincourt and Achilles returned to the sound first, and the former, which previously^had been fast to the buoy, near the breakwater fort, proceeded to take up her position at the caster- most buoy, near the Cage. As the wind was astern of her, she proceeded along the sound very slowly. The Achilles was to take up her former berth at the westernmost buoy, and consequently had to slew," so as to bring her up head to wind. To do this the engines were worked at a high rate of speed, and miscalculating the headway of the Agincourt when being put about, the Achilles had a naryow escape of striking the stern gallery of the flagship. As it was, the men m the stern of the Agincourt cut away the cator life-buoy, which was hanging off the ship, but this was recoverecl-, subsequently by a boat from H. M.S. Reindeer. The perilous closeness with which the vessels approached each other was shown by the fact that a portion of the Agincourt's headgear was carried away. On returning into the Sound, a chapter of accidents ensued, commencing with the Achilles colliding with the Agincourt, when picking up their buoys, luckly little damage was done, beyond the carrying away of the stern davits and fog buoy of the Agincourt, and breaking a short length of the stem railing of the vessel. while the Achilles was undamaged. The North- umberland, Neptune, and Sultan next came into the harbour in the order named and anchored, and just as the Northumberland was nearly up to the anchorage intended for her, something went wrong with her machinery, and another anchor had to be let go. In consequence all the ships experienced great difficulty in getting into. their right berths, while those directed to pick up buoys, found the task no easy matter with the wind, tide, and sea to combat with at the same time, and the space, to manoeuvre in somewhat limited.
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I ATHLETIC NOTES. -4b.- By an Old Stager. Great and manifold were the rejoicings in Car- diff on Saturday evening upon the fact becoming known,through themediumoE the special edition of the South Walcs Echo, that Wales had succeeded in making a draw of their encounter with the sturdy northeners at Glasgow. A gentleman who wit- nessed the game has wired me the following parti- culars regarding the play. He says the match was a tight one, waged mostly between the for- wards. The Welshmen were lighter than their opponents, but nevertheless held their own well in the" serums." L. C. Thomas played splendidly and was admirably supported by A. F. Hill and R. Gould. C. Newman won the highest encomiums from all by his grand passing and plucky tackling, whilst his confrere, imme- diately behind the scrimmage, W. K. Gwynn, showed a remarkable improvement over his form at Swansea last week. Taylor again did good service, and at one time nearly secured a victory for the principality. a magnificent drop from him passing just under the bar. The Scotch backs, always dangerous, put forth the most deperate efforts to make tracks, but in the face of the brilliant tackling of the Welshmen were com- pletely out of court. Summing up, my informant says the Welshmen all round were far and away a better team than last week succumbed before the "pick" of England. +- The widely diverse results attending the matches played between Queen's College, Cork, at Cardiff, and Newport may perhaps incline some people to the belief that the Monmouth- shire town still maintains its old-time superiority over the sister port. I don't think it would be wise to jump to any such conclusion, for although Cardiff was able to face the collegians with some- thing approaching its best team, while, on the other hand, Newport had to take the field minus the greater portion of their leading players, it must be remembered that the latter had the ad- vantage of meeting the Irishmen on the day lowing the very gruelling game at Cardiff. ^ctl a contest as that at the Cardiff Arms Park on Fridaj would go a long way in the direction of settling a much stronger lot than our late, visitors. I witnessed this match and must say that I never felt more convinced of the folly of taking the field without the presence of a duly qualified referee. I know that when about two-thirds of the time had elapsed a gentleman was induced to act in this capacity, but by that time matters had got too considerably "mixed" to allow or his decisions being acquiesced in wIth. anything like readiness. If a referee had been appointed at the out- set much unpleasantness would have been avoided. There was but little in the play meriting notice if I accept the good rushing and dribbling of the College forwards and the rattling form displayed by W. F. Evans—an old international man. -1-"? Collegians in the initial half rained plenty 01 friends by their determination and dash, but their subsequent conduct completely upset this short- lived popularity, and probably everybody present would have been delignted to see them soundly thrashed. Their wrangling- and disduting-to use no harsher terms—were most reprehensible. To meet a long-felt want, as the advertisements say, an effort is about being made to float a Harriers' Club at Cardiff. There can be no more delightful pastime than cross country running, and from what I know of the promoters of tho new venture its success should be a dead certainty. That genial old athlete, Mr T. Cook, mine host of the Blue Anchor, Wharton street, in his dav one of the best sprinters in the district, and who has since done such good service in the direction of trotting-out" rising talent, asks me to say that a meeting in con- nection with the proposed club will take place at his hostelry on Thursday evening next, at eight p.m, which all interested are cordially invited to attend. A well-known Sheffield Association club, Lockwood Brothers, narrowly escaped coming to grief in the recent disastrous railway collision at Penistone. They bad purposed travelling into Lancashire by the very train to which the acci- dent occurred, but, luckily for themselves, turned up too late to secure seats. Unpunctuality de- cidedly scored'on this occasion. The following letter speaks for itself Dear Sir,—Allow me to thank you (for one) for your valuable Athletic Notes which appear in your paper from week to week, and especially for those which appeared a few weeks ago anent a- public gymnasium for Cardiff. Surely the metropolis of Wales, with its college and other kindred institutions for tho culture of the should not be without one of these gymnasiums for the development of the muscular powers. Cannot some of our athletic friends take this matter up at once, and call a public meeting such as you suggested, and so set the ball rolling 'in the riVht rlirp.r>tion ? Hooinff this); will be the I case.—I am yours faithfully, W.T.L. 1
SERIOUS OUTBREAK OF I MEASLES AT CARDIFF. Meeting of Members of the School Board, School Managers, &c. The outbreak of measles, which commenced some time since at Grangetown, and which has from time to time spread to various places at Cardiff and Canton, has now again ap- peared in an epidemic form, but this time at Roath. The' mortality from this disease last month was so excessive as to place Cardiff in the I- unenviableiposition of giving a higher death- rate than any of; the other typical towns in the country;, whose rmortality returns are published by the Registrar-General, and the death-rate at Roath last week from this disease was so alarm- ing that the medical officer of the borough (Dr. Paine) considered it necessary to take immediate measures to suppress it by en- deavouring to procure the closing of all the elementary schools in the borough, and for this purpose a meeting was held at St. John's Vicarage on Sunday afternoon. There were present the chairman and vice-chairman of the Cardiff School Board, Revs. C. J- Thompson, W. G. Hanford, G. A..Tones, F. J. Beck, Father Richardson, &c. The medical officer attended, and strongly recommended the closing of all elementary schools for a. short time, but the chair- man and vice-chairman of the school board and the school managers were averse to the suggestion, and the question was left open for future consi- deration, instructions being given to the school attendance officers to use all vigilance in prevent- ing children from infected houses attending school. It may be stated that measles appeared first in Grangetown, in an epidemic form, about the middle of October, 1884-, and in the twelve weeics that followed 56 fatal cases occurred, whicn, in abpopulation of 3 500; or 4,000, give-, the enormous death rate, from this disease alone, of over 60 per 1,000. It subsequently appeared at Canton, where there were 13 fatal cases before the close of the year. Afterwards it appeared at Cardiff, where there were 26 fatal cases, and then at Roath, where there were, -23 deaths from it up to the end of the quarter but this number suddenly sprang up .last week, when 15 deaths were registered from this disease. It was, we believe, the fear thatja, similar spread of the disease would take place at Roath, as was the case at Grangetown, that induced the medical officer so suddenly to call those who had the management of the elementaryfschools together. That the disease was spread;.by means of their schools there seems no doubt, as in one locality where there were 27 houses infected with the disease, the other children not actually :suffering were, on the visits of the inspector, attending school. There is something singular in, the spread of this disease. It appeared first tin Grangetown. It appeared only in the south parfc.of Canton, and has continued on the south sides oftbe Cowbridge and Newport-roads, only one death being on the north side. Here there is a clay soil, the damp and cold from which produce inflammation of the lungs after the first attack, and this is the immediate cause of death. There is also another singular feature that not a single death has been registered from it in the great centres of the Irish population. And at the Ely Schools, where the disease as- sumed alarming proportions, not a single case occurred, but the warm, dry atmosphere that was secured here in the large dormitories could not be obtained in the small and often ill-ventilated homes of the poorer residents of the district.
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I The French in China. 1 BLOCKADE OF FORMOSA j RENEWED. J I Arrival of French Reinforcements-j I ["TIMES" SECOND EDITION TELEGRAM. 1 I HONGKONG, Saturday. — The Governing! Gazette notifies that the blockade of the coast ""f Formosa between the South Cape and Ezka havi^l been suspended, is now renewed. No notice "'l suspension having been given, this is unfair to neutrals and injurious to trade. • I" i [REUTER'S TELEGRAM.] i PARIS, Saturday. — The Paris this eveniwl confirms the report that M. Ferry has ordered ,JI the.French diplomatic agents now in Shanghai tf leave China. At a Cabinet Council, held thÍf morning, Admiral Peyron announced that tW transport Cliolon arrived at Keelung of the 6th instant, with troops and war mat* rial. General Lewal gave explanations regarding t the organisation of the fresh reinforcements amounting in all to about 6,000. The tioopSi added the minister, will. leave for the East at thd beginning of February. After the capture of Langson, news of which is hourly expected, the troops would advance to occupy the ThatkhØ Pass, thus closing the entrance into Tonquin from the>,north. A Foreign Office announcement on Saturday says:—A telegram from Vica-Admiral Dowell, Naval Commander-in-Chief on the China station# states he has received a notification from Admiral Courbet that the blockade on the South-West Coast of Formosa, was, re-established from the 7tb inst. PARIS, Sunday.—The Minister of War has re- ceived a telegram from General Briere de Lisle announcing the arrival of reinforcements to the number of 3,200 men. The men are in the besC of health and spirits, and the general adds that he is ready to march upon Langson.
I The Earthquakes in Spain I VISIT OF KING ALFONSO. I [REUTEK'S TELEGRAM.] MADRID, Saturday.—King Alfonso passed s through Cordova this morning on his way to Malaga and Granada, where he will visit the towns which have suffered from recent earth- quakes. His Majesty reached Granada in the evening. His Majesty,-who,met with au enthu- siastic reception at all the stations along the route, will continue his journey to-morrow to Alhama. A slight shock of earthquake was felt at Hoja early this morning. It is believed the Marquis de Molins or Count Cosa Valencia will succeed Don Manuel Silvela as Ambassador to the French Republic. The students of Madrid University have returned quietly to the classes at the request of the professors who signed the protest against the invasion of the university by the authorities. [CENTRAL NEWS TELEGRAM.] ALBANIA, Sunday Night.—King Alfonso and his suite attended mass at the Church of SL Augustine, at Granada, this morning, and after- wards proceeded to the railway-station, where a special train was in waiting to convey the party to Loga. Leaving Granada at half-past ten, Logar was reached at noon, Tbeking stopped but a few minutes at the latter place, from which he drove in a carriage and pairlto Alhama, where he arrived at half-past three, where he was received with great demonstrations of") delight on the part of the suffering inhabitants. His Majesty was visibly affected at the terrible aspect.of the town, and at once commenced a round of the tents in which the poor people are encamped. The weather was of the most miserable descrip- tion, being damp and foggy, but thetKing visited every tent, addressing comforting \VOl'ell'; to tb. occupiers, while he distributed moneys with a free band. Some very affecting scenes were-witnessed, the people crowding round the King asking for his blessing, and praying to be allowed to kiss his hand. It had been arrangedthat his Majesty should leave for Zafarraga to-night, buc in order to show his deep sympathy with the sufferers, the King has decided to spend the, night.bere,an& to sleep in one of the tents.
A WELSH BARQUE LOST AT SEA Fate of the Crew Unknown. [REUTER'S TELEGRAM.] AMSTERDAM, Sunday.—A telegram from Tet Schelling, of to-day's date, states that the British barque Carmarthenshire, from Bangor to Bremen, has run ashore on the island and sunk.. The fate of the crew is unknown.
THE SUICIDE OF A NEWPORT SOLICITOR. Mr Martin Edwards, coroner, held an inquest on Saturday evei-iinw at the Three Horseshoes Inn, Malpas, on the body of George, Edmund Lock, junior partner in the firm of Messrs Gibbs, Llewellyn, and Lock, solicitors, who committed suicide at his lodgings, Yewberry Cottage, Malpas, as already reported.—Mr Lloyd Jones, deceased's fellow-lodger, repeated in substance the facts which have been published of neanng a" noise in deceased's bedroom shortly after mid- night on Friday morning. At first the door of the room appeared to be fas- tened, but he pushed it open, and found the deceased lying upon the floor. Witness called Mrs Pruse. the landlady, and when she came it was discovered that deceased was suspended by the neck to the foot of the bedstead, his head being about 18 inches only from the floor. A necktie had been used for the purpose. Witness added that the deceased had suffered from indigestion for some time, and appeared low spirited on the afternoon preceding. Mr Gibbs, the senior partner, volunteered a statement to the jury, in which he mentioned that the deceased joined the firm on the 1st January, 1882. On Wednesday last he met him in London, and talked over the withdrawal from the firm of Mr Llewellyn. Deceased asked for a half share of the"business,and although witness at first demurred to this, he subsequently conceded the point. Deceased was accompained by Mr Cotton, a. friend, and the arrangement was cordially approved of. They dined together, and after- wards went to one of the theatres. Witness agreed to meet deceased in Newport on Saturday, parting the best of friends. He did not again see him alive. In answer to Mr W. H. Lock, brother of >8 the deceased, Mr Gibbs said that a letter had been written by the deceased to hi* ii t father informing him that all business ma had been ratisfactorily settled, but asking him '.¡- come over to Newport and see him at once, si; hiw,, mind was somewhat unstrung. His father hacf- arranged to comply with this request. The coroner briefly summed up, and pointea out to the jury that deceased had indicated in the letter to his father that he was much disturoea- in mind. The probability was that he was labouring under temporary insanitJ> ana ne ad- vised them to return a verdict to this enecL. Th6 jury concur ed ::1 this view of the painful affair, and returned a verdict accordingly.
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