NEWS NOTES. I The forthcoming visitation of Mr. Chamber- lain to South Africa, in order to permit of our Colonial Secretary's inspection on the spot of the actual situation, is regarded on all sides as a laudable movement. It makes for practicality and efficiency, as against the bad old ways of hide-bound bureaucracy. The personal investi- gation of the highest authority in any govern- ment department into the issues involved in administration is the thing to encourage. The Transvaal Colony is going to go drasti- cally to work in dealing with the question of the sale of intoxicants, which is well. There will be a system of local option, supplemented by the formation of "trusts" in the public interest; and there will be a prohibition of the employment of barmaids, boys, or blacks in the vending of the drink. Such stringent measures will win the approval of teetotallers every- where. Lord Rosebery said a good many things in the course of his Edinburgh speech which other political speakers of variant view would strongly controvert; but most folk of the common sense sort would be inclined to endorse the spirit of his recommendation that a man of the special- istic ability of Lord Kitchener might advan- tageously be employed as Secretary of State for War instead of having his gifts wasted in India in a command that many an officer of smaller calibre than himself could compass easily. Such an appointment, possibly, would upset the War Office but that need not occasion very much regret. The idea is a bold one, and both in- teresting and notable in these humdrum days of precedent. Somehow or other, although the Education Bill discussion has enlivened things locally in certain towns, the municipal elections do not seem to make the stir they used to do; and we fear the tendency on the part of the ratepayers is towards apathy. We regret this is not for the general good. Organised hot partisanship may work mischief, but the leaving of public representation to self-seekers and strenuous log-rollers is far worse. Those who find the funds for local government and have the choice of the personnel of the authority should seriously set themselves to select fit and proper representatives. It is everybody's business; and, unfortunately, that is what is most likely to receive neglect. General De Wet has gone home, having, pre- sumably, had enough of the talking and begging business, which does not suit a man of his tem- perament at all. Some of the other ex-Generals are handing the hat round yet; but the game flags, and can hardly be worth the candle. Apropos, it is said that the ex-Generals have made a statement to the effect that they pro- longed the war on account of the effusive recep- tion of Mr. Kruger in Paris. The poor Boers confused the City Council President-who was the welcomer of the veteran runaway-with the President of the Republic, and prophesied intervention from France! They are undeceived now! The battle of the locomotives of the future will be, apparently, between petrol and elec- tricity. The North-Eastern Railway Company are buying petrol engines for utilisation in the haulage of light traffic on their system, at least by way of experiment. If the petrol reaches expectation, proposed electrification may be set aside. Conceivably disputes in the coal industry have expedited coming changes. Why does not the Government hurry up and settle outstanding questions as to the pay of Reservists ? The demonstrations of discontent which are being made publicly in London and elsewhere are about the worst conceivable re- cruiting agency. Lord Charles Beresford is among the perennial sticklers for efficiency. He told a Woolwich audience on Saturday that our Navy as a whole was very good, and that we had every reason to be proud of it. Whenever the Navy was called upon he could assure them it would do its duty, and do it well. The Navy wanted, he contended, more practice in gunnery. The guns they now had were second to none in the world. With more practice we should get efficiency. The man who could put his shot where he desired was worth his weight in gold in naval war. His gunnery efficiency meant the winning of actions and the saving of ships. Lord Charles Beresford speaka of what he knows. It is understood that the programme for the training of Militia battalions next year will provide for their being embodied in brigades. This year, for special reasons, the training was of a less arduous character, but it is thought that the brigade system of instruction will produce increased efficiency and add more zest to the work than under the old regime. The experiment was made last year, and proved eminently successful, and therefore its applica- tion to the whole of the force is expected to be highly advantageous. The training of Militia as Field Artillery is also to be extended. The Pacific Cable has been successfully com pleted at Suva (Fiji). From Fiji the crew of the Anglia, the vessel which had the distinction of laying the final section, sent a congratulatory message to the King addressed to Buckingham Palace. It was the first message to be sent over the northern section of the line which con- nects Vancouver with the Fiji Islands. In view of the marked increase in the number of cases of lunacy, several suggestions, we hear, are being made for bringing about a better state of affairs. One is to the effect that special hospitals should be established for the recep- tion of such cases, and that not too much anxiety should be displayed on the part of the medical staff to get a good percentage of cured" cases. Another is that an alteration of the law is necessary. Some consider that it would be better to make the accommodation better than is at present the case. This seems a logical view. By the death of Mr. Henry Chandos-Pole Gell, the Shire Horse Society loses one of its most active members and a familiar figure at the annual shows at Islington. He was well known throughout the country, ow- ing to the deep interest he dis- played in agricultural questions, and it was largely owing to his efforts, coupled with those of the late Hon. E. K. W. Coke, that attention was directed to the importance of the Shire Horse. It was in order that this now famous breed of draught horses might be deve- loped to a higher pitch of perfection that he helped to found the Shire Horse Society.
Defective teeth led to 2,451 soldiers being in- valided home from South Africa during the war. For the first time in its history, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company has sent an order for locomotives to Britain. The Austrian Empire has been twice bankrupt, once in 1811, when she paid 5s. in the pound; again in 1814, when she paid 2s. in the pound. The world has 128 astronomical observatories of which Great Britain has fourteen. The average cost of a prisoner to the country is 923 per year. Rome has a water supply of 200 million gallon* a day. London only 160 millions, and Paris 90 millions. Anyone in Denmark who pays £6 10s. at the age of 21 years wil be entitled to an annuity ol £13 if he or she reaches the age of 65. It used to cost E2 to send a ton of goods from Liverpool to Manchester by road. Canals re- duced this charge to six shillings. In 1790 a postchaise for four persons from London to Holyhead cost £75, and took four days to do the journey
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K. i. 'k TOWN TOPICS. ( (From Our London Correspondent.) I The old saw which declares that it is possible 1 to have too much of a good thing appears likely to be realised on Lord Mayor's Day, for, alter the very striking pageants London has witnessed in the course of this year, culminating with the royal progress through the capital, the annual show can hardly be expected to pre- sent its usual attractiveness. It might, perhaps, have done so if only a little originality could have been infused into the programme; but that is a reality which is sadly lacking in the organisers of these pageants, who go on year after year drawing up the same dreary sort of programme with infinitely little variety. Time was when the annual civic procession was well worth seeing, and especially in the days when it made part of the journey by water. At one period the custom was invariably to do it thus, but it was allowed to die into desuetude, and no recent in- coming Lord Mayor has had the pluck to re- vive it. Admittedly there are difficulties in the way, but difficulties were made to be overcome; and seeing the proximity Jto the Thames Em- bankment of the Law Courts, to which the new civic chief has to go to be presented to the judges, some enterprising Lord Mayor may yet give us again the old and interesting water pageant. Some talk has been aroused this week by the announcement that the bronze lamp-posts on London-bridge, which were cast from cannons captured from the French during the Peninsular War, are being offered for public sale. This would be in connection with the widening of that structure by the City Corporation and it may be that to the more utilitarian members of that body, these lamp-posts may seem old- fashioned and out-of-date. But there is some- thing repugnant to the feelings of the average patriotic Englishman in putting them up to the sale for old metal. If they had remained in their original state as cannon, and had been placed upon London-bridge until now, there would have been found many to argue that they might well be removed as an unnecessary flaunting of victory over a nation with which for nearly a century we have been at peace. No such argument could now be employed, for cannon could never have been placed to more useful and pacific use than when cast into lamp- posts affording light to passers over the mos.t famous bridge and to voyagers on the most famous river of the Empire; and, even in these commercial times, patriotic and historic senti- ment has to be reckoned with. It may, of course, be said that not one in ten thousand of the vast numbers always passing over London-bridge know the history of these lamp-posts; but that is not a reason for dis- posing of them, but for further instructing the every-day Londoner in the many interesting things he is always passing and taking no notice of, because he is not aware of anything in particular about them. What proportion, one wonders, of the myriads who go through Fleet-street have stepped aside to look in at the Temple ? Whatever that proportion may be, it is far greater than those who know even of the existence of the ancient Clif- ford's Inn just opposite, with its quaint little hall. It is the same with Holborn, where Staple Inn, with its delightful old hall and reposeful churchyard, is only a very few yards from the thronged thorough- fare, and yet is visited by comparatively few. The average Londoner goes from his home to his place of business in the morning, and from his place of business to his home at night with- out heeding the many interesting spots he might visit if he cared, and leaving what should be a delightful task to our old friend, the "I country cousin." P Of the making of new clubs in London there would seem to be no end; and a decidedly in- teresting one is now to be added to the list. It appears that the rapidly growing colonial com- munity in the metropolis has several projects before it just now for the formation of new clubs and the extension of existing institutions, and a meeting, indeed, has been called for the purpose of establishing a West- end club for Australasian women. This is one more sign of how attractive club-life is increasingly proving to the fair sex. There was a period when the very name club" would have been almost taboo in female society, for ladies looked upon these institutions as snares wherein unwary men were drawn to the destruc- tion of all their home ties. But that idea has very largely died away; and ladies' clubs in London are forming in number, though they are not yet quite the 11 temples of luxury and ease" described by Mr. Gladstone as existing for the sterner sex. Anglo-American amenities have been greatly added to in recent times; and the latest instance is afforded by the departure this week of a number of leading representatives of the London Chamber of Commerce for the United States, where they will be first entertained by their brethren of the New York Chamber. An even more picturesque visit will be paid next autumn, for the Court of Assistants of the Honourable Artillery Company has accepted the renewed invitation of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company of Massa- chusetts to visit Boston at that period. This invitation was originally given for 1900, but its acceptance had then to be postponed in con- sequence of the outbreak of the South African War, which necessitated so many of the members proceeding to the front. The Honour- able Artillery Company is the direct descendant of the ancient train bands of London, and is the only military body allowed to march through the City streets with flags flying and bayonets fixed. s A singular experience which has just befallen a soldier on furlough while on a visit to London is being told this week in illustration of the prejudice which in various quarters continues to exist against a man in uniform. This soldier states that he was refused accommodation by nearly forty landladies, some of whose ways of declining his presence seem to deserve record. One exclaimed, "Awfully sorry I cannot let you have a* room. I should be very glad to have a r soldier here; but I have four very select young I ladies staying here and they might object." 1 Another put the refusal much more bluntly, in the remarks, A room ? Yes. It is for a gentle- man; I cannot have a soldier." While a third blandly explained that she was willing to entertain him but on condition he paid thirty shillings a week for the room instead of the customary guinea, for as she said, "I must charge extra for a man in uniform." There is something that is ludi- crous about this, but more that is sad, for it will be impossible to attract a good class of men to join the army if the mere fact of wearing the King's uniform is to render a man a pariah; but it is to a change in this section of public opinion rather than to any other means that improvement must be looked for. 1#( Fresh problems in the world which makes or moves on motor-cars are constantly coming to the front; and the latest is presented in the controversy which is just now going on between railway companies on the one hand, and vendors and users of petrol on the other. The former has issued a circular declaring their in- tention to enforce that clause in their regula- tions, which compels the. consignor of inflam- mable liquids to undertake liability in respect of all damage that may arise therefrom during transit. Neither vendors nor purchasers, how- ever, are willing to accept a risk against accident which they are powerless to prevent; and it is seriously proposed 4o fight the railway companies by removing, on the part of those concerned in the motor build- ing and allied trades, all their traffic from the railways to the roads, and, in particular, to establish a motor van service for the delivery of petrol to the owners of motor cars. It would seem to promise to add a new terror to our country roads if motor vans laden with this explosive material are to career among us; but the rail- ,.ein-nanies mav come to terms before then. R. I
I bo far there have been 106 cases of lead poison- ing in England this year,'but only one death has resulted. This occurred at Bristol, the victim having been employed at oil and colour works. At an inquest recently it was pointed out that the number of cases of lead poisoning was grow- ing less every year.
PUBLIC MEN ON PUBLIC MATTERS. LORD ROSEBERY IN EDINBURGH. I Lord Rosebery, speaking in Edinburgh on Saturday, under the auspices of the Edinburgh and East of Scotland Branch of the Liberal League, referred to the recent course of his rela- tions with the Scottish Liberal Association, and, after remarking that at the most recent proceed- ings of that association a more balmy atmo- sphere prevailed, observed that if the same atmosphere had prevailed at Leicester there would probably have been no Liberal League. Lord Rosebery proceeded to set forth at some length the policy of the league, turning aside to recognise the generosity of the terms granted to the Boers and to express approval of Mr. Cham- berlain's visit to South Africa, in which he saw an exemplification of the league's doctrine of efficiency. Coming to Ireland, he dwelt upon the altered nature of the problem since the Local Government Act of 1898 was passed, and said that time was necessary to watch the development and working of these new local institutions. The Bills of 1886 and 1893 were Parliamentarily dead, and no independent Parliament in Ireland or anything leading up to an independent Parlia- ment there could be entertained. It would, how- ever, be well if there could be developed from those local bodies some higher local bodies or body applicable also to England, Scotland, and Wales. After criticising the Government on the score of efficiency, remarking, by the way, that the abilities of Lord Kitchener might have been turned to good account by appointing him Secre- tary of State for War, the speaker dealt unfavour- ably with the Education Bill, and, in conclusion, denied with emphasis that the Liberal League had taken its root in party disloyalty or intrigue. A resolution of thanks to Lord Rosebery for his declaration of policy at Chesterfield was carried, a portion of the audience expressing dissent. LIBERAL DEMONSTRATION AGAINST I THE GOVERNMENT EDUCATION BILL. Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman and Mr. Asquith were the principal speakers at a demonstration at Alexandra Palace in North London on Saturday afternoon to protest against the Education Bill. Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman said the purpose of the demonstration was to claim for citizens the management of the most essential of their own affairs-the education of their children. He described the Bill as an audacious attempt by use of a great majority, not given for any such pur- pose, to steal a march on the electorate by throw- ing over the old educational compromise, foist- ing sectarianism on the State, hounding out of existence the School Boards, denying to the village parent the full voice he should have in superintending the education of his children, and keeping shut the door of the teaching profession against all but members of a favoured sect. Sir Henry closed his speech with some words on the necessity of reducing national expenditure and avoiding wild and disordered schemes of foreign extension. Mr. Asquith, who declined to recog- nise anything like concession in the matter at all, said the Bill was designed to answer the question -At how low a price and by how small a sur- render of clerical and sectarian domination could the Church of England secure for her schools a blank cheque upon the rates of England and Wales? A resolution condemning the Bill was adopted. MR. LONG SEES A GLIMMER OF LIGHT. Mr. Walter Long, President of the Local Government Board, was the other night enter- tained at a banquet in London. Responding to the toast of "His Majesty's Ministers," he said that, as the result of a study of the daily news- papers, he was forced to the conviction that his Majesty's Ministers were the most incompetent ind unpopular body of men ever collected to- gether. Therefore he could only conclude that their health was drunk so that they might be regenerated. That was a good beginning of things, but Mr. Long's speech was too long-he went on to praise the members of the Govern- ment. LAND PURCHASE BILL FOR IRELAND. I Mr. George Wyndham, speaking at Dover on the challenge made against the Government's Irish policy, said after sitting in the House of Commons for a fortnight he was unable to say what part Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman played in regard to the Irish members. He likened him to Bob Acres in Sheridan's play. He believed the end of the Irish question would come soon. He believed a measure of purchase would be the principal measure of next Session, and that the measure would be based unon sound business proposals. DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE AT DERBY. I The Dulse of Devonshire, speaking on Tuesday night at Derby in support of the Education Bill, said the time was rapidly approaching when some limitation should be placed on the great lengths to which the discussion in the Committee stage of the Bill was proceeding. The Government held that the principle of the settlement of 1870 ,was sound, but that its machinery was imperfect and obsolete, and, while retaining the principle, they proposed to reform the machinery. LORD AVEBURY ON EDUCATION. Lord Avebury opened on Tuesday the new Technical Institute which has been erected at Tunbridge Wells by the Town Council at a cost of £ 16,000. Addressing a meeting held in the Opera House, under the presidency of the Mayor (Major Lutwidge), Lord Avebury said that a great deal had lately been heard about education, but he wished they had heard more of the chil- dren and less of the sects. The primary object of education should be the formation of charac- ter, next to .which came instruction as to the wonderful world in which we lived. It was too often supposed that education was only to be obtained from books and in school; whereas the more we learnt from nature herself the better, and education should last through life. Unedu- cated nations, like uneducated individuals, must be content to do the rougher work and take the lower places in the world. If we were to hold in the future, as we did now, one of the highest places among civilised nations, we must maintain our position as one of the very best of educated nations. We could not expect to hold our own in the future unless we remodelled our system of education.
A SCANDALOUS CASE. Before Mr. Justice Grantham, at the Norwich Assizes on Monday, Bernard Fraser, 35, of no occupation, and Arthur Thorold, 28, schoolmaster, were indicted, on a number of counts, for felony and misdemeanour at Wroxham, Norfolk. Both prisoners pleaded not guilty to the charge of felony, and guilty to some of the charges of mis- demeanour—namely, committing and inciting to commit gross cases of indecency. Mr. Avory, in opening the case, said both prisoners were men of education and of good social position. Fraser, who had independent means, was living in London at a good address, and was a member of one of the best West-end clubs. After evidence and speeches of counsel, the judge said this was one of the most painful cases that it had ever fallen to his lot, or to the lot of any other judge, to try. Two men bearing names that had been honoured in the field and in the forum, and in every branch of life, had pleaded guilty to one of the most dis- creditable offences known to our law. He had listened attentively to everything that had been, said on behalf of the prisoners, but he was sorry to say he had been able to agree with very little of it as a reason for dealing with them leniently" Fraser's case was, without exception, the worst he had ever heard of. While moving in high society, Fraser had been living a double life and debauch- ing others, and it was his (the judge's) painful duty to inflict upon him the full punishment of 10 years' penal servitude. As to Thorold, he was a younger man. He would go to penal servitude for five years.
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THE WOMAN'S FRIEND AND MAN'S HELP-DR. "WILLIAM'S PINK PILLS FOR RHEUMATISM AND THE SPINE. Pain and sorrow of woman weakness and fatigue of man the curse of Eve and the punish- ment of Adam: who can compute the suffering they bring ? Hardly a woman but knows the misery of days when the head is hot and heavy with languor, the Back and Side racked with dull pain, everything gloomy, food a disgust, movement a misery. These women might be well and happy if they chose. We will show how. .1 ',(, .)). .I It i' Tn:" "I '1'1' "'f I 'tI.\tl. ,I j 41j;:f;; J, 1., "J' v; "'r. Miss Thomas Uden. (From a Photograph.) Few men are safe from Rheumatism; most men know Spinal Weakness, Indigestion, days and nights of lost energy, or hours of pain from Sciatica and Gout. These men need suffer no more. Dr. Williams' Pink pills for Pale People are pills for both men and women. They have cured both in the same way-by giving strength to the back, regularity to the system, energy to the nerves. They do not purge or take away strength; they give strength and make blood. A woman's tale of thankfulness and brave readiness to make her good news known to others illustrates these fact. SUFFERING SISTERS," she seems to say, hear my history. Be well and happy as I am!" Mrs. Thnmas Uden is the wife of a trusted man in Government employ. Their home is at 19, Richmond-place, Plumstead. The Kentish Inde- pendent sent a representative to see them. Mrs. Uden's crisp and candid story was as follows: For four years I was subject to fainting fits End other disorders. I gradually grew worse and worse, till I had no strength left. I felt as if dying. Life seemed a perfect misery. My husband grew quite anxious and frightened about me." "There is no cause for that now, you look thoroughly well." "Yes, I am, thank goodness—through taking Dr. Williams' Pink Pills. I have taken about eight boxes. I got well gradually. The cure is perfect The husband here fully confirmed his wife's statement about Dr. Williams' Pink Pills, bringing into the room with pride their last child-a baby girl who could just toddle and chatter. They had had eight children, Mrs. Uden told our represen- tative, but had only reared two, one being the little child present. We call her Little Pink Pills, said the mother; "we are convinced that it is through Dr. Williams' pills that she is alive Aid strong." For Dr. Williams' Pink Pills can be cut up and given in tiny doses even to a child. They are safe and beneficial to the most delicate constitution. They give strength and only strength. The price is 2s. 9d. per box, six boxes 13s. 9d., post free, from Dr. Williams' Medicine Company, Holborn- viaduct, London, and any question as to their suitability to any complaint named, or illness described, will be cheerfully answered by post. The Pills can also be obtained whenever medicine is sold, but to avoid dangerous sub- stitutes (which may be purgative) it is necessary to insist on hav- ing the genuine pills with Dr. Williams' Pinit Pills for Pale People on the wrapper. WijV I1S&J
SALVINI ROBBED. I Signor Tommaso Salvini, who is now living in retirement at his villa in Florence, and was a cele- brated Italian actor in the last century, has, the "Chronicle's" Rome correspondent says, had his house broken into by burglars. Numerous artistic objects of great value, including wreaths, medals, and other gifts connected with his dramatic triumphs, especially in America, have been stolen. Signor Salvini is inconsolable on account of the loss of his treasures.
THE MURDERED EMPRESS. I The Emperor of Austria has just honoured Professor Klotz with a visit, at the latter's studio, to inspect a statue of the late Empress, which has a somewhat unusual history for a portrait so good. The Vienna Neue Freie Presse" states that quite 28 years ago, at a garden party at which the Emperor and Empress were present, the Empress became separated from the Emperor, and was de- tained by a loyal crowd for some time, close to the professor; who carefully observed her features and going straight home, drew from memory a sketch now first utilised for the statue. The Em- peror expressed himself struck by the likeness.
The competition in railways speeds has in Switzerland extended to heavy goods traffic. The "Tribune de Geneve" reports an interest- ing test which has just been made at Geneva. The distance was from Geneva to Lausanne, with only two stops, and one of two new engines just built by the eminent Swiss machinists firm of Winterthoar was used. The train furnished a weight of 150 tons, while under normal speed conditions the weight would have been 300 tons. The journey was made at 60 miles an hour. A new regulator introduced in Swiss watches works, it is stated, so accurately that timepieces furnished with them do not vary ten seconds in a month. IT DROVE THE IIAN FRANTIC" to hear his wife, but if he had only given her a tin of KEAT- ING'S LOZENGES, one single Lozenge would at once have stopped her cough, and the result would have been a peaceful night s sleep—a tin of KEATING'S LOZENGES, can be obtained from any chemist for 13 £ d. The new parish council offices at Glasgow, built at a cost of about £ 70,000, occupy a pro- minent site in George-street, the building Con- sisting of three separate blocks. The block fronting George-street contains the offices proper, and gives accommodation for the treasurers, the collectors of rates, the clerk, and inspector of poor, and the other permanent officials, while above the general offices are the board-room and .committee-rooms. Farther back on the site is another block, similar in size to the front build- ing, which will be used by the relief committee, while at the extreme rear of the site is the third block, consisting of coach-house, stables, and hay-loft. The facade to George-street is built of red sandstone, while all the back walls towards the courts are white enamelled brick. The fittings of the main building are largely of polished mahogany, the board-room having a par- ticularly rich appearance. It is fitted throughout with electric light, and heated by hot water. A curious industry, that of fox farming, is pursued in Alaska. It originated in the desire to, preserve the valuable blue fox from extermina- tion. The experiment was begun by placing twenty foxes on an unoccupied island. In the course of a few years some thirty islands were thus turned into fox ranches. It was found that the animals soon became sufficiently domes- ticated to cease fearing their keepers, and to assemble at feeding-places. Eight hundred or a thousand foxes are included in a ranch. At the proper age a certain number are killed for their pelts. The business appears to pay very well, and it, is suggested that other fur-bearing animals might be domesticated and propagated in a similar manner.
GUARDS REVIEWED. THE KING COMPLETES HIS INSPECTION OF TUB J BRIGADE—BRILLIANT SCENE. I The King inspected the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the battalion having arrived from the war just too late to participate in the review on the 27th ult. The proceedings were private, and only a few privileged guests witnessed the review; but out- side Buckingham Palace a great crowd assembled to witness the Guardsmen march in from Wellington Barracks, where they had rested on marching from Nine Elms after arrival from Aldershot. When formed up on the turf facing the Palace steps the 400 warriors, wearing the red of home service, presented a splendid apnearance, their scarlet ranks stretching across the velvet lawn in pretty contrast with the subdued surround- ings. At noon the King stepped upon the terrace from the large French window in the centre of the Palace, and, passing down the steps, strode across the grass and halted in front of the battalion. His Majesty was accompanied by Lord Roberts, who wore the uniform of the Irish Guards, and a number of officers. The King passed along the ranks, making a close inspection. He was especially interested in a group of fifty Reservists who were drawn up behind the battalion in plain clothes. When his Majesty had regained the saluting point, the battalion marched past. The bearing of the men, remembering their wearing experiences of the past two and a half years, was equal to all the records of the regiment, which on parade excels in smartness, in sport is famous at football, and in war, like their comrades the Greys, "Second to None." Everyone's attention was riveted upon the battalion as it advanced in review order. Witb colours flying and to gay martial music the bronzed warriors moved in mass towards the King. Forty paces from the King the line halted, and his Majesty then addressed the battalion as follows "Colonel Romilly, officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 2nd Battalion of Scots Guards,— "I am anxious to express to you the great satis- faction I feel at seeing yoil here to-day, and inspecting you after your long spell of active service in South Africa. I congratulate you on your return, and on the high state of efficiency in which this battalion is. "I know full well how ably you have conducted your arduous duties in South Africa, and I am glad that you, as well as the other regiments in the Brigade of Guards, have maintained that high state of discipline which has always been characteristic of the Guards. I regret that it was not possible for you to be present at the parade last week, when I inspected the other battalions of the brigade. "I am pleased to see you home safely, and glad to have this opportunity of welcoming you and congratulating you, Colonel Romilly, on the fine battalion under your command. At the conclusion of the speech the command- ing officer called for three cheers for his Majesty, which were heartily given. After the officers had separately passed the King, column of route was formed by the bat- talion, which, headed by the band, left the Palace, and had an excellent reception from the crowds outside.
THE CHATHAM TRAM ACCIDENT. Major Pringle, on behalf of the Board of Trade, concluded his inquiry into the Chatham tramway disaster on Tuesday night. Several witnesses were examined as to the working of the tramways and the conditions existing on the morning of the accident. Major Pringle will report his finding to the Board of Trade in due course. Meanwhile the company have, on their own initiative, closed the section of the track on which the accident took place with the object of improving the curve.
I ILEGIfoTx^XAON REFORM. The Hon. Ivor Guest, M.P., contributes to the "Nineteenth Century" an interesting article on "Registration Reform," one of the political topics which is sure to attract increased attention as soon as the Education Bill is cut of the way. Mr. Guest describes the present law as "a chootic compilation," which legislates by reference to over sixty Acts, the earliest dating back as far as Henry VI. He would remove the barriers which he believes too jealously narrow the access to the polling-booth by more generously inter- preting the qualification requirements, by insist- ing that the probationary period shall not be needlessly protracted and by establishing the fact that the vote once gained shall to some ex- tent he regarded as "a personal and portable possession." Mr. Guest, in a passing historical note, points out that "once upon a time, long before the advent of our superior age, all men had votes. Even now, in spite of the searching glance of civilisation, the practice still survives in all its primitive simplicity in some obscure corners of the world, and, in the far-off Pacific, the Island of Norfolk presents the spectacle of a very political Utopia, for there, we are told, not only are there no elections, but every man over seventeen becames ipso facto a member of parlia- ment."
C. Manchester Corporation has decided to send fe petition to Parliament praying that the lifeboat. service should be administered by the Imperial Government. German beer and matches of foreign manufac- ture have been ousted from South Formosa by beer brewed and matches manufactured in Japan. The strike of Kaffir dockers at Capetown. which was the result of a reduction of the men's wages from 4s. 6d. a day to 3s. 6d., has ended itt the capitulation of the masters. The German Reichstag, or Parliament, witk its two branches, costs the voters on an average- -C £ 20,000 a year. There are 336 places of public entertainment in London, with a combined seating capacity for 400,000 people. ..J.
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THB LORDS OF THE SEAS.—The Russian Press Censorship has forbidden the publication of the contents of the signals exchanged as farewell Censorship has forbidden the publication of the contents of the signals exchanged as farewell I greetings between the German Imperial yacht Hohenzollern and the Russian Standart, on the I occasion of the recent meetings between the Czar and the Kaiser. It has now been ascertained that the Kaiser's signal ran thus:—"The Lord of the Western Seas sends a farewell greeting; to the Lord of the Eastern Seas." The Czar, in schoolgirls' style, replied "Eternal Friendship. Poor England and France evidently have been clean swept from the seas by their Majesties in t the ecstacy of the moment. But why be ashamed of allowing Imperial high-flown oratory to be- come known through newspapers? The public would have enjoyed it, and exclaimed in the. plural :Les Rois s'amusent, vive les Rois!" —"The ALnglo-Russian.
.RL IN 'I II N I'MI M M IMM UTIIIIH'IIII II^TNYIIFRIMNNMHF*# HINTS ON HEALTH By T. R. A LLI NSON, EX-LR.C.P. Ed., &C. BRUNAK A NEW DRINK, INSTEAD OF TEA OR COFFEE. LOOKS LIKE COFFEE Knowing the ill results which follow the use of tea and coffee, I have ^Taomeje^Ta asked • my patients to leave them alone and to drink cocoa, milk, orwp > ■water, and such substitutes. Some complain that they *or P1*68 no A3 | lyonyc them a headache. Others say they cannot be bothered maiung grael &c. Taking im. ALLindUN O into consideration all these complaints, I set to work to find o«wa possible substitute and one that could be easily prepared. For many^yeaw I nave experimented on vartoiw HEALTH things, but found difficulties in the way. At laat I have called it "Brunak," which ia a word I formed from two Latin ones. Brunak BEVERAGE IA 118 EAAILY MADE M TEA» COFLEE> OR COCOA- K I8F^. ™ «NS V3 TA3TY.FTS as comforting as cocoa, and as harmless as hrpitlr^?time. The INSTEAD mill-hand can have a cup before going to work, at breakfast tune, m the forenoon, with INdlCHU at tea_tt and ^th supper. It can ^Jfe^8temng on the hob all day and allmght OF and it will not injure any more than if it w^resh raade. Aud it can be drunk cold or heated up again without being made injurious, *3 not a headache in a barrel of it, and no TEA & COFFEE nervousness in a ton of it. It may be young the old, the weak, the strong, the brainv man, or the athlete, also by all invalids, and even by sufferers from diabetes. If you ■■ £ pwk | ■ na m mjr come'in cold and weary a cup wiilrefreshyouif y0n are going out in the cold, a warm cup BRUf^AK will keep you warm. And if you feel sinking or famt any time a cup of Brunak will pick you ut> and leave no ill results, as do tea, coffee and other stimulants. If I can get the people Clin I C ni/r merer of this country to drink Brunak as a regular beverage, I shall have done more for my coun- OIYILLLO LIKt uurrtt and happiness than anycomperor who ever lived. I want everyone to tryit.and have arranged for the Natural Food Company, Ltd., to supply it as below. It can, I know, M — g m be trot from places in the town, but if any difficulty ia found in getting it, then Bend direct to DKUiMAKV the Natural Food Company for it. It has only been before the public a few months, has given universal satisfaction, and is having a large sale. TAOTCQ iwr PflECPE T. B,. ALLIXBON, EX-L.R.C.P. Ed., &e., Author of thirteen books on Health, 4, Spanish I flol LU LIKt uUliLL piace) Manchester Square, London, W. Sold by the usual Cash Grocery and Drug Stores in I-lb. packets, duty paid, at is. each. If any difficulty in obtain- ing it, a list of agents and sample will be sent post free for one penny, or 1-lb. post free for is., by THE NATURAL FOOD CO., LTD., 50 Room, Patriot Sq., Bethnal Green, London, E. I I—M—— —iwiJM——i—■—M——WW—