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NEWS IN BRIEF. j Tragedies and Disasters. John Hesrry 'Wholey was kilted iian Monday night by an explosion of slag ;at the Park- gate Ironworks at Rothham. Acute pain from rheumatism was sug- gested as a reason for the suicide of Isaac Meek, 36, a Royal Artillery gumner, who was found with his throat cut in Woolwich Bar- racks. A jury found he was temporarily in- j sane at the time. Accidental death was the verdict at the inquiry by the Mid-Oxfordshire coroner on Monday into the death of William Saunders, who received fatal injuries whilst making a leather spectacle case. To stretch it he in- serted the handle kdf ia knife, which elipped, the blade passing through his belt into his body. While gathering celery in his garden, John Kelsall, a labourer, of Newcastle-under- Lyme, fell down a well and was drowned. MX Walter Schroeder, the coroner, stated at the St. Pancras 'Coroner's Court that there were 1^715 deaths of children from burns in England and Wales in 1904, and in nearly every case 'the accident was caused by the parents leaving the 'children unattended. Due to a defective flue, an outbreak of fire occurred at the residence of Mr. Asher Wer- theimer at8,Connaught7place, Hyde-park, considerable damage being done to the 'ground floor. The Marylebone electric supply failed :again at a busy hour in the evening, and the northern side of Oxford-street, among other busy thoroughfares, was plunged in darkness. Considerable inconvenience was caused to shopkeepers, who had to utilise candles for the purposes of illumination. Told in the Courts. Councillor James Smith Brunning, of Beckenham, was fined 40s. and ordered to pay 19s. mosts and 5s. damage at the Brom- ley (Kent) Police-court, on Monday, for wil- fully damaging a house belonging to Coun- cillor Thomas William How in order to draw attention to its alleged insanitary condition. "The ordinary builder's profit for sanitary work in London is 25 per cent. on the materials purchased," said an expert in the City of London Court on Monday. An old woman, who was charged at Enfield Police-court on Monday with intoxication, at- tributed her downfall to reading novels late at night. "I would rather be locked up than go home and face my wife. I have spent the rent," said Joseph Hartley at the Blackpool Police-station on Sunday night. He was fined five shillings and costs on Monday for intoxication. intoxication. A woman who was committed on Monday at the Westminster Police-court to Holloway Gaol for non-payment of rates, objected vigorously to being taken to gaol in prison van, which she described as that black thing." She volunteered to pay for a cab, and was allowed the privilege. Charged with attempting to pass gilded sixpences as half-sovereigns, Jane Watts, a married woman,, was remanded on Monday at Yarmouth. At Dover on Saturday two naval petty offi- cers named Miller and Keeler, of H.M.S. Gossamer, and two civilians named Wood and Gibbons, were charged with unlawfully being in possession of Government stores. The civilians were each fined 29s. The sailors are to be tried by court-martial. The foreman of a coroner's jury at the Stepney Coroner's Court on Saturday asked the coroner if he were not entitled to an extra fee for acting as foreman. "There is no extra fee," said the coroner, "but you have had the distinguished honour of filling an important position." "I prefer brass to honour," said the foreman. Dr. Wynn Westcott, the coroner, gave a demonstration at the Hackney Coroner s Court on Saturday of the possibility of ren- dering flannelette fireproof. He held a lighted match to a piece of the treated material and it did not burn, but the coroner declared that parents would not clothe their children with it because it cost a penny a yard more than the dangerous kind. From Other Lands. Swedish mails for England were destroyed in a railway accident at Hottersberg. They contained a cheque for X5,000, issued by the Bank of Honolulu, and on its way to a Lon- don merchant. The largest fire on record in Siam has oc- curred in the Chinese trading quarter of Bangkok, the loss amounting to £ 500,000. The Pacific mail liner City of Panama, which it was feared had gone down in a gale with all hands near San Francisco, is re- ported safe. Mr. Salem Pearce, of Marysville, Ohio, has a hen which he declares is an infallible baro- meter. When the hen roosts high on the branch of an apple tree a fine night is cer- tain, but if she goes into the hen roost for the night bad weather is to be expected. The youngest telegraph operator in the I world is said to be Earl Moss, the son of a, telegraph operator on the Wisconsin and Michigan Railway. He is barely six years old, but he frequently sends and receives messages at his father's station with perfect accuracy. The Reichsanzeiger" announces that the German Emperor has accepted the resigna- tion of Baron von Lindenfels, the German Consul-General in London. Mr. E. W. Tice, a- farmer, of Middletown, New York, who is sixty years old, is cutting his third set of teeth, and is suffering all the agonies usually associated with childish teething. Hendricksen, the trainer who was recently mauled by a tiger at Schumann's circus in Berlin, has completely recovered,^ but the doctor who attended him has died from blood-poisoning sustained while dressing the trainer's wounds. In consequence of complaints made against the method of carrying out the Brazilian Coffee Convention a great conference will shortly be held, under the auspices of the National Agricultural Society, of coffee planters and commissioners. An unknown vessel has been wrecked on the rocks enclosing the harbour at Ancona, Italy. Twelve lives arc reported to have been lost. Seven torpedo-boats built at the Ansaldo 'Works, Genoa, for the Imperial Turkish navy, have arrived at Constantinople. /1 By the overturning of a motor-car, three of the occupants were instantly killed at Lyons I (France), and the fourth was injured. The Echo de Paris states that the ordet- given at Cherbourg, Rochefort, and Toulon to put on the stocks four large submarines is a perfectly pacific measure. Work will not be begun on them for some weeks, for some modifications are to be introduced into the types selected. Military and Naval. Surgeon-General Lofthouse who eervec with the Prince of Wales' 10th Royal Hus- sars in the Crimean War, died on Monday at Harrogate. An Aldershot report states that Colonel Koe, A.S.O., has been appointed Director of Supplies and Transport in South Africa. Captain John Howson, C.B., formerly marine superintendent of the Union-Castle Line, died at Southampton. He was deco- rated for services rendered during the South African war. Matthew Hayden was ordered on Monday to be handed over to an escort as a deserter from the East Kent Regiment. It was stated that when the police called at his home in Gillingham he climbed on to the roof and defied them for three hours. Major-General H. N. Bunbury, C.B., has been appointed Major-General in charge of the administration of the Irish command, and will take over the duties on February 22 next. Accidents. The London steamer Highland Fling, bound from London to Buenos Ayres, went ashore on Monday at Kennack Bay, near the Lizard. Damage to the extent of Y,5,000 was caused on Monday by a fire in the Rutherglen Chemical Works at Glasgow, owned by Lord Overtoun. The British steamer Corporal has been abandoned in a. sinking condition, but the crew were saved and landed at Aberdeen. No fewer than 150 sheep, worth between X250 and £300" were suffocated in a snow drift on Mr. Thomas Wales's farm, Lownth- waite, Blencarn, Cumberland, during the recent snowstorm. A Vanguard motor omnibus collided with a horsed omnibus at Westminster, and killed one of the horses. By an explosion of sewer-gas at Derby on Saturday four heavy manhole covers were blown off, many yards iof pavement torn up, and a workman named Barber was flung several feet into the air, but escaped injury. The World of Sport. Weighing 201b., a fine dog otter has been trapped in the Thames at Hurley, near Great Marlow.. Captain Wynyard, captain of the M.C.C. team now touring in New Zealand, sailed for heme on board the ss. Corinthic, on account of the injury to his leg sustained in the match hero on December 26. National and Political. Admiral Sir William 'Garnham Luard, K.C.B., who is in his eighty-seventh year, has written to the Maldon Liberal Associa- tion stating that, being dissatisfied with recent events, especially the passing of the Trades Disputes Bill, he has decided to with. draw from all political engagements. The Norwegian Minister of Commerce de- clared in Parliament on Monday that he had received information from which there was reason to believe that the British Govern- ment intended shortly to convena an inter- national conference for regulating the ship- ping load-line. Social. Queen Elena on Monday received Lady Aberdeen in private audience. Her Majesty conversed on the subject of women's work in Ireland and Italy, and showed great interest in all institutions for children and invalids. Second LieutenaRt the Prince of Siam has joined at Woolwich for an ordnance course. Sir William Grantham has completed the twenty-first year of his career as a judge. The Princess of Wales has accepted for the Princess Mary a copy of Motoring through Dreamland," by Mr. E Walter Walters. Commercial and Industrial. Sixteen single men, all under the age of thirty, have left Poplar, under the auspices of the Poplar Distress Committee, for Toronto, Canada, where work has been secured for them. The Cleveland blast furnacemen's wages were advanced on Monday by 3t per cent. 4 ) Both prices and wages are the beet since 1900. Summonses are to be issued against about 800 miners at the Wrexham and Acton Col- liery for alleged breach of contract. Latest returns show that there are 1,436 cases of genuine unemployment at Bristol. The L.C.C. tramway receipts for the week ended December 22 were X-27,256, making a total of E999,726 since April.. Music and the Drama. Mr. A. B. Walkley has aceeptefa tion of president of the newly-formed Society of Dramatic Critics, which has been inaugu- rated to facilitate the exchange of views and to promote the interests of the calling of dra- matic criticism. Two carriages were occupied by the flowers sent by members of the theatrical profession in all parts of the country,' at the funeral at Bristol on Monday of Miss Bessie Featlierstone, who died from pneumonia contracted while playing as "principal boy" in the pantomime" Aladdin" at Newcastle. It is announced that Mr. Neil Forsyth, M.V.O., manager of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, is engaged to Miss Mollie Cathcart, the daughter of Dr. Cathcart, of Harley-street. The marriage is expected to take place in March. Other Interesting Items. A ghost, in the form of a grey friar, which passes through fences without climbing and crosses a stream without getting wet, is re- ported to have been seen by several persons at Worksop, near the site of the ancient priory. Mr. Andrew Milliken, who has travelled 2,500,000 miles on Cunard liners, on 39 of which he has been purser, has just retired after 47 years of service. Three children were rescued from a burn- ing house in Hull by William Dix antt Harry Ellis, two neighbours, who climbed a roof at the rear of the premises, and handed the children out through a bedroom window. The coffin of Mrs. Pyle, of Newbury, was borne to the grave on Monday by her six sons. The other mourners were her husband and daughter. From 80ft. to 100ft. in circumference and from 12ft. to 20ft. deep, a large cavity was formed as the result of a subsidence in the Verdin Park, Northwich, on Saturday morn- ing, and it is estimated that several hundred I tons of material will be required to fill up the hole. The congregation of Pembroke Church, Liverpool, on Monday night adopted a reso- lution accepting, with profound regret, the s resignation of the pastor, the Rev. Dr. C. F. Aked, on his acceptance of the pastorate of Fifth-avenue Baptist Chtikc-li, at New York. A Roman millstone has been found in Duke street, Manchester, by excavators working under the direction of Mr. Burton, the secretary of the Classical Association, Manchester Branch. After 21 years in captivity, a blackbird be- longing to Mrs. Layzell, of Little Cogges- hall, Essex, has, just died. The acting British Consul at Christiania has forwarded to the superintendent of the Mercantile Marine Office, Newcastle, an. un- dated slip of paper which was picked up in a bottle by a fisherman off the Hittero, Nor- way, bearing the following words written in pencil: "Good-bye, wife and children. J. Bradley, Wallsend-on-Tyne." On additional pianos for the elementary schools of London the Education Committee is expending £ 2,500. All music and singing licences (eight m number) held in connection with public- houses at Morecambe, were abolished on the application of Superintendent Barnett, at the South Lonsdale annual sessions, held at Lan- caster on Saturday. Mr. Karl Hau, the Washington lawyer who was recently committed for extradition to Germany, charged with the murder of his mother-in-law, left Brixton Prison on Satur- day for Baden-Daden, lile is said to have de- veloped symptoms of insaliity. Sir W. T. Lewis has promised Ri,ooo to- ward founding a chair of mining at Cardiff College, provided IL30,000 is raised in contri- butions from coal owners, royalty owners and workmen. The Grocers and Tea Dealers' Benevolent Protection Society has received a donation of 1,000 guineas from Mr. Thomas F. Blackwell, of Messrs. Crosse and Blackwell, to mark his appreciation of the honour the society has conferred on him by electing him its presi- dent. I:) The remains of the late Archdeacon Burney, who had been in holy orders for sixty-seven years, and was the oldest clergy- man in the Church of England, were interred in St. Mark's Churchyard, Surbiton, on Saturday afternoon.

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