[ALL RIGHTS RESERVED,J I WAYSIDE ROMANCES. A BLIGHTED LIFE. BY ALLEN CARTER. I Author of "A Woman's Sacrifice," &c. 1 ""Our pleasant vice3 j Are made the whips to scourge us. —SHAKESPEARE, j 4* Guilt is a timorous thing."—COLERIDGE. PART I. I thought you told me there'd be no Jallger about it—that the cheque was sure not to be prescll ted." How did I know F hiker would be pressed for numey and have to part with the cheque ?" was the reply. Wei!, what am f to do now ? I can no more ra<: -» eighty pounds ju.-flr now tlian I can fly. It's absolute ruin for me, if nothing worse, should the cheque be presented. i wish the Derby and you, too, had been at the devil." Ah dear boy, that's ungrateful of you. I could not help Blair Athol winuing. I didn't tell you to back him, remember, any 7)1ore than I forged the cheque to pay the bet." "ConPoundyou. hold your row, can't you, or someone may overhear. You needn't throw the thing at me in that way. Hadn't it been for you I shouldn't have dreamt of doiflg such a mad thing. The bet might have gone to the deuce before I'd have paid it with money which didn't belong to me." "That sort of talk shows how little a man of the world yon are yet, and how much you have to learn. No man with any respect for himself would neglect a debt of honour.' That's just what f cun'r understand, How can it be a debt of honour-when dishon- ourable means have to be adopted to pay it 1 I can't think whatever possessed me to do it. I certainly shouldn't but for you and the drink." And that's all the thanks I get for tak- ing you into society and showing you what life IS." j helped get me into the mess, you II have to help get me out, that's all." Now. Dick, I like to hurt your feelings, but when you speak in that threatening tone [ am boundto again remind you that I didn t do it. After all, what a fuss you're making about a trifling thing like that. You can surely borrow money enough from your uncle to redeem that :tht:que before it is presented. It being one of his loose cheques, and not torn from the book, some excuse can easily be made for its disappearance supposing, which isn't very probable, he should miss it at all. It's hardly likely Fluker would let it out of his hands nfter the car.) ion I gave him without knowing it was safe." My uncle won't lend me money for anything, I know. responded Dick Lang- ford, ruefully. He'd more likely turn me off at once if he knew I'd been doing anytiliug of the kind." I'm positively astonished at you, Dick, that I am. I've seen a few green 'uns in my time, but you beat the lot. You surely don't mean to say you'd go ask your uncle for money bccause you'd been losing ou horse-racing," No. But he'd want to know what I wanted so much for, and I should have to give him a sufficient reason before I got it." Nothing easier a dozen sufficient reasons could be given. However, I'll tell you wha" I'll do. I'm going on 'Change 1'11 see Fluker, and, if possibly the man he's given the cheque to, and see what can be done. This kind of thing happens nearly every day in connection with horse racing, and men like Fluker are fly to it. Depend upon it the matter can be arranged all right, only you will have to iind the money as soon as possible. Ta, ta keep up a light heart, dear hoy." And Arthur Morris airily reached his hat from its peg. placed it on his head, with an elaborate mock bow towards Dick, and sailed down the office steps as though the establishment belonged to him. The silly muggins," he mur- I mured, he's got himself in a pretty mess I this time. Hooked him proper, and no mistake shouldn't have thought he'd been a fiat. Ha ha my pretty Janet. you won't long have much cause to be proud of the man for whom you refused tne." Curse him It won't be my fault if he hasnt to hook it before to-morrow. It won't do for him to stay au exposure might involve me. The scene of the conversation above recorded was a merchant's ottico in Low- church-street, and the speakers were I respectively the confidential and head clerks of the establishment. Richard Langford, a young man of four and twenty, was a nephew by marriage of Mr Stephen Plummer, of the firm of Plummer, Brazen, and Co. and. on I' the somewhat sudden death of his parents, had been taken into the office, where he was speedily promoted to the position in which we find him. Some three years before this he secured for his wife the daughter of the National schoolmaster in the village of Daisywood, a woman who with youth, beauty, and education, combined a true loving heart, and sincere regard for her I husband. They ltvcd with their one child in a pretty cottago on the outskirts of the Metropolis—a coitage which was a picture of nracness and prettiness, and the walis of I which, during the summer months, were covered with a profusion of eglantine and honeysuclde, the preponderance of the former having probably suggested the I christening of the place Eglantine Cottage. Mrs Langford was passionately attached to the place, for here her husband bad brought her after their brief honeymoon, her-T had been her home since her marriage, here her child had been born. She lad little to grieve her until the last few months. Previously Richard had hastened hom as soon as the office closed with all fche speed possible. Now lie often did not come in until a late hour in the evening sometimes not until the arrival of the mid night train, which stopped at the station a few yards from their home. He made a variety of excuses, but his flushed face, un- steady gait. and uneven temper proved to her too well that he had got into bad com- pany and was getting into bad ways. He was always thoroughly ashamed of himself the following morning, and bore her mild remonstrances with an air of penitence. But alas I, he was weak and easily led, and Janet's bitter cup was continually being filled. l'> Arthur Morris, Richard's tempter, and the companion with whom he mostly went astray, was a young man of good position but loose principles who had early broken away from all home restraints, and, bejig unmarried, "let himself go in a way which could only mean ultimate ruin to him, as it involved in ruin those who associated with him. Some time before Richard Langford attracted Janet's attention Arthur had beeu paying his addresses to her. But he met with no encouragement. When Dick came in her way it was a case of love at first sight, and Arthur found himself shunted, He apparently took the matter cooiiy and resigned himself to the inevitable. But he neither forgot nor forgave the rebuff, and mentally vowed he would some day be even with both of them. Under pretence of showing Dick life and jiving him the knowledge and experience of the world he alleged to be necessary to a man who wished to be on anything like equal footing with his fellows, he gradually led Dick into haunts and practices which cuuld only tend to demoralise him. Hence when he backed a horse he was told was a moral certainty for the Derby, and lost money which he hsd no prospect of being able to pay from his own resources, he fell only too readily into the trap set for him by his companion, and in an evil moment, when his senses were numbed with drink, imitated his uncle's signature to a cheque for £80. He was cute enough to extort a promise that the cheque should not be eaehed nor paid away until he had an oppor- tunity to raise the money where with to redeem it. But he soon found what such promises were worth. Dick awaited in an agony of suspense the return of his friend. He knew the forged signature was but clumsily done, and had no doubt it would be challenged the moment it was presented at the bank on which the cheque was drawn. It was some minutes after four when Morris returned. All the clerks hact gone and he and Dick had the office to themselves, the partners being out of town. Arthur looked very grave. I'll tell you what it is, old chap," he said, "if I were you I'd hook it while I'd the chance, I've seen Fluker—I couldn't get to see the other man-and he says the cheque would have been pre- sented this morning but for him, and that it was sure to be presented before the bank closed. You see Fluker guessed there was something wrong, and would have held the bit uf paper till you had a chance of buying it back hadn't he been pressed for money j through a run of ill-luck. But he couldn't tell that to the man he passed it to, and could only ask him for private reasons not to present it without giving him notice." I see it's the same old game of the spider and the fly, only in this case I've been tiie prey of more than one spider," replied Dick, passionately. I'm beginning to see things now it's too late—how I've been drawn on and on from one step to another led on to involve myself so deeply in debt as to make it impossible I couid raise money, and then lured into an act which brings me within the pale of the law. What have I done to you that you should have drawn me on in this way A sneer passed over Arthur's face, but he only quietly replied, Don't be a fool, Dick. What yuu've done has been of your own free will. I ve only been your friend." Confound all such friends, say I," he retorted. "Even now the police may be on my track." Tut, tut, man. Who's to know you did it until it's proved a forgery and in- quiries are made. You take my advice- though you don't deserve it after what you've said. The bank may not suspect the cheque at once if they do they can do nothing till your uncle turns up to-morrow. You've got eighteen hours' start at least, make your way down to the docks you're sure to find some vessel ready to leave—the smaller and more insignificant the better." z, How can I go without monev ? Besides what's to become of Janet and the child ?'' Well, you've simply to consider which will be best for them and yourself. If you're arrested ;nd get, say live years' penal servi- tude. what then becomes of you '? Whereas if you can get safe away the affair will soon blow over, you can settle down somewhere and your wife could come to you or possibly your uncle may refuse to take any action, in which case you can come back. I'm not too well off myself just now, but I'll lend you 20 quid to help you off. And I'll break the intelligence to your wife, for it'll be better you shouldn't go down there it would give the police such a clue to work from." With specious argaments such as these was Dick plied until lie decided to do as his false friend advised. The vaunted know- ledge of the world for which he had already paid so dearly had not availed him much, since it did not enable him to see that Arthur Morns had a much deeper motive to serve than the securing of Dick's safety. Morns knew very well that the cheque had been presented, and in the hurry of business had been cashed, for ho had already received his share of the proceeds. Any moment the forgery might be detected, it was true. But there was little doubt that Mr Plummer, if properly approached, would have stopped short of prosecution. At all events Morris knew he must be more or less involved in any disclosures which might be made, just as he felt sure if Dick was allowed to see his wife she would counsel him to stay and take the consequences, whatever they might be. It was therefore to his interest to get. Dick away, and he didn't leave him until he had seen him quite safe on a Nor- wegian boat which was to sail that very night. Vainly Mrs Langford awaited her hus- band's return in that blossomed-bowered j cottaye at Daisywood. He had said he should be home early that evening, for they were to take the child-a bright boy just beginning to walk-tor a ramble thruugh the green lanes. Janet's heart was full of weariness and trouble as, having put the boy to reat, she sat down in the gloom and waited for her husband's return. The tears filled her eyes as she thought of the change since the time when every moment not occupied in his duties at the office was spent with her. A footfall on the gravel aroused her. It was not her husband's—could any- thing have happened to him. As well as her trembling hands would permit, she lighted the lamp, then opened the front door, and admitted Arthur Morris. Mr Morris she exclaimed, starting back in alarm. h You here, and alone ? Then something has happened to my hus- band. Oh I tell me, what is it Don't keep mem suspense, I beg. Calm yourself, Mrs Langford. Your husband is well enough in health but he is unfortunately unable to come home or to see you." What do you mean 1" she exclaimed, greatly agitated. You surely can't mean that ¡Ie's-oh no, it can't be." Perhaps you had better read that, Mrs Langford." was the reply, as Arthur handed to her a letter addressed in her husband's writing, "it will tell you in his own words all there is to tell." Mrs Langford seized upon the envelope and tore it open with frantic eagerness. The words swam before her eyes. By a resolute effort she mastered the dizziness which came over her while she read the brief epistle. My Darling Wife,- Nhen you receive this I shall be leaving England. I have never realised how precious you aro to me until now, when I am leaving you and our darling boy without so much as a parting look or caress. Had I realised it before I should not be as I now am—a miserable fugitive. Arthur will explain, and has promised to look after you and see you do not want. Take care of our child, darling, and if you can, forgive.—Your erring hus- band." Gone My Dick, my husband—gone exclaimed the stricken woman. And with a low moauing cry as if from a breaking heart she sank unconscious upon the floor. Five years have elapsed when we resume our story. Those years have been trying ones. Mr Plummer was furious when he discovered the use that had been made of his name. The discovery was not made till the absence of Richard from his post led to inquiries. At first he thrsatened to have him found and brought back, if he was still above ground, though the whole world had to be searched. But his common- sense came back after passion had subsided, and he came to the con- clusion that it would only bd throwing good money after bad, and bringing a scan- dal upon the family name. Possibly Mrs Langford's intercession on her husband's behalf had some weight, though he would not own as much. She pleaded with him for forgiveness for her husband—that she might send him word he could return, as she would not have pleaded for her life. Beyond that, she had worked her fingers almost to the bone until she had repaid every farthing of the eighty pounds of which the old man had been defrauded. He did not know from whom it came though he knew what it was tor, and he supposed Dick, wherever he was, was getting on, and was sending the money to the solicitor from whom it was received. Before this was accomplished Janet had news which made a sacred duty of the task she had undertaken partly as a precaution for her husband's safety. Arthur Morris was still in the office in Lowchurch-street, and he still lived a bachelor life at Daisywood. Mrs Langford had no idea that he had been instrumental in her husband's downfall. The man who without a pang of remorse had sent her hnsband away in disgrace in order to gratify his revenge, and whose one object in life was to make Janet his/ treated her always with the utmost respect, made him- self almost necessary to her, and succeeded in completely ingratiating himself with the bright-eyed boy to whom his own name had been given. But he never forgot that she had once refused his love, and cast him aside for another. And though he had no definite notion how. he was determined she should drink to the dregs the cup of bitterness she had made him drink when he would have almost sold his soul to possess her. Janet wondered that she had no news of her husbaud, or message from him. One day Arthur told her the vessel in which Dick had sailed had not been heard of for months, and was believed to have been lost with all on board. And he showed her a list of passengers, among which occurred the name under which he said her husband had taken his passage. She hoped against hope for some time, but receiving no news mourned him as dead. But for her child life at this period would have become a burden to her. Gradually, however, Arthur felt his way with her, drawing upon her sympathy by references to the long and patient waiting his love had undergone. It was a strange phase of human nature that this man should spend so much of his life to obtain this woman for his wife; not, as he took pains to impress upon him- self from a desire to make her happy, but in order to gratify a desire fur revenge. Ill ¡ the result he would find that he was really acting under the impulse of the old love—smothered but not destroyed, and his revenge so far as it touched her would then only recoil upon himself. She at length yielded to his per- sistence, though not till nearly four years after the reported death of her husband would she consent that a day should be fixed for the ceremony. The baseness of Arthur's character, leavened though it was by a really great love for Janet—a leaven which in time might even eradicate the baseness—was shown even more in the deliberate falsehood with which he had beguiled Mrs Langford into a belief in her husband's death than in the incident of the forgery, which had arisen more from force of circumstances than malicious pre-arrangement. He not only knew very well that the vessel whose loss occasioned such grief to Jauet was not that in which Dick had sailed, but he had taken pains to satisfy himself that Dick reached his destination. What had since become of him he did not know it was the fact that no letter or message had reached Janet from him that first put it into Arthur's head to further his own plans by representing Dick as being drowned. What he should do if the supposed dead man turned up he couid not quite determine. He could easily make an excuse for being misled, if the excuse was necessary. But he knew full well, though he would not give the thought expression, that Richard Lang- ford should never more see Janet if he could help it. He could not prevail upon her to leave Daisywood pnor to the marriage. That over he would take care she never set foot in the place again. (To he concluded to-morruw.)
YANKEE YARNS. In Days of Old. I'm tired of the men of io-d.iy," declared Miss Eiderly. It, was vry different in the good old days of chivalry." Do tell me about ir, dear," answered Miss Deeply it was before my time, you know." Saved by a Shade. There's no chance for a defence litre." said the prosecutor. "This man was caught red- handed." I)At ],,t-, r)ie otit, isli(,iited the prisoner. Mv han's is brack as (1* inside of a coa! nun*, sali." It Was Fatp. Willi a joyons chortle l.e cm-ied the lawn- 11)(,1' down the cellar stairs. iiit, lii lie lauglierl, iiot ft)r six rriontlis will I have to <>n your evil face." Then he started up the stairs. Suddenly his eyes rested upon something standing up in th» corner. With a d'smal howl lie toppled backward down tliemtairs. His wife found him shortly after, babbling softiv t) llily-self, WhaiJ is the matter, doar ?" Look, look 1" lie said, pointing o a gruesome object above. Her eyes followed hi8 iiidox finger. TÍlen she k-v, a!). It was the snow shevd. Collapsed at Last. "Yep," Mid the kindly faced re-tidnnt physician at the Hospital for Nervous Disease*, 1,1ns patient is one of my show c.-i-es, so to «pf-;ilc. lie is a shattered wreck. It is vf-rv, very sad And he wiped his nose with a dtep sympathy. Also with a handkerchief. The visitors looked at the man with gteat mtHrest. He sat in a padded armohair, shaking paisily. Now and again he would start up and look around wildly, snirfiiig ill iiii odd manner. Indeed, the sniffing seemed to he a marked characteristic of his disease. Sometimes ho did it raflier involuntarily. It. \Va., rather pitiful. NVoll," the resident physician said, in answer to the queries of the visitor- who wanted to know the eau.se of it all, "yon see the poor man lived a happy married life until he moved into an uptown fl it where the tire :;Cilp5 were hollow mockeries. The consequence was that his wife got into the habit of waking him np about six or eight times every night, aud .«ayin« David, David Dou'c yuu smell wood lmru. intr V Sobs of syiitpa-hv rose in tijg throats as tti-y turned away their eyes. But the patient went on He Held the Winning Hand. They were having the usual game of cards iu the smoking apartment. The travelling men swapped jokes, nailed campaign lies and told bigger ones. The stranger who ju*t sat in bo fill out the game contributed nothing but smiles and au occasional general laugh to the social featuies of t-he occasion. Every once in a while a jovial drummer would annouuee that he had some puker in his hand, and au occasional side bet was made uuder the rules of tlip great American ame. Finally one of these challenges elicited from the stranger an admission that poker was about the only ga 111" of cards of which he did not possess some knowledge, but he had raiher a peculiar hand, and because of the value it would hare in other games lie would just take a chance. Bets were rapidly made nntil there was$150 in the pod, when a call was made, and the si.rarger awkwardly asked how mauy points his opponent had. \V8 don't count points," was the inswer, "but I I rather think that will take the plunder." Weil, I declare gasped the stranger, as he leaned back and mopped his brow. Here I am with liivh, jaok, game, h,1. casino, an ace, a run of five and a flush," as he threw down the acs. kin. queen, j ick, and ten of diamonds. "I really thought I had you beat," and he shoved the money toward the paralysed drummer. In iho midst of the roar that followerl" A royal flush was shouted by someone, and the sHrauger was hilariou.iiy aseured that he had won. His surprised face never gave away so much as a chuckle until he was alone that night.
Indian Famine. TERRIBLE CONDITION OF JABALPUR DISTRICT. DISTRICT. [FROM SPECIAL _COP.RESEION'DFNT. ] JABALPUR, Febrauay 8.—On my way here I stopped at Bilapur and Katni, and visited the poorhouses fIll each place. The condition of the inmates at'BiIapur I fouud to be deplorable owing, to the absence of proper supervision and medical' attendance. Outside I saw one man dead and another dying, The wards were overcrowded, and all the paupers were suffering acutely, especially the children. I observed a girl, five years old, who weighed only ten pounds and several adults actually scaled less than four stoue This} poorhouse is the worst I have yet visited, and that the general condition of the people throughout the district is pitiable in the extreme is proved by the abuormal amount of migration that is goiug on. The coolies are being enticed away in large numbers by cooly snatchers to work in the Assam Tea Gardens. In this manner about 1,600 a week had been drafted out of the district, deserting their wives and families, and leaving them chargeable to the already poverty-stricken inhabitants of the city. The situation at Katni is much the same, though the atate of things existing at the poor- house is much better by comparison, both the place and the people being bectec cared for, while food and clothing are supplied by the officials. It is a question whether the Home Governmenl should not insisb on the native rulers supporting the starving subjects altogether. The Jabalpur district is the worst in Central India. In the course of my journey I met Sir Roper Lethbridge, who was returning from the North- West provinces, and after comparing notes-'with him, I arrived at the conclusion that this will be the record farniD" of the century, greatly surpassing that of 1876, both in area and in severity. The famine belt extends from Rawalpindi to Hellary, and is 1,300 miles long and 400 wide, excluding the whole province of Beiiar and other northern parts of Bengal, as well as the eastern side of the Bombay Presidency and the northern portioa of Madras. The area is so enormous that the distress and mortality will be upon a corresponding scale. Iu none o the rice districts is there any chance of a fresh food supply until September, and the Govern. ment must, therefore, support the entire pouula- I tiou for at least six mouths, IAond a Iluge proportion for eight mOllth.
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INDISF.STION ness of breath. I took a bottle of INDIGESTION GWILYM EVANS' QUININE BITTERS INDIGESTION last winter, and it did me a deal of Rood, for it greatly assisted me to stand the cold weather and the severity of the season;—Yours truiv; Di DAVIES. GWILYM EVANS' QUININE BITTERS, THE VEGETABLE TONIC. 3WILYM EVANS' QUININE BITTERS. Sold in BOTTLES at 2 9d and 4s 6d each. BEWARE OF IMITATIONS. SEE THE NAME GWILYM EVANS" on LABEL, STAMP, and BOTTLE. SOLE PROPRIETORS THE QUININE BITTERS MANUFAC- TURING CO., LIMITED, LLANELLY, SOUTH WALES. QROSS U O T H E R S VV ORKING-STREET, CARDIFF. HE&T GALVANISED CORRUGATED SHEETS— 5ft. lone Is 2d each. 8ft. long Is lOVid each. 6ft. „ Is 4J/id „ 9ft. ,„ -wa»-2d „ 7ft Is 7J/ad „ I 10ft 2» M „ BEST QUALITY ROOFING AND OTHER FELTS- 3s 5d, 4s, 514 6d per Roll of 25 yards. Terns Net Cash. WIRE NETTING IN 50-YARD ROLLS. Jin. mesh by 2ft. wide,3s 2d 2in. me.*h hy 2ft. wide, 4s 3in. by 3ft. „ 4s9d|2in. by 3ft. 6s 3in. „ by 1ft. „ 6s4d|2in. „ by 4/t. „ 8s GALVANISED BARB WIRE, CHANDELIERS, GAS BRACKETS, PENDANTS. Teinis, Net Cosh. Ille THE HOATH I.V IlNTSI-I1NG CO. A c ASTLP, IftOAD, AND Y ICRE GT., TDOATH. CARDIFJf, THE QHFAPF.ST [JOUSE IN SOUTH WALES FOR ALL KINDS OF j JgJOUSEHOLD JpiURNITURE FOR CASH OR ON THE EASY PURCHASE SYSTEM, A6 Terms to Suit all Comers. CATALOGUES POST FREE All Goc*" Delivered Frett. Not. our Only Addre." ROATH JjlURNTSHING CO. 42. HAKT17E-ROAD & VF,RE-STREET. ROATH. CARDIFF. Me rpHE QOALS FOR THE WINTER PER TON FOR CASH ON DELIVERY t KITCHEN COAL 12s 6d. RED-ASH COBBLE* 13s 6d. No Small; Require no Bt caking. RED-ASH, LARGE—Good Quality. 14s 6d. N.B.—Selected House Coal, Ocean Nuts, Coke, Engine and Smiths' Coals, and Firewood Lowest Prices. T. SHIELDS, COAL MERCHANT. 21. ELM-STREET, ROATH, and CrwYII Coal Yard. Crwys Bridge. 35 EiNTAL TELEGRAPH WIRES »re synonymous with YOUR NERVES, which run all ofer you, and if you ean't sit still, can't work steady, ca.n't sleep, can't eat, can't keep yonr temper, always worrying, you want, a rood Nerve Tonic, the hut, and that's HOLLOWAY'.S COCA WINE. This will soon put you right. Steady Nerves and Sound Sleep together. Get both by taking Holloway* Coca Wine. None other «o good. Is 6d and 2s 9d bottles, from Agent.—SMITH'S DRUG STOKES, 5, HIGH-STREET, NEWPORT. 107e IMPORTANT t» THOSE WHO SUFFER. One Box of Horfcon s I.X.L Pills are guaranteed to cure all complications Also navel anil pains in the back. Post free for 4s from G. D. Uortun, M P.S. (from the General Hospital), Aston road, Birmingham Agents :—Cardiff—R. Mumford, road, Birmingham Agents :—Cardiff—R. Mumford, Clietuicr. eic.. JJeieor-street, Splotlands aud Castle- road, Roath. Jierthyr—Wills, Chemist. Swaii-eL,- Llovd, Cheinibt, Oxford-?treet. Newport—Young Chemist, High-street. N never been Viinw,,i fail. Letters anrwereri free, please name pape-, 03- u_- jA TLAS URNISHING COMPANY, IT TD., THE R AYES, CARDIFF, THE "READING IJJOUSE FURNISHERS IN yy ALES. ARGEST SITOCIT-, •JJN RIVALLED gELECTION, BEST VALUE, L OWEST p RICES. THOUSANDS OF DESIGNS AND PATTERNS TO SELECT FROM. N. B.-Our Furniture being made in our own workshops under our personal supervision, tve are itble to guarantee its excellence and durability, (jttiÿ the best materials and thoroughly-seasoned woods used; No one can touch us. gTYLE. ■ QUALITY. v ALUE. QALL AND SEE OUR IMMENSE SHOWROOMS. QATALOGUES AND TERMS FREE ON APPLICATION. QOODS DELIVERED BY ROAD OR RAIT" WITHIN 100 MILES FREE. ARTISTIC DECORATIONS FOR BAIJL. ROOMS Oil CONCERTS ESTIMATED FOR. OUR STYLE IS EQUAL TO THE BEST LONDON HOUSES. NOTE OUR Ar)r)rtvss" ATLAS FURNISHING CO.. LIMITED, HATES, CARDIFF. \J 1135 I f Under the distinguished patronage of H.R.H. THE PRINCESS OF WALES. n OBIS n OE's JBL0ES HOE's laorls n OE'S m SAUCE. This delicious and wholesome relish is universally known and appreciated. SAUCE. Piquant. stimulating, without the extreme pungency which many dislike. SAUCE. The tomato flavour, incorporated with others, gives a zest which is incomparable. SAUCE. A high-class, inexpensive condiment, un- surpassed for purity and excellence. SAUCj. CAUTION.—Purchasers should see that eacii bottle bears HOE'S registered labels. SAUCE. Sold in 6d bottles only, which can be abtained from all Grocers and Stores. DR. BROWN'S COUGH BOTTLE. Dr. Brown's Cough Bobble warms the chest, outs the phlegm, and lubricates tho throat. For a tickling throat, a hacking cougb, or a cold on thn chest there is nothing like it. Its enormous sale is an eloquent testimony to its sterling worth. Experience has taught ititi that Dr. Brown's Cough Bottle is an invaluable curative Cough Mixture, and on this ac- counb we have every confidence in recommending it to those who need such a Mixture. Sold in bottles at Is, 28 9d and 4i1 6d, by the Proprietors, JKSSB WILLIAMS and Co., Chemists, Park Hall Building*, Cardiff. FOR COUGHS AND COLDS. ;4 3i78 B ]&IECJIADI'S PI LLö. B FECHAMS PILLS. EECHAM'S PILLS. A) Worth a Guinea a Box. EECHAM'S PILLS. For Bilious Attack! 13 For Bilious Attacks. BEECHAMS PILLS. For Nervous Disorders. EECHAM'S PILLS. JO For Indigestion in all it forms. EECHAM'S PILLS. For Wind and Pains in th Stomach. EECHAM'S PILLS. For Siok Headaohe EECHAM'S PILLS. Have saved the lives of Thousands. EECHAlvi'S PILLS JD For Giddiness. EECHAM'S PILLS. EECHAM'S PILLS. For Fuiness and Swelling after Meals. EECHAM'S PILLS. Are Worth a Guinea a Box. EECHAM'S PILLS. I-JO A Wouderful Medicine for Females of all Ages. 53 > DON'T COUGH-JUST USE ¡ D ON'T COUGH-JUST USE I A SIMPLE FACT. There is absolutely 110 remedy that is so speedy in giving relief ho certain to une, and the most deli. cate can take them. EATING'S COUGH LOZENGES. K EATINGS COUGH LOZENGES. K EA'I'TNG'S COUGH LOZENGES. ANY DOCTOR WILL TELL YOU" there is 110 better Cough Medicine than KEAT- ING'S LOZENGES. One gives relief; they WILL cure, and they WILL NOT your health. fJIHE UNRIVALLED REMEDY. rglHE UNRIVALLED REMEDY. JL 45e Sold everywhere in 13id. tins. NO EXPENSE IS SPARED TO MAKE OUR TWO MANUFACTURES « 1 f 5 YEAST and MALT EXTRACT PERFECT FOR BAKERS' REQUIREMENTS. Our New Product, D.C.L.' MALT EXTRACT, is especially rich in Diastase, enhances the flavour and appearances of the Bread, in fact is essential 10 make a perfect loaf. THE DISTILLERS COMPANY, LIMITED EDINBURGH. 41e f SaUs bu faction. 1 QUEEN-STREET SALEROOM*, CARDIFF. LARGE UNRESERVED SALE of superior HOUSE* HOLD FURNITURE, removed from 13, Llaiulough- street, C-ithays, and Plasturton-avenue, Cardiff. MESSRS MOORE and CO. are instructed JJtjL by Mr Stott, of the above address, who is leav- ing the town, to remove to their Salerooms, Queen* street, and SELL by AUCTION, on THURSDAY. Feb. 11th, 1897. the whole of his superior HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, comprising 5ft. walnut and ash bedroom suite, 4ft ditto in American walnut, one ditto in satin wood, very handsome walnut duchesse toilets with wardrobe || to match, chest drawers, commode*, 6ft. sideboard in walnut, walnut cabinet, music cabinet. dining table, two walnut overmantels, coal vases, fancy tables, 5ft. sideboard, 4ft. 6in. ditto., old oak hall stand witll chair to match, dining-room and drawing-room suites in saddlebags, plush, tapestry, and leather, Axminster and Brussels carpets, rugs, oilcloths, a collection of very old china, engravings, very old Sheraton chasl drawers and pedestal to match, cutlery, oil paintings, easy chairs, couches, bedsteads, wool and wire mat- tresses, feather beds, fenders, brasses, ashpans, book- case, lamps, mail cart, mangle also a first-class PianO by Thompson and shack ell. On view morning of sale. Kale at 2 o'clock. No reserve. 6388 i CASTLE AUCTION MART, 3, CASTLE-STREET* j CARDIFF. SALE OF GROCERY, PROVISIONS, TRADE j FIXTURES, AND UTENSILS. ESSRS BAILEY AND GILLER .? ..L't. have received instructions to SELL by AUCTION at their Salerooms as above, on FRIDAY, February 12th, 1897, commencing at 2 o'clock, about 300 lots of GROCERIES AND PROVISIONS, including 27 small chests of Indian and Ceylon tea, a quantity of packet tea, coffee, cocoa, soap, ja.ms. sauces, pickles, spices, a large quantity of tinned goods, bacon, cheese, <fca, &c. Also several large fixtures, brass scales and weights, and trade utensils. On view morning of sale. ■ Auctioneers' Offices, 3, Castle-street. Cardiff. 692e m ANGEL HOTEL YARD, VVESTGATE^TREETT 1 CARDIFF. I MONTHLY SALE OF HORSES, CARRIAGES HARNESS, &c. MESSRS BAILEY AND GILLER will JjUL hold their NEXT SALE by AUCTION in tbc above yard on FEBRUARY 18TH, 1897, commencing at 12 noon. iThe entries will include upwards of 30 HORSES. the property of gentlemen in the neighbourhood and local tradesmen. 20 CARRIAGES, business carts, and pleasure traps and about 60 loW ,,¡ of well-made harness, saddlery, and stable requisites. On view morning of sale. Catalogues ready three ',I days prior. Entry forms can be obtained at the Auctioaee-at officers, 3. Castle-street, Cardiff. 691 e — BY ORDER OF THE MORTGAGEE. MESSRS J. D. OWEN and CO. are in- .1.1.. structed by the Mortgagee to SELL by AUCTION at the Royal Hotel, Cardiff, on IONDAY. February 15th, 1S97, at 8 o'clock p.m. precisely, in one Lot, TWO REVERSIONARY INTERESTS subject, to the following contingencies PARTICULARS OF REVERSION A. < Annual £ income, A moiety of certain trust funds invested and well secured upon 12 t mortgagees in Cardiff and neigh- r bourhood amounting to 5,765 231 15 0 Freehold properties, estimated va- lues (one being in the occupation of the life tenant). 3,328 97 0 0 I' PARTICULARS OF REVERSION B. A moiety of the following trust funds and leaseholds Two mortgages on properties in ¡' Cardiff amounting to 1,000 50 0 0 Four leasehold properties (990 years' lease), estimated value 400 30 0 0 Total estimated vatue 10,493 458 15 0 Reversion A expectant upon the decease of two persons, a lady, aged 52, and a gentleman of 47 years. The contingency referred to is. that these funds being bequeathed to such children of the aforesaid i gentleman, who shall attain the ages of 21 years, or if daughters, upon their marriage before that age. ( There are only two children, both having attained 1 their majority. A letter from a flist-cl-iss life office 1 will be produced at the sale, stating that a single premium of about £ 250 will insure against diminution by further issue. Reversion &-An absolute reversion expectant upon the decease of the gentlemati referred to. j For full printed particulars and conditions of sale apply to J. T. Richards, Esq., Albert Chambers, I High-street, Cardiff or the Auctioneers, 10, Church- » street, Cardiff. 717e 1 R. J. HEATH & SONS. f PIANOFORTES by BROADWOOD. j JL Collard, Kirkraan, Brinsmead, Erard. ( Pleyel, Schiedmayer, Bluthner, Stein- way, Hechstein, Neumeyer, &c., dtc. ORGANS by MASON and HAMLIN. I Bell, Smith, Carpenter Sterling, Story j and Clark, Doherty, Kara, <tc., Ac. gig" ARMONIUMS by Alexander, &c <&c, 1 THE FULL-SIZE GRAND PIANOFORTE USED Al MADAMK PAm'S CONCERT l FOR HIRE FOR RECITALS. &c. £ LARGEST POSSIBLE DISCOUNTS FOR CAM j EXPERIENCED TUNERS VISIT ALL PABTS Off SOUTH WALES PERIODICALLY. | REPAIRS OF ALL KINDS EXECUTED BY FIRST | CLASS AND EXPERIENCED LONDON WORKMEN SPECIAL QUOTA'HONS FOR PLACES OF j WORSHIP. INSTITUTIONS, AND SCHOOLS. J Before Purchasing do not fail to send for our Pried 1 Lists and Verdict of 900, and Comparo our Prices and Terms with other Houses. I SHOWROOMS— 1 52, QUEEN-STREET, CARDIFF; 70, TAFF-STREET, PONTYPRIDD t. AND 31, WINDSOR-ROAD, PENARTHc MANUFACTORY LONDON. AGENCIES AT- ABERAVON, CADOXTON-BARRY; CAERPHILLY BRIDGEND, MAESTEG, &c., &c. CANVASSERS WANTED IN ALL PARTS ON 9431 GOOD COMMISSION. 1066-2e J £ ERNICK'S K ERNICK'S J £ ERNICK'S K ERNICK'S. J^ERNICK'S. K ERNICK'S. IV RNICK'S. J^ERNICK'S. K ERNICKS. K ERNICK'S. VEGETABLE I VEGETABLE PILLS, VEGETABLE PILLS. They Cure Biliousness, Head. aches, Indigestion, Liver Con* plaints, Rheumatism, and Tic. They strengthen the system, brace the nerves, cleanse th stomach, purify the blood, and are pronounced by thousands to be the Best Medicine ever dis- covered. Sold only in 7%d, 13%d, a.nd 2s 9d boxes. LITTLE VEGETABLE PILLS are half the size of the above, but of exactly the same for- mula. Sold only in 14Vad boxes. ble 16043 4946 L AVERTONS L IMITED, DESIGNERS & MANUFACTURERS OF ARTISTIC FURNITURE, CARPET WAREHOUSEMEN, UPHOLSTERERS, BEDDING MANUFACTURERS, AND GENERAL HOUSE FURNISHERS AND DECORATORS (Being an Amalgamation of the Well-known Firms— LAVERTON & CO., Bristol and Clifton; KNIGHT ONS, Bath LEWIS L WIS, C-irdiff and Newport), ^ARDlFF~<i3, DUKE STREET, AND "teTEWPORT ~1V7 & 137A, COMMER- -1.™ CIAL STREET, and HILL STREET, Have Large and Comprehensive Stocks at all their Establishments of every requisite for Furnishing a House throughout, including FURNITURE & UPHOLSTERED GOODS, ENGLISH AND FOREIGN CARPETS. BEDSTEADS, BEDDING, &c., Ac. LAVERTONS L IMITED. CENTRAL WAREHOUSE: BRISTOL—36 & 37, MARYLKPORT STREET, and 36, BRIDGE STREET. BRANCHES: CLIFTON-50 & 52, ROYAL PRO- Vy MENADE. BATH—10, MILSOM STREET, AND 8 & 9, JOHN STREET. 1179 105* a THE GREAT BLOOD PURIFIEU T HOMPSON'S jgURDOCK P I L L'P. -tLP JL Overcome the worst forms of diseases and the foulelt state of the Blood, Stomach, Liver, and Kidneys; they go to the core of every disease, where no otne- medicine has power to reach. In boxes at Is lAd and 2s 9d each. Sold by all Chemists, or from the Burdock Pill Manufactory, 44 Oxford-street, Swansea. Fm A ARVELLOUS REiifET" DASMAIL'S WORLD FAMED SPECIFIC, THE ONLY SAFE AND EFFECTUAL REMEDY ON EARTH. Before ordering elsewhere do not fail to send stamped addressed envelope for particulars and prices, and then judge for yourselves. Thousands of really genuins testimonials have been received (guaranteed genuine under a penalty of £ 1,000), proving it without a doubt to be the most astonishing Medicine ever discovered. Beware of Copyist-.—many have recently sprung up. 'i'iiev have 110 medical knowledge or experience. Mrs W. S. H., of Cardiff, writes—"This is the THIRD OCCASION on which I have used your Speciality with success, and shall always be pleased to recommend it to my friends." A. DASMAIL "Ucc (Specialist of 30 years' experience), Box 39i, LANGDALK HOUSE, WALTHAMSTOW 672e 15314 LONDON. 6606 Omi BOX OF CLARK E'S B 41 PlIJLS is warranted to cure Gravel, Pains in the Back, and alj kindred complaints. Guaranteed free froie Mercury, riold in Boxes 4s 6d each, by all Chemist* j and Patent Medicine Vendors t hroughout the world or sent to any address for sixty stamps by the Maker Xne Lincoln and Jftidlant) Counties r>rug Compan L no>!ii ss r i: Printed and Published by the Proprietors, DAVID DUNCAN & SONS. at 105, St. Mary-street SMI4 Westgate-street, in the town of CatUilf in the countl 1 of Glamorgan
I The City of Agra. I SURVIVORS ON A CARDIFF-IADEN STEAMER. I Terrible Experiences of th<j Man, MADBID, Tuesday.—A telegram has been re- ceived hero from Gibraltar, stating that the British steamer Om-ga, outward bound from Cardiff, has arrived there, having on board Capt. Frame and niue men belonging to tha crew of the City of Agra, which was wrecked on the SI)Allidil C'.ia.-st, near Ciruittia, on the 3cd instant). The survivors were in a desperate con. diuicn when picked up by the Onega. A boat in which they escaped from the wreck capsized, and all had been in the water-a long tune when rescued. Owing to interruption of telegraphic communication with Cori-.iii,a detailed news of the wreck has been greatly delayed. Particulars to hand ehow that it was towards midui^hk on Wednesday last, wli-n the City of Agra, a. steamer of 6.000 tans, bound from Liverpool to Calcuilx, struck on the Negro reef, between Aron and Carnella, during a thick fog, which made it impossible to see the lights. There was a tremendous shock, and a great hole was torn in the vessel's side. She filled rapidly and began to settle down. There was considerable confusion on board, but the boats were launched. In addition to the officers and crew, who numbered 73, there were ouiy two passengers. After a desperate struggle with the waven, 32 of the crew: and one of the passengers succeeded in reaching the shore. Nothing more was seen of the others, and it is believed most of them went down with the vessel or were swamped with the boats. Camannas is the nearest town to the scene of the wreck, and as soon as the news of the disaster was received there the Mayor and other authorities went to the spot and rendered all the assistance in their power. The British Consul at Cornnna also sent bis secretary, Mr Guyard, who was accompanied by Captain Marchand and Wm. I Richards, British pilots, who had served on board the Spanish torpedo destroyers Terror and Furor during their recent passage from Scotland to Ferrol. Among the bodtes reported to have been recovered is that of the ship's doctor. There was only oue woman on board (the stewardess). One of the sailors who was rescued was so overcome *that his miud has been temporarily unhinged. The scene of the wreck is quite near the spot where the German liner Salier was lost in December Jut. Most of the crew of the City of Agra were Lascars. The Governor of Cornnna has sent gendarmes down to the coast to prevent the peasants from plundering wreckage. Arrangements are being made to send the survivors home aa soon as possible.—Reuter, FEARFUL STRUGGLE WITH DEATH. MADBID, Tuesday. -Accurding to the latest reports the City of Agra was wrecked on the 2ad inst. near Cape Villano, running on the rock about 8 o'clock at night and going down immediately. The vessel was at the time iu charge of the third pilot. The captain and nine Lascar survivors of the crew, who were picked np by the Orega, believed at first they were the soltt survivors of the wreck. They get clear of the vessel in a bqab, which, however, capsizsd and left them struggling in the water with death for 24 hours. The vessel carried a crew of 71 and four paaseogstj. Central tftm,
FACTS AND FANCIES., Did he sleep well through the night ? asked the doctor. "No; he kept me awake all night long," replied the night nurse. Are these the portraits of members of your- your college football team Oh, no those are only the professors." Algie (to his tailor): Why do you worry me 50 with your bill ?—Tai'or dh, I'm merely doing: unto others as I have been dunned by. Giles So he's broke again. How in the world," did he go through all his money ?-Merrisb He didn't. Somebody went through him. AT BATH.—Whiffling (sympathetically): Here; on accolint of thu waters ?-Piffl,ing No, ua-t happily Here ou account of the whiskies. Mrs Hicks Why did we walk fast by that house wtih the red flag ?—Dick Hicks Sign of danger sometimes it's smallpox, sometimes an auction. She Are you sure you will like married life as well as you do your club ?-He Oh yes- She And are you so awfully fond of your club? —He Not very. Seasonable change of name (by our own irrepressible one, still dodging)—Our metalled roads during the frost have been called (after Nansen's ice-ship) Fram-ways. Confound thaf fellow Cheekly I hate to do hiin a favour." "Why o" Bccause, whenever I do, iustead uf appreciating it, he flatters himself that he has worked me." Why didn't you come to us on Saturday ? asked the hostess. I suppose you had some- thing better to do. No, I assure you on the contrary, it was something much worse," replied the admiring visitor, nervously. Physician (reflectively) H'm The case is one, I think, that will yield to a mild stimulant. Let me see your toncue, madam, if you please Husband of patient (hastily): Doctor, her totiguo doesn't need any stimulating. But it seems to me you ask very high wages when you acknowledge that you haven't had much exparieuce," said a lady. Shure, in.4.tty,. ain't it harder for me when I don't know how 2" replied Bridget. Mistress What in the world is the matter with the twins?—Nurse: Sure, I don't know; but from the way they've been fretkin' and cryin' all day it's my opinion that they've mixed them- selves up, and can't tell which is which. Butler once bullied and badgered Judge Sanger out: of all patituiee, until at last tht. Judge said, What d,j the counsel suppose I am 011 the bench tor Scrafching his head, Butler replied, Well, I confess your honour has got me there," CfUer How is Me Ligl tout, the eriiLH-zz'ier, itt,v ?—Asylum Superintendent: About the same. Ho will not be likely to improve so long as he continues wori-yi,ig. What does he worry about mostly He worrio" over the fact thai if he ever becomes sane he will have to stand trial." Oil, the terrible pawnshops said Ethel to George, who had just rescued the watch. What tales of misery those places could unfold had they tongues Even n pawnshop has its redeeming feature," responded G,-orgp. What is it, I'd like to know ?" The ticket." Old Lady (the old style) What, my dear, are you dipping into the third volume to sen if they marry -YoulI Lady (the new style) Oh. they were married early in the iirst voluiyin I only wanted to see if it was really her husband who poisoned her. It must have been a thrilling sight when the bandages were taken off De Benvon's eyes and he was able to p again, nfter 10 long years of blindness." Ir, was. He hurst into tears and reached for thu bandages ngain. The first object hi eyes rested upon happened to be a girl in bloomers." A man was up before the Judge the other day for stealing coal. The railroad detective said that he caught the fellow in a coal car, but the man said that he was only sleeping herp. because his wife had locked him out and he had no money to go to a hotel. Pretty hard bed, wasn't it," I inquired the Judge. Oil, no, sir." he replied it was soft coal And the Judge was so I struck by the joke that he let him gro.
ACROSS THE POLAR REGIONS. I Nansen's First Public Lecture. I Oil Tuesday evening Dr. Nansen appeared at St. James's Hall, and in the presence ot a vMt audience, who gave him a cordial re- ception, delivered his illustrated lecture entitled Across the Po!ar Regions." The f-tnimot: explorer described with considerable detail tho journey which he and J ohanpn had made after they left the Fram in March, 1395, in order to explore the sea which lay behind the vessel's route. The hardships suffered and the thrilling experience which the doctor and his companion encountered were graphically recited. It was with grim humour he described the expnri- eucesof the Fram in the ice.Thrfmuch.dreadedcold, he said, did not trouble them. They experienced many disagreeable ice pressures, but the Fram was so strong that she was superior to them. They thoughr, it amusing to stand and watch the ico rolling along with a deafening noise towards the Frani's strong sides to see It crushed, broken, and at lasb forced down under her, only to raise her high and safe. They only laughed as it all. A vote of thanks was passed to the It cktirer, the entire audience standiug up ard cheering vociferously. Dr. Nansen said lie accepted the vote as a token of the brotherhood which existed between England and his own country. DIl. NANSEN'S VISIT TO CARDIFF, ALL SEATS BOOKED. The bookill of seats for Dr. Nausea's visit to the Park Hail, Cardiff, ou the 27th inst., closed ju Monday evening, when every seat in the balcony and the frout area to tiie number of several hundred had been takeu. The ouly tickets now available are unreserved in the back portion of the area, aud can be obtained from Mr Wrn. Lewis, Duke-street, Cardiff, at Is each.
SHOCKING ACCIDENT. Station-Master of Swinicn Killed. Mr William Bonner, stationmaster at the Great Western Railway Station at Swindon, was killed on Tuesday night near Swiudon Station. He had been to Bristol on business in the morning, and was reo turning home by express train, riding with the engine-driver on the footplate. When approaching Swindon Station he looked out on the line, and slipped off the eugine, being killed instantly. The train ab the time was travelling at the rate of 50 miles an honr. His head was smashed and an arm broken. Deceased was about 50 years of age, and had been srat;oti. master at Swindon 20 years.
A FATHER'S CRIME. A labouring man named Frederick Archer made a determined attempt 011 Tuesday afternoon I to murder his daughter, a child of eight years, at their house in Latimer-road, Nottiog Hill. The mother was out at work when Archer came home and deliberately cut the child's throat with a pruning-knife, inflicting a terrible gash. He then went to the place where his wife was at work and informed the horrified woman of his act. She at onoe hastened home, telling a policeman of the occurrence on the way, and found the child with her throat badly cut, as stated by the father. The little girl has been taken "to the West London Hospital, whert) she lies in a precarious condition, and the father has been arrested.
ACClDENf ON THE G.W.R, On Tuesday eveniug a locomotive got off the metals at Cockett Station of the Great Western Railway, a mile or so west of Landore Junction. A breakdown gang despatched with commendable promptness from Lan* dore, but the traffic was necessarily de* layed for some hours. Between Landore and Loughor traffic had to be worked on a single line, aud as a result the Milford and Paddington Olail train due into Cardiff at 10.30 was not tuned I in till 11.5. Other trains during the evening i were correspondingly late.
PROPOSED FORT AT BARRY, I In the House of Commons on Tuesday, Major WYNDHAM • QDIN asked the Under Secretary of State for War if he can state when the work of constructing the promised fort-on Barry Island is to be commenced. Mr POWELL WILLIAMS: Delay has arisen pending a satisfactory settlement with the District Council as to firing rights over a road in front of the intended battery, but as soon as this can be overcome the work will be proceeded with.
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A GHOST AT WINDSOR CASTLE. pAlraordinary Story. An extraordinary story is related in the Daily Mail to the effect that Lieut. A. St. Ler Glyu, of the 3m Battalion Grenadier Guards, has seen what ha believes to be a ghosb in Windsor Castle. In the course of an interview with a Daily Mad reporter the Hon. Mrs Carr-Giyn, the mother of the lieutenant, said that thero was truth in the matter. Mrs Carr G'yn said It is perfectly true that my sou has witnessed something abnormal. He was, he tells mp, sitting in the library of Windsor Castle reading a book—the History of Dorsetshire,' to be exact. As he read, he became aware of somebody passing in the inner library. He looked up and saw a female figure in black, with black lase 011 the head, falling on to the shoulders. The figure passed across the library towards a corner which was out of view as my son sat, aud he did not take much notice, thinking it was somebody reading in the inner room. This was just upon four in the afternoon, and an attendant soon afterwards came up to close the piace. My son asked who the lady was who was ab work in the inner room, and the attendant replied that no one else was in the library. My son assured the attendant that a lady had just before walked aoross the inner room, Then where could she be ?' asked the attendant, having ascertained that nobody was in the inner rfom. Sho must have gone out of a door at the corner,' said my son, indicating the corner to which the figuro had passed. But there is no door,' said tho attendant. My son said nothing about the incident, and did not think very much about it, I understand, until Mr Holmes, the librarian, asked him about it, the attendant h.iviug mentioned the matter to Mr Hoi nies. Aiked by Mr Hoimes to describ" the figure he had seen, my sou did so, and Mr Holmes replied that my son had sei-n the apparition of Quaeu El-z-3ibetii. Mr added that there were records that this apparition hauntod these rooms, but Lieiit-eiia,-t Glyrt was the first man in our time who had seen if. *The Dean of Windsor also asked my son about it, and several tn"mbers of the Rova'i Family have interviewed him on the subject."
CARDIFF THEATRE ROYAL. Mr W, T. Benjamin's Benefit. Mr W. T. Bonjamin who has for a oon- siderabla number of years filled the im- portant position of acting manager of the Theatre Royal, Cardiff, to theutuiost satisfaction of all concerned, takes hill annual bfn-lib un Friday evening next, when a special per- fnrmaone of "The F"St Mail" will he <iven. A capital selection of first-class artistes has been secured to introduc specialities into th" piece, and the performance so far as at present ar- ranged promts t,o bemo«t unique Lord Tredegar, Mr J. M. Maclean, M.P., the Catdiff and Newport Football Clubs, the Catford Cycling Ciub, and a number of local athle-tic institutions have promised their patronage. It is hope-d that the friends of Mr Bonjamin (and they are legion) will rally round him npon this occasion, and so make his benefit worthy of the theatre with which lie lias been so steadfastly connected for so long a period. Mr Benjamin's uniform urban i ty and courteousness have become a proverb, ami his well-known figure in the theatre is always welcomed by habitues as that of a personal friend. If merit goes for anything the audience should be a "record" one. "-JIII
MURDER OF A CARNAilVON MAN News has iiist reached Carnarvon of the terrible death at Froemantle, Australia, 011 the 3rd of December last, of Wir. Griffith! a wharf labourer, a native of Carnarvon. The Australian papers' report run'! that at 10 mintite-i past 12 on the date named, when troops of labourers from (lie wharves were going to diuner, a all muscular Afghan seized an axe from an ironmonger's shop and rtln amuck. Griffiths was leaning against a verandah, when the Afghan rushed up to him nnd with one blow of the axe clove his skull, and Mt him dead on the footwalk. The account eta ten that the Afghan, after injuring two other person", was gallanMv captured by a policeman. The murdered man Griffiths was a son of the late Captain Griffiths, of Garnons-street, Carnarvon, and left Carnarvon some 15 years ago as a sailor. He was 42 years of age and a widower. He has pnveral relations in Carnarvon and a sister at Cwmyglo. He wi-? interred at Freemantle by the Lumpers' Union, of which he was a member, tho fnneral beiug one of the largest ever seen in Freemantle.
MOVEMENTS OF L OCAL VESSELS. Sowerby left. Brest for Santander 7tli Hesledeti left Bilbao for Tees 8th Selby left Orthagena for Tyne 6th Yearby left Madras for Dinnond Island for orders 6th f-'lingaby arvd Madras from Tyne 7th Eden arvd Tees from Bilbao 7th Hartburn arvd Tyne from Rio Marina 7th Klpis arTlI Falmouth from Baltimore 7th Wave passe,l Port Said for Madras 7th Aislaby passed Gibraltar for Naples 7th Garonne left Bordeaux for Cardiff 5th Rosslyn left Caen 8tli Rapid left Rotterdam for Cardiff 9th Godmundillg arvd Seville 8th Glenlivet and Swansea 7th Flowergate arvd Baltimore from Si. Vincent 5!11 Matthew Bedlington left London for Cardiff 6.h Wilfrid arvd Blyth from Calais 7th Mandaiay passed Constantinople for Kustendi? 3th Crosshill arvd Havre 8th Rocheforc arvd Caen 8th Tnver left Southampton for Newport 9th Shillito arvd Marseilles 7th Penarth arvd llosario 9th Camrose passed Malta for Rotterdam 8th Ancient Briton left Huelva 6th Loyal Briton arvd Venice from Garston 7th Velage nrvd Rouen 9tli Forest arvd St Nazaire 9th