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LONDON CHAT, (From Our Own Correspondent.) London, December 6. LONDON CHAT.

. That " Islington horror," as it is popular to «tyle it— theshocking mutilation and attempted murder of the littFe boy. Cattle— is still uuder investigation, but all evidence to far seems to point conclusively to the half-witted youth Gamble as the perpetrator, and also as the murderer of little Dowling a few months back, and a* the mutilator of another child on an. eairlier date. Gamble appears to be one of those most dangerous- of all wild beasts— a> : lunatic with, homicidal tendencies.

Bar}y in the current week the occupants o( the GrmA Hotel ah Charing. Cross were startled by tbe sound of two shots being fired, and directly afterward all London was shocked by the news of a strange and sad tragedy. A lady and gentleman — Major and Mrs Qallway— had taken up their quarters at the hotel on the previous- day, and fi«df beer* having what tha Americans call "a real good time" in London. : And l then each deliberately committed suicide, >or at anyrate attempted it, with a fevulver. Both were found grievously woonded. Bath declared their wounds' to be self-inflicted. They were removed to the hospital, where Mrs.Gallway died shortly after arrival. Major G*Hway ■tilL remains in a critical state. Unhappily this tragic termination of the sad drama is hardly its most pafnful feature. Explanations have given the case a peculiarly shocking colour. The deceased woman wa& *• Mrs Gallway," bat she was not the wife ol her cdmpanfoD, Major Gallway. No r »be . was hie- brother's wife. They had tloped together under circumstances singularly atrocious. * Major Q*Uwa>y had been his- toother's guest while an invalid ; had bean treated with the i utmost, kindness- and confidence ' r bad beao nursed to convalescence by his brother's- wife; , He bad repaid the debt of gratitude by corrupting the wife, by robbing his brother of his ' dearest treasure, by ruining a happy nousenoldV by leaving the five children worse than nrothec1 less ; and Che wretched woman, whose infataa* tion is inexplicable, and whose guilt is, if possible, deeper than that of her partner » crimei deliberately— for the facts show the efepentent to have. -been long and carefully schrmedv— forsook hiisband and children and hflmefor th&sakeof this ungrateful scoundrel. No wonder that her remorse wm too terrible : {on endurance. The only wonder is' that be was capable of feeling any. It is his sole redeeming trait. MARTYRED INFANTS. Mr T. P. O'Connor ban scored heavily. In previous tetters I dealt with tne Sun's crusade onbebalfof the myriads' of martyred infants who are annually disposed of ou account of ' their existence being an inconvenience to unloving parentff. Mr O'Connor's outspokenness, 1 and above mil, s published "interview" of most damaging- chartcter between one of his staff and » certain' doctor who,, with his "adopted daughter" carried on the business of "caring for " these poor innocents, led to a prosecution for criminal line! being brought by the said doctor against the reporter, who readily gave tip his name. Folr several days thfeproßeediogß went on. The pro:ecutor affirmed his certainty that be and hi* "adopted daughter" were the person* referred to, and asserted that tba reporter had ma^e proposals in connection mth infants in esse or in posse : which were Udtgnantly rejected. Waat>- the • virtuous- doctor and his •' adopted daughter" chiefly deplored was. tbeir not having given the tempter fnfco costodf forthwith.. Never was such a good, kind-hearted, scrupulously honourable man as the worths doctor made himself out to b». Bat then came the cross-examination. It ws? • veritable tlrsnsforntatron scene ! The ' fslfew twisted and tamed r and Ifed and prevaricated 1 ,. and 1 stml&eel and contradicted himself, until at last the in*gistrate sternly inter- ' posed. "" It ia impossible," he said r ' ' to' place any reliance upon this witness. It iff he himself wher is, in point o£ facti, the madnstoy of i this ca«e — this prosecutioa that has been commenced. For my own part, I have never listened to such uncatftfactory evidence in my Fife ai that given by the witness, and I place no. ' reliance whatever upon hi* testimony. ' I shall 'be glad if you have an j thing at all you can say in favour of your witnesr." ' Counsel couldn't say anything. In fact Be appeared thoroughly ashamed, and mainly ao-xioos to show that he was>not aware of tbe < nature of the case when, he took it up. The ' case waa dismissed, the magistrate remit rising " I entertain' not the slightest doubt as ta my f duty in this case*. It is. impossible to place the , slightest reliance upon the evidence which has been given by this witness, and the whole case rests upon his evidence in regard to the truth of the statements made in this matter." THX DEATH" OF Q. A. SAUL " Tbe death of gala " (writes a literary- friend), **is" looked upon by Hie New Journalist ss in the fitnert of thngs; then* m» no room for bras noVr, theyanr flaying Movs'sithv pityv a* nis msntte", however o«wly;mjtr, Bj»faHenon°no.one ; worthy to' wear ifc- Bis style wa» his ow» and! ; ftHinentry asholarl^, and 1 brightr. .'He- has often been, called 1 - a. walking ftafcategne. Hi* memory | was prodigious*' and 7 it, like a well indexed .wort,, could- always be depended upon to give toe information wanted. Be had 'filled many posts on the D^ily Telegraph*—' 'as war correspondent-, social chronicler, special correspondent to courts at grand function times, and constant leader- writer. He had many gifts* and had be not been so> facile a journalist he would have made his mark as an artist. Ha wa* a sound art critic, and many a day at the press views of the Royal Academy I have stood by his side wibh other notable ' critios-and gained valuable hints and ' information. His failures were r strange bo say,"fii the same direction 'that "made his. fame ia journalism^ He started two journals, both, of which resulted' in dire financial loss to" him, The''fir»t wai tfief Cbdservative magazine, » 'venture of W years ago, which failed 1 and ! cost him-550^. The second waft gala's Journal, which after a year or two also collapsed. Hiw contributions to literature range over a wide field of reminiscences, cookery essay r, fee, att sefrved .in the bright and informing: Sala manner. It would bt mil fozoina ifcam one oJ the jouceer

cult oould wield snoh a versatile, cultivated, and scholarly pen as the departed chief of the old school." < MOBIC. There is quite a rage in^ London just now for the revival of archaic music, and old shelves or other music repositories are being rummaged right and left for any relic of the earlier composers. Mr Arnold Dolmetich and Mr Fuller Maitland are indefatigable in their rfforta to present ' these interesting old compositions as nearly as may be in the form intended by their composers. Some exceedingly instructive and enjoyable concerts have lately besn given on this ba«s. A special feature is the wonderful playing of Mits Helene Dolmetsch, a youog girl of 16, who manipulates the viol da gamba and other obsolete instruments with a degree of facility and excellence which very few girls of her age display in performing on the instruments of aver j day use. New Zealand enthusiasts visiting London shonld look out for these, performances, i All lovers of good music regret that the famous Saturday concerts at the Crystal Palace,. Sydenham, seem to have fallen upon evil days, and are often co poorly attended that there is .some talk of discontinuing them. Tbia would', be « severe bloirtb musical axfc- The multitude of fine concerts in London itself iff so vaafe nowadays that people are often iacHned, to shirk the bother of travelling- eight or ten miles out to Sydenham, especially in the winterL From 4& to 50 concerts per week is London a •■ usual allowance this winter* and ytt they all seem to find audiences. JOSCBtXANEOTJS ITEMS. v

, An interesting anMquariatt diEcoyery waa made » day or two ago. Sma buildings in Newton street are being domolinhed for the exben*ion of the great Holboru R anuoiut. - Thjey ate known ta have served as a refuge for fugitives from justice (or tyranny) in former times. In oa* oi them was found an English silver watch of last coßtuiyV make bearing tits crest and motto of Lord Lovat, the last victim whose head fell in England under the executioner's axa. There is no doubt that the watch belonged, to him. , „ „ . Ib is not a bad., thing ta be «• well ia in Knflics "—in other words to have prospered in : South African gold mines* Several people have done bo with most sgreeabfe results. A certain Mr Beid is stated to have made 10 millions sterling. Mr Werfaher 'seven, Mr R)biu«oo six, Mr Cecil Rhodes five, Mr Bar* nato four, Mr Joei, Mr Bufikntll, Mr Rudd, and Mr Nenman two-e*cb, md a-pecfect crowd of lucky ones are credited wrtb> sums of half ' % million to a mittion an<f ahalf apiece. Boluokily some of these handsome fortunes' exiib ' oaly in paper, and have- been terribly discounted ' by tbe lecen* " slump." It is creditable to- the London Chamber of Commerce that it has established a- wise and efficient system of commercial education. The auuual presentation of prizei and certificates took place last Tu«s<la# afternoon, the cere* mony receiving special interest and nremfnenoe through) being performed by Fchpoefs Louiie. • The subjects fov proficiency in which the prizes were given include* history, geography, arith* \ metic, mathematics, book-keeping: and aceouuta, drawing, shorthand, chemistry^ electricity, ' magnetihrn, natural history, handwriting, . rneutal arithmetic; modem languages^ .general > science, foe. Among the prizes were chequesone each for £35 and £20, and many for £10 and £s. and smaller sums. Tbe prize-winners came from several "centres" besides London, and were 72 in number,, including two girls. Mi looked well and bright and "fit" and • pleased. Even in these democratic days it still enhances the value oi%. prize to have it presented personalty by a Princes a of tne Blood Royal— a daughter of the reigning sovereign. That Princess Loafse performed her part with charming grace need hardly, be said. She succeeded 1 without effort and apparently by intuitive felicity of manner in conveying to all, and especially to each recipient* that it was a real personal pleasure to present the pm>, und that sha felt general fnterestin the, winner. Two of the numerous speeches mnde enshrined some gems of sound common sense. Sir Albert Rollifc, president of the chamber, who ex oflfcio' occupied the chair on the occasion, sai4 that the Chamber of Commerce established their scheme ot education to enable i English youths, to qualify themselves fot the 35 per cent, of clerkships now held ia the city by foreigner*, and: to assist English commerce by extending a knowledge of foreign languages. Imagine more than one-third of all the clerkships ia the City of London being held by foreigners '. Another rematk much to the point was made by Princes* Louise's hvuhand, LordLome, who, ra acknowledging' the vote of .thank* accorded to H.R H. fot consenting (to distribute the prizes, observed: "It is extraordinary that the English people have so long allowed their youths to face the battle of life armed- only with, the bows and' arrows of classical knowledge, instead of the repeating rifle df modern scientific instruction." That is distinctly good.

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LONDON CHAT, (From Our Own Correspondent.) London, December 6. LONDON CHAT., Otago Witness, Issue 2191, 27 February 1896

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LONDON CHAT, (From Our Own Correspondent.) London, December 6. LONDON CHAT. Otago Witness, Issue 2191, 27 February 1896

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