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News and Notes.

! EANGr his own death knell. ) Henry Kelly, page-bioy at Shotton I Hall, near Shrewsbury, rang the ( luncheon bell, and shortly afterwarhs , W a& found suspended from the rope. A jury found that he hanged himself accidentally while larking. £4OO FOR A FIRST EDITION, j A copy of "Murders in the Rue Mor- ! gue,” by Edgar Allan Poe, belongi ing'to the first edition, published in 1843 by Graham, of Philadelphia, i was recently discovered by accident in a farmhouse near New York. It was sold for £4OO. A RECORD SPOILT. What is understood to be the first drowning accident for thirty years at the remote island of St. Kilda is reported. Mr A. G. Ferguson, a St. Kildian, resident in Scotland, recently received tidings by a trawler that his cousin, a youth of sixteen, has been drowned by slipping off a rock. RENT EQUALLED EARNINGS. When Mr- Walter Schroder held an inquest at Islington on Elizabeth Johnston, 65, wife of a street musician, who was found dead in. bed, the husband told the coroner that he only earned lOd a day. His rent was 5& a day, and he lived by borrowing. It w r as his intention to beg money for the funeral. THE DEBIT OF LONDON. Following are a few of the statis"tics, which are dealt with in the report of the London County Council for 1904-5 : Area (nearly), 120 square miles. Population, over 4,500,000. Aggregate turnover through the Council’s coffers, £16,1761000. Total debt of London (all authorities), £lO7, 640,000. A GREAT LIFE-SAVER. Mr William Chard, who by his promptitude in first aid work saved the life of a Dover boatman named Cole, has a unique record of saving I 120 lives. For twenty years he was in the coastguard service, and was coxswain of the Dungenesg' lifeboat for many years. THE BARNARDO HOMES. Out of the sum of £250,000 which it was proposed to raise as a national memorial to Dr. Barnardo to extinguish the financial burdens on the homes, £115,000 has now been contributed. A VALUABLE BAT. A cricket bat with which Dr. W. O. Grace scored upwards of 1,400 runs, and inscribed with the names of over 70 leading English cricketers, was raffled for at Twickenham on the occasion of a cricket match in aid of the local hospital. It realised the sum of £l4 Bs, which was handed over to the institution. IRISH LAND QUESTION. The members of the Irish Land Conference of 1902, who have been meeting in Dublin to consider the evicted tenants question, have issued their report in which they state that scarcely any progress has been made in carrying into effect the settlement of this question suggested in the former Conference report. 'According, t o the report of the Estate Commissioners, dated September, 1906, 5,287 applications for reinstatement had been received, and of these 284 tenants had been restored t 0 their holdings by the landlords, and 103 by the Land Commission, on estates purchased by them, while 35 millions worth of land had changed hands. ST. HELENA WITHOUT A GARRISON. The Earl of Elgin has replied to the petition from the inhabitants of St Helena expressing his inability to advise the retention of the Garrison owing to reasons of Imperial policy. He, however, urges the inhabitants to endeavour to establish a flax or some other suitable industry with a view of minimising the disastrous results of the withdrawal of the troops, and adds that any genuine effort to maintain the position of the Colony will meet with sympathy and encouragement at the hands of the Home Government. The Garrison was withdrawn from St. Helena on Oct. 31. LORD PROVOST AND MOTOR BUS. Lord Provost of Glasgow, opening a bazaar in age of indigent coachmen and cabmen, said Glasgow: would be devoutly thankful they had no experience of the dreadful motor ’bus that had made such a disagreeable invasion of London. The terrible noise and the emissions of smoke, and the smell were simply horrible, and those who had not seen what

was going - on in London could not appreciate how thankful they should bo that the invasion had not come to Glasgow. r ARMY CLOTHING. Seven hundred women have joined the Pimlico tail cresses Lnion in order to keep the rates for Army clothing' up to a fair standard. Inquiries of an eminent firm of Army contractors show that recently there has been a tender out for making 55,000 khaki jackets and 73,000. pairs of trousers. The firm in question, which bears a high reputation for paying its employees well, tendered at 295. per dozen for the jackets and 11s 6d per dozen for the trousers'—i.e., for the making alone. They lost the contract, and on good authority they hear that the contract has been placed at 18s per dozen for the jackets and 8s per dozen for the trousers, and that War Office contracts are too often executed by] sweaters under filthy and insanitary] conditions. THE TIDE OF EMIGRATION During the last nine months no less than 102,250 persons of British origin left the United Kingdom for Canada, against 73,808 in the corresponding period of 1905. The tide of emigration has not turned in full flood in direction of Canada, for 117,648 persons of British birth left in the same period for the United States, as compared with 100,126 in the first nine months of last year.; The following figures are instructive,, showing as they do the trend of emigration so far as the year has gone. United States 117,648 Canada 102,250 Australia & New Zealand 13,414 British South Africa 16,463 India and Ceylon 3,211 Other Foreign Countries 6,688 Other British Possessions 3,573 Total - 263,277

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906

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