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A SINGULAR ACCIDENT. A remarkable gun accident occurred at Mathon, near Malvern,. A son of Mr W. C. Vale, of Mathon Court, i\vas out shooting when he saw a snake. He fired at it but missed, and then struck at it with the butt of his gun. The concussion caused the other barrel to explode, and the charge entered Mr ValeA stomach with fatal results.
VICTORIA CROSS SOLD FOR £47. At Glendinirng’s auction galleries, London, a valuable collection of decorations was sold. It included the Victoria Cross, 26th September, 1857, which was awarded to Private J. Hollowed in the defence of Lucknow. Hollowed belonged to the 78th (the Iloss-shirc) Buffs (Seaforlh Highlanders), and his conspicuous act of gallantry was the defending of a house in which there was a large number of refugees against a marauding band of mutineers. The decoration was the Indian Mutiny medal, and it realised £47. TRAGEDY IN EDINBURGH CASTLE. A tragedy was recently enacted in Edinburgh Castle. A number of soldiers were engaged in preparing sandwiches for some social function when one of the men, named Beattie, is said to have squirted a little water on Private Johnston, who was cutting meat for the sandwiches with a large butcher’s knife. Johnston, in fun, made a feint at Beattie with the knife, but evidently miscalculated the distance, as Beattie was stabbed to the heart, and died next morning. Johnston has been placed under arrest. Both men had been firm friends for years, and the affair was a pure accident. FORTY YEARS A COUNCILLOR. Mr John Bisson, one of the retiring members of the Penryn (Cornwall) Town Council lately celebrated his 86th year, and despite his age, he intended to again offer himself as l a candidate at the November elections. He has been on the Council for forty yearr. HORSE BEATEN, MONEY LOST. Charged a t Tower Bridge with embezzling his employer's money, William Wright, a traveller, admitted having spent the money in betting •He added : “I stood to win £IOO, but the horse was beaten by a short head.” He was remanded. MUNICIPAL CONCERTS. The Municipal concerts at Margate during the past summer have been so successful that the Fetes Committee which has charge of the concerts has handed over to the Margate Corporation a cash balance of £2,080, and the rates will consequently be reduced a further 3d in the £. The charge for admission to the concerts is 3d. A CENTENARIAN PREACHER. The Rev. Thomas Lord, of Horncastle, now in his 100th year, preached on Sunday night (October 14th), to a crowded congregation at Rushden. He said that he visited the town seventy years ago, and was glad now to see the descendants of many of his old friends. Every word of the sermon was distinctly uttered, and Mr Lord appeared to be in vigorous health. At his lesson Mr Lord quoted a chapter from memory. A BRAVE SIGNALMAN. A striking instance of devotion to duty by a Great Western Railway signalman in the Newport district has been disclosed. One night, ow. ing to the position of the signals, attention was directed to Maindee West Junction, where the main lines to Bristol and the North diverge, and Signalman Edward Morgan was found unconscious on the floor of the sitghal-box. He had been suddenly seized with paralysis, but in an heroic effort managed to lock every signal and point at danger before lapsing into insensibility. He was conveyed to his home at Caerleon, and is recovering. DRIVEN TO DESPAIR. Driven to despair by poverty and failure to find work, a man jumped from the cliffs, 250 ft. high, above Avon Gorge, Bristol, and was killed. His wife struggled with him on the edge of the cliffs, but failed to save him. The family formerly lived in London, where the husband was receiving £SOO a year as superintendent of an assurance company, but be gave .way lo drinks t • ; J,*. j
A CLERGYMAN’S LICENSE REVOKED.; The Rev. William Henry Stamper, a venerabfe clergyman of the Church of England, residing at Chapel-en-le-With, has had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop- of the Diocese for having conducted service in a Nonconformist chapel. It appears that the Rev. J. E. Moore, minister of the ancient Congregational ChaPel at Chinley has been seriously ill for some 1 ime and unable to officiate. It has, therefore, pending Mr Moore’s recovery, been necessary to obtain the services of different ministers to carry on the work. A few weeks ago, beihg disengaged, Mr Stamper acceded to the request of the chapel authorities to take duty, and to preach on behalf of the London Missionary Society.
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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 45, 5 January 1907
News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 45, 5 January 1907
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