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The Star. TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1899., Star, Issue 6552, 1 August 1899
The Star. TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1899.
NOTES AND ' NOTIONS" — . —^o — The true feeling of the Boers towards the strangers in their midst may be learned from the following utterances of one of their newspapers , the "Rand Post"; — " To the subject, citizens of the hostile State permission is granted to leave the coun,tiy. If necesgary they may he removed. The only means of sparing Johannesburg* in the event of war, the horrors of a formal "firing upon, is for the English to leave. Froiii that banishment must naturally be excluded that class of acknowledged agitators, negotiators, league people, and others who havo made themselves notorious for incitement to war. All these must, of course, go to tronk, until their guilt has been investigated, after which they may be banished, detained- or shot. It must be further provided that Cape colonials will not be regarded as British subjects under the proclamations, if they males known> their wishes in . that regard, and abjure the English Queen. Should the English and English-disposed remain *in town, Johannesburg will then be a rebellious town, aud ib will be a. fixed certainty that circumstances (the conduct of the population on the approach of the hostile troops) will absolutely, imd speedily compel tho town to be fired upon at short — very short — or no notice whatever. Mucli innocent blood would th^n be spilt. To avoid all this is, of course, the object ,of every civilised nation in war. If the town is purged of English, a great majority of the inhabitants remaining behind — Hollanders, Germans, Norwegians, etc. — will then join tlie volivnter corps, and with these persons something cau he done. From the town itself no further danger will then threaten tha Boers, ■ aud the mines, which tho burghers will have occupied, will be so many fairly strong forts, whence, in conjunction with the fort on Hospital Hill, the enemy may be lived at if he draws hear. For purposes of confiscation the town may really be considered a rebellious town before it has performed any decided acts of -vto.l'. Of course, the properties of nonl.nglish companies . and persons will be exempted as much as possible." A few years since, say. a Home pajier, tlie official' publio executioner at Brussels died, and a substitute wan temporarily appointed. On one occasion this person was ill and unable to attend. But at the appointed hour, a stout, middle-aged woman presented herself at the con tnd police station and quietly remarked to the assembled functionaries:— "l've come for the execution. My husband is not. very well 1 this morning, and asked me to take his place. Please let us go to business." The general stupe-faction caii easily be imagined, wluoh, •being noticed by the would-be woman executioner, she added in a l-cissuring tone: — "Oh, this is not by any means the first, tune." It afterwards transpired that the woman, whose name was Marie Rege, had officiated on several occasions at executions ill lieu of her husband. Dressed io his clothes, and hey face masked, she liad been the public executioner at several! excutions and never liad the proceeding been interrupted by a single hitch.' At Dorset Assizes at Dorchester recently, an extraordinary case of false imprisonment and assault was heard, the accused being a Weymouth man named House. The complainant, a middle-aged woman, of Winsham (Somerset), named Williams,, met ■'tlcnise afe.W-Gvmout.il, whither she. .hail trampe-d in search of a relative. The man ontioad her on board a large grain hulk moored to the quay -side, amd threw her down the hatchway. She fell on to a cargo I . "
of corn, and was shut in. by the prisoner, who promised to bring her food ,next day. This he failed to do, and the woman remained in the hulk in darkness and without food for nine days. She made frequent eiiort. to attract attention, but. in vain. When discovered she 'was nearly up to her neck in wheat and in a frightful state of emaciation. She was taken out of the hold unconscious, and removed to the workhouse, where she remained in a precarious condition for some time. Prisoner was sentenced by Mr Justice Phillimore to eighteen mouths' hard labour.
To burglars and other evil-doers, says a London paper, the policeman's bull's-eye lantern has always been n. terror. But Constable Carter has made ,-. mosb ingenious ancl laudable departure in its use. °It can no longer he regarded oni-.. as the searchlight of the law, .but also a means of succour to the citizen. The clever constable in question was quietly going his rounds when, he lieard screams, and on going to the spot whence they proceeded found a man named M'Gowan ' lying on the pavement with his clothes in flames. The policeman first took off his tunic, and, wrapping it round the burning man extinguished the fire. On examination, lie found M'Gow.n was seriously burned, and as medical aid could nob be gob at once and delay in prompt treatment of the injuries was dangerous, Carter blew out his lantern and poured the oil from tlie lamp on to the wounds. He then took the injured man to his house, put some flour over the in. jnred limbs, wrapped them in cloth, ancl put the patient to bed. When the doctor arrived he said that Carter's intelligent action had probably saved M'Gowan's life. Such ingenuity and resource would do credit to anyone,. The cause of the accident was a box of matches whicli had exploded in the man's pocket.
The petition sent to the City Council last night by fifty-seven cabmen and carriers, praying that the watering place at the junction of Armagh Street with Oxford Terrace might be set in order, so that the washing of. traps, and the refreshing of horses may be conveniently carried' out, well merited the attention it received. It occurs to us, however, that .the hbi-se-owners aforesaid should rather have asked for a less'expensive thing, and one which would suit them far better. The site .in question has already cost a great deal, of money ; and unless the whole bed of the river at ths- locality is paved, and then occasionally cleared of shingle, the work undertaken can never be a success. For the shingle at this part of the river is loose and sliifting, nnd whenever it meets with a hard, unyielding substance like paving or concrete, a scour is sure to ensue ; and when that scour takes place some valuable horse breaks his knees, there is'an outcry, and the place is avoided for .a while. Now, bn the down-stream 'side of Victoria Bridge is a natural watcr r ing-place, wliich was in constant use for at least some twenty years after the settlement of the province. True, accidents have occurred there, in one of which a boy was drowned in about 4ft of water. But bis death was caused through other boys throwing stones at the librse which he was riding. In this place there is a perfect entrance, wliich will need no further repair than an occasional load of metal on the path to the water. All that is required is the removal of the debris with which the river-bank has since been formed; the old. track will then be as good, as ever, and a reliable bottom will be obtainable at the lowest possible cost. Knowing the importance of a good Watering-place to all owners of horses, we offer the above suggestion as at least Worthy of consideration. There is also a very good natural watering-place on the up-stream side of the Hereford Street Bridge.A capture of burglars in a Bond Street, shop recently was characterised (says an exchange) by remarkable sang froid on ths parfj. of the burglars. Armed with jemmies, chisels, a ■ hammer, .. -ind other tools, two enterprising thieves, named Cl'ireninnt and Bolt, entered, by means of a false key, a house, next door to 12, New Bond Strest. Then making a hole in the party wall, they passed into No. 12, which is a hosiery shop, and contained about £10,000 worth of portable goods. The police getting wind of the. affair surrounded the house, and waited patiently for three hours till a gentleman connected with the establishment arrived with the key. Meantime the hur--1 glars, finding* they were detected and had no chance of escape, had occupied the time in quietly .preparing for arrest, With remarkable coolness they bnd indulged in. a wash and brush-up, had hidden the elaborate sets of tools up a chimney, brushed the white dust off their clothes and boots, and when the police discovered theni among the loosened bricks and powder, they remarked, " Here wo 'hre." Claremont, at the Clerkenwell Sessions, was ordered tq undergo twelve and Bolt six months' imprisonment with hard labour. Irishmen (writes a contributor to "Reynolds's Newspaper") are to be found in great numbers, in Cuba. In the City ,f Havana alone there are at least one hundred Irishmen who have ..massed Ltrge fortunes, most ot' them belonging to the engineering piofession. The most successful Irishman there is Frank M'Ninney, head of an Immense machine plant situated at Regla. Joseph Ecgney, who was born in Dublin, is one of the. most prosperous and wealthy sugar planters on tho island. • In Porto Rico thn names of O'Neill, M'Cormack, O'Farreil and Costello are frequently met with. The Prendeigasts and tlie Prims are also celebrated Irish names in Cuba. Prim is a famous Spanish family, who -a ancestors went, lo Spain during Sarsfield's time. Marsbitl O'Doimell, wlio-__ name de cerates tho Mono light, was a celebrated engineer - and Captain-General of Cuba. Captain O'Rogan, a well-known guerilla fighter, was formerly a. newspaper man, and now is in Santiago de Cuba. The Captain of the Port of Guant.mamo is Paul Murphy, who has been there for yeais. ■ Most of theso men cannot spoak English. Mr Maitland Gardner, who recently left Christchurch to reside in Dunedin, sang with great success at the concert of the Dunedin Orchestral Society on Thursday last. The " Otago Daily Times," in its criticism of the concert, says : — i' Mr Gardner sang 'Thou Art- My Life' (Mascberqni), and "II Factotum ' from 'II Barbieie..' Mr Gardner, who possesses a well- trained voice, which he has under ■ perfect control, sang Mascheroni's number with artistic taste and skill, and was rewarded with a recall. His second contribution, which was sung in Italian from memory, was capital in every respect. In fact, the well-known song has not 'been hoard so admirably rendered here for many a long day."
The Star. TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1899., Star, Issue 6552, 1 August 1899
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