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             FRIDAY, JANUARY 24.

     In the House of Commons yesterday,
replying to Mr. M'LAREN, Mr. BALFOUR
said that no proposal with a view to the
settlement of the war on the part on any-
one who was entitled to speak for the lea-
ders of the  Boer forces had reached the
Government. Mr. BRODRICK informed
Mr. W. REDMOND that Commandant
SCHEEPERS was executed on conviction
of various gross offences against the us-
ages of war, including seven cold-blooded
murders of natives and the flogging of a
white man.
     The debate on the Address was resumed.  
Mr. J.  REDMOND,  in moving his amend-
ment challenging the policy of the Govern-
ment in dealing with the Irish land question
and in reviving the Crimes Act, said that Mr.
WYNDLAM would yet be compelled to adopt
the policy of compulsory land purchase which
he had repudiated.  To introduce a voluntary
land purchase bill would be merely to tinker
with the question.  The discussion was taken
part in by a number of Nationalist members,
and by Mr. TOMKINSON, Mr. LOUGH, and Mr.
HEMPHILL, who supported the amendment,
and Colonel SAUNDERSON, who opposed it.
Mr. WYNDHAM replied on the discussion.  He
stated the reasons why the Government were
opposed to the compulsory purchase of land,
and contended  that the agrarian  agitation
which had arisen was due not to remissness
on the part of the Government, but to delib-
erate, notorious, prolonged, and on the whole
unsuccessful efforts of a very few persons.  The
debate was adjourned.
     The Liberal and Conservative organizations
in the  Ecclesall Division of  Sheffield met last
night and chose their candidates for the seat in
Parliament vacated by the death of Sir ASHMEAD-
BARTLETT. The Liberals adopted Mr. BAILE, who
contested the division unsuccessfully at the general
election. The choice of the Conservatives fell upon
Alderman Samuel ROBERTS, who was defeated at
the general election by Captain PARTINGTON in the
High Peak division of Derbyshire.

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             SATURDAY, JANUARY 25.

    The debate on Mr. REDMOND'S amendment
to the Address dealing with the Irish question
was continued by  Mr. T. P. O'CONNOR,  Mr.
DILLON, Mr. HEALY, Mr. MACARTNEY, and
others.  Mr. ATKINSON  (Attorney General for
Ireland) contended that to keep the national
movement on its legs it was necessary to join
an agrarian question to it.  Although violent
crimes were never at a lower ebb in Ireland
there were still intimidation and conspiracy,
and it was necessary to put the Crimes Act in
force in regard to those crimes. Mr. MORLEY
said, with regard to the land question, while
he could not support universal compulsion,
he intended to vote for the amendment.  He
intended further, to vote for any motion that
carried with it a proposal to confer upon the
people of  Ireland what the Government pro-
posed to give to the colonies.  On a division
the amendment was rejected by 237 votes to
134.
    A dozen men of the Imperial Yeomanry were
attacked in the Western Transvaal on the 2nd
inst. by 150 Boers.  After six of the Yeomen had
been wounded and four Boers killed the patrol
surrendered.  Field-Cornet SNYMAN has been
captured in the Western Transvaal.
    The Lord Chief Justice yesterday granted a
rule nisi calling upon the Archbishop of Cant-
erbury and the Vicar-General to hear the objec-
tions to the confirmation of Canon GORE as
Bishop of Worcester.

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              MONDAY JANUARY 27.

    Lord KITCHENER reports that General Ben
VILJEON has been captured near Lydenburg,
and that Commandant Hans BOTHA, with then
other armed Boers, was taken near Welverdien
on Friday night.  Commandant STRYDON and
a number of his  men were also  captured the
same night near Frankfort, in Orange River Co-
lony,  but a large force of  Boers fell upon the
British, and in the severe fighting which followed,
all the prisoners but three escaped or were shot.
The concentration camp at Pietersburg has been
penetrated by BEYERS, who took away a large
number of surrendered burghers.  He afterwards
made an attack on the town, but was repulsed.

    The  consecration as  Bishop of Worcester of
Canon GORE,  which had been arranged to take
place at  Westminster Abbey on  Saturday, has
been postponed until the decision has been given
in the litigation which has been commenced. The
postponement, it is understood, was made at the
wish of Canon GORE himself.

    Two gamekeepers were on Saturday committed
for trial at the assizes at Northampton charged with
setting a spring gun in a part of Salcey Forest.  It
was stated that the gun was loaded with shot, and
when it was touched by a boy who was engaged with
a shooting party it went off.  The charge struck the
lad, who in consequence has lost the sight of one
eye.

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             MONDAY JANUARY 27.

The Chief Constable of Birmingham has caused
a communication to be made to the press to the
effect that last night he arrested Police Constable
Charles Horace TURLAND on a charge of causing
the death of Harold Ernest CURTIN, the victim of
the riot which took place on the occasion of Mr.
LLOYD-GEORGE'S visit on December 18.  The
arrest was made in consequence of information
obtained by the Coroner's officer, Chief Inspector
GOSLING.  At the Coroner's inquiry the jury re-
turned a verdict of  manslaughter against a con-
stable unknown. A number of witnesses swore
that  CURTIN  was felled  by a blow from a  staff
wielded  by an officer  whose appearance  they
described, but there was not sufficient evidence
of identification.

    The verdict given by the coroner's jury which
inquired  into the deaths  caused by the recent
accident in the New York Central Railroad tunnel
finds that the engine driver was unable to locate
the danger signal owing to the heavy atmosphere
of steam and smoke in the tunnel. It further finds
that the management of the officials of the New
York Central Railroad was faulty, and hold them
responsible because for ten years they had been
repeatedly warned by the engineers and other em-
ployees of the dangerous condition which existed
in the tunnel, imperiling the lives of thousands,
a condition which they failed to remedy.

    At Lancaster  Assizes on  Saturday the jury re-
turned a verdict  of guilty against  Charles COUL-
BECK,  Jesse  CALVERT, and  William  BROPHY,
who were charged with conspiring at Blackpool on
December 3 to make an allegation of criminal con-
duct against William Henry BEET, a retired Sheffield
Schoolmaster,  and extorting from him  valuables
worth £120. The Judge said that the prosecutor's
character was absolutely untarnished.  CALVERT
and BROPHY were each sentenced to twelve years'
and COULBECK to ten years' penal servitude.

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Transcribed by Diane Moore, 02/11/2006