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GENERAL NEWS.

From June 1st, 1897, to the 15th inst., Queensland exported 62,000 tons of
sugar.

The second division of the French Northern Squadron was mobilised on Monday.

An official despatch from Havana says that the insurgent force under MAXIMO
GOMEZ has been routed with the loss of 38 killed.

The Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society held a council at Preston, and
framed a prize list of £2,227 for its July show at Blackburn.

COLONEL FOSTER, M.P., of Hornby Castle, who has been prostrated in London
with an attack of influenza, has sufficiently recovered to journey home.

COLONEL the HON. JOHN HAY, United States Ambassador to Great Britain, has
arrived in London from Egypt where he has been on leave of absence.

The North-eastern Railway Company have decided to withdraw their
Parliamentary Bill proposing to make docks and works at Hull, at a cost of
£1,250,000 or more.

There are 32 parishes in the Louth Union, Lincolnshire, and when placed in
alphabetical order, the first is Reston.  Not one of the 32 begins with an
earlier letter of the alphabet.

M. ZOLA, has entered an appeal against the judgment of the Correctional
Court holding itself competent to hear the libel suit brought by three
handwriting experts against him.

PRINCESS LOUISE, MARCHIONESS of LORNE, has returned from Nice, where she had
visited the Queen.  The PRINCESS and the MARQUIS of LORNE celebrated the
annniversary of their wedding on Monday.

At Portessie, near Buckie, a small boat was returning with a crew of five
from gathering limpets, when a heavy wave swamped the boat, washing two of
the occupants overboard, one of whom was drowned.

MISS NELLIE FARREN's birthday is not far off, being on April 16th, when she
will reach her 50th year.  The popular acresss has two sons, aged
twenty-seven and twenty-four, both of whom are in good positions in the
profession.

At Bishop Auckland, a Woodside inn-keeper was fined for permitting
drunkeness, and three men were fined for being drunk on the premises.  Two
of the men, the defending advocate stated, were collecting for a testimonial
to a policeman, who was retiring on a pension.

Three convicts of a gang of 20, under the charge of three warders, succeeded
in snapping their hand cuffs on Monday morning at Stafford Railway Station.
One falling on the rails, was captured immediately, the other two were not
retaken until they had gone about three-quarters of a mile.

MR. WILLIAM JAMESON REID, the American explorer, has announced his intention
of starting for Lhassa, by way of Western China, with the view of thoroughly
exploring that unknown city.  His disguise will be that of a mendicant
priest, and he is to be accompanied by five trusted men passing as wandering
traders.

The Liverpool Vigilance Committee, in their annual report, which has just
been issued, represent that the Recorder's decisions in regard to the
offences of permitting drunkenness and serving drunken persons are probably
without parallel in the United Kingdom, and that the action of the local
appellate tribunal has been to paralyse the police and render the
prosecution of publicans, except in cases of the most flagrant character, a
futile proceeding.

TheAustrian Reichsrath reassembled after an adjounrment of nearly four
months caused by the riotous scenes which occurred during its sittings last
November.  COUNT THUN, the new Premier, made a speech announcing a policy of
conciliation, and urged the various groups to work in harmony for the
welfare
of the Empire.  DR. FUCHS, a Clerical, was selected President without
opposition, though many of the Radical groups abstained from voting.  The
announcement of his election was received by these with cries of indignant
disapprobation.


The Doncaster Coroner (MR. T. B. SUGDEN) held an inquest on GEORGE DUCKITT,
aged 35, grocer's assistant, who died in the Infirmary from injuries
received whilst attempting to stop a runaway horse. Deceased leaves a widow
and large family, and his wife gave birth to a child two hours before his
death.  A verdict of "accidental death" was returned, and the Foreman of the
jury said he and his colleagues wished to show their sympathy for deceased's
family by commencing a subscription for them.  They asked the Coroner to
request the Mayor to start a public subscription.  The jury collected £2
10s towards the fund, and MR. SUTTON, who had charge of the horse and
waggonette, gave £2  10s.

It is now settled that BARNUM and BAILEY's show , which terminates its
season at Oympia on the 2nd proximo, shall open its country tour at
Manchester on the following Monday, April 11.  The arrangements being made
for the migration from West Kensington to the North may be said to be
already well in progress, for the first consignment of "properties" was
despatched by train yesterday.  It consisted of portions of the great canvas
pavilion.  These pavilions, twelve in number, are subjected to a special
waterproofing process, which makes them impervious to the heaviest fall of
rain.  The largest of them is 550 ft. long by 250 ft. wide; a second one is
400 ft. by 150 ft. wide, and there is a third 130 ft. by 92 ft.

A scheme for starting central co-operative kitchens in different parts of
London is, says the "Glasgow Herald", just now under discussion.  The
proposal is that a hundred shareholders, all living in the same
neighbourhood, should co-operate to establish and support a common kitchen
from which food will be sent out twice daily in hot-water or charcoal carts,
as is done in Vienna and some of the Italian towns.  The cost of starting
each kitchen is estimated at £1,000, and it is proposed to start a company
with a capital of £3,000, the money to be raised by the co-operators in £10
shares.  The class which it is especially intended to benefit are the
families of professional men, but there is no reason why the scheme, if
feasible, should not be extended to help the overburdened mistresses of
households.

MR. SAMUEL ELLIOTT ATKINS, a member of the Corporation of London, and a
postmaster of the Clockmakers' Company,who has died at the age of 90, is
said to have been for some time past, the oldest "Etonian".

MR. BRODRICK, M.P., Under-Secretary for War, in reply to a correspondent who
suggested a relaxation of the army regulations as to marriage, especially in
India, says that it is impossible to increase the number of married soldiers
sent to India.

A case of smallpox is reported at Newcastle and another at Gateshead.  In
the latter town, a man went to a dispensary and mixed among about seventy
persons in the waiting-room, before it was discovered that he was suffering
from smallpox.


It is calculated that at last week's bazaar of the Irish Industries
Association, at least £2,275 had been taken, which gave an average of about
£5 per minute extracted from the pockets of visitors.  The Queen had made
purchases amounting to £28.

After the policeman on beat at Bradley, Huddersfield, went off duty early on
Saturday morning, some thief or thieves who probably knew how the beat was
worked, entered the Parish Church by means of skeleton keys.  They removed
the safe from the vestry, forced it open, and stole several elctro-plated
articles used in the Communion service, but left behind the register and
banns book.  The Bradley Railway booking office was also entered, the window
catch having been forced back.  Two drawers were broken open, but nothing
was missing.  The safe had not been tampered with.  The house of MR.
IBBERSON, the manager of the Bradley Co-operative Stores, was forced open,
but the thief had been disturbed by MRS. IBBERSON's hearing a noise and
going downstairs.  The lock-up wooden shop of MR. BROOK, tobacconist, was
broken into and a quantity of tobacco and cigars were stolen.

MR. WALTER LONG, President of the Board of Agriculture, is now convalescent.

This is a week of self-denial for the members of the Salvation Army
throughout the world.

It is reported that the Young Turkish party are about to inaugurate an era
of revolution in Turkey.

The new railway from Coolgardie to Menzies, West Australia, has been opened
amid great enthusiasm.

At a meeting held in Sheffield, a Federation of the manufacturer of silver
electro-plate goods was formed.

The balance of imports for the past year is stated to be against exports in
South Africa to the extent of several millions.

There were 19 fresh cases of smallpox at Middlesbrough yesterday.  Since the
first outbreak there have been 131 deaths.

Mydrim is a little Carmarthenshire parish, with a population of 7** all
told.  Last year only one baby was born in the whole parish.

A Mombassa telegram says it is officially reported cattle are dying of an
epidemic in the interior, and it is feared the disease is spreading.

The election returns in Japan show that parties are in equal strength.
There are about fifty neutrals, who will hold the balance of power.

In a conflict which arose during a performance in a Berlin show of
tug-of-war between English and German girls, several of the girls were
injured.


LORD ROSEBERY has sent £10 towards the fund for placing a memorial window in
Cloughton parish church in memory of the late SIR FRANK LOCKWOOD.

The French President has promised to pay a visit this week incognito to the
coal mines at Lens, when he will go down into the pit and inspect the
workings.

The shareholders of the Sheffield Electric Light Company have agreed to sell
the undertaking to the Corporation, receiving £220 for every £100 of
capital.

It has been noted by some critical students of official literature that
while the Queen's name figures in the Army List, it is omitted altogether
from the Navy List.

It is announced that of the total sum of £1,000 required to endow a bed at
the Chelsea Hospital for Women in memory of the late DUCHESS OF TECK, £959
has already been subscribed.

LORD BRASSEY, accompanied by LADY BRASSEY, sailed from Melbourne in the
Orient Line steamer "Ormuz" yesterday.  His Excellency will stay a week in
Western Australia, and then proceed to London.

The Scotch steelmakers intimate an advance of 5s. per ton in marine boiler
plates.  It is calculated the Clyde builders have booked about 60,000 tons
of fresh orders this month, and delivery far on into next year cannot be
promised.

An Exchange Telegraph Company's telegram from Allahabad says. - A Government
memorandum shows that 800 miles of new railway have been opened during the
present financial year.  It adds that next year 1,500 miles will be opened.

At the Brompton County Court, MR. JENKINS, a greengrocer, recovered of
MESSRS. HOLLIS and CO., grocers, of Lilly-rd, Fulham, £27  10s damages and
costs for injuries sustained in falling through a cellar-flap in front of
defendant's premises.

ELIZA BURGESS, of Holloway, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment at
Clerkenwell for having taken charge of two infants without being licensed
under the Infant Life Protection Act.  The children were in a neglected
condition.

The REV. TOWYN JONES has been telling the West Wales people that the
quantity of alcoholic drinks consumed in Great Britain in twleve months
would suffice to fill a canal three yards wide and two yards deep, all the
way from JOHN O' GROAT's house to Land's End.

The statue erected by public subscription at West Hartlepool in honour of
SIR WILLIAM GRAY, which LORD DURHAM had been invited to unveil is, in
deference to SIR WILLIAM's special request, to be uncovered by the
contractors on Saturday morning.

The late MR. PHILIP EGERTON BARKER, of Grove House, near Nantwich, has
bequeathed his residence and land adjoining, and £20,000 to trustees to
found and maintain an institute, to be called the Barker Collegiate School.
He also left £4,500 for various charitable purposes.

MRS. BESANT has been giving in French some lectures on Theosophy at the
Press Club, in Rome.  The audience was entirely cosmopolitan, though a great
number of Roman ladies were attracted, more, perhaps by the lecturer's
reputation than by their interest in her subject.

The following are the Exchequer returns from April 1st, 1897  to March 19th,
1898:  Receipts £102,096,260;  expenditure, £96,114,190;  balances
£13,222,481.  Corresponding period of last year:  Receipts £99,657,110;
expenditure £94,516,547; balances £10,816,180

The Secretary of State has ordered the discharge of ELIZABETH DEW from H.M.
convict prison, Aylesbury.  She was tried at the Winchester Assizes in July,
1893, for murder at Lyndhurst, for which she was sentenced to death, which
sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life.

At a Camberwell inquest held by MR. G. P. WYATT, on the body of a woman who
died suddenly, the Coroner asked a witness if deceased's life was insured,
to which she replied  no,  but her burial was. (Laughter).  The Coroner:
You do not understand me.  Was her life insured.  Witness:  No, not her
life, but her death.

A curious relic of the poet BURNS has found its way into the auction room.
This was the bill for the boots and shoes supplied to him and his family in
the years 1790 and 1791.  The bill consists of two pages, and is endorsed on
the top of the outer fold " R. ANDERSON ", in the well-known autograph of
the poet.  A collector of interesting curios was found willing to give 36s
for this document.

The bodies of two unknown men, exactly the same height, who had been in the
river the same time, were found in the Thames off the Embankment the other
day.  An open verdict was retunred at the coroner's inquest, where it was
stated there had been thirty-two people to the mortuary to try to identify
the bodies.  The Coroner:  Thirty-two;  how extraordinary.  A Juror:  There
must be a very great number of persons missing, then.

The Lord Chief Justice, who is now in Birmingham, complained of the
unwillingness of magistrates to grant bail.  A solicitor engaged before the
stipendiary, hesitating, asked to be allowed to quote the Lord Chief
Justice.  The Stipendiary:  "Oh, for goodness' sake don't.  The judges come
here, and they each have to say something fresh.  They must say something,
and it is best to let them say it."

MR. HAGENBECK, of Hamburg, the eminent importer of wild animals, has just
bought a very remarkable elephant, aged 80.  This animal is asserted to have
long performed the part of an executioner.  In the district of India, whence
it hails, the people are prohibited by their religion from putting a
criminal to death, and therefore it is arranged that the criminal to be
executed places his head beneath a stone on which the elephant treads.  This
venerable executioner is going to Berlin.

At the London Bankruptcy Court a receiving order was made against the John
Roberts Billiard Co. of 99, Regent-st, and 57, Cumberland Market, London.
The partners in the firm are JOHN ROBERTS, the champion, and S. M. HOGINE.
The proceedings were taken upon a creditor's petition, and the liabilities
were said to exceed £10,000

On the arrival of a train from London at New Brompton Station, Chatham, the
body of a soldier was found lying in a third-class carriage in a pool of
blood.  It was subsequently ascertained that deceased was PRIVATE LOMBARD,
of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, stationed at Chatham.  A revolver was
found on the floor of the carriage, and it is supposed he commmitted
suicide.

A curious official note respecting a dead body appears in the Dutch
newspapers.  The police give notice that  a man has drowned himself in the
Rhine, and they offer a reward for the recovery of his body.  This is the
description:  "Age about forty, height five feet eight inches.  Speaks the
dialect of Gelderland."  People are wondering how the last indication will
help them in the search.