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16. The Times appeared for the first time at the price of id.
At Paris, M. Gaston Calmette, editor of the Figaro, was fatally shot by Mme. Caillaux, wife of the Finance Minister. (See post, July 28.)
17. At Wellesley College (for women), Wellesley, Mass., the College Hall was burnt down ; no lives lost.
18. Birth of a son and heir to the Duke of Brunswick, whose wife was the daughter of the German Emperor. This was the first Guelph Prince born in Germany for nearly a century.
The World’s Tennis Championship was won in Philadelphia by Mr. Jay Gould, who defeated G. F. Covey by seven sets to one.
19. The King and Queen visited the National Institute for the Blind in Great Portland Street and opened the new buildings.
At Upavon, Lieut. H. F. Treeby, West Riding Regiment, was killed by a fall of his biplane into a wood while descending.
At Stockholm, the Council of State dissolved the marriage of Prince William of Sweden and his wife, Princess Marie Pavlovna of Russia.
At Venice, a ferry steamer was run down by a torpedo boat; about fifty persons were killed.
20-21. Ulster military crisis. (See Eng. Hist., Chap. II.)
21. At Inverleith, England beat Scotland at Rugby football by 16 points to 15, winning the International Championship and the Calcutta Cup.
24. At the sale of the collection of silver formed by the Earl of Ashburnham, a Henry VII. silver-gilt standing salt-cellar weighing 30 oz. realised 5,6001. ; a George I. silver-gilt toilet service (626 oz.) 6,1001.
At Johannistal, Herr Otto Linnekogel, Aying with a passenger, reached a height of 5,500 metres or nearly 34 miles—a record.
24-26. The King and Queen at Knowsley, and in Cheshire. (See Eng. Hist., Chap. II.)
27. At the Oxford and Cainbridge University Sports at Queen's Club, West London, Cambridge won six events—the Hundred Yards' Race, High Jump, Half Mile, Quarter Mile, Putting Weight, and Long Jump; Oxford four - Throwing the Hammer, the Mile Race, the 120 Yards Hurdle Race, and the Three Mile Race. In the last-named G. M. Sproule beat the record for the Sports, his time being 14 min. 344 sec.
In the Long Jump H. O. Ashington made a record—23 ft. 61 in.
The Grand National Steeplechase was won by Mr. T. Tyler's Sunloch, Mr. H. de Mumm's Trianon III. being second and Mr. J. Hennessy's Lutteur III. third. Won by eight lengths ; time, 9 min. 587 sec.
28. The University Boat Race from Putney to Mortlake was won by Cambridge by 41 lengths; time, 20 min. 23 sec.
29. The Report of the Departmental Committee on Local Taxation (Chairman, Sir John Kempe) recommended a large increase in State subventions to local authorities, a system of direct grants being substituted for that of assigned revenues. But grants should only be given for semi-national services, e.g., education, poor relief, main roads, public health, criminal prosecutions, and provision for mental deficiency. Under these heads a revised and simplified system of grants was recommended, The total 8. The Prime Minister was returned unopposed to Parliament for East Fife on his appointment as Secretary for War.
increase would be 4,700,0001. annually, of which nearly 2,500,0001. would be spent on elementary education.
30. The Premier announced the resignation of Sir John French, Sir J. S. Ewart, and Colonel Seely, and his own assumption of the post of Minister of War. (See Eng. Hist., Chap. II.)
31. Great disaster to the Newfoundland sealing fleet. (See For, and Col. Hist., Chap. VIII., 3.)
In the King's Bench Division, the libel action Adam v. Hayes Fisher was settled. The defendant, the Unionist M.P. for Fulham, had recommended that the plaintiff should not be selected as Unionist Parliamentary candidate for Woolwich, and the plaintiff now withdrew the charge that he had been actuated by express malice.
1. In the Central Criminal Court, the trial of John Starchfield, a newsvendor, for the murder in a North London train on January 8 of his son Willie, aged seven, was stopped after the close of the case for the prosecution, the Judge suggesting that the evidence of identification was insufficient, and the prisoner was formally acquitted. The child lived with his mother, the parents being separated.
2. Announcement that General Sir Charles Douglas had been appointed to succeed Field-Marshal Sir John French as Chief of the General Staff.
3. At the Central Criminal Court Frederick Augustus Gould or Schroeder was convicted of espionage under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to six years' penal servitude.
4. At Glasgow, at an International (Association) Football Match, Scotland beat England by three goals to one.
5. First opening of the Bisley rifle ranges for shooting on Sunday.
6. Explosion in H.M.S. destroyer Albacore, at Chatham; three stokers killed.
7. At Little Chesterford, Essex, nine cottages, two public-houses, and other buildings were burnt; no lives lost.
Completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. (See For. and Cal. Hist., Chap. VIII., 2.)
Announcement of the appointment of Lieut.-General Sir H. Sclater, K.C.B., to be Adjutant-General of the Forces, vice Lieut.-General Sir J. S. Ewart, resigned.
9. The King of Sweden underwent a successful operation for gastric ulcer,
13. (Easter Monday). At Paris, in an International (Rugby) Football Match, England beat France by thirty-nine points to thirteen.
14. In the early morning, the East Coast Express from London to Aberdeen collided with a goods train near Burntisland and was partly derailed; the driver and fireman were killed and ten persons injured.
14. The fourth Report of the Civil Service Commission (A.R., 1912, Chron., March 14) made ninety-seven recommendations as to reforms in the constitution, appointment, and system of promotion of the service. It found that the basis of the service was sound and its organisation efficient, and it proposed certain reclassifications, harmonising them with the educational system ; recommended (with certain reservations and some dissentients) the permission of transfer from one department to another, and made a number of recommendations as to women, favouring compulsory retire. ment of most grades on marriage.
15. The Yorkshire coal strike virtually closed by a ballot of the miners, in which 27,259 voted for returning to work and 11,393 against.
18. Death of King Edward's well-known wire-haired terrier Cæsar while under an operation.
20. Announcement that Mr. Justice Pickford had been appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal, vice Sir R. Vaughan-Williams, resigned.
21. Announcement of the appointment of Mr. Montague Shearman, K.C., and Mr. John Sankey, K.C., as Judges of the King's Bench Division, and of Mr. Justice Channell's resignation.
- At Köslin, Pomerania, the second Burgomaster Heinrich Thormann, was arrested as a savings-bank clerk convicted of embezzlement in 1910. He had escaped from custody, fabricated a diploma giving him the degree of Doctor of Laws, entered the Civil Service, and married a wealthy wife.
21-24. Visit of the King and Queen to Paris. (See Eng. Hist., Chap. III.)
23. Celebration of Shakespeare's birthday at Stratford-on-Avon ; the American Ambassador proposed the toast to the memory of the poet at the luncheon. The German Shakespeare Society also celebrated at Weimar the poet's birthday and its own jubilee.
24-25. Gun-running in Ulster. (See Eng. Hist., Chap. III.)
25. At the Crystal Palace, in the final contest for the Football Association Cup, Burnley defeated Liverpool by one goal to none. The King was present and presented the Cup to the victors.
26. The Russian tank steamer Kometa was burnt off the Algerian coast; thirty of the crew were saved by various steamers ; sixteen were lost.
On the Great Central Railway, near Finchley Road Station, a light engine ran into an excursion train ; about eighteen passengers injured.
At Hendon aerodrome, the airman Marty was fatally injured by the fall of his aeroplane.
28. At Eccles, West Virginia, an explosion in a coal-mine entombed 178 men; all were lost.
29. At Newmarket, the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes resulted as follows: Sir John Thursby's Kennymore, 1; the Marquess of Londonderry's Corcyra, 2; Mr. J. B. Joel's Black Jester, 3 ; time, 1 min. 38 sec. 30. The King opened new buildings at the Leys School, Cambridge.
The Upper House of Convocation adopted the resolutions presented by the Bishop of London on the questions of Faith and of Church Order raised in the memorial presented February 18 (see that date). These resolutions
reaffirmed that of May 10, 1905, asserting the determination of the House to maintain unimpaired the faith in the Trinity and Incarnation contained in the three Creeds, and that of the Lambeth Conference in 1908, affirming the historical facts stated in the Creeds to be part of the Doctrine of the Church. They also reaffirmed the principle that no man should be suffered to perform priestly functions without Episcopal ordination.
1. Off Aldeburgh, Suffolk, five Coastguardmen were drowned by the upsetting of their boat.
2. Announcement that the Rt. Rev. George Nickson, D.D., Bishop Suffragan of Jarrow, was appointed Bishop of Bristol in succession to the Rt. Rev. George Forrest Browne, D.D., resigned.
At Pershore, the Bishop of Worcester dedicated the House of St. Benedict (Caldey Island) for the remaining members of the Benedictine House at Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire, after the secession of the main body to the Roman Catholic Church. (Chron., 1913, March 5, July 31.)
Royal Academy Banquet. The Duke of Connaught adversely criticised certain “fantastic vagaries ” of current art (presumably “Futurism ” and "Cubism”]; Sir Evelyn Wood defended the action of the army officers in the recent Ulster crisis ; the Lord Chancellor defended party government, and advocated better industrial education ; and Sir Edward Poynter, P.R.A., expressed the regret of artists at the refusal of the Government to take part in the Panama Exhibition.
3. The Leyland liner Colombian, from Antwerp to New York, took fire and blew up off Sable Island ; of the crew of forty-nine eighteen lives were lost; one boat, with four survivors, was not picked up till May 16. There were no passengers.
Near Paris, a troop of Boy Scouts was stoned by roughs and defended themselves with sticks, beating off their assailants, who replied with revolvers; one scout was wounded.
4. On the first public day at the Royal Academy, Mr. Sargent's portrait of Mr. Henry James was damaged with a chopper by a militant suffragist.
– The Times published newly discovered fragments of a poem by Sappho. 8. An earthquake took place in the district S.E. of Mount Etna, between Catania and Mangano; Linera was destroyed and several other villages suffered seriously ; about 150 people were killed and 500 injured.
5. The Report of a Committee of clergy and medical men, formed in 1910 to investigate “faith-healing,” declared that the results did not differ essentially from those of “healing by suggestion,” and could be expected to be effective only in “functional,” and not in “organic" disorders. It proposed to continue its investigations.
7. Marriage of President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor at the White House to Mr. W. G. McAdoo, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
The King opened the Edward VII. Galleries at the British Museum. 8. Announcement that Prince Alexander of Teck would succeed the Duke of Connaught in October as Governor-General of Canada.
At Bedford College, Regent's Park, Mr. Balfour delivered his address as President of the English Association. His subject was the comparative value of prose and verse as vehicles of didactic argument.
10. Special services were held in many churches and chapels throughout Great Britain by way of thanksgiving for the gift of sight, in connexion with a movement to extend the provision of books for the blind in Braille type.
11. Funeral ceremony at Brooklyn of seventeen marines and bluejackets killed in the operations at Vera Cruz; President Wilson delivered an address.
12. At the Parliamentary bye-election at Grimsby, due to the death of Sir George Doughty (U.), Mr. T. G. Tickler (U.) was returned by 8,471 votes; Mr. A. Bannister (L.) received 8,193.
– At the Royal Academy a militant suffragist, Mary Ansell, injured Herkomer's portrait of the Duke of Wellington.
The King and Queen of Denmark were entertained by the City Corporation at luncheon at the Guildhall.
At Farnborough, Captain E. V. Anderson, of the Black Watch and the Flying Corps, and Air Mechanic Carter were killed in a collision between aeroplanes, and Lieut. Wilson, Special Reserve, seriously injured.
13. The steamer Turret Hill foundered off Lowestoft ; of fourteen persons on board twelve were drowned.
Five pilots were drowned in Bristol Channel through a collision of their pilot cutter with a steamer.
The Derby favourite, Captain McCalmont's Tetrarch, was scratched, having gone lame.
15. While flying in fog in a flight of ten army aeroplanes from Montrose to Salisbury Plain, Lieut. John Empson, Royal Flying Corps, and George Cudmore, air mechanic, were killed in landing near Northallerton.
18. The Times published two previously unprinted sonnets by Keats.
20. At the bye-election in N.E. Derbyshire, due to the death of Mr. W. E. Harvey (Lab. and L.), Major Harland Bowden (U.) was returned by 6,469 votes ; Mr. J. P. Houfton (L.) received 6,155 ; Mr. J. Martin (Lab.) 3,669. 21. Grave disorder in the Commons. (See Eng. Hist., Chap. III.)
Suffragist riot outside Buckingham Palace. (See Eng. Hist., Chap. III.)
23. At the Parliamentary bye-election at Ipswich, due to the death of Mr. Silvester Horne (L.), Mr. F. J. C. Ganzoni (U.) was returned by 6,406 votes, Mr. C. F. G. Masterman (L.), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, receiving 5,874, and Mr. John Scurr (Soc.) 395.
At Sheerness H. G. Hatton, a naval signalman, was found guilty on charges arising out of the loss of a signal-book of H.M.S. Queen, and sentenced to four years' penal servitude.
- Mr. Gustav Hamel, while flying from Paris to Hendon, disappeared, and was drowned in the Channel.