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v-. ... NAVY' ' ANDS fR .k COMBINE . ; r-J -05 RESCUE Six : Seamen Taken , from Raft ... I'-- ""-. Ka msit the king LONDON HOMES children: wholly maintained 3.000 ' - ' partly supported and .immediate gifts are urgently needed . 6hS?ues' &c- t crossed), payable to Dr. . Barpardo V Homes, should be sent" to 57Barnardo House; Stepney Causeway, - - . London, E. 1. f OPE TO VISIT KING VICTOR Break with Tradition ; ' "7-. Vatican City, December 21.- T&e- 'Pope will visit King Victor Emmanuel of Italy, at the Royal Palace.on .Thursday, it was announced here; to-day. It will be the first call any--Pope- has-, made ;on an Italian monarch for 69. years. ' ' " ' The Pope will-be returning, the official visit-which .the King and Queen "of Italy made, to' the, Vatican to-day. Normally this- return visit- would be made by the Papal-Secretary of State. The King 'anCQjdeen were -met at the boundaries, of I the. Yatican.City-.by' the Governor, 'who read 'an: official message of welcome. The King and" Queen then went to . the Papal apartments, where thev "talked with the Pone for forty minutes, and then presented members of their -party. The-Pope, in a brief speech, praised the (Italian , Government for permitting Italy, to remain - outside war and for developing in Italy its industries and trade.' --Then he bestowed his-blessing on 'the. King and Queen, other members of .the Royal-House, members, of the Italian Government, and all" Italy. Associated?Press. CIANO PRESENT . . Rome, December 21. The.', presence of Count Ciano, the Foreign Minister, among the royal' suite at to-day's visit of the. King ".and Queen of Italy to the Pope is one. of the chief points stressed in detailed reports published in- the newspapers here this evening". " 'Thee-visit by the King and Queen was their, first - since December, 1929, when they -were, received by the, Pope six months 'after the signing of the Lateran Treaty. To-day's visit, it is stated, had. less of a political character. It had been arranged as a practical manifestation of the-.Catholic tradition in Italy and of her readiness to uphold Christian principles. Reuter. BRITISH OFFICER DECORATED Service in Palestine . The "War Office announces that the Military Cross has been awarded to Second Lieutenant Vernon Cecil Warren Sudbury, 1st Battalion ' the Sherwood F'oresJers (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).? .- On August 18,. 1939, near Deir Hanna, Pilstine, Second Lieutenant Sudbury displayed .great.", dash :and initiative in leading his platoon. - He "pursued part fl f n efnrifr urKir.li iuqc. rativmo v.,vij41i Ove- rcugh mountainous country covered with thick scrub, ..which -provided- abun dant , cover, ana succeeaea .in cutting them off from the .main body of the ensriiy. essential to" prevent ' the escape - of another hostile party he-. picked out his fittest men and pushed -ahead. By so doing he incurred considerable personal uauger ana was urea at irom close range, -bujt succeeded in preventing the escape of the' enemy. .' ' Ine41rTba.;taaetiTc-cComp . '. ' V1mmii lit- lptr'r.iit.h.,-' ."r.,l' ".W;.": . ." The .British' Navy, and Air .Force co-operated' effectively "in the rescue of six Swedish sailors who were drifting on a raft in the North Sea, it was disclosed yesterdays ' J ;. ' . The seamen' were six survivors of the Swedish' st'eamer'Lister (1,366 tons), of Solvesborg. They were first sighted by arf RiA.F. machine, as it was on. its way to an important distant objective. - It was essential that the aircraft should go' on to deal ;with' ah urgent military . objective 200 miles ' away. Before it did so it flashed a reassuring message by lamp to' the "shipwrecked sailors-and sent a radio 'signal in code to its- base giving the ' position of the raft. At once the R.A.F. and the Royal Navy took action to save the Swedish seamen. Another -aircraft was sent-out immediately to keep watch on 'the raft and -the Admiralty ordered a destroyer to the scene. - - Meanwhile a fierce.' gale -had sprung up, driving the' raft fast to leeward.' The rescuing coastal aircraft could not at first find the raft on- the course on which -it ha'd been previously drifting. " SUCCESSFUL SEARCH Taking the originally reported position of- the -raft as a centre, the aircraft searched the sea for 100 miles around. - Eventually the aeroplane discovered the raft, with the six men still on it.-Then the aircraft intercepted the war ship 35 miles from the position in which the wrecked'-seamen had last been seen. " Have ' you siehted . the raft' ? V. asked the captain of the . destroyer by lamp to the coastal , aircraft. He immediately received a reply giving the new position, ana set on towards it. - As the destroyer came towards the raft the R.A.F. pilot., because' of bad visibility, fired .flares into' the-sea to direct it to ,the exact position. ' Thus THE KING'S At German Attacks The King yesterday)-expressed, his horror and ' indignation at the '-Nazi machine-gunning ' of British fisher men. During an hour's .visit to -the Mirustry of Agriculture and Fisheries he mentioned this latest outrage of the war while' discussing with Sir John Marsden, of the British Trawlers' Federation, the terrible hardships and difficulties under which British fishermen have now to do their jobs. In the course of his tour' of. the Ministry with Sir Reginald Dorrhan- Smith, the Minister of" Agriculture, 'the King talked with'renresentatives.'of the fishermen and agricultural - workers as well as with trawler' owners and members of the National Farmers' Union. Mr. Dan Hillman, of the fishing section of the Transport and General Workers'. Union, who was one of. those who, spoke to the King, said afterwards to a reporter : " I had a talk with the King and told him there were fishermen at the moment who are having a hell of a time . on account of the tactics now being employed bv the ' enemy. I described' in .detail to the King one incident of an Aberdeen trawler which was attacked by German ''planes with bo'mbs and machine-guns, and told him that in the. fishing industry we had to deal with even greater problems than did his Majesty himself." Mr. Hillman added that the King replied that he quite understood and appreciated the situation and had-full knowledge of all that was taking place. -' Before he left the King saw a new film which will-shortly be shown as part of the " Dig for victory ' campaign. He was very amused and commented that it would help to show 'people the pleasanter side of allotment digging. AIR ATTACKS ON TRAWLERS German Ruthlessness The return to Lowestoft' of the trawler Dereham, one of the boats .attacked, machine-gunned, and bombed at the same time as the-crew of the Grimsby trawler Pearl, has brought further confirmation of the ruthlessness of this form of attack. One of the crew of the Dereham described last night how while . t.TM guided, the destroyer found the raft-, lowered a boat, and picked up all the men. .' Some - 200- miles away frpm . this position another Coastal Command Aircraft sighted . a solitary seamap on another loosely ..made raft.. The .pilot went off his. patrol route for sixty ;miles to. find a cargo ship! -which he. brought up to save the marooned sailor " "". A VIOLENT EXPLOSION " " .' The story of the crew's " unavailing effort' to keen' the Lister afloat- after an explosion was told at a -Scottish' port yesterday by one of the six men' who survived -.the journey on the raft;'-VHe is a Latvian able seaman. Karl Kalmn. Kalhin's companions on the raft were three Swedes, an. Estonian, and a Pole. Kalnin is the only one who can speak English. He told a reporter that, when the Lister was struck there was a violent explosion "which blew. the cWhrtei forepart' of the - ship almost- to .piece's -and scattered the timber, cargo: - .'The vessel took a list but kept afloat. One of the lifeboats was blown clean off its davits and floated away. ; - . . . . -The crew -of nineteen got - into ' the remaining 'lifeboat and lay alongside the damaged ship until daylight. " We then found the ship still afloat." said Kalnin, "and we went back on board. Steam was gQt up, the pumps were kept going, and she remained afloat. After a time, however, the timDer cargo wonted loose, ana eariy on Sunday the bulkheads gave way and the ship began to sink. We all took to the lifeboat again, but it was too heavily laden. " Six of us boarded a raft which, slid off the ship as she .went down.- We were drifting about for four days, arid .'saw not a ship till the destroyer arrived. At night we spotted lights but could" not attract the attention of the ships. ' We had. provisions for a week on board the rait, ana began to ration ourselves only on Wednesday morning." INDIGNATION on Fishing Vessels. they- -wre fishing, three ' German bombers swooped down to examine them. They attacked the Dereham first, each dropping one ' bomb. " The first landed close alongside and the vessel escaped the second owing .to rolling in the heavy seas, the , bomb dropping in the path exactly where the trawler was a few seconds before. The third bomb 'also missed. The 'planes then made for the Pearl, each dropping two bombs. Only one found the target, this hitting the boat astern, near the galley. The Pearl was severely damaged and the skipper ordered the crew to take to the small boat. As they were preparing to launch .this the enemy 'planes turned and attacked the fishermen with machine-guns. One man . who died was hit eight times. Another was wounded in the ankle and a bullet passed through the palm, of the hand of a youth aged 20. 'The bombers then made off and the Dereham went to the assistance of the Grimsby men, who returned to their ship but found her listing so heavily that they had to abandon her. Afterwards they were taken into port and landed by the THE SALMON Lieutenant Commander E. O. B. Bickford, of the submarine' Salmon, who has been promoted, commander and awarded the D.S.O. In Brief, r - - appointed a director of -Westminster ' T.fVrfl "Wnlifav VnY-oi'rm GamiaifoMv received in audience by the King at Buckingham Palace last night. Mr. Walter Elliot, Minister of Health, is going to a Christmas party at Egham vkjiuj.cj' ui-iuuuw iu -wisn a merry from. London. Visitors to-the London Zoo during'the year, up to the end of November-numbered 1,699,557 and receipts amounted to 55,156, ---a, decrease, of 1,614- compared with the same -period -last-year. The" Salvation Army- has'JbeenCpre-sented by Ford-Motor Companywitli a Ford' "Eight" .saloon, and- a, Fsrdson 2-ton truck, specially equipped ,fpr service with the '.British Expeditionary Force in 'France. - "- v - -The: Manchester. Chamber, of Commerce, announces that no awards are to be made next year under-the Herbert Whitworth. -Limited. ' SchblarshiD scheme because war service would 'not give equal chance to all youths eligible unaer tne scneme. - - . - The -'president .-and" council- of ,the Royal Academvhave" boueht -under the terms of theiCantwy'Bue'st'i.an.oil- xtx.- - ti - . t 1 .... - -, the';-Royal . Academy, summer exhibition pext - year 3 before" being handedwover. .to T1..,. -n - - v.. ,- ' - . 'Nearly ?600 ? civil -servants.-? evacuated to""anorthern';resort soonTafter. thenar, leftSme;Ji6wnyesterfay4on''.'a"itbrougbj; train "-'to --London Von1-'? thedrr 'f Oiiisfrbas holidays .They were given free passes, and; for. many, of them. this".;is the.-nrst time Jhey have -seen5 their' wives-Sand families "since --they ' went north--three months ago. : '- Most ; of ,-mem ;nav;;ia weekrsi holiday j due from; their summer leave..- -' . . ;.' . -j.l-ilr The King. and Sir Reginald D6rnian-Smith leaving -thc'-Mmistry" of Agriculture and -Fisheries, yesterday. IN MANCHESTER By Staff. Correspondents , .." Thursday Night. . Sir Thomas . : Barlow. 'On'e' of; Britain's - most .distinguished, physicians; Sir Thomas Barlow, who as Physician ,to - the Royal Household attended Queen Victoria in her last ill ness at Osborne," was. in Manchester today visiting .the-local branch of the United Kingdom Provident . Institution, of which, following many years as its chief medical ' officer, - he " has been a director -for 'more than forty years. Though . ninetytf our, he undertakes a weekly f prty-mile drive into London' to attend board meetings and stays to work through the morning. . " I shall renew my youth with the eagle," runs the translation of Sir Thomas's motto, to. the appropriateness of which all who met him to-day must testify. Sir Thomas, who was born in Bolton, is - a baronet ; his sons. Sir Alan Barlow and Sir T. D. Barlow, knights. Accompanied by his daughter, Miss Barlow, Sir Thomas later attended the graduation-day . luncheon at the tlniversity as the guest of the Vice- Chancellor. (Dr. J. S. B. Stopford). The institution will celebrate its centenary next year. Christmas Day Theatres Thisi year's Christmas will appear to last longer than usual because Christmas Day is on a Monday. Between Saturday lunch-time and Wednesday morning most people will, with any luck, be free for 'the traditional activities. The churches will have their usual services though there will be no midnight Mass in the Roman Catholic diocese ofSalford. Nothing" could interfere with family celebrations of Christmas, except, per haps, a serious food shortage, which does not exist. There will be the usual public enter tainments too pantomimes, cinemas, dances, and the -circus. The Opera Housed .the Palace, .and the Repertory Theatre are not open. on Christmas Day, but the Prince's, Belle Vue, and the Hippodrome,- whose shows also begin on Saturday, are,, the. concession-of Christ mas Day opening' being a small contribu tion to a merrier war-time Christmas. Music-lovers will have their "Messiah" by the Halle Orchestra and Chorus. on Sunday, and for those who wish to spend some, part of- the; week-end in the open air there is a varied programme of sport' Association, both Rugby games, hockey, and 'lacrosse are all -to' be seen.-either on Christmas Dav or Boxine Day. On the whole, it seems likely to. be as "full and happy a Christmas as is possible in war-time. - - ; ' " Pantomime Progn 'ess: Pantomimes'- are expensive a prqduc-tiohs.fand the, 'children of all ages "who wul-ensoy one ,or;other of the four that will' "open on .Saturday- night in Man chester theatres ' nave .-cause . to be grateful -both ' for the. . unexpectedly tranquil state of the. home front and for the- j optimism of- those who have gambled .on its persistence. - Nevertheless the" war has"; seriously RUiMPTION OF THE POOLS V Dn David's Protest 1 "When the I'pcols' were suspended in September many hoped that at .least pne good thine had already,-come, but of "the war."." writes. tfco Bishop of -Liverpool :Dr. Davids in 'theiIiverpopl;Diocesan Leaflet.- " Some --milHofls; of; the- ipuia-tionl would-spend their ' two ' shillings a would perhaps lend some :of rit- tqrthe Covernm'sni -inAtln'r hanriincr' it 'all 10 a Iev -promoters. , so;lA- TO6ntbrqr- so'3ater;the.-pools;;were, allowed to begin agairv-and- soon - after toatj.the WarSavings:,movement.was, rtartfvt' Tn:. CJ hoiir.riorl,ilronrJ ia. De CTemoiejMav;.uie, ,uwciur iuoii snouid- with" one; voice, exnoru-us to isave and -'to'lena'i a';wittiahotHer; allpwrpaAyiTmtTfa-tTMnmteAfitrwas. itiwouldbeincreblejlhafethg. hampered the progress of . pantomimes, and" much hard' work as well- - as enterprise still is needed to make up for lost time. ' Strenuous rehearsals, are going on all day long in an, atmosphere of chaos and exasperation-which would astonish those who know only, the clockwork precision of an opening performance. To see the endless' repetitions of a dress rehearsal, the -constant alterations and experiments, the disintegrating "props," the, premature, opening of trap-doors, and the inert forms of periwigged footmen snoring amid the dust-sheets in the stalls and to know that, it will be all right 'on the night is a heartening, if' disillusioning, experience. Christmas Travel- There is a general belief that fewer people, will travel from hpme this Christmastide. The anxieties of wartime, the "black-out," the commandeering" of hotels and hydros, and, other circumstances are" likely to deter people from venturing-far from their own firesides. The experience of Sunday, jvhen special excursions , were, run to - tjie reception areas, suggests, that even the number of visitors to evacuees will not be remarkable.. It is probable' that the majority of the evacuees will come home for the holidays. 'Nevertheless, the railway companies .report that travel inquiries have already been numerous, perhaps because', , as one official suggested, many folk are in the mood to seek relief from the rather depressing - circumstances of -life in the bigger cities just now. All the railway companies are increasing their services. The London Midland -and- Scottish Company, for example, .has put oh 80 extra trains for .the holiday season: At the Manchester offices of-the company the staff expect to know by to-morrow whether the public-demands have been correctly anticipated. '- The Table's Last Needs The shops and stores have 'such, ample supplies of Christmas foods at prices so nearly- normal that' 'walking' in' the familiar alleys and avenues on a. crisp afternoon makes . the war .'.seem '.agree ably remote. rBuying was going on briskly totay. The lighter things of the' table' are .especially plentiful." ' All the dessert-fruits are. being, shown from handsome -pines . and-Jaffa oranges to Cox's .Orange Pippins andT'luscious English pears.. The 'usual sorts. qf, nuts -have ; come along, and there arevfigs, . dates' mus catel and other, raisins, and grapea-from .South Africa-as well as; frpm;iayoured home -vineries. Preserved ginger. in iat -pots is - another '-at the delicacies, which suggest That -goods from alar stall: reach -Britain--- -. . ":..'- . -- -' - Something waswritten here- yesterday abcut-turkeys: arid-o ther 'poultry. -' 'Pork and hamsYbrk and Eire, bacon from Canada and Denmark, and all such fare as pork pies, Christmas puddings cakes, acid mince pies ' are ayaUable, to-those who want "something more of the ready-to-serve.. "--''. ,. ' - - nurooses "which -are -not-'onlv useless but also .directIy;harmfuL''- MutJi-of the nools- mvestment'-isvsDent on publicity. and is used for teaching the young-how to induce their -' comrades ito-become gamblers. -Apart from 'its ;-disastrous effect pcui character; can, anything: more foolish be imagined than "to fallow the spreadingrof thisVpoisonrat" aJ time "when every penny. iseededlto'wmtheT.war:? In trie ,hurryofrlwar-time?mistaliare inevitableiahd .the C Governrneht Lhas made- some; rand' retrieved ithem.V;Will they not correct; this one before it is too rate.?".;-.- v -v - . Sir Edward Haici3m"fc ..Ur HiA-' Commissioner :f or.'V'SoutH .Africa Commission;'. Territories. - left Lond) HaTg.toJitapJ-ain Presents and; Parties : "USEFUL" THINGS IN DEMAND From our London Correspondent Fleet Street, Thursday. This Christmas it is for the; first time impossible for the ordinary observer to judge how- much the Christmas trade is worth. One cannot take it for granted that "the most crowded shop is doing a roaring trade", because half the people may be simply - sightseeing and" relishing .the Christmas -atmosphere; while; a half- empty shop may be doing' a larger mail-order business than it has done" for; years. One famous West End firm, tells me .that "it is' busy with orders :from all over ' the country, including tnose irom many new customers. . Everyone seems to be buying the less expensive, things. The demand generally 'is. for.' useful presents, so, though there is not ' the usual Christmas demand for -finery, furs, stockings,-and shoes are selling -well. This has been a bumper, season for crackers and other things that make a party look .as gay as possible at a minimum cost. This firm, typical of those doing both: a solid, and a luxury trade, . hears . continually from its customers that the increased income tax. makes economy necessary, but ;it can form no idea how far Sir John Simon's appeal for saving has affected it, and it thinks that probably Sir John nas naa mqre response from working- ciass people. CHRISTMAS PARTIES Another firm whose catering -department is' always ' busy in festive seasons tells me that there will be a lot of private Christmas parties;; but on- a greatly - decreased ' scale, and' 'wfth' less lavish expenditure. The numerous, inquiries about fancy dress' indicate that many hostesses are giving fancy-dress dances. In addition to the charity entertainments in many parts of the country to which this firm sends entertainers, usually conjurers-and Punch-and-Judy shows, there are now requests 'from' people; organising Christmas' parties for evacuated children. But Christmas arrangements are not the main pre-becupation; This' firm has. been .catering for plenty of wedding. reception's, these again on a war-trme,. diminished scale, and usually "at such short notice that everything -has-ha'd to lie. done in a hurry. AT THE HOTELS London's West End looks forward to a igay 1 Christmas and New Year.-Men will be home on leave, Jhe transport companies promise improved facilities,- and there is to be a moon. Hotels, and' restaurants have, arranged the usual gala' nights, with dancing and cabarets, and'hope to have diners enjoying a final fling at the table before rationing begins. Christmas will not be as hysterical as those, of the last war, but it. will certainly be cheerful. The Savoy, . Claridge's. and .the Berkeley are all to have festive dinner dances on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Eve, and the May Fair and the. Victoria will have cabarets as well. So will the Dorchester, where there will also be the pipers of-the Scots Guards to pipe the new year in. .Grosvenor House is more reticent ; it promises for New Year's Eve "a spectacular surprise." At the Regent, and Strand Palace and the Corner Houses enjoyment will be less expensive but no doubt as hearty. RECENT WILLS Gifts to Accrington Charities Mrs. Mary Jane Catlow, of 59, Bold Street, Accrington,, Lancashire, who died on-October 21, widow 'of William James Catlow, left 8.745 (net personalty 8,545). She left - . . '. ' 1,000 to Dr. 'Birntrdo's Homei, ' ez.OOO to the .vlctoiU Hospital for, Acerlncton and District, for wmiwy two beds, one " The Noble Bed " In memory of her mother, ' Mmrv Noble, and the other " The Catlow Bed " In memory of. her husbtnd.- 250 apart trust each -to the tfean and wardens or 8t. Junes! Church and St. John's Church, Accrimrton, to' be applied - towards tbe'expense of keepinc the masonry in (bod order. 100 each to the SalTatlon Arm-.: the Blind Inttl- fcuuou, una 01. jooo i Amouiance, Accrinaton. . Other, WiUs .fiarceant. Robert.- of VS. Trafalgar-Rax". Btrfafal SOGthport, Lancashire, steamship - manster .(net prraonajcy asog.-j.LZl Jct4.BB7 Poriltt,- Bertram -lOlne.' of Tim fitWVI. "Bsmfard. Soebdale., rjuieaahfiw. . wnotl, miirihriim..- ru peraanaltr 42,745) 43,884 Naoto. Walter (54). of 235, Thornton Arenue. Sika Park, Ibeeleafleld. Cheahlre. wholesale confectioner inn- pexsonmity KDau 7,04B - nebh, Mrs. jvonlsa Marlon" or Zjala. ararlcn Isortfore (80) of .220. Horthwood Ba'J, Hlchaate.-rjoiidon, N.. wVoow oftha Her.. L 3. V Bebb. D.D.. -principal of St. Darld's CoUeawlampetcr (net personalty 6,655 ' ' " , , 6,842 . ."Will you please remember that Westminster Hospital, the-flrst of the voluntary institutlonsi is, in real and'urgent need of endowments? The 'Treasurer. Xondon, ISTIL'W-:OiVIHG.-,ttOT-TEAiU(lv ; BREAD f DRIPPING ."TO ? HUN DJIEDjt OF.- HUNSATVANO s HOMELESS , HEN AND WOVEN. SICK .AND I W Il fllE D 'MENBERStf -i For every class . ,. of . Banking Business ., EXECUTOR ANI TRUSTEE ' .5 DEPARTMENT. Thoteaboutto make m Will are invited to apply for a copy of a booklet explaining - thia section of the Bank's activities, vdiich tnajr be obtained, free of. ,'- charge, through any Branch. - - LLOYDS BANK L I M IT ED Head Office : 71.Lombard St, London, E.C.3 NEW FILMS James Cagney and George Raft . X.ONDON. THTJKSDAY. Tro of the films at "any rate that-will be in -London at - Christmas, are hardly meat for babes. Warner. Brothers .'have bad.-the brilliant idea of putting James Cagney and George Raft together in . a film of' crime and .'graft and gaol-breaks ; the film, " Each Dawn 'I 'Die," "will open at the Warner Theatre on Friday. - There -have " been -- better- -.exposures of American social" injustice 'Warner Brothers" have' made " most" of' them, but it, (is good to see the two compact little toughs' . dealing out" their punches and matching each' the other's swagger." 'There are riots' in the film and 'court scenes,, indi vidual killings and mass killings and, the most horrible picture 'of the Inside" of a gaol since' "I Was a. Fugitive." It is, 'all wildly unlikely and quite" harrowing. Every M.G.M.-woman' star except Myrna Loy is in " The Women" Norma -Shearer, Joan Crawford. Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard. And they make a curiously uneven- .job of -Clare Boothe's savagely. satirical, comedy. To Rosalind Russell, for instance, and Mary Boland it is a howling farce ; to Norma Shearer it is a beautifully sad love' story. It is not entirely the players' fault, though, for the adapters have shifted the play's emphasis 'so that in, the film thef nice woman's divorce becomes all-important.' This destroys the balance, almost as much as "the long Technicolor sequence of a dress parade does, of what should have been a series of keyhole peeps at. a selection -of extremely nasty and extremely funny people. Paulette Goddard and Rosalind Russell are the successes of the 'piece, and most of. the lines' are Dorothy Parkerish funny. C. R. ' MORE BRITISH GOAL FOR SWITZERLAND Talks to .Continue Geneva,, December 21. Switzerland is to buy more coal from Britain, it is stated here. This 'is -one -of" .the results of the negotiations which have been taking place in London. As a counterpart, it is added,- Britain is making certain concessions to Switzerland, such as the readmission of Swiss watches and embroidery. .The negotiations will be continued in London in the new . year. Reuter.-- , TALKS WITH BELGIUM . Paris, December 21. Agreement in principle" has -Jjeen reached in . the trade . talks between Belgium and the Allies, it is learned in informed - quarters here. - - The final details are now being-- settled in'Paris, London, arid Brussels. Reuter. MANCHESTER ASSIZES. ENDED "The Michaelmas sitting oi the Manchester Assizes ended yesterday after occupying five weeks and two days. Of the 221 civU cases in the list. 143 were settled, on .terms agreed between . the parties, one was referred to arbitration, and 17 were made remanets to the next sitting of the Assize in. February.' Onlv 60 of the cases were, trier m Under .the Emergency Powers Act juries .were dispensed with and this was responsible for a considerable saving in the-Court's time. For -the -hearing of matiimonal. causes-a Commissioner-was appointed to assist Mr. - Justice Stable, who sat in theXiviL Court, and for the IS8 ;il?ur dys , Mr. Justice' Cassels, . in the Crown .Court,, took civil cases. '"E -7-wnr-.in . Enguna " r, XWgLaT iM-.wiinTM.,,ailtV .uidXtartm at aurvs 'aif-yana"lSlft .aa,uu UHSStrtTUXtCf. UftSihrsr Uiiv Ft4m itsr. mm mm B-t- .'J.', 'r5-- 9

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