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3anuarg, 1896.
1 -—Grounding of the Cunard liner Cephalonia off the coast of Anglesey. Dr. Jameson and the Chartered Troops defeated in South Africa—serious crisis.
2-—The Emperor of Germany congratulates President Kruger on his victory.
4.—Presentation to Mr. S. Bradbrook on leaving Southampton for Leith. Fall of a mill chimney at Burnley ; three killed.
5.—Rev. W. F. Clarkson began his ministry at Above Bar Church. Death of Prince Alexander of Prussia.
6-—Presentation to the Rev. B. G. Hoskyns on his leaving for Truro. An " At Home " at the Gladstone Club. Portrait of Sir F. Evans, M.P., unveiled. Liberal Council Election at Southampton. The Salvation Army give a free dinner to 500 poor of the town. Resignation by Mr. Cecil Rhodes of the Premiership of Cape Colony.
7.—Santa Claus Fete at the Philharmonic Hall. Isle of Wight Steam Packet Co.'s Annual Meeting. Royal Southampton Yacht Club Annual Meeting.
8.—Southampton County Council Meeting. Mr. Councillor Kitcher resigns his seat. Gordon Boys' Annual Tea. Death of Lord Blackburn.
9.—Death of Alderman VV. A. Killby.
10.—Death of Mr. Hardy, 30 years' station master at Southampton West. Presentation to Miss Franklin at Northam Infants' School. Death of the Most Rev. Dr. R. S. Gregg, Archbishop of Armagh, and Primate of all Ireland.
12.—Fatal fire at Queen's Crescent, Haverstock Hill; three lives lost.
13.—Chief Constable Mr. W. Berry presented to the Watch Committee his annual report showing the total strength of the force to be 116 men, and cost of maintenance £8,361 16s.
18.—Royal mail steamer Thames arrived at Southampton with the shipwrecked crew of the Pellicano.
20.—The Elementary Education battle—people versus parsons. Meeting under the auspices of the Southampton Nonconformists' Association. Death of Prince Henry of Battenberg on his way to Madeira from Africa fever.
21.—Formation of Freemantle Cricket Club.
22.—Ladies' Skating Race at the Rink; Miss Yearsley wins with 20 yards to spare. Rovers' Cycling Club Annual Dinner at Dartnall's Rooms. Banquet given by the Athletic Club to T. Chamberlayne, Esq., at the Victoria Rooms. North Belfast Election; Sir James Haslett (C), 3,595; Adam Turner (L.C.), 3,434. W. S. Portal, Esq., D.L., J.P., presented with the Freedom of the Borough of Southampton.
23.—Mr. Chipperfield, J.P. re-elected Chairman of the Endowed Schools. The Borough Police " At Home" at the Philharmonic Hall. Hants Yeomanry Ball at the Victoria Rooms.
24.—Southampton Election—Mr. Candy and the Printer—application for a summons for libel.
25.—Southampton By-election.
27.—Explosion of gunpowder mills at Hounslow. Terrible colliery explosion at the Tylors Town pits of the Ferndale Collieries, South Wales—many killed.
28.—By-Election at Southampton—Sir Francis Evans adopted the Liberal candidate at a meeting of the Liberal 350. Destruction of the Cambridge Music Hall, London, by fire. St. Pancras (South) By-election: Jessel (U), 2,631; Harris (L), 1,375.
29.—Annual Meeting Gladstone Liberal Club ; Dr. Aldridge elected President. Death of Mr. Hugh Childers. Brixton By-election: Hubbard (C), 4,493; Nunn (L), 2,131.
3.—Funeral of Sir Frederic (Lord) Leighton, President of the Royal Academy, at St. Paul's. Arrival of the cruiser Blenheim with the body of Prince Henry of Battenburg at Plymouth. Funeral of Lord Leighton at St. Paul's Cathedral. Rhodes in England.
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