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John Edmond Slade, 18-year-old student, of Sillwood-street, Brighton, was killed instantly after a fall while descending the precipitous Gimmer Crag in Lakeland last night.

He had just dispensed with a rope on reaching an easier section when he stumbled and fell 100 feet to the bottom of the crag.

Accompanied by Peter William Marjot, another 18-year-old student, of Magple Hall-road, Chatham, Kent, Slade had been spending a climbing holiday at the Langdale.

Marjot made his way down to find that Slade was dead, and a party of climbers recovered the body.



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General McArthur, Supreme Allied Commander in Japan, today granted its people “virtually a de facto peace.” Though Japan is “still technically at war, there are few places more completely at peace,” he told them in a New Year message.

The past year had seen “progressive and far-reaching relaxation of occupation controls,” and the day would soon come when “political maturity, social justice and self-sufficiency will make Japan a sturdy, highly-respected member of the society of free nations.”

Japan was “rapidly approaching the economic ideal – free private, competitive enterprise,” he said.

Exports had almost doubled in 1949. Production of coal and other basic components of industrial activity were gradually approaching prewar levels.

Tonbridge Goal Bore Charmed Life

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Snatched Goal And Points

Tonbridge 1 : Hereford 0

Although penned in their own half for long periods, Tonbridge managed to get the vital goal against Hereford last Saturday and with it went two more Southern League points. Bombarded and battered in the second half, the home defence held on their lead.

The Tonbridge goal bore a charmed life, but credit must be given to Purdie, his backs and halves, for withstanding the pressure.

In midfield Hereford most times outplayed Tonbridge and their smooth passing movements were also very accurate. Time after time every one of their players, with the exception of the goalkeeper, was in the Tonbridge half of the field and yet in some miraculous way the home defence held out.

It is true that some of their clearances were rather wild and that the ball almost invariably went to an opponent, but the main fact was that the ball was prevented from entering the Tonbridge net.


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Mr. Vandervelde, the 70-year-old Socialist leader and Minister of Public Health in Belgium’s Coalition Cabinet, resigned his portfolio tonight by the authority of the Executive of the Belgian Labour party.

None of the other Socialist Ministers, however, seem inclined to follow the example of their leader, and the life of the Government is not menaced at this stage.

Mr. Vandervelde is said to have resigned because of divergences of opinion between him and other members of the Cabinet, including even other Socialist Ministers, regarding the policy of non-intervention in Spain, the recruiting of volunteers, the sending of arms to the Popular Front, and the incomplete satisfaction given to Belgium by the Madrid Government after the recent murder of Baron de Borchgrave, a Belgian diplomatic official in Madrid.

The Catholic members of the Government demanded that Belgium should break off relations with the Spanish Government because of this last incident, while M. Vandervelde wanted to refer the question of a money indemnity to a court of arbitration.


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Fines totaling £48 and a two years’ driving ban were imposed on a 62-year-old Glenverbie flockmaster at Stonehaven to-day.

Sheriff M’Donals told William Cromar Corsebauld, Glenbervie, that he would not send him to prison on a charge of driving under the influence of drink because lambing is now on progress.

Cromar admitted the charge and other two of driving without due care and attention and of failing to stop after accidents.

Mr W.B. Agnew, procurator fiscal, said Cromar was in Laurencekirk on the afternoon of March % when a friend saw he was under the influence of drink. This friend oferred to drive him to a relative’s house but Cromar refused.

The friend later drove him to Conveth Place, Laurencekirk, and left him in the car. Cromar drove off along the Auchenblae road and crashed into a car outside a garage. He failed to stop. The car mounted the pavement on the wrong side of the road and a woman was struck on the arm. Accused again failed to stop.

Girl Of 17 Won £30 Prize Money At Mayfield Show

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More than 3,000 people saw a 17-year-old Crowborough girl, Heather Cooper, of Eridge-road, win the open jumping event at Mayfield Horse show and Gymkhana on Monday.

Golden-haired Heather was the first rider in the competition to complete a clear round. Two others followed-the Hon. S. Money-Coutts and Mr. W. Stokes. But in the Jump-off they had 14 faults against Heather’s four-and the judges awarded her the red rosette and £30 prize money.

Officials said that entries for the show were “many more than usual,” in spite of the fact that another large South of England show was being held on the same day. And a judge later described the event as “A grand show, well-supported-just what is needed.”

The Mayfield silver challenge cup went to Miss Anne Highwood, winner of the local novices’ jumping event. The junior silver challenge cup and the juvenile jumping competition were won by 15-year-old Charles Embling, of Charlwood, on “Mousy III”-and he also took third prize in the same event on “Molly III”.

Countryside Act Local Committee

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A committee of three to coordinate the work of voluntary bodies in this area in connection with the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949, was formed at a public meeting in Christ Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells, on Monday.

The committee, consisting of Messrs. R. H. Mantz, R. A. Stace and Grant, was appointed after the aims and objects of the Act had been explained by Mr. D. V. Vernede, an assistant secretary of the Commons, Rights of Way and Foot-paths Preservation Society.

First Effort Success

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Although it was the first presentation by the Association and many of the actors made their first appearance on the stage, West Community Association’s presentation of “Dick Whittington” was a success.

Maisie Lawrence, was an accomplished principal boy and Dick’s cat was played well by Joan Carter. Most versatile actor was Toward Adcock, who took three roles. The chorus was also versatile.

The pantomime was written by Mr John E. Wilson, an Association member. Scenery and some of the costumes were made by the Association.

Agents Detail Situation

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Prices of properties in Sunderland are higher than ever and there are fewer houses on the market.

During the past six months, prices have risen and hardened and there has been a distinct drop in the number of properties being offered for sale.

A Sunderland Echo reporter who to-day visited several of the town’s leading estate agents was told that a semi-detached three bedroomed villa, built within the last 20 years, cannot now be bought for less than £2,500, and the customer with the money will be lucky to find one for sale.

One Day Off – Two Days Cut

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To reduce industrial absenteeism, the Czechoslovak Government to-day decreed that any worker who misses one working day without proper cause will have two days cut off his annual holiday.

The penalty clause was affixed to a draft law for 1950 holidays, which range from a basic two to four weeks.

The penalty of loss of the entire holiday was prescribed for workers who change jobs without official approval.

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