A movement which was set on foot a few years ago for the restoration of the ancient cathedral of Iona, the home of early British Christianity, may now be said to have accomplished its object, and public worship was conducted in the renovated building on Thursday, July 17th, by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rev. Dr. Wallace Williamson. The attempt has not been made to restore the building to its original condition, but a sufficient portion has been roofed in and furnished to serve the purpose of a place of worship, and the generosity of loyal Scots in all parts of the world has supplied all that is necessary in the way of furniture-pulpit, reading desk, stalls, baptismal font, and communion plate. There are also oaken doors and screens containing some beautiful carving. Iona is a small island containing 214 inhabitants for whose spiritual wants ample provision has been made by two churches-the Established and United Free-independently of the cathedral; but it is a place of pilgrimage on account of its historic interest, and it is appropriate that the cathedral should be available for at least occasional religious services.

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Concessions To Mahomedans
(From Our Correspondent)
Rangoon, Aug 9

Orders from the Government have been received by the Secretary of the Rangoon Moslem Association, granting leave from 1-30 to 2 pm on Fridays to the employees of the Government for saying their Jumma prayers, on the understanding that time is made up by working extra hours later. The Secretary of the Association has pointed out to the Government that the correct hours for prayer are from 11-30 am to 1-30 pm, and asked that the necessary alternation might be made in the orders under issue.
Yesterday in an interview with the Lieutenant-Governor, the Secretary of the Association made a representation for the same concession to be extended to the Mahomedan pleaders, litigants and witnesses attending court, to which His Honour was favourably disposed.

Belief That Engine Was Too Heavy
London, Aug 9

The death of Colonel Cody is widely mourned. He was a great popular favourite. His passenger was Mr. W.B. Evans, of the Egyptian Civil Service. Colonel Cody’s huge new waterplane had ascended to a great height, and had descended to a lower level. Then, on re-ascending, it appeared to wobble and collapsed. Some eye-witnesses thought they heard an explosion.
The accident was witnessed by a number of men of the Flying Corps, and two of Colonel Cody’s sons. Death was instantaneous. An expert expressed the opinion that the engine was too heavy for the wings. Colonel Cody had been giving a series of five-guinea flights. A friend of Mr. Evans was the previous passenger.
Colonel Seely has telegraphed to Mrs. Cody his condolences, deploring the loss of her husband’s valuable services in aeronautics, and referring to his mechanical genius and his courageous perseverance.

Prevention Of Plague In Japan
London, Aug 9

The feature of the meeting of the Medical Congress yesterday was the vigorous defence by the American Professor Cushings of Vivisection. He contended that experiments were solely in the pursuit of knowledge and had thrown great light on many problems of medicine and surgery.
In the Tropical Diseases Section, Dr. Kitasato (Japan) described the work in the prevention of plague in Japan. He said results were unanimous in confirming the flea theory in the transmission of bubonic plague. The detection of germ was most satisfactory by the guinea-pig test.