There has been a riot at Market Drayton, in Shropshire,
the cause of which is as yet somewhat obscure. Two-thirds of the ratepayers wish to introduce the Local Self-Government Act, whereupon the remaining third and the roughs raised a riot, attacked the town hall, nearly killed a policeman, and wrecked several houses. It was necessary to call in the military, who, however, were not required to act. The unexplained part of the affair is the motive of the rioters. Has anybody any pecuniary interest in avoiding the Self-Government Act, or are the local tradesmen, as in Tunbridge Wells, afraid of the establishment of markets and other improvements dangerous to their monopoly ? If the policeman dies, it is probable that the affair will be rather sharply inquired into.