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LOCAL & .DISTRICT NEWS. LLANGOLLEN. .u FOOTBALL CLUB.-At a meeting held in the Armoury, Llangollen, on Monday, the 10th inst., for the purpose of discussing the advisability of forming a football club in Llangollen (J. W. Tanqueray, Esq., being in the chair), it was resolved that a football club be formed in Llan- gollen. The officers appointed wereâMr. R. G. Smith, captain; Mr. H. Cope, secretary; and J. W. Tanqueray, Esq., treasurer. It was resolved that the subscription be 2s. 6d. if paid before the 1st November, 1877, and 5s. if paid afterwards. The opening match will be played on the Recre- ation Ground on Saturday, the 22nd instant, at 3 30 o'clock p.m., when all persons wishing to join are requested to attend. THE GUN LICENCE.-As there appears some mis- apprehension respecting the liability of persons using guns, many farmers being of opinion that they are at liberty to kill crows on their own fields without a licence, we would remind them hat the killing of birds is not within the exemp- urtuage thereof. The act 33 and 34 Vict., cap. 57, sub-section 4, is as follows:â"A licence is not required by the occupier of any lands using or carrying a gun for the purpose only of scaring birds or of killing vermin on such lands, by order of the occupier thereof, who shall have in force a licence or certificate to kill game, or a licence under this act." A curtilage means any yard or garden immediately attached to and surrounding the house. Persons going in pursuit of game, and having only gun licences in their possession, render themselves liable to a penalty of £ 20. VVARDROPER'S ENTERTAINMENTâThis favourite mimic gave a performance at the Assembly Room on Monday last. His sketches were very well rendered; and the second part, which was exclusively occupied by an original dramatic play entitled Awkwardly alike, or which is Brown ?" contained seven characters, which were cleverly personated by Mr. Wardroper and Mr. Scott Wallace. The audience was rather large. ZION CHAPEL.-The alterations and additions to this place of worship are to be commenced next week. There will be a new frontage, and a total renovation inside the f ^ur bas once more been the scene of a gipsy encampment. On Friday a numerous Company of this curious fraternity, who style themselves « The Royal Tribe of Gipsies fiom Lppmg Forest," arrived in town with several Altlwa^f'th Pltched their tents at the Smithfield. Collint feir m°de 0f life as novel, their not thrir ?n°re 1commodious. and, if we mistake told MissV»Pf/rf' &>Uch as "Have your fortune told, Miss ? "Don't be afraid, Miss. There is sef?heDilwaWaitiingy<?U this ^ear! Lst 1. j-1 q your hand ?" as enticing as ever, ind coifs^ne'if "fm t0 draw much attention, and consequently business was at a stagnation nresentZSlf with thG disagreeableness of the present pluvious days; forced them to pick up direction of' 0^ T+hursda7> and depart in the nnKi- ln^aent during their sojourn crifted with thn+ ^ie sex' w^° was f ⢠wonderful and noble faculty of b^rftherV^ T* futUTO Hfe °f ma^d< husband on sT°[ With the conduct of her the grand apparel,and so al one threw heiself mto the burning flame, but the pain vvmcn it produced instantly brought her to Tw1 P0HV?n,and reminded her that life nfth" W r? resulted in her rushing out of v. an^er. Ihe rest of the day she oecunied m bemoaning her loss r y occuPiecl ofaTwm' lâ¢e through in i +GW da^S' ^ness brought on thro ^.h an accident. The coffin containing the rP 4brouSht here on Monday by near the Jt 'Jr' A procession was formed rn-n vev a hearse was in readiness to f. i 0 y the Vron Cemetery, where, after a short address and prayer by Mr. H. Jones, it was deposited m its final resting place. The fr~a tergeiy and respectably attended. t c I ymPathy is felt for the bereaved widow a ,11, and^also for his aged mother and younges sister, who are all that are now left of the large family of Glandwr. /^ND -HUMILIATION MEETINGS.âAt on Monday, Tuesday, and + -a wSi ay flings, prayer meetings were held t? rrle -^bnighty to put an end to the horrible ^U?vr°^ u war> to bring relief to the millions o a i as who are perishing for want of bread, an v ° iPT6 us ^]'s country the appointed wee s ot harvest by stopping the continuous ram&j^j meetings were well attended, and an address was given each night by one of the ministers, o J LOCAL BOARD, Sept. 6th, 1877.âPresent: Mr. S. G. Fell(chairman),CaptainBest,MajorTottenham, Messrs. Thomas Hughes, Edward Roberts, E. II. Roberts, and William Jones. THIS BOARD AND THE CLERK. The minutes of the previous meetings were read. The Chairman observed that the minutes as read were not a complete record of the proceedings. A letter which he had written to Mr. Richards in reference to this resolution respecting him (Mr. Richards) had not been entered, and as that letter was read at that meeting, and had a direct reference to that motion, he (Mr. Fell) thought it ought to be entered on the minute book. The Clerk said lie thought that it was unnecessary, as he had had no special order to that effect. The Chairman said that as that letter was the initiative to the step the Board had taken, to make the transaction complete it ought to be entered. Captain Best expressed similar views, and ultimately the letter dated 28th June, informing the Clerk of the decision arrived at at a private meeting of the Board, declaring it inexpedient that he should continue to act as its clerk, was entered on the minute book. Mr. Fell said he had also read another letter from Captain Best, dated 26th July, explaining the cause of his absence, and declaring his intention if present to adhere to the resolution arrived at in the private meeting alluded to. He (Mr. Fell) was of opinion that this letter should also be inserted upon the minutes. The Clerk-Is that an official letter ? Captain BestâI think it is; there's my signature attached to it. This was also entered on the minute book. The Chairman said there was also a motion made at the close of the meeting, which was also not entered. Major Tottenham said he was not aware of any motion that was made. He stayed to the end of the meeting, and did not leave until the Chairman distinctly stated that the business was over. He protested against the informality of the proceedings. As to the private meetings alluded to, lie should like to know what took place there, as it seemed to him that the whole matter had been arranged beforehand. The Chairman admitted that there had been an omission on his part in not bringing that motion on earlier. Nevertheless, it had come on in proper order, as the cheques were all signed afterwards. He (Mr. Fell) was aware that he had said he knew of no more business to be done then, but at the time this motion had escaped his memory. Major Tottenham again strongly objected that the proceedings of that meeting subsequently to his leaving the room were not regular. The ChairmanâThen you object to the signing of the cheques ? Captain Best thought the better plan would be to waive that consideration altogether, as there appeared to be some misunderstanding about it. The matter could be easily made up then. It would be better to have everything done in a regular manner. The Clerk-It is irregular to-day, too. Captain BestâCan you advise us on what ground ? The Clerk-I say it is illegal. Captain Best-And you decline to tell us why it is so ? The Clerk-I do. The Chairman read the by-law relating to the appointment of clerk and various other officers of the Board, and said that it was absolutely within the power of this Board to appoint or dismiss an officer at discretion, within one month or six weeks, or any other reasonable time. The Clerk said the resolution was at present a nullity it simply expressed that there was a ot the Board and those who had appointed him to the office. Captain BestâWhat then ? We are going to supply the omission now. A long discussion then took place between the Clerk and some of the members, which for want of space we are obliged to leave out. The Chairman then moved "That Mr. Richards cease to be Clerk of this Board on the 31st January, 1878." Captain Best seconded it.âCarried. Miscellaneous.âA letter was read from Dr. Drinkwater, the public officer of health, applying for an increase of salary. It was stated that the present salary was X7 10s. per annum. The matter was referred to a committee. Captain Best moved, and Mr. E. H. Roberts seconded, that it be considered urgent that a committee should be appointed to report upon the duties, salary, &c., of the Clerk.-Carried. It was stated that the cottages at Penllyn, ordered to be taken down by the Board, had been since purchased, and it was the intention of the present owner to commence rebuilding them at once. The Surveyor read his monthly report, and Captain Best brought forward the report of the Sanitary Committee, of which he is chairman. These were duly considered and acted upon. VALE OF LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY. The Thirty-seventh General Meeting of the shareholders of the Vale of Llangollen Railway Company was held on Saturday, the 8th instant, at Bank Buildings, this town, pursuant to notice, Col. C. J. Tottenham being in the chair. The notice convening the meeting was read by the Secretary, after which the Company's common seal was affixed to the register of shareholders. After the reading of the directors' report for the half-year ending 30th June, 1877, it was proposed by the Chairman, and seconded by W. Wagstaif, Esq., and resolved, That the report and accounts now read be received, adopted, and circulated among the shareholders, and that a z, dividend of 5s. 3d. per share, being at the rate of 5t per cent. per annum, be and the same is hereby declared on the ordinary shares, after payment of a dividend at the rate of 5 per cent. on the preference shares. REPORT OF THE DIRECTORS. The accounts show a balance carried forward to next half-year of £1,288 8s. 5d., as against £ 1,238 Os.Od. carried forward in the corresponding half-year of 1876. The passenger traffic on this line shows, for the half-year ending 30th June, 1877, an increase as compared with the corresponding half of 1876 of £63 19s. 7d.; but the goods traffic shows a decrease of £ 183 5s. 8d., thus making a net decrease on the half- year of X-119 6s. Id. They recommend a dividend at the rate of 5; per cent. per annum, the same as for the corresponding period of 1876. The agreement with the Bala and Festiniog Railway Company and other associated Companies has been approved by your directors. The Bala and Festiniog Railway Company are now taking steps to obtain'possession of the lands required for the line and works. LLANGOLLEN AND CORWEN RAILWAY. The Thirty-fifth General Meeting of the share- holders of the Llangollen and Corwen Railway Company was held at Bank Buildings, this town, on Saturday, the 8th inst., when the chair was taken by Col. C. J. Tottenham, at 11 o'clock a.m. The notice convening the meeting havino- been read by the Secretary, the common seal°of the Company was affixed to the register of share- holders. The directors' report for the half-year ending 30th June, 1877, having been read, it was proposed by the Chairman, and seconded by W. Wagstaff, Esq., and resolved, That the report and accounts now read be received, adopted, and circulated among the shareholders, and that a dividend at 3s. per share, being at the rate of 3 per cent., be and the same is hereby declared on the ordinary shares, after payment of a dividend at the rate of 5 per cent. per annum on the preference shares. REPORT OF THE DIRECTORS. The accounts show a balance carried forward to next half-year of 4&2G I4s. llcl.^ as agaiast £ 635 carried forward in the corresponding half-year of 1876. The directors have to point out an increase in gross traffic for the last hah'ir amounting to the sum of £ 208 18s. 0d,, arising in Marly equal proportions from passengers and goods. They recommend a dividend at the rate of 3 per cent, per annum, the same dividend as for the corresponding period of 1876. The agreement with the Bala and Festiniog Railway Company and associated Companies has been approved by your directors. The Bala and Festiniog Railway Company are now taking steps to obta,in possession of the lands required with a view to the vigorous prosecution of the works. LLANGOLLEN COTTAGE HOSPITAL. GRAND ENTERTAINMENT. [SECOND NOTICE.] On Tuesday evening, Sept. 4th, a grand enter- tainment was given in the Assembly Room, in aid of the funds of the Cottage Hospital. Taking advantage of the visit of the British Archaeo- logical Association, it occurred to a few gentlemen that the opportunity was a good one for enlisting the sympathies of the members and visitors and through the active co-operation of Captain Best, S. Gregson Fell, Esq., Lambert Haughton, Esq., St. Thomas's Hospital, London, and others, an entertainment was resolved upon as a means of increasing the balance in favour of the hospital. Whilst the promoters were determining upon their course of action it was known to them that a distinguished lady had commenced her summer sojourn on the banks of the Dee, but her long retirement from the scene of her brilliant triumphs raised a fear that she might not care to emerge from the privacy of home. But the object was irresistible, and at the potent solicitation of the esteemed founder of the hospital, W. Wagstaff, Esq., Mrs. Theodore Martin (Miss Helen Faucit) graciously consented to lend her services on the occasion, and, having secured the ready assistance of Professor Gethin Davies, Miss Jennie Davies, and Air. Dillon Croker, the success of the enter- tainment was placed beyond all doubt. hor the information of those resident at a distance and who have not seen the hospital, the writer may be permitted to convey his impression of it. The situation of the building is lovely, within the sound of the "sacred Deva," and standing amid the beautiful scenery with which nature has so lavishly enrichedLlangollen. A better site could not well have been chosen. On entering the hospital, everything attested to its excellent management. The rooms are of good design, full of light, and scrupulous cleanliness is everywhere noticeable and, but for the presence of grateful patients, a visitor might imagine himself to be in. a delightful country home. The hospital was the handsome gift of W. Wagstaff, Esq., and was opened in April, 1876, for the reception of the sick. The pictures on the walls and many articles of furniture were the presents of kind ladies resident in the town and district; and as long as the hospital elicits such christian solicitude and support, it cannot fail to bless those who receive in their hour of affliction and those who give in the day of their opportunity. Eight, o'clock was the hour announced for the entertainment, by which time the Assembly Room was crowded with a distinguished and representative audience. Theodore Martin, Esq., presided, and the company present included Col. Tottenham and family, Mrs. Lloyd, General Yorke, Captain and Mrs. Best, the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Everett, Mr. and Miss Farren, Mr. and Mrs. Fell, Capt. and Mrs. Taylor, General and Mrs. Warre, Captain and Mrs. Conran, Major and Mrs. Charles Tottenham, Mrs. Robertson, J. Hutchin- son, Esq., Mr. and Mrs. Pister, Mrs. Price, Mr. and Mrs. Jagger, Thomas Morgan, Esq., honorary treasurer of the British Archaeological Association, and the following members and friends of the Association :âMr. and Mrs. Merryman and party; George Lambert, Esq., London; G. R. Wright, Esq., London Mr. and Mrs. Brock, London J. Matthew, Esq., London; Charles Hart, Esq., Birmingham Mr. and Mrs. Hicklin, London H. S. Mitchell, Esq., London; A. W. Brown, Esq., London; Oknrlfis Tmey, Briotol j Occil Brent, Esq., Bromley, Kent; Wm. Geo. Black, Esq., Glasgow; W. H. Cope, Esq., London; E. G. Allen, Esq., London Miss Tilden, New York; the Misses Roberts, Parkgate Miss Smith Miss Clift; &c., &c. THE CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. The Chairman in opening the proceedings said Ladies and Gentlemen,âThe gentlemen who have arranged this evening's entertainment have, I see put me down to open it by an address. Now my experience of addresses is, that they are rather formidable affairs. They generally deal with some important topic-social, political, philoso- phical, literary, or, let me not forget, archaeological (1, Hear, hear "), and they are elaborated with that fulness of detail, and animated by that play of rhetoric which we naturally expect from the pulpit or the platform. But I am sure I shall best consult your feelings, as well as my own, if I condense into the smallest space what I have to say to you. But I do wish to say a few words about the institution in aid of whose funds this evening's entertainment has been organised. Most of you know that we owe it to the kind heart and the wise beneficence of one who I trust may long be spared to enjoy the honour and esteem with which we all regard him. Desirous to rear a monument of affection and gratitude for that best of God's gifts, a true and loving wife, he could find none that was more typical of the virtues of that exemplary lady, none that would better symbolise that good-will to men, which was the law of her life, as it is of his own, than this Cottage Hospital. (Applause.) It met a great want. Hospitals are one of the greatest wants of our modern lifeâa want that is quite as sensibly felt in rural districts as it is in our great cities. Sickness is the wellnigh inevi- table lot of us all, but in how few of our homes is provision made against its coming ? We build our houses to be well in, not thinking that we cannot be always well. This is true of the houses of those of us who are best off; but how sadly true is it of those whose lot enables them to do little more than provide for the wants of each day as it comes? Lowly homes, I well know, can be and are made by affection as happy as the homes of the wealthy. The tender touch of a loving hand, the answering look of loving eyes can assuage pain there, can lighten the heavy hours of sickness there, as truly and effectually as under the lofty roofs or silken canopies of the rich. But affection cannot do all. It is not always the wisest nurse. It cannot bring light and air into houses that have been built as if to exclude both; it cannot be always at hand to smooth the uneasy pillow, or to help the help- less sufferer; it cannot always command the quiet, so needful for the enfeebled frames or the over-strained nerves that upon it the very life or death of the father or mother of a family may depend. But in a Cottage Hospital, such as we have among us, all these wants are met-quite cheering light, good air, constant watching, and, thanks to the admirable matron in whose charge it is, that ministering care which comes only from a kind heart, q uickenedby intelligence, and restrained and guided by experience. Though this Hospital has been in operation for only eighteen months, I find that no fewer than forty-eight patients have already profited by it. Of these, thirty-five have been discharged benefited or cured four have died, and the remainder are still under treat- ment there. This is the work that it has done and it is but an earnest of the work that it is destined to do. There are in it six beds, and they are nearly always full. When. I tell you that on an average each bed costs Y,50 a year to support it, you will see that it behoves us all to contribute our quota to raise the funds necessary to maintain this institution in its full efficiency. It is from a strong feeling of this necessity that the ladies and gentlemen whom we are to have the pleasure of hearing, to-night, have given their services to bring you here to contribute to this good work. When the evening is over, amid the pleasant recollections which I am sure it will leave behind it1 I would ask you not to forget why this eater*