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LOCAL & DISTRICT NEWS. LLANGOLLEN. PREACHERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY.—English Baptist Chapel (Penybryn), at 10 30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev. R. Ellis, LL.D., pastor. English Wesleyan Chapel (Market-street), at 11 15 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mr. J. Darlington, Ruabon. Welsh Wesleyan Chapel, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev. D. A. Williams, Llangollen. Independent Chapel (Church-street), at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., a student from Bala College. Welsh Baptist Chapel, at 9 30 a.m. and 6 p.m., a student from Llangollen College. Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, at 9 30 a.m. and 6p.m., Rev. David Williams, Llangollen. Penllyn Mission Room, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. THE LATE VISCOUNTESS DUNGANNON. The remains of this esteemed lady were laid to rest in Brompton Cemetery on the 25th March. The funeral was attended by her only surviving sister, Miss D'Arcy Irvine, and several old friends and attached servants of the family. The funeral service was read by the Rev. C. Hirst, vicar of St. Martins, Chirk. Lady Dungannon was beloved and respected by all who knew her, and her death is deeply mourned by a large circle of friends. APRIL TRAINS.—There will be no alterations in the trains on the Great Western Railway for the month of April, and the present issue of the time bills will remain in force until further notice. GENERAL YORK returned here last week, and Capt. Best, R.N., and family, will return to Plas- yn-Vivod on Saturday. THE ANNUAL VESTRY was held at the .Town Hall, Llangollen, on the 25th day of March last, to appoint parish officers, for the ensuing year and transact other business pertaining to the parish. Mr. C. W. Richards, Bank Buildings, was unanimously elected to the chair. The overseers nominated are-Messrs. J. E. Hughes, Regent-street; Thos. J. Davies, Bridge-end; John Parry, grocer; David Evans, maltster, Pontcyssylltau; Hugh M. Jones, Bryndethol; Wm. Jones, Cambrian Hotel; Thos. Nicholas, Hill-street; Edward Edwards,Llyn. Waywardens ^-Messrs. Walter Eddy, Fron; David Parry, Rhospengwern; John Edwards, Sun Inn Edward Davies, Derw-goed. Guardians-Capt. T. R. J. Parry; Messrs. John Morris, draper; John Parry, Trefynant; and Edward Roberts, Vron- hyfryd. Mr. John Morris pointed out the necessity of rearranging the land tax assessments for the several townships, as the old assessment is very incorrect. It was resolved that Mr. John Parry, Trefynant, be requested to prepare statistics before the next vestry with the view to memorialize the Corwen Union to appoint one additional guardian for this parish. A vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the meeting. PETTY SESSIONS, Tuesday, March 30th.-Before Lord A. E. Hill-Trevor (chairman) and Capt. Dickin. Drunk and Riotous.— John Griffiths, labourer, Wrexham, was charged by P.C. Plevin with being drunk and disorderly near Bridge End on the 2nd of March.—Fined 10s. and costs. One John Roberts was also charged by the same, officer with being drunk on that day and inter- fering with him while in the execution of his duty. P.C. Plevin said that, while taking the former defendant to the Police Station, Roberts, who was drunk, interfered with him, and also with another person who assisted him.—Fined 15s. and costs, or in default fourteen days' imprisonment. P.C. MacRae proved a charge of drunkenness and riotous behaviour against Mrs. A. Edwards Penllyn, on March 21st, and she was fined 5s. and costs. Furious Riding.—A person of the name of John Jones was charged with the above offence. P.C. Plevin said that about 3 30 p.m., on March 2nd," defendant rode a horse furiously down Church- street and Bridge-street, and when turning the corner by the Royal Hotel he knocked down a man and almost rode over some children. The man was hurt.—Defendant admitted the offence, but said he bad no control over the horse.-Fined 5s. and costs. Animals Straying.- Cad waladr Griffiths was fined 5s. and costs for allowing four asses to stray on the highway in the parish of Bryneglwys, on March 19th. Trespassing in Pursuit of Game.-R. Edwards, collier, Chirk Green, was charged with trespassing in pursuit of game on land in the occupation of Mr. William Griffith. Samuel Powell, keeper, on the night of March 16th discovered a gin in the hedge between the road and a neld, and he resolved to watch it. Early next morning he saw defendant returning from work and going towards the snare, but on hearing footsteps behind he went to a gate until they passed, and afterwards he went to the spot and put his arm through the hedge where the snare was.—Defen- dant denied the offence, stating he was only looking for a pipe he had dropped there the other night.—A previous conviction having been proved, he was fined 30s. and costs. John Evans, brewer's assistant, Penllyn, was charged with trespassing on Capt. Best's land.- David White, gamekeeper, proved having found defendant on the morning of March 11th on land in the occupation of John Roberts, with three nets over holes and a ferret in his pocket. There is game on the land.-Defendant admitted being on the field, but contended that he was there with the permission of Roberts, the tenant, and called John Jones, labourer, Queen-street, to testify to that effect.—Roberts again positively denied such a statement, and White said he had no power to give permission. — Defendant had been lately caught before and let off.—Fined 10s. and costs. Rate Case.-A distress warrant was ordered to be issued in the case of Richard Andrew, who had left Bwlch-y-garnedd, and had neglected paying rates to the amount of 11 3s. Assaulting the Police.-J ames Hurst, of Chester, a tramp, was brought up in custody charged as follows :-P.C. Plevin said that about 9 15 p.m., on Saturday, he saw prisoner being turned out of the Feathers' public-house, where he had been three times before. He was very noisy and wanted to fight. Witness followed him, and upon asking where he was going to put up for the night, he was told by him that he was going to give the police some trouble that night. Witness then took him in custody, when he resisted by strug- gling and kicking. On Friday night he had been annoying Mrs. Newbery at the Royal Hotel.- P.C. MacRae saw last witness with the prisoner and he went to his assistance. Prisoner was lying down on his back and he received a kick from him in the right leg. They had to call another to their assistance. They again had a deal of bother with him before they could take off his boots.- Prisoner said he was in drink.—Fined 12 and costs, or in default a month's imprisonment with hard labour, his Lordship remarking that he ought to consider himself fortunate in being let off in the way he was. Appointment of Overseers.—The appointment of overseers for the different parishes was agreed to and was as follows :-Llantysilio, Messrs. D. Jones, Coed-ial-issaf, and John Jones, Bwlch- mawr. Chirk, Messrs. W. H. Bridden, Ty-issaf, and Joseph Jones, Chirk. Llangollen, Messrs. J. E. Hughes, currier, T. J. Davies, Bridge End Inn, John Parry, grocer, and David Evans, maltster. Bryneglwys, Messrs. Robert Jones, Tanybidwel, and David Morgan, Ty'nymynydd. Glyn Traian, Messrs. John Parry, Fronfrys, and JohnW. Jones, Gorseddwen. Llansantffraid G.C., Messrs. Edward Wynne, New Hall, and John Morris, Pantygraig. EASTERTIDE. A fine Easter Monday completed the good luck of holiday makers during the present season. Coming so early as the first play- time of the year does in 1880, the chances were strongly against the really beautiful weather experienced on Good Friday and fairly maintained over Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Our English March, however, is capable of all sorts of surprises, and this time it has given the people a day or two which, but for a touch of chill in the east wind, might have been borrowed from the last week of May. The seaside places of resort have glittered with continued sunshine; the air everywhere has been clear and bracing; the fields and roads were good for exhilarating walks or pleasant rides, and there must have been thousands of happy folks who never spent a more agreeable Eastertide. Thanks to the steady weather of the past few weeks, to sunny noons, and to the absence of those dismal down-pours which spoiled the spring of 1879, the country generally is a fortnight in advance of its usual period for spring's welcome revival. Those who have made use of the holiday-time for a long trip have passed through fields carpeted with the tender green of the springing corn, between woodlands bright with budding flowers and gilded with the soft tassels of the sallow, under blue skies and over smooth waters, to and from their destination. As usual, a vast number of people visited this town on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Four special excursion trains from various parts of England arrived at the station, and between those that came by the regular trains, by traps, and on foot from the immediate districts around, there was a great throng of pleasure-seekers. With the exception of a few cases, all conducted themselves decently enough. There was nothing particular going on in town with the exception of a football match, which was played at the Cricket Field in the afternoon, between a Wrexham picked team and the Llangollen 2nd Eleven. When it is said that the home team scored five goals to none by their opponents, a seemingly stronger team, it will be conjectured that their play was above the average- indeed the general remark made was that each player made a better show than he had ever done before. The star on the field was R. Edwards late of Cor wen, who played well on the right wing. The spectators were very numerous, but of course, the bulk of visitors enjoyed themselves by visiting the many objects that distinguish this neighbourhood. After enjoying themselves to their heart s content, they -were despatched in due time to their respective destinations. The railway arrangements were, admirable, which reflects great credit on all the officials concerned Services were held, as usual, in the Parish Church and at St. John's, on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and considering the charming weather, which was the means of drawing so many people to the country, the congregations were very fair. There being so many strangers in the town on Monday, several of the shops were open, the owners of which, no doubt, did a good stroke of business. THE EISTEDDFOD. The annual literary and musical festival in connection with the Calvinistic Methodists wa.s held with much the same success as attended it on former occasions in point of competitors. With a sunny and mild spring day, which lent additional beauty to the grandeur of this Jewel of Valleys, and other counter-attractions, the meetings, comparatively speaking, were but thinly attended, ihe following noblemen kindly allowed their names to be used as patrODS: Lord A. E. H„lrevor> Sir W. W. Wynn, Bart., Sir Theodore Martin, K.C.B., George, Osborne Morgan, Esq., Q.C., Major Tottenham, Cant. Best, K.IS., Capt. Parry, Dr. Robertson, J. C. Edwards, Esq., G. Williams, Esq., &c. The morning meeting commenced soon after 10 30, and was presided over by the Rev. W. Foulkes, Rhosllanerchrugog, who opened it with a short address. Prizes were then awarded to Miss Lizzie Evans, Queen-street, and Master Richard Davies, Ty-coch, for committing hymns to memory, the adjudicator being Mr. R. Jones, Tower Schools. Mr. H. Jones, Castle-street, in giving the result of the examination on the Gospel of St. Mark, pronounced Mr. R. E. Roberts, Meirion House, Castle-street, who was the only one who underwent the trial, most worthy of the prize. A number of books were next given to Misses Elizabeth A. and Edith Davies, "Ty-coch Miss S. A. and Master Ellis Edwards, Rehoboth Chapel House, Master Wm. A. Roberts, Market- street, and Master A. E. Davies, West-street, all being under ten, for answering questions out of the Mother's Gift." Four treatises had been sent in to Dr. Ellis, Tower Schools, on "The Best Manner of Educating Females (which subject was confined to females), and he adjudged the first prize to Miss E. Lloyd, Bryneglwys, and the second to Miss Davies, Ty-coch. To compete in rendering "The Retreat" on the pianoforte two young persons under 15 years of age came forward, and rendered the piece with much credit, and Mr. Marsh, of the National Schools, who was the adjudicator, pronounced Master Frank Dodd, this town, the better of the two. The Chair Bard of the year, the Rev. W. B. Joseph, Colwyn Bay, awarded the prize for the descriptive poem on "The Principal Events of the Year" to Mr. Abram Jones (Ap Collen), this town. Eight baritones competed in singing Y Bachgen Dewr," and the first prize was given to Mr. Humphreys, chemist, Corwen. The morning gathering was brought to a close with a spirited juvenile choral competition in rendering "The Trumpet shall Sound" (Dr. Parry). Three choirs entered the list, viz., Llangollen, Glyn, and Garth. The noted Eryr Eryri, who had been secured as adjudicator, said that the three had sung well, better than they could sing there in Carnarvonshire. The Llan- gollen choir he considered superior to the others, since it had held the tones more full, and given better effect to the expressions. The result was received with cheers, and the conductor, Mr. R. T. Jones (Eos Collen), was invested amid applause. The afternoon meeting began soon after two o'clock with the president's address after which the Rev. Thomas J ones, Castle-street, pronounced the questions on the Epistle of St. James sent in by Mr. H. Price, Regent-street, to be the best; and in the competition which followed in repeating a story, the prize was given to Miss Lizzie Evans. The best stanza to "The Auctioneer," out of a large number, was that 1w Mr. H. M. Hughes, Oswestry. Eos Padarn, who had made him- self so popular here last year, then gave the Eisteddfod song in a manner which brought forth spontaneous and continued applause. A book prize was then awarded to Master W. Rogers (Birkenhead), of the Tower Schools, Llangollen, for rendering the pianoforte solo in the morning. The Rev. R. Winter adjudged Miss M. J. Jones, Bradford House, and Master Richard Davies, Ty-coch, worthy of the prizes for answering questions on the Book of Judges. Following that was a good choral contest in singing "Y Blodeuyn Olaf" (J. A. Lloyd), between three choirs The Llangollen Tonic Sol-fa Choir, Glyn Choir, and the Acrefair Choir. The adjudicator (Eryr Eryri) expressed himself well pleased with the singing, and in criticising the different renderings he announced that the last two were backward in the quality of their voices, and overdid the expressions, while the first had given it with such effect that it could but very seldom be improved upon. He had no hesitation in pronouncing the Llangollen Choir the best. The first prize for the treatise, The best Collection of Examples and Counsels to Young Persons," was awarded by Dr. Ellis to Miss M. Hughes, and the second to Miss J. E. Roberts, Maesgwyn, Bryneglwys. Mrs. W. Morgan (Willow-street), in her adjudication on the patchworks, adjudged the prize to Miss J. E. Roberts, Bryneglwys, and a second prize was given to Miss Nicholas, Hill-street. Two competed in singing "The Beggar Girl," and Miss Kate Williams, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, proved the victor. That was followed by an interesting competition in reciting a piece of poetry, when five came forward, and the prize was taken by a young boy, Master Robert Morris, Penybryn, Ruabon while the prize for the best writing desk was awarded to Master M. H. Roberts, Osborne House, Mr. J. Roberts, builder, being the adjudicator. Then came the principal event of the Eisteddfod-the chief choral contest- but only one choir came forward, which was that of Llangollen, conducted by Mr. W. Williams (Pencerdd Berwyn). The piece was Let God Arise (opening chorus of Jenkin's cantata Ark of the Covenant "). Eryr Eryri remarked that the piece, which he was glad to say was the work of a young Welshman, had been given splendidly, some points in it being very effective. Even the fugue passages were so correct that it was no easy task to conceive anything more perfect. He would be well pleased to present to the choir not the prize they were to receive, but one treble the amount. He had no doubt that the choir would stand high in a National Eisteddfod competition, and very likely carry away the prize. Continuous cheers followed this adjudication, when the conductor was invested, after which the eisteddfod terminated. The different successful competitors were invested by Miss Hughes, Castle-street, Miss Davies, Ty-coch, Miss P. Thomas, Market-street, &c. CONCERT. The Eisteddfod concert began at 6 30, and, taking into consideration that the prices of admission had been doubled, the attendance was very good. Yet a programme such as had been presented could not have failed to draw a full room, sprinkled as it was with the names of such artistes as Mis3 Gayney Griffith, U.C.W., Miss Jennie Davies, Eos Padarn, and Eryr Eryri. This was Miss Griffith's first appearance here, and no doubt the impressions which she has made on the audience, who vociferously encored her each time she sang, will not soon be erased. She possesses a sweet, powerful voice of large compass, and her enunciation is very clear. Miss Jennie Davies rendered great aid by her fingering of the pianoforte; and Eos Padarn not only sustained the good opinion he had won here last year, but greatly increased it; while Eryr Eryri gave every satisfaction. The above were assisted by Eos Meirion, the successful choirs and soloists (Miss Kate Williams, Mr. Humphreys, and Master Frank Dodd). Ml the singing was above the average, and the concert turned out a credit to the committee. Before the closing chorus, Mr. J. Rowlands announced that a very pleasing incident was about to take place, when the writing desk which had secured the prize in the afternoon, but which was worth double the amount, would be presented by Miss Gayaey Griffith to the leader of the successful choir in the afternoon, Mr. Wm. Williams, and if they (the audience) wished him to continue the efforts he had made with choral singing, he wished them to express that feeling by giving him a hearty cheer. This wish was instantly responded to, and Miss Griffith- handed Pencerdd the desk amid loud cheers. The desk is a clever piece of workmanship, and signifies a bright future for the young genius. FOOTBALL MATCH. DRUIDS V. LLANGOLLEN. No one can-deny that the football season just closed has been an exceedingly lively and successful one as far as regards our local football club. The performances of several of the players of the Llangollen team in the numerous matches that have taken place during the season plainly z, indicate that with good generalship,and steady and hard practice, a number of men may be selected who would be able to cut a most successful figure against any of the leading clubs of North Wales and the border counties. The fact that last year the club which ultimately won the challenge cup only narrowly escaped a defeat at the hands of Llangollen, and that the team who played against Llangollen this year were only beaten by one goal in the final tie for the cup proves conclusively that the loealclub have shown some extraordinarily good play in the cup contests for the past two years. As a fitting and most agreeable close to the present seasons the happy idea was conceived of inviting the Druids club to play an exhibition match with the Llangollen club, the match to be played on Easter Monday. It being Bank Holiday, hundreds of strangers visited the town, and the day being most delightful, the game was carried out under the most favourable circum- stances possible. It is but fair to state that the Druids, who since the proposal was first mooted have gained the proud distinction of being the winners of the Association Challenge Cup for 1880, readily and heartily accepted the invitation to play in Llangollen, and it is satisfactory to know that the result of the match on Monday has greatly tended to enhance the friendship and good feeling existing between those clubs for several years past. It must be admitted that it was a general belief that the Druids, who are, by common consent, acknowledged the best team within many miles around this district, would in this instance add another victory to the long list of those they have from time to time so honourably won. At the same time a few of the most sanguine spirits connected with the local team entertained some slight hopes that with the capital selection of players chosen to play against them would prove the Llangollen no mean antagonists. The result of the match showed that the latter prognostica- tions were well founded. The match commenced shortly after four, the following being the players Druids: Goal, B. Roberts backs, LI. Kendrick and Powell; half- backs, C. Evans and Bowen centres, Crosse and Ketley; right-wing, Lloyd (Wrexham) and Vaughan left-wing, Bowen and C. Jones. Llangollen Goal, S. Parry backs, J. P. Davies and J. Richards; half-backs, Joe Jones and J. Jones; left-wing, W. Roberts and J. Roberts; right-wing, J. E. Jones and J. Edwards centres, Evan Jones and Harry Adams. Llangollen having lost the toss, the Druids decided to play with the wind. We are sorry that our space precludes us from entering minutely into the individual performance of each player. It will be sufficient to say that during the first half time, some excellent play was exhibited on both sides, and it is creditable to the home team to be able to remark, that with the wind against them, and a bright sun almost full in iheif faces, they resolutely defénded their goal, and prevented their opponents from scoring, while on several occasions they closely invaded the Druids quarters. Soon after half time, however, Llangollen by some brilliant passing scored the first goal amidst the ringing cheers of the vast concourse of spectators who had assembled to witness the game. After this, the most desperate attempts were made by the Druids to equalize matters, and several times the Llangollen goal was in imminent jeopardy, but the admirable defence made by the home team averted the repeated blows made at goal, and the game concluded in favour of Llangollen by one goal to none. A fee of sixpence was charged for entrance on the field, and notwithstanding the very exposed nature of the ground, especially from the canal bank, a long length of canvass placed on that side of the field greatly though not entirely screened the ground from the gaze of those whose selfishness prompted them to elude the small tariff charged for admission. At the close of the match, the Druids were entertained by the home team to a substantial dinner, provided in capital style by Mr. and Mrs. Allen, Ponsonby Arms, in the large marquee attached to their grounds. The company numbered about fifty, and included the members of the rival teams, the stewards and officers for the day, and a few invited guests. The cloth having been removed, Mr. J, Tanqueray, presi- dent, in eulogistic terms proposed the health of "The Druids." He congratulated them heartily on having won the challenge cup this year, but he need not say that he felt vory proud tha £ Llangollen had beaten them that day. He was very glad that after several years of hard struggles a thorough good club had been established at Llangollen, and he trusted that next year they would be able still to give a better account of themselves than they did even this year. lIe felt greatly obliged to the Druids for coming to Llangollen that day, and hoped that they would have the pleasure of meeting each other many times again. The toast was drunk in a very hearty manner. Mr. LI. Kenrick, on behalf of the Druids, warmly thanked the members of the Llangollen club for the hearty reception accorded them that day. It was true they had been defeated, and it was only lucky that it was not in a cup tie. Fortune, however, had favoured them so well in the past, that he felt it an agreeable change to be beaten this time. That day's match had been a good one, and he could not help thinking that the Llangollen club had taken some wrinkles from the Druids play. conclusion, Mr. Kenrick heartily invited the Llangollen club to Ruabon, promising them 3 warm reception when they came. Other toasts followed, including Mr. J. S. Tanqueray, presi- dent Mr. Black, the Llangollen captain; J. P. Davies, captain for the day; Mr. Cope, hon- secretary; Mr. Wm. Roberts, J. Roberts, and J. Edwards, for their assistance that day, &c., all of which received a suitable response. A number of good songs were given during the evening, &a<* the whole proceedings passed off in the satisfactory manner. We are informed upwards of ten pounds were received for admis- sion to the field. SIR WATKIN AT LLANGOLLEN. On Tuesday evening, according to public announcement, Sir Watkin W. Wynn addressed a public meeting at the Assembly Rooms, Llan" gollen. In honour of Sir Watkin's visit, a flag was displayed over the entrance to the Hotel, and there were two or three flags in other parts of the town. A large number of person3 assembled in the streets, and at the railway station and its approaches, to await the arrival of the hon. baronet by the train due at LlauaollcLl about half-past five. As the train came into the station fog signals were fired. When Sir Watk*Q stepped out of the carriage, a cheer was raised» and the Volunteer Band, which was in attendance, played "Auld Lang Syne." The hon. baronet drove to the Assembly Rooms, accompanied by Capt. T. R. J. Parry. The meeting began about six o'clock. There was a large attendance, and number of ladies were present. The chair was taken by Captain Parry, and amongst those present were—General Yorke, Plas Newy<W> Messrs. T. T. Barton, J. S. Tauquerayi Tanqueray, Chas. Richards, Bank Buildings. W. Richards, banker, C. F. Bayley, Bryncolie > J. Edmundson, Quiuta Cottage, J• Birch Hill, Rev. J. S. Jones, Llantysd^. Rev. W. Rees, Pontfadog, Messrs. W. ICdwa1" » Dee Cottage, George Newbery, Royal H° » E. Roberts, Grapes Hotel, S. Pugh, Eagles Hp J. Edwards, Maesmawr, C.W. Richards, solici It. S. Richards, solicitor, P. II. Minshall, solici » J. C. Edwards, Trevor Hall, Dr. DrinkW J Rev. D. Jones, Glyn, with several ladies » other gen tlemen,as well as nearly all the trades The Chairman, in opening the meeting, to the love and esteem felt for Sir V Williams Wynn all over Wales, and to■popularity as a landlord. He (the Cha was sorry in some respects that there wa^ no contest in Denbighshire, but he was su r0 would agree with him that 110 one wa worthy of their confidence than their a future member. (Cheers.) /v>ived Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, who was re with cheers, said he was very glad to see present. He had attended several I?^(.ereSt meetings, and was very giad to see the 1 the ladies took in them, though he WH.S n of those who advocated women's rights, 0 ^e they heard so much, still h'e must say s0od thought a little Home Rule was a very thing. During the thirty-eight years he n

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