MONMOUTHSHIRE^ Mr Bradney, the returning officer, bas notified tFia.r, the nomination of candidates ielfixed for the 10-b inst., and that the election will be on the following Thursday, the 17th inst. Ebbw Vale. A largely attended meeting of the Ebbw Vale Liberal Association was held in the Presbyterian Vestry on Totaday evening, Mr T. liarris in the chair The principal business was t., consider a letter which had been received from Mr C. B. Holland, general manager of the Et>bw Vale Workh askintr that one of the seats should be allotted to the Eobw Vale Company. A vote was taken with the following resultfor giving a seat, 18; against, 84. ine announcement of the figures was greeted wi«>h loud applause, Mr „ E. Grove, candidate for the Oentral Ward, was preseut and spoke. Mr E. Harrison a^d Mr E, Phillips, candidates, were also present. GeUygaer. Mr W. C. Beddoe, the Liberal candidate for the Gellygaer Lower division, held a mating at Law is town Congregational Chapel on Monday night, and delivered an address. Mr C. M, Warmington, M.P., at Tredegar. On Tuesday uight M.r Warmington, tb popular member for West Monmouth, addressed crowded meetings, both at Ebenezer Chapel, Sirhowv, and ~,onKregational Chapel, Tredegar, in support of the three Liberal candidates for Beats upon the council, viz., Messrs B. Phillips, B. Williams, and Wm, Thomas. The hon. and learned gentleman was loudly cheered. Addresses (were also giyea by the cftucU^ates; apd rMoi^tions V t- expressive of confidence m their candidature, and 1 pledging to return them triumphantly,were carried with acclamation. Mr Evan Powell presided at the Sirhowy and Mr Henry Bowea at the Tredegar meeting.
CARDIGANSHIRE. Llandyssiliogogo (Near New Quay). A TEST ELECTION.-In this district two Liberal candidates were in the field--MI Evan Evans, Neuadd, and Mr Enos Davies, Llwyndafydd, and it was agreed by the two parties that a test election be held, the result of which was to be I final. This was done on Monday, when three polling stations were made use of. Mr Morgan Evans, J.P., Oakford, presided at Talgareg Mr I T. Evans, Cefncwrt, at Blaenwaun and Mr T. Lloyd, New Qua-y, at Castell. Both parties had been assiduous in their canvass, and the poll recorded was most thorough, All votes possible were recorded at Taigareg, all but three at Blaenwaun, and only five abstained at Castell. The result was made known soon after nine, the numbers beingEvans, 129; Davies, 90. There were two spoilt votes, and one rejected on technical grounds.
CARMARTHENSHIRE. BETTWS AND FJIRKMVAWR.—Oil Saturday last a test ballot for the district called Bettws and Feremvawr was carried out to select a candidate out of six to oppose Mr James Rees, Cwmumau, in the forthcoming election. The result was as follows, the lowest being struck off after each round ?— 1st round. 2nd. 3rd. 4th. 5th. Mr Collard i. 44 46 47 Mr D. J. Jones 31 35 b2 87 114 Ivir W. N. Jones 101 127 134 148 174 Mr John l Sir» (Signed) W. THOMAS. Th« T /i Congi'egational Minister. f Z^ Local G0Jeornment Board, London.' ocal Government Board, Whitehail, S.VV. 27th 1888. Revd. Sir.-I am directed by the L,,cal Government ]Board to ackikowledge the receipt of Your letter of the ComUv Councdfo" °f Canaarthen the election of QS!er^o» iuTpo^ver after the °f lheaBor, eRiotoral /visions the Board so informed the Clerk of th« Po=„. time since In point of fact, CasUe Dyrfn doV.3 appear to have been transferred from the Whfrlan l It «,tin
MR GLADSTONE AND DIS. 11 ESTABLISHMENT. i I In his recent speech at Limehouse, Mr Glad- I stone, referring to the legislative work of the future, said :— II There are t'treeothei questions I must mention; for I am not so much giving opinions as reciting sub- jects of interest. There is the question of artisans' dwellings. There is the question of Tee schools. There is the question of Wint i--termed disestablish- ment in Scotland and in Wales. I mention these qnestiins because I all1 speaking of subjects I which appear to me to be ripe for publie discus- sion- As I sairl, I IUD DOC giving cut-and-dried opinion5 of mv own, with the necessary reservations that would entalI Ripe for discussion by which, we presume, Mr Gladstone meant discussion in Parliament; I seeing that they have long been discussed out of it. But we must remind tbe erreat Liberal leader that in bis speech at the Nottingham Liberal I Federation meeting in October, 1887, be went further than this, in saying of the questions of disestablishment in Wales and Scotlaud that, in his judgment, they were "ripe for decision J wbioh implies a good deal more than is involved in mere discussion. If, when the Liberal party returns to office the result is to be nothing more than opportunities for academic debate on these two burning questions, the disappointment which will be felt will be likely to manifest itself in ways which Mr Gladstone will be among the first to regret. The religious equality party cannot always be satisfied with vagua promises which ) prove to be illusory.—Liberator. ¡
I LLANWONNO SCHOOL BOARD: At the monthly meeting of this board, held at Pontypridd on Wednesday, Mr J. W. Jones (Mountain Ash) presiding, in accordance with a notice of motion, Mr H. Abraham broneht forward his proposal to inquire into aud act upou I a report prt pared by the clerk showing the rela- tive positions of the Rhondda and Mountain Ash ) sections of the parish in the matter of poundage and school fee8.-The Cierk (Mr S. Shepton) read his report, which showed that since the reduction of the poundage in tbe Mountain Ash Valley the loss to the bo'm1 upon the p1""sent une poundage was £125 12s 4-d.—Upon this Mr Abraham moved thxG the clerk should write to tbe several colliery committees stating that if t he poundage be not panged' :•»•.»" formerly, the board vferjS' • system, so far as schocs • f system, so far as schocs • f, for school fees all round, j Mountain Asa Valley did faSrri quotn.—Mr Richard Mat- j £ r Watkin tbat the matter be deferred* .v the Chairman, and car? (wo The Chairman brougb' ^-ron'of I considering the adri tinuing the arrant aboard with reference t Mountain I Ash%-—Atter f*- ing which the members e' nanircousfy in favour of representation on the I 2, it was decided, TJ seconded by Mr tion wait upon Lord the matter.
BOARD OF «. JAfiDIANS. ) juat meeting of this board was beld on sdsy at the Workhouse, Tredegar. Lieu?.- I W. H. Powell presided, and Mr C. Aowson occupied the vice-chair. Dr Anthony, the medical officer of the tward, attended the board to explain a complaint made at the previous meeting that he had refused to attend a man named Green who had died at the Tredegar Coffee Tavern suddenly; also that when be did attend he did not examine the man. He said it was not bis practice to attend paupers without au order, and he told the party so who came to him. Suosequently he found out that the relieving- officer was away, and attended without an order. I He made all the examination he thought neces- sary,and promised to send tome medicine down in I, the evening, but to his surprise he heard that the man had died. He thanked the board for giving liim the opportunity to refute the statements which had been made about the case.—Mr n. I Morris said be was glad the doctor bad attended and made the statement he had. He was sure, from what the board knew of the past services of I Dr Anthony,tbey were satisfied with the explana- tion given.—A vote of confidence in Dr Anthony ¡ was agreed to unanimously.
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COLUMN FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. By Maggie Symington. Between the dark ar.d the daylicht, When the night is beginnhrar to lower; Comes a pause in the day's occupations That IS known as the Children's Hour. Long f ellow. A Happy New Year to you all, my chickens And a hearty welcome to you, little master 1889 Now just listen to this :— "It lies with you, let me whisper here. To make a sad or a merry year For all tbe sunshine that's in the sky Will not brine: smiles if von choose to cry, Nor all the rain that the clouds can hold Will tarnish a soul that's bright as gold." That's worth remembering, is it act ? Just store it away, and do not forget it all the year through. It was for Christmas-time that Dickens wrote that delightful story of bis called" The Cricket on the Hearth," and so I think you wiil give a seasonable welcome to this Tale of Some Crickets. > In the county of Donegal, which yon is in the north-west corner of Ireland, there once lived an old lady, who had some repairs made in her kitchen without consulting the crickets about them. So the crickets left the house in a body, which is a dreadful thing for the house—so they say in that part of Ireland. But the crickets got tirad of wandering, and came back to the door- step and began to sing. The old lady opened the door and bade them welcome, so that made al riebt. This old lady had a daughter, a married woman with a baby, and one day she killed one of the crickets. That night all the crickets came out on the hearth and held an indignation meeting, They resolved to revenged on their enemy. Two pairs of stockings were hanging up to dry, one belonged to the old lady, the other to the young oue. All the crickets set upon the latter pair, and ate tbem up. They set upon her baby- clothes, too, and chawed them to bits, and they told all the crickets in the neighbourhood, and ever sinca then crickets always eat the baby- clothes in a bouse where they are ill-treated and persecuted. People believe this in Donegal. There was a society formed Four Years Ago the need for which it is very sad to think of. But as this terrible and agonising need did exist, all lovers of little children must wish this very good society all speed in the grand work it is doing. We want its agents in every town of any size throughout the kingdom, wherever there is a possibility of any poor little neglected children being ill-ured, and I think that all we who have any means, or any idluence at all, should do wbat we can to help the increase of such a society. I am speakicg of the Society foi the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It has already dealt with eight hundred cases, affecting two thousand children; and not only this, but it is doing its best to draw attention to the motive which leads to such cruelty in nnny instances, and to get that removed. I do not expect you, my chicks, to be able to do anything, but you can thank God for your own loving parents, and warm nurseries, and sometimes think of the more unfortunate children who have neither. I know, however, that older pyes turn to this column, aud that their owners must have the love of all little ohildren in their hearts, and so are interested in what concerns tbem and I ask them, if they can do anything, to do it. They have only to make themselves acquainted with some of the revelations of this society to see that the need is sad and terrible enough, that some willing hands and loving hearts should espouns the cause of many suffering little ones. I will give them the wort I one of f babies society had been tliere all the winter. In its coldest weather there had been no fire. One bad a small woollen cross-over covering on neck and chest, another bad round its body a swathing of flannel. The rest were quite naked. They were ail blue I with cold, and alone in & room, tbe particulars of whose loathsome condition I feel compelled to t omit. The window was hermetically sealed. AH of them had sores due to dirt, and were Buffering in other ways. The youugest by in a bassinette, which was in a filthy condition. Tue eldest was five years oid. None of them could stand. The lees of them all when they were lifted up dangled like the calico legs of dolls. They were quite insane and inanimate. They feebly moaned and screamed when touched. The fl »or on which they sat was bare boards, through which draughts came up from outside. The window was without blind or curtain, and there was no light at; night. Can any picture be sadder than this? And yet there are sadder ones I have told this story because it has a happy ending, and all those little children are now in good health; they have learnt to smile, to laugh, to walk, aud may be seen on rocking-horse and rocking-boat, enjoying the children's kingdom, and the monster who Wfg murdering them is picking oakum in Weils gaoL In San Francisco a cirl of fifteen years has learnt to make horse- shoes. A very ninny taste for a girl to have, do you not think She used to watch a blaek. smith at work, and this made ber desire to try her own band at the forge. Her earliest efforts were so promising that the blacksmith treated the freak as a serious matter, and gave her regular lessons. He is said t.o be very proud of his pupil, and be to send a horse-shoo made by her to England, as a present to the Q leen. I I do not want you girls who read this to turn blacksmiths, and only tell you this little story to show yOU that girls of spirit and intolliaoofle can litemlJy turn their hands to anything. > The Chimpanzee and the Zoologist. chimpanzees I very playful; like "¡n th1=\ enJav r* warwi O"A r, f- 0- -i'r-_ .> :>p n ..> > help but be aware of bis own gre&t tafeat, > was willing to acknowledge that some oa» ■HHH had mere." A Musical Skipping-Rope. Who ever heard of such a thing PerLaps yea •, £ will bardly believe it, but such a novelty ha been invented by some ingenious parson, who evidently thinks he has hit UP"D the very thing to win the hearts of all rhe little girls who know how to twirl the rope and jump it. P^ruaps there is an advantage in oeing able to jump to slow or quick music, as tbe case m"y be, but I ào not teel v sure about it. This musical rope has a small musical box fixed at the end or one of the hanu young people wuo read H*u Andersen's storIes know tbat the stork IS con- sidered to bring good luck to the house on which it budds. It is s-iid that be becomes a resruiar tenant, and pays his reu. by throwing down a feather the first yea.r, an egg the secona, and a young bird the third. The stork is regarded as superst!tiou4y in some countries as the robin it ia ours. In Denmark it is a sacred bird, and it is a difficult matter to procure one of its eggt, ma jealously are its nests guarded. Tbe Hoistein peasantry believe that the stnrb hold a court Clt justice on any off ndiftg member of their community, ana c*Ii it a Storcd- gereicht, or Stork-court. The stork husbaud always attends caretuly to his wife whiie she at sitting on the eggs, and feeds her with frogs aDd field mice. They have u" end of legends about tha stork in Denmark. In every household itisspukaB (If as the bird that brings th children, am: a nursery legend is suug, which may be translated aSi follows :— Stork, stoik, with long legs, Hurry on, and don't be late Fiy to where my mother live&. And bring me a little brother." Or sister, as the case may be. AdàreS!1 all communication8 1:0- AUST MAGGIE (Symington), Hm istaaton, St. Ecmundfc
COERCION IN IRELAND. Another M.P. bent to Gao!. THe hearing of the charges of criminal C08- spiracy and intimidation i.gaiaat Messrs Soim Finusane, IP., and John Mclnerney was resumed oa Tuesday at Castieconueii. J antes Owen, a police note-taker, and others <q evidence or speeches made by Mr Sneeby, M.P., and Mclnerney at Cnetieconncli tin the 28tb October. Evidence was also given of a speecn by Mr Finucane at Baliynechy on Sunday, the 4tb November, the magistrates receiving this evidence after a protest fnm the fendauts' solicitor that it was subae- quent to the date iu tbe summons, and inerefore inadmissible. Kviaenoe was produced by the Crowu showing that threatening notices had been served on a man named Murphy and on Mr Gobbett, a local landlord, warning them of the consequences of dealing with land- grrabber*. The cases lasted throughout the cisy. The magistrates convicted Mr Finocaue, senfcdn- cing tmn to four months' imprisonment. lodged an appeal. The case against Mr lclÐ was dismissed, tbe court hokiug that his observations did not tppiy to Qa): y, who was accused of laougrabbing. Other cuare.es against the defendants were adjourned to the nest coUlf, day. Mr Eaton, in giving judgment, strongly denounced the boycotting practices disclosed in tile case. The fortnightly meeting of the National Leagua was beld iu Dublin on Tuesday, Mr Y, D. Sullivan, M.P., presiding. Mr Qutnn, assistant- secretary, reporivi the receipts since tfee meeting to be :£34-3, and tha amouuc voted evicted tenants £182 10;. The Ciiav.tnau they had just eot through a year oi stress and sore trial, and he would ask how the case or principles of the Government had been advanced by their persecution of the mis-ruied people nf ireland. The Irish people had received their New Years gift in the prosecution aud atrocioatl senteuce passed on Mr Eiward HarriuLon, M.P. The person who passed the senteuce would iong enjoy the reputation of one of the meanest and basest toois employed by Mr Balfoat's Government against the Irish people. Mr Gladstone hstvmggot the English Liberal party to pledge themselves ia favour of the Irish cause w&s entitled to take rest during the remainder of his life, but was atiii working for Ireland, and ths Irish people wished him many years of health ttnå happiness. Clancy, M.P., spoke in denunciation of receut action of the Land Commission in raising' rents. After the installation of Mr Condon, M.P., u Moyor of Cionmei, on Tuesday, he was served witu four &antmot-.«es charging him with tak¡ part in a criminal conspiracy LO induce certain cattle dealers, whose names are unknown, not t. deal with an emergency man uair.ed T
5 ortant Communication from the Local Government Board. r Owen Rice, of Nantygarn Craig, Brecon, .J? Written to the Local Government Board that b0 wag a(jvised by the revising W^'ster that he could vote in three div.sions of county, and asking; their direction in «iew of W* Ritchie's recently-?xpressed official opinion, at11 their reply the Local Government Board Jteelare that it appears to them that a person can nly vote in the election of councillors of a county >n one electoral division of such county. The A*°cal Government Act applies to the Sections of county councillors with certain of the revisions of the Municipal J^poration Act of 1882, as to the elections of Councillors in borouefbfl# and uuder the Act burgess cannot vote in fcjiaa. o^e ward of boroagh. In aPpIication of the Act 1882 to election* °f county councillors, Couucy must appareat'y be substituted for oorough, and electoral division f„i ward, and county elector fa* ourgess. Mr 'Rice further Consulted the bo^r(i as to whether, in their opinion, an whose name is registered in verl electoro (iivislong, and who will only vote 1n the present election in one of those divisions, C&n vote at>uY subsequent election in another division, "r whether he must at all times vote in the electoral division. The board replied that oequestion submitted to it is not one which cao-arise tor some time, and the board are not at Ve,,ent prepared to express an opinion upon it. The Rhymney Iron Company and their Candidate. We have been requested to publish the follow- bR correspondence, and the handbill accompany- AR it Pontlottyn, via Cardiff, Dec. 4th, 1888. Dear Sir,-The election of the county council fthe electoral division of Pontlottyn and Rhigos, if it Would be a contested election, I presumed, as Shards the men employed at the Rhymney orks, they all will be free to vote for the cau- date they conscientiously choose to support, ^otwithstnuding any action taken in the matter any officials. Having a high opinion of your dlspositiou for justice and fairness, I trust you tl! kindly let me have a word on the subject, as important that this may ho made known. **aiting your favour of a reply, I sI]Qj yours 'tesPect-.fnlly, AAHON DAVIES. 11. V. Trump, Esq. Rhymney Iron Works, Rhymney, 5th Dec. 1888. Election of County Council Division of Pontlottyn ( and Rhigos. Ray Sir,—In reply to your favour of the 4th yon are right in assuming that should the election be contested, tbe men employed at Rhymney Iron Works will be at perfect •feodum to vote for the candidate they may With respect to your remark as to any Action being taken in the matter by officials, I tnQtlt call your attention to the fact that Mr tbews, as an agent of the Rhymney Iron Co., bo are by far the heaviest ratepayers in the 'Strict, is the direct nominee of that company, they wish that fact to be known to the wtnre generally, and particularly to their own Workmen, for whose support they now make an Appeal through you.-l am, dear air, yours very iroly. H. V. TRUMP. Itev Aaron Davies, Pontlottyn. w Pontlottyn, via Cardiff, December 6, 1883. Election of County Council.—Division of Pont- lottyn and Rhygos. 3Dear Sir -I am glad to find that the workmen of the Rhymney Company are perfectly free to lots as they may choose. This I will make known. S* regards the appeal you desire to convey Jjtough me, I roust respectful^ decline to be the as, in the first place,1 I am the selected ^T^didate by the Liberals for the division because I'believe I would thereby be nf what appears to me to be in contravention section 2 of the Municipal Elections (Corrupt Practices) Act, 1884, whicb is applic- Ie to this election. —I am, respftcfully yours, AAEON DAVIES. V. Trump, Esq. HANDBILL. t OOUHTY COUNCILS ELECTION. 0 the Electors of tbe Electoral Districts of Rhymney and of Pontlottyn and Rhigoa. bj7adies and Gentlemen,—As part of a letter Jpiressed by me to the Rev Aaron Davies, in Ply to one from him, appears to have been made £ r°]jc, I think it is right that it should be in its entirety. I give it below. I also ke this opportunity of repeating that the MDev Iron Company have no wish to interfere j^th their workmen in the exercise of their voting £ °*ers, nor will they attempt to do so but the good feeling that has always existed £ *een them, they have every confidence in now m..nR their workmen in both districts to suoport » important interests in this election.—I am, 'hes and gentleman, yours .very truly, H. V. TBUMP. H. V. TBUMP. t LThe letter appears, in full bove-l n A gHABKHOLDEK'S OPINION. jjUa Tuesday evening a numerously attended waa heid at the Higher Grade School, ■tjottyu, to listen to addresses,in favour of the of the Rev Aaron Davies, from Mr Roberts-Jones, barrister, and Mr Davitl j. avje> Giebeland, Merthyr Tydfil, the latter Jj.^iemau being a heavy shareholder in the jf»*)ynttney Iron Company.—The Rev J. P. LL D presided, and in his opening p^u/ui/dSskeu wificn spvKo T ffldres8 of Mr Jenkin Matthews, which stated was a candidate at request of a large jOiber of the electors of the division, or the ^Ber of Mr Trump, which .stated that Mr jHthews was the direct nominee of the Rhymney jSj Company? Mr Davies, Merthyr, then jrjVesaed the meeting at great length, and S*fressed his pleasure at being present as a wf^rfcljand also as an unfortunate shareholder in Rhymney Iron Company, to support the "idatura col the Rev Aaron Davies. He was to protest in the name of the Liberal «;a*iholder8 ot that company that they as a K^lany desired their employes to send in rank |?.0ri*j upon every board. Indeed, rather it was Viah of the shareholders that the agents of e IOmpany should stop at home a good dtal "te and see whether they could not succeed in (Ihttin,, the works to pay a few dividends. That j?as the best way to protect the interests of the tj^paay and not by sitting upon all the public 2?ardsin the district, ostensibly in the name of Rhymney Iron Company, but really and fc^y to support Toryism in every guiaa and JJ0 trusted that the Liberals of 5re Pontlottyn and Rhigos District would ?Ja'n every to secure fbr their foetal candidate a most triumphant return. this stage a letter was read from Mr Thomas J7'Uiams, Gwaelodygarth, in which that gentle- as a shareholder in the Rhymney Iron tbpany, addressed the working men of Pont- attyn in the f jllowmg words:—" Working Men Liberals,—Your time is at length come. The of the people is at hand. Assert your rights vote for the popular candidate, the Rev 4**«n Davies, whose watchwords are reform, *??tiee economy, efficiency, and equality. Seize ■J?58 opportunity for the first time within your ^cb."—Mr M. Kooerts-Jones next addressed the Siting. The Rev G. Griffiths, Rhymney, and Jrr Robert J. Walker, M.I.M.E., of Shap, West- '^Jj^land, further spoke.—Votes of thanks to /•& kefs and chairman terminated a most cceasful meeting. Date Fixed for Breconshire. R. W. Poweii, returning officer for Brecon, fixed Thursday, the 24Ui January, 1889, as B rtate of elections to take place in the county of ^con for the county council. Nomination day W Llangattock and Llaneliy Eastern and Vl«8tern Divisions on January 16th, 1889, at I ingattock.
GLAMORGANSHIRE. ^OSTBKFAIL —Consequent upon the withdrawal vL l>»a Honour Judge Williams, a meeting of ^Payers, including representatives from S'^trissant and Gilfach Goch, was held at the School on i'r'day evening to select a jTOstitute After considerable discussion,, three >Mw«;e put before the meeting, vi^Mr S'thur J. Williams, M.P. Mr Thomas Morgan, ^U|?typridd; and Mr J.Gr.ffiths, forth A J^Joritywa'3 declared in favo"r. of„ >*d gentleman, and a second show of hands Ithe minority to FilliL)port the candidature & Williams. A strong feeling in favour of a candidate, in the person of Mr Tnomas prevailed, but it was feared he would be strong enough to defeat the lory candidate J,ho ia already in the field. A vote of regret at of Judge Williams was passed s CwitAVoN DIVISION.—A largely attended meet- 2* mVelector8 wa8 held at the Boys' Schoolroom t?, Tb»«wlay evening last, the Rev Thomas IQ tfae chajr._Messrs S. T. Evans j^eath), T. K Davies, and W. R. Tnomas JMaesteg), and tile fiev john Evans (Pwllyglaw) addre88eg> vote of confidence in Herbert the Liberal candidate, was A^p«^ /'nD i?COftded by Messrs J. C. Morgan W. R. Potts, anar Vnitrv and it was resolved, notwithstanding the decision of the arbitrators in Swansea—they bavin? selected Mr Beynon as the strongest candidate to invite Mr Williams to proceed with HYRTATTPSKIRALLTTORCG DIVISION.—The t wel ve supporters chosen by the two L.beral candidates of the above division met at the Liberal Club, Swansea, on Saturday iFor ie ° discu-sing before Messrs D. RnndeH, M.P., John H John Land ore; and Ibomas Phillips, Llaneliy acting aB referees, the claims of the H. John Landore; and Thomas Phillips, Llaneliy acting aB referees, the claims of the respective candidates. After a long and rather lively discussion the referees retired for about half-an-hour for the purpose of coming to a decision On reappearing they said that, after a most impartial weighing of the arguments, they had come to the decision that Mr John Beynon was the strongest candidate to contest the above division, and that they hoped w°uld abide by the decision, which had had their most faithful and unprejudiced consideration. A document has been signed by Messrs John Bevnon and James Williams, and the twelve supporters, in which they pledged themselves to do all in their power to secure the triumphant return of-tbe candidate chosen by the referees. Ogmore Division. o-i Monday evening a meeting in support of Ufr "Puftncj fMjouut Pleasant), the Liberal candi- SL wMl ek tl» Boarii Schoolroom. Tho c £ «» Mod br Mr Rees (KenfigJ, The candidate was well received, and made an effective speech. Mr Davies (of Pyle), proposed a vote of onnKHenoe in Mr Evans, seconded by Mr T. D. Williams (Kenfig-bill), and supported by Messrs "P W Bond (Porthcawl), B. Davies, and the Rev Thomas Howells (Longland Farm). The motion was carried. J. IU OGMORK DIVISION.—A meeting was held, at the Caivmistic schoolroom on Fnday evening to hear the views of Mr Rees Thomas, who has come out as an independent candidate. Mr Morgan Jenkins, of Red-hill, presided. Several questions were put to the caadidate.-The Chairman moved a vote of confidenco in Mr Thomas, and Mr Rees John seconded.—On a division, 16 voted in favour and 18 against. Treorky. A public meeting was held on Tuesday evening at the board school, Treorky, to support the candidature of Mr VV. Morgan (Tynewydd) and the Rev J. S. Edwards (Hermon). There was a large attendance. The chair was occupied by the Rev W. Alarris(Niddfa).-Mr W. Morgan and the Rev J. S. Edwards followed, and dwelt on the value of Liberal combinations or associations to forward the interests of the Liberal party.—Mr Jeffreys (Treherbert) proposed the resolution— "That this weeting,liaving heard Mr W. Morgan and the Rev J. S. Edwards, pledges itself to do everything in its power to secure their «Etan»n thA—Qon^lty Mc^ T. Baronwy Isaac secondbd, and Mr W. Abraham, M.P., supported the resolution.—The Chairman put the resolution to the meeting, and it was earned without a dissentient amid great applause. Ystradmynaoh. On Tniftday night a meeting was held at the Ciawryrystrad Welsh Baptist Chapel to further the candidature of Mr E'lward Edwards, Penlan, the Liberal candidate con- testing the county council seat for the Llantwit Fardre and Llanvabon division of Glamorgan- shire. Mr Lewis Williams, Tonteilwr, presided, and introduced Mr Edwards to the meeting. In a Welsh address of some length Mr Edwards gave a general explanation of the county council duties. Mr D. Daniels subsequently gave the gist of Mr Edwards's address in English, and Messrs George Everson, The Siiop, Thomas Humphreys, Twyn-yr-Harris, David Rosser, and others addressed the meeting in support of Mr Edwards's candidature, Llansamlet. Mr Sims, the chosen candidate for this division upon the county council, has commenced working in earnest. Meetings have been held at Birch- grove, Glais, Tubor, and Bethel. Councillor Martin occupied the chair at all the meetings with the exception of Tabor, and delivered addresses. Loughor and Penoerry. I At a meeting in support of the candidature of Mr J. T. D. Llewelyn, held at Bryuhyfryd, under the presidency of Mr W. W. Jeremiah, a vote of confidence in the candidature was unanimously passed, on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr J. Francis, and supported by Messrs Ji R. Daniel and D. John. Llandaff Division, Mr William Evans, grocer, Lland iff, has issued his address as a candidate for this division, in which he states that he has consented to come forward at the earnest request of a large number of the electors of the division. Mr Evaus announces himself as a convinced Liberalland that his sympathies are with tb* masses of the people The candidates for this division are now Mr W. Evans, Liandaff, and Mr t. Forrest, St Fagan's, the latter of whom has bee^ in the field for some time. Llaneliy. We learn that Messrs J. S. Tregoning and John Bourne are not to hue their anticipated walk-over for No. 3 Ward, as a strong Liberal candidate is in readiness to contest, Pentra A crowded public meeting was held at Old Siloh Chapel, Pentre, on Tne,day evening, under the presidency of Mr Thomas Edwards, for the purpose of affording Mr Jeiikins, Ystradfechan House, an opportunity to express his views t-j the electors of No. 2 Ward in reference to the Local Government Act and various important political questions. Resolutions pledging the meeting to adopt every legitimate nean4 and render all possible support to secure Mr Jenkins's trium- phant return were carried unanimously. Swansea Valley Division. A meeting was held at the Alltwen Board School on Monday evening, when Mr Thomas Jones, the selected Candidate of the joint Liberal associations of Alltwen and Clydach, addressed the meeting. A vote of confidence in Mr Jones was proposed and seconded, and carried without single dissentient. Bridgend.. Jw!\fiee!)inK of the Bridgend Local Board beld on Wednesday, a resolution was basted request- ing Loru Dunraven' to do bis utmost to get Bridgend selected as the seat of the new county councii. ing Lord Dunravetii to do his utmost to get Bridgend selected as the seat of the new county councii.
EXTRAORDINARY DESERTION CASE AT NEATH. At the N8ath county petty-sessions on Saturday, Margaret Gwynne, of Greenwav- t(?rrace, Neath, summoned her husband, John for an order of maintenance under the Married Women's Desertion Act, 1886. Mr Edward Powell appeared for the complainant and Mr S. T. Evans for the defendant. Mr Powell, in opening the case. s-aid he appeared at that court in August, 1885, and obtained an order upon the defendant to contribute 10< weekly towards the maintenance of his wife and two children. The contributions under that order bad been regularly paid, but shortly after the oraer was made the defendant called at his wife's house and slept there, and be bad on several subsequent occasions done so. The complainant bad another child in November, but defendant had not been near her bouse since August. Defendant's cir- cumstances bad altered since the original order was made. His wages then were about £ 1 a week-now thpy were 22 7s 91. He could not ask them to vat-y the original order, as that could only be done at the instance of the husband, and according to the case which be now quoted, the order had been nullified by the subsequent cohabitation. He bad therefore no alternative but to commence proceedings anew by a fresh summons. The complainant in her evidence bore out the opening statement as to the cohabitation and subsequent desertion. In cross-examination complaiuant said for fiix years her husband did not eo near ber, but after the order of maintenance was made be came. She bad never said she would not cohabit with him and was willing to return to him now. (Uom: plainant gbt very exoited during the cross- examination, and amid laughter said "For good- ness snke, shut up the case, and let me have tny money and go.")-CoTriplainantlt; daughter and two independent witnesses proved defendant's visits to her house.—The defendant denied having resumed cohabitation with his wife since the order was fliale.-Tiie bench made an order of £1 a week and the costs, including advocate's fees,
THE MILITAKY AND THE IRISH POLICE. A Kilrush telegram reports that on Saturday night about 25 men of tne Berkshire Regiment quartered at Kilrush, marched through the streets singing "God Save Ireland," followed by a large crowd, which took up the chorus. A large force of police came up, but the soldiers dared them to come on. The civilians, however were dispersed. iiiiiy^.Ufci II———
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THE ELIESMERE CLUB. I Judgment Upheld at Quarter Sessions. At the Glamorganshire quarter sessions at Cardiff on Wednesday there was beard an appeal in which Mr Abraham Authors sought to reverse the decision of Mr T. W. Lewis, stipendiary, Cardiff, and Dr H. Paine, who fined him for keeping—in ord nary language --a bogus club, Mr Abe) Thomas, instructed by Mr J. H. J (HleR, appeared for Mr Authers and Mr Forrest Fulton and Mr C. J. J»ck*on, instructed by Mr Collinewood, appeared for the corporation.—Mr Horace Fulton, M.P., in stating the case, detailed the circumstances, with which the public are already. familiar. The question was whether Anthers wis or was not the proprietor of this club, lie would show the successive transactions of Authors (not only in connection with this, but with other clubs) with brewers and others who supplied h na. He had been connected with the firm of Hancock & Co, which, he understood, was now a limited company. It was at one time a private firm, since converted into a limited company. A A-^el Thomas: How can it be material that u j u.t^^rsiwasordid in 1885 or as to whether he • looo v ea or u°t- The question is what he aid in looo, You are not sureiy to take evidence of S"u Authers did since he was born. Mr Fulton We will not go to such a remote period of his existence. My friend has put my case in a better way than I could have done myself. My contention that it is the same club; it is the same name It was first in S1.. Mary-street; secondly, in Custom House-street; and now it is situated in its present premises, moving about from place to place according to stress of circumstances; but still preserving its identity. He gave his own promissory note to the brewer, and always paid tor ales himself. It was a club started feiinply for the purpose of evading the law of the land, and if this man had a pecuniary interest in it, then be must take the responsibility. If some people are of opiuiou that the Sunday Closing Act in Wales is a very great mistake, that had nothing to do with this question. The only question was whether the law of the land could be evaded with impunity by establishing bogus clubs merely for the purpose of driuk. inspector James was sworn, and gave an account of his visit to the Ellesmere, which, he said, was fitted up like a pabiic house. He went thereat a quarter to one on Sunday morning. He describea the finding of several casks of beer and a large number of bottles of beer, whiskey, brandy, vvine, &c. In the smoking-room he found 18 men and 15 glasses on the tables before them, some containing beer. Those present said they were members, some produced their cards, others did not. Inspector Tamblyn gave corroborative evidence. He said Authers name was posted ot the walls as the proprietor, and the club was described as the Ellesmere Temperance Olub." "Well aired beds was another legend affixed to the walls. In thts" Temperance" hotel nearly all the persons had beer before them. When be produced the warrant to seize what was on the premises Authers said he was the under-manager and not the proprietor. Mr H. J. Thatcher said that in April he bad a conversation with the appellant about acquiring the ciub premises, and entered into an agreement with him, witness acting on behalf of the Conser- vativa Clnb. v 9ous',ns' s°li
GOOD NEWS FOR MAESTEG. On New Year's Day ColouelNortb and the Directors of North's Navigation Collieries Com- pany paid a visit to Mae8g. Although it was announced only a few hours previously that the colonel intended coming up, the workmen and tradespeople turned out en jnaxse. The Town- hall, wnera an illuminated address was presented to hilD, became in a very short time crowded. the party was greeted vociferously, and the Maesteg Brass Band played lively music while they were entering the hall. Mr Jaines Tamblyn, mineral agent, presided, and there were on the platform Colonel North, Mr J. J. Smith, J.P. (London), Mr Evan Thomas (London), Mr Forster Brown (Cardiff), Mr Waite, Mr Bluut (of the finn of Messrs Blunt and Co., solicitors, London), iV &ees Evans, Mr William Davies, Mr Henry Bowen, and other old employees under tbe company, Mr J. L. Haward (Ton'iu), Captain Morris, and others. lhe CHAIRMAN said that they had but a brief notice of the visit of Colonel North, or they might have given him a better .reception. They all rejoiced when it was announced that Colonel North and others had acquired the property of the Llyuvi and Tondu Company. The manu- facture of iron at one time was the first and most important industry in their valley, but now they must look for future prosperity, to the output of coal in the district. (Cheers.) The company had an enormous resource of wealth, and Colonel North would eventually make Maesteg one of the principal reining centres in Glamorgau. (Cheers.) They as workmen muse do their part iu securing success. The illuminated address before them was tbe outcome of the spontaneous wish of the workmen on hearing that Colonel North had purchased the works. • Powel's glee party sang several pieces in English and Welsh, and they were highly appreciated. Mr KEKS EVANS said he had worked in the Llynvi Works tor 40 years. He trusted Colonel North a advent to the place would be a blessing to them all. He hoped the gentlemen they saw there wonid erect mansions in the place to live amongst, their workmen occasionally. (Loud cheers.) The foundation of trade prosperity in Maesteg was laid that day. Mr HENRY BOWEN. another old workman, expressed the hope that masters and men would do their duty, and work batmoniousty.so that neither would regret the connection which they had made this npw year. Mr RICHARD J. SAMPSON read the illuminated address which the woikmen of No 9 and Coeg- nant Collieries had presented to Colonel North. It was as follows :— TO COLONEL JOHN THOMAS NORTH. Chairman of the North s iNavisation C»i iers Company. Sir,—\ve, the Llynvi workmen, resident at Maesteg, desire to rbspectfuily express to you the deep uid un- alloyed satisfaction which we exuerience at the closa relationship which you have established with this ne;ghbournood The future of this district rests wholly upon its in- d'lstrial resources, and these again are dependent upon the intelligent enterprise and tact of the canita'i?t and the co-ep.'iaiion of employer and employed. Your high reputation in business circles renders it unnecessary for m to do more here than congratulate ourselves upon the circumstances which have happily linked you with the commercial fortunes of Maesteg. As chief proprietor of the LlvnviT Tondu, and Ogmore Works, which you have jout purchased, and in which we, &3 your workmen, are more directly jn. terested, you cannot fail to exercise a wide beneficial iiiflueoci upon that great undersaking. and this will also afford you an outlet for abundant activity. We may perhaps be here alioweil to express the hope that the other important branch of industry, upon which the well-being of this neighb .urhood so largely de. penos, may at no distant period receive a, fresh impulse from your enterprising skill and ability. During your recent and first visit tu our locality you exhibited, by a spontaneous generosity, for which we are earnestly ratefuJ, your desire that the connection between you und your wien should be one of mutual and lasting trust. We thank you for your sympathetic cordiality, and hope and believe it wiil have a sequel of substantial and permanent success. We pray earnestly that, in the important position which you now occupy as tne employer of such a large number of men, prosperity and success may abundantly atteud your noble and praiseworthy efforts to improve the industrial welfare of us who have now entered your service, and that God's richest blessings may abide with you and yours. Signed on bebalf of ourselves and our fellow-work- men, your obedient and faithful servants, ( JENKIN JOKES, Chairman, ■ KDVYARD GILBERT, Treasurer, RICHARD J. Sahpson, Secretary. In addition to the ntmos mentioned above, Mr Lockott, of London, :md Mr Treherue Rees, of Cardiff, were on the platform. Mr WILLIAM DAVIES, one of the oldest work. men in the Llynvi, then presented the addiess. He said he was a native of Maesteg, and bad not been out out of the valley for 60 years. Colonel North had recognised the workmen by giving them a jubilee shilling each and other gifts for a summer excursion. They were all delighted to pay honour to whom it is due. Colonel NORTH rose amid cheers. He said he could not find words to express his gratitude, for ho never expected having such a reception from them. They had takeu the ground completely from under his feet. He never had, and did not suppose he should ever .Ket.,fmch a reception during his lifetime. No capitalist could feel for ths working classes more than he, for he was one of them. (Tremendous cheers.) He had made himself. (Cheers.) It was tit, sunshine of his life to be interested in them and in that valley, aud he trusted they would get, on well together! If they did not, he was determined it should not be his fault. (Ciieer?.) They bad decided that day to spend £50,000 in the development of their property, and before long that wotiid be doubled. (Cheers.) The capital would be laid out for the workmen's interest and the interest of the company, It was the first time be bad been in their public ball, and ho would give £500. out of his own pocket to use as they liked. Thev may use it towards clearing the debt on the hall, the jubilee clock, or as a nucleus to build another institution to commemorate his visit. They must decide. The company had also decided to refund all the ground rents paid that year for all the chapels on their property. The address which he had just received would be kept as an heirloom in hIs family. Dr DAVIES was warmly greeted. He said Colonel North had given him a cheque for £10 for the choir and the leader. The colonel richly deserved the honours tbey had just accorded him. Tbey bad seen gioomy days in Maesteg, but glorious and prosperous days were about to dawn. He was glad to see a a old friend, viz, Mr J. J, Smith fltill among tho company. (Cheers.) Mr Smith, J.P., had introduced Colonel North to Maesteg, and the place owed its faiure prosperity more to Mr J. Smith, J.P., tban to any other living man. Mr FORSTER BROWN, of Cardiff, said he joined them in welcoming the new proprietary. They had rich capitalists among them, aud very naturally they looked for remunerative returns, for capital easily ian away. They couid show I their appreciation of Colonel North and his1 company by using their best endeavours to back up the company's efforts in making that valley one of the most prosperous in South Wales. He had been 30 years in Wales, and he never saw more hard-working and respectable workman any- where than the Welshmen..(Cheers.) They had, however, one fault, and that Jwas that the output of coal was less proportionately when prices were up than when prices were low. An order for 250,000 tons of coal had recently gone to the North of England instead of to South Wales partiy on this account. If at all, there should be an increased output when were poOCt He again ad vised them to back up the efforts of the company. Mr J. J. SMITH, who has been J^esteg for over 30 years, hai1 v^Ffctipn, the audience all ris ■♦a, he (Mr Smith) h. Colonel North to of it. He t "*i ven by 7 pro W j* r > -o» ] > i H. W pllib».. "Wo!- a v i quite h-,>wi 1 i native language a g bis acquaintance vfr address them in thei, manage to understand (thecompany) meant bu j money grinders, getting v f caring for the workmen i • they would show to the new comers. Three cheers to th Colonel North, ciof
llA N rIf. ? As will ships, from j&s; „ this school ou the. Xf total annual value of tliew sc-io, There are altogether over amounting in total value to about jg. connection with Llantiovery exhibitions given to assist pupils tt Oxford. These scholarships are WeLh boys pending the passit intermediate Education Bill. K
> -■ V. DR. TIE .TONGR'S LlGHT-liKO w, hr UNFQUALLI-n EFFICACY -~AUrtii ti. ChoifHixviiy. Msq Distr ii' v Leominster, testifies as follows ro eftcacy of this celebrated Oil i consumption;—" Having for va < used Dr. de Jongh's Ligtat-Biv in pnblic and private practice.. -"V stating tbat its effects are verji any other Con Liver Oil. Nea- I, cases of confirmed Cousiim,i^i
DEAR PINAFORES. I had occasion to call last week NEW at a large establishment in FURNITURE. Oxford-street which has very much altered its character of late years, and saw some novelties that interested me very much. There were articles large and small made in beaten iron of antique patterns. One candlestick had a sort of trefoil or shamrock leaf forming the stand, from the centre of which ruse up a column of iron coil turned over at the top to form a handle. Inside this coil was an iron socket with a small handle, and in this the candle is placed. As it burns lower and lower you turn the handle attached to the socket and thus bring it higher up in the coil, and the great advantage is that thus the candle is kept perfectly straight and fixed without any possibility of wobbling about. I suppose every housekeeper is aware that the housemaid of the period does not know how to set up a candle, She is so accustomed to gas and to paraffin lamps that such troublesome thing's as candles ought to be abolished, in her opinion, and these iron -candlesticks are the very things to remedy her deficiencies. At the same house I saw oriental china very cheap indeed the proprietor told me that the jars and vases he sold last year at balf-a- guinea each had now come down to two ehiliiugs, and that almost ail bric-a-brac was in proportion. He also showed me some matting specially made for laying down on stoues or bricks, made in the neighbourhood of St. Albans from in the neighbourhood of St. Albans from plaited rushes, exactly like the old flaggen ¡ baskets, only the rushes were not pressed out co fiat before being plaited. It is called Abbey matting, and I can see that it is invaluable in a country house where the kitchen and passages are of stone. The same rush plait is being 'I utilised for email tables and chairs, and they make a very pretty change trom the ordinary wicker, of which one has grown a little tired; though brown wicker arm chairs, cushioned with odds and ends of tapestry, acd with a three- cornered piece hangiug over the back, are just now the recognised articles for bedrooms. They are very comfortable, quite bright-looking, and remarkably inexpensive. The rage for some new thing J. FASHION, in the way of fashion has been strikingly illustrated lately in Paris, where a kind of cloth made of dog's hair bas been introduced by a manufacturer at Elbeuf, who sent the first piece of it to President Carnot. It looks very much like a rough tweed, and is remarkably strocg. Ladies are ordering it for skirts, and young dandies for waistcoats, and j purchasers are presented with a photograph of tbe dog whose hair first caught the manufacturer's attention. There ;s a new blue in Paris called I M Nineveh," and anyone who wants to know what I it is like has only to go to the British Museum, and minutely examine those relics of the long J buried Assyrian city that still retain traces of 'I colour. It is a greenish-greyish shade of blue, I bnt I do not think it very particularly superior to peacock or to China blue. What to wear at the theatre is the vexed question at this play and pantomime-going season. Iu a box a tea-gown can well be worn, aud doubtless wiil be by the many who hate the trouble of getting into a dress." The Vesta tea.gown is a striking and a very graceful novelty, and in cream- I coloured cloth, trimmed with white Thibet goat hair, makes a charming dinner or theatre costume—tbe term demi toilette is as bygone as the article it represents, Tho Vesta merits a few lines of special description. The front pieces are I cut much longer than the back, and they are made straight and loose. More than half-way down the left side is a loop, which fastens to a satin waist ribbon—worn under the b--dice-just I over the right bip. A book sewn to the right front side, above the knee, fastens to an eye sewn —outside the gown—to the waist on tbe left side. This looping up forms a charming drapery, the outline of which is concealed by tbe soft, white goat hair which is carried round the throat and fastened under the chin. Like many apparently simple garments, the Vesta requires the utmost skill an# taste in its make, but it is becoming, particula- to tall figures, whether slender or the rever", a Cinderella dance last week I saw sor pretty gowns worn. One of black net, if 1.41 t drops, and bright steel ornaments, re' jd fan I and feathers ot bright cherry colof rh ed very well indeed, EO did one of ere* with fica face draperies, fastened up traus and holly berries of the most ilt Yad. There d i I: IJt) au erroneous THE idea at the TRWA toyg, TRUTH as are only or TOTS. '^B* but this is quite a Kind people give Noahs Arks and b|»^-itoys, and shops and all sorts.of things belc -n. B.utattbesame time the dolls -.tff tie for individual talent, and art moet inter. j esting and as ,i$1J and groups are devised in wi, figures are repre- sented by r ofingenuityisrequircd bytheser ..ow this year was at the | f001^t0 :tvb.izaar, formerly occupied j by M-. j j»a exhibition, and it really j was c izilts of London for the time J beiy mi^ensely pleased with a switch- I pleased wi, ) bp 'ay, chough I consider the thi, itself j- j > Toe r.«rs j n favour of the project, as the means of meeting a public want, and be was seconded by Mrs Ormeston Chant. Oa the motion of Mr Red- mayne, seconded by the Rev Thomas Welby, it was resolved to form a permanent committee as soon as a sufficient number of members were enrolled. I am surprised to see how practical a form this Lady Guide Association is assuming, for I really thought it somewhat visionary to begin with, and still I fear the difficulty will be in finding the right women for the right posts and duties. That actors and actresses are CHRISTMAS among the kindest hearted WITH THE people in the world is universally CHILDREN, acknowledged, and no one who saw the Christmas dinner given to 1,600 hungry little folks, on Monday, in the old Victoria Theatre in the Waterloo-road and a Couple of neighbouring schoolrooms, could doubt it. Miss Edith Woodworth inaugurated tbe feast a very few years ago, and, if I remember rightly, it originated in a tea given to children on the stage of Covent-garden or Drury-lanei at which Miss Woodworth sang to them. Mr Lionel Brougb, at the Victoria, welcomed the httle ones in tbe character of Father Christmas. Mr Clement Scott wished tbem a merry Christmas, and Mr Toole, whose heart must be sore from his only daughter's I recent dqath, sent bis love and a kiud message saying that be hoped to be with them next Christmas. When roast beef and plum pudding had been duly discussed to the accom- paniment of a mug of tea, some delightful Christmas carols were sung by picked voices from the Westminster Abbey choir, and there was ventriloquism and a whistling song, to say nothing of the personation and sineing of Black Topsy, and, last of all, the children filed across the stage to receive their Christmas gifts—bright new threepenny pieces from well-known actors and actresses, dolls, toys, handkerchiefs and neckties, picture books and new pennies from Mr J. S. Wood, of Olympia, and bis friends, a big Christmas cake from Miss Levy, crackers by the thousand from Mr Tom Smith, and a quantity of oranges and apples from a kind-hearted publican 1 who has pondered the maxim "Live and let live," and regards the Temperance Victoria Hall as a very friendly rival indeed. The hearty wishes for a Happy New Year with which the entertain- j ment closed were worth hearing, and repeating to you, my friends, a warm echo of the same greeting, Believe me to remain, vours ever, _—— LOTTIE.