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FLORENTINE HISTORY.

AN INTERESTING LETTER. --

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- RHYL PETTY SESSIONS.

TUB TITHE MOB NEAR RHYL.

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TUB TITHE MOB NEAR RHYL. ATTEMPTED EARLY MORNING SEIZURE. The collection of tithe has been resisted so dp terrtiinedly by the inhabitants f Gwaenyscor that JLr Ernest A. Craft, the auctioneer who has under- taken the task of collecting the arrears, decided upon adopting a new method when next lie visited the little parish. Calling to his aid a couple of men, who are old campaigners at this class of work, and accompanied by several police officers, in ,hare of Webber, chief constable of Flintshire, e 1 ft Holywell on Saturday between four and live o'clock in the morning, and drove down to Gwaenyscor, where the party arrived be- tween six and seven o'clock. Although the ar- rangements were kept a profound secret, it was evident that the visit was not unexpected, for as soon as the party came within sight of the village tmmpets and horns were blown, and the whole population of the village turned out. The first attempt to distrain w^s made a Teilia, a farm occupied by Mr Robert Price. The crowd, antici- pating the road the party would take, pre eded thell), and when Air Craft arrived the men had swarmed on the gate Ie-ding to the homestead, and effectually .barred his entrance. Both he and his emergency men made repeated att mpts to scale the gate, but were hustled back, tins and trays werâ "> beaten by the crowd and the horn- blowing being continued. Oa one occasion some women, who were very excited, endeavoured to seize the auctioneer, with the avowed intention of stripping him, but the police prevented them car- rying out of their design. An effigy had been prepared, attired in a white robe, and wearing a black mask, and it was stuck in a position of prominence. After a consultation between Mr Craft and the Chief constable, the latter after- wards visited the vicarage, afterwards meeting some of the anti-tithe payers at the house of Mr Thomas Roberts. As a result of these consultations the distraining party withdrew, it being stated that an abatement. would propably be made w ich would satisfy the demands of the farmers. The party next proceeded to the adjoining village of New market to recover tithe due to the Rev G. H. Davies, vicar. On the premises of Mr Edward Jones, blacksmith, a stack of hay was seized. On visiting Graig, one of the hirgest farms in the parish, the tithe due was at ome paid by Mr Ellis, the tenant. In this village, which is only one mile distant from Gwaen/scor, no interest was taken in Mr Craft's proceedings, and no crowd assembled.

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