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NOTES BY THE WAY. The Summer Assizes open at Newtown to-day before Mr. Justice Yaughan-Williams. There are only two cases on the calendar. Yarious questions relating to intermediate educa- tion were under discusfion on Saturday at a meeting of the Montgomery County Governing Body. Mr A. C. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., presided. In response to a request made by Sir Pryce- Jones, the Prince cf Wales and the manager of the Cambrian Railways Company have agreed to allow the" Royal train" to slew down while it passes through Newtown on its way to Machynlleth on the 25th pros. The vacancy in the pastorate of the Congrega- tional Churches at Dinas Mawddwy, Llanvmawddvvy and nethsaida, Merionethshire, caused by the removal of Rev John Hughes to Festiniog, is about to he filled. Mr R. E. Davies, one of the senicr stud ,-nts of the Brecon Memorial College, has accepted an invitation to undertake the pastorate. Whit-Monday in this district was spent much in the usual way. The weather fortunately was fine, and the better known pleasure resorts on the Welsh coast were thronged with visitors. Athletic sports were held at Ellesmere and Oswestry. No fatalities are reported, but two accidents occurred which mighb have been attended by serious results. During the morning three waggons of a Cambrian goods train left the metals near Harlech, and caused a temporary block. The quarterly meeting of the Montgomery Standing Joint Committee was held at Newtown yesterday, when the usual reports of the Chief Constable and County Surveyor were submitted and considered. The Welshpool. Philharmonic Society, who acquitted themselves at the Eisteddfod so well last year, are busily rehearsing the test piece for com- petition at the Powis Provincial Eisteddfod to be held at Oswestry next month. They have made great progress, and we wish them success. It is generally hoped the townspeople will have an opportunity of hearing them before the date of competition. Mr C. H. Jones, the librarian, is the conductor. # The Montgomeryshire Yeomanry Cavalry brought to a conclusion yesterday a successful ten days' training, under the command of Lieut.-Colonel Sir W. Williams Wynn. The men were inspected in review order in the morning by General Gough, Wiexham, who was pleased with the excellent manner in which the various squadrons acquitted themselves. The Yeomanry are to form an escort to the Prince and Princess of Wales when their Royal Highnesses visit the Principality next month. The Welshpool Corporation have lost their watering cart, and anyone finding the same and returning it to the Borough Surveyor will be hand- somely rewarded. In the meantime the Councillors are going to take turns in agitating the handle of the Cross pump, and a few dozen new buckets for throwing water over -our dusty streets are to be tendered for. If the pump gives out, a line of buckett is to be formed from the Black Pool down to the town. Offers of help from sympathising ratepayers will be appreciated by the Council. Mr R. C. Anwyl presided over a meeting of the Machynlleth Executive Committee held yesterday in the Vane Hall. It was decided to prepare an address of welcome in English and Welsh for pre- sentation to the Prince of Wales on the occasion of his visit to the town. In a letter to Lady London- derry Sir Francis Knollys stated that his Royal Highness would on this occasion depart from his practice and instead of simply handing his reply to the Chairman of the Reception Committee he would read it himself. This mark of distinction was keenly appreciated by the members of the committee, who cheered the reading of the letter. The committee appointed to undertake the prepar- ations of the decoration of the town have moved but slowly. The time now at the disposal of the committee is short, and unless they get to work without delay they will find themselves in a difficulty. # # On Wednesday evening a successful public meet- ing was held in the Town Hall, Aberystwyth, presided over by the Mayor (Councillor T. Griffiths), and called for the purpose of taking the necessary steps towards the formation of a Volunteer corps. The Artillery Volunteers along our coasts are the first line of home defence, and whenever there is an opportunity of forming a new corps, where there is a probability of a corps being maintained, every assistance should be rendered to those who are the prime movers in the matter. The lovely weather which prevailed during Bank Holiday induced many hundreds of people to leave their inland homes and seek the pleasant nooks and sandy beaches of the sea-side. Aber- ystwyth appeared to be the general rendezvous and at some portions of the town the Castle and Parade presented as busy a scene as could be found on an August morning. The coming of the summer and the consequent visit of pleasure-seekers to the coast brings with it attendant evils. In Terrace-road the breakes plying for hire crowded the roadway, and upon all sides pedestrians were being urged to pay a visit to the famous bridge, named after his Satanic majesty. This kind of touting is inconveni- ent to the visitors and other pedestrians who com- plain of it. The sooLer the Corporation puts into force the new proposals with respect to tho regula- tion of the summer traffic the better will it be for all concerned. "ill: The members of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians must needs blush for their reputation as a public body when in calmer moments they read an account of the proceedings at the last Board meeting. Previous meetings have never been wanting in amusement—to put it mildly—but last Monday morning the scenes that occurred were simply disgraceful, and, with few exceptions, the members have adopted the idea that they have been elected to the Board to look after their own affairs and personal animus, rather than attend to the interests of the ratepayers. Different to Boards in other parts of the country, the Chairman is treated in an off-hand manner, which is neither discreet or politic, and on Monday he would have been justi- fied in declaring the meeting at an end and vaeat- the chair. We wish to call attention to the advertisement of the conference in connection with the British Dairy Farmers' Association which appears in another column. Wo are also asked to state that the secretary, Mr W. C. Young, 12, Hanover Square, London, W., will be glad to give all information to those who intend joining the Conference party. At Overton Petty Sessions on Saturday last, the Hon. George Kenvon, the presiding magi-trrnte. before com in dicing the business of TIIE Conrr, said he wished to express his deep regret, and that of his "brother magistrates, at the recent death of the Rev. Sir Theophilus Grosley Henry I'uleston, who was the oldest magistrate for that, division of Flintshire with the exception of Mr Peel, who qualified on the same day forty years ago. Sir Gresley Puleston's gracious presence, sound common-sense, and courtesy will long be missed in that Court. Mr Kenyon, who spoke with deep feeling, said that the place on the Bench which the death had left vacant would be very difficult to fill, and he was sure all those who had been brought into contact with the deceased would long cherish his memory, and would join with him in an expression of sympathy with the friends of their late colleague. Mr W. H. Bott, Oswestry, on behalf of himself and his brother advocates, endorsed what had been said by the Chairman, and said it would ill-become him to attempt to add anything to the graceful tribute paid by the Chairman to the late Sir Gresley Puleston. The Clerk, Mr Wm. Jones, of Wrexham, also concurred, and said that during the forty years that Sir Gresley Puleston had sat on the Bench he had been most courteous to everyone who came before him. The dispute between the rival Irish parties has again become interesting. During the past few years hostilities have raged between them, princi- pally upon matters of Hiberian intrigue, which were almost unintelligible to the ordinary English politician. But he who rUllS may read the mean- ing of current controvercieg between Dillonite and Parnellite. Mr Dillon is alarmed at the threatened loss of the English Nonconformist alliance. On tho one hand he has made AN almust despairing en- deavour to patch up a truce between the Irish parties. On the other hand he has thrown himself into the Parliamentary struggle over the Rating Bill with fervour, reviving old methods of opposi- tion, as though to placate the Libarals and to prove the value of his auxiliary forces. Mr Redmond, on his part, scornfully rejects the olive branch, taunts the party who deposed Mr Parnell with the loss of the Nonconformist allies, for whom they threw over their great leader, and denounces Mr Dillon with Parliamentary obstruction, which will imperil the passing of the Irish Land Bill. Upon the whole, it seems more likely that Mr Dillon will be able to patch up his quarrel with the friends of Mr Hugh Price Hughes than "With the friends of Mr Redmond. It is satisfactory to know that the severity of the sentences upon the Ratld prisoners is exciting the almost universal reprobation of the Afrikander element in the population of South Africa. Presi- dent Kriiger cannot be long oblivious to the fact that he is preparing the WAY for a great re-action in favour of the Ultlanders. Imprisonment in Pretoria must involve much physical suffering and inj ury. Suicide and serious illness have already ensued amongst the Rand prisoners. So abominably insanitary are the prison arrangements, so incap- able are the Boers of IMPROVING them, even if they I desired to, that disease and death are almost cer- tainly the portion of the unhappy prisoners, who have, for the most part, been habitual to luxurious living. Mr Kriiger and his followers might just as well massacre their enemies at once as shut them up until further notice in their pestilential dungeon. Unhappily, we have been put in the wrong, and we have to stand by and treat the covetous Boers as though they were a civilised I nation. It IS a hard punishment for Great Britain as well as for the Uitlander Englishmen to have to knuckle under to the preposterous Kriiger. The Duke of DEVONSHIRE in speaking on the Education Bill, pointed OUT how completely the Opposition are at sixes AND sevens on the meaning and drift of this Bill, ho'.v they ooafouod School Boards with Board Schools, and how it is the Opposition, not the Government, who, by making it impossible to get a single shiliING out of the rates for any school which is not more or less controlled by the ratepayers, compel the Government to give the support which the voluntary schools need, if they are not to be extinGUISHED) out of the Imperial taxes. He also POINTED out that the present Bill gives no power at all to suppress a single school, though it gives the people of any locality the right to choose WHETFCER its schools shall be managed by a School Board or by an authority appointed by the County Council. The Duke expressed his sincere conviction that A responsible and economical management by such a body as the County Council would greatly improve, instead of "degrading," the character of the education give n. -Spectato1., May 23rd. The display of oratorical FIREWORKS which marked the latest all-night sitting of the House of Commons has greatly amused the country, whilst the determined progress made with the Agricultural Rating Bill must be considered as decidedly satis- factory. Welsh crackers and Irish squibs, of course, played a prominent part in the proceedings, until the cold water of suspension somewhat damped the display. The five members WHO were suspended from service in the House of Commons suffered no inconvenience from their eclusion. The punish- ment dated from Thursday in last week, FOR THE sitting was technically that of Thursday. The suspension was for one week, and expired after but Wednesday. Mr Lloyd-George, Mr Dillon, Dr. Donal Sullivan, and Mr Herbert Lewis will there- fore, be able to resume their ParliAMENtary duties when the House re-assembles on Monday. Such a scene, if we omit the famous GGHT on the Home Rule Bill, has not been witnessed at Westminster since 1881. In that year Mr. W. E. Forster introduced his Crimes Bill. THE debate went on interruptedly all Monday night, all the day on Tuesday, all Tuesday night, and until nine o'clock on Wednesday morning, when it was brought to a close by the decisive and unprecedented action of the Speaker and the withdrawal of the Irish mem- bers in a body. On the Thursday following 29 Irish members, including Mr Parnell, were ex. pelled from the House. Lasu night the plans of the obstructives were carefully PREPARED. Sir William Harcourt let it become known that he desired his supporters to remain. His strength was not, how- ever, sufficient to allow of relay, and it needed all the encouragement afforded by HIS presence to induce many of the Radicals to stay. -11: Lady Frances Balfour, wife of THE Irish Secretary, was the only lady who satthrougb the scenes in the House of Commons. She did not leave until after one o'clock on Friday afternoon. Lady Harcourt re- mained until nine o'clock in the morning, while Lady Finlay, wife of the Solicitor General, and Lady Pearson did not depart until between six and seven. Among tho members who stuck loyally to their posts d iring the night was Major Pryce-Jones. We cannot omit mentioning one of the amusing incidents of this scene. One of the Irish members who was ejected early in the lllorning refused to quit the precincts of the House. lIe was discovered in the smoking-room calmly drinking a cup of coffee, when it was intimated to him that he was once more disobeying the rules, by which a sus- pended member is not permitted to enjoy any of the amenities reserved for members. He declined absolutely to move, and for a time was left in possession of the smoking room. Other represen- tations were made, but were MET with the same firmness, modified, however, by the condition that his cab fare should be paid as rain was falling. Report has it that at a later hour the hon. member was politely informed that the busses were then running to Brixton.

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