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SEASONABLE BENEVOLENCE.—Capt. Howell of Blaendyffryn has, according to his usual liberality at this season, caused £10 to be distributed amongst the poor of Bangor-Teify and vicinity. ABKRYSTWYTH MARKET.—The prices on Monday were as follow:—Wheat, 8s. to 8s. 6d. perbushe); barley, 4s. to 4s. 6d. oats, 2s. 9d. to 3s. 6d.; eggs, 9 for a Is butter (salt), Is. LJd per lb.; butter (fresh), Is. 5d. per ditto fowls, 3s. Od. to Os. Od. per couple ducks, 3s. to 3s. 6d. per ditto geese, 4s. 6d. to 5s. each turkeys, 5s. to 6s. each potatoes, 3s. 6d. per measure. GALE AND THUNDERSTORM.—Thunder and light- ning in January are somewhat rare in the United Kingdom, and no doubt many people were amazed when roused from their slumbers on Thursday morn" ing by the sound of "heaven's artillery" sending forth volley after volley which made the houses shake. The lightning flashed vividly, and when we add that there was an accompaniment of hail, heavy rain, and a gale of wind, all will be enabled to realize a state of things calculated to disturb even persons of a robust nervous temperament. The thunder- storm was not of long duration, and the violence of the gale decreased as day broke but Thursday was a wet, windy, and cheerless day. On Friday the state of things was not much more agreeable. ENGLISH JUDGES FOB WELSH COCNTY COURTS.— We hear that since the appointment of Mr. Homer- sham Cox to theMid-Wales County Court district- such appointment having provoked a good deal of unfavourable comment among all classes-a memor- ial, deprecating the attacks made on the judge be- cause he does not understand Welsh, testifying that the evidence of the Welsh-speaking witnesses was correctly translated by the registrars, and that the late and present judge found no difficulty in dis- charging their duties, has been sent round for signa- tures by the attorneys practising in the courts in the district. The originator of this memorial we know not, but his attempt to bolster up" the appointment of an English-speaking judge in a Welsh district has been a failure. Of the large number of attorneys to whom the document was submitted, only nine signed it and there is a story afloat to the effect that one worthy gentleman learned in the law" who had subscribed to the memorial has since called himself a fool for doing so. MR HENRY RICHARD, M.P—Several of the reli- gious denominations are endeavouring to promote the successful reception of the Parliamentary motion on International Arbitration, of which Mr Henry Richard has given notice for the ensuing session. The Congregational Union of England and Wales, and the Baptist Union, have passed resolutions una- nimously recommending the Congregations of their respective bodies to take such steps as may be need- ful to render useful support to Mr liicbard. Many of the English and Irish Quakers, and of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, have also given or promised their assistance. Our readers will also remember that the recent Conference of Welsh Liberals, held at Aberystwyth, resolutions were passed in favour of the hon gentleman's motion. AN IMPORTANT MATTER.—Aberystwyth possesses no apparatus for putting out fires, and though, for- tunately, conflagrations are rather uncommon, there can be no doubt that the authorities ought to provide fire extinguishers of one sort or another. Our at- tention has, recently, been called to an apparatus named V Extincleur, which is wonderfully success- ful in putting out fires, and is at once cheap, efficient, and very portable. The largest can be carried by a man, and V Extincleur effects its object by dis- charging a chemical vapour upon the flames, the effect being that they are at once conquered. In fact, this useful little engine ought to be in every house, and it would be as well if the Commissioners had three or four of the largest size kept, ready charged, at different public places in the town. We may add that Extinctcur is made in three sizes, the price of each being 41. 10s., 5f. 10s., and OZ. 10s. respectively. B REAKFAST.-Epps's COCOA.-GRATEFU L AND COMPORTING. —"By a thorough knowleûge of the natural laws which govern tile operations of digestiQIJ and nutrition, and by a careful ap- plkation of the fine properties of well-seieeted cocoa, Mr Epps has provided our breakfast tables with a delicately flavoured heverage which may save us many heavy doctors' bills."—Ci< H Service Gazette. Made simply with Boiling Water or Milk. Each packet is lahelled-JAMEs Erps & Co., Homoeopathic Chemists, LOUfloJ). Also, makers of Epps's l'a.caoine, a very thin beverage for evening use, A FRENCH PRIXCE IN A WELSH POLICE-COURT. —At the Bala Petty Sessions on Sat urday, the Prince Julius Julian de Vismes et de Ponthieu, of PI as Deon. Llanuwchllyn, appeared in answer to two summonses, the first charging him with trespassing on lands belonging to Sir W. W. Wynn, Bart, M P., al, Llanuwchllyn, in the occupation of David Jones, of Panbymawr, and the second charging him with having committed a common assault upon the said David Jones. The evidence of the complainant and his witnesses went to show that the Prince was seen walking over the laud with his dogs, and declined to go off when requested. This constituted the trespass, and with respect to the charge of assault, it was proved that the Prince, when returning from Bala by a late train, encountered the complainant near the railway station, and brandishing a heavy stick which he carried, aimed a blow with it at his Complainant fortunately eluded the blow as far as his head was concerned, but received a smart blow across the shoulders. Corroborative evidence, which was offered in support of the commission of the assault, was that the Prince behaved very roughly towards the complainant, and prefaced the assault by stating that since he had recently thrashed five Welshmen he would have no trouble in settling one. With regard to the trespass the Prince admitted being on the complainant's field, and alleged he was there simply exercising his dogs, and without uny intention of going after game. He admitted having struck the complainant with the stick, but pleaded that he had received great provocation from insults offered by the complainant towards himself and hi* family. The Bench held that both cases had been proved, and fined the Prince 10s. for the trespass and 21. for the assault, with full costs. The fine and costs were paid at once. WHISKEY.—Of all spirits consumed in England none have increased in consumption to the same extent as whiskey, and this is in a measure accounted for by the great improvements that have taken place in distillation, and the large amount of capital in- vested in its production, both in Scotland and Ireland. But, after all, the distillation of the article is not the only important point; for, as also is the case with brandy, the value of whiskey depends to a great extent on its age. We know of oae London firm- W & A Gilbey-who have about 3000 puncheons (300,000 gallons) always maturing in bond, and for this purpose they have lately adapted a building well known to most travellers by the London and North Western Railway as the "Round House" at Camden -a building originally erected by the railway com- > pany at considerable expense as an engine house. Here are stored large stocks of all the most famous whiskeys of Ireland and Scotland. Were the system pursued by this firm more generally followed, it is not difficult to imagine a time when whiskey would be a strong competitor with brandy, more especially should the French government be induced to charge an export duty on Cognac Brandy.-SlandaTd, 20th December. THE NEW YEAR.-We have witnessed the com- mencement of the new year 1872, the inauguration of which was celebrated in various ways in Aberyst- wyth. According to usual custom, the English Wes- leyans held a watch night service," which attracted an audience so large that the spacious chapel in Queen's Road was crowded. After the usual de- votional exerciees, the Rev. T. Ashton Jones, and others connected with the chapel, delivered stirring addresses suited to the occasion. Then as midnight approached the whole congregation knelt in silent prayer, remaining in an attitude of supplication until the clock had struck twelve, when they arose and sang Charles Wesley's well-known hymn, Come, let us anew our journey pursue." This concluded, the benediction was pronounced, and the large con- course separated, wishes for a happy new year abounding. The 1st of January being market and fair day, the shops in the town were open, but the following day was observed as a holiday. A drum and fife band from Cardigan paraded the town at in- tervals during the day, and a good many visitors from the neighbourhood thronged into the town. Altogether the railway companies must have had a pretty busy time. The weather was wretched, and there was no enjoyment in being out of doors.

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