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LLANARTH. SCHOOL BOARD.-By an order of the House of Commons, dated.the 28tb of June, 1882, a Bill has been printed for the purpose of confirming certain Provincial Orders made by the Education Depart- ment to enable the school board for the United Dis- trict of Llanarth (with others) to purchase a piece of land, possession of which they have been usable to obtain by agreement. LLANFIHANGEL-Y-CREUDDYN. CLERICAL MEETING.—The annual preaching meeting at Llaniibsngel-y-Creuddjn took place on the 27th and 28th of June. On Tuesday evening, at seven, the Rev David Owen, eurate-in-charge, read the service, and a sermon was preached by the Rev Morgan Evans, vicar of Llangwyryfon. On Wednesday morning, at half-past ten, the Rev D. Owen read the service, the preacher being the Rev J. T. Griffiths, vicar of Llanilar. At three p.m the Rev J. T. Griffiths road the litany, and the Rev Evan Alban, vicar of Lledrod, preached. At 6.30 p.m. the Rev David Owen read the service, and the sermon was preached by the Rev John Jones, head- master of Ystrad Meurig Grammar School. The weather was Tery favourable, and the preaching throughout very good. Mr Jones, schoolmaster, ably presided at the harmonium. NEWCASTLE EMLYN. CHDRCH CHOBAL FESTIVAL.—The choral festival in connection with the parish churches of the EIll- lyn district of the archdeaconry for the present year was held at Newcastle Emlyn Chuieh on Wed- nesday, when the choirs united numbered over 500 voices. The singing throughout was remarkably good, under the leadership of Mr D. Peters, Aber- bank. The intoning portions of the service were conducted by the Revs W. Rees, B.D., Llangynllo, and J. Williams, Llangtler. An able aad appro- priate sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev Canon Lewis, M.A., St David's. The anthem was "Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates." The samo festival for the Cardigan district will be held on the 9th of August, at St Mary's Church, Cardigan. TOWYN. The "Observer" is sold at Towyn by Mr T. W Stealey, grocer, Porthgwyn. DEMOLITION OF OLD ALMS HOUSES.—At last we notice the old Madam Owen's alms houses in Maen- gwyn-itreet, which were exchanged for others some time ago, have been pulled down, and new cottages are to take their places, which will be a decided improvement to that part of the town, and adjoining the Corbet Arms Hotel. It was rumoured some time ago that a market hall and concert room were to have been built on the site but perhaps Mr Corbett thought it was premature to erect such a building, «nd that the present houses in course of erection would prove more luoratire. Everything at Towyn is very slow, even the restoration of the church- Perhaps the time is'not far distant when a turn in the tide will come. MACHYNLLETH. The Observer can be obtained at the Railway Bookstall. BLUB RIBBOK AftMT.-At the outset, when the iron was hot," many members joined the se-oalled army but the recruits (many of them) turned out not very zealous members. THE PRICE OF MEAT.—Paterfamilias will be pleased to learn that the price of meat has a down- ward tendency. Competition does wonders, and 'tis to be hoped that our enterprising local butchers will relieve consumers from the excessively high prices which have prevailed for a considerable time. Those of the butchers who would take the lead in this most desirable step would certainly deserve the gratitude and patronage of the public. HAY MOWING.-Thlt last week being fine and hot, several fields were cut in this neighbourhood, the grass being ready for the scythe for some time but operations were suspended by reason of the un- toward state of the weather. The crop in general appears to be in prime condition, and it ia said to be a heavy one. IMPROVEMENTS.—The building trade in this town is now almost at a stand still. The Wesleyan chapel and the new church are nearly completed, which greatly improves that part of the town. What a vast improvement the painter's brush has effected at the Blue Bell and houses adjoining, the whole block having the same touch. Several houses in close) proximity wearing their old eoats" make the row incomplete. It is to be regretted that the bulk of householders do not exhibit more faith in paint and colouring. RENT AUDIT.—The half-yearly rent audit of the tenantry belonging to the Plas estate was held on Thursday, the 29th alt. The dinner took place in the large roem at the Lion Hotel. Mr and Mrs Evans, the host and hostess, catered most sump- tuously, which, it is needless to say, was done ample justioe to. The Rev D. Morgan, rector ot Penegoes, said grace before and after meat. Mr Richard Gillart, the respected ageat, occupied the chair, and the two largest tenants, Mr Meredith, of Penrhyn, and Mr Edwards, of Abergwyddol, were in the vice. chairs. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were gone through and warmly received, after which followed the healths of the Marquess and Marchioneas of Londonderry, Lady Edwards, Viscount and Viscountess Castlereagh, Lord Henry Vane Tempest, Lord Herbert and Lady Aline Vane Tempest, which were all enthusiastically received and duly honoured. Next came the town and trade of Machynlleth, Mr Abraham Jones briefly re- sponded. The mining and quarry interest were coupled with Mr Edward Williams, Braicbgoch, who, in a suitable speech, returned thanks. The chairman next gave success to the tenantry. The two vice-chairmen responded. Mr Richard Jones, J.P., proposed the health of the worthy agent, Mr y R. Gillart, and coupled with it the name of Mrs Gillart, also Mr David Gillart, and the rest of the family. Messrs R. and D. Gillart returned thanks. The host and hostess and "To our next merry meet- ing" wound up a very agreeable evening. RENT DlnNBM.—On Tuesday, the Fronygog tenantry paid their rents, at the Lion Hotel, and dined in the large roem. On Wednesday Messrs Bonsall and Howell's tenants met at the Blue Bell, and sat down to a bountiful spread in the spacious club room. Great praise was accorded to the dinner. THEFT BY A SAILOR.—At the Montgomeryshire assizes, held at Newtown, on Tuesday, Frederick William Benfield (21), sailor, was charged with having, on the 30th June, stolen one coat and Other articles,Jthe property of John Bre-:s. Mr L. Howell, instructed by Mr D. Evans, of the firm of Messrs Howell of Sons, Maohynlleth, prosecuted. The alle. gation was that that the prisoner took the property from the prosecutor's cart as the latter was driving along the read near Maehynlleth. The prisoner was seen by the prosecutor to pass his cart on the day in question, and afterwards missed the articles. The prisoner was apprehended with the property in his possession. In his defence be alleged that he found it en the read. In reply to the Judge the prosecutor said it could not have fallen from his cart unless a string by which it was tied had been cut. The jury returned a verdict of guilty,—The prisoner, in reply to his lordship, said he had no friends and that he came from America as a sailor. His lordship asked him if he could obtain a ship if a short term of imprisonment were awarded to him, and he said he could. The prisoner was then sen- tenced to fourteen days' imprisonment, and the Governor of Shrewsbury prison, Mr Roberts, said he would obtain some aisistance from the Prisoner's Aid Society, so as to enable the prisoner to proceed to a seaport on his release from prison.

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