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WELSH ITEMS. Mr Pryce Jones, who sat for a short time for the Montgomery boroughs in Parliament, has intimated to the Rev. Evan Jones, vicar of Llanllwchaiarn, Newtown, that he will give XIOOO as a Jubilee gift towards the erection of a new parish church. Mr Gwilym Evans, F.C.S., Llanelly, has been elected to a seat on the Pharmaceutical Council. Mr Evans enjoys the enviable distinction of being the first Welshman upon whom this honour has been conferred. The Government have promised that in future Welsh speaking Inspectors of Mines shall be ap- pointed to Welsh districts. Mr F. A. Gray, a Welsh- man, assistant Inspector of Mines for Lancashire, is the first inspector under the new arrangement, and to him the South Wales district has been assigned. Lady Londonderry (says Truth") is staying at the Hotel de l'Europe at Aix-les-Bains, and is to re- main there for another fortnight, when she returns to London for a short time, and Lord Londonderry is coming over again for Ascot. Lady Shrewsbury has accompanied her daughter to Aix. As the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers were about to be paid off at Wrexham on Saturday morning after their month's annual training, one of the officers' servants, named Kelly, absconded with .t120. He obtained the money by sending a note to the officers' mess asking for it, as the men were wait- ing, and by an accident he unfortunately received it. He got clear away, but the police succeeded in trac- ™g him, and he was apprehended, and sentenced to six months' imprisonment. The big blast at Llanberis quarries came off on Saturday afternoon with complete success. Two tons of blasting eelatine, equal to 19 tons of gun- powder, were used, and 100,000 tons of rock were effectually broken up. The inhabitants of the district had removed all their breakable property, a^d, when the time fixed for the explosion approach- ed, they retired to the slopes of Snowdon. These precautions proved, however, to be unnecessary, as the explosion was attended by little noise or vibration. Ann Hughes, a farmer's daugher, living near Pen- maenmawr, was again charged before the Conway magistrates with having poisoned her sister by giving her a dose of rat poison in tea. The two sisters were on bad terms, and the charge against the accused, who had been nearly a fortnight in custody, was based upon a statement made by the deceased, who died after three days illness. The coroner's jury had returned an open verdict. The police have reported that as the county analyst had failed to discover any traces of poison in the viscera, it was useless to pro- ceed with the case. The prisoner has, therfore, been discharged. The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway Bill, on Thursday week, came before Mr Courtney, chairman of Ways and Means, as an unopposed measure. The bill is one to incorporate a company for the purpose of making a railway over ten miles in length, com- mencing in the upper division of Pool parish, in the county of Montgomery, not far from Welshpool Station, and terminating in the parish of Llanfair- Caereinion. The power to acquire land is limited to CaereiniOn. three years, and the works are to be completed in five years. Power is also sought in the bill to enter working agreements with the Cambrian Company. The bill passed, and was ordered to be reported to the House. On Friday week, at the Swansea Town Hall, an interesting presentation was made to Mr Smith, the newly-appointed head constable of Carmarthen, by his old comrades in the Swansea police force. The presentation took the form of a purse of gold and a portrait of the police band, of which Mr Smith was a member. In making the presentation, Captain Colquohoun said that Mr Smith was leaving the Swansea force regretted by all, for he had won the trood opinion of everyone. He had always done his duty in a way which had given great satisfaction, not only to the officers of the force, but also to the pub- lic at large. The goodwill he carried with him from the Swansea force he (the speaker) was sure he would soon acquire at Carmarthen, because it was his nature to do so. He heartily wiahed bim success in his new sphere. Superintendent Holland, Detective Inspector Jones, and Inspector Flynn endorsed all that had been said. Head Constable Smith suitably replied.

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